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EDITOR, Andrea Ciccocioppo
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gives clues to the 1800s

Visiting the unrestored third floor of the Ephrata in the second floor. How they compensated for this PICTURED: The third floor of the Ephrata Cloister’s Sisters’
Cloister’s Sisters’ House is like stepping back in time. mistake is just one of the many stories available to House.
those who explore this restricted area. Tours of these
e area was last occupied sometime in the 1800s, and “behind the scenes” spaces are limited and advanced
things haven’t changed much since then. reservations are strongly encouraged.

To preserve the treasures of the Ephrata Cloister’s Admission to the museum is $10 for anyone age 3
unrestored areas, they are only open to the public one and over that day, with an additional $5 to join the
day each year—this year the area will be open on Sept. tours of the unrestored areas.
10 as part of the Artisans’ Faire at the historic site.
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1743 had something different in mind when the house historic Ephrata Cloister at 717-733-6600.
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Children’s Cancer Recovery Foundation, the 17,000 children across the country battling cancer, to stop by the Foundation or go to www.
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cancer in North America, plan to move into their at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s ways to get involved. Group volunteer opportunities
new headquarters at 249 Lincoln Way East, New Hospital of Pittsburgh, Geisinger Medical Center, include: hosting fundraisers and toy drives, checking-
Oxford, this month. Penn State Hershey Medical Center and St. in gift donations, taking inventory, and packing
Christopher’s Hospital for Children. quarterly gift shipments. Individual volunteer
e Foundation improves the mental, social, and projects are also available.
emotional well-being of children with cancer and CCRF’s team of six staff will occupy the office
their families through three core programs: Bear-Able space, while the 1,920-square-foot detached garage CCRF is currently searching for volunteer groups
Gifts, delivering new gifts to children with cancer in will serve as a warehouse for CCRF’s inventory of to pack and send gifts to children with cancer during
the U.S.; the Helping Hands Fund, through which more than 100,000 donated new toys and gifts to the holiday season. Please contact the Foundation at
CCRF provides emergency financial assistance be sent to children’s hospitals across the country. [email protected] to learn more.
to families; and the Camp Scholarship program, “We pride ourselves in being a national charity with
which gives children in remission the opportunity to a hometown feel,” said Jocelyn Davis, executive Community members who know a child with
reconnect with activities they love. director. cancer can refer the family to the Foundation by
calling 800-238-6479 or emailing childrens@
e new facility will annually serve more than Residents and area businesses are invited

CHI ST. JOSEPH CHILDREN’S HEALTH opens new health center

CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health, a community- school-based services and technology-assisted strategies, opportunity for us to make a difference.”
based nonprofit dedicated to the health and well-being such as video conferencing. e new Behavioral Health Center will be located
of children in Lancaster County, will open a Behavioral
Health Center this fall, which will provide mental and CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health is currently at 1929 Lincoln Highway East in East Lampeter
behavioral health services for children in Lancaster conducting a nationwide search for two psychiatrists, Township. Behavioral Health services will be available
County regardless of insurance or ability to pay. two counselors, a director of behavioral health and a to children up to age 26 regardless of insurance status
program coordinator to lead at the new center. or ability to pay. Many insurance plans will be accepted,
e new center will serve as the cornerstone of including Medicaid and CHIP. In addition, a discount
the Patchwork Quilt Project, an innovative children’s “ e Lancaster community is facing a behavioral program based upon household income will be available
behavioral health and psychiatric program being health crisis,” said Philip Goropoulos, president of CHI to uninsured families. School-based services will
developed by CHI St. Joseph Children’s Health St. Joseph Children’s Health. “A shortage of mental and initially be offered at Lampeter-Strasburg, Penn Manor
in partnership with Lancaster Osteopathic Health behavioral health providers combined with increasing and Pequea Valley School districts with plans to expand
Foundation. pressures and stresses in the community are creating to all districts as needed and as the program builds
a toxic mix that presents significant challenges to capacity.
e Patchwork Quilt Project will provide services children, families, schools and communities looking
and support to families and children through for this type of critically important care. As a nonprofit To learn more about CHI St. Joseph Children’s
traditional office-based appointments at the new center, focused on all aspects of children’s health, this is an Health, visit


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RESUME IS THREE PAGES LONG. e keep the youth going, even after the options,” she said. “I like to look in the
bulk of it includes volunteer work she council dissolved,” said Chris Gray, mirror and know I’ve made a difference
has done for PinnacleHealth, Hampden volunteer and food drive coordinator. and was able to help.”
Township, Cumberland Valley School
District, Bethany Village, Penn State Gray said Madelyn also started a Key After graduation, Madelyn the
Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Club at her school, which helps out once daughter of Jim and Lynn Grossman,
Center and Central Pa. Food Bank. a month at the food bank. “We can’t do said she hopes to study accounting or
what we do without volunteers,” Gray finance in college.
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participates in sports, including field anything, let along start a club. To have Andrea Ciccocioppo is editor of Central
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Feeding America and member food banks ask everyone in America to take action to fight hunger in their community this month.
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Santos family

JAYLAH AND A AY VIN SANTOS ARE EXCITED TO BE CENTRAL PENN PARENT: Are your kids looking for- enjoys doing things in the computer and uses YouTube
ward to going to school? to teach herself things. It’s amazing what they learn in
STARTING A NEW SCHOOL YEAR. The kids attend school! ings I don’t even know.
East Pennsboro Schools—Jaylah is in fourth grade ALYSHEA SANTOS: Both of the kids are extremely
and Aayvin is starting kindergarten. Jaylah practices excited. e best part about this year is Aayvin will CPP: What do the kids say is the best part of their
gymnastics, enjoys writing in her journal, listening have his big sister on campus to help him with the school days?
to music, swimming, and is a little fashionista. transition.
Aayvin enjoys playing soccer, riding his bike and AS: e best part of Jaylah’s day is interacting with
swimming. He is into bird watching, gardening, CPP: What are their favorite subjects? her friends. She has always been a social butterfly!
and he loves dinosaurs. Aayvin loves riding the bus. He said he feels so inde-
AS: Aayvin attended Kindercare for two years in a pendent and feels like such a big boy.
Mom Alyshea is a single mom who works for the Pre-k program and always loved math. He is look-
state of Pennsylvania as an income maintenance ing forward to learning more math. Jaylah’s favorite
caseworker. subjects are technology and physical education. She


CPP: How do you feel about the new school year? doing their homework, KARISSA ZIMMER PHOTOGRAPHY
hanging out with
AS: I am excited for the new school year. It’s always friends and figuring out seen the curriculum lately?
nice to start fresh and that’s what the new school year how to give one-on-one I am just very thankful I have the opportunity to
brings—a fresh start, an opportunity to do better than attention to both kids.
last year, and an opportunity to make new friends. influence my kids in such a positive way and teach
eir needs are very dif- them that education is SO important. When I was
is year is a bit sad for me because Jaylah will be ferent since Jaylah is in growing up, I was never told about doing school work
going to middle school. fourth grade and things or encouraged to do my best. I was never encouraged
are getting harder and to go to college until I met Nancy Whitman. She
Now that both kids are in school, they will both Aayvin is in kindergar- encouraged me to look beyond a GED or high school
be able to work on being the best students they can ten—something that diploma. With the support of the Gallaghers and
be and support each other throughout their journey. is so fresh and new for Whitmans, I managed to get a bachelor’s degree! What
It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to tell my kids, him and helping him an amazing accomplishment for a kid with a troubled
“You can do it!” with the transition. past, former foster care youth, and the first person to
get a college degree in my family.
CPP: How does the routine change in your family when CPP: You’re a single

school starts? mom. How does that

AS: e good thing is the kids are accustomed to empower you and a ect your family life?
getting up early and getting out the door. e best
part about this year is both of the kids will ride the AS: I am very fortunate to have a strong support
same bus and attend the same afterschool program. system. Sandy and Jim Gallagher (like grandparents)
I will no longer have to drop off and pick up at two are so involved in their education and everyday life,
different locations. Our family is big on routine—the they honestly spend as much time with the kids as I
kids even get up early on weekends! do. Nancy and Steve Whitman (like grandparents)
are another strong support for us. Nancy was my fifth
CPP: What’s your biggest challenge as a mom of two grade teacher and decided to stick around and mentor
me. I was 11 years old when I met her, I am now 28
elementary kids? years old and couldn’t imagine not having them in
my life. e kids and I love the fact that we have four
AS: e biggest challenge for me is trying to keep people to call and ask homework questions! Have you
everyone happy. Having two elementary school children
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Could your child be a target?


THE VICTIMS ARE EASY TO MISS. To the untrained Since October 2014, this collaborative effort has situation, Melendez offered some social and physical
eye, they may just look like average girls and boys. identified more than 60 suspected victims of human indicators of people already involved in human
trafficking in this region, Quinn said. Once identified, trafficking: Victims rarely come and go as they please;
But local social service agencies are busy fighting victims are provided crisis intervention, safe shelter, they must follow rules given to them by traffickers.
the growing problem of human trafficking and they intensive case management services and other
encourage local parents to be aware of the signs that comprehensive services. ey often are isolated from the community and
could help them spot a problem—and keep their own may live where they work or be driven to and from
children safe. Quinn said parents can help protect the children work. Victims who are minors may not be attending
they love by being aware of the some of the tactics school. Victims may have injuries from beatings,
“Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing used by traffickers—methods to which children are signs of torture (such as cigarette burns), signs of
criminal industries in the world, second only to particularly susceptible. malnourishment or a tattoo with the trafficker’s name
drug trafficking,” said Mary Quinn, CEO of the to show ownership.
YWCA of Greater Harrisburg. “Today, there are more “ e traffickers are often posing as friends and
individuals enslaved than during any other time in boyfriends but are really preying on our children,” she GETTING HELP
our history. is includes right here in the capital said. “Traffickers, much like child predators, look According to the National Human Trafficking
region.” for opportunity and vulnerability. Understanding
these signs and talking with children about healthy Resource Center,, if you
“ e victims walk among us without being seen,” relationships and healthy sexuality is a critical step in suspect a crime of human trafficking you can call the
she said. preventing crimes against children.” National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-
7888. You can report anonymously.
Enid Melendez, a training specialist with the Quinn said that communication with children is
National Sexual Violence Resource Center in Enola, the most important thing parents can do to help keep Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. e
said the presence of human trafficking in our area them safe. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimated
isn’t new. that the industry generates more than $32 billion
“I think it’s important for parents to have ongoing per year. Traffickers use force, fraud and coercion to
“ ere has always been human trafficking in conversations with their children about interacting control victims and use them for labor or servitude.
the capital region. is isn’t a new crime, it just online with people they don’t know,” Quinn Human trafficking occurs in various locations:
has a new name from what everyone used to call it said. “Most victims are groomed online. ere is restaurants, hotels/motels, farms, factories, homes,
(prostitution),” she said. “But now we see it for what it so much personal information online that young strip clubs, brothels, etc. Victims can be from other
is—a form of modern-day slavery.” people post and perpetrators take advantage of it. countries and considered international victims, or
from the United States and considered domestic
Melendez thinks public awareness of human ey sympathize directly with the victim and show victims. Human trafficking is very different than
trafficking is increasing through news media her attention to make her feel special. And then it human smuggling. Human smuggling is a crime
reporting on the issue, law enforcement training and escalates from there.” against a border.; trafficking is a crime against
a change in state and federal laws, which have given a person. Victims of international and domestic
investigators and prosecutors more tools to work with. Melendez said traffickers are not predominantly trafficking can be men, women and minors. Forms
strangers or acquaintances—about 54 percent are of human trafficking include labor trafficking, organ
AREA AT RISK strangers to their victims. e profile of a trafficker trafficking and sex trafficking. Any minor engaged
e YWCA of Greater Harrisburg was recently crosses gender, age and background. ey can be in commercial sex (male or female) is a victim of sex
parents, legal guardians and other family members, trafficking under Pennsylvania law.
awarded a nearly $150,000 Continuum of Care grant husbands/boyfriends, drug dealers, gang members,
through the Department of Housing and Urban employers and agencies such as job placement, Lisa Maddux is a freelance writer who lives in Boiling
Development that will support a rapid rehousing adoption and modeling companies. Springs with her husband and two daughters.
project for victims of human trafficking and their
families, as well as homeless unaccompanied youths In addition to keeping an eye out to try to prevent
with identifiable risk factors, for becoming victims of someone from getting trapped in a trafficking
human trafficking.

e YWCA is leading a collaborative anti-human
trafficking effort called Pennsylvania Alliance Against
Trafficking in Humans: Route 15 Project. e project
provides direct services, education, training and
outreach across 12 Pennsylvania counties along the
Route 15 corridor, in partnership with three rape crisis
centers and four regional task forces.

Other organizations that are part of PAATH 15
are the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg; Survivors
Inc. of Adams County; Transitions of PA, of Union,
Snyder and Northumberland counties; Women-
in-Need/Victims Services of Franklin and Fulton
counties; and the YWCA York Victim Assistance
Center of York County.



MYTH: Tra cked persons can only be foreign nationals or MYTH: There must be elements of physical restraint, indicator of a human tra cking victim. Tra cking victims
are only immigrants from other countries. physical force or physical bondage when identifying a human can come from a range of income levels, and many may
REALITY: The federal definition of human tra cking tra cking situation. come from families with higher socioeconomic status.
includes both U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. Both REALITY: Tra cking does not require physical restraint,
are protected under the federal tra cking statutes and bodily harm or physical force. Psychological means MYTH: Sex tra cking is the only form of human
have been since the TVPA of 2000. Human tra cking of control, such as threats, fraud or abuse of the legal tra cking.
within the United States a ects victims who are U.S. process, are su cient elements of the crime. REALITY: The federal definition of human tra cking
citizens, lawful permanent residents, visa holders and encompasses both sex tra cking and labor tra cking, and
undocumented workers. MYTH: Victims of human tra cking will immediately ask the crime can a ect men and women, children and adults.
for help or assistance and will self-identify as a victim of a
MYTH: Human tra cking is essentially a crime that must crime. MYTH: Human tra cking only occurs in illegal
involve some form of travel, transportation or movement REALITY: Victims of human tra cking often do not underground industries.
across state or national borders. immediately seek help or self-identify as victims of a crime REALITY: Tra cking can occur in legal and legitimate
REALITY: Tra cking does not require transportation. due to a variety of factors, including lack of trust, self-blame business settings as well as underground markets. Human
Human tra cking is not synonymous with forced or specific instructions by the tra ckers regarding how to tra cking has been reported in business markets such as
migration or smuggling, which involve border crossing. behave when talking to law enforcement or social services. restaurants, hotels and manufacturing plants, as well as
Trust often takes time to develop. Continued trust-building underground markets such as commercial sex in residential
MYTH: Human tra cking is another term for human and patient interviewing is often required to get to the whole brothels and street-based commercial sex.
smuggling. story and uncover the full experience of what a victim has
REALITY: Smuggling is a crime against a country’s gone through. MYTH: Foreign national tra cking victims are always
borders; human tra cking is a crime against a person. undocumented immigrants or here in this country illegally.
Each are distinct federal crimes in the United States. MYTH: Human tra cking victims always come from REALITY: Not all foreign national victims are
While smuggling requires illegal border crossing, human situations of poverty or from small rural villages. undocumented. Foreign national tra cked persons can be
tra cking involves commercial sex acts or labor or REALITY: Although poverty can be a factor in human in the United States through either legal or illegal means.
services that are induced through force, fraud or coercion, tra cking because it is often an indicator of vulnerability,
regardless of whether or not transportation occurs. poverty alone is not a single causal factor or universal Source: National Human Tra cking Resource Center

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Mentors shape students’ futures


WERE IT NOT FOR THE ACE MENTOR within five years had partners in gained in the ACE program shaped made sure that we came up with the
Cumberland, Dauphin and Lancaster where he is today. After graduating answer. It’s a great way to learn and to
PROGRAM, RYAN BARTON MAY NOT counties. Professionals, either engineers from Suburban, he matriculated to develop thought. Really, that’s what
or architects, operate all of the programs. the University of Delaware, where engineering is … problem solving.”
HAVE THE GREAT JOB HE HAS. he studied civil engineering with an
“ e reason I feel so strongly about emphasis in structures. According to Ferrari, there are
Barton is a civil engineer for C.S. the program is it’s an industry that I requirements to the program established
Davidson, Inc., a civil and structural have a vested interest in,” said Andrew “ e really important thing that by national headquarters. e students
engineering firm based in Central Ferrari, a civil engineer with C.S. I remember is that by no means did and mentors are required to meet a mini-
Pennsylvania with offices in York, Davidson who’s been involved with ACE they tell you what to do,” Barton said. mum of 15 times during the year and the
Gettysburg and Lancaster. from the beginning. “I like to consider “ ey provided the tools and a general program usually begins in October. It’s
myself passionate about what I do, and overview of the systems we had to an after-school commitment, so Ferrari
As a student at York Suburban High the self-serving part is I want to make integrate into the design, and then they said they find out right away which
School, Barton participated in the ACE sure the kids coming up have the same said, ‘go for it.’ If we had questions, students want to put forth the effort.
Mentor Program to satisfy his curiosity exposure that I did. So I try to impart all they answered focused questions, but
about building and designing things. of my past experiences to them. e students are given a design project,

ACE is a national program with “If it’s truly something they are
affiliates located in many states. e interested in, they get to see something
focus of the program is to provide high tangible,” Ferrari continued. “Once they
school students who are interested in see something tangible, they can see
architecture, construction and engineer- themselves doing it.”
ing with the guidance and the tools to
explore those professions. Barton believes the experience he

C.S. Davidson started the Central
Pennsylvania affiliate in 2005, and

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“Inspiring kids toward something in life is really, really important. THE BEST CHOICE


COLLEEN FEDOR, Executive Director of the Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA

which becomes their culminating their lives. Many researchers say that a

project. ey are exposed to all facets of person cannot envision himself or herself

design, building and construction, from doing a thing, until they see someone

construction management to electrical else like them doing it. Social and

and plumbing. In past years, students personal circumstances also often can

designed schools, gas stations and fire generate the need for a mentor.

stations. Barton remembers his group “Inspiring kids toward something

project—designing an elementary school. in life is really, really important,” said
“ACE played a crucial role,” Barton Colleen Fedor, executive director of the
Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern
said. “Being able to go through the
PA. “Kids need a connection where
guided project with the hands-on
experience created interest in me to get they feel valued and heard.”
e partnership is an intermediary
into structural design. It also gave me an
opportunity to use a lot of professional organization that helps children in two
software, so going to college, I had a leg ways: it delivers resources and promotes
the importance of quality mentoring
up on a lot of my colleagues because I
and best practices to programs through-
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3rd – 4th Grade: 5th – 6th Grade:
1st Place: Elijah Garisto 1st Place: Shayanna Modestin
2nd Place: Elias Coke
2nd Place: Soraya Collins
3rd Place: Sadie Avakian 3rd Place: Katie Sucheski

7th – 9th Grade: 10th – 12th Place:
1st Place: Hafsah Bah 1st Place: Brianna Miller-Terrell
2nd Place: Jack Jordan 2nd Place: McCa rey Martone
3rd Place: Mia Buchannan
3rd Place: Isabella Pham


3rd – 4th Grade: 5th – 6th Grade:
1st Place: Joliee Nailor 1st Place: Karlye Strawser
2nd Place: Elizabeth Camilli

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7th – 9th Grade: 10th – 12th Grade:
1st Place: Emily Keim 1st Place: Brianna Miller-Terrell
2nd Place: Laurel Fleszar
2nd Place: Isabella Pham

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the like, please make an appointment to visit with the parents and address their concerns. Your child will it they’re ready for high school. e time flies by and
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reflect in his or her attitudes and behaviors. Keep it children become strong and independent one step at a
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Nominations are open for the
2017 Healthcare Heroes Awards.

The tenth annual Healthcare Heroes awards program is an effort to recognize excellence, promote innovation and honor the efforts
of individuals and organizations making significant positive impacts on the quality of health care in Central Pennsylvania.

Allied Health & Emergency Medicine Hero Mental Health Caregiver of the Year Award Special Needs Advocate
A non-physician professional practicing in allied An individual or organization that provides mental An individual or organization invested in special needs
health or emergency services who displays exemplary health support and counseling services to individuals care for adults and/or children and making a difference
performance in his/her field and whose services and families of our local communities. to families in our local communities.
benefit families in our local communities. Examples
include: EMTs, PAs, lab technicians, phlebotomists, Nurse of the Year Women’s Health and Wellness Hero
chemotherapy technicians, CNA’s, hospice workers, A nurse or nurse practitioner who displays exemplary An individual or organization that makes women’s
nutritionists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, performance in his/her field and whose services benefit health and wellness a top priority and whose services
radiologists and dietitians. families in our local communities. benefit women of all ages in our local communities.
Examples include: OB/GYNs, imaging technicians,
Breast Cancer Caregiver of the Year Pediatric & Pediatric Specialties Hero midwives, doulas, women’s health facilities, etc.
A health care professional, such as a physician, A physician or non-physician working in pediatric
oncologist, radiologist, or therapist, who provides medicine or pediatric medical specialties whose work SPECIAL CATEGORIES
support both physically and mentally to patients in our notably benefits the children of our local communities.
local communities battling breast cancer. Future of Healthcare Award
Pharmacy Hero Presented to a young adult under the age of 22 who
Dental & Oral Care Hero An individual or organization such as a pharmacist, demonstrates a dedication to health care, professional
An individual working in dental health and wellness pharmacy, pharmacy assistant, pharmaceutical behavior and service to our local communities.
whose services significantly benefit families in our local company, etc., whose efforts considerably benefit the
communities. citizens of our local communities. Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to one individual for his/her lifetime career
Eye Care Specialist Hero Physician of the Year of advancing the health care of our region through
An individual or group that specializes in providing A physician who displays exemplary performance in heroic acts, mentoring, compassion, honor and
services relating to the visual health of the local his/her field and whose services benefit families in our integrity. Recommendations are welcome; however,
community. local communities. this is not a category in which you may submit a
nomination. The individual will be selected solely by
Health Administration Hero Senior Care Hero the independent panel of judges.
A receptionist, health insurance professional or non- An individual or organization committed to advancing
medical employee integral to the service provided to the health and wellness of senior citizens in our local
patients in our local community. communities.

Nominate your healthcare hero today!


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Another one for McKenna:



IT HAS BEEN JUST OVER TWO YEARS of remorse and shock and “Please let McKenna’s mom was right there to help to mail out or another meal to deliver.
me know what I can do to helps” you when we needed it.) Even now, my wife It’s something you may have fall off
SINCE I WROTE “HERE’S ONE FOR get from your support community, the and I shake our head and say, “I can’t your radar, but is always the focus of
first round of chemo becomes the next believe that happened,” as Quinn and the family affected. It’s a reminder that
MC KE N N A .” and then the next and then the next her sister are now approaching a year maybe today, you should reach out to
and eventually, somehow, the spectacle and a half old (and walking!) your friend or family member dealing
at’s when I found out a 3-year- of getting chemotherapy or getting with a long-term issue because it didn’t
old girl who I know and love was a lumbar puncture or visiting the It was one brief moment in time stop being an issue just because the
diagnosed with cancer. emergency room for every slight fever with our infant girl not breathing and initial memory is now cruelly showing
becomes routine. moments away from being taken away up in Timehop or Facebook memories.
Words are never adequate in those from us. Now she’s a giggling, thumb-
situations, but I did my best, because I’ll admit that at some point along sucking, curly-haired cherub. It’s a long haul. And for McKenna,
sometimes you just need to remind the way, when I’d ask my wife if our even if remission is never complete
yourself that life is short and life is friends were around that night and she’d Quinn had recovered relatively peace for her parents, the long haul is
unfair and life does not wait for you to tell me McKenna was off doing fill-in- quickly, and we were able to get back complete.
be ready. the-blank cancer treatment, I eventually to normal. McKenna didn’t have that.
would shrug it off the way you do when She needed a lot of time. And a lot of After all, McKenna’s got a lot of
McKenna was diagnosed with someone tells you they are busy because courage. And a lot of growing up fast. living to do.
leukemia just a short time after my their kid has soccer practice.
son’s first birthday party. McKenna All those months. All those doctor Andrew Shaw is an award-winning
was at that party but wasn’t herself— It’s not a matter of not caring visits. All those steroids and chemo reporter, comedian and father
visibly sluggish, which at the time anymore, of course. Really, it’s about treatments and pricks and prods. based in York. He can be found at
appeared to be a kid who was having a the malaise that happens when the
bad day but turned out would soon be cancer diagnosis gives way to whatever A lot of living happened since
having a bad year. the newest crisis is and what was once McKenna was diagnosed with cancer.
a pressing concern for someone else It’s a reminder to us all that these
I just went to another party recently. becomes commonplace, another thing things aren’t just another get well card
McKenna was there, too. on the prayer chain or another “How’s
that going these days?”
And it was a celebration.
McKenna, all of 5 years old, had Which is all to say that in all those
just completed her last chemo. months since I wrote my initial column
Cancer-free. about the terrible news, she’s had
Hair grown back. cancer all this time.
Smile on her face.
Cancer doesn’t relent just because
is is all such a relief to anyone a shooting massacre saturates news
who knows her, or even has read about coverage or another person you know
her, that it’s not worth me going more gets sick or donations for medical costs
in depth — there are no guarantees fade away (not unlike how donations
that your kid will beat cancer, so the pour in after a hurricane or earthquake
victory of a final chemo treatment is so and then trickle even as residents are
enormous that all you mostly do is say still in a crisis).
congrats and give a hug because how
can you properly express how happy An illness like that is there every
you are? day no matter what, and to be honest, I
can’t even fathom how her parents got
I’ve watched up close and afar as through it.
her parents dealt with one of the worst
“you need to sit down” talks imaginable. When my own daughter nearly
died in an emergency room a year ago,
at’s the kind of talk that doesn’t our whole lives stopped. (Might I add,
pry its grotesque fingers off your soul
the next day, or the week after, or the
year after.

From what her mother told me in
the years since, after the initial wave


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As a teacher, the beginning of a new school year automatically signals the
beginning of fall. As soon as I step foot in my school building, I kiss summer
goodbye and get ready for my favorite time of year.

My husband feels differently; his favorite time of the year is summer, and
September becomes the month where I anticipate fall as he clings to the last bits
of Pennsylvania summer.

One thing we do agree on is that September is a time to pick apples and then
bake apple inspired dishes.

One of my favorite apple dishes is apple crisp. My mother-in-law, Linda, gave
me this recipe at my bridal shower, and I LOVE using family recipes.

e real reason I love this dish is that my home begins to smells like fall as
the apples, cinnamon and crumb topping bakes together.

I start by using a “bunch” of apples.
is time, I used 10 apples, which gave me plenty of extras, so I didn’t even

have to tell my kiddos to stop eating! I also always use FOR CRUMB TOPPING is dish pleased all four members of our family,
a variety of apples. I love to handpick apples and visit 1 cup flour no matter what our September feelings are!
farmer’s markets this time of year. I am happiest with ⅓ cup brown sugar
a big variety of sweet and sour apples at home. ⅓ cup sugar Whether you are holding on to summer, or rooting
½ cup oatmeal for fall, I hope you enjoy the beautiful apples that
Next, I toss the apples in a sugar, flour and ½ cup margarine or butter Pennsylvania has to offer in September.
cinnamon mixture. is is when I sneak a few bites!
After the apples are coated, it is time to place them in DIRECTIONS
a 13” x 9” casserole. (My mother-in-law calls for this 1 Place seasoned apples in a 13” x 9” pan. Sprinkle
size; I have used different casseroles in the past, I just crumb topping mixture over apples and bake at 375
always make sure that it cooks evenly!) for 45 minutes. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

I sprinkled the top with some chopped pecans that Did you notice that last line? It is an instruction
I had in the refrigerator. I was really thinking of fall to eat this with ice cream. Who am I to argue with
when I added the nuts! this directive?

All that is left now is the crumb topping. After
making a quick crumb topping, you sprinkle the
mixture over the apples.

e hardest part of this dish is waiting 45 minutes
for this apple crisp to bake.

7 apples (I use between 7-10)
½ cup sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cinnamon

1 Peel and slice apples. Mix sugar, flour and
cinnamon together and toss over and mix in with
apples. Set aside.


Celery sticks stuffed with spreadable CHEESE
YOGURT parfaits – Alternate YOGURT with fruit and/or cereal
Shake, Rattle, and Go – Mix popcorn, GRATED CHEESE, nuts, and Chex™ type
Snack Stacks – A cracker, a slice of CHEESE, and a slice of either cucumber or apple
Bear-O’s-of-Fun (bear-shaped graham crackers, oat-ring cereal, and raisins) and MILK
Mini muffins or mini bagels and CREAM CHEESE
Fresh fruit on a stick and a strawberry YOGURT dip
Smiling Face Sandwiches – Create with an open-face peanut
butter sandwich and raisins, bananas, SHREDDED
CHEESE, etc.
Raw vegetables and a YOGURT dip
Apple Smiles (2 thin apple slice “lips” spread with peanut
butter and 3-5 miniature marshmallow “teeth”) and MILK



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ORGANISM LAB CLASS. e Oakes BASH. Dutch Wonderland, 2249 Lincoln Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, 251 step out into the night. Pre-registration and
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VOLUNTEER WORK DAY. on a Buddhist topic and optional class a symptom of a Morton’s neuroma. is condition is
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SCHREIBERPALOOZA. Clair Brothers Hershey, 6:30 p.m. Join the Hershey Telephone: 717-757-3537
Studio, 1 Clair Blvd., Manheim, 6 p.m. A community on what would have been Email: [email protected]
21 and over event. Dance the night away at Milton Hershey’s 159th birthday. Bring //
a music festival where local musicians take your lawn chairs or blanket and enjoy a
the stage to support Schreiber kids. performance of music reminiscent of Mr. ONLINE CYBER SCHOOL EXPERT
• Hershey’s era. In the event of inclement
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER Grand Lobby of e Hershey Story. FREE. engaged in his learning?
717-534-8389 •
SUNDAY FUN DAY. Sky Zone Lancaster, A: e start of any new school year, regardless of the
1701 Hempstead Road, Lancaster, 10 a.m.- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER educational placement, is always fun and exciting for
noon. Enjoy 120 minutes of jumping. $15. the children but nerve wrecking for parents. en the
717-208-8922 • PRESCHOOL POWER. Quarryville Fall months start to settle in, the dark mornings begin and it
Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, 10 can be hard to motivate children. To keep children engaged in
ADAMS COUNTY HEART WALK. a.m. Story time for preschoolers ages 3-5, their learning, it;s important to continue the learning at home.
Lincoln Elementary School, 98 Lefever featuring songs, stories and a craft. FREE. Make every opportunity a learning opportunity; cooking can be
St., Gettysburg, 8 a.m. e Heart Walk 717-806-1804 • measurement, grocery shopping can help with money and math
promotes physical activity and heart- skills, raking leaves can be science etc. is is just a simple way of transferring skills being
healthy living in a fun family environment. STRESS RELIEF WALK. Wildwood taught in the classroom to your home, and your child learning and using those skills in a fun
• Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 7 p.m. and engaging way. Talk to your teacher about potential materials, topics and lessons, there
Walk off the stress of the work day with a may be a fun field trip you can add into your weekend schedule that would “bring to life” the
TH ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKIE hike at Wildwood Park. e 3-mile walk potential lesson. ere may be additional books, activities, which your teacher can suggest. If
RACE FESTIVAL. Lancaster County on easy trails with short climbs will be at your child is really enjoying the topic, why not explore it more!
Central Park, 1050 Rockford Road, Lancaster, a moderately brisk pace of 2-4 miles per
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in support of Schreiber Pediatric. is 717-221-0292 • Email: [email protected]
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Hershey Story Museum, 63 W. Chocolate TAKE ONE Q: My kids will be soon be returning to school and
GRANADOS GRAND FINALE. Mount Ave., Hershey, 10 a.m. Preschoolers we’d like to do a few more fun things before class
Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., will love exploring themes through SEPTEMBER begins. Where can we go that doesn’t require
Mount Gretna, 7:30 p.m. Guitarist Allen enchanting pictures and stories, plus a packing a suitcase?
Krantz and friends whip up a tribute to craft. Recommended for children ages 3-5 Could You
Enrique Granados on the 100th anniversary accompanied by an adult caregiver. FREE. BE A MENTOR?
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are just an hour or two away, including Knoebels Amusement

THoEf1b0acCkO-Mto-MsAchNooDlMtiEmNeTS Resort, DelGrosso’s Amusement Park, Hersheypark and Dorney
Park & Wildwater Kingdom. And speaking of kingdoms,

Lake Tobias Wildlife Park, ZooAmerica and Clyde Peeling’s

Reptileland o er a sample of all the animal kingdom has to o er. If you want to go wild and

free for the day, check out a state park! You can swim, hike, picnic and even play disc golf for

free at many parks, or rent a canoe or kayak for a small fee. For more activities just beyond

your backyard, visit and click on our event calendar or check

out our Summer Fun Guide!

1500 Paxton Street
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Telephone: 717-236-4300


WEBELOS. Wildwood Park, 100
THIS MONTH FROM CENTRAL PENN PARENT WEE READERS. Quarryville Library, Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10:30 am-2:30
357 Buck Road, Quarryville, 10:30 a.m. pm. Participants will discover the many
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1200 Bridge Street, New Cumberland, 4-10
FAMILY BLOCK PARTY. Arthur p.m. Outdoor family fun. All are welcome.
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10:30 a.m. Block play for children of all
ages. FREE. SHOTGUNN. Ned Smith Center for
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Millersburg, 7:30 p.m. Shotgunn got its
LANCASTER HEART WALK. start in the 1970s, playing gigs all over the
Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Lykens Valley. Shotgunn plays rock and
Road, Manheim, 7:30 a.m. e signature funk hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Crowd
fundraising event for the American Heart favorites include “Soul Man,” “Smoke on
Association promotes physical activity the Water” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”
and heart-healthy living in a fun family $10.
environment. 717-692-3699 •
• amphitheater/

SALE. First Church of God Community
Center, 201 E. Green St., Mechanicsburg, 8 SUNDAY FUN DAY. Sky Zone Lancaster,
a.m. Annual fall sale of gently used kids 1701 Hempstead Road, Lancaster, 10 a.m.-
clothing and equipment sponsored by the noon. Looking for a fun and family friendly
Keystone Mothers of Multiples. way to spend Sunday mornings? Sunday
717-564-3264 • Fun Day gets 120 minutes of jumping. $15.
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County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, FORT HUNTER DAY. Fort Hunter
9 a.m. e signature fundraising event for Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 10
the American Heart Association promotes a.m.-5 p.m. is outdoor festival highlights
physical activity and heart-healthy living in old-time ways of life along the Susquehanna
a fun family environment. River. Enjoy favorites such as hayrides,
• carriage rides, old-time children’s games,
children’s crafts, demonstrations of 18th
WOOL FROLIC YARN SALE. and 19th century life, pony rides, strolling
Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, 10 musicians, mansion tours, arts and crafts
a.m.-4 p.m. Look for live animals, fiber show and exhibits. FREE.
vendors and demonstrations on yarn dying, 717-599-5751 •
knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving,
as well as exhibits and demonstrations of HANOVER HEART WALK. Hanover
flax processing and shearing. Plus hands-on Hospital, 300 Highland Ave., Hanover, 11:30
kids’ activities. Adults: $12; Ages 3-11: $8; a.m. e signature fundraising event for
Ages 2 & under: free. the American Heart Association promotes
717-569-0401• physical activity and heart-healthy living
in a fun family environment. More than 1
CENTRAL PENN PARENT million walkers will participate in some 350
FAMILY FESTIVAL. Cousler Park, 1060 events nationwide, raising funds to support
Church Road, York, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Live research and education about this country’s
music and stage performances, a petting No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and
zoo and pony rides, Atomic bounce houses stroke. e Hanover Heart Walk includes
and lots of exhibitors with kid-friendly a 1-mile or 3-mile fitness walk through the
activities. Children are also invited to dress neighborhoods of Hanover. Join us and
up and walk in the costume parade or bring help make a difference.
their favorite stuffed animal for a health •
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER Hershey Story Museum, 63 W. Chocolate AND BAKERY
Ave., Hershey, 10 a.m. Preschoolers
Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, enchanting pictures and stories, plus a
251 Wiconisco Street, Harrisburg, 7 p.m. craft. Recommended for children ages 3-5 Saturday, Sept. 17, 10AM-2PM
Classes are designed to give a broad accompanied by an adult caregiver. FREE. Apple picking, concessions, wagon
introduction to Buddhist meditation, 717-534-8389 •
ideas and practice. A typical class consists rides, kids’ activities, and more!
of two guided meditations, a teaching FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER
on a Buddhist topic and optional class Featuring—Pick Your Own Apples!
discussion. Drop-ins are welcome. $8. WEE READERS. Quarryville Library,
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a.m. Story time for preschoolers, featuring
songs, stories, and a craft for children ages SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER
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IT WAS A HOT SUMMER. a little “geeky.” (Or whatever word the kids are using If your child is marching backwards, you march

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the sound of the band echoes in the distance. audience—and now do this for several hours. Every so Several times, I saw my life flash before my eyes as
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Most parents have an understanding of what it backwards again! Now kneel! a flute took aim at my jugular or a trombone narrowly
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were made to get the high school marching band ready field. Too much marching on the field will ruin the When the minute was over, I bowed down before
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You’ll do most of your practice on asphalt that’s anyone ever made fun of her for playing in the marching
July and August are band camp months, and all hot enough to grill shish kebab. Around 2 p.m., your band—called her a “geek” or “unathletic”—I’d
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AS THE BUSY SCHOOL YEAR PROGRESSES, IT CAN BE it can be spread out through the day so try fitting it BE YOUR KID’S PLAYMATE: According to the
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CHALLENGING FOR FAMILIES TO FIND TIME TO PLAY Waiting with your kids at a bus stop? Make it active was a barrier to their child’s play. No one likes to play
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