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Butler County Senior News

August 2013 Volume 8, Number 3

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Audrey Kipp and Eileen Sample enjoy participating in the Cranberry Township Senior Citizens Club.

Cranberry Township seniors club caters to residents’ varied interests By Gina Mazza For Butler County Senior News

in the Cranberry Township Municipal Center.

Cranberry Township and dues are $10 annually.”

“Unity and friendship” is the simple guiding motto for a group in the community of Cranberry Township that caters to seniors. The Cranberry Township Senior Citizens Club is a social organization for adults ages 55 and older. It is not affiliated with the Cranberry Senior Center run by Butler County, although both groups meet

“We work with the senior center [as far as programming] but we are a totally separate group that was organized more than 40 years ago,” explains Alice Anger, club secretary. “The biggest distinction is that we’re an organization governed by an executive board of directors and bylaws. Members must be residents of

The club meets at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center. “We have a brief business meeting, a featured speaker or activity, and light refreshments.” A few of the club’s annual events include a picnic in Continued on page 4

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The statewide Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee is encouraging Butler County residents to participate in its regional meetings in September. If you are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s and would like to share your story and concerns, read more details on page 9 about how you can take part in the important work that this committee is doing.

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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: • August 16; 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Butler Memorial Hospital, 911 E. Brady St., Butler. • September 17; 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kelly Chevrolet, 252 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. • September 19 and 20; 8:30 a.m. to noon at Butler Memorial Hospital, 911 E. Brady St., Butler. • September 23; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Passavant Retirement Community, 401 S. Main St., Zelienople. For a complete list of classes, go to www.sfsd-pa.com. To register, call (724) 283-0245 or (800) 559-4880. Space is limited so register early. BCSN

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Cranberry Township seniors club caters to residents’ varied interests Continued from page 1 August sponsored by the Cranberry Rotary Club and an April musical performance and luncheon hosted by students at Rowan Elementary School. Other activities include bus trips, picnics, musical performances, guest speakers, and Thanksgiving and Christmas luncheons. “Our activites are as diverse and varied as the club wants,” Alice says. “Members make suggestions and we do our best to accommodate them. It makes for interesting social experiences and good fellowship.” The Cranberry Township Senior Citizens Club is open to all Cranberry Township residents ages 55 and older. To learn more, call (724) 816-4977 or email Kanger00@aol.com. BCSN

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Entertainment and Events 2 Regatta at Lake Arthur will take place on August 3 and 4 at Moraine State Park, 225 Pleasant Valley Rd., Portersville, and will feature water, air and land events on Moraine’s South Shore. Other activities include canoe and kayak races, children’s activities, car cruise, fishing tournament, swimming, fishing, puddleduck racers and fireworks. Call (724) 368-8811 or visit www.lakearthurregatta.org.

2 Join Venture Outdoors for a visit to historic Harmony from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on August 11. The Harmonist Society was an industrious German religious sect that came to America to escape persecution. On this easy three-mile hike, hear many stories while exploring their original 1804 settlement. After the hike, tour the Harmony Museum and browse the unique village shops. Call (412) 255-0564 or visit ventureoutdoors. org for details.

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2 Harmony Museum, 218 Mercer St., Harmony, will hold its annual Antique Gun Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 10 in Stewart Hall. The event will feature flintlock, percussion and cartridge firearms and accouterments from the 18th and 19th Centuries, most for sale, with an emphasis on those made in the region. Call (724) 452-7341 or visit www.harmonymuseum.org for details.

2 The Pittsburgh Banjo Club will perform a free concert at noon on August 16 at the Cranberry Township Municipal Center Gazebo, 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry. Call (724) 776-4806.

2 The Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival will take place weekends from August 24 through September 29. The festival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 112 Renaissance Lane, West Newton, rain or shine. Come dressed in costume or rent one of the costumes available. This medieval amusement park features combat jousting, stages of continuous entertainment, and 80 master artisans featuring juried fine arts

2 Go on a moderate three- to four- mile hike from noon to 3 p.m. August 18 with Venture Outdoors. Hike through the Snyder family farmland that has been in family for 160 years and afterwards enjoy the summertime Spanish

2 The fifth annual Brewers’ Fest at Cooper’s Lake will take place August 23 to 25 at Cooper’s Lake Campground, 205 Currie Rd., Slippery Rock. Call (724) 368-8710 or visit www.cooperslake.com.

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2 Learn about the historical significance and monetary value of your family heirlooms at the sixth annual Pittsburgh’s Hidden Treasures event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 25 at the Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Strip District. The event is free with museum admission, and is free for History Center members. Members also receive special early access from 9 to 10 a.m., before the event opens to the general public. Each visitor is allowed to bring two items for appraisal. These can be of any size that fits through a standard doorway. It is required that visitors be able to move

their item(s) through the event on their own. Antique firearms will be permitted, but subject to inspection and restraints before being brought into the History Center. Call (412) 454-6000 or visit www.heinzhistorycenter.org.

Springs Wine, 955 W. Sunbury Rd., West Sunbury, will take place from 3 to 8 p.m. on August 31. Enjoy a live band and German food. Bring a lawn chair. Cost is $15 per person. Call (724) 637-1120.

2 Experience cooking from a unique perspective from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 31 at the Old Stone House, 2865 William Flynn Hwy., Slippery Rock. Join the “Tavern Chefs” Stan Malecki and Bill McGary for an educational morning of early American hearth cooking. Students have the opportunity to make a variety of dishes using accurate cooking methods from the time period. Cost is $25 per person. Call Jake Miller at (724) 738-4964 for more information.

2 The annual Penn’s Colony Festival and Folk Art Marketplace will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. September 21 and 28 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. September 22 and 29 at Penn’s Colony Village, 365 Saxonburg Blvd, Saxonburg. The festival features artists and musical entertainment reminiscent of the historic time period of the French and Indian War. Cost is $7 for general admission, $6 for seniors ages 60 and older and $5 for children ages eight to 15; free for children ages seven and younger. Call (724) 352-9922 or www. pennscolony.com. BCSN

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Governor Corbett appoints Area Agency on Aging’s Beth Herold to newly established Alzheimer’s Disease State Planning Committee

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n April, Governor Tom Corbett announced the appointment of 17 members to the newly formed Pennsylvania Alzheimer ’s Disease State Planning Committee, and Butler County’s own Beth Herold, administrator of the Butler County Area Agency on Aging, was among those asked to serve on the committee.

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Beth’s experience in serving older adults, combined with her clinical background, make her an ideal participant on the committee, notes Carmine Scotece, Butler County Director of Human Services. “The older adult population in Butler County has grown substantially in the past 10 years; meanwhile, the service needs of older adults—as well as their caretakers—have grown more complex. Beth’s experience and leadership on this committee will benefit both the county and the state’s growing population of individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s disease.” Established through executive order by Gov. Corbett in February, the committee will work to create a state plan to August 2013 • Butler County Senior News

address the growing Alzheimer’s disease crisis in Pennsylvania. “Caring for and protecting our older Pennsylvanians is a top priority of my administration,” Corbett expressed. “With our population of seniors growing, it is critical that we unite to find a cure and help those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as those who care for them. This committee will bring together experts to address the challenging issues related to this disease.” For 25 years, Beth Herold has served the needs of the aging population and their families in Pennsylvania, and has management experience to navigate the healthcare system. As former clinical manager of the acute care unit at Butler Memorial Hospital, she supervised the pilot project to privatize the community health clinic in Butler County. She then joined the Visiting Nurses of Western Pennsylvania as a manager. In October 2011, she was named administrator of the Butler County Area Agency on Aging, where she is responsible for ensuring that quality programs are available to meet the needs of individuals ages 60 and older in Butler County. Beth holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Gannon University and an MBA in healthcare from Chatham University. Beth attended the committee’s kick-off meeting in Harrisburg on June 7. The committee will gather regional input between July and October and meet monthly through January, with a goal of submitting a final report to the Governor in February 2014.

In addition to Beth, the committee appointees include representatives from various state agencies, as well as those personally impacted by Alzheimer’s disease. Dianne Allaire, Erie Glenda Cardilla, Harrisburg Michael Ellenbogen, Jamison Jill Fortinksky Schwartz, Pittston George Gunn, Lansdale Susan Heinle, York Beth Herold, Butler Cynthia Lambert, Macungie David Leader, Hershey Bob Marino, Lafayette Hill Cheryl Martin, Palmyra Kelly O’Shea, Coopersburg Robin Mozley, Jeannette Heidi Owen, West Chester Charles Reynolds, Pittsburgh Stuart Shapiro, Bala Cynwyd John Trojanowski, Philadelphia Committee (1990-1998). Each of the 17 committee members will work on one of three workgroups that have a special focus, as follows: Prevention and Outreach: To increase awareness of Alzheimer ’s disease among the public, study existing resources for addressing the needs of


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families and persons with Alzheimer’s disease, and better inform, equip and educate the public and service/ healthcare providers about Alzheimer’s, among other initiatives. Healthcare Delivery and Workforce: To encourage increased detection and diagnosis, improve the individual healthcare received, expand the capacity of the healthcare system to meet the growing number and needs of those with Alzheimer’s, and increase the number of service and healthcare professionals that will be necessary to treat the growing aging and Alzheimer’s populations. This is the committee that Beth will be serving on. Research and Metrics: To improve the quality of information, develop a collaborative to share research results and information on Alzheimer’s, and

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examine the needs and research the trends of the state’s Alzheimer’s population, among other tasks. Pennsylvania Secretary of Aging Brian Duke will serve as chairman of the Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee. An estimated 400,000 Pennsylvanians have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Pennsylvania has the fourth-largest older adult population in the nation and that number is expected to grow. By 2030, it is anticipated that one in four Pennsylvanians will be over the age of 65.

Walk to end Alzheimer’s disease Together we can move the fight against Alzheimer’s disease forward on Saturday, September 28, at the Butler County Community College, 107 College Dr., Butler, Registration begins at 9 a.m.; walk begins at 10 a.m.

For more information on the Executive Order, committee’s meeting dates, agendas and minutes as well as, information on committee members, visit: www.aging.state.pa.us. BCSN

Committee seeks public comment A public meeting of the Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee was held on July 15 in Harrisburg, where members of the committee heard comments from the public on three key areas: 1) What are the needs of Pennsylvanians with Alzheimer’s disease? 2) What resources are needed to support Pennsylvanians with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as their families and caregivers? and 3) ideas for the state to better respond to the growing number of Pennsylvanians with Alzheimer’s disease. Beth encourages Butler County residents to participate in regional meetings coming in September. “The Alzheimer’s Disease Planning Committee will hold public meetings across the state over the coming months. I want to encourage consumers to attend one of the local meetings: September 16 at the Clarion Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Clarion or at the University of Pittsburgh, William Pitt Union Building, 3959 Fifth Avenue, Pittsburgh. I also welcome letters and phone calls from residents of Butler—families and caregivers who have experienced Alzheimer’s in their world. I want to hear their stories.” Contact Beth at (724) 2823008 or bherold@co.butler.pa.us. She will be happy to share your input at the regional meetings.

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Senior Center events

_ Bruin Senior Center, United Methodist Church, Main St., will offer the following events: blood pressure screenings at 11:15 a.m. August 5; birthday celebration August 8; program on gambling at 11 a.m. August 12; vision screening at 10:45 a.m. August 15; pepperoni orders due by August 19 and pick-up August 29. 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: bingo with Mike at 10 a.m. and birthday celebration August 8; ice cream social at 10:30 a.m. August 13; Butler Rehabilitation Center presentation from 10 to 11:15 a.m. August 20; picnic in the park at Miller Shelter from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. August 22; and bus trip to Wheeling Island August 23. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday except August 22, 23 and November 2. Call (724) 285-5392. _ Chicora Senior Center, lower level of Moose Hall, 117 West Slippery Rock St., offers the following events: blood pressure screenings from 10 a.m. to noon August 6; birthday celebration August 8; community card party at 11:30 a.m. August 12. Card fee is $2.50 and lunch donation is $2.50; picnic at Chicora Park August 16. Cost is $5 per person and reservations are required by August 8; speaker from Concordia will present a program at 10:30 a.m. August 20; bingo with Ed from Saxony Health System at 10:30 a.m. August 22. 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: program on reverse mortgages presented at Cranberry Shop and Save, second floor, from 5 to 6 p.m. August 7; indoor picnic August 13; 500 card party August 20; I’m having a senior moment presentation at 12:30 p.m. August 21; estate information program at 11 a.m. August 22; and Keystone benefits follow-up at 11 a.m. August 29. 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: blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. and birthday celebration August 8; drum circle from 1 to 2 p.m. August 13; Maries picnic at 3 p.m. August 18; vision screening at 12:30 p.m. August 22; and 500 card party at August 2013 • Butler County Senior News

Senior Express 10:30 a.m. August 29. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 538-9414. _ Mars Senior Center, Penn Mar Plaza, Gilkey Dr., offers the following activities: blood pressure screenings at 10:45 a.m. August 7; birthday celebration August 8; vision screenings at 10 a.m. August 9; living wills presentation at 11:15 a.m. August 14; Steel Guitar entertainment at noon August 16; sub pick-up day August 19; blood pressure screenings at 10:45 a.m. August 21; and leadership council meeting at 10 a.m. August 22. 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: birthday celebration August 8; diseases of the eye presentation and vision screening at 10:15 a.m. August 12; Wendy’s fundraiser night (New Castle Road location) from 5 to 7 p.m. August 14; Bible study with Marjorie at 10:15 a.m. August 19; and book club at 10:15 a.m. August 26. 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: birthday celebration August 9; program on gambling at 11 a.m. August 14; vision screening at 10:45 a.m. and blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. August 21; pepperoni roll delivery August 28; and ice cream Sunday at 12:30 p.m. August 30. Cost is $1 each. 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 August 8; rediscover the EGG at 11 a.m. August 12; banana split day August 14. Cost is $1 each; Hawaiian Luau August 15; blood pressure screening at 11:30 a.m. August 22; and fire safety program at 11:30 a.m. August 22. 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 August 8; blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m. August 13 and 27; ice cream Sunday August 20; deadline to order hoagies August 27; and hoagie pick-up from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. August 29. 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 many events. 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 August Menu for senior centers

Thursday, August 1: Ham barbecue sandwich, coleslaw, melon, raspberry sherbet.

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Friday, August 2: Taco salad, tossed salad, corn bread. Monday, August 5: Cheeseburger, potato salad, Mandarin oranges. Tuesday, August 6: French toast sticks, breakfast potatoes, egg and cheese omelet, blueberry muffin. Wednesday, August 7: Grilled chicken salad, mixed salad, sliced beets, peaches. Thursday, August 8, Birthday menu: Roast turkey breast, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, cake and ice cream. Friday, August 9: French dip au jus, tater tots, carrots, fruit. Monday, August 12: Kielbasa, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, melon. Tuesday, August 13: Chicken thigh, baked potato, vegetable medley, iced spice cake. Wednesday, August 14: Pasta and meatballs, green beans, vanilla pudding.

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

Thursday, August 15: Tuna and egg salad, cottage cheese, vegetable soup, pinapple tidbits. Friday, August 16: Stuffed cabbage roll, whipped potatoes, sweet peas and onions, banana. Monday, August 19: Meatloaf, redskin potatoes, carrots, sugar cookie. Tuesday, August 20: Oriental chicken, rice, stir fry vegetables, Mandarin oranges, fortune cookie. Wednesday, August 21, Senior Citizen’s Day: Roast turkey, whipped potatoes, pickled beets, fruit. Thursday, August 22: Barbecue pork ribette, O’Brien potatoes, coleslaw, peach crisp. Friday, August 23: Peaches and pears with cottage cheese, hard boilded egg, cream of potato soup, orange sherbet. Monday, August 26: Pepper strip chicken, parsley rice, sweet peas and carrots, chocolate pudding.

How may we help you? • Community Services for Older Adults and their families • Home and Community Based Services • PDA Waiver Services Access to Services • Information and Referral • Assessment • Care Management

For more information, call or visit our office at Sunnyview Complex 111 Sunnyview Circle, Suite 101 Butler, PA 16001

Tuesday, August 27, Labor Day shindig: Hot dog, macaroni salad, baked beans, melon.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, August 28: Lasagna, spinach salad, fruit salad.

Phone: (724) 282-3008 (888) 367-2434

Thursday, August 29: Turkey supreme, steamed broccoli, Mandarin oranges.

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Think physical exercise is the only thing that can make you healthy? Think again. Physical exercise, mental stimulation, stress reduction and diet all are vital to staying healthy and vibrant as you grow older. Tri Rivers Surgical physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Anna K. Gaines, M.D., discussed how to stay vibrant as we age recently at St. Barnabas retirement community in Gibsonia. And just how much we can control might surprise you.

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Mobility and brain function are among the most important factors for healthy aging. Dr. Gaines said exercise is the key to preserving mobility, but exercise serves a greater overall health purpose. Higher lifetime exercise levels correlate with lower risk of heart and lung disease, chronic pain and brain disorders such as Alzheimer ’s or Parkinson’s disease.

“Hundreds of millions of dollars a year go into research on exercise,” Dr. Gaines said. “Exercise in aging is studied a lot. It’s so powerful that researchers commit that much funding to it on an annual basis so we can keep building our knowledge.” Exercise can improve physical strength and balance, increase your ability to perform daily tasks, improve chronic health conditions, reduce depression and improve brain function. Dr. Gaines said people of all ages should exercise for 150 minutes per week, whether that is five times per week for 30 minutes or 10 sessions of 15 minutes each. Simply “being active” is not sufficient exercise. She recommended finding ways to integrate exercise into regular daily activities. For example, walking with

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Like the body requires a variety of exercise for maximum benefit, part of keeping the brain healthy and expanding it means breaking monotony. Your brain only gets exercised as much as it is challenged. If you find that you are breezing through puzzles or reading similar things on a daily basis, it might be time to challenge yourself by mixing up your selection. Finding enjoyable activities to do can help counteract another condition that affects brain size and function: stress. “Stress is a hard thing to treat,” Dr. Gaines said. “We don’t have any medications that take stress away. We

don’t have an anti-stress button. But it doesn’t mean we can’t tackle it just because it’s hard. Sometimes, you need specific therapy to help work on stress and lower the impact of it.” It is vital to address stress because it is a big enough factor to brain function that it can counteract all of the good things you are otherwise doing for your brain and body, Dr. Gaines said. And among those good things you can do for your brain is maintaining good nutrition. Dr. Gaines said the traditional Mediterranean Diet probably is among the most balanced and well-studied diets shown to positively affect cognitive health and body health. People who maintained a high adherence to the Mediterranean Diet had a 28 percent reduction in the risk of mild cognitive impairment, according to a recent study. The positive effect

on heart health and cancer risk is also well-documented. This diet consists primarily of plantbased food such as fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains and nuts. It replaces butter with healthy fats such as olive oil and replaces salt with flavorful herbs. It limits the consumption of red meat to a few times per month and suggests two servings of fish or poultry per week. “With all of the choices we can make in our daily life, we most certainly have the capacity to influence our brain and body health as we age,” Dr. Gaines said. “The idea of staying vibrant as we age is something we can and should set as a goal.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gaines or another Tri Rivers physician, call Tri Rivers at (866) 874-7483 or visit www.TriRiversOrtho.com and click on “request on appointment.” BCSN

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friends for 15 minutes after breakfast or lunch or doing 10 minutes of balance training while your coffee brews might afford reasonable opportunities for regular exercise. A complete exercise program includes aerobic activity, strengthening, flexibility and balance training.

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Mickey Mouse Trivia

Answer the following questions correctly for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. In 1928, Walt Disney produced a cartoon starring the little mouse soon to be known as Mickey Mouse. What was the show called?____________________________________ 2. At that time the mouse was not known as Mickey Mouse, but by what two-word name?________________________ 3. Mickey Mouse was created as a replacement for what character?__________________________________________ 4. Who was the first person to do the voice of Mickey Mouse?____________________________________ 5. In ‘Opry House’, a video short released on March 28, 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.

1929, Mickey started wearing what color gloves?_________ 6. What color shoes does Mickey Mouse traditionally wear?_____________________________________________ 7. In what year did Mickey Mouse make his first comic strip appearance?____________________________________ 8. What is the name of Mickey’s sister?_________________ 9. What is the name of Mickey’s dog?___________________ 10. What was the name of the first feature film Mickey Mouse appeared in?__________________________________ Name________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Phone____________________________Age________________

Congratulations to Lela Matthews who won last month’s contest. The answers were: 1. Vertigo; 2. Rebecca; 3. To Catch a Thief; 4. Strangers on a Train; 5. Family Plot; 6. Torn Curtain; 7. Frenzy; 8. Rope; 9. Suspicion; 10. Notorious. Bank customer service “I’m not saying that the customer service in my bank is bad, but when I went in the other day and asked the clerk to check my balance ... she leaned over and pushed me.” Paying in advance A motorist, driving by a Texas ranch, hit and killed a calf that was crossing the road. The driver went to the owner of the calf and explained what had happened. He then asked what the animal was worth.

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“Oh, about $200 today,” said the rancher. “But in six years it would have been worth $900, so $900 is what I’m out.” The motorist sat down and wrote out a check and handed it to the farmer. “Here,” he said, “is the check for $900. It’s postdated six years from now.” Travel in a sailboat The banker fell overboard from a friend’s sailboat. The friend grabbed a life preserver, held it up, not knowing if the banker could swim, and shouted, “Can you float alone?” “Obviously,” the banker replied, “but this is a heck of a time to talk business.”


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