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Solace for Wounded Spirits In Crises, Volunteer EMS Chaplain Offers Comfort By Lori Van Ingen Frank Poley is there for families, patients, and EMS staff whenever tragedy strikes. “When suddenly someone loses a husband, wife, or even a child, I’m there for them. I feel for them. I stay on the scene until a coroner comes and I stay with the family as long as they want,” the volunteer chaplain said. Poley, an ordained chaplain with the Penn Del district of the Assemblies of God, doesn’t have any special training in chaplaincy. “What prepared me is my deep faith in the Lord above. All I do is open my mouth and God takes care of it. The right words come out,” he said. “One thing God has given me is an overdose of compassion.” Losing children is the hardest. The youngest one was only 5 days old when there was a home accident in which a parent fell asleep and accidentally smothered the child. He also helped the family of a 1-month-old, where it was later determined the baby died of shaken-baby syndrome caused by the father. “The EMTs were crying their eyes out. They could be anywhere else, but they chose to be first responders,” Poley said. “The doctor gave me the sign the baby was dead and I had to tell the dad. I also had to reach out to the mom, who was incarcerated. The warden allowed her to come to the hospital please see SOLACE page 14 Volunteer EMS chaplain Frank Poley is trained in CPR and first aid but said there is no special training needed “to love someone in troubled times.”


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The Beauty in Nature

My Favorite Autumn Leaves Clyde McMillan-Gamber e Central Pennsylvania people don’t have to travel far to see striking autumn leaves in variety and abundance. Beautiful, colored foliage is in our woods, hedgerows, suburbs, fields, and roadsides—all human-made habitats, except the woods. Deciduous trees, shrubs, vines, and weeds respond to shorter periods of daylight and cooler average temperatures each succeeding day by cutting off water to their leaves. As the foliage dies, the green chlorophyll fades, revealing the red, yellow, and other colors that were in the leaves all summer. The brilliant orange foliage of sugar maples is my favorite. Sugar maple leaves turn colors in September and persist on the trees into October, creating beauty in woods and suburban areas. The striking red leaves of black gum, staghorn sumac, red maple trees,


Virginia creeper vines, and pokeweeds—in that arbitrary order of changing colors starting in August—are some of my favorites, too. Black gums and red maples brighten bottomland woods, and planted maples add beauty to suburbs. Sumac’s foliage is pretty along country roads. Virginia

creepers are beautiful on trees in woodland edges and as awnings that provide shade over porches. The red and yellow leaves of poison ivy vines, sassafras trees, and sweet gum trees are more favorites. These woody plants brighten many roadsides, hedgerows, woodland edges, and

suburbs with their lovely colors. Sweet gums are a southern species planted on lawns in our area. But its many tiny seeds blow in the wind, and this species is becoming established in the wild here. The bronze-yellow foliage of American beech trees is unique in local woods in October. Many beech leaves persist on their twig moorings, curled and pale-beige, through winter, enabling us to see how many beeches are in the woods. Red root and lamb’s-quarters are weeds along country roads and in pumpkin and soybean fields that couldn’t be cultivated. In autumn, those 4-foot-tall plants have red and yellow leaves that help make farmland beautiful. This fall, look for colored leaves close to home. They are as inspiring as autumn foliage anywhere.

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hen today’s geriatric seniors were high school seniors, they took for granted certain informational resources would continue to be available for many decades— especially libraries. Some of these resources no longer exist (e.g., Sears’ mail-order catalog), some are fading (e.g., the black-andwhite phone directory), and others seem threatened (e.g., the postal service, newspapers). The postal service may yet reinvent itself by resurrecting a modernized version of the Railway Express, a predecessor of today’s United Parcel Service. The Railway Express was owned by the railways. Newspapers may survive by concentrating their staff ’s reportorial coverage to state, county, and local topics, limiting their national and international coverage. Public libraries may never see their own reincarnations but may simply disappear as the Internet dominates the informational-search domain and electronic books (“ebooks”) replace printed versions. E-books already have captured an estimated 10 percent of all consumer book sales as of October 2010, up from 3.3 percent in late 2009, according to Read Write Web. reported that during its fourth quarter of 2010, it sold more electronic books than paperbacks. Public libraries are funded by municipalities or counties. In budget-cutting times, public libraries and parks are the first to have their funding slashed. The libraries today’s seniors visited in their youth often were funded in large part by the philanthropy of Andrew Carnegie. From 1881 through 1917, Carnegie helped start 1,689 public libraries by requiring municipalities to provide only the land while committing to undertake the maintenance and


management of the library. By 2007 there were 9,214 publiclibrary systems having a total of 16,604 locations, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is a slight increase from the 9,137 publiclibrary systems in 2002. It is doubtful if we will see any growth in the decade following 2007. Fortunately, there are many public-school “libraries.” As of 2007, they numbered 76,807, according to the Census Bureau. Frequently they are called media centers because they

fall far short of being a traditional library with well-stocked shelves. Public-school libraries cannot provide the services found at public libraries. The latter have been indispensable resources for all age groups. Today, public libraries have become popular Internet-access sites. The Census Bureau reports an average of 12.5 Internet terminals per public library location, ranging from an average of 19.4 in Maryland to 4.5 in Nevada. The specter of closed libraries remains a real possibility. Already one municipality, Salinas, Calif., has closed most of its library locations because of financial constraints. Boston considered closing four of its 26 branches in early 2010 as the state reduced its share of funding for the library system from $8.9 million to a proposed $2.4 million. Other public-library systems that

closed some of their branches are Seattle, Denver, Honolulu, and cities in Ohio, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Michigan. Before libraries are shut down, many jurisdictions will choose to reduce library hours. According to Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study 2009-2010, published June 2010, “just under 15 percent of libraries (up from 4.5 percent in 2009) report that they decreased their operating hours in the past year … further reductions in library hours and closures in more locations seem likely.” The just-under 15 percent figure was based on all libraries nationwide. The study found the figure for urban libraries alone was a painful 24 percent. Like newspapers, libraries furnish a fundamental service in democratic societies by providing information and education on which the electorate can make informed choices. Some of us received the better part of our education in public libraries. Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain (18351910), educated himself in public libraries, such as they were then. He preferred their expansive resources compared to public schools. That education took place in the evenings while Clemens was employed as a typesetter. Many of today’s seniors may have shared this kind of educational experience. Like the movie theaters of past decades, the public library may not survive as a local institution. Its demise would be one more loss of interaction between individuals, families, and their local communities. Walt Sonneville, a retired marketresearch analyst, is the author of My 22 Cents’ Worth: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen, a book of personalopinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. A Musing Moment: Meditative Essays on Life and Learning, was released in January 2012. Contact him at

Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Assessing Walt Disney Autographs Dr. Lori am often asked to evaluate autographs of famous people. Some autographs are found on a personal letter or note, on a glossy photograph, or even on a piece of scrap paper. There are some rules of thumb when it comes to assessing autographs. For instance, content is always king. With all autographs, value is increased if the autograph is accompanied by some content relating to the famous person who signed their name. To have content that relates to the signer with an authentic autograph is more valuable to collectors than just a simple autograph. For example, a letter signed by Marilyn Monroe complaining about her failing marriage to husband and baseball great Joe DiMaggio is much more valuable than just a cocktail napkin with Marilyn Monroe’s signature on it.


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most common authorized signatures of Walt Disney were signed by Hank Porter One of best-known autographs is that during the 1930s and 1940s and, later, of the American entertainment icon Walt by Bob Moore in the 1950s. Disney. Disney’s Artist Bob Moore signature actually joined The Walt became the logo for Disney Studios as the Walt Disney an apprentice Company and for animator in 1940. the Walt Disney He contributed to Classics Collection. animated classics The logo is based on such as Dumbo, The Disney’s signature Three Caballeros, from the early and Make Mine Photo Courtesy of Detail of a Mickey Mouse comic strip 1940s and was used Music. Moore was with Walt Disney signature. on company named head of the artwork. publicity and Walt Disney autographs were signed marketing department and designed by both Disney and by his authorized Disney movie posters, Christmas cards, employees. Over the years, at least a logos, and letterheads. dozen Disney Studios staff members He was one of Disney’s official signed Walt Disney’s name to comics, fan “autographers” and he signed numerous items, promotional material, etc. The items (photographs and letters) with

Disney’s famous signature. He designed Sam the Eagle for the 1984 Olympic Games and murals housed in Walt Disney Elementary Schools located in Tullytown, Pa., and Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney never drew the popular Sunday newspaper Mickey Mouse comic strip or comic book nor did he sign all of his autographs, either. Every piece of artwork was “signed” with a Walt Disney signature, but Walt Disney did not provide every signature. Some signatures came from a production artist, not from Disney himself. Sign Here! Authentic Walt Disney autographs, those that Disney signed by his own hand, differ depending on the stage of his life. The signatures dating to the please see DISNEY page 15

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79 Years of Outdoor Movies W.E. Reinka The movie wasn’t so hot It didn’t have much of a plot We fell asleep, our goose is cooked Our reputation is shot.

radio behind the screen for sound. After fine-tuning his experiment, the first drive-in theater opened outside Camden, N.J., in June of 1933.

– “Wake Up Little Susie” hen the Everly Brothers hit the top of the pop and country charts in 1957 with “Wake Up Little Susie,” drive-in movies were so entrenched in American culture that even though the song never mentions “car” or “drive-in,” listeners understood immediately that the teenage sweethearts had fallen asleep at the drivein. This year marks the 79th anniversary of the first drive-in theater. Richard Hollingsworth Jr. experimented with the concept by setting a Kodak projector on the hood of his car and aiming it at a bed sheet in his backyard. He stuck a


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Competing for the family market, drive-ins added playgrounds, miniature golf, and pony rides. Sources differ on the numbers, but thousands of drive-ins popped up nationwide in the ’40s and ’50s. Nowadays, little kids still wear PJs to the drive-in for the same reason Mom dressed me in them before we piled into Dad’s ’49 Ford. No way will tykes stay awake through a double or triple feature. Providing privacy for teenagers back when stay-at-home moms made afterschool trysts difficult added to the drive-ins’ market and earned them the sobriquet “passion pits.” (“What will we tell our friends when they say, ‘Ooh, la la?’”) When a girl’s blocking elbow beeped the horn, it often triggered a tooting return chorus. The Harmony (Pa.) Drive-In found that 50 spaces suited its needs. In Florida the Ponce De Leon Drive-In got by with




Drive-in movie popularity grew slowly until the Baby Boom got into full swing after World War II. To attract young moms and dads, many drive-ins let kids in for free. Parents got an outing and saved babysitting money. They could smoke and talk in their cars. Babies could cry.

60. In contrast, the Panther Drive-In in Lufkin, Texas, made room for 3,000. Big-city suburbs from Timonium, Md., to Long Beach, Calif., sported huge lots capable of handling more than 2,000 cars. Eventually, land values in urban areas could not sustain huge lots shut down half the year by weather. Most remaining drive-ins are in rural areas. These days, many “ozoners” back their minivans or pickups into spaces rather than watch out the windshield. Parents unfold lawn chairs while kids plop mattresses in the pickup bed or snuggle into sleeping bags to watch out the open back of the minivan. Another change is that the soundtrack usually comes via a local FM circuit. A boom box works best

with the reverse-car orientation and saves car-battery juice. Unfortunately, FM eliminates the entertaining spectacle of watching someone drive off with the speaker still attached to the window. Drive-in theaters may never return to their former popularity, but they’re so darn much fun that the remainders seem to be thriving. Long lines form at the Milford (N.H.) drive-in. The Capri Drive-In in Coldwater, Mich., offers hotel packages to aficionados who travel long distances on their drive-in pilgrimages. Our two college kids insist that we drive 90 minutes to our nearest drive-in several times each summer. Maybe I’ll start wearing PJs again. I’m usually asleep by the time one of the kids drives us home.

Don’t Overdo It with Vitamin Supplements “Take your vitamins,” Mom always said, and though mother knows best, doctors also know a few things about what your body needs. Their research indicates that too much of a good thing can have negative effects on your health. Check with your physician if you take any of these common vitamin supplements. Vitamin A. In the proper amounts, vitamin A is essential to reproductive health, good bones, and immune functions, and can be beneficial to people suffering from such conditions as celiac disease, pancreatic disorders, and Crohn’s disease. Vitamin A deficiencies usually caused by malnutrition can lead to problems in vision, skin disorders, infections like measles, and other health issues. But such deficiencies are rare in U.S. and other developed countries, so there’s no need to overdo it. Vitamin C. In its natural form, vitamin C has been shown to boost immune functions, but despite its

popularity, no evidence firmly links it to prevention of such diseases as the common cold. It’s important to the growth and repair of bodily tissues, and it contains antioxidants that may help fight cancer. Because it’s water-soluble, your body will eliminate any excess vitamin C it doesn’t need, but too much of it can cause stomach cramps, nausea, heartburn, and diarrhea, and excessive doses may produce kidney stones. Vitamin E. This essential nutrient is frequently recommended because of its antioxidant qualities, but except in very rare cases of vitamin E deficiency, evidence of any clear medical benefits of a supplementary dose is slim. In one study of the effect of this vitamin fighting prostate cancer, results showed a 17 percent increase in the rate of cancer among subjects taking higher doses. Your best bet is to focus on naturally occurring sources of vitamin E in cereals, fruits, and green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, meat, and nuts.

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Question: I’m retiring early, at age 62, and I receive investment income from a rental property I own. Does investment income count as earnings? Answer: No. We count only the wages you earn from a job or your net profit if you’re self-employed. Non-work income, such as annuities, investment income, interest, capital gains, and other government benefits, are not counted and will not affect your Social Security benefits. Most pensions will not affect your benefits. However, your benefit may be affected by government pensions earned through work on which you did not pay Social Security tax. You can retire online at For more information, call toll-free at (800) 7721213 (TTY (800) 325-0778). Question: What is the benefit amount a spouse may be entitled to receive? Answer: If you are eligible for both your own retirement benefit and for benefits as a spouse, we will always pay you benefits based on your record first. If your benefit as a spouse is higher than

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Apfel at Age 90: More is More and Less is Simply Less Judith Zausner orget the old saying “less is more.” Minimalists thrived on that belief because it validated their art, but the contemporary fashion niche embraced by Iris Apfel makes a different statement. Turn your head 180 degrees and open your eyes wide and your mind even wider. There she is: a fashion maverick; an irreverent renegade; a defiant, creative spirit; and a marvel of an exquisite opulence of wearables. “I’m a geriatric starlet, my dear, don’t you know,” she said. “All of a sudden, I’m hot; I’m cool; I have a ‘fan base.’” With a rising cult of diverse people spilling around her amazing presence, Apfel is taking her show on the road. The HSN road, that is. Middle America is fascinated and wants this design eccentricity to be a brand in their lives. Naturally, much will be in translation.


For example, her classic owl-shape eyeglasses will be featured in a scarf print and tribal-type necklaces are modified with respect to design and price. Apfel was always a fashion maven. “My mother worshipped at the altar of accessories, and I got the bug. She always said, ‘If you have a good, little, simple black dress and you have different accessories, you can have 27 different outfits.” So she learned early. “The fun of getting dressed is that it is a creative experience and I never know what it’s going to be.” She assiduously edits her ensembles, often wearing a basic architectural type of garment that can be accessorized dramatically. In 2005, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City presented an exhibition about Apfel called “Rara Avis (Rare Bird): The Irreverent Iris Apfel.” It was so successful

that they created a traveling version that could be viewed by other audiences. “Composing the elements of interior and composing an ensemble are part and parcel of the same thought process,” says Apfel. So she was a natural watching her father in his business, working with highend mirrors that focused on interiors. This passion for interiors catapulted the careers of Apfel and her husband, Carl. Serendipitously they started working with Old World Weavers in search of a certain cloth and then began to travel worldwide looking for both exotic fabrics and historically based designs that could be replicated by these foreign specialty mills. It was through this work that she was asked to consult for the White House interior for Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Reagan, and Clinton.

Married 64 years, she and her almost 100-year-old husband wear the same perfume called Yatagan by Caron, which is hard to find so they store it in big containers in the refrigerator. They also wear similar, round spectacles. An amazing couple, they have been very successful in their fabric business and, despite retirement from Old World Weavers in the 1990s, it’s clear that Apfel’s fame is soaring. This radical fashion icon will be featured in an upcoming documentary by Albert Maysles while she continues to design products for various companies and has the magnanimous vision to donate more than 900 pieces from her wardrobe to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Iris Apfel is an iconic legend with the bravado and mastery of greatness.

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While mediators have been used for years to help divorcing couples sort out legal and financial disagreements and avoid court battles, elder care mediation is a relatively new and specialized field designed to help families resolve disputes that are related to aging parents or other elderly relatives. Family disagreements over an ill or elderly parent’s caregiving needs, living arrangements, financial decisions, and medical care are some of the many issues that an elder care mediator can help with. But don’t confuse this with family or group therapy. Mediation is only about decision making, not feelings and emotions. The job of an elder mediator is to step in as a neutral third party to help ease family tensions, listen to everyone’s concerns, hash out disagreements and misunderstandings, and help your family make decisions that are acceptable to everyone. Good mediators can also assist your family in identifying experts such as estate planners, geriatric care managers, or healthcare or financial professionals who can supply important information for family decision making. Your family also needs to know that the mediation process is completely

confidential and voluntary, and it can take anywhere from a few hours to several meetings, depending on the complexity of your issues. And if some family members live far away, a speakerphone or webcam can be used to bring everyone together. If you’re interested in hiring a private elder care mediator, you can expect to pay anywhere from $100 to more than $400 per hour, depending on where you live and whom you choose. Or, you may be able to get help through a nonprofit community mediation service that charges little to nothing. Since there’s no formal licensing or national credentialing required for elder mediators, make sure the person you choose has extensive experience with elder issues and be sure you ask for references and check them. Most elder mediators are attorneys, social workers, counselors, or other professionals who are trained in mediation and conflict resolution. To locate an elder mediator, start by calling your area agency on aging, which may be able to refer you to local resources. Or try websites like and Both of these sites have directories that will let you search for mediators in your area. Or, use the National Association for Community Mediation website ( to search for free or low-cost, community-based mediation programs in your area. Savvy Tip: The Center for Social Gerontology (see provides some good information on their website, including an online brochure titled Caring for an Older Person and Facing Difficult Decisions? Consider Mediation. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and add the cucumbers. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the cucumbers begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Stir in the flour and cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the chicken broth and return to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until the cucumbers are fork-tender. Carefully ladle the hot cucumbers and liquid into a food processor bowl and process until pureed. Add liquid as needed or process in two batches. Adjust seasoning, adding salt if needed and white pepper. Pour into a covered container and chill. Pour chilled soup into serving bowls or cups and sprinkle with fresh dill.

Cook’s Note: Cucumbers from farmers markets are plentiful this time of year and great for soup because their shapes can be uneven. Peel with a vegetable peeler and cut in half lengthwise. Use a melon baller or fruit spoon to scoop out seeds and discard. Large cucumbers with a waxy coating from the produce department are also good in this recipe. Copyright by Pat Sinclair. Pat Sinclair announced the publication of her second cookbook, Scandinavian Classic Baking (Pelican Publishing), in February 2011. This book has a color photo of every recipe. Her first cookbook, Baking Basics and Beyond (Surrey Books), won the 2007 Cordon d’Or from the Culinary Arts Academy. Contact her at

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Beyond the Battlefield

She Helped Get Improved Healthcare for Female Vets Alvin S. Goodman rdelle J. “Teddi” Williams, 78, of Lebanon, formerly of Reading, served in the Women’s Army Corps (WACs) from 1952 to 1955 and spent the remainder of her life in public service and in securing improved healthcare benefits for female veterans. Born in Chester, Williams was adopted and raised by a Reading family. She joined the WACs after graduating from Reading High School in 1952. Following basic training at Ft. Lee, Va., she received leadership training there and attended surgical technician school at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. It was there that the hospital specialized in treating severely burned patients. Williams recalls one soldier whose face was so badly burned that he required extensive skin grafts and plastic surgery to reconstruct his face completely. She said she did not know what he finally looked like until she saw his picture in a


later issue of Life magazine. Williams married a soldier, Robert Killmer, at Ft. Hood, Texas, and the Army sent them to Japan for publicity purposes “like a honeymoon,” by way of Ft. Lawton, Wash. “While on the ship, I got notice that my mother was terminally ill, with only about three months to live, so they shipped me right back. My husband was sent back to Korea for a second tour of duty. My mother died in

WAC Pvt. Ardelle J. “Teddi” Williams, shown here after completing basic training in 1952.

1955 right after I turned 21.” Then it was on to the Valley Forge Military Hospital for Williams. She also was stationed at Ft. Ord, Calif., for about a year. While there, she took part in two motion pictures involving the Women’s Army Corps: Never Wave at a WAC (1953), starring Rosalind Russell and Paul Douglas, and Francis Joins the WACS (1954), starring Donald O’Connor, Julie Adams, and Francis, the talking

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mule. She had her picture taken with O’Connor and six other WACs, which appeared in the April 10, 1954, issue of The Fog Horn, Ft. Hood’s newspaper. While in the service, Williams played basketball and was a softball pitcher. She made the All-Army basketball team and played in a benefit game at Ft. Hood featuring the Harlem Globetrotters. She received the Korean War Service Ribbon. After her discharge from the service in 1955 with the rank of PFC, Williams moved to Long Beach, Calif., and enrolled at Cerritos Junior College, where she received an associate degree in psychology. She worked at Metropolitan State Hospital and, after additional schooling, became a licensed psychiatric technician, working in the San Jose and Napa State hospitals. She also did other jobs as well. After attending the UC/Berkley at Davis, she was employed as a substance abuse

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counselor at a drug detox center and at a battered women’s shelter, both at Napa. Williams is a recovering alcoholic and has been sober since the age of 40. She used to do a lot of AA meetings but is no longer active in the program. At age 60 she decided to return to Pennsylvania, although she has no family here, because she felt it was too expensive to live in California. Williams played an important role in getting healthcare benefits for female veterans through the VA. At first, she had trouble getting treatment from the VA hospitals, which had concentrated on male vets. But thanks to the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010, better health services were guaranteed for the nation’s nearly 2 million female veterans. Williams finally received knee replacements, hip replacements, and

surgery on both arms and breasts. Over the years, Williams’ perseverance paid off on a number of fronts, including getting back surgery for herself and having women’s bathrooms installed at the VA hospital. But she said the Lebanon VA Hospital is now the best in the nation in providing services to female veterans. “They take very good care of me now.” Williams is a life member of the DAV and the American Legion. Her hobby is playing the organ and she enjoys entertaining the residents of the independent and assisted living complex in Lebanon where she now lives.

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Book Review

Images of America: Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges By Fred J. Moll

he newest addition to the Images of America series is Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges from local author Fred J. Moll. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. Starting in the early 1800s, Pennsylvania’s rich forests provided natural material for the construction of more than 1,500 covered bridges across the state. The first covered bridge was built in 1805. Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges looks at the earliest covered bridges as well as those that have survived modern progress. Images also show rare railroad covered bridges that have been saved from destruction over the years. This book invites the reader to step back in time and imagine the days when


ancestors traveled through wooden spans to reach their daily destinations. Pennsylvania’s Covered Bridges is available at area bookstores, independent or online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888) 313-2665. About the Author Fred J. Moll grew up in Reading, Pa. He graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science in 1968 and has been practicing pharmacy ever since. His hobbies include photography and historical research. Moll has been the historian of the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of Pennsylvania since 1990. He is also a member of the National Society for the Preservation of Covered Bridges and the Historical Society of Berks County.

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with two guards. “I only hug, hold, and love ’em,” Poley said. He also prayed over the infant and was asked to tell the 6-year-old daughter. When he told her he was a chaplain, she said she knew him because he had prayed over her previously when she was sick. She asked him how her sister was. “I said, ‘Jesus came and took your sister, but you’ll have a chance to see her again.’” Poley recalled another incident when he was called during off-duty hours. “The husband died at the kitchen table while the wife was there. I just held her and reached out to her pastor. I wanted her to be as comfortable as possible. She got one of my hankies—my pants are loaded with pockets and I always have a few hankies since I go through them. “Two or three weeks later, a box arrived with a note which said, ‘You were there when I needed you. Enclosed find all my dead husband’s hankies. I’m sure you’ll put them to good use.’” The EMS chaplaincy program began in 2008 after a local pastor told EMS Chief Bobby Pine about his brainstorm following a bad accident in the area.

“He thought there should be an outlet for providers to have counseling, someone to talk to, after a bad call,” Pine said. There were chaplaincy programs for police departments, but none for EMS since they are “two different animals,” he said. At first, the program took heat from EMS personnel because they didn’t think chaplains belonged in the ambulances, and there was a fear of the chaplains being overtly religious and pushy. But after a few months, the fears were gone. The EMS chaplains are all trained in CPR and basic first aid so they could help if they would ever be needed, but their main responsibility is to provide comfort, spiritually. “It’s easier on my crew. We fix something and transport. We’re not grief counselors. Dealing with family is not our forté. The chaplains go (to the family) and allow us to do our job with the patient,” Pine said. Poley sometimes prays with his charges, “but I’m not pushy. I ask them, ‘Do you mind if I pray for you?’ If they don’t want me to, I back off.” “We’re blessed to have Frank,” Pine

said. “Frank is dedicated to us, and it’s worked really well for the program.” Poley volunteers eight to 10 hours a day three days a week, plus call-outs, which are typically bad situations. “In today’s day and age, with time demands, it’s an unusual perk to have from a volunteer,” Pine said. The chaplains have become an integral part of EMS. “They are always there for us and us for them,” Pine said. EMS provides the chaplains with uniforms and helps with joint fundraising with an area church. As an EMS chaplain, Poley is there not only for the bad news, but the good news as well. Poley has performed marriages at the station and gave another away since her father couldn’t be there. “They are like my kids, the paramedics and EMTs. They are very special people,” Poley said. “I’m thrilled to be doing this. It has given me an extended family (in addition to his five daughters and seven grandchildren).” Poley was born and raised an orthodox Jew, but later converted to become a Messianic Jew while living in Florida. He retired as a Messianic rabbi with ties close to the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and

Synagogues. After he moved to Pennsylvania to be with his wife’s elderly mother, Poley worked for two years at Hersheypark driving a tram. One day one of his passengers fell off the back of the tram. Since she was wearing a large cross, he asked if he could pray for her while they waited for an EMT. After they arrived, she told him he should become a chaplain. Not long after that, the EMS started its chaplaincy program, and Poley knew that was where he belonged. “I’m in my 70s. I can give a family comfort. Why can’t others? There’s no need for special training to love someone in troubled times,” Poley said. There are so many out there who think retirement is a time to relax and do nothing, Poley said. “Anyone can just sit around, read, or watch TV and let their life go by—why not walk up to somebody and hold onto them?” As long as you have the strength, Poley believes you should take it and do something with it. “You are in the fourth quarter, and the game is not over yet,” Poley said, quoting Coach Bill McCarthy, founder of Promise Keepers.

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The End of Alzheimer’s Starts with YOU … It only takes two words—Alzheimer’s disease—to stop life in its tracks. Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops the currently cureless disease. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking, and behavior. It is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest risk factor is age. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia—a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. It accounts for 50 to 80 percent of dementia cases. Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is now the nation’s sixthleading cause of death. As baby boomers age, the number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease will rapidly escalate, increasing beyond today’s estimated 5.4 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s. With more than 280,000 Pennsylvanians living with Alzheimer’s, there has never been a greater need for the citizens of South-Central Pennsylvania to join in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than just a walk for more than 1,700 locals; it’s a reflection of their unique journey and experiences with Alzheimer’s and their commitment to end the disease. Our walkers drive our mission, and their reasons for walking fuel our efforts to


reach our vision: a world without Alzheimer’s … Why We Walk … I was just diagnosed at age 52 with early onset Alzheimer’s. I was a nurse and lost my job. I have been laughed at, yelled at, and called stupid because of Alzheimer’s. We need to spread awareness and raise funds to conquer this battle of Alzheimer’s. – Mary Read, Mary’s Early Onset Alzheimer Fighters, Lancaster WTEA We walk in loving memory and in honor of my dad. His great-grandchildren (ages 2 through 7), that he never had the chance to know, are walking for him as well. We also walk for friends and other relatives that have been affected by this horrific disease in hopes that one day, no family or person will have to suffer from the effects of Alzheimer’s. By walking, raising funds, and raising awareness, maybe one day our hopes will become reality. – Dee Promutico, Love Time 54, York WTEA I walk to raise awareness about the disease that is taking my mother from me. I watch my mother-in-law fade away and know that this is not what I want for my son and grandson. I don’t ever want them to forget just how much I love them. I don’t want them to forget each other. – Catherine Chilcoat, Kit Dot Dash, Lancaster WTEA Why Will You Walk … By participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, you are leading the way! Together, we can raise awareness and

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1920s differ from those of the early 1960s. He signed his name in both cursive and block print (known as Roman lettering), and he used every type of writing instrument to sign his name, including pencils, markers, fountain pens, ballpoint pens, and crayons. Disney redesigned his own signature over the years, in very much the same way he changed the appearance of Mickey Mouse. The most common Walt Disney signatures date from the period after 1954, when Disney was seen regularly on television, and up to the time of his death in 1967 at age 65. These autographs are among the most popular and collectible. On Discovery channel’s Auction Kings, I will highlight a collection of famous autographs and their worth while

demonstrating the tricks so you can spot a fake. It is interesting to note that an authentic Disney autograph can actually command more money from collectors than most autographs of our U.S. presidents. About 40 of our presidents’ autographs are worth less on the collectibles market than an authentic Walt Disney autograph. What’s more, it has been said that Disney’s autograph is the most recognizable in the world. 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, DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010.

funds to enhance Alzheimer’s care and support and advance research. Please join us at one of our local walks:

Saturday, Sept. 15 York, Morgan-Cousler Park Registration at 9:30 a.m. Walk at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 Lancaster, Long’s Park Registration at 8 a.m. Walk at 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8 Harrisburg, City Island Registration at 8:30 a.m. Walk at 10:30 a.m.

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September 15, 2012 Morgan Cousler Park, York Registration at 9:30 a.m. • Walk at 11 a.m.

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Chapter Sponsors Tiffani Chambers, Constituent Relations Manager Alzheimer’s Association (717) 651-5020 Alzheimer’s Association 3544 N. Progress Avenue, Suite 205 • Harrisburg, PA 17110

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Lebanon County

Calendar of Events Senior Center Activities

Lebanon County Department of Parks and Recreation All events held at the Park at Governor Dick unless noted. Sept. 2, 1 to 4 p.m. – Music on the Porch: Bluegrass Jam – Patsy Cline Sept. 29, 10 to 11:30 a.m. – Meet Your Local Forest

Lebanon County Library Programs Annville Free Library, 216 E. Main St., Annville, (717) 867-1802 Lebanon Community Library, 125 N. Seventh St., (717) 273-7624 Matthews Public Library, 102 W. Main St., Fredericksburg, (717) 865-5523 Myerstown Community Library, 199 N. College St., Myerstown, (717) 866-2800 Palmyra Public Library, 325 S. Railroad St., (717) 838-1347 Richland Community Library, 111 E. Main St., Richland, (717) 866-4939

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Annville Senior Community Center – (717) 867-1796 200 S. White Oak St., Annville Sept. 19, 10 a.m. – Annual Fall Picnic at Levitz Park Sept. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Bus Trip: Bloomsburg Fair Maple Street Community Center – (717) 273-1048 710 Maple St., Lebanon Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Bus Trip: Philadelphia Food Tour and State Penitentiary Sept. 6, 10:15 a.m. – Yoga Dance Sept. 19, 9 a.m. – Craft Day: Shirt Embellishing Myerstown Senior Community Center – (717) 866-6786 51 W. Stoever Ave., Myerstown Sept. 6, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Bus Trip: Mystery Trip Sept. 11, noon – Center Picnic at Kutztown Fire Company Sept. 14, 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. – Bus Trip: Lancaster Barnstormers Baseball Game Northern Lebanon Senior Community Center – (717) 865-0944 335 N. Lancaster St., Jonestown – Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. – Mini Golf at Camp Swatara, Lunch at Frystown Truck Stop & Restaurant Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Bus Trip: Penn’s Peak – Glenn Miller Orchestra Sept. 17, 10 a.m. – Annual Picnic at Community Park Pavilion, Jonestown Palmyra Senior Community Center – (717) 838-8237 101 S. Railroad St., Palmyra Sept. 10, 11 a.m. – Tour and Lunch at Columbia Cottage Sept. 18, 10:45 a.m. – Medicare Open Enrollment Presentation by APPRISE Sept. 26, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Bus Trip: Mt. Haven Resort for Hawaiian Luau Southern Lebanon Senior Community Center – (717) 274-7541 Midway Church of the Brethren, 13 Evergreen Road, Lebanon Privately Owned Centers Senior Center of Lebanon Valley, Inc. – (717) 274-3451 710 Maple St., Lebanon

Many Retirees Would Keep Working “The Writing Is on the Wall” This phrase derives from the Book of Daniel in the Bible’s Old Testament. Belshazzar, the king of Israel, had stolen from the temple in Jerusalem. At a party where wine was being consumed, the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote on the wall. The interpretation of the writing was that the king’s days were numbered. He had been weighed on the scales and found deficient, and his kingdom was divided and given to the Medes and Persians. That same night, Belshazzar was killed.


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Some people dream of never working again once they reach retirement. Others—more than you might think— are happy to keep on working. A study by Prudential has found that 40 percent of people planning to retire this year would be happy to keep working past their 65th birthday if given the opportunity. That figure represents 48 percent of men and 32 percent of women. Money isn’t the main factor, either. The primary motivation for 68 percent

of this year’s retirees is the desire to remain physically and mentally active, although 39 percent just don’t like the prospect of sitting at home, and 54 percent say they simply enjoy working. About 10 percent would consider starting their own businesses once they retire, and 5 percent are interested in volunteering. But most don’t want to put in the same hours: Only 13 percent would be willing to work full time, and 49 percent would prefer a part-time job after age 65.

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Across 1. Angela’s _____, memoir 6. Fairytale princess test 9. Mark of a saint 13. Musketeer’s hat decoration 14. TV classic ___ in the Family 15. Vietnam’s capital 16. Like a beaver? 17. Flying saucer 18. Declare invalid, as in divorce 19. Type of agreement 21. a.k.a., Magyarorszag 23. Opposite of yang 24. School project, e.g. 25. Tube in old TV

28. 30. 35. 37. 39. 40. 41. 43. 44. 46. 47. 48. 50. 52.

Dwarf buffalo A radio or television antenna Strikes with an axe Does something wrong Like a nose reacting to allergies Hipbones Element Xe ____ Jim snack Connected series or group Farmer’s storage Bristle Churchill’s successor Your own identity Farmer’s ___

53. 55. 57. 61. 64. 65. 67. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74.

____ A Sketch Part of a circle a.k.a. Burma Growls angrily Pertaining to the ear “Without further ___” Hammering spikes Like the color of granite Nada Locomotive hair Wife of Hercules, goddess of youth Da, oui, or si, e.g. Hosni Mubarak was its former leader

Down 1. King Kong, e.g. 2. Member of eastern European people 3. Immense 4. Manicurist’s board 5. Home to Belgrade 6. McCartney or Anka, e.g. 7. Rudolph’s friend Hermey, e.g. 8. Hawaiian goodbye 9. “____ in there!” 10. ____ Karenina 11. Frown 12. Greasy 15. Yearn 20. Building extension

22. World’s oldest surviving federation 24. Caused by oxidation 25. It experienced a Cultural Revolution 26. Rent again 27. Short for “betwixt” 29. Miners’ bounty, pl. 31. a.k.a., Russell 32. Scandinavian fjord, e.g. 33. Hill or Baker, e.g. 34. _____ Frank Baum 36. First king of Israelites 38. The only one 42. Baseball Hall of Famer Ryan 45. Becoming

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The Search for Our Ancestry

More About the 1930 Census Angelo Coniglio


wage or salaried workers as “W,” and a person who was working on his or her own account was “O.” If a person was working without pay it was noted as “NP.” Passenger manifests and records from towns of origin may also give occupations. Compare them to confirm identities. Under “employment,” the census asked whether at work previous day (or last regular working day)—or, if not, it asked for the line number on an unemployment schedule (these schedules no longer exist). Under “veterans,” for those who answered yes, the appropriate war was noted as “WW” for World War (by 1930, there had been only one), “Sp” for Spanish-American War, “Civ” for Civil War, “Phil” for Philippine Insurrection, “Box” for Boxer Rebellion, and “Mex” for Mexican Expedition. Records for many of these wars still exist and can be searched for further information. Finally, a column showed “Number of farm schedule.” These schedules no longer exist, except for Alaska, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard Drive, Amherst, NY 14226; by email at; or by visiting Tips.htm. His new historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Wheel, is available through

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spoken in home before coming to the manifests. The date can also be compared United States.” to the answer given for “Year of first As previously noted, an immigrant’s marriage” to estimate whether the person place of birth was to be listed as the was married before or after coming to present (1930) name of the country the U.S. If the person was married before where he or she was born. The answer to immigration, a marriage record should the language question is important, exist in the town of origin; if after, you because it addresses the ethnicity of the should search church and civil records individual. from the U.S. locality where the For example, a person who was immigrant lived. ethnically Polish may have been born in In the “Naturalization” column, you’ll Prussia (which conquered parts of find one of the following abbreviations: Poland), with a birthplace listed as “Na” (naturalized); “Al” (alien); or “Pa” Austria (the 1930 (papers applied name), but the for). If the note is “mother tongue” “Na” or “Pa,” you column would can assume that The 1930 U.S. Census show “Polish” as the individual was the last census to the language applied for or was include information spoken. This can granted U.S. help in locating the citizenship after on immigration and actual town of the date of naturalization. birth. immigration and The next set of before April 1, questions come in 1930. three columns Further under the heading “Citizenship, etc.” research in the seat of the county where First, “Year of immigration to the United the immigrant lived may turn up his or States,” then “Naturalization,” and then her naturalization records, which will “Whether able to speak English.” You contain a wealth of background must appreciate that the date of information. If a person’s status was “Al” immigration is a secondary record; that (alien), he or she would have had to is, it was the date given by an individual apply for citizenship sometime after April from memory, with no documentary 1, 1930, or failing that, either register as evidence. However, it was generally given an alien or return to their homeland. correctly, within one or two years. The next questions cover The immigration year can be used to “occupation,” “industry,” and “class of narrow down searches for passenger worker.” Employers were noted by “E,”

he 1930 U.S. Census is important for researchers because it was the last census to include information on immigration and naturalization, key elements in researching immigrant ancestors. The official starting date of the 1930 census was April 1, and it took about a month to complete. Children born between the official start date of the census and the actual day of enumeration were not included. Individuals living on the official start date of the census but deceased by the actual day of enumeration were included. Native Americans (then referred to as “Indians”) were included in the enumeration of the general population, though they were asked different questions, as were individuals in Alaska. For example, Native Americans were not asked about their mother’s country of origin, but rather, which tribe she belonged to. Servicemen were not recorded with their families in the 1930 census; they were treated as residents of their duty posts. When searching for someone in the military, don’t assume he or she will be listed in their hometown. In my last column, I reviewed several questions asked in the 1930 census, dealing with home information, personal description, and place of birth for individuals who were enumerated. The next set of questions was headed “Mother tongue (or native language) of foreign born,” subtitled “Language

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The Green Mountain Gardener

Apples for All Dr. Leonard Perry hether thinking about apple trees to buy for planting next season or buying apples from local farm stands and pick-your-ownorchards, there are selections for all manner of tastes and uses. If you’re looking to pick your own, most states have a listing of orchards. If you’re new to growing or picking apples, the first question you may ask is, “When is it ripe and ready to pick?” Like many fruits, if it separates easily with a slight tug, it is ripe and ready to pick. If in doubt, cut an apple open. The seeds should be brown and not still white. If you’re picking apples slightly green or unripe, such as to use in cooking or for storing (it is best to pick slightly unripe for storing), lift sideways and upwards with a twist. Make sure not to damage any of the short stems (spurs) from which fruit next year will be produced.


Ripe apples should store in the refrigerator for four to six weeks. The early apples tend to store for shorter periods than the late ones. Refrigerate soon after picking, as apples will ripen six or more times faster if left at room temperature. Don’t cut apples until ready to eat or cook, as all but a few selections will turn brown within an hour or two. You can delay this by soaking slices in an anti-browning product available at most grocers or using a mixture of one part lemon juice to three parts water. For fresh eating—the “dessert” apples—try Fuji, Gala, or Golden Russet

for a sweet flavor. For tart apples, try Granny Smith, Northern Spy, or Winesap. Some taste both sweet and tart such as Jonagold, Honey Crisp, and Mutsu. Since taste is quite personal, you’ll want to try various ones to see which you find best. If you don’t already have favorites, don’t get too worried about which apples are best for which purposes, as many do well with multiple uses. Some of the best for baking uses (pies and other desserts, for instance) are Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious, Idared, Jonagold, Jonamac, Jonathan, Liberty, Northern Spy, Rhode Island Greening, and Stayman Winesap.

For sauces, some make a more chunky sauce such as Cortland, Empire, Gravenstein, and Jonathan. Others make a smoother applesauce, such as McIntosh and its types and Yellow Transparent. Cook a red apple with the skin on to make the sauce pink. For making cider, your selection will depend on whether you like it sweet or more tart. Cortland, McIntosh, and Idared make a more tart cider, while Red or Golden Delicious or Empire make a sweeter cider. For a sweeter aroma from cider, try Jonathon and Baldwin. Try some Rhode Island Greening or crabapples for more astringent cider. While much store cider may be only one cultivar, making your own you can experiment and try various combinations. Dr. Leonard P. Perry is an extension professor at the University of Vermont.

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