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15 Tips to Combat Single-Senior Loneliness

Last fall, CBS News featured an article on their website titled, “Former surgeon general sounds the alarm on the loneliness epidemic.” In the article, the former surgeon general, Dr. Vivek Murthy, stated loneliness can increase the possibility of heart disease and stroke and can even accelerate Alzheimer’s disease. He added that loneliness might be as bad for health as smoking. The article mentioned that about 30 percent of people older than 65 live alone, and by 85 that percentage exceeds 50 percent. Murthy declared loneliness a public-health epidemic. Each week, I publish a complimentary online e-newsletter. I recently asked my subscribers how they deal with single-senior loneliness. Based on their suggestions, here are 15 tips for combating single-senior loneliness: 1. Get off the couch and out of the house. Pursue activities you enjoy. Attend diverse cultural and social events. Find group activities several days or evenings a week. 2. Incorporate as much social interaction into your life as possible. 3. Maintain contact with a small group of close friends. Share birthdays, holidays, and life events. Join a book club. Create a group of former employees and get together once a month to socialize. 4. Interact with people of all ages. Take a free class at a local college. 5. Never miss a regularly scheduled appointment, whether it be dental, medical, or at the salon. 6. Granted, not everybody has

the financial means or physical ability to travel. But for those who can, traveling on a tour or with a group is a good way to make new friends. 7. Exercise regularly at a gym. Many facilities have SilverSneakers programs for the 60-plus age group. Not only will it ease loneliness, but you will also get fit. 8. Volunteer. Where? The choices are endless. Drive for Meals on Wheels. Be a greeter at the local airport. Be a docent at a museum. Assist at your house of worship, senior center, animal shelter, or zoo. 9. Get a dog. You will have a new best friend, plus reasons to laugh and cuddle. Walk the dog where others walk their dogs. Friendly dogs are often “chick or bachelor” magnets. Everybody loves to pet them. 10. While waiting in line at Starbucks, say hello to the person behind or in front of you. 11. Join the local orchid society club or botanical garden group. 12. Get a part-time job at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, your local hardware store, or anyplace that welcomes and needs senior help. 13. Have a once-a-month potluck dinner at your home. Invite friends to bring new friends. Keep expanding your circle of friends. 14. For people who are limited physically and cannot get out of the house, interact via computer on the internet. It’s not a perfect solution, but it can help. The internet is also a great way to keep contact with old friends, relatives, and classmates who live far away. please see LONELINESS page 17

The Beauty in Nature

Nesting Pasture Birds Clyde McMillan-Gamber

Southeastern Pennsylvania meadows, dotted with deciduous trees both young and mature, are beautiful farmland habitats. And a variety of small birds nest in them, including Baltimore orioles, orchard orioles, eastern kingbirds, redheaded woodpeckers, eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, redwinged blackbirds, and eastern phoebes. All these species eat invertebrates in summer and have attractive plumages. And Baltimore oriole each kind has its own niche, which reduces competition for nesting sites and food among the species. Female Baltimore orioles, orchard orioles, and kingbirds build nurseries on tree twigs in pastures. Baltimore orioles place their deeply pouched cradles on the ends of twigs, particularly on larger sycamore trees along creeks and streams. Orchard orioles

and kingbirds create nurseries on the inner twigs of trees. Both the colorful oriole species consume invertebrates from shrubs and trees. Kingbirds, however, snare flying insects from the air. The striking red-headed woodpeckers are attracted to one or two dead, but still-standing, trees among living trees in pastures. Red-heads, like all woodpeckers, chip out cavities in dead wood in which to raise young. They eat invertebrates from inside dead wood and off living Eastern bluebird trees. Bluebirds and tree swallows compete for abandoned woodpecker holes and other hollows in dead trees in meadows. But the lovely bluebirds ingest invertebrates from shrubbery and grass, while the handsome swallows catch flying insects in midair, thus reducing rivalry for food.

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Over the years, the Ozrelated tchotchkes kept rolling in to Denenberg’s When Dorothy and Co. are possession, many as gifts finally granted entrance into from family and friends. Salt Emerald City in the classic and pepper shakers, mugs, 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, glasses, plates, music boxes, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, neckties, picture frames, Cowardly Lion, and the girl figurines, artwork, books from Kansas climb aboard a … Denenberg’s collection horse-drawn carriage and are comprises, as he puts it, “a whisked around on a lively little bit of everything.” tour of the city’s people, sights, The home’s interior décor and songs. incorporates numerous Art There is beauty everywhere, Denenberg had this Art Deco railing Deco elements. Popular and there is warmth and specially made for his staircase. The welcome. Wizard of Oz’s Emerald City was designed in the 1920s and ’30s, the architectural style was It’s much the same when using Art Deco stylistic elements. featured prominently in Dennis Denenberg leads you Emerald City’s design. around his Oz-themed home Denenberg owns the and gardens. country’s largest collection You don’t get the colorof Moderne-pattern Indiana changing horse, but in both his Glass as well as extensive environs and his own congenial collections of Chase chrome spirit, Denenberg has managed and Kensington aluminum to capture not only the sights dinnerware, serving pieces, of Oz, but also its essence and and houseware, all crafted in especially its warmth. Deco style. Like most of us, Denenberg The upstairs guest first saw The Wizard of Oz bedroom is furnished with an as a child during its annual antique Art Deco headboard, television broadcast. Once his family owned a color TV, he When Denenberg remodeled his kitchen, dresser, bureau, and chairs, nods to Oz made their way into the which complement one was struck by the visual shift redesign, such as the poppy-paneled of Denenberg’s other Dorothy experiences as she cabinet doors and the copper Art Deco collections: framed studio steps outside after a tornado pieces above the stove. photos of stars from the has deposited her home in Depression era — including, mysterious Oz. of course, Judy Garland, “When you saw the referred to in Denenberg’s transition from the beginning home as simply “Judy.” of the movie, the black and Although every room white to the color — for a kid in his home contains some it was magical,” Denenberg (mostly) subtle nod to the said. “So I just really fell in movie, it all comes to a head love with it then, and as I aged, — somewhat literally — in I just appreciated it more and his “Oz room”: a working more, the incredible quality of bathroom decorated floor the movie. to sink to ceiling with Oz “It’s 78 years old, and it memorabilia and the image stands the test of time. The of the wizard’s green head acting still holds up, the special Denenberg owns an extensive “floating” on the mirror. effects — it’s amazing. So I collection of Kensington aluminum dinnerware, serving pieces, and Denenberg had the wizard appreciate that, and I also houseware, all crafted in Deco style. mirror and coordinating appreciate the lessons in the sink designed in 2014 to movie,” he added. Denenberg’s lifelong affinity for the film is literally commemorate Oz’s 75th anniversary. Hovering overhead on the bathroom ceiling are on display throughout his home and Oz-inspired the words, “Surrender Dorothy”; the Wicked Witch gardens and landscaping.

of the West has painted her warning in blackened puffs of broom smoke. If you head down to the finished basement, you’ll find her watery, melted remains and pointed hat on a hallway floor, not far from her sister witch’s dearly departed legs, which stick out from under a guest bed. A basement window and windowed door let multihued light in through depictions of the Emerald City and of the Gales’ tornado-swept home, respectively. An artist friend created both for Denenberg out of basic craft glue. A few feet farther down the hall, a lifelike cutout of the Wizard himself waits for Toto to expose his presence behind a makeshift curtain. When Denenberg, a retired Millersville University elementary education professor, purchased his early-’70s rancher in 1995, it sat on an acre of grass, all of which is now gone, replaced by several thoughtfully planned, Ozthemed gardens that explode in The “garden goddesses,” a.k.a., Inge waves of varying color during Storey and Greta Stoner, are Denenberg’s spring and summer. vital partners in the design and upkeep of “All the gardens are his acre of gardens. connected by pathways, so you actually walk through the gardens,” Denenberg explained. “That’s a concept that’s hard to explain to people because they still picture flowerbeds against the house.” To one side of the property the Asian garden’s bamboo grove rises high, and on the other end of the yard, an all-pink garden blooms for breast cancer awareness; it is dedicated to Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled the disease for 18 years. There are three floral “shows” of Oz blooms that take place over the season, allowing Denenberg and his guests a different visual experience depending on the month. The property’s 7,000 daffodils are the first to burst forward, along with winter aconite and snowdrops; these are followed mid-May to mid-June by the early perennials, which include daisies, poppies, irises, and 75 peony bushes. The biggest show, according to Denenberg, is the mid-July through midAugust late perennials: more than 250 hibiscus bushes, each containing 30-50 blooms. Maintaining thousands of flowers and bushes is a massive undertaking, one that Denenberg, who never seriously gardened before buying his current property, does not do alone. He has hired two “garden goddesses,” as he nicknamed them, otherwise known as Inge Storey and Greta Stoner. With degrees in horticulture, the gardening professionals not only put in the grunt work of cutting, digging, feeding, and clearing out, but also use their expertise to advise Denenberg on garden design and flower selection. “Spring is the most fun, mainly because it’s moving plants, getting beds presentable, and finding out what you’ve lost over the winter,” Denenberg said. “Fall is the brutal time because, with an acre of perennials, there’s an incredible amount of cutting back. We usually take about 15 pickup-truck loads to the recycling area. The summer is really the most enjoyable [season].” Denenberg and the “goddesses” try to add one new garden element each year, he said. In 2017 it was a mini yellow-brick road leading to Emerald City, its waist-high green-and-gold towers constructed from PVC piping. It joined 2016’s addition, a wavelike wooden sculpture. These features accompany two fish- and frog-filled ponds and a newly renovated deck with glass-block bar, built around a colorfully beaded honey locust tree and an above-ground pool. Toto’s dressing room, adjacent to the bamboo grove, is a small, rainbowcolored doghouse containing a replica of the famous canine’s basket alongside a pair of ruby slippers made for the cast party Denenberg hosted for the Fulton

Theatre’s 2015 production of The Wizard of Oz. Denenberg now offers his house and outdoor garden spaces to charitable groups for fundraisers, benefits, or retreats, taking no money for himself while serving as host and tour guide. “I just think it’s important to give back and, with the gardens, to share the beauty,” he said. “It’s fun to let other people look at them, too.” Although Denenberg does not host weddings, birthday parties, or events for any for-profit organizations, “[the garden] is here for any nonprofit group. If your charity wants to raise money, you can schedule an event here. I also allow nonprofits to have retreats here — any way that a nonprofit can use it.” Cancer charities are close to Denenberg’s heart and frequently take advantage of his home and gardens for their events. Denenberg also The all-pink garden blooms for maintains a garden in his breast cancer awareness and honors sister’s honor at Millersville Denenberg’s sister, Diana, who battled University and runs its breast the disease for 18 years. cancer awareness program, Diana’s Dreamers: Determined to Defeat Breast Cancer ( And his “second career” as a book author and speaker takes him across the country, educating kids and adults about America’s real-life heroes (heroes4us. com). Last summer, 650 people visited Denenberg’s Oz. Of those, 450 came during Lancaster’s Demuth Museum Garden Tour, which has already booked a return visit for June 2018. Though he’s not distributing much-coveted hearts, brains, courage, or balloon rides home, Denenberg, like his favorite movie’s titular wizard, finds great and powerful fulfillment in the ways his Oz heightens the happiness of its visitors. “The thrill for me now,” Denenberg said, “is giving back through events … One person said, ‘You know, I just can’t believe anybody would leave here and not smile.” To contact Denenberg about booking an event for a charity or nonprofit group, contact him at or (717) 581-8293. On the cover: Clockwise, from top, Dennis Denenberg surrounded by hundreds of Wizard of Oz items in his Oz-themed bathroom; the Wicked Witch of the East’s feet peek out from beneath a guest bed; Toto’s dressing room; the Oz bathroom’s wizard mirror and sink; and the miniature yellow-brick road and Emerald City. For more photos of Denenberg’s home and gardens, visit

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Fruit and Vegetable Vouchers Available The York County Area Agency on Aging, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, is again offering the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program to eligible York County seniors. This program provides $20 in vouchers to eligible seniors to buy fresh fruit and vegetables from participating local farm markets. York County residents who are 60 years of age or older, and who have a 2018 total gross annual household income at or below $22,459 for a single person or $30,451 for a couple, are eligible to participate. All income is included when calculating total gross income. Proof of age and York County residency must be shown to obtain vouchers. A 2018 farmers market proxy form, along with proof of age and residency, is required for anyone picking up vouchers for another eligible individual, including a power of attorney. The 2018 proxy form

is available at most senior centers or can be downloaded from the Forms & Documents page of the Agency on Aging’s website at One individual may not pick up vouchers for more than four people. Individuals are eligible to receive the vouchers only once per calendar year. The vouchers can be redeemed between June 1 and Nov. 30. Residents of nursing homes, personal care facilities, or any residential setting that offers meals are ineligible to receive the vouchers. Vouchers will be distributed at the following York County locations for as long as the supply lasts:

June 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Delta Area Senior Center 5 Pendyrus St., Suite 1 Delta June 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. South Central York County Senior Center 150 E. Main St. New Freedom June 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Heritage Senior Center 3700 Davidsburg Road Dover June 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Red Land Senior Center 736 Wyndamere Road, Lewisberry June 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Windy Hill On the Campus 1472 Roth’s Church Road Spring Grove July 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Hanover Council of Churches 136 Carlisle St., Hanover


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July 31, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aldersgate UMC 397 Tyler Run Road, York Aug. 1, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Calvary Bible Church 603 Wilson Ave., Hanover Aug. 2, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Heritage Senior Center 3700 Davidsburg Road, Dover Aug. 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Golden Connections Community Center 20-C Gotham Place, Red Lion Aug. 9, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Manchester Township Municipal Office 3200 Farmtrail Road, York Aug. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. White Rose Senior Center 27 S. Broad St., York Aug. 15, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Springettsbury Township Municipal Office 1501 Mt. Zion Road, York Aug. 21, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Brown’s Orchards (Pavilion) 8892 Susquehanna Trail South Loganville Aug. 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m. West Manchester Township Municipal Office 380 E. Berlin Road, York Aug. 23, 9:30-11 a.m. York Central Market 34 W. Philadelphia St., York For more information, contact the York County Area Agency on Aging at (717) 771-9610.

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York County Food Bank Needs Volunteer Help RSVP of York County is seeking volunteers 55 and over for the York County Food Bank. Volunteers would help with registration every Friday for the Food for Families program. The food bank, located at 254 W. Princess St., York, is also in need of office volunteers to help with filing, simple database entry, phone calls, preparing mailings, etc. The food bank is located in the city of York.

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BIRDS from page 3 Small colonies of red-winged blackbirds rear babies in cattail marshes in low parts of some meadows. The black males, sporting red shoulder patches, sing from swaying cattails, while their mates attach nests of cattail leaves and grass to standing cattail stalks a couple of feet above the water or shorelines. Phoebes traditionally nest on rock ledges under sheltering, overhanging boulders near streams in woods. And pairs of phoebes build cradles of mud and moss on support beams under small bridges on rural roads spanning streams

that border tree-dotted pastures. Phoebes nab flying insects in midair. These beautiful and interesting birds help make an already pretty, humanmade habitat even more attractive to nature explorers. And these lovely nesting birds increase their numbers by adapting to niches created by people, for people. These are winning situations in human-made environments.

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Grief Relief

A Dozen Ways to Live with Loss and Heal with Hope

Victor Parachin

Reaching out on social media, a woman wrote: “My husband died suddenly of a massive heart attack. He was 55 and had no symptoms or warning signs. I can’t bear to live without him. We’ve been together since I was 16, and I’m 46 now. “I’ve never lived on my own, and I don’t know what it’s like to be ‘single’ — I’ve always been part of a couple. I cry every day … I don’t want to live without him.” Her experience reveals the depth and anguish of grief. As intense as bereavement can be, the reality is that the vast majority of people do recover from the shock and pain of loss. Here are a dozen ways people have found to live with loss and heal with hope.

2. Expect confusing and conflicting emotions. Grief brings a wide variety of feelings and emotions, such as: guilt, regret, sadness, depression, anxiety, fear, and difficulty concentrating. While these may feel extreme and troubling, they are common symptoms of the grief process. Expect them; accept them; and continue on, knowing they will ease up and fade away as you adapt and adjust to the loss. 3. Express yourself. Talking with a good listener is healing. Every time you talk about the loss and its ramifications, you peel away a layer of pain. 4. Let yourself feel sad. Don’t deny your grief. Feel the pain. Experience the loss. Cry if you need to. Tears cleanse the body of stress toxins.

1. Begin with patience. It takes time, a much longer time than most people expect, to heal from grief. Remind yourself there is no quick fix. Most people find it takes a year or so for the intensity to ease up.


5. Follow a routine. Adhere to a regular daily schedule. This will build emotional security and confidence for you. A routine will also keep you organized and on top of things. 6. Sleep. The emotional strain of grief is exhausting. Get good rest. If you can’t sleep for a prolonged period of time, check in with your physician. 7. Don’t numb the pain. Avoid alcohol and drugs. They may dull the pain, but once the effect wears off, the pain emerges. 8. Eat nutritious meals. A time of grieving is not the time to fill up on “junk” foods. Eat healthy meals. Limit eating at restaurants. 9. Take care of your body. Exercise daily for at least 30 minutes. Walk, bike, jog, or join a gym and take fitness classes. 10. Delay major life changes. If possible, don’t make any big changes during the first year. Don’t remarry, don’t move, don’t leave your job. Give yourself time to adjust and adapt to the loss.




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11. Be part of a support group. When there has been a loss to death, it often creates relationship shifts. Some friends drop away because they don’t know how to be helpful to a griever. A grief support group is made up of people who understand and will be comforting. Join with them, learn from them, and, in turn, be supportive of others who are grieving. 12. Remain positive. Trust yourself and believe that you will heal from loss. Stay positive throughout the grief journey. Hold on to hope. Victor M. Parachin, M.Div., is a grief counselor, bereavement educator, and author of several books, including Healing Grief.

Avoiding Foodborne Illness as We Age By Adam Ghering Did you know that 128,000 Americans are hospitalized from food poisoning each year, and it’s estimated that millions more get sick? It is essential for individuals of every age to prevent food poisoning; however, as we age we become more at risk, and once ill, it can take longer to recover. Older adults are at an increased risk due to age-related changes to the gastrointestinal tract, underlying chronic conditions (diabetes, cancer, etc.), changes in functioning of organs like the liver and kidney, and side effects caused by medication. The good news is that the USDA’s four steps to food safety (clean, separate, cook, and chill) can help you prevent food poisoning. Food poisoning is never fun and can include symptoms such as upset stomach, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and dehydration. Common pathogens that cause illness in older adults include: • E. coli from undercooked ground beef, unpasteurized milk and juices, and contaminated raw fruits and vegetables • Campylobacter from unpasteurized milk; raw or undercooked meat, poultry, or shellfish; and untreated or contaminated water • Salmonella from raw or undercooked eggs, poultry, or meat; unpasteurized milk, juice, or cheese; and animals (reptiles and birds) and their environment Avoiding certain foods, or preparing them in a safe manner, can decrease your risk of becoming ill

Cook. Cook foods to a safe internal temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. You cannot use color alone as an indicator of doneness. Always use a food thermometer to verify meat and poultry are safe to eat. • Cook raw beef, pork, lamb, and veal steaks, chops, and roasts to 145 degrees F. For safety and quality, allow meat to rest for at least three minutes before carving or consuming. • Cook raw ground beef, pork, lamb, and veal to 160 degrees F. • Cook raw poultry to 165 degrees F. • Reheat cooked foods to 165 degrees F.

from these pathogens. Follow the four steps to food safety to make sure you avoid illness: Clean. Clean surfaces, utensils, and hands with soap and warm water. Wash hands the right way for 20 seconds, and make sure to focus on scrubbing your palms and in between fingers and fingertips. Wash fruit and vegetables, but do not wash raw meat and poultry. Doing so can cause bacteria to cross-contaminate surfaces throughout the kitchen. Separate. Separate raw meat, poultry, and seafood from ready-to-eat foods, fruits, and vegetables. Raw meat juices can contain bacteria that can cross-contaminate ready-to-eat foods. When shopping, place raw meats in a plastic bag before placing them in your shopping cart. When at home, use one cutting board for fruits and vegetables and a different one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.

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Chill. Refrigerate foods within two hours after cooking or within one hour after cooking if the temperature is 90 degrees F during the summer. Divide leftovers into small, shallow containers and place in a refrigerator set at 40 degrees F or below. To learn more about food storage and how to use foods at peak quality while reducing waste, download the free FoodKeeper mobile app for Android and iPhone. If you have any questions about food safety, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) MPHotline or (888) 674-6854. Or you can chat live with a food-safety specialist in English or Spanish at Ask Karen (www.askkaren. gov), available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday. Ask Karen also provides automated food safety information 24/7. Adam Ghering is a public affairs specialist with the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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Pursuing the Dream: The Civil Rights Trail By Andrea Gross

At first glance it’s an unassuming little church, one that befits a small town in central Georgia. Along with about 20 other people, I walk through the arched doorway. A woman hands me a sheet of paper. “Inside this building it is April 17, 1944,” she says. “Here in the First African Baptist Church of Dublin, we’re having an oratory contest. We will all attend that contest, and you will each play the part of the person whose name is on the paper I gave you.” She pauses and smiles broadly. “One of the contestants is a 15-yearA statue of Martin Luther King old boy named Martin Luther King. The stands in front of the Georgia state speech he gave on this day was the first capital in Atlanta. public speech of his career.” King did well in the competition, but it wasn’t his speech, titled “The Negro and the Constitution,” that changed the course of history. It was what happened afterward. I look at my paper. I’m to play the part of Sarah Bradley, the teacher who

accompanied King to the competition. I stand up when my name is called. I tell about our bus ride back to Atlanta, how King and I were told “by the brutish driver” to move to the back of the bus to make room for a group of white passengers, and how King resisted but, when I pleaded with him not to make a scene, eventually moved with me to the back. It was, I say, the angriest he had ever been and a moment that would stick with him forever. Later, back as myself — a simple visitor to Dublin rather than a Visitors tour the home where chaperone at an oratory contest — I Martin Luther King was born. realize that it was here that Martin Luther King began to formulate his dream to “one day live in a nation where [people] will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” The fight for civil rights was brought into sharper focus in January 2018 with

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the launching of and Mary, John the United States Denver, and Bob Civil Rights Trail. Dylan. Spanning Harris pauses, more than 100 takes a deep breath, sites in 15 states and — oh my, plus the District her voice fills the of Columbia, it room. Shivers run showcases places up my spine as this that played woman belts out significant roles songs that show during the civil how courageous The tombs of Martin Luther King rights movement leaders and and his wife, Coretta Scott King, of the ’50s, when ordinary people A display at the Albany Civil Rights Institute reminds people of the time sit in a reflecting pool at the the first large fought, prayed, when African-Americans were forced to sit in the back of the bus. Martin Luther King Jr. National demonstration and, yes, sang to Historical Park in Atlanta. against win equal rights segregation took for all people. Her place in Montgomery, Alabama, and the ’60s, when King was assassinated in voice is powerful, her passion undeniable. Memphis, Tennessee. At the end of my tour, with the songs of the Freedom Singers still ringing in By the ’70s, the fight for equality had shifted to a new phase, one that may my ears, my thoughts go back to that time nearly 75 years ago when a 15-yearbe explored in a future Civil Rights Trail. old boy and his teacher were forced to the back of the bus. The sites include well-known places, such as Central High School in Little Today, in front of Dublin’s First Baptist Church of Dublin, a giant wall Rock, Arkansas, where nine teenagers were refused entrance to an all-white painting shows a young girl blowing on a dandelion, the ancient symbol of high school, as well as less familiar places, such as Monroe Elementary School hope — expressing her wish that Martin Luther King’s dream will continue to in Topeka, Kansas, where segregationist policies led to the Supreme Court inspire future generations. decision that legally ended racial segregation in the United States (Brown v. For more information about these destinations and others on the Civil Board of Education). Rights Trail, see “Napkin Notes” on I begin my exploration of the Civil Rights Trail in Atlanta, the city where Martin Luther King was born and where he was living with his wife and Photos © Irv Green unless otherwise noted; story by Andrea Gross (www. children when, having gone on a quick trip to Memphis to give a speech, he was assassinated. At the Martin Luther King Jr.  National Historical Park, I tour his birth house, visit the church where he was baptized, and spend a quiet moment sitting by the reflecting pool  that surrounds his tomb and that of   his wife, Coretta Scott King.    A three-hour drive brings me to        Albany, where a group of young teens    used music to publicize and win   support for the burgeoning civil rights   movement.   Rutha Mae Harris, now 76 and  the only one of the original Freedom  Singers who still performs regularly, enters a small auditorium. She flashes Devotion. Compassion. Dignity. When your loved one a megawatt smile and tells us how needs help, join hands with Homeland at Home. folksinger Pete Seeger realized that the When you We are privileged to be part of your caregiving team. group’s heartfelt songs, which were often derived from familiar hymns patronize our or spirituals, would help spread the advertisers, movement’s message to folks across the nation. please let them Within the next year the teens know you saw traveled to 46 of the then-48 states, singing songs like “We Shall their ad in Hospice HomeHealth HomeCare Overcome” and “This Little Light of 717-221-7890 717-412-0166 717-221-7892 Mine.” They performed alone, with Seeger, and eventually with other wellknown entertainers, such as Peter, Paul Community Outreach of Homeland Center | Harrisburg, PA

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Assisted Living Residences/Personal Care Homes The listings with a shaded background have additional information about their center in a display advertisement in this edition.

Bethany Village — MapleWood

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

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

Colonial Lodge Community

2015 North Reading Road • Denver, PA 17519 717-336-5501 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 70 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: No Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: A veteran-approved “home for heroes” facility, all in a beautiful, rural setting. Respite services available as space permits.

Homewood at Plum Creek

425 Westminster Avenue • Hanover, PA 17331 717-637-4166 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 92 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: No Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Mennonite Home Communities

1520 Harrisburg Pike • Lancaster, PA 17601 717-393-1301 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 150 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

The Hickman Friends Senior Community

Normandie Ridge

Total AL and/or PC Beds: 114 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: Yes Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Total AL and/or PC Beds: 35 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: No Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: No Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

400 North Walnut Street • West Chester, PA 19380 484-760-6300 • Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Nonprofit personal care community in downtown West Chester. Includes secure dementia care neighborhood. Call to schedule a personal tour.

Homeland Center

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

Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: Yes Comments: Providing exemplary care in a beautiful environment for more than 150 years. Our continuum includes a hospice program, therapy services, home care and home health services, and 24-hour medical staffing. All-private rooms with full baths and kitchenettes.

Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Excellent care in a lovely environment. Call to schedule a visit.

Health Fee-for-Service Available: No Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Supportive, encouraging environment. Various room types and suites available. Secure memory care offered.

1700 Normandie Drive • York, PA 17408 717-764-6262 • Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: Our dementia care residence features the Kaleidoscope therapeutic engagement program designed for our residents.

Pleasant View Retirement Community

544 North Penryn Road • Manheim, PA 17545 717-665-2445 • Total AL and/or PC Beds: 96 Assisted Living Residence: No Personal Care Home: Yes Private: Yes Semi-private: Yes Private Pay: Yes SSI Accepted: Yes* Short-term Lease: No Entrance Fee/Security Deposit: Yes Part/Totally Refundable: No Outdoor Areas/Fitness Center: Yes Medication Management: Yes On-call Medical Service: Yes

Health Fee-for-Service Available: Yes Alzheimer’s Care: Yes Respite Care: Yes Social Programs: Yes Housekeeping/Laundry Service: Yes Transportation (Scheduled): Yes Personal Car Permitted: Yes Pets Permitted: No Comments: *Three-year private pay spending. Maintain independence in an enriching and supportive environment.

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Fathers and Grandfathers Invited to Barbecue Senior Commons at Powder Mill invites fathers and grandfathers for a barbecue outing in honor of Father’s Day from 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The cookout event will include complimentary barbecue, hot dogs, hamburgers, and fixings, along with

live music featuring Rhonda Lee. Senior Commons at Powder Mill is located at 1775 Powder Mill Road, York. This event is free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. RSVP by calling (717) 741-0961.

Watch for Dehydration Dehydration can be a serious health issue. Without enough water, your body can’t keep your temperature steady and eliminate waste efficiently. You feel tired, suffer headaches, and your mood and ability to focus may dip. Here are some symptoms to watch for, from the WebMD website. • Thirst is an obvious sign, along with a dry mouth and tongue. • Lack of regular urination is also a symptom, and when you do urinate, the liquid will be dark and/or smelly.

• Dizziness, a faster heartbeat or breathing rate, and increased irritability may also be present. How much water should you drink? Some experts advise eight glasses a day, though others say that’s only a rough estimate, not an absolute rule. Drink when you feel thirsty, depending on how active you are and your general health. Call your doctor if you experience: diarrhea for more than 24 hours; dizziness, confusion, or faintness; difficulty keeping fluids down; lack of energy; or fast heartbeat or breathing.

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Calendar of Events

York County

Community Programs/Support Groups Free and open to the public June 5, 7 p.m. Surviving Spouse Socials of York County Faith United Church of Christ 509 Pacific Ave., York (717) 266-2784

June 1, 10:30 a.m. Partners in Thyme Herb Club of Southern York County Glenview Alliance Church 10037 Susquehanna Trail Glen Rock (717) 428-2210

June 16, 12:30-2 p.m. Father’s Day Barbecue Senior Commons at Powder Mill 1775 Powder Mill Road, York (717) 741-0961

June 4, 9:30 a.m. Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting Emmanuel Lutheran Church 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion (717) 235-2823

June 19, 7-8 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Providence Place 3377 Fox Run Road, Dover (717) 767-4500 If you have an event you would like to include, please email information to for consideration.

June 5, 6:30-9 p.m. – Sunset Scramble Bike Ride, Brillhart Station June 13, 7-8 p.m. – Porch Talk: Lincoln’s Connection to York County, Hanover Junction Train Station June 19, 10-11:30 a.m. – Woods Wander, Rocky Ridge Park

Library Programs

Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue, (717) 927-9014 Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. – Purls of Brogue Knitters and Crocheters June 26, 6-8 p.m. – Novel Bunch Book Club Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, (717) 432-5613 June 12, 7-8 p.m. – Library Board Meeting June 25, 4-5 p.m. – Solutions for Back and Neck Pain Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, (717) 292-6814 June 8, 10 a.m. to noon – Author Visit: Diane Benner Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, (717) 225-3220 Mondays, 6-8 p.m. – Knitters Group June 7, 2:30-5:30 p.m. – Tech Help with the Tech Guru Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, (717) 632-5183 June 5, 6:30-8 p.m. – Mystery Book Club June 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Tech Help with the Tech Guru June 12, 1:30-2:30 p.m. – Adult Coloring Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, (717) 244-2032 June 7, 14, 21, 6-8 p.m. – Knit Wits June 11 and 23, 4 p.m. – Book Nook June 21, 1-2 p.m. – Red Brick Book Club at Red Brick Bakery Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, (717) 252-4080


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Crispus Attucks Active Living Center (717) 848-3610, Delta Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 456-5753 Dillsburg Senior Activity Center – (717) 432-2216

Parks and Recreation

Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127 June 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Tech Help with the Tech Guru June 25, 6:30-8 p.m. – Book Club

Senior Center Activities

Eastern Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 252-1641 Golden Connections Community Center (717) 244-7229, Weekdays, 9 a.m. – Games Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Pinochle Fridays, 9:15 a.m. – Computers 101 Golden Visions Senior Community Center (717) 633-5072, Heritage Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 292-7471

June 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Local Heroes at the Library June 28, 2:30-5:30 p.m. – Tech Help with the Tech Guru

Northeastern Senior Community Center (717) 266-1400,

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, (717) 8465300 June 9, 10 a.m. to noon – ABCs of the Internet June 9 and 16, 1-3 p.m. – Getting Your Creative Juices Flowing June 16, 10 a.m. to noon – Intro to PowerPoint

Red Land Senior Center – (717) 938-4649

Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, (717) 993-2404 June 6 and 20, 10:30 a.m. to noon – Wednesday WIPS Needlework Group June 21, 2:30-5:30 p.m. – Tech Help with the Tech Guru Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, (717) 235-4313 June 5 and 15, 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Writers Group June 18, 6-8 p.m. – Wool Gathering by the Fire: Yarn Crafting June 18, 6-8 p.m. – “A Healthy You” Five-Part Weight-Loss Program Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, (717) 938-5599 June 19, 7-8 p.m. – Adult Book Discussion Group June 21, 6:30-8 p.m. – Friends of the Library Meeting Salem Square Library, 496 W. Princess St., York, (717) 650-2262 June 2 and 16, 10-11 a.m. – Spanish in the Workplace June 2, 11 a.m. to noon – Resume Building Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus, (717) 428-1034 Thursdays, 5 p.m. – Village Knitters June 14, 2:30-5:30 p.m. – Tech Help with the Tech Guru June 21, 7:30-8:30 p.m. – Rowdy Readers

September House – (717) 848-4417 South Central Senior Community Center (717) 235-6060 Mondays, 9:15 a.m. – Acrylic Art Class Fridays, 9 a.m. – Friends Together Craft Class June 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Farmers Market Voucher Distribution Stewartstown Senior Center – (717) 993-3488 Susquehanna Senior Center – (717) 244-0340 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 Windy Hill On the Campus – (717) 225-0733 June 19, 12:30 p.m. – Monthly Book Club Yorktown Senior Center – (717) 854-0693 Submit senior center events to

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1. Shell game 5. Tourist guides 9. Capital of Ghana 14. Others, to Ovid 15. Fictional terrier 16. Church section 17. Bad place for a change of mind 19. Recycle 20. Illinois river city 21. Bovril, e.g. 23. A Bobbsey twin 24. Menu phrase 25. Store posting (abbr.)

26. G.I.’s mail drop 29. Singer Seeger 32. In times past 34. Jack of Dragnet 36. Bring to life again 41. Buffalo’s county 42. Turkish honorific 43. Kind of table 44. Frown upon 48. Positive 49. Pa. neighbor 50. Barbershop call 52. Trendy

53. Back on board 56. Modern (prefix) 58. Embrace 60. Haiphong locale 62. Cereal topper 65. Top dog 66. Copycats 69. Hipbone 70. Charades, e.g. 71. Girasol, e.g. 72. Pigeon’s perch 73. Heidi’s home 74. Depend

22. Brio 26. Impressed 27. Persian spirit 28. Kimono sashes 30. Eye drop 31. Encourage 33. Table scraps 35. Bit of sweat 37. Gutter site 38. Starch 39. Poi source 40. Ogled 45. Nom de plume 46. Entreaty

47. Breathes out 51. Yellowfin, e.g. 53. Benefit 54. Girl, in France 55. Lukewarm 57. Alpha’s opposite 59. Swamp snapper 61. Hoodlum 62. Can be found in the road 63. Slangy denial 64. Shrinking Asian sea 67. Bien’s opposite 68. Artful

Down 1. Casablanca pianist 2. Paper holder 3. Assistant 4. Kind of jar 5. Jack-tar 6. Perplexed 7. School org. 8. Brazilian dance 9. A lot of plot 10. White hat wearer 11. Refined 12. Stair part 13. Vicinities 18. Pitfall

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Savvy Senior

Best Bicycles for Aging Baby Boomers Jim Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, My husband and I are interested in getting a couple of bicycles for leisurely exercise and fun and would like to get your recommendation. We’re both approaching 60 and are a little overweight, and it’s been a while since we rode. – Easy Riders Dear Easy, If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about these bikes, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

Photo by Oxensepp, own work.

Recumbent bicycle

Recumbent Bikes If the comfort bikes don’t meet your needs, another popular style among older riders is a recumbent bike. These are the low-to-the-ground, stretched-out frame bikes with recliner-style seats that allow you to lie back with your legs positioned in front of you. Recumbent bikes are very comfy; easy on the back, arms, and shoulders; and aerodynamic, which make them ideal for long rides. The disadvantages: Because they are low to the ground, recumbent bikes can be harder to balance and maneuver and are more difficult for other vehicles to see. If you worry about falling or want more stability when you ride, consider a three-wheel recumbent trike. See Sun Seeker ( and TerraTrike ( for a nice variety, but be aware that recumbent bikes are more expensive, typically ranging between $1,000 and $2,500. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book.

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Comfort Bikes A comfort bike is a style of bicycle that’s easy on an aging body because it lets you ride in a more comfortable, upright position. These bikes have high handlebars, so you don’t have to hunch over, which eases lower-back strain and reduces pressure on the wrists and hands. They also come with wide tires for a smooth ride, offer fewer gears, and have soft, wide seats to eliminate saddle soreness. Most comfort bikes also come with shock-absorbing forks and seat posts for additional comfort. And some offer unique design features, such as an ultra-low step-over bar that makes getting on and off easy for people with limited flexibility (like the Biria Easy Boarding at Or you could try the “flat-foot” design offered by many manufacturers, where the pedals are moved forward, away from the seat. This allows you to get a full-leg extension when you pedal but keeps the seat in a lower position so when you’re stopped, you can put your feet down flat on the ground while seated, which is a great safety feature for older riders.  Most major manufacturers — including Electra, Sun, Raleigh, GT, Giant, and Trek — all make a line of comfort bikes that costs between $300 and $800 or more, depending on features.

Shopping Tips To find a quality comfort bike, your best option is to find a good bike shop in your area. Bikes from big box stores, like Walmart and Target, are mass-market bikes that may be less expensive, but the quality isn’t as good, and they’re typically 7-8 pounds heavier. They also come in only one size, so you’re not likely to get a great fit. Before you buy any bike, be sure you take it for a test ride to ensure the seat and fit of the bike is comfortable, the brakes and shifters are easy to use, the gears can go low enough for climbing hills, and the frame and suspension adequately smooth the bumps.


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‘Angel of the Morning’ Randal Hill

By 1967 songwriter Chip Taylor had one hit tune to his credit: the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” from the previous year. Now he was summoning his muse again in hopes of hitting pay dirt for a second time. In the book Behind the Hits by Bob Shannon and John Javna, Taylor explains: “The day I wrote ‘Angel’ I was fooling around with some chords for three or four hours. Then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, came ‘There’ll be no strings to bind your hands, not if my love can’t bind your heart.’ “I said, ‘That is beautiful!’ … Within 10 minutes I’d written the whole song, including the chorus.” Then there was the matter of what followed those opening lines. Sex had to be soft-pedaled during rock’s early days; “Angel of the Morning” changed all that. As its story unfolded, listeners heard such eyebrow-lifting lyrics as, “I see no need to take me home/I’m old enough to face the dawn,” as well as “If morning’s echo says we’ve sinned/ Well, it was what I wanted now.” Wow. But, after all, this was the “progressive” ’60s. Taylor and a partner recorded the song — which featured a simple “Louie Louie” chord progression — with a young singer named Evie Sands. Released on Cameo Records, “Angel” quickly caught fire and

won airplay in several key radio markets. But, two weeks after Sands’ 45 was released, Cameo unexpectedly went bankrupt, and Sands’ rising star fizzled out. Later, Taylor received a phone call from Seattle that another artist, Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts, had “Angel of the Morning” cut his song. Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts “I was looking June 1968 forward to hearing it,” Taylor said. “It came out, and I had a copy sent to me. But I took one listen and said, ‘Uh-uh, I don’t think so.’” Taylor spoke too soon; Rush’s disc went Top Five in Seattle and then spread rapidly across the country. 17th Merrilee Rush began her life as Merrilee Gunst in Seattle in 1944. At age 16 she became the lead singer of a local rock outfit called the Amazing Aztecs. She eventually married the band’s sax player, Tom Rush, and the two formed Merrilee and Her Men, which later disbanded. For a while the Rushes worked in an integrated

Remember, a few close friends can help combat loneliness. But, you

the Raiders’ 1967 tour. While in Memphis, Raiders lead singer Mark Lindsay introduced Rush to record producer Chips Moman, who had recorded the Box Tops’ megahit of “The Letter.” Moman had Rush cut a breathy rendition of “Angel of the Morning,” a haunting future Top 10 winner. Released on Bell Records, Rush’s version became a million-seller and even earned her a Grammy nomination. In 1981 country singer Juice Newton breathed new life into Rush’s song, which some rock historians now cite as being a forerunner of the women’s liberation movement. Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be reached at

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Seattle rhythmand-blues collective called Tiny Tony and the Statics (Tony being a 300-pound soul belter). In 1965 the Rushes created Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts, a rock/R&B group that soon became a top draw on the local club circuit. In time they signed on as the opening act for Paul Revere and

cannot sit back and wait for people to come to you. You must initiate contact. Smile, be friendly, ask questions, or start a conversation with someone at Costco or your local market. Soon, your loneliness will be a thing of the past. For dating information, previous articles, or to sign up for Tom’s complimentary, weekly e-newsletter, go to www.


June 18–22 For York County Residents Age 50+

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Vietnam Artillery Veteran Stopped Runaway Train

After serving eight months in two months later he volunteered for Vietnam as an artilleryman, Jon the U.S. Army’s deferred program in Hosfeld was no stranger to danger. communications. Decades later, in a moment “That will keep you out of ’Nam,” of crisis, Hosfeld summoned the said his recruiter. physical, mental, After training and spiritual at Fort Bragg strength to and Fort Dix, hop aboard the Army sent a runaway Hosfeld to South train carrying Korea, where he hazardous received rapid materials — promotions to an example E5 sergeant. He of courage describes his that inspired Korean service as the critically “very intense and acclaimed movie demanding.” Unstoppable. But because Born in 1948, of a bizarre Hosfeld grew bureaucratic up in Central maneuver, Pennsylvania to Hosfeld was religious parents transferred to who taught him West Germany patriotism and in August 1968 how to tell right to serve with an from wrong. His artillery unit. father served in This was despite the Army Air the fact that he Corps in World had no training War II but never in this field. talked about his In March When the North Vietnamese infantour of duty. 1969, Hosfeld try pinned down an infantry platoon, Hosfeld was Hosfeld’s artillery unit fired nine rounds received his small growing orders for every 10 minutes for 36 hours. up and was Vietnam. frequently Surprisingly, bullied. His parents told him to stand he was “elated” to leave Germany his ground. because of the poor NCOs and “I did not have any trouble I could officers. He describes his garrison duty not handle,” he recalls. as “a nightmare” due to racial tensions After high school, Hosfeld and drug problems. applied to be a brakeman with the “I wanted to get away from it,” he Pennsylvania Railroad. He passed says. the test, but the company told him it Before heading to ’Nam, he would not waste its money hiring and traveled home to visit his parents. He training him and then watch him get promised them he would do his job killed in Vietnam. and come home. “I was 17 years old. What a jolt “My father never showed emotion, that was to a young man,” he says. but when we went to the Harrisburg He turned 18 the very next day train station for him to leave, tears and registered for the draft. But just were running down. He said, ‘Jonnie,

I thought I fought in a war to end all wars.’” two hours in northwestern Ohio. Two of the As Hosfeld’s flight from Japan was cars contained liquid phenol, a toxic chemical coming in for a landing at Cam Ranh Bay, used in paints, dyes, and glues.  he looked out the window and saw tracers A locomotive with a two-man crew, Jess and explosions. His plane circled the airfield Knowlton and Terry Forson, chased down the five times before landing. runaway train, hooked to the rear car, and On his third day in Vietnam, he flew on slowed it down. When the train was traveling a transport airplane to Pleiku and then by at 11 miles per hour, Hosfeld ran alongside it, chopper to his unit. He explained to the jumped on board, and shut down the engine commanding officer that he was not trained just south of the town of Kenton. in artillery. “I saw my men ahead of the runaway train “What the hell are you doing here?” the in jeopardy, and I knew I had to make it,” officer asked. recalls Hosfeld.  “You tell me and we’ll both know,” replied Hosfeld received widespread accolades for Hosfeld. his courageous act, and he later met President Hosfeld was given a two-week crash George W. Bush. That day’s events inspired course in artillery operations. His battery the 2010 movie Unstoppable, starring Denzel consisted of about 100 men. Six 105Washington and Chris Pine. Photo credit: Robert Naeye millimeter artillery pieces were arranged in Hosfeld has since retired. He works with Hosfeld, right, with Rich Burton, from the Central Pennsylvania a star pattern, with five guns at the points homeless veterans and is active in the VFW Vietnam Roundtable. Hosfeld — who had recently injured his and one in the center. An infantry company and American Legion. He and Judy have a leg in a fall — shared his Vietnam experiences with the group of similar size guarded the outer perimeter. daughter and two grandchildren.  during its March 2018 meeting. The temperature often exceeded 100 In his darkest times in Vietnam, Hosfeld degrees, and at times they suffered through wondered if he’d make it home to get torrential monsoon rain so thick they couldn’t see their hands in front of their married, have children, and maybe even have grandchildren. faces. By the end of his deployment, Hosfeld and his men were eating C rations “That has all happened. We are so blessed,” says Hosfeld. But, he adds, left over from World War II. “Vietnam was a long time ago. Hopefully I have adjusted. However, at the Several times the men had to pack up all their weapons and gear and fly blink of an eye, it’s all back.” in helicopters to a new landing zone, where they had to set everything up yet To read an interview with Jon Hosfeld about the runaway train, visit www. again. They were often attacked during this period, when they were most vulnerable. It would take 24-36 hours just to dig their personnel bunkers, which Hosfeld says made the men “as strong as oxen.” Hosfeld viewed everyone in his unit as an asset, so his job was to find that asset in each man and use it to its maximum potential. But not every soldier fit in. Hosfeld sent three men back to base camp. One of them became depressed when he learned his wife was being unfaithful. If there is anything you feel a Another accidentally shot off a round inside a bunker, nearly killing a fellow homeless veteran — man or woman — can soldier.  use that you no longer have use for, please Hosfeld describes a battle where an infantry platoon was pinned down drop it off at: by North Vietnamese infantry. His artillery unit fired nine rounds every 261 Equine Cove 10 minutes for 36 hours. The platoon called in the rounds practically upon Red Lion, PA 17356 themselves, eventually forcing the NVA to pull back. Three days later, the platoon entered their landing zone. Donated items will be taken to “I saw bandaged, injured, crippled soldiers, and thought, ‘They’re mad Mr. Sandy’s Homeless Veterans Center on West King Street weekly. as hell; they’re gonna kick our asses.’ Instead, it was just the opposite. They hugged us and said, ‘Thank you, brothers.’ That was one of my proudest moments, protecting my fellow soldiers.” One night, Hosfeld was holed up in a bunker, packed in ice with a 105Volunteer opportunities degree fever. But his landing zone was overrun by NVA. During the firefight he ran out to his gun section. for Seniors 55+ His CO yelled, “You’re sick — what are you doing?” throughout Hosfeld replied, “I don’t have time to get sick; I have to get back to my men. York County, I have a couple hurt.” with non-profits, He took charge and directed small arms fire on the perimeter. Hosfeld was schools, agencies awarded an Army Commendation Medal for valor. and community Like many Vietnam veterans, Hosfeld had difficulties readjusting to civilian service organizations. life, but he eventually got back on his feet. He landed his dream job with the Penn Central Railroad and then married Judy Snyder, whom he describes as Contact for further information: his “rock.” Scott Hunsinger His post-Vietnam moment of truth came on May 15, 2001. Due to a series 443.619.3842 of errors, a locomotive pulling a train of 47 cars was running uncontrolled for

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Ms. Pennsylvania America Pageant July 15, 2018, Harrisburg Are you a woman who has reached the “Age of Elegance” — 60 years and older? Pa. Senior America is looking for you. At the pageant, you will compete for the title by completing four categories: 1. 5-minute interview with judges 2. State your philosophy of life

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50plus LIFE York County June 2018  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...

50plus LIFE York County June 2018  

50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...