Maasai project plans

charity walk today

The Maasai Cultural Exchange Project in Point Pleasant will host a charity walk today at Peace Valley Park in New Britain.

The 6.2-mile walk around Lake Galena will raise funds to assist Maasai tribal communities in Africa. The funds will be used to drill wells for clean water, help Maasai women market their jewelry, and establish scholarships for children in Kenya.

During the program today, two Maasai will discuss their culture, perform native songs and dances, and display jewelry created by Maasai craftswomen.

Registration is $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors. Walkers should meet at Pavilion No. 4 in Peace Valley Park, New Galena Road entrance (near Route 313). Registration will begin at noon, and the walk will begin at 1 p.m.

For more information, call 215-262-1237 or visit

Heart & Soul Yoga offered

at Michener Museum

Heart & Soul Yoga will be offered in a series of classes starting Wednesday at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown.

Students will learn breathing, balancing and stretching techniques during a a class held in a space overlooking the museum's sculpture garden.

Classes will be from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Wednesdays through June 27. Classes are $70 for members, and $85 for non-members. Single classes are $15 for members and $18 for non-members. To sign up, call 215-340-9800 or visit

Event raises $120,000

for juvenile diabetes

More than $120,000 was raised for juvenile diabetes research during a charity event earlier this month in New Hope featuring designer Nicole Miller, organizers said.

"Wild for the Cure" featured a mock Nicole Miller boutique, a silent auction and reception. The event also included appearances by the Philadelphia Eagles cheerleaders and former player Vaughn Hebron.

The event was hosted by New Hope residents Dan and Jill Romanelli, whose son Daniel has juvenile diabetes. Proceeds went to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Bryn Mawr firm receives

award from the EPA

Aqua Pennsylvania Inc. of Bryn Mawr has received an award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Sustainable Public Health Protection.

The award honors the firm's efforts to rebuild the Bristol Water Treatment Plant in Bucks County; the plant supplies drinking water to approximately 30,000 local residents.

Aqua, which acquired the municipal water system in 1996, invested $10 million to renovate the facility, and $5.9 million of the total was financed with a low-interest loan from the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority. Aqua began the plant's overhaul in 1999, and completed the project in 2001.

Three area Girl Scout units

have merged to one council

Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley, Girl Scouts-Great Valley Council and Girl Scouts of Southeastern Pennsylvania have merged to form Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

The high-capacity council has organized a new infrastructure, and will have expanded resources to serve more girls and volunteers.

Headquartered in Miquon, Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania will have service centers in Valley Forge, Allentown and other locations throughout Bucks, Berks, Carbon, Chester, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton and Philadelphia Counties.

The nine-county council will serve more than 50,000 girls and 17,000 volunteers. It will be overseen by 130 full-time employees and governed by a 30-member Board of Directors.

For more information, visit

Bucks YWCA has honored

16 woman for contributions

The YWCA of Bucks County recently honored 16 women for their contributions to their companies, organizations and/or communities. The women were recognized May 10 at a special reception at the Spring Mill Country Club in Ivyland.

The honorees were Ann O'Shea, St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown Township; Cathy Janoson, GE Water and Process Technologies in Trevose; Carol R. Wisser, Bucks County Opportunity Council; Kathi Lacomchik, Rotary Club of Bensalem; Pam Hueber, Neshaminy Manor in Warrington; Gail Vasquez, Keller Williams Real Estate in Doylestown; Rose Miller, the Bucks County Chapter of The Links, Incorporated; Dr. Stacy Krisher, Comprehensive Breast Care Associates in Bensalem; Wendy Hamilton, PhiladelphiaPark Casino; Gina Pardovich, Bucks County Technical High School in Fairless Hills; Lynn Bintliff, Bucks County Community College in Newtown; Kathleen McQuarrie, Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence; Lynn Henk, Center for Women's Health in Langhorne; Marguerite Vasconcellos, Bucks County Intermediate Unit; Meg Groff, a family law attorney in Doylestown; and Yadira Carmona, YWCA of Bucks County.

- Kristin E. Holmes