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Bedminster Township July Newsletter

Upcoming community events and news
for July 2015

Celebrating The 43rd Annual Pennridge Community Day!

12 Noon to 6 PM Sunday July 5, 2015
at Lenape Park, Rt. 152, Perkasie, Pennsylvania
Rain Date July 12, 2015
Food, rides, crafts, entertainment and fireworks
visit for more information

From the National Council on Fireworks Safety:
In 2012, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 8,700 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2012 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 31% were to the head.



Fireworks displays are best left to professionals. If you plan to set off fireworks at your 4th of July party this weekend, be sure to follow these recommended safety tips.
Think you know how to safely handle fireworks? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

For more information, visit
Pennridge FISH

School is out, and Pennridge FISH needs your help!
Once again, FISH is planning to give out bonus food bags to help families with school aged children who struggle to put enough food on the table during the summer months.
When school lets out, kids stop receiving subsidized breakfasts and lunches, and often go without eating!
FISH is looking for donations of the items listed below to help fill 600 bags.
Please consider donating generously to this program.
If you work for a local company that would like to sponsor one or more of the items needed, please contact Paige at FISH at 215-257-7616.
Donations may be brought to the pantry during their hours of operation: Monday and Wednesday, 3pm to 5pm, Thursday, 6pm to 8pm; Friday and Saturday, 9am to 11am.
Please consider helping by donating one or more of the following items:
1,200 boxes/cans/packs of each of the following:
Mac & cheese
kid friendly soup
fruit cup six packs
600 boxes/cans/jars/packs of the following:
peanut butter
Lance type crackers (cheese or peanut butter)
juice boxes
canned pasta (like Chef Boyardee)
granola bars

Your generosity can make a difference in the life of a child in the Pennridge Community.
Pennridge FISH
800 W. Chestnut St.
Perkasie, PA 18944
Press Release:

Electric System Enhancements Help Keep the Lights on for PECO Customers

Ongoing electric system upgrades improve service reliability

PHILADELPHIA (June 19, 2015) – From January through March, PECO completed more than 315 projects to enhance electric reliability for customers across Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Philadelphia and York counties. Each year, PECO invests approximately $500 million to improve the electric system infrastructure, including performing preventive maintenance and upgrading equipment.

Specifically, 275 maintenance projects were completed as part of PECO's ongoing system work.

PECO also upgraded and installed new equipment throughout the region, including 12 new advanced aerial reclosers. When a problem occurs, like a fallen tree limb, lightning strike or vehicle accident, the recloser stops the flow of electricity on the line and automatically restores electricity if possible. There are currently more than 1,650 reclosers on PECO's system, and these devices prevented more than one million sustained power interruptions for PECO customers in 2014.

To help prevent power outages caused by vegetation, PECO also installs reinforced tree-resistant aerial electric lines. These lines are stronger than traditional lines and can better withstand falling trees and tree limbs. In 2014, PECO installed 10,600 feet of this wire. In total, more than 18 miles of this wire has been installed across the service territory with an additional 1,300 feet installed during the first quarter of 2015.

PECO also continues its rigorous tree trimming program to limit the number of power outages caused by trees and other vegetation. In 2015, the company is investing about $36 million on tree pruning and other vegetation removal around approximately 2,800 miles of aerial power lines along the PECO electric distribution and transmission systems.

"These projects are critical to providing our customers with safe and reliable service every day," said John McDonald, vice president of Technical Services. "We continuously monitor our system performance to identify areas where we can upgrade our equipment or perform preventive maintenance work to deliver the reliable service our customers expect."

Deep Run Mennonite Church West: July 20th through 24th
9am to noon, ages 4 through 5th grade
1008 Deep Run Road, Perkasie PA 18944
Registration forms and more information available online at:

St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church: July 27th through 31st
9am to noon, ages 4 through 5th grade
3668 Ridge Road, Perkasie PA 18944
For more information, call or visit
A message from Rep. Marguerite Quinn's office:
Farmers Market Program Encourages Healthy Eating
By Rep. Marguerite Quinn

The Bucks County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is offering the Farmers Market Nutrition Program to older adults in Bucks County.

The program provides $20 in FREE vouchers to eligible individuals and $40 for eligible couples for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. To qualify, a person must reside in Bucks County, be at least 60 years of age, and meet income guidelines (for example, a single person may earn up to $21,775; a two-person household may earn up to $29,471). The program is not available to senior citizens who are living in nursing home facilities and residential facilities where meals are provided.

Vouchers will ONLY be distributed at designated senior centers, including the following centers located in the 143rd Legislative District:
Central Bucks Senior Center,
700 Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, telephone 215-348-0565 – Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last.     

Eastern Upper Bucks Seniors Center,
8040 Route 611, telephone 610-847-8178 – Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. while supplies last.     
For additional information, call the Bucks County Area Agency on Aging at 267-880-5700 or
visit their website. For a comprehensive list of Farmer’s Markets across the Commonwealth, click here.
For more information on the Farmers Market Nutrition Program, or any state-related topic, please contact my district office in Doylestown at 215-489-2126. I also encourage you to visit or
A message from the Bedminster Municipal Authority:
To review the 2014 Bedminster and Pennland Consumer Confidence Reports,
Please visit our website at
You can pay your bill online at at any time!
The next Water and Sewer bills will be mailed July 6, 2015 and due August 6, 2015.
Your 2015 Pennridge School District Real Estate Tax Bill will be mailed on July 1st; If you do not receive a tax bill or have recently changed your mailing address, please contact the Tax Collector, Patti McVaugh.
At, you can now pay your real estate taxes on line with a credit card (2.49% fee); debit card (1% fee) or e-check ($1.95 fee).  Cash or check (made payable to Patricia S. McVaugh, Tax Collector) also accepted.
The Tax Collector’s collection hours will be at the Township Building, 432 Elephant Road as follows:
Thursday, August 20th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 22nd, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Monday, August 24th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 27th, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, August 29th, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Monday, August 31st, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 31st, 10:00 – 11:00 am
Please note due dates for School real estate taxes are:
                By August 31st to pay at 2% DISCOUNT
                By October 31st to pay at FACE
                After October 31st, a 10% PENALTY IS INCLUDED
                Installment due dates are:  1st payment – by August 31st;
                                                               2nd payment – by October 31st;
                                                                   3rd payment – by December 15th.
Contact Information for the Tax Collector is as follows:
Patricia S. McVaugh
P.O. Box 1266
Dublin, PA   18917
Physical Address:  6 Hughes Lane, Perkasie, PA 18944
Phone/FAX:  267-871-5379
2015 Township:                7.50 mills
2015 County:                    23.20 mills
2014-2015 School:     132.0855 mills
PLEASE NOTE:  The Tax Office will be closed for vacation from July 10th - July 19th, 2015.  Sorry for any inconvenience.
July 2015 Township Calendar:
All meetings are open to the public. Meetings are held in the meeting room at 3112 Bedminster Road unless otherwise stated. Agendas are available at prior to the meeting.

Tuesday, July 7th: 8:30am: Board of Supervisors Work Session
Wednesday, July 8th: 7:30pm: Board of Supervisors June Meeting
Wednesday, July 8th: 9 to 11am: Rep. Marguerite Quinn's office hours 
Thursday, July 9th: 7:00pm
: Land Preservation Advisory Committee Meeting
Wednesday, July 15th: 7:30pm: Planning Commission Meeting CANCELLED
Tuesday, July 21st: 7:00pm: Zoning Hearing Board Meeting
Wednesday, July 22nd: 7:30pm: Bedminster Municipal Authority Meeting
Bedminster Township is closed on Friday, July 3rd in observation of the 4th of July holiday.
If you know of any upcoming community events, please email Please note that only non-profit organizations will be included.
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