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


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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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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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, 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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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In Tough Times, a Strong Support System Can See You Through

Rear View of Group of Friends HuggingRecently I had the chance to celebrate with some close friends as they overcame a string of challenges in their lives.  This got me thinking about how I cope with stressful and difficult times in my life.  There’s comfort food, of course, but sometimes the rough patch is more than a big bowl of ice cream can combat.  So what to do?  Turn to your friends! Continue reading »

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Do you have a unique middle name? Share your story on Middle Name Pride Day

middlenameEvery month the Susquehanna blog team gets together to brainstorm what topics we will cover in the following month’s blog, and you know you have a good one when each person in the room has fun story to share. Today is Middle Name Pride Day. Read along and share the story of your middle name.

My name is Danielle Rae. I never liked my middle name growing up. I wouldn’t tell people what it was because I felt it was a ‘boy’s name.’ Now, I appreciate the uniqueness of it, which is exactly what attracted my mom to the name. She named me after Alexa Ray Joel – Billy Joel’s daughter. As it turns out, Alexa Ray was named after Ray Charles, so I guess that means that I am indirectly named after Ray Charles? No…too far. Continue reading »

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