Lancaster County Edition | June 2017 • Vol. 23 No. 6
Get ‘Caught’ by Bluebirds page 4
Special focus: leisure attractions page 14
lancaster senior games in review page 19
On Life and Love after 50
In Mature Dating, Does an Age Difference Matter?
Mature dating is a challenge. Toss in an age difference between partners, and the challenge is even greater. Take the case of Ben and Janice, for example. He emailed me, “I am an Arkansas guy in love with a California girl. I am 77 and my lady, Janice, is 68. We are both very concerned about our age difference; therefore, your articles provide us with much insight. What do you think about the age difference?” I asked Ben for more details. He responded: “I was born in El Dorado, Arkansas. I left home for college, the University of Arkansas, at age 17. I was a ROTC cadet and was commissioned in the Air Force shortly after graduation. I am a retired Air Force colonel.
“I was a widower and living in Southern California, when one day I stopped at a Starbucks in Anaheim Hills. I was sitting there with a cappuccino and Janice walked in, and that changed my life forever. “She ordered a coffee and turned around, and I spoke to her. After an hour of conversation, I asked her to meet for dinner the next Saturday. We had three dinner dates in May 2016, before I left to visit my daughters in Virginia and Arkansas.
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“I returned to California on the first of August, and we have been together ever since. Janice is the love of my life. “We are talking and planning a life together. We have agreed that we will set the marriage date and place on July 15, th my 78 birthday. We are living in California now but will be moving to my new home in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, in the fall. “Janice is still working and considering retirement this September/October when we marry.”
Tom’s response: My feeling is Ben, at 77, and Janice, at 68, should not worry about the age difference. He most likely will pass away first—maybe not—but so what? Why not enjoy these years together? He has found the love of his life; they should enjoy the relationship every minute of every day. An issue bigger than the age difference is the change of lifestyle, primarily for Janice. Will she be happy not working? Will she be happy living in Arkansas? Has Janice visited Arkansas yet? Also, since they plan to marry, they both need to agree regarding all legal matters. I suggest both consult attorneys, so both sides are equally please see DATING page 6
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By Megan Joyce When I met Dean Rust at his home to take a tour of his nearby bluebird boxes, he stepped outside and indicated the borrowed golf cart we would be riding on. I could see him immediately take notice of my lightweight sweater. He expressed concern I would be chilly during our breezy ride. But the unusually warm latewinter weather made it a pleasant excursion through Lancaster Country Club’s seventh fairway, which adjoins Rust’s backyard and hosts the 43 bluebird boxes he dutifully attends for two hours each Monday morning during spring and summer. His quiet observation and genuine concern for my well-being perfectly mirror the detailed care and devotion he applies to the area’s bluebird population. As president of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, an affiliate of the North American Bluebird Society with active members in all 67 counties, Rust chairs the organization’s quarterly board meetings, pens a president’s message for each newsletter, and presides over the state BSP conference each spring. BSP’s mission is to protect, enjoy, and propagate the eastern bluebird, whose population plunged more than 90 percent between 1920 and 1970, likely due to pesticides, changes in farming practices, and lack of nesting cavities. Since 1978, however, bluebirds have made an impressive recovery with help from citizen-science conservation efforts throughout the U.S. and Canada, Rust said. “This problem was answered by encouraging people to build nest boxes for bluebirds from coast to coast. And it was successful!” he said. BSP’s 1,071 members conduct research relating to bluebirds and other cavity-nesting birds, including their food sources and
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A male bluebird feeding his young in a nest box.
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Bluebirds roosting in a log over winter.
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Male and female bluebird on a box.
habitats. Members also build, maintain, and monitor bluebird boxes and trails. “Today in Central Pennsylvania, we have an ever-growing bluebird population,” Rust said. “People are starting to see bluebirds in their yards and farms like the good ol’ times of the 1920s.” Rust’s favorite BSP “job” is serving as the point person for the President’s Hotline Forum on BSP’s website (www.thebsp.org), where people from all over the country can email him bluebirdrelated questions. “This has allowed me to connect with bluebird lovers all over the U.S. … People have even joined
our organization from other states via the President’s Hotline Forum,” Rust said. “It seems like I am involved 365 days a year in some way as BSP president.” After retiring from his general dentistry practice of 33 years, Rust joined his local BSP chapter in 2005 and became its county coordinator shortly thereafter. He describes himself as having been “caught” by the charm of bluebirds. “I think it is their beauty; soft, warbling song; and their calm demeanor,” he said. “They are also hardworking, dedicated parents when attending to their young.” Surprisingly social creatures that seem to enjoy the presence of people, bluebirds lay an average of four or five eggs per clutch. After the final egg is laid, the female incubates the clutch 12-14 days until the eggs hatch, usually within hours of each other. When monitoring his 16 bluebird trails, Rust checks that the nesting boxes remain intact, clean, and free of predators— snakes can wriggle their way up bluebird-box poles and coil inside, as Rust can attest, having been startled by such an unexpected occupant on at least one occasion. Rust also closely watches the progress of every nest, doing whatever he can to ensure the success of each feathered family. “I never tire of seeing a neat, cup-shaped nest of white pine needles or grasses and five newly laid bluebird eggs shining back at me,” Rust said. After the eggs hatch, both parents feed the young and keep the nest clean for another 17-18 days until the babies fledge and can leave the nest. Then, the parents continue to care for the young for another three weeks, teaching them how to forage for insects. Rust likes to recount the story of one particularly dedicated pair of bluebird parents from the summer of 2015, when the please see BLUEBIRDS page 26
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DATING from page 2 represented. The agreement must be in writing. The biggest issue that can cause difficulty with couples is financial, especially if there are children and grandchildren in the mix. The nine-year age difference, in this case, is a non-issue. If two people love each other and have a wide age difference (even much, much wider than Ben and Janice), the relationship can still work nicely—if they honestly discuss and address the age-difference issues, particularly regarding children, financial issues, potential health problems, and legal issues. Communication in all relationships is critical, and with these two, particularly so. I asked my newsletter readers for their opinions about Ben and Janice. Here is what four of them said: Marta, Montreal: “To each his own. Just don’t grow a ratty, gray ponytail and date an 18-year-old— then you look stupid!” Terry Lee, financial advisor: “Regarding financials, lots and lots
of problems (arise) with everybody when financials are not discussed and written down—and yes, for sure, each meet with his or her own financial person.” Robin, police department administrator: “It has more to do with maturity level in each party. Age shouldn’t have much to do with the dating equation, unless you have one person underage, by law standards.” Mary Lou, bar exam tutor: “It is very important to get independent legal advice, and get a prenup in writing. That will ease the minds of the children and make for a much less stressful life; plus, they will both be protected in the event things go south.” Mature dating is difficult enough. Forget the age difference and enjoy each other. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www.findingloveafter50.com.
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Is Free Slot Play Rigged? By Mark Pilarski
Dear Mark: When a casino gives free slot play, does the slot machine “know” you are playing with the casino’s free given “money”? It seems that spins on the slot machine change when I put my money in the machine. Say, for instance, I get $5 free play. With 10 spins at 50 cents each, I don’t seem to win anything. As soon I put my money in, the machine seems to change and starts to pay with some credits. – Gerry L. More and more casinos are rewarding slot players with free slot play, giving slots players a chance to win without having to drop a dime into a machine. Slot aficionados see it as getting something for nothing. Then there are other casinos that
offer something less called matching play, whereby you are rewarded with $10 in free play after playing through $10 of your money. Obviously, this offer is not as good a deal as a “something for nothing” promotion. Your $5 free-play offering is a cash reward for your play. Sad to say, that compensation must be used within the casino. That, Gerry, is the drawback of free play: You can’t take the money and skedaddle. In contrast, with cash-backs for
your action, there is no requirement that you play your cash reimbursement. Like winnings, it is your money, not the “house’s,” and you can always pocket it to use as you please. All things being equal, I would rather have cash in hand that I can spend as I wish. Moreover, with free play, most players do get something but end up with nothing because they tend to play back their free-play allowance before they cash out.
The biggest challenge any casino has is getting you to walk through the front door. Free slot play—something for nothing—is one such Pavlovian offering that triggers saliva amongst slot jockeys. I have always been amazed at how just $10 in free slot play brings in the slot masses. Unfortunately, once forward-facing a slot machine, you can easily run through that $10 in but a few spins if you’re playing max coins and max lines. Now the casino has you captured within their friendly confines for a total outlay of $10. The up and up, Gerry, is that the random number generator doesn’t care one iota if you are playing the free play or with your hard-earned
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Some people love cats. Others hate them. But whatever your feelings about felines, chances are you probably don’t want them digging up your garden. So, what do you do? First, it helps if you can think like a cat. With the exception of a few plants, catnip being the main one, cats really aren’t out to destroy your beloved perennials or garden vegetables. What they really like is the dirt. Most cats think the outdoors is their litter box, and a patch of dirt is an invitation to come do their business. It also makes a great place to play or roll. One way to keep your own cats from roaming into the neighbor’s garden is to make your space attractive to them. In an out-ofthe-way corner of the yard, plant a patch of catnip, the aphrodisiac of cats. Spread some sand for sleeping nearby. Or, if your feline companions prefer to keep you company in the garden, leave a cat-sized play area in one part of the garden. Make sure you plant or mulch the rest of the garden so your cats have no other place to roll and will stay in their designated area. If you don’t want your neighbor’s cats in your garden, you will need to take more drastic measures. Try spraying the intruder with a blast from the hose. Most cats will turn and run, although some actually enjoy water, especially on a hot day. For them, you must try other tactics, like planting rue. The blue foliage makes this an attractive garden accent, but cats can’t stand the odor and will make a wide berth around the planting. Thorny roses also deter cats.
Some gardeners use homemade remedies. Although I can’t personally attest to the success of these methods, it won’t hurt to try them. Sprinkle your plants with crushed pepper. It will irritate cats and may even produce a few extra pepper plants in the garden. Cayenne is also said to work, though you will need to reapply it after every rain. Or try groundup grapefruit and lemon rinds. Or make a tea of rue, hot pepper liquid, or lemon juice to spray on plants. Commercial products like predator urine and cat (and dog) repellents also are available at many garden centers. Or try to get rid of unwanted cat visitors with devices that use sound, light, and/or water to scare them away. Another possibility is to lay down mats that have soft, upward-facing points. It won’t hurt you—or the cats—to walk on these, but most cats don’t like to step on them. If you have birdfeeders near your garden, move them to a new location or hang them higher than a cat can jump. Otherwise, cats may continue to visit your garden in hopes of catching birds. Finally, remember that cats are not stupid creatures. They can be taught. Sometimes a stern “no” is all it takes to teach a cat to stay out of the garden. But if all else fails, there’s always cat behavior modification—better known as therapy—for your furry friend … and you! Dr. Leonard P. Perry is an extension professor at the University of Vermont.
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Social Security continues to evaluate and improve how we protect what’s important to you. We take this responsibility seriously, and we have a robust cybersecurity program in place to help protect the personal information you entrust to us. Adding additional security measures to safeguard your personal information—but making them easy to use—is a vital part of keeping you safe and secure. Most people who do business with us online use our “my Social Security” portal, where, if you currently receive benefits, you can: • Request a replacement Social Security card if you meet certain requirements
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Since “my Social Security” became available in May 2012, more than 30 million people have created and use “my Social Security” accounts. As of June 10, 2017, we require a second method to check the identification of “my Social Security” account holders when they register or sign in. This is in addition to the first layer of security, a username and password. You will be able to choose either your cellphone or your email address as your second identification method. Using two ways to identify you when you log on will help better protect your account from unauthorized use and potential identity fraud. If you plan to select email as your second method, you can ensure that the one-time security code email does
not go into your spam or junk folder by adding NO-REPLY@ssa.gov to your contact list. The “my Social Security” portal will also now automatically adjust to the size of the screen and kind of device you are using—such as a tablet, smartphone, or computer. No matter what type of device you choose, you will have full, easyto-use access to your personal “my Social Security” account at www. socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Our new my Social Security design puts you in control — whether you’re using a computer, smartphone, or tablet. John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.
“Untreated hearing loss is not a benign condition.”
James Ferman, PhD., Pres. National Council on Aging
The Hearing Bone’s Connected to the WHAT? Hearing loss may signal other important health issues. CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE (CVD) Hearing loss and CVD linked Alzheimer’s Dementia Dementia risk may be up to five times higher with hearing loss Diabetes Hearing loss twice as likely for those with diabetes Depression Symptoms go down, quality of life goes up with hearing aid use Hospitalization 32% more likely for older adults with hearing loss Falling Hearing loss tied to threefold risk of falling Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Moderate CKD associated with 43% increased risk of hearing loss MORTALIty Hearing loss tied to greater risk of dying for older men
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‘I Got Rhythm’ Randal Hill
George and Ira Gershwin’s iconic “I Got Rhythm” came from the 1930 musical Girl Crazy, which saw Ethel Merman make her Broadway debut and Ginger Rogers become a star. Three versions of the song soon ran up the hit record charts. Fast-forward to 1967. The popular music world is often defined by psychedelic experimentation, drugs, long hair, and funky outfits. Enter a vocal group of four cleancut, short-haired, suit-wearing New Jersey guys, looking more Wall Street than Woodstock. They say they want to record older songs—some from as far back as the 1920s and 1930s—in the hope of achieving success alongside the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and Jefferson Airplane. Hmm. Well, good luck, guys.
For the Miranda out Happenings, front. Somehow, this worked. this offbeat “We all approach came from landed them on Billboard’s Hot Paterson, New Jersey,” Miranda 100 nine times explained on from 1966 to ClassicBands. 1969. com. “We met The cocky one night at a quartet liked dance in East to take “oldies” Photo taken by Kenneth Dwain Harrelson. and add their Paterson. We Bob Miranda of The Happenings, 2008. actually met in own spin—rich, “I Got Rhythm” the men’s room, tight vocal The Happenings ’cause that’s harmonies June 1967 where all the wrapped around upbeat tempos, singers were. The echo. We sounded pretty darned elaborate orchestration defining each punched-up remake, and the good, so we decided to get together.” They became the Four Graduates strong, confident tenor/falsetto of Bob
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and for a couple of years sang in Catskills resorts (“for peanuts”) to gain exposure and experience. Miranda later became a $25-a-week songwriter in the music-publishing office of the Tokens, former singers who had hit No. 1 with “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” years earlier. When the Tokens started a record label called B.T. Puppy, they cast about for talent. Miranda brought in his other three Graduates and auditioned. “They loved us!” he said later. The Four Graduates morphed into the more modern-sounding Happenings and were soon on their way to AM-radio stardom. For the group, choosing to record the jazz standard “I Got Rhythm” probably struck many in the music business as being odd at best or, at worst, just plain crazy. But the New Jersey crew firmly believed they were on the right track. For their remake, Bob Miranda composed a brief introduction: “In this vast and troubled world, we sometimes lose our way / But I am never lost; I feel this way because …” Once the Happenings’ version kicked into high gear moments later, the listener was hopelessly hooked. “‘I Got Rhythm’ was a natural for us,” Miranda explained. “There was so much space in the song for us to put these unique vocal hooks … We just knew when we played it back that it was a hit. It just sounded so natural, and everything seemed to be there.” And it was. The original tune was, of course, unfamiliar to most Happenings fans. When Bob Miranda was asked who wrote the song and he would answer that it was George Gershwin, the response was sometimes, “Oh, is he in the group?” Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Johnny darters, black-nosed Dace generally grab food from the dace, and banded killifish live in middle depth, while killifish obtain it clear, flowing brooks and streams mostly on its surface. in southeastern Pennsylvania, as Several kinds of critters find and elsewhere in the eastern United eat some of these small fish in spite States. The crystalline water of these of their camouflage. Some of those small waterways tumbles over and animals are trout, a variety of herons, around rocks and allows us to see belted kingfishers, and water snakes. down to their stony or mud bottoms. Crayfish consume the eggs of these Each species of these fish is about 2 small fish spawned in shallow water. inches long as adults and streamlined Individual darters swim in short to cope with currents in those bursts along stream bottoms and waterways. And each kind is mostly quickly slip between rocks to hide. brownish, Their which brownblends and-darkthem streaked into their bodies blend habitats well there of gravel as they or mud watch for bottoms. invertebrates I see their to eat. dark Little shadows schools of on dace swim waterway in midbottoms stream. Each better of these fish Johnny darter. than has a black the fish stripe on themselves. each flank from its mouth back to When plate tectonics in the Earth the base of its tail. Male dace in June heave the land up, gravity pulls water have attractive, orange fins and an downhill, creating waterways, which orange streak along the dark one on are then filled with rain. Running each flank to exhibit their breeding water carves channels in the ground readiness. that transport the water. Schools of killifish are yellowishThese species of small fish generally brown like the mud-bottom live in the slower, deeper “holes” waterways they prefer. They also have of each small waterway where the several vertical, darker stripes along current is slower. There the fish can each flank that helps camouflage watch for invertebrates and plant them. material in the water with minimal These streamlined, camouflaged swimming, saving energy. fish help make clear waterways more These kinds of fish enjoy reduced interesting to us and feed several competition for food because kinds of predatory animals. They they inhabit different parts of the are a major, pretty part of crystalline waterways, though there is some streams and brooks. overlap. With no air bladders to allow them Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist. to swim in mid-depth, darters get food among rocks on stream bottoms. www.50plusLifePA.com
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Great Antique Finds at Fun-filled Events Lori Verderame
At more than 150 events every year entitled Dr. Lori’s Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show, I appraise audience members’ heirlooms and antiques. I talk about history mostly and values too. Nothing is vetted beforehand as I appraise and authenticate objects on the spot at my events. I tell it like it is. If it is a piece of junk, I say it’s junk. If it is fantastic, I get just as excited as the owner. Over the years, my appraisal events have surprised my audiences and me. Just recently at my event in Pittsburgh, I spotted a rare French Impressionist painting by Eugene Boudin, a mentor to Claude Monet, which was purchased at auction in a box lot for $5. The painting was first brought to another appraiser who didn’t know
Dr. Lori presenting her appraisal event. what it was, and then it was presented to me in front of my live audience. I told the owner seated in my audience that he had a rare French painting from the 1870s worth $150,000. I’ve discovered a multimilliondollar trinket belonging to Napoleon, a moon boot that went into space on Apollo 13 with astronaut Jim Lovell, and George Washington’s 1775 wallet among other historical artifacts at my
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events over the years. Recently during my appraisal events, I discovered some treasures among the trash. People brought me objects including silver candlesticks, sports memorabilia, signed NASA logbooks, rocking chairs, tabletop music boxes, jewelry, and oil paintings. An original Walt Disney animation cel depicting Jiminy Cricket from
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the 1940s classic movie Pinocchio was a showstopper. The animation art piece was worth $15,000 based on the market where similar pieces have sold. The owner said it was just always on the wall of her childhood home. Ann brought me a cast-metal sculpture of a female figure that was signed and numbered by the artist. She had purchased it at a yard sale for a few dollars, and when I told her it was a famous work by a well-known artist worth $5,000, she asked me if I was sure … about 50 times. Audience member Bobbie was thrilled to hear that she had a characteristic Art Deco work of art by Louis Icart worth $3,000. And, a nice guy named Calvin works cleaning out houses, and we agreed that people throw away good stuff. I appraised Calvin’s
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sterling silver Tiffany bowl found in a dumpster at $500 and a 1950s Patek Phillippe wristwatch pulled from the trash worth $1,000. Tyre, a fan of History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, was happy to find out that his 19th-century Japanese woodblock print brought back from World War II was worth $2,000. And lovely Judy knew it wasn’t child’s play when I appraised her early 20th-century German wooden toy circus with numerous animals in perfect condition for $1,500. And, I am happy with the continued interest in antiques among millennials and other young people. Most 20and 30-year-olds are quite interested in vintage design, chic interiors, repurposing projects, vintage objects, and antique collecting.
Many young couples participated in my appraisal shows to find out what to buy at yard sales, how to spot a valuable antique or family heirloom, and how to get an item of high quality and usefulness. They want to know whether they should repurpose an old piece, what to ask Grandma to hand down, and how to sell for top dollar using my tips at www.DrLoriV.com. Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and award-winning TV personality, Dr. Lori hosts antiques appraisal events worldwide. She is the star appraiser on international hit TV shows: Discovery’s Auction Kings, History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, and Fox Business’ Strange Inheritance. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, Facebook.com/DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.
A Short History of Flag Day President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 to be Flag Day in 1916, commemorating the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by the Second Continental Congress on that day in 1777. The idea of setting aside a special day to celebrate the U.S. flag wasn’t new, though. One of the earliest observances of Flag Day occurred in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1861, at the suggestion of George Morris, to pray for the preservation of the union at the beginning of the Civil War. In 1885, a Wisconsin schoolteacher named Bernard J. Cigrand held a formal observance of what he called
“Flag Birthday” at his school. Cigrand went on to become a passionate promoter of Flag Day, delivering more than 2,000 speeches on the subject, and is generally considered to be the “Father of Flag Day.” In 1914, Secretary of the Interior Franklin K. Lane delivered a Flag Day speech in which he said the flag had spoken to him that morning: “I am what you make me; nothing more. I swing before your eyes as a bright gleam of color, a symbol of yourself.” In 1949, President Harry Truman signed an act of Congress formally establishing June 14 as National Flag Day.
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Summer is a time for playground fun, camping, boating, swimming, biking, and other outdoor activities. Longer days mean more time outside and more physical activity, which translates to increased potential for injuries. Playground falls, lawnmower accidents, and campfire and fire-pit burns are some common childhood injuries that can happen during summer months. These tips from Shriners Hospitals for Children can help your family enjoy a fun, injury-free summer. Playground 101 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that emergency departments treat more than 200,000 children ages 14 and younger every year for playground-related injuries. Before your grandkids head to the playground, keep these precautions in mind: • Choose parks and playgrounds that are appropriate for their age and offer shock-absorbing surfaces. • Teach children that pushing and shoving on the playground can result in accidents and injuries. • Remind kids to go down the slide one at a time and to wait until the slide is completely clear before taking their turn. Teach them to always sit
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facing forward with their legs straight in front of them and to never slide down headfirst.
• Instruct children to never swim alone or go near water without an adult present.
• Remind children to swing sitting down. Encourage them to wait until the swing stops before getting off and to be careful when walking in front of moving swings.
• Give children your undivided attention when they are swimming or near any body of water.
Make a Safe Splash While playing poolside may be a blast, Safe Kids Worldwide reports that drowning is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children ages 1-4 and the third-leading cause of injury-related deaths among those under 19. Additionally, the University of Michigan Health System estimates that about 6,000 kids under the age of 14 are hospitalized because of diving injuries each year, with 1 in 5 sustaining a spinal cord injury. Prevent accidents and injuries with these tips to ensure your family’s safety around water:
• Always jump in feet first to check the depth before diving into any body of water. • Never dive in the shallow end of the pool or into above-ground pools. Fun on the Water Boating, tubing, and other water sports can be great fun but can also be dangerous. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, nearly 71 percent of all boating fatalities are drownings, 85 percent of which are a result of not wearing a life jacket. Here is what you can do to enjoy the water safely: • Always have children wear a Coast Guard-approved, properly fitted life jacket while on a boat, around an open body of water, or when participating in water sports. • Educate yourself. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 86 percent of boating accident deaths involve boaters who have not completed a safety course. • Always check water conditions and forecasts before going out on the water. Fire Safety Simplified According to the CDC, more than 300 children ages 19 and under are treated in emergency rooms for fire- and burn-related injuries each day. please see SAFE SUMMER page 16
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water or a fire extinguisher nearby whenever there is an open flame.
Use these tips to help keep children safe around fires, fireworks, grills, and other heat sources:
• Take your child to a doctor or hospital immediately if he or she is injured in a fire or by fireworks. • Leave fireworks to the professionals.
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Save Some Bucks on Your Summer Vacation Planning your family’s summer vacation? Even if you’re not staying in luxury hotels and renting limousines, you may feel like you need a bank loan—or a bank robbery—to finance your trip. Here are some smart ideas for saving money and still having a good time: Research your destination thoroughly. The internet, along with a good guidebook, can help you find inexpensive hotels and restaurants. You may also discover free or inexpensive attractions and find out whether museums, parks, and other attractions offer reduced admission on certain days. Stay outside the city. You’re going to New York, but you don’t have to
sleep there. Often you’ll find better hotel rates and cheaper restaurants a few miles outside city limits. Go to the grocery store. Avoid the overpriced hotel gift shops for snacks and drinks. You should be able to find a local grocery store where you can buy cheaper (and healthier) supplies for your travels. Drive efficiently. Before an extended trip, check your engine. Oil, air filters, and other components can affect your vehicle’s performance. On the highway, keep your speed between 50 and 60 mph for the best fuel efficiency. Don’t use drive-through windows at fast-food restaurants; idling your car while waiting for your food wastes gas and pollutes the air.
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Nobody Wins in an Argument Saralee Perel
That was the finest memory of all. That day when the three of us rose above the need to win. That day when nobody needed to be right. That day when we professed our eternal love. And that day when we hugged each
other tightly over a telephone line. Nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at email@example.com or via her website: www.saraleeperel.com.
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My husband, Bob, was the first “He told Moses, ‘Tongue is a mustnon-Jewish person to marry into my have!’” Then she added, “Shellfish strict Orthodox Jewish family. isn’t kosher, but God decided that My parents never called him Bob. Maryland steamed crabs are exempt They called him Farmer. To them, from any kosher laws.” every man who wasn’t Jewish was a “Mo-ther! You’re making this stuff cowhand. up.” I remember one Sunday brunch, “Where were you when the when we visited them in their condo disciples were having a nosh?” in Baltimore. While I was helping And so, although my parents are Mom serve lox, bagels, and tongue, both gone, my memories of them are Dad said to Bob, “So, Farmer, you filled with love and pain. There were know why they can’t keep Jewish many problems. people in jail?” Mom said Dad never “allowed” her Bob, always polite (another word to do what she wanted. for “intimidated to If only I had put death”), said, “I’m my arms around her afraid I don’t know.” and told her she had My father, who the strength and laughed so loud at courage to make her his own jokes we own decisions—but I could barely hear didn’t. the punchlines, said, My parents and I “Because they eat lox.” argued a lot. Once we Bob didn’t didn’t speak for six understand. Dad, in months. I shamelessly hysterics, spelled out refused to be big the word, “Locks.” enough to take the We laughed, not first step. at the joke, but at my I will never get father’s wonderful those months back. nature. One day, I broke Sam and Blanche Perel When Bob looked through my selfwarily at the tongue, I whispered, centeredness. It was on a Father’s Day. “You don’t have to eat it.” Dad was so touched to hear my voice Mother, who could hear a whisper that he just cried. from a coal miner at work, said, I said, “I love you, Tateleh (the “Tongue is to our people the way Yiddish term of endearment for a bacon is to your people. You either father). I’m so very, very sorry that love it or you’re wrong.” I took this long to call.” And then I She brought out cream cheese. In said, “Will Mom come to the phone?” her screwball teaching mode, she said I expected my mother to be distant. to Bob, “The kosher laws don’t allow But she wasn’t. She said, “I’ve missed meat and dairy at the same meal. But you, Saura Leah (my Hebrew name).” while Moses was schlepping those We didn’t discuss what happened. bulky Ten Commandments around, We never did. Maybe that was just as God declared, ‘Who can eat bagels well. without a schmear of cream cheese? “I’ve missed you too, Mamala. I’ve And lox? You have to ask? Fish goes been feeling terrible since this whole with everything—except olive loaf. thing.” Nothing goes with that.’” “So have I.” “Ma,” I teased, “what exactly did “I love you, Mamala.” God say about tongue?” “Me too.”
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1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-221-7727 • www.homelandcenter.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 56 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes
Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Providing exemplary care in a beautiful environment for more than 150 years. Our continuum includes a hospice program, therapy services, home care and home health services, and 24-hour medical staffing. All-private rooms with full baths and kitchenettes.
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1520 Harrisburg Pike • Lancaster, PA 17601 717-393-1301 • www.mennonitehome.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 150 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Supportive, encouraging environment. Various room types and suites available. Secure memory care offered.
Pleasant View Retirement Community
544 North Penryn Road • Manheim, PA 17545 717-665-2445 • www.pleasantviewrc.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 96 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes* Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: *Three-year private pay spending. Maintain independence in an enriching and supportive environment; now offering respite stays.
Sacred Heart Villa
51 Seminary Avenue • Reading, PA 19605 610-929-5751 • www.sacredheartvillapa.org Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Located on 20 pristine acres. Offering amenities including homecooked meals; professional, licensed staff; and personalized care.
Homewood at Plum Creek
425 Westminster Avenue • Hanover, PA 17331 717-637-4166 • www.homewood.com Total AL and/or PC Beds: 92 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes
Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Excellent care in a lovely environment. Call to schedule a visit.
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Community Coalescence Ensures Successful Senior Games By Megan Joyce Although her years of involvement with the Lancaster Senior Games are nearing three decades, the expressions of gratitude Pat Fellenbaum receives from the players still leave an impression on her. “I think of all the 29 years that I have been part of the Lancaster Senior Games, this has been the one that I have had more people come to me and say thank you for all of the work our committee has done to organize the games,” Fellenbaum said. “Of course, there is always room for improvement, and we relish constructive criticism. We do listen and try to make events better every year.” Fellenbaum is the chairperson for the Senior Games Committee, which organizes the annual games along with the Lancaster County Office of Aging. Derek Bendetti, senior health promotion/activity coordinator at the office of aging, agreed the rewards for his work come in the athletes’ smiles and sincere gratitude. “You can see the joy and excitement in the participants’ faces as they interact and participate in the events,” Bendetti said. “One of my favorite things to hear from participants is that they look forward to the games every year.” Total participation for the 2017 Lancaster Senior Games, held May 1-5 at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim, exceeded 830. The games’ dozens of events—which range from swimming and fencing to golf and tai chi—are open to county residents over age 55. This year’s competition included a 100-year-old shuffleboard competitor and more than 20 athletes over age 90. “We had a 95-year-old participant compete in the 65-69 age division for shuffleboard because of his partner being that (younger) age,” Bendetti said. “Age wasn’t an excuse for this participant, as he and his partner finished in first place in the 65-69 category!” Perennial favorites like bocce, darts, Frisbee throw, foul shooting, and shuffleboard took place alongside two new events for 2017: nine-pin no-tap bowling and a “dead lift” category in weightlifting. The outdoor sports—horseshoes, track and field events, pitch ’n’ putt, putting contest, and longest drive—went off under cooperative skies, but the nine-hole and 18-hole golf tournaments were derailed by that Friday’s downpours. Participants for both canceled events received a voucher or gift card from the hosting golf course, Bendetti said. More than 200 volunteers donated their time to the Senior Games this year. This cadre of generous helpers is essential to the games’ smooth operation, according to Fellenbaum. “Working along with the Spooky Nook staff and our great volunteers, the event was probably the easiest in all my 29 years of involvement,” she said. With its 40 area sponsors and hundreds of volunteers, Bendetti sees the Senior Games as a true community effort. “Since May is nationally recognized as Older Americans Month, the Lancaster Senior Games gives people and local businesses the opportunity to connect and celebrate the citizens that are 55 and older,” he said. Fellenbaum recalled the excitement of a young volunteer who observed an 87-year-old woman competing—and competing well—in a weightlifting event. “This volunteer couldn’t believe that (the weightlifter) was capable of doing this activity at her advanced age,” she said. “To me, it just proves the point that continuing activity does help maintain a healthy body and that we should all strive to be as active as possible as we age.” For a complete list of 2017 results, visit www.lancseniorgames.org/results. Photos by Bob Diller
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Spring into Your Calendar! Abby Stokes
I know that old habits die hard, but sometimes it’s worth the trouble to let the old be replaced by the new. The calendar app on your smartphone and tablet is one of these worthwhile temptations. I’m familiar with that big, old, leather-bound calendar that you’ve used forever—the one where you buy the fresh pages every year to insert. Maybe all of your treasured addresses are in the same book. I had one too. It was my bible, but I got so anxious about losing it that I would copy pages rather than take it with me on vacation. Well, here’s the great benefit when using technology to keep track of your events, birthdays, and doctor appointments: The information won’t get lost, and you can carry it in your pocket or pocketbook.
When you enter contact information into your digital calendar— whether on your computer, tablet, or smartphone—all the events get synched across all your devices almost instantaneously. So, if you lose your phone (heaven forbid!), you can still access the calendar from your computer. If using the
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the calendar. Ask them which calendar program they use, and you might want to consider using that one too. A great perk about using a calendar and having it be the same program as someone you share your life with is that you can share a calendar with them too. Do you ever wonder what’s on the grandkids’ schedule? Wonder no more. Ask to be included in the family calendar. Everything can be color coded so you can identify which dates are your events and which are theirs. Other Handy Calendar Features … Not only can you share calendars, but you can also send invitations from your calendar or respond to a calendar invitation in an email. Once you RSVP via the email, the event will automatically be entered into your
calendar. If an event is something that repeats, such as a birthday, you can instruct the calendar to repeat it every year indefinitely. Or if it’s something you’ll be doing for the next six weeks, on every Tuesday, you can customize that as well. You can even set up alerts so you’ll receive a reminder, at whatever time you desire, before an appointment. So, now’s the time for you to put it in your calendar that you’re going to start using a digital calendar soon!
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Support Groups Free and open to the public June 1 and 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Women’s Divorce/Separation Support Group Mental Health America of Lancaster County Community Services Building, Room B-103 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster (717) 397-7461 email@example.com June 7, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street (717) 464-9365 June 12, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 firstname.lastname@example.org June 15, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894
June 19, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494 June 21, 7 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group The Gathering Place (Main Entrance) 6 Pine St., Mount Joy (717) 664-6641 June 26, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 email@example.com June 28, 6-8 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
Community Programs Free and open to the public June 2, 5-9 p.m. First Friday Reception: Sheila O’Keefe Braun Mulberry Art Studios 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster (717) 295-1949 June 3, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. African-American Heritage Walking Tours LancasterHistory.org – Ryder Hall 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633 June 3, noon to 3 p.m. Living History at Wheatland – Election Day Riot: 1857 Washington LancasterHistory.org 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633 June 4, 7 p.m. Singspiration – 15th Annual Community Hymn Sings Series Historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise (717) 687-6619 www.leacockpres.org June 5, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098
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Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 June 7, 10 a.m. – Self-Defense with Earnest June 22, 10 a.m. – Crafts with Gail June 27, 8:30 a.m. – “Members Only” Cookout Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 June 1, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Glenn June 6, 10:30 a.m. – EMS Coming In June 19, 10:30 a.m. – Family Feud Lancaster House North Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 299-1278 Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – Senior Exercise Class Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – Bingo and Pinochle Fridays, 12:30 p.m. – Party Bridge Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 2993943 June 7 and 28, 9:30 a.m. – Sit-down Exercise June 14, all day – Senior Picnic June 27, 10:30 a.m. – Karaoke Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 June 1, 10 a.m. – Free Haircuts and Manicures June 14, 10:30 a.m. – Make It Take It Craft Project with Dottie June 29, 10:30 a.m. – Understanding Medical Compounds
June 8, 1-6 p.m. Community Blood Drive Pleasant View Retirement Community 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 665-2445
Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 June 12, 10 a.m. – Self-Defense with Peterson June 19, 10 a.m. – West African Dancing June 21, all day – Father’s Day Celebration
June 8, 4 p.m. Book Discussion: Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community LancasterHistory.org – Ryder Hall 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633 June 16, 6-9 p.m. Music Fridays Downtown Lancaster (717) 341-0028 June 20, 2-3:30 p.m. Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities – Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster www.genealogyclubwv.com (717) 397-0439
Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 June 14, 6:30 p.m. – Great Decisions Discussion Group: Saudi Arabia in Transition June 26, 7 p.m. – Introduction to Yoga June 27, 7 p.m. – All You Wanted to Know about Watercolor
Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 June 2, 10:15 a.m. – Strawberry Social June 8, 10 a.m. – Strawberry Bake-off June 16, 11 a.m. – Father’s Day Barbecue
June 7, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Oak Leaf Manor North 2901 Harrisburg Pike, Landisville (717) 299-1990 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 June 7, all day – Health Fair June 9, all day – Fresh Express June 16, all day – Father’s Day Celebration Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 June 5, 10:30 a.m. – Bingo June 9, 10:30 a.m. – Trivia June 14, 9 a.m. – Create Your Own Personal Story: Workshop Session 4 Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 June 14, 12:30 p.m. – Chair Dancing June 16, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Naomi June 21, 10:30 a.m. – Trivia with Bob Reigh Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.
Nutrition Vouchers Available In cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers will be distributed to eligible persons on Wednesday, June 7, 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 1 p.m. 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 than $22,311 for one person or less than $30,044 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 on their behalf but need to have a completed, signed proxy form along with photo ID of the eligible individual presented at the time of distribution. To receive a proxy form by mail prior to the distribution, contact any Lancaster County Office of Aging senior center listed below or the Office
of Aging at (717) 299-7979. Vouchers will be distributed on these dates and at these locations: Wednesday, June 7: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cocalico Senior Center: 156 W. Main St., Reinholds, (717) 336-7489 Columbia Senior Center: 510 Walnut St., Columbia, (717) 684-4850 Elizabethtown Area Senior Center: 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, (717) 367-7984 Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center: 33 E. Farnum St., Lancaster, (717) 299-3943 Lancaster Recreation Commission Senior Center: 525 Fairview Ave., Lancaster, (717) 399-7671 Lititz Senior Center: 201 E. Market St., Lititz, (717) 626-2800 Millersville Senior Center: 222 N. George St., Millersville, (717) 8719600 Next Generations/Solanco Senior Center: 184 S. Lime St., Quarryville, (717) 786-4770 SACA Senior Center: 545 Pershing Ave., Lancaster, (717) 295-7989 Wednesday, June 14: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ephrata Recreation Center: 130 S. Academy Drive, Ephrata New Holland United Methodist Church: 120 W. Main St., New Holland
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Dutch for a Day By Andrea Gross
The day is sunny, the weather a bit chilly but still pleasant. I shade my eyes and look up at a row of four-story brick buildings fronted by a small patch of green grass. The buildings themselves are rather plain; each floor appears to contain two apartments. Here, in Amsterdam’s Rivierenbuurt neighborhood, a 30minute tram ride from downtown, I can see how ordinary people go about their daily lives, oblivious to the touristy hubbub of the central city. It’s the sort of place I might live had I been born Dutch. It’s also the place where 75 years ago this month — in June 1942 — an ordinary young girl celebrated her 13th birthday. Her favorite present was a small autograph book that her father had purchased at the corner bookstore.
The Riviernbuurt neighborhood, where Anne Frank and her family lived before going into hiding, is a middle-class neighborhood of small shops and wide streets. Less than a month later this girl, whose name was Anne Frank, and her family were forced into hiding to
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A statue of Anne Frank stands in the small park near the apartment building where she lived as a child.
escape the Nazi onslaught. For Anne the ordinary pursuits of childhood came to an abrupt end.
No more playing marbles with her friends. No more jumping rope in the summer and ice skating in the winter. Cut off from schoolmates who would have filled her autograph book with best wishes and witty sayings, Anne used her birthday present as a diary, one that has been translated into 70 languages and sold more than 30 million copies. A small child comes over and touches my hand. “You lost?” she asks in halting English. “I’m looking for Anne Frank’s house,” I say. She points to a window on third floor of one of the buildings. “That’s where Anna lived when she was little.” The Franks’ apartment, where they lived from 1934, when they emigrated from Germany, until 1942, when they went into hiding, now serves as a
retreat for aspiring writers. Although it’s been restored to look as it did when the Franks lived there, it’s only open to the public on special occasions. The child leads me to a bronze statue at the end of the park. It depicts a teenage girl gazing wistfully at the row of apartment buildings. It is the only official recognition of the fact that this is the neighborhood that nurtured Anne Frank. “Anna is saying goodbye to her home,” says our new friend. She also says goodbye, and my husband and I walk a few blocks to the Montessori school that Anne attended from 1934 to 1941. The building, which is still a functioning Montessori school, is painted in pastel colors overlaid with quotes from the diary of its most famous student. Finally we stop at Boekhandel Jimmink, the corner bookstore where Anne’s father purchased his daughter’s birthday present. We ask if they have replicas of the famous diary. The clerk points to a small stack of books on a back table. “We don’t get much call for these,” he says apologetically. “Not a lot of tourists come here, and among locals
Anne Frank liked to explore the streets that line the canals of central Amsterdam.
Anne Frank could glimpse the spires of Westerkerk Church from a window in the Secret Annex.
Harry Potter outsells Anne Frank.” We continue our search for Anne’s childhood haunts in central Amsterdam, an area that today is filled with galleries and small shops. Anne loved to explore the narrow streets near her father’s offices, which were in stately homes along the Singel and Prinsengracht canals. She also spent many happy hours at the nearby Bloemenmarkt, the only
floating flower market in the world. The Secret Annex, where the Franks spent two years hiding from the Nazis, is only a few blocks away. Unlike her old neighborhood, her hiding place is one of the most visited sites in the Netherlands. The line to get in stretches around the block. A few months later, on a different trip in a different country, we attend a talk by a Holocaust survivor. Quite
Job Opportunities LANCASTER COUNTY EMPLOYERS NEED YOU!! Age 55 or over? Unemployed? The 55+ Job Bank is one of three services offered by Employment Unit at the Office of Aging. Jobs are matched with those looking for work. Based on an evaluation of your skills and abilities, we can match you with a position needed by a local employer. Some employers are specifically looking for older workers because of the reliability and experience they bring to the workplace. There is a mix of full-time and part-time jobs covering all shifts, requiring varying levels of skill and experience, and offering a wide range of salaries. The other services available through the Office of Aging are the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the regularly scheduled Job Search Workshops.
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by chance the speaker is Hannah Goslar, one of Anne’s closest friends, the one referred to in her diary as Lies (a Dutch contraction of the name Elisabeth). Hannah was one of the last people Anne saw before she died in the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen in March 1945, a few months before her 16th birthday. “I grew up in the apartment downstairs from Anna Frank,” she begins. “Has anyone been to that part of Amsterdam?” We raise our hands. “I haven’t been back in years,” she says softly. “Tell me, what is it like today?” We tell her that as we walked to the school that she and Anne attended, we saw a menorah in the window of a first-floor apartment. She smiles. “You know,” she says, “in her diary Anna wrote that ‘despite everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.’ Perhaps she was right.” For an expanded version of this article, go to www.traveltizers.com. Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com).
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We list other jobs on the Web at www.co.lancaster.pa.us/ lanco_aging. To learn more about applying for the 55+ Job Bank and these jobs, call the Employment Unit at (717) 299-7979.
— Volunteer Opportunities — One of the available specialized volunteer opportunities at Lancaster County Office of Aging is that of APPRISE counselor. Counselors work with a diverse group of consumers with one commonality: There is some type of connection to Medicare. You may work with a consumer who is receiving Medicare and having problems with secondary coverage, or you may be helping the child of a Medicare consumer who’s trying to help a parent who doesn’t have drug coverage. APPRISE counselors meet with consumers who are new to Medicare, and they screen consumers to determine if they’re eligible for any benefits that help pay for the costs of Medicare. The orientation process includes shadowing experienced APPRISE counselors, working through online training modules, and attending new counselor training provided by the state Department of Aging. This process occurs during weekdays, mostly at the Office of Aging in Lancaster. For more information about this volunteer opportunity, contact Bev Via, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 299-7979 or email@example.com.
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BLUEBIRDS from page 4 Ladies Professional Golf Association tournament descended upon Lancaster Country Club’s course, bringing with it tents, modular trailers, scaffolding, and staging areas—not to mention thousands of people and their attendant golf carts and noise. Rust grew concerned the hubbub would disrupt or potentially cause harm to the nearly four dozen bluebird boxes he tends to along the golf course.
One July morning, he discovered a sports-news crew had moved one bluebird box he knew contained eggs. He found it about 40 feet from its original location, stuck in the ground along with a rain gauge, all within 2 feet of a modular home. Furthermore, the box was tipped 15 degrees from vertical position. “After a deep breath, I opened the box to find five bluebird newborn nestlings,” Rust said. “I saw the [mother] up on the corner of one
Around Town During a recent groundbreaking, United Zion Retirement Community announced plans for a more than $9 million expansion on its 11-acre campus in Lititz. Expansion plans include 10 independent living apartments and health center enhancements that transform semi-private rooms into private accommodations. Other changes will United Zion staff members, from left, Jenn Givler, create shared spaces for Jessica Kistler, Jaci Ganse, Philip Burkholder, Dolores a household atmosphere Burkholder, Patty Ketner, Amber Martin, and Ethan Levengood break ground on 10 new apartments and in health center health center enhancements. “neighborhoods.” If you have local news you’d like considered for Around Town, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The biggest challenge of bluebird conservation, he said, is motivating those who erect bird boxes to maintain them—you can’t simply install the box and let nature take its course. “They need to become proactive like a gardener is to their garden plot. It takes lots of loving care to nurture plants from spring through summer to fall and then harvest a crop,” he said. “The same is true with bluebirds. It is a hands-on hobby.” It’s a hobby worth the time and effort, though, and it is easy to get started, Rust said. “Getting involved with bluebirds is not only a rewarding endeavor from a conservation standpoint, but it can also be an excellent hobby to share with your children or grandchildren while enjoying nature and the great outdoors,” he said. “My hope is that bluebirds will inspire a new hobby or develop an appreciation for a special creation that God has given us to enjoy while on the earth.” For more information on the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, visit www.thebsp.org or call Rust at (717) 669-0167.
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of the modular homes, and she seemed quite relaxed with her new surroundings. I placed some yellow caution tape around the box and rain gauge and breathed a sigh of relief.” But Rust prepared himself for the worst, wondering if the parent bluebirds would give up on the relocated nest. Two weeks later, however, he came back to five healthy, full-grown chicks inside; they fledged later that day. “They are truly resilient songbirds. The [tournament] changed the open environment that bluebirds enjoy, hunt for, and thrive on,” Rust noted. “This pair of bluebirds had to adjust to very cramped quarters for just over two weeks to feed and care for their young family of five.” Rust recently channeled his extensive bluebird expertise into a soft-cover book, The Beloved and Charismatic Bluebird, which he selfpublished with the help of his son, Shaun. The book is now in its second edition and is available on Amazon.com and in numerous bookstores, including Longwood Gardens’ garden shop and several local bird stores.
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Take a deep breath. Lots of them. You’ll be breathing longer these days, thanks to improved air quality. Researchers at Brigham Young University and the Harvard School of Public Health, writing in the New England Journal of Medicine, say that since the introduction of the Clean Air Act in 1978, Americans’ life expectancy has increased by 2.72 years. Although changes in smoking habits and better socioeconomic living conditions are major factors in our increased longevity, the scientists note that as much as five weeks of our lengthened lifespans are due to better air because of cuts in auto emissions, steel mills, diesel engines, and coal-fired power plants.
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Seniors Enjoy Summerlike Day at Spring’s 50plus EXPO
By Megan Joyce The event signage insisted it was the spring Lancaster County 50plus EXPO, but the thermostat that day—at 90 degrees—was reading full summer. Still, crowds of baby boomers, seniors, and caregivers filled Shady Maple Conference Center for the recent Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring), a free, one-day event that provided information and resources for the area’s 50+ community. Hosted by OLP Events, the EXPO comprised more than 80 exhibitors displaying products and services in travel, housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, healthcare, and more. Michelle Singewald traveled in from Chester County to bring her father to the 50plus EXPO and to see the available services her father might need in the future. “It’s good to be prepared and know what’s out there. The (exhibitors) are very friendly and helpful with information, and there are a lot of good vendors,” Singewald said. George Y., of East Cocalico Township, was also looking toward the future, scoping out possible options for retirement living. “I’m here to find out some information and see what’s out there for the next phase of life,” he said. “I’ve got to downsize eventually, so here I can look at the different places that are out there.” Students from Lancaster School of Cosmetology pampered the hands and fingernails of visitors eager for a free mini manicure, while a lineup of stage presentations informed and entertained EXPO guests. Kristin Kissling, therapist with CPRS Physical Therapy, began the day’s seminars and entertainment speaking on fall prevention. Kissling demonstrated several balance and range-of-motion tests adults can perform at home to begin assessing their fall risk. Kissling also discussed several risk factors that increase the chance of falling, including the use of assisted devices, such as a cane or walker. “A lot of people use assistive devices to prevent falling,” Kissling said, “but it actually puts you at a higher risk of falls … because of the trip risk.” Monica Kirchner, owner and teacher at Bridge Yoga Studio, conducted a 40-minute chair yoga class. Kirchner coached the seated audience through a series of breathing exercises, stretches, and simple poses to increase relaxation and flexibility. Pat Doughty, Shady Maple Farm Market’s retail production supervisor, www.50plusLifePA.com
showed how to decorate cupcakes and shared tips for accenting cakes with edible flowers. Christopher & Banks’ fashion show presented fresh, colorful clothing and accessories for spring and summer, including pieces with patriotic accents appropriate for upcoming Memorial Day or Independence Day festivities. Vicki Hoak, CEO of Pennsylvania Homecare Association, spoke about streamlining systems, supporting family caregivers, and her frustration over the lack of a strong advocacy network for older Pennsylvanians. Attendees were eligible for door prizes and took advantage of free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, bone density, peripheral artery disease, vision, and more. Exhibitor Mary Jo Wagner, prevention specialist and KidSight coordinator for VisionCorps in Lancaster, hoped to spread the word about its free screenings for both adults and children. “We do a lot of the health fairs to bring information about our services,” Wagner said. “We also do vision screenings for adults (at the EXPO).” OLP Events’ next 50plus EXPO will be Thursday, June 8, at Church Farm School, 1001 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.50plusExpoPA. com.
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Published on May 25, 2017
50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...