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I don’t know when most of us decided that a hand without a cell phone signaled the quickest path to a torturous death. Nevertheless, here we are, clinging to iPhones, BlackBerrys and Nokia slides as though they were 24/7-lifelines. Call it a bold leap of faith, but I’m sure that hearts will still pump if we have to go without calling or texting or surfing for more than a few prepaid phone minutes. Yes, I have a cell phone. So does my daughter. And when I microwaved my previous phone in a tub of popcorn — must I mention that it was an accident? — the only thing that flew faster than the sparks, were my feet to the store for an immediate replacement. Who doesn’t like the convenience, the sense of

Seeking a better human connection
security? The cell phone is a quick way to share news with millions of my best friends. But we need to loosen the white-knuckled grip on our bleeping, beeping plastic so we can reclaim all that we’re giving up to the radio waves. And we can’t blame this on our cell phones; go to the mirror and get a look at the operators. Us. We all know that communicating via phone while driving is killing people. Literally. AT&T’s “Txtng & Drivng … It Can Wait’’ campaign is just one of many efforts targeting carelessness and its lethal implications. A few months ago, stopped at a red light at Rohrerstown Road and Columbia Avenue, I turned to look at the car next to mine. The driver’s forearms were steering the vehicle so her hands

were free to text and smoke simultaneously. I live near Millersville University. Students are so preoccupied with their phones that they frequently step into traffic without looking. Not even the deafening and ominous sound of a World War II air raid siren would ever-so-slightly distract them. Fun in the sun and sand at a New Jersey beach. A high school student who spent a day as a career shadow in my office seized every opportunity to receive and send text messages. I regret that I didn’t reprimand him on the spot for his rude and inappropriate conduct. I won’t repeat that mistake if he comes back looking for a job, or seeking a reference. The ill-mannered behavior doesn’t stop there. Consider the sounds of a “Margaritaville’’ ring tone during a funeral. The dinner guest who brings his phone to the table. How about the woman who texts during a movie, oblivious to the fact that the neon light coming from her lap is distracting people who actually paid to see a film? And — apologies for being so indelicate — I’m sick and tired of talking via phone to people whom I suspect to be seated on their bathroom thrones. Yuk!

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Lynne Zanowski
By Maureen Leader Special Features Writer Fifteen years ago Lynne Zanowski had life all figured out. She had just had her first baby. The maternity leave from her company had ended. Childcare for baby Ben was lined up and she was ready to go back to her job as a sales rep. Yup. It was all neatly figured out. That is until Zanowski’s first day back at work. “I had a meeting where I learned about a new product announcement and a sales trip to Florida. All I could think was ‘I can’t do this,’ ” recalled Zanowski. She considered quitting. That night she sat up with her husband, Peter, making pro and con lists. She quit the next day and “never looked back.” Zanowski says, “Whatever I
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Homemade baby food is a healthy and green option
Infants are commonly introduced to solid foods between 4 and 6 months of age. When preparing for the addition of solid foods to a child’s eating schedule, parents may want to consider the health and environmental benefits of making their own baby food. Commercially made baby foods are relatively safe, convenient and inexpensive. However, homemade baby foods are even more cost-effective and allow parents to regulate the ingredients put into the foods. Individuals concerned about pesticides and other food additives should consider organic foods when making baby foods. These foods are grown and harvested under stringent guidelines. foods requires a few materials: * a food grinder, food mill, or food processor * storage containers * fresh foods Most baby foods are prepared by cooking the food until soft, allowing it to cool and then grinding the food down to a palatable texture depending upon the child’s age. Steaming retains the most nutrients in foods. Parents can also bake, boil or microwave foods. Some fruits, such as bananas, do not need to be cooked before use. Also, use caution with nitratehigh foods, such as carrots, beets, and green beans. These foods should be made in small batches and used quickly. Nitrates can build up in the foods when stored. Freezing foods that are Preparing homemade baby potentially high in nitrates can

alleviate this situation. Young infants should be introduced to one food every 2 to 3 days to check for allergic reactions and tolerance. Once parents have determine which foods a child can tolerate, they can then begin to experiment with food blends the children may enjoy. As a child grows, parents can vary the texture of foods, particularly when children begin to grow teeth. Eventually a child

will want to self-feed finger foods and then parents can simply use foods that come right off of the dinner table. Homemade baby food can be inexpensive. That’s because parents can buy ingredients in bulk and store leftovers for later usage. Also, there are no costs of packaging when making homemade baby food, benefitting the environment by creating less waste and using less energy.

Supporters of homemade baby food say there is another advantage apart from the cost and environmental factors. Some say children who eat the same foods their parents are eating may be less picky eaters as they approach the toddler years. Parents looking to experiment with homemade baby foods can find recipes both online and in books.

Enhance your grilling experience with a spice rub
Marinades and spice rubs can add extra flavor to foods cooked on the grill. Allowing them to penetrate the meat enables the flavors to be even more pronounced. Creating a spice rub is not difficult. In fact, it can be quite enjoyable experimenting with different flavor combinations to find a flavor profile you enjoy the most. Here are some tips to achieve a good spice rub. * Slightly heating the rub mix will make the flavor even more pronounced. * Store your rub mix sealed tightly in a jar or plastic container. Place in a cool, dark place. * Use the rub within 2 months for best flavor. Now that you know how to create your rub, try this recipe to get started.

* Most rubs feature salt as one of the ingredients. Use sea Sweet and Spicy Barbecue salt or Kosher salt in the mix Rub instead of iodized table salt for a better flavor. 1/2 cup brown sugar * Buy whole spices and herbs and chop/grind them yourself for the freshest flavor. If using herbs, be sure they are dried herbs. 3 tablespoons white sugar 2 tablespoons Kosher salt

3 tablespoons fresh, cracked * Be sure to use new spices. pepper Old spices tend to lose their flavor and won’t be as impressive 2 tablespoons paprika in the rub.

1 tablespoon cayenne 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Apply the rub liberally to the Cook on indirect heat. meat and rub in thoroughly on This is also a good rub recipe both sides. for using with a smoker.

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Protecting your privacy when using cell phones
Cellular phones are no longer a luxury for most individuals. In fact, cell phone-only households have surpassed landline-only households in the United States. With so many people using mobile phones, privacy may be a concern. The technical sophistication of cell phones is increasing by leaps and bounds, but it’s important to consider how this technology will impact users’ privacy moving forward. Here are some things to consider. * Because most cell phones now have Web browsing features, advertisers who track Web site visits can obtain cell phone user information. Therefore, targeted advertising can be expected. However, the Federal Trade Commission notes companies must give individuals the option to opt out of targeted marketing. What’s more, companies collecting data about cell phone users through the Web sites they visit or information they fill out on forms must protect that data and only keep it as long as is necessary to fulfill a legitimate business need.

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Children are many things: adventurous, loveable, curious. They’re also quite messy. Many a homeowner who is also a parent has dreamed about an immaculate house — one where there are no dishes piled in the sink and no little fingerprints all over the door to the patio. However, keeping a tidy home with young children around can seem like a pipe dream. But that doesn’t have to be the case. First, parents have to realize that a “clean” house where children reside will be much different from a clean house where there are no children. The definition of clean can vary from home to home. It’s fanciful to expect the home to pass a white-glove test when there are children around. But one can strive to have a neat house that will be acceptable should company drop by. 1. Get everyone in the household involved. Oftentimes, one parent takes on the bulk of the cleaning duties. This can quickly become overwhelming when cleaning up after a family of four. Instead, everyone in the house should have their own responsibilities tailored to their specific ages. A kindergartener can tidy up his room and bring dirty clothes to the laundry hamper. Older children can take out the trash and help load the dishwasher. Even toddlers can be taught to put toys back into a toy chest or bin after use. With everyone pitching in, the tasks will seem less monumental. 2. Organization is the key. A home can quickly become cluttered when there are kids residing inside. That’s because well-meaning relatives tend to over-gift grandchildren and nieces and nephews with the latest and greatest toys. Having nowhere to store these toys can contribute to messes. Designate specific areas for children’s toys, be it in the child’s own bedroom or in a playroom. Purchase bins and other storage devices to house toys and label them. Routinely go through toys with your children to find out which items are seldom used and - continued on page 11

telephone service or any service for which the called party is charged for the call. There also is no 411 directory for cell phone numbers. Therefore, the only people who will be in possession of any cell * Receiving telemarketing phone number are those with calls via your cell phone is still whom users share their number. unlikely, especially through an automated telephone service. * Cell phones are highly However, users must avoid advanced devices, many with sharing their cell phone numbers tracking options included. An with any companies who intend individual’s location can be to sell that information to a pinpointed in real time through telemarketing company. GPS when the phone is on. Previously, phone records would Most telemarketing calls have to be searched to determine made to cell phones are illegal. a user’s location. Users who According to the FTC, it is don’t want to be tracked should unlawful for any person to make keep their phones turned off. any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made * Cell phones are increasingly with express prior consent) being used as the primary method using any automatic telephone of personal communication — dialing system or any artificial even phones issued by employers or prerecorded voice message to for business purposes. There any telephone number assigned is lively debate regarding the to a paging service, mobile legality of bosses being able to

review phone records or text message logs of employees, regardless of whether the call was made for business or personal reasons. Cell phone records may be searchable by police without a warrant in some areas. Keep this in mind when using the phone. * Keep in mind that one of the easiest ways to invade a cell phone user’s privacy is to simply overhear their conversation or view the information on the phone.

Cell phone users often fail to take their location in mind when making calls. In public places it is very easy to overhear personal remarks or sensitive data. Therefore, users who must share personal information should only do so over a secure landline. Protecting privacy while on a mobile phone is growing increasingly difficult. This convenient method of communication should be used gingerly and with caution in mind.

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Day Trippin’ ~ Steaming through time
By Rochelle A. Shenk Special Features Writer There’s a lot of family fun and entertainment right in our own “backyard” with the Strasburg Rail Road. Located just outside of Strasburg, the Strasburg Rail Road celebrated the 175th anniversary of its railroad charter in 2007. The 45-minute train ride departs the East Strasburg station and travels past nearly 1,000acres of farmland, most of which is still plowed by horse and mule. The round-trip to Paradise (Leaman Place) is filled with the chug-chug of the steam engine, train whistles and the sights of Lancaster County farmland and the thrill of riding the rails of history. “We’re very much a familyoriented operation. The main attraction for children and families is the trains,” says Linn Moedinger, president and CMO, Strasburg Rail Road. “There’s a fascination that kids have with steam locomotives — most of the parts are out where you can see them. Plus the train is really big — it’s animated and large.” He adds that the railroad attempts to be as historically accurate as it can. The rail cars are very authentic. “We strive to create an environment that’s fun as well as a reasonable replication of what it was like to have fun or travel about a century ago. When you get in the railcar it looks like it did in 1915,” he explains. The train makes regular stops at Groff’s Picnic Grove, where families can enjoy a picnic lunch (you can pack your own or purchase one at the station before boarding the train). There’s also a small playground. After lunch hop back on the train back to East Strasburg station. There’s also a number of fun “extras”. Children can get off the train and ride the miniature steam train, the Cagney Train, which was built around 1920 and was used at an amusement park. “Kids really have a lot of fun with the Cagney Train. They’ll ride the big train and then run right over to ride the miniature train. Everyone, even adults, likes to ride a miniature train,” Moedinger says. While the steam trains also provide fun for adults, the Cranky Cars are just for kids. Dating back to the 1930s, these hand-propelled cars allow little ones to take control as they crank

Traveling through the Lancaster County countryside by train.

Riding the rails in an open car at SRR.

their way around a track. “I remember riding these in the 1950s in the Black Hills (south Dakota),” Moedinger recalls. Both adults and older children may want to take on the challenge of the vintage pump car — you provide the power when you operate one of the vintage cars (with attendant) along a short track. (Due to safety regulations, passengers must measure 48” to the chin.) Moedinger explains that these authentic 19th century self-propelled cars were used by section gangs to perform maintenance on railroads. Visitors to the Strasburg Rail Road may also tour the restored 1865 Pennsylvania Railroad switch tower. The tower also offers a bird’s-eye view of the approaching trains and the surrounding countryside. For rail enthusiasts or people who just want to know “how does that work”, a behind-the-scenes guided tour of the railroad’s mechanical shop, where trains are built and refurbished, is available. A limited number of tickets are available for each day’s tour, and due to safety regulations, children under the age of five are not permitted on this tour.

Thomas the Train
New this year is the Strasburg Rail Road’s Build-Your-OwnBirthday Package, for children 11 and under. the birthday celebration includes the railroad’s signature 45-minute steam train ride to Paradise, PA and back and a private party room to enjoy gifts, games and party treats. A Strasburg Rail Road attendant helps to keep the fun moving by organizing games and assisting with set-up and clean-up. The basic birthday party package, priced at $10 per child, also

includes a gift for the birthday boy or girl and an announcement on-board the train recognizing the child’s special day. As part of the package, the birthday guests have the chance to meet the train crew, including the engineer and fireman. Families are invited to bring their own cake and snacks or, for an added charge, customize the party experience with food catered by the Strasburg Rail Road.

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A disappointment — but not the clothes
By Maureen Leader Special Features Writer “Go ahead. You can say it. Go ahead. Don’t hold back. It was disappointing.” My friend Pat and I had just seen Sex and the City II. We are huge fans of the series and talk about the characters’ lives from the shows as if they were our girlfriends. We’ve watched the series together, watched the first movie together and now we were just coming out of the theatre after seeing the second movie. And yes, I had to admit it. I was a bit disappointed. Pat and I couldn’t wait to see #2 after seeing the previews. We used to watch the TV series together at each other’s homes. We’d discuss each plot, the clothes, the men, and the shoes. It was so fun. When the first Sex and the City movie came out, it was an event for us. We went together and again discussed the plot, the clothes, the men and the shoes. So when Sex and the City 2 came out, of course we had to go together. The movie starts off two years after Sex and City 1 left off and it stars the original cast members. There is a story line about 52-year-old Samantha’s (Kim Cattrall) menopause. Charlotte (Kristin Davis) is dealing with her daughter’s terrible twos, Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker) deals with the humdrums of marriage, Miranda (Cynthia Nixon) has some career issues. It was a switch for me to have to watch the four deal with everyday life problems. Though they had to deal with the stuff of life in past episodes, the situations in this movie seem particularly mundane. It’s stuff that I have had to actually deal with along with my girlfriends. Pat had a problem with the menopausal story line. “The information was inaccurate,” she said. “All it would have taken was a quick google search to get it right.” I had a problem with Charlotte’s story line. I thought it was trite — especially when she toasts to the moms “…who do it all … without help!!” Oh, come on… Not much time was spent on Miranda’s office woes — more was spent on Carrie having to compete with a new plasma TV for Big’s attention in the second year of their marriage. These are situations we’ve all had to deal with from time to time. But luckily throughout the movie there is plenty of fashion and fantasy to balance that out. The four are able to swing an all expense trip to Abu Dhabi through one of Samantha’s connections. During this part of the movie, the scenery is gorgeous and the fashion is especially over the top. It seemed with every scene there was a clothing change. And each one was better than the last. Now THAT’S the Sex and the City I expect. The film takes kind of a left turn though, when there are several scenes where the ladies clash with the culture of the Middle East. In fact, some of the scenes were quite silly. Imagine Samantha dealing with her menopausal hot flashes in the desert among burka clad women. But after yet another fashionable costume change my “Ugly American” thoughts went away. What I was especially looking forward to was the scene advertised on the previews of Carrie running into her former lover, Aiden (John Corbett.) I have always been on “Team Aiden,” so I was especially anxious to see what would happen. But to be honest, though — without giving too much away — I really would have liked to have seen a little more action… If you are a Sex and the City fan, if you’ve watched the series,

if you’ve seen the first movie, you really have to see number 2 for no other reason than to see how the story continues. And even if you’re not interested in the story do go just to see the clothes!

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Hey Mom, I’m bored!
By Cathy Molitoris Special Features Writer Summer’s here and that means school’s out. That also means you have long days to fill with fun for your children. Check out these ideas to banish the phrase, “Hey Mom, I’m bored” from your house. THE FREEBIE: MOVIES If you’re looking to catch a flick, you have numerous choices throughout Lancaster and it won’t cost you a penny this summer. For those who prefer air conditioning, check out the Family Film Fest at Regal Cinemas, featuring a free Gor PG-rated movie every Tuesday and Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. If you’re looking for something al fresco, Buchanan Park features free movies on Wednesday evenings, hosted by Lancaster Recreation Commission and beginning at dusk. You can also check out free movies in Binns Park downtown on Thursday evenings, as part of the city’s “Dinner and a Movie” series. Many library branches also feature family friendly movies throughout the summer; be sure to check with your local branch. THE DETAILS For a complete listing of movies in Regal Cinema’s Free Family Film Festival, check out http:// www.regmovies.com/nowshowing/ familyfilmfestivalschedule.aspx. For the Lancaster Rec series at Buchanan Park, visit www. lancasterrec.org and click on “special events,” or call 392-2115; and for the list of Binns Park movies, visit http://www.lancastercitiyevents. com/dinner.html. WHAT THE KIDS SAY My children love the movies in Buchanan Park. We’ve gone for years, and they like everything about the experience — from watching the dogs play in the dog park before the game, to playing on the playground, catching lightning bugs and enjoying inexpensive concessions during the film. Thanks to this series, they’ve been able to experience some “classics” from my childhood, including “Space Jam.” WHAT MOM SAYS I love going to the movies, but I don’t love the huge price tag. “Free” is definitely in my budget! Although I love staying cool by staying inside, there’s something magical about watching a movie in a park during a warm summer evening. I love watching my children enjoy the movie as much as I love watching the movie myself. THE STEAL: PROFESSOR HACKER’S LOST TREASURE GOLF AND MAZE Out on Route 30, you can discover hidden treasure lurking in a pirate ship or tucked away in a mountain at Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf and Maze. The miniature golf course features elaborate decoration and a detailed story about Hacker that continues at every hole. You can read about Lancaster County history while playing golf among a beautiful setting on a challenging course. Once you’re done with golf, try the maze, which is much trickier than it looks. THE DETAILS Professor Hacker’s Lost Treasure Golf is located at 2521 Lincoln Highway East, Ronks; phone: 391-8234; on the Web: www. losttreasuregolf.com. Golf ranges from $4 to $8 per game; the maze costs $4.50 for ages 5 through 12 and $5.50 for adults. Combo tickets for golf and the maze are also available. ones from above. THE SPLURGE: BARNSTORMERS BASEBALL Have a ball with your family at a Barnstormers game at Clipper Magazine Stadium. It’s fun to root for the home team while enjoying snacks and activities guaranteed to make you want to return. The entire experience is family friendly, from the game itself to the betweeninning antics of the staff, who keep the crowd entertained. A play area features a playground, a carousel, inflatables to climb on and bumper boats. THE DETAILS Clipper Magazine Stadium is located at 650 N. Prince St. Phone: 509-HITS; on the Web: www. lancasterbarnstormers.com Tickets are $5 to $7 for lawn seating, $10 for box seats and $12 for dugout box seating. Children under 12 who wear an athletic uniform receive a free lawn seat ticket.

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Parenting singlehandedly
Michael C. Upton Special Features Writer & Stay-at-home Dad All of the moms (and dads) out there raising a child, or children (and the craziest of you who are also running a business from home) give yourselves a hand. Really, because sometimes all you have is just one hand. Brushing your teeth, preparing a bottle, writing the intro to a column that just popped into your head, parents quickly learn the art of single handed living. It’s tough. A few months into a child’s life and suddenly one adult arm drastically gains more muscle than the other. Hips seem to sprout some hidden shelving device. Heads are used to shut cabinet doors and it is much easier to kick closed the dishwasher than it is to bend over with a growing baby attached to your side. The biggest help I’ve found is the sibling. Without an ounce of forethought, just for the fun of it, I allowed my 4-year-old to help with (our newest addition) Teagan’s bath time. All she does is rinse off his legs and feet at the end of the bath and turn off the water, but what I found was that when my babysitting sisterin-law gave him a bath Teagan’s sister was full of helpful knowledge about the process. Do we still call them chores? My wife came up with a great chore, or job as we call it, to help putting the clean dishes away. Halli’s job is to put away the clean silverware — ironically, something I detested while growing up.It helps her learn by sorting and organizing. Bravo, mommy! If this is your first foray into the adventures of parenting, the above options do not help one bit. Here are a couple items my wife and I have found essential. Now, I’m not suggesting you stick your kids in these things and go out and fetch the mail, but they sure do make cleaning the kitchen a lot easier. While in the littlest stage, our babies loved the Fisher Price Calming Vibrations chair. Now that Teagan (age seven months) wants to get around the room by any means necessary, we’ve upgraded him to the Evenflo Exersaucer Mega. I wish I had one of these; all the things to play with would have me wishing I had another hand … wait a minute! Suggestions and comments can be sent to Michael at LancDAD@frontier.com . • LancDad Link of the Month: http://www. healthystuff.org/departments/toys/. This site offers a wealth of information about toy safety, including recalls, tips, and toy rankings.

WHAT THE KIDS SAY My girls love baseball, but they only pay slight attention to the game. They’re too busy checking out the activities between innings, watching the action on the jumbo screen, eating the food and playing in the kids area. At the last game we attended, we sat close enough to the field that the girls got to talk to the players before WHAT THE KIDS SAY the game and my youngest got a The pirate ship beckoned to us ball. They also tried the bumper from Route 30 and my girls couldn’t boats that night — and loved them. wait to get on the course. They loved following the mystery Hacker’s WHAT MOM SAYS trying to solve during the course and Barnstormers baseball offers all enjoyed playing through a spooky of the fun of a major-league game cave and onto the ship. without the cost. The stadium has They spent at least 20 minutes a nice small-town feel while still trying to find their way out of the providing fans with a professional maze and wanted to go again as baseball experience. soon as they emerged from the exit. There’s plenty of action both on WHAT MOM SAYS and off the field to hold anyone’s Situated among farmland, the attention, and the price makes miniature golf course features it easy to splurge regularly on fantastic views of Lancaster County. attending a game. The Barnstormers I’d recommend going at dusk, when offer all-you-can-eat tickets for the setting sun provides a picturesque $15 or “5 for $50,” featuring five background. undated ticket vouchers, plus $10 The course is challenging enough in “Barnstormers Bucks” to use for to keep adults interested, but fun food or merchandise. enough to hold a child’s attention Take advantage of that and your as well. The maze features an kids’ two favorite words this summer observation deck for parents, so you just might be, “play ball!” can cheer and encourage your little

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How to keep your daily run healthy — for your feet
(ARA) — Love isn’t the only human experience that may make you wonder, “How can something so good hurt so bad?” You might find yourself asking that question after your morning run, afternoon power walk or other physical activity that demands a lot from your feet. Physical activity like running, brisk walking and playing sports can be great for your body; exercise improves cardiovascular health, burns calories and builds muscle strength. Summer is a great time to stay - or get - active, but you still need to take precautions to ensure your exercise routine is also healthy for your feet. “Let’s face it — we all have a lot riding on our feet, and we demand a great deal from them, especially when we’re engaging in strenuous exercise,” says Dr. Kathleen Stone, president of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA). “Foot health is a key component of overall health and well-being. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to take the right steps toward protecting your feet when you run, jog, power walk or engage in other exercise.” First, be aware of common ailments of the season like athlete’s foot, blisters, nail fungus, foot odor and warts, and the summer foot fixes that can help cure them. Next, take these steps to minimize the risk of injury or other problems when running or exercising: Stretch before and after activity Lactic acid is the chemical by-product of exercise that causes muscles to ache after a workout. Stretching improves your circulation and decreases the buildup of lactic acid; it can also help relieve stiffness and prevent strain. Simple stretches like flexing the hamstrings, stretching calves, Achilles tendons and shins can help ensure your workout is safe. Choose an running shoe The only real expense of running or walking is buying shoes, so it pays to invest in a good pair that will provide the support you need to have a safe, successful workout. appropriate If you’re prone to swollen feet later in the day, try on athletic shoes in the afternoon, when

your feet are most swollen, to ensure a proper fit. Shoes should be stable from side to side, wellcushioned but with enough room to wiggle your toes, and snug to the heel. You can find a list of healthy footwear that carries the APMA’s - continued on page 10

Steps to a healthier, happier you
The weather is warm and the skies are blue. It’s the perfect time to get outside and enjoy the day. It’s also a good time to think about getting healthier. Simply dropping a few pounds can boost your confidence, help you feel better physically and prevent some of the illnesses associated with obesity, such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers. So how do you get on the healthy track? Follow these tips for success. * Make exercise fun. Vary your activities and have a friend * Keep a food diary. A food join you in your exercise routine. diary can make you more aware If exercise is fun, you’re more of what you are consuming on a likely to stick with it. daily basis and where you may need to scale back. Studies have * Indulgences are okay once in indicated that those who write a while. If you deprive yourself down what they eat in a journal of your favorite foods all of the tend to lose more weight than time, you will have a greater those who don’t. craving for them. Therefore, * Modify your diet to include have that dessert or special meal more lean protein, fruits and * Stay hydrated. You should on occasion. Just don’t overdo it vegetables. The goal should aim to drink eight glasses of all of the time. be to eat these foods at every meal. They’re a smart way to fill up without consuming excess calories. Plus, they’re full of the fuel your body needs to be healthy. water per day for optimal health. Drinking water is also a good way to feel full without doing unnecessary snacking.

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Seal of Acceptance on the organization’s website, www. APMA.org. Be aware of the surface The surface you’re running on makes a difference in how hard the activity is on your feet. Hard, uneven ground can lead to stress fractures, or slips and falls. Softer ground is more footfriendly and causes less shock than harder surfaces. If possible, run or walk on grass or dirt paths that are flat, even and well-manicured. Think twice about running in inclement weather. If your feet are wet and cold, the ground will feel harder and you’ll be more prone to slipping.

Listen to your feet It’s not normal to experience pain or changes in the feet and ankles. If you experience foot pain that lasts for more than a few days, see a podiatrist for evaluation. She can tell you if the pain is a minor, passing problem or a symptom of something more serious such as injury or disease. You can find a podiatrist at www. APMA.org. “Summer offers wonderful weather for walking and running outdoors,” Stone says. “With some simple precautions, you can ensure your summer activities remain healthy and enjoyable for your entire body, especially your hardworking feet.”

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The Strasburg Rail Road also hosts a number of special events throughout the year including The Rolling Antique Auto Show and Run (Saturday, July 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), The Great Train Robbery (upcoming dates Sunday, July 25 at 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 23 at 4 p.m.), Trains and Troops (a Veterans Day Celebration in conjunction with the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, on Nov. 6 and 7), Santa’s Paradise Express, and Day Out With Thomas™ (upcoming dates Sept. 1119 and Nov. 19-21). Further information is available at www. StrasburgRailRoad.com. “Thomas is a celebrity — on TV he does all sorts of things. During the Day Out With Thomas, kids have the opportunity to meet Thomas in person, and they see that he’s a useful and sturdy engine. It’s thrilling to watch the reaction of the kids as they meet Thomas,” Moedinger says.

He adds that during the Thomas events there’s a magical atmosphere at the railroad as every half-hour Thomas comes steaming into the station. Everyone here likes trains and railroads, and while we want families to have fun at Thomas, our most important concern is safety of the kids and their families,” he stressed. With all the activities available at the Strasburg Rail Road, a visit can be a day-long event. Those with a passion for railroads may want to venture across the street to the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania to check-out their collection (www. rrmuseumpa.org); combo tickets are available. The Strasburg Rail Road also travels by Cherry Crest Adventure Farm’s corn maze, and combo tickets for the two attractions are also available. For those with a passion for toy trains, the National Toy Train Museum (www.nttmuseum.org) and the Choo Choo Barn (www. choochoobarn.com) are nearby.

ACROSS 1 . Large Jamaican fruit 5. (K) ___ rally (high school event) 8. (K) Pepper mate 1 2. (K) Juicy fruit 1 3. (K) Ginger ___ soda 1 4. “Be it ___ so humble …’’ 1 5. All-inclusive glance 1 7. (K) Have a fancy dinner 1 8. Formerly known as, on society pages 1 9. (K) Prepare to burn rubber 20. (K) Golfer’s helper 21 . Lament 23. (K) Make, as money 25. Diagonal 27. Not even a semipro? 28. (K) Scary sound

31 . Have as a logical consequence 33. (K) Acquire 35. Barely maintain (with “out’’) 36. (K) Clip ___ (horse sound 38. (K) Lies anagram 39. (K) Toy that has its ups and downs 40. “Gorillas in the Mist’’ extra 41 . Fire-related crime 44. (K) Type of pet 46. (K) Storage compartment 49. In ___ of (replacing) 50. Legendary gold-laden land 52. Daybreak, to Keats 53. (K) Beet-colored 54. Morning spread 55. Buck 56. (K) Curved letter 57. Lively spirit

DOWN 1 . Fairy tale preposition 2. Heredity factor 3. Tear jaggedly 4. (K) Angry feeling 5. (K) Make a smooth road 6. (K) Secondsmallest number with two digits 7. (K) Miles ___ hour 8. (K) Roomy car 9. Eager, and then some 1 0. (K) Allow temporary use of 1 1 . (K) Three, in cards 1 6. (K) Miner’s rock 20. (K) Babe’s bed 22. (K) American Olympic team 24. (K) At the highest point of 25. (K) Busy buzzing bug 26. Cuttlefish excretion

27. TV attorney McBeal 28. (K) Sport that is the “national pastime” 29. (K) Engine need 30. (K) Single digit 32. It may open Windows? 34. (K) A little extra for the waiter 37. Quite a lot 39. (K) Not old at all 40. “Many moons ___’’ 41 . Salvation Army collections 42. Lawless outbreak 43. Antitoxin fluids 45. ___-on favorite 47. (K) “What’s the big ___?’’ 48. (K) Twelve, half of the time 50. “Able was I ___ I saw Elba’’ 51 . (K) Spawn of the sea

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was able to find part time positions in those fields. She worked as a Community Health Educator for Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital, where she was involved in public health campaigns for school children. She also worked part time as a Body Pump class instructor at Gold’s Gym in Lancaster. When Ben turned 15 and Mary,14 recently, Zanowski decided to start looking for a fulltime position. But she worried about that empty spot in her resume where she was raising her children. It shook her confidence. But one of her biggest encouragers turned out to be her brother, Jeff Ostrowski, who told her to get out there and create the job she wanted. She listed her years of being a stay at home mom like a regular job. Zanowski tells other moms wanting to return to work to also find their cheerleaders — girlfriends, relatives — whomever. “Moms tend to dismiss their contributions,” said Zanowski. “Let the people closest to you, who are your biggest cheerleaders … who know you best and see the worth that you might not see in yourself, motivate you to be your best.” After listening to her brother, updating her resume, and digging down deep, Zanowski was recently able to land the position of Marketing Director for HARTZ Physical Therapy, a growing physical therapy practice with offices in Lititz and Lancaster. She is very excited. “I’ll be helping in referral relations. I love it — it’s a great fit. This job involves all the things I love: sales and marketing, meeting people. And since HARTZ has a medically adapted gym, Zanowski’s love of physical fitness is also met. Then she added, “It’s my first full time gig in 15 years!” Zanowski has advice for other stay at home mothers wanting to get back into the work force: “If you’ve been an involved mom doing what you do for your kids…wear that like a badge of honor.” Zanowski explains. “Just make sure you stay involved, stay active – and nothing will be lost. Never sell yourself short.” “Motherhood is something to be proud of. It’s hard. If you can do that, you can do anything.”

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do I want to be all in. I want to be the very best that I can be. I knew I wasn’t going to be the best mom and the best employee (at the same time.) And being the best mom was more important.” She added, “But I do admire moms who can do both.” It was a tough transition becoming a one-income family overnight. “Coupons became my best friend,” recalls Zanowski. Sixteen months later, daughter Mary was born and though those toddler years were challenging, Zanowski enjoyed them. Since Zanowski was born and raised in Lancaster, she has many friends and connections here. Many of these friends were also having children and choosing to stay home. They proved to be an important lifeline to Zanowski. “I remember my best friend, Julie, lived in Mt. Joy and Peter and I lived in Millersville. At that time a phone call to her was long distance but that was one expense I was not going to give up!” Julie also had very young children and would call Zanowski and ask, “Ok, how are we going to kill the day?” The two often loaded up the children and walked Park City Mall. When her children started school at St. Leo the Great in Lancaster, Zanowski started volunteering there. That kept her skills sharp and she thought seriously about returning to work. As her children got older she had more time to pursue her interests professionally. One of Zanowski’s passions is health and fitness. And she

Personal time, please. While people-watching at the Lancaster Catholic carnival, a colleague said he was jarred by the numbers of young teenage girls who were fully disconnected from the world around them. They had little interest in each other, not to mention the rides or cotton candy. Not even the boys piqued their interest. They only had eyes for names in their address books. Seventy-five percent of 12to 17-year-olds own cell phones and one in three teens sends more than 100 text messages a day, or 3,000 texts a month. This comes from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which also notes that boys typically send and receive 30 texts a day; for girls the number is 80. Yes, it is a way to communicate. But nothing — nothing — compares to old-fashioned, face-to-face

interaction that requires us to speak in complete sentences and occasionally throw in a guffaw, a tear or a hug. If there’s a phone out there that does all of that, we’re doomed. Sadly, we increasingly sacrifice opportunities to be in the moment with people who mean the most to us. I value all that my cell phone provides, but it can’t fully engage me. It can’t give me a high-five. It can’t sufficiently tell me off if I deserve it, or even if I don’t. I can’t reach for its hand, or see a human reaction when I tell a joke or share a problem. I’m seeking satisfying connections. And I think I’m more likely to find them with a friend over a shared pot of coffee at the kitchen table. Won’t you join us?

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Barbara Hough Roda is mom to Faith and managing editor of the Sunday News. E-mail her at broda@lnpnews.com and check out her blog at LancMoms.com.

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Zanowski has five brothers. She is the fifth out of the six siblings. Her favorite food: “A good plate of nachos.” The best place to get those nachos? Tobias Frogg in Lancaster. Other favorite food – Swedish fish. Zanowski’s secret on how to look so fit and trim while eating nachos and Swedish fish: “I am lucky. I do eat well the vast majority of the time and I do exercise.” Zanowski is not an animal person. Zanowski has been married to her husband, Peter for 17 years. Peter nominated her to be Mom of the Month. Given the choice between the stairs and the elevator, Zanowski will always take the stairs. When Zanowski gets nervous or stressed she laughs. She admits also to have “church giggles” and once started laughing during a funeral. Zanowski says, “I’m average with household stuff. I’m not Martha Stewart.”

close attention to the guest bathroom. Just don’t forget to may be given away or thrown take the time to straighten up out. thoroughly when time allows.

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3. Establish a “no shoes” 5. Institute rainy day cleaning rule indoors. Who day. When the weather hasn’t had their uncooperative, Set aside is the perfect time this freshly cleaned is for kitchen floor or a day once everyone to tackle living room carpet in a while to individual messes in the muddied up by a in-depth house. child who tracks do Perhaps Mom can dirt inside from the cleaning. gain control over the yard? laundry situation. Dad Put benches can organize the mail or mats by every door and drawer or home-office area. The establish the rule that everyone children can put away toys and must remove their shoes before straighten up their rooms. walking inside. This can Setting aside a day once in dramatically cut down on stains a while to do in-depth cleaning and sloppy messes. with few distractions can tame 4. There’s no shame in shortcuts. If company is coming over and there’s limited time to clean, keep a few baskets on hand for a quick clean-up. Toss items that are misplaced inside the baskets and store in a closet; items can be returned to their correct rooms later. Dust and vacuum the rooms that will be occupied, and pay clutter quickly.

6. Parents must be realistic. There’s no way children will be sterile, spotless individuals. Being a child comes with its share of messes. P ick battles wisely so that time isn’t spent getting angry about clutter but rather enjoying time as a family.

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