Lancaster County Edition
Vol. 18 No. 6
A Striking Couple Local Couple Continues Bowling after Decades of Partnership By Alysa Poindexter Ralph and Mille Boeshore are truly a striking couple when they are together—whether it is celebrating more than six decades of marriage or rolling impressive strikes at their local bowling alley. Approaching their 66th wedding anniversary in October, the 90-year-old and 87-year-old Mechanicsburg residents’ continued enthusiasm for bowling has earned them several titles and respect amongst fellow bowlers. After decades of being part of such a precious partnership, their love for one another and for bowling is evident. In 1946, Ralph—originally from Jonestown in Lebanon County—had just returned from serving during World War II when the couple first met while working at the Middletown depot. “I was a widow and my husband was killed in Germany,” said Mille. Both were attracted to one another instantly. They can still recall the early blossoming of feelings for each other. “She’s very attractive,” Ralph responded affectionately about his wife. “She wore her hair up—it was very pretty.” “He was a very nice person,” Mille added with a smile. “He’s a loving, dear man—very kind and a caring person.” It was then that couple would discover their shared love of sports on their please see STRIKING page 18 Ralph and Mille Boeshore have spent more than 50 years reaping the benefits of bowling: mental, social, and physical.
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Memory Loss: What’s Normal Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I am 58 years old and have noticed that I’ve become more forgetful lately, and it troubles me. My mother died with Alzheimer’s disease about 15 years ago, and I am afraid I might be next. Is my forgetfulness something I should worry about? – Forgetful Frank Dear Frank, Forgetfulness is something everyone experiences from time to time, but at what point does it indicate the beginning of a more serious problem? Here’s what you should know. Memory Loss Yes, it is true that forgetfulness and memory loss can be symptoms of more serious problems, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you have Alzheimer’s disease. While some memory changes are normal as we age, memory loss can also be brought on by a variety of factors like stress, lack of sleep, side effects of medications, depression, vitamin deficiencies, a head injury, thyroid disease, alcohol, a small stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. If your forgetfulness or memory loss is starting to affect your daily life, you need to see your doctor. Here are some potential warning signs that may indicate a more serious problem: • Forgetting or misplacing things much more often than you used to • Forgetting how to do things you’ve done many times before • Trouble learning new things • Repeating phrases or stories in the same conversation • Trouble recalling simple words or names in conversation or using inappropriate words • Trouble making choices or handling money • Becoming lost while driving • Not being able to keep track of what happens each day • Rapid mood changes for no apparent reason
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Memory Screening A memory screening is a good first step toward early detection of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease or other types of conditions that can cause memory loss. Memory screenings (that turn out normal) can also let you know that you’re OK, which can ease your fears and provide some peace of mind. If you have some concerns about your memory loss or have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease, a memory screening takes about 10 minutes to complete and consists of questions and/or tasks to assess your memory, language skills, thinking ability, and other intellectual functions. It’s important to know that this memory screening does not diagnose an illness but can flag a potential problem. Early Detection Early diagnosis is very important because many of the conditions that cause memory loss are treatable and may be reversible. And for irreversible illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease, even though it can’t be stopped, early detection is significant because there are several medications that, if taken early, can help delay its devastating effects. Early detection can also help families prepare themselves for the caregiving and supportive needs that lie ahead. Savvy Tip: The Alzheimer’s Association offers a list of common symptoms to help you recognize the difference between normal, age-related memory changes and possible warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. They can also put you in touch with your local chapter, which can help you locate a medical professional who specializes in evaluating and treating dementia and memory loss. Visit www.alz.org or call (800) 272-3900. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org.
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Assisted Living/Personal Care Harrison Senior Living – Coatesville (610) 384-6310 Dental Services Dental Health Associates (717) 394-9231 Smoketown Family Dentistry (717) 291-6035
Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020 American Cancer Society (717) 397-3744 American Diabetes Association (888) DIABETES American Heart Association (717) 393-0725
Emergency Numbers Central PA Poison Center (800) 521-6110 Office of Aging (717) 299-7979/(800) 801-3070 Employment Lancaster County Office of Aging (717) 299-7979 Entertainment Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (800) 638-6833
American Lung Association (717) 397-5203/(800) LungUSA American Red Cross (717) 299-5561
Funeral Directors Fred F. Groff, Inc. (717) 397-8255 Richard H. Heisey Funeral Home (717) 626-2464 Charles F. Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (717) 393-9661/(717) 872-5041 (717) 627-8668 Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home (717) 394-4097
Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy www.cvs.com
Hospice Providers Hospice of Lancaster County (717) 295-3900
Physicians — OB/GYN May•Grant Obstetrics & Gynecology (717) 397-8177
Planned Charitable Giving
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Lancaster County Community Foundation (717) 397-1629
Independent Living The Long Community at Highland (855) 407-9240
Plumbing/Heating Neffsville Plumbing & Heating Services (717) 625-1000
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Consumer Information (888) 878-3256
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CONTACT Helpline (717) 652-4400 Disease and Health Risk (888) 232-3228 Domestic Violence (800) 799-7233 Flu or Influenza (888) 232-3228
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Retirement Communities The Long Community (855) 407-9240 Luther Acres (717) 626-1171
Home Care Services Alliance Home Help (717) 283-1444
Conestoga View Nursing & Rehabilitation (717) 299-7850 Harrison Senior Living – Christiana (610) 593-6901
Central Penn Nursing Care, Inc. (717) 361-9777 (717) 569-0451 Sadie’s Angels (717) 917-1420
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen (717) 367-9753
Medical Equipment & Supplies
Arthritis Foundation (717) 397-6271
Financial Services Internal Revenue Service (717) 898-1900
St. John’s Herr Estate (717) 684-0678 Senior Move Management TLC Ladies (717) 228-8764
Orthotics & Prosthetics The Center for Advanced Orthotics & Prosthetics (717) 393-0511
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In cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, farmers market nutrition vouchers will be distributed to eligible persons on Wednesday, June 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at all Lancaster County Office of Aging senior centers. Other distribution sites include the Ephrata Recreation Center and New Holland United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to noon and the Conestoga Valley Community Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at their new location, 2390 New Holland Pike. The nutrition vouchers, valued at $20, can be exchanged for Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables through November at participating farmers’ markets and roadside stands. To be eligible, an individual must be at least 60 years of age, reside in Lancaster County, and have an annual household income of less
Father’s Day celebrates the special bond between fathers and their families. Every dad is a celebrity in his own child’s eyes, of course, but in some families fame and fatherhood go hand in hand. Take a look at some of these well-known fathers and their successful children from the world of entertainment and sports:
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• Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas (acting)
• Tony Curtis and Jamie Lee Curtis (acting)
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Cocalico Senior Association (717) 336-7489 Columbia Senior Center (717) 684-4850
Conestoga Valley Community Center – (717) 656-2822 Elizabethtown Senior Center (717) 367-7984 Ephrata Recreation Center (717) 738-1167 Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 299-3943 Lancaster Recreation Commission (717) 399-7671 Lititz Senior Center (717) 626-2800 Millersville Senior Center (717) 871-9600 New Holland United Methodist Church – (717) 354-0226 Next Gen Senior Center (717) 786-4770 SACA Senior Center (717) 295-7989 Given the limited supply, vouchers are available on a first-come, firstserved basis.
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than $20,665 for one person or less than $27,991 for two. Those living in nursing homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program. Persons unable to pick up the vouchers may have a proxy or representative go in their place but need to have a completed, signed proxy form along with photo ID of the eligible individual presented at the time of distribution. Proxy forms can be picked up at the front desk at Conestoga Valley Community Center, New Holland United Methodist Church, or Ephrata Recreation Center. To receive one by mail prior to the June 20 distribution, contact any senior center listed below or the Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979.
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The Lady of the Wheel (La Ruotaia) By Angelo F. Coniglio n some towns, she might have had the lofty title Ricevitrice dei Proietti: ‘Receiver of Castaways,’ but in Racalmuto she was known simply as la ruotaia, the mistress of the wheel. That cold January morning, Anna heard the chimes and hastily threw on her robe, lit a candle, and rushed down to the foundling wheel.” Angelo F. Coniglio’s historical fiction novel The Lady of the Wheel reopens the forgotten history of “the foundlings”— children abandoned by their families as means of survival during the late 19th century in Sicily. Enduring hardships that reverberated from centuries of feudalism in the country, the story’s main fictional family has to make the agonizing decision to give their youngest child to the lady of the wheel and their eldest to the brutal sulfur mines in order to survive.
Coniglio draws the reader into the life of the foundlings and the underprivileged based on real-life experiences. Readers will be able to feel the emotions of each character as they journey to overcome some of the most vicious parts of life in society during this time. About the Author Angelo F. Coniglio, writer of 50plus Senior News’ monthly genealogy column, writes genealogy columns for several venues, lectures on the subject, and conducts genealogical research for Americans of Sicilian descent. He lives in Amherst, N.Y. The Lady of the Wheel (La Ruotaia) will be available on Amazon.com and at Barnes & Noble and other outlets. To order by mail, send a check for $12 plus $3 shipping to Legas Publishing, P.O. Box 149, Mineola, N.Y. 11501.
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2012 Senior Idol Contestants Find Comfort in Numbers he’d performed for others but launched into The Doors’ “Twentieth Century Fox” Despite the range of personal just the same. backgrounds, talents, and motivations, Although the majority of auditions for many of the contestants who auditioned the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition are vocal, 2012’s tryouts saw a fair share of for this year’s PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition actually had a common fear. alternative talents as well. At the York Their nerves were set abuzz by the auditions, both Pat Anderson of prospect of performing in front of just a Manchester and Delma Welch of York handful of listeners, versus the larger tickled the judges’ funny bones with their crowds that some were more accustomed comedic routines. to. After all, in those bigger audiences, In Harrisburg, Joanne Landis of individuals blend into a less intimidating Reading danced to an instrumental ’50s throng, faces reassuringly blurred by their rock tune, and drummer Deb Olsen of multitude. Manheim Nearly 100 kicked off the state residents Lancaster over age 50 auditions by came forward thundering for the through “You seventh-annual Should Be talent Dancing” by competition, The Bee Gees. curious to see For those where their who prefer a vocal, large crowd, instrumental, this year’s 15 comedic, or semifinalists dance abilities are in luck— measured up they will vie Drummer Deb Olsen of Manheim pounding out “You Should Be Dancing” by The Bee Gees at the against those for the title of PA STATE SENIOR IDOL auditions in Lancaster. of their 2012 PA STATE Pennsylvania SENIOR IDOL in peers. front of a sold-out Dutch Apple Dinner Even the competition’s more seasoned Theatre at the finals night competition on contestants candidly voiced their Monday, June 4, in Lancaster. The emcee discomfort with performing in front of of the evening will be Diane Dayton of only three judges and a sprinkling of Dayton Communications. SENIOR IDOL staff members as they Local celebrity judges R.J. Harris of approached center stage (or, center hotel WHP580, Buddy King of The room, depending on the location) for Magnificent Men, Valerie Pritchett of their audition. abc27, and Janelle Stelson of WGAL-8 will Kathy Wagner of Carlisle is a longtime select three finalists after the first round of band member, an experienced singer who performances. said she has no problem facing a crowd— The three finalists will then perform a second selection, after which the judges but for her SENIOR IDOL audition in Harrisburg, it was the lack of a crowd that and the audience will vote together to gave her nerves a run while performing select the 2012 Pennsylvania State SENIOR “The Rose” by Bette Midler. IDOL. The winner will receive a limousine And so a common conversational trip for two to New York City to enjoy thread was found woven amongst dinner and a Broadway show. strangers who became sudden, supportive Produced by On-Line Publishers, Inc., comrades while waiting for their turn the 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL before the SENIOR IDOL judges. competition is brought to you by 50plus It was also an opportunity for boldness, Senior News. Media sponsors are abc27, for breaking personal patterns. Charles Blue Ridge Communications, WHP580, Garman of Dillsburg admitted he hadn’t and WHYL. been on a stage in 20 years after offering For more information, call On-Line “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Publishers at (717) 285-1350 or visit Presley. www.SeniorIdolPA.com to view clips from Likewise, Louis Daily of Philadelphia previous years’ shows. confessed it had been “a long time” since By Megan Joyce
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Older But Not Wiser
Are You Ready?
A Scent for Seniors
Sy Rosen ustin Bieber’s line of perfume for women recently made its debut. One teenage girl gushed, “I love him, I love him so much. And now I feel him!” And it’s not only Justin—I call him Justin although we travel in different universes. Last year, there were 69 new celebrity perfumes. There was Katy Perry’s Purr, Beyonce’s Heat, and Jennifer Aniston’s creatively named Jennifer Aniston. It got me thinking that we seniors should have our own perfumes. These fragrances could help dispel some serious prejudices and stereotypes about older people. And, best of all, we can offer a senior discount. Here are a few possibilities:
Entitled – This complex mixture combines the aroma of freshly baked apple pie and sturdy, just-harvested
Oklahoma cornstalks to produce an uplifting fragrance that embodies the American spirit and gives rise to the notion that we seniors worked for and earned our Social Security benefits. In addition, the slight aromas of Naproxen for arthritis and Lucentis for macular degeneration have an
Power – At work, people used to value our opinions and were a little intimidated by us. Now, they roll their eyes when we talk. With the combination of the scents of the lion, jaguar, alligator, Rush Limbaugh, and Alec Baldwin, we will regain that lost power. This potent mixture says, “I am still powerful—and a little crazy.”
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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underlying subtlety that lets people know what is in store for them and that everybody will eventually need Medicare. Of course, to keep this perfume real and honest, there also has to be the slight scent of fear that these entitlements might be taken away. This odor is derived from the sweat of a young politician who doesn’t yet realize that one day he’ll be older.
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VIEW OUR JOB LIST We list other jobs on the Web at www.co.lancaster.pa.us/lanco_agi ng. To learn more about applying for the 55+ Job Bank and these jobs, call the Employment Unit at (717) 299-7979. SN-GEN.03
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— Volunteer Opportunities — Do you belong to a service organization, civic group, or place of worship that is looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity? Are coworkers or administration at your workplace interested in volunteering in your community? If you answered yes to either of these questions, please mention Lancaster County Office of Aging as an option for fulfilling those goals while helping to meet the needs of older people in the community. Throughout the year, several groups volunteer to provide hands-on assistance with a variety of tasks including cleaning, washing windows, yard care, and other home maintenance chores. The groups offer one-time help for consumers of the agency and are matched with consumers requesting assistance. Volunteers and consumers express mutual satisfaction with the volunteering experience. If you’d like more information, please contact Bev Via, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 299-7979 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Beauty in Nature
June is Turtle Egg-Laying Time Clyde McMillan-Gamber urtle egg-laying time is late May marshes, and shoulders bordering blacktop through June in the Middle roads, all niches along the seacoast. Atlantic States. At that time, Some terrapins die crossing roads in female turtles (particularly box, snapping, search of egg-laying spots. But staff at the and painted turtles; red-eared sliders; and Wetlands Institute at Stone Harbor, N.J., diamond-backed terrapins) are seen take intact eggs from the bodies of crossing roads to nesting sites or digging in diamond terrapins killed on roads, loose or sandy soil in sunny areas near incubate the eggs, and raise the young their habitats. until they are big enough to be released Female turtles of all species use their into salt marshes and channels without clawed back feet to being prey for gulls dig holes in the and other predators. ground. Then they lay Skunks and round, white eggs in raccoons dig up some the nurseries they clutches of turtle eggs created. The looser the and eat them. Empty, soil or sand, the easier curled shells lie near each turtle’s job is in the nests. People at Illustration of a diamond-back terrapin burying her eggs. the Wetlands The sun’s rays Institute cover provide warmth that promotes the growth terrapin nests with strong chicken wire to of the turtle embryos in their leathery keep predators out. shells. Incubation for turtles takes two Newly hatched turtles are vulnerable to months, and most babies hatch in August predation. Foxes, opossums, and other but hibernate for winter within weeks. mammals consume them. Great blue Some female turtles of all species cross herons, great egrets, and other kids of highways in their quest for nesting spots. herons eat them. And gulls along the Large female snappers look like small seacoast ingest young terrapins. But when dinosaurs lumbering slowly and juvenile turtles of all kinds grow larger menacingly, like tanks, across those roads. with harder shells, they’re not as likely to Unfortunately, some turtles, including big be eaten by predators. snappers, get killed on the roads. Female turtles laying eggs are Box turtles lay eggs in holes they dig in interesting to experience. But don’t disturb loose soil in fields of young corn or them or take eggs or turtles home. Turtles tobacco near their home woods. Painted of all species already have too many and snapping turtles and sliders deposit hazards to their wild populations, eggs in pits they dig in bare soil near their including those imposed by people. pond and sluggish creek homes. And diamond-backs drop eggs in nests they dig Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a Lancaster in sandy soil of salt marshes, dikes in those County Parks naturalist.
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Salute to a Veteran
He Was a Machine Gun Sergeant in Patton’s 3rd Army Robert D. Wilcox homas W. (Wally) Clarke grew up in Baltimore and graduated from Baltimore City College High School in February 1943. He was then drafted by the U.S. Army and became part of the 26th Infantry Division. If his adventures from then on read as if they were a book, it’s because they were. Although the title of the book he wrote was George S. Patton’s Typical Soldier, the experiences he had were far from typical in one important way: They were carefully noted in a detailed record of what happened to him from the time he boarded the S.S. Saturnia, an Italian luxury liner, in New York Harbor on Aug. 27, 1944, until the war ended while he was in Czechoslovakia on May 8, 1945. Asked what stands out in his months
of combat Turning under General serious, he Patton, he says, “I guess grins broadly the battle for and says, Bezange La “That’s like Petite in asking you France was what one typical of what thing stands we went out about through. The Marilyn only thing Monroe. really different Believe me, about it was there was my having more fought on the Company D non-commissioned officers and the excitement in same Hill 265 medals they won: S/Sgt. Jim Logan, Silver Star; those days a few weeks T/Sgt. Rags Watkins, Bronze Star; Cpl. Dave Kolb, than you before an Bronze Star; S/Sgt. Jim Daugherty, Bronze Star; could action that and Sgt. Tom “Wally” Clarke, Bronze Star. adequately earned Tech 5 describe in Alfred Wilson singling out any one action.” the only Medal of Honor to be awarded
in the 26th Division. Oh yeah, and that was also my first offensive action.” On Oct. 15, the division pitched their tents in preparation, moving up to the front the next night. They got their first strafing by German planes that night. Clarke says he was scared and thoroughly soaked from a steady downpour of rain. He and a buddy stood watch, one hour on and one hour off, through the night. Next morning, General Patton was to address the troops before the big push that would carry the 26th division across the Saar into some of the toughest fighting of the war. All the division’s officers from captain up were there to hear the general, and each picked an enlisted man to join him. Dave Kolb, a buddy of Clarke’s from high school days, was picked to join his captain to hear General Patton give that famous talk to the troops.
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Patton said, in part, “Any man who to the Rhine River and fought on Hill says that he is not afraid is a fool or a 310 for the first four days of the attack liar. But there is a difference between before its capture, with the loss of eight being afraid and being a coward. You men killed and wounded from their must have a desperate determination to platoon of 36 men. engage with the enemy and attack What followed was months of battle, attack attack.” relieving the beleaguered troops who Clarke notes that Kolb said it best were encircled at Bastogne, capturing when he said of Patton, “He looked other vital points, withstanding violent and talked like a real soldier, and by the tank battles, being attacked by enemy time he aircraft, and finished, I was liberating ready to march prisoners of to Berlin.” war. The When the following war in Europe morning, they ended on May moved up to the 8, 1945, front lines General Patton where, each the next day night, there was wrote a much German salutation to his activity, “with troops. German burp It started, guns and flares “During the the main 281 days of attractions.” incessant and At 5 a.m. our victorious artillery laid combat, your down a barrage penetrations of high have advanced explosive air farther in less Sergeant Thomas W. (Wally) Clarke at home bursts, a smoke time than any after the war. screen was laid other army in down, and our history. You riflemen started forward. They took have fought your way across 24 major about a hundred prisoners and moved rivers and innumerable lesser streams. on. “You have liberated or conquered Clarke’s company proceeded to a more than 82,000 square miles of ridge overlooking Bezange La Petite and territory, including 1,500 cities and prepared for an expected counterattack, towns and some 12,000 inhabited which, fortunately, never came. places. Prior to the termination of The next five days saw heavy active hostilities, you had captured in combat, however. The riflemen suffered battle 956,000 enemy soldiers and severe losses. A buddy of Clarke’s had killed or wounded at least 500,000 his rifle shot out of his hand, and others.” another died instantly from a direct hit And the general’s salutation ended, from an 88mm tiger tank gun. “During the course of this war, I have Germans shelled their positions heavily received promotions and decorations far for the next few days. above and beyond my individual merit. Clarke remembers that one day, four You won them; I as your representative 50mm shells hit around his foxhole, wear them. blowing his gun into the hole, “The one honor which is mine and exploding a box of ammunition, and mine alone is that of having destroying most of their equipment and commanded such an incomparable rations. group of Americans, the record of “The shells from our artillery had to whose fortitude, audacity, and valor will skim over the hill our company held in endure as long as history lasts.” order to land in Bezange,” Clarke says. Clarke, visibly moved even today by “When our guns got the range, and the those words, says quietly, “Thank you, whole battery would fire at once, it General. I know I speak for the troops would sound like a train rushing over in having been given the deep privilege our hill.” of having served under your Clarke’s company was relieved by command.” another company on Oct. 28 and moved off Hill 265. On Nov. 8, his Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in WWII. company jumped off in the big attack
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Choosing Vintage Value from the Bridal Registry Dr. Lori re you faced with trying to choose just the right wedding gift from a lengthy bridal registry? Do you know what gifts will be valuable in 50 years as the newlyweds reach their golden wedding anniversary? Here’s how to distinguish the contemporary trinkets from the future collectible treasures.
Hoard the China When it comes to wedding china, many contemporary couples only ask for select pieces. Today’s brides complain that wedding china requires hand washing and a lot of storage space. While most adult daughters don’t want their mother’s postwar-era wedding china in favor of their own selected pattern, a complete service for 12 with all of the accessories dating from 2012 will be a highly cherished and very valuable collectible on the secondary
antiques market in 2062. Mother’s high-quality Wedgwood, Limoges, or Spode sets from the 1940s1960s still bring significantly more money than an incomplete set. When the time comes to reap value from the china, you’ll want the entire set—gravy boats and all. When it comes to long-term collectability, complete sets are icing on the wedding cake. Collect Wine, not Wine Glasses Many newlyweds would actually end up with a larger nest egg if they collected vintage wines rather than wine glasses. Fifty years from now, it’s probable that you won’t have all your wine glasses. You know the score: Clumsy Uncle Leo will undoubtedly drop one when you host a family dinner. Another way wine glasses get damaged is from an unlikely source—your china cabinet or dining room breakfront. Once
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A Toast to the Keys By Andrea Gross The Overseas Highway appears to float above the water as it links the Florida mainland to Key West.
immediately learn three things on our visit to Key West. First, the ambience is seductive. As Jimmy Buffet sang in his hit song “Margaritaville,” all you want to do is sit on a porch swing and strum on a sixstring. Second, the weather is glorious most of the year. The average temperature is 78 degrees, the coldest ever recorded is a balmy 41, and the warmest—reached on only a few occasions more than 30 years ago—is 100. And third, getting there is half the fun. The 128-mile Overseas Highway, which leads from the Florida mainland to Key West, links the numerous keys (small islands) by means of 42 bridges. In 2009 it was named an “All-American Road,” an honor that puts it in the top tier of national scenic byways. We stop at the Kona Kai Resort, which has one of the few ethnobotanic gardens in the United States. During a 90-minute tour of the small, densely packed plot of land, we learn about the relationship between people and plants and gather enough fascinating facts to amuse our friends for a year. For example, we see a moss that was responsible for the first automobile recall. It seems the moss, which was used as seat stuffing in the early Model T’s, was laden with chiggers, leading to a massive outbreak of itchy rears. But the first part of the road near Key Largo is mostly lined with shops offering a variety of water-based activities, restaurants featuring fish and key lime pie, and gift stores hawking sandals and seashells. It’s not until an hour and a half later, when we start across the Seven-Mile Bridge, that the road seems to open and … Oh my, we feel like we’re driving on water! To the right is the Gulf of Mexico. To the left is the Atlantic Ocean. In the distance there are small keys of green, but the overwhelming color is blue—the soft blue of the sky, the teal blue of the water. It’s evening when we reach Key West, which is not only the end of the Overseas Highway, but also the end of U.S. Highway 1, the approximately 2,500-mile-long interstate that begins in Maine at the U.S./Canadian border. There are a multitude of signs to
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commemorate this fact, as well as a big buoy to mark the town’s status as the southernmost city in the United States. Down on the waterfront the Sunset Celebration is in full swing. Performers
are walking on tightropes, telling stories, doing dances, juggling torches. Juried craftspeople are selling everything from handmade scarves to palm-tree paintings. And hundreds of people are watching
schooners, catamarans, glass-bottom boats, and sailboats return to the pier, backed by the fading light. Here, I realize, is what differentiates Key West from the rest of the world. In most places, a carnival like this would be an annual event; in Key West, it happens every night, weather permitting, which it usually is! The festive feel persists on Duval Street. Many people are shopping, intrigued by the mix of high-end crafts, mid-range souvenirs, and fine Cuban cigars. But most are simply ambling and listening to the music that blares from the restaurants and bars. The next morning, hoping to catch some inspiration, we tour Key West’s literary haunts. This is the place where Tennessee Williams wrote his first draft of A Streetcar Named Desire, Robert Frost wrote The Gift Outright, and Ernest Hemingway wrote parts of Death in the Afternoon, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro. Williams’ and Frost’s former homes are closed to the public, but we go into Hemingway’s, where we’re greeted by many of the 44 cats that roam the property, all direct descendants or close relatives of a cat given to Hemingway during his 10-year stay on the island. A guide regales us with tales of Hemingway’s escapades, some of which involved writing and many of which involved fishing, drinking, and romancing. Equally fascinating is the old naval residence that served as a Little White House for Harry Truman, who spent 175 days of his presidency in Key West. Truman’s writings were of another sort. They included memos that dealt with the use of nuclear weapons and post-World War II reconstruction as well as frequent love letters to Bess. We end our stay in Key West at a decadent dessert lounge enticingly named “Better than Sex.” Sitting in a lounge so dimly lit that patrons are given flashlights to see the menu and sipping cabernet from a glass rimmed in chocolate, we feel as if we’re miles away—not only from the mainland, but from reality itself. www.fla-keys.com Photos © Irv Green; story by Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com).
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Living Memoirs of My Father Saralee Perel ad and I were crazy about each other. He’s been gone for 20 years. But I’m finally understanding how vital it was for him that I have the life he never had—in marriage, health, and work. Before his death at age 88, I was the only one he recognized. By then, he couldn’t speak. My last words were, “I love you, Tatteleh (affectionate Yiddish for father).” To this day, I tell myself he heard me. He was a lawyer. But when his father told him to manage the family shoe business, he quit his practice and obeyed. He ran it for 40 years and hated it. Dad had a spinal disorder I recently found out I’ve inherited. Most of his movements were grueling. He needed a back brace to support his spine. Luckily for me, I had surgery that helped enormously.
As a teen, I wasn’t allowed to date non-Jewish boys or have Christian girlfriends. But I married a Christian man. Dad, a devout Orthodox Jew, adored Bob. When he saw how much we loved each other, that was what mattered. Regardless of what Bob did for work, like selling plants, Dad would ask, “Is he happy?” He endearingly called him Mister Farmer. He wouldn’t have me feel sorry for him. When he fell down the night before my wedding, he said to Bob, “Don’t tell
Saralee.” He escorted me down the aisle, though he needed a walker. One day later, he became wheelchair bound for good. I believe it was his determination to walk with me that kept his disability at bay until then. Dad had a code of ethics. “Everything in moderation.” And, “No selfpity.” If Mother was mean, he’d never sass back. When I did, he’d say, “Never talk to your mother that way.” And clothes? He was always properly dressed, even to get the mail. He hated my stylishly torn jeans.
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Thankfully, he died before I became disabled. He’d have been heartbroken to see me in my wheelchair. But he would have been overjoyed that I had surgery, so I wouldn’t be crippled like him. At his burial, I touched the handcarved Jewish star on the wooden casket that held my father’s body. But it didn’t hold his soul. When the rabbi handed me a trowel filled with soil for me to sprinkle on the coffin, I kept that little piece of earth. It stays on my bureau in Dad’s milkglass shaving mug. We still “talk” together. This morning, I looked toward heaven. “Tatteleh, I have the life you wanted for me. I love my work. I can walk a little, with no pain. And my husband adores me like you did.” I felt choked up. “Thank you for loving me so much that you never once mentioned Bob wasn’t Jewish. And although you never showed it, I know
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how sad you felt that our own rabbi was unwilling to perform the wedding.” I “heard” him say, “Shaineh maideleh (his pretty little girl), are you happy?” “Yes, Dad. You taught me that’s what matters.” I began crying. “I wish you had been happy.” “You filled my heart with happiness.”
And in so many ways he did, and still does, mine. Saralee can be reached at email@example.com or via her website: www.saraleeperel.com. Her novel, Raw Nerves, is now available as a paperback and an e-book on Amazon.com.
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Relevance – Most people don’t think older folks are relevant anymore and that we don’t know anything about the world, especially pop culture. Combining smells of rock concerts, tanning salons, vodka, tattoo ink, and prison cells will tell everyone that we are familiar with Snooki and Paris and Lindsay and the New York Housewives and the Mob Wives and … hmm, maybe relevance isn’t that good. Wisdom – For those who think we’re losing it, one whiff of this stuff will change that! This fragrance is derived from the powerful aroma of first editions by Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Melville mixed with the scents of the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations, which were celebrated for their brilliance in mathematics. One spray and everyone will know that we spend 20 minutes talking to the bank teller not because we’re lonely,
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50plus EXPO a Day to Explore, Socialize By Megan Joyce Though perhaps a superstitious few may have raised their eyebrows, boomers and seniors still appeared in droves for the 13th year of the Northern Lancaster County 50plus EXPO, held recently in the Overlook Activities Center of Overlook Park, Lancaster. The 50plus EXPO was presented by On-Line Publishers, Inc., publishers of 50plus Senior News, and the Lancaster County Office of Aging. This free, one-day event hosted more than 80 exhibitors displaying products and services in the areas of travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, healthcare, and more. Pat Herr of Lancaster had stopped at the 50plus EXPO for the first time and seemed to be taking it all in. “I wanted to see what all was involved because I am one of the baby boomers,” she said. “I just came to check out what they had here.” Melinda Rosenthal of Centerville was taking a similar, exploratory approach. “I just came for the variety of visitors; I’ve been here before,” she said. “It’s fun.” In addition to free health screenings, door prizes,
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• June 28, 1914 – Crown Prince of Austria Archduke Francis Ferdinand and his wife were assassinated in Sarajevo, touching off a conflict between the AustroHungarian government and Serbia that escalated into World War I.
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Thanks to a collaboration between a retired and a current social-studies teacher, student “recruits” at Pequea Valley Intermediate School got a unique view of Civil War history through the eyes of boys their own age.
Ned Beck, eighth-grade social studies teacher at Pequea Valley Intermediate School, and retired teacher J. Arthur Moore contacted BSA Venture Crew 1861, a Civil War Fife & Drum Corps chartered in Gettysburg, to help bring a living history project to students for two schooldays in early May. On day one, students viewed a slideshow of 72 images of real boys who were part of the war as well as images of markers, monuments, and books in commemoration of their lives. Prior to the class, the students had read an excerpt from the book Boys’ War, developed from the journals and letters of the boys who were part of the Civil War. The second day of class was a scripted experience through which students reported to “camp” outside. Michael Nedrow, associate advisor for BSA Venture Crew 1861, portrayed Corporal Nethrow, who took the new “recruits” aside to drill and prepare them If you have local news for the captain’s review. you’d like considered, A fifer and a drummer were taken from student volunteers, dressed please email email@example.com in period uniform, and sent off with the musicians to be taught how to play for the review.
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first date to a hockey game. In the same year of their meeting, the two married and began their life together, never ignoring their affection for sports. By the 1950s, the United States had embraced new technological advancements such as super glue, power steering, and transistor radio. With such inventions, there were also many technical improvements in the sporting world, which included the introduction of automatic pinsetters and better wood oils that made bowling a very accessible sport for all ages. Bowling became a very popular sport in communities across the nation, including the Boeshores’ small Camp Hill development where they would form their own league at a local bowling alley. The Boeshores bowled with their founding league up until 1965. They would go on to bowl with four other leagues—a few they are still part of—and earn several trophies and awards, including Best Team in the League, four 600 series awards, and other impressive scores. The highest score a bowler can accomplish in a single game is 300, which is earned through 12 consecutive strikes.
“Rolling a score of 256 was my biggest thrill,” Ralph commented. Achieving a three-game, cumulative score of 600 is a difficult feat in the world of bowling. To be a member of a 600 series club, a bowler must bowl three consecutive games with a grandtotal score of at least 600. Bowlers are also required to be in a USBC authorized league or tournament competition to be eligible. “I belonged to the 600 club for several years,” said Mille. Although rather modest about her many bowling accomplishments, Mille attributes some of her success to her upbringing. “I lived on a farm, so I’ve got a pretty strong arm!” she joked. The bowling duo currently competes with leagues at Trindle Bowl in Mechanicsburg. Just about all of the
regulars in the alley know the Boeshores if asked. “I bowl with a lady’s group Tuesday mornings,” said Mille. “I’ve been bowling with them for 30 years.” On Tuesday afternoons, the Boeshores are also part of the Senior Citizens Bowling League. The couple has been bowling with this league since 2002. After decades of bowling, they still look to one another for ways to improve their game, which is a benefit of bowling with a spouse. “We share our thoughts with one another,” Ralph clarified. “If she does something wrong, I mention it to her— we just try to improve ourselves by checking with each other.” Through bowling, the Boeshores have also discovered a great benefit: exercise. Both Mille and Ralph find the sport to be a valuable asset in
maintaining their health. “I think it strengthens your body,” Mille described. “The weight of the ball tones your body—it is very beneficial.” According to the National Institute on Aging, being active is important for physical as well as mental health. Physical activity allows seniors to remain independent and also serves as preventive treatment against some chronic diseases. “We have some seniors on the team with disabilities who keep at it and they find it’s beneficial for their well-being,” said Mille. “It is good exercise and we really enjoy meeting friends.” Mille and Ralph also have a growing family with three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. They hope to pass on their passion and love for the game to the next generation. “We took our grandchildren bowling quite often when they were younger,” said Mille. When it comes to bowling, there is nothing else like it for the Boeshores. “It’s just been enjoyable to be with my husband because we get along beautifully,” said Mille. “We do enjoy it very much and plan to keep on going as long as we can,” said Ralph.
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Calendar of Events Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation
Senior Center Activities
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 www.lancastercountyparks.org.
Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 June 7, 6 p.m. – Cocalico Jam Night June 15, 10 a.m. – Music by Sterling Lamm June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers
June 9, 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. – Reptiles and Amphibians in Lancaster County June 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Panning for Gold June 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Attract Hummingbirds to Your Yard
Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 June 8, 9 a.m. – Tai Chi June 13, 10 a.m. – Slideshow: “The Civil War” June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers
Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 June 2, noon, 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. – Summer Adult Reading Film Noir Series June 11, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Scrabble Casual Club June 21, 7 p.m. – Concert: Dave Wilson Trio
Elizabethtown Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – Wii Bowling Fridays, 5 p.m. – Dinner and Table Games June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers
Lancaster House North – (717) 299-1278 Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle
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June 5, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parents/Grandparents with Special Cares Support Group Garden Spot Village Village Square Board Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6010 firstname.lastname@example.org June 11, 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 email@example.com
June 21, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 June 25, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
June 27, 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
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June 3, 1 to 5 p.m. Dancing: Bluegrass, Gospel, OldTime Country Music Denver Fire Hall 425 Locust St., Denver (717) 330-6789
June 10, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pennsylvania Music Expo Continental Inn 2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster (717) 898-1246 www.recordcollectors.org
June 15, 6 to 9 p.m. Music Fridays 200 and 300 Blocks of North Queen Street 24 W. Walnut St., Lancaster (717) 341-0028
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Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center (717) 299-3943 June 5, 9:30 a.m. – Chorus Practice June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers June 28, 9:30 a.m. – Learning Spanish Lancaster Rec. Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Fridays, 12:30 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Bridge Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 June 13, 8:30 a.m. – Hot Breakfast June 18, 10:15 a.m. – Changes in Medicare & Benefits June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers LRC Senior Center – (717) 399-7671 June 5, 9 a.m. – Program on Safety in the Home June 10, 10:15 a.m. – Sing-Along June 18, 10:30 a.m. – Bible Study Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 June 4, 9:30 a.m. – ESL Bilingual Class June 15, 9 a.m. – Father’s Day Celebration June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 June 12, 10 a.m. – Glenn Garber Performs June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers June 22, 10 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition Program Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 June 15, 10:30 a.m. – Special Music by Joanie June 20, 9 a.m. – Farmers Market Vouchers June 26, 10:30 a.m. – Trip to Farmers Market Rodney Park Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle and Bingo
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