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Author Archives: Leslie Penkunas

Defying the Odds: Succeeding academically while battling hydrocephalus (access required)

My son Drake has a neurological condition called hydrocephalus. He has had 17 brain surgeries to date. At the starting line of my his educational journey, I knew there would be some pit stops that would energize his success and others that would require pulling off the road and analyzing the way forward. Hydrocephalus — the buildup of fluid in ...

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An alternative to sexy Halloween costumes (access required)

Even for girls attempting to be a policeman, a firefighter, an animal, a witch or some other nonsexual entity, they’ll find many store-bought costumes have been made to look vampy by cinching in the waist, and making it low-cut and super short. Continue reading.

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Fun, Halloween-themed activities for the final week of October 2018 (access required)

This final week before Halloween is filled with special events and activities offering lots of spooky fun, both in our area and in our neighboring cities, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Here’s a rundown: Thursday, Oct. 25 “Shock the Block” Trick-or-Treat Night 201 Rock Lititz Blvd., Lititz 5:30-8 p.m. Companies in Pod 2 at Rock Lititz use their world-renowned creativity and special ...

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2018 Gift Guide Giveaway, Day 12: Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin’ Monkeys (access required)

The 100-piece Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin’ Monkeys set from Learning Resources pairs fun monkey figures with all of the interactive Gears! parts needed to build them a moving jungle playground. (Ages 4+, $49.99,

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2018 Gift Guide Giveaway, Day 11: Shadows in the Forest (access required)

Shadows in the Forest is immersive play experience that brings a distinctive twist to game night – you play in the dark! Winner of a Techlicious Best of Toy Fair, National Parenting Award and more. (Ages 8+, $24.99, Target)

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2018 Gift Guide Giveaway, Day 11: Kingdomino Age of Giants (access required)

Kingdomino Age of Giants is a new release from Blue Orange following the huge success of Kingdomino in 2017. This game features a domino dispenser tower and allows a fifth player to join. (Ages 8+, $19.99,

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