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Lancaster County Edition

April 2012

Vol. 18 No. 4

For the Love of the Limelight Annual PA State Senior Idol Competition Gears Up for 7th Year By Megan Joyce

This year’s hopefuls for the PA State Senior Idol competition include, from top, Steven Albright, Victoria Newcomer, and Robert Long.

As in years past, the contestants for the 2012 PA State Senior Idol competition will celebrate their diversity: different musical styles, different stage presentations, and—with ages ranging from 50 to 80 or better—a few decades between them as well. But the common thread woven amongst them all seems to be an essential, cherished love for performance: for the joy it brings both them and their audiences, for the thrill of connecting to strangers through something as intangible and evanescent as a song, a dance, or a comedic routine. It’s like that for Steve Albright of Jacobus, a retired Maryland native who works part-time as a pharmacy delivery driver. Though he played the trumpet for about 10 years during his school years, it wasn’t until his daughter took up the French horn that his love for his own long-silent brass instrument was rekindled. And it wasn’t until a few years even later that his passion for performance was reawakened as well. Albright was delivering medications to an area retirement community when he observed a gentleman playing the accordion for the community’s appreciative residents. “This just struck a chord with me,” he said. “I remembered the please see LIMELIGHT page 11


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The Search for Our Ancestry

Secrets of Ships’ Manifests Angelo Coniglio Question: I think my great-grandfather was born in Caltanissetta, Sicily, and I have a year of 1877. Where can I find his birth record? I have info about the family here in the United States. – D Answer: Civil records for the Sicilian province Caltanissetta are available online on and also on microfilms from the Mormon Family History Library. Caltanissetta is the name of the province and the name of the province’s capital city. Often when immigrants were asked their birthplace, they answered with the name of the province. So he may have been born in any town in the province. The above question and answer are typical. Remember, regardless of your ancestor’s country, knowing his birth town is essential for extending your research. For any nationality, the town of birth may have been confused with the name of the state, parish, or county of origin.

The reader has some information. Does she have U.S. census records? If so, many census records give dates of immigration to the U.S., age at first marriage or number of years married, and whether a person was

where he lived in the U.S. and ask where those records might be held. Search or FamilySearch ( for naturalization records.

naturalized and when. Using that information, here are two approaches for finding an ancestral town:

That may result in a “Naturalization Index,” which identifies a federal court district, and a “Petition Number.” Using that number at the appropriate county hall or federal court may turn up a record there, or you can go to the National Archives (NARA) site ( to order the record online. To order the record you need the person’s name and petition number or other identifying number.

1. Look for his naturalization information. Contact the county offices

2. Search or Ellis Island’s site ( for his passenger manifest, using the dates and personal information you have. If you find it, it may show his town of origin. Even if the town’s name is illegible or absent from the manifest, it’s possible that it has helpful information. There may be a string of numbers or letters above the line with his name, which are possible indicators of naturalization papers that can be ordered from NARA. Details

follow the discussion below. If you find an ancestor’s manifest online, be sure to look at the image of the original. This was usually a preprinted form, with columns filled in by an official by hand, or later, by typewriter. The manifest image shows information that is not on the transcription of the data. For one thing, you can look at the actual image of the name, age, town of origin, and other information, and may be able to decipher a word or phrase that the computer indexer couldn’t. Beyond that, there are many columns, as on the example at left, that are not transcribed in the printed summaries of the lists. Images of original manifests also reveal various marks, notations, and cryptic numerals associated with the names of some passengers. In many such instances, there is a series of numbers and sometimes letters above the line for a given individual in the column headed “Calling or Occupation.” See the excerpt from my mother Rosa Alessi’s manifest. The column headings on this lefthand page of a two-page manifest are: 1. Row Number 2. Family Name/Given Name 3. Age, years/months 4. Sex 5. Married/Single 6. Calling/Occupation 7. Read/Write 8. Nationality please see ANCESTRY page 30

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Balancing Act

But Not for Lunch Candace O’Donnell e all know them, the two polar opposites of marriage style: “joined at the hip” versus “free agents.” “Joined at the hip” (hereafter referred to as JAH) do everything in tandem. They eat the same food. Often they work together. They vacation together. They sleep and rise at the same hour. They have the same friends and the same hobbies. They watch the same TV shows, the same films, entertainment, and sports. They root for the same teams and vote for the same candidates. JAH couples at the far end of the spectrum incorporate their children into this tight bond. The entire family moves as a unit. Everybody, from the squalling toddlers to bored teenagers, is expected to attend every single baseball game and ballet recital. They are all JAH. There are benefits to this arrangement. It guarantees security. Life is safe,


predictable. Neither party is ever lonely. They have honed the art of compromise to the point where, after a few years, they can’t even remember their original preferences. Was she always a Republican or Democrat? Did he always enjoy Italian cuisine? Naturally, there is a downside to all this togetherness. Individual wants are squelched. One half of the couple, “for the sake of the marriage,” will be forced to spend


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but was reluctant to spoil her husband’s fun. So her plan was to relax and heal on a deck chair while he joined our jolly group on shore excursions. Wrong! This is a classic JAH pair, and he adamantly refused to budge without her. After a few days of watching him grow increasingly morose, she capitulated, disembarked at every port of call, and hobbled on crutches, wincing in pain, up and down gangplanks, cobbled hills, beaches, and even a tropical rainforest. By the end of the cruise, she was ashen with exhaustion. For the record, this couple has been happily wed for more than 60 years. The real danger in JAH’s suffocating symbiosis is that neither half creates coping strategies for being alone, which only deepens the tragedy when one partner dies. Now to the other end of the continuum. Each half of a “free agent”

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(FA) duo fiercely guards his/her independence. They are set to different biological clocks, usually sleeping, rising, and napping to different rhythms. Each has his/her own agenda, maintaining two separate jam-packed calendars. They have separate friends and hobbies. Many evenings they can be found at different locations, although some do block out a weekly date night. They find it most efficient to divide chauffeuring their kids: one night he is the soccer dad, while the other is the den mother, or vice versa. Typically they vacation apart—girls’ weekend at the spa balanced by boys’ fishing trip. To generalize again, these couples are often career driven, sometimes even working in distant cities and commuting home weekends. One (FA) pair even refuses to tolerate each other’s annoying relatives (and don’t we all have at least one annoying relative?) so they spend a portion of each holiday apart. The FA pattern also has advantages. Each spouse has established social networks and leisure activities so neither is bereft when they are forced into solitude either temporarily or permanently by death. Neither one has built up resentment from years of being forced to bend to another’s will simply to maintain

peace. Their children have seen selfreliance modeled. The disadvantage to the freedom is that the couple may evolve into ships that pass in the night, so that when circumstances force them to spend extended time together, it comes as a nasty jolt that they are virtual strangers. Which brings us to retirement—the ultimate game changer. The wake-up is especially dramatic when one partner retires first, sometimes by years, and starts casting about for ways to take advantage of those extra hours. Many couples stay ossified in their comfortable lifestyle, but for some there’s an abrupt reversal. FAs may discover, much to their delight, that they share common passions, or they may seek out new common ground. On the other hand, even devoted JAHs may find 24/7 too stifling—“I married him for better or for worse, but not for lunch”—and may search for excuses to give each other a well-needed break. I know one pair, well matched for 65 years, who deliberately established ground rules, even before retirement. During the day, the top floor of their spacious home is her domain. His wellappointed man cave is the finished basement. The main floor is common

ground. Since I’ve been spouting my theories, it’s only fair to disclose where my husband and I land on this spectrum. I hope we’ve hit the golden mean—in the middle, tilting slightly toward the FA end. Long ago we faced the reality that we’re opposites in temperament and different in many leisure-time preferences. Thank God, we’re both passionate about reading, theater, film, walking, and our children. We are both unabashedly besotted by our grandchildren, the world’s greatest comedians. Sadly, I cannot equal his skill and

enthusiasm for golf, travel, the Jersey Shore, and TV sports. On the other hand, he’s not gaga over writing, swimming, acting, singing, dancing, or, indeed, sitting mesmerized in front of Dancing with the Stars. I’m grateful that we give each other plenty of space and reserve some private time each day, and I’m confident that our mutual joys will keep us content in each other’s company for the next 45 years. Candace welcomes feedback via letter to 231 N. Shippen St., Unit 424, Lancaster, PA 17602 or by phone at (717) 392-7214.

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Creativity Matters

Creative Thinking and Positive Aging Judith Zausner e all have them and we all hate them. Problems. They take our time, sap our energy, and put us in a negative space. But only temporarily; we usually find a solution and move on. And yet there are times when that problem is actually an unrealized gift. Alexander Graham Bell said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” Enter mental flexibility, creative thinking, and positive psychology: a triad of intellectual ammunition that can transform battles to opportunities. Wellknown successes have been launched with this approach, and our lives are better because of it. Many famous people, despite their initial failures, did not give up; instead, they regrouped,


rethought, recharged, and came back with new strategies. For example, Henry Ford failed and went broke five times before he had success, R.H. Macy failed seven times before his New York City store became a valued retailer, and Walt Disney went bankrupt several times before he built Disneyland. These people worked on longterm goals; they fell and got up again many times before they reached the finishing line. They were creative thinkers, tenacious with their vision yet

flexible in their thought processes. Eventually their success reaped not only financial benefits, but also personal satisfaction. Their triumph became our benefit. As we age, our hurdles are more focused on our physical changes and less on career challenges. Everyone has a different way of coping— meditation, prayer, support groups, and denial are avenues that will often alleviate some stress. There are many instances of older adults who realized that if they

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.

Don R. is a retired professor of literature. He has read and reread classics many times as well as thousands of other books because reading has been an integral part of his life. But when his eyesight began to fail him, real frustration was on the horizon. Enter audio books. Don has become so engaged in this new way of consuming literature that he feels it offers benefits that reading quietly by himself does not. For instance, when he listens to poetry, he can actually hear the cadence rather than silently read it. So Don, analytical by nature, evaluates


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Spring is here! It’s great to be outside enjoying flowers and budding trees! Imagine how you would feel if you were trying to see the spring scenery through windows that were smudged and dirty—inside and out. Imagine that you’re an older person who has osteoporosis and aren’t able to do any vigorous housework involving stretching or climbing a ladder. This time of the year is a great time to help an older person with “spring cleaning” chores like washing windows, raking up leaves and twigs, or putting mulch down in flowerbeds. If you are an individual who enjoys helping with these types of tasks, or you and your family would like to provide this kind of help on a one-time basis, please give me a call at (717) 299-7979, or email me at

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maintained their focus and looked at their problem from a different angle, a new solution, perhaps even a serendipitous one, could provide a new source of joy to their lives. Here are some examples:

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narrators as critically as many evaluate authors and enjoys talking about their differences, addressing valuable insights to the theater of the written word. Jane S. loves Florida and her senior community. She has always been independent and enjoyed driving to see friends and doing errands. When her quick-response time slowed down, however, her stress on the road escalated and her fender benders added to her insurance expense. Jane knew that she had to stop driving, but she did not want to stop being on the go. At the same time, her physician was concerned about her

weight gain and sedentary lifestyle. The solution was evident: bike riding. Although she had not ridden in years, she took it up quickly again and can be seen pedaling around her community to see friends while losing weight, feeling better, and enjoying more confidence in herself. Jean E. founded a free dance program for youth; she choreographed and also designed and constructed the costumes. But when arthritis took hold, she needed to change her focus. “It had been a lifelong dream of hers to write a historical novel,� her daughter said.

Photo ID Soon Required at Polls A new law is now in place in Pennsylvania that requires all voters to present valid photo identification at the polling place in order to cast their vote. Voters will be asked to present ID at the April 24 primary election, but identification will not be required by law until the general election in November. Act 18 of 2012 requires all registered voters to present a valid form of identification at the polls that must include a name, photo, and expiration date, except when an individual presents a military ID card. A driver’s license or ID card issued by PennDOT, military ID cards (including ones from the Pennsylvania National Guard), and cards issued by an accredited Pennsylvania university or a licensed nursing home will all

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To date, Jean has written four novels and, although she is now struggling with macular degeneration, true to her spirit, she is using the “best aids available at this time as she still has a couple more books brewing in her mind,� reflected her daughter. “Her upbeat attitude is an inspiration and shows that age and its physical changes cannot take away our creativity and desires to explore what life has to offer.� So it’s possible, and definitely advantageous, to take those problems and create new positive experiences. We possess the experience and wisdom to make choices to better our life

experience. While disappointments and hurdles will crop up, our decision to mine positive alternatives will support a healthier way of living. Everyday creativity is less about art and more about how we configure these choices and relate to the world around us. Creative thinking and perseverance will reap the rewards of positive aging. “Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.� – Confucius Judith Zausner can be reached at

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gratification that I used to get from doing that, because [seniors] are the best audiences—they really are.” In fact, in his youth, Albright had once been a member of a band that used to play at facilities and hospitals in Baltimore County, Md. And so, two years ago, he dusted off his trumpet, warmed up his vocal chords, and began assembling his “Songs of the ’60s” program, which he now performs regularly for thankful crowds at York County assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and retirement communities. “One time an elderly woman and her husband came up to me and said how much they enjoyed [my program] and said it reminded them of years ago, listening to their old Bert Kaempfert Christmas album,” Albright said. As for Senior Idol, Albright hopes to make some connections with other local performers who might be interested in joining him to produce a Christmas album of their own—its proceeds benefiting cancer and Alzheimer’s disease research, which afflicted his father and mother, respectively. “It gives me satisfaction to know that at least I can do something: I can provide pleasure for folks that definitely are much less fortunate than I am,” he said. “I’m fortunate to be healthy and have a healthy family … They say laughter is the best medicine, but I think music is awfully good medicine too for the soul.” Victoria Newcomer would likely agree to music’s soul-stirring capabilities. The Mount Joy resident has been a nursery school teacher for almost 20 years but also has a “weekend job” as the singer in a small classic-rock band. Her parents started cultivating their daughter’s vocal chops early on, calling on her to perform for their guests whenever they entertained at their

Pittsburgh home. “From the time I was 4—whether [the guests] wanted to hear it or not— my parents actually had me sing,” she laughed. “People seemed to enjoy it.” In her teens she participated in her high school’s choruses and musicals as well as a top 40 band she formed with five friends. At age 16 she started to sing at weddings, a practice she continued for the next 25 years. Then, five years ago, she and a friend began singing in restaurants, bars, and local establishments around Lancaster County on weekends. “I pretty much stick to classic rock and blues, but I enjoy all music,” Newcomer said. “I have an appreciation for everything.” She is eager to satisfy her performance bug at this year’s Senior Idol competition, hoping her “nonconformist” and “a little edgy” style and song choice help her stand out from her fellow competitors. “I am a little bit of a ham,” she admitted. “It’s just an exciting time when you actually perform and people are responding to what you’re doing.” Describing herself as “truly a people person,” Newcomer is also looking forward to meeting new people and anticipates a fun overall experience at PA State Senior Idol. “It’s a cool way to showcase those of us who have made it to the half-century mark,” she said, then added with an audible smile: “And my younger son convinced me to do it.” Robert Long of Reading, on the other hand, will be reviving the standards at Senior Idol, much like he revived his musicality after a 17-year hiatus. Long started out with the acoustic guitar at age 11 and took lessons for 12 years, switching to the steel guitar after being told his “fingers were too short for a

regular guitar.” But the change paid off unexpectedly in 1959. “The steel guitar came in handy because, when Hawaii joined the Union, then they had Hawaiian parties and people would call me to play Hawaiian music,” Long remembered. Through his early adulthood and beyond, Long played with different musical groups, including one formation where he took up electric bass and another where he sang harmony behind the band’s female vocalist. After marrying his wife, a pianist, the Longs set out as a duo with the accompaniment of a drum machine, playing cocktail music in area restaurants. When, at age 63, Long retired after a 45-year career at a pretzel plant, he retired from his music as well. Fastforward 17 years, and Long suddenly rediscovered his vocal gifts while singing along to some jazz records. Soon, a friend helped him record 20 songs— classics like Sinatra—against prerecorded background music. “It sort of amazes me with my voice,” he said. “I haven’t sung in 17 years and all of a sudden—I’m amazing myself, the way it sounds. I’m just having such a

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The Junior League of Lancaster Sustainer Board recently honored sustaining member Joan Elizabeth Hartsog Boben by naming her a Sustainer Spotlight Volunteer. Each month, the JLL honors one sustainer with this recognition to highlight her league and outside communityvolunteer service. Boben joined the JLL in the 1970s and counts serving membership development and the Rockford Barn project as her favorite league volunteer experiences. Boben holds degrees from Lankenau Hospital (nursing), St. Joseph’s College (B.S.), and Penn State University (M.S.) and has had an accomplished career in nursing. She was part of a team at Lancaster General to create the only Level III NICU in the county, making real her vision to improve the status and

delivery of care to women, children, and infants in the region through work with Lancaster General and the Hospital Association of Pennsylvania. Boben considers her family and her nursing career her proudest achievements. She continues to volunteer with Lancaster General Hospital, Homestead Village, and Edward Hand Medical Heritage Foundation, as well as the School District of Lancaster, and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, playing tennis, skiing, gardening, and sewing. The Junior League of Lancaster is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.

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Lancaster Senior Games Line-Up for 2012 By Alysa D. Poindexter It’s high time to get into gaming mode—the 24th annual Lancaster Senior Games are back. Make sure to perfect that throw of the javelin or become “one” with that shuffleboard cue. The Lancaster Senior Games will host a large variety of activities and events that combine sport, recreation, exercise, and an overall feeling of camaraderie. These events are scheduled to take place June 11-15 at Franklin & Marshall’s Alumni Sports & Fitness Center, Leisure Lanes of Lancaster, Willow Valley Cultural Center, Overlook Golf Course, and Evergreen Golf Course. Organized by the Lancaster County Office of Aging and Lancaster Recreation Commission, the Senior Games are open to all Lancaster County residents age 55

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April 13, 7 to 10 p.m. – Friday the 13th Campfire, Campsite 3 Near Environmental Center April 14, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Wildflower Identification Walk April 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 2 p.m. – Beginning Bird Watching

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Elizabethtown Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. – Indoor Pickleball Wednesdays, 11 a.m. – Indoor Badminton Fridays, 6 p.m. – Indoor Badminton

Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata, (717) 738-9291 Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, (717) 394-2651 Lancaster Public Library Leola Branch, 46 Hillcrest Ave., Leola, (717) 656-7920 Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 April 13, 10 a.m. to noon – Literary Travelers Book Discussion: Visitation by Jenny Erpenbeck April 19, 7 p.m. – Lititz Garden Club: Ferns April 21, 10 a.m. – Resume Writing Basics Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, (717) 560-6441 Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, (717) 653-1510 Pequea Valley Public Library, 31 Center St., Intercourse, (717) 768-3160 Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, P.O. Box 678, Quarryville, (717) 786-1336

April 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pennsylvania Music Expo Continental Inn 2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster (717) 898-1246 April 1, 1 to 5 p.m. Dancing: Bluegrass, Gospel, Old-Time Country Music Denver Fire Hall 425 Locust St., Denver (717) 330-6789 April 3, 7 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Farm & Home Center 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster (717) 917-1222 April 3, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Coping with the Loss of a Parent PATHways Center for Grief & Loss 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy (717) 391-2413 April 9, 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village – Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076

April 17, 6:15 p.m. Red Rose Singles – Dine Out Manheim Grill 1455 Lancaster Road, Manheim (717) 917-1222 April 17, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Coping With the Loss of a Companion or Spouse PATHways Center for Grief & Loss 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy (717) 391-2413 April 19, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 April 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Music Fridays 200 and 300 Blocks of North Queen Street 24 W. Walnut St., Lancaster (717) 341-0028 April 21, 7 p.m. The Heritage Chorale of Lancaster Garden Spot Village Chapel 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6000

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Lancaster House North – (717) 299-1278 Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 299-3943 April 16, 10:30 a.m. – Chorus Practice April 18, 10 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition April 24, 10 a.m. – Trip to Grantville Lancaster Rec. Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Fridays, 12:30 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Bridge

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Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 April 2, 10 a.m. – Daycare Children Dye Eggs with Seniors April 23, 10:15 a.m. – “Our Amish Neighbors” with Hazel Deming April 30, 11:15 a.m. – Helen’s Retirement Banquet

Free and open to the public April 23, 2 to 3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village – Village Square Board Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 April 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Coping With the Loss of a Child PATHways Center for Grief & Loss 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy (717) 391-2413 April 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Lancaster General Hospital Stager Room 5 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster (800) 887-7165 ext. 104 April 28, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Adopt a Block Community Cleanup Downtown Manheim (717) 665-1762 April 29, 3 p.m. Pianist Maria Thompson Corley in Concert Grace Lutheran Church 517 N. Queen St., Lancaster (717) 397-2748

Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 April 18, 10:15 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition Day April 25, 8:30 a.m. – Hot Breakfast April 26, 10:15 a.m. – Music & Dancing with Sterling Lamm LRC Senior Center – (717) 399-7671 April 2, 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study April 12, 10:15 a.m. – Sing-Along with J.R. Wehner on Guitar April 26, 9 a.m. – Baking with Golden Living Center Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 April 5, 11 a.m. – Easter Celebration April 17, 10 a.m. – Blood Pressure Checks April 20, 11 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition Day Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 April 9, 9:30 a.m. – Conestoga Girl Scouts Do Crafts April 18, 10 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition April 23, noon – Seniors Luncheon at VFW Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – Zumba Gold April 18, 11 a.m. – Volunteer Recognition Program April 20 and 27, 10 a.m. – AARP Safe Driving Course for Seniors Rodney Park Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle and Bingo

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His Assignment: Move Tons of Nerve Gas to Be Destroyed in the Pacific Robert D. Wilcox hen Dennis Benchoff was accepted as a cadet at West Point in 1962, he could scarcely imagine that he would one day become a three-star general. Or that he would have under his command the weapons that could kill hundreds of thousands of enemy troops. But in 1988, when he was a brigadier general and commanding general of the 59th Ordnance Brigade in Europe, he got the order that was to present him with one of the most monumental challenges of his 36-year military career. At a depot in Clausen, Germany, we had amassed 100,000 artillery shells filled with deadly VX and GD nerve agents capable of killing hundreds of thousands of enemy troops. They were so dangerous that a mere drop of the VX or whiff of the GD could kill a person, blocking the nerves


between the brain and the Soviets ever used the lungs and chemical weapons to preventing the lungs attack us.” from functioning. By the summer of Anyone who came 1988, however, anywhere near those President Bush had shells always wore decided that the other protective equipment. weapons we had at But hadn’t the our disposal provided Geneva Convention more than enough outlawed the use of deterrent to any such such chemical move by the Soviets. weapons? So he took the bold “Yes,” Benchoff step of deciding to says, “but not the destroy the entire ability to have them, cache of chemical LTG Benchoff at his retirement should the need to weapons. ceremony in 1998. use them ever arise.” The only facility He adds, “We, of course, had no equipped to destroy such weapons was thought of starting a conflict with Johnston Atoll in the Pacific. Therefore, chemical weapons. But, on the other the first question to be answered was hand, we had to be able to respond if whether the weapons should be shipped

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there to be incinerated or whether a new such facility should be built in Europe. Johnston Atoll is a 1-square-mile atoll that is about 750 nautical miles west of Hawaii. It had no indigenous inhabitants, and in the mid-1980s, it became our facility for chemical weapons disposal. It housed what was essentially a huge furnace that was used to incinerate such weapons. For considerations of time, money, and geography, it was selected as the place to dispose of the chemical weapons we had at the Clausen Depot. That choice of Johnston Atoll was rather easy, and even sending the weapons by ship from Germany was rather straightforward. The problem was how to get the huge stockpile of weapons from Clausen to Nordenham, the German port from which the vessel would leave on its trip

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Embracing Your ‘Third Age’ Gloria May, M.S., R.N., CHES ot long ago I met a gentleman who proudly announced that at age 71, he had just passed his state’s bar exam. He said he recognized that having his law license would greatly enhance his business, so he went to law school. Obviously, how others might define retirement isn’t how he defines it. And apparently it wasn’t how Harland Sanders defined it either, as I understand that his little fried chicken business was inspired by a family recipe but funded by his Social Security checks. Why do retirees keep working? Sure, the extra income, but research indicates that continuing to work, even part-time paid or volunteer, is the way many choose to stay physically active, engaged in social

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interactions, and challenged. (It is said that the three M’s of successful aging are moving, mingling, and mastery.) After all, retirement at 65 sounded reasonable back when we didn’t live another 20 or 30 years afterward, but now? Decades of pursuing only leisure activities may sound terrific to some, but certainly not to all. Sociologist William Sadler coined the term “Third Age” to refer to the

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time in life when, after the “First Age” (our youth, when we are dependent on others and pursuing our education and careers) and after the “Second Age” (the parenting and working years), we can stay involved in our careers or we can explore different opportunities and learn new skills. The Third Age is the time when we can actively work toward making the most of the life we have left. But are we physically and emotionally up to this challenge? After all, half of us have at least one chronic health concern, and threequarters of us have two or more. Can we actually do this? Well, just as the stereotypes of retirement are changing, so is the approach to healthcare for those who are of retirement age. There’s an increased emphasis on what’s called “self-management healthcare,” and for those who are enthusiastically taking on their Third Age, it seems a

good fit. After all, if we are going to take charge of our Third Age life, why not take charge of our Third Age health? Of course, in truth, our entire adult lives we have self-managed our health; this is really nothing new. Ever since we moved out on our own, we have chosen and controlled what we ate or drank, whether or not we smoked, if we exercised, fastened our seatbelts, or saw the dentist twice a year. So, the issue is not how to start self-managing our health in this Third Age, but how to get better at it. You may find that your doctor is shifting away from telling you what to do and leaning more toward asking you how he or she can help and suggesting ways you can take on more responsibility. Be it how to prevent or how to manage, your doctor might be eliciting more of your active participation in the pursuit of better health. You, after all, are your own primary health provider and now, in this Third Age, it’s time to get fully involved. Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in adult health education and a Certified Health Education Specialist designation.

Do You Know America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker? The search for America’s Outstanding Oldest Worker for 2012 has begun. The annual recognition, now in its 14th year, is conducted by Experience Works, which serves older workers through its Senior Community Service Program. The award is part of a national effort to raise awareness of the contributions older individuals make in today’s workplace and provide inspiration to older workers seeking employment.

Nominees must be 100 years of age or older and working at least 20 hours each week in paid employment. The nomination form is available at Deadline for nominations is April 15, 2012. Last year’s honorees were 102year-old Dr. Hedda Bolgar, a practicing psychoanalyst from Los Angeles, Calif., and 101-year-old Mazerine Wingate, a postal worker from Lexington Park, Md.

The Beauty in Nature

Lesser Celandines and Common Buttercups esser celandines and common buttercups are beautiful, perennial members of the buttercup family. Both species create carpets of brightyellow flowers. Both kinds are originally from Europe but are naturalized in the United States with a vengeance. Both are abundant and invasive in habitats that suit them in this country, including in southeastern Pennsylvania. Each species, however, has its own niche, which reduces competition with each other for space, water, and sunlight. The glossy, deep-green, kidney-shaped leaves of lesser celandines carpet many acres on the moist floors of wooded bottomlands along creeks in this area. This pretty species stands a few inches above the soil and is tolerant of some shade. However, its leaves grow quickly early in April, before deciduous trees of the floodplain woods develop leaves that shade the ground.

Extensive clumps of lesser celandines have thousands of golden, shiny blossoms by the middle of April. Those flowers blooming together above their densely packed leaves on a warm, sunny April day are a glorious sight. And purple flowers of the scattered blue violets, grape hyacinths, and blue blossoms on Virginia bluebells add contrast and more beauty to the floors of wooded floodplains. Those other plants, however, can’t compete with lesser celandines for space and sunlight and are barely surviving



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among those large, greenand-yellow-patched rugs. There are dozens of kinds of buttercups, including the common buttercup. Whole short-grass meadows and country roadsides locally are golden with acres of common buttercups blooming in May and, to a lesser extent, through summer. Buttercups require daylong, ample sunlight and flourish in sunny habitats that have clay soil, which generally is damp. The abundant leaves of buttercups are deeply forked and the masses of yellow buttercup flowers above their foliage and surrounding short grass are an overwhelming,

inspiring sight in cow pastures and along roadsides during May. Buttercups are well named. They got that common name not only because the blooms are the color of butter, but also their flower petals curve up slightly, like a cup, “to hold the butter.” Buttercups are poisonous to livestock, but the plants taste so acrid that horses, cattle, and other farm animals won’t eat them. Meanwhile, that stock consumes the grass around buttercups, allowing more sunlight and rain to reach those flowering plants with less competition from the grass, which allows the buttercups to dominate many meadows. Look for lesser celandine and buttercup flowers during April and May in their different habitats. Their bold carpets of golden blossoms are beautiful sights. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

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9. Race/People 10. Country and City/Town 11. The name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country from which alien came. These columns may be different for other years. The notation shown above, 7166197-2-26-41-505 No C/A, means this: At the U.S. Court of District 7, certificate number 166197, on Feb. 26, 1941, a Certificate of Arrival was issued to Rosa Alessi, who had not previously received a Form 505.

Some immigrants were issued a Form 505 or Certificate of Arrival when they got off the boat. If so, when they applied for citizenship, they used these certificates to prove their legal entry to the U.S. If no Form 505 was issued on arrival, the first step in the naturalization process, which may have been years later, was for the court to contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service to confirm the immigrant’s legal entry. The INS checked the passenger manifests and then issued a new Certificate of Arrival, noting that fact on the manifest.

To order naturalization papers from NARA, go to the National Archives online ( You have to register and then click on the “Shop Online” box; then, click on “Order Reproductions” and follow the instructions. When prompted, fill in the boxes with any information you know about the immigrant. In the box under “other information,” enter the Certificate of Approval number from the passenger manifest, as in the above example. If you also have the petition number, enter that in the appropriate box. The records cost

$7.50—no charge if they are not found. Once you get the naturalization papers, you may hit the jackpot. Many show the town and date of birth, date and ship of immigration, and the names, address, and birth date of every family member living with the applicant. Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard Drive, Amherst, NY 14226; by email at; or by visiting Tips.htm.

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Got the Flu? Try Chocolate and an Army Blanket Saralee Perel hen we’re ill (or memorialized), our personality traits are magnified a thousand fold. “I’m sick,” I said to my husband, Bob. “I’ve been telling you that for years.” “Very funny.” I coughed. He got his grandma’s quilt and made a nest for me on the couch. Then he nuked some turkey soup and went to find the thermometer. I sipped the scalding liquid so my fever would look higher, which I knew would get me sympathy and hopefully a bag of mini Milky Ways. He read my temp. “A hundred and eight.” I peered up with my best lost-babysquirrel look. “Only infantile people make the numbers higher by drinking something hot.” I scowled. He was wearing his tool belt, engraved with “Bob the Handyman.” That’s how I introduced him to my parents—too scared to say he was my non-Jewish boyfriend, not that it mattered to them. “I ordered a refrigerator,” he said. “What?” “Haven’t you noticed that every seventh day, ours shuts off and we throw everything out?” “It’s just resting, like God on the Sabbath, and did you forget I’m sick? I was hoping for a card with a voucher for a year’s worth of foot rubs, and chocolate! Who gets a refrigerator as a get-well gift?” Later, a gigantic man who didn’t believe in belts delivered and installed the fridge. By this time I was delirious with fever, flu


medicine, too much TV, and chocolate deprivation. “Hey,” I grabbed Godzilla by the ponytail. “The shopping channel is on 24 hours a day!” Chest hairs came out from the bottom of his shrunken black tee shirt. He sat next to me and downed my soup, then stuck out his tongue, displaying an imbedded diamond stud. “Thath where I got thith.” Giggling, I cupped my hand over his ear and whispered, “Sniffing is contagious.” “No way, Mama!” “Watch this.” Bob walked past us to the kitchen. I sniffed loudly. Bob, unaware, sniffed back. “I’ve been doing this all day,” I whispered. He de-pocketed his cell phone and called his store. “Hey, Fred?” “Yeah?” I could barely hear someone say. “It’s Carol.” He sniffed. Fred must have sniffed back. “What is it, Carol?” “Just checking in,” he said, sniffing and cackling. “It worked!” he said. And he fell into my lap as we both dissolved into raging hysterics. “Do you know if you hold your nose and close your mouth, you can’t hum?” he said. We were snorting with laughter. Bob came excitedly out of the kitchen. “There are two crispers!” he said. “Any chocolate for your deathly ill

wife?” Bob ignored my question. Carol composed himself, stood, and then stated eloquently, “The recessed handles reflect the latest in European design.” He gave Bob a big bear hug. “Congratulations, man.” By evening, the chills hit hard. Bob put wood in the stove and went out to our camper for extra blankets. He fell asleep on the floor next to the couch, rubbing my thumb knuckle. All I could hear was the creaking of the stovepipe and the hum of the new fridge. I saw Bob’s handyman belt lit up by the woodstove fire. Next to it I saw a wonderful surprise—a huge bag of Milky Ways. And I realized, “When we’re ill, our loved ones’ personality traits are magnified

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a thousand fold.” Bob had the chocolate all along, but waited for the perfect time for me to see it. I took Grandma Etta’s well-worn quilt and felt its layered history of love and illness. I switched it with the army blanket under which Bob slept. It only itched when I thought about it. Hours later I awoke, sweating and freezing. Bob was rubbing my knuckle, and Etta’s quilt was, once again, snugged securely back under my chin. He had changed the blankets back, after I’d fallen asleep, so I’d have the more comfortable one. In silence, we watched the fire in the woodstove, while we alternated between kisses and Milky Ways. I don’t know which was sweeter. Saralee can be reached at or via her website: Her novel, Raw Nerves, is now available as a paperback and an e-book on

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