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Lancaster County Edition

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Vol. 18 No. 7

Self-Made Senior Idol 2012 Talent Competition Winner Earned Music Degree at 45 By Megan Joyce Most of us have encountered tough times in our lives where we were encouraged to heed the old adage of “dusting ourselves off ” or “picking ourselves up by our bootstraps.” We fall; we rise up; we move forward, bruised but vertical. These days, Vickie Kissinger’s bootstraps hang firmly hinged on a treble clef and a cluster of eighth-notes. The newly named 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL and New Holland-area resident is a lifelong music lover, having started on the organ at just 5 years old. “My grandparents actually got me started in music. My grandmother in particular always had a love for music, and they took me for organ lessons,” Kissinger recalled. “That was just always a dream of hers: She wanted me to learn to play the organ.” As she grew up, her musical studies expanded to include piano as well, and by age 13 she was playing the organ in church; by 15, she was substituting for two different local churches. By high-school graduation, Kissinger was offered an organist position at a church in Akron. As a teenager, Kissinger had become interested in singing, and her jazzpiano teacher at the time encouraged her to embrace her voice. After she please see IDOL page 16 2012 PA


SENIOR IDOL Vickie Kissinger performing “At Last” by Etta James.


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Book Review

Frogs in the Loo and Other Short-Term Missions Tales By Patti Olson magine arriving in a foreign country with just a suitcase filled with the barest essentials, often not able to speak the local language, and looking through a crowd of strangers for someone you’ve never met but will be your host for the next few months. That was the scene the author and her husband, Dave, faced multiple times when they served as short-term project missionaries in Christian radio. When the Olsons changed careers and became missionaries in their mid-50s, a lady told Patti that she only knew two things about missionaries: They write long, boring letters that are read aloud at church gatherings, and they wash their


plastic wrap for reuse. Patti replied that she hoped her reports from the field would not be boring but did confess to washing her plastic wrap! After reading her monthly newsletters, many people encouraged Patti to record their adventures in a book. Frogs in the Loo and Other Short-Term Missions Tales is a collection of 91 stories relating the challenges, joys, and

adventures of nine years living cross-culturally in nine countries from 2001 through 2010. Travel along with the Olsons as they move from country to country across five continents. Patti captured the sights, sounds, and emotions of new discoveries as they experienced them, allowing her to recount them in rich detail in her book. Frogs in the Loo is available at Berean

Christian Bookstore, Lancaster;; and at Barnes & Noble online ( About the Author Patti Olson is a freelance writer, teacher, and radio broadcaster. Her passion for writing began through her studies at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she also worked as an all-night radio DJ. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education and spent most of her career as an office administrator. She and her husband served until 2010 as missionaries in Christian radio in nine countries. They reside in Lancaster, Pa.

Calling All Authors If you have written and published a book and would like 50plus Senior News to feature a Book Review, please submit a synopsis of the book (350 words or fewer) and a short autobiography (80 words or fewer). A copy of the book is required for review. Discretion is advised. Please send to: On-Line Publishers, Inc., Megan Joyce, 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512. For more information, please email

Help with Medicare and Prescription Co-pays Many older adults live on fixed incomes while their living expenses continue to go up. Through the APPRISE program, help is available for paying Medicare premiums and prescription copays. • The Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program helps to pay for medication co-pays. The income and asset requirements are outlined below:

• Medicare Savings Plans (MSPs) provide help with Medicare Part B premiums. The requirements and benefits are listed in the following chart:

Beneficiary Group Dual Eligible (people with Medicare & full Medicaid) who reside in long-term care facilities Other people with Medicare and Medicaid, including those enrolled in a Medicare Savings Program (MSP) Non-duals with income < 135% Fed Poverty Level (FPL) Non-duals with income <135% FPL AND assets between $6,940 and $11,570 if single, or between $10,410 and $23,120 if married* Non-duals with income between 135 and 150% FPL

Type of MSP Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)

Income Eligibility Requirement Meet State Medicaid financial eligibility rules

Asset Eligibility Requirement $6,940 if single, $10,410 if married

Meet State Medicaid financial eligibility rules

$6,940 if single, $10,410 if married

$1,257/month or less if single; $1,703/month or less if married $1,257/month or less if single; $1,703/month or less if married

$6,940 if single, $10,410 if married Between $6,940 and $11,570 if single, or between $10,410 and $23,120 if married*

$1,396/month or less if single; $1,891/month or less if married

Between $6,940 and $11,570 if single, or between $10,410 and $23,120 if married*

Trained APPRISE counselors are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lancaster County Office of Aging to assist with enrollment in these programs or answer other questions about Medicare.

Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)

Financial Eligibility Income: At or below 100 percent of Fed Poverty Level (FPL): $931/single; $1,261/married Assets: $6,940/single; $10,410/married

Benefits Covered by MSP Part A hospital deductible ($1,156/per benefit period) Part A hospital copays, days 61–90 ($289 daily) and days 91–150 ($578 daily) Part A SN F copays, days 21–100 ($144.50 daily) Part A premium ($451 for most for voluntary enrollees) Part B deductible ($140) Part B premium ($96.40 for most beneficiaries, see note below for more info) Part B coinsurance (amount varies) Part B premium ($99.90 for most beneficiaries, see note below for more info)

Income: Between 100 and 120 percent of FPL: $931–$1,117/ single; $1,261– $1,513/married Assets: $6,940/single; $10,410/married Part B premium ($99.90 for Qualifying Individual (QI) Income: 120 to 135 percent of most beneficiaries, see note FPL: $1,117–$1,257/single; below for more info) $1,513–$$1,703/married Assets: $6,940/single; $10,410/married INCOME/ASSET LIMITS LISTED ARE AFTER ALL DISREGARDS AND DEDUCTIONS ARE TAKEN Information provided by PA HEALTH LAW PROJECT

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Emergency Numbers Central PA Poison Center (800) 521-6110 Office of Aging (717) 299-7979/(800) 801-3070 Employment Lancaster County Office of Aging (717) 299-7979 Entertainment Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (800) 638-6833

American Lung Association (717) 397-5203/(800) LungUSA American Red Cross (717) 299-5561

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Independent Living The Long Community at Highland (855) 407-9240

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Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833

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Consumer Information (888) 878-3256


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Neurosurgery & Physiatry Lancaster NeuroScience & Spine Associates (717) 569-5331 (800) 628-2080

Retirement Communities The Long Community (855) 407-9240 Luther Acres (717) 626-1171

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Orthotics & Prosthetics The Center for Advanced Orthotics & Prosthetics (717) 393-0511

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Tips and Treatments for Restless Leg Syndrome

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Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about restless leg syndrome? I’m 58 years old, and my wife thinks I may have it because I sometimes wake her up at night kicking my legs. – Restless Larry Dear Larry, If an irresistible urge to move your legs has you kicking in your sleep, you may indeed have restless leg syndrome (RLS), a common, underdiagnosed condition that affects around 10 percent of Americans. Here’s what you should know.

• Does your desire to move often occur when you are resting or sitting still? • Does moving your legs make you feel better? • Do these symptoms bother you more at night? • Do your ever have involuntary leg movements while you are awake?

Do You Have RLS? RLS is a neurological disorder that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs (usually in the calf area) and an irresistible urge to move your legs when resting or sitting still, and the symptoms usually get worse with age. The main complaint with RLS, other than it being uncomfortable, is that it disrupts sleep. While researchers have yet to pin down a specific cause of RLS, they do know of various conditions that are linked to it, including: genetics (it often runs in families), anemia, kidney problems, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, and even pregnancy. Do you have RLS? If you answer yes to most of these questions, you probably do. • When you sit or lie down, do you have a strong desire to move your legs? • Does your desire to move your legs feel impossible to resist? • Would you use the words “unpleasant,” “creepy-crawly,” “electric current,” “itching,” “tingling,” “pulling,” or “tugging” to describe your symptoms?

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Tips and Remedies While there’s no cure for RLS, there are some things you can do to alleviate the symptoms. Depending on the severity of your case, here are some tips and remedies that may help: • Get a blood test: Studies show that an iron or vitamin deficiency can cause or worsen RLS. Your doctor can easily check this with a simple blood test and may recommend supplementing your diet with vitamin E, iron, vitamin B12, or folate.

• Limit caffeine and alcohol: Both of these can make symptoms worse. • Stretch: A good calf stretch and a strong massage may provide some relief. • Take a bath: For some people, a hot or cold bath can help, or try using a heating pad or ice pack. • Try compression: Wrapping ace bandages or wearing compression support stockings around the problem area have also been known to help. • Exercise: Moderate exercise (20 to 30 minutes three or four times a week) can also relieve symptoms and help you sleep better. Exercising late in the evening, however, can induce symptoms. • Reduce stress: Stress can aggravate RLS. Meditation and yoga are good relaxation techniques you may want to try, especially before going to bed at night. Treatments

• Check your meds: Certain drugs that treat high blood pressure, heart conditions, nausea, colds, allergies, and depression can make RLS worse. If you take any of these, ask your doctor if something else can be prescribed.

If the tips or remedies don’t improve your condition, prescription medications may help. Requip (or its generic Ropinirole) and Mirapex are two drugs approved by the FDA to treat RLS, but there are several other drugs that treat other conditions (dopaminergic agents, sedatives, anticonvulsants, and pain relievers) that have also been found to be helpful. Talk to your doctor about these options, or consult an RLS specialist (see to locate one) or a sleep specialist (see

• Watch your diet: Pay attention to what you eat to see if it may cause or increase your symptoms.

Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Discovery’s American Chopper at the Museum Dr. Lori went to a fabulous museum show recently. This exhibition featured the work of master artists, highlighted aspects of American culture, traced the history of the entire 20th century, and focused on advancements in technology. It had everything you’d expect from a great museum exhibition. What I didn’t expect: It was all about motorcycles. In Indianapolis, the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art is a world-class museum that tells the American story through objects on a daily basis. Housing an impressive collection of Native American objects and western art, the Eiteljorg organized a special exhibition dedicated to American motorcycles dating back to the early 1900s. The exhibit included a 1905 HarleyDavidson, Evel Knievel’s motorcycle, and even a custom-built model from the Discovery channel’s popular TV show


elements, and American symbolism is Chopper. no different In the for me as an “Steel Ponies” appraiser, exhibition, whether I am curators appraising a showed how 1905 singlemotorcycles cylinder played a Harley or a critical role in Wells Fargo developing Photo Courtesy of stagecoach the American Chippewa Indian Tribe custom chopper by shotgun. As dynamic. The Paul Teutul Sr. and Orange County Choppers, 2009. an expert high-caliber appraiser on artwork on Discovery’s Auction Kings, I use my these motorcycles is no different from background and experience to appraise Michelangelo’s carved marble of David, the detailed cast bronze on a 17th-century many different types of objects. ship’s cannon, the hand-painted flowers In the same way I appraise a signed on a 1890 Edison phonograph, or the Mickey Mantle baseball or a Civil War 1960s furniture highlighted on sword, I appraise motorcycles based on television’s Mad Men. various physical, artistic, and cultural Identifying materials, construction factors. The construction, condition,

background, and design highlight a bike’s monetary value. Some of the motorcycle models on display were decorated with the same elements that you might see on images of Native American horses and riders dating back to the early 1900s. One could see the connections between motorcycle design and fringed animal hides worn by the plains Indians or chrome details on production motorcycles reminiscent of the metalwork found on spurs made by Garcia, a famous metalsmith and spur designer. Also on view were Evel Knievel’s motorcycle that he rode as he attempted to make many of his daredevil jumps and the Captain America bike featured in the 1969 counterculture classic Easy Rider. This Captain America bike was central to the American road movie’s plot. For me, the highlight of “Steel Ponies” was a chopper made by Paul Teutul Sr. of

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Orange County Choppers (OCC), best known for their custom rides and from American Chopper. The OCC bike was a 2009 custom piece made for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. Working with the Saginaw Ziibiwing Center, the bike captured the Native American artistry and symbolism known to the tribe, including fetish symbols of animals like turtles, eagles, fish, and deer. OCC artists working on this custom cycle used braided leather to wrap the large gas tank, a fringed-suede seat cover, and other natural materials. Their choice of materials and design for the custom bike conveyed the free-spirited feeling of the Native Americans and connected horseback riding with the contemporary chopper. On the rigid chopper frame used for the Saginaw Chippewa ride, dramatic artwork served to suggest stitched and tanned animal hides, Indian dream catchers, and eagle feathers. The look of woven imagery was borrowed from traditional Native American objects like

basketry and beaded shaman bags. The painted images of animal forms such as the fish, a symbol of long life, spoke to the prophetic beliefs and other teachings of the Chippewa tribe. The OCC bike, along with others, highlighted the revival of our interest in Native American culture, technical innovations, and sweet rides. Metalwork, design, and technology were all working in tandem on this major museum display of motorcycles. The Eiteljorg’s exhibit was impressive as it highlighted the American experience through the art of the motorcycle. If you are like me, this exhibit will “get your motor runnin’.” Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and awardwinning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on the hit TV show Auction Kings on Discovery channel, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Visit, DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.

Beware of New Medicare Card Scam scammer their checking account number As of May 2012, a new Medicare in order to receive the new card. card scam has been brought to the attention of the In at least two cases, the scammer Pennsylvania Senior Medicare already had the Medicare will never call Patrol (SMP) and beneficiary’s to sell you anything and address, bank the Center for Advocacy for the name, and bank will never ask for your routing number. Rights and checking account Interests of the Remember: Elderly (CARIE). Medicare will number. Residents from never call to sell you anything and all over Pennsylvania have received calls from will never ask for your checking account scammers claiming to be “from number. To report a similar scam or other Medicare fraud, please call the Medicare.” The scammer states that Medicare is sending out new cards and Pennsylvania Senior Medicare Patrol at then instructs the beneficiary to give the (800) 356-3606.

Who Has the Best Bites in Central PA? 50plus Senior News readers have spoken! Here are the Lancaster County dining favorites for 2012! Breakfast: Cracker Barrel Lunch: Panera Bread Dinner: Lily’s on Main Ethnic Cuisine: El Serrano Celebrating: Eden Resort & Suites Bakery: Achenbach’s Pastry Shop Coffeehouse: Starbucks Fast Food: Wendy’s Seafood: Red Lobster Steak: Outback Steakhouse Outdoor Dining: T.J. Rockwell ’s Romantic Setting: Revere Tavern Smorgasbord/Buffet: Shady Maple Smorgasbord Caterer: Hess’s Barbecue Catering Winner of $50 Giant Food Stores Gift Card: Cathy Witmer of Newmanstown Congratulations!

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Silver Threads

Some Finer Points of Baseball W.E. Reinka


atter swings like a rusty gate.” That was me—I didn’t need the other team to remind me that I was what baseball scouts call “good glove/no bat.” But this rusty gate never lost his enthusiasm for the game. Besides marveling at how batters slam a wooden cylinder against a speeding orb, I love the cerebral aspects of baseball. Games turn on strategies that work (or don’t). Here are a few of baseball’s lesserknown fundamentals that might enhance your appreciation for the game.

Wasting a pitch. Rarely do you see a three-pitch called strikeout. When a batter is behind with a no-balls, twostrikes count, he is prepared to swing at almost any pitch that’s not over his head. The pitcher intentionally throws out of the strike zone hoping the batter will “go fishing” and either miss for strike

three or hit a harmless roller. If you want to see the epitome of rage, check out the manager after his pitcher gives up an 0-2 homerun. A hallowed baseball story tells how an old-time manager vowed to fine any pitcher $50 who didn’t waste a pitch. In one game, after the umpire called an 0-2 offering “strike three,” the pitcher came running in from the mound yelling, “That was a ball!” Curve versus slider. The classic curveball breaks vertically from 12 to 6

on the clock. Batters tend to swing over it unless it’s a “hanging curve” that takes too long to break and sits there like an apple on a branch. Sliders break sideways, low and away opposite the pitcher’s arm. Therefore, a right-handed slider breaks into a left-handed batter or away from a right-handed batter. Breaking balls are thrown with a twisting wrist that makes them slower than fastballs, so a breaking ball that doesn’t break is easy pickings for the batter.

Fair versus foul. All four bases are in fair territory. Home plate has the Vshaped base because it nestles in the confluence of the right and left foul lines. Balls that hit the “foul line” are fair. Balls that hit the “foul pole” or its extension screen are homeruns. A runner on third takes his lead in foul territory lest he get called out for interference by getting hit by a fair ball. Considerate umpires on the first and third base lines position themselves in foul territory because they are “in play” and when hit by a fair ball might affect the outcome of the play. Alas, left-handers. In the Big Leagues, left-handed throwers play only five of the nine defensive positions: three outfielders, first base, and pitcher. That’s not a rule. It’s due to the counterclockwise nature of the game.

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You’ll understand immediately if you pretend you’re a second baseman fielding a grounder and throwing to first—see how you must make an extra turn if you throw left-handed? All those runners who are thrown out by a step would be safe against left-handed infielders. Conversely, a left-handed first baseman is in a better position to throw to second and doesn’t have to sweep the glove across his body to tag the diving runner on a pick-off play. The theory against left-handed catchers is that they’re out of position on steal attempts to third and that, with most batters being right-handed, they must maneuver throws around batters on steal attempts to second. A few baseball theorists even prefer right-handed leftfielders on the theory that, on throws to the plate, their tosses tend to bounce to the right (into the

waiting catcher) rather than away from the play. Outfield arms. The pariah right fielder of Little League transforms into a respected player in the Bigs. Teams put rifle arms in right and weak arms in left because the throw from right field to third base is a full 90 feet longer than the throw to third from left. 3-foot line. That mysterious line that extends to the right and parallel to the foul line in the last half of the distance from home to first base is the 3-foot line. A runner who strays to the left of the foul line or to the right of the 3-foot line may be called out if he interferes with the fielder taking the throw at first. The runner is allowed to run outside of the channel to avoid interfering with a fielder making a play.

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Reba and Richard Miller are given a ride with bike owner Colin Gockley.

Bikers Provide Rides for Residents The rumbles of a dozen HarleyDavidsons were heard on the campus of Landis Homes recently when a motorcycle ministry called Triple Tree Ministries of Lancaster visited the retirement community for a day of fun. The bikers, clad in leather and denim, were there to exhibit their

motorcycles and to provide rides around the campus for some of the willing residents. The bikers spent more than three hours giving rides to residents around the campus. For some, it was reliving their past; for others, this was their first time ever on a motorcycle.

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Early on in the performance lineup for the seventh annual PA STATE SENIOR IDOL finals competition, a recurring theme became audible: power. Out of the seven years of finals-night performances, 2012’s roster included more than a dozen musical dynamos whose notes could likely hit the ceiling even without the sonic aid of a microphone or the buoyancy of dinner-theater acoustics. Produced by On-Line Publishers, hosted by the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre in Lancaster, and emceed by Diane Dayton of Dayton Communications, the 15 semifinalists for the evening’s show were culled from nearly 100 contestants who auditioned at regional tryouts in late April and early May. Both the sold-out crowd and the panel of local celebrity judges—RJ Harris of WHP580, Adrian “Buddy” King of the former Magnificent Men, Valerie Pritchett of abc27, and Janelle Stelson of WGAL-8— were treated to almost three hours of impressive musical talent, lively laughter, and powerhouse performances. And Deb Olsen of Manheim got the night started with a bang—many of them, in fact. The only drummer ever to make the SENIOR IDOL semifinalist cut, Olsen set what was to become the powerful tone for the evening as she thundered through The Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing.” “People don’t know how to judge drummers,” noted King. “Basically it’s a matter of what you feel, and it felt really good.” Second in line was Margie Sheaffer of New Providence, who tipped her fedora and added a few wellplaced pouts while performing “Makin’ Whoopee” by Eddie Cantor. “It’s always important to choose the right song here, and I think you made a good choice,” said King. “You communicate the song very well.” “We’re off to a great start here; we’re going to have a tough time [judging],” Harris predicted. Third to the stage was Vickie Kissinger of Gap, whose

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voice ran the gamut from gentle to formidable during Etta James’ “At Last.” “It’s one thing to have a good voice; it’s another to know how to use it. Your dynamics are sensational,” declared King. “You know how to build it, you knew how to maintain it.” Though Kissinger was an admittedly tough act to follow, York’s Tom LaNasa did so with confidence and finesse for Dean Martin’s “Bumming Around.” LaNasa’s plaid sport coat and straw hat were appropriately “bum chic,” his ensemble punctuated by a red handkerchief sack tied to a stick. “You can tell you’re a performer,” said Harris. “You had a lot of fun up there and I think that was the best part of your performance.” Both power and control were evident in Lynn Henderson Payne of New Freedom, who soared through “Someone to Watch Over Me” by George Gershwin. “The control in your voice is phenomenal, and hanging on those notes—spectacular,” Pritchett enthused. “That takes a lot of breath control.” Pritchett also praised Lancaster’s Larry Gessler for his vocal quality after his rendition of “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” by Mel Torme. “It was a very tender approach, and a very difficult song for intonation purposes,” King agreed. Jeff Mumma of York Haven brought forth another kind of power—patriotic power—for “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagles Fly” by Aaron Tippin. And once he conquered his nerves after the first few lines, his vocal power was apparent as well. “Once we got to your voice, we know why you got here,” said Harris. “You have a great, smooth voice and a passion for country music in particular … you can tell it’s not a karaoke thing you did here. You really are good.” Reading’s Mark Ettaro earned high marks for his Sinatra-esque tones during “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” but it was also his comedic power that had the judges and audience applauding. Ettaro frequently namedropped Stelson into the song’s lyrics and, during the song’s instrumental interlude, he introduced the four


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invisible members of his onstage “band”: the evening’s judges. “You have a really good voice, all joking aside,” Stelson said. “And of course I’m susceptible to hearing my name in a love song, but it was such a pleasure; it was really smoothie-smooth.” Power came back onstage in the guise of Cheri Coleman Campbell of Coatesville, belting out the gospel song “My Tribute” by Andrae Crouch. The judges and the audience were moved by not only her vocal power, but also her spiritual power—as Campbell focused her eyes and voice on a higher power. “You are one of these people who is just lit from within,” Stelson said. “And I think that’s where your music is born, too. And I don’t know what you’ve been through in your life, but you’re obviously praising for something, and I think you’re giving as good as you’re getting.” Harrisburg resident Nick Ferraro had a commanding stage presence coupled with a robust voice—even during the high falsetto notes of Jay & the Americans’ “Cara Mia Mine.” “That’s a tough song to sing, and a lot of nerve it takes hitting those falsetto notes,” said King. “I know what it’s like because I used to sing a lot of falsetto, and man, you can’t fake those.” Victoria Newcomer of Mount Joy rocked through KT Tunstall’s “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree.” Once again, the judges noted the power behind the performance. “I love that song, and you came out here and you crushed it!” exclaimed Harris. Stelson then observed that power can come in the seemingly straight-laced visage of a suit and tie after Philadelphia’s Dan Kelly used his theater chops to roar through “Mack the Knife” by Bobby Darin. “I liked the way you used the stage, and I really liked your energy in your singing,” Pritchett said. Next, Don “Duke” Larson showed that a powerful stage presence isn’t dampened by age—in fact, it can enhance it. At age 76, Larson’s voice soared confidently through “That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra, his fine suit and fedora completing the effect. “You are impeccably tailored; everything was perfect,” said Stelson. “You look the part. That was a

great story to tell, and you know what? You kind of have to be in your 70s to tell it.” Constance Kuba Fisher of Mechanicsburg worked the stage performing Jo Dee Messina’s kiss-off anthem, “Bye Bye.” Her love of performance and her plentiful stage experience helped carry her through the feisty tune. “You have a lot of soul and a lot of heart,” Harris observed. The evening’s last semifinalist to take the stage, Frank Fedele of Williamsport crooned “Walk Away” by Matt Monro, a performance Stelson called “very natural and very comfortable.” “I like the smoothness of your voice, and I also like the flow. It’s so rhythmic,” complimented Pritchett. After a brief intermission during which the four judges’ scores were tallied, all 15 semifinalists lined up on the stage … and Deb Olsen, Cheri Coleman Campbell, and Vickie Kissinger were named the night’s three finalists. For their second selections, Olsen drummed “Dance to the Music” by Sly and the Family Stone; Campbell performed “The Lord’s Prayer”; and Kissinger sang “My Heart Will Go On” from the movie Titanic. The judges as well as the audience then voted for their favorite, and after a brief intermission, Kissinger was named the 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL. This time, it was the audience’s turn to exude some power as the theater exploded in applause. “I can see you have some training,” King said to Kissinger, “but even all the training in the world doesn’t make all that big a difference. It’s knowing how to sing—and honey, you know how to sing.” As the winner, Kissinger will receive a limousine trip for two to New York City for dinner and a Broadway show. Kissinger later said she was “floored” by her win, even as she stepped forward to sing “At Last” one more time. “Now I know how some of these people must feel on American Idol,” she laughed. “You’re enjoying the moment, but you’re not quite sure you’re really in it. It was exhilarating, actually. It really was.” For more information and highlights from the 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL finals competition, visit

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Preventive Measures

Why Do We Dislike Water? Wendell Fowler hen wild animals, cavemen, Druids, Celts, kings, and princesses took a drink from their wells, your glass of water was part of those wells. Life-sustaining water has been here since the creation of Earth. Humans would not exist today if not for water. Greek philosopher Empedocles held that water is one of the four elements, along with earth, wind, and fire. Water is essential to your survival, as one cannot survive more than three days without it. We lose 2 to 3 liters of water per day under normal conditions but more in hot, dry, or cold weather. Got an energy shortage? That’s the first sign your blood, tissues, and organs aren’t getting adequate water, and your liver and brain are the least tolerant of dehydration. Blood is mostly water, not Mountain Dew, and your muscles, lungs, and brain


all contain a lot of water. Your temple needs water to control body temperature and to provide a means for nutrients that nourish your organs. Water transports oxygen to your cells, helps you think clearly, removes waste, and protects your joints and organs. A headache or a strong odor to your urine, along with a yellow or amber color, indicate you’re not getting enough pure water. Water is necessary for your Earth suit to digest and absorb nutrients and, in addition, it detoxifies the liver and kidneys, flushing noxious waste from the temple.

Slake your morning thirst with good ol’ plain water. First thing in the a.m., I gulp an 8-ounce glass of filtered water. You just woke up from an eight-hour nap and fast, so after rehydrating with water, blend a fresh fruit smoothie to replenish your glucose levels. Sugary, caffeinated froufrou drinks and nasty juice boxes are not rehydrating. But you already knew they deplete your blessing of health. Caffeine has some virtues, so don’t throw the coffee grounds out with the dishwater; just ditch the sugar and whipping cream.

Unfortunately, man treats the largest, most unexplored ecosystem, the ocean, as his personal dumping ground. Thoreau would freak out. Rope swinging from a tree as a giggling youngster and then plunging into a sun-dappled, tree-lined pond is but a memory of the past. Yep, we are seeing the future in our lifetime. Back in the ’60s, The Beach Boys warned us in song that lakes, ponds, creeks, rivers, estuaries, bays, and entire coastlines have all gone bad. From the earth or from the sky, miraculous water cleanses and purifies our holy temples as well as our mutual earth. Chef Wendell is an inspirational food literacy speaker and author of Earth Suit Maintenance Manual. To order a signed copy of his food essays and tasty recipes, contact him at or

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blindness, ADD, ADHD, Aspberger’s disorder, pervasive developmental disorder, and mental retardation. “Over the past 15 years I have learned more from the students than I think they learned from me,” Kissinger said. “Most music teachers won’t teach special-needs students. They are afraid to because they don’t know how.” It was for this reason that Kissinger was a featured clinician at Penn State at the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association Conference in 2005, where she

The three finalists react as Vickie Kissinger is named 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL. From left, Deb Olsen, Kissinger, and Cheri Coleman Campbell.

lectured on “The Fear of Teaching Special-Needs Students.” But the teacher is still a student, too. Although her vocal training didn’t start in earnest until she studied for her college degree, Kissinger, now a classically trained mezzo-soprano, has been a student of renowned master voice teacher Dr. Thomas Houser for the last nine years. “You have to stay on top of your art; you have to stay on top of your vocal technique,” she explained. “You have to keep your instrument in good shape.” As for her personal taste in music, Kissinger said she enjoys all types and has performed everything from Patsy Cline country songs to arias and oratorios like Handel’s Messiah. For listening, she likes Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston.

“I like the big voices, the people I see really sing with their soul,” she said. “I like listening to the powerhouses. “What I really like to sing is what you heard last night [at Idol],” she added. “That’s where I feel my heart and soul.” The judges and audience at the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL finals competition would likely group Kissinger herself in with the powerhouse performers. Her rendition of Etta James’s “At Last” prompted Adrian “Buddy” King of The Magnificent Men, a seven-year SENIOR IDOL judge, to call Kissinger “one of the best [he’s] heard on this stage.” It had been the prompting of friends and family that finally got Kissinger to try out for the talent competition, now in its seventh year. Backstage during finals night, Kissinger enjoyed the quick camaraderie that developed amongst the 15 semifinalists. After she was named one of the evening’s three finalists, Kissinger performed “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic for her second song. “It’s a very powerful song,” Kissinger said. “And many people can relate to it, and that’s what you want for your audience: You want your audience to feel what you feel.” And what she was feeling that night, after her win was announced, was exhilaration. “I was shocked, and it was a surreal experience, it really was. I let out a holler,” she recalled, laughing. “It was one of those kinds of moments.” Looking ahead at her upcoming year as the reigning PA STATE SENIOR IDOL, Kissinger is eager to perform, hoping many singing engagements come her way as a result of her win. But even as she begins to look forward, she still glances back at the rough road she has traveled and is grateful for the place in which she now finds herself—or, as those who know her would likely say, the place in which she has put herself. “Obviously, I do have my grandparents to thank, and my family, my daughter, and my friends have just been the ultimate support system for me. They have been just wonderful,” Kissinger said. “I really do praise God for the blessings and thank him for the gift he’s given me. I really do, because that’s where it comes from. I don’t take the credit; I just get the guidance from my teachers—and I practice.”

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married, Kissinger took a hiatus from her musical pursuits for a few years to concentrate on her family, but a series of church positions soon had her back in the organist fold. Her love of vocal performance still lingered as well, so much so that Kissinger quit her job at a car dealership, went out and bought herself musical equipment, and started a “very busy” schedule of playing “all over the place” at local gigs such as restaurants, banquets, and clubs. “Performers will tell you this: You get out on stage and you kind of get the bug, and you love it,” Kissinger said. “Then you go back the next time, and you get nervous and say, ‘What was I thinking?’ You do know why you’re doing this—because you love it.” At the time, Kissinger even flew to Nashville and auditioned for a cable talent-search show. But four weeks later, the show was suddenly canceled. “It’s my way to express who I am,” she said of performing. “I get to express me.” It was in 1991 that Kissinger’s life screeched to a halt when her husband was killed in an auto accident. In the aftermath, Kissinger stayed home to focus on raising her daughter. “My life changed drastically. I didn’t sing for two years,” she said. It took another six years before Kissinger grabbed tenuous hold of those proverbial bootstraps by enrolling at Millersville University in pursuit of a degree in music education. “When you go to school at 41, it’s a little tough having a teenager at home too,” she laughed. “I thought I wanted to be a teacher, but I didn’t care to be in a classroom so much, so I opened my private studio.” Kissinger teaches piano and voice as well as beginner strings to a wide range of students: her youngest is a first-grader and her oldest is in his 70s. Her private studio also includes a concentration on special-needs students, a specialization that grew after Kissinger received two phone calls from parents of blind and autistic children. “How sad, I thought, that they wanted to learn music and no one to teach them,” she said. Kissinger then took workshops on autism and read everything she could about learning disabilities. She now uses a rote approach, where these students learn by ear, and has taught voice and piano to students with

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The Beauty in Nature

The Start and End of July Clyde McMillan-Gamber


uly in southeastern Pennsylvania comes in with bird songs by day, as days have since the beginning of May, and firefly flashings at dusk. And July goes out with few birds singing and dwindling firefly numbers. But it also ends with bird migrations, the pulsing whines of annual cicadas in trees during the day and into evening, and the noisy fiddling of innumerable tree crickets and katydids at twilight and into the night. Sunset and dusk are magical through July. It is a time to experience the warmth of long, sunlit evenings and the intrigues of nature. The most enchanting bird choruses heard during early summer are at dusk in woods and older suburbs. Then, gray catbirds seem to sing quietly to themselves, wood thrushes and veeries

raise their flutebreeding like voices in territories and ethereal collect on the choruses, and mud flats of eastern wood streams, pewees softly ponds, and and repeatedly flooded fields whistle “pee-ato eat wee” in the invertebrates. gathering In July, the darkness. genders of a Southbound variety of bird migrations abundant begin in July. insects signal Gray catbird Local barn each other to swallows, tree unite for swallows, and purple martins gather into mating. Soon after sunset, millions of flocks to drift south for the winter, male fireflies rise from the grass of feeding on flying insects as they go. And woods, lawns, and meadows. They thousands of shorebirds of various kinds repeatedly flash their cold, abdominal begin returning from their Arctic tundra lights to attract the attentions of females

that glow back. To us their twinkling is a beautiful, silent symphony of tiny lights. At night, annual cicada grubs creep from the ground in suburbs and climb trees. Partway up, their exoskeletons split and winged cicadas crawl out. By morning they can fly. Males have plates under their abdomens that produce buzzing, pulsing whines when vibrated. Late in July, male tree crickets of various kinds and katydids rub their wings together to make trills or chants. The fiddling of these grasshopper relatives fills the woods and suburbs from dusk to midnight every night through August and September. July is an intriguing time, particularly at dusk. Enjoy the charms of that month. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

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Lancaster County

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

Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 July 3, 9 a.m. – Fourth of July Celebration July 5, 6 p.m. – Cocalico Jam Night at Reamstown July 11, 9:30 a.m. – Card Club

July 21, 10 to 11 a.m. – Pennsylvania’s Hibernators July 21, 1 to 2 p.m. – Under the New-Fallen Snow July 28, 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. – Native American Olympics

Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 July 6, 11 a.m. – Summer Nutrition Program July 17, 9 a.m. – Trip to Root’s Market July 24, 10:15 a.m. – Manicures

Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 July 9, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Scrabble Casual Club July 11, 6:30 p.m. – Great Decisions Discussion Group July 17, noon – Reel Talk for Everyone: Raging Bull

Elizabethtown Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 July 3, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Frankie Widder July 10, 10:30 a.m. – Program on Long-Term Care Insurance July 19, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Harmonica Jack

Support Groups

Lancaster House North – (717) 299-1278 Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle

July 3, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parents/Grandparents with Special Cares Support Group Garden Spot Village Village Square Board Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6010 July 9, 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076

Free and open to the public July 19, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 July 23, 2 to 3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Village Square Board Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259

Community Programs July 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pennsylvania Music Expo Continental Inn 2285 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster (717) 898-1246 July 9 to Aug. 17, 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays Free Aquatic Exercise Classes SECA Pool Community Park, Quarryville (717) 299-7979


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July 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Lancaster General Hospital Stager Room 5 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

Free and open to the public July 10 to Aug. 16, 11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays Free Aquatic Exercise Classes Mount Joy Lions Club Pool 100 Fairview St., Mount Joy (717) 299-7979 July 20, 6 to 9 p.m. Music Fridays 200 and 300 Blocks of North Queen Street 24 W. Walnut St., Lancaster (717) 341-0028 July 23 to Aug. 22, 10:45 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Free Aquatic Exercise Classes East Petersburg Pool 2575 Graystone Road, East Petersburg (717) 299-7979

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July 26 The Social Butterflies: 50+ Singles and Couples Dutch-Way Restaurant 365 Route 41, Gap Meeting time and reservations at (484) 667-0738 July 28, noon to 5 p.m. Car Show Benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association Country Meadows of Lancaster 1380 Elm Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4100

Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center (717) 299-3943 July 6, 10:30 a.m. – Learning Spanish July 12, 10:30 a.m. – “Celebrate America” Program July 18 – Trip to Mini Horse Farm/Country Store Lancaster Rec. Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Fridays, 12:30 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Bridge Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 July 11, 8:30 a.m. – Hot Breakfast July 19, 10:30 a.m. – Music and Dancing July 26, 9:15 a.m. – Exercise and Stretching LRC Senior Center – (717) 399-7671 July 9, 9 a.m. – Beach Party Picnic at Conestoga Pines Park Pool July 18, 9 a.m. – Pinochle Day July 24, 9 a.m. – “Managing Diabetes” Program Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. – Shopping at the SACA Market July 3, 9:30 a.m. – Zumba Gold Demonstration July 20, 9:30 a.m. – Dominoes Tournament Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 July 6, 10 a.m. – Wii Games July 27, 10 a.m. – Penn State Nutrition Program July 30, 10 a.m. – Music by Glenn’s One-Man Band Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – Swimming at SECA Pool July 9, 10:30 a.m. – History of Lancaster County July 24, 10:30 a.m. – Parents Day: Memories & Pictures Rodney Park Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle and Bingo

The Search for Our Ancestry

The 1940 Census Angelo Coniglio he United States Census has been taken every 10 years since 1790. It is used by the federal government for a variety of reasons, the primary one being to establish Congressional districts according to population. For protection of privacy, the census is not made public until 72 years after it is taken. Thus, this is the first U.S. census in which my name appears, as well as the names of many 50plus Senior News readers. Publication of the 1940 U.S. census has been a highly anticipated event by genealogists. It has also sparked an awareness in those who may not be that interested in the history of ancestors they never knew—because they can now find information they may not have known about their parents or even themselves. The 1940 census was the first taken after the start of Social Security, the first

after the Great Depression, and the last before the nation’s entry into World War II. It holds many nuggets of information about the “Greatest Generation.” Many of the questions on the 1940 census are the standard ones: name, age, gender, race, education, and place of birth. But the 1940 census also asked many new questions. The instructions directed the enumerator to enter an X after the name of the person furnishing the information about the family; whether the person worked for the CCC, WPA, or NYA the week of March 24-30, 1940; and income for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 1939. The 1940 census also has a supplemental schedule for two names on each page. The supplemental schedule asks the place of birth of the person’s father and mother; the person’s usual


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Salute to a Veteran

The Japanese Plane Dropped a 500-Pound Bomb that Landed 10 Yards from Him Robert D. Wilcox


ohn W. Berglund saw plenty of action in the Marine Corps before the A-bombs, mercifully, ended WWII in the Pacific. But he all but missed the whole thing. When Pearl Harbor was attacked, he wanted to enlist in the Navy, even though his father tried his best to get him to finish his senior year at Rutgers University. But his vision was bad enough to cause the Navy to decide that they could fight the war without him. Learning from that, he adopted another tactic as he next tried the Marine Corps. He simply memorized the eye chart … and passed with flying colors. Because of his years of college, he was sent to Officer’s Candidate School at Quantico, Va., where he earned his commission. He then shipped to Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines. He soon was on

his way to New Zealand, He explains that, aboard a Liberty ship that unbelievably, they trained by he says “made maybe 10 firing on themselves. knots when they pushed “We spent a day in the it.” jungle, digging splinter-proof With a deckload of oil shelters. We then crawled in and gasoline, and with and called in fire from our 75500 tons of high explosive millimeter pack howitzers, one in the hold, they were round at a time, until we heard lucky to avoid attack fragments crashing into our during the 22 days it shelter.” took them to reach New They then shipped to Captain John W. Zealand. Bougainville, where they were Berglund in 1945, newly After five months strafed as they landed. back from the Pacific. there, they were sent up “Our antiaircraft were using to Guadalcanal, which had been declared proximity fuses that would go off when secured—the fighting over. 15 yards from any target,” he says. “That “Unfortunately,” he notes, “nobody permitted me to once see five Japanese had told the Japanese Air Force. They planes in flames at the same time.” used to bomb us every night, although It was also in Bougainville that the our biggest problem was the shrapnel Japanese plane dropped the 500-pound from our own antiaircraft that fell all bomb that landed 10 yards from where around us.” he was.

“Yeah, it narrowly missed me,” he says, “and dug a hole that was 26 feet in diameter and 10 feet deep. As the round came in, I could hear the click of the fuse arming. Scared? I was so shook up that it took me half an hour before I could light a cigarette. “I was then loaned to the 3rd New Zealand division, where my job was to supply them with naval gunfire to allow them to get their artillery ashore on Green Island. That was to take a few hours but wound up taking five days. “One of those days, I was working with a Navy lieutenant, trying to dig a foxhole into the coral. In two hours, we made it 9 inches deep. He was a bitter man. He had enlisted in the Navy, where he would sleep between sheets and enjoy a hot shower. And now here he was with the Marines in the mud. “The New Zealanders were trying to flush out the last of the Japanese troops

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on the island. A day after I left, I learned that they had found about 80 of them and in 40 minutes of fighting had wiped them out, while losing only four of their own men. Typically, the Japanese had fought to the last man.” When Berglund left Green Island, he found that he had been chosen by lottery to go back to the States to form a new division. When he got there, though, he was sent to Fort Sill to take a course in sound and flash ranging before being returned to the Pacific, to the Corps Artillery of the 5th Amphibious Corps on Hawaii, the big island. He was reunited there with a buddy named Rick Ostrom, who had been in class with him at Fort Sill and was a privileged member of the Walker family, one of the five families who had originally owned all of the Hawaiian Islands. When Ostrom called Mrs. Walker to tell her he was there, he and Berglund were promptly invited to come out to her palatial home in the beautiful Nuuanu Valley, to find that, because of the war, they were reduced to having only five servants. “Some sacrifice,” notes Berglund drily. On another occasion, they were

having cocktails with the Walkers when some guests arrived. They turned out to be Admiral Nimitz and an Admiral Lockwood. Berglund says, “You never saw two lieutenants get sobered up so fast in your life. After dinner, we played nickel-anddime poker with the admirals, and I won the last hand from Admiral Nimitz. Mrs. Walker asked that we not tell anyone about that, and I couldn’t help wondering, ‘Who’s going to believe us?’” Then it was to Iwo Jima, where he landed on D-Day plus two and saw our flag flying from Mount Suribachi. His unit coordinated all the fire of 14 battalions of artillery. He was on orders to be in on the invasion of Japan, when we dropped the A-bombs, and the war was over. After he was discharged in 1969, he entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary. After being ordained, he served the Grace Lutheran Church in Philadelphia and came to a retired living community in Elizabethtown, Pa., in 1987 to enjoy his retirement. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in WWII.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Deadline Extended The deadline to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for older adults and residents with disabilities has been extended from June 30 to Dec. 31. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. As of May 31, the Revenue Department had received 529,023 rebate applications.

As specified by law, rebate distribution began on July 1. After June 30, rebates were distributed as claims were received and processed. Applicants may obtain Property Tax/Rent Rebate claim forms (PA1000) and related information online at or by calling, toll-free, (888) 222-9190. Forms and assistance also are available at Department of Revenue district offices (listed in the government section of phone directories), local Area Agencies on Aging, senior centers, and state legislators’ offices. Claimants who already applied for Property Tax/Rent Rebates may check the status of claims online at or by calling, toll-free, (888) PA-TAXES.

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My 22 Cents’ Worth

Is the Only-Child Trend Desirable? Walt Sonneville hile the number of families in the United States continued to grow in the period from 2000 through 2008, the share of families with no children increased from 52 to 54 percent. Among families with children, the percentage of those having only one child increased sharply from 41.4 percent in 2000 to 47.8 percent in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau found that between 1976 and 2004, the percentage of women aged 40 to 44 with only one child almost doubled to 20 percent. Should these trends be worrisome? Does it suggest tomorrow’s seniors will be given less personal care by their sole offspring? Might it suggest that the only-child trend will lead to a nation of more adults who had been pampered by permissive parents?


If an only child marries an only child, their children have no cousins. Without siblings and an extended family, how does an only child develop rivalry skills and interpersonal peer relationships prior to school years? There are many examples of celebrities without siblings who rose above the tumultuous circumstances of childhood. Rudolph Giuliani’s father

served time in Sing Sing prison and, after his release, became an enforcer for his brotherin-law’s crime gang. Alan Greenspan’s parents had a troubled marriage, divorcing when he was 5 years old. The father became estranged from the son and ex-wife. Cary Grant’s parents quarreled often, causing the son to seek escape in Saturday afternoon movies. His mother

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was committed to a mental institution when the boy was 10 years of age. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was cared for by a governess and tutored at home until he was 14 years old, then sent off to a boarding school. These are examples from past generations. What can be expected from the adults of the Me Generation (the 1970s) and the Y Generation (19822002)? One writer characterized the Me Generation as having an apparent empathy deficit. In 2008 the TV show 60 Minutes had a program on the Y Generation describing them as “cynical, unaccustomed to hard work, and having fragile egos because their childhoods were filled with trophies and adulation, unprepared for the cold realities of work.” Is there a cause-effect relationship between the only-child trend and the


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— Volunteer Opportunities — Lancaster County Office of Aging offers several volunteer opportunities for people who are homebound. Most of those tasks involve phoning consumers of the agency. The phone calls may be of a social nature, for the purpose of gathering information, or to check on the safety of consumers. Phone Pal volunteers are assigned to call an agency consumer several times a week for the purpose of increasing the older person’s socialization opportunities. Those phone calls can brighten the day of a homebound person. Volunteers may also make calls to ask consumers about the services they’re receiving through the agency.Volunteers are provided with a survey form, and the gathered information is returned by mail at no cost to the volunteer. TAP (telephone assurance program) callers are assigned to call a consumer at the same time every day to check on the person’s well-being. If the consumer doesn’t answer the phone, there is a procedure to follow to ensure his/her safety.You determine how many and which days of the week you’re available for calling. If you are homebound and want to volunteer in a significant way by phoning, contact Bev Via at (717) 299-7979 or by emailing for more information.

narcissistic sense of entitlement attributed to the “Me” and “Y” generations? We know an only child can be hardworking and empathetic, but if substantial numbers of them are not so oriented, they can stigmatize their entire generation and stunt a nation’s progress. Our nation seems to be confronted with conflicting values. While overpopulation is a concern, having only one child may create its own undesirable effects. There are several reasons why the one-child trend has emerged. Economic uncertainty, divorce, and the high costs of childrearing are among them. The percentage of U.S. children raised by one parent (25.8 percent) is higher


than any of the 26 other industrialized nations. Their average was 14.9 percent, according to a study by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. One clear advantage of having an only child is that it avoids the problems associated with primogeniture—that is, the age-old practice of giving the bulk of one’s estate to the eldest son. Walt Sonneville, a retired market-research analyst, is the author of My 22 Cents’ Worth: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen, a book of personal-opinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. A Musing Moment: Meditative Essays on Life and Learning, was released in January 2012. Contact him at

Fresh Berry Tart By Pat Sinclair Any combination of fresh berries, the more colorful the better, makes this tart irresistible. Local strawberries have an old-fashioned, sweet strawberry flavor and heavenly aroma that is often missing in supermarket berries. I usually double the crust recipe and make four tart crusts and then freeze the second two for later.

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occupation, not just what they were doing the week of March 24-30, 1940; and for all women who are or have been married, if this woman has been married more than once and age at first marriage. The 1940 census is available online at several sites, including the free National Archives (NARA) ( research/census/1940); the free LDS site (; and the subscription site The demand for the NARA site has been so great that the 1940 census has been unavailable at the site while it was being reposted. It may be available by press time. Currently, all three sites are working feverishly to “index” the 1940 census: that is, to digitize the information so that users may search those databases by using the name of the person they are researching. Before that work is completed, the records must be “browsed,” or reviewed, page by page. That is not as daunting as it sounds, since federal censuses are recorded in a very organized manner, by state, county, town, and census “enumeration district” (ED). “Fine,” you may say, “but how do I know what enumeration district my parents lived in when I was born?” The task is made easier by that great friend of genealogical researchers, Stephen Morse. He has created a page ( that will help you find any enumeration district, if you have at least some idea of the address you’re researching. For researchers who have knowledge of the enumeration district of their ancestors in the 1930 census, it can be entered, and the 1940 ED will be returned. Otherwise, it allows you to

enter a state, county, city or town, and then house number and street. This may result in several enumeration districts, but the search can be narrowed if you enter the “bounding streets”; that is, the streets that define the city block for the searched-for address. If you’re not sure of the bounding streets, use a service such as Mapquest or Google Earth to find the street address, and then make a note of the streets that define the surrounding city block. Then enter them on the Stephen Morse site. An enumeration district number will be shown as a “live” link. Click on that link, and you will see links for five sites at which the records can be viewed, including the three mentioned above. The resulting ED may have 20 to 30 census pages that must be browsed until you find what you’re looking for—not really that boring a task, as you’re likely to awaken fond memories when you see the names of nearby families, including those of neighborhood kids you knew as a child. Readers:: I’m excited to announce that my first published book, The Lady of the Wheel (La Ruotaia), is now available. It’s historical fiction based on my genealogical research of Sicilian foundlings. See my page about it at Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard Drive, Amherst, NY 14226; by email at; or by visiting Tips.htm. His new historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Wheel, is available through

Makes 2 tarts 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons organic butter Pinch of salt 2 to 3 tablespoons organic sour cream 2 ounces organic cream cheese, softened 4 teaspoons sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup organic whipping cream 1 cup sliced fresh organic strawberries Heat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the flour, butter, and salt in the bowl of a mini-processor and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the sour cream and process until the mixture comes together, about 10 seconds. Divide the dough in half. Press one half into the bottom of a 3/4-inch tart pan and repeat. Pierce the bottom of the crust generously with a fork. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. Cool to room temperature on a wire rack before filling. Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a small mixer bowl until light and creamy. Gradually beat in the whipping cream and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spread about 1/4 cup filling in the bottom of each tart. Cover with fresh berries. Chill until serving.

Cook’s Note: You can also make the crust without a food processor. Mix the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender until coarse crumbs form. Add the sour cream and stir until dough is uniform. Knead the dough gently to mix in the sour cream. Continue as directed in the recipe. Copyright by Pat Sinclair. Pat Sinclair announces the publication of her second cookbook, Scandinavian Classic Baking (Pelican Publishing), in February 2011. This book has a color photo of every recipe. Her first cookbook, Baking Basics and Beyond (Surrey Books), won the 2007 Cordon d’Or from the Culinary Arts Academy. Contact her at

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