York County Edition | August 2017 â€˘ Vol. 18 No. 8
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Art & Antiques by Dr. Lori
Reach Active, Affluent Boomers & Seniors! Lori Verderame
Sept. 28, 2017 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. York Expo Center
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World’s Fair Collectibles
The Great Exhibition of the Works Philadelphia, 1876; Chicago, 1893; of Industry of All Nations was the St. Louis, 1904, which was the largest formal name of the very first World’s world’s fair; San Francisco, 1915; Fair. It was held at the Crystal Palace New York, 1939, and again held there in London, England, in 1851. in 1964; Seattle, 1962; and Montreal, Of course, the 1967. event had crowds of Some valuable attendees, impressive World’s Fair exhibits, and all types collectibles include: of souvenirs. The promise of bringing • A n admission home something rare, ticket to the exotic, and unusual 1876 Centennial from the World’s Fair International remains an exciting Exhibition in attraction for many. Philadelphia 1876 Today, World’s • Ferris wheel toys Fair collectibles are from the 1893 popular, and some are World’s Columbian very valuable on the Exposition in market. Chicago, where These massive George Ferris’s events, hosted by famous amusement major cities around ride debuted the globe, highlighted innovations in • A n Ingersoll pocket various industries, watch with the mounted large art A Jim Beam bottle from the Cascades pictured 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle. on the dial from and science exhibits, staged entertainment the 1904 Louisiana spectacles, and hosted millions of Purchase Exhibition visitors. • A Jim Beam bottle in the shape of Some of the most interesting the city’s landmark Space Needle, World’s Fairs, when it comes to which was erected for the 1962 collectible objects, were the fairs Seattle World’s Fair held in: London, 1851; Paris, 1889;
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• Parker Brothers’ World’s Fair board game highlighting the adventures of two young people visiting the famed Trylon and Perisphere and other attractions at the World of Tomorrow World’s Fair, the second largest fair, held in New York City in 1939-40 The most valuable World’s Fair collectibles are items that highlight the most famous aspects or attractions of a particular fair. Many World’s Fairs erect temporary architectural buildings and landscaped areas throughout the fair site. Look for objects that recall the immense project of the fairgrounds and important landmarks that debuted at the fair, such as: the Eiffel Tower in Paris; Daniel Burnham’s Great White City, temporary buildings made of staff, a mixture of plaster, cement, and jute fiber; and Frederick MacMonnies’s Columbian
seat. These Fountain in items were Chicago. inexpensive Many and of these popular World’s Fair with fair collectibles guests and have sold could be ranging used long from a few after the hundred to fair ended. several tens Look of thousands for unique, of dollars Photo by Max Mordecai unusual, on the Photograph of the New York World's Fair collectibles 1964/1965 as viewed from the Observation Tow- hard-tomarket. come-by, ers of the New York State Pavilion. or exotic Common World’s collectibles Fair collectibles that were first that every man could afford include ruby glass cut-to-clear mugs embossed introduced at a specific World’s Fair, with a patron’s first name and the year such as ice cream cone advertisements in 1904, admission tickets to the 1939 of the fair, such as “Louise – World’s fair, Tiffany stained-glass lamps, Eiffel Fair 1893,”or objects to be used by guests as they walked the fairgrounds, Tower snow globes in 1889, Patek such as a 1939 Perisphere collapsible Philippe gold pocket watches made
especially for the 1893 fair, etc. It is wise to collect those World’s Fair collectibles that feature a specific host city or focus on a particular specialty attraction. The best of the best were also offered for purchase as souvenirs of the World’s Fair. The World’s Fair was the place where visitors could obtain rare and unusual pieces, and some of the most coveted and collectible were rare jewels, furniture, and fine art. 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.
At Your Fingertips Helpful numbers, hotlines, and local businesses and organizations eager to serve you—all just a phone call away. Animal Hospitals Community Animal Hospital Donald A. Sloat, D.V.M. 400 S. Pine St., York (717) 845-5669 Automobile Sales/Service Gordon’s Body Shop, Inc. 10 Mill St., Stewartstown (717) 993-2263 Coins & Currency Steinmetz Coins & Currency 2861 E. Prospect Road, York (717) 757-6980 Energy Assistance Low-Income Energy Assistance (717) 787-8750 Entertainment Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster (717) 898-1900
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American Bandstand: Still Hoppin’ after 60 Years
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It was a phenomenon, a trendsetter, a way of culture for teenagers across the country, and it all came to life on a television show named American Bandstand. The concept included playing popular music geared toward teens, having them dance to it, and televising it. In 1952, this was the birth of the show emanating from WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, initially called Bandstand. Hosted by Bob Horn, it caught on immediately. After making an impact and having a few successful years, Horn was dismissed from the show due to numerous ongoing infractions with the law. On July 9, 1956, taking the reigns as show host was 26-yearold Dick Clark, who had been an announcer for WFIL radio. Later dubbed “the guy with the Dentyne smile,” Clark was not fully in tune with rock ’n’ roll music but aligned himself with the most popular disc jockeys and record promotion men, thus gaining a “pulse” on the new sounds. “Dick figured out how to bring rock ’n’ roll into the living rooms of America and made the music acceptable to a mass audience, including the parents,” said Ed Salamon, partner with Dick Clark in a series of radio networks for 15 years. The ratings of the show soared, and by Aug. 5, 1957, now known as American Bandstand, it was being seen by millions of viewers on the ABC-TV network. From coast to coast, teenagers tuned in daily, not only for the music, but also because they identified with the dancers who
Above, top: Chubby Checker’s dance craze “The Twist” premiered on Bandstand. Above, bottom: Dick Clark suggested Danny and the Juniors change their song “Do the Bop” to the more modern “At the Hop.”
became regulars, including Arlene Sullivan and Kenny Rossi, Justine Carrelli and Bob Clayton, Bunny Gibson and Ed Kelly, and Carmen and Yvette Jimenez, plus numerous others. “I was a shy kid, and really surprised, because I wasn’t the best-looking kid, wasn’t a fashion plate—people liked me for some reason, and it took me out of my shell,” Sullivan said. Portrayed as “the kids next door,” show regulars began appearing in teen publications, such as 16 Magazine, Photoplay, and others. This affected the way viewers dressed and, of course, the dance trends they demonstrated. With newfound fame came fan clubs, which generated an incredible amount of mail, explained Dave Frees, president of the American Bandstand Fan Club since 1970.
“In the end of 1960, I had taken over a fan club for the Jimenez sisters, and mail the regulars received was amazing— some got 1,000 letters a week!” he said. Dancing on American Bandstand was the highlight; kids would line around the building of WFILTV at 46th and Market streets in Philadelphia, hoping to get in and see their favorite artists lip synching the top hits of the day. Many of the latest dance crazes would premiere on the show: “The Twist,” “Mashed Potato Time,” “Bristol Stomp,” and others recorded by Philly’s Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, and the Dovells, respectively. Bandstand also featured a legion of talent who recorded for a number of the most prominent record labels in the Quaker City, including Cameo/Parkway, Jamie/ Guyden, Chancellor, and Swan records. The song “At the Hop”—and the act who recorded it in 1957, Danny and the Juniors—can attribute their success to Dick Clark. Clark suggested that the tune, originally titled “Do the Bop,” have a slight lyric change, as the “bop” was becoming passé. American Bandstand was also a grooming ground for many regional acts in Pennsylvania. The word was: If you got your record on Bandstand, your career was on its way. Of those were the Jordan Brothers, hailing from Frackville, Pennsylvania, who performed three times on the show. Clark enjoyed their talent so much that in 1959 they appeared on his first “Caravan of Stars” nationwide tour. The group’s Frank Jordan recalled Clark’s humorous side. “Dick held up a stool once, in an effort to keep the girls from trying to get at us!” Jordan said. In late 1963, a major change came when the show moved its www.50plusLifePA.com
base from Philly to California. Clark, a fledging entrepreneur, felt there was more on the business horizon for him and took American Bandstand to Hollywood. The move altered the show’s previous hometown charm and camaraderie, and its air schedule changed from daily to a Saturdaymorning run. “I knew once Dick left Philly, it was never going to be the same,” Sullivan said. Nevertheless, the AB logo was prominent, and ratings kept the show in place through the 1970s and ’80s. In 1989, shortly after shifting from ABC to the USA network, Dick Clark left as host, with David Hirsch assuming duties until the final episode aired Oct. 7, 1989. Over the years, many of music’s iconic names would grace American Bandstand, with the exception of only a few, namely Elvis Presley, Ricky Nelson, and the Beatles. Even Dick Clark could not predict the advent of Beatlemania. In the summer of 1963, Bernie Binnick, head of Swan Records, asked Clark to listen to a record he was going to release, entitled “She Loves You,” by a group from England known as the Beatles. In late September 1963, Clark reluctantly featured the song on Bandstand’s “Rate a Record” segment, where it received a No. 73. But within five months, Beatlemania and the music of the British Invasion were prominently featured on American Bandstand. On April 18, 2012, at age 82, the world’s oldest teenager, Dick Clark, entered the gates of rock ’n’ roll heaven. After imprinting American Bandstand as a household word, Clark flourished in numerous capacities, including game show host for Pyramid and other programs.
As producer, he created the United Stations Radio Networks, and his Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve became a yearly tradition starting in 1972; the show continues today with host Ryan Seacrest. Shortly after Clark’s passing, the former Studio B in Philadelphia— where tapings were done during American Bandstand’s heyday—was officially opened to the public, paying homage to the TV show and featuring a wealth of memorabilia for permanent viewing at the building now known as the Enterprise Center. The show has truly lived on, with many reunions, tributes, books, and periodicals heralding its legacy. Of recent particular note is Bandstand Diaries (www. bandstanddiaries.com) by show regular Arlene Sullivan with journalists Sharon Sultan Cutler and Ray Smith. The book is a potpourri of behind-the-scenes looks at the Bandstand days through the eyes of those who were a part of it—and who have kept its memory hoppin’ for six decades.
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Cover photos, clockwise from center: Dick Clark publicity photo, 1961. A 1962 entrance ticket to American Bandstand. “Regular dancers” Arlene Sullivan, right, with Tony Porrini on American Bandstand. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries.
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Dick Clark, left, interviewing Myrna Horowitz, one of Bandstand’s original dancers, on the show’s 17th anniversary in 1970. From left, Dick Clark, dancer Bob Clayton, and dancer Justine Carrelli with jukeboxes they won for the 1957 Jitterbug Contest. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries. Sullivan, right, with Frankie Avalon. Photo courtesy of Bandstand Diaries.
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New Events Enliven 16th Annual Senior Games By Jackie Chicalese Despite rain looming in the forecast, the first round of events for the 16th annual York County Senior Games kicked off dry and without a hitch. This five-day event was organized by the York County Area Agency on Aging and began Monday, June 19, bringing out nearly 500 members of the surrounding 50-plus community. The opening ceremony on Tuesday, June 20, welcomed athletes with a parade and torch ceremony. Clement weather followed the remainder of the week. During the event, attendees competed in an unlimited number of athletic activities, including ladder golf, soccer kick, target shooting, darts, poker, and more. This year, the games brought back table tennis, as well as introduced events such as “A Walk in the Park with a York County Doc” and cornhole. Elwood and Patricia Eyler, from Windsor Township, began attending the Senior Games in 2008. “This [was] the ninth year we played in the games here in York County,” Elwood Eyler said. With previous years’ games under their belts, they did not shy away from participation. Including the new events, Elwood Eyler competed in a total of 16 events, while Patricia Eyler competed in 17. Jenny Nace, information specialist at York County Area Agency on Aging, noted the games received many positive responses from attendees this year, some of which she attributed to the addition of new events. For the 2017 games, newly introduced cornhole attracted the largest following. “It was our most popular event, with 171 registered participants,” Nace said. Cornhole’s popularity did not prevent other activities from attracting notable crowds, however. Many participants—like the Eylers—took to the track for a community walk with local doctors who explained the health benefits of walking and exercise. The track was also a venue for various meter-runs. Nace recalled a 92-year-old male competitor who laced up his running shoes for the 100meter. His son, grandson, and friends cheered him on, and he crossed the finish line to win a gold medal. Despite the talent seen on the track, track athletes were not the only ones earning medals during the York County Senior Games. “We had a 90-year-old male participate in horseshoe singles,” Nace said. “He [was] wheelchair bound, but with the support of a physical therapist from the facility where he resides, and the support of our wonderful volunteers, he participated and also won a gold medal!” A closing ceremony on Friday, June 23, recognized medal and triathlon winners. Once the events concluded, the Eylers reflected on their positive experience, finding this year’s games not only fun, but also beneficial to their physical health and social well-being. “We think it’s really important to stay active when we get to be seniors, so playing in the games keeps us young at heart,” Patricia Eyler said. “We also enjoy the interaction with other participants, as well as getting to know some of the wonderful volunteers.” The Eylers stressed gratitude for the organizers, volunteers, and sponsors who make the Senior Games possible every year. In this, they are not alone. Nace said the competitors’ overwhelming appreciation truly makes the games worthwhile. “This is a huge outreach program, which takes a year to plan,” she said. “[The participants’] gratefulness makes us realize how important this program is, not only for the fitness and exercise, but also for the socialization and camaraderie.” For more information, call (717) 771-9001, or visit www.ycaaa.org.
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It Was 50 Years Ago Today
‘Ode to Billie Joe’ Randal Hill
In the summer of 1967, folks were asking, “What really happened to Billie Joe McAllister? What exactly did he throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge? And what about that girl up on Choctaw Ridge?” It was all part of the fun of trying to analyze Bobbie Gentry’s charttopper “Ode to Billie Joe.” Years later, Gentry explained in The Billboard Book of Number One Hits that many listeners missed the point of her song. “Everybody seems more concerned with what was thrown off the bridge than they are with the thoughtlessness of people expressed in the song,” she groused. “The real ‘message’ of the song, if there must be a message, revolves around the nonchalant way the family talks about the suicide.” Gentry was born Roberta Lee Streeter in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, in 1942. When her parents divorced, Bobbie moved in with her grandparents. She taught herself to play the piano and write some catchy little tunes. In the mid-1950s, her mother relocated to Palm Springs, California, and Gentry followed. During high school, she also mastered the guitar, bass, banjo, and vibes. After graduation in 1960, she moved to Los Angeles and took philosophy classes at UCLA before
switching to the the shadow of her lone megahit, spinning “Ode to prestigious Los which eventually was relegated to Billie Joe.” Once it Angeles Conservatory hit Billboard’s singles the playlists of “oldies” stations. of Music to Eventually she packed up and left Sin charts, “Ode” took study guitar and City behind. just three weeks to composition. In 1999, “Ode to Billie Joe” was reach No. 1 and pave Now calling herself inducted into the Grammy Hall of the way for three Bobbie Gentry—from Grammy Awards that Fame. Oddly, when the Grammy the 1952 movie Ruby followed the next year. people tried to send Gentry her Gentry—she made a award, nobody could find a phone But nothing that demo (demonstration) number or an address for her. The Capitol released after record of an original award was set on a shelf where, one that came close to song: “Mississippi Bobbie Gentry’s debut assumes, it still rests today. Delta.” Forget Billie Joe McAllister. Now smash. When she shopped She moved to Las people should ask, “What really “Ode to Billie Joe” it around, Capitol happened to Bobbie Gentry?” Vegas early in the Bobbie Gentry Records executives 1970s and headlined August 1967 were instantly taken the Strip with a revue Randal C. Hill is a rock ’n’ roll historian with both Gentry’s that she created, who lives at the Oregon coast. He may be obvious talent and stunning good produced, and starred in. reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. looks. Still, she could never escape Capitol people chose to promote the bluesy “Mississippi Delta” as her advertisement first single; they were lukewarm about the “B” side, a haunting, Gothic Southern ballad she called “Ode to Billie Joe.” Gentry had cut “Ode” in less than If you want a funeral with an expensive casket an hour, accompanying herself on a finger-picked acoustic guitar. Violins, and embalming, go to a funeral home! a cello, and a bass were added later. If you are interested in affordable cremation services, “Ode” was eventually edited from we are the name to remember! seven minutes and 11 verses to a We specialize in cremation only, statewide, no removal fees. more radio-friendly (read: shorter and No Embalming No Caskets simpler) tune. Capitol promoted “Mississippi Delta,” but DJs soon preferred
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Aug. 7, 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
Aug. 15, 7-8 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Providence Place 3377 Fox Run Road, Dover (717) 767-4500
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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
Parks and Recreation Aug. 6, 1:30-4:30 p.m. – Open House: Ice Cream Social, Wallace-Cross Mill Aug. 22, 6:30-9 p.m. – Sunset Scramble Bike Ride, Hanover Junction Rail Trail Aug. 27, 2:30-4 p.m. – Flintknapping, Nixon County Park
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
Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127
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
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
South Central Senior Community Center – (717) 235-6060, http://southcentralyorkcountysrctr.webs.com Weekdays, 9:30 a.m. – Isometric Exercise Classes Mondays, 9:15 a.m. – Stretch Yoga Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – Blanket-Knotting Project Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – Line Dancing Class
Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, (717) 252-4080 Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, (717) 846-5300 Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, (717) 993-2404 Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury, (717) 235-4313 Red Land Community Library, 48 Robin Hood Drive, Etters, (717) 938-5599 Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus, (717) 428-1034
Volunteer Tutors, Drivers Wanted RSVP of the Capital Region – York County is seeking volunteer tutors for the York County School of Technology ABE/GED Program. Volunteers would need to have a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, RSVP and Jewish Family Services are seeking volunteer drivers to support those who need to be driven to appointments and various locations in York County.
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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 York Community S.E.N.I.O.R.S. – (717) 848-4417 Yorktown Senior Center – (717) 854-0693, www.yorktownseniorcenter.org Just a snippet of what you may be missing … please call or visit their website for more information.
On Life and Love after 50
Recent Widower Tries Dating, Finds it’s Too Soon
Often, widowers contact me with questions about mature dating. Last month, Steve, a recent widower, emailed. He wrote, “I just ‘stumbled’ onto your Finding Love after 50 website, trying to educate myself to prepare for dating and my next phase in life. I became a widower in January of this year after a terrific 40-year marriage (together 44, married 40). “I am 66, still working, and live just across the Pennsylvania border in New York state. My wife suffered an accidental death. She was an only child and I am now responsible for her parents, aged 94 and 93. “To get myself moving, I have gone on a couple of dates. The dates went OK, but I have no plans to continue calling those women because I see no willingness on their part to continue dating, let alone have a relationship. “My guy friends say I am wrong to give up. I say, let the women ‘get motivated.’ I would like opinions from both genders.” I asked my On Life and Love after 50 e-newsletter readers for their opinions and shared them with Steve. The consensus among the responders: Steve needs to grieve and heal before getting involved with another woman. Nikol, a widow of 10 years, wrote, “I was in a widow and widower support group. My experience with new widowers was they were all in the same big panic to replace their wives. This panic usually lasted two years. He needs healing time.” Stella said, “Steve, whoa, whoa, whoa! At seven months widowed, the full impact hasn’t even hit you yet. Allow yourself time to go through all the stages of grief. Your time will come …” Another widow, Maria, said, “I’d be scared off if I was asked out by a guy whose partner died seven months before.” Tom’s thoughts: Likely, the two www.50plusLifePA.com
“Next year the GTO Association of America is having their national convention in Valley Forge. The event is normally the last week in June into the first week in July. Since this event is [near] where I live, I will be there with my car, of course!” Already, I see signs of Steve healing. It is great that he has an interest in his GTO and in helping his in-laws. These interests will help him keep busy and get out with new people. If you’d like to email Steve, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will forward your message to him.
Steve at a July 2017 car show.
women that Steve dated sensed he wasn’t ready for a relationship. After all, he had been with his wife since he was 20 years old. What often happens when a new widower begins dating is that a nice woman falls in love with him. A little later, he realizes it’s too soon and pulls the rug out from under her, resulting in a broken heart for her. Not good. Socializing with new people is important, and Steve is taking steps to do that. He recently sent an update. He said, “I have a 1964 Pontiac GTO. I travel to Central Pennsylvania for work—and pleasure, since Central Pennsylvania is the car collector capital. We have Hershey in the fall, and of course the famous Carlisle swap meets, which run from spring through fall. “I was worried that the stress from my situation would rapidly age me, but when people tell me I look way younger than 66—well, I am not about to argue! I’ve read that widowers tend to fall into poor health and age rapidly after the loss of their wives, and I am determined not to become part of that statistic. “On Father’s Day, I took my elderly in-laws to visit a new assisted living facility 2 miles from their home
in Pennsylvania. I arranged a tour of the facility and we then had dinner there.
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A Visit to Las Vegas that is Très Magnifique By Andrea Gross
Aha! There it is, the Eiffel Tower. Around the corner, the Arc de Triomphe. And right nearby, a row of quaint shops on a cobblestoned street. Voilà, this is Paris, n’est-ce pas? Actually, it’s Paris Las Vegas, a French-themed hotel and casino that’s done a remarkable job of bringing the famous landmarks of the governmental capital of France to the entertainment capital of the United States. Although at first it’s a bit The 460-foot Las Vegas Eiffel Tower, disconcerting to see Parisian an almost-exact half-scale replica of the landmarks sitting amidst the original, was built using Gustav Eiffel’s high-rise hotels and brightly lit plans for the original. casinos, it’s also très magnifique. that the famous landmarks were The architects and designers reproduced as accurately as possible. responsible for creating the Paris Las Their greatest coup was securing Vegas Hotel, which opened in 1999, the original plans that Gustav Eiffel went to great lengths to make sure
than 40 stories) into the desert sky. The major difference, aside from size, has to do with safety. Rather than joining beams with rivets as in the original, modern builders felt that welding would produce a stronger structure. Then, to ensure an authentic look, they overlaid the welding with cosmetic rivets. The concern for accuracy even extended to the lighting The Arc de Triomphe, replicated in 2/3 scale, system. In 1989, 100 years honors soldiers who fought with Napoleon. after the original tower was built, lights were added to brighten the Paris sky. Ten used to build his monument for the years later the same experts Paris Exposition in 1889. The Las were hired to install the lights in the Vegas tower is an almost-exact halfLas Vegas reproduction. scale replica, soaring 460 feet (more The Eiffel Tower is the first sign
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of Paris that visitors to Las Vegas see boutique wine offerings. when they drive up the famous Strip, But it’s the Eiffel Tower restaurant, but it’s far from the only one. People on the 11th floor of the tower, that is who are arriving at the Paris Las Vegas the epitome of Parisian elegance. The prices are nearly as stratospheric Hotel drive around a 2/3-scale replica of the Arc de Triomphe, a Parisian as the view, but no one seems to landmark honoring the soldiers who care. After all, this is a restaurant fought with Napoleon. that’s often dubbed one of the most Some parts of the hotel have facades romantic in the country, and what that echo renowned buildings in Paris. is more French than romance? (Tip: One wall looks like the Paris Opera Those who are more pragmatic than House, and the outside of the 34-story romantic can opt to go for brunch or, hotel itself was better yet, go designed to for a tasting.) look like Paris’s The Village Buffet takes 800-year-old diners to the Hôtel de Ville, which now provinces serves as Paris’ outside of Paris city hall. to experience The Parisian the sights and theme carries tastes of the countryside. to the inside, where touches The restaurant of France has six sections, The Village Buffet restaurant lets each of which adorn the diners experience the food and casino, lobby, replicates the atmosphere of the provinces. architecture and, most and design of all, the shopping of a specific province. promenade. Likewise, The retail there are a area, which is completely variety of cooking indoors, has stations that “cobblestoned” feature the streets, wrought-iron foods and cooking styles streetlamps, of each region. and shops The Strip is often called Las Vegas’s Guests, who fashioned to Champs-Élysées. look distinctly are welcome to gorge European, with themselves with food from all of flowerboxes and balustrades. the provinces, can have crêpes à la As with the architecture, the hotel’s restaurants pride themselves Brittany, seafood from Normandy, meats from Burgundy, croissants from on authenticity. Many are devoted to Alsace, and beverages from Bretagne. French food of one sort or another — from crusty baguettes and delicate (Tip: The buffet isn’t cheap, so go crepes to foie gras and le filet de bœuf. when you’re hungry.) Finally, almost hidden in a corner Mon Ami Gabi is an upscale café on the hotel’s north side, Le Cabaret where people can eat outside and offers an ooh-là-là experience during watch folks stroll up and down the Strip, except that the bow-tied waiters which folks make merry as they sip cocktails and listen to live music. don’t call it “the Strip.” They call it Now what could be more French “the Champs-Élysées.” than that? Here, diners can start with wild escargots or onion soup au gratin, For an expanded version of this story, move on to chicken grand-mère, and see www.traveltizers.com. Photos © Irv finish up with a vanilla bean crème Green unless otherwise noted; story by brûlée — if, that is, they don’t get Andrea Gross (www.andreagross.com). sidetracked by some of the 80-plus www.50plusLifePA.com
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Put it All in Order – Create a Filing System Abby Stokes
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The Beauty in Nature
Two Toads Clyde McMillan-Gamber
Mostly I hear them calling from pond shallows in spring and early summer. If I look closely, I can see males sitting in inch-deep water with bulging throats while trilling or pairs floating while spawning in the pond. Sometimes I see a few on rural roads at night with my car headlights. There, they snap up earthworms and insects. And occasionally I spot one hopping across leaf-covered, woodland floors. American toads and Woodhouse’s toads, also known as Fowler’s toads, commonly live in southeastern
Pennsylvania and across much of the United States.
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Like their relatives, the frogs, adult toads are tailless amphibians, starting life in still, shallow water as tadpoles with gills and swimming tails, like fish, but living the rest of their lives on land with legs and lungs that breathe air. Frogs, with their smooth, moist skins, stay close to water to survive, but toads, with bumpy, dry skins that retain bodily fluids, roam from water to meadows, fields, and woodland floors. But there they need some moisture to live, a reason they hide in damp places during daytime. These related toads are similar in appearance. Both are mostly nocturnal, about 4 inches long at maturity, and basically brown, which blends them into their habitats of soil, sand, and dead-leaf carpets on forest floors. Both have rough skins and lovely eyes with horizontal pupils. Both species have a bulging paratoid gland behind each eardrum. Each gland is filled with liquid that tastes bad to predators.
And males of both kinds sit upright in inch-deep water to call for mates for spawning in those shallows. But their vocalizations differ, enabling us to identify them. Male American toads enter shallow water in many ponds in southeastern Pennsylvania during April. There, they puff their dark throats and emit pleasant, musical trills that last up to 30 seconds each. Able to hear well, one male starts trilling and others join in, creating a chorus that attracts female American toads to them for mating and spawning. Male Fowler’s toads spawn much the same way, except their nasal trills—“wwaaaahh”—last for two seconds and bring the genders together for spawning. Fowler’s toads spawn from late May into early July, which is another way to identify them. Frog and toad eggs are fertilized externally while each pair is coupled in shallow water. Gelatinous strings of toad eggs by the thousands attach to aquatic vegetation and immersed tree twigs. Swarms of black tadpoles hatch from those eggs within a few days. Those tads eat algae and decayed plant and animal material in the shallows, grow legs and lungs as their tails become absorbed, and hop onto land, all within a few months. Toads are interesting critters that do us no harm. And they are attractive in their camouflaged way. Try to tolerate their presence when you spot them.
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New Medicare Cards Debut Next Year Jim Miller
Dear Savvy Senior, I just received my Medicare card in the mail and was surprised to see that the ID number is the same as my Social Security number. I know it’s a bad idea to carry around anything that displays my Social Security number because it makes me vulnerable to identity theft. Wasn’t the government supposed to stop putting Social Security numbers on Medicare cards? – New Beneficiary Dear New, Many people new to Medicare are surprised to learn that the ID number on their Medicare card is still identical to their Social Security number. After all, we’re constantly warned not to carry our SSN around with us, because if it gets lost or stolen, the result could be identity theft. But the card itself tells beneficiaries to carry it with you when you are away from home so you can show it at the doctor’s office or hospital when you need medical care. Here’s what you should do to protect yourself. New Medicare Cards For starters, you’ll be happy to know that the government is in the process of removing SSNs from Medicare cards, but with 58 million beneficiaries, it’s a huge undertaking that will be implemented gradually. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will start sending the new cards in April 2018, but it will take until December 2019 before SSNs are removed from all cards. Under the new system, a randomly generated 11-character Medicare beneficiary identifier will replace the SSN-based health claim number on your new Medicare card, but your Medicare benefits will not change. You will receive information in 2018 letting you know about the new Medicare card, with an explanation of www.50plusLifePA.com
how to use the new card and what to do with your old one. You can start using your new Medicare card with the new number as soon as you receive it, and there should be a transition period in 2018 and 2019 when you can use either the old card or the new card. Protect Your Identity Until your new Medicare card is issued, here’s what you can do to protect your SSN on your current card. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, a national consumer resource on identity theft, recommends that you carry your Medicare card only when you visit a healthcare provider for the first time, so the provider can make a copy for their files. Otherwise, make a photocopy of your card and cut it down to wallet size. Then take a black marker and black out the last four digits of your SSN, and carry that instead in case of an emergency. If your Medicare card does happen to get lost or stolen, you can replace it by calling Social Security at (800) 772-1213 or contacting your local Social Security office. You can also request a card online at www.ssa.gov/ myaccount. Your card will arrive in the mail in about 30 days. If your Medicare card that contains your SSN gets lost or stolen, you’ll need to watch out for Medicare fraud. You can do this by checking your quarterly Medicare summary notices for services or supplies you did not receive. You can also check your Medicare claims early online at MyMedicare. gov (you’ll need to create an account first) or by calling Medicare at (800) 633-4227. If you spot anything suspicious or wrong, call the Inspector General’s fraud hotline at (800) 4478477. Also, watch for other signs of identity theft. For example, if someone uses your Social Security
number to obtain credit, loans, telephone accounts, or other goods and services, report it immediately to the Federal Trade Commission at IdentityTheft.gov or (877) 4384338.
This site will also give you specific steps you’ll need to take to handle this problem. Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book. www.savvysenior.org
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Although your chances of being burglarized are low, it does happen. Unless you have a safe guarded by laser beams for your priceless heirlooms, try some of these tricks for hiding your valuables: Bookcases. Many bookcases have a few extra inches of space beneath the bottom shelf, hidden behind some molding. Remove the molding and store valuables there. Light switches and electrical outlets. Turn off your power and remove the plate. You’ll find a small space where you can deposit small items for safekeeping. Ironing boards. You can hide important documents between the board and the padding. Also, the hollow area inside the legs (pull off the rubber or plastic pads) can be used to store rolled-up cash or small items.
Spice jars. Pour the spice into a bowl. Then coat the inside of the jar with glue. Refill the jar and then empty it again. Make sure the jar looks like it’s full of oregano (or whatever you used) and place money, credit cards, or other valuables inside. Trash cans. Place important items at the bottom; then use a liner to conceal them. Dirty clothes hamper. Most thieves won’t want to sift through soiled clothes. Vents. Your heating and airconditioning vents can make useful hiding places. Burglars won’t want to waste time and risk capture unscrewing each vent. Decoys. Keep a small wad of cash someplace where a would-be burglar is likely to find it. Thieves in a hurry will snatch it and go, leaving the rest of your valuables behind.
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If I ignore the simple things, I’ll be ignoring most of my life. My husband, Bob, never ignores the simple things. Instead, he thrives on monotony. It intensifies his lunacy. Now, before you think, “Saralee always makes her husband look nuts,” please know that he is. And before you think, “Poor Bob. He’s such a good sport,” please know that when I talk about him in a column, he soaks it right up. If I don’t include him, he mopes around the house for days. Last week at the supermarket, Bob shouted from the other end of the fruit and veggie aisle, “Saralee, smell this!” He was holding up a tomato. Shoppers were staring. Begrudgingly I ambled over, smelled the tomato, and remarked, “There’s no smell.” “Are you kidding me?” So he picked up one fruit after another—a banana, a cantaloupe, a strawberry—and held them in my face, saying way too loudly, “Feel the smell. Relish the smell. Be the smell!” Shoppers flew out of our aisle to get as far away from him as they could. I took an obligatory sniff and then kept shopping. He grabbed my arm. “You walk right by so many things without even noticing them.” “Bob, we’ll never get through shopping if you keep smelling every single thing.” He said, “Just look around us. We’re so lucky to be here, where foods from all over the world are available. You never appreciate it. www.50plusLifePA.com
How many people in the world would be ecstatic to walk down these aisles and pick out anything they wanted?” He was right. He walked up to a store manager and solemnly said, “I appreciate your potatoes.” The manager stared blankly. When I was a practicing psychotherapist, a patient taught me, “We spend over 50 percent of our lives doing chores. We might as well enjoy them.” While driving home, Bob said, “Tonight, I’ll be giving thanks for such a special day, when you and I were together buying food.” I thought to myself, “While Bob’s immersed in gratitude, I’ll be thinking about how we did nothing important. Just a few chores. Bob, though, will be thinking that even if a day was routine, every day counts.” I looked at my husband, suddenly realizing that it wasn’t how we spent the day that mattered. It was, instead, all about our attitudes—our different ways of thinking about the very same activity. Bob’s mindfulness versus my nonchalance. I don’t want to skip over days, no matter what we do. It was only then I fully understood what he meant when he said, “Today was a day dreams are made of.”
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50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...
Published on Jul 27, 2017
50plus LIFE — formerly 50plus Senior News — is a monthly publication for and about Central Pennsylvania’s baby boomers and seniors, offering...