9:30 AARP Driver Course
12:30 Olympics: Scrabble
1:30 Schmaltz: Encore
We now have the 2016 Ann's Choice Annual Statement available for your review. It is on the password protected page. Click here to begin.
The Display Case in the Village Clubhouse has been renovated For more details click on Village
We need you - Check it out. Interested in weekend canasta or Bikes to buy or sell?
We have a Text to Speech Reader to help low vision residents. For more info, click here.
ANN’S CHOICE LOW VISION GROUP.
The Ann’s Choice Low Vision Group meets the second Friday of each month in the
Village Music Room at 11:00 am. The purpose is to assist residents with vision problems.
The assistance is in the form of demonstrations of the latest equipment, speakers on low vision, and sharing of experiences.
The next meeting will be Friday, July 14 at 11:00 am
in the Village Music Room.
Would you like to help maintain our web site? Do you like 'surfing the net'? We could use help to support and maintain this Ann's Choice web site. You don't have to be a programmer and we will teach you how to do it. A new class is forming now. Let us know. Call Bob at 215-675-1963 to give it a try.
We have a new story from our resident, Dave Jones, called THE POTION, on the Resident Writings page about baseball in Warminster. Take a look.
We are now posting pictures and the results of our Olympic competition. They are all on 2017 Olympics.
There are Internet sites that offer free learning videos. Take a look.
Check out the HUMOR and BUY/SELL sections.
This page is the responsibility of Gail Dahlen. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for any additions/changes.
Jack Kenney, PV315, 215-444-0631
2nd Wednesday, 1:30 PM, VC Music Room
An opportunity to explore the great events and ideas in history in order to better understand the culture in which we live. This is done through the use of videos, tapes, books and written material including maps, timelines and analyses.
History was made right in our "back yard". See the item about John Fitch and the steamboat by clicking here .
The “Transportation Revolution” Started Here
One Sunday in April 1785, as John Fitch was walking home from church, a riding chair sped by and an inspiration struck. Wouldn’t it be great to use steam to drive a carriage or propel a boat? Fitch set out to invent a suitable steam engine on paper, but soon learned that a huge steam engine had already been invented in England to pump water out of mines. His inventive mind was invigorated. First experiments on the model were on a pond close to where the General Davis Inn is currently located (East of Street & Davisville Roads). He made a 23-in. wooden model of his steamboat concept in James Scout’s workshop in Warminster, and presented it to the American Philosophical Society. Fitch tried to convince the Continental Congress that his invention would “facilitate the internal navigation of the United States, adapted especially to the waters of the Mississippi.” They listened but offered no support. His was a great invention ahead of its time.
Undeterred, Fitch was able to raise $300 by selling stock in his Steamboat Company – just enough to get started. He moved to Philadelphia, built a 45-ft. steamboat and took delegates to the Constitutional Convention for a cruise on the Delaware River on August 22, 1787. Then he built a faster, 60-ft. steamboat in 1790 that carried passengers and freight nearly 3,000 miles between Philadelphia and Trenton – the world’s first commercial steamboat service. Unfortunately, he lost money on every trip. Investors abandoned him. Although granted patents both here and in France, he never built another boat. Sadly, he died a pauper in 1798.
As Fitch predicted, others became rich and famous from his invention. Soon, boats powered by steam plied the rivers, then crossed the oceans; steam locomotives spanned the continent on rails; and steam-driven vehicles gave people horseless mobility.
The “Transportation Revolution” was launched in Warminster and Southampton. The John Fitch Museum at Street & Newtown Roads heralds that achievement and commemorates the genius, industry and perseverance of John Fitch.