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Ask a Penn State Master Gardener about Spotted Lanternflys – FREE Live Q&A Session for Bucks County Residents

Are you seeing Spotted Lanternflys on your Bucks County property, or in your community?  Do you have questions about Spotted Lanternfly?

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and join a panel of Penn State Bucks County Master Gardeners for a free Spotted Lanternfly Q&A live session on Saturday morning, September 19th from 9 AM to 10 Am.  This session takes place via Zoom.

To participate in this session, you’ll need an internet connection, as well as a computer, tablet or smartphone, and the latest version of Zoom installed (a free app).

Submit your questions (up to three) along with your registration.  All submitted questions will be addressed and answered during the live session.  If there is sufficient time, the Master Gardener panel will take live questions too.

Register here:

COVID-19 Grants for PA Small Businesses

The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program will open its second application window at 9AM on August 10. This will be the final opportunity to apply for the program. The application window will remain open for 15 business days, closing at 11:59PM on August 28.

Pennsylvania small businesses are encouraged to apply for relief if they:

  • Had 25 or fewer full-time employees prior to February 15, 2020
  • Have annual revenues of $1 million or less, and
  • Were economically impacted by COVID-19

All applications must be made through a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the county where their business is located.

If you already applied during the first application window, you will be notified of your status by August 10. You do not need to reapply in the second round. Qualified applications will be automatically rolled over into this next funding round for consideration.


For any questions, contact DCED’s Customer Service at 1.866.466.3972 or by email.

Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Update – Neshaminy Interceptor

The proposed Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Update is available for inspection by the public for 30 days beginning Wednesday, May 6, 2020 through Thursday, June 4, 2020.  This Plan Update provides the planning necessary for new sewage facilities to serve the portion of Lower Southampton Township in the Neshaminy Interceptor Service Area.  The alternative selected by the Plan Update is to continue with existing public sanitary system collection, conveyance and treatment for the areas requiring public sewers and to continue to implement the Township’s Infiltration and Inflow Abatement Program in the service area.  In addition, the Neshaminy Interceptor is to be upgraded to adequately address the future needs of Lower Southampton Township for a period of ten years.

Written comments on the proposed Act 537 Sewage Facilities Plan Update will be accepted by the Manager’s office at 1500 Desire Avenue, Feasterville, PA 19053 through June 4, 2020

Click HERE to view the plan.

Complete your Census Information!

In mid-March, homes across the country began receiving invitations to complete the 2020 Census. It has never been easier to respond on your own, whether online, over the phone or by mail – all without having to meet a census taker.  It takes just 10 minutes to complete the census form!  Click here to visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s website.

Watch this informative video on why it’s important to complete your census!

Hours of Operations for Local Grocery Stores

Giant Supermarket:  Daily Hours are 7am to 10pm.   Special Hour for senior citizens is 6am to 7am.

Acme Supermarket:  Daily Hours are 7am to 10pm.  Special Hours for seniors/pregnant women  are 7am to 9am.

Bells Market:  Monday thru Saturday hours are 8AM to 9PM.  Sunday hours are 8AM to 7PM.  No special times for seniors.


March 19, 2020 Update on Corona Virus Information

Lower Southampton Township has been regularly monitoring information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-2019 – coronavirus.  COVID-2019 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in humans and can spread from person-to-person.  The most common symptoms are fever and cough, and sometimes difficulty breathing; however, these symptoms may also be caused by other illnesses.

The CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health both emphasize that the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to practice these good health habits:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day, and particularly before you eat or touch your face, and after you sneeze, cough or blow your nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact, or prolonged visits, with people who are sick.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your elbow.  Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning spray or disinfectant wipes.

For regular updates on the virus, please monitor the CDC’s website at

March 6, 2020 UPDATE:  As of today, March 6, 2020, there are two (2) presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on what is currently known, COVID-19 is spread from person to person, similar to the common cold or influenza.  The CDC website states that for the general American public — such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 — the immediate health risk is considered low. The severity of illness or how many people in the commonwealth or the U.S. will fall ill from COVID-19 is unknown at this time.

March 12, 2020 UPDATE:  As of today, there are 21 presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania – 2 in Bucks County.   If you arrived in Pennsylvania from China or Iran anytime during the outbreaks there, you will be notified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stay home and practice social distancing for 14 days after travel.  If you have returned from travel in Italy or South Korea within the past 14 days, we ask that you call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) to let the department know about your travel, and then stay home and practice social distancing for 14 days after travel.

March 19, 2020 UPDATE:  As of today, there are 12 presumptive positive cases in Bucks County.

To keep up-to-date with important information regarding COVID-19, please see the following resources:

World Health Organization (WHO)

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Pennsylvania Department of Health Media Page

Bucks County Health Department


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