Claudia

Smartphones have made life easier, but at what cost?

silhouettesCell phones. What is your reaction to those two words?

Do you smile and give your smartphone a loving pat for keeping you in touch and entertained during your every waking moment?  Do you eye your flip phone warily, wishing the expectation of constant reachability were not the new norm?  Or do you throw your hands up in despair, bemoaning the bad manners of most of the cell phone users you encounter every day?

As of January 2014, the Pew Research Center reports that 90 percent of Americans own a cell phone, and 57 percent of them have a smart phone.  These hundreds of millions of people use their phones for everything from basic calls and texts to surfing the web, checking stocks, and playing games. Continue reading »

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Kristen

7 Tips for Pants-a-Fitting during the Holidays

No need to get this extreme, but here are some tips to get you through the holiday eating season.

No need to get this extreme, but here are some tips to get you through the holiday eating season.

I’ll be honest; I have a love affair with all things holiday-food related. I also know that I’m not alone in this love affair, hence why I’m writing this blog post and sharing some new-found knowledge.

As wonderful as it may feel in the moment I’m eating as many chocolate chip cookies, truffles and pieces of fudge I can get my hands on, I know it’s inevitable it’ll eventually land on my hips.

In order to save myself and anyone else who is willing to read this, here’s some advice I’ve accumulated. Continue reading »

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guest

Susquehanna Bank helps Millersville University student by funding summer internship

Evan Rubin at the Lancaster County Courthouse

Evan Rubin at the Lancaster County Courthouse

Background: Susquehanna Bank contributes funds to Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to support students who choose community service-based internships at nonprofits or government agencies. The donation allows the university’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Management to offer an award to selected students who are completing an academic internship during a summer semester.

This summer, Millersville student Evan Rubin completed an internship with the Lancaster County Juvenile Probation Department. The department is responsible for the guidance and supervision of juveniles, between the ages of 10-17 years old who are referred by local police departments, agencies or private cititzens as a result of having committed a crime.  

Here is Evan’s journal of his experience:

Entry 1: As a student intern, I’ve had a chance to work directly in the field with various probation officers, and learn more about the responsibilities.

As the first three weeks of my internship comes to a close, I have already accomplished many of the goals established during the beginning of the semester. One of the first goals was to become more knowledgeable in the classification process of juvenile offenders, and how a risk level is determined. Continue reading »

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Lauren

30 Simple Ways to Make Someone Feel Important

Surprise someone with a small gift.
Surprise someone with a small gift.

I’ve always admired the idea that Mary Kay Ash described – “Pretend that every single person you meet has a sign around his or her neck that says, “Make me feel important.””

Even with the best intentions, I don’t think I’ve truly succeeded at implementing this in my life. Too many distractions, too many pressing priorities – too many excuses.

There are certain people I know that are masterful at Mary Kay’s suggestion, and being around them feels really good. More valuable than a grand gesture, feeling valued and appreciated moves the heart and soul in a way that not much else can. What lifts my spirit and mood most readily are when my husband picks me up my favorite candy bar at the store, just because, or when my son tells me I look beautiful today. Or when someone genuinely listens to me, without interruption or without judgment, and with full attention.

So as I traditionally get caught up in the whirl of day to day activities and stresses – especially during the holiday season – I’m reminded this month that I have the power to show appreciation and thanks in those same small but impactful ways. I have the power to make those around me feel valued – and so do you! Here are 30 simple ways to get started, inspired by our 30 Days of Thanks Campaign. Continue reading »

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Kim

The Great Pumpkin: More than just Jack-o’-Lanterns and pie

Last year’s creation with Buster the bumble bee who  couldn't have cared less about  the scary jack-o-lantern.

Last year’s creation with Buster the bumble bee who
couldn’t have cared less about
the scary jack-o-lantern.

What popular fruit…

  •  is 90 percent water?
  •  was recommended to remove freckles and cure snake bites?
  •  can weigh less than a pound or more than 1,000 pounds?
  •  was used by Native Americans as medicine?
  •  was used as a template to ensure a round and uniform finished haircut?

You guessed it! It’s the fall fruit everyone associates with this time of year – the great pumpkin!

I have to admit, although I hold on to summer as long as I can, once the leaves start to turn and there is a nip to the air, I am all about that orange gourd!  I must have two dozen of them in assorted shapes, sizes and materials that I love to arrange on my fireplace mantle, on my hutch, and every place in between that needs a festive decoration.   Continue reading »

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Matthew

Cybersecurity Awareness Month: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock lately – and we truly hope you haven’t since that doesn’t sound too comfortable – you’ve probably noticed a litany of recent headlines and news stories about data breaches.

We won’t rehash the stories here – that’s what Google is for, right? However, in light of October being Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we thought it would be a good time to provide some tips about keeping your personal information safe and out of the hands of unscrupulous identity thieves.

The harsh reality is criminals are going to continue to develop innovative ways to separate you from your money. While financial institutions and companies are investing millions in dollars and resources into fighting ID theft, there are steps you can take to better protect yourself from becoming a victim in this ultra-high tech digital age. Continue reading »

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Dale

Frightening Fall Adventures – If You Dare!

scarypumpkinAs fall arrives, thoughts of bright colorful leaves, pumpkin-flavored treats, and cooler weather come to mind.

Last week, Amy discussed family-friendly fall activities.  For those with a bolder sense of adventure, there are a multitude of scary fall attractions in our market area.

We are fortunate enough to be near nationally recognized attractions. It goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway – these activities are NOT family friendly…  you’ll want to leave the kids at home! Continue reading »

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Amy

Family-friendly, non-frightening fall fun? We’ve got you covered

family fall funDuring the month of October, the last place you’ll find me is at a haunted house, creepy penitentiary, or on a ghost tour. I’m going to blame it on my kids; I don’t want to go to those places because I don’t want to scare them! (wink, wink).

But honestly, the thought of eerie places actually gives me anxiety! I am not a fan of being scared, frightened, freaked out or left shaking with fear!

So, if you’re like me and looking for some fun, family-friendly things to do this month, I have a few ideas that your kids will like and just maybe you will too!  Continue reading »

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Kristen

Here’s to Backpacks & Fresh Starts

Susquehanna volunteers join Center for Family Services representatives for Operation Backpack.

Susquehanna volunteers join Center for Family Services representatives for Operation Backpack.

I was always one of those strange children who couldn’t wait to go back to school.

I’d know exactly where my classroom was, who was in my class and would have my school supplies packed and ready to go weeks in advance. Some of my fondest back-to-school memories include shopping with my mom for my brand-new backpack.

As corny as it sounds, my new backpack was the symbol of fresh beginnings for the year. A few of the standouts through the years included the one strap backpack, backpack on wheels and the infamous plastic, see-through backpack (Mom, why didn’t you talk me out of that one?). I always thought having a new backpack was necessary and a rite of passage. Continue reading »

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Lauren

Brown Bag Blues: The Return of School Lunch

Kindergarten children eating lunchBack to school has arrived in the Bergman household as we send our little man off to kindergarten. I’m feeling the stress of new schedules, catching the school bus, switching after-school providers and most surprisingly, the dread of packing lunch every day. I’m about 25 years out of practice on that last one!

Is it me, or was packing a lunch 25 years ago so much simpler? With less focus on nutrition, I could joyfully relish my ham and cheese loaf sandwich on white bread, juice box and Zebra Cake with no worries from mom and no complaints from me. As a parent today, I feel the weight of the ’must be organic, whole grain, non-GMO, non-nitrate, non-hormone’ pressure guiding each decision as I reach for items on the grocery shelf. How can I pack a nutritionally sound meal that is still appealing to a picky 5-year-old – all in the fog of the early morning ’get-out-the-door’ dance? Continue reading »

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