Service Stories: From Firefights to Flies, Peril Came in Many Forms in Vietnam

Hershey resident Charles “Chuck” Bechtel went through intensive training to serve as an Army Ranger. This instruction prepared him well for the brutal combat he would experience in Vietnam. He survived nasty firefights with the enemy, but his tour would be cut short by the bite of a measly insect.

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The Beauty in Nature: Native Woodland Wildflowers

Early in April in southeastern Pennsylvania, many green shoots emerge from crunchy carpets of dead, fallen leaves on woodland floors and push toward the sunlight.

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Informational Meeting Open to Retiring School Employees

The Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees will host a free Zoom presentation at 10 a.m. on April 21 for public school retirees and any public school employee who will retire by Dec. 31.

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The Beauty in Nature: Raptor Counterparts

Raptors are birds of prey, including hawks, eagles, and owls, that capture other creatures for food.

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Free Public Transportation Available to Vaccination Sites

Capital Area Transit (CAT) and rabbittransit are offering shared-ride transportation service to any community member who needs transportation to and from their scheduled COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

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Kidney Donations Needed Nationwide — and for Central Pa. Girl

109,000 men, women, and children were on the national transplant waiting list as of September 2020.

That number comes from, the U.S. government’s website on organ donation and transplantation.

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Tax-Aide Help Available, Adjusted for Pandemic

Due to coronavirus safety concerns, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has made adjustments to its free tax-preparation services for 2021.

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Take a (Virtual) Trip across Pennsylvania

Offered by Penn State Extension April 5 to May 24, “Everybody Walk Across Pennsylvania” is a free virtual walking program designed to help participants meet their health goals this spring.

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Service Stories: Animal Care Specialist Endured Close Calls in Vietnam, Part 2

The following is the continuation of Russell “Doc” Walters’s Vietnam experience. Part one appeared in the February issue of 50plus LIFE.

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