Pink Out Photo Contest Friday, September 19

Pink Out Press Release:

The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute Launches 2nd Annual Pink Out

This Year’s Fundraiser Will Support the Breast Cancer Voucher Program

The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute of Central PA (BCWHI) has begun its second annual Pink Out Contest, a photo contest to raise money and spread awareness of breast cancer and to educate women about the disease. Community members are invited to submit photos for the Pink Out contest from August through October. The public is invited to vote for the contest winners during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October through their Facebook page.

Funds raised via the Pink Out will be donated to the newly created Breast Cancer Voucher Program, which provides monetary support to breast cancer patients in Central PA who are either underinsured or uninsured. The BCWHI is located on the Tyrone Regional Health Network campus in Tyrone.

BCWHI is currently collecting pink clothing and accessories for the Pink Out.  Anyone wishing to donate gently used or new pink items may deposit items in collection boxes placed at locations around Blair County. Collection sites include the BCWHI Lobby, Altoona Mirror main entrance Tyrone Hospital Lobby, Northern Blair Senior Center in Tyrone, Central Blair Senior Center in Altoona, and the Southern Blair Senior Center in East Freedom. The donation boxes will be available through the end of September,

The pink items collected will be available at a BCWHI Pink Out station at certain special events. pink out breast cancer event 2 Pink Out Photo Contest  Friday, September 19People who want to participate in the Pink Out contest can stop by and use the items to Pink Out and get their photo taken on the spot and enter the contest. All photo contest participants will be asked to give a small donation to support the Breast Cancer Voucher Program.  Upcoming events where a Pink Out station will be available include Health-O-Rama on August 15th at the Logan Valley Mall in Altoona and events to celebrate the hospital’s 60th Anniversary to be held this fall.

Businesses will also have the opportunity to participate in the Pink Out Contest this year! Businesses can make a donation to benefit the Breast Cancer Voucher Program and in return, hold a Pink Out for their employees and submit photos from their Pink Out to the contest.  Businesses also have the option to Pink Out another business. For a small donation, BCWHI staff will bring pink gear to the business that is being Pinked Out and take photos of the employees dressed in pink. For information on how to Pink Out a business, please contact Lannette Johnston at 814-682-1800. Businesses will need to complete a donation form.

Contact The Breast Cancer & Women’s Health Institute at (814) 470-7732 or visit Tyrone Regional Health Network for more information.

Fall Family Fun Ideas

Fall Family Fun Ideas

by G. White

Staff Writer

Just because Summer is over does not mean that family fun has to end. Here are a few fun things you can do in Autumn for more family fun.

  1. Collect and press leaves
  2. Attend football games
  3. Go for a hay ride and pick pumpkins
  4. Take a bike ride
  5. Decorate your home inside and outside wit things that represent Autumn
  6. Go pick apples and make a few apple recipes
  7. Plant bulbs for next spring
  8. Collect pine cones
  9. Get ready for Halloween
  10. Roast pumpkin seeds
  11. Make pumpkin pies
  12. Visit a corn maze
  13. Make caramel apples
  14. Make fall crafts
  15. Go for a walk/drive and take in the beauty of Fall
  16. Prepare a Fall-inspired meal together
  17. Make cookies
  18. Have an End of Summer picnic
  19. Go on a hike
  20. Jump into a pile of leaves

Hearty Dishes for Autumn

Hearty Dishes for Autumn

by G. White

Staff Writer

When I think of Autumn, I just want to make a good soup/stew, put on a thick cable sweater and leggings, sit on my couch and enjoy the beauty of the season.

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Chicken Stew

Makes: 6 servings, 1 1/2 cups each

  • 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound chicken tenders, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 medium parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and chopped
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar

Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.

Add the remaining 3 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add onion, parsnips, carrots, rosemary, salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables begin to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add broth and apples; bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Return the chicken to the pot and stir in vinegar.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili

Makes: 4 servings, about 2 cups each

  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium-large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 4 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chile (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sweet potato and onion and cook, stirring often, until the onion is beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, cumin, chipotle and salt and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Add water and bring to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook until the sweet potato is tender, 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add beans, tomatoes and lime juice; increase heat to high and return to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Makes: 4 servings, about 1 3/4 cups each

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms, (about 4 ounces)
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped shallots
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup quick-cooking or instant wild rice, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken, or turkey (12 ounces; see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add mushrooms, celery, carrots and shallots and cook, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add flour, salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add rice and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until the rice is tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in turkey (or chicken), sour cream and parsley and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes more.

Transitioning Into Fall

Transitioning Into Fall

by G. White

Staff Writer

As Summer draws to a close, we go through a time of transition. As the weather cools down and the leaves change colors, it is so important that we change our lifestyles and health needs to meet these seasonal changes.

  1. Stretchng – with raking leaves, putting away gardens, and other Fall chores we do, we raise the possibility of muscle related injuries. Regular stretching helps to keep your muscles and joints healthy.
  1. Get regular sleep – as the Fall season approaches, the days become shorter giving us less daylight to complete our many tasks. Keeping a regular bedtime routine keeps our bodies healthy and reduce illness and injury.
  1. Eat healthy – colder days mean heavier foods to keep us warm. Be conscious of the “one size” fits all food portions when it comes to eating. Take advantage of all the healthy fall veggies and make some delicious meals for yourself and your family.
  1. Exercise – in the Summer, everyone is more willing to exercise to have that bikini body. But continuing the momentum of exercise is very important. Regular exercise helps keep your body fits. Keeps your weight at an ideal level, and reduces your chance of illness.

Fall is a time for change. Make adjustments and enjoy the change!

Fall Decor Ideas

by G. White

Staff Writer

Fall Decor image Fall Decor IdeasWith Autumn knocking on the door, why not invite the beautiful colors of the season indoors with nature inspired fall decor.

Pressed Foliage

Dress up a bookshelf with foliage and pumpkins. The bold colors of Fall really stand out against a black, white, or wood bookshelf.

Cornhusk Accents

Cover basic candles with cornhusks and adorned them with black feathers for an instant way to bring a fall look to your living room. If you have a fireplace, continue the look there and maybe ever hang a cornhusk garland.

Wood Acorns

To add a fall look to you kitchen, place wood acorns in a cake platter for a simple decor idea. The acorns can act as a centerpiece for a dining table or as an accent piece on a kitchen countertop.

Cinnamon Stick Jars

For a simple way to spruce up your mantel for fall, put a cluster of cinnamon sticks in mason jars and hanging them above the fireplace. You may also want to take this idea to the living room by placing a row of jars filled with cinnamon sticks on your coffee table.

Table Decor

Decorate your dining table by placing pumpkins and gourds in a row. A tall vase filled with wheat sits in the center, adding height to the space.

Paper Leaves

Make trees in your home with paper leaves. Cut out leaf shapes out of decorative scrapbook paper and glued them to branches for a natural yet whimsical look.

Toolbox Candleholder

With the many end of summer yard sales, you can find many items that can be used for decorating. Purchase an old toolbox and fill it with pinecones, candles and clementines. Not only is this beautiful and warming, it smells just like Fall.

Danville Dance School Builds Character And Changes Lives

karen gronsky head shot Danville Dance School Builds Character And Changes LivesWhen we watch shows like Dancing With The Stars or America’s Got Talent we see people who have had a great deal of experience or training and as a result put on a great show. But what we hardly ever see is all of the work that goes into becoming that good. Or all of the people who do not aspire to the stage but still find benefit in dance in many ways.

Karen Gronsky is the owner of the Karen Gronsky School of Dance in Danville PA and after talking with her the other day I feel as though I see dance in a new way. You might not expect a small town dance studio to be the home of great things but what she and her family as well as her students have accomplished is pretty amazing.

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Karen and Jake Gronsky

Not the least of her (and her husband’s) accomplishments was producing their son Jake Gronsky who was recently signed to the St. Louis Cardinals. According to Jake his parents have always been his biggest supporters. He said that from the time he could swing a bat (and discovered he could not dance) they have helped him in developing his baseball abilities. He credits his parents with instilling in him the work ethic that has helped him succeed along with some early physical conditioning (stretching) that has helped him avoid injuries.

That support included building a winter time baseball practice center on the third floor of the building that houses his mother’s dance studio on the first floor and his father’s fitness center on the second floor. He said that they turned the third floor into his own private baseball training center by getting an old fishing net and hanging it up to make a batting cage and painting the walls blue (think Field of Dreams).

Somehow, when Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia was demolished, his parents even came into possession of some of the Astroturf that had formerly been part of the stadium field and used it on the floor of Jake’s practice room. Talk about inspiration for a kid with a love of baseball!

Karen Gronsky’s commitment to helping others shows in both her dance studio and her efforts within the community that have raised $82,000 to date for local charities. At her studio she teaches Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and Tap (hope I listed them all). Her students range from four years old up to adults in her dance fitness classes.

karen gronsky school of dance performance 300x200 Danville Dance School Builds Character And Changes LivesShe said that dance teaches her young students self respect while promoting fitness. Her goal is to use dance to make girls feel beautiful inside. Her students include some with physical handicaps and she says that such problems do not limit her students from realizing the benefits of dance.

The students at Karen Gronsky School of Dance put on two big shows a year. One in the spring and one at Christmas time at the Bloomsburg University Hall. In addition they do half time shows for the Philadelphia 76ers in front of crowds as large as 20 to 30 thousand people as well as a show at a Harlem Globetrotters game. According to Karen there is another show at a 76ers game in the works as well as some talk of a performance at Madison Square Garden.

Not a bad record for a small dance school in a small town. It just goes to show what dedication, determination and a commitment to those around you can do. Connect with Karen on Facebook or through her website (linked below).

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Your Family And Football – The Importance of Both

by G. White

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Children in their middle years treasure their families and feel they are special and irreplaceable. Your Family provides your children with a sense of belonging and a unique identity. Families are, or should be, a source of emotional support and comfort, warmth and nurturing, protection and security. Family relationships provide children with a critical sense of being valued and with a vital network of historical linkages and social support. Within every healthy family there is a sense of reciprocity—a giving and taking of love and empathy by every family member.

So where does football fit into this picture? If you haven’t already taken notice, but Penn State football is a very family oriented event. I have witnessed many families dressed in blue and white from the youngest to the oldest walking around the streets of State College on game day.

The little girls want to be future cheerleaders and the little boys want to be the future quarterbacks. Fathers explain in detail the plays of the game to the next generation, while the teens scream right along with the older men on good and bad plays. Penn State Football in for some, an annual family event/reunion.

Families are much more than groups of individuals. They have their own goals and aspirations.

I remember growing up and having my father explain to me the importance of football. Since he had no sons, I was the impromptu “son” in his life. I have watched many games, cheered for many teams, and even witness the famous Dallas Cowboy and Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl. I don’t remember the score or what actually happened, but I do remember my father being excited about sharing that experience with me. It ranked up there with the American winning the gold medal for hockey during the Olympics. They beat the Russians! That is something I still share with my children.

The togetherness of family and football instructs children and gives guidance about personal values and social behavior. It instills discipline and helps them learn and internalize codes of conduct that will serve them for the rest of their lives. It helps them develop positive interpersonal relationships, and it provides an environment that encourages learning both in the home and at school.

So, if you are looking for a way to get the family together and begin to install the positive effects that will shape their lives, try watching football. It will be the beginning of something great!

Football and Education

Can playing football actually help your child improve in school? Does the discipline of practice and the camaraderie of the team make him a well-rounded individual? Read on.

Enthusiasm for football has never been higher. Participation in prep football has increased 21 percent in the past 20 years. Many states have begun to allow what is essentially year-round football practice. Youth-league tackle football is expanding. American boys are devoting more time and effort to football than ever before.

In higher education, student populations are increasingly female. Twenty years ago, there were more men in college than women. Now there are more women, and the ratio of college women to men is rising.

One reason could be that girls are doing very well in high school, making them attractive candidates for college, and perhaps the rising popularity of football is at the same time decreasing boys’ chances of college admission.

Possible reason: more boys being bashed on the head in football, while more play full-pads tackle at young ages, may be causing brain trauma that makes boys less likely to succeed as students. Also, the increasing amount of time high school boys devote to football may be preventing them from having the GPA and extracurriculars they need to get into college.

Is brain harm to boys from football a factor? Suffering two or more concussions during high school is associated with neurological problems later in life. At the same time, youth tackle football is growing in popularity, which means ever-more young boys being hit on the head. The immature brain case of preteens is more vulnerable to harm than the heads of high-school-aged teens. Even the low-speed, low-impact head hits of Pop Warner-style youth football may cause gradually accumulating damage.

The gender that plays football is falling behind in college. The gender that does not play football is excelling. Most likely, the possible relationship of rising football popularity to declining male college attendance is that teen boys who play the sport spend too much time on football and not enough time on schoolwork.

The odds of a high school football player receiving either an NCAA scholarship or an athletic admission letter to college are about 1-in-50. Sadly, the overwhelming majority of those who play high school football receive no college admissions boast from the sport. Yet many let their schoolwork slide in order to be on the team.

Youth tackle football is expanding because of boys’ intense desire to play the country’s most popular sport. This may make fathers feel great, but what about the boys? In how many youth leagues around the country are little boys being harmed as adults look on, urging them to hit harder?

The new fad for year-round high school football makes matters worse. The expansion of youth and high school football into a year-round activity is mainly about making adults feel important, as though they were NFL coaches or general managers.

There’s a lot going on in our busy world and football is at most one of many factors in rising girls’ success, coupled to declining boys’ presence, in higher education. As a parent, decide what is best for your son…sports or education.

The Health Benefits of Football

Football is not only a game to watch on television, it also have health benefits, too. For instance:

Football is a great way to get in shape.

Football will give you a six pack.

Football will build your leg strength and increase your concentration span.

Football builds up strength and endurance in every part of your body.

Football increases your cardiovascular muscles and decreases your resting heart rate.

Football is a recreational sport with many benefits. Football is healthy if you actually engage in the game.  It gives you a cardiovascular workout while working on stamina, strength and endurance. It also helps to build team spirit while having fun at the same time.

Football helps build up cardio-respiratory endurance. So, when you are more active your resting heart rate lowers. About four weeks of playing football weekly, you should feel the difference in your resting heart rate.

Football require endurance. Football requires love of the game. Football can take your football shape and turn it into a Heisman Trophy. But as with all exercises, please consult a physician advice if you have not or are not very active. We want you to have fun and enjoy all the benefits of playing football!


Football Party Snacks

by G. White

Staff Writer

Make this the best of your next football party with the following five party food ideas.

1. Pigs in A Blanket – serve with a Tangy Dipping Sauce


1 (8-ounce) can original crescent dough

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

20 mini hot dogs or cocktail franks

1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Cut each triangle of crescent roll dough into thirds lengthwise, making 3 small strips from each roll.

Brush the dough strips lightly with Dijon mustard. Put the mini hot dogs on 1 end of the dough and roll up.

Arrange them, seam side down, on a greased cookie sheet. Brush with egg wash for even browning.Serve warm.


Tangy Dipping Sauce

1/2 cup sour cream

1/2 cup mayonnaise

3 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard

Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving. Can be made a day ahead.

 2. Pizza Pockets


1 tablespoon olive oil

8 ounces Italian turkey sausage

1 cup tightly-packed arugula (about 1 ounce)

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/3 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/4 cup

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 (13.5-ounce) package of store-bought pizza crust (recommended: Pillsbury)

All-purpose flour, for rolling out pizza dough

1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

1 1/2 cups marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium-sized, heavy skillet. Add the sausage and cook until crumbled and golden, about 5 minutes. Add the arugula and cook until wilted. Turn off the heat and let cool about 10 minutes. Add the cream cheese, 1/3 cup Parmesan, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface to a thin 20 by 12-inch rectangle. Cut the rectangle in half lengthwise. The cut each half into 8 equal rectangles.

football party snacks image Football Party SnacksSpoon topping onto 1 side of each of the rectangles. Using a pastry brush, brush the edges of the rectangle with egg wash. Close the rectangle of pizza dough over the topping. Use a fork to seal and crimp the edges. Place the pizza pockets onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Brush the top of each pizza pocket with egg wash. Sprinkle with the remaining Parmesan. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the marinara sauce over low heat in a medium saucepan. Serve the hot pizza pockets with the marinara sauce alongside for dipping.

 3. Football Pastrami Sandwiches


1 cup shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend

1/3 cup pickled piquant peppers, such as Peppadews, chopped

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

32 slices cocktail pumpernickel bread squares

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

8 ounces thinly sliced pastrami

16 bread and butter pickle slices

1 to 2 slices white cheese, such as muenster or white American (you want about a 4-inch square slice)

Special equipment: 16 toothpicks

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Mix the shredded cheese, peppers, mayonnaise, mustard and pepper in a medium bowl.

Stack 4 slices of the bread on a cutting board. Using a knife or 2 1/2-inch round cutter, trim the bread into football shapes, save the trimmings for another use. Continue with the remaining bread.

Lay the bread slices on a rimmed baking sheet and brush with the melted butter. Place in oven and toast until crisp, about 5 minutes.

Spread about 1 tablespoon of the pepper cheese mixture on the bread. Top with some pastrami, a pickle and another slice of bread.

To make the laces, cut the cheese into 16 long strips. Cut each strip into 1 long and 3 short pieces. Lay the long strip lengthwise on the sandwich, and then the 3 short strips crosswise to make the laces. Repeat with all the strips. Put the sandwiches back into the oven for 2 minutes to set the cheese laces. Secure the sandwiches with a toothpick and serve.


4. Smoked Jalapeno Poppers


2 links Mexican chorizo, casings removed

1/2 pound smoked gouda, shredded

1/4 cup finely chopped red onions

1 egg

1/2 cup cream cheese

3 tablespoons sour cream

1 tablespoon hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Special Equipment: parchment paper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Brown chorizo in a skillet over medium-high heat, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and place into a large mixing bowl. Add the cheese, red onion, egg, cream cheese, sour cream, hot sauce, and salt and pepper, to taste. Press into jalapeno halves and assemble on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake until golden and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

5. Buffalo Wings

12 whole chicken wings

3 ounces unsalted butter

1 small clove garlic, minced

1/4 cup hot sauce

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Place a 6-quart saucepan with a steamer basket and 1-inch of water in the bottom, over high heat, cover and bring to a boil.

Remove the tips of the wings and discard or save for making stock. Using kitchen shears, or a knife, separate the wings at the joint. Place the wings into the steamer basket, cover, reduce the heat to medium and steam for 10 minutes. Remove the wings from the basket and carefully pat dry. Lay the wings out on a cooling rack set in a half sheet pan lined with paper towels and place in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Replace the paper towels with parchment paper. Roast on the middle rack of the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the wings over and cook another 20 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the skin is golden brown.

While the chicken is roasting, melt the butter in a small bowl along with the garlic. Pour this along with hot sauce and salt into a bowl large enough to hold all of the chicken and stir to combine.

Remove the wings from the oven and transfer to the bowl and toss with the sauce. Serve warm.

Good food always makes a good party!

Graci’s Flowers Has Your Fall Flower And Gift Ideas

Autumn is approaching, and it’s one of our favorite seasons at Graci’s. When the weather starts to Fall Candle Display 300x181 Gracis Flowers Has Your Fall Flower And Gift Ideasget a little colder, you can always brighten up your home with festive fall arrangements and wreaths. Or try the scent of warm and inviting candle fragrances from Crossroads and Colonial Candle, like Mulled Cider or Indian Summer. And of course when it comes to a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table, we’ve got you covered.

With the holidays not far behind, Graci’s also has a huge year-round Christmas shop, which features everything you need to decorate your home. From artificial trees and wreaths, to decorations, lights, & ornaments. We also carry Department 56 Snowbabies and Villages, as well as a large selection of nativity sets and gifts.

Graci’s Flowers and Gifts in Selinsgrove is a family owned and operated business, which opened in 1970. We are a full service florist, able to take on all your floral needs; whether it’s a wedding or banquet, sympathy or get well, flowers for a first date, or just because.

Gold Holiday Tree 225x300 Gracis Flowers Has Your Fall Flower And Gift IdeasWe also carry plants, balloons, fruit and gourmet baskets and much more. We deliver over a large portion of the valley, from Port Trevorton to Lewisburg, Sunbury & Northumberland and everywhere in between. And if you want to send flowers somewhere that we don’t deliver, we can gladly transfer it to a florist who does, anywhere around the world.

But Graci’s is much more than just a flower shop. We are also have a large selection of gifts, collectables & home decor. We’re a one stop shop for decorating and gift giving all year long.

No matter what the time of the year, Graci’s Flowers & Gifts has what you’re looking for. Through three generations we’ve been proudly serving the Susquehanna valley, and we take your satisfaction seriously. Stop in to see all of the exciting things we have to offer!

Editor’s Note: Below is a virtual tour of Graci’s Flowers & Gifts that was made using Google’s new Photosphere app for iPhone. If you woud like to tour the inside of Graci’s just scroll down and explore the link

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Football Party Planning Ideas

by G. White
Staff Writer

A football party is not like any other party. It combines the feeling of a spectacular sporting event with the social atmosphere of spending time at home in the company of family and friends. Let’s look at the most important steps to throwing a successful football party.

Guest List – It’s tempting to call every person you know who loves the same team as you, but lets football parties 300x199 Football Party Planning Ideasbe practical – do you have the space? Start your guest list by listing all those you just have to invite. The important thing is that anyone you invite is a fun person. Nothing ruins a party quicker that a hothead or a loud mouth. Invite some non-football folks to add variety to the mix.

Preparing for the Party – Even if it’s a totally informal gathering, your house needs to be clean and spruced up. Make sure you have enough seating and arrange it so that everyone has comfortable access to the TV.

Make sure you have plenty of bathroom supplies available and have quick access to extras if needed. Put some nice hand soap in the bathroom so guest can return to the party with nice smelling and clean hands. And don’t forget the facial tissues. Remember, football season does occur during the cold and flu season

Decorations – Decorate with pictures, posters, football gear, flags, and anything else you may have available. Just remember that some of your guests may not support your team so make sure you have decorations for them as well. You want the opposite teams fans to feel comfortable at your party.

Food – Watching people play football makes spectators hungry. Lay out a wide array of snacks all over the room where people can access them easily. Avoid snacks that spill or stain. And keep tons of paper napkins around.

Stick to food that can be picked up and carried easily. Burgers, hotdogs, pizzas, and deli sandwiches are the traditional football fare.

Paper and Plastic – Forget about your crockery, cutlery, and glasses. Paper plates and plastic glasses are fine. There is no washing up to do and nothing to break. Make sure the garbage can is fully visible and you have enough garbage bags.

Keep it Simple – Make your guests feel at home. Use the pre-show to get the conversation flowing and have people talk about their favorite players and what kind of results they expect.You want to make the party fun for everyone

After the Game – All good things come to an end, make sure that you thank each person for coming. This way everyone who attended will feel like “a football family” and want to come back if invited again.

Clean Up  – A successful party means that the house needs to return to normal quickly. There is nothing wrong with recruiting a few really good friends to help with the cleaning. And offer to do the same for them whenever they decide to have a football party at their home.

Planning and having a football party if always a fun way to get together and celebrate the love of a team. Just remember, keep it simple and let the good times roll.