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Cumberland County Edition

December 2012

Vol. 13 No. 12

Memories in the Mail Local History Preserved in Vast Postcard Collection By Chelsea Shank Bob Sallade loves the thrill of the hunt. And as a deltiologist—that is, someone who collects postcards—he takes every opportunity that he can to hunt for postcards to add to his collection. Sallade, 63, has a collection of between 4,000 and 5,000 postcards. Collecting postcards is tied with coin collecting as the second most popular hobby, next to collecting stamps, said Sallade. He started his collection about six years ago. “I went to flea markets for other reasons and I picked up five old postcards … and that’s what started it,” Sallade said. As a native of Central Pennsylvania, he takes a personal interest in the history of the area and enjoys finding postcards featuring old buildings that are no longer around and others that are still standing. “My thrill is getting different scenes,” said Sallade. He has postcards of a former recreational facility called Playland, which had a roller skating rink and swimming pool where Sallade spent time as a teenager. There are others in his collection of an old judicial center, the Wrightsville Bridge, and hotels and motels that are no longer in operation. “That’s the interesting part—seeing what your town used to look like,” said Sallade. please see MEMORIES page 18 Postcard collector Bob Sallade preserves images of days gone by in dozens of binders stored at his home.


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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Holiday Fruits in Home Décor Dr. Lori long with festive sights, a major part of the holidays is aromatic smells. From evergreens to the holiday meal, the holidays offer a feast for the eyes and for the nose. Some of the most popular scents derive from holiday decorations like fruit wreaths, citrus pomanders, and evergreen garlands. The models for these luscious holiday elements all have roots in art history.


Renaissance Wreaths The works of art by the Renaissance artisan and master Luca della Robbia served as the impetus for today’s version of the holiday fruit wreath. Aptly called the della Robbia wreath, fruit wreaths decorate homes and hearths all over the world. Della Robbia’s 15th-century architectural medallions were often highlighted with fruit wreaths and

A traditional della Robbia-style fruit wreath featuring symbolic holiday fruits.

Fruit wreath sculpture by Luca della Robbia, circa 15th century, from the collection of the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

decorative garlands of green and red apples, berries, pineapples, lemons, limes, and oranges. Based on these Renaissance

decorations, the della Robbia-style wreath was reintroduced during the late 1800s in a time period known as the

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Renaissance Revival. Traditionally, fruit wreaths were lovingly hung on the exterior doors of homes at holiday time. Fruit wreaths gave the winter greenery a bright, colorful contrast. Fruits often appear in the paintings, prints, architectural, and furniture designs of the 18th and 19th centuries based on Renaissance iconography. The type of fruit chosen for such living wreaths was symbolic. For instance, ornamental apples symbolized the family, and this fruit played a major role in holiday decorations. Apple ring wreaths were associated, at Christmastime, with the holy family and the nativity. Other related wreaths featured fruits such as lemons, pineapples, and oranges. Wreaths made of whole lemons symbolized friendship and were typically please see FRUITS page 7


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Angelo Coniglio Q: I have begun developing my family genealogy, and in going online, I found someone with a common ancestor. This researcher, who is evidently related to me, has an extensive family tree for that ancestor, going back to a king of Persia in 1300 AD. How do I know whether this is accurate, and if I am descended from that king? – O.K., Illinois A: I’m generally wary of such claims. It is true that if anyone traces his lineage back 20 generations or so, the odds of finding a “noble” ancestor increase. This is because of the huge number of ancestors any person has in his 20th generation back, and the fact that if we go that far back in time, the total number of people living was much smaller than today. 1300 AD could be 25 generations or more ago. You (and I, and everyone) had about 30 million ancestors who lived 25 generations back, or about 10 percent of the world’s population! There probably was a noble or two in that group of ancestors, but the problem is proving it. Such claims are further lessened by the fact that in most countries 800 years ago, detailed records simply didn’t exist, and in fact many of the countries (or political boundaries) that existed in 1300 are no longer here. “Nobles” did keep better track of lineage than common folk (or someone kept it for them), and well-documented and reliable family trees may exist for some noble families. But in this instance, as well as in more mundane cases where someone claims to know the names of, and pertinent information about, your great-greatgrandparents and their ancestry, the key question to ask is, “What are the researcher’s sources?” Before I went to the trouble of adding voluminous information to

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my family tree from another tree, I would want to be sure that every relationship in someone else’s genealogy database had been confirmed to my satisfaction. Consider some types of sources, from the most reliable to the least: Primary Records: Your greatgrandmother’s birth record from her town of birth. Your aunt’s birth certificate, filed with a local governmental office. A church record of your parents’ marriage. These are all primary records, made at the time of the specific event they

document. Some, for example, a marriage record, may be primary records of one event and secondary records of another. See below. Secondary Records: Your greatgrandfather’s tombstone gives his birth date as Jan. 1, 1898. Your mother’s marriage certificate says she was born on June 12, 1950. Your father’s Army discharge papers report his birthday. These are all secondary records of the events I have noted. However, the information in question may be included in a primary record of another event. For example, a marriage certificate is a primary record of the marriage, but only a secondary record of the births of the bride and groom. Some information on any sort of record may be hearsay.

Hearsay: Your father says his father was born in 1921 in Belgium. A neighbor of your grandmother’s tells you that one of your uncles was married three times. Your mother says she was married on April 10, 1972. All of these are hearsay. The person conveying the message may be reliable or not, but the information they convey is not backed up by a document (not that you would ask your mother to prove that she had been married!). A good researcher not only records the names and dates associated with subjects of a study, but also documents the sources of the information, so that others can decide for themselves how reliable the information may be. Such documentation of sources may say “personal conversation with so-andso,” which is hearsay; or “birth date given on death certificate No. 27168, Erie County, N.Y.” (primary for the death date, secondary for the birth date); or “1889 Serradifalco, Sicily, birth record Number 158 for Gaetano Coniglio,” a primary record of birth. Most genealogy software allows entry of source information, and I try to include a source for every important bit of information I record. If others doubt any information I have online, they can usually go to the same source I cite and check it out. In the case of the above letter writer, I would suggest he contact his “relative” and ask: “What are your sources?” Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard Drive, Amherst, N.Y. 14226; by email at; or by visiting ConiglioGenealogyTips.htm. His new historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Wheel, is available through

Correction In 50plus Senior News’ September 2012 cover story, Frank Poley was incorrectly identified as an ordained chaplain with the Penn Del district of the Assemblies of God. He is a commissioned minister of Bethel Assembly of God Church. We regret the error.

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Benefit Increase Announced, Office Hours Reduced Dec. 31, 2012. maximum) will increase to $113,700 Some other changes that take effect in from $110,100. January of each Of the estimated 163 year are based on Increased payments to the increase in million workers average wages. who will pay more than 8 million SSI Social Security Based on that beneficiaries will begin increase, the taxes in 2013, nearly 10 million maximum on Dec. 31, 2012. amount of will pay higher earnings subject taxes as a result of to the Social Security tax (taxable the increase in the taxable maximum.

Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 62 million Americans will increase 1.7 percent in 2013, the Social Security Administration announced recently. The 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 56 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2013. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on

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public window will allow them to complete face-to-face interviews and process claims work without incurring the cost of overtime. The significantly reduced funding provided by Congress under the continuing resolution for the first six months of the fiscal year makes it impossible for the agency to provide the

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Such Is Life

Broccoli and Happy Endings Saralee Perel y husband, Bob, attracts lunatics. One is a stand-alone screwball. Hey, I heard that! It’s not me. It’s our 6-year-old cat, Murphy. Of course we adore him, and he’s the happiest being we’ve ever known. Murphy’s not just dimwitted; he’s also a thief. But he swipes things that no cat with even half a brain would want. Well, I’m not being fair. Murphy doesn’t have half a brain. There should be a sign over his head that reads: “Vacancy.” He’s lightning fast. One night, in a flash, he jumped on the table, grabbed an entire crown of broccoli that was twice the size of his head, and raced away with it, all the while scarfing it down so that none of our other cats could have what every cat dreams of (sarcastic): broccoli. His favorite food group? Dust balls. Yes, we vacuum. They appear out of nowhere like Bob’s ex-brother-in-law


who’s suddenly in our living room Sunday night. Bob put a pill on the wanting to borrow more cash. counter for our dog, Gracie. This pill is Murphy has an incessant desire to rip so bitter that no pet will take it unless tape off owners UPS boxes. disguise it in When I something extract the tasteful. But tape from Murphy made his throat, a beeline to it he doesn’t and ate it. notice. Can We called a you imagine poison sticking hotline. We your fingers were told he 3 inches needed to get down your to a 24-hour cat’s throat emergency without him veterinary even caring hospital Murphy you’re doing immediately. it? I’m disabled and can’t move late at night. Murphy’s race to eat everything Bob rushed Murphy to the vet. recently took a disastrous turn on a late We figured they’d pump his stomach

and send him home. We were wrong. Bob called me from his cell after the vet saw Murphy. “He has to stay here three days. They made him vomit, but the toxin is still in his system.” He was sobbing. “He could lose all kidney function.” “Did the vet say he could die?” “Yes.” I felt as much anguish for Bob as I did for Murphy. He went on, “Murphy’s so innocent,” he said, crying harder. “I hate myself for letting this happen.” “Oh, Sweets, you didn’t mean for this to happen. I wish I was sitting next to you.” We cried without speaking. Then I said, “Don’t drive. Not when you’re like this.” Then I called the vet. I asked her for emotional guidance for Bob. She said, “This happens all the time. It happened with me and my cat. He needs to forgive himself. It’s impossible to

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prevent these things 100 percent. Plus, I’ve never heard of a cat who’d want to eat a pill, especially one that tastes so awful.” “Bob’s in your parking lot. Would you please go to him and tell him what you told me?” And she did. Three days later, Murphy came home happy and healthy. When the vet called and asked about him, I incorrectly assumed she knew about Murphy’s insane antics. “He’s back to normal. He just presented me with a dust ball the size of a Burger King Triple Whopper! Isn’t that great?” “What?” “Don’t worry,” I said, and then cemented myself as a bonehead. “Nobody’s getting near my broccoli again!” She asked to speak to Bob. I said, “He’s busy. UPS came. Bob’s racing like a cyclone, ripping tape off the boxes before disaster hits. You know what he’s like around UPS tape.” She sounded confused. “Bob?” I laughed, “Not Bob—” Before I could explain she interrupted, “Please have him call me.” Bob’s role as a caregiver is not a role he asked for, but one he feels blessed to have.


He takes care of me with my spinal cord issues, our old pet duck who’s arthritic, our young border collie who can never run again because of a genetic spinal problem, and our very sick cat, Josie, to whom Bob administers IV fluids daily. “How could I be so lucky?” Bob says, every single day of his life. Yesterday at dawn, as the light gently filled our bedroom, I slowly turned over to see which of Bob’s brood was in the protection of his arms. He was cradling beautiful Murphy, who was sound asleep on his back in the crook of Bob’s armpit. Bob’s eyes were open but I didn’t say a word. I knew he was preserving the precious moments for as long as he could before Murphy would wake up. I watched as Murphy opened his eyes then curled his paw under his chin. I heard him purr when he closed his eyes again, preferring to remain in the safety of Bob’s arm for just a little while longer. And so, snuggling next to Bob, I closed my eyes again too.




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hung on doors at the back of homes (where close friends enter), rather than on front doors. For the holidays, fruitinspired decorations remind us of the bountiful harvest and the joy of sharing with family and friends. Also, pineapples were symbolic fruits associated with the holiday season. The pineapple represented the tradition of hospitality at holiday time and all year long. The hospitable pineapple form was typically carved into Chippendale and Federal furniture, including bedposts, mantles, dining room sideboards, etc. Today, pineapples are the fruit of choice for home décor items ranging from silver candelabras to front porch welcome mats. Fancy Fruit Like fruit wreaths, fruit pyramids and aromatic pomanders dating back to the Colonial period were among the delights of a holiday home. Scents of fresh fruit and spices lingered from the tabletop fruit pyramids suggesting architectural examples in miniature. In the 19th century, sweetsmelling fruit pomanders had yet to be relegated to the hall closet, but instead they were prominently hung front and

center in a Victorian home’s entry foyer. Orange, lime, or lemon pomanders, enhanced with whole cloves, were suspended over doorways and in stairwells to give busy areas of a home a lovely scent. Made by pushing cloves into whole oranges or other citrus fruits, a pomander was a welcomed and popular hostess gift. They were used in the 1700s and 1800s to ward off foul odors that were thought to bring illness into a home in wintertime. In Colonial America, fruit wreaths, pyramids, and pomanders were popular in holiday homes. These antique holiday handicrafts not only smelled delightful with the scents of apple, clove, and citrus, but they were also pretty, natural additions to the interior decor. The pleasing aroma of the fruit decoration allows the pomander to maintain a prominent place among holiday decorations. Happy holidays! Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and awardwinning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on the hit TV show Auction Kings on Discovery channel, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Visit, DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.

Thank You, Columnists! 50plus Senior News continues to bring important information as well as entertaining articles to the 50+ community. We at On-Line Publishers would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the editorial contributors of 50plus Senior News: Angelo Coniglio (The Search for Our Ancestry) Wendell Fowler (Preventive Measures) Al Goodman (Beyond the Battlefield ) Andrea Gross (Traveltizers) Dr. Lori (Art and Antiques) Gloria May (NurseNews) Clyde McMillan-Gamber (The Beauty in Nature) Jim Miller (The Savvy Senior) Candace O’Donnell (Balancing Act) Victor Parachin (Fragments of History) Saralee Perel (Such is Life) Dr. Leonard Perry (The Green Mountain Gardener) W.E. Reinka (Silver Threads) Ted Rickard (The Squint-Eyed Senior) Sy Rosen (Older But Not Wiser) Pat Sinclair (Recipes for Two) Walt Sonneville (My 22 Cents’ Worth) Robert Wilcox (Salute to a Veteran) Judith Zausner (Creativity Matters)

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Book Review

Jackie O: On the Couch Inside the Mind and Life of Jackie Kennedy Onassis By Alma H. Bond, Ph.D. fascinating psycho-biography, Jackie O: On the Couch takes readers into the mind of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis through a first-person, autobiographical narrative. The book delves into Jackie’s childhood and helps the reader understand how and why she became the person she was. It also explores JFK’s background and the ways it affected his marriage. Jackie’s deep love for Jack, the cat-andmouse game he played before their engagement, his early inattentiveness, the difficult years they spent together, along with details of his outrageous womanizing and their happier times at the White House late in the marriage—


all are viewed through her eyes. A poignant description of Jack’s assassination and funeral is recounted. The book also looks into the widow Jackie’s need for Aristotle Onassis. She debunks the idea that she married Ari purely for his money. The joyful early years and the gradual collapse of the marriage are described, as is Ari’s death. Jackie’s successful entry into the publishing world, and how the work helped to define her, follows. A new

Jackie emerges, who is probably closer to the one she would have become had she not been first lady. Her new persona allows her to form the best relationship of her life, with the elderly, stout, and adoring Maurice Tempelsman, who gave her the love, devotion, and constancy she never received from her two husbands. The book also carefully follows the progress of the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma disease that led to Jackie’s death at age

63—from her fierce denial to the gradual acceptance that she would not survive. Jackie O: On the Couch is available from, Barnes & Noble, and directly from Bancroft Press at About the Author Alma H. Bond received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and became a highly successful psychoanalyst for 37 years in New York City. Jackie O: On the Couch, the first of her On the Couch series to be published, received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award and Finalist International Book Award. She has also had 19 other books published. She lives in Carlisle, Pa.

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13th Year Proves Lucky and Lively for 50plus EXPO By Megan Joyce There must not be many triskaidekaphobics in Cumberland County. The 50plus EXPO made its 13th return to the county recently, filling the Carlisle Expo Center with thousands of boomers, seniors, and caregivers who braved the morning’s downpours to leave a few hours later better informed, greatly entertained, and under clearer skies. For an entirely free event, the 50plus EXPO offered visitors a lot of bang for their zero bucks. More than 90 friendly exhibitors. Health screenings. Live entertainment. Door prizes. Seminars. Not to mention a giveaway of 500 lottery tickets and the opportunity to enter to win the day’s grand prize: a casino trip for 40. Presented by On-Line Publishers, Inc.— publishers of 50plus Senior News—and Cumberland County Aging & Community Services, the backbone of the annual Cumberland County 50plus EXPO was its aisles of exhibitors, whose businesses and organizations covered everything from finance and healthcare to retirement living and local media. Jane Weeler of Mechanicsburg came to the 50plus EXPO “to gather information. There are always updates on different things—maybe there’s a new facility or service,” she said. “It’s just a nice gathering to see what’s out there that you may not see in the newspaper.” The day was kicked off by the opening ceremony, which included remarks from Donna Anderson,

president of On-Line Publishers, and Terry Barley, director of Cumberland County Aging and Community Services. Mark Hall, abc27 news reporter and the EXPO’s honorary chairperson, then stepped up to the podium to present the 2012 Cumberland County Outstanding Senior Award to Helen Schaeffer of Newburg. Schaeffer, who was visibly overwhelmed by the award, received recognition for her nearly four decades of service to the community. In the early 1970s, she and her late husband, Richard, opened a domiciliary care home that provided foster care to people with developmental disabilities. Several health screenings were scattered throughout the EXPO floor and included tests for alpha-1, balance, blood pressure, spinal health, and osteoporosis. Seminars were offered on common foot and ankle disorders, government news from Washington, DC, and Medicare information. Anna Marie Post of Camp Hill said she enjoyed the EXPO and had taken advantage of a few of those health screenings. “I had the finger stick [postprandial blood glucose test] done and my blood pressure, which was good,” Post said. “It’s a nice all-around affair, and I got some nice samples.” William Wunsch and his wife, Sylvia, had traveled to the EXPO from Mount Wolf—but this wasn’t unusual for them. “We come to all of them,” he laughed. “It’s nice. Sometimes we find something that we need.”

“And some of the entertainment’s pretty good,” his wife added. Seeing as how there were few empty seats to be found in the EXPO’s entertainment area, the rest of the event’s crowd would likely agree. Attendees pulled up chairs to enjoy the soaring voices of Vickie Kissinger, 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL, and, later, a special joint performance of SENIOR IDOL winners Barry Surran (2008) and Peggy Kurtz Keller (2011). And it was standing-room only during The 50plus Dating Game, a new feature at the 50plus EXPO. Modeled after the popular TV show from the 1960s and ’70s, The 50plus Dating Game gave a local over50 bachelor the tough job of choosing between three 50-plus bachelorettes. The winning “couple” received a prize package that included various theater and restaurant gift certificates. And then there were the lottery tickets—500 in total, given away by 50plus Senior News during four 125-ticket distribution times. Just in case their lottery ticket didn’t pan out, EXPO visitors were encouraged to stop by Bailey Coach/Travel’s booth to enter to win the day’s grand prize: motorcoach transportation for 40 to Harrah’s in Philadelphia. This day of fun and games went to James A. Eason Jr. of New Cumberland. On-Line Publishers’ 50plus EXPOs will return in spring 2013 with events in Chester, Northern Lancaster, and Dauphin counties. For updates in the months to come, call (717) 770-0140 or visit

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Older But Not Wiser

Who Do I Look Like? Sy Rosen uring the past year I have been told several times by people younger than me that I look like someone. No, not the same someone, many different someones. I’ve been told I look like Billy Graham, Billy Crystal, Hugh Hefner (even though I don’t wear pajamas in public), Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, and Ed Koch (the former mayor of New York). In addition, just the other day I had an extremely weird conversation with a middle-aged guy at the checkout line at the supermarket. “You look like that actor,” he told me. “What actor?” I asked. “You know, that actor.” “Oh, him.” At this point I just wanted to get out of the supermarket and away from this guy. However, he was relentless.


“He’s in a lot of comedies but he also does serious pictures, you know, with heart.” “So he has a lot of range,” I said. “Exactly. You look like the actor with a lot of range.” “OK, great,” I replied. “I’ll make sure I see the next picture he’s in.” “I’m pretty sure he’s dead.” “So I looked like him before he passed away?” I asked. “Yeah, he probably doesn’t look too good now.” At first this whole series of “lookalike” events was kind of amusing to me, and then I realized what might be happening. It’s not that I look like a celebrity, even though I’d love to go on tour as Bob Dylan. It’s that people younger than us think that we seniors all look alike. All they see is the gray hair and the wrinkles. They

probably also see the turkey neck, but let’s not dwell on that. Or maybe, and this is even worse, as we get older we do all start to look alike. We become kind of … a generic version of what we once were. I guess if this is true, there’s one semi-positive side effect—all the cool guys I envied in high school now look like me. Ironically, when I was a teenager I desperately wanted to look like everybody else. I just wanted to blend in. However, now I wanted to fight this anonymity. I started to think of ways to make myself stand out. I was thinking of wearing something all the time, like a scarf, that would become my trademark. But then I would be known as “the guy with the scarf ” and I don’t want to take second billing to an article of clothing. Then I thought of maybe getting a

tattoo. I’ve seen guys with Chinese lettering tattooed on their arms or neck. I could have a have tattoo that says AARP. I have a feeling no one’s ever done that. And then, all of the sudden, the insanity stopped. I’d like to think that it was a sudden burst of maturity on my part, but actually it was the fear of the tattoo needle that brought me to my senses. I realized that if some younger people can’t tell us apart, that’s their problem. We seniors are definitely unique individuals with unique looks. I, for example, am just a regular guy who happens to look like Cary Grant. Hey, the guy at the supermarket couldn’t remember the actor’s name, so I get to fill in the blanks. Note: If you’re looking at my picture now and trying to figure out who I really look like—it was taken seven years ago and in the right light (semi-darkness).

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The Big Surprise of December 2012 December 2012 will have something very new, No, not a special gift that Santa will bring for you, You can never again have this as long as you live, Everyone will receive it, and it’s nothing you can give. Take your calendar for this year and you will see, What this “once in a lifetime” surprise will really be, Count the number of Saturdays and Sundays there will be for you, Yes, you will find a total of five weekends—too good to be true! This is your surprise—five weekends to get everything done, They will be filled with Christmas and New Year’s with all of their fun, Enjoy it! It will never happen for you again for your happy cheers, As such a very special December happens only once every 823 years.

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Welcoming the New Year with Double the Fun By Andrea Gross Photo courtesy of Savannah Riverboat Cruises

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The clock strikes midnight. Fireworks explode. Confetti fills the air. And I get a chance to make a whole new set of resolutions, some of which I may even keep. How can I not like New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day? What’s more, if celebrating once is nice, wouldn’t twice be even better? Squeezing two such festivities into one year takes planning, but it can be done. First, welcome the new year on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, the dates set by the internationally accepted Gregorian calendar. Then, several weeks later, partake in a traditional Chinese New Year’s celebration, the date of which is set according to the age-old Chinese calendar. (In 2013, Chinese New Year will fall on Feb. 10.) Here, two places that celebrate the new year in very different ways.

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More than 2,000 people partake in a New Year’s Day Polar Plunge near Savannah. Lion dancers provide entertainment during New Year’s Day festivities.

Savannah, Ga. As midnight approaches, people make their way to the upper deck of the three-tiered riverboat. They’ve been partying for more than three hours— dancing to live music, feasting on hors d’oeuvres and a buffet of elegant offerings. Now, as fireworks from nearby Tybee Island color the sky, it’s time to welcome the new year. On shore, Savannah’s famed City Market, a four-block area of restored buildings, is filled with landlubbers who are enjoying the city’s biggest street party. Some are dining in one of the many restaurants; others are enjoying the free entertainment outside. Then the countdown begins, and a man lifts his son to his shoulders for a better view of the fireworks. Another man lifts his drink as the band strikes up “Auld Lang Syne.” The new year has officially begun. The next day, more than 2,000 people, presumably recovered from the previous night’s revelry, gather on Tybee

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Island for the Polar Plunge, an event that raises money for a local charity. In addition to swimming caps, which range from ordinary-plain to frivolously freaky, they are outfitted in glittery capes, feather boas, bathrobes, PJs, and, occasionally, regular old bikinis and briefs. At noon they race for the water, emerging a few minutes later, shivering and smiling. “I’ve washed off the sins of the past. Now I’m ready to enjoy the new year,” says one woman. She wraps her arms about herself, smiles, and disappears into the crowd of cold, but cleansed, folks. Richmond, British Columbia Three thousand miles away, people in Richmond, British Columbia, have just finished packing away the piney boughs and glass ornaments that represent the Western holiday season when they begin preparing for the traditional Chinese New Year’s celebration. In Richmond, this second welcoming of the new year is a very, very big deal. This isn’t surprising, given that the city boasts North America’s highest percentage of people of Chinese heritage outside of China. Walking the streets of the area known as the Golden Village—a four-squareblock enclave that is home to more than 400 Asian restaurants and three Asianthemed malls—it’s easy to believe you’re in China, except that there’s no smog, the water is safe to drink, and most people understand English. Festivities begin approximately two weeks before New Year’s Day, as malls set up special booths where vendors hawk elaborate flower arrangements and special holiday treats. At Landsdowne

Mall, women make paper fish and lanterns; children perform dances and demonstrate their skill in martial arts; and expert calligraphers make banners that are used to decorate homes and public places. On New Year’s Eve, restaurants serve multicourse feasts where each food has a special meaning. Since pork symbolizes good luck, Shanghai River Restaurant prepares bamboo baskets filled with xiao long bao (steamed dumplings filled with minced pork and jellied broth). “These are packages of good fortune,” says the waiter. Seafood dishes are supposed to bring prosperity because in ancient times only the wealthy could afford such treats, while eating long, uncut noodles foretells a long life. Sweet, sticky rice is served as a reminder that families should “stick together” and support one another. After dinner, many folks go to the Aberdeen Mall, where the new year is welcomed with speeches, lion dancing, and lots and lots of confetti. Others go to the Kuan Yin Temple of the International Buddhist Society, which is modeled in part after the Forbidden City in Beijing. It is considered by many to be one of the most magnificent Buddhist temples in North America. There, they greet the new year with prayer, many even staying overnight in order to be among the first to receive blessings in the new year. By noon on New Year’s Day, thousands of folks have congregated at the temple for a prayer ceremony and vegetarian lunch. “Yes,” I say to myself as I munch on some bamboo shoots, “it’s definitely nice to celebrate twice.” Photos © Irv Green; story by Andrea Gross (

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Beyond the Battlefield

His Postwar Mission: Taking Jewish Refugees to Palestine Alvin S. Goodman ene Alexander, 88, of Hummelstown, who served in both the Merchant Marine and U.S. Navy during World War II, volunteered for service transporting Jewish refugees from Europe to Palestine after the war. “When I was back in civilian life and at the beach, I met a girl who found out I was a marine engineer and I learned she was connected to the Haganah, the Jewish Palestinian secret service. “Next thing I knew, I was in contact with the local headquarters and on my way to pick up a ship. It turned out to be an old decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the Ulua. We spent a month getting her ready for duty, then set sail on the Atlantic.” Alexander said they ran into a heavy storm but made it to the Azores. After refueling, they reached Marseilles,


France, where they spent a month the ship was leaking steam, so we had to putting bunks and toilets in the hold. pull into a cove on the coast of North Then they traveled up the coast of Africa. It took six hours to fix the Europe to the southern coast of Sweden. engine.” The next stop was Italy, where “We docked there and picked up 700 they picked up 600 more passengers who young Jewish had survived girls who had the Holocaust. been rescued Before from the reaching Haifa, concentration Palestine, camps by the Alexander’s ship Swedes.” Before was intercepted establishment by five British The Coast Guard ship Ulua of the State of patrol boats. prior to being decommissioned. Israel in 1948, “Our crew Palestine was a British protectorate, and captured the first boarding party of Jewish refugees were denied admission to British Marines. One ship got in front of the Holy Land. us but we rammed her—luckily, we had “As we headed south to the an ice-breaker bow. The next British Mediterranean, we ran into the mother boarding party took over the ship. I was of all storms. We made it through the hit on the head with a club and they storm with seasick passengers. However, threw tear gas at us. I was knocked out

and ended up with a deep cut on my head. “They rammed our rudder and we hit a reef and ran aground in the Haifa Bay. I posed as one of the passengers. They put us on a prison ship to the Cypress detention camps. On the way, a British doctor stitched my scalp. After about a month in the camps, I escaped with the help of the Haganah. Two months in a kibbutz in Palestine and I was sent back to France. “As soon as I got there I was assigned to the Pan York, a ship the Haganah had bought from the United Fruit Co. We spent a month in Marseilles retrofitting her; then we sailed to Constanta, Romania, on the Black Sea.” There Alexander was transferred to the Pan Crescent, sister ship of the Pan York. They spent two months to retrofit both ships.

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“Then we got word that the Romanians would not let us take anyone from their country but they had no objection if Jews boarded the ships in Bulgaria, so they were taken by train to a Bulgarian port for transport. “I don’t know how we managed it, but we got 7,000 people aboard each ship!” In the Mediterranean, a British cruiser and several destroyers confronted them. The skippers made an agreement with the British to proceed directly to Cypress. “We unloaded the passengers, who were taken to detention camps. We anchored the ships in the bay and I and a small crew were allowed to stay aboard to keep the auxiliary equipment running.”

After a month, Alexander was relieved of the ship and the Haganah sneaked him into Palestine. From there he made it to France and then the U.S. Although he did not achieve his objective to reach Palestine, Alexander was glad that he was able to save thousands of European refugees from the horrors of the Holocaust, and they eventually made it to the Promised Land. When home he attended City College of New York, finished off his engineering credits, and forwarded them to the Merchant Marine Academy, where he received a B.S. in marine engineering. He then got a B.S. in psychology from CCNY. He spent a year in Detroit

studying child psychology, received an M.S. in clinical psychology at the University of Connecticut, and, six years later, a doctorate in psychology from the University of Michigan. During this time, Alexander spent two years as a hospital psychologist in Virginia and six years as a school psychologist in suburban Detroit. “After my doctorate, I taught two years at Indiana State University and then came to Harrisburg in 1964 to become director of a mental health center. I finally ended up teaching psychology at Shippensburg University for 27 years.” Alexander retired at age 70, but five years later worked part-time as a geriatric psychologist, finally retiring in

his early 80s. “Somehow I managed to marry five times!” He has four children and five grandchildren. “I enjoy my present wife Christie’s family. We spent two weeks teaching English in Spain. We rented an apartment in Paris and took a 60-foot houseboat up the canals from Whitchurch, U.K., to Wales.” Alexander summed up his vast experiences by saying, “It has been an interesting life.” If you are a mature veteran and have interesting or unusual experiences in your military or civilian life, phone Al Goodman at (717) 541-9889 or email him at

The Beauty in Nature

Yellow-Rumped Warblers Clyde McMillan-Gamber ellow-rumped warblers seem to be two species of small birds. Pretty in a plain way, they are brownish and streaked in their winter plumages, as sparrows are for camouflage. They actually look like petite sparrows, but with thinner beaks. In summer, however, these wood warblers are striking in their gray, black, and white breeding plumages. But yellow flanks, crowns, and rumps are present in both plumages. And the yellow rumps are the signature of this species through the year. Sharp “check” notes among trees and shrubbery indicate the presence of these birds, usually before they are seen. They can be spotted when one looks diligently for them, though they are seldom still. Yellow-rumps, or “butter-butts” as they are also called, are an adaptable, abundant species of warbler seen most everywhere in North America at some


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Shop-at-Home Hints to Ease Holiday Stress Lisa M. Petsche f you are a caregiver and find it hard to get out, or you simply don’t have the energy or desire to brave the madness at area malls, consider a less stressful way to purchase gifts this holiday season: mail-order shopping. Its advantages are many: operating from the comfort of your home; the convenience of 24-hour access; the option of gift-wrapping service; and delivery to your door or the gift recipient’s door. There’s no travel time involved, no parking hassles or taxicab costs, no crowds to elbow through, and no lineup at the checkout. And, if you’re a caregiver, you can shop while your loved one is napping or in bed for the night. With the holidays fast approaching, the sooner you place an order, the better. You’ll want to allow plenty of time not only for standard delivery, but also in case an item is temporarily out of stock. In addition, if you end up requesting special services like hemming, monogramming, or gift packaging, this normally delays shipping by an extra day or two—possibly more at this peak shopping time. Here is some further advice to make mail-order shopping a positive experience.


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4. To save money, look for seasonal clearances, discontinued items, and other special offers before ordering out of the regular catalog. Sale pages are typically inserted in the center of print catalogs; on websites, look for a section with a title such as “clearance,” “overstocks,” or “outlet store.” Order items of interest right away, since quantities may be limited. 5. With clothing, always consult sizing charts before ordering, since these can vary from one company to the next. Some merchants also have special customer service staff available to answer questions about their products. 6. If you’re unsure whether a particular item you have in mind is suitable, opt for a gift card instead. It will arrive with a note card and a copy of the company’s latest catalog. 7. Save your invoices in a clearly marked envelope or folder, in case you need to return an item for a refund or replacement. Telephone Tips Be prepared before you call. Bookmark catalog pages and circle the items you wish to order, for easy reference. Better yet, prepare a list that includes product number, name of item, and desired size and color. Include an alternative color selection or a substitute item in case a product is on back order or is no longer available. Have a pen and paper handy to jot down any revisions to your list as well as the reference number provided after you’ve placed your order. Internet Shopping Tips Deal only with reputable companies. If you’ve never heard of a merchant before, look for an “about us” or “FAQ”

(frequently asked questions) section and check it out first. This should include information about the security of their site and privacy policies about collecting and using your personal data. The company’s name, address, and phone number should also be listed. If you can’t find it, consider shopping elsewhere. If personal information such as your Social Security number, bank account information, or date of birth is

requested, avoid that merchant. Don’t provide credit card or other necessary personal information until you’re sure the browser is secure (a padlock symbol at the bottom of the screen is a common indicator). If you have any doubt as to the security of the website, shop instead via the company’s toll-free telephone order line. Print out a copy of your order once submitted (it will include a reference number). Many companies will also send an email confirmation that your order is being processed. Some offer access to an online area where you can check the status of your order; others offer email notification advising when your shipment has left the warehouse. Lisa M. Petsche is a clinical social worker and freelance writer specializing in eldercare issues.

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postcards with them as a way to advertise, Sallade said. “There are a total of 78 different ones and I have 77,” he said. “I’m missing one but it is hard to locate.” Besides finding the last of the postcards from Hershey’s chocolate bars, Sallade said that he has no set goal or finish line in sight for his postcard collection. Selling postcards is a popular way to regroup collections and make room for more, or to simply make a profit, but for now his collection remains a hobby that he enjoys. Sallade has been retired for five years from his job as a florist. His grandfather started the business in 1898 and Sallade said he worked there since he could hold a broom in his hand. He majored in horticulture at Ohio State University before returning to the family business. Since retiring, Sallade and his wife, Caryn, have had more time to travel to places like Canada and Ireland, and he purchases postcards everywhere that he goes. He has paid as little as 10 cents for a postcard and as much as $250, he said. Looking for them at flea markets is more fun and the price is usually better as well, said Sallade. But sometimes postcards he finds for sale online are only a few dollars. “It is something that varies considerably,” Sallade said. While the bulk of his postcard

collection is from what Sallade calls “the golden age of postcards,” between 1900 and 1915, he certainly does not shy away from new postcards. “I buy new ones too, because some day they are going to be old,” he said. He stores the postcards in notebooks that have plastic liners to protect each card and has the chance to display the cards at his postcard club’s monthly meetings. Sallade is president of the club. He is also one of the youngest members, with the average age of the 45 club members being between 65 and 70 years. The club has been around for more than 30 years and meets monthly at a local church. “We welcome anybody to come to visit,” said Sallade. “We have a speaker every month or sometimes we do a display. This month everyone will be displaying their Thanksgiving or Christmas postcards.” Sometimes the club holds events where vendors come to purchase postcards from the club members. He said there are postcard clubs that meet in York, Lancaster, and Carlisle. And although so much of the world is switching to digital, postcard collectors like Sallade say that the postcard is something that will always be around. “I think there is always an interest in a postcard of some place where someone went to visit,” said Sallade.


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Fragments of History

The Christmas Tree: An American Tradition Victor M. Parachin n 1851, Mark Carr, a logger from New York’s Catskill Mountains, created the first Christmas tree lot. In order to make a little extra money over the holiday, he rented sidewalk space in New York City. His rental expense for the season was a mere $1. Day after day, he sold his cut trees to city dwellers. Over the years, Carr’s concept of placing a holiday tree inside the home would expand across the country, making the Christmas tree an American tradition. One poll reveals that nearly 85 percent of all American homes contain a decorated tree at Christmastime, totaling between 80 and 90 million decorated trees. Although the Christmas tree is associated with a major Christian holiday celebrating the birth of Christ, the origin of placing a festive tree in the home goes back to the Vikings. In Scandinavian countries, winter was cold and bleak, and days were short. In some areas, the sun disappeared for weeks at a time, creating a perpetual night. Every community experienced the death of several villagers and many animals. Yet, the Vikings found a point of hope and comfort in the evergreen tree. They noted that the evergreen not only survived one harsh winter after another, but also continued to grow and thrive in spite of the season. Consequently, the Vikings began to cut down evergreens and place them in their homes. There, the tree would be a daily symbol of hope. Along with the Vikings, other Europeans were intrigued by the mystery


to his mind. He quickly cut down a small tree and brought it home for his family. Luther covered it with lit candles and then used the tree as an object lesson to explain the faith. He taught his family that the tree, whose evergreen color never faded, was like God’s love, which would never fade away no matter what life’s circumstances were. The lit candles were representative of Jesus Christ, who was the “light of the world.” For Luther, the tree was symbolical of the entire Christian faith and not just Christmas. It is in Germany where the earliest historical reference to a Christmas tree first appears. In 1561 at Alsace a law was passed limiting each “burgher” or resident to only one Christmas tree. The law further stipulated the tree could be no more than “eight shoes” in height. Evidently, the custom of bringing a live tree into the home was so popular that deforestation was becoming an issue. From Germany the custom of a Christmas tree spread all over western Europe. By 1837, a Christmas tree was being used in France. In 1840 England’s Queen Victoria and her German-born husband-to-be, Prince Albert, celebrated Christmas with a decorated tree.

In the United States, the first Christmas trees were introduced during the American Revolution by German mercenaries fighting for the Colonial army. The concept of using a live tree at Christmas did not catch on with the early Americans, and the tree returned to Germany with the mercenaries at the conclusion of the Revolutionary War. Around 1820, German immigrants to Pennsylvania brought the tree back, and this time it caught on. By the 1840s, the Christmas tree was widely known in the United States. An 1845 children’s book, Kriss Kringle’s Christmas Tree, helped further propel popularity of the tree. The earliest American trees were short and small, often displayed on tables. Americans gradually switched to larger trees placed in stands on the floor because they had an ever-increasing variety of ornaments to place on them. Those early trees were decorated with gingerbread, pretzels, cookies, apples, lemons, oranges, figs, strings of cranberries or popcorn, candy, dolls, paper roses, glass balls, and ornaments made of eggshells or cotton. As the Christmas tree made its way into American homes and hearts, some clergy voiced opposition to what they declared was originally a pagan custom. However, the Christmas tree began to appear in churches during the holiday season. From its humble beginnings as a symbol of hope and strength for the ancient Vikings, the Christmas tree has evolved to become the central symbol of the world’s most celebrated holiday.

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of the tree that stayed green throughout the winter. Many of them included the evergreen as part of their pagan religious practices. It is through those pagan customs that the evergreen made its way into Christianity. There are various legends that offer explanations for the origins of the “Christmas tree,” as it came to be called. One of those legends involved St. Boniface (675754), a British monk who traveled across Europe as a missionary. One Christmas Eve he came across some German-speaking people who were preparing a human sacrifice before an oak tree. According to legend, he struck the oak a single blow with his axe and felled the tree. Impressed by his miraculous powers, the people abandoned human sacrifice and embraced Christianity. Boniface pointed to a small evergreen fir tree, instructing them to make that tree a symbol of their new faith and to use it when celebrating the birth of Christ. Another legend about the Christmas tree is tied to Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther (1483-1546). On Christmas Eve, he was walking through the woods when the beauty of the stars shining through the branches of the fir trees moved him deeply. An idea came

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Calendar of Events PA State Parks in Cumberland County

Senior Center Activities

Dec. 2 and 9, 1 to 5 p.m. – Holiday Open House of Cameron-Masland Mansion, Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

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

AARP Driver Safety Programs

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

For a Safe Driving Class near you, call toll-free (888) 227-7669 or visit Dec. 1 and 8, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Silver Spring Township Building, 5 Willow Mill Park Road, Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-1657, ext. 2503 Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Silver Spring Township Building, 5 Willow Mill Park Road, Mechanicsburg, (717) 766-1657, ext. 2503

Programs and Support Groups Through Jan. 5 Holiday Exhibit: Civil War Christmas Cumberland County Historical Society 21 N. Pitt St., Carlisle (717) 249-7610 Dec. 4, 7 p.m. CanSurmount Cancer Support Group HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 691-6786 Dec. 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

Dec. 8, 10 a.m. to noon Holiday Family Program Cumberland County Historical Society 21 N. Pitt St., Carlisle (717) 249-7610 Dec. 8, noon to 2 p.m. Presentation – Thornwald: A Testament of the Sadler Legacy History on High – The Shop 33 W. High St., Carlisle (717) 249-1626 Dec. 9, 3 p.m. “Blue Christmas Service of Hope” for the Grieving Community United Methodist Church 16th and Bridge streets New Cumberland (717) 774-1609

Free and open to the public. Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m. NARFE West Shore Chapter 1465 VFW Post 6704 4907 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg (717) 737-1486 Visitors welcome; meeting is free but fee for food. Dec. 12, 1:30 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group of Central PA HealthSouth Acute Rehab Hospital 175 Lancaster Blvd. Mechanicsburg (717) 877-0624 Dec. 18, 1 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Mechanicsburg Church of the Brethren 501 Gale St., Mechanicsburg (717) 766-8880

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Mary Schaner Senior Citizens Center – (717) 732-3915 98 S. Enola Drive, Enola Mechanicsburg Place – (717) 697-5947 97 W. Portland St., Mechanicsburg Southampton Place – (717) 530-8217, 56 Cleversburg Road, Shippensburg Dec. 5, 11:30 a.m. – Spaghetti Luncheon Dec. 18, 8:30 a.m. – Local Caroling Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m. – Christmas Party and Dinner West Shore Senior Citizens Center – (717) 774-0409 122 Geary St., New Cumberland Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

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 Dec. 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

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New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, (717) 774-7820 Dec. 1 and 15, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Library Book Sale Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – Mystery Discussion Group: Christmas Crime and Mistletoe Mayhem Dec. 17, 6 to 8 p.m. – Great Books Discussion Group: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers Shippensburg Public Library, 73 W. King St., Shippensburg, (717) 532-4508

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Vaccination Options for Seniors This Flu Season Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any new or different types of vaccines being recommended to seniors this flu season? – Health-Conscious Carol

Dear Carol, There are actually several different types of flu shots available to seniors this year, along with a new FDA-approved shot for pneumonia. Here are your options.

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Flu Shots Just as they do every year, the CDC strongly recommends a seasonal flu shot to almost everyone, but it’s especially important for seniors who are more vulnerable. The flu puts more than 200,000 people in the hospital each year and kills around 24,000—90 percent of whom are seniors. This year, all seniors 65 and older have two flu vaccine options from which to choose: a traditional flu shot or a shot of Fluzone High-Dose. The high-dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) as a regular flu shot does, which creates a stronger immune response for better protection. And if you’re under age 65, your two options are a regular flu shot or a shot of Fluzone Intradermal. The intradermal vaccine uses a shorter, thinner needle to inject the vaccine just under the skin, rather than deeper in the muscle like standard flu shots. If you’re squeamish about needles, this is a nice option. You also need to be aware that if you’re allergic to chicken eggs or if you have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past, you should not get vaccinated without consulting your doctor first. To locate a vaccination site that offers regular, high-dose, and intradermal flu shots, ask your doctor or pharmacist or check the online flu-shot locator ( Most chains like CVS, Walgreens, Safeway, Kmart, Walmart, Rite Aid, and Kroger offer all types of shots. You’ll also be happy to know that if you’re a Medicare beneficiary, Part B will cover 100 percent of the costs of any flu shot. But if you’re not covered, you can

expect to pay around $25 to $35 for a regular or intradermal flu shot or $50 to $60 for a shot of the high-dose. Pneumonia Vaccine The other important vaccination the CDC recommends to seniors—especially this time of year—is the pneumococcal vaccine for pneumonia and meningitis. Pneumococcal diseases hospitalize around 300,000 U.S. seniors each year and kill around 5,000. The CDC currently recommends all seniors 65 or older get a one-time-only shot of the vaccine Pneumovax, as well as those under 65 who smoke or have chronic health conditions like asthma, lung and heart disease, diabetes, or a weakened immune system. Pneumovax, which protects against 23 strains of the pneumococcal disease, is also covered 100 percent under Medicare Part B, and you can get it on the same day you get your flu shot. If you’re not covered by insurance, this vaccine costs around $45 to $85 at retail clinics. You also need to know that this year, there’s an alternative pneumococcal vaccine available to people age 50 and older called Prevnar 13. This vaccine, which has been available to children for several years, may provide seniors longerlasting and better protection against pneumonia than Pneumovax. Talk to your doctor to determine which pneumonia vaccine is best for you. Prevnar 13 is also covered by most insurers, including Medicare Part B, but if you aren’t covered, the shot runs between $100 and $150. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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Holiday Program Helps Struggling Seniors From left, Jen Robertson, Members 1st Federal Credit Union; Connie Kay, BASTAS coordinator; Kendra Koser, community liaison; and Lynne Kay, marketing manager, at the Members 1st Federal Credit Union on Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg.

With so many older adults living alone and in poverty, some Cumberland and Perry County seniors will undoubtedly be struggling to make ends meet this holiday season. That’s why the area Home Instead Senior Care office has partnered with retailers and community organizations to make sure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship through the Be a Santa to a Senior program. With the support of the Cumberland and Perry County offices of aging, the Super Secret Santa Squad of the Dauphin County Courthouse, local nursing homes with residents

who are financially challenged, and area retailers, volunteers, and members of the community, the local Home Instead Senior Care office is collecting gifts to seniors who might otherwise spend the holiday alone. Community members are asked to take an ornament off one of the Be a Santa to a Senior trees in Cumberland County locations of Kmart, Members 1st Federal Credit Union, and Drayer Physical Therapy, as well as Bethany Village and Odyssey Hospice. After purchasing the gift, return it to the tree with the ornament attached. Volunteers are also needed to help wrap the gifts received. Wrapping event dates, times, and locations can be found at The Home Instead Senior Care office will then enlist the volunteer help of its staff, senior-care business associates, and others to distribute the gifts.

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Safe Eviction Treatments for Ants Most of us don’t want to share a home with ants, but we don’t want to douse the place with insecticide either. Keeping your sinks and counters dry and clean is a good start. Here are a few natural treatments to keep ants at bay: Cinnamon. Place a few cinnamon sticks anywhere you spot ants crawling into your house. The pleasant odor will send ants away. (Garlic cloves work as well, though you may not enjoy the scent as much.)

Vinegar. Spray some apple or white vinegar on areas where ants have set up shop. Black pepper. Sprinkle a little pepper when you see ants. Watch where they run to, and treat that area as well to prevent them from returning.

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An active, pain-free future is waiting for you. Spine, Bone & Joint Institutes: for a quicker response to your orthopedic and spine needs Designed by patients and caregivers, our new Spine and Orthopedic unit at Harrisburg Hospital offers the most advanced, sophisticated technology in a comfortable, patient-focused, family-oriented environment. Everything, from the spacious rooms with flat-screen TVs to an innovative call button system, was created to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible.

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