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veterans’ expo & job fair highlights page 34

Safety Tips Snowbirds Should Know When Traveling Soon, thousands of people will head to warm locations like Florida, Arizona, and Texas for a few months to escape the winter weather where they are from. It’s important for snowbirds to be aware of their surroundings while traveling to and from their destination, especially if they are taking a road trip—driving through various cities carries the risk of a car issue, which can leave them stranded in an unfamiliar city. If you’re a snowbird, Krav Maga Worldwide has put together this list of personal safety tips to keep in mind. Inform family and friends of travel details – It is important to inform your family and friends of your travel details so that someone knows where you are and can easily call for help if something seems suspicious. Let them know where you will be staying and how they can reach you. If you are driving to your destination, make sure to also inform

them of any place you spend the night along your route. Double-check your travel necessities – Make sure you have passports, boarding passes, IDs, and any other travel necessities you may need, and make sure you have an emergency kit handy, especially if you are driving. A portable phone charger, first aid items, blankets, food, water, and flashlight are all good items to stash in your kit. It also is a good idea to take your car to a mechanic to make sure there are no issues before you hit the road. Always keep an arm and a hand free – Many people travel with multiple bags, purses, laptop

cases, and other paraphernalia. But, if your arms and hands are loaded up with bags, you have no means of defending yourself from an attacker. Luggage that can stack together securely and be pulled by one handle is a safer choice than wearing and carrying numerous bags on your person. Follow this rule not only while traveling, but also once you get to your destination and are exploring the area. The fewer items you have on you, the better. Stay together – Even though it can be frustrating to travel everywhere with someone else, stick to the buddy system. Even for a quick trip to the grocery store, have a travel companion come with you. You can never be too

cautious, especially in areas you aren’t familiar with. Park in well-lit areas and only visit populated places – Avoid parking in spots next to vans, trucks with camper shells, or cars with tinted windows. You want to keep your car and yourself as visible to as many people as possible. Also avoid parking next to tall shrubs or plants that could block views of your vehicle. If you are stopping for gas, a bathroom break, food, or just to stretch your legs, make sure to only do so in populated areas. If you can, try to schedule your pit stops beforehand so you know you are in a safe area instead of just having to get to the nearest gas station. Krav Maga Worldwide develops, promotes, and implements self-defense and fitness programs, trains and certifies instructors, and licenses more than 150 authorized training centers across the globe, as well as more than 800 law enforcement agencies and military units.

Support the Troops This Holiday Season! Our troops deserve our help and to know they aren’t forgotten!

Keystone Military Families, a PA-based nonprofit, encourages you to brighten the holidays for our troops overseas by sending or sponsoring a care package! Below are just some of the items the troops have requested:

• Power Bars, cereal bars, trail mix, nuts, granola bars, and individual healthy snacks • Slim Jims and beef or turkey jerky • Small sewing kits and manicure kits • Sunscreen and Chapstick with sunscreen, Carmex, Blistex • Body wash and deodorant – men’s and ladies’ (small travel sizes) • Foot powder and foot cream for athlete’s foot • Hand sanitizer – small-size bottles to carry with them • Men’s and ladies’ calf-high socks or boot socks in black and white • Hand and foot warmers for cold nights

Monetary donations to help ship the packages are always needed, too! The cost for one box is $27-$77, depending on the destination.

Donations may be made to: Keystone Military Families 331 Main Street Shoemakersville, PA 19555

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Reverse Mortgage – Right-Size Home! Is it time to “right-size”? With your children grown and out on their own, have you been looking around at your large home and wondering if you really need all this space at this stage of your life? Perhaps you have stairs that may become an issue as you get older, or you just don’t want to heat so many square feet—not to mention keeping up with yard work and shoveling snow! Using a reverse mortgage to purchase a home that is the right size for you may be an excellent answer. You can use equity that is tied up in your current home to purchase a “rightsize” home and never have a mortgage payment as long as you live there. In one smooth transaction, you sell your current home and move into your “right-size” home. Whether you have selected an existing home or one that is new and built to your specifications, a “reverse mortgage for purchase” may be the tool that can offer you new opportunities. The idea of living the rest of one’s life in a comfortable home with no

mortgage payment is very appealing to many senior citizens. Of course, you will be responsible for property taxes and insurance. Rob Miller, President Recent changes made to the government-insured Reverse for Purchase program from HUD have made the process much more convenient than in years past. Homeowners are encouraged to get information to understand the options available. You will want to know the price range in which to shop and have your realtor include some specific information when the contract for the new property is written. Give me a call so we can discuss the details and smoothly transition you into your “right-size” home! Contact Rob Miller, NMLS No. 142151, president of Glendale Mortgage, NMLS No. 127720, to discuss the possibilities. (610) 853-6500 / toll-free: (888) 4560988

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Dating to the 1700s, Italy’s Gröden Nutcrackers span the globe among Valley was the famous site for the various cultures. According to creation of figural nutcrackers made reports, an Italian bronze nutcracker th of pine and paint. In northern Italy, dating back to the 4 century B.C. carvers produced lever nutcrackers. is among the earliest one known. Well-known artisan Anton Riffeser England’s King Henry VIII gave established the Anri woodcarving Anne Boleyn a nutcracker as a gift. firm in the 1920s. Sparked by famous examples Germany’s Erzgebirge percussion amassed by collectors, an interest nutcrackers from the Ore Mountain in the history of cracking the nut region are popular with collectors for uncovers three basic methods to free their tall hats and brightly colored a nut from its shell: percussion, lever, costumes. or screw. Carvers from Materials Norway, used to make Denmark, nutcrackers and Sweden run the produce gamut, highly including recognizable stone, wood, nutcracker and metal. figures of For fishermen, instance, street nutting vendors, and stones were Steinbach and Ulbricht nutcrackers, seafarers. found in circa 1960s-1980s. German North makers Otto America Ulbricht and the Steinbach firm and parts of northern Europe 5,000became known for nutcrackers with 8,000 years ago. A nut placed in the depression of a stone was smashed by fanciful accessories. Holiday forms another stone, called a hammer stone, often include reindeer, Santa Claus, or characters from, of course, The to reveal a nut inside the shell. Nutcracker Suite. Nutcrackers may be carved from Ivory was tried but could not pine, cedar, spruce, or other conifer withstand the force of repeated trees. Linden, beech, ash, oak, or use. High-style china table settings boxwood often are chosen among included porcelain nutcrackers. The deciduous trees. With a wooden top of a famous porcelain screw screw-type nutcracker, introduced th nutcracker by Meissen, with a brass in the 17 century, a nut sits in an open cavity of the cracker and a screw wheel for crushing the nut, matched a comes down hard enough to crack it. china pattern. Some early nutcrackers display Once nuts were cracked, metal metal hinges or levers. For instance, picks became necessary to dislodge a lever-forced nutcracker works with them. Other accessories include a nut placed in the mouth of a castnut bowls, serving spoons, and nut metal figure, such as a dog, alligator, openers used to pry open cracked or wolf. nuts. A nut positioned in the belly of a Fruit knives, essentially smallcarved nutcracker figure helps prevent scale pocket knives, were used to eat damage to the decorated face, with a fruits and nuts at the end of a meal. lever at the back or an elongated nose Ever-popular nut bowls often came in creating a lever for cracking. pairs—one for nuts and the other to

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Facts about the Bills in Your Wallet You don’t have to be a millionaire to know the value of a dollar. Here are some facts about paper money from the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing website: • The first $1 bill was issued by the government in 1862 with a picture of Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase. George Washington’s portrait first appeared on the $1 note in 1869. • Dollar bills account for approximately 45 percent of all U.S. currency production.

• The lifespan of a $1 Reserve note is about 21 months. Other bills have different life expectancies. • The first $2 bill was issued in 1862 and featured a picture of Alexander Hamilton, the first secretary of the treasury. • The first $100 bills were issued in 1862, with a picture of the American bald eagle. Benjamin Franklin’s portrait first appeared on the Series 1914 Federal Reserve Note. • The lifespan of the average $100 note is 89 months.

Ms. Senior Pa. Takes 4th in National Pageant is nothing I could Peggy Kurtz have changed at Keller, of Ephrata, the moment of came in fourth place at the 2017 competition. I met 36 wonderful Ms. Senior America women who are pageant, held at talented and Resorts Casino in beautiful, inside Atlantic City Oct. 15-19. and out.� Carolyn Slade Keller, 2011 PA Harden, of New State Senior Idol Jersey, took home winner and 2017 Ms. the top honor. Pennsylvania Senior Donna Vincler, of America, performed Photo credit: Rene Green “Summertime� from Peggy Kurtz Keller performed Tennessee, earned Porgy & Bess during “Summertime� for the talent first runner-up; Lee Ann Brill, of New the pageant’s talent portion of the national Ms. Senior America pageant in York, was second portion. Atlantic City in October. runner-up; and The annual Sharon Parry, of competition included Wyoming, took third runner-up. 37 state-level winners vying for the “I feel that my mission for the next national title. “I had the best time! I truly lived year is to promote this wonderful opportunity to other women who my philosophy of life last week!� have reached the age of elegance,� Keller said soon after the pageant. Keller said. “I did the best I could do—there

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“I feel I just naturally flowed By Jackie Chicalese from career to those volunteer activities,” O’Brien said. “It’s History is an integral facet rather like they are extensions of culture and identity, and of what I’ve been doing, except two area men are promoting more fun.” the preservation and education Regarding O’Brien’s of Pennsylvania history 2016 Volunteer of the Year through their volunteer work acknowledgement, Patrick at the Railroad Museum of Morrison, museum director, Pennsylvania. noted that O’Brien “has always Like many, Douglas G. demonstrated a friendly and O’Brien and James “Stu” Jack helpful attitude toward visitors Jr. developed an interest in and his peers, as well as a real railroads as children. Despite dedication to the museum’s both men pursuing unrelated O’Brien, left, and Jack on a GP-30, collection and its mission.” professions — as a broadcaster of which more than 900 were built “I believe everyone has a and air separation manager, in a year and a half in the 1960s. duty to contribute some time respectively— their interest GP stands for “general purpose”; in fields where they can bring in trains did not wane as they the train was designed to handle their talents and skills to bear,” matured. virtually any assignment, and its After 30 years of styling was an attempt to move away O’Brien said. For O’Brien, this broadcasting in New York from the boxy silhouette of earlier encompasses his role as City, O’Brien and his wife general-purpose diesels. caretaker of a large HO-gauge retired from city life in model railroad layout. 2014, returning to his wife’s “Until I arrived, there was apparently no one to hometown in Lancaster County. look after it,” O’Brien said. O’Brien was already familiar with the Railroad The railroad runs five trains per day, six and a half Museum of Pennsylvania in Strasburg. In the years days a week, 52 weeks a year, amounting to about prior to their retirement, he and his wife toured the 2,000 hours annually — roughly the amount of museum often, making four or five visits per year. hours most model railroaders run in a lifetime. “I think I’ve known since the late 1980s that I Due to the complexity of the mechanical parts, as wanted some association with the museum,” O’Brien well as physical demand, the trains at the museum said. require regular maintenance. Similarly, Jack and his wife, both natives of New “We’re always hopping,” O’Brien said. “Tracks and York state, transferred to southeast Pennsylvania in wheels need to be kept clean for maximum electrical 1976, settling in Chester County. contact, gears need to be lubricated, solder joints Once Jack retired, he began researching different break and need to be repaired — and we like to museums and service organizations with which he improve and enhance the layout with new and better could become involved. After reflecting on his train commutes into New York City as a worker, his Lionel scenery, more working track, and so on.” Along with railroad maintenance, O’Brien is also trains as a child, and his work building a model qualified to lead educational tours of the museum, railroad for his sons in his basement, Jack had an which displays over 100 locomotives and cars from answer. “The Railroad Museum was a natural choice since the mid-19th and 20th centuries. O’Brien’s volunteerism does not end there, I have had a lifelong fascination with trains,” Jack however. He volunteers twice a week at said., where he leads tours through As an organization, the RRMPA aims to preserve Wheatland, President Buchanan’s home, and brings and exhibit railroad history, as well as educate the history to life, appearing in historical reenactments. public on the significance of railroads in the nation’s While O’Brien oversees the mechanics of the history. RRMPA, Jack manages museum information. O’Brien has been volunteering at the RRMPA He spends roughly half of his volunteer time in for four years, and in 2016 was named Volunteer the museum library. There, he researches old railroad of the Year. Jack has been volunteering for roughly three and a half years, and in 2017, received the same photos that have been given to the museum. “Many of the photos have to be sorted and honor. identified by railroad, equipment type, location, O’Brien volunteers three to four hours a day, four or five days a week, at the museum. please see VOLUNTEERS page 8

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dates, etc., prior to being stored digitally and made available online,” Jack said. Morrison said Jack “is consistent, disciplined, and extremely hardworking” with “an uncanny ability to read people, provide a high level of attentiveness to their individual questions and interests, and really make a connection with them.” In addition to his research for the museum, Jack spends time in the cab of several locomotives, educating visitors on the technical workings of the trains, how the trains were crewed, and the advancement in equipment technology. “I do ‘pretend trips’ with [visitors], showing them how to operate the locomotive, how to make it go forward and back, how to stop it, how to blow the whistle, etc.,” Jack said. For both men, the museum provides an opportunity for them to pursue responsibilities they find interesting and engaging. “I’m doing precisely what I want to do, rather than what someone else wants me to,” O’Brien said. “I genuinely enjoy the tasks I’ve undertaken.” Not only are both volunteers able to assume duties of their own volitions, but they are also able to pass their passions on to visitors. “When it is all said and done, I get to share what I have learned about railroads with all of our guests,” Jack said. Along with the personal benefits they enjoy while volunteering, all the positive public interactions they experience motivate O’Brien and Jack

to continue their museum work. One memorable encounter occurred while O’Brien was sitting down to work on layout. “Out of nowhere, a 3-year-old boy climbed in my lap and asked what I was doing,” O’Brien said. “He very politely sat there while I worked, with grandparents and other visitors snapping away [on their cameras].” Jack recalled a “pretend trip” that mesmerized a young lady. A man observing told Jack he had made the woman’s day with his demonstration. “Of course, his remark made my day, too!” Jack said. The volunteers’ main goal is to provide a pleasant, educational experience for all visitors, and to encourage them to return. “When I see smiles leaving RRMPA, I know I’ve helped out,” O’Brien said. “It is a labor of love,” Jack added. “And I have 50 new grandchildren every day that I am out in our display hall. What can be better than that?” For more information on the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania, call (717) 687-8628 or visit https:// Cover photo: Doug O’Brien, left, and Stu Jack are the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania’s Volunteers of the Year for 2016 and 2017, respectively. They are pictured with the museum’s working replica of the “John Bull” locomotive, built by the Pennsylvania Railroad for display and operation at the 1939/1940 World’s Fair in New York. The original 1831 John Bull is in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

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Soldier Stories

Robert Naeye

Army Nurse Found Voice, Strength to Care for Vietnam’s Wounded

Books about war are generally filled with tales of sacrifice and courage in mortal combat. But sometimes they neglect the heroism of those who served in support roles. And that is particularly true of nurses. I recently had the great honor to meet two Central Pennsylvania nurses who served in evacuation hospitals during the Vietnam War: Ann Thompson and Linda Goodhart. Although neither one fired a shot in anger, they experienced firsthand the horrors of war, while healing and comforting wounded and sick civilians and combatants. I will tell Thompson’s story this month and Goodhart’s story in 50plus LIFE’s February issue. Thompson grew up in Madison, South Dakota, a town of about 5,000 near the Minnesota border. She signed

up for the Army unlivable.” Nursing Corps in She specialized in neurology and 1962, before she psychiatry but also had even heard learned to march, of Vietnam. She committed to salute, “and be afraid of other three years of officers.” military service in She performed return for college tracheotomies tuition support. on goats to learn After graduating the lethal effects from St. Olaf College in of different Ann Thompson, right, with ammunition. Northfield, Linda Goodhart, who also She also had to Minnesota, in served as a nurse in Vietnam. go through a gas 1964, Thompson Thompson, Goodhart, and three chamber with a was sent to Fort other nurses co-authored a book mask, and came Sam Houston in on their wartime experiences, out with a severe Texas to learn Another Kind of War Story. how to become an cough and burning eyes. Army nurse. She entered the Army as a second As she recalls, “Texas in summer is

lieutenant. Two days before her wedding, she received orders to go to Vietnam. After sailing across the Pacific on a troop transport ship, she arrived in Saigon in October 1965. When she reached her field hospital in a defoliated area, there was just one general-purpose tent and no bathrooms, food, or running water. The only thing in abundance was dust. “I thought, ‘This is not going to be fun,’” she recalls. Thompson later helped set up a tent for 500 people. It was time to go to bed at 10:30 p.m. when a sergeant asked her and several other nurses to dig a trench around the tent. The nurses were utterly exhausted, so they refused. please see NURSE page 10

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NURSE from page 9 But two hours later it rained heavily and water flowed into the tent. Welcome to Vietnam. After helping to build the 93rd Evacuation Hospital at Long Bien, she was driven about 10 miles to another hospital in an unescorted vehicle, while being shot at. The Army even stationed ammo dumps right next to her hospital, making it a legitimate target for enemy fire. Thompson quickly realized that her training in Texas was woefully inadequate for the rigors of wartime medicine. There were no rules on how to run an Army hospital, and the most competent people weren’t necessarily the ones making decisions. With no well-established frontlines in Vietnam, Thompson often treated severely wounded soldiers right off the battlefield. Making matters worse, enemy Viet Cong guerillas were all around. “You didn’t know if the little old lady over there will kill you in the morning or at night,” says Thompson. Thompson vividly recalls one tragic

in the mud story involving because a soldier I was named George emotionally Rodriguez. He exhausted,” came to the says hospital with Thompson. a large, ugly Besides wound running tending down his back. to the He didn’t want wounded to return to for 12-hour combat, but shifts, six Thompson and days a week, her colleagues the nurses patched him up, and he was Ann Thompson, right, backstage at the had to treat patients sent back to the Bob Hope Christmas Special in 1965. suffering meat grinder. from fungal “His pleading eyes haunted me,” recalls infections, snakebites, and malaria. To prevent this dreaded disease, they Thompson. gave soldiers orange pills to take once Rodriguez returned to the hospital three weeks later. But this time he was a week. But the pills sometimes made the soldiers sick, so they’d stop taking missing both arms, and his eyes were the medicine and come down with like those of a dead man. He asked various forms of malaria. if his wounds would keep him from fighting again. And like all those who served in Vietnam, Thompson had to endure “I had to go outside and throw up extreme heat and humidity. When she returned to Washington, D.C., on leave during a hot September, she had to wear wool sweaters and socks to stay warm. “I think in war you get tired of being afraid, so you give that up,” she says. “We learned a lot about patience and rules, and we learned a lot about breaking those rules. “The mission was to always smile and say to our patients, ‘You’ll feel better tomorrow, and here, have some morphine.’ We never ever said, ‘I’m

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too tired or too hungry or I’m too angry’ to a wounded soldier because they were the most important part of our mission.” Thompson takes pride in the medical advances that resulted from the war. These include the development of a triage system that is currently used in hospitals all over the country. And Penn State Hershey’s Life Lion is a direct descendant of medevac helicopters in Vietnam. And, as she says, “We did malaria studies out the yazoo.” Despite all the tragedy she saw firsthand during her year in Vietnam, Thompson says this experience made her stronger. And it prepared her for a 30-year postwar career in psychiatric nursing at the area Veterans Administration hospital. Although she has officially retired, she still does volunteer work there. “I was a shy little girl from South Dakota, and I didn’t say bad words. But I found my voice in Vietnam,” she says. “When I came home, nobody was interested in my voice, but years later people are finally interested in what I have to say. People are listening to nurses, corpsmen, and soldiers.” Thompson shares many of her Vietnam experiences in a 1993 book she co-authored with Goodhart and three other nurses. This book, Another Kind of War Story, is available through Amazon. Robert Naeye is a freelance journalist living in Derry Township. He is the former editor-in-chief of Sky & Telescope magazine.

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While the two were lovingly hugging Underneath the hanging mistletoe, They acted like they knew each other. As if they’ve been friends from long ago. While remaining hidden from his view, Santa lay our presents on the floor. Then, he kissed my Grandma one more time ’Fore disappearing out the front door. Even after I crept into bed, I never told Grandpa what I saw. Somehow Santa knew all I witnessed. For he left me this note I, now, recall. “From the corner of my twinkling eye, Instead of you being fast asleep, I noticed you on the stairway hiding. But, now, can this secret will you keep? “Since your Grandma is the best I know, And whose love for you is not amiss, I always make sure when I am here, Your Grandma gets a Christmas Eve kiss.” Written and submitted by Michael J. Smajda


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On Life and Love after 50

Tom Blake

Recent Widower, Widow Refuse to Give Up Dating Hope

In October, this paper featured an article about Chuck, 78, a Lancaster widower, who had lost his wife of 55 years. Chuck refused to quit; he refused to give up hope. He wanted a companion, not for marriage, but to pal around with and possibly spend winters together in Florida. He decided to enter the dating world. One step he took in seeking a mate was to contact me. I wrote the article about him. Chuck recently sent an update on his dating efforts: “Your article has attracted about 40 responses and kept me busy meeting very interesting people. “Twenty percent of the responses were promising. A wonderful woman just spent a day with me; I was her first date in over 10 years since her husband died. “She reread your 50plus LIFE article over 25 times before she shared her thoughts with another couple. They emailed me that I should expect a telephone call from a very wonderful woman who they thought was made for me. They spent $25 to check my criminal record and what they could find about me on the internet. “It is going to be difficult settling in with just one woman because a solid relationship takes time to build. “There are some very expensive dating services out there that have

had mixed success. The inexpensive dating websites have worked for many people. I just don’t feel comfortable with them and most seniors don’t either. “I am impressed by so many wonderful women I have met (including three this week). Fifty-five years ago, I was dating three women and by a process of circumstances, I happened to marry a wonderful woman who turned out to be my best friend. I hope I am as lucky this time as well. “Hope and time come before love in a relationship!” And now, Melinda, a widow from Sonoma County, California, and her story. I met Melinda 11 years ago. She and her boyfriend, Dale, at the time lived two houses away from my mom, who was in her 90s. They were so good to her, watching out for her, offering to help often and driving her places. I so appreciated their thoughtfulness. I lived 500 miles away, and it was a great relief to me that friendly, caring neighbors were keeping an eye on her. At the time, I was writing a book

titled, How 50 Couples Found Love After 50. Melinda and Dale met after age 50, while walking on a beach in Sonoma County. They later married. I loved their story so much I included them in the 50 Couples book. When the book was published, I sent them an autographed copy. After my mom passed away, I lost track of Dale and Melinda. Last month, I received this heartwrenching email from Melinda: “I don’t know if you heard that Dale passed away this January. He developed a brain disease, CJD, that moved very quickly, so that by the time we had a diagnosis, he only lived 18 more days. Hospice was absolutely amazing. “Then, this past month, our house (we bought it March 2016) burned in the fires here in Sonoma. I got out with my car, in my pajamas, slippers, phone, and wallet. Dale’s ashes scattered among the household items, the books he loved reading, our art collection. “I was hoping you might still have copies of your How 50 Couples Found Love After 50 book, in which Dale

and I were included as one of the couples. The autographed copy you sent us burned along with everything else. Perhaps you could sign one again for me. “And, if you get a good lead, I’m not too old to fall in love again. Dale would want me to.” Melinda’s email shook me to my core. I did not know that Dale had died. And then, to top things off, in October, her home burned in the California fires. And her very modest, humble request was for me to autograph another copy of the 50 Couples book. You can imagine how quickly I sent her an autographed copy. But what Melinda wrote in her last sentence is the takeaway here. Within nine months, she experienced double adversity—losing her husband and her home—and yet, she is picking herself up and moving forward with her life. I will do my best to send her some dating leads. Both Chuck the widower and Melinda the widow are inspirations to all seniors: No matter what life throws at us, there is always hope. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www. To receive an autographed copy of his book at a 50plus LIFE reduced rate, email Tom at for details.

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The Beauty in Nature

Hawks in Winter Fields Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Wintering flocks of horned larks, house sparrows, starlings, rock pigeons, mourning doves, and other species of birds are adapted to eating grass, weed seeds, and bits of corn in extensive fields in southeastern Pennsylvania during winter. These same birds also pick chewed, but undigested, bits of corn from livestock manure spread on top of snow when other foods are buried by  snow. Field mice aren’t abundant in those   fields because plowing,   of annual     discing, and harvesting. But mice are   common along roadside shoulders   Photo by Greg Hume  and banks in cropland. There they American kestrel   feed, make nests, and raise young  among roots of tall grasses and weeds. kestrels, merlins, peregrines, Cooper’s At least six kinds of hawks hawks, red-tailed hawks, and northern wintering in southeastern harriers—prey on mice and birds in Pennsylvania—including American

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Red-tailed hawk open farmland. Kestrels, peregrines, Cooper’s, and red-tails nest locally, and all these diurnal raptors make

croplands more interesting in winter. Kestrels, merlins, and peregrines are all fast-flying falcons that perch on roadside poles to watch for prey. They all have tapered, swept-back wings for swift flight. Smallest of the falcons, kestrels are about the size of blue jays. They hover into the wind as they watch for mice along grassy roadsides. Merlins are darker and a bit bigger than kestrels. They catch small birds, such as horned larks and various sparrow species, by ambush and their speedy flight low to the ground in open country, including agricultural areas. The crow-sized peregrines mostly snare rock pigeons, mourning doves, and starlings in midair over open country. Peregrines dive through the air at 180 miles per hour and hit their please see HAWKS page 22


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Ask a Foot & Ankle Surgeon: Why Does My Heel Hurt? Dr. Michael T. Ambroziak, DPM, FACFAS One of the most common questions I am asked by my patients is, “Why does my heel hurt?” While there can be many reasons for heel pain, we as foot and ankle surgeons categorize heel pain into four major causes: plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, and nerve pain. Diagnosing the specific issue depends on the exact location of the pain and how the pain affects the mechanical movement of the leg. The most common cause of the heel pain is plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. When patients suffer from this ailment, the fascia becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain or pain in the arch of the foot. Plantar fascia pain is a telltale sign there are mechanical issues going on in how the foot works. We typically treat plantar fasciitis first with nonsurgical strategies, such as stretching exercises; rest; shoe pads and footwear modifications; orthotic devices; night splints; and injection therapy. While most patients respond well to conservative treatments, some require surgery to correct the problem. Achilles tendonitis, or the inflammation of the Achilles tendon, can also be a cause of heel pain. We often see this “overuse” condition in our athletic patients who play highimpact sports, such as basketball or tennis. They often have a sudden increase of repetitive activity involving the Achilles tendon, which puts too much stress on the tendon too quickly, leading to micro-injuries. To treat Achilles tendonitis, we often immobilize the foot with a walking boot or cast and also use physical therapy, orthotics, and ice to help repair the tendon. If the tendon is severely damaged or if nonsurgical treatments don’t work, surgery may be necessary. Another cause of heel pain commonly seen is bursitis, where the “fat pad”


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of the heel exhibits redness and swelling from inflammation of the small, fluidfilled sac inside the heel, called the bursa. The bursa, which protects the heel from friction, can become inflamed from repetitive motion or irritation from shoes. In the case of bursitis, the heel and the toes are most often affected.  Treatment may include resting the foot, applying ice, and anti-inflammatory drug therapy, padding, and corticosteroid injections to reduce the inflammation and relieve pain. Surgery may be necessary if conservative methods do not provide relief. Finally, a somewhat less common cause of heel pain is nerve pain. When the nerves are involved, it feels more like a burning or electrical pain shooting or radiating down the foot from the heel, typically toward the toes. A patient will often tell me their heel “burns.” There are medications that may help with nerve pain, but in this instance, the patient tends to need nerve decompression surgery, a procedure to help “un-trap” the nerve causing the pain. These patients often have several misdiagnoses before they visit with a foot and ankle surgeon to correctly remedy their pain.  Whatever your heel pain, I always encourage people to see a foot and ankle surgeon for a proper diagnosis. We specialize in only the foot and ankle, and our training helps us effectively get to the bottom of what is ailing our patients. To find a foot and ankle surgeon near you, visit, the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons’ patient-education website, or talk with one of the specialists included in this special section. Dr. Michael Ambroziak, DPM, FACFAS, a foot and ankle surgeon with offices in Bay City and West Branch, Mich., is board certified in foot surgery by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. Ambroziak is a fellow member of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeon and a diplomat, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery.

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Exercises that Help Ease Arthritis Pain and Stiffness Dear Savvy Senior, What exercises are best suited for seniors with arthritis? I have osteoarthritis in my neck, back, hip, and knee and have read that exercises can help ease the pain and stiffness, but I don’t know where to start, and I certainly don’t want to aggravate it. – Stiff and Achy Dear Stiff, Many people who have arthritis believe that exercise will worsen their condition, but that’s not true. Exercise is actually one of the best treatments for osteoarthritis. Proper and careful exercises can help reduce joint pain and stiffness, strengthen muscles around the joints, and increase flexibility. Exercise also helps manage other chronic conditions that are common among seniors with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Here are some tips to help you get started. Recommended Exercises Determining exactly which types of exercises are best for you depends on the form and severity of your arthritis and which joints are involved. It’s best please see EXERCISES page 20

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Foot pain, no matter what the cause, stops an active lifestyle dead in its tracks. Chronic pain sufferers resort to injections, even surgery; some take endless pain medications. What they all have in common is the search for an option, one that is noninvasive, nonaddictive, and painless. Podiatrist Dr. Marilyn Henderson, of Henderson Podiatry in Willow Street, utilizes next-generation MLS Laser Therapy, and individuals coping with exhausting heel pain, tendinitis, arthritis, and even neuropathy are benefiting from this revolutionary technology, easing their debilitating pain and regaining their physical independence. “MLS Laser Therapy has many advantages,” said Dr. Henderson, who has been in practice for over 30 years. “This nonsurgical treatment decreases inflammation and pain and accelerates healing without the need for medications or shots. It is the very latest in medical technology, and we are proud to offer it to our patients.” Though lasers have been in use for over 35 years, MLS Laser Therapy is an FDA-cleared, noninvasive, state-of-the-art breakthrough in restoring patient mobility. In comfortable sessions lasting only 15 minutes, patients are on their way to relief. “MLS Laser Therapy is unique because it uses two specific synchronized lasers at once, treating both inflammation and pain simultaneously,” Dr. Henderson pointed out. “The first wavelength treats inflammation and is long lasting. The second wavelength is analgesic and is fast acting. Together, they are very effective.”

Penetrating over 4 centimeters deep, the MLS laser generates no heat. It works by sending photons of light deep into damaged tissue, which recharges and stimulates the cells. The cells of tendons, ligaments, and muscles repair themselves faster and “kick-start” the healing process. Unlike some pharmacological solutions or invasive treatments, MLS Laser Therapy has no known negative side effects. Patients report that many acute conditions subside with one phase of six short treatments. Chronic conditions can be successfully controlled with one phase of 12 sessions followed by an occasional maintenance treatment. “The most common condition that we treat in our office is foot pain. With a good, thorough history and exam, we can determine the root cause of the pain,” explained Dr. Henderson. “Most senior patients with arthritis already take too many pills, so MLS Laser Therapy is a good option for them.” In cases where surgery is necessary, MLS Laser Therapy can dramatically ease postoperative pain and inflammation, speeding healing and recovery. Within the first few sessions, patients experience rapid decrease in pain, a strong anti-inflammatory effect, and immediate improvement of local blood circulation. Dr. Henderson added, “For pain anywhere from ankles to toes—the pain associated with arthritis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or neuropathy— with MLS Laser Therapy available, there is no reason to live with pain or abandon an active lifestyle.”

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EXCERCISES from page 18 to work with your doctor or a physical therapist to help you develop a personalized exercise program. The different types of exercises that are most often recommended to seniors with arthritis include: Range-of-motion exercises: These are gentle stretching exercises that can relieve stiffness as well as improve your ability to move your joints through their normal range of motion. These exercises should be done daily. Strengthening exercise: Calisthenics, weight training, and working with resistance bands are recommended (two or more days a week) to maintain and improve your muscle strength,

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which helps support and protect your joints. Aerobic exercises: Low-impact activities, such as walking, cycling, swimming, or water aerobics, are all recommended three to five times per week to help improve cardiovascular health, control weight, and improve your overall function. It’s also important to keep in mind that when you first start exercising, you need to go slow to give your body time to adjust. If you push yourself too hard, you can aggravate your joint pain. However, some muscle soreness or joint achiness in the beginning is normal. To help you manage your pain, start by warming up with some simple stretches or range-of-motion exercises for five to 10 minutes before you move on to strengthening or aerobic exercises. Another tip is to apply heat to the joints you’ll be working before you exercise, and use cold packs after exercising to reduce inflammation. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain while you exercise, you may need to modify the frequency, duration, or intensity of your exercises until the pain improves. Or you may need to try a different activity—for example, switching from walking to water aerobics. But it you’re having severe, sharp, or constant pain or large increases in swelling, or if your joints feel hot or red, you need to stop and see your doctor. Exercising Aids To help you exercise at home, the Arthritis Foundation offers a variety of free online videos (see to guide you through a range of exercises. Or there are arthritis exercise DVDs you can purchase through the Arthritis Foundation Store ( Also see Go4Life ( or call (800) 222-2225), a National Institute on Aging resource that offers a free exercise guide that provides illustrated examples of different exercises. If you need some motivation or don’t like exercising alone, ask your doctor about exercise programs in your area for people with arthritis. Hospitals and clinics sometimes offer special programs, as do local health clubs and senior centers. The Arthritis Foundation also conducts exercise and aquatic programs for people with arthritis in many communities throughout the U.S. Contact your local branch (see, or call (800) 283-7800 for contact information) to find out what may be available near you. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

6 Ways to Keep Your Knees Feeling ‘Younger’ By James Dowd, M.D. Osteoarthritis is the most common chronic joint condition that causes stiffness and swelling in joints such as the knees. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that 1 in 2 people will be affected by some form of osteoarthritis in their lifetime. However, people who suffer from osteoarthritis aren’t as old as some may think. In fact, recent data shows more than half of all people with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis are younger than 65 years of age. As life expectancies continue to increase and people lead more active lives, there is greater potential that they may experience knee pain in their lifetime, making it even more important for people to care for their joints. A recent online survey commissioned by DePuy Synthes of 500 U.S. women aged 45-65 who had hip or knee replacement surgery or plan to have surgery soon found that knee or hip pain can negatively impact the ability to take part in basic activities, such as climbing stairs or getting in and out of a car, thus taking an emotional toll due to a lack of independence. I always encourage my patients to maintain a healthy lifestyle—mentally, emotionally, and physically. And, taking care of your knees, especially prior to feeling any severe pain, is extremely important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. So, what can you do to take care of your knees to keep them healthy and feeling “younger”? please see KNEES page 22


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KNEES from page 21 Stay moving: It is easy for joints to stiffen when you’re sedentary. Make it a point to stay active with simple activities, such as taking a quick walk at the top of every hour. It can even be around your kitchen or office space. Maintain a healthy weight: Weight gain and joint pain are closely connected, and small weight gains can make a big difference for weight-bearing joints like knees and hips. In fact, data indicates that for every 11-pound weight gain, there is a 36 percent increased risk for developing osteoarthritis. Managing and maintaining a healthy weight can help ease the pressure on your knees. Strengthen your quads, hamstrings, and glutes: The quadriceps and hamstrings are the two main muscle groups that support the knee. Quadriceps are vital for the stability and healthy movement of the knee joint, while hamstrings bend the knee and move the leg behind your body. While the connection isn’t as obvious, strong glutes can decrease your risk for knee injury.

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Strengthening these muscle groups can have an impact on your overall knee health. Consider doing straight-leg raises to strengthen the quads and walking backward to strengthen the hamstrings. Don’t ignore the pain: When it comes to the knees, minor discomfort can sometimes turn into a major issue. Pain shouldn’t interfere with everyday tasks, such as walking from a parking spot in the back of the lot, getting the mail at the end of the driveway, or sleeping. No matter the severity of your pain, it is important to talk to a doctor about ways to treat and manage your symptoms before it becomes debilitating. Don’t overexert yourself: Before you begin any exercise regimen, talk with your doctor. Listen to what your body is telling you, and respect your body’s limits. Pushing your body too hard can lead to injuries, so take regular breaks from repetitive activities and don’t overdo any exercise or physical activity. Overexertion is preventable. Talk to your doctor: Whether you are experiencing pain and discomfort sporadically or it is affecting your everyday activities, it is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor. You can set up a separate appointment to talk through what you’re experiencing, or it can be done during your annual checkup. Ask for tips on preventing your joints from daily wear and tear and treatment options that are right for you. For additional information and resources on knee pain, visit www. James Dowd, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon at Jordan-Young Institute in Virginia Beach, Va.

HAWKS from page 14 victims with their chests. The birds are stunned or killed and drop to the ground. Peregrines swing around in the air, grab their victims in their claws in midair, and fly to a perch to consume their catch. Peregrines and merlins reduce competition for food between them by catching different-sized prey. Cooper’s hawks traditionally are forest dwellers that prey on birds. But some Cooper’s have adapted to catching birds in farm country, perhaps giving peregrines competition. Cooper’s are swift flyers, able to chase down their feathered victims.

Red-tailed hawks soar over farmland to watch for mice and other rodents. When prey is spotted, they dive swiftly to snare it. Northern harriers flap and soar slowly into the wind close to the ground in farmland to watch and listen for mice and small birds. When victims are spotted, they abruptly drop to the ground to snare them in their claws. Hawks wintering in farmland prey mostly on mice and birds, doing so in different ways. And they make local fields more interesting in winter. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist.

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A Christmas Treat in Colonial America By Andrea Gross

So tangy with spices and sweet with molasses that they’ve become a traditional holiday treat, so fragile that they’re often called “glass cookies” because they’ll shatter if dropped, Moravian cookies hold a special place in the hearts and stomachs of millions of folks. But who are these Moravians, and how did their cookies become such an integral part of so many people’s holiday celebrations? To find out, my husband and I go to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, one of the two largest Moravian communities in the United States, the other being Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The town, located about 100 miles west of Raleigh, is both a thoroughly modern city of approximately a quarter million people and the home of Old Salem, a living history

The Moravians appreciate gardens for their beauty but also because they provide food, medicines, and craft materials. site that is so well preserved it has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The modern city is known for its vibrant arts scene, culinary delights (many of which are Moravian-

Old Salem became known as a “merchant town” because so many of its residents were skilled craftsmen and women. inspired), and nearness to the more than 40 vineyards of Yadkin Valley. But for us, the draw is historic Old Salem. It’s not as well known as Williamsburg or Sturbridge, and while today’s Moravians blend into

the dominant population in a way that the Amish with their distinctive dress do not, Old Salem provides visitors with a close-up view of life in the mid-18th century. The Moravians are a religious group whose core beliefs are similar to those of other Protestant denominations, differing mainly in the details of specific rituals and practices. They left the old Central European countries of Bohemia and Moravia in the early 1700s and came to America seeking religious freedom and economic opportunity. After stints in Georgia and Pennsylvania, they arrived in North Carolina, where in 1766 they founded the town of Salem. They soon became known for their hard work, fine craftsmanship, business ingenuity, please see TREAT page 32

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Grandfathers: Uplifting the Western World’s Underestimated Role By David W. Shwalb and Ziarat Hossain To Grandmother’s house we go! What happens at Grandma’s house stays at Grandma’s house. Welcome to Grandma’s kitchen. When we published a book about grandparents, Grandparents in Cultural Context, last summer, we made it a point to include grandfathers in our coverage. In our opinion, grandfathers are far more underestimated than fathers (especially in the United States as a Western society), and today’s American grandfathers still face two important obstacles as a legacy of recent generations. Here are some of the trends we found in our cross-cultural research. First is the idea of “noninterference”: In Western society today, parents, as “gatekeepers,” can encourage or discourage grandparent

involvement with their grandchildren. Second is the stereotype that grandmothers are, by nature, more central to the family than are “bystander” grandfathers (as in “Grandma’s kitchen” or “… to Grandmother’s house we go!”). Our book showed that grandfathers played key family roles throughout most of human history, as leaders, authorities, teachers, and as sources of wisdom and information

about the past. But across the generations, grandfathers’ authority has become more symbolic and less real. And when men’s Photo courtesy of Judith Gibbons and Routledge “place” shifted in An 84-year-old Guatemalan grandfather visited by three the industrial West generations of loved ones. from the home, village, and farm to the outside “workplace,” many men (from their prime) became inescapably defined by their work rather than their family roles. Our second takeaway from our international Photo courtesy of Nandita Babu and Routledge team of experts on A middle-class grandfather in India. grandparents was

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that in almost every culture studied, what scholars called “grandparent research” was limited to research on grandmothers. Why did this happen? We think it was because most research has been done in the affluent United States, a Western and highly individualistic culture where men’s roles inside the family have been downplayed by social scientists since the 1950s. Indeed, the only three chapters in our book that talked about “non-interference” were from the U.S., United Kingdom, and Germany. The experts also reported that “new grandfathers” in the current generation are becoming more active with their grandchildren in these same three countries, and that grandparents in the U.S. are among the most diverse in any country. Yet only 5 percent of the world’s population lives in the U.S., and 83 percent of the world’s population lives in non-Western, “developing”



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countries. What about non-Western grandfathers? Here are three examples of grandfathers from non-Western societies, representing grandfathers worldwide more broadly than our American images (although every grandfather everywhere is unique). Guatemala The first photo shows a bedridden Domingo, an 84-year-old grandfather in Guatemala, being visited by three generations of loved ones. Domingo passed away a month after this scene took place, and had six children, 24 grandchildren, and nine greatgrandchildren. According to his wife, he instilled in his grandchildren respeto (respect) for others and the value of hard work. Almost all of his extended family lived within walking distance of their one-room house, and this closeness seems related to the idea of familismo (the importance of immediate and extended family ties) throughout Central America and Mexico. As a result, grandfathers share respect, love, and attention with the family to the end.

India the family. This second The East Asian photo is of a 50value of Confucian year-old, middlefilial piety (reported class grandfather in for China, Japan, India. This physical and Korea) play looks exactly similarly encourages like what we would grandchildren to expect from fathers revere grandfathers and grandfathers. and to protect their Because of the welfare. ancient legacy of the extended Zimbabwe family and respect The third photo for elders in India is of a threeand other South generation family in Photo courtesy of Maidei Machina and Routledge Asian societies, rural Zimbabwe— A three-generation family in rural many grandfathers this grandfather Zimbabwe. as family is now 90 and the patriarchs become even closer to their grandmother is 86. Many African grandchildren than they were with grandfathers (and grandmothers) their children. believe it is one’s duty and honor to Some scholars say that Indian raise their grandchildren, to whom fathers may feel pressured to treat all they provide unconditional availability children (even children outside their and an intense emotional connection. immediate family) equally, but that Nowadays, many sub-Saharan they become freer to express their grandfathers have become replacement affection later as grandfathers. These parents due to a high prevalence of men pass on the values of resilience, poverty, migration, civil strife, and social harmony, education, positive loss of their children to HIV/AIDS. personal growth, and importance of Here, cultural values and economics

have both led to a continuation of grandfathers’ traditional involvement with their grandchildren. These examples from three continents (where 83 percent of the world’s population lives) show that despite our Western notions of “noninterference” and “Grandma’s house,” grandfathers can still be crucial figures in family life. One could never downplay the importance of grandmothers, but we hope to uplift grandfathers as valuable contributors to child development. David W. Shwalb, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., is professor of psychology at Southern Utah University. He and Barbara J. Shwalb are the proud parents of five, grandparents of 17, and greatgrandparents of two. Ziarat Hossain, a native of Dhaka (Bangladesh), is professor of family and child studies at the University of New Mexico. He and Rozy Akhter are the proud parents of three. Their book, Grandparents in Cultural Context (www.routledge. com/9781138188501), includes case studies, proverbs, research findings, and social policies relevant to grandparents across the world.

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Make Your Own Holiday Decorations Dr. Leonard Perry

Natural holiday decorations such as roping, swags, wreaths, and table arrangements are not hard to make. You will catch on to the simple principles quickly, and in a short time your results may surprise everyone, including yourself. Most of the materials you need are inexpensive or free for the asking, in many locales. But remember to get permission before cutting branches or fruits on someone else’s land! Your local florist also should have natural materials, both local and from warmer climates. Tree farms are a good source of greenery or even undecorated products you can then decorate yourself. For plant materials, evergreen twigs and boughs are the most important. You may be surprised at how much material goes into even small

decorations. For longest life, keep greens away from heat, wind, and sun. The most common evergreens include balsam fir, spruce (needles don’t last as long as fir and are prickly), white pine, and hemlock (needles will drop in dry air). Other less commonly used evergreens are white cedar or arborvitae (foliage fades to yellow in a few weeks), red cedar and other wild junipers

(sharp needles, so use sparingly to add variety, color, texture, and form), and broad-leaved evergreens like rhododendrons. One caution about using yew (or taxus) is that all plant parts are poisonous, especially the attractive seeds. Look for a few branches of yellow-leaved evergreens for some color, such as certain variegated yews, goldthread false cypress, old-gold juniper,

or one of the gold arborvitae. Other plant parts you can use for interest, and to give arrangements a “country� appearance, include cones, grasses, pods, and berries. Florist shops may carry more exotic plant parts such as lotus pods, holly, mistletoe, and various greens. Some people like to add artificial decorations like bells, balls, and fake berries to their natural arrangements. In addition to plants and other decorative materials, you will need something for a base for most decorations if starting from scratch. Wreaths require a wire, foam, or straw wreath form or a coat hanger bent into a circle. Rope or thick, coarse twine makes a good base for garlands or roping. Florist foam, which comes in “bricks� that can be cut to fit any container,




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as berries and artificial ornaments. Berries can be wired to a florist pick and then stuck in the foam. Follow the same design principles as you would if arranging flowers. A door swag is simple. Take several branches of a desired length, usually 2 feet or so, and tie together to hang upside down. Then tie a shorter branch or two on top, upright. Where these all tie together, place a bow, group of cones, or other ornamentation. If you want to use candles, use decorative lanterns to keep candles away from the greens (which, when dry, can be quite flammable) and then decorate around these with greenery and color. Get a mold for making a luminary of ice, and place greens and berries in the water before freezing. These, with a candle inside, make an elegant table decoration for a special dinner. If you have a stairway and banister, hang a grouping or two of greens and berries from the upright supports. Many other decorations are possible using wire or Styrofoam bases in the shapes of candy canes, cones, or balls, among others. You’ll find these online or at local craft stores. Simply follow the above procedures and your own creativity! Dr. Leonard P. Perry is an extension professor at the University of Vermont.

Is that Still Safe to Eat? Is that fruitcake that’s been in your pantry since last year safe to eat? Maybe not, but the CNN website offers this list of foods you can safely store for years: Honey. Because it’s low in water and sugars, bacteria can’t easily grow in it. Small amounts of hydrogen peroxide in honey also inhibit the growth of microbes. Dried legumes. Beans, lentils, and other legumes stored in airtight, waterproof containers can last for years without losing their nutritional value. Soy sauce. Unopened, soy sauce can last for three years on the shelf, thanks to its combination of

fermentation and salt. Vinegar. Its acidic nature makes it difficult for bacteria to thrive. White vinegar will stay unchanged almost indefinitely, but other vinegars may change color or produce sediment in the bottle over time. White rice. The key is temperature. White rice stored in an airtight container at about 27 degrees Fahrenheit can last up to 30 years, although brown rice has a shorter shelf life. Dark chocolate. Chocolate fans rejoice! As long as it’s stored at a constant temperature, dark chocolate is safe to eat for two years or longer.

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Support Groups Free and open to the public Mondays, 10 a.m.; Thursdays, 2 p.m. Our Journey Together Cancer Support Group Lancaster Cancer Center Greenfield Corporate Center 1858 Charter Lane, Suite 202, Lancaster (717) 291-1313, ext. 143 Dec. 6, 7-8:15 p.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Willow Lakes Outpatient Center 212 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street (717) 464-9365 Dec. 11, 10-11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group Garden Spot Village Concord Room 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland (717) 355-6076 Dec. 18, 2 p.m. Lancaster County Parkinson’s Support Group Landis Homes 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (717) 509-5494 Dec. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group Masonic Village Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33764

Dec. 20, 7 p.m. Memory Loss Support Group Pleasant View Retirement Community Stiegel Dining Room – Town Square North 544 N. Penryn Road, Manheim (717) 664-6696 Dec. 21, 10-11:30 a.m. Bereavement Support Group Masonic Village Sycamore North Recreation Room 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown (717) 367-1121, ext. 33576 Dec. 21, noon Brain Tumor Support Group Lancaster General Health Campus Wellness Center 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster (717) 626-2894 Dec. 27, 6-8 p.m. Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania Support Group Lancaster General Hospital – Stager Room 5 555 N. Duke St., Lancaster (800) 887-7165, ext. 104

Community Programs Free and open to the public Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m. First Friday Reception: Lancaster Camera Club Exhibition Mulberry Art Studios 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster (717) 295-1949 Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Red Rose Singles Meeting Centerville Diner 100 S. Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 406-6098 Dec. 6, 2 p.m. Korean War Veterans Association Meeting Oak Leaf Manor North 2901 Harrisburg Pike, Landisville (717) 299-1990

Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Historic Barns of Southeastern Pennsylvania – Ryder Hall 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster (717) 392-4633 Dec. 19, 2-3:30 p.m. Organizing Your Research Willow Valley Genealogy Club Willow Valley Communities – Orr Auditorium 211 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster (717) 397-0439 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

Library Programs Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, Lititz, (717) 626-2255 Dec. 9 and 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Holiday Happening Dec. 12, 6:30 p.m. – History Book Club Dec. 13, 6:30 p.m. – Great Decisions Discussion Group


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Senior Center Activities Cocalico Senior Association – (717) 336-7489 Dec. 4, 10:15 a.m. – Dance Party with Matt Dec. 8, 10:15 a.m. – David Manuel: The Day that Santa Called Dec. 21, 11 a.m. – Bon Worth Fashion Show Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – Pa-Pop’s Doo-wop Music Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m. – Chair Yoga with Maricelle Dec. 22, 10 a.m. – Speaker on the History of Columbia Elizabethtown Area Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Fridays, 10 a.m. – Bible Study Dec. 6, 1:30 p.m. – Bingo for Bucks Dec. 12 and 14, 10 a.m. – Activities with Preschool Class Lancaster House North Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 299-1278 Mondays, 9:30 a.m. – Senior Exercise Class Thursdays, 12:30 p.m. – Bingo and Pinochle Fridays, 12:30 p.m. – Party Bridge Lancaster Neighborhood Senior Center – (717) 2993943 Dec. 11, 11 a.m. – Ugly Sweater Contest Dec. 13, 10 a.m. – Holiday Styles School of Cosmetology Dec. 22, 8:30 a.m. – Holiday Party Lancaster Rec. Senior Center – (717) 392-2115, ext. 147 Dec. 7, 9 a.m. – Haircuts and Manicures by School of Cosmetology Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m. – Harp Christmas Musical by JoAnne Dec. 27, 10:30 a.m. – A romatherapy Presentation by Caring Hospice Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Dec. 7, 10 a.m. – Music and Dancing with Leslie Bower Dec. 11, 10 a.m. – Fashion Show and Model with Pheon Dec. 20, 9:15 a.m. – Healthy Steps in Motion Luis Munoz Marin Senior Center – (717) 295-7989 Dec. 8, 10:45 a.m. – Fresh Express Dec. 22, all day – Christmas Party Dec. 29, all day – Birthday Celebrations Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. – Music and Storytelling with Linda Bradley Dec. 6, 10:30 a.m. – Chair Yoga with Maricelle Dec. 11, 10:15 a.m. – Healthy Steps in Motion Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Dec. 1, 10:30 a.m. – Winter Craft Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. – Smith Swingers Dec. 22, 10:30 a.m. – Holiday Music with Glen Rodney Park Happy Hearts Club Senior Center – (717) 393-7786 Tuesdays, noon – Pinochle Wednesdays, 1 p.m. – Varied Activities Thursdays, noon – Bingo

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7 Common but Strange Reasons for Insomnia

I’m cranky if I don’t sleep, are you? There’s more violence associated with people who have insomnia, which doesn’t come as any surprise to me. The start of daylight saving time in March is always associated with a small spike in heart attacks, according to two different studies from the American Journal of Cardiology (2013) and the New England Journal of Medicine (2008). Research published in New England Journal of Medicine shows an increase in car accidents in those first few days after the time change. Interestingly, a 2015 study published in The Review of Economics and Statistics estimates a 7 percent decrease in robberies after DST goes into effect, saving $59 million in social costs. Fascinating that the burglars are too tired to rob people if they lose sleep. This research is just so cool, and it got me thinking about the reasons people don’t sleep. Here are some other reasons you don’t get normal shut-eye. These are seven common or unexpected causes for insomnia:  1. Taking thyroid medication at night. It should be taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach because that’s when you usually produce it. When you pump out thyroid hormones (or take a pill), you naturally feel more energized and refreshed, so take the medicine first thing in the morning to mimic your own body’s rhythm.  2. Methylation. This is a chemical pathway in your body that produces and breaks down neurotransmitters such as epinephrine (which is stimulating) and melatonin (which causes sleep). If your methylation pathway is cramped, it could trigger insomnia as well as seizures, agitation, combativeness, panic attacks, and other “stimulating” issues. 3. Quinolinic acid. This is a neurotoxin that is made in our brains, and we

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4. Fluoride. Drinking tap water or taking certain fluoride-containing antidepressants, medications, or vitamins can harm your pineal gland. That’s bad because your pineal gland makes melatonin, your main sleep hormone. If you think fluoride is impacting your melatonin levels, which wane as you age, think about a supplement. 5. Prescription medications. Stimulating pharmaceuticals could keep you tossing all night. Among the worst offenders are albuterol, steroids, modafinil, metoclopramide, antidepressants, pseudoephedrine, ciprofloxacin, and others. 6. Chronic pain. Only 36 percent of chronic pain sufferers get regular good sleep, compared to 65 percent of people without pain, according to a 2015 Sleep in America poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation.  7. Allergies. Your environment matters. Itchy eyes, sinus congestion, and frequent sneezing from dust or pollen allergies can keep you awake. To improve sleep, keep your bedding and pillows as allergen-free as possible. Get a clean new bed and buy a zippered bedbug mattress cover immediately. Consider changing from a down comforter to an organic cotton blanket. Close the windows if the pollen count is high. Shower before bed. Remember to change daytime clothes before hopping into bed, and regularly change sheets and pillowcases. Clean your fan blades of accumulated dust. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

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‘Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)’ Randal Hill

When John Fred misheard the Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper album track of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” — he thought Paul McCartney was singing “Lucy in disguise with diamonds” — he decided to create a send-up of the Fab Four’s work. Before long, he and fellow musician pal Andrew Bernard were filling notebooks with such pseudopsychedelic lyrics as “Cantaloupe eyes come to me tonight” and “Lemonade pies with a brand new car” and “Cross your heart with your living bra.” (Thank you, Playtex, for that last inspiration.) John Fred Gourrier was born in 1941 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The son of one-time Detroit Tigers third baseman Fred Gourrier, young Fred was a standout athlete at Catholic High School. He also loved Southern R&B — rhythm and blues — music and, at age 15, formed a blue-eyed soul group with several classmates. They called themselves John Fred and the Playboys, named after Hugh Hefner’s popular magazine. Late in 1958, they cut a bouncy single called “Shirley” with Fats Domino’s band in New Orleans. Issued on Baton Rouge’s Montel Records label, “Shirley” began receiving airplay throughout the South, and the teenage Playboys toured whenever their school schedule permitted.

Day in the Life.” But Fred But when prevailed, Coincidentally, it was John Fred Dick Clark assuring his and His Playboy Band’s goofy novelty invited the that knocked the Fab Four’s “Hello skeptical lads onto pals that Goodbye” out of first place on the American they were Billboard chart. Bandstand, sitting on When “Judy in Disguise (with leader Fred Glasses)” hit worldwide, John Fred a potential declined smash and and His Playboy Band toured both the offer. that “Judy” America and the U.K. In England, Why turn offered a they met Paul McCartney and John down such ticket to the Lennon, who both loved the parody. a golden “Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)” big time. Wordplay-loving Lennon even joked opportunity? John Fred and His Playboy Band Despite that, when he went home that day, Fred had December 1967 he was going to sit down and write a the a basketball Playboys’ similar fun song. game objections, “Judy in Disguise (with He said he would call it “Froggy in scheduled at school that day. Glasses)” was recorded. It featured a Pond with Spectacles.” After “Shirley” failed to break a cacophony of brass, strings, piano, nationally, the Playboys disbanded Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian sitar, bass, drums, and guitar. And to concentrate on their schoolwork. who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be gasps and moans. And ascending Fred eventually earned an education reached at strings that matched the Beatles’ “A degree from Louisiana State College but soon found that the music world held more interest for him than did the classroom. He re-formed John Fred and the Playboys and signed onto the Paula Records label in Shreveport. However, when California’s Gary Lewis and the Playboys burst onto the music scene, Bronze Award the Louisiana fellows became John Fred and His Playboy Band. “Pinups Honor 21st-Century Patriots” by Lori Van Ingen Eventually Fred brought “Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)” to his band, only to find that most of the members hated it. After all, they groused, theirs was a respectable R&B outfit and Bronze Award above such nonsense. “Still in the Game’”

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TREAT from page 23 and their absolutely delicious, supremely delicate, paper-thin cookies. Meanwhile, as the Moravian community flourished, the nearby secular city of Winston also became a thriving industrial center. In 1913 the two towns merged into a hyphenated whole, now known as Winston-Salem. As we walk through the business district of Old Salem, an interpreter, clad in a traditional outfit that shows how people dressed during the heyday of the community, explains that the main ingredients for the traditional cookies — molasses, ginger, and cinnamon — were hard to come by in the Old Country, but an experienced baker could stretch the dough into incredibly thin sheets. This literally made it go further and feed more. Why, some folks could roll the dough so thin that an inch-high stack would contain upwards of 16 cookies — a Christmas gift indeed! Many of the stores on the main street have two doors, one that traditionally led into a sales area and the other that opened into the owner’s

Moravians were — and still are — known for their culinary talents.

Moravians were — and still are — known for their culinary talents.

home. Highly trained volunteers are hard at work inside some of the buildings, where they demonstrate historic trades, such as woodworking and gunsmithing. Nearby is the Moravian Log Church, which was built in 1823 to serve Salem’s African and AfricanAmerican residents, most of whom were enslaved. In 1861 it was replaced by St. Philips Church, now one of oldest existing African-American churches in the United States. It was from this new pulpit that a Union

Army Cavalry chaplain read the Emancipation Proclamation to the congregants. Equally interesting is the Salem Tavern, a place to house “outsiders” as they passed through town on business. When it was built in 1784 to replace an older one that had been destroyed by fire, it was deliberately constructed without windows on the first floor. “After all,” says our guide, “the townspeople didn’t need to know what all those outside folks might be up to!”

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Today the tavern is a museum, best known as a sleeping spot for George Washington, who stayed there for two nights while making good on his campaign promise to visit every state if elected. Finally, we go to Mrs. Hanes’ Hand-Made Moravian Cookie Shop. It isn’t physically part of Old Salem — it’s 10 miles away — but culturally it’s as authentic as it can be. Owner Evva Foltz Hanes learned to make Moravian cookies from her mother, who in turn traces cookie-making in her family back six generations. Today Mrs. Hanes’ shop, employing the famed Moravian penchant for resourcefulness, makes cookies in a variety of flavors, from traditional ginger to crispy chocolate, and ships them all over the world. This is why people can happily enjoy Moravian Christmas cookies even in mid-July! For more on North Carolina travel, see Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (

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Job-Seeking Vets, Hiring Employers Try to Connect at Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair By Megan Joyce Current military personnel of all ages, veterans, and their families found benefits information and job opportunities recently at the fourth annual Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair at Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim. Composed of more than 90 local exhibitors, the day was a two-forone event presented by OLP Events; admission was free to the public. The Veterans’ Expo connected active, transitioning, and retired military members with the benefits and resources available to them through local businesses and organizations. The day’s opening ceremony began with comments from Donna Anderson, president of On-Line Publishers and host of the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair. Anderson noted the declining national unemployment rate—down to 4.2 percent in September 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Despite this good news for workers and the economy, some employers are experiencing difficulty hiring qualified candidates from the smaller pool of job seekers. “We appreciate their ongoing show of support for the veterans in our community by being here today,” Anderson said. Guest speaker Craig Lehman, Lancaster County commissioner and U.S. Navy veteran, credited his own military experience with setting him on the path toward a college degree and his current role as an elected official. “So for those employers here, even in a tough job market, if you’re looking for somebody to do the job, to be part of the team and get the job done right, you want to hire a veteran … I’m confident that you won’t be disappointed,” Lehman said. “They bring so much to the table because of their service to this country.” Peggy Keller, 2011 PA State Senior


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Idol and 2017 Ms. Pennsylvania Senior America, performed the national anthem; the Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard recognized each branch of service; and Catherine Courreges spoke on the Quilts of Valor program, which honors veterans with custom-made quilts. Attendees spoke with veterans’ organizations, such as the Pennsylvania State Headquarters VFW and the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as representatives from educational institutions, veterans’ volunteer groups, and a range of businesses that offer discounts or services for military members. Michael and Linda Miller, of Ephrata, hoped the Expo would be a resource for new community activities in which their VFW chapter could participate. Michael Miller, an Air Force veteran, is a VFW member, and Linda Miller is secretary of the auxiliary. “We’re mainly here just to see the different programs for the veterans,” Linda Miller said. “We do a lot of things with the VAs, so we’re always looking for different ideas.” Representatives from the Recorder of Deeds office were on hand to help all honorably discharged Lancaster County veterans enroll in the free Thank a Vet veterans discount program. Veterans and employers met faceto-face to discuss available positions at the Job Fair. Industries present included finance, automotive, warehouse, medical services, administrative/clerical, engineering, management, sales, manufacturing, retail, computer tech/IT, transportation, and others. Job Fair exhibitor Andrea Cramer, HR manager and training, safety coordinator for Two Dudes Painting Company in Lancaster, said she values what veterans can offer a civilian employer. “I’ve got relatives that are veterans,

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so I appreciate that very much,” Cramer said. “[Veterans bring] dedication, reliability—some of those key components of people that have served.” In the Job Fair’s Resource Center, visitors could participate in mock interviews and resume reviews. Guidance was also available on employment-assistance programs and veterans’ Medicare options. Frank Eckman, a 9.5-year veteran of the Marine Corps Military Police, was seeking a new job opportunity after an injury had put him out of work.

“I’m pretty much just trying to throw applications out there as much as possible,” Eckman, of Lancaster, said. “I’ve got one job-skill set, so I’m seeing what else is out there … If I get hired, I get hired; if not, at least I’ve spread my wings and [tried to] find something different.” The Veterans Expo & Job Fair will return to Central Pennsylvania Monday, April 9, 2018, at a new location: Wyndham Hotel York, 200 Loucks Road, York. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.veteransexpo. com. Hosted by:

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Volunteer Spotlight Special Olympics Coach Also Delivers Companionship extremely rewarding, Nancy Siler is the RSVP knowing she is making Lancaster County Voluna difference in the lives teer of the Month. She has of others. She is the only volunteered through RSVP contact some of her for Meals on Wheels in homebound clients have Lancaster as a driver/delivon a daily basis. ery person since April 2017. Siler is originally from Siler enjoys getting the Harrisburg area. Afto know and visiting the ter attending Millersville clients on her Tuesday route University, she moved in the southeast section of back to Lancaster four Lancaster city. She has been Nancy Siler years ago to be a part of able to use her Spanish its vibrant community. skills with her clients. Siler’s children are of the fourSiler also volunteers for Special legged variety. She rescues senior Olympics Area M (Dauphin, CumLabrador retrievers and currently has berland, Perry, and northern York counties). She is the head swim coach a 14-year-old chocolate lab and a 12year-old black lab. for three training sites. Since 2000 For further information about she has helped train approximately 100 swimmers. volunteer opportunities in Lancaster County, please contact Margie Groy, Siler encourages everyone to get RSVP Lancaster County development involved in some type of volunteer coordinator, at (717) 454-8647 or work giving back to the nity. She finds volunteerism to be

April 9, 2018 NEW C LO ATION!

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This event is FREE to attend. Veterans (of all ages) and the military community and their families are invited to join us!

The Expo brings federal, state, and local agencies together with area businesses to provide information and resources to veterans and their families.

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