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It Was 50 Years Ago Today

‘I Got Rhythm’ Randal Hill

George and Ira Gershwin’s iconic “I Got Rhythm” came from the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, which saw Ethel Merman make her Broadway debut and Ginger Rogers become a star. Three versions of the song soon ran up the hit record charts. Fast-forward to 1967. The popular music world is often defined by psychedelic experimentation, drugs, long hair, and funky outfits. Enter a vocal group of four cleancut, short-haired, suit-wearing New Jersey guys, looking more Wall Street than Woodstock. They say they want to record older songs—some from as far back as the 1920s and 1930s—in the hope of achieving success alongside the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane. Hmm. Well, good luck, guys.

For the Miranda out Happenings, front. Somehow, this worked. this offbeat “We all approach came from landed them on Billboard’s Hot Paterson, New Jersey,” Miranda 100 nine times explained on from 1966 to ClassicBands. 1969. com. “We met The cocky one night at a quartet liked dance in East to take “oldies” Photo taken by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson. and add their Paterson. We Bob Miranda of The Happenings, 2008. actually met in own spin—rich, “I Got Rhythm” the men’s room, tight vocal The Happenings ’cause that’s harmonies June 1967 where all the wrapped around upbeat tempos, singers were. The echo. We sounded pretty darned elaborate orchestration defining each punched-up remake, and the good, so we decided to get together.” They became the Four Graduates strong, confident tenor/falsetto of Bob

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and for a couple of years sang in Catskills resorts (“for peanuts”) to gain exposure and experience. Miranda later became a $25-a-week songwriter in the music-publishing office of the Tokens, former singers who had hit No. 1 with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” years earlier. When the Tokens started a record label called B.T. Puppy, they cast about for talent. Miranda brought in his other three Graduates and auditioned. “They loved us!” he said later. The Four Graduates morphed into the more modern-sounding Happenings and were soon on their way to AM-radio stardom. For the group, choosing to record the jazz standard “I Got Rhythm” probably struck many in the music business as being odd at best or, at worst, just plain crazy. But the New Jersey crew firmly believed they were on the right track. For their remake, Bob Miranda composed a brief introduction: “In this vast and troubled world, we sometimes lose our way / But I am never lost; I feel this way because …” Once the Happenings’ version kicked into high gear moments later, the listener was hopelessly hooked. “‘I Got Rhythm’ was a natural for us,” Miranda explained. “There was so much space in the song for us to put these unique vocal hooks … We just knew when we played it back that it was a hit. It just sounded so natural, and everything seemed to be there.” And it was. The original tune was, of course, unfamiliar to most Happenings fans. When Bob Miranda was asked who wrote the song and he would answer that it was George Gershwin, the response was sometimes, “Oh, is he in the group?” Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at

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Dear Mark: When a casino gives free slot play, does the slot machine “know” you are playing with the casino’s free given “money”? It seems that spins on the slot machine change when I put my money in the machine. Say, for instance, I get $5 free play. With 10 spins at 50 cents each, I don’t seem to win anything. As soon I put my money in, the machine seems to change and starts to pay with some credits. – Gerry L.

More and more casinos are rewarding slot players with free slot play, giving slots players a chance to win without having to drop a dime into a machine. Slot aficionados see it as getting something for nothing. Then there are other casinos that offer something less

called matching play, whereby you are rewarded with $10 in free play after playing through $10 of your money. Obviously, this offer is not as good a deal as a “something for nothing” promotion. Your $5 free-play offering is a cash reward for your play. Sad to say, that compensation

must be used within the casino. That, Gerry, is the drawback of free play: You can’t take the money and skedaddle. In contrast, with cash-backs for your action, there is no requirement that you play your cash reimbursement. Like winnings, it is your money, not the “house’s,” and you can always pocket it to use as you please. All things being equal, I would rather have cash in hand that I can spend as I wish. Moreover, with free please see SLOTS page 19

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By Megan Joyce When I met Dean Rust at his home to take a tour of his nearby bluebird boxes, he stepped outside and indicated the borrowed golf cart we would be riding on. I could see him immediately take notice of my lightweight sweater. He expressed concern I would be chilly during our breezy ride. But the unusually warm latewinter weather made it a pleasant excursion through a scenic golf course’s seventh fairway, which adjoins Rust’s backyard and hosts the 43 bluebird boxes he dutifully attends for two hours each Monday morning during spring and summer. His quiet observation and genuine concern for my well-being perfectly mirror the detailed care and devotion he applies to the area’s bluebird population. As president of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society with active members in all 67 counties, Rust chairs the organization’s quarterly board meetings, pens a president’s message for each newsletter, and presides over the state BSP conference each spring. BSP’s mission is to protect, enjoy, and propagate the eastern bluebird, whose population plunged more than 90 percent between 1920 and 1970, likely due to pesticides, changes in farming practices, and lack of nesting cavities. Since 1978, however, bluebirds have made an impressive recovery with help from citizen-science conservation efforts throughout the U.S. and Canada, Rust said. “This problem was answered by encouraging people to build nest boxes for bluebirds from coast to coast. And it was successful!” he said. BSP’s 1,071 members conduct research relating to bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds, including their food sources and

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A male bluebird feeding his young in a nest box.

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Bluebirds roosting in a log over winter.

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Male and female bluebird on a box.

habitats. Members also build, maintain, and monitor bluebird boxes and trails. “Today in Central Pennsylvania, we have an evergrowing bluebird population,” Rust said. “People are starting to see bluebirds in their yards and farms like the good ol’ times of the 1920s.” Rust’s favorite BSP “job” is serving as the point person for the President’s Hotline Forum on BSP’s website (, where people from all over the country can email him bluebirdrelated questions. “This has allowed me to connect with bluebird lovers all

over the U.S. … People have even joined our organization from other states via the President’s Hotline Forum,” Rust said. “It seems like I am involved 365 days a year in some way as BSP president.” After retiring from his general dentistry practice of 33 years, Rust joined his local BSP chapter in 2005 and became its county coordinator shortly thereafter. He describes himself as having been “caught” by the charm of bluebirds. “I think it is their beauty; soft, warbling song; and their calm demeanor,” he said. “They are also hardworking, dedicated parents when attending to their young.” Surprisingly social creatures that seem to enjoy the presence of people, bluebirds lay an average of four or five eggs per clutch. After the final egg is laid, the female incubates the clutch 12-14 days until the eggs hatch, usually within hours of each other. When monitoring his 16 bluebird trails, Rust checks that the nesting boxes remain intact, clean, and free of predators— snakes can wriggle their way up bluebird-box poles and coil inside, as Rust can attest, having been startled by such an unexpected occupant on at least one occasion. Rust also closely watches the progress of every nest, doing whatever he can to ensure the success of each feathered family. “I never tire of seeing a neat, cup-shaped nest of white pine needles or grasses and five newly laid bluebird eggs shining back at me,” Rust said. After the eggs hatch, both parents feed the young and keep the nest clean for another 17-18 days until the babies fledge and can leave the nest. Then, the parents continue to care for the young for another three weeks, teaching them how to forage for insects. Rust likes to recount the story of one particularly dedicated pair of bluebird parents from please see BLUEBIRDS page 16

Farmers Market Vouchers Now Available Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers, worth $20, may be redeemed for Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets and roadside stands in Dauphin County. FMNP-eligible food is defined as “grown or able to be grown in Pennsylvania.” Vouchers are not accepted for citrus or tropical fruits, such as bananas, oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit, tangerines, pineapples, or mangoes. FMNP vouchers are not accepted for processed food, e.g., jams, honey, nuts, cider, or baked goods. FMNP vouchers cannot be used at grocery stores or supermarkets. Eligible seniors will receive four vouchers worth $5 apiece for a total value of $20. Customers will not receive change if the FMNP purchase does not total $5. They may be offered additional FMNP-eligible food to make the purchase an even $5. To be eligible, county residents age 60 and older must have an annual income less than $22,311 for a single individual, $30,044 for two people; $37,777 for three people, $45,510 for four people, $53,243 for five people, and $60,976 for six people. The Farmers Market Nutrition Program does not include seniors who are living in nursing home facilities, convents, and residential facilities where meals are provided. These guidelines are subject to change. The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used. Proof of age and Dauphin County residency are required (driver’s

license, photo ID, etc.). Any person obtaining vouchers for another must present a completed and signed proxy form from the person for whom they are receiving vouchers. Contact the agency to have this form sent to you prior to your selected distribution date. Vouchers are offered on a onetime-only per summer basis. Supplies are limited and are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to receive a proxy form, contact Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 780-6130. Voucher distribution will take place at the following sites: Thursday, June 1, 9 to 11 a.m. – Essex House, 320 Market St., Middletown Tuesday, June 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Zion Assembly of Harrisburg, 2101 N. Fifth St. (Fifth and Maclay), Harrisburg Wednesday, June 7, 9 to 11 a.m. – Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey Friday, June 9, 9 a.m. noon – Friendship Senior Center, 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg Any remaining vouchers from Essex House, Friendship Senior Center, Mohler Senior Center, Pheasant Hill Estates, and Zion Assembly of Harrisburg will be available at the Agency on Aging office, 2 S. Second St., Harrisburg, by appointment at (717) 780-6130.

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Dutch for a Day By Andrea Gross

The day is sunny, the weather a bit chilly but still pleasant. I shade my eyes and look up at a row of four-story brick buildings fronted by a small patch of green grass. The buildings themselves are rather plain; each floor appears to contain two apartments. Here, in Amsterdam’s Rivierenbuurt neighborhood, a 30minute tram ride from downtown, I can see how ordinary people go about their daily lives, oblivious to the touristy hubbub of the central city. It’s the sort of place I might live had I been born Dutch. It’s also the place where 75 years ago this month — in June 1942 — an ordinary young girl celebrated her 13th birthday. Her favorite present was a small autograph book that her father had purchased at the corner bookstore.


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The Riviernbuurt neighborhood, where Anne Frank and her family lived before going into hiding, is a middle-class neighborhood of small shops and wide streets. Less than a month later this girl, whose name was Anne Frank, and her family were forced into hiding to escape the Nazi onslaught.

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A statue of Anne Frank stands in the small park near the apartment building where she lived as a child.

For Anne the ordinary pursuits of childhood came to an abrupt end. No more playing marbles with her friends. No more jumping rope in the

summer and ice skating in the winter. Cut off from schoolmates who would have filled her autograph book with best wishes and witty sayings, Anne used her birthday present as a diary, one that has been translated into 70 languages and sold more than 30 million copies. A small child comes over and touches my hand. “You lost?” she asks in halting English. “I’m looking for Anne Frank’s house,” I say. She points to a window on third floor of one of the buildings. “That’s where Anna lived when she was little.” The Franks’ apartment, where they lived from 1934, when they emigrated from Germany, until 1942, when they went into hiding, now serves as a retreat for aspiring writers. Although it’s been restored to look as it did when

the Franks lived there, it’s only open to the public on special occasions. The child leads me to a bronze statue at the end of the park. It depicts a teenage girl gazing wistfully at the row of apartment buildings. It is the only official recognition of the fact that this is the neighborhood that nurtured Anne Frank. “Anna is saying goodbye to her home,” says our new friend. She also says goodbye, and my husband and I walk a few blocks to the Montessori school that Anne attended from 1934 to 1941. The building, which is still a functioning Montessori school, is painted in pastel colors overlaid with quotes from the diary of its most famous student. Finally we stop at Boekhandel Jimmink, the corner bookstore where Anne’s father purchased his daughter’s birthday present. We ask if they have replicas of the famous diary. The clerk points to a small stack of books on a back table. “We don’t get much call for these,” he says apologetically. “Not a lot of tourists come here, and among locals Harry Potter outsells Anne Frank.” We continue our search for

Anne Frank liked to explore the streets that line the canals of central Amsterdam.

Anne Frank could glimpse the spires of Westerkerk Church from a window in the Secret Annex.

Anne’s childhood haunts in central Amsterdam, an area that today is filled with galleries and small shops. Anne loved to explore the narrow streets near her father’s offices, which were in stately homes along the Singel and Prinsengracht canals. She also spent many happy hours at the nearby Bloemenmarkt, the only floating flower market in the world.

The Secret Annex, where the Franks spent two years hiding from the Nazis, is only a few blocks away. Unlike her old neighborhood, her hiding place is one of the most visited sites in the Netherlands. The line to get in stretches around the block. A few months later, on a different trip in a different country, we attend a talk by a Holocaust survivor. Quite

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by chance the speaker is Hannah Goslar, one of Anne’s closest friends, the one referred to in her diary as Lies (a Dutch contraction of the name Elisabeth). Hannah was one of the last people Anne saw before she died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, a few months before her 16th birthday. “I grew up in the apartment downstairs from Anna Frank,” she begins. “Has anyone been to that part of Amsterdam?” We raise our hands. “I haven’t been back in years,” she says softly. “Tell me, what is it like today?” We tell her that as we walked to the school that she and Anne attended, we saw a menorah in the window of a first-floor apartment. She smiles. “You know,” she says, “in her diary Anna wrote that ‘despite everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.’ Perhaps she was right.” For an expanded version of this article, go to Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (


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By Megan Joyce “I came to see if there’s something new. I’ve been to quite a few of these.” No stranger to the Dauphin County 50plus EXPO, Harold Smedley, of West Hanover Township, enjoys the social opportunities at the event—the chance to “chat with” some friends and acquaintances while checking out this year’s exhibitors. The 18th annual Dauphin County 50plus EXPO, a one-day event that provides information and resources for the area’s 50+ community, returned to the Hershey Lodge on May 9. The EXPO, which was free to attendees, was co-hosted by OLP Events and the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging. Guests could speak face-to-face with exhibitors about products and services on display in travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, healthcare, and more. “I just come to get information on the latest things. I learn a lot about what’s available to seniors,” Maryann Matolyak, of Hummelstown, said. “I’m a volunteer, so I’m always interested in volunteer (opportunities).” The EXPO included ongoing entertainment, which started with Chad Madden from Madden Physical Therapy sharing his method for relieving back pain and sciatica. Madden demonstrated his physical-therapy maneuver on an audience volunteer, who then reported her hip pain significantly decreased. Kim Eichinger with Mohler Senior Center then conducted a SilverSneakers fitness demonstration. The mostly seated exercise program included rhythmic movements in which participants stretched and twisted while pounding out the beat on drumsticks. Two vocalists from Gretna Theatre performed songs from its musical, Amelia Earhart: Lost Hero. The one-hour, educational show is often performed at area schools and retirement communities. Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society staff shared the area’s local history, including the life and community works of chocolate titan Milton Hershey, who also founded the Milton Hershey School in 1910. “He and Mrs. Hershey didn’t have any children, so this was a way to provide a legacy for themselves,” Susan Mittan, historical society volunteer, said. Jerry Mitchell, education and outreach specialist with the Office of


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Attorney General, educated visitors on how to protect themselves against fraud and financial exploitation. Attendees were eligible for door prizes and took advantage of free health screenings for glucose, hearing, lower back and sciatica pain, bone density, ear health, and others. Roberta Drayer, of Middletown, was relieved to find out the results of her heel scan for bone density were in a healthy range. “It’s amazing how you can get info from something like that,” she said. “It’s not invasive; you just put your foot on it and relax.” Staff from Health Network Laboratories were on hand, providing free blood-sugar testing. “We just like to have a service for the community,” Kathy Sellitto, a retired medical technologist with Health Network Laboratories, said. “We have found people who never knew they were diabetic, so it’s very rewarding for us.” OLP Events’ last 50plus EXPO of spring 2017 will be Thursday, June 8, at Church Farm School in Exton. For more information, call (717) 2851350 or visit

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Like Father, Like Child Father’s Day celebrates the special bond between fathers and their families. Every dad is a celebrity in his child’s eyes, of course, but in some families fame and fatherhood go hand in hand. Take a look at some of these well-known fathers and their successful children from the world of entertainment and sports: • K irk Douglas and Michael Douglas (acting)

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• Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra (music) • Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. (baseball)

• Henry Fonda, Peter Fonda, and Jane Fonda (acting)

Volunteer Spotlight Volunteer a Driving Force in Community’s Well-Being Jay Stanton is College Alumni. Stanton serves RSVP’s Dauphin as president of the County Volunteer of the Month. Stanton Hummelstown Elder Express, and through has volunteered with a multitude of community RSVP he is a volunteer driver for this elderly organizations, including service provider. He service as a past member currently delivers in of the Hummelstown Hummelstown for Borough Council. Stanton has served Meals on Wheels. Jay Stanton In addition to Hummelstown on the Shade Tree delivering meals, Stanton is active in several gardenCommission, Community Foundation, Halloween parade, and and horticultural-focused local and the America in Bloom program. regional organizations. For further information about Stanton is a member of the Keystone College Alumni Board, RSVP’s volunteer opportunities in Dauphin County, please contact has been active in fundraising efforts for the Vista School, and Judy Jones at (800) 870-2616 or received a citation for community involvement from Lebanon Valley Do you know a 50+ volunteer who gives selflessly to others? Tell us what makes him or her so special and we will consider them for 50plus LIFE’s Volunteer Spotlight! Submissions should be 200 words or fewer and photos are encouraged. Email preferred to or mail nominations to 50plus LIFE, Volunteer Spotlight, 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512.

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Summer is a time for playground fun, camping, boating, swimming, biking, and other outdoor activities. Longer days mean more time outside and more physical activity, which translates to increased potential for injuries. Playground falls, lawnmower accidents, and campfire and fire-pit burns are some common childhood injuries that can happen during summer months. These tips from Shriners Hospitals for Children can help your family enjoy a fun, injury-free summer. Playground 101 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger every year for playground-related injuries. Before your grandkids head to the playground, keep these precautions in mind: • Choose parks and playgrounds that are appropriate for their age and offer shock-absorbing surfaces. • Teach children that pushing and shoving on the playground can result in accidents and injuries. • Remind kids to go down the slide one at a time and to wait until the slide is completely clear before taking their turn. Teach them to always sit


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facing forward with their legs straight in front of them and to never slide down headfirst.

• Instruct children to never swim alone or go near water without an adult present.

• Remind children to swing sitting down. Encourage them to wait until the swing stops before getting off and to be careful when walking in front of moving swings.

• Give children your undivided attention when they are swimming or near any body of water.

Make a Safe Splash While playing poolside may be a blast, Safe Kids Worldwide reports that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 1-4 and the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths among those under 19. Additionally, the University of Michigan Health System estimates that about 6,000 kids under the age of 14 are hospitalized because of diving injuries each year, with 1 in 5 sustaining a spinal cord injury. Prevent accidents and injuries with these tips to ensure your family’s safety around water:

• Always jump in feet first to check the depth before diving into any body of water. • Never dive in the shallow end of the pool or into above-ground pools. Fun on the Water Boating, tubing, and other water sports can be great fun but can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 71 percent of all boating fatalities are drownings, 85 percent of which are a result of not wearing a life jacket. Here is what you can do to enjoy the water safely: • Always have children wear a Coast Guard-approved, properly fitted life jacket while on a boat, around an open body of water, or when participating in water sports. • Educate yourself. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 86 percent of boating accident deaths involve boaters who have not completed a safety course. • Always check water conditions and forecasts before going out on the water. Fire Safety Simplified According to the CDC, more than 300 children ages 19 and under are treated in emergency rooms for fire- and burn-related injuries each day. please see SAFE SUMMER page 12

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water or a fire extinguisher nearby whenever there is an open flame.

Use these tips to help keep children safe around fires, fireworks, grills, and other heat sources:

• Take your child to a doctor or hospital immediately if he or she is injured in a fire or by fireworks. • Leave fireworks to the professionals.

• Teach kids to never play with matches, gasoline, lighter fluid, or lighters. Make a habit of placing these items out of the reach of young children.

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• Do not leave children unattended near grills, campfires, fire pits, or bonfires. Always have a bucket of

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Save Some Bucks on Your Summer Vacation Planning your family’s summer vacation? Even if you’re not staying in luxury hotels and renting limousines, you may feel like you need a bank loan—or a bank robbery—to finance your trip. Here are some smart ideas for saving money and still having a good time: Research your destination thoroughly. The internet, along with a good guidebook, can help you find inexpensive hotels and restaurants. You may also discover free or inexpensive attractions and find out whether museums, parks, and other attractions offer reduced admission on certain days. Stay outside the city. You’re going to New York, but you don’t have to


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sleep there. Often you’ll find better hotel rates and cheaper restaurants a few miles outside city limits. Go to the grocery store. Avoid the overpriced hotel gift shops for snacks and drinks. You should be able to find a local grocery store where you can buy cheaper (and healthier) supplies for your travels. Drive efficiently. Before an extended trip, check your engine. Oil, air filters, and other components can affect your vehicle’s performance. On the highway, keep your speed between 50 and 60 mph for the best fuel efficiency. Don’t use drive-through windows at fast-food restaurants; idling your car while waiting for your food wastes gas and pollutes the air.

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Calendar of Events

Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. Grief Support Group Mohler Senior Center 25 Hope Drive, Hershey (717) 732-1000

Friendship Senior Center – (717) 657-1547 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 8–9 a.m.– Light Aerobics Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – Mah Jong Fridays, 9:30 a.m. – Bridge Classes with Mr. Henning

June 1, 7-8 p.m. Fibromyalgia Support Group LeVan Chiropractic 1000 Briarsdale Road, Suite C, Harrisburg (717) 558-3500 June 5 to Aug. 28 (Mondays), 6-8 p.m. GriefShare Seminar and Support Group Derry Presbyterian Church 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey (717) 533-9667 June 7 and 21, 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 June 13, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Greenfield Senior Living at Graysonview 150 Kempton Ave., Harrisburg (717) 561-8010 June 14, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Brookdale Harrisburg 3560 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg (717) 671-4700

June 15, 6 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Country Meadows of Hershey Second Floor Training Room 451 Sand Hill Road, Hershey (717) 533-6996 June 15, 6-8 p.m. Harrisburg Area Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group Giant Food Stores – Second Floor 2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg (717) 580-7772

Library Programs

June 21, 2-4 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group The Residence of the Jewish Home Second Floor Library 4004 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg (717) 697-2513

East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg, (717) 652-9380 June 11, 1 p.m. – United States Air Force American Clarinet Quartet June 23 and 30, 10:30 a .m. – Multisensory Sessions for Alzheimer’s and Dementia

June 28, 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

Elizabethville Area Library, 80 N. Market St., Elizabethville, (717) 362-9825 June 3, 1 p.m. – Computer Classes from Start to Finish: Getting to Know Your Computer I June 27, 11 a.m. – Computer Classes from Start to Finish: Getting to Know Your Computer I

Community Programs Free and open to the public

June 7, 7 p.m. World Culture Club of Central PA Meeting Penn State Hershey Medical Center Fifth Floor, Lecture Room B 500 University Drive, Hershey June 8, 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

Rutherford House – (717) 564-5682, Mondays, 10 a.m. – Line Dancing Tuesdays, noon – Circuit Exercise with Personal Training Fridays, 11 a.m. – Chair Yoga

June 19, 6:30 p.m. Support Group for Families of Those with MemoryRelated Illnesses Frey Village 1020 N. Union St., Middletown (717) 930-1218

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June 1, 7 p.m. Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable Meeting Grace United Methodist Church 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown (717) 503-2862

Mohler Senior Center – (717) 533-2002, June 2, 5-9 p.m. – Oldies Dance Party June 5, noon – Hearing Loss Lunch & Learn June 16, 11:30 a.m. – June Social with Mohler Drama Club

June 27, 6 p.m. Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Walking Club Bass Pro Shop – Hunt Room Harrisburg Mall 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg (717) 805-9540 June 28, 7 p.m. Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Middletown St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Spring and Union streets, Middletown (717) 915-5555

PARKS & RECREATION June 4, 10-11:30 a.m. – Beginner’s Yoga and Walk, Wildwood Park June 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon – Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming, Wildwood Park June 16, 7:30-9:30 a.m. – Bird Walk: Nesting Season, Wildwood Park

Johnson Memorial Library, 799 E. Center St., Millersburg, (717) 692-2658 June 10, 11 a.m. – That’s (P)interesting: a DIY Club June 28, 5 p.m. – The Warm Hands Warm Hearts Project Kline Library, 530 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, (717) 234-3934 June 15, 6:30 p.m. – Friends of Kline Library Meeting June 17, 11 a.m. – Pen Pal Club Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 N. Third St., Harrisburg, (717) 232-7286 June 14, 5 p.m. – Pen Pal Club June 19, 6 p.m. – Food for Thought Book Discussion McCormick Riverfront Library, 101 Walnut St., Harrisburg, (717) 234-4976 Wednesdays in June, 11:30 a.m. – Midday Getaway June 30, 2 p.m. – The Warm Hands Warm Hearts Project Northern Dauphin Library, 683 Main St., Lykens, (717) 453-9315 June 22, 3-7 p.m. – Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank Blood Drive June 29, 6 p.m. – Knit 1, Crochet Too! William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, (717) 566-0949 June 13, 6:30 p.m. – Pen Pal Club June 28, 6 p.m. – Crazy for Coloring

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On Life and Love after 50

In Mature Dating, Does an Age Difference Matter?

Tom Blake

Mature dating is a challenge. Toss in an age difference between partners, and the challenge is even greater. Take the case of Ben and Janice, for example. He emailed me, “I am an Arkansas guy in love with a California girl. I am 77 and my lady, Janice, is 68. We are both very concerned about our age difference; therefore, your articles provide us with much insight. What do you think about the age difference?” I asked Ben for more details. He responded: “I was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. I left home for college, the University of Arkansas, at age 17. I was a ROTC cadet and was commissioned in the Air Force shortly after graduation. I am a retired Air Force colonel.

“I was a widower and living in Southern California, when one day I stopped at a Starbucks in Anaheim Hills. I was sitting there with a cappuccino and Janice walked in, and that changed my life forever. “She ordered a coffee and turned around, and I spoke to her. After an hour of conversation, I asked her to meet for dinner the next Saturday. We had three dinner dates in May

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2016, before I left to visit my daughters in Virginia and Arkansas. “I returned to California on the first of August, and we have been together ever since. Janice is the love of my life. “We are talking and planning a life together. We have agreed that we will set the marriage date and place on July 15, my 78th birthday. We are living in California now but will be moving to my new home in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, in the fall. “Janice is still working and considering retirement this September/October when we marry.” Tom’s response: My feeling is Ben, at 77, and Janice, at 68, should not worry about the age difference. He most likely will pass away first—maybe not—but so what? Why not enjoy these years together? He has found the love of his life; they should enjoy the relationship every minute of every day. An issue bigger than the age difference is the change of lifestyle, primarily for Janice. Will she be happy not working? Will she be happy living in Arkansas? Has Janice visited Arkansas yet? Also, since they plan to marry, they both need to agree regarding all legal matters. I suggest both consult attorneys, so both sides are equally represented. The agreement must be in writing. The biggest issue that can cause difficulty with couples is financial, especially if there are children and grandchildren in the mix. The nine-year age difference, in this case, is a non-issue.

If two people love each other and have a wide age difference (even much, much wider than Ben and Janice), the relationship can still work nicely—if they honestly discuss and address the age-difference issues, particularly regarding children, financial issues, potential health problems, and legal issues. Communication in all relationships is critical, and with these two, particularly so. I asked my newsletter readers for their opinions about Ben and Janice. Here is what four of them said: Marta, Montreal: “To each his own. Just don’t grow a ratty, gray ponytail and date an 18-year-old— then you look stupid!” Terry Lee, financial advisor: “Regarding financials, lots and lots of problems (arise) with everybody when financials are not discussed and written down—and yes, for sure, each meet with his or her own financial person.” Robin, police department administrator: “It has more to do with maturity level in each party. Age shouldn’t have much to do with the dating equation, unless you have one person underage, by law standards.” Mary Lou, bar exam tutor: “It is very important to get independent legal advice, and get a prenup in writing. That will ease the minds of the children and make for a much less stressful life; plus, they will both be protected in the event things go south.” Mature dating is difficult enough. Forget the age difference and enjoy each other. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www.

Such is Life

Nobody Wins in an Argument Saralee Perel

That was the finest memory of all. That day when the three of us rose above the need to win. That day when nobody needed to be right. That day when we professed our eternal love. And that day when we hugged each

other tightly over a telephone line. Nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at or via her website:

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My husband, Bob, was the first “He told Moses, ‘Tongue is a mustnon-Jewish person to marry into my have!’” Then she added, “Shellfish strict Orthodox Jewish family. isn’t kosher, but God decided that My parents never called him Bob. Maryland steamed crabs are exempt They called him Farmer. To them, from any kosher laws.” every man who wasn’t Jewish was a “Mo-ther! You’re making this stuff cowhand. up.” I remember one Sunday brunch, “Where were you when the when we visited them in their condo disciples were having a nosh?” in Baltimore. While I was helping And so, although my parents are Mom serve lox, bagels, and tongue, both gone, my memories of them are Dad said to Bob, “So, Farmer, you filled with love and pain. There were know why they can’t keep Jewish many problems. people in jail?” Mom said Dad never “allowed” her Bob, always polite (another word to do what she wanted. for “intimidated to If only I had put death”), said, “I’m my arms around her afraid I don’t know.” and told her she had My father, who the strength and laughed so loud at courage to make her his own jokes we own decisions—but I could barely hear didn’t. the punchlines, said, My parents and I “Because they eat lox.” argued a lot. Once we Bob didn’t didn’t speak for six understand. Dad, in months. I shamelessly hysterics, spelled out refused to be big the word, “Locks.” enough to take the We laughed, not first step. at the joke, but at my I will never get father’s wonderful those months back. nature. One day, I broke Sam and Blanche Perel When Bob looked through my selfwarily at the tongue, I whispered, centeredness. It was on a Father’s Day. “You don’t have to eat it.” Dad was so touched to hear my voice Mother, who could hear a whisper that he just cried. from a coal miner at work, said, I said, “I love you, Tateleh (the “Tongue is to our people the way Yiddish term of endearment for a bacon is to your people. You either father). I’m so very, very sorry that love it or you’re wrong.” I took this long to call.” And then I She brought out cream cheese. In said, “Will Mom come to the phone?” her screwball teaching mode, she said I expected my mother to be distant. to Bob, “The kosher laws don’t allow But she wasn’t. She said, “I’ve missed meat and dairy at the same meal. But you, Saura Leah (my Hebrew name).” while Moses was schlepping those We didn’t discuss what happened. bulky Ten Commandments around, We never did. Maybe that was just as God declared, ‘Who can eat bagels well. without a schmear of cream cheese? “I’ve missed you too, Mamala. I’ve And lox? You have to ask? Fish goes been feeling terrible since this whole with everything—except olive loaf. thing.” Nothing goes with that.’” “So have I.” “Ma,” I teased, “what exactly did “I love you, Mamala.” God say about tongue?” “Me too.”

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the summer of 2015, when the Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament descended upon his neighboring golf course, bringing with it tents, modular trailers, scaffolding, and staging areas—not to mention thousands of people and their attendant golf carts and noise. Rust grew concerned the hubbub would disrupt or potentially cause harm to the nearly four dozen bluebird boxes he tends to along the golf course. One July morning, he discovered a sports-news crew had moved one bluebird box he knew contained eggs. He found it about 40 feet from its original location, stuck in the ground along with a rain gauge, all within 2 feet of a modular home. Furthermore, the box was tipped 15 degrees from vertical position. “After a deep breath, I opened the box to find five bluebird newborn nestlings,” Rust said. “I saw the [mother] up on the corner of one of the modular homes, and she seemed quite relaxed with her new surroundings. I placed some yellow caution tape around the box and rain gauge and breathed a sigh of relief.” But Rust prepared himself for the worst, wondering if the parent bluebirds would give up on the relocated nest. Two weeks later, however, he came back to five healthy, full-grown chicks inside; they fledged later that day. “They are truly resilient songbirds. The [tournament] changed the open environment that bluebirds enjoy, hunt for, and thrive on,” Rust noted. “This pair of bluebirds had to adjust to very cramped quarters for just over two

weeks to feed and care for their young family of five.” Rust recently channeled his extensive bluebird expertise into a soft-cover book, The Beloved and Charismatic Bluebird, which he selfpublished with the help of his son, Shaun. The book is now in its second edition and is available on and in numerous bookstores, including Longwood Gardens’ garden shop and several local bird stores. The biggest challenge of bluebird conservation, he said, is motivating those who erect bird boxes to maintain them—you can’t simply install the box and let nature take its course. “They need to become proactive like a gardener is to their garden plot. It takes lots of loving care to nurture plants from spring through summer to fall and then harvest a crop,” he said. “The same is true with bluebirds. It is a hands-on hobby.” It’s a hobby worth the time and effort, though, and it is easy to get started, Rust said. “Getting involved with bluebirds is not only a rewarding endeavor from a conservation standpoint, but it can also be an excellent hobby to share with your children or grandchildren while enjoying nature and the great outdoors,” he said. “My hope is that bluebirds will inspire a new hobby or develop an appreciation for a special creation that God has given us to enjoy while on the earth.” For more information on the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, visit or call Rust at (717) 669-0167.

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Bethany Village — MapleWood

325 Wesley Drive • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 717-766-0279 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Assisted Living Residence: Yes Personal Care Home: Yes Private: 100 Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes

Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: One-bedroom suites; secured memory support neighborhood; skilled nursing – The Oaks.

Colonial Lodge Community

2015 North Reading Road • Denver, PA 17519 717-336-5501 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 70 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes* Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: *SSI depends on availability. A veteran-approved “home for heroes” facility, all in a beautiful, rural setting.

Homeland Center

1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-221-7727 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 56 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes

Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Providing exemplary care in a beautiful environment for more than 150 years. Our continuum includes a hospice program, therapy services, home care and home health services, and 24-hour medical staffing. All-private rooms with full baths and kitchenettes.

Mennonite Home Communities

1520 Harrisburg Pike • Lancaster, PA 17601 717-393-1301 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 150 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Supportive, encouraging environment. Various room types and suites available. Secure memory care offered.

Pleasant View Retirement Community

544 North Penryn Road • Manheim, PA 17545 717-665-2445 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 96 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes* Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: *Three-year private pay spending. Maintain independence in an enriching and supportive environment; now offering respite stays.

Sacred Heart Villa

51 Seminary Avenue • Reading, PA 19605 610-929-5751 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Located on 20 pristine acres. Offering amenities including homecooked meals; professional, licensed staff; and personalized care.

Homewood at Plum Creek

425 Westminster Avenue • Hanover, PA 17331 717-637-4166 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 92 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

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Is This Thing On?

Spring into Your Calendar! Abby Stokes

I know that old habits die hard, but sometimes it’s worth the trouble to let the old be replaced by the new. The calendar app on your smartphone and tablet is one of these worthwhile temptations. I’m familiar with that big, old, leather-bound calendar that you’ve used forever—the one where you buy the fresh pages every year to insert. Maybe all of your treasured addresses are in the same book. I had one too. It was my bible, but I got so anxious about losing it that I would copy pages rather than take it with me on vacation. Well, here’s the great benefit when using technology to keep track of your events, birthdays, and doctor appointments: The information won’t get lost, and you can carry it in your


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pocket or pocketbook. When you enter contact information into your digital calendar—whether on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—all the events get synched across all your devices almost instantaneously. So, if you lose your phone (heaven forbid!), you can still access the calendar from your computer. If using the app on your smartphone isn’t comfortable because of the phone’s small size, you can always access the calendar on your computer and do your inputting there with that nice, big keyboard. May I suggest what I did to make the transition from paper to digital easier? Keep both the old-fashioned calendar, where you write in and scratch out what’s changed, and the

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new, digital one simultaneously until you get used to the new system and trust it. For me, that was a couple of months, and then I let the old system take a permanent vacation. A Calendar by Any Other Name Is Still a Calendar Depending on your device and your preference, you can set up your calendar to work with Apple’s iCloud, Google Calendar, or Microsoft’s Outlook. Truth be told, most devices are much friendlier now, so any of those choices should work on almost all devices. A good way to make the decision is to think about who is the most likely person to be helpful should you have questions about how to use the calendar. Ask them which calendar program they use, and you might want to consider using that one too. A great perk about using a calendar and having it be the same program as someone you share your life with is that you can share a calendar with them too. Do you ever wonder what’s on the grandkids’ schedule? Wonder no more. Ask to be included in the family calendar. Everything can be color coded so you can identify which

dates are your events and which are theirs. Other Handy Calendar Features … Not only can you share calendars, but you can also send invitations from your calendar or respond to a calendar invitation in an email. Once you RSVP via the email, the event will automatically be entered into your calendar. If an event is something that repeats, such as a birthday, you can instruct the calendar to repeat it every year indefinitely. Or if it’s something you’ll be doing for the next six weeks, on every Tuesday, you can customize that as well. You can even set up alerts so you’ll receive a reminder, at whatever time you desire, before an appointment. So, now’s the time for you to put it in your calendar that you’re going to start using a digital calendar soon! Abby Stokes, author of “Is This Thing On?” A Friendly Guide to Everything Digital for Newbies, Technophobes, and the Kicking & Screaming and its companion website,, is the Johnny Appleseed of Technology, singlehandedly helping more than 300,000 people cross the digital divide.

A Short History of Flag Day President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 to be Flag Day in 1916, commemorating the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Second Continental Congress on that day in 1777. The idea of setting aside a special day to celebrate the U.S. flag wasn’t new, though. One of the earliest observances of Flag Day occurred in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1861, at the suggestion of George Morris, to pray for the preservation of the union at the beginning of the Civil War. In 1885, a Wisconsin schoolteacher named Bernard J. Cigrand held a formal observance of what he called

“Flag Birthday” at his school. Cigrand went on to become a passionate promoter of Flag Day, delivering more than 2,000 speeches on the subject, and is generally considered to be the “Father of Flag Day.” In 1914, Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane delivered a Flag Day speech in which he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.” In 1949, President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress formally establishing June 14 as National Flag Day.

SLOTS from page 3 play, most players do get something but end up with nothing because they tend to play back their free-play allowance before they cash out. The biggest challenge any casino has is getting you to walk through the front door. Free slot play—something for nothing—is one such Pavlovian offering that triggers saliva amongst slot jockeys. I have always been amazed at how just $10 in free slot play brings in the slot masses. Unfortunately, once forward-facing a slot machine, you can easily run through that $10 in but a few spins if you’re playing max coins and max lines. Now the casino has you captured within their friendly confines for a total outlay of $10. The up and up, Gerry, is that the random number generator doesn’t care one iota if you are playing the free play or with your hard-earned money. What might be happening is that you are the victim of your own selective memory along with a shortened gambling timeline. Your assumption is that the

machines hit less frequently when you are playing free play versus when you’re playing with your money. Consequently, you tend to remember the times that you don’t hit on the free play and forget the times that you did. I would suggest that you keep track of your play and not rely on discriminatory impressions. So, in the future, as you play freeslot play promotions, humor me and keep track of the number of spins and the number of hits that you get from free play. Then, actively track the same number of spins with your money. As your gambling timeline extends, your returns should be relatively close. Gambling Wisdom of the Month: “Gambling heats the mind like an oven.” – Henry Ward Beecher, Gamblers and Gambling (1896) Mark Pilarski is a recognized authority on casino gambling, having survived 18 years in the casino trenches. Pilarski is the creator of the bestselling, award-winning audio book series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning. www.markpilarski. com

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50plus LIFE Dauphin County June 2017  

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

50plus LIFE Dauphin County June 2017  

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