Kim is the Corporate Communications Manager at Susquehanna Bank. She has over 25 years of experience in the PR field doing internal and external communications in both banking and healthcare – believe it or not, there are many similarities between the two! Outside of work Kim enjoys fiddling around at her potting bench, decorating and re-decorating her house, walking her dogs, reading, cheering for the Philadelphia Eagles and spending time with her husband and two sons – both who will be seniors in the fall, one in high school, the other college.

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

[caption id="attachment_3789" align="alignright" width="205"]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.[/caption] 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 »

Workplace safety: Don't take it for granted

workplace safety photoThese days when you think about workplace safety, you think security cameras; locked entrances that are accessed by coded ID badges; and training courses that deal with anything from dealing with a dissatisfied customer to protecting confidential information by thinking before opening unusual email.  For many of us, workplace safety is something we simply expect and honestly, take for granted. Recently, and quite by chance, I saw workplace safety from a very different perspective – one that made me appreciate how far we’ve come, and how much I appreciate the laws and practices that are in place. Continue Reading »

Breast cancer awareness: Christine's Journey inspires others to schedule mammogram

breast cancer blogFor Breast Cancer awareness month in October, I wrote about the importance of getting an annual mammogram. Six months later, I followed up with Christine’s Journey  – the story of  a colleague who scheduled a mammogram after reading my blog post and was  diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. She is now on the road to recovery. Christine’s story encouraged lunchtime banter with my co-workers about mammograms, conversations that led to a few women admitting they were due or overdue for the annual exam recommended for all women over age 40. “I never miss scheduling my kids’ check-ups, their immunizations, or their annual flu shots. Yet, when it comes to my own health, I’m not so disciplined,” Alison said. “I could blame it on the hustle and bustle of having two young children, a demanding job, or just plain fear of anything that could cause my body discomfort. Whatever the reason, I found myself at 42 without ever having a mammogram.” Continue Reading »

Susquehanna employee: ‘This very likely saved my life.’

breast cancer blogIn October, I wrote about the importance of getting an annual mammogram and performing breast self-exams. About a month after my blog entry ran, I received an email from a colleague I had never met. Her email stated, “Toward the end of October, I hit my 90 days of employment, meaning I needed to get the health care requirements taken care of ,” (to be eligible for a discount on our company-sponsored health insurance.) ”I hadn’t planned on adding another exam, but your article motivated me to go ahead and get it (a mammogram) done.” “For that I owe you a huge debt of gratitude. Left to my own devices, I would have put it off another year. You see, I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  At my appointment, I was told that only 1 in 50 are caught in the earliest of early stages. Between the benefits policy and your article, I truly believe that this very likely saved my life.” Continue Reading »

Power of social media slowly turning this skeptic into a believer

Social Media blog photoI was a skeptic – and on any given day I can still feel that way. About three years ago I created a Facebook profile on a snowy Saturday morning with the reluctant help of my teenaged son – he knew what my ulterior motive was – I was nosy-- and he was right! I started out as a ’stalker’ – especially when it came to my kids and their friends. I didn’t say much then, and still don’t. I ’like’ posts, especially when it comes to news about friends, their kids or pets or anytime there is good stuff shared about the Philadelphia Eagles. Continue Reading »

The Great American Smokeout: One year later, Sandy is still smoke free!

smokeout photoThe American Cancer Society is marking the 38th Great American Smokeout today by encouraging smokers to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and quit smoking that day.  It's also a good opportunity to learn more about taking steps that can lead to healthier lives and reduced risk of cancer. Last year, I introduced you to my colleague, Sandy, who was two months into her tobacco-free journey.  I hadn’t talked to her in a while, and thought I would reach out to her to see how she was doing with her quest. I was nervous as I sent the email, knowing I may not get the answer I was hoping for. Within minutes she responded with the news I wanted to hear: She was still tobacco free! Continue Reading »

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Wearing Pink is One Thing – Being Proactive is Another

breast cancer blogI need all 10 fingers and all 10 toes to count the number of women I know who’ve survived lumpectomies, mastectomies, biopsies, chemo and radiation. We are reminded about breast cancer when we have friends/family affected by it. However, during the month of October, not a soul can miss the sea of pink that overtakes the western hemisphere.  From the NFL (got to love those pink-striped cleats, and jerseys) to the average can of red and white labeled Campbell’s soup, which overnight becomes awash in hot pink and white! Talking about breast cancer and wearing pink in support of awareness of the disease is one thing. However, being proactive to prevent it is another. Continue Reading »

Becoming an empty nester: One mom's story

Empty Nester blog photoHappy. Sad. Excited. Scared! My reason for buying potato chips, baking brownies on a whim and always having extra snack food on hand is leaving me.  Effective Aug. 21, my husband and I will be empty nesters as both of our sons leave for college. Happy, sad, excited and scared are all words that come to my mind when I think about it. It will be my husband, the two dogs, the fish and me. Continue Reading »

Throwback Thursday: The 1970s: Rolling Stones “Lips and Tongue,” Dumb Shoes and The Hustle

70s blog pictureI started the ‘70s as a 7-year-old playing with my Barbie dolls and I ended it with a driver’s license! For me, the 1970s was an age of innocence in a time that, when looking back, wasn’t that innocent.  I loved East Pete Elementary School. I survived the awkwardness of middle school and spent my high school years calling my friends on the rotary dial phone in the kitchen, while wearing awful bell bottoms and ridiculous Candies wooden-heeled mules. Nobody could walk in those mules, yet we all wore them and thought we looked good. Continue Reading »

Going Green Can Save You Green

Earth in children`s hands"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

-- Native American Proverb

Earth Day is Monday, April 22.  It’s meant to inspire each of us to take better care of the environment and to take pride in the world around us. By following the energy savings tips below, we can not only be better stewards of the earth, we can also "save some green!" Continue Reading »

Be a Hero…Save a Life…Donate Blood

[caption id="attachment_2927" align="alignright" width="236"] Brian Martin, Financial Analyst for Susquehanna Bank in Lititz, PA, was one of 30 employees who recently participated in a workplace blood drive.[/caption] On September 11, 2001, I was working in public relations for a hospital. One of my job responsibilities was marketing the services of the in-house blood bank. On September 12, 2001, I helped with crowd control - the line to donate blood extended out the door of the blood donor center, and snaked way down the hall. People, who just wanted to do “something” in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, waited for hours to donate.  Misery was definitely loving company that day. Continue Reading »

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition? (Part 2)

Fill in the blank. My holiday season would not be complete without   ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________. (Please fill in your favorite holiday tradition.) Earlier this week we shared a collection of our employees’ favorite Christmas Eve holiday traditions. Today, we add to that collection. Unlike our Thanksgiving blog, where the answers ran the gamut, the answers to this month’s blog topic were far more traditional - like picking and decorating the perfect Christmas tree, cookie baking, singing Christmas carols, and although no one referenced chestnuts roasting over an open fire, they did reference hanging the stockings by the chimney with care…. Continue Reading »

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Tradition? (Part 1)

Fill in the blank. My holiday season would not be complete without   ________________. (Please fill in your favorite holiday tradition.) When my mom downsized and moved to a two-room apartment, one of the first things she assured us was that she still had room to host Christmas breakfast for my family of four. Continue Reading »

My Thanksgiving Dinner Would be Incomplete Without_______________?

My family’s Thanksgiving dinner would be incomplete without cranberry relish. The only day of the year my dad spent time in the kitchen was the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving. Shortly after dinner, he would dig out the hand-cranked grinder from the back of the kitchen cupboard and begin making cranberry relish.  My mom would “dump,” cranberries, oranges, apples, and lots of sugar into the grinder, and my dad would crank to his heart’s delight.  When served the next day, the homemade cranberry relish was accompanied with walnut-sized cream cheese balls rolled in ground nuts. What a treat! Continue Reading »

What Are You Not Doing November 15? Answer: Smoking

The American Cancer Society is marking the 37th Great American Smokeout on Thursday, Nov. 15 by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. Our bank offers smoking cessation programs as well as a Wellness Action Team for employees, and the Great American Smokeout is a good opportunity to learn more about steps that lead to healthier lives and reduced risk of cancer. Continue Reading »

Main Street, USA – Life Was Simpler Back Then (Part II)

As a Main Street bank that has been serving local communities for generations, we have a lot of employees with fond memories of their hometowns, so we asked them to reminisce. Not surprisingly, they responded with tales of family, food (especially penny candy) and simple outdoor fun. After reading their stories, maybe you’d like to share one of your own? Continue Reading »

Main Street, USA – Life was Simpler Back Then (Part I)

I grew up at 6510 Main Street in East Petersburg, Pa. As a kid I went to East Pete Elementary School, I spent my summers at East Pete pool, I went to church in East Pete and we shopped for groceries at Erb’s Store on the corner of State and Lemon streets in East Pete. The Erbs lived up the street and we attended church together – now widows, my mom and Mrs. Erb are still friends. Continue Reading »

FORE!! For National Golf Month, Our Employees Share Their Top Mini-Golf Spots

For me, golf is a game my husband and son play. I have no desire (or patience) to spend hours chasing a little white ball. However, when it comes to playing mini golf, well that’s a different story.  I can wear what I want, talk when I want, and if I play my cards right, eat -- because it’s always a good idea to finish “the round” with a big scoop of ice cream. Who isn’t hungry after walking 18 holes? We asked our employees for their recommendations of their favorite mini golf spots in the Mid-Atlantic area. Continue Reading »

A Day Out in Columbia, Pennsylvania – Friendly People Full of Town Pride

Periodically we will feature towns located within our footprint to recommend as great spots  for a day trip. Columbia is located in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, 28 miles southeast of Harrisburg on the east bank of the Susquehanna River, across from Wrightsville and York County. It was founded in 1726 by Colonial English Quakers from Chester County led by entrepreneur and evangelist John Wright. Establishment of the Wright's Ferry, the first commercial Susquehanna crossing in the region, brought growth and prosperity to the small town, which was briefly considered as a candidate for the new United States' capital. Continue Reading »

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! June is National Dairy Month – Part 2

Due to overwhelming feedback from our employees, this week we will continue to feature favorite ice cream spots in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. Pennsylvania: Pop’s Ice Cream 150 W. Eagle Road, Havertown – Great water ice and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Pretzel Hut 2224 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz - Enjoy unique soft-serve flavors like peanut butter and jelly, pistachio, butterscotch and raspberry and cream twist. Small petting zoo in the back. Rakestraw’s 313 S Market St, Mechanicsburg – Favorite ice cream: black raspberry. Continue Reading »

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! June is National Dairy Month – Part 1

I love everything about the summer months – I love spending time doing outdoor activities with family and friends; I am passionate about accomplishing as much as I can on those long days where the sun doesn’t go down until close to 8 p.m.; and finally, I love to beat the heat with a bowl of bone-chilling ice cream. My favorite ice cream spot is a place on Martha’s Vineyard called Mad Martha’s. Their pistachio ice cream is to die for (one of those few times I don’t ponder the calorie count, I just enjoy.) Unfortunately, Mad Martha’s is an 8-hour car ride and 45 minute ferry ride from home, so my ability to indulge is limited to periodic New England vacations. That’s not to say that good ice cream spots don’t exist a little closer to home. To find out about some of those out-of-the-way and not so out-of-the-way spots in our local communities, we asked our employees for their suggestions, and we were overwhelmed! Continue Reading »

Susquehanna Provides Canvas; Students Provide Talent

A year ago, it was a concept, today it’s a masterpiece.  Students and faculty from the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, PCAD , recently  put the finishing touches on a 1,500 square foot mural that is located in front of Susquehanna Bank’s operations center in Lititz, PA. PCAD illustration   Continue Reading »

Change is Good, But No One Said It’s Easy: Job Search & Transition

Kim recently joined Susquehanna as our Corporate Communications Manager. By way of introduction, here are her thoughts on the challenges and opportunities you can encounter when changing jobs. Well I did it! After 16 years, I left the comfort of a job where I knew everyone (just about) and everything (at least I thought so). Heck my car even knew what direction to drive when I jumped in it at 6:30 weekday mornings. What made me do it? I was hungry for change… really, at my age? What was I, crazy? It’s been said before. Continue Reading »