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Love Songs from Long Ago Local Chorus Director Hopes to Preserve ‘Barbershopping’ By Chelsea Shank Singing has always been a large part of Bruce Van Order’s life, but being part of a barbershop quartet wasn’t something he intentionally set out to do. Today he is the interim director of the White Rose Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society that he has been singing with for 44 years. He sang in choirs all through high school and college. It was during his years at Elizabethtown College as a member of the concert choir that he first had the chance to experiment with singing some barbershop numbers. Van Order, who is now 68, was just beginning his career as a high school guidance counselor when he attended a kickoff event for staff at the beginning of the 1970 school year. It was then that he got discovered—for the White Rose Chorus, that is. “We sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at my table and someone came up and said, ‘I think you ought to sing barbershop,’” said Van Order, laughing at the memory. “I said, ‘What’s that about?’ And then I went to a rehearsal and sat in the tenor section.” Singing tenor is an advantage, Van Order says, because there are fewer men who sing that part. The four-part harmony that the members of the White Rose Chorus sing includes tenor, second tenor lead, baritone, and bass. please see SONGS page 12 Bruce Van Order has been a member of the White Rose Chorus for 44 years. Back row, from left, Mark Downs, Roger Phillips, Roger Wiegand, and Bob Renjillian. Middle row, from left, Roger Coleman, Dave Kelly, Steve Cowfer, and Vern Baum. Front row, from left, Al Davidson, Van Order, and Ed Simmons.
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Medicare Preventive Services: What’s Free, What’s Not Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What types of preventive health screenings does Medicare completely cover, and which ones require a coinsurance fee? I’m due to get some preventive tests done, but I want to find out how much I’ll have to pay before I proceed. – Frugal Retiree
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Saralee Perel e was seated in the front row of the lecture hall, wearing work boots and jeans. I could see, even from behind my podium, that his sea-blue denim shirt matched the color of his dazzling eyes. It was Thursday, June 10, 1976, the evening of my first lecture on “Life After Divorce,” and many years before I became disabled. So many of us will be either caregivers or the recipients of care in our lifetimes. I wish I had known even a little of what to expect. I put my glasses on, ostensibly to see my notes, but I was able to sneak a quick look to see the blueeyed fellow’s nametag. It read: “Bob.” One year later, he became my husband. After the lecture, we had our first fight. We were in the hallway. Bob asked if he could walk me to my car. “But I don’t even know you,” I said. “How do I know you’re not a mugger just pretending you want to protect me and then in the parking lot, you grab me and steal my purse and my wedding ring?” He leaned against the wall and crossed his arms and his legs in a posture I would see for many years to come. Then he laughed and said, “That whole ridiculous scenario was just so I’d look at your hand and see you’re not married.” “Oh yeah?” I started walking while hiding my smile because he was absolutely right. He caught up with me. “I’m not married either.” “I know that. You’re attending my lectures on divorce, for heaven’s sake.” “That’s quite a presumption. I could be on my second marriage and not want to make the same mistakes.” I tried, unsuccessfully, to resist looking at his left hand. He said, “I already told you I’m not married.”
“You’re arrogant.” “I’m arrogant?” “At least we agree on something,” I said. I did let him walk me to my car—because I really wanted him to. Thirty-three years later, we still have “our song.” It was played at our wedding. I’ll be loving you Always, With a love that’s true Always.
We danced to it at every anniversary, until our 25th. Suddenly, the music in our love stopped as abruptly as my disability occurred. Bob became my caregiver. I felt like a burden, but didn’t tell him. Bob was overwhelmed, but didn’t tell me. We cried by ourselves. If only we had cried together, we’d have grieved and started to heal. No longer best friends, the words to “Always” were meaningless. I should have known what we needed. And that was to talk with each other rather than keeping our feelings inside. Instead, we believed it would be too hurtful to share our heartbreaking thoughts. We both put on an “I’m fine,” façade, but like any façade, it was just a veneer of an outward display. Our inner worlds were shattered. Then one day, a wonderful thing happened: I fell. While trying to get myself up, I started crying. Bob
came quickly to help me. And suddenly he began crying too. That was the day we finally cried together. Tears of love. Tears of healing. On a recent Valentine’s Day, he said, “We have to stay home today because there’s a surprise coming.” He kept looking out the front window, anxiously waiting for heaven-knows-what. I knew it was going to be something other than flowers or candy or he wouldn’t have been so nervous. Finally, there was a knock at our door. I opened it to find four gentlemen who greeted me by name, gave me a beautiful red rose, and marched right into our living room, where they asked us to have a seat on our couch. They stood in a group in front of us and, in magnificent barbershop harmony, sang “Always.” I was overwhelmed with tears while they sang. Bob had secretly arranged for this barbershop quartet to bring this singing valentine to me. With my husband plus some of the fellows helping me, I was able to stand while we had our picture taken. When I was a kid at summer camp and we jumped on the trampoline, we always had a “safety.” That was someone who was there to watch over us—to keep us from harm. And so, when Bob or I need one another, in so many ways that we now do, we are always each other’s safety. Not just for an hour, Not just for a day, Not just for a year, But always. Saralee Perel is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist. Her new book is Cracked Nuts & Sentimental Journeys: Stories From a Life Out of Balance. To find out more, visit www.saraleeperel.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaving Your Legacy How to Choose a Charity You Can Trust When giving to charity, most donors support charities whose work they see firsthand locally. But in mailboxes every day, there are appeals from many other local and national charities. How can one verify their accuracy? A recent survey by Hope Consulting shows that despite information available from state government agencies, charity watchdogs, and the organization itself, only 30 percent of donors do any research before making a donation. Experts advise potential donors to look more carefully at solicitation letters they receive and seek out third-party information sources. “While the vast majority of charities are trustworthy, not all are what they appear to be—from the unscrupulous, to the well-meaning but poorly run organizations,” warns H. Art Taylor, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, which seeks to connect donors to charities they can trust. “If donors want to assure their money will be put to good use, they should spend a little bit of time getting to know more about the organization,” says Taylor. The first step is to take a good, hard look at the charity solicitation you receive in the mail or encounter online. Here are several examples of potential problems a donor may encounter in mail, online, or by phone solicitations: • Appeals that don’t clearly explain
what the charity intends to do about the problem it describes • Envelopes or letters that mimic an invoice in order to get a recipient to open the mailing • Solicitations that devote more attention to gifts or prizes (for example, sweepstakes offerings, address labels, or greeting cards) than the charity’s good work
charitable giving decision based solely on the information in a solicitation,” says Taylor. However, it can be difficult for donors to know what to look for in a charity’s financial statement. This is where a monitoring organization can help. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance is the only major national charity monitoring organization that reviews appeal content
for accuracy and truthfulness as a routine part of its charity reporting efforts. Charities are evaluated against 20 BBB standards for charity accountability that address charity governance, finances, and solicitation practices. A recent survey conducted by Porter Novelli’s ConsumerStyles found that nearly six in 10 say that the charity solicitation mail they receive is either not very or not at all trustworthy. So if there’s any doubt, do your research. Before donating, consider accessing a free report on the charity of your choice at www.give.org. And if your charity isn’t listed, you can ask the BBB Wise Giving Alliance to consider a review of that charity. If you plan to give back to your community, ensure your charitable dollars support organizations that don’t use dodgy fundraising tactics. (StatePoint)
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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori
How to Preserve that Antique Dr. Lori cross the country, many people that attend my antiques appraisal events are shocked to hear about some of the little-known methods used in major museums to preserve and protect precious art and antiques. While museums make a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting objects in their care to educate the public, most of us are equally committed to keeping our family heirlooms and keepsakes in good condition in order to retain their value. Some of the most common ways an object can be harmed include: pests and other insects, pollutants (dust, mold, etc.), temperature and humidity fluctuations, lights or sunshine, and oils from the human touch.
Hands Off For instance, the oils on your hands and the hydrogen sulphide compounds
in the air cause silver to tarnish and will leave a permanent mark on your valuable silver pieces. “Do not touch” signs seem extreme but are necessary when objects are on display in museums. When it comes to collectibles that we live with on a daily basis, it is a good idea to handle with care and handle only occasionally. So, if you must handle an object, don’t handle it too often. Remember, the oils and small dust
particles on your hands can cause permanent damage to your heirlooms and aging treasures.
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odors and too much heat), bathrooms and laundry rooms (too much moisture and possible mold) are not the best places for art or antiques. Improper climate conditions can stimulate mold growth and cause objects to mildew, dry out, and crack. Devastating Effects Hanging a framed print in a sunny window, storing objects in acidic cardboard boxes, and over-cleaning your antiques can damage your pieces forever. Sunlight is the first culprit that damages most works of art. Heat is a close second. Painted objects, prints, and textiles should not be placed in sunny areas of your home as they are sensitive to light and will be damaged in a few short months. There are few options to repair sun damage and fading once it happens. However, you can prevent heat from
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damaging your antiques. One of the hottest places where you display your collectibles is your china cabinet. The glass doors act like a greenhouse and your objects are baking inside. Be sure to open those doors and let your objects get some good air flow every three months or so. Spray the Rag, Not the Renoir Cleaning a framed work of art, such as a print, seems straightforward. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to clean it. Spray the rag first. Do not spray the cleaner directly onto the glass, as the chemical could drip in between the glass and the work of art and damage it. Beware of Bugs Insects are monsters, killers. They carry bacteria and they will eat and not stop eating until they have damaged your antiques—particularly wooden ones— beyond recognition.
You may stop an infestation by wrapping a small wooden object in acidfree tissue paper and placing the object in a freezer. The bugs will die off in the cold. Also, bugs love dark spaces and close quarters. An easy way to protect your antiques from insects is to clean around your objects regularly, don’t eat food near your collectibles, and use insect traps when necessary. Certain types of art and antiques need special types of care. Be diligent and handle your antiques carefully and you’ll enjoy them for years to come. Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and awardwinning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on the hit TV show Auction Kings on Discovery channel, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/ DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.
My First Three Husbands By Jennifer Monahan
eet “The Cowboy,” “The Musician,” and “The New Age Guy,” the author’s first three husbands who showed up, one after another, to teach life’s biggest lessons about love and understanding. This book answers the question of all questions: “What was she thinking?!”’ My First Three Husbands tells the hidden story behind a three-time divorcee who turned her greatest weakness into her greatest strength, and how she finally found joy in marriage and peace in her home with her fourth husband, whom she calls “The Brave One.” The book is available for sale at Au Jewelers, 261 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, Pa., and as an e-book on
Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble online (www.bn.com). For more information, visit www.myfirstthreehusbands.com. About the Author Jennifer Monahan is an award-winning author. Her first book, An American in Oz, won first place in the 2011 Global eBook Awards Contest. She’s also earned a “Ph.D.” from “The School of Hard Knocks” in marriage and divorce, having been through the process more times than any one person ought to in one lifetime. For more about the author, go to: www.jennifermonahan.com. Ten percent of all profits from the sale of this book go to local women’s shelters in the Harrisburg, Pa., region.
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Travel Appetizers: Stories that Whet the Appetite for Travel
Rambles Near Atlanta By Andrea Gross love old-style books—you know, the kind that are printed on paper and stored on shelves rather than in clouds. Here, in Horton’s, the oldest bookstore in Georgia and the 10th oldest in the nation, books from bestsellers to travel guides are lined on antique shelving that dates back to the store’s founding in 1892. The one-story brick building in Carrollton’s town square was built in the 1880s and has a warm, comfortable atmosphere. I select a book, and the cashier rings it up on a stately brass cash register that has been there since the store’s first owner, N.A. Horton, abandoned paper-and-pencil transactions in 1914. Then I walk through a connecting door to the newsstand, order an icy mocha drink, and sit down to plot my route through northwest Georgia,
where I’ll find remnants of a thriving Native culture, good art, and enough outdoor activities keep me happily healthy. Here, overviews of three small towns, each within 65 miles of Atlanta:
Cherokee Chief James Vann’s home features beautiful hand carvings, a charming “floating” staircase, and a 12foot mantle.
To raise money for education, Martha Berry entertained the country’s elite at her home and gardens.
Carrollton’s Quilt and Textile Museum showcases fine works of art by regional quilters.
Rome A general overview: Rome—so named because, like the Italian capital, it is built on seven hills—is the big city of northwest Georgia. As such, it’s a perfect hub for exploring nearby towns and attractions. [www.romegeorgia.org] What you’ll love: Time travel back to the early 1800s, when the Cherokee were flourishing in north Georgia. First, visit the Chieftain’s Museum in Rome, a must for those wanting insight into the events leading up to the Cherokees’ forced removal from the eastern United States. Then drive a half hour north to Calhoun to see the Chief Vann House, one that is as elegant as any owned by European settlers. Finally, visit New
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Echota State Historic Site near Calhoun, the place where the Trail of Tears officially began. Meander through the magnificent gardens and art-filled home of 19thcentury Southern dynamo Martha Berry. Berry began by teaching impoverished youngsters how to read and went on to establish Berry College, one of the Southeast’s most respected small liberalarts institutions. Climb the terraced hills of Myrtle Hill Cemetery to see the Tomb of the Known Soldier. Charles W. Graves, an infantryman randomly selected to represent the “Known Dead” of World War I, was slated to be buried in Arlington alongside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but at his mother’s request, he instead was interred in his hometown. Carrollton A general overview: This small town of 24,000 people offers down-home life at its best. The pace is slow, the people friendly, and the festivals frequent. [www.visitcarrollton.com] What you’ll love: While away the hours at Horton’s Bookstore, followed by a leisurely stroll through the historic district. A pamphlet, available at the visitors center, details 18 homes from the 19th century and explains the difference
Booth Western Art Museum prides itself on showing art of the American West but also has a fine collection of pieces that depict the American Southeast.
The 4-Way Lunch, often called the “heart” of Cartersville, is housed in a 1912 building that was once a Coca-Cola drink stand.
between a balustrade and a bargeboard, a gable and a portico. Admire the handiwork of Southern quilters at the new Quilt and Textile Museum. The museum is fittingly located in an old cotton warehouse. Drive the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. This rapidly expanding trail weaves past mills and manufacturing plants that date back to the days when cotton was king. Test your athletic prowess at Banning Mills, organized as a 501(c)3 conservancy. Here you can hike trails, ride horses, kayak rivers, climb the
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Guinness-certified world’s tallest climbing wall (140 feet high), and zip along the world’s longest continuous zip line (7 miles long). Cartersville A general overview: Cartersville (population 20,000) is a small town filled with big-city attractions, from toprated museums to a vibrant downtown. [www.visitcartersvillega.org] What you’ll love: Ogle first-class art at the Booth Western Art Museum, a Smithsonian partner. In addition to contemporary Western art, the museum
houses more than 200 Native American artifacts and original letters from every president of the United States. Stare at stars as well as fossils at another Smithsonian affiliate, the Tellus Science Museum. A 120-seat digital planetarium and a full-size replica of a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex make this museum a regional favorite. Visit cleverly named and stocked stores such as Write Downtown, The King’s Knit-Wit, and Swheat Market Deli. Be prepared to spend more time— and money—than you intended at Spring Place Pottery, where owner Gail Freeman showcases her work alongside that of equally talented regional artisans. Gobble classic food at two Cartersville institutions, Ross’s Diner and 4-Way Lunch. Both dish up burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings; both are packed with locals, especially during lunch. Climb atop the 63-foot hill at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Park, inhabited by Native Americans from 1000 to 1550 A.D. A small museum shows artifacts that help visitors imagine daily life atop and around the mounds. Photos © Irv Green; story by Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com).
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Beyond the Battlefield
He Survived 34 Days in a Lifeboat: Part 1 of 4-Part Series Alvin S. Goodman lvin T. Kemble, 88, of suburban Harrisburg, is a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II who served aboard a Merchant Marine “Liberty Ship” that was sunk by a German submarine in the North Atlantic. He spent 34 days adrift in a lifeboat before being rescued by a small Spanish fishing boat near the Canary Islands. Born May 28, 1924, in Lykens, Dauphin County, Kemble received only an eighth-grade education in a one-room school. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1942. After 42 days of basic training at Bainbridge, Md., he was given 10 days’ leave before being sent to gunnery school at Little Creek, Va., after which he was supposed to go home to get married, but the Navy had other plans for him. Kemble became a member of a little-
known branch of the Navy, known as the ship designed and built specifically for Armed Guard. This unit served primarily hauling freight for the wartime effort. as gunners, signal men, Tanks, jeeps, guns, radio and radar ammunition, clothing, operators, and officers on food, and medical cargo ships, tankers, supplies were stocked troop ships, and other deep in her hold and vessels, along with even above deck. The civilian crews of the ship was 479 feet long, Merchant Marine. 57 feet wide, and 25 feet The Armed Guard was high. disbanded following the The Denver had a end of World War II. crew of 85 seamen: 59 in During the war, they the Merchant Marine and were responsible for 26 in the Navy’s Armed defending U.S. and Guard. Allied merchant ships “I boarded her at from attack by enemy Sparrow Point, Md. After aircraft, submarines, and stowing my gear, we were Alvin T. Kemble surface ships. off to New York City to Kemble was assigned pick up her first load. We to the S.S. James W. Denver, a new cargo cast off our lines and left the Port of
New York on April 1, 1943; joining with a convoy, we headed east; our destination, Casablanca. “We were out at sea two or three days when the fog got so thick, you couldn’t see the other ships. We got separated from the others and soon found ourselves alone in this vast wilderness of water. “Normally, the procedure of operation dictated returning to port to pick up another convoy. A ship of this size, loaded to the hilt, shouldn’t be chugging along all alone in the Atlantic. The German wolf-packs love to hit a slowmoving target. “Procedures are not always followed, however. Our captain decided to attempt to make this trip solo. It wasn’t too long until our ship came to a sudden stop. The engines broke down and now we were a sitting duck. It was quickly determined that an engine bearing was at
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fault. Repairs were made and once again we were under way. “With what seemed to be the worst behind us, we were located about 350 miles due west of the Canary Islands. It was here that we met with the worst problem any American ship could encounter, a German U-boat. It was 5 p.m., dinnertime, on Sunday, April 11, 1943, when the Denver was struck with two torpedoes on her port side. “The impact brought the ship to a sudden stop, as if she had hit a brick wall. She was shaking like a wet dog and you could smell what seemed to be spent gunpowder everywhere. “When the first torpedo hit, I was lying on my bunk reading a book. The explosion was so strong, it ripped my bunk from the wall mounts and dropped me to the floor. I no sooner
got to my feet when the second torpedo struck. Again, the impact threw me to the floor. I knew it was time to grab my life jacket. “G.Q. (general quarters) sounded and I headed directly to my battle station, a 5-inch gun located at the back of the ship. I was the first shell man to get there. We were at battle stations for what seemed to be an eternity when we noticed that the Denver was sinking, bow first. It wasn’t long before we heard the word to abandon ship.” End of part one; to be continued next month … If you are a mature veteran and have interesting or unusual experiences in your military or civilian life, phone Al Goodman at (717) 541-9889 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cardiovascular screenings: Free blood tests to check cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels are offered every five years to all Medicare recipients. Diabetes: Screening available twice a year for those at risk. Bone mass measurements: This osteoporosis test is available every two years to those at risk, or more often if medically necessary. Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: To check for bulging blood vessels, this test is available to men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked. Vaccinations: An annual flu shot, a vaccination against pneumonia, and the hepatitis B vaccine are all free to all beneficiaries. In addition, Medicare also offers free smoking cessation counseling; medical nutrition therapy to help beneficiaries with diabetes or kidney disease; depression screenings; alcohol screening and counseling; obesity screening and counseling; annual cardiovascular risk reduction visits; sexually transmitted infection screening and counseling; and HIV screenings.
Cost-Sharing Services Medicare also offers several other preventive services that require some out-of-pocket cost-sharing. With these tests, you’ll have to pay 20 percent of the cost of the service (Medicare picks up the other 80 percent), after you’ve met your $147 Part B yearly deductible. The services that fall under this category include digital rectal exams for prostate cancer, glaucoma tests, and diabetes self-management training services. For detailed information on all Medicare preventive services, see www.medicare.gov/share-the-health, or call Medicare at (800) 633-4227 and ask them to mail you a free copy of Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Service (publication 10110). Medicare Advantage If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll be happy to know that all Advantage plans are also now required to cover the same free preventive services as original Medicare. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org.
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“I liked the sound,” he said. “It is a lot of seventh chords, which means they sing four notes and then there is an implied note.” The tradition of barbershop quartets began when men would gather on the front porches of barbershops, waiting for their appointments to start, said Van Order. “Someone would strike up a song, like ‘Sweet Adeline,’ and the others would fill in the different parts,” Van Order explained. The White Rose Chorus carries on that tradition, singing at local churches, nursing homes, and other events. Their biggest fundraiser each year is the singing valentines service they provide for anyone who would like to wish a loved one a happy Valentine’s Day. Decked out in white jackets and bowties, members of the quartets show up at offices, homes, or public places where their presence is requested in the form of a singing valentine. “We step in and everything stops,” said Van Order. Sometimes people will specify the song they would like them to sing to the person receiving the singing valentine, and other times they will take requests
on the spot. know what is Popular song going on. requests include “It’s a fun thing “Let Me Call You and it’s really fun Sweetheart” and because it is a “The Story of surprise,” Van My Rose.” Order said. The element Sometimes the of surprise makes secret is too much the singing suspense for the valentines the giver, and the most fun of all quartet members the performances end up delivering through the the live songs to course of the someone who has year, said Van already been told Order. about what they Workplace are receiving. Van Van Order's quartet, The Pipers Four, includes, from left, Dave Kelly, baritone; deliveries are Order jokes with Roger Wiegand, bass; Ed Simmons, lead; and the recipients that particularly Van Order, tenor. delightful, they still have to because everyone act surprised, even who notices the four matching men is if the person giving the gift couldn’t keep eager to assist them in finding their way it a secret. to the right person. An order for a singing valentine also “You go into a cubicle to sing to includes the delivery of a single rose and someone at work, and it’s like the turtle a photograph of the person taken with effect,” said Van Order—everyone is the quartet. Last year the chorus sent out anxiously sticking their heads out to see one quartet, but this year they hope to where the men are going, and as soon as have enough men to mobilize two they start singing, everyone wants to quartets. New members are always welcome in the White Rose Chorus. It is helpful if the person can sing and read music, said Van Order, but other members can help them to learn if they are not sure how. Listening to each other at practices also helps each member to learn how to sing their part correctly. “It’s not impossible,” Van Order said. “People think it looks easy, but what they do not realize is that for every hour that you sing, there are probably three to four hours of background singing.” Send us your favorite smile—your children, The four-decade time commitment to grandchildren, friends, even your “smiling” the White Rose Chorus has been worth pet!—and it could be 50plus Senior News’ next Smile of the Month!
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it for Van Order. “It has been very fulfilling,” he said. “It has been a good run and I highly recommend it to anyone.” Men of all ages are welcome, and Van Order understands that life can be busy for young husbands and fathers especially. But setting aside time to spend on a hobby each week with other men helped him to develop lasting friendships and memories, as well as improving his skills as a singer and continuing the tradition of an increasingly rare art form. “It does take time and I had the support of my wife and my four kids,” said Van Order. “That made it pretty busy for (my wife), and she was willing to do that.” Since his wife, Martha, passed away in August 2011, Van Order said the camaraderie of the White Rose Chorus has been an important and helpful part of his grieving process. Singing even has medical benefits, such as helping to develop stronger breathing muscles, he said. Van Order was born with asthma but he believes that all of the singing he does plays a large role in helping to keep his asthma in check. Singing relieves stress and it stirs up memories. For Van Order, they are memories like listening to his grandfather and father sing. His grandfather had an excellent voice and could play the violin and piano by ear. His father, on the other hand, “couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. “But he would still sing,” said Van Order. “I guess it can skip a generation.” For more information about joining the White Rose Chorus and ordering singing valentines, visit www.whiterosechorus.com or call (717) 767-1862.
Riverboat Society to Offer Free Admission to Vets As thanks to current and past members of the military, the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society will be extending free admission on any 45-minute public sightseeing cruise during the 2013 season to veterans, active-duty members of the military, and their immediate families, with appropriate ID. These cruises occur from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2013 and weekends in the fall.
2013 marks the 25th anniversary season for the Harrisburg Area Riverboat Society and the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat. As a community service organization, the Riverboat Society has always offered a free monthly cruise during the summer to the Lebanon VA Hospital. For more information, visit www.harrisburgriverboat.com or call (717) 234-6500. www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
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Calendar of Events
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Feb. 10, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Easy Stressbuster Hike, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center
Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville Wednesdays through Feb. 27, 1 p.m. – Interdenominational Bible Study Fridays through April 14 (except March 29) – AARP Tax Assistance by Appointment Feb. 16, noon – The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater at Shippensburg University
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Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road Camp Hill (717) 557-9041 Feb. 13, 11:30 a.m. NARFE West Shore Chapter 1465 VFW Post 6704 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 737-1486 www.narfe1465.org Visitors welcome; meeting is free but fee for food.
Feb. 5, 7 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786
Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group of Central PA HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624 Feb. 19, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880
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Carlisle Senior Action Center – (717) 249-5007 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle Mary Schaner Senior Citizens Center – (717) 732-3915 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola Mechanicsburg Place – (717) 697-5947 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg Southampton Place – (717) 530-8217 www.seniors.southamptontwp.com 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m. – Wii Competition at Carlisle Senior Action Center Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. – February Birthday Bingo Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m. – Valentine Luncheon and Party West Shore Senior Citizens Center – (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland Please call or visit the centers’ websites for additional activities.
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VA, SSA, and IRS Cut Red Tape for Vets, Survivors
benefits continued. Under the new initiative, VA will work with the Internal Revenue Service and the
VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently it is cutting red tape for veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus on eliminating the compensation claims backlog. Historically, beneficiaries have been required to complete an EVR each year to ensure their pension
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All beneficiaries currently receiving VA pension benefits will receive a letter from VA explaining these changes and providing instructions on how to continue to submit their unreimbursed medical expenses. More information about VA pension benefits is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/pensio n. Information on other VA benefit programs can be found on the joint Department of Defense/VA Web portal, eBenefits (www.ebenefits.va.gov).
Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle (717) 243-4642 Feb. 20, 1 p.m. – Afternoon Classic Movies at Bosler Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St. Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 East Pennsboro Branch Library, 98 S. Enola Drive Enola, (717) 732-4274 John Graham Public Library, 9 Parsonage St. Newville, (717) 776-5900 Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 N. Walnut St. Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-0171 New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820 Feb. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. – Great Books Discussion Group: On the Road by Jack Kerouac Feb. 9, 10 a.m. to noon – Write-On Writers Workshop Feb. 16, 11 a.m. to noon – Couponing for Extreme Savings Shippensburg Public Library, 73 W. King St. Shippensburg, (717) 532-4508 www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
Top 10 Movies Guaranteed to Inspire You to Better Heart Health There comes a point in everybody’s life where a gentle push is all that’s needed to help get us back on track. Whether you’re a film connoisseur or just a casual watcher, you know that movies are one of the most powerful art forms that frequently inspire us to be better and to do better. If you’re needing a swift kick in the posterior and are looking for that inspiration on the silver screen, look no further than the following cinematic works of art. If these heart-health movies don’t move you to get up off the couch and exercise, nothing will. 1. Rocky Balboa. At a spry 60, Sylvester Stallone was no spring chicken when he decided to revive the main character of his Rocky movies for one last go. This movie is an inspiring tour de force that shows us that heart and determination can outlast and even overcome the limitations of age. 2. Pumping Iron. Bodybuilding was a fringe sport when this documentary came out in 1977, but afterward the sport of bodybuilding exploded in popularity. If you’re looking for
inspiration to help motivate you to pick up those dumbbells and pack on a few pounds of muscle, this is the movie to watch. 3. Harold and Maude. This classic, often overlooked gem is evidence that you don’t have to work your muscles to the bone to lead a rich, fulfilling life as a senior. Ruth Gordon’s performance as the octogenarian Maude shows that finding adventure at a ripe old age is simply a matter of having the nerve to look for it. 4. Space Cowboys. There’s nothing quite like a troupe of “old timers” showing the younger generation how it’s done to emphasize the virtues of experience over physical ability. Starring the fit-as-afiddle Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner.
5. The Natural. Robert Redford’s touching and inspiring performance as an aging baseball player shows that sometimes, physical ability can outlast the expectations of even the most optimistic. 6. The Rookie. With a tagline like “It’s never too late to February is believe in your dreams,” American you know Heart Month going into this movie that you’re in for something special. Dennis Quaid plays an aging baseball coach who decides to give his dream of being a pro baseball player a shot. 7. Never Say Never Again. At 53, Sean Connery returned to the role he made famous as James Bond, showing that age is no encumbrance to attractiveness, mobility, and general onscreen heroics. He’s also an inspiration to those who feel that their best years may be behind them.
8. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If there’s any 60-something actor in Hollywood that can make growing old look good, it’s Harrison Ford. His superior physical shape in the last of the Indiana Jones movies may not inspire you to take on the world with a bullwhip in hand, but it’ll certainly show you that being over 60 doesn’t have to be an invitation to the old folks’ home. 9. Red. Helen Mirren delivers a rocking, rolling performance as a gun-toting, sexy 60-something that proves that just because a woman is verging on her seventh decade doesn’t mean she can’t take care of herself and look fabulous in the process. Ladies, take note. 10. Machete. This movie may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that seeing 66-year-old Danny Trejo lay waste to his mortal enemies with a physique that would shame most 20-somethings could inspire anyone to better physical health, regardless of age. (www.spot55.com)
Wintertime Some folks dislike winter and others do not. I’m wondering why that is so. Let’s think for a moment of what is your view, Regarding the cold and the snow. Do you want to go south where it’s always warm? Or stay here and wax up your skis? Perhaps with grandchildren a snowman you’ll make, And everyone then you will please. To sit by the fireplace and watch the fire glow, Or nod off while reading a book. Then sit down to dine on great wintertime food Prepared by a capable cook. For me, I’ll stay right here, if blizzards do come, In this place where now I abide. I’ll turn up the heat a wee little bit And ride out the storm while inside. Written and submitted by Hubert L. Stern
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