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Complimentary | York County Edition

May 2017 • Vol. 18 No. 5

Salute Veteran

In Memoriam

Col. Robert D. Wilcox

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special focus: better hearing & speech month page 13


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Here’s What Happens When You Cry Suzy Cohen

When we think of crying, we usually relate it to grief, pain (whether it be emotional or physical), shame, and sometimes even guilt. We cry for a lot of reasons. Sometimes we cry because “I’ll never let go, Jack” happens in a movie. When I was pregnant with my daughter Samara in 1989, I remember crying at some totally inappropriate moment during the whale movie, Orca. It was so odd, but to this day I recall how good it felt to let those tears out and blow my nose. It’s funny looking back. Personally, I’m not a crier—it takes

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really hurt myself. I once started crying after cutting open my finger while chopping an onion. Any type of emotional surge, whether it is positive or negative, can trigger tears. When we’ve finished crying, we feel so much better! That feeling of relief you experience after crying comes from “feel-good” hormones and neurotransmitters that are released during the episode. Emotional crying contains “leucine-enkephalin,” an endorphin that improves mood and reduces pain. Your tears contain endorphins, so please see CRY page 6

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Salute to Our Veteran: In Memoriam

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

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

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

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

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

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Fragments of History

Victor Parachin

‘It’s All in Your Head!” – A Brief History of the Brain

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

One of history’s most “butcher who cut up famous physicians, innumerable corpses Hippocrates rejected in order to investigate superstition in favor of nature and who hated scientific observation, mankind for the sake teaching that diseases of knowledge.” had explainable Tertullian’s causes and were not condemnation punishments from the of autopsies and gods. dissections meant He identified the May is Mental Health fewer and fewer brain as the source of physicians were willing Awareness Month human emotions: “Men to examine cadavers. ought to know that Eventually, it became from the brain, and from the brain illegal in the Roman Empire to dissect only, arise our pleasures, joy, laughter, human bodies. This would impede and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, anatomical and medical knowledge for griefs, and tears.” centuries. Hippocrates recognized brain Galen the anatomist. The first complexity, noting that an illness, person to seriously study the brain trauma, or damage to the brain was was Claudius Galen (129–199 CE), dangerous and could be deadly. He also correctly noted that the brain controls all senses and movements; the brain is the seat of intelligence; and paralysis occurs on the side of the body opposite the side of a head injury.

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

Autopsies and dissections are condemned. Herophilus (330–280 BCE) was a Greek physician who is regarded as the world’s first anatomist. He was founder of the world-famous Medical School of Alexandria and is the first known person to systematically perform scientific dissections on human cadavers. Herophilus was a skilled scientist who carefully recorded his findings, eventually writing nine medical volumes. In those, he described various bodily organs, compared the human brain to the brains of animals, and was the first to distinguish sensory and motor nerves. However, as he and other physicians opened and studied cadavers, the practice became suspect, controversial, and condemned. Influential Christian theologian Tertullian (160–225 CE) referred to Herophilus not as a doctor but as a

Hippocrates’ corrections. Regarded as the founder of Western medicine, Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) correctly identified the brain as the driving force of the central nervous system. www.50plusLifePA.com

a Roman physician. His medical and anatomical knowledge combined with his huge collection of writings made him a foundational figure in Western medicine for over a thousand years. Galen’s writings include the 17volume On the Usefulness of the Parts of the Human Body. His collected works total 22 volumes. Because of opposition to dissecting human cadavers, Galen used pigs, goats, dogs, and monkeys, carefully studying their anatomy. Operating on live animals, he conducted spinal cord experiments showing how severing the spinal cord at various places affected different parts of the body. Studying animal brains, Galen correctly identified various cranial nerves, such as the optic nerve (sight and visual information), the olfactory please see THE BRAIN page 7

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The Beauty in Nature

Rough-Winged Swallows Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Rough-winged swallows are plain little birds that are big in being adaptable enough to use a variety of niches, both natural and humanmade, for nesting. They raise young along creeks and ponds in woods and farmland across much of the United States, including here in southeastern Pennsylvania. And they winter from the southern United States to the Caribbean islands, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Rough-wings hatch offspring as isolated pairs or as small, loose colonies, depending on how many nesting places are in any one area. Their traditional protective nesting sites are crevices in cliffs, abandoned belted kingfisher burrows in the upper parts of stream banks, and holes dug by the swallows themselves in those same stream banks. And today, the adaptable and

rough-winged successful swallows. rough-wings But the also rear babies drainage pipes in protective the swallows human-made nest in can sites, including be dangerous niches in to helpless quarry walls, youngsters. drainage pipes in waterHeavy or prolonged rains retaining can wash eggs walls, under or babies out certain bridges over small Photo by Charles J. Sharp, Sharp Photography of their cradles. But some waterways, and Rough-winged swallow. parents try in drain pipes from spouting again to raise another brood to maturity. that extend over waterways. Like all swallows, rough-wings are I’ve also noticed a rough-wing entertaining to watch as they catch nursery under a never-moved truck flying insects from the air, uttering used for storage near a creek. Raising broods of young in human- buzzy notes as they careen across the sky. Swiftly and gracefully, they zip made shelters, as well as in natural ones, has increased the populations of through the air, swerving this way

and that, and snapping up one insect after another until their stomachs and beaks are full. Then they feed their young with the insects in their bills. Obviously, swallows are not only interesting, but also beneficial because they consume flies, mosquitos, gnats, and other pesky, dangerous insects. Late in summer, most swallow species migrate south ahead of winter in large, noticeable flocks. But roughwings do so in little, inconspicuous groups that are overlooked. Roughwings just disappear. The intriguing rough-winged swallows are entertaining to watch feeding. They are also adaptable, and some nesting pairs take advantage of built structures to raise young. They are another successful species in the midst of human-made habitats and activities.

enhanced communication, better coping skills, and antibacterial effects. Let me explain.

that explains why some people prefer to cry alone in the shower.

CRY from page 3 when you cry, you can feel yourself start to settle down almost instantly after shedding some tears. As an added effect, our emotional pain tolerance increases after we have cried. This is human nature. Some other interesting benefits associated with crying include

Crying releases stress. Stresscrying releases toxins that assist the body in ridding itself of chemicals that are known to raise cortisol levels.

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Cortisol is the hormone that puts fat around your belly, so controlling cortisol could contribute to weight loss and helps you cope with stress. Do not allow your stress or emotions to remain bottled up inside you. Tears are antibacterial. As for the killing off of bacteria, an article published by Medical Daily found that tears (which contain lysozyme) can kill up to 95 percent of bacteria in under 10 minutes! Crying improves communication. Babies cannot speak, so they let you know about their discomfort by crying. As for adults, seeing another person’s tears quickly sums up the extreme level of anger, frustration, or sadness that words fail to convey. I have a longer article at my website

Wherever you cry, it would be a disservice to yourself, your mental health, and your physical body to prevent the occasional vulnerable state (and euphoria) that emotional crying provides. In order to restore balance to both your body and mind, you should try to embrace the lacrimation. Men especially: Crying is a sign of a kindhearted, sensitive man, and there’s nothing wrong with letting your guard down. It is not a sign of weakness like you might think. This information is not intended to diagnose, prevent, or treat your disease. For more information about the author, visit SuzyCohen.com.

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THE BRAIN from page 5 nerve (smell and taste), the acoustic nerve (hearing and balance), and the oculomotor nerve (eye movement control). The slow birth of neurology. Because the church banned dissection of cadavers, the progress of brain anatomy and knowledge moved slowly during the Middle Ages (fifth through 15th centuries). This changed during the Renaissance era, when philosophers and artists such as Leonardo da Vinci became curious about anatomy, particularly the brain. Da Vinci produced a series of anatomical drawings that included considerable detail about the brain. Following his lead, British physician and emerging neuro-anatomist Thomas Willis (1621–75) began to examine and study brains extensively. In 1664 he published a groundbreaking book, Cerebri Anatome, complete with intricate information about major brain regions and the functions of some cranial nerves. In the 19th century, French surgeon Paul Pierre Broca (1824–1880)

conducted numerous autopsies carefully examining human brains. He correctly noted that the frontal lobes were instrumental in driving intellect, judgment, abstract thinking, and critical reasoning. The strange case of Phineas Gage. A great deal of brain knowledge has come by studying people who have had damage to various regions of the brain. One of the most amazing and fascinating cases is that of Phineas Gage. In 1848, Gage worked on a railroad construction crew. As he was setting a charge of explosives, the dynamite blew prematurely, propelling a 13-pound, 3.5-foot iron bar through the front of his head, where it destroyed much of his frontal cortex. Despite this appalling injury, Gage did not lose consciousness but walked calmly to a road where he obtained a ride into town. There a physician managed to remove the rod. Though Gage survived this trauma, he was never the same. Before the accident, friends described him as responsible, hardworking, intelligent,

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and friendly. Afterward, his personality changed, leaving him unstable and impulsive. He wandered from job to job, eventually traveling with carnivals and exhibiting himself and his iron bar. Gage developed epilepsy and died 13 years later. Nevertheless, the report of Gage’s change in personality confirmed studies of other neurologists that psychopathological conditions could be correlated to brain injury. Einstein’s brain. Regarded as one of the most prominent geniuses of the 20th century, Albert Einstein’s brain was removed within eight hours of his death on April 18, 1955, in Princeton, New Jersey. Physician Thomas Harvey performed the autopsy with the approval of Einstein’s son, who stipulated that his father’s brain should be used only for research to be published in scientific journals of “high standing.” Harvey sliced the brain into sections, providing some samples to leading pathologists but keeping many

for himself. In 1978 a reporter (Steven Levy) interviewing Harvey learned the doctor still had several sections of Einstein’s brain. His published story attracted interest from scientists, who began to carefully scrutinize it. They discovered that Einstein’s brain was smaller than average, weighing 1,230 grams rather than the normal 1,400. However, his parietal lobes were unusually large, and this part of his brain was 15 percent wider than other human brains. The parietal lobes are where mathematical thought emerges, thus offering one explanation for Einstein’s incredible mathematical powers. Though brain science has developed greatly in recent times, it is still a frontier waiting to be further explored. Douglas Tweed, author of Microcosms of the Brain, notes: “Present-day knowledge of the brain resembles in some ways earlier Europeans’ knowledge of Africa. Explorers have mapped the coastline in detail, but the interior is mostly uncharted.”

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York County Senior Games Adds Registration Deadline Organized by the York County Area Agency on Aging, the 16th annual York County Senior Games will be held June 19-23. The majority of the sporting events will be held at Central York High School, with the exception of: bowling, mini golf, table tennis, 9-hole golf, horseshoes, trap shooting, and target shooting. These events will be held at other community locations as noted below.  New this year is a registration deadline of June 14. The $15 registration fee per person enables athletes to participate in an unlimited number of events. Target shooting, trap shooting, mini golf, bowling, and nine-hole golf require an additional fee payable at the event. Participants can pick up their Senior Games t-shirt and nametag at the registration desk inside the high school. The opening ceremony, which includes the parade of athletes and the torch ceremony, will be held at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, at the high school cafeteria. The closing celebration will start at 4 p.m. Friday, June 24, in the high school cafeteria. This commemoration of the week of events will feature recognition of medal winners, an ice cream social, and the announcement of the triathlon winners. Monday, June 19 Bowling, Singles – 9 a.m. at Hanover Bowling Centre A Walk in the Park with a York County Doc – 10 a.m. at John Rudy Park Bowling, Doubles – noon at Hanover Bowling Centre Table Tennis – 2 p.m. at Hopewell Area Recreation & Parks

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Tuesday, June 20 All events at Central York High School (except mini golf). Bocce – Begins at 9 a.m.; specific times for age groups will be listed in registration booklet Ladder Golf – Any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Soccer Kick – Any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Washers – Any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wii Archery – Any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Mini Golf – Any time between 1 and 5:30 p.m. at Heritage Hills Golf Resort Wednesday, June 21 All events at Central York High School (except target and trap shooting). Running, 5K – 8 a.m. Running, 50-meter – 9 a.m. Running, 100-meter – 9:45 a.m. Running, 4x100 Relay – 10:45 a.m. Running, 400-meter – 11:15 a.m. Running, Sprint Medley – 11:45 a.m. Running, 1600-meter – 12:15 p.m. Football, Softball, and Frisbee Throws – Any time between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Shuffleboard – 1 0 a.m.; specific times for age groups will be listed in registration booklet Target Shooting – 1 p.m. at Izaak Walton League of America Basketball, Foul Shooting, and Hot Shot – Any time between 3 and 6 p.m. (Event also offered June 22; choose one day) Trap Shooting – 6 p.m. at Izaak Walton League of America (5 p.m. optional practice round) Thursday, June 22 All events at Central York High School (except nine-hole golf and horseshoes). 9-Hole Golf – 8 a.m. at Little Creek Golf Course Horseshoes, Singles – 8 a.m. at John Rudy Park Horseshoes, Doubles – Following singles horseshoes at John Rudy Park Wii Bowling – A nytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. (Event also offered on June 23; choose one day) Darts – Anytime between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Event also offered on June 23; choose one day) 500 Card Game – 9:30 a.m. Basketball, Foul Shooting, and Hot Shot – Any time between 3 and 5 p.m. (Event also offered June 21; choose one day) Three-on-three Basketball – 6 p.m. Friday, June 23 (All events at Central York High School.) Cornhole – Any time between 8:30 a.m. and noon Wii Bowling – A ny time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Event also offered June 22; choose one day) Darts – A ny time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. (Event also offered June 22; choose one day) Pinochle – 9:30 a.m. Swimming – 9:45 a.m.; specific times for events will be listed in registration booklet Poker – noon For more information, call (717) 771-9001. www.50plusLifePA.com


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Eating More Fish May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s, a disease that afflicts some 5.1 million Americans, is a type of dementia that affects a person’s memory, thinking, and behavior. Although at this point no cure exists, you can take measures to reduce your chances of suffering from this debilitating condition. New evidence suggests that eating more fish— as long as it’s not fried—may help to protect your brain from the shrinkage and decline associated with Alzheimer’s. www.50plusLifePA.com

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

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A Solemn Tradition: Memorial Day May 31, 2017 Aug. 29, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Vets Honored, Connected to Employers at Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair By Megan Joyce “I have an open mind; I’m ready for anything.” Joseph Boulware spoke words any employer would want to hear. Recently returned from his Army deployment in Kuwait, Boulware, of Baltimore, attended the Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair in York in search of work. He was joined by Brittany Dorm, Army, who had also recently returned from time in the Middle East. “We just got back from a deployment, so we’re trying to transition back into civilian life here,” said Dorm, a native of York now living in Baltimore. “We’re just kind of ready to dive back in there.” Hundreds of current military personnel of all ages, veterans, and their families attended York County’s Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair at the York Expo Center on April 20. The day was a two-for-one event presented by OLP Events; admission was free to the public. The Veterans’ Expo connected active and retired military members with the benefits and resources available to them through local businesses and organizations. The Korean War Veteran Color Guard began the opening ceremony by displaying the colors, honoring each branch of the military individually. Amy Shaffer, singer from House of Vocals, performed the national anthem. York County Commissioner Doug Hoke, whose father and grandfather were veterans, spoke of his gratitude toward those who have served the country. “On behalf of all York County residents, I want to thank everyone for this day, for helping our York County veterans and for your support of the people of York County,” Hoke said. Additionally, Catherine Courreges from Stitches of West Brandywine www.50plusLifePA.com

presented Thomas “Wally” Clarke, a World War II Army veteran, a Quilt of Valor. The quilt is a lifetime award bestowed upon deserving veterans and active service members for their service to the nation. “This quilt is meant to comfort you and remind you daily that you’re forever in our hearts and in our thank-yous,” Correges said. In 2009, Clarke published a book, George S. Patton’s Typical Soldier, a memoir of his time spent serving as a machine gun sergeant in the Third Army under Patton. “It was a complete surprise,” Clarke, of York, said of the quilt presentation. “I had no idea. I’m still shook up because of it.” At the Job Fair, transitioning and former military personnel met faceto-face with employers to discuss available positions. Company representatives were looking to fill openings in sales, labor, management, tech, medical services, transportation, clerical, manufacturing, engineering, construction, retail, financial services, and more. This was the second year at the event for state trooper Aaron Hunt. The recruitment coordinator for the Pennsylvania State Police, Hunt said the organization is in the process of aggressively hiring new employees. “We’re always looking for folks— from veterans to folks from different backgrounds—to help join us and make us better as an agency,” Hunt said. “I love coming here because there’s always good turnout, always good people to talk to, and you never know if you’ll find someone today or five years from now from this event.” Veterans’ family members were also welcome at the event. Erin Fox, a York resident and graduate school student at Rutgers University, was at the Job Fair with her father, a 38year Army veteran. “I’m looking for a job in human services; my father’s actually a

veteran and I’m his dependant,” Fox said. “I’ve found a few places [to apply] already.” Also at the Job Fair, a Resource Center provided assistance with translating military careers to civilian opportunities. There, Vincent D. Jones Jr. from York County CareerLink offered advice on resume writing; Justin Leader from Benefit Design Solutions conducted mock interviews; and Shannon R. Degiglio from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Eastern Pennsylvania District Office provided guidance on small-business ownership for veterans, women, and the disabled. Ashley Althouse, human resources administrator for Wagman, said the company has exhibited at Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair events in both York and the Capital Area. “We definitely come out to support our veterans,” Althouse said. “We try to hire veterans if they’re

best qualified for the job, [and] also we try to support our local community.” The Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair will return to Berks County May 31 at the Crowne Plaza Reading Hotel in Wyomissing. The event will also return to the Capital Region Aug. 29 at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg in Camp Hill and to Lancaster County Nov. 2 at Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim. For more information, call (717) 285-1350 or visit www.veteransexpo. com. Hosted by:

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Vicious Circle Terri Schlichenmeyer

It’s gone around and around. Your mind just can’t let go: how can you put an end to a ticklish problem? You’ve let it roll through your head, around and around until you almost can’t think right, hoping the solution is somewhere close. But, as in the new book Vicious Circle by C.J. Box, the fix may be harder than it seems. Throughout his career, game warden Joe Pickett had seen a lot of dead bodies. He’d seen them in many places and positions, but he’d never actually witnessed a murder until he saw one on an iPad screen in a Cessna, high above the Wyoming mountains. The victim, he was sure, was Dave Farkus. Reported missing by a hunting buddy, Farkus had disappeared, leaving

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a one-time outdoor guide like Farkus didn’t just get lost in the woods. Add to that the odd call he’d made to Pickett the night before— something about Dallas Cates and Stockman’s Bar—and something was wrong. Everybody in Twelve Sleep County had been dreading this day, ever since Cates went to prison. Before he left, he’d vowed revenge on everyone who’d hurt his family and ruined his life, and nobody in Saddlestring doubted he’d try to get it. Pickett, who’d put Cates away then, was the first target. True to form, the newly freed Cates went afoul of the law almost immediately—and was quickly released because Undersheriff Lester Spivak had done something stupid during the arrest. With the possibility of double jeopardy gone and with two former jail buddies waiting in the wings to help, Cates focused on Pickett.

But what—other than former fame as a rodeo star—did Cates have to offer the men who seemed willing to kill for him? That didn’t make sense to Pickett; there didn’t seem to be good motives for anyone to kill Farkus or bartender Wanda Stacy, who was also missing. And none of them seemed the type to do business with a meth tweaker like the one who’d been stalking Pickett’s daughters … To your list of Don’t Read Before Bedtime, you can add Vicious Circle. If you don’t, you may as well kiss sleep goodbye. Yes, there’s more than just one keep-you-up-all-night heart-pounder in this book; it’s the 17th novel to feature Joe Pickett, after all, and author C.J. Box nails it again with a story that lays out the clues and dares you to figure them out. Readers who know Pickett know that won’t be easy, just as they’ll remember how Box often brings back truly nasty bad guys and leaves fans with an aggrrrrrravating cliffhanger. And that, of course, will have you screaming for the next installment. Don’t hesitate to start this book if you’re new to Box’s novels; it won’t take long to catch on or to want the rest of the series. If you’re an old hand at the Pickett Posse, though, rejoice! Find Vicious Circle. It’s a book you’ll want around. The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. Terri has been reading since she was 3 years old and she never goes anywhere without a book. She lives on a hill in Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books.

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month Trust Your Hearing to the Care of a Physician York Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Associates has been a mainstay of the York County medical community since 1966. The office has grown to include four full-time physicians, one nurse practitioner, and four full-time audiologists. The physicians treat a broad range of medical problems, including sinus and nasal problems, dizziness and vertigo, snoring and sleep apnea, thyroid disorders, head and neck cancer, reflux, seasonal allergies, ear disorders, and, of course, hearing loss. The physician and audiologist team at York ENT Associates can properly evaluate your specific hearing loss and determine a treatment that is best for you. No two people are exactly alike; each patient has different degrees of hearing loss as well as different

communication needs. York ENT recognizes the danger of a one-sizefits-all approach to hearing healthcare. That’s why we offer consumer-specific hearing aids based upon the wants and needs of the patient. Also, deciding when you are personally ready for hearing aids is a decision reserved for the patient and their family members. The staff of York ENT does not believe in pressuring anyone into a decision that you are not ready to make. York ENT offers the full range of the latest digital hearing aid technology at significantly lower prices than you will find at a hearing aid dealership; plus, you will receive the care of a physician at your visit. If you are noticing a hearing loss and are ready to explore your options, please contact our office to schedule a

visit. Your first visit to our office will include a hearing test and a discussion of the results of the test with a physician. If the physician determines that you are a candidate for hearing aids, you will then have a consultation with the university-trained audiologist to discuss what type of aid will best fit your needs. After the patient makes the decision to purchase hearing aids, they are encouraged to come back to the office for follow-up services. All aids come with a 30-day trial period, a one-year loss and damage warranty, and a twoyear warranty for repairs. We are always available, by appointment, for reprogramming and cleanings. There is always a doctor and audiologist in the office should there be problems with your ear health or changes in your hearing.

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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month Savvy Senior

Coping with Ringing in Your Ears Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Are there any new treatments you know of that can help with the constant ear-ringing syndrome known as tinnitus? I’ve had it for years, but it’s gotten worse the older I get. – Ringing Louder at 62 Dear Ringing, Tinnitus is a common condition that affects around 45 million Americans but is usually more prevalent in the 60-and-older age group. Here’s what you should know along with some tips and treatments that may help. What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus (pronounced “tinNIGHT-us” or “TIN-a-tus”) is the sensation of hearing a ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, or whistling sound in one or both ears when no external sound is present. The sounds, which can vary in pitch and loudness, are usually worse when background noise is low, so you may be more aware of it at night when you’re trying to fall asleep in a quiet room. For most people, tinnitus is merely annoying, but for many others it can be extremely disturbing. Tinnitus itself is not a disease but rather a symptom of some other underlying health condition. The best way to find out what’s causing your tinnitus is to see an audiologist or an

otolaryngologist—a doctor who specializes in ear, nose, and throat diseases (commonly called an ENT). The various causes of tinnitus are: • Age-related and noise-induced hearing loss—this is the most common cause. • Middle ear obstructions, which are usually caused by a buildup of earwax deep in the ear canal. • The side effects of many different prescription and nonprescription medicines like aspirin, ibuprofen, certain blood pressure medicines and diuretics, some antidepressants, cancer medicines, and antibiotics. • Various medical conditions such as high blood pressure, vascular disease, diabetes, allergies, thyroid problems, ear or sinus infections, Ménière’s disease, Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, otosclerosis, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, a tumor, an injury to the head or neck, traumatic brain injury, depression, stress, and more.

Treating the Causes While there’s currently no cure for tinnitus, there are some ways to treat it, depending on the cause. For example, if your tinnitus is caused by a wax buildup in your ears or a medical condition (high blood pressure, thyroid problem, etc.), treating the problem may reduce or eliminate the noise. Or, if you think a medication you’re taking may be causing the problem, switching to a different drug or lowering the dosage may provide some relief. Other Treatments Another treatment option for tinnitus that can help suppress or mask the sound so it’s less bothersome are “sound therapies.” These can be as simple as a fan or a white noise machine or something more sophisticated like a modifiedsound or notched-music device, such as Neuromonics (www.neuromonics. com) or the Levo System (www. otoharmonics.com), which actually

trains your brain not to hear the tinnitus. Or, if you have hearing loss, hearing aids can help mask your tinnitus by improving your ability to hear actual sounds. There are even hearing aids today that come with integrated sound-generation technology that delivers white noise or customized sounds to the patient on an ongoing basis. Your audiologist or ENT can help you with these options.   There are also certain medications that may help. While currently there’s no FDA-approved drugs specifically designed to treat tinnitus, some antianxiety drugs and antidepressants have been effective in reliving symptoms. Behavioral therapies, counseling, and support groups can also be helpful. Other measures you can take to help quiet the noise include avoiding food substances that can aggravate the problem, such as salt, artificial sweeteners, sugar, alcohol, tonic water, tobacco, and caffeine. And protect yourself from loud noises by wearing earplugs. For more information on tinnitus treatment options, visit the American Tinnitus Association at www.ata.org. 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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May is Better Hearing & Speech Month Want a Memory Boost? Try a Hearing Test Intrigued by all the brain-training products out there to keep your mind sharp and spirits young? You may want to consider something else: a hearing test. Mounting evidence links untreated hearing loss to impaired memory and diminished cognitive function. What that means is, if you keep brushing off that suspected hearing loss of yours, your cognition may pay. Researchers have found that when people with unaddressed hearing loss strain to hear, they tend to do more poorly on memory tests. They may figure out what is being said, but because so much effort goes into just hearing it, their ability to remember what they heard often suffers. Experts believe this has to do with

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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friends may call (800) 273-8255 and press 1; chat online at www. veteranscrisisline.net/chat, or text 838255. For more information about VA’s suicide prevention efforts, visit these resources • Veterans Crisis Line website: www.veteranscrisisline.net/bethere • Suicide prevention outreach toolkit: www.veteranscrisisline.net/ spreadtheword • “Be There” public service announcement: http://bit.ly/ BeTherePSA • Suicide prevention fact sheet: http://bit.ly/2axW88D • Make the Connection website: http://maketheconnection.net • VA Mental Health website: www. mentalhealth.va.gov

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Calendar of Events

York County

Community Programs/Support Groups Free and open to the public

Senior Center Activities

May 1, 9:30 a.m. Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting Emmanuel Lutheran Church 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion (717) 235-2823

May 5, 1-5 p.m. First Friday for Older Adults Cherry Lane and First Block of West Market Street, York www.yccf.org/rediscover-york

Crispus Attucks Active Living Center – (717) 8483610, www.crispusattucks.org

May 2, 7 p.m. Surviving Spouse Socials of York County Faith United Church of Christ 509 Pacific Ave., York (717) 266-2784

May 16, 7-8 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Providence Place 3377 Fox Run Road, Dover (717) 767-4500

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

May 5, 10:30 a.m. Partners in Thyme Herb Club of Southern York County John Rudy Park 400 Mundis Race Road, York (717) 428-2210

If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to mjoyce@onlinepub.com for consideration.

Parks and Recreation May 7, 2:30-4 p.m. – Spring Birds Walk, Nixon County Park May 14, 2:30-4 p.m. – Mother’s Day Nature Walk, Nixon County Park May 30, 6:30-9 p.m. – Sunset Scramble Bike Ride, Northern Extension, Rail Trail, Rudy Park

Library Programs Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127 May 22, 6:30-8 p.m. – Glen Rock Literary Society: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue, (717) 927-9014 Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. – Purls of Brogue Knitting Club Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, (717) 292-6814 May 12, 10 a.m. to noon – Friday Morning Knitting Group Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, (717) 225-3220 Mondays, 6-8 p.m. – Knitters Group May 18, 1-2 p.m. – Third Thursday Windy Hill Book Club Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, (717) 632-5183 May 2, 6:30-8 p.m. – Mystery Book Talk: The Dark Room by Minette Walters May 9, 1:30 p.m. – Adult Coloring Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, (717) 244-2032 May 25, 6-8 p.m. – Knit Wits Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, (717) 846-5300 May 16, 10 a.m. to noon – Resume Workshop May 17, noon to 2 p.m. – rabbittransit Information Fair Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, (717) 2354313 May 2, 6:30-8 p.m. – Maximizing Your Social Security Workshop Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, (717) 938-5599 May 16, 7-8 p.m. – Adult Book Discussion Group: Butterfly’s Child by Angela Davis-Gardner Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus, (717) 428-1034 May 25, 11 a.m. to noon – Village Readers Book Discussion Group

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Delta Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 456-5753 Dillsburg Senior Activity Center – (717) 432-2216

Golden Visions Senior Community Center – (717) 633-5072, www.goldenvisionspa.com Heritage Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 292-7471, www.heritagesrcenter.org Northeastern Senior Community Center – (717) 266-1400, www.mtwolf.org/SeniorCenter Red Land Senior Center – (717) 938-4649, www.redlandseniorcenter.org March 10 and 31 – AARP Tax Help by Appointment Golden Connections Community Center – (717) 244-7229, www.gcccenter.com Weekdays, 9 a.m. – Games Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Pinochle Fridays, 9:15 a.m. – Computers 101 South Central Senior Community Center – (717) 235-6060, http://southcentralyorkcountysrctr.webs.com Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – Isometric Exercise Classes Weekdays, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Wii Games Thursdays, 9 a.m. – Computer Class Stewartstown Senior Center – (717) 993-3488, www.stewsenior.org Susquehanna Senior Center – (717) 244-0340, www.susquehannaseniorcenter.org Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Chorus Practice Tuesdays, 6-10 p.m. – Bluegrass/Country Music Jam Session White Rose Senior Center – (717) 843-9704, www.whiteroseseniorcenter.org Windy Hill On the Campus – (717) 225-0733, www.windyhillonthecampus.org May 1, 12:30 p.m. – Mahjong Class May 6, 6 p.m. – Kentucky Derby Party and Dance at VFW Post 5265, Spring Grove May 9, 10 a.m. – Open House: Pamper Your Soul York Community S.E.N.I.O.R.S. – (717) 848-4417 Yorktown Senior Center – (717) 854-0693, www.yorktownseniorcenter.org Please call or visit their website for more information. www.50plusLifePA.com


Nursing & Rehabilitation Centers The listings with a shaded background have additional information about their center in a display advertisement in this edition.

Bethany Village – The Oaks

325 Wesley Drive • Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 (717) 766-0279 • www.bethanyvillage.org Number of Beds: 69 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: CARF/CCAC; Eagle, LeadingAge PA Comments: Maplewood Assisted Living also available.

Homeland Center

1901 North Fifth Street • Harrisburg, PA 17102-1598 (717) 221-7902 • www.homelandcenter.org Number of Beds: 95 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: AAHSA, LeadingAge PA (PANPHA), NHPCO, PHN, HPNA Comments: A beautiful, full-service continuing care retirement community with a 149-year history of exemplary care.

Claremont Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 1000 Claremont Road • Carlisle, PA 17013 (717) 243-2031 • www.ccpa.net/cnrc Number of Beds: 282 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: No Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Featuring Traditions at Claremont, a dedicated, 39-bed, short-term rehab unit. Claremont provides quality skilled nursing and rehabilitation services for short- and long-term stays.

Mennonite Home Communities

1520 Harrisburg Pike • Lancaster, PA 17601 (717) 393-1301 • www.mennonitehome.org Number of Beds: 188 Rehabilitation Unit: Yes Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Occupational, Physical Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes Scheduled Entertainment: Yes

Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: Equal Housing, LeadingAge PA Comments: Person-centered care with reputation for compassion and excellence. Established in 1903. Respite care available w/minimum stay.

Pleasant Acres Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

Transitions Healthcare – Gettysburg

Number of Beds: 375 Rehabilitation Unit: No Alzheimer’s Unit: Yes Skilled Licensed Nursing: Yes Therapy: Speech, Physical, Occupational Respiratory Long-Term Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes 24-Hour Medical Care: Yes Recreational Activities: Yes

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118 Pleasant Acres Road • York, PA 17402 (717) 840-7100 • www.yorkcountypa.gov

Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: No Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Comments: Elm Spring Residence Independent Living on campus.

595 Biglerville Road • Gettysburg, PA 17325 (717) 334-6249 • www.transitionshealthcarellc.com Scheduled Entertainment: Yes Private Rooms Available: Yes Semi-Private Rooms Available: Yes Pet Visitation Allowed: Yes Beauty/Barber Shop: Yes Medicare: Yes Medicaid: Yes Accreditations/Affiliations: PHCA, PACA Comments: Fully staffed Transitions Healthcare employees in skilled nursing and sub-acute rehab. Tours are encouraged!

This is not an all-inclusive list of agencies and providers. These advertisers are eager to provide additional information about their services.

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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori

Please join us for these FREE events! Always free parking! 18th Annual

May 9, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Hershey Lodge

DAUPHIN COUNTY

325 University Drive Hershey

18th Annual

May 18, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Shady Maple Conference Center LANCASTER COUNTY

Smorgasbord Building 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl

14th Annual

June 8, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Church Farm School

CHESTER COUNTY

1001 East Lincoln Highway Exton

21st Annual

Sept. 21, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Spooky Nook Sports

LANCASTER COUNTY

2913 Spooky Nook Road Manheim

15th Annual

Sept. 28, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

York Expo Center

YORK COUNTY

Memorial Hall East 334 Carlisle Avenue, York

18th Annual

Oct. 19, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Carlisle Expo Center 100 K Street Carlisle

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Exhibitors • Health Screenings • Seminars Demonstrations • Entertainment • Door Prizes

Limited Sponsorship Opportunities Available

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Settling Estates Filled with Antiques

Grandma passed away, leaving valuable item worth thousands of behind a house filled with art, dollars is left sitting in the dumpster antiques, and collectibles. outside your late grandma’s house. You and your family members have How would he feel when a nosy varied feelings about her heirlooms. neighbor, local trash man, or antique Some of your relatives want to divvy reseller stops by and helps himself to up everything. Others want to just that valuable piece? bring in a reseller. Often, a dumpster is the original Other family members are ready to location of many items that you will pile it all into a dumpster. And, some later find for sale at sky-high prices relatives are at some of ready to give the most away every prestigious last unwanted auction object. houses and And, of trendy antique course there dealerships. are also those Recently, folks who just an antique can’t deal with chair found on Grandma’s a neighbor’s objects as tears trash pile was flow at the sold by the Get an unbiased appraisal before discarding sight of her guy next door your loved one’s belongings. quilts or wash for $198,000. bowl set. And, a jogger in New York City helped herself to What Should You Do? an abstract painting on a curbside Arrange a family caucus at a garbage heap that she later sold for location other than Grandma’s empty $1.2 million. home. Give everyone a turn to express So, without an unbiased appraisal their feelings about what should and review of the current market for happen with the objects that have been your late grandmother’s stuff, this left behind. dumpster-happy family member is just Everyone needs to keep an open helping your entire family lose lots of mind—and not necessarily an open money. mouth—about how to deal with Get an unbiased appraisal first— Grandma’s personal property. one where the appraiser does not want The person in your family who to buy anything from you. keeps saying that everything is The best solution is open worthless old junk and that the best communication with all of your family thing to do is to trash everything members and an action plan for the is the person who is throwing away appraisal of Grandma’s antiques. your money and your inheritance Celebrity Ph.D. antiques appraiser, and probably should not have the last author, and award-winning TV word. personality, Dr. Lori hosts antiques Let them have their say, and while appraisal events worldwide. She is the some items will not be worth a king’s star appraiser on international hit TV ransom, the trash option is usually the shows: Discovery’s Auction Kings, History one that people regret in the long run. channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, Once it’s gone, it’s gone. and Fox Business’ Strange Inheritance. Remind yourself to ask that person Visit www.DrLoriV.com, Facebook.com/ to consider how he would feel if a DoctorLori, or call (888) 431-1010. www.50plusLifePA.com


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Marty Allen Still Making ’Em Laugh Nick Thomas

Marty Allen and wife Karon Kate Blackwell.

Marty and Karon on stage.

Allen and Rossi with the Beatles in 1964.

Allen and Rossi.

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

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

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

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

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

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