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York County Edition

November 2012

Vol. 13 No. 11

Bearing the Burden to Ease Burdens By Lori Van Ingen What has been called “the strangest sporting event” is just another way for Steve Jones to help ease the burdens of local families. Jones will be powerwalking with hundreds of pounds of weights to the top of Roundtop Mountain in Lewisberry on Nov. 3 to benefit a girl with leukemia. People who have come to watch his benefit powerwalks over the years often ask, “‘Where’s the hulk?’” Jones said. “They think it’s the spotter.” They are amazed to discover that it is a 5-foot, 9-inch, 200-pound, gray curly-haired man who will be carrying 700 pounds up a mountain, said Jones, who works as a hospital security guard. Although he bills his benefits as powerwalks, Jones really thinks of himself as an “endurance walker.” He walks with ever-increasing weights until he reaches his goal. “I walk with a squat stand (vertical posts with horizontal bar catchers on each side),” he said. The weights sit on the stand and his crew puts them on his bar. “Six or seven people lift the weight up to my shoulders. Two guys go in front of me so I don’t step in a hole because once you turn your leg (it’s all over),” Jones said. Someone also walks behind him to hold his back up because he leans backward with so much weight on him, he said. New weights are added after he walks as far as he can up the mountain, as much as 100 yards with the lowest weight of 340 pounds at the bottom of please see BURDEN page 15 Endurance walker Steve Jones will shoulder up to 700 pounds as he ascends Roundtop Mountain for the Nov. 3 charity benefit.


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Alzheimer’s Caregiving: Tips to Prevent Wandering Every day can bring a new change or challenge for caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease wander away from their home or caregiver. Caregivers need to know how to limit wandering and prevent the person from becoming lost. First Steps Try to follow these steps before the person with Alzheimer’s disease wanders: • Make sure the person carries some kind of ID or wears a medical bracelet. If the person gets lost and can’t communicate clearly, an ID will let others know about his or her illness. It also shows where the person lives. • Consider enrolling the person in the MedicAlert® + Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® Program (see or call (888) 572-8566 to find the program in your area). • Let neighbors and the local police know that the person with Alzheimer’s tends to wander. Ask them to alert you immediately if the person is seen alone and on the move.

• Place labels in garments to aid in identification.

November is National Family Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month

• Keep an article of the person’s worn, unwashed clothing in a plastic bag to aid in finding him or her with the use of dogs. • Keep a recent photograph or video recording of the person to help police if he or she becomes lost. Tips to Prevent Wandering Here are some tips to help prevent the person with Alzheimer’s from wandering away from home:

• Keep doors locked. Consider a keyed deadbolt, or add another lock placed up high or down low on the door. If the person can open a lock, you may need to get a new latch or lock.*

• Use loosely fitting doorknob covers so that the cover turns instead of the actual knob.* • Place STOP, DO NOT ENTER, or CLOSED signs on doors. • Divert the attention of the person with Alzheimer’s disease away from using the

door by placing small scenic posters on the door; placing removable gates, curtains, or brightly colored streamers across the door; or wallpapering the door to match any adjoining walls. • Install safety devices found in hardware stores to limit how much windows can be opened. • Install an “announcing system” that chimes when the door opens. • Secure the yard with fencing and a locked gate. • Keep shoes, keys, suitcases, coats, hats, and other signs of departure out of sight. • Do not leave a person with Alzheimer’s who has a history of wandering unattended. *Due to the potential hazard they could cause if an emergency exit is needed, locked doors and doorknob covers should be used only when a caregiver is present. Source: National Institute on Aging

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The Search for Our Ancestry

Collateral Lines and Distant Relatives Angelo Coniglio


Others are very interested only in their own family or on families of others, I like to include “collateral lines.” These paternal line, the one that carries their own familiar are lines or branches of a surname. Still others search family tree that A little time spent on for both spread “sideways” rather than back paternal and researching collateral maternal lines in time. Your lines may help you find grandfather’s but restrict their research to brother’s family valuable information direct ancestors. and descendants about your direct line. I believe are in a line that is “collateral” with these approaches yours, as are the reduce the rewards genealogy can bring, families and descendants of the siblings of any of your direct ancestors. and whether I am doing research on my

ach genealogy researcher has his or her own reasons for wanting to find information about his family. The Roman orator and consul Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC) put it this way: “To be ignorant of what occurred before you is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?” For many, the search is important only as it pertains to family members known by the researcher—father, mother, grandparents, and so on—and they show little interest in earlier generations, feeling no firsthand connection with them.

But even for those who want to know only about their direct ancestors, a little time spent on researching collateral lines may help you find valuable information about your direct line. Here’s an example. Say your great-grandfather was Joseph Baker, and his only child was your grandfather Sam Baker. You know he’s from a country (Ireland, Sicily, Greece, etc.) in which a man named his first son after his father, so you can reasonably assume that your great-greatgrandfather’s name was also Sam Baker. please see RELATIVES page 7

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Book Review

The Colonel is a Lady

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he Colonel is a Lady: Le Grande Dame of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, a biography by Beverly Thompson, tells the story of Lt. Col. Evangeline “Jamie” Jamison, an Army nurse who served in three wars and was instrumental in the creation of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C. The book’s account covers every aspect of Jamie’s life, from her childhood on the farm in Iowa, where traits that would guide the rest of her life began to take shape, to her life today. In between, she served in three wars, joining the Army after the outbreak of World War II and serving as well during the Korean and Vietnam wars. During her career, she was responsible for saving the lives of countless soldiers

of service leads her around the world and also learn of her tenacity that led to the establishment of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. Written to engage, educate, and entertain, the book is intended to appeal to all patriotic Americans. The Colonel is a Lady: Le Grande Dame of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial includes a foreword by Ross Perot and is available for sale online at or


through her remarkable self-sacrifice. “Jamie’s life represents the spirit that made America great,” says Thompson. “Her compassion, strength, and willingness to do what’s right serve as an example to the rest of us of what we can achieve.” Readers will follow Jamie across continents and oceans as her career

About the Author Author, illustrator, and artist Beverly Thompson has been a Navy wife for more than two decades. Thompson met Lt. Col. Jamison at a VFW flag-raising event and became determined to tell Jamison’s story. Born in New York, Thompson now lives in California.

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The Word on GERD Gloria May, M.S., R.N., CHES erhaps you have heard of “silent” diseases, so-called because they don’t have easily recognizable, clear-cut symptoms and can therefore cause damage to the body without revealing their existence. High blood pressure is a silent disease; so is osteoporosis, early-stage hepatitis C, and a number of sexually transmitted diseases. And then there’s GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease. That’s the condition in which there’s a backwash of acid and/or stomach contents into the esophagus occurring often enough to do harm. The esophagus is the tube through which the food we eat passes from mouth to stomach. Then, what we eat is churned up and broken down by the actions of the stomach’s muscles aided by acids and enzymes. At the junction of the esophagus and the stomach, there’s a valve that allows food to pass into the stomach but optimally doesn’t allow it to go back up. And good thing, as the cells of the esophagus are not as resistant as are those of the stomach and they can be severely damaged by the reflux of acidic stomach contents. (As an aside, the fragility of the cells in the esophagus is one reason not to induce vomiting after ingesting certain caustic poisons; they can cause more damage coming back up than they can by staying in the stomach until they can be medically managed.) However, if this valve (called the LES or lower esophageal sphincter) weakens or fails, the stomach contents can indeed leak back into the esophagus, and over time, this can lead to the wearing away of the walls of the esophagus (erosions), the narrowing of it (strictures), and even cellular changes called Barrett’s esophagus, which has been linked to an increased risk of cancer.


Heartburn, that uncomfortable, burning sensation behind the breastbone occurring most often after a big meal or when lying down, is the most common symptom of GERD. However, even if you have never felt heartburn, it doesn’t mean you don’t have GERD as it, too, can be silent or have symptoms we might attribute to other causes. Rather than heartburn, what you may experience if you have GERD might be frequent:

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• Unpleasant, bitter tastes in your mouth • Episodes of food getting “stuck” in your esophagus • Bad breath • Coughing because acid irritates the nerves in the esophagus and causes the body to try to cough away the irritant • Chest pain not related to heart problems • “Lumps” in your throat or hoarseness in your voice • Nausea, abdominal bloating, excessive burping • Damage to the enamel of your teeth Chronic reflux of stomach contents and the damage it can cause can be managed with lifestyle changes and medications. Rarely is surgery required and only if the damage is severe. But first, before any treatment can begin, there needs to be recognition of GERD’s often vague and seemingly unrelated symptoms and an appreciation that if we suspect for even a moment that we may have (silent) GERD, we must bring it to our doctor’s attention. Gloria May is a registered nurse with a master’s degree in adult health education and a Certified Health Education Specialist designation.

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Volunteer Spotlight Gayle Heagy, Carol Werning, and Anne Rupp have been named Volunteers of the Month by the York County Area Agency on Aging for their ongoing service and dedication to the agency and York County’s older adults. Following in her parents’ footsteps, Gayle Heagy has spent her lifetime volunteering with a variety of organizations—all while raising a family. As a general office assistant, special events volunteer, and bulk mail deliverer, Heagy hopes others will seriously consider volunteering in whatever way, with whatever time available. Following retirement from Pennsylvania Blue Shield, Carol

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Werning has served as a financial counselor with the Agency on Aging since 1998. She hopes others will volunteer and commit to treating

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seniors with respect to boost their morale and encourage sharing. In addition to financial counseling, Werning enjoys spending time with her

children and grandchildren. She and her husband volunteer for their school system and she was also the treasurer of her church. APPRISE volunteer Anne Rupp enjoys helping fellow York County residents “solve the puzzle of making good choices in healthcare insurance coverage.” Rupp encourages potential new APPRISE volunteers to work at learning new things on a regular basis so the APPRISE program and its many volunteers continue their work. Rupp and her husband are longtime members of the York County community and proud parents of a daughter.

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But you don’t know Joseph’s father’s birth year or Joseph’s mother’s name. You do know that Joseph had a sister Rose, who married Peter Potter. You try multiple sources from the hometown of your great-grandfather and his sister, but the birth records are missing for the years in which they were born. If you insist on following only your direct line, you seem to have hit a “brick wall.” But if you’re flexible enough to bend your research to include your greatgrandfather’s sister Rose, you find that she had two boys and two girls, her second boy named Sam and her second girl named Mary. It’s reasonable to think that she followed a naming convention, and her parents (who were also your great-grandfather’s parents) were named Sam and Mary. Further investigation of Rose’s history yields a record of her marriage to Peter Potter, and that record states her father’s name as Sam Baker, deceased, and her mother’s as Mary Miller, still living at the time of the marriage. You now know the names of Rose (and Joseph) Baker’s parents and whether they were alive or dead in the year of Rose’s marriage. You’ve cracked the “brick wall” and may now to be able to find records for your great-greatgrandparents Sam Baker and Mary Miller.

Following through with this collateral line, Rose Baker and Peter Potter’s children are your grandfather’s cousins, making them your first cousins, twice removed. Their children are your second cousins once removed, and their children are your third cousins! You would know about none of these blood relatives if you did not research a collateral line. I’ve had several personal experiences involving collateral lines. In one case, I helped a friend who was mainly interested in the relatives he personally remembered. I convinced him to trace back a little further, and we found that he had a great-great-grandmother named Luigia Coniglio. I had never heard of her, but when we traced her line (a collateral line, to my family), we found that she was a descendant of my fourthgreat-grandfather, and that my “friend” is actually my fifth cousin! Another advantage of tracing collateral lines is not only that it may, as in the case above, reveal distant living relatives. Those relatives may also have done research on their ancestors, who turn out to be your ancestors, and thereby may be able to give you information about your direct line that you did not previously have. This latter reason is why I post my family tree on sites such as and RootsWeb ( a

distant relative may recognize a name in the tree and contact me with new information. Angelo Coniglio encourages readers to contact him by writing to 438 Maynard

Drive, Amherst, N.Y. 14226; by email at; or by visiting Tips.htm. His new historical fiction novel, The Lady of the Wheel, is available through

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50plus Senior News, a source for boomer and senior information for more than 15 years, is developing a comprehensive directory of resources and services for the aging and their caregivers in our community and we could use your help. If you have a computer, access to the Internet, and have a few spare hours of time a week, you might be the perfect person to help with this project. For information, please contact Donna Anderson at 717-285-8155 or email 3912 Abel Drive, Columbia, PA 17512 (717) 285-1350 • •

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Silver Threads

From SEA to ? W.E. Reinka our trip plans may take you from sea to shining sea but, so far as the airlines are concerned, the only SEA you’ll see is Seattle-Tacoma Airport. IATA stands for International Air Transport Association, and it assigns a three-letter identifier code to every commercial airport in the world. You’re familiar with its codes from baggage tags. (By the way, IATA is pronounced “Eyeah-ta.”) It’s no mystery how IATA came up with BOS for Boston, STL for St. Louis or OAK for Oakland. But perhaps you’re wondering how it ever assigned MCI to Kansas City, IAD to Washington Dulles, or EWR to Newark? Turns out, there was method to the madness. Take Newark. When they started assigning IATA codes, certain prefixes were set aside. The Navy grabbed the “N” prefixes. Navy pilots train at NPA (Navy Pensacola), for instance. Take away


the “N” from Newark and EWR makes sense. Nacogdoches, TX? OCH. Likewise, prefixes beginning with W or K are generally not used for USA airports lest they be confused with radio station call letters. (Among the exceptions: WYS West Yellowstone, Mont.; WBW Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; KLS KelsoLongview, Wash.) Where does that leave our nation’s capital and its three airports with WAS unavailable? Just up the road from Washington sits BWI—Baltimore Washington International. OK, that’s easy enough.

But why is Ronald Reagan airport (the old “National”) DCA? Don’t make it harder than it is. Try District of Columbia Airport. That leaves IAD for Dulles. Dulles was going to be DIA (Dulles International Airport) but that was too easily confused with nearby DCA, especially when harried airline employees with bad handwriting were scribbling chalk letters on baggage carts. Stick the D at the end and International Airport Dulles doesn’t seem so crazy. Long before the Wright brothers

defied gravity, the National Weather Service dotted stations around the country with two-letter city codes. Later, IATA adopted some of those by simply adding an X. That’s why we might fly from Portland, Ore. (PDX), to Los Angeles (LAX). Speaking of the Wright brothers, that sandy Kitty Hawk, N.C., strip is designated FFA for First Flight Airport. Some airports take the initials of their namesakes—JFK for New York’s Kennedy Airport or CDG for Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris. PHF still applies to Newport News/Williamsburg International from its days as Patrick Henry Field. JFK Airport is a rarity in that it changed IATA codes from IDL when it changed its name from Idlewild. Usually once a code is assigned, it stays assigned. So if you hop on board a flight to Indianola, Miss., and you have a really

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old pilot, you might want to make sure he doesn’t head for New York, seeing how Indianola took over Idlewild’s discarded IDL. An IATA code that starts with Y probably means you’re bound north because the designators for literally hundreds of Canadian airports begin with Y. Detroit’s old Willow Run airport with YIP, a nod to nearby Ypsilanti, Mich., is one of just five U.S. exceptions to “Y means Canada.� Henry Ford’s mile-long Willow Run assembly line turned out a B-24 every 63 seconds by the end of World War II, but when commercial jet travel took off, Willow Run gave way to Detroit Metro (DTW). Why the W? Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. Who wants to be FAT? It’s not so bad for Fresno Air Terminal. How do they get CMH out of Columbus? From Columbus Municipal Hangar. Puzzled on CVG being Cincinnati? You’ll understand when I explain that Cincinnati’s airport actually sits across the Ohio River in Covington, Ky. Here’s a stumper. Out of all the “San� and “Santa� cities in California, which airport carries the SAN code? Try San Diego.

File MCI for Kansas City under “too late now.� Because of the initial letter K restrictions, the original Kansas City airport was MKC (Missouri Kansas City). When they started planning a big new airport, someone decided that MidContinent International sounded pretty darned fancy and got the MCI designation. Before the airport opened, local politicians decided to change the name to Kansas City International Airport so that travelers would recognize their fair city. Meantime, it was too late to change the MCI code. OK, I’ve kept you in suspense long enough. You’re wondering about ORD for Chicago O’Hare, aren’t you? Midway (MDW), its cross-town rival, was bursting at the seams as the world’s busiest airport in the early days of jet travel. Officials decided to build a huge new airport out northwest of town where there was a tiny airstrip that had been renamed for heroic Navy pilot Lt. Cmdr. Butch O’Hare. As MCI will vouch, once you get an IATA code it’s almost impossible to change it. What was the name of the little strip before they changed it to O’Hare? Orchard Field—ORD.




YCAAA Needs Comforting Callers Do you know a homebound adult age 60 or older who could benefit from a friendly telephone call once a week? Are you a homebound older adult and feeling isolated? The Telephone Reassurance Program is looking for you! This program utilizes York County Area Agency on Aging volunteers to place regular telephone calls to homebound and isolated older adults in York County. The program provides the older adult

someone to socialize with by telephone and allows them to keep in contact with their community. The contact helps decrease the feelings of loneliness and isolation. Volunteers and older adults arrange telephone calls on a schedule suitable to them. For more information, contact Beth Grove, volunteer coordinator, at (717) 852-4904, (800) 632-9073, or by email at

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York 50plus EXPO Delivers Exceptional 10th Year By Megan Joyce This year marked the 10-year anniversary of the 50plus EXPO in York County, and there was certainly a celebratory feel in the air at the event, held recently at the York Expo Center. For an entirely free event, the 50plus EXPO offered visitors a lot of bang for their zero bucks. More than 80 friendly exhibitors. Health screenings. Seminars. Extensive health-and-wellness and fall-prevention areas. Dance, vocal, and theater performances. Not to mention a giveaway of 500 lottery tickets and the opportunity to enter to win the day’s grand prize: a casino trip for 40. Presented by On-Line Publishers, Inc.—publishers of 50plus Senior News—the backbone of the 10th annual York County 50plus EXPO was its aisles of exhibitors, whose businesses and organizations covered everything from finance and healthcare to retirement living and local media. Wanda Wayne of Yoe had taken advantage of the wide range of available information, collecting information on diabetes, cremation, and more. She had also stopped to have her cholesterol checked. But does she find the EXPO to be helpful? “Oh yeah, yes, I do. This is the second year I’ve come and I really enjoy it,” Wayne said. Special to the 2012 York 50plus EXPO was Falls Free York, a fall-prevention area established through the collaboration of several local businesses and the

York County Area Agency on Aging. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of three adults age 65 and older falls each year. At Falls Free York, visitors could learn about bathroom hazards, lighting solutions, portable ramps and chair lifts, and stairway safety. They could even take part in the Sloppy Slipper Swap, trading in an old, unsafe pair of slippers for a new safety product. Visitors could also undergo gait and balance screenings and cane/walker safety checks, and they were invited to try out the physical fitness programs available on the onsite Nintendo Wii gaming systems. With the 2013 Medicare open enrollment period about to begin, many attendees used the 50plus EXPO to do some timely research. “I came out to talk to different providers of healthcare insurance and get some background information, because I’ve got to make a decision what healthcare insurance my wife and I should get next year,” said Peter MacEwan of New Oxford. “So I’m here gathering information.” Other health-related advice was readily available at the Health & Wellness Area, sponsored and staffed by WellSpan Health. They offered information on joint pain, back pain, stroke risk, and more throughout the day. Several health screenings could be found elsewhere on the EXPO floor and included tests for alpha-1, grip strength, balance, blood pressure, cholesterol, and bone density. Peggy Taylor of Dallastown, a diabetic, sat down

for a foot screening in the Health & Wellness Area— and when the results showed some areas of concern, she was glad she did. “I should really go to a foot doctor and have foot care for diabetes. I didn’t realize it was so closely related to strokes,” she admitted. “And the gentleman was really nice. I’m going to follow up on it.” When EXPO goers needed a break from the event’s wealth of information, they could pull up a chair and enjoy several lively dance demonstrations, performed by Regal Dance Clubs; the soaring voice of Vickie Kissinger, 2012 PA State Senior Idol; and York Little Theatre’s comedic take on the fairytale The Princess and the Pea. And then there were the lottery tickets—500 in total, given away by 50plus Senior News during four 125-ticket distribution times. Just in case their lottery ticket didn’t pan out, EXPO visitors were encouraged to stop by Bailey Coach/Travel’s booth to enter to win the day’s grand prize: motorcoach transportation for 40 to the Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City. This day of fun and games went to Nancy Ebersole of York Haven. On-Line Publishers will host its last fall 2012 50plus EXPO on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lancaster Host Resort, 2300 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. For more information on the 50plus EXPO, call (717) 285-1350 or visit

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Salute to a Veteran

He Survived 35 Combat Missions in a B-17 Bomber Robert D. Wilcox hen Bob Hansen grew up in Brooklyn, the neighborhood was primarily home to working-class European immigrants. He says that very few, including his family, ever owned or drove an automobile. So, picturing himself flying a four-engine airplane would have seemed pretty farfetched for most people. But not for him. Ever since he had become the firstever Eagle Scout in his Boy Scout troop, he had enjoyed a serious interest in mapping. And the U.S. Air Force seemed to him to be a perfect place for someone interested in maps. So, in late 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and became an aviation cadet designee. In basic training at Atlantic City, he was found to have a slight problem with depth perception that would prevent his becoming a pilot … but not for becoming a navigator. So he was off to



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navigator training at Selman Field, Monroe, La., where he earned his navigator wings and a commission as a 2nd lieutenant. He was then assigned to a B17 crew at MacDill Field, Fla., and the crew went through combat training there before picking up a brand-new B17G on their way via the northern route to England.

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1st Lt. Robert Hansen upon his return from combat in Europe.

Hansen grins as he notes, “Lots of our crew were from New York and New England, so our pilot would wave our wings as we flew over their hometowns as we flew north to Maine, then to Labrador, Iceland, and finally to Prestwick, Scotland. There we left our airplane and proceeded to our assignment to the 351st Bomb Group,

in Polebrook, England.” After some intense training flights, they were ready for their first combat mission on Sept. 5 to Ludwigshaven, Germany. How did that go? “Well, we ran into heavy flak, but, fortunately, no fighters. Nobody got hurt, although we saw one of our B-17s take a direct hit and explode with the loss of all 10 men aboard. “On every mission, we saw flak, with planes being set on fire and blown apart all around us. That was bad enough, but I guess it never came home to us quite like it did on our 12th mission, on Oct. 5, 1944. “Our target was a synthetic oil refinery in Politz, Germany, where our group lost seven aircraft and had severe damage to 24 more. As for us, we lost our ball turret operator, who was killed by flak that caught us squarely on the ball turret. None of us had seen death so

close up, and it came home to us in a hurry. “Also, one of our waist gunners was hit by a piece of aluminum that had been torn loose by a burst of flak. The aluminum was as sharp as a razor blade, and it caught him squarely in his right eye. He was covered with blood, and all we could do for him was to bandage him and give him a shot of morphine to ease the pain. When we landed, the hospital found it necessary to remove his eye. “Then, on a mission to Mersburg, Germany, we lost two of our four engines to flak and were able to crash land near Liege, Belgium, in friendly territory. On the way down, we were in and out of clouds, trying hard stay out of sight of enemy aircraft, when, all of a sudden, a P-51 showed up off our wing, with wheels and flaps down.

“The pilot him to a was using his hospital.” hands to The crew point straight completed down. I their 35th and last mission looked to on Jan. 17, where he was 1945, and all pointing, and, but Hansen sure enough, were returned there was a to the U.S. small metal He remained landing strip in Europe, that was assigned to intended for Bob Hansen, third from left in front row, the Air fighters to in a picture of his crew in England. Transport make Command, emergency navigating C-54s across the Atlantic landings. We managed to crash land on while bringing nurses and other that little strip. Our bombardier was personnel back to the U.S. severely wounded in the landing, After his discharge in late 1945, however, but the Army was able to get

Hansen attended Brooklyn Polytech, graduating as a civil engineer. He then worked for Exxon Mobil for 35 years as a licensed engineer, ultimately becoming senior advisor to management in the area of marketing operations and engineering. In that capacity, he traveled worldwide, evaluating operations and reporting to management in New York. He retired from the company 1984. Hansen stayed in the Air Force Reserve and retired as a captain. After his wife, Judith, died in 2005, he came to a retirement home in Central Pennsylvania to be close to friends and to occasionally share with them tales of his experiences in having flown 35 bomber combat missions over Europe. Colonel Wilcox flew a B-17 bomber in Europe in World War II.

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The Best Foods for Older Diabetics Jim Miller Dear Savvy Senior, My 62-year-old husband was just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. As the cook in the family, I’m interested in finding out the best diabetic foods that he should now be eating, and where I can put my hands on some good diabetic cookbooks.What can you tell me? – Diabetic Caretaker Dear Caretaker, Eating healthy is important for everyone, but it’s even more important for the nearly 26 million Americans who have diabetes—half of whom are over the age of 60. Here’s what you and your husband should know. Diabetic Super Foods A healthy diet, coupled with regular exercise and medication (if needed), are the keys to keeping your husband’s blood sugar under control. To help meet your husband’s new dietary needs, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) offers a list of the top 10 super foods for type 1 and type 2 diabetics. These are foods that contain nutrients that are vitally important to people with diabetes, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, C, and E. They’re also high in fiber, which will help your husband feel full longer and keep his glycemic index low so his blood sugar won’t spike.

And, they’ll help keep his blood pressure and cholesterol in check, which are also critical for diabetics. Here’s what they recommend he eat plenty of. Beans: Kidney, pinto, navy, black, and other types of beans are rich in nutrients and high in soluble fiber, which will keep his blood sugar steady and can help lower his cholesterol. Dark-green, leafy vegetables: Spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, kale, and other dark-green, leafy veggies are nutrient dense and low in calories and carbohydrates. Your husband can’t eat too much of these. Citrus fruits: Grapefruit, oranges, and other citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, which helps heart health. Stick to whole fruits instead of juice. Fiber in whole fruits slows sugar absorption so your husband will get the citrus-fruit nutrients without sending his blood sugar soaring. Sweet potatoes: High in vitamin A and fiber and low on the glycemic index,

sweet potatoes won’t raise your husband’s blood sugar at the same level as a regular potato.

nutrients such as magnesium, chromium, folate, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Berries: Whole, unsweetened blueberries, strawberries, and other berries are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. Choose fresh or frozen berries for salads, smoothies, or cereal.

Nuts: An ounce of nuts can go a long way in providing your husband important “healthy fats” along with hunger management. They also contain a nice dose of magnesium and fiber, but don’t overdo it. Nuts are high in calories, so a small handful each day is enough.

Tomatoes: Raw or cooked, this low-calorie super food offers vital nutrients like vitamin C, iron, and vitamin E. Serve sliced, steamed, broiled, or stewed, as a side dish, in salads, soups, casseroles, or other dishes.

Fat-free milk and yogurt: These dairy foods provide the calcium and vitamin D your husband needs, and they’ll also help curb cravings and between-meal snacks. More Information

Fish with omega-3 fatty acids: Salmon, mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and albacore tuna are high in omega-3 fatty acids that help both heart health and diabetes. But stay away from the breaded and deep-fried variety.

For additional information on healthy food choices for diabetics, including hundreds of free recipes, visit the ADA website at and click on “Food & Fitness,” or call (800) 342-2383 (press option No. 4) and ask them to mail you a copy of their free booklet, What Can I Eat? The ADA also offers a wide variety of diabetic cookbooks that you can purchase through their online store at or (800) 2326455.

Whole grains: Pearled barley, oatmeal, breads, and other whole-grain foods are high in fiber and contain

Jim Miller is a regular contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior Book.

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Creativity Matters

For Veterans: Art-Making and Transformation Judith Zausner here are many hurdles in life and, for veterans, some of these hurdles seem insurmountable. The warzone has scorched traumatic memories in their psyches that may sit buried and unreachable. Fortunately, now there are innovative support groups that provide a cathartic relief through creativity. Combat Paper ( /combat-paper), a New Jersey nonprofit, is an extraordinary program that travels around the country to help veterans relieve their stress from the effects of war. It fully embraces a creative process in three stages. Starting with “deconstructing,” the veterans bring in their worn combat fatigues for shredding to begin the papermaking process; then, the shredded, small fabric pieces are pulverized to produce paper pulp, which begins the “reclamation” process—they get to


reclaim their uniforms as paper. The third stage is “communication” because when the paper is dry, they can write poetry or draw images on it to communicate their feelings and/or stories. As they go through this transformation process of their uniforms and, internally, themselves, each person is encouraged to talk and share their war experience with facilitators who also have military backgrounds. For most of these veterans, it is the first time they have spoken about traumatic events from the combat zone. Since the workshops are closed

sessions for veterans only, they feel safe to open up and process emotions and memories that have previously been untouched. This is a community of veterans helping other veterans to heal psychologically, emotionally, and physically through a creative journey of inner exploration. Drew Cameron, an Iraq war veteran and talented artist, cofounded Combat Paper in 2007 with his idea to “liberate the rag.” “The story of the fiber, the blood, sweat, and tears, the months of hardship and brutal violence are held within those old uniforms,” Cameron says. “The uniforms often become inhabitants of

closets or boxes in the attic. Reshaping that association of subordination, of warfare and service, into something collective and beautiful is our inspiration.” With the success of Combat Paper, other organizations have formed to support veterans’ healing through art. Warrior Writers Project (www.warrior is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that is a “community of military veterans, service members, artists, allies, civilians, and healers dedicated to creativity and wellness.” There is emphasis on writing, although they also encourage other mediums such as painting and photography. To expand their reach, Warrior Writers also offers trainings, retreats, exhibitions, performances, and alternative healing practices that include massage and yoga. They have recently published their third anthology After

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Get Help Navigating Medicare The York County Area Agency on Aging’s APPRISE Program will offer personalized counseling during Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period, which begins Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries throughout the annual enrollment period will be able to receive one-on-one counseling assistance offered by trained APPRISE counselors


at different locations throughout York County. Prescheduled appointments are necessary and can be made by calling the APPRISE Scheduling Line at (717) 7719001. Dates and locations for the sessions are as follows: Nov. 5, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Dallastown

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Nov. 29, 1 to 3:30 p.m. – Red Land High School, 560 Fishing Creek Road, Fairview Township Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – York County Area Agency on Aging, 100 West Market St., York

Nov. 13, 1 to 4 p.m. – Northeastern High School, 300 High St., Manchester

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the mountain. As the weights become their heaviest, he will walk as far as 10 to 15 yards. His goal is to walk 10 yards with 700 pounds. “It’s tough to do, but I like doing it. It’s part of my life,” Jones said. The 60year-old has powerwalked for 34 years, more than half of his life. At first, Jones powerwalked at a local reservoir. “It’s really rough on the rocks,” he said. Later, he switched to Ski Roundtop, going up the Minute Man slope where the chair lifts and lodge are located. In order to get ready for his yearly powerwalk benefits, Jones trains for five months: four days a week for two to three hours. Jones trains so hard because when the weights are set on his neck, it can dislocate his shoulder. “I build calluses on my back and shoulders so I can handle that,” he said. Jones also noted that he does not and has never taken steroids. He is able to do his powerwalks only because of the intense workouts he does, he said. Once the powerwalk is done for the year, Jones puts the equipment away for a while and instead works out on the machines at his gym. “I do a lot of walking. You have to stay in shape to go up a mountain,” he said. Jones began his powerwalking journey at the age of 26 to build up his “bird legs,” he said. He would walk up 186 steps to his garage with the bar and plates behind his head, and when he was done, he would get some ice cream from the ice cream factory at the bottom of the steps. But he really likes to practice out in a field where nobody is around. He now practices at a 1-acre lot close to his home,

which has an empty trailer where he is allowed to keep his equipment. “I’m always pumped up to practice. I can’t wait to do it. It’s in my blood. The older I get, the more I want to do it. I’ll know when it’s over when I don’t want to practice,” Jones said. The idea of a benefit powerwalk began in 1978 when Jones was working as a bartender. Someone suggested he walk up the split in the mountain with his 160pound weights to raise money for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. “It was 90 degrees that day,” he recalled. The following year, he wanted to do something for the little kids. “I saw what families go through and how lucky I was,” Jones said. “Davey Smith was the little guy that got me going. He had cancer, was in a wheelchair and going blind, but he made me smile.” Jones said Smith and his family’s situation hit him hard, so he decided to do something once a year for kids and their families. “Raising a lot of money was not my intention,” Jones said. “I have set no goals, so we won’t be disappointed. In this economy, whatever we get we’re grateful for. I’m glad to get something, is the way I always look at things. I do it for the personal satisfaction.” He has raised funds for Special Olympics and numerous other charities, “but I like (to raise money) for the little kids the best … I do a different person each year, and they never see me again because when I got close to little Davey, it hurt me.” This year, Jones will be raising funds for the Tuckey family in Biglerville. Sixyear-old Bekah Tuckey was diagnosed

with leukemia in August 2011. All proceeds from the powerwalk— which will begin at 11 a.m. on Nov. 3 with a rain date of Nov. 4—go directly to the Tuckey family. Jones has a volunteer staff who will be collecting donations so that people know that none of it goes to himself, he said.

To donate, make checks payable to Bekah Tuckey Power Walk Fund, Account No. 473817, Member’s 1st Federal Credit Union, 5000 Louise Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055. T-shirts and bracelets also are available for purchase by calling (717) 433-4996 or on the day of the event.

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York County

Calendar of Events York County Department of Parks and Recreation

Senior Center Activities

Pre-registration is required for these programs. To register or find out more about these activities or any additional scheduled activities, call (717) 428-1961.

Delta Area Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 456-5753

Nov. 11, 1 to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. – Native American Stories, Nixon Park

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

Nov. 23, 6 to 9 p.m. – Christmas Magic: A Festival of Lights, Rocky Ridge Park Nov. 24, 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. – Birds of Prey Day, Nixon Park

Golden Visions Senior Community Center (717) 633-5072

York County Library Programs

Heritage Senior Center, Inc. – (717) 292-7471

Arthur Hufnagel Public Library of Glen Rock, 32 Main St., Glen Rock, (717) 235-1127

Northeastern Senior Community Center (717) 266-1400

Collinsville Community Library, 2632 Delta Road, Brogue, (717) 927-9014 Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m. – Purls of Brogue Knitting Club Dillsburg Area Public Library, 17 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg, (717) 432-5613 Dover Area Community Library, 3700-3 Davidsburg Road, Dover, (717) 292-6814 Glatfelter Memorial Library, 101 Glenview Road, Spring Grove, (717) 225-3220

Red Land Senior Citizen Center – (717) 938-4649 South Central Senior Community Center (717) 235-6060 Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – Wii Games Thursdays, 10 a.m. – Senior Bowling League Fridays, 9 a.m. – This & That Stitchers Class

Guthrie Memorial Library, 2 Library Place, Hanover, (717) 632-5183

Kreutz Creek Valley Library Center, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam, (717) 252-4080

Stewartstown Senior Center – (717) 993-3488 Nov. 5, 9 a.m. – Shopping at the Galleria Nov. 12, 5 a.m. – Trip to New York City Nov. 21, 10:30 a.m. – Entertainment by Graceland Sings

Martin Library, 159 E. Market St., York, (717) 846-5300

Susquehanna Senior Center – (717) 244-0340

Mason-Dixon Public Library, 250 Bailey Drive, Stewartstown, (717) 993-2404

White Rose Senior Center – (717) 843-9704,

Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion, (717) 244-2032

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

Windy Hill Senior Center – (717) 225-0733 Nov. 1, 1 p.m. – Introduction to Polka Dance Nov. 13, 10 a.m. – Free Memory Screenings

Village Library, 35-C N. Main St., Jacobus, (717) 428-1034 Yorktown Senior Center – (717) 854-0693

Programs and Support Groups Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Surviving Spouse Socials of York County Faith United Church of Christ 509 Pacific Ave., York (717) 266-2784

Free and open to the public Nov. 20, 3 p.m. Caregiver Support Group Golden Visions Senior Community Center 250 Fame Ave., #125, Hanover (717) 633-5072

Nov. 15, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Alzheimer’s Support Group Senior Commons at Powder Mill 1775 Powder Mill Road, York (717) 741-0961

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My 22 Cents’ Worth

What We Owe Native Americans Walt Sonneville he United States owes much to the original Americans. This recognition need not be symbolized by erecting another monument or by creating an additional national holiday. Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1937, observed on the second Monday of October. In 1989 South Dakota began to celebrate Native American Day and Columbus Day together. It is unlikely the rest of the country soon will follow their example. California governor Ronald Reagan proposed in 1968 that the fourth Friday in September be observed as American Indian Day. Thirty years later the state assembly made Native American Day an official holiday. Combining Thanksgiving with Native American Day may be more appropriate than merging Native American Day and Columbus Day. Columbus’ arrival in the Bahamas subsequently brought to Native Americans diseases, broken treaties, and war. The joint observances of Columbus Day and Native American Day would seem antithetical. The arrival of Columbus led, however, to European colonists benefiting from a legacy of Native American agricultural practices, use of natural medicines, examples of governance, and much more. The cultivation of corn, squash, beans, melons, peanuts, pumpkins, and cotton are New World commodities that today comprise much of the world’s agricultural demand. The canoe, toboggan, kayak, and snowshoes were developed by the


Constitution, adopted in 1789. The Iroquois League was not the only Native American confederacy. In the southeast the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, and Creek were members of a league that also dated to the 1500s. Joined later by the Seminoles, they became known to colonists as “the Five Civilized Tribes.” These tribes sought to deal with the United States as equals, but failed when President Andrew Jackson in 1830 signed the Indian Removal Act, exiling them to western territories. Indian trails often became roads for settlers. Indian villages near key waterways and trails became large cities. Among them are Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. The names of 20 states, located from Massachusetts to Arizona, are of Indian derivation as are names of many cities, counties, rivers, and lakes. Thanksgiving would be a vastly preferred holiday to combine with a Native American Day. In his report following his voyage to the Bahamas in 1492, Columbus acknowledged his gratitude when he wrote: “The people of this island are generous with what they have, to such a degree as no one would believe, but he who had seen it.” Likewise, the English who established the ill-fated colony at Jamestown, Va., in

1607 depended on help from the native Powhatan to survive. They had settled on a marshland of stagnant water on the banks of the James River, entirely unsuited for farming. The Pilgrims, who landed in Plymouth, Mass., in 1620, fared much better. Early mentoring from Squanto, a Pawtuxet, in cultivating corn, drawing sap for maple syrup, and avoiding poisonous plants sustained them. In 1621 the Pilgrims invited 90 Wampanoag Indians to share a feast that lasted over three days—the first Thanksgiving. To the event the Indians brought five freshly killed deer. Harmonious relations with the Wampanoag lasted only 40 years. The time is overdue for other states, if not the federal government, to consider the California example. The Bureau of Indian Affairs indicates how belated this observance has become, reporting that in 1914, “Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. “On Dec. 14, 1915, he presented the endorsement of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.” Walt Sonneville, a retired market-research analyst, is the author of My 22 Cents’ Worth: The Higher-Valued Opinion of a Senior Citizen, a book of personal-opinion essays, free of partisan and sectarian viewpoints. A Musing Moment: Meditative Essays on Life and Learning, was released in January 2012. Contact him at

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Indians, and longhouses constructed by Native Americans inspired the simpler log cabins of settlers. In the southeastern region of the United States, tribes extracted salicylic acid from willow bark to relieve pain. This is the main ingredient in today’s aspirin. Medicine men (shamans) of tribes elsewhere used herbs that proved effective in treating ailments from dandruff, nausea, and sore throats to constipation. The standard reference for accepted pharmaceuticals, the U.S. Pharmacopeia, includes 170 drugs used by the shamans. In a single sentence, Benjamin Franklin both maligned and commended the governance of the Iroquois League. Seeking support for the unification of the 13 colonies, he cited the worthy example of “six nations of ignorant savages.” He was referring to the league of five tribes, formed in 1570, and joined much later by a sixth tribe. The tribes, through a Council of Sachems (leaders), each participated as equals in controlling relations among themselves and other tribes. The council served as the league’s central authority with power not given to it reserved to the individual tribes. This is believed to have inspired a key provision in the U.S.

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The Green Mountain Gardener

Introducing Children to Fall Gardening Fun Dr. Leonard Perry ertrude Jekyll, the celebrated English garden writer, thought so much of introducing children to the joy of gardening that she devoted a classic 1908 book, Children and Gardens, to the subject. In it she suggested that “autumn is the time to plant little gardens.” Many grandparents find gardening an excellent way to spend quality time with their grandchildren, teach lessons such as environmental awareness and the workings of nature, and have a liberal dose of good, old-fashioned family fun. Jekyll had an additional thought. She felt that it was not so much the vegetable or flower garden but the pure fun of digging in the dirt that was the real key to instilling an interest in gardening in children. Fall, with its many garden tasks, offers plenty of this kind of fun. Raking leaves into piles, for example, is work to an adult but can be satisfying for a child.


Planting is another pleasant chore for young and old. Autumn is the season to plant trees, turf grasses, and springblooming flower bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and crocuses. Children will especially have fun with “naturalizing,” the planting of bulbs to achieve a natural look. It’s easy to do. Just grab a handful of bulbs, toss them out on the target area, and plant them where they fall. Fall is also the season to reseed the lawn, fix bare spots, or even renovate the entire lawn. Although a full-scale renovation is probably not a job for children, reseeding small areas can be fun for them. Their active participation in the process may help parents convince them

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to stay off newly seeded areas, thus giving the new grass a chance. In her writings, Jekyll suggested that children begin their gardening experience by helping their parents tend to existing plantings. Later, they should be given a spot of their own in which to create a small garden. She advised her readers not to put the children’s garden in a marginal area or back corner but to give them a prime location where they can take pride in showing off their accomplishments. Jekyll also firmly stated that “children should be provided with proper tools.” In her day, acceptable implements had to be custommade by clever country blacksmiths. Today, child-sized tools, including trowels, spades, rakes, hoes, blunt

weeding tools, small wheelbarrows, and baskets for weeding and harvesting, are available through mail-order catalogs or many garden centers. Of course, fall with its apple picking, pumpkin carving, and many outdoor activities is only the beginning of gardening as a family. Come spring, when you are enjoying your new lawn or spring-flowering bulbs, take time to involve your children in planning and planting the flower and vegetable garden. Gertrude Jekyll, thinking back to her own youth, wrote that she thought at that time there were “only two types of people in the world—children and grown-ups— and that the world really belonged to children. And I think it is because I have been more or less a gardener all my life that I still feel like a child in many ways.” Dr. Leonard P. Perry is an extension professor at the University of Vermont.

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