Cumberland County Edition
Vol. 15 No. 5
Build a Suitable Nest and They Will Come By Lori Van Ingen
Birder Cletus Benjamin loves watching the bluebirds that now nest in the birdhouses that he and his fellow Green Ridge Village residents built and maintain. “Bluebirds are an attractive bird to have around,” Benjamin said. Eastern bluebirds are known for their vibrant colors and sweet songs. The males are a brilliant royal blue on the back and head, and warm red-brown on the breast. Blue tinges in the wings and tail give the grayer females an elegant look. But by the last half of the 20th century, the numbers of bluebirds had seriously declined. According to Wildlife Habitat Management Institute, the decline was due to factors such as the proliferation of the European starling and English house sparrow, the increased use of harmful pesticides, replacement of wooden fence posts with metal posts, clearing of field borders and fence rows to increase cropland acreage, and a growing human population. Now with the help of nest boxes and bluebird trails, eastern bluebirds are a more common sight. For the last four years, 20 Green Ridge Village residents have been involved in maintaining a bluebird trail in Newville — from building the birdhouses in the woodshop, to driving in the stakes and putting the birdhouses up, to monitoring the trail for bluebird fledglings and keeping records. please see NEST page 21 Cletus Benjamin in the Green Ridge Village workshop where he and fellow birders build their bluebird houses.
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The Beauty in Nature
Feathered Competitors for Nesting Cavities Clyde McMillan-Gamber everal kinds of small, common birds in South-Central Pennsylvania, including eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, white-breasted nuthatches, house wrens, great crested flycatchers, and house sparrows, compete for limited nesting cavities. The hollows they use to raise young are caused by woodpeckers, wind breaking off tree limbs, decaying fence posts made of wood, and bird boxes erected by people concerned about bird populations. Each bird species’ allegiance to a specific habitat lessens competition for nesting sites among those birds. That loyalty to a certain environment brings order to where breeding birds will rear offspring. Bluebirds and tree swallows are most imprinted on meadows and fields that have some tall grass, shrubbery, and trees.
And the swallows prefer habitats near water where flying insects are more abundant. Little gangs of tree swallows work together to chase lone pairs of bluebirds away from cavities. However, some male bluebirds, working alone, valiantly defend nesting hollows. But most of the confrontations between bluebirds and tree swallows end in favor of the swallows. However, tree
swallows nest once a year, with their young leaving the cavities toward the end of June. Some pairs of bluebirds hatch babies after the young swallows fledge those nesting places, enabling the bluebirds to raise a brood. Chickadees, titmice, whitebreasted nuthatches, house wrens, and great crested flycatchers nest in holes in trees in woodlands and in cavities and nest boxes in older suburbs with their
many tall trees. These birds compete for nesting sites, but not completely. Chickadees and titmice hatch youngsters before the wrens and flycatchers return north in spring. But house wrens are aggressive, destroying the eggs of small, cavity-nesting birds, which discourages them from nesting where the wrens want to. And because the flycatchers are larger than chickadees and titmice, the latter two species can hatch young in cavities too small for the flycatchers’ use. The aggressive house sparrows compete with small birds for nesting spots, but these non-native weaver finches from Eurasia stay close to human-made structures. Therefore, they are little threat to birds nesting in hollows away from buildings. Look for cavity-nesters this spring. And, maybe, some readers could erect houses for these birds.
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PinnacleHealth Home Care Announces New Name: Affilia Home Health The home healthcare provider affiliated with the region’s three largest health systems announces its new name of Affilia Home Health. Previously, the provider operated under three separate names: PinnacleHealth Home Care, VNA Community Care Services, and Reading Health Home Care. “The new name better reflects the evolution of our organization over the last 15 years,” said William K. Wilkison, chairman of the Affilia Home Health Board of Directors. “Over this time, Lancaster General Health, PinnacleHealth System, and Reading Health System joined forces to strengthen our ability to provide highquality, patient-focused healthcare services in the home. We now cover all or part of nine counties in SouthCentral and Southeastern Pennsylvania. William V. Dunstan, Affilia Home Health president and chief executive officer, added, “Our new identity symbolizes our transformation into a cohesive, self-sufficient, regional provider of home-based services. Today, we are a complex and vibrant organization that stands apart from, yet still remains closely aligned with, our parent health systems.”
Affilia Home Health provides services in the home on an intermittent basis. Patients who need skilled care receive one or more of the following services: nursing, medical social work, home health aide services, as well as physical, occupational, and speech therapy. The new name comes from the Italian word “Affiliare,” meaning ‘to join,’ and more importantly, ‘to work together.’ “The second meaning really resonated with our staff,” said Sheila Baublitz, Affilia Home Health chief operating officer. “Working together is something we do every day — with each other, with our patients and their loved ones, and with physicians and other health care professionals. We care for individuals with complex medical conditions. The only way that we can provide them safe, high-quality care is through working together as a team.” Geoffrey Eddowes, Affilia Home Health board member representing Lancaster General Health, said the name fits. Within Affilia, three competing health systems have “come together” to better serve the needs of their patients in the home setting. “Our health systems understood that
by working together we could improve the financial footing of the home health agency,” he said. “When it comes to home health, a well-managed agency operates on a razor-thin margin, while a poorly managed one can be a financial drain on the entire health system.” Affilia board member Mary Agnew of the Reading Health System added that larger organizations are able to spread costs over many patients. They can purchase expensive tools such as sophisticated electronic medical record and scheduling systems, telehealth equipment, and clinical education programs — all of which improve efficiency and quality. Wilkison said PinnacleHealth decided to merge with Affilia because its home health program ran at an operating loss. “In this economy, strategically managing costs is imperative,” he said. “By eliminating duplication of services, we can provide the highest quality healthcare at the best value.” Dunstan noted that the relationship with its parent health systems sets Affilia Home Health apart. “We have developed specialized programs for patients with medically complex health conditions, like
congestive heart failure. We provide selected patients with telehealth home monitoring.”
About Affilia Home Health Affilia Home Health is an organization of united hospitalaffiliated home health providers serving a nine-county region in South Central and Southeastern Pennsylvania. With offices in Coatesville, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Pottsville and Reading, Affilia Home Health provides high-quality home healthcare that allows patients to recover or to live with an illness in the comfort of their homes. Our unmatched competence and consistency combines the best practices of our affiliate health systems — PinnacleHealth, Lancaster General Health, and Reading Health — with the excellence of our staff to deliver a better experience for our patients.
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Q and A’s By John Johnston very month I receive questions from people all over Pennsylvania about all aspects of the Social Security program. I offer this column to share some of those questions and answers with the readers and to strengthen their understanding of Social Security.
Question: How long do I need to work to become eligible for retirement benefits? Answer: Everyone born in 1929 or later needs 40 Social Security credits to be eligible for retirement benefits. You can earn up to four credits per year, so you will need at least 10 years of work to become eligible for retirement benefits. During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your Social Security record. You earn credits based on those earnings. If you become disabled or die before age 62, the number of credits needed to qualify for Social Security benefits depends on your age at the time you die or become disabled. A minimum of six credits is required to qualify for Social Security benefits regardless of your age. You can create a my Social Security account to check and periodically monitor how many credits you have. Just go to www.socialsecurity.gov/ myaccount. Question: I have children at home, and I plan to retire next fall. Will my children be eligible for monthly Social Security payments after I retire? Answer: Your children may get monthly Social Security payments if they are: • Unmarried and under age 18; • Age 19 and still in high school; or • Age 18 or over and became severely disabled before age 22 and continue to be disabled. For more information, read Benefits For Children available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs.
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Disability Question: Is there a time limit on how long you can get Social Security disability benefits? Answer: No. Your disability benefits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved, and you cannot work. We will periodically review your case to determine if you continue to be eligible. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach your full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically be converted to retirement benefits. The amount you receive will remain the same. Learn more about disability benefits at www.social security.gov/disability. Question: Why is there a five-month waiting period for Social Security disability benefits? Answer: Social Security provides only longterm disability, so we can only pay benefits after you have been disabled continuously for a period of five full calendar months. Social Security disability benefits begin with the sixth full month after the date your disability began. You are not entitled to benefits for any month during the waiting period. Learn more at our website: www.socialsecurity.gov/ disability. Supplemental Security Income Question: My grandfather, who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), will be coming to live with me. Does he have to report the move to Social Security? Answer: Yes. An SSI beneficiary must report any change in living arrangements before the 10th day of the following month. If you do not report the change, your grandfather could receive an incorrect payment and have to pay it back, or he may not receive all the money that he is due. Failure to report a change to us could result in the deduction of a
penalty from his SSI benefits. Your grandfather also needs to report the new address to us to receive mail from us. You can report the change by mail or in person at any Social Security office. Call us toll-free at (800) 772-1213 (TTY: (800) 3250778). You can get more information by reading Understanding SSI at www.socialsecurity.gov/ssi. Question: I want to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), but I don’t know whether I qualify since I own my own home. Can I still get SSI? Answer: Yes, it is possible for you to qualify for SSI even if you own your own home. To be eligible for SSI, you cannot own more than $2,000 in resources for an individual and $3,000 for a couple. However, we do not count the house you live in as a resource. Of course, if you are disabled, you must file an application and wait for a medical decision on your claim, unless you are over the age of 65. There are other requirements you must meet as well. Learn more by reading You May Be Able To Get SSI, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs. Medicare Question: I found out that my daughter submitted incorrect information about my resources when she completed my Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs. How can I get my application changed now to show the correct amount? Answer: You can call (800) 772-1213 (TTY: (800) 325-0778) and let us know. We will match information on your application with data from other federal agencies. If there is a discrepancy that requires verification, we will contact you. For additional information about Medicare prescription drug plans or enrollment periods visit www.medicare.gov or call (800) 6334227. John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.
Resource Directory This Resource Directory recognizes advertisers who have made an extended commitment to your health and well-being.
CCRC Church of God Home 801 N. Hanover St., Carlisle (717) 866-3204
Hearing Services Duncan Nulph Hearing Associates 5020 Ritter Road, Suite 10G, Mechanicsburg (717) 766-1500
Emergency Numbers American Red Cross (717) 845-2751
Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY
Central PA Poison Center (800) 521-6110
Home Care Services Home Care Assistance Serving Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties (717) 540-4663
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 Funeral Directors Cocklin Funeral Home, Inc. 30 N. Chestnut St., Dillsburg (717) 432-5312 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 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
Hospice Services Homeland Hospice 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg (717) 221-7890 Housing Assistance Cumberland County Housing Authority 114 N. Hanover St., Carlisle (717) 249-1315
Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833
Toll-Free Numbers Bureau of Consumer Protection (800) 441-2555
Smoking Information (800) 232-1331
Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy www.cvs.com Services Cumberland County Aging & Community Services (717) 240-6110
Travel Wheelchair Getaways Serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey (717) 921-2000 Veterans Services American Legion (717) 730-9100
Health and Human Services Discrimination (800) 368-1019 Internal Revenue Service (800) 829-1040 Liberty Program (866) 542-3788
Social Security Fraud (800) 269-0217 Social Security Office (800) 772-1213
Domestic Violence (800) 799-7233
Flu or Influenza (888) 232-3228
Personal Care Homes Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902
Passport Information (888) 362-8668
Disease and Health Risk (888) 232-3228
Salvation Army (717) 249-1411
Nursing/Rehab Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902
Organ Donor Hotline (800) 243-6667
Consumer Information (888) 878-3256
Drug Information (800) 729-6686
Insurance Apprise Insurance Counseling (800) 783-7067
National Council on Aging (800) 424-9046
Cancer Information Service (800) 422-6237
Property Tax/Rent Rebate (888) 728-2937
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Meals on Wheels Carlisle (717) 245-0707 Mechanicsburg (717) 697-5011 Newville (717) 776-5251 Shippensburg (717) 532-4904
Governor’s Veterans Outreach (717) 234-1681 Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771 Veterans Affairs (717) 240-6178 or (717) 697-0371
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The Search for Our Ancestry
Censuses and Enumeration Districts on Ancestry.com Angelo Coniglio ontinuing with newer features of the subscription genealogy site Ancestry.com, consider the 1940 U.S. federal census. This census was released to the public 72 years after its compilation, in April 2012, and was quickly indexed by numerous online sites. Even though Ancestry.com is a paid site, its 1940 census can be accessed free from any computer with Internet capability. Go to Ancestry.com and click on “Search.” On the drop-down menu, select “Census and Voter Lists.” Under “Narrow by Category,” select “U.S. Federal Census Collection.” (At this point, you could start searching all U.S. censuses by individuals’ names, but continue as described here to go specifically to the 1940 census.) Scroll down the page, and select “1940 United States Federal Census FREE!” Now you can fill out the form
displayed on the left, with specifics—an ancestor’s name and other known information—and begin your search. I especially like the 1940 census because it’s the first one in which I (born in 1936) have my name recorded, and what’s more, I can search it throughout my old neighborhood and find the names of boyhood friends. The 1940 census asked many of the same questions as those from 1910, 1920, and 1930: address; name, gender, and age; relationship to the head of the household; and country of birth. But it doesn’t have some information found on earlier censuses, like age at first marriage, date of immigration, or whether alien or naturalized. It did add some questions, including “Where did you live in 1935?” and “Is there a radio in the household?” As with all records, be wary of errors in the original spelling of the name, dates
given, etc., as well as in the transcription of the record by the Ancestry.com indexer. Note that these latter errors, if they involve the names you are searching for, may prevent you from finding your relative’s names. If that is the case, try various phonetic spellings of the name, use initials for given names, etc. Be creative—you’d be surprised how a name could by mangled by a marginally literate enumerator, taking information from an illiterate citizen, speaking a foreign language! Sometimes no number of permutations of a name will have success. If that’s the case but you know the address where your relatives lived, one trick is to search for the name of a nearby neighbor (if you know them) of your family, possibly neighbors whose name was not misspelled by the enumerator or the indexer. If you find the neighbors, inspection
of nearby entries may yield the information recorded for your relatives. If you don’t know the neighbors’ names but know the address, or at least the neighborhood, there’s another approach: searching by enumeration districts. Enumeration districts were subdivisions of localities, established so that a manageable area could be assigned to each census enumerator, or recordtaker. Before the computer age, if you wanted to search a census, you would go to library for a (paper) map that outlined the enumeration districts (EDs) for the city or town you wanted. You’d find the number of the enumeration district for the street address of the subject of your research and then go to a (paper) copy of the census and page through to the right ED to look for the information. A tedious process, but now it can be please see CENSUSES page 20
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Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers The listings with a shaded background have additional information about their center in a display advertisement in this edition.
Bethany Village – The Oaks
Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
325 Wesley Drive • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 (717) 766-0279 • www.bethanyvillage.org
1000 Claremont Road • Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 243-2031 • www.ccpa.net/cnrc
Number of Beds: 69 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes
Number of Beds: 290 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes
Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: CARF/CCAC; Eagle, LeadingAge PA Comments: Maplewood Assisted Living also available.
1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-1598 (717) 221-7902 • www.homelandcenter.org
604 Oak Street • Akron, PA 17501 (717) 859-1191 • www.maplefarm.org
Number of Beds: 92 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes
Number of Beds: 46 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: No Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes
Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: AAHSA, LeadingAge PA (PANPHA), NHPCO, PHN, HPNA
Comments: A beautiful, full-service continuing care retirement community with a 146-year history of exemplary care.
Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: No Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Claremont provides quality skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for short- and long-term stays.
Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: LeadingAge, LeadingAge PA, Mennonite Health Services Comments: Maple Farm puts the person first so your choices matter. Enjoy the comforts of home with country kitchen, private bedroom, full bath, and great views.
Mennonite Home Communities
The Middletown Home
1520 Harrisburg Pike • Lancaster, PA 17601 (717) 393-1301 • www.mennonitehome.org
999 West Harrisburg Pike • Middletown, PA 17057 (717) 944-3351 • www.middletownhome.org
Number of Beds: 188 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes
Number of Beds: 102 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: No Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes
Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: Equal Housing, LeadingAge PA Comments: Person-centered care with reputation for compassion and excellence. Established in 1903. Respite care available w/minimum stay.
Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Our campus offers skilled nursing and rehabilitation services, personal care, and independent living residences.
Mt. Hope Nazarene Retirement Community
Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
3026 Mt. Hope Home Road • Manheim, PA 17545 (717) 665-6365 • www.mthopenazarene.org
118 Pleasant Acres Road • York, PA 17402 (717) 840-7100 • www.yorkcountypa.gov
Number of Beds: 50 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: No Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes
Number of Beds: 375 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Physical, Occupational Respiratory Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: No 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes
Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: No Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: Leading Age, Lancaster Links, LCF, MC Chamber Comments: A church mission dedicated to great care in a loving Christian environment for low-income seniors.
Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: No Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Elm Spring Residence Independent Living on campus.
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Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers The listings with a shaded background have additional information about their center in a display advertisement in this edition.
Spring Creek Rehabilitation & Health Care Center
StoneRidge Retirement Living
1205 South 28th Street • Harrisburg, PA 17111 (717) 565-7000 • www.springcreekcares.com
440 East Lincoln Avenue • Myerstown, PA 17067 (717) 866-3200 • www.stoneridgeretirement.com
Number of Beds: 404 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes
Number of Beds: 194 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes
Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: A charming campus offering short-term rehab, specialized respiratory services to include vents and tracs, Alzheimer unit, and long-term skilled care.
Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Continuing care retirement community with two Myerstown sites convenient to Lebanon, Berks, and Lancaster counties.
Tel Hai Retirement Community
Transitions Healthcare – Gettysburg
1200 Tel Hai Circle • Honey Brook, PA 19344 (610) 273-9333 • www.telhai.org
595 Biglerville Road • Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-6249
Number of Beds: 139 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes
Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: CARF, MHS Alliance, Leading Age Comments: Dedicated short-term rehab neighborhood with Tel Hai’s own therapy department dedicated to intensive therapy with goal of returning home.
Number of Beds: 135 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Respiratory, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes
Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: PHCA, PACA Comments: Fully staffed Transitions Healthcare employees in skilled nursing and sub-acute rehab. Tours are encouraged!
Twin Pines Health Care Center 315 East London Grove Road • West Grove, PA 19390 (610) 869-2456 Number of Beds: 120 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: No Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes
Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: AHCA, PHCA Comments: Beautiful, brand new facility. Top-quality skilled nursing and rehab. Immediate openings!
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The Wacky Worlds of Eccentric Geniuses By Andrea Gross was blown away the first time I encountered visionary art, and I mean this literally as well as figuratively. I was standing in an open field, looking at 30 or more “things” that rose 50 feet in the air. They were made of cast-off machine parts, painted in vivid colors and covered with thousands of small reflectors. Suddenly the wind came up, some of the parts started to spin, and I began to feel dizzy. It was all part of the experience of visiting Vollis Simpson’s “garden.” Since that time, I’ve become a fan of the wacky worlds created by eccentric geniuses. They remind me that with passion and imagination, anything is possible. Here, three of the best:
Vollis Simpson’s whirligigs are in Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum and the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park , but their first home was on his property in Lucama, N.C.
New Mexico’s Tinkertown is the life work of skilled woodcarver Ross Ward.
Wisconsin’s Dickeyville Grotto incorporates shards of glass, fossilized fish, and parts of Model T cars.
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spinning contraption during World War II when, in addition to his regular job repairing highways, he was asked to fix a broken washing machine. His make-do invention worked, thus foreshadowing his post-retirement hobby of turning scrap material into gyrating gizmos. Some folks call Simpson’s creations “windmills,” others call them “whirligigs,” and some just call them weird. But what’s for sure is that they spin in a breeze, whirl in a wind, and shine like the stars when, at night, they’re caught in the glare of a car’s headlights. Since we met him 20 years ago, Simpson has become an icon among folk-art aficionados. His smaller pieces can be seen at various places, including the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. Many of his massive structures have been relocated from his property in Lucama, N.C., to the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park (www.wilsonwhirligig park.org) in nearby Wilson. Phase one of the 2-acre park opened to the public in November 2013. Dickeyville Grotto – Wisconsin Father Mathias Wernerus started small. In 1925 he decided to honor the three men in his parish who were killed
during World War I by building a soldiers’ monument at the edge of the church cemetery. The project grew as Wernerus expanded his vision. He would, he decided, build a roadside attraction in order to promote the two values he felt were essential to a person’s well-being: love of God and love of country. In the following five years before he died at age 58 of an undiagnosed illness, he turned the small plot of land next to the staid Holy Ghost Church into a wonderland of shrines using found and discarded materials: shards of colorful glass, stones from costume jewelry, bits of petrified wood, fossilized sea urchins, starfish, and even the round balls used on top of the gearshifts of old Model T’s. He worked passionately, first gathering rocks from the bluffs of the nearby Mississippi River for the foundation; then making forms from wood and wire, coating them with mortar; and finally, encrusting them with the decorative materials that he collected from around the world. He involved parishioners to help with the building and worked nearly round the clock. He never used a blueprint, yet he was able to use the color and shapes of his materials to create structures that are expressive, balanced, and completely enchanting. www.dickeyvillegrotto.com Tinkertown – New Mexico “Ideas,” said Ross Ward, “are everywhere. Pick them like flowers.” That Ward did, becoming inspired by the Western movies he loved as a child, by the carnivals and circuses where he worked as a traveling painter, and by materials he found along the way. Now, more than 1,500 miniature carvings, as well as a host of collectibles that include arcade machines and Route 66 road signs, are on permanent display in a rambling 22-room museum outside of Albuquerque. But the real magic in Ward’s makebelieve world is a series of incredibly detailed dioramas that represent the Old West of Ward’s imagination. Five mini-folks sit on the porch of a ramshackle house strumming guitars; men in horse-drawn wagons deliver water to the Monarch Hotel; please see WACKY page 15
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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month Duncan-Nulph Hearing Associates Duncan-Nulph Hearing Associates has been serving patients with hearing loss in the Mechanicsburg area for seven years. With its patient base primarily coming from satisfied patients referring their friends and family members, as well as local physicians referring their patients for hearing healthcare services, DuncanNulph Hearing Associates has become known for diagnosing hearing problems and helping patients find the best hearing devices to meet their needs. Because Duncan-Nulph is privately owned, it has access to all of the major hearing aid manufacturers. This provides the audiologists with the ability to find the best and most affordable solution for each patient’s unique needs. “The hearing aids that people remember their dad or grandfather wearing are a thing of the past,” said Dr.
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What’s a submarine commander doing with the likes of Doris Day and Mary Martin? Robert D. Wilcox orman “Red” Stein says, “In New Kensington High School, near Pittsburgh, I was a lot more interested in football, basketball, boxing, and girls (not necessarily in that order) than I was in study.” His parents seemed to have noted that, too, and he was soon enrolled as a sophomore at Valley Forge Military Academy. He says, “That absolutely changed my life. It introduced me to a life of discipline and study.” He still played sports, of course, competing in football, boxing, and track. He also participated in three years of Army ROTC. He remembers that in his sophomore year, he won the school’s championship, boxing against the captain of the football team, which gained him much respect on campus. But it was his play as a halfback on the school’s first undefeated football team that helped win him a scholarship to
North providing the Carolina State inclusiveness University. and fraternity There he of an infantry played one platoon. year before So, when deciding to graduating try for a from the nomination to Academy in the U.S. 1952, Naval submarine LCDR Norman “Red” Stein (far right) with Doris Day Academy. He service was aboard the submarine Blackfin, where he was was fortunate much on his executive officer. enough to mind. land that, and he played sports there, However, he was required to first have a winning the boxing crown at 155 pounds year in surface ships. Assigned to an as a Plebe. He also played jayvee and amphibious landing ship, he headed for varsity football before suffering a knee the Pacific. injury that ended his football career. He especially remembers their serving At the Academy, he met Dusty as station ship in Hong Kong for 20 Dornin, a much-medaled hero days, their role being ready to evacuate submariner of WWII, who impressed U.S. citizens as might be needed. him by picturing life in submarines as He also recalls with affection knowing
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the owner of Hong Kong Old Mary’s shop, where seamen from everywhere bought cloth for civilian suits that were tailored for them overnight. Then he got his wish for the submarine duty that was to occupy him for 19 years. Leaving from Key West, he started by patrolling the North Atlantic, where his sub was once hit by the most vicious storm he had ever seen. They had to surface to recharge the sub’s batteries, and he says, “The seas were so high that, on the surface, we couldn’t use the air intakes to get air to the engines. We had to use our snorkel, and were barely able to avoid its being awash. We lost all our communication antennas, all radar, and one periscope. When we submerged, we were still rolling 15 degrees even at a depth of 150 ft. That Atlantic duty was followed by two years as an instructor at the
In Flanders Fields In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky, The larks, sill bravely singing, fly, Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead. Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved and now we lie, In Flanders Fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe To you, from failing hands, we throw, The torch, be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us, who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow, In Flanders Fields. —John McCrae
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Submarine School at Groton, Conn. Then it was off to the Pacific Northwest, making patrols off Okinawa, Japan, and other islands. He remembers one time in 1963, however, when they returned to Long Beach and were picked to be the sub to appear in a Doris Day movie, “Move Over, Darling,” where Doris played the role of a wife whose passenger plane goes down in the Pacific and who is marooned on a Pacific Island for five years before being picked up by a submarine and returned to the U.S. And, surprisingly, that was not Stein’s only touch with Hollywood. Once, when his sub pulled into Okinawa, Mary Martin was touring with the entire cast of “Hello, Dolly.” It packed a huge field house. Stein and his crew enjoyed the show.
Then he sent Mary a commanding officer of card inviting her and the a submarine has the whole cast to tour his right to visit honorary submarine, the Sea Fox. members of his crew at She sent a kind note, any time.” explaining why the Mary’s husband schedule wouldn’t permit then called Stein to say that, and Stein sent her a that tickets for him certificate making her an and his wife Lonnie Honorary Member of would be waiting for the Sea Fox crew. Mary them at the box office. later sent him an They, of course, autographed playbill attended. And after the cover for the show, show, he and Lonnie writing on it, “Hello, were ushered backstage Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hess Photography Red, from an Honorary to visit with Mary. Red Stein today, in retirement, Crew Member of the Sea Stein says, “You can’t with his Husky, “Balti.” Fox, Mary Martin.” believe how warm and Years later, when Mary was starring on cordial she was to us.” Broadway with Robert Preston in “I Do! Stein spent his last Navy years at the I Do!” Stein sent her a note saying, “The Pentagon, where he was responsible for
the administration of the Submarine Intelligence Program. He remembers once going to the White House to conduct a briefing for a Strategy Committee. How did that go? “Well,” he says, “I got to make Henry Kissinger laugh, so I guess it went OK.” Stein retired from the Navy as a captain in 1978 and spent 12 years working in his dad’s insurance business and “playing a lot of golf.” He and Lonnie then moved close to Annapolis and built a home there. In 2007, another Navy captain friend invited him and Lonnie to look at a retirement community in South-Central Pennsylvania. They came, found it suited them perfectly, and they’ve lived there with their Husky, Balti, ever since.
with clowns, acrobats, elephants, and caged tigers as well as carnivals peopled with freaks and oddities. By the time I get to the minicemetery, I’m so immersed in Ward’s imaginary world that even the carefully carved angels ascending to heaven seem
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shopkeepers hawk Native American rugs and relics to passersby; and Perry’s Polar Pantry promises to keep residents well fed while the Lucky Nugget Saloon guarantees to keep them well lubricated. There are also circuses populated
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Why Normandy Was Won: Operation Bagration and the War in the East 1941–1945 By Kenneth C. Weiler n June 1944, the German Wehrmacht had more than 217 combat divisions fighting in Europe. Fifty-seven were in Normandy, Belgium, and Holland—where were the others? Why were they there? Who and what kept them away? These questions and others are answered by author Ken Weiler in his book, Why Normandy Was Won. The Allied return to Europe in northwestern France was fully expected by the Nazi armies, but when they landed on D-Day,
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Good Coffee Mike Clark an it be that hard to make good coffee? If you say it depends on the bean and its origin, the type of roast (light, medium, dark), the coarseness of the grind, and a spotlessly clean brewing system, you would be correct. Oh, and efficient flavor extraction requires proper water temperature (195 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit) and a specific amount of time for the coffee grounds to be in contact with the hot water, which depends on how bold you want the flavor to be. It is also recommended that you use filtered or bottled water if your tap water is a bit unpleasant. The chlorine and calcium and everything else that comes from the tap are not particularly beneficial to the taste or the brewer. It can be a lot of fuss getting a great cup of coffee, and many people think it’s worth the effort. Some people, like my friend Betty, just go to the local convenience store at the same time every morning to buy their coffee already prepared. I think I can produce a good cup of
out, I also embraced it. My friend Frank and his lovely wife, Lynne, have a morning ritual of grinding fresh-roasted beans and French pressing. Frank is even contemplating the idea of roasting his own beans. Have at it, my friend. I now use a single-cup brewing system that uses premeasured cups. You know which one I mean. If I serve a bad cup of coffee now, I can blame it on everything but me. I like that. These premeasured cups also have great names like Breakfast Blend, Donut Shop, and Fog Lifter. I’ve been looking for others such as Waist Slimmer, Bicep Builder, Hair Grower, and Mind Reviver. If you know a supplier of such concoctions, let me know soon; I’m almost at the point where none of them will help. The best coffee, however, is always served at a table with good friends and family.
Maps and Descriptions, 1940.” Then, under “Browse this Collection,” enter the appropriate information, and you’ll find a map of your target city, with ED numbers superimposed on the neighborhoods. Now you can return to the 1940 census search described above,
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as I felt the blood of humiliation fill my face. To this day, when we are all together, my brother pulls out the sharp dagger of degradation to stab me in the heart. Ever since that day I have made some pretty good coffee. My experiments at variation have often bombed, though. A guy at work always cut back on the amount of coffee grounds he used. He thought that using the recommended recipe was wasteful. The flawed reasoning was that you could get all the flavor from two scoops that you could from six or eight. In an attempt at frugality, I bought into that just long enough to see my coffee go bad again. The thought of another family flogging was too much to bear. I quickly reversed my destructive thought process and have since stuck with convention. After all, the road less traveled does not always lead to enlightenment. A couple of years ago I started using a French press. My brother had used one for quite a while, and he told me how much he loved it. Once I got the process and proper ratio of coffee to water figured
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brew without a chemistry degree and hocus pocus, however. My interest in good coffee began inadvertently about 25 years ago in my humble row-house kitchen. When I lived in town, my father-in-law came to visit just about every Sunday morning; so did my brother. My 12-cup drip brewer was always in action as our caffeine-fueled conversation and razzing sometimes persisted nonstop. It was a subtle remark by my father-in-law and my brother’s subsequent jeering that inspired me to do a better job at producing a good cup of the black potion. On that particular day, I asked my father-in-law if he wanted another refill. He balked and said, “I think I’ve had about enough of that batch.” I asked him what was wrong with it. “I don’t know what you did to it, but it’s not so great.” I replied, “Carl, you wouldn’t know a good cup of coffee.” He smiled and said, “Maybe not, but I sure know a bad cup.” He and my brother then laughed uproariously at the putdown. I snickered
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“We figured we had a few bluebirds here now, so let’s put a whole bunch more nests up,” said Benjamin, who initiated the project. The residents invited Joan Watroba, of the Pennsylvania Bluebird Society and editor of “Bluebird Trails & Tales” newsletter, to talk with them about starting their trail. “She was quite helpful,” Benjamin said. For instance, Watroba told them about monofilament lines (fishing line) that could be added to the front of birdhouses to keep undesirable birds, like the house sparrows, from entering and taking over the nest. Watroba also suggested where and how to place the birdhouses, such as having the openings pointing to the east, he said. Originally, the Green Ridge Village residents installed 40 birdhouses, but have since expanded them to 52 houses. The residents themselves built the bluebird houses in the village’s workshop. They are 4 inches by 4 inches on the inside, the front of the houses are 9 ¼ inches, and the backs are 10 ¼ inches, with a slope to the roof. They retrieved some old barn boards
from local units, with two to farmers, but three installed in soon realized it each circle. There would be easier also were four to just buy new birdhouses installed lumber instead in a meadow west of of trying to the campus and five square up the more along Route old boards. 233 coming into the While campus, Benjamin building the said. bluebird Once the houses, birdhouses were Benjamin said installed, the Green the residents Ridge Village decided they residents, including should hold a Benjamin and his fundraiser with wife Dorene, began them to benefit A finished bluebird house ready to be posted. monitoring the trail. the Green They use the Ridge Village Pennsylvania auxiliary, which provides money for Bluebird Society’s forms to keep track unbudgeted items that make life more each week of what kind of nest is in the enjoyable for skilled-nursing residents. house, how many eggs there are, whether They were sold for $40 a pair, with there are adults sitting on the nests, and $32 going to the auxiliary and the rest to whether any eggs have hatched. But, he pay for the building materials, he said. said, they don’t open the nest to look. Those who donated money to build After the first eggs have hatched and the birdhouses were given the fledged, there is often a second couple opportunity to put the house near their that will build a nest in the house the
same year to raise their own brood, he said. “Because the folks on campus are quite interested, we post the results in late summer and put in our newsletter how many hatched, so everyone knows the success of our bluebird houses,” Benjamin said. “We’ve gotten quite a few more bluebirds now than four years ago.” During the first year of the trail, 22 bluebirds fledged, the second year 44 bluebirds fledged, and last year there were 62 fledglings. “We feel pretty happy with it,” Benjamin said. Besides the bluebirds, other birds such as chickadees, wrens, and tree swallows also build nests in the birdhouses, he said. “But there are so many variables concerning other species. Some stay all winter; others are picking out their houses (in March),” Benjamin said. Benjamin hopes the bluebirds get to their nests early enough to beat the wrens and other birds to them. With as many fledglings as they had last year, “I hope the fledglings come back this year and take the houses around campus before anybody else,” he said.
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