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Vol. 12 No. 10

Turning Wood into Wonderful In Retirement, Local Man Takes on Fulltime Woodturning By Beth Anne Heesen He might be retired, but Robert Gochnauer is hard at work dawn to dusk most days. In his home-based woodturning shop, that is. The 75-year-old knew he needed something to pour his time into when he retired 13 years ago. “My wife Mary Anne and I, we don’t like traveling too much,” he said. “But both of us need to be busy. She does sewing and if I didn’t do woodturning, my life would be that I’d be grumpy,” he said with a laugh. What makes woodturning unique from other forms of woodworking is that the wood rotates while the artist works with it. Gochnauer places a log on a machine tool known as a lathe that turns the log while he cuts and shapes it into something beautiful. He likes to work with wet, green logs. Among his creations are bowls, plates, pepper mills, clocks, miniature Christmas trees, and other Christmas ornaments. He makes pens and letter openers for graduation gifts. Some of his favorite pieces are a set of bowls with bark left on them. He also makes specialty items for antique dealers, who might need a special rung for a chair or a doorknob smaller than anything they can find in a store. please see WOOD page 37 Local woodturner Robert Gochnauer compares a completed bowl, left, to a work still in progress, right.




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Candace O’Donnell very October I remind myself that Halloween means more than goblins and pumpkins. It is the eve of All Saints’ Day. So, on this holiday I pause to thank by name special deceased relatives and friends who have bequeathed, by example, precious gifts to me. I can’t claim that I’ve used each of their gifts to its fullest potential yet, but at least I can offer each of them a prayer of gratitude. You could say that my mother had a tragic life. She was divorced when I was a toddler; she floundered through a series of low-paying jobs; and she suffered many health problems, including alcoholism. She died at 54, primarily as a result of her five-pack-a-day nicotine addiction. But through it all, Mommy retained her infectious sense of humor. That is her greatest gift to me, along with her fondness for words and reading. She loved to quote Shakespeare. I can also trace my ham gene to her. In the ’30s, she had been an extra in Hollywood and claimed to have performed a “sister act” with Betty Grable. We still have her glamour shot with her marcelled, bleached waves, leaning back seductively. Because my mother was often ill, my aunt—her sister—and my uncle served as wonderful surrogate parents. Auntie was a creative hostess, inventing recipes, setting an exquisite table, and, most important, making every guest feel welcome. I hope I’ve honored her memory in my own entertaining. She always championed the underdog, taking “lame ducks” under her wing and volunteering for many charities, particularly Shriners Hospital. I like to think I’ve inherited her sense of obligation to help others. One other gift—she was way ahead of her time in physical fitness: walking, swimming, ice skating, and playing tennis to stay healthy. I’ll never match her energy, but I do try to keep the rust off. My Uncle Eddie was a real character, aptly described by my


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husband as “a piece of work.” He was a natural comedian, regaling the entire neighborhood with his antics: cleaning the clogged drains on the roof in his underwear while bantering with the assembled crowd, putting his beloved golden retriever through her tricks on top of the local bar, dancing while belting “I Want a Big Fat Mama” at the top of his lungs. He was an incredibly generous friend and neighbor, especially with his time, volunteering his considerable jack-of-all-trades talents

for hours. Although I’m all thumbs, I try to follow his lead by sharing whatever limited skills I have— babysitting, cooking, proofreading, listening, etc., when my friends need a hand. I admit I’ll never match his “grace under pressure,” as Ernest Hemingway put it. When a tornado flattened his four-story, plate-glass warehouse, he was destroyed financially, but I never heard him whine, “Why me?” My Nana, my father’s mother, was an operant definition of charisma. Reared on a farm, she rose to own a secretarial school, and she traveled widely, a little pouter pigeon in her matching silk suits and hats, speaking about career opportunities for young ladies in business. She was also a Christian Science practitioner with many devoted followers. She was a legendary cook, and her groaning board at Thanksgiving was surrounded by people she had healed. She basked in the adulation. I once saw her persuade a cab driver to sing “God is Working His Purpose Out” along with us, and he didn’t even know the song!

From Nana I inherited my love of singing, my introduction to the Bible, my tendency to consult a doctor or take medicine only as a last resort, and, you guessed it, an extra dose of that ham gene. Lancaster’s late, revered Jeanne Clemson, founder of the Actors’ Company, inspired generations of actors and theater lovers. At an age when most of us would have been content to rest on our laurels, she continued to teach, direct, and sometimes perform. I witnessed her, well into her 80s, running a tedious 12-hour technical rehearsal—patient, smiling, encouraging, and standing. I used to tease Jeanne that if you so much as licked a single stamp and put it on a single fundraising letter to be mailed for the Fulton Theatre, you would receive a handwritten thank-you note from her. I would be thrilled to think that I can emulate a fraction of her long-term stamina and graciousness. My friend Carolyn (Sis) Hollister served as my role model for motherhood. She never missed a sports event for her three children; she was a den mother and a room mother; and she counted all the money raised at the annual carnival to benefit her kids’ school. She set high standards for her children, and they all excelled in college and career. Like my Uncle Eddie, she left the example of “grace under pressure,” facing her long battle with cancer with rock-solid faith, never a hint of self-pity, and, believe it or not, her characteristic giggle. Remembering that giggle is one of my lasting presents from Sis. Maybe a tiny touch of her courage will come to me when I need it. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for these pearls beyond price, for these seven examples I’ve described, and for all my “saints.” Candace welcomes feedback via letter to 231 N. Shippen St., Unit 424, Lancaster, PA 17602 or by phone at (717) 3927214.

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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Elizabeth Taylor Collection Sparks Global Exhibitions Dr. Lori hroughout the fall of 2011 at sites around the globe, there will be a series of public exhibitions and events leading up to the sale of the vast collection of the late Elizabeth Taylor. The three-month-long tour of highlights from Taylor’s immense private collection began in September 2011. The traveling exhibition will make stops in major global centers such as London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Geneva, Paris, Dubai, and Hong Kong. At the tour’s New York finale, from Dec. 3–12, there will be an exhibition featuring The Elizabeth Taylor Collection of jewelry, fashion, decorative arts, and movie memorabilia. At the close of that exhibition, Christie’s will embark upon four days of auctions, from Dec. 13–16, to sell off the screen legend’s collections. Christie’s New York will devote its entire Rockefeller Center gallery space to


the public exhibition and sales, which are expected to draw several thousand visitors each day. Jewels from the world’s finest design houses will demonstrate Taylor’s exceptional taste and her breathtaking custom-made collection. Diamonds, rubies, pearls, and precious metals will be highlighted by names such as Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany, Cartier, and many others. It promises to be a once-in-a-lifetime global happening in the world of precious jewels. Taylor’s impeccable sense of style is

legendary. The actress had a lifelong love affair with haute couture and designer accessories. Products from some of the world’s design powerhouses will be on display. The fashion accessories available on view from names like Versace, Vuitton, and Valentino will range from shoes and belts to handbags, hats, and fine luggage. For the first time in history, some of the world’s most important pieces owned by a maven of fashion will come to the auction block. The last auction day—Dec. 16—will focus on select furniture, decorative arts,

and film memorabilia from the late star’s Bel Air, Calif., home. In February 2012, objects from Taylor’s fine art collection of modern and impressionist paintings will be sold at Christie’s, London. Elizabeth Taylor inherited late 19th- and 20th-century British and French works of art from her father, the art dealer Francis Taylor. A portion of the funds generated by special events, exhibition admission, and publication fees will be donated to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF), which was founded in 1991. ETAF provides funding to AIDS service organizations worldwide in an effort to assist those living with HIV and AIDS. Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and awardwinning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide and appears on the Fine Living Network and on TV’s Daytime. Visit or call (888) 431-1010.

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Such Is Life

Facing Fear: My Triumph in a Taxi Saralee Perel


ou can do this,” my husband said, as we were about to get into the back of a New York

City cab. “No, Bob. I can’t.” Monstrous claustrophobic tentacles were rearing their hideous suction cups. We were standing in line outside Penn Station. Taxis pulled up, one after another in a whirlwind, and whisked everyone, including the women and children, away. What we tell ourselves influences our behavior. And I was giving myself all the wrong messages. As our turn in purgatory approached, I thought, “I’m going to have a panic attack in the cab, and (here’s the important part) I won’t be able to handle it.” This is the same thing that lots of people go through in elevators, dentist

October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month offices, and airplanes—the fear of the fear. I continued my, “No, I can’t!” thinking. I imagined myself in the tiny space in the backseat with my huge suitcase on my lap and smushed up against my face so I’d suffocate and die. This figures, I thought to myself. All this time I’ve assumed I’d die in a car crash, an airplane, or from some horrible, contagious disease. Instead, I’ll be

snuffed out by a Samsonite. Of course, my body systems began to skyrocket into a full fight-or-flight panic response. “Breathe,” Bob said. “I am,” I said defensively. “I’m just not breathing out.” “Breathe,” he repeated. “And focus.” “I’m not having a baby, Bob!” I screamed. “I’m having a panic attack.” And so, as we walked the eight blocks

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to our hotel, I was filled with self-hatred. This “relapse,” as therapists would call it, was, in my mind, going to be permanent. I started to cry as we lumbered with our suitcases down the crowded avenue. I was a pathetic sight, tears dripping down my face. I stopped and put my bags down. “Wait,” I said to Bob. He looked at me with anguish on his face. “It’s OK,” he said, wiping my cheek with his fingers. “No. It’s not. Everybody in the world can get into a cab but me.” I watched as cabs sped by, knowing they were forever off-limits to me. And that’s when the miracle and the magic happened. Bob, always mysteriously simpatico, put his arm around my shoulder. “Everybody’s afraid of something,” he said. He saw me eyeing the cabs. “You

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don’t have to do it, but if you wanted to, how would you pull it off?” “With a whiskey IV.” “I mean it.” I tried to remember what had worked for me in the past. “I’d tell myself that anxiety symptoms are just that and that I’m not insane. And I’d say that the symptoms feel terrible but they won’t last.” He nodded encouragingly. Now I was on a roll. I pictured myself in the taxi, not necessarily in a calm state, because I knew realistically that was not likely to happen this time. Instead I saw myself looking out the window, feeling quite anxious, but (and this is the important part) knowing I could handle it. I wasn’t going to go crazy or have a heart attack or whatever my fill-in-the-blank terror would be. Becoming calm wasn’t necessarily my goal. Doing what I wanted in spite of and along with the anxiety was. I wanted to hail a cab. I took one step toward the sidewalk. The prickly heat of tension covered my arms. I stopped. I’m not letting you win, I growled silently to my demons. I took two more venturing steps ahead. I forced my arm in the air and a cab slowed down. My knees lost most of their strength but they still held me up. I turned back. “I can’t do it for you,” Bob said. “It has to be your victory.” And with the hard steel look of an Olympian sprinter poised at the ready, I heard the starter gun go off in my head. With my level of terror only matched by my level of determination, I raised my arm. The cab stopped. I opened the door quickly before I could talk myself out of it. I am doing this come hell or high water or anything you want to throw at me, you lousy panic monster! The symptoms came on like a rushing army.

I can tolerate it, I thought. My heart pounded; my body shook. I felt the dread of impending doom. “Nothing’s going to happen,” I said like a mantra. “These sensations can’t hurt me.” My breathing became rapid and shallow. “You’ve been through this a hundred times before,” I said to myself. “Breathe from your diaphragm. Long, deep breaths to the slow rhythmic count of four. That will take you down. It always does. Just wait it out.” I can’t handle this! I began to think. “Don’t listen in,” I said back to myself. “Concentrate on your breathing. You can handle this. It’s an adrenaline rush and I promise it will pass.” And then I added, with a loving whisper to my frightened, brave soul, “I am so very proud of you.” We made it to the hotel. I had given myself well-rehearsed “yes, you can,” messages. And it worked. Now, lots of people might not think it takes courage to get into a cab. Not compared to scaling a mountain or speaking in front of 200 people. But it’s all the same. I believe everything in this life is what we make of it in our hearts and our heads and, therefore, our actions. My parting words are this: If you panic in supermarket lines or airplanes or driving over bridges or in crowded malls and are able to muster the courage to proceed, even for just a tiny part of the way, then you are a medal-deserving Olympian hero, in every sense of the word. The finish line has nothing to do with crossing that line or the having the fastest time. It’s taking the first, trembling step. Award-winning columnist Saralee Perel welcomes emails at or via her website:

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Alliance Home Help (800) 444-4598 (toll-free)

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Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York


Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, York

Country Meadows At Home (888) 754-2220 (toll-free)


Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York

Garden Spot Village (717) 355-6000




Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill


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Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, York

Central Penn Nursing Care, Inc. (717) 569-0451

Compassionate Care Hospice (717) 944-4466

Good Samaritan Home Health (717) 274-2591

Good Samaritan Hospice (717) 270-7672

Home Instead Senior Care (717) 731-9984; (717) 540-5201 (717) 741-9999

HomeCare of York/ White Rose Hospice (717) 843-5091



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CCH provides specialized pain and symptom management to individuals at the end of life. Our goal is to help keep patients where they reside while counseling and supporting them and their caregivers.


Provides homemaker, companion, personal care, and transportation services, plus Alzheimer’s and dementia services, to older adults in their homes in a compassionate, respectful manner to help them maintain and enjoy personal independence.


Personal care and companionship services in your home with all the professionalism, friendliness, and excellence you expect of Garden Spot Village. Contact


The Good Samaritan Health System VNA is a Pennsylvania licensed home health agency that is Medicare certified and Joint Commission accredited. We work with your physician to provide nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, and specialized care as needed.


The Good Samaritan Hospital provides services to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. We are Pennsylvania licensed, JCAHO accredited and Medicare certified. We provide services 24 hours per day with a team approach for medical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs.


Wherever you call home, our compassionate CAREGivers are responsible, reliable, trained, fully insured and bonded, and thoroughly screened. Three hours to 24/7/365. Dementia assistance, medication reminders, personal hygiene care, mobility assistance, chores, errands/transportation.


When your physician recommends part-time or intermittent care, or the emotional support and pain control of hospice care, we can provide quality, professional medical care that allows you to stay at home. We provide individualized services by skilled registered nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, or speech), medical social workers, and home health aides.

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Home Care Services & Hospice Providers Agency Name Telephone/Website

Homeland Hospice (717) 221-7890

Hospice of Lancaster County (717) 295-3900; (717) 733-0699 (877) 506-0149; (717) 391-2421

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Cumberland, Dauphin, York

Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York



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Keystone In-Home Care, Inc. (717) 898-2825 (866) 857-4601 (toll-free)

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Funeral Preplanning Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are both in our 70s and have been talking about getting our funeral and burial arrangements taken care of. Do you have helpful suggestions on this matter? – Still Kicking Dear Kicking, Planning your funeral in advance is a smart idea. Not only does it give you time to make a thoughtful decision on the type of service you want, but it also allows you to shop around to find a good funeral provider and will spare your family the stress of making these decisions at an emotional time. Here are some suggestions to consider.

Compare Providers Choosing a quality funeral provider is your first step and most important decision in preplanning your funeral. No matter what type of funeral or memorial service you envision for yourself, it’s wise to talk with several funeral homes so you

can adequately compare the different services and prices. Funeral Rule Are you aware of the “funeral rule,” a federal law that requires funeral directors to provide you with an itemized price list of their products and services? Be sure to ask for it and review it

carefully. The price list lets you choose only the products and services you want. (Note: If state or local law requires you to buy a particular service, the funeral provider must disclose it on the price list, along with a reference to the law.) Casket Shopping You can save big—at least 50 percent—by purchasing a casket from a casket store versus the funeral home, and the funeral home providing your service must accept it (it’s the law). A simple Internet search for “casket stores” plus your area will help you locate both brick-and-mortar and online casket sources. Another good shopping resource

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is Costco (, which offers its members a large variety of caskets and urns at discounted prices. Savvy Fact: According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the average cost of a funeral today is around $6,500, not including cemetery charges. Should You Prepay? Preplanning your funeral doesn’t mean you have to prepay too, but if you are considering paying in advance, be cautious. Prepaid plans are not regulated by federal law, and state regulation is uneven. Before you sign anything, here are some areas you need to be very clear on:

you’re paying for. Get a detailed, itemized price list and compare with other funeral providers before committing. • Are the prices “locked in,” or will an additional payment be required at the time of death? • What happens if you move to a different area or die while away from home? Some prepaid funeral plans can be transferred but often at an added cost. • Are you protected if the funeral home goes out of business or if it’s bought out by another company? • Can you cancel the contract and get a full refund if you change your mind?

• Be sure you know exactly what

If you do decide to prepay, get all the details of the agreement in writing, have the funeral director sign it, and give copies to your family so they know what’s expected.

death without the delay of probate. And if you’re concerned about Medicaid eligibility, check the laws of your state. Some states will exempt POD accounts if they’re set up as irrevocable trusts.

Other Options There are other ways to set aside money for your funeral, rather than giving it to a funeral home. You can set up a payable-on-death, or POD, account at your bank, naming the person you want to handle your arrangements as the beneficiary. With this type of account, you maintain control of your money, so if you need funds for medical expenses or something else, you can withdraw it at any time. This type of fund is also available immediately at the time of your

Savvy Tip: The Funeral Consumers Alliance ( is a good resource that provides a variety of free online funeral planning publications that are very helpful. They also offer an endof-life planning kit called “Before I Go, You Should Know.” To order a kit, call (800) 765-0107. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

Flu Shots Available in Cumberland County Flu shot clinics for fall 2011 have been announced. The cost of the flu shot is $28 this year for anyone who is not covered by Medicare or one of the following insurances: American Progress (Today’s Options), Advantra Freedom (11 digits), Aetna Medicare Advantage (eight digits, mostly letters), Federal Employee Program, First Priority, First Priority 65, Gateway Assured, Geisinger Gold (does not cover pneumonia), Geisinger Health Plan, Highmark Freedom Blue PPO, Humana Gold, Medicare Part B (if primary), Secure Horizons PPT or PFFS, Senior Blue, and Unison Advantage. Health Assurance or Health America insurances will not be accepted. Appointments are required at all locations.

Big Spring Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 to 11 a.m. Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Sunday School Room 51 W. Main St., Newville (717) 776-4478 for an appointment.

Shippensburg Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9 to 11 a.m. Southampton Place 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg (717) 530-8217

West Shore Monday, Oct. 3, 1 to 2:30 p.m. West Shore Senior Citizens Center 122 Geary Ave., New Cumberland (717) 774-0409

Carlisle Friday, Oct. 28, 9 to 11 a.m. Carlisle Senior Action Center 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle (717) 249-5007 Enola Tuesday, Oct. 11, 9 to 11 a.m. Mary Schaner Senior Citizens Center 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola (717) 732-3915 Mechanicsburg Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m. to noon Mechanicsburg Area Senior Adult Center 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg (717) 697-5947


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Funny thing—hardly anyone talks about Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball’s onscreen and real-life husband. But Lucy wasn’t the only genius on the show. Arnaz was the show’s producer, the I in I Love Lucy. Part of Arnaz’s genius was limiting himself to a supporting role as the longsuffering husband of the nutty but lovable wife. Desi Arnaz blazed a technical trail when he came up with the idea of the “three-camera technique.” Previously, TV shows were shot with a single camera, the way movies are filmed, with each scene being shot several times from separate angles. With three cameras rolling simultaneously, I Love Lucy became the first TV show to film in sequence before a live audience. Three cameras are expensive—three crews, three times as much film. But, boy, did it work. Take film quality. Other than being in black and white, I Love Lucy episodes still look like they were filmed yesterday. In contrast, kinescopes of other early “love” shows are too blurry for the rerun circuit. Sixteen-year-old Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Archa III escaped Cuba with his family during the 1933 Revolution, landing virtually penniless in Miami. While still in high school, Arnaz became a protégé of bandleader Xavier Cugat. Arnaz’s musical career eventually led to a Broadway role in Too Many Girls, a Rodgers and Hart musical where he led the act-one conga finale. Arnaz met Lucille Ball on the set of the film version of Too Many Girls. In late 1940, they eloped. She was 29, he 23.

Professional commitments and Arnaz’s wartime hitch in the U.S. Army Air Corps often kept them separated. They phoned each other daily but some of the calls proved so explosive that hotel operators sometimes intervened in the fireworks. Arnaz’s skirt chasing didn’t help the marriage. Ball fired for divorce in 1944, but they reconciled. Both were doing well after the war in separate careers: Ball on radio and Arnaz with his band working alongside such luminaries as Bob Hope and Ed Sullivan. But their desire to work together was thwarted by sponsors’ reluctance to put what was then considered a “mixed marriage” on TV. To prove their point, Ball and Arnaz staked their personal savings to produce a TV pilot. Fortunately for TV viewers, the sponsors took the leap and CBS first aired the classic sitcom in October 1951. As head of Desilu Productions, Desi Arnaz went on to produce other TV hits, such as Our Miss Brooks, December Bride, Make Room for Daddy, and The Untouchables. For some reason, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover didn’t appreciate The Untouchables and ordered a secret investigation of Arnaz. Arnaz started piling boozing atop skirt chasing on the marriage rocks and America’s favorite onscreen couple divorced in 1960. Ball remained a TV mainstay, but even her most devoted fans concede that the later shows with Arnaz don’t hold a candle to I Love Lucy. Late in life, Arnaz served as ambassador to Latin America under President Nixon and managed to get his alcoholism under control. He died in 1986.

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Dear Friends, I hope you will join us for the 12th annual Cumberland County 50plus EXPO. Each month, 50plus Senior News brings you information on topics of health, wellness, finance, and much more. This is our opportunity to bring 50plus Senior News to life—your life! Representatives from an array of businesses are available to discuss topics that are important to you! Unbeknownst to many of us, our own communities hold a wealth of information: tax-saving strategies, home renovation ideas, health and wellness matters, retirement living options, travel, or great places for entertainment. The 50plus EXPOs are an effective forum for all those “hidden” community resources to gather in one visible, easy-to-access location! On-Line Publishers, Inc. is happy to be able to present this dynamic, one-day event to our visitors free of charge. You could spend the day at the EXPO or, if time doesn’t permit, make a shorter visit. Either way, we’d love to have you come! Our lives are always changing. Maybe you’re new to the caregiving role; perhaps you’re considering downsizing; or you need some assistance with estate planning. Whether you’re looking for medical, financial, or retirement living information, home improvement ideas, travel planning assistance, or great places to go for entertainment, the Cumberland County 50plus EXPO has it all. The 50plus EXPO isn’t just informative, however—it’s also entertaining! Three of your PA STATE SENIOR IDOL winners will take turns on stage, and caricaturists will be creating pen-and-ink likenesses of willing visitors. This day is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please stop by their booths, have your “bingo card” signed, and talk with them about how they can assist you.

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What is an ‘EXPO’? The 50plus EXPO is an event that’s a unique hybrid of information and entertainment, all geared toward satisfying the needs of the area’s over-50 crowd. This day is about you and whatever is on your mind. Finances, health, leisure, travel—the knowledge you seek is all available at one of our more than 90 exhibitors. Each exhibitor booth is loaded with information and staffed by friendly people who are eager and willing to answer your questions. The EXPO will also offer a variety of health screenings free to each visitor, so be proactive about your health and take advantage of this convenient opportunity to give your body a little “tune-up”! At the Cumberland County 50plus EXPO, you can take your “quest for knowledge” a step further by sitting in on as many of our free seminars as you like. Now would be a great time to get some of your questions answered from someone Photo: Kem Lee

who really knows the answers. And when you’ve had your fill of the EXPO’s informative side, help yourself to some lighter, more entertaining fare! Caricaturists Sam Mylin and Nick Kienzle will be creating portraits of anyone willing to be drawn. As you make your way around the EXPO floor, don’t forget to get your “bingo card” signed by the listed sponsors. Then return the completed card at the registration desk for a chance at winning a door prize. Last but not least, you’ll want to check out the entertainment area and be wowed by the talent of three of your PA STATE SENIOR IDOLs: Charles Lee, 2006; Barry Surran, 2008; and Peggy Kurtz Keller, 2011. At the 50plus EXPO, you can spend an hour or spend the day. Socialize, become better informed, and, most of all—have fun!



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One Book, One Community is a program through the public library systems in Central Pennsylvania designed to encourage dialogue about a particular book, foster lifelong learning, and develop strong community ties. The Help by Kathryn Stockett is this year’s selection. Special events and group discussions will take place in October at your local library. ZE ON OR











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50plus EXPO – Brought to You By: reflects on the past, recalling the provocative and history-changing decades of the 1960s and ’70s; it also examines where baby boomers are today and identifies the issues they face now—all with a mind toward representing the mid-state’s own boomer community. In 2011, On-Line Publishers, Inc. marked its sixth successful year hosting the STATE SENIOR IDOL competition, making Peggy Kurtz Keller of Ephrata, the 2011 STATE SENIOR IDOL. Auditions for 2012 will be held in the spring with the finals night competition scheduled for late spring at a convenient and popular venue. On-Line Publishers also works to inform and celebrate women in business through our Business Division. BUSINESSWoman includes professional profiles and articles that educate and encourage women in business. More than 500 women have been interviewed already! Women in Business: SUCCESS STORIES is a wonderful way to showcase your business in a style that captures our readers’ attention. Tell them how it all started and your accomplishments since. POWERLUNCH is an extension of BUSINESSWoman and is held in York in the spring and in the Capital Region and Lancaster during the fall. Executive women are offered the opportunity for networking, lunch, seminars, and information from a select number of exhibitors interested in marketing to women.

For more than a decade, On-Line Publishers, Inc. has celebrated serving the mind, heart, and spirit of the 50+ community of Central Pennsylvania through our Mature Living Division of publications and events. On-Line Publishers, Inc. produces six 50plus EXPOs annually in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster (two), and York counties. These events are an opportunity to bring both businesses and the community together for a better understanding of products and services available to enhance life. Entrance to the event, health screenings, and seminars held throughout the day are free to visitors. 50plus Senior News is published monthly, touching on issues and events relevant to the 50+ community. The 50plus Resource Directory is the “yellow pages” for boomers and seniors. Published in seven distinct county editions (Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York), it is a useful tool in locating products and services to meet your needs. 50plus LIVING is an annual publication and the premier resource for retirement living and healthcare options for mature adults in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys. On-Line Publishers produces (((b))) magazine, Central Pennsylvania’s premier publication for baby boomers. (((b))) magazine


Do you have a friendly face? The 50plus EXPO committee is looking for volunteers to help at our 12th annual Cumberland County 50plus EXPO on Oct. 25, 2011, at the Carlisle Expo Center, 100 K Street, Carlisle, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. If you could help greet visitors, stuff EXPO bags, or work at the registration desk, we would be glad to have you for all or just part of the day. Please call On-Line Publishers at (717) 285-1350..


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Cumberland County Aging & Community Services

Cumberland County Aging and Community Services provides a wide range of services to the community. Their goal is to provide information, programs, and services that allow older adults to maintain their health, well-being, and independence. Many services are available to meet these goals and some are listed below. Information and Referral can provide a caller with details about aging and many other programs and services within the community. Prime Time Health encourages a healthy lifestyle. Assistance with Medicare and related health insurance is available through APPRISE. The Family Caregiver Support Program assists with the costs of providing care for older family members. Adult Day Care provides supervision and activities at a central location during the day. The Waiver Program provides at-home care for eligible persons who would otherwise be admitted to a nursing facility. A Long-Term-Care Ombudsman program attempts to resolve complaints regarding care for those who reside in long-term care facilities. The Health Share Community Partnership offers medical care to people of all ages who are uninsured, underinsured persons, and those who cannot afford a healthcare provider. Cumberland County Aging and Community Services can be reached by calling (717) 240-6110 or (888) 697-0371, ext. 6110.


Health Screenings Appalachian Orthopedic Center – Booth #21

Hughes Family Chiropractic Center – Booth #38

Heel scan for bone density

Myovision scans 10-minute chair massages

Baxter Healthcare Corp. – Booth #32 Miracle-Ear – Booth #5

Alpha-1 test

Hearing screening

Camp Hill Family Chiropractic – Booth #62 Spinal wellness screening

Rite Aid Pharmacy – Booth #81

Health Network Laboratories – Booth #36

Blood pressure screening Flu, pneumonia, and tDap (pertussis) vaccines (fee) Vitamin profile monitoring

Glucose screening


Flu Shots will be available at the EXPO! Rite Aid Pharmacy will administer flu shots at booth #81 to attendees for a $27.99 fee. Medicare cards will be accepted*. No appointment is necessary; walk-ins will be welcome as time permits and as the supply lasts. * Subject to eligibility check.

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The 50plus EXPO is FREE to the community due to the generosity of our sponsors.

A great place to call home — or the care needed to remain at home. Will they think of you? LAST CHANCE to reserve your space! Closing Date: Oct. 14, 2011 • Active adult and residential living • Independent and retirement living communities • Assisted living residences and personal care homes • Nursing and healthcare services • Home care, companions, and hospice care providers • Ancillary services

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Seminar Room

abc27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc.......................37 Ablemart, Inc....................................................71, 72 Appalachian Orthopedic Center . . . . . . . . . . . . .21

Hoffman-Roth Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. .....60

Pennsylvania Home Solutions ...................................8

Home Instead Senior Care......................................13

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ..................44

Home Smart Industries ...........................................84

Pine Manor.............................................................12

Homeland Center ...................................................70

PinnacleHealth HomeCare & Hospice ....................68

Hughes Family Chiropractic Center.........................38

RemARKably Created..............................................83

Appleby Systems.....................................................67

Humana .................................................................14

Renewal by Andersen .............................................90

Auer Cremation Services of PA................................35

In Your Home Care.................................................86

RetireSafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Isaac’s Restaurant & Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27

Ricker Sweigart and Associates................................87

Bethany Village .......................................................31

Keystone Elder Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45

Rite Aid Pharmacy ..................................................81

Camp Hill Family Chiropractic ................................62

Kitchen Savers ........................................................88

Capital BlueCross....................................................80

LeafFilter North, Inc. ...............................................18

Senator Pat Vance/ Representative Sheryl Delozier ............................61

Carlisle Regional Medical Center ............................49

Manor at Oakridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24

Spring Creek Rehabilitation & Health Care Center....9

Celtic Healthcare ....................................................19

ManorCare Health Services.....................................50

Sundance Vacations ................................................30

Christian Companion Senior Care ...........................26

MATEYA LAW FIRM..................................................7

Totem Pole Playhouse .............................................89

Church of God Home.............................................82

Memorial Eye Institute ............................................10

United HealthCare Community Plan.......................69

Menno Haven Retirement Communities . . . . . .57


Bath Fitter ...............................................................59 Baxter Healthcare Corp. .........................................32

Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center .........47 Coldwell Banker Homestead Group Select Professionals..............................................43 Cumberland County Aging & Community Services . . . . .2,3,4

Messiah Village .......................................................65 Messiah Village Community Based Services ............53

RSVP of the Capital Region.....................................85

Walnut Bottom Radiology .......................................79 West Shore Window & Door ..................................34 WHP580 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

Cumberland County Redevelopment Authority ......33

Michael C. Giordano Attorney & Counselor at Law...............................91

Cumberland Crossings ............................................15

Miracle-Ear ...............................................................5

Cumberland Goodwill EMS.....................................42

NARFE ....................................................................25

WIOO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .58

Dollar Energy Fund / E-Power (PPL) ........................48

Oakwood Cancer Center & Holy Spirit Imaging......20

The Woods at Cedar Run........................................73

Elmcroft of Dillsburg • Elmcroft of Shippensburg ...46

Orthopedic Institute of PA ......................................41


Parthemore Funeral Home......................................78

Health Network Laboratories ..................................36

Penn State Hershey Bone & Joint Institute ..............54

Highmark Blue Shield .............................................56

Penn State Hershey Spine Center............................55

WHYL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .74


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Seminars 11 a.m. – RetireSafe What’s Next in Washington? What Does it Mean for You? Presented by: Thair Phillips, President, RetireSafe RetireSafe President Thair Phillips will discuss the latest news from Washington, DC, including up-to-date reports on H.R. 5305, the CPI for Seniors Act, Social Security, Medicare, taxes, and debt. RetireSafe will cover issues and topics that can save your life or your retirement. Come learn and share your thoughts and concerns—RetireSafe will be listening! RetireSafe is a nonprofit, nonpartisan bronze EXPO sponsor representing 400,000 seniors nationwide and more than 15,000 in Pennsylvania. Learn more at

Noon – Cumberland County Aging & Community Services Get Your Ducks in a Row! Getting Prepared for 2011 Medicare Open Enrollment Season Come and learn about the changes to Medicare that will take effect in 2012. APPRISE counselors will discuss changes to benefits, premiums, deductibles, and the prescription drug coverage gap. Make sure you are informed about these changes. Worksheets will be available so that we may schedule an individual appointment at a later date. Don’t miss out on the latest Medicare information!






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Entertainment 11 – 11:40 a.m.: Charles Lee, PA STATE SENIOR IDOL 2006

Noon – 12:40 p.m.: Barry Surran, PA STATE SENIOR IDOL 2008

Charles has a passion for performing and uplifting the spirits of others through song. He has been performing since he was a teen, growing up with the influences of The Temptations and The Drifters. Charles has had the opportunity to sing with both nationally and internationally known artists. He lives to sing and sings to live.

In the mid-’60s, Barry Surran toured with the Lehigh University Glee Club and was part of a barbershop group called the Cliff Clefs. He brings passion, personality, and a unique style to his song selections, and enjoys helping his audience relive some special moments in their past through his music. Since winning PA STATE SENIOR IDOL, Barry has been performing for senior groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, private functions, and at weddings. Last summer he performed a three-hour concert at Delaware Water Gap Country Club and was a guest soloist with the Reading Pops Orchestra. Barry also continues to perform at DeLorenzo’s Restaurant in Easton, Pa.

1 – 1:40 p.m.: Peggy Keller, PA STATE SENIOR IDOL 2011 A nurse, teacher, wife, and mother from Ephrata, Peggy Kurtz Keller sung the national anthem for her high school and is still singing it today for the Lancaster Barnstormers and the York Revolution. Peggy enjoys singing at the VA Hospital in Lebanon, for community and civic organizations, and in local theater.

Valerie Pritchett Will Join 50plus EXPO as Honorary Chairperson Valerie Pritchett anchors abc27 News Live at Five and abc27 News at 7 p.m. In addition to her anchoring duties, Valerie also reports and coordinates the Val’s Kids program, which features children in foster care who are looking for permanent homes. Harrisburg is where Valerie, her husband, Joe, and their two dogs call home. An animal lover, Valerie helps many animal rescue organizations Valerie Pritchett with fundraising. She serves as honorary co-chair for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and Daffodil Days events and is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Network.

Say Hello to RJ Harris at the EXPO WHP580’s RJ Harris will be appearing at the 2011 Cumberland County 50plus EXPO! RJ Harris in the Morning includes RJ’s banter with Dan Steele, weekdays from 5 to 9 a.m. on WHP580 AM. They usually deal with humorous, “unusual” issues of the day. RJ, originally from Reading and by way of New York, RJ Harris Chicago, Philadelphia, Nashville, and Sacramento, says that he loves his job, having considered Harrisburg his home for many years now. RJ has been married to Bonnie since 1972, and they have three children: Mike, Eric, and Christi.

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Many Great Prizes to be Given Away During the 50plus EXPO


Your chance of taking home a great prize from the 50plus EXPO is HUGE! These are just a sampling of the many door prizes provided by our exhibitors.

The EXPO thanks the following companies for their generous contributions: Cumberland Goodwill EMS Two first aid kits

Orthopedic Institute of PA Gift bag with goodies

Home Instead Senior Care Gift basket ($60 value)

Pennsylvania Home Solutions Sheetz gift card ($50 value)

Hughes Family Chiropractic Center 30-minute massage and a Visa gift card ($40 value)

RemARKably Created Free class for up to eight ($120 value) and handmade gift card bundle ($30 value)

In Your Home Care Walmart gift card ($50 value) Manor at Oakridge Gourmet coffee basket and dinner for eight MATEYA LAW FIRM Flower arrangement ($35 value) Michael C. Giordano Attorney & Counselor at Law Allenberry Playhouse gift card ($100 value)



Totem Pole Playhouse Gift basket ($100 value) Walmart Health and wellness basket ($100 value)


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Remember when you used to go to the boardwalk and saw artists drawing caricatures of vacationers? It was fun to watch and you might have thought, “I would love to have one done!” Artists Sam Mylin and Nick Kienzle will be joining us at the EXPO. They will have paper and pencil in hand, ready to create caricatures for some lucky visitors! Sam has been drawing since he was 7 years old. He has a gift for creating caricatures that make people smile. He says, “I love to play with faces!” Through the years he has developed a style that portrays a subject’s distinctive features yet doesn’t offend. Nick has been drawing most of his life, and caricatures are a natural stem from that. To Nick, drawing caricatures is a way to connect with people in an artistic way. His style is fun but not intimidating or mean. It’s about making people smile one caricature at a time! While at the EXPO, stop by and watch the artists! You’re sure to be amazed at the talent, and maybe it will even bring back some fond memories.

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Celiac Disease and ‘Gluten-Free’ Labeling By Myles Mellor and Sally York

Gloria May, M.S., R.N., CHES orth Carolina resident Paul Evan Seelig has been sentenced to nine to 11 years in prison— not for carjacking, burglary, or robbery, but for selling regular, everyday baked goods he had purchased and then relabeled as “gluten free.” Dozens of folks, many with celiac disease, testified at the trial as to how ill they had become after eating bread from Seelig’s “Great Specialty Bread Company.” Celiac disease (also called celiac sprue) is a digestive disorder brought on by ingesting certain proteins (glutens) found in wheat, rye, barley, the crossbreeds of any of these, and possibly oats, although researchers have differing opinions about whether or not oats are problematic for all celiac sufferers. Gluten triggers an autoimmune reaction in susceptible folks (there is a genetic component to celiac disease), which then damages the inner surface of the small intestine and can cause interference with the absorption of certain nutrients. This, in turn, can create vitamin deficiencies, weight loss, generalized feelings of weakness and fatigue, anemia, dental disorders, osteoporosis, and, if it occurs in children, it can result in stunted growth. There aren’t any clear symptoms of celiac disease, but typically the sufferer will complain of intermittent diarrhea, abdominal pain, and bloating after meals. Many folks who suspect they may have this disorder embark on their own gluten-free diet as a means of selfdiagnosis. If they do go to a doctor, they may undergo blood tests, have tissue samples of the small intestine taken to assess damage, or even be asked to swallow a


camera pill that collects pictures of the gut without the patient having to undergo surgical exploration. Celiac disease is on the rise, more than four times more common than it was 50 years ago. Currently it may affect as many as one in 100 people in the United States. Researchers don’t fully understand this increase, but Seelig obviously seized upon it as a business opportunity with potential for growth. While there is no cure for celiac disease, it can be managed with diet, although it requires vigilant label reading and menu scrutiny. Many foods are naturally gluten free; that is, they don’t contain the offending protein in their raw state and remain so if they are not “glutenized” by cooking methods such as coating them in flour before cooking or adding flour to them for thickening. Vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs are all naturally gluten free. The effort to get the FDA to establish a standardized definition of the term “gluten free,” which would serve to protect the public health by providing consumers with the assurance that foods bearing this label actually are gluten free, has been stalled for years. Seelig got in trouble because the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services did what the FDA didn’t do. As with most everything else, you have to be very cautious about any health claim a product makes, be it “low fat,” “heart healthy,” or, in this case, “gluten free.” Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in adult health education and a Certified Health Education Specialist designation.

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Cumberland County

Calendar of Events Cumberland County Department of Parks and Recreation

Senior Center Activities

Oct. 1, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Bark in the Park, Colonel Denning State Park

Big Spring Senior Center – (717) 776-4478 91 Doubling Gap Road, Suite 1, Newville Oct. 6, 9 to 11 a.m. – Flu Shots Oct. 14, 9 a.m. – Autumn Day in the Mountains Oct. 19, 9 a.m. – Mountain Leaf Trip

Oct. 2, noon to 5 p.m. – Garden Harvest Day, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center Oct. 11, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – “Golden Trails: More Talk, Less Walk,” Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

AARP Driver Safety Programs For a Safe Driving Class near you, call toll-free (888) 227-7669 or visit

Carlisle Senior Action Center – (717) 249-5007 20 E. Pomfret St., Carlisle

Oct. 6, 8 a.m. to noon – Shippensburg Firefighters Activity Center, 33 W. Orange St., Shippensburg, (717) 532-1707

Mary Schaner Senior Citizens Center – (717) 732-3915 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola

Oct. 12-13, 5 to 9 p.m. – Bosler Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642

Mechanicsburg Area Senior Adult Center (717) 697-5947 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg

Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to noon – Messiah Village, 100 Mt. Allen Drive, Mechanicsburg, (717) 532-4165

Cumberland County Library Programs Amelia Givin Library, 114 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, (717) 486-3688 Bosler Memorial Library, 158 W. High St., Carlisle, (717) 243-4642 Oct. 19, 1 p.m. – Afternoon Classic Movies at Bosler Cleve J. Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, (717) 761-3900 East Pennsboro Branch Library, 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola, (717) 732-4274 John Graham Public Library, 9 Parsonage St., Newville, (717) 776-5900 Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 N. Walnut St., Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-0171 New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820 Mondays in October, 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Survival Spanish: Only the Basics Oct. 11, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – OBOC Book Review: The Help Oct. 26, 6 to 9 p.m. – Pennwriters Writing Group

Southampton Place – (717) 530-8217, 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg Oct. 6, 9:30 a.m. – “Getting Prepared for 2011 Medicare Open Enrollment Season” Oct. 21, 6 p.m. – Sock Hop Oct. 31, 10 a.m. – Harvest Party West Shore Senior Citizens Center – (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland Mondays, 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – Tai Chi Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Healthy Steps in Motion Exercise Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

Shippensburg Public Library, 73 W. King St., Shippensburg, (717) 532-4508

Programs and Support Groups

Free and open to the public.

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

Oct. 18, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880

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

Oct. 25, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cumberland County 50plus EXPO Carlisle Expo Center 100 K St., Carlisle (717) 285-1350

Oct. 13, 7 p.m. “Oh, My Aching Back!” Spine Program The Community Center GIANT Super Food Store 3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill (717) 231-8900


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The Squint-Eyed Senior

Color Me Fall Theodore Rickard n our part of the world, public entertainment each fall is furnished by the trees. They change color—all except the pine trees, of course. On all the others, the green leaves turn to gold or orange or dark red. And the rural areas within driving distance trigger a sort of pilgrimage to go look at them. Although memory tends to dim, we could recall the occasion years ago when we loaded the children into the station wagon and sallied forth to view the fall colors. In the vernacular of the youngsters, this was “boor-ing” to the extreme. The then-2-year-old tired of listening to the squabbling of his older siblings and fell asleep in his car seat. The oldest reread The Catcher in the Rye—parts of it aloud to elicit drown-out cries from the next two oldest. The 6-year-old, from his vantage point in the third seat of the station wagon that she shared with the spare tire, kept updating her parents on what was going on as though they couldn’t hear it all themselves. An item in the Sunday paper had pointed out a route guaranteed to thrill us with the most vibrant of the fall colors. It even had a sidebar piece about how the colors came about. Something about chlorophyll—although it might have been photosynthesis, about which I also know nothing.

motorists as I slowed down enough to avoid missing the turn-off yet again. It took about 10 minutes on the county route before the inevitable question arose. “Are we there yet?” It came from my bride, the mother of the brood, and it was enunciated loudly and clearly, preempting everything in her following burst of laughter. There was a moment of silence in the car. Even the 6-yearold interrupted his live-action news broadcast, and the recitation of the adventures of Holden Caulfield was finally silenced.

“Oh, there they are!” interrupted. One of the children had finally looked out the window. The narrow road was flanked with what I think were mature oak trees. And they were majestically magnificent in wreaths of gold and scarlet and colors ranging all the way to the deepest maroon. Traffic ahead of me had slowed to a crawl. Obviously, others subscribed to the Sunday newspaper. For 15 minutes or more, we cruised slowly by the fall spectacular of nature’s power and grace. “Gee,” I heard somebody say in the backseat. And it broke the silence that had somehow descended. “Gee!” I had heard this “gee” before. It was when we took the kids to Washington and visited the National Cathedral. The last time we made the fall color trip, there was just the two of us in the car. We had stopped for lunch. The restaurant was highway neocolonial with maple furniture and checked tablecloths. We’d been there before. It featured homemade soups and brown betty dessert, and the washrooms were clean. I’m sure they still had a children’s menu. I was going to ask. But I didn’t. And I don’t know why. It was near sunset, and we were just about back home when I heard from the front seat next to me: “Are we there yet?” Both of us smiled in the creeping dusk of the fall of the year.

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I do recall, however, that the mother’s reading of this timely contribution to the overall educational advantage of our children was met with appropriate silence. This didn’t mean they were listening: only that they were concentrating on poking one another. Only the restraint of seatbelts forestalled an all-in wrestling match. But I was listening to the reading with the result that I missed the turn-off to the country highway that the newspaper guaranteed provided the very best of colorful viewing. It took a few minutes to get turned around amid a symphony of horn-blowing by other

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One Book, One Community is a program through the public library systems in Central Pennsylvania designed to encourage dialogue about a particular book, foster lifelong learning, and develop strong community ties. The Help by Kathryn Stockett is this year’s selection. Special events and group discussions will take place in October at your local library.

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Salute to a Veteran

The Atomic Bomb Ended His Career as a B-24 Pilot Robert D. Wilcox uring WWII, thousands of young men went through the Army’s aviation cadet program and performed heroically in a wide variety of fighter, bomber, and transport aircraft. For others, however, the end of the war in Japan also meant the end of their ability to distinguish themselves in the aircraft they had learned to fly. And that was the fate of Warren Conrad, an accomplished athlete who had grown up in the Germantown area near Philadelphia. Conrad had attended Temple University on an athletic scholarship. Because he had excelled in a number of sports in high school, Temple wanted him for its powerhouse gymnastics program. He became captain of their team that, in his sophomore year, won The Eastern Intercollegiate Chairmanship.


He had enlisted in the case of “washing the Army Reserve, and out” altogether, privates after his sophomore in the Army. year, he was called up To his delight, by the Army in Conrad was selected to December 1942. His be a pilot, and he basic training was at started his actual flying Camp Wheeler, Ga. time in primary, basic, Then he considered and advanced flying, all himself very lucky to of which were in be accepted for the Oklahoma: primary in Army’s aviation cadet Tulsa, basic in Enid, program, where he and advanced in Altus. started with a short He flew twin-engine stint at the College aircraft in advanced, Training Detachment Warren L. Conrad in 1943 while an and after earning his at Michigan State wings and commission, aviation cadet in San Antonio. College (now he was sent for Michigan State University). transition in B-24s in Harlingen, Texas. Soon, he was on his way to Half the day was for flying, and the other classification in San Antonio. There, they was for additional duty. He remembers that, during the flying decided whether the cadets would be training, they often carried 10 gunnery pilots, navigators, bombardiers … or, in

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students who practiced by firing special ammunition at armor-plated P-36s. The bullets were frangible, breaking up when they hit the target. But didn’t those bullets sometimes hit a vulnerable spot? Conrad agrees that it could happen. But he dryly adds that it rarely did. Upon graduation from transition, he was made an instructor for one cadet class. And that’s when his life changed. That’s when the A-bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered. Since the war in the Pacific was over, the need for pilots abruptly dried up. Conrad’s half-day additional duty assignment had been as physical training officer, something for which he was ideally equipped. His gymnastics specialty was parallel bars, although he also did well on rings and the pommel horse. Over time, he supervised hundreds of men in their physical training.

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Since entertainment was sparse—and wonderful foundation for everything else much needed—he was asked to put that ever happened to me.” together a gym show, “Conrad’s Aerial He mustered out of the Air Force at Circus,” to entertain the troops. His Kelly Field in February 1946 and group included four gymnasts, three returned to Temple to earn his degree. divers (onto trampolines), three He stayed in the Air Reserve, finally weightlifters, a circus clown, and a retiring in 1982. trapeze aerialist (straight from Ringling After graduating from Temple, he Brothers Circus). taught for many years at Dobbins It was during Vocational Technical rehearsal that he was High School in put on orders to pick Philadelphia. In 1974, up a B-24 crew and he joined the faculty at fly them to the Pacific. Philadelphia’s Central How did he feel about High School, which was that? known for its strong “I thought it was program for terrific,” he says. “At academically talented that age, you felt athletes. After becoming invulnerable. Nothing department head and could happen to you. athletic director, he But the base retired in 1986. commander had other He and Hazel have ideas. He wanted our three children: a son Conrad showing his athletic gymnasts to put on who is a physician in ability at a San Antonio pool. their show. Which we Central Pennsylvania, a did. But a day after son who is a civil our show ended, the A-bomb was engineer in Texas, and a daughter who is dropped on Japan, and I never did see a muralist in Florida. Together, they have the Pacific.” brought the Conrads 12 grandchildren. The show proved to be another Because their eldest son is an turning point in Conrad’s life, orthopedic surgeon in Central however—because a buddy’s girlfriend, Pennsylvania, they moved here in 2005 Hazel Eadon, came to see the and ever since have been enjoying the performance. It didn’t take long for many pleasures of the area, where today Conrad to start dating her. And, on the Conrad stays in shape by golfing, day the war ended, he proposed … and swimming, and riding his bike. she accepted. But he says he often thinks back to What did Conrad like about the those days in the Air Corps that military? “Well, it was wartime, and our provided such a strong foundation for military experience sharpened our feeling the rest of his life. of patriotism. And I liked the discipline Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in and the company of so many other Europe in WWII. young guys of my age. It was a

Columbus Day: The True Story Everyone knows that Columbus unknown. The ships were built and commanded three ships when he first supplied by a Spanish town called Palos voyaged to the as a punishment New World: The for offending the Columbus Day crown. Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa And you is Oct. 10 Maria. Right? probably know Actually, that Columbus according to a didn’t actually 1987 article in the “prove” the world Los Angeles Times, was round. By the th those weren’t the names of the ships that 15 century, virtually all educated Europeans—especially seagoing the intrepid explorer sailed on. They navigators—knew the world wasn’t flat, were nicknames. though some uneducated folks probably The Santa Maria’s real name was La still expected Columbus to fall off the Gallicia. The Niña was really the Santa edge. Clara. The Pinta’s true name is

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This Month in History: October Events • Oct. 5, 1813 – Shawnee Indian Chief Tecumseh was defeated and killed during the War of 1812. Regarded as one of the greatest American Indians, he was a powerful orator who defended his people against white settlement. When the War of 1812 broke out, he joined the British as a brigadier general and was killed at the Battle of the Thames in Ontario. • Oct. 13, 1792 – The cornerstone of the White House was laid by George Washington. The building, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., is three stories tall with more than 100 rooms and was designed by James Hoban. In November 1800, President John Adams and his family moved in. The building was first known as the “Presidential Palace” but acquired the name “White House” about 10 years after its completion. It was burned by British troops in 1814, then reconstructed, refurbished, and reoccupied in 1817. • Oct. 15, 1917 – World War I spy Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad at Vincennes Barracks, outside Paris.

Birthdays • Oct. 2 – Indian political and spiritual leader Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi (1869-1948) was born in Porbandar, India. He achieved worldwide fame for his devout lifestyle and nonviolent resistance, which ended British rule over India. He was assassinated by a religious fanatic in the garden of his home in New Delhi on Jan. 30, 1948. • Oct. 26 – Hillary Rodham Clinton was born in Park Ridge, Ill., in 1947. She was first lady from 1993-2001 during the presidency of her husband, Bill Clinton. In 2000, she became the only first lady ever elected to the U.S. Senate, serving as a Democrat from New York. She was reelected in 2006 and then began a presidential campaign, hoping to become America’s first female president. She lost the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, who went on to win the general election and appointed her as U.S. Secretary of State in 2008. • Oct. 28 – Microsoft founder Bill Gates was born in Seattle, Wash., in 1955. In 1975, he co-founded Microsoft with Paul Allen, designing software for IBM computers. By 1980, Microsoft became the leading software company for IBM-compatible computers. Gates became a billionaire by age 31 and remains one of the world’s wealthiest individuals.

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Creativity Matters

Artful Movement Judith Zausner


hat is solitary but not creative and has health benefits but not fun benefits? The answer:

exercise. Although it’s important to our health,

and many people have developed great walking, jogging, or gym routines, it is not an expressive outlet. But what if there were alternative exercise approaches that were captured with imagination? What if it

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engaged you intellectually and creatively? Conductorcise (www.conductorcise. com) is a “workout for the mind, body, and soul.” For decades, Maestro David Dworkin, now in his 70s, led orchestras here and abroad and also taught hundreds of gifted young people. Realizing that he was sweating from the intensity of his movements after conducting, Dworkin developed an opportunity for seniors to have a similar experience. Participants in his Conductorcise programs enhance their listening skills, learn about composers, and are taught how to use a baton. And when the music plays, Dworkin begins. He guides them to actively orchestrate with arms and batons whipping the air, torsos twisting, legs bending and sweat pouring. The exercise is exhilarating: an intellectual process played with a physical presence. If you prefer to think and interact, you can do so with the performers of Second Circle Improv Players (, a group of people who artfully use their bodies to spontaneously portray issues and actions with words and physicality while utilizing their repertoire of improv games. They are a diverse, intergenerational group that explores social issues and breaks down stereotypes as they demonstrate “a unique blend of interactive role play and improvisational theater techniques.” A particularly physical game, for example, is Machines. When an audience suggests a machine, such as a washing machine, it’s played out on stage. An actor starts with a sound and motion, and other actors progressively join to physically layer themselves, coordinating their movements and sounds to create a total machine in motion. It’s mesmerizing. Audience participation is an integral part of the experience, with audience members encouraging the performers to portray topics such as retirement, positive aging, conflict resolution, cultural diversity, communication, and more. In

fact, the group encourages members in the audience to join in some games and share ideas. Creative movement can also be a response to a unique experience. Community Access to the Arts ( is an organization that strives to “nurture and celebrate the creativity of people with disabilities through shared experiences in the visual and performing arts.” Ann Mintz was the director of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass., when she partnered with CATA to provide a series of workshops for CATA participants that used exhibitions in the museum as the basis for programs. One such event centered around kinetic sculptures by MIT artist-in-residence Arthur Ganson. Their response was unique and extraordinary. “These are individuals with physical and intellectual challenges, and they approach physical movement in a different way,” Mintz said. “Immediately after viewing the art, they were encouraged to express themselves, which resulted in a display of whirling and dipping, moving hands and happy faces. It was so beautiful because it was completely spontaneous and unselfconscious.” They engineered their bodies as moving objects in space and, in effect, looked like components of a kinetic sculpture. Exercise can be for everyone, and it now has an exceptional voice in the arts. Exploring different modalities and creatively translating different experiences to movement is an opportunity filled with physical and cognitive benefits. Your personal world may be ripe for interpretative exercise. “It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe.” – Muhammad Ali Judith Zausner can be reached at

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By Megan Joyce If there was ever any doubt that Central Pennsylvanians know true talent, the recent PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Rewind show dispelled all uncertainties. Held at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, the show accomplished the unprecedented feat of bringing together all six winners of the annual PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition for an evening of undeniably special music. Each of the Idols—Charles Lee, 2006; Diane Wilson-Bedford, 2007; Barry Surran, 2008; Donna Mark, 2009; Chris Poje, 2010; and Peggy Kurtz Keller, 2011—were able to perform solo numbers that reminded audience members just why the Idols had earned their titles. But it was the duets, trios, and full-group performances that truly sparkled. Each was a surprisingly harmonious blend of seemingly disparate singing styles, crossing musical genres and varying tempos to give rise to the robust sound that only six strong and able vocalists can combine to create. The night kicked off with a “Celebration” medley as the six SENIOR IDOLs assembled on stage, four from behind the curtains and two delighting the crowd with their surprise entrances from the rear of the theater. An oldies medley was next, and both song mixes gave each Idol a chance to step forward and showcase their individual style and talent before blending back into the six-person sonic powerhouse. A variety of song choices followed. Lee performed “I Can’t Get Next to You” by The Temptations; Mark sang the gospel award-winner “You Raise Me Up”; Wilson-Bedford presented “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles; and Poje sang The Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody.” The first duet of the evening was “Unforgettable,” performed by Mark and Surran. Surran then came back on stage to sing “I Had the Craziest Dream” from the movie Springtime in the Rockies; he was followed by Keller performing “Cabaret.” The last performance before the evening’s intermission was a “visit from beyond” by the Rat Pack, with Lee, Poje, and Surran filling in for Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin, respectively. The trio presented a medley of oldies amidst playful, “in-character” banter. After the house lights came back on and the audience was reseated, the three Idol ladies took their turn on stage with the 1964 classic “My Guy.” Next, Lee presented a soulful version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”; Keller added some jazz to “Summertime”; Surran’s tones took on a Latino vibe with “Sway”; and Wilson-Bedford showed she can hit the notes like Whitney Houston with “I Believe in You and Me.” Poje returned next, still channeling Sinatra with “Mack the Knife.” Keller then joined him on stage for their duet, “All I Ask of You” from The Phantom of the Opera. The last of PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Rewind’s solo performances went to Mark and her rendition of “Sh-boom.” The show concluded on a rousing note, first with a nod to all veterans and servicemen and women in the audience, followed by a sing-along of “God Bless the USA,” which had audience members on their feet. For photos and highlights from the 2011 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Rewind show, or for information about the 2012 auditions for the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition, visit

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Corn and Shrimp Chowder By Pat Sinclair This is an easy meal for fall when the days turn colder and rainy. Add some chewy bread and a salad or some fruit for a complete meal. I like this chowder later in the season when we can still get local sweet corn that is tender and crisp. Other times of the year, I add frozen or canned corn kernels. Bags of cooked, peeled shrimp are a great convenience food when cooking for two. Watch for sales and keep a bag in your freezer. Makes 2 servings 2 teaspoons olive oil 1/2 cup (1 medium) chopped onion 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 cups chicken broth 6 small new potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 cup milk (use 2 percent or whole) 2 ears fresh sweet corn 8 ounces cooked medium shrimp 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce, or to taste 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives 2 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook 3 to 4 minutes or until softened. Stir in the flour and cook 30 seconds. Stir in the chicken broth, salt, and pepper and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add the potatoes and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 8 to 10 minutes or until potatoes are almost tender. Cut sweet corn from the cobs. Scrape the cobs with the edge of a spoon to release milk. Add to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until heated through. Season to taste with sriracha sauce. Garnish each serving with chopped chives and bacon.

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Book Review

Cruising with Noah The sky was starting to get dark. “Get on the boat,” old Noah said, “For there’s where you’ll be safe and sound. No rain will fall upon your head.”

Something You Forgot … Along the Way

The lion got on first of all. “I’m really the King of Beasts and yet Though I am still of royalty, I really don’t want to get wet.”

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The monkey jumped so quickly in. He saw and used that open hatch. The fleas were riding on his back. And through the trip he had to scratch. As they sailed on, Noah’s hands were full, On that first cruise, so fine, so grand, To keep those creatures in their place, For things might just get out of hand.

omething You Forgot … Along the Way: Stories of Wisdom and Learning introduces 65 heartwarming stories that show what it means to learn from life’s events. These simple yet beautiful tales invite us to look deeper into almost any situation in life. In the tradition of Aesop’s Fables, each story concludes with a moral lesson. In these lessons, the author gives us a perspective on people and events that is both rare and unexpected, demonstrating a profound understanding of the human condition. This book is a joy to read for anyone: teenagers looking to share in the wisdom of an adult; parents and teachers who wish to share something invaluable with their children or pupils; and all people everywhere, young or old,


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who seek to better themselves and the world they live in. Takamori’s book sold more than 650,000 copies in Japan. It is on sale at Barnes & Noble,, independent spiritual stores, and various hospital gift shops. About the Author Kentetsu Takamori is a Pure Land Buddhist teacher born in Japan in 1929. He has lectured throughout Japan and worldwide on Buddhism for more than half a century. He is the author of several bestselling titles in Japanese. You Were Born for a Reason: The Real Purpose of Life was the first of his works to be published in English. He lives with his wife and their dog in a small town in Toyama Prefecture overlooking the Japan Sea.

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The official name of his enterprise is simple: Robert H. Gochnauer Woodturning. What got him started was a class he took 24 years ago with David Ellsworth, a prominent woodturning artist and instructor from Bucks County. Back then it was a fun hobby for Gochnauer, but now he does it full time. To really get into it, he said, you almost have to be retired. The work isn’t profitable enough to make a living from. “The equipment is expensive,” he said. “The lathe I have is $6,000. We’re happy as long as we take in more than we spend.” Then there’s the time factor. There’s the cutting. The sanding. The shaping. Sometimes he paints. Once in a while he stains, though he prefers the naturalwood look. Not to mention all the inspiration and planning that go into the work. “A lot of people ask how long it takes me to do it,” he said. “I take my time. If it doesn’t get finished today, I can do it tomorrow. I’m retired. I can take a nice lunch and dinner break.” He compares woodworking to pottery, with an exception: “With clay, you can

reshape your time and it work if you hit me in don’t like the how it shoulder. looks. With Another wood, you time a piece have to start of wood hit over.” me in the Not one nose and it to be wouldn’t wasteful, his stop mistakes bleeding. I make his had ice on home a little it for two warmer in days.” An assortment of salt and pepper shakers, saffron boxes, the winter. But a travel mugs, magnifying glasses, letter openers, “I heat little blood and birdhouses. myself with and a few my bruises mistakes,” he said. “I’ve got a woodstove aren’t enough to keep him away from his where I put in what didn’t come out shop. “It takes a lot to get me stopped,” right.” he said. Sometimes a momentary lapse of He does what he can to stay safe. attention can lead to mistakes worse than Goggles on his eyes. Ear plugs in his ruined work. While he was never badly ears. And he doesn’t let his thoughts injured from woodturning, accidents do wander too much. His focus stays on the happen. task at hand. “Once in a while you’ll be doing a “You better keep your mind on what bowl and it might blow apart,” he said. you’re doing when something sharp’s “I broke a bowl in half while turning one spinning in front of you,” he said.

While Gochnauer works from home, the woodturning clubs he’s involved in— Susquehanna Woodturners Club, Lancaster Area Woodturners, and Philadelphia Woodturning Center— connect him to people who share his interest. In fact, his woodshop has become the go-to place for classes because of its large size. He also donates items to organizations like Landis Valley Farm Museum and Hospice of Lancaster County, which then sell them in auctions. The organizations are delighted to have his creations, and he’s happy to provide them. “To me, woodturning is really exciting,” he said. “It’s the satisfaction of taking an ugly piece of wood and making it look nice. I never get tired of it.” Gochnauer will hold an open house next month to showcase his artwork. All are welcome to visit his home at 1790 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5. He can be reached at (717) 569-1978.

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