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Vol. 10 No. 9

And the Winner (Still) Is … Outgoing Idol Reflects on Yearlong ‘Reign’ By Lori Van Ingen Newly named 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Vickie Kissinger thought it had to be a prank call on her voicemail. Someone claiming to be a producer from NBC wanted her to return the call. But it was no joke. NBC had seen a clip of Kissinger at the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition and sought her out for their new reality show, The Winner Is ... Over a period of five days, Kissinger passed auditions and interviews for the new show, which features the pairing of six contestants or groups of all ages who perform a song of their choice and let 101 voters decide who did better and would go on to compete for a chance to win $1 million. “They wanted a diverse age group,” Kissinger said. But after getting the green light from each of her interviewers, Kissinger declined to be part of the new television series because her first grandson was due at the same time the show was taping. “That was the hitch. It was just not good timing,” Kissinger said. “But it was thrilling. It was very flattering that NBC sought me out.” Besides the call from NBC and her new grandson, Kissinger said this past year since winning the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL has been “fantastic.” Kissinger has been kept busy with a move to downsize her home and with please see WINNER page 15 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Vickie Kissinger performing at the Northern Lancaster County 50plus EXPO in Lititz in April.

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The Squint-Eyed Senior

Footnotes to the Family History Theodore Rickard

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ike a lot of us, my ancestors arrived in this country on the dead run. One set of forebears fled the press gangs; the other, starvation. None of my ancestors ever looked back with anything like nostalgia. As far as they were concerned, it was “good riddance” to the Old Country and the quaint customs of impressment, bonded servitude, and nothing to eat. Today, despite the allure of colorful illustrations in slick-paper travel brochures and the security of now being several generations removed from the terror of it, I still have no desire to seek my “roots.” I feel no inner tug of tribal instinct to go clink frosty beer mugs with the happy peasants of the Rhineland, nor to link arms in bouncy step dance across the shamrocks of the village green with applecheeked maidens in elfin-quaint little villages. I’m not carrying a grudge about it, but neither would I go out of my way to visit the scene where Lord What’s-His-Name did the evicting or the derelict castle of a

long-forgotten elector of the Palatinate whose henchmen did the round-up. Somebody must have told one of my ancestors to “get over it”—and he did just that. Somehow I can find a secret satisfaction in being the descendent of refugees who were nobodies, especially since we’ve pretty well remained nobodies. We’ve been schoolteachers, blacksmiths, farmers, lawyers, salesmen, clerks—the kind of people everybody else is. We boast no members of the U.S. Senate, no heroic Confederate generals on horseback, no millionaire entrepreneurs, no inspired preachers, nor people of any particular genius or distinction. Taking this as OK, I’m not being perverse, just comfortable. If I had an ancestor who had once homesteaded a square block of what is now downtown Chicago, I couldn’t help being resentful every time I visited State Street, especially knowing that the same ancestor would undoubtedly have sold off the property when he found it too swampy to grow potatoes. The past could

readily overwhelm me with a sense of entitlement, and I’d probably end up shoplifting—and get arrested for it. Or what if a great-grandparent had actually led the charge at Gettysburg—on whichever side? Would this have affected me when it was my turn as a warrior? I became known as the champion deepfoxhole digger. This lacks the panache of sword-waving while astride a white charger, but it sure worked well for me. On the plus side, if we had any ancestral major criminals, we don’t know about them, either. Entwined in the family tree, there were any number of things that “we don’t talk about,” and I think they were pretty much the same things in everybody else’s family, too. There were no ax murderers, train robbers, etc.—at least as far as I know, but it’s hard to be certain. Some things didn’t get talked about at all—not even in the tree house in the empty lot behind Mullins Hardware Store. About as close as we came to notoriety in our family was a cousin who, I believe, was my mother’s cousin only by marriage, which would hardly seem to count. Out

of the blue, Cousin Matthew phoned one day from a downtown hotel and invited my mother and father to join him for dinner. At first, he grandly included us kids, but Mother graciously declined for us since it was obvious that Matthew didn’t know how many of us there were. Even overhearing only half the telephone conversation, it was obvious that Cousin Matthew did not insist, and I began to wish most heartily that I were an only child. I never did meet this shirttail cousin face to face. Several years later, he was caught up in some sort of problem with the account books where he worked, which got him fired, and this made me feel a lot better about the whole dinnerinvitation thing. Anyway, cousin-by-marriage Matthew is one of those people who, to this day, we don’t talk about. Not in my family, we don’t. A collection of Ted Rickard’s family-fun essays is titled Anything Worth Knowing I Learned from the Grandkids. It is now available in paperback on Amazon.com.

Delayed Retirement: Are There Some Advantages? The prospect of more and more baby boomers delaying retirement may be a good thing for the U.S. economy, according to the Fiscal Times website. In 2013, 18 percent of the over-65 population of the U.S. were still on the

job, up from 11 percent in 1993; a 2008 study of 50-and-older retirees who had returned to the workplace found that 54 percent worked full time, and 19 percent put in more than 41 hours a week.

Among the potential economic advantages:

• Lower government expenditures, as workers delay taking Social Security past traditional retirement age

• Increased tax revenue, with positive (though small) effects on the nation’s deficit

• More talent in the workforce, since the aging U.S. population means fewer young people are available for jobs

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Volunteer Spotlight Sisters Serve with a Smile This month’s volunteer spotlight features three smiling ambassadors of Tel Hai Retirement Community’s Volunteer Services Department: Joan Miller, Joy Pepperday, and Gayle McCloskey. Growing up, they were known as the “Phillips sisters.” Their family, which included seven girls and one boy, lived on a farm in Osceola Mills, west of State College, Pa. The strong faith and values that grew out of their close and loving family are evident in their lives today. Their

commitment to service continues on Tel Hai’s campus after decades of hard work—being employed outside their homes, raising families, and serving their churches. “What can we do?” is their

response in all situations — as active and caring parents, grandparents, and now greatgrandparents — and includes participation in campus activities, too. They have been smiling greeters

From left, sisters Gayle McCloskey, Joan Miller, and Joy Pepperday.

and guides, have welcomed guests into their homes on tours, beautified the campus with their green thumbs and efforts on the flower garden committee, and baked up homemade treats to add their special touch to community gatherings. Joan also makes “friendly visits” to residents in the healthcare center on campus. All three women continue to brighten everyone’s day with their warm smiles and welcoming ways.

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Music Therapy for Alzheimer’s Patients Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about music therapy for Alzheimer’s patients? I’m helping my dad take care of my 80year-old mother, who has mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease, and thought it might be something worth trying. How do we proceed? – Unmusical Mary Dear Mary, Music has amazing power, especially for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown that listening to familiar music can significantly improve mood and alertness, reduce agitation, and can help with a number of behavioral issues that are common in the middle stages of the disease. Even in the late stages of Alzheimer’s, a person may be able to tap a beat or sing lyrics to a song from childhood. Sitting and listening to music together can also provide a way for you and your dad to connect and bond with your mom, even after she stops recognizing your names and faces. Here are a few tips to help you create a music therapy program for your mom. Create a Playlist Your first step is to identify the music that’s familiar and enjoyable to your mom. Does she like jazz, classical, or Frank Sinatra? What songs make her want to get up and dance? Then go back to the era when she was a teenager through her early 20s. Research shows that music during this time period seems to get the best response and triggers the most memories.

If you need some help creating a playlist, the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (www.music therapy.imnf.org) provides a suggested list of top songs by era and genre on its website. Click on “Outpatient Services” and then on “Top 10s for Memory.” The website Pandora (www.pandora.com) will also tailor a radio station to match your mom’s musical taste when you select an

artist, song, or genre. And Music & Memory (www.musicandmemory.org) offers a free guide to creating a personalized playlist. You can also get help from a music therapist. The American Music Therapy Association (www.musictherapy.org) offers a national directory of more than 6,000 therapists to help you find someone in your area. To keep things fresh, it’s best to create a diverse playlist of numerous artists, with no more than five to 10 songs per artist. It’s also important to keep tweaking their playlist. Every week or so, ask your mom which songs she likes and which ones are just soso. Remove the so-so ones, and build on the successful ones so you end up with 100 or 200 songs that all resonate.

Music Delivery There are a number of ways you can deliver your mom’s favorite music: a digital listening device, a CD player, a computer or tablet, or even an old record player. If you don’t have any music and are on a tight budget, check with your local public library. It may have CD selections you can check out. Digital listening devices like an iPod or MP3 player are the most convenient and widely used options among music therapists for delivering music because it’s easy to add and remove songs. The Apple iPod Shuffle (www.apple.com/ipod-shuffle) and SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player (www.sandisk.com), which require headphones, and the Peapod SweetPea3 MP3 Player (www.sweetpeatoyco.com), which has an external speaker, are three excellent devices that are extremely simple to use and very affordable. Another option to consider for listening to music together is through an Internet radio service like Spotify (www.spotify.com) and Rhapsody (www.rhapsody.com). These services will let you create a customized playlist (for free or a small monthly subscription fee) that your mom and you can listen to via computer, mobile device, home entertainment system, or a home Internet radio like the Logitech UE Smart Radio (ue.logitech.com), which is a great alternative that’s simple to use and compatible with most online radio services. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org

Volunteer Opportunity for ESL Tutors The Volunteer English Program in Chester County will sponsor a three-session, nine-hour training workshop for those who wish to tutor English as a second language

to an adult immigrant or refugee. The workshop will be held at Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 S. New St., West Chester, on Thursday, Sept. 12; Monday, Sept.

16; and Thursday, Sept. 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. For more information or to register, call (610) 918-8222 or visit www.volunteerenglish.org. www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com


Resident Celebrates 105th Birthday Joseph Garramone was the well-deserved center of attention on June 26 when more than 50 residents of Chatham Healthcare in West Grove and staff gathered to wish him a happy 105th birthday. A resident of Chatham Healthcare for almost three years, Garramone enjoys his age and the celebrity it makes him. He has received commendations from the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and the Chester County Department of Aging Services. Garramone continues to be active with his care and gets around independently with a wheeled walker. He was born in Philadelphia in 1908 to Roco and Fanny Garramone and lived there most of his life. He attended Saint Theresa School and then took up

barbering as an occupation. Garramone worked as a barber for 75 years before retiring at age 95. He married his sweetheart, Lucy, and they had three children. At present he has one grandson, Joseph the third, and a greatgranddaughter who live in Hawaii and keep in touch with him regularly by phone and letters. Garramone answered a few interview questions: What advice would you give to young people today? “Never get arrested.” To what do you attribute your longevity? “No sugar, salt, or black pepper” and “bowel care.” What are you looking forward to for your future? “Being 106!”

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Hailing from Central Pennsylvania, the Keystone Diggers volleyball team earned the bronze medal at the National Senior Games volleyball competition in Cleveland, Ohio, in August, despite a knee injury to a setter in the second day of competition. They placed third out of 11 teams, and they were the only team to take a game from Texas’s team, which won the silver medal. The gold-medal-winning team from Colorado was undefeated. www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com

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Calendar of Events

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Support Groups

Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Wellness Community of Philadelphia: Support Group for People with Cancer The Cancer Center at Paoli Hospital 255 W. Lancaster Ave., Paoli (215) 879-7733 Sept. 3, 2 p.m. Grief Support Group Phoenixville Senior Center 153 Church St., Phoenixville (610) 327-7216 Sept. 3 and 17, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Bereavement Support Group Main Line Unitarian Church 816 S. Valley Forge Road, Devon (610) 585-6604 phoenixbereavement@yahoo.com Nondenominational; all are welcome.

Sept. 4, 6 p.m. Memory Loss and Dementia Support Group Sunrise Assisted Living of Paoli 324 W. Lancaster Ave., Malvern (610) 251-9994

Sept. 17, 6 p.m. Family Caregiver Support Group Sunrise of Westtown 501 Skiles Blvd., West Chester (610) 399-4464

Sept. 9 and 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Adult Care of Chester County 201 Sharp Lane, Exton (610) 363-8044

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Sept. 11, noon Family Caregiver Support Group Sarah Care 425 Technology Drive, Suite 200 Malvern (610) 251-0801

Community Programs Sept. 3, 11:30 a.m. West Chester University Retirees Luncheon For restaurant location, please email darsie@verizon.net Sept. 7 and 21, 5 to 10 p.m. Bingo Nights Marine Corps League Detachment 430 Chestnut St., Downingtown (610) 431-2234 Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. Concert Series: Percussionist Mark O’Kainand Pianist Jeffrey Uhlig Tel Hai Retirement Community Chapel 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook (610) 273-9333

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Free and open to the public Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. Busy Buddies: Widows & Widowers Social Group of Chester County Dutch Way Restaurant 365 Route 41, Gap Reservations required (484) 667-0738 Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Concert Series: The Brandywine Singers Tel Hai Retirement Community Chapel 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook (610) 273-9333

Sept. 18, 12:10 p.m. Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story of Union Valor Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Widener University Exton Campus 825 Springdale Drive West Whiteland Township (484) 713-0088 Sept. 25, 12:10 p.m. The Original Jersey Boy Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Widener University Exton Campus 825 Springdale Drive West Whiteland Township (484) 713-0088

Coatesville Area Senior Center – (610) 383-6900 22 N. Fifth Ave., Coatesville – www.cascweb.org Sept. 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Vibrant Living Health Fair Sept. 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Picnic and Antique Car Show at Hibernia Park Sept. 29, 1 to 3 p.m. – Ladies Tea Downingtown Senior Center – (610) 269-3939 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown http://home.ccil.org/~dasc Great Valley Senior Center – (610) 889-2121 47 Church Road, Malvern Kennett Area Senior Center – (610) 444-4819 427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square www.kennettseniorcenter.org Mondays in September, 10 to 11 a.m. – Financial Issues Talks Sept. 10, 10 to 11 a.m. – Book Club: Defending Jacob by William Landay Sept. 19, noon to 4 p.m. – AARP Driver Safety Program Oxford Senior Center – (610) 932-5244 12 E. Locust St., Oxford – www.oxfordseniors.org Phoenixville Area Senior Center – (610) 935-1515 153 Church St., Phoenixville www.phoenixvilleseniorcenter.org West Chester Area Senior Center – (610) 431-4242 530 E. Union St., West Chester – www.wcseniors.org Please call or visit the centers’ websites for additional activities.

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Downingtown Library, 330 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (610) 269-2741 Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. – Film Forum Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. – Downingtown Library Writers Group Sept. 26, 1 p.m. – Senior Book Club Paoli Library, 18 Darby Road, Paoli, (610) 296-7996 Mystery Book Club – Call for dates/times

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The Way I See It

About September Mike Clark m I the only one who gets a little melancholy when August comes to an end? How is it, with three weeks of summer left, I start reminiscing about the season, practically implying that it’s over? I seldom think of the next three weeks as still being summer (the calendar says so, though). Cool, foggy mornings; warm afternoons without stifling humidity; and noticeably shorter days lead us to concede that autumn is surely on its way. My wife and I often take day trips to the beach in September. We live close enough to our favorite shore points that our jaunts are relatively easy and inexpensive. Well, they were until recently. Gas prices have precluded us from taking these trips as frequently as before, and my eyes give me some trouble when trying to drive home at night. Oncoming headlights are so piercing that negotiating winding roads and turns is challenging. So now we leave early in the morning, spend the day, and try to get home before nightfall; it is so much easier on my aging peepers. Parking at the shore is easier and sometimes free, the beaches are not crowded, and the traffic is lighter in September. Overall, it is quieter. But the truth is that I miss the highspirited atmosphere of youth. The college kids and new high-school graduates fill shops, amusement rides, hotels, and restaurants, either as consumers or employees. They project a vitality and exuberance that can make you feel younger, or sometimes older, depending on your attitude and outlook on life. I choose to feel younger; there are enough things in my life that make me feel older. Another thing I miss seeing at the shore in September is the delight on the

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faces of families as they romp about on the sand and frolic in the seawater. I love to watch as they gather later for lively family dinners. They’ll settle on one of the countless pizza parlors or steak-andseafood joints along the boardwalks and main thoroughfares. Seemingly, money is no object. But having experienced all of it many years ago, I appreciate how they saved their money over many months to be able to relish these significant moments together. I know of the sacrifices, believe me. By September, most of that vacation excitement has faded. Kids are back in school, and the folks are already stashing away whatever extra coins they can spare for next year’s trip. That’s how we did it. School busses are now rolling twice a day, and they will be for at least the next nine months. I’m no longer on the clock, which means I can choose to avoid the big, yellow obstacles. Even if I am on the road at the same time as the busses, I’m usually in no hurry, so I can be patient. I remember once being so relaxed and patient that I drifted off into a power nap. Which is somewhat troublesome if you have just only risen from bed within the last two hours. I was thankful that the person behind me had a quality car horn and was willing to use it. But I do remember when getting behind a school bus could bring out my

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irascible side. When some little bugger heading toward the bus door failed to muster a reasonable sense of urgency, I would mutter unspeakable things through my clenched teeth. It never made the kid move any faster, but it did help to mitigate my impatience. September is not the time to take a break from yard work. Actually, my wife told me that. Just mowing the grass and sprinkling a little

bit of mulch here and there does not prepare the lawn and garden for winter. I was pretty sure it did. It’s hard to imagine, but I guess I was wrong. I’m not sure what she has in mind—I just know that there will be sweat. I’ll take the canvas patio awning down in a couple of weeks. That is another thing that adds to my end-of-summer sadness. OK, by then it really will be the end of summer. Also, by then I’ll start anticipating the upcoming color change in the autumn foliage. With that and football being in full swing, summer memories will probably have fully faded, and my melancholia will be cured. I just hope the yard work is finished. Mike Clark writes a regular column for The Globe Leader newspaper in New Wilmington, Pa. He lives outside Columbia, Pa., and can be contacted at mikemac429@aol.com.

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A Revolutionary Vacation By Elizabeth Duvall Would you like to give your grandchildren an unforgettable vacation experience? Just a morning’s drive away is an exciting trip back in time to the days of the Revolutionary War in Williamsburg, Va.—a unique and learning experience for all ages. Colonial Williamsburg Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City is an amazing look into the days of the American Revolution. The town is bustling with historical re-enactors that offer a wealth of insight into the daily life of the colonists. The various historic buildings to visit include taverns, a theater, private residences, and the town’s magazine. Not to be missed is the tour of the palatial governor’s mansion and grounds, offering a look at British high society. Included in admission is RevQuest—a popular spy game for youngsters that helps to immerse kids in intrigue and adventure. The visitor’s center has all your young spy needs to begin their quest. They will walk through the town

Fife and drum parade in Colonial Williamsburg.

looking for clues, speaking with townspeople, and ultimately helping the Revolution to survive. Colonial Williamsburg has several hotels on site that are within walking distance of the Revolutionary City and museums. A shuttle is also available

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He Regularly Bombed German Targets from His B-17 … with No Bomb Sight Robert D. Wilcox obert Singleton says he had always wanted to fly. But, when a friend took him for a hop in his Piper Cub in 1942, that sealed the deal. It was an experience he would never

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recruiting applications able to take apart and for aviation cadets. The reassemble the gun’s Air Corps was looking more than 100 for men to become component parts … pilots, navigators, or and to do it bombardiers. And blindfolded. college experience was There was much no longer a time on the gunnery requirement. range, and there was After promptly air-to-air training, sending in his where students learned application, he passed to fire a machine gun the physical in at tow targets while in September 1942 and flight. Singleton was sworn in. But it excelled at that, wasn’t until five months finishing second in his later that he got his class. As a result, he Robert L. Singleton in his orders and was off for was selected for a tour combat flight clothes. basic training and as gunnery instructor. screening at Fort Berry Then, finally, he got Hill near Nashville, his orders to ship Tenn. overseas. A Liberty ship He was selected for took him from New flying training and York on a 15-day shipped to San Antonio voyage to for preflight and then to Southampton, El Reno, Okla., for England. He didn’t primary flight training. know it yet, but he was Cadets were being on his way to the 381st Bomb Group at Great washed out right and Yeldham, England. left, because so few As he checked in, pilots were needed, and the charge of quarters his turn was soon to growled, “You’re one of come. those gunnery On his final check Bob Singleton with a model of instructors. We need flight, the civilian check the B-17s he flew in. those around here.” pilot wound up the To himself, check ride by having Singleton was thinking, “These guys him do two-and-a-half-turn spins to the have been flying combat missions—and right, then to the left. He clearly wasn’t happy about how they were made, but it I’m gonna tell them how to shoot a gun?” was only later that Singleton found that As he entered his Quonset hut, the check pilot had washed him out. another man, who was also a gunnery At that point he felt that the bottom instructor, introduced himself and asked had fallen out of his life. him where he was from. When Singleton But later he found out that he was at said, “Pennsylvania,” the guy looked least able to train in aerial gunnery. So it surprised and said, “So am I.” was off to gunnery school at Laredo, Turns out that the man, John Texas, where he learned everything about Rutherford, was actually from the same the .50 caliber M-2 Browning machine county as Singleton. So each had found a gun that was the primary weapon to friend that he’d be bunking with. defend heavy bombers against fighter Singleton soon found that he’d first fly attacks. It fired half-inch diameter rounds at an ear-splitting rate of 800 per six missions and then would be flying two a month. He’d be instructing all the minute. rest of the time. When he flew, he was He was taught not only to fire it, but assigned to whatever aircraft needed him in order to graduate, he also had to be www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com


most, and he at some time or another had served at all the machine gun positions in the B-17 except for the ball turret position that required a particularly small man. He also served as the togglier, toggling his bombs when he saw bombs falling from the group’s lead ship that carried the famed Norden bomb sight and the bombardier to operate it. Singleton well remembers a mission to

Lutzkendorf, when weather caused the group’s aircraft to scatter. His B-17 had 10 500-pound bombs aboard that they now had to unload on any target of opportunity. But, of course, they had no bomb sight, since they had expected to toggle on their lead airplane. His pilot then told Singleton to toggle, one bomb at a time, on any target he felt he could hit. He did so, with results that were completely unexpected.

He destroyed so many targets that his other toggliers nicknamed him “NoSight Singleton.” On another mission to Koblenz, the rest of the crew was surprised to see him exit the plane after the mission. A chunk of flak the size of a soccer ball had entered his position and lodged in his flight bag, some 4 inches from him without his even knowing it. By the time the war ended, Singleton

had flown 24 missions, one fewer than the number that would have brought him home anyway. He returned to the U.S. and was discharged. His father, who had run their store, Singleton Shoes, suffered a fatal heart attack, so Singleton came to manage the store for the next 40 years. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in World War II.

Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

How to Tell Crystal from Glass Dr. Lori hen it comes to glassware, piece of soda-lime glass, and its reflective most people think that the quality is why crystal is used for best way to spot quality is to chandeliers, fine wine glasses, and jewelry ting a glass and listen. If you educate pendants. your eyes to spot a high-quality piece of Very fine crystal—like those pieces crystal, you can give your ears the day off. made by high-quality firms such as Why? The sound of a ting from a Waterford—may even exceed the 24 piece of glass is subjective, and it may not percent lead content requirement and actually tell you provide products that anything about the are upward of 30 quality of that piece of percent lead content or stemware. The idea more. that a high-pitched The confusion sound will result in the surrounding crystal is identification of a based in history and high-quality and chemistry. First of all, valuable piece of despite its name, crystal crystal is not always does not have a valid. crystalline structure. Most people do not And, crystal is a term Photo courtesy staff of www.DrLoriV.com think that their (cristallo) coined by Crystal dish by the French collectibles firm Lalique. commonplace orangeItalian glassmakers in juice glass is a piece of the famous Murano crystal. Most glass in our everyday world glassblowing center near Venice to define is something called soda-lime glass, a quality glassware that did not meet the combination of lime, silica (sand), and European lead-content standard. soda. It is a cheap glass used for products It is easier to sculpt glass with a high such as windows, drinking glasses, etc. lead content—the lead lowers the Crystal is made of silica (sand), lead working temperature of the glass. It also oxide, and soda, and it is known to be extends the time that the glassblower has beautiful and strong. Crystal is a term to sculpt a piece. used to describe any glassware that looks In order to tell the difference between fancy or is used in the service of soda-lime glass and crystal, look for the champagne, wine, or spirits. Crystal is the following attributes of crystal: 24 percent choice for spirits and wine connoisseurs lead content; bright, reflective quality; because it allows the drinker to assess the clear overall appearance; silver or color and viscosity of the wine or liquor. silver/purple color hue; rainbow prism If your piece of crystal is very clear, it effect when held up to the light; thinner probably has a greater amount of lead than regular soda-lime glass; and heavier content than its cloudier counterpart. than soda-lime glass. When it comes to crystal, its reflective In fact, high-quality crystal with a lead quality and the 24 percent lead content content over 35 percent will actually are the most important characteristics. sparkle. If you are trying to tell if you Crystal shows more clarity than a typical have a piece of cut crystal, place your

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thumb into the incised or cut design of the piece, and if you move your thumb around and you feel as if you will get cut, then you have a piece of cut crystal. Crystal will take on the properties of sharp cutting. Fine glassware may contain some lead content, but if the 24 percent lead content level is not reached for a specific piece of glassware, then a manufacturer

cannot by law call that piece “crystal.” Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, awardwinning TV personality, and TV talk show host, Dr. Lori presents antiques appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on Discovery channel’s hit TV show Auction Kings. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.

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Tinseltown Talks

VA Center Begins New Construction

Happy Birthday, Rose Marie Nick Thomas

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Driving the “first nail” into a piece of lumber that will be used in phase two of the project are, from left, Michael Carcanague, chief engineer; Jonathan Eckman, associate director; David Sinicrope, president, CTA Builders; Michael E. Moreland, network director, VA Healthcare VISN 4; Gary W. Devansky, director; Earle Robert “Dusty” Bray, president, Bray Mooney Consulting; Dr. Sheila Chellappa, chief of staff; and Nancy Schmid, chief nurse executive.

A first-nail event took place at the Coatesville VA Medical Center recently to officially recognize the start of construction on a world-class outpatient clinic suite. The renovation will transform Building 3, which was formerly a patient dining hall and was later used for storage. The three phases of the project will renovate 35,000 square feet and are valued at approximately $12.5 million. In this new location, veterans will receive urgent care, which includes medical care, mental healthcare, suicide prevention, and women’s health; specialty care, including podiatry, optometry, urology, neurology, neurosurgery, and infectious disease care; and diagnostics, including laboratory and radiology services. Approximately 65 veterans, VA leaders, volunteers, and special guests gathered to recognize the occasion.

Fun Day with Grandparents Grandparents and grandchildren delighted in a full day of activity planned for them recently at Tel Hai Retirement Community. The day began with a pancake breakfast with “portraits” created for each family group. This social time was followed by a trip to the indoor pool for various games and open swim time. After lunch, participants engaged in crafts and made picture frames for the family photos taken earlier in the day. The afternoon included a game of bingo and balloon volleyball. In the evening the group traveled to the Blue Ball Bowling Lanes for more friendly competition and pizza.

Marian Friese, a Tel Hai resident, enjoys a visit with her granddaughters during Grandparents’ Fun Day.

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Rose Marie poses with a hair bow and shoes from her Baby Rose Marie days, donated to the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History in 2008. To this day, she wears a bow in her hair, which has great significance for her, but she has refused to explain why in any interview throughout her life. “It’s a very personal thing,” she said.

est known for her role as Sally Rogers in the ’60s CBS sitcom The Dick Van Dyke Show, Rose Marie turned 90 in August. “I don’t feel it,” she admitted when I spoke with her recently. “I feel 60 and still keep busy.” In the past year, that included voiceover work for The Garfield Show on the Cartoon Network. “I love it. You don’t have to dress up or put on makeup. All you have to do is show up! Although I can do many different voices, the producer wanted my voice so people would know ‘that’s Rose Marie.’” Audiences have known Rose Marie for nine decades, since she began performing at an age when most children would still be potty training. Her phenomenal singing voice as a child (see www.missrosemarie.com) rocketed her to fame overnight. “I have no idea where that voice came from; I think God just gave me a wonderful gift,” she said. “When I was 3, I won an amateur contest, and my family took me to Atlantic City. We saw a showgirl named Evelyn Nesbit perform, and I started singing along. She invited me up on stage to sing with her; then, people began throwing money.”

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A huge fan, Johnny Depp personally invited her backstage during a screening of the 2007 film Sweeney Todd at Paramount, where he introduced her to Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton, and others. Later, she said it was one of the best nights of her life.

Backstage, Nesbit suggested changing her name to Baby Rose Marie, and her career soon took off. “I had my own radio show coast to coast on NBC when I was 5.” But there were also doubters. “Unlike other child singers, I sang adult songs with adult phrasing and mannerisms. People would write to the station in disbelief saying that no child could sing like that, and I must have been a midget. So NBC sent me out to play theaters to prove I was a child.” As her fame grew, the famous wanted to meet her. President Franklin Roosevelt invited her to the White House when she was just 6. “After I sang for him, we played tiddlywinks with some poker chips I found in his office.” She caught the attention of the infamous, too. While working with Milton Berle in Chicago, a visitor came backstage. “It was Al Capone, and he wanted to invite me to dinner! He picked me up the next day and we went out to eat with all the mob.” Years later as a young adult, she was invited to perform at the opening of the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas in 1946, along with Jimmy Durante, please see ROSE MARIE page 15

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was killed in an auto accident in 1991. When Kissinger decided it was time to get back to her musical roots, she earned a music education degree from Millersville University. She now has been a private vocal, piano, and beginningstrings instructor with a specialization in special-needs students for more than 15 years. Kissinger’s vocal performances are her way “to express who I am. I get to express me,” she said after winning the 2012 SENIOR IDOL title. At last year’s competition, Kissinger wowed the judges and audience alike with her powerhouse renditions of Etta James’s “At Last” and “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic. For winning the 2012 SENIOR IDOL contest, Kissinger received a trip for two to New York City via limousine for dinner and a Broadway show. “I went to see Wicked on Broadway. It

was fabulous. I loved it. I just had a great time. It was nice to be chauffeured all over New York City. I went in midSeptember and had really nice weather. I had a wonderful time. I’m amazed that a year has already passed.” Kissinger will perform one last time as the reigning PA STATE SENIOR IDOL to open the 2013 finals on Oct. 14 at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster. Kissinger’s advice for the upcoming PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competitors comes from her years as a vocal instructor. “What I tell my students when they go audition is that you have to pick a song that you can sing with all your heart. You have to shine. Sing the song you love and tell the story,” she said. “It doesn’t have to be complex, but do it really well so the listener knows you are doing it with your heart and soul.” She also advises them to choose music

that shows the judges their range and then deliver it, telling the story. “Nerves always play a part (in competitions), but that comes with experience,” Kissinger said. After her reign comes to an end, Kissinger said she plans to work on a CD and continue on with her performances. An upcoming show will be a Relay for Life concert with one of her voice students, Dr. Jun Chon, on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at the Ephrata Legion ballroom. For tickets, call Cindy Mellinger at (717) 733-6006, ext. 2551. Kissinger also is taking on new students of all ages at her private studios. She can be reached at (717) 354-6575 or through her website (www.vkmusicstudio.com). For more information on the 2013 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition, visit the official website (www.SeniorIdolPA.com) or call (717) 285-1350.

ROSE MARIE from page 12 genuinely liked working together. Everyone came to work happy, and oh, did we laugh!” Speaking from his Malibu home, Dick Van Dyke recalled meeting Rose Marie for the first time. “I knew she had been in show business since she was 3 but never met her until the first reading of the script,” he said. “She just knocked me over. She probably had the most razor-sharp sense of timing of anybody I ever worked with. She was a delight and still is.” With cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dick Van Dyke Show job.” As for Dick Van Dyke, she says it was a joy to work with someone so talented

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and has only fond memories of Van Dyke and the cast. “We were a close group and

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bandleader Xavier Cugat, and other stars of the day. The invitation came from notorious mobster and hotel owner Bugsy Siegel. “We became friends and he was very good to me. I just didn’t think of those guys as gangsters.” At age 10, Rose Marie met Morey Amsterdam, who would become an important influence in her career and later her co-star on The Dick Van Dyke Show. “He was a popular writer for comedians like Fanny Brice and Fred Allen and became a comic himself,” she recalled. “We met when I guest starred on a radio program. He also wrote most of my nightclub material and become a lifelong friend. I actually got him the

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