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Daisies and Poppies and Peonies, Oh My page 4

The Civil Rights Trail page 10

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On Life and Love after 50

15 Tips to Combat Single-Senior Loneliness Tom Blake

Last fall, CBS News featured an article on their website titled, “Former surgeon general sounds the alarm on the loneliness epidemic.” In the article, the former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, stated loneliness can increase the possibility of heart disease and stroke and can even accelerate Alzheimer’s disease. He added that loneliness might be as bad for health as smoking. The article mentioned that about 30 percent of people older than 65 live alone, and by 85 that percentage exceeds 50 percent. Murthy declared loneliness a public-health epidemic. Each week, I publish a complimentary online e-newsletter. I recently asked my subscribers how they deal with single-senior loneliness. Based on their suggestions, here are 15 tips for combating single-senior loneliness: 1. Get off the couch and out of the house. Pursue activities you enjoy. Attend diverse cultural and social events. Find group activities several days or evenings a week.

2. Incorporate as much social interaction into your life as possible. 3. Maintain contact with a small group of close friends. Share birthdays, holidays, and life events. Join a book club. Create a group of former employees and get together once a month to socialize. 4. Interact with people of all ages. Take a free class at a local college. 5. Never miss a regularly scheduled appointment, whether it be dental, medical, or at the salon. 6. Granted, not everybody has the financial means or physical ability to travel. But for those who can, traveling on a tour or with a group is a good way to make new friends. 7. Exercise regularly at a gym. Many facilities have SilverSneakers programs for the 60-plus age group. Not only will it ease loneliness, but you will also get fit. 8. Volunteer. Where? The choices are endless. Drive for Meals on Wheels. Be

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a greeter at the local airport. Be a docent at a museum. Assist at your house of worship, senior center, animal shelter, or zoo. 9. Get a dog. You will have a new best friend, plus reasons to laugh and cuddle. Walk the dog where others walk their dogs. Friendly dogs are often “chick or bachelor” magnets. Everybody loves to pet them. 10. While waiting in line at Starbucks, say hello to the person behind or in front of you. 11. Join the local orchid society club or botanical garden group. 12. Get a part-time job at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, your local hardware store, or anyplace that welcomes and needs senior help. 13. Have a once-a-month potluck dinner at your home. Invite friends to bring new friends. Keep expanding your circle of friends. 14. For people who are limited physically and cannot get out of the house,

interact via computer on the internet. It’s not a perfect solution, but it can help. The internet is also a great way to keep contact with old friends, relatives, and classmates who live far away. 15. Still need ideas? Check out It’s free. They have thousands of meetings across the country. You can choose activities that fit your interest. Engaging in activities in which a person finds fulfillment — not solely to be busy and take up time — can reduce loneliness. Remember, a few close friends can help combat loneliness. But, you cannot sit back and wait for people to come to you. You must initiate contact. Smile, be friendly, ask questions, or start a conversation with someone at Costco or your local market. Soon, your loneliness will be a thing of the past. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to

Travel Trends for 2018 If you’re looking to get away from it all in 2018, you’re not alone. The AARP Travel survey looked at what baby boomers and millennials are planning for their vacations this year. Here’s some of what the survey found: • Boomers expect to take four or five trips for leisure this year and spend about $6,400 on their travel.

49 percent say they travel to relax and rejuvenate, and 47 percent are looking for an escape from everyday life. • Forty-nine percent of boomers plan to travel only domestically, with Florida and California the most popular destinations.

• Seventy-four percent of millennials expect to take work with them.

• Forty-seven percent plan to travel both domestically and internationally. Top international destinations are the Caribbean/Latin America and Europe.

• Fifty-seven percent of boomers travel to spend time with family and friends,

• Traveling abroad is a “bucket list” item for 22 percent of boomers.

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Over the years, the Ozrelated tchotchkes kept rolling in to Denenberg’s When Dorothy and Co. are possession, many as gifts finally granted entrance into from family and friends. Salt Emerald City in the classic and pepper shakers, mugs, 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, glasses, plates, music boxes, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, neckties, picture frames, Cowardly Lion, and the girl figurines, artwork, books from Kansas climb aboard a … Denenberg’s collection horse-drawn carriage and are comprises, as he puts it, “a whisked around on a lively little bit of everything.” tour of the city’s people, sights, The home’s interior décor and songs. incorporates numerous Art There is beauty everywhere, Denenberg had this Art Deco railing Deco elements. Popular and there is warmth and specially made for his staircase. The welcome. Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City was designed in the 1920s and ’30s, the architectural style was It’s much the same when using Art Deco stylistic elements. featured prominently in Dennis Denenberg leads you Emerald City’s design. around his Oz-themed home Denenberg owns the and gardens. country’s largest collection You don’t get the colorof Moderne-pattern Indiana changing horse, but in both his Glass as well as extensive environs and his own congenial collections of Chase chrome spirit, Denenberg has managed and Kensington aluminum to capture not only the sights dinnerware, serving pieces, of Oz, but also its essence and and houseware, all crafted in especially its warmth. Deco style. Like most of us, Denenberg The upstairs guest first saw The Wizard of Oz bedroom is furnished with an as a child during its annual antique Art Deco headboard, television broadcast. Once his family owned a color TV, he When Denenberg remodeled his kitchen, dresser, bureau, and chairs, nods to Oz made their way into the which complement one was struck by the visual shift redesign, such as the poppy-paneled of Denenberg’s other Dorothy experiences as she cabinet doors and the copper Art Deco collections: framed studio steps outside after a tornado pieces above the stove. photos of stars from the has deposited her home in Depression era — including, mysterious Oz. of course, Judy Garland, “When you saw the referred to in Denenberg’s transition from the beginning home as simply “Judy.” of the movie, the black and Although every room white to the color — for a kid in his home contains some it was magical,” Denenberg (mostly) subtle nod to the said. “So I just really fell in movie, it all comes to a head love with it then, and as I aged, — somewhat literally — in I just appreciated it more and his “Oz room”: a working more, the incredible quality of bathroom decorated floor the movie. to sink to ceiling with Oz “It’s 78 years old, and it memorabilia and the image stands the test of time. The of the wizard’s green head acting still holds up, the special Denenberg owns an extensive “floating” on the mirror. effects — it’s amazing. So I collection of Kensington aluminum dinnerware, serving pieces, and Denenberg had the wizard appreciate that, and I also houseware, all crafted in Deco style. mirror and coordinating appreciate the lessons in the sink designed in 2014 to movie,” he added. Denenberg’s lifelong affinity for the film is literally commemorate Oz’s 75th anniversary. Hovering overhead on the bathroom ceiling are on display throughout his home and Oz-inspired the words, “Surrender Dorothy”; the Wicked Witch gardens and landscaping.

of the West has painted her warning in blackened puffs of broom smoke. If you head down to the finished basement, you’ll find her watery, melted remains and pointed hat on a hallway floor, not far from her sister witch’s dearly departed legs, which stick out from under a guest bed. A basement window and windowed door let multihued light in through depictions of the Emerald City and of the Gales’ tornado-swept home, respectively. An artist friend created both for Denenberg out of basic craft glue. A few feet farther down the hall, a lifelike cutout of the Wizard himself waits for Toto to expose his presence behind a makeshift curtain. When Denenberg, a retired Millersville University elementary education professor, purchased his early-’70s rancher in 1995, it sat on an acre of grass, all of which is now gone, replaced by several thoughtfully planned, Ozthemed gardens that explode in The “garden goddesses,” a.k.a., Inge waves of varying color during Storey and Greta Stoner, are Denenberg’s spring and summer. vital partners in the design and upkeep of “All the gardens are his acre of gardens. connected by pathways, so you actually walk through the gardens,” Denenberg explained. “That’s a concept that’s hard to explain to people because they still picture flowerbeds against the house.” To one side of the property the Asian garden’s bamboo grove rises high, and on the other end of the yard, an all-pink garden blooms for breast cancer awareness; it is dedicated to Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled the disease for 18 years. There are three floral “shows” of Oz blooms that take place over the season, allowing Denenberg and his guests a different visual experience depending on the month. The property’s 7,000 daffodils are the first to burst forward, along with winter aconite and snowdrops; these are followed mid-May to mid-June by the early perennials, which include daisies, poppies, irises, and 75 peony bushes. The biggest show, according to Denenberg, is the mid-July through midAugust late perennials: more than 250 hibiscus bushes, each containing 30-50 blooms. Maintaining thousands of flowers and bushes is a massive undertaking, one that Denenberg, who never seriously gardened before buying his current property, does not do alone. He has hired two “garden goddesses,” as he nicknamed them, otherwise known as Inge Storey and Greta Stoner. With degrees in horticulture, the gardening professionals not only put in the grunt work of cutting, digging, feeding, and clearing out, but also use their expertise to advise Denenberg on garden design and flower selection. “Spring is the most fun, mainly because it’s moving plants, getting beds presentable, and finding out what you’ve lost over the winter,” Denenberg said. “Fall is the brutal time because, with an acre of perennials, there’s an incredible amount of cutting back. We usually take about 15 pickup-truck loads to the recycling area. The summer is really the most enjoyable [season].” Denenberg and the “goddesses” try to add one new garden element each year, he said. In 2017 it was a mini yellow-brick road leading to Emerald City, its waist-high green-and-gold towers constructed from PVC piping. It joined 2016’s addition, a wavelike wooden sculpture. These features accompany two fish- and frog-filled ponds and a newly renovated deck with glass-block bar, built around a colorfully beaded honey locust tree and an above-ground pool. Toto’s dressing room, adjacent to the bamboo grove, is a small, rainbowcolored doghouse containing a replica of the famous canine’s basket alongside a pair of ruby slippers made for the cast party Denenberg hosted for the Fulton

Theatre’s 2015 production of The Wizard of Oz. Denenberg now offers his house and outdoor garden spaces to charitable groups for fundraisers, benefits, or retreats, taking no money for himself while serving as host and tour guide. “I just think it’s important to give back and, with the gardens, to share the beauty,” he said. “It’s fun to let other people look at them, too.” Although Denenberg does not host weddings, birthday parties, or events for any for-profit organizations, “[the garden] is here for any nonprofit group. If your charity wants to raise money, you can schedule an event here. I also allow nonprofits to have retreats here — any way that a nonprofit can use it.” Cancer charities are close to Denenberg’s heart and frequently take advantage of his home and gardens for their events. Denenberg also The all-pink garden blooms for maintains a garden in his breast cancer awareness and honors sister’s honor at Millersville Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled University and runs its breast the disease for 18 years. cancer awareness program, Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer ( And his “second career” as a book author and speaker takes him across the country, educating kids and adults about America’s real-life heroes (heroes4us. com). Last summer, 650 people visited Denenberg’s Oz. Of those, 450 came during Lancaster’s Demuth Museum Garden Tour, which has already booked a return visit for June 2018. Though he’s not distributing High Cholesterol? much-coveted hearts, brains, The creator of courage, or balloon rides home, Gatorade® can help. Denenberg, like his favorite movie’s Gainesville, FL – If you’re one of the titular wizard, finds great and millions of Americans who have been powerful fulfillment in the ways his diagnosed with high cholesterol, “natural” Oz heightens the happiness of its help is now available from the creator of visitors. Gatorade®! The highly regarded late Dr. J. “The thrill for me now,” Robert Cade, while at the University of Florida did extensive clinical trials using a Denenberg said, “is giving back special formula he developed containing through events … One person soluble fiber (Acacia Gum). said, ‘You know, I just can’t believe This formula “Cholesterade” proved to anybody would leave here and not lower cholesterol in the human body by over smile.” 17% during an 8-week period. Not only is this special soluble fiber proven to lower To contact Denenberg about cholesterol naturally, but other positive booking an event for a charity or effects showed weight loss and improving nonprofit group, contact him at bowel functions which can help reduce the or (717) 581chances of many forms of cancer. 8293. Dr. Richard Goldfarb, the medical director On the cover: Clockwise, from top, Dennis Denenberg surrounded by hundreds of Wizard of Oz items in his Oz-themed bathroom; the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet peek out from beneath a guest bed; Toto’s dressing room; the Oz bathroom’s wizard mirror and sink; and the miniature yellow-brick road and Emerald City. For more photos of Denenberg’s home and gardens, visit

for the company, states, “Statins and other drugs can create as many health problems as what they were developed to cure. Soluable fiber is one of the most important natural ingredients you can consume for overall good health.” For the first time Dr. Cade’s original delicious tasting formula “Cholesterade” is now available at your local Rite Aid pharmacy or call 877-581-1502 • These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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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: No Private: 100 Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes

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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: No 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: A veteran-approved “home for heroes” facility, all in a beautiful, rural setting. Respite services available as space permits.

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

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

The Hickman Friends Senior Community

Normandie Ridge

Total AL and/or PC Beds: 114 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: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Total AL and/or PC Beds: 35 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No 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

400 North Walnut Street • West Chester, PA 19380 484-760-6300 • 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: Yes Comments: Nonprofit personal care community in downtown West Chester. Includes secure dementia care neighborhood. Call to schedule a personal tour.

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.

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: Excellent care in a lovely environment. Call to schedule a visit.

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.

1700 Normandie Drive • York, PA 17408 717-764-6262 • 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: Our dementia care residence features the Kaleidoscope therapeutic engagement program designed for our residents.

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.

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‘Angel of the Morning’ Randal Hill

By 1967 songwriter Chip Taylor had one hit tune to his credit: the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” from the previous year. Now he was summoning his muse again in hopes of hitting pay dirt for a second time. In the book Behind the Hits by Bob Shannon and John Javna, Taylor explains: “The day I wrote ‘Angel’ I was fooling around with some chords for three or four hours. Then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, came ‘There’ll be no strings to bind your hands, not if my love can’t bind your heart.’ “I said, ‘That is beautiful!’ … Within 10 minutes I’d written the whole song, including the chorus.” Then there was the matter of what followed those opening lines. Sex had to be soft-pedaled during rock’s early days; “Angel of the Morning” changed all that. As its story unfolded, listeners heard such eyebrow-lifting lyrics as, “I see no need to take me home/I’m old enough to face the dawn,” as well as “If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned/ Well, it was what I wanted now.” Wow. But, after all, this was the “progressive” ’60s. Taylor and a partner recorded the song — which featured a simple “Louie Louie” chord progression — with a young singer named Evie Sands. Released on Cameo Records, “Angel” quickly caught fire and

won airplay in the Raiders’ 1967 tour. Seattle rhythmseveral key radio While in Memphis, Raiders lead and-blues markets. singer Mark Lindsay introduced Rush collective called But, two to record producer Chips Moman, Tiny Tony weeks after and the Statics who had recorded the Box Tops’ Sands’ 45 was megahit of “The Letter.” (Tony being a released, Cameo Moman had Rush cut a breathy 300-pound soul unexpectedly rendition of “Angel of the Morning,” belter). went bankrupt, a haunting future Top 10 winner. In 1965 and Sands’ rising the Rushes Released on Bell Records, Rush’s star fizzled out. version became a million-seller created Merrilee Later, Taylor Rush and the and even earned her a Grammy received a phone nomination. Turnabouts, a call from Seattle In 1981 country singer Juice rock/R&B group that another that soon became Newton breathed new life into Rush’s artist, Merrilee a top draw on the song, which some rock historians Rush and the local club circuit. now cite as being a forerunner of the Turnabouts, had women’s liberation movement. In time they “Angel of the Morning” cut his song. signed on as the Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian “I was looking opening act for June 1968 who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be forward to Paul Revere and reached at hearing it,” Taylor said. “It came out, and I had a advertisement copy sent to me. But I took one listen and said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think so.’” Taylor spoke too soon; Rush’s disc went Top Five in Seattle and then spread rapidly across the country. Merrilee Rush began her life as If you want a funeral with an expensive casket Merrilee Gunst in Seattle in 1944. At and embalming, go to a funeral home! age 16 she became the lead singer of If you are interested in affordable cremation services, a local rock outfit called the Amazing we are the name to remember! Aztecs. We specialize in cremation only, statewide, no removal fees. She eventually married the band’s No Embalming No Caskets sax player, Tom Rush, and the two formed Merrilee and Her Men, which later disbanded. For a while the Rushes worked in an integrated

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Vision Resources of Central Pa. to Honor Helen Keller in June Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania will honor the legacy of Helen Keller throughout June. Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse will present Vision Resources with an official proclamation in tribute to Keller on June 12. VROCP’s work and mission is to facilitate independence, enrich the quality of life, and empower individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Born in 1880 in Alabama, Keller, an author, political activist, and lecturer, was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. The organization will honor Keller throughout the month of June with facts about her contributions to humanity and remembering some of her most famous quotes. The annual memorial culminates on her birth date: June 27. Community support is vital to the mission

of VROCP. Last year, financial support from the community allowed: • 3,781 preschool children to receive free vision screenings • 4,145 adults to receive educational information on eye health and safety issues • 68 adults and children to receive no-cost professional eye examinations • A weeklong Adventures Beyond Site summer camp for youth with visual impairments

Helen Keller holding a magnolia flower, circa 1920

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volunteer at churches and senior The RSVP Volunteer of centers. the Month for Dauphin and Nye and Hostetler have lived Cumberland counties is the team of in Duncannon for five years after Shirley Nye and Barry Hostetler. spending time living in northwest Nye and Hostetler have volunteered via Indiana while working for the RSVP with the Red Cross. American Red Both have Cross in Perry, lost their former Cumberland, and spouses. Hostetler Dauphin counties served in the for nearly five years. U.S. Navy in the Vietnam era, and Nye and Nye was a wife of Hostetler help Shirley Nye and Barry Hostetler. an Army veteran families recover who served in the Korean War. from disasters, such as fire, broken To receive further information water pipes, and fallen trees. They enjoy helping the families recover by about volunteer opportunities finding them a place to stay while in Cumberland and Perry counties, contact Becky Gibbons, they are recovering. development coordinator, at Nye and Hostetler have been in (800) 870-2616 or perrycumb@ parades and town events, showing what the Red Cross does and how it helps people. Hostetler and Nye also 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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Ms. Pennsylvania America Pageant July 15, 2018, Harrisburg Are you a woman who has reached the “Age of Elegance” — 60 years and older? Pa. Senior America is looking for you. At the pageant, you will compete for the title by completing four categories: 1. 5-minute interview with judges 2. State your philosophy of life

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Senior America, Inc., is a non-profit corporation designed not only to enrich the lives of seniors, but also to tap their energy to enrich the lives of others. Find out more at the Senior America website:

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Pursuing the Dream: The Civil Rights Trail By Andrea Gross

At first glance it’s an unassuming little church, one that befits a small town in central Georgia. Along with about 20 other people, I walk through the arched doorway. A woman hands me a sheet of paper. “Inside this building it is April 17, 1944,” she says. “Here in the First African Baptist Church of Dublin, we’re having an oratory contest. We will all attend that contest, and you will each play the part of the person whose name is on the paper I gave you.” She pauses and smiles A statue of Martin Luther King stands in broadly. front of the Georgia state capital in Atlanta. “One of the contestants is a 15-year-old boy named Martin

Visitors tour the home where Martin Luther King was born.

Luther King. The speech he gave on this day was the first public speech of his career.” King did well in the competition, but it wasn’t his speech, titled “The Negro and the Constitution,” that changed the course of history. It was what happened afterward. I look at my paper. I’m to play the part of Sarah Bradley, the teacher who accompanied King to the competition. I stand up when my name is called. I tell about our bus ride back to Atlanta, how King and I were told “by the brutish driver” to move to the back of the bus to make room for a group of white

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passengers, and The sites include how King resisted well-known places, but, when I such as Central pleaded with him High School not to make a in Little Rock, scene, eventually Arkansas, where moved with me to nine teenagers were the back. refused entrance to It was, I say, an all-white high the angriest he school, as well as had ever been and less familiar places, a moment that such as Monroe The tombs of Martin Luther King would stick with Elementary and his wife, Coretta Scott King, him forever. School in Topeka, A display at the Albany Civil Rights Institute reminds people of the time sit in a reflecting pool at the Later, back Kansas, where when African-Americans were forced to sit in the back of the bus. Martin Luther King Jr. National as myself — a segregationist Historical Park in Atlanta. simple visitor to policies led to the Dublin rather Supreme Court than a chaperone at an oratory contest — I realize that it was here that Martin decision that legally ended racial segregation in the United States (Brown v. Luther King began to formulate his dream to “one day live in a nation where Board of Education). [people] will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of I begin my exploration of the Civil Rights Trail in Atlanta, the city where their character.” Martin Luther King was born and where he was living with his wife and The fight for civil rights was brought into sharper focus in January 2018 children when, having gone on a quick trip to Memphis to give a speech, he with the launching of the United States Civil Rights Trail. was assassinated. Spanning more than 100 sites in 15 states plus the District of Columbia, it At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, I tour his birth showcases places that played significant roles during the civil rights movement house, visit the church where he was baptized, and spend a quiet moment of the ’50s, when the first large demonstration against segregation took place in sitting by the reflecting pool that surrounds his tomb and that of his wife, Montgomery, Alabama, and the ’60s, when King was assassinated in Memphis, Coretta Scott King. Tennessee. A three-hour drive brings me to Albany, where a group of young teens used By the ’70s, the fight for equality had shifted to a new phase, one that may please see DREAM page 16 be explored in a future Civil Rights Trail.

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50 plus EXPO Connects Dauphin County’s Older Adults to Community Resources By Megan Joyce Harrisburg resident Gary Phillips was taking a leisurely-yet-productive approach during his second time at a 50plus EXPO. “I just like to wander around and see what there is,” Phillips said. “I do have some information about what to do with your 401(k) when you have to start taking it out. I got a couple of brochures on [services] that are available to seniors for help, like the Area Agency on Aging.” Dauphin County’s baby boomers, seniors, and caregivers joined more than 90 community businesses and organizations recently for the 19th annual Dauphin County 50plus EXPO, held at the Hershey Lodge. The free, one-day event, which provided information and resources for the area’s 50+ community, was co-hosted by OLP Events and the Council on Aging/Dauphin County Veterans Affairs. Dauphin County Commissioner George Hartwick offered a few words of gratitude as the morning’s event commenced. Hartwick thanked seniors for their volunteerism especially, calling them “the backbone of our community.” EXPO guests spoke with exhibitors about products and services on display in travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, healthcare, and more. Cheryl Deitz, outreach coordinator for Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Service, said her company exhibits at most of the 50plus EXPOs. “We came out [to the EXPO] because this gets a really good turnout,” Deitz said. “Our product is one that a lot of people are not aware of, and it’s a free resource for people. And this is very well organized.” Attendees were eligible for door prizes and took advantage of free health screenings for glucose, lower back and sciatica pain, blood pressure, bone density, and others. Claire Hess, of Hershey, has made a habit of getting a heel scan for bone density each time she visits the 50plus EXPO. “They’re checking for osteoporosis or osteopenia, and then they give you a report — it’s painless,” Hess said. “I do it every year when I’m here because then you know whether you need to follow up [with your doctor].” The 50plus EXPO also included two free, informative seminars, held in an adjacent room. Jonathan M. Turner and Kenneth L. Rapp, CFP®, with Ameriprise Financial Advisors, Inc. / Turner Wealth Advisors, answered common concerns about long-term care. Later, Thair Phillips, president and CEO of RetireSafe, hosted a discussion on the new administration’s impact on seniors, including recent changes to the tax code. Onstage in the main ballroom, the EXPO’s ongoing entertainment started with Kim Eichinger, from Mohler Senior Center, who conducted a SilverSneakers fitness demonstration. Eichinger was joined by about a dozen members of her exercise program, which comprises seated and standing movements designed to improve balance and stability. Chad Madden, from Madden Physical Therapy, demonstrated some of his methods for relieving shoulder pain naturally. Madden invited a member of the audience onstage and was able to decrease her shoulder-pain level through a series of therapeutic movements. Toyia Plater, with Capital BlueCross, covered Medicare basics. Plater showed examples of the redesigned Medicare cards, which will soon use an ID number and no longer contain Social Security numbers. Because the commonwealth was selected for a “test run” of the card redesign, Pennsylvanians will start receiving their new cards in the mail this spring, but “by 2020 everybody will have the new cards,” Plater said.


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In her advanced-care planning presentation, Barb Goll, from Homeland at Home, stressed the importance of planning end-of-life care choices and communicating them with family and medical professionals. Goll noted that 90 percent of Americans say talking about end-of-life care is important, but only 27 percent actually have the necessary conversations. “Advanced care planning is being prepared for the what-ifs,” Goll said. “It doesn’t have to do with death; it doesn’t have to do with your age. Everybody who is an adult — meaning 18 years and older — should have some kind of advanced care planning in place.” Tom LaNasa, of Memory Music, wrapped up the day performing songs from the days of the “Rat Pack,” such as “The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis Jr. and “That Old Black Magic” by Frank Sinatra. OLP Events’ next 50plus EXPO will be Wednesday, June 6, at Church Farm School in Exton. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit



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Calendar of Events

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 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 Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m. Adult Children of Alcoholics Support Group St. Mark’s Lutheran Church 2200 Londonderry Road, Harrisburg (717) 526-9252 June 6 and 20, 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 7, 7-8 p.m. Fibromyalgia Support Group LeVan Chiropractic 1000 Briarsdale Road, Suite C Harrisburg (717) 558-3500 June 10, 5-8 p.m. 40th Annual Race Unity Day City Island Pavilion, Harrisburg (717) 232-9163 June 12, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Greenfield Senior Living at Graysonview 150 Kempton Ave., Harrisburg (717) 561-8010 June 13, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Brookdale Harrisburg 3560 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg (717) 671-4700 June 18, 6:30 p.m. Support Group for Families of Those with Memory-Related Illnesses Frey Village 1020 N. Union St., Middletown (717) 930-1218 June 18 to Sept. 17 (Mondays), 6-8 p.m. GriefShare Seminar and Support Group Derry Presbyterian Church Lower Level, Room 9 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey (717) 533-9667

Senior Center Activities June 20, 2-4 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group The Residence of the Jewish Home – Second Floor Library 4004 Linglestown Road Harrisburg (717) 697-2513

Elizabethville Area Library, 80 N. Market St., Elizabethville, (717) 362-9825 June 5, 11 a.m. to noon – Mary Sachs Series: Building Positive Body Image June 19, 6-8 p.m. – Bank on Your Success: Banking Basics Johnson Memorial Library, 799 E. Center St., Millersburg, (717) 692-2658 June 26, 6-8 p.m. – Rustic Americana Blocks June 30, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Eating Toward Health with a Whole-Food Lifestyle 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!

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

June 21, 6 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Country Meadows of Hershey Second Floor Training Room 451 Sand Hill Road, Hershey (717) 533-6996

Rutherford House – (717) 564-5682 Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m. – Chair Yoga Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m. – Art Class Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon – Computer Assistance

June 21, 6-8 p.m. Harrisburg Area Parkinson’s Disease Caregiver Support Group Giant Food Stores – Second Floor 2300 Linglestown Road Harrisburg (717) 580-7772

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June 6, 7 p.m. World Culture Club of Central Pennsylvania Meeting Penn State Hershey Medical Center Fifth Floor, Lecture Room B 500 University Drive, Hershey June 27, 7-8 p.m. Connections Support Group: Families of Memory Impaired June 7, 7 p.m. Ecumenical Retirement Community Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable Meeting Building 3, Second Floor Grace United Methodist Church 3525 Canby St., Harrisburg 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown (717) 561-2590 (717) 503-2862 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

Library Programs East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg, (717) 652-9380 June 10, 1-2 p.m. – The Life of Ulysses S. Grant June 14, 4-6 p.m. – Bank on Your Success: Banking Basics

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

Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 N. Third St., Harrisburg, (717) 232-7286 June 18, 6 p.m. – Cookbook Book Club June 30, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Essential Oils Bracelet McCormick Riverfront Library, 101 Walnut St., Harrisburg, (717) 234-4976 Wednesdays in June, 11:30 a.m. – Midday Getaway June 13, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Mindful Snack Northern Dauphin Library, 683 Main St., Lykens, (717) 453-9315 June 13, 7-8 p.m. – The After Hours Big Band June 28, 10:30-11:15 a.m. – Blood Drive William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, (717) 566-0949 June 11, 6-8 p.m. – Rustic Americana Blocks June 25, 6-8 p.m. – Crazy for Coloring

June 14, 5-10 p.m. Annual Parish Festival St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 359 W. Areba Ave., Hershey (717) 566-5838 June 14, 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 June 26, 6 p.m. Susquehanna Rovers Volksmarch Walking Club Bass Pro Shop – Hunt Room Harrisburg Mall 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg (717) 805-9540 June 27, 7 p.m. Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Middletown St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Spring and Union streets, Middletown (717) 915-5555

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Soldier Stories

Robert Naeye

Vietnam Artillery Veteran Stopped Runaway Train

After serving eight months in traveled home to visit his parents. Vietnam as an artilleryman, Jon He promised them he would do his Hosfeld was no stranger to danger. job and come home. Decades later, in a moment “My father never showed emotion, of crisis, Hosfeld summoned the but when we went to the Harrisburg physical, mental, and spiritual train station for him to leave, tears strength to hop aboard a runaway were running down. He said, train carrying hazardous materials ‘Jonnie, I thought I fought in a war — an example of courage that to end all wars.’” inspired the critically acclaimed As Hosfeld’s flight from Japan movie Unstoppable. was coming in for a landing at Born in 1948, Hosfeld grew up Cam Ranh Bay, he looked out in Central Pennsylvania to religious the window and saw tracers and parents who taught him patriotism explosions. His plane circled the When the North Vietnamese infantry pinned down an infantry platoon, Hosfeld’s and how to tell right from wrong. airfield five times before landing. artillery unit fired nine rounds every 10 minutes for 36 hours. His father served in the Army Air On his third day in Vietnam, Corps in World War II but never he flew on a transport airplane “I did not have any trouble I could Pennsylvania Railroad. He passed talked about his tour of duty. to Pleiku and then by chopper the test, but the company told him it Hosfeld was small growing up and not handle,” he recalls. to his unit. He explained to the After high school, Hosfeld would not waste its money hiring and commanding officer that he was not was frequently bullied. His parents training him and then watch him get trained in artillery. applied to be a brakeman with the told him to stand his ground. killed in Vietnam. “What the hell are you doing “I was 17 years old. What a jolt here?” the officer asked. that was to a young man,” he says. “You tell me and we’ll both know,” Stories of ordinary men and women He turned 18 the very next day replied Hosfeld. called to perform extraordinary military service. and registered for the draft. But just Hosfeld was given a two-week two months later he volunteered for crash course in artillery operations. From 1999–2016, writer and World War II the U.S. Army’s deferred program in His battery consisted of about 100 veteran Col. Robert D. Wilcox preserved the communications. men. Six 105-millimeter artillery firsthand wartime experiences of more than “That will keep you out of ’Nam,” pieces were arranged in a star pattern, 200 veterans through Salute to a Veteran, his said his recruiter. with five guns at the points and one monthly column featured in 50plus LIFE. After training at Fort Bragg and in the center. An infantry company Fort Dix, the Army sent Hosfeld of similar size guarded the outer Now, for the first time, 50 of those stories— to South Korea, where he received perimeter. selected by Wilcox himself—are available to rapid promotions to E5 sergeant. He The temperature often exceeded own in this soft-cover book. describes his Korean service as “very 100 degrees, and at times they Simply complete and mail this form with your payment intense and demanding.” suffered through torrential monsoon to the address below to order Salute to Our Veterans. But because of a bizarre rain so thick they couldn’t see their bureaucratic maneuver, Hosfeld was hands in front of their faces. By the On-Line Publishers • 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512 transferred to West Germany in end of his deployment, Hosfeld and Name_ _______________________________________________________ August 1968 to serve with an artillery his men were eating C rations left unit. This was despite the fact that he over from World War II. Address_ ______________________________________________________ had no training in this field. Several times the men had to pack City_______________________________ State_ ____ Zip_ ______________ In March 1969, Hosfeld received up all their weapons and gear and fly his orders for Vietnam. Surprisingly, in helicopters to a new landing zone, Phone_ _____________________ Email______________________________ he was “elated” to leave Germany where they had to set everything up because of the poor NCOs and yet again. Number of copies_ ______ (Please include $20.80 for each copy) officers. He describes his garrison They were often attacked during Credit card #______________________________________ Exp. date________ duty as “a nightmare” due to racial this period, when they were most tensions and drug problems. vulnerable. It would take 24-36 hours Signature of cardholder_________________________________CVV #________ “I wanted to get away from it,” he just to dig their personnel bunkers, Or send a check made payable to On-Line Publishers, Inc. says. which Hosfeld says made the men “as You can also order online at! Before heading to ’Nam, he strong as oxen.”


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Hosfeld then married viewed Judy Snyder, everyone in whom he his unit as describes as an asset, so his “rock.” his job was His postto find that Vietnam asset in each moment of man and truth came use it to its on May 15, maximum 2001. Due potential. to a series But of errors, a not every locomotive Photo credit: Robert Naeye soldier fit in. pulling a Hosfeld, right, with Rich Burton, from the Hosfeld sent train of 47 Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Roundtable. three men cars was Hosfeld — who had recently injured his leg in back to base running a fall — shared his Vietnam experiences with camp. One of uncontrolled the group during its March 2018 meeting. them became for two depressed hours in when he learned his wife was being northwestern Ohio. Two of the cars unfaithful. Another accidentally shot contained liquid phenol, a toxic off a round inside a bunker, nearly chemical used in paints, dyes, and killing a fellow soldier. glues.  Hosfeld describes a battle where an A locomotive with a two-man crew, infantry platoon was pinned down Jess Knowlton and Terry Forson, by North Vietnamese infantry. His chased down the runaway train, artillery unit fired nine rounds every hooked to the rear car, and slowed it 10 minutes for 36 hours. The platoon down. When the train was traveling called in the rounds practically upon at 11 miles per hour, Hosfeld ran themselves, eventually forcing the alongside it, jumped on board, and NVA to pull back. shut down the engine just south of the Three days later, the platoon town of Kenton. entered their landing zone. “I saw my men ahead of the “I saw bandaged, injured, crippled runaway train in jeopardy, and I knew soldiers, and thought, ‘They’re mad I had to make it,” recalls Hosfeld.  as hell; they’re gonna kick our asses.’ Hosfeld received widespread Instead, it was just the opposite. accolades for his courageous act, and They hugged us and said, ‘Thank he later met President George W. you, brothers.’ That was one of my Bush. That day’s events inspired the proudest moments, protecting my 2010 movie Unstoppable, starring fellow soldiers.” Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. One night, Hosfeld was holed up Hosfeld has since retired. He works in a bunker, packed in ice with a 105- with homeless veterans and is active degree fever. But his landing zone was in the VFW and American Legion. overrun by NVA. During the firefight He and Judy have a daughter and two he ran out to his gun section. grandchildren.  His CO yelled, “You’re sick — In his darkest times in Vietnam, what are you doing?” Hosfeld wondered if he’d make it Hosfeld replied, “I don’t have time home to get married, have children, to get sick; I have to get back to my and maybe even have grandchildren. men. I have a couple hurt.” “That has all happened. We are He took charge and directed small so blessed,” says Hosfeld. But, he arms fire on the perimeter. Hosfeld adds, “Vietnam was a long time ago. was awarded an Army Commendation Hopefully I have adjusted. However, Medal for valor. at the blink of an eye, it’s all back.” Like many Vietnam veterans, To read an interview with Hosfeld had difficulties readjusting to Jon Hosfeld about the runaway civilian life, but he eventually got back train, visit on his feet. He landed his dream job transcripts/2001/05/16/hosfeld.cnna/. with the Penn Central Railroad and

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Best Bicycles for Aging Baby Boomers Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. – Easy Riders Dear Easy, If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about these bikes, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

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Comfort Bikes A comfort bike is a style of bicycle that’s easy on an aging body because it lets you ride in a more comfortable, upright position. These bikes have high handlebars, so you don’t have to hunch over, which eases lower-back strain and reduces pressure on the wrists and hands. They also come with wide tires for a smooth ride, offer fewer gears, and have soft, wide seats to eliminate saddle soreness. Most comfort bikes also come with shock-absorbing forks and seat posts for additional comfort. And some offer unique design features, such as an ultra-low step-over bar that makes getting on and off easy for people with limited flexibility (like the Biria Easy Boarding at Or you could try the “flat-foot” design offered by many manufacturers, where the pedals are moved forward, away from the seat. This allows you to get a full-leg extension when you pedal but keeps the seat in a lower position so when you’re stopped, you can put your feet down flat on the ground while seated, which is a great safety feature for older riders.  Most major manufacturers — including Electra, Sun, Raleigh, GT, Giant, and Trek — all make a line of comfort bikes that costs between $300 and $800 or more, depending on features.

Shopping Tips To find a quality comfort bike, your best option is to find a good bike shop in your area. Bikes from big box stores, like Walmart and Target, are mass-market bikes that may be less expensive, but the quality isn’t as good, and they’re typically 7-8 pounds heavier. They also come in only one size, so you’re not likely to get a great fit. Before you buy any bike, be sure you take it for a test ride to ensure the seat and fit of the bike is comfortable, the brakes and shifters are easy to use, the gears can go low enough for climbing hills, and the frame and suspension adequately smooth the bumps.

Recumbent Bikes If the comfort bikes don’t meet your needs, another popular style among older riders is a recumbent bike. These are the low-to-the-ground, stretched-out frame bikes with recliner-style seats that allow you to lie back with your legs positioned in front of you. Recumbent bikes are very comfy; easy on the back, arms, and shoulders; and aerodynamic, which make them ideal for long rides. The disadvantages: Because they are low to the ground, recumbent bikes can be harder to balance and maneuver and are more difficult for other vehicles to see. If you worry about falling or want more stability when you ride, consider a three-wheel recumbent trike. See Sun Seeker ( and TerraTrike ( for a nice variety, but be aware that recumbent bikes are more expensive, typically ranging between $1,000 and $2,500. 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.

DREAM from page 11 music to publicize and win support for the burgeoning civil rights movement. Rutha Mae Harris, now 76 and the only one of the original Freedom Singers who still performs regularly, enters a small auditorium. She flashes a megawatt smile and tells us how folksinger Pete Seeger realized that the group’s heartfelt songs, which were often derived from familiar hymns or spirituals, would help spread the movement’s message to folks across the nation. Within the next year the teens traveled to 46 of the then-48 states, singing songs like “We Shall Overcome” and “This Little Light of Mine.” They performed alone, with Seeger, and eventually with other well-known entertainers, such as Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, and Bob Dylan. Harris pauses, takes a deep breath, and — oh my, her voice fills the room. Shivers run up my spine as this woman belts out songs that show how courageous leaders and ordinary people fought, prayed, and, yes, sang to win


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equal rights for all people. Her voice is powerful, her passion undeniable. At the end of my tour, with the songs of the Freedom Singers still ringing in my ears, my thoughts go back to that time nearly 75 years ago when a 15-yearold boy and his teacher were forced to the back of the bus. Today, in front of Dublin’s First Baptist Church of Dublin, a giant wall painting shows a young girl blowing on a dandelion, the ancient symbol of hope — expressing her wish that Martin Luther King’s dream will continue to inspire future generations. For more information about these destinations and others on the Civil Rights Trail, see “Napkin Notes” on Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www.

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Avoiding Foodborne Illness as We Age By Adam Ghering Did you know that 128,000 Americans are hospitalized from food poisoning each year, and it’s estimated that millions more get sick? It is essential for individuals of every age to prevent food poisoning; however, as we age we become more at risk, and once ill, it can take longer to recover. Older adults are at an increased risk due to age-related changes to the gastrointestinal tract, underlying chronic conditions (diabetes, cancer, etc.), changes in functioning of organs like the liver and kidney, and side effects caused by medication. The good news is that the USDA’s four steps to food safety (clean, separate, cook, and chill) can help you prevent food poisoning. Food poisoning is never fun and can include symptoms such as upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. Common pathogens that cause illness in older adults include: • E. coli from undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized milk and juices, and contaminated raw fruits and vegetables • Campylobacter from unpasteurized milk; raw or undercooked meat, poultry, or shellfish; and untreated or contaminated water • Salmonella from raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat; unpasteurized milk, juice, or cheese; and animals (reptiles and birds) and their environment

• Cook raw beef, pork, lamb, and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to 145 degrees F. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. • Cook raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to 160 degrees F. • Cook raw poultry to 165 degrees F. • Reheat cooked foods to 165 degrees F.

from these pathogens. Follow the four steps to food safety to make sure you avoid illness: Clean. Clean surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and warm water. Wash hands the right way for 20 seconds, and make sure to focus on scrubbing your palms and in between fingers and fingertips. Wash fruit and vegetables, but do not wash raw meat and poultry. Doing so can cause bacteria to cross-contaminate surfaces throughout the kitchen. Separate. Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods, fruits, and vegetables. Raw meat juices can contain bacteria that can cross-contaminate ready-to-eat foods. When shopping, place raw meats in a plastic bag before placing them in your shopping cart. When at home, use one cutting board for fruits and vegetables and a different one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.

Chill. Refrigerate foods within two hours after cooking or within one hour after cooking if the temperature is 90 degrees F during the summer. Divide leftovers into small, shallow containers and place in a refrigerator set at 40 degrees F or below. To learn more about food storage and how to use foods at peak quality while reducing waste, download the free FoodKeeper mobile app for Android and iPhone. If you have any questions about food safety, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) MPHotline or (888) 674-6854. Or you can chat live with a food-safety specialist in English or Spanish at Ask Karen (www.askkaren. gov), available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Ask Karen also provides automated food safety information 24/7. Adam Ghering is a public affairs specialist with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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Avoiding certain foods, or preparing them in a safe manner, can decrease your risk of becoming ill

Cook. Cook foods to a safe internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. You cannot use color alone as an indicator of doneness. Always use a food thermometer to verify meat and poultry are safe to eat.


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Farmers Market Vouchers 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 $22,459 for a single individual, $30,451 for two people; $38,443 for three people, $46,435 for four people, $54,427 for five people, and $62,419 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. 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 one-timeonly per summer basis. Supplies are limited and are distributed on a firstcome, first-served basis. Voucher distribution will take place at the following sites:

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Friday, June 1, 1-3 p.m. – B’nai B’rith, 130 S. Third St., Harrisburg Monday, June 4, 9-11 a.m. – Pheasant Hill Estates, 4400 Pheasant Hill Road, Harrisburg Wednesday, June 6, 9-10:30 a.m. – Steelton Senior Center, 900 Cumbler St., Steelton Friday, June 8, 8 a.m. to noon – Northern Dauphin County Human Services Center, 295 State Road, Elizabethville Tuesday, June 12, 9-11 a.m. – Zion Assembly of Harrisburg, 2101 N. Fifth St., Harrisburg Wednesday, June 13, 9-10:30 a.m. – Mohler Senior Center, 25 Hope Drive, Hershey Thursday, June 21, 9-10:30 a.m. – Essex House, 320 Market St., Middletown Friday, June 22, 9 a.m. to noon – Friendship Senior Center, 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg Any remaining vouchers will be available at the Dauphin County Agency on Aging office, 2 S. Second St., Harrisburg, by appointment at (717) 780-6130.

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80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon Please join us as a sponsor or exhibitor for the fifth annual women’s expo this fall. Women of all ages have enjoyed these annual events, finding helpful information for all the hats they wear in their everyday lives, including:

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50plus LIFE Dauphin County June 2018  

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 2018  

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