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Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about the new Medicare cards? I’ve heard there are a lot of scams associated with these new cards, and I want to make sure I protect myself. – Leery Senior Dear Leery, The government has begun sending out brand new Medicare cards to 59 million Medicare beneficiaries. Here’s what you should know about your new card, along with some tips to help you guard against potential scams. New Medicare Cards In April, Medicare began removing Social Security numbers from their new Medicare cards and mailing them out to everyone who gets Medicare benefits. This change helps protect your identity and reduces medical and financial fraud. The new cards will have a randomly generated 11-character Medicare number. This will happen automatically. You don’t need to do anything or pay anyone to get your new card. Medicare will mail your card, at no cost, to the address you have on file with the Social Security Administration. If you need to update your official mailing address, visit your online Social Security account at or call (800) 772-1213. When you get your new card, your Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. The cards will be mailed in waves, to various parts of the country over a 12month period ending April 2019. Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska, California, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia were the first to receive the mailings, between April and June. The last wave of states will be Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee, along with Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. When you get your new Medicare card, don’t throw your old one in the trash. Instead, put it through a shredder or cut it up with a pair of scissors and make sure the part showing your Social Security number is destroyed. If you have a separate Medicare Advantage card, keep it because you’ll still need it for treatment. Watch Out for Scams As the new Medicare cards are being mailed, be on the lookout for Medicare scams. Here are some tips: • Don’t pay for your new card. It’s yours for free. If anyone calls and says you need to pay for it, that’s a scam. • Don’t give personal information to get your card. If someone calls claiming to be from Medicare, asking for your Social Security number or bank information, that’s a scam. Hang up. Medicare will never ask you to give personal information to get your new number and card. • Guard your card. When you get your new card, safeguard it like you would

any other health insurance or credit card. While removing the Social Security number cuts down on many types of identity theft, you’ll still want to protect your new card because identity thieves could use it to get medical services. For more information about changes to your Medicare card, call (800) MEDICARE or visit And if you suspect fraud, report it to the FTC (www.; AARP’s fraud helpline, (877) 908-3360; or Pennsylvania’s Senior Medicare Patrol program at (800) 356-3606 or 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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By Lori Van Ingen Like many retirees, when Margaret Sidlick left the workforce in fall 2015, she decided she wanted to volunteer. A friend recommended she look for a small, local organization, as they would be grateful for whatever assistance she could give to fulfill their needs. The following spring, Sidlick saw an advertisement asking for volunteer help at Historic Sugartown, a historic 19th-century village in the Malvern area. Sidlick had already taken a couple of bookbinding workshops there, so she went to the prospective-volunteer open house. She took a tour of village and eagerly signed up as a volunteer educator for grade-school tours. According to its website, Sugartown “offers a window into American life in an early 19th-century rural crossroads village.” First known as Shugart’s Town, after tavern keeper Eli Shugart, it became a “vital stop” for the local farming communities as people hauled their goods to markets in Philadelphia and other areas in the region. The Historic Sugartown campus covers 9 acres with several restored buildings. An 1805 fieldstone Quaker farmhouse was up for demolition, Sidlick

Photo credit: Crissy Everhart Photography

Front row, from left, Historic Sugartown’s circa1805 saddle shop and home; the general store; the 1889 addition; and the 1860 Sharpless & Abigail Worrall House. Behind, the circa-1883 barn ruin and the carriage museum.

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The circa-1805 William Garrett House, a fieldstone Quaker farmhouse.

Inside Historic Sugartown’s general store, constructed around 1805 and first used as a store in 1822.

Brass fillets, used to apply gold decoration to the cover or spine of a book, in Sugartown’s book bindery.

said, so it was purchased by Historic Sugartown and restored. It is now referred to as the William Garrett House, for its first owner. Other buildings at Historic Sugartown include a Pennsylvania bank barn, a circa1880s general store, a book bindery, and a schoolroom exhibit. Historic Sugartown also repurposed a local fire company’s auxiliary station on its grounds to become the carriage museum, a partnership with the county’s historical society. Seventeen of the historical society’s carriages, sleighs, and other vehicles are now on display in the building. Sugartown’s volunteer educators are given a page on each of the buildings to memorize, and then they improvise their tours with what they have learned, Sidlick said. Unlike some historic villages, however, the educator does not dress up in period clothing. As part of her tours, Sidlick demonstrates some of the hearth fireplace’s cooking tools, and the children participate in various activities, such as butter churning, while learning “what it was like living in the 19th century,” Sidlick said. “They like butter making. We talk about milking cows, separating milk and cream, the difference between making whipped cream and butter … They are also fascinated by watching the clock jack,

a clock mechanism that turns a rotisserie in and grateful that she decided to bring her many the walk-in hearth in the Garrett House.” talents to Historic Sugartown.” Sidlick also volunteers at other special Sidlick has visited other historic villages, such occasions at Historic Sugartown. In as in Charleston, South Carolina, to see and addition to helping with setup for events compare their environmental monitoring systems. such as Shugart Sunday BBQ & Blues and “It’s fun to get out and do new things and get Sugartown at Sundown Lantern Tours, different perspectives,” Sidlick said. Sidlick has carved pumpkins and assisted Besides her work at Historic Sugartown, with Christmas decorating and crafts during Sidlick now has added volunteer hours for other A Sugartown Christmas and Cabin Fever local organizations to her schedule. Saturday. Sidlick recently volunteered for the first time Although she enjoys serving as a tour at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s guide and assisting at the special events, Philadelphia Flower Show as a recorder for the Sidlick found she could put her more than show’s contests. 31 years in the technology field to work And to help small organizations near her by aiding the village in monitoring its second home in southern Delaware, Sidlick environmental system, which helps keep volunteers for Freeman Stage, an open-air the historic buildings operating at peak performing arts venue near Fenwick Island, Sidlick checks the readings on one of the historic site’s efficiency. Delaware. 12 monitoring devices, which track temperature and The temperature and relative humidity of She also offers her time for a few event days humidity. each building must be kept at specific levels at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library in for the safety of the historic collections, Winterthur, Delaware, the former home of Henry Sidlick said. There are monitoring devices in 12 areas of the village, including Francis du Pont, a renowned antiques collector and horticulturist. the schoolroom, book bindery, and carriage museum. “I get to meet new people, learn new things, and hopefully make a The monitoring system is manual and is not capable of wireless monitoring, contribution while doing this. Also, when I travel now, I can compare and so Sidlick comes into the village to check the monitors. She reads the contrast [our] style and history with other areas.” monitoring devices and then transfers the data to a computer program, which For more information on Historic Sugartown, visit or makes any adjustments necessary to the environmental system. call (610) 640-2667. “You look for spikes or drops in temperature,” Sidlick said. “You also look up On the cover: Volunteer Margaret Sidlick inside Historic Sugartown’s book the weather for that day — whether it was cold or hot.” bindery, the site for the village’s bookbinding workshops. This is essential for seasonally sensitive items. For instance, if a heater breaks down during the winter, the monitoring system can determine approximately when it happened and get it fixed prior to the destruction of items that need to be kept at a certain temperature. Sidlick started monitoring early on in her volunteer work at Sugartown. Originally, the village collected so much data so often that the devices would stop working; Sidlick corrected the problem. Now, Sidlick goes on site consistently once or twice a month to be sure the batteries have not died and the monitoring system is up and running. MULTI-DAY TOURS ONE-DAY TOURS Consistent data is key to keeping the collection safe from harm, she said. • Erie Canal and Catskill Train.................... Aug 2 – 4 • New York City..........July 14,18,21,28, Aug 4,11 “Margaret has been a great help to us here at Historic Sugartown since • Niagara Falls & African Lion Safari......... Aug 6 – 9 • New York 9/11 Museum......................... July 14 she started,” Faith McCarrick, director of programs and outreach at Historic • Ride the Rails in West Virginia..............Aug 10 – 12 • Atlantic City or Ocean City, NJ......... July 14, 28 Sugartown, said. • Maine’s Summer Train Tour..................Aug 13 – 17 • Cape May or Wildwood, NJ................... July 14 “Whether she is teaching students, manning an activity station at an • Ocean City, MD Summer Escape........... Aug 22 – 24 • Cape May Ferry & Trolley...................... July 18 event, helping clean our circa-1835 barn, or working on our environmental monitoring system, Margaret is an essential part of our team. We are thrilled • Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island....Sept 3 – 12 • Assateague Cruise / Ocean City, MD......July 21

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Fifties Flashback

The Rockin’ National Anthem Randal C. Hill

Bill Haley and His Comets recorded the first rock ’n’ roll hit: “Crazy, Man, Crazy,” a now-forgotten piece of swing-based fluff that employed teen-oriented catchphrases of the day (“solid,” “crazy,” “gone”). Issued on Essex Records, the ditty reached No. 12 on Billboard’s 1953 singles chart. The success of “Crazy, Man, Crazy” caught the interest of industry giant Decca Records, who quickly wooed Haley away from tiny Essex and onto their powerhouse label. On April 12, 1954, Haley and his band nervously entered Manhattan’s cavernous Pythian Temple studios to tape two songs for Decca that would become the Comets’ debut offering. Top-notch veteran Decca producer Milt Gabler focused his energy on the “A” side, a novelty called “Thirteen Women (and Only One Man in Town),” a droll tale of 13 women and one (lucky) man who somehow survive an H-bomb explosion.

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Bill Haley and His Comets in 1956. From left, Rudy Pompilli, Billy Williamson, Al Rex, Bill Haley, Johnny Grande, Ralph Jones, and Franny Beecher.

The second track scheduled was an upbeat 12-bar blues dance tune called “Rock Around the Clock.” Haley wasn’t the first to record it; “Clock” had originally been done by a rock aggregate called Sonny Dae and the Knights. Dae’s disc failed to catch fire, but Haley liked the song and had utilized it on the road for two years as a hot dance number. “Thirteen Women” took longer than expected, and the studio clock showed only 30 minutes of the three-hour session available for the “B” side. Haley’s two quickly

recorded attempts proved less than perfect. But when time ran out, Gabler, in a deft display of recording-studio wizardry, grafted the two tracks onto one now-usable master tape. Decca promoted “Thirteen Woman,” but deejays soon preferred the backside of the single (which was absurdly labeled a fox trot, a smooth ballroom dance). Haley’s disc squeaked onto the Billboard Top 30 for one week in 1954, and then faded into oblivion. Temporarily. Young Peter Ford, the only child of Glenn Ford and Eleanor Powell, was playing some of his favorite records — at full volume — when director Richard Brooks dropped by the Ford/ Powell home in Beverly Hills one evening in early 1955. Brooks had come to chat with Glenn Ford about a movie they were working on called Blackboard Jungle, a gritty tale of inner-city juvenile delinquents based on Evan Hunter’s

hit novel of the same name. Brooks had been looking for a teen-oriented tune to use over the film’s credits. As rock ’n’ roll was just gathering momentum, the pickings for just the right song were slim back then. But when Brooks heard “Rock Around the Clock” blasting from Peter’s room, he knew he had found the perfect musical insertion for Blackboard Jungle. Brooks borrowed the lad’s 78 RPM platter, promising to return it later (but he apparently never did). On his website (, the now-retired actor/singer/ businessman states, “I played a small but pivotal role in launching a musical revolution. Thanks to a unique set of circumstances, the musical passion of a fifth-grader helped ‘Rock Around the Clock’ become, as Dick Clark called it, ‘The National Anthem of Rock ’n’ Roll.’” Although Randal C. Hill’s heart lives in the past, the rest of him resides in Bandon, Ore. He can be reached at

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Bill to Support Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Passes House In mid-June the U.S. House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (S. 1091), which would create a one-stop-shop of resources to support grandparents raising grandchildren. The House-passed bill includes minor changes that must be cleared by a quick, procedural vote by the Senate before being signed into law by the president. In Pennsylvania, more than 100,000 children are being raised by

grandparents or other relatives, and experts say this number is rising as the opioid epidemic devastates communities. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) co-authored the bill last year, with Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), after an

Aging Committee hearing during which witnesses testified about why grandparents need easy access to information about resources available to assist them. “Grandparents are increasingly stepping in to raise their grandchildren

due to the opioid crisis. These grandparents are faced with challenges such as delaying retirement, navigating school systems, bridging the generational gap, working through the court system to secure custody, and finding mental health resources,” Casey said. The Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act has received support from 40 older adult and child advocacy groups, including AARP, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Generations United.

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this part of the world. The Navy’s presence in Sasebo Port Engineer Anthony Leofsky, a is part of that longstanding commitment, Lancaster native and explained Navy 1985 Coatesville Area officials. Senior High School “I love being graduate, is working here in Japan,” said in the operations Leofsky. “My family department of is here, and it’s a safe the U.S. Navy at place to have your Commander Fleet family. MSC has Activities Sasebo, helped me deal with operating out of people’s personalities Sasebo, Japan.  and personal aspects A Navy port of the job.” engineer is As a member responsible for of one of the U.S. serving with military Anthony Leofsky Navy’s most reliedsealift command.  upon assets, Leofsky “My hometown and other employees know they are taught me that it’s OK to ask part of a legacy that will last beyond questions, and it’s OK to not always their lifetimes, providing the Navy know the answer,” said Leofsky.  the nation needs.  Leofsky’s proudest “Working with MSC means accomplishment working for the variety,” said Leofsky. “It’s something Navy has been the international new and challenging every day.” travel.  With more than 50 percent of Theodore Quintana is a mass the world’s shipping tonnage and a nd third of the world’s crude oil passing communication specialist 2 class through the region, the United States with the Navy Office of Community has historic and enduring interests in Outreach.

Fun Factoids for a Festive Fourth Do you know your U.S. history? Here are some Fourth of July facts to ponder and share: • Three presidents died on July 4: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in 1826 and James Monroe in 1831. Calvin Coolidge was the only president born on July 4, in 1872. • The Massachusetts General Court was the first state legislature to recognize July 4 as a state celebration, in 1781. • The first recorded use of the name “Independence Day” occurred in 1791.

• The U.S. Congress established Independence Day as an unpaid holiday for federal employees in 1870. They changed it to a federal paid holiday in 1931. • The Declaration of Independence was approved in a closed session of the Second Continental Congress on July 2, 1776, but most of the delegates didn’t sign it until Aug. 2. Although John Adams expected Americans would celebrate July 2, the date on the publicized copies of the document was July 4, which became the day Americans have commonly observed.

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Who Has the Best Bites in Central PA? 50plus LIFE readers have spoken!

Here are the Lancaster County dining favorites for 2018! Breakfast: Pancake Farm

Fast Food: McDonald’s

Lunch: Isaac’s Restaurants

Seafood: Ichiban Japanese Steak and Seafood Restaurant

Dinner: El Serrano

Steak: Johnny’s Bar & Steakhouse

Ethnic Cuisine: Upohar

Outdoor Dining: Stoner Grille

Celebrating: Shady Maple Smorgasbord

Romantic Setting: David & Steve’s Fireside Tavern

Bakery: Achenbach’s Pastries

Smorgasbord/Buffet: Miller’s Smorgasbord Restaurant

Coffeehouse: Rachel’s Café & Creperie

Caterer: Enck’s Custom Catering

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Fresh Fare

Pair Pecans with Seasonal Produce American Pecans are the original supernut: a naturally sweet superfood that’s nutritious, versatile, and local, as it’s the only major tree nut native to America. Pecans are also among the highest in “good” monounsaturated fats and contain plant protein, fiber, flavonoids, and essential minerals, including copper, manganese, and zinc. For a quick, messfree brunch, try Sheet Pan Eggs with Pecan Breakfast “Sausage.” Substitute flavored ground pecans for your sausage, and add fresh greens for a quick, good-for-you option with

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plant-based protein. For a simple yet sweet take on dessert, try Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts with a three-ingredient, pecanbased crumb as the base, topped with a light filling and fresh berries.

To find additional seasonal recipes, nutrition information and cooking tips, and to learn more about America’s native nut, visit www. Mini Pecan Lemon Berry Tarts Mini Pecan Crusts: • 2 cups pecan pieces or halves • 1/4 cup butter, melted • 2 tablespoons sugar • 24 Mini Pecan Crusts • 1/2 cup lemon curd • 1/2 cup blueberries or raspberries •p  owdered sugar, for dusting (optional)


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Heat oven to 350 F. Line mini muffin tin with paper liners. In food processor, blend pecans, butter, and sugar until mixture forms coarse dough. Scoop about 2 teaspoons pecan mixture into each muffin tin. Use back of wooden spoon or fingers to press mixture evenly along bottom and up sides of each muffin cup. Bake 12 minutes, or until crusts are golden brown. Allow crusts to cool completely before removing from pan. Spoon 1 teaspoon lemon curd into each Mini Pecan Crust. Top each with one raspberry or three small blueberries. Dust with powdered sugar, if desired.

Pecan Breakfast Sausage: • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil • 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup) • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos • 1 teaspoon sage • 1 teaspoon thyme • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1 cup raw pecan halves Sheet Pan Eggs: • 12 eggs, beaten • 3/4 cup fat-free or low-fat milk • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1 cup fresh spinach, chopped • nonstick cooking spray Heat oven to 325 F. To make Pecan Breakfast “Sausage”: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion, coconut aminos, sage, thyme, nutmeg, garlic powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Cook about 4 minutes until onion is translucent. In food processor, pulse onion mixture and pecans until consistency of ground beef is reached, about 8-10 pulses. To make Sheet Pan Eggs: In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt, and pepper until combined. Add pecan “sausage” and spinach to eggs and stir. Lightly spray nonstick 12-by-17-inch sheet pan with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture onto prepared pan. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until eggs are fully cooked. Family Features


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Launching Your Summer Fitness Program: 7 Simple Steps By Stephen Chee and Dianne Sullivan Summer’s here at last, and it’s a prime time to shape up and enjoy the many benefits of exercising. If you’re an older adult looking to start a summer exercise routine, consider the weekly target of 150 minutes of moderate-endurance activity. This may sound like a tall task, but if you break it down into 15-minute segments twice a day, it’s a goal within reach. Get into the summertime swing with these seven fitness tips: 1. Gauge your readiness. Before you start your summer fitness program, visit a healthcare professional to assess your current physical condition. Evaluate how much exercise you can do safely each week and the activities that will deliver the greatest returns. Go over your medications to understand their potential for causing problems on a hot day. Several prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs can accelerate dehydration or nausea in the heat. 2. Start slowly and progress gradually. Begin with an activity you enjoy, go at a comfortable pace, and push yourself gently. A good beginning point is to incorporate more activity into your day-to-day life. For example, gardening or washing the car are simple ways to get moving. Even small steps can add up over the course of a day, especially when you weave in brief segments of scheduled exercise.

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3. Mix it up. Combine aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities. Aerobic exercises, which help circulate more oxygen in your blood, are key to improving cardiovascular health and retaining brain and memory function. Activities can range from walking to biking or swimming — anything that gets your heart pumping faster. Combine your aerobic workout with musclestrengthening exercises, such as resistance training using elastic bands and free weights, which support muscle development and help to prevent bone-density loss. 4. Keep your cool. If you’re planning on exercising outdoors in the summer, it’s preferable to avoid physical activity during the hottest part of the day, usually between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Try to stay out of constant, direct sunlight. Wear lightcolored, loose-fitting fabrics, along with a well-ventilated hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. 5. Drink and drink. Summer heat also calls for a greater water intake than during other times of the year, and proper hydration is a foundation for good health. Remember to drink water before, during, and after exercising. The Mayo Clinic recommends about 15 cups of water per day for men and 11 cups per day for women. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, both of which can worsen the effects of dehydration. If you experience any signs of heatstroke, such as hot skin, dizziness, or confusion, get inside immediately and seek medical attention. 6. Focus on your abilities. You don’t need to have full mobility to experience the health benefits of exercise. If illness, injury, or disability has limited your movement, you still have plenty of options for staying fit — indoors and outdoors. Chair aerobics, a series of seated repetitive movements, will raise your heart rate and help you burn calories. You can also perform a range of strengthtraining exercises when sitting down. Chair yoga offers gentle, stretching movements and deep-breathing techniques that can lower stress and lift your spirits. Or try playing an “exergame,” a video activity that simulates bowling or tennis, for instance. These games can be played seated in a chair or wheelchair and are engaging ways to elevate your heart rate. 7. Make exercise a happy habit. It’s easier to stay motivated if you like what you’re doing, so try to make exercise fun. Work out while tuning in music, watching a movie, or listening to an audio book. Exercise for a good cause, such as your community’s walk to end hunger. Consider games where you can team up and build friendships — bowling, badminton, or volleyball, for example. Research has found people who work out with friends enjoy it more than those who do it alone. Exercise is the catalyst not only for physical fitness, but also for mental wellbeing. Along with reducing the risk of chronic illness, it can relieve stress and anxiety, raise your self-esteem, and brighten your outlook on life. Turn the “dog days” of summer into new ways to boost your health and help your physical — and emotional — heart.


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Stephen Chee is the employee wellness director for Lifetime Wellness, a pioneer in delivering wellness and recreation services to skilled nursing, assisted living, rehabilitation, and memory care facilities. Dianne Sullivan-Slazyk is the chief clinical officer for StoneGate Senior Living, a leading provider of senior living services in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.

The Beauty in Nature

Enchanted Summer Evenings Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Sunny summer evenings in southeastern Pennsylvania are enchanting and become more so as summer progresses. Starting late in May, I often sit on our deck or lawn during summer evenings and enjoy seeing the green grass, trees, and shrubbery drenched in golden sunlight. I like to watch the daily activities of one or two cottontail rabbits and the several kinds of birds summering in our neighborhood. I enjoy experiencing the passing of puffy, white-and-gray cumulus clouds overhead as if in review before the blue sky. With imagination, I see innumerable, ever-changing shapes in those clouds. And I deeply inhale the sweet fragrance of honeysuckle flowers on a neighbor’s fence. Each evening, several chimney

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Adult firefly (or lightning bug).

Snowy tree cricket.

swifts careen swiftly across the sky in hot pursuit of flying insects to eat, catching those insects in their wide mouths. Those swifts provide exciting entertainment to anyone who watches for them. Soon after sunset each evening from mid-June to the middle of July, hundreds of male fireflies emerge

from the grass roots where they spent the day and walk up grass stems and take flight like tiny helicopters, all the while flashing their cold abdominal lights. Each firefly flies and hovers upright, blinking its signal to female fireflies still in the grass. They, in turn, glow, beckoning the males to

them for mating. The fascinating beauty and our enjoyment of those many male fireflies constantly flashing their beacons is beyond measure. They, alone, make summer evenings enchanting. At first overlapping the activities of swifts and fireflies, a half dozen little brown bats leave their daytime roosts as dusk deepens and flutter swiftly across the sky after flying insects. Those bats, too, are entertaining to watch swooping and diving after their prey and are beautifully silhouetted against the orange or pink — but darkening — sky. Each dusk, from late July through August, in our neighborhood, as elsewhere, a variety of small, green tree crickets fill the trees and shrubbery with their loud trilling please see SUMMER page 17

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Eric Braeden Still King of Daytime Drama

Born in The Young and Germany four the Restless star Eric Braeden years before the end of World War has been playing II, Braeden says character Victor fate handed him Newman for 38 years and says it’s some luck. “I grew up been an amazing run. near Kiel, which was 96 percent But he doesn’t Credit: CBS publicity photo. Credit: 20th Century Fox destroyed by over believe daytimeBraeden, front left, and the cast of Braeden, left, as John Jacob Astor in 500,000 bombs drama actors The Young and the Restless. Titanic. that hit the city. always receive the recognition of Part of our house was blown away, so I could have very easily not survived.” their nighttime TV counterparts. “We shoot 100-120 pages a day,” said Braeden, from He moved to the U.S. as a teenager on an athletic scholarship to the University of Montana, having won Los Angeles. “Imagine what that means in terms of memorization. Actors in a weekly nighttime series would the German Youth Championship in javelin, discus, and shot put. crap their pants if they had to do that! “Had I stayed in Germany, it’s possible I could have “The most I ever learned was 62 pages of dialogue in a single day. But the simple fact is you do it, or you’re out.” been an Olympian,” he said.

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A career as an steered away from actor, however, never the villainous really lingered long in German roles. But his mind. since joining the “At school, I was Y&R cast in 1980, always asked to read opportunities for out loud in class other TV or film — poetry and the work have been classics — and I was limited. He did good at it.” accept a role as John After filming Jacob Astor in James a documentary Cameron’s Titanic Credit: 20th Century Fox at college about Braeden as a German soldier in 1997. traveling the Salmon “I didn’t want in 100 Rifles. River in Idaho, the to do it since it was acting bug finally such as small part, bit, and Braeden found but my wife and son work in film and convinced me because television throughout they had so much the ’60s and ’70s, often respect for Cameron,” cast as a villainous said Braeden. “James German, most notably expanded the role a in the TV series little for me, but there Combat! and The Rat were a number of scenes Patrol. I couldn’t be in because In 1969’s 100 I had to be available to Rifles, Braeden was go back for The Young still playing the Nazi and the Restless if I was villain, this time in needed.” Braeden released his a Western with Burt Even though his autobiography in Reynolds, Raquel commitment to the November 2017. Welch, Fernando show limited other Lamas, and former NFL footballer opportunities, Braeden has few Jim Brown. regrets. “As an athlete myself, I respected “Had I done nighttime TV or Jim enormously. He did his own film, I would be directing them by stunts, and we would throw the now,” says Braeden, who published football and work out together — I his autobiography last November still work out twice a day,” Braeden ( “But I get to says. work every day at something I enjoy “Fernando Llamas had a huge doing.” sense of humor, and then there was Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn Raquel — one of the most beautiful actresses I’ve ever known. Who could University at Montgomery, Ala., and concentrate on acting with her on the has written features, columns, and interviews for over 700 magazines and set?” newspapers. Gradually, says Braeden, he

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Dear Pharmacist

Health Myths and Fascinating Facts Suzy Cohen

Most people burp between eight and 20 times a day. It’s not objectionable to burp out loud after eating a meal in certain parts of China, India, and a small island in the Middle East.

About eyes. Contrary to popular belief, some people can keep their eyes open when they sneeze! Also, green is the rarest eye color to have. About that trick knee. Some of you have a trick knee (or shoulder) that can predict weather. Basically, you can tell when bad weather or a storm is coming with one of your bum joints. As the barometric or atmospheric pressure drops (before a storm), tissues in joints expand a little bit, and your knee or shoulder may feel it and alert you by experiencing pain. About spinach. Some nutritionists still recommend spinach for people who have iron-deficiency anemia due to the iron content. Even Popeye made it famous for building up muscles.

But the fact is that the iron content isn’t as high as you were told. It was mistakenly reported as 35 grams instead of 3.5 grams per serving, due to a printing error where the decimal point got moved. The chemist made a mistake in 1870, and it’s still being perpetuated. About No. 2. Pushing out waste in the wee hours of the morning doesn’t

happen because we have sophisticated neurons in our gut that follow our 24hour circadian rhythm. The bladder, however, is only so big, and you might not be able to hold urine for six hours while you’re sleeping. About burping. Also termed eructation, this is just your body expelling gas through your mouth.

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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About amnesia. People can lose their immediate memories. It’s clinically termed “transient global amnesia,” and it can occur after strenuous activity, such as vigorously exercising, jumping into hot water, or a brain injury. About hair. The color gray is a neutral tone between black and white, and it really just appears due to the absence of color in the hair shaft. While it’s not a hard-and-fast please see MYTHS page 18



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We list other jobs on the Web at lanco_aging. To learn more about applying for the 55+ Job Bank and these jobs, call the Employment Unit at (717) 299-7979.

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

Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Weddings: Looking Forward, Looking Back Lori Verderame

SUMMER from page 13 or chirping, according to the kind. The common snowy tree crickets, for example, produce measured chirps that are more rapid in higher temperatures. All that fiddling, which brings the genders of each species together for mating, is caused by the insects either rubbing their wings together or both wings and legs together, depending on the kind. The friction of that scraping causes the music we enjoy hearing on our lawns each evening in midsummer. Their lovely colors softened by humidity, rosy or orange sunsets slowly fade while bats, fireflies,

and tree crickets dominate our neighborhood. Trees are silhouetted black against the still-glowing sunset in the western, northwestern, and northern parts of the sky. Venus appears bright in the sky but slowly sinks to the western horizon as Earth turns on its axis. Bats zip through the fading sunsets and stars become visible. Sunny summer evenings in southeastern Pennsylvania are truly enchanting. They are peaceful and soothing to human souls. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

Asymmetrically cut stones are out, and standard symmetry is in. To top off the grand engagement ring are diamondencrusted inserts and eternity bands that can be worn alone and still speak volumes about a couple’s love and devotion. For the big day, lavalier pendants of diamonds and crystals set in white gold and platinum filigree showing the glitz and glamour of the early 1900s adorn the necks of today’s brides, bridesmaids, brides’

mothers, and guests. Drop earrings, to match the drop pendants of lavalier necklaces, are popular too. Most of them recall the black-and-white color scheme of the Art Deco movement while adding large stones in floral designs or repeating geometric shapes for impact. When it comes to wedding dresses, new is cool, but if you are looking at accessories for the neck, wrist, or ears, the words that describe wedding jewelry this season are heirloom, vintage, and antique. 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.

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Dress Up You know the designers’ names: Vivienne Westwood, Marchesa, Randi Rahm, Rivini, Vera Wang, etc. Brides in 2018 are looking forward in their dress selections. Today’s brides are choosing daring dress designs complete with wedding gowns in basic black and eye-popping red. Floral prints, sequins, and overthe-top applique work are all the rage, replacing traditional white dresses covered in pearls and lace. And for the very daring bride, she’ll be wearing pants or even short-shorts down the aisle instead of a ball gown. While everything new might be the case when it comes to wedding gowns, some parts of a wedding are all about the old and the borrowed, even if the wedding gown is new and, possibly, blue. That’s right, today’s brides are turning their backs on the ultra-

contemporary, new, and unusual options in the realm of wedding jewelry. Brides and grooms are accepting gifts of bling or borrowing family heirloom pieces from Grandma and Grandpa that harken back to the styles of yesteryear. Brides are choosing engagement rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that look back about 100 years ago to the Art Deco era of the roaring 1920s. Large, central-set stones — everything from diamonds and citrines to emeralds and sapphires — are trending in engagement rings. And, if a bride wants a traditional diamond, it better be big and cut like a cushion or in a round, oval, or square manner. These stunningly oversized rings are what gave statement rings their name. And, a statement they do make.

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How to Achieve Hormone Balance at Any Age By Dawn Cutillo Balancing your hormones is important at any age. As chemical messengers that tell our cells what to do, hormones are critical to women’s physical, mental, and emotional health. From PMS to postpartum depression to menopause, hormone imbalances can disrupt your mood, sleep, energy, weight, and even disease processes at any stage of life — but especially in later years. After menopause, many women often fall into the trap of thinking they no longer need to worry about hormonal issues. They may think the hot flashes, night sweats, and that extra stomach roll are finally distant memories, but they fail to realize that hormonal imbalances can continue to plague them in later years in relation to thinning hair, weight gain, thinning bones, insomnia, low libido, insulin resistance/ diabetes, high blood pressure, continued hot flashes, and more. These hormone imbalances typically result from high amounts of stress and sugar — both of which lead to elevated levels of a stress hormone called cortisol, which, in turn, lowers a woman’s progesterone hormone count. Because progesterone is produced when a woman ovulates, progesterone levels fall even farther during menopause. When a woman has less progesterone than estrogen, estrogen tends to overact and cause weight gain, fluid retention, insomnia, irritability, and issues with certain diseases, such as ER+ breast cancer. This flux of hormones is only exacerbated as estrogen and progesterone both decline at a faster rate post-menopause, enhancing symptoms like vaginal dryness, fatigue, digestive issues, and more. With all this in mind, your hormones are a key to your long-term health — but how you manage them is also an important factor. Finding ways to naturally increase your hormones allows you to reap the health benefits without creating new symptoms attached to clinical methods.

If you consume these foods, pair them with a meal that includes protein and fat to stabilize blood sugar and insulin. 3. Use natural supplements. By using a transdermal progesterone cream from a healthcare professional, you can also naturally supplement progesterone to then increase depleted estrogen. Because progesterone converts to cortisol when under stress, most — if not all — women need a progesterone supplement. But why exactly is progesterone so important? • A s a fat-burning agent and diuretic, progesterone supports weight management while decreasing cravings, hunger, and blood pressure.

Through healthy behavioral and dietary changes and safe supplementation, you can naturally increase your progesterone levels — enabling your body to produce estrogen and balance hormones across the board on its own. Here are a few habits you can start today to achieve balance in your own life and body: 1. Decrease your stress daily for 20 minutes. We tend to live habitually in a stressful “fight or flight” mode, stimulating our sympathetic nervous system, raising cortisol levels, and decreasing liver and digestive function. Practicing a relaxed state of mind each day for 20 minutes helps encourage a stress-free lifestyle. From deep breathing to yoga to “sound-wave” therapy, these exercises gently and naturally relax brainwave patterns to leave you feeling refreshed. 2. Change your diet. Simple sugars cause rapid spikes and crashes in blood sugar and insulin, leaving you feeling tired, irritable, and hungry. By limiting white-flour foods (candy, pretzels, crackers, bread, etc.), sodas, caffeine, and alcohol to special occasions or just once a day, you can more easily and naturally manage your energy and mood.

• Stabilizing blood sugar, progesterone increases insulin resistance, diabetes prevention, and other disease management. • Increasing osteoblasts in bone, progesterone supports bone growth and bone density. • Balancing testosterone — a hormone frequently attributed to thinning hair in women — progesterone improves hair growth across ages. • Triggering natural increases in estrogen, progesterone improves libido and vaginal dryness. Regardless of whether you are pre- or postmenopause, hormones are extensively interlinked with your health. From your hair to heart, hormones play a significant role in daily and longterm wellness — making their management a top priority. By making simple adjustments in your diet, stress levels, and supplements, you can look, feel, and be your best at any age … because a balanced life is key to a thriving life. Dawn Cutillo, author of The Hormone Shift, has been in the health field for over 30 years and is the founder of BeBalanced Hormone Weight Loss Centers in York. She is degreed and certified in health and nutrition. www.

MYTHS from page 16 rule, blondes have more hair on their heads than redheads; however, each hair shaft is thinner in diameter. Redheads, on the other hand, tend to have thicker hair shafts and less hair. Hair grows faster when you sleep. About your tongue. Like that unique fingerprint, you also have your own tongue print. The average tongue has thousands of taste buds.


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About your ticker. A human heart will beat about 2.5 billion times in an average lifetime. By the way, a football weighs just slightly more than your heart. About kissing. It lowers cortisol, which is a stress hormone known to inflame the body. So kissing is a natural anti-inflammatory. And, while I wouldn’t call it romantic, it’s still

interesting … the longest kiss on record goes to a Thai couple, who locked lips for 58 hours and 35 minutes! Eeew.  This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

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The Bookworm Sez

The Language of Kindness Terri Schlichenmeyer

despite their suffering. Watson met death in psychiatric rooms, pediatric wards, bedsides, and incubators. She watched it at the bedside of her own father … Time and time again, there are surprises inside The Language of Kindness. The first arrives in a refreshingly blunt account of how author Christie Watson came to be a nurse, the Photo credit: Lottie Davies difficulties of learning, and the Christie Watson general health of the industry today. Now retired, she writes The Language of Kindness unabashedly about how healthcare By Christie Watson systems fail patients, comparisons c. 2018, Tim Duggan Books in care between countries, addiction 336 pages problems among her colleagues, and an ongoing shortage of compassionate healthcare workers. Another surprise arrives in the anecdotes Watson shares. The stories will absolutely be of the familiar sort to those who work in the industry, but oftengruesome details may turn the stomachs of lay readers. Details are in here. Beware. The biggest, perhaps most appealing, surprise is that this memoir sometimes veers off into subjects that seem intensely personal, which may have nothing and everything to do with nursing. Watson’s stories are observant and honest. They’re laced with Britticisms, action, compassion, and thought. With their attention to detail, they could bring you to your knees. And if that sounds just a little better than perfect, then The Language of Kindness is the book to try. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old, and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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There was a time in your life when you tried everything. Full-time, part-time, gig worker, entrepreneurship — you changed jobs like most people change clothes. It’s exhausting and disheartening, and author Christie Watson had the same experience: café worker, milk deliverer, video shop clerk … she tried them all, but in the new book The Language of Kindness, she tells how she settled upon her best job of all. Christie Watson was just 16 — a newly single, homeless, unemployed high school dropout looking for a job that provided accommodations — when she landed work at a UK community center. She was hoping for a paycheck, but in helping severely disabled adults with their daily lives, she found friends. When nurses encouraged her curiosity for their profession, she found a calling. First, though, Watson had a lot of learning to do. She fainted at the sight of blood on her first day, but she figured she’d get used to that. Later, she trailed a comfortingly self-assured hospital mentor, afraid that she’d never reach that level of competence. Assisting at her first birth, teary and awed, she was also a little frightened at the sounds, sights, and smells. She learned that she loved caring for the disabled and for psychiatric patients, a legacy she got from her mom; preemie babies and profoundly sick children taught her enough to make her want to adopt a baby of her own. Eldercare schooled her about the importance of dignity and the need to not be patronizing to older patients. Working on the cancer ward taught her the importance of every second of life. She learned the facts of death from her patients, too: from babies who struggled against fetal alcohol syndrome, premature birth, and disease. Elderly and disabled patients taught her about death before they made her laugh,


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Calendar of Events

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

July 17, 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

July 9, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076

July 18, 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

July 16, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494

July 19, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576

Senior Center Activities July 19, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894

Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 July 16, 10:30 a.m. – The Jokesters July 17, 9:30 a.m. – Underground Railroad Program with Chris Vera July 26, 9:30 a.m. – Money Smart for Older Adults

July 23, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259

Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Wii Bowling July 13, 5 p.m. – Pinochle Tournament July 20, 5 p.m. – Dinner and Bingo

July 25, 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 July 1, 7 p.m. Singspiration – 16th Annual Community Hymn Sings Series Historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise (717) 687-6619 July 2, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098 July 11, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Woodcrest Villa – Bluebird Commons Room 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 299-1990

July 12, 10-11 a.m. Local Produce and Farmers Markets by Dishes 2 Nourish Lancaster Cancer Center 1858 Charter Lane, Greenfield Corporate Center Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 102 July 20, 6-9 p.m. Music Friday Downtown Lancaster July 31, 7 p.m. World War II Oral History Meeting St. Anne’s Retirement Community 3952 Columbia Ave., Columbia (717) 319-3430

Library Programs Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, (717) 394-2651 July 11, 6 p.m. – History Book Club: Reconstruction by Eric Foner July 12, 10 a.m. – Thursday Book Group: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson July 30, 5:30 p.m. – Addiction: A Disease of the Mind and Body Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 July 9, 1-3 p.m.; July 24, 6-8 p.m. – Scrabble Meet-Ups July 11, 6:30 p.m. – Astronomy Enthusiasts of Lancaster County July 16 and 30, 9:30 a.m. – Morning Yoga in the Garden

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 July 3, 11, 24, 10 a.m. – Walking with Barb July 6, 11 a.m. – Ice Cream Social July 11, 9:30 a.m. – Advoz Mediation Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 July 5, 10:45 a.m. – Learn to Play the Ukulele July 11, 10:45 a.m. – Make it, Take it Craft July 26, 10:45 a.m. – Identity Theft Protection Program Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 July 2, 10 a.m. – How to Make the Most Out of Your Doctor’s Visit July 19, 10:15 a.m. – Music and Dancing with Johnny Presto July 23, 10 a.m. – History of Lititz Springs Park Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 July 6, 9 a.m. – Diabetic Care July 13, 10:45 a.m. – Fresh Fruit Express July 18, all day – Knowing Your Medicare Benefits Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 July 11, 10:30 a.m. – Nutrition with Giant Foods July 13, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Glenn Hough July 16, 10:30 a.m. – Chair Yoga with Maricelle Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 July 5, 10:30 a.m. – Pennsylvania Relay July 17, 10:30 a.m. – Singing Mayor July 23, 10:30 a.m. – Hearts and Hands Hospice 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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Armistice Agreement Ended Korean War 65 Years Ago This Month 1. Suspended open hostilities The Korean War, which began on June 25, 1950, when the North 2. Withdrew all military forces and Koreans invaded South Korea, officially equipment from a 4,000-meter-wide ended on July 27, 1953. zone, establishing the Demilitarized At 10 a.m., in Panmunjom, scarcely Zone as a buffer between the forces acknowledging each other, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison 3. Prevented both sides from Jr., senior delegate, United Nations entering the air, ground, or sea areas Command Delegation, and North under control of the other Korean Gen. Nam Il, senior delegate, 4. Arranged release and repatriation Delegation of the Korean People’s of prisoners of war and displaced Army and the Chinese People’s persons Volunteers, signed 18 official copies UN delegate Lt. Gen. William K. Harrison Jr. (seated, left) and of the tri-language Korean Armistice Korean People’s Army and Chinese People’s Volunteers delegate 5. Established the Military Armistice Agreement. Gen. Nam Il (seated, right) signing the Korean War armistice Commission and other agencies to It was the end of the longest agreement at Panmunjom, Korea, July 27, 1953. discuss any violations and to ensure negotiated armistice in history: 158 adherence to the truce terms meetings spread over two years and 17 days. That evening at 10 p.m. the truce The armistice, while it stopped hostilities, was not a permanent peace treaty went into effect. between nations. The Korean Armistice Agreement is somewhat exceptional in that it is purely President Eisenhower, who was keenly aware of the 1.8 million American a military document — no nation is a signatory to the agreement. Specifically, men and women who had served in Korea and the 36,576 Americans who had the Armistice Agreement: died there, played a key role in bringing about a ceasefire. In announcing the agreement to the American people in a television address shortly after the signing, he said, in part,

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The mission of the KWVA/USA is to defend our nation. Care for our veterans. Perpetuate our legacy. remember our missing and fallen. Maintain our memorial. Support a free Korea.

Come and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow veterans at a monthly meeting of the local chapter of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA). We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Wood Crest Villa — Bluebird Commons, 2001 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601, starting with lunch at noon. This invitation includes spouses/companions and drivers. There is no charge for attendance. Dress code is casual. We currently have 90+ registered members. Come join us. Hopefully, you will find it habit forming.


Humor. Lighthearted laughter. It’s always been Frank’s way. He handled treatment for a brain tumor the same way. He’s grateful that Lancaster Cancer Center’s staff combined expert medical care and positive encouragement to save his life. Today, he feels great and is enjoying life with his wife and family. When he visits the cancer center for a checkup, he’s met with a smile ... and smiles in return. Proud to be the longest-running independent, community-based oncology/hematology practice in Lancaster County. We will help answer all of your questions. Call us at 717-291-1313.

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Soldiers, sailors, and airmen of 16 different countries have stood as partners beside us throughout these long and bitter months. In this struggle we have seen the United Nations meet the challenge of aggression — not with pathetic words of protest, but with deeds of decisive purpose. And so at long last the carnage of war is to cease and the negotiation of the conference table is to begin …. [We hope that] all nations may come to see the wisdom of composing differences in this fashion before, rather than after, there is resort to brutal and futile battle. Now as we strive to bring about that wisdom, there is, in this moment of sober satisfaction, one thought that must discipline our emotions and steady our resolution. It is this: We have won an armistice on a single battleground — not peace in the world. We may not now relax our guard nor cease our quest. Source:

Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Expand Opioid Treatment for Seniors During a recent hearing, “Preventing and Treating Opioid Misuse among Older Americans,” U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) highlighted the often-overlooked experiences of older adults with opioid-use disorders and ways to support their recovery. Casey, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, also discussed his recent bipartisan legislation, the Medicare Beneficiary Opioid Addiction Treatment Act (S. 2704), which would enhance Medicare coverage for methadone, a proven opioid treatment for individuals in recovery. Opioid use disorders are on the rise among older adults. In Americans ages 50 and older, opioid misuse doubled from 2002 to 2014, as reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, 14.4 million people with Medicare received an opioid prescription in 2016. And, more than 1,400 older adults lost their lives to opioids in 2016 — despite the availability of a lifesaving

medication that reverses overdose. “The opioid crisis is ravaging our communities and harming every generation—from newborn babies to aging grandparents,” said Casey. “Older Americans are among the unseen victims of this epidemic. We must expand access and affordability to evidence-based treatment and support for all, and we must ensure that those services are affordable.” William Stauffer, from Allentown, Pennsylvania, testified before the committee at Casey’s invitation. Stauffer is the executive director of Pennsylvania Recovery Organizations Alliance, located in Harrisburg, and has been in longterm recovery for more than 30 years. PRO-A supports a statewide network of more than 40 community-based recovery programs serving more than 3,800 Pennsylvanians affected by substance misuse. “Supporting access to all medications, treatment, and recovery-support services that can assist an older adult into the recovery process is a critically important first step in assisting adults over 65 accessing care for an opioid-use disorder,” Stauffer said.

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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...

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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...