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Complimentary | Lebanon County Edition

May 2017 • Vol. 12 No. 5

Salute Veteran

In Memoriam

Col. Robert D. Wilcox

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Memorial Day began in the 19th century as “Decoration Day,” when citizens were encouraged to decorate the graves of soldiers who’d died in the Civil War. After World War I, Decoration Day expanded to include ceremonies honoring the dead in all of America’s wars. Decoration Day officially became Memorial Day in 1967. In 1968 the Uniform Holidays Act established it as one of three holidays (including Veterans Day and George Washington’s birthday, now called Presidents Day) celebrated on a Monday to create a convenient threeday weekend. Memorial Day is now observed on the last Monday in May. Wearing poppies is a popular Memorial Day tradition. The custom is generally credited to Moina Michael, a former teacher at the University of Georgia, who was working for the YMCA Overseas War Secretaries at the end of World War I.

She was inspired by reading the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian poet and doctor John McCrae. The poem’s opening lines read: In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row . . . During the Overseas War Secretaries’ annual conference held in New York City in 1918, shortly before the signing of the armistice that ended the war, grateful delegates gave Michael $10 in recognition of her help with the conference. She spent the money on 25 red silk poppies to hand out to participants (or she may have used the money on materials to make the poppies herself). The poppy became a national symbol of remembrance, and two years later the American Legion adopted it at its own conference. Poppies have symbolized the day ever since.


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Older But Not Wiser

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The Most Brilliant People in History vs. My Family

There were several articles on the internet about the five smartest people in history, and I thought it would be fun to measure them up against the five smartest people in my family. I have to admit that it was tough deciding on the five smartest people in my family—there were just so

many relatives to choose from (you can’t see me now, but I am laughing). 5. Benjamin Franklin – He was instrumental in the scientific study of electrical phenomena and ocean currents and had many inventions, including the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove (how’d he

come up with that name?). In his spare time he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and published Poor Richard’s Almanac. Uncle Harry – Uncle Harry hasn’t invented anything, but his acerbic criticisms of modern-day life and inventions give him a certain intellectual status in our family.

He particularly dislikes the automatic flush in toilets. He thinks it takes away one’s initiative. 4. Stephen Hawking – He is the genius who developed theories about cosmology, black holes, and quantum please see BRILLIANT page 18

At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Emergency Numbers Poison Control Center (800) 222-1222 Food Resources Food Stamps (800) 692-7462

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Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging Meals on Wheels (717) 273-9262

Lupus Foundation (888) 215-8787 Hearing Services

Social Security Information (800) 772-1213

Lebanon County Christian Ministries (717) 272-4400 Salvation Army (717) 273-2655 Funeral & Cremation Services Cremation Society of Pennsylvania Serving Lebanon County (800) 720-8221 Health & Medical Services Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020

Melnick, Moffitt & Mesaros ENT Associates 927 Russell Drive, Lebanon (717) 274-9775 Pennsylvania Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (800) 233-3008 V/TTY Hospitals Medical Society of Lebanon County (717) 270-7500

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WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital 252 S. Fourth St., Lebanon (717) 270-7500 Hotlines Energy Assistance (800) 692-7462

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Office of Aging Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging (717) 273-9262 Pharmacies CVS/pharmacy Senior Centers Annville Senior Community Center (717) 867-1796

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Maple Street Senior Community Center (717) 273-1048 Myerstown Senior Community Center (717) 866-6786 Northern Lebanon County Senior Community Center (717) 865-0944 Palmyra Senior Community Center (717) 838-8237

Lebanon County Housing & Redevelopment Authorities (717) 274-1401 Lebanon HOPES (717) 274-7528, ext. 3201 Independent Living Communities Country Acres Manufactured Home Park 1600 Kercher Ave., Myerstown (717) 866-5496 Insurance Medicare Hotline (800) 638-6833 Legal Services Pennsylvania Bar Association (717) 238-6715

Senior Center of Lebanon Valley (717) 274-3451 Veterans Services Governor’s Veterans Outreach (717) 234-1681 Lebanon VA Medical Center 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon (717) 228-6000 or (800) 409-8771 Volunteer opportunitIes RSVP of the Capital Region (717) 454-8647

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Cover Story

Salute to Our Veteran: In Memoriam

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Col. Robert D. Wilcox 1922-2017 Since we began 50plus LIFE, formerly 50plus Senior News, more than two decades ago, the publication has gone through many changes; it has grown and evolved in both its look and its content. For nearly 17 years, 50plus LIFE had at least one constant: Col. Robert D. Wilcox’s monthly column, Salute to a Veteran, in which he interviewed a local veteran and recorded their story of service. It is with heavy hearts we commemorate the passing of Col. Wilcox—always just “Bob” to us—on April 2, 2017. At age 95, his was a life long and well lived. Although Bob interviewed veterans from various wars and military campaigns, the majority of his columns are profiles of World War II veterans. Salute to a Veteran was consistently the most popular recurring column among the readers of 50plus LIFE, and for good reason. From October 1999 to August 2016, Bob—himself a World War II veteran of the Air Force Reserve— preserved in finely written word the firsthand wartime experiences of 201 veterans. Through his writing, Bob captured not just the facts of each veteran’s story, but also his or her personal reflections of their time in the armed forces:



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There Were Plenty of Ways to Die over Germany in World War II

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their feelings, their hopes and fears, and their priceless eyewitness accounts. This was an invaluable service to his community of veterans, to the readers of 50plus LIFE, to the vets themselves, and to their friends and families. Through Salute to a Veteran, Bob preserved these veterans’ historical legacies. But perhaps more importantly, for each veteran’s family, Bob documented their loved one’s strength, sacrifice, and service to country. In summer 2016, we at 50plus LIFE had the great pleasure of presenting Bob with the culmination of his years of service to our publication: a soft-cover book of his work. Salute to Our Veterans: Selected Profiles of Military Service comprised 50 of Bob’s veteran profiles, selected by him for inclusion. While we grieve the loss of our friend and member of the 50plus LIFE family, we are pleased to finally share Bob’s own story of his time in military service, which he asked us to save for this occasion. We honor Col. Robert D. Wilcox for his service to country and community. We thank him for enriching the pages of 50plus LIFE and for his unwavering commitment to chronicling the selfless military service of the Greatest Generation, of which he himself was a part.

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I joined the Army Reserve in 1942 in my freshman year at Rhode Island State College (now Rhode Island University). I was called into the Army on Feb. 28, 1943, my 21st birthday. I lucked out and was selected to become an aviation cadet. After getting my pilot wings and commission on April 15, 1944, I went on to become a B-17 pilot in Florida. There I was given an eight-man crew that I flew to Wales over the northern route via Goose Bay, Labrador; Reykjavik, Iceland; and Valley, Wales. The crew then went by train and truck to the 452nd Bomb Group in Deopham Green, England. There, the crew had practice missions and further training for combat. No pilot was able to fly his crew into combat, however, until he had flown at least one combat mission as co-pilot for an experienced crew. So, on Jan. 17, 1945, at 4 a.m., a sergeant woke me by tapping me on the shoulder and saying, “You’re up, lieutenant.”

After meeting the crew I was to fly with that day, there was breakfast and the briefing on the day’s mission: to attack the U-boat pens at Hamburg, Germany. The pilot I was to fly with was 1st Lt. Ira Smith, who was flying his last mission before returning to the U.S. He let me do all the flying as we formed up with many other bomb groups in a mighty 1,000plane force and flew across the North Sea. As we approached the coast of Germany, we donned our flak jackets, and as we approached the IP (the Initial Point, after which the planes could take no evasive action), Smitty said, “OK, Wilcox, I’ll take it from here. Just keep your eyes in the cockpit, and especially keep an eye on the oil pressure.” This was crucial, because if an engine were hit and needed to be feathered (where the blades were rotated in the hub so the airstream wouldn’t turn them and create drag), there was very little time to feather it before losing the hydraulic fuel to do that. Now, as we approached the target, we could feel please see SALUTE page 16

The Beauty in Nature

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Rough-winged swallows are plain But the drainage pipes the swallows little birds that are big in being nest in can be dangerous to helpless adaptable enough to use a variety youngsters. Heavy or prolonged rains of niches, both natural and humancan wash eggs or babies out of their made, for nesting. cradles. But some parents try again to They raise young along creeks and raise another brood to maturity. ponds in woods and farmland across Like all swallows, rough-wings are much of the United States, including entertaining to watch as they catch here in flying southeastern insects Pennsylvania. from And they the air, winter from uttering the southern buzzy United notes States to the as they Caribbean careen islands, across Mexico, the sky. Central Swiftly America, and and South gracefully, America. they zip Roughthrough wings hatch the air, offspring swerving Photo by Charles J. Sharp, Sharp Photography as isolated this Rough-winged swallow. pairs or as way and small, loose that, and colonies, depending on how many snapping up one insect after another nesting places are in any one area. until their stomachs and beaks are Their traditional protective nesting full. sites are crevices in cliffs, abandoned Then they feed their young with belted kingfisher burrows in the the insects in their bills. Obviously, upper parts of stream banks, and swallows are not only interesting, but holes dug by the swallows themselves also beneficial because they consume in those same stream banks. flies, mosquitos, gnats, and other And today, the adaptable and pesky, dangerous insects. successful rough-wings also rear Late in summer, most swallow babies in protective human-made species migrate south ahead of winter sites, including niches in quarry walls, in large, noticeable flocks. But roughdrainage pipes in water-retaining wings do so in little, inconspicuous walls, under certain bridges over small groups that are overlooked. Roughwaterways, and in drain pipes from wings just disappear. spouting that extend over waterways. The intriguing rough-winged I’ve also noticed a rough-wing swallows are entertaining to watch nursery under a never-moved truck feeding. They are also adaptable, and used for storage near a creek. some nesting pairs take advantage of Raising broods of young in human- built structures to raise young. They made shelters, as well as in natural are another successful species in the ones, has increased the populations of midst of human-made habitats and rough-winged swallows. activities.

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Fragments of History

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‘It’s All in Your Head!” – A Brief History of the Brain founder of his own prestigious university, his medical knowledge was flawed. He believed and taught that “the brain is an organ of minor importance” and that “the seat of the soul and the control May is Mental Health of voluntary Aristotle’s Awareness Month confusions. movement—in fact, of nervous Though the famed Greek philosopher (384–322 functions in general—are to be sought BCE) was Plato’s most famous student, in the heart.” Though he was wrong, his position tutor to Alexander the Great, and is somewhat defensible in that Aristotle advertisement observed an injury to the heart meant immediate death, whereas a head injury brought trauma but could heal.

Sometime during the Neolithic or Stone Age (6000–2000 BCE), a girl who suffered from epilepsy, migraines, depression, or a mental illness was treated by someone skilled in trepanation. Using tools available at the time, that person carefully made an incision on the scalp, peeling the skin back, and then drilled a hole in the girl’s skull in order to bring relief from her condition. Amazingly, the girl survived this prehistoric form of neurosurgery. Currently, her trepanated skull is displayed at the Museum of Natural History in Lausanne, Switzerland. Today, neurosurgeons continue to perform similar operations—still called trepanation—to relieve pressure on the brain or to remove bone fragments. From the Neolithic age right to our own modern times, humans have

worked hard to understand the complexities of the brain. It has been quite a learning curve, filled with errors and corrections followed by more misconceptions and revisions. Here is a brief history of the brain.


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Hippocrates’ corrections. Regarded as the founder of Western medicine, Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) correctly identified the brain as the driving force of the central nervous system. One of history’s most famous physicians, Hippocrates rejected superstition in favor of scientific observation, teaching that diseases had explainable causes and were not punishments from the gods. He identified the brain as the source of human emotions: “Men ought to know that from the brain, and from the brain only, arise our pleasures, joy, laughter, and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs, and tears.” Hippocrates recognized brain complexity, noting that an illness, trauma, or damage to the brain was dangerous and could be deadly. He also correctly noted that the brain controls all senses and movements; the brain is the seat of intelligence; and paralysis occurs on

the side of the body opposite the side of a head injury. Autopsies and dissections are condemned. Herophilus (330–280 BCE) was a Greek physician who is regarded as the world’s first anatomist. He was founder of the world-famous Medical School of Alexandria and is the first known person to systematically perform scientific dissections on human cadavers. Herophilus was a skilled scientist who carefully recorded his findings, eventually writing nine medical volumes. In those, he described various bodily organs, compared the human brain to the brains of animals, and was the first to distinguish sensory and motor nerves. However, as he and other physicians opened and studied cadavers, the practice became suspect, controversial, and condemned. Influential Christian theologian Tertullian (160–225 CE) referred to Herophilus not as a doctor but as a “butcher who cut up innumerable corpses in order to investigate nature and who hated mankind for the sake of knowledge.” Tertullian’s condemnation of autopsies and dissections meant fewer and fewer physicians were willing to examine cadavers. Eventually, it became illegal in the Roman Empire to dissect human bodies. This would impede anatomical and medical knowledge for centuries. Galen the anatomist. The first person to seriously study the brain was Claudius Galen (129–199 CE), a Roman physician. His medical and anatomical knowledge combined with his huge collection of writings made him a foundational figure in Western medicine for over a thousand years. Galen’s writings include the 17volume On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Human Body. His collected works total 22 volumes. Because of opposition to dissecting human cadavers, Galen used pigs,

goats, dogs, and monkeys, carefully studying their anatomy. Operating on live animals, he conducted spinal cord experiments showing how severing the spinal cord at various places affected different parts of the body. Studying animal brains, Galen correctly identified various cranial nerves, such as the optic nerve (sight and visual information), the olfactory nerve (smell and taste), the acoustic nerve (hearing and balance), and the oculomotor nerve (eye movement control). The slow birth of neurology. Because the church banned dissection of cadavers, the progress of brain anatomy and knowledge moved slowly during the Middle Ages (fifth through 15th centuries). This changed during the Renaissance era, when philosophers and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci became curious about anatomy, particularly the brain. Da Vinci produced a series of anatomical drawings that included considerable detail about the brain. Following his lead, British physician and emerging neuro-anatomist Thomas Willis (1621–75) began to examine and study brains extensively. In 1664 he published a groundbreaking book, Cerebri Anatome, complete with intricate information about major brain regions and the functions of some cranial nerves. In the 19th century, French surgeon Paul Pierre Broca (1824–1880) conducted numerous autopsies carefully examining human brains. He correctly noted that the frontal lobes were instrumental in driving intellect, judgment, abstract thinking, and critical reasoning. The strange case of Phineas Gage. A great deal of brain knowledge has come by studying people who have had damage to various regions of the brain. One of the most amazing and fascinating cases is that of Phineas Gage. In 1848, Gage worked on a railroad construction crew. As he was setting a charge of explosives, the dynamite blew prematurely, propelling a 13-pound, 3.5-foot iron bar through the front of his head, where it destroyed much of his frontal cortex. Despite this appalling injury, Gage did not lose consciousness but walked calmly to a road where he obtained

a ride into town. There a physician managed to remove the rod. Though Gage survived this trauma, he was never the same. Before the accident, friends described him as responsible, hardworking, intelligent, and friendly. Afterward, his personality changed, leaving him unstable and impulsive. He wandered from job to job, eventually traveling with carnivals and exhibiting himself and his iron bar. Gage developed epilepsy and died 13 years later. Nevertheless, the report of Gage’s change in personality confirmed studies of other neurologists that psychopathological conditions could be correlated to brain injury. Einstein’s brain. Regarded as one of the most prominent geniuses of the 20th century, Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within eight hours of his death on April 18, 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey. Physician Thomas Harvey performed the autopsy with the approval of Einstein’s son, who stipulated that his father’s brain should be used only for research to be published in scientific journals of “high standing.” Harvey sliced the brain into sections, providing some samples to leading pathologists but keeping many for himself. In 1978 a reporter (Steven Levy) interviewing Harvey learned the doctor still had several sections of Einstein’s brain. His published story attracted interest from scientists, who began to carefully scrutinize it. They discovered that Einstein’s brain was smaller than average, weighing 1,230 grams rather than the normal 1,400. However, his parietal lobes were unusually large, and this part of his brain was 15 percent wider than other human brains. The parietal lobes are where mathematical thought emerges, thus offering one explanation for Einstein’s incredible mathematical powers. Though brain science has developed greatly in recent times, it is still a frontier waiting to be further explored. Douglas Tweed, author of Microcosms of the Brain, notes: “Present-day knowledge of the brain resembles in some ways earlier Europeans’ knowledge of Africa. Explorers have mapped the coastline in detail, but the interior is mostly uncharted.”

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Senior Games Return This Month If you are age 50 or over and a resident of Lebanon County, you are invited to participate in the 32nd Annual Lebanon County Senior Games, May 17-24 at various county locations. The registration fee of $10, due by May 12, enables competitors to participate in an unlimited number of events. (Note: There is an additional fee for the 18-hole golf tournament.) Registration forms are available at the Lebanon YMCA, 201 N. Seventh St.; The YMCA at the VA, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave.; Lebanon County Senior Center, 710 Maple St.; and various locations throughout the county. Scheduled athletic events include a wide range of activities to suit all ability levels and interests. Wednesday, May 17 10 a.m. – Table tennis, YMCA on Seventh Street 11 a.m. – 100-meter swim, YMCA on Seventh Street 1:30 p.m. – Pickleball mixed, YMCA on Seventh Street Thursday, May 18 8 a.m. – 1.5-mile walk, Lions Lake (Water Street Entrance) 8 a.m. – Half-mile walk, Lions Lake (Water Street Entrance) 9:30 a.m. – Miniature golf, Yogey’s Miniature Golf Course 1 p.m. – Pickleball male doubles, Lebanon VA (YMCA) Friday, May 19 8:30 a.m. – Cards (Pinochle), Senior Center Building 9 a.m. – Billiards, YMCA on Seventh Street 10 a.m. – Bingo, Senior Center Building 1 p.m. – Shuffleboard, Senior Center Building Monday, May 22 8 a.m. – Bowling ages 50-70, Goodwill Fire Company, Myerstown 10:30 a.m. – Bowling ages 70+, Goodwill Fire Company, Myerstown 1 p.m. – Pickleball female doubles, Lebanon VA (YMCA)

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Tuesday, May 23 8 a.m. – Badminton (singles and doubles), Lebanon VA (YMCA) 10 a.m. – Basketball foul shooting, Lebanon VA (YMCA) 11 a.m. – Softball throw, Lebanon VA (YMCA) 12:30 p.m. – Bocce ball (ages 70-79 and 80+), Lebanon VA (YMCA) 2 p.m. – Bocce ball (ages 50-59 and 60-69), Lebanon VA (YMCA) Wednesday, May 24 10:30 a.m. – Horseshoes, AES Ironwood Park Noon – Closing ceremonies, AES Ironwood Park Sponsors for the 2017 Lebanon County Senior Games are 50plus LIFE, Community Health Council 50+ Festival, Coventry Health Care, Lebanon County Area Agency on Aging, and Lebanon Valley Family YMCA. To request a registration form or for more information, contact the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA at (717) 273-2691 or visit www.

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Eating More Fish May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts some 5.1 million Americans, is a type of dementia that affects a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior. Although at this point no cure exists, you can take measures to reduce your chances of suffering from this debilitating condition. New evidence suggests that eating more fish— as long as it’s not fried—may help to protect your brain from the shrinkage and decline associated with Alzheimer’s.

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center tracked the diets of 260 people with normal cognitive function for more than 10 years. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they measured the brain volume and function of each participant at the beginning of the study, and again at the end. The results: The 163 subjects who ate fish on a weekly basis (the majority consuming it one

to four times a week) had a larger orbital frontal cortex and hippocampus (two areas of the brain that are known to shrink in Alzheimer’s patients) and better memory function that those who ate less fish. The researchers determined that the risk for Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment was lowered fivefold within the five years following the brain scans. So start eating more fish today. 50plus LIFE p

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Community Programs/Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

May 4, 6 p.m. National Day of Prayer Hill Farm Estate Senior Living 200 Kauffman Road, Annville (717) 867-5176

May 21, 3 p.m. Lebanon Community Concert Band Performance Senior Center of the Lebanon Valley 710 Maple St., Lebanon (717) 274-3451

May 7, 7 p.m. Annual Festival of Choirs Kochenderfer United Methodist Church 1105 Kochenderfer Road, Lebanon (717) 273-0525

May 24, 6-7 p.m. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Family Support Group Linden Village 100 Tuck Court, Lebanon (717) 274-7400

Annville Senior Activity Center – (717) 867-1796 200 S. White Oak St., Annville May 2, 8:30 a.m. – Breakfast Bunch at Country Fare Restaurant May 4, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Secondhand Rose Fashion Show and Tea May 16, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Southeast Lebanon County Shopping Excursion

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Library Programs Annville Free Library, 216 E. Main St., Annville, (717) 867-1802 Tuesdays, 6:15 p.m. – AFL Knitters May 1, 6:30-8 p.m. – The Mindful Foodies May 2, 6:30 p.m. – Adult Coloring Club Lebanon Community Library, 125 N. Seventh St., (717) 273-7624 Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Tech Help May 26, 10 a.m. to noon – Writers Group Matthews Public Library, 102 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, (717) 865-5523 May 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Book Club Myerstown Community Library, 199 N. College St., Myerstown, (717) 866-2800 Palmyra Public Library, 325 S. Railroad St., (717) 838-1347 May 17, 1-4 p.m. – Death Café Richland Community Library, 111 E. Main St., Richland, (717) 866-4939

parks and recreation All events held at the Park at Governor Dick unless noted. May 10, 10:30 a.m. – Wednesday Wings & Things Walk May 13, 1 p.m. – Feathers & Flora Walk May 14, 2 p.m. – Mother’s Day Bouquet Wildflower Walk

‘Superfoods’ Will Be Big in 2017 The most recent “What’s Trending in Nutrition” national survey of more than 1,700 dieticians has found that Americans are putting more emphasis on eating healthier foods. Here’s a list of the top 10 “superfoods” this year: • Seeds, like chia and hemp • Avocado


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• Nuts, like almonds and walnuts • Fermented foods like yogurt • Ancient grains • Kale • Green tea • Coconut products • Exotic fruits • Salmon

Maple Street Senior Community Center – (717) 273-1048 710 Maple St., Lebanon May 6, 12, 19, 16, 9 a.m. – New Ball Class: It’s a Ball May 12, 10 a.m. – Planning Meeting May 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Taco Tuesday Myerstown Senior Community Center – (717) 866-6786 Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 Ramona Road, Myerstown May 16, noon – Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Inn 422 May 23, 11 a.m.– Nut Discussion: Five Surprising Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight May 24, 4 p.m. – Mini Golf and Dinner at Kauffman’s Barbecue Ranch Northern Lebanon Senior Community Center – (717) 865-0944 335 N. Lancaster St., Jonestown – May 9, 9:30 a.m. – Gretna Glen Spring Fling for Seniors May 11, 9:30 a.m. – Plants to Share May 18, 9 a.m. – Breakfast Club Buddies Palmyra Senior Community Center – (717) 838-8237 101 S. Railroad St., Palmyra May 9, 9:30 a.m. – Spring Fling at Gretna Glen May 10, 10:30 a.m. – Mother’s Day Craft with Ellen May 31, 10:30 a.m. – Center Indoor Picnic and Entertainment Privately Owned Centers Senior Center of Lebanon Valley, Inc. – (717) 274-3451 710 Maple St., Lebanon Washington Arms – (717) 274-1401 303 Chestnut St., Lebanon Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

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Vicious Circle Terri Schlichenmeyer

It’s gone around and around. Your mind just can’t let go: how can you put an end to a ticklish problem? You’ve let it roll through your head, around and around until you almost can’t think right, hoping the solution is somewhere close. But, as in the new book Vicious Circle by C.J. Box, the fix may be harder than it seems. Throughout his career, game warden Joe Pickett had seen a lot of dead bodies. He’d seen them in many places and positions, but he’d never actually witnessed a murder until he saw one on an iPad screen in a Cessna, high above the Wyoming mountains. The victim, he was sure, was Dave Farkus. Reported missing by a hunting buddy, Farkus had disappeared, leaving his beer. He was familiar with the area; Pickett knew him, and he knew that a one-time outdoor guide like Farkus didn’t just get lost in the woods. Add to that the odd call he’d made to Pickett the night before— something about Dallas Cates and Stockman’s Bar—and something was wrong. Everybody in Twelve Sleep County had been dreading this day, ever since Cates went to prison. Before he left, he’d vowed revenge on everyone who’d hurt his family and ruined his life, and nobody in Saddlestring doubted he’d try to get it. Pickett, who’d put Cates away then, was the first target. True to form, the newly freed Cates went afoul of the law almost immediately—and was quickly released because Undersheriff Lester

Vicious Circle By C.J. Box c. 2017, Putnam 369 pages

Spivak had done something stupid during the arrest. With the possibility of double jeopardy gone and with two former jail buddies waiting in the wings to help, Cates focused on Pickett. But what—other than former fame as a rodeo star—did Cates have to offer the men who seemed willing to kill for him? That didn’t make sense to Pickett; there didn’t seem to be good motives for anyone to kill Farkus or bartender Wanda Stacy, who was also missing. And none of them seemed the type to do business with a meth tweaker like the one who’d been stalking Pickett’s daughters … To your list of Don’t Read Before Bedtime, you can add Vicious Circle. If you don’t, you may as well kiss sleep goodbye. Yes, there’s more than just one keep-you-up-all-night heart-pounder

story that lays out the clues and dares you to figure them out. Readers who know Pickett know that won’t be easy, just as they’ll remember how Box often brings back truly nasty bad guys and leaves fans with an aggrrrrrravating cliffhanger. And that, of course, will have you screaming for the next installment. Don’t hesitate to start this book if you’re new to Box’s novels; it won’t take long to catch on or to want the rest of the series. If you’re an old hand at the Pickett Posse, though, rejoice! Find Vicious Circle. It’s a book you’ll want around.

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in this book; it’s the 17th novel to feature Joe Pickett, after all, and author C.J. Box nails it again with a

The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month Savvy Senior

Coping with Ringing in Your Ears Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any new treatments you know of that can help with the constant ear-ringing syndrome known as tinnitus? I’ve had it for years, but it’s gotten worse the older I get. – Ringing Louder at 62 Dear Ringing, Tinnitus is a common condition that affects around 45 million Americans but is usually more prevalent in the 60-and-older age group.

Here’s what you should know along with some tips and treatments that may help. What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus (pronounced “tinNIGHT-us” or “TIN-a-tus”) is the sensation of hearing a ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, or

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whistling sound in one or both ears when no external sound is present. The sounds, which can vary in pitch and loudness, are usually worse when background noise is low, so you may be more aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet

room. For most people, tinnitus is merely annoying, but for many others it can be extremely disturbing. Tinnitus itself is not a disease but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition. The best way to find out what’s causing your tinnitus is to see an audiologist or an otolaryngologist—a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat diseases (commonly called an ENT). The various causes of tinnitus are: • Age-related and noise-induced

Melnick, Moffitt & Mesaros ENT Associates – For All Your Hearing, Sinus, and Throat-Care Services! Melnick, Moffitt & Mesaros ENT Associates has treated Lebanon Valley residents for over 28 years. Our doctors are specialists who perform surgery on tonsils, sinuses, skin cancer, and thyroid glands. We treat ear, nose, and throat problems including hearing loss due to aging; chronic sinus conditions; skin lesions and cancers of the face, head, and neck; allergy testing and immunotherapy; hearing aid fitting and servicing; and snoring/sleep apnea solutions. We treat children with poorly functioning Eustachian tubes, which cause ear infections, hearing loss, and speech delay. We perform surgery to insert ventilation tubes that bypass the malfunctioning Eustachian tubes to restore function to the ears. Allergy testing and immunotherapy in the form of allergy shots are ways we help our patients who have sinus problems. Immunotherapy treats

everyone from seasonal-pollen allergy sufferers to year-round sufferers of pet and household allergens. Balloon sinuplasty treats chronic or recurrent sinusitis and is performed in the office, without the need for cutting or tissue removal and using local anesthesia. The procedure reshapes the sinus pathways by inflating a small balloon in multiple places in the nose and sinuses, restoring drainage. Our audiologists evaluate hearing, service hearing aids, and offer custom fitting at a fraction of the retail cost. We also offer the BAHA 5 System, which is an implantable boneconduction hearing device that uses the body’s natural ability to conduct sound.

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month injury, depression, stress, and more.

hearing loss—this is the most common cause. • Middle ear obstructions, which are usually caused by a buildup of earwax deep in the ear canal. • The side effects of many different prescription and nonprescription medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, certain blood pressure medicines and diuretics, some antidepressants, cancer medicines, and antibiotics. • Various medical conditions such as high blood pressure, vascular disease, diabetes, allergies, thyroid problems, ear or sinus infections, MÊnière’s disease, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, otosclerosis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a tumor, an injury to the head or neck, traumatic brain

Treating the Causes While there’s currently no cure for tinnitus, there are some ways to treat it, depending on the cause. For example, if your tinnitus is caused by a wax buildup in your ears or a medical condition (high blood pressure, thyroid problem, etc.), treating the problem may reduce or eliminate the noise. Or, if you think a medication you’re taking may be causing the problem, switching to a different drug or lowering the dosage may provide some relief. Other Treatments Another treatment option for tinnitus that can help suppress or mask

the sound so it’s less bothersome are “sound therapies.� These can be as simple as a fan or a white noise machine or something more sophisticated like a modifiedsound or notched-music device, such as Neuromonics (www.neuromonics. com) or the Levo System (www., which actually trains your brain not to hear the tinnitus. Or, if you have hearing loss, hearing aids can help mask your tinnitus by improving your ability to hear actual sounds. There are even hearing aids today that come with integrated sound-generation technology that delivers white noise or customized sounds to the patient on an ongoing basis. Your audiologist or ENT can help you with these options.   There are also certain medications

that may help. While currently there’s no FDA-approved drugs specifically designed to treat tinnitus, some antianxiety drugs and antidepressants have been effective in reliving symptoms. Behavioral therapies, counseling, and support groups can also be helpful. Other measures you can take to help quiet the noise include avoiding food substances that can aggravate the problem, such as salt, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tonic water, tobacco, and caffeine. And protect yourself from loud noises by wearing earplugs. For more information on tinnitus treatment options, visit the American Tinnitus Association at Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.


AUDIOLOGIST? By: Linda Gonya-Hartman, Au.D. When we can hear better, we gain a lot more than you might expect—self-confidence, a lower risk of other health concerns, and improved relationships. Because of the personal nature of hearing better, it’s important that you work with a hearing healthcare professional that you know and trust. An audiologist has the experience and knowledge to help you understand your hearing loss, find the right solution to suit your hearing and lifestyle needs, and help guide you along the path to hearing better. At your first appointment, you can expect to receive:

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month Want a Memory Boost? Try a Hearing Test Intrigued by all the brain-training products out there to keep your mind sharp and spirits young? You may want to consider something else: a hearing test. Mounting evidence links untreated hearing loss to impaired memory and diminished cognitive function. What that means is, if you keep brushing off that suspected hearing loss of yours, your cognition may pay. Researchers have found that when people with unaddressed hearing loss strain to hear, they tend to do more poorly on memory tests. They may figure out what is being said, but because so much effort goes into just hearing it, their ability to remember what they heard often suffers. Experts believe this has to do with

what they call “cognitive load.” That is, in order to compensate for the hearing loss and make out the words, people with untreated hearing loss may draw on cognitive resources they’d normally use to remember what they’ve heard. Experts say that untreated hearing loss may even interfere with the person’s ability to accurately process and make sense of what was said or heard. In fact, research shows that people

with poorer hearing have less gray matter in the auditory cortex, a region of the brain needed to support speech comprehension. Other research shows a link between hearing loss and dementia. One Johns Hopkins study found that seniors with hearing loss are significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who retain their hearing. Another found that hearing loss is associated with accelerated cognitive decline in older adults. And a third

revealed a link between hearing loss and accelerated brain tissue loss. Some experts believe that interventions, like professionally fitted hearing aids, could potentially help. The bottom line is we actually “hear” with our brain, not with our ears. So if you think you may have hearing loss, do something about it. Make an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional, and get a hearing test. After all, research suggests that treating hearing loss may be one of the best things you can actually do to help protect your memory and cognitive function. Source: Better Hearing Institute

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VA REACH VET Initiative Helps Save Veteran Lives As part of Department of Veterans Affairs’ commitment to put resources, services, and all technology available to reduce veteran suicide, VA has launched an innovative program called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health – Veterans Enhanced Treatment (REACH VET). Recent research suggests that 20 veterans die by suicide each day, putting veterans at even greater risk than the general public. Using a new predictive model, REACH VET analyzes existing data from veterans’ health records to identify those at a statistically elevated risk for suicide, hospitalization, illness, or other adverse outcomes. This allows VA to provide preemptive care and support for veterans, in some cases before a veteran even has suicidal thoughts. “One veteran suicide is one too many,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin said. “This cutting-

edge program is saving lives by identifying at-risk veterans and connecting them with the specialized care and support they need.” Once a veteran is identified, his or her VA mental health or primary care provider reaches out to check on the veteran’s wellbeing and review their condition(s) and treatment plans to determine if enhanced care is needed. The program began as a pilot in October and is now fully implemented across VA. “REACH VET is a game changer in our effort to reduce veteran

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suicide,” Dr. Caitlin Thompson, national director of VA’s Office for Suicide Prevention, said. “Early intervention can lead to better recovery outcomes, lessen the likelihood of challenges becoming crises, and reduce the stress that veterans and their loved ones face.” VA’s suicide prevention resources include the Veterans Crisis Line, which provides confidential support from specially trained and experienced responders to veterans, even if they are not enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans and their families and

friends may call (800) 273-8255 and press 1; chat online at www., or text 838255. For more information about VA’s suicide prevention efforts, visit these resources • Veterans Crisis Line website: • Suicide prevention outreach toolkit: spreadtheword • “Be There” public service announcement: BeTherePSA • Suicide prevention fact sheet: • Make the Connection website: • VA Mental Health website: www.

Stories of ordinary men and women called to perform extraordinary military service. From 1999–2016, writer and World War II veteran Col. Robert D. Wilcox preserved the firsthand wartime experiences of more than 200 veterans through Salute to a Veteran, his monthly column featured in 50plus LIFE. Now, for the first time, 50 of those stories— selected by Wilcox himself—are available to own in this soft-cover book.

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SALUTE from page 4 the flak exploding all around us. It felt like someone was beating on the wings with a sledgehammer. I couldn’t resist looking down at Hamburg and seeing the great city below through the black bursts of flak that filled the sky. When I quickly looked back and checked the oil pressure, I saw the oil pressure on No. 3 engine dropping quickly. So, I yelled, “Feathering three,” and I went through the several-step procedure that feathered that prop. Then we got hit on the No. 1 engine, and it began to stream black smoke as Smith cut it back to half power. We had now dropped our bombs, and the tail gunner started calling tracking flak, “Flak, six o’clock level.” Then a bit louder, “Flak, six o’clock level.” Then louder, as the flak moved closer, “Flak, six o’clock level.” Then shouting, “FLAK, SIX O’CLOCK LEVEL!” At which point, Smith, with an oath, pulled the wheel back and rose well above the formation. A burst of flak then set our No. 2 engine on fire, and Smith pushed the wheel forward, dove down through the hole in the formation, and, after several thousand feet, was able to blow out the flames. It took me several tries before No. 2 could be feathered, but it finally feathered. In the meantime, the crew was working to drop the ball turret, which was heavy and created a lot of drag. Smith had given the order to throw everything out of the airplane that would move. I remember my reaction when the engineer tapped me on the shoulder and said, “Your flak jacket, sir.” But I climbed out of it, and he threw it overboard with all the others. I was now flying the airplane again, and at our slow speed, the bomber stream above us was passing us by. Over the town of Lübeck, the bomber stream turned west toward England … and so did we, lagging behind. We were holding 120 mph, trading airspeed for altitude, with Lübeck on the leading edge of our wing. Twenty minutes later, it was on the trailing edge, so I called our navigator and said, “Hey, Nick, where are we going to hit the ground?” A few minutes later, he called Smith and said, “Smitty, we’re going to hit the ground halfway to the front lines!” With an 80 mph headwind, we were making only 40 mph over the ground.

2nd Lt. Robert D. Wilcox, ready to head overseas in 1944.

Wilcox in front of the PT-17 Stearman in which he took his first solo flight in October 1943.

Wilcox in a BT-13 Vultee Vibrator at his basic flying training at Cochrane Field in Macon, Ga., in January 1944.

At once, Smitty said, “That’s all she wrote,” and kicked the plane around to head northeast toward Sweden. Now we had the wind behind us, so our ground speed picked up from 40 to 200 mph. But we had no maps to Sweden, and the visibility was terrible. We headed across the Baltic Sea in what we believed to be the general direction of Sweden. When we finally came over land, we were down to about 2,500 feet and were being fired at. Could it be Sweden? It didn’t seem likely. Then two fighters came in on a head-on attack. When our navigator was about to give them a burst from our chin turret (the only guns that couldn’t be moved), one of the planes did an Immelmann and sat down on our wing. It had three crowns on his tail, and he motioned to us to follow him, which we did, and then we landed at Malmo on the very southern tip of Sweden. We would never have found the airfield without his help. Smith and I examined the damage to the airplane before joining the rest of the crew, who were in the terminal, being fed sandwiches and real milk. When a Swedish officer came by, I asked him why they had fired at a B-17 in our condition as we came over the coast. “Did they hit you?” he asked. “They sure did,” I replied. Shaking his head slowly, he said, “That’s very unusual.” Pause. “They often fire, but they very seldom hit anything.” Four months later, the war ended, and we returned to the U.S. Ten months later, I returned to Europe for three years and flew the first two weeks of the Berlin Airlift. On one of those missions, I came closer to losing my life than I did in combat. But that’s another story. I stayed in the Air Force Reserve, where my mobilization assignment at the Pentagon was chief, internal information for the Air Force before I retired as a colonel in April 1974. Over those wonderful years of flying, I found that there were many ways to kill yourself flying an airplane—combat being only one of the more obvious. In lieu of flowers, donations in Col. Wilcox’s memory may be made to Lancaster Chapter MOAA (memo: High School Scholarship), P.O. Box 5031, Lancaster, PA 17606.

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Dear Pharmacist

Here’s What Happens When You Cry Suzy Cohen

When we think of crying, we usually relate it to grief, pain (whether it be emotional or physical), shame, and sometimes even guilt. We cry for a lot of reasons. Sometimes we cry because “I’ll never let go, Jack” happens in a movie. When I was pregnant with my daughter Samara in 1989, I remember crying at some totally inappropriate moment during the whale movie, Orca. It was so odd, but to this day I recall how good it felt to let those tears out and blow my nose. It’s funny looking back. Personally, I’m not a crier—it takes a lot—but I have, and I do, and on occasion it’s provoked by normal causes, such as grief, or the fear of losing someone I love, or if I really, really hurt myself. I once started crying after cutting open my finger while chopping an onion. Any type of emotional surge, whether it is positive or negative, can trigger tears. When we’ve finished crying, we feel so much better! That feeling of relief you experience after

crying comes from “feel-good” hormones and neurotransmitters that are released during the episode. Emotional crying contains “leucineenkephalin,” an endorphin that improves mood and reduces pain. Your tears contain endorphins, so when you cry, you can feel yourself start to settle down almost instantly after shedding some tears. As an added effect, our emotional pain tolerance increases after we have cried. This is human nature. Some other interesting benefits associated with crying include enhanced communication, better coping skills, and antibacterial effects. Let me explain. Crying releases stress. Stresscrying releases toxins that assist the

body in ridding itself of chemicals that are known to raise cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone that puts fat around your belly, so controlling cortisol could contribute to weight loss and helps you cope with stress. Do not allow your stress or emotions to remain bottled up inside you. Tears are antibacterial. As for the killing off of bacteria, an article published by Medical Daily found that tears (which contain lysozyme) can kill up to 95 percent of bacteria in under 10 minutes! Crying improves communication. Babies cannot speak, so they let you know about their discomfort by

crying. As for adults, seeing another person’s tears quickly sums up the extreme level of anger, frustration, or sadness that words fail to convey. I have a longer article at my website that explains why some people prefer to cry alone in the shower. Wherever you cry, it would be a disservice to yourself, your mental health, and your physical body to prevent the occasional vulnerable state (and euphoria) that emotional crying provides. In order to restore balance to both your body and mind, you should try to embrace the lacrimation. Men especially: Crying is a sign of a kindhearted, sensitive man, and there’s nothing wrong with letting your guard down. It is not a sign of weakness like you might think. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

BRILLIANT from page 3 gravity. And he wrote the bestseller A Brief History of Time. Cousin Irene – If memory is an indication of brilliance, then Cousin Irene is the most brilliant person in the world. In her 72 years on earth she has never forgotten an insult or a slight. If she bumps into someone who didn’t return her phone call 30 years ago, she will give them the evil eye and say sarcastically, “I guess you had more important things to do.” 3. Isaac Newton – He was considered the father of modern science. He invented the reflecting telescope, devised laws of universal gravitation, advanced modern chemistry, and discovered calculus


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(so it was his fault I had to take it in high school). Cousin Murray – He knows how to program his DVD player and he can download an app. He can Skype and Snapchat, and he can assemble an IKEA table. This, to me, is pure brilliance. 2. Leonardo da Vinci – Mona

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Lisa, The Last Supper, Adoration of the Magi— wow. And in his spare time he documented the mechanics of human anatomy and had theories about geographic time, solar power, hydrodynamics, and machines like calculators, tanks, submarines, and aircraft. Cousin Carl – He understood the ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey. He never actually explained the ending

to us but keeps saying, “It changed my life.” 1. Albert Einstein – He is the man. Albert (I call him Albert) won the Nobel Prize in Physics. He did extensive studies on wormholes, gravitational fields, and then, of course, there’s E=mc2. Cousin Sarah – I think being perceptive is definitely an indication of a high IQ. Cousin Sarah instinctively knows who is having an affair, who has financial difficulties, and who is hiding a medical problem. The best thing about Cousin Sarah is that she tactfully tries to help the people that she knows are in trouble. This, in my opinion, increases her IQ by about 10 points.

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Lori Verderame

Settling Estates Filled with Antiques

Grandma passed away, leaving valuable item worth thousands of behind a house filled with art, dollars is left sitting in the dumpster antiques, and collectibles. outside your late grandma’s house. You and your family members have How would he feel when a nosy varied feelings about her heirlooms. neighbor, local trash man, or antique Some of your relatives want to divvy reseller stops by and helps himself to up everything. Others want to just that valuable piece? bring in a reseller. Often, a dumpster is the original Other family members are ready to location of many items that you will pile it all into a dumpster. And, some later find for sale at sky-high prices relatives are at some of ready to give the most away every prestigious last unwanted auction object. houses and And, of trendy antique course there dealerships. are also those Recently, folks who just an antique can’t deal with chair found on Grandma’s a neighbor’s objects as tears trash pile was flow at the sold by the Get an unbiased appraisal before discarding sight of her guy next door your loved one’s belongings. quilts or wash for $198,000. bowl set. And, a jogger in New York City helped herself to What Should You Do? an abstract painting on a curbside Arrange a family caucus at a garbage heap that she later sold for location other than Grandma’s empty $1.2 million. home. Give everyone a turn to express So, without an unbiased appraisal their feelings about what should and review of the current market for happen with the objects that have been your late grandmother’s stuff, this left behind. dumpster-happy family member is just Everyone needs to keep an open helping your entire family lose lots of mind—and not necessarily an open money. mouth—about how to deal with Get an unbiased appraisal first— Grandma’s personal property. one where the appraiser does not want The person in your family who to buy anything from you. keeps saying that everything is The best solution is open worthless old junk and that the best communication with all of your family thing to do is to trash everything members and an action plan for the is the person who is throwing away appraisal of Grandma’s antiques. your money and your inheritance Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and probably should not have the last author, and award-winning TV word. personality, Dr. Lori hosts antiques Let them have their say, and while appraisal events worldwide. She is the some items will not be worth a king’s star appraiser on international hit TV ransom, the trash option is usually the shows: Discovery’s Auction Kings, History one that people regret in the long run. channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, Once it’s gone, it’s gone. and Fox Business’ Strange Inheritance. Remind yourself to ask that person Visit, to consider how he would feel if a DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.

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30. Some hogs 31. Equality 32. Greek letter 35. Disinherit 38. Cougar 39. Not him 40. Aces 41. Piece of cloth 42. Digit 43. Compass point 44. Ancient city in Asia Minor 46. Icy 48. Second sight 49. Consume 50. Threesome

51. Clod 52. Small fragment 53. Before Vegas 56. Trickery 59. Former monarch 61. Build 63. Singer Ford 65. Forest member 67. Capital of Hawaii 68. Desires 69. The Terrible 70. Employed 71. In debt 72. Scarlet and cerise 73. Hardy heroine

Down 1. Interval 2. Small boat 3. Oak fruit 4. Rive 5. King of Judah 6. Whitewater 7. Philosophy 8. Conceal 9. Wrath 10. Article of faith 11. Gent 12. Loathing 16. After sewing or spelling 21. Pack up 23. Email junk

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Tinseltown Talks

Marty Allen Still Making ’Em Laugh Nick Thomas

Marty Allen and wife Karon Kate Blackwell.

Marty and Karon on stage.

Allen and Rossi with the Beatles in 1964.

Allen and Rossi.

asked her to come on the road with me, and the audiences loved her.” Allen appeared in a half-dozen feature films and some TV movies, and he guest starred on several television series. One memorable guest spot was on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964 with the Beatles. “The guys had no idea who we were, but backstage they were very friendly and likable,” recalled Allen.

“I remember walking over to joke with John and saying, ‘A lot of people mistake me for you!’ He thought that was hysterical, me with my crazy hair, and almost collapsed from laughing.” Like Allen’s wild hair, his “Hello dere!” catchphrase—also the title of his 2014 autobiography (see www.—was not planned. He blurted out the phrase in a brief, rare moment of onstage

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Known for his trademark salutation (“Hello dere”), his bug-eyed comic stare, and his wild, Brillo-pad hair, veteran comedian Marty Allen is still making audiences laugh. “I get up in the morning and the only thing that doesn’t hurt is my pajamas,” joked Allen, who turned 95 in March, from his home in Las Vegas. A veteran of six decades in the entertainment industry, in 1957 the Pittsburgh-raised comedian teamed up with handsome lounge crooner Steve Rossi, who became his “straight man.” The union produced the incredibly popular comedy duo of Allen & Rossi. Over the following decade, the pair toured the world and appeared on every TV variety show. They amicably parted in 1968 but reunited many times, as late as the 1990s. Rossi died in 2014. “He lived in Las Vegas, too, and we remained good friends,” Allen said. “I last saw him a few days before he passed away. What can I say, we were like brothers.” Today, Allen is partnered with a new straight man—or straight woman, to be more precise: his wife of over 30 years, Karon Kate Blackwell. “After Steve and I split up, I worked as a single for many years and even acted,” recalled Allen. “Then I met Karon at a Los Angeles restaurant. She was working as a singer and piano player, and when I saw her perform I

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confusion when working with Rossi one evening. After the show, when audience members began repeating it, he says, “I knew I had a gimmick entertainers only dream about.” As for that hair, “It seemed every time I cut my hair, I’d catch a cold, so I just let it go,” he recalled. “It just took off and grew wild.” But it was TV game shows where Allen excelled as himself. “I was on them all, my favorite being a semi-regular on Hollywood Squares with people like Paul Lynde, Charlie Weaver, and Rose Marie,” he recalled. “We were allowed to write our own jokes, which we would throw in when Peter Marshall asked the questions. We didn’t know the questions up front, so we really did ad lib the answers.” Allen says that throughout his career, he had a reputation of working well with others. “I approached every job I ever had with a good temperament,” he said. “I never fought with anyone and just wanted to entertain. My career and the people I’ve met have been a great blessing.”

Songs from Musicals of the ’50s and ’60s 1. “I Feel Pretty” – West Side Story 2. “I Enjoy Being a Girl” – Flower Drum Song 3. “People” – Funny Girl 4. “Climb Every Mountain” – The Sound of Music 5. “Age of Aquarius” – Hair

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Mother’s Day Has a Long History of Love The second Sunday in May was officially proclaimed “Mother’s Day� by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914, but it had a long history before then. The ancient Greeks held a festival for Cybele, the mythical mother of many Greek gods, during the spring. The Romans dedicated a holiday called Matronalia to the goddess Juno, mother of Mars, Minerva, and Vulcan. Gifts to one’s real mother were common that day. “Mothering Sunday� in Europe and the British Isles honored mothers and motherhood on a specific Sunday. The Catholic liturgical calendar

marked the fourth Sunday of Lent to honor the Virgin Mary and “mother church,� and families offered token gifts and took charge of traditionally female tasks, such as cooking and cleaning, for the day. In the United States, Anna Reeves Jarvis organized Mother’s Work Day

in the 19th century. Her goal was to heighten awareness of local sanitation issues in her home state of West Virginia. Julia Ward Howe, author of the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,� promoted a “Mother’s Day for Peace� in 1872. In 1908, Anna Marie

Jarvis (daughter of Anna Reeves Jarvis) organized a celebration of motherhood at her church in Grafton, West Virginia; more than 400 children and their mothers participated. After that, Jarvis proposed a national day of recognition for mothers. West Virginia recognized Mother’s Day first, in 1912. President Wilson’s proclamation came in 1914. Today Mother’s Day is a big business. Greeting cards, flowers, perfume, jewelry, and dining out are all a significant part of how we express appreciation to the women who raised us.

Life Expectancy Increased Since 2000 Life expectancy has increased by five years since the year 2000, according to the World Health Organization, but like many things, it’s not evenly distributed. Here’s a look at the average life expectancy at birth in the top and bottom five nations:

Longest Life Expectancy Japan – 83.7 years Switzerland – 83.4 years Singapore – 83.1 years Australia – 82.8 years Spain – 82.8 years

Shortest Life Expectancy Sierra Leone – 50.1 years Angola – 52.4 years Central African Republic – 52.5 years Chad – 53.1 years Cote d’Ivoire – 53.3 years

Women in Japan can expect to live the longest—86.8 years. For men, the highest life expectancy is in Switzerland, where the average male lives to 81.3 years.






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50plus LIFE Lebanon County May 2017  

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

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