Change Makers & Legends

Change Makers and local legends: Living and Past here are two collections that feature people who have contributed significantly to the community or have in some way made the community a better place by changing the policies, through there nonprofit work, or support of programs that fit the follow criteria.

Phillip Lloyd Powel 1919-2006






” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   I’m reminded of what novelist John O’Hara said on the death of his close friend, George Gershwin: “George Gershwin died yesterday, but I don’t have to believe it if I don’t want to.” Phillip Lloyd Powel died in March, but I don’t have to believe it if I don’t […]




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Sharyn Keiser

Sharyn Keiser grew up in Abington, Pa and came to New Hope in 1994, becoming a vibrant member of the community. She said her first impression of New Hope was that “she belonged and wanted to be involved.??? Together with her wife Sandy, they decided that the diversity and LGBTA acceptance of New Hope was […]

Phillip Powell

Phillip Powell 1919 –2008 Born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, in 1919, Phillip Lloyd Powell began crafting furniture during his teen years. After studying mechanical engineering at the Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1939 – 1940) and then meteorology at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois (1942), he began working as a meteorologist in […]

Laurence R. Fieber – Visionary Educator

“Laurence (“Larry???) Fieber has dedicated his life to public education for the good of children. He is an educator in the truest sense, believing in and raising up all young people, including those whom others have left behind,??? Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. “Larry Fieber is widely recognized as a highly accomplished visionary educator […]

Joseph L. Wiley, Jr

 Joseph L. Wiley, Jr., “The best dressed man in New Hope”, passed away on March 7th in the Buckingham Valley Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Buckingham, PA. He was 89 years old. Born in Philadelphia to the late Joseph L Wiley, Sr. and Marie (Defeo) Wiley, Joe resided in Atlantic City and New York City before […]

Bill Scheetz

Bill Scheetz grew up in Milford, NJ in Hunterdon County. He said he started coming to New Hope in 1983, going out to the Prelude, the Cartwheel and the Raven. He loved New Hope upon his first impression. Bill met his first partner at the Prelude in 1984 and they were together for 19 years. […]

Art Mazze

Art Mazzei Art Mazzei has made New Hope/Bucks County his home for the past 30 years. Having grown up in Huntington, New York, Art lived in New York City and the Hamptons. He met his spouse of 35 years on Long Island and said they started looking for a home here after a drive through […]

Odette Myrtil

Odette Myrtil 1898 –1978 Myrtil resided in New Hope, Pennsylvania during most of her later life. From 1955 to 1958 she managed The Playhouse Inn, located next door to the Bucks County Playhouse. From 1961 to 1976 she operated the New Hope restaurant Chez Odette which had later become a different restaurant under newer ownership bearing […]