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Upcoming Spring 2024 Events at Silver Lake Nature Center 

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Upcoming Events at Silver Lake Nature Center for Spring 2024!! 

Saturday Morning Bird Walks. Saturday Morning Bird Walks are offered from September through November AND March through May at 7:30am. FREE. Bring your binoculars if you have a pair! Meet at the Welcome Kiosk outside of the SLNC Visitors’ Center. 

Volunteer Work Days. Join us on the first Saturday of each month, from 9am to 12pm 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

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Invasive Plant Removal Volunteer Project Day. Saturdays: 4/20; 5/11; 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.

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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: 4/20; 5/25; 6/15; 7/20; 8/17; 9/21, from 1pm to 2:30pm. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

Volunteer Appreciation Week Celebration-Open House. Saturday, 4/20, 2-4pm. This special event is for current SLNC Volunteers and for those interested in volunteering at SLNC! Info at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org

Day-off from School Camp Days. Why only have Camp in the summer when you can do it in all seasons?! SLNC’s School-year Camp Days are scheduled for days when most schools are off. Each Camp Day provides exciting seasonal adventures for your child (5 – 14 years old). Staff and Campers spend the days exploring the forest, swamps, and marsh in all weather. Our final Day-off from School Camp Day is coming up on April 23rd (9am-4pm, with before/after care options available). Visit www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org for updates, pricing, info, and registration.                                              

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, 4/20 (for Orders placed by 4/11). Visit www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org for info and/or to place an Order. 

FREE Guided Nature Walk ~ “Discover Which of Our Forest Friends Will Lead Us to the Magic of the Woods!”, Sunday, April 28th, 1pm-2pm. Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177. 

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. 

Save the Date!! Tookany Creek Bluegrass Band Concert. Saturday, 6/22/24, 7:30pm. SLNC is pleased to welcome this awesome band back for another phenomenal concert!! $15/person in advance; $20/person at door (as available). Register at www.SilverLakeNatureCenter.org or call 215-785-1177.

Groups/Clubs that Meet at SLNC: 

Artists of Bristol ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Contact: Janice Rhodes at artistsofbristol@gmail.com

 Bristol Photographers Club ~ Meets at 7pm on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month, September through June. Contact: Heather Baker at hebaker1@gmail.com.  

 Delaware River Fishermen’s Association ~ Meets at 7pm on the last Wednesday of each month. Contact: https://www.drfishermen.com/

DE Valley RC Model Boat Club ~ Meets at Magnolia Lake on most Sundays, April through October. For info, visit: http://bucks-area-rc-boat-club.webs.com/

 Kiwanis of Levittown-Bristol ~ Meets at 6:30pm on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday of each month, September through June. For info, visit: https://lbkiwanis.webs.com.

 Nature Book Club ~ Meets at 6:30pm on the 3rd or 4th Thursday of each month at the SLNC Earthship. Contact: Barb Campbell at SLNCNatureBookClub@gmail.com for info/registration. 

West Chester University Harp Ensemble ~ Rehearses at 6pm on the 3rd Monday of most months. It is free to stop by to listen to the beautiful music. Contact: Professor Gloria Galante at ggharp@comcast.net for info/registration.

Yoga Classes ~ Tuesdays at 6:30pm AND Thursdays at 7:30pm. Fee is $10/person per class – payable at the Class. Contact Atlas Yoga & Movement Instructor, Trina Shumsonk at trinamarshumsonk@gmail.com for additional info

Trails are open daily, from Sunrise to Sunset.

Credit: Silver Lake Nature Center

SLNC Visitors’ Center is open, Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm & Sundays, Noon-5pm. 

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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Bucks County Issues Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday

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The County of Bucks has issued an Excessive Heat Warning through Thursday, with high temperatures expected to for the next several days.

The extended stretch of days with temperatures above 90 degrees has prompted the opening of cooling centers in Upper, Central and Lower Bucks that are available for seniors and people experiencing homelessness seeking refuge from the heat.

The following cooling centers will operate from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. each day unless otherwise noted:

Bensalem Senior Citizens Association
1850 Byberry Road
Bensalem, PA 19020
215-638-7720

Ben Wilson Senior Activity Center
580 Delmon Avenue
Warminster, PA 18974
215-672-8380

Bristol Borough Senior Center
301 Wood Street
Bristol, PA 19007
215-788-9238

Bristol Township Senior Center
2501 Bath Rd.
Bristol, PA 19007
215-785-6322

Morrisville Senior Service Center
31 E. Cleveland Avenue
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-0567

 Palisades Middle School Library
4710 Durham Road
Kintnersville, PA 18930
*OPEN 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. MONDAY; 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. TUESDAY*

Quakertown Masonic Lodge
501 W. Broad Street
Quakertown, PA 18951
267-450-5191

Riegelsville Borough Hall
615 Easton Road
Riegelsville, PA 18077
610-749-2726
 *OPEN 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Senior centers throughout Bucks County also are open and available daily to residents 55 and over. Check with your local senior center for hours of operation and details.

The county generally issues an Excessive Heat Warning when the National Weather Service forecasts daytime temperatures will reach 95 degrees by 11 a.m. on two or more consecutive days, or when heat indexes will reach 100 degrees on any given day.

Municipalities or nonprofit agencies interested in participating in this program in the future should contact Bucks County Emergency Services at 215-340-8700.

 

 

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Reps. Powell & Labs’ Bipartisan Effort to Expand Protections for Victims of Violent Crimes Passes House

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A Lower Bucks woman  escaping domestic terror and was living in a shelter found an apartment in another county so she and her boys could live free of terror and abuse. Days after starting the move in process, her abuser found her.

The following day, she took her own life.  This happened in the late winter of 2023.

A bill that state Reps. Lindsay Powell (D-Alleghany Co) and Shelby Labs’ (R-Bucks Co) establishing the Victims of Violence Relocation Act passed the state House last week and perhaps in the very near future will provide a safe way out for victims of violence of  any kind, unlike the Latina  who could not get far away enough from her abuser in 2023.

Under the legislation (H.B. 2162), eligible violent crime survivors would be entitled to relocation assistance and extend the timeframe for requesting such assistance from 90 to 180 days after the crime occurred. The legislators said this would allow survivors more time to access necessary support and ensure they can utilize federal documentation to validate their need for relocation.

“Partnering with Representative Labs on this bill exemplifies that the PA House stands united with survivors of violent crime by expanding housing assistance to them in their time of need.”

Credit: state Rep Labs

Powell, D-Allegheny, said. “Thank you to all my colleagues for your affirmative votes and your commitment to helping survivors start their lives a new.”“I want to thank Representative Powell for her collaboration on this important piece of legislation that protects victims and empowers survivors,” Labs, R-Bucks, added. “The passage of House Bill 2162 is a critical step in ensuring our commitment to making Pennsylvania a safer place for victims of violence and providing a foundation of support during recovery.”

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one in three women, one in four men and nearly half of LGBTQ+ individuals will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

The bill now moves to the state Senate for consideration.

 

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Fireworks Safety Advice for People, Property and Pets

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One highlight of Independence Day is fireworks.  Most like a good firework display, but some have issues with the noise coming from setting off fireworks.

Fireworks can have a negative effect to dogs, veterans, anyone suffering from PTSD, elderly, etc. Another negative effect is injuries, mostly burns, from setting off fireworks.  Even though it is legal in most parts of the state for residents to buy and set off  consumer-grade fireworks, public safety officials ask residents to leave it to the pros.

Some of the restrictions include, the discharging of fireworks in Pennsylvania can not be done within 150 feet of a building or vehicle regardless if either is owned by the owner. Discharging of fireworks is prohibited on any public property.

Agencies and organizations offer safety tips when it comes to fireworks.

From Langhorne Borough:  Planning ahead can help animals cope with the fireworks season. Pets are sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells. On the Fourth of July, and other days people are likely to set off fireworks, it’s important to be proactive for your pet’s wellbeing. Click here for the Humane Society’s tips on keeping pets and wildlife safe and happy during seasonal celebrations.

The State Police has a Fireworks FAQ page that shows note-worthy changes from Act 74 of 2022 which set new rules for the sale and use of consumer-grade fireworks.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a report documenting the hazards including injuries and death incurred by consumer use of fireworks. CPSC is raising awareness and sharing safety tips to prevent these types of injuries and deaths over the holiday.

CPSC urges consumers to celebrate safely this holiday by following these safety tips:

  • Never allow children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit—hot enough to melt some metals.
  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area, and only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer (not professional) use.
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy, in case of fire or other mishap.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Move to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.
  • Never point or throw fireworks (including sparklers) at anyone.
  • After fireworks complete their burning, to prevent a trash fire, douse the the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device.

Lower Bucks Source wishes everyone a happy, healthy and safe Independence Day!

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