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York County Edition

February 2012

Vol. 13 No. 2

Art Through the Ages By Laura Farnish As an artist for more than four decades, Barbara Warfel’s talent has inspired the young and old alike. “I’ve been bringing art to people ranging in age from 5 to 95 on and off for 40 years,” said Warfel. A gifted painter, Warfel began her career as a high-school art instructor, but her artistic passion is now focused on the opposite end of the generational spectrum. Warfel has been at the forefront of a movement that recognizes the cognitive benefits of art instruction for seniors, especially those with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. “My current path is a product of necessity and bringing together three activities I most enjoy,” explained Warfel. “The necessity was to find meaningful employment. The three activities: teaching art, doing art, and enjoying the company of older people.” Thus, Warfel decided to offer art activities for senior citizens residing in assisted living communities. Her first class, which took place in 1998, was at an assisted living facility in Mechanicsburg. “I really enjoyed working with the seniors there, and they responded very positively to art activities,” said Warfel. These activities ranged from holding a pencil properly to drawing lines and writing names on their canvas. The basics, as Warfel described them, remain the key component in her lessons. “I really work hard on starting with very basic processes—literally, how to hold a pencil correctly,” said Warfel. “It’s important they are not working on please see ART page 16 In addition to her work with seniors, Barbara Warfel produces fine art such as Sierra, which she recently completed.

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He Had Only His Axe to Slow Down the New 35,000-Ton Battleship Robert D. Wilcox n 1935, when Nevin (Ned) Schlichting graduated from high school in Philadelphia, he faced a problem of most young men of those days. It was the depth of the Depression, and his family had no money to send him to college. Being able to get a good job at all was iffy at best. Then he was told that the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard was looking for apprentices in various trades. He decided to apply and soon found he had plenty of competition. Some 600 applicants took an entry test, and only those who scored 100 (out of a possible 100) were even considered. Schlichting scored 100, and he finished the test a lot sooner than most. So, he was No. 43 of the 50 who were picked. He was selected to be a shipwright, which required a four-year apprenticeship, during which he would

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spend one day a launching ways. week in class and the That sounded great other four and a half to him, so he days learning on the quickly said, “Yes, job, as he worked sir!” with experienced Only later did he shipwrights. It was learn that it was to intended that he mean that he had to learn everything slow the ship’s there was to know momentum as soon about the as it left the ways, if construction and that became repair of naval necessary. To do vessels. that, a temporary When the vast 16x16-inch wooden hull of the USS beam was secured Washington, the on the starboard battleship he was side of the main Seaman, 1st Class working on, neared deck. It extended Nevin E. Schlichting in 1945. completion, the beyond the side of master woodworker the ship, and a asked him if he would like to ride the special anchor was held by a sturdy ship as it slid down the greased hawser draped over the beam.

Schlichting was to straddle the beam, ready to chop through the hawser with his razor-sharp broad axe, should the river pilot, who was in charge of the launching, signal him to do so. That would drop the anchor with its accompanying chain and slow the monster ship until the six waiting tugboats could fasten lines to control the ship’s movement. Fortunately, that wasn’t needed, and Schlichting says, “I couldn’t stop sweating.” The tugs carefully attached their lines, and the hull was tugged to the finishing dock to have the superstructure and other work completed. A major concern came when our government decided to provide the British with 50 of our aging World War I destroyers. All of those ships had been in “mothballs,” and the job was to bring them up to par, to enable the British to use them to lob depth charges at the

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deadly German U-boats. One major question was whether their 90-foot wooden masts could be used, or whether they would need to be replaced. Inspecting them while suspended from bos’n chairs became a job for Schlichting and other shipwright workers. Eventually, Schlichting was promoted to the Central Planning and Estimating Division of the shipyard. There he found that he had some free time, and he joined the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve to do security service in the Port of Philadelphia at night and on weekends when he was not working in the shipyard. That service continued until disenrollment in October 1945. Schlichting still had the urge to serve in the active military, but despite his knowledge of ships, he couldn’t be accepted by the Navy because of a deferment from the Philadelphia Shipyard. However, he learned from his

He retired draft board from the Army that he could in 1947 and accept returned to the voluntary Philadelphia induction in Naval the Army. So Shipyard, he signed up where he was at Fort Dix, assigned to N.J., and was advance soon off to planning on Camp Polk, diesel electric La., for basic submarines. training. From there At the same The USS Washington, being launched in 1940. it was to San time, he Antonio, decided to go where, near Fort Sam Houston, he trained to night school at Temple University, with the Criminal Investigation where he studied marine architecture. Department (CID). And that led to tours And later the shipyard sent him to the at the Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton and to New York City, where he did School to study finance and investigative work with the New York management. City police force. Upon his return to the shipyard, his

planning assignments included large surface craft such as cruisers and carriers, and he was promoted to control branch head, with a staff of some 80 persons. He retired in 1973 with 37 years of federal service. The next 20 years were spent in Florida. Then he and his wife came to Central Pennsylvania to visit friends, and that led to a permanent move in 1988 to live at a local retirement community. There, he spends much of his time in the woodshop, where he does woodcarving among other chores to help residents with minor repairs. “Quite a change,” he notes quietly, “from the time I spent perched on the side of that battleship with my broad axe, ready to slow that huge ship down if that became necessary.” Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in WWII.

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Saralee Perel ur 5-year-old border collie, Becky, is the weirdest dog we’ve known. My husband, Bob, and I couldn’t love her more. Our older dog, Gracie, is a shepherd/collie mix. She’s the smartest dog we’ve known. We assumed that Becky would watch and learn from Gracie. Boy, were we wrong. Border collies are known for herding sheep. Plus, they need lots more activity than other dogs need and are considered one of the smartest and bravest breeds. But apparently Becky swam through the genetic pool without soaking up one drop of it. If a gun-wielding gangster broke into our house, Becky would go after him with the courage of a SWAT team commander. When a fly is anywhere in the house, she runs, trembling and whimpering, behind the toilet where she stays until I’ve spent half the day finding the fly. Bob has always wanted a border collie. We adopted Becky because we were told she was bred to need no more activity than any other dog and that she didn’t have the herding instinct that all border collies do. That was a bunch of hooey. Becky is not only on the go 24/7, but she also herds everything in her universe. She herds:

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2. Our empty-headed cat Murphy, who doesn’t even notice 3. Apples that fall out of the shopping bag 4. Anything that drops on the floor, including tomatoes but especially meatballs Becky spends time in our fencedin backyard herding her flock. No, not sheep. It’s her flock of clay plant pots that once contained pretty

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flowers. Using her nose to move them along, she herds the pots one by one from the left to the right side of the yard. Then, crouching down with that intense border collie stare that is used for the purpose of intimidation, she makes sure that none of the pots makes a break for it and runs fleeing from the rest of the pack. Then she herds all of them to the left side of the yard. Then back to the right; then left. This keeps her happy for hours.

Becky doesn’t bark. She screams. When she does, she sounds like a woman. She screams when she sees that a miniature painting has been moved 3 inches. She screams when she sees a truck in our driveway—our truck. One day, Bob decided it would be fantastic for Becky to follow her genetic instincts and see sheep. We drove to a farm that had lots of sheep and chickens. Bob’s chest was bursting with pride and anticipation to see her in all of her historic splendor. He said to the farm owner, “Would it be OK if I kept my dog on a leash and took her over to your sheep?” “Sure.” Gracie and I stayed in our truck and watched. Bob walked Becky to the pen where there were a dozen sheep. He

looked so proud, just like a shepherd and his border collie in the ancient hills of Scotland. When they got to the pen, Becky peered at the sheep—her body crouched for a full two minutes in that concentrated border collie stare. It truly was a beautiful sight to see her in her timeless glory. Then she let out a scream so earsplitting that all the chickens jumped a foot off the ground. Bob rushed Becky back to our truck while the farmer came running over, looking around frantically for what he thought was a screaming woman who was severely injured. Meanwhile, all 12 sheep kept doing what they had been doing all along: eating stuff from the ground, still ignoring the doofus border collie who was scared to death of them. There is something that Becky does that she has never been trained to do. When she sees Bob, and he always kneels down to greet her, she slowly stands on her hind legs, puts her front legs gently around his neck, rests her head against his, and hugs him. She doesn’t move no matter how much time Bob spends hugging her and kissing her forehead. Becky loves Bob the way Romeo loved Juliet. And he loves her the same. When Bob leaves the house, Becky stays by the door, no matter how many hours it takes for her beloved leader to return home. She will not move, eat, drink, or do anything other than stand at her post … waiting. When he comes home, the first thing they do is hug. Bob keeps his eyes closed in ecstasy. To me, love is love, whether it’s between adults, between parents and children, between dolphins, between whales. But especially between Bob and Becky. Award-winning columnist Saralee Perel welcomes emails at sperel@saraleeperel.com or via her website: www.saraleeperel.com.

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New Census Statistics Available in Time for African-American History Month To commemorate and celebrate the veterans in the United States in 2010. contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American Education historian Carter G. Woodson established • 82 percent – Among blacks 25 and Black History Week. The first celebration older, the percentage with a high school occurred on Feb. 12, diploma or higher in 1926. 2010. For many years, the second week of • 18 percent – February was set Percentage of blacks aside for this 25 and older who celebration to had a bachelor’s coincide with the degree or higher in birthdays of 2010. abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass • 1.5 million – and Abraham Among blacks 25 Lincoln. In 1976, as and older, the part of the nation’s number who had bicentennial, the an advanced degree week was expanded in 2010. into Black History Frederick Douglass Month. • 9 million – Number of blacks Population enrolled in college in 2010, a 1.7 million • 42 million – The number of people increase since 1990. who identified as black, either alone or in combination with one or more other Families and Children races, in the 2010 Census. They made • 62.5 – Among households with a black up 13.6 percent of the total U.S. householder, the percentage that population. The black alone-or-incontained a family. There were 9.4 combination population grew by 15.4 million black family households. percent from 2000 to 2010. • 44.4 percent – Among families with • 65.7 million – The projected black black householders, the percentage that population of the United States were married couples. (including those of more than one race) for July 1, 2050. On that date, • 1.3 million – Number of black according to the projection, blacks grandparents who lived with their own would constitute 15 percent of the grandchildren younger than 18. Of this nation’s total population. number, 47.6 percent were also responsible for their care. • 3.3 million – The black population in New York, which led all states in 2010. Businesses The other nine states in the top 10 • $135.7 billion – Receipts for blackwere Florida, Texas, Georgia, owned businesses in 2007, up 53.1 California, North Carolina, Illinois, percent from 2002. The number of Maryland, Virginia, and Ohio. black-owned businesses totaled 1.9 million in 2007, up 60.5 percent. • 2.2 million – People who identified as black in New York City, which led all • 37.7 percent – Percentage of blackplaces with populations of 100,000 or owned businesses in 2007 in healthcare more. It was followed by Chicago; and social assistance, repair and Philadelphia; Detroit; Houston; maintenance, and personal and laundry Memphis, Tenn.; Baltimore; Los services. Angeles; Washington; and Dallas. More information is available at the Serving Our Nation U.S. Census website, www.census.gov. • 2.4 million – Number of black military www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com

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Not a Love Story: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre On Feb. 14, we remember our sweethearts, our loved ones, and of course … the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre of 1929, in which seven Chicago mobsters were lured to a garage on the north side of the city and gunned down by killers hired by notorious gangster Al Capone. The killings erupted from a conflict between Capone and a rival gang led by George “Bugs” Moran, who was the primary target of the massacre. According to one account, Capone hired

members of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang to carry out the hit. They promised Moran’s crew a shipment of bootleg whiskey in order to get them to a warehouse on Clark Street. Moran was late for the delivery, and the killers may have mistaken one of the gang leader’s men for Moran himself. Two of the four gunmen wore uniforms of the Chicago Police Department and drove a stolen police car. When they entered the warehouse, the gangsters inside initially believed they

were being arrested. They allowed themselves to be disarmed and lined up against the wall before realizing they were about to be murdered. After the gunshots died out, the two uniformed killers and their two accomplices left the building, with bystanders assuming the police had carried out an arrest. A barking dog prompted neighbors to investigate, and they quickly discovered the gruesome scene and summoned the real police. One of the victims, still hanging onto

life, reportedly told the police, “Nobody shot me,” despite the bullet holes riddling his body. He died at the hospital three hours after the shooting. Police identified the shooters, but they were never actually prosecuted for the killing (although one did go to jail for shooting a police officer in an unrelated incident). Still, the outcry over the killings marked the beginning of the end of the Capone gang’s power in Chicago, and it captured the imagination of the public for years afterward.

Why Listen to a Groundhog? Most of us know the tradition of Groundhog Day. On Feb. 2, the legend goes, a groundhog that comes up out of its burrow to check the weather will go back inside if it sees its shadow, and winter will continue for six more weeks. But if the sky is cloudy and it casts no shadow, the harsh winter weather is over. Punxsutawney, Pa., hosts the bestknown Groundhog Day event, featuring “Punxsutawney Phil” (who gained fame in the 1993 film Groundhog Day), but

other towns in Pennsylvania and Maryland hold similar celebrations. Where does the legend come from? It may have origins in ancient European

beliefs involving a badger or a bear as a weather forecaster, as well as the pagan festival Imbolc, whose traditions point to a bear or a serpent as

a herald of good or bad weather. In the United States, Groundhog Day can be traced back to 1841, when a Pennsylvania shopkeeper wrote in his diary that Candlemas Day (Feb. 2) was the day on which, “according to the Germans, the Groundhog peeps out of his winter quarters and if he sees his shadow he peeps back for another six weeks’ nap, but if the day be cloudy he remains out, as the weather is to be moderate.”

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The Beauty in Nature

A Farm Pond in Late February Clyde McMillan-Gamber

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n the morning of Feb. 27, 2011, I drove past a 2-acre pond along Cocalico Creek in Lancaster County farmland, as I have done many times before. But that morning I had to stop and scan that human-made impoundment with binoculars because scores of ringbilled gulls were flying over it and dropping to its surface to catch unwary, small fish. Meanwhile, other ring-bills were sitting with a gathering of Canada geese on a grassy meadow near the impoundment. As I watched the gulls, I saw a great blue heron stalking fish along the shore and several each of common merganser ducks and hooded merganser ducks swimming in separate groups on the impoundment’s surface. The ducks took turns diving under water to catch small fish.

These fish-eating birds capture their prey in different ways and in different levels of water. Gulls drop from the air to take fish from the water’s surface with their beaks. Mergansers dive under water from the surface to snare scaly victims deeper in the water with their bills. Herons wade in shallow water along the shores and use their long necks and beaks to catch fish. Other local, human-made impoundments benefit these birds and ospreys, bald eagles, grebes, various kinds of herons, mink, and other fish-eating animals at some point each year. And those interesting creatures are entertaining to us who like to experience nature. Check local bodies of water when out in February and March. Many of them harbor intriguing, fish-eating creatures, at least part of the year.

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Leaving Your Legacy Are You Prepared to Leave a Legacy? You box toys and shoes for disadvantaged children, collect canned goods, and donate to your favorite charity every year—but have you considered leaving a permanent legacy to help support your cause? Bequeathing money to a charity in your will is one of the best ways to act as a philanthropist through your lifetime and beyond. Many charities rely on legacies to run their programs—some receive as much as 40 percent of their income from bequests. There are many ways to leave a bequest to the charity or charities of your choice. You can donate all or part of your retirement plan, IRA, 401(k), life insurance plan, stock portfolio, or estate. You can even ask a charity to put your money toward a specific cause or program. For example, those bequeathing funds to Running Strong for American Indian Youth (www.indianyouth.org), a nonprofit organization that helps

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American Indians meet their immediate survival needs while creating programs that promote self-sufficiency and selfesteem, can ask that their money support Running Strong’s community garden program or youth programs. If you do not specify how you want your money to be used, the charity will most likely add the money to their endowment, where it can be used to support any number of worthy causes. Many charities offer legacy programs to help potential benefactors give. Americans Helping Americans (www.helpingamericans.org), a nonprofit that helps improve the lives of impoverished people living in Appalachia, created its Americans Helping Americans Legacy Society to recognize those who wish to include the charity in their will. More than 80 percent of Americans give to charities. But a 2007 survey conducted by Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy found that only 8

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Headlines of History: Washington, D.C.’s Newseum By Andrea Gross JAMES P. BLAIR/NEWSEUM

ne minute I’m standing in front of eight 4-foot wide, 12-foot tall sections of the Berlin Wall. A few minutes later, I’m watching videos of the moon landing, Princess Diana’s wedding, JFK’s assassination, 9/11 … As I walk through the Newseum, Washington, D.C.’s 250,000-square-foot paean to journalism, I’m reminded of the old adage: Yesterday’s news is today’s history. The museum, which is located on Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the National Mall, contains more than 35,000 newspapers, including one from 1718 that heralds the death of Blackbeard, the notorious British pirate, and one started by the brother of Benjamin Franklin. It’s filled with journalistically relevant artifacts, like the microphone used by Edward R. Murrow for his radio broadcasts during the Blitz and the notebook used by the Newsweek reporter

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The Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery is filled with pictures that have burned themselves into the national consciousness.

who broke the Monica Lewinsky story. In addition, the Newseum houses hundreds of videos. In fact, a person could spend hours just watching videos—from an eight-minute overview of major events narrated by Charles Osgood to a 25-minute look at the history of sports reporting. I hesitate before walking into the Comcast 9/11 Gallery. Do I really want to relive that horrible day? But of course I go in and sit spellbound as journalists who were there tell what they did to bring the story to the rest of us. The audience is transfixed; the room is completely silent. I feel as if I’m in a church. All told, the Newseum houses 15 theaters and 14 main exhibits. My personal favorite is The Pulitzer Prize Gallery, a collection of photographs that deliver a gut-punch to the soul. There’s the horrified girl who saw her fellow student shot at Kent State, the napalmburned child running down a street in Vietnam, the flag being raised on Iwo

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Jima. Video interviews with the photographers give the story behind the story. In addition, there are a number of temporary exhibits that will only run until the end of this year. One of the most popular and poignant, “Inside Tim Russert’s Office,” shows the famous newsman’s desk arranged exactly as it was on the day of his death. Another, titled “First Dogs,” features nearly two dozen pets that have provided our presidents with apolitical companionship. These include Coolidge’s white collie, which was photographed wearing an Easter bonnet; George H.W. Bush’s English Springer Spaniel, which was credited with writing a bestselling book; and Warren Harding’s Airedale, which attended Cabinet meetings with his master. (One can only wonder what scandals would have been adverted if the dog had barked a few words of caution into the president’s ear.) On a more serious note, the “G-Men and Journalists” exhibit provides insight into the tension between law enforcement and the press, showing how the press prevents abuses of power but also makes the work of the special agents more difficult. More than 200 artifacts complement the photos and newspapers, including the cabin used by the Unabomber and the electric chair that ended the life of Bruno Hauptmann, who steadfastly denied that he was the person who kidnapped the Lindbergh baby. Later, after a quick lunch in the Wolfgang Puck café on the lower level, I explore some of the interactive galleries, which are among the museum’s most popular. In one, reporter-wannabes try reading a news report from a Teleprompter and writing a story on deadline. www.50plusSeniorNewsPA.com

In another, they confront ethical problems. When is it OK to quote anonymous sources? Is it more important to photograph a dying child who’s about to be eaten by a vulture, and thus alert the world to the plight of the Sudanese, or is it better to drop the camera and try to save the child?* I wander out on the terrace, where a guide tells me that the Newseum was built on the site of the old National Hotel. “That’s the hotel where John Wilkes Booth stayed when he plotted the murder of Abraham Lincoln,” he says. Inside I see the newspaper announcing the assassination of the president as well as ones telling of the hunt for Booth. For contemporary events, there’s the broadcast studio where ABC News films its Sunday morning program, This Week. Behind the desk where George Stephanopoulos interviews the week’s newsmakers is the famous view of the Capitol. But even more interesting is the daily display of the front pages of 80 newspapers from across the United States and around the world, posted every morning at 6 a.m. Washington time. They are a stark reminder that while we in the United States may be absorbed with the presidential primaries, the people in New Zealand are focused on something else entirely. www.newseum.org

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*Note: Faced with this dilemma, Kevin Carter opted to snap the award-winning photo. Afterward he chased the vulture away, but haunted by the scene and by his own priorities, he committed suicide a few months later.

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Volunteer Spotlight YCAAA Volunteers Alicia Weiland, Heather Bowser, and Larry Pitler were recently named Volunteers of the Month by the York County Area Agency on Aging for their ongoing service and dedication. After working in the insurance industry for 17 years, Weiland now enjoys volunteering in the APPRISE program and helping to solve the puzzles of the Medicare beneficiaries she assists. Patience and understanding are a must, but also putting yourself in others shoes helps to provide customer satisfaction. When she’s not volunteering, Weiland enjoys spending her free time traveling with her

husband and visiting with their family. A York County native, Bowser has been a volunteer with YCAAA since 1997. She enjoys visiting with York County senior citizens as a Friendly Visitor and stresses to other Friendly Visitors not to underestimate the value of what they are doing because this type of volunteer satisfaction has no price tag on it. After studying art in college, Bowser has also used her artistic abilities designing posters for YCAAA’s annual volunteer recognition events. After moving to York County from Maryland, Larry Pitler chose to volunteer

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Calendar of Events York County Department of Parks and Recreation

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Pre-registration is required for these programs. To register or find out more about these activities or any additional scheduled activities, call (717) 428-1961.

Delta Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 456-5753

Feb. 11, 2 to 4 p.m. – “Beekeeping: Is It for You?”, Nixon Park

Eastern Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 252-1641

Feb. 14, 7 to 9 p.m. – Sweetheart Hike, Rocky Ridge Park

Golden Visions Senior Community Center (717) 633-5072

Feb. 19, 2:45 to 4 p.m. – Family Bird Walk, Nixon Park

Heritage Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 292-7471

York County Library Programs Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127

Northeastern Senior Community Center (717) 266-1400

Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue, (717) 927-9014 Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. – Purls of Brogue Knitting Club

Red Land Senior Citizen Center – (717) 938-4649

Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, (717) 432-5613 Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, (717) 292-6814 Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, (717) 225-3220 Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, (717) 632-5183 Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, (717) 244-2032 Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, (717) 252-4080 Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, (717) 846-5300

Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, (717) 235-4313 Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, (717) 938-5599 Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus, (717) 428-1034

Feb. 7, 7 p.m. Surviving Spouse Socials of York County Faith United Church of Christ 509 Pacific Ave., York (717) 266-2784 Feb. 9, noon YCAAA Family Caregiver Support Group Codorus Valley Corporate Center – Community Room 105 Leader Heights Road, York (717) 771-9058 Feb. 9, 7 to 9 p.m. Sweethearts Dance Senior Commons at Powder Mill 1775 Powder Mill Road, York (717) 741-0961

Stewartstown Senior Center – (717) 993-3488 Feb. 2, 12:30 p.m. – Bible Study Feb. 14, 10:30 a.m. – Valentine Party Feb. 20, 6 a.m. – Make Fasnachts Susquehanna Senior Center – (717) 244-0340

Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, (717) 993-2404

Programs and Support Groups

South Central Senior Community Center (717) 235-6060 Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Wii Games Tuesdays, 9:15 a.m. – Watercolor Art Classes Wednesdays, 12:30 p.m. – Dancersize Class

Free and open to the public Feb. 14 and 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Women with Depression/Mood Disorders Support Group Emanuel Methodist Church 40 Main St., Loganville (717) 501-4294 mindhearthealing@comcast.net

White Rose Senior Center – (717) 843-9704, www.whiteroseseniorcenter.org Windy Hill Senior Center – (717) 225-0733 Feb. 1, 11 a.m. to noon – Weekly “Healthy Steps in Motion” Exercise Program Yorktown Senior Center – (717) 854-0693 Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.

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Feb. 16, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Commons at Powder Mill 1775 Powder Mill Road, York (717) 741-0961

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a flat tabletop. It makes it so much easier for them to see. The pencil grip I use is not a writing grip; it is a grip which makes it easier for them to use their hands.” Since teaching her first lesson more than 10 years ago, Warfel has provided instruction to more than 18 facilities, such as senior centers, apartment buildings for low-income elderly, and adult daycare centers. “My range of experience working with this population is very broad,” said Warfel. “By observing which creative activities are successful and which are not, and why, I’ve built a strong art program for senior citizens.” Nearly eight years after her first senior-instruction class, she began a new collaboration. The initiative, created in conjunction with a nonprofit arts organization in Harrisburg, was called Jump Street and aimed to provide art classes to those suffering from Alzheimer’s. “I thought, ‘This is the challenge I have been preparing for all these years.’ We met the program services coordinator and set up the schedule,” explained Warfel. “I had only one requirement— select 10 people who could still write

their first name to join the class.” had on her mother’s ability to write her The first lesson was a drawing lesson; name.” however, before everyone got started, Warfel was astounded at the power of they were asked to write their name on such an activity. their piece of paper. “Neuroscientists All members of the are exploring class were able to evidence that do so, except for artistic expression one woman, whose stimulates the illness had growth of new progressed further brain cells and than the others. creation of new After explaining neuron networks in how to draw lines, the cerebral the class spent an cortex,” Warfel hour using the explained. muscles in their “Working with this arms, shoulders, group for almost and backs to two years gave me complete the task. many insights into At the end of the the capacity of the Warfel gives student Joann Greise lesson, everyone mind to create guidance on her drawing. was instructed to while suffering write their name endless losses.” again—including the woman with more She has seen her program’s positive advanced Alzheimer’s. impact on not only the elderly, but on “[She] wrote her first name in their loved ones as well. beautiful, cursive script,” said Warfel. “The families are so happy,” Warfel “Her daughter was there beside her. Her said. “It gives them some peace that eyes grew wide in amazement. She something is still going on in their loved couldn’t believe the effect that one hour one’s mind.”

For her exceptional work, Warfel was awarded Jump Street’s Spectrum Award for Excellence in the Arts in October 2006, recognizing her influential work with senior citizens suffering from dementia. Her innovations also inspired her authorship of a manual, Simple Lines Make a Difference. The manual, designed for non-artist use, guides would-be art teachers through Warfel’s proven methods, providing questions to ask and demonstrating each lesson. Even someone with no artistic background can read the manual and teach the lesson as if Warfel were there. As for the future, Warfel hopes to continue to spread the word about the power of art for the elderly. She would like to provide more seminars for caregivers in order to incorporate her program in retirement homes in various communities. “I’d like to do more of that,” she said. “I think that’s where the important work is.” To learn more about Barbara Warfel and her groundbreaking work with Alzheimer’s patients, visit her website at www.passeri-warfel.com.

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Savvy Senior

How to Choose a Home Blood Pressure Monitor Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, What can you tell me about home blood pressure monitors? My doctor recently told me that I have hypertension and need a monitor for the house so I can keep an eye on it. But with all the choices, I’m a little overwhelmed. – Hypertensive Helen

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• Portability: If you plan to take your monitor with you while traveling, look for one with a carrying case.

Semi-automatic models work the same way, except you inflate the cuff manually by squeezing a rubber bulb. Manual blood pressure monitors, on the other hand, aren’t nearly as popular because they require you to check your own blood pressure with a stethoscope, which is difficult for most folks. And wrist and finger monitors are not recommended because they’re not considered to be as accurate.

make sure the monitor has been independently tested and validated for accuracy and reliability by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation or the British Hypertension Society. Many monitors on the market are not, and their readings may not be reliable. A list of validated monitors is available at the British Hypertension Society’s website at www.bhsoc.org.

What to Know To help you choose a good monitor that meets your needs, here are several things you need to check into:

• Display: Be sure you can read the numbers on the display comfortably. Most automatic models offer extra-large digital displays and some even have voice-announced readings.

��� Cuff size: If you’re opting for an arm monitor, make sure it has a cuff that fits your bicep. Blood pressure readings will be wrong if your cuff is the wrong size. • Accuracy: Check the packaging to

• Extra features: Depending on your wants and needs, many automatic arm monitors come with a variety of additional features, such as a built-in pulse (heart rate) measurement, irregular

Where to Shop While there are many companies that make and sell automatic blood pressure monitors, the leading supplier in the industry and the one most often recommended by Consumer Reports is Omron (omronhealthcare.com, (877) 216-1333). Other top makers include LifeSource, ReliOn, Microlife, HoMedics, Proton, and Lumiscope. You can find these and other monitors at most pharmacies, medical supply stores, or online at prices ranging from $30 to more than $100, and you don’t need a prescription to buy one. Savvy Tips: After you buy a monitor, it’s a good idea to take it to your doctor’s office so they can check its accuracy as well as teach you the proper techniques of how and when to use it. And for more information on high blood pressure, including tips on how to check it, visit “Your Guide to Lowering High Blood Pressure” at www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org.

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Dear Helen, Everyone with high blood pressure (140/90 or higher) or pre-hypertension (between 120/80 and 139/89) should have a home blood pressure monitor! Home monitoring can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure in a comfortable setting. Plus, if you’re taking medication, it will make certain it’s working and alert you to a health problem if it arises. But with all the styles and options available today, selecting one can be confusing. Here are some tips to help you choose. Types of Monitors While there are various types of blood pressure monitors on the market (manual monitors, automatic and semi-automatic upper arm monitors, wrist monitors, and finger monitors), the most popular option that’s also recommended by the American Heart Association is an automatic monitor for the upper arm. The reason? They’re reliable and simple to use. With an automatic arm monitor, you simply wrap the cuff around your bicep, and with the push of one button the cuff inflates and deflates automatically, giving you your blood pressure reading on the display window in a matter of seconds.

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