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The Broken Road Terri Schlichenmeyer
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The road is a long one. he knew to be a scam. He became Like most, it’s rarely smooth and incredibly wealthy, and then betrayed straight. Signs warn of curves and his mentor for even more riches. detours ahead, rough terrain, and rest Soon, he’d gained the thing he stops for the weary; there are potholes wanted but lost what he loved. He and jagged asphalt. couldn’t rest. He couldn’t sleep And in The Broken Road by Richard without nightmares, and he had been Paul Evans, there are many side roads seeing a therapist. She helped him to be explored. understand where his The man in the diner life was heading. looked familiar. She helped him see On his journey where his next step along Route 66, Evans should be…. never expected to see When I got The someone he recognized. Broken Road, I had to Still, he knew that guy, check the calendar, and had seen him on TV, so it wasn’t December. Evans approached him, Author Richard Paul indulged in a bit of Evans even admits small talk, and learned in this novel that that his instincts were he usually writes right: There, in a diner Christmassy stories, but on the edge of the this isn’t one of those. Mojave Desert, sat a It’s better. The Broken Road dead man. Readers who may By Richard Paul Evans Grizzled and find Evans’ other books c. 2017, Simon & Schuster sunburned, but too sappy will be happy 304 pages recognizable as the to know that in this conman he’d once modified rags-to-riches been, Charles James was unashamed. story, there’s not a lot of romance and He even agreed to talk, to tell the no snow; in fact, this book begins truth … and so he began. on the edge of a desert, and it mostly Growing up, he said, it was a rare features a complicated man who’s day when someone in the family chased by the demons of his past. wasn’t beaten. That someone was Yes, there’s a woman involved, but usually him, and it happened until she’s only a catalyst in the tale—a James stood up to his father, turned supporting actress, if you will. The the tables, and then left Utah on an man himself and his immediate circle L.A.-bound Greyhound. compose the meat of this novel, and On the way to California, he met a rightfully so: They are some of Evans’ girl who showed him what life could best characters. be like, and she helped him find a job. This book will appeal to his fans, That job allowed him to gain but it should also attract new ones, self-confidence, experience, and a too, because it’s really quite different. reputation for being a hard worker. Novel readers of almost any genre He also had an eye for opportunity, so will find The Broken Road to be pretty when someone invited him to a getsmooth. rich seminar, James knew he’d found The Bookworm is Terri Schlichenmeyer. his dream job. Terri has been reading since she was 3 He started by volunteering with years old and she never goes anywhere the organization and worked his way without a book. She lives on a hill in up as a valuable salesman, and then Wisconsin with two dogs and 14,000 books. a motivational speaker for a product www.50plusLifePA.com
Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori
Starting Your Collection Lori Verderame
When embarking on a new phase of life, like marriage, completing a degree, or moving to a new home, many people chronicle the experience with the purchase of an object. When looking for an investment object that is both fun and smart, art and antiques are a good idea. For the novice collector or seasoned art and antiques lover who wants to jump into the market, I’ll share my insider tips on starting an art collection. I’ve compiled a buying guide to help you find, understand, and collect the best examples of fine art and antiques. First, learn as much as you can about art and antiques in places where you are not tempted to buy art or antiques. Visit museums, historical
societies, libraries, and other places where fine art and antiques are on display or are discussed academically and socially but are not available for sale. You should learn about the various types of media (e.g., pastels, watercolors, bronzes, oils on canvas, etc.), art movements throughout history (e.g., Surrealism,
Impressionism, Contemporary Realism, etc.), and diverse subject matter (e.g., still lifes, seascapes, portraits, abstractions, etc.) so you have a good idea of what sparks your interest. This method will prevent you from buying just because the opportunity presents itself. Don’t think about buying a work of art or
antique piece until you establish a budget. Have a budget in mind, settle on it, and stick to it. Do not waiver and don’t convince yourself to overspend because you fell in love with a piece. No matter what, you will be happy with your collecting progress only if you stick to your budget. Slow down and forget life’s distractions when you are considering an art or antique purchase. Even if you are only buying a small, reasonably priced piece, it is a good idea to take it slow. Don’t feel rushed in the process of adding to your collection. This work of art or antique object will become a part of your home life for years to come. Learn to look at the please see ANTIQUES page 7
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By Lori Van Ingen Recreational bicycling has become a way of life for Marilyn and Barry Gelsinger. “What I like most (about cycling) is the exercise and association with other people,” 74-year-old Barry said. Marilyn, 71, said bicycling helps her “relieve stress. I always feel better when I’m out in the fresh air.” “It’s a lot more enjoyable (to bike ride along trails and open roads) than to go to a gym and ride a stationary bike,” Barry said. When Barry retired in 1995, the Gelsingers would ride once in a while to get some aerobic exercise. Barry began bicycling in earnest in 1996 after he had a quadruple heart bypass. They started cycling on mountain bikes, averaging 10-12 miles per hour. They rode along numerous trails, such as Pine Creek Rail Trail and Valley Forge Rail Trail. Because they were riding on rough roads, they had to look out for rocks, Marilyn said. By 1997, the couple joined an area bicycle club and soon found they loved peddling out on the open country roads, trading their mountain bikes for road bikes, the lightweight type used during the Tour de France. The Gelsingers carry a GPS specifically for bicycling. That way, if they get separated from their group of cyclists, they can always find their way back, Marilyn said. They carry a bike computer that shows how many miles they’ve traveled, how fast they are going, and their average speed. When they first joined the bike club, Barry would ride around the area 20 miles a day, five days a week. Since Marilyn was still working, she would join him on the weekends for another
participated in the Seagull Century Ride, traveling 100 miles in one day to Salisbury, Maryland, and the Shoofly Classic in Oley, Berks County. The Gelsingers have taken part in rides throughout the United States, too. They were among 25,000 riders to participate in the Five Boro Bike Tour, riding Barry and Marilyn Gelsinger, across all the bridges in New second and fourth from left, York City, and the Register’s on their 2007 bike trip to Holland Annual Great Bicycle Ride and Belgium with members Across Iowa (RAGBRAI). of their bicycle club. In early 2000, they rode across the country from San Diego to St. Augustine, Florida, with six 20-mile ride. other members of the bike club. Now, they ride by themselves They averaged 68 miles per day five days a week for a breakfast on the six-week journey. ride and with the bike club “A support vehicle, a 15on weekends. The couple will sometimes get in 17 miles before passenger van, drove with us so that we could have snacks, or if the actual club ride begins, we were tired we could go on the clocking 40-70 miles total on van,” Marilyn said. Wednesdays alone. In 2001, the Gelsingers were Socializing also was a big supposed to participate in a reason they joined the bike club ride with then-Gov. Ridge, and have continued to enjoy it. The organization has grown from who is a bicyclist, but President Bush called Ridge up to head 400 to more than 650 members Homeland Security at that from neighboring counties. time. So in 2002, Gov. Mark “There’s always someone to Schweiker and his daughter rode ride with,” Barry said. And, Marilyn added, “We ride with them. Bicycling has become so to eat. We always wind up eating ingrained in the Gelsingers’ somewhere.” everyday lives that each year That was particularly true when they winter in Yuma, of the Apple Butter Ride they Arizona, they make sure their participated in at Liverpool, Perry County, which culminated bikes come along with them as in a potpie supper, cake, and pie. they have joined the Foothills The Gelsingers enjoyed riding Bicycle Club there, too. One unforgettable ride with with the bike club so much that Barry became the club’s president that bike club was when Barry traveled from International from 1998 to 2003. During Falls, Minnesota, to San Luis, those years, Barry would take rides with all classes of bicyclists, Mexico—2,300 miles—in just 35 days. from the very slow to the very “We had no side vehicle. We fast riders. carried everything with us,” Besides the local rides, the Barry said. “We started with bicycle club has organized seven people and ended with rides to the Naval Academy in five.” Annapolis, Maryland. In 2002, the pair completed “Before 9/11, you could ride the 108-mile Tour de Tucson in through the academy,” Marilyn said. please see Bicyclists page 12 The club members also www.50plusLifePA.com
Dulse – Superfood of the Sea Suzy Cohen
Quick—what food is red, salty, chewy, and delicious? If you said bacon, you’re close … sort of! I’m actually talking about dulse (rhymes with “pulse”), which is a kind of seaweed, or technically a form of algae that grows attached to rocks near the shore of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Its leaves are roughly the same shape as bacon, which is appropriate because when you pan-fry dulse, it actually tastes kind of like bacon. Don’t roll your eyes at me—I’m totally serious. Unlike bacon, dulse is a superfood. The high content of minerals makes it particularly useful for the production of thyroxine, a thyroid hormone. Dulse comes in many forms, even powder. Think of it like you would salt, and just sprinkle it on soups, chicken, salads, popcorn, and stir fries. It might also replace some of the salt in your food. But my favorite way to eat it is panfried, which is when it comes close to tasting like bacon. I have a simple recipe posted on my website for a DLT (dulse, lettuce, and tomato) sandwich and a comprehensive version of this article with precautions. Dulse has powerful antioxidant properties and can inhibit runaway cell proliferation; plus, it provides the following nutrients and several others not listed here:
Carotenoids – These are potent antioxidants, like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, all of which are known to be good for healthy eyesight, reducing free radical damage, and decreasing the risk or duration of chronic illness.
Iodine – Iodine is essential Photo by Cwmhiraeth (Own work) to your thyroid’s Red dulse. ability to produce enough thyroid hormone, and iodine deficiency is very common. But it’s not just for your thyroid; it’s needed in all your cells, especially your reproductive organs and for immune function. What
Vitamin A – This skin- and visionloving nutrient can also boost immunity by keeping your mucous membranes “wet” and strong, meaning they are empowered to filter particles and pathogens before they enter your body. Free Glutamate – Dulse has a lot of glutamic acid, as does most shellfish and seaweed. It is not the same as the food additive MSG, but it can sometimes behave that way in a small percentage of people. 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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Iron – This mineral is necessary to make a protein called hemoglobin, which acts like a tow truck and lugs oxygen all over your body. It supports the health of your blood, helping to prevent anemia. Iron is also vital to carry out dozens of life-sustaining chemical reactions throughout your body.
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Potassium – Potassium is a vasodilator and functions as an electrolyte to help balance sodium; this regulates fluid balance in your cells, so it supports healthy blood pressure. Potassium provides for an alkaline environment, which counters common acidosis caused by a fastfood Western diet.
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ANTIQUES from page 3 work of art or antique piece for more than just a few minutes. If you still like it after much deliberation, then that is the piece for you. Don’t let a pushy dealer, encouraging friend, or other “background noise” distract you or rush you into making a purchase. Take a minute and just stand there and quietly look at the work of art or antique object. Think about what you see and try to figure out what you like about the piece. Consider it, ponder it, and don’t rush it. Consider the basics, starting with black and white. Don’t be taken in by an artwork’s color or an antique’s various forms and ornamental details. Some people who sell art or antiques will try to get you to like a particular work based solely on its colors or how it may fit into your home’s color scheme. This is a trap. Don’t worry about being matchymatchy.
Be concerned with the piece for its own sake and your interest in it. Remember, a big part of buying something good is learning to recognize quality pieces. I want you to buy something you like that is also of high quality and worth the money. Appraisers, curators, and art historians know the best-quality work is always the best choice for a collection. It will hold its value long term. Collecting quality art and antiques is always a good investment. Celebrity appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame is an author and award-winning TV personality who stars on History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, Discovery’s Auction Kings, and FOX Business’ Strange Inheritance. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University, Dr. Lori offers appraisals, keynote speeches, and live appraisal events to worldwide audiences. Visit www.drloriv.com or call (888) 431-1010.
Volunteer Spotlight Army Vet, Electrician Enjoys Diverse Volunteer Roles His hobbies were The July RSVP York County Volunteer of the numerous: gardening, woodworking, amateur Month is John Bauman. radio, chasing trains, and Bauman was born in 1942 in a small town taking photographs. Bauman has north of Altoona— volunteered for Meals Spangler—to the late on Wheels for five years, Leo and Anna Bauman. York County Parks for Bauman graduated from St. Francis Xavier three years, and Steam John Bauman Into History for five Parochial School in 1958 and from Cresson Joint years. He enjoys the flexibility of volunteering through High School in 1961. He served as a diesel mechanic in the U.S. Army RSVP. For more information on in the United States and in Europe. volunteering with RSVP of the Bauman retired from Osram Sylvania in York in 2004. He Capital Region, please contact Scott Hunsinger at (443) 619-3842 or worked as an electrician and enjoyed making sparks for a living. email@example.com. Do you know a 50+ volunteer who gives selflessly to others? Tell us what makes him or her so special and we will consider them for 50plus LIFE’s Volunteer Spotlight! Submissions should be 200 words or fewer and photos are encouraged. Email preferred to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail nominations to 50plus LIFE, Volunteer Spotlight, 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512.
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Stranded at a Remote Vietnam Airfield, Vet Lives to Tell the Tale
Imagine you’re in the Vietnam War, flying over the central highlands of South Vietnam. Your pilot drops you off on a remote airstrip. Moments after he takes off, you realize you’re 15 miles from where you were supposed to be, and your only companions are husband-andwife American missionaries. Fortunately, Greg Gaffney, of Hummelstown, is still around to tell his story. Gaffney, 71, was born and raised in Harrisburg, in what he describes as a “much simpler time.” After graduating from John Harris High School in 1963, Gaffney followed in his father’s footsteps and went into the construction business. But after receiving a low draft
Greg Gaffney points to the city of Da Lat, which was near his base during the war.
Gaffney with a model he created of his base, OL-25.
number, he joined the U.S. Air Force in September 1965, thinking it would
offer better opportunities for training and travel than the other services. After receiving his basic training in communications at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, Gaffney was transferred to Niagara Falls International Airport in upstate New York, where a fighter squadron was stationed. Gaffney spent 14 months in the communications center, doing everything from working at a switchboard to sending and receiving messages over a teletype machine. In December 1967, he and about a half-dozen buddies received orders to go to Vietnam. After a series of long flights across the Pacific on a giant
C-141 transport jet, he landed just outside Saigon at Tan Son Nhut Air Base. “When they opened the door of the airplane, you could feel the heat smack you in the face,” says Gaffney, who describes this as one of his most vivid memories. “I had never been in the tropics. We could hear explosions and see flashes in the distance. My friend turned to me and said, ‘I guess we’re here.’ I replied, ‘I think you’re right.’” A few days later, after being issued jungle gear and weapons, he took a short flight to an airstrip near the city of Da Lat. He and his companions were driven in an old Dodge wagon (with a missing door) to a small house in a valley where Air Force personnel lived. The house was outside a security compound, and quite vulnerable. “We didn’t ask why,” says Gaffney. The local Vietnamese were outwardly friendly, but Gaffney notes, “They could be washing your clothes in the daytime and setting a booby trap at night.” Gaffney worked inside Operating Location 25 (OL-25), a well-defended base about 6 miles away on top of a hill. OL-25 was never assaulted on the ground during Gaffney’s time there, but the Viet Cong sporadically fired rockets in its general direction, without inflicting casualties.
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He worked 12-hour shifts in the communications center. His primary mission was to receive coordinates for airstrikes, including small jets flying from nearby bases and B-52 bombers originating in Thailand and Guam. Gaffney would pass that information on to radar operators, who directed the attacks. Conditions at OL-25 were primitive, with no medical facilities. The men ate the same bland military rations day after day, so Gaffney and his buddies often bought food from local Vietnamese. This included bread with bugs baked in. “At least we got a little protein with our bread,” jokes Gaffney. They sometimes drank locally brewed beer, which was later found to be unfit for human consumption. But it was safer than the water. Unsurprisingly, many of the men came down with dysentery and hepatitis, including Gaffney. His weight dropped below 100 pounds. Eventually, he became so sick that he had to be medevacked by helicopter to a field hospital at Nha Trang. “Being in a field hospital gave me deep appreciation for the men and women who worked there,” says Gaffney. Severely wounded GIs would be flown in, but the doctors and nurses always maintained their composure under severe stress, and almost always kept the injured men alive. After recuperating for 10 days, Gaffney took the earliest available flight, aboard a six-seat Air America propeller-driven airplane flown by a U.S. mercenary. The pilot flew over mountainous terrain in cloudy weather, by visual navigation alone. He dropped off Gaffney and two American missionaries on the wrong airstrip and took off before anyone realized the error. Fortunately, the missionaries spoke fluent Vietnamese and somehow arranged for a white van to take them back to Da Lat. “If not for the missionaries, I would be speaking Vietnamese today,” says Gaffney. Gaffney returned to the U.S. in December 1968, just before the Tet Offensive. Gaffney learned several years ago that OL-25 was evacuated www.50plusLifePA.com
and captured by enemy forces shortly after he left the base. The war was “a non-subject” when Gaffney got home. “People would say, ‘Hey, it’s good to see you,’ and that was it. It was a volatile time in the country’s history,” recalls Gaffney. After serving for 10 months at Charleston Air Force Base in Maine, Gaffney volunteered to return to Southeast Asia. He spent a year at Nakhon Phanom Air Base in northeast Thailand, just across the border from Laos. After a total of four years in the Air Force, Gaffney was honorably discharged. He returned home to his family in August 1969. Like many returning Vietnam veterans, Gaffney did not exactly receive a warm welcome on the mainland. He was spit upon while walking down a ramp in the San Francisco Airport. Gaffney holds no grudges for the poor reception he and other veterans received. “Bitterness doesn’t pay; it just weighs on you as an individual,” he advises. Just three days after returning to his family in Harrisburg, he was back on the job for his uncle’s construction company. He still works two mornings a week in construction, and says he has enjoyed every minute. Although his work doesn’t use many of the communications skills he acquired in the Air Force, he says his military experience helped him learn the importance of teamwork. “When I came home, I wasn’t afraid of anything,” he adds. A few years ago, Gaffney created an impressively detailed model of OL-25. He mostly used off-the-shelf parts, such as a measuring spoon for a radar dish. He keeps the model in a closet but displays it whenever he receives visitors who are interested in his Vietnam experiences. Gaffney occasionally gives talks to students about his time in Southeast Asia. “Any time I have a chance to speak in a high school, I’ll tell my story,” he says. “But the main reason is to bring honor to those 58,315 names on the wall.” Robert Naeye is a freelance journalist living in Derry Township. He is the former editor-in-chief of Sky & Telescope magazine.
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rabbittransit Partners with Delta Leaders to Expand Service Recently, rabbittransit announced its partnership with Mason-Dixon Community Services in an attempt to increase ridership in the Delta region. Paratransit, also called Shared Ride, is a convenient, door-to-door public transportation service available in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Paratransit connects people to doctor’s offices, grocery stores, senior centers, and other destinations across each county. After a meeting with several board members of Mason-Dixon Community Services and Delta stakeholders, rabbittransit is
The Evolution of Independence Day If Americans have one holiday in common, it’s the Fourth of July. How long have we officially been celebrating independence from Great Britain? Here’s a timeline: July 4, 1776 – Members of the Second Continental Congress meet in Philadelphia and adopt the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. July 4, 1777 – To commemorate the first anniversary of the signing, Philadelphians light candles and set off firecrackers. Yet with no sure outcome in the war for independence, celebrations are kept to a minimum. July 4, 1778 – On the second anniversary of the signing, Gen. George Washington issues his troops
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expanding its Shared Ride service to include an earlier morning pickup time of 9 a.m. The goal of the program is to increase Delta residents’ access to healthcare and employment opportunities, which are traditionally found in the greater York area. For non-life-sustaining or employment trips, the service provides a 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. average arrival time in York with an average return time back to Delta at noon and 3:30 p.m. To learn more or obtain a Shared Ride application, visit www. rabbittransit.org/sharedride.
a double ration of rum and orders a Fourth of July artillery salute. 1781 – Massachusetts carries out the first official state celebration of the Fourth of July. 1801 – The White House hosts its first public Fourth of July reception. 1870 – Congress establishes the Fourth of July as an unpaid holiday for federal employees and the District of Columbia. 1938 – Congress establishes the Fourth of July as a paid holiday for federal employees. 1941 – Congress expands the 1938 law to include the District of Columbia. www.50plusLifePA.com
Retired and Senior Volunteers Needed for County School Districts RSVP of the Capital Region – York County is seeking volunteer tutors in math or reading for elementary schools in the Hanover Public Schools, Southeastern School District, and York City School District. Volunteers can select the elementary school in which they would like to tutor.
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Try Ginger for its Health Benefits Looking to get over a cold a little more quickly or to ease muscle soreness? A little ginger may help. Check out this list of ginger’s healthy benefits from the Huffington Post website: The common cold. Some research suggests that ginger helps your body sweat out a cold, as well as producing a germ-fighting agent called dermicidin, which can protect you from bacteria and fungi. Muscle aches. One study by the American Pain Society found that
taking 2 grams of ginger for 11 days can significantly reduce aches and muscle soreness caused by exercise. That’s because ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds known as gingerols, which prevent the transmission of pain from inflammation. Try adding a few slices of ginger every time you drink a glass of water. Indigestion. Ginger can help speed up the digestive process, allowing you to empty your stomach faster. It also helps eliminate excess gas from the intestinal tract.
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Ethnic Cuisine: First Wok
Outdoor Dining: Bay City Seafood Restaurant
Celebrating: Roosevelt Tavern
Romantic Setting: Eagles Nest
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Calendar of Events
Community Programs/Support Groups Free and open to the public
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July 3, 9:30 a.m. Green Thumb Garden Club Meeting Emmanuel Lutheran Church 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion (717) 235-2823
Crispus Attucks Active Living Center – (717) 848-3610, www.crispusattucks.org
July 18, 7-8 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Providence Place 3377 Fox Run Road, Dover (717) 767-4500
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Parks and Recreation July 12, 7 p.m. – Porch Talks: Railroad Cars Constructed in York County, New Freedom Train Station July 16, 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Open House: Bluegrass Day, Wallace-Cross Mill July 28, 6:30 p.m. – DreamWrights Presents The Taming of the Shrew, Kain Park
Library Programs Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127 Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue, (717) 927-9014 Tuesdays, 6-8 p.m. – Purls of Brogue Knitting Club Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, (717) 432-5613 Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, (717) 292-6814 Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, (717) 225-3220 Mondays, 6-8 p.m. – Knitters Group Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, (717) 632-5183 Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, (717) 244-2032 Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, (717) 252-4080 Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, (717) 846-5300 Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, (717) 993-2404
Bicyclists from page 4 less than nine hours, earning them a silver medal in the competition. And a bicycling excursion through California took them across San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge. “The bike lane had a fence separating the bike riders from the lanes of traffic, so we felt comfortable riding our bikes,” Gelsinger said. “At the top of the bridge it got very windy, but the view was great!” The Gelsingers crossed the Atlantic with members of the bicycle club in 2007 for a bike tour through Holland and Belgium. “We were impressed with the huge number of bicyclists in Amsterdam,” Marilyn said. “We saw a parking garage that held 5,000 bikes!” Another memorable ride was through Cuba, from Havana to the western tip of the country. Barry’s parents had taken him on vacation to
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Cuba in 1953, and he always wanted to go back. “When (President) Obama opened relations with Cuba again, I wanted to do a bike trip there,” he said. Marilyn vividly recalls how “terrible the roads were. They were full of potholes. You had to keep looking at the road so you wouldn’t get a flat tire.” But, she continued, the Cuban people were very friendly and they enjoyed talking with them. The Gelsingers plan to continue cycling locally and across the country and would encourage anyone of any age to start cycling. But, they advised, new cyclists should always wear a helmet—and they should take a bike course, which trains new cyclists how to ride in traffic safely.
Delta Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 456-5753 Dillsburg Senior Activity Center – (717) 432-2216 Eastern Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 252-1641 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 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 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:15 a.m. – Tai Chi Chih Classes Tuesdays, 1 p.m. – Senior Bowling League at Suburban Bowling 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 Mondays, July 3 to Aug. 28, 1-3 p.m. – A Matter of Balance Class Wednesdays, July 5 to Aug. 9, 9:30 a.m. to noon – Chronic Disease SelfManagement Class 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
Hepatitis C Screening Recommended for Boomers — Are You at Risk? By Claire Yezbak Fadden The generation that tuned their transistor radios to listen to the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or the Carpenters has something else in common: the potential for being infected with hepatitis C. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 30 baby boomers is at risk of the disease, and most don’t know it. Baby boomers, born primarily between 1946 and 1964, are five times more likely to be infected than other adults. Yet, most infected boomers do not know they have the virus because hepatitis C can damage the liver for many years with few noticeable symptoms. Hepatitis C causes serious liver diseases, including liver cancer, currently the fastest-rising cause of cancer-related deaths and the leading cause of liver transplants in the United States. Those factors contributed to the CDC proposing that boomers get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus. CDC believes this approach will address the largely preventable consequences of this disease, especially in light of newly available therapies that can cure up to 75 percent of infections. “With increasingly effective treatments now available, we can prevent tens of thousands of deaths from hepatitis C,” said CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. More than 2 million U.S. baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C, accounting for 75 percent of American adults living with the virus. The number of new hepatitis C infections has been going down since the late 1980s, when blood transfusions became regulated and the population stopped sharing needles in response to concerns about HIV, said Michael Ryan, M.D., a clinical professor of medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School. “However, the number of people developing advanced liver disease, or cirrhosis, is steadily rising. It’s estimated that 20-50 percent of those www.50plusLifePA.com
infected will develop advanced liver disease,” Ryan said. “When I began my practice 27 years ago, I rarely saw serious liver disease.” Upward of 15,000 Americans, most of them boomers, die each year from hepatitis C-related illness, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer. Deaths have been increasing steadily for more than a decade and are projected to grow significantly in coming years, peaking around 2025. Ryan said 80 percent of the patients he sees exhibit no symptoms. “The disease takes an average of 2050 years for people to develop cirrhosis, and those exposed in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s may not get into trouble for many years. By the time they come in complaining of characteristics of the illness, like fatigue, it’s way too late.” Hep C is transmitted through the blood, rarely through sexual encounters. The good news is the virus can be discovered through a hep C antibody test. Ryan, who is also a practicing gastroenterologist with Digestive and Liver Disease Specialists of Norfolk, Virginia, encourages adults 56-66 to ask their physicians to run this additional blood test during their yearly physical to detect the illness. “With hep A and B, the majority of adults will become jaundiced. Rarely does that happen with hep C. An inflamed liver rarely causes discomfort, and even liver cancer may not cause discomfort. That’s why this test is so important,” said Ryan. “Hepatitis C is the only virus we
can cure. And unlike other hepatitis viruses where treatment can be ongoing, the treatment for hepatitis C lasts anywhere from 24-28 weeks.” “Identifying these hidden infections early will allow more baby boomers to receive care and treatment, before they develop life-threatening liver disease,” said Kevin Fenton, M.D., director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/
AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and Tuberculosis Prevention. Current CDC guidelines call for testing only individuals with certain known risk factors for hepatitis C infection; however, studies find that many baby boomers do not perceive themselves to be at risk and are not being tested. CDC suggests that a one-time hepatitis C testing of individuals born 1945-65 could identify some 800,000 additional people with hepatitis C, prevent the costly consequences of liver cancer and other chronic liver diseases, and save at least 120,000 lives. To learn more about health risks associated with hepatitis, visit the CDC’s hepatitis website (www.cdc. gov/hepatitis). The site includes an online hepatitis risk-assessment tool to evaluate your risk for viral hepatitis. Claire Yezbak Fadden is an awardwinning freelance writer. Follow her on Twitter @claireflaire.
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The Smartest Man in America Victor Parachin
political policy. Here are six fascinating facts about Benjamin Franklin. 1. He petitioned congress to abolish slavery in 1790. Franklin’s formal proposal of abolition presented to Congress began: “Mankind are all formed by the same Almighty Being, alike objects of his care, and equally designed for the enjoyment of happiness.” Specifically citing the plight of African slaves, Franklin urged Congress to grant “liberty to those unhappy men who alone in this land of freedom are degraded into perpetual bondage.” The petition failed to pass, and Franklin was strongly denounced by representatives from Southern states who asserted that the Bible fully supported slavery. 2. He created bifocal glasses. In an August 1784 letter to a friend,
When it became clear that the American colonies would have to engage in a war for independence from England, Ben Franklin was made president of Pennsylvania’s defense committee. In that capacity, he presided over the development of a top-secret system of underwater blockages to damage and prevent enemy warships from navigating the Delaware River as well as ways to more efficiently produce gunpowder necessary for militia muskets. To compensate for the shortage of gunpowder, Franklin proposed making greater use of the bow and arrow. Though these were clearly antiquated weapons of war, Franklin justified their use in a letter written to Gen. Charles Lee, explaining: “A man may shoot as truly with a bow as with a common musket … He can discharge four arrows in the same time of charging and discharging one bullet. A flight of arrows, seen coming upon them, terrifies and disturbs the enemies’ attention to their business … An arrow striking any part of a man puts him outside of combat till it is extracted.” In his time, Ben Franklin may have been the smartest and most versatile American in the country. He was certainly its best scientist and inventor. Additionally, he excelled in business, diplomacy, and practical
3. He understood germ theory. Franklin was one of the first to suggest that colds and flu “may possibly be spread by contagion” rather than cold air, the common
belief during his time. “People often catch cold from one another when shut up together in close rooms, coaches, etc., and when sitting near and conversing so as to breathe in each other’s transpiration.” His recommendation was for people, especially during a flu and cold season, to get as much fresh air as possible. Throughout his life, Franklin maintained ventilation in his home and especially his bedroom, where he kept the window open, even throughout the winter. 4. He described signs of lead poisoning and its treatment. Franklin observed a disturbing phenomenon. Tradesmen who worked with lead often experienced health issues such as joint pain, stiffness, paralysis, and severe intestinal problems. Friends further raised his curiosity about this issue by pointing out that people who drank rum from stills that used metal coils also exhibited similar signs and symptoms. Functioning much like a contemporary epidemiologist, Franklin concluded that the cause was lead poisoning. He strongly recommended caution when working with the metal and suggested that the coils of stills be replaced by tin rather than pewter, which contained large amounts of lead. Brainteasers
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Franklin expressed great personal pleasure in the “invention of Double Spectacles, which, serving for distant objects as well as near ones, make my eyes as useful to me as ever they were. “The same convexity of glass through which a man sees clearest and best at the distance proper for reading is not the best for greater distances. I therefore had formerly two pair of spectacles, which I shifted occasionally … “I had the glasses cut and half of each kind associate in the same circle. By this means, as I wear my spectacles constantly, I have only to move my eyes up or down, as I wanted to see distinctly far or near, the proper glasses being always ready.”
1. The Andy Griffith Show 2. Jeopardy! 3. Mod Squad 4. Bewitched 5. Ironside Bestselling Fiction Books of the ’50s
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5. He created a new musical instrument. In 1761, Franklin attended a concert in England where all the music was performed on wineglasses of various sizes. That event sparked his imagination, and a few months later he produced an “armonica.” He attached 37 glass bowls of different sizes to a spindle rigged with a foot pedal and flywheel to spin. Once set in motion, a person could play them simply by touching the spinning rims with a wet finger. Franklin’s armonica became very popular in European circles. Mozart and Beethoven wrote music for it and Marie Antoinette took armonica lessons. 6. He promoted the benefits of physical exercise. Living in a time when life expectancy was between 35
and 40 years, Ben Franklin lived to a ripe, healthy, and happy 84 years. His “secret” was to work out, arguing that one of the most effective ways of warding off illnesses was to exercise. In early America, he was unique in stating that the best measure of exercise was not duration but intensity, emphasizing the importance of perspiration. As a scientist he understood that a workout needed to be challenging and cleansing enough to produce sweat, thereby allowing the body to remove toxins. Ben Franklin died at 11 p.m. April 17, 1790, at age 84. Nearly 20,000 mourners gathered in Philadelphia to pay their respects to a man whose inventions and scientific discoveries changed their world and who helped create a new nation.
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Around Town Local Woman Advocates for ‘Fallen Heroes Day’ Senior Commons of Powder Mill recently hosted a ceremony honoring one of its residents, Judy Rumpf Aylor, who has advocated for the creation of a Fallen Heroes Day for 35 years. Fallen Heroes Day, a holiday that would recognize police and firefighters, became a passion project for Aylor after her husband, a police officer, was lost in a fire in Baltimore in 1978. After gaining support from political Judy Aylor leaders, in 1985 Aylor signed proclamations declaring the third Sunday in May as Fallen Heroes Day in her home state of Maryland, which is currently the only state to recognize the observance. Since then, Aylor has worked to make Fallen Heroes Day a nationwide observance and has written several letters, including some to the president. Within the past decade, Fallen Heroes Day was moved and is now celebrated in Maryland on the first Friday in May. Attending the ceremony at Senior Commons of Powder Mill were Marc Greenly, Michael Schiffhauer, and Curtis Hempfing, officers of the York Area Regional Police Department, and Retired Chief Richard W. Halpin. Ken Sheffer, retired York City Fire Department officer, played the bagpipes. If you have local news you’d like considered for Around Town, please email email@example.com
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