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March 2012

Vol. 13 No. 3

The Happy Graduate 2011 PA State Senior Idol Now a Common Sound in Communities, Stadiums By Megan Joyce Peggy Kurtz Keller has been a busy bee these last nine months. It’s an apt metaphor for the 2011 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL, who always seems to be cheerfully zipping about, buzzing with energy and fueled by her effervescent and refreshingly positive personality. Her unassuming, people-person charm has made her a fast favorite among local retirement groups and senior-citizen organizations in recent months, who have frequently sought out Keller to entertain them with her clear soprano and obvious enthusiasm for performance. And the key turn of phrase there is sought out—it’s a change from the preIdol days when Keller says it was she who had to place the phone calls, trying to interest various groups in having her come out to sing. She is beyond grateful for the transformation. “It’s like I got my diploma,” said Keller. “Now, somebody calls me because I’m the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL and they know I have some kind of credibility.” Her singing-engagement calendar has been happily full since last June, when Keller earned top honors in the annual talent competition, produced by On-Line Publishers, Inc. It had been Keller’s fourth time as a SENIOR IDOL semifinalist, and she impressed both judges and audience with her renditions of “Summertime” and “Cabaret.” please see GRADUATE page 17 Peggy Kurtz Keller performing at last November’s 50plus EXPO in Lancaster.


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Can you belt it out like nobody’s business? Do you belong on Dancing with the Stars ? Are you wild and crazy like Steve Martin? Pennsylvanians over 50 are invited to audition for the seventh annual PA STATE

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Free Tax Assistance Offered Through April 15 of each year, the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free oneon-one counseling as well as assistance on the telephone and Internet to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and other standard documents. The following are locations in your area. Please call for an appointment or visit for more information. Aldersgate United Methodist Church 397 Tyler Run Road, York Saturdays, March 10 and 24, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (717) 771-9042 Delta Senior Center 5 Pendyrus St., Suite 1, Peach Bottom Monday, March 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (717) 456-5753

Eastern Area Senior Center 243 Hellam St.,Wrightsville Wednesdays, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. (717) 252-1641 Grace United Methodist Church 473 Plank Road, New Freedom Mondays, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. (717) 235-4029 Heritage Senior Center 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (717) 292-7471 Messiah United Methodist Church 1300 N. Beaver St., York Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (717) 771-9042 Northeastern Area Senior Center 131 Center St., Mount Wolf Mondays, noon to 1:30 p.m.; Tuesdays,

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Robert D. Wilcox hen Thomas Conroy graduated from high school in Baltimore in 1951, the draft was going strong. And that led him to quickly enlist in the Navy, where, he says, “I could expect to enjoy three hot meals a day and a warm bunk to sleep in at night. “Yes,” he grins. “I was happy to take up the Navy’s offer to ‘See the World.’ I had no way of knowing that I’d soon be headed for the South Pole, the least explored area on the face of the earth.” Conroy had always been interested in radio, so after boot training, he asked if he could be assigned to aeronautical electronics. Assured that he could do that, he was shipped off instead to the Fleet Sonar School, where graduates were to serve on destroyers or submarines as they detected German U-boats. A hearing problem prevented his hearing certain sonar frequencies, however, and this time he did get into training to be a radioman, where he finished third out of 25 men in his class. As a radioman second class, he was then assigned to the U.S.S. Wyandot, an attack cargo carrier that was to be one of an eight-ship convoy that would be taking Admiral Richard E. Byrd on his last expedition to Antarctica. As part of the International Geophysical Year 1957-58, the U.S. had agreed to join seven other nations in going to the South Pole to establish permanent bases there at McMurdo Sound and at the Bay of Whales. The Wyandot joined the eightship convoy that left Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 14, 1955. They went through the Panama Canal, then across the Pacific to Port Lyttelton, New Zealand, where 2,000 of the residents gathered at dockside to greet them. Conroy says he couldn’t get over what nice, friendly people the New Zealanders were. The convoy then steamed to Auckland before heading south and arriving in Antarctica on


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Dec. 27 at the end of their 14,000mile voyage. The convoy was under the command of Admiral Byrd, who had become world-famous for his previous South Pole expeditions, including one in which he made the first flight over the South Pole. So, everyone in the convoy was excited

Chief Radioman Thomas F. Conroy in 1977.

The U.S.S. Wyandot on its way to Antarctica.

about having the chance to share the adventure with that famous explorer. Conroy’s job was to receive and deliver the Morse code messages that came to his vessel. He worked shifts of 12 hours on, then 12 hours off. Did he ever get a chance to actually meet the admiral personally? “Oh yeah,” he says. “When the admiral made our vessel his flagship, I had to take him messages I had received and have him sign for them. He was one of the finest people you’d ever want to meet … very warm and friendly. “One time I asked him if he would mind if I were to take a picture of him, and he said, ‘Not at all. But why don’t you get one of your buddies to take the shot of us together?’ So that’s what we did. “He couldn’t have been more thoughtful in the way he treated everyone aboard. You’d never guess

that here was a man who had earned just about every medal the Navy offered, including the Medal of Honor.” What was it like to be in the hostile climate of Antarctica? Conroy says it took some time to get used to seeing the sun 24 hours a day, day after day, but you did get used to it. He says there wasn’t a lot to do outside the ship. “But we used to get a kick out of watching the penguins,” he chuckles. “They were real clowns. We had never given them any reason to fear us, and they were very curious. But we were warned not to get close to them. They had really sharp beaks.” Was the duty dangerous? “Well, we learned early on that the ice could kill you. The Seabees had built a bridge over a 25-foot crevasse, and one of the bulldozer operators drove over it to make sure it would hold. It looked fine until he got to the far side, when the ice suddenly broke, carrying him down with it. They named the base after him, the Williams Air Operating Facility.” The Seabees that Conroy’s ship had brought along successfully built a permanent research station that paved the way for more exhaustive research later. In the spring, their work was done, and the Wyandot returned to Norfolk, its mission complete. Conroy made a career of the Navy, retiring as a chief radioman on Sept. 30, 1977. He then taught communications at Rets Electronic Trade School in Baltimore for 20 years, retiring from there as operations manager in 1997. Nowadays, he says he spends a lot of time in the woodshop at his retirement community. He also sits on the library committee, sorts the mail, and plays a lot of pool. But a first priority for him is to attend all the annual reunions of the men with whom he sailed to Antarctica so many years ago. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in WWII.

Conquering Your Fear of Technology No matter if you are young or old, the quickly changing technology landscape can sometimes seem bewildering. And for older Americans, in particular, mastering the use of computers and the Internet may not come intuitively—but the technology has boundless potential to enrich lives for grandparents and grandchildren alike. And learning how may be easier than you think. “If my mother can learn the computer, anyone can,” contends Abby Stokes, author of Is This Thing On?, a handbook for computers and digital devices. Stokes has taught computing to thousands of people, mainly seniors, and believes overcoming a fear of technology is the first step. Stokes offers some tips and information to motivate anyone to get started: Catch Up Email is basically like the postal service, only faster. Take advantage of free services through your Internet service provider or a company like Yahoo or Google. Once you get going, you can write your friends and family instantly. Better yet, talk in real time, face-toface with loved ones around the globe. For example, a service named Skype lets you do this free of charge. Share Photos Use your computer to store your photos and share them online. If you have a digital camera, upload the contents of the memory card onto your computer. If you have a film camera, your printed photos can be scanned into your computer and saved. Easy-to-use software allows you to

crop photos, remove red eyes from family portraits, and make other improvements to your pictures. Get Information Surfing the Internet isn’t very different than channel hopping on your television set. There’s a lot of information out there, and not all of it is useful. In fact, no special credentials are needed to run a website. A search engine like Google can help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s health research or celebrity gossip. You can access any information you want without visiting a library or newsstand. Many periodicals publish all their content on the Web free of charge. See something you like? You can easily revisit sites you like by “bookmarking” them. Entertain Yourself If you love your television set, you’ll wind up loving your computer even more. Many television programs run complete episodes online. And if you’re a film buff, you’re in luck. Online video rental sites are relatively inexpensive and allow you to watch movies online or order DVDs to watch later. Poker champs and Scrabble lovers will be happy to discover that you can play almost any game you can think of online. You can either play against the computer or against other people sitting at their computers somewhere in the world.

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Organ Donation: You’re Never Too Old Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, Is there an age limit on being an organ donor? At age 73, I’m interested in being a donor when I die, but I am wondering if they would still want my organs. What can you tell me, and what do I need to do to sign up? – Willing But Old Dear Willing, There’s no defined cutoff age for being an organ donor. In fact, there are many people well up into their 80s that donate. The decision to use your organs is based on health, not age, so don’t disqualify yourself prematurely. Let the doctors decide at your time of death whether your organs and tissues are suitable for transplantation. Donating Facts In the United States alone, more than

112,000 people are on the waiting list for organ transplants. But because the demand is so much greater than the supply, those on the list routinely wait three to seven years for an organ, and more than 6,500 of them die each year. Organs that can be donated include the kidneys (which are in the greatest demand with more than 90,000 on the waiting list), liver, lungs, heart, pancreas, and intestines. Tissue is also needed to replace bone, tendons, and ligaments. Corneas are needed to restore sight. Skin grafts help

burn patients heal and often mean the difference between life and death. And heart valves repair cardiac defects and damage. How to Donate If you would like to become a donor, there are several steps you should take to ensure your wishes are carried out, including: Registering: Add your name to your state or regional organ and tissue donor registry. You can do this online at either Donate Life America ( or the U.S.

Department of Health & Human Services’ organ-donation website ( Both sites provide links to all state registries. If you don’t have Internet access, you can call your local organ procurement organization and ask them to mail you a donor card, which you can fill out and return. To get the phone number of your local organization, call Donate Life America at (800) 355-7427. Identify yourself: Designate your decision to become an organ donor on your driver’s license, which you can do when you go in to renew it. If, however, you don’t drive anymore or if your renewal isn’t due for a while, consider getting a state ID card—this also lets you indicate you want to be a donor. You can get an ID card for a few dollars at your nearby driver’s license office.

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Tell your family: Even if you are a registered donor, in many states family members have the ultimate say whether your organs may be donated after you die. So clarify your wishes to your family. It’s also a good idea to tell your doctors and add it to your advance directives. These are legal documents that include a living will and medical power of attorney that spell out your wishes regarding your end-of-life medical treatment when you can no longer make decisions for yourself. If you don’t have an advance directive, go to or call (800) 658-8898, where you can get free

state-specific forms with instructions to help you make one. For more information on organ and tissue donation and transplantation, visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Donate the Gift of Life website ( Also see the United Network for Organ Sharing ( and Transplant Living (, which offers information on being a living donor. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

VITA Program Tax Help Available Free assistance with completing income tax forms will be available again this year to older, disabled, or lowincome persons in York County through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. VITA provides trained volunteers to assist with completing local, state, and federal tax returns at sites throughout the county. Appointments are necessary at most sites and assistance can be provided to homebound individuals. To speed the filing process, individuals should be prepared by bringing all pertinent tax documents such as W-2 forms, interest statements from banks, copies of your 2011 income tax returns, and the tax packets received in the mail. Please call for an appointment unless listed otherwise. Community Progress Council 226 E. College Ave., York (717) 854-2244 Until April 17 Dover Area High School 46 W. Canal St., Dover (717) 854-2244 Until April 17

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The Sunny Side of Dorothy Fields W.E. Reinka arch is Women’s History Month. We’re sure to see reminders of the contributions of such outstanding women as Marie Curie, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Amelia Earhart. You may not know her name, but chances are Dorothy Fields had a bigger impact on your life than more famous members of her sex. For Dorothy Fields was a songwriter, perhaps the greatest female lyricist ever. She put us in the mood for love. Yes, “I’m in the Mood for Love” was just one of her many hits. But it wasn’t her first big hit—that distinction goes to “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love” way back in 1928. As with so many of her other enduring (and endearing) lyrics, snatches of the song evoke as many memories as the opening lines: “Diamond bracelets Woolworth doesn’t sell, baby.” Or how


about her American March is Women’s History Month clever internal musical theater rhyme, “This forever with rover crossed Show Boat. over,” from “I had to “On the leave the room Sunny Side of because I the Street”? started to cry,” For what it’s Fields would worth, “The often recall Way You Look about the first Tonight” gets time Kern my vote for played the the finest bridge of “The popular song Way You Look ever written. Tonight” for Dorothy Fields working with Arthur Schwartz on “With each her. “It was so A Tree Grows in Brooklyn in 1951. word your beautiful.” tenderness That song grows/tearing my fear apart. And that garnered Kern and the 30-year-old Fields laugh that wrinkles your nose/touches Best Song Oscars. Photos from the my foolish heart.” She wrote that with awards dinner show her sitting next to Jerome Kern, the composer who changed George Gershwin, who used to give her

golf lessons. She never collaborated with Gershwin or her one-time teenage crush, Richard Rodgers, with whom she used to walk hand-in-hand across Central Park. Though they didn’t write songs together, she did work with Rodgers. According to Fields’ biographer, Deborah Grace Winer, Fields said “the only time in my life an idea came absolutely from God” was when she flashed on her dear friend Ethel Merman playing Annie Oakley. Fields pulled Oscar Hammerstein aside after a songwriters’ luncheon and asked, “What do you think of Ethel Merman as Annie Oakley?” Say no more. Hammerstein loved the idea and asked Fields to go back to the office with him so that they could run it by Richard Rodgers. With Oklahoma! behind them, Rodgers and Hammerstein had started producing as well as writing shows.

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According to Winer, Rodgers heard Fields’ one-line pitch and immediately responded, “You write it, we’ll do it.” Annie, Get Your Gun was launched. Fields and her brother, Herb, were to write the book, Fields the lyrics, and Jerome Kern the music. Unfortunately, Kern no sooner returned from Hollywood to tackle the project than he was struck by a fatal stroke. After long deliberations with Rodgers and Hammerstein, Fields gracefully gave up her role as lyricist when Irving Berlin agreed to take over for Kern because Berlin always wrote his own words. Fields and her brother still wrote the book. But Annie, Get Your Gun didn’t stop Fields’ show. She continued to write for Hollywood and Broadway shows such as A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Sweet Charity. With Seesaw, she achieved a rarity few aging songwriters match— having a first-run hit on Broadway

when she passed away in 1974 at the age of 68. Winer points out that as “the only major-league woman songwriter of the golden age of American popular song and musical theater, Dorothy Fields had been standing virtually alone among men for almost 50 years.” If we’re known by the company we keep, consider that when the Songwriters Hall of Fame inducted Dorothy Fields in 1971, she went in with such giants of Tin Pan Alley as Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Ira Gershwin, and Hoagy Carmichael. Besides those mentioned, here are a few more of Dorothy Fields’ memorymaking standards: “A Fine Romance,” “Lovely to Look At,” “Pick Yourself Up,” “I Won’t Dance,” “Don’t Blame Me,” “Exactly Like You,” “You Couldn’t Be Cuter,” “Remind Me,” “Hey Big Spender,” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

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Exercise Is the Antidote for Aging, Disease, and Decline By Dawn Williams The changes come gradually, sneaking up on us while we’re busy doing other things. Perhaps walking up a flight of stairs is more tiring than it used to be. Groceries feel like they’ve gotten heavier over the years. Muscle strain and injury occur more often, and a few hours of yard work or home repair require days of recovery. Our waistlines grow thicker, flesh becomes doughy, posture slackens, and energy flags. We chalk up these symptoms to the process of aging, assuming they are inevitable and attempting to endure them with as much grace and good humor as possible. It doesn’t have to be that way. Statistics gathered during the last 50 years consistently show that people who exercise regularly suffer a far lower incidence of heart disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, and even cancer. Exercise is that powerful and that important.

heart stiffness, and vascular stiffness; by lowering blood pressure; and by increasing the heart’s maximum pumping capacity. It also decreases thickness of the blood, all of which make the heart stronger and more efficient, while making its job easier to accomplish. The effects of being sedentary are exactly the opposite. • Metabolism slows with age, but exercise increases it while reducing body fat, regulating blood sugar and insulin levels, and lowering dangerous LDL cholesterol as it increases beneficial HDL cholesterol.

Beyond the Obvious We know exercise is good for us, but why, exactly, is it so? Harvard University summarized the most relevant research findings on the specific effects of exercise. Among them:

• The skeletal and muscular systems benefit from exercise, too. Muscle mass and strength increase over time, which in turn build stamina and reduce the risk of injury. Bones benefit from increased calcium content and strength, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and decreasing the likelihood of fractures.

• Exercise improves the cardiovascular system by decreasing resting heart rate,

• Even our neurological functions are

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improved through exercise. Physical activity slows the loss of nerve conduction and reflex speed associated with aging, improves quality of sleep, reduces risk of depression, and reduces memory lapses and other cognitive decline.

• Heart health drastically improves with exercise, even for those who have already developed cardiovascular disease. People who are regularly active are 45 percent less likely to experience cardiac-related incidents in their lifetime, and some research suggests that exercise may even improve cardiac event-free survival in coronary patients better than angioplasty. Reaping the Benefits Research at Harvard School of Public Health studied 13,000 subjects and found that those who exercise for five hours a week were 76 percent more likely to age free of chronic illnesses, including heart disease and cancer, than those who worked out only 20 minutes a week. Physical activity in this study was also

correlated with less mental and physical impairment. Even if you have been inactive for a long period of time or have never exercised seriously, you can still reap the benefits of getting fit. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that decreased mortality is documented even among those who were sedentary until mid-life or later. It’s never too late. The National Institutes of Health recommends that all seniors strive for at least 30 minutes of moderate activity most days of the week. Medical conditions such as arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease may all be improved through exercise, so the presence of these diseases should not be considered a reason not to exercise. However, be sure to see your doctor first to learn if there are specific precautions you should take. Exercise is quite likely the surest buffer against disease and the only known antidote to age-related decline. An investment of a little time and sweat equity will buy you a healthier, higherquality, longer life. For information on how to get started, see the NIH National Institute on Aging website at Dawn Williams is associate publisher of Senior News 50 and Better and a health writer who is pursuing certification as a fitness trainer with a specialty in senior exercise. More of her health articles can be found at

St. Patrick’s Notable Kin As the nation celebrates this St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with frothy pints of Guinness, many will raise glasses to recognize the hallowed patron saint of Ireland (who is actually British!). While those glasses are raised, consider cheering a few other Irishmen who made

contributions to the world. Did you know an Irishman, John Philip Holland, invented the submarine? Color

photography was invented by Ireland’s John Joly. And guided missiles, the modern tractor,

and even a cure for leprosy were all invented by Irishmen. So as you search for that elusive fourleaf clover, remember that Ireland has given us much more than just good beer! (SPM Wire)

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The Search for Our Ancestry

The 1920 U.S. Census Angelo Coniglio ensuses can be used to find more than simply the address of an ancestor in a certain year. Here’s some general information about the decennial U.S. census, with specific details about the 1920 census. The first federal census was in 1790, under Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. There have been 22 since then, taken at 10-year intervals. The last was in 2010. Censuses from 1790 through 1930 are available online and in hard copy at many sources. Excluded is the 1890 census, most of which was destroyed by fire. For privacy reasons, availability was limited after 1930; however, the 1940 census is expected to be released this April. The questions asked varied between censuses, from simple identification and place of residence in the first to much more detailed information in later versions. An image from the 1920 U.S. census can be seen on Wikipedia. That census collected the following information:


• Address • Name • Relationship to head of family • Sex • Race • Age at last birthday • Marital status • If foreign born, year of immigration to the U.S., if naturalized, and year of such • School attendance • Literacy • Birthplace of person and parents • If foreign-born, the mother tongue • Ability to speak English • Occupation, industry, and class of worker • Was home owned or rented: if owned, was it mortgaged Before considering individual listings, note the township, county, and state where the census was taken. You can contact churches, courthouses, or public offices in those localities for other records: naturalization, birth, death or marriage records, etc.

Address: Be sure to distinguish between house number (address) and the sequence number indicating the order in which the census was taken. Street names and house numbers allow location of the actual property where your ancestor lived and can lead to churches, cemeteries, local funeral homes, schools, etc., to search for other records. Name: Remember that to search online or digitized census records by name, you may have to use innovative or imaginative spellings of the name. Usually the head of household’s given name and surname are listed, with only given names for the rest of the family. Relationship to head of family: Study the family members’ names and relationships to the head. A woman with a different surname than the head may be listed as “mother-in-law,” thus giving you the “maiden” surname of the wife of the head of household. When a surname listed for a “daughter” is different from that of the head, it’s the married surname of the daughter. Sex: Errors here are not uncommon. Young children with “foreign-sounding” names may have been attributed the wrong gender. So your grandfather Andrea may have been incorrectly listed as a girl or your aunt Carmen as a boy! Use information from the census as a guide, not as gospel. Ages given are the person’s age at last birthday. Children’s ages are often given as years and fractions: 4 7/12 means the child was 4 years and 7 months old at the time. The date when the census was taken is at the top of the page, and by subtraction, the approximate year of birth can be calculated. Don’t be surprised if ages on the census are one or two years different than what was recorded elsewhere. Other records may be wrong, or the ages may have been incorrectly entered on the census. Marital status, including that of children, helps confirm previously found information. Year of immigration and country of birth helps in locating passenger manifests, which please see CENSUS page 19


PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING... HEARTBURN — SHOULD I TELL MY DOCTOR? Heartburn and acid reflux are common digestive conditions that many people experience from time to time. Heartburn is a painful, burning feeling in the chest usually induced by acid reflux. Acid reflux is a condition where stomach acids back up into the esophagus. In addition to heartburn, acid reflux can induce epigastric discomfort and a sour taste in the mouth. Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia), hoarseness, sore throat, the sensation of a lump in the throat, and chest pain may also occur. However, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is when these signs and symptoms occur at least twice each week or interfere with your daily life. Obesity, hiatal hernia, pregnancy, smoking, asthma, diabetes, and delayed stomach emptying can increase your risk of GERD. Over time, acid reflux can induce chronic inflammation in your esophagus, which may lead to complications, including: narrowing of the esophagus, causing difficulty swallowing; an open sore in the esophagus, causing pain and bleeding; and Barrett’s esophagus, causing changes to occur in the lining of the esophagus. Barrett’s esophagus is associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer. The risk of cancer is low, but your doctor will likely recommend regular endoscopy exams to look for early warning signs of esophageal cancer. Make an appointment with your doctor if your heartburn occurs more than twice a week, your heartburn symptoms persist despite use of over-the-counter medications, or if you have difficulty swallowing. Your family physician may refer you to a gastroenterologist. Seek immediate help if you experience severe chest pain, especially when combined with other symptoms such as difficulty breathing or jaw or arm pain.

Pin Wang, MD Gastroenterology Associates of York Both heart attack and acid reflux can induce chest pain. Cardiac chest pain has much more serious consequences than acid reflux. Depending on your symptoms and response to treatment, your doctor may order one or more tests or procedures, such as an upper endoscopic exam (EGD), an X-ray study of the upper digestive tract, a test to monitor acid in the esophagus, or a test to monitor the motility of the esophagus. Cardiac tests should be done to evaluate cardiac disease if you have severe chest pain. Many over-the-counter medications are available to control heartburn, including: • Antacids that neutralize stomach acid, such as Maalox. Antacids may provide quick relief. • H-2-receptor blockers such as famotidine (Pepcid) and ranitidine (Zantac). H-2 blockers help reduce acid production. H-2-receptor blockers don’t act as quickly as antacids, but they provide longer relief. • Proton pump inhibitors such as lansoprazole (Prevacid) and omeprazole (Prilosec). PPIs block acid production and allow time for damaged esophageal tissue to heal. Additionally, lifestyle modifications may relieve your heartburn and acid reflux. Consider trying to: • Maintain a healthy weight. • Avoid foods and drinks that trigger heartburn. Common triggers, such as fatty or fried foods, alcohol, orange juice, and caffeine, may aggravate heartburn. • Wait at least three hours after eating before lying down. • Elevate the head of your bed. • Minimize smoking. If heartburn and acid reflux are part of your life, it might be time to talk to your doctor or gastroenterologist.

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and forego overnights with friends and family. • It costs consumers billions of dollars each year, mostly for pads and adult diapers. • It is the underlying factor in a great percentage of falls and subsequent hip fractures incurred by folks as they rush to the bathroom. • It is often the “last straw” in the decision to move a relative into a care facility. However, despite all these consequences, studies show that only 20 to 30 percent of patients who are having this problem mention it to their healthcare provider. That means some 21 to 24 million people are suffering in silence. (Is the thinking here that UI is a “normal” part of aging? It’s not!) But as of late, primary-care doctors and nurses are being encouraged to initiate the conversation, to not wait for the patient to bring it up, and despite whatever else the patient is being seen for, to not forget to ask about UI. You can expect to be asked if you have had any “leaking episodes” in the previous few months. If the answer is yes, then: • Were they minor leaks (dribbles) or did you wet your pants? • How many times a day do you feel the urge to go to the bathroom? • How many times a night do you get up to go?

• Have you ever leaked when coughing, sneezing, laughing, or lifting something heavy? • Have you ever been unable to get to the bathroom in time? • Do you often have the feeling you have to go but when you try, nothing happens? Ultimately, you will probably be referred to a specialist (a urologist) for further tests and treatment. Keep in mind that urinary incontinence is not a disease; it’s a symptom, and it could be: • Temporary, caused by drinking alcohol and/or caffeine, both of which are bladder stimulants and diuretics; by taking in an excessive amount of liquids; by ingesting bladder irritants, such as spicy foods or artificial sweeteners; or by taking certain medications • The result of a treatable medical condition, such as a urinary tract infection or chronic constipation • Reflective of an underlying physical problem or change that came about from pregnancy and childbirth, from being overweight or obese, from smoking and its associated chronic coughing, from kidney disease or diabetes, or from the aging of the bladder muscles themselves There is a broad spectrum of treatment available for UI, once the proper diagnostic tests are completed. please see UI page 19

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Art and Antiques by Dr. Lori

Museum Mania Dr. Lori useums say a lot about their locale, the unique qualities of a collection, or the founders’ mission. In my travels, I visit many museums. They run the gamut from the fun to the funky. Here is sampling of museums, both on and off the beaten path, that recently captured my attention.



vote for one of the top five best artists ever!). For 19th-century art, Degas’ work was, by far, represented with the greatest number of pieces, yet there were outstanding works of art by Courbet, Rodin (including his famous, life-size figural sculpture group called The Burghers of Calais), Gauguin, Renoir, and Cezanne on display too. If you find yourself in Southern California, take a short drive to Pasadena—pass the Rose Bowl—and visit this great museum in a small package. Memphis Music Museums ( and In Memphis, Tenn., there are many museums that chronicle the city’s numerous contributions to American culture. The Sun Studio museum tour gives visitors the opportunity to experience the birthplace of rock ’n’ roll. Just a short walk from Beale Street, visitors can stand in the spot where Elvis sang; learn about the careers of B.B. King, Ike Turner, and Johnny Cash; and listen to vintage recordings. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music has a great collection and an equally great promotional tagline … “Nothing against the Louvre, but you can’t dance to DaVinci.” If that doesn’t make you consider a visit, I don’t know what will! The Stax Museum displays 2,000 artifacts and exhibits that feature the

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Musee Lalique ( There is a new museum devoted to jeweler and glassmaker Rene Lalique in the village of Wingen sur Moder, where his glass factory was built in 1919. The museum is a sight to behold, located north of Strasbourg, near the German border. Musee Lalique opened in June 2011 after receiving numerous gifts. For instance, the Lalique Company donated crystal pieces from its archives and Lalique’s chairman of the board donated perfume bottles from his own private collection. Rene Lalique was born in 1860 and opened his own shop in 1885. Jewelry was his first love and first commercial success. Exquisite jewelry pieces including enamel, gold and diamond pendants, and aquamarine and citrine brooches became Lalique’s trademark. In the Art Nouveau style of the late 19th century, Lalique pieces were characterized by a concentration of sinuous lines and organic forms based on nature. After success in the jewelry realm, Lalique moved to the making of art glass.

His objects— residents of perfume Southern bottles, vases, California chandeliers— as well as were all the the world of rage at the art Paris enthusiasts. International Located on Exhibition of 8 acres in 1925. Pasadena, At Rene Calif., in a Lalique’s California death in Modern1945, his son style Marc took building over the renovated Rodin’s Burghers of Calais from the collection of the Norton Simon. Wingen by architect factory and Frank changed it Gehry, the from producing glass to making crystal. Norton Simon is a place of wonder with Marc designed the crystal chandelier that 10 major galleries broken down by art now hangs in the Musee Lalique’s main historical period. When I visited the museum, there foyer and he also designed the medals for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. were enough museum security guards on duty to fill a major museum, like The At the Musee Lalique, the tradition of Met or the Louvre. For such a small making great objects lives on. museum, I was taken by the sheer amount of masterpieces. The Norton Norton Simon Museum Simon is known for its impressive ( Like many intimate yet fine American masterpieces of Impressionism, museums, the story of the Norton Simon particularly paintings, works on paper, and sculpture after sculpture by Edgar is a story of an industrialist with a love Degas. for art. Yet, the Italian Renaissance was well In business, Norton Simon (1907represented by works by Botticelli, the 1993) enjoyed unprecedented success by Baroque was highlighted with paintings establishing corporations such as Max by Rembrandt and Rubens, and the 18th Factor, McCall’s publishing, Avis rental century shined with pieces by Elizabeth car, and Hunts Foods, among others. Vigee le Brun (the personal artist to He shared his private art collection, one of the best in the United States, with Marie Antoinette) and Chardin (he is my

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Stax sound and focus on the illustrious careers of music legends like Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Rufus and Carla Thomas, and others. When it comes to museums, there are a lot of choices. Visit a local or faraway museum soon and open your world to something new.

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Walt Sonneville ike people, words retire. A growing number of nouns, verbs, and adjectives, used by today’s seniors, are considered archaic or quaint by younger generations. If you struggled studying the language of Shakespeare, you have a lot of company. Shakespeare’s vocabulary was enormous for his era, partly because he made up words. A dictionary of words he used would have some 21,000 main entries, almost three times the count of famous modern authors. Our country’s first dictionary of American English was produced by Noah Webster in 1806. His most popular edition was released 22 years later when he was 70 years old. It had approximately 70,000 main entries. The current edition of the Oxford English Dictionary, published by the Oxford University Press, consists of 20 volumes and almost 22,000 pages. It contains 300,000 main entries, reaching back to the mid-eighth century. (The count depends on how “word” is defined. In this essay, “word” means the basic word, called the “main entry,” e.g., run, but not running. The average adult American today has a vocabulary of about 15,000 English words.) Your vocabulary, like your first name, can suggest the generation to which you belong. Referring to grammar school, for example, instead of elementary school, could be an age-revealing disclosure. Dated words have not escaped usage at our nation’s “newspaper of record,” The New York Times. In its July 29, 2011, edition it titled an article “Governor Said to Have Irked Transit Leader Who is Leaving.” Irked? Not vexed, troubled, or annoyed? The word irked soon began to appear in article headings of the Washington Post after it appeared in The New York Times article.


Some words indicate both your age and the part of the country in which you were raised. Words such as yonder, fixin’, and fetch imply a Southern upbringing. “I’ll carry (drive) you home” and “You favor (look like) your mother” are phrases heard in that region. In New England, one might say that a highpriced item is “dear.” World War II veterans would recognize the acronym SNAFU (situation normal, all fouled up) and the terms gizmo (an unnamed device) and Gob (sailor). Yiddish words, such as schlep (to carry), schmo (a fool), or chutzpah (audacity), have found some usage among those who wish to appear “cool.” In disagreeing with another, do you say, “You will rue the day”? Did your adversary carp? Were you and your friend gabbing, bantering, or engaging in scuttlebutt? Did you find the complaints piddling? Were you unable to sleep until the wee hours of the morning? Have you ever had to scram because a ruckus was created by riffraff? When your plans have gone amiss, did that raise your ire? Did you bawl-out the person responsible? Were you irked? If you had no difficulty understanding the oldfangled words while reading this essay, you are a senior with scads of smarts. If, however, this essay appears to you as rigmarole, you are forgiven for snickering at the oaf who wrote it. Walt Sonneville, a retired market-research analyst, is the author of MY 22 CENTS’ WORTH: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen, a book of personal-opinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. He recently completed the manuscript for another book of essays, A MUSING MOMENT, scheduled for release in January 2012. Contact him at

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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.

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March 3, 9 to 11:30 a.m. – Waterfowl Tour, Kain Park March 15, 6 p.m. – Spring Covered Dish, Wallace-Cross Mill March 18, 2:30 to 4 p.m. – “Signs of Spring” Stroll, Nixon Park

York County Library Programs Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127 Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue, (717) 927-9014 Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. – Purls of Brogue Knitting Club 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 Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, (717) 993-2404 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

Programs and Support Groups March 1, 6 to 9 p.m. Medicare Facts for New or Pre-Retirees Seminar Penn State Extension Offices, Meeting Room 1 York County Annex 112 Pleasant Acres Road, Springettsbury Township (717) 771-9008 March 6, 7 p.m. Surviving Spouse Socials of York County Faith United Church of Christ 509 Pacific Ave., York (717) 266-2784 March 8, noon YCAAA Family Caregiver Support Group Codorus Valley Corporate Center Community Room 105 Leader Heights Road, York (717) 771-9058

Free and open to the public March 15, 7 to 8 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Senior Commons at Powder Mill 1775 Powder Mill Road, York (717) 741-0961 March 20, 3 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Golden Visions Senior Community Center 250 Fame Ave., #125, Hanover (717) 633-5072 March 27, 6 to 9 p.m. Medicare Facts for New or Pre-Retirees Seminar Glen Rock Church of Christ 3899 Sticks Road, Codorus Township (717) 771-9008

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Golden Visions Senior Community Center (717) 633-5072 March 6, 12:30 p.m. – Music and Dance with Danny Sullivan March 9, 10:30 a.m. – “Nutrition for Healthy Aging” Program March 16, 10:30 a.m. – Blood Pressure Screening Heritage Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 292-7471 Northeastern Senior Community Center (717) 266-1400 Red Land Senior Citizen Center – (717) 938-4649 South Central Senior Community Center (717) 235-6060 Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – Quilting Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m. – Cooking Club Thursdays, 10 a.m. – Senior Bowling League Stewartstown Senior Center – (717) 993-3488 March 14, 10:30 a.m. – “Save Your Vision” Program March 16, 10 a.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Party March 24, 7 to 10:30 a.m. – Easter Bunny Breakfast for SEYCO Nursery School Susquehanna Senior Center – (717) 244-0340 White Rose Senior Center – (717) 843-9704, Windy Hill Senior Center – (717) 225-0733 March 8, 1 p.m. – Learn for the Fun of It Program: Wine Tasting and Tour, High Rock Winery March 13, 6:30 p.m. – “3 D’s of Driving” Workshop March 22, 1 p.m. – Learn for the Fun of It Program: Introduction to Cake Decorating 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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With her win came the grand prize of a limousine trip for two to New York City for dinner and a Broadway show, which Keller took advantage of in November with her husband and two additional friends. They saw Follies, the musical about a group of past performers who reunite in their soon-tobe-demolished theater and reminisce about days past while facing the realities of their present lives. “That show was really sentimental to me,” explained Keller, who was once very active in community theater at Ephrata Playhouse. “When they closed the old barn and did all the renovations, the last show they did there was Follies, and I was in it.” Though understandably dazzled by the big stage, it was a slightly smaller stage closer to home that served as the location for her most memorable experience since becoming PA STATE SENIOR IDOL. Keller was honored to perform the national anthem at the 9/11 memorial event held at Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster. Her performance started off an entire day of activities, including a firemen’s walk that featured firefighters from all over the state who ceremoniously walked the number of steps that would have been walked in the 9/11 rescue attempts. “It was so incredibly moving; it was just unbelievable,” remembered Keller. “These guys were in full gear, just like they were doing a rescue … It took them like two hours of solid walking to get to that amount of steps.” Keller also performed the national anthem for the region’s other minorleague baseball teams, the York Revolution and the Harrisburg Senators—her Senators performance was even punctuated by an aircraft flyby. Both opportunities were a direct result of exposure from her SENIOR IDOL win. “One bit of exposure leads to another. It’s been really cool,” Keller said. She has also been a mainstay at OnLine Publishers’ 50plus EXPOs, easily winning over the crowds with her repertoire of jazz and pop standards that feature melodies that transcend time and bring back memories for anyone over 50. But Keller’s appeal extends beyond her taste in music. “I think people look at me as a 50plusser, and I have a lot of energy; I’m gregarious. They know I love what I’m doing and I’m not afraid to share of myself,” she said. “As much as I give and they give back to me, then I can give

more—it’s that cycle of return, that growing energy.” That “sharing of herself ” is another change Keller has observed since winning SENIOR IDOL last year: Audiences are eager to know more about her. “I used to spend more time introducing songs that I was singing, but now it’s: ‘Tell us about you,’ ‘Why are you here?’, ‘How did you win?’” Keller noted. “They wanted to know more about who am I as a person versus who am I as a performer, so I told some stories about myself when introducing songs. I became more comfortable sharing of myself in my performance.” Keller also uses these platforms to encourage others to audition for the PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition, citing both her own enjoyable four-year experience and the unique opportunity for people over 50 to step up and claim their talent. She shares with them her conviction that contestants should choose a song, dance, or comedic routine that means something to them and not to worry about appealing to others’ tastes. “I really think that if you’re going to do this [competition] and take the time, be true to yourself, do what you want to do, and don’t worry about the judges,” she said. “If you are true to yourself, you’re gonna wow ’em.” Although her year as the reigning PA STATE SENIOR IDOL is winding down, Keller looks toward her musical future with eagerness and down-to-earth ambitions, hoping to land a regular, recurring singing opportunity for a senior group or restaurant. And, as always, her “bucket” is overflowing with genuine thankfulness. “I can’t even express gratitude enough to On-Line Publishers for giving me this opportunity,” she said. “If this [SENIOR IDOL] program didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to be a participant for four years and now to have a venue to share what I love to do. I hope I continue to be utilized as much as they see fit, because I would love to be.” Bees do need to keep busy, after all. For more information on the 2012 PA STATE SENIOR IDOL competition, including audition dates and locations and a downloadable registration form, please visit or call (717) 285-1350. If your business would like to support the 50-plus community, please call to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.


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This Month in History: March

Book Review

Sweet Freedoms: 50 Life Lessons from Life in the ’50s

Events • March 4, 1830 – Former President John Quincy Adams returned to Congress as a representative from Massachusetts. He was the first ex-president ever to return to the House and served eight consecutive terms. • March 19, 2003 – The United States launched an attack against Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein from power. The attack commenced with aerial strikes against military sites, followed the next day by an invasion of southern Iraq by U.S. and British ground troops. The troops made rapid progress northward and conquered the country’s capital, Baghdad, just 21 days later, ending the rule of Hussein. • March 23, 1775 – Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with a speech before the Virginia convention in Richmond, stating, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”

Birthdays • March 1 – American band leader Glenn Miller (1904-1944) was born in Carilinda, Iowa. His music gained enormous popularity during the 1940s through recordings such as “Moonlight Serenade” and “String of Pearls.” On Dec. 15, 1944, his plane disappeared over the English Channel while en route to Paris where he was scheduled to perform. • March 6 – Renaissance genius Michelangelo (1475-1564) was born in Caprese, Italy. He was a painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and visionary best known for his fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel and his sculptures David and The Pieta. • March 31 – Boxing champion Jack Johnson (1878-1946) was born in Galveston, Texas. He was the first African-American to win the heavyweight boxing title.

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By Ken Gaudi

here was a time before penicillin and polio shots, Xerox and Xbox, contact lenses and credit cards. A time when there was no such thing as FM radios, cell phones, MP3s, or CDs. Those days, kids walked to school—rain or shine—because there was no bus.” Hilarious, heartwarming, and insightful, Ken Gaudi’s memoir Sweet Freedoms details 28 unbelievable true stories “based on a little boy’s adventures during his age of innocence” while growing up in the ’50s. Gaudi recalls the days of stickball, gas for 28 cents a gallon, penny candies, and when children were called home for dinner after a day of outdoor play by a distinct “whistle.” Gaudi guides readers to satirical but also moving lessons in life that range from knowing that flatulence is uncontrollable to how strength and compassion can be birthed from heartbreak. In these stories for all ages, readers


will take a journey into a past that reveals how much our society has strayed from enjoying the sweet, simple sovereignties of life and that wisdom comes from experiencing it. Gaudi dedicated this memoir to his grandchildren, who encouraged him to write about his past. It is available at and About the Author Ken Gaudi worked for 28 years as the state government affairs manager for Dominion Resources, Inc., one of the largest energy companies in the United States. He played a leading role in the passage of key energy and consumer legislature in the Pennsylvania State Legislature. Gaudi also served eight years on the board of trustees for Clarion University. Currently, he resides with his wife, Peggy, in Mechanicsburg, where he spends his time reading, writing, and playing golf and handball with friends.

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deep breath and say something. Believe me, your doctor or nurse has heard worse. Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in health education and a Certified Health Education Specialist designation.

Leader Heights Eye Center and Jeffrey Lander, MD welcome Howard Hartzell, OD to our practice! • Routine and medical eye exams


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may list town of birth. A person’s occupation is noted on the 1920 census, as well as on many passenger manifests. Matching a person’s name, year of birth, occupation, and year of immigration from the census with the information on a manifest can corroborate that the records are for the same person. Make note of the other names on the census: neighbors of your ancestor. They may be his relatives or friends, and research on their backgrounds may unveil otherwise unknown information about your ancestor or ways to find it. The censuses prior to 1920 and those subsequent provided essentially the same information, with some variation. The 1900 census, rather than giving a person’s

age, lists the month and year of birth, while the 1910 and 1930 censuses list “Number of Years Married” or “Age at First Marriage,” from which you may determine whether the couple was married in the U.S. or before they came here, aiding in the search for a marriage record. The censuses, especially those of the late 1800s and early 1900s, carry much meaningful data about our ancestors and are a valuable source of information for the genealogical researcher. Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard Drive, Amherst, NY 14226; by email at; or by visiting Tips.htm.

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Angels of the Year Receive Awards

From left, Marian Elkins, Angel of the Year, and Barb Miller, assistant director of Visiting Angels, Hanover.

From left, Susan Heinle, RN, president/CEO of Visiting Angels, with Cheryl Ohrum, Angel of the Year.

Cheryl Ohrum from York and Marian Elkins of Hanover were recently named Angels of the Year by Susan Heinle, president/CEO and owner of Visiting Angels Senior Homecare in York and Hanover. The honor of Angel of the Year is given to the caregiver who demonstrates exceptional dedication to their work as a caregiver and to the clients they serve. They consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them. If you have local news you’d like considered for Around Town, please email

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