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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Lori Verderame

Antiques at President Trump’s First State Dinner

President Trump invited President Emmanuel Macron, France’s youngest president (elected at age 39), and approximately 150 guests to the White House for the first state dinner of the Trump Administration on April 24. Previous administrations hosted large numbers of guests on the White House grounds, sometimes beneath a tent. The Trumps decided this state dinner would be an elegant, understated, and small affair. The Washington National Opera was the featured entertainment, along with a menu prepared by White House Executive Chef Cristeta Pasia Comerford, a Filipino-American who has been in that position since 2005. Wines, a popular collecting niche today, recall the historic relationship between the United States and

White House china room.

France dating back to the American Revolution. One wine served at the state dinner was Domaine Serene Chardonnay Evenstad Reserve 2015 ($68/bottle), made from Dijon’s plants grown in Oregon’s rich soil. The setting for the dinner was the state dining room; first lady Melania

White House display of presidential china in china cabinet.

Trump organized the event and decided on its many details, ranging from the dinner menu and seating chart to the décor’s color scheme and table linens. The antiques on display for the event included late 19th-century gold and wooden chairs, seasonal

centerpieces, presidential china drawn from two previous administrations, vermeil flatware, gold-rimmed etched drinking glasses, and other decorative accessories. As guests entered the state dining room, they walked through Cross Hall. The hall was lined with oversized classical urns hosting Washington’s famous cherry blossoms, an annual sign of spring in our nation’s capital. Visitors flock to Washington each year to see the lovely buds, and for the state dinner, the interior was filled with more than 1,200 cherry blossom branches. The scene was reminiscent of Europe’s promenades, as the White House decorations highlighted grand classicism in Western culture. please see ANTIQUES page 19

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gardens and landscaping. Over the years, the Ozrelated tchotchkes kept When Dorothy and Co. are rolling in to Denenberg’s finally granted entrance into possession, many as gifts Emerald City in the classic from family and friends. Salt 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, and pepper shakers, mugs, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, glasses, plates, music boxes, Cowardly Lion, and the girl neckties, picture frames, from Kansas climb aboard a figurines, artwork, books horse-drawn carriage and are … Denenberg’s collection whisked around on a lively tour comprises, as he puts it, “a of the city’s people, sights, and little bit of everything.” songs. The home’s interior décor There is beauty everywhere, Denenberg had this Art Deco railing incorporates numerous Art and there is warmth and specially made for his staircase. The welcome. Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City was designed Deco elements. Popular in the 1920s and ’30s, It’s much the same when using Art Deco stylistic elements. the architectural style was Dennis Denenberg leads you featured prominently in around his Oz-themed home Emerald City’s design. and gardens in Manheim Denenberg owns the Township. country’s largest collection You don’t get the colorof Moderne-pattern Indiana changing horse, but in both his Glass as well as extensive environs and his own congenial collections of Chase chrome spirit, Denenberg has managed and Kensington aluminum to capture not only the sights dinnerware, serving pieces, of Oz, but also its essence and and houseware, all crafted in especially its warmth. Deco style. Like most of us, Denenberg The upstairs guest first saw The Wizard of Oz bedroom is furnished with an as a child during its annual television broadcast. Once his When Denenberg remodeled his kitchen, antique Art Deco headboard, nods to Oz made their way into the dresser, bureau, and chairs, family owned a color TV, he redesign, such as the poppy-paneled which complement one of was struck by the visual shift cabinet doors and the copper Art Deco Denenberg’s other collections: Dorothy experiences as she pieces above the stove. framed studio photos of steps outside after a tornado stars from the Depression has deposited her home in era — including, of course, mysterious Oz. Judy Garland, referred to in “When you saw the Denenberg’s home as simply transition from the beginning “Judy.” of the movie, the black and Although every room white to the color — for a kid in his home contains some it was magical,” Denenberg (mostly) subtle nod to the said. “So I just really fell in love movie, it all comes to a head with it then, and as I aged, I — somewhat literally — in just appreciated it more and his “Oz room”: a working more, the incredible quality of bathroom decorated floor the movie. to sink to ceiling with Oz “It’s 78 years old, and it memorabilia and the image stands the test of time. The Denenberg owns an extensive of the wizard’s green head acting still holds up, the special collection of Kensington aluminum dinnerware, serving pieces, and “floating” on the mirror. effects — it’s amazing. So I houseware, all crafted in Deco style. Denenberg had the wizard appreciate that, and I also mirror and coordinating appreciate the lessons in the sink designed in 2014 to movie,” he added. th Denenberg’s lifelong affinity for the film is literally commemorate Oz’s 75 anniversary. Hovering overhead on the bathroom ceiling are on display throughout his home and Oz-inspired

the words, “Surrender Dorothy”; the Wicked Witch of the West has painted her warning in blackened puffs of broom smoke. If you head down to the finished basement, you’ll find her watery, melted remains and pointed hat on a hallway floor, not far from her sister witch’s dearly departed legs, which stick out from under a guest bed. A basement window and windowed door let multihued light in through depictions of the Emerald City and of the Gales’ tornado-swept home, respectively. An artist friend created both for Denenberg out of basic craft glue. A few feet farther down the hall, a lifelike cutout of the Wizard himself waits for Toto to expose his presence behind a makeshift curtain. When Denenberg, a retired Millersville University elementary education professor, purchased his early-’70s rancher in 1995, it sat on an acre of grass, all of which is The “garden goddesses,” a.k.a., Inge now gone, replaced by several Storey and Greta Stoner, are Denenberg’s thoughtfully planned, Ozvital partners in the design and upkeep of themed gardens that explode in his acre of gardens. waves of varying color during spring and summer. “All the gardens are connected by pathways, so you actually walk through the gardens,” Denenberg explained. “That’s a concept that’s hard to explain to people because they still picture flowerbeds against the house.” To one side of the property the Asian garden’s bamboo grove rises high, and on the other end of the yard, an all-pink garden blooms for breast cancer awareness; it is dedicated to Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled the disease for 18 years. There are three floral “shows” of Oz blooms that take place over the season, allowing Denenberg and his guests a different visual experience depending on the month. The property’s 7,000 daffodils are the first to burst forward, along with winter aconite and snowdrops; these are followed mid-May to mid-June by the early perennials, which include daisies, poppies, irises, and 75 peony bushes. The biggest show, according to Denenberg, is the mid-July through midAugust late perennials: more than 250 hibiscus bushes, each containing 30-50 blooms. Maintaining thousands of flowers and bushes is a massive undertaking, one that Denenberg, who never seriously gardened before buying his current property, does not do alone. He has hired two “garden goddesses,” as he nicknamed them, otherwise known as Inge Storey and Greta Stoner. With degrees in horticulture, the gardening professionals not only put in the grunt work of cutting, digging, feeding, and clearing out, but also use their expertise to advise Denenberg on garden design and flower selection. “Spring is the most fun, mainly because it’s moving plants, getting beds presentable, and finding out what you’ve lost over the winter,” Denenberg said. “Fall is the brutal time because, with an acre of perennials, there’s an incredible amount of cutting back. We usually take about 15 pickup-truck loads to the recycling area. The summer is really the most enjoyable [season].” Denenberg and the “goddesses” try to add one new garden element each year, he said. In 2017 it was a mini yellow-brick road leading to Emerald City, its waist-high green-and-gold towers constructed from PVC piping. It joined 2016’s addition, a wavelike wooden sculpture. These features accompany two fish- and frog-filled ponds and a newly renovated deck with glass-block bar, built around a colorfully beaded honey locust tree and an above-ground pool. Toto’s dressing room, adjacent to the bamboo grove, is a small, rainbowcolored doghouse containing a replica of the famous canine’s basket alongside

a pair of ruby slippers made for the cast party Denenberg hosted for the Fulton Theatre’s 2015 production of The Wizard of Oz. Denenberg now offers his house and outdoor garden spaces to charitable groups for fundraisers, benefits, or retreats, taking no money for himself while serving as host and tour guide. “I just think it’s important to give back and, with the gardens, to share the beauty,” he said. “It’s fun to let other people look at them, too.” Although Denenberg does not host weddings, birthday parties, or events for any for-profit organizations, “[the garden] is here for any nonprofit group. If your charity wants to raise money, you can schedule an event here. I also allow nonprofits to have retreats here — any way that a nonprofit can use it.” Cancer charities are close to Denenberg’s heart and frequently take advantage The all-pink garden blooms for of his home and gardens for breast cancer awareness and honors their events. Denenberg also Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled maintains a garden in his the disease for 18 years. sister’s honor at Millersville University and runs its breast cancer awareness program, Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer ( And his “second career” as a book author and speaker takes him across the country, educating kids and adults about America’s real-life heroes (heroes4us. com). Last summer, 650 people visited Denenberg’s Oz. Of those, 450 came during Lancaster’s Demuth Museum Garden Tour, which has already booked a return visit for June 2018. Though he’s not distributing much-coveted hearts, brains, courage, or balloon rides home, Denenberg, like his favorite movie’s titular wizard, finds great and powerful fulfillment in the ways his Oz heightens the happiness of its visitors. “The thrill for me now,” Denenberg said, “is giving back through events … One person said, ‘You know, I just can’t believe anybody would leave here and not smile.” To contact Denenberg about booking an event for a charity or nonprofit group, contact him at or (717) 581-8293. On the cover: Clockwise, from top, Dennis Denenberg surrounded by hundreds of Wizard of Oz items in his Oz-themed bathroom; the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet peek out from beneath a guest bed; Toto’s dressing room; the Oz bathroom’s wizard mirror and sink; and the miniature yellow-brick road and Emerald City. For more photos of Denenberg’s home and gardens, visit

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On Life and Love after 50

Tom Blake

15 Tips to Combat Single-Senior Loneliness

Last fall, CBS News featured an article on their website titled, “Former surgeon general sounds the alarm on the loneliness epidemic.” In the article, the former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, stated loneliness can increase the possibility of heart disease and stroke and can even accelerate Alzheimer’s disease. He added that loneliness might be as bad for health as smoking. The article mentioned that about 30 percent of people older than 65 live alone, and by 85 that percentage exceeds 50 percent. Murthy declared loneliness a public-health epidemic. Each week, I publish a complimentary online e-newsletter. I recently asked my subscribers how they deal with single-senior loneliness. Based on their suggestions, here are 15 tips for combating single-senior loneliness: 1. Get off the couch and out of the house. Pursue activities you enjoy.

Attend diverse cultural and social events. Find group activities several days or evenings a week. 2. Incorporate as much social interaction into your life as possible. 3. Maintain contact with a small group of close friends. Share birthdays, holidays, and life events. Join a book club. Create a group of former employees and get together once a month to socialize. 4. Interact with people of all ages. Take a free class at a local college. 5. Never miss a regularly scheduled appointment, whether it be dental, medical, or at the salon. 6. Granted, not everybody has the financial means or physical ability to travel. But for those who can, traveling on a tour or with a group is a good way to make new friends. 7. Exercise regularly at a gym.

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Many facilities have SilverSneakers programs for the 60-plus age group. Not only will it ease loneliness, but you will also get fit. 8. Volunteer. Where? The choices are endless. Drive for Meals on Wheels. Be a greeter at the local airport. Be a docent at a museum. Assist at your house of worship, senior center, animal shelter, or zoo. 9. Get a dog. You will have a new best friend, plus reasons to laugh and cuddle. Walk the dog where others walk their dogs. Friendly dogs are often “chick or bachelor” magnets.

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10. While waiting in line at Starbucks, say hello to the person behind or in front of you.

14. For people who are limited physically and cannot get out of the house, interact via computer on the internet. It’s not a perfect solution, but it can help. 11. Join the local orchid society club or botanical garden group. The internet is also a great way to keep contact with old friends, 12. Get a part-time job at Walmart, relatives, and classmates who live far away. Home Depot, Lowe’s, your local hardware store, or anyplace that welcomes and needs senior help. 15. Still need ideas? Check out It’s free. They have 13. Have a once-a-month potluck thousands of meetings across the dinner at your home. Invite friends to country. You can choose activities that bring new friends. Keep expanding fit your interest.

Engaging in activities in which a person finds fulfillment — not solely to be busy and take up time — can reduce loneliness. Remember, a few close friends can help combat loneliness. But, you cannot sit back and wait for people to come to you. You must initiate contact. Smile, be friendly, ask questions, or start a conversation with someone at Costco or your local market. Soon, your loneliness will be a thing of the past. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www.

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Avoiding Foodborne Illness as We Age By Adam Ghering Did you know that 128,000 Americans are hospitalized from food poisoning each year, and it’s estimated that millions more get sick? It is essential for individuals of every age to prevent food poisoning; however, as we age we become more at risk, and once ill, it can take longer to recover. Older adults are at an increased risk due to age-related changes to the gastrointestinal tract, underlying chronic conditions (diabetes, cancer, etc.), changes in functioning of organs like the liver and kidney, and side effects caused by medication. The good news is that the USDA’s four steps to food safety (clean, separate, cook, and chill) can help you prevent food poisoning. Food poisoning is never fun and can include symptoms such as upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. Common pathogens that cause illness in older adults include: • E. coli from undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized milk and juices, and contaminated raw fruits and vegetables • Campylobacter from unpasteurized milk; raw or undercooked meat, poultry, or shellfish; and untreated or contaminated water • Salmonella from raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat; unpasteurized milk, juice, or cheese; and animals (reptiles and birds) and their environment Avoiding certain foods, or preparing them in a safe manner, can decrease your risk of becoming ill

Cook. Cook foods to a safe internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. You cannot use color alone as an indicator of doneness. Always use a food thermometer to verify meat and poultry are safe to eat. • Cook raw beef, pork, lamb, and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to 145 degrees F. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. • Cook raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to 160 degrees F. • Cook raw poultry to 165 degrees F. • Reheat cooked foods to 165 degrees F.

from these pathogens. Follow the four steps to food safety to make sure you avoid illness: Clean. Clean surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and warm water. Wash hands the right way for 20 seconds, and make sure to focus on scrubbing your palms and in between fingers and fingertips. Wash fruit and vegetables, but do not wash raw meat and poultry. Doing so can cause bacteria to cross-contaminate surfaces throughout the kitchen. Separate. Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods, fruits, and vegetables. Raw meat juices can contain bacteria that can cross-contaminate ready-to-eat foods. When shopping, place raw meats in a plastic bag before placing them in your shopping cart. When at home, use one cutting board for fruits and vegetables and a different one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.

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Chill. Refrigerate foods within two hours after cooking or within one hour after cooking if the temperature is 90 degrees F during the summer. Divide leftovers into small, shallow containers and place in a refrigerator set at 40 degrees F or below. To learn more about food storage and how to use foods at peak quality while reducing waste, download the free FoodKeeper mobile app for Android and iPhone. If you have any questions about food safety, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) MPHotline or (888) 674-6854. Or you can chat live with a food-safety specialist in English or Spanish at Ask Karen (www.askkaren. gov), available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Ask Karen also provides automated food safety information 24/7. Adam Ghering is a public affairs specialist with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today

‘Angel of the Morning’ Randal Hill

By 1967 songwriter Chip Taylor had one hit tune to his credit: the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” from the previous year. Now he was summoning his muse again in hopes of hitting pay dirt for a second time. In the book Behind the Hits by Bob Shannon and John Javna, Taylor explains: “The day I wrote ‘Angel’ I was fooling around with some chords for three or four hours. Then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, came ‘There’ll be no strings to bind your hands, not if my love can’t bind your heart.’ “I said, ‘That is beautiful!’ … Within 10 minutes I’d written the whole song, including the chorus.” Then there was the matter of what followed those opening lines. Sex had to be soft-pedaled during rock’s early days; “Angel of the Morning” changed all that. As its story unfolded, listeners heard such eyebrow-lifting lyrics as, “I see no need to take me home/I’m old enough to face the dawn,” as well as “If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned/ Well, it was what I wanted now.” Wow. But, after all, this was the “progressive” ’60s. Taylor and a partner recorded the song — which featured a simple “Louie Louie” chord progression — with a young singer named Evie Sands. Released on Cameo Records, “Angel” quickly caught fire and

won airplay in the Raiders’ 1967 tour. Seattle rhythmseveral key radio While in Memphis, Raiders lead and-blues markets. singer Mark Lindsay introduced Rush collective called But, two to record producer Chips Moman, Tiny Tony weeks after and the Statics who had recorded the Box Tops’ Sands’ 45 was megahit of “The Letter.” (Tony being a released, Cameo Moman had Rush cut a breathy 300-pound soul unexpectedly rendition of “Angel of the Morning,” belter). went bankrupt, a haunting future Top 10 winner. In 1965 and Sands’ rising the Rushes Released on Bell Records, Rush’s star fizzled out. version became a million-seller created Merrilee Later, Taylor Rush and the and even earned her a Grammy received a phone nomination. Turnabouts, a call from Seattle In 1981 country singer Juice rock/R&B group that another that soon became Newton breathed new life into Rush’s artist, Merrilee a top draw on the song, which some rock historians Rush and the local club circuit. now cite as being a forerunner of the Turnabouts, had women’s liberation movement. In time they “Angel of the Morning” cut his song. signed on as the Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian “I was looking opening act for June 1968 who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be forward to Paul Revere and reached at hearing it,” Taylor said. “It came out, and I had a advertisement copy sent to me. But I took one listen and said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think so.’” Taylor spoke too soon; Rush’s disc went Top Five in Seattle and then spread rapidly across the country. Merrilee Rush began her life as If you want a funeral with an expensive casket Merrilee Gunst in Seattle in 1944. At and embalming, go to a funeral home! age 16 she became the lead singer of If you are interested in affordable cremation services, a local rock outfit called the Amazing we are the name to remember! Aztecs. We specialize in cremation only, statewide, no removal fees. She eventually married the band’s No Embalming No Caskets sax player, Tom Rush, and the two formed Merrilee and Her Men, which later disbanded. For a while the Rushes worked in an integrated


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High Numbers and High Marks for Senior Games’ 30th Year By Megan Joyce It was a year for exceptional numbers at the 2018 Lancaster Senior Games, held May 7-11 at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim. The week marked the milestone 30th anniversary for the games, which boasted the participation of a total of 922 county adults over age 55 — exceeding last year’s attendance by more than 100, according to Derek Bendetti, senior health promotion/activity coordinator at the Lancaster County Office of Aging. The Office of Aging organizes the annual games, along with the Senior Games Planning Committee. “[The games] are important for numerous reasons, but I think the most important is to connect and celebrate the older adults in Lancaster County. With over 40 sponsors and 300 volunteers, it truly takes the community to make the games possible,” Bendetti said. After weeks of local weather that seemed to be struggling to shake off winter, Bendetti was happy to report the season finally kicked into springtime gear for the week of the Senior Games. All outdoor events were able to take place, with only a few rain showers temporarily delaying the putting contest. After sitting in on several preparatory meetings essential to the herculean organizational effort that pulls off each year’s games, Heide Moebius, honorary chairperson for the 2018 games, was full of admiration. “I was truly impressed, not only by the enormity of the necessary objectives that had to be recognized and completed, but by the approach that the (largely volunteer) committee demonstrated,” Moebius said. “They were admirably organized and prepared and always in a low-pressure, friendly relationship with each other.” The games’ variety of events — which ranged from swimming and fencing to golf and tai chi — are chosen to cover as many skill levels, interests, and ages as possible. This year’s oldest competitor was 98. New additions to the event roster included cornhole, which became one of the most popular events, Bendetti said, with 252 registered participants. Noncompetitive additions were GeriFit exercise, chair yoga, and educational sessions of fitness technology and advanced planning, which was helmed by Groff Funeral and Cremation Services. Meobius is a familiar face at the Lancaster Senior


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Games. An accomplished tennis player, downhill skier, and horseback rider, at age 55 Moebius took up running and has spent the last 20 years competing internationally in nearly 700 races. “I was honored and pleased to have been requested to act as honorary chair of the event,” Moebius said. “In return, I tried to be a good, active chair, visiting as many of the individual sports competitions as time allowed and participating myself in all the running competitions.” Moebius won gold medals in all three of those running events, adding to her impressive lifetime tally: 19 (now 22) gold medals in the Lancaster Senior Games, more than 30 medals at the state games, and 19 at the National Senior Olympics. She noted the local Senior Games benefit all levels of athletes, from casual, once-a-year participants to those who make fitness a yearround endeavor, including those bound for the Pennsylvania Senior Games to be held in late July in Luzerne County. “The games serve as practice events for some of the advanced, state-games-bound competitors and for all the others, to have a good time with old acquaintances, remember past successes, or maybe even supplement their home exercises.” Both Moebius and Bendetti said they appreciate the feedback they receive from the games’ hundreds of athletes. “[Their remarks were] very positive,” Bendetti said. “Countless participants show their gratitude by thanking Senior Games committee members and volunteers.” It’s during those personal interactions that Bendetti sees most clearly the fruits of his and his colleagues’ organizational labors — when he spots “the smiles on the participants’ faces. It’s great to see everyone having a good time competing and socializing with one another.” For a complete list of 2018 results, visit www. Top and bottom photos courtesy of Bob Diller. Middle photo courtesy of Mount Joy Country Homes.

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Soldier Stories

Robert Naeye

Vietnam Artillery Veteran Stopped Runaway Train

After serving eight months in traveled home to visit his parents. Vietnam as an artilleryman, Jon He promised them he would do his Hosfeld was no stranger to danger. job and come home. Decades later, in a moment “My father never showed emotion, of crisis, Hosfeld summoned the but when we went to the Harrisburg physical, mental, and spiritual train station for him to leave, tears strength to hop aboard a runaway were running down. He said, train carrying hazardous materials ‘Jonnie, I thought I fought in a war — an example of courage that to end all wars.’” inspired the critically acclaimed As Hosfeld’s flight from Japan movie Unstoppable. was coming in for a landing at Born in 1948, Hosfeld grew up Cam Ranh Bay, he looked out in Central Pennsylvania to religious the window and saw tracers and parents who taught him patriotism explosions. His plane circled the When the North Vietnamese infantry pinned down an infantry platoon, Hosfeld’s and how to tell right from wrong. airfield five times before landing. artillery unit fired nine rounds every 10 minutes for 36 hours. His father served in the Army Air On his third day in Vietnam, Corps in World War II but never he flew on a transport airplane “I did not have any trouble I could Pennsylvania Railroad. He passed talked about his tour of duty. to Pleiku and then by chopper the test, but the company told him it Hosfeld was small growing up and not handle,” he recalls. to his unit. He explained to the After high school, Hosfeld would not waste its money hiring and commanding officer that he was not was frequently bullied. His parents training him and then watch him get trained in artillery. applied to be a brakeman with the told him to stand his ground. killed in Vietnam. “What the hell are you doing “I was 17 years old. What a jolt here?” the officer asked. that was to a young man,” he says. “You tell me and we’ll both know,” He turned 18 the very next day replied Hosfeld. and registered for the draft. But just Hosfeld was given a two-week two months later he volunteered for crash course in artillery operations. •K  orean war veterans (of all service the U.S. Army’s deferred program in His battery consisted of about 100 branches) who served anywhere in the communications. men. Six 105-millimeter artillery world 1950–1955 “That will keep you out of ’Nam,” pieces were arranged in a star pattern, said his recruiter. • Veterans (of all service branches) who with five guns at the points and one served in Korea 1945–present After training at Fort Bragg and in the center. An infantry company Fort Dix, the Army sent Hosfeld of similar size guarded the outer to South Korea, where he received perimeter. Come and enjoy the camaraderie of your rapid promotions to E5 sergeant. He The temperature often exceeded fellow veterans at a monthly meeting of the describes his Korean service as “very 100 degrees, and at times they local chapter of the Korean War Veterans intense and demanding.” suffered through torrential monsoon Association (KWVA). But because of a bizarre rain so thick they couldn’t see their We meet on the second Wednesday of bureaucratic maneuver, Hosfeld was hands in front of their faces. By the each month at Wood Crest Villa — Bluebird transferred to West Germany in Commons, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, end of his deployment, Hosfeld and PA 17601, starting with lunch at noon. This August 1968 to serve with an artillery his men were eating C rations left invitation includes spouses/companions unit. This was despite the fact that he over from World War II. and drivers. There is no charge for had no training in this field. Several times the men had to pack attendance. Dress code is casual. In March 1969, Hosfeld received up all their weapons and gear and fly We currently have 90+ registered his orders for Vietnam. Surprisingly, in helicopters to a new landing zone, members. Come join us. Hopefully, you will he was “elated” to leave Germany where they had to set everything up find it habit forming. because of the poor NCOs and yet again. The mission of the KWVA/USA is to defend our nation. Care officers. He describes his garrison They were often attacked during for our veterans. Perpetuate our For more information call: duty as “a nightmare” due to racial this period, when they were most legacy. remember our missing and fallen. Maintain our memorial. tensions and drug problems. vulnerable. It would take 24-36 hours Bill Kelley, VP (717) 560-9424. Support a free Korea. “I wanted to get away from it,” he just to dig their personnel bunkers, says. which Hosfeld says made the men “as Before heading to ’Nam, he strong as oxen.”

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Hosfeld job with the viewed Penn Central everyone in Railroad and his unit as then married an asset, so Judy Snyder, his job was whom he to find that describes as asset in each his “rock.” man and His postuse it to its Vietnam maximum moment of potential. truth came on But May 15, 2001. not every Due to a series Photo credit: Robert Naeye soldier fit in. of errors, a Hosfeld, right, with Rich Burton, from the Hosfeld sent locomotive Central Pennsylvania Vietnam Roundtable. three men pulling a train Hosfeld — who had recently injured his leg in back to base a fall — shared his Vietnam experiences with of 47 cars camp. One of the group during its March 2018 meeting. was running them became uncontrolled depressed for two when he hours in learned his wife was being unfaithful. northwestern Ohio. Two of the cars Another accidentally shot off a round contained liquid phenol, a toxic inside a bunker, nearly killing a fellow chemical used in paints, dyes, and soldier. glues.  Hosfeld describes a battle where an A locomotive with a two-man crew, infantry platoon was pinned down Jess Knowlton and Terry Forson, by North Vietnamese infantry. His chased down the runaway train, artillery unit fired nine rounds every hooked to the rear car, and slowed it 10 minutes for 36 hours. The platoon down. When the train was traveling called in the rounds practically upon at 11 miles per hour, Hosfeld ran themselves, eventually forcing the alongside it, jumped on board, and NVA to pull back. shut down the engine just south of the Three days later, the platoon town of Kenton. entered their landing zone. “I saw my men ahead of the “I saw bandaged, injured, crippled runaway train in jeopardy, and I knew soldiers, and thought, ‘They’re mad I had to make it,” recalls Hosfeld.  as hell; they’re gonna kick our asses.’ Hosfeld received widespread Instead, it was just the opposite. accolades for his courageous act, and They hugged us and said, ‘Thank he later met President George W. you, brothers.’ That was one of my Bush. That day’s events inspired the proudest moments, protecting my 2010 movie Unstoppable, starring fellow soldiers.” Denzel Washington and Chris Pine. One night, Hosfeld was holed up Hosfeld has since retired. He works in a bunker, packed in ice with a 105- with homeless veterans and is active degree fever. But his landing zone was in the VFW and American Legion. overrun by NVA. During the firefight He and Judy have a daughter and two he ran out to his gun section. grandchildren.  His CO yelled, “You’re sick — In his darkest times in Vietnam, what are you doing?” Hosfeld wondered if he’d make it Hosfeld replied, “I don’t have time home to get married, have children, to get sick; I have to get back to my and maybe even have grandchildren. men. I have a couple hurt.” “That has all happened. We are He took charge and directed small so blessed,” says Hosfeld. But, he arms fire on the perimeter. Hosfeld adds, “Vietnam was a long time ago. was awarded an Army Commendation Hopefully I have adjusted. However, Medal for valor. at the blink of an eye, it’s all back.” Like many Vietnam veterans, To read an interview with Hosfeld had difficulties readjusting Jon Hosfeld about the runaway to civilian life, but he eventually got train, visit back on his feet. He landed his dream transcripts/2001/05/16/hosfeld.cnna/.

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Pursuing the Dream: The Civil Rights Trail By Andrea Gross

At first glance it’s an unassuming little church, one that befits a small town in central Georgia. Along with about 20 other people, I walk through the arched doorway. A woman hands me a sheet of paper. “Inside this building it is April 17, 1944,” she says. “Here in the First African Baptist Church of Dublin, we’re having an oratory contest. We will all attend that contest, and you will each play the part of the person whose name is on the paper I gave you.” She pauses and smiles broadly. “One of the contestants is a 15-yearA statue of Martin Luther King old boy named Martin Luther King. The speech he gave on this day was the first stands in front of the Georgia state capital in Atlanta. public speech of his career.” King did well in the competition, but it wasn’t his speech, titled “The Negro and the Constitution,” that changed the course of history. It was what happened afterward. I look at my paper. I’m to play the part of Sarah Bradley, the teacher who

accompanied King to the competition. I stand up when my name is called. I tell about our bus ride back to Atlanta, how King and I were told “by the brutish driver” to move to the back of the bus to make room for a group of white passengers, and how King resisted but, when I pleaded with him not to make a scene, eventually moved with me to the back. It was, I say, the angriest he had ever been and a moment that would stick with him forever. Later, back as myself — a simple visitor to Dublin rather than a Visitors tour the home where chaperone at an oratory contest — I Martin Luther King was born. realize that it was here that Martin Luther King began to formulate his dream to “one day live in a nation where [people] will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The fight for civil rights was brought into sharper focus in January 2018 with



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the launching of Harris pauses, the United States takes a deep breath, Civil Rights Trail. and — oh my, Spanning her voice fills the more than 100 room. Shivers run sites in 15 states up my spine as this plus the District woman belts out of Columbia, it songs that show showcases places how courageous that played leaders and significant roles ordinary people during the civil fought, prayed, The tombs of Martin Luther King rights movement and, yes, sang to and his wife, Coretta Scott King, of the ’50s, when win equal rights A display at the Albany Civil Rights Institute reminds people of the time sit in a reflecting pool at the the first large for all people. Her when African-Americans were forced to sit in the back of the bus. Martin Luther King Jr. National demonstration voice is powerful, Historical Park in Atlanta. against her passion segregation took undeniable. place in Montgomery, Alabama, and the ’60s, when King was assassinated in At the end of my tour, with the songs of the Freedom Singers still ringing in Memphis, Tennessee. my ears, my thoughts go back to that time nearly 75 years ago when a 15-yearBy the ’70s, the fight for equality had shifted to a new phase, one that may old boy and his teacher were forced to the back of the bus. be explored in a future Civil Rights Trail. Today, in front of Dublin’s First Baptist Church of Dublin, a giant wall The sites include well-known places, such as Central High School in Little painting shows a young girl blowing on a dandelion, the ancient symbol of Rock, Arkansas, where nine teenagers were refused entrance to an all-white hope — expressing her wish that Martin Luther King’s dream will continue to high school, as well as less familiar places, such as Monroe Elementary School inspire future generations. in Topeka, Kansas, where segregationist policies led to the Supreme Court For more information about these destinations and others on the Civil decision that legally ended racial segregation in the United States (Brown v. Rights Trail, see “Napkin Notes” on Board of Education). I begin my exploration of the Civil Rights Trail in Atlanta, the city where Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www. Martin Luther King was born and where he was living with his wife and children when, having gone on a quick trip to Memphis to give a speech, he was assassinated. At the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park, I tour his birth house, visit the church where he was baptized, and spend a quiet moment sitting by the reflecting pool that surrounds his tomb and that of his wife, • Plans starting at $0 Coretta Scott King. • No referrals required A three-hour drive brings me to Albany, where a group of young teens used • $800 hearing benefit music to publicize and win support for the burgeoning civil rights movement. • Dental coverage that includes dentures Rutha Mae Harris, now 76 and the only one of the original Freedom Singers who still performs regularly, enters a small auditorium. She flashes a megawatt Call now to reserve a seat at a seminar, or to learn more about smile and tells us how folksinger Pete Seeger realized that the group’s heartfelt how Capital BlueCross can get you the coverage you deserve! songs, which were often derived from familiar hymns or spirituals, would help spread the movement’s message to folks across the nation. Within the next year the teens traveled to 46 of the then-48 states, 8 a.m.– 6 p.m., Monday–Friday singing songs like “We Shall Overcome” and “This Little Light of Mine.” They performed alone, with Seeger, and eventually with other well-known entertainers, such as Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, and Bob Dylan.

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Lancaster County Seniors Connect with Community Resources at 50 plus EXPO By Megan Joyce The crowd of guests during the recent Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring) comprised a mixture of moving, talking boomers and seniors, many meandering from booth to booth with relaxed expressions, soaking in the event’s inherent sociability, chatting with friends and neighbors they came across. But Alan Rudin’s more purposeful gait marked him as a man on a mission. “I’m looking for one of the senior downsizing services, [for] relocation,” Rudin, of Quarryville, said. “I’m planning in the next couple of years to move, and I’ve got a big house that I need to downsize to an apartment-sized place, so I figured I might find someone here to talk to.” There were plenty of opportunities for that with the event’s more than 80 exhibitors, representing products, information, and services for the 50plus community: housing, medical services, nutrition, home improvements, finances, healthcare, and more. OLP Events hosted the free, one-day event at Shady Maple Conference Center in East Earl. Jennifer Boley, marketing manager with Red Rose Transit, said the company has participated in the Lancaster County 50plus EXPO since the event’s inception more than 20 years ago. “We find that [the EXPO is] beneficial for our service because we have a lot of senior programs that we like to get the word out about as much as possible to the senior population,” Boley said, “so that they’re aware of the services that are available to them.” Students from Lancaster School of Cosmetology pampered the hands and fingernails of visitors eager for a free mini manicure. Attendees were also eligible for door prizes and took advantage of free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose, spine health, bone density, balance, hearing, posture, vein health, and more. The onstage entertainment began with the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s presentation on fire and fall prevention, which included guidance on creating a home-escape plan as well as safety tips and prevention measures. “You should have two ways out of every room in your house,” Kraig Herman, public education specialist with the OSFC in Harrisburg, said. “If you’re sitting there watching TV, think, ‘How am I going to get out of this room [in an emergency]?’ Be prepared and think ahead of time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.” Actors from Lancaster’s Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre performed musical selections from their current and upcoming productions. Songs included “Greased Lightnin’” from Grease, belted out by a group of slick-haired guys in leather jackets and rolled jeans, as well as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, performed by Dutch Apple’s gingham-clad Dorothy Gale. Jerry Mitchell, outreach specialist with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, conducted his Senior Crime Prevention University to educate older Pennsylvanians on the latest scams. Mitchell noted that scam artists purposely prey on the older generation, knowing they were raised during a trusting time “when a handshake meant something, and when someone’s word meant something. “Scam artists are all about customer service,” Mitchell continued, “and the longer they can keep you engaged, the longer they can keep you on the phone and keep you talking, the higher the probability that scam is going to work.” Brian Horn, owner of Flower & Home Marketplace in Blue Ball, showed


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the audience how to create a tropical-themed “tablescape” for summertime entertaining by using both fresh and silk flowers and leaves. Horn added dimension and height to the arrangement by mixing palm leaves, succulents, and candles. Finally, Carcy Vreeland, licensed instructor with Choice Fitness in Denver, guided the audience through a demonstration of Zumba Gold, a part dance, part fitness exercise routine that uses low-impact moves geared toward older adults. After 48 years in the healthcare industry, retiree Edwina Stoltzfus, from Narvon, came to the 50plus EXPO to find out what’s available for older adults now that she has emerged from the workforce. Stoltzfus had also picked up information for friends but intended to persuade them to meet her at the event before it closed. “I had asked several of my friends [to come], and it didn’t suit anybody, and I am so sorry that they did not come to see this … I think it’s so important just to talk face-to-face,” she said. “So I’m going to call them and say, ‘Get up here!’” OLP Events’ next 50plus EXPO will be Wednesday, June 6, 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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More Baby Boomers Turn to Reverse Mortgages According to a study recently released by Fannie Mae, more baby boomer retirees have mortgage debt than those retirees who were born between 1931 and 1935. “Paying off the mortgage, once a widespread rite of passage for homeowners approaching retirement, has become less common in recent years,” wrote Patrick Simmons, director of strategic planning for Fannie Mae’s Economic & Strategic Research Group. “The relatively high incidence of housing debt among boomer homeowners has the potential to strain their retirement finances,” Simmons wrote. “Given that income typically declines in retirement, monthly mortgage payments could stretch the household budgets of boomers who exit the labor force without first extinguishing their housing debts.” Many of those boomer retirees turn to a reverse mortgage to eliminate their mortgage payments as they enter retirement. While property taxes and homeowners insurance must continue to be paid, the removal of an often-

substantial mortgage payment allows homeowners to ease the pressure of stretched financial obligations. Rob Miller, President With less outgo comes a sigh of relief as retirees may be able to delay taking Social Security until age 70, pay off high credit card debt, allow time for the retirement portfolio to grow, and find myriad other uses for the tax-free proceeds of a reverse mortgage. Recent changes to the governmentinsured HECM (reverse mortgage) program by HUD have reduced the amount of mortgage insurance paid annually, thereby slowing the growth of the loan balance over time. Call Rob Miller, NMLS No. 142151, president of Glendale Mortgage, NMLS No. 127720, and Reverse Mortgage Specialist, to learn more. (610) 853-6500, (888) 456-0988,,

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Grief Relief

Victor Parachin

A Dozen Ways to Live with Loss and Heal with Hope

Reaching out on social media, a woman wrote: “My husband died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He was 55 and had no symptoms or warning signs. I can’t bear to live without him. We’ve been together since I was 16, and I’m 46 now. “I’ve never lived on my own, and I don’t know what it’s like to be ‘single’ — I’ve always been part of a couple. I cry every day … I don’t want to live without him.” Her experience reveals the depth and anguish of grief. As intense as bereavement can be, the reality is that the vast majority of people do recover from the shock and pain of loss. Here are a dozen ways people have found to live with loss and heal with hope.

1. Begin with patience. It takes time, a much longer time than most people expect, to heal from grief. Remind yourself there is no quick fix. Most people find it takes a year or so for the intensity to ease up. 2. Expect confusing and conflicting emotions. Grief brings a wide variety of feelings and emotions, such as:

guilt, regret, sadness, depression, anxiety, fear, and difficulty concentrating. While these may feel extreme and troubling, they are common symptoms of the grief process. Expect them; accept them; and continue on, knowing they will ease up and fade away as you adapt and adjust to the loss.

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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3. Express yourself. Talking with a good listener is healing. Every time you talk about the loss and its ramifications, you peel away a layer of pain. 4. Let yourself feel sad. Don’t deny your grief. Feel the pain. Experience the loss. Cry if you need to. Tears cleanse the body of stress toxins. 5. Follow a routine. Adhere to a regular daily schedule. This will build emotional security and confidence for you. A routine will also keep you organized and on top of things. 6. Sleep. The emotional strain of grief is exhausting. Get good rest. If you can’t sleep for a prolonged period



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

of time, check in with your physician. 7. Don’t numb the pain. Avoid alcohol and drugs. They may dull the pain, but once the effect wears off, the pain emerges.

9. Take care of your body. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Walk, bike, jog, or join a gym and take fitness classes.

10. Delay major life changes. If possible, don’t make any big changes 8. Eat nutritious meals. A time of during the first year. Don’t remarry, don’t move, don’t leave your job. Give grieving is not the time to fill up on “junk” foods. Eat healthy meals. Limit yourself time to adjust and adapt to eating at restaurants. the loss.

11. Be part of a support group. When there has been a loss to death, it often creates relationship shifts. Some friends drop away because they don’t know how to be helpful to a griever. A grief support group is made up of people who understand and will be comforting. Join with them, learn from them, and, in turn, be supportive of others who are grieving.

12. Remain positive. Trust yourself and believe that you will heal from loss. Stay positive throughout the grief journey. Hold on to hope. Victor M. Parachin, M.Div., is a grief counselor, bereavement educator, and author of several books, including Healing Grief.

Free Healthy Summer Cooking Classes Offered Dishes 2 Nourish will conduct two free cooking seminars this summer. “Eating Healthy on Vacation” will be held from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at Lancaster Cancer Center, 1858 Charter Lane, Greenfield Corporate Center, Lancaster. Cruises, road trips, and vacations at the beach can surround you with pressures and temptations to indulge. This class focuses on how to prioritize what matters to you while on vacation, how to stick with your goals, and when to treat yourself. The cooking portion of the class

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ANTIQUES from page 3 The dinner’s color scheme was cream and gold, which should come as no surprise to those who have been watching Trump working from the Oval Office over the last year or so. Like the gold décor found throughout the grand palaces of Europe and in the Oval Office’s curtains, gold is the color of choice for the Trump White House. The table settings for the state dinner included use of the Clinton presidential china for the baseplate and pieces from both the Clinton and George W. Bush china services for the dinner service.   Melania Trump chose the Bush china, which has a green border, to highlight each table’s floral centerpieces. China from both the Clinton and Bush services offer a quiet yet elegant feel. Other pieces on display were from the White House’s famous vermeil collection, which numbers more than 1,000 gilt objects, including flatware, pitchers, salvers, plates, chalices, and tureens. Gilt silver objects, known as

vermeil, have a 1/10,000th of an inch of gold overlay atop a base of silver. The White House vermeil collection was bequeathed by Margaret Thompson Biddle during the Eisenhower Administration with an undisclosed estimated value and includes works by artisans Paul Storr (1771-1844) and Jean Baptiste Claude Odiot (1763-1850). Other accessory objects in use during the state dinner and on display in the state dining room were by Tiffany & Company and S. Kirk & Sons of Baltimore. The historic event demonstrated America’s history, position, and style on the world stage. It is certainly also a fine opportunity to view some of our country’s most coveted antiques and collectibles. Dr. Lori Verderame is the author, Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and award-winning TV personality on History channel. Dr. Lori provides expert appraisals and consulting services for art/antiques. Visit or call (888) 4311010.

Lancaster Cancer Center. Lancaster County is blessed with an abundance of local produce in the summertime. This class will feature fresh fruits and vegetables found in local markets and budgetfriendly tips for preparing and saving

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Older But Not Wiser

Sienna’s Not Talking Sy Rosen

My second granddaughter, 16-month-old Sienna, isn’t quite talking yet. Well, she does say a few words: momma, daddy, big, ball, and bawl (yes, I’m counting that as two words). Supposedly, at her age, she should have a vocabulary of about eight words. As a grandfather, I have two jobs. The first is to tell everybody not to worry — Sienna is very bright.

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And my second job is to whisper “grandpa” to Sienna 8 million times so that will be her next word. As far as Sienna being very bright, that goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Sienna’s obviously a genius. She gets everybody to run around and do her bidding by just grunting and pointing. And if that’s not proof enough, she can hide a valuable necklace or the remote control where nobody can find it, and she instinctively knows which cardboard puzzle piece tastes the best. Sienna’s parents, my daughter and son-in-law, aren’t really worried about this. However, her being a slightly late talker immediately brought the rest of our family into action. Aunts, uncles, and cousins all gathered and came up with reasons for Sienna’s slightly limited vocabulary. These reasons consisted of excuses, denials, conspiracy theories, alternative facts, exaggerations, and anger. In other words, it was a typical dinner at the Rosen house. My Uncle Hy, who is considered the intellect of the family because he has a subscription to The New Yorker (although I think he just reads the cartoons), immediately brought up Einstein. Uncle Hy said it is a well-known fact that Einstein didn’t talk until he was 3. Unfortunately, Uncle Hy then added that Mussolini didn’t talk until he was 4. None of us thought that Mussolini was a great role model. Cousin Arnie, who loves to watch Animal Planet, said that Sienna is talking but she’s using sign language, like the famous chimp, Nim, or Koko the gorilla. Uncle Hy then said, “You realize you just compared Sienna to an ape.” “At least I didn’t compare her to Mussolini,” Cousin Arnie retorted. Aunt Irene, who never found a conspiracy theory she didn’t like, said, “Sienna’s not talking because of the fluoride in the water.” Cousin Shirley, who has a knack for saying the obvious, chimed in, “Sienna can say five words, and the average is eight words, so that’s a three-word difference.” She then smiled as though she solved the problem. Uncle George said, “Anybody can talk. It’s the smart people who know when to keep their mouths shut, like when my wonderful wife, Flora, said she was worried that her dress makes her look fat. I knew enough to keep my mouth shut.” Flora then punched him in the arm. As the family continued bickering, I sat down next to Sienna. It was just the two of us, and I told her I was sorry for all this craziness. Sienna then looked at me and said, “I just wish they would be as quiet and as smart as you, Grandpa. They are just projecting their own fears and problems onto me. I am going at my own pace, and I’ll talk when I’m ready to talk. And when the time is right, I will do great things for myself, my family, and my country.” OK, she actually said, “Blobityyaayaa.” But I could tell by the expression in her eyes what she was really saying. Sy Rosen has written for many TV shows, including The Bob Newhart Show, Taxi, M.A.S.H., Maude, The Jeffersons, Rhoda, Frasier, Northern Exposure, and The Wonder Years. He now spends much of his time telling jokes to his grandkids and trying to convince his wife that he’s funny.

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 14, 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 on Wednesday, June 21. The nutrition vouchers, valued at $20, can be exchanged for Pennsylvaniagrown 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 $22,459 for one person or less than $30,451 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, 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 14: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Columbia Senior Center: 510 Walnut St., Columbia, (717) 684-4850

Senior Emergency Preparedness Video Debuts The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Department of Aging recently hosted a debut screening of “Preparing Together for Emergencies,” a video that prepares older Pennsylvanians for disaster and emergency situations. Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne welcomed local seniors to the screening and emphasized the importance of having a preparedness plan. A PEMA survey from last year revealed that only 26 percent of Pennsylvanians age 65 and older had a plan in place for disaster circumstances. As a result, the Department of Aging and PEMA collaborated with the Salvation Army and WITF to create an educational video as part of the Department of Aging’s MindMatters series. “A disaster can strike at any time, and it’s imperative that seniors and their families have considered their unique needs, such as necessary medical equipment or prescription medications, in order to successfully evacuate or take shelter,” Osborne said. PEMA Director Richard Flinn Jr.

also stressed the importance of having a plan in place, keeping in mind that those 65 and older can be more vulnerable if faced with periods of time lacking food, water, or shelter. “We encourage people of all ages to prepare for emergencies, but as we get older, our needs change, and those needs must be taken into consideration when we make our plans,” said Flinn. “There are lots of resources available to help, but this episode of MindMatters is a great starting point.” The “Preparing Together for Emergencies” video will be free to view in participating senior centers throughout the commonwealth. Additionally, PEMA and the Department of Aging encourage older Pennsylvanians and their families to download the “Get Ready Now” three-step pocket guide on emergency preparedness for older adults. You can find additional information on how to be informed, prepared, and involved at ReadyPA ( For more information on the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, visit For more information on PEMA, visit www.

Elizabethtown Area Senior Center: 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, (717) 3677984 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) 871-9600 Next Generations/Solanco Senior Center: 184 S. Lime St., Quarryville, (717) 786-4770 SACA Senior Center: 545 Pershing Ave., Lancaster, (717) 295-7989 Thursday, June 21: 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

Volunteer Spotlight Former Refugee Inspired to Give Back is to alleviate human suffering. The RSVP Lancaster County Whether Jiwa-Kassam is on Volunteer of the Month for June is a relief operation in Shamim Jiwa-Kassam. another country or here Jiwa-Kassam came to at home, she watches for the United States with opportunities to share her family in 1972 as a her knowledge. She refugee when they were is constantly learning forced from Uganda from others, and the during Idi Amin’s reign friendships forged of terror. through voluntary She remembers the service have been truly support her family valuable. received from Lutheran She has met Charities and their Shamim Jiwa-Kassam volunteers from all over sponsoring family in the country and now Manheim. As a teenager has an extended family she was impressed by from all walks of life. Jiwa-Kassam’s the care provided for her family. It was then she decided she would like experience 45 years ago inspired her to help others. to volunteer and help others. For further information Jiwa-Kassam has been about RSVP volunteer service volunteering at the American opportunities, contact Margie Groy, Red Cross for the past 12 years, including the past five via RSVP. Lancaster County coordinator, at (717) 454-8647 or lancleb@ She wanted to contribute to her community, but most importantly, to humanity. The Red Cross mission Do you know a 50+ volunteer who gives selflessly to others? Tell us what makes him or her so special and we will consider them for 50plus LIFE’s Volunteer Spotlight! Submissions should be 200 words or fewer and photos are encouraged. Email preferred to or mail nominations to 50plus LIFE, Volunteer Spotlight, 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512.

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Calendar of Events

Lancaster County

Support Groups Free and open to the public Mondays, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, 2 p.m. Our Journey Together Cancer Support Group Lancaster Cancer Center Greenfield Corporate Center 1858 Charter Lane, Suite 202, Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 143 June 6, 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 11, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 June 18, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494 June 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group Masonic Village Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33764

June 20, 7 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group Pleasant View Retirement Community Stiegel Dining Room – Town Square North 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 664-6696 June 21, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576 June 21, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 June 25, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259 June 27, 6-8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Community Meeting Room – Kohl’s Wing 142 Park City Center, Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104

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Community Programs Free and open to the public June 3, 7 p.m. Singspiration – 16th Annual Community Hymn Sings Series Historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise (717) 687-6619 June 4, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098 June 5, 6-8 p.m. Wine & Cheese Artist Reception: Kyle Whary Annex 24 Gallery 24 W. Walnut St., Lancaster (610) 304-5168

June 13, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Woodcrest Villa – Bluebird Commons Room 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 299-1990 June 14, 10-11 a.m. Eating Healthy on Vacation by Dishes 2 Nourish Lancaster Cancer Center 1858 Charter Lane, Greenfield Corporate Center Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 102 June 26, 7 p.m. World War II Oral History Meeting St. Anne’s Retirement Community 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia (717) 319-3430

Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 June 11 and 25, 9:30 a.m. – Morning Yoga in the Garden June 20, 6 p.m. – Art of Letter Writing June 27, 6:30 p.m. – Becker Family Book and Genealogy


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Senior Center Activities Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 June 4, 9:30 a.m. – Harp and Vocals Program June 13, 9:30 a.m. – Summer Produce Picks June 21, 10:30 a.m. – Liz Fry: “Right-sizing” Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 June 4, 18, 25, 10 a.m. – Strength, Stress, Balance Class June 12, 10:30 a.m. – Conflict Resolution June 26, 9 a.m. – Risk of Falling Fitness Tests 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 8, all day – Casino Trip to New Jersey June 13, 7:30 a.m. – Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers June 15, 10 a.m. – Long’s Park Picnic Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 June 6, 10:45 a.m. – Make it, Take it Craft June 13, 10:45 a.m. – Wild Edibles by Lancaster County Environmental Center June 27, 10:45 a.m. – Ceramics with Pottery Works Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 June 7, 10:15 a.m. – Music and Dancing June 11, 9:30 a.m. – Arts and Crafts with Humana June 19, 9:15 a.m. – “Save that Junk and Your Money” with David Manuel Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 June 1, 9 a.m. – Diabetic Care with Madelin from Southeast Clinic June 13, all day – Health Fair Voucher Distribution June 15, all day – Father’s Day Celebration Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 June 4, 10:30 a.m. – Chair Yoga with Maricelle June 13, 10:30 a.m. – “Music from Our Memories” with Lauren Kate June 18, 10:30 a.m. – Bingo Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 June 5, 10:30 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition with Christine June 14, 9:30 a.m. – Flyswatter Volleyball June 21, 9:30 a.m. – Summer Solstice Celebration Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo Submit senior center events to

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Savvy Senior

Best Bicycles for Aging Baby Boomers Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. – Easy Riders Dear Easy, If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about these bikes, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

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Recumbent Bikes If the comfort bikes don’t meet your needs, another popular style among older riders is a recumbent bike. These are the low-to-the-ground, stretched-out frame bikes with recliner-style seats that allow you to lie back with your legs positioned in front of you. Recumbent bikes are very comfy; easy on the back, arms, and shoulders; and aerodynamic, which make them ideal for long rides. The disadvantages: Because they are low to the ground, recumbent bikes can be harder to balance and maneuver and are more difficult for other vehicles to see. If you worry about falling or want more stability when you ride, consider a three-wheel recumbent trike. See Sun Seeker ( and TerraTrike ( for a nice variety, but be aware that recumbent bikes are more expensive, typically ranging between $1,000 and $2,500. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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Comfort Bikes A comfort bike is a style of bicycle that’s easy on an aging body because it lets you ride in a more comfortable, upright position. These bikes have high handlebars, so you don’t have to hunch over, which eases lower-back strain and reduces pressure on the wrists and hands. They also come with wide tires for a smooth ride, offer fewer gears, and have soft, wide seats to eliminate saddle soreness. Most comfort bikes also come with shock-absorbing forks and seat posts for additional comfort. And some offer unique design features, such as an ultra-low step-over bar that makes getting on and off easy for people with limited flexibility (like the Biria Easy Boarding at Or you could try the “flat-foot” design offered by many manufacturers, where the pedals are moved forward, away from the seat. This allows you to get a full-leg extension when you pedal but keeps the seat in a lower position so when you’re stopped, you can put your feet down flat on the ground while seated, which is a great safety feature for older riders.  Most major manufacturers — including Electra, Sun, Raleigh, GT, Giant, and Trek — all make a line of comfort bikes that costs between $300 and $800 or more, depending on features.

Shopping Tips To find a quality comfort bike, your best option is to find a good bike shop in your area. Bikes from big box stores, like Walmart and Target, are mass-market bikes that may be less expensive, but the quality isn’t as good, and they’re typically 7-8 pounds heavier. They also come in only one size, so you’re not likely to get a great fit. Before you buy any bike, be sure you take it for a test ride to ensure the seat and fit of the bike is comfortable, the brakes and shifters are easy to use, the gears can go low enough for climbing hills, and the frame and suspension adequately smooth the bumps.


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Travel Trends for 2018 If you’re looking to get away from it all in 2018, you’re not alone. The AARP Travel survey looked at what baby boomers and millennials are planning for their vacations this year. Here’s some of what the survey found: • Boomers expect to take four or five trips for leisure this year and spend about $6,400 on their travel.

friends, 49 percent say they travel to relax and rejuvenate, and 47 percent are looking for an escape from everyday life. • Forty-nine percent of boomers plan to travel only domestically, with Florida and California the most popular destinations.

• Seventy-four percent of millennials expect to take work with them.

• Forty-seven percent plan to travel both domestically and internationally. Top international destinations are the Caribbean/ Latin America and Europe.

• Fifty-seven percent of boomers travel to spend time with family and

• Traveling abroad is a “bucket list” item for 22 percent of boomers.

Keep an Eye Out for Dehydration Dehydration can be a serious health issue. Without enough water, your body can’t keep your temperature steady and eliminate waste efficiently. You feel tired, suffer headaches, and your mood and ability to focus may dip. Here are some symptoms to watch for, from the WebMD website. • Thirst is an obvious sign, along with a dry mouth and tongue. • Lack of regular urination is also a symptom, and when you do urinate, the liquid will be dark and/or smelly.

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• Dizziness, a faster heartbeat or breathing rate, and increased irritability may also be present. How much water should you drink? Some experts advise eight glasses a day, though others say that’s only a rough estimate, not an absolute rule. Drink when you feel thirsty, depending on how active you are and your general health. Call your doctor if you experience: diarrhea for more than 24 hours; dizziness, confusion, or faintness; difficulty keeping fluids down; lack of energy; or fast heartbeat or breathing.



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The Beauty in Nature

Nesting Pasture Birds Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Southeastern Pennsylvania meadows, dotted with deciduous trees both young and mature, are beautiful farmland habitats. And a variety of small birds nest in them, including Baltimore orioles, orchard orioles, eastern kingbirds, redheaded woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, redwinged blackbirds, and eastern phoebes. All these species eat invertebrates in summer and have attractive plumages. And Baltimore oriole each kind has its own niche, which reduces competition for nesting sites and food among the species. Female Baltimore orioles, orchard orioles, and kingbirds build nurseries on tree twigs in pastures. Baltimore orioles place their deeply pouched cradles on the ends of twigs,

Eastern bluebird

particularly on larger sycamore trees along creeks and streams. Orchard orioles and kingbirds create nurseries on the inner twigs of trees. Both the colorful oriole species consume invertebrates from shrubs and trees. Kingbirds, however, snare flying insects from the air. The striking red-headed woodpeckers are attracted to one or two dead, but still-standing, trees among living trees in pastures. Red-heads, like all woodpeckers, chip out cavities in dead wood in which to raise young. They eat invertebrates

from inside dead wood and off living trees. Bluebirds and tree swallows compete for abandoned woodpecker holes and other hollows in dead trees in meadows. But the lovely bluebirds ingest invertebrates from shrubbery and grass, while the handsome swallows catch flying insects in midair, thus reducing rivalry for food. Small colonies of red-winged blackbirds rear babies in cattail marshes in low parts of some meadows. The black males, sporting red shoulder patches, sing from swaying cattails, while their mates attach nests of cattail leaves and grass to standing cattail stalks a couple of feet above the water or shorelines. Phoebes traditionally nest on rock ledges under sheltering, overhanging boulders near streams in woods. And pairs of phoebes build cradles of mud and moss on support beams under small bridges on rural roads spanning streams that border tree-dotted pastures. Phoebes nab flying insects in midair. These beautiful and interesting birds help make an already pretty, humanmade habitat even more attractive to nature explorers. And these lovely nesting birds increase their numbers by adapting to niches created by people, for people. These are winning situations in human-made environments. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist.


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Pet of the Month

Butterball Meet Butterball. This gorgeous girl is a 5-year-old spayed female on the search for the perfect home. Butterball can be shy at first and would do best in a calm and quiet household that can give her the proper care. See, Butterball is FIV+, which might sound scary but just means she requires a little extra love. She has lived with other cats and doesn’t mind their company, but we are unsure about children and dogs. If you think Butterball could be an excellent addition to your family, be sure to stop in today! Butterball’s ID number is 217096. For more information, please contact the Humane League of Lancaster County at (717) 393-6551.

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50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...

50plus LIFE Lancaster County June 2018  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...