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Dauphin County Edition

March 2014

Vol. 16 No. 3

Dedication and Dance through the Ages Women’s Club Benefits from Program Director’s Arts Pedigree By Megan Joyce Our 21st-century dance styles would likely leave the ragtime-dancing, Edwardian-era female founders of The Iris Club confused at best. But those progressive-for-their-time ladies would be pleased by their modern club’s continuing dedication to community service, women’s empowerment, and artistic and enlightened entertainment—spearheaded by its current program director, Priscilla Kaufhold. “She is always full of great ideas,” said Carol Szutowicz, The Iris Club’s first vice president. “While many people have that talent, the difference is Priscilla works to make those ideas happen and sees projects through to the end.” The Iris Club formed in 1895 when Alice Nevin, daughter of Franklin & Marshall College President John Williamson Nevin, invited 70 women to her home to initiate a club to encourage women’s socialization and community involvement. The club’s downtown building was purchased in 1898 and still hosts the club’s twice-monthly meetings, where members enjoy lunch, entertainment, friendship, and high tea. In October 2013, the club celebrated its 115th please see DANCE page 14 Priscilla Kaufhold, program director for The Iris Club, on the club’s grand staircase. Over her shoulder is a portrait of Alice Nevin, who founded the women’s club in 1895.

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Special Section: Living for the Long Term page 7

Traveltizers: Agritourism and Adventure page 8


Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates Remain Low About one in three adults aged 50 to 75 years have not been tested for colorectal cancer as recommended by the United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite research that shows colorectal cancer screening tests save lives, screening rates remain too low. “There are more than 20 million adults in this country who haven’t had any recommended screening for colorectal cancer and who may therefore get cancer and die from a preventable tragedy,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. “Screening for colorectal cancer is effective and can save your life.” Colorectal cancer is the secondleading cancer killer among men and women in the United States, after lung cancer. Screening tests can prevent cancer or detect it at an early stage, when treatment can be highly effective. Adults aged 50 years and older should get tested with one or a combination of these screening tests: • Fecal occult blood test (FOBT) or fecal

immunochemical test (FIT) done at home every year • Flexible sigmoidoscopy, done every five years, with FOBT/FIT done every three years • Colonoscopy done every 10 years A colonoscopy can detect cancer early, and it can find precancerous polyps so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. An FOBT/FIT is a simple at-home test that can detect cancer early by identifying blood in the stool, a possible sign of cancer. People are not always offered a choice of colorectal cancer tests, but studies

have shown that people who are able to choose the test they prefer are more likely to get the test done. CDC researchers reviewed colorectal cancer screening data from CDC’s 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to estimate the percentage of people aged 50 to 75 years who reported getting screened as recommended by type of test. Major findings:

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• Among adults who were screened as recommended, colonoscopy was by far the most common screening test (62 percent). Use of the other USPSTFrecommended tests was much lower:

fecal occult blood test, 10 percent, and flexible sigmoidoscopy in combination with FOBT/FIT, less than 1 percent. • The highest percentage of adults who were up to date with colorectal cancer screening was in Massachusetts (76 percent). • Blacks and whites had similar screening rates, but a higher percentage of blacks across all income and education levels used FOBT. The authors noted that increasing use of all tests may increase screening rates. Furthermore, research shows that more people may get tested if healthcare providers use an organized approach to identify people who need to be screened; contact them at their home or community setting; advise them of each test; and carefully monitor to make sure they complete their test. For more information about preventing colorectal cancer, please visit www.cdc.gov/cancer/colorectal. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Medicare Manuals Updated The Center for Medicare Advocacy recently announced that the Medicare policy manuals have been revised as a result of December’s Jimmo vs. Sebelius settlement. Published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in December, the manual revisions clarify that improvement is not required to obtain Medicare coverage for skilled nursing facilities (SNF), home healthcare (HH), or outpatient therapies (OPT). The manual revisions also improve coverage for people who require intense rehabilitation in inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRF). Medicare determinations for skilled nursing facilities, home health, and

outpatient therapy turn on the need for skilled care—not on the ability of an individual to improve. For patients in inpatient rehabilitation facilities, the manual revisions and CMS education campaign clarify that coverage should never be denied because a patient cannot be expected to achieve complete independence in self-care or to return to his/her prior level of functioning. The Jimmo case was brought in 2011 by the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Vermont Legal Aid on behalf of a nationwide class of Medicare beneficiaries who were denied Medicare coverage and access to necessary healthcare or therapy because they did

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not have sufficient potential for improvement. As a result of the Jimmo settlement, Medicare cannot be denied in a nursing home, home care, or outpatient therapy setting based on an “improvement standard.” As CMS states in the transmittal announcing the Jimmo manual revisions: No “improvement standard” is to be applied in determining Medicare coverage for maintenance claims that require skilled care. Medicare has long recognized that even in situations where no improvement is possible, skilled care may nevertheless be needed for maintenance purposes (i.e., to prevent or slow a decline in condition).

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Tri-County Association for the Blind (717) 238-2531

Emergency Central PA Poison Center (800) 521-6110

Healthcare Information PA Healthcare Cost Containment Council (717) 232-6787

Insurance Apprise Insurance Counseling (800) 783-7067

Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging (717) 780-6130

Hearing Services Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY

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The Center for Medicare Advocacy encourages people to appeal if they are told Medicare is not available for skilledmaintenance nursing or therapy because they are not improving. Information and self-help material are available on the center’s website (www.medicareadvocacy .org). Patients can also contact the Center for Medicare Advocacy or its website to obtain a card with key provisions from the new Medicare manuals to show their healthcare providers. More information is available on the center’s website (www.medicareadvocacy .org/medicare-info/improvement-standard) or by calling their national office at (860) 456-7790.

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Personal Care Homes Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902

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Hospice Services Homeland Hospice 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg (717) 221-7890

Retirement Communities StoneRidge Retirement Living (717) 866-3204

Housing Assistance Dauphin County Housing Authority (717) 939-9301

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Nursing/Rehab Homeland Center 1901 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg (717) 221-7902

Home Care Services Home Care Assistance Serving Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties (717) 540-4663

Housing/Apartments B’Nai B’rith Apartments 130 S.Third St., Harrisburg (717) 232-7516

Toll-Free Numbers American Lung Association (800) LUNG-USA

Services Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging (717) 255-2790

National Council on Aging (800) 424-9046

Veterans Affairs (717) 626-1171 or (800) 827-1000 Transportation CAT Share-A-Ride (717) 232-6100 Travel Wheelchair Getaways Serving Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, and Southern New Jersey (717) 921-2000 Veterans Services Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771

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He Has a Bullet from the Rifle of the First Man He Killed in Combat Robert D. Wilcox hen Richard Lawrence that was once the capital of Vietnam. rot, an infection that came from the graduated from high “The city was a shambles, and inevitable scratches we got. It was school in 1967, he had there was nothing but the most easy to get cut up by the elephant already heard a lot about the brutal, house-to-house fighting,” grass that was just as sharp as a razor Marines. Lawrence says. blade. And there were bugs His father had been a Marine in He later was transferred to H everywhere. Believe it or not, there World War II, and his older brother Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine were centipedes that were a foot long. Division for frontline fighting as a was a Marine corporal. So he had “During the monsoon months, rifleman. heard many war stories centered on the rain and the heat would rot the “We had a ton of equipment,” he what it meant to be a Marine. clothes right off you. So we had to says, “and you had to carry it all. He could hardly wait to share in get them replaced all the time.” some of that glory himself, so, as In January of 1969, Lawrence soon as he graduated from high got hepatitis and was med school, he enlisted in the Marine evacuated by C-141 from Saigon Corps and headed for boot camp to Alaska and then to a hospital in at Parris Island, S.C. He soon Fort Dix, N.J. From there, he found that grinding toughness spent two months in the was fundamental in becoming a Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Marine. When he recovered, he returned Then it was to Camp to Parris Island, where he worked Lejeune, N.C., to learn all there in the brig. Then he was was to know about firing rifles, transferred to the Philippines, where he served for 18 months as machine guns, and rockets. That a platoon sergeant with the was followed by a flight to Camp responsibility of helping to Pendleton, Calif., for training secure the base. specific to warfare in Sgt. Richard G. Lawrence with South Vietnamese There, the rebel Huks Vietnam. soldier and captured enemy flag. would try to steal anything in Ready for combat, in sight. One night, he broke the December 1967 he was flown arm and a leg of a Huk who was to Da Nang, Vietnam, which was the trying to steal copper wire. site of the main U.S. airbase in Then his hitch was up, and he Vietnam, with U.S. Army, Air Force, was flown to a hospital in Treasure Navy, and Marine units. Island, San Francisco, where he was What was it like to find yourself treated for cluster warts that were the in Vietnam? result of an infection he got while With a thin grin, he says, “It told serving in Vietnam. After two us it was going to be rough, since the months, he was discharged from the base was under rocket attack as we hospital and from the Marine Corps. arrived. I remember that a single He returned to Central rocket killed everyone in two squads Pennsylvania and worked in of Marines in one of the barracks construction for a while, but he was that night.” Richard Lawrence recuperating in Philadelphia Naval Hospital in suffering from post-traumatic stress He was assigned to Headquarters January 1969. and was having recurring nightmares. Company, Service Battalion, 1st Marine Division. And the job of his He received treatment at the unit was to provide protection for Ammo for your rifle and for a Harrisburg Outpatient Center and military vehicles moving back and machine gun, one mortar round, cthen for four years at the Lebanon forth on Highway One, south of Da rations, plastic poncho and liner, gas VA Medical Center, where he was Nang. mask, and four canteens of water. deemed to have a 100 percent Was that dangerous work? Believe me, it was a load! disability. “Well,” he says, “it got pretty close “I headed a five-man fire team It was then he turned to his to me when one night I wasn’t able that once got gassed. I don’t know lifelong interest in art. As a teenager, to pull my duty of guarding the main what the gas was, but I remember he had won a Gold Key in the gate of our camp, and the guy that having seizures. Fortunately, I was Scholastic Art Show in high school. replaced me got killed.” able to get an atropine shot, and that And even during his days in Then his unit was moved north to probably saved my life. Vietnam, he had continued help recapture Hue, the major city “Just about everybody got jungle sketching, as he had time.

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Now he was able to pursue his art in earnest, and he became an established artist, with 20 of his pieces exhibited in the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago. His work has been displayed at the art museums of several states, and he also provided the art for the book, Soldier’s Heart, which told the story of survivors’

views of combat trauma. He says that his time in Vietnam has led to the use of the very strong colors he uses in his artwork. So those years, as difficult as they were at the time, are very much with him today. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in World War II.

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Walk to Cure Arthritis Let’s walk to find a cure for arthritis this spring by participating in the Arthritis Foundation Central PA Office’s 2014 Central Pennsylvania Arthritis Walk on Saturday, May 17. The walk will be held at the U.S. Army and Heritage Education Center, 950 Soldiers Drive, Carlisle. The Walk to Cure Arthritis is a noncompetitive, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile), or 1-mile course with varying distance options to accommodate all levels of fitness. Come out with your friends, family members, coworkers, and even your dog. Individual walkers and teams are encouraged to walk in honor of a loved one with arthritis, while men, women, and children living with arthritis lead the way, wearing special blue honoree hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. Individuals who raise $100 or more will receive a t-shirt. There will be a VIP and team tailgate party new this year. Any individual who raises $500 or more will be invited to the VIP area. Any team raising $1,000 or more will be invited to the team tailgate party. Arthritis affects more people than you might imagine. There are 52 million men and women in the United www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com

States with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Children are also affected. Nationwide, there are more than 300,000 children who suffer from a form of juvenile arthritis, 11,500 of whom live in Pennsylvania. Funds raised from the Walk to Cure Arthritis support hundreds of programs to help people prevent and control arthritis. It also funds promising arthritis research that is critical to finding new therapies, treatments, and eventually a cure for arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to prevent, control, and cure arthritis and related diseases. The Arthritis Foundation also provides a large number of community-based services located nationwide to make life with arthritis easier and less painful. You may register online at www.arthritiswalkcentralpa.kintera.org. For more information on the Walk to Cure Arthritis, please contact Douglas Knepp at dknepp@arthritis.org or (717) 884-7525. Together we can change lives, and we look forward to seeing you at the Walk to Cure Arthritis in May.

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Social Security News

Are Your Social Security Benefits Taxable? By John Johnston Lancaster

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f you’ve recently begun receiving Social Security benefits or plan to apply in the near future, you may be wondering this tax season: Are Social Security benefits taxable? The short answer is: sometimes. Some people have to pay federal income taxes on their Social Security benefits. This usually happens only if you have other substantial income (such as wages, self-employment, interest, dividends, and other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return) in addition to your Social Security benefits. There is never a case when a person pays tax on more than 85 percent of his or her Social Security benefits, based on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. Now, let’s get down to the numbers.

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have a combined income that is between $32,000 and $44,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50 percent of your benefits. • If your combined income is more than $44,000, then up to 85 percent of your benefits may be taxable.

• If your income is more than $34,000, then up to 85 percent of your benefits may be taxable.

Note that your “income” for the purpose of determining whether you must pay taxes on some of your Social Security benefits includes your adjusted gross income, your nontaxable interest, and one-half of your Social Security benefits. In January, you should have received a Social Security benefit statement showing the amount of benefits you received last year. You can use this statement, or SSA-1099, when completing your federal income tax return to find out whether some of your benefits are subject to federal income tax. If you didn’t receive yours, you can request one at www.socialsecurity.gov/1099. So, are your Social Security benefits taxable? Maybe. To learn more, read page 14 of our booklet, Retirement Benefits, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs or visit www.irs.gov to obtain more detailed information on the subject.

• If you are married and you file a joint return, and you and your spouse

John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.

• If you file a federal tax return as an individual and your income is between $25,000 and $34,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50 percent of your benefits.

Happiness May Depend on Where You Live Are you happy? The answer may depend on where you live. The United Nations’ World Happiness Report measures well-being across a range of economic, psychological, and statistical factors. The United States came in at No. 17 in the 2013 report. Here are the top 10: 1. Denmark 2. Norway 3. Switzerland

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Living for the Long Term

A special section featuring some of Central Pennsylvania’s many options for long-term care.

Savvy Senior

Paying for Nursing-Home Care with Medicaid Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What are the eligibility requirements to get Medicaid coverage for nursing-home care? – Looking Ahead Dear Looking, The rules and requirements for Medicaid eligibility for nursing-home care are somewhat complicated and will vary according to the state you live in. With that said, here’s a general, simplified rundown of what it takes to qualify, along with some resources you can turn to for help. Medicaid Rules Medicaid, the federal and state joint program that covers healthcare for the

poor, is also the largest single payer of America’s nursinghome bills for seniors who don’t have the resources to pay for their own care. Most people who enter nursing homes don’t qualify for Medicaid at first but pay for care either through long-term care insurance or out of pocket until they deplete their savings and become eligible for Medicaid.

To qualify for Medicaid, your income and assets will need to be under a certain level that’s determined by your state. Most states require that a person have no more than about $2,000 in countable assets that include cash, savings, investments, or other financial resources that can be turned into cash. Assets that aren’t counted for eligibility include your home if

it’s valued under $543,000 (this limit is higher—up to $814,000—in some states), your personal possessions and household goods, one vehicle, prepaid funeral plans, and a small amount of life insurance. But be aware that while your home is not considered a countable asset to determine your eligibility, if you can’t return to your home, Medicaid can go after the proceeds of your house to help reimburse your nursing-home costs, unless your spouse or other dependent relative lives there. (There are some other exceptions to this rule.) After qualifying, all sources of your income, such as Social Security and pension checks, must be turned over to please see MEDICAID page 11

Have you noticed that Mom is getting more than a little confused? Is your spouse’s health more than you can safely handle at home? “Doing the best for your family member isn’t always keeping them at home,’’ says Debbie Haas, Homeland Center’s director of skilled care. “Sometimes, transitioning to a care facility is the best answer.” Haas recommends enlisting the help of your loved one’s doctor, whose opinion can go a long way to ease concerns. Then it’s a matter of finding the right facility. One step inside Homeland Center will instantly dispel the outmoded mental image still conjured by the words, “nursing home.” Take a tour and talk to our residents and staff. See firsthand what sets us apart. Homeland has met the needs of Central Pennsylvania since 1867 and holds Medicare’s coveted 5-star rating for quality of care. Call us today at 717-221-7902 and discover all Homeland Center has to offer.

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Traveltizers

Travel Appetizers: Stories that Whet the Appetite for Travel

Agritourism and Adventure in ‘The Valley of the World’ By Andrea Gross ’m perched atop a bench of hay, which in turn is sitting atop a flatbed wagon. Our guide, Chris Bunn, owner of The Farm, hitches a tractor to the wagon, and we begin our ride along dirt roads bordered by fields of romaine lettuce on one side and rows of strawberries on the other. This is the fertile landscape of central California’s Salinas Valley. In this area, just two hours south of San Francisco, farmers grow the majority of the nation’s greens, including 80 percent of the lettuce and most of the spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. Over the next several days, as we wander through the fields, roadside stands, and farmers markets, I salivate over gargantuan heads of lettuce, delicate bunches of broccolini, and artichokes that range from 1-pound jumbos to 2-ounce minis.

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Artichokes with thorns are tastier than the thornless variety.

Ana Melissa, owner of The Bakery Station, makes it a point to buy strawberries and other produce from local farmers.

A sea otter plays with a clamshell in Elkhorn Slough, one of California’s largest areas of undisturbed wetlands.

Per acre, Salinas Valley has the most valuable agricultural land on the planet. Evan Oakes takes us on an Ag

Venture Tour, which helps us understand how this produce gets to market. At one large farm we watch

men and women cleanse the produce for packaging. A few miles down the road, we see them crate the packages for distribution. They move quickly, as the greens must reach their destination before the lettuce wilts or the artichoke leaves brown. Oakes explains that the Salinas Valley is lucky. Much of the Salinas River, which runs north-northwest through the valley, flows underground, thus providing abundant water to an area that gets less than an inch of rainfall between May and September. The river empties into a spot near Monterey Bay, a few miles north of Salinas, and it’s here, where the fresh water of the river meets the salt water of the bay, that we begin our ride through Elkhorn Slough. Captain Yohn Gideon greets us as we board the 27-foot pontoon and explains that we’re about to embark on a dual mission. First, we’re going to enjoy ourselves (no problem!), and second, we’re going to collect data for the

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More than 300 species of birds, 400 species of invertebrates, and 100 species of fish have been spotted in Elkhorn Slough.

Produce is crated and shipped to destinations throughout the United States.

California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Audubon Society, and other respected institutions. He hands out counters and asks me to keep track of otters and other passengers to count sea lions, seals, and a variety of birds. We’ve been out less than five minutes when Laura, the on-board naturalist, spies an otter. Click. A minute later we see an entire raft of the creatures lounging on a rock. Click, click, click, click. At the end of our tour, he reads our totals. In less than two hours, we’ve seen 68 otters, 24 sea lions, 181 harbor seals, and hundreds of birds, including loons, herons, pelicans, cormorants, and shorebirds galore. “Good job,” says Gideon, and I puff with pride. Now I can add “research scientist” to my resume. We’re equally fortunate the next day when we go on a whale-watching expedition. By the time our 45-foot boat is 10 miles from shore, we’re surrounded—literally surrounded—by whales that are as long as, or even longer than, our boat. We see the blow, the tail, and the breach—all at close range. One whale breaks off from its buddies and dives deep on the left side of our boat, only to surface a minute later on the right. He’s so close I can see the sheen of his skin, which is marred by scars and has a patch covered with barnacles. Finally, back on dry land, we delve www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com

Whale watching is a favorite activity in Monterey Bay, where folks can spot humpback whales, gray whales, blue whales, and sometimes even killer whales.

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The Real Rod Serling Nick Thomas t’s been called one of the most influential programs in the history of television drama. The Twilight Zone, an anthology series that aired in the early 1960s, was created by Rod Serling (1924-1975), a veteran of radio and World War II. Both influenced his career as a writer. “When he returned from war in the Philippines, he went to college and wrote for the campus radio station,” daughter Anne Serling recently recalled to me. “He later wrote plays for commercial radio, then television. He said writing was a way to get the war trauma ‘out of his gut.’”

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During the show’s five-year run, Serling was executive producer and chief writer, penning more than half the approximately 150 episodes. But he is best remembered as the program’s stonefaced host, whose foreboding narrations introduced the show each week. In biographies after his death, the master storyteller of chilling sci-fi and fantasy tales was often described as dark and depressed, inaccuracies that led Anne “to set the record straight” in her own book about her father. “He was described as a tortured soul, but that wasn’t my father at all,” said Anne, who published As I Knew Him:

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My Dad, Rod Serling in 2013. I wasn’t born in this country,” recalled “Although the war left scars, he was Bikel. also a very positive, fun, down-to-earth Appalled, Serling appeared on a later person. My friends adored him, and any program defending Bikel’s right to apprehension they had about meeting freedom of speech. him would instantly dissolve because he “I will never forget how Rod came to could make anyone feel at ease. He was my defense. I later appeared in The brilliantly funny at home, a great Twilight Zone episode ‘Four O’Clock’ in practical joker, and was always at the 1962.” dinner table each night.” Ann Jillian and Mariette Hartley were As a child, Anne had little knowledge teenagers when they first met Serling. of her father’s career. “I was 13 when I starred “I knew he was a writer in the episode ‘Mute,’” Jillian but didn’t know what he recalled. “I was very excited wrote about until I was about doing the popular about 7. Some mean boy on show. Mr. Serling made me the school playground asked feel at ease and didn’t talk if I was ‘something out of down to me.” The Twilight Zone,’ but I had And after seeing him on no idea what that meant TV, a gutsy 14-year-old because I wasn’t allowed to Mariette Hartley telephoned watch much TV during the Serling and asked him to week—my mother’s rule! speak to her Connecticut “A few years later, we high school drama club. The cover of Anne Serling’s watched ‘Nightmare at “He said he would be book, As I Knew Him, which 20,000 Feet’ together, the delighted, and I can still she wrote to set the record episode where William see him sitting in the straight about her father. Shatner sees a gremlin on teacher’s desk at the front an airplane wing. of the classroom I remember talking to us,” looking at my Hartley said. father and “Years later, thinking, ‘This is when I started what you write?’ working in It was a bit scary.” Hollywood, I met Praised for his him again when original fiction his limousine writing, Serling pulled up as I was was also highly walking out the respected for studio. He Rod Serling chats with Charlton Heston raising social on the set of Planet of the Apes with director remembered issues in some coming to my Franklin Schaffner. episodes, although class. I told him I controversial was looking for topics were subject work, and within to the censors’ a couple of whim. So he months he gave frequently me the wonderful concealed his gift of working in intent in fantasy. ‘The Long “He famously Morrow’ episode.” Serling and the Twilight Zone icon. once said he could Today, Serling have aliens say continues to things that Democrats and Republicans inspire other moviemakers. J.J. Abrams, couldn’t,” Anne recalled. director of the new Star Trek films, has Several Twilight Zone actors also shared called The Twilight Zone a big influence vivid memories of Serling. on his career and reportedly has secured Theodore Bikel is well known to fans the rights to adapt Serling’s last, neverof My Fair Lady as Henry Higgins’ rival produced script, The Stops Along the Way. linguist, the nosey Zoltan Karpathy. Until then, Rod Serling’s work is still In July 1960, Austrian-born Bikel available for your viewing pleasure, appeared on a Hollywood TV talk show, almost nightly, on classic TV cable Caucus with Backus, and was verbally channels … in The Twilight Zone. assailed by fellow guests: glamorous Thomas’ features and columns have appeared silent-film actress Corinne Griffith and in more than 300 magazines and newspapers, beloved character-actor Adolphe Menjou. and he is the author of Raised by the Stars, “We were talking politics and they said published by McFarland. He can be reached I had no right to open my mouth because at his blog: http://getnickt.blogspot.com www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com

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anniversary at the same location, greater than any other club in the state. Kaufhold has an extensive career in dance, theater, and performance direction. She runs the Millersville Costume Shop, where she began working shortly after graduating from American University in 1984 with a degree in performance/dance. She earned a graduate degree in dance and design at George Washington University while starting her family and continued to manage the costume shop during the 15 years she worked as professional company director of Kinetics Dance Theatre in Ellicott City, Md. “The Costume Shop combines all of my interests in crafts, sewing, design, theater, dance, etc.,” Kaufhold said. In 2013, Kaufhold expanded her creative foothold further when she started the Barefoot Dance Company, which includes dancers ranging in age from 13 to 55. Born in Boulder, Colo., with a childhood spent in Williamstown, Mass., Kaufhold’s family moved to Central Pennsylvania in 1968 when her father accepted a geography-professor position at Millersville University. Kaufhold’s artistic genes come

honestly. Her mother directed and choreographed high-school musicals, operas, Girl Scout jamborees, and shows at the Fulton Opera House. She also taught modern dance at the YMCA and as a dance professor at Franklin & Marshall College. “I grew up going to my mom’s shows with my brothers and father to support my mother’s work,” Kaufhold said. “This has shaped my goal to create dances and shows that are entertaining—not just to people who want to attend, but their brothers, fathers, sisters, and other relations who come to shows because they have to.” Kaufhold connected with The Iris Club four years ago when a member invited Kaufhold to perform one of her dance shows, “Dancing through the Decades,” at a club luncheon. Originally her written thesis project that compared women’s fashion with concurrent dance styles through the first half of the 20th century, the show has since been expanded to include additional decades and renamed “Fashion and Dance through the Ages.” “It’s turned out to be an entertaining history lesson through music, dance, and costumes,” said Kaufhold, also a talented seamstress. “[The show] is popular at

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Scenes from retirement villages volunteerism “Fashion and Dance through the Ages”: as well as through schools.” partnerships with After her first other Iris Club community performance, organizations. Kaufhold said she In 2012, was flattered to be while teaching at asked to become a the local school member. (Unlike of ballet, a century ago, Kaufhold learned however, that the tenants Feathered and fringed flappers from the 1920s membership is no of the old longer by armory building, invitation only.) which included Since then, the the ballet school, highly popular would have to show returned in relocate as the spring 2013 as an building was Iris Club going up for fundraiser. sale. “The people “I knew The Two dancers truckin’ in the 1940s are great, the Iris Club had building is a lovely wooden lovely mansion, floors, and the and I really enjoy club was looking meeting other for rental artists through income,” she their programs said. “I thought and events,” she the ballet said. company and At its height in The Iris Club the ’50s, the club would be a great had about 600 fit and benefit members. Today, mutually.” the number is The ballet The polyester and disco dance fever closer to 90, but it company now of the 1970s is still a dedicated splits its class and productive time between its group of women. nearby studio and The Iris Club. “It makes me feel good to have the Kaufhold is grateful for the support chance to work with ladies who care of her husband, Jeffrey, and their three about their community and give back to children, who have followed in their the community,” said Kaufhold. “They mother’s volunteer path. have knowledge that I can grow from.” “All three have helped out with Now in her second year as program costumes backstage, crafts with camps, director, Kaufhold’s main duty is to find and Pancakes with Santa and the Easter and schedule interesting artists, poets, Bunny over the years,” said Kaufhold. craftspeople, musicians, historians, and “Other children love them, and I just dancers for the club, which offers its like having my kids around while I’m members opportunities for community working on a show or project.” service by promoting educational She also enjoys being around the pursuits and creativity. other members of The Iris Club and is In addition to its internal thankful that the women have entrusted programming, which Kaufhold her with bringing in entertaining and coordinates, The Iris Club hosts events educational programming. and fundraisers open to the local public. “Their energy seems endless, and I “I also help plan special weekend realize I can’t complain around them,” events throughout the year, such as she laughed. “I’m constantly in awe of Pancakes with Santa, Pancakes with the these ladies. I’d be happy to accomplish Easter Bunny, the Fairytale Ball, themed half of what most of these Iris Club dinners, and dance concert fundraisers,” ladies have accomplished in their life!” Kaufhold said. For more information, contact The Kaufhold is also a board member of Iris Club at (717) 394-7811 or visit The Iris Club and promotes the arts and www.irisclublancasterpa.com.

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