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Archive: April, 2012

POSTED: Monday, April 23, 2012, 3:51 PM

The Bucks County Playhouse will announce the two plays for its shortened summer season on Tuesday, and will offer $19.39 tickets to the first 50 patrons.

The summer season is scheduled to start with a July 2 gala and opening, following months of renovations. The theater has been dark since December 2010, when the bank foreclosed on longtime owner Ralph Miller

The $19.39 tickets will be offered to commemorate the playhouse’s original opening season in 1939. 

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POSTED: Friday, April 20, 2012, 1:46 PM

The traveling exhibit of 45 Renaissance and Baroque works from the famous Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy, will open to the public on Saturday, but I get an early look at the works during a Friday morning press tour with one of the curators, Diane Cole Ahl, a professor of art history at Lafayette College.

"The Uffizi is the world's greatest museum for the study of Italian art," Ahl said.

The museum, built by the Medicis in the 16th century, has thousands of works and not nearly enough space to display all of them. None of the paintings and tapestries in this exhibit have been displayed in public in Florence, Ahl said.

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POSTED: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 5:28 PM
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The Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bin.

The county commissioners are selling compost bins – for one day only, and at a sharp discount.

The commissioners are teaming up with county Planning Commission to sell the Earth Machine Backyard Compost Bins on Saturday for $40 each, while supplies last. That’s a hefty savings from the normal $100 price, thanks to a federal grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, said Dennis Livrone, senior environmental planner for the Planning Commission.

If 1,000 residents composted, they would divert 600,000 pounds of organic debris from the landfill each year, makers of the machine say.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 8:49 PM
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Bruce Katsiff (left) and architects and builders watch the curtains rise in the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion on Wednesday evening, revealing the stone wall of the former Bucks County Prison. (Bill Reed/Staff)

To the pounding sound of Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries,”  the curtains rose tonight on the new event pavilion at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.

The curtains, rising slowly and evenly, revealed three 23-foot high glass walls overlooking a newly manicured sculpture garden and one of the museum’s defining features – a stone wall of the former Bucks County Prison, dating to 1884.

“The 19th century wall speaks to the 21st century glass, and the glass now speaks to the stone, and the two have a wonderful conversation with the gardens on either side,” architect James Timberlake said during the dedication ceremonies for the Edgar N. Putman Event Center.

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POSTED: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9:56 AM
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C'est La Vie bakery in New Hope.

A fire caused by an old stovepipe damaged a popular New Hope bakery Saturday morning, fire officials said.

Bakers at C’est La Vie, off South Main Street, were working when the fire broke out about 6 a.m., said Tom Markey, chief of the New Hope Eagle Volunteer Fire Company.

No one was injured, and the fire was contained to the building’s first floor, which houses the bakery and the owners’ living quarters, Markey said.

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POSTED: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 5:05 PM

Night-time traffic on Interstate 95 between Academy Road and Woodhaven Road (Route 63) will be restricted Sunday through Thursday for bridge work, PennDOT says.

One lane of the highway will be closed in each direction those days from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to replace worn bridge joints.

The work is part of PennDOT’s $4.14 million project to repair and replace bridge joints on highways in the Philadelphia area. The project is scheduled to be completed by June.

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POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012, 11:50 AM
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Fonthill Castle in Doylestown is one of the county's most dramatic landmarks. (2daysphotos.com)

On the 100th anniversary of Fonthill Castle, Henry Mercer’s dramatic concrete home, the Bucks County Historical Society is being honored for preserving the Doylestown landmark.

The historical society will receive a Special 100th Anniversary Recognition Award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia on May 8. In announcing its annual Preservation Achievement Awards on Thursday, the alliance noted that Fonthill Castle “is one of the Philadelphia region’s most distinguished historic properties.”

Mercer's castle has 44 rooms, 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 32 stairwells. Built entirely of hand-mixed concrete, it is an example of Mercer’s creativity.  The interior walls, floors and ceilings are decorated with Mercer’s handcrafted tiles, most from his neighboring Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, which is also celebrating its 100th anniversary.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 7:23 PM
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Ryan White is welcomed home in September. (Bill Reed/Staff)

The driver of the pickup truck that critically injured 9-year-old Phillies fan Ryan White in San Francisco last summer was sentenced Wednesday to one-year in prison.

Andrew Alan Vargas, 22, also was sentenced to five year’s probation and must complete a nine-month DUI program and 100 hours of community service, according to a statement by District Attorney George Gascón.

Meanwhile, the lower Bucks County boy faces another major surgery Friday, his mother, Roseanne White, said.

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About this blog
Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at cpalmer@phillynews.com, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, FactCheck.org and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at bfinley@phillynews.com, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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