One CAN Make a Difference for Abused/Neglected Children

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Ashley Rhodes-Courter, New York Times bestselling author of Three Little
Words and foster children advocate

Nearly 200 people across Lycoming, Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties stepped out to support Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children’s inaugural “Constellation of Hope” Gala, held earlier this fall, raising awareness and funds for local abused and neglected children.

The Gala’s focal point was the keynote speech delivered by Ashley Rhodes-Courter, New York Times bestselling author of Three Little Words and foster children advocate. Spending almost 10 years in Florida’s foster care system, RhodesCourter described her journey through countless foster home placements, most of them abusive and overcrowded. In one home, 16 people lived in a trailer and the children were regularly beaten, neglected, verbally assaulted, and food was withheld. Another foster parent was eventually convicted as a pedophile. Rhodes-Courter racked up a staggering number of adults – 195 – who were connected to the child welfare system and paid to protect her best interests during her years in foster care. “Yet,” Rhodes-Courter noted, “it took one person — my CASA — an unpaid volunteer, to change the course of my case and help get me out of the system.”

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Judy Jones, Executive Director of Susquehanna Valley CASA-Voices for
• Teri MacBride, PPL Regional Affairs Director
• Ashley Rhodes-Courter, New York Times bestselling author of Three Little
Words and foster children advocate

“We are thrilled with the turnout and support of the Gala,” said Judith Jones, Executive Director of Susquehanna Valley CASA – Voices for Children. “We have nearly 50 children waiting to be assigned to a CASA, and with the funding and volunteer resources the Gala brought in, we will be able to serve more of these waiting children.”

PPL was the event’s premier corporate sponsor. Teri MacBride, PPL Regional Affairs Director, said “PPL is dedicated to enriching the communities we serve, and we are excited to support Susquehanna Valley CASA. By giving a voice to maltreated children, CASA can have a profoundly positive impact on those children’s lives. To improve the life of a child is to strengthen the foundation our entire community for years to come.”

Additional event sponsors included: Weis Markets, Steininger’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning, Brookside Homes, Verizon, HandUP Foundation, Swineford National Bank/FNB Bank N.A., Albright Care Services, Mazeppa Union Church, Rita’s House, James Gallo and Michael Finley, Christy and Doug Diven, Judith and Ron Jones, Suzanne and Tom Fitzgerald, Jennifer and James Handlan, the Honorable Joy Reynolds McCoy, the Honorable Michael H. Sholley, and Karen Nicholson. Music was provided by the Urban Souls performance group of Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport.

“It was great to hear Ashley describe in such a personal and compelling way what the role of a CASA is. I sometimes struggle to explain the role to others, but she did it in a way that is sure to make people want to support or perhaps even join us in what we do,” said Jerry Spegman, a Gala attendee and a CASA volunteer since 2007.

It is this CASA volunteer role that is the heart of what CASA does. CASA recruits, trains and supports citizen volunteers, from all walks of life, to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. These volunteer advocates, empowered directly by the courts, help ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care, through child-focused objective investigation and observation. The volunteers stay with their assigned child/children until they are placed in safe, loving, permanent homes. For many abused children, a CASA volunteer is the only constant adult presence in their lives.

With a CASA volunteer, a child is more likely to find a safe, permanent home, more likely to do better in school, more likely to get the help and services they need while in the child welfare system, and spend less time in foster care. “A CASA volunteer can be a beacon of hope for these children. As an advocate, you give that child a voice — and a chance for a better life,” noted Jones.

To be a CASA child advocate volunteer, one need not be an attorney or a social worker. “Adults from all backgrounds are encouraged to join us. In fact, our current base of volunteers includes former and current educators, business professionals, nurses and other health professionals, school bus drivers, bakers, psychologists, and many more. It’s the common, passionate belief that all children deserve a safe, permanent and nurturing home that bonds us,” said Jones.

After passing a background check, volunteers undergo a 40-hour, specialized and in-depth introductory training course, in addition to obtaining 12 hours of additional in-service training each year. The volunteers agree to remain with their assigned child/children until their case is closed, which takes about 18-24 months, on average. “Commitment and perseverance are key for the child advocate volunteers. It can be daunting to maneuver through the legal and child welfare systems, but it’s crucial for our volunteers to be able to persevere — their assigned children depend on them. This is one cause where the actions of a single person means everything.”

Adults 21 and older are welcome to join Susquehanna Valley CASA’s volunteer corps. The next training class is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, December 3, 2014. To learn more about Susquehanna Valley CASA or to become a volunteer child advocate, please visit or call (570) 988-2200.

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Ways To Detect Ovarian Cancer

Dr. Danielle Behrens Susquehanna Health Cancer image Ways To Detect Ovarian CancerOvarian cancer is the eighth most common cancer in women and the leading cause of death from female reproductive cancer in the United States. The American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute estimate there will be 22,000 new cases and 14,000 deaths from the disease in 2014. Although treatable, the majority of ovarian cancer cases are diagnosed at an advanced stage.

There are no recommended screening tests for the general population, and early symptoms for ovarian cancer tend to be vague. To aid in early detection, it is very important to be familiar with your body so you can note any subtle changes, to have routine gynecologic care, to know the risk factors for ovarian cancer and to know your family medical history to determine if genetic screening is necessary.

While there is no clear cause for ovarian cancer, there are identifiable risk factors, which include age, reproductive history and family history.

Increasing age is a risk factor for the development of ovarian cancer. The condition is most common in women between 60-80 years old.

A woman’s reproductive history is another indicator of risk. Early onset of menstruation and an
older age at menopause increases risk for ovarian cancer as does never having a child or having
your first full term pregnancy after age 30. Having children at a younger age or having multiple
pregnancies reduces the risk. Breastfeeding, tubal ligation and the use of birth control pills have
also been shown to reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

Women who have a first or second degree relative with a history of ovarian cancer are at increased
risk of developing ovarian cancer. A family history of breast or colorectal cancer may also increase
risk. If you have a family history of those diseases, talk to your physician about the value of genetic
screening. About 10-15 percent of ovarian cancer cases are genetically linked. Patients with a known genetic mutation, such as BRCA1 or BRCA2, have a significant risk of developing ovarian cancer and surgical removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes is recommended for these patients.

Your best defense is self awareness. Regularly take note of your weight, girth (the measure
around your abdominal area) and digestive habits so you can detect subtle changes that
could indicate ovarian cancer.

Contact your doctor if you have any of these symptoms for more than a
few weeks, or any new symptom:

■Early satiety (feeling full after
eating small amounts)
■ Abdominal bloating
■ Abdominal or pelvic pain
■ Unexplained weight gain or loss
■ Constipation
■ Urinary symptoms
(frequency, urgency)
■ Fatigue
■ Back pain

In most cases, these symptoms result from other, less serious conditions. As part of your
evaluation, your doctor will obtain a detailed history and perform a physical exam, including a pelvic
exam, to evaluate for an ovarian or abdominal mass. Blood tests, ultrasound, CT scan and MRI
are other tests doctors use if ovarian cancer is suspected.

The treatment for ovarian cancer includes surgery which is often
followed by chemotherapy.

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INSURANCE: To Have or Not to Have?

nicole carnicella image 280x300 INSURANCE: To Have or Not to Have?For some reason, everyone feels safer and more secure when they have insurance. In most cases….this is a natural, justified feeling to have.

If your house burns down, your home owner’s insurance replaces it;

If you wreck your car, your car insurance replaces it;

If you need a new heart, your health insurance replaces it.

However, if you need new teeth your dental insurance says too bad we don’t cover new teeth.

Dental insurance covers dentures which are NOT new teeth. Dentures are plastic replicas of teeth that do not function at all like natural teeth. Dentures are plastic replicas that cannot tear bread, cannot grind meat, cannot stay put in your mouth when you smile, laugh, or sneeze. So you and/ or your HR director have paid for this insurance that is suppose to make you feel safe, secure, and return your mouth as close to new or as close to original as possible. Yet with their policy restrictions, limitations, and preexisting clauses, not to mention the $1000.00 they give you annually (which has been the same amount dental insurance companies have given enrollers since 1950,) no patient can come close to restoring their mouth as naturally as possible. Dentists could restore a
patient’s mouth in 1950 for $1000.00 a year when bread was $0.10, the minimum wage was $0.75 an hour and the average cost of a lab bill on a crown was $5.00. These numbers and costs have inflated anywhere for 10 to 100 times in the last 50 years, meaning an employee should have at least $10,000.00 in dental insurance a year to work with…..yet it still remains $1000.00.

Insurance companies at this point are not really supplying employers with insurance or “coverage” in the true sense of the word; they are simply paying your dental bills for you, the ones they agree to pay (not what you may actually need.) Most importantly, they are paying themselves handsomely to be your bill payer. Employers, employees, ANYONE, would be better off paying the dentist directly, and not paying Delta Dental, or United Concordia to pay the dentist for you.

I have been working as a consultant for a private company opening medical clinics across the country. When evaluating usage reports from various school districts, counties, cities, etc, the employer on average paid the dental insurance company 10-20% more in premium payments than they would have if they had just paid the dentists directly, AND THE EMPLOYEES

I have become highly educated on insurance matters over the last year, and I want to work with individuals, employers, HR directors, etc to share this education and to make dental care affordable to all employees and their families. If you yourself are interested in coming in for a free private insurance consultation please call our office. Otherwise, please share this article with your
employer or HR director, and myself or one of my highly trained insurance specialists would be happy to have a meeting with your office. We will also be hosting an insurance forum mid November, so please follow us on FB, Carnicella and Associates, for more information on this informative seminar date. AND PLEASE, do not let any of your HR departments sign any insurance contracts
with any dental insurance companies without talking with our office first! Stop paying dental insurance companies ridiculous premiums for nothing while your oral health suffers. You deserve to have a healthy beautiful mouth, and it should be affordable to achieve!

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Tips To Enjoy Holiday Parties Without The Weight Gain

the breast cancer and womens health insitute image Tips To Enjoy Holiday Parties Without The Weight GainThe holiday season is just around the corner! Unfortunately so is the average weight gain of 1 to 2 pounds. This may not sound like a lot; however those 1-2 pounds adds up. In 5 years that would be an additional 5-10 pounds. Holiday parties are jammed with succulent appetizers, super sized holiday dinners, eggnog, alcoholic drinks, and rich desserts. The holiday season can be a stressful time also. Many people have additional stressors such as social anxiety, financial burden, depression, and the dreaded task of gift buying. Some people tend to cope with these stressors through stress eating and drinking. It is hard to cope with all the stressors during the holiday season. Don’t fear help is here! Here are some tips to get you through the holidays without gaining weight:

1. Depression and stress are common reasons why people over eat. To help prevent stress eating try the following tips. Be aware of your own state of health! If you think you are feeling down or stressed, then do something about it! Talk with your doctor and begin an exercise program. Studies show that exercise has euphoric effects on the brain and body! Enjoy the holiday parties by taking more time to focus on your true meaning of the holiday. Be generous by giving to others through volunteer work in your community, shelters, or food banks. Helping others will not only help those in need, but it will make you feel better about yourself. The less stressed you are, the less you feel the urge to stress eat.

2. You do not need to accept every party invitation. Pick and choose with whom you want to celebrate the holidays. It’s ok to say “I am sorry I can’t make it.”

3. If you know you are attending a holiday party, do not make the mistake of fasting during the day so you can eat at the party! Before attending the party, have a healthy filling snack and a large glass of water. This will help you refrain from over indulging at the party.

4. When going to a holiday party, spend more time enjoying the vibrant holiday decorations and talking with people. The more you socialize, the less likely you are to be munching on appetizers.

5. Limit your portion size, slow down eating, and savor your food! Even though there is a smorgasbord of food, you do not need to try every type of food. Add more fruits and vegetables in the mix; they will help fill you up.

6. Limit your alcohol consumption. Consider this before drinking alcohol: A 12 oz beer has 153 calories, 9oz Pina Colada has 490 calories, 3.5 oz of whiskey has 160 calories, 3.5 oz of sweet wine has 165 calories, and the holiday eggnog has 223 calories! Not only will you keep the calories down by limiting your alcohol consumption, you will help keep your blood alcohol level down as well.
If you are planning on drinking, please have a designated driver. Keep you and everyone else safe!

7. The day before attending the holiday parties, get plenty of rest and drink a lot of water.

8. If you are having the holiday party, offer more healthy selections and limit the high calorie rich foods.

9. If you do overindulge, don’t beat yourself up. Instead, go for a walk or get on the treadmill for an extra 15 minutes.

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Roth IRA

judy loy image Roth IRAOne of the more underutilized vehicles for retirement is the Roth IRA. It may be because it delays
gratification. Unlike the traditional IRA, the Roth IRA does not provide a tax advantage in the year you contribute. Money grows tax-deferred like all retirement accounts but it has two major advantages that make it a great diversification and retirement tool.

The first advantage is that money distributed in retirement is tax-free. Therefore, all the growth in thenestlerode and loy image 2 Roth IRA Roth IRA is never taxed. This can be wonderful because when taking money in retirement you retain more of it. One can take a monthly distribution of $700 from a Roth during retirement without taking an amount off for federal tax. In contrast, a $700 distribution from a traditional IRA takes a hit in taxes so you may only be living on $560 because 20% is withheld in tax. Because the Roth IRA has tax-free distributions, it does not count towards income for social security taxation or for penalizing social security prior to full retirement. Therefore, if you are retiring early and taking social security, a Roth IRA can be invaluable.

For many, putting money into retirement accounts is difficult due to the fact that it locks the money away in the case of an emergency or tough time. A Roth IRA can be a life saver in difficult times. Five years after first investing in a Roth IRA, the contributions can be withdrawn before 59 ½ without penalty or taxes.

When putting together a retirement plan, don’t just plan for taxes now but diversify your tax
situation for the duration of your retirement. An appropriate balance of investments and use of
all the retirement options available are desirable given the uncertainties that face everyone before
and after retirement. Consider a Roth IRA if it is available to you.

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Good Vein Care is a Family Affair

What is vein disease?

Healthy 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. 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.

What causes 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.advanced vein care testimonial image Good Vein Care is a Family Affair

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 Treatments

There are many minimally-invasive options to treat your venous conditions—with a short recovery and quick return to everyday activities. A personalized plan of care will be determined to meet your individualized needs.

Preventive Vein Care

Self-care such as exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, elevating your legs, wearing compression stockings and controlling other health conditions can help prevent varicose veins or keep 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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Faith and the Right Attitude Help a Local Man Walk Again

Healthsouth Robert Forbes image Faith and the Right Attitude  Help a Local Man Walk AgainRobert Forbes is grateful, believing that attitude, and his faith, are everything. Three years ago, Forbes was lying in a hospital bed at Mount Nittany Medical Center, critically ill with meningitis. “I was near death,” says Forbes. After more than a month in the hospital, he was unable to walk and needed some intensive rehabilitation. Forbes went to HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital in Pleasant Gap.

When Forbes started rehabilitation, he was in a wheelchair. His goal was to go home and remain independent.  With several
weeks of inpatient physical and occupational therapy, Forbes learned to walk again. When he was discharged, he continued his therapy, gaining more strength and stability, at HealthSouth’s Pleasant Gap Outpatient Clinic.

That was three years ago, and Forbes is enjoying an active lifestyle. A State College resident for 12 years, he “bleeds blue and white.” While attending Penn State sports events keeps him busy, he is also active in his church, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, welcoming new members and visiting those who could use some support and encouragement. A recent visit to a HealthSouth patient brought back memories of his rehabilitation, and he was inspired to share his gratitude with the HealthSouth staff. “Thanks to my faith, and the people at HealthSouth, I learned to walk again,” Forbes says. “Not only can I walk again, I play golf and enjoy all of the active events here in
State College and Penn State. We Are Penn State!”

If you or a loved one is experiencing problems with activities of daily living, consider calling HealthSouth Nittany Valley today for a no-cost rehabilitation assessment. Our rehabilitation nurse liaison comes to you in your home, physician’s office or the hospital to determine if rehabilitation may be right for you. Conditions that can benefit include:

• Bathing
• Bowel and bladder problems
• Chronic pain
• Desire to return to previous level of functioning
• Difficulty recovering from a recent illness
• Dressing
• Increased falls
• Walking
• Weakness

Call 800 842-6026 and ask for a rehabilitation nurse liaison who will assess your
needs, and coordinate with your physician and caregiving team.

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Becoming a Vegan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to life on the “wild side”. No, I am not talking about go vegan story Becoming a Veganbeing a lawbreaker. I am talking about leaving behind the life of being a carnivore and becoming a Vegan. When you become a Vegan, you surpass Vegetarian status and give up not only meat, but eggs and all dairy as well. Not sure if that is something you are interested in, want to do, or may be interested in. Read on before you make a decision…and as always, before making any dietary changes, make sure to check with your doctor if you are taking any medications or have health issues.

Millions of others have taken a huge step in an effort to improve their health, minimize animal cruelty, or possibly all of the above. Making the decision to become Vegan isn’t the challenging part, it’s maintaining a healthy Vegan way of that can prove the most demanding for many. But if you’re thinking it’s impossible to live without meat, eggs or dairy, think again. All it takes is a little forethought. In order to make a lifelong switch to a healthy Vegan lifestyle, several items need to be considered.

A Vegan diet is free from ANY and ALL animal products including meat, milk, eggs, yogurt, cheese, even foods processed with animal products such as gelatin. What remains is the typical vegan diet and forms the basis for most vegan meals:

Whole grains




Fruit and nuts

What a delicious and healthful existence this is! But remember, just because your new Vegan way of life is void of animal products doesn’t mean it may be littered with poor food choices that are void of all natural vitamins. This can prove even more harmful to your health. The items I am talking about are:


Artificial sweeteners

White flour

Processed food items

Perhaps one of the greatest issues is the concern that you will not have enough protein in your diet. While animal products are the most common sources of protein in the typical western diet, you really do not need burgers or steaks to experience a healthy and nutritive protein diet. One can easily derive more than enough protein from a Vegan way of life. And lucky for us, we really don’t need that much protein to begin with.

The Reference Daily Intake for protein is about 36 grams for every 100 pounds of body weight. For example, a 150-pound woman only needs to consume about 54 grams of protein per day. This can easily be accomplished over and again on a Vegan diet.

The following tips will help you obtain adequate levels of complete protein in your vegan diet:

Eat a variety of foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, seeds and nuts

Increase intake of legumes and nuts (in smaller servings) since these foods have the most protein available

Incorporate soy products into your food intake regularly as it is a rich source of total and complete protein

Although there are no hard and fast rules, it is often helpful to continue eating the way that resembles the one you have been eating…without the junk or processed foods. Consuming a Vegan foods doesn’t necessarily mean that you are consuming different foods, it just means you will be making simple substitutions to foods you currently eat.

Most foods that you regularly eat can be made vegan with little effort. If you like burritos, you can still enjoy burritos. Instead of meat and cheese substitute soy meat, beans, salsa and soy cheese. Love hamburgers? Make a scrumptious veggie burger and have at it with a large side salad. Like pizza? Make it yourself with soy cheese and load up on the vegetables. Think of all the possibilities!

Now for the question, can you ease into the vegan lifestyle? Of course you can. However, it typically is best to give it your gusto from the get go. Here are some steps to help:

Get rid of all animal products in your refrigerator:

All meat



Fats (such as butter)

Get rid of all animal products in your pantry:

All canned meats

Any other canned or boxed item that contains or was processed with animal products

Do this all at one time. Being Vegan means a healthier and greener lifestyle. Never throw away food. Either donate the unopened items to a local food bank, shelter, church, or give it to someone who may not be ready to change their life yet.

Buy or borrow a vegan cookbook from the library, or check out the numerous free recipe websites that feature hundreds of delicious vegan recipes

Create a meal plan for the very first month to include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks

Make a grocery list with your new meal plan in hand

Here are the fun benefits after the first month of your new Vegan way of life:

You will not rely as much on your cookbooks and meal planning because you will be a seasoned vegan shopper and chef

You will be a few pounds lighter, have more energy, and have to continuously explain that “new glow” about yourself that everyone is noticing

Making the decision to transition to a vegan way of life is a choice that will yield tremendous health benefits due in part to delicious food choices rich in whole food vitamins. A vegan diet that includes the right combinations of foods to insure the full spectrum of amino acids and B vitamins, reduces cancer risks, diabetes and heart disease, and can improve or even eliminate symptoms in those with inflammatory conditions.


Go luck and happy eating!




Be Green at Home

by G. White

be green at home Be Green at HomeDoing your part to protect the environment once meant separating paper from plastic in your recycling bin and buying organic greens that you carried home in a reusable tote. But these days, there is a lot more you can do to be green and create a healthy home and it doesn’t cost a lot in either dollars or time.

Since we are human and creatures of habit, change takes time. Begin with small steps. To help you get started, here are a few environmentally friendly living tips on how you can turn your home sweet home into home green home.

Start by saving energy

  • Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs they last up to 10 times longer.
  • Turn off the lights in rooms that are not being used.
  • Set cooling and heating temperatures correctly. Your refrigerator and freezer are probably the biggest electrical energy consumers in your house. Refrigerators do their job at around 37 F and freezers set at -3 F keep things nice and frosty. Set your home thermostat at 68 F in the day and 55 F at night. In the summer keep it at 78 F. Water heaters work most efficiently between 120 and 140 F.
  • Get unplugged by unplugging electronic appliances when not in use.
  • Use appliances efficiently. Wait for a full load before turning on the washing machine, dryer, or dishwasher. Preheat your oven only when necessary.
  • Let the sunshine: Open blinds, drapes, and shutters to let solar energy warm and brighten your home naturally.
  • Stop leaks: Plug, insulate, replace, repair, caulk, or seal to make your home as leak-proof as possible.

Clear the air

  • Ban smoking: The number one way to combat indoor air pollution is to never let anyone smoke in your home.
  • Grow plants indoors: Live plants act as natural air filters.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector.
  • Check for radon

Shun toxic products

  • Choose non-toxic cleaners.
  • Use cloths instead of cleaners.
  • Reduce the use of bug spray.

Grow a greener garden

  • Plant an edible garden.
  • Compost kitchen scraps.
  • Water your garden wisley.
  • Leave grass clippings on the lawn: Grass cuttings act as natural fertilizer when they decompose.

Beyond paper, plastic, and glass

  • Use durable goods
  • Buy recycled products.
  • Find creative ways to recycle household goods.

Conserve water

  • Save baths for special occasions: A shower uses about half as much water as the average bath. Just remember to keep it under 5 minutes.
  • Fill the sink to do dishes
  • Think before flushing: Don’t waste water flushing tampons, condoms, or flushable wipes down the toilet.

With a little “tweak” here and there, you will have a green home and reap the benefits!


“The Producers” playing at the Courtyard Theater

theproducersimage The Producers playing at the Courtyard TheaterOnce again the team that has been challenging local performers and crews to help create productions for the Courtyard Theater located in the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Hummel’s Wharf, has decided to end its first year in business with the ultimate goal: to bring to this area “The Producers”, the multi Tony-Award winning Broadway smash hit.

With Artistic Director Bob Taylor and one of the theater’s most experienced actors and Technical Director: Nick Buckman as Musical Director at the helm, this production promises to be the most entertaining play of the season.

Bringing “The Producers” to a small theater represents no small challenge. The theater’s stage can only accommodate 20 or so singers and dancers at one time. The play requires many set changes and the play’s story is a broad farce which also requires many costume changes, including a bevy of dancing Nazis.

“No one I’ve ever seen is better than meeting a challenge such as this than Bob Taylor” says Producer Art Lieberman of his partner. “And Nick has already shown his expertise in our musicals portraying the Judge in Sweeney Todd, John Adams in 1776 and as a tenor in the Valley Player’s presentation of Lend Me a Tenor. He also recently directed our recent production of The Rocky Horror Show.”

The Broadway production of “The Producers” holds several records. It won 12 Tony Awards after it opened at the St. James Theater on April 19th, 2001. It also became the first play to win an award in every category it received a nomination in. The awards were

Bests for: Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Story, Leading Actor, Featured Actor, Featured Actress, Director, Choreography, Orchestrations, Scenic design, Costumes, and Lighting. The play ran for 2,502 performances.

“The Producers” originally was Mel Brooks’ first film which he wrote in 1968. It was a comedy starring Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder and contained some songs written by Brooks. The Broadway show still had music and lyrics written by Brooks with the play co-written by Brooks and Thomas Meehan. In the play, the lead characters of Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom were played by Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick.

The musical was later filmed into the third incarnation of the original, once again starring Lane and Broderick.

The plot is about two producers who create a get-rich-quick scheme by overselling financial interests in a Broadway show and having it close immediately after opening. However, the show called “Springtime for Hitler” unexpectedly becomes successful. The humor of the show lies in the ridiculous accents, caricatures of homosexuals and Nazis and insider show business jokes.

Reviewers raved about the play, “Everything you’ve heard is 100% true,” says Clive Barnes of the New York Post. “It’s a cast-iron, super-duper mammoth old-time Broadway hit!”

“It’s fast, fierce, shameless, vulgar and altogether blissful” said Ben Brantley in Theater Review.

“The Producers” opens on November 21st for 9 weekend performances with evening performances of Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00 PM and Sunday matinees at 2:00 PM. The last performance will be Sunday December 7th. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 570-374-0060, Monday through Friday from 9:30 to 5:00, by hitting the ticket tab on the theater’s website at, or two hours before every performance at the box office if tickets are still available.

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