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Love Songs from Long Ago Local Chorus Director Hopes to Preserve ‘Barbershopping’ By Chelsea Shank Singing has always been a large part of Bruce Van Order’s life, but being part of a barbershop quartet wasn’t something he intentionally set out to do. Today he is the interim director of the White Rose Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society that he has been singing with for 44 years. He sang in choirs all through high school and college. It was during his years at Elizabethtown College as a member of the concert choir that he first had the chance to experiment with singing some barbershop numbers. Van Order, who is now 68, was just beginning his career as a high school guidance counselor when he attended a kickoff event for staff at the beginning of the 1970 school year. It was then that he got discovered—for the White Rose Chorus, that is. “We sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ at my table and someone came up and said, ‘I think you ought to sing barbershop,’” said Van Order, laughing at the memory. “I said, ‘What’s that about?’ And then I went to a rehearsal and sat in the tenor section.” Singing tenor is an advantage, Van Order says, because there are fewer men who sing that part. The four-part harmony that the members of the White Rose Chorus sing includes tenor, second tenor lead, baritone, and bass. please see SONGS page 15 Bruce Van Order has been a member of the White Rose Chorus for 44 years. Back row, from left, Mark Downs, Roger Phillips, Roger Wiegand, and Bob Renjillian. Middle row, from left, Roger Coleman, Dave Kelly, Steve Cowfer, and Vern Baum. Front row, from left, Al Davidson, Van Order, and Ed Simmons.
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Top 10 Movies Guaranteed to Inspire You to Better Heart Health There comes a point in everybody’s life where a gentle push is all that’s needed to help get us back on track. Whether you’re a film connoisseur or just a casual watcher, you know that movies are one of the most powerful art forms that frequently inspire us to be better and to do better. If you’re needing a swift kick in the posterior and are looking for that inspiration on the silver screen, look no further than the following cinematic works of art. If these heart-health movies don’t move you to get up off the couch and exercise, nothing will. 1. Rocky Balboa. At a spry 60, Sylvester Stallone was no spring chicken when he decided to revive the main character of his Rocky movies for one last go. This movie is an inspiring tour de force that shows us that heart and determination can outlast and even overcome the limitations of age. 2. Pumping Iron. Bodybuilding was a fringe sport when this documentary came out in 1977, but afterward the sport of bodybuilding exploded in popularity. If you’re looking for
inspiration to help motivate you to pick up those dumbbells and pack on a few pounds of muscle, this is the movie to watch. 3. Harold and Maude. This classic, often overlooked gem is evidence that you don’t have to work your muscles to the bone to lead a rich, fulfilling life as a senior. Ruth Gordon’s performance as the octogenarian Maude shows that finding adventure at a ripe old age is simply a matter of having the nerve to look for it. 4. Space Cowboys. There’s nothing quite like a troupe of “old timers” showing the younger generation how it’s done to emphasize the virtues of experience over physical ability. Starring the fit-as-afiddle Clint Eastwood, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland, and James Garner.
5. The Natural. Robert Redford’s touching and inspiring performance as an aging baseball player shows that sometimes, physical ability can outlast the expectations of even the most optimistic. 6. The Rookie. With a tagline like “It’s never too late to February is believe in your dreams,” American you know Heart Month going into this movie that you’re in for something special. Dennis Quaid plays an aging baseball coach who decides to give his dream of being a pro baseball player a shot. 7. Never Say Never Again. At 53, Sean Connery returned to the role he made famous as James Bond, showing that age is no encumbrance to attractiveness, mobility, and general onscreen heroics. He’s also an inspiration to those who feel that their best years may be behind them.
8. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If there’s any 60-something actor in Hollywood that can make growing old look good, it’s Harrison Ford. His superior physical shape in the last of the Indiana Jones movies may not inspire you to take on the world with a bullwhip in hand, but it’ll certainly show you that being over 60 doesn’t have to be an invitation to the old folks’ home. 9. Red. Helen Mirren delivers a rocking, rolling performance as a gun-toting, sexy 60-something that proves that just because a woman is verging on her seventh decade doesn’t mean she can’t take care of herself and look fabulous in the process. Ladies, take note. 10. Machete. This movie may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s no denying that seeing 66-year-old Danny Trejo lay waste to his mortal enemies with a physique that would shame most 20-somethings could inspire anyone to better physical health, regardless of age. (www.spot55.com)
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Saralee Perel e was seated in the front row of the lecture hall, wearing work boots and jeans. I could see, even from behind my podium, that his sea-blue denim shirt matched the color of his dazzling eyes. It was Thursday, June 10, 1976, the evening of my first lecture on “Life After Divorce,” and many years before I became disabled. So many of us will be either caregivers or the recipients of care in our lifetimes. I wish I had known even a little of what to expect. I put my glasses on, ostensibly to see my notes, but I was able to sneak a quick look to see the blueeyed fellow’s nametag. It read: “Bob.” One year later, he became my husband. After the lecture, we had our first fight. We were in the hallway. Bob asked if he could walk me to my car. “But I don’t even know you,” I said. “How do I know you’re not a mugger just pretending you want to protect me and then in the parking lot, you grab me and steal my purse and my wedding ring?” He leaned against the wall and crossed his arms and his legs in a posture I would see for many years to come. Then he laughed and said, “That whole ridiculous scenario was just so I’d look at your hand and see you’re not married.” “Oh yeah?” I started walking while hiding my smile because he was absolutely right. He caught up with me. “I’m not married either.” “I know that. You’re attending my lectures on divorce, for heaven’s sake.” “That’s quite a presumption. I could be on my second marriage and not want to make the same mistakes.” I tried, unsuccessfully, to resist looking at his left hand. He said, “I already told you I’m not married.”
“You’re arrogant.” “I’m arrogant?” “At least we agree on something,” I said. I did let him walk me to my car—because I really wanted him to. Thirty-three years later, we still have “our song.” It was played at our wedding. I’ll be loving you Always, With a love that’s true Always.
We danced to it at every anniversary, until our 25th. Suddenly, the music in our love stopped as abruptly as my disability occurred. Bob became my caregiver. I felt like a burden, but didn’t tell him. Bob was overwhelmed, but didn’t tell me. We cried by ourselves. If only we had cried together, we’d have grieved and started to heal. No longer best friends, the words to “Always” were meaningless. I should have known what we needed. And that was to talk with each other rather than keeping our feelings inside. Instead, we believed it would be too hurtful to share our heartbreaking thoughts. We both put on an “I’m fine,” façade, but like any façade, it was just a veneer of an outward display. Our inner worlds were shattered. Then one day, a wonderful thing happened: I fell. While trying to get myself up, I started crying. Bob
came quickly to help me. And suddenly he began crying too. That was the day we finally cried together. Tears of love. Tears of healing. On a recent Valentine’s Day, he said, “We have to stay home today because there’s a surprise coming.” He kept looking out the front window, anxiously waiting for heaven-knows-what. I knew it was going to be something other than flowers or candy or he wouldn’t have been so nervous. Finally, there was a knock at our door. I opened it to find four gentlemen who greeted me by name, gave me a beautiful red rose, and marched right into our living room, where they asked us to have a seat on our couch. They stood in a group in front of us and, in magnificent barbershop harmony, sang “Always.” I was overwhelmed with tears while they sang. Bob had secretly arranged for this barbershop quartet to bring this singing valentine to me. With my husband plus some of the fellows helping me, I was able to stand while we had our picture taken. When I was a kid at summer camp and we jumped on the trampoline, we always had a “safety.” That was someone who was there to watch over us—to keep us from harm. And so, when Bob or I need one another, in so many ways that we now do, we are always each other’s safety. Not just for an hour, Not just for a day, Not just for a year, But always. Saralee Perel is an award-winning, nationally syndicated columnist. Her new book is Cracked Nuts & Sentimental Journeys: Stories From a Life Out of Balance. To find out more, visit www.saraleeperel.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leaving Your Legacy How to Choose a Charity You Can Trust When giving to charity, most donors support charities whose work they see firsthand locally. But in mailboxes every day, there are appeals from many other local and national charities. How can one verify their accuracy? A recent survey by Hope Consulting shows that despite information available from state government agencies, charity watchdogs, and the organization itself, only 30 percent of donors do any research before making a donation. Experts advise potential donors to look more carefully at solicitation letters they receive and seek out third-party information sources. “While the vast majority of charities are trustworthy, not all are what they appear to be—from the unscrupulous, to the well-meaning but poorly run organizations,” warns H. Art Taylor, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance, which seeks to connect donors to charities they can trust. “If donors want to assure their money will be put to good use, they should spend a little bit of time getting to know more about the organization,” says Taylor. The first step is to take a good, hard look at the charity solicitation you receive in the mail or encounter online. Here are several examples of potential problems a donor may encounter in mail, online, or by phone solicitations: • Appeals that don’t clearly explain
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charitable giving decision based solely on the information in a solicitation,” says Taylor. However, it can be difficult for donors to know what to look for in a charity’s financial statement. This is where a monitoring organization can help. The BBB Wise Giving Alliance is the only major national charity monitoring organization that reviews appeal content
for accuracy and truthfulness as a routine part of its charity reporting efforts. Charities are evaluated against 20 BBB standards for charity accountability that address charity governance, finances, and solicitation practices. A recent survey conducted by Porter Novelli’s ConsumerStyles found that nearly six in 10 say that the charity solicitation mail they receive is either not very or not at all trustworthy. So if there’s any doubt, do your research. Before donating, consider accessing a free report on the charity of your choice at www.give.org. And if your charity isn’t listed, you can ask the BBB Wise Giving Alliance to consider a review of that charity. If you plan to give back to your community, ensure your charitable dollars support organizations that don’t use dodgy fundraising tactics. (StatePoint)
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Travel Appetizers: Stories that Whet the Appetite for Travel
Rambles Near Atlanta By Andrea Gross love old-style books—you know, the kind that are printed on paper and stored on shelves rather than in clouds. Here, in Horton’s, the oldest bookstore in Georgia and the 10th oldest in the nation, books from bestsellers to travel guides are lined on antique shelving that dates back to the store’s founding in 1892. The one-story brick building in Carrollton’s town square was built in the 1880s and has a warm, comfortable atmosphere. I select a book, and the cashier rings it up on a stately brass cash register that has been there since the store’s first owner, N.A. Horton, abandoned paper-and-pencil transactions in 1914. Then I walk through a connecting door to the newsstand, order an icy mocha drink, and sit down to plot my route through northwest Georgia, where I’ll find remnants of a thriving Native culture, good art, and enough outdoor activities keep me happily healthy. Here, overviews of three small towns, each within 65 miles of Atlanta:
Rome A general overview: Rome—so named because, like the Italian capital, it is built on seven hills—is the big city of northwest Georgia. As such, it’s a perfect hub for exploring nearby towns and attractions. [www.romegeorgia.org] What you’ll love: Time travel back to the early 1800s, when the Cherokee were flourishing in north Georgia. First, visit the Chieftain’s Museum in Rome, a must for those wanting insight into the events leading up to the Cherokees’ forced removal from the eastern United States. Then drive a half hour north to Calhoun to see the Chief Vann House, one that is as elegant as any owned by European settlers. Finally, visit New Echota State Historic Site near Calhoun, the place where the Trail of Tears officially began. Meander through the magnificent gardens and art-filled home of 19thcentury Southern dynamo Martha Berry. Berry began by teaching impoverished youngsters how to read and went on to establish Berry College, one of the Southeast’s most respected small liberalarts institutions. Climb the terraced hills of Myrtle Hill
quilters at the new Quilt and Textile Museum. The museum is fittingly located in an old cotton warehouse. Drive the West Georgia Textile Heritage Trail. This rapidly expanding trail weaves past mills and manufacturing plants that date back to the days when cotton was king. Test your athletic prowess at Banning Mills, organized as a 501(c)3 conservancy. Here you can hike trails, ride horses, kayak rivers, climb the Guinness-certified world’s tallest climbing wall (140 feet high), and zip along the world’s longest continuous zip line (7 miles long).
Cherokee Chief James Vann’s home features beautiful hand carvings, a charming “floating” staircase, and a 12foot mantle.
To raise money for education, Martha Berry entertained the country’s elite at her home and gardens.
Carrollton’s Quilt and Textile Museum showcases fine works of art by regional quilters.
Booth Western Art Museum prides itself on showing art of the American West but also has a fine collection of pieces that depict the American Southeast.
The 4-Way Lunch, often called the “heart” of Cartersville, is housed in a 1912 building that was once a Coca-Cola drink stand.
Cemetery to see the Tomb of the Known Soldier. Charles W. Graves, an infantryman randomly selected to represent the “Known Dead” of World War I, was slated to be buried in Arlington alongside the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but at his mother’s request, he instead was interred in his hometown. Carrollton A general overview: This small town of 24,000 people offers down-home life
at its best. The pace is slow, the people friendly, and the festivals frequent. [www.visitcarrollton.com] What you’ll love: While away the hours at Horton’s Bookstore, followed by a leisurely stroll through the historic district. A pamphlet, available at the visitors center, details 18 homes from the 19th century and explains the difference between a balustrade and a bargeboard, a gable and a portico. Admire the handiwork of Southern
Cartersville A general overview: Cartersville (population 20,000) is a small town filled with big-city attractions, from toprated museums to a vibrant downtown. [www.visitcartersvillega.org] What you’ll love: Ogle first-class art at the Booth Western Art Museum, a Smithsonian partner. In addition to contemporary Western art, the museum houses more than 200 Native American artifacts and original letters from every president of the United States. Stare at stars as well as fossils at another Smithsonian affiliate, the Tellus Science Museum. A 120-seat digital planetarium and a full-size replica of a 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex make this museum a regional favorite. Visit cleverly named and stocked stores such as Write Downtown, The King’s Knit-Wit, and Swheat Market Deli. Be prepared to spend more time— and money—than you intended at Spring Place Pottery, where owner Gail Freeman showcases her work alongside that of equally talented regional artisans. Gobble classic food at two Cartersville institutions, Ross’s Diner and 4-Way Lunch. Both dish up burgers and hotdogs with all the trimmings; both are packed with locals, especially during lunch. Climb atop the 63-foot hill at the Etowah Indian Mounds State Historic Park, inhabited by Native Americans from 1000 to 1550 A.D. A small museum shows artifacts that help visitors imagine daily life atop and around the mounds. Photos © Irv Green; story by Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com).
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The Bosun’s Call Was, ‘Fire. Fire … This is not a drill!’ Robert D. Wilcox t happened aboard the Navy attack aircraft carrier, U.S.S. Shangri-La, in 1961 while the ship was making flank speed off the coast of Florida. Jack Hanley, a native of Central Pennsylvania, was aboard as a Navy dentist, and the ship had been ordered to Galveston, Texas, in the wake of a hurricane that had hit the city hard. The ship’s mission was to give all aid to the devastated area. The ship had been at its pier in Mayport, Fla., when the order to leave immediately for Galveston came through. The ship went to sea at 1700 hours and sped at flank (maximum) speed down the east coast of Florida. Hanley says it was the first time in his two years aboard the ship that it ever went at flank speed, and “a lot of vibration was evident.” The Bosun’s call came as Hanley and
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VA, SSA, and IRS Cut Red Tape for Vets, Survivors The Department of Veterans Affairs announced recently it is cutting red tape for veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus on eliminating the compensation claims backlog. Historically, beneficiaries have been required to complete an EVR each year to ensure their pension benefits continued. Under the new initiative, VA will work with the Internal Revenue www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
Service and the Social Security Administration to verify continued eligibility for pension benefits. All beneficiaries currently receiving VA pension benefits will receive a letter from VA explaining these changes and providing instructions on how to continue to submit their unreimbursed medical expenses. More information about VA pension benefits is available at http://www.benefits.va.gov/pension. Information on other VA benefit programs can be found on the joint Department of Defense/VA Web portal, eBenefits (www.ebenefits.va.gov).
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Medicare Preventive Services: What’s Free, What’s Not Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What types of preventive health screenings does Medicare completely cover, and which ones require a coinsurance fee? I’m due to get some preventive tests done, but I want to find out how much I’ll have to pay before I proceed. – Frugal Retiree Dear Frugal, Medicare covers a wide array of preventive services to help you stay healthy, but it’s important to know which services are totally covered and which ones will generate some out-ofpocket costs. Free Services Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, original Medicare now offers many of their preventive health services completely free to beneficiaries. Preventive services include various
exams, lab tests, and screenings that help find health problems in their earliest stages when they’re easier to treat. They also include a number of vaccinations and programs for health monitoring, as well as counseling and education to help you take care of your own health. Here’s a
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quick rundown of the different Medicare preventive services that won’t cost you a cent, along with the eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet to get them. Wellness visits: All Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for two types of preventive wellness visits—one when you’re new to Medicare and one each year after that. But don’t confuse these with full physical examinations. These are prevention-focused visits that provide only an overview of your health and medical risk factors and serve as a baseline for future care. Colorectal cancer screening: The fecal occult blood test, flexible sigmoidoscopy, or colonoscopy is available to all beneficiaries age 50 or older. Mammograms: All women with Medicare ages 40 and older can get a free breast cancer screening mammogram every year.
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Pap tests and pelvic exams: These cervical and vaginal cancer screenings are available every two years, or once a year for those at high risk.
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Prostate cancer screenings: Annual PSA blood tests are available to all male beneficiaries age 50 and older.
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Cardiovascular screenings: Free blood tests to check cholesterol, lipid, and triglyceride levels are offered every five years to all Medicare recipients. Diabetes: Screening available twice a year for those at risk.
Bone mass measurements: This osteoporosis test is available every two years to those at risk, or more often if medically necessary. Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening: To check for bulging blood vessels, this test is available to men ages 65 to 75 who have ever smoked. Vaccinations: An annual flu shot, a vaccination against pneumonia, and the hepatitis B vaccine are all free to all beneficiaries. In addition, Medicare also offers free smoking cessation counseling; medical nutrition therapy to help beneficiaries with diabetes or kidney disease; depression screenings; alcohol screening and counseling; obesity screening and counseling; annual cardiovascular risk reduction visits; sexually transmitted infection screening and counseling; and HIV screenings. Cost-Sharing Services Medicare also offers several other preventive services that require some outof-pocket cost-sharing. With these tests, you’ll have to pay 20 percent of the cost of the service (Medicare picks up the other 80 percent), after you’ve met your $147 Part B yearly deductible. The services that fall under this category include digital rectal exams for prostate cancer, glaucoma tests, and diabetes self-management training services. For detailed information on all Medicare preventive services, see www.medicare.gov/share-the-health, or call Medicare at (800) 633-4227 and ask them to mail you a free copy of Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Service (publication 10110). Medicare Advantage If you have a Medicare Advantage plan, you’ll be happy to know that all Advantage plans are also now required to cover the same free preventive services as original Medicare. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org.
Knowledge Tested at ‘The Brain Show’
Traditions of Hershey residents and members of the community recently put their brains to the test during the interactive “The Brain Show” trivia game show! Traditions of Hershey welcomed the public to participate in this game show, where they had to put on their thinking caps and answer trivia questions. “Questions were asked about Broadway shows, TV shows, random knowledge, history, and music,” said Tina Zanetti, director of marketing. “If they got the answer correct, in
order to lock in the points they would have to dance to a song for 15 seconds. It was a great game to keep your brain working and your body moving.” Each time they participated, tickets were given to attendees for a chance to win prizes. The trivia rounds changed people every 10-15 minutes in order to get as many people to participate as possible. The more they participated, the higher their chance was of winning. Five lucky participants were chosen at the end of the game to each receive one $100 bill.
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When Only the Best Will Do The most basic needs of humans are food, drink, and housing. If you’re in the mood to splurge—really splurge— consider these options, representing the world’s most expensive items in each category:
Drink. A bottle of Bowmore whiskey, a 54-year-old Scottish single malt, went up for auction in Edinburgh in late 2012. The bottle was expected to sell for as much as $240,000 as a collector’s item.
Food. The priciest hamburger in the world is probably the FleurBurger. It’s made with foie gras and a special truffle sauce, served with black truffles on the side (and a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1990) at the Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay, in Las Vegas, for $5,000.
Accommodations. The Royal Penthouse Suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva, Switzerland, offers guests a private fitness center, a library, a billiards room, and breathtaking views of the mountains for $65,000 per night.
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Maple Street Community Center – (717) 273-1048 710 Maple St., Lebanon Myerstown Senior Community Center – (717) 866-6786 51 W. Stoever Ave., Myerstown Feb. 12, noon – Valentine Luncheon at Sophie’s Light Victorian House Feb. 13, 10:15 a.m. – Movie Day: Calendar Girls Feb. 27, 8 p.m. – Myerstown Jaycee Bingo for Myerstown Center Attendees Northern Lebanon Senior Community Center – (717) 865-0944 335 N. Lancaster St., Jonestown – www.jonestownpa.org/senior.html Palmyra Senior Community Center – (717) 838-8237 101 S. Railroad St., Palmyra Southern Lebanon Senior Community Center – (717) 274-7541 Midway Church of the Brethren, 13 Evergreen Road, Lebanon Privately Owned Centers
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Annville Senior Community Center – (717) 867-1796 200 S. White Oak St., Annville Feb. 14, 11 a.m. – Lovebird Lunch and Anniversary Party Feb. 21, 11 a.m. – The Phantom of the Opera and Catered Lunch Feb. 28, 11:30 a.m. – Lunch Club Meeting at The Hilltop Café
Senior Center of Lebanon Valley, Inc. – (717) 274-3451 710 Maple St., Lebanon Washington Arms – (717) 274-4104 303 Chestnut St., Lebanon Feb. 23, 9 a.m. – Breakfast with the Girls – Trivia Feb. 13, 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Bus Trip: Udder Choice Restaurant, Bingo Feb. 28, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Bus Trip: Hunterdon Hills Playhouse
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Monologue Competition Seeks Entries
the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. birthdays,” says Guthrie. “We want both serious and humorous The founders of The Mirror pieces about a Monologues agree that the time when you looked in a final script will The Mirror Monologues mirror and felt a inevitably seeks submissions from strong emotion. include both painful as well as Examples women of all ages celebratory include: your first about the role mirrors eyeglasses, braces, stories; they graduation, intend for the play in their lives. overall message wedding day, pregnancy, to be positive, important job interview, and your life-affirming, and inspiring. They also changing self-image on milestone hope this project will lead to
The Mirror Monologues (www.themirrormonologues.com) seeks submissions from women of all ages about the role mirrors play in their lives. The best and most representative stories will be woven into a 90-minute script that will be presented in New York City in the spring of 2014. The Mirror Monologues was created by four women: Judith Estrine, Nancy Gall-Clayton, Donna Guthrie, and Linda Rathkopf. The women met when GallClayton and Guthrie put together a short play festival called “6 Women Turning 60” in 2006 after they met at
collaborations with theatrical communities across the country. The Mirror Monologues competition is open to women ages 16 years and older. Submissions will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31, 2013. Playwrights may submit only one monologue. Monologues must be unpublished, unproduced, and between one and three pages in length. For more information on The Mirror Monologues, submission guidelines, and mailing instructions, please visit www.themirrormonologues.com.
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1. Swabs 5. Gr. letter 10. Fencing sword 14. Building block 15. Separated 16. Track event 17. Trainman, for short 18. Publication 20. Tripoli resident 22. Long prayer 23. Brazilian port 24. Landing craft (Abbr.) 25. Conspiring 30. Steals about
34. Takes a chair 35. Canvas covering 37. Rickenbacker, for one 38. Short laugh 39. Artistic garden 41. Cheer 42. Close (Poet.) 44. Transmit 45. Trudge 46. Polish city 48. Courageous 50. Southern power inits.
51. World org. 52. Worshipped 55. Muffler, of sorts 60. Certain dwelling 62. Roman Emperor 63. Among 64. Director Polanski 65. OK town 66. Carryall 67. Appears 68. Thoroughfares (Abbr.)
21. Negation 25. Grandma’s exclamation 26. Climbing vine 27. Former Japanese statesman 28. Logs Z’s 29. Heartbreak 31. Juvenile 32. Metric weight units 33. Kernels 36. Window glass 39. Move about from place to place
40. Vitamin bottle inits. 43. On horseback 45. Strategist 47. Hip boots 49. Seafood 52. Amo, amas, ___ 53. Major ___ 54. Newspaper item 55. Several 56. Holyman 57. Camera part 58. Keystone State city 59. Fishing equipment 61. Garden tool
1. Affaire d’honneur 2. Actress Archer 3. Dictator or relative 4. Narrow sea channels 5. Stare 6. Emulators 7. Dark region of the moon 8. Hosp. imaging inits. 9. Coral reefs 10. Discharged 11. Type setting 12. Panache 13. Slippery 19. Filmmaker Walt
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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori
How to Preserve that Antique Dr. Lori cross the country, many people that attend my antiques appraisal events are shocked to hear about some of the little-known methods used in major museums to preserve and protect precious art and antiques. While museums make a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting objects in their care to educate the public, most of us are equally committed to keeping our family heirlooms and keepsakes in good condition in order to retain their value. Some of the most common ways an object can be harmed include: pests and other insects, pollutants (dust, mold, etc.), temperature and humidity fluctuations, lights or sunshine, and oils from the human touch.
Hands Off For instance, the oils on your hands and the hydrogen sulphide compounds in the air cause silver to tarnish and will leave a permanent mark on your valuable silver pieces. “Do not touch” signs seem extreme but are necessary when objects are on display in museums. When it comes to collectibles that we live with on a daily basis, it is a good idea to handle with care and handle only occasionally. So, if you must handle an object, don’t handle it too often. Remember, the oils and small dust particles on your hands can cause permanent damage to your heirlooms and aging treasures.
a print, seems straightforward. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to clean it. Spray the rag first. Do not spray the cleaner directly onto the glass, as the chemical could drip in between the glass and the work of art and damage it. Beware of Bugs Insects are monsters, killers. They carry bacteria and they will eat and not stop eating until they have damaged your antiques—particularly wooden ones— beyond recognition. You may stop an infestation by wrapping a small wooden object in acidfree tissue paper and placing the object in a freezer. The bugs will die off in the cold. Also, bugs love dark spaces and close quarters. An easy way to protect your antiques from insects is to clean around your objects regularly, don’t eat food near your collectibles, and use insect traps when necessary. Certain types of art and antiques need special types of care. Be diligent and handle your antiques carefully and you’ll enjoy them for years to come. Ph.D. antiques appraiser, author, and awardwinning TV personality, Dr. Lori presents antique appraisal events nationwide. Dr. Lori is the expert appraiser on the hit TV show Auction Kings on Discovery channel, which airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. Visit www.DrLoriV.com, www.Facebook.com/ DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.
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Climate Control It is best to store your private
collections in damages an area of most works your home of art. Heat where it is is a close cool and dry. second. Attics (too Painted hot with objects, poor prints, and ventilation), textiles basements should not (too damp), be placed foyers (where in sunny temperature areas of changes are your home frequent), as they are kitchens (too sensitive to many light and cooking will be odors and damaged in too much a few short heat), months. bathrooms There are and laundry few options Photos courtesy of staff of www.DrLoriV.com rooms (too to repair Handling objects too much, even vintage objects like much sun damage these Pez dispensers, can cause long-term damage. moisture and and fading Don’t use commercial cleaners when dusting old possible once it plastics. mold) are not happens. However, the best you can prevent heat from damaging places for art or antiques. your antiques. One of the hottest places Improper climate conditions can stimulate mold growth and cause objects where you display your collectibles is your china cabinet. The glass doors act to mildew, dry out, and crack. like a greenhouse and your objects are baking inside. Be sure to open those Devastating Effects doors and let your objects get some good Hanging a framed print in a sunny air flow every three months or so. window, storing objects in acidic cardboard boxes, and over-cleaning your Spray the Rag, Not the Renoir antiques can damage your pieces forever. Cleaning a framed work of art, such as Sunlight is the first culprit that
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“I liked the sound,” he said. “It is a lot they start singing, everyone wants to of seventh chords, which means they sing know what is going on. four notes and then there is an implied “It’s a fun thing and it’s really fun note.” because it is a surprise,” Van Order said. The tradition of barbershop quartets Sometimes the secret is too much began when men would gather on the suspense for the giver, and the quartet front porches of barbershops, waiting for members end up delivering the live songs their appointments to start, said Van to someone who has already been told Order. about what they are receiving. Van Order “Someone would strike up a song, like jokes with the recipients that they still ‘Sweet Adeline,’ and the others would fill have to act surprised, even if the person in the different parts,” Van Order giving the gift couldn’t keep it a secret. explained. An order for a singing valentine also The White Rose Chorus carries on includes the delivery of a single rose and that tradition, singing at local churches, a photograph of the person taken with nursing homes, the quartet. and other Last year the events. Their chorus sent out biggest one quartet, but fundraiser each this year they year is the hope to have singing enough men to valentines mobilize two service they quartets. provide for New anyone who members are would like to always welcome wish a loved in the White one a happy Rose Chorus. It Valentine’s Day. is helpful if the Decked out person can sing in white jackets and read music, and bowties, said Van Order, members of the but other quartets show members can up at offices, help them to Van Order's quartet, The Pipers Four, includes, from left, Dave Kelly, baritone; Roger Wiegand, homes, or learn if they are bass; Ed Simmons, lead; and Van Order, tenor. public places not sure how. where their Listening to presence is each other at requested in the form of a singing practices also helps each member to learn valentine. how to sing their part correctly. “We step in and everything stops,” “It’s not impossible,” Van Order said. said Van Order. “People think it looks easy, but what Sometimes people will specify the they do not realize is that for every hour song they would like them to sing to the that you sing, there are probably three to person receiving the singing valentine, four hours of background singing.” and other times they will take requests The four-decade time commitment to on the spot. Popular song requests the White Rose Chorus has been worth include “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” it for Van Order. and “The Story of My Rose.” “It has been very fulfilling,” he said. The element of surprise makes the “It has been a good run and I highly singing valentines the most fun of all the recommend it to anyone.” performances through the course of the Men of all ages are welcome, and Van year, said Van Order. Order understands that life can be busy Workplace deliveries are particularly for young husbands and fathers delightful, because everyone who notices especially. But setting aside time to spend the four matching men is eager to assist on a hobby each week with other men them in finding their way to the right helped him to develop lasting friendships person. and memories, as well as improving his “You go into a cubicle to sing to skills as a singer and continuing the someone at work, and it’s like the turtle tradition of an increasingly rare art form. effect,” said Van Order—everyone is “It does take time and I had the anxiously sticking their heads out to see support of my wife and my four kids,” where the men are going, and as soon as said Van Order. “That made it pretty www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com
busy for (my wife), and she was willing to do that.” Since his wife, Martha, passed away in August 2011, Van Order said the camaraderie of the White Rose Chorus has been an important and helpful part of his grieving process. Singing even has medical benefits, such as helping to develop stronger breathing muscles, he said. Van Order was born with asthma but he believes that all of the singing he does plays a large role in helping to keep his asthma in check. Singing relieves stress and it stirs up
memories. For Van Order, they are memories like listening to his grandfather and father sing. His grandfather had an excellent voice and could play the violin and piano by ear. His father, on the other hand, “couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. “But he would still sing,” said Van Order. “I guess it can skip a generation.” For more information about joining the White Rose Chorus and ordering singing valentines, visit www.whiterosechorus.com or call (717) 767-1862.
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