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Cumberland County Edition

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Vol. 12 No. 5

Discovering Buried Treasure Metal Detecting Offers Key to Exercise, Service, Community, and Adventure By Beth Anne Heesen Metal detectors have become almost as common on beaches as seagulls. It is a popular hobby today, with thousands of people flocking to the sand each year to search for rings, coins, and other treasures. But for Bob Clark, 73, of Mechanicsburg, metal detecting is much more than a hobby. He started more than 40 years ago and has been doing it ever since. He began in the late ’60s. “Not many people had metal detectors at that time,” he said, “but as a deputy wildlife conservation officer, I was one of the few that did.” He was also a nature writer, and metal detecting turned out to be a perfect activity for the outdoorsy, adventure-loving man. Clark uses his metal detector extensively for community service, so the hobby has been a joy not only to him, but also to countless others who have benefited from his findings. “People take off rings [at the beach], put them in a shoe, and then come back and throw the sand out of the shoe,” he said. Out with the sand go the rings, much to their owners’ dismay. Clark said he is happy when he can return an item to someone and does not accept rewards. In the early ’70s, Clark joined a ring recovery team. One time, he found a class ring for a Gettysburg woman at Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County. “She was very poor, and it was one of the thrills of her life,” he said. The please see TREASURE page 4 Metal-detecting enthusiast Bob Clark at the lakefront beach in Pine Grove Furnace State Park, where he has often unearthed lost jewelry.


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Royal Wedding Collectibles Dr. Lori ate Middleton and Prince William married at Westminster Abbey in London on April 29, 2011. Royal watchers will be eyeing a wide range of collectibles. Which royal collectibles should you buy? I always advise people to collect objects that chronicle a historic event or relate to historic figures. It has been proven that in the market for art and antiques, these historic and genuine objects will hold their value long term. Quality and authentic objects relating to a royal wedding, albeit the first of this century, certainly fit the bill.


Collecting the Queen Reports indicate that the Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, wrote in a staff memo recently that “We want [royal wedding] items that are permanent and significant.” For the Kate/William royal wedding, Queen Elizabeth II and her staff are proponents of such regal

produced William and wedding collectibles as Kate wedding dolls and porcelain pillboxes, knickknacks featuring monogrammed tea towels, images of the couple, and commemorative cups many of which are that highlight the future coming out of China. king and his new bride. Some of the more jovial These are going to be, long royal collectibles include term, the sought-after royal condoms, royal collectibles, so these are wedding sick (vomit) the objects to acquire now. Buckingham Palace prefers bags for all the other The history of royal “significant” royal wedding collectibles ranges from collectibles for the wedding of women who aren’t marrying the world’s Queen Victoria’s diamond Prince William and Kate. On April 29, the value of the Prince No. 1 bachelor, and tiara, George V’s Charles and Lady Diana “Waity Katie” nail coronation china, Queen engagement mug will spike, polish. Elizabeth II’s doubling today’s value of $175. Collectibles will monogrammed silver tea emerge in the oddest of service, and, of course, Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s royal places. With the Internet, a sales arena not available when Princess Diana wed wedding porcelain boxes. in 1981, the world will have no trouble Cuckoo Collectibles acquiring a wide variety of royal Buckingham Palace prefers classic collectibles relating to Prince William royal wedding souvenirs over the massand his bride.

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ring had her husband’s initials 3 or 4 inches into dirt,” he said. He said he finds a lot of junk too, inscribed on it. “She was thrilled to Clark and his wife of 52 years, which is why he recommends death when she found out,” he said. Thelma, travel all over America. spending at least $300 for a metal “It was unbelievable.” Wherever they go, he never leaves detector. “You want to find a Clark is a member and past home without his metal detector. He machine that will discriminate president of Pen Mar Historical loves to go to the beach, where sand against aluminum,” he said. Recovery Association, a metal makes metal detecting a lot easier. Clark’s hobby carries spectacular detecting club in Gettysburg with His wife is not as interested in metal social benefits for him. He enjoys about 50 members ranging in age metal detecting with club from early teens to seniors. The members and looks forward to the team often goes to state parks and treasure hunt they hold each other grounds to search for October, which he said is “sort of historical relics. They put the like an Easter egg hunt for items they find in plastic bags, adults.” For a fee, anyone is and archaeologists analyze them. welcome to search for Indian The club donates its findings Head pennies, silver, and other to museums all over the country items—including a key to a and has made historical treasure chest. discoveries. Once, Clark and He eagerly shares findings with seven other members found 3,500 A few of the items Clark has recovered over others who enjoy metal detecting, items on a 600-acre plot on the years include centuries-old coins, bottles, although most keep the sites Gettysburg National Park that horse-riding equipment, and a 100-year-old, where they found them secret, 44-caliber Peacemaker revolver, shown at left. just as some people keep silent on proved the land had been a battlefield and prevented it from the special ingredients of their detecting as Clark, but she enjoys becoming a shopping center. most scrumptious recipes. “People spending time on the beach. Clark has even used his metal love to share, but won’t tell you Clark said that, for his purposes, detector for crime solving. In the where,” he said. the beach is best when it is not busy. Clark said that metal detecting is early ’70s, a conservationist officer Children get excited when they see a great thing for a husband and wife was shot in Adams County. He people metal detecting and follow to do together and that it provides a survived but was seriously injured. them around. “You have to be fun activity to do with kids and Clark found three shell cases that grandkids at the beach, where it is were linked to the gun of the person careful with children,” he said. “Ask them to stand back and show them easy to get bored. who shot the officer. what you found.” Best of all, Clark said every day of “The man [had] panicked,” he Metal detecting can bring a profit metal detecting is an adventure. said. “He was hunting deer and [the if you work hard at it and are lucky. “You never know what you’re going officer] caught him, so he shot the One of Clark’s friends makes about to find next,” he said. “You never officer between the eyes.” He has know when you’re going to find a also found knives and other weapons $30,000 a year metal detecting in Ocean City, Md., but that is not the gold coin.” linked to crimes that occurred long norm. Clark said it is not unusual For more information on metal ago. for him to find 10,000 to 12,000 detecting or the Pen Mar Historical Another reason Clark metal Recovery Association, visit detects is for the health benefits. The coins a year, but that is not a lot of money when 90 percent of those hobby requires walking, stretching, coins are pennies. mar or contact Don Hinks at (717) and digging, and the exercise can One of the rarest items Clark ever 334-8634 or range from light to heavy, depending found was an 1824 self-made coin in gettysburgelectronics@embarqmail.c on how much someone wants to the South. Another great find was a om. The club meets on the second work on it and where they go. 100-year-old, 44-caliber Peacemaker Tuesday of every other month at the “You don’t have to be in that revolver he found under a wooden National Apple Museum in good of shape on sand at the beach, Biglerville. but it works you when you’re digging floor in an old barn out West.


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May is 6th Annual Jewish-American Heritage Month In 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be JewishAmerican Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions passed unanimously, first in the House of Representatives in December 2005 and later in the Senate in February 2006. Since 2006, JAHM programs have taken place across the country. The contributions of JewishAmericans are far-ranging and include scientists, entertainers, writers, and entrepreneurs. Some of these are listed below: Levi Strauss, 1829-1902. In 1873, Strauss and Nevada tailor Jacob Davis created the first blue jeans when they received a U.S. patent to make men’s

denim work pants with copper rivets. With this patent, they began to manufacture blue jeans, known today as the Levi’s® brand. Emma Lazarus, 18491887. Lazarus was a writer and a scholar of literature and languages whose poetry and essays protested the rise of antiSemitism. “Give me your tired, your poor, / Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” are two famous lines of her sonnet, “The New Colossus,” which was affixed to the Statue of Liberty in 1903.

the only woman included in Time magazine’s 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century. Devoted to philanthropy, Lauder launched the pink ribbon symbol as the worldwide emblem of breast health. Estée Lauder

Jonas Salk, 19141995. When news of Salk’s discovery of a polio vaccine was made public in 1955, the virologist was hailed as a miracle worker. In 1963, he founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif. Salk spent his last years searching for a vaccine against AIDS.

Estée Lauder, 19062004. Born Josephine Sandy Koufax Ruth Mosko Handler, Esther Mentzer, Lauder 1916-2002. The Los founded the Estée Angeles Times’ Woman of the Year in Lauder Company in 1946. Lauder was

Business in 1967, Handler created the Barbie doll, named after her daughter, in 1959. The doll rocketed the Mattel company to nearly overnight success and became an icon of American culture. Handler later turned her attention to helping other breast cancer survivors, creating a breast prosthesis called Nearly Me. Ann Landers, 1918-2002. Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer, writing as Ann Landers, had her first advice column published in the Chicago Sun Times in 1955. By the end of Lederer’s life, Ann Landers had become the world’s most widely syndicated column, published in more than 1,200 publications and with more than 90 million readers around the world. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, b. 1933. Bader Ginsburg is the first Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court and the first woman to make both the Harvard and Columbia law reviews. She served on the U.S. Court of Appeals from 1980 until her appointment in 1993 to the U.S. Supreme Court. please see HERITAGE page 9

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Sandy Koufax, b. 1935. Koufax won 18 games and struck out 269 batters for the Brooklyn Dodgers, a league record. Koufax was the first major leaguer to pitch four no-hitters, including a perfect game. He became the first player to earn three Cy Young Awards and the youngest player ever elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Barbra Streisand, b. 1942. Streisand is one of the most commercially

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This Month in History: May Events • May 5, 1865 – Decoration Day was first observed in the United States, with the tradition of decorating soldiers’ graves from the Civil War with flowers. The observance date was later moved to May 30 and included American graves from World War I and World War II. It then became better known as Memorial Day. In 1971, Congress moved Memorial Day to the last Monday in May, thus creating a three-day holiday weekend.

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• May 14, 1796 – Smallpox vaccine was developed by Dr. Edward Jenner, a physician in rural England. He coined the term vaccination for the new procedure of injecting a milder form of the disease into healthy persons, resulting in immunity. Within 18 months, 12,000 people in England had been vaccinated and the number of smallpox deaths dropped by two-thirds. • May 24, 1844 – Telegraph inventor Samuel Morse sent the first official telegraph message, “What hath God wrought?” from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., to Baltimore.

Birthdays • May 6 – Psychoanalysis founder Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) was born in Freiberg, Moravia. His theories became the foundation for treating psychiatric disorders by psychoanalysis and offered some of the first workable cures for mental disorders. • May 12 – British nurse and public health activist Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) was born in Florence, Italy. She volunteered to aid British troops in Turkey where she improved hospital sanitary conditions and greatly reduced the death rate for wounded and sick soldiers. She received worldwide acclaim for her unselfish devotion to nursing, contributed to the development of modern nursing procedures, and emphasized the dignity of nursing as a profession for women. • May 29 – American revolutionary leader Patrick Henry (1736-1799) was born in Studley, Va. He is best remembered for his speech in 1775 declaring, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death.”

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Contestants from Diverse Backgrounds Share Their Talents at PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Auditions By Beth Anne Heesen Some came from local bands and theaters. Others sang at church, crooned for customers at the grocery store, or performed karaoke for residents in retirement homes. Still others performed only for spouses and grandchildren, danced only in kitchens, and sang only in showers. Whatever their backgrounds, more than 100 people made it to the sixth annual PA STATE SENIOR IDOL auditions, held by On-Line Publishers, Inc., to prove that Pennsylvania’s seniors are bursting with talent. Most sang for the judges, but others played the trumpet or guitar. Everyone had their chance to shine, but only 15 outstanding performers are going on to next month’s finals competition to compete for the title of Pennsylvania’s next SENIOR IDOL. Jose Angel Cruz of Ephrata arrived early for his audition and, fortunately, so did his birthday. Cruz wanted to enter the competition last year but could not because he was still under 50. The firsttimer nailed his audition when he sang “Butterfly Kisses” by Bob Carlisle with energy and passion. Philadelphia resident Dan Kelly was worried when he walked into the audition room because the song on the CD he used was in a different key than he had practiced. Imagine the judges’ surprise when he belted out a deep, confident performance of “Why God, Why” from Miss Saigon. While contestants in the waiting room could not see his dramatic body language and the emotion on his face, every one of them could hear his powerful voice. Judges felt like they found a pot of gold when Patty Price of York took their breaths away singing Judy Garland’s “Over the Rainbow.” Price’s stunning voice and poise earned her a place as a semifinalist for the second year in a row. Constance Kuba Fisher of Mechanicsburg’s animated expressions and gestures also delighted her audience as she sang “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from Funny Girl. The elegant, sequined shirt that she made herself matched her shimmering talent beautifully. Every seasoned contestant knows that to wow the judges, you’ve got to “hit [’em] with your best shot,” but sometimes

the biggest step is just going through with the audition. Steve Reuben of Harrisburg was a little nervous about singing “Some Enchanted Evening” from South Pacific at his audition because he was a little under the weather. Fortunately, he showed up anyway because no one else would have had a clue. His compelling voice was apparently sturdy enough to withstand the attack on his sinuses. Margie Sheaffer of New Providence was another contestant who had butterflies in her stomach. She had been part of a late-’60s rock band and has considerable theater experience, but after 15 years off-stage, Sheaffer was outside her comfort box. Last year she applied for an audition but then backed out of it. She would never have come in for this year’s audition, she said, had 50plus Senior News editor Megan Joyce not contacted her for an interview for April’s cover story. Now that she found herself featured in an article about SENIOR IDOL contestants, she knew there was no turning back, and her husband reminded her that, this time, she had to do it. Before she went in for her audition, she joked with Joyce that she was mad at her for “making” her do this. But after a sizzling performance of “Fever” by Peggy Lee, she gave Joyce a hug and said she was happy that she went through with it. The next day, she got a call congratulating her for making it to the finals. These exceptional semifinalists and others will showcase their talents at the sold-out PA STATE SENIOR IDOL finals competition at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster on Monday, June 6. The show’s emcee will be Diane Dayton of Dayton Communications, and local celebrity judges Janelle Stelson of WGAL-8, Buddy King of The Magnificent Men, Valerie Pritchett of abc27, and R.J. Harris of WHP580 AM will select three finalists after the first round of performances. The finalists will then perform a second selection, after which the judges and the audience will vote together to select the 2011 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL. Sponsoring this year’s competition are abc27, Blue Ridge Communications, WCHE1520AM, WHYL960AM, and WHP580 AM. Visit or call (717) 285-1350 for more information.

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Memorial Gardens Dr. Leonard Perry emorial or remembrance gardens are an ideal way to keep alive the memory of those deceased, whether they are family, friends, or even pets. They are particularly appropriate if the deceased had some interest in gardening. Instead of a plaque or memorial that lasts, some like to plant a mass of perennials or a grove of native trees. These are allowed to reseed, so as the original plants die, new seedlings grow. This carries the planting along for many years, much longer than a single plant. Candidates for such perennials might be mallows, garden phlox, and lupines, and for annuals try cosmos or spider flower. Just make sure their reseeding won’t cause problems where sited. If a person was interested in gardening, their passions would be a good place to start in creating a memorial garden. Perhaps they were fond of a plant such as rhododendron, phlox, or hollyhocks, which, by planting, will remind you of them. Perhaps the person liked a food such as applesauce or wines, so you might plant an apple tree or grapes to trigger memories. My mother was fond of herbs, so I keep a small herb garden in her memory. Others keep alive memories of friends through plants given to them by that person. If a person liked a particular season, focus your garden on this, either with bloom times as in spring bulbs or foliage colors for fall. If a person liked a particular color, focus on this with flowers and foliage if possible. A white garden is sometimes popular to remember a young child, with white symbolizing purity. If the person was religious, consider a


religious statue. If the person liked birds, add birdfeeders and baths. Such objects as birdbaths, hummingbird feeders, and benches are appropriate if you don’t have time or space for a full garden. One common remembrance popular with many is to plant a variety with the name of the person, such as Mary Todd daylily if the person’s name was Mary. Every time you see the plant you think of the person. Roses are a popular remembrance plant, many having people names. A different type of memorial garden can be designed for reflection or to grieve. In such gardens, enclosure from the outside world as with a fence or hedge often is used. Usually such gardens have a plaque, monument, or focal point and a bench or some form of seating. Soothing, sensual effects, such as fragrance from flowers or the sound of a gentle water feature, can be comforting in such gardens. A memorial garden for reflection is appropriate for persons that really had no interest in plants. Instead, install some object to remind you of them as a focal point. For an adult interested in music, you might choose wind chimes or a musical sculpture. For one interested in literature, have their favorite poem inscribed. For children, this focus could be a sculpture of their favorite toy or impressions in stepping stones. Perhaps you would create a children’s play garden for other youth to enjoy. Creating memorial gardens promotes healing. Maintaining them is therapeutic. The gardens not only keep alive their memories, but also provide beauty to those who see them even if they didn’t know the person you are remembering.


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Such Is Life

My Diary: A Thank-You to Mom Saralee Perel January 2, 1961: Dear Diary, My sled hit a tree and cracked my head open. My stupid brother said I didn’t crack my head. But I certainly did! Mommy took us out for butterscotch sundays. Goodbye! Saralee Perel I was 10. My brother, Michael, was 14. My poor mother. How could she let us out of her sight? Michael loved terrifying me. He said, “If you hiccup and burp at the same time, you die.” Instantly, I hiccupped. I raced to my parents’ bedroom and cried, “I’ll die if I burp!” Mom patted the bed. Our arms surrounded each other as we fell asleep. January 7: Dear Diary, I have a sore throat. Mommy officially said No School For You. She let me try on her jewelry. Even her GENUINE diamonds. Goodbye! Saralee Perel

I have her clipon earrings, brooches, and “genuine” (costume) diamonds. When I’m sick, I still play with them at times. Sometimes I cry.

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Frankie is the dead one. Mommy won’t get another fish because she is mad I forget to feed them. We had a dog named Friskie. He died because he stopped breathing. Well, that’s all! Except I wish I had a nicer Mommy. Goodbye! Saralee Perel P.S. I really did not mean that.

January 9: Mommy thinks I’m faking my VERY sore throat. I TOLD her my tempeture. Mom rarely slept One hundred well. When I’d need twenty! Goodbye! the bathroom at Saralee Perel P.S. Saralee, her mom, and brother Mike on night, I’d sneak past Mommy’s agrevated the beach in Atlantic City, N.J., in 1955. Michael’s dark door. with me. He’d lunge out January 10: Dear Diary, One of our screaming, “SURPRISE!” I’d go flying 3 feet in the air, then land on all fours. fishes died. They are Frankie and Johnny.


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“Mommy!” I always ran to her side. “Michael did it again!” Without opening her eyes, she’d pat the bed, then wrap me in her arms. Once Michael said, “If you sleep on your back, you turn into a corpse in a coffin, and Mom and Dad will bury you alive.” To sleep on my stomach, I’d put pieces of my china tea set against my shoulders, so I’d feel them if I turned. Sometimes they’d break. Mom found out. She cried, holding a delicate teacup with a broken handle. “Please don’t cry, Mommy.” “Grandma gave me this for my bat mitzvah. We had tea parties, like you and I do.” I loved tea parties. We’d have Tetley Tea and Keebler cookies. We sang, “Tea for Two,” emphasizing words by singing them loudly. “Just ME for YOU, and YOU for ME.”


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“There’s some I haven’t broken, Mommy.” It broke my heart then and it does now. February 9: Dear Diary, It’s my birthday!!!! I got Frankie THE SECOND. I told Mommy one hundred times Johnny THE FIRST is lonely. Goodbye! Saralee Perel Can you imagine how irritating it was, hearing me kvetching all day about a fish? October 23: Dear Diary, Jamie and I bicycled downhill. With NO hands. I fell. The kick stand stuck in my leg. It was pouring red blood. Let me just say it was agony. Mommy took me to my uncle, the FAMOUS Doctor Louis Sachs. Uncle Lou picked out many hundred pebbles under my nose and sewed black stitches on my leg. I almost died. Mommy stopped and bought chocolate cake. Goodbye! Saralee Perel

My mother loved me— unconditionally. I wish I could tell her that I know that … now. I want to say, “I adored the shelter of your arms. You made my world safe.” Sometimes I think I’ll never find solace again. “And Mom? I am so sorry I broke our treasured tea set.” My last entry says, “Dear Diary.” However, I’m changing it for this story, as a final thank-you to my mother. December 31: Dear Mommy, Well, well, well. Our time together is coming to a sad ending. It’s been SO wonderful having you to talk to. You are my very best friend. I will miss you SO much. I will love and cherish you forever. Love, love, love, love, love, Goodbye. Saralee Perel. Award-winning columnist Saralee Perel welcomes emails at or via her website:


One Nation Under God: Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming … By Donald J. Mang ne hundred and fifty years after the start of the Civil War, Donald J. Mang’s novel illuminates the war’s bloody contests through the eyes of four young people traumatized by the events that divided our country and caused families and friends to become enemies. Patrick O’Hanrahan is a young Irish Catholic immigrant who has come to New York City with his family after the Potato Famine of the 1840s. He soon falls in love with Beth Wheeler, the woman who is left behind when Patrick joins the 69th Volunteers from NYC—the Fighting Irish. When the Civil War breaks out, Patrick becomes wounded in battle and is tended to by Lou Ann Summers. Her recurring presence in Patrick’s life fuels his growing affection for her. These matters of the heart are often overshadowed by the chaos of war. After being captured in battle, Patrick plots with a fellow captive and friend, Nathan, to use the Underground Railroad to escape the captivity of war

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and slavery. Another friendship is torn apart when Patrick almost kills his childhood friend, Joshua, now an enemy fighter, on the battleground. Throughout the novel, Mang’s characters represent the true struggles with life and death, good and bad that the Civil War inflicted. The stories of the lives lived and lost during the Civil War have woven the fabric of this nation in ways that are still tangible today. The novel’s rich blend of suspense, romance, religion, and history offers something for every reader. About the Author After years of following his passion to capture the spirit of Americans living through the Civil War, Donald J. Mang’s lifelong dream to publish a historical fiction novel came to fruition in 2008—when he was “well beyond 50.” His other works have appeared in numerous periodicals and magazines in addition to poetry awards in national writers’ competitions. He lives with his wife, Millie, in Amherst, N.Y.

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Beyond the Battlefield

For Jay Snyder, Tennis Is a Labor of Love – Part 2 Alvin S. Goodman ay Snyder, 68, a twice-wounded Vietnam veteran, has had a distinguished post-military career, first as a state and national advocate for the disabled and, secondly, as an international figure as arbiter and administrator in the tennis world. After his discharge from the Army in 1967, Snyder became a government career trainee in the governor’s Office of Administration. Following completion of his intensive training, he was appointed first personnel director of the newly created Department of Community Affairs; he then became executive assistant to the secretary and moved to the majority leader’s staff in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. He also worked on special assignment to the attorney general before transferring to the State Welfare Department as an assistant to the deputy secretary for social services. That led to a stint as acting


director of child to my first Davis welfare and then to Cup match in the position of Paraguay. This led commissioner for to more than 30 the blind. Davis Cups on four After seven years continents over the Snyder became next 10 years, along executive director with work at the of the Office of Olympics in Los Vocational Angeles; Seoul, Rehabilitation, Korea; and Decorations and unit insignia received by Department of Jay Snyder during his three years of military Barcelona, Spain. service Labor and Industry. “In late 1989, “During nearly the ITF hired me all those 25-plus years, I also had an to work as part of a traveling group to avocation as a tennis umpire. At first, this umpire at the Australian and French was a volunteer gig but soon became opens and Wimbledon and to be an professional as I moved to working at umpire or referee at other events around places such as the pro tournaments in the world. Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and “In 1990, the US Tennis Association the U.S. Open in New York. (USTA) offered me a position as director “In 1983, the International Tennis of officials working out of New York City. Federation (ITF) in London assigned me I said no because I had a career which

really mattered, working to improve independent living and rehabilitation opportunities for people with all types of disabilities. “I had been president of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind, and now I was president of the National Council of State Agencies for Vocational Rehabilitation. I was regularly testifying before Congress about programs for people with disabilities, and we were on the verge of passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (now known as the ADA). “I said no four more times as the offer kept getting more lucrative. Then two things happened: We had the votes to pass the ADA and the offer got to the point where I couldn’t refuse.” Snyder said he still has his invitation from the White House for the signing of the ADA, which occurred the same day he started work in New York. For most of the next three years, he directed the

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training, testing, certification, and development of the officiating and refereeing programs in the United States while continuing to work as a referee or umpire in other countries. In late 1993, Snyder became director of the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. “During my time as director, we broke ground for the Arthur Ashe Stadium, the largest tennis stadium in the world, and completely reconstructed the National Tennis Center (now named after Billie Jean King), and the Open became the largest annually attended sporting event in the world.” He retired from that job in 2002. During those 13 years of working in New York, Snyder never moved from Central Pennsylvania. “We have an adopted Vietnamese son, Thinh. My wife also had her career here as a noted elementary educational professional in the Middletown School District, which included being named Central PA Teacher of the Year. The overall quality of life is just too good in Central Pennsylvania.” Since Snyder has retired, he has been recruited to work again at the Open as a consultant (this year will mark his 40th Open). He recently officiated at tennis matches between tennis stars Agassi/Sampras and McEnroe/Lendl at a packed Madison Square Garden. And in the past eight years, he reviewed and made recommendations as a sports consultant about the operations at sports facilities such as Soldier Field in Chicago; Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia; Reliance Stadium, Houston; the SuperDome, New Orleans (pre- and post-flood); as well as

arenas in Seattle, Portland, South Carolina, Florida, and Long Island. He volunteers with a number of local organizations, including serving on the boards of the Tri-County Association for the Blind and the International Youth Advocate Program. He assists with fundraising for the Hospice of Central PA, Cystic Fibrosis of Central PA, and the local chapter of the MS Society. He is a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County, and numerous military, professional, and other organizations. He was inducted into the Middle States Tennis Hall of Fame. For Jay Snyder, officiating at tennis tournaments and matches around the world has been a labor of love. He and his wife, Jeanne, have been in all 50 states, more than 60 countries, and every continent except Antarctica over the years. He also has been back to Vietnam twice and recommends it as a travel destination. “It is beautiful, inexpensive, and safer than many of the countries we have visited.” And as much as the Snyders have enjoyed their travels, there’s no place like home. “We’re staying in Central Pennsylvania. There’s so much to offer here and so few negatives.” In addition to their son Thinh, who works in Washington producing television coverage of the Senate, the Snyders have three grandchildren, Jeanne, Jay, and Carson. 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

On Memorial Day, Remember These Battles Memorial Day is a time to remember those brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of their country. It began as a day of remembrance for soldiers of the Civil War, then was extended after World War I to include those who served in all of America’s wars. As you stand in silence or lay a wreath, consider the price we paid for victory in these historic battles that, each in its own way, shaped the nation: Trenton (1776). George Washington defeated Hessian forces by crossing the Delaware for the first major victory in the Revolutionary War. The Alamo (1836). Approximately 150 Texas settlers held off a Mexican force of

1,500 troops, enduring a 13-day siege before being overwhelmed. Though the Alamo fell, the defeat caught the attention of the nation and inspired many to join the revolution there. Gettysburg (1863). Union forces in a threeday battle with the Confederate Army halted the South’s invasion of the North during the U.S. Civil War. Midway (1942). The U.S. Navy decisively defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy in a battle that weakened the Japanese fleet’s ability to undertake a further major offensive against the United States. D-Day (1944). Allied Forces landed in Normandy, France, in the largest amphibious invasion in history.

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The Search for Our Ancestry

Which Records Take Precedence? Angelo Coniglio

A: Each of the records you describe is a secondary record. That is, they were not made at the actual time and place of your grandmother’s birth. Any of them might be correct, but all of them could be in error. A primary record is an official record made at the time and place of the event, and as such takes precedence over any other records.


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First, the gravestone: Unless stones are The marriage certificate: The marriage preplanned, the dates on grave markers certificate is a primary record of the are usually given to the stone carver by a marriage, and that date can be relative or friend of the deceased. That is, considered official. But often in those the date is hearsay, not days, when immigrants supported by an actual had few official records document, so it could A primary record is with them, they were be, and often is, simply asked their an official record incorrect. birth date (and other That may not be of pertinent information), made at the time much importance to which was entered on and place of the survivors, if they are not the marriage certificate event, and as such as a secondary record interested in tracing the family heritage back in of the person’s birth. takes precedence time. But if they are, Your grandmother over any other the most accurate may simply have not records are needed, remembered her exact records. since there may have birth date. In Germany been more than one in the 1890s, “birth person with the same or similar names certificates” were not issued to a child’s and birth dates, and you want to be sure parents; instead, the birth was recorded you’re finding information on your in an annual ledger with all other births ancestors, not those of someone else! from that year, either in a civil register, a

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Q: My grandmother’s tombstone says she was born Dec. 26, 1893, in Germany. She was married in the United States. Her marriage certificate gives her marriage date as Nov. 30, 1912, and her birth date as Dec. 26, 1894. After I sent to her birthplace for a birth certificate, I received a document in German that is headed “EXTRAKT” and gives her birth date as Dec. 28, 1893. Which birth date is right? – S.L.

church register, or both. The family had no “certificate” that they could readily or frequently refer to, and exact dates of birth may not have been very important to them. Since Grandmama was evidently born near the end of the year, her family may have remembered her birthday in association with “the winter of 18931894” and forgotten the exact year. The German document: Extrakt is German for “extract”; that is, a document on which pertinent information is hand-copied from an original. It is not a photocopy of the original, and while it is an official document, it is still a secondary record. The clerk or official who copied it down may have made a mistake in transcribing the information. For example, your grandmother’s official, primary birth record might very

well say that she was born on Dec. 26, 1893. However, births were not necessarily recorded on the day they happened. The first date appearing on the original birth record is the date the birth was reported. In this case, the baby could have been born on Dec. 26, but not brought in to be registered until the 28th. The modern clerk who answered your request may have read the record date in the register, assumed it was the birth date, and entered the wrong date on the extract. So, how do you find your grandmother’s correct birth date? You need a primary record. That is, visual inspection of the original official register in Germany or a photocopy of that record. Since you wrote to and received a response from her town of origin, you know that town’s name. While we can’t traipse over the world at will to look at original records, we can search for the town using the Mormon website to determine whether microfilms exist of its birth registers for the late 1890s. If they do, the films can be ordered at a Mormon Family History Center, and after they arrive, they can be viewed at the center. Search the films for the years in question, and when you find the primary record, you’ll know your grandmother’s correct birth date. Be open-minded. Don’t say, “That can’t be her; that’s not what her gravestone says.” The gravestone may be wrong. The primary record takes precedence. Further, the original record will often contain much more than was transcribed onto the extract—for

example, the father’s age, occupation, and address, and possibly the mother’s maiden name and age. Their ages can then be used to determine their approximate birth years, so that you can search for their birth records, extending your family tree. Now that I’ve explained primary records, to be strictly correct, I must add a point. In many cases, in many countries, duplicate records were required to be sent to jurisdictions higher than the town of birth—for example, a provincial or county seat, or a special tribunal that maintained archives of the records. Prior to the 20th century, the only way to produce duplicate records was to have the clerk draw up handwritten copies to be sent to the other jurisdictions. While the same clerk made all the copies, each copy after the original is technically a secondary record. The clerk may have erred on the copies. When the Mormons microfilmed documents, for convenience it was generally at a place where records from more than one town were stored, such as a tribunal or provincial archive. Most genealogists accept the information from these higher jurisdictions as primary records, but if a serious discrepancy is suspected, it may be necessary for you or a representative to examine the town’s original register. Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard Drive, Amherst, NY 14226; by email at; or by visiting gyTips.htm.

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Wendell Fowler arth’s 4.5 billion-year-old sun, the axis of our magnificent universe, altruistically fathers all life. Sunbeams provide nutrition for vegetation eaten by omnivores, who are then consumed by other animals, who are ultimately consumed by humans, and so on and so forth. Since the creation of Earth, the infinite cycle of life has obtained power and energy from the sun. Without sol’s warm rays, Earth could not support the gift of life. Cheerful sunlight is considered the best source for vitamin D. When aging kicks in, we spend more time indoors. Outdoors, we slather on sunscreen, blocking wavelengths that manufacture vitamin D. Subsequently, the Archives of Internal Medicine report that 77 percent of Americans are vitamin “D-ficient,” which has links to high blood pressure, depression, weak immune system, diabetes, poor lung function, autism, fibromyalgia, schizophrenia, MS, osteoarthritis, and RA. Not a sunlit picture. The major biological function of D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. It also supports all organs, plus 2,000 genes, and, in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones, promotes bone mineralization. Without D, bones become thin, brittle, soft, or misshapen. Positively, D diminishes risk of cancers, autoimmune diseases, infectious diseases, cardiovascular disease, and early age-related macular degeneration, especially vitamin D-3. If you’re an easy mark for flu, colds, sinus and bronchial infections, or pneumonia, vitamin D-3 regulates Tcells, which are absolutely indispensable for a protective immune system. Put this in context with winter colds, sniffles, flu, and depression, and … sigh … it’s all too clear why we’re a sickly bunch. My dear family, including 93-year-old Mom, took 2,000 IU D-3 daily this winter and nary one got as much as a sniffle. The RDA for D established 60 years ago is an insignificant 400 IU when it should’ve been 10 times higher, but our leaders failed miserably in researching basic human nutrition standards. RDA


stands for Recommended Dietary Allowances, a “norm” established by the FDA during World War II that was intended to provide educated guidelines for how much of particular nutrients a normal, healthy person required to stay fit and healthy. The Canadian Cancer Society has responsibly upped its advice to 1,000 IUs a day. Others believe northern climates should consume at least 2,000 IUs a day. “The first thing we’d see is a reduction by 80 percent in the incidence of type-1 diabetes,” said Cedric Garland, a professor of family and preventive medicine at the University of California at San Diego. “The next thing we’d see is a reduction by about 75 percent of all invasive cancers combined, as well as similar reductions in colon cancer and breast cancer, and probably about a 25 percent reduction in ovarian cancer.” Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and fish liver oils are among the best dietary sources of D. Cows moo that their milk is fortified with D, but it’s synthetic, ergo, rubbish. Minute amounts of D exist in grass-fed beef liver, cheese, and organic, free-range egg yolks. Vitamin D in these foods is primarily in the form of vitamin D-3. During the warm parts of the year, our magnificent Holy Temple produces the “sunshine vitamin” from 10 minutes of daily rays, but ol’ sol dips lower on the fall horizon, not returning until late spring to bathe Earth’s needy northern hemisphere. The northern United States is so dark in winter that D synthesis shuts down completely. If, for some reason, you’re unable to eat foods with D or to get enough sunlight, Dr. Chuck Landon, PhD, ND, DaHOM of Indianapolis, suggests taking 2,000 to 5,000 IU daily. Check with your own doctor and see what he or she recommends. No adverse effects have been seen with supplemental vitamin D-3 intakes up to 10,000 IU daily. Skip the counterfeit, synthesized grocery versions and support your community vitamin store for a true source. For most Caucasians, a half hour in the summer sun in a bathing suit can initiate the release of 50,000 IU vitamin

D into the circulation within 24 hours of exposure; this same amount of exposure yields 20,000–30,000 IU in tanned individuals and 8,000–10,000 IU in dark-skinned people. While the study focused on white Americans, the same geographical trend affects black Americans, whose overall cancer rates are significantly higher. Darker-skinned people require more sunlight to synthesize the vitamin. Americans assume more is better of anything, hence the skin cancer paradox. While it’s true the sun isn’t a wonder drug, it’s elemental in sustaining human health. The benevolent giver has been worshiped by many cultures throughout history because of its vast healing and

therapeutic powers. At the turn of the century, people considered the sun good for health and touted it as a cure for major disease. It was a time when “recuperating in the sun” grew popular, with claims that extensive exposure, preferably by the seaside, was a magical cure-all for plague, old age, and TB. So it’s true that there’s nothing new under the sun. Ditch the gooey white stuff and then go out and let the sunshine bathe your beautiful skin—but for only 10 minutes, OK? Wendell Fowler is a retired chef turned motivational speaker and the author of Eat Right, Now! Contact him at

Sign Up for 2011 Cumberland County Senior Games The Cumberland County Senior Games will return for an annual day of good-natured athletic competition on Thursday, June 23, at the U.S. Army Garrison Carlisle Barracks. The games are open to all county residents age 50 and better. Organized by the Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services, the Senior Games feature a variety of events to appeal to all interests and skill levels. Scheduled events for 2011 are: 8 a.m. – Registration in the Letort View Community Center 9 to 9:15 a.m. – 100-meter run 9 to 11 a.m. – Showing of the movie Secretariat or Red 9 a.m. to noon – Bowling 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Pinochle 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Basketball: foul shooting* 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Wii bowling* 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. – Football throw 9:15 to 9:45 a.m. – Softball throw 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. – 400-meter run 9:30 to 11 a.m. – Horseshoes (weather permitting) 10 to 11 a.m. – Army Heritage Tour

10 to 11:30 a.m. – Shuffleboard 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Canasta exhibition 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. – Army Physical Fitness Research Institute demo 11 to 11:45 a.m. – 1,600-meter run 11 to 11:45 a.m. – 1,600-meter walk 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Lunch 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Bowling 1 to 2:30 p.m. – Billiards 1 to 3 p.m. – Showing of the movie Red or Secretariat 1:30 to 1:45 p.m. – Zumba demonstration 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – Darts 1:45 to 2 p.m. – Spinning demonstration 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Bocce 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Dominoes 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Ballroom and line dancing lesson 4 p.m. – Ice cream social and awards *Play anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. In addition, the swimming pool will be open at 1 p.m. for a free swim, and the tiki bar will be open from 4 to 10 p.m., located behind the LVCC. For more information, contact Cumberland County Office of Aging and Community Services at (717) 240-6100 and

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Calendar of Events Cumberland County Library Programs

Senior Center Activities

Amelia Givin Library, 114 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, (717) 486-3688

Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville

Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 May 4, 7 p.m. – Baby Boomer Learning Series: “Hospice: What, When & How?” May 14, 1 p.m. – Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebration: Landis’ Philadelphia Battery of Light Artillery May 18, 1 p.m. – Classic Movie 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 May 9, 6 to 7:45 p.m. – Write-On Writer’s Workshop May 10, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Book Review: The Ragtime Fool by Larry Karp May 21, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sixth Annual Perennial Plant and Community Yard Sale Shippensburg Public Library, 73 W. King St., Shippensburg, (717) 532-4508

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 Area Senior Adult Center – (717) 697-5947 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg Southampton Place – (717) 530-8217, 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg May 5, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. – York Bus Trip: HarleyDavidson, Wolfgang, Utz Potato Chips May 12, noon – Mother’s Day Tea May 20, 10 a.m. – Spring Picnic at Southampton Cumberland Township Park

AARP Driver Safety Programs For a Safe Driving Class near you, call toll-free (888) 227-7669 or visit May 5, 5 to 9 p.m. – Bosler Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 May 10, 8 a.m. to noon – Bethany Village, 335 Wesley Drive, Mechanicsburg, (717) 591-8071

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Mondays and Thursdays, 1 p.m. Exercise for 2011 Classes Susquehanna View Apartments 208 Senate Ave., Camp Hill (717) 232-1375

May 17, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880

May 5, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 557-9041

May 24, 6 p.m. Introduction to Medicare Cumberland County Aging & Community Services 1100 Claremont Road, Carlisle (717) 240-6110

May 11, 6:30 p.m. Amputee Support Team Meeting HealthSouth Rehab 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 944-2250

May 30, 11 a.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance New Cumberland Memorial Day Parade Bridge Street and Park Avenue, New Cumberland (717) 737-8779

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Kowabonga By Myles Mellor and Sally York

Sy Rosen dward Kean, the head writer for for reaching, really reaching a few of my The Howdy Doody Show, died last students.” summer. I remember being glued We then finished our meal and, as to the TV watching Howdy, Phineas T. usual, Larry looked away and I paid the Bluster, Dilly Dally, Chief Thunderthud, bill. Just once I’d like Larry to “reach” for Clarabell, and Flub-a-Dub. the check. And, of course, there was Princess My cousin, Carl, who has a pretty Summerfall Winterspring, whom I had a good sense of humor, wanted to be major crush on and dreamed of remembered for being the oldest man in marrying. It probably wouldn’t have the world. worked out because it’s kind of hard for Aunt Flora wanted to be remembered a 10-year-old to support a family. for being a great dancer … “In 1958 I The obituary talked about Edward won the Coney Island Cha-Cha Contest. Kean’s many accomplishments, but it I still have the trophy.” She then did the particularly cha-cha for me and was emphasized the word actually quite good. She he created for Chief asked me to do the chaIf you were Thunderthud, cha with her, and I’m remembered for glad nobody videotaped “kowabonga.” That word swept the one thing, what it. country and is still Cousin Arnie, who is a would you want dentist, said, “I’d like to used by surfers, only they spell it be remembered for it to be? “cowabunga.” making the perfect My question is, if crown, a crown so perfect you were remembered that people wouldn’t for one thing, would you want it to be realize it was a crown and would think it “kowabonga”? And my answer is, was a real tooth. I guess if they thought absolutely! It was popular, creative, and it was a real tooth, it wouldn’t be made people smile. remembered as a perfect crown, so I I started wondering what other people guess I would like to be remembered as wanted to be remembered for, what they the man who wasn’t remembered for consider their major accomplishment in making the perfect crown but he did life. I did some research by asking my make it.” My cousin will be remembered friends and family. That may have been a as a man who talked too much. mistake. I then went to see my Uncle Mort The first person I talked to was my and Aunt Sylvia, who were sitting next Aunt Esther. She is a feisty and dramatic to each other on their sofa. Uncle Mort lady, and as soon as I asked what she answered first and, unfortunately, didn’t wanted to be remembered for, she give much thought to what he was replied, “Why? Am I going to die saying. soon?!” “I want to be remembered as a great Me: “No, I’m just doing some lover, if you know what I mean. In my research.” younger days, before I settled down with Esther: “Do you know something? my wonderful wife, I knew a lot of Am I sick?” women, and I’m pretty sure they’d all Me: “No, you’re very healthy.” agree with my assessment, if you know Esther: “I ate some salmon last week; what I mean.” maybe it was no good. I’m going to my Aunt Sylvia then quickly said, “I want doctor right now!” to be remembered for killing my From then on, I made sure that husband Mort, if you know what I everyone knew that the question had mean.” nothing to do with their current health. After talking to all these people, I I went to lunch with my best friend, decided I wanted to be remembered for Larry, who happens to be a being a great father and husband. I schoolteacher. know it’s a little trite, but we all can’t Larry said, “I’d like to be remembered come up with … “kowabonga!!!”


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1/2 lb. lean ground beef 1/2 teaspoon oregano leaves 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 6 corn tortillas 1 cup salsa or 1 (8-oz.) can tomato sauce 1 cup refried beans, fat-free 1/2 cup whole kernel corn 1/2 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese Avocado slices, chopped tomato, and shredded lettuce Sour cream, if desired Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray an 11x7-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Cook the ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until no longer pink and well browned, stirring occasionally. Stir in seasonings. Spray the tortillas with cooking spray. Spread two tortillas with refried beans and place in the baking dish. Divide the beef in half and sprinkle over the refried beans. Add a second tortilla to each stack and add 1/4 cup corn to each. Spread each with 1/4 cup salsa and 2 tablespoons cheese. Top with remaining tortillas and pour remaining salsa over stacks. Cover dish with foil. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through. Remove foil. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Place on serving plates and add toppings. Cook’s Note: There are many variations of this recipe. You can easily use ground turkey for the ground beef, season the meat with taco seasoning instead of spices, use a spicy or mild salsa, or replace the refried beans with kidney beans. Corn tortillas come in packages of 12 and freeze well. After opening a can of refried beans, I also freeze any leftovers. Pat Sinclair announced 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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Getting SSI? Be Sure to Report Living Changes By Sherra Zavitsanos o you get monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments? If so, then be sure to report any changes in your living arrangements to your local Social Security office. It could mean an increase, or decrease, in your payment amount. Here’s why. Your SSI payment is based on your income, not on your expenses. However, the cost of living expenses, such as food or shelter, that someone else provides may be considered income to you and could reduce your SSI payment. Items you receive that cannot be used for food or shelter are not considered income and will not affect your SSI payment. For example, we wouldn’t count things like kitchen appliances or a personal computer that someone might give you as a gift. Your monthly SSI benefit may vary depending on where you live and whether someone else pays for your living expenses. Generally, you can get up to the maximum SSI payment if you live in your own place or you live in someone else’s residence, but you pay


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50plus Senior News, published monthly, is offered to provide individuals 50 and over in the Susquehanna and Delaware Valley areas with timel...