Living Well Nicely

living well nicely image Living Well NicelyDid you know that being nice to others can help them and you as well?

When you were young, your mother and other adults around your were always telling you to be nice to others.  Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t.  After all, we are only human.

But did you realize, being nice to others is good for them and you too?  Recognizing the personal benefits of being nice may motivate you to do it a little more often.

So now you may ask…what does it mean to be nice?

It means being kind, generous, agreeable, pleasant, respectable, friendly, forgiving and tactful.  It means going out of your way to treat others the way you want to be treated.

Being nice also means doing kind acts.  It means volunteering, donating and offering yourself to a cause that you believe to be worthwhile. Nice is such a small word, but it has big implications.

Here are a few ways being nice can affect you:

  1.  Being nice leads people to like you
  2.  Kindness promotes confidence and optimism
  3.  Niceness makes you feel good about yourself
  4.  People will reciprocate in your time of need
  5.  Doing good deeds adds meaning and significance to your life
  6.  Being a volunteer can help you discover hidden talents
  7.  Being a do-gooder relieves stress and guilt
  8.  Helping others will make you feel thankful and advantaged
  9.  Being nice fosters a greater sense of family and community
  10.  Engaging in generous acts distracts you from your own troubles


Go be nice and you’ll experience many positive benefits! I challenge you!!!


Grant and Awards Announced By Centre Foundation At Dinner

Book Benches of Centre County 300x200 Grant and Awards Announced By Centre Foundation At DinnerState College, PA – It has been a watershed year of impact for Centre Foundation and its partners. Over 170 community members – those in the non-profit sector and members of the public who support their work -gathered for Centre Foundation’s 2014 Annual Dinner on Friday evening. Annual awards were distributed and an announcement was made public for the first-time, revealing the grant proposal that received the inaugural $100,000 grant through the new, transformational granting program called Centre Inspires.

“Our board voted to distribute this grant to the proposal that found an innovative way to bring diverse groups of the community together – different segments of people from all over Centre County – to collaborate, create, and enjoy art that is representative of the community in which we live,” explained Molly Kunkel, Executive Director at Centre Foundation. “The grant proposal entitled ‘Book Benches of Centre County’ was put forward by the Child Development & Family Council (CDFC) and SPE Federal Credit Union (SPE FCU); we are excited to see this idea come to life in the coming months.”

“The collaboration aspect of Centre Inspires was truly an enjoyable experience,” noted Ann Walker, Executive Administrator at the CDFC. “Everyone going through this process – all 39 of us submitting original proposals -met to discuss partnerships, county-wide ideas, brainstorm together, and make connections that can otherwise be challenging to make on a day-to-day basis behind your desk.”

“We had a lot of fun envisioning where these benches might end up around the County and how their respective areas will choose to decorate them,” said Sue Swain of SPE FCU.

“It’s easy to picture families enjoying a bench at Cold Stream Dam in Philipsburg, or a trout patterned one placed on the bank of Penn’s Creek, or someone reading a book on one in Talleyrand Park,” said Christa Hosterman of SPE FCU.

The $100,000 grant from Centre Foundation will start the project off with 25 fiber-glass benches in the shape of an open book. Similar in idea to Harrisburg’s “Cow Parade” or other animal-themed, large-scale sculptures in various cities, these benches will be the first of their kind in the United States. Benches will be placed throughout the County; each community will design and decorate their bench. Local artist, Elody Gyekis, will help oversee the county-wide project; after a bench decoration theme is chosen by its respective community, an easy to follow, paint-by-numbers process will allow anyone in the community to help bring the bench to life. Afterwards, the benches will be sealed, installed, and are expected to last at least 25 years. Next year, Centre Inspires will focus on Health and Human Services. The granting program will operate on a
six-year cycle and rotate through all of Centre Foundation’s interest areas, which also include Environmental Conservation & Awareness and Education & Life-Long Learning.

Donald Strickler was honored with Centre Foundation’s Oak Tree Award for his unmatched commitment to the Foundation. As an avid bridge player, he constructed a building for his bridge club to use; later, he donated the building to the Foundation. After renovations were completed earlier this year, Centre Foundation moved into the spacious building located at 1377 Ridge Master Drive in State College.

Centre County PAWS was honored with the Kathryn S. Weaver Award. The award is named for an early supporter of the Foundation and is given out to a local organization that is making an impact in the County. PAWS takes in animals, provides needed veterinarian services, and places the animals with foster and forever homes. Their work makes Centre County a more humane place to share with our four-legged friends.

Meagan Tuttle received the Future of the Foundation Award, which is given to next generation leaders in the community. As a planner at the State College Borough, she brings a daily passion to her work and is empowering neighborhoods to think communally, encouraging businesses to think outside the box, and engaging in new transportation thinking that will help prepare our community for the future. She has been a great partner for the Foundation to work with on projects that stretch across the County.

Centre Foundation is committed to helping donors fulfill their philanthropic goals by building and maintaining a permanent collection of endowment funds. The Foundation champions the betterment of Centre County for both present and future generations with trustworthy leadership in shaping effective responses to community issues and opportunities.

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The Courtyard Tells the Mike Agranoff Story

Mike Agranoff close up 300x237 The Courtyard Tells the Mike Agranoff StoryThe Courtyard Theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall concluded its run of the play, “The Rocky Horror Show” this past weekend to standing ovations from almost every audience that viewed all 6 performances. Certainly, no audience member left the theater after the play’s conclusion until they had a chance to participate with the entire cast in dancing to “The Time Warp”, the signature dance number for the play.

Some audience members were curious when they read in the program about the next attraction at the theater, Mike Agranoff and Gathering Time.

Here’s what it said in the program:

Who the heck is MIKE AGRANOFF?

Funny you should ask!

Mike Agranoff is one of America’s leading humorists, folk singers, and acoustic guitar phenoms. He’s a story-teller in folk music with a glint in his eye. Mike is not so much a “singer-songwriter” as a “singer-song-finder“. He takes humorous, little-known folk songs and adds his own distinctive style. Equally at home in the traditional camps of the folk world, he also is well-acquainted with contemporary folk music.

Who the heck is GATHERING TIME?

This folk-rock group: Hilary Foxsong, Stuart Markus, and Gerry McKeveny are like a “high-energy Peter, Paul, and Mary”. Their head-turning harmony has been described as “getting a whole beehive-full-of-buzz” on the Northeast Regional Folk Scene. John Platt of New York’s WFUV has written that they are “among the finest performers in the New York Metropolitan Area folk scene”…with “harmonies that can charm the birds out of the trees”.

Art Lieberman, the theater’s producer blames the inability of the New York Mets to score runs on how he discovered Agranoff. “I was watching a Met game on TV and they were losing 8-0 in the third inning. I decided the Mets were through for the day so I began channel surfing and, on ‘Homegrown  Concerts’ on PBS, I discovered Mike. He played several extremely funny tunes while demonstrating an uncanny talent, first on an acoustic guitar and later on a concertina. That, combined with the look of a sparkly-eyed loveable curmudgeon, sort of an Andy Rooney kind of character would, I decided, thrill people in our area. I became curious to learn whether or not he would journey to Central PA to perform at our theater.  Not only was he willing but recommended that Gathering Time, the trio of folk singers who were later described to me as ‘Peter, Paul & Mary on steroids’ join him for the two performances. Mike, apparently had worked with them many times in the past. I know our audiences will just love the show”.

 MIKE AGRANOFF together with GATHERING TIME will be appearing at the Courtyard Theater for two nights: Friday & Saturday, October 24th & 25th both at 7:00 PM. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-374-0060,  on the ticket tab on the theater’s Website at or two hours prior to the show at the box office of the theater in the Mall. As usual, tickets are only $15 each.

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Brent Kessler – Central PA Magician

Brent Kessler has been amazing his audiences for well over a decade. By combining his award-brent kessler picture Brent Kessler   Central PA Magicianwinning magic with light-hearted humor, his custom-tailored shows infuse mystery with comedy and never fail to bewilder. As a full-time magician, Brent’s relentlessness to succeed and commitment to his clients has earned him high praise and he is one of today’s most sought after entertainers. His sterling reputation in the corporate hospitality industry as well as private engagements for the area’s most predominant figures has earned him numerous requests for his services.

It’s not easy choosing entertainment for an event. One thing to keep in mind is that not all magicians are the same. If you book entertainment based on price alone you will be disappointed. You want to feel comfortable when inviting an entertainer to your event or party.

Brent Kessler is a full-time professional magician with many years of experience. He has performed all over the country for many well-known clients including, Universal Studios Orlando, FL. Brent doesn’t have a day job. All of his efforts and time are dedicated to bringing professional entertainment to all of his clients.

Performing an average of 25 shows a month. Brent has successfully created and presented programs for many large companies and organizations. He has been awarded Best General Magic by the Magicians Alliance of Eastern States. His experience and proven track record means that you can rest assured that all of Brent’s programs are appropriate, professional, and entertaining.

What sets Brent apart from other magicians? Brent combines his experience in sales training, marketing, and great people skills to create unique presentations that fulfill the needs of the business/family community. If what you seek is professional and quality entertainment then please contact Brent right now.

(570) 677-2664


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What To Expect From A Visit To The Audiologist?

Williamsport Hearing Services1 What To Expect From A Visit To The Audiologist?Effective hearing healthcare is more than just purchasing a set of hearing aids. Comprehensive hearing healthcare includes the following:

• Choosing a hearing healthcare provider.
• A diagnostic hearing evaluation, including pure tone testing, speech understanding testing and a possible middle ear evaluation. Your insurance may require an order or a referral to see the audiologist.
• An explanation of the results.
• A possible referral to an Ear, Nose and Throat physician or a family physician.
• An explanation of different hearing aid styles, features, and levels of technology, along with the
costs involved.
• A discussion about what to expect from your hearing aids.
• A plan for follow up care. Follow-up visits are a crucial part of good hearing care and help ensure that you are hearing as well as possible.
• An explanation of various assistive listening devices (amplified telephones, captioned telephones, TV listening systems…) that are available to help you
hear in special situations.

Dr. Sandra Chamberlin, Au.D., CCC-A is a PA state licensed audiologist with over 20 years of experience. Education: B.S. Marywood College, 1989, M.S. Vanderbilt University,1991, Au.D.
Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 2007

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Fall = Back To School, College Football, Crazy Schedules…

By Lois Grose, President and Owner,
Molly Maid of Centre, Mifflin and Juniata Counties
Celebrating 18 years!

molly maid article image 300x288 Fall = Back To School, College Football, Crazy Schedules...Hard to believe that summer is almost over and school is back in session. Say hello to longer work hours plus soccer, gymnastics, cheerleading, football and cooking and cleaning too. Drive thru solves the cooking dilemma and Molly Maid solves your cleaning needs.

Your family and personal time is important. Don’t spend your weekend cleaning. Let the “Mollies” handle it, so you can enjoy your weekend.

Every year, especially during football season, you become very popular with family and friends just because you live in “Happy Valley”… Molly Maid can help you prepare for those out of town guests. We provide bed changing, whole house cleaning or just certain rooms. You can enjoy your company withoutworrying about whether the guest bathroom is clean.
Renting your home for out of town sports fanatics? Call us for a consultation.

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, make it yours. Call us today! 814-238-4004

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Ammonia-Free Hair Color

ammonia free hair color studio 808 image Ammonia Free Hair ColorAt one time hairdressers had only red and green based permanent hair color to work with. It was a magical time because it would have taken magic to make human-looking hair color from formulas based only on red and green. Color results were flat and monochromatic. What
appeared to be a Crayola crayon effect.

Then came a full range of permanent hair color bases. This made human-looking permanent hair color not only possible but truly easy! However, a problem that still remained. To get permanent hair color to be accepted into the hair shaft required the addition of ammonia in the color formula. Repeated applications of ammonia dries the hair shaft and leaves the hair looking dull and frayed. Ammonia also destroys vital proteins in the hair shaft, which can leave hair looking brittle and lifeless.

Now chemists have banished ammonia from hair color forever. We are blessed with AMMONIA-FREE hair color that leaves hair shimmering and lustrous. Studio 808 features Redkin’s “Chromatics” ammonia-free permanent hair color. Redken’s oil infusion delivery system means zero odor, zero ammonia damage, and one-hundred percent natural looking hair color. Book an appointment with Frank at Studio 808 today for truly dynamic permanent hair color results.

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Permanent Make-up and Tattoo Removal

Lories Beauty Salon image Permanent Make up and Tattoo RemovalWant to Save Time and Money? Pigments are made of Iron Oxide base colorants.  These colorants have been used in the cosmetic industry for years and are  found in candy confectionary pills. How is Permanent make-up performed? Sterilized, disposable needles are used to implant desire color or remove color into the dermis layer of the skin. With Permanent Make-up re-enhancements or maintenance may be desired for some people (5-10 years) depending on the bodies ability to hold pigment.

Thinking of Removing that Tattoo? EliminInk Tattoo Removal is a unique system utilizing the latest binding technology for safe removal of unwanted tattoos. EliminInk is designed to bond with the original tattoo ink/pigment, and then draw the ink to the surface. DermRenu, a scar inhibitor which is built into the ElininInk solution (as well as being a stand-alone product that is used as part of the after-care program) is designed to minimize or prevent scarring.

Consider After Breast Surgery Natural-looking Option? Areola repigmentation is an elective procedure that is the final step for many in breast reconstruction. Today many women choose to have nipple/areola tattooing because it is less invasive than tissue grafting, heals quickly and looks most natural when applied by an expert. Soft tissue can be unpredictable and so the breast mounds and/or scars can be constant reminders of cancer. Clients feel that Areola Tattooing provides the esthetic “finishing touch” after breast surgery that helps them to focus on “living” giving them a renewed sense of confidence and esteem.

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Jezebel’s Boutique Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

Jezebels Boutique image Jezebel’s Boutique Supports Breast Cancer AwarenessThere are many difficult experiences that come with a cancer diagnosis. One aspect that is often not discussed is how as a friend or family member is “suppose” to act when someone close to you is diagnosed.

In my opinion, there is no perfect way, but I would like to offer a few suggestions for consideration. From the friend and family viewpoint, the best advice is to listen and ask – without being overbearing. Be observant – does it look like the survivor is tired, then maybe she just wants to rest. Would it be helpful to just sit with her, quietly for a while? When listening to her talk, does she mention she needs something from the store, then offer to go and pick up a few things. Is she wild and crazy and needs a late night run to Dairy Queen?

Then pile her in the car and take off for DQ, oh wait, that was me and several runs for ice cream!! Many times we say to someone, “just call if you need something”, which is very kind, but more often the biggest difference is in the smallest things, a book to read, a music CD, a trip to the store, someone to wash her car windows.

No two people are alike and neither are their needs. Some laugh (you can’t change the diagnosis!); some cry; for many they do not know what to do as they are trying to process everything swirling around them. My suggestion is to love and embrace the person! No one is exactly the same. Truly listen, ask, and make a valuable difference in her life!

Tammy Miller is a professional speaker and Auctioneer in the State College area. Among many topics, she is a survivor who speaks to women groups about the value of humor in all that life throws at us! She is the author of three books, two related to breast cancer. You can learn more about Tammy at www.

Tammy will be the Mistress of Ceremony at the The Little Black Dress Goes Pink Event on October 5th learn more at – events page.

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Healthy Veins are Essential to Living Well

What is vein disease?

Advanced Vein Care Leg image  Healthy Veins are Essential to Living WellHealthy veins have valves which open and close to assist the return of blood to the heart. Venous disease occurs if these valves become damaged, allowing the backward flow of blood in the legs. When blood cannot be properly returned through the vein, it can pool in the legs, leading to a feeling of heaviness and fatigue—causing varicose veins and other skin changes. Approximately 20 to 30 million people in the United States suffer from venous disorders. While usually not life-threatening, venous disorders still affect your circulatory system and can lead to more serious complications, such as ulcers, blood clots and/or stroke if left untreated.

causes of vein disease?

Most vein disease has a strong genetic link, however, the more time we spend sedentary or standing on our feet, the more we increase the likelihood that our veins will have difficulty returning the blood. The most common factors are: • genetics • body weight • sedentary lifestyle • age • gender Women are about two times more likely to suffer from varicose veins than men. Pregnancy and hormonal changes can increase susceptibility to varicose veins.

signs & symptoms of varicose veins

Varicose veins do not always cause pain, and therefore, can go unnoticed. Signs you may have varicose veins include: • Tired, achy, painful legs • Tenderness around the varicose vein • Numbness, swelling, burning, or heaviness in the legs • Itching or irritated rash on the legs or near the ankles • Veins that are dark purple or blue in color and appear twisted and bulging. Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, but are usually fine and superficial. Spider veins are found closer to the skin’s surface and are often red or blue.

vein care

There are many minimally-invasive options to treat your venous conditions—with a short recovery and quick return to everyday activities. While spider veins and early varicose veins may simply seem like unsightly medical conditions, if untreated, they can become problematic. With any under-functioning veins or underlying venous condition, the pressure created by back flow of blood and pooling in the lower legs can lead to a progressive condition that will only worsen with time, resulting in swelling, pain and venous ulcers. Self-care—such as exercise, elevating your legs or wearing compression stockings—can help ease the pain of varicose veins and may prevent them from getting worse. However, if you are concerned about how your veins look and feel, you should know there are virtually pain-free treatments available. Walk in, walk out.

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