Even an extensive heat wave could not halt the July Fourth running of the 38th annual Revolutionary Run in Washington Crossing Park. Well over a thousand participants took part in the event that included a one mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K race. The whole affair is steeped in history. The race started in 1980 as a fund raiser for a local church. The Upper Makefield Business Association was asked to take control in 1999 and have been running the event ever since. The UMBA uses all proceeds from the race for Township emergency services and college scholarships. One of this year’s 10K participants, Yardley’s Christian Carabello, typifies the enthusiasm shown by all the runners. “The Revolutionary Run has quite a tradition. It’s always a great event with very strong participation. It draws a lot of people. It’s a very friendly event and there are always people watching or cheering you on. This is the fourth time I’ve done the Revolutionary Run.” Christian started his running career in high school but took time out to raise his own family. “When I had children I kind of put running on the back burner but my children are teenagers now. I am 48 now and am running pretty consistently. I did the Boston Marathon this past spring. I run a lot with the Bucks County Roadrunners which is a great organization. They had tent at the there and a number of their runners participated.”
From the Hibbs House to the McConkey Ferry Inn, the village of Taylorsville bustled with the sights and sounds of Colonial America as the young and old sauntered through the cluster of historic buildings nestled on the banks of the Delaware. As youngsters played Colonial games on the banks of the Delaware River, a crowd gathered around the steps of the McConkey Ferry Inn to hear the Declaration of Independence read by historical interpreters Thomas Maddock and Sean Corcoran.
NORTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP >> More than 500 members of the Class of 2018 took their final walk together during commencement ceremonies at Council Rock High School South on June 20. But before they received their diplomas and tossed their hats in the air, they listened to departing words and advice from classmates Mason Todd Procz, Thomas Garback and Michael Smedley. Procz, the president of the Class of 2018, encouraged his classmates to "Be a Savage." Smedley asked the class the question, "Who's On Your Team?" And Thomas Garback's address to the graduates was entitled, "We Have Had Our Visions."
The Council Rock High School North Class of 2018, numbering more than 400, listened as student speakers Amanda Abrohms, Rachel Stillman and Duke Wu imparted the final words of wisdom and pieces of advice to the graduating class. Abrohms, in her address entitled “Only (in Twelve Moments),” noted that 12 years of school has boiled down to one moment “when we finally say goodbye to the place where we grew up. “Whatever choice you make after leaving this stadium make sure you do something that doesn’t leave you thinking, ‘If only.’ If only I had laughed more. If only I had taken that risk. If only I had told that person how much they meant to me. “Time will fly by. They told us the first day of freshman year that this would be the fastest four years of our lives,” she said. “If only I would have believed them.”
Addressing the 823 graduates were student government president Courtney Fegley, graduating senior Sonali Deliwala, Superintendent William Gretzula, Pennsbury High School Principal Reggie Meadows and Pennsbury School Board President Jacqueline Redner. Ninety-one percent of the class will be attending post-secondary education, two percent will enter the military and four percent will join the workforce.
Rarely do you see perfection in the sporting world. There ae just too many obstacles blocking any team’s ultimate Dream Season. The Council Rock North volleyball team defied those odds and produced a perfect 19-0 mark on their way to a PIAA District One league championship. Going into the 2018 campaign Ed Mancinelli, senior libero, sensed the Indians were headed for a stellar season. “We knew we had a similar team to last year. The whole last season was almost all juniors so we all came back with a big chip on our shoulders that said basically District Title or bust.” As the season unfolded, the initial goal seemed more reachable. “We’ve been clicking really well. I know we’ve been getting better and better every practice and we learn more and more about each other. If one person makes a bad play the other guys are there to pick him up.” Part of the Indians success is the complete athleticism they bring to the court. “I think we’re very well balanced. The guys up front, Harry (Wyatt), Jack (Gunshenan), Justin (Burns), Kevin (D,Arcy), and Will (Hewitt) all have huge vertical leaps. Those guys can jump out of the building.”