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Butler County Senior News

May 2014

Volume 8, Number 11


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VA Butler Healthcare offers various volunteer opportunities to help local veterans By Gina Mazza For Butler County Senior News Butler County resident Charles Jennings began volunteering with VA Butler Healthcare nine years ago to “pay them back for the help they gave me in the past,” he says. “Years ago, I had nowhere to go and then I came here and it was a godsend. I met other volunteers and veterans who changed my life.”

These days, Charles helps to coordinate and interview veterans for the VA’s Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center. The project’s goal is to collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations can hear directly from the veterans and better understand the

realities of war. “I also assist the VA with special events and activities, and I volunteer weekly in the Escort Program,” he adds. If you have time and the desire to give back to your community and help our local veterans, as Charles does, there is a place for you

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oldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum Trust in Oakland inducted new members into its Joseph A. Dugan, Jr. Hall of Valor on March 23.

Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Airmen’s Medal, Soldier ’s Medal, Coast Guard Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Medals.

“The Hall of Valor recipients represent the standards of conduct, courage and duty symbolic of honest and faithful service made, while serving our country,” says Soldiers & Sailors president and CEO John F. McCabe. “We honor and remember the bravery of ordinary men who exhibited extraordinary courage and valor for the love of their country.” Since 1963, the Hall of Valor at Soldiers & Sailors has recognized Pennsylvanian veterans that have received medals for bravery and heroism during times of military conflict. Soldiers & Sailors has inducted nearly 700 veterans as recipients of the Congressional

Of the 15 honorees who were inducted as the Class of 2014, one is from Evans City, Butler County. Captain William G. Pagonis US Army, 1097th Transportation Company, 9th Infantry Division Dinh Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam

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Awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Captain William Pagonis distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on January 31, 1968 while serving as Company Commander of the

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1097th Transportation Company during a tactical move of the 3d Battalion, 34th Artillery, down the Roc Ruong Canal, Dinh Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam. As the boats of Captain Pagonis’ company were moving the artillery barges through a hazardous portion of the narrow canal, enemy forces attacked with intense automatic weapons fire and high explosive recoilless rifle rounds. After receiving word by radio that one of his LCM-8 boats had been hit and was dead in the water, he immediately turned his command boat around and weaved his way through both friendly and enemy fire to the damaged craft. Calmly issuing instructions to his boat crews, he was able to get the column moving again. During the entire action, he remained exposed to hostile fire as he controlled the operation from his quarterdeck, directing his boats’ gun crews and

personally returning fire upon the insurgent force. Captain Pagonis’ aggressive action, coolness under fire, and leadership were deciding factors in the successful movement of the column through the enemy attack. Captain Pagonis’ extraordinary heroism in combat with an armed hostile force is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. BCSN

Soldiers & Sailors is located at 4141 Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh. It is currently accepting applications for the Class of 2015. To qualify, a member of the armed forces must have been born in Pennsylvania, or enlisted or lived most of their life in the Commonwealth and received one of the aforementioned medals. For more information, contact Casey Patterson at (412) 621-4253, ext. 206 or visit http://www.soldiersandsailorshall. org/veteran-hall-of-valor.html.

Free bus trip for World War II and Korean War veterans A free bus trip for World War II and Korean War veterans will take place on Thursday, May 22. Veterans will visit their memorials in Washington, DC. This is a one-day trip leaving early and returning between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Departure points are Beaver, North Hills, Greentree and Monroeville. Box lunch and dinners are provided, as well as snacks and drinks. There is a registered nurse on each bus and a number of volunteers. Wheelchairs will be provided, if needed. For more information or to make a reservation call (724) 709-3614. All donations are gratefully accepted so the trip can be free to the veterans. Make checks payable to: WWII Memorial Bus Trip and mail to ESB Bank, 701 Corporation St., Beaver, PA. 15009, Attention Paula. Seating is reserved for veterans only so family, friends or spouses cannot be accommodated. BCSN

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VA Butler Healthcare offers various volunteer opportunities to help local veterans of four hours, but you can choose to work more days or hours, if desired.

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at the VA. “We have a lot of different programs in which we’re looking to add volunteers right now,” says voluntary services coordinator Paula McCarl, who is also a US Air Force veteran. “The volunteer opportunity is at the individual’s preference, which could be one day a week, one day a month or a couple days a week or month.” Here are a handful of the programs where your help would be most appreciated right now: Greeters are brought into the Butler center to welcome individuals to the facility, help veterans sign in for their appointments, and direct them and others to their destination. The center is currently in need of volunteers to work at least one day a week for a minimum

veterans at a time. They also escort veterans to other locations throughout the facility, if necessary, and assist them at meal times. This position has a four-hour minimum requirement (either from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) at least one day a week, but you can choose to work more days or longer hours.

Volunteer Drivers are needed to transport veterans to and from their VA appointments. You do not have to use your own vehicle, as the center has donated vehicles for this purpose. Volunteer days and hours vary, depending upon the veterans’ appointments, but would be Monday through Friday during the day. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older, have a valid driver’s license and current auto insurance, and have a good driving record. To learn more, call DAV transportation coordinator Bill Brandenstein at (724) 346-1579, ext. 3229 or (724) 287-4781, ext. 5010.

MHV Champion These volunteers help veterans navigate MyHealtheVet, an online health maintenance tool. Volunteers assist veterans in registering for the program and troubleshooting. The days and hours for your volunteer position would be determined by the MHV coordinator and you. BCSN If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the VA, visit or sign up at www. To schedule an interview, contact Paula McCarl at (724) 2852575 or email

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Gene Kelly tribute reveals personal side of beloved film icon did,” she explains. “So many of his creations were innovative and revolutionary. It was his decision how the camera was used to capture dance, for example. I hope audiences come away with the depth of Gene’s knowledge and ability as an actor, dancer, director, the magnitude of his mind, his humanity, and the decency and integrity of this guy.”


hen Patricia Ward first met legendary dancer, director and choreographer Gene Kelly in 1985, she had no concept of who he was. They met in Washington, DC, where she was the writer for a television special about The Smithsonian for which Gene was the host and narrator. Soon after, he invited her to California to write his memoir. “I fell in love with—and immediately became enchanted with—his use of words and his un-self-conscious brightness,” she remembers. “He was a natural blend of erudite gentleman and Pittsburgh street kid.” Gene and Patricia eventually married and were together until his death in 1996. Images of Gene on the big screen continue to captivate film and dance aficionados across the generations. His uniquely combined grace and athletic masculinity has made him a timeless icon, yet his admiring public knows very little about Gene, the man. That is why “Gene Kelly: The Legacy, An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly” is such a delight. In this presentation, Patricia shares the more personal side of her husband.

“Many people know and love the person they see up on the screen, but few know the many dimensions of the man and his work,” reveals Patricia, who resides in Los Angeles. “They do not know that he was fluent in French, was a Shabbos Goy who spoke Yiddish, studied economics, memorized and wrote poetry, frequently read a book a day, and did The New York Times crossword puzzle in ink. That’s one of the things that is most rewarding for me about doing the show—sharing the little lower layers that make Gene come to life for people in new and interesting ways. Gene was very guarded and revealed little about himself in interviews. That he let down his guard and entrusted me with his story was a great privilege.” The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will present the show at 7:30 p.m. on

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Wednesday, May 21 at the Byham Theater in Pittsburgh. It offers an intimate look at the life of this dynamic and innovative artist who created some of the most iconic scenes in film history.  Patricia’s live program combines rare and familiar film clips, previously unreleased audio recordings, personal memorabilia, and insights culled from her hours of interviews and conversations with her husband. The show is traveling to venues across the country and going abroad next year, but the Byham (formerly the Gaiety) is a particularly germane setting because the show explores how Pittsburgh and the old vaudeville houses and movie theatres shaped both the man and the creative artist. “I am very happy to be bringing the show to Gene’s hometown of Pittsburgh,” Patricia comments. “So much of who Gene was and what he accomplished is rooted here in his steel town upbringing and in the upheaval that he and his family experienced during the Great Depression. The theaters and movie houses that Gene frequented as a young boy . . . played an important role in his creative development, so it is an honor—and a kind of coming full circle—to bring his legacy to the place where it all began.” Patricia was inspired to launch the production in 2012 to commemorate the centennial of Gene’s birth. It looks at “what drove and inspired him to create what he

Patricia says that she is moved by the personal stories that people continue to share with her about her husband and how he inspired them at certain times in their lives. “Some remember being introduced to Gene’s movies by a parent or grandparent, and, of course, there are many for whom he was a first ‘love’—a crush that, in some cases, has lasted for decades,” she shares. “People ask me if it is difficult to do the show because it is so personal and emotional. In fact, sharing the stories helps to deal with the absence, as Gene remains current and continues to influence new generations.” Patricia is presently the sole trustee of The Gene Kelly Image Trust and creative director of Gene Kelly: The Legacy, a corporation established to celebrate Kelly’s artistry worldwide. She is now completing the definitive biography about her late husband. “He’s been gone 18 years, and he’s still the go-to guy with wide influence,” she says. “I get an email at least every other day from a young person somewhere in the world who says, ‘He’s the reason I’m a dancer, a choreographer, a brain surgeon. He’s my inspiration’.” BCSN The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/ residential neighborhood called the Cultural District in downtown Pittsburgh. Tickets for “Gene Kelly: The Legacy, An Evening with Patricia Ward Kelly” are $20 to $40 and are available by calling (412) 456-6666, online at or in person at Theater Square Box Office, 655 Penn Avenue. 

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Butler County seniors are invited to commemorate Older Americans Month at free AAoA breakfasts Council of Senior Citizens served as a prelude to designating May as “Senior Citizens Month.” Thanks to President Jimmy Carter’s 1980 designation, what was once called Senior Citizens Month, is now called “Older Americans Month,” and has become a tradition.

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very year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults, as well as recognize their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities. This year’s Older Americans Month theme—“Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow”—focuses on the importance of injury prevention in keeping older adults healthy and active. Did you know that older adults are at a much higher risk of unintentional injury and even death than the rest of the general population? Unintentional injuries result in millions of medically treated injuries and more than 30,000 deaths every year.

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Statistics may bear this out, but there are ways to stay safe. This will be the focus in the coming weeks during Older Americans Month: to help raise awareness about this critical issue, as well as serve to recognize older Americans as productive, active, and influential members of society. This month, senior centers throughout Butler County are helping seniors take control of their safety and live longer, healthier lives. The Butler County Area Agency on Aging will host five free community breakfasts for all Butler residents ages 60 and older. Each May 2014 • Butler County Senior News

breakfast begins at 10 a.m. and will include feature Western-style omelets, hash browns, breakfast sausage, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee and juice. The dates are as follows: • Butler Senior Center, May 1 • Cranberry Senior Center, May 2 • Evans City Senior Center, May 5 • Slippery Rock Senior Center, May 6 • Chicora Senior Center, May 8 A presentation on home safety for seniors will be offered at each of the breakfasts. When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. Interest in older Americans and their concerns was growing, however. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy’s meeting with the National

Historically, Older Americans Month has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of past and current older persons to our country, in particular those who defended our country. Every President since JFK has issued a formal proclamation during or before the month of May asking that the entire nation pay tribute in some way to older persons in their communities. Older Americans Month is celebrated across the country through ceremonies, events, fairs and other such activities. AAoA encourages everyone to come out and take part in the free breakfasts this month. “They are an opportunity for our office to provide education about the services we offer to older residents of Butler County that will enable them to make informed decision regarding their care, and provide information on services that may enable them to stay safely in their own homes for as long as possible,” says AAoA administrator Beth Herold. BCSN To learn more about the breakfasts, call the Butler County Area Agency on Aging at (724) 282-3008.

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Farmers Market Nutrition Program begins this month t’s that time of year again for the start of the Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). The distribution of vouchers for FMNP will begin on June 26 and run through July 30. Here are details about the program: Age Requirement: 60 years or older by December 31, 2014 Residency Requirement: Butler County Resident Income Guidelines: One-person household—$21,590; Two-person household—$29,101; Three-person household—$36,612 Income: Add up income from all sources; i.e. wages, Social Security, Pension, VA benefits, interest, withdrawals from annuities, etc. Voucher Distribution: Vouchers will only be distributed at the community distribution sites listed. Distribution from the Agency office will begin on June 26 and continue while supplies last.Vouchers cannot be mailed. Required Documentation: All eligible consumers must show documentation of age and county residency. Documentation of income is not needed. Homebound Consumers: Consumers unable to come to the community sites may send a friend or relative to the site with the required documentation AND a completed proxy form. Proxy forms are available from the Agency office by calling (724) 282—3008, online at www., or by email request to Each form must contain only one person. Lost or Stolen Vouchers: Vouchers are like cash. Please keep them in a safe place. Lost or stolen vouchers cannot be replaced.

June 26, 10 a.m. to noon Chicora Senior Center Moose Lodge Hall Basement 117 West Slippery Rock St., Chicora June 27, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Butler Senior Center 10 Austin Ave., Lyndora 16045 July 1, 10 a.m. to noon Butler Arbors Apartments 200 Lincoln Ave., Butler July 2, 10 a.m. to noon North Central Senior Center West Sunbury Presby. Church 215 E. Church St., West Sunbury July 3, 10 a.m. to noon Slippery Rock Senior Center Slippery Rock Twp. Building 115 Branchton Rd., Slippery Rock July 7, 10 a.m. to noon Mt. Chestnut Senior Center Mt. Chestnut Presby. Church 727 W. Old Route 422, Butler July 8, 9 a.m. to noon Mars Senior Center Penn-Mar Plaza Gilkey Dr., Mars 16046 July 9, 1 to 3 p.m. Clinton Township Building 711 Saxonburg Blvd., Saxonburg July 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. South East Senior Center VFC, 200 Brose Rd., Cabot July 14, 9 a.m. to noon Cranberry Senior Center Cranberry Twp. Municipal Bldg. 2525 Rochester Rd., Cranberry Twp. July 15, 1 to 2:30 p.m. East Butler Boro Building 1105 Randolph Ave., East Butler

July 16, 10 a.m. to noon Buffalo Twp. Municipal Bldg. 109 Bear Creek Rd., Sarver July 17, 10 a.m. to noon Evans City Senior Center Ritzert Hall, 426 E. Main St., Evans City July 21, 10 a.m. to noon Glade Run Church Rt. 8 South, Pittsburgh Rd., Valencia July 22, 10 a.m. to noon Zelienople Senior Center Luther Court, Passavant 700 S. Green Lane, Zelienople July 23, 1 to 3 p.m. Marion Twp. Office 2275 W. Sunbury Rd., Suite B., Boyers July 24, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gray Stone Manor Apartments 204 E. Water St., Slippery Rock July 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cliffside Apartments 325 S. McKean St., Butler July 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rolling Road Apartments 101 Rolling Rd., Cranberry Twp. July 29, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Park Manor Apartments Alameda Rd., Butler 16001 Beginning July 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Butler County Area Agency on Aging 111 Sunnyview Circle, Building 3, Butler As long as voucher supplies last Perhaps you have been among the crowds of people arriving early to get their vouchers. Bear in mind that this causes a waiting period. To avoid waiting, plan to arrive in the middle or towards the end of the timeframe listed. Staff will not start early but they will stay longer to serve those arriving before the end-times listed. BCSN May 2014 • Butler County Senior News

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Senior Center events

_ Butler Senior Center, 10 Austin Ave., (located in Tanglewood Senior Center), Lyndora, offers the following events: Cinco De Mayo party May 5; Seniors for Safe Driving from noon to 4 p.m. May 6; birthday celebration May 7; Foster Grandparent program at 9:30 a.m. May 9; Cranberry supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; games and senior health snippets with Julie of VNA, Mother’s Day party May 15; ice cream social with Silver Sneakers at 10:30 a.m. May 19; 40th anniversary party and open house May 22; Memorial Day picnic, hot dogs provided, at 11:30 a.m. May 23; and voting for leadership council members at 11:30 a.m. May 27. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 285-5392. _ Chicora Senior Center, lower level of Moose Hall, 117 West Slippery Rock St., offers the following events: blood pressure screening at 10:30 a.m. May 6 and 13; birthday celebration May 7; Mother’s Day party May 13; Cranberry supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; bus trip to Barrow Civic Theatre at 11:30 a.m. may 17. Meet at St. John’s Parking lot; bingo with Ed at 10:30 a.m. May 22; and Memorial Day picnic May 22. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 445-2551. _ Cranberry Senior Center, Municipal Building, Rochester Rd., offers the following events: birthday celebration May 7; healthy bingo at 11 a.m. May 8; Mother’s Day party May 15; Amish country trip May 20. Cost is $35 per person; how to stay vibrant as you age at 12:30 p.m. May 21; Memorial Day picnic May 22; a day at the races with Julie of VNA at 11 a.m. May 22; and a 500 card party at 12:30 p.m. May 27. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call (724) 772-6086.

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_ Evans City Senior Center, 426 East Main St., offers the following events: bring a friend to breakfast and 50/50 raffle from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. May 5; volunteer appreciation party with entertainment at 12:30 p.m. May 5; birthday celebration May 7; blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. May 8; drum circle from 1 to 2 p.m. May 13; supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; Mother’s Day party May 15; game night at 5 p.m. May 21; Memorial Day picnic May 22; 500 card party at 10:30 a.m. May 22; what is hospice for at 12:30 p.m. May 29; and leadership council meeting May 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: volunteer appreciation party at Evans City Senior Center at 12:30 p.m. May 5. Suggested donation is $2.50 per person; birthday celebration May 7; Cranberry supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; osteoporosis and May 2014 • Butler County Senior News

Senior Express osteoarthritis at 11 a.m. May 14; Mother’s Day party May 15; what is hospice for at 11:15 a.m. May 22; Memorial Day picnic May 22; and nominations and voting for leadership council members May 27. 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: celebrate Cinco De Mayo May 5; Bible study at 10:15 a.m. May 5 and 19; nominations and voting for leadership council member at 12:30 p.m. May 5; birthday celebration May 8; Wii bowling May 12; Cranberry supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; Wendy’s fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. May 14; Mother’s Day party May 15; Memorial Day picnic May 22; and star spangled supper from 4 to 7 p.m. May 27. Cost is $2 per person. 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 May 9; bingo with Ed at 11 a.m. May 9; Cranberry supper club May 13; blood pressure screening at 11:15 a.m. May 21; and hoagie orders delivered May 21. 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: Mother’s Day craft at 10 a.m. May 5; birthday party May 7; bingo at 11:30 a.m. May 8; spelling bee at 11 a.m. May 13; Cranberry supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; Mother’s Day party May 15; Memorial Day picnic May 22; and restorative exercises and games at 11:30 a.m. May 27. 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: blood pressure screening at 11 a.m. May 1 and 22; birthday celebration and bake sale May 8; Cranberry supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; Mother’s Day party and basket raffle May 15; and Memorial Day picnic May 22. 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 upcoming events: birthday celebration May 7; tea party and cake for Mother’s Day from 9:30 to 11 a.m. May 9; Cranberry supper club from 4 to 7 p.m. May 13; hospice and five wishes at 10:30 a.m. May 21; Klondike fundraiser from 12:15 to 1 p.m. May 22. Cost is $1 each; and the 37th anniversary celebration of the center May 29. 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 May Menu for senior centers

Thursday, May 1: Chili Con Carne, rice, tossed salad, tropical fruit salad. Friday, May 2: Turkey sandwich, creamy corn chowder, cinnamon applesauce. Monday, May 5: Ham barbecue sandwich, redskinned potatoes, green beans, fruit. Tuesday, May 6: Tuna salad sandwich, tomato soup, fruit salad, sugar cookie. Wednesday, May 7, Birthday menu: Stuffed chicken breast, whipped potatoes, baby carrots, cupcake with ice cream. Thursday, May 8: Spaghetti and meatballs, tossed salad, sherbet. Friday, May 9: Chef salad, tossed salad, soup, apple cobbler. Monday, May 12: Baked meatloaf, redskin potatoes, sliced carrots, fruit. Tuesday, May 13: Hot roast beef sandwich, parsley potatoes, sweet peas, sherbet. Wednesday, May 14: Chicken Caesar salad, mixed greens, rice florentine soup, mandarin oranges.

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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?

Thursday, May 15, Mother’s Day menu: Roast pork, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, strawberry fluff.

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Friday, May 16: Turkey sandwich, bean soup, pineapple.

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Monday, May 19: Baked chicken breast, whipped potatoes, mixed bean medley, jelly roll.

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Tuesday, May 20: Italian hoagie, vegetable soup, coleslaw, chocolate chip cookie. Wednesday, May 21: Roast salisbury steak, oven browned potatoes, sweet peas, banana pudding. Thursday, May 22, Memorial picnic: Cheeseburger, maraconi salad, baked beans, melon. Friday, May 23: Potato crusted fish, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, fruit salad. Monday, May 26, Memorial Day: Closed. Tuesday, May 27: Grilled chicken sandwich, baked potato soup, fruit, sherbet. Wednesday, May 28: Pepperoni pizza, tossed salad, peach crisp. Thursday, May 29: Baked ham slice, sweet potatoes, broccoli, white cake.

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Friday, May 30: Stuffed pepper cup, whipped potatoes, corn, gelatin with topping. May 2014 • Butler County Senior News

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Entertainment and Events • The Butler Humane Society will hold their annual spring fling from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 10 in the parking lot at the Butler County Humane Society, 1015 Evans City Rd., Renfrew, and will feature a variety of food and craft vendors, local business and community tables, a giant rummage sale, adoption specials, family activities and more. A Rabies and Microchip Clinic will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Call (724) 789-1150 for details. • A community trunk sale will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 10 at Masonic Shelter in Alameda Park, 182 Alameda Park Rd., Butler. Call (724) 284-5383 to learn more about the event. • Come out for Mother’s Day Brunch presented by Audubon at 11 a.m. May 11 at Succop Conservancy, 185 W. Airport Rd., Butler. Visit for details.

• The Butler County Master Gardeners and Butler County Parks and Recreation Department are joining forces to present the spring garden market and home show which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17 at Alameda Park, 183 Alameda Park Rd., Butler. There will be specialty food items, free children activities including face painting, petting zoo, and crafts, landscaping materials, live plants and more available for purchase throughout the day. New this year is live entertainment, come out and enjoy the Bluegrass sound of Bits ‘N Pieces. Call (724) 284-5383. • Thursday, May 22 is the date for the next free bus trip for World War II and Korean War veterans to visit their memorials in Washington, DC. This is a one-day trip leaving early and returning between 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Departure points are Beaver, North Hills, Greentree and Monroeville. Box lunch and

dinners are provided, as well as snacks and drinks. There is a registered nurse on each bus, as well as a number of volunteers. Wheelchairs are provided, if needed. For more information or to make a reservation, call (724) 709-3614. All donations are gratefully accepted so the trip can be free to the veterans. Make checks payable to: WWII Memorial Bus Trip and mail to: ESB Bank, 701 Corporation St., Beaver, PA. 15009, Attn: Paula. Seating is reserved for veterans only so families, friends and spouses cannot be accommodated. PSN • The North Hills Historic Auto Club will be sponsoring its 42nd annual Antique and Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 at the Mars Area Senior High School, Rt. 228, Mars. Admission is $1 per person. Children under 12 are free. There will also be a flea market, car corral and refreshments. Call (412) 443-0359. BCSN


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Answers from last months Pittsburgh Pirates trivia By Ronald Zembruski For Butler County Senior News 1. Boston Americans (later 12. Dale Long renamed Red Sox) 13. Roy Face 2. John “Honus” Wagner 14. Harvey Haddix 3. Casey Stengel 15. Bob Prince 4. Paul and Lloyd Waner 16. Hal Smith 5. Ralph Kiner 17. Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell (He was walking 6. 457 feet under the stands from the 7. Danny Murtaugh bullpen to the dugout to become the pitcher for the 8. Dick Groat possible 10th inning) 9. Danny and Johnny 18. Vernon Law O’Connell 10. Bob Friend

19. Roberto Clemente

11. Dick Stuart

20. Willie Stargell


If you are age 55 or older and have successfully completed a senior driving 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. • May 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Butler Senior Center at Tanglewood, 10 Austin Ave., Lyndora. • May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Passavant Retirement Community, 401 S. Main St., Zelienople. • May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Butler Memorial Hospital, 911 E. Brady St., Butler. • May 20 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Kelly Chevrolet, 252 Pittsburgh Rd., Butler. • May 21 from 8 a.m. to noon at Troy-Alan Chevrolet, 217 Grove City Rd., Slippery Rock. For a complete list of classes, go to Online courses are now available. To register, call (724) 283-0245 or T:7.5” (800) 559-4880. Space is limited so register early. BCSN



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Shingles vaccine is available for Kmart Pharmacy customers 50 and older. Medicare Part D enrollees pay the copay determined by their plan. Shingles vaccine now available at Kmart Pharmacy

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Geography Trivia Circle the correct answer for a chance to win $30 cash. 1. The city of Copenhagen is found in which Scandinavian country? A. Djibouti; B. Dominican Republic; C. Dominica; D. Denmark

5. This country’s capital is Lima and it is home to Macchu Picchu. What country is it? A. Philippines; B. Panama; C. Peru; D. Palau

2. What country is home to the ancient monument Stonehenge? A. Ethiopia; B. Egypt; C. Ecuador; D. England

6. What is the biggest country in the world in terms of land area? It is home to Moscow and St. Petersburg. A. Rwanda; B. Russia; C. Romania; D. Reunion

3. Which of these countries was hit by a major earthquake in 2010? Its capital is Port-au-Prince. A. Hungary; B. Hong Kong; C. Haiti; D. Honduras 4. Nearly 18,000 islands belong to this country, and Jakarta is its largest city. Which country is it? A. Iceland; B. Iran; C. India; D. Indonesia 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.

7. Which of these countries is situated in North Africa and is a great spot for the sun-loving? A. Tajikistan; B. Tunisia; C. Taiwan; D. Turkey 8. Which country borders both Oman and Saudi Arabia? A. Yugoslavia; B. Yangzi; C. Yell; D. Yemen Name________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________ _____________________________________________________ Phone____________________________Age________________

Congratulations to Reynette Murton who won last month’s contest. The answers were: 1. Glove; 2. Pitcher; 3. Fielder; 4. Umpire; 5. Catcher; 6. Average; 7. Bases; 8. Bunt; 9. Foul; 10. Grounder; 11. Inning; 12. Helmet; 13. Strike; 14. Plate; 15. Shortstop; 16. Spikes; 17. Grandslam; 18. Homerun; 19. Fastball; 20. Flyball; 21. Curveball.

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Crossword Puzzle answer on page 2

I marked the spot Two friends rented a boat and fished in a lake every day. One day they caught 30 fish. One guy said to his friend, “Mark this spot so that we can come back here again tomorrow.” The next day, when they were driving to rent the boat, the same guy asked his friend, “Did you mark that spot?” His friend replied, “Yeah, I put a big ‘X’ on the bottom of the boat.” The first one said, “You stupid fool! What if we don’t get that same boat today!?!?” The very bad accident

ACROSS 1 Cistern 4 Cambridge sch. 7 Having a BAC of zero 12 “— Blue?” 13 Expert 14 Jack 15 Lemon 16 Brought up 18 Work with 19 Concerning 20 Londoner’s letters 22 Bobby of hockey 23 Cruise vessel 27 Opposite of bellum 29 Incite 31 Visitor from Venus? 34 Classroom array 35 Mourn 37 Solidify 38 “Zounds!” 39 Honest politician? 41 Woman 45 Leaves at the altar 47 Fib 48 Kreskin, for one 52 Eggs 53 Hunter in the sky 54 Pigs’ digs 55 Yon maiden 56 “Inferno” author 57 Fenway squad, familiarly 58 Pompous one

DOWN 1 Capital of Liechtenstein 2 Entertain 3 — over (helped temporarily) 4 First word, perhaps 5 Old-style fridge 6 Saxophone range 7 Revue segment 8 Yoko of music 9 Prohibit 10 Enos’ granny 11 Roulette bet 17 Sod 21 Race 23 Bloodhound’s clue 24 Cock and bull? 25 Squid squirt 26 Score units (Abbr.) 28 Raggedy one 30 Rhyming tribute 31 Hearty quaff 32 Trail the pack 33 “— Little Teapot” 36 Cow’s fly swatter? 37 Reaches 40 Ecstasy 42 Wahine’s welcome 43 Seedy bars 44 Quite some time 45 Tarzan’s mate 46 Charon’s river 48 Chic, in the 1960s 49 Historic time 50 Diarist Anaïs 51 Youngster

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Two men got out of their cars after they collided at an intersection. One took a flask from his pocket and said to the other, “Here, maybe you’d like a nip to calm your nerves.” “Thanks,” he said, and took a long pull from the container. “Here, you have one, too,” he added, handing back the whiskey. “Well, I’d rather not,” said the first. “At least not until after the police have been here.”



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above: Dr. Weiss at left: Dr. Muzzonigro

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