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Bucks County Commissioners declare December 1, 2015 Giving Tuesday Bucks Day!

The Bucks County Commissioners declared December 1, 2015 “#GivingTuesdayBucks Day” in Bucks County during a proclamation ceremony held in the Community Room of the Administration Building on Wednesday, November 18.

Commissioners Robert Loughery, Charles Martin (in absentia) and Diane Ellis-Marseglia presented the proclamation to Giving Tuesday Bucks committee chair Jennifer Salisbury in recognition of the mission and impact of Giving Tuesday Bucks.

“Giving Tuesday Bucks is a celebration of philanthropy and volunteerism in Bucks County where people give whatever they are able to give,” said Loughery.

“It is fitting and proper on #GivingTuesdayBucks and on every day to recognize this tremendous amount of philanthropy, volunteerism and community service and the impact it has in our county,” Loughery said.

Now in its fourth year, Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving. Since its inaugural year in 2012, #GivingTuesday has become a movement that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy with events throughout the year and a growing catalog of resources.

Accepting the proclamation, Salisbury encouraged everyone to “give small, give big, give in whatever way is meaningful to you, but just give.”

Giving Tuesday Bucks will be hold a “Community Donation Collection Day” on December 1, hosted by Delaware Valley University in the Moumgis Auditorium. The Generosity Marketplace will run from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

For more information on how you can take part in Giving Tuesday, visit the website at www.givingtuesdaybucks.org, or e-mail Jennifer Salisbury at Jennifer.salisbury@bucks.edu.


In a cozy room overlooking the indoor ring at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Bucks County Commissioners Robert G. Loughery, chairman, Charles H. Martin and Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW held a 30-minute meeting on Wednesday, October 21 that focused on Agricultural Land `Preservation among other business.

Following a brief welcome by President/CEO Chris Brockett, who discussed the history of Ivy Hill, Development Director Donna Carlson spoke about the center’s benefits. She noted the facility has 17 therapeutic horses and 170 riders, ranging in age from 3 to 82. All riders have some type of physical, psychological, mental and/ or other disability. “We utilize the horses as a therapy tool, to help them with communication, to help them with physical strength, to help them with how they relate to others, to people, to animals, and the results are amazing,” stated Ms. Carlson. She went on to stay that the riders all get a chance to participate in competition, announcing that one of the riders received two silver and a gold medal in last summer’s Special Olympics.The contract resolution portion of the meeting featured the unanimous approval of 19 agreements involving 12 County departments. Among them, Human Services departments made up a quarter, with two contracts for home delivered meals through the Area Agency on Aging, one through Children and Youth to renew the contract with Karen Kreller to facilitate the Truancy Reduction and Curfew for kids program, and two through Mental Health/Developmental Programs, one with Mary Garrett Itin for providing services for the Healthy Transitions Program and one with Voice and Vision to renew the contract for the consumer satisfaction team and peer support services.

Kicking off the business agenda were a pair of Agricultural Preservation agreements, both in upper Bucks County. The Landis Farm, with its fields of hay, is located in Haycock Township and was fifth on the wish list in the 2015 round of applications. The 183rd farm preserved is situated between and around five other preserved farms and consists of 38.06 acres. The Willauer Farm, which was third on the wish list in the 2015 round of applications, was the 184th farm preserved in Bucks County. Located by the John Fries Highway in Milford, the farm boasts hay and soybeans and has an apiary producing raw honey.

In the General Services realm, the board approved a one-year, $26,500 contract with Lafferty Chevrolet of Warminster to purchase repair parts for county vehicles.  The agenda also included a contract increase to Home Depot for $10,000 to provide repair and maintenance supplies for county bridges and buildings. On the revenue side, $18,000 will be coming in from the rental of county property located at 510 Creek Road in Doylestown.

The Health Department reached an agreement with CFG Health Systems, LLC for $701,952.26 which will provide counseling and mental health services at the correctional facilities through September, 2016. On the revenue side, the Commissioners also approved the renewal of the grant for the WIC (Women, Infant, Children) program.

In other news, COO Brian Hessenthaler praised the Drug Take Back event that took place on October 18, noting that roughly 7,100 pounds of unused medications were taken, bringing the total to over 30 tons since the events began in the county four years ago. Chief Clerk Lynn Bush talked about another type of take-back event, electronic recycling. Ms. Bush informed the audience about an electronic recycling event taking place on November 7 at the Quakertown Pool.

Commissioner Martin commended those involved in the Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony that occurred Sunday, Oct. 18 in the Doylestown Memorial Courtyard. He added that even the small interruption of some companies leaving for a fire did not dampen the spirit of the day of remembrance.

Noting that the “arms” to stop traffic at the CSX rail crossing on Woodbourne Rd. always get stuck, Commissioner Marseglia asked if that is something that happens in other places. She added that between the DVRPC and SEPTA they should be able to get something done to fix it, eliminating the traffic congestion after the train passes.

Commissioner Loughery ended the meeting thanking all those involved in the Emergency Communications Radio project. The cutover to the new system, which occurred over the weekend of October 17-18, ensures emergency personnel throughout the county will have the highest level of public safety equipment.

The next meeting of the Board of Bucks County Commissioners will take place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4 at the Bucks County Administration Building, 55 E. Court St., Doylestown, in the 1st Floor Community Room. For a complete audio account of the October 21, 2015 business meeting, please visit the official county website, www.BucksCounty.org, and click on the “Audio from Last Mtg” link on the home page.

Delaware Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America visits Ivy Hill!

Car ClubThe Delaware Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America began its annual Frost-Bite Run at Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center on Sunday, October 25 at 8:30 a.m.

The group of approximately 70 antique cars and 100 owners visited Ivy Hill for a light breakfast, facility tour and an information session on the benefits of therapeutic riding before moving on to their next stop on the Run.

Gabby Cohen demonstrated her riding skills under the direction of Program Director Megan Hance, as the Car Club members watched from the observation room.

President and CEO Chris Brockett welcomed the attendees, which included past President and board member Tony Russo and his wife Fran, along with their classic Thunderbird.  Russo addressed the crowd of over 100 antique car enthusiasts and spoke about his love for Ivy Hill’s riders and programs.

“This is a wonderful organization that does amazing work,” said Russo to the club.

“I am proud to be associated with Ivy Hill and thrilled that you are all here to see how far we’ve come in 16 years.”

The DVR presented a check and donations to President Chris Brockett totaling $900 in support of Ivy Hill’s therapeutic programs.

“We are grateful for the support of DVR’s members,” said Brockett.

“We welcome them into the Ivy Hill Family.”