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Volume XXII · Number 10 November-December, 2008 Newsletter of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce

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Autumn Gala

September 27, 2008

Perkasie Fire Company members both past and present congratulated Dave Worthington on his award.

Chamber Director Tom McVaugh joined the table of Bux-Mont Awards and later presented the Business Achievement Award to this fine group.

Celebrating 45 Years of Excellence

Keith Smith, Prodesco, Inc., shared the evening with his wife, Helene and cousin Steve Dietrich.

The Grand Prize, a potpourri of gift certificates to local businesses, was won by Jack Hetherington. Raffle ticket prizes were enjoyed by many winners.

Cindy Marcinkowski, owner of Abundance Floral Design, created the gorgeous centerpieces for the event. Patti Van Artsdalen, from neighboring Bagel Café, helped out with the display.

Award winners, David Worthington, Don Richardson representing the Dublin Lions Club, and Greg Bencsik, Bux-Mont Awards pose for a group shot.

Chamber President Neil Fosbenner and his wife Maryann enjoyed the evening with Todd and Kristin Hurley, Dan and Cheryl Soliday, and Ed and Regina Ayers.

Perkasie Olde Towne members joined representatives from the Dublin Lions Club.

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December 8 - Pennridge Airport invites you and your children to meet Santa at the airport. Bring a wrapped gift to the airport by Wednesday, December 10. Make sure your child's first and last name is written on the outside of the gift. Santa will have all of the gifts loaded on his plane so he can deliver them on December 13 at 11 a.m.. Unwrapped new toys, wrapping material and new clothing accessories (mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, etc.) will be accepted on the day of the event to give to Pennridge F.I.S.H. December 13 and 14­ Visit the Annual Winter Forrest at the Sellersville Museum from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Over 30 trees decorated by area businesses and organizations will be on display. Visitors can vote for their favorite trees by donating coins to place their vote. All proceeds will go to Pennridge F.I.S.H. Santa, live music and refreshments will add to the festivities. Free Admission. December 13 - Discover Dublin, Inc. is sponsoring a Dublin Holiday Gathering from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Dublin Fire House. Santa will be arriving down Main Street at 7:15 p.m. and will light the tree. The event will feature free pictures with Santa, free refreshments, carriage rides, a live nativity, a model train display, a gingerbread house display and contest, recognition of hometown heroes, and live music by local musicians and the Pennridge High School Choir. If you would like to help out or be a sponsor of the event, please call Joe Policare, 215-249-3833. For more information on the event, call Eugene Miller at 215-519-8242. Through December 31 - The 30th annual Festival of Trees runs through Dec.31 at Pearl S. Buck House & Historic Site, 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown. Rooms are decorated with trees designed by volunteers from local organizations, businesses and decorators. Tours are offered Tuesdays through Sundays. Fees and further information can be found on the web at or by calling 215-249-0100.

Board of Directors and Staff - 2008

Neil Fosbenner

President First Savings Bank of Perkasie

Tom McVaugh

Vice President Laboratory Testing, Inc.

Daniel Soliday

Treasurer Daniel L. Soliday, CPA, CVA

Janet Mintzer

Secretary Pearl S. Buck International

Betty Graver

Executive Director, PCC

Hugh Niles

Honorary Board Member Retired - Military

Christine Smith

The following companies and individuals have made an important WELCOME investment in their NEW MEMBERS business and community by joining the chamber. Please remember them for your business and personal needs. Also make a special effort to welcome them as they attend our functions. BUXMONT Living, Brenda Oelschlager, P.O. Box 64284, Souderton, PA 18964, phone: 215723-9378. BUXMONT Living is a non-profit newspaper circulated quarterly to over 57,000 residents in Bucks and Montgomery counties. The mission of the free paper is to build strong positive relationships in the home, workplace, and community. M L Johnston Medical Legal Services, Mary Lou Johnston, RN, CLNC, 258 N. West End Blvd. #113, Quakertown, PA 18951, phone: 215538-0637. Mary Lou is a nurse with a strong clinical background and a strong background in medical review. She is combining her clinical

and record review skills to function as a legal nurse consultant. In this new business, Mary Lou will work for attorneys or insurance companies to help them understand medical cases, including medical malpractice, personal injury, toxic tort, worker's compensation, and product liability injury. If you are suffering from a medical injury, or are an attorney dealing with medical injuries, please feel free to contact Mary Lou. Rudy's Mart, Inc., Earl Robinson, 232 E. Dublin Pike, Dublin, PA 18917, phone: 215249-9482. This family owned and operated store has been in business for 14 years, 7 years at the current location on Route 313 in Dublin. This retail store is open year round, Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and features a variety of products which change seasonally. Whether you are looking for a particular item, such as bedroom furniture, living room furniture, patio accessories, or you just have time to browse through all of the many different products they carry, be sure to allow some time to stop by and check out this unique store.

Honorary Board Member Personalized Secretarial Services

David Alderfer, Director

Grand View Hospital

Rodney Altemose, Director

Bucks County Community College - UCC

David Beck, Director

The Weimer Group

Gail Eister, Director

FirstService Bank

A Division of National Penn Bank

David Nyman, Director

East Rockhill Township

Roger Perry, Director

Diverse Technical Lines, Inc.

Thomas Skiffington, Director

RE/MAX 440 Realty, Inc.

Keith Smith, Director

Prodesco Inc., Secant Medical, LLC

James Spindler, Director

Univest Corporation of PA

James Steeley, Director

Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home

Dave Warren, Director

Upper Bucks County Area Vo-Tech

The Communicator is produced by the staff of the Pennridge Chamber of Commerce. Editor: Brenda Price Contributing Editor: Betty Graver Printed by Labelcraft Press, Inc.

David Caro, Esq., Advisor

Grim, Biehn & Thatcher

Betty Meier Steeley Funeral Home Celebrates 60th Anniversary with a Business After Hours Celebration October 29, 2008

Jim Church, Moyer Indoor Outdoor, had a blast with Chamber Director Dave Beck, and staff Lisa Bogan and her husband, Sam.

Funeral Director, Jim Steeley and his wife, Marty, posed with staff members Irene Sipes and Bruce Walt.

Charles Schmell, Labelcraft Press, met Chamber Director Dave Alderfer, Director of Development at Grand View Hospital.

Jim Church, Moyer Indoor Outdoor spoke with Rep. Paul Clymer and Ron Graver, GTR Welding.

Chamber Director Dave Alderfer enjoyed the wonderful buffet along with Cheryl Swartley, Sellersville Theatre and William Quigley, The Washington House.


Univest Corporation, parent company of Univest National Bank and Trust Co., has announced the appointment of Annette D. Szygiel as executive vice president, chief experience officer (CXO) and director of corporate planning. In her new position, she will oversee the organization's corporate planning, integration and experience strategies. Robert C. Werner, Executive Vice President / Chief Operating Officer of QNB Bank was recently appointed Chairman of the Community Lenders Community Development Corporation of Pennsylvania (CLCDC) for the 2008-2009 term. CLCDC of PA is a nonprofit, multi-bank community development corporation. Its mission is to promote and facilitate community revitalization through the financing of, and investment in, housing and community development activities.

Darla Weaver Maricarol Morley Kathleen Burkey

Grand View Hospital has recently restructured its senior management team. Darla Weaver, R.N., who has served as vice president of Patient Services at Grand View Hospital for the last 13 years, has recently been named vice president of Quality. After serving as a management engineer at Grand View Hospital for the past nine years, Maricarol Morley has been elevated to a new position as division manager of Planning and Marketing. Kathleen Burkey, R.N., M.S.N., has been named the new vice president of Nursing, replacing Weaver's position. Robert Padfield, Jr. has joined the staff of First Savings Bank of Perkasie as an Assistant Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer. Eric Roessler has joined the staff of First Savings Investment Group as a Financial Planner.



SCORE will present a free seminar, "How Women Can Successfully Start a Small Business" on Wednesday, November 19, at the Levittown Library, 7311 New Falls Road, Levittown from 6:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The speakers will present topics on building a plan for your business and developing a financial plan. Reservations are suggested. Additionally, a seminar will be held on December 19, aimed at veterans, at the Langhorne Library from 6:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please call 215-943-8850 for more information and reservations. Univest National Bank and Trust Co. recently announced a new management structure for Retail Banking to strengthen service levels and enhance quality experiences for its customers and employees. As part of the new structure, Univest promoted two regional vice presidents to senior vice presidents and six existing branch managers to district managers in Bucks and Montgomery counties within their network of 33 financial services centers. The new district manager for the Upper Bucks District is Briana Dona. RE/MAX Central, a Division of RE/MAX 440, is proud to announce the acquisition of their new Center Valley office located at 4789 Route 309 in Center Valley. Already the largest RE/MAX office in the State of Pennsylvania, with the acquisition of this new RE/ MAX Central office, owners Thomas E. Skiffington and Marian Fraticelli now manage nine offices. Now with over 180 fulltime professional real estate agents. QNB Bank recently presented six local charities with a total of $2,922. This brings the 15-year total generated by the program to almost $42,000. The money was raised by QNB employees during the bank's annual "Casual for a Cause" program over the summer months. Every Friday, from Memorial Day to the week after Labor Day, employees who dressed in business casual could choose to donate $2. The employees' generous response allowed the Bank to distribute $487 to six local charities in QNB's Market Area, including Pennridge FISH. First Savings Community Foundation has pledged $25,000 to the Pearl S. Buck International Historic Preservation Campaign. The four year campaign was instituted to restore and preserve the historic Pearl S. Buck House located at 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie. First Savings Community Foundation was established in 1998 and is supported by First Savings Bank, Insurance and Investments. The Foundation contributed over $158,000 in 2007 to charitable and nonprofit organizations in the communities which are served by First Savings. Deb M. Takes, president and CEO of Harleysville National Bank, is proud to announce that the bank has been named a recipient of the National Outstanding Employer of Older Workers Award, presented by the Experience Works organization. The bank was selected as one of five national winners from among 50 nominees. Winners were judged on criteria including employing a significant number of older workers; using active efforts to recruit, train and retain senior workers; advocating the importance of having mature workers in an organization; and recognizing experienced workers as a competitive advantage. For more information on Experience Works visit their website at



The Bucks County Schools Intermediate Unit Education Foundation is pleased to announce a grant from Verizon in the amount of $10,000. The BCIU proposes to establish a Professional Learning Community pilot study in which teachers and administrators continuously seek and share learning and then act on what they learn. The Professional Learning Community is viewed as a most powerful staff development approach as well as a potent strategy for school change and improvement. This is a collaborative effort between Verizon and the BCIU. David D. Bilger, Certified Public Accountants was voted 1 st Place in the 2008 Berks-Mont Blue Ribbon Awards for "Best Accounting & Financial Services." David has been providing quality tax and accounting services since 1978. He has been providing comprehensive financial planning and investment management services since 1998. David is an investment advisor representative with H.D. Vest Investment ServicesSM, a non-bank subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company.

Please check out the holiday activities on the first page. Pennridge F.I.S.H. (Fellowship In Serving Humanity) is in need of the following items: CEREAL, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned juices, canned pasta products, coffee, tea, canned and dry milk, and diapers size 2, 3, 5, and 6. Fish is located near the Perkasie Borough Authority building on 5th Street in Perkasie. (215-257-7616) The BUXMONT Living 2008 "Celebrate Community" Concert will feature the African Children's Choir at the December 6 fund-raising event. A community youth choir made up of many local children in grades 4 through 8 will also participate and perform one piece with the featured group. The concert will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Pennridge High School auditorium in Perkasie. MAMA Project, based in Pennsburg, is an internationally recognized, non-profit, health and nutrition program with a Nutrition Center in Honduras and scholarship programs in Haiti. Proceeds from the concert will be shared by BUXMONT Living and MAMA Project. For information about "Celebrate Community" Concert tickets or BUXMONT Living, visit To learn about the work of MAMA Project, visit

Musical Tours of the Pearl S. Buck House will be given on November 13 and 20, and December 4, 11, and 18 at 2:30 p.m. Pearl S. Buck's 1959 Allen Organ will fill the House with a selection of the author's favorite music. Tours are limited to 15 and will include a complete tour of the Pearl S. Buck Historic House, an organ concert by Sandra Cowperthwaite (seating provided in the Living Room), and a light refreshment on the Terrace (weather permitting). Cost is $15/adults, $12/seniors and students. Reservations are required; please contact the Pearl S. Buck Tour Coordinator to schedule a tour: 215-249-0100 x110 or [email protected] o A College and Career Expo for prospective students and parents will be held at Upper Bucks County Technical School, 3115 Ridge Road, Perkasie, on Tuesday, November 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. All visitors will have the opportunity to tour twenty Career and Technical programs. Visitors will also meet business and industry representatives who support the school and provide employment to UBCTS students. In addition, college representatives will be featured in the main cafeteria, who will be available to provide information on post-secondary options. For additional information, please contact: Marilyn Reese, at [email protected] or (215) 7952911, ext. 242 or Carl Shannon, at [email protected] or (215) 795-2911, ext. 212. As the holidays are approaching, the Upper Bucks Campus of Bucks County Community College is going to create a "Garland of Giving" Tree. The college is asking the faculty, staff, and students as well as the community at large to donate any nonperishable food items and some toiletries which will be given to Pennridge FISH, a nonprofit organization which was created to serve the needs of the low income families in the Pennridge School district. Please bring your donation to the Upper Bucks Campus by noon, December 9th. Once you donate your product, you are invited to a Holiday Gathering at the college on Wednesday, December 10th from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information, please call 215-258-7700.

It's time to lace up those sneaks and start training for the Seventh Annual Habitat for Humanity 5K! The Quakertown Rotary Club and Quakertown United Methodist Church are once again hosting the Habitat 5K Race at the Quakertown United Methodist Church, 1875 Frier Road, on Saturday, Nov. 29. Registration opens at 8:45 a.m., with the ¾ mile Kid's Race at 9:45 a.m. and the 5K starting at 10 a.m. For more information and for registration, visit the Habitat Bucks website ( or email Bill at [email protected] The regions best artisans and crafters come together in this juried collection of crafts, gifts, fine art and antiques at this popular, one-stop-shop holiday show at Pearl S. Buck International. The Juried Craft Show will be held from Friday, November 28 to December 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pearl S. Buck Cultural Center, 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown. Admission is $2. Pennsylvania House of Representatives calendars for the year 2009 are now available from Rep. Paul I. Clymer, R-145. The calendar provides a photographic display of the Capitol. To obtain a free calendar contact Clymer's district office at 311 North Seventh Street, Perkasie, PA 18944; 215-257-0279. QNB is pleased to announce the publication of its 2009 Collector Calendar. Calendars are available for no charge at all eight QNB branches. The 2009 calendar marks the 12th anniversary of QNB's Collector Calendar, featuring the work of area student artists. This year's calendar contains the award-winning pen and ink drawings of fourteen area high school students who submitted art on the theme "My Home Town--A Little Bit of Heaven." The Bank will hold a 2010 Calendar Art Contest beginning in March 2009. For more information call the QNB Marketing Department at 215-538-5600, ext. 5758 or email [email protected]

Our Holiday Wish to You

During the year, in the rush of events, we tend to overlook the important friendships that are the true basis of business relationships. One of the great pleasures of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to exchange cordial greetings with those whose friendship and goodwill we value so highly. In this spirit it is our pleasure to say "Thank You" and to extend our sincere appreciation for the very gratifying association we enjoy with you. May you find joy in the simple pleasures of the Holiday Season and may a hope-filled and prosperous New Year bring happiness to you and your coworkers, friends, and family. The Chamber Staff-Betty, Lisa, Donna and Brenda

Pennridge Arts Award winner

The Pennridge Arts Award winner, Fred Diseroad, is shown with his popular sketches of regional historic buildings displayed at the West Rockhill Township building. He donates his time, talent and the money raised by the sale of these sketches to the West Rockhill Historical Society. Fred's work is wellknown and appreciated locally.


Flower & Gift Shop, Inc.

Our Business is Bloomin'

(215) 799-2000 (866) 669-3747

Chad Scholl Ken and Joyce Barndt

Phone (215) 257-4653 1-800-757-BUDS FAX: (215) 257-3840 308 West Callowhill Street Perkasie, PA 18944

Yo u r C o m m u n i t y B a n k


Thomas Klee

Member FDIC

April Donahue

AVP/Manager VP/Commercial Loan Officer Perkasie and Dublin Offices 215.538.5600

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Mental Health Services Mental Ret Retardation Services Substance Abuse Services

807 Lawn Avenue P.O. Box 32 Sellersville, PA 18960

Cindy L. Marcinkowski

Owner/Floral Designer cell 215.480.2665 E-mail: [email protected]


Since 2000

Bucks County Community College Officials Break Ground on `Green' Building at Upper Bucks Campus

After seeing the number of students at its Upper Bucks Campus increase fourfold since 1999, Bucks County Community College is moving forward to expand its East Rockhill Township facility. College officials broke ground Friday, October 3, on a 26,000 square-foot addition to the campus, located on One Hillendale Drive near Perkasie. The new addition will be connected to the existing building, which measures 35,000 square feet. According to the project's architect, Shradergroup Architects LLC, the new building will meet the top certification for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), making it a so-called green building. This includes the use of a geothermal heating system, tinted and insulated windows, and vegetation planted on the rooftop to reduce rainwater runoff and help cool the building. At the groundbreaking, members of the student-run Environmental Club planted a tree to commemorate the project's concern for the natural surroundings. Those in attendance took Pictured, from left, are East Rockhill Twp. hope concolor fir tree saplings to plant on their own. Supervisors Chairman David R. Nyman, BCCC The building will feature more classrooms, including a nursing lab, biology-chemistry President Dr. James J. Linksz, State Rep. Paul science lab, and a learning studio. It will also have a computer lab for CISCO networking Clymer, and BCCC Trustees Chair Elizabeth training, a large room for assemblies, student commons area, and an outdoor plaza that can Graver. also serve as an amphitheater. The building will have wireless internet access, while each classroom will have a computerized teaching station and a "SmartBoard." The new expansion is expected to be completed by early 2010. To learn more about Bucks County Community College's Upper Bucks Campus, visit

538 West Market Street Perkasie, PA 18944 Phone: (215) 257-5390 Fax: (215) 257-6840 email: [email protected]

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Coming Events

Leadership Bucks . . . Upper County Session, Rockhill Mennonite Community 8:00 a.m-3:30 p.m. Business After Hours, Prodesco 5:30-7:00 p.m. Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Chamber 7:30 p.m. PACC, Bucks County Community College Upper County Campus 7:30 p.m. Chamber Closed--Happy Thanksgiving Chamber Closed--Happy Thanksgiving Board of Directors Meeting, Chamber 7:30 a.m. Leadership Bucks . . . Upper County Session, UB Vo Tech School 8:00 a.m-3:30 p.m. Holiday Joint Business After Hours, Pearl S. Buck International 5:00-7:00 p.m. Membership Committee Meeting, Chamber 9:00 a.m. Government Affairs Committee Meeting, Chamber 7:30 a.m. PACC, Bucks County Community College Upper Bucks Campus 7:30 p.m. Christmas Holiday--Chamber Closed Merry Christmas


"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." --Kahlil Gib

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