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Pianist Brings Ragtime Melodies to Homeland By Jack Sherzer On a recent Monday afternoon, Domingo Mancuello brought an old form of music to Homeland Center. Under his fingers, the sounds of ragtime practically exploded from Homeland’s Steinway grand piano, a gift from a former resident. “This is a great piano,” he said during his presentation. “It was definitely made in the 1920s because it feels good under my fingers.” The large crowd of Homeland residents gathered in the main dining room appreciated the serendipity. Toes tapped and heads nodded as Mancuello played familiar tunes and introduced lesser-known compositions, almost all from ragtime’s heyday in the first half of the 20th century. Mancuello has played piano since age 4 — he’s now 25 — and discovered ragtime when his grandfather sang with a barbershop quartet. Today, he is production assistant at Fulton Theatre, Lancaster, while also pursuing his passion for ragtime. He tries to preserve an old tradition while refreshing it for the 21st century.

Domingo Mancuello played two of his own compositions for Homeland Center residents, including one soon to appear on Ragtime Wizardry 2, a compilation of new ragtime pieces.

During his Homeland performance, residents happily sang along when they knew the words to the songs. They joined in with “Sweet Georgia Brown,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby,” and “Has Anybody Seen My Gal?” At the conclusion, resident Phoebe Berner stood up to thank Mancuello on behalf of everyone in the room. “When this young man plays on Broadway, we can say we saw him at Homeland,” she said.

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senior living communities. Developed for those ages 50 and older, the workshop is designed to help improve healthy behavior and health status and decrease days spent in the hospital. Offered at no charge, the program includes use of all course materials, including a textbook. Topics include using one’s mind, healthy eating, understanding emotions, breathing techniques, medications, working with health professionals, decision-making skills, physical activity, sleep, communication, and weight management. For more information or registration, call (800) 621-6325.

Grow a Bountiful Garden and Share with the Hungry By Melinda Myers Do you always squeeze in an extra tomato plant, another row of beans, or one more hill of zucchini? It seems like a good idea at the time, until they start to produce all at once. Your family, friends, and co-workers start to hide as you try to pawn off yet another bag of zucchini or tomatoes. Here is a solution that satisfies your gardening obsession and feeds the hungry in your community. Designate some growing space to a Giving Garden, and donate the harvest to your local food pantry. Feeding America reports that 41 million Americans struggle with hunger. And many are children and seniors. Gardener’s Supply Company is inviting gardeners to lend a hand and take the “Garden to Give” pledge to grow food to give to those in need.  They surveyed food pantries to

vegetables find out to share; what types join forces of fruits with a and veggies neighbor people most who may enjoy eating have the and those space, but that store only limited well. You’ll time to find a simple garden; or Giving Garden plan Photo credit: Rob Cardillo gather a for beets, Produce about to be transported to a food few friends and rent a carrots, pantry in West Philadelphia. community cabbage, garden plot. Swiss chard, Together you can grow fresh produce kale, and winter squash on their website ( and memories to share. Get the children in your life Best of all, these late-maturing vegetables will be ready for harvest all involved in growing and giving. Gardening increases focus, decreases at about the same time, so you can stress, and elevates children’s moods. make your donation in just one trip. Giving helps children grow into Don’t let a lack of space stop you caring, well-rounded adults. Plus, if from participating. Plant a row or they grow the vegetables, they are container of one or more of these

more likely to eat them! Be sure to capture a few photographs of your donation to inspire others to follow your lead. Starting in August, you can enter Gardener’s Supply’s online “Show What You Share” photo contest for a chance to win a prize for you and your local food pantry. Once you’ve experienced the benefits of sharing fresh produce with the hungry in your community, you are likely to find yourself making regular donations of garden-fresh fruits and veggies to those in need … and feeling great about it, too. Melinda Myers has written more than 20 gardening books, including Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses’ How to Grow Anything: Food Gardening For Everyone DVD set and the nationally syndicated Melinda’s Garden Moment TV and radio segments. www.melindamyers. com

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to finally achieve his dream of flying. He credits the military Even as a young man, with instilling in him a work Bob Beggs admits his head ethic and maturity that put was usually in the clouds. him ahead of his classmates “Most of my classmates at Carnegie Mellon in school had Farrah University, where he enrolled Fawcett posters hanging after his service ended.  in their lockers. I had a Beggs demonstrates his piloting In college, Beggs studied poster of the Scorpion skills on the museum’s Cobra attack industrial design, with hopes home-built helicopter kit,” helicopter simulator. of working in the aeronautics he laughs. industry, specifically in Beggs’s interest in cockpit design. aeronautics led him He graduated near the to a 31-year career at top of his class in 1983 the Boeing Company, and immediately took a where he worked on position with Boeing near pioneering advancements Philadelphia as an engineer in technology that would working on cuttingrevolutionize the industry. edge cockpit technology Along the way, he coadvancements and the founded an aeronautics The U.S. Marines operates the V-22 introduction of onboard museum and now serves Osprey tiltrotor for amphibious assault; computer guidance systems.  as the executive director the Navy, for combat search and rescue; and the Air Force, for long-range special “I was lucky to enter of Good Works Inc., a operations missions. the industry at an exciting nonprofit organization time when control systems that renovates homes for were transitioning from low-income families. mechanical to digital. I had Beggs grew up in the opportunity to work on western Pennsylvania first-generation experimental before embarking on aircraft involving synthetic a career that would displays and hybrid controls eventually lead him that reallocated certain east to the burgeoning pilot roles from pilots to aeronautics industry near computers to maximize Philadelphia.  Museum visitors are welcome to climb safety and effectiveness.” “I wanted to fly into the cockpits of these Rotorway Beggs contributed to the helicopters ever since I was Scorpion sport helicopters, home-built design of the V22 Osprey a kid and figured I might aircraft produced and sold from 1972-84. tiltrotor, the RAH-66 be able to do that in the Comanche, and the CH-47 Coast Guard,” he says. Chinook helicopters, among He enlisted shortly after others. Some of the vehicle high school and spent the prototypes would never go first year of his enlistment into production, but the manning a cutter in the systems and designs Beggs Gulf of Mexico, rescuing worked on would go on stranded and lost boaters to help revolutionize both and responding to crises in military and commercial the Gulf.  The museum includes a variety of aeronautics technology.  “Looking back, it was helicopters from different time periods In ensuing years at the one of the best times of as well as hands-on exhibits. Rotorcraft Division at my life,” he says. Boeing, Beggs would work Beggs spent three more in research and design as a senior program manager, years in the Coast Guard working as an electronics developing systems to support aircraft maintenance technician repairing navigation systems and and vehicle health management. communications equipment. During this time, he “I was at Boeing for nearly a third of the also acquired his private pilot’s license, allowing him

company’s history and worked on exciting, cutting-edge stuff each day,” he says. “It was a wonderful career by any stretch of the imagination.” In 1993, while employed at Boeing, Beggs, along with other prominent members of the aviation industry, co-founded the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center in West Chester. “At the time, I was serving as the president of the Philly chapter of the AHS (American Helicopter Society),” he recalls. “The society was celebrating its 50th anniversary, and I wanted to do something of note, something big to celebrate aviation history in this part of the country.” Beggs and other AHS members discussed possible tributes, including a memorial, a walk of fame, and holding special events, before deciding on a museum and education center that would document accomplishments from the past while providing inspiration for aviators of the future. With the support of Peter Wright Sr. and many other pioneers of the helicopter industry, as well as vehicle donations from the National Air and

Space Museum, the museum opened in 1996. Visitors to the museum can see a wide variety of helicopters up close, absorb helicopter innovation history, learn about rotary wing aviation mechanics, and attend special events, including helicopter rides. Beggs has served as a member of the board for eight years as its president. Now, as a member emeritus, he stops by the museum regularly to lead guided tours and volunteer workdays, work special projects, and talk shop with other enthusiasts.  “There is nothing cooler than having a positive impact on someone else,” he says. “My favorite thing about the museum is seeing kids’ eyes light up and knowing that they’re inspired by what they’ve learned here.” In 2014, after 31 years at Boeing, Beggs decided it was time to embark on a new mission in life. He retired from Boeing to become the executive director of Good Works, Inc., a home repair ministry.  “I learned about Good Works at a missions fair at our church back in 1991 and began spending one

Saturday a month renovating homes and helping out people who were in need.” When the organization’s founding director stepped down, Beggs stepped up and accepted the position, leaving behind a long, successful career at one of the largest aircraft manufacturers in the world. “I began thinking about what defines you. Is it your career or is it the impact you make on those around you? I felt like the Lord had called upon me to change direction and find the purpose he had planned for my life,” he remembers. Good Works, Inc. improves living conditions for families living in substandard housing at no cost to homeowners through its volunteer renovation teams. Since taking leadership of the nonprofit three years ago, Beggs’s engineering background has enabled him to streamline process implementation, introduce information technology into the operation, and measure performance using financial, operational, and faith metrics. The organization uses more than

1,600 volunteers based out of four warehouses. “I still get my hands dirty doing renovation work on Saturdays,” he laughs, “but my focus is on staying mission-true to our ministry and renovation work as we pursue replicating the Good Works model nationwide.” Beggs’s busy schedule doesn’t leave him much free time, but he likes it that way.  “I never had a desire to retire. I like being busy; it keeps me out of trouble. Plus, I never liked golf,” he says. “God has a plan for everyone, and it’s our job to figure out that purpose and that’s the key — that’s where you’re going to be most fulfilled.” For more information on the American Helicopter Museum, visit or call (610) 436-9600. To find out more about Good Works, Inc., visit www.goodworksinc. org or call (610) 383-6311. Cover photo: Bob Beggs, co-founder and trustee at the American Helicopter Museum & Education Center, standing in front of a vintage Sikorsky S-51 helicopter. Commercial S-51s began flying in 1946.  

Such is Life

Finding a Letter from Mom Saralee Perel

On Feb. 22, 1985, my mother wrote me a letter. I have not read it until today. On that cold February night, Mom came into my room. She patiently waited until I was off the telephone, and then handed the neatly folded letter to me. Knowing how emotional I’d be, she said, “I know you won’t talk about my death, so I wrote this.” Little did she know I would be too frightened to open her letter for more than 30 years. We started to hug, but stopped ourselves. We weren’t getting along. We never did. Mom quietly left me alone in my room. We never referred to her death again. I was on a cleaning kick this winter. While going through my bottom bureau drawer, I came across the letter. Remembering so vividly what it was about, I nearly threw it out. But I didn’t. “Dear Saralee,” she wrote. “Regarding the inevitable, I would like a proper funeral at Levinson’s

Saralee and her mother in 1961.

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Funeral Home.” Thank God I had arranged that. The funeral room had enough seats for hundreds. Yet, there were only a dozen or so people there. My mother had lost friends because she was hard to get along with. Her family had stopped talking to her. How sad to still “see” that giant room with only a few people in the first row. After her pathetic funeral, where the rabbi went on and on about how great her life was, we all gathered in my parents’ home. I’ll never understand why people were laughing and seemingly having a good time, all the while eating fancy, catered hors d’oeuvres and drinking whiskey out of sparkling crystal glasses. At the “party,” everyone had a small piece of torn black cloth pinned to their clothing. This symbolized that our hearts were torn. It seemed unfitting, given the festive mood. please see MOM page 7

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It’s My Party Randal C. Hill

In 1946 a Massachusetts DuPont chemist-inventor named Earl Tupper introduced “Poly-T Wonder Bowls.” They were polyethelene food-storage containers that varied in size and came in unusual pastel hues. His products — called Tupperware — offered a unique new feature: an airtight cover that Tupper had based on the design of a paint-can lid. But Tupperware retail sales proved middling at best, as shoppers often failed to understand or appreciate the lid design. Enter savvy Brownie Wise, a Georgia-based single mother who reigned as the top salesperson for Stanley House Products. Her success derived from the home parties she had created and hosted to sell Stanley’s products. Wise envisioned greater earnings for herself — and perhaps an executive position — with Tupperware. In 1950 she hired on with Earl Tupper, moved to his Orlando home base, and developed a home-party approach that would bring the company a fortune. Wise convinced Tupper to abandon the retail market and focus exclusively on home parties. A Brownie bash meant women inviting others over for an evening of fun and games — and lots of purchases. At her parties, Wise, who kept the mood light but always focused on


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the products, would sometimes toss a juice-filled Tupperware bowl across a room to demonstrate the security of the vacuum-sealed lid. In 1951, after witnessing Wise’s record-setting sales, Tupper promoted Wise to vice president of Tupperware Home Parties. She eventually trained thousands of women to become party hosts themselves. Under her guidance, they could each earn up to $100 a week, much more than a mid-1950s secretary, nurse, or

teacher could make. Wise kept sales-force motivation high by offering exciting (and often unusual) incentives. Each year she hosted a homecoming jubilee at the company’s Florida headquarters. Festivities included treasure hunts with prizes such as furs — and reportedly even cars — hidden on the company grounds. Top sales ladies were awarded such high-end items as speedboats, appliances, and vacations. Lavish parties, extravagant shows, and adrenaline-fueled pep talks were always part of the four days of fun. Wise’s success led her to become a household name. She showed up frequently on TV and in magazine and newspaper articles. In 1954 she appeared on the cover of Business Week, the first woman ever to do so. That same year Tupperware enjoyed record sales of $25 million — about $250 million in today’s money. But storm clouds were gathering at company headquarters. To Earl Tupper’s way of thinking, Wise’s widespread fame had shifted attention away from his Tupperware products themselves. In 1958 Tupper solved his “problem” by firing Wise — the very person responsible for Tupperware’s runaway success. Since she owned no stock, Wise was left with only a severance package of one year’s salary: $30,000. Tupper then proceeded to expunge her name from every bit of Tupperware company literature. Wise later began an ill-fated party-plan cosmetics company called Cinderella and eventually faded into obscurity. But her influence lives on to this day; Tupperware remains a billion-dollar industry, with a fun-filled Brownie-style party starting somewhere worldwide every 1.4 seconds. Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives in the past, the rest of him resides in Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at

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Dealing with Family Conflict Let’s face it: Conflict is a part of our lives, and dealing with it in an effective manner can be challenging. If you host large family gatherings, you’re well aware of this, as well as the possibility your opinionated Uncle Jerry is going to create strife within minutes of his arrival. To foster an atmosphere of harmony at your next family event, try these tactics: Establish rules. No one wants to hear a debate about politics or religion at Nana’s 98th birthday party. To ensure everyone is on their best behavior, keep them focused on the purpose of the event and the importance of their presence for that purpose. Let everyone know what topics are off-limits, even if that means pulling Uncle Jerry aside for a one-on-one before he hangs up his coat. Use strategic interruptions. If you spy contorted facial expressions and raised eyebrows coming from guests huddled in conversation in the corner, jump in and break it up. Volunteer members of this group to assist with random tasks. If your party is well attended, there will always be

something that needs to be tidied up, moved, or thrown out. Create a diversion. If you need to disrupt several small groups or take control back from a larger one, offer up some form of distraction. Announce the start of a game of charades, serve dessert, or pass out lyrics to familiar tunes for a family singalong. The point is to have an activity planned that will engage your guests and elevate their moods. Listen and moderate. Sometimes things held inside for too long have a way of revealing themselves. Don’t aggravate tensions with a debate. Defuse the situation with compassionate listening. Allow everyone the opportunity to be heard with the objective of gaining understanding. Remember: Your mission is maintaining the peace and ensuring that everyone has a good time. Let your actions be influenced by kindness and grace. Extend to others the courtesy and respect that you expect from them.

MOM from page 5 My mother wrote, “Request Ner Israel Rabbinical College to say perpetual Kaddish for me.” She wanted to be remembered with this yearly candle and a prayer. So little to ask for. It’s such a damned shame I hadn’t read her letter. At the end, she wrote, “I love you dearly.” And signed it, “Mom.” She had never said those words to me, nor I to her. I created such heartache for my mother. There were times when I had the gall to stop talking to her. Yet, underneath my mother’s and my relationship of anguish, I believe there was gracious, enduring love.

I held her letter to my heart before I looked up the words of Kaddish and silently said them to myself. “May there be abundant peace from heaven and life upon us and upon all Israel.” I lit a small candle. At least on this day, someone will have remembered my mother. Then I carefully put the letter back in my bureau drawer, where it will remain for the rest of my life. Amen. Nationally syndicated award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at or via her website:

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Homeland Center

1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-1598 (717) 221-7902 • Number of Beds: 95 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

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Personal Self-Defense Tips for Seniors By Steve Kardian Seniors may be statistically less likely to be victims of a violent crime than younger age groups, but the fallout of a violent crime against a senior can be much more devastating. Reaction times are reduced as we age, and seniors may not have optimal health, so a physical attack can take longer to recover from, cause more injuries, and be more life-threatening. Conditions such as diminished vision and hearing or dementia can also make seniors more vulnerable to crime. A few ways seniors and their friends, families, and caregivers can enhance personal safety include: Fortify Residences – Seniors who are still living independently in a single-family home should make sure that bushes and trees are trimmed back from the home. This will help eliminate hiding places for criminals. Bright landscape lighting can also help to deter burglars, and motion-sensing lighting should be installed in dark corners of the yard or near access points. Never allow anyone into your home, even if they have a work uniform. Check ID, and if unsure, call the company, especially if you didn’t schedule any service. Enhance Security – Security systems and personal emergency-response devices can help seniors reach help if a break-in occurs or if there is a medical emergency. Some devices have features that will also notify family or caregivers if something is wrong, so if for some reason the alarm company does not respond to a call, loved ones or caregivers can follow up to ensure everything is OK. Enroll in a Class – Self-defense classes don’t have to be all about throwing a punch or mastering a kick.

Seniors can benefit from self-defense classes that help to educate about scams or how to use body language and confident verbal communication to scare off a potential attacker. Classes can also help teach about mitigating risk factors and how to be more aware of surroundings. Better Safe than Sorry – If you return home and things don’t look right, don’t just chalk it up to forgetfulness that you left items out or out of place. Go to a neighbor’s house, or get back in your car and call a family member or the police to come check the house with you. There is no reason to stumble upon a burglar alone. And, if there have been break-ins in your area, take extra precautions. Purchase something simple, such as a whistle or an air horn, which you can sound if someone breaks in while you are home and you need help. Invest in Easy-to-Use Protection – Finally, don’t be afraid to protect yourself if threatened. There are many self-defense devices available at a range of costs. An example is the Defense Alert Device (D.A.D. 2), which can be worn on the hand when walking, running errands, or checking who is at the front door. The device combines a flashlight, emergency-alert system, and a non-lethal, military-grade defense spray. A press of a button will send an alert to friends, family, Good Samarians within 1 mile of your location, and police who have the app. Steve Kardian is the founder of Jane Jitsu and an expert on women’s safety and crime prevention. Before devoting his work full-time to Jane Jitsu, Kardian served as a detective and then a sergeant with the Mount Pleasant Police Department in New York. Kardian’s first book, The New Superpower for Women, is available on Amazon. 

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Support Groups Free and open to the public Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. Grief Support Group Mohler Senior Center 25 Hope Drive, Hershey (717) 732-1000 Tuesdays, noon Al-Anon Family Group at Work Meeting Penn State Hershey Medical Center Seventh Floor, Room C7521 500 University Drive, Hershey (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at

May 2 and 16, 7-8:30 p.m. ANAD Eating Disorders Support Group PinnacleHealth Polyclinic Landis Building, Sixth Floor Classroom 1 2501 N. Third St., Harrisburg (717) 712-9535

May 17, 6 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Country Meadows of Hershey Second Floor Training Room 451 Sand Hill Road, Hershey (717) 533-6996

May 3, 7-8 p.m. Fibromyalgia Support Group LeVan Chiropractic 1000 Briarsdale Road, Suite C Harrisburg (717) 558-3500

May 17, 6-8 p.m. Harrisburg Area Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group Giant Food Stores – Second Floor 2300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg (717) 580-7772

May 8, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Greenfield Senior Living at Graysonview 150 Kempton Ave., Harrisburg (717) 561-8010

Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Swatara Serenity Al-Anon Family Group Meeting Unitarian Church of Harrisburg 1280 Clover Lane, Harrisburg (717) 448-7881 Other meeting times/locations at

May 9, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Brookdale Harrisburg 3560 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg (717) 671-4700

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Adult Children of Alcoholics Support Group St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 2200 Londonderry Road Harrisburg (717) 526-9252

Senior Center Activities

May 16, 2-4 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group The Residence of the Jewish Home – Second Floor Library 4004 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg (717) 697-2513

May 21, 6:30 p.m. Support Group for Families of Those with Memory-Related Illnesses Frey Village 1020 N. Union St., Middletown (717) 930-1218 May 30, 7-8 p.m. Connections Support Group: Families of Memory Impaired Ecumenical Retirement Community Building 3, Second Floor 3525 Canby St., Harrisburg (717) 561-2590

PARKS & RECREATION May 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Garden Faire, Fort Hunter Park May 9, 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Bird Walk: Peak Migration, Wildwood Park May 13, 1:30-3 p.m. – Flower Walk: Jack-in-the-Pulpits and Other Spring Flowers

Library Programs East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg, (717) 652-9380 May 9, 6:30-8 p.m. – Explore Your Computer II May 18, 10:30 a.m. tonoon and 1-2:30 p.m. – Grantseeker Workshops Elizabethville Area Library, 80 N. Market St., Elizabethville, (717) 362-9825 May 1, 6 p.m. – A  uthor on the Road: Book Signing with Gordon Korman May 17, 6 p.m. – Thursday Theater Johnson Memorial Library, 799 E. Center St., Millersburg, (717) 692-2658 May 3, 6 p.m. – Teacup Candles May 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – That’s (P)interesting: A DIY Club Kline Library, 530 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, (717) 234-3934 May 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Catan Tournament May 23, 6 p.m. – Knit 1, Crochet Too!


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Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 N. Third St., Harrisburg, (717) 232-7286 May 12, 11 a.m. – Spelling Bee May 21, 6 p.m. – Cookbook Book Club McCormick Riverfront Library, 101 Walnut St., Harrisburg, (717) 234-4976 Wednesdays in May, 11:30 a.m. – Midday Getaway May 1, 6 p.m. – Teacup Candles Northern Dauphin Library, 683 Main St., Lykens, (717) 453-9315 May 7, 6-7:30 p.m. – Creativity: Exercise Your Mind May 24, 6 p.m. – Knit 1, Crochet Too! William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, (717) 566-0949 May 9, 6 p.m. – Second Wednesday Cinema May 12, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Mary Sachs Series: Pamper Yourself!

Friendship Senior Center – (717) 657-1547 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8-9 a.m. – Light Aerobics Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – Mah Jong Mohler Senior Center – (717) 533-2002 May 7, noon – Lunch & Learn: Getting Financially Fit May 8, 15, 22, 29, 11 a.m. to noon – Four-Week Theater Class Rutherford House – (717) 564-5682 Mondays, 10 a.m. – Line Dancing Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon – Computer Assistance Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Billiards (Open to Members) Submit senior center events to

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May 2, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dauphin County 50plus EXPO Hershey Lodge, 325 University Drive, Hershey (717) 285-1350 May 2, 7 p.m. World Culture Club of Central Pennsylvania Meeting Penn State Hershey Medical Center Fifth Floor, Lecture Room B, 500 University Drive, Hershey May 3, 7 p.m. Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable Meeting Grace United Methodist Church 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown (717) 503-2862 May 10, 7:30 p.m. Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Roundtable Meeting Vietnam Veterans of America, Michael Novosel MOH Chapter 542, 8000 Derry St., Harrisburg (717) 545-2336 May 15, 10 a.m. Presentation: Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Derry Seniors Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey (717) 533-9667 May 23, 7 p.m. Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Middletown St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Spring and Union streets, Middletown (717) 915-5555 May 29, 6 p.m. Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Walking Club Bass Pro Shop – Hunt Room Harrisburg Mall 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg (717) 805-9540

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Collecting Antique Motorcycles Lori Verderame

frame that is credited with winning the Old West. To some, a motorcycle is just a vehicle. To motorcycle enthusiasts, collectors, and historians, On this 1905 Harley, the rider would have to pedal motorcycles are so much more. very fast to get the motor running. Once the motor was engaged, the rider would have to be satisfied with After pioneers moved westward in Conestoga a top speed of 25 mph. When you were relying on the wagons and encountered tribes of Native Americans, vehicle to take on dirt roads and rough terrain, a top motorcycles became vital to settling the Wild West. speed of 25 mph was just fine. At a time when areas of the country were referred Harley only made 16 of these models in 1905, to simply as “Indian Territory” (such as the state of Oklahoma prior to 1906), the motorcycle offered a adding to its rarity on today’s collectors market. Just like other collectibles, vintage motorcycles drive groundbreaking advancement in technology. their market based on visual appeal, background or In the early 1900s, the two most popular American provenance (who once owned the bike), race history, brands were Harley-Davidson and Indian. Of course, Photo credit: and the Eiteljorg Museum technological innovation, and originality. Harley-Davidson continued into the 21st century and Harley-Davidson motorcycle, circa 1905. documented a long and important history among the Some tips for newcomers to the world of motorcycle ranks of great American industries. collecting: numbers on the frame and the engine should match; experts can tell when a serial number The Indian brand, a firm that produced motorbikes and motorcycles (including the classic Indian Chief model) until 1954, was has been ground down and re-stamped; and too much shine and sparkle may known for highly stylized bikes that could get the job done in grand style. mean too much restoration, and that could be a bad thing. Inventors William Harley and brothers Arthur and Walter Davidson Pay attention to the details, as they can cost you big bucks. You might be surprised to learn that sales for antique (pre-1912) or vintage launched their now world-famous motorcycle company in 1903. However, Harley-Davidson made one of the first production motorcycles, motorcycles have nearly doubled in the last decade. That’s right: Not only are circa 1905. It was a single-cylinder motor mounted to a reinforced bicycle please see MOTORCYCLES page 20

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Marion Ross Writes of Happy Days and More in New Memoir

From 1974–84, TV audiences Raised in Minnesota (Watertown, knew Marion Ross as the sitcom Albert Lea, and Minneapolis), Ross mom dispensing was determined to patience and act from an early wisdom during age. the 11-season run “I was a middle of the ABC hit child and my series Happy Days. brother was But Ross’s days very sickly, so were not entirely I didn’t get all happy. the attention. I In her March secretly decided memoir, My I’d better become Days: Happy rich and famous!” and Otherwise, she laughed. her “otherwise” “I read all the ABC publicity photo reminiscences arts and theater Marion Ross and the cast of include a bad magazines and Happy Days. first marriage and saw acting as a the challenges way to achieve confronting an that. At the library, actress and single I’d look up famous working mother. actors in books like Even her early Who’s Who? I wanted years on Happy to learn how they Days weren’t always became successful.” cheery, thanks to She recalls reading TV hubby Tom Present Indicative, Bosley. the first volume “Tom didn’t of Noël Coward’s particularly want autobiography. me to play his wife, “He began on the so he was tough stage as a child, so on me for a while,” by 13 I was planning recalled Ross to be successful from her home in too,” said Ross, Woodland Hills, whose family moved Photo courtesy of Ross’s publicist. three years later to California. Cover of Marion Ross’s book, California, where she She says the My Days: Happy and Otherwise, graduated college and rough treatment published March 27. lasted the first few began to realize her seasons. dream in theater. “Eventually, I won Tom over and But it soon evolved into film and learned to love and admire him, even television. though he had picked on me. That “At 25, I landed a role in the TV wasn’t really who he was, and I came version of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit to realize he was a fine man.” and actually got to work with Noël The entire cast soon developed a Coward!” she recalled about the 1956 bond that lasts to this day. production. “The first reading of the “We really were like a family script was at Humphrey Bogart’s house growing together. I saw the kids grow because Lauren Bacall (his wife) was up, get married, and have their own in the production. Can you imagine babies. We’ve all remained close.” being a young actress doing that on a

Sunday? I just loved it!” Those early days in Hollywood were Ross’s film career began with just so thrilling, almost more than I Paramount three years earlier with could bear.” Ginger Rogers in Forever Female. She Though she has no future acting would later work with other movie plans, she says working on the book legends, including brought back Clark Gable in many memories. Teacher’s Pet. “I had to “Some actors be talked into just have an aura, writing the and Gable did. book by my It was Easter, so family, but now I colored some I’m having fun eggs and on one discussing it,” wrote, ‘M.R. loves says Ross, who C.G.’ I gave it to turns 90 in his assistant, a October and is suave fellow who planning some protected Gable book signings in from everyone. the Los Angeles Gable eventually and New York just said, ‘Thank areas. you very much’ to “I’ve certainly me.” had more happy Photo courtesy of Ross’s publicist. It was, says days than Recent photo of Ross. Ross, a great time ‘otherwise.’” to be an actor. Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn “All the stars ate in the studio’s University at Montgomery, Ala., and dining room. Marlene Dietrich would come swooping into the room has written features, columns, and interviews for over 650 newspapers and and a hush would fall over the place. magazines.

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Better Hearing & Speech Savvy Senior

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Dear Savvy Senior, What types of products can you recommend to help people with hearing problems? My 65-year-old husband has some hearing issues but doesn’t think he needs a hearing aid, so I’m looking for some alternative devices that can help. – Loud Talker Dear Loud, If your husband feels he’s not ready for a hearing aid but needs some hearing help, there are dozens of “assistive listening devices” on the market today that can make a big

difference. Assistive listening devices are over-thecounter electronic products (they are not FDAapproved hearing aid devices) that can amplify and improve sound to help your husband in different

listening situations. It’s also important to know these products are best suited for people with mild to moderate hearing impairment, and they usually aren’t covered by insurance or Medicare.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the different devices that can help. Personal amplifiers: For better hearing, especially in noisy environments, there are personal sound amplification products that can be worn in the ear like a hearing aid and are designed to amplify sound while reducing background noise. Two top-rated products to consider that were recently recommended by Consumer Reports are the SoundWorld Solutions CS50+ and the Etymotic Bean.

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Better Hearing & Speech The CS50+, which costs $350, looks like a Bluetooth cellphone headset and has customizable settings that can be programmed with a smartphone. The Etymotic Bean, which costs $399 a pair or $214 for one, is ready to use right out of the box and is best suited for those with high-frequency hearing loss. If these are too pricy, there are also a number of small, handheld or body-worn amplifiers — like the Williams Sound Pocketalker ($139) and Bellman & Symfon Mino Personal Amplifier ($188) — that have a microphone and headphones or earbuds that are very effective, too.

husband increase the volume and adjust the tone to meet his needs — without blasting you out of the room. Some of the best options include wireless infrared, radio frequency, or Bluetooth devices that come with standard or stethoscope headphones. Sennheiser makes a variety of quality products with prices running between $130 and $450. Or, for a more affordable solution, consider the Serene Innovations TV Sound Box for $120. This is a wireless amplified TV speaker that would sit near your husband and provide clear stereo sound from the TV without the need for headsets.

TV amplifiers: To hear the television better, there are TV listening devices that will let your

Amplified telephones: To have clearer phone conversations, there are a wide variety of amplified telephones

that offer enhanced volume and tone adjustments, and they usually come with extra-loud ringers and flashing ring indicators to alert him when a call is coming in. Some top makers of these products are Clarity, ClearSounds, and Serene Innovations, and a top seller today is the Clarity XLC2+ Amplified Phone ($144), which is a cordless phone that provides three tone settings and 50 decibels of amplification. Alerting devices: A variety of alerting devices can help people who have trouble hearing the doorbell, phone, alarm clock, smoke detector, or even weather radio. These products use flashing lights, multi-tone ringers, or vibrating devices as a means to alert you.

Some popular products in this category include: the Bellman & Symfon Care Home Alerting Solution, which provides door and phone notification with a flashing alert ($198); the Silent Call Weather Alert Radio, with strobe and bed shaker ($165); and the all-in-one Serene Innovations CentralAlert CA-360 Clock/Receiver Notification System, which provides alarm clock, doorbell, phone, motion, and stormwarning alerts ($180). Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

Untreated Hearing Loss Can Lead to Cognitive Decline Research has demonstrated that the relationship between hearing and brain health is profound. The ears and the brain work together to understand and interpret sounds. Hearing occurs when the auditory nerve transmits signals from hair cells in the inner ear to the brain. When these hair cells are damaged, hearing loss results. Untreated hearing loss increases one’s risk for cognitive decline and mental illness. A healthy auditory system, in which the brain can process sound, increases cognition, improves memory, and enhances interpersonal relationships. Hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline and dementia in older adults, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine and several studies conducted at Johns Hopkins University. Researchers concluded reduced social engagement and untreated hearing loss can lead to poor cognitive function and faster mental decline. Fortunately, treatment — including surgeries and hearing aids — can improve hearing. Mental illnesses, including depression and schizophrenia, are linked to untreated hearing loss. According to a study in JAMA Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery, 11.4 percent of adults with self-reported hearing loss have moderate to severe depression, which is nearly double the rate of those with typical hearing. Individuals with hearing loss have reported feeling uncomfortable in group settings, entering conversations at inappropriate times, talking off-topic, or dominating conversations because talking is easier than listening. In addition to depression, hearing loss is linked to schizophrenia. Several studies suggest social exclusion and loneliness can predispose people to schizophrenia by increasing sensitization of the dopamine system. Compromised hearing is an invisible disability, often unnoticed or ignored even by those affected. However, hearing loss is widespread and can have

serious cerebral consequences. “Hearing loss caused by excess noise exposure is preventable — we all must take simple measures, like turning down the volume and using hearing protection in loud situations,” Nadine Dehgan, Hearing Health Foundation CEO, said. Regular hearing screenings can help detect and treat hearing issues early on. Talk to your audiologist about the best ways to treat or manage your hearing loss. Hearing Health Foundation is the largest nonprofit funder of hearing and balance research in the U.S. Learn more by visiting or by contacting them at info@ or (212) 257-6140/(888) 435-6104 (TTY).

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Better Hearing & Speech Retirement Community Embraces Hearing Loop Technology By Megan Joyce Guests with hearing loss attending Messiah Lifeways’ new Hostetter Enrichment Center won’t need to navigate the sonic haze of ambient noise. Frequently a source of frustration for those with hearing aids and cochlear implants, the problem of unclear audio in reception halls, theaters, churches, auditoriums, or other public spaces is eliminated by the facility’s installation of a hearing loop. “Research (and experience) Photo credit: Nathan Shields shows that people with hearing From left, Dr. Paul Wengert and Eva loss may find it difficult to Martin, both project donors, and Greg hear the spoken word in places Witters, senior director of strategic projects, look at plans used for Messiah with ambient noise or poor Lifeways’ recently completed Hostetter room acoustics,” Karin Bisbee, Enrichment Center, which includes an communications director for installed hearing loop system to ensure Messiah Lifeways, said. audio clarity for hearing-impaired A hearing loop, also called an visitors. induction loop or audio frequency loop, consists of a copper wire installed under the flooring that encircles the entire perimeter of the room. The wire generates a magnetic field that then transfers the audio directly to a wearer’s hearing aids or cochlear implants, according to Healthy Hearing ( All that’s required of the user is to activate the telecoil function on their hearing aid or implant, and the audio is broadcast directly to their device. Induction loops also work with PA systems, TVs, radios, smartphones, or tablets. “The loop takes an audio feed from all the active sources in the room and sends them out,” Bisbee explained.

Although hearing-loop technology has been inexistence since the 1940s, its use in the United States has lagged behind Europe’s and has only begun gaining traction within the last several years. During the construction of Messiah Village’s recently opened Village Square community, a resident approached the development team after seeing this technology in use at another community, Bisbee said. The John N. Hostetter Enrichment Center, which is part of Village Square, is home to the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Look for signs like this one, which Learning and hosts many special will be displayed at the Hostetter events, “so high-quality sound and Enrichment Center, to see if a venue has audiovisual systems are a must,” hearing-loop technology installed. Bisbee said. “After much research and conversation, we settled on installing an induction loop system under the carpet in Hostetter Enrichment Center.” Dr. Paul Wengert, the resident who suggested the loop technology, also donated a charitable gift toward its installation, as did resident Eva Martin. Their contributions made the venue’s audio upgrade possible. Use of a hearing loop also alleviates the self-consciousness many hearingdevice users feel when forced to use headphones or a similar apparatus in public spaces. “We are glad that our guests and residents will be able to experience a high quality of sound while maintaining their discretion,” Bisbee said. “The t-coil in most hearing aids will automatically pick up the enhanced sound, so there’s no need to wear a bulky device or use assistive equipment that draws attention to one’s hearing loss. “It’s as simple as flipping a switch.”


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The Bookworm Sez

The Grumpy Gardener Terri Schlichenmeyer

Normally, you’d never allow it. Holes in your yard? No way! Trenches near your garage? Nuh-uh, except in the spring, when you start thinking about hostas in those holes, tomatoes in the trenches, daisies in the divots. Oh, how you love a garden, and with The Grumpy Gardener by Steve Bender, you’ll get a shovelful of ideas. Larry, Mary, Geri, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? If you’re frowning now, remember that even the most dedicated, experienced gardener has a dud now and then, but there are ways to minimize that. Steve Bender has ideas. The first thing you’ll want to know is your zone, which is not at all new-agey. Growing zones are delineated areas that indicate average-low winter temperatures; you’ll need to know your zone to know where a plant might thrive or die. On that last note, you’ll find the grumpy in Grumpy Gardener. There are many garden and landscape plants that Bender wishes would just die. Here, find a list of the The Grumpy Gardener Five Most Awful Plants; reasons why you don’t want a river By Steve Bender birch, cottonwood, or weeping willow in your yard; and c. 2017, Oxmoor House why you should never move next door to someone who 256 pages adores bamboo. If you hate critters in your garden, learn what bulbs they won’t eat, what they like, and how to get rid of pests altogether. Read how to use a chainsaw the Grumpy way, and how to get your plants ready for winter. Find a way to love dandelions and know what not to plant if you have pets. Teach your teens to grow kale, and then send them to college with plants that thrive on neglect. Scratch the surface on poison ivy mythology; see why sycamore trees are good if you’re a kid; and learn why kudzu could become more than just a weed someday. Get useful lawn ideas, tips on fertilizer use, mulches to avoid, and organic methods to embrace. And finally, relax: says Bender, a dying plant is God’s way of telling you to try again … Will silver bells or cockleshells grace your yard this year — or do you struggle to keep the lawn green? Either way, you can’t help but laugh about it when you put The Grumpy Gardener between those greenish-brown thumbs.

And yet — don’t be thinking this is all fun and geraniums. There’s humor inside this book, but author Steve Bender is serious about gardening, planting, and caring for greenery. The advice you’ll get is sound and useful, including sidebars in a Q-and-A format and chapters on things that may seem only barely garden-related until you need to know them. Also helpful is when Bender recommends alternatives — what to grow, for instance, if your Minnesota rhubarb hates Texas climate — and better ideas to make your garden glow. Though much of this book is set in Zone 8 (the South), there’s still plenty of advice and a few challenges for Northern, Central, and Western gardeners. If that’s you and you’re itching to plant, get The Grumpy Gardener. You’ll really dig it. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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The Beauty in Nature

Coniferous Beauties in May Clyde McMillan-Gamber

May is a time of flowers, singing under each protective scale of every birds, long evenings, and other cone. beauties of spring in southeastern Several kinds of adaptable, Pennsylvania. And it’s the time of common birds raise young in nests tender, new growth on coniferous in conifers on lawns. Needles and trees, birds nesting in twigs protect young many conifers, and other birds from weather, attractive, interesting hawks, crows, raccoons, aspects of those local squirrels, and other evergreen trees. predators. Little groves of wild Some smaller birds eastern hemlocks inhabit that raise young cool, shaded ravines in conifers include in this area, and many mourning doves, red junipers grow along American robins, roadsides and hedgerows house finches, chipping here. sparrows, blue jays, and But most coniferous small colonies of purple trees in this area, grackles. Photo by Bruce Martin especially pines, spruces, One summer a pair Eastern hemlock. firs, and cedars, have of jays raised young in been planted on lawns a 10-foot-tall juniper for their striking, tree in our yard. And pyramidal shapes and a group of grackles is evergreen-needled currently setting up a beauties. rookery in spruces in But the soft, new our neighborhood. needles developing on Doves have more the tips of needled twigs nesting success by in May is another pretty laying their two eggs feature of conifers. per brood in the Those infant needles nurseries of other birds. are a lighter shade of Doves are poor nurserygreen than needles from makers, often losing Photo by Famartin last year, offering a lovely eggs in storms that Red juniper. contrast of colors in blow their cradles out May. And young needles of the trees. on blue spruces have a light-blue Some adaptable pairs of American hue, compared to the green of older crows, Cooper’s hawks, and red-tailed needles. hawks rear chicks in stick nests, high White pines have thin, erect in older evergreens in many suburbs, “candles” on the end of each of often without homeowners suspecting their twigs in May, offering more their presence. springtime splendor and intrigue. Crows eat invertebrates and small Those pale-green candles are new birds’ eggs and Cooper’s consume twigs and needles growing rapidly, the birds, while red-tails ingest mice, twigs becoming part of branches that squirrels, and other rodents, hence grow longer each year. reducing competition for food among Female flowers on Norway spruces these predatory birds. are upright and bright-red in May, Study conifers on lawns more adding much beauty to each tree. closely in May to see their many Those blossoms become the attractive, beauties. They provide another beige cones that have a fertile seed inspirational lift.

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CFS had dramatically lower levels of important thyroid hormones, including triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4), but surprisingly they had normal TSH levels. This means that your TSH could appear normal on a lab test, but your T3 could be lower due to poor activation (which means that the T4 isn’t converting to T3 fast enough). And this means you would have all the symptoms of low thyroid, but it will not be detected if the doctor just looks at your TSH levels and nothing more — and this is what often happens. There are many reasons for poor T3 activation, and I wrote a book on this topic, Thyroid Healthy. I also have an e-book I can share for free if you sign up for my newsletter at my website. The folks with CFS happened to produce higher amounts of reverse T3 (rT3), which, sadly, is like your hibernation hormone. It slows you down; it basically puts you to sleep. It’s not biologically active like T3. To read more about this, go to my website and use the search box to find the article called, “Measure Reverse T3 and Get Thyroid Healthy.” This critical research means that people with CFS are likely suffering from an underlying thyroid problem and could benefit dramatically from simple, affordable medications like compounded T3, Cytomel, or other forms of T3 medication. The T4 drugs, such as levothyroxine, will not be of benefit and might exacerbate the problem due to more rT3 formation.

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There are many reasons that you might be tired and suffering with chronic fatigue syndrome. To be clear, CFS is not the kind of fatigue that goes away after you’ve rested; this is a persistent type of weakness that is inexplicable, unrelenting, and disabling. CFS has been pinned on Epstein-Barr and human herpes virus 6, parasites, mycotoxins, mold, adrenal dysfunction, nutrient deficiencies, and much more. But new research published in March 2018 in Frontiers of Endocrinology has uncovered a rather obvious link, one that has the potential to change your life dramatically, and in a good way! Chronic fatigue impacts about 2.5 million people in the United States, who deal with it but live in an awful state of exhaustion, brain fog, dizziness, and muscle pain or weakness. Attempts to treat it with antibiotics, stimulants, sleeping pills, and antidepressants have left millions of people adversely affected by the drugs and still feeling pretty dreadful or perhaps only marginally better, but certainly not cured. I’m confident, especially now, that thyroid medication holds the key to getting better if you have CFS. Scientists in the Netherlands and in Spain got together and inferred that CFS could be a result of low thyroid (T3) hormone levels, independent of the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). To test the theory, they looked at 197 people, of whom 98 had been diagnosed with CFS and 99 were not.  After comparing thyroid function and biomarkers of inflammation, the researchers found that the people with

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MOTORCYCLES from page 11 motorcycle enthusiasts serious about their bikes, but they are also spending serious money collecting motorcycles. For about $10,000, you can get a 1950s Triumph — the kind of motorcycle made famous by Marlon Brando in The Wild One film — and be the envy of your friends. American motorcycles from the pre-1920s era command high prices today. And many collectors also want BMW motorcycles from the same era. A traditional 1920s BMW ride will sell for upward


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of $75,000, and the market is only getting more competitive. And it has been noted that Italian bikes have it all. If you are looking for an artful motorcycle, consider the Ducati 916. Looking back, a rare 1907 Harley strap tank with original paint stunned collectors when it brought $175,000 at an auction a few years ago. Its seller had the bike tucked away in a Nebraska barn for nearly a century. Custom brands with a cult following — like

Indian, Cyclone, and Excelsior — attract tried-andtrue collectors too. If you are true motorcycle aficionado, consider one that highlights the icon ride’s impact. Rev those engines. Dr. Lori Verderame is an antiques appraiser, internationally syndicated columnist and author, and award-winning TV personality on History’s The Curse of Oak Island and Discovery’s Auction Kings. Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events worldwide. Visit www. or call (888) 431-1010.

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Fresh Fare

Simple, Healthy Snacks and Sandwiches Quick and easy meals can be hard to come by, especially ones that don’t sacrifice flavor. You don’t have to eat bland foods to sustain a healthy and hearty, nutrient-filled diet. Some creative and convenient options can serve as the starting point for an on-the-go snack or a full-blown meal. Sandwiches, like this recipe for a BALCMT Sandwich, can be one of the easiest ways to incorporate grains, which deliver shortfall nutrients like dietary fiber, iron, and folate into your diet. Research from the Grain Foods Foundation shows about 95 percent of Americans do not meet dietary fiber intake recommendations. Wholegrain foods, like bread, buns, rolls, pita, and tortillas, can help supply your dietary fiber needs and aid in maintaining a healthy weight and lower cholesterol. Some healthier ways to build a

snack include using leaner meats and lowersodium cheeses for a sandwich or adding more vegetables to your overall snacking habits. Another nutritious option, Baked Pita Crisps accompanied by Southwest Bean Dip, can help you curb hunger without blowing past your daily calorie count. Find more recipes and tips for quick and flavorful meals at www.

Prep time: 10 minutes Servings: 1 ChipotleMayonnaise Sauce: • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1/4 tablespoon adobo sauce • 1 teaspoon lime Photo courtesy of Getty Images juice • salt, to taste • fresh ground pepper, to taste • 2 slices bread, toasted • 1-2 leaves lettuce • 4 slices tomato • 1/2 avocado, thickly sliced • 4 slices maple bacon, fried

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Baked Pita Crisps Recipe courtesy of the Grain Foods Foundation Prep time: 30 minutes Yields: 24 crisps Crisps: • 1/4 cup olive oil • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika • 3 pita breads (6 inches each) with pockets • kosher salt, to taste Southwest Bean Dip: • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced

To make crisps: Heat oven to 400 F. In small bowl, mix olive oil with cumin and paprika. Split each pita bread horizontally into two rounds and brush rough sides with equal amounts of oil mixture. Cut rounds into small triangles and arrange in flat layer on large baking sheet. Bake until golden and crisp, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with salt just out of oven. To make Southwest Bean Dip: In large skillet over high heat, heat vegetable oil until hot. Add garlic, bell pepper, and onion; turn heat to low and cook until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and cayenne; cook, stirring, 1 minute. In food processor, blend beans, lime juice, coriander, salt and water until smooth, adding more water, if necessary, to achieve desired consistency. Add vegetable mixture and pulse until just combined. Serve with Baked Pita Crisps. Family Features

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In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, adobo sauce, and lime juice. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Add layer of sauce to slice of bread and top with lettuce, tomato, avocado, bacon, and second slice of bread.

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Bill to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Passes Senate In late March, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Ranking Member Bob Casey (D-PA) and Chairman Susan Collins (R-ME) celebrated the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage of the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a federal task force to support grandparents raising grandchildren as the opioid epidemic increases their numbers. The U.S. House of Representatives must pass the legislation before it becomes law. In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 children are being raised by grandparents or other relatives, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities. Casey authored the bill last year after an Aging Committee hearing during which witnesses testified about why grandparents need easy access to information about resources available to assist them. “The number of older Americans who are delaying their retirement in order to care for grandchildren is

on the rise due to the opioid crisis,” Casey said. “I am pleased that the Senate passed the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, which will help thousands of grandparents in Pennsylvania access the resources and support they need to raise their grandchildren. This is another tool we can use to combat the opioid crisis in our communities.” The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act would create a federal task force charged with identifying and disseminating information designed to help grandparents raising grandchildren address the challenges they may face, which may include navigating the school system, planning for their families’ future, addressing mental health issues for themselves and their grandchildren, and building social and support networks.

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