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You and Your Adult Child: The Why of Estrangement and How to Heal By Kathy McCoy, Ph.D. Estrangement hurts every day of the year. But the pain can be particularly intense during the holidays with empty places at the holiday table, a phone that doesn’t ring, and unanswered texts. And afterward, you’re left wondering, “Why?” Many parents contend that they’ve been blindsided by estrangement, that there’s no reason for it. But, in fact, there’s always a reason. Sometimes it’s hard to see and accept. Numerous studies have examined common triggers for estrangement with some surprising findings: • Fathers are more likely to become estranged from their grown children as the result of divorce, either when the children were young or due to a late-in-life divorce. • Mothers are more likely to become

estranged from their adult sons and daughters due to giving unsolicited advice or having a clash in core values— particularly regarding religious beliefs or lifestyle choices. • Parents and adult children are less likely to become estranged as the result of verbal arguments than they are from a conflict of needs: This is often the need of the adult child to be independent and in control of his life and the need of the parent to remain closely connected and, ultimately, in control. This desire to stay close may increase with the parents’ age, coming

at a time when adult children have increasing responsibilities for their own families and careers. Helping an adult child financially can actually increase the likelihood of estrangement. This can happen because financial help may be an expression of power between the generations. Also, an adult child’s financial neediness can spark conflict with and sometimes between parents. A good relationship in the growingup years doesn’t guarantee you’ll never be estranged: Marriage and new in-laws can lead to conflict and estrangement. Also, some forms of mental illness that can make relationships difficult

do not appear in young adults until their 20s. Whatever the reasons for your estrangement from an adult child, what can you do to heal the rift? Healing the Rift 1. Be the first to reach out and say, “I’m sorry.” Even if you feel your adult child is to blame, realize that you may want to heal the rift more than your child does and so need to make the first conciliatory move—as hard as that may be. 2. Accept responsibility for your part in the current conflict or estrangement. Remember that the only behavior over which you truly have control is your own. Think of new ways to make a positive difference. 3. Practice letting go. Let go of old roles, the need to be right, and the please see ESTRANGEMENT page 7

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By Jason J. Tabor At 52, Paul Waclo radiates an energy and creativity men half his age would be lucky to possess. Coupled with the business savvy and charm cultivated by a career in design and sales and a general dissatisfaction with working for someone else for a living, Waclo was well equipped to take the plunge and start his own business in 2012. The story of how he “carved” his own path to a better life is an inspiring one. “Getting pushed to do things that are out of your comfort zone is always how you grow,” says Waclo, the owner of chainsaw sculpture business Chainsaw Carving by Paul. Waclo now tours the country leaving a trail of sawdust in his wake, creating custom wooden sculptures of animals, people, furniture, tree houses, or whatever creations his artistic impulses lead him to. His sculptures are whimsical and unique; they seem to be imbued with Waclo’s sunny disposition. He carves downed trees that would otherwise be heading to mulch or firewood piles as well as onsite memorials to loved ones from trees on his customers’ properties. A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Waclo has lived in central Pennsylvania for the past 13 years with his wife, Lori, and their three daughters. The son of a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, Waclo was diagnosed with Perthes disease, a childhood

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disorder that affects the hips and legs, at just 6 years old. “I was bedridden, basically, for about four years of my childhood,” he says. “I spent a lot of time in traction in hospital beds, and at one point my doctor told me I’d probably never walk again.” While bedridden, he began drawing and sketching to pass the time. He carried this passion for art into adulthood, long after treatments at Hershey Medical Center alleviated the effects of the Perthes disease and got him out of the hospital rooms that had confined him for much of his childhood. “I was always outside, being active, doing motorsports, hiking and skiing and building things. All things that I still enjoy today. As a young person, I was very aware that I’d been given a second chance at life.” After high school, Waclo studied engineering and design at Penn State. He started his own business after graduating, designing apparel for BMW North America and doing mechanical drafting and design for other clients as well. His businesses ended up floundering due to his “not having the life skills at 22 to really know how to make it a success.” Eventually, he settled into a successful career in sales, although he sometimes thought of how he might go into business for himself once more. Waclo’s interest in chainsaw art stemmed from an unconventional source: a TV show called Saw Dogs that his daughter was a fan of and insisted he needed to watch. The show profiles the trials and travails of a

team of chainsaw carvers as they are commissioned to complete a series of complex art projects for high-end clients. After watching just one episode, he was hooked. Soon, he’d purchased a chainsaw and was beginning to attempt his own small carvings on blocks of wood in his driveway. “Something about it just spoke to me and I wanted to try it. I’d never used a chainsaw before, never even picked one up,� laughs Waclo. “When I was first learning to sculpt, my main focus was using the saw without killing myself! Much of sculpting involves using the tip of the saw, which can cause a lot of bounce-back. It’s really quite dangerous when you’re first learning.� After taming the saw, Waclo’s sculpting skills began to grow by leaps and bounds. He credits his engineering experience, and its reliance on being able to visualize structures in three dimensions, for his rapid progress.  “In order to do what I do, and know where to make the first cut and the second cut, and so on, it’s essential to be able to see these objects in my head and rotate them around. Carving is really just the process of ‘removing’; there may be an eagle or a horse hidden in a block of wood, and it’s my job to carve away everything else that’s there,� he explains. What began as a hobby in his driveway soon grew into a business as passersby started to notice the artwork he was making and made offers to buy them. He carved a custom bench, which included two friendly, welcoming bears and decorative script, for Brown’s Orchard & Market in Loganville, and suddenly his work was gaining notice and wide visibility. “If it hadn’t been for Brown’s, this probably would’ve remained a part-time job,� he says. “Things started taking off, and I had to start working faster in order to deal with all of the commissions that began coming my way.� After 25 years in a successful career, Waclo left the corporate world to strike out on his own, and he hasn’t looked back since. He now

works full time to fulfill all of the commissions from art collectors and property owners who want to adorn their yards with Waclo’s unique vision. “Each morning I sort through all of the Facebook messages, emails, and phone calls I receive from prospective customers,â€? he explains. “Then I head to my shop ‌ or hit the road with my mobile workshop if I’m working on site.â€? He also incorporates a workout routine and nutrition plan into his daily regimen. “This isn’t like sitting in an office — you need to be in shape to do this kind of work, and I see myself doing it when I’m 75 or 80.â€? He maintains a small inventory of sculptures for sale, but most of his work is done on spec after consulting with a potential buyer. His sculptures range from small pieces he can complete in a day to works like the Old Man of the Sea, which had to be positioned by crane at Mariner Point Park in Maryland. As a chainsaw carver, Waclo has joined a small but passionate group of woodworkers referred to as “The Brotherhood of the Saw,â€? which has allowed him to forge relationships with fellow carvers and customers all around the world. “I’ve truly become friends with many of my customers. It’s humbling to be invited into someone’s home and be put up as a guest when you’re creating art on their property.â€?  He recalls being “treated like a rock starâ€? during a tour of the Stihl Chainsaw manufacturing plant in Germany and, when not carving, gives presentations and seminars on small business around the country. He’s even become friends with the carvers he saw on TV who inspired him in the first place. “I know it’s a bit of a clichĂŠ, but if you’re able to find something you’re passionate about and make a living doing it, you’ll never have to work. I’m 52 and every day I’ve got a smile on my face, I’ve never felt better, and I feel like my road in life, starting a business at this age, brought me to what I was always meant to do.â€? For more information, visit www.

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Starting out as an assistant director on I Love Lucy in the late ’50s probably wasn’t a bad foundation for Jay Sandrich’s television career behind the camera. “I wrote a letter to Lucy’s company (Desilu) and was invited for an interview,” recalled Sandrich from Los Angeles. He was immediately offered the job despite possessing only a film degree from UCLA and a couple of years’ experience working on army documentaries. “It was my first real job in the business,” he said. “The only reason I got it was because the man who hired me had been my father’s assistant, so I got that job thanks to my father.” But by then, there was no way for Sandrich to thank his dad. Sandrich senior had died a decade earlier when

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his son was just 13. Mark Sandrich had been a respected film director in the 1930s and ’40s who worked on five Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films as well as the still-favorite seasonal

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musical Holiday Inn. As the rookie second assistant director on Lucy, young Sandrich’s duties included a lot of paperwork and making sure actors were on time for rehearsals. “Then I got the job of first assistant director the next season. I knew very little, but the previous assistant director, Jack Aldworth — now the associate producer — taught me so much.” Also filming at Desilu Studios was Make Room for Daddy. Director/ producer Sheldon Leonard invited Sandrich to work on the series as assistant director for more than 160 episodes. “That’s where I really learned a lot,” he said. “Not necessarily working with actors but with the cameras.”

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Throughout the ’60s, Sandrich worked on other hit series, such as The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show. When executive producer Leonard Stern began planning Get Smart, he invited Sandrich to produce the first season. “But I really didn’t enjoy producing — too many worries,” admitted Sandrich, who went on to direct a half dozen episodes. In the ’70s, Sandrich guest directed multiple episodes of numerous popular series. He especially left his directorial mark on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970s and The Cosby Show in the ’80s/’90s, directing more than 100 episodes of each and winning two Emmys for each series. Despite spending a career surrounded by actors, Sandrich says emphatically he had no desire to act himself: “I knew how bad I would have been! “I’m 85 now and my wife and I have been spending summers in Aspen, and I’ve directed a few plays,” he says. “But television comedy has changed so much that I don’t think I’d be good directing it today. I’ve had a great career being involved with some of the best comedy shows ever produced.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala., and has written features, columns, and interviews for over 650 magazines and newspapers.

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shame and sadness keep you away from new experiences and other people you love perpetuates the pain.

4. Learn to live with differences. Just because we’re related, doesn’t mean we’ll always have the same opinions and beliefs. Part of growing in love is learning to tolerate differences. You may have a long wait if you expect your child to agree with you. If you put your love for your adult child first, before your beliefs, you may find your way back to each other.

3. Take care of yourself. Exercise. Eat healthy meals. Live as full a life as you possibly can. This gives you the strength to carry on and makes a good life, despite your underlying pain, possible.

5. Accept boundaries and limits now that your child is grown. Such acceptance can increase closeness. Don’t drop by without calling. Don’t give advice unless asked. Respect their independence while celebrating what you can and do share. Healing Yourself When Estrangement Persists 1. Forgive yourself and your adult child. This is very hard, but it is necessary to keep from getting stuck in pain and bitterness. 2. Break your isolation by reaching out to others. Letting

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The Bookworm Sez

Hank & Jim Terri Schlichenmeyer

You and your friend have a lot in common. You both laugh at the same idiotic things, enjoy the same food and drink (often together), and you share similar experiences. You’ve taught your friend a lot and you’ve been a willing pupil, too. If you’re both lucky, as in the new book Hank & Jim by Scott Eyman, it’ll be that way for decades. Born into a large family in Nebraska in May 1905, Henry Fonda once recalled an aimless, directionless childhood. That’s surprising, since young Hank was a focused boy who always insisted on perfection in everything he tackled, including hobbies, studies, and acting, which he embraced when a local woman invited him to join the


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community theater. When he realized that he loved acting—and he was good at it—Hank received the blessings of his parents to move to New York City, to see where his dramatic talents might take him. James Stewart was born almost exactly three

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years after Hank, in a similar small town in Pennsylvania. His father was a businessman who owned a hardware store and who made sure that Photo credit: Greg Lovett his children Hank & Jim author weren’t Scott Eyman. insulated from others unlike them. Young Jim was an easygoing, affable boy who loved animals and model airplanes; in fact, he’d once considered entering a Naval Academy but, while

in prep school, he realized that he loved acting — and he was good at it. Even at college, he wanted to see where his dramatic talents might take him. While at Princeton, Jim briefly met Hank, but their meeting was unremarkable: They shook hands, exchanged small talk, and then went their separate ways, but they had mutual friends, so it was inevitable that they’d meet again. Eventually, they shared rooming houses, a love of practical jokes and of gardening, and an obsession with flight. Hank was a Hollywood success first, then Jim. Jim won an Academy Award first, then Hank. They both spent time in World War II, about which they were reluctant to talk. And they shared an obsession with one

irresistible woman … You click through channels on a quiet evening and find an old, blackand-white movie on TV. Those are fun to see — and so is Hank & Jim. Much like those classic movies, author Scott Eyman takes readers on a trip back to an innocent time, when drama was for stage or camera

only and, because few stars bothered with bodyguards, fans enjoyed more accessibility. It was a time when an actor might be ashamed at his own personal marry-go-round, while other marriages were forever. But Eyman also lets his subjects romp: We see bed-hopping and scandals here, as well as stories

that frame the lifelong friendship of two stars, as told by themselves, friends, and children. And on that note, readers who are tabloid-familiar with either man may also shed a tear … This book is a movie buff’s dream: There are surprises in here, reminisces, and plenty of “awwwwww”-inspiring

moments. For Hollywood watchers and bio-fans alike, Hank & Jim is an uncommonly good read. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

Such is Life

Every Day is a Milestone Saralee Perel

My husband, Bob, will turn 70 soon. He’s been refusing to get out of bed. Today I pulled his covers down. “Bob, 70 is the new 50.” He pulled the covers back over his head and muffled, “What’s 80? The new dead?” “Bob, look what you’re missing out on right now. A wonderful day with me. Come on. Get dressed and we’ll go to Four Seas Ice Cream.” Four Seas is probably one of the most popular ice cream parlors on Cape Cod, where we live. I said, “I’ll even treat you to one of their t-shirts. What color?” “Black noir.” “What size? “Old.” Later, he said, “I don’t feel 70.” “What’s 70 supposed to feel like?” “As cuddly and adorable as a tick.” “I’m getting you out of this funk. We have this very moment to be in love with each other. I’m not missing out on it.” That lifted Bob’s spirits. He held my hand as we walked to our car. He joyfully said, “We fell in love

when we saw each other at Four Seas. Remember?” “Oh yes,” I said, suddenly feeling a little wistful. “You ordered extra cherries for your hot fudge sundae. They fell on the floor and you stepped on them. Everywhere you walked, you left little red dots behind you.” “It seems like yesterday,” I said. This 70 thing couldn’t be bothering me instead of Bob, could it? That feeling of wistfulness was now replaced by wanting to throw up. Choking on my words, I said, “The place was packed. We locked eyes just as if we were the only ones there. You were wearing your light-blue work shirt and it matched your blue eyes.” “That was over 40 years ago,” he said. My shoulders did a grand slam slump. Then I ever-so-slowly put myself prone and face down in the grass. “Saralee! Pull yourself together.” He helped me up and gave me a hug. By the time we got to the ice cream shop, I was uncontrollably sobbing.

“Boy, will your birthday be rotten.” He snuggled with me in the front seat. “All I want for my birthday is you.” That’s all I needed to hear. And so, just like the pair we were 40 years ago, we sat at the counter and had our ice creams. I had a hot fudge sundae with extra cherries, which didn’t fall off.

Bob’s birthday will be a day to cherish, when two people in love share one fine occasion filled with dreams of long ago, the exquisite present tense, and courage for the days to come. Nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at or via her website:


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7 Lifesaving Reasons You Should Eat Cauliflower

I was eating dinner with my husband, Sam, and having homemade chicken soup with a slice of sourdough bread and melted butter. It was simple and delicious. We ate silently.  Toward the end of the meal, he says to me, “We always eat our soup and bread silently because we are mentally calculating how to time the last bite so it’s perfect.”  Ha! So true. We usually chatter during meals, and tell funny stories, but when soup and bread hit the table, it all goes to silence. I like to time my last bite so it’s soup (to wash down the bread).  Regardless, about this homemade chicken soup … that’s what I really want to talk about. Tonight we made it differently, with peas instead of celery (because you need something green) and with red onions instead of white ones. We used shredded cauliflower instead of rice — that was the biggest and most pleasant surprise because I didn’t think it would actually work.  You can buy shredded cauliflower now in bags in the produce department of your grocery store. Someone should have bagged this stuff decades ago! Anyway, the cauliflower holds up remarkably well, even days later. It acts just like rice except with cauliflower, you get the most incredible health

benefits. It’s a crucifer, like its green cousins broccoli and Brussels sprouts, so it has the same cancerfighting properties. I want you to start cooking with cauliflower. Here’s why. Cauliflower contains sulforaphanes; that’s the compound that gives it a funky sulfur smell. This compound has been isolated and studied. It clearly demonstrates cancer-fighting promise, especially for breast, prostate, and other reproductive cancers. This has been shown repeatedly, in both animal models and test-tube studies. Cauliflower contains antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals. There are many antioxidants present in cauliflower, but among the more recognizable, we find quercetin, vitamin K, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and kaempferol. That last one is incredible — it’s rarely talked about, but kaempferol has evidence behind it to show that it can block the production of VEGF (a signaling protein that promotes the growth of new blood vessels) in your body and “suppress ovarian cancer-cell metastasis in vitro,” according to one research study.

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Job Opportunities LANCASTER COUNTY EMPLOYERS NEED YOU!! Age 55 or over? Unemployed? The 55+ Job Bank is one of three services offered by Employment Unit at the Office of Aging. Jobs are matched with those looking for work. Based on an evaluation of your skills and abilities, we can match you with a position needed by a local employer. Some employers are specifically looking for older workers because of the reliability and experience they bring to the workplace. There is a mix of full-time and part-time jobs covering all shifts, requiring varying levels of skill and experience, and offering a wide range of salaries. The other services available through the Office of Aging are the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the regularly scheduled Job Search Workshops.

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— Volunteer Opportunities — One of the available specialized volunteer opportunities at Lancaster County Office of Aging is that of APPRISE counselor. Counselors work with a diverse group of consumers with one commonality: There is some type of connection to Medicare. You may work with a consumer who is receiving Medicare and having problems with secondary coverage, or you may be helping the child of a Medicare consumer who’s trying to help a parent who doesn’t have drug coverage. APPRISE counselors meet with consumers who are new to Medicare, and they screen consumers to determine if they’re eligible for any benefits that help pay for the costs of Medicare. The orientation process includes shadowing experienced APPRISE counselors, working through online training modules, and attending new counselor training provided by the state Department of Aging. This process occurs during weekdays, mostly at the Office of Aging in Lancaster. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Bev Via, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 299-7979 or

Reverse Mortgage – Insurance for Whatever Comes The reverse mortgage is no longer the “loan of last resort.” Financial planners are increasingly seeing it as a viable and dynamic tool to hedge against the future, which, for all of us, is full of unknown possibilities. Shelley Giordano, founder and chair of the Funding Longevity Task Force, said that even at a slower growth rate, the reverse mortgage is still a powerful financial tool for ensuring necessary liquidity and cash flow in retirement. “This is not just a loan, but something akin to an insurance policy,” she said. “It insures for long-term care. It’s dental insurance; it’s housing maintenance insurance; it’s portfolio insurance; it’s divorce insurance. It’s an unbelievably versatile product. “Unlike other insurance products for specific calamities, which usually have high premiums and recurring costs, this loan has only a one-time expense. There is no financial instrument like a reverse mortgage,” said Giordano. Designed to help seniors, one eligible borrower must be 62 years or older and be living in the home. If you have a current mortgage on which you are

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Booming Voice

Heart to Heart Bill Levine

Recently, during my 9-yearold Boston terrier’s second echocardiogram appointment, I was not, unlike the first appointment, focusing on the intimacy of Cookie’s beating heart tissue and blood flow on the screen. At this six-month checkup there was less awe and more trepidation on my part. Cookie’s last echo showed that she had a leaking mitral valve, a bane of her breed, which indicated the beginning of congestive heart failure. Thus, this time I was paying more attention to Dr. M., the vet, as she jotted down numbers from the ultrasound procedure. I was hoping the numbers would add up to stability in Cookie’s condition. They didn’t.

“Cookie’s leakage has increased since last time,” Dr. M. said with professional concern. Not wanting to dive into the ultimate prognosis, I waded into the shallow end of the pool, asking Dr. M. if we needed to change Cookie’s meds. She became more upbeat,

saying that as long as Cookie is not showing any symptoms, like shortness of breath, we could keep her on the same meds, and even if she did begin to retain fluid in her lungs, there were meds that could mitigate this congestion for a while. I looked at Cookie on the

examining table, reassuring myself that she could jump off it, her leaping ability still half-cat and half-dog. Even at 9 ½, at home she still does the not-stupid dog trick of jumping on a chair and then onto the dining table to pilfer my meal with a gastronomic interest ranging from salads to stroganoff. Then, when yelled at, she can, with aplomb, dive off the table to stake out her position for dessert. My initial echocardiogram four years before Cookie’s was nervewracking. A day out of surgery for a broken ankle, I was wheeled on a tortuous gurney journey to a deserted wing of the hospital, where the echocardio room resided. The echo was uneventful, except for the cold jelly on my chest applied

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by the showerhead-like device. After the echo, my gurney was moved to the long, empty corridor, and I was assured transportation would be right down. After waiting 20 minutes, though, I would have welcomed even the spooky corridor’s resident 100-year-old troll to extricate me from this vast nether land. This experience was in contrast to Cookie’s echo, which was done in the loving care of the vet and the vet tech. Thus, Cookie was told at her discharge how cute she was and given a treat, and afterward there was no waiting in creepy isolation. I just whisked Cookie into my car and deposited her in her familiar front-seat lookout position. Several months after my initial echocardiogram in 2011, I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, a heart arrhythmia, which can be mostly controlled with a daily dose of a beta blocker. When I occasionally feel dizzy, I monitor my heart rate with a finger pulse oximeter, and if it’s beating

at 130 beats per minute, I take special, quick-acting beta blockers. I also learned how to take Cookie’s heartbeat manually by placing my hand on her abdomen and counting exhales for 15 seconds to extrapolate the rate per minute. In song, a heart skipping a beat can be sublime, but in real life, an arrhythmia can create vulnerability. It did in my life. I went from a healthy middle-ager to a balding 60-year-old when I got my diagnosis. My atrial vulnerability made me more aware of Cookie’s precarious existence due to her more serious heart condition. So, in the future I will walk Cookie more frequently, and she will run and jump at the sight of a leash in anticipation of a favorite pastime. We will stop to smell the roses, the garbage cans, and maybe even any roadkill scent that Cookie favors. Maybe. Bill Levine is a retired IT professional and active freelance writer. Bill aspires to be a humorist because it is easier to be pithy than funny.

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chronic conditions. The central activity of the program is walking, but each session begins with education tailored toward those living with arthritis. Each participant will receive a workbook that provides information on arthritis, pain management, selfmonitoring, and how to overcome barriers. Sessions will be held at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. For more information or to enroll, call Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979.

on the cell and slow the growth of cancer! Cauliflower protects your bones because it is a rich, natural source of vitamins K and C, as well as minerals like potassium, manganese, and phosphorus. Cauliflower gives you a low-carb alternative to digestible fiber, so it will help you achieve regular bowel movements while eliminating toxins stuck in the deep crevices of your gut. In fact, sulforaphanes and glucosinolates found in cauliflower fight Helicobacter pylori, and that fact alone should reduce your risk of colon cancer. Cauliflower contains I3C (indole3-carbinol), which helps metabolize estrogen into anti-cancer byproducts, and that’s good for both men and women. I3C has been studied for its role in cholesterol and triglyceride synthesis. If you’d like to get some of my recipes using cauliflower, sign up for my newsletter and I’ll email them to you. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

Age is Nothing but a Number: Cosmetic Surgery after 50 By the California Association of Orthodontists Getting on social media isn’t the only way older people are keeping up with the younger generation — doctors are reporting a recent rise in the number of older patients looking into cosmetic procedures, many of them in their 90s. Dr. Joshua Zuckerman, a board-certified plastic surgeon practicing in Manhattan, reasons that the stigma for plastic surgery is fading fast. Combined with an increase in less invasive procedures, both surgical and nonsurgical treatments are becoming more common with older men and women. Zuckerman says that wrinkles, sunspots, and loose, flabby skin are often the biggest complaints for older patients, but it’s not uncommon to perform facelifts, eyelid lifts, facial fat transfer, breast lifts, tummy tucks, and thigh lifts on them, too. Cosmetic surgery is often traditionally associated with major procedures like these; however, the rise in popularity of noninvasive procedures — such as braces, dental implants, chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and injectable fillers such as Botox or Xeomin — have made aesthetic improvements even more accessible and affordable to anyone that wishes to take advantage of them. Cosmetic procedures may be more in demand than ever before with over-60s, but there is a lack of information about the effects, risk, and results for older generations that take the plunge. So, we spoke to the experts and asked them to break everything down for us. How Risky is It? The risk really depends on the procedure that you choose. Body-altering surgeries, such as facelifts or tummy tucks, require anesthesia, which is riskier for older patients, who are more likely to have heart problems, high blood pressure, or diabetes. “Age is also an independent risk factor for forming a clot during surgery,” says Zuckerman, “so patients over 50 must get proper preoperative medical clearance from their primary-care doctor and/or cardiologist.” Extreme measures don’t have to be taken to alter appearance, though. Braces are a relatively low-risk way to bring change to a face or even mitigate health concerns, such as sleep apnea or jaw pain caused by temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Dr. Robert Sunstein, San Diego-based orthodontist and member of the California Association of Orthodontists, says that “there is no increased risk in getting braces later in life and, at most, the procedures can be tiring.” One of his patients, an 84-year-old, opted to go home for a nap before returning and finishing the bracket adjustment. What Does Age Mean for Recovery? As with any healing, as the body ages, the process becomes slower. Recuperation from anesthetic can also take longer, but it’s not all bad news. New York-based cosmetic surgeon Dr. Philip J. Miller says that “surprisingly, recovery from procedures is as varied across the board as one sees in the sub-65year-old population. There are those who recuperate very quickly and those who take a little longer, both in terms of the incision healing, bruising, swelling, and recuperation from anesthesia.” So, while extra caution must be taken, recovery time is a very individual process. Surgeon Dr. Manish Shah does note that his older patients tend to have a much higher pain tolerance, however.

in their skin, meaning that their results will last longer, but Shah does say that older patients can, in some instances, have equivalent results to younger generations with procedures such as tummy tucks or breast lifts. Results, he notes, can vary for patients of different ages and sizes. Sunstein states that, in comparison to surgical procedures, braces are known to be effective at any age. The key to achieving a well-aligned smile with braces or dental implants, such as veneers, is having healthy teeth and gums as a foundation for any orthodontic work. Regular visits to a dentist, an effective oral-care routine, and consistent follow-ups with an orthodontist will ensure that every patient’s treatment is a success. Should I Do It? Age has no impact on wanting to look as good as you feel, and luckily, there are now so many options out there that offer results for all comfort levels. Whether you’re ready to go full force into liposuction and a tummy tuck or would prefer to start small with fillers or a chemical peel, you can find a procedure that’s right for you. Once all of the risks have been assessed against the benefits, there is no reason that anyone over 60 can’t have a positive experience with cosmetic surgery, should they want it. The California Association of Orthodontists is a chapter of the American Association of Orthodontists. It represents more than 18,000 orthodontist members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. For more information, go to

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The mission of the KWVA/USA is to defend our nation. Care for our veterans. Perpetuate our legacy. remember our missing and fallen. Maintain our memorial. Support a free Korea.

Come and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow veterans at a monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA). We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Wood Crest Villa — Bluebird Commons, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, starting with lunch at noon. This invitation includes spouses/companions and drivers. There is no charge for attendance. Dress code is casual. We currently have 90+ registered members. Come join us. Hopefully, you will find it habit forming.

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apart, from “The Ballad December of Davy Crockett” 1954 until were fighting February for radio 1955. It became airplay; Bill Hayes’s arguably rendition television’s on Cadence first Records miniseries. beat the The competition shows hit an unexpected when it Photo of Fess Parker as Davy Crockett from streaked up ratings home the television miniseries Davy Crockett. the Billboard run when charts and they attracted locked in the No. 1 spot for five weeks. 40 million viewers. Parker’s Crockett — hailed as “the King of the Wild Few knew that Disney had commissioned the tune — which took Frontier” — captivated America like nothing before. less than an hour to write — only People loved the catchy theme song. when the three Crockett shows had Suddenly nearly two dozen versions of run a few minutes short of time before being shown. Hayes’s success was only the Stories of ordinary men and women beginning. In a feeding frenzy of epic called to perform extraordinary military service. proportions, manufacturers rushed a multitude of Crockett products From 1999–2016, writer and World War II onto the market — much to the veteran Col. Robert D. Wilcox preserved the chagrin and frustration of the Disney firsthand wartime experiences of more than organization. (Since Davy was a 200 veterans through Salute to a Veteran, his historical figure and in the public monthly column featured in 50plus LIFE. domain, it was impossible to copyright his name.) Anybody could — and did Now, for the first time, 50 of those stories— — put a load of Crockett stuff on the selected by Wilcox himself—are available to market. own in this soft-cover book. Kids rushed to buy “official” Davy Simply complete and mail this form with your payment Crockett regalia (buckskin jackets, to the address below to order Salute to Our Veterans. leggings, moccasins) as well as 3,000 other items that included (deep On-Line Publishers • 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512

While numerous historians have portrayed Davy Crockett as a brave folk figure, many others have blasted him as being a self-serving con artist. When Crockett claimed to have killed 105 grizzly bears in a span of nine months, some later cynics argued that the uneducated pioneer simply couldn’t have counted that high. In the mid-1950s, though, baby boomer kids embraced only the positive Crockett image. This was thanks to Fess Parker, a 29-year-old Navy veteran from Texas who stood tall (6 feet, 5 inches), was ruggedly handsome, and exuded a quiet on-screen confidence during ABC-TV’s Disneyland trilogy about the fabled frontiersman. As Walt Disney’s debut foray into television, each episode of Davy Crockett was shown one month

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Volunteer Spotlight Volunteer Provides Meals, Transport, and Companionship them open their door, see you, and The RSVP Lancaster Volunteer get a big smile on their face,” Long of the Month for January is Peggy said. “Taking a few minutes to chat Long. Long has been a driver and with them makes me client visitor for feel better too.” Meals on Wheels Born in clients for 16 years. Christiana, Long She is a caregiver grew up in Beaver to her sister and Falls in western previously to her Pennsylvania and dad. attended nursing MoW meets the school in Pittsburgh. needs of people who Her husband was can’t prepare meals, Peggy Long in the Army; from have no family to Okinawa, he was transferred to help them, or can’t afford enough Barstow, California, in the Mojave food. Long appreciates getting a Desert. After 12 years, the Longs chance to visit and know them. moved back to Lancaster to attend MoW volunteers are often the Lancaster Bible College when they only person checking on clients. Once, Long arrived at a client’s home were in their 30s. Long’s husband passed in 1988. shortly after they had fallen. Long was able to comfort them and notify They opened their home to college students with financial needs and family and medical assistance. Long also volunteers at Love INC, provided housing for as many as providing transportation for medical seven. Long likes to read, enjoys appointments and shopping, and needlework, and attends many at the Factory Ministries, which college sporting events to support the started as a youth center. It now has expanded to serve families by helping student athletes. If you would like to learn about them become self-sufficient. Long served on their board for seven years. volunteer opportunities in Lancaster “You’ll always encounter someone County, contact Margie Groy at (717) 454-8647 or lancleb@ who’s not 100 percent satisfied, but that’s rare. It’s so rewarding to have 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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Support Groups Free and open to the public Mondays, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, 2 p.m. Our Journey Together Cancer Support Group Lancaster Cancer Center Greenfield Corporate Center 1858 Charter Lane, Suite 202, Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 143 Jan. 3, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street (717) 464-9365 Jan. 8, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 Jan. 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group Masonic Village Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33764 Jan. 17, 7 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group Pleasant View Retirement Community Stiegel Dining Room – Town Square North 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 664-6696

Jan. 18, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576 Jan. 18, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 Jan. 22, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Community Meeting Room – Kohl’s Wing 142 Park City Center, Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104

Community Programs Free and open to the public Jan. 10, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Woodcrest Villa – Bluebird Commons Room 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 299-1990 Jan. 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Using GEDMatch to Connect with Your DNA Relatives Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities – Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster (717) 397-0439

Jan. 25, 2 p.m. Centerville AARP Chapter 4221 Meeting Pheasant Ridge Community Center 209 Longwood Court West, Lancaster (717) 786-4714

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Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 Jan. 6, 1:30 p.m. – Lititz Historical Foundation: Local Air Raid Posts during World War II Jan. 11, 7 p.m. – Lancaster Civil War Roundtable: The Underground Railroad’s Legacy in Pennsylvania Jan. 24, 7 p.m. – Budget-Friendly Skillet Meals


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Senior Center Activities Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 Jan. 5, 9:30 a.m. – Raggedy Ann Program Jan. 11, 10 a.m. – Too Much Stuff: The Dilemma of Downsizing Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m. – African Dancing and Drumming Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Mondays and Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – Pinochle Club Mondays and Fridays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. – Walk with Ease Jan. 17, all day – Winter Picnic Lancaster House North Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 299-1278 Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – Senior Exercise Class Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – Bingo and Pinochle Fridays, 12:30 p.m. – Party Bridge Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 299-3943 Jan. 4, 10 a.m. – Pottery Works Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. – Three Kings Story with Albright Life Jan. 8, 11 a.m. – MLK Trivia and History Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Thursdays and Fridays, 10:30 a.m. – Ukulele Lessons by Ukulele Uprising Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m. – Barney Ewell “Breaking Through” Project Presentation Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m. – Ceramics with Pottery Works Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Wednesdays, 9:15 a.m. – Healthy Steps in Motion Jan. 4, 10:15 a.m. – Music and Dancing with Harmonica Jack Jan. 22, 10 a.m. – Instrumental Peace (Evolving Memories through Music) Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 Jan. 1, 10 a.m. – The Four Levels of Care You Are Entitled to Receive Jan. 10, 11 a.m. – Fresh Express Jan. 25, 11 a.m. – Prime Time Healthy Living Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 Fridays, 10 a.m. – Yoga Jan. 26, 10:30 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition Class Jan. 31, 10 a.m. – Free Manicures and Haircuts by Lancaster School of Cosmetology Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m. – Winter Craft Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Pop Pop Jan. 31, 10:30 a.m. – Trivia with Bob Reigh Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

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27. Natural gift 31. Flair 32. Minerals 34. ___ collar 35. Ireland 36. Extinct N.Z. flightless bird 37. Filmed 38. Want 39. Heels 40. Solar disk 41. Peril 43. Ugliness

45. Harvest 47. Dignitary (abbr.) 48. Indisposed 56. Beef or pork 57. Sea duck 58. Oleaginous 59. Shaft 60. Lamentably 61. Bear dipper 62. Distant (pref.) 63. Parcel of land 64. ND Indian

19. Aquatic bird 20. Genetic material (abbr.) 23. Bib. town near Jerusalem 24. UFO occupant 25. Medical condition 26. Decay 28. Anesthetic 29. Not anybody (two words) 30. Explosive (abbr.) 33. Effortless 35. Finish 39. Packing boxes

40. Orient 42. Always (poet.) 44. Each and ____ 46. Medical bottle 48. Kill Bill’s Thurman 49. Succeeding 50. Valley 51. Taro root 52. Raised mark on the skin 53. Employ 54. Other 55. Swedish shag rug

Down 1. Copycat 2. Patriarch 3. Grimm characters 4. Noun suffix 5. Osiris’ evil brother 6. Catch some Z’s 7. Political campaign circuit 8. Wife of Zeus 9. Spoken 10. Append 11. Actress Allen or Black 12. Attributes 14. Printer’s marks

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Assistance Dogs Provide Help and Love Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about assistance dogs for people with disabilities? My sister, who’s 58, has multiple sclerosis, and I’m wondering if an assistance dog could help make her life a little easier. – Inquiring Sister Dear Inquiring, For people with disabilities and even medical conditions, assistant dogs can be fantastic help, not to mention they provide great companionship and an invaluable sense of security. Here’s what you and your sister should know. While most people are familiar with guide dogs that help people who are blind or visually impaired, there are also a variety of assistance dogs trained to help people with physical disabilities, hearing loss, and various

medical conditions. Unlike most pets, assistance dogs are highly trained canine specialists — often golden and Labrador retrievers and German shepherds — that know approximately 40-50 commands, are amazingly well behaved and calm, and are permitted to go anywhere the public is allowed. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of assistance dogs and what they can help with.

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Service dogs: These dogs are specially trained to help people with physical disabilities due to multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson’s disease, chronic arthritis, and many other disabling conditions. They help by performing tasks their owner cannot do or has trouble doing, like carrying or retrieving items, picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, assisting with dressing and undressing, and helping with balance, household chores, and more. Guide dogs: For the blind and visually impaired, guide dogs help their owner get around safely by avoiding obstacles, stopping at curbs and steps, negotiating traffic, and more. Hearing dogs: For those who are deaf or hearing impaired, hearing dogs can alert their owner to specific sounds, such as ringing telephones, doorbells, alarm clocks, microwaves, oven timers, smoke alarms, approaching sirens, crying babies, or when someone calls out their name.

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Seizure alert/response dogs: For people with epilepsy or other seizure disorders, these dogs can recognize the signs that their owner is going to have a seizure and provide them with advance warning so he or she can get to a safe place or take medication to prevent the seizure or lessen its severity. They are also trained to retrieve medications and use a preprogrammed phone to call for help. These dogs can also be trained to help people with diabetes, panic attacks, and various other conditions.   Finding a Dog If your sister is interested in getting a service dog, contact some assistancedog training programs. To find them, Assistance Dogs International provides a listing of around 65 U.S. programs on their website, www. After you locate a few, you’ll need to either visit their website or call them to find out the types of training dogs they offer, the areas they serve, if they have a waiting list, and what upfront costs will be involved. Some groups offer dogs for free, some ask for donations, and some charge thousands of dollars. To get an assistance dog, your sister will need to show proof of her disability, which her physician can provide, and she’ll have to complete an application and go through an interview process. She will also need to go and stay at the training facility for a week or two so she can become familiar with her dog and get training on how to handle it. It’s also important to understand that assistance dogs are not for everybody. They require time, money, and care that your sister or some other friend or family member must be able and willing to provide. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

VA Hotline Now Fully Staffed and Operational The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that the White House VA Hotline is now fully staffed with live agents working to serve veterans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The hotline, which became 24-hour operational in mid-October, is now staffed by a team consisting of 90 percent veterans or employees who have a veteran family member, and is in response to veterans’ requests to talk to agents who could relate to their experiences.  “The White House VA Hotline provides our nation’s veterans with a direct, dedicated contact line that allows them to interact with highly trained, live agents to answer their needs and concerns,” said VA Secretary David J. Shulkin.  The hotline can be accessed at (855) 948-2311 and is VA’s first nonclinical, nonemergency, aroundthe-clock call center. It provides veterans a supplemental option to report issues if they are not being addressed through VA’s normal customer-service channels.

“Since the initial launch of the hotline in June, we listened to our veterans, who indicated that they prefer speaking with other veterans and veteran family members, and we adjusted our hiring based on that feedback,” added Shulkin.   Since fulltime coverage began in October, the hotline has served more than 10,000 callers.  Hotline agents answer inquiries; provide directory assistance; document concerns about VA care, benefits, and services; and expedite the referral and resolution of those concerns. Agents undergo regular updates and training on VA services based on hotline trends and are assisted by newly implemented tracking software to help VA capture and improve its response, referral, and resolution processes.  The hotline’s agents are located at a VA facility in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. The hotline also generates realtime reports to VA experts, who can help address the specific issues of veterans as well as make betterinformed decisions on where program improvements are needed. 

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Uncovering Treasure with Dr. Lori Lori Verderame

As the star appraiser on History’s The Curse of Oak Island, I spend a lot of time identifying buried treasure found on a small, secluded island off Nova Scotia. At my antiques appraisal events, where audience members bring me their art, antiques, and collectibles to evaluate, I uncover the true stories behind objects from many historical time periods. Like Oak Island treasures, sometimes folks’ valuable antiques are buried in plain sight. At some recent seminars, I appraised many interesting objects, including a Limoges Dr. Lori, left, with the porcelain footed serving bowl, Tiffany lamp’s owner. an American Impressionist painting by a Rockport artist, a strand of opera-length pearls, a 19th-century silver tea service, a mid-century modern kimono, a Maria Martinez black-on-black pot, a jadeite vase, a Tiffany lamp, a large glass perfume bottle collection, and the list goes on. A couple brought a lovely pair of Sioux Native American beaded dolls to my appraisal show. They were handed down in their family, and the couple was interested to know the dolls’ value and origin. I assessed the type of beadwork; Native American tribes were adept at beadwork, and the patterns of the beadwork typically reveal which tribe made the dolls. The beadwork was colorful and very well executed, which spoke to the quality of the object. The leather was in good condition, which means that the dolls were probably not stored somewhere hot, such as an attic, or damp, such as a basement. Remember, when it comes to deteriorating leather, dryness is the culprit. The two dolls dated to the early 1900s and were worth nearly $1,000 on the market today.

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Dr. Lori Verderame is an antiques appraiser, internationally syndicated columnist and author, and award-winning TV personality on History’s The Curse of Oak Island and Discovery’s Auction Kings. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University and experience appraising 20,000 antiques every year, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events worldwide. Visit or call 888-431-1010.

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A young man who enjoys yard-sale shopping told me that he was learning about 19th and 20th century art by reading my blog and visiting museums. He knew that he had a winner when he recognized the butterfly mark on a landscape print for sale at a local yard sale. That butterfly mark was the famous mark of American expatriate artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (of Whistler’s Mother fame). According to this young man, for just $5, that print was not going to stay at the yard sale for long. I authenticated the print by Whistler, because the mark is not The owner of this Tiffany lamp, the only indicator of credibility now worth $11,000, remembers her on an old print, and dated it grandfather reading by it. to the late 19th century. Then I revealed that this savvy shopper had a work of art worth $1,500. Prints hate direct sunlight. Keep your prints framed to protect them, and hang them in a dark area of your home. A fine Tiffany Studios favrile glass lamp was a most interesting antique and one that surprised its owner. The lamp was worth $11,000 and was handed down in the owner’s family. She remembers her grandfather reading by it. Got something you are curious about? Want to know what should be handed down to your children and what should be sold off to take advantage of a strong art and antiques market? Have me appraise your antiques and collectibles, and I’ll tell you if it’s trash or treasure.

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Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Risking death, several kinds of and the birds most likely seen feeding common wildlife in southeastern on dead critters on country byways. Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, are All these birds usually are quick adaptable enough to get food off enough to rise off the roads before country roads through the year. Some approaching vehicles and drop to of the more common the blacktop again foods on rural roads after the traffic has include earthworms, passed. Skunks, dead animals, spilled opossums, red foxes, grain, and road coyotes, and other apples. mammals also feed Thousands of on dead creatures on earthworms emerge the roads, mostly at at night from the night. ground in fields along At any time of rural byways any year, sometimes time rain falls heavily corn, or some or for a length of other grain, spills time during warmer on a roadway. seasons. Some of Rock pigeons, An American robin hunting for earthworms. those worms blunder mourning doves, onto country roads. house sparrows, and Many of them are horned larks are up to a foot long, and quick to consume several get squashed that grain from the on the roads, though roads. Those birds many others make it also ingest tiny to safety. stones to help grind Striped skunks and those seeds in their opossums eat some stomachs. of those worms on But road apples, roads at night most also known as horse of the year around. droppings, are the And on summer most interesting nights, American food source on Turkey vulture. and common toads country lanes. Those consume some of “apples” are from those worms off the roads. horses pulling buggies along rural American crows, American robins, roads. American kestrels, and purple grackles Road apples have chewed, but ingest many smashed worms off undigested, bits of corn in them that blacktop lanes the next morning. The house sparrows, horned larks, starlings, robins, in keeping with their custom, pigeons, doves, and other kinds of run and stop, run and stop on the birds scratch from that manure to eat. roads to pick up and ingest worms These are the more common kinds until they are full. of wildlife foods that are found on Several kinds of animals are killed farmland blacktop throughout the on rural roads, providing food for year. Those foods are easy to ingest, if scavengers bold enough to ingest it wildlife that consumes them stays out there and quick enough to escape of traffic’s way. traffic when it comes. Turkey vultures, black vultures, crows, red-tailed hawks, Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist. and starlings are all devout scavengers



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50plus LIFE Lancaster County January 2018  
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