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Lancaster County Edition | August 2017 • Vol. 23 No. 8

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Such is Life

Saralee Perel

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Just Another Routine Day

If I ignore the simple things, I’ll be ignoring most of my life. My husband, Bob, never ignores the simple things. Instead, he thrives on monotony. It intensifies his lunacy. Now, before you think, “Saralee always makes her husband look nuts,” please know that he is. And before you think, “Poor Bob. He’s such a good sport,” please know that when I talk about him in a column, he soaks it right up. If I don’t include him, he mopes around the house for days. Last week at the supermarket, Bob shouted from the other end of the fruit and veggie aisle, “Saralee, smell this!” He was holding up a tomato. Shoppers were staring. Begrudgingly I ambled over, smelled the tomato, and remarked, “There’s no smell.” “Are you kidding me?” So he picked up one fruit after another—a banana, a cantaloupe, a strawberry—and held them in my face, saying way too loudly, “Feel the smell. Relish the smell. Be the smell!” Shoppers flew out of our aisle to get as far away from him as they could. I took an obligatory sniff and then kept shopping. He grabbed my arm. “You walk right by so many things without even noticing them.” “Bob, we’ll never get through shopping if you keep smelling every single thing.” He said, “Just look around us. We’re so lucky to be here, where foods from all over the world are available. You never appreciate it.

How many people in the world would be ecstatic to walk down these aisles and pick out anything they wanted?” He was right. He walked up to a store manager and solemnly said, “I appreciate your potatoes.” The manager stared blankly. When I was a practicing psychotherapist, a patient taught me, “We spend over 50 percent of our lives doing chores. We might as well enjoy them.” While driving home, Bob said, “Tonight, I’ll be giving thanks for such a special day, when you and I were together buying food.” I thought to myself, “While Bob’s immersed in gratitude, I’ll be thinking about how we did nothing important. Just a few chores. Bob, though, will be thinking that even if a day was routine, every day counts.” I looked at my husband, suddenly realizing that it wasn’t how we spent the day that mattered. It was, instead, all about our attitudes—our different ways of thinking about the very same activity. Bob’s mindfulness versus my nonchalance. I don’t want to skip over days, no matter what we do. It was only then I fully understood what he meant when he said, “Today was a day dreams are made of.” Nationally syndicated, award-winning columnist Saralee Perel can be reached at or via her website:

At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. CHIROPRACTIC Tomasetti Family Chiropractic 113 Oakridge Drive, Mountville (717) 285-0001 Coins & Currency Steinmetz Coins & Currency, Inc. 350 Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 299-1211 Dental Services Dental Health Associates 951 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster (717) 394-9231 Lancaster Denture Center 951 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster (717) 394-3773 Healthy Smiles Dental 144 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 945-7440 Emergency Numbers Central PA Poison Center (800) 521-6110

Financial Services Internal Revenue Service (717) 291-1994 U.S. Financial (800) 595-1925, ext. 2122 Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Lancaster County (800) 720-8221 Gastroenterology Regional Gi 2112 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster 690 Good Drive, 2nd floor, Lancaster 426 Cloverleaf Road, Elizabethtown 4140 Oregon Pike, Ephrata (717) 869-4600 Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020 American Cancer Society (717) 397-3744

Office of Aging (717) 299-7979 or (800) 801-3070

American Diabetes Association (888) DIABETES

Employment Lancaster County Office of Aging (717) 299-7979

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Eye Care Services Campus Eye Center 2108 Harrisburg Pike, Suite 100 Lancaster (717) 544-3900 222 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Suite 1800, Willow Street (717) 464-4333

American Lung Association (717) 397-5203 or (800) LungUSA

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Home Care Services Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services Hanover: (717) 630-0067 Lancaster: (717) 393-3450 York: (717) 751-2488 Home Improvement Haldeman Mechanical Inc. 1148 Old Line Road, Manheim (717) 665-6910 Robert H. Ranck, Inc. 2541 Marietta Ave., Lancaster (717) 397-2577

Supermarkets Darrenkamp’s Elizabethtown: (717) 367-2286 Lancaster: (717) 464-2708 Mount Joy: (717) 653-8200 John Herr’s Village Market 25 Manor Ave., Millersville (717) 872-5457 Travel Conestoga Tours 1619 Manheim Pike, Lancaster (717) 560-6996 Passport Information (877) 487-2778

Housing Marietta Senior Apartments 601 E. Market St., Marietta (717) 735-9590

Veterans Services Korean War Veterans Association (717) 506-9424 Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771

Insurance Medicare (800) 633-4227

Volunteer opportunities RSVP of the Capital Region (717) 454-8647

Nutrition Meals on Wheels (717) 392-4842 Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy Real Estate Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Rocky Welkowitz (717) 393-0100

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American Bandstand: Still Hoppin’ after 60 Years

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By Eddie Collins “We’re goin hoppin,’ we’re going hoppin’ today, where things are boppin’ the Philadelphia way, we’re gonna drop in, on all the music they play … I love Bandstand!” – Barry Manilow It was a phenomenon, a trendsetter, a way of culture for teenagers across the country, and it all came to life on a television show named American Bandstand. The concept included playing popular music geared toward teens, having them dance to it, and televising it. In 1952, this was the birth of the show emanating from WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, initially called Bandstand. Hosted by Bob Horn, it caught on immediately. After making an impact and having a few successful years, Horn was dismissed from the show due to numerous ongoing infractions with the law. On July 9, 1956, taking the reigns as show host was 26-yearold Dick Clark, who had been an announcer for WFIL radio. Later dubbed “the guy with the Dentyne smile,” Clark was not fully in tune with rock ’n’ roll music but aligned himself with the most popular disc jockeys and record promotion men, thus gaining a “pulse” on the new sounds. “Dick figured out how to bring rock ’n’ roll into the living rooms of America and made the music acceptable to a mass audience, including the parents,” said Ed Salamon, partner with Dick Clark in a series of radio networks for 15 years. The ratings of the show soared, and by Aug. 5, 1957, now known as American Bandstand, it was being seen by millions of viewers on the ABC-TV network. From coast to coast, teenagers tuned in daily, not only for the music, but also because they identified with the dancers who

Above, top: Chubby Checker’s dance craze “The Twist” premiered on Bandstand. Above, bottom: Dick Clark suggested Danny and the Juniors change their song “Do the Bop” to the more modern “At the Hop.”

became regulars, including Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi, Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton, Bunny Gibson and Ed Kelly, and Carmen and Yvette Jimenez, plus numerous others. “I was a shy kid, and really surprised, because I wasn’t the best-looking kid, wasn’t a fashion plate—people liked me for some reason, and it took me out of my shell,” Sullivan said. Portrayed as “the kids next door,” show regulars began appearing in teen publications, such as 16 Magazine, Photoplay, and others. This affected the way viewers dressed and, of course, the dance trends they demonstrated. With newfound fame came fan clubs, which generated an incredible amount of mail, explained Dave Frees, president of the American Bandstand Fan Club since 1970.

“In the end of 1960, I had taken over a fan club for the Jimenez sisters, and mail the regulars received was amazing— some got 1,000 letters a week!” he said. Dancing on American Bandstand was the highlight; kids would line around the building of WFILTV at 46th and Market streets in Philadelphia, hoping to get in and see their favorite artists lip synching the top hits of the day. Many of the latest dance crazes would premiere on the show: “The Twist,” “Mashed Potato Time,” “Bristol Stomp,” and others recorded by Philly’s Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, and the Dovells, respectively. Bandstand also featured a legion of talent who recorded for a number of the most prominent record labels in the Quaker City, including Cameo/Parkway, Jamie/ Guyden, Chancellor, and Swan records. The song “At the Hop”—and the act who recorded it in 1957, Danny and the Juniors—can attribute their success to Dick Clark. Clark suggested that the tune, originally titled “Do the Bop,” have a slight lyric change, as the “bop” was becoming passé. American Bandstand was also a grooming ground for many regional acts in Pennsylvania. The word was: If you got your record on Bandstand, your career was on its way. Of those were the Jordan Brothers, hailing from Frackville, Pennsylvania, who performed three times on the show. Clark enjoyed their talent so much that in 1959 they appeared on his first “Caravan of Stars” nationwide tour. The group’s Frank Jordan recalled Clark’s humorous side. “Dick held up a stool once, in an effort to keep the girls from trying to get at us!” Jordan said. In late 1963, a major change came when the show moved its

base from Philly to California. Clark, a fledging entrepreneur, felt there was more on the business horizon for him and took American Bandstand to Hollywood. The move altered the show’s previous hometown charm and camaraderie, and its air schedule changed from daily to a Saturdaymorning run. “I knew once Dick left Philly, it was never going to be the same,� Sullivan said. Nevertheless, the AB logo was prominent, and ratings kept the show in place through the 1970s and ’80s. In 1989, shortly after shifting from ABC to the USA network, Dick Clark left as host, with David Hirsch assuming duties until the final episode aired Oct. 7, 1989. Over the years, many of music’s iconic names would grace American Bandstand, with the exception of only a few, namely Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and the Beatles. Even Dick Clark could not predict the advent of Beatlemania. In the summer of 1963, Bernie Binnick, head of Swan Records, asked Clark to listen to a record he was going to release, entitled “She Loves You,� by a group from England known as the Beatles. In late September 1963, Clark reluctantly featured the song on Bandstand’s “Rate a Record� segment, where it received a No. 73. But within five months, Beatlemania and the music of the British Invasion were prominently featured on American Bandstand. On April 18, 2012, at age 82, the world’s oldest teenager, Dick Clark, entered the gates of rock ’n’ roll heaven. After imprinting American Bandstand as a household word, Clark flourished in numerous capacities, including game show host for Pyramid and other programs.

As producer, he created the United Stations Radio Networks, and his Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve became a yearly tradition starting in 1972; the show continues today with host Ryan Seacrest. Shortly after Clark’s passing, the former Studio B in Philadelphia— where tapings were done during American Bandstand’s heyday—was officially opened to the public, paying homage to the TV show and featuring a wealth of memorabilia for permanent viewing at the building now known as the Enterprise Center. The show has truly lived on, with many reunions, tributes, books, and periodicals heralding its legacy. Of recent particular note is Bandstand Diaries (www. by show regular Arlene Sullivan with journalists Sharon Sultan Cutler and Ray Smith. The book is a potpourri of behind-the-scenes looks at the Bandstand days through the eyes of those who were a part of it—and who have kept its memory hoppin’ for six decades. Cover photos, clockwise from center: Dick Clark publicity photo, 1961. A 1962 entrance ticket to American Bandstand. “Regular dancers� Arlene Sullivan, right, with Tony Porrini on American Bandstand. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries. Dick Clark, left, interviewing Myrna Horowitz, one of Bandstand’s original dancers, on the show’s 17th anniversary in 1970.

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Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards? – New Beneficiary Dear New, Many people new to Medicare are surprised to learn that the ID number on their Medicare card is still identical to their Social Security number. After all, we’re constantly warned not to carry our SSN around with

us, because if it gets lost or stolen, the result could be identity theft. But the card itself tells beneficiaries to carry it with you when you are away from home so you can show it at the doctor’s office or hospital when you need medical care. Here’s what you should do to protect yourself. New Medicare Cards For starters, you’ll be happy to know that the government is in the process of removing SSNs from

Medicare cards, but with 58 million beneficiaries, it’s a huge undertaking that will be implemented gradually. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start sending the new cards in April 2018, but it will take until December 2019 before SSNs are removed from all cards. Under the new system, a randomly generated 11-character Medicare beneficiary identifier will replace the SSN-based health claim number on your new Medicare card, but your

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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Medicare benefits will not change. You will receive information in 2018 letting you know about the new Medicare card, with an explanation of how to use the new card and what to do with your old one. You can start using your new Medicare card with the new number as soon as you receive it, and there should be a transition period in 2018 and 2019 when you can use either the old card or the new card. Protect Your Identity Until your new Medicare card is issued, here’s what you can do to protect your SSN on your current card. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a national consumer resource on identity theft, recommends that you carry your Medicare card only when



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

you visit a healthcare provider for the first time, so the provider can make a copy for their files. Otherwise, make a photocopy of your card and cut it down to wallet size. Then take a black marker and black out the last four digits of your SSN, and carry that instead in case of an emergency. If your Medicare card does happen to get lost or stolen, you can replace it by calling Social Security at (800) 772-1213 or contacting your local Social Security office. You can also request a card online at myaccount. Your card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. If your Medicare card that contains your SSN gets lost or stolen, you’ll need to watch out for Medicare fraud. You can do this by checking your quarterly Medicare summary notices for services or supplies you did not receive.

You can also check your Medicare claims early online at MyMedicare. gov (you’ll need to create an account first) or by calling Medicare at (800) 633-4227. If you spot anything suspicious or wrong, call the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at (800) 447-8477. Also, watch for other signs of identity theft. For example, if someone uses your Social Security number to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts, or other goods and services, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission at or (877) 4384338. This site will also give you specific steps you’ll need to take to handle this problem.

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Do You Snooze, Doze, or Nap? Walt Sonneville

Most of us probably snooze, doze, and nap—but no one can do the three simultaneously. Each asserts itself as a distinct phenomenon. The three conditions are not synonyms. The traditional benchmark of a nap is “40 winks.” But no one has authoritatively defined “wink.” Let us dare to do so. A nap should be no less than 10 minutes of sleep. Let’s equate a 10minute nap with 40 winks. Snoozing then might be five to 10 winks and dozing a bit longer, perhaps 15 winks. A nap typically is a voluntary brief period of sleep. Snoozing is an unplanned, involuntary stage of nearsleep. And dozing is an intermittent period of involuntary light sleep. Biologists tell us that more than 85 percent of mammalian species take short naps throughout the day. We

humans are mammals. Generally we try to divide our days into time for sleep and time for wakefulness. Maybe we have it wrong and the other 85 percent of mammalians are correct in following nature’s intended pattern of daytime napping. The familiar Spanish word siesta, which we identify with napping, comes from the Latin words hora sexta, which mean “sixth hour”—the sixth hour counting from dawn.

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a State of the Union Address. No one faulted either Reagan or Ginsberg for these very human social indiscretions. The National Sleep Foundation found that at least 75 percent of adults feel drowsy during the day. Feeling drowsy is the threshold of snoozing, and then perhaps dozing, possibly progressing to napping. Pew Research concluded, however, that only 34 percent of adults nap 10 minutes or more. Older people reputedly do not sleep well. Insomnia is said to affect onethird of them. Not surprisingly, retired people nap more than those in the workforce. It’s not because they are lazy, nor because they are older, but because they are retired and have earned the restorative power of a nap without any feeling of guilt.




Hence, a siesta is a midday nap. Snoozing, the unplanned, involuntary stage of near-sleep, is what President Reagan experienced in 1982 when he visited Pope John Paul II and nodded while the pope was reading a statement televised internationally. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsberg blamed a heavy dinner, accompanied by wine, as the cause of her snoozing on national television while President Obama was delivering

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There are many examples of historical people who would testify to the benefits of napping. For most it was a lifestyle choice. For a few others, it was a necessity imposed by circumstances. Napoleon Bonaparte, for example, had his sleep disturbed by military hostilities, forcing him to nap as circumstances permitted. Someone suggested his name should be Nap-oleon, as he never missed an opportunity to nap. President Kennedy, when he was at home in the White House, took a one-hour nap after having lunch in bed, apparently to relieve his painful back. For others, napping is a lifestyle choice. Well-known White House nappers include Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson, and George W. Bush. President Calvin Coolidge is the champion White House napper. He would sleep eight or nine hours at night and take a two- to three-hour nap in the afternoon. Maybe this is why he is remembered as “Silent Cal.”

Arianna Huffington, publisher of the Huffington Post, the internet newspaper, expressed her solid recommendation for taking time to sleep. In an interview promoting her book Thrive, she said, “I really feel that sleeping your way to the top is the ticket.” Don’t be shocked by what appears to be a scandalous revelation. Huffington was emphasizing the benefits of taking time to sleep and take naps, all of which, she said, are steps to a more productive life. She subscribes so strongly to the belief that staffers at her firm are encouraged to use the company’s onsite nap rooms. Now there’s a progressive company! Walt Sonneville, a retired marketresearch analyst, is the author of My 22 Cents’ Worth: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen and A Musing Moment: Meditative Essays on Life and Learning, books of personalopinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. Contact him at

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

World’s Fair Collectibles Lori Verderame

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations was the formal name of the very first World’s Fair. It was held at the Crystal Palace in London, England, in 1851. Of course, the event had crowds of attendees, impressive exhibits, and all types of souvenirs. The promise of bringing home something rare, exotic, and unusual from the World’s Fair remains an exciting attraction for many. Today, World’s Fair collectibles are popular, and some are very valuable on the market. These massive events, hosted by major cities around the globe, highlighted innovations in various industries, mounted large art and science exhibits, staged entertainment spectacles, and hosted millions of visitors.

Some of the most interesting World’s Fairs, when it comes to collectible objects, were the fairs held in: London, 1851; Paris, 1889; Philadelphia, 1876; Chicago, 1893; St. Louis, 1904, which was the largest world’s fair; San Francisco, 1915; New York, 1939, and again held there in 1964; Seattle, 1962; and Montreal, 1967. Some valuable World’s Fair collectibles include:

•F  erris wheel toys from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, where George Ferris’s famous amusement ride debuted •A  n Ingersoll pocket watch with the Cascades pictured on the dial from the 1904 Louisiana Purchase Exhibition •A  Jim Beam bottle in the shape of the city’s landmark Space Needle, which was erected for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair

• A n admission ticket to A Jim Beam bottle the 1876 Centennial from the 1962 World’s • P  arker Brothers’ World’s Fair in Seattle. International Exhibition Fair board game in Philadelphia 1876 highlighting

the adventures of two young people visiting the famed Trylon and Perisphere and other attractions at the World of Tomorrow World’s Fair, the second largest fair, held in New York City in 1939-40 The most valuable World’s Fair collectibles are items that highlight the most famous aspects or attractions of a particular fair. Many World’s Fairs erect temporary architectural buildings and landscaped areas throughout the fair site. Look for objects that recall the immense project of the fairgrounds and important landmarks that debuted at the fair, such as: the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Daniel Burnham’s please see WORLD’S FAIR page 19

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‘Ode to Billie Joe’ Randal Hill

In the summer of 1967, folks were asking, “What really happened to Billie Joe McAllister? What exactly did he throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge? And what about that girl up on Choctaw Ridge?” It was all part of the fun of trying to analyze Bobbie Gentry’s charttopper “Ode to Billie Joe.” Years later, Gentry explained in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits that many listeners missed the point of her song. “Everybody seems more concerned with what was thrown off the bridge than they are with the thoughtlessness of people expressed in the song,” she groused. “The real ‘message’ of the song, if there must be a message, revolves around the nonchalant way the family talks about the suicide.” Gentry was born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, in 1942. When her parents divorced, Bobbie moved in with her grandparents. She taught herself to play the piano and write some catchy little tunes. In the mid-1950s, her mother relocated to Palm Springs, California, and Gentry followed. During high school, she also mastered the guitar, bass, banjo, and vibes. After graduation in 1960, she moved to Los Angeles and took philosophy classes at UCLA before

switching to the spinning “Ode to prestigious Los Billie Joe.” Once it Angeles Conservatory hit Billboard’s singles of Music to charts, “Ode” took study guitar and just three weeks to composition. reach No. 1 and pave Now calling herself the way for three Bobbie Gentry—from Grammy Awards that the 1952 movie Ruby followed the next year. Gentry—she made a But nothing that demo (demonstration) Capitol released after record of an original that came close to song: “Mississippi Bobbie Gentry’s debut Delta.” smash. When she shopped She moved to Las “Ode to Billie Joe” it around, Capitol Vegas early in the Bobbie Gentry Records executives 1970s and headlined August 1967 were instantly taken the Strip with a revue with both Gentry’s that she created, obvious talent and stunning good produced, and starred in. looks. Still, she could never escape Capitol people chose to promote the bluesy “Mississippi Delta” as her first single; they were lukewarm about the “B” side, a haunting, Gothic Southern ballad she called “Ode to Billie Joe.” Gentry had cut “Ode” in less than an hour, accompanying herself on a finger-picked acoustic guitar. Violins, MULTI-DAY TOURS a cello, and a bass were added later. • Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island....Sept 4 – 13 “Ode” was eventually edited from • Fall Mystery Tour....................................Sept 6 – 8 seven minutes and 11 verses to a • Mackinac Island & Agawa Canyon...... Sept 10 – 16 more radio-friendly (read: shorter and • Montreal, Quebec, Boston.................. Sept 11 – 15 simpler) tune. • Niagara Falls Getaway....................... Sept 13 – 15 Capitol promoted “Mississippi • Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine....Sept 17 – 22 Delta,” but DJs soon preferred • California & The Southwest..............Sept 17–Oct 7 • Cape Cod Getaway..............................Sept 18 – 22 • Hudson River Valley...........................Sept 20 – 22 • Branson, Nashville, St Louis...........Sept 24 – Oct 1 • Creation Museum & Ark Encounter....Sept 27 – 30 • New England Rail & Sail................Sept 30 – Oct 4 • Lake George and Lake Placid..................Oct 1 – 5 • Fall for New England Foliage...................Oct 1 – 6 • Biltmore Estate & Asheville......................Oct 2 – 5 • Island Hopping in New England...............Oct 2 – 6 • Autumn in the Smoky Mountains...........Oct 9 – 12 • Charleston, Hilton Head & Savannah..Oct 15 – 20 • Frightseeing Ghost Tour.......................Oct 20 – 22

the shadow of her lone megahit, which eventually was relegated to the playlists of “oldies” stations. Eventually she packed up and left Sin City behind. In 1999, “Ode to Billie Joe” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Oddly, when the Grammy people tried to send Gentry her award, nobody could find a phone number or an address for her. The award was set on a shelf where, one assumes, it still rests today. Forget Billie Joe McAllister. Now people should ask, “What really happened to Bobbie Gentry?” Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at

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Support Groups Free and open to the public Aug. 2, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street (717) 464-9365

Aug. 17, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894

Aug. 3 and 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Women’s Divorce/Separation Support Group Mental Health America of Lancaster County Community Services Building, Room B-103 630 Janet Ave., Lancaster (717) 397-7461

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Aug. 14, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 Aug. 16, 7 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group The Gathering Place (Main Entrance) 6 Pine St., Mount Joy (717) 664-6641

Aug. 23, 6-8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Lancaster General Hospital – Stager Room 5 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104 Aug. 28, 2-3 p.m. Parkinson’s Support Group Garden Spot Village Theater 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6259

Community Programs Free and open to the public Aug. 2, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Oak Leaf Manor North 2901 Harrisburg Pike, Landisville (717) 299-1990 Aug. 4, 5-9 p.m. Opening Reception: Benoit Barbe Photography Exhibition Mulberry Art Studios 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster (717) 295-1949 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

Aug. 5, 7 p.m. Singspiration – 15th Annual Community Hymn Sings Series Historic Old Leacock Presbyterian Church 3181 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise (717) 687-6619 Aug. 7, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098 Aug. 18, 6-9 p.m. Music Fridays Downtown Lancaster (717) 341-0028

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A Visit to Las Vegas that is Très Magnifique By Andrea Gross

Aha! There it is, the Eiffel Tower. Around the corner, the Arc de Triomphe. And right nearby, a row of quaint shops on a cobblestoned street. Voilà, this is Paris, n’est-ce pas? Actually, it’s Paris Las Vegas, a French-themed hotel and casino that’s done a remarkable job of bringing the famous landmarks of the governmental capital of France to the entertainment capital of the United States. Although at first it’s a bit The 460-foot Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, disconcerting to see Parisian an almost-exact half-scale replica of the landmarks sitting amidst the original, was built using Gustav Eiffel’s high-rise hotels and brightly lit plans for the original. casinos, it’s also très magnifique. that the famous landmarks were The architects and designers reproduced as accurately as possible. responsible for creating the Paris Las Their greatest coup was securing Vegas Hotel, which opened in 1999, the original plans that Gustav Eiffel went to great lengths to make sure

than 40 stories) into the desert sky. The major difference, aside from size, has to do with safety. Rather than joining beams with rivets as in the original, modern builders felt that welding would produce a stronger structure. Then, to ensure an authentic look, they overlaid the welding with cosmetic rivets. The concern for accuracy even extended to the lighting The Arc de Triomphe, replicated in 2/3 scale, system. In 1989, 100 years honors soldiers who fought with Napoleon. after the original tower was built, lights were added to brighten the Paris sky. Ten used to build his monument for the years later the same experts Paris Exposition in 1889. The Las were hired to install the lights in the Vegas tower is an almost-exact halfLas Vegas reproduction. scale replica, soaring 460 feet (more The Eiffel Tower is the first sign

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You don’t need to be a neatnik for called “travel” and in it a document the sake of your buddy, the computer. titled “packing list” and another called It couldn’t care less whether you can “Italy itinerary.” Those two items are find the documents you “penned.” files contained in the folder “travel.”) Nor does it have any investment To assist in identifying the contents, in whether your photographs are you will assign the folder a name. organized in a folder or if they live Again, specificity counts. The icon for higgledy-piggledy all over your a folder helps clarify things because machine. it looks like a manila folder and it You are the sole beneficiary of an functions like one. organized computer. Knowing where You can even have a folder system things within are stored a folder, makes your similar to a computing family tree, experience as in the manageable illustration and more I included. pleasant. On my Don’t you computer, deserve the main Abby’s folder tree. that? folder is A file named can be a word-processing document, a “Abby.” Within that folder are folders digital or scanned photograph, a video titled “Correspondence,” “Travel,” and clip, an audio or music recording, a “Recipes,” to name a few. PowerPoint slideshow, or a movie. Inside the correspondence folder are It could be a multipage document folders designated by year that store containing text, graphics, and photos. the correspondence of each year. In every case, a file must have Within the travel folder are various a name. Ideally, that name clearly itineraries and conversion charts. describes the contents of the file, The recipe folder contains separate thereby eliminating the need to folders for appetizers, main courses, open the file to reveal the gist of its side dishes, and desserts—each folder contents. It’s a good idea to include with recipes in it. who, what, and when in the filename Starting to get the picture? Here’s (e.g., Betty Xmas 2014). the rule of thumb to keep things A filename can contain spaces and organized: If you have three or more may be uppercase and lowercase, but files that can be grouped, make a punctuation can sometimes be tricky. folder to store them. You can’t use slashes or question marks. If you must have a means to Create a Folder divide text, to be safe use the hyphen key (e.g., Accountant Final Letter 4-14If you have a PC: 2015). A folder is not a file. I know it’s • Move your mouse to a blank spot on confusing, but to the computer a file the Desktop. is a file and a folder is a folder. There’s • Click with the right button of the no such thing as a “file folder” on the mouse. computer. • Left-click on New (all other clicks A folder is a means to store and will be with the left button after this organize one or more files. (For point). example, you might have a folder

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Recent Widower Tries Dating, Finds it’s Too Soon

This panic usually lasted two years. Often, widowers contact me with He needs healing time.” questions about mature dating. Last Stella said, “Steve, whoa, whoa, month, Steve, a recent widower, whoa! At seven months widowed, the emailed. full impact hasn’t even hit you yet. He wrote, “I just ‘stumbled’ onto Allow yourself time to go through your Finding Love after 50 website, all the stages of grief. Your time will trying to educate myself to prepare for dating and my next phase in life. come …” I became a widower in January of this Another widow, Maria, said, “I’d year after a terrific 40-year marriage be scared off if I was asked out by a (together 44, married 40). guy whose partner died seven months “I am 66, still working, and live before.” just across the Pennsylvania border in New York state. My wife suffered Tom’s thoughts: Likely, the two an accidental death. She was an only women that Steve dated sensed he child and wasn’t I am now ready for a responsible relationship. for her After all, he parents, had been aged 94 and with his 93. wife since “To get he was 20 myself years old. moving, I What have gone often on a couple happens of dates. when a new The dates widower went OK, begins Steve at a July 2017 car show. but I have dating is no plans to that a nice continue woman falls in calling those women because I see no love with him. A little later, he realizes willingness on their part to continue it’s too soon and pulls the rug out dating, let alone have a relationship. from under her, resulting in a broken “My guy friends say I am wrong heart for her. Not good. to give up. I say, let the women ‘get Socializing with new people is motivated.’ I would like opinions from important, and Steve is taking steps to both genders.” do that. He recently sent an update. I asked my On Life and Love He said, “I have a 1964 Pontiac after 50 e-newsletter readers for their GTO. I travel to Central Pennsylvania opinions and shared them with Steve. for work—and pleasure, since Central The consensus among the Pennsylvania is the car collector responders: Steve needs to grieve and capital. We have Hershey in the fall, heal before getting involved with and of course the famous Carlisle another woman. swap meets, which run from spring Nikol, a widow of 10 years, wrote, through fall.  “I was in a widow and widower “I was worried that the stress support group. My experience with from my situation would rapidly new widowers was they were all in the age me, but when people tell me I same big panic to replace their wives. look way younger than 66—well,

I am not about to argue! I’ve read that widowers tend to fall into poor health and age rapidly after the loss of their wives, and I am determined not to become part of that statistic. “On Father’s Day, I took my elderly in-laws to visit a new assisted living facility 2 miles from their home in Pennsylvania. I arranged a tour of the facility and we then had dinner there. “Next year the GTO Association of America is having their national convention in Valley Forge. The event is normally the last week in June into the first week in July. Since

this event is [near] where I live, I will be there with my car, of course!” Already, I see signs of Steve healing. It is great that he has an interest in his GTO and in helping his in-laws. These interests will help him keep busy and get out with new people. If you’d like to email Steve, email me at and I will forward your message to him.

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WORLD’S FAIR from page 10 Great White City, temporary Tower snow globes in 1889, Patek buildings made of staff, a mixture of Philippe gold pocket watches made plaster, cement, and jute fiber; and especially for the 1893 fair, etc. Frederick MacMonnies’s Columbian It is wise to collect those World’s Fountain in Chicago. Fair collectibles that feature a Many of these World’s Fair specific host city or focus on a collectibles have sold ranging particular specialty attraction. from a few hundred to several The best of the best were also tens of thousands of dollars on the offered for purchase as souvenirs collectibles of the market. World’s Common Fair. The collectibles World’s that every Fair was man could the place afford where include ruby visitors glass cut-tocould clear mugs obtain embossed rare and with a unusual patron’s pieces, Photo by Max Mordecai first name and Photograph of the New York World's Fair and the some of year of the 1964/1965 as viewed from the Observation Tow- the most ers of the New York State Pavilion. fair, such coveted as “Louise and – World’s Fair 1893,”or objects to collectible were rare jewels, be used by guests as they walked furniture, and fine art. the fairgrounds, such as a 1939 Perisphere collapsible seat. These Celebrity appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame items were inexpensive and popular is an author and award-winning TV with fair guests and could be used personality who stars on History long after the fair ended. channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, Discovery’s Auction Kings, and FOX Look for unique, unusual, hardBusiness’ Strange Inheritance. With a to-come-by, or exotic World’s Fair collectibles that were first introduced Ph.D. from Penn State University, Dr. at a specific World’s Fair, such as ice Lori offers appraisals, keynote speeches, cream cone advertisements in 1904, and live appraisal events to worldwide audiences. Visit or call admission tickets to the 1939 fair, (888) 431-1010. Tiffany stained-glass lamps, Eiffel

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Traditional Reading Bill Levine

This past Chanukah I gave my 21year-old son, Matt, a gift of a book. Compared to Matt’s other gifts of cool clothes and a Budweiser can candle, I feared that the book would be rated a distant third. After all, Matt could only come up with one book on his “mayberead list”: Murder in Belmont, about a hometown crime. As his book-loving dad, I was disappointed by Matt’s list. I would have preferred: “Get me 12 William Faulkners and Bill O’Reilly’s latest, Killing, Killing, and Still Killing Rasputin.” But Matt and his older brother, Craig, had read for pleasure about two books total after middle school. My millennials did read for pleasure in their elementary school days. Indeed, my family reading

tradition reached its apex at about 11:30 p.m. in July 2004 when my tween boys, my wife, and I were part of a several-blocks-long queue. Everyone was waiting in line to pick up a new Harry Potter book. It was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Alcatraz or something like that. We made it into Waldenbooks about 12:20 a.m. or so, and Craig and Matt were handed their books by wizardcostumed store clerks. We were a bibliophile family, at least on that night.

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In my own childhood I would have loved events like the Harry Potter hot-off-the-press soiree. These book promotions never happened in my childhood. In fact, as a tween, I went into a bookstore with no mandate from the publishing industry to buy a specific book. But my mom would give me time to browse Lauriat Books for reference books. In those days, I read because I was a curious introvert, and I needed to prep for my role as the class know-it-all. It all led up to a shining moment in fifth grade, circa 1962, when I correctly named all of the Kennedy cabinet members, gleaned from my 1961 Encyclopaedia Britannica supplement. As I went through attenuated adolescence in college, my pleasure reading broadened out to include everything except sci-fi and Jacqueline Susann. But my focus in pleasure reading was often the sexual and romantic plots within the book at hand, as I was a callow youth. As I have matured over the years, reading has continued to feed invaluable self-reflection and enjoyment. Some of my best reads in the past couple of decades have been family-oriented novels. I have dug into these volumes to see if indeed our family is just normally crazy or really crazy. I would have liked to say that my millennials have benefitted from reading as I have over my lifetime. It would have been an important tradition to pass down. At least, though, I tried to set an example of a committed pleasure reader. On our cruise-ship vacations they have watched me read on just about every deck on a ship, forgoing

the more enticing opportunities, like the belly-flop competition and towelfolding clinics. But pleasure reading for my millennials has mostly been done in by all the available leisure-timeabsorbing digital delights, such as unlimited texting plans and limited factual news. They did, however, somehow pick up on my love of basketball. Their skillful dedication to the hoop followed in my own clumsy footsteps; it was my one alternative pastime as an adolescent. I don’t really know how my kids caught the b-ball bug. It could be through osmosis, or maybe it was just through DNA that was dominant for basketball and recessive for Quidditch. True, my wife is 6 feet and my son’s heights are 6 feet 5 inches and 6 feet 2 inches—but I swear I married for love, not basketball. My last gasp, then, to entice these millennials to read is to utilize their love of basketball. I am going to lend them my two favorite basketball books, To the Hoop by Ira Berkow and My Losing Season by Pat Conroy. These are great books because they are about personal odysseys as much as trips up and down the court. It would be wonderful if these books whet the boys’ reading appetites. Then maybe when I have narrowed my life down to reading and TV in my declining years, we will still have a meaningful father-and-son activity, just like my father and I did. Even when my dad was in his 90s, he always was ready to lend me books that he had read. In return, I could always get him a gift of a book. If this ploy does not work, I will settle for harping on Matt to finish Murder in Belmont. Bill Levine is a retired IT professional and active freelance writer. Bill aspires to be a humorist because it is easier to be pithy than funny.

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Let It Ride By Mark Pilarski

Dear Mark: What is your take on Let It Ride? I love to play it, but how bad are the odds? The three-card bet seems to be the best chance to win money. – Steve C. Let It Ride is a variation of five-card stud poker where the player wagers on a poker hand consisting of three cards in the player’s hand and two community cards in the dealer’s hand. Play begins with each player making three equal bets in spaces labeled 1, 2, and $. The dealer then gives each player three cards and deals two community cards face down. After seeing his or her three cards, each player has the option of pulling back the first bet, or, as the game is eponymously named, saying “Let it ride.” The dealer then exposes one of the two community cards. Each player now has the option to remove the second bet or to “let it ride,” regardless of the first decision. Finally, the second community card is revealed. Losing bets not meeting the payout criteria are collected; then the winning wagers are paid according to a posted payout schedule. Typically, a royal flush pays 1,000 to 1; a straight flush, 200 to 1; four of a kind, 50 to 1; a full house, 11 to 1; a flush, 8 to 1; a straight, 5 to 1; three of a kind, 3 to 1; two pair, 2 to 1; and a pair of 10s or better, 1 to 1. Like you, I find the game fun to play, slow enough for the newbie gambler, and forgiving, as it does allow you to pull back two of the three bets. My problem, Steve, is that even when played with perfect strategy, the casino advantage on Let It Ride is 3.51 percent, well above my axiom: “Never make a wager that has higher than a 2 percent house edge.” That is almost six times higher than blackjack when using perfect basic strategy. Incidentally, amongst dealers, Let It Ride is nicknamed “Let It Die,” since the tipping rate is terrible. Regarding the “Three-Card Bonus Bet,” it is a side bet that pays, based on the poker value of the player’s three cards, similar to the pair-plus wager in Three-Card Poker. With Let It Ride, the wager has a separate win for a “mini royal,” defined as ace/king/queen of one suit. With any Let It Ride side bets, where you are offered an additional payoff with certain paying hands, all of these wagers carry a whopping double-digit casino edge, and I would recommend that you avoid all of them. Gambling Wisdom of the Month: “Look at that guy—can’t run six balls and he’s president of the United States.” – Johnny Irish, pool hustler on Richard Nixon, McGoorty (1972) Mark Pilarski is a recognized authority on casino gambling, having survived 18 years in the casino trenches. Pilarski is the creator of the bestselling, award-winning audio book series on casino gambling, Hooked on Winning.

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Retirement Communities Designed with their residents’ changing needs in mind, CCRCs offer a tiered approach to the aging process. Healthy adults entering a CCRC can live independently. When assistance with everyday activities becomes necessary, they can transition to personal care, assisted living, rehabilitation, or nursing care facilities. Some CCRCs have designated dementia areas that address the progressing needs of people who have any form of dementia. In addition, some communities have sought out and earned accreditation from CARF International, signifying they have met CARF’s stringent set of quality standards. CCRCs enable older adults to remain in one care system for the duration of their lives, with much of their future care already figured out—creating both comfort and peace of mind.

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Social Security News

What You Can Teach Your Grandchild about Social Security

By John Johnston

One of the greatest gifts you can give a grandchild is the gift of financial literacy. Helping them save money early in life and showing them how to make wise spending decisions goes a long way toward a bright financial future. As they get older, they may want to save for special purchases or their college education. You can encourage them when they get their first job to begin saving for the future, including their retirement. Planning for the Future with my Social Security When you celebrate their graduation from high school, you can also remind them to set up a “my Social Security” account. They need to be age 18 or older, have a U.S. mailing address and a valid email

address, and have a Social Security number. And while their retirement is many years away, you can explain the importance of reviewing their earnings record each year since Social Security uses the record of earnings to compute their future benefits. As they start their first major job and begin saving, they’ll be able to monitor the growth of the estimates of benefits available to them. You can access “my Social Security” at www.

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Saving For Retirement with ‘my RA’ The U.S. Treasury recently introduced a retirement savings account for a simple, safe, and affordable way to save for retirement. It’s perfect for people whose employer doesn’t offer a savings plan. There are no costs or fees to open and maintain a “my RA” account. The account won’t lose money and is backed by the U.S. Treasury. The individual chooses the amount to save. The account is portable and moves with them from job to job. The account owner can withdraw the money they put in without tax or penalty. You can learn more about “my RA” at Share How Social Security Works You can share your knowledge about Social Security with your young savers by explaining how the program works and how it has worked for you. About 96 percent of all Americans are covered by Social Security. Social Security is financed through workers’ contributions, which are

matched by their employers. We use the contributions to pay current benefits. Any unused money goes into a trust fund. Nearly all working people pay Social Security taxes, and about 61 million people receive monthly Social Security benefits. About 42 million of those beneficiaries are retirees and their families. Encourage them to watch our Social Security 101 video at www. webinars/social_security_101.html. Share Your Retirement Stories Social Security replaces about 40 percent of an average worker’s income, but financial planners suggest that most retirees need about 70 percent to live comfortably in retirement. Americans need more than Social Security to achieve that comfortable retirement. They need private pensions, savings, and investments. That means starting to save early and monitoring your Social Security record for accuracy. Your personal stories about how you prepared for retirement and what role Social Security plays can help them see what is needed for a secure financial future. Give them the gift of financial literacy today. John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.

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Volunteer Spotlight September 16, 2017 City Island, Harrisburg

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The been working National here, she has Association cataloged of Watch almost 700 and Clock files. Collectors “Sally has named has taken it Lancaster upon herself County to learn a resident tremendous From left, Noel Poirier, National Watch Sally Biel its amount about and Clock Museum director; Sally Biel, Volunteer of horology, volunteer; and Sara Dockery, library the Year for keeping careful and archives supervisor. her generous notes about contribution of time to the each type of clock and watch she National Watch and Clock encounters in her work,” Dockery Museum and its library and added. research center. “Thanks to the work that she “For nearly two years Sally is doing, members are able to has been coming in once a week easily find library resources, and a to work on cataloging vertical project that has been ongoing for files,” Sara Dockery, library and well over the five years I’ve been archives supervisor, said. here is nearing completion.” “Most people may not know For more information on Sally, because she works quietly in volunteering at the museum, call my office every Wednesday, but Noel Poirier, museum director, her work is having an enormous at (717) 684-8261, ext. 236, impact on the availability to request an application. The of information to NAWCC application is also available on members, a key part of the the museum’s website at www. library’s mission. In the time she’s Do you know a 50+ volunteer who gives selflessly to others? Tell us what makes him or her so special and we will consider them for 50plus LIFE’s Volunteer Spotlight! Submissions should be 200 words or fewer and photos are encouraged. Email preferred to or mail nominations to 50plus LIFE, Volunteer Spotlight, 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512.

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The Beauty in Nature

Two Toads Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Mostly I hear them calling from Both have rough skins and lovely pond shallows in spring and early eyes with horizontal pupils. Both summer. If I look closely, I can see species have a bulging paratoid gland males sitting in inch-deep water with behind each eardrum. Each gland is bulging throats while trilling or pairs filled with liquid that tastes bad to floating while spawning in the pond. predators. Sometimes I see a few on rural And males of both kinds sit upright roads at night with my car headlights. in inch-deep water to call for mates There, they snap for spawning in up earthworms those shallows. and insects. And But their occasionally vocalizations I spot one differ, enabling us hopping across to identify them. leaf-covered, Male American woodland floors. toads enter American toads shallow water and Woodhouse’s in many ponds toads, also known in southeastern as Fowler’s toads, Pennsylvania American toad. commonly live during April. in southeastern There, they puff Pennsylvania and their dark throats across much of and emit pleasant, the United States. musical trills Like their that last up to 30 relatives, the seconds each. frogs, adult Able to hear toads are tailless well, one male amphibians, starts trilling and starting life in others join in, still, shallow creating a chorus water as tadpoles that attracts Woodhouse’s toad. with gills and female American swimming tails, toads to them for like fish, but living the rest of their mating and spawning. lives on land with legs and lungs that Male Fowler’s toads spawn much breathe air. the same way, except their nasal Frogs, with their smooth, moist trills—“wwaaaahh”—last for two skins, stay close to water to survive, seconds and bring the genders but toads, with bumpy, dry skins that together for spawning. Fowler’s toads retain bodily fluids, roam from water spawn from late May into early July, to meadows, fields, and woodland which is another way to identify floors. But there they need some them. moisture to live, a reason they hide in Frog and toad eggs are fertilized damp places during daytime. externally while each pair is coupled These related toads are similar in shallow water. Gelatinous strings of in appearance. Both are mostly toad eggs by the thousands attach to nocturnal, about 4 inches long at aquatic vegetation and immersed tree maturity, and basically brown, which twigs. blends them into their habitats of soil, Swarms of black tadpoles hatch sand, and dead-leaf carpets on forest from those eggs within a few days. floors. Those tads eat algae and decayed plant

and animal material in the shallows, grow legs and lungs as their tails become absorbed, and hop onto land, all within a few months. Toads are interesting critters that do us no harm. And they are

attractive in their camouflaged way. Try to tolerate their presence when you spot them. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist.


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50plus LIFE Lancaster County August 2017  

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

50plus LIFE Lancaster County August 2017  

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