Lori R

Lori R

Lori brings experience in the for-profit and nonprofit worlds to her job as Community Relations Manager. She has been a volunteer coordinator, freelance writer, public speaker and, most recently, a professional fundraiser. Lori is also co-author of 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet, a book that encourages children and grown-ups to incorporate the characteristics of real heroes into their lives. She has shared this message (at times, dressed as singing cowgirl Dale Evans) with educators, parents and lots of school children in Boston, Phoenix, Nashville, and all over Central Pennsylvania. Lori is also the Song Lady for elementary age kids at her church, and a board member for KPETS, a nonprofit that promotes animal-assisted therapy services. Her husband, two grown daughters and geriatric beagle sometimes have to remind her that it’s good to stay home once in a while!

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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 »

Melissa's story highlights healing benefits of therapy dog from KPETS

[caption id="attachment_3714" align="alignright" width="198"]Melissa and Chester on their Easter egg hunt. Melissa and Chester on their Easter egg hunt.[/caption] If you have been following Susquehanna Bank’s Dog Days of Summer campaign, you have seen the smiling face of a young lady who knows first-hand how a therapy dog can add fun and motivation to even the most challenging therapy sessions. Sixteen-year-old Melissa was born with cerebral palsy, and began receiving therapy when she was only four months old. At the age of eight, after undergoing leg muscle surgery, Melissa was attending therapy three days a week at the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center. Continue Reading »

Why I yard sale: A Susquehanna employee’s weekly hunt for hidden treasures

Yard sale pictureIt’s 6 a.m. on a Saturday in May and there’s a chill in the air.  I dress for comfort and fill my travel mug to the brim with caramel swirl coffee.  Baseball cap … check.  Survival kit … check.  My GPS is programmed.  My gas tank is full.  I’m ready to go … yard sale-ing! Yard sales, garage sales, porch sales, tag sales – whatever you call them, they are extremely popular and I am hooked.  In an average week in the United States,, 690,000 shoppers will purchase 4,967,500 items at 165,000 yard sales, according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute. Whoever said, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” knew what they were talking about!  I yard sale (is that a verb?) just about every Saturday morning, from early April until the sale supply runs dry. I began this tradition when my children were young and money was tight, and I still feel a little giddy when I come home with a bagful of great stuff for less than $20. I’ve been a seller as well, scouring closets, nooks and crannies for items that someone else cannot live without.  Here are a few tips for maximizing your yard sale experience. Continue Reading »

Susquehanna Bank and the Audubon Society – Partners on Earth Day and Every Day

earth day “Go green!”  “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!”  “Save the plant!” Environmentally-friendly catch phrases like these are common today, but this wasn’t always the case.  According to www.earthday.org, 40 years ago, ’Americans were slurping leaded gas through massive V8 sedans. Industry belched out smoke and sludge with little fear of legal consequences or bad press. Air pollution was commonly accepted as the smell of prosperity. ‘Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news.’ Then in 1962, author and environmentalist Rachel Carson wrote ‘Silent Spring,’ a New York Times best seller in which she told the world how the use of certain pesticides was poisoning the planet.  The general public began to sit up and take notice of the toll  our lifestyle was taking on Planet Earth.  Less than a decade later, on April 22, 1970, Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin raised the curtain on the very first Earth Day, and the modern movement to preserve and protect the environment was born.  Continue Reading »

Ready for spring? This season's harsh winter a bane for some, boon for others

[caption id="attachment_3617" align="alignright" width="300"]Industries like ice fishing do well during harsh winters. Industries like ice fishing do well during harsh winters.[/caption] If you live within Susquehanna’s footprint, you have had a rough winter. Sub-zero temperatures, ice storms, snow that just won’t quit – we have seen it all.  It’s likely that the cost of heating your home has you shaking your head and wondering where to cut your personal budget so  you can keep warm. You are experiencing how weather impacts your personal economy. Continue Reading »

Sick of winter yet? Here are 15 ways to rid the winter blues

WinterBluesGroundhog got you down? This month that rascally rodent promised six more weeks of winter and, unfortunately, he was absolutely right.  So what can we do to chase away the winter blahs and remind ourselves that spring is just around the corner? How about a healthy dose of “Hoodie-Hoo?”  Believe it or not, today is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo Day, a holiday created and copyrighted by Wellcat Holidays.  How do you celebrate?  At high noon on February 20, go outside, throw your hands in the air and yell, “Hoodie-Hoo!”  That’s all there is to chasing winter away and welcoming spring, which arrives in exactly one month. Continue Reading »

Throwback Thursday: Growing Up in the 1960s: Penny Candy, Party Lines and Black and White TV

pony pictureIn a world awash in technology and global interconnection, it’s easy to forget that not so long ago, life was very different.  Take the 1960s for instance… This was the decade of my childhood, when the size of my universe was measured in blocks rather than miles.  The beginning of the ‘60s was very different from the end.  Personally, I grew from a first grader to a teenager.  In the world beyond my neighborhood, huge stories dominated the news … the war in Vietnam, the assassinations of John Kennedy, Robert Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights movement, the moon landing, the feminist movement, the Beatles! Continue Reading »

Area Farmers Markets Offer Fill of Fresh Fruits and Veggies

farmers market blog photoThink back to Jan. 1.  Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier and add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet? Keeping that resolution may have been a little tough at the time, since the dead of winter is not prime season for succulent strawberries or tasty tomatoes. But now the wait is over.  Fresh, locally grown produce is available in just about every community where you will find a Susquehanna Bank. Continue Reading »

Susquehanna's United Way Campaign is officially over

Susquehanna’s United Way campaign is officially over, and what a campaign it was!  Our employees dug deep and pledged more than $400,000. Combine that with Susquehanna Bank’s matching corporate gift and you have a total of $800,000 pouring into our communities through United Way.   Throughout the campaign, we encouraged employees to share their reasons for supporting United Way.  The responses we received were heartfelt and personal, demonstrating that United Way is more than a “cause” for Susquehanna’s donors.  It is a part of who they are. Continue Reading »

“Dude, Where’s My Car?”: Car Theft Prevention Tips

A couple of years ago, my daughter parked her car at a local store, opened the windows a bit so our beagle could get some fresh air, and proceeded inside to make a quick purchase.  When she returned, the window was opened even wider and her purse was gone!  She had left it on the front seat, easy pickins’ for anyone who cared to take it home. Sometimes, we make it so easy for dishonest folks to take what doesn’t belong to them.  And that includes our vehicles.   According to the FBI, a vehicle is stolen every 40 seconds!  But a few simple precautions can prevent you from becoming one of these sad statistics.  We thought it was a good time to share some tips as a reminder, since many people will be taking to the road for summer vacations. Continue Reading »