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Butler County Senior News

April 2013

Volume 7, Number 11


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Ombudsman program gives longterm care residents peace of mind By Gina Mazza For Butler County Senior News It always helps to have an advocate in your corner. Especially for residents of personal care and long-term care facilities, knowing that they have someone who they can talk to about a problem or complaint they may be experiencing with their care can be very comforting.

That’s the goal of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Ombudsman program, administered locally through the Butler County Area Agency on Aging. “We’ve been providing ombudsman services for a very long time but a lot of people still aren’t aware that the program exists until they’re in a situation where they need it,” says Renee Hewitt, advocacy services coordinator for the

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agency. There is no cost for ombudsman services. So what exactly is an ombudsman and how does the program benefit long-term care residents? A somewhat unusual word, “ombudsman” is Swedish for “citizen representative.” Ombudsmen are trained to answer questions and investigate complaints Continued on page 4

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Multiple Sclerosis Club of Butler Jacque Cinski (724) 898-2116

Butler/Cabot Parkinson Support Group Al (724) 360-2802.

Weathering Grief VNA Hospice (For those dealing with the death of a loved one) Jolene Formaini (724) 431-3520

National Alliance on Mental Illness Connection Kathy McDonnell (724) 431-0069

The Victory Group (Drug and alcohol) Daine DiFalco (724) 453-6200 Victims Outreach Intervention Center For victims of domestic violence 1 (800) 400-8551, 24-hour hotline (724) 283-8700, Butler office

Anna K. Gaines, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, will discuss and answer questions on managing chronic pain this month at the following locations: April 11, 2 p.m., Presbyterian SeniorCare, SpruceWood Commons, 104 Spruce Drive, Slippery Rock April 16, 2 p.m., Lowrie House, 100 Stirling Village Dr., Butler April 23, 10:30 a.m., Presbyterian SeniorCare, Park Manor Apartments, 400 Park Manor Apartments, Butler

Butler Memorial Hospital Support Groups, offers support for breast cancer, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, diabetes, Look Good/Feel Better, multiple sclerosis and Overeaters Anonymous. Beverly (724) 284-4232 BCSN

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Ombudsman program gives long-term care residents peace of mind Continued from page 1 about the quality of care, treatment and rights of consumers of long-term care services. This includes residents of nursing facilities, personal care homes and domiciliary care homes, individuals receiving long-term care services in their homes and community, families and friends of individuals who live in long-term care facilities and staff of long-term care facilities. Ombudsmen can provide information about one’s rights as a consumer, as well as assistance in exercising those rights. A big part of what ombudsmen do is offer help in resolving problems on behalf of care-dependent older adults. “The service is client driven and client directed,” Renee explains. “As the consumer’s advocate, they act on the wishes of their clients. So, if you are dissatisfied with FNL BSNews ad wo banner 6/24/08 2:16 PM Page 1 the care you or a loved one is receiving,

or you have a concern or question about your care that you haven’t been able to resolve with the facility, the ombudsman can step in to investigate and seek to resolve your complaint.” In addition to questions and concerns about quality of care, treatment and rights, the types of issues typically handled by an ombudsman can include appeals regarding transfers or discharges from a facility, the discontinuance of services or changes in those services, and clarification regarding billing and charges, including those covered by Medicare and Medicaid. All information collected by an ombudsman is considered to be confidential; the identity of a complainant cannot be disclosed without that person’s written consent. But the program is not only about trying to resolve complaints. “Another goal of the ombudsman program is to have a visible presence in longterm care facilities and the community,” Renee says. “This is achieved in

various ways. Ombudsmen make quality assurance visits to nursing homes, personal care homes, adult day care centers and domiciliary care homes even when the residents do not have complaints. We talk with residents to see how things are going for them and educate them about trying to resolve any problems on their own. We also let them know that ombudsmen are available to talk to in case they cannot resolve their own problems. Also during these visits, ombudsmen can talk with staff and family members.” Volunteer ombudsman “This is where our volunteer staff really makes a difference,” adds Steve Slagle volunteer coordinator for the Ombudsman program, who oversees the county’s four volunteer ombudsman. “Volunteers are often able to visit facilities more frequently than staff ombudsman, and because of that, they tend to develop a more personal relationship with the residents. Because they are a

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visible presence in the facility, if and when issues do arise, the residents may feel more comfortable discussing it with someone they are familiar with.” Volunteer ombudsmen are trained community members who compliment the staff ombudsmen at the Agency on Aging. “The volunteer component is a really important extension of the program partly because it increase its visibility throughout the county,”

Renee says. “Currently, our volunteers are each assigned to a specific facility and they visit that facility once a month or more often. We are always looking for more volunteers.” With both staff and volunteer ombudsman, the goal is always the same: to “advocate for those who can’t, support those who can, and ensure all longterm care consumers live with dignity and respect.” BCSN

Pennsylvania Ombudsmen are federally mandated, legally-based and state certified via standardized training to actively advocate and give voice to older consumers of long-term care services, whether delivered in the community or a facilitybased setting. To learn more about the program, to contact a local ombudsman, file a complaint or inquire about becoming a volunteer ombudsman, contact the Butler County Area Agency on Aging at (724) 282-3008.

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An ombudsman is a trained individual who can help if you have a complaint or problem with any long-term care service. Essentially, they:

As a consumer of long-term care services, you have basic and special rights under federal and state law, including the right to:

• advocate for resident rights; • advocate for quality of life of residents; • advocate for quality of care for residents; • promote self-advocacy; • empower others; • educate residents; educate providers; • work to resolve concerns of long-term care; • assist with resident and facility visitations; • distribute information and offer assistance; • respond to concerns.

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Butler County Historical Society hosts program by renowned Civil War historian and author Civil War historian and author Jeffry Wert, will present “An Army of Lions: The Union Army at Gettysburg,” at 1 p.m. April 6 at Grace @ Calvary Lutheran Church, 123 East Diamond St., Butler. Jeffry’s interest in history first began after an eighth grade school field trip to the Gettysburg battlefield. He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Lock Haven University and a master’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, both in History. He worked for many years as a history teacher at Penns Valley Area High School in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Jeffry is known as a Civil War historian and has published nine books on various Civil War topics. His writing has also appeared in The Civil War Times Illustrated and Blue and Gray. One of the defining aspects of his books is the personal detail. He utilizes letters and journals of soldiers and often uses

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 Admission to the program is $10 and includes the “Civil War in Pennsylvania” display at the Lowrie House; however, the ticket to the display does not have to be used the day of the program. The exhibit will be on display at the Senator Lowrie House, 123 West Diamond Street in Butler from April 6 through April 27.  Display hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 8 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. To learn more, visit or call (724) 283-8116. BCSN The Butler County Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to collect, preserve and interpret Butler County’s historical records and artifacts for the educational benefit of the public. All proceeds benefit the Society in preserving Butler County’s rich history.

Seniors for Safe Driving If you are age 55 or older and have successfully completed a senior education program in the past, you only have to attend a one-day refresher course to renew your insurance discount. If you have never participated in a Senior Driver Improvement Program, you must attend a two-day seminar to earn your automobile insurance discount. The insurance discount is five percent of the total premium for a period of three years. Cost for the course is $15 per person. Here is the upcoming schedule: • April 18 and 19; 8:30 a.m. to noon at Butler Memorial Hospital, 911 E. Brady St., Butler. • April 23; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kelly Chevrolet, 252 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. For a complete list of classes, go to To register, call (724) 283-0245 or (800) 559-4880. Space is limited so register early. BCSN

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he Butler County Area Agency on Aging recently hosted the Southeast Senior Center Health Screening Fair in partnership with Lutheran Service Society and Concordia Lutheran Ministries. The snow somewhat hampered attendance but, nonetheless,

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the health fair turned out to be a nice, intimate event, with about 45 participants and 18 vendors—many of whom offered health screenings. The event took place at Southeast Senior Center in Cabot. Dinner was offered at a suggested donation of just $2.50.

Butler County senior centers are operated by the Butler County Area Agency on Aging, funded by the PDA Block Grant, and managed under a contract by Lutheran Service Society.

Roberta Breninghouse entertained the crowd all afternoon.

Southeast center manager Rosemarie Meyer (right) makes new friends with Lois and Bob Edwards of Butler.

Della Melton of Cabot talks to nursing student Jonathan Maier.

Saxonburg residents Ollie Jones, Ruth Rumin and Dorothy Brooks visit with Cathy Bullion of Concordia Health.

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Donna Freiters from Armstrong County Memorial Hospital gives a CPR demo as Janet Euchan and Sheran Laidlaw look on.

Registered dietician Scott Roble talks nutrition with Mary Lubatti.

Jim Laidlaw gets a blood pressure screening from Concordia Visiting nurse Delisa Longdon.

Dorothy Brooks (right) visits with Emma McLafferty of My Choice Home Care.

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Senior Center events

_ Bruin Senior Center, United Methodist Church, Main St., will offer the following events: birthday celebration April 11; speaker from Bauer Hills Funeral Home at 11 a.m. April 11; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Thursday. Call (724) 753-2922. _ Butler Senior Center, 10 Austin Ave., (located in Tanglewood Senior Center), Lyndora, offers the following events: program on allergies at 10:30 a.m. April 8; birthday celebration April 11; BART program at 10:30 a.m. April 11; breakfast social from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 15; bingo with Mike at 10 a.m. April 13; foster grandparent meeting at 9:30 a.m. April 19; volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center; and leadership council meeting at 10:30 a.m. April 29. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday except November 2. Call (724) 285-5392. _ Chicora Senior Center, lower level of Moose Hall, 117 West Slippery Rock St., offers the following events: community card party at 11:30 a.m. April 8. Cost is $5 for cards and lunch; birthday celebration April 11; program on allergies at 10:30 a.m. April 16; bingo with Ed at 10:30 a.m. April 25; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 445-2551.

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_ Cranberry Senior Center, Municipal Building, Rochester Rd., offers the following events: Prudential Insurance at 11 a.m. April 4; Seniors for Safe Driving from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 4; leadership council meeting at 10:30 a.m. April 5; birthday celebration April 11; education on consolidation of benefits at 11 a.m. April 18; 500 card party at 12:30 p.m. April 23; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 772-6086. _ Evans City Senior Center, 426 East Main St., offers the following events: Lifesteps at 12:30 p.m. April 4; drum circle from 1 to 2 p.m. April 9; birthday celebration April 11; blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. April 11; 500 card party at 10:30 a.m. April 25; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 538-9414. April 2013 • Butler County Senior News

Senior Express _ Mars Senior Center, Penn Mar Plaza, Gilkey Dr., offers the following activities: blood pressure screening at 10:45 a.m. April 3; birthday celebration April 11; Joe Lege, accordion and piano April 11; COPD and you at 11:20 a.m. April 17; leadership council meeting at 10 a.m. April 23; volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center; and basket drawing April 30. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 625-4466. _ Mount Chestnut Senior Center, Presbyterian Church, 727 Old Route 422, will offer the following events: blood pressure screening April 4; dinner at Wendy’s on New Castle Rd., from 5 to 7 p.m. April 10; birthday celebration April 11; support the food pantry day April 18; program on allergies April 25; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Call (724) 282-6006. _ North Central Senior Center, West Sunbury Presbyterian Church, will offer the following events: safety talk at 11 a.m. April 3; birthday celebration April 12; blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. April 17; speaker from Bauer Hills Funeral Home at 11 a.m. April 17; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. Hours are from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. Call (724) 637-2959. _ Slippery Rock Senior Center, Township Building, 155 Branchton Rd., will offer the following events: birthday celebration April 11; leadership council meeting at 12:30 p.m. April 24; blood pressure screening at 11:30 a.m. April 25; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 794-6440. _ Southeast Senior Center, Winfield Township Firehall, Brose Rd., will offer the following events: birthday celebration April 11; blood pressure screening at 10 a.m. April 18; leadership council meeting at 10 a.m. April 23; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (724) 352-2036. _ Zelienople Senior Center, 700 S. Green Lane, Zelienople, offers the following events: veterans benefits for seniors at 1 p.m. April 4; benefits of exercise for seniors at 1 p.m. April 9; program on allergies at 11 a.m. April 11; birthday celebration April 11; program on sleep disorders at 1 p.m. April 18; and volunteer recognition banquet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Slippery Rock Senior Center. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 452-5292. BCSN

Butler County Area Agency on Aging April Menu for senior centers

Monday, April 1: Hamburger, potato salad, Mandarin oranges. Tuesday, April 2: Grilled chicken sandwich, peaches. Wednesday, April 3: French dip, tator tots, carrots, fruit. Thursday, April 4: Roast turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetable blend, pudding. Friday, April 5: French toast sticks, breakfast potatoes, omelet, blueberry muffin. Monday, April 8: Chicken thigh, baked potato, vegetables, spice cake. Tuesday, April 9: Stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, peas and onions, banana. Wednesday, April 10: Tuna salad, egg salad, cottage cheese, vegetable soup, pineapple. Thursday, April 11, Birthday menu: Stuffed pork, mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, cake and ice cream. Friday, April 12: Meatballs and pasta, green beans, pudding.

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Serving you: About the Area Agency on Aging The Butler County Area Agency on Aging (AAoA) is a community service agency for older adults and has operated in Butler County since 1984. The Area Agency on Aging administers programs and manages services for Butler County residents who are 60 years of age or older. Agency programs and services are designed to serve approximately 38,000 older consumers who call Butler County home. Butler County Commissioners William L. McCarrier A. Dale Pinkerton James Eckstein Area Agency on Aging Administrator: Beth A. Herold, RN, BSN, MBA How may we help you?

Monday, April 15: Italian meatloaf, potato wedges, carrots, sugar cookie.

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Tuesday, April 16: Oriental chicken and rice, stir fry vegetables, Mandarin oranges, fortune cookie.

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Wednesday, April 17: Cottage cheese and fruit plate, hard boiled egg, cream of potato soup, orange sherbet. Thursday, April 18: Barbecue ribette, O’brien potaotes, coleslaw, fruit crisp. Friday, April 19: Pulled turkey, mashed potatoes, pickled beets, fruit. Monday, April 22: Country fried steak, baked potato, vegetable blend, fruit. Tuesday, April 23: Beef lasagna, spinach salad, fruit. Wednesday, April 24: Turkey and stuffing, broccoli, Mandarin oranges. Thursday, April 25: Hot roast beef sandwich, mashed potatoes, lima beans, cookie. Friday, April 26: Chicken with pepper strips, rice, peas and carrots, pudding. Monday, April 29: Pepperoni pizza, hard boiled egg, tossed salad, applesauce.

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The woman in the “mirror” is pain free from arthritis arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Three of five Americans ages 65 and older are affected by arthritis. Janet had osteoarthritis – one of the most common forms of arthritis. It is among the more than 100 forms of the disease.

More than a decade ago, Janet Tempalski, now 63, of Cranberry Township, slowly walked toward the door of a local department store. She saw a reflection of a woman in the store window and thought, “Who is the lady with bowed legs?” She quickly realized the reflection was hers. Janet was among the 46 million Americans suffering from arthritis in her knees. She didn’t want to have surgery because it would interrupt her life. So she lived with knee discomfort for more than 10 years. She had trouble with everyday activities, such as climbing stairs and working in the garden.

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Osteoarthritis is referred to as the wear-and-tear arthritis and occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of bone wears down over time. Symptoms may include pain, warmth, swelling or stiffness in the joint. “Mild joint pain that occurs with activity can generally be controlled with self-help measures,” Dr. Abraham said. “Rest, topical ointments and use of over-the-counter medications – such as aspirin and ibuprofen – are usually effective in treating mild cases.” Dr. Abraham recommends seeking medical attention when the condition affects an individual’s lifestyle. Individuals should see a physician when stiffness and swelling:

Finally, she decided to take steps to end the pain. Janet had two knee replacements, performed by William Abraham, M.D., a joint replacement specialist with Tri Rivers Surgical Associates. In June 2011, Janet had her right knee replaced. Four months later, she had her left knee replaced.

• Cannot be relieved by rest or reduced by home remedies and over-the-counter medications

Now, she plays with her grandchild and dog, and gardens without pain.

• Awakens the individual from sleep

Like Janet, 20 percent of adults in the United States have been diagnosed with

• Occur even when someone is not involved in activity • Interfere with the ability to perform many activities, such as climbing stairs and bending over

A variety of nonsurgical treatments, such as exercise, steroid injections and joint fluid therapy, are available.

The final option is surgery, such as arthroscopic (removal of the damaged cartilage) and joint replacement (replacement of the damaged joint with a metal and plastic joint).

symptom control and minor lifestyle modification, many patients can manage the condition and participate in many of their everyday activities with little or no pain,” he said.

Patients with severe arthritis may consider joint replacement if they experience:

Through the years, knee replacement has proven to be a very successful way to treat many patients without serious complications, according to Dr. Abraham.

• Unbearable pain after conservative treatment • Symptoms that significantly affect their ability to perform normal activities • Pain that regularly interferes with sleep • Pain and loss of mobility that greatly affect the quality of life “A variety of techniques are available for knee surgery. Minimally invasive knee surgery involves the use of a smaller incision to remove and replace a damaged knee,” Dr. Abraham explained. “For many patients, this technique may result in less surgical pain, a shorter hospital stay, accelerated rehabilitation and a faster recovery. “While arthritis can be very painful, the good news is that with early intervention,

To request an appointment with Dr. Abraham or another Tri Rivers physician, visit www.tririversortho. com or call (866) 874-7483. About William D. Abraham, M.D. – Dr. Abraham was trained at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Hershey Medical Center at Penn State. He also completed a total joint replacement fellowship at the Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic and Emory University. Dr. Abraham was the recipient of a two-year research grant to study total knee replacement and has since written several articles on total knee and hip replacement procedures. He sees patients in the Tri Rivers North Hills and Cranberry/Mars offices.

Arthritis Expo set for May 11, at La Roche College Attend the free Arthritis Expo, presented by Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn more about this disease that affects millions of Americans. Discover the care and treatment options for managing arthritis by watching live presentations by Tri Rivers physicians, including William D. Abraham, M.D., and other health care professionals. You also can visit the exhibit booths for additional resources about arthritis care. Preregistration is strongly encouraged due to limited seating. To register, visit or call the Arthritis Foundation at (412) 250-3348.


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Entertainment and Events • Beatlemania Magic, a national touring Beatles Tribute band, will perform at 8 p.m. April 12 at the Butler County Community College Succop Theater. The group recreates the early Beatles concerts with identical costumes, equipment and spot on harmonies. Cost is $20 for general admission, $18 for seniors and $10 for students. Call (724) 284-8505 or visit www.

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• Esther the Musical will take place at 7 p.m. April 27 and at 2 p.m. April 28 at St. Peter’s Reformed Church, 314 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople. Cost is $7 for adults, $5 for children and $5 for seniors ages 65 and older. Call (724) 452-8120 or (724) 776-2419 for tickets. For more information visit www. • Mark your calendar for a free one-day bus trip to see the World War II and Korean Memorials in Washington, DC on May 21. A box lunch and dinner are provided, as well as snacks and drinks. A registered nurse and volunteers will accompany each bus. Wheelchairs are provided, if needed. Korean Veterans are welcome to call and will be accepted on a standby basis. Call (724) 709-3614 for more information or to make a reservation. Donations from the public are gratefully accepted so the trip can be free to the veterans. Donations can be sent to ESB Bank, 701 Corporation St., Beaver. 15009 (Attn: Paula). BCSN Cathy Diaz Seniors Real Estate Specialist Office: (724) 282-7903 Cell: (724) 822-6031 130 Bon Aire Plaza Butler, PA 16001

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Baseball trivia

Answer the following questions correctly for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. What is the major league record for most runs scored in a game by both teams?___________________________

6. Who was the first player with 3,000 hits as a Yankee? __________________________________________________

2. How many career homeruns did Babe Ruth have? _________________________________________________

7. What pitcher won every NL Gold Glove in the 1990s at his position? ___________________________________

3. How many hits did Joe DiMaggio have during his famous 56-game hitting streak? ____________________________

8. Who was the first player to hit 500 home runs and steal 500 bases in his career? _____________________________

4. Which stadium was the last to install lights for night games? __________________________________________

9. Who was the only Pirate to be selected to play in the 2001 All-Star game? ________________________________

5. In 1972, who was the all time leader in home runs? _________________________________________________

10. Baseball is thought to be a descendant of what English game? ____________________________________________

To enter, mail your answers to Butler County Senior News Contest, P.O. Box 11126, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. One entry per person. Correct entries will be eligible for our drawing. One winner will be drawn. Entries must be received by the 15th of this month. Answers will be published in the next edition of Butler County Senior News.

Name_______________________________________________ Age__________ Address___________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Phone________________________ Neighborhood_______________________

Congratulations to Donna Wymer who won last month’s contest. The answers were: 1. New Jersey; 2. Ohio; 3. Mississippi; 4. Iowa; 5. Idaho; 6. Delaware; 7. Pennsylvania; 8. South Dakota; 9. Minnesota; 10. Oregon.

Safe to swim here? While sports fishing off the Florida coast, a tourist capsized his boat. He could swim, but his fear of alligators kept him clinging to the overturned craft. Spotting an old beachcomber standing on the shore, the tourist shouted,”Are there any gators around here?!”

“Feeling safe, the tourist started swimming leisurely toward the shore. About halfway there he asked the guy,”How’d you get rid of the gators?” “We didn’t do nothin’,” the beachcomber said. “The sharks got ‘em.” A stolen credit card A man said his credit card was stolen but he decided not to report it because the thief was spending less than his wife did.

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Save the Date

To register for this event, please log on to: or call the Arthritis Foundation at (412) 250-3348.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

La Roche College in the North Hills next to UPMC Passavant Hospital Free educational seminar offers: • Information on arthritis prevention and management • Breakout sessions on osteoarthritis, joint replacement and hip fractures • Educational resources, exercise demonstrations and health screenings • Free lunch to all pre-registered participants