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Silver Lake Nature Center Celebrates Purple Martins Baby Shower

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Purple Martins Baby Shower

Silver Lake Nature Center (SLNC) held a baby shower for their Purple Martins on Saturday at their Earthship building.

The invitations sent, the Earthship decorated, the Purple Martins nesting, even Purple Martin cookies on hand, all that was left was for the human visitors to arrive. 

Coordinated by Sue Kiernan and Dawn Denner, the baby shower was held on Saturday, June 8, 2024 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

SLNC Purple Martin Baby Shower Sue Kiernan and Dawn Denner

Sue Kiernan and Dawn Denner
Photo Credit: Joanne Ames

The day was beautiful in all ways. The Earthship was decorated in purple with sunshine, warm temperatures, and several adults and children all on hand for the shower.

Purple Martins Baby Shower              Photo Credit: SLNC

Arriving to the Earthship, one would be greeted by SLNC’s Naturalist/ Director PattiAnn Cutter. The event quickly filled with people to see the Purple Martins, their homes and learn of them and their preparations for the births.

PattiAnn Cutter and Dawn Denner

PattiAnn Cutter and Dawn Denner
Photo Credit: Joanne Ames

Purple Martins are a part of the swallow family. Dawn Denner, a SLNC volunteer, made it her mission to make Silver Lake a prime location for them to take up residence. Their homes, known as gourds, are on open space and near water. Denner said last spring and summer no females showed but this year both males and females showed up. Right now, there are at least two nests with eggs. Before laying their eggs, they line their nest with fresh leaves. While Denner was speaking, people were able to see one fly about getting leaves and even caught a bug in flight. These eggs are expected to hatch soon, SLNC staff said. 

Purple Martins eggs
Photo Credit: SLNC

 

The Earthship building at SLNC has its own interesting story in itself. For those interested in the Earthship, SLNC has several free tours. 

Saturday’s SLNC Purple Martins baby shower was an extremely fun-filled event while learning something about these special birds.

SLNC has so much to offer in the way of fun and educational. Click here to see what events SLNC has planned for coming months.

Purple Martins Home
Photo Credit: SLNC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ames has lived in Falls Township for most of her life. She currently contributes to Lower Bucks Source doing multiple tasks. Got the reporting "bug" and is in her first year of learning the ins and outs of journalism. Her free time is dedicated to caring for and hanging with her mom. Ames admits to being a news junkie and an avid reader. Also loves the Eagles (a crazed fan) and Phillies. During football season, she loves to remind LBS Publisher/Editor Jeff Bohen "The Giants Suck.."

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Cops, Courts & Fire -Lower Makefield Township

Did You Lose Tools in Lower Makefield Recently?

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The Lower Makefield Police Department seeking the rightful owner of tools found on Glenn Drive officials said in a press release Thursday

According to Lower Makefield Township Police Department they recently come into possession of found items on Glen Dr., and we are looking to reunite them with their rightful owner(s). If you have lost any property recently, please take a moment to check if these might belong to you.  If you believe these are your items, please contact the Detectives Division at 215-493-4055 during our business hours Hopefully the tools will be returned to the rightful owner so we can try and do the natural and report out who found the tools and got the police department involved.

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Human Interest - Bristol Borough

Bristol Borough Announces Changes to Sidewalk Repair Program, Children Related Events Announced

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Bristol Borough announced changes coming to the controversial sidewalk program it instituted last year after a number of complaints about the overall health of the sidewalks in the small, compacted locality.

Beginning last May, Borough code enforcement officials undertook an initiative to inspect sidewalks throughout the walkable community.

According to LevittownNow.com, borough officials completed walking inspections in 50 percent of the town finding 155 violations with 132 of those homeowners granted extensions to repair or replace the sidewalks.

The sidewalk violations and citations were met with intense push back in the community and on local social media pages. Several posters and dozens of commenters called for the firing of Inspector John Miller and the recently hired code enforcement staff.

The current incarnation of the effort is over, Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe said at Monday night’s council meeting.

“We started a sidewall program based on the course our inspectors went out and took. It’s very clear that if there is a sidewalk that can create a tripping problem …the homeowner has to fix them. It worked but it’s been  a disaster.”

Going on, he said, we just finished surveying the entire borough last week, and we has a meeting with the solicitor prior to finishing, DiGuiseppe said, and now were going to change the whole program and handle it differently. If there is a sidewalk not in compliance – meaning a tripping problem or a danger to someone, the borough will send a letter to that resident whether it’s a rental property or homeowner, stating your sidewalk is not in compliance and that it should be repaired. For some reason you don’t repair it and for some reason someone gets hurt, Bristol Borough is putting you on notice.

“So, we’re not forcing you to do anything” he said, adding the Borough tried to work with everyone on the issue in any way possible.

“We did get a lot of lawsuits and we did get a lot of complaints from people that tripped and busted their face open. We asked people if they wanted to come to Council and talk about some of the things that happened to them. And they really didn’t want to get involved on TV. There were some serious injuries over sidewalks that people got hurt on,” DiGuiseppe said.

Borough Solicitor Jeff Garton said he was going to check and make sure the Borough sidewalk ordinance is consistent with what the council president laid out.

“We’re not walking the streets anymore, We did it one time, it’s over and we’re done with it,” DiGuiseppe said emphatically.


In related Council items:

August 6 will be the Bristol Borough’s National Night Out event  at the Snyder-Girotti Elementary School fields off of Buckley and Beaver Streets, beginning  at 5:30 p.m.

August 7 (a Wednesday) will be Kids Night at the St Ann /St Mark Carnival this year. Bristol Environmental will once again sponsor the event that is free to all Boro children. More details to be released coming soon.

Council tabled the motion to take over the property located at 636 Race Street due to redevelopment interest from Habitat for Humanity.

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Health - Bensalem Township

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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