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Children aren’t the only ones looking forward to new toys this Christmas.
F&M College is requesting gently used play things for their monkeys who live in the on-campus Vivarium. Turns out, monkeys can get board with their toy box selections too. (You’ll remember that the next time you lovingly call your tot a “little monkey.) The monkeys need toys without batteries. And, no stuffed animals.
Worry not … these monkeys are treated with care and respect. The Vivarium is a behavioral (non-invasive) facility where the monkeys help teach the students to become the researchers, conservationists, behaviorists, zookeepers, and vets of tomorrow.
If you are interested in donating toys, please contact Lillian Basom at lillian.basom @ fandm.edu (no space before or after the “@” in the email address.)
By Ann Fulton, Fountain Avenue Kitchen
By mid-December each year, I promise myself that I will start my Christmas shopping earlier the next time around, and sure enough, the following December I have procrastinated again.
Don’t get me wrong; I love the holidays. But finding the right gifts for the special people in our lives can be a challenge.
Enter the gift of food. What thoughtful neighbor or hard-to-buy-for friend wouldn’t relish a break from weeknight cooking, especially during the holidays? Teachers, coaches and friends might also enjoy a homemade cookie mix, which can be easily prepared after the deluge of Christmas cookies has evaporated.
Packaged in a reusable Mason jar, the following two recipes are sure to delight any recipient, yet they need not be reserved solely for gift-giving. The ease and taste may make them year-round favorites in your house, too.
SLOW COOKER SPAGHETTI SAUCE
Yield: 3 quarts
Packaged in quart-size Mason jars, this hearty and healthy sauce needs only a bow to become the perfect gift. This recipe will fill three 32-ounce containers. To make the gift into a complete dinner, consider including a box of pasta and a baguette or some crusty rolls.
By Kara Newhouse, Staff Writer
While many parents were surprised by the explicit sexual content of Twitter crush pages revealed in a Lancaster Newspapers article Thursday, the offensiveness of the accounts wasn’t new to high schoolers.
“It’s really demeaning,” Penn Manor sophomore Jess Kreider said of comments on the Penn Manor Crushes Twitter pages.
The crush pages are public Twitter accounts where students anonymously post comments about their attraction to or sexual fantasies about classmates. The tweets often use full names and graphic descriptions.
More than one Penn Manor Crushes account was deactivated after the news article ran Thursday, but similar accounts for other Lancaster County schools were not.
In interviews with young people at Prince Street Cafe and Park City Mall on Friday, most teenagers said they’d seen their peers cross lines they wouldn’t on social media.
“It’s mind-boggling” what people post online, said Penn Manor freshman Kayla Coombs.
Coombs said she hadn’t posted on Penn Manor Crushes but viewed the page last year to see if her friends were mentioned.
A group of home-school students said they didn’t know about the Twitter crush pages based around public schools but had seen a similar, more benign page for a church.
By Maureen Leader, special features writer
“I don’t know how I do it, “says Lauren Pratt, December’s Mom of the Month. “I just keep going, going, going…. I just want to make sure my kids have everything they need.”
And that’s exactly what Lauren does. She works hard, and she is busy. She and her husband, Angelo, are parents to seven-year-old daughter, Daryl, and their three-year- old son, Amori. Lauren and Angelo both work full time. She is an addictions counselor, and he is a manager at a local food company.
Having both parents working full-time is a challenge for any family, but for the Pratts their schedules are opposite, so that adds even more to their days. But Lauren says after a full work day of seeing her patients, she is happy to begin the true joy of her day: being with her children. “That’s where my fulfillment is,” she says. “My life revolves around my kids.”
Do you know what your teen is doing on twitter? High school crush accounts deal in sexual fantasies.
By SUSAN BALDRIGE and GIL SMART
Oh, how sweet. High school crushes.
Except the Twitter pages detailing these “crushes” from Lancaster County high school students, including those in Penn Manor, Lampeter-Strasburg, Garden Spot, Columbia, Donegal and others, are anything but sweet.
Instead, the public Twitter accounts are places where students anonymously post their often vulgar attraction to one another and describe sexual fantasies, using full names and graphic descriptions.
The sites also allow students to make fun of others in their school, essentially bullying them online.
“Make your secrets naughty or keep ‘em nice. Post them here:askfm/PennManorcrush,” the site, which seems by far to be the most explicit, instructs tweeters.
And they do. And it’s not for the faint of heart, especially parents, teachers or school administrators.
“I would do anything if I could get some (oral sex) from (full first and last name of Penn Manor girl)”
“(Student’s name) is still a virgin? I would totally break her in.”
“I would have a three way with them (name) brothers. yum they are so hot.”
Several clothing boutiques in Lititz will help to raise funds for those in need this holiday season with a Holiday Luncheon and Fashion show, to be held on Friday, December 13th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by Lititz Women of Today, the event will take place at General Sutter’s Inn, where guests will be served a multi-course meal in the grand ballroom. The fashion show will feature clothing by Shaub’s, Sonnie’s Secret and Tiger’s Eye, all located in Lititz.
Tickets are $30 and should be purchased in advance by December 7th by calling 717-449-3934 or email@example.com.
by Andrea E. Stoner Leaman
OK, ready? Today we’re repurposing candy.
This is going to read like an April Fool’s joke, but it’s just plain thrifty, creative sense.
Last year we were given a gingerbread house kit. I can see the appeal … lots of packs of bright hard candies, ready icing, etc. But the fact is most of what you need for a gingerbread house is already in your home.
First: Scrap the gingerbread, obviously. Yes, yes the smell would be nice, but let’s get real; there’s other things on the “to do” list. Look no further than the stale pack of Graham Crackers left over from summer s’mores. Walls and roof, check. It’s not like someone is going to actually eat this—it’s a craft with “food.”
Next: Sure you can buy candy to decorate the house, but you’ve already got free candy courtesy of a little holiday called Halloween. You know how it shakes down: The Halloween Haul is 65% yum and 35% gross. First everyone chomps what they like: The kids guzzling the Nerds and Pixie Stix, and you stealing the mini-Hershey’s and Almond Joys. Then what has fallen to the bottom is the Tootsie Rolls, three colors of Laffy Taffys, and the weird rainbow Twizzlers.
… peace, happiness, family and and a nice hot meal for my kiddos. – Tabitha
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… and one bonus ‘present’ for yearlong enjoyment and family memories.
By Dr. Pia Fenimore
Last year, I wrote a column about what NOT to buy your child for Christmas. As I look at that again I stand by those comments — but I do agree with my children, who then referred to me as The Grinch.
In an effort to redeem myself I would like to give you my list of the best presents for your kids (or at least the ones most pediatricians like).
A bike: Beginning at age 3, a child can learn to pedal. From then on, a bike is a great source of balance training, exercise and, most of all, independence. Loosen the reins slowly by allowing only sidewalk or driveway riding at first, and then move to the street with care. Please, no motors, and insist on a helmet no matter the child’s age.
by Paula Wolf, staff writer
This Thanksgiving, like every other, Lancaster County residents are giving thanks for blessings big and small.
But three local families are among those with special reasons to mark the holiday:
Joe and Michelle Rondinelli are thrilled to see their year-old triplets continue to grow and thrive after beginning life in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Lacey Snader feels lucky that her husband, Tyson, is still alive after a diving accident left him paralyzed and facing a long road of rehabilitation.
And while Sue Vandegriff continues to mourn the loss of her 21-year-old daughter, Jessica, that void is partially filled with the knowledge that one of her corneas is helping a young Connecticut boy to to see.
Thrice as nice
After trying for years to have a child, Joe and Michelle Rondinelli adopted an adorable baby girl 2 1/2 years ago and named her Sophia.
“We were in the delivery room when she was born,” Joe said. “It was pretty amazing.”
The Rondinellis, who’ve been married almost 12 years, then decided to make one more attempt at pregnancy through in-vitro fertilization.