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Lancaster County Edition

March 2013

Vol. 19 No. 3

Unearthing History’s Underground Mysteries Local Archaeologist’s Work Benefits from Senior Volunteers By Lori Van Ingen Indiana Jones, eat your heart out. Central Pennsylvania native Steve Warfel has made his share of amazing archaeological finds, too. One of Warfel’s finds was a cobble with a face pecked on it that dates back to 2050 to 1770 B.C. He found it just off the shore of Piney Island, below the Holtwood Dam. It was found under water near a habitation layer with charred remains in a hearth, he said. The cobble is now on display at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. Another extraordinary discovery was a glass trumpet at Ephrata Cloister. Dating to the period around A.D. 1730, the German religious communal society, which was devoted to separating itself from the outside world, probably found the trumpet to be too ostentatious and it was disposed of in a trash pit, Warfel said. Warfel’s love of archaeology began when he stumbled across anthropology while attending Franklin & Marshall College as a pre-med major. When Warfel heard that the State Museum of Pennsylvania’s archaeologist needed extra helpers with his dig, he decided to get involved. “I didn’t know what I was getting into, but I had a little coursework under my belt,” he said. please see UNEARTHING page 22 Archaeologist Steve Warfel in front of Dill’s Tavern in Dillsburg, where he conducted an investigation for the Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society in summer 2011.


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The Way I See It

Rough Days Mike Clark his cold starting coming on last Thursday; by Friday, it was accelerating at full throttle toward a wretched head- and chestbuster. My wife and I still went out to eat Friday evening. Being able to down a hearty meal while feeling less than well is not an ideal way to display toughness and resolve against illness. Midway between the eatery and home, I felt something else creeping up on my weakened mass. A perfect storm was brewing. I was about to be crushed by the agonizing process of negotiating a full-scale assault by not just the cold, but also a horrible bout of food-borne illness that was surely brewing inside. It was strange, though, how my body quickly put the cold aside to clear the way for a relatively short but brutal battle to exorcise the evil bug invasion taking over my body. The two storm systems were miraculously diverted from collision


by the force of self-preservation, an innate sense that I could not handle both afflictions at the same time. All of Saturday was a grueling test of my willingness to battle. And battle I did. By Sunday afternoon, the bacteria army was vanquished. So the reckoning began. My cold took its rightful place in the dark space that was previously occupied by the poison beasties. And it took its place with vicious authority.

It felt as though somebody was running a steel-wool pad in and out of my throat and chest with a rusty pipe, my head was being attacked from within by a troop of little demons with ball-peen hammers, and my muscles were being pulled and twisted by unknown forces. The suggested remedies for the common cold can drive you as crazy as the people who swear by them. I stick to my regimen of drinking instant chicken

noodle soup, taking short (or long) naps, whining, and, of course, taking long, hot showers, minus the joy of singing songs to which I have long since forgotten the words. I have to preserve my ravaged voice for better days. It’s now Tuesday and my wife is eyeing me with that enough-is-enough look. On her way out this morning, she dropped one of those dust-magnet cloths on the table and pointed out that the particle layers were getting thick on the flat surfaces. She also informed me that the vacuum was downstairs in the family room, just in case. In case of what? Oh, now I get it. She just doesn’t respect my pain. Mike Clark writes a regular column for The Globe Leader newspaper in New Wilmington, Pa. He lives outside Columbia, Pa., and can be contacted at

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Walt Sonneville n the decade prior to and following World War II, most days of the week were dedicated to a routine of specific activities. Mondays were dedicated to washing the laundry and hanging it to dry, secured by wooden pins to slender rope lines in the backyard. Amazingly, clothes hung in freezing temperatures dried, despite turning stiff as heavy-duty aluminum foil. Undergarments might be hung in the basement, adding a bit of comforting humidity to the heated air in the house. Almost everyone used one or more of three brands of laundry soap: Fels Naptha bars, Rinso powder, and Oxydol powder. Clothes hung outside to dry always had a “fresh smell” regardless of the brand of soap used. Most homes were heated with coalburning furnaces that emitted bits of black ash (“soot”) through the chimney, speckling laundry hung nearby. Some homes had only a washboard to scrub clothes. The slightly more affluent had a wash machine equipped with dual hard-rubber rollers. When hand-cranked, these rollers squeezed out much of the water from laundry passing between them. Americans in the 1930s and 1940s had limited wardrobes. This made family laundry manageable until diapered babies arrived. Tuesday was given to ironing laundry. Wrinkle-free fabrics did not arrive until late in the 1900s. President Truman, in 1947, asked Americans to not eat meat on Tuesdays so this country could ship


more grain to the undernourished people in postwar Europe. Wednesday provided relaxation at the movies, where theatres promoted attendance by holding a “Bank Night.” The paid admission ticket, usually 25 cents, had identical numbers printed at each end. Half of the ticket was surrendered to the usher upon entry. At intermission a theater employee would pull the winning ticket stub from a jar to award a cash prize of about $20, a coveted sum in those days. Thursday was not a dedicated day. The evening was spent listening to popular radio shows that, through accompanying sound effects, brought a sense of theatric realism to the listener. Friday, for observant Catholics, meant fish for dinner or perhaps macaroni and cheese. Meat was banned as atonement for sins. There was less opportunity to sin in this era. One lived in a community close to aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. Our behavior was closely monitored. No one wanted to bring shame to family members. Saturday was given to maintenance of the house, garden, lawn, and car— but not before shopping for the groceries needed for the week ahead. Movie theaters featured matinee films for children, usually presented in serialized segments to encourage return for next week’s episode. Features included Tarzan, Charlie Chan, Buck Rogers, and cowboy heroes. Evening films featured programming for adults. In the 1950s, Saturday-night movie attendance declined as

television gained audiences. Teens with automobiles favored “cruising” downtown streets to attract companionship before heading to the drive-in snack spot. Sunday was the time to attend church. Proper dress was prescribed— church was not a leisurely event. Attendees often selected the same pew seat every Sunday as though it were reserved. Most retail stores were closed all day to observe the Sabbath. Sunday dinner, usually scheduled for early or mid-afternoon, typically featured chicken, mashed potatoes, a vegetable, and homemade dessert. Potato salad and ham were frequent choices for picnic events. Visiting among relatives and friends provided entertainment, until it was time to hear favored radio programs aired in the evening. Today we shop any day of the week and most hours of the day. Laundry is simplified by automatic washers and dryers. Any night is movie night, thanks to DVDs, Netflix, and cable television. The abandonment of structured weekdays has impaired seeing our friends, relatives, and neighbors at supermarkets, church, and movie theaters. Life is much more convenient as we find ourselves increasingly isolated. Walt Sonneville, a retired market-research analyst, is the author of My 22 Cents’ Worth: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen and A Musing Moment: Meditative Essays on Life and Learning, books of personal-opinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. Contact him at

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Red-Wings Clyde McMillan-Gamber ed-winged blackbirds are handsome birds that are symbolic of cattail marshes. Males are almost robin-sized and black with red shoulder epaulets and a yellow line under each scarlet patch. Females are brown with darker streaks for camouflage around their nests and young. Males repeatedly sing “o-ka-lee” while raising their wings and displaying their shoulder patches as they sway on cattails and tall grasses, or perch on trees and other objects. The adaptable red-wings are abundant in Lancaster County farmland in March when thousands of them migrate through here from farther south. While flying in large, dense flocks, the males’ red shoulder patches gleam like hot coals in a black furnace. Some red-wings nest locally, while others continue to their breeding grounds. Red-wings form nesting colonies to take advantage of limited acreages of cattail and tall grasses in marshes and around ponds where they raise one or two broods a season. Female red-wings take several days to make grassy nests on plant stalks above the water or soil. They need four or five more days to lay three or four eggs and about 12 days to incubate the eggs. Both


parents need a couple of weeks to raise the youngsters to fledgling, feeding them protein-packed invertebrates. That’s about 36 days, and more to bring broods to independence. Some pairs of red-wings nest in clover and alfalfa fields, but usually unsuccessfully because of monthly mowing of hay for livestock forage, which destroys eggs or offspring. But during droughts when the plants are slow-growing or in rainy weather when the hay is too wet to cut, some redwings nesting in hay fields raise young to maturity. Red-wings stop breeding in midJuly when flocks of adults and young gather in marshes and fields to feed and perch overnight prior to drifting south for the winter. Most habitats that were full of nesting red-wings and their singing are nearly empty and silent. Though their breeding habitats are limited in size, red-wings’ feeding environments aren’t. They eat invertebrates and grain in marshes, fields, and meadows. Red-winged blackbirds are interesting and beautiful. Go to local wetlands to experience them. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Kate’s Royal Portrait Dr. Lori he official portrait of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge was unveiled at London’s National Portrait Gallery on Jan. 11, 2013, and is currently on public display there. The portrait was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery through the Art Fund. It was painted by the BP Portrait Award-winning artist Paul Emsley (born in 1947 in Glasgow, Scotland), who has also painted such notable figures as South African President Nelson Mandela and author V.S. Naipaul. Experts are categorizing the painting within the tradition of Italian Renaissance portrait master Leonardo da Vinci, citing a keen ability to capture likeness and the use of dark and light areas to convey drama to the image. Soon other royal portraits will be compared to this painting of the Duchess of Cambridge, like the paintings by Hans


Holbein of the royal court members of King Henry VIII to the more current and famous painting of Princess Diana by American artist Nelson Shanks. Onlookers the world over—that is anyone with a pair of eyes—have offered their critique of the painting too. Some adjectives that have been used to describe the work of art include dark, unflattering, inconsistent, etc. I think that the way that the artist has captured the duchess’ trademark flowing, long hair and coy yet understated smile is an achievement, aesthetically speaking. Of course, the natural beauty of the

Duchess of Cambridge contributes to the success of the Emsley painting. Some say that the painting shows a more serious side of the duchess, but I disagree with that assessment. As an art historian, appraiser, and former museum director, I think that the painting depicts a youthful royal with a zest for life and a sincere smile that shows her unique understanding of her position. The piece captures her likeness, suggests her vigor, and makes the viewer want to take a second look. The duchess sat twice for the artist, in both May and June 2012. One sitting took place at the artist’s studio and the

other in the duchess’ own surroundings at Kensington Palace. Like most contemporary portrait artists, Emsley produced photographs and worked from them to complete the portrait. The painting was completed after approximately four months of work by the artist. The duchess’ eyes are attractive, realistic, and bright. An oddly familiar earring emerges from the duchess’ curled hair, which shows a strong resemblance to the famous sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring that was once owned by the late Princess Diana. The portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge is a bust-length portrait that does not show the sitter’s hands, so the earring may serve as a remembrance of the family tradition and the famous history of the royal jewels. I think that, as with many works of fine art, the earring may be a symbol of the legacy of

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the royals. This object is a recognizable link to her husband, Prince William, and his royal lineage. Reports indicate that the duchess wanted to be portrayed naturally, not officially. Many who know her say that including the duchess with her smile was a good and obvious choice. Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, now

the Duchess of Cambridge, was born in Berkshire and attended Marlborough College. The duchess studied at the British Institute in Florence before enrolling at the University of St. Andrews in Fife. She has a degree in the history of art. She married Prince William of Wales at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011.

She holds an honorary position as a patron of the National Portrait Gallery. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge by Paul Emsley is on display now as part of the Contemporary Collections in the Lerner Galleries of the National Portrait Gallery, London. Judging from the portrait, it looks like it’s good to be Kate.

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Keep Your Eyes Open for Common Sleep Disorders Barking dogs and ambulance sirens can interfere with a good night’s sleep, but so can a number of physical conditions. Because sleep is essential to your health, get familiar with these common disorders and conditions that prevent restful shuteye. Teeth grinding. Technically known as “bruxism,” grinding your teeth can cause pain in the jaw, as well as annoy whomever you’re sleeping with. It’s often associated with anxiety and stress. A mouth guard can reduce tooth abrasion, so talk to your dentist. Sleep paralysis. While drifting off to sleep, or waking up, you may suddenly realize you’re unable to move your body. The condition can go on for several

minutes. It happens when part of your brain is in REM sleep and it shuts down your ability to move so you don’t injure yourself during dreams. It’s not dangerous— just unnerving.

sleep, preventing you from getting the rest you need. And you may not even be aware of the problem unless a partner notices your breathing difficulty. Treatment depends on the seriousness of the condition; surgery is one option, but lifestyle changes such as losing weight

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and avoiding alcohol can also be effective. Night terrors. Not a nightmare, but an intense sensation of fear that’s most common in children. Though scary for parents and kids alike, night terrors aren’t considered dangerous and usually don’t result in any lost sleep for the sufferer. Restless leg syndrome. An irresistible compulsion to move parts of your body as you’re trying to fall asleep, RLS is a neurological disorder that can affect your arms, torso, and even phantom limbs. Stretching or shaking your limbs can bring some relief; iron supplements may be effective, but have your iron level tested by your doctor before taking any pills.

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Salute to a Veteran

Aboard the Intrepid, He Saw Action in Major Battles Across the Pacific Robert D. Wilcox


alter Miles was in high school in Maryland when the Japanese attacked Pearl

Harbor. And, like many youngsters in those days, he couldn’t wait to get in uniform and battle the enemy. Several of his friends had joined the Navy and told him how great it was. So, although he was only 16, he did as many others had done, claiming he was 17 and enlisting in the Navy. The Navy was pleased to have him and, after three weeks of boot camp in Norfolk, sent him to Electrician’s Mate School in Newport, R.I. Graduating from there as a third class electrician’s mate in 1943, he was assigned to the brand-new USS Intrepid, which was the fifth of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built for the Navy during World War II. It was to have one of the most

distinguished service records of any Navy ship, seeing active service in the Pacific Theater including the Marshall Islands, Truk, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa. And Miles was aboard for them all. He boarded the ship in August 1943 for its shakedown cruise to Maine, then to Trinidad. Then it passed through the Panama Canal to Pearl Harbor, where it took on needed supplies

Third Class Electrician’s Mate Walter A. Miles in Norfolk in 1943, about to board the USS Intrepid.

and armament before heading to the Marshall Islands, the next objective in the Navy’s massive island-hopping campaign. There, she and the carriers Cabot and Essex destroyed all of the 83 Japanese aircraft based on RoiNamur, and her aircraft strafed Ennuebing Island until 10 minutes before the Marines reached the beaches. That opened up the

North Pass into Kwajalein Lagoon for the assault on Roi. Next, the three carriers headed for Truk, the tough Japanese base in the center of Micronesia. There they sank two destroyers and 200,000 tons of merchant shipping in two days. Miles says he remembers Truk well. “One night I was standing my watch in the gyro compass compartment. I had just sat down with a cup of coffee when there was a huge explosion that blew me across the room. A Japanese plane had put a torpedo in us about 40 feet from where I was sitting, blowing a huge hole in the side of the ship, flooding several compartments, and distorting our rudder. “We were able to limp back to Pearl Harbor for temporary repairs, then to Hunter’s Point Navy Yard in San Francisco for permanent repairs.”

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By June 1944, the Intrepid was back Another’s hair went completely gray. in fighting trim and headed for the The Intrepid returned to Hunter’s southwest Pacific. She struck airfields Point again for repairs, and then went to and artillery emplacements on Peleliu, Okinawa, where they were attacked by and then steamed to join the Battle of scores of kamikazes. A good friend of Leyte Gulf, the largest sea battle in Miles’s was manning a 20-mm gun history. when his tub was hit, and he had both One of her aircraft spotted Vice legs blown off and died. A twin-engine Admiral Kurita’s flagship Yamato and bomber exploded next to the ship, accompanying ships. A day-long attack spraying fire and body parts across the from carrier deck, and Miles aircraft then helped fight the sank one fire and clear the Japanese deck of body battleship and parts. heavily When the war damaged three ended and the more, forcing Intrepid returned the Japanese to to Long Beach, withdraw. they picked up As the many soldiers Intrepid’s from various aircraft hit islands on the Clark Field on trip home. Miles The USS Intrepid (CV-11) in the Philippine Sea Oct. 30, a went by train to in November 1944. burning Bainbridge, kamikaze Md., where he suicide plane crashed into one of the was discharged on Jan. 10, 1946. carrier’s port gun tubs, killing 10 men He then earned a BS in education and wounding six. from Salisbury State Teachers College Miles says, “We placed the dead in and taught fifth and sixth graders for a canvas sacks, each weighted down with a couple of years. And then he worked in 5-inch shell; then, after a religious sanitary engineering for 30 years before ceremony, slid them from a board into retiring and coming to a retirement the sea.” home in Lancaster. Later in the battle, two kamikazes He’s happy there, saying with a smile, crashed into the flight deck, killing 69 “It’s a great place for anyone who men. Miles was part of the crew who appreciates good food … and plays fought the flames and successfully put bridge.” them out. He says the stress of battle got Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in to the men in different ways. One, he Europe in World War II. remembers, couldn’t talk at all.

Secret to Longevity: Don’t Worry, Be Happy Want to live a good long time? Eating right and getting lots of exercise are essential, but so is the right attitude. At least that’s what one study suggests. Researchers at the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine questioned 243 people age 100 or older. They found that centenarians tend to share certain personality traits (in addition to other factors, like genetics). In general, these long-lived people are … • Outgoing • Positive-minded about other people • Full of laughter

• Open with their emotions • Conscientious and disciplined • Unlikely to obsess about anxieties or guilt The scientists point out that these characteristics don’t necessarily represent a cause-and-effect relationship. They did notice, however, that in many cases the personality traits they observed weren’t necessarily lifelong tendencies, but behaviors their subjects learned as they grew older. Focusing on the good and not worrying about the negatives may have a positive impact on overall life expectancy.

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Calendar of Events

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Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation

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Pre-registration is required for these programs. All activities are held at the Environmental Center in Central Park unless otherwise noted. To register or to find out more about these activities or any additional scheduled activities, call (717) 295-2055 or visit

Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 March 6, 10 a.m. – Music with Dutch Country Cowboys March 12, 10 a.m. – Outside Shopping March 21, 8:15 a.m. – Hot Breakfast with Rick

March 2, 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. – Signs of Spring March 3, 1 to 4 p.m. – Maple Sugaring March 9, 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. – A Walk to Enjoy and Identify Coniferous Trees

Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 9 a.m. – Income Tax Preparation by AARP March 6, 10:15 a.m. – Grief Counseling March 15, 10:15 a.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Party

Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 March 14, 7 p.m. – Lancaster Civil War Roundtable: Custer at Gettysburg March 23, 1:30 p.m. – Lititz Historical Foundation Program: Introduction to Tracing Your Family’s Roots March 26, 7 p.m. – Village Art Association: Impasto Painting

Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 March 20, 10 a.m. – Medication Take-Back/Drop-Off March 20, 1 to 2 p.m. – Central Penn Food Bank Commodity Box Distribution March 25, 9 a.m. – Hearing Aid Repairs/Service

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March 21, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 March 25, 2 to 3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259

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March 9, 7 p.m. Presentation: Biography of Nikolaus Kampen Garden Spot Village Chapel 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6000

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March 7, 7:30 p.m. Staged Drama Reading: “An Enemy of the People” Creative Works of Lancaster Congregation Shaarai Shomayim 75 E. James St., Lancaster (717) 723-8295

Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 299-3943 March 1, 9:30 a.m. – CAP Nutrition Program with Food Demos March 13, 9:30 a.m. – Double Chorus Practice March 14, 10:30 a.m. – Music and Memories

Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 March 5, 10 a.m. – Program on Bullying in the Elder Community March 12, 10 a.m. – Program on Heart Disease and Stroke March 19, 10 a.m. – How to Prevent and Identify Asthma Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 March 1, 10 a.m. – Music and Memories March 4, 10 a.m. – Bingo March 25, 10 a.m. – Town Meeting Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Fridays, 8 a.m. – AARP Income Tax Assistance March 11, 10:30 a.m. – History of the Salvation Army March 15, 10:30 a.m. – Let’s Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day Rodney Park Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle and Bingo Please call or visit the centers’ websites for additional activities.


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Gloria May, M.S., R.N., CHES n a recent car trip through the British countryside, we stopped at one of the most wellappointed rest areas I’d ever seen: two restaurants, a video game parlor, a gift shop combo market, a post office, and the most appreciated feature, a dozen ladies’ “facilities.” On the inside door of each cubicle, there was a poster. It was a line drawing of a woman with her knees held together but her ankles flung far out to each side. Her hands, one over the other, were just about at her (pardon me) crotch level. The illustration’s message was clear: She really had to go to the bathroom. Under the image was written: “Back already? Overactive bladder is a treatable medical condition. Ask your doctor.” Very clever, I thought, and great placement. “Overactive bladder” is the name of a distressing problem that, although it can become more troublesome as we grow older, is not a normal part of aging. The symptoms are:


• Urinary frequency, meaning having to go more than eight times in 24 hours and/or twice during the night • Urinary urgency, defined as the sudden desire to go with the panicky feeling that you won’t be able to wait until you get to a bathroom • Urge incontinence, referring to actually not being able to hold back your urine until you get to a bathroom Some 17 million Americans (mostly women) are plagued by overactive bladder symptoms. The underlying problem usually lies with the nerves and/or the muscles in that area, although there are other contributors: • Medications such as sedatives, diuretics (obviously), and sleeping pills

• So-called “trigger foods” that can irritate the bladder: coffee (even decaf ), alcohol, tomatoes, citrus fruits, corn syrup, honey, milk, carbonated beverages, chocolate, cranberries, and even artificial sweeteners and highly spiced dishes Can overactive bladder be treated as the poster stated? And how? And with what degree of success? Yes, it can be treated, and while there is no one-size-fits-all strategy, there are a number of approaches that, when taken together, result in an estimated 80 percent success rate: Diet: It has been reported that half of overactive bladder sufferers can ease their symptoms just by eliminating trigger foods from their diet. Once the symptoms have improved, it is often possible to add these items back, one at a time; however, if there is one food or drink that’s particularly problematic, it may have to be permanently avoided. Bladder retraining: This is a process of unlearning certain habits, teaching the bladder to hold more urine, and exercising and strengthening pelvic floor muscles. Medications: There are patches, gels, and pills that, although not a cure, can get a person through the course of bladder retraining. However, it takes time, and more importantly, dedication. In addition, an overactive bladder is probably best handled by a urologist or an ob/gyn with specialized training. Of course, none of this will get done unless the patient cranks up the courage to tell their doctor that there is a problem in the first place.

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Travel Appetizers: Stories that Whet the Appetite for Travel

There’s More to Maui than Sun and Surf t’s 5:30 in the morning, and I’m shivering on a Maui beach. The wind is gusting, and the waves are crashing onto the shore, showering us with fine particles of mist and sand. I’m one of about 50 people, most in swimsuits, wrapped in towels and looking either supremely serene or vaguely apprehensive. The serene folks are the Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) or at least kama’aina (non-Hawaiian islanders). The apprehensive, like me, are visitors. We’re here to experience Hi’uwai, a traditional Hawaiian purification ceremony. It’s the opening event of Maui’s Celebration of the Arts, an annual festival that honors Hawaiian culture, from music to crafts, from rituals to herbs. (This year, the celebration will be held March 2931.) Clifford Nae’ole, the Hawaiian cultural advisor to The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Kapalua, which is hosting the event, begins speaking.

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“Now it is time for silence,” he says. “When you go into the water, think about what you’ve done, good and bad. When you get out, you’ll leave the dirt behind.” He calls us to move closer to each other as he intones a chant that I can’t understand. Then he waves us toward the water. I surprise myself by going in, letting the water wash over me. The wind whips my face, blows my hair, and I almost stumble as the waves come in with a roar. As I regain my balance, I sense new possibilities. Maybe there’s something to this. Within about 10 minutes, the last few people leave the water, and Nae’ole has us face the east where the sky is getting lighter, a glimmer of pink peaking through the trees. A woman leads us in a chant to awaken the sun. “A new day has begun,” says Nae’ole, and he encourages us each to hug the person closest to us. I’m standing near please see MAUI page 23

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The Search for Our Ancestry

How Do You Spell That? Angelo Coniglio ’ve reviewed factors that are important in determining immigrant ancestors’ names as they were used in their country of origin. Once the name is known, it can be used in searching for other information about the person—that is, the other genealogic “keys”: date of immigration, date of birth, and town of birth. Further, it is the basis of the search for the person’s original birth, marriage, or death records. Such searches may be undertaken at local libraries, churches, civil offices, genealogic societies, and other repositories of paper documents, or they may be done online using free or subscription sites like the free Mormon church site FamilySearch ( or the subscription site Whatever form the search takes, be


forewarned that even though you may think you know the “correct” spelling of an ancestor’s name, it may be misspelled or recorded incorrectly in the documents you are searching. Awareness of the variations that may be found in the recording of your ancestor’s name can help you to choose alternative spellings that may lead you to his or her records. Consider these errors to watch out for

on records and indices: Inconsistent spelling on original documents. Many of our ancestors were illiterate. This meant that a name on a record, even an original record, was spelled in whatever way the clerk making out the document thought it should be spelled. It was not that uncommon for a surname to be spelled differently for siblings born a couple of years apart, if

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been an Italian, or German, or Polish speaker and may not have recognized archaic handwriting, so he may have transcribed the name incorrectly. If so, searching with the right name may not yield results! Misspelling by sound. If the record is one for which an ancestor (even if literate) pronounced his name, but it was written by another person, as in a census or license application, that person may have misheard the name: Andolino for Andolina, Schmitt for Schmidt, etc. Misspelling by looks. An indexer unfamiliar with archaic handwriting and with foreign names may mistake one lookalike letter for another (u for n, j for i, i for e, etc.). Switching given and surnames. Immigrants often said their surnames first, as in Alessi Rosa, Wilhelm Anton,

etc. An English-speaking clerk or indexer unfamiliar with this custom, and with the names themselves, might write the first name as the surname and vice versa. The moral of all this is that when you search for an ancestor’s record by name, don’t give up if you don’t get results for a name you know is right. Try spelling the name differently, as it would sound; replace i with e; or try the person’s last name as the first name in the search, etc. Be flexible. You may be surprised at how some of your ancestors’ names were listed! Write to Angelo at or visit his website, He is the author of the book The Lady of the Wheel (La Ruotaia), based on his genealogical research of Sicilian foundlings. See for more information, or order the book at


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Book Review ‘Is This Thing On?’ A Computer Handbook for Late Bloomers, Technophobes, and the Kicking and Screaming By Abby Stokes s the landscape of technology explodes with innovations and new gadgets almost daily, the digital divide continues to broaden for “digital immigrants” (those baby boomers and beyond who were not born with a mouse and a keyboard in hand), while “digital natives” take to it all like fish to water. And that is where “Is This Thing On?” comes in—an essential guide for seniors, technophobes, and the digitally challenged. “Is This Thing On?” introduces computers and gadgets to the many new users who are bewildered by all the buttons, screens, and computer lingo. With a lively voice and crystal-clear, step-by-step instructions, this simple, jargon-free, nuts-and-bolts guide is the how-to for basics such as:


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Join the Team for a Cure – The Arthritis Walk Let’s move together to fight for a cure this spring by participating in the Arthritis Foundation Central PA Office’s 2013 Capital Area Arthritis Walk on Saturday, May 18, 2013. The Arthritis Walk is a noncompetitive, 5-kilometer (3.1-mile), or 1-mile course with varying distance options to accommodate all levels of fitness. The event also features several fun festivities and a Health Expo. Individual walkers and teams are encouraged to walk in honor of a loved one with arthritis, while men, women, and children living with arthritis lead the way, wearing special blue honoree hats to signify their action in taking control of their condition. Individuals who raise $100 or more will receive a tshirt. Arthritis affects more people than you might imagine. There are 50 million men and women in the United States with doctor-diagnosed arthritis. That’s 50 million reasons to care. That’s 50 million reasons to walk. Children are also affected. Nationwide, there are more than


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300,000 children who suffer from a form of juvenile arthritis, 11,500 of which live in Pennsylvania. Funds raised from the Arthritis Walk support hundreds of programs to help people prevent and control arthritis. It also funds promising arthritis research that is critical to finding new therapies, treatments, and eventually a cure for arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is the only nationwide, nonprofit health organization helping people take greater control of arthritis by leading efforts to

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prevent, control, and cure arthritis and related diseases. The Arthritis Foundation also provides a large number of community-based services located nationwide to make life with arthritis easier and less painful. By joining our 2013 Arthritis Walk, you become a part of the Let’s Move Together movement, a nationwide movement led by the Arthritis Foundation that encourages people to move every day to prevent or treat arthritis. Make a difference in the lives of those

with arthritis by joining the movement and signing up to participate in the Capital Area Arthritis Walk at Hersheypark on May 18. There is no cost to walk through the park for the Arthritis Walk; however, if you would like to enjoy the park for the whole day, a park ticket is required. Any individual who raises $200 or more will receive a free ticket for the day. There will also be a free Health Expo with lunch provided for all walkers. The Health Expo and lunch are also open to the general public. Parking for this event is also free. You may register online at For more information on the Arthritis Walk, please contact Douglas Knepp at or (717) 8847525. For information on the Health Expo, please contact Joan McCabe at or (717) 8847524. Together we can change lives, and we look forward to seeing you at the Arthritis Walk in May.


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Preventive Measures

‘Supersize’ Your Well-Being Wendell Fowler n 1972, Americans spent $3 billion on fast food. Today, they spend more than $110 billion. And supersizing any meal plumps up more than 46 million people daily, more than the population of Spain. Loosen your belt. You’d need to skip around the garden seven hours nonstop to burn off a jumbo soda, fries, and a triple baconcheeseburger. Portion control, food wisdom, and self-love are critical for a healthier, peaceful life. By combining addictive fats, sugar, and salt, fast food taps into your brain’s opiate reward system, creating a feedback loop that stimulates your desire to eat and leaves you wanting more and more, even as your tummy bursts. Change your plate; change your weight. “Weight sits like a spider at the center of an intricate, tangled web of health and disease,” writes Walter Willett in Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy


Eating. The American Institute for Cancer Research says those who supersize meals are probably overweight, the welcome wagon for “diabesity” and other diseases. One ounce is considered a portion of whole grains. Generally, 1 ounce consists of one slice of whole-grain bread or 1 cup cooked steel-cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, or wholegrain pasta. According to the FDA, people should be eating six to 11 servings of grains per day. A serving is a half cup. One ounce of cheese equals four dice; 1/2 cup low-fat ice cream equals a half an orange; one medium piece of fruit equals a tennis ball. Brown rice, other whole grains, and mashed potatoes should look like half a baseball. A whole-

grain muffin should resemble a tennis ball, not a softball. Two to three ounces of fish, chicken, and lean red meats should resemble a deck of cards. A serving of raw almonds or walnuts is 22 nuts. Greasy potato chips equaling one serving looks like a half of grapefruit, but you must admit, a half of a sweet and juicy ruby-red grapefruit is a much bigger bang for your nutritional buck. A serving of supernutritious leafy veggies is 1 cup. The CDC highly recommends supersizing your fresh, colorful, earthnurtured, not-canned produce consumption. Perfection would be seven to nine half-cup portions daily, which could be achieved at the local salad bar, sans creamy dressings. Opt for olive oil

and vinegar. Cook from scratch with a variety of vibrant plant foods daily to absorb the ethereal health benefits real foods offer. Instead of supersizing, eat just half a normal portion and cut 50 percent of the calories. Ask for or prepare lunch-size portions at dinner. Despite the affordability, shun “all-you-can-eat” buffets. Remember, pigging out accelerates aging. We can’t blame family genes; it’s the wealth of unwholesome, emotionally advertised, low-cost, supersized food underlying the “diabesity” healthcare crisis. Just like we’re not born to hate, we were not created to eat against our nature; we were taught. Chef Wendell is an inspirational food literacy speaker and author of Earth Suit Maintenance Manual. To order a signed copy of his food essays and tasty recipes, contact him at or

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Rathkopf. The women met when GallClayton and Guthrie put together a short play festival called “6 Women Turning 60” in 2006 after they met at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. “We want both serious and humorous pieces about a time when you looked in a mirror and felt a strong emotion. Examples include: your first eyeglasses, braces, graduation, wedding day, pregnancy, important job interview, and

your changing self-image on milestone birthdays,” says Guthrie. The founders of The Mirror Monologues agree that the final script will inevitably include both painful as well as celebratory stories; they intend for the overall message to be positive, lifeaffirming, and inspiring. They also hope this project will lead to collaborations with theatrical communities across the country.

The Mirror Monologues competition is open to women ages 16 years and older. Submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2013. Playwrights may submit only one monologue. Monologues must be unpublished, unproduced, and between one and three pages in length. For more information on The Mirror Monologues, submission guidelines, and mailing instructions, please visit

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The Mirror Monologues ( seeks submissions from women of all ages about the role mirrors play in their lives. The best and most representative stories will be woven into a 90-minute script that will be presented in New York City in the spring of 2014. The Mirror Monologues was created by four women: Judith Estrine, Nancy GallClayton, Donna Guthrie, and Linda

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Millersville Veterans Memorial Project Moves Forward A buy-a-brick fundraising campaign has been launched to help build a new veterans memorial in Millersville Borough’s Freedom Park, located off Route 999 near the intersection with George Street. The project is a collaborative effort of the Millersville Area Historical Society (MAHS), the Millersville 250 Initiative (the group that headed Millersville’s 250th celebration in 2011), and area friends who were concerned that the community did not have such a monument. The memorial will honor all veterans of the United States Armed Forces and the Merchant Marines, and plans are to have it dedicated this coming Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11. There are several key aspects to the memorial, including bricks purchased by the public and etched with tributes to honor those who sacrificed for liberty and freedom; a stone wall with the armed forces and Merchant Marines

medallions displayed across it; and flagpoles, benches, and landscaping. Also, a large granite plaque with the inscription, “In Honor of Those Who Served Our Country in Times of War and Peace,” will be centered on the wall with the USA shield or medallion located above it. Monies generated through the brick sale will be used to build or enhance the memorial as it moves toward completion. Individuals can also make special donations toward the project, at contribution levels between $500 and $2,500. These will be acknowledged on a plaque to be situated somewhere on the memorial’s wall. More information is available at Interested readers can also email, call (717) 872-3352, or write to: Millersville Veterans Memorial Project, c/o Millersville Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 174, Millersville, Pa. 17551.

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Leola Precious Metals is a buyer of gold and silver. If you have any type of gold or silver, you are one of our potential customers. Broken, scrap, junk; whatever you don’t want anymore, we have interest in it. My name is Michael Swiatek. I was trained by a family that has spent over 30 years in this business. With this information, I have been able to pay a lot of people money for things they didn’t want or use anymore. Flatware, tea service, class rings, jewelry your ex bought for you — all of these things have more value than you might realize. So bring your items in, and I would love to buy them from you. We also offer a referral program. Share your experience with your friends and encourage them to come in and see what we can offer them. Ask for more details. We are not a pawn shop. This is a comfortable place you can feel safe and secure while you wait. Michael Swiatek

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We ARE a precious metal buyer. We are NOT a pawn shop.

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How to Divvy Up Your Stuff Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What’s the best, conflict-free way to divvy up my personal possessions to my kids after I’m gone? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms, and antique furniture, and five grown kids that don’t always see eye to eye on things. Any suggestions would be appreciated. – Seeking Peace Dear Seeking, Divvying up personal possessions among adult children or other loved ones is a task that many

parents dread. Deciding who should get what without showing favoritism, hurting someone’s feelings, or causing a feud can be difficult, even for close-knit families who enter the process with the best of intentions. Here are some tips to consider that can help you divide your stuff with minimal conflict. Problem Areas For starters, you need to be aware that it’s usually the small, simple items of little monetary value that cause the most conflicts. This is because the value

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we attach to the small, personal possessions is usually sentimental or emotional, and because the simple items are the things that most families fail to talk about. Family battles can also escalate over whether things are being divided fairly by monetary value. So for items of higher value like your jewelry, antiques, and art, consider getting an appraisal to assure fair distribution. To locate an appraiser, visit the American Society of Appraisers ( Ways to Divvy The best solution for passing along your personal possessions is for you to go through your house with your kids (or other heirs) either separately or all at once.

Open up cabinets, drawers, and closets, and go through boxes in the attic to find out which items they would like to inherit and why. They may have some emotional attachment to something you’re not aware of. If more than one child wants the same thing, you will have the ultimate say. Then you need to sit down and make a list of who gets what on paper, which will be signed, dated, and referenced in your will. You can revise it anytime you want. You may also want to consider writing an additional letter or creating an audio tape, CD, or DVD that further explains your intentions. You can also specify a strategy for divvying up the rest of your property. Some fair and reasonable options include:

Take turns choosing: Use a round-robin process where family members take turns picking out items they would like to have. If who goes first becomes an issue, they can always flip a coin or draw straws. Also, to help simplify things, break down the dividing process room by room, versus tackling the entire house. Have a family auction: Give each person involved the same amount of “play money,” or use “virtual points” to bid on the items they want. This can also be done online at, a website for families and estate executors that provides a fair and easy way to distribute personal property. For more ideas, see “Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” (, which is

a resource created by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. For a fee, the service offers a detailed workbook, interactive CD, or DVD that gives pointers to help families discuss property distribution and lists important factors to keep in mind that can help avoid conflict. You can order a copy online or by calling (800) 876-8636. It’s also very important that you discuss your plans in advance with your kids so they can know what to expect. Or, you may even want to start distributing some of your items now, while you are still alive. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

APPRISE Program Volunteers Needed Join the Lancaster County Office of Aging’s volunteer team of APPRISE counselors who assist Medicare-eligible beneficiaries to: • Understand Medicare Parts A, B, and D • Make informed choices about Medicare Advantage Plans

• Decide which prescription coverage is best • Select a Medigap policy • Apply for PACE Plus • Determine eligibility for financial assistance

APPRISE counselors provide unbiased information so individuals can make informed decisions about plans and coverage that best meet their specific needs. Volunteers can expect to receive intensive training in Medicare Parts A, B, and D; supplemental and long-term care insurance; Medicare Advantage Plans;

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.

For more job listings, call the Lancaster County Office of Aging

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Medicaid; PACE Plus; and other healthinsurance-related topics. Assistance is also needed to file, copy, and collate information packets, enter data, and prepare mailings. For more information about these volunteer opportunities, please contact Bev Via at (717) 299-7979 or email


TELLER – FT Local regional bank looking to fill position for responsible person to maintain and balance a cash drawer, process customer transactions, and identify and make sales referrals. Requires good customer service ability and demonstrated computer experience. SN020038.01 AUTO TECH ASSOCIATE – PT Big-box store seeking an experienced technician to handle the installation and service of mobile electronics including car stereo components, speakers, amplifiers, GPS devices, and other accessories. SN020041.02

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— Volunteer Opportunities — Are you the type of person who enjoys meeting new people? Do you believe that you've never met a stranger, just someone who isn't a friend yet? Do you love to sit and talk, and are you looking for a volunteer experience that incorporates all those elements? If so, give me a call at (717) 299-7979 to learn how to become a volunteer with our agency. There are a number of our consumers who are waiting for a Friendly Visitor. Would you be able to fill that need? Here is a partial listing of available opportunities: • A man in Lancaster city would appreciate a Friendly Visitor • A woman in the Ephrata area would like a visitor Please call me, Bev Via, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 299-7979 or email me at if you'd like more information about these rewarding volunteer opportunities.

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The dig was conducted at the Strickler site, along the shores of the Susquehanna River, just south of Washington Boro. This site was where the Susquehannock Indians traded with Europeans. “We found datable objects from 1640 to 1660,” Warfel said. It was that first dig that Warfel credits with changing his life. “The light bulb went off and I had my career. Once you’ve got the bug, you’ve got it,” Warfel said. After graduating in 1971 with a degree in archaeology, Warfel taught four years at Sterling High School in Summerdale, N.J. Each summer, Warfel worked with the State Museum of Pennsylvania. That job helped him understand he really wanted to pursue archaeology full time. “I was lucky enough to land a job with just an undergraduate degree as an industrial archaeologist in Paterson, N.J.,” Warfel said. Paterson was the nation’s first planned industrial community in the late 1790s to early 1800s. Then, from 1978 to 1980, Warfel went back to grad school to earn his master’s degree in anthropology from

Brown University, Providence, R.I. During the last phase, “our biggest Warfel was hired full time by the State handicap was that the fort was located in Museum of Pennsylvania in 1980. He a part of town that was developed in the worked there until retiring in 2007 as the 1890s. We were working in side yards senior curator of archaeology. and backyards of houses,” he said. “It was Since retiring, Warfel, 63, has worked challenging work in an urban setting.” as an Locating archaeological the entire consultant for outline of the small local fort was historical hampered, he societies. said, because “It’s been they couldn’t fulfilling and access all of busy,” he said. the properties Warfel and there had recently been a lot of completed utility work with the disturbances Shippensburg because of the Volunteers working at the Dill’s Tavern dig in Historical property summer 2011. Society, trying development. to discover the But the dig actual site of Fort Morris, which stood yielded a “tremendous” amount of from 1756 to 1765 during the French recovered objects, he said. They found and Indian War. 20,000 artifacts. During the project’s third phase, Warfel also worked with Historic York Warfel was fortunate to find evidence of Inc. on the Schultz House, the earliest the fort site and solve the mystery of stone house in York County. It had which of three possible sites the fort was reportedly been used as a prison camp actually located on. during the Revolutionary War. “We were unable to prove that, but we hope to do more work in the future,” Warfel said. Warfel worked at two other sites of note. The first was in Columbia’s Rotary Park. In the late 1720s, Samuel Blunston built his home there. Blunston was William Penn’s land manager. If anyone wanted to settle across the river, he had to get a license from Blunston, Warfel said. When Blunston died, the property was deeded to close friend Susanna Wright, Award for Discover Your Muse, a guide and the home became known as the featuring the variety of clubs and Wright’s Ferry Mansion. active groups at Willow Valley A private company wanted to know Retirement Communities about Wright’s life in her later years, so

WVRC Honored with Rebranding Aging Awards Willow Valley Retirement Communities was a winner in three major categories in the 2012 International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) Rebranding Aging awards, which honor marketing campaigns that present positive, realistic views of aging. Willow Valley Retirement Communities received the following awards: • Direct Mail – Bronze Achievement Award for Renaissance, a magazinestyle publication • Best Brochure – Silver Achievement

Warfel was asked to help. “As luck would have it, we also discovered a prehistoric site from the Shenk’s Ferry culture,” Warfel said. By radiocarbon dating charred hickory nuts uncovered there, Warfel determined the Native American settlement was from 1468. In the summer of 2011, Warfel worked on a dig at Dill’s Tavern in Dillsburg. The Colonial-period tavern was being restored when elements of another building were found in the ground. “They wisely didn’t open the site until archaeologists were on hand to expose the area,” he said. As they dug the site, they found an outbuilding, which probably was a summer kitchen that served the tavern, he said. “I was fortunate to work on it. It was a really interesting site.” But Warfel doesn’t work on digs alone. He said he has a large number of volunteers who help him. Because the small historical organizations have to raise their own funding or get small grants, they can’t hire many professional archaeologists and must rely on volunteers, he said. Most volunteers are either undergrad students or senior citizens, he said. Some of the senior volunteers have donated as much as 3,000 hours of labor. Oftentimes, seniors are more available than anyone else because they have flexible work schedules or they are retired, he said. “Many have always wanted to do an archaeological dig,” he said, and are fulfilling their lifelong dreams. Warfel said he is straightforward with the physical demands of digging and sifting soil. Those who aren’t up to the physical challenges are quite useful in the lab, cleaning, labeling, and organizing the artifacts. What the volunteers do is a “great service to their communities,” he said.

• Best Website – Bronze Achievement Award for “Restart Retirement,” a website sponsored by Willow Valley Retirement Communities featuring articles by experts in blog format The awards are part of ICAA’s “Changing the Way We Age Campaign,” an ongoing movement to change society’s perceptions of aging and what it means to be an older adult in North America today.

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The road to Hana is one of the curviest in the nation.

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Central Pennsylvania’s Award-Winning 50+ Publication three people; I hug them all. After I dry off and fill my stomach with coffee harvested on the nearby island of Molokai and toast smeared with roasted pineapple jam, I go to the lobby where a large man in native dress is beating on a 4-foot-tall drum and intoning a chant even more haunting than the one on the beach. This, I learn, is the Wehe I Ka ’lpuka, the opening protocol that honors the elders. Nae’ole bristles when I ask him if the morning dip and subsequent drum ceremony were just the opening shots in a faux festival, designed to capitalize on the current interest in cultural travel. “These are as real as it gets,” he says firmly. “I would not dare create, invent, or dilute our culture. My ancestors would not allow it. What you are experiencing is authentic and perpetuates all things Hawaiian.” The days whirl by, a three-ring circus of demonstrations, performances, and workshops. I create a necklace from shells and flowers, my husband learns to blow a nose flute, and we attend a lecture on Hawaiian herbal healing. In between, we watch dancers perform different styles of hula, some that are accompanied by percussion instruments, others by guitars and ukuleles. The next day we head for Hana, where life ambles on much as it did years ago. The first part of the drive goes quickly. It’s not until we reach Kahului, the western terminus of the famed Hana Highway, that the challenge begins. The 52-mile road consists of 59

bridges, most of which are single lane, and 620 curves. That’s right—620 curves in 52 miles or, to put it another way, 12 swerves per mile! But the scenery, a tropical rainforest replete with rushing water and fruit-laden trees, is worth every gut-wrenching turn. After about three hours the road straightens, and we’re in the small community of Hana, where the loudest sounds come from the waves and waterfalls. There’s plenty to do—from hiking in Haleakala National Park to examining quilts and poi boards at a small museum—but the ambience is so gentle, so tranquil, that we feel the tensions drain away and for two days do little more than munch on mango, walk on the beach, and admire the falls. On our way back we peruse the art galleries in the historic whaling town of Lahaina and treat ourselves to an evening at the Old Lahaina Lu’au. There, sitting cross-legged on a woven mat, we have a final feast where we dine on traditional Hawaiian food and enjoy a musical journey through Hawaiian history. A hula dancer stops us as we leave. “A hui hou kakou,” she says, handing us each a flower. “Until we meet again.” I nod my thanks and begin plotting our return. For registration information, please call:

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