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The State We're In - by Michele S. Byers

NJCF preserves NJ land and natural resources Michele Byers - executive director of New Jersey Conservation Foundation The mission of New Jersey Conservation Foundation is to preserve New Jersey’s land and natural resources for the benefit of all.

NJCF protects threatened natural areas and farmland through land acquisition and stewardship, promotes strong New Jersey land use policies and forges partnerships to help safeguard water and other natural resources.

Written by Michele S. Byers, the Executive Director of NJCF.

 

3/23/17   Volume XLVII, No. 12
In case you didn’t notice, New Jersey’s weather in the last couple of months has been upside-down. Most of February was weirdly spring-like – in fact, the warmest February on record in the state – while March has behaved more like a typical February. Get used to it. Greater variability in weather may be the most immediate impact of climate change on New Jersey, according to State Climatologist David Robinson. Robinson, the keynote speaker at the . . .
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3/16/17   Volume XLVII, No. 11
Not long ago, bald eagles and ospreys were a rare sight in this state we’re in. But they’re back – in a big way! Two new state reports just delivered the excellent news that bald eagle and osprey populations have reached record highs in New Jersey and are expected to continue their remarkable recovery! According to the Endangered and Nongame Species Program of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, surveys conducted in 2016 documented 172 . . .
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3/9/17   Volume XLVII, No. 10
Pillars of smoke could be seen reaching high into the sky from this week’s Pine Barrens fire, which burned about 1,000 acres of the Franklin Parker Preserve in Burlington County. The blaze was not an accident, the result of a lightning strike, a cigarette tossed from a car window or a campfire gone awry. Rather, it was a “controlled burn,” or prescribed burn, performed under exacting conditions of temperature, humidity and wind by the New Jersey Forest Fire Service, . . .
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3/2/17   Volume XLVII, No. 9
What would it be like to walk on the ocean floor? You may be surprised to learn that about half of New Jersey was once the bottom of the sea! Dr. Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s staff biologist, explained that at the end of the Cretaceous period 65 million years ago, when the Earth’s climate was much warmer, the Atlantic Ocean covered most of what today we call the Outer Coastal Plain. New Jersey’s “high points” today - Mount . . .
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2/24/17   Volume XLVII, No. 8
It’s easy to see the pros of energy efficiency. A well-insulated building with high efficiency heating and cooling, state-of-the-art appliances, efficient lighting and “smart” controls can slash energy use and save lots of money. At the same time, it boosts public health by reducing air pollution. Energy efficiency also saves land by reducing “energy sprawl” – the enormous amount of land needed for extracting, harvesting, processing and . . .
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2/16/17   Volume XLVII, No. 7
Been to New Jersey’s Pine Barrens? If not, here are some great reasons to explore this incredible area this March. The Pine Barrens are hiding in plain sight: a sparsely-populated region of 1.1 million acres within the nation’s most densely populated state. Millions of drivers skirt its eastern edge each year as they travel the Garden State Parkway through Ocean, Burlington, Atlantic and Cape May counties to shore destinations. How about heading west instead of . . .
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2/10/17  
What do you see when you look at a tree? Perhaps you notice its age and wonder what events occurred in its lifetime. Maybe you think about the nesting birds it harbors or what value it would bring as lumber. You might admire the elegance of its branches and feel inspired by its beauty. But did you ever think of a tree as a social being with the capacity to communicate with – and help – other trees? Peter Wohlleben, author of the new . . .
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2/2/17   Volume XLVII, No. 5
The fictional character Forrest Gump famously remarked that “life is like a box of chocolates” … you never know what you’ll get. New Jersey is more like a slice of layer cake. This state we’re in is composed of five distinct bands running diagonally across the state - natural regions formed by geological events millions of years ago. In the state’s far northwestern corner is the top “layer” of our cake, the steep Ridge & . . .
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1/26/17   Volume XLVII, No. 4
One of New Jersey’s most iconic landmarks – and a popular visitor attraction – is the Great Falls of Paterson, whose roaring waters are framed by an arched iron bridge and historic redbrick mills linked to founding father Alexander Hamilton. So astonishment and dismay erupted in late 2015 when the city’s Planning Board approved a 156-unit apartment complex on a prominent ridge overlooking the falls and historic district. Why would a city trying to promote . . .
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1/19/17  
Daylight hours are on the increase. Since the winter solstice on December 21, each day the sun has climbed higher in the sky. The additional daylight may seem imperceptible, as Dr. Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s staff biologist, points out:  “Right after the solstice, it’s less than one minute each day. On February 1st, the sun is above the horizon 49 minutes longer than on New Year’s Day. Between February 1st . . .
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1/12/17   Volume XLVII, No. 2
By all indications, the protection of clean water, clean air and natural lands probably won’t be high on the Trump administration’s priority list, and our nation’s participation in the landmark Paris climate change agreement may go on the chopping block. This dim forecast for the environment is upsetting to many folks who would like our country to continue to lead the way toward a clean, healthy planet for current and future generations. What to do? Here are . . .
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1/5/17   Volume XLVII, No. 1
The nation’s most densely populated state has invested heavily in preserving forests, streams, meadows, marshes and other natural landscapes. Thanks to a constitutional amendment that provides dedicated funding for land preservation, funds to continue New Jersey’s investment will be available for years to come. But who will care for this land in the future? A great deal of work – including habitat restoration, invasive species removal, protecting water quality and . . .
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12/29/16   Volume XLIX, No. 51
The year 2016 ended with a mixed environmental record for New Jersey. While there were a few true gains, there were many losses and some mixed outcomes. Perhaps the best environmental news of the year was the final passage of state funding for preserving parks, natural areas, farmland and historic sites after two years of being mired in dispute. In November 2014, voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment permanently dedicating a portion of New Jersey’s . . .
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12/21/16   Volume XLIX, No. 50
In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we often eat too much and exercise too little. But with a new year coming, it’s a great time to get back on the road to fitness! If you resolved to start 2017 on the right foot, there’s no better way than joining a First Day Hike. Nineteen New Jersey state parks will host hikes on Sunday, Jan. 1, as part of a national movement to kick off a healthier New Year. Don’t worry if you’ve had a little too much cheer . . .
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12/15/16   Volume XLIX, No. 49
Since the 1980s, New Jersey lost tens of thousands of acres to sprawl development when condos, McMansions, office buildings and strip malls spread across the landscape without coordinated planning. But according to a new study, “energy sprawl” - pipelines, compressor stations, transmission lines and other energy infrastructure - is now the greatest threat to farmland and natural areas across the United States. Titled “Energy Sprawl Is the Largest Driver of . . .
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12/8/16   Volume XLIX, No. 48
Do you remember catching fireflies, building tree forts or looking under rocks in a stream? How about jumping in piles of leaves and making snow angels? Research shows that if you had rich nature experiences like these as a child, you probably grew up to have a deep connection with, and concern for, the environment. But many of today’s children don’t share that connection.  Studies show that the average child in North America spends over 2,700 hours per year . . .
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12/1/16  
Did you ever wonder why some trees and shrubs stay green all year? Or, conversely, why other trees shed their leaves before winter? You might think deciduous trees lose their leaves because they’re trying to avoid freezing weather. But they’re actually coping with the drought conditions of winter. According to Dr. Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s staff biologist, the best clue comes from tropical forests with extended dry seasons. When . . .
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11/23/16   Volume XLIX, No. 46
In November, Arctic sea ice is usually on the rise. But extraordinarily warm temperatures in the polar region are having the opposite reaction. According to the Washington Post, researchers in the Arctic report that as of last weekend Arctic sea ice was still shrinking, during a season when short daylight hours usually mean bitter cold and ice growth. Why does this matter? Arctic sea ice acts as the Northern Hemisphere’s air conditioner, keeping vast parts of our planet . . .
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11/18/16  
Autumn leaves are dropping; starting an inevitable timeless recycling process that enriches the soil. You might think that once the leaves have all dropped, that forests begin to wind down for a long winter snooze.  But according to Dr. Emile DeVito, New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s staff biologist, critical ecological processes and fascinating animal behaviors begin in the fall and continue right through winter.  As Emile explains, falling leaves pile up . . .
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11/10/16   Volume XLIX, No. 44
The birth of New Jersey’s environmental movement began with a news scoop. On Dec. 3 1959, folks living near the Great Swamp in Morris County were stunned to see a front page Newark Evening News story revealing the Port Authority’s plan to build a new airport in the marshes, wetlands, meadows and woods of the Great Swamp. Residents quickly mobilized to fight the “jetport.” One grassroots group quietly bought up private land in the swamp for . . .
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11/3/16   Volume XLIX, No. 43
Donald and Beverley Jones were among Hunterdon County’s most ardent conservationists. If not for them, landmarks like the Prallsville Mills, Green Sergeant’s Covered Bridge and Locktown Stone Church might not be standing today. And lands along the picturesque Wickecheoke Creek wouldn’t be available for public enjoyment. In memory of Donald and Beverley, hundreds of community members come together every November to hike the fields and forests of this special . . .
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10/27/16   Volume XLIX, No. 42
Four years ago, Superstorm Sandy flooded and destroyed structures on much of New Jersey’s coastline. Sandy was a wake-up call to a state that had gone decades without destructive storms. As New Jersey continues to recover from Sandy, many residents wonder what the future will bring, in light of the Earth’s changing climate and rising sea levels. Two new reports from Rutgers University offer a sobering look at sea-level rise and an update on how coastal communities . . .
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10/21/16  
New Jersey may be the fourth smallest state, but what it lacks in size is made up in amazing diversity. From the rugged Highlands to sandy ocean beaches, and from the Pine Barrens to tidal marshes along the Delaware Bayshore, New Jerseyans are never far from a complete change of scenery!   And although we’re well known as an urban state – the most densely populated in the nation - a remarkable 42 percent of our land, about 2 million acres, is . . .
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10/13/16   Volume XLIX, No. 40
Many of us head straight to New England for spectacular fall foliage. But why not stay home, tour New Jersey’s forests and save time and gas? Some of the best places to hike and enjoy fall leaves are New Jersey’s natural areas. New Jersey’s natural areas are specially-designated public lands that have high-quality habitat for rare plants and animals.  Launched by the Natural Areas Act of 1961, the state’s system of natural areas was created to . . .
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10/6/16   Volume XLIX, No. 39
When officials gather to announce a public project, it’s usually a new building, park or bridge. But on Sept. 8, officials and community members came together to commemorate the de-construction of the obsolete 125-year-old Hughesville Dam on the Musconetcong River. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Martin were on hand to tour the project that will restore the 42-mile Musconetcong – a . . .
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9/29/16   Volume XLIX, No. 38
Beachgoers in the Monmouth County town of Manasquan were thrilled in late August when a humpback whale appeared offshore. For two hours, it breached, spouted, slapped its fins on the water and waved them in the air. Of course, the humpback wasn’t there for entertainment. It was simply having a long lunch, feeding on abundant small fish in the water. Humpback whales are making a comeback. Fishermen in the New York Bight – the triangular corner of ocean between . . .
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9/22/16   Volume XLIX, No. 37
You may be surprised to learn that two New Jerseyans started our state’s wine industry almost two decades before the American Revolution! At the time, Great Britain was thirsting for good wine in the colonies, and London’s Royal Society of Arts offered a reward to any colonist who could produce wine of the same caliber as vintages from France. Two New Jersey men, William Alexander and Edward Antill, took the challenge and were recognized by the Royal . . .
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9/15/16   Volume XLIX, No. 36
With 130 miles of coastline, New Jersey residents know all about the joys of sunbathing at the beach.  But how about “forest bathing”? Yes, it’s real … and it can improve your health! And you don’t need to wear a bathing suit! Forest bathing literally means soaking in the forest atmosphere. It originated nearly 35 years ago in Japan, where it’s known as “shinrin-yoku,” and it’s now catching on in the United . . .
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9/8/16   Volume XLIX, No. 35
It sounds like a pitch from the game show “Let’s Make A Deal”: How about swapping 1.37 acres of prime public beachfront on the Atlantic Ocean for an antique carousel, a parking lot and 67 acres of inaccessible wetlands? As crazy as it might sound, this deal-making is for real. For possibly the first time in New Jersey history, a deal to trade away a public beach has been made between the state, a town and a private developer. That approval is now under . . .
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9/1/16  
Every cloud has a silver lining, including rain clouds. While rainy weather may keep us indoors when we’d rather be outside, it makes for excellent conditions to view New Jersey’s waterfalls. Cascades that are merely pretty in dry weather can quickly become spectacular after a good soaking. A great time for a waterfall hike is a day or two after a heavy rainfall. Rain that has fallen on the ground takes some time to reach streams and rivers, so the sun may be out and . . .
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8/26/16  
RELEASE: Aug. 26, 2016 – Volume XLIX, No. 33 Where would you rather be? In a city full of parks and tree-lined streets? Or in a city of concrete and glass? You probably don’t need a study to know. But many recent studies are proving what we already know: that green urban landscapes give a psychological boost, making us feel happier and more relaxed. Scientists also documented that urban street trees provide measurable physical . . .
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8/18/16   Volume XLIX, No. 32
Like many residents along the Delaware Bayshore, Natalie and Don Fisch of Downe Township worried about the future of their community after Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey’s coastline. They saw that street flooding was increasing during high tides, full moons and rainstorms, making it hard for residents to get in and out of their homes. They were concerned that the neighborhood’s water and sewer infrastructure would be compromised. Uncertainty about the future of . . .
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8/11/16   Volume XLIX, No. 31
On a recent trip to Vermont, a friend noticed hundreds of birdhouses on trees surrounding a marsh. Although the birdhouses were pretty, they weren’t there for decoration: they were there to attract birds to keep the local mosquito population down. Mosquitoes are on people’s minds this summer … especially since Zika-carrying mosquitoes were recently found in south Florida, prompting travel warnings. Ever since the Zika virus was first reported, many folks . . .
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8/5/16  
This state we're in is confronting a new form of sprawl: the proliferation of new oil and gas pipeline proposals. And there’s no effective system in place to evaluate their cumulative impacts, or whether they are truly needed and in the public interest. Despite this flawed and broken system, individual gas pipeline proposals are marching ahead throughout our state leaving the public shortchanged by a federal agency that should be protecting our citizens and communities 
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7/28/16   Volume XLIX, No. 29
The Atlantic Ocean’s vastness is shared by many … especially along the heavily populated stretch of coast between New York and Virginia. The ocean is used by container ships, cruise liners, commercial fishing boats and all types of recreational craft. The ocean floor’s sand is mined for beach replenishments, and crossed by miles of communications and electrical cables. Proposals for offshore energy generation, such as wind turbines and oil and gas drilling, are . . .
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7/21/16   Volume XLIX, No. 28
For years, health and outdoor advocates have worried that computer games, tablets, smartphones and TVs have kept too many kids indoors and sedentary. Those complaints flew out the window earlier this month when Pokemon Go, a mobile game app, became a worldwide sensation.  For the first time, gamers can’t just sit indoors in front of a screen; Pokemon Go drives them off their couches and into the world – parks, public gardens, communities and neighborhoods . . .
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7/14/16   Volume XLIX, No. 27
The Garden State’s peach crop is the nation’s fourth largest, at over 60 million pounds, behind California, South Carolina and Georgia. Pretty impressive for this small state we’re in!  From mid-July through late September, New Jersey’s luscious peaches are in season.  Peach parties and festivals abound across the state, allowing restauranteurs to try out new recipes, and amateur bakers to compete over the best pies and cobblers. Many farms offer . . .
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7/13/16  
In America we often take clean and plentiful water for granted.  But clean drinking water is more and more in the news.  Droughts are devastating water supplies out West and the crisis in Flint, Michigan has shed a spotlight on aging infrastructure, shortcuts and lack of investment that result in dangerous toxins in our kitchen tap water.  With such difficult and thorny issues threatening one of life’s basic necessities, it’s alarming that New Jersey . . .
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6/30/16  
New Jersey’s nickname “The Garden State” is well earned. This state we’re in is famous for all sorts of crops, from blueberries and cranberries to Jersey tomatoes. But you may not know that microbreweries are cropping up all over the state, producing a wide variety of new brews! Since 2012, thanks to legislation that eased sales restrictions on beer, microbreweries are booming. Today there are 57 breweries or brewpubs – mostly small – 27 . . .
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6/24/16  
This July 4 commemorates the birth of our nation 240 years ago, and most folks will celebrate Independence Day with picnics, parades and fireworks. I recently attended a family memorial at spectacular West Point and was struck by its convergence of natural beauty and our country’s revolutionary war history.  Revolutionary War historic sites are scattered throughout New Jersey, and many of them are inspiring and beautiful.  They are great places to learn a bit . . .
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Weather extremes may be New Jersey's new normal

Bald eagles and ospreys rebound in New Jersey

Pine Barrens prescribed fires: A renewal force

Take a walk on the bottom of the sea!

Energy efficiency saves money and land - and creates jobs!

The Pines of March

Trees are more social than you think!

New Jersey's geological 'layer cake'

Keeping the 'great' in Paterson's Great Falls

Some good news!

Take action to defend and protect land and water

Interested in ecology? Become a Rutgers Environmental Steward

2016 wins and losses for New Jersey's land and water

Kick off a healthy New Year with First Day hike

Energy infrastructure: the new sprawl

Two great books for connecting kids with nature

Why do some trees stay green while others lose their leaves?

Melting ice, rising seas, hotter planet

Our forests never sleep, even in winter!

Documentary brings Great Swamp battle back to life

Defending the land they loved

Four years after Sandy, rising sea levels predicted

New Jersey: Small state, big diversity

10 great natural areas for enjoying fall colors

Removing obsolete dams brings rivers back to life

Humpback whales a welcome sight off NJ coast

NJ wine industry boosts agritourism

For good health, bathe in a forest!

Let's NOT make a deal!

New Jersey's spectacular waterfalls

Urban trees boost health and land values

Blue Acres: A win-win for open space, owners of flooded homes

Get mosquitos to buzz off - naturally!

Flawed pipeline approval process needs reforms

Speak out for our Atlantic Ocean and coast!

Help Pokemon Go lead into outdoors and nature

NJ 4th in peaches; don't miss out on peach season!

Water, water everywhere - keep it safe to drink!

Growing beer in the Garden State

Celebrate NJ's Revolutionary War parks and open spaces on July 4

Override Governor's veto of open space bill

Taming the wild blueberry 100 years ago

Celebrate and take action during National Pollinator Week

Get on the Circuit for National Trails Day

New tax deduction would give boost to NJ non-profits

Best nature movies

Call on Governor Christie to sign the open space bill!

Native seed bank may provide ash trees of the future

Urban farms bring healthy local foods

National Park Service turns 100

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For over 25 years, the paving experts at Boswell Brothers Paving have increased the value and beauty to residences and businesses in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh counties. We are the people to call when your driveway needs to be repaved or your building's parking lot needs striping or crack repair. With our knowledge and experience, you can expect incredible results in paving, asphalt, and sealcoat services. We are equipped do court services, asphalt grading, paving designs, retaining walls, and more. Some of our project specialties include basketball courts, tennis courts, private roads, and parking lots. If you just need regular maintenance, we can provide that too! This includes asphalt overlay, replacement, patching up holes, re-raking, and smoothing out damaged areas. Boswell Brother's Paving specializes in all forms of paving and can help you with just about any project. Give us a call today!

The only educational newspaper serving the women of Bucks County, offering businesses the unique opportunity to reach an important, targeted consumer group through a focused educational and informational approach.

BucksCountyAlive.com is the perfect venue for special event advertising! Many of our visitors come to BucksCountyAlive to find out what's happening and we would like to let them know about your special event. BucksCountyAlive will provide you with a complete advertising package, which includes a banner ad on all of our 45 websites and in our weekly events notice. Our program is designed to continuously advertise your event for one full month.

Aesop's delightful fables of wit and wisdom, including The Stag at the Pool, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, The Wind and the Sun and The Lion and the Mouse come to life through the large and colorful puppets of nationally acclaimed puppeteer and storyteller Jim West. We also meet Aesop himself, in his Greek toga, with his dog Moral by his side. Other beloved characters, ingeniously created from paper bags, newspaper and cardboard boxes, make their appearance to the enchanting music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rossini and Chopin, inspiring the child in all of us. Join us at the Sellersville Theater March 30 through April 1 for Jim West's presentation of Aesop?s Fables.

School of Rock is the nation?s leader in performance based rock music education. In our interactive music program, we believe the best way to teach music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.  The School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, piano/keyboard drums, and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. Now enrolling for SUMMER CAMP! School of Rock is the nation?s leader in performance based rock music education. In our interactive music program, we believe the best way to teach music is to play music. We take students from the lesson room to the stage, developing both their confidence and musicianship with programs designed for all skill levels.  The School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, piano/keyboard drums, and combines weekly private music lessons and group band rehearsals to prepare students to take the stage in front of live audiences in an authentic concert setting. Now enrolling for SUMMER CAMP!

Select Living Managment, Inc. is one of the oldest full-service residential property management companies in Bucks and Montgomery Counties. We have been in business for over 25 years. We manage over 250 properties for real estate investors. The inventory of properties includes single family homes, town homes, condominiums, apartment buildings, carriage houses, and efficiencies.

Selecting an insurance agent should be as critical as choosing a doctor. You're looking out for someone who's looking out for you. With more than 75 years of experience, Pennjerdel has its eyes wide open, always seeking and finding the best coverage to suit all your insurance needs. From business to home, life to liability, Pennjerdel is a full-service insurance broker.

Heritage Conservancy's mission is to preserve and protect our natural and historic heritage. Based in Doylestown, PA, Heritage Conservancy is committed to being the region?s premier, nationally-accredited conservator. We are a community-based organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of significant open spaces, natural resources, and our historic heritage. A champion of conservation best practices, Heritage Conservancy believes that everyone is responsible for stewardship and seeks to enlighten, engage, and empower others to help achieve this mutual vision.

McCoole's provides a fine dining experience, for a casual dining budget. Enjoy our made to order menu in a 300 year old inn with history abound. McCoole's has acquired the old

Tyler Park Center for the Arts offers exciting workshops in a variety of artistic mediums for all levels, beginner through advanced, adults and children. All classes, workshops, and a variety of Summer Art Camps are taught by talented and exceptional artists in beautiful Tyler State Park. Experience Wheel Thrown and Hand Built Pottery, Precious Metal Clay, Glass Arts, Fine Art, Photography, Paper Making, and more! Take a stroll in our large scale Outdoor Sculpture Garden, fire pots in our Manabigama Wood Kiln, and attend Crafts in the Meadow, our annual  Juried Invitational Fine Art and Craft Festival this October along with the Mad Hatters Garden Party benefit auction in June.

Snipes Farm and Education Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings vitality and empowerment to our community through organic food and education programs. Our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides fresh food, grown without pesticides or chemical fertilizers, to over 300 families, including vegetable shares to the Bucks County Homeless Shelter. Nutrition, farming, environmental and garden education programs serve thousands of children throughout the year. Children learn, create, make friends and have outdoor adventures at our summer camp! There are many happy birthday parties in spring, summer and fall here. Bonfires, hayrides and picnics have provided fun venues for youth/school groups and congregations. Classes for adults are offered in spring and summer. We are dedicated to sustainable farming practices and are 80% solar powered. Snipes Farm and Education Center offers hope through action.

New Hope Window Cleaning Service, Inc. is a family owned company providing the Delaware Valley with residential and commercial window cleaning since 1979. We are bonded and insured using only ecofriendly products.  We also offer gutter cleaning. And, since 2001, we have been installing Leaf Relief gutter guard protection that really works! Get a Free final gutter cleaning with Leaf Relief installation. We are a proud member of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Kinder Works offers Infant/Toddler care, Preschool, Kindergarten, and Summer Camp. With a staff of certified teachers, Kinder Works is fully accredited by the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education.  We have a unique building design with specialized classrooms, open space, lots of light and natural colors. Full and Part-time schedules are available.

Frank Harrison Asphalt Paving is a full-service asphalt paving company that has been serving residential, commercial, and municipal customers across Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas (NJ, NY) for 60 years. If you need your driveway or parking lot needs paving, resurfacing, line striping, or asphalt sealcoating, look no further than Frank Harrison Paving. With our state of the art equipment, we deliver affordable long-lasting asphalt or tar & chip paving results that look great!  Our long list of satisfied clients is a testament to our commitment of quality results done on time and on budget. Contact us today for a free on-site estimate!

John's Hauling & Removal is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the community for over 30 years. Whether you just want to get rid of unwanted household items or are a realtor who needs removal for a closing process give us a call. We also load and unload trucks, and do within house rearranging. We are available 7 days a week & you can call us anytime day or night to take away everything from old furniture and appliances to household goods. All items big or small removed from inside or outside of your home.  Some of the specific items we haul and remove include: appliances, sofa beds, hot tubs, wood stoves, lawn tractors, large-screen TVs, satellite dishes, storage sheds, heavy equipment, and more. We serve customers throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, including Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, Delaware, Berks, Lancaster, and Lehigh Counties. Last minute and emergency services are available. Call today: Quakertown area (215-536-6111); Southampton area (215-357-1244); Collegeville area (610-454-1449); and Paoli area (610-296-0560).

Rambling Pines, the area's premier day camp, boasts extensive indoor and outdoor facilities, mature, experienced staff and a program second to none. We include aquatics, sports, electives, creative and performing arts. Family owned and operated since 1976. Door-to-door transportation and lunch are included in your tuition. Fun, Safe, Awesome! Come to one of our Open Houses or contact us for a camp tour. Let us show you around.

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