lose to 200 students have been hard at work learning lines, rehearsing musical and dance numbers and getting psyched for two major shows that will open this week for eight performances only. It’s all part of the Neshaminy Summer Stock Theater program, which has given thousands of students over its 53 year existence a chance to shine on stage and take part in an intensive, professional-style theater experience during the month of July. This year the program culminates with two public shows - one that will take audiences on a journey down the Yellow Brick Road as the younger workshop (grades 2-5) presents the immortal classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” and another that goes back in time to 1482 Paris for the sweeping and powerful story of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” presented by the senior workshop (grades 6 to 12).
PENNDEL >> The community gathered at the Penndel Ball Fields on Memorial Day weekend to send a message of sacrifice, remembrance and gratitude to the future. During a ceremony following the annual Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, leaders of the committee that brought the Traveling Vietnam Wall here in 2017 lowered a time capsule into the ground as a solemn reminder of what took place during the Wall’s visit to Penndel. The ceremony followed the annual Penndel-Hulmeville Memorial Day Parade which stepped off Saturday morning beneath partly sunny skies. Applause filled the air along Bellevue Avenue as members of the Penndel American Legion led the march from Hulmeville to the ball fields in Penndel Borough. More applause greeted a caravan of cars carrying veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. A U.S. Marine Corps Color Guard proudly marched down the street carrying the flag of the nation followed by the All Division Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the Tri-County Band. Politicians from Penndel and Hulmeville boroughs waved to the crowds from a lineup of vehicles as U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick walked the route shaking hands along the way. Also riding by were State Senator Tomlinson, State Rep. Tina Davis and District Judge the Hon. Daniel Baranoski. The Uptown String Band strutted the route performing patriotic favorites including “This Land Is Your Land.” The band Big Whiskey rode by belting out the song, “We’re An American Band.” Teams of Wildcats joined the parade. So did Scouts from Penndel and Levittown. Members of the Redeemer Lutheran Church rode by singing patriotic hymns. Also joining the parade were the Daisy Jug Band, the Andalusia Jug Band, the Nashville Cats, the Penndel Rescue Squad and Fire companies from Penndel, William Penn, Parkland, Langhorne-Middletown and Eddington.
Levittown >> The Bucks County Saint Patrick’s Day Parade marched through Levittown Saturday morning turning the snow covered landscape green with Irish pride. From the members of the Ancient Hibernians (Newtown, Levittown and Bristol chapters) to the Irish Step Dancers from the Nicholl and Fitzpatrick schools of Irish Dance, the parade had Irish eyes smiling up and down New Falls Road. The Falls Township Police Honor Guard and State Rep. John Galloway (gold sponsor) led the march followed by the official parade banners and sponsorship recognition. They were followed by U.S. Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick, State Senator Robert Tomlinson (gold sponsor) and 2015 Parade Grand Marshal Joe Hogan, who was instrumental in helping Bucks County secure the location for the Washington Crossing National Veterans Cemetery. More than 2,000 marchers participated in this year’s parade, including the Truman Tigers Marching Band and the Bracken Cadets, Irish dance groups, South Philadelphia-based mummers and string bands, Eagles’ play-by-play announcer Merrill Reese, local law enforcement and emergency responders, veterans, a number of pubs including the Five Four Bar and Grill, Stadium Bar and Grill and Dacey’s Irish Pub, community groups and hosts of proud Irish-American participants.
The newest class of Falcons took flight on Monday, soaring into the future on the parting words of their classmates and administrators.
Morrisville Fire Chief Matt Weidenhafer quickly upgraded the call to two alarms, which brought more than 70 firefighters to the scene from throughout Lower Bucks County and from across the river in New Jersey. Firefighters attacked the fire from the side and rear of the houses with multiple hose lines while Morrisville 98's deck gun, Falls Township's Tower 80 and Levittown No. 2's squint dumped thousands of gallons of water on the blaze as flames ripped through the structures.
BRISTOL BOROUGH >> With sirens wailing and lights flashing, the Bristol Borough Christmas Parade stepped off on Saturday afternoon with the town’s firefighters leading the way. A parade of fire trucks, along with Sparky the Fire Dog, marched by as applause filled the streets in a show of community support and pride for the borough’s four fire companies - Bristol Consolidated (The Pride of Midtown), Bristol Station 51, American Hose Hook and Ladder and Goodwill Hose Company No. 3. Also joining the parade were Edgely, Tullytown, Croydon, Bristol Township Third District and Newportville fire companies along with Bucks County Emergency Services and the Bucks County Rescue Squad. Gun shots split the air as members of the Delaware Valley Vietnam Veterans, some wearing Army fatigues, marched and rode by on motorcycles and vintage Army vehicles. They were followed by the Bristol Borough Police Department, an antique Harris Fuels truck, the Bristol Borough animal control officer and Boomer from the Trenton Thunder. Black and gold flags twirled through the air as the Truman High School Marching Band filled Mill Street with the sounds of the season.
LEVITTOWN >> Irish eyes smiled brightly on this year's Bucks County St. Patrick's Day Parade, which brought thousands to the streets of Levittown on Saturday for a day of celebrating the green. Kissed by sunshine, blue skies and pleasant temperatures, the sights and sounds of the Emerald Isle were everywhere, from the green and white flag of Ireland to shamrock-shaped headpieces and plenty of Irish-inspired bling.