‘90s Nostalgia: It’s all that and a bag a chips

Lauren with her graduation cake in 1999.

Lauren with her high-school graduation cake, ready to party like it’s 1999.

Take a ride with me in my car and you’ll find me constantly toggling between the “’90s on 9” and “Lithium” satellite stations. Not because I can’t find the perfect song, but because every song perfectly projects me back to the defining decade of my younger days – I’m a ’90s girl through and through.

I spent ages 9 through 19 in the 1990s, formative years that are punctuated by distinct memories of music, games, TV and style (or lack thereof!). Get ready to rock your one-shoulder overalls, put on some Pearl Jam and get jiggy down memory lane.  Continue reading »

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Claudia

Umbrellas for shoes, noodle coolers, dust mop onesies and other quirky inventions through time

iStock_000020669427SmallHere’s a little-known October anniversary in which bean-counters and number-crunchers everywhere may find worth celebrating: The first patent was issued to Dorr Eugene Felt for an adding machine – an ancestor of the modern day calculator – on Oct. 11, 1887.

The original model was made out of a macaroni box and meat skewers!

Known then as a comptometer, the device was revolutionary in that it did not require hand-cranking, which increased the accuracy of the computations.  Over the years, Felt made numerous improvements to the design, never tiring in his quest to create the ideal device for performing repetitive calculations.  This milestone in history inspired me to discover more about modern-day inventions. Continue reading »

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Susquehanna helps Millersville U. student in turtle conservation project

Jennifer Teson of Millersville University measures a terrapin as part of her research project at the Wetlands Institute.

Jennifer Teson of Millersville University measures a terrapin as part of her research project at the Wetlands Institute.

Background: Susquehanna Bank contributes funds to Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to support students who choose community service-based internships at nonprofits or government agencies. The donation allows the university’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Management to offer an award to selected students who are completing an academic internship during a summer semester.

This summer, Millersville student Jennifer Teson completed an internship with the Coastal Conservation Research Program at the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, NJ. The  The following is a journal of her experience:

The Wetlands Institute strives to promote research, education, and conservation of the wetland ecosystem through efforts in field research, community involvement, and educational classes. Since I arrived at the end of May, I have participated in all aspects of their mission. Continue reading »

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Kim

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 »

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25 Ways You Too Can Be a Fall Fanatic

My family’s list takes center stage on our kitchen chalkboard as a reminder of the fun that awaits!

My family’s list takes center stage on our kitchen chalkboard as a reminder of the fun that awaits!

Cleats stomping the football field.  A cozy gray sweatshirt and my favorite worn-in pair of jeans. Crisp fall air that seeps in through the open window and finds me wrapped in a warm blanket. The sweet smell of a cinnamon, apple or pumpkin confection rising in the oven. The perfect snack of ginger snaps washed down with a tall glass of apple cider.

I love everything about fall. I romanticize each glorious trait and hold on with firm grasp to each passing day because they seem to come and go so quickly. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve gone “back to school,” but to me, September brings a kind of new beginning full of so many gorgeous (and scrumptious) treasures that I can’t get enough. When picking out baby names, we even agreed on the name Autumn if we’d had a baby girl because I simply couldn’t think of anything more beautiful.

So today, the first day of fall, I celebrate the season to come with a wish list of activities that will turn you into a fall fanatic too! Continue reading »

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Leigh

Throwback Thursday: It’s totally the ‘80s’ – Like… You Know!

iStock_000019940427XSmallEveryone has a decade they most identify with in their life.  From the music to movies, from TV to fashion, the 1980s is my decade, so sit back and prepare to go … Back to the Future. Continue reading »

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Susquehanna helps college students gain valuable career experience

Alexa Kramer, Millersville student, helps the Fish and Boat Commission complete a stream bank restoration on the Pine Creek in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Alexa Kramer, Millersville student, helps the Fish and Boat Commission complete a stream bank restoration on the Pine Creek in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania.

Background: Susquehanna Bank contributes funds to Millersville University in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to support students who choose community service-based internships at nonprofits or government agencies. The donation allows the university’s Office of Experiential Learning and Career Management to offer an award to selected students who are completing an academic internship during a summer semester.

This summer, Millersville student Alexa Rose Kramer completed an internship with the Schuylkill Conservation District in Pottsville, Pa. The following is a journal of her experience: Continue reading »

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Claudia

Throwback Thursday: Do these One-Hit Wonders Strike a Chord in your Memory?

One hit wonder photoAs Sept. 25 is designated One-Hit Wonder Day, this throwback Thursday seemed like a great time to celebrate some of the many well-loved songs that achieved Billboard Top 40 status only once.

No matter what style of music gets your toes tapping, it seems many of us have a soft spot for that special breed of artist known as the one-hit wonder.  I asked my co-workers to name some of their favorites – their responses span a multitude of styles and decades.  Continue reading »

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Facing Financial Fears on Friday the 13th

DebtDo you catch the ‘creeps’ on Friday the 13th? Even if superstition isn’t your thing, it’s tough to avoid the sense of fear that lingers. This Friday is the first occurrence of the dreaded day this year and I’m sure I’ll be looking over my shoulder a little more than usual.

While many of us are looking out for black cats, ladders and things that go bump in the night, there is an even bigger fear present in a lot of American homes – not just today, but almost every day. Has Financial Fear gotten its grip on you yet? Continue reading »

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Claudia

Take a Hike! No, seriously, on these trails

hiking blog photoAn explosion of color on the trees, crisp morning air and flocks of migrating birds: All herald the arrival of autumn in the Mid-Atlantic.  What better way to celebrate the changing seasons than by communing with nature?

Susquehanna’s footprint (and the surrounding areas) offers some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the country; below is a sampling  of  opportunities for low-cost exercise and enjoyment available in your own backyard! Continue reading »

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