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I killed my Mother’s Day flower last year. That’s right. The potted posy that signified my daughter’s love wilted and died on a windowsill. It took me weeks to throw it away. I believe that on some small level I experienced the five stages of grief. • Denial: I watered the gray-green plant for a few days, but it didn’t help. • Anger: How could I forget to water it? It’s just a simple plant! • Bargaining: It’s not that bad. I didn’t even know what kind of flower it was anyway. And maybe if I keep the plastic pot, I can stow it away as a keepsake, so I’m still holding it dear to my heart. • Depression: I feel like the worst mother ever. What kind of mommy lets her daughter’s flower die? • Acceptance: I threw away the plant, kept the pot and moved on. There will be other Mother’s Day flowers in my future. This year, I’m hoping Mara gets me something that doesn’t require daily care. But if I do get another plant, I’m more prepared to deal with it because of the gardening story on pages 22 and 23. If those helpful hints don’t work, and my brown thumb gets the upper hand, I’ll refer to the recipes

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No matter which way you drive in southcentral Pennsylvania, there’s a venue for you and your family. • Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster has children’s shows scheduled throughout the year. The next production will be “Robin Hood,” beginning June 19. Tickets cost $15 and include lunch. For details, visit dutchapple.com or call the box office at 898-1900. • “Henry and Ramona” will be performed at York Little Theatre in York May 22-24 and 29-31. Visit ylt.org for details or call the box office at 854-5715. • “Cinderella” will be performed at Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs during its Saturday kids’ matinees, which begin May 23. Children’s tickets cost $17; adults pay $20. The afternoon includes a family buffet and the show. For details, visit allenberry.com or call the box office at 258-3211.

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Mark your calendar or enter the date into your Blackberry — Mother’s Day is May 10. Throughout the issue, we asked women to share their favorite moments as a mom. And on page 19, a local teen shares what’s so special about her mother. Father’s Day is June 21, which should be easy to remember since it’s also the first day of summer. Turn to page 18 to see what a local dad thinks about fatherhood.

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David Lake of Dover hands strawberries to daughter Kirsten, then 2, to put into a container while the family was picking at Barefoot Farm in Dover Township.

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5 kiwis, peeled and diced 1 quart fresh strawberries, finely chopped 1 pint fresh blackberries, chopped 4 Granny Smith apples, peeled and coarsely shredded 2 tablespoons fruit jelly, any flavor 3/4 cup brown sugar 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper 1-3 tablespoons habanero hot sauce, to taste 1 (7-ounce) can green salsa 1/3 cup lime juice Mix all ingredients well. Serve with tortilla chips. Source: AllRecipes.com

3/4 cup melted butter 3 tablespoons sugar 2 cups finely broken pretzels Stir together, then press into 9-by-13 inch glass baking dish. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely.

Filling:

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened 1 cup sugar 1 (9 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed Mix cream cheese and sugar until well blended, then stir in Cool Whip. Spread evenly on pretzel crust and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

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2 cups boiling water 1 (6-ounce) package strawberry Jell-O 3 cups fresh strawberries, sliced Mix boiling water and Jell-O, then stir in strawberries. Spread mixture on top of Cool Whip layer and return to fridge. Cool for two or more hours. Cut into squares and serve. — Shirley Baer, Shrewsbury Township

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1 cup olive oil 1 cup fresh strawberries, halved 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 teaspoon dried tarragon 1 teaspoon sugar In a blender or food processor, mix all ingredients until smooth. Serve over baby spinach salad with fresh strawberries, toasted almonds and crumbled bleu cheese. Source: AllRecipes.com

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SMART TIP Eating strawberries is a smart move for good health. Loaded with vitamin C and potassium, strawberries also contain a substance called ellagic acid, which fights cancer. Other compounds called anthocyanins give strawberries their red color and might help relieve pain and inflammation. Source: The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth by Johnny Bowden, 2007

— Mary Sue Shaw, Hopewell Township For more strawberry recipes, visit Shaw Orchards’ Web site at www.shaworchards.com.

Stop in for fresh strawberries. . . • Brown’s Orchards and Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Springfield Township, 428-2036

By BETH BENCE REINKE for Smart

Nothing says summertime like a heaping basket of just-picked, ruby red strawberries. “They’re the first fruit of the season — fresh and juicy and healthy,” said Mary Sue Shaw, who owns Shaw Orchards in Hopewell Township with her husband, Glenn. Shaw shared her secret for choosing fresh strawberries: look for firm, fully red berries with caps that are green and healthy-looking, not brown or missing. “If the caps are dried up, the berries are over the hill, whether they’re on the vine or in a box,” she said. As you stash your berries for the trip home, the sweet scent might tempt you to sample some. But unless they’re organic, strawberries might contain pesticide residues, so wash them before eating. Shaw said strawberries keep best in cooler temperatures, so don’t leave them in a hot car for long. “Get strawberries home and into the fridge as soon as possible,” she said. For proper handling of berries at home, check out Shaw’s kitchen tips.

• Brownvalley Farms, 295 Hickory Road, Littlestown, PA 17340, 359-5084 • Glick’s Produce, The Markets at Shrewsbury, 12025 Susquehanna Trail, Shrewsbury Township, 235-6611, ext. 108 • Kenmar Farms, 335 Indian Rock Dam Road, York Township, 741-0708 • Lehman’s Roadside Market, 529 Cool Springs Road, Hellam Township, 252-2162 • Mt. Airy Junction, 13831 Mt. Airy Road, Hopewell Township, 235-0794

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1 (9-inch) pie shell, baked & cooled 11/2 quarts whole, fresh strawberries 1/2 cup water 1 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1 tablespoon butter 1 cup whipping cream Crush enough strawberries to make one cup. Leave the rest of the berries whole. Combine crushed berries with water, sugar and cornstarch. Bring to a boil. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick and clear. Add butter and allow the mixture to cool slightly. Line the baked and cooled pie shell with capped, whole strawberries. Pour the cooked mixture on top. Cool and refrigerate. Before serving, garnish with whipped cream.

• Blevins Fruit Farm, 16222 W. Liberty Road, Hopewell Township, 993-2885

The first fruits of summer

• Refrigerate unwashed strawberries in a zippered plastic bag. • Wash and remove caps from berries just before using. • Use a sharp knife for capping and slicing. A dull blade will tear and bruise berries. • To freeze, slice 4 to 5 cups of berries. Add 1 cup sugar and stir until sugar dissolves completely. • Freeze in plastic containers or freezer bags. To freeze whole strawberries, spread in single layer on tray and freeze, then transfer to bags.

Shaw Strawberry Pie

• Raab Fruit Farms, 209 Fruitlyn Drive, York Township, 244-7157 • Shaw Orchards, 21901 Barrens Road South, Hopewell Township, 993-2974 • Twin Pine Farms, 1428 Seven Valleys Road, North Codorus Township, 792-1730 Kirsten Lake drops strawberries into a container at Barefoot Farm.

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u o y r t n o i o s ’ l b t ox? a h W Make sure you have the right stuff By TERESA McMINN for Smart

You never know when the door hinges will be loose, a new deadbolt lock is needed or exterior fence boards will require repair. “Be prepared” is the advice of several handymen and one handy woman. East Manchester Township resident JoAnn “Annie” Weirich, owner of “Almost Anything by Annie,” has said that a cordless drill, hammer, small hand tools including screwdrivers, and a tape measure are the basic necessities for any home-improvement project. Black and Decker makes some of her favorite tools. She prefers tools that use the same accessories. “The batteries I have for my drill also go to other tools, like my sander and jigsaw and circular saw,” she said. Larger homeimprovement stores such as Lowe’s sell toolbox kits that include the essentials, she said.

According to local handymen, a wellequipped toolbox should include:

• Screwdriver: Make sure it’s a con-

vertible one that can fit several different heads, including Phillips and slotted. When you’re shopping for a screwdriver, pick it up and give the handle a good, hard squeeze to make sure it’s comfortable. If the handle digs into your palm, better keep looking.

• Fasteners, such as screws, nails and bolts: In general, the higher the penny number of a nail, the longer it is, and the larger the nail’s diameter in proportion.

• Cordless drill: Drills have either a pistol grip or T-handle. The T-handle is most comfortable for general drilling and driving screws.

• Level: Laser levels, which project per-

fectly level or plumb lines onto a surface, are high tech, but their fleeting lines aren’t much help when you have to physically check the positioning of an object.

• 25-foot retractable tape measure: It’s best

for general measurements, but you’ll need a 100-foot tape measure for big jobs, such as measuring house exteriors and garden plots.

• Adjustable wrench:

It eliminates the need for an entire set of socket wrenches.

• Pliers: You should get needlenose pliers and wire cutters. Expect to pay about $20 to $30 for a decent pair of pliers. You won’t find tough steel for bargain prices. • 16-ounce claw hammer with a good-fitting grip:

The curved claw and lightweight head of a hammer make it capable of finish work, as well as light-duty framing and demolition.

• Small handsaw: It’s great for small jobs such as cutting moldings or trimming wood while you’re on top of a ladder. It’s quiet, portable and accurate.

• Utility knife:

Be sure to get one with a retractable, replaceable blade.

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loose joints, spread some carpenter’s glue on the dowel, then completely wrap it with cotton thread or fine string. Coat the wrapped dowel with more glue and reassemble the joint. If it still isn’t tight, apply more glue and wrap on more thread. Reassemble and clamp the joint. When the glue dries, the joint will be as good as new.

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Ken Lenhart, left, a realtor with Keller Williams, often accompanies home inspectors when they go to homes he is involved with. Richard P. Thacker, right, owner of HomeRite Real Estate Inspections, has inspected this Windsor Township home.

Richard P. Thacker looks over a composite floor that is buckling from water damage.

Inspecting the unexpected What to look for if you’re planning to buy a house By TERESA McMINN for Smart

Ken Lenhart has been inside houses that were missing doors, had broken dishwashers and bad heating systems. But before he closes a sale, Lenhart, a Realtor for Keller Williams Keystone Realty, tells his buyers that it’s important to get a home inspection. “This is a major investment for people. . . It’s very important to have a home inspection,” he said. A professional home inspector can often find problems in a house that aren’t easy to spot by the untrained eye, he said. When a problem is determined, the seller is asked to correct the problem, he said.

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“It has to be a major defect,” he said of a problem that will cost more than $300 to be fixed. “As a seller’s agent, I say it’s going to have to be fixed or the buyer can walk away.” Depending on the size of a house, an inspection can cost from $300 to thousands of dollars, Lenhart said. The buyer pays for the home inspection, he said. “I suggest the buyer be present at an inspection,” he said. Recently, Lenhart was at a house he sold in Windsor Township where Richard P. Thacker, owner of Hellam Township-based HomeRite Real Estate Inspections, talked of inspecting the residence. Thacker works in York County, Maryland and other neighboring areas and has

Thacker examines a furnace. He is checking for proper function and good combustion.

inspected more than 5,000 houses in the past 10 years. “We’re looking for defects or problematic issues that could lead to abnormal conditions,” Thacker said. “We’re just here to check the structure. . . If we find problems, we notify the potential buyers.” Thacker uses a hand-held device to take and store photos of the property and contents of his report, which includes information about the house’s functionality, marginal problems and areas that need further

evaluation. “A home inspector is a lot like your family doctor,” Thacker said. “If we find some concerns that we can’t specifically identify, we send you to a specialist.” After the inspection, the buyer owns the report, he said. “I enjoy what I do,” Thacker said. “You get to help people.”

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By BETH BENCE REINKE for Smart

If rainstorms create miniature rivers or shallow pools on your property, you might have a perfect spot for a rain garden. A rain garden is a patch of ground that catches storm runoff and prevents flooding. According to Gary Peacock, a watershed specialist with the York County Conservation District in Springettsbury Township, rain gardens not only store the water while it seeps into the ground, they also help clean the water. “When the rain falls on our roofs and driveways, it is clean, but then it comes in contact with contaminants like oil or grime.” Percolating down through mulch, soil and plant roots help filter sediment and also resupply ground water and wells, he said.

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Everyone is Welcome! Want to create a rain garden of your own? Just choose a site where storm water flows, such as under a rainspout, and follow Peacock’s simple instructions: Step 1: SIZE. Although the pros calculate rain garden size using roof area, rainfall amount and soil drainage, Peacock suggests this easy rule of thumb: For every 10 square feet of roof, you need 1 square foot of rain garden. If your roof is 1,000 square feet, you need a rain garden that is at least 100 square feet (10 feet by 10 feet). Step 2: DESIGN. Based on the area you need, create a shape for your garden. Mark it with stakes and string or use a garden hose to make a curved outline. To prevent moisture in your basement, the closest edge of the garden should be no closer than 10 feet from your home’s foundation. Step 3: DIG. Dig a shallow depres-

sion about 3 to 6 inches deep, turning the soil over and breaking it up. Depth depends on your soil type, with slower-draining soil needing a full 6 inches. Take soil from the center to build up the edges, creating a berm. If your area is flat, spread the dirt evenly around the edges. If you’re on a hillside, make a higher berm on the downslope side. Step 4: PLANT. Decide if you want flowers, perennials or shrubs or a combination. Choose wet-loving plants for deeper, moister areas. Since most rain gardens are actually pretty dry between rainfalls, plants that like dry conditions but will tolerate temporary wetness are suitable, too. Step 5: MULCH. Apply about 3 inches of mulch, enough to keep weeds from germinating. You might actually have to water your rain garden if it’s a dry summer, especially during the first season until the plants are established.

For help with choosing plants for your rain garden Call Penn State Cooperative Extension at 840-7408 to request two fact sheets: “Great Plants for Rain Gardens” & “Rain Garden Basics.”

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. . .for beauty and function As a consumer horticulture educator for Penn State Cooperative Extension, Connie Schmotzer, pictured above, knows rain gardens — she has three at her Spring Garden Township home. “We had rain coming out the spout and going down the hill plus water running down our driveway and pooling near the house,” she said. Putting in the rain gardens solved the runoff problems and helped with soil erosion. If you’re thinking about building a rain garden, Schmotzer says to do a “perc test” at the site first to make sure the water will drain properly. The test is simple — just dig a hole about 6 inches deep and 6 inches wide and fill it with water. “If the water is all gone in two days, you’re good.” If it takes longer for the water to soak in, you could have problems with mosquitoes breeding, she said. Schmotzer cautions that if you have an area that is always wet, it might be

classified as a wetland, which does not drain and therefore is not suitable for a rain garden. Rain gardens have three zones: Wet zone – the deepest part that holds water most often and drains slowly Middle zone – holds water sometimes but drains more quickly than the wet zone Transition zone – outside edge of garden that only fills during very heavy rains and dries out the fastest. Allow your rain garden to go through a rainstorm or two before planting so you can assess the drainage and choose the proper plants for each zone, Schmotzer said. Choosing a combination of shrubs and perennials native to York County ensures the best success. Schmotzer says she loves rain gardens because they’re beautiful, environment-friendly and they establish a habitat for birds and insects. “It’s a win-win situation for the gardener and the community.”

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If the grocery store’s card selection is leaving you wanting more, or you don't have the time to read 50 cards to find just the right one, try your hand at writing your own. Purchase a variety pack of cards that are blank inside (or if you’re feeling crafty, make your own). Then you have the freedom to tailor each card to match a specific person, milestone or event. If that blank card has you drawing a blank, take some inspiration from these famous quotes:

By CARRIE HAMILTON for Smart

E-mails, text messages and other forms of instant communication have become the normal way of keeping in touch. But when the occasion calls for it, a handwritten note can really show someone you care enough to make that extra effort. As summer nears, your calendar is probably booked with events such as graduations, weddings and showers — events that usually call for a gift or at least a card.

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“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.” — OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES

“He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.”

— JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

. . . if we have the

courage to pursue them.”

“The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.”

— WALT DISNEY

“Home’s a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” — CHARLES DICKENS

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

— DR. SEUSS

powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” — NELSON MANDELA

“To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides.”

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“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

— HENRY DAVID THOREAU

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and children a chance to see the camps and ask any questions they might have. The Heart of Pennsylvania Council owns 12 camp properties and will operate four overnight camps this summer. Hess said her family is lucky because the day camps were sponsored by Kaitlyn’s school, and the sleep-away camp — Hartman Center in Milroy, Pa., — is a church camp. “We’re comfortable sending her there because with the day camps, we know the teachers,” Hess said. “It’s the same with the church camp. We’ve spoken to lots of parents who have sent children there.” Another concern that can strike both parents and camp-goers is the question of what happens if the camper gets homesick. Miley said homesickness is normal and that staff has been trained to handle it. “We have a process we tell the kids ’It’s OK, tomorrow will be better, you’ll have fun,’” she said. “Most kids do experience it, but we train the staff the best we can to comfort the child.” As for Kaitlyn, neither she nor her mom is worried about homesickness. “She’s a very social child,” Hess said. “I went to camp when I was her age. She’s old enough, and she’s very excited.”

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Father’s Day is June 21, the same day summer officially begins. And, even though Smart is mostly about women, we couldn’t let this issue pass without a mention of dear old dad. Fathers play crucial roles in their children’s lives. In some cases, they take on additional roles. Such is the case for Oscar G. Rossum Sr., who manages his children’s singing careers. His kids form the group The Rossums. They’ve performed at the famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, as well as at various venues throughout the area. “They keep us very, very busy,” Oscar said. In addition to being a father to six children, Oscar is pastor at Mount Zion Community Fellowship Church in York, president and CEO of Lincoln Charter School and Elementary School, as well as Helen Thackston Charter Middle School. In 2006, he and his wife, Sharon, received the National Excellence in Parenting Award.

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Gifts for teachers

Make a quick trip to the craft store or take a peek around the house, and use some of these ideas for personalized homemade gifts that teachers are sure to cherish. Brooke Rodgers makes lots of homemade gifts for family and friends. This is an example of an personalized calendar she made.

to save money, make your own from scratch. Use a ruler and marker to create calendar grids on 12 pieces of construction paper. Fill in the months and dates for the next school year. For the photos, use snapshots of the students. Copy photos from the yearbook, or cut out pictures from magazines that show 12 of the teacher’s favorite things. Stack the pages in order and punch three holes for binding and one for hanging. Bind together with yarn or ribbon.

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As teachers open end-of-the-year presents including gift cards and desk plaques — a homemade trinket is what will stand out. It also won’t put the family budget into the red. Nancy Denner has been a second-grade teacher at Trimmer Elementary School in West York Area School District for 11 years. She has received 175 Christmas gifts, 125 end-of-the-year gifts and 50 gifts for other holidays, some homemade and some storebought. All the gifts are appreciated, but the homemade ones have the personal touch. “Receiving homemade gifts can be a very special moment,” she said. “There’s nothing like seeing their little eyes light up and their beaming proud smiles when they tell you that they have made it just for you.” Her most memorable homemade gifts include class projects secretly organized by a parent. • A teacher bag with all the kids’ thumbprints and names arranged into flowers. • A clay pot that each child painted his or her name on. • A class photo that included a puzzle frame made by the children. Others are made by parents and grandparents. • Roses made out of dollar bills arranged in a vase. • Her name carved from wood. • A tin bunny bucket filled with grass and eggs. • Tin painted flower pot with garden gloves, a shovel, seeds and nursery gift card. 20 | smart

Other gifts are simply unforgettable. • A homemade paperweight made out of a lump of mud with mud ball eyes. Brooke Rodgers of East Manchester Township made her son’s pre-kindergarten teacher cushions for her reading circle using blue and purple fabric with stars. “It was cheaper than just buying her floor pillows,” she said. “And it meant more.” Rodgers is the 28-year-old mother of Logan, 6 and Brady, 3. She is expecting another child in a few months. As a stay-at-home mom, she has made many gifts. “The time put into making homemade gifts for someone reflects how much you care about and appreciate the person,” she said. “The more personalized they are, the better. And if the gift can be useful to the recipient, that’s an added bonus.” Rodgers said to save money, she keeps materials around the house such as fabric scraps, recyclables and little embellishments. Her materials are usually free or on clearance. Just be prepared to pay with patience instead of cash. “It took Logan and me several days to make valentines for his kindergarten class,” she said. “Most homemade craft projects are not for the faint-hearted. Be prepared for messiness.” Three-year-old Brady Rodgers scratches an itch on his face, oblivious to his paint-covered fingers.

year in a calendar Buy a blank scrapbook calendar ($5.99 each from CurrentCatalog.com) and decorate as desired. Be sure to personalize with the teacher’s name, school and year. Don’t forget to include your child’s photo and name, too. If you really want

What you need: A new or used tie and fabric markers. Choose an inexpensive, lightcolored and pattern-free plain tie. If you really want to cut the cost, go through tie collections of male relatives and find one worthy of a fresh new look. Use fabric markers to decorate or personalize. Add the student’s name to the underside so the teacher will always remember the artist.

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What you will need: Iron on transfers and a canvas bag. Many computer programs print photos onto iron-on transfers. Take a photo that includes the whole class and iron it onto the bag. If you don’t have one, choose an iron-on that is meaningful or has some relevance to the teacher. You can also iron the students’ names to the back of the bag with a title that says, “Class of 2008/2009.” You can also sew buttons or place pins on the bag for some flair.

Project: Hand-painted clay pots What you will need: Clay pots in various sizes, paint and paint brushes or paint markers, stencils and acrylic sealer. Teachers love to be organized. Clay pots make great storage for markers, scissors, crayons, colored pencils and many other small objects. The blank pots can be painted or drawn on. Let the children add their touch or use a stencil to make a decorative design. Seal the pots with acrylic or other clear sealer so if they get messy or wet, the design won’t wash away.

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What you will need: Fresh flowers and a vase. Sometimes, a bouquet of fresh flowers will go a long way. Mix in some herbs for scent. Place them in a Mason jar or other decorative vase and finish with a ribbon.

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to protect from soggy feet and dropped tools, and long sleeves to ward off bugs and thorns. Her long pants are tucked into socks to keep the ticks away, and the hat on her head protects against sunburn. Some might think she’s being overcautious, but as a registered nurse, Mawhinney knows that gardening, while not as perilous as rock-climbing or other leisure activities, has its own brand of danger. “People don’t realize it’s a physical activity,” said Mawhinney, a Carroll Township resident and master gardener with the Penn State Cooperative Extension.

“You can burn 300 calories an hour gardening.” Gardening’s reputation as a placid pastime for older folks means that people seriously underestimate the physical challenges of a day spent sprucing up the backyard, said Kevin Owens, a chiropractor with The Chiropractic Athletic Center in West Manchester Township. “A lot of people take on a lot more than what they should,” Owens said. And most of the injuries he sees are not from the senior set. “Older people pretty much know what irritates their back, and they hire someone else to do it for them,” he said. “Younger people don’t know proper techniques. It’s the younger crowd where we see the injuries.”

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Here are a few tips for keeping the load lighter: n Choose a handbag with open pockets to help keep items organized and accessible. Try to put items back where you got them. n Closed pockets are good if you always put items back where you found them, but most women toss items in while in a rush. n If your handbag doesn’t have open pockets near the top of the bag for easy access, clip a phone pouch to the bag strap. n If you choose a bag with one large open space, use colored pouches or makeup bags to separate like items. This also makes changing purses easy and fast. n Don’t carry full-sized beauty products in your purse. Transfer a small amount to a travel-size container. n Keep all the necessities such as keys and cell phone in front pockets. n Put your purse back in order weekly. Empty your extra coins and unwanted receipts. n Purge the cards in your wallet. Keep the ones you don’t use every day in a safe place. Sources: The Container Store and Arrangingitall.com

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Whether they are aware of it, experts say, most people have had a bad habit. From overeating to nail-biting, many people struggle with undesirable behavior and seek advice on how to correct it. The good news is that there are ways to replace negative actions with positive ones. Nightingale Health & Wellness works with people with addictions to food, sex, drugs, alcohol and relationships, said Pamela Parson, a massage therapist and owner of the business. “We get to know the whole patient,” she said. The facility has offices in York, Harrisburg and Carlisle. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine also can be helpful for folks trying to break an addiction, she said. “Replacing a bad habit with a good habit ... can be very useful when people are making changes to their lifestyles,” she said. A massage can replace food or alcohol for someone wanting a reward for good behavior, she said. “I’m seeing an increase,” Parson said of mas-

sage clients. “I’m hoping that’s an indication that some people are doing something positive to deal with stress.” According to Mike Gobel, a psychologist at WellSpan’s York Guidance Center, the first obstacle to eliminating undesirable behavior is motivating yourself to change. “Oftentimes, a person’s bad habit is (his or her) favorite thing,” he said in a 2004 interview. “It’s the nicest thing they do for themselves, and that’s part of the reason that it’s hard to give up. No one wants to live without nice things.” Gobel said sometimes simply taking note of what you’re doing is enough to stop an undesirable behavior. “If my problem is biting my nails, I’ll try to notice my hand before it gets to my mouth,” he said. “Usually, then it’s like, ‘Oh no, I don’t want to do that.’” It’s virtually impossible to rid yourself of a bad habit unless you replace it with another habit — hopefully one that’s better, he said. When it comes to food, Gobel said, eating is one of life’s great pleasures. But it shouldn’t be a person’s only source of satisfaction, or it will be overused.

According to Dan Aikins, licensed clinical psychologist for Behavioral Healthcare Consultants in Springettsbury Township, here are some common bad habits: • procrastinating • overspending • poor sleep schedule • overworking/not enough relaxation and social interaction To change these negative behaviors, a person must recognize they have a problem, learn about effective options and be motivated to change.

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I recently finished reading “My Favorite American� by Dennis McCloskey. How does it feel to be 26 and have your biography written? I still find it hard to believe. When I go into Borders, there I am on the shelf. It’s crazy. I really am a very humble person. I don’t talk very much about myself. I am grateful that Dennis took an interest in my story. You were very young when you were diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) and spent a great deal of time in and out of the hospital. Is that typical of the disease? No. When I was diagnosed with PKD at the age of 10, my doctor told me not to worry. He didn’t think that it would affect my health until I reached 40 or 50. But every case is different.

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Why did you have your kidneys removed? A lot of very dramatic events happened early on for me. The cysts on my kidneys wouldn’t stop bleeding. The doctors were forced to make a difficult decision. I was very sick, and they didn’t think that I would make it without a transplant. I was also too sick to receive a transplant. They took a risk on me and removed both of my kidneys when I was 19. Many people came forward to be tested as potential donors.

Was the donor someone you already knew? Yes, I have known Sally Robertson since I was in eighth grade. I was friends with her daughter, Emily. She really, really wanted to do it. The transplant turned me around. It got me back to normal health. How is your health today? I am doing wonderful. Normal. Following the transplant, I took 40 pills a day. Now I am down to 12. I try to make the best of every healthy day. Transplants don’t last forever. How has your involvement with the PKD Foundation affected you? To start up the local chapter was so neat. We have evolved into a family. I could have kept my story to myself, but sharing it has exposed me to so many new experiences and people. In March of 2007, I addressed the Congressional Kidney Caucus. I have also done college lectures on PKD at Johns Hopkins. I want to inspire people so they never lose hope. What inspires you to move forward? My parents. I never thought that I was going to die. Somehow, I got to the next day. My mom and dad were always there. They spent every day with me at the hospital. I knew that I was loved. I am all about enjoying life. I try to have fun every day.

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Sources: PKD Foundation, www.pkdcure.org; The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse, http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov.

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