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Contents Volume 5 Number 3



Home matters 7 Wildflowers

Learn to identify these popular area plants.

18 Mother’s Day

Smart moms share their Mother’s Day wishes.

30 How to knit dishcloths


An easy way to learn how to knit.

HOME 8 An architect’s dream home Kip Kelly renovated a local farmhouse.

13 Floral accents

Decorate your home with blooming prints.

14 Home hosts harvest dinner Promoting local agriculture at Gettysburg Festival.



20 Toss up a colorful salad 22 Life insurance 101

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Planning now prepares for the future.

24 Car-seat safety





Go beyond the greens when making this dish.

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New recommendations for children.

26 Deviled eggs

A summer staple gets updated with a twist.

28 Newspapers in Education Students share ways to be green all year long.

29 Keepsake for dad

Learn more about your dad on Father’s Day.

Pat’s Corner Q: I have a carpeted pine staircase. How can I change it into a wood look that I can showcase? A: There is a newly developed system of pre-finished or unfinished wood stair treads and risers that can be installed directly over your existing pine staircase without having to cut off the present stairnoses. These treads and risers are available in multiple wood species. They come in stain finishes to match popular or coordinating wood floors and railing systems. Also, they come unfinished for custom staining. If you have any questions for Pat, send him an email at: Your question may be published in the next issue of “Pat’s Corner.”


ON THE COVER Cover photo by JENNIFER STORK for SMART: The Adirondack

chairs outside of a building on the property of a Lebanon County architect would be a perfect spot to sit and enjoy an iced tea. For more photos of Kip Kelly’s home, turn to pages 8 to 10.

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Editor’s note

Have you ever driven past a house with lovely gardens and a sprawling lush lawn and thought, “If it looks that fabulous on the outside, I wonder what it looks like on the inside?” Thanks to a new feature we added, you don’t have to wonder anymore. In each issue, you’ll find Smart Spaces, articles complemented by gorgeous photography that showcase beautiful homes in southcentral Pennsylvania. You already saw a photo of the Lebanon County farmhouse owned by architect-to-the-stars Kip Kelly on the cover. A California native, Kelly settled in Pennsylvania after falling in love with the rural lifestyle in the region. See more photos of his East Coast home on pages 8 through 10. On pages 14 through 16, you’ll see images of Beech Springs Farm in Adams County, the setting for the Old-Fashioned Sunday Supper to be held during Gettysburg Festival in June. At smart, see even more photos of the farmhouse that was lovingly restored by its current owners. This issue also includes important information about how to protect your home and provide for your loved ones,

if something ever happened to you. On pages 22 and 23, you’ll find an easy-tounderstand guide to life insurance. On a less serious note, turn to pages 34 and 35 to learn more about the “Angry Birds” craze. If you’re already addicted, we’ve included some game hints and tricks. Or you can stop and smell the ­wildflowers. And, thanks to our guide on page 7, you’ll know what you’re sniffing. PS — If you would like to have your home or renovation project featured in Smart, please send me an email. I love to see before and after photos!

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR I really loved reading your article in the Smart magazine about crocheting making a comeback, but I was disappointed to see only one shop for where to take a class. I used to frequent only Uncommon Threads, until I found Sweitzer’s Countryside Fibers & Gifts in Seven Valleys. Even though they are much farther from my home, I always feel very welcome, and I learn so much more from Heather and the other teachers. I hope you will consider adding them to your article next month on knitting dishcloths. Heather opens her shop to knitters and crocheters for free groups twice a week on Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday evening. It is a good way to learn about new products that are coming out and get together with others. I also belong to a group in Etters (Newberry Township) that meets every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church on Yocumtown Road (in Newberry Township). We call ourselves Stitch-N-Go. Whether you already know how to knit and crochet or you want to learn, you will be welcomed into the group. Though many members of the group work on our community service projects, no one is required to do them. We are in northern York County and could give someone a closer option who reads Smart magazine up here.

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May/June Smar t things to do in Southcentral Pennsylvania 60th Annual National Day of Prayer

Join local religious leaders on May 5 at Sovereign Bank Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way, York. The hour-long event will start at noon and be held in a 250-seat room overlooking the ballfield. The day’s theme is taken from the hymn, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” For details, visit

The Olde York Street Fair

A Mother’s Day tradition for more than 35 years, this event in downtown York runs 12:30 to 6 p.m. May 8 and features artisans, food vendors, live entertainment and strolling performers. A Kid’s Fun Block is available with rides and games for the kids to enjoy. For details, visit

Friendly flora

Find ways to make your yard and garden more friendly for the environment at the Native Plant Fest and Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14 at the Penn State Cooperative Extension, 112 Pleasant Acres Road in Springettsbury Township. For details, visit or call 840-7408.

Food for thought

Dine out on National Waiters and Waitresses Day, and show your appreciation for the hard work that goes into providing an enjoyable restaurant experience. This special day has been ­celebrated in recent years by tipping 30 percent on May 21. Of course, a generous tip for ­exemplary service is appreciated any day of the year!

Street Rod Nationals

Car enthusiasts will enjoy the 38th Annual Street Rod Nationals East June 3-5 at the York Expo Center. Three full days will include street rods, customs, muscle cars and specialty vehicles, along with exhibits, arts and crafts, a vintage parts swap meet, entertainment, food and more. For details, visit

Visit Emerald Isle in Shrewsbury

Head to the 11th annual Penn-Mar Irish Festival June 18 at The Markets at Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Shrewsbury Township. The event, which is a ­f undraiser for Penn-Mar Human Services, begins at 11 a.m. The day includes entertainment by local musicians and Irish food. For details, visit

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Treat Dad to an adventure

Celebrate Father’s Day (June 19) with a camp out weekend for the family at the Elizabethtown/Hershey KOA campground, just 20 minutes from Hershey. Special activities such as T-shirt tie-dying, a fishing rodeo and old-fashioned root beer floats are planned. Visit for details.

YWCA Ladies’ Sprint Triathlon

The seventh annual Y-Tri will begin at 8 a.m. June 26 at the Grumbacher Sports & Fitness Center on Grantley Road in York. This women-only triathlon includes a 500-yard serpentine swim, 15-mile bike ride and a 5K run. Participants can register as an individual or as a three-person team. Visit or call Tara Neff at 845-2631, ext. 131, for details.


Going wild for wildflowers By STEPHANIE KALINA-METZGER for Smart

It’s the time of the year to behold Mother Nature’s bounty as ­wildflowers emerge from the soil to dance in the warm sun, anxious to dazzle us with their native beauty. Central Pennsylvania resident and avid hiker Jeannie Dougherty suggests taking a stroll through the Lake Shore Trail at Little Pine State Park in Lycoming County. “We love to view the

wildflowers along the trail,” she said. “Other local areas are also known for their wildflower displays, as well,” said Mary Ann Ryan, Adams County horticulture program assistant. “They are (Richard M.) Nixon County Park, Codorus State Park or Michaux State Forest, to name just a few.” According to Pam Wiehagen, an Adams County master gardener, some of the more common wildflowers in our area are:



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Digitalis purpurea, also known as foxglove, produces tube-like flowers on a tall spike. The scientific name means “finger-like” and refers to the ease in which the flowers can fit over a fingertip.

Centaurea cyanus, also known as bachelor’s button, is a petite plant, most commonly blue and attracts bees, butterflies and birds.

Gypsophila, also known as baby’s breath, is often used in floral bouquets and can be weedy or invasive.

Rudbeckia Hirta, also known as black-eyed Susan, is designated as the state flower of Maryland. Juice from the roots has been used as drops for earaches.

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Wholesale Prices to the Public Echinacea purpurea, also known as purple ­coneflower, is a ­drought-tolerant perennial, whose roots are often used for herbal remedies. It has been overharvested in some areas.

Eschscholzia californica, also known as California poppy, is the official state flower of California and is often seen along the road.

Coreopsis lanceolata, also known as tickseed because its seeds resemble ticks. It attracts butterflies and thrives in poor soil.

Calendula officinalis, also known as pot marigold. Its extract contains anti-inflammatory properties. It’s considered to be one of the most versatile flowers to grow.

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This 4,000-square-foot farmhouse is home base to California native Kip Kelly, his wife, Cyja, and their three children.

A spacious front porch welcomes guests and creates a cozy seating area for the family to enjoy. By SUSAN WOLF for Smart

An architect, his wife and his interior designer combined their talents to create a comfortable family home out of a colonial-era farmhouse built by the Kreider family in 1766. Michael “Kip” Kelly and his wife, Cyja, bought the North Cornwall Township house in 2000 intending to renovate only enough for a comfortable place to stay when visiting Cyja’s family in Lebanon County. But three years later, as the oldest of their three children began school, they decided to make it their base, leaving their Los Angeles-area home. “I just love the old buildings around here,” Kip Kelly, a native Californian, said. “Refurbishing them into modern living or working spaces is challenging and fun.” Set 600 feet back from the street, the

4,000-square-foot farmhouse has plenty of privacy and is close enough to get the Kellys’ three active children to school and events. “We wanted to maintain the coziness and history of a colonial house but make it livable for a family,” Kelly said. They kept many of the original ­elements of the house, exposing the thick wood ceiling beams in the first floor and shining the pine floors that cover the combined kitchen and family room floor. The kitchen island uses a dark ­mahogany wood and Pennsylvania blue stone, and is open to the family room with its gas fireplace and comfortable couches. The couple faced some challenges in the renovations but took them in stride. “When we started the dormers on the

second floor, we realized the rafters were not evenly spaced for windows,” Kelly said. “But I think that just adds interest.” Lead paint needed to be removed, and heat was added in the first floor. “We experimented with just a wood furnace in the basement, but that didn’t work,” Kelly said. “The heat just didn’t rise the way we’d hoped. That first winter was a cold one, so we added radiant heat under the floor.” The Kellys kept the original hardware in as many places as possible. “The door handles are a very important part of the history of this place,” Kelly said. “You touch them every day, just as the all the former residents did.” Get preservation tips and see a Hollywood Hills home, pages 10-11

Architect Kip Kelly maintained much of the history when he began refurbishing the home in 2000. Now, the thick wood ceiling beams act as modern art in the family room. | 9


tips for preservation

There’s no denying that old homes, ­particularly farmhouses, have a lot of charm. But most need to be updated and brought into the 21st century. The question for an enterprising ­homeowner is how to keep that charm while adding modern appeal and comfort. Here are tips to having a successful ­historic preservation project:

1. Learn the ropes. Thoroughly digest the “Standards for Rehabilitation and Guidelines for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings” published by the Secretary of the Interior. Not only do these ­standards provide guidelines for grant-funded ­preservation projects, they speak to ­common sense methods of appropriate restoration. Look for signs of the original artisan’s work and celebrate it with TLC. 2. Become an archaeologist. Prior to

beginning work, determine what is original and what is not. Stripping away poorly conceived room additions, dividing walls or non-period moldings take a structure back to its original form, often breathing new life into the building and presenting new possibilities for your renovation.

3. Circulation. After preparing ­as-built A old-time spout and handles ­balance out a modern-styled sink. It’s the blending of new and old that help maintain a sense of timelessness throughout the home.

drawings, study the circulation and room layout and devise ways to address problems. Consider adding or expanding openings between rooms or to the outdoors. Consider relocating a stair or even a ­f ireplace if it results in better flow and functionality (unless, of course, the ­building has historic significance).

4. Go modern. Renovation of an ­historic home often involves the kitchen and bathrooms. Integrating modern fixtures and appliances is essential to making an old house livable and increasing its resale value. Find a way to open up the kitchen as a gathering area so you can mingle with guests while sliding the handmade calzones into your new Viking oven. Your Eames chair will look great in your historic home because it’s a classic.

5. Let there be light. A small older style window won’t let enough light into a ­living room to take advantage of a sunny day. Consider expanding the single double-hung window into a group of three ­windows mulled together. Skylights in a bathroom will make all the difference. Source: Kip Kelly, president of Nest Architecture

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In the dining room, a section of wall remains open, displaying the horse hair once used as a building material.

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Floral prints tend to be a popular fashion trend in the spring and summer months. You’ll see graphic floral motifs, gathered rosettes and delicate petals everywhere. This year, extend that trend beyond your clothing and into your surroundings. Your home will bloom with style when you add any one of these floral accents.

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Sweeping garden views enhance culinary event

A perennial garden ­nearby hosts layer upon layer of plants, some trailing, others tall and reaching for the clouds with butterflies flitting in and out. PHOTOS BY KATE PENN for Smart

Beech Springs Farm will host farm-to-table dinner during Gettysburg Festival By HOLLY WHITE for Smart

Between acres of orchards and new developments in Adams County sits a farmhouse built in the 1830s, with original stonework, recycled lumber and a beautiful landscape. “When we moved here, I loved the old houses, and a lady I met at my ­favorite nursery told me about Beech Springs Farm and how the owner was planning to sell,” said Jayne Shord. Jayne and her husband, Bill, bought it and got straight to work on the old home — rejuvenating and redesigning, while attempting to maintain the original style and architecture of the home. “(William M. Jacobs Remodeling and Restoration) did marvelous work,” Shord said, noting that they worked to recycle 14 | smart

almost everything they removed from the property. The hardwood floors in the living room, kitchen and dining areas are recycled timbers from the barn. A vanity has wood from the old porch roof, and the contractors did their best to replicate the molding and country feel of the original farmhouse. Wallpaper with muted flowers, beams running along the ceilings and braided rugs complete the country resonance. The real treasure in the home is not only the refurbished interior but also the exquisite gardens and landscaping created and maintained by Shord herself. “I’ve always gardened; when I was a little girl growing up on a farm, my dad dug me a little garden plot, and I used to take my red wagon down the street to sell

what I grew,” she said. After getting a degree in environmental science later in life, Shord was ready to tackle the backyard on her tractor. Today, flower beds and gardens add beauty to the property. All of the stonework around the house, including a circular wall and patio with a built-in grill, is natural stone found in the woods on the property — a perfect match to the stone exterior of the home. “I really enjoy working with real stone — that’s one of my favorite things to do,” said the Shord’s stone mason, Gary Redding. Around the side of the farm, next to the double-decker porch, sits a small fountain, encircled by hundreds of ­impatiens and a bench surrounded by trees perfect for climbing.

The lower level of the double-decker porch boasts a swing and fans to make relaxing outdoors more enjoyable. The stonework around the house was found in the woods on the property.

Landscape artists will find inspiration at Beech Springs Farm during Gettysburg Festival’s farm-to-table event.

Shord’s produce garden includes a variety of plants, from asparagus to raspberries to towering day lilies around the walkways. For the past five years, she sold her certified naturally grown produce at the Gettysburg Farmers Market. Then, in January, she began a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program (See her blog,, to learn more). On the other side of a picket fence and next to a greenhouse where Shord starts all of her plants, is her herb garden. Through a trellis smothered in flowers, visitors spy a view of the old barn, the open floor perfect for a big celebration. This beautiful setting makes Shord’s farm the ideal location for An OldFashioned Sunday Supper, a farm-to-table event promoting local agriculture during

the Gettysburg Festival in June. Guests will be seated at one long table, familystyle, while plein air landscape artists paint the landscape. Shord is happy to showcase her home during the event. After all, the farm is a labor of love. “I’d wanted a big stone house since we first came to the area,” Shord said. “And the chance to spend my days gardening and doing what I love at my house is everything I could have asked for.” See more photos of Beech Springs Farm at

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Child: Lily, 7 months What do I really want for Mother’s Day? All I want for Mother’s Day is eight hours of sleep in a row. The baby would sleep soundly with nary a whimper. The dog would take the night off from barking

at whatever phantoms haunt our house at midnight. The little cat wouldn’t knock pens and spare change off the dresser and onto the floor. And the big cat wouldn’t sneeze on my face. I know. I might as well ask for the moon.

Children: Mara, 5 1/2; Charlie, 15 months What do I really want for Mother’s Day? I would like to sleep until at least 9 a.m. and then have dippy eggs, buttery toast and bacon for breakfast. I would like to read the newspaper on the couch while sipping a steaming cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Then, I would like to have a family outing, something that’s cheap, low-key and not planned by me. At the end of the day, I’d like to fall asleep on the couch while watching a movie with my husband as the children sleep soundly.

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Children: Vincent, 7; stepdaughter, Britni, 17 What I really want for Mother’s Day? A million dollars would be nice. Just kidding. I’m easy to please when it comes to gifts. I prefer handmade ones over store-bought items. So for Mother’s Day a card made by the kids and a kiss is all this mom needs to make her smile. 18 | smart

Laura Burkey

Child: Amelia, 9 months What do I really want for Mother’s Day? What I really want for Mother’s Day is to snuggle under the covers with my little family and then take a walk in the park hand-in-hand with my husband, Amelia in the stroller and Lucy the beagle in tow.

Amy Gulli

Children: Samantha, 7 1/2; Noah, 3 What do I really want for Mother’s Day? Three things: 1. A quiet, uninterrupted nap that lasts about two hours 2. Snuggle time on the couch with my munchkins — without it turning into a slapfest or a “let’s all climb on Mommy until she can’t breathe” fest 3. Someone to cook me a seafood-and-pasta dinner with tasty bread and a decadent dessert — and then clean up all the dishes without complaint

Beth Vrabel

Children: Emma, 7; and Benny, 4 What do I really want for Mother’s Day? For years after having a reason to celebrate Mother’s Day, the only thing I wanted was a solid night’s sleep. Now that my children are older — if 7 and 4 can be considered “older” — I can count on getting rest most nights. This year, if I could have anything at all, I think I’d like to go back to one of those newborn nights. I’d like to walk into my baby’s nursery, quiet those kitten-like cries by snuggling cheek to cheek and breathe in the fresh, tender sweetness of new life. I’d like to have that moment when the baby gazes at me and we both fall in love. Then I’d like to take a nap. And maybe later that day, go outside and ride bikes with my big kids.


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Mandarin oranges, mushrooms and walnuts are just a few of the fresh ingredients of the Chicken á la Orange salad.

Cool, colorful salads

Refreshing recipes for your springtime table By BETH BENCE REINKE for Smart

As the weather turns warmer, you might be craving cooler, lighter dishes to serve your family. Try whipping up a salad, suggests Darlene Wiley, owner of Tapenade Bistro, 2509 S. Queen St. in York Township. “Salads go with everything,” she said, and they function as a side dish or a complete meal. Most adults enjoy salad, but what if your kids are picky eaters and don’t like veggies? Wiley suggests working with something your child already likes, such as corn or fruit or crumbled bacon, and putting it atop a few greens.

Chicken á la orange

2 (4-ounce) grilled chicken breasts, sliced into strips 4 cups Romaine lettuce 1 cup white mushrooms, sliced 1 small red onion, sliced 4 tablespoons chopped pecans 1 cup mandarin oranges, drained ½ cup Gorgonzola cheese (or cheese of your choice) Make a bed of lettuce. Add veggies, pecans and oranges and top with chicken strips. Drizzle with your favorite balsamic vinaigrette. If you prefer, substitute beef strips or shrimp for the chicken. Makes 2 servings.

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“Kids are big on texture and wrinkle their noses if they don’t like it,” Wiley said. For kid-friendly salad toppers, she suggests using familiar foods such as shredded cheese or crunchy foods that perk up their taste buds. Try crisp foods such as diced apples, julienne-cut carrots or Chinese noodles. Making and serving salads is easier than ever with the variety of triple-washed, bagged greens available in supermarkets, Wiley said. She advocates buying local produce from roadside stands and farmer’s markets for unbeatable freshness and flavor.

Raspberry dressing

½ cup whole fresh raspberries ½ cup raspberry vinegar ½ cup honey 1 cup light-tasting olive oil Place berries, vinegar and honey in food processor and blend. Slowly add olive oil and blend until thoroughly mixed. Serve over your favorite greens and salad toppers. — Darlene Wiley, York Township

Mediterranean salad

4 large plum tomatoes, chopped 1 large cucumber, peeled and diced 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese ¾ cup light sour cream 2 tablespoons lime juice ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper 3 cups spinach ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped Whisk sour cream, lime juice, salt and pepper until blended. Stir in tomatoes, cucumbers, chickpeas and cheese. Place scoop of veggie mixture on bed of spinach and sprinkle with cilantro. Makes 4 servings.

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Chicken á la Orange salad at Tapenade Bistro is a blend of different textures and tastes that make this no ordinary salad. PHOTOS BY KATE PENN for Smart

Overnight vegetable salad

1 can (15-ounce) white shoepeg corn, drained 1 can (15-ounce) French style green beans, drained 1 can (15-ounce) petite peas, drained 1 medium onion, chopped 1 cup celery, chopped 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped


1 cup sugar ½ cup cider vinegar 1/3 cup vegetable oil ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper In large bowl, stir vegetables together. Place dressing ingredients in small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Cool to room temperature. Pour dressing over vegetables and stir until well-blended. Refrigerate overnight to allow flavors to blend. Makes 10-12 servings. — Patty Bence, Red Lion

The theme for National Nutrition Month in March was “Eat Right with Color.” Salads are an easy way to add color to your family meals. Fruits and ­veggies provide a rainbow of colors to make ­eye-catching entrees or side dishes. Try these “salad topper” ideas: Fresh fruit: berries, grapes, melons, ­avocado, oranges, apples Dried fruit: cranberries, raisins, apricots, mango, dates Veggies: cucumbers, celery, carrots, bell peppers, beets, tomatoes, onions, broccoli, asparagus, corn, peas, fresh herbs Nuts and seeds: Cashews, almonds, ­walnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds Proteins: hard-boiled egg, cheese, ­crumbled bacon, black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, poultry, beef, tuna, salmon “Salads get bland because people think it’s only lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and croutons,” Wiley said. “Be creative!” Mix and match to come up with unique salad combinations your family loves.

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Chef’s tips for salad ingredients: ■■Buy bagged salad greens for convenience and use before the expiration date. ■■Tear lettuce leaves because cutting with a knife will turn them brown. ■■Buy produce in small quantities more often to ensure freshness. ■■Store produce from the supermarket, such as cucumbers, carrots, celery and peppers in your refrigerator crisper drawer. ■■Store vegetables purchased at local ­produce stands at room temperature and use quickly. ■■Wash produce well immediately before using. For lettuce greens, rinse in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

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It might have occurred to you: “Life insurance — I oughta check into that.” Then, you go right back to folding laundry while attempting to keep up with the Kardashians. Today’s the day to put the laundry down, turn off the TV and ask yourself an admittedly morbid question: If you were to die tomorrow, how would your loved ones afford life without you? Chances are, it wouldn’t be easy, and that’s when owning a life insurance policy can make all the difference. We talked to Laura Sandoe — a certified financial planner at Sandoe & Associates, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services in Gettsyburg — to get a crash course on life insurance. Follow this beginner’s guide to help protect the people you love.

Define your goals

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Life insurance is based on a simple premise: When you die, a sum of money of your choosing is paid to your beneficiary — the person or people you have named to receive it. The larger the sum you choose, the higher your premium — the amount you pay per month while you’re alive. The key to choosing what that sum should be, according to Sandoe, lies in asking yourself this:


Make two copies of your insurance policy. Keep one with your important papers in a fireproof box at your home; keep the other in a safe deposit box or other secure location.

Source: Insurance Information Institute

“What’s the most important thing you want your life insurance to do for you and the people you care about?” Cover your funeral expenses? Pay off the house and the car? Provide your surviving spouse with a steady income? Fund your kids’ college education? Make a donation to a cause you love? Your current status — single, married, parent, divorced, retired — will largely guide your answer.

Do the math

Choose your type

There are two main ways to view your life insurance needs: 1. Basic survivor needs: the financial resources to close the income gap left by your absence. Example below:

There are two main types of life insurance: 1. Term insurance: a policy that pays a ­specific sum if you die within a defined period of time (30 years is the max). So, a 25-year term policy worth $500,000 would pay that sum to your beneficiary if you die within 25 years. Upside? It’s the most affordable type. Downside? If you live beyond the term, your premiums to renew the policy and/ or buy a different policy altogether will rise sharply thanks to your advanced age and acquired health conditions. 2. Permanent insurance: a policy that ­covers you for life, paying out no matter when you die. Upside? You can lock in your lifetime rate at the time of purchase, regardless of any health conditions you might develop. Plus, many types of permanent insurance ­incorporate a savings fund from which you can draw in retirement. Downside? It costs more than term ­insurance. A strategy Sandoe recommends if you’re on a tight budget: Start with a term policy to cover your basic survivor needs. A few years later when you’re more financially secure, add a permanent policy to your portfolio so you’ll be covered when the term policy expires.

Your family’s current monthly expenses


Monthly income family could make without you

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Difference needed to cover per year


$2,000 12 months

$24,000 ÷ 5 percent (.05) Basic survivor needs for life


2. Human-life value: the cost of replacing your entire income — both now and what you would have earned in the future. Example below: Your annual salary


Years to retirement



Human life value $1,350,000 (Note to stay-at-home parents: For your calculations, evaluate what it would cost your family to pay for child care, a house cleaner and the many other services you perform.) A good policy will likely insure you for somewhere between your basic survivor needs and your human-life value, Sandoe said. If you’re on a tight budget, cover no less than the basic survivor needs. If you can afford the premiums, your optimal policy will cover your human-life value.

Get in early “While you’re young and healthy, (life insurance) is relatively cheap and then you have it,” Sandoe said. The rates go up as you age and develop health conditions. When you apply for a policy, most companies will rank you on a scale from A to F, based on factors such as pre-existing conditions, smoking, even your weight. The healthiest folks land in table A with the cheapest rates, while those who land in table F will pay the most for coverage. Some, however, won’t make it onto the charts at all. “Life insurance companies can absolutely deny you coverage for medical reasons,” Sandoe said.

Know your company When you’re ready to purchase a policy, research potential insurance providers. “Make sure you’re with a stable company that’s going to be there to pay your claim,” Sandoe said. Check them out at credit rating ­organizations such as A.M. Best ( or Standard & Poor’s (

Assess annually Once you’ve purchased a policy, don’t throw it in a desk drawer and forget it. “Do a physical of your policy every year,” Sandoe said. The birth of a child, a change in jobs, divorce, retirement — these sorts of life changes require coverage adjustments. And a word to the wise: Keep your ­beneficiary up-to-date. The person named as the beneficiary to your policy legally trumps anything that you have written in your will.

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If these situations apply to you, here are other tips: ■■Single? A policy isn’t a must if you don’t have dependents. However, if you see a family in your future, buy one as soon as possible to get the best rate and protect your loved-ones-to-be. ■■Married? Make sure you have separate, strong policies for you and your partner. Also, a stay-athome parent needs a good policy just as much as a working spouse. ■■Married, retired and receiving a pension? If your pension will die with you, your policy should replace that lost income for your spouse. ■■Leaving property to your loved ones? Get a policy large enough to pay all taxes due upon death. ■■Employer providing life ­insurance? Enroll, but evaluate if it’s enough to cover all of your needs. Also, understand what happens to your policy if you leave the company (on your terms or otherwise). You’ll likely want to seek an additional policy for security and extra coverage.

Don’t forget disability

In addition to life insurance, consider disability insurance. If you become disabled, your family’s expenses could go up with extra medical bills, making your house wheelchair accessible, etc. Meanwhile, you’ve lost your ability to earn an income. A disability policy will pay out to help cover those costs. “Disability is super important,” Sandoe said. The rates for disability ­insurance are dictated by your occupation.

Life insurance for children

“It’s essential to insure the parents first,” Sandoe said. If you can afford a policy for your child too, go for it — and make it a permanent one. It’s relatively cheap. More importantly: They’ll have life insurance no matter what health conditions they develop in their lifetime, even if a condition arises in childhood. | 23

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Guidelines for the best ways to keep children safe change all the time. At the beginning of 2011, parents thought it was OK to put their 1-yearolds in forward-facing car seats, but the American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends children stay in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ­mirrored the advisory.

“Recommendations do change over time,” said Wayne Harper, director of the York County Center for Traffic Safety. But, he added, it doesn’t mean that the ­previous advice was wrong. New research just revealed better ways to keep children safe. The AAP also issued four additional recommendations for children this spring: ■■Children should stay in forward-facing car seats through 4 years old.


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For our summer photo contest, we want to see your chalk art, everything from a roughly drawn flower garden or an amazing 3D-type mural can be submitted. We have two categories, one for adults and one for ages 12 and younger. To enter, post a photo of your chalk art to our Facebook fan page. To do this, search “” on Facebook, “like” our page and then upload your photo to our wall. It’s super simple and all of our nearly 700 fans will see your works of art, too! Include your name, age and a bit about your artwork when you upload your photo. Just one entry per family, please. Encourage your friends and family to “like” your ­artwork to help us choose a “People’s Choice” winner. First-place winners will receive a four-pack of tickets to Hersheypark. We will feature the winning entries in the fall issue of Smart. Deadline for entries is July 25. Winners will be ­notified the week of Aug. 1. Email with any questions. We can’t wait to see your creations! 24 | smart

Don’t worry if you’ve already put your child in a forward-facing seat. You won’t get pulled over. “It is not illegal to keep them forward facing,” Harper said. But, it’s safer for children if their parents follow the new recommendations, he added.

More on car-seat safety:

■■York County Center for Traffic Safety: hw_sfty.htm ■■National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

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An eggs-ellent treat New variations on a classic By HOLLY WHITE and KARA EBERLE for Smart

Deviled eggs are a perfect treat to take to picnics and barbecues. They’re simple to make and easy for guests to pop in their mouths. Daniella Ward, chef at Fenz in Lancaster, shared three fun variations on the classic recipe that are sure to impress your friends and family at the next get-together.

Preparation Peel 18 hard-boiled eggs, split in half, length-wise, and then separate the yolks. Distribute the yolks evenly in three small bowls. Variations: Whole grain 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard 1½- 2 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 teaspoon dry mustard Salt to taste Onion/crème fraiche 5½ tablespoons crème fraiche 2 tablespoons chopped capers 1 tablespoon minced red onion Chopped parsley for color Salt to taste


2 tablespoons mayonnaise ¼ teaspoon cayenne ¼ teaspoon paprika

Mix the ingredients for each of the three variations until smooth with a fork or a small hand mixer. Evenly pipe each of the mixtures into the halved whites.

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ABOUT DANIELLA WARD Title: Executive chef at Fenz for 3 ½ years. What inspired you to become a chef? I grew up in the restaurant industry; my mom is a chef. |

Where did you gain experience? I attended New England Culinary Institute and have worked at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, the Michigan Grand Traveler’s Resort and Spa, the Anthem Country Club in Nevada, the Breakers Hotel in Florida and the Bent Creek Country Club in Pennsylvania. Fenz is the first single-property I’ve worked for.


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Learn to knit dishcloths By CARYN RUPERT for Smart

There’s no wrong way to learn how to knit, but knitting dishcloths is probably the easiest way to start knitting and build ­knitting skills. Also called washcloths or potholders, dishcloths help knitters progress beyond plain garter-stitch (all knit) scarves. They are small and compact projects that can easily be thrown in a purse or bag and crafted while waiting at the bus stop or whenever you have some downtime. Dishcloths are also fast and easy knitting. If there’s a stitch pattern you don’t particularly like, you won’t have to knit miles and miles of it. The project is inexpensive. A skein of 100 percent cotton yarn costs anywhere 30 | smart

from 89 cents to $1.79, and one skein makes two dishcloths depending on the pattern. Cotton is a natural fiber, so you won’t waste your money on synthetic fibers that harm the environment. Cotton yarn is the perfect weight, not too thin or too bulky, and you can find it at any craft store. Using size US 8 needles, the stitches are sturdy, even and visible: perfect for beginning knitters. The end product is a tough but soft material that is practical and functional. This dishcloth tutorial includes two­ dishcloth patterns that will help you advance beyond the simple garter stitch. They range from easy to advanced and will ­provide you with new skills that you will be able to use in other knitting patterns.

Abbreviations K — knit P — purl YO — yarn over k2tog — knit two stitches together p2tog — purl two stitches together CO — cast on BO — bind off RS — right side

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Grandma’s dishcloth

This pattern is great for knitters who are just beginning. It teaches several useful skills such as casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing and the basic knit stitch. Skilled knitters can whip one out in less than an hour. They make great instant gifts, wrapped in tissue paper or tied together in a bundle with a fancy ribbon. You’ll need: ■■One pair of size US 8 needles ■■Two ounces of 100 percent cotton yarn, such as Lily Sugar ‘n’ Cream Cotton Yarn. One skein is less than $2 and you can get two dishcloths out of a skein. ■■Yarn needle for weaving in ends Pattern: Cast on 4 stitches. Row 1: Knit. Row 2: K2, YO, K to end of row. (5 stitches) Repeat row 2, increasing one stitch in each row, until you have 42 stitches. Row 3: K1, K2tog, YO, K2tog, knit to the end of the row. (41 stitches) Repeat row 3, decreasing one stitch in each row, until you have 4 stitches. Bind off. Weave in ends.

Mesh dishcloth

This dishcloth is a little more decorative. The mesh pattern looks a lot like it was crocheted, but the garter-stitch border gives it away as a knitted object. You’ll need: ■■1 pair of size US 8 needles ■■Two ounces of 100 percent cotton yarn. ■■Yarn needle for weaving in ends Pattern: Cast on 36 stitches Knit 7 rows Row 8 (RS): K6, *YO, K4; rep from * to last 6 sts, YO, K6 Row 9: K4, p2tog, *(K1, P1) into the YO of the previous row, [p2tog] twice; rep from * to last 7 sts, (K1, P1) into the YO, p2tog Row 10: K8, *YO, K4; rep from * to end Row 11: K4, P2, p2tog, *(K1, P1) into the YO of previous row, [p2tog] twice; rep from * to last 9 sts, (K1, P1) into the YO, p2tog, P2, K4 Repeat rows 8 to 11 until the dishcloth measures 7 inches from cast-on edge. Knit 7 rows. Bind off. Weave in ends.


As practical as cotton is, the fiber tends to be a bit coarse and papery. Cotton doesn’t have a lot of elasticity either, so if you tend to knit stitches tightly, you might want to use bigger needles.

Join a group ■■Purls of Brogue Knitting Club — Call Judy Heindel at 927-6422 or library, 927-9014. ■■Dover Area Community Library knitting and crocheting club. For details, call 292-6814. ■■KC Knitters and Crocheters. For details, call 252-4080. ■■Stitch-N-Go at Zion Lutheran Church in Newberry Township — Call Amanda Gerner at 938-0246

Many people make the mistake of thinking that hand-knit items are fragile and should only be hand-washed. The knitted dishcloth is an exception. Here are a few tips for caring for your hand-knit dishcloth: ■■Dishcloths can be thrown in hot water on a washer cycle with high agitation and then thrown in the dryer. Some shrinking might occur but not much. ■■Some yarn dyes might bleed. Simply soak the dishcloth in a vinegar-and-water solution. It will help set the dye. ■■If your dishcloth develops a musty odor, make it wet and throw it in the microwave for two to three minutes. The microwave will kill the bacteria that are living on the dishcloth. Be careful when you remove it from the microwave, because it will be hot. ■■Be careful when washing knives with your dishcloth. The sharp blades can sever the yarn. Once the yarn is severed, the dishcloth will develop a giant hole and eventually fall apart. Then you can knit some more!

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How the Wii Fit worked for me Have you ever wondered if all the fuss about the Wii Fit is worth it? Glen Rock hair stylist Sarah Stiffler says it is. She shared her success story with Smart. Prepare to be inspired — and to really want a Wii.

Sarah’s story

My weight loss story all started when I was really overweight and didn’t feel good about myself to the point where I would look at myself in pictures and think “What the heck was I thinking letting myself get that big and how did I get that big?” It started when my mother-in-law had my husband and me over to try out the new Nintendo Wii, and it was so much fun, not like exercise at all. I liked that because I always viewed exercise as strenuous. But with the Wii Fit, you had so many options from aerobics to yoga to strength training — and it was FUN. My motivation to lose this weight was my wedding, and I kept at it every night for 30 to 45 minutes at a time and did a ­different routine every night. It got easier and easier as I kept going with just eating smaller portions and staying active. The Wii Fit lets you make your own routines and all at your own pace. I was 230 pounds when I started and now I am 185 and still working to lose another 15 pounds. I am very excited to get it all off, and I feel a lot better about myself and I looked amazing in my wedding dress. The best feeling was to hear people say “You look great! How much did you lose?” and I tell everyone about the Wii Fit. My cousin went out and bought one after I told her and loves hers as well. I had to buy all new clothes because I went from a size 16 to a size 12, and my next goal is to hit a size 10. I’m ­keeping my fingers crossed, and I can’t wait to hit the beach this ­summer and wear a bikini.


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Book Smarts Keep up with what your neighbors are reading and writing By TARA HAWKINS for Smart

Ute Perkins of Springettsbury Township started writing about two years ago and doesn’t plan to stop. With the recent release of his first novel, a sequel already is finished and ready for publication in March 2012. “All of the recent vampire movies and books ignited my interest in putting the story together. That, coupled with my interest in Egyptian mythology, the two seemed to fit really well,” Perkins said. “I have the second story finished and hope to finish the series with a third book by the end of the year.”

What he wrote

“Timeless Conflict” “When the remains of a missing student are found near the small college town of Missoula, Montana, FBI agents Marcus Reading and Travis Russell are called in to investigate. Although local newspapers are reporting this and other attacks as animal related, the two agents believe there is something more. As the investigation continues, their only suspect, a local college student, holds the key that not even she realizes will eventually unlock a 5,000-year-old secret. As

events quickly unfold, one agent is violently and unexpectedly thrust into the unraveling mystery as an unintended attraction threatens the lives of everyone involved.” Find it in York at Bookland, Irvin’s Books, Planet X Comics and at Aaron’s Books in Lititz.

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“Term Limits” by Vince Flynn “It is a political thriller — something I am really into right now. The story really pulls you in and keeps the pages turning. The book was very entertaining.”

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“Left Neglected” by Lisa Genova I am grateful that my friend brought “Left Neglected” to the top of my reading list, and I hope it will find a place on yours. As the school year winds down and warm-weather activities start to overwhelm already busy ­schedules, this novel helps bring some perspective. Sarah Nickerson is an overworked, over-stressed mother of three. When Sarah suffers a traumatic brain injury, she has to look at her life and herself in a whole new way after almost losing everything. Genova speaks to the overachieving woman. Let your neighbors know what you’re reading. Email your Smart pick to Please include your full name and municipality with your book recommendation.

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Start summer on the right foot Pamper yourself with a pedicure

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Get ready to break out your sandals, warmer weather is on its way. Before you bare your soles and get your feet ready for summer, do your research to ensure a problem-free pedicure. The Pennsylvania Department of State advises consumers to seek out the services of only licensed ­individuals. To verify that a ­professional is licensed, visit Under the heading “You may also search for,” click “Licensed Professionals” and enter his or her name. You also can search for a business. Visitors will find if any disciplinary action has been taken against a licensee, too. Hyacinthe Peithman and Kate Gaenzle of Par Exsalonce Salon and Day Spa in Springettsbury Township work to exceed ­state-mandated requirements in their salon. “Cleanliness is important since you get your first impression when you walk in the door,” Peithman said. Gaenzle added, “Reputation also says a lot. When looking for a salon, don’t be afraid to ask ­questions and look for certification

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considered invasive because they can cut the skin. Nail technicians and cosmetologists cannot use these tools unless under the direction of a podiatrist.


Don’t shave your legs before a pedicure because fresh cuts, nicks or broken skin can allow bacteria to enter.

Having calluses on your feet can cause uneven pressure, which can lead to foot pain when you walk or stand. Calluses are hard patches of skin that build up on the soles and heels and are caused by ill-fitting shoes and irregular foot care. Untreated calluses can turn into painful corns. Most salons will work to smooth the calluses during a pedicure, but they can’t use certain techniques. According to the Pennsylvania Department of State, nail ­technicians are permitted to use non-invasive metal foot smoothers, which can be sanitized, as an alternative to pumice stones, which cannot be sanitized and must be discarded after each use. The board prohibits the use of metal razors and rasps (which resemble kitchen cheese graters and metal files). They are

Don’t get fancy

Trimming toenails straight across is important to prevent them from becoming ingrown. “The main thing I find is ingrown nails from cutting the corners back too far,” said Dr. Dana Linn-Toomey of Beech Tree Podiatry in Spring Garden Township. “But you can still get a ­pedicure without trimming the nails.”

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used only once because they can’t be sterilized. Salons should sterilize all nondisposable instruments to prevent infections and the spread of nail fungus. “The most important thing is to sterilize the instruments between people,” Linn-Toomey said. “Also be sure the foot bath is cleansed in between.”

At home upkeep

Make sure that only r­ ubber or wooden manicure sticks are used to clean under the nails, as well as to push back the cuticles to lessen the chance of puncturing the skin. Cuticles should never be cut, as they are a natural barrier against bacteria. “Contact a podiatrist if you notice any redness or pain following a pedicure,” ­Linn-Toomey said. Other pedicure equipment includes nail files, nail ­clippers, pedicure bowls or tubs, nail brushes, toe separators and pumice stones. Cleanliness is a concern when a pedicurist works on several people with the same instruments. Porous items, such as pumice stones and emery boards, should be

Pumice stone and moisturizer: Remove rough

skin between pedicures by using a pumice stone when you shower. After you pumice your feet in the shower, dry them well and apply a heavy moisturizer.

Vaseline and socks: At bedtime, apply a generous amount of Vaseline to your feet and put on a pair of socks, which will give the Vaseline time to absorb in the skin as well as keep it from making a mess. Olive oil and a warm towel:

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Six ways to ensure a safe pedicure


Wear protection Wear a mask to keep from inhaling chemicals if you get acrylics. The pedicure specialist should be wearing one, too.


Be wary of jet baths Salons should change the water filters each night. Look for ceramic or stainless steel basins without a spa chair or ask the salon to change the water filter in front of you before you soak.


Check out the tools If ­possible, carry your own tools to be 100 percent safe. Or ensure disposable items come fresh out of a sealed package every time.


Sterilize Tools sterilized in a UV light sanitizer must be laid flat and exposed to the light for 25 minutes. Check to see if the machine has a timer or is being ­monitored.

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Don’t polish over problems Nails can appear yellowed from stains if dark polish is worn on a regular basis. But, if your nails also appear thick, brittle or flaky, it could be a symptom of a fungal infection. Applying nail polish to cover up the problem locks out moisture and doesn’t allow the nail bed to breathe. Avoid painting the nails until they’ve been treated with a topical or oral anti-fungal medication prescribed by a podiatrist.

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Advocating for awareness Helping fellow families affected by autism By TARA HAWKINS for Smart

What is your typical day like? Each day starts at 5 a.m. with my son’s first dose of medicine. Having a child with special needs means every day presents a new set of challenges/schedule changes. While I do volunteer my time with other organizations and families, Hunter is my first priority. I manage all of his medications, doctors’ appointments, therapy visits, his nursing schedule and activities he attends through our school district. Hunter is on a gluten-free/casein-free diet, so I cook all of his foods from scratch. Depending on the day, I also attend classes at York College, home school Hunter, do private consulting for local families, volunteer at Autism York and attend meetings for Parent Education Network and the YMCA. In the summer, I work full time as the Easter Seals Day Camp director in York for

children with special needs, which Hunter also attends. What is the most rewarding part of your day? The times when all of the outside distractions fade away and I can focus on just Hunter. In our house, the biggest celebrations are when Hunter has a breakthrough after weeks and weeks of trying to master a single skill. I love to share these moments with my supersupportive husband. How do you make time for yourself? I like to go for a run with a good friend, cook a nice dinner with my husband or read a magazine. With my busy schedule, there’s not much time for hobbies, but I also like to spend time swimming or bike riding on the York County Heritage Rail Trail with my family.

What inspired you to help others through working with Autism York? My son’s autism diagnosis led me to seek support within the community and connect with other families. I found that in Autism York. The initial impact of receiving an autism diagnosis can be devastating; however, I want families to know there is support and help available. What would you like to tell readers about autism? Autism is a lifelong disability that affects about one out of every 100 children in the U.S. It is considered a spectrum disorder with ­varying degrees of severity. People with autism are often misunderstood in public settings because their external actions appear to be nothing more than a behavioral problem. In fact, most people on the

autism spectrum are of average or above average intelligence, yet they might exhibit behaviors resulting from challenges with socialization and­ communication. Autism affects the entire family, including financial burden, schooling, socialization opportunities, family relationships, time/ scheduling commitments and much more. Acceptance and understanding are crucial to a family feeling supported. Do you plan to continue supporting other parents of children with autism? I’m currently working with Easter Seals to expand programming options for those affected by autism in southcentral Pennsylvania. Upon my completion of my degree, I plan to focus my energies on consulting with families. My overall goal as a consultant is to empower families by helping to set higher expectations and help to provide them with the tools and support to accomplish their goals.

Volunteers needed What: Annual Walk for Autism/Community Awareness hosted by Autism York When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at Central York High School, 601 Mundis Mill Road, Springettsbury Township

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