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Roads to Freedom ADA Photo Contest
By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz

It's said a photo is worth a thousand words, however, photos submitted for the ongoing ADA in Action Photo Contest are worth more than words; they're images that showcase freedom and independency for the disabled everyday of the year thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA.)
The photo contest is to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ADA being signed into law and to showcase how that law has evolved and changed the lives of millions across America to maintain equality when it comes to independence in the workplace, housing or simply buying groceries.
The contest is sponsored by Roads to Freedom: Center for Independent living of North Central Pa., a vital asset for the greater Williamsport area providing a wealth of resources and services to the disabled.
"We hope the photo contest will help bring awareness to the community about the 25th anniversary of the ADA and how important that act is and how it helps people with a disability be more independent," said Misty Dion, Executive Director for the organization located at 24 East 3rd St. downtown Williamsport.
The photo contest started May 1 and will end June 30. Winners will be announced at the organization's open house July 16. The theme of the contest is to capture an image of someone with a disability who benefits from the Americans with Disabilities Act involved in one of following aspects of daily life, employment, state and local government, telecommunications and public accommodations.
First place is $100 Visa gift card, while second place is a $50 Visa gift card.
Dion provided a few examples that would be appropriate such as an individual using an automated door or an office worker in a wheel chair utilizing a lower, more accessible desk at work.
Other ideas could feature individuals utilizing access lifts on buses, curb cuts on sidewalks, using brail menus or to identify wording on informative signs, like names of departments in an office or operating an ATM.
While these examples might seem trivial to a person with sight or proper mobility, imagine being in a wheelchair and not being able to enter a business or office because the doors are too heavy to push or a fast-food joint for lunch.
"The photo contest will help people understand the barriers people with disabilities often face and see how the ADA has been so important. We encourage everyone to take part in the contest and attend our July 16th open house."
For more information on the ADA in Action photo contact visit www.cilncp.org.

Elevating Your Jeans and T-shirt Look
By Bernadette Ulsamer

Jeans and T-shirts are an American casual classic, the epitome of laidback ease, and most people’s weekend uniform. How many times have you thought, “Gosh, I can’t wait to get home throw on jeans and a tee?” Countless, I bet. I know after a long day at work I change as soon as I get home. This is also a throwback to my elementary school days when I had to change out of my plaid jumper and put on my “outside clothes” before I could play. Old habits die hard.
Regardless of why you reach for those trusty jeans and perfectly-faded t-shirt they don’t have to just be your “around-the-house/outside clothes”. Those same jeans and tee can also be styled for going out, for work on a casual Friday, for date night, or really any occasion where you want to be comfortable and put-together.
First, assess the current state of your favorite pair of jeans. Are they faded, ripped, distressed, and/or straight-up missing a back pocket? There’s the worn-in look, and then there are jeans that aren’t fit for public consumption. If your go-to pair is the latter, they are best left for around-the-house wear only. Same goes for T-shirts, holes, rips, stains – any and all of the above should be left at home. Once you have presentable options picked out then you can start playing around with accessories and proportions.
Dressier accessories like a designer bag or pair of pumps are great to mix in with jeans and T-shirts. Pairing formal items with casual apparel is a fun style trick and gives your basic denim and cotton a fashionable boost. This also works with jewelry, anything that sparkles, be it diamond studs or a gold tennis bracelet, raises the sartorial bar when worn with your weekend attire. And don’t be afraid to experiment with accessories. Think of you jeans and tee as a blank canvas with the accessories as bursts of color and try out new ways of wearing standard add-ons. For example, your favorite scarf can also be worn as a headband! And don’t forget the power of a belt, which can add texture, and make a jeans and tee combo feel a bit more polished.
Experimenting doesn’t stop at accessories, to make your basics feel more stylish pull few switch-a-roos. Trade the plain white tee for a striped version. Swap out your standard blue jeans for a pair in a bright color, or a stunning white option. If you opt for white jeans go for a slightly baggier pair to avoid any figure-focused hang-ups. This trick can also apply to fabric. Replace that cotton V-neck with a silkier style and change up your standard skinnies for a faux-leather pair. Mix and match to find the right combination of patterns, colors, and material to suite the occasion. But, be careful, leather jeans and a bright tee may not be the most appropriate for work, but is great for going out.
In terms of proportions it’s all about finding balance. Tighter, high-waisted jeans are best paired with a looser T-shirt. A fitted and/or cropped tee is best worn with flared, or boyfriend-style jeans. It’s all about finding the right combination/silhouette for you. A flattering outfit, regardless of whether it’s a jeans and a tee, or an ultra-conservative suit, always looks best when it fits and is well balanced to your body.
Once you have your fit and accessories set consider adding a third piece, which is a great outfitting trick all around. The jeans and shirt are pieces 1 and 2. The #3 piece will finish off the look, be it a blazer, a jacket, or even a button-down shirt tied in a front knot. A great summer-time third piece is a lightweight knit! This will not only adds polish to an outfit, it’ll also serve as an extra layer of warmth for blasting air conditioners.
Overall, the key to elevating at-home tee and jeans comfort it to make sure it’s not sloppy. Slouchy is fine, especially for some easy breezy chic, but sloppy should be avoided at all costs. So, keep things presentable have fun with accessories, and enjoy freeing your jeans and t-shirts from the Saturday chore list and let them have some fun out on the town!

The Bookworm Sez
By Terri Schlichenmeyer

“Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” by Cynthia Barnett
c.2015, Crown
$25.00 / $29.95 Canada
368 pages

The kids were unbelievably disappointed.
There isn’t much you could do, though, when a long-anticipated event gets rained out. You can rant and shake your fist at the sky but you know that’s energy wasted. The best you can do is rent a movie, re-schedule your event – and read “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” by Cynthia Barnett.
Eons ago, just after Earth became more than a bit of debris flung off in the birth of the sun, water vapor got trapped in our planet’s atmosphere. Eventually, Earth’s surface cooled enough that that moisture poured down and it rained for years. That’s a good thing: without it, there would be no life here.
Early civilizations came and went with the rains. Humans moved from forest to savannah and picked up hoes, tamed livestock, and built boats. They created gods to explain where rain comes from and who ruled lightning, and just about every culture passed down a cataclysmic flood story.
Centuries ago, people learned to harness and save water, yet they could do little but dance or pray for rain to fall in times of draught. In the early 1400s, King Sejong the Great of Korea understood how to measure what fell. In the late 1500s, witches were blamed for dry spells; barometers were invented a hundred years later, and a fad for weather-watching captivated America and Europe.
By 1802, clouds were named by a man whose father thought weather prediction was folly; later that century, rainmakers were paid fortunes to make clouds form over dry fields. Today, even though we have modern methods of predicting rain and there are thousands of local precipitation reporters around the world, meteorologists sometimes still miss storms and showers.
Even if we could tell where it was going to come down (or not), there are things about rain we tend to overlook. Doodlers get raindrop shapes all wrong, for instance. We ignore that rain has changed elections, societies, and wars. We mightn’t understand that pruny-wet fingers could be an ancient rain adaptation, or that “raining cats and dogs” isn’t what other cultures say. And we may not know that the rain falling on our faces today may have wet the faces of our most ancient ancestors.
Maybe because it’s as refreshing as its title, or maybe because it reminded me of spring, but “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” made me very happy.
That stuff that falls from the sky isn’t strictly what this book is all about, though. Author Cynthia Barnett also touches upon history, biology, Earth science, global warming, and all kinds of tiny facets of culture. We’re sprinkled with delightful surprises, as well as terrifying tales of draughts and floods, then introduced to majesty on one page and destruction two pages later. That, for sure, is not all wet.
This book practically screams for weather fans to own it. It’s filled with fascinating knowledge, no matter where you live. Whether your pray for precipitation or curse it, “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” is awash with goodness.

by Buffy Basile

Every year I am astonished at the amount of money we spend on hanging plants, flowers to pot for the deck and even more to line the driveway and accent the curbside appeal of our home.
All because we love the feel of blooming flowers. It represents summer and who doesn’t want to enjoy their coffee in the secret garden. What does this have to do with personal growth? Someone pretty committed to the growth of the greenery we purchase from local markets is putting a tremendous amount of time in to the upkeep to ensure the success of their growth. It requires a loving touch and continued maintenance to ensure the growth cycle reaches its peak mid-season.
Have you ever thought of life in the same way? Who tends to your growth and presentation, and I do not mean aesthetically, I am talking about how you show up every day for your family. Or is someone else watering the seeds of your life? Are daycare providers and teachers the only people reading to your children or answering the questions that will establish their value system?
Your family is your garden. Water it with love, conversations and memories. Maintain it by allowing everyone to have a voice and ensure its growth by never judging one another. Finally, the goal is to make sure they come back year after year. Sow your seeds of wisdom over the years you have them with you and they will always come back.
Buffy is the owner of Epic Fitness

Homemade Bubbles and Bubble Blower

Materials Needed for Bubbles: 
• 1/2 cup Dish soap 
• 1 1/2 cups Water 
• 2 teaspoons Sugar 
• Medium sized mixing bowl or cup 
• Spoon 
• Sealed container (jar with lid) 

Materials Needed for Bubble Blower: 
• 1 Drinking straw
• 1 six-pack soda holder plastic thing (the six ring things that go around the soda cans) 
• Scotch tape 
• Bowl or pan (to pour bubbles into) 
• Scissors, optional

Instructions for Bubbles: 
• Mix all 3 ingredients together. Don't stir or shake too much.
• Store in a sealed container. Lasts forever

Instructions for the Bubble Blower: 
• Tape the holder to the straw.
• Pour bubbles into bowl or pan.
• Dip into bubbles and twirl around. Makes LOTS of BIG bubbles.

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