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Complimentary | Cumberland County Edition

June 2018 • Vol. 19 No. 6

Daisies and Poppies and Peonies, Oh My page 4

The Civil Rights Trail page 10

Veteran Stopped Runaway Train page 18

On Life and Love after 50

15 Tips to Combat Single-Senior Loneliness Tom Blake

Last fall, CBS News featured an article on their website titled, “Former surgeon general sounds the alarm on the loneliness epidemic.” In the article, the former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, stated loneliness can increase the possibility of heart disease and stroke and can even accelerate Alzheimer’s disease. He added that loneliness might be as bad for health as smoking. The article mentioned that about 30 percent of people older than 65 live alone, and by 85 that percentage exceeds 50 percent. Murthy declared loneliness a public-health epidemic. Each week, I publish a complimentary online e-newsletter. I recently asked my subscribers how they deal with single-senior loneliness. Based on their suggestions, here are 15 tips for combating single-senior loneliness: 1. Get off the couch and out of the house. Pursue activities you enjoy. Attend diverse cultural and social events. Find group activities several days or evenings a week.

employees and get together once a month to socialize. 4. Interact with people of all ages. Take a free class at a local college. 5. Never miss a regularly scheduled appointment, whether it be dental, medical, or at the salon. 6. Granted, not everybody has the financial means or physical ability to travel. But for those who can, traveling on a tour or with a group is a good way to make new friends.

2. Incorporate as much social interaction into your life as possible. 3. Maintain contact with a small group of close friends. Share birthdays, holidays, and life events. Join a book club. Create a group of former

7. Exercise regularly at a gym. Many facilities have SilverSneakers programs for the 60-plus age group. Not only will it ease loneliness, but you will also get fit. 8. Volunteer. Where? The choices are endless. Drive for Meals on Wheels. Be a greeter at the local airport. Be a docent at a museum. Assist at your house of worship, senior center, animal shelter, or zoo.

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9. Get a dog. You will have a new best friend, plus reasons to laugh and cuddle. Walk the dog where others walk their dogs. Friendly dogs are often “chick or bachelor” magnets. Everybody loves to pet them. 10. While waiting in line at Starbucks, say hello to the person behind or in front of you. 11. Join the local orchid society club or botanical garden group. 12. Get a part-time job at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, your local hardware store, or anyplace that welcomes and needs senior help. 13. Have a once-a-month potluck dinner at your

home. Invite friends to bring new friends. Keep expanding your circle of friends. 14. For people who are limited physically and cannot get out of the house, interact via computer on the internet. It’s not a perfect solution, but it can help. The internet is also a great way to keep contact with old friends, relatives, and classmates who live far away. 15. Still need ideas? Check out It’s free. They have thousands of meetings across the country. You can choose activities that fit your interest. Engaging in activities in which a person finds

fulfillment — not solely to be busy and take up time — can reduce loneliness. Remember, a few close friends can help combat loneliness. But, you cannot sit back and wait for people to come to you. You must initiate contact. Smile, be friendly, ask questions, or start a conversation with someone at Costco or your local market. Soon, your loneliness will be a thing of the past. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to

At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Emergency Numbers American Red Cross (717) 845-2751

Social Security Administration (Medicare) (800) 302-1274

Central Pennsylvania Poison Center (800) 521-6110

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania (717) 238-2531 Healthcare Information Pa. HealthCare Cost Containment Council (717) 232-6787 Hearing Services Duncan Nulph Hearing Associates 5020 Ritter Road, Suite 10G Mechanicsburg (717) 766-1500

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 & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Cumberland County (800) 720-8221 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

Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY 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 Property Tax/Rent Rebate (888) 728-2937 Salvation Army (717) 249-1411 Insurance Apprise Insurance Counseling (800) 783-7067 Nursing/Rehab Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902

Nutrition Meals on Wheels Carlisle (717) 245-0707 Mechanicsburg (717) 697-5011 Newville (717) 776-5251 Shippensburg (717) 532-4904 West Shore (717) 737-3942 Orthopedics OSS Health 856 Century Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 747-8315 Personal Care Homes Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902 Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy Services Cumberland County Aging & Community Services (717) 240-6110 Toll-Free Numbers Bureau of Consumer Protection (800) 441-2555 Cancer Information Service (800) 422-6237

Drug Information (800) 729-6686 Flu or Influenza (888) 232-3228 Health and Human Services Discrimination (800) 368-1019 Internal Revenue Service (800) 829-1040 Liberty Program (866) 542-3788 Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833 National Council on Aging (800) 424-9046 Organ Donor Hotline (800) 243-6667 Passport Information (888) 362-8668 Smoking Information (800) 232-1331 Social Security Fraud (800) 269-0217 Social Security Office (800) 772-1213 Veterans Services American Legion (717) 730-9100 Governor’s Veterans Outreach (717) 234-1681

Consumer Information (888) 878-3256

Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771

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Veterans Affairs (717) 240-6178 or (717) 697-0371

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By Megan Joyce

Over the years, the Ozrelated tchotchkes kept rolling in to Denenberg’s possession, many as gifts from family and friends. Salt and pepper shakers, mugs, glasses, plates, music boxes, neckties, picture frames, figurines, artwork, books … Denenberg’s collection comprises, as he puts it, “a little bit of everything.” The home’s interior décor incorporates numerous Art Deco elements. Popular in the 1920s and ’30s, the architectural style was featured prominently in Emerald City’s design. Denenberg owns the country’s largest collection of Moderne-pattern Indiana Glass as well as extensive collections of Chase chrome and Kensington aluminum dinnerware, serving pieces, and houseware, all crafted in Deco style. The upstairs guest bedroom is furnished with an antique Art Deco headboard, dresser, bureau, and chairs, which complement one of Denenberg’s other collections: framed studio photos of stars from the Depression era — including, of course, Judy Garland, referred to in Denenberg’s home as simply “Judy.” Although every room in his home contains some (mostly) subtle nod to the movie, it all comes to a head — somewhat literally — in his “Oz room”: a working bathroom decorated floor to sink to ceiling with Oz memorabilia and the image of the wizard’s green head “floating” on the mirror. Denenberg had the wizard mirror and coordinating sink designed in 2014 to commemorate Oz’s 75th

When Dorothy and Co. are finally granted entrance into Emerald City in the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, and the girl from Kansas climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage and are whisked around on a lively tour of the city’s people, sights, and songs. There is beauty everywhere, Denenberg had this Art Deco railing and there is warmth and specially made for his staircase. The welcome. Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City was designed It’s much the same when using Art Deco stylistic elements. Dennis Denenberg leads you around his Oz-themed home and gardens. You don’t get the colorchanging horse, but in both his environs and his own congenial spirit, Denenberg has managed to capture not only the sights of Oz, but also its essence and especially its warmth. Like most of us, Denenberg first saw The Wizard of Oz as a child during its annual television broadcast. Once his family owned a color TV, he When Denenberg remodeled his kitchen, nods to Oz made their way into the was struck by the visual shift redesign, such as the poppy-paneled Dorothy experiences as she cabinet doors and the copper Art Deco steps outside after a tornado pieces above the stove. has deposited her home in mysterious Oz. “When you saw the transition from the beginning of the movie, the black and white to the color — for a kid it was magical,” Denenberg said. “So I just really fell in love with it then, and as I aged, I just appreciated it more and more, the incredible quality of the movie. “It’s 78 years old, and it stands the test of time. The acting still holds up, the special Denenberg owns an extensive effects — it’s amazing. So I collection of Kensington aluminum dinnerware, serving pieces, and appreciate that, and I also houseware, all crafted in Deco style. appreciate the lessons in the movie,” he added. Denenberg’s lifelong affinity anniversary. for the film is literally on display throughout his Hovering overhead on the bathroom ceiling are home and Oz-inspired gardens and landscaping.

the words, “Surrender Dorothy”; the Wicked Witch of the West has painted her warning in blackened puffs of broom smoke. If you head down to the finished basement, you’ll find her watery, melted remains and pointed hat on a hallway floor, not far from her sister witch’s dearly departed legs, which stick out from under a guest bed. A basement window and windowed door let multihued light in through depictions of the Emerald City and of the Gales’ tornado-swept home, respectively. An artist friend created both for Denenberg out of basic craft glue. A few feet farther down the hall, a lifelike cutout of the Wizard himself waits for Toto to expose his presence behind a makeshift curtain. When Denenberg, a retired Millersville University elementary education professor, purchased his early-’70s rancher in 1995, it sat on an acre of grass, all of which is The “garden goddesses,” a.k.a., Inge now gone, replaced by several Storey and Greta Stoner, are Denenberg’s thoughtfully planned, Ozvital partners in the design and upkeep of themed gardens that explode in his acre of gardens. waves of varying color during spring and summer. “All the gardens are connected by pathways, so you actually walk through the gardens,” Denenberg explained. “That’s a concept that’s hard to explain to people because they still picture flowerbeds against the house.” To one side of the property the Asian garden’s bamboo grove rises high, and on the other end of the yard, an all-pink garden blooms for breast cancer awareness; it is dedicated to Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled the disease for 18 years. There are three floral “shows” of Oz blooms that take place over the season, allowing Denenberg and his guests a different visual experience depending on the month. The property’s 7,000 daffodils are the first to burst forward, along with winter aconite and snowdrops; these are followed mid-May to mid-June by the early perennials, which include daisies, poppies, irises, and 75 peony bushes. The biggest show, according to Denenberg, is the mid-July through midAugust late perennials: more than 250 hibiscus bushes, each containing 30-50 blooms. Maintaining thousands of flowers and bushes is a massive undertaking, one that Denenberg, who never seriously gardened before buying his current property, does not do alone. He has hired two “garden goddesses,” as he nicknamed them, otherwise known as Inge Storey and Greta Stoner. With degrees in horticulture, the gardening professionals not only put in the grunt work of cutting, digging, feeding, and clearing out, but also use their expertise to advise Denenberg on garden design and flower selection. “Spring is the most fun, mainly because it’s moving plants, getting beds presentable, and finding out what you’ve lost over the winter,” Denenberg said. “Fall is the brutal time because, with an acre of perennials, there’s an incredible amount of cutting back. We usually take about 15 pickup-truck loads to the recycling area. The summer is really the most enjoyable [season].” Denenberg and the “goddesses” try to add one new garden element each year, he said. In 2017 it was a mini yellow-brick road leading to Emerald City, its waist-high green-and-gold towers constructed from PVC piping. It joined 2016’s addition, a wavelike wooden sculpture. These features accompany two fish- and frog-filled ponds and a newly renovated deck with glass-block bar, built around a colorfully beaded honey locust tree and an above-ground pool. Toto’s dressing room, adjacent to the bamboo grove, is a small, rainbowcolored doghouse containing a replica of the famous canine’s basket alongside

a pair of ruby slippers made for the cast party Denenberg hosted for the Fulton Theatre’s 2015 production of The Wizard of Oz. Denenberg now offers his house and outdoor garden spaces to charitable groups for fundraisers, benefits, or retreats, taking no money for himself while serving as host and tour guide. “I just think it’s important to give back and, with the gardens, to share the beauty,” he said. “It’s fun to let other people look at them, too.” Although Denenberg does not host weddings, birthday parties, or events for any for-profit organizations, “[the garden] is here for any nonprofit group. If your charity wants to raise money, you can schedule an event here. I also allow nonprofits to have retreats here — any way that a nonprofit can use it.” Cancer charities are close to Denenberg’s heart and frequently take advantage The all-pink garden blooms for of his home and gardens for breast cancer awareness and honors their events. Denenberg also Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled maintains a garden in his the disease for 18 years. sister’s honor at Millersville University and runs its breast cancer awareness program, Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer ( And his “second career” as a book author and speaker takes him across the country, educating kids and adults about America’s real-life heroes (heroes4us. com). Last summer, 650 people visited Denenberg’s Oz. Of those, 450 came during Lancaster’s Demuth Museum Garden Tour, which has already booked a return visit for June 2018. Though he’s not distributing much-coveted hearts, brains, courage, or balloon rides home, Denenberg, like his favorite movie’s titular wizard, finds great and powerful fulfillment in the ways his Oz heightens the happiness of its visitors. “The thrill for me now,” Denenberg said, “is giving back through events … One person said, ‘You know, I just can’t believe anybody would leave here and not smile.” To contact Denenberg about booking an event for a charity or nonprofit group, contact him at or (717) 581-8293. On the cover: Clockwise, from top, Dennis Denenberg surrounded by hundreds of Wizard of Oz items in his Oz-themed bathroom; the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet peek out from beneath a guest bed; Toto’s dressing room; the Oz bathroom’s wizard mirror and sink; and the miniature yellow-brick road and Emerald City. For more photos of Denenberg’s home and gardens, visit


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Grief Relief

A Dozen Ways to Live with Loss and Heal with Hope

Victor Parachin

Reaching out on social media, a woman wrote: “My husband died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He was 55 and had no symptoms or warning signs. I can’t bear to live without him. We’ve been together since I was 16, and I’m 46 now. “I’ve never lived on my own, and I don’t know what it’s like to be ‘single’ — I’ve always been part of a couple. I cry every day … I don’t want to live without him.” Her experience reveals the depth and anguish of grief. As intense as bereavement can be, the reality is that the vast majority of people do recover from the shock and pain of loss. Here are a dozen ways people have found to live with loss and heal with hope.

1. Begin with patience. It takes time, a much longer time than most people expect, to heal from grief. Remind yourself there is no quick fix. Most people find it takes a year or so for the intensity to ease up. 2. Expect confusing and conflicting emotions. Grief brings a wide variety of feelings and emotions, such as: guilt, regret, sadness, depression, anxiety, fear, and difficulty concentrating. While these may feel extreme and

troubling, they are common symptoms of the grief process. Expect them; accept them; and continue on, knowing they will ease up and fade away as you adapt and adjust to the loss. 3. Express yourself. Talking with a good listener is healing. Every time you talk about the loss and its ramifications, you peel away a layer of pain. 4. Let yourself feel sad. Don’t

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deny your grief. Feel the pain. Experience the loss. Cry if you need to. Tears cleanse the body of stress toxins. 5. Follow a routine. Adhere to a regular daily schedule. This will build emotional security and confidence for you. A routine will also keep you organized and on top of things. 6. Sleep. The emotional strain of grief is exhausting. Get good rest. If you can’t sleep for a prolonged period of time, check in with your physician. 7. Don’t numb the pain. Avoid alcohol and drugs. They may dull the pain, but once the effect wears off, the pain emerges. 8. Eat nutritious meals. A time of grieving is not the time to fill up on “junk” foods. Eat healthy meals. Limit eating at restaurants. 9. Take care of your body. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Walk, bike, jog, or join a gym and take fitness classes. 10. Delay major life changes. If possible, don’t make any big changes during the first year. Don’t remarry, don’t move, don’t leave your job. Give yourself time to adjust and adapt to the loss. 11. Be part of a support group. When there has been a loss to death, it often creates relationship shifts. Some friends drop away because they don’t know how to be helpful to a griever. A grief support group is made up of people who understand and will be comforting. Join with them, learn from them, and, in turn, be supportive of others who are grieving. 12. Remain positive. Trust yourself and believe that you will heal from loss. Stay positive throughout the grief journey. Hold on to hope. Victor M. Parachin, M.Div., is a grief counselor, bereavement educator, and author of several books, including Healing Grief.

Farmers Market Vouchers Available Farmers market nutrition vouchers will be distributed to eligible seniors 60 years of age and older at the following locations starting June 1. The nutrition vouchers, with a $20 total value, can be exchanged for Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables from June 1 through Nov. 30 at participating farmers markets and roadside stands. To be eligible, county residents age 60 and older must have an annual income less than $22,459 for one person, $30,451 for two people, and $38,443 for three people. Proxy forms are available at each site and must be completed and returned with signatures and a photo ID of the eligible senior at the time of distribution. Please keep in mind these vouchers are available on a first-come, firstserved basis, as funding is limited. Vouchers may only be obtained once per year. For eligible income guidelines or more information, contact Cumberland County Aging and Community Services at (717) 2406110. Distribution sites are as follows: Big Spring Senior Center, 91 Doubling Gap Road, Newville, (717) 776-4478 – Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon


$ Branch Creek Place, 115 N. Fayette St., Shippensburg, (717) 300-3563 – Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Cumberland County Aging & Community Services, 1100 Claremont Road, Carlisle, (717) 2406110 – Tuesdays, 2:30-4 p.m. Mechanicsburg Place, 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg, (717) 697-5947 – Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Salvation Army Senior Action Center, 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle, (717) 249-5007 – Wednesdays, 9:3011 a.m. Schaner Senior Center, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola, (717) 732-3915 – Fridays, 9-11 a.m. West Shore Senior Center, 122 Geary Ave., New Cumberland, (717) 774-0409 – Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.

Free CPR and AED Training Offered June 9 Geisinger Holy Spirit will host a free CPR class Saturday, June 9, in honor of CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Awareness Week. The class will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the hospital auditorium, 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill. American Heart Associationtrained instructors will teach participants the skills needed to

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perform CPR on a victim of cardiac arrest and how to help a person who is choking. Attendees also will receive handson experience with an AED. After successfully completing the course, each participant will receive a Family and Friends CPR course booklet to keep. Registration is required. To register, visit or call (717) 972-4262.

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Assisted Living Residences/Personal Care Homes The listings with a shaded background have additional information about their center in a display advertisement in this edition.

Bethany Village — MapleWood

325 Wesley Drive • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 717-766-0279 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Assisted Living Residence: Yes Personal Care Home: No Private: 100 Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes

Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: One-bedroom suites; secured memory support neighborhood; skilled nursing – The Oaks.

Colonial Lodge Community

2015 North Reading Road • Denver, PA 17519 717-336-5501 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 70 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: A veteran-approved “home for heroes” facility, all in a beautiful, rural setting. Respite services available as space permits.

Homewood at Plum Creek

425 Westminster Avenue • Hanover, PA 17331 717-637-4166 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 92 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Mennonite Home Communities

1520 Harrisburg Pike • Lancaster, PA 17601 717-393-1301 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 150 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

The Hickman Friends Senior Community

Normandie Ridge

Total AL and/or PC Beds: 114 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Total AL and/or PC Beds: 35 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

400 North Walnut Street • West Chester, PA 19380 484-760-6300 • Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Nonprofit personal care community in downtown West Chester. Includes secure dementia care neighborhood. Call to schedule a personal tour.

Homeland Center

1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-221-7727 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 56 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes

Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Providing exemplary care in a beautiful environment for more than 150 years. Our continuum includes a hospice program, therapy services, home care and home health services, and 24-hour medical staffing. All-private rooms with full baths and kitchenettes.

Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Excellent care in a lovely environment. Call to schedule a visit.

Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Supportive, encouraging environment. Various room types and suites available. Secure memory care offered.

1700 Normandie Drive • York, PA 17408 717-764-6262 • Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Our dementia care residence features the Kaleidoscope therapeutic engagement program designed for our residents.

Pleasant View Retirement Community

544 North Penryn Road • Manheim, PA 17545 717-665-2445 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 96 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes* Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

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The Beauty in Nature

Nesting Pasture Birds Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Southeastern Pennsylvania meadows, dotted with deciduous trees both young and mature, are beautiful farmland habitats. And a variety of small birds nest in them, including Baltimore orioles, orchard orioles, eastern kingbirds, red-headed woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, red-winged blackbirds, and eastern phoebes. All these species eat invertebrates in summer and have attractive plumages. And each kind has its own niche, which reduces competition for nesting sites and food among the species. Female Baltimore orioles, orchard orioles, and kingbirds build nurseries on tree twigs in pastures. Baltimore orioles place their deeply pouched cradles on the ends of twigs, particularly on larger sycamore trees

Baltimore oriole

along creeks and streams. Orchard orioles and kingbirds create nurseries on the inner twigs of trees. Both the colorful oriole species consume invertebrates from shrubs

Eastern bluebird

and trees. Kingbirds, however, snare flying insects from the air. The striking red-headed woodpeckers are attracted to one or two dead, but still-standing, trees

among living trees in pastures. Redheads, like all woodpeckers, chip out cavities in dead wood in which to raise young. They eat invertebrates from inside dead wood and off living trees. Bluebirds and tree swallows compete for abandoned woodpecker holes and other hollows in dead trees in meadows. But the lovely bluebirds ingest invertebrates from shrubbery and grass, while the handsome swallows catch flying insects in midair, thus reducing rivalry for food. Small colonies of red-winged blackbirds rear babies in cattail marshes in low parts of some meadows. The black males, sporting red shoulder patches, sing from swaying cattails, while their mates please see BIRDS page 11

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Pursuing the Dream: The Civil Rights Trail By Andrea Gross

At first glance it’s an unassuming little church, one that befits a small town in central Georgia. Along with about 20 other people, I walk through the arched doorway. A woman hands me a sheet of paper. “Inside this building it is April 17, 1944,” she says. “Here in the First African Baptist Church of Dublin, we’re having an oratory contest. We will all attend that contest, and you will each play the part of the person whose name is on the paper I gave you.” She pauses and smiles broadly. “One of the contestants is a 15-yearA statue of Martin Luther King old boy named Martin Luther King. The stands in front of the Georgia state speech he gave on this day was the first capital in Atlanta. public speech of his career.” King did well in the competition, but it wasn’t his speech, titled “The Negro and the Constitution,” that changed the course of history. It was what happened afterward. I look at my paper. I’m to play the part of Sarah Bradley, the teacher who


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accompanied King to the competition. I stand up when my name is called. I tell about our bus ride back to Atlanta, how King and I were told “by the brutish driver” to move to the back of the bus to make room for a group of white passengers, and how King resisted but, when I pleaded with him not to make a scene, eventually moved with me to the back. It was, I say, the angriest he had ever been and a moment that would stick with him forever. Later, back as myself — a simple visitor to Dublin rather than a Visitors tour the home where chaperone at an oratory contest — I Martin Luther King was born. realize that it was here that Martin Luther King began to formulate his dream to “one day live in a nation where [people] will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The fight for civil rights was brought into sharper focus in January 2018 with

the launching of Harris pauses, the United States takes a deep breath, Civil Rights Trail. and — oh my, Spanning her voice fills the more than 100 room. Shivers run sites in 15 states up my spine as this plus the District woman belts out of Columbia, it songs that show showcases places how courageous that played leaders and significant roles ordinary people during the civil fought, prayed, The tombs of Martin Luther King rights movement and, yes, sang to and his wife, Coretta Scott King, of the ’50s, when win equal rights A display at the Albany Civil Rights Institute reminds people of the time sit in a reflecting pool at the the first large for all people. Her when African-Americans were forced to sit in the back of the bus. Martin Luther King Jr. National demonstration voice is powerful, Historical Park in Atlanta. against her passion segregation took undeniable. place in Montgomery, Alabama, and the ’60s, when King was assassinated in At the end of my tour, with the songs of the Freedom Singers still ringing in Memphis, Tennessee. my ears, my thoughts go back to that time nearly 75 years ago when a 15-yearBy the ’70s, the fight for equality had shifted to a new phase, one that may old boy and his teacher were forced to the back of the bus. be explored in a future Civil Rights Trail. Today, in front of Dublin’s First Baptist Church of Dublin, a giant wall The sites include well-known places, such as Central High School in Little painting shows a young girl blowing on a dandelion, the ancient symbol of Rock, Arkansas, where nine teenagers were refused entrance to an all-white hope — expressing her wish that Martin Luther King’s dream will continue to high school, as well as less familiar places, such as Monroe Elementary School inspire future generations. in Topeka, Kansas, where segregationist policies led to the Supreme Court For more information about these destinations and others on the Civil decision that legally ended racial segregation in the United States (Brown v. Rights Trail, see “Napkin Notes” on Board of Education). I begin my exploration of the Civil Rights Trail in Atlanta, the city where Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www. Martin Luther King was born and where he was living with his wife and children when, having gone on a quick trip to Memphis to give a speech, he was assassinated. At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, I tour his birth house, visit the church where he was baptized, and spend a quiet moment sitting by the reflecting pool that surrounds his tomb and that of his wife, Coretta Scott King. A three-hour drive brings me to Albany, where a group of young teens used music to publicize and win support for the burgeoning civil rights movement. Rutha Mae Harris, now 76 and the only one of the original Freedom Singers who still performs regularly, enters a small auditorium. She flashes a megawatt smile and tells us how folksinger Pete Seeger realized that the group’s heartfelt songs, which were often derived from familiar hymns or spirituals, would help spread the movement’s message to folks across the nation. Within the next year the teens traveled to 46 of the then-48 states, singing songs like “We Shall Overcome” and “This Little Light of Mine.” They performed alone, with Seeger, and eventually with other well-known entertainers, such as Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, and Bob Dylan.

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BIRDS from page 9 attach nests of cattail leaves and grass to standing cattail stalks a couple of feet above the water or shorelines. Phoebes traditionally nest on rock ledges under sheltering, overhanging boulders near streams in woods. And pairs of phoebes build cradles of mud and moss on support beams under small bridges on rural roads spanning streams that border tree-dotted pastures. Phoebes nab flying insects in midair. These beautiful and interesting birds help make an already pretty, humanmade habitat even more attractive to nature explorers. And these lovely nesting birds increase their numbers by adapting to niches created by people, for people. These are winning situations in human-made environments.

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Vision Resources of Central Pa. to Honor Helen Keller in June Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania will honor the legacy of Helen Keller throughout June. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse will present Vision Resources with an official proclamation in tribute to Keller on June 12. VROCP’s work and mission is to facilitate independence, enrich the quality of life, and empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Born in 1880 in Alabama, Keller, an author, political activist, and lecturer, was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The organization will honor Keller throughout the month of June with facts about her contributions to humanity and remembering some of her most famous quotes. The annual memorial culminates on her birth date: June 27. Community support is vital to the mission

of VROCP. Last year, financial support from the community allowed: • 3,781 preschool children to receive free vision screenings • 4,145 adults to receive educational information on eye health and safety issues • 68 adults and children to receive no-cost professional eye examinations • A weeklong Adventures Beyond Site summer camp for youth with visual impairments

Helen Keller holding a magnolia flower, circa 1920

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volunteer at churches and senior The RSVP Volunteer of centers. the Month for Dauphin and Nye and Hostetler have lived Cumberland counties is the team of Shirley Nye and Barry Hostetler. in Duncannon for five years after spending time living in northwest Nye and Hostetler have Indiana while volunteered via working for the RSVP with the Red Cross. American Red Cross in Perry, Both have lost their former Cumberland, and spouses. Hostetler Dauphin counties served in the for nearly five U.S. Navy in the years. Vietnam era, and Nye and Nye was a wife of Hostetler help Shirley Nye and Barry Hostetler. families recover an Army veteran who served in the Korean War. from disasters, such as fire, broken To receive further information water pipes, and fallen trees. They enjoy helping the families recover by about volunteer opportunities in Cumberland and Perry finding them a place to stay while counties, contact Becky Gibbons, they are recovering. development coordinator, at Nye and Hostetler have been in parades and town events, showing (800) 870-2616 or perrycumb@ what the Red Cross does and how it helps people. Hostetler and Nye also Do you know a 50+ volunteer who gives selflessly to others? Tell us what makes him or her so special and we will consider them for 50plus LIFE’s Volunteer Spotlight! Submissions should be 200 words or fewer and photos are encouraged. Email preferred to or mail nominations to 50plus LIFE, Volunteer Spotlight, 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512.


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It Was 50 Years Ago Today

‘Angel of the Morning’ Randal Hill

By 1967 songwriter Chip Taylor had one hit tune to his credit: the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” from the previous year. Now he was summoning his muse again in hopes of hitting pay dirt for a second time. In the book Behind the Hits by Bob Shannon and John Javna, Taylor explains: “The day I wrote ‘Angel’ I was fooling around with some chords for three or four hours. Then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, came ‘There’ll be no strings to bind your hands, not if my love can’t bind your heart.’ “I said, ‘That is beautiful!’ … Within 10 minutes I’d written the whole song, including the chorus.” Then there was the matter of what followed those opening lines. Sex had to be soft-pedaled during rock’s early days; “Angel of the Morning” changed all that. As its story unfolded, listeners heard such eyebrow-lifting lyrics as, “I see no need to take me home/I’m old enough to face the dawn,” as well as “If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned/ Well, it was what I wanted now.” Wow. But, after all, this was the “progressive” ’60s. Taylor and a partner recorded the song — which featured a simple “Louie Louie” chord progression — with a young singer named Evie Sands. Released on Cameo Records, “Angel” quickly caught fire and

won airplay in the Raiders’ 1967 tour. Seattle rhythmseveral key radio While in Memphis, Raiders lead and-blues markets. singer Mark Lindsay introduced Rush collective called But, two to record producer Chips Moman, Tiny Tony weeks after and the Statics who had recorded the Box Tops’ Sands’ 45 was megahit of “The Letter.” (Tony being a released, Cameo Moman had Rush cut a breathy 300-pound soul unexpectedly rendition of “Angel of the Morning,” belter). went bankrupt, a haunting future Top 10 winner. In 1965 and Sands’ rising the Rushes Released on Bell Records, Rush’s star fizzled out. version became a million-seller created Merrilee Later, Taylor Rush and the and even earned her a Grammy received a phone nomination. Turnabouts, a call from Seattle In 1981 country singer Juice rock/R&B group that another that soon became Newton breathed new life into Rush’s artist, Merrilee a top draw on the song, which some rock historians Rush and the local club circuit. now cite as being a forerunner of the Turnabouts, had women’s liberation movement. In time they “Angel of the Morning” cut his song. signed on as the Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian “I was looking opening act for June 1968 who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be forward to Paul Revere and reached at hearing it,” Taylor said. “It came out, and I had a advertisement copy sent to me. But I took one listen and said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think so.’” Taylor spoke too soon; Rush’s disc went Top Five in Seattle and then spread rapidly across the country. Merrilee Rush began her life as If you want a funeral with an expensive casket Merrilee Gunst in Seattle in 1944. At and embalming, go to a funeral home! age 16 she became the lead singer of If you are interested in affordable cremation services, a local rock outfit called the Amazing we are the name to remember! Aztecs. We specialize in cremation only, statewide, no removal fees. She eventually married the band’s No Embalming No Caskets sax player, Tom Rush, and the two formed Merrilee and Her Men, which later disbanded. For a while the Rushes worked in an integrated

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Cumberland County

Calendar of Events

Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

Sundays, 7:15 p.m. Outreach Al-Anon Family Group Meeting Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at

June 7, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 557-9041

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

June 11, 1:30-3 p.m. Caregivers Support Group St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 310 Hertzler Road, Upper Allen Township (717) 766-8806

June 18, 11:30 a.m. – Father’s Day Luncheon

Mondays, 7 p.m. Hope on Simpson Al-Anon Family Group Meeting First United Methodist Church 135 W. Simpson St., Mechanicsburg (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at Tuesdays, noon Anchor Al-Anon Family Group Meeting The Harbor 55 W. King St., Shippensburg (717) 448-7881  Other meeting times/locations at June 4, 4-5 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Messiah Lifeways Meetinghouse 1155 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle (717) 243-0447 June 5, 6 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786 June 5, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Helpers 3806 Market St., Suite 3, Camp Hill (717) 920-0707 June 6, 1:30 p.m. The Bridges Support Group for the Alzheimer’s Association The Bridges at Bent Creek 2100 Bent Creek Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 795-1100 June 6, 7 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Cumberland County Office of Aging 1100 Claremont Road, Carlisle (717) 240-6110

June 11, 6 p.m. “A Touch of Sugar” Diabetes Support Group Wegmans 6416 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 763-2466 June 12, 6:30-8 p.m. Carlisle Area Men’s Cancer Support Group The Live Well Center 3 Alexandria Court, Carlisle (717) 877-7561 June 13, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Bethany Village West – Springfield Room 325 Asbury Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624 June 19, 6:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group Cumberland Crossings 1 Longsdorf Way, Carlisle (717) 243-0113 June 21, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880 June 26, 6 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 486-3596

Library Programs Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 June 1, 7 p.m. – Music @ Bosler Concert Series June 4, 7:30-8:45 p.m. – M  onday Bosler Book Discussion Group June 22, 1-2 p.m. – Just Mysteries! Book Club Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 June 9 to Aug. 9 – Adult Summer Reading Program June 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Community Plant Swap


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June 14, 7 p.m. – Concert on the Lawn with Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drums New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820 June 7, 10:15 a.m. to noon – Ruth’s Mystery Discussion Group: Forensic Mysteries June 16, 11 a.m. to noon – Couponing for Extreme Savings June 27, 5:30-7:45 p.m. – P  ennWriters Writing Group

June 13, noon – Nutrition Quiz Fun June 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Walking Together: Caregiving for the Memory Loss Community Branch Creek Place – (717) 300-3563 115 N. Fayette St., Shippensburg Carlisle Senior Action Center – (717) 249-5007 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle Mary Schaner Senior Citizens Center (717) 732-3915 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola Mechanicsburg Place – (717) 697-5947 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg West Shore Senior Citizens Center (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland

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Mondays and Wednesdays, noon SilverSneakers Exercise Class Susquehanna View Apartments Community Room 208 Senate Ave., Camp Hill (717) 439-4070 June 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CPR and AED Training Geisinger Holy Spirit Auditorium 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill (717) 972-4262 June 13, 11:30 a.m. NARFE West Shore Chapter 1465 VFW Post 7530 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 774-4031 Visitors welcome; meeting is free but fee for food. June 17, 6 p.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance New Cumberland Borough Park 517 Front St., New Cumberland If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

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26. G.I.’s mail drop 29. Singer Seeger 32. In times past 34. Jack of Dragnet 36. Bring to life again 41. Buffalo’s county 42. Turkish honorific 43. Kind of table 44. Frown upon 48. Positive 49. Pa. neighbor 50. Barbershop call 52. Trendy

53. Back on board 56. Modern (prefix) 58. Embrace 60. Haiphong locale 62. Cereal topper 65. Top dog 66. Copycats 69. Hipbone 70. Charades, e.g. 71. Girasol, e.g. 72. Pigeon’s perch 73. Heidi’s home 74. Depend

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47. Breathes out 51. Yellowfin, e.g. 53. Benefit 54. Girl, in France 55. Lukewarm 57. Alpha’s opposite 59. Swamp snapper 61. Hoodlum 62. Can be found in the road 63. Slangy denial 64. Shrinking Asian sea 67. Bien’s opposite 68. Artful

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Avoiding Foodborne Illness as We Age By Adam Ghering Did you know that 128,000 Americans are hospitalized from food poisoning each year, and it’s estimated that millions more get sick? It is essential for individuals of every age to prevent food poisoning; however, as we age we become more at risk, and once ill, it can take longer to recover. Older adults are at an increased risk due to age-related changes to the gastrointestinal tract, underlying chronic conditions (diabetes, cancer, etc.), changes in functioning of organs like the liver and kidney, and side effects caused by medication. The good news is that the USDA’s four steps to food safety (clean, separate, cook, and chill) can help you prevent food poisoning. Food poisoning is never fun and can include symptoms such as upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. Common pathogens that cause illness in older adults include: • E. coli from undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized milk and juices, and contaminated raw fruits and vegetables • Campylobacter from unpasteurized milk; raw or undercooked meat, poultry, or shellfish; and untreated or contaminated water • Salmonella from raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat; unpasteurized milk, juice, or cheese; and animals (reptiles and birds) and their environment

• Cook raw beef, pork, lamb, and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to 145 degrees F. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. • Cook raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to 160 degrees F. • Cook raw poultry to 165 degrees F. • Reheat cooked foods to 165 degrees F.

from these pathogens. Follow the four steps to food safety to make sure you avoid illness: Clean. Clean surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and warm water. Wash hands the right way for 20 seconds, and make sure to focus on scrubbing your palms and in between fingers and fingertips. Wash fruit and vegetables, but do not wash raw meat and poultry. Doing so can cause bacteria to cross-contaminate surfaces throughout the kitchen. Separate. Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods, fruits, and vegetables. Raw meat juices can contain bacteria that can cross-contaminate ready-to-eat foods. When shopping, place raw meats in a plastic bag before placing them in your shopping cart. When at home, use one cutting board for fruits and vegetables and a different one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.

Chill. Refrigerate foods within two hours after cooking or within one hour after cooking if the temperature is 90 degrees F during the summer. Divide leftovers into small, shallow containers and place in a refrigerator set at 40 degrees F or below. To learn more about food storage and how to use foods at peak quality while reducing waste, download the free FoodKeeper mobile app for Android and iPhone. If you have any questions about food safety, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) MPHotline or (888) 674-6854. Or you can chat live with a food-safety specialist in English or Spanish at Ask Karen (www.askkaren. gov), available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Ask Karen also provides automated food safety information 24/7. Adam Ghering is a public affairs specialist with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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Avoiding certain foods, or preparing them in a safe manner, can decrease your risk of becoming ill

Cook. Cook foods to a safe internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. You cannot use color alone as an indicator of doneness. Always use a food thermometer to verify meat and poultry are safe to eat.


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Community Drive Benefits Humane Society

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You’re a resource.

From left, Brenda Light, Mark Sheely, Kristen Swainston, Mike Donmoyer, and Diana Deeley.

The Inclusive SilverSneakers FLEX Class held at Susquehanna View Apartments, Camp Hill, recently partnered with G.H.O.S.T., LLC for an outreach drive to assist the Harrisburg Area Humane Society. The group collected more than 375 items valued at more than $1,500.

The SilverSneakers class, which is free with most insurance, meets every Monday and Wednesday at noon in the community room at Susquehanna View Apartments for Inclusive Exercise. For more information, see www. or call (717) 763-1184.

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Soldier Stories

Robert Naeye

Vietnam Artillery Veteran Stopped Runaway Train

After serving eight months in and come home. Vietnam as an artilleryman, Jon “My father never showed emotion, Hosfeld was no stranger to danger. but when we went to the Harrisburg Decades later, in a moment train station for him to leave, tears of crisis, Hosfeld summoned the were running down. He said, physical, mental, and spiritual ‘Jonnie, I thought I fought in a war strength to hop aboard a runaway to end all wars.’” train carrying hazardous materials As Hosfeld’s flight from Japan — an example of courage that was coming in for a landing at inspired the critically acclaimed Cam Ranh Bay, he looked out movie Unstoppable. the window and saw tracers and Born in 1948, Hosfeld grew explosions. His plane circled the up in Mechanicsburg to religious airfield five times before landing. parents who taught him patriotism On his third day in Vietnam, When the North Vietnamese infantry pinned down an infantry platoon, Hosfeld’s and how to tell right from wrong. he flew on a transport airplane artillery unit fired nine rounds every 10 minutes for 36 hours. His father served in the Army Air to Pleiku and then by chopper Corps in World War II but never to his unit. He explained to the would not waste its money hiring and not handle,” he recalls. talked about his tour of duty. commanding officer that he was not training him and then watch him get trained in artillery. After high school, Hosfeld Hosfeld was small growing up and applied to be a brakeman with the killed in Vietnam. was frequently bullied. His parents “What the hell are you doing “I was 17 years old. What a jolt Pennsylvania Railroad. He passed told him to stand his ground. here?” the officer asked. that was to a young man,” he says. “I did not have any trouble I could the test, but the company told him it “You tell me and we’ll both know,” He turned 18 the very next day replied Hosfeld. and registered for the draft. But just Hosfeld was given a two-week Stories of ordinary men and women two months later he volunteered for crash course in artillery operations. called to perform extraordinary military service. the U.S. Army’s deferred program in His battery consisted of about 100 communications. men. Six 105-millimeter artillery From 1999–2016, writer and World War II “That will keep you out of ’Nam,” pieces were arranged in a star pattern, veteran Col. Robert D. Wilcox preserved the said his recruiter. with five guns at the points and one firsthand wartime experiences of more than After training at Fort Bragg and in the center. An infantry company 200 veterans through Salute to a Veteran, his Fort Dix, the Army sent Hosfeld of similar size guarded the outer monthly column featured in 50plus LIFE. to South Korea, where he received perimeter. rapid promotions to E5 sergeant. He The temperature often exceeded Now, for the first time, 50 of those stories— describes his Korean service as “very 100 degrees, and at times they selected by Wilcox himself—are available to intense and demanding.” suffered through torrential monsoon own in this soft-cover book. But because of a bizarre rain so thick they couldn’t see their Simply complete and mail this form with your payment bureaucratic maneuver, Hosfeld was hands in front of their faces. By the to the address below to order Salute to Our Veterans. transferred to West Germany in end of his deployment, Hosfeld and August 1968 to serve with an artillery his men were eating C rations left On-Line Publishers • 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512 unit. This was despite the fact that he over from World War II. Name_ _______________________________________________________ had no training in this field. Several times the men had to pack In March 1969, Hosfeld received up all their weapons and gear and fly Address_ ______________________________________________________ his orders for Vietnam. Surprisingly, in helicopters to a new landing zone, City_______________________________ State_ ____ Zip_ ______________ he was “elated” to leave Germany where they had to set everything up because of the poor NCOs and yet again. Phone_ _____________________ Email______________________________ officers. He describes his garrison They were often attacked during duty as “a nightmare” due to racial this period, when they were most Number of copies_ ______ (Please include $20.80 for each copy) tensions and drug problems. vulnerable. It would take 24-36 hours Credit card #______________________________________ Exp. date________ “I wanted to get away from it,” he just to dig their personnel bunkers, says. which Hosfeld says made the men “as Signature of cardholder_________________________________CVV #________ Before heading to ’Nam, he strong as oxen.” Or send a check made payable to On-Line Publishers, Inc. traveled home to visit his parents. He Hosfeld viewed everyone in his You can also order online at! promised them he would do his job unit as an asset, so his job was to find


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that asset in His posteach man Vietnam and use it to moment of its maximum truth came potential. on May 15, But 2001. Due not every to a series soldier fit in. of errors, a Hosfeld sent locomotive three men pulling a back to base train of 47 camp. One of cars was them became running depressed uncontrolled Photo credit: Robert Naeye when he for two Hosfeld, right, with Rich Burton, from the learned hours in Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Roundtable. his wife northwestern Hosfeld — who had recently injured his leg in was being Ohio. Two a fall — shared his Vietnam experiences with unfaithful. of the cars the group during its March 2018 meeting. Another contained accidentally liquid phenol, shot off a round inside a bunker, a toxic chemical used in paints, dyes, nearly killing a fellow soldier. and glues. Hosfeld describes a battle where an A locomotive with a two-man crew, infantry platoon was pinned down Jess Knowlton and Terry Forson, by North Vietnamese infantry. His chased down the runaway train, artillery unit fired nine rounds every hooked to the rear car, and slowed it 10 minutes for 36 hours. The platoon down. When the train was traveling called in the rounds practically upon at 11 miles per hour, Hosfeld ran themselves, eventually forcing the alongside it, jumped on board, and NVA to pull back. shut down the engine just south of the Three days later, the platoon town of Kenton. entered their landing zone.  “I saw my men ahead of the “I saw bandaged, injured, crippled runaway train in jeopardy, and I knew soldiers, and thought, ‘They’re mad I had to make it,” recalls Hosfeld.  as hell; they’re gonna kick our asses.’ Hosfeld received widespread Instead, it was just the opposite. accolades for his courageous act, and They hugged us and said, ‘Thank he later met President George W. you, brothers.’ That was one of my Bush. That day’s events inspired the proudest moments, protecting my 2010 movie Unstoppable, starring fellow soldiers.” Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. One night, Hosfeld was holed up Hosfeld has since retired and lives in a bunker, packed in ice with a 105- with Judy in Marysville, on the west degree fever. But his landing zone was shore of the Susquehanna River overrun by NVA. During the firefight in Perry County. He works with he ran out to his gun section. homeless veterans in Harrisburg and His CO yelled, “You’re sick — is active in the VFW and American what are you doing?” Legion. He and Judy have a daughter Hosfeld replied, “I don’t have time and two grandchildren. to get sick; I have to get back to my In his darkest times in Vietnam, men. I have a couple hurt.” Hosfeld wondered if he’d make it He took charge and directed small home to get married, have children, arms fire on the perimeter. Hosfeld and maybe even have grandchildren. was awarded an Army Commendation “That has all happened. We are Medal for valor. so blessed,” says Hosfeld. But, he Like many Vietnam veterans, adds, “Vietnam was a long time ago. Hosfeld had difficulties readjusting Hopefully I have adjusted. However, to civilian life, but he eventually got at the blink of an eye, it’s all back.” back on his feet. He landed his dream To read an interview with job with the Penn Central Railroad Jon Hosfeld about the runaway and then married Judy Snyder, whom train, visit he describes as his “rock.” transcripts/2001/05/16/hosfeld.cnna/.

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