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Lancaster County Edition

October 2013

Vol. 19 No. 10

The Six-Decade Chase Seasoned Hunter Recalls Exotic Catches and Locales By Chelsea Peifer The thrill of the hunt started for Jim Wagner when he was only 5 years old, and the thrill is just as strong and persistent today at age 73. The current Smoketown resident grew up in Salunga, where he followed his father around in the fields and through the woods while he hunted for small game. They shot pheasants on a regular basis—a bird that is much more difficult to spot in Lancaster County today than it was during his childhood. Wagner started hunting on his own as soon as he turned 12 years old and it was legal for him to do so. He has been hunting every year since then, skipping out on his favorite hobby only for the four years after high school that he spent serving in the United States Navy, where he had the dangerous job of operating the boilers in a destroyer ship. Once back stateside, that boiler knowledge translated into a more than 40-year career in the field. Now retired and working part-time, Wagner’s hunting adventures have taken him not only all throughout the state of Pennsylvania, but into several other states and countries including Canada, Argentina, New Zealand, and the African plains. More than 50 mounts of animals he has killed are on display in his home. His wife, Janet, “puts up with it,” said Wagner with a chuckle. please see CHASE page 13 Jim Wagner’s hunting excursions have taken him around the globe, including New Zealand and Argentina.


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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Animals in Art & Antiques Dr. Lori

Lithograph print with girl and her cat

19th-century painting with rabbits Dragonfly lamp by Louis Comfort Tiffany

have appraised many antique and vintage objects in the form of animals—from cow creamers to Kermit the Frog dolls. While objects are collectible for many reasons, when it comes to animals in art and antiques, it is interesting to note what an animal form symbolizes and why a particular animal was highlighted in a certain period of art history. We love the animals that share our lives, and in art and antiques, these beloved creatures reference important life lessons. When found in a work of art (painting, sculpture, print) or an antique object (figurine, decorative carving, fetish), the appearance of animals has special meaning.


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Bee – Industry and community. Famous wealthy families of the Renaissance and Baroque periods oftentimes commissioned artists to include bees in paintings of their family coat of arms to suggest their public interest in serving the community. Bear – Gentle strength and nurturing. In Native American totem poles, bears are oftentimes carved to suggest the strength of nature and the nurturing characteristics of forest animals. Bull – Wealth. Associated with the financial world today, images of bulls please see ANIMALS page 4

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were painted on cave walls in Lascaux, France, and Santander, Spain, dating back to prehistoric times. Cat – Pride. The ancient Egyptians via sculptures associated cats with pride in beauty and personal accomplishment. The French Impressionist artist, Edouard Manet, painted cats in his masterpieces to suggest the abilities of a woman to attract male suitors.

Dog – Fidelity. A dog is shown at the feet of a couple on their wedding day in the world-known Arnolfini Wedding Portrait (National Gallery, London) from 1434 by Jan van Eyck. Dragonfly – Carefree. Louis Comfort Tiffany highlighted the dragonfly and other insects in many of his decorative creations, including jewelry and lamps.

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or a Medicare Advantage Plan, you’ll still have the same benefits and security you have now. You don’t need to do anything with the Marketplace during Open Enrollment, which is still Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. 2. You get more preventive services for less. Medicare now covers certain preventive services, like mammograms or colonoscopies, without charging you for the Part B coinsurance or deductible. You also can get a free yearly “wellness” visit. 3. You can save money on brandname drugs. If you’re in the doughnut hole, you’ll also get a 50 percent discount when buying Part D-covered brand-name prescription drugs. The discount is applied automatically at the counter of your pharmacy—you don’t have to do anything to get it.

The doughnut hole will be closed completely by 2020. 4. Your doctor gets more support. With new initiatives to support care coordination, your doctor may get additional resources to make sure that your treatments are consistent. 5. The ACA ensures the protection of Medicare for years to come. The life of the Medicare trust fund will be extended to at least 2029—a 12year extension due to reductions in waste, fraud, abuse, and Medicare costs, which will provide you with future savings on your premiums and coinsurance. To learn more about your Medicare coverage and choices, visit Sources: and

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Deer – Sensitivity. Walt Disney’s animated feature film, Bambi, captured the longstanding art historical symbol of the deer.


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1. Your Medicare coverage is protected. Medicare isn’t part of the Health Insurance Marketplace established by the ACA, so you don’t have to replace your Medicare coverage with Marketplace coverage. No matter how you get Medicare, whether through Original Medicare

Cock – Passion. Ceramic figurines of cocks are common decorations in the kitchens of female chefs in France as they are female power symbols.

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Eagle – Protection from evil. American flag collectors look for intricate and decorative flags featuring the eagle from the late 1700s and 1800s. Fish – Long life. In their numerous forms, fish symbolize longevity in works of art dating from the early Christian era to the present. Horse – Stamina and power. The famous sculpture of a horse turned machine by Futurist artist Raymond Duchamp Villon highlighted society’s change from an agricultural society to an industrial one in the early 1900s. Lion – Power and majesty, guardian. Lions have guarded the gates and entrances of some of the most famous sites in the world. Lions are featured on the Ishtar Gate, the eighth gate (north) to the inner city of Babylon. The gate was ordered by King Nebuchadnezzar II in 575 BC. Rabbit – Rebirth. Female artists often choose rabbits as subject matter for paintings, prints, and works on paper to suggest the rejuvenation of the earth in spring. Tiger – Strength, ferocity, power. Japanese artists of the 1700s often

featured tigers in their gouaches, watercolors, woodblock prints, and paintings. Turtle – Perseverance. French sculptors cast forms of turtles in bronze and other metals in the art movement called animalier. Animalier, or animal sculptures, were popular with artists such as Barye and Bonheur in the mid1860s to the 1880s. Personally, I have collected art and antiques that feature fish for decades. It started when I was a youngster on the swim team and the association meant something important to me. Over the years, fish have served as pets, and fish objects have been the basis for some of my collections. This glossary of animal symbolism may help you collect with a vision in mind and learn about the history of your favorite animals. Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, awardwinning TV personality, and TV talk show host, Dr. Lori presents antiques appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on Discovery channel’s hit TV show Auction Kings. Visit,, or call (888) 431-1010.

The Beauty in Nature

October and April are Unique Clyde McMillan-Gamber ept. 22 marked the autumn equinox, and the middle of fall, biologically speaking, at the local latitude. March 20, 2014, will be the spring equinox, or mid-spring. Those dates are six months apart and the preludes to two unique months in the Middle Atlantic States: October and April. November through March has the look and feel of winter, with denuded deciduous trees and cold. The Arctic comes to call in winter. And May through September has the look and feel of summer, with green leaves and warmth. In summer, the heat and humidity of the South comes north. But autumn and spring belong to the temperate zone, particularly October and April. The weather and beautiful scenery of those months are unique and appreciated. In October, afternoons are comfortably warm, but nights are refreshingly chilly. And the variety and volume of warm leaf colors—red, yellow, orange, and brown—during that month are unmatched at any other time of year. Only October has masses of brightly colored, dead leaves falling from their


twigs and carpeting the ground. Autumn foliage on crisp, sunny days is inspiring. Many people go out of their way to enjoy the splendor of colored leaves, including bus trips to areas of magnificent leaf color. The weather and scenery of April are also unparalleled. Days are warm, but evenings can still be cold. The color of the landscape quickly changes from winter gray and brown to the lightgreen of newly developing plant growth, which is darker through summer. In October, plants become dormant and wildlife migrates, stores food, or retains fat in preparation of winter. April is the time of plant growth and wildlife migration, courtship, and reproduction. Many people are lured outdoors by pleasant weather in October and April. They enjoy hiking, hunting, fishing, gardening, watching the dynamics of wild plants and animals, and experiencing nature in other ways. Get out in nature this month, and any time of year, to enjoy its many splendors. Nature is always beautiful and intriguing. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

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Robert D. Wilcox ill Hoin lives today close to communication security. where he was born in East After more training at Colorado Lampeter Township 74 years ago. Springs, Colo., he flew by commercial Even he finds it hard to believe what aircraft to Saigon, reaching there in happened to him through those years. January of 1963. He was stationed at After graduating from LampeterDavis Station, an American base in the Strasburg High School in 1957, he outskirts of Saigon, named for a man in enrolled at Millersville University and his outfit who had been the first earned a B.S. in American killed in industrial arts. In Vietnam. order to get his Hoin’s highly military duty taken classified work there care of, he then was in intelligence volunteered for the gathering: collecting Army, with the hope and disseminating for duty that would information on where involve working with North Vietnamese languages. troops were deployed, Instead, he was where and how they assigned to the U.S. were attacking, and Army Security what they were Agency, where much achieving. of the work was top The North secret. Its work was Vietnamese had their also so complex that Specialist 4th Class William A. Hoin own coded electronic much of the messages, often at Fort Devens, Mass., in 1961. recruiting was done transmitted from at colleges, and most captured American of the personnel were college grads. equipment. Many of their bases were After basic training, Hoin was underground. And defectors from the shipped to Fort Devens, Mass., for a six- north, called “Daniel Boones,” were month course to become proficient at most helpful in revealing for the Morse code and the various ways codes Americans the location of such facilities. could be used. Did he have much chance to know Then he learned that he was to serve the Vietnamese people themselves? as an “observer” in Vietnam. The South “Oh, sure,” he says. “It was a Vietnamese at that time were fighting challenge, though. Because you never the communists in that country, and his knew whether the man who poured you role was to do what he could to help a cup of coffee in the morning might be them and other “observers” with the man trying to kill you that night.


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The Viet Cong and the other South Vietnamese looked alike.” Hoin’s work took him to many remote villages, where he got the overall feeling that most of the Vietnamese in the south just wanted to be left alone and avoid getting killed. For Hoin, the death threat was particularly strong because the Viet Cong pervaded the south, and you never knew who they were. It was a new kind of war, not at all like World War II and previous wars, where enemies wore uniforms and where you knew who was your friend and who was your foe. “There was a common, every-minute dread that I never forgot,” he says. He notes wryly that, although

Vietnam was and is an underdeveloped nation, what used to be the famed Ho Chi Minh trail that supplied the North Vietnam troops is now a paved, threelane highway. He left Saigon to return to the U.S. by air in July 1964, just as the build-up of American troops began in earnest. He was discharged in Oakland, Calif., and returned to Millersville University to earn a B.S. in arts education. He remembers being called a “baby killer” there because of his service in Vietnam. He taught art and industrial arts in high school in Haddonfield, N.J., for a year, and then used the G.I. Bill to earn an M.S. in art education at Glassboro State Teachers College. After that, he

taught at the State Hospital for Crippled Children in Elizabethtown, Pa. And that was followed by a job with a company called Emtol, where he did computer design work and was involved in equipment and assembly line design for large companies like Kellogg, the cereal company. Suffering from the physical handicap of epilepsy (and, more recently, the effects of Agent Orange, from his days in Vietnam) he says that “art became a major therapy and a career choice” for him. He has become an internationally honored artist, craftsman, and author, exhibiting paintings, silkscreen prints, and weavings in many local and national

shows. His work has been exhibited, for example, in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, and the Brandywine River Museum, Chadds Ford, Pa. He says, “I now use art to enrich my life and help others find ways to overcome their handicaps. With this as background, I helped create a local art group of veterans doing artwork, which I called the Lancaster Veterans Arts Project.” So, despite his physical handicaps, he continues to fill his life with the art that means so much to him. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in World War II.

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Q&A’s for October Question: My wife doesn’t have enough work under Social Security to qualify for Social Security or Medicare. But I am fully insured and eligible. Can she qualify on my record? Answer: Yes. The question you’ve raised applies to husbands as well as wives. Even if your spouse has never worked under Social Security, she (or he) can, at full retirement age, receive a benefit equal to one-half of your full retirement amount. Your wife is eligible for reduced spouse’s benefits as early as age 62, as long as you are already receiving benefits. If your spouse will receive a pension for work not covered by Social Security such as government employment, the amount of his or her Social Security benefits on your record may be reduced. For more information, take a look at

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the fact sheet, benefits when you Government reach your full Is there a limit on Pension retirement age, your how long I can receive Offset, disability benefits will Publication automatically be disability benefits? No. 05converted to retirement 10007, at benefits. Learn more about disability benefits at For more information, visit and select the “Retirement” tab. Question: Why is there a five-month waiting period for Social Security Question: Is there a time limit on disability benefits? how long I can receive Social Security disability benefits? Answer: The law states Social Security disability benefits can be paid only after Answer: Your disability benefits will you have been disabled continuously continue as long as your medical throughout a period of five full calendar condition has not improved and you months. cannot work. Social Security will Social Security disability benefits periodically review your case to begin with the sixth full month after the determine whether you continue to be date your disability began. You are not eligible. able to receive benefits for any month If you are still receiving disability during the waiting period. Learn more at

our website: disability. Question: I found out that my daughter and I submitted incorrect information about my resources when she helped me complete my Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs. How can I get my application amended now to show the correct amount? Answer: You can call (800) 772-1213 and let us know. Or you can contact your local Social Security office by using our office locator at locator. Information on your application will be matched with data from other federal agencies. If there is a discrepancy that requires verification, we will contact you. John Johnston is a Social Security public affairs specialist.

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Calendar of Events

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Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation

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

Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 Oct. 3, 6 p.m. – Cocalico Jam Oct. 10, 11 a.m. – Lunch Outing Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – Fall Fest

Oct. 18, 7 to 10 p.m. – Full Moon Fall Campfire, Campsite No. 3 Oct. 19, 1 to 2 p.m. – Cryptozoology: The Study of Legendary Creatures Oct. 28, 8 to 9:30 p.m. – Haunted Chickies, Chickies Creek Day Use Area

Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 Oct. 10, 9 a.m. – A Return to Happy Days with DJ Tony Gro Oct. 24, 10:15 a.m. – Music & Memories Oct. 31 – Halloween Costume Party

Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 Oct. 3, 7 p.m. – Lititz Garden Club: Community-Supported Agriculture Oct. 24, 7 p.m. – Concert: The Ragtime Willi Band Oct. 29, 7 p.m. – Village Art Association: Portrait Painting Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, (717) 560-6441 Oct. 24, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Explore Your Future 50+ Workshop: Reflect Oct. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – Tech Toy Saturdays: Apple Devices (iPad, iPod, iPhone) Oct. 31, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. – Explore Your Future 50+ Workshop: Explore

Support Groups Oct. 2, 7 p.m. Support for Caregivers Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village 6 Terrace Drive, Lancaster (717) 659-0565 Oct. 2, 7 to 8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive Willow Street (717) 464-9365

Free and open to the public Oct. 14, 10 to 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 Oct. 17, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894

Community Programs Oct. 6, 2 p.m. Spiritual Center and Outdoor Labyrinth Dedication St. Thomas Episcopal Church 301 St. Thomas Road, Lancaster (717) 569-3241 Oct. 7, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Park City Diner 884 Plaza Blvd., Lancaster (717) 475-3007 Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. Busy Buddies: Widows & Widowers Social Group Dutch Way Restaurant 365 Route 41, Gap Reservations required (484) 667-0738


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

Oct. 13, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pennsylvania Music Expo Continental Inn 2285 Lincoln Highway East Lancaster (717) 898-1246 Oct. 13, 7 p.m. Concert: Russian Quartet LYRA Grace Lutheran Church 517 N. Queen St., Lancaster (717) 397-2748 Oct. 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Documentary: 56 UP Garden Spot Village Garden Towers Classroom 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6000

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Oct. 18, 6 to 9 p.m. Music Fridays Downtown Lancaster (717) 341-0028 Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Garden Spot Village 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6000

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Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Oct. 2, 1:30 p.m. – Bingo for Bucks Oct. 3, 10:30 a.m. – Advance Directives Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m. – Music with Frankie Widder Lancaster House North – (717) 299-1278 Thursdays, noon to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 299-3943 Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. – CAP Nutrition Program Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m. – Music & Memories Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. – Healthy Steps in Motion Exercise Lancaster Rec. Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Fridays, 12:30 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Bridge Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Oct. 2, 10 a.m. – Haircuts and Manicures Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. – Music and Dancing Oct. 24, 9:15 a.m. – Exercise and Stretch LRC Senior Center – (717) 399-7671 Oct. 1, 1 p.m. – Art Studio Class: Learn to Paint and Draw Oct. 7, 1 p.m. – Open Pickleball Oct. 9, 1 p.m. – Indoor Shuffleboard Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 Oct. 11, 10 a.m. – Jewelry Appraisals and Repairs Oct. 16, 10 a.m. – The Grieving Process Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – Fall Fest Talent Show Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 Oct. 9, 10 a.m. – Make and Take Lollipops Oct. 18, 10 a.m. – Entertainment by The Carol Lea Band Oct. 30, 10 a.m. – Halloween Party Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Oct. 4, 10:30 a.m. – Fundamentals of Finance Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. – Making Tie-Dye T-shirts Oct. 29, 10:30 a.m. – Food Bank Bingo Rodney Park Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m. – Happy Hearts Club Pinochle and Bingo Please call or visit the centers’ websites for additional activities.

Senior Idol Moves to Fall, Talent Follows published in a poetry anthology. Jeanette Miller of Shippensburg performed a Some sat in the waiting area silently, rapid-fingered tune on the flute. Tom sporting serious game faces. Others LaNasa of York and Eugene Constantine alleviated performance jitters by chatting Hrynkiewicz of Harrisburg both and laughing with fellow contestants. No presented dramatic monologues: LaNasa matter their prep tactic, though, all the with "Ragged Old Flag" by Johnny Cash nearly 100 people who auditioned for and Hrynkiewicz with The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe. 2013 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL came And several contestants prepared and ready to impress. complemented Produced by OLP their vocals with EVENTS, the eighth Ray Ricke Jr., their own York annual PA STATE SENIOR accompaniment, IDOL competition such as Paul showcases the vocal, Zavinsky of instrumental, comedic, Hummelstown or dance abilities of the and Tom state’s over-50 Williams of population. West Traditionally held in Brandywine, the spring, the Ernest Batz, both on guitar, competition was moved Ephrata and Ross to the fall for 2013, a Mounds of move that did not Harrisburg on affect the spectrum or the keyboard. quantity of contestant Deb Olsen of turnout. Individuals from as Manheim and far west as Westmoreland Ray Ricke Jr. of County traveled to the York both paid competition’s Central tribute to Pennsylvania audition sites. Michael Jackson From this vast talent pool, with a medley of 15 his most semifinalists memorable have been hits—Olsen on the drums and Ricke selected, with his moonwalking feet. having been When the chosen semifinalists judged on the return to the stage, they will be merits of performing for both a packed ability, audience as well as local celebrity originality, judges: R.J. Harris of WHP580, appearance, Buddy King of The Magnificent and stage Jeanette Miller, Shippensburg Men, Valerie Pritchett of abc27, and presentation. Janelle Stelson of WGAL-8 will These 15 select three finalists after the first round performers will vie for the title of 2013 of performances. PA STATE SENIOR IDOL at the sold-out The finalists will then perform a finals night competition on Monday, second selection, after which the judges Oct. 14, at The Dutch Apple Dinner Theater, Lancaster. Emcee of the evening and the audience will vote together to select the 2013 Pennsylvania State will be Diane Dayton of Dayton SENIOR IDOL. The winner will receive a Communications. limousine trip for two to New York City Although the majority of contestants to enjoy dinner and a Broadway show. flexed their vocal abilities, SENIOR IDOL The 2013 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL judges still saw a fair share of other competition is brought to you by OLP talents represented. Steve Gallion of EVENTS. Media sponsors are abc27, Blue Lancaster performed a stand-up comedy routine. Ernest Batz, Ephrata, played the Ridge Communications, WHP580, and WHYL. accordion that he has played for the last For more information, call On-Line 70 of his 75 years. Publishers at (717) 285-1350 or visit Christian Kendig, Millersville, recited a poem—one of his own that had been By Megan Joyce

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30 Hospital Beds Sent to Africa for Children with AIDS Pleasant View Retirement Community has donated 30 hospital beds to the American Foundation for Children with AIDS, which has philanthropic links to Africa. The American Foundation for Children with AIDS provides critical AIDS and AIDSGetting the beds into the truck was a collaborative related medications, effort. From left, Juan Amador, driver for APR Supply; Jaime Cifuentes, Pleasant View maintenance; Betsy medical equipment and Dorsey, warehouse manager for AFCA; Gary Berry, supplies, nutritional Pleasant View maintenance lead technician; Brad supplements, and Anderson, Pleasant View director of plant operations; emergency supplies that and Jason Hallett, Pleasant View maintenance. are requested by institutions in their targeted areas. They are currently working in Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. APR Supply Co. donated their time and a truck to assist with getting the beds from Pleasant View to the Lebanon warehouse.

‘Sneakers for School’ Benefits Lancaster Homeless Student Project Willow Valley Retirement Communities raised more than $12,000 during their “Sneakers for School” campaign benefitting the Lancaster Homeless Student Project. Willow Valley partnered with Shoe Carnival to provide some 450 pairs of children’s sneakers in time for the Willow Valley residents help drop off new sneakers for first day of school. the Lancaster Homeless Student Project. Sneakers Throughout July, were delivered to Carter and MacRae Elementary School in Lancaster for distribution to homeless donations were collected students within the School District of Lancaster. from Willow Valley Retirement Communities residents and team members and were used to purchase the sneakers from Shoe Carnival. Scott Summy, corporate director of new business development of Willow Valley Retirement Communities, said that the $12,000 collected was double Willow Valley’s original goal. If you have local news you’d like considered for

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Home Care Services & Hospice Providers Listings with a screened background have additional information about their services in a display advertisement in this edition.

Alliance Home Help

Good Samaritan Home Health

(800) 444-4598 (toll-free); 717-283-1444

(717) 274-2591

Year Est.: 2010 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Year Est.: 1911 Counties Served: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes

Other Certifications and Services: Providing non-medical companion, respite, and personal care services throughout Lancaster County. Caregivers matched specifically to you and your needs. Compassion, 24/7 on-call availability, trained, competent, and reliable. Medicaid Waiver approved.

Central Penn Nursing Care, Inc.

Good Samaritan Hospice

(717) 569-0451

(717) 274-2591

Year Est.: 1984 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: Providing all levels of care (PCAs, CNAs, LPNs, RNs), in the home, hospital, or retirement communities with specifically trained caregivers for Alzheimer's and dementia clients. Home care provided up to 24 hours a day to assist with personal care and housekeeping. A FREE nursing assessment is offered.

Year Est.: 1979 Counties Served: Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes

ComForcare Home Care

Homeland Hospice

(610) 363-1485; (717) 824-3643; (717) 718-9393

(717) 221-7890

Year Est.: 2009 Counties Served: Chester, Lancaster, York RNs: Yes LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: 2013 Best of Home Care. Employer of Choice Award from Home Care Pulse. ComForcare provides companionship and/or personal care services up to 24 hours/day, 365 days/year with our meticulously selected, highly qualified, and reliable caregivers. When you can’t be there, ComForcare!

Year Est.: 2009 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry, York RNs: Yes LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes

Other Certifications and Services: Good Samaritan Home Health is a Pennsylvania-licensed home health agency that is Medicare certified and Joint Commission accredited. We work with your physician to provide nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, wound care, and specialized care as needed.

Other Certifications and Services: Good Samaritan Hospice provides services to patients and their families facing a life-limiting illness. We are Pennsylvania licensed, JCAHO accredited, and Medicare certified. We provide services 24 hours per day with a team approach for medical, emotional, spiritual, and social needs.

Other Certifications and Services: Exemplary care provided by a highly trained staff who address all patient and caregiver needs.

Garden Spot Village

Hospice & Community Care

(717) 355-6000

Founded as Hospice of Lancaster County

Year Est.: 2006 Counties Served: Lancaster RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: No Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

(717) 295-3900 Other Certifications and Services: Personal care and companionship services in your home with all the professionalism, friendliness, and excellence you expect of Garden Spot Village. Contact

Year Est.: 1980 Counties Served: Adams, Berks, Chester, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes

Other Certifications and Services: Hospice & Community Care provides compassionate care and support for patients and their families facing serious illness, end of life, and loss. Care is provided at home, in nursing homes, hospitals, and our Inpatient Center. Joint Commission accredited. You are welcome to call with questions.

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Keystone In-Home Care, Inc.

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(717) 898-2825; (866) 857-4601 (toll-free)

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Year Est.: 2004 Counties Served: Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes

Other Certifications and Services: Two- to 24-hour non-medical assistance provided by qualified, caring, competent, compassionate, and compatible caregivers. Personalized service with Assistance for Daily Living (ADL, IADL): companionship, meal prep, bathing, cleaning, and personal care needs. Respite care, day surgery assistance. Assistance with veterans homecare benefits.

Year Est.: 2002 Counties Served: Berks, Lancaster, Lebanon RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

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Year Est.: 1997 Counties Served: Providing service to over 20 counties including Adams, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Year Est.: 2012 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: No Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: For everyone’s peace of mind, 24-hour personal care in the home you love, yours! Premier, professional caregivers. Extensive background checks. Free home evaluations.

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Year Est.: 2005 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes

Other Certifications and Services: Owners Leslie and Sandra Hardy are members of the Society of Certified Senior Advisors. We have contracts with the VA and the Area Agency on Aging. Private insurance and selfpayment are also accepted. Friendly faces, helping hands, warm hearts. Skilled nursing also available.

Year Est.: 1962 Counties Served: Adams, Franklin, Lancaster, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: No Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

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Visiting Angels

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Year Est.: 2007 Counties Served: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Perry, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: Offering nonmedical home care to provide positive solutions for aging in place. Companionship, personal care and our specialized dementia care. No minimum number of hours. Medicaid Waiver approved. Convenient, free assessment.

Year Est.: 2001 Counties Served: Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, York RNs: No LPNs: No CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: No

Other Certifications and Services: A PA-licensed, non-medical home care company providing companion, personal, Alzheimer’s, & dementia care from two to 24 hours a day. Call for a FREE homecare assessment and to learn more about benefits available for veterans and their spouse.

Other Certifications and Services: Personal care, companionship, respite care, light housekeeping, meal preparation, medication reminders, errands.

Other Certifications and Services: UCP provides non-medical adult in-home care services to adults under DPW and aging waiver programs. PA licensed and working hand in hand with your service coordinator, UCP provides personal care attendants who implement your individualized service plan.

Other Certifications and Services: Visiting Angels provides seniors and adults with the needed assistance to continue living at home. Flexible hours up to 24 hours per day. Companionship, personal hygiene, meal prep and more. Our caregivers are thoroughly screened, bonded and insured. Call today for a complimentary and informational meeting.

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Home Care Services & Hospice Providers Listings with a screened background have additional information about their services in a display advertisement in this edition.

VNA Community Care Services (717) 544-2195 (888) 290-2195 (toll-free) VNA_Community_Care.htm Year Est.: 1908 Counties Served: Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry, Schuylkill, York RNs: Yes LPNs: Yes CNAs: Yes Home Aides: Yes Medicare Certified?: Yes


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At first the mounts were scattered throughout different rooms of their home, but now just one entire room is devoted to displaying the mounts. At this point, when he has a noteworthy catch, he just puts the nice rack on a plaque rather than adding more mounts to the collection. Wagner devotes four weeks of each year to rifle hunting. “I just prefer rifle,” he said. “I never got into archery. I’ve done a lot of hunting, but there are a lot of guys who would make me look pretty small.” Internationally, he has captured zebra, wildebeest, gemsbuck, impala, bushbuck, blezbuck, nyala, southern greater kudu, fallow deer, red hartebeest, Spanish goats, axis deer, black buck antelope, and more. Wagner has hunted for moose and black bear in Newfoundland, caribou in Quebec and other parts of the Arctic, black bear in Manitoba and New Brunswick, and for black bear and mountain goats in British Columbia. Within the United States he has gotten mountain lions in Idaho; whitetail deer in

Pennsylvania, Maryland, Missouri, and South Carolina; and mule deer, elk, and antelope in Colorado. Elk hunting is challenging because the elk can be so elusive, he said. “The elk is the ultimate animal you can get,” Wagner said. Hunting for mountain goats is a great adventure because it usually involves traversing the rocky crags that the animals do in order to capture them. Wagner has memories of crawling on his hands and knees all day through the mountains of British Columbia to get to the mountain goats. “Some of that’s scary when it’s straight peaks on both sides of you,” he said. “You crawl all day, and it’s dark when you leave and dark when you come back. Or sometimes you just camp right out on the mountain.” Sometimes the hardest part about hunting is coping with the extremes in temperature. Wagner has been hunting when the thermometer read as low as 17 degrees below zero and says that’s just “terrible.”

“It gets cold and miserable sometimes, and you feel like you’re freezing to death,” Wagner said. “And you ask yourself if this is supposed to be fun.” Usually it’s between zero and 15 degrees, which isn’t quite so bad, he said. Hunters put in long hours, but when you capture the animal you’ve been pursuing, Wagner says that everything you’ve put yourself through is more than worth it. “The more you hunt, the better you get, just like everything else,” said Wagner. “Once you get something, you just keep going for something else.” South Carolina is his favorite spot to hunt in the country, and he has been traveling there once a year for the past 10 years to hunt deer and wild boar. He hunts at a 10,000-acre plantation there and said some of the deer are bigger than those in Pennsylvania, reaching 180 pounds. “In Pennsylvania, deer hunting isn’t what it used to be, but a lot of organizations are fighting to make it better,” he said. Still on his wish list of places to hunt is

Texas, where he hopes to get some whitetail deer. “I think I’ll go until I can’t go anymore,” Wagner said with a smile on his face. On international hunts he gets to try the meat after it’s been killed and cooked for the hunters, but none of that can be transported home. But his freezer at home is always stocked with meat—usually whitetail deer, elk, and mule deer. Wagner says that moose is the best meat he has tasted on all of his hunts and is close to beef in flavor. Wagner is a life member of the North American Hunting Club and a member of the National Rifle Association, Safari Club International, and a board member of the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania. Out of Wagner’s four children and two stepchildren, none have become his hunting buddies. “It’s something that is born in you,” he said. “Some people love it and some people hate it. Some people try it for a year and don’t like it, but I guess it was just born in me.”

Why Do We Enjoy Being Scared? Halloween may be one of the scariest holidays of the year, but people seem to take delight in being scared in every season. What’s the appeal of ghost stories, horror movies, frightening novels, and things that go bump in the night? Experts have a few theories:

We like the adrenaline. Fear has the same adrenaline-producing effect as excitement. It feels good. Scary movies, stories, and books are methods of releasing adrenaline in a controlled environment.

Shared fear helps us bond. The “creeps” create social bonding. Activities like telling ghost stories around a campfire or watching a scary movie together allow us to form ties with strangers as well as family and friends.

Horror helps us deal with real-life terrors. We can deal with the very real horrors of modern times by transforming them into fictional movies and stories in which the monsters and bad guys are always caught and punished.

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Humane League Pet of the Month

Such is Life

The First Step is a Cinch

Armani You can skip the designer clothes because Armani will bring you more joy than a closet full of the latest fashions! Armani is a 9-year-old toy fox terrier mix who possesses a very sweet and mellow personality—not to mention adorable ears! He’s a great little companion who enjoys car rides and time with his favorite people. Armani may be an adult dog, but he knows how to have fun, especially if a squeaky toy is involved. During his stay at the shelter, Armani has displayed excellent social skills with people and other dogs and cats too! Armani takes medication for a heart murmur, which his new family can continue to purchase through the Humane League. As long as he takes his meds and has regular vet visits, Armani will continue to be a very happy, healthy little friend. Armani may have a designer name, but this little cutie values family over fashion and he’d love to be a part of yours! Armani ID No. 09648786. For more information, please contact the Humane League of Lancaster County at (717) 393-6551.

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Saralee Perel here have you been?” a going to ride my trike.” neighbor named Stacy He tried to stop me. said. “You’ve been on your feet all day. You “Where have you been?” my neighbor, can hardly walk after that. And you Robert, asked. haven’t been on your trike for ages!” I was riding my three-wheeler bike “Bob, if I don’t do this now, I am down our road. The bike is made never going to do it.” I knew that. I knew specifically for people like me who are that from the depths of me. I had to do disabled. something to help “Well,” I said to the myself. dozen or so And it had to be neighborhood folks now. who asked me the I’d have never done same question. “I took this had I thought, time off to be “I’m going to grab my depressed.” cane, find the keys, I was on my bike check the weather, find that day because of a the bike lock,” and on breakthrough. I can and on, ending with still visualize myself on something a recent afternoon, overwhelmingly when I debated about sabotaging like, “and opening our front door ride every day for the and reentering the rest of my entire life.” outside world. The I biked down our breakthrough occurred road, loving every National Depression minute. It’s a new me, because of this thought: “If I keep a new life, and all Screening Day is waiting until I want to because of one simple Oct. 10 do something, I’ll be decision. waiting forever.” And so, the secret of Oddly, this new way of thinking began life that Mitch learned? because of a 22-year-old movie I watched To paraphrase from the movie: “Just called City Slickers. Mitch, played by Billy one thing,” Curly, the wise cowboy, said. Crystal, is dreadfully depressed as he “You stick to that and the rest is foolish takes us through his comical mid-life detail.” funk. “What is that one thing?” During his journey of recovery, he was “That’s what you have to find out for taught “the secret of life.” But here’s the yourself.” thing: Finding that secret could never For Mitch, it was not about taking an have happened until Mitch stopped adventurous trip out West; it was merely waiting for happiness to come to him agreeing to read the brochure. and instead took the first step himself. For Mitch’s wife, it was just saying First steps, I have learned, are nowhere these words to him: “I want you to have near as huge as they sound. They’re that adventure and find … your smile.” actually quite simple. They have to be. It was when Mitch realized by simply My husband, Bob, heard me crying giving his wife one single kiss: “Today is when the movie ended. my very best day!” “I thought it was a comedy,” he said. And for me, it was grabbing my old “It was hysterical.” wooden walking stick. “Then why are you crying?” Saralee Perel is an award-winning, nationally “Because it made me realize I’ve syndicated columnist. Her new book is wasted six months of my life by settling Cracked Nuts & Sentimental Journeys: Stories into depression and waiting, waiting, From a Life Out of Balance. To find out more, waiting to come out of it.” visit or email That was the instant I took that first step. I grabbed my cane and said, “I’m


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Table of Contents Welcome .................................................................16 Registration Form ................................................16 Park ‘n’ Ride Information....................................16 Directions to the EXPO ......................................16 What is an ‘EXPO’? ...............................................17 Presenters ...............................................................18 Rite Aid wellness65+ Health & Wellness Area......................................19 Health Screenings................................................19 Free Salon Services..............................................20 Exhibitor Display Map........................................21 Veterans Focus......................................................22 Special Guests.......................................................22 Door Prizes .............................................................23 Thank A Vet Program Details...........................23 50plus Senior News.............................................24 Entertainment.......................................................25

I hope you will join us for the 17th annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO. Each month, 50plus Senior News brings you information on topics of health, wellness, finance, and much more. This is our opportunity to bring 50plus Senior News to life—your life! Representatives from an array of businesses are looking forward to speaking with you about topics that are important to you! Unbeknownst to many of us, our own communities hold a wealth of information. Our 50plus EXPOs are effective forums for all those “hidden” community resources to gather in visible, easy-toaccess locations. OLP EVENTS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging are happy to be able to present this dynamic, one-day event to our visitors free of charge. A unique addition to this year’s Lancaster County 50plus EXPO will be the Honoring Our Veterans program beginning at 11 a.m. and including patriotic music, entertainment, and two guest speakers: Congressman Joe Pitts and Doug Etter from the Lebanon VA Medical Center. Plus, included in a special veterans area on the EXPO floor you’ll find representatives from the Recorder of Deeds office on hand to help all honorably discharged county veterans record their DD-214 papers and enroll in the free Thank a Vet veterans discount program. Also in the veterans area, two local authors and veterans, Eugene Moore and Edward Bonekemper, will be on hand to sign copies of their books. And the 50plus EXPO will be accepting donations of personal-care items on behalf of the Veterans’ Victory House program. Check out page 22 for more information. The 50plus EXPO isn’t just informative, however—it’s also entertaining! The songs of four of your PA STATE SENIOR IDOLs, Chris Poje (2010), Vickie Kissinger (2012), Peggy Kurtz Keller (2011), and Barry Surran (2008), can be heard throughout the day. See page 25 for more details. This day is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. Please stop by their booths, have your bingo card signed, and talk with them about how they can assist you.

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Directions to Spooky Nook Sports From Harrisburg and points northwest: Take I-83 North to exit 46-A to merge onto Route I-283 South. Take exit 1-A to merge onto PA-283 East toward Lancaster. Take the Salunga exit; turn left on Spooky Nook Road. The facility will be on your right.

From York and points west: Take Route 30 East across the Susquehanna River. Take the Prospect Road exit and turn left onto Prospect Road. After about 4.5 miles, Prospect Road becomes Spooky Nook Road. The facility will be on your right.

From Lebanon and points north: Take Route 72 South until you reach downtown Manheim; make a right onto PA-772 West. Turn left onto South Colebrook Road; then turn right onto Landisville Road. Turn right onto Spooky Nook Road and then a slight left to stay on Spooky Nook. The facility will be on your left.

From Lancaster and points east: Take Route 30 West and stay left at the fork onto Route 283 West. Take the exit toward Salunga and make a sharp right onto Spooky Nook Road. The facility will be on your right.


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What is an ‘EXPO’? At the Lancaster County 50plus EXPO, you can take your “quest for knowledge” a step further by sitting in on a free seminar. And when you’ve had your fill of the EXPO’s informative side, help yourself to some lighter, more entertaining fare! Listen for the songs of four PA State Senior Idols as they perform for your enjoyment. As you make your way around the EXPO floor, don’t forget to get your “bingo card” signed by the listed exhibitors. Then return the completed card at the registration desk for a chance at winning a door prize. At the 50plus EXPO, you can spend an hour or spend the day. Socialize, become better informed, and, most of all— have fun!

The 50plus EXPO is an event that’s a unique hybrid of information and entertainment, all geared toward satisfying the needs of the area’s over-50 crowd. This day is about you and whatever is on your mind. Finances, health, leisure, travel—the knowledge you seek is all available at one of our more than 100 exhibitors. Each exhibitor booth is loaded with information and staffed by friendly people who are eager and willing to answer your questions. The EXPO will also offer a variety of health screenings free to each visitor, so be proactive about your health and take advantage of this convenient opportunity to give your body a little “tune-up”!






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50plus EXPO – Brought to You By: 1960s and ’70s; it also examines where baby boomers are today and identifies the issues they face now—all with a mind toward representing the mid-state’s own boomer community. In 2013, On-Line Publishers, Inc. marked its eighth successful year hosting the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition. The finals night competition was held Oct. 14, 2013, at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, Lancaster. On-Line Publishers also works to inform and celebrate women in business through our Business Division. BUSINESSWoman includes professional profiles and articles that educate and encourage women in business. SUCCESS STORIES highlights the achievements of local professional women so that others may be inspired. It is a special insert in the March issue of BUSINESSWoman magazine. POWERLUNCH is an extension of BUSINESSWoman and is held in York in the spring and in the Capital Region during the fall. Executive women are offered the opportunity for networking, lunch, seminars, and information from a select number of exhibitors interested in marketing to women. The women’s expo is a one-day event featuring exhibitors and interactive fun that encompasses many aspects of a woman’s life. It is held in Lancaster and Hershey in the spring and in Lebanon and in Carlisle in the fall.

For more than a decade, On-Line Publishers, Inc. has celebrated serving the mind, heart, and spirit of the 50+ community of Central Pennsylvania through our Mature Living Division of publications and events. OLP EVENTS produces six 50plus EXPOs annually in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster (two), and York counties. These events are an opportunity to bring both businesses and the community together for a better understanding of products and services available to enhance life. Entrance to the event, health screenings, and seminars held throughout the day are free to visitors. 50plus Senior News is published monthly, touching on issues and events relevant to the 50+ community. The Resource Directory for the Caregiver, Aging, and Disabled is published annually in distinct county editions and contains information from local businesses and organizations offering products or services that meet the needs of these groups. 50plus LIVING is an annual publication and the premier resource for retirement living and healthcare options for mature adults in the Susquehanna and Delaware valleys. On-Line Publishers produces (((b))) magazine, Central Pennsylvania’s premier publication for baby boomers. (((b))) magazine reflects on the past, recalling the provocative and history-changing decades of the A DI R





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The Lancaster County Office of Aging has been in existence since 1974 and strives to provide a variety of services that enable older persons to live independently and with dignity. The agency’s primary source of funding comes The Lancaster County from the Pennsylvania Lottery. Federal and state Office of Aging legislation mandate services rendered by the Office of Aging. Agency programs meet many types of needs and range from basic help to the provision of skilled care. Certain programs are available to persons under the age of 60. All services are intended to keep people at home, where they most likely want to remain. Individuals may be asked to share in the cost of services, depending upon their financial resources. The Office of Aging also accepts contributions, which support ongoing operations and services to older persons and their families. The agency is located at 150 N. Queen St., Suite 415, in Lancaster. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (717) 299-7979 or (800) 801-3070 (tollfree) for more information.

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Rite Aid’s wellness65+ Tour to Visit Lancaster County 50plus EXPO

In celebration of its new senior loyalty program, wellness65+, Rite Aid is visiting the 50plus EXPO. Launched this summer, wellness65+ is a free loyalty program for Rite Aid customers 65 and older, developed to help Rite Aid meet the health and wellness needs of seniors, one of the fastest-growing and largest populations in the United States. Benefits of wellness65+ include: • An expanded wellness65+ pharmacist consultation, during which seniors can bring in their current medications for a thorough review by a Rite Aid pharmacist, ask questions about Medicare Part D, and discuss immunization needs • A blood pressure screening

Aid pharmacist online or by phone, and the opportunity to earn points toward becoming a gold, silver, or bronze member To learn more about wellness65+, visit At the Rite Aid Health & Wellness Area, visitors can receive the following free screenings: COPD, cholesterol, blood pressure, bone density, diabetes risk assessment, glucose, or A1C. Screenings will be performed by Rite Aid pharmacists and licensed nurses. Vaccinations for flu and pneumonia will also be available.** There will also be games in the Health & Wellness Area, and all visitors will receive a Rite Aid goodie bag. For more information:

• wellness65+ Wednesdays, which are held the first Wednesday of each month at every Rite Aid store nationwide. On these days, all wellness65+ members will receive 20 percent off all qualifying purchases* and can enjoy various wellness activities, such as free health screenings, valuable health information, and other special offers. • The same rewards and benefits that have made wellness+ so popular among Rite Aid customers, including exclusive sale pricing, +UP Rewards, 24/7 access to a Rite

* When used with a sale-priced item, the customer will receive the lower of the discount price or sale price. wellness+ card and enrollment in wellness65+ required for discount. Discount not valid on prescriptions, prescription co-pays, and certain non-prescription items such as tobacco, alcohol, gift cards, and dairy products. Other limitations apply. See or enrollment for details. ** While supplies last. Covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B.

Flu Shots Available at Rite Aid Health & Wellness Area 50plus EXPO visitors can receive a flu shot from your Rite Aid certified immunizing pharmacist. Learn why the CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot. Flu shots are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicare Part B. And, find out more about the benefits of wellness65+, including a pharmacist consultation and wellness65+ Wednesdays the first Wednesday of every month. Stop by the Health & Wellness Area.

Do you have a friendly face? The 50plus EXPO committee is looking for volunteers to help at our 17th annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO on Nov. 6, 2013, at Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you could help greet visitors, stuff EXPO bags, or work at the registration desk, we would be glad to have you for all or just part of the day. Please call On-Line Publishers at (717) 285-1350..

Free Health Screenings

AccuQuest Hearing Aid Centers – Booth #138 Video otoscopy

Maclary Family Chiropractic Booth #157 Thermal spinal scan

Advantage Physical Therapy Booth #134 Falls risk assessment

Pennsylvania Center for Wellness – Booth #140 “How Healthy Are You?” survey

Health Network Laboratories Booth #173 Glucose screening

Pure Sound Hearing Booth #170 Hearing screening

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Thank you, sponsors!

Brought to you by: & The Lancaster County Office of Aging

Proudly Sponsored By: Health & Wellness


Bronze AmeriHealth VIP Care • Longevity Alliance Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster RetireSafe • Today’s Options • United Zion Retirement Community


The 50plus EXPO is FREE to the community due to the generosity of our sponsors.



Free Salon Services


at EXPO Student stylists from the American Beauty Academy, Lancaster, will be offering free haircuts, manicures, and other salon services at the 50plus EXPO. Sit down and enjoy a little pampering!

• How will Obamacare affect Medicare? • Will the debt ceiling and Sequester impact your benefits? • What’s a chained COLA and how will it affect our yearly COLA payments?

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Help us fight against Medicare and Social Security benefit cuts, and fight for a Consumer Price Index for Seniors (CPI-S) that will finally give older Americans a fair and accurate Social Security COLA by passing H.R. 2154, the CPI for Seniors Act! Help us save America from even more debt and higher taxes. Go to to learn more about your benefits and how to protect them. Come talk to us at the 50plus EXPOs — We care about your thoughts and concerns!

Exhibitor Map & Exhibitor List Health & Wellness Area

AARP ....................................................................197 Abbvie ..................................................................176 abc27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .187 AccuQuest Hearing Aid Centers............................138 ADT Security Systems ...........................................108 Advanced Tech Hearing Aid Centers .....................162 Advantage Physical Therapy..................................134 Ambassador Advisors, LLC ....................................194 American Beauty Academy............................236-238 American Treasure Tour ........................................179 AmeriHealth VIP Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .188 Appleby Systems, Inc. ...........................................198 Auer Cremation Services of PA..............................212 Bath Fitter .............................................................147 Bath Planet of South Central Pa. ...........................192 Campus Eye Center ..............................................144 CapTel Captioned Telephone ................................168 CaptionCall...........................................................163 Charles F. Snyder Funeral Homes & Crematory .....129 Chris Poje Productions, LLC ..........................101-103 ComForcare Home Care.......................................205 Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau .......................225 Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre ................................151 Ephrata Manor......................................................189 Freedom Village, Brandywine................................226 Garden Spot Village ..............................................160 Geisinger Gold......................................................104 George’s Chiropractic Health Center, Ltd..............143 The Groffs Family Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. ..193 HCR MANORCARE ..............................................171 Health Network Laboratories ................................173 Highmark BlueShield ............................................174 Hinkle’s Pharmacy and Medical Equipment ..........125 Humana ...............................................................128

It Works! Featuring Burn Fat Body Wraps..............150 Jaffy Jewelry ..........................................................169 Kitchen Saver........................................................152 Lancashire Terrace Retirement Village/Lancashire Hall..180 Lancaster County LINK to Aging and Disability Resources...........................................127 Lancaster County Office of Aging . . . . . . . . . . .133 Lancaster EMS (LEMSA) ........................................200 LEAFFILTER GUTTER PROTECTION .....................156 Leisure Lanes ........................................................214 Life Celebration by Groff; The Original Fred F. Groff, Inc................................................126 Life Force Eldercare Services .................................109 Longevity Alliance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184 Longwood Manor .................................................132 Maclary Family Chiropractic..................................157 Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing...................................107 Mount Joy Country Homes ...................................145 Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster, Ltd. ...............181 PA State Representative Ryan P. Aument: 41st Legislative District/PA State Representative Mindy Fee: 37th Legislative District.....................232 Pennsylvania Captioned Telephone Relay Service .191 Pennsylvania Center for Wellness ..........................140 Pennsylvania Lottery .............................................182 Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ................135 PPL Epower Solutions ...........................................142 ProCare Medical ...................................................178 Pure Sound Hearing Aids ......................................170 Re-Bath & More ...................................................175 Red Rose Transit Authority ....................................161

Respitech CPAP Services .......................................158 RetireSafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .130 Ricker Sweigart and Associates..............................185 Rite Aid wellness65+Tour ...Health & Wellness Area Safe Harbor Advisory Group LLC ..........................215 Senator Mike Brubaker .........................................199 Senior Living at Lancaster......................................137 Shady Maple Companies ......................................131 smilebuilderz ........................................................167 Smoketown Family Dentistry.................................155 Sundance Vacations ..............................................149 Susquehanna Dental Arts Center...........................234 Take Shape for Life ...............................................153 Tastefully Simple ...................................................228 Tel Hai Retirement Community.............................231 Today’s Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .166 Transition Solutions for Seniors, LLC......................216 UCP of South Central PA ......................................202 UnitedHealthcare Community and State...............227 United Zion Retirement Community . . . . . . . .165 UnitedHealthcare .................................................209 Visiting Angels.......................................................235 WDAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .148 Weaver Memorials................................................146 Wells Fargo Advisors .............................................211 West Shore Window and Door .............................213 WHP580 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .183 Woodland Heights Retirement Community...........186

Regional Gastroenterology Associates of Lancaster . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110

50plus EXPO Co-Host Bronze Sponsor Health & Wellness Sponsor

Renewal by Andersen ...........................................139

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EXPO to Include Veterans Focus A unique addition to this year’s Lancaster County 50plus EXPO will be a special veterans area as well as patriotic music, entertainment, services, and guest speakers.

11 a.m. – Honoring Our Veterans Program • Musical performance – Chris Poje, 2010 PA SENIOR IDOL


• Welcome • Pledge of Allegiance • “The Star-Spangled Banner” – Peggy Keller, 2011 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL • Speakers – Doug Etter and Congressman Pitts • “Ragged Old Flag” – Tom LaNasa, three-time PA SENIOR IDOL semifinalist

• Book Signing – Edward Bonekemper, local author and Civil War expert • Book Signing – C. Eugene Moore, local author and historian


• Musical performance – Valerie Kissinger, 2012 PA SENIOR IDOL

Throughout the Day


• Musical performance – Peggy Keller, 2011 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL, and Barry Surran, 2008 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL

• Veterans’ Victory House Donation Collection – The 50plus EXPO will be accepting donations of personal-care items on behalf of the Veterans’ Victory House program. Seasonal needs also include hats, gloves, and socks for men, women, and children. The goal of the Veterans’ Victory House is to provide veterans experiencing homelessness with an opportunity to develop a housing plan that will enable them to obtain permanent, sustainable housing. VVH provides 17 rooms and supportive services for veterans at its King Street location. Supportive services and counseling in budgeting, job referral, and training are cornerstones of the housing-plan process. • Thank-a-Vet Discount Program – Representatives from the Recorder of Deeds office will be on hand to help all honorably discharged county veterans record their DD214 papers and enroll in the free Thank a Vet veterans discount program. Veterans: Please bring full-sized DD214, not wallet-sized.

Special Guests Slated for 50plus EXPO Congressman Joe Pitts Joe Pitts represents the 16th Congressional District of Pennsylvania, a diverse district stretching from the western Philadelphia suburbs farther west into the Pennsylvania “Dutch” Country. Joe Pitts’ life and career have been wide-ranging as well: He has worked as a teacher, a small business owner, an Air Force officer, and a legislator. In addition to Pennsylvania, he has lived in Kentucky, the Philippines, and the various places the Air Force sent him. At home, Pitts is a member of the Brandywine Valley Association, his local Rotary Club, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Pitts and his wife, Ginny, have three grown children and four grandchildren. Doug Etter, Lebanon VA Medical Center Doug Etter is the manager of public and community relations at the Lebanon VA Medical Center and a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard. He is a veteran of two combat tours of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the recipient of a Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and 20 other military decorations. Etter is also an ordained Presbyterian minister and a statecertified paramedic. His hobbies include high-altitude mountaineering, rock climbing, and backpacking. He is currently working on his first book, Into the Mouth of the Wolf: A Shepherd and His Flock Go to War. Etter is married to the former Jodi Gruver. They have three children.


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Edward Bonekemper, Civil War Author Author, professor, public speaker, Civil War expert, and local Lancastrian Ed Bonekemper will be joining us at the Lancaster County 50plus EXPO and signing copies of his five Civil War novels. Titles include Lincoln and Grant: The Westerners Who Won the Civil War, Grant and Lee: Victorious American and Vanquished Virginian, and McClellan and Failure: A Study of Civil War Fear, Incompetence and Worse. A retired U.S. government attorney and retired commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, Bonekemper is also the author of numerous scholarly articles and has appeared on television to discuss his Civil War expertise. C. Eugene Moore, Local Author Gene Moore, a former navy officer, is a graduate of Auburn University who earned a master’s degree from Florida State University. Moore retired as director of public relations from Armstrong World Industries, Inc. He has published three books about Armstrong, including How Armstrong Floored America: The People Who Made It Happen, 1945-1995, which was published by the Lancaster County Historical Society. A past chairman of the Heritage Center of Lancaster County, in 2011 he published Amish Folk Tales and Other Stories of the Pennsylvania Dutch. He and his wife, Jan, make their home in Lancaster.

Many Great Prizes to be Given Away During the 50plus EXPO


“Thank A Vet” comes to the

Your chance of taking home a great prize from the 50plus EXPO is HUGE! These are just a sampling of the many door prizes provided by our exhibitors.

The EXPO thanks the following companies for their generous contributions: Ambassador Advisors Olive Garden gift card ($50 value) Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau Artisana Gallery gift card ($40 value) Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre Two tickets ($104 value) Fred F. Groff, Inc. A Life Celebration Home Dinner for two, limo ride ($300 value) Highmark BlueShield Umbrella or garden kit ($15 value) It Works! Featuring Burn Fat Body Wraps Greens ($33 value) Jaffy Jewelry Blessings bracelet ($20 value) Blessings bracelet ($20 value) Bracelet ($35 value) Earrings and bracelet ($65 value) Necklace and bracelet ($75 value) Leisure Lanes Bowling, mini-golf, and putting ($45 value)

Pennsylvania Center for Wellness Lipo laser treatment with consultation ($278 value)

Are you a Lancaster County veteran? Let us say, “Thank you!”

PPL Epower Solutions Conservation kit ($75 value) Susquehanna Dental Arts Electric toothbrush ($100 value)

Visit the special area honoring veterans at the Lancaster County 50plus EXPO on Nov. 6. Representatives from the Recorder of Deeds office will be on-hand to help all honorably discharged county veterans record their DD-214 papers and enroll in the free veterans discount program.

Tastefully Simple Gift package ($30 value) Transition Solutions for Seniors, LLC Five $10 Isaac’s gift cards ($50 value) UCP of South Central PA Fall surprise gift basket ($25 value) Wells Fargo Advisors Gift certificate ($25 value)

November 6, 2013 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Woodland Heights Retirement Community Shady Maple gift card ($25 value)

Spooky Nook Sports


2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim (Just off Rt. 283 at the Salunga exit)


Participating merchants throughout the county provide special discounts on products or services when presented with the veteran photo ID card. ZE ON OR



Please bring your DD-214 honorable discharge papers to the EXPO in order to enroll. (Cannot accept wallet-sized DD-214.)

(717) 285-1350

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50plus Senior News Since 1995, the mission of On-Line Publishers, Inc. (OLP) has been to enhance the lives of individuals within the Central Pennsylvania community. We endeavor to do this by publishing 50plus Senior News, produced through the Mature Living Division of OLP. Over the years, 50plus Senior News has grown to six unique editions in Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. Now more than ever, Central Pennsylvania’s adults over 50 are a dynamic and inspiring population who refuse to slow down and who stay deeply involved in their careers, communities, and family lives, and 50plus Senior News strives to reflect that in its editorial content. Pick up a copy of 50plus Senior News for articles that will amuse you, inspire you, inform you, and update you on topics that are relevant to your life. Regular columns appearing monthly include health, trivia, book reviews, nature, technology, leisure, veterans’ issues, and, most important, coverage and information about the goings-on in your county.

Whether you’re looking for some light, amusing reading or seeking out information on weightier matters, you’ll find it in our excellent and timely editorial, which is supplied by both national and local writers for a balanced blend of nationwide interest and regional relevance. Many of your friends and neighbors have been highlighted within the pages—or even on the cover—of 50plus Senior News. Be sure to check out 50plus Senior News’ website (, which features editorial and photo content and offers you, its readers, a chance to offer your thoughts and commentary on the articles that reach you each month. You can also find 50plus Senior News on Facebook! The advertisers in 50plus Senior News offer goods or services to foster a happy, healthy life. They are interested in increasing your quality of life, so please call them when considering a purchase or when you are in need of a service. Although 50plus Senior News has won many awards for its content and design over the years, “the greatest reward is the difference we make in the community,” attests Donna Anderson, president of On-Line Publishers, Inc. 50plus Senior News—reflecting the vibrant and energetic lifestyles of its over50 readers … and truly Redefining Age!


















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Entertainment 10:15 a.m. – Vickie Kissinger, 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Winner

9:30 a.m. – Chris Poje, 2010 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Winner Originally from Long Island, N.Y., Chris Poje of Lititz retired as a detective sergeant for the New York Police Department right before 9/11. Having performed in bands most of his life, Chris has started up a DJ company that incorporates some live singing into its gigs during dinners or cocktail hours.

Special Veterans Program! See page 22 for details.

Vickie Kissinger of Gap holds a B.S. in music education and is a classically trained mezzo-soprano, pianist, and organist. She is also a student of internationally recognized master voice teacher Dr. Thomas Houser. With more than 25 years’ teaching experience, Vickie runs a fulltime private voice studio from her home.

11 a.m. – Honoring our Veterans Entertainment and speakers honoring our veterans for their loyal and dedicated service.

Noon – Barry Surran, 2008 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Winner, and Peggy Keller, 2011 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL Winner In the mid-’60s, Barry Surran toured with the Lehigh University Glee Club and was part of a barbershop group called the Cliff Clefs. Since winning PA STATE SENIOR IDOL, Barry has been performing for senior groups, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, private functions, and at weddings. He performed a three-hour concert at Delaware Water Gap Country Club and was a guest soloist with the Reading Pops Orchestra. Barry continues to perform at DeLorenzo’s Restaurant in Easton, Pa. A nurse, teacher, wife, and mother from Ephrata, Peggy Kurtz Keller sung the national anthem for her high school and is still singing it today at Clipper Magazine Stadium for the Lancaster Barnstormers. Peggy enjoys singing at the VA Hospital in Lebanon, for community and civic organizations, and in local theater. Barry and Peggy will be performing jointly at the EXPO, alternating between individual performances and duets.



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The Pros and Cons of DTC Meds Gloria May, M.S., R.N., CHES he direct-to-consumer (DTC) pharmaceutical advertising format that leapfrogs over health professionals and delivers its pitch right to consumers began back in the early ’80s with a small ad for a pneumonia vaccine placed in Reader’s Digest. Today, you can hardly get through 15 minutes of television or talk radio without a DTC pitch for an antidepressant, a medication to lower your “bad” cholesterol, or a remedy for erectile dysfunction. (And isn’t it fun, explaining that one to your grandchildren?) In print, about half of all magazine ad pages are devoted to health/medical products, and your email junk box is probably full of promos for diet products, incontinence remedies, and pain relievers. Given this bombardment, have you ever actually taken the next step and asked your physician about or for a DTC


product? If so, how did it go? Did you feel it enhanced your professional relationship or was it met with edgy dismissal? In one study of 500 randomly selected physicians, 95 percent of them reported that their patients do indeed ask about DTC products. And were these interactions seen by the doctors as beneficial? “Yes” for 41 percent in that the conversations were perceived to facilitate more open communication and to provide an opportunity to educate the patient. However, for the 59 percent who said, “No, they weren’t beneficial,” it was, in part, because doctors felt that, in the first place, the ads encouraged the overuse of medications as an easy fix for problems that could be alleviated by other means, particularly lifestyle changes. They also felt that manipulative and misleading marketing tactics created

confusion in their patients’ minds. Doctors reported that patients are so often befuddled and misinformed about the drug, its appropriateness for them and its risks and benefits for them, that the doctors needed to spend considerable time away from their busy practices in order to address these misunderstandings; they felt this was not the most effective use of their time. On the other hand, if those 59 percent don’t take the time to educate their patients who come to them waving a DTC drug ad and asking if it’s the right drug for them, you know what that patient might then do? Stop talking and buy the prescription drugs he is so intent on having online without a prescription! Millions of Americans do this (yes, millions), and if you think it’s complicated, it’s not. Illegal, yes; complicated, no. There are not only websites that will sell you the drugs, but

there are also websites that will walk you through how to do it. I know there are many patients who, with their own doctor’s consent and prescription, order drugs from foreign pharmacies, those that meet the standards of care established by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. There is no denying the financial savings involved. But buying prescription drugs without your own doctor’s prescription? Remember Groucho Marx’s line about not wanting to join any club that would have him as a member? Same thing: You don’t want to deal with any pharmacy willing to sell you a prescription drug without your own doctor’s prescription. Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in adult health education and a Certified Health Education Specialist designation.

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October 2013


The Search for Our Ancestry

Why Research Your Ancestors? Angelo Coniglio fellow 50plus Senior News writer recently expounded on his lack of interest in the origins of his European ancestry. He engagingly wrote, “None of my ancestors ever looked back with anything like nostalgia. As far as they were concerned, it was ‘good riddance’ to the Old Country and the quaint customs of impressment, bonded servitude, and nothing to eat.” He wrote that “now, several generations removed from the terror of it, I still have no desire to seek my roots,” and he finds “secret satisfaction in being the descendant of refugees who were nobodies.” I share some of those feelings, but I must address a widespread misconception that genealogy is of little use unless it results in the knowledge that one’s ancestors were rich, or noble, or famous, or all three. If finding famous ancestors is


your sole reason for doing genealogical research, you are likely to be disappointed. The great preponderance of souls who have inhabited this earth have been neither “members of the U.S. Senate, nor generals on horseback, nor millionaire entrepreneurs,” so don’t be surprised if you find none in your family tree. Ancestral “celebrity searches” can have an undesired effect. As a novice researcher, you may go online and find family trees posted by others that purport not only to show your ancestors, but also that one or more of your ancestral lines descends from a

prince, a famous author, or other luminary. You must do your homework and corroborate each connection to the princely supposed ancestor by confirming the sources of the information. If you don’t, the presumed connection to glory is worthless. I was the ninth and last child of Sicilian immigrants who came to America 100 years ago. My father was a laborer, my mother a housewife (what else would she be, with nine kids?). I didn’t know it as a child, but my historical and genealogic studies have shown me that they lived in an impoverished land where the ruling classes excluded the

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.

For more job listings, call the Lancaster County Office of Aging

at (717) 299-7979 or visit

Lancaster County Office of Aging 150 N. Queen Street, Suite 415 Lancaster, PA 28

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common folk from education. To survive, they had to work at backbreaking labor in the fields or the sulfur mines. Their rights were virtually nonexistent. Women married as young as 13, to bear children every two years until their mid-40s, or later. If a woman’s husband died young, she immediately had to remarry, to gain a father for her children; then she commenced having a child every other year with her second husband. So, what had I to gain from researching the escapees from such a wretched life? I gained the knowledge that my ancestors, and my wife’s as well, trace back to mid-1700s Sicily. That my Coniglio ancestors back to my greatgreat-great-great-grandfather were born in tiny Serradifalco (The Mountain of the Hawk), dead center in the island of Sicily. I found that Gaetano Coniglio was please see RESEARCH page 31


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Getting Your Affairs Organized Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I (both in our 70s) would like to get our personal and financial information better organized so our kids will know what’s going on when we die. Any tips on how to get started? – Unorganized Edna Dear Edna, Collecting and organizing your important papers and information is a smart idea and a great gift to your loved ones. Here’s what you should know. The first step in getting your affairs in order is to gather up all your important personal, financial, and legal information so you can arrange it in a format that will benefit your caregivers, survivors, and even yourself. Then you’ll need to sit down and create various lists of important information and instructions of how you want certain things handled. Here are some key areas to help you get started. Personal Information • Contact list: A good starting point is to make a master list of names and phone numbers of family members, close friends, clergy, doctor(s), and professional advisers such as your lawyer, tax accountant, broker, and insurance agent.

• Personal documents: This can include such items as your birth certificate, Social Security number, marriage license, military discharge papers, etc. • Secured places: List all the places you keep under lock and key (or protected by password), such as safe-deposit boxes, safe combination, security alarms, etc. • Service providers: Provide contact information of the companies or people who provide you regular services, such as utility companies, lawn service, etc. • Pets: If you have a pet, give instructions for the care of the animal. • Organ donation: Indicate your wishes for organ, tissue, or body donation, including documentation (see

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• Funeral instructions: Write out your final wishes. If you’ve made prearrangements with a funeral home, provide their contact information and whether you’ve prepaid or not, and include a copy of the agreement. Legal Documents • Will and trust: In your files, have the original copy of your will (not a photocopy) and other estateplanning documents you’ve made, including trusts. • Financial power of attorney: This is the legal document that names someone you trust to handle money matters if you’re incapacitated. Talk to an elder law attorney (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, to learn more. • Advance directives: These are the legal documents (living will and medical power of attorney) that spell out your wishes regarding your end-of-life medical treatment when you can no longer make decisions for yourself. For state-specific advance directive forms, visit Caring Connections ( Financial Records • Income and debt: Make a list of all your income sources such as pensions, Social Security, IRAs, 401(k)s, interest, investments, etc. And do the same for any debt you may have—mortgage, credit cards, medical bills, car payment. • Financial accounts: List all your bank and brokerage accounts (checking,

savings, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, IRAs, etc.), including their location and contact information. And keep current statements from each institution in your files. • Pensions and benefits: List any retirement plans, pensions, or benefits from your current or former employer, including the contact information of the benefits administrator. • Government benefits: Information about Social Security, Medicare, or other government benefits you’re receiving. • Insurance: List the insurance policies you own (life, health, long-term care, home, and car), including the policy numbers and agents’ names and phone numbers. • Credit cards: List all your credit and charge cards, including the card numbers and contact information. • Taxes: Keep copies of your income tax returns over the last five years and the contact information of your tax preparer. • Property: List the real estate, vehicles, and other personal properties you own, rent, or lease and include important documents such as deeds, titles, and loan or lease agreements. Savvy Tips: It’s best to keep all your organized information and files together in one convenient location — ideally in a fireproof filing cabinet or safe in your home. Also be sure to review and update your information every year, and don’t forget to tell your loved ones where they can find it. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

Today’s Seniors Hear Better than Their Grandparents Did The prevalence of hearing impairment in adults 65–74 years old is lower now than it was 40 years ago, according to a study funded by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and published in the May 2012 issue of Ear and Hearing. The findings are consistent with the researchers’ earlier discovery that younger adults are hearing much better than their grandparents did at their age. The new study analyzed audiometric data (hearing tests) collected in 1999–2006 and compared them to similar data for adults 65–74 years of age collected 40 years earlier in 1959–1962.


Hearing impairment in adults in this age group dropped from 48 percent in 1959–1962 to 36 percent in 1999–2006. Hence, the researchers concluded the rate of hearing impairment for adults who are currently 65–74 years of age is 25 percent better than it was for adults of the same age 40 years ago. “It’s difficult to explain why this decrease in hearing impairment occurred, since the two age groups we looked at were born in the decades circa 1890 and

1930,” said Howard Hoffman, NIDCD epidemiologist and lead author of the paper. “They became adults before the general availability of antibiotics to treat childhood ear infections or the widespread introduction of vaccines, which have since greatly reduced the incidence of common childhood diseases, such as measles and mumps, that may result in permanent hearing loss.” The researchers suggest instead that the improvement in hearing may owe less to advances in medical treatments

and more to incremental advances made in public health (for example, sanitation and safer and healthier foods), education, and transportation in the first half of the 20th century. More specific reasons for the improvement may include safer working conditions, fewer noisy jobs and more use of hearing protection, less smoking, better control of infectious diseases, and, more recently, improved control of diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors.

of a sulfur miner. My investigations revealed that on my mother’s side, one ancestor was an abandoned child, left in the town’s foundling wheel, who beat the overwhelming odds for such children and survived to marry and to generate more than 600 descendants (that I know of ). I learned that none of the 120 direct

ancestors I have identified, before my own parents, could read or write. So, even though my ancestors were “nobodies,” I’m glad to have found out about them and their lives. I feel that not only their genes, but their experiences as well, have shaped me and my living relatives into what we are today. I’m proud of their perseverance and the fact that my family, which descended

from such simple folk, continues to emulate their examples of strength and resolve.

Source: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

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not only the name of my eldest brother, but also of four of my direct ancestors. I learned that my father had more than the one brother that I had known of, and that “Pa,” like I, was a seventh son. I learned that my father, and his father before him, worked in the fetid sulfur mines from before dawn until after dusk. And that as the near-caste system required, my father married the daughter

Write to Angelo at or visit his website, He is the author of the book The Lady of the Wheel (La Ruotaia), based on his genealogical research of Sicilian foundlings. See or for more information.

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My 22 Cents’ Worth

Doing Without a College Degree Walt Sonneville f one wishes to become a physician, physicist, lawyer, or any other profession where entry is limited to college graduates, higher education is unavoidable. Success has come, nevertheless, to some who have not graduated from college, and to others who dropped out of, or never attended, high school. Familiar names of those who never attended high school include authors Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens, and Mark Twain. High-school dropouts include authors H.G. Wells, Jack London, Dashiell Hammett, George Bernard Shaw, and Leon Uris; entertainers Julie Andrews, Lucille Ball, Gene Autry, George Gershwin, and Walt Disney; inventors Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Orville Wright; media leaders Horace Greeley and David Sarnoff; food entrepreneurs Wally “Famous” Amos


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college dropouts is writers of fiction. F. Scott Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck, and William Faulkner are standouts in this field. Countless other college dropouts are in other career categories, including newscaster Brian Williams, cable-TV tycoon Ted Turner, White House advisor Karl Rove, Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, and Michigan Governor George Romney, the father of Mitt Romney. Eight of our nation’s presidents did not graduate from college. President Lincoln did not attend either high school or college. Prime Minister Winston Churchill never attended college. A college degree was not a career pathway for most adult Americans. As of 2008, only 29.4 percent of Americans, 25 years of age and older, were college graduates. That percentage does not appear to be rising. Approximately 72 percent of students in the past decade finished high school and, of these, 52 percent earned a bachelor’s degree within six years. Hence, these numbers indicate that 37 percent of 21st-century high-school graduates earned a college degree. How many college graduates, known to you, work in the field in which their degree is related? The Heldrich Center at Rutgers University recently surveyed 571 college graduates and found “the portion of graduates who described their first job as a ‘career’ fell from 30 percent, if they had graduated in 2006 or 2007—before the 2008 economic downturn—to 22 percent if they had graduated in 2009 or 2010” (as reported by the International Herald Tribune Sept. 2, 2011).

Gaining a college degree is a worthy aspiration for students who believe their career prospects merit the risk of defaulting on their student loan. Such defaults are below the levels seen in the economic recession of the early 1990s but, at 8.8 percent in mid-2011, they have reached their highest rate since 1997, nearly double the lowest rate of 4.6 percent in 2005, according to the Department of Education. There are trade schools and two-year colleges that may offer better pathways toward gainful employment than fouryear institutions. College graduates, unable to find acceptable employment, too frequently “park their employment search” by attending graduate school. This postponement strategy can expand the debt burden of one’s higher education without enhancing future job prospects. Many discover upon graduation they are educated in fields lacking marketability. They are underemployed—working at jobs that do not require a four-year college education—more often than unemployed. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate at least onethird of college graduates in 2008 were underemployed. “Fats” Domino, the singer and songwriter, summed up the situation succinctly, saying, “A lot of fellows nowadays have a B.A., M.D., or Ph.D. Unfortunately, they don’t have a J.O.B.” Our country needs college graduates pursuing those disciplines responsive to market demand. High schools fail to produce enough graduates keen about the fields of science, engineering, or math—all essential to our national economic security. Too often the goal is selfaggrandizement in financial careers, an illusion exposed as fantasy once the market bubbles burst. Walt Sonneville, a retired market-research 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 personal-opinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. Contact him at


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Social Connections Most Important for Seniors Relationships with friends and family outweigh financial concerns among older Americans seeking fulfillment in their senior years, according to the second annual United States of Aging Survey. When asked what is most important to maintaining a high quality of life in their senior years, staying connected to friends and family was the top choice of four in 10 seniors, ahead of having financial means (30 percent). For the 2013 edition of The United States of Aging Survey, the National Council on Aging, UnitedHealthcare, and USA TODAY surveyed 4,000 U.S. adults, including a nationally representative sample of seniors ages 60 and older. This year, for the first time, the survey also included a nationally representative sample of adults ages 18-59 to provide contrasting perspectives on aging and explore how the country could better prepare for a booming senior population. The Importance of Connectivity Nationally, more than half of seniors (53 percent) indicate that being close to friends and family is important and only 15 percent report occasional feelings of isolation. Eighty-four percent of seniors nationally cite technology as important

to their ability to connect with the world around them. Low-income seniors also face challenges. While they cite technology as important to staying in touch with family and friends (81 percent), issues of technology access persist, with 47 percent of lowincome seniors reporting cost as a barrier to using more technology, and 48 percent indicating they have trouble understanding how to use technology. Health Management Improves Outlook Eighty-six percent of seniors say they are confident about their ability to maintain a high quality of life, and 60 percent expect their health to stay the same during the next five to 10 years (compared with 53 percent of adults ages 18-59). The survey also finds that women and African-Americans are among the most optimistic about growing older. Seniors focused on taking care of their health are more optimistic about aging. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of

optimistic seniors have set one or more specific goals to manage their health in the past 12 months, compared with 47 percent of the overall senior population. While 65 percent of seniors report having at least two chronic health conditions, less than one in five has received guidance in the past year to develop an action plan for managing their health. Additionally, 26 percent of seniors indicate they exercise less than once a week for 30 minutes or more. Communities Responsive but Not Doing Enough Most seniors (71 percent) feel the community they live in is responsive to their needs, but less than half (49 percent) believe their city or town is doing enough to prepare for the future needs of a growing senior population. Seniors give low ratings to the quality of public transportation and job opportunities in their city or town: just 16 percent and 10 percent, respectively, rate their community’s transit and

employment offerings as “excellent” or “very good.” Changing Economics of Retirement Nearly half (47 percent) of retired seniors have access to pensions, and among seniors that are not yet retired, 41 percent plan to rely on Social Security as their primary source of retirement income. In contrast, just 23 percent of adults ages 18-59 plan to rely primarily on Social Security. Forty-eight percent of adults ages 18-59 say they will live mostly off of their personal savings and investments in their senior years. While most seniors are able to pay their monthly expenses, many express concern about the financial impact of living longer. Though two-thirds (66 percent) of seniors believe it to be very easy or somewhat easy to pay their monthly living expenses, more than half (53 percent) are somewhat to very concerned that their savings and income will not be sufficient to last them for the rest of their lives. For complete survey results, visit

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Travel Appetizers: Stories that Whet the Appetite for Travel

Alligators, Birds, and Plants, Oh My! By Andrea Gross t’s 9:30 in the morning, but the air is still cool. Nevertheless, I’m slathered in sunscreen and dripping with insect repellant. In other words, I’m ready to meet some alligators on a trip that will take my husband and me from Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp, the largest blackwater swamp in North America, to Florida’s Everglades National Park, a UNESCO International Biosphere Reserve as well as a World Heritage Site.


Okefenokee Swamp Along with a dozen other passengers, we climb into a 24-foot flat-bottomed boat and set out through water that’s the color of strong tea—a result of tannic acid caused by decaying vegetation. At 10:08, we spot our first alligator. At 10:12, there’s another one, and then another. At 10:32, one leaps out of the water, arcing in front of us.


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The American alligator sometimes grows to more than 14 feet in length.

The guide pushes the boat through the shallow swamp waters.

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Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp is home to turtles as well as alligators and snakes.

Visitors glide through the Okefenokee in a 24-foot flat-bottomed boat.

“Sometimes they leap 6 feet into the air,” says our guide, Chip Campbell, owner of Okefenokee Adventures. It’s a fact I find most disconcerting. By this time, the gators are appearing every two, three minutes. There’s one over there, curled in the grass, gazing at us with steely eyes. And that log over there … It moved! I stop counting when I realize I may be tracking fallen trees as well as prehistoric reptiles. In short order we become miniexperts on alligators. We learn how to tell an alligator from a crocodile (it’s all in the teeth—a croc’s lower teeth overlap his upper); to judge the reptile’s length (estimate the distance between the eye bumps and snout bump; that distance in inches pretty much equals the gator’s length in feet); and to escape one that’s chasing you. “Climb a tree, run in zigzags, or …” Chip laughs heartily, “outrun your friend!” It’s obviously a good day for alligators, but even on gatorless days, there’d be

plenty to see. The swamp is home to a large variety of other reptiles, as well as amphibians, fish, mammals, butterflies, and more than 230 species of birds, including egrets, herons, ibis, sandhill cranes, and red-shouldered hawks. Chip puts the boat in reverse so we can better see a softshell turtle, which instantly submerges to avoid us. No problem. Chip heads toward a flooded forest, where, he says, we’re likely to see a snake. “Most, but not all, poisonous snakes have cat-shaped eyes,” he tells us. Since I have no intention of getting close enough to a snake to see the shape of its eyes, I dismiss this piece of information as superfluous. I’m more interested in learning about the medicinal properties of various plants—spotting those that will repel insects, relieve depression, grow hair, and clean hands. “But there’s no remedy for folks who get their hands eaten while plucking plants,” says Chip, and I decide to stick with the pharmacy for my medications. By 11 a.m., as another gator glides by, we’ve seen so many that we’ve become blasé. We turn our heads but don’t rush for our cameras. Our memory cards are full, but even without more photos, we know we’ve had a trip we’ll never forget.

A boardwalk along the Anhinga Trail in Everglades National Park makes wildlife viewing accessible to all.

A cormorant spreads his wings before diving into the water for his dinner.

An osprey can have a wingspan of 6 feet.; Everglades National Park It’s a seven-hour, 385-mile drive from Okefenokee to the Everglades, and I didn’t want to go. When I read that the best way to see the alligators is to walk along a 0.8-mile

boardwalk, I turned up my nose. After all, I rode in a low-lying boat through a swamp in Georgia, so why would I want to peer down at gators from a raised walkway? So tame. So tacky. I was wrong. Everglades National Park is nature at its most convenient and abundant. A one-hour walk along the Anhinga Trail lets us get up close and

personal with more alligators and birds than we’d seen from farther away and during much longer expeditions. We get about 10 feet down the path when a giant black bird with a yellow bill hops on the rail in front of us. He’s waving a small fish in his mouth. We stand mesmerized for several minutes while the cormorant shakes the fish into submission, positions him in line with his throat, and swallows him whole. A few feet farther, a large osprey spreads his wings, his white upper feathers looking like a fringed cape against the black background. We turn left along a nice plank pathway. With the water undisturbed by a moving boat, dozens of alligators sun in peace, some half-submerged, others happily snoozing in the roots of swamp trees, others completely visible. The boardwalk makes a stable resting place for tripods, and there seem to be more photographers than gators or birds. Yet the mood is serene. Despite the manmade conveniences, we feel at one with nature. Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (

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The Green Mountain Gardener

Fragrant Paperwhites Dr. Leonard Perry popular and easy-to-flower bulb for late fall and the holidays is the paperwhite narcissus. Sweetsmelling paperwhites can be coaxed into bloom with very little effort. Prepotted paperwhites can be purchased at many garden stores. All you do is add water! These potted bulbs also make a nice gift or a fun activity for children. The correct term is actually “forcing,” as you are forcing the spring-flowering bulbs to fast-forward their natural growth cycles and bloom in winter instead. Many bulbs can be forced—grape hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and crocuses, for example—but paperwhites are probably the easiest as they don’t require a long cold-storage period to root. Paperwhites produce small, starshaped flowers that will last for several


weeks. Some varieties have pure white flowers; others have white perianths (outer petals) with paleyellow “cups” in the center. Paperwhites, which come from the Mediterranean, are tender bulbs and not suitable for outdoor growing in the Northeast. However, most garden centers and seed catalogs sell bulbs for indoor forcing. If purchasing locally, choose healthy bulbs with no soft spots or signs of

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discoloration. Store in a cool, dry place until time to plant. Paperwhites will bloom about four to six weeks after planting, so plan accordingly if you want flowers for the holidays or other special occasions. For continuous bloom throughout the winter, plant bulbs every two weeks from late fall through February. Use shallow containers, about 3 to 4 inches deep, without drainage holes. You can find these specially designed containers for forcing at many garden centers. Add about 2 inches of washed pebbles or large glass beads similar to marbles (available at craft stores and some garden stores) in the bottom of the container. If using the colorful glass beads, use a clear container so they can be seen. Or, similar to other forcing bulbs, you can plant in pots with soil. Gently place the bulbs, pointed side up, on the gravel or beads. They should be close but not touching. (Five bulbs will fit nicely in a 6-inch pot.) Then add

enough pebbles around the bulbs to hold them in place. If using soil, make sure the bulb tops are at or above the surface. The tricky part is watering the bulbs if not in soil. You want to add just enough water so it reaches the base of the bulbs. You don’t want the bulbs to sit in water as this will cause rot. Maintain this level of water throughout the growing period. You’ll probably need to replenish the water every two or three days. Don’t fertilize— the bulb already contains the nutrients it needs. Place the container in a cool, dark place (about 50 degrees F) for a few weeks until green shoots appear (but don’t forget about them). Then move to full, bright light— generally, a window with southern exposure. Too little light, and the plants will grow leggy as they stretch to reach the light. Initially, room temperature should be 60 to 65 degrees. To prolong bloom, after the plants begin to flower, remove them from direct sunlight and place in a cooler, less sunny part of your home. Paperwhites require USDA zones 8 to 11 outdoors; they can’t be planted successfully outside in the North, nor can they be saved to force again next year. Nevertheless, they provide easy, inexpensive, cheery, and long-lasting flowers. Dr. Leonard P. Perry is an extension professor at the University of Vermont.

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1 in 5 Adults Meets Physical Activity Guidelines About 20 percent of U.S. adults are meeting both the aerobic and musclestrengthening components of the federal government’s physical activity recommendations, according to a report published recently in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a journal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The data is based on self-reported information from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual phone survey of adults aged 18 and over conducted by state health departments. The Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend that adults get at least 2.5 hours a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as walking; or one hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging; or a combination of both. The guidelines also recommend that adults do muscle-strengthening activities, such as pushups, sit-ups, or activities using resistance bands or weights. These activities should involve all major muscle groups and be done on two or more days per week.

The report finds that nationwide nearly 50 percent of adults are getting the recommended amounts of aerobic activity and about 30 percent are engaging in the recommended musclestrengthening activity. “Although only 20 percent of adults are meeting the overall physical activity recommendations, it is encouraging that half the adults in the United States are meeting the aerobic guidelines and a third are meeting the muscle-strengthening recommendations,” said Carmen D. Harris, M.P.H, epidemiologist in CDC’s physical activity and health branch. The report also found differences among states and the District of Columbia. The rates of adults meeting the overall guidelines ranged from 27 percent in Colorado to 13 percent in Tennessee and West Virginia. The West (24 percent) and the Northeast (21 percent) had the highest proportion of adults who met the guidelines. Women, Hispanics, older adults, and obese adults were all less likely to meet the guidelines.

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