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."
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.”
From the solitude of the Newtown Cemetery to Veterans Plaza on Historic State Street, Taps split the morning air as Newtown remembered the fallen on Memorial Day. Pausing first at the gravesite of Morell Smith, Newtown’s only native son who died fighting for his country in WWI, and then at the World War I monument at the Newtown Library Company, veterans from American Legion Post 440 laid wreaths and saluted the men and women who gave their lives in the cause of freedom.
Smiles, laughter and excitement were everywhere Sunday afternoon as the McCaffrey's Christmas Parade spread music and joy from one end of Newtown to the other. Organized by the Newtown Business Association, the parade had all the trimmings of the season from dancing trees and candy canes to Santa and Mrs. Claus who traveled from the North Pole for the parade. "Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas," said Santa from his seat of honor aboard an antique Newtown fire engine as it rolled down State Street. "What a great turnout of people," he said as he waved to the thousands of people lining the parade route from the Stocking Works, through the historic State Street business district and along Sycamore Street. "It warms my heart to see so many people and the holiday spirit alive and well in Bucks County." District Judge Mick Petrucci and Newtown Borough tax collector Judy Musto provided a running commentary of the parade from their balcony seats overlooking Sycamore Street at Goodnoe Corners. It was the place to be as performers turned the street into a stage entertaining the crowds with dancing, twirling flags and music. Escorted by Newtown Township Police Chief Rick Pasqualini and Newtown Borough Chief Tony Wojciechowski, the parade stepped off with an American Legion color guard from Newtown Post 440. Musket fire filled the air as the 1st Crossing Volunteers, an 18th century re-enactment group from Crossing Community Church, brought back the days of the American Revolution.
NEWTOWN >> As the temperature hung in the mid-90s at Walt Snyder Stadium, the Class of 2017 kept its cool using mini-fans and lining up for frequent cups of water at coolers strategically positioned on the field. As the Class sat together for its final time before departing in all directions, their classmates offered a few parting words, some sage advice on achieving success and even a cautionary note about motion sickness.
Five hundred and 23 seniors said goodbye to the hallowed halls of 2002 Rock Way Tuesday evening, June 13 at Council Rock High School South.
Billed as the biggest Holiday Parade in Bucks County, the march stepped off with Newtown Borough Police Chief Anthony Wojciechowski and motorcycle officers from Newtown Township leading the way followed by a color guard from American Legion Post 440 and the 1st Crossing Volunteers, an 18th century re-enactment group from Crossing Community Church who paused occasionally along the route to fire salutes. Newtown Borough Mayor Charles Swartz tipped his top hat to the people lining the streets as he rode by with State Representative-elect Perry Warren and borough councilor Tara Grude-McLaughlin. The Newtown Democrats and the Newtown Republicans also joined the march, including District Attorney Matthew Weintraub, Bucks County Controller Mike Gallagher and Newtown Township Supervisors Ryan Gallagher and Kyle Davis. Five string bands, including Ferko, Uptown, Quaker City, Aqua and Greater Kensington had people dancing in the streets - and on the sidewalks - to the unique Philadelphia “show of shows” sound.
“A lot can happen in five seconds,” said Jack Wheatley, one of three graduating seniors to address the Council Rock High School South Class of 2016 at this year’s graduation ceremony on June 10. Wheatley, who will be attending the honors college at Lehigh University where he will be majoring in mechanical engineering and business, encouraged his classmates to take life five seconds at a time.Senior Class President Josh Shikoff, who will be attending Penn State University where he will be majoring in business, encouraged his classmates to “live in the moment. “This is all so surreal. I can’t believe this moment is here,” he said, launching into a chorus of Nikki Minaj’s song, “Moment 4 Life.” While Shikoff encouraged his classmates to live in the moment, Phyllis Parkansky shared three “Keys to Success” with the graduating class. Parkansky, who will be attending the University of Pennsylvania where she will be majoring in biochemistry, said high school has given the graduates three major keys to future success.