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Lenape Valley Foundation to Host Virtual Suicide Prevention Conference

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Lenape Valley Foundation (LVF) will host a virtual suicide prevention conference on Wednesday, October 27 via Zoom from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm. This half-day seminar, which is co-hosted by the Bucks County Suicide Prevention Task Force, aims to provide current information and best practices in suicide prevention. Renowned speakers will provide information and answer questions that will be beneficial to professionals, educators, family members and the community.

The keynote presenters are Anna S. Mueller, Ph.D., the Luther Dana Waterman Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, and Rory O’Connor, Ph.D., FAcSS, Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.

Dr. Mueller will discuss Social Roots of Adolescent Suicide. Her research examines (1) the social roots of adolescent suicide and suicide clusters; (2) the mechanisms driving suicide “contagion” among youth; and (3) how organizational science can help improve suicide prevention in schools. Her research on youth suicide has been recognized by numerous awards including Science News’s Top 10 Early Career Scientists to Watch, American Sociological Association’s Eliot Freidson Award, and the American Association of Suicidology’s Edwin S. Shneidman Early Career Award.

Dr. O’Connor’s presentation is titled When It is Darkest: Understanding Suicide Risk. He is President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and a Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research. He leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory at Glasgow, one of the leading suicide/self-harm research groups internationally. He has published extensively in the field of suicide and self-harm, specifically concerning the psychological processes which precipitate suicidal behavior and self-harm. He is also co-author/editor of several books and is author of When It is Darkest: Why People Die by Suicide and What We Can Do To Prevent It (2021).  He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of Archives of Suicide Research and Associate Editor of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. He acts as an advisor to a range of national and international organizations including national governments on the areas of suicide and self-harm. He is also Co-Chair of the Academic Advisory Group to the Scottish Government’s National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group.

In addition, Rhonda Hart, LCSW, Behavioral Health: Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator for the Philadelphia Department of Veteran Affairs, will present VA S.A.V.E. and Lenape Valley Foundation staff members Kristopher Thompson, LCSW, Associate Executive Director of Crisis Services, and Nicole Wolf, M.Ed., Director of Education and Training, will present on De-escalating Potential Suicide Risk.

 The conference is open to the public, however online reservations are required in order to receive the Zoom link. The registration fee is $25. The program is pending approval by the National Association of Social Workers for four continuing education credits. Four credits have currently been approved for EMS CPC (clinical patient care). To register or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit http://www.lenapevf.org/SPConference.

For additional information, please call Suzanne Rhodeside at 267-893-5280 or e-mail suzanne.rhodeside@lenapevf.org.

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Scholarship for Foundation A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Application Deadline Extended

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The deadline for submitted applications to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation has been extended to July 6, 2024, said foundation officials.

The A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation announced it will grant several partial scholarships for studies at colleges, universities, technical schools, nursing schools, and other accredited post-secondary institutions during the 2024-2025 academic year.

To be eligible, said a foundation spokesperson in the release, an applicant needs to meet the following requirements:

  •  graduating high school seniors or other persons enrolling full time in post-secondary schools for the first time.
  • resident of Bucks County
  • academically well qualified for the school they plan to attend
  • have a record of involvement in school, community, religious and/or other activities (especially as a leader)
  • have been involved in giving service to others
  • have a financial need.  (Gainful employment may be considered as a substitute for extensive involvement in leadership and service activities.)

Application forms may be obtained by emailing a request to scholarship@ammoyerfoundation.com or mailing it to the A. Marlyn Moyer, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, PO Box 511, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

Questions can be directed to the email address scholarship@ammoyerfoundation.com.

Completed applications must be emailed or arrive by July 6, 2024.  From among the applications, the Foundation will select those best qualified for scholarships in July and winners will be notified shortly thereafter. Typically, six to eight scholarships are awarded averaging between $2,500 to $5,000 dollars.

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UPDATED Spring/Summer 2024 Events at SLNC

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UPDATED Spring – Summer 2024 Events at Silver Lake Nature Center  

This Just In!! “Baby Shower for the SLNC Purple Martins!” Saturday, June 8th, 11am-12pm. Join us in celebrating AND learning about the soon-to-be hatched baby Purple Martin birds! **If you have binoculars, bring them!**

Learn more about the interesting structure that was recently installed for these beautiful birds at https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/purple-martins-at-slnc/ . This project was spearheaded by SLNC Volunteer & Birder Extraordinaire, Dawn Denner, and funded by donations from members of the Bucks County Birders and other generous individuals.

This event is FREE but donations to the nonprofit Friends of SLNC are greatly appreciated. Funds go toward projects/programs like this as well as other educational and conservation endeavors.

Your participation & support is appreciated! To make a donation, please visit: https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/donate/ AND reference this event in the comments section. Thank you.

To sign up for this event, please visit https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/event/purple-martins-baby-shower-6-8-24/ 

Event will take place at the SLNC Earthship, located at 1006 Bath Rd., Bristol, PA 19007. There is a gravel parking lot at this location, and an Accessible Trail to the SLNC Earthship.

Tookany Creek Bluegrass Band is returning to SLNC for another awesome Concert on Saturday, June 22nd at 7:30pm!!

Don’t miss out on this fun time!! Advance tickets are $15/person; at the door, $20/person (price is the same for all ages, no refunds/exchanges). Tickets/info at: https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/event/tookany-creek-bluegrass-band-concert-6-22-24/ 

Volunteer Work Days. Join us on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am to 12pm: 7/6; 8/3; 9/7, to help keep the beautiful SLNC Trails/Grounds so beautiful. Be prepared to get wet and dirty. Bring a refillable water bottle. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Project Day. Saturdays: 6/15; 7/20; 8/17; 9/21, 10am-12pm. The “Invasive Plants Removal (IPR) Team” meets once a month to help clear Invasive Plants from specific  areas on the SLNC Grounds/Trails. Each season brings new plants in various degrees of difficulty, and will also serve as a learning opportunity! These Project Days often also involve planting native plants and trees. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.

 Earthship Tours. Stop by to visit and learn about these interesting, sustainable structures!  Tours are FREE, but donations to the nonprofit Friends of SLNC are greatly appreciated. The SLNC Earthship is scheduled to be open to the public for FREE Tours on the following Saturdays: 6/15; 7/20; 8/17; 9/21, from 1pm to 2:30pm. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

 Registration for SLNC’s Summer Camp is OPEN!! This Camp fills up quickly. Early registration is recommended. SLNC’s awesome Summer Nature Camp runs for 10 weeks, from June 17th through August 23rd! Sign up for as many weeks as you’d like (as availability allows). Visit https://silverlakenaturecenter.org/education/summer-camp/ for info/registration. 

Family-friendly Kindness Rock Garden Series. Saturdays: June 22nd; July 20th; August 17th, 10:30am-12pm. Families & Individuals are welcome to join SLNC & the Kiwanis of Levittown-Bristol to help us grow our Garden of Kindness!  We will be painting, so please feel free to wear a smock, apron, or old shirt. This special series is Sponsored by the Kiwanis of Levittown-Bristol and is FREE to participants. Space is limited, pre-registration required. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.

Bird Seed Sales. Bird watching is more fun when you can attract them to your own yard, so fill your feeders with one of our special mixes. Friends of SLNC Members receive a 10% discount on all Orders. Bird Seed Sales are offered four times throughout the year. The next one is coming up on Saturday, 10/19 (for Orders placed by 10/10) BUT in the meantime, we still have some Bird Seed available for drop-ins! Visit www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org for info and/or to place an Order. 

Trails are open daily, from Sunrise to Sunset. SLNC Visitors’ Center is open, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm & Sundays, Noon-5pm. 

Credit: Laughs for Recovery

The Silver Lake Nature Center, where learning comes naturally, is a 264-acre Nature Preserve located in Bristol Township, Bucks County. It is a facility of the Bucks County Department of Parks & Recreation with additional funding and staffing provided by the Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center nonprofit organization. SLNC is home to over 40 plant and animal species listed as rare, threatened, or endangered in Pennsylvania. Participation in programs helps protect these species and their habitats. SLNC does not discriminate on the basis of disability in its programs, activities, or facilities. People with special needs are asked to give advance notice.

The Bucks County Department of Parks and Recreation was established in 1953. The Department is responsible for the acquisition, development, and preservation of open space and regional parks. The Department seeks in every endeavor to improve the quality of life and environment for all Bucks County residents, by working to enhance existing and projected recreational and cultural needs for our County.

 For information about these and the other programs offered at Silver Lake Nature Center, call 215-785-1177 or visit the website at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org.

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School Safety and Security Grants Approved for Local Schools

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The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announced it approved $47 million in competitive school safety and security grants to improve safety, security, and mental health supports for students and staff at schools across the Commonwealth.

The announced awards complete the $155 million school safety grants program package appropriated in the bipartisan 2023-24 budget and issued by the School Safety and Security Committee in January, said State Representative Jim Prokopiak.

In our area, rep. Prokopiak said, the grants awarded were:

  • Pennsbury School District, $271,909
  • Morrisville Borough School District, $141,796
  • Neshaminy School District, $264,659
  • Bucks County Montessori Charter School, $70,000
  • Bucks County Technical High School, $70,000
  • Center for Student Learning CS at Pennsbury, $70,000
  •  Conwell-Egan Catholic High School, $75,000
  • Holy Family Regional Catholic School, $75,000
  • Hope Lutheran School, $37,350
  • Credit: Laughs for Recovery

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