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Vol. 14 No. 4

A Different Kind of Paycheck Retired Businessman Uses Skills to Benefit Area Nonprofit By Megan Joyce Robert Grossman wasn’t thrilled at the prospect of retiring. A successful business owner and consultant, Grossman said if his last employer hadn’t had a policy in place suggesting retirement at age 65, he would have happily kept working. And he has, in a sense. Several years later, Grossman is still using his business acumen, his people skills, and his fundraising savvy—but he’s transferred his talents to the nonprofit sector: to Aaron’s Acres. For the last 15 years, Aaron’s Acres has provided children ages 5 to 21 who have developmental disabilities with year-round social and recreational programs that teach appropriate communication and socialization skills. Perhaps more importantly, though, Aaron’s Acres’ summer camps and school-year programs give special-needs kids the chance to participate in some of the fun activities of childhood that they might otherwise miss out on. But, of course, these programs—so life-changing for the kids and their families alike—cost money. And that’s where Grossman, who moved to Central Pennsylvania from New York in the mid-’70s, comes in. “There’s a lot to growing an organization, and money always factors in. I guess that’s my major role,” he said. please see PAYCHECK page 21 Robert Grossman's fundraising expertise has helped Aaron's Acres to expand its programs, such as this school-year series for adolescents on Friday nights. Standing, from left, Briahna Sherid and Grossman. Seated, from left, Paul Emert and Lance Holsler.


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Such is Life

There’s Nothing to Fear in Fear Itself Saralee Perel ost people think I’m normal. I’m not. Usually, I’m in overdrive on the nervouswreck meter, such as when I recently held a book signing at a bookshop. I’m reliving the panic in my dreams. This has resulted in a severe sleep disorder … for my husband. “Bob!” I screamed, as I pounded on his head last night while he was asleep. “I’m having a nightmare.” Our startled dog jumped on the bed and tore the quilt to death. The cats joined the terror party by leaping onto Bob’s face and yowling at higher notes than Mariah Carey could reach if she smashed her thumb with a sledgehammer. “Sweetheart,” I whispered. “Are you awake?” “Saralee, I’m begging you. Please don’t tell me another nightmare.” “I was at my signing when a woman


came over dressed like a zombie. She hissed, ‘You’re a rotten writer. Everybody hates your book. And you put on 30 pounds.’ Bob! It wasn’t a costume. It was my mother!” “Oh no!” He covered his ears. Most of us have anxiety. Maybe it’s a dread of dentist appointments, airplanes, spiders, or social situations. Oh, there are a billion examples. Although I was a psychotherapist for 22 years, I’ve learned more about anxiety from my own shtick. Struggling to cover up nervousness actually makes it worse. How do we tame it? By not trying to hide it or stop it. Saying, “I’m so nervous that my hands are shaking,” or, “My neck is beet red,” or commenting on whatever our outward signs of anxiety are will take away their power. If there are people who think less of

me for being scared, that’s their shortcoming. My sister-in-law was at my signing. She lives far away from me and never reads my columns, so she won’t see this. When she does her superior know-it-all thing, I respond like the mature, wise woman I’m known to be: I make faces behind her back. Two seconds before entering the bookstore, she said, “Are you nervous?” “Yes.” The sabotage began. “What’s wrong with you? You shouldn’t be nervous.” “Well, I’m excited too.” “You should be.” I stomped my feet. “I just said I am!” Bob gave me a knowing look that meant, “You’re never going to win. Give it up.” Naturally, he was right. While signing books, my hands trembled. While connecting with

readers whose words touched my heart deeply, my head shook. While thanking so many wonderful souls for coming to meet me, well, I stuttered through tears. Did it matter that I was nervous? Of course not. Three things mattered: 1. The fact that I had a wondrous time in spite of being scared. 2. The beautiful words I heard from readers along with the overwhelming love I received. 3. And that my sister-in-law saw every single bit of it. 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 or email

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Women’s Expo Returning to County Spring has arrived and with it, the second annual Lancaster County women’s expo. Women of all ages are invited to this year’s event, held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the brand-new Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim (just off Route 283 at the Salunga exit). Brought to you by BusinessWoman magazine, Lancaster General Health is the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Lancaster County women’s expo. With 100+ businesses under one roof, guests will find exhibitors sharing information for all aspects of a woman’s life: finances, health and wellness, home improvements, leisure activities, technology, nutrition, and more. And plan to do some shopping that day. Vendors will be offering a mix of wares, such as jewelry, handbags, cosmetics and skin care, home décor, and fashions.

Live demonstrations will abound at the women’s expo, starting with a handwriting analysis. Everyone’s handwriting is unique, but do you know what yours says about you? Plus, check out two fashion shows featuring all your favorite brands and others you may not be familiar with. Can you do the hula hoop? Show off your skills at the hula hoop contest—the top winner will receive $100 cash. Afterward, visitors can unwind by enjoying free mini spa treatments. Finally, please bring wet and dry pet foods for the Help Feed Our Furry Friends Collection. All donations collected will be given to a local animalrescue organization. For more information or to register in advance for free (tickets are $5 at the door), please go to or call (717) 285-1350.

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Please, Join Us! The second annual women’s expo in the Lancaster County area will be held in the spring. This fun-filled and information-packed event brings together a community of women to connect, chat, relax, and rejuvenate. It features lively demonstrations, shopping, free spa treatments, and a fashion show. A wide variety of exhibitors provides information that embraces the many facets of a woman's life, including:

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Savvy Senior

Employment Resources for Older Job Seekers

Corporate Office: 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512 Phone 717.285.1350 • Fax 717.285.1360 Chester County: 610.675.6240

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Cumberland County/Dauphin County: 717.770.0140 Berks County/Lancaster County/ Lebanon County/York County: 717.285.1350 E-mail address: Website address:




Dear Savvy Senior, What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers? I’m 62 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help. – Looking For Work Dear Looking, While the U.S. job market has improved slightly over the past year or so, challenges persist for many older job seekers. Fortunately, there are a number of free online tools and in-person training centers scattered across the country today that can help you find employment. Here’s what you should know.

job resource centers that can help you explore career options, search for jobs, find training, write a resume, prepare for an interview, and much more. There are around 3,000 of these centers located throughout the country. To find one near you, call (877) 348-0502 or go to Depending on your financial

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Online Resources If you have Internet access, there are a number of 50-and-older online employment networks that can help you connect with companies that are interested in hiring older workers. Two of the best are Work Reimagined (, a resource developed by AARP that combines career advice, job listings, and online discussion tied to LinkedIn’s professional networking platform. offers a job search engine that lists thousands of jobs nationwide from companies that are actively seeking workers over the age of 50. It also provides job-seeking tips and advice, helps with resume writing, and allows you to post your resume online for companies to find you. Some other good 50-plus jobseeking sites to try are, Retired Brains (,, and, a resource that helps older workers find meaningful work in the second half of life.

situation, another program that may help is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Also sponsored by the Department of Labor, SCSEP offers access to training and part-time job placements in a wide variety of community service positions such as daycare centers, senior centers, governmental agencies, schools, hospitals, libraries, and landscaping centers. To qualify, participants must be over 55, unemployed, and have poor employment prospects. To learn more or locate a program in your area, visit seniors or call (877) 872-5627.

In-Person Help Another good place to get help finding a job is at a Career OneStop center. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, these are free

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scams that offer big paydays without much effort. Some of the more popular workat-home jobs include “customer service agents” who field calls from their employers’ customers and prospective customers—you don’t place telemarketing calls. Agents earn an average of $8 to $15 an hour and many also receive incentives and commission, too. To find these jobs, see Arise (, Alpine Access (, LiveOps (, and Working Solutions ( If you have good typing skills, there are “transcriptionist” jobs that pay around $10 per hour for typing verbatim accounts of board meetings, presentations, conference calls, etc. Companies that hire transcriptionists are Tigerfish (, Ubiqus (, and Cambridge Transcriptions ( And if you have a college degree, online “tutoring” or “proofreading” jobs are always available. See to find tutoring opportunities that pay between $10 and $15 per hour. Or, if you have some writing or editing experience, proofreading pays $12 to $20 per hour. See and Cactus ( to look for proofreading jobs. For more work-at-home ideas and resources, see Retired Brains ( and click on the “Work from Home” tab on the left side of the page. Start a Business If you’re interested in starting a small business but could use some help getting started, the U.S. Small Business Administration ( offers tips, tools, and free online courses that you can access online. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

Resource Directory Emergency Numbers American Red Cross (717) 845-2751 Central PA Poison Center (800) 521-6110 Cumberland County Assistance (800) 269-0173 Energy Assistance Cumberland County Board of Assistance (800) 269-0173 Eye Care Services Kilmore Eye Associates 890 Century Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 697-1414 Financial Michael Gallgher, DBA Thrivent Financial for Lutherans 320 S. Hanover St., Carlisle (717) 254-6433 Funeral Directors Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc. 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg (717) 432-5312 Furniture Sofas Unlimited 4713 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 761-7632 Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020 American Diabetes Association (800) 342-2383 Arthritis Foundation (717) 763-0900 CONTACT Helpline (717) 652-4400 Health Network Labs (717) 243-2634 The National Kidney Foundation (800) 697-7007 PACE (800) 225-7223 Social Security Administration (Medicare) (800) 302-1274 Healthcare Information Pa. HealthCare Cost Containment Council (717) 232-6787

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The premier events for baby boomers, caregivers, and seniors!

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ome folks say he was one of the best slide trombone players they had ever heard—especially at his age, which was only 19. He could play with the best of them: jazz, blues, the big bands, and, of course, gospel. Church music was just about his favorite. He played in the little group from his church and he was quite a devoted young man, both about his music and his faith. And perhaps the faith was winning out at this time in his life, because he made the decision to become a preacher. He was a member of the Moravian Church, an old and sacred order formed around 1457. So it was off to college at UNC in Chapel Hill to study to become a preacher of the Moravian faith. But, there would be some problems. For one thing, he had a heck of a time getting up in time for classes. That’s pretty typical of young folks, and college students are still famous for being late to class. But our soon-to-be preacher must have been really bad because he came up with what he thought was a marvelous idea. He tied a rope to his ankle and dropped it out of his second-story window at his college dorm room. He knew that all his friends passed by every morning on the way to class and he told them, when they passed, if the rope was dangling, that meant he was still asleep and they should give the rope a tug and wake him up. Well, believe it or not, this little scheme worked out just fine—for a while. Then,

late one night, a group of students who were returning from a party spotted the rope and decided to give it a pull. A couple of strapping young fellows gave it a good yank, and sure enough, our friend who was tied to the other end came flying feet first out of the window and two stories down. That ended the rope trick. But there were other problems, such as political science. The Moravian Church is one that is deeply involved in social issues, so political science is a required course. Our friend, however, failed the course, not just once, but twice. I believe he still holds the record to this day for the number of times failing political science at UNC at Chapel Hill. And as you might guess, since he couldn’t complete the required courses, his future as a minister was all but gone. Don’t feel too bad for him, though. He bounced back quite well and the rest of us have been all the richer for it. You see, It’s a Little-Known Fact that one of the most beloved performers of our day, entertaining several generations, wasn’t going to be an actor at all. He wanted to be a minister but just couldn’t quite get past political science class. A terrific actor, comedian, singer, and star of the stage, screen, and television and someone we just lost last year—I’m talking about the much-loved Andy Griffith. Visit the Little Known Facts website at

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Myths about Social Security ike any other successful and longstanding program or organization, there are a number of myths surrounding Social Security. Some of them are grounded in truth but are just slightly misconstrued. Others are completely out of line with the truth. Let’s take a look at a few.


Myth 1: Social Security is just a retirement program. Social Security is more than a retirement program. It provides benefits to retirees, survivors, and people with disabilities who can no longer work. In fact, almost 7 million disabled workers and nearly 2 million of their dependents get Social Security disability benefits. Plus, 6.5 million dependents of deceased workers (including 2 million children) get Social Security survivors benefits. Social Security is more than just retirement. Myth 2: I don’t need to save because Social Security will take care of me when I’m retired. Social Security was never intended to be a person’s sole income in retirement; it should be combined with pension income and personal savings and investments. Your Social Security statement, available at mystatement, is a great place to get an idea of what to expect during retirement. You can also visit our Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity. gov/estimator. Myth 3: If I work after I retire, I’ll be penalized.

Once you reach your full retirement age, there is no penalty and no limit on the amount you can earn. You can determine your full retirement age by visiting The earnings limit for workers who are younger than “full” retirement age (age 66 for people born in 1943 through 1954) is $15,120 in 2013. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $2 earned over $15,120.) The earnings limit for people turning 66 in 2013 is $40,080. (We deduct $1 from benefits for each $3 earned over $40,080 until the month the worker turns age 66). Keep in mind that if we withhold some of your benefits due to work, we will re-compute your monthly benefit amount when you reach full retirement age to account for those months that we withheld your benefit. There is no limit on earnings for workers who are full retirement age or older for the entire year. Myth 4: To apply for benefits or do business with Social Security, I need to go to an office. Not only is this false, but we encourage you to do business with us the most convenient and fastest way: at At our website, you can apply for benefits, use our Retirement Planner, get an estimate of your benefits, request a replacement Medicare card, and much more.


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Travel Appetizers: Stories that Whet the Appetite for Travel


Digesting Boston, a Bite at a Time y husband and I are standing in an 80-year-old store that is crammed with more than 150 spices and nearly 40 varieties of coffee. The aroma is a mix of familiar and exotic, mild and pungent. “The store was started by one of the area’s original Italian settlers,” says our guide, Jim Becker, who is leading us on a culinary walk of Boston’s North End. For three hours he’s been regaling us with facts about Boston’s immigrant past as well as feeding us tastes of its culinary present. Two days later I’m on another food tour of Boston, this one led by Alyssa Daigle, who is walking us through the more gastronomically diverse South End. During both tours my husband and I lunch as we learn and hope that we’ll end up a bit wiser rather than just a lot wider. But deep down, I really don’t care about the calories. A good culinary tour helps people digest the culture of a


Boston’s North End has approximately 80 Italian restaurants, delis, and food stores. Three flags—those of Italy, the United States, and Ireland—greet visitors to Boston’s North End. “The eggplant on the right has a round dimple and will be sweeter than the one on the left,” says Bruce Alba, who owns a produce market in the North End.

place along with the food, and that’s a mix I can’t resist.

The North End’s Italian Past Once upon a time, before I took a

food tour of Boston’s North End, my knowledge of Italian food was largely confined to the shape of the pasta, my choices of Italian restaurants were limited to touristy digs, and my familiarity with Boston’s history was centered on the Patriots—whether they be on a Revolutionary War battlefield or on an NFL football field. Now I know that the British came to the North End in 1630, establishing what is the oldest continuously occupied residential and commercial area in the United States. Other immigrant groups came later and, after acclimating to life in the New World, also moved to outlying districts. But the Italians, who began arriving in the 1860s, settled and stayed. By the 1920s Boston’s North End was 90 percent Italian. Today less than 40 percent of the neighborhood’s population is of Italian descent, but the legacy of “Little Italy” lives on. Italian is still spoken by the old folks, Italian feast days are widely

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celebrated, and the food is venerated in more than 80 restaurants located in the one-third-mile district. Our tour takes us into shops that specialize in pasta, pastry, produce, meat, spices, coffee, and wine. We meet the proprietors, sample the food, and learn how to bring the flavors of Italy into our kitchens at home. My favorite tip comes from the owner of a small produce market. Bruce Alba shows us how to differentiate between male and female eggplants. I laugh at first but soon learn the importance of this information. Males have fewer seeds than females, and thus their taste is sweeter. My husband’s favorite dish, eggplant parmesan, just got immeasurably better. The South End’s Restaurant Row Although separated by less than 4 miles, Boston’s North and South ends have a different history, culture, architecture, and food. Whereas the North End is known for one type of culturally inspired cuisine, the South End has an eclectic mix of eateries. Built in the mid-1850s, the neighborhood was filled with stylish homes for middle-class businessmen. The architectural design was reminiscent of London, with rows of red brick “bowfront” homes fronting onto tree-

Brick bowfront homes line the streets of Boston’s South End.

Orinoco Kitchen gives people on the South End tour a taste of datiles, a Venezuelan appetizer of dates that are stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon.

Alyssa Daigle, owner of “Bites of Boston,” tells people about the history of the South End.

a burgeoning art scene. It’s become the new go-to place for Boston foodies. Our guide leads us into six restaurants and gives us gossipy insights into the chefs’ backgrounds. As befits Boston, several are Harvard graduates who traded corporate ladder-climbing for artisanal food-making. We then get hearty samples of a variety of foods, ranging from a meatloaf sandwich to cheese, fish, and heavenly cookies. I fall in love with Orinoco Kitchen, a place that bases its menu on that of the Venezuelan taquaritas (rural mom-andpop eateries). I vow to go home and make my own datiles (dates stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon). My husband goes giddy over the mindboggling selection of cheese offered at Formaggio Kitchen. We hear that The Flour Bakery and Café has scrumptious cookies, but the place is so crowded with locals that we can’t get inside. After two days of food touring, we’ve developed a healthy appetite for culinary travel. What better way to season your food with facts and frost your facts with food?

lined streets. Parks and pedestrian pathways were abundant. Over the years the neighborhood fell onto hard times. Then in the 1960s the

city launched an extensive revitalization program, and the South End now is the largest intact Victorian row house community in the United States, home to

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Selling a home in today’s aggressive marketplace can be challenging. The good news is there are a few tweaks that can give homeowners a serious leg up on the competition. With the warmer months being the most active time of year to buy and sell real estate, it’s important to ensure your home is seen in the best light possible. According to, the top five projects that improve home equity are: Bathrooms If adding an additional bathroom isn’t an option, upgrade existing ones. Adding a dual vanity to a master or secondary bath improves functionality, allowing multiple people to use the space. Change out fixtures like faucets and shower doors to increase aesthetic appeal. If you’re on a budget, replace light fixtures or switch plates to help refresh the space.

When working with a small space, highlight storage options with shelving and update or remove wall décor, paint, or wallpaper. Kitchen Kitchen renovations can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 and more. If that’s not in your budget, upgrading cabinetry and paint does wonders to liven up even the most outdated spaces. Add crown or decorative molding to “shape out” the kitchen cabinets and modernize the space. Repaint cabinets, or add new hardware to add visual interest and brighten dark spaces. Outdoor Spaces Curb appeal adds immediate interest to any home’s exterior. According to Remodeling Magazine, improving outdoor spaces can

increase a home’s resale value dollar for dollar. Frame the front walkway with items that add visual interest, like flowers, potted plants, large rocks of various sizes, and solar-powered lights. If yard space is scarce, hanging plants are another great, low-cost option. Extend outdoor projects to the backyard— power-wash decks or patios and clean screened-in areas. Basement Basement improvements can optimize livable space and protect the home from extreme weather, mold, moisture damage, and mites. Whether transitioning the basement to a home gym, office, or family room, the basics remain the same: insulate well and waterproof. Maximize space by including

shelving and storage units. If the opportunity exists, make the space feel open and inviting by creating an open stairwell, a trick that visually connects the upper part of the house with the lower, and filters natural light into the space. Mudroom Mudrooms ensure families stay clutter-free and have a dedicated space to drop stuff as they come through the door. They can also make potential homeowners feel welcome upon entry. While knocking out a wall to create a mudroom is expensive and labor intensive, you can make a “drop zone” by simply anchoring a bench to an empty wall and hanging labeled storage units. Making homes stand out in a sea of real estate listings isn’t always easy, but these are some simple ways to make yours distinct and desirable. (StatePoint)

The Woods at Cedar Run In Camp Hill, Pa., our picturesque community is amidst nature’s most beautiful gifts. Winding nature trails and whimsical gardens frame our neighborhood and provide an ideal environment for all of our residents.

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We focus on community and do everything we can to foster socialization for our residents. Talented and dedicated staff offers the assurance that residents are in good hands. Independent Living encourages residents to continue to thrive. We offer each resident the opportunity to live life the way they want to without all the worries and hassles of home ownership. Senior Living promotes independence for each resident with the added security of a professional care team available day or night. Memory Care embraces state-of-the-art practices for our residents with memory challenges. Our warm atmosphere helps alleviate residents’ anxieties. Caring, knowledgeable, and—most of all—passionate staff is what sets our memory care apart. We believe “Every Walk in the Woods Is Special.”

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Older But Not Wiser

Going Back to Work Sy Rosen ecently I went back to work after being retired for a while. I thought it would be fun to get out of the house, and it would be nice to earn some extra money. My wife also thought it was a great idea (my getting out of the house, that is). I guess she got tired of my housekeeping suggestions, although I still think that my recommendation that all vacuuming should be done counter-clockwise is very valuable. For those of you who are going back to work as a senior, I do have a few suggestions based on my own experience. Since I was a little older than my coworkers, I decided to come up with some references that let my fellow employees know that I was still current. My go-to phrase is,

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“Man, that Justin Bieber has blown up.” I am showing that I know who Justin Bieber is and, by using the phrase “blown up” (which I think means famous), I am showing that I am still hip. Be careful, though: I’m not sure the word “hip” is still hip. Oh, and don’t use the word “dude.” You will be trying much too hard to appear young and it will backfire (I know from experience). You’re coming there with a certain persona—an aura of wisdom—which, of course, is well deserved. However, don’t use phrases that are pedantic or call attention to your age. For example, don’t say things like, “In the old days, we did it right,” or “Back in my day, quality counted,” or “Let me turn up my hearing aid” (even if you have to). OK, you are going to run into a few negative stereotypes, such as

older people go to the bathroom more. It’s usually not true, of course, but we don’t want to fall victim to that false image. Therefore, every time I head to the bathroom I carry a notebook with me and pretend I’m going to a meeting. I noticed that other people also started walking around with a notebook. What can I say? I’m a “pretend you’re not going to the bathroom” trendsetter. Here’s my biggest warning. There’s a good chance that you will have an archenemy, a coworker who is threatened by you and will try to use humor to make fun of you. It’s not just you; he’s threatened by all his coworkers and he thinks that by putting you down, he increases his status. He will therefore use your age to take little shots at you. My

archenemy started off slowly, referring to me as “the vet” and “the dean,” which we all know are code words for “old guy.” When I ignored his comments, he increased his jabs, saying things like, “Do you want us to get a cot in here so you can take a nap?” I know I should have just ignored him and it was petty to sink to his level, but apparently, I’m petty. He’s a little chubby, so when he said his cot joke for third time, I replied, “Yeah, and maybe get a king-sized cot for you.” Everyone laughed, and he hasn’t bothered me since. The important thing to remember is that you are valuable. You have a lot to offer. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I came home early and want to give my wife a few more vacuuming tips.

Cornwall Manor Pennsylvania residents have a tremendous amount of choices in retirement options because there are so many communities to choose from. It is important to ask yourself what things are important to you. If a natural, wooded setting with walking trails, excellent health services on-site, maintenance-free living, and proximity to educational, cultural, and entertainment opportunities are high on your list, then you owe it to yourself to visit Cornwall Manor. Cornwall Manor has been providing a fulfilling lifestyle for those ages 60 and over since 1949. Our 190-acre campus has beautiful historic buildings and brand-new homes and apartments that can be reserved now. And our “spring specials” entrance fee and moving incentives are taking place through May 31. Cornwall Manor offers a unique, comfortable lifestyle and the value of services and amenities not found at many other senior communities. Don’t wait—call us to plan your visit now!

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Free Bus Trip for WWII and Korean War Veterans

Springtime in the Air The howling winter gales are past And springtime zephyrs waft at last. It seems that each and every bird Is vying that he should be heard. We sense aromas in the air. The opening flowers do their share. The scent of blossoms on the trees Is carried on the gentle breeze. Out in the country there’s a smell That we so often know too well. The farmer now cleans out the stall. The pungent odor can appall. In spite of that, I’m sure we know It’s needed for the corn to grow. So if the wind blows foul or fair, We know that springtime’s in the air.

Caption: During last October’s Honor Bus trip, veterans gathered around the Women’s Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Central Pennsylvania communities are sponsoring the ninth totally free bus trip for World War II and Korean War era veterans to their war memorials in Washington, DC. Each deluxe bus is fully escorted with medical staff and all meals are included.

Written and submitted by Hubert L. Stern

Departure locations are on both East and West shores. Registration and reservations are required. Contact the Honor Bus secretary at (717) 462-0594 or email For more information, see

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Beyond the Battlefield

He Survived 34 Days in a Lifeboat: Part 3 of a 4-Part Series Alvin S. Goodman Alvin T. Kemble, 88, a resident of the Chambers Hill area east of Harrisburg, was a gunner in the U.S. Navy’s Armed Guard assigned to a Liberty ship that was sunk in 1943. He tells of his experiences during 34 days in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic Ocean. Three weeks passed. It was dark when we saw the Queen Mary in the distance. We shot off a flare to get her attention. It did. Thinking that it was an old German u-boat trick—getting them to stop and giving the sub a clear shot—the Queen Mary quickly changed course and sped off at top speed. The conditions aboard the lifeboat began to deteriorate. The ocean became rough and the food was soon gone. Some of the men became sick and weak. Perhaps it was by the grace of God that one day, two flying fish accidently jumped into the boat. We sliced the fish into 19 pieces and each of us ate them raw. Soon after we found ourselves in the center of a school of whales. They had the nasty habit of coming up under our boat. If they hit us just right, our lifeboat would flip over like a pancake. In our condition, we knew we would not have had the strength to right the capsized boat and crawl back inside. Another cold night was approaching when the wind began to blow. This wind was different from others we had experienced. This time it caused a stinging sensation on our faces. When daylight came, we realized we were covered with sand; we must be close to land. No land was in sight, but two days later, a small boat was spotted by one man. Was it a mirage? Perhaps it was because it was soon out of sight. A short time later, there

it was again. pot placed in the middle of the floor with a We yelled as loud as we could. The small couple big spoons passed from one to another. boat pulled alongside. It was a Spanish We spent a week before moving on. We fishing boat. had to wait for a This boat supply boat to and others bring supplies to like it the fort. It also usually work carried fish, lots of as a network fish. We had to with a sleep on a tarp mother placed over the vessel. They fish. catch as Three days many fish as passed before we they can and arrived at Las return to the Palmas in the mother ship Canary Islands. Survivors of 34 days in the lifeboat. Al Kemble pictured standing, second from right. where the Here we stayed at fish are the British processed and stored. We didn’t care about the Seamen’s Institute. It was here that we fish smell. It was the best thing we’d seen for received our first bath and clean clothes and weeks. Rescued at last after 34 days in a the opportunity of having the knots cut out of lifeboat! our hair. We stayed here for about two weeks. The man who picked us up had his son There was a German Institute directly across and two grandsons with him. We were so the street. They watched us every day from weak we couldn’t stand up under our own their windows. power. The fishermen had to carry us from We were instructed by the man who ran the lifeboat. One boy allowed me to have his the British Seamen’s Institute to go outside in bunk. His name was Albert. He was pairs. “It is not safe here to walk alone,” he attracted to my ring, which had the letter ‘A’ said. set in a black onyx stone. I graciously took it From here we were put on a much better off and gave it to him. I believe it made his ship. We were assigned rooms and a bed to day. sleep on. Two days later we arrived at the Meals aboard this 75-foot, one-mast port of Cadiz, Spain. We were checked into a sailboat consisted of fish soup. We soon docked hotel where we resided for three days. We with the mother vessel. We spent the next were instructed to be ready to move at a seven days until it dropped us off at Rio del moment’s notice. A man came into the hotel Oro, a Spanish army fort on the edge of the and told us to grab our things; we were Sahara Desert. We all slept on the floor in moving out immediately. one room. The meals consisted of one large The next thing I know, we were on a

flatbed truck heading for the Rock of Gibraltar. Accompanying us were 23 Frenchmen. We were all sitting on the floor of the truck but one of my sea mates, Virgil Hurd, stood up and no sooner did he get to his feet when he was struck in the head by a tree branch and was seriously injured. He received surgery in a Gibraltar hospital but died three days later of his wounds. The day after we arrived at the Rock, we were told we would be debriefed by Naval Intelligence. A fellow Navy man and I were assigned to the USS Lakehurst, which brought us back to the States. We learned that all five lifeboats from the S.S. James W. Denver had been rescued. One lifeboat with 11 survivors was picked up after seven days by the S.S. Cabo Huertas. A second lifeboat, out 13 days with 15 survivors, was rescued by the S.S. Cantana. A third with 10 survivors was picked up after 22 days by the S.S. Albufeira, and the fourth with 14 survivors was spotted after 32 days by an RAF plane 100 miles north of Port-Etienne, Mauritania, which arranged a rescue. Kemble also learned that one of the ship’s crew had been fatally injured during the torpedo attack of the Denver. The seaman was put on another lifeboat and succumbed to internal injuries three days later. 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

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The Beauty in Nature

Ravine Birds in Early April Clyde McMillan-Gamber everal wooded ravines cut through timbered hills bordering both shores of the lower Susquehanna River. Each gorge has a flowing stream that created it over many years. And early in April, some of those clear waterways, and the woods they flow through, attract two kinds of insect-eating, small birds that raise young in those habitats. Eastern phoebes, a kind of flycatcher, survive arriving in timbered ravines in the still-cold weather of early April because sunlight warms the gorges, which are protected from cold winds by the bare trees and steep slopes. The flying insects the phoebes eat are active and available to those birds in the warmth of those valleys. Louisiana waterthrushes, a type of warbler, walk along the stony shores of


woodland gray plumages allow them to waterways to hide in the catch shadowy invertebrates recesses of rock under stones in the shallow, ledges under overhanging running water. boulders near Each kind of waterways or in bird has its own support beams feeding and breeding niche under bridges. They catch in the woods, flying insects reducing with their beaks competition Louisiana Waterthrush with the other while on the wing. They fly for space and to twigs or food needed for rocks to eat themselves and their young. their prey and look for more. While Both species of birds are perched, phoebes pump their tails to communicate with their fellows. camouflaged to blend into their While walking, waterthrushes bob woodland habitats. Phoebes’ brownish-

their bodies rhythmically as if dancing. That bouncing is a communication to relatives and mimics debris bobbing in the flow of water, fooling predators. And waterthrushes are brown on top, which resembles stream beds and notches in soil behind tree roots in stream banks where they nest. The songs of both species unite the genders for rearing offspring. Male phoebes repeatedly sing “fee-bee, feebee.” Male waterthrushes have resounding voices so females can hear them above the music of the waterways. Both species raise babies in the same environment because they occupy different niches. But in autumn they leave their nesting environments for warmer latitudes where invertebrates are available during the northern winter.

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Be Alert for Signs of Sciatica That shooting pain in your lower back or leg could be a bee sting or a splinter, but if it lasts for a prolonged period, it might be sciatica—an irritation of one of the sciatic nerves that originate in the lower part of the back and run through the buttocks down into the legs. The sciatic nerves are the longest, widest nerves in the human body. The pain can vary in intensity, from mild discomfort to sharp burning sensations similar to an electric shock.

Generally limited to just one side of the lower body, the pain can be aggravated by coughing, sneezing, or lengthy periods of sitting. In most cases it’s not dangerous—just annoying—but you should see a doctor promptly if you experience severe pain, weakness, or numbness in the area; if you’re having difficulty controlling your bladder or bowels; or if the pain is the result of a traumatic injury. Sciatica will usually fade in a matter of weeks or months, although surgery to

relieve pressure on the nerve is an option if the pain persists for more than six weeks. Traditional treatments include heat and cold packs, pain medication (both over the counter and prescription), or an epidural steroid injection. Alternative approaches may involve chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Your best bet, though, is to avoid the risk factors. Sciatica tends to be more common in middle age, but other causes

are within your control. Being overweight puts greater stress on your spine; jobs that call for prolonged sitting or heavy lifting can increase the likelihood of sciatic pain; and diabetes can affect the way your body processes blood sugar, contributing to nerve damage. The best advice: Don’t just sit there for hours on end—get up and move around frequently to keep your back muscles flexible and in good shape.

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Book Review

Up From Corinth By J. Arthur Moore

Duane Kinkade is 11 years old when he enters the Civil War as a Confederate drummer boy in search of his father, a Confederate soldier. His father’s last letter spoke of action in western Tennessee, so it is that Duane enters the war in April 1862 at a place called Pittsburg Landing, near a church called Shiloh. Up From Corinth is the story of that battle, where Duane falls wounded and ends up in the care of a Union doctor and his teenage ward. In the months that follow, through the summer and fall of 1862, the Army of the Ohio moves eastward.

Duane is able to begin his trek back to the Confederate Army. Up From Corinth is available at Legacy Used Books and Collectibles, New Holland; Aaron’s Books, Lititz; Treasure Hill Antiques, Morgantown; the Chester County Historical Society and West Chester University, both in West Chester; and online at For further information, visit

Skirmishes with elements of cavalry, outbreaks of illness, and the hardships of life in an army on the move culminate in full battle at Perryville. Finally, in the winter of 18621863, in the aftermath of a bitterly cold and bloody battle at Stones River, About the Author J. Arthur Moore is an educator with over 41 years’ experience in public, private, and independent settings. He is also an amateur photographer and has illustrated his works with his own photographs. In addition to Up From Corinth, Moore has written a series called Journey Into Darkness, a novel titled Summer of Two Worlds, and a number of short pieces and short stories. He lives in Narvon, Pa.

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Cumberland County

Calendar of Events

PA State Parks in Cumberland County

Senior Center Activities

April 12, 8 to 9:30 p.m. – Experiencing a Spring Night, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center April 20, 9 a.m. to noon – Earth Day Volunteer Cleanup, Pine Grove Furnace State Park April 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Earth Day Volunteer Cleanup, Colonel Denning State Park

Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville April 5, 10 a.m. – Thank-You Coffee for Newville’s Firefighters April 9, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Healthy Steps for Older Adults Fall-Prevention Program April 26, 9 a.m. – Walk About in Adams Ricci Park

Programs and Support Groups April 2, 7 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786 April 4, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road Camp Hill (717) 557-9041 April 10, 11:30 a.m. NARFE West Shore Chapter 1465 VFW Post 6704 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 737-1486 Visitors welcome; meeting is free but fee for food.

Free and open to the public.

The Cumberland Singers Program: Deep Peace April 12, 8 p.m. – Enola Emmanuel United Methodist Church April 13, 7 p.m. – Community United Methodist Church, New Cumberland April 14, 3 p.m. – Shepherdstown United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg April 16, 7 p.m. – Messiah Village Chapel, Mechanicsburg (717) 367-8030 April 16, 11 a.m. NARFE Mechanicsburg Chapter 1816 Hoss’s Steak and Sea House 61 Gettysburg Pike Mechanicsburg (717) 545-1603

April 16, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880 April 20, 2 to 4 p.m. Local Author Book Signing: Unpacking Memories by Deborah Sweaney Whistlestop Bookshop 129 W. High St., Carlisle (717) 243-4744

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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 April 26, 10 a.m. – Walk About in Adams Ricci Park Mechanicsburg Place – (717) 697-5947 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg Southampton Place – (717) 530-8217 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg April 11, 11 a.m. – National Cheese Fondue Day Party April 23, 10 a.m. – Housing Options for Seniors Presentation April 24, 11:30 a.m. – Fish Fry West Shore Senior Citizens Center – (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland

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Amelia Givin Library, 114 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, (717) 486-3688 Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 April 17, 1 p.m. – Afternoon Classic Movies at Bosler 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 April 6 and 20, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Book Sale April 7, 3 to 4 p.m. – “April in Paris” Cultural Program April 24, 6:30 p.m. – Preventing an ID Theft Crisis Shippensburg Public Library, 73 W. King St., Shippensburg, (717) 532-4508

April 13, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mohler Senior Center 25 Hope Drive, Hershey (717) 533-2002 April 16 and 17, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Middlesex Township Recreation Building 50 Beagle Club Road, Carlisle (717) 249-4409 April 30, 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Center 225 Salt Road, Enola (717) 761-4822

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from page 1 organization: You have people that you the boy’s overall comfort and happiness, hire and who report to you.” and he was soon meeting with Aaron’s This is quite a feat for someone who, Acres’ executive director, Risa Paskoff, to until four years ago, “had never done see how he could continue spreading volunteer work” in his life. Grossman those smiles locally. started out as a stockbroker and then “These are kids that never did this worked doing “very mundane business” kind of stuff. Their life is changed, and in New York City until 1971, when he when you see that and the smiles on their heard that the Maryland and faces, it’s great,” he said. Pennsylvania Railroad Company—a 38The effects of Grossman’s involvement mile, short-line freight railroad running are clearly evident. Initially, Aaron’s Acres between York, Pa., was only able to offer its and Whiteford, summer camp programs Md.—was for sale. for half days. Now, I have a fulltime And his company thanks to the funds job—not for bought it. generated by the golf Grossman became tournament and other pay, but for a successful, 40-year fundraisers, camp satisfaction. businessman in the sessions in all three railroad industry, locations—Lancaster, which included Berks, and Dauphin raising money to fix counties—run for full up old freight cars in order to lease them days, five days a week. out. “Having Robert as a board member He sold his railroad company, which has been a true blessing to everyone owned five railroads at that time, in involved with Aaron’s Acres,” Paskoff 2002, and then worked six years for the said. “The amount of time and energy he company that bought it. He also took his puts forth to spread the word about who railroad expertise down to Washington, we are and what we do is remarkable. We DC, and to state governments to meet joke that wherever he goes, he ends up with and persuade legislators to help fund talking about Aaron’s Acres.” railroad-track upgrades and modify In 2012, 280 special-needs children railroad regulations. benefited from a summer camp After he retired in 2008, Grossman experience, which includes swimming, and his family were participating in an crafts, dancing, dog visits, and even event in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor where horseback riding. boat owners (including Grossman) took “Before [participating], these kids families and their special-needs children don’t have friends; they don’t talk to lots out for boat rides. of different people. And then they come Grossman took a 13-year-old autistic to camp and they make friends, and they boy and his family on a two-hour ride end up doing activities that they really around Baltimore harbor. The photo of enjoy,” Grossman said. “And then the the boy before the ride shows his anxious, parents get some respite while the kids contorted face. But the “after” shot? are at camp, and we have programs for “At the end of the trip, he was sitting the parents, too.” back in the seat, smiling and laughing,” During the school year, kids ages 13 to Grossman remembered. 21 can participate in community Grossman marveled at the effect this activities such as movies, bowling, and seemingly simple experience had had on baseball games on Friday evenings. On

Saturday afternoons, children ages 5 to 12 can gather to enjoy recreational activities that include group games, sports, and music therapy. Grossman has gotten his whole family involved in his new mission. His grandson served as a “volunteer buddy” last summer, one of many middle- and high-school students who are paired with a special-needs child to act as a positive role model and to aid Aaron’s Acres staff. Grossman’s work on Aaron’s Acres’ behalf isn’t limited to just the golf tournament. In addition to serving as a member of its board and continuously seeking and contacting new donors, Grossman facilitates Aaron’s Acres Days at a couple of area restaurants each year, where a percentage of the restaurant’s sales for that day are donated to Aaron’s Acres. In 2012, Aaron’s Acres was approved as an eligible nonprofit organization under Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit program, which provides for-profit businesses a 75 percent tax credit for the amount of their donations to eligible nonprofits. Just as he had with the golf tournament, Grossman used his fundraising knowhow to secure a sizeable business donor for this program. Although his role at Aaron’s Acres is multifaceted, it’s the annual golf tournament that requires most of Grossman’s focus, which he gladly gives. “The big thing is the golf tournament; it takes six months out of my life. It’s a lot of work,” Grossman said. “This year, the goal is $50,000. That’s 10 percent of Aaron’s Acres’ budget. “I have a fulltime job—not for pay, but for satisfaction.” For more information on Aaron’s Acres or their golf tournament on May 20, call Grossman’s cell at (717) 940-1941, email him at, or visit

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In 2009, Grossman joined the Aaron’s Acres board. The following year, however, he began taking over the production of what would become his signature achievement: the organization’s annual golf tournament, now a major fundraiser. Grossman set to work, embarking on what would become another fulltime job in which he is paid in passion versus pennies. He worked out an agreement with Bent Creek Country Club, of which he is a member, to host the tournament on its golf course (though he himself is not a golfer, he said). Grossman also placed scores of phone calls and emails to benevolent persons in the community, as well as good, oldfashioned face-to-face communication with anyone who crossed his path. “I became so passionate about Aaron’s Acres. It’s an easy sell when you sit down and talk to somebody. These are kids with developmental disabilities, including physical disabilities, autism, and Down’s syndrome. … “If I go out to a restaurant, I’d talk to the person sitting next to me,” Grossman explained. “Everybody that worked on my house—the air conditioning guy, the plumber—I’d call them and say, ‘I’m a customer of yours, and I want to talk to you about Aaron’s Acres.’” In this friendly, down-to-earth way, Grossman signed on numerous tournament sponsors and 100 participating golfers for the 2011 and 2012 tournaments. And the event, organized and energized by Grossman, went from raising a few thousand dollars in 2010—when run by an outside person in a different venue—to a staggering $44,000 in 2011. The 2012 tournament beat even that, with a grand total of $46,000. “Aaron’s Acres is a young organization, and I’m able to give some input from a business sense,” Grossman said. “Running a nonprofit is not that different from running a for-profit


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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Pool Sharks from History Dr. Lori The sport of billiards, as we know it, originated in the 15th century with the ruling classes of Europe. The game quickly attracted court members and commoners alike. Billiards has long been a game that has blurred socioeconomic lines. The age-old game now enjoys a revival in the world of antiques collecting. The earliest version of our contemporary game of pool was originally called ground billiards. It was a game played outdoors on grass, like croquet. Over time, the game was moved indoors and played with cues on a green, fabric-covered table to recall the color of the grassy lawn. While the French kings were the first to own billiard tables, circa 1470, many of history’s most famous figures played billiards. Some historic pool sharks included Mary, Queen of Scots; William

in the game with Shakespeare; Mozart; Napoleon; King a table in his basement den at Louis XIV; King Graceland in Louis XVI and Marie Memphis, Tenn. Antoinette; General Game rooms Lafayette; Presidents George Washington, featuring billiard tables and bars John Quincy Adams, recall the golden and Abraham age of billiard Lincoln; Mark salons. Following Twain; Charles Elvis Presley’s circa 1970s-era pool Dickens; Queen the gaming tastes table from Graceland (photo credit: of America’s Victoria; Cornelius businessmen and Vanderbilt; and H.G. robber barons Wells, to name a few. Today, many people are partaking in like Cornelius Vanderbilt and J.P. Morgan in the early 20th century, the revival of pool, collecting pool memorabilia and decorating game rooms collectors continue to seek out antique with vintage and antique pool tables, billiard tables, cue racks, and vintage racks, and accessories. Stars have also billiard balls. enjoyed the trend: Ozzy Osbourne had The strong market for period billiard an antique pool table in his Malibu, tables made of maple, walnut, and Calif., home, and Elvis revived interest rosewood entices collectors to pay upwards of $25,000 and $100,000 for some fine Victorian tables. Some of the most popular Brunswick pool tables were the Union League, the Nonpareil, and the Monarch lines. Often, these large-scale and impressive billiard tables were intended for a home’s

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Grilled Jerk Chicken with Mango Salsa By Pat Sinclair Lime juice, a jalapeno chile, garlic, and spices combine to add plenty of zippy flavors to boneless chicken breasts so there is little need for salt. Increase the chile or garlic to your own tastes. Mangoes have a sweet, tart flavor with a hint of the tropics especially welcome when spring is late in coming. I’ve also used fresh chopped pineapple in the salsa. Mango Salsa: 1 cup finely diced fresh mango 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint (optional) 1 teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar 1 teaspoon lime juice 1 green onion, chopped 1/2 to 1 jalapeno, minced 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon canola or vegetable oil 2 boneless skinless split chicken breasts (about 4 ounces each) Combine the ingredients for the salsa in a medium bowl and mix well. Cover and chill until serving. Combine the brown sugar, red pepper, thyme, salt, allspice, cloves, and garlic in a re-sealable food-storage bag. Add the lime juice and canola oil and mix well. Add chicken and turn to coat. Seal the bag and marinate the chicken 30 minutes or chill several hours. Heat the grill until the coals are medium-hot. Remove the chicken from the marinade and discard the marinade. Pat the chicken dry. Place the chicken on the grill rack. Cook 6 to 8 minutes, turning once until cooked through and no longer pink in the middle. Serve with mango salsa.

Cook’s Note: Mangoes are available year round. When ripe, mangoes yield to slight pressure. I usually allow them to ripen one or two days at room temperature after purchase. The easiest way to prepare a ripe mango is to make a lengthwise cut along both wide sides of the fruit to remove the seed. Cut the fruit from the peel as the peel is inedible. You can also purchase a “mango slicer” that easily separates the seed from the fruit. Copyright by Pat Sinclair. Pat Sinclair announces the publication of her second cookbook, Scandinavian Classic Baking (Pelican Publishing), in February 2011. This book has a color photo of every recipe. Her first cookbook, Baking Basics and Beyond (Surrey Books), won the 2007 Cordon d’Or from the Culinary Arts Academy. Contact her at

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