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Gathering at the Wall/Oil Painting
Our fourth trip to Taos
this year turned out to
be the best yet!
On our previous trips to explore the art scene in
New Mexico, Ray and I made day trips to Taos from
Crystal Czerkas- our hotel in Santa Fe. My Dad had exhibited his
Sarbacker pueblo paintings there, and his artworks had quickly
sold from the front windows of the town’s best galleries. But that was years
ago, and it was all new to Ray and me. Taos is an important art colony with
only 8,000 residents, yet we were charmed by the town’s many adobe art
galleries and especially the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House. Designed and
built by the famous Russian artist to be his family’s home, it is an extraordinary
building, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. With 24”
Pueblo Poquito /Oil Painting
The Mystical Pueblos
Paintings by Victor Czerkas
next day as we were driving home to Vegas, we received a call from
her boss, asking if we could provide the Taos Museum Store with
more of my Dad’s artwork. Ray and I were almost stunned at this
sudden development, because this is no ordinary store. In 2015,
TripAdvisor awarded the Taos Museum Store its Certificate of Excellence
and, compared to all the fantastic galleries and gift stores located
there, named it the number one location in Taos for shopping.
I think Ray and I both smiled the entire 500 mile drive back to Las
Vegas, and I think my Dad would be smiling, too, at this exciting turn
Paredes del Pueblo /Oil Painting
thick adobe walls and wood beams and furnishings hand carved by the artist
himself, it attracts visitors from around the world.
On our trip there in July, we made our first visit to the Taos Museum, where
we were surprised to learn that my Dad, Victor Czerkas, may have been the
only private student of Nicolai Fechin. My Dad’s Russian heritage and fluency
in Slavic languages would have lent itself to such an arrangement, and his impressionistic
painting style suggested influence by the Russian master, but this
was an unexpected development. We decided we wanted to learn more about
the Taos art community, so when we found out the Taos Museum Annual Gala
was only a few weeks away, Ray and I quickly made reservations to attend.
The August benefit hosted over 300 art collectors and gallery owners from
around the South West. Gathered on the Museum grounds, the art lovers bid
on stunning creations at both silent and live auctions, and then enjoyed dinner
and dancing at the sold out event. It was almost perfect except for one thing.
We had learned of the Gala too late to donate one of my Dad’s paintings to
the fundraiser.The programs had already been printed and there was no room
left for new donations.
So, we decided to participate by giving two small Czerkas’ giclees to the
I selected reproductions of pueblo scenes my Dad had painted over 50 years
ago. They were my personal favorites and I held my breath as the assistant
manager opened our package. “Why these are beautiful!” she said. And the
All 3 now showing at the Taos Art Museum...!
If you would like more information on my favorite giclees
or any of my Dad’s artwork, You can call the Taos Museum
Store at 575/758-2690 ext. 206, or you can call my husband,
Ray Sarbacker at 702-463-0966 for more information.
The paintings shown here are only a small
sample of the original oils and watercolors in the
Limited edition giclees on canvas are also
available, and each comes with a signed/numbered
Certificate of Authenticity.
information call: 702/463-0966
Or visit our website at: www.CzerkasCollection.com
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A Change in Position (and Heart)
“Maybe now you’ll quit laughing at me
for attacking those windmills.”
That was Rana’s sardonic response after
an amazing meeting. I admit that (once
again) my “Don(na) Quixote” was correct.
For those following our now two-year reporting,
exposing and reforming the Nevada
guardianship scandal, what The Vegas Voice
accomplished this time was remarkable. Of
all our achievements, it is one of the most
This particular issue began last year when
during our guardianship investigation, one
private for-profit guardian’s name kept popping
up. Her name was April Parks and we
started writing about her.
We called her the “poster child” as to why
the Nevada guardianship laws needed to be
changed. She was the perfect reason The Vegas
Voice claimed that “having a private
guardian appointed for a senior is like selecting
a child molester to run a day care
We concluded that first column about
Ms. Parks with a statement (which we still
stand by): “that there surely will be a special
place in hell for her when she appears
before the “ultimate court.”’
It didn’t take long before Parks responded.
“Our firm represents April Parks with
regard to a series of defamatory statements
about her made by you and your
organization in your publications and at
Private Guardian April Parks
Her lawyer not only denied our accusations
in his letter, but clearly implied that if
we continued the investigation, Parks would
not hesitate to expose the skeletons in my
He closed with the following: Your repeated
negative comments are defamatory,
hurtful and extremely harmful to
Ms. Parks’ reputation and professional
standing. Demand is hereby made that
you cease and desist from any repetition
of these accusations or any like them. Otherwise,
litigation will be Ms. Parks only
The letter was signed by her attorney,
Bruce Woodbury. Yes, that Bruce Woodbury,
the former County Commissioner.
He wasn’t just any lawyer,
but a legal and political
heavyweight. It would
be as understatement to
claim that Rana, yours
truly and everyone at The
Vegas Voice spent time
discussing his correspondence
- and the possible
You better believe my
Ladylove and I had numerous
conversations as to
whether, or under what
circumstances The Vegas
Voice should go forward.
But in the end, we knew
we were right and unconditionally refused
to back down and be intimidated.
Fast forward 15 months and the events
that have transpired. So last month, I sent:
AN OPEN LETTER TO BRUCE
Re: Your client – Private Guardian April
Dear Mr. Woodbury:
“Any objective evaluation of her history
in guardianship matters would lead to the
conclusion that April Parks is an honest,
capable and caring guardian for any person
for whom she becomes responsible.”
The above sentence was included in your
letter to The Vegas Voice over one year ago.
Do you still believe it?
Subsequent to your correspondence, April
Parks’ records and documents were seized
after a search warrant raid and your client
“quickly and quietly” left the state and filed
for bankruptcy protection in Pennsylvania.
Oh, and one more thing…the Guardianship
Judge recently issued a bench warrant
for her arrest due to failing to appear in
While we understand that you can use that
lawyer cliché - you were only “representing
your client” perhaps, late at night and alone
with your thoughts, you recognize and re-
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alize what damage April Parks did to her
wards and their families – both financially
For an individual who remains a leading
and respected citizen in Southern Nevada
(who else has a parkway named in their
honor?) we ask whether you can proudly
point to your actions in assisting Ms. Parks
as one of the highlights in your career.
Do you likewise continue to stand behind
your words that “…April has an excellent
reputation among attorneys, judges,
medical providers and caregivers and is
well liked and well respected by the overwhelming
majority of her wards.”?
Unfortunately, we believe that the individuals
mentioned are still part of the “guardianship
gulag” and are looking to continue
to profit from this corrupt “insider” system.
Notwithstanding that Ms. Parks can no
longer inflict any harm to future victims,
the guardianship system still needs to be
Despite the past, we remain and would be
more than happy to meet with you. Perhaps
you can assist The Vegas Voice in supporting
our guardianship reforms and proposals.
At the very least, we can absolutely guarantee
that such efforts are ones that you and
your family can look back with pride and
deep accomplishment. It’s never too late to
Yes, that Bruce Woodbury
Our Solution to Reforming Guardianship
I. COURT APPOINTED SENIOR ADVOCATES
(1) For every ward that appears before the Guardianship Court
(2) Senior volunteers that are fully trained & certified
(3) “Interested Person” court status
(4) Independent from Court/Guardians
(5) Independent mediation between family members and/or guardians
(1) Quarterly updates/filing with standard forms
(2) Volunteer & trained senior auditors
III. SENIOR SAFEGUARDS
(1) Nevada Secretary of State to provide “Guardianship Lockbox”
(2) Temporary Lockbox by Association for Guardianship Nominations
III. GUARDIANSHIP CERTIFICATION & COMPLIANCE
(1) Training & certification based in Nevada geared for Nevadans
(2) Criminal sanctions for any guardian who abuses their fiduciary
(1) No tax monies used
(2) Association pursues public/private grants
(3) Association to raise additional funds to cover all costs
Rana with new guardianship reform supporter, Bruce Woodbury
correct a wrong and do the right thing.
DANIEL ROBERTS – Publisher
And then a wonderful and extraordinary
set of occurrences followed.
Not only did Mr. Woodbury graciously
respond, but he accepted our invitation to
meet and discuss our Vegas Voice guardianship
He also sent this correspondence after our
Dear Mr. Roberts:
I have reviewed the proposed “Guardianship
Solution” package of legislative
reform measures for this 2017 Nevada
legislature to consider. I am certainly in
favor of these proposals which should provide
changes to the current
system in Nevada.
I truly appreciate
the effort of you and
Rana in seeking to improve the guardianship
laws and provide greater protection of
all whose lives are impacted by any proposed
The Vegas Voice greatly appreciates and
thanks Mr. Woodbury for his time, efforts
and professionalism in his (now) actions.
Most dramatically, the willingness of the former
attorney of that “poster-child” to support
and endorse our guardianship reforms
demonstrates just how far we’ve come…
and what we’ve accomplished.
There is still more that needs to be done to
finally clean up the guardianship cesspool,
but as my Rana says, if you keep on attacking
those windmills - sooner or later, there’ll
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Family Court’s Continued Protection of Their Own
Last month, the Nevada Supreme Court’s
Guardianship Reform Commission met for
the last time. After 14 months of deliberations,
including many great ideas by our own Rana
Goodman (who was a member of the commission)
they will now submit their recommendations
to the Nevada Supreme Court and State
legislature for adoption.
Although improvements were proposed, the
commission missed the expectations of many
victims and their family members.
Penalties for due process violations by judges
were not reinforced, estate charging limits were
not established, and confidentiality of evidence
was increased. The confidentiality ruling was
interesting as it only benefits the guilty.
Once a person has been targeted for a fraudulent
guardianship, transparency is their best ally.
Thanks to the previous transparency, investigative
reporters were able to inspect court records
and obtain evidence to expose Guardianship
Hearing Master Jon Norheim and his friends.
The commission refused to consider judicial
or lawyer misconduct in obvious fraudulent
guardianship proceedings. Each infraction was
Hearing master Jon Norheim
Judge Charles Hoskin
rationalized as a misunderstanding or due to
the actions of a negligent guardian.
Each time evidence was presented to the commission
or in family court with ongoing cases to
demonstrate Judge Charles Hoskin or Norheim
ruled contrary to estate documents or Nevada
law, Judge Dianne Steel would declare she was
not the appellate court and deny her obligations
per the Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure to overrule
incorrect rulings with ongoing cases anytime
new evidence is presented.
Hoskin, Norheim, and commission members
(and family court allies) Elyse Tyrell, Julie
Arnold, and Kathleen Buchanan continue
to be defended for all their suspect actions. In
fact, Norheim, and elder law attorney Lee Drizin
(who represented former Public Guardian
Buchanan and at times, professional guardian
April Parks) participated on Judge Steel’s committee
which proposed key reforms adopted by
They all had more influence on the commission
than any victim or their family members.
Not a single guardianship abuse victim was
asked to participate on the commission or one
of its committees.
Norheim and Hoskin’s court worked to further
exploit hundreds of victims and their family
members as they begged for justice. Only the
victims who experienced his court fully comprehend
what Norheim did.
Evidence shows perfectly mentally competent
people were conscripted into guardianship
without a hearing; doctors with no experience
with the alleged incapacitated person or neurological
expertise completed a one-page form to
Norheim consistently denied estate documents
and state law in an apparent intent to
insure third parties enjoyed the estate funds.
When Norheim and Hoskin were transferred to
juvenile court, the new administration found
they had only 3,650 active cases versus the 8,600
they claimed to the public and only 4% of their
case files were compliant with state law on accountings.
The judiciary continues to defend Hoskin’s
and Northeim’s negligence. While the commission
may have ceased operations, The Vegas
Voice has not. We will continue to investigate
and let you know.
On My Soap Box
Nevada Guardianship Commission Comes to the End
It has been almost eighteen months and
the statewide guardianship commission is
drawing to a close. Last month we, (all of
the commissioners) received our last assignment,
to edit and approve or submit
corrections/comments to the suggestions
going forward to the Nevada Supreme
These suggestions mark the culmination
of our efforts over the past year and
Although there have been times, I must
admit, that it seemed we were going nowhere
in reaching the end product, I have
to say that Justice Hardesty and his administrative
genius, Stephanie Heying did
an amazing job of writing up all the suggestions,
recommendations and changes
based upon the hours and hours of the
At the end of the day, the vote has been to
use volunteers wherever possible - something
The Vegas Voice has been pulling for
all along. In addition, the commission’s
vote was to limit the use of full guardianships
This is wonderful news to those that feel
the family needs to have as much involvement
as possible. I’m of the opinion that a
caregiver is far less costly than assisted living
or a group home and it allows the person
in need of care to
stay in their own home.
It has been hard trying
to reach out to the
many people who have
spoken before the commission
they have endured with
their loved ones. Some
have vented at the commission,
should have caused indictments
to come down
or issued some form of
I do understand why
they may have felt that
way - after all, there
were several judges sitting on the commission,
plus the chief justice as our chair, but
that was not our job.
Our mission was to make recommendations
to the Supreme Court and/or the
Nevada legislature to write new laws and
improve existing ones. What we have looks
very promising, and I am very proud to
have been part of this process.
I don’t think that the people who have
been most critical have taken into consideration
the fact that all of the commissioners
are taking time from their jobs, once a
month from 1 to 5 pm to volunteer on this
project, then added time to produce, per
team an average of 100 pages of reports
for the next meeting every month.
While some of the public may have
thought that Justice Hardesty and our other
judges or members were not paying attention
as they spoke, they will have soon
have the chance to read the document I
am reviewing now. It will reflect their
thoughts, the tears they cried, echoing
through the changes written in the report
for revisions to the law.
Justice Hardesty has indicated a desire
to have the commission year-round. If approved,
I’d be very proud to remain part
Ghost of Old Soldier Takes Revenge
From his grave, a 95-year-old World War II
hero exposes ex-Nevada Attorney General Catherine
Cortez Masto and her ties to embattled forhire
guardian Jared Shafer.
During the final years of his life, most of war
hero Guadalupe Olvera’s liquid assets (totaling
over $420,000) were drained by private guardian
Jared E. Shafer and his attorneys with the approval
of Clark County Family Court Judge Charles
Hoskin and Hearing Master, Jon Norheim.
Olvera’s problems began in November 2009
when his wife Carmela passed away, and he was
deemed a ward of the Nevada Family Court -
purportedly because of physical disabilities he
suffered in the war, including an almost complete
loss of hearing.
For the next four years, Olvera and his family
lodged a fierce court battle in Nevada and California
to try to terminate the guardianship and stop
the exploitation. Included in their efforts were
the filing of several written complaints with then
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.
However, all complaints regarding Jared E.
Shafer were answered with the same explanation
by Cortez Masto - her office “lacked jurisdiction.”
World War II hero Guadalupe Olvera
I also filed a complaint on Mr. Olvera’s behalf
with Cortez-Masto giving further detail about
the exploitation of Olvera. Soon thereafter, I received
a telephone call from an intern in the AG’s
The young man also told me that the AG
“lacked jurisdiction to investigate Mrs. Shafer.” I
told him my complaint was against “Mr. Shafer.”
He persisted. “This office will not pursue the matter
against Mrs. Shafer any further,” and ended
Private Guardian Jarad Shafer
Lacked jurisdiction? Mrs. Shafer?
No thanks to Cortez Masto, the exploitation finally
ended years later, on August 21, 2013 when a
California Superior Court Judge terminated Shafer’s
control of Olvera’s person and assets. However,
it should have ended years earlier had the
Nevada AG done her job - a job that she certainly
did have the jurisdiction to do!
It is more than clear that numerous Nevada elder
exploitation laws have been broken on Cortez
Masto’s watch - felony laws that she was entrusted
to enforce. According to NRS 228.120: “the Nevada
attorney general may conduct any prosecutions
in any court of this state for a violation of
any law of this state.”
Why would a public official shirk such an
important duty; especially to senior citizens who
were being criminally exploited in her state?
As a long-time Las Vegas resident, I was here in
1977 when Jared Shafer needed a job. It was also
well known at the time that the late Manny Cortez
(the father of Catherine Cortez Masto) and
Shafer were close personal friends.
I remember when then Clark County Commission
Chairman Manny Cortez, created a new
position custom designed for Shafer - the Clark
County Public Guardian.
Shafer held that position for the next 26 years
until he opened a private judiciary service called
PFSN, Inc., the venue from which he allegedly
bilked Guadalupe Olvera and many others.
For this reason, I believe that Manny’s daughter,
as Attorney General, did Shafer favors by ignoring
all requests to investigate and prosecute her
Today, Catherine Cortez Masto is a candidate
for the United States Senate seat held by outgoing
Senator Harry Reid. Based on my experience
with her when I intervened on behalf of an exploited
senior citizen, I can personally attest that
this woman is self-serving, and unfit for such a
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Transportation Forum for Henderson Seniors
Henderson Councilwoman Debra March
with political editor Rana Goodman
The City of Henderson Senior Citizens Advisory
Commission is hosting an informational transportation
forum from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday,
Oct. 13, at the Henderson Multigenerational Center,
250 S. Green Valley Pkwy. Participation is free.
The forum, which will begin with introductions
by Councilwoman Debra March, is designed to
serve as a resource for seniors interested in learning
about many of the transportation service providers
located in Henderson and throughout the Las Vegas
Valley. The event includes provider presentations
and an opportunity for participants to meet various
providers and learn more about the services available.
For additional information about the forum or
the Senior Citizens Advisory Commission, call 702-
267-4000 (select option 4) or visit cityofhenderson.
And I Approve This Message
By: Dan Roberts - Publisher
“ Another damn %$&*# political phone
It’s election season again and you can fully
expect to be inundated with political mail and
telephone calls - and, of course, it’s all for our
benefit. For those that enjoy receiving such
communications, there is no need to read the
rest of this column.
But for those like me, who absolutely hate
having a mailbox filled with those political
attack flyers, and
daily telephone calls
(starting with those
calls) consider this
article the most important
announcement of the
Let me first say that
I believe I am an informed
voter. I vote
every year (regardless
of the contested public
office) and very
strongly contend that
if you do not vote, you
have no voice, no say, about how things are
And while I am far from the smartest person
in any room, I can set forth my reasons (if I
want you to know what they are) as to who,
and why I support or disagree with any candidate
or partisan position.
That being said, let me reiterate and be
very clear about one thing - I do not want any
campaign and election stuff in my mailbox.
And I definitely, positively and unconditionally
do not want those telephone calls, especially
in the evening - and especially during Monday
(and Thursday) Night Football.
While I understand and can even articulate
the “need” for the potential office-seekers to
embark on this political BS, it still outrages
me that such calls are exempt from the current
“Do-Not-Call” laws. Either way, I still do
not want them.
If you feel the same way and want to do
something about it; want to take back some
“control”, here’s your opportunity.
Did you know that there is a simple, easy
(and legal) way to
avoid all this? All you
need to do is fill out
a very short request
with the Clark County
A copy of this form
is below as well as
on our Vegas Voice
home page website
net). You just have
to print, fill out and
the Election Department
will not take
telephone calls or emails (guess they need an
original signature in case the candidates complain)
but for the price of a stamp and 15 seconds
of your time, you too can make a statement
- regardless of your political philosophy.
Keep in mind that for couples, each one
must fill out an original request form, but you
can place both in the same envelope.
The sooner you send the completed form in,
the sooner they leave you alone. That should
scare them... and last, but certainly not least,
to make these guys really sweat, make sure
Our Guardianship Endorsements
By: Dan Roberts - Publisher
At our various guardianship seminars,
readers have approached Rana and myself
wanting to know which elected officials
have supported our guardianship reform
efforts, and who has ignored us. Obviously
no politician would come out “against”
such reform, but their lack of interest and
response clearly demonstrates their indifference
to this vital senior issue.
The list below sets forth our Vegas Voice
was based solely
on a candidate’s
support of our proposals
(page 6). We
take no position on
the other issues;
and yes, we fully
such other issues
may be of more
importance to you.
US SENATE –
The Vegas Voice
endorses Dr. Joe
Heck. As you can
also see from our
(page 10) Dr.
Catherine Cortez Masto (the former Nevada
Attorney General) could have been
THE “Guardianship Angel & Hero” but
she intentionally and deliberately ignored
US CONGRESS – The Vegas Voice repeatedly
reached out to Democrat Jacky
Rosen to interview her and get her views
on various political issues. Her only response
was from a gentleman who refused
to identify himself and arrogantly advised
that Ms. Rosen was very busy and that if
it was “worth her while” would get back
We’re still waiting – so much for this
candidate caring about seniors.
NEVADA SENATE – The Vegas Voice
is pleased to announce that both Majority
Leader Michael Robertson (who is not
up for re-election) and Minority Leader
Aaron Ford (who is - SD 10) graciously
met with us and supported our proposals.
While we have stressed that such guardian
reform is non-partisan, it’s good to
know that both leaders feel the same way.
DEMOCRATS - We are therefore endorsing
Aaron Ford, as well as Joyce
Woodhouse (SD 5) and Alexander Marks
REPUBLICANS – Along with Senator
Becky Harris (SD 9 - who is not up
for election) no politician has supported,
pledged and worked harder to clean up
the guardianship cesspool than Assemblywoman
Victoria Seaman, now running
for Nevada Senate
To say that she
“gets it” would be
and we proudly
endorse her Senate
We are also
Carrie Buck for SD
5. Ms. Buck (along
with her opponent
is well aware of
The Vegas Voice has proudly endorsed
Victoria Seaman (pictured with Rana) for
issue. She reached
out to The Vegas
Voice for more information
pledged to support our reforms.
NEVADA ASSEMBLY – We reached out
to both parties and unfortunately generally
found indifference to our guardianship
concerns. Promises of “call-backs”
and meetings were not successful.
Those who have reached out to us have
likewise promised that if elected would be
willing to support and even sponsor such
reform legislation. They include: Jim
Marchant (Republican) AD 37 and Nick
Phillips (Republican) AD 41.
CLARK COUNTY COMMISSION –
Chairman Steven Sisolak was a major
force in the formation of the Nevada
Guardianship Commission and was our
keynote speaker at our sister non-profit
Nevada Association to Stop Guardian &
Elder Abuse fundraiser this spring.
He has and remains willing to meet with
us and he totally supports our guardianship
reform efforts. Without any doubt, he
is indeed “one of the good guys” and we
support and endorse him.
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1. It’s easy to do jokes. I just watch Congress
and report the facts.
2. God was able to create the world in only
six days. That’s because he did not have to
deal with any government agencies.
3. Washington, D. C. is having
a real credibility problem.
Even when they
say nobody believes
them, nobody believes
4. Did you
– Or anything
else that tells it
like it is!
5. Harvard claims it has turned out most
of the politicians in the country. I think it is
about time we shut that place down!
6. A certain Congressman is taking on the
Marty’s Top Ten - Election Edition
American Orthopedic Society. He wants to
know why artificial limbs cost an arm and
7. Patriotism is important. I think all
Americans should learn every word of
the Star Spangled Banner from
“Oh Say Can You See” all the
way to “Play ball!”
8. If crime does not
pay, how come
so many people
want to be politicians?
9. I went
to vote and
one ballot box
Voting for this candidate can be hazardous
to your health.”
10. There will be an unfulfilled Christmas
tradition this year in Washington. They
couldn’t find three wise men.
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You Have to Laugh
Dating Site Concerns:
Female seeks male companionship,
unimportant. I’m a very
good-looking girl who
LOVES to play. I love long
walks in the woods, riding
in your pickup truck,
hunting, camping and
fishing trips and cozy
winter nights lying by the
will have me eating out
of your hand. Rub me
the right way and watch
me respond. I’ll be at the
front door when you get
home from work, wearing
only what nature gave me. Kiss me and
I’m yours. Call (555) 555-5555 and ask
I’m told that 643 men called and found
themselves talking to the Humane Society
about an 8-week old black Labrador retriever.
We men are so easy (and stupid!)
Can You Hear Me Now? (Part I) An
elderly man was having hearing problems
and went to see a specialist. The doctor
fitted him with some hearing aids that
restored his hearing back to full strength.
After a few weeks the man went back to
the doctor to make sure the new equipment
was working properly, which it was.
The hearing specialist said, “It all seems
perfect. Your family should be delighted
you can hear everything now.”
“Oh no,” the man responded. “I haven’t
told any of them. I just sit quietly, listening
carefully, but I’ve changed my will
Can You Hear Me Now? (Part II)
Three seniors are out for a stroll. One of
them remarks, “It’s windy.” Another replies,
“No way. It’s Thursday.” The last
one says, “Me too. Let’s have a soda.”
Laughing at Lawyers Joke: On an
overseas flight, a lawyer and an older
man were in adjoining seats.
The lawyer asked the senior if he’d like
to play a little game. The senior was tired,
and he told the lawyer he only wanted to
But the lawyer insisted the game was a
lot of fun.
“Here’s how it works,” he said. “I’ll ask
you a question. If you can’t come up with
the answer, you have to give me a dollar.
Then it’s your turn to ask me one. But if
I can’t answer it, I have to give you $20.”
The senior figured if he just got this
over with, maybe he could get some sleep.
So he agreed to play.
The first question from the lawyer
was “How far apart is the earth and the
The senior stayed completely silent,
reached for a dollar, and gave it to the
lawyer. Then he said, “My turn. What
walks upstairs backward and comes
The lawyer was stumped. He thought
and thought. He tried to remember all the
riddles he knew.
Finally, he gave up. He woke up the
older man and gave him a twenty. The
senior stuffed the twenty in his coat and
went immediately back to sleep.
The lawyer couldn’t stand it. He woke
up the senior and said, “I have to know.
What walks upstairs backward and comes
The senior took out his wallet, gave the
lawyer a dollar, and went back to sleep.
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and has a very “unique” sense of
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Thirty-One Years & Counting!
Is That Music?
60’s to 60
How proud Patti would be to see how
we’ve grown! When she founded the Ms
Senior Nevada Pageant in 1985, it was
to give seniors a voice and a platform to
continue serving and entertaining, while
promoting health and happiness in
T h i s
entertains at assisted living homes and
service clubs from one to five times each
These gals are all volunteers and provide
their own costumes and transportation
to perform for others; sometimes
to remote areas of the state like Eureka
and Austin. We raise money for “Meals
on Wheels” and other worthwhile senior
We represent the senior community at
our state capitol, attend the Legislative
session when it is in session, meet with
our governor annually; all while keeping
the focus on what seniors have done, are
doing and what more needs to be done.
That brings up Guardianship. The
abuses that were being perpetrated are
everyone’s concern as we age. Our “golden
years” should be a time for reflection
and enjoyment, but the extent of the
Guardianship scandal in our state has
This disgrace is slowly being corrected
with the exposure of the abuses and the
energy of some very courageous people
spending endless hours bringing this to
the public’s attention. The Vegas Voice’s
Rana Goodman has spent countless
hours on this issue and due to her efforts,
was honored by Ms Senior Nevada as our
“Woman of the Year” at our Pageant
held at the South Point Hotel in August.
Congratulations Rana, our “Ms Senior
Nevada Woman of the Year” for her dedication
and selfless service to the senior
she a delightful
a senior woman is and can be - accomplished
She is a pilot, flew acrobatic airplanes
and was also an accountant. Terri doesn’t
limit herself and her energy is boundless.
She works with Special Olympics,
founded a project for at-risk teenagers
and has just organized a Ms Senior
Nevada team for the annual Alzheimer’s
walk. “Walk the Walk” is October 8 th .
Registration begins at 7:00 am, the
ceremony at 8:30 am and the walk begins
at 9:00 am. Come and join our team:
Or organize a team yourself. Contact
Albert Chavez 702/248-2770 to help put
an end to this scourge. So much is being
done, but so much remains undone. Join
us in helping to find a solution.
Ms Senior Nevada is alive and well and
still serving seniors. In this age, where
anyone can buy a crown, have a banner
printed and run up and down the Strip
taking pictures with tourists, it is refreshing
to know our senior family is still
helping others while enjoying ourselves.
Yes, Patti Hoganson Ogren, we thank
you for bringing Ms Senior Nevada to
life 31 years ago. For more information:
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Coordinator, Rana, Joan Schaumburg, Queen 2015-2016,
Terri MacTaggart, Queen 2016-2017, Charlie Christy, CEO &
and opera. I was
never a fan of
No way to
be kind about
it. It bored me
crazy when my
father sat at the
cranked up the
dial radio and
listened to Milton
Cross and the Metropolitan Opera
every Saturday morning.
But Saturdays were to be spent with
my father and every week he took me
someplace special in the afternoon.
Usually we went to the movies, Radio
City Music Hall, a museum or out to
lunch. While my mother taught piano
every Saturday, my days with Daddy
My parents were sometimes considered
intellectual snobs, or so it seemed
as a child, and the oncoming new music
and trends were quite a contrast to
their interests. Mind you, they were far
from prudish. They were very progressive
thinkers, but my Dad’s parents
were opera performers and music appreciation
never included the likes of
rock & roll.
Entering my early double-digit years
meant American Bandstand rating the
beat and taking swing dancing to a
whole new place. Yahoo!
Saddle shoes were still in but poodle
skirts had already passed. Soap operas
were fun too and so I developed teen
tastes of the time.
There was “a whole lotta shakin’ going
on” all the way to the peppermint
twist, Bobby Rydell, Frankie & Annette
singing about the beach and the ultimate
of all ultimates, Elvis. Very little
made sense to anyone’s parents.
Ed Sullivan was only showing the
upper half of Elvis because of censors.
Even Lucy & Ricky had to sleep in separate
beds. Oh, the shame of it all!
Now we’re in a new century with new
music. I think it’s music. They tell me
Every station on the radio screams
noise to me and if a rap song comes
on, I cannot understand even one word!
The loud banging makes heavy metal
of 20 years ago sound classical. What
Since when did expressing yourself to
the world through the arts become so
violent? You never hear of an old fashioned
country singer being murdered
but we have news stories about rapper’s
The music culture of today needs to
make another swing back to calmer,
soothing tones. We are craving the
harmonies of Earth, Wind & Fire, the
amazing creativity of Kenny Loggins,
Barry Manilow, The Beatles and Frank
Sinatra’s music arranged by Nelson
It’s not about reviving the old; it’s
about writing music that flows through
your brain with some sense of continuity.
The banging and fierceness of
today’s noise is upsetting and actually
makes you nervously jumpy when you
The world is ever changing, so the
inevitability of new noises we don’t
understand is actually understandable.
But whatever that sound of the future
may be, I really pray it sends a message
of calm and slower rhythms so the
banging will stop.
My stepdaughters used to call my
music “Mom Rock.” I hope it comes
Never Enough Days!
I Know a Place
As we approach the fourth quarter of
an extremely short 2016, we need to move
ahead and catch as many shows and events
as possible before the holidays are upon us.
Let’s hit the road and see where it goes.
With so many shows closing, mostly on
the strip, we have to really focus on supporting
our local entertainment community. We
need to go out and see our local performers
in all the venues where they perform.
I know you can’t go out every night, nor
can you afford to go out every night, so I will
pick up the slack and get to as many places
as I can and let you know where to go.
Let’s start with some of the shows that you
may or may not know and have already visited.
For those who aren’t familiar with these
events, here are staples to keep you busy.
Monday nights: Tap House for inexpensive
bar food and dancing, Kelley Clinton’s
cabaret/open mic at the Bootlegger Bistro,
Laura Shaffer in the Piazza Lounge at the
Tuesday nights: Howie Gold at Ichabod’s
Lounge, Russine Zellner at Salvatore’s, a Jazz
Pia Zadora perform on Friday &
Jam at The German American Club, Reno
Bellamy’s Jam at Club 7777 to name a few.
How about Wednesday? The Italian
American Club starts their week on Wednesday
and runs through Sunday with entertainment
in the lounge every night and shows in
their showroom 3 or 4 times a month.
Other restaurants or clubs that have entertainment
every night are: Ichabod’s Lounge,
entertaining patrons seven nights a week
with additional late performances on Friday
and Saturday nights. The Bootlegger
Bistro on south Las Vegas Blvd. has
entertainers helping the dinners enjoy
their meals just a little more. The Piazza
Lounge in the Tuscany also has entertainment
7 nights a week.
Several nights a week you can catch
singers at the Barrymore in the Royal Resort
Hotel on Convention Center Drive or
just up the street at Piero’s you can see Pia
Zadora perform on Friday and Saturday
nights. Do not forget Kent Foote and the
Vegas Good Fellas’ at Siena Deli on Thursdays
or The Sharps, a swingin’ jazz group
at the Golden Tiki in China Town.
Another place with occasional entertainment
is Olive Mediterranean Grill on East Sahara,
Vintners Grill around Charleston and
Hualapai or a late night Jazz Workshop (jazz
jam) at Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant starting
at 11pm on Thursday nights. Another local
performer is Clint Holmes, 5 nights a week
at the Palazzo Hotel - he never disappoints.
We haven’t even gotten to people like Kenny
Davidsen, Chris Phillips, Frankie Scinta,
Joey Ugarte, Rita Lim, Jimmy Hopper or Naomi
Mauro who will soon be at the new Nora’s
Italian Cuisine. And that just mentions a few.
Of course, there are the shows that The Vegas
Voice presents at the Silverton, Sun City
MacDonald Ranch and in November, the Siena’s
community showroom in Summerlin.
I will be hosting those shows as well as bringing
interviews with the performers on The Vegas
Voice TV/Podcast show - On The Town.
So much to see and do, and so little time!
Evan Davis is the entertainment editor of The Vegas Voice. You can
read his entertainment blog and sign up to receive his free email weekly
Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.com. You can also email
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Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Swagger
My daughter and her husband are selling
their house in a lovely neighborhood in a suburb
of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The house they’ve lived in since they married,
the house where they brought three new
babies home. The house that kept them safe
and sheltered and proud for about 16 years;
where little friends came to play in the front
yard, accompanied by parents who visited,
shared stories and advice, and traded a lending
hand when necessary.
Where the backyard evolved through the
years from lovely, unspoiled grass and trees
to mulch, a tiny playhouse and a great slide/
swing set/climbing thing. Where the heights
of my grandchildren have been recorded on
the doorframe of the nursery…(sniff)...anyone
Louise and her husband, Chuck, spent a
little too long deciding to sell, and after making
that decision, they had at least a month of
cleaning out, decluttering and packing to do
before they could put the house on the market.
They began to panic about two weeks ago
because school was starting in the district to
which they’re hoping to move, so I, not being
one to intrude with unsolicited advice (did
you hear that? - the sound of everyone who
knows me simultaneously dropping their coffee
mugs?) urged them to drop their price a
(BTW: When did everyone start saying
“price point” all the time? What is wrong with
and it just
grates on my
What is the
get it? Anyway, just STOP it, already.)
So, my daughter and I had a long talk while
I was there for (middle grandbaby) Georgie’s
birthday (he’s 11 friggin’ years old, and I am
sick about it! I have offered them all big money
if they’ll just stay a little longer, but evidently
they can’t do that ONE simple thing for
Grandma!). And, Louise is just freaked about
them getting started in school with their new
Therefore, although initially they wanted a
buyer just like they’d been - just starting out,
planning to bring new babies home, etc., now,
they don’t care if it’s a lone crackhead longhaul
trucker who does squirrel taxidermy on
She and Chuck don’t want to enroll the kids
in their neighborhood school and then have
to yank them out maybe after they’ve met a
few friends, learned their way around, mastered
the requirements of their teachers, and
discovered where the bathrooms are. Plus,
they truly do not like this school’s curriculum,
and would like to have a fresh start in another
district - is that too much to ask?
I said, apparently so. They have to leave it
in God’s hands, and that’s often a very difficult
thing to do because God is not always on your
timeline, which I have tried to explain to Him
multiple times, but it does no good - go figure.
So, we buried St. Joseph upside down in the
yard, like good Catholics, naturally, and now
they’re just holding their breath. Because the
only alternative they see right now is that Louise
will have to homeschool all of her children
until they move…7th grade, 5th grade and
1st grade…she is catatonic at merely the suggestion…as
On the other hand, the children are euphoric
about this idea. (Mom as teacher? Popsicles,
ice cream and electronics only a few
feet away? Probably interrupted every day for
house showings? Please…This is academic
Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North Carolina. Readers may
contact her - and order her new children’s book! - by visiting her website at
Keep On Trekkin’
For those of you “Trekkies” out there, I’m
sure you are all aware that this year marks
the 50-year anniversary of Star Trek; the TV
show starring William Shatner and Leonard
I was fortunate to have been cast in the episode
“The Deadly Years.” I played Lt. Arlene
Galway and died of old age in it.
Due to that, I was invited to many celebrations
of the 50th anniversary which was a
wonderful experience indeed. Star Trek fans
are truly some of the best in the world and
I was so touched by the warm welcome I got
This photo was taken in Canada. From left
to right are:
Louise Sorel - Her episode was called
“Requiem for Methuselah.” For those soap
opera fans, you will also remember her from
“One Life to Live” and “Days of Our Lives.”
She has received numerous acting awards,
and deservedly so. She currently lives in New
York with her adorable rescue dog.
She was married briefly to the two time
Emmy award winning actor Ken Howard who
sadly passed away this past March. I was delighted
to meet her and she was just as lovely
as she could be.
Next to her is Sean Kenney. He played
the disfigured Captain Pike in the pilot episode
I first met Sean when we did little cameos
in a Star Trek spoof called “Unbelievable!!!!!”
along with BarBara Luna and
Michael Forrest. It just had its premiere in
Hollywood last month.
It was fun to see Sean and his cute wife
Taki. They were also at the Rio Star Trek celebration
here in Las Vegas. I adore them both.
Next to Sean is yours truly, and then Sally
Kellerman. She was in the episode “Where
No Man Has Gone Before.”
Of course, her most famous role
was that of “Hot Lips” in the film
“Mash” for which she received an
Oscar nomination. She has a wonderful
resume and has appeared in
numerous shows and hosted Saturday
Night Live in 1981.
She still sings at various supper
clubs at the age of 79! She is adorable
and I was thrilled to meet her.
Next to Sally is BarBara Luna.
Her episode was “Mirror, Mirror”
which has always been a fan favorite.
She and I have been friends for years and
it’s always fun to be with her.
She is quite the talented actress, having
been in numerous TV shows as well as having
appeared on Broadway in “The King and I”
and “A Chorus Line.”
In the past 3 months we were together at
4 different Star Trek related celebrations. She
was once briefly married to Doug McClure
who starred in “The Virginian” and who sadly
died at the age of 59.
Next up is Michael Forest who was in
“Who Mourns for Adonais?” in which he
played the handsome Apollo. Michael is a
wonderful actor and gentleman and I am so
happy to know him.
He has an extensive career in many TV
shows as well as doing Shakespeare! He and
his wife Diana are a joy to know. When I asked
Diana who is 87 (but looks 60) what her secret
is, she said “Keep smiling, keep moving...
and dye your hair!
Until next time, remember that on days you
don’t feel a song in your heart...sing anyway
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and is the author of Reel
Tears which can be bought online at Amazon.com or ordered through Barnes &
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awesome, new website: www.beverlywashburn.com.
If you have grandchildren visiting for the
holidays or just want to do something different
yourself, here is a great suggestion: Wonder on
down to Boulder City and check this out.
Two historic locomotives ready to take you
on a scenic adventure each weekend.
Upcoming special events are the Halloween
Spook train the last weekend before Halloween
and the Santa Trains during the 3 weekends
before Christmas. The Halloween trains will be
decorated with ghosts and goblins, but not so
scary that little kids would be frightened.
On the Santa Trains, Santa and Mrs. Claus
ride along and pass through the cars greeting
all the children and having pictures taken by
their families. A year ago, they inaugurated
“Pajama Trains” on some evenings, similar to
the Polar Express trains. Kids and even adults
are encouraged to come in pajamas and enjoy
hot chocolate and cookies on the trains.
The Santa and Pajama Trains require different
tickets than weekend trains and usually sell
out early. Tickets can be ordered starting October
1st on line: at:www.nevadasouthern.com.
There is also a model railroad group which
maintains a large Lionel layout in one of the
old stationary passenger cars in the display
The World Center of Broadcast Media
By: Jenn Zenn
The World Center of Broadcast Media
(WCOBM) is an innovative, live-streaming,
television network that links to viewer’s social
media platforms, viewable on all mobile devices.
With social media at the forefront of how
people now receive their news, updates and
daily information, WCOBM channels the sociability
of online network platforms with a
live-streaming television studio set up that
makes it possible for anyone to watch television
from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a
Programming aired on the WCOBM network
range from entertainment shows, technology
review shows, sports talk shows, arts
programming, community outreach shows,
ethnic diversity discussion shows, and many,
Featured show hosts who appear on WCOBM
network channels have been acclaimed as accomplished
broadcasters, radio announcers,
prominent figures in the arts and entertainment
scene, and generally accredited orators
who speak knowledgeably about their show
topics and choose interesting and informative
With guests in the studio, show hosts invite
lively discussions that vary from daily news,
to trending topics and, occasional live performances
by national talent.
WCOBM had its inception in Las Vegas where
founders Gene Woods and Michelle “Roxy”
Davis created the first studio from the ground
up - literally. The WCOBM 8’ x 12’ standard
studio model is a soundproofed booth that is
assembled and can be erected in any location
that a station operator chooses. Containing
high-tech recording equipment, quality microphones,
soundproof panels, a broadcaster’s
desk and computer software, once a WCOBM
booth is put together, live broadcasting is possible.
While the network was created and launched
in Las Vegas, it has grown significantly, expanding
to new channels in Hollywood, Salt
Lake City, Phoenix, Honolulu, the Philippines
and new cities adding all the time. Viewer
reach statistics continue to surge with reach
numbers at around 400,000 in September,
2015, to now well over the 5-million mark.
A major factor in increased viewership statistics
and reach numbers is the concept of
television being viewed online. The core of
WCOBM is the idea that social media promotes
awareness and viewers are able to access programming
with a swipe of their cell phone,
tablet screen, or a simple click of the mouse.
Utilizing Instagram, Facebook, Twitter,
Youtube and other platforms as a means to
advertise programming, give live updates and
encourage comments, means that WCOBM
viewers are never too far out of reach from
the on-air talent - a major shift from the traditional
television model of yesteryear. In fact,
viewers of WCOBM programs are urged to
chat in live discussions by instant messaging
through the station website as guests in the
studio discuss various topics and engage in
As a WCOBM station owner, you have the
opportunity to air programs on your channel
that outreach to your community; both online
and in real life. Many WCOBM channels focus
their programs on local talent, celebrities,
businesses and community leaders in order to
engage with viewers located in their area.
Funny Man Jeff Wayne
I would like to start off by thanking all
the loyal readers of The Vegas Voice. I never
thought I would enjoy writing a column so
My article this month is on Jeff “Big Daddy”
He’s is a talented comedian whom I’ve
known since I started my career in Hollywood
years ago. We worked many clubs together
back in the day.
Performing comedy in any and every venue
that would have us - even pizza joints and bars
that had a stage and a mic. If there was an
audience, we were there.
Since I’ve lived it, I know and understand
Jeff’s journey all too well! To say he’s “paid his
dues” would be an understatement. It takes a
very long time in show business to get recognition
for our craft.
As I’ve previously mentioned, so often it is
simply politics. Nothing seems to be fair, no
matter how talented you are.
Jeff Wayne and I, like so many veteran performers,
have seen it all. Sometimes the politics
of the entertainment industry can wear
What you know seems to happen after “who
you know” gives you an opportunity. I always
thought that ability and experience should be
king but, it is what it is. Here’s an example I
love to use.
When a pilot is flying a plane, do we care
who he knows or who he’s related to? I don’t
think so! We just want a good pilot to get us
safely to our destination.
I bring this up because those of you who
know me, know that I don’t like to see good
performers struggle to get their due. With that
being said, Jeff Wayne is an exceptionally talented
He has a wonderful likability that sets him
apart from all the other comedy performers.
Jeff has been a favorite on the comedy club
and cruise ship circuits for decades - and for
good reason. He is polished and he delivers!
He began his Las Vegas career working all
the great showrooms. He’s appeared on most
of the stand-up comedy TV shows as well as
appearances on all the major television networks.
Over the years, Jeff has made a name for
himself as a television comedy favorite. He’s
funny! He can also act and sing.
His one man show: “Big Daddy’s BBQ” has
received nationwide critical acclaim. Directed
by Ted Lange (from the TV “Love Boat”) Big
Daddy’s BBQ has Jeff’s character cooking and
serving drinks as he spouts off opinions on just
about everything! Hilarious!
This show has a variety of entertainment.
It’s also family friendly, so bring the relatives.
This show could easily find a home in one of
the great Las Vegas venues.
I guarantee that you will be thoroughly
entertained, laughing yourself silly. Jeff is excited
about bringing his one man show to the
Smith Center. He will be performing there October
9th at 2 pm.
I encourage you to go see this show! It’s
a must see! To learn more about Jeff Wayne,
Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host of The Vegas Voice
Television/Podcast Show. For more information visit: www.richnatole.com. You can
also contact Rich at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yvonne CloutierMusical Moments
Kats’ Crystal Ball
People & Places
They are about
war, work, civil
rights, the sea,
The many American revival folk singers and
groups, very popular in the 1960s, were part of
the backlash against the anti-establishment
Rock & Roll songs of this “flower people” era.
Amongst the most popular of these groups
was the Limeliters, formed in 1959. Their
name was from the Limelite Club, managed
by Yarbrough, in Aspen, Colorado. Gottlieb,
a music arranger amongst his many talents,
heard Hassilev and Yarbrough sing a duet on
stage there, and decided to join them, forming
Cary Ginell, wrote “Along with the Kingston
Trio, the Limeliters were one of the most successful
folk groups of the early 60s. While at
the Limelite Nightclub, the team, (three voices
and four instruments,) worked on blending
their sound resulting in their sounding like
This move led to their recording debut for
Elektra Records and then a series of bestselling
records for RCA. They had a national
hit with the Coca Cola theme song, Things Go
Better with Coke.
The original group consisted of Lou Gottlieb,
bass, vocal and comic spokesman, Glenn
Yarbrough, lead vocal/guitar, and Alex Hassilev
on guitar, banjo, and bass vocals with the
ability to do a variety of singing.
Gottlieb was a graduate of UCLA with a PhD
in musicology. He performed as a jazz pianist,
was a newspaper music critic, and sang with
the Gateway Singers before being most instrumental
in forming the Limeliters.
Upon retiring from the Limeliters, he
founded one of the most well-known hippie
communes of the 60s, The Morning Star
Ranch. He died in 1966 at age 72.
Hassilev now 84, was born in Paris, France,
educated at Harvard. He speaks fluent French,
Russian and Spanish, is an accomplished actor,
and appeared in the movie, The Russians
Today, he is a producer of the Limeliter’s recordings
and other artists. He explained that
the establishment never liked folk music because
of its anti-war spirit.
Yarbrough, the one with the most unusually
beautiful voice, was born in Milwaukee,
grew up in New York City and attended St.
John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland. During
the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army
as a codebreaker before joining the entertainment
He had a series of jobs. He was the first to
leave the Limeliters and go solo. His most
memorable solo is Baby the Rain Must Fall.
He was also an accomplished sailor, owning
and living on three different sailboats, one
which he helped build. He died in 2016 at age
86 from dementia.
It is said that each group member was extraordinarily
talented, but together they were
emotionally incompatible. Hassilev often referred
to themselves as “the Bicker Brothers.”
They made over 25 albums Some of their
many successful songs are: A Dollar Down,
There’s a Meetin’ Tonight, City of New Orleans,
Have Some Madeira M’Dear, Lonesome
Traveler, Wabash Cannonball, and
Whiskey in the Jar.
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music background, specializes
in ragtime piano. She is an author and has written an easy-to-read book on Scott
Joplin. She reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her
“I’m optimistic about what Las
Vegas is doing,” says John Katsilometes
reflecting on the devastating
2016 summer that saw a wave
of show closings, including Jersey
Boys and Million Dollar Quartet,
two productions that appealed to
Baby Boomer-era audiences.
Katsilometes…Kats to his readers…laid
claim to the Las Vegas
Review-Journal’s prestigious Page
3A entertainment column when
Norm Clarke retired. Always a class
act, Kats’ first column paid tribute
to Clarke’s 17 years with the R-J.
Sitting down with The Vegas
Voice just hours before Jersey Boys
lowered the curtain for the last time,
Katsilometes speculated that the
tribute to Frankie Valli’s Four Season “exhausted
their audience.” He calls the show
“the gold standard of all the musicals that
have been here.”
He blames, in part, competition for the
consumer’s dollar for the spate of closings;
pointing out that in each venue, restaurants,
retail, gaming and other recreational
activities vie for the travelers’ budget. Fourwalling
has become a common practice,
where performers or production companies
rent showrooms from casinos, absorb the
production and marketing costs and then
share revenue with the facility. Creative
show people may lack the business skills to
The future he feels, is not in Broadway
show residencies, although he has high
hopes for Carol King’s Beautiful scheduled
for the Venetian. “It’s the end of the big production
show with a large cast,” he says.
Referring to both shows and showrooms,
Katsilometes suggests, “Make it smaller and
make it unique.” The columnist credits the
Tropicana’s two new shows, the titillating
Cherry Boom Boom” and Band of Magicians
As for the Entertainment Directors responsible
for booking…and unbooking
talent and shows at Strip and local casinos,
Kats says, “Their hearts are in the right
Chris Phillips with “Kats”
place.” Using the South Point as a locals’
example, he said, “What they’re doing is
reaching the locals.”
Kats’ readers recognize that his bureau,
or office, exists on his cell phone, iPad and
laptop; he parks at coffee shops, pool decks
and showrooms around town. Katsilometes
covered UNLV basketball for the R-J in 1998
when he first arrived in Las Vegas.
That tenure was relatively short-lived.
“They fired me for all the right reasons.”
He transitioned to Greenspun Media’s Las
“They had a culture that allowed me in
and gave me a chance to succeed,” for the
next 18 years. The return to the R-J allows
him to reach a wider audience. What could
be more exciting that being the Number
One entertainment columnist in Las Vegas?
Just as Katsilometes has transitioned, so
too is the newspaper business. Traditional
print editions are fading, giving way to electronic
and social media. Speaking at a local
high school, he learned that today’s teens
progress so rapidly that Twitter and Instagram
are now primary information sources
and “Facebook is for my parents.”
The 50-year old Kats refers to himself as
a “young veteran,” having adapted to the
new electronic platforms tapping away at
tiny keyboards. “My generation straddles
the generations as we go digital,” he says.
Sam Wagmeister, a local Realtor specializing in Las Vegas senior communities, covers
the hidden gems of Las Vegas Entertainment for The Vegas Voice. He would love to
hear what you think. Contact Sam at: GreatLasVegasMusic@Gmail.com or (702) 245-6556
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Jupiter in Libra: Spotlight on Relationships
September was a month of great planetary
activity! There was a Solar Eclipse on the 1 st , a
Lunar Eclipse on the 16 th , Mercury went Retrograde
and Jupiter moved into Libra for the first
time in 12 years.
Whenever Mercury goes retrograde, I read a
good book and go to the movies. Fortunately,
there were two good movies to see: Café Society
and Florence Foster Jenkins. Loved both
Enjoyed the book as well, The Little Paris
Bookstore. What perfect entertainment for Jupiter
in Libra and Mercury Retrograde!
With only one more Mercury Retrograde
this year (Dec 19 – Jan 8, 2017), we better
plan ahead because that’s the holiday season.
Hopefully, there will be good movies to see. I
already selected my book: Big Magic by the
Eat, Pray, Love author.
Autumn began on September 22nd, the exact
day Mercury turned Direct. Each year, Autumn
begins when the Sun reaches 0° Libra.
With both Sun and Jupiter in Libra, October is
looking promising. (Sun/Jupiter is a very auspicious
Jupiter will occupy Libra for an entire year.
The last time Jupiter visited Libra was Sept
2004 -Sept 2005. Think back to that year.
This new Jupiter/Libra cycle is an opportunity
to progress with relationships and partnerships,
including business partners. It’s also
a great year to meet that “special” someone.
The symbol for Libra is the scales of justice.
Balanced, fair, just relationships are this year’s
theme. The emphasis is also on romance and
beauty. The Arts will flourish; social events and
weddings will also see an all-time
Jupiter in Libra is excellent
for weddings. I’m sure Wedding
Planners will see a rise in their
business. Equally significant, Astrologers
will have a greater demand
for Wedding Charts. (It’s
very important to select the right
marriage date for a powerful, successful
marriage.) Timing is everything!
For those born under the Libra
sign, this is your year! Libras like to socialize.
Invitations will be forthcoming. It’s definitely
not the” Greta Garbo” year of being alone;
rather, the ideal time to connect with others.
October 11 th is a good day for communications,
entertainment and fun because Mercury
will exactly conjunct Jupiter. It’s also a fabulous
day to give a speech, plan a trip or vacation,
and rev up the sales.
Even though there’s so much good energy
now, the scales always balance. The Uranus
Square Pluto, a turbulent aspect that began in
2012, is still ongoing until 2017.
This explains the global upheaval we’ve
been witnessing. The worldwide stage with the
many shocking events is still unfolding.
Next month we have the Presidential Election.
I sure hope that Jupiter’s energy in Libra
will balance the tempo so we all come together
for a better world; no matter which candidate
Today’s polarization is contrary to the harmonious
energy that is available; however, we
have to want and accept it instead of fighting
against it. Where we put our energy, creates the
world in which we live.
Tiffany Fairfax is a Professional Astrologer with 30 years experience. She is
certified in both Traditional and Magi Astrology. You can contact Tiffany
Star Seed Souls
Since the 1970s we’ve been hearing about
“indigo” children, (named for their aura
This evolved into rainbow, crystal, diamond
and recently star seed children. Though, most
of them are now adults, depending on who
you ask, there are all sorts of interpretations
and theories regarding their validity, who they
are, and what they represent.
All of these souls seem to share a lot of common
traits. Most are social misfits, but, they’re
considered “special” in the sense that they are
highly evolved and gifted spiritually.
Many of them have been diagnosed with
ADHD, ADD and Autism. They usually function
poorly in traditional schools, are strong
willed, highly intelligent (more spiritually
mature than their teachers), resist authority,
and are non-respondent to guilt, fear or manipulation-based
disciplines. They feel that
they don’t belong, therefore, they’re lonely,
and are considered strange by family members.
N a t i v e
souls are the
earth and humanity.
have been around longer than others, they
have the benefit of having connections with
other life forms and have mastered the balance
of the ancient spiritual wisdom and
Voluntarily they reincarnate over and over,
even though they know earth is not their true
home and have challenging and difficult
lives. Yet, always being of service, they show
up as our profound teachers.
Skeptics contradict this by claiming that
scientific studies have not found significance
to the New Age pseudoscientific concept that
believe these souls “possess special, unusual,
and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities.”
Instead, they insist that this is more
about commercialization and the need of
narcissistic parenting wanting to believe their
children are “special.”
According to the Jewish religion (possibly
the oldest religion on earth), it is forbidden to
stare or torment disabled people. They believe
these souls volunteered to come to this world
with these challanges for our benefit and that
their souls have unobstructed channels to
Other spiritually based interpretations explain
that these souls have a deep interest and
understanding of spirituality and have the
ability to spiritually evolve very rapidly. Yet,
skeptics warn that recategorizing these symptoms
into positive attributes may be dangerous.
It can lead parents to avoiding proven treatments,
exhaust their monetary funds on unnecessary
and useless interventions, and that
“parents may also transmit belief systems to
the child that are self-aggrandizing, confusing
or potentially frightening.” They believe
that this is less about “the child’s psychic
abilities and more about the parents’ desire
for distinction from the less-evolved masses.”
Whether you believe in this or not, the Star
Seed Souls are on their last human reincarnation,
since they are in the process of completing
their earthly mission. These souls repeatedly
show up as light workers, Shamans,
prophets, healers, etc.
There main goal is to lead us through these
difficult and challenging times by helping us
understand that we do not need to surrender
to the fear and violence, but rather, to work
in unison for the purpose of creating a peaceful,
harmonious and a more loving existence.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes, workshops, and
readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
Stu Cooper - Travel Editor
A Little Bit of Everything
As you may have noticed, over the past year,
and on into 2018 we have been using Princess
Cruise Lines as our exclusive cruise
line for our Vegas Voyagers “Bus to the
Boat” program. We have done this
because without doubt, Princess offers
the most options for cruise destinations
from Los Angeles.
Over the next year and a half there
are “Buses to the Boat” for cruises that
are going to Mexico (seven and ten
night options), the Pacific coast (San
Francisco, Santa Barbara), Hawaii, the
Panama Canal and Alaska. All of these
itineraries start and end in Los Angeles
so you can essentially cruise from Las
Vegas without ever having to get on an
As the old Greyhound Bus Line slogan
used to say: “Leave the driving to
us.” And with groups over 30 we usually
send our Vegas Voyagers official group
escorts - George and Donna to accompany our
group for the duration of the cruise. They are
there to make sure everything runs smoothly,
and it always does.
And as you can see, we post a schedule of
cruises in chronological order with the dates,
lead in price of all of our cruises. Just
pick out the one you’re interested in, give us a
call and we’ll give you complete details as well
as mail or email you an applicable flyer with
information on the cruise.
And if you book one of our fall 2017 cruises
before November 15th Princess Cruise Lines
has a fabulous offer to book early. It’s called
THREE FOR FREE.
will get: a reduced deposit of $100 per person;
$75 - $150 per person in on board credits
(depending on length of cruise); free gratuities
and upgrades to best available cabin in
cabin class booked.
Depending on length of cruise this is between
a $200 to $800 per person value. Call us at 800-
698-1101 for full details.
Our last set of Vegas Voyager meetings were a
big success. Last month we held two meetings;
one at the Revere Golf Course in Anthem, and
the second one at the Sun Coast Hotel in Summerlin.
We had close to 50 people at each meeting
and it is our hope that we will be able to
continue to have meetings in each community.
We want to make it easier for all
who are interested in traveling with the
Vegas Voyagers to attend meetings.
Finally, our interfaith trip to Israel is
starting to fill up. We need 10 couples to
run the trip and if you’re interested, give
us a call and we’ll send out complete
details. Be sure not to get closed out if
you are considering this trip.
Keep an eye out for our next meeting. We
should have the date set by the November issue.
We are tentatively looking at a mid to end of
January meeting. As always, happy destinations.
The Travel Company
Is It Time For Something New?
For the last five years I’ve often written
about Collette Vacations and their worldwide
itineraries. In fact, I suspect some
of my readers may even think I work for
Colette, but nothing could be further from
the truth. I’m a full service travel agent
who books all sorts of travel and lots of
Recently, though, I encountered two
clients who were looking for something
new and exciting. They were searching
for a guided tour of the Iberian peninsula
and they wanted it to include a day or two
in Tangiers, Morocco. It seemed perfectly
logical to include this exotic location.
After all, it’s only a short ferry ride from
Algeciras across the
straight of Gibraltar to
Africa. But I couldn’t
find an itinerary that
featured this exotic
destination. Of course, a
day in Tangiers could be
added to any Vacation,
but it wasn’t easy. Then after some serious
research, my client and I came to
the same conclusion. Globus offered the
perfect itinerary. Their 13 day tour hit
all the Iberian hot spots and included
an overnight in Tangiers. Perfect! It was
exactly what my clients were seeking.
And I was really impressed with Globus
and their staff, too. They were professional,
helpful, and they quickly won my
The Globus Family of Brands has
played a major role in guided travel for
89 years,and they have expanded into
four distinct divisions, so they really have
something for everyone. Cosmos was my
first introduction to their company. If you
remember the sixties, think “If It’s Tuesday
It Must Be Belgium” but in a good
way. These tours were and still are action
packed with full itineraries, tight
schedules and great value.
If you are looking for a bit of elegance
and extra experiences at a comfortable
pace, the company identified as “Globus”
has worldwide, guided travel with itineraries
that offer that special something...
like the addition of Tangiers to an Iberian
tour to Spain and Portugal.
And then, there’s Monograms, independent
travel with a twist that takes the
guess work out of your vacation.
This service is so extraordinary, it gets
it’s own column next time. Stay tuned!
Here’s Globus’ 13 Day Vacation to Spain,
Portugal & Tangiers, Morocco from $3721.
pp/dbl. occ. with air from Las Vegas!
DAY 1, TUES. MAY 16, 2017
Arrive in Madrid, Spain Time to rest
or to start exploring the Spanish capital.
At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and
traveling companions for a welcome
dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)
DAY 2, WED. MAY 17, 2017
The capital of Spain since 1561,
Madrid today is a strikingly modern city,
the showcase of a country resolutely
turned towards the future. Your Local
Guide takes you to the Puerta del Sol,
Plaza de España with its monument to
Cervantes, the Parliament, Cibeles Fountain,
elegant Calle Alcala, and Paseo de
Castellana. Then, the highlight: a visit
to the palatial PRADO MUSEUM with its
priceless art treasures. (Breakfast)
DAY 3, THUR. MAY 18, 2017
Madrid, Segovia, Avila,
A day in beautiful Castile. Cross the
rugged Sierra de Guadarrama mountain
range on the way to Segovia, famous for
the 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct.
Enjoy a walk through the walled town
of Avila, where St. Theresa founded the
Order of Carmelites. Arrive in Salamanca,
and follow your Tour Director
for a pleasant walk to beautiful
PLAZA MAYOR. A highlight is your
overnight stay at Hacienda Zorita,
which once hosted Christopher
Columbus, where a WINE TASTING
and dinner await you. (Breakfast,
DAY 4, FRI. MAY 19, 2017
Salamanca, Fatima, Portuga,
The majestic scenery of the Serra
da Estrela mountain range forms the
backdrop of your morning drive into
Before heading for Lisbon, melt into
the stream of pilgrims from all over the
world as you visit the SANCTUARY OF
OUR LADY OF THE ROSARY in Fatima.
This evening, an optional dinner with
Fado-style entertainment is the perfect
introduction to Portugal’s capital.
DAY 5, SAT. MAY 20, 2017
Lisbon was the center of Europe’s
longest-lived overseas empire. Morning
sightseeing with a Local Guide features
a drive through the Baixa quarter’s
main squares and a walk through the
cobblestone alleys of quaint ALFAMA, the
popular quarter of the seamen and Fado
singers. Drive along the grand Avenida
da Liberdade up to Pombal Square. Stop
for pictures of Belem Tower, guarding
the mouth of the Tagus, and the
Monument to the Discoverers. Next, visit
JERONIMOS MONASTERY with the tomb
of Vasco da Gama. An exciting optional
excursion is available to the royal palace
of Queluz. (Breakfast)
DAY 6, SUN. MAY 21, 2017
Lisbon, Azaruja, Seville, Spain
On the way back to Spain, stop in Azaruja
to visit a CORK FACTORY and learn
about the many ways this material can
be used. Then, continue to the vibrant
capital of Andalusia, Seville. (Breakfast,
DAY 7, MON. MAY 22, 2017
During your sightseeing tour with a
Local Guide, hear about the city’s role in
Roman times, its conquest by the Moors
in 712 AD, and its contribution to the
discovery of the New World. Admire
Maria Luisa Park, the Golden Tower on
the Guadalquivir River, and the university
that used to be the tobacco factory of
Carmen fame. Also visit the magnificent
CASA DE PILATOS, a mixture of Moorish
and Roman architecture with a splendid
collection of Roman sculptures. Then,
stroll through the narrow lanes of the
charming SANTA CRUZ QUARTER. For
those interested, an optional extended
guided visit to the cathedral is available,
and tonight, for a truly Andalusian
night out, reserve a seat at our optional
Flamenco show. (Breakfast)
Designed Especially for Active Seniors!
DAY 8, TUE. MAY 23, 2017
Through the sunny sherry wine region
of Jerez to Algeciras. Board your FERRY
and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to
Africa. Continue to Tangier, jumping-off
point for the Moorish conquest of Spain
and home town of legendary medieval
traveler Ibn Batuta. Sightseeing with a
Local Guide includes a spectacular
panoramic drive to CAP SPARTEL.
Marvel at the views and quench your
thirst Bedouin-style with a glass of hot
mint tea, accompanied by local biscuits.
This evening, enjoy a lively Moroccan
show after dinner at your hotel. (Breakfast,
Days 9 through 13...
Call 702-419-0550 for the complete
itinerary of this spectacular Globus
Vacation. There is so much more, you
won’t want to miss it!
Not to be outdone, Globus Family of
Brands has gotten into European river
cruising in a big way with the introduction
of Avalon. You’ve probably seen
their TV commercials. They’re the ones
that have beds facing the entire wall
of windows for really relaxed cruising.
You can lie there and watch some of
the world’s most beautiful scenery go
by. I’m a real fan of river cruising and
I‘m looking forward to trying this out
I’ve enjoyed getting to know Globus,
so if you think it’s time for a change,
and would like more info on these
exciting vacations, call me at 702-419-
0550. And by the way, they offer cancel
for any reason travel protection, too!
All the Excitement
of the Old West…
Air available but not included.
This amazing itinerary has only
one flight and it’s a quickie to
Scottsdale via Phoenix. Then you’ll
enjoy 8 days of visiting 4 national
parks in Utah, and Arizona, as
well as Lake Powell and Monument
Valley where you’ll actually
have a Navajo guide take you to
see the famous sights in a four
wheel drive vehicle. Monument
Valley has been filmed in countless
Western movies so this is
bound to be a highlight of the
trip! Your accommodations are
tops throughout. And the surprise
is that your vacation ends with a
farewell dinner and an overnight
stay at Treasure Island right here
in Las Vegas. Dates are available
in September, but there are other
Escape the Summer Heat in 2017
Air available but not included.
National Park &
Experience the beauty of the
Canadian Rockies with a 9 day stay
at top hotels with guided visits to
the Rockies and their most famous
stops including Banff & Jasper
Or if you’re a cowboy or cowgirl
at heart, book the 11 day tour from
$2852 per person, dbl, plus air,
departing July 3, and you’ll spend
2 days at the Calgary Stampede.
Your admission is included. So you
get all the beauty of the Rockies
and the excitement of the Calgary
Stampede, too! Don’t let this one
Date Change and Last
Call for Collette’s
Mar. 11, 2017
Air incl. from Las Vegas!
If you were disappointed you couldn’t
sign up for this trip due to a date
conflict. There’s good news. The new
departure date for this favorite Collette
Vacation is March 11, 2017. It’s almost
Spring, so the weather should be great,
and this is always a favorite tour. Plus
this is a guaranteed departure date, so
you won’t miss out on anything. And if
you long for a taste of luxury, this 7 day
vacation is what you’ve been looking for.
You’ll experience the graciousness of
the South combined with a stay at Jekyll
Island, once the retreat of the Rockefellers,
Vanderbilts and J.P. Morgan, and
much much more. For information on
this wonderful Spring treat, call me at
Make your air reservations through
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Exploring Lone Pine’s Movie World
Around Our World
DID YOU KNOW YOU CAN
USE A REVERSE MORTGAGE
TO PURCHASE A NEW HOME?
Since 1989, the California town of Lone Pine
has been the site of the Lone Pine Film Festival,
an annual event organized to celebrate the
town’s rich film heritage. Many of the outdoor
scenes shot for early western flicks were filmed in
and near Lone Pine, a small remote Owens Valley
town with awesome views of the Sierra Nevada
Every October, when autumn radiates with
colorful foliage, Lone Pine readies for its biggest
tourist draw. The drive to Lone Pine from Las
Vegas took us through winding roads, extraordinary
views, the occasional wildlife sighting and
very little traffic. We traveled through Death Valley,
around a series of wide, swooping turns that
followed sculpted cliff lines.
From possible choices of urban, rural and
frontier, the United States Census Bureau identifies
the Lone Pine area as “frontier.” William
Boyd, better known as Hopalong Cassidy, made
more than 30 western movies here, John Wayne
thirteen, Roy Roger’s six and Clayton Moore and
Jay Silverheels of “Lone Ranger” fame did nearly
all their filming here.
These now vintage movies depict hero cowboys
who lived in a time when many crimes were punished
by the righteous gunfighter, rather than the
law - though in truth America’s frontier was not
developed by cowboys, but rather upon the wit,
will and works of courageous farmers and miners
with characteristic freedom of spirit and mind.
Lone Pine’s post office opened in 1870 and
in March 1872 the town experienced a forceful
earthquake. The quake took twenty-six lives and
destroyed nearly all of Lone Pine, which at the
time, comprised of eighty buildings made from
mud and adobe. Only twenty buildings were left
As a result of the earthquake, Diaz Lake was
formed. At the time of the quake, Lone Pine was
The annual Sun City MacDonald Ranch
Craft Fair and Pancake Breakfast will be held
Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the MacDonald
Ranch Community Center, 2020 West Horizon
Ridge Parkway, Henderson.
The Craft Fair is sponsored jointly by the
SCMR Sewing Crafters Club, Creative Crew, Ceramics
Club and the Desert Willow
Golf League. There will be many
tables of handcrafted items.
Breakfast will be served from
6:30 to 11:30 a.m. and will consist
of pancakes, sausage, scrambled
eggs, orange juice and coffee. A
a vital supply town for a
number of neighboring
The Cerro Gordo, positioned
in the Inyo Mountains
was one of the most
productive silver mines in
California. The railroad
also played a major role in
Lone Pine and the Owens
Valley early development.
Lone Pine changed significantly
when a movie production company
arrived to make the silent film The Roundup.
Soon, other film companies set their sights on the
scenic location. Before long hundreds of films,
television episodes, and countless commercials
were using Lone Pine as their location.
Notable early films shot include Riders of the
Purple Sage (1925) with Tom Mix, The Cowboy
and the Lady (1938) with Gary Cooper,
and Gunga Din (1939) with Cary Grant. Lone
Pine continued to be utilized when making The
Gunfighter (1950) with Gregory Peck, Nevada
Smith (1966) with Steve McQueen, Joe Kidd
(1972) with Clint Eastwood, Maverick (1994)
with Mel Gibson, and The Lone Ranger (2013)
with Johnny Depp.
Non-Western films have also used the areas
distinctive landscape. They include, Star Trek V:
The Final Frontier (1989) with William Shatner,
Tremors (1990) with Kevin Bacon, and Gladiator
(2000) with Russell Crowe.
When visitors gather at their annual film festival,
Lone Pine residents welcome them to become
part of their storied history. U.S. Route 395 makes
up Lone Pine’s main street and the closest accessible
large city is Bakersfield, 160 miles away. The
annual parade is held the Sunday of Columbus
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an Adventure Diva. Her
“Must See” travel journeys continue - always with enthusiasm.
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By Jim Petty
My name is Jim Petty,
and my family have
been Henderson residents for more than 30
years, the last 16 of those years in Anthem.
Like many of you reading this, I grew up in
the 50s, coming of age in the 60s.
As you can see, I am calling this monthly
column “Real Estate Ramblings & More.” As
time goes on, I hope the emphasis will be on
Though real estate has been one of my
passions for 40 years, having been involved
in most areas of the business, from buying,
selling, marketing, land subdividing, and
building both commercial and residential
properties, I fancy myself an entrepreneur, a
jack-of-all-trades if you will.
My first business, at the age of 10, was
sweeping storefront sidewalks for the merchants
in a small east San Diego County
Real Estate Ramblings N’ More
town, where my folks owned the local
furniture store. At a quarter a day per
merchant, I was “rich” every Friday;
on collection day!
I bought my first car at 16, using
proceeds from my job selling magazines
door to door. The day after my
high school graduation I joined the
USAF, where I served as loadmaster on
C-141s, flying supplies “in-country” to
Vietnam, then returning stateside with
the remains of our fallen soldiers.
After the Air Force, I attended junior
college for a couple of semesters,
but soon became bored. All my friends
were trying to avoid the draft, being
‘deferred’ as long as they attended
school full time. My pals and I formed
a folk group, later morphing into a full
on (and a helluva lot more fun) ROCK
n ROLL band.
Got married at 24, moved ‘back to
the land’, buying a little farm in No.
California, where among other jobs, I
became a licensed real estate agent.
Landed in the Las Vegas valley in
1986, where I ended up owning and
operating a small airline for the next
20 years. Air Vegas Airline was a Grand
Canyon tour operator for the international
tourists coming into Vegas.
When I was younger, I intended to
write a book about all my adventures
and experiences growing up. Surely
it would make an interesting read for
anyone. But about the time I turned 50,
I realized my life was probably similar
to all of our lives. Those of us who were
fortunate to grow up in ‘the age of innocence’,
after WWII, had the opportunity
to become whatever and whomever we
And so, this column is dedicated to
all of us who have a story to share. A
story about growing up in the greatest
country the world has ever known.
Where opportunity is available for anyone
who cares to look for it.
At last, here is where the ‘More’ in the
title of this column comes in.
If you have a real estate question for
me, (this is supposed to be a real estate
advice column after all) or a life-story to
share, or almost anything else you think
others would enjoy hearing about, email it
Remember, our world today has enough
negativism and downer stories. This column
will be about the positive things in life,
those things that continually give us hope
and a reason to get up every day!
Please join me in celebrating the blessings
in all of our lives, by sharing our stories
with each other.
Thanks for reading!
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Has Your Estate Plan Kicked the Bucket?
Thank you for the feedback on last
month’s column! Yes, it’s true. Your estate
plan can do more than divvy up your belongings;
it can also make sure that everything
you have worked hard for stays in
your family - no matter what happens to
And you do not have to be a wealthy person
to benefit! We have created a free fourpart
series you can access on our website
at originslegalgroup.com that answers the
most common questions we received.
It does no good to have a terrific estate
plan if, at the end of the day, nothing is left
for the surviving spouse. The Wall Street
Journal reports that 86% of widows live in
poverty after their life savings are spent for
care of the first spouse.
Many people are surprised to learn that
their current will or trust do nothing to prevent
this. When you add the many ways the
world has changed in the last several years,
like Obamacare, Medicare Part D, increasing
long term care insurance costs… it
turns out that your estate plan has probably
done more than just get dusty in the last few
years. It may have kicked the bucket!
Here are the signs that you are due for
an upgrade (or that now is a great time to
explore your first estate plan). Since your
plan was created:
1. Your minor children are now adults;
2. You have married, divorced or re-married,
or become widowed;
3. You or your spouse have received a new
4. You or your spouse have become a senior
5. You or your spouse have started collecting
a pension, Social Security, or IRA
6. Your previous Plan does not plan for
your beneficiaries’ potential health issues,
debt problems, or divorces;
7. You have moved to a different state;
8. Your previous Plan does not take into
account health law changes;
9. You have changed your mind about
who gets what and when;
10. You have new health concerns or have
changed preferences on your healthcare directives.
If you don’t know whether your plan
addresses these concerns, it is most likely
outdated. If your estate plan has not been
updated in the last ten years, it is almost
certainly outdated. If you don’t have one, it
is definitely not going to work for you!
Middle income families stand to gain
the most from a fresh look at their estate
plan and financial situation. We specialize
in helping seniors who want the most up to
date strategies that work for them during
their lifetime and preserve their legacies.
Next month, we will talk about making
your estate plan work for you. In the meantime,
if you have any questions, please do
not hesitate to contact us.
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One Size Fits All?
Just as we know that one clothing size
does not fit all, each dental treatment must
be unique to that person. Dentistry is an artscience
and as such, no crowns, fillings, dentures,
implants, etc. are exactly alike. Every
procedure that a dentist does is “site specific.”
Several people may need an implant, yet
each person will require a different sequence
of events to accomplish the implant placement.
This is even true for multiple implants
in the same person. No two procedures are
There is no “one size fits all” in dentistry. At
times, I think there are people who think that
a dentist just has a box of teeth in the back
room from which he/she pulls out one that
Strange though it seems to me, I have had
patients who have problems or concerns and
ask me what I can do to solve the problem.
I then spend time in my laboratory studying
the models and x-rays, performing a diagnostic
wax up and the clinical charting to develop
various options for treatment.
I then consider the limitations that were
imposed by the patient to determine what
treatment plan would best suit that patient’s
requirements. This will usually average 2-3
I then meet with this patient to
review the options for treatment
and the advantages and disadvantages
of each so that patients
can make a decision. I am dumbfounded
when I finish and the patient
just wants a copy of the treatment
Supplying a copy of a treatment
plan does not happen in my office.
If I am spending the time to analyze
their case and developing the
treatment options, I am certainly
not going to hand this information
to the patient - however honorable
Indeed, I am happy to forward
the x-rays to another dentist. I
have even had people say that they
want to take it to their former dentist
who they have been seeing for
How crazy it this? If the previous practitioner
did not see or understand the needed treatment
while that person’s mouth was “falling
apart” in front of them, why would someone
wish to take a treatment plan to that dentist?
A legitimate second opinion is one where
the person will seek an equally qualified practitioner
who would study all aspects and then
let that dentist develop options for treatment.
If one commissions an architectural design, I
can guarantee that those design plans will not
be handed over for someone else to use unless
that was the arrangement.
All dentists are NOT of equal ability. There is
no value in a second opinion if one does not
insure that the same attention to detail by a
practitioner of equal or better ability has supplied
their opinions of treatment.
In most cases, patients will come to the office
knowing from the various articles I have
written, that I can design a treatment they
need, while at the same time thinking they
can then take these recommendations to another
or previous dentist. SHAME ON THEM!
Don’t waste your dentist’s time if that is your
intention. Find a good dentist, establish trust,
and stay with him/her.
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As we go from another hot summer to a
cooler fall, I always get a little antsy about my
health. It seems like with weather and seasonal
changes I become more prone to having
With that in mind, here’s hoping that you
continue to have smooth sailing while obtaining
proper care and treatment from the VA.
Remember, it is NOT some gift from the
government - it is something owed to every
veteran in exchange for sacrifice and service
while in uniform. It’s like this: Veterans are
people who at one point in their life wrote a
blank check payable to the United States of
America for an amount up to, and including,
Over the years, I’ve found that VA benefits
have a hard way of being found. Typically, veterans
need to dig around to find exactly what
they are entitled to.
Sure, the obvious stuff is there, (disabled
compensation, and routine health care, etc.),
but there are some important benefits that are
not so routine or easy to find.
As an example, for those caring for aging
veterans there may be programs available to
help them financially, such as the Aid and
Attendance (A&A) benefit. The A&A
benefit is an enhanced or special
monthly pension paid in addition to
the basic veterans’ pension.
The money for this program is
specially earmarked and
cannot be tapped for
any other uses by
the VA. True to form
though, this program
is underutilized by
veterans and the
funds sit idle while
many suffer needlessly.
Here are the parameters of eligibility for
(1) The Veteran requires the aid of another
person to perform the activities of daily living,
such as bathing, feeding, dressing, attending
to the wants of nature, adjusting prosthetic
devices, or protecting himself/herself from the
hazards of the daily environment, or,
(2) The Veteran is bedridden, and his/her
disabilities require that he/she remain in bed
apart from any prescribed course of convalescence
or treatment, or,
(3) The Veteran is in a nursing
home due to mental or physical
(4) The Veteran is visually
incapacitated. Note: Being
“Housebound” is another
circumstance where enhanced
You may apply for
Aid and Attendance or
by writing to the Pension Management Center
that serves Nevada, which is:
Pension Management Center (335/21P),
PO BOX 11000, St. Paul, MN 55111-0000
When applying, it’s important to include
copies of evidence, preferably a report from
an attending physician validating the need for
Aid and Attendance or Housebound type care.
The report should be in sufficient detail.
This report should indicate how well the applicant
gets around, where the applicant goes,
and what he or she is capable of doing during
a typical day. Don’t forget to include whether
the claimant is confined to the home or immediate
I hope this helps you receive what you deserve.
And once again, here’s wishing you the
best of health and happiness on your journey.
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and through that experience
was led to address the many transitional issues veterans struggle with. In 2008 he was
the recipient of the prestigious Hirsch Foundation Leadership Award for his writing and
work in support of veterans and their families. He is the author of several important
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The Vegas Voice Book Festival
The Vegas Valley Book Festival has networked
together a community-wide consortium
of cultural organizations and sponsors
to offer “a one-stop shopping experience for
literature” with programs sharing resources,
developing audiences, advancing the craft of
writing, and sharing the joys of reading. It is
the largest literary event in Nevada, drawing
more than 10,000 attendees during the season.
Since its founding in 2002, the festival
has presented over 800 authors and speakers
Medal of Honor
and author of
“Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor.”
The festival is free and open to the public.
Date: October 15, 2016.
Time/Event: “Incomplete Odysseys: From
Homer to PTSD Today.” Panel discussion
with David Morris, Mary Penney Hershey, and
Tent 2 at 12-12:45pm
Location: Historic Fifth Street School - 401
South Fourth Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101
Ask A Master Gardener
I dislike palms.
To me they’re a waste of space – they
don’t throw shade where you want them
to, they’re messy, species with spikes may
scar you for life, they can cost a fortune to
maintain and they drop seeds everywhere
and try to root in the middle of your beautiful
That being said, I understand that many
people like palms, so this month I’m going
to talk about them for those souls who
don’t share my opinion.
First, understand that palms are not indigenous
to southern Nevada but there are
several varieties that will grow here. The
following species are easy to find, smaller
in size and should work well in an average
Blue Mexican Palm – A low to medium
water use plant, it likes sun or afternoon
Mediterranean Fan Palm – It has a
relatively low growth habit and is cold hardy.
It also likes full sun or afternoon shade
and is a low to medium water use plant.
Chinese Fan Palm – Has long, sharp
thorns as a juvenile, is a low to medium
water use plant and likes full sun to afternoon
Windmill Palm – A medium water
user, it needs full sun to partial shade but
should be protected from the wind.
Lady Palm – Needs to be planted in the
shade and is a medium to high water user.
It is also cold hardy.
Pygmy Date Palm – This palm should
only be grown in containers or in protected
areas. It requires
full shade to afternoon
shade and has medium
to high water requirements.
This is another
palm that can cause
bodily damage because
it has large thorns.
Once you’ve found a
palm that tickles your
fancy, plant it in late
spring to early summer
when the soil is warm.
Cold-hardy palms are
the exception and can
be planted at any time.
All palms need welldrained
soil, and should
be planted in a hole that
is only as deep as the
root ball but is three times as wide. This
is important because their roots, which are
fibrous and without a large tap root, spread
out toward the crown of leaves.
As soon as you’ve planted your new tree,
make sure to water it thoroughly. It’s a
good idea to form a burm (a mound of soil
placed in a circle around the far outer edge
of the root ball) to hold water. It is imperative
to keep the soil moist but not wet. If the
root ball dries out, it is virtually impossible
to re-wet it.
I hope that this information will help
you with your new palm and if it does, all I
can say is…better you than me!
Have other gardening questions? You
can call the UNR Cooperative Extension’s
Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-
5555. We’re available Monday-Friday from
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The service is free.
Pat Warren is a certified Master Gardener with the UNR Cooperative Extension.
She started her training because of the frustration she felt trying to get something,
anything, to grow in Nevada.
The Blind Center of Nevada, a nonprofit
that serves the blind community in Las Vegas,
will be holding its 6 th annual ‘Imagine’ Gala
on Saturday, October 22 nd , from 6:00-8:00pm.
The event will
be held at the
Center at the
Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in
downtown Las Vegas.
It will be an evening celebrating “Visions
of Greatness,” fundraising for the Blind Center
and its remarkable programs that help
those struggling with vision loss so that they
can find hope, learn independence, and pursue
their path to greatness.
Live entertainment for the evening will
Blind Center of Nevada’s 6 th
Annual ‘Imagine’ Gala
feature the Blind Center’s very own Broken
Spectacles, the hot new alternative rock band,
and Blind Allegiance, the Center’s popular
glee group. Guests will mingle and peruse the
To make a difference in the lives of those
who are legally blind in the community and
register for the event, please contact Jessica
De Vivo at 702.912.0531/Jessica@blindcenter.org
or check out the Blind Center of Nevada’s
website: for more information on how
to register for tickets online: www.blindcenter.
Wow! Fall is here! What a tough summer we
had and did anyone lose any weight?
You don’t have to admit it. You know who
you are! Well, here are a few exercises to work
on before we get into that eating and drinking
holidays that will be upon us soon enough!
HIGH PULL (works arms, back, butt, legs)
Stand with feet hip-width
apart. Start with a 2-pound
weight. Hold each end of the
weight with each hand so
that it is parallel to the floor.
Squat and push out weight so
that it’s just above floor. Stand
up quickly, raising weight to
chest level, elbows bent and
out to sides. Return to squat
for one rep.
TWIST (works shoulders,
oblique) Sit on floor with legs
together, knees bent and feet
flat. Hold weight with both
hands, one hand on each end,
palms facing each other.
Twist to left shoulder with elbows bent. If
you can manage, lift feet a few inches, then
twist torso to the right. Lower feet and back to
DUMBELL SQUAT (works quadriceps,
hamstrings, gluteals) Hold a weight in each
hand, with palms facing inward, arms down
Start Exercising Before
by your sides, feel about hip width apart. Keeping
your head up, shoulders back, and eyes
fixed straight ahead, slowly squat until your
thighs are parallel to the floor. Finish the exercise
by slowly returning to a standing position.
DUMBELL LATERAL RAISE (deltoids)
Hold a weight in each hand, palms facing
inward, arms down by your
sides. Slowly lift the weights
away from your body until
they are level with your shoulders,
so that your body forms
a T shape. Lower slowly to the
starting position and repeat.
Beginners should start with
one set of 8 to 12 repetitions
using minimum 2 or 3 pound
weights. More advanced
exercisers should shoot for
two reps, using any heavier
Just do not overdo! It won’t
help you if you feel a strain in
your muscles. It is better to start off with lighter
weights and increase to heavier weights as
Good luck with these exercises. Remember
to always do exercises gently at first until you
get the hang of it. Enjoy!
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY
HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first runner-up for Ms.
Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer. She is one of the original columnists
for The Vegas Voice. She is now an aerobics instructor throughout Las Vegas/
Henderson. Mary can be reached at email@example.com.
There’s a theory out there that hemlines
rise and fall with the economy (aka the Hemline
Index). Whether true or just myth, one
thing is for certain, boomers have had the
honor of seeing it all over the decades; short
and long, upswings and downturns.
For those of us over or nearing 60, we can
certainly remember the hemlines of the 70s.
Yikes! I wasn’t paying much attention to
the economy back then (my interests were
guess it must
have been a
How in the
world did we
bend over to
up? As the
skirts of the
70s are no longer
as easy to
is a fine line
and then, of
Ridiculous is the important one to pay attention
While the extra short skirt is best left to
younger women, it does not mean we have
to wear our skirts below the knees like our
grandmothers would have insisted back in
If your knees have “aged well” summer
dresses matched with a cute pair of sandals
in this warm weather can be stylish and very
appropriate worn just above the knees. If
your knees are showing your age, a hemline
mid-knee is often enough to camouflage the
signs of age and still be a fun summer look.
Moving into fall and winter, the door is
opened to many more fun options!
The Rise and Fall of Hemlines
Wearing a chic pair of tights or opaque nylons;
not only covers the knees, but gives you
the ability to pull off a shorter look - while
still providing coverage. Black tights paired
with black booties, allow for a shorter skirt
and a younger, sassy look. Tights with texture
also allow for a fun break from the typical
So how short is too short? Often body type
will dictate what may look best. Fuller, flowing
be more forgiving
and be a
bit shorter. For
about 2 inches
above the knee
is what I can
get away with
my knee and
ankle is the
on me because
of my body
height. Also, if
you find something
look as flattering
rack, keep in mind that alterations are usually
easy and inexpensive, and can quickly
turn a dress from good to great! An inch or
two in the hemline and even some quick adjustments
in the sides can make a big difference
on how an outfit looks on your body.
Last, if you just feel more comfortable in
them, longer lengths are always appropriate
and very stylish. Additionally, wearing a
bit of a heel regardless of the length (even
a wedge) helps to elongate the legs and can
offer a bit of a dressier look.
While we may not be squeezing into any
miniskirts now, we’re not limited to just covering
everything up either! In 2016, in spite
of the economy, the choice is yours!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company based in Las
Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty products. She would love to
hear from you with questions, ideas or tips you’d like to share! Contact Linda at
TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or through her website www.fullips.com.
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Three room special - $99. 100% “Love It” guarantee.
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New Beginnings / (702) 203-7471 or (702) 876-2557
Estate sales and home downsizing. Brenda Castleforte,
Aztek Services / (702) 260-6955
Residential repairs, installation and maintenance.
Henderson Area ONLY. Call Lou.
HOME STAGING & REDESIGN SERVICE
Impressionable Spaces / (725) 200-3081
Sell your home quickly and for top dollar. Call Judy Grove.
A Clean Getaway LLC / (702) 373-8396
Free estimates. Family owned and operated. Lic. #2015301524
Hunter Insurance / (702) 335-6428
Your Medicare Advantage/Supplement specialist.
Cindy Hunter, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rae Rocco / (702) 897-9929
Independenr Agent, No charge for consultations
MORTGAGE / REVERSE MORTGAGE
Nevada Mortgage / (702) 732-7777
Reverse mortgage questions? Free consult with
Bill Ochs Jr., owner. 1481 W. Warm Springs Road #131,
Henderson. Locally owned since 1978. FHA, VA
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Sun Country Pest Services / (702) 263-7346
PET AND HOME SITTER
Toni’s Pet and Home Sitting / (702) 499-8606
Care for all needs, loving and dependable. Veterinarian
recommended for 14 yrs.
Sanderson Plumbing / (702) 610-7236
Very dependable. Lic. #78397.
Francine Fields / (702) 375-2276
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