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Going Back To China
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Barbara Hough Roda

Falling into the new routine
Editor’s note: This column was previously published in 2005. A few months into the new school year and, overall, I think I’ve earned a solid B. It’s a grade that’s held since that first week or so of the new autumn schedule, one that tests a parent’s diligence and agility. The first day was textbook perfection: lunch packed the night before and daughter’s clothes folded neatly on top of the dresser. She sat down to a healthful breakfast as I put dinner in the Crockpot. We even read before heading to the bus stop five minutes early. Pretty impressive, eh? Second day: I dressed my child in a skirt — bad move — on gym day and got a dressing down of my own at dinner. Did I mention that we left the backpack at school? Oops. Day three: To be honest, we cut it a little close getting to the bus. Fourth day: Disagreement about hair, and how to wear it. Braids were out; headband was in. Day five: Dead battery in the garage-door remote. We scavenged for a replacement, but it didn’t keep us from making both beds … kind of. Day six: Ice pack exploded all over the inside of the new pink butterfly lunchbox. Oh, yeah, there was a little snafu while shopping for soccer cleats. Suffice it to note that without help from a sympathetic saleswoman, I’d have purchased the wrong size ball, shoes and, yes, even tremendously inappropriate socks. Overall, though, things are going pretty well, don’t you think? Especially when you consider that school came directly on the heels of the first parent

Anneka Street and 15-month-old daughter Lilia, enjoy breakfast at the annual Central Market Harvest Breakfast. They are from New York and were visiting an aunt who lives in Lancaster.
Photo: Jeff Ruppenthal

meeting for one of my daughter’s extracurricular activities. And it simply took the sound of one alltoo-familiar word to send me into a state of fear and panic: Fundraiser. FUNDRAISER. Fundraiser. No matter how I said it, my head throbbed. This frenzied state of mind had nothing to do with the integrity of the cause — in this case the good work of Girl Scouts and, specifically, Millersville Brownie Troop 592 — but my own flawed abilities as a human fundraiser. When we returned home, I did what any sales-savvy parent would: instructed my daughter to call the grandparents who ordered malted milk balls and honey-roasted peanuts. It was the impetus we needed to canvass

a portion of our world, taking special care to target a payback or two — friends whose kids’ popcorn and wrapping paper have dotted our shelves off and on for years. We’ve been careful, though, not to tap all of the relatives and neighbors because we know that there are holiday ornaments and Easter eggs in our future … and theirs.

Like families across the county, we’re still trying to zone in on just-the-right bedtime. And to stick to it. There are patches to be ironed on to uniforms and schedules to be fine-tuned. And while the idea of school-year routine was a bit overwhelming in September, it’s becoming increasingly comforting now. Day seven: Sausage and eggs for breakfast. My 6-year-old gave school the thumbs up as she tried to decipher everything wearing

more than one letter. She shared what she’s already learned about Australia. More nut and candy orders came in, and fall is looking good. Eighth day: Does anybody know where I put the fundraiser sign-up sheet? Barbara Hough Roda is mom to Faith and news editor at Lancaster Newspapers Inc. Email her at or call 481-7335.

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Mom of the Month ~ Emily Mankin
Emily Mankin is a busy lady. She is the mother of three children: Grant, 18; Evan, 16 and Emily, 7. She is an eighth grade geometry teacher at Swift Middle School in the Solanco School District. Mankin is involved with her family, her job, her church and her community. But she’s not overwhelmed with all her responsibilities. As she puts it, “It’s all ok — it’s all stuff that I love!” Mankin was born and raised in Solanco and still lives and works there. She met her husband, Mike, in the second grade. She admits she had a crush on him through her growing up years, but the two didn’t officially become a couple until they started dating while attending Shippensburg University. The two got married while she was finishing her college education at Millersville University. Mankin originally majored in business, though everyone told her she should major in education. Her grandmother was a teacher and her friends and family saw similar qualities in Mankin. Maybe for a time Mankin was rebelling, but by sophomore year Mankin did come around and pursued education. She remembers it as one of the best decisions she’s ever made. Mankin was a Social Studies Major in college and was able to land the eighth grade geometry teaching job at Swift. She admits that she planned on keeping it for about a year until she could get into what she really wanted: teaching high school. But now, 18 years later, she says she can’t ever imagine leaving. She feels incredibly blessed to be in the same district where she was raised, but there is more to it. She said, “This is a wonderful place to work. I am surrounded by beautiful people and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else!” Mankin also describes how much she loves her students and what makes them so special. “Eighth graders are not babies, but they do still want to please their teacher,” Mankin explained. “They are mature and they have a great sense of humor. I just treat them as young adults.” You can hear the passion in Mankin voice when she talks about her classroom: she says her number one priority is just “making sure my kids are ok.” Mankin is very involved at Swift Elementary School, She co-chairs the National Junior Honor Society. The kids have to a complete a service project each month. Mankin downplays her role by saying “It’s a great group of kids, they are extremely motivated. THEY come up with the ideas. I love being surrounded by them.” The group just put on “Halloween Hallways” at Solanco High School, a safe place for children to trick or treat. The society is also busy working on helping with the Southern End Community Association Auction. Mankin has also chaired Solanco’s Post Prom Committee and chairs the Holiday Shop at her school. Mankin’s involvement doesn’t end at school. With her own family, Mankin is even more involved. All three of her children play basketball. Husband Mike, is president of the Solanco Basketball Boosters and oldest son, Grant was just accepted to the basketball team at Penn State Berks Campus. Daughter, Ellie just started the sport because of her big brothers’ involvement. The Mankins are excited to see how well she does. It’s a lot of time, but Mankin loves it. Mankin and her husband also teach an adult Sunday school class at Memorial Methodist Church. She says it is their adult time. The couple does manage to sneak away for coffee and dessert from time to time. Emily was nominated by her mother-in-law, Doris Mankin, to be Mom of the Month. She stressed how Mankin always

Emily Mankin poses with photos of her three children, left to right. Evan, Grant and Ellie Mankin

has time for others … especially “I have a wonderful mother,” children. She said, “Emily is she said. “She helps me with always there for any kid that cooking, cleaning … she makes needs her.” it easy.” Mankin explains that her own mother should have the credit ~ Maureen Leader for teaching her how to give to Special Features Writer others. It’s how she was raised.

• Mankin has one brother, Jeff, a teacher and one sister, Erica, a nurse. • She loves to read. Favorite authors are Donald Miller (Christianity and good living) and Ellin Hildebrand (fiction set at the beach). • Mankin loves the beach. “I love the salt air.” Favorite places are Stone Harbor, New Jersey and Ocean City, NJ. • The Mankin family have a special family vacation every four to five years; most recent was France to see the Tour de France. • Mankin does not like to cook or bake.

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For many of us the holidays are filled with a lot of hustle and bustle. But there’s also time for family and friends, and those special holiday traditions. A tradition many of us share is putting up or looking at light displays. We’re fortunate to have a number of incredible displays in the county or within a short drive. Koziar’s Christmas Village in Bernville (Berks County) is one of those special places. “People travel over winding country roads to reach us. We’re located in a valley, so when you top the hill and see all the lights, it’s really an incredible sight,” says Sonia Koziar. One truly does experience the magic of Christmas walking around the festively decorated village. Sonia says that music also helps to set the tone. Music plays not only throughout the village, but also in the parking lot. “As soon as you top the hill, your mood lifts. When you step out of the car you hear the music. And there’s different music for different areas including the manger,” she says. This holiday wonderland features a variety of glass buildings to peep into including Christmas Beneath the Sea, Christmas in the Jungle, and old-fashioned bakery shop, Christmas in other lands, the toy maker and his shop, and Santa’s Post Office. There are also buildings to wander into including a country kitchen that’s redolent with the aroma of freshly baked cookies and treats, buildings featuring indoor and outdoor displays, buildings filled with trim-a-tree ideas, and Santa’s toy shoppe featuring

unique gifts, ornaments and souvenirs. The visit to this magical Christmas wonderland wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Santa in his headquarters in Santa Claus Lane. “I had one gentleman come up to me a year or so ago, and he said that his parents always brought him to see Santa — as proof, he showed me 32 photos of those visits,” Sonia recalls. Sonia’s parents originated Christmas Village on the family farm (where it still is today) 64 years ago. “Mom and dad decorated the house for the four of us kids. People saw the lights and really enjoyed them — they began calling our house the ‘Christmas House”. A year or two later dad cleared one of the fields, put up more lights and created a parking area. Christmas Village grew from there,” she explains. The light displays and the setting, which includes a lake, are magical. More than 500,000 lights adorn buildings, fences, and various landscape areas. One of those areas is the “kissing bridge” where one pays the toll of a kiss to a loved one to cross. “We’re also a romantic place. People often come here on a first date. We’ve had people arrange to have Santa present the engagement ring, and even have had a wedding or two.” Sonia comments. Not only are the second and third generation of the family involved in operating Christmas Village, but some of the staff members visited as children, worked in high school and college and are now part of this seasonal magic again.

And while some discover Christmas Village for the first time, for many the visit is part of the family’s holiday tradition. Sonia says that she and her family often observe parents who had visited the display as children there with their own children or grandparents who brought their children, now bringing grandchildren to visit. Families that may be scattered throughout the state or region often meet in the parking lot to begin their visit together. “It’s easier now with cell phones,

but years ago, people would come up to us and give a name or description and ask if we’ve seen that person,” Sonia says with a chuckle. Because there are changes every year, repeat visits are warranted. This year, there’s a new outdoor train display in the barnyard. This handcrafted display features multiple tracks, a station and village. “We do have several trains as part of our displays, but people told us they wanted more, so we decided to create this new display.

Our goal is to provide people with a fantastic experience and we really do take our guests’ feedback to heart,” Sonia comments. She says that every year all the lights and decorations are taken down. The lights and displays are revamped annually, and the effort is a major undertaking requiring several months. Last year the lake flooded from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,

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Food allergies
We live in a world today of peanut-free lunch tables and shelves of EpiPens in nurses’ offices. When asked if he eats his veggies, one three-year old boy in my office replied, “No, I am allergic to green things.” Most food allergies are present in the first two years of life. The prevalence peaks at one year of age, when it is about 6-8 percent of children, and then declines, where it plateaus to about 3-4 percent of the population. There are three million children in the United States with food allergies. Just like the little boy above, many people these days confuse allergy with intolerance or dislike. I understand the confusion, as there are many different types of food reactions. Food allergy basically breaks down into IgE mediated or non IgE mediated. IgE is one of the five classes of immunoglobulins; it is found mainly in skin and subcutaneous tissues. IgE allergy is typically rapid in onset (typically within minutes of ingestion) and is what we think of as the scary allergy (i.e., rapid onset of throat swelling, hives and anaphylaxis). The most common IgE mediated allergies are cows’ milk, egg, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and shellfish. Food allergies other than shellfish and nuts/ peanuts are typically outgrown by school age. Prior to outgrowing their allergies, parents are advised to adhere to strict avoidance for their children, as small exposures can prolong the allergy. However, some recent evidence suggests that small exposures, especially those where the protein is heated or baked, actually increase the chance that the child will outgrow the allergy. This just illustrates that there are still many things about food allergies that we don’t understand, and, therefore, all treatments must proceed with caution. Another common type of IgE allergy is oral allergy syndrome. This occurs in patients who have an allergic reaction to pollens. There are many fruits and vegetables which cross react with pollens and cause an itchy mouth and mild swelling of lips and tongue. For example, ragweed allergic patients need to avoid melons and bananas, as they have this cross reaction. Non IgE mediated allergic syndromes tend to be more chronic in nature, less life threatening, and harder to diagnose/treat. They include food reactions associated with gastro intestinal signs, including malabsorption and chronic diarrhea. These are typically diagnosed most efficiently by elimination diets. Celiac disease is an example of a non IgE mediated allergy; this is a condition which the person is intolerant of gluten. And because humans are complex, there are some allergic conditions which are considered mixed (both IgE mediated and non IgE mediated). These include eczema and eosinophilic gastroenteritis. Flares of these conditions can occur within

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Dr. Pia Fenimore, M.D.

minutes of food ingestion (that’s the IgE part), but also may take days to show up after exposure (the non IgE part). Managing food allergies for parents can be very difficult. Despite the best efforts toward avoidance, the majority of children have reactions due to inadvertent exposure. This is often the result of hidden sources in baked goods, ice creams, etc. Based on available evidence, most pediatric societies do not recommend a complete ban on certain foods in schools or camps. Bans are not typically sufficient to protect kids from exposure. They tend to divide communities due to inconvenience and a feeling of preference over certain allergies. And, food bans give staff and parents a false sense of security, which leads to a decrease in preparedness. It is recommended that every child with a food allergy have a specific plan in case of exposure. These plans should be devised by a health care provider and the parents. EpiPens should be checked frequently and updated every 12 months. Schools that have food-allergic children should not allow homemade snacks, food trading and no food in the classroom. Peanut-free tables should be offered due to the sticky nature of the peanut protein. Tables should be wiped down with warm soapy water or spray cleaner in between each meal. For classroom parties/ celebrations it is often helpful

to have the parent of the allergic child involved in the planning process. All of the above is helpful, but most important is school/ camp-wide allergy education so everyone is prepared in the event of a reaction. So why are food allergies on the rise? We don’t really know. Allergies in general, both environmental and food, are on the rise. One theory is the “Hygiene Hypothesis,” which states that basically we are too clean. Advancements in cleaning techniques and agents, antibiotic usage and air purification have decreased our children’s exposure to bacteria and viruses, which previously “distracted” the immune system from food allergies. Another theory states that we are just better at diagnosing and labeling foodallergic children. Either way, it’s clear they are here to stay.

Gearing up for college
While a quick online search can give families an idea of college expenses, predicting future costs can be a bit more challenging. There are a number of free online resources available that can help parents and teens estimate how much they’ll need to save for college so they can get a solid plan in place. Parents and teens should work together to research college savings options like 529 college savings plans, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts and custodial accounts. Once a college savings plan is established, parents and teens should follow through on their planning and make a conscious effort to save.

Pia Fenimore, M.D., of Lancaster Pediatric Associates, is a contributor to the Ask an Expert feature.

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Chinese characters for our cab driver. He dropped us off at a street corner with a different We met our adopted daughter name. By showing the address to several people and a couple June 2003 in the Jinling Hotel, of policemen, we made our in Nanjing, China. way across a four-lane highway Her name was Lu Yu Fang and down a narrow alley to and she was one week short of her second birthday. We named our destination. The ground floor of the “Adoption Affairs her Rosie Grace. Office” was closed, so we This past summer, about ventured upstairs to the “Office one week before Rosie’s 11th of International Marriage and birthday, we returned to China Divorce,” where someone took to show her where she came us down the hall to an unmarked from. In two and a half weeks, door. we visited five cities and spent The official there expressed an unforgettable afternoon at the Nanjing Social Welfare Institute surprise that we were not accompanied by a guide. He (NSWI), Rosie’s home for the asked when we wanted to first two years of her life. visit the orphanage (we said Many adoption experts tomorrow), reviewed our agree that the best time to visit passports, filled out some adoptive countries is during a documents, made a phone or child’s preteen years, before kids become too self-conscious call or two. and judgmental. For Rosie, this trip to China, specifically NSWI, aroused feelings of excitement and nervous trepidation. She was “excited about seeing where I came from and nervous because I didn’t know what it was going to be like.” Having no memories at all (except through photographs) of her time there, she had He asked if we needed a few expectations. She asked to translator (we answered in the see Ju Rong Ning, the “special affirmative), and told us that nanny” who had cared for her we’d been approved and should during her first 18 months, but arrive at the orphanage at 10 we had no way of knowing if a.m. and said, that would be she still worked there. 1800 R.M.B., in cash, he said, We arrived in Nanjing by ($300 in American dollars). train from Shanghai in early The following day, armed afternoon and took a cab to the with pictures we had taken on new Westin Hotel. a brief visit to the orphanage Knowing that we were in 2003, along with clothing, required to ‘register’ to visit school supplies, and games the orphanage and hoped to we brought for the children, go there on the following day, we took a cab to NSWI. As we deposited our bags and usual, there were no working asked the concierge to write seatbelts in the vehicle. The out the name and address of driver weaved in and out of the Adoption Affairs Office in traffic while liberally honking

Going Back to China

Above: Rosie and the staff at Nanjing Social Welfare


Right: Rosie and JuRong Ning, her “special” nanny

his horn. After a half hour drive through a maze of tunnels and intersections, whizzing past and around motor scooters, bicyclists, buses, cars, and taxis, we pulled into a busy narrow street where vendors sold items such as bowls of noodles, melons, and clothes hanging on racks on the sidewalks. Now we drove slowly, avoiding bicycles and scooters. A security guard at the gate reviewed our papers and waved us on. To our left, a billboard in Chinese and slightly Several staff members incorrect English read: — virtually all the staff we “Everything for the children; remembered, including Ju Rong for the children’s everything.” Ning and Miss Wong, who brought Rosie to the hotel, were *** still there. They were delighted to see Rosie. NSWI is one of the largest Later, Rosie said, “It was a orphanages in Jianxi Province. pretty nice place. My nanny Affiliated with a rehabilitation was all over me, touching me, hospital, which adjoins the playing with my hair, pinching orphanage, NSWI receives my cheeks, picking me up.” At all or most children with one point suring the visit, she disabilities who are abandoned whispered to her dad, “This is in the province. There are about awkward!” 500 children housed in the three She added “they remembered story building. things about me like my We were met by the translator, allergies. They were really a pleasant young man, who is a happy and excited to see me.” social worker at the orphanage. The staff poured over our

photographs and told us the whereabouts of the children: this girl was adopted by a Dutch family; this boy (Rosie’s then best friend, He Chendi) lives in Tennessee. We then toured the infant and toddler rooms where Rosie had lived. On the way, we passed out lollipops to the children who were able to have them. The rooms were painted in sunny yellow or sky blue with handpainted bears and giraffes and flowers. Leafy plastic vines encircled the windows. There were several volunteers and staff members holding and playing with the children.

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“their parents abandoned them because they are different,” she said, “and I feel sad that their chances of finding a home are small.” This experience has led to verbalizing other thoughts. She would like to know who her birth parents are and that they are well and happy. Later, she said, “What I really want to know is that they love me. I want to know if I have sisters and brothers. If so, do they look like me? Do they like to do the same things I do?” For Rosie, and most of her Chinese “sisters,” these are questions that will remain unanswered.

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and the translator walked us out. We said a wistful goodbye to this woman who gave our — continued from page 6 daughter a secure and loving start in life. Toddlers tooled around in A visit such as this is not walkers on wheels. Rosie was quickly or easily processed. disappointed not to meet some In the time since our return, girls her own age. The older comments and impressions have children were at school. come at unexpected times. A caregiver presented Rosie “It’s hard to imagine I was a woven red braid attached actually living in that place to a glass “year of the snake” for two years and now I’m symbol (her birth symbol). not,” Rosie said one day. Later The staff accepted our gifts. We took more pictures, thanked she said, “I felt sad for those each staff member for their care kids. They will never know of our daughter and said a good- who their parents were.” She was especially touched by bye that was more emotional than I anticipated. Ju Rong Ning the children with disabilities:

• Since 1979, China has sought to solve its overpopulation problem by limiting families to one child in urban areas; two in rural. Although there are signs that this may soon change, an article in Bloomsberg Business Week (April 19, 2012) described a 31-year-old account manager in the lighting industry, who had to pay a fine of 30,000 yuan, ($4,760), roughly equal to her annual salary for violating China’s one-child policy when she gave birth to her second. Without payment, she could not get her child a household

Orphans in China
registration document, “without which education and employment would be impossible.” •It is illegal to abandon a child in China. For this reason, babies are left with no identification in public places like markets, train stations, and police stations, where parents can watch to be sure the child is taken to safety. It is extremely rare for children to find their birth parents or vice versa.

When kids volunteer, they learn lessons about responsibility while also learning how enjoyable it can be to help the less fortunate. Kids who volunteer early in life are more likely to do so throughout their lives, and that lifetime of service can be invaluable. The right volunteering opportunity for a child often depends on the child’s age. The following are a few age-appropriate ideas that can help get kids excited about volunteering and giving back to their neighborhoods.

Giving back

annually, mostly girls. Many abandoned girls have an older sister. Because boys are revered in China, families keep a first girl and then hold out for a son. • Today there is a push to keep children in China through domestic adoption.

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activities of their own. Allow them to work a shift at a food bank on their own. Kids who have been volunteering since early childhood might have volunteering goals of their own by middle school, so don’t insist they continue with current activities if there’s something else sparking their interest. Kids might want to help an elderly neighbor around the house, such as shopping for groceries or taking care of their property. Encourage such ideas, and expect kids to want to exercise some independence.

• It takes 6-8 years to adopt a healthy Chinese child internationally. China has imposed stringent criterion on who is eligible to adopt. Children with minor to severe • An estimated one million disabilities are available, with children in China are abandoned an approximate one year wait.

Volunteering activities for school-aged kids should be simple, such as accompanying their parents to food banks where kids can help feed the homeless and less fortunate. Kids with grandparents living in assisted living facilities can read to residents at the facility or bring them homemade arts and crafts or even foods they helped prepare (just be sure to clear any items with the facility’s medical staff before distributing). These tasks are simple, and kids won’t feel nervous when accompanied by Mom and Dad.

Impressions of China
Rosie said, “I was born in a very, very big country!” China is: — old. What is old to us is about 100 years. What is old in China is 2,000 years! — new. Office buildings and high-rise apartments and roads are being built everywhere. — historic. China has a long, amazing history of emperors and dynasties. — markets. Shopping areas are crowded places with barrels of nuts, fruit, melons, tea, and souvenirs. We saw some unusual things like live eels in plastic tubs. — smog. White or gray skies prevail with few clouds, and little sunshine. — crowded. Everywhere you go there are so many people. The traffic is crazy — cars, bikes, scooters, motorcycles, rickshaws, and taxis, go this way and that. Right turn on red (without stopping is legal and pedestrians do not have the right of way). Buses are jammed with people. In Xi’an, people were turned away because there was not an inch of space. — noisy. People speak loudly, especially on cell phones. Horns are beeping all the time. — musical. Many parks feature lighted, musical fountains. People dance to music and play instruments. — religious. Each temple is decorated with beautiful tiles and paintings and pretty gardens. Temples are quiet and mystical. — parks. This is where people socialize, children play, ladies dance, people play musical instruments, people practice tai chi, grandparents walk babies in strollers, and the elderly play games like Mahjong and badminton. — food. We thought it all delicious: noodles, pork, duck, bright green vegetables, sweet watermelon. Rice is grown by farmers in small governmentallotted paddies and is a daily staple. Rosie’s personal favorite: Chinese dumplings. — tea. China and tea are synonymous. Green tea; black tea; oolong tea. It grows on terraces. In Nanchang they have a renowned tea university which one can attend for three months up to three years!

High school students tend to have busy schedules, but those who have been volunteering since childhood will likely find a way to continue doing so. Teenagers have more specific interests than younger children, and parents can encourage teens to incorporate those interests into their volunteering. For example, kids who love sports might be able to work with the local sports and recreation center to coach younger athletes. Or kids who excel in the classroom can tutor younger students. middlE school Volunteering can look good When kids reach middle on a high school student’s school, they might not feel it’s resume when the time comes necessary for Mom and Dad to apply for college, but to tag along as much. This parents should be careful is perfectly alright, and it’s a that students don’t stretch great time for kids to branch themselves too thin with out and choose volunteer extracurricular activities.

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Day Trippin’: Village
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and some of the lights had to be replaced. This year power to that area of the farm was out due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, and delayed the opening from to November 10. November 10 through Thanksgiving, Koziar’s Christmas Village is open weekends only; hours are Friday 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. It’s open daily Thanksgiving through January 1; hours are

Monday through Friday 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 5 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $9 for ages 11 to 64; $8 for seniors (65 and older); $7 for children ages 4 to 10; and children three and under are admitted free of charge. Ample free parking is available. For further information, visit www.koziarschristmasvillage. com or call 610-488-1110.

~ Rochelle A. Shenk Special Features Writer

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‘Bringing books to life’ is theme of Literacy Night
By Meredith Westgate Special Features Writer a family favorite of Crnkovich, who often takes this dish to large family gatherings. Delgado offered “Bringing Books to Life” was the a “mini-lesson” on theme to help theme of Literacy Night, an annual parents interact with and support their child’s reading at home. event, held in October at Hand In the “Bread Middle School, 431 Room,” participants S. Ann St. Activities were greeted by the and read-aloud stories aroma of freshly made reading come baking bread alive for children of emanating from all ages. a bread machine. Students and Children found their families were comfortable spots welcomed by Hand on the rug and Principal Mark listened to “The Simms and Learning Little Red Hen,” Support teacher and a story familiar to chairperson of the both English and event, Kathleen Paul. Families and staff Karen Hardy-Copeland Spanish speakers. The children shared a lasagna dinner in the cafeteria before dispersing to quickly caught on to the refrain, “Not I!” in response to the hen’s three break-out sessions. request for help in baking the bread. The smell of simmering broth and vegetables drew Hand students, “Who will help me knead the bread?” asked the little red hen, and their siblings and parents to the the children chimed in with, “Not “Soup Room.” Communication I,” said the duck. “Not I,” said the Arts teacher Joan Crnkovich pig, then the fox, goose, and finally, read the story “Stone Soup” with pictures projected on a SmartBoard. the bear. Across the room, Karen HardyYoung children were invited to roleCopeland, Read 180 teacher, read play the story by adding chopped an excerpt about baking bread from carrots, celery, potatoes, cabbage Sandra Cisneros’ “The House On – and yes, a few scrubbed-clean Mango Street”. Her mini-lesson stones to a pretend pot of “Stone focused on the story elements of Soup.” Following the reading, participants were invited to sample plot, theme, character, and sequence the soup and were given the recipe, of events to help parents support young readers with academic vocabulary and reading strategies. ESL teacher Lilliam Santiago translated Hardy-Copeland’s presentation for Spanish-speaking parents. The “Poetry Café,” featured Hand students reading work by their favorite poets, including Shel Silverstein and Brad Bagert. Selected titles included “I Like Being Unperfect,” read by Lorena Solivan, “Smiles and Tears” read by Cassandra Solivan, and “A Special World,” read by Melanie Abreu. Others chose seasonal poems including “Halloween,” read by Saquan Alleyne Seventh grader Jonavys Sierra-Santiago memorized “The Big Pout,” and put a ‘rap’ spin on his delivery. Chelsey Summers, Learning Support teacher, created a brochure for parents of suggested books for grades K-8. During the poetry reading, guests enjoyed a variety of desserts provided by the Literacy Committee, comprised of Communication Arts, Learning Support, and ESL teachers as well as Hand’s speech pathologist, and literacy coach. The evening culminated with a raffle drawing which enabled six students to go home with a copy of Chicken Soup for the Pre-teen Soul. Hand Middle School is designated a Community School. Lisette Rivera, Community Schools

Cassandra and Lorena Solivan

director, said that Literacy Night is “a perfect example of promoting reading at home, and parents taking an active role in their child’s education.” She added that Literacy Night is just one of the many events and opportunities that occur at Hand outside the traditional school day. “The community school initiative at Hand focuses on our families and community holistically and provides resources that might not be readily available to them,” Rivera said. “These resources include an extended day program, school based mental health, ESL services, and Saturday School, all of which allow our families and community members the opportunity to be supported with additional connections throughout the school day. “Here at Hand, Rivera concluded, “we believe that every voice counts and we welcome all to support our school and be a part of our community.”

Joan Crnkovich’s “Stone Soup” (no stone ingredients!)
1 large onion 5 celery stalks 2-lb. bag of frozen vegetables (I use vegetables for soup) 1 can diced tomatoes 1 (46 oz.) can tomato juice Add Country Quest (mixture of herbs and spices available locally at Darrenkamp’s and other markets) or your own blend of herbs Chop onion, celery and put in the pot and cover with water. Cook until soft (Celery leaves and dried parsley flakes give added flavor.) When onion and celery are soft, add the frozen vegetables, diced tomatoes and 46 oz. can of tomato juice. This makes about 3 quarts, so a large pot is necessary.

(BPT) — If you enjoy baking traditional holiday favorites, you may also like trying new recipes. Experimenting is easier if you start out with a well-stocked pantry. While some holiday recipes might call for unusual ingredients that require a trip to the gourmet food store, some ingredients are ubiquitous. Keep those ingredients in your pantry year-round and you’ll be on track to bake up a storm this holiday season. The baking gurus at Nielsen-

Baking for the holidays?
Massey Vanilla, offer this checklist of must-have items to help ensure your pantry is well-stocked for holiday baking: • Flour – Your pantry should always have a supply of all-purpose white baking flour, but don’t forget to add some other common, useful varieties like whole wheat, unbleached or semolina. • Sweeteners – Refined white sugar, of course, is a reliable standby for sweetening any recipe. But many holiday recipes may call

for alternative sweeteners like confectioner’s sugar, maple syrup, brown sugar or honey. • Extracts – Holiday baking cries out for certain flavors, like peppermint, almond, chocolate and vanilla. You can find an extract for virtually every flavor under the sun, but keeping an ample supply of the staples, will ensure you have the perfect flavoring on hand for a variety of dishes — from holiday baked goods to main courses and side dishes.

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Kids Around the County
Left: A youngster enjoys a whoopie pie at the annual auction to benefit the Clinic for Special Children.
Photo: Jeff Ruppenthal

Right: Ryan Turner, Lancaster, gets ready to take a bite of a peanut butter long john at the annual Central Market Harvest Breakfast.
Photo: Jeff Ruppenthal

Bottom left: Three-year-old Leo Lutz paints a pumpkin at Annex 24 Art Gallery, as part of October’s Lancaster ArtWalk. Bottom right: Alyse Rodenberger, 4 and her brother Aiden Rodenberger, 7, both of Landisville, at the Central Market Harvest Breakfast.
Photo: Jeff Ruppenthal

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Fall photo contest winners
Congratulations to our Fall Photo Contest Winner: Mary Spaulding of Strasburg. Her photo, at right, was chosen as the favorite at the 2012 Lancaster County Baby & Toddler Expo. Mary will receive a $250 gift card to Target. Congratulations to Mary and semifinalists Beth Morgan of Lititz, below left, and Heidi Kolb of Strasburg, below right. Thank you to everyone who entered.

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even door handles. With calculated precision Michael and Maggie helped take out three vacuums in almost as many years. When they were toddlers, our cheaper vacuums succumbed to the sheer volume of use and, of course, the sucking of all sorts of plastic, doll hair brushes, Barbie’s luggage, shoes, dresses and bathing suits. Even Michael’s clothing was once sucked into a doomed vacuum cleaner. That model didn’t fair as well as our plumbing, which survived a few pairs of potty training underwear disappearing into the toilet’s murky depths (perhaps shared in another column?). Our vacuums have extracted earrings, necklaces, and the My wife and I this month will celebrate our anniversary. It’s been a trouble-free period marked by power, endurance, and reliability. Of course I’m referring to our purchase three years ago of our latest vacuum cleaner which cost more money than I’d ever dreamed of. But, boy was it worth it. One of the things you learn quickly (eventually?) is that having kids means replacing things sooner than you expected. For instance, children demand extended heavy-duty use vacuums and reduce the shelflife of washers, dryers, DVRs, VCRs, TVs, computers, video games, cameras, rugs, wall paint, blinds, drapes, mini-vans, pink and blue “babies” from the LIFE board game. Sweepers have consumed batteries, toy cars, Tech Decks, Legos and, of course, coins. Coins and tokens have always been a favorite source of destruction in our family. Maggie mistook the cassette players in the Town & Country minivan and the old Park Avenue for a pay phone. Mike inserted pennies, dimes and plastic credit cards inside the floppy disc drive in our old PC. Our vacuums have digested various shoe laces, ties, barrettes, hair bands, scrunchies and even sporting goods. We actually have a seldom used central vacuum system which has also has been idled when it sucked an ill-

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advised object. It turns out that a plastic golf ball was lodged in the middle of the 12-foot hose (that may have been my fault). Vacuums in our home have feasted regularly on a variety of school related stuff as the kids have advanced from pre-school school to elementary classes. I remember the grinding noises echoing from a ruined vacuum choking on a Crayolacolored popsicle stick. Funny, the same unit had no problem chewing glued macaroni pieces from an early art project. Nowadays, our mighty, new bagless model vacuums erasers, paper clips, rubber bands, tape, tacks, and other school supplies that end up on the floor from careless 3rd- and 6th-graders.

There is one problem with the expensive vacuum: It’s so powerful that it sucks up things the cheaper sweepers won’t (without damage). For instance, it recently destroyed a wired portion of our Wii video game system. Replacing the Wii part added even more to the bottom line of the cost of our vacuum; and yes, there’s a newer, more expensive, Wii on Michael’s Christmas list! But I don’t care. There are three things I’ve learned from vacuum cleaners: 1) Cheap models are a waste of time 2) A really good vacuum makes a happy wife 3) A happy wife makes a happy life — with many anniversaries.

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A good night’s sleep
(BPT) - Is bedtime a struggle? Do your children do everything they can to delay turning the lights out? Do they experience fear and anxiety when you leave the room? These alltoo-common scenarios play out in countless households every evening, leaving Mom and Dad wondering what they can do to help their kids get the sleep they need without a flood of tears. Toddlers need an average of 12 to 14 hours of sleep. But, twothirds of all children younger than 10 experience one or more sleep problems at least three nights a week, according to the National Sleep Foundation. Difficulties range from stalling or resisting going to bed to snoring and sleepwalking. “Kids really need to have that sleep in their bodies to have enough energy to make it through the day, think smart thoughts and grow properly,” says Jennifer Waldburger, a family sleep therapist from Sleepy Planet and consultant for The Jim Henson Company’s Pajanimals children’s series, which airs every night on 24hour preschool television channel Sprout and Saturday mornings on NBC. Establishing a regular bedtime routine is key, says Waldburger, and anyone putting the child to bed must be on that same schedule. “Stay consistent. Make sure you stick to that routine and schedule,” stresses Waldburger. Some simple steps that can be part of a good bedtime routine include: • Quiet, calm play on the floor. Avoid stimulating toys that are noisy or have flashing lights. • Rocking and reading story books. Try making up a story together that feels very calming and relaxing and happy for a child. Sing together or listen to calm music. • Start a favorite ritual, such as saying good night to the stuffed animals or the moon. • Turn on white noise such as a fan. • Offer a transitional object and a brief cuddle before leaving the room. A transitional object is something your child can use to feel safe and comfort himself — such as a small blanket or stuffed animal — and that reminds him of you. It can be especially useful during times of separation, such as at bedtime. To thwart your child’s worries about going to sleep alone, try using a transitional object, such as a small stuffed animal starting around the age of 1. Recognizable objects can help provide a high level of comfort, although what the child ends up choosing is up to him or her. “It’s in kids’ job description to drag, stall, and delay bedtime as much as they possibly can, play with trains a little longer, basically do anything but actually go to sleep,” Waldburger says. “Parents need to be sure kids stick to the plan. They can sing a song about brushing their teeth, putting on PJs, or getting a drink of water. Be lighthearted about it, but it is Mom and Dad’s job to keep things on track and get to bed on time.”

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