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(Re)Making the Sale Exceptional Volunteer Maximizes Profits for Library Book Sales By Megan Joyce To say that Pat Ditzler has a knack for organization is like saying Bill Gates knows his way around a computer. Ditzler has volunteered with the Friends of the Lancaster Public Library for almost 30 years and chaired its enormous used book sale nine times. One of the largest and most well-attended book sales in the country, it raises vital funds for Lancaster Public Library. Much of that success in recent years is due to Ditzler, a retired accountant who has used her organizationally inclined mind to develop procedures for researching and pricing rare books, training volunteers to sort books, implementing Internet book sales, and honing book-sorting and display strategies. In fact, she has been so successful and her system so revolutionary that Ditzler was honored with the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries. Though she has lived in Central Pennsylvania since 1960, this selfdescribed “Army brat” was born in Monterey, Calif., but moved around frequently, actually graduating high school in Naples, Italy. An avid library goer as a child, Ditzler remembers frequenting the library at the NATO base. “It just seemed like a wonderful place—the smell of the books, the feel of please see SALE page 26 Library volunteer and book-sale expert Pat Ditzler will soon see her own book on display when A Book Sale How-to Guide becomes available this fall.


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Caregivers Forum Will Offer Information, Support Your Way: A Practical Guide for Family Caregivers – 250 Real Life Questions & It has been said that nothing in life Commonsense Answers, she will help guide comes free. An addition to this year’s free guests in determining a healthy lifestyle Lancaster County 50plus EXPO, however, for day-to-day caregiving. is yet another free event: a Caregivers “The most important objective of the Forum, presented by On-Line Publishers, forum is to provide information and Inc. The forum will be held in encouragement to caregivers. It is through education that the best choices conjunction with the EXPO at Lancaster Host Resort from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on can be made,” Anderson said. “I’m confident Dr. Linda Rhodes will provide Tuesday, Nov. 8. exceptional insight into the world of “As our population continues to age, caregiving and our speakers and panelists the demands for caregiver support will provide resources for all who attend.” escalate. For more than 16 years, 50plus Suppose you are interested in the legal Senior News has offered articles to side of support caregiving – individuals attorney Thomas who are in a A. Fanning will caregiving answer questions role,” Donna Tuesday, Nov. 8 at his seminar Anderson, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m related to wills, president of held in conjunction with the 50plus EXPO power of On-Line at Lancaster Host Resort attorney, living Publishers, wills, and assets. said. Megan Campbell, vice president of “Additionally, we publish Caregiver operations for IntegraCare Corporation, Solutions annually, which is a resource will provide attendees with a range of guide for caregivers. We decided it was information regarding dementia. It will time to offer a forum especially for those include an overview of the disease who care for a parent, a spouse, or a process, cognitive deficits, and strategies friend.” for coping with the subsequent behavior. The forum will showcase three The session will also include tips for presentations regarding strategies and seeking resources and determining a support for family caregivers or seniors health program to fit your needs. suffering from chronic illness. Whether your entire day is spent at “We selected topics we thought would be most relevant to anyone in a caregiver the forum, or you must make a shorter visit, Anderson is hopeful that every role,” Anderson said. “Knowing the visitor will leave feeling more resources available offers peace of mind knowledgeable, confident, and prepared for caregivers.” for a caregiving role. The keynote speaker, Dr. Linda “We hope they will learn that they Rhodes, former Pennsylvania secretary of aren’t alone and that support and aging and noted author, will provide resources are readily available in our valuable information for those interested in caregiver support. As author of Finding community,” said Anderson. By Laura Farnish

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Clark expedition, and she served as an invaluable guide and interpreter when the explorers reached the Missouri River. She was honored on the first new coin of the millennium, the Sacajawea golden dollar. Another popular name in American Indian history is Sitting Bull, the leader of the Sioux Indians during the Battle of Little Bighorn. His knowledge of Sioux warfare, and his determination to overcome George Armstrong Custer’s army, proved successful as his people were given pardon to settle on their rightful reservations. Politically, Charles Curtis enriched our history as the 31st vice president of the United States, serving under Herbert Hoover from

1929 to 1933. He was the first person of Native American ancestry to reach one of the two highest offices in the United States government. Curtis endorsed a fiveday workweek without reduced wages to cope with unemployment rates at the time. Without writers such as Sherman Alexie, one would be without inventive and humorous writing that provides insight into American Indian life. His novel, The Business of Fancydancing, won the New York Times’ award for Notable Book of the Year. His novels have inspired movies, one of which Alexie coproduced. He continues to add to the world of literature with his most recent book of poetry, Dangerous Astronomy. But these notable American Indians are only a fraction of those recognized this month. According to the 2000 census, 4.1 million United States residents described themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native. This was a 2.2 million increase from the census data in 1990. Census results for 2010 show 2.9 million respondents indicated their race as American Indian or Alaska Native. This accounts for 0.9 percent of the entire United States population. Those who have claimed both American Indian and Alaska Native ancestries totaled an additional 1.4 million. So, the next time you stumble upon the animated Pocahontas flashing across the television screen, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show, remembering her important historical contributions and those of all Native American Indians.

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Upon hearing the name Pocahontas, we often think of the Disney movie character who falls in love with the dreamy Captain John Smith as tension grows between the English settlers and the Native American tribe. Pocahontas must use her gentle spirit to restore peace among her people. Aside from her career on the big screen, Pocahontas figures in history books for her help in settling Jamestown and saving John Smith from his captors in the 17th century. These facts, however, often escape from our minds as we devour popcorn and soda while enjoying the fictionalized version of her life. In honor of her important work, as well as that of many others, November is recognized as National American Indian Heritage Month, a tradition started at the turn of the century. The efforts to gain recognition for Native American Indians began as an attempt to obtain a single day of dedication, which resulted in an entire month observed in their honor. The first proponent was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to grant a day to recognize American Indians. After three years, the Congress of the American Indian Association adopted an American Indian Day. In 1915, President Sherman Coolidge formally proposed the second Saturday of May to be deemed American Indian Day. It was not until 1990, however, that President Bush approved

November as National American Indian History Month. United States history would not be complete without the contributions of several Native American Indians, including those of Sacajawea. Sacajawea served as the only woman guide on the Lewis and

Memory can be elusive. But some scientists have identified an enzyme that may boost recall of forgotten memories—or help people purge those they don’t want to retain. Scientists studying the enzyme PKM-zeta have found that by blocking it in the brains of rats, they could force rats to forget certain learned behaviors, such as avoiding a liquid that made them ill.

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A team of researchers from Israel and the United States did the reverse, injecting rodents with viruses that carried genes to stimulate production of PKM-zeta. The enzyme appeared to help the rats access behaviors that had passed from short-term to long-term memory. Adapting the treatment to humans suffering memory loss (or wanting to erase traumatic

memories) is a long way off, however. Until scientists can determine exactly where specific memories are stored in the brain, manipulating levels of PKM-zeta or any other enzyme could have unexpected results. As one scientist told the Science News website, “There’s a reason why the brain keeps memory under tight regulation.”

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Braintwisters 1. Legendary businessman and Hollywood producer Samuel Goldwyn was born with what name? A. Samuel Goldfish B. Schmuel Gelbfisz C. Frederick Austerlitz D. Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm 2. What famous tycoon bought the Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas after management attempted to evict him from his room? A. Ted Turner B. Howard Hughes C. Hugh Hefner D. Larry Flynt 3. What business celebrity began his illustrious career by collecting and selling lost golf balls? A. Rupert Murdoch B. Howard Hughes C. Warren Buffett D. Michael Dell 4. What celebrity was sued by a group of cattle producers in 1996 after discussing mad cow disease on television? A. Oprah Winfrey B. Rosie O’Donnell C. David Letterman D. Jay Leno 5. Which of the following celebrity entrepreneurs originally wanted to be a racecar driver? A. George Lucas B. Ross Perot C. Larry Ellison D. Alan Greenspan Source:

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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Price Fixing Online Dr. Lori f I had a dime for every time I advised people not to use eBay or any online auction site as a method for finding out the value of a work of art or antique, I’d be able to help out with the debt crisis. I have told folks time and time again that you can’t use an eBay listing or posted online sales results to put a value on an object. Online fraud is widespread, and that’s why you can’t rely solely on an online auction website’s sales records to provide you with an accurate appraisal. Only an honest appraiser who can analyze the market data can provide you with that critical information. Recently, an online seller using the auction website eBay was prosecuted in the United Kingdom. He admitted that he used two separate eBay accounts to bid against himself on items that he had posted for sale. He bid on his own items to increase the price. This made the


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Just the Flax, M’am Wendell Fowler ince man stood upright, tiny but mighty flaxseeds, with their fibrous mojo and health-sustaining oil, have been a cultural keystone. Composer Claude Debussy even wrote a lovely melody comparing a women’s beautiful, flaxen hair to the shiny, brown seed. The omega-3 essential fatty acid (EFA) oil and cleansing dietary fiber are indispensible for upholding health and a happy colon. Friends often come for dinner, and once I received a hilarious “thank you” courtesy call the next day. “Wendell, dinner was awesome, but I’m pretty sure some things came out of me this morning I ate when I was 6.” I enlightened him that the flaxseed I sprinkled on everything was “RotoRootering” his backed-up colon. Both plant and seed have been used for centuries to weave fibers for clothing and housing. Ancient Egyptians carried flaxseed in their medical bags. During the eighth century, King Charlemagne passed laws requiring the consumption of flaxseed. Linen made from flaxseeds composed Christ’s swaddling infant clothes and were used to make the Shroud of Turin. EFA omega-3 deficiency is associated with chronic diarrhea, Crohn’s or IBS, ADD, irritability or nervousness, dry mouth, throat, skin that dries or cracks behind the ears, emphysema, asthma, chronic lung disease, chronic joint pain or arthritis, kidney, bladder or prostate problems, and infertility, impotence, or a history of repeated miscarriages. Fibrous flaxseed contains significant amounts of omega-3 and naturally occurring plant estrogens called lignans, which prevent bone loss, reduce the risk of colon cancer and estrogen-related breast cancer, and diminish symptoms of menopause. Omega-3 balances production of prostaglandins, which help regulate blood pressure, blood clotting, nerve transmission, allergic responses, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract


functions, and the production of hormones. This miracle of nature helps prevent heart disease, improves mental function, and cools inflammation related to asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, and osteoporosis. Inflammation, by the way, accelerates aging and causes about 70 percent of today’s diseases, whereas omega-3 soothes inflammation, decreasing disease risk. Smell what I’m cookin’? Because Americans adore dead, processed foods, they eat way too much “6” and too little “3.” A diet high in omega-6 causes destructive internal inflammation, especially if the diet lacks magnesium and B vitamins. These overly used fats are used in many bodily functions, but less is more. The greatest source of the overabundance of omega-6 fats in the American diet comes from popular cooking oils like sunflower, safflower, corn, cottonseed, walnut, and soybean oil, which are all high in omega6 fatty acid. I repeat: Less is more. Omega-3 naturally occurs in coldwater fish, walnuts, and green, leafy vegetables. DHA—brain food—also comes from fish oil, salmon, herring, anchovies, sardines, chicken, and eggs. Check with your doctor first, but my formula for success is to ingest 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with 2,000 IUs fish oil daily, in addition to a handful of plain walnuts. Try flaxseed over your morning fruit and cereal. Refrigerate ground flaxseed in a tightly sealed container and then grind a small handful before serving. Please note the need to grind the fibrous seed in a coffee grinder in small batches and then sprinkle them on everything you eat. Once ground, the seeds quickly lose their nutritious properties; store whole seeds in the refrigerator. At home, my wife and I put it on everything; even the dogs are set-your-

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He Witnessed the Explosion of 7 Atomic Bombs Robert D. Wilcox ow did Joe Glass, who now lives in Millersville, come to have seven atomic bombs exploded in front of him? Because he had volunteered for a top-secret mission, with no idea how close he was to come to America’s ultimate weapon. When he graduated from Millersville State Teacher’s College (now Millersville University) in 1953 with a BS in education, Glass was prepared to begin a career as an educator. But the Draft Board thought otherwise, and he was promptly drafted into the Army. During basic training at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., the recruits were given an unusual test. As a result of that test, Glass was one of 20 men who were asked to volunteer for “an assignment in special weapons” at Sandia Base, N.M., which was the principal nuclear weapons installation of the U.S. Department of Defense.


65 miles northwest of The 20 men were Las Vegas. It was first sent to the signal considered ideal for the school at Fort purpose of testing Monmouth, N.J., for many different effects electronics training, that resulted from and while there they atomic bomb each got a top-secret explosions. clearance after close Why was that screening by the FBI. needed? Because we That training really knew very little completed, they were about the effects of the shipped to Sandia Base, bombs that brought where they were WWII to an end. Prior assigned to the 64th Ordnance Battalion. to dropping the bomb Their assignment there called “Little Boy” on was primarily to learn Hiroshima on Aug. 6, Pvt. Joseph W. Glass in 1953, how to attach atomic 1945, the U.S. had at home on a three-day pass. warheads to guided performed only one missiles. test of an atomic In January 1945, Glass was assigned device. That was called “the Gadget,” and to the Nevada Test Site, which was a it was detonated at Trinity Site near large swath of unpopulated desert land Alamogordo, N.M., on July 6, 1945.


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6,530 American Flags to Be Displayed A memorial to each soldier who has died in combat since 9/11, the “Massing of the Colors” will be on display from Friday, Nov. 4, through Monday, Nov. 14, in the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown’s Veterans Grove. The public is invited to walk through and view the flag display at their leisure. Special events include: Friday, Nov. 4, 1:30 p.m. – Opening service to dedicate the flag display at the Veterans Grove Friday, Nov. 11, 10 to 11 a.m. – Veterans Day Program in the Freemasons

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Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, I’ve read that there is a new extrastrength flu vaccine being offered to seniors this year.What can you tell me about it, where can I find it, and does Medicare cover it? – Flu-Conscious Connie Dear Connie, The new extra-strength flu vaccination you’re inquiring about is called the Fluzone High-Dose, and it’s designed specifically for seniors, age 65 years and older. Here’s what you should know. Fluzone High-Dose Manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur Inc., the Fluzone High-Dose vaccine was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December 2009 and was first made available last flu season on a limited basis. The main difference between the Fluzone High-Dose and a regular flu shot is its potency. The high-dose vaccine contains four times the amount of antigen (the part of the vaccine that prompts the body to make antibody) as a regular flu shot does, which creates a stronger immune response for better protection. This extra protection is particularly helpful to seniors who have weaker immune defenses and have a great risk of developing dangerous flu complications. The CDC estimates that the flu puts more than 200,000 people in the hospital each year and kills around 24,000—95 percent of whom are seniors. As with all flu vaccines, Fluzone HighDose is not recommended for seniors who are allergic to chicken eggs or those who have had a severe reaction to a flu vaccine in the past. To locate a vaccination site that offers the Fluzone High-Dose, ask your doctor or pharmacist or check the online flushot locator ( for clinics or stores offering flu shots. Then, contact some in your area to see whether they have the high-dose vaccine. CVS, Walgreens, Safeway, Kmart, Rite Aid, and Kroger are among some of the

chains offering the high-dose shot. You’ll also be happy to know that if you’re a Medicare beneficiary, Part B will cover 100 percent of the cost of your high-dose vaccination. But if you’re not covered, the cost is around $50 to $60— that’s about double of what you’d pay for a regular flu shot. Pneumovax Another important vaccination the CDC recommends to seniors—especially this time of year—is the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine for pneumonia and meningitis (the vaccine is called Pneumovax 23). Pneumonia causes more than 40,000 deaths in the U.S. each year, many of which could be prevented by this vaccine. If you’re over age 65 and haven’t already gotten this one-time-only shot, you should get it now before flu season hits. Pneumovax 23 is also covered under Medicare Part B, and you can get it on the same day you get your flu shot. If you’re not covered by insurance, this vaccine costs around $75 to $85 at retail clinics. This vaccine is also recommended to adults under age 65 if they smoke or have certain chronic conditions like asthma, heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, diabetes, or sickle cell disease; have had their spleen removed; or have a weakened immune system due to cancer, HIV, or an organ transplant. Savvy Tips: In addition to getting vaccinated, the CDC reminds everyone that the three best ways to stay healthy during flu season are to wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and stay home if you’re sick. For more information on the recommended vaccines for older adults, check the vaccine page on the CDC’s website ( Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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Library Programs Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke St., Lancaster, (717) 394-2651 Lancaster Public Library Leola Branch, 46 Hillcrest Ave., Leola, (717) 656-7920 Lancaster Public Library Mountville Branch, 2 College Ave., Mountville, (717) 285-3231 Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 Nov. 10, 7 p.m. – Lancaster Civil War Roundtable: “The Gettysburg Address Photographs” Nov. 11, 4 p.m. – “The Life of Jackie Robinson” with Daughter and Author Sharon Robinson Nov. 29, 7 p.m. – Village Art Association: Pastel Painting Manheim Community Library, 15 E. High St., Manheim, (717) 665-6700 Manheim Township Public Library, 595 Granite Run Drive, Lancaster, (717) 560-6441 Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, (717) 653-1510 Moores Memorial Library, 326 N. Bridge St., Christiana, (610) 593-6683

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The Secret Sy Rosen e men do it in the dark of on overdrive. A little voice inside of night or in the earlyme is saying, “Danger, danger.” I ask why she would want to stop morning hours when most and she replies, “I’m afraid my face is of the city sleeps. It is something we do not discuss with the outside world. just too old for brown hair. Doesn’t it make me look like I’m trying too hard We have made a silent pact with our to be young?” loved ones to keep this act of And there, of course, is the intimacy a secret. I’m talking about helping our wives landmine, right below my feet. A question that is reminiscent of, and dye their hair, of course. just as dangerous as, “Does this dress We are there for the back part of make me look fat?” the hair, the part she can’t reach. The I tell her she’s being ridiculous. part where the gray roots sprout out “Look at all those actresses like, uh, like a neon sign saying, “I’m back! Michelle Did you miss me?” Pfeiffer, Sandra The first step is Bullock, and putting on the Meg Ryan. I’m thin, plastic gloves. We have made a sure they all dye I feel like a their hair and surgeon, except silent pact with they all look my gloves are our loved ones great.” drastically to keep this act “Yeah, but undersized. These I’m not as are not “manly” of intimacy a young as them,” gloves and, secret. my wife although the box responds. advertises “one size “You look fits all,” they must younger and have been referring prettier,” I answer. And I really do to parakeets. mean it. My wife smiles and I go on As I begin applying the dye, my to say, “And I’m sure Marisa Tomei wife gives many instructions. I think dyes her hair.” this is her way of getting back at me Unfortunately, I linger on the for all the backseat driving I have name Marisa Tomei a split second too done through the years. Or maybe it long, and my wife notices. is because I’ve given her too many “You have a crush on that actress instructions on how to properly load Marisa Tomei.” a dishwasher (I actually typed them “I do not,” I answer. However, a out). little drop of sweat starts to drip She tells me to part her hair every inch and get to the roots. “Too wide,” down my forehead. “Yes you do,” she insists, with an she says. “You’re missing spots,” she edge in her voice. complains. “Don’t waste it,” she yells. And partly inspired by truth and I want to say, “There’s no way to partly by fear, I come up with this waste it. Wherever I put the dye, it’s reply: “Yes, I have a little crush on hitting gray.” However, I decide her, but only because she reminds me discretion is the better part of staying of you.” alive. My wife again smiles and I am safe. We finally get into a rhythm, and I finish dyeing her hair, and later that my wife seems somewhat content. I am lulled into a false sense of security morning she comes downstairs and asks me how I think it turned out. when she makes the seemingly I try for a little joke. “You look innocuous comment that maybe she beautiful, Marisa.” She punches me, should stop dyeing her hair. I’m not but not too hard. sure why, but suddenly my senses are

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Romancing the Pirates No More Walt Sonneville lesson could be learned about cultural oscillations when considering our past and current perceptions of pirates—the pirates who steal loot from seagoing vessels, not the leeches who illegally reproduce copyrighted songs, books, movies, art, and software. The pendulum of public opinion has swung a full stroke in the past two centuries regarding seagoing pirates. Until the early 1800s, Barbary pirates (so named after the Latin word for “foreign”) were the bane of European and American shipping vessels. These pirates plied their trade in Mediterranean waters off North African countries that today are Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. The problem was ended by the British and American navies as well as the capture in Algiers (1830) of the last pirate base by the French.


In the Caribbean, and along the coasts of Virginia and the Carolinas, pirates in the early 1700s, including the famed English pirate Blackbeard, captured seagoing booty and raided coastal towns. American culture later adopted a romantic view of pirates, perhaps beginning in 1891 when the professional baseball team, the Pittsburgh Alleghenies, changed their name to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They did so after being accused of “pirating” a key player from the Philadelphia Athletics. The notion of pirates as entertaining characters continued with Robert Louis

Stevenson’s Treasure Island, the comic strip Terry and the Pirates, and the Fox Broadcasting Network’s series called Peter Pan and the Pirates. We were drawn to the mystique of swashbucklers, buccaneers, buried treasure, and peg-legged fellows with an eye patch and a parrot on their shoulder, sailing under the flag of the “Jolly Roger” (skull and crossbones). Such images helped launch more than 300 movie titles that included the word pirates from 1900 to 2010. Now nations are faced with a new era of high-seas piracy, almost all of which is

based in the approximately 1,900 miles of Somalia’s coastline. The Piracy Reporting Center of the International Maritime Bureau reports that from 1991 through 2010, some 445 ships have been commandeered by pirates, not for their cargo but for ransom of crew members. This is the same period of time in which Somalia has had no central government. Public perception no longer views pirates as appealing rascals. They are violent kidnappers who threaten the sea lanes of international commerce. The public-opinion pendulum regarding other institutions is also moving. During America’s war of national independence, most American colonists—but not all—were contemptuous of the British monarchy (President John Adams estimated onethird of Americans were crown loyalists). Today the monarchy appears to be viewed with a higher level of affection in

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America than in Great Britain. The Republican Party, reviled during the Great Depression of the 1930s for its free-market permissiveness, came roaring back in the 2010 congressional elections with similar economic views. American-built cars, enjoying dominant market support prior to and immediately after World War II, fell in disrepute beginning in the 1980s but enjoyed growing consumer acceptance in 2010. Railroads were indispensable transportation modes before Henry Ford’s mass-produced, gas-powered vehicles. Passenger service on the

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the books, and the librarians were always so very nice and helpful, even to us kids,” she recalled. It was in Italy that she met her husband, a Manheim native, and came to Central Pennsylvania to pursue her accounting degree. She first began volunteering at the Lancaster Public Library’s Duke Street branch in 1983 and soon cultivated her skill for sorting, researching, and selling books for the library via the Internet. Fast forward 28 years, and Ditzler’s system for maximizing profits from used book sales is changing the way libraries across the country approach this common fundraiser. Lancaster Public Library often receives generous donations of used books from all over the local community, and each spring, about 250,000 of these used books, videos, and CDs are organized into 39 categories (mystery, children’s, non-fiction, etc.) and spread out over 320 tables at Franklin & Marshall College’s Alumni Sports and Fitness Center. But long before the merchandise hits those tables, Ditzler and her brigade of dedicated and trained volunteers have spent countless hours sorting and pricing those donated books—and a lot of that

time is spent doing research. “It’s all about finding that volunteer “We do some research for those books something they love to do,” she said. that could be very valuable,” Ditzler As for the book sale itself, Ditzler’s explained. “We’ve sold some books on methods ensure that the merchandise is the Internet for neatly sorted into over $1,000, and if categories that are we hadn’t easily identifiable researched them, by large, colored we wouldn’t have signs—a seemingly known and put obvious feature that them in the sale many libraries for $5 or $10.” hadn’t thought to Another vital implement. Just aspect to LPL’s like a clearance rack book-sale success is in a clothing store, Ditzler’s strategy of people will shop getting volunteers more successfully doing a task they when items are enjoy and at which organized, they excel. Some accessible, and volunteers just clearly priced. handle CDs and “We just built videos. Some delve Visitors perused the considerable selection [the system] over during a recent book sale at the Marshall into Internet the years, asking, Street Book Shoppe in Lancaster. research. Others ‘Hey, why don’t we prefer handling try this?’” Ditzler sets of encyclopedias or children’s books. said. “When we fill and stack boxes to go Whatever their niche, all are thoroughly to the sale, we have categories and put trained to ensure they are efficient and up a little tally sheet … that way you can accurate contributors to Ditzler’s wellset up your sale and you know what you run sorting machine. have. Many libraries didn’t even do that;

they just piled them and went to set up the sale and asked, ‘OK, how much room do we need for mystery?’ They didn’t know.” Ditzler was also instrumental in starting LPL’s two used bookstores: one in the second floor of the library on Duke Street and the other in a rented warehouse on Marshall Street in Lancaster, which also doubles as a storage facility where they work with the donated books—dozens upon dozens of huge boxes, stacked and brimming with books of all sizes and subjects. It’s here that Ditzler and the volunteers sift through the masses of volumes, eliminating those that are obsolete or those in poor physical condition and organizing the rest into smaller boxes neatly labeled by book topic or type. “These bookstores are open all year round, so people don’t have to wait for our book sales and they know they’re supporting the library—all the proceeds go to the library,” said Ditzler. “Our money goes directly to the library’s general fund and pays salaries, buys books, and keeps their doors open because library funding has been terribly cut.”

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Ditzler said they’re now working on their third million dollars, having generated about $2.8 million over the years. The book sale started in 1954 with revenue of $150; last year, they made almost $200,000. Her exploratory approach has positively affected local teachers as well. Ditzler investigated and then contacted Books for Teachers, a national foundation that gives money to book sales in the form of vouchers to be used by teachers for the purchase of books for their classrooms. Ditzler submitted the Lancaster School District for consideration and the district was granted $3,000 the first year. District teachers then received a letter that said the library would give $75 in free books for the first 45 teachers that signed up. One hundred sixty-nine teachers responded. “I mean, $75 doesn’t sound like a lot, but in our sale it goes far,” Ditzler said. “We just could not believe the response.” Ditzler has always mentored other area libraries, sharing her procedures for running a book sale, and has taken her know-how on the road, too, conducting PowerPoint presentations at several state and national library conventions across the country. There, Ditzler covers everything from the criteria to look for in choosing a sale venue to how to train sorters and utilize signage effectively. A small library in Arizona, whose book sales had been struggling, employed Ditzler’s strategies last year and generated $80,000. “We share information because when one library wins, everybody does,” she said. “We’re not in competition with each other. We want to make the most of those books that get donated to those libraries.”

And this fall, Ditzler will also become a published author with the release of her book, A Book Sale How-to Guide: More Money, Less Stress, by Ditzler and her sister, JoAnn Dumas. Published by the American Library Association, the book documents Ditzler’s methods so that even a small-scale library can model her book-sale savvy. A Book Sale How-To Guide covers everything from marketing the sale and dealing with customers to keys to sorting books and recommendations for handling the money, with forms for deposits and other financial tasks, also developed by Ditzler. And to those who argue that libraries will soon be obsolete in this increasingly paperless world of handheld, digital book readers, Ditzler is quick to assert the public library’s many other helpful community resources. “I think [the library] levels the playing field because it’s free,” she said. “We give them access, no matter what their economic condition.” Access to books, to computers, and, in Lancaster’s case, to the Duke Street Business Center and the Autism Resource Center, not to mention the various youth and adult services available. “The downtown Duke Street library gets about 1,200 people every single day. It is a busy, community-center place,” Ditzler said. “They have just about something for everybody—and it’s free. You can’t be a democracy without libraries.” For more information or hours of operation for the Marshall Street Book Shoppe, call (717) 295-1950; for the Juliana Bookstore (second floor of Duke Street library), call (717) 239-2123; and visit

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Caring for a parent or loved one, especially someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, can be one of the most challenging tasks you’ll ever undertake. As the disease progresses, patients slip deeper and deeper into a mental fog, but they can continue living at home for a long time if they have someone to manage things for them. Here’s some advice for maintaining your loved one’s comfort—and your own sanity—for as long as possible:

folding a few pieces of laundry, cleaning a corner of the kitchen, and so forth. Patients who see activity but aren’t allowed to join in grow depressed and lethargic.

Structure your days. A reliable routine is comforting to someone with Alzheimer’s and helps you keep life organized. Do the same activities at the same time—getting up, eating meals, etc.—to keep the day moving along.

Use simple language. Don’t treat the person like a child when talking, but use short words and sentences that are easy to understand and follow. A long, complicated request can be difficult for someone with an impaired memory to fully grasp.

Keep activities simple. Limit the patient’s choices—give a man two neckties to choose from instead of standing him in front of a closet filled with dozens. Give instructions one step at a time so the person doesn’t become confused or forget part of the task. Involve the person. Let your loved one help in setting the table for meals,

Minimize distractions. Keeping the TV on while you’re talking can overload an Alzheimer’s patient with more stimulation than he or she can handle. Try to keep the environment quiet and calm so focusing is easier.

Be patient and flexible. Taking care of someone with Alzheimer’s can be frustrating. Concentrate on staying calm and changing plans when necessary. If a task is beyond the person, give him or her something else to do instead of insisting that it be done “right.” Both of you need to adapt to changing circumstances.

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Art Exhibit Winners Announced The Lancaster County Office of Aging is pleased to announce the winners in the 18th Annual Senior Art Exhibit. The artworks were displayed at The Lancaster General Hospital Suburban Outpatient Pavilion from Oct. 5 to 7. Local art professionals judged the exhibit, which consisted of works in oil, acrylic, photography, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. The winners are:

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Oil First place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beverly Felter, Two Pairs Second place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lauretta Towner, Picture of Old #1 Third place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Pat Gorman, Danielle

Pastel First place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joan Dellinger, Old Lady Second place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Joseph McIntyre, Roses in Antique Vase

Acrylic First place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Betty Coyle, Country Home at Womelsdorf, Pa. Second place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Larry Hostetter, Three Waterfalls Third place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gladys Berkey, Finches in the Flowers Photography First place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; William Lau, Rustic Red


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Watercolor First place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; John Kimmich, Harvest Time Second place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Ralph B. McComsey Jr., Mohawk Indians Third place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jo Hannigan, Breezy Monday

Mixed Media First place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; John Thackrah, Amish Buggy Second place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; M. Walter Baum, Pandoraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Antiques Third place â&#x20AC;&#x201C; BettyAnn Jones, A Stream Ran Through It


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The Search for Our Ancestry

Records from the United Kingdom Angelo Coniglio have discussed methods of obtaining genealogical records or help from various online sources. While those methods are generally applicable for any place of origin, some places have more complete online records than others. This month, I’ll begin my review with the source of the ancestors of the greatest number of Americans, the United Kingdom. The good news is that because of its long history of civilization and its associated record-keeping, there are loads of sources, many well indexed, for civil and church records from the U.K. The bad news is that, while information on the availability of sources may be found online, many of the actual records must be ordered and purchased in hard copy. The free Mormon site FamilySearch ( may be used as you would for many other locations, by searching the catalog for the place name


in the U.K. to obtain a list of civil and church records for that place. These may indicate microfilms or microfiches that can be rented from the Mormon Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, to obtain photocopies of the records at a nominal price. Valuable records may be found in this way; however, the searches may be tedious and the results, though valuable, may be spotty. Similarly, at the Mormon website, you can “browse by location” for “Europe” and then “England” to find a list of church records, census records, and so on. These may be searched by an ancestor’s name and will usually display transcribed details without an actual image of the document. England and Wales are combined in many databases, while Scotland and Ireland are treated separately. In England and Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, the General Register Office (GRO) is the

government agency responsible for civil registration—the recording of vital records such as births, marriages, and deaths (BMD). The director of a GRO is the registrar general. For England and Wales, indexes of births, deaths, and marriages for 1837 through 2005 are available online, under a special free arrangement with ( al/freebmd/bmd.aspx). When you begin your search, you’ll be prompted to register for a free account for this purpose only. One hundred thirty-four million GRO U.K. birth-record indexes for England and Wales dating from 1837 to 2005 are fully searchable by name, registration date, and district. Every name in the GRO birth indexes is individually searchable; however, the indexes do not give details such as birth dates, parents’ names, etc.

Job Opportunities LANCASTER COUNTY EMPLOYERS NEED YOU!! Age 55 or over? Unemployed? The 55+ Job Bank is one of three services offered by Employment Unit at the Office of Aging. Jobs are matched with those looking for work. Based on an evaluation of your skills and abilities, we can match you with a position needed by a local employer. Some employers are specifically looking for older workers because of the reliability and experience they bring to the workplace. There is a mix of full-time and part-time jobs covering all shifts, requiring varying levels of skill and experience, and offering a wide range of salaries. The other services available through the Office of Aging are the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the regularly scheduled Job Search Workshops.

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Instead, they give the three-month period of a given year in which the birth was recorded, the name of the registration district, and the volume and page number of the actual birth record, which then must be ordered from the GRO. Marriage and death indexes are presented similarly to the birth indexes for the same date ranges. This page also offers links explaining how to search the indexes. For 1837-1915, actual images of BMD indexes are shown. For 1916-2005, information is presented in a transcription, with no image of the original. You need the information found in the index to request a copy of a birth, marriage, or death certificate for the individual referenced. Once the name, date, volume, and page number for your ancestor’s record are known, go to the certificate ordering page (


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SN10030B.02 Do you belong to a service organization, civic group, or place of worship that is looking for a one-time volunteer opportunity? Are coworkers or administration at your workplace interested in volunteering in your community? If you answered yes to either of these questions, please mention Lancaster County Office of Aging as an option for fulfilling those goals while helping to meet the needs of older people in the community. The fall season and the holidays provide many opportunities for one-time episodes of volunteering. Frequent requests for volunteer assistance often include outside work like raking leaves, tidying flowerbeds, and washing windows. Throughout the agency’s holiday program, help is needed to pack food boxes and deliver boxes and gifts. Group volunteer opportunities like these can be lots of fun for volunteers while providing valuable assistance to agency consumers. If you’d like more information, please contact Bev Via, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 299-7979.

content/certificates/default.asp) to order the certificate from the GRO. The cost of the certificate, shipped, is between 9.25 and 23.40 English pounds (approximately $15 to $38) each, depending on the desired speed of delivery. For England and Wales, church records (baptisms, marriages, burials) and census records can be found on findmypast (, a paid site where images of the actual documents can be accessed by subscribers.

England and Wales censuses are also available to paid subscribers of U.K. censuses are available every 10 years, from 1841 through 1911, and are searchable by name or can be browsed by town and enumeration district. They generally give name, gender, age, occupation, and birthplace. Next: more on England and Wales. Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard Drive, Amherst, NY 14226; by email at; or by visiting Tips.htm.

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Military Service and Social Security

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By Sherra Zavitsanos Each year, on Nov. 11, America observes Veterans Day and honors the men and women who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Many of our Vietnam-era veterans are now nearing retirement age or are already there. It is important that they—and other American service personnel—know just what retirement benefits they can count on from Social Security as they make their financial plans. Like most of the civilian workforce, all current military personnel pay Social Security taxes and earn Social Security coverage. Earnings for active-duty military service or active-duty training have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Also, earnings for inactiveduty service in the reserves (such as weekend drills) have had Social Security coverage since 1988. In addition to regular military pay, Social Security adds special earnings credits to an individual’s Social Security record when he or she serves in the military. The extra earnings are for periods of active duty or active-duty training. If, for example, a person served in the military between 1957 and 1977, he or she has been credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which active-duty basic pay was earned. These extra earnings may help someone qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of the Social Security benefit. The number of credits an individual needs to qualify for Social Security

depends on his or her age and the type of benefit. Any future Social Security benefit payment depends on a person’s earnings, averaged over a working lifetime. Generally, the higher a person’s earnings, the higher his or her Social Security benefit will be. And remember that Social Security is more than retirement. If a worker becomes disabled before reaching retirement age, he or she may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. A disabled worker’s spouse and dependent children also may be eligible for benefits. If a worker dies, the widow or widower and dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits. If you, or someone you know, were wounded while on active duty in the military, find out more about what Social Security can do by visiting our website designed specifically for wounded warriors: www.socialsecurity. gov/woundedwarriors. There, you will find answers to a number of commonly asked questions, as well as other useful information about disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Veterans and others who are within 10 years of retirement age should begin planning for retirement. A good place to start is with Social Security’s Retirement Estimator at estimator. For more information, you can read our fact sheet, Military Service and Social Security, which is available on our website at pubs/10017.html. Sherra Zavitsanos is the Social Security public affairs specialist in Harrisburg.

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The Beauty in Nature

Small, Wintering Cropland Birds Clyde McMillan-Gamber

locks of American crows, Canada geese, rock pigeons, mourning doves, and starlings are obvious on Lancaster Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fields in winter. But six kinds of small, camouflaged birds, adapted to open country, winter in local cropland too, but not conspicuously. Those species are: horned larks, snow buntings, and Lapland longspurs, on fields that are bare or harvested to the ground, and water pipits, Wilsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snipe, and killdeer plovers along shallow brooks coursing through that farmland. Only wintering horned larks are abundant in local agricultural environments that offer little protection from cold winds and predators. And all those species are



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Snow bunting

invisible, until they move across the ground or fly. The extensive, seemingly barren fields these birds winter on are patchworks of brown soil and green vegetation under a big, uninterrupted sky. But occasionally the fields are covered by snow. And as the snow drifts with the wind or melts, farmland is an ever-changing

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quilt of brown, green, and white. Wintering horned larks, snow buntings, and Lapland longspurs are sparrow-sized birds that eat weed and grass seeds, bits of corn, and tiny stones in the fields. If snow buries those foods and grit, the birds get them from fields swept clear of snow by wind and along roadsides scraped by snow plows. They also consume

chewed, but undigested, bits of corn in manure spread over the snow. Horned larks are permanent residents on local fields. In winter, they form flocks of scores or hundreds; each bird is brown with a black-and-yellow face pattern that makes it distinctive. The larks are visible when they bound low over the fields in flight, seeking fresh feeding places. A few each of snow buntings and Lapland longspurs, down from the Arctic tundra for the winter, are in many lark gatherings for safety in numbers in their open habitat. But some winters, pure groups of snow buntings are seen. Buntings in winter are brown and white, like the fields they winter on. The longspurs

are brown and streaked, like sparrows. Water pipits from the tundra, snipe, and killdeer forage for active, aquatic invertebrates along running farmland brooks that stay unfrozen. These birds reduce competition for

food among themselves by seeking different-sized insects, worms, and snails in a variety of niches along those small waterways. Pipits eat tiny critters from the edges of the water. Killdeer grab larger invertebrates from the surfaces of the muddy or

stony shores and the top of the water. And snipe poke their long beaks into mud under shallow water to pull out food. These interesting and attractive birds wintering in local cropland are usually overlooked because of their

small sizes and camouflage. But they are spotted when flying or walking over the fields. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

Book Review

How Warm It Was & How Far By Dr. Robert O. Kan ow Warm It Was & How Far chronicles the life of Dr. Robert O. Kan, a survivor of the Nazi regime throughout the Holocaust. Coming from a Jewish family, Kan provides perspective into the turmoil many families faced during World War II. The memoir tells of an unbelievable childhood, as the young Jewish boy narrowly escapes concentration camps and the horrifying fate of his father and sister. Assisted by the Dutch Underground, Kan returns to a life that


War II and the resiliency of one young boy thrust into a world of war.

is anything but normal— shuffling between foster homes, losing his leg in an accident, and realizing the nature of his sexual orientation. Determined to escape a harrowing childhood, Kan travels to America, where he pursues his education and the telling of his story. How Warm It Was & How Far provides insight into the turmoil of World

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Little-Known Facts

Wrong Idea to Start a Hit Chaz Allen



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breath. Haas decided to do something a package that looked like a cigarette about it. He invented a little lighter. That helped a bit and he started peppermint pill and started selling it to selling a few more pills. smokers. He called it Pfefferminz! But it wasn’t enough and he knew As with most things, Haas’s little pill that. And what he found out was that didn’t catch on people were buying right away. As a the little pills matter of fact, it because of the Haas decided that wasn’t selling very snappy container, smokers might be well at all. Maybe it not because they more prone to buy was just because were trying to get about darned near rid of smoker’s his little pill if he everyone smoked breath. put it in an unusual and they all had Now what? After smoker’s breath, or all, he couldn’t just container. maybe it was sell the container! because nobody But inspiration and cared. a bit of research did the trick. If it was So Haas came up with another idea. the container and not the pill, he’d He decided that smokers might be more come up with a different pill. He prone to buy his little pill if he put it in changed the pill to some snappy fruit an unusual container. He came up with flavors and started selling it as candy.

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d Haas was really bothered by one thing. I guess you could say that he was bothered by a number of things, but one thing really set him off, and that was smoker’s breath. If you know someone who smokes cigarettes, or something stronger, like a pipe or cigar, you know what I’m talking about. And it really bothered Haas, especially when his wife smoked. This was a few years ago, back when smoking was, well, en vogue. During World War II, even the government issued cigarettes to the troops for relaxation and enjoyment. But this was before we knew just how much harm cigarettes did to the human body. For better or for worse, more than 70 percent of the adult population smoked cigarettes at one time. And with that habit came smoker’s

Kids all over the world went crazy for the little flavorful candy in the snappy container. He did one more thing to make sure it caught kids’ attention. He put a very familiar face on the container. And, of course, he changed the name. It became one of the biggest-selling candies in the world, and even today, it sells more than $1 billion in product a year. It’s a Little-Known Fact that the smoker’s breath mint Pfefferminz failed to catch on, but the candy sure did. When Haas put Mickey Mouse’s head on the top of his container, which was shaped like a cigarette lighter, and took the first, middle, and last letter of the product name to coin the word PEZ, he created a hit! Visit the Little-Known Facts website at

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