Lori R

From facing asteroids to hunting vampires, fictional presidents on the big and small screens keep us entertained.

presidents day picDid you do anything fun Presidents Day weekend?  Whether you shopped, went skiing, cleaned the house, or just took a break and put your feet up in front of the TV, you’ll want to keep in mind the real star of the show: Why, the POTUS of course.  The President of the United States.

Dozens of men have played the President in movies and on television.  Some of them portrayed the real deal, like Abraham Lincoln, whose persona has appeared more than any other President’s on the silver screen.

In 2012, Daniel Day-Lewis won a Best Actor Academy Award for playing the 16th Commander-in-Chief in Lincoln, but most recently, Honest Abe appeared as a Master Builder in The Lego Movie (2014).  Continue reading »

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Lauren

I’ll have one fried donut with a side of mush of pork scraps, please!

shooflyNext Tuesday morning, Lancaster and Berks Counties will wake up to local churches, bakeries and grocery stores filled to the brim with one very special Pennsylvania Dutch treat.

Should you be lucky enough, perhaps you’ll spot a large brown paper bag spotted with greasy splotches sitting in your office lunchroom ready to be pounced upon. Open it up and you’ll discover the brilliance that is the Fastnacht!

What exactly is this Pennsylvania Dutch delicacy so special it gets its own holiday?  Fastnacht Day is an annual celebration that falls on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Fastnacht translates to “Fast Night” and encourages the use and consumption of leftover indulgences before the Lenten fast. Using plenty of lard and sugar, Fastnachts take the form of crispy, less-sweet, fried doughnuts. Some cover them in powdered sugar. Others cut a slit and fill them with jelly, butter or even molasses. Continue reading »

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Amy

Check out these 8 tips for eating healthy on a budget

Mother and daughter in produce sectionThe fact is heart disease is the #1 killer of Americans and more than 1 in 3 Americans suffer from heart disease, so we can all probably say we know someone affected by heart disease in some way.

With February being National Heart Month, it’s a great time to reinforce the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle to reduce those staggering statistics.

Eating healthy, when combined with daily exercise, reducing stress and not using tobacco, can go a long way in reducing the odds of suffering from heart disease. To be honest, I used to feel that eating healthy was out of my budget! Lean meats, fruits, vegetables and nuts can get expensive! But I’ve found ways to eat healthy and still go easy on my wallet. Continue reading »

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Danielle

Monopoly, Clue, Operation: What are your favorite classic games?

board gamesHappy 80th Anniversary, Monopoly! That’s right, in 1935 Hasbro released the classic game which would go on to sell more than 275 million games worldwide; available in 111 countries in 43 different languages. It truly is a game that has stood the test of time…and boy does it take time! Everyone knows it’s a long game but what’s the record for the longest? Seventy straight days. Seventy days!

Short days and cold nights make winter the best time to catch up on some of your childhood board game classics. I was the type of kid who always needed someone to play with and I loved games, so it’s no surprise that the $10 I spent on the game Trouble a couple weeks ago ended in much laughter and competition between my boyfriend and me. In fact, we played it 9 times that weekend. And just in case you were wondering, I won best out of three 2 times. Continue reading »

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Lauren

Scores and shares during Sunday’s Big Game to benefit local Special Olympics chapters

footballUpdate: Through scores and social media shares, Susquehanna will be donating $8,400 to Special Olympics chapters in PA, NJ, MD and WV! Thank you for your support!

If you are anything like the 100 million-plus people who are gearing up to watch The Big Game this weekend, sports of some sort have a place in your home during the year.

Maybe you tune in every Sunday to see your favorite team play or you participate in a fantasy league. Being a sports fan is just plain fun – especially when your team is winning!

But beyond the entertainment value, sports can also be a very powerful and meaningful influence – especially for the individuals that benefit from the Special Olympics. Continue reading »

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Danielle

Volunteering in 2015? Don’t leave donating blood off your list

Blood Donors Making Donation In HospitalI like to volunteer in my community. I’ve planted trees at a local park. I’ve boxed hundreds of lunches at the World’s Largest Chicken Barbecue. Most recently I styled hair in the Doll Salon at the American Girl Fashion Show (that was unexpected!).

I’m always willing to donate time, but one thing I don’t do is donate blood. In honor of January being National Blood Donor Month, I’m asking myself why not? Take a look at what I learned and why we should both donate at the next available opportunity. Continue reading »

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Claudia

How a bowl of soup can teach us all a lesson in generosity

soupDo you know the tale of Stone Soup?  It’s a wonderful fable of how those who are seemingly poor can pool their resources and help to take care of one another.

The story goes like this: Three weary, starving travelers come upon a village and ask for food.  The people of the village, wary of strangers and unwilling to share what little they have, tell them they have nothing to give.  So the travelers promise to share a secret recipe for making soup from stones.

They put a pot over a fire, and lay in three smooth stones and some water.  Little by little they mention ingredients that would help make the soup perfect, and one-by-one the villagers “recall” something they have that could add to the pot.  By story’s end, they’ve all contributed to a hearty meal, and the villagers have learned a valuable lesson of generosity. Continue reading »

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Lauren

Fill Your Year with Inspiration, Beauty and Intrigue – Read a Book!

It's a great time to curl up and read a book. What's on your reading list this year?

It’s a great time to curl up and read a book. What’s on your reading list this year?

It’s that time of year again – make a resolution with the intention of sticking to it 100 percent this year. Among many other things, I’ve made a promise to myself that I will read a book a month in 2015. What better time to start a new habit and a new book than January when it’s certainly cold enough to want to curl up with 300 pages by the fireplace.

For the voracious reader, my book-a-month goal may seem uninspired, but I sometimes struggle to make the leap into a new book. Twelve books for 2015 sounded reasonable, and it was easy to get started. Continue reading »

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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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