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‘The best gift I have ever received’ Emily and her service dog, Dash

Emily with her service dog, Dash.

Emily with her service dog, Dash.

When Emily Cikra got the call inviting her to Team Training at the North Central Regional facility, her initial reaction wasn’t one of joy.

“The embarrassing thought that came into my mind was that having a service dog would be another accessory to add to my arsenal of things that make me stand out,” she explains. “I already have a wheelchair, trach with occasional ventilator and sometimes a brace on my hand. It felt like a lot for people to take in as is and adding a dog to this mix felt over the top.”

But Emily chose to ignore those feelings and she is so thankful she did. Emily explains, “My service dog, Dash, from Canine Companions for Independence, has done the exact opposite of what I feared. He has not added to my ‘disability accessories,’ he has actually detracted from them!” Continue reading »

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Pals For Life: Nonprofit brings pet love to those who need it most.

Lucy provides love as part of the Pals for Life program.

Lucy provides love as part of the Pals For Life organization.

The following blog post is written in the style of a journal by Paula Kielich, President & Founder of Pals for Life in the greater Philadelphia area. Pals For Life is one of the four organizations benefiting from Susquehanna’s Dog Days of Summer campaign.

Every day I bring pets to visit the residents of nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and mental health facilities.

Yesterday’s visit was to the Veteran’s Administration Nursing Home, where I brought our small white resident therapy rabbit, Bubbles. Volunteers came with their setter mix, Golden Doodle and Yellow Lab.  A resident who doesn’t speak walked alongside the lab, and quietly talked about the dog he used to have.

At a previous visit there, I brought Muttley, a 12 year old Shepherd/Husky mix to visit the residents.

In one of the bedrooms a man was laying in bed.  I asked him if he liked dogs.  He didn’t say anything, but sat up in bed.  We went in, and Muttley knew just what to do – he put his paws right up on his bed.  The man still didn’t say anything, but wrapped his arms around the big dog’s body, and buried his head in Muttley’s neck.

A few minutes later, he looked up at me.  Tears were streaming down his face.  He said, “I never thought I’d see a dog again.”

Pals For Life also offers a Read to Pet Pals program to libraries and schools.  In addition, we go to colleges during exam time and help students with stress reduction.

PFL pets can help and heal when no one else can.  They make a difference in the lives so many.

For more information, visit www.palsforlife.org.

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

Melissa and Chester on their Easter egg hunt.

Melissa and Chester on their Easter egg hunt.

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 »

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Kim

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 »

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Claudia

Technology has made it easier to track your fitness goals – if you use it

Technology has replaced this method of tracking your workouts and fitness goals.

Technology has replaced this method of tracking your workouts and fitness goals.

It’s June. New Year’s resolutions are a thing of the past, yet bathing suit season hovers on the horizon like a mirage on hot blacktop. You may be looking in your closet wondering how this happened, yet again, and wishing there was something to keep you motivated through the winter doldrums.

Because one of the biggest challenges to any fitness regimen is staying motivated, wearable fitness devices have become increasingly popular. There are many varieties, but in general, they all track your biometric data and keep you honest about the miles you’re logging and the calories you’re consuming and burning. These little gadgets (and most of them are quite diminutive) are becoming more advanced all the time.

Gone are the days of the portable tape or CD player, that one- trick pony that played back music and nothing more. Today we have mp3 players that sync to your sneakers to track your miles and your pace, and bracelets that treat your activity tracking like a real-life video game, with indicator lights flashing as you progress toward your daily goals. Continue reading »

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Fruits and Vegetables: An investment in your health

fruit and vegetablesWhat did you eat for breakfast this morning – an egg white omelet with tomato and spinach or an iced cinnamon bun? If you binged on the latter, you should probably keep reading.

In honor of June being ’Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Month,’ I thought I’d get you excited about the incredible health and wellness benefits of these food groups, as well as how to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your everyday meals – easily!

I think people can sometimes be hesitant to commit to eating healthier and incorporating fruits and vegetables into their diets due to the cost associated with purchasing them. Continue reading »

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Strikeouts for Stellar Education hits home run for local charities

CAPPA, Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action.

A volunteer works with two students at a CAPPA after-school program.

At Susquehanna I help manage the Strikeouts for Stellar Education program! I may not be the most avid baseball fan, but there is one thing this season I am totally thrilled about: helping kids in our communities through Strikeouts! So far this season, we’ve contributed more than $10,000 to educational programs across our footprint!

How does Strikeouts work?

For every strikeout thrown by a player with one of our minor league partner teams at a home game, Susquehanna will make a $10 donation to a local charity committed to education, for a total of up to $5,000 per team!

While we often highlight the teams, I’d like to take the opportunity to tell you about the organizations and some of the individuals who benefit from Strikeouts! Continue reading »

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Throwback Thursday: Susquehanna roots in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, date to 1864

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The Main Susquehanna Bank branch in Greencastle, Pa.

Susquehanna is truly honored to be part of a banking legacy in the Greencastle, Pennsylvania, community with roots that date back to 1864.  As we celebrate a 150 year tradition dedicated to community banking, we are proud to share our storied history.

“The mechanics, merchants, and manufacturers of neighboring towns would all find it convenient and profitable to patronize a bank here” – James W. McCrory, editor, wrote in The Pilot, Greencastle’s weekly newspaper, in 1863. Continue reading »

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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 »

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Claudia

Susquehanna employees explain lessons learned from first jobs

first job blog photoSpring is in the air, which means summer is fast on its heels.  And for many teenagers, summer means their first foray into the world of work.

In the short term, they are probably most excited about having their own income, independent of allowance or money earned for chores or as birthday gifts.  In the long term, though, the benefits are less tangible, and longer lasting.

My co-workers at Susquehanna were happy to share the lessons they learned from early employment, whether it was taking surveys on the phone or waitressing.  Many of those lessons involved the importance of giving good customer service, no matter what.  Continue reading »

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