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On Life and Love after 50

Recent Widower Tries Dating, Finds it’s Too Soon

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Often, widowers contact me with questions about mature dating. Last month, Steve, a recent widower, emailed. He wrote, “I just ‘stumbled’ onto your Finding Love after 50 website, trying to educate myself to prepare for dating and my next phase in life. I became a widower in January of this year after a terrific 40-year marriage (together 44, married 40). “I am 66, still working, and live just across the Pennsylvania border in New York state. My wife suffered an accidental death. She was an only child and I am now responsible for her parents, aged 94 and 93. “To get myself moving, I have gone on a couple of dates. The dates went OK, but I have no plans to continue calling those women because I see no willingness on their part to continue

dating, let Nikol, a alone have a widow of 10 years, wrote, relationship. “I was in a “My guy widow and friends say I am wrong widower support group. to give up. My experience I say, let the with new women ‘get widowers was motivated.’ they were all I would like in the same opinions from both genders.” big panic to Steve at a July 2017 car show. replace their I asked my wives. This On Life and panic usually Love after 50 e-newsletter readers for their opinions lasted two years. He needs healing and shared them with Steve. time.” Stella said, “Steve, whoa, whoa, The consensus among the responders: Steve needs to grieve and whoa! At seven months widowed, the full impact hasn’t even hit you yet. heal before getting involved with Allow yourself time to go through another woman.

all the stages of grief. Your time will come …” Another widow, Maria, said, “I’d be scared off if I was asked out by a guy whose partner died seven months before.” Tom’s thoughts: Likely, the two women that Steve dated sensed he wasn’t ready for a relationship. After all, he had been with his wife since he was 20 years old. What often happens when a new widower begins dating is that a nice woman falls in love with him. A little later, he realizes it’s too soon and pulls the rug out from under her, resulting in a broken heart for her. Not good. Socializing with new people is important, and Steve is taking steps to do that. He recently sent an update. He said, “I have a 1964 Pontiac

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way younger than 66—well, I am not about to argue! I’ve read that widowers tend to fall into poor health and age rapidly after the loss of their wives, and I am determined not to become part of that statistic. “On Father’s Day, I took my elderly in-laws to visit a new assisted living facility 2 miles from their home in Pennsylvania. I arranged a tour of the

facility and we then had dinner there. “Next year the GTO Association of America is having their national convention in Valley Forge. The event is normally the last week in June into the first week in July. Since this event is [near] where I live, I will be there with my car, of course!”  Already, I see signs of Steve healing. It is great that he has an interest in

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It was a phenomenon, a trendsetter, a way of culture for teenagers across the country, and it all came to life on a television show named American Bandstand. The concept included playing popular music geared toward teens, having them dance to it, and televising it. In 1952, this was the birth of the show emanating from WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, initially called Bandstand. Hosted by Bob Horn, it caught on immediately. After making an impact and having a few successful years, Horn was dismissed from the show due to numerous ongoing infractions with the law. On July 9, 1956, taking the reigns as show host was 26-yearold Dick Clark, who had been an announcer for WFIL radio. Later dubbed “the guy with the Dentyne smile,” Clark was not fully in tune with rock ’n’ roll music but aligned himself with the most popular disc jockeys and record promotion men, thus gaining a “pulse” on the new sounds. “Dick figured out how to bring rock ’n’ roll into the living rooms of America and made the music acceptable to a mass audience, including the parents,” said Ed Salamon, partner with Dick Clark in a series of radio networks for 15 years. The ratings of the show soared, and by Aug. 5, 1957, now known as American Bandstand, it was being seen by millions of viewers on the ABC-TV network. From coast to coast, teenagers tuned in daily, not only for the music, but also because they identified with the dancers who

Above, top: Chubby Checker’s dance craze “The Twist” premiered on Bandstand. Above, bottom: Dick Clark suggested Danny and the Juniors change their song “Do the Bop” to the more modern “At the Hop.”

became regulars, including Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi, Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton, Bunny Gibson and Ed Kelly, and Carmen and Yvette Jimenez, plus numerous others. “I was a shy kid, and really surprised, because I wasn’t the best-looking kid, wasn’t a fashion plate—people liked me for some reason, and it took me out of my shell,” Sullivan said. Portrayed as “the kids next door,” show regulars began appearing in teen publications, such as 16 Magazine, Photoplay, and others. This affected the way viewers dressed and, of course, the dance trends they demonstrated. With newfound fame came fan clubs, which generated an incredible amount of mail, explained Dave Frees, president of the American Bandstand Fan Club since 1970.

“In the end of 1960, I had taken over a fan club for the Jimenez sisters, and mail the regulars received was amazing— some got 1,000 letters a week!” he said. Dancing on American Bandstand was the highlight; kids would line around the building of WFILTV at 46th and Market streets in Philadelphia, hoping to get in and see their favorite artists lip synching the top hits of the day. Many of the latest dance crazes would premiere on the show: “The Twist,” “Mashed Potato Time,” “Bristol Stomp,” and others recorded by Philly’s Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, and the Dovells, respectively. Bandstand also featured a legion of talent who recorded for a number of the most prominent record labels in the Quaker City, including Cameo/Parkway, Jamie/ Guyden, Chancellor, and Swan records. The song “At the Hop”—and the act who recorded it in 1957, Danny and the Juniors—can attribute their success to Dick Clark. Clark suggested that the tune, originally titled “Do the Bop,” have a slight lyric change, as the “bop” was becoming passé. American Bandstand was also a grooming ground for many regional acts in Pennsylvania. The word was: If you got your record on Bandstand, your career was on its way. Of those were the Jordan Brothers, hailing from Frackville, Pennsylvania, who performed three times on the show. Clark enjoyed their talent so much that in 1959 they appeared on his first “Caravan of Stars” nationwide tour. The group’s Frank Jordan recalled Clark’s humorous side. “Dick held up a stool once, in an effort to keep the girls from trying to get at us!” Jordan said. In late 1963, a major change came when the show moved its

base from Philly to California. Clark, a fledging entrepreneur, felt there was more on the business horizon for him and took American Bandstand to Hollywood. The move altered the show’s previous hometown charm and camaraderie, and its air schedule changed from daily to a Saturdaymorning run. “I knew once Dick left Philly, it was never going to be the same,” Sullivan said. Nevertheless, the AB logo was prominent, and ratings kept the show in place through the 1970s and ’80s. In 1989, shortly after shifting from ABC to the USA network, Dick Clark left as host, with David Hirsch assuming duties until the final episode aired Oct. 7, 1989. Over the years, many of music’s iconic names would grace American Bandstand, with the exception of only a few, namely Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and the Beatles. Even Dick Clark could not predict the advent of Beatlemania. In the summer of 1963, Bernie Binnick, head of Swan Records, asked Clark to listen to a record he was going to release, entitled “She Loves You,” by a group from England known as the Beatles. In late September 1963, Clark reluctantly featured the song on Bandstand’s “Rate a Record” segment, where it received a No. 73. But within five months, Beatlemania and the music of the British Invasion were prominently featured on American Bandstand. On April 18, 2012, at age 82, the world’s oldest teenager, Dick Clark, entered the gates of rock ’n’ roll heaven. After imprinting American Bandstand as a household word, Clark flourished in numerous capacities, including game show host for Pyramid and other programs.

As producer, he created the United Stations Radio Networks, and his Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve became a yearly tradition starting in 1972; the show continues today with host Ryan Seacrest. Shortly after Clark’s passing, the former Studio B in Philadelphia— where tapings were done during American Bandstand’s heyday—was officially opened to the public, paying homage to the TV show and featuring a wealth of memorabilia for permanent viewing at the building now known as the Enterprise Center. The show has truly lived on, with many reunions, tributes, books, and periodicals heralding its legacy. Of recent particular note is Bandstand Diaries (www. by show regular Arlene Sullivan with journalists Sharon Sultan Cutler and Ray Smith. The book is a potpourri of behind-the-scenes looks at the Bandstand days through the eyes of those who were a part of it—and who have kept its memory hoppin’ for six decades. Cover photos, clockwise from center: Dick Clark publicity photo, 1961. A 1962 entrance ticket to American Bandstand. “Regular dancers” Arlene Sullivan, right, with Tony Porrini on American Bandstand. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries. Dick Clark, left, interviewing Myrna Horowitz, one of Bandstand’s original dancers, on the show’s 17th anniversary in 1970. From left, Dick Clark, dancer Bob Clayton, and dancer Justine Carrelli with jukeboxes they won for the 1957 Jitterbug Contest. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries. Sullivan, right, with Frankie Avalon. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries.

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of Paris that visitors to Las Vegas see boutique wine offerings. when they drive up the famous Strip, But it’s the Eiffel Tower restaurant, but it’s far from the only one. People on the 11th floor of the tower, that is who are arriving at the Paris Las Vegas the epitome of Parisian elegance. The prices are nearly as stratospheric Hotel drive around a 2/3-scale replica of the Arc de Triomphe, a Parisian as the view, but no one seems to landmark honoring the soldiers who care. After all, this is a restaurant fought with Napoleon. that’s often dubbed one of the most Some parts of the hotel have facades romantic in the country, and what that echo renowned buildings in Paris. is more French than romance? (Tip: One wall looks like the Paris Opera Those who are more pragmatic than House, and the outside of the 34-story romantic can opt to go for brunch or, hotel itself was better yet, go designed to for a tasting.) look like Paris’s The Village Buffet takes 800-year-old diners to the Hôtel de Ville, which now provinces serves as Paris’ outside of Paris city hall. to experience The Parisian the sights and theme carries tastes of the countryside. to the inside, where touches The restaurant of France has six sections, The Village Buffet restaurant lets each of which adorn the diners experience the food and casino, lobby, replicates the atmosphere of the provinces. architecture and, most and design of all, the shopping of a specific province. promenade. Likewise, The retail there are a area, which is completely variety of cooking indoors, has stations that “cobblestoned” feature the streets, wrought-iron foods and cooking styles streetlamps, of each region. and shops The Strip is often called Las Vegas’s Guests, who fashioned to Champs-Élysées. look distinctly are welcome to gorge European, with themselves with food from all of flowerboxes and balustrades. the provinces, can have crêpes à la As with the architecture, the hotel’s restaurants pride themselves Brittany, seafood from Normandy, meats from Burgundy, croissants from on authenticity. Many are devoted to Alsace, and beverages from Bretagne. French food of one sort or another — from crusty baguettes and delicate (Tip: The buffet isn’t cheap, so go crepes to foie gras and le filet de bœuf. when you’re hungry.) Finally, almost hidden in a corner Mon Ami Gabi is an upscale café on the hotel’s north side, Le Cabaret where people can eat outside and offers an ooh-là-là experience during watch folks stroll up and down the Strip, except that the bow-tied waiters which folks make merry as they sip cocktails and listen to live music. don’t call it “the Strip.” They call it Now what could be more French “the Champs-Élysées.” than that? Here, diners can start with wild escargots or onion soup au gratin, For an expanded version of this story, move on to chicken grand-mère, and see Photos © Irv finish up with a vanilla bean crème Green unless otherwise noted; story by brûlée — if, that is, they don’t get Andrea Gross ( sidetracked by some of the 80-plus

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Put it All in Order – Create a Filing System Abby Stokes

Aug. 29, 2017

Nov. 2, 2017

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You don’t need to be a neatnik for called “travel” and in it a document the sake of your buddy, the computer. titled “packing list” and another called It couldn’t care less whether you can “Italy itinerary.” Those two items are find the documents you “penned.” files contained in the folder “travel.”) Nor does it have any investment To assist in identifying the contents, in whether your photographs are you will assign the folder a name. organized in a folder or if they live Again, specificity counts. The icon for higgledy-piggledy all over your a folder helps clarify things because machine. it looks like a manila folder and it You are the sole beneficiary of an functions like one. organized computer. Knowing where You can even have a folder system things within are stored a folder, makes your similar to a computing family tree, experience as in the manageable illustration and more I included. pleasant. On my Don’t you computer, deserve the main Abby’s folder tree. that? folder is A file named can be a word-processing document, a “Abby.” Within that folder are folders digital or scanned photograph, a video titled “Correspondence,” “Travel,” and clip, an audio or music recording, a “Recipes,” to name a few. PowerPoint slideshow, or a movie. Inside the correspondence folder are It could be a multipage document folders designated by year that store containing text, graphics, and photos. the correspondence of each year. In every case, a file must have Within the travel folder are various a name. Ideally, that name clearly itineraries and conversion charts. describes the contents of the file, The recipe folder contains separate thereby eliminating the need to folders for appetizers, main courses, open the file to reveal the gist of its side dishes, and desserts—each folder contents. It’s a good idea to include with recipes in it. who, what, and when in the filename Starting to get the picture? Here’s (e.g., Betty Xmas 2014). the rule of thumb to keep things A filename can contain spaces and organized: If you have three or more may be uppercase and lowercase, but files that can be grouped, make a punctuation can sometimes be tricky. folder to store them. You can’t use slashes or question marks. If you must have a means to Create a Folder divide text, to be safe use the hyphen key (e.g., Accountant Final Letter 4-14If you have a PC: 2015). A folder is not a file. I know it’s • Move your mouse to a blank spot on confusing, but to the computer a file the Desktop. is a file and a folder is a folder. There’s • Click with the right button of the no such thing as a “file folder” on the mouse. computer. • Left-click on New (all other clicks A folder is a means to store and will be with the left button after this organize one or more files. (For point). example, you might have a folder

• Move the mouse into the menu that opened next to New. • Click on Folder at the top of the list. A folder will now appear on the Desktop. • Do not click the mouse at this stage. Instead type the desired name of the folder. For this exercise, simply type your first name.

Instead type the desired name of the folder. For this exercise, simply type your first name. • Hit the Return or Enter key to save the new name.

Creating a new folder on a PC.

• Doubleclick on your folder to open it.

Well done! Repeat these steps any time you want a new folder to appear on your • Hit the Desktop. Enter key to These are the save the new Creating a new folder on a Mac. same steps name. you would • Double-click on the folder to open follow to create a folder within a it. folder anywhere on your computer. If you have a Mac: • Click on the Desktop. • Click on File at the top of the window. • Click on New Folder. • Do not click the mouse at this stage.

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Exercise May Improve Cognitive Functions in Stroke Patients Exercise is essential to good health for everyone. Now a recent study suggests that an exercise routine can have positive mental health benefits for stroke survivors. A stroke cuts off the flow of blood to the brain and frequently leaves survivors with physical and mental impairments. An analysis of 13 clinical trials at the University of Pittsburgh appears to indicate that moderate aerobic exercise along with strength and balance training is effective at helping survivors regain such cognitive skills as attention

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Traditional Reading Bill Levine

This past Chanukah I gave my 21year-old son, Matt, a gift of a book. Compared to Matt’s other gifts of cool clothes and a Budweiser can candle, I feared that the book would be rated a distant third. After all, Matt could only come up with one book on his “mayberead list”: Murder in Belmont, about a hometown crime. As his book-loving dad, I was disappointed by Matt’s list. I would have preferred: “Get me 12 William Faulkners and Bill O’Reilly’s latest, Killing, Killing, and Still Killing Rasputin.” But Matt and his older brother, Craig, had read for pleasure about two books total after middle school. My millennials did read for pleasure in their elementary school days. Indeed, my family reading

tradition reached its apex at about 11:30 p.m. in July 2004 when my tween boys, my wife, and I were part of a several-blocks-long queue. Everyone was waiting in line to pick up a new Harry Potter book. It was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alcatraz or something like that. We made it into Waldenbooks about 12:20 a.m. or so, and Craig and Matt were handed their books by wizardcostumed store clerks. We were a bibliophile family, at least on that night.

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In my own childhood I would have loved events like the Harry Potter hot-off-the-press soiree. These book promotions never happened in my childhood. In fact, as a tween, I went into a bookstore with no mandate from the publishing industry to buy a specific book. But my mom would give me time to browse Lauriat Books for reference books. In those days, I read because I was a curious introvert, and I needed to prep for my role as the class know-it-all. It all led up to a shining moment in fifth grade, circa 1962, when I correctly named all of the Kennedy cabinet members, gleaned from my 1961 Encyclopaedia Britannica supplement. As I went through attenuated adolescence in college, my pleasure reading broadened out to include everything except sci-fi and Jacqueline Susann. But my focus in pleasure reading was often the sexual and romantic plots within the book at hand, as I was a callow youth. As I have matured over the years, reading has continued to feed invaluable self-reflection and enjoyment. Some of my best reads in the past couple of decades have been family-oriented novels. I have dug into these volumes to see if indeed our family is just normally crazy or really crazy. I would have liked to say that my millennials have benefitted from reading as I have over my lifetime. It would have been an important tradition to pass down. At least, though, I tried to set an example of a committed pleasure reader. On our cruise-ship vacations they have watched me read on just about every deck on a ship, forgoing

the more enticing opportunities, like the belly-flop competition and towelfolding clinics. But pleasure reading for my millennials has mostly been done in by all the available leisure-timeabsorbing digital delights, such as unlimited texting plans and limited factual news. They did, however, somehow pick up on my love of basketball. Their skillful dedication to the hoop followed in my own clumsy footsteps; it was my one alternative pastime as an adolescent. I don’t really know how my kids caught the b-ball bug. It could be through osmosis, or maybe it was just through DNA that was dominant for basketball and recessive for Quidditch. True, my wife is 6 feet and my son’s heights are 6 feet 5 inches and 6 feet 2 inches—but I swear I married for love, not basketball. My last gasp, then, to entice these millennials to read is to utilize their love of basketball. I am going to lend them my two favorite basketball books, To the Hoop by Ira Berkow and My Losing Season by Pat Conroy. These are great books because they are about personal odysseys as much as trips up and down the court. It would be wonderful if these books whet the boys’ reading appetites. Then maybe when I have narrowed my life down to reading and TV in my declining years, we will still have a meaningful father-and-son activity, just like my father and I did. Even when my dad was in his 90s, he always was ready to lend me books that he had read. In return, I could always get him a gift of a book. If this ploy does not work, I will settle for harping on Matt to finish Murder in Belmont. Bill Levine is a retired IT professional and active freelance writer. Bill aspires to be a humorist because it is easier to be pithy than funny.

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New Medicare Cards Debut Next Year Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards? – New Beneficiary Dear New, Many people new to Medicare are surprised to learn that the ID number on their Medicare card is still identical to their Social Security number. After all, we’re constantly warned not to carry our SSN around with us, because if it gets lost or stolen, the result could be identity theft. But the card itself tells beneficiaries to carry it with you when you are away from home so you can show it at the doctor’s office or hospital when you need medical care. Here’s what you should do to protect yourself. New Medicare Cards For starters, you’ll be happy to know that the government is in the process of removing SSNs from Medicare cards, but with 58 million beneficiaries, it’s a huge undertaking that will be implemented gradually. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start sending the new cards in April 2018, but it will take until December 2019 before SSNs are removed from all cards. Under the new system, a randomly generated 11-character Medicare beneficiary identifier will replace the SSN-based health claim number on your new Medicare card, but your Medicare benefits will not change. You will receive information in 2018 letting you know about the new Medicare card, with an explanation of

how to use the new card and what to do with your old one. You can start using your new Medicare card with the new number as soon as you receive it, and there should be a transition period in 2018 and 2019 when you can use either the old card or the new card. Protect Your Identity Until your new Medicare card is issued, here’s what you can do to protect your SSN on your current card. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a national consumer resource on identity theft, recommends that you carry your Medicare card only when you visit a healthcare provider for the first time, so the provider can make a copy for their files. Otherwise, make a photocopy of your card and cut it down to wallet size. Then take a black marker and black out the last four digits of your SSN, and carry that instead in case of an emergency. If your Medicare card does happen to get lost or stolen, you can replace it by calling Social Security at (800) 772-1213 or contacting your local Social Security office. You can also request a card online at myaccount. Your card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. If your Medicare card that contains your SSN gets lost or stolen, you’ll need to watch out for Medicare fraud. You can do this by checking your quarterly Medicare summary notices for services or supplies you did not receive. You can also check your Medicare claims early online at MyMedicare. gov (you’ll need to create an account first) or by calling Medicare at (800) 633-4227. If you spot anything suspicious or wrong, call the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at (800) 4478477. Also, watch for other signs of identity theft. For example, if someone uses your Social Security

number to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts, or other goods and services, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission at or (877) 4384338.

This site will also give you specific steps you’ll need to take to handle this problem. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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Cumberland County

Calendar of Events

Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

Aug. 1, 6 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786

Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville Aug. 4, 8:30 a.m. – Men’s Breakfast Aug. 15, 9 a.m. – Crafts with Kids Aug. 30 – Senior Day Camp at Camp Eder

Aug. 1, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Helpers 3806 Market St., Suite 3, Camp Hill (717) 920-0707 Aug. 2, 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

Aug. 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Carlisle Area Men’s Cancer Support Group The Live Well Center 3 Alexandria Court, Carlisle (717) 877-7561 Aug. 9, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Bethany Village West – Springfield Room 325 Asbury Drive, Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624 Aug. 14, 1:30-3 p.m. Caregivers Support Group St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church 310 Hertzler Road, Upper Allen Township (717) 766-8806

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

Aug. 2, 7 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center 1000 Claremont Road, Carlisle (717) 386-0047

Aug. 15, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880

West Shore Senior Citizens Center – (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland

Aug. 3, 6:30 p.m. Too Sweet: Diabetes Support Group Chapel Hill United Church of Christ 701 Poplar Church Road, Camp Hill (717) 557-9041

Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m. Bladder Cancer Discussion Group Urology of Central PA 100 Corporate Center Drive, Camp Hill (484) 695-0731

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Aug. 7, 4-5 p.m. Caregivers Support Group Messiah Lifeways Meetinghouse 1155 Walnut Bottom Road, Carlisle (717) 243-0447

Aug. 22, 6 p.m. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd., Mechanicsburg (717) 486-3596

Community Programs Free and open to the public Wednesdays, noon SilverSneakers Exercise Class Susquehanna View Apartments Community Room 208 Senate Ave., Camp Hill (717) 439-4070 Aug. 9, 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. Aug. 13, 6 p.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance St. Theresa’s Catholic Church 1300 Bridge St., New Cumberland


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Aug. 20, 6:30 p.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance Adams-Ricci Park 100 E. Penn Drive, Enola Aug. 27, 6:30 p.m. New Cumberland Town Band Performance Anna and Bailey Street Park New Cumberland Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair Radisson Hotel Harrisburg 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill (717) 285-1350

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Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 Aug. 4, 7 p.m. – Music @ Bosler Aug. 7, 7:30-8:45 p.m. – M  onday Bosler Book Discussion Group Aug. 25, 1-2 p.m. – Just Mysteries! Book Club Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 Aug. 10, 7 p.m. – Concert on the Lawn with Sonia De Los Santos Aug. 15, 7 p.m. – Fredricksen Reads: The Painted Kiss by Elizabeth Hickey Aug. 25, 2 and 7 p.m. – Foreign Film Friday: The African Doctor East Pennsboro Branch Library, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola, (717) 732-4274 John Graham Public Library, 9 Parsonage St., Newville, (717) 776-5900 New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland (717) 774-7820 Aug. 3, 10:15 a.m. to noon – Ruth’s Mystery Discussion Group Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Write-On Writers’ Group Aug. 19, 11 a.m. to noon – Couponing for Extreme Savings: Back-to-School Stock-up

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TOADS from page 9 liquid that tastes bad to predators. And males of both kinds sit upright in inch-deep water to call for mates for spawning in those shallows. But their vocalizations differ, enabling us to identify them. Male American toads enter shallow water in many ponds in southeastern Pennsylvania during April. There, they puff their dark throats and emit pleasant, musical trills that last up to 30 seconds each. Able to hear well, one male starts trilling and others join in, creating a chorus that attracts female American toads to them for mating and spawning. Male Fowler’s toads spawn much the same way, except their nasal trills—“wwaaaahh”—last for two seconds and bring the genders

together for spawning. Fowler’s toads spawn from late May into early July, which is another way to identify them. Frog and toad eggs are fertilized externally while each pair is coupled in shallow water. Gelatinous strings of toad eggs by the thousands attach to aquatic vegetation and immersed tree twigs. Swarms of black tadpoles hatch from those eggs within a few days. Those tads eat algae and decayed plant and animal material in the shallows, grow legs and lungs as their tails become absorbed, and hop onto land, all within a few months. Toads are interesting critters that do us no harm. And they are attractive in their camouflaged way. Try to tolerate their presence when you spot them.

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Such is Life

Saralee Perel

Just Another Routine Day

If I ignore the simple things, I’ll be ignoring most of my life. My husband, Bob, never ignores the simple things. Instead, he thrives on monotony. It intensifies his lunacy. Now, before you think, “Saralee always makes her husband look nuts,” please know that he is. And before you think, “Poor Bob. He’s such a good sport,” please know that when I talk about him in a column, he soaks it right up. If I don’t include him, he mopes around the house for days. Last week at the supermarket, Bob shouted from the other end of the fruit and veggie aisle, “Saralee, smell this!” He was holding up a tomato. Shoppers were staring. Begrudgingly I ambled over, smelled the tomato, and remarked, “There’s no smell.” “Are you kidding me?” So he picked up one fruit after another—a banana, a cantaloupe, a strawberry—and held them in my face, saying way too loudly, “Feel the smell. Relish the smell. Be the smell!” Shoppers flew out of our aisle to get as far away from him as they could. I took an obligatory sniff and then kept shopping. He grabbed my arm. “You walk right by so many things without even noticing them.” “Bob, we’ll never get through shopping if you keep smelling every single thing.” He said, “Just look around us. We’re so lucky to be here, where foods from all over the world are available. You never appreciate it.

How many people in the world would be ecstatic to walk down these aisles and pick out anything they wanted?” He was right. He walked up to a store manager and solemnly said, “I appreciate your potatoes.” The manager stared blankly. When I was a practicing psychotherapist, a patient taught me, “We spend over 50 percent of our lives doing chores. We might as well enjoy them.” While driving home, Bob said, “Tonight, I’ll be giving thanks for such a special day, when you and I were together buying food.” I thought to myself, “While Bob’s immersed in gratitude, I’ll be thinking about how we did nothing important. Just a few chores. Bob, though, will be thinking that even if a day was routine, every day counts.” I looked at my husband, suddenly realizing that it wasn’t how we spent the day that mattered. It was, instead, all about our attitudes—our different ways of thinking about the very same activity. Bob’s mindfulness versus my nonchalance. I don’t want to skip over days, no matter what we do. It was only then I fully understood what he meant when he said, “Today was a day dreams are made of.” Nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at or via her website:

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50plus LIFE Cumberland County August 2017  

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 August 2017  

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