July 31, 2014 |
As David and Betty Hasiuk rode through the clouds in a small airplane delivering mail to a remote Alaskan wilderness last month, the Bucks County couple realized the adventure was one of their most unusual. The plane was the only way to reach Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, which had been among the few national parks that the retired Warrington Township couple had not yet visited. When the plane landed, they saw a handful of local residents waiting on the tiny runway for letters and packages.
July 26, 2014 |
Many of us think of food aimed at the elderly as the bland, dated stuff that might show up on an early-bird-special menu: meat loaf and mashed potatoes. So, it may be a bit of a surprise to learn what dinner was like on a recent weeknight at Normandy Farms Estates, a Blue Bell retirement community that is home to more than 500 people. Average age at entry: 80. The menu at the Fireside Grille included marinated salmon on sautéed fresh spinach, topped with sliced peaches; sweet and bitter grilled cheese (three cheeses with Spanish onion marmalade, tomatoes, and baby arugula)
July 24, 2014 |
Ralph Loucks Rogers, 92, formerly of Norwood, Delaware County, a retired research chemist, died Thursday, July 10, of heart failure at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. He had lived at Peabody Retirement Center in North Manchester, Ind., since 2009. In 1996, he moved to Indiana to be near family. Born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., he lived in Pittsburgh until he was 9, when he moved to the Loucks family homestead and dairy farm in Scottdale, Pa. It was while working in the dairy that Mr. Rogers' lifelong interest in science was kindled.
July 22, 2014 |
Almost everything about Andy Roddick's life has changed since he retired from the ATP tour nearly two years ago. But his serve still produces a green blur that passes in the blink of an eye. Unfortunately for Roddick, his still-powerful serve wasn't enough in men's singles when the Austin Aces played the Freedoms in a World TeamTennis match Monday night at Villanova's Pavilion. Roddick lost, 5-4, to Frank Dancevic before teaming with Treat Huey in men's doubles to defeat Dancevic and Marcelo Melo, 5-3. Overall, the Aces won, 21-18.
July 17, 2014 |
In a report Tuesday, Montgomery County Controller Stewart J. Greenleaf Jr. said an underfunded pension system is a blemish on the county's otherwise improving financial outlook. The county ended 2013 with an operating surplus of $6.9 million, which it used to bring the reserve fund closer to the recommended 10 percent level. But the county made only $3.4 million of its required $11 million payment to the retirement fund. Greenleaf said the county should commit to making the full required retirement payment in 2014.
July 16, 2014 |
THE WAY David M. Jacobs sees it, aliens from outer space have been kidnapping humans for aeons and sexually molesting them to create human-alien hybrids that walk among us today undetected and will soon take over Earth. He knows that sounds crazy. But he long ago quit caring what people think of him. As director of the International Center for Abduction Research, Jacobs, 71, has made it his life's mission to investigate claims of extraterrestrial abduction. "What I'm doing will either be an interesting but nonessential footnote to popular culture or the most important thing that's ever happened to humankind.
July 2, 2014 |
John J. Nolen Sr., 72, of Ocean City, N.J., a former Philadelphia highway patrolman, shot in the line of duty in 1970, who rebounded in part by using his own experience to help others, died Friday, June 27. Mr. Nolen had gone into Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for bypass surgery and died there of complications from a previous lung operation, said his son, John J. Jr. The turning point in Mr. Nolen's life was the humid night of Aug. 30,...
June 28, 2014 |
Andrew J. Sullivan, 88, of Haddonfield, a retired research chemist and division director at Campbell Soup Co. in Camden, died Thursday, June 19, at the health-care facility Alaris Health at Cherry Hill of complications from an infection. During a 39-year career from the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s, Mr. Sullivan, known as "Jack," held several responsibilities at the Campbell Institute for Research and Technology. He was director of the division of flavor chemistry, the division of scientific resources, the division of technology assessment and acquisition, and the division of food science and technology.
June 24, 2014 |
Financial planners around Philadelphia and the nation are urging clients not to miss out on tens of thousands of dollars in Social Security simply because they can't figure out the best time to claim benefits. The calculus behind claiming Social Security is so complex that local advisers like Clark & Goshow Financial Strategies Group L.L.C. of Malvern are holding seminars called "Understanding Social Security Claiming Strategies. " Advisory websites such as Financial Engines made online Social Security planners available free ( www.financialengines.com )
June 23, 2014 |
John Williams has never held back. Not in his work ethic, in his intellectual curiosity and above all, in his opinions. "I run off at the mouth, and I have a very bad habit," he says. "I tell the truth. " It has been exactly 50 years since Williams, one of the state's first African American board-certified orthopedic surgeons, saw his first patient at Einstein Medical Center. He has witnessed medical technology advance beyond his imagination, surgical techniques honed to near perfection, and postoperative recovery become quicker and less painful.