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The “Had I Young and stayed in the Restless Germany, star Eric it’s possible Braeden has I could have been playing been an character Olympian,” Victor he said. Newman for A career 38 years and as an actor, says it’s been however, an amazing never really run. lingered long Credit: CBS publicity photo. But he Braeden, front left, and the cast of The Young in his mind. doesn’t “At school, and the Restless. believe I was always daytimeasked to read drama actors out loud always in class — receive the poetry and recognition the classics of their — and I was nighttime TV good at it.” counterparts. After “We shoot filming a 100-120 documentary pages a day,” at college said Braeden, about from Los traveling the Credit: 20th Century Fox Angeles. Braeden, left, as John Jacob Astor in Titanic. Salmon River “Imagine in Idaho, the what that acting bug means in terms of memorization. finally bit, and Braeden found work Actors in a weekly nighttime series in film and television throughout would crap their pants if they had to the ’60s and ’70s, often cast as a do that! villainous German, most notably in “The most I ever learned was 62 the TV series Combat! and The Rat pages of dialogue in a single day. But Patrol. the simple fact is you do it, or you’re In 1969’s 100 Rifles, Braeden was out.” still playing the Nazi villain, this time Born in Germany four years before in a Western with Burt Reynolds, the end of World War II, Braeden says Raquel Welch, Fernando Lamas, and fate handed him some luck. former NFL footballer Jim Brown. “I grew up near Kiel, which was “As an athlete myself, I respected 96 percent destroyed by over 500,000 Jim enormously. He did his own bombs that hit the city. Part of our stunts, and we would throw the house was blown away, so I could football and work out together — I have very easily not survived.” still work out twice a day,” Braeden He moved to the U.S. as a teenager says. on an athletic scholarship to the “Fernando Llamas had a huge University of Montana, having won sense of humor, and then there was the German Youth Championship in Raquel — one of the most beautiful javelin, discus, and shot put. actresses I’ve ever known. Who could

concentrate on acting with her on the set?” Gradually, says Braeden, he steered away from the villainous German roles. But since joining the Y&R cast in 1980, opportunities for other TV or film work have been limited. He did accept a role as John Jacob Astor in James Cameron’s Titanic in 1997. “I didn’t want to do it since it was such as small part, but my wife and son convinced me because they had so much respect for Cameron,” said Braeden. “James expanded the role a little for me, but there were a number of scenes I couldn’t be in because I

had to be available to go back for The Young and the Restless if I was needed.” Even though his commitment to the show limited other opportunities, Braeden has few regrets. “Had I done nighttime TV or film, I would be directing them by now,” says Braeden, who published his autobiography last November (www.ericbraeden. com). “But I get to work every day at something I enjoy doing.”

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Braeden as a German soldier in 100 Rifles.

Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns, and Braeden released his interviews for over 700 magazines and newspapers. autobiography in November 2017.

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By Lori Van Ingen Like many retirees, when Margaret Sidlick left the workforce in fall 2015, she decided she wanted to volunteer. A friend recommended she look for a small, local organization, as they would be grateful for whatever assistance she could give to fulfill their needs. The following spring, Sidlick saw an advertisement asking for volunteer help at Historic Sugartown, a historic 19th-century village in the Malvern area. Sidlick had already taken a couple of bookbinding workshops there, so she went to the prospective-volunteer open house. She took a tour of village and eagerly signed up as a volunteer educator for grade-school tours. According to its website, Sugartown “offers a window into American life in an early 19th-century rural crossroads village.” First known as Shugart’s Town, after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, it became a “vital stop” for the local farming communities as people hauled their goods to markets in Philadelphia and other areas in the region. The Historic Sugartown campus covers 9 acres with several restored buildings. An 1805 fieldstone Quaker farmhouse was up for demolition, Sidlick

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Front row, from left, Historic Sugartown’s circa1805 saddle shop and home; the general store; the 1889 addition; and the 1860 Sharpless & Abigail Worrall House. Behind, the circa-1883 barn ruin and the carriage museum.

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The circa-1805 William Garrett House, a fieldstone Quaker farmhouse.

Inside Historic Sugartown’s general store, constructed around 1805 and first used as a store in 1822.

Brass fillets, used to apply gold decoration to the cover or spine of a book, in Sugartown’s book bindery.

said, so it was purchased by Historic Sugartown and restored. It is now referred to as the William Garrett House, for its first owner. Other buildings at Historic Sugartown include a Pennsylvania bank barn, a circa1880s general store, a book bindery, and a schoolroom exhibit. Historic Sugartown also repurposed a local fire company’s auxiliary station on its grounds to become the carriage museum, a partnership with the county’s historical society. Seventeen of the historical society’s carriages, sleighs, and other vehicles are now on display in the building. Sugartown’s volunteer educators are given a page on each of the buildings to memorize, and then they improvise their tours with what they have learned, Sidlick said. Unlike some historic villages, however, the educator does not dress up in period clothing. As part of her tours, Sidlick demonstrates some of the hearth fireplace’s cooking tools, and the children participate in various activities, such as butter churning, while learning “what it was like living in the 19th century,” Sidlick said. “They like butter making. We talk about milking cows, separating milk and cream, the difference between making whipped cream and butter … They are also fascinated by watching the clock jack,

a clock mechanism that turns a rotisserie in and grateful that she decided to bring her many the walk-in hearth in the Garrett House.” talents to Historic Sugartown.” Sidlick also volunteers at other special Sidlick has visited other historic villages, such occasions at Historic Sugartown. In as in Charleston, South Carolina, to see and addition to helping with setup for events compare their environmental monitoring systems. such as Shugart Sunday BBQ & Blues and “It’s fun to get out and do new things and get Sugartown at Sundown Lantern Tours, different perspectives,” Sidlick said. Sidlick has carved pumpkins and assisted Besides her work at Historic Sugartown, with Christmas decorating and crafts during Sidlick now has added volunteer hours for other A Sugartown Christmas and Cabin Fever local organizations to her schedule. Saturday. Sidlick recently volunteered for the first time Although she enjoys serving as a tour at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s guide and assisting at the special events, Philadelphia Flower Show as a recorder for the Sidlick found she could put her more than show’s contests. 31 years in the technology field to work And to help small organizations near her by aiding the village in monitoring its second home in southern Delaware, Sidlick environmental system, which helps keep volunteers for Freeman Stage, an open-air the historic buildings operating at peak performing arts venue near Fenwick Island, Sidlick checks the readings on one of the historic site’s efficiency. Delaware. 12 monitoring devices, which track temperature and The temperature and relative humidity of She also offers her time for a few event days humidity. each building must be kept at specific levels at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in for the safety of the historic collections, Winterthur, Delaware, the former home of Henry Sidlick said. There are monitoring devices in 12 areas of the village, including Francis du Pont, a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist. the schoolroom, book bindery, and carriage museum. “I get to meet new people, learn new things, and hopefully make a The monitoring system is manual and is not capable of wireless monitoring, contribution while doing this. Also, when I travel now, I can compare and so Sidlick comes into the village to check the monitors. She reads the contrast [our] style and history with other areas.” monitoring devices and then transfers the data to a computer program, which For more information on Historic Sugartown, visit or makes any adjustments necessary to the environmental system. call (610) 640-2667. “You look for spikes or drops in temperature,” Sidlick said. “You also look up On the cover: Volunteer Margaret Sidlick inside Historic Sugartown’s book the weather for that day — whether it was cold or hot.” bindery, the site for the village’s bookbinding workshops. This is essential for seasonally sensitive items. For instance, if a heater breaks down during the winter, the monitoring system can determine approximately when it happened and get it fixed prior to the destruction of items that need to be kept at a certain temperature. Sidlick started monitoring early on in her volunteer work at Sugartown. Originally, the village collected so much data so often that the devices would stop working; Sidlick corrected the problem. Now, Sidlick goes on site consistently once or twice a month to be sure the batteries have not died and the monitoring system is up and running. Consistent data is key to keeping the collection safe from harm, she said. “Margaret has been a great help to us here at Historic Sugartown since she started,” Faith McCarrick, director of programs and outreach at Historic Sugartown, said. A Compassionate Daily Care Program “Whether she is teaching students, manning an activity station at an event, helping clean our circa-1835 barn, or working on our environmental For Older Adults monitoring system, Margaret is an essential part of our team. We are thrilled

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Armistice Agreement Ended Korean War 65 Years Ago This Month 1. Suspended open hostilities The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, when the North 2. Withdrew all military forces and Koreans invaded South Korea, officially equipment from a 4,000-meter-wide ended on July 27, 1953. zone, establishing the Demilitarized At 10 a.m., in Panmunjom, scarcely Zone as a buffer between the forces acknowledging each other, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison 3. Prevented both sides from Jr., senior delegate, United Nations entering the air, ground, or sea areas Command Delegation, and North under control of the other Korean Gen. Nam Il, senior delegate, 4. Arranged release and repatriation Delegation of the Korean People’s of prisoners of war and displaced Army and the Chinese People’s persons Volunteers, signed 18 official copies UN delegate Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr. (seated, left) and of the tri-language Korean Armistice Korean People’s Army and Chinese People’s Volunteers delegate 5. Established the Military Armistice Agreement. Gen. Nam Il (seated, right) signing the Korean War armistice Commission and other agencies to It was the end of the longest agreement at Panmunjom, Korea, July 27, 1953. discuss any violations and to ensure negotiated armistice in history: 158 adherence to the truce terms meetings spread over two years and 17 days. That evening at 10 p.m. the truce The armistice, while it stopped hostilities, was not a permanent peace treaty went into effect. between nations. The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely President Eisenhower, who was keenly aware of the 1.8 million American a military document — no nation is a signatory to the agreement. Specifically, men and women who had served in Korea and the 36,576 Americans who had the Armistice Agreement: died there, played a key role in bringing about a ceasefire. In announcing the agreement to the American people in a television address shortly after the signing, he said, in part,

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Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of 16 different countries have stood as partners beside us throughout these long and bitter months. In this struggle we have seen the United Nations meet the challenge of aggression — not with pathetic words of protest, but with deeds of decisive purpose. And so at long last the carnage of war is to cease and the negotiation of the conference table is to begin …. [We hope that] all nations may come to see the wisdom of composing differences in this fashion before, rather than after, there is resort to brutal and futile battle. Now as we strive to bring about that wisdom, there is, in this moment of sober satisfaction, one thought that must discipline our emotions and steady our resolution. It is this: We have won an armistice on a single battleground — not peace in the world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest. Source:

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The Beauty in Nature

Enchanted Summer Evenings Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Sunny summer evenings in swifts and fireflies, a half dozen little southeastern Pennsylvania are brown bats leave their daytime roosts enchanting and become more so as as dusk deepens and flutter swiftly summer progresses. across the sky after flying insects. Those Starting late in May, I often sit bats, too, are entertaining to watch on our deck or lawn during summer swooping and diving after their prey evenings and enjoy seeing the green and are beautifully silhouetted against grass, trees, and shrubbery drenched the orange or pink — but darkening in golden sunlight. I like to watch — sky. the daily activities of Each dusk, from one or two cottontail late July through rabbits and the August, in our several kinds of birds neighborhood, as summering in our elsewhere, a variety neighborhood. of small, green tree I enjoy experiencing crickets fill the trees the passing of puffy, and shrubbery with white-and-gray Photo by Bruce Marlin their loud trilling or Adult firefly (or lightning bug). chirping, according cumulus clouds overhead as if in to the kind. The review before the blue common snowy tree sky. With imagination, crickets, for example, I see innumerable, produce measured ever-changing shapes chirps that are more in those clouds. And rapid in higher I deeply inhale the temperatures. sweet fragrance of All that fiddling, honeysuckle flowers which brings the Snowy tree cricket. on a neighbor’s fence. genders of each Each evening, species together for several chimney swifts careen swiftly mating, is caused by the insects either across the sky in hot pursuit of flying rubbing their wings together or both insects to eat, catching those insects wings and legs together, depending on in their wide mouths. Those swifts the kind. The friction of that scraping provide exciting entertainment to causes the music we enjoy hearing on anyone who watches for them. our lawns each evening in midsummer. Soon after sunset each evening Their lovely colors softened by from mid-June to the middle of July, humidity, rosy or orange sunsets slowly hundreds of male fireflies emerge from fade while bats, fireflies, and tree the grass roots where they spent the crickets dominate our neighborhood. day and walk up grass stems and take Trees are silhouetted black against the flight like tiny helicopters, all the while still-glowing sunset in the western, flashing their cold abdominal lights. northwestern, and northern parts of Each firefly flies and hovers upright, the sky. blinking its signal to female fireflies Venus appears bright in the sky but still in the grass. They, in turn, glow, slowly sinks to the western horizon beckoning the males to them for as Earth turns on its axis. Bats zip mating. The fascinating beauty and our through the fading sunsets and stars enjoyment of those many male fireflies become visible. constantly flashing their beacons is Sunny summer evenings in beyond measure. They, alone, make southeastern Pennsylvania are truly summer evenings enchanting. enchanting. They are peaceful and At first overlapping the activities of soothing to human souls.

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Fifties Flashback

The Rockin’ National Anthem Randal C. Hill

Bill Haley and His Comets recorded the first rock ’n’ roll hit: “Crazy, Man, Crazy,” a now-forgotten piece of swing-based fluff that employed teen-oriented catchphrases of the day (“solid,” “crazy,” “gone”). Issued on Essex Records, the ditty reached No. 12 on Billboard’s 1953 singles chart. The success of “Crazy, Man, Crazy” caught the interest of industry giant Decca Records, who quickly wooed Haley away from tiny Essex and onto their powerhouse label. On April 12, 1954, Haley and his band nervously entered Manhattan’s cavernous Pythian Temple studios to tape two songs for Decca that would become the Comets’ debut offering. Top-notch veteran Decca producer Milt Gabler focused his energy on the “A” side, a novelty called “Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town),” a droll tale of 13 women and one (lucky) man who somehow survive an

H-bomb explosion. The second track scheduled was an upbeat 12-bar blues dance tune called “Rock Around the Clock.” Haley wasn’t the first to record it; “Clock” had originally been done by a rock aggregate called Sonny Dae and the Knights. Dae’s disc failed to catch fire, but Haley liked the song and had utilized it on the road for two years as a hot dance number. “Thirteen Women” took longer than expected, and the studio clock showed only 30 minutes of the three-hour session available for the “B” side. Haley’s two quickly recorded attempts proved less than perfect. But when time ran out, Gabler, in a deft display of recording-studio wizardry, grafted Bill Haley and His Comets in 1956. the two tracks onto one now-usable master From left, Rudy Pompilli, Billy Williamson, tape. Al Rex, Bill Haley, Johnny Grande, Decca promoted “Thirteen Woman,” but Ralph Jones, and Franny Beecher. deejays soon preferred the backside of the single (which was absurdly labeled a fox trot, a smooth ballroom dance). Haley’s disc squeaked onto the Billboard Top 30 for one week in 1954, and then faded into oblivion. Temporarily. Young Peter Ford, the only child of Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell, was playing some of his favorite records — at full volume — when director Richard Brooks dropped by the Ford/Powell home in Beverly Hills one evening in early 1955. Brooks had come to chat with Glenn Ford about a movie they were working on called Blackboard Jungle, a gritty tale of inner-city juvenile delinquents based on Evan Hunter’s hit novel of the same name. Brooks had been looking for a teen-oriented tune to use over the film’s credits. As rock ’n’ roll was just gathering momentum, the pickings for just the right song were slim back then. But when Brooks heard “Rock Around the Clock” blasting from Peter’s room, he knew he had found the perfect musical insertion for Blackboard Jungle. Brooks borrowed the lad’s 78 RPM platter, promising to return it later (but he apparently never did). On his website (, the now-retired actor/singer/ businessman states, “I played a small but pivotal role in launching a musical revolution. Thanks to a unique set of circumstances, the musical passion of a fifth-grader helped ‘Rock Around the Clock’ become, as Dick Clark called it, ‘The National Anthem of Rock ’n’ Roll.’” Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives in the past, the rest of him resides in Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at

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What to Know about the New Medicare Cards

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the new Medicare cards? I’ve heard there are a lot of scams associated with these new cards, and I want to make sure I protect myself. – Leery Senior Dear Leery, The government has begun sending out brand new Medicare cards to 59 million Medicare beneficiaries. Here’s what you should know about your new card, along with some tips to help you guard against potential scams. New Medicare Cards In April, Medicare began removing Social Security numbers from their new Medicare cards and mailing them out to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. This change helps protect your identity and reduces medical and financial fraud. The new cards will have a randomly generated 11-character Medicare number. This will happen automatically. You don’t need to do anything or pay anyone to get your new card. Medicare will mail your card, at no cost, to the address you have on file with the Social Security Administration. If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online Social Security account at or call (800) 772-1213. When you get your new card, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. The cards will be mailed in waves, to various parts of the country over a 12month period ending April 2019. Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia were the first to receive the mailings, between April and June. The last wave of states will be Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. When you get your new Medicare card, don’t throw your old one in the trash. Instead, put it through a shredder or cut it up with a pair of scissors and make sure the part showing your Social Security number is destroyed. If you have a separate Medicare Advantage card, keep it because you’ll still need it for treatment. Watch Out for Scams As the new Medicare cards are being mailed, be on the lookout for Medicare scams. Here are some tips: • Don’t pay for your new card. It’s yours for free. If anyone calls and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam. • Don’t give personal information to get your card. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information, that’s a scam. Hang up. Medicare will never ask you to give personal information to get your new number and card. • Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would

any other health insurance or credit card. While removing the Social Security number cuts down on many types of identity theft, you’ll still want to protect your new card because identity thieves could use it to get medical services. For more information about changes to your Medicare card, call (800) MEDICARE or visit And if you suspect fraud, report it to the FTC (www.; AARP’s fraud helpline, (877) 908-3360; or Pennsylvania’s Senior Medicare Patrol program at (800) 356-3606 or Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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Health Myths and Fascinating Facts Suzy Cohen

mistakenly reported as 35 grams instead of 3.5 grams per serving, due to a printing error where the decimal point got moved. The chemist made a mistake in 1870, and it’s still being perpetuated.

About eyes. Contrary to popular belief, some people can keep their eyes open when they sneeze! Also, green is the rarest eye color to have. About that trick knee. Some of you have a trick knee (or shoulder) that can predict weather. Basically, you can tell when bad weather or a storm is coming with one of your bum joints. As the barometric or atmospheric pressure drops (before a storm), tissues in joints expand a little bit, and your knee or shoulder may feel it and alert you by experiencing pain.

About No. 2. Pushing out waste in the wee hours of the morning doesn’t happen because we have sophisticated neurons in our gut that follow our 24-hour circadian rhythm. The bladder, however, is only so big, and you might not be able to hold urine for six hours while you’re sleeping.

About spinach. Some nutritionists still recommend spinach for people who have iron-deficiency anemia due to the iron content. Even Popeye made it famous for building up muscles. But the fact is that the iron content isn’t as high as you were told. It was

About burping. Also termed eructation, this is just your body expelling gas through your mouth. Most people burp between eight and 20 times a day. It’s not objectionable to burp out loud after eating a meal in certain parts of China, India, and a small island in the Middle East.

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About amnesia. People can lose their immediate memories. It’s clinically termed “transient global amnesia,” and it can occur after strenuous activity, such as vigorously exercising, jumping into hot water, or a brain injury. About hair. The color gray is a neutral tone between black and white, and it really just appears due to the absence of color in the hair shaft. While it’s not a hard-and-fast rule, blondes have more hair on their heads than redheads; however, each hair shaft is thinner in diameter. Redheads, on the other hand, tend to have thicker hair shafts and less hair. Hair grows faster when you sleep.  About your tongue. Like that unique fingerprint, you also have

your own tongue print. The average tongue has thousands of taste buds. About your ticker. A human heart will beat about 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. By the way, a football weighs just slightly more than your heart. About kissing. It lowers cortisol, which is a stress hormone known to inflame the body. So kissing is a natural anti-inflammatory. And, while I wouldn’t call it romantic, it’s still interesting … the longest kiss on record goes to a Thai couple, who locked lips for 58 hours and 35 minutes! Eeew.  This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

Bill to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Passes House In mid-June the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a one-stop-shop of resources to support grandparents raising grandchildren. The Housepassed bill includes minor changes that must be cleared by a quick, procedural vote by the Senate before being signed into law by the president. In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) coauthored the bill last year, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), after an

Aging Committee hearing during which witnesses testified about why grandparents need easy access to information about resources available to assist them. “Grandparents are increasingly stepping in to raise their grandchildren due to the opioid crisis. These grandparents are faced with challenges such as delaying retirement, navigating school systems, bridging the generational gap, working through the court system to secure custody, and finding mental health resources,” Casey said. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act has received support from 40 older adult and child advocacy groups, including AARP, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Generations United.

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Pair Pecans with Seasonal Produce American Pecans are the original supernut: a naturally sweet superfood that’s nutritious, versatile, and local, as it’s the only major tree nut native to America. Pecans are also among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats and contain plant protein, fiber, flavonoids, and essential minerals, including copper, manganese, and zinc. For a quick, messfree brunch, try Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage.” Substitute flavored ground pecans for your sausage, and add fresh greens for a quick, good-for-you option with

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To find additional seasonal recipes, nutrition information and cooking tips, and to learn more about America’s native nut, visit www. Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts Mini Pecan Crusts: • 2 cups pecan pieces or halves • 1/4 cup butter, melted • 2 tablespoons sugar • 24 Mini Pecan Crusts • 1/2 cup lemon curd • 1/2 cup blueberries or raspberries •p  owdered sugar, for dusting (optional) Heat oven to 350 F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. In food processor, blend pecans, butter, and sugar until mixture forms coarse dough. Scoop about 2 teaspoons pecan mixture into each muffin tin. Use back of wooden spoon or fingers to press mixture evenly along bottom and up sides of each muffin cup. Bake 12 minutes, or until crusts are golden brown. Allow crusts to cool completely before removing from pan. Spoon 1 teaspoon lemon curd into each Mini Pecan Crust. Top each with one raspberry or three small blueberries. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Pecan Breakfast Sausage: • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos • 1 teaspoon sage • 1 teaspoon thyme • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 cup raw pecan halves Sheet Pan Eggs: • 12 eggs, beaten • 3/4 cup fat-free or low-fat milk • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped • nonstick cooking spray Heat oven to 325 F. To make Pecan Breakfast “Sausage”: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, coconut aminos, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook about 4 minutes until onion is translucent. In food processor, pulse onion mixture and pecans until consistency of ground beef is reached, about 8-10 pulses. To make Sheet Pan Eggs: In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until combined. Add pecan “sausage” and spinach to eggs and stir. Lightly spray nonstick 12-by-17-inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture onto prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked. Family Features

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the season. Protect your fall flowers, herbs, and vegetables from hard frosts with floating row covers. These fabrics allow air, light, and water through while trapping the heat around the plant. Once you discover the fun, flavor, and ease of waist-high gardening, you’ll likely make room for more elevated planters for your future gardening endeavors.

Elevate your gardens to waist-high level for convenience and easy access. Elevated gardens are easy on your back and knees and are perfect for the patio, balcony, deck, or any area where a bit of planting space is desired. Place them near your kitchen door, grill, or table for easy cooking and serving access. You’ll be Melinda Myers has written able to plant, weed, and more than 20 gardening harvest with minimal books, including Small Space bending or even from a Gardening. She hosts The Demeter Mobile Planter Carts chair. Great Courses’ How to Grow Purchase one on wheels Anything: Food Gardening or add casters to the legs of For Everyone DVD set and your elevated garden for added mobility. Then wheel it into the sun or shade the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV and radio segments. www. as needed each day or out of the way when you entertain. Set the garden in place first. Once it’s filled with soil, it will be very heavy and difficult to move. Those gardening on a balcony should confirm the space will hold the weight of the elevated garden you select when filled with soil and mature plants. Make sure you have easy access to water. Since this is basically a container, you will need to check the soil moisture daily and water thoroughly as needed. Fill the elevated garden with a well-drained planting mix that holds moisture 50plus LIFE readers have spoken! while providing needed drainage. Here are the Cumberland County Incorporate a low-nitrogen, slow-release fertilizer like Milorganite at planting. It contains 85 percent organic matter, feeding the plants and soil. dining favorites for 2018! Slow-release fertilizers provide plants with needed nutrients for several months, eliminating the need for weekly fertilization. Breakfast: Fast Food: John’s Diner Chick-fil-A Grow a variety of your favorite herbs and vegetables, such as basil, parsley, compact tomatoes, and peppers. Support vining plants or try compact ones, Seafood: Lunch: such as Mascotte compact bush bean. Red Lobster Anile’s Ristorante & Pizzeria Add color and dress up your planter with flowers like edible nasturtiums Steak: Dinner: and trailing herbs, such as thyme and oregano, which will cascade over the Texas Roadhouse Duke’s Bar & Grille edge of the planter. Outdoor Dining: Maximize your growing space by planting quick-maturing vegetables — Ethnic Cuisine: T.J. Rockwell’s American Grill radishes, beets, lettuce — between tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, and other Bangkok 56 & Tavern vegetables that take longer to reach their mature size. You’ll be harvesting the Celebrating: short-season vegetables just as the bigger plants need the space. Romantic Setting: Olive Garden Italian Restaurant The Barn Restaurant at Allenberry Further increase your garden’s productivity with succession plantings. Fill vacant spaces that are left once a row or block of vegetables is harvested. Add Bakery: Smorgasbord/Buffet: more planting mix if needed. Panera Bread Hoss’s Steak & Sea House Select seeds and transplants that will have time to reach maturity for Coffeehouse: Caterer: harvesting before the growing season ends. Broccoli, cabbage, compact Patio Sophia’s at Walden Premier Caterers Pride peas, lettuce, spinach, and other greens taste best when harvested in cooler fall temperatures. Winner of $50 Giant Food Stores Gift Card: Replace weather-worn flowers with cool-weather beauties, such as pansies, Trina Elliot nemesias, dianthus, alyssum, and snapdragons. Fertilize the whole planter so Congratulations! new plantings and existing plants have the nutrients they need to finish out

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How to Achieve Hormone Balance at Any Age By Dawn Cutillo Balancing your hormones is important at any age. As chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, hormones are critical to women’s physical, mental, and emotional health. From PMS to postpartum depression to menopause, hormone imbalances can disrupt your mood, sleep, energy, weight, and even disease processes at any stage of life — but especially in later years. After menopause, many women often fall into the trap of thinking they no longer need to worry about hormonal issues. They may think the hot flashes, night sweats, and that extra stomach roll are finally distant memories, but they fail to realize that hormonal imbalances can continue to plague them in later years in relation to thinning hair, weight gain, thinning bones, insomnia, low libido, insulin resistance/diabetes, high blood pressure, continued hot flashes, and more. These hormone imbalances typically result from high amounts of stress and sugar — both of which lead to elevated levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, which, in turn, lowers a woman’s progesterone hormone count. Because progesterone is produced when a woman ovulates, progesterone levels fall even farther during menopause. When a woman has less

progesterone than estrogen, estrogen tends to overact and cause weight gain, fluid retention, insomnia, irritability, and issues with certain diseases, such as ER+ breast cancer. This flux of hormones is only exacerbated as estrogen and progesterone both decline at a faster rate post-menopause, enhancing symptoms like vaginal dryness, fatigue, digestive issues, and more. With all this in mind, your hormones are a key to your long-term health — but how you manage them is also an important factor. Finding ways to naturally increase your hormones allows you to reap the health benefits without creating new symptoms attached to clinical methods. Through healthy behavioral and dietary changes and safe supplementation, you can naturally increase your progesterone levels — enabling your body to produce estrogen and balance hormones across the board on its own. Here are a few habits you can start today to achieve balance in your own life and body: 1. Decrease your stress daily for 20 minutes. We tend to live habitually in a stressful “fight or flight” mode, stimulating our sympathetic nervous system, raising cortisol levels, and decreasing liver and digestive function. Practicing a relaxed state of mind each day for 20 minutes helps encourage a stress-free lifestyle. From deep breathing to yoga to “soundwave” therapy, these exercises gently

3. Use natural supplements. By using a transdermal progesterone cream from a healthcare professional, you can also naturally supplement progesterone to then increase depleted estrogen. Because progesterone converts to cortisol when under stress, most — if not all — women need a progesterone supplement. But why exactly is progesterone so important? • A s a fat-burning agent and diuretic, progesterone supports weight management while decreasing cravings, hunger, and blood pressure.

•B  alancing testosterone — a hormone frequently attributed to thinning hair in women — progesterone improves hair growth across ages. •T  riggering natural increases in estrogen, progesterone improves libido and vaginal dryness. Regardless of whether you are pre- or post-menopause, hormones are extensively interlinked with your health. From your hair to heart, hormones play a significant role in daily and long-term wellness — making their management a top priority. By making simple adjustments in your diet, stress levels, and supplements, you can look, feel, and be your best at any age … because a balanced life is key to a thriving life. Dawn Cutillo, author of The Hormone Shift, has been in the health field for over 30 years and is the founder of BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers in York. She is degreed and certified in health and nutrition. www.

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Expand Opioid Treatment for Seniors During a recent hearing, “Preventing and Treating Opioid Misuse among Older Americans,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) highlighted the oftenoverlooked experiences of older adults with opioid-use disorders and ways to support their recovery. Casey, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on

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Support Groups Free and open to the public 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

July 3, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Helpers 3806 Market St., Suite 3 Camp Hill (717) 920-0707 July 5, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road Camp Hill (717) 557-9041

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

July 9, 1:30-3 p.m. Caregivers Support Group St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 310 Hertzler Road Upper Allen Township (717) 766-8806

Tuesdays, noon Anchor Al-Anon Family Group Meeting The Harbor 55 W. King St., Shippensburg (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at

July 9, 6 p.m. A Touch of Sugar: Diabetes Support Group Wegmans 6416 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 763-2466

July 2, 4-5 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Messiah Lifeways Meetinghouse 1155 Walnut Bottom Road Carlisle (717) 243-0447

July 10, 6:30-8 p.m. Carlisle Area Men’s Cancer Support Group The Live Well Center 3 Alexandria Court, Carlisle (717) 877-7561

July 3, 6 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786

July 11, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Bethany Village West Springfield Room 325 Asbury Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624

Senior Center Activities July 11, 5-6 p.m. Weight Loss Support Group Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital Auditorium 503 N. 21st St., Camp Hill (717) 761-7244, ext. 5 July 11, 6:30 p.m. Amputee Support Team Picnic HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 834-5705 July 17, 6:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers Support Group Cumberland Crossings 1 Longsdorf Way, Carlisle (717) 243-0113 July 19, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880 July 24, 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 July 9, 2 p.m.; July 12, 7 p.m.; July 24, 10:30 a.m. – Know Your Options: Building Blocks for Financial Success July 12, 6 p.m.; July 26, 7 p.m. – Overview of Life Insurance July 9, 3 p.m.; July 26, 6 pm. – How to Guarantee Your Retirement Income Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 July 12, 7 p.m. – Concert on the Lawn with Ernie Fields’ Motown Band


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July 19, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Blood Pressure Screenings July 24, 7 p.m. – Concert on the Lawn with Shea Quinn and Friends New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820 July 4, 10:30 a.m. – July Fourth Band Concert, Indoor Picnic, and Jewelry Sale July 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Write-On Writers Workshop July 21, 2-4 p.m. – Children’s Book Writers Critique Group

Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – Tai Chi for Arthritis Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:15 a.m. – “Walk with Ease” Group Walking Program July 25, 9:30a.m. – MindMatters Program: “Be a Spring Chicken – Stay Young Forever” Branch Creek Place – (717) 300-3563 115 N. Fayette St., Shippensburg Carlisle Senior Action Center – (717) 249-5007 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle July 10, 10-11 a.m. – Free Blood Pressure Checks 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 July 4, 10:30 a.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance New Cumberland Library 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland July 11, 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. July 22, 6:30 p.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance Anna and Bailey Street Park New Cumberland If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

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The Language of Kindness Terri Schlichenmeyer

despite their suffering. Watson met death in psychiatric rooms, pediatric wards, bedsides, and incubators. She watched it at the bedside of her own father … Time and time again, there are surprises inside The Language of Kindness. The first arrives in a refreshingly blunt account of how author Christie Watson came to be a nurse, the Photo credit: Lottie Davies difficulties of learning, and the Christie Watson general health of the industry today. Now retired, she writes The Language of Kindness unabashedly about how healthcare By Christie Watson systems fail patients, comparisons c. 2018, Tim Duggan Books in care between countries, addiction 336 pages problems among her colleagues, and an ongoing shortage of compassionate healthcare workers. Another surprise arrives in the anecdotes Watson shares. The stories will absolutely be of the familiar sort to those who work in the industry, but oftengruesome details may turn the stomachs of lay readers. Details are in here. Beware. The biggest, perhaps most appealing, surprise is that this memoir sometimes veers off into subjects that seem intensely personal, which may have nothing and everything to do with nursing. Watson’s stories are observant and honest. They’re laced with Britticisms, action, compassion, and thought. With their attention to detail, they could bring you to your knees. And if that sounds just a little better than perfect, then The Language of Kindness is the book to try. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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There was a time in your life when you tried everything. Full-time, part-time, gig worker, entrepreneurship — you changed jobs like most people change clothes. It’s exhausting and disheartening, and author Christie Watson had the same experience: café worker, milk deliverer, video shop clerk … she tried them all, but in the new book The Language of Kindness, she tells how she settled upon her best job of all. Christie Watson was just 16 — a newly single, homeless, unemployed high school dropout looking for a job that provided accommodations — when she landed work at a UK community center. She was hoping for a paycheck, but in helping severely disabled adults with their daily lives, she found friends. When nurses encouraged her curiosity for their profession, she found a calling. First, though, Watson had a lot of learning to do. She fainted at the sight of blood on her first day, but she figured she’d get used to that. Later, she trailed a comfortingly self-assured hospital mentor, afraid that she’d never reach that level of competence. Assisting at her first birth, teary and awed, she was also a little frightened at the sounds, sights, and smells. She learned that she loved caring for the disabled and for psychiatric patients, a legacy she got from her mom; preemie babies and profoundly sick children taught her enough to make her want to adopt a baby of her own. Eldercare schooled her about the importance of dignity and the need to not be patronizing to older patients. Working on the cancer ward taught her the importance of every second of life. She learned the facts of death from her patients, too: from babies who struggled against fetal alcohol syndrome, premature birth, and disease. Elderly and disabled patients taught her about death before they made her laugh,


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Fun Factoids for a Festive Fourth Do you know your U.S. history? Here are some Fourth of July facts to ponder and share: • Three presidents died on July 4: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831. Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on July 4, in 1872. • The Massachusetts General Court was the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration, in 1781. • The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred in 1791.

• Th  e U.S. Congress established Independence Day as an unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. They changed it to a federal paid holiday in 1931. • Th  e Declaration of Independence was approved in a closed session of the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but most of the delegates didn’t sign it until Aug. 2. Although John Adams expected Americans would celebrate July 2, the date on the publicized copies of the document was July 4, which became the day Americans have commonly observed.

BILL from page 15 the rise among older adults. In Americans ages 50 and older, opioid misuse doubled from 2002 to 2014, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, 14.4 million people with Medicare received an opioid prescription in 2016. And, more than 1,400 older adults lost their lives to opioids in 2016 — despite the availability of a lifesaving medication that reverses overdose. “The opioid crisis is ravaging our communities and harming every generation—from newborn babies to aging grandparents,” said Casey. “Older Americans are among the unseen victims of this epidemic. We must expand access and affordability to evidence-based treatment and support for

all, and we must ensure that those services are affordable.” William Stauffer, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, testified before the committee at Casey’s invitation. Stauffer is the executive director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, located in Harrisburg, and has been in long-term recovery for more than 30 years. PRO-A supports a statewide network of more than 40 community-based recovery programs serving more than 3,800 Pennsylvanians affected by substance misuse. “Supporting access to all medications, treatment, and recovery-support services that can assist an older adult into the recovery process is a critically important first step in assisting adults over 65 accessing care for an opioid-use disorder,” Stauffer said.

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July 2018


50plus LIFE Cumberland County July 2018  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...

50plus LIFE Cumberland County July 2018  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...