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The 50plus EXPO, central Pennsylvania’s one-day information and entertainment event focused on the 50-plus community, will return to Lancaster County this month. The 22nd annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring) will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 23, at the Wyndham Resort – Expo Center (former Lancaster Host Resort), 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. Admission is free. Hosted by OLP Events and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, the EXPO’s exhibitors will provide up-to-date information focused on the health, lifestyle, and needs of the local 50-plus community. Attendees will also be eligible for door prizes. Although most COVID-19 restrictions are lifting, for the well-being of guests, exhibitors, and staff, EXPO booths will be spatially distanced, and social distancing and masks will be encouraged. Admission and parking will be free. Free shuttle service will be provided by Elite Coach. Sponsors include 50plus LIFE, Blue Ridge Communications, BusinessWoman, Highmark Blue Shield, Landis Communities, LCTV, UPMC and WHTM abc27. For more information, please call (717) 285-1350 or visit 50plusExpoPA. com.

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By Megan Joyce It’s time to emerge — carefully — from our virtual world. After more than a year of being unable to safely gather in person, the 50plus EXPOs and Women’s Expos are coming back to a venue near you in 2021. The 22nd annual Dauphin County 50plus EXPO will welcome visitors Wednesday, June 9, at the Harrisburg Mall, former Boscov’s store, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg. Later that month, the 22nd annual Lancaster County 50plus EXPO (Spring) will return Wednesday, June 23, in the Expo Center at the newly renovated Wyndham Resort, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. 50plus EXPOs are also scheduled for the fall in York, Lancaster, and Cumberland counties. The seventh-annual Lancaster County Women’s Expo (Spring) will return in person on Saturday, June 5, at the Wyndham Resort – Expo Center, Lancaster. The eighth-annual Dauphin County Women’s Expo will follow on Saturday, June 19, inside the former Boscov’s store at the Harrisburg Mall. Women’s Expos are also slated for the fall in Lebanon, Lancaster, and Cumberland counties. All events will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Donna Anderson, president and CEO of OnLine Publishers and its events division, OLP Events, said a number of factors went into the company’s decision to resume in-person events in June. “We know local businesses and our community are eager to enjoy the expos as they have in the past, and we wanted to be sure the timing was such that we do so as safely as possible,” she said. “We thought it prudent to wait until June so people would have the opportunity to receive the vaccine and feel more comfortable about attending events.” During the expos, CDC and state safety guidelines will be in place, with exhibitor booth spaces distanced from each other to allow appropriate social distancing. Hand-sanitation stations will also be available throughout the facility. As the country takes tentative steps toward reopening, Anderson said exhibitors have been overwhelmingly pleased when presented with the

prospect of returning to in-person expos. “In a word — elation,” she said of the reaction. “We’ve had very positive feedback from a majority of exhibitors. That said, there are some companies that are tentative about allowing their staff to engage in person.” “There is nothing that can replace that interpersonal exchange and the accompanying body language when we are communicating with others,” said Betty Hungerford, development director of Homeland Center and Homeland at Home, a principal sponsor of the Dauphin County 50plus EXPO and supporting sponsor of the Dauphin County Women’s Expo. Wendy Shumaker, Homeland’s director of marketing, echoed “how much better it is to make connections in person. “I missed attending the expos last year, seeing everyone’s smiling faces and hearing their stories,” Shumaker said. COVID-19 and its inherent safety concerns jettisoned most of the world’s in-person events in 2020. In a March poll of 1,776 event planners and suppliers conducted by Chicago’s Professional Convention Management Association, 66% of respondents had postponed events as a result of COVID-19; 87% said they had canceled them altogether. Accordingly, five of OLP’s six 50plus EXPOs — as well as all of its Women’s Expos and Veterans’ Expo & Job Fairs — made the necessary jump to pandemic-friendly virtual platforms last year. Despite the success of that necessary transition, Anderson is eager for guests and vendors alike to re-experience the undeniable benefits of face-to-face interaction. “Our visitors depend on the information they gather at the expos to help them make decisions that enhance their lives,” she said. “Likewise, businesses rely on the connections they make at the expos for future business. It was difficult for everyone not to be able to make those personal connections since early 2020. “It’s been a difficult year for most of us, and having the opportunity to see the engagement that will occur is what I most look forward to,” Anderson added. For more information, visit and or call (717) 2851350.

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The Hon. James F. Geurts, performing the duties of undersecretary of the Navy, received the French National Order of Merit, with the rank of Knight, during a decoration ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C., on May 11. Geurts is a native of Lancaster. The secretary was nominated for the award by French presidential decree, based on efforts throughout his civilian career, including his time at U.S. Special Operations Command and as the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition. The French National Order of Merit was created in 1963 by then-resident Charles de Gaulle and acknowledges distinguished military Lancaster native or civil achievements for acts of devotion, James F. Geurts, left, bravery, generosity, real merit, or a measurable recently received the French National Order commitment to serving others or France. of Merit from Lt. Gen. Geurts has over 30 years of extensive joint Thierry Carlier, director acquisition experience serving in all levels of general of the International acquisition leadership positions, both as an Directorate of the French officer in the U.S. Air Force and as a career Defense Acquisition Agency. civilian in the Department of the Navy.

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result of the passage of the Older Americans Act. This act directed states to develop a network of services and supports to help keep older adults healthy and independent. The Pennsylvania Department of Aging was created to fulfill this mandate. In turn, a network of 52 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) was established throughout the commonwealth to carry out this mission at the local level. Funding for aging-related services is a combination of state and federal monies, with the Pennsylvania Lottery providing the major source of funding. In Lancaster County, the AAA is part of county government. We are dedicated to providing Lancaster County residents, 60 years of age and older, with a wide range of informational resources and services as well as advocacy efforts and elder abuse protection. The LCOA offers the following services:

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The Golden Age of Podcasts Bob DeLaurentis

During the COVID era, I depended on podcasts to support my mental health. It was easy to focus my thoughts on something useful while cleaning or exercising. Locked indoors, often I found myself looking forward to the hours when I could escape into conversations about everything from screenwriting to Civil War history. Whatever topic you find interesting, there is a good chance that someone is discussing it on a podcast. This is especially true of topics that might not attract a large enough audience for radio. The definition of what constitutes a podcast is disputed from time to time. I listened to podcasts before they were called podcasts, and this has been true since the beginning: Podcasts are audio programs delivered to you on a regular schedule, which you can play back at your convenience. Most shows are about an hour or so in length, although they can be as short as five minutes or stretch on for several hours. Behind the scenes, they rely on a suite of standards similar to email. No single company has been able to monopolize podcast distribution (although some continue to try). Without gatekeepers, there is a healthy and vibrant community of creators and listeners. Podcasts have similarities to radio, and in fact some podcasts are simply radio programs delivered online. However, a good podcast delivers an essential experience that is unique to podcasting. The real magic of podcasts is found in smaller, personal shows that feature one or two people who are simply fascinated by a topic. As a new listener to podcasts, you may not instantly recognize the difference between a redistributed radio program and a show that only exists as a podcast, but that distinction will become clear after you have sampled several programs. Getting started listening to a podcast can be as easy as a Google search and a few clicks in any web browser. Most shows have a website, and the shows can be streamed directly from the web. But to get the full value of podcasting, you Long Term Care t Medicare Supplement should try a podcast app. Podcast apps all contain basically the same three components: the show directory, 310 Historic DrivFtStrasburg 717-687-6901 subscriptions, and playlists. WWW.BENNERINSURANCEAGENCY.COM

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The directory allows you to search for podcast episodes. When you tap a podcast show name, you can read a summary about the show, download a single episode, or subscribe to future shows. Apple has begun calling the “subscribe” feature “follow,” because the word subscription has become associated with in-app purchases. Each show has its own playlist, and you can mix and match a series of shows into personal playlists. Like podcasts themselves, there are a host of great choices for podcast apps. Some are free, some cost a few bucks a year. All of them will help you create a personal playlist with all your favorites. It is just a matter of finding an app that suits your personal taste. Some of the better options are Pocket Casts, Overcast (my personal favorite), Castro, Podkicker, and RadioPublic, just to name a few. To keep things simple at the start, every Apple device has an app called “Podcasts,” and most Android devices come with the “Google Podcasts” app already installed. Finding podcasts is easy. They are everywhere. Good ones, however, take a little luck and patience to discover. One excellent indicator of a quality program is the length of time it has been around. Longevity is not the only measure of quality, but a show that has released hundreds of episodes has found a loyal audience. Most shows are supported by advertising, and there is a growing trend toward pay-to-unlock bonus programs as well, but these are still the exception. When it comes to free entertainment, today is podcasting’s golden age. I hope I have convinced you that podcasts might be worth your time. I am going to end with a list of suggestions for good programs. They are not in any particular order, and they represent a tiny subset of the worlds waiting for you to discover: • Scriptnotes (screenwriting) • In Our Time (the history of ideas) • You Are Not So Smart (social psychology) • Hardcore History (war) • Levar Burton Reads (short stories) • You’re Wrong About (history) • The Flop House (humor) • Mac Power Users (Apple tech) • 99% Invisible (design) • Robot or Not? (language) • The Incomparable (geeky media) • Clear+Vivid with Alan Alda (interviews) • Road Work (rumination) Here are a few more high-quality shows that I have only sampled briefly, but they underscore the breadth of topics available: Aviation News Talk, Love to Sew, Orvis Fly Fishing, Lingthusiasm, the School of Greatness, and finally, the Zoological Wild Science Podcast. Bob has been writing about technology for over three decades. He can be contacted at


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Don’t Wait to Treat a Hernia: What to Know Before Talking to Your Surgeon By Dr. Bruce Freedman

Hernias can happen at any age, but they are most commonly diagnosed in adults over 50. In fact, a study conducted by JAMA found that an increase in emergent hernia rates was the highest in the older adult population (over 65 years). While hernias are common and treatable, the type of mesh material a surgeon uses for the hernia repair can play a role in how well a patient recovers and their quality of life after surgery. What Is a Hernia? A hernia occurs when a portion of an organ (most commonly the small intestine) pushes through a weakness in the wall of a muscle or tissue that holds it in place, creating a bulge that can be seen and felt. When a hernia is left untreated, it can result in serious health complications, including severe pain, bowel obstructions, and even infections.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, 75-80% of all hernias are inguinal or femoral, which occur in the

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groin area. Both are due to weakened muscles, which can be associated with aging and repeated strains on the abdominal and groin areas. These strains can result from physical exertion, obesity, frequent coughing, or straining due to constipation. Hernia Risk Factors While the exact causes of hernias are unknown, some of the top indicators are: • A ny activity that strains the abdominal wall (chronic coughing or sneezing, constipation) • Heavy lifting, which can increase abdominal pressure • Abdominal weight gain that leads to stretching of the abdominal wall • Former surgical procedures on the abdomen can weaken the wall over time  • Aging, as older adults tend to have much weaker core muscles Common Symptoms of a Hernia A hernia can take place almost anywhere in the midsection, and each type of hernia produces its own unique symptoms. The most common symptom of a

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hernia is a small- to medium-sized lump in the affected area. In many cases, hernias have no symptoms, and you may not know you have a hernia unless it shows up during a routine physical or a medical exam. Some of the top indicators for the two main types of hernias — inguinal and femoral — are: • A heavy feeling in the abdomen that sometimes comes with constipation or blood in the stool • Discomfort in the abdomen or groin when lifting or bending over • A burning or aching sensation at the bulge • Weakness or pressure in your groin • A hard time swallowing • Pain and swelling around the testicles • Heartburn, shooting pain, vomiting, or constipation When to Seek Medical Attention COVID-19 led many to delay seeing any kind of doctor, but if you suspect you have a hernia, it’s important to be seen quickly. Left untreated, hernias can grow larger, become symptomatic, and become increasingly painful. Fortunately, the advancements in hernia repair have come a long way in the last few years, and there are innovative options available to patients. Hernia Mesh Options With over 1 million hernia-repair procedures performed each year in the U.S. and more than 90% requiring the use of mesh, it’s important for patients to understand the treatment options available to them. Repairing the hernia without mesh has a higher chance of recurrence than with the use of mesh. So, once a hernia has been diagnosed, the next question should be, “What kind of material should we use to reinforce the repair?” Each material has its benefits and limitations, so discuss them with your doctor. Synthetic mesh. For years, the standard has been to use synthetic mesh to support a hernia repair. While strong and potentially useful for some hernia repairs, these meshes are made of plastic and have the potential to cause a foreign body response. Biologic mesh. The most natural option is biologic mesh, sourced from animals or humans. These are most often used in more complex hernia cases due to their high cost.  While naturally derived, biologic mesh can stretch over time, potentially resulting in a bulge and even a recurrence, especially in larger hernias.

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Reinforced tissue matrix (hybrid). There is a third option: reinforced tissue matrix. This option is composed of polymer fiber interwoven through layers of biologic in a proprietary “lockstitch” pattern that encourages more natural tissue growth. No mesh. Using no mesh can be an option for some patients, depending on the complexity and size of their hernia. This approach is a preference for patients who want to minimize the amount of foreign material in their bodies, but the chance of recurrence is higher without any type of reinforcement. As a patient, it’s critical to know you do have options for your hernia repair, and you have a say over what is being put into your body. Before surgery, express any concerns to your doctor so you have a complete understanding of the risks associated with each mesh option. Dr. Bruce Freedman is vice president of clinical development for TELA Bio (telabio. com). After 32 years as a private practice general surgeon specializing in hernia repair and abdominal wall reconstruction, Freedman joined TELA Bio to advocate for more natural hernia repair mesh options.

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It Was 50 Years Ago Today

‘Indian Reservation’ Randal Hill

It was in 1958 when 20-year-old Paul Revere (born Revere once proclaimed, “We were visual and fun Paul Revere Dick) met fellow Idahoan Mark Lindsay, and crazy and were America’s answer to the British age 16. music invasion.” Revere ran a drive-in restaurant west of Boise. One With producer Terry Melcher (Doris Day’s son) day, he began chatting with Lindsay when Lindsay at the recording-studio console, Paul Revere and the delivered hamburger buns to Revere’s eatery. Both, they Raiders cut 13 Top 40 Columbia singles between 1965 discovered, were consumed by a love of rock ’n’ roll, and 1969. and each had a yen to become musical professionals. By the end of the decade, though, the success that A year later, keyboardist Revere formed the had once come so easily seemed to be evaporating. Downbeats, with Lindsay out front with his powerful, Lindsay recorded as a solo act and released a Top 10 emotional voice and teen-idol good looks. Soon, the Columbia hit called “Arizona.” band changed its name and prepared for fame. For all intents and purposes, though, Paul Revere In 1963, Paul Revere and the Raiders became and the Raiders seemed to be destined for the rock-star the first rock act signed by mainstream Columbia scrapheap. Photo credit: Records. That signing was a radical departure from the But, in 1971, “Indian Reservation” (a 1968 minor hit “Indian Reservation” mainstream Columbia releases of the day by the likes of here by British artist Don Fardon) provided Revere’s The Raiders Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, and Doris Day. group — now simply called the Raiders — with a June 1971 Decked out in Revolutionary War costumes and comeback smash. It would be their only disc to reach powered by the manic energy of Revere — he was No. 1 and would eventually become the biggest-selling often termed “the madman of rock ’n’ roll” — the quintet became the house 45 to that point in Columbia’s 82-year history. band on Dick Clark’s Where the Action Is, the mid-1960s American Bandstand “Indian Reservation” chugged along in a downbeat minor key, with a spinoff. hypnotic drum-and-bass combination powering the tune at a relaxed tempo while Revere’s electronic organ supplied the melody line. Later, lead vocalist Lindsay explained, “[‘Indian Reservation’] was going to be a [solo] Mark Lindsay single … It was my choice to put it out under the name Raiders.” The tune’s full title was “Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian).” Songwriter John D. Loudermilk had composed it in 1959 as “The Pale-Faced Indian” when he blended historical truth and popculture myth in a story that mourned the degradation of Native Americans by the white man:


They took the whole Cherokee nation / Put us on this reservation Took away our ways of life / The tomahawk and the bow and knife

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Footnote: The Cherokees never actually went to a reservation. Once residents of a region that spanned five Southeastern states, they were taken to Indian Territory (much of it in the future state of Oklahoma) in the forced relocation that became infamous as the Trail of Tears. Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at

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Dace and Darters Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Blacknose dace and Johnny darters are slim, easier to swim in. Sometimes, the shadows of 2-inch fish that live in various-sized waterways these fish on the pebbly bottoms of streams in the eastern United States, including are more quickly noticed than the critters southeastern Pennsylvania. themselves. Those shadows give away their And, although these streamlined, minnowpresence. like species are adaptable to an extent, they During June, male dace have orange-red thrive best in clear, flowing brooks and smaller fins and orange along each flank, indicating streams. their readiness for spawning. Female dace Dace and darters have characteristics become rounded with eggs. in common because of the little running This species spawns over gravel or mud in waterways they share. Each habitat on quiet, inch-deep water along the waterways’ Earth causes its inhabitants to be similar shores. Each female produces 400 to 1,000 Photo courtesy of Brian Gratwicke (convergence) to be able to cope with eggs. The tiny young school together in the Eastern blacknose dace. conditions in that habitat, like fish and whales shallows to avoid larger fish, and they feed on in the ocean being streamlined and having miniscule invertebrates. fins. Darters live singly between stones on Dace and darters ingest a variety of waterways’ bottoms. They are resigned to invertebrates, the dace from the surface and bottom living and swimming in spurts because midstream of the little waterways they live in they don’t have an air bladder that would and the darters on the stony bottoms of those suspend them in mid-depth like most fish. same brooks and streams. Darters are brown all over, with beautiful, Obviously, competition for food between darker markings that blend them into stream these species is lessened, to the benefit of bottoms. They are almost impossible to spot both, which allows them to peacefully share when motionless among the stones. waterways. Pairs of darters spawn over bottom gravel Being streamlined helps these small fish that protects the eggs and small young from swim easily into waterway currents. They both predators. Each female spawns up to 300 eggs. Johnny darter. thrive best in cold, running water, which is I’ve seen dace and darters many times over highly oxygenated. Both kinds spawn in June. the years and have always been impressed with And both are attractive and camouflaged their grace and beauty in their lovely habitat. above the stony bottoms of their waterways, which makes them nearly invisible They are perfectly built for where they live, as all species of life are in their to predators, including herons, kingfishers, mink, brook trout, and others. habitats. Dace are brown on top and silvery below. A black stripe on each side of There are no greater beauties and intrigues on Earth than forms of life well every dace from nose to tail disguises its shape, again making it hard for adapted to their various habitats. predators to spot these little fish. Clyde McMillan-Gamber is a retired Lancaster County Parks naturalist. Dace live in groups called schools in “holes” of deeper, slower water that is

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Savvy Senior

Jim Miller

Do I Need to Sign Up for Medicare If I’m Still Working?

Dear Savvy Senior, I will turn 65 in a few months and plan to keep working for several more years. I have good health insurance from my employer now. Do I have to sign up for Medicare when I reach 65? – Looking Ahead Dear Looking, Whether you need to enroll in Medicare at 65 if you continue to work and have health insurance through your job depends on how large your employer is. The same rules apply if your health insurance comes from your spouse’s job. But first, let’s review the basics. Remember that original Medicare has two parts: Part A, which provides hospital coverage and is free for most people, and Part B, which covers doctor bills, lab tests, and outpatient care. Part B also has a monthly premium, which is $148.50 for most beneficiaries in 2021 but is higher for individuals earning above $88,000. If you’re already receiving Social Security, you’ll automatically be enrolled in parts A and B when you turn 65, and you’ll receive your Medicare card in the mail. It will include instructions to return it if you have work coverage that qualifies you for late enrollment.


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If you aren’t yet receiving Social Security, you will have to apply, which you can do online at ssa. gov/medicare. If you plan to continue working past the age of 65 and have health insurance from your job, your first step is to ask your benefits manager or human resources department how your employer insurance works with Medicare. In most cases, you should at least take Medicare Part A because it’s free. Note: If you’re funding a health savings account, you may not want to take Part A because you can’t make contributions after you enroll. But to decide whether to take Part B or not will depend on the size of your employer. Small Employer If your current employer has fewer than 20 employees, Medicare will be your primary insurer, and you should enroll in Medicare Part B during your initial enrollment period. This is a seven-month period that includes the three months before, the month of, and the three months after your 65th birthday. If you miss the seven-month signup window, you’ll have to wait until the next general enrollment period, which runs from Jan. 1 to March 31, with benefits beginning the following July 1. You’ll also incur a 10% penalty for each year you wait beyond your initial enrollment period, which will be tacked onto your monthly Part B premium. Large Employer If your employer has 20 or more employees, your employer’s group health plan will be your primary insurer as long as you remain an active employee. If this is the case, you don’t need to enroll in Part B when you turn 65 if you’re satisfied with the coverage you are getting through your job. But if you do decide to enroll in Medicare, it will supplement your employer insurance by paying secondary on all of your claims. Once your employment or group health coverage ends, you will then have eight months to sign up for Part B without a penalty. This is known as the Special Enrollment Period. Check Drug Coverage You also need to verify your prescription drug coverage. Call your benefits manager or insurance company to find out if your employer’s prescription drug coverage is considered “creditable.” If it is, then you don’t need to enroll in a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. If it isn’t, then you should purchase a plan (see during your initial enrollment period, or you’ll incur a premium penalty (1% of the average national premium for every month you don’t have coverage) if you enroll later. If you have more questions or need help, contact your State Health Insurance Assistance Program (see, which offers free Medicare counseling, or call the Medicare Rights Center helpline at (800) 333-4114. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

2021 Farmers Market Voucher Program Has Begun Lancaster County Office of Aging is pleased to announce distribution of the 2021 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Voucher Program. Each eligible participant will receive $24 in vouchers to be used at approved farmers markets to purchase Pennsylvania-grown fruits and vegetables beginning June 1. To be eligible, seniors must be age 60 by Dec. 31, 2021; live in Lancaster County; and have household income less than $23,828 for one person or less than $32,227 for two people. Seniors living in personal care or nursing homes are not eligible. Drive-thru locations were available in May, but mail-in applications are still available. Due to COVID-19 and safety requirements, senior centers will not distribute the vouchers this year. Mail-in applications can be obtained online at or by calling the following locations: Columbia Senior Center – (717) 684-4850 Elizabethtown Senior Center – (717) 367-7984 Lancaster County Office of Aging – (717) 299-7979 Lancaster Rec Senior Center – (717) 399-7671 Lititz Senior Center – (717) 626-2800 Next Gen Senior Center – (717) 786-4770 Millersville Senior Center – (717) 871-9600 SACA Senior Center – (717) 397-6267 For more information, contact the Lancaster County Office of Aging at (717) 299-7979.


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Grief Relief

Some Commonsense Answers Victor M. Parachin

After her spouse died, a woman wrote in her journal: “I feel like I’m a hamster on a wheel going round and round but going nowhere. Even though Steve died 10 months ago, I still feel like it happened only yesterday. I just can’t stop thinking about him. “What is this strange thing called grief?” Sooner or later, everyone loses someone they love to death. Yet, most people are unprepared for the tidal wave of grief that follows a loss. Here are some commonsense answers about grief. Q. What is grief? A. Grief is the emotional reaction that follows loss. The most common cause of grief is the death of a loved one. However, there are many other losses that trigger grief: separation, divorce, disability, job loss, etc. Q. What are the signs and symptoms of grief? A. These are some of the most common and normal aspects of grief:


• Conflicting and confusing emotions – Sadness, depression, anger, guilt, regret, longing, despair • Death imagery – Thinking you hear or see the person who died • Sleep disorder – Sleeping too much or being unable to sleep properly • Appetite disruption – Not wanting to eat or overeating • Difficulty focusing and making decisions • Physical symptoms – Headache, back pain, nausea • Social withdrawal – Not wanting to be with people or at social events It must be emphasized these are normal aspects of grief, but they are not permanent. The intensity eases for the majority of grievers who adjust and adapt. Q. How long does grief last? A. Generally, most people experience grief relief within 30 months.


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However, the duration of grief does not have a fixed end point. Michael C. Miller, M.D., editor-in-chief of the Harvard Mental Health Letter, writes, “Grief doesn’t neatly conclude at the six-month or one-year mark … Although it may persist, grief does usually soften and change over time. “How this goes will be influenced by your emotional style, the nature of your support system, and the culture you are part of. Usually the raw, all-consuming shock of early grief will ebb slowly within weeks or months. “Gradually, at their own pace, most people do find themselves adjusting to the loss and slipping back into the routines of daily life.”




Q. A friend told me I should be over this by now. Am I grieving incorrectly? A. You are not grieving incorrectly. Moving through grief takes much longer than most people assume. Harold Ivan Smith, a bereavement expert and author of several grief books, says grievers live in a “get-over-it, move-on-with-it world.” Many friends “assume a grief should last about 30 days. Some of our friends may have never experienced the death of a close family member; they have no real understanding of what you are experiencing,” Smith says. Focus on your grief. Ignore any comments from those who want to rush you through the process. Q. Are there stages of grief? A. No, but there are generally four tasks that need to be accomplished to have a successful grief recovery. They are:

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1. Accept the reality of the loss. This means fully understanding your loved one has died and is not and will no longer be part of your daily life. 2. Allow yourself to feel the pain of the loss. Pain is part of healing. When there is a loss to death, grievers must allow themselves to experience the variety of intense feelings connected to it. 3. Adjust to a new reality. Death brings new changes and challenges. Grievers will have to take on new roles. 4. Adapt to a different life. Grievers need to move on, loosen ties to the deceased, and retain memories but invest their time and energy in new relationships. Q. I’ve been told not to “get emotional.” Is it wrong to show sadness? A. Feelings need to be acknowledged, not pushed away. Do not allow others to dictate how you will feel and what emotions you can express. The death of a loved one impacts our emotions. We feel sad. We feel vulnerable. These are normal grief responses. As various feelings and emotions come up, accept them with compassion and kindness rather than with fear and frustration. Q. Is it OK to cry? A. Yes, it is, though some grievers hesitate to cry because tears are frightening to others and even to themselves. Writer Cindy Horyza shares this insight about tears: “People are so afraid that if they start to cry, they won’t quit. Trust me: No one has ever died of crying. Flowers need lots of water to bloom, and sometimes we do, too.” Victor M. Parachin, M.Div., is a grief counselor, bereavement educator, and author of several books, including Healing Grief.

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325 Wesley Drive • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 717-766-0279 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 100 Assisted Living Residence: Yes Personal Care Home: No Private: 100 Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes

Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: One-bedroom suites; secured memory support neighborhood; skilled nursing – The Oaks.

2990 Carlisle Pike • New Oxford, PA 17350 717-624-5436 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 123 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes

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Homewood at Plum Creek

1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102 717-221-7727 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 56 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Providing exemplary care in a beautiful environment for more than 150 years. Our continuum of care includes therapy services, skilled rehab, 24-hour medical staffing, plus Hospice, HomeHealth, and HomeCare outreach programs. All-private rooms include a full bath and kitchenette.

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Landis Homes

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Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Attached to wellness center and pool without going outside.

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On-call Medical Service: Yes Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: No Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: A regional leader in all aspects of memory care and a program designed for optimal engagement and socialization.

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Lori Verderame

The Wedding Collectibles of Queen Elizabeth II

Over the years, I have appraised more than my fair the Clogau St. David’s mine, near Dolgellau in northwest share of collectibles, art, and antiques that have a close Wales. relationship to HRH Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. In 2015, she surpassed Queen Victoria and became the The Wedding Dress longest-reigning monarch in British history. Princess Elizabeth’s wedding dress was designed by Sir The recent death of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke Norman Hartnell, who won the design competition. At the of Edinburgh, and his funeral made me consider the time, Hartnell cited Italian Renaissance painter Alessandro collectibles that relate to their long union, one that started Botticelli’s Primavera, which symbolizes the coming of in the 1930s and continued through several decades. spring, as his inspiration for the dress design. Some interesting facts about the queen and her prince The dressmakers, using duchesse satin from Scotland, also seemed quite timely for this year’s wedding season, had only three months to construct the dress before the which takes place annually in June. November nuptials. Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip first met in 1934 at The wedding dress had a fitted bodice, heart-shaped the wedding of Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark to neckline, and low, v-point waist. The gown featured a skirt Prince George, Duke of Kent. The couple announced their of floor-length panels and a 15-foot-long silk tulle train engagement on July 9, 1947, and married at 10:30 a.m. on that trailed behind her with enough fabric to keep her eight Nov. 20, 1947, at Westminster Abbey in London, England. bridesmaids busy. The brochure shown here was widely distributed The dress featured satin applique produced at and included photos of the royal couple. The ceremony Lullingstone Castle in Kent, 10,000 seed pearls imported Photo credit: Staff photographer, had 2,000 invited guests. Princess Elizabeth arrived at from the United States, and hand-sewn crystals. Her shoes, The royal wedding brochure. Westminster Abbey in the Irish State Coach alongside her made by Edward Rayne, were high-heeled sandals of ivory father, King George VI, and she was attended by eight duchesse satin trimmed with silver and seed-pearl buckles. bridesmaids. After the wedding, as royal tradition dictates, the couple waved to adoring When it comes to any wedding, people like to know the facts about the crowds from the balcony of Buckingham Palace. bridal gown, the flowers, and the symbolism of the jewelry, so here’s how it was on Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding day: It has been several decades since that glorious day in November 1947. The royal couple enjoyed 73 years of marriage and the adoration of many the world The Wedding Rings over. The platinum-and-diamond engagement ring was made by the Philip Dr. Lori Verderame is the award-winning Ph.D. antiques appraiser on History Antrobus jewelers, and the design employed diamonds from a tiara that channel’s The Curse of Oak Island. Visit and or call belonged to Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg. The wedding ring was made from a nugget of Welsh gold, which came from (888) 431-1010.

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Tinseltown Talks

Nick Thomas

Paul ‘Crocodile Dundee’ Hogan is Back – Sort Of

It’s been 35 years The film also since Paul Hogan takes a gentle jab at unleashed the iconic celebrity culture and character of rugged social media. reptile-wrestling “But it’s not a Mick Dundee onto deep, meaningful the world in the hit movie — just a ’80s film Crocodile bit of fun,” said Dundee and two Hogan from his sequels. Los Angeles home. Hogan returned “While it pokes last December — via fun at Hollywood digital download in rules and how social Photos courtesy of Rimfire Films, distributed by Paramount. Photos courtesy of Lionsgate. the U.S. — in The media through Paul Hogan as Crocodile Dundee with co-star Blu-ray cover for The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee Very Excellent Mr. the modern online Linda Kozlowski. starring Paul Hogan. Dundee, released on community can give Blu-ray/DVD Feb. 16. you a reputation that The Aussie actor is quick to point out that Mr. Dundee is not another you don’t deserve, it’s mostly aimed at me.” Dundee movie, but a self-parody where the quiet-living Hogan (starring as The screenplay, written by longtime collaborator Dean Murphy, is mostly himself) falls afoul of a series of ill-fated, self-inflicted blunders that snowball, fantasy sprinkled with factual tidbits about the real Hogan. sullying his good reputation. Many more facts about Hogan’s life and career are recounted in his

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autobiography, The Tap-Dancing Knife Thrower: My Life (without the boring bits), published last year. While the book has been highly praised, critics were not so generous when The Very Excellent Mr. Dundee was first released last year. It’s no surprise that didn’t bother the unflappable Hogan. “I ignored it; you just take it as it comes.” Critics were much kinder when Crocodile Dundee was released in 1986 to international acclaim. “Its impact was staggering, and it turned out to be the most successful independent movie ever,” said Hogan. The original film yielded one scene destined for cinematic comedy history where Hogan defensively brandishes that giant hunting knife on the streets of New York City. “I’ve still got the original knife, safe in a bank,” said Hogan. “We also had rubber and wooden ones for various scenes, but I co-designed the original. It might be worth a bit of money to a collector now!” Then there was the heart-stopping scene where Hogan’s love interest, played by Linda Kozlowski, encounters a huge crocodile. “That was mechanical, but there were real crocs in the water during filming,” he recalled. “We had guys up trees with rifles just in case one came

along and ruined everything.” So did Hogan consider asking Kozlowski, his co-star and former wife, to take a role in the new film? “No, she’s given up acting,” he said. “I see Linda a lot, and we’re still friends. She was living in Morocco for a while but now is back in L.A.” Despite all the money and fame his Dundee character generated, Hogan has remained grounded, unpretentious, and largely distanced from the Hollywood scene. “I never really fit in,” he admitted. “After the success of Dundee, I received all sorts of script offers, good and bad. But I wasn’t interested in becoming an actor for hire. My joy was seeing something that I wrote come to life on the screen.” While fans may be disappointed that the new movie only features a luckless Hogan as himself, the spirit of Mick Dundee lingers throughout the film. Now 81, however, Hogan has no plans to resurrect the character. “The original worked fine. I’d like to just leave it alone now.” Nick Thomas teaches at Auburn University at Montgomery, Ala.; has written features, columns, and interviews for over 850 newspapers and magazines; and is the author of Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors.

On Life and Love after 50

Woman, 80, and Man, 87, Decide to Marry Tom Blake

Fifteen years ago, Ginny, of Delaware County, Pennsylvania, was enamored of Harry, a man she had seen in her church. She was unhappily married, but he was happily married. She decided to attend a different church. Ginny said, “Eight years ago, at age 72, and newly widowed, I decided I wasn’t going to just join women’s groups, so I found the local senior center. It is a ‘happening’ place. I am now on the council there.  “Several times, I checked out the pool room where the men hung out. They were very welcoming to me. I spotted Harry shooting pool. He recognized me right away. His wife of 59 years had passed away. “Within a short time of our meeting, he asked me out. He told me many times that he was only looking for someone to have fun with, and I was it. “In the first few years of our dating, when I or others occasionally brought up the subject of marriage to him, he reminded me and them that he had told me early on that he wasn’t going to remarry. “We are active, fun-loving, and healthy Christians who are very much in love and are looking forward to having a ‘complete’ relationship.    “Now, at ages 80 (me) and 87 (Harry), he has changed his mind and wants to marry me. We live three minutes apart.  “To further encourage us to marry, my brother, 74, a widower of eight years, is also tying the knot this year with a lovely woman, age 69, whom he met two years ago on”   I responded to Ginny: “Why do you think Harry changed his antimarriage position at age 87? Why get married now?

“Who will move? What does a complete relationship mean?” Ginny replied, “I will ask him soon why he changed his mind. We are going to have an LAT (living apart together) marriage. I now go visit him almost every evening and come home each night. “After the marriage, instead of coming home each night, I will come home the next morning. When I originally suggested this to him years ago, he said, ‘No way.’ I suspect he wasn’t ready.   “We will have a prenuptial agreement. We both have children and grandchildren. Our money will stay separate.  “What I mean by a ‘complete’ relationship is that now we will be able to have sex. Because of our faith, we agreed years ago to abstain unless married. It was difficult.”   Tom’s closing thoughts: I love Ginny’s story! And wow, a new seniorrelationships term: “living apart together marriage.” I hadn’t heard that one before, and yet I get it. And I smile at their reason for marrying. Bless them both. Ginny’s story illustrates that senior centers can be good places to meet potential mates, and why single seniors should never give up seeking companionship. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to

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World War II Triple Ace to Speak at Roundtable Zoom Meeting The Central Pennsylvania World War II Roundtable scoring ace in the 363rd Fighter Squadron. His plane, Old will welcome its first World War II veteran to speak at Crow, was never hit by enemy aircraft or forced to turn back its monthly meeting via Zoom, Thursday, June 3, at 7 for any reason. p.m. The guest speaker will be retired fighter pilot and Anderson was decorated 25 times, was inducted into the experimental test pilot Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson. National Aviation Hall of Fame, and has been awarded the To qualify as an ace, a fighter pilot must be credited with Congressional Gold Medal. shooting down five or more enemy aircraft during aerial Following World War II, Anderson served in the Air Force combat. Anderson achieved the feat three times, destroying as a fighter test pilot, flying many models of early jetfighters. a total of 16 and 1/4 planes in the air and another one on Anderson has written a book about his exploits, To Fly and the ground, earning the distinction of triple ace. Fight, co-authored by Joseph P. Hamelin. During the war, Anderson served two combat tours, Anderson turned 99 on Jan. 13 and is the highest-scoring Col. Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson escorting heavy bombers over Europe. He was chosen as living U.S. fighter ace and the only surviving U.S. triple ace. one of the original flight leaders of the 357th Fighter Group, The June 3 Zoom meeting is open to the public, and equipped with the new P-51 Mustang. no registration is required. To attend, look for the information and Zoom Anderson flew 116 combat missions and in the process became the highestpassword located on the organization’s website:

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What to Do for Chronically Itchy Skin Suzy Cohen

The average person is estimated to scratch an itch on their body about a hundred times a day, and that is considered pretty normal. But what if you have a chronic itch? The scratching could be nonstop, and you could scratch yourself to the point of bleeding! Itching is one of those symptoms that will drive you mad unless you get to the root cause and treat it. This can be the most difficult part. Unfortunately, digging deep isn’t what happens at first when you show up at the doctor’s office with an itchy rash. You will have to go to the pharmacy to pick up a steroid, like a Medrol dose pack, and some Benadryl. If you’re among the lucky, the itchy sensation will clear up with those. But what if it doesn’t? The misery of chronically itchy sensations, and an accompanying painful rash, could baffle you and your practitioners for weeks — sometimes for months and years! Here, I’ll cover a few conditions that cause itch, along with my suggestions for treatment. Please ask your doctor about what’s right for you. Tinea versicolor – This common fungal infection results in discolored patches of skin that are lighter or darker than surrounding skin. Tinea versicolor is caused by a fungus, so you will need to eliminate refined sugar in your diet because that feeds funguses. You could rub some coconut oil on the area since that is an easily accessible and natural antifungal. If the patches are all over, you could take a shower and use a selenium sulfide body wash (like Selsun Blue), or buy a soap containing zinc pyrithione. Hot tub folliculitis – This is sometimes also called pool folliculitis, and the rash can cause itchy, red, and tender bumps that contain pus.


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You can get this from a swimming pool or whirlpool that looks like it has perfectly clean water because the causative bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, will survive in water that’s been chlorinated! Treatments usually include silver-containing creams or gels. Some people try compresses with distilled vinegar. In serious cases, an antibiotic will be prescribed. Progesterone dermatitis – This is an immunedriven condition that causes itchiness in a recurring fashion due to the rise in progesterone with every menstrual cycle. Managing hormones and suppressing the immune response may help this. Neuropathic itch – This type of itch is a difficult one to diagnose because there is no presentation of a rash, bump, or scaly skin. It’s your word, basically, and nothing to show for it. You can change your shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, bedding, and clothing, and the itch will stay with you. Some of the most promising treatments for neuropathic itch are the JAK inhibitor drugs. One in particular is Xeljanz (tofacitinib). I researched like crazy to find a natural JAK inhibitor, and it appears that thymoquinone might be helpful. Black seed oil supplements are rich in that compound. In closing, I refer you to the work of Dr. Brian S. Kim, who can be found on twitter as @itchdoctor. Kim has done pioneering research on the topic of itch. If you’re interested in the longer version of my article, which includes more causes for chronic itch, I can email it to you if you’re part of my online community. Just sign up for my newsletter at This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit

‘The In-Betweener’: A Baby Boomer’s Place in the Timeline By Marge Jesberger

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Did you ever feel that you were born too early or too late, stuck in a sort of decade limbo? Some of us arrived prematurely for the spellchecker (we foolishly learned how to actually spell). Some of us learned to tell time on a clock dial with the big hand on the four and the little hand on the 12! Then came digital watches. Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful to be “out of sync”; I’m thrilled that I missed out on Custer’s Last Stand and the leper colonies. It was a good thing I wasn’t around for the bubonic plague, the Great Chicago Fire, and the Great Depression, but living in the electronic\technical age also has its share of drawbacks. Many of us grew up without the luxury of iPads or voice-activated computers. We probably utilize a small fraction of their cyber-capabilities. Being a postwar baby has enabled me to exist on the verge of historical breakthroughs for mankind — some frivolous, others crucial. Thankfully, I was born just in time for organ transplants, vehicle airbags, robots, and cellphones. It’s true: Baby boomers escaped the guillotine, iron lungs, and the Alamo, but we are also reaping the benefits of MRIs, satellite transmissions, and plastic surgery. Generations before us worked long and hard to make way for social changes that benefit us today. Concepts like family and maternity leave, four-day workweeks, and early retirement were unthinkable years ago. Thank goodness I was not among the early pioneer settlers who had to toss their belongings into a covered wagon or go across country in a rickety stagecoach. They endured many hardships, but maneuvering my car around potholes or getting stuck in a traffic jam with a full bladder isn’t my idea of a picnic, either. I’m sure that in the not-so-distant future, everyone will have their own individual Segway (self-balancing human transportation). Our grandchildren will be amazed that we actually walked to the store or post office instead of going online.

Emotionally, we are stuck amidst Freud, Dr. Spock, and Dr. Phil. Physically, we are sandwiched somewhere between Jack LaLanne, Richard Simmons, and virtual personal trainers. It is no wonder we can’t keep our perspective. Today’s advances are tomorrow’s throwaways. Do you think our greatgrandparents could sympathize with us if our microwave malfunctioned? Would the early pioneers care if our remote control was busted? The nuisances we find unacceptable would have been a godsend to the caveman. Future generations will laugh at a cable blackout or an electrical outage. Timing is everything. Research, education, and social acceptance are all factors for major new discoveries. We are living in a juxtaposition of inventions: those that were obsolete before they could get into production and those cutting-edge innovations happening at warp speed. We’ve gone from the stagecoach to the space shuttle, dinosaurs to cloned sheep, and from the Pony Express to email in a very short time. I am not overly optimistic, nor presumptuously pessimistic, about the future. I’m somewhere “in between.” Since the past was good and the present even better, I’ve decided to stick around for the unforeseeable future.

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The History of Ordinary Things

Cracker Jack Doris Montag

Cracker Jack is an American brand of snack consisting of molassesflavored, caramel-coated popcorn and peanuts, well known for being packaged with a prize of trivial value. Some food historians consider it the first junk food! In the early 1890s, Fritz Rueckheim, a newly arrived German immigrant, sold popcorn from a cart on a street corner in Chicago. He created a new recipe including popcorn, peanuts, and molasses, but the molasses was too sticky. In 1896, Rueckheim and his brother, Louis, discovered a method to keep the kernels of molasses-coated popcorn from sticking together. Made in a large drum with a small quantity of oil and secret ingredients (still a closely guarded trade secret today), it was initially called Candied Popcorn and Peanuts. The product was named by an enthusiastic sampler who remarked, “That’s a crackerjack!” — a reference at that time to something great. In 1896, the first lot of Cracker Jack was produced,


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The evolution of Cracker Jack packaging through the decades.

and the name and a tagline, “The More You Eat, the More You Want,” were registered. Cracker Jack was sold in large tubs until 1899, when Henry Eckstein, a partner in the company, invented the moisture-resistant, wax-sealed package that retained the crispness. This new packaging, one of the first wax-sealed cardboard containers in the industry, allowed the company to package in small quantities and sell Cracker Jack worldwide. In 1908 Cracker Jack was immortalized in the song “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” by Albert Von Tilzer, a musician, and Jack Norwood, a vaudeville entertainer and songwriter. Neither man had ever been to a baseball game when they wrote, “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack”! By 1910, the song became a staple at ballparks across America, and the cry, “Getcha’ peanuts, popcorn, and Cracker Jack!” is still heard in ballparks today. The first prizes, called toy surprises, were

introduced in 1912. The boxes had baseball cards in 1914/1915 describing such big-name players as Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, Joe Jackson, and Ty Cobb. I remember digging into the box to get the booklets, temporary tattoos, stickers, and handheld games, and who didn’t love the decoder rings? Jack the Sailor and his pet dog, Bingo, became the registered trademark logo in 1919. During World War I, the red, white, and blue stripes were added to the boxes to show the Rueckheims’ patriotism for America. From 1922-1963, the Chicago-based company was named The Cracker Jack Company. In 1964 it was purchased by the Borden food company who, in 1997, sold the brand to Frito-Lay parent PepsiCo. In 2013, Frito-Lay restored more peanuts and updated the prizes to make them more relevant. In 2016 it was announced that codes to play games on the Cracker Jack app would replace tangible prizes. This change has not been well received by this Cracker Jack fan because of nostalgia. The prizes were insignificant, but cool, when you were 6 years old. These prizes now represent an area of collectibles. Today, nearly all retail outlets carry Cracker Jack in bags, not the familiar boxes. But it is the same crunchy popcorn and peanut flavor. In our memories, the connection between our childhood, baseball, and Cracker Jack remains legendary. Doris Montag is a homespun historian and an exhibit curator who researches and displays historical collections of ordinary things, such as can openers, crochet, toy sewing machines, hand corn planters, powder compacts, egg cartons, and more. Contact or follow her on Facebook, HistoryofOrdinaryThings. Providing trusted service for over 40 years! Complete and Skilled Automotive Maintenance and Repair COLLISION SERVICES 24/7 Emergency Towing / Recovery / Roadside Assistance Specializing in Brake, Tire, Mechanical Services, PA State Inspections, and Emissions Testing

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2021 Expo Dates UPDATED DATES & LOCATIONS Exhibitor booths will be spatially distanced, and personal social-distancing and other CDC guidelines will be observed.

omen’s Expo

June 23

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wyndham Resort – Expo Center (Formerly Lancaster Host)


2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

Sept. 23

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


York Expo Center Memorial Hall East 334 Carlisle Ave., York

Sept. 29

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Park City Center

(Former Bon-Ton store)


600 Park City Center, Lancaster

Oct. 13

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Carlisle Expo Center 100 K St. Carlisle

7th Annual

Wyndham Resort – Expo Center (Formerly Lancaster Host)

2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster

June 19

8th Annual


3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg

9th Annual

Harrisburg Mall

(Former Boscov’s store)

June 5

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Harrisburg Mall

(Former Boscov’s store)

3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg

Sept. 18

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Lebanon Expo Center 80 Rocherty Road Lebanon


Oct. 23

5th Annual

June 9

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Park City Center

(Former Bon-Ton store)

600 Park City Center, Lancaster

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9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Carlisle Expo Center 100 K St. Carlisle

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