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FOR THE RECORD Volume 14, Issue 1


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Marty Allen

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ave you considered using art to

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And don’t forget to select a

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Whether it’s travel, boating,

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Your new painting becomes your home’s new focal point.

Imagine your new painting over a sofa with pillows in

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March 2017

The Vegas Voice Magazine

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules



do you think? That’s the question

I’m asking

readers, advertisers,

strangers… and anyone else who I meet.

The Vegas Voice begins its 14 th year this

month and the journey has been and continues

to be incredible. From unbelievable highs to

life-changing lows, yours truly can use many

adjectives to describe my role as publisher – but

boring is not one of them.

The evolution from newspaper to magazine

has been a perfect example of our constantly

revolving mission – to be the voice for your

health, wealth & good times.

Permit me to boast that I am extremely proud

of everyone associated with our publication.

From our columnists to our theme editors, to

our entertainment shows and now, with our

renewed relationship with Humana – live TV

shows (see page 17)!

Details are still a work in progress (so what else is new?) but what

other senior publication provides it all to their readers?

From exposing corruption and scandals in the Nevada guardianship

system, elder empowerment expos that provide information on how to

stay safe (see page 11), travel options (everything from local bus trips

to “bucket list” dream vacations), to our Broadway/Las Vegas Strip

headliners and performers that we bring to your

community clubhouse - we really try to do it all.

And we’re just getting started! Let me know

what you think – and more importantly, any

ideas or suggestions?

*** We headline this month one of our own

“columnists” – a guarantee 1 st round “Comedic

Hall of Famer” and a true definition of a

gentleman and great, great guy - Marty Allen.

I’ve written about Marty’s wonderful qualities

many times in our previous publications and

reiterate what I’ve said in the past - how many

other comedians can make different generations


I have many stories of sitting with Marty

over lunch, talking with him occasionally, but

usually happily listening to him. To say that

I always left laughing and marveling how

lucky I have been in having him as a part of my family would be an


Happy, happy 95th birthday to my Uncle Marty. May you have 95

more making everyone around you smile and laugh.


By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation


would like to dedicate this column to the

loss of my dear friend who was appropriately

known as the Las Vegas Entertainment

Ambassador. Tony Sacca was a staple in the Las Vegas community for


He was a singer, entertainer, producer and TV host. Tony not only

brought a unique style of entertainment to Las Vegas, but he did it

with pizazz and passion! He truly loved what he did and it showed!

As a television host he interviewed countless celebrities. His

incredible video library and celebrity guest list reads like a “Who's

Who of Stars.”

All this, plus all the tireless work he did for the Las Vegas

community earned him a star, (right next to Elvis) on the Las Vegas

Walk of Fame. Tony loved talented people and anything to do with the

entertainment industry.

He would do whatever he could to help performers. Tony would

invite them to appear on his “Las Vegas Rocks Television Variety”

show, his radio shows, his live shows, you name it!

When I moved to Las Vegas nine years ago, I was performing at the

Harmon Theatre. Tony saw my show and offered to put me on TV.

He was the very first person in town to step up. "I think you're

By: Diane Davis / That’s Entertainment

Xavier Mortimer has a dream job. The

32-year-old French-born magician at the

Sin City Theater at Planet Hollywood entertains

audiences of all ages with his show “Xavier Mortimer's Magical Dream.”

Give this performer a hand of appreciation. After all, how many

magicians use a hand which periodically emerges from a box and

interacts with the star as a prop. Different? Yes. This likable performer

who shined in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson's ONE has developed

a show with winning doses of pantomime and personality.

When a large balloon enters, crosses the room, and bursts on

stage with him seemingly emerging from the balloon, you know this

is not your typical magic show. There are five major components

- Xavier, his assistant Belle, a mirror, a screen though which you

are entertained by shadows and that amusing hand which keeps

emerging from a box.

Xavier's story line – his quest to win Belle, the woman in the yellow

dress, carries us along through the 1¼ hour show. You'll see images

on a screen, shadow play, a flying broom, ample doses of magic, and a

bit of levitation.

There are no huge tricks, no disappearing cars or tigers. Instead,

there is the thought that you'd like this guy to be your brother,

boyfriend, or son. He emits a feeling of joy and fun.

Technology serves him well as the quest to win Belle is seen in

pantomime behind the screen. There are a few traditional Vegas tricks.


My Friend, Tony Sacca

Bringing His Dream to Life

March 2017

a great comedy

impressionist" he

told me. "I'm a fan

and I want to help


Over the years I

got to know him

well. We had a lot of

laughs, both on and

offstage. We always

maintained a mutual respect and friendship over the years.

Tony was the kind of guy who rarely got mad at anyone. Everyone

loved his gentle nature.

When I started hosting radio and TV shows for The Vegas Voice,

once again, it was Tony who offered helpful tips. He was a great


We all need to follow his example and help each other. To say that

Tony Sacca will be greatly missed is an understatement!

Las Vegas will not be the same without him. He loved this town and

this town loved him! A life well-lived my friend!

Rich Natole is a comic/impressionist headlining entertainer & host

of The Vegas Voice Television/Podcast Show. For more information

visit: You can also contact Rich at: rich@

Tossing the ball to

audience members who

pick names at random

which he later presents,

leaving us wondering

how he could write down

the chosen names and

get them onto a paper

which he takes from his


The small room gives

you an aura of “up close

& personal.” The early

hour allows for children

or seniors to join Xavier

in his magical dream.

Photo courtesy Ira Kuzma

Xavier Mortimer

performs nightly at 7 pm except Wednesdays. Get tickets through

Ticketmaster or call Planet Hollywood at 702/785-5555. Go see Xavier

Mortimer and enjoy!

In addition to The Vegas Voice, Dianne Davis is a reporter for Sun

City Anthem TV (SCA-TV) specializing in entertainment and is

a columnist for She is the Las

Vegas Editor of , She also bowls, hikes, scuba

dives, travels with her husband Burt, and works on her standup

comedy routines.






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So Much to See and Hear

By: Evan Davis / I Know A Place

The first quarter

is almost over,

The Vegas Voice has

turned the corner and is now a magazine,

and we still have seven nights a week of live

local entertainment all over town. We’ve

made it through New Year’s, Super Bowl and

Valentine’s Day, so what’s next?

Let’s start with Mondays. The Tap House for

dancing, inexpensive food and drinks. Laura

Shaffer at the Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany

Hotel accompanied by her Noir Nightingale


The Downtown Jam hosted by The

Downtown Groove Collective (an all-inclusive jam

session with jazz, blues, Funk, Pop, Rock) This jam

takes place at The Artifice in the Downtown Arts District.

Kelly Clinton at the Bootlegger hosting her open mic cabaret show or

Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns for a late night healing session at the


Tuesdays you can see Wes Winters at the Rampart, Rita Lim at Osaka

Japanese Bistro, and The Steve White Quartet at Legends Bar & Grill.

I could go on and on, but let’s focus on Piero’s Italian restaurant

With Frankie Scinta

featuring Pia Zadora on Friday and Saturday nights.

The Lounge at the El Cortez with Joey Ugarte and the Jazz Vibrations

and Rita Lim vocals, every Friday night.

You have the Nite Kings at the Orleans

on Wednesdays, Kent Foote and the Vegas

Goodfellla’s on Thursdays at Siena Trattoria,

The Sharps swing at the Golden Tiki in China

Town on Thursday nights.

The Barrymore in the Royal Resort Hotel

on Convention Center Drive features Laura

Shaffer on Fridays. And don’t forget the

hot jazz nights on the weekends at The

Dispensary Lounge.

Oops, let me not forget Frankie Scinta, and

where the Scintas perform - the Plaza.

The only way we can keep all these

entertainers working, and venues open, is by our

support. We need to go out, have a bite to eat, or a

drink and let them know we care and appreciate their talents.

If you want a complete list of what’s happening on the local scene, go

to my web site,

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 You can

also email him at:


March 2017

32 Years & Counting!

By: Charlie Christy / Exexutive Director

- Ms. Senior Nevada


a Pageant each year, Ms Senior

Nevada remain a vital force for

good and good deeds. We are

not a “celebrity” event, but an

organization with women that

have made a difference and

continue to do so.

We do events at assisted

living centers. We bring the

entertainment to those unable to travel.

Our dedicated staff is all-volunteer and more concerned with

giving, than what they can receive. But receive we do; brightening

a day for shut-ins brings a warmth and happiness you need to

experience to understand the joy.

The photo is of Dorothy Guralnik, our first Ms Senior Nevada,

(1986). At a young 94, she continues to perform several times

a month. And Dorothy is joined by our reigning Queen, Terri


We invite women (see our ad below) who have reached the “Age of

Elegance”, 60 years or better, to join us as we celebrate life and enrich

the lives of others.

Catch A Dream... Live the Experience!

Enter the 2017 Ms Senior Nevada Pageant

Open to all Women Who Have Reached

“The Age Of Elegance” 60 Years and up!

August 22nd & 23rd 2017

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This Could Be You!

For More Information Contact:

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By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

There are more than 14,000 golf courses

in the US and about 24 million people

play golf each year. That figure is down from 27

million just a few years ago.

The average age for golfers in America is 54. Men make up 80% and

women 20%. Avid golfers make up only 26% of all players, but play

about 75% of all the rounds.

The USGA says the average handicap is 14.3 for men and 26.5 for

women. Of course, that only accounts for the golfers that have an

established handicap index with the USGA.

Many golfers play without a handicap and it is said that their average

scores are generally much higher and more likely in the 100s. So if

you routinely score under 90 for men and under 100 for women, that’s

bogey golf and you are an average (or better) golfer.

See you on the links.


What’s Your Handicap?

Mike Landry is a retired airline manager of maintenance

residing in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and a 40-year resident of

Las Vegas. Hobbies are golf, day trading and brewing craft beer.

He can be contacted at:

March 2017

The King of the 12-String Guitar

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

He died poor, as do many great musicians.

This folk/blues singer, guitarist,

songwriter and, yes a murderer - whose volatile

temper got him sent to prison for shooting a cousin and stabbing

a man, also gave to the world recordings of songs he discovered,

adapted or composed.

He was a profound influence on

many musicians, like Woody Guthrie,

Johnny Cash, the Weavers, Pete Seeger

and The Highwaymen. His comment

about his bad conduct was: “When I

play, the women come around to listen

and their men get angry.”

He was Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter, born near in Louisiana

around 1885. As a child, he learned to play the button accordion.

He attended school until age 13, playing in the school band, and

learning other instruments.

He quit to help work on his father’s farm. At age 16, he earned his

living as a street musician with Blind Lemon Jefferson (also a street

musician) learning to master and become king of the 12 string guitar.

Lead Belly’s prison experiences, (where he got the name Lead

Belly) helped build his music repertoire. He learned the oral songs

of inmates, and it made him a hit performer in this Texas prison.

Ironically, the governor, Pat Neff, for whom he wrote and sang a song

about a pardon, released him early.

He was not a big selling recording artist, but left a huge repertoire

of folk songs, ballads, work songs, Blues, cowboy, Gospel and protest

songs from his vagabond life. While in prison (for the third time)

folklorists John and Alex Lomax, who were collecting songs for the

Library of Congress, discovered him. They published 48 of his songs.

This influenced his last prison release, along with another pardon.

Lead Belly went to New York and appeared on two radio series - Folk

Music of America and Back Where I Come From. He even had his own

short weekly radio show.

He recorded an album called The Midnight Special and Other

Southern Prison Songs. College students loved him. He eventually

moved to Los Angeles, signed with Capitol Records and began serious


Sadly, he developed health issues and was diagnosed with Lou

Gehrig’s disease. He continued to tour, even though ill, but soon was

incapacitated and died in December, 1949, at age 61. His tombstone

inscription is “Lead Belly,” for which he was better known.

We will always be able to thank Hudie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter for his

documenting and recording oral music that would otherwise, have

been forever lost.

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 Alive! You can contact her at www.

Lovely Loretta

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

One of the things I am most thankful for

was my beautiful and lifelong relationship

with Loretta Young. She was truly the epitome of a

Hollywood star and a legend of the movie industry.

I had the pleasure of working with her many times. I did a few of her

anthology shows first titled "Letter to Loretta," which was actually based

on the many letters from fans. These shows then turned into a weekly

half hour TV show. The name was later changed to the “Loretta Young


Years later, she did another series called "The New Loretta Young

Show" and I played one of her seven children. The title has since been

changed to "Christine's Children" and can now be found on DVDs.

Loretta won an Oscar for "The Farmers Daughter” and also won

three Emmys; making her the first actress to win both an Oscar and

an Emmy. She was one of the first actresses to command a six figure


She was born Gretchen Young and at the age of four worked in

silent films as an extra. The studios later changed her name to

Loretta. Back then, it was quite common for the studios to change

people’s names.

She was married three times and it was well known that she had a

daughter out of wedlock, conceived in 1935 while filming "The Call

of the Wild." The father was the very married Clark Gable. This affair

and their daughter were

kept secret for several

decades for fear of ruining their


She was a kind, caring and

loving woman who always

donated to her Catholic

charities. In her later years, she

was married to Jean Louie, the

Oscar winning costume designer.

Loretta Young was truly one

of the sweetest ladies I have ever

worked with. I'm so proud to say

that I stayed in touch with her until she died in 2000 at 87.

We spoke on the phone many times. My only regret is that I never

took her up on her wonderful offer of letting me come and stay for a

week-end. I have since learned the importance of not “putting things

off” as none of us are promised tomorrows.

Until next time, remember: A grateful person trusts enough to give

life another chance, and to stay open for surprises.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress

and is the author of Reel Tears which can be bought online at or ordered through Barnes & Noble bookstores. You

can contact Beverly at: Check out her

awesome, new website:


By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

The joy that comedian Marty Allen has

brought to billions of people…that’s

billions with a B…shines in his eyes. After over 80

years in show business, if you consider the “cuttin’ up in high school,”

as wife Karon Kate Blackwell puts it, Allen easily acknowledges his

greatest thrill with a simple nod to his red headed bride.

The pair, together like an advertisement for the perfect union, will

soon celebrate the mop-headed comedian’s 95th birthday with an

“everybody’s invited celebration” at South Point Casino on March

23rd. The 7:30 pm show reprises a standing room only celebration

last October at New York’s famed Friar’s Club for entertainment


Explaining a 60th birthday celebration for a man turning 59 ½,

Blackwell said, “Our friends believe that when you’re 95, you should

celebrate all year.”

For Allen, it seems that the celebration has been the whole 95 years.

The comedian’s bright smile and gentle ways on stage are a reflection

of the man off-stage; many of which are recounted in his illustrated

autobiography “Hello Dere” (available at

A familiar face at the delis and breakfast haunts that populate Las

Vegas neighborhoods, Allen always takes time for a “hello” and gentle

joke with adoring fans who recognize his still tasseled hairdo.


Marty Allen - 95 Years Young

March 2017

Allen chronicles his showbiz beginning from his Pittsburgh roots to

Hollywood, and back to Pittsburgh where his first paying gig rewarded

him with $1.25, “and the agent took his cut.” The ladder of success

took him through the bars, joints and dives before getting back to

Hollywood, where he supplemented his income as a door-to-door

dance instructor lugging a portable Victrola and teaching the tango,

rumba and samba in upscale neighborhoods.

Allen landed the job opening for jazz singer Sarah Vaughn who

recommended him to Nat King Cole. Content with his career, Allen

one night received a call from a Las Vegas singer looking to branch

out - Steve Rossi.

After Rossi flew to Chicago’s Chez Paree nightclub for a meeting,

the two formed a partnership that propelled them to the Martin &

Lewis stratosphere; first as the opening act for Cole himself, and then

held over for Frank Sinatra and many more.

They became near regulars on Ed Sullivan’s Sunday night variety

show, appearing more than 40 times - including the evening the

Beatles made their first American television appearance. On Sullivan,

Allen’s acrobatic, comedic and energetic dance numbers often

closed their act. The Allen and Rossi duo became television staples,

appearing multiple times on Hollywood Squares, What’s My Line and

Gary Moore’s variety show. Marty also received an Emmy nomination

for a guest starring role with Barbara Stanwick for his dramatic role

as the town jinx on Big Valley. Continued on page 14



to our

Marty Allen

from your

Vegas Voice



Continued from page 12 After about 15 years together,

Allen and Rossi parted. Referring to the spilt, Allen recalls, “We are

the only comedy team that parted as friends.”

Allen and Blackwell met when she tired of touring as a singer and

accepted a part-time job helping a friend as the hostess at Cyrano’s

Restaurant. Her one-night stand turned into a full time job.

For diner Allen, the attraction was immediate. When asked for his

order, he responded with a note, “I’ll take you. Little did I know that

two years later, we’d be married,” Blackwell comments.

They will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary later this

year. When asked for the “yes” factor that caused her to accept his

marriage proposal, she states, “Because he makes me laugh.”

Blackwell and Allen share the stage at playhouses and aboard

cruise ships today. Locally, they have been celebrating Allen’s

On The Hollywood Squares

birthdays for five years.

Blackwell rocks the house with country rooted classics – “Great

Balls of Fire” and her own self-composed hits while Allen sheds the

sigma of his years and shuffles those great dance steps across the

stage that audiences still clamor for.

Tickets for Allen’s birthday celebration are available at the South

Point Box Office.


March 2017

You Gotta Laugh

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

The Anniversary Present: Bob

forgot his wedding anniversary. His

wife was mad.

She told him, “Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in

the driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds and it better

be there!”

The next morning when his wife woke up, she looked out

the window to find a box gift wrapped in the middle of the

driveway. She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

One final note: Bob has been missing since Friday!

French Computer: A language teacher was explaining

to her class that in French, nouns unlike their English

counterparts, are grammatically designated as masculine

or feminine. “House” in French, is feminine - “la maison”,

while “pencil” in French is masculine - “le crayon.”’

One puzzled student asked, “What gender is a computer?”

The teacher thought it would be a good exercise to have the

students decide what they thought the gender should be.

So she split the class into two groups appropriately enough,

by gender and asked them to decide whether “computer”

should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Both groups were

required to give four reasons for their recommendation.

The men’s group decided that computer should definitely be

of the feminine gender (“la computer”), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic.

2. The native language they use to communicate with other

computers is incomprehensible to everyone else.

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term

memory for possible later review.

4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you constantly

find yourself spending more money on accessories for it.

The women’s group, however, concluded that computers

should be masculine (“le computer”) because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them


2. They have a lot of data, but still can’t think for themselves.

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but most of

the time, they ARE the problem.

4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had

waited a little longer you could have gotten a better model!

Survey Says: There is a new survey about women and how

they feel about their asses. The results were pretty interesting:

30% of women think their ass is too fat; 10% of women think

their ass is too skinny and 60% of women say they don’t care.

They still love him, he’s a good man and they wouldn’t trade

him for the world!

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny

submissions at:

Mart’s Top Ten

By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere


. It is better to have loved and

lost…much better!

2. You know a boy is growing up

when he stops wanting to go out with girls and wants to stay

home with them.

3. Irving: “It’s our 10th anniversary and you look the

same as you did when I married you.” Sarah: “I should. I’m

wearing the same dress!”

4. Wife: “Before we got married, you told me you were well

off.” Husband: “I was and I didn’t know it!”

5. Reporter: “You play beautifully. What made you take up

the piano?” Musician: “My glass of beer kept falling off the


6. Shirley: “What a beautiful coat. It must have cost a

fortune.” Sylvia: “No, it only cost one kiss.” Shirley: “One

that you gave your husband?” Sylvia: “No. One he gave to our


7. Times sure have changed. When did you ever see a liquor

store with a “Back to School” sale?

8. Whether or not a girl can be had for a song depends on a

man’s pitch!

9. The wildest thing happened in New York last month.

Some guy held up a Sperm Bank!

10. Remember: No naked man ever lost his keys.

Bonus: All marraiges are happy. It’s the living together

afterwards that’s tough.

For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on

and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.


USA — New research shows you can stop a cold before

it starts if you take one simple step when you first feel a

cold coming on.

Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses

multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in

your airways and cause misery.

But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus –

touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities

worldwide all agree – copper is “antimicrobial.” It kills microbes,

such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch.

That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper

to purify water and heal wounds. They didn’t know about

viruses and bacteria, but now we do.

Researchers say microbe cells have a tiny internal elec-


New Device Stops Colds

By: Doug Cornell PhD/ To Your Health

New Research:

Copper stops colds if used early.

tric charge which gets short-circuited by highly conductive

copper. This destroys the cell in seconds.

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

show germs die fast on copper. So some hospitals switched

to copper touch surfaces, like faucets and doorknobs. This

cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses by over half,

and saved lives.

The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell

an idea. When he felt a cold coming on he fashioned

a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for

60 seconds.

“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went away completely.”

He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said

it worked for them, too, every time. So he patented CopperZap

and put it on the market.

Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback.

Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds

if used within 3 hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 days,

if they still get the cold it is milder.

Users wrote things like, “What a wonderful thing,” and

“It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed to

work that fast?”

Pat McAllister, age 70, was given a CopperZap. “One

of the best gifts ever. This little jewel really works.”

People often use it for prevention, before cold signs appear.

Karen Gauci flies often for her job and used to get

colds after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried it

several times a day on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen

flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.

Business owner Rosaleen says when people are sick

around her she uses her CopperZap morning and night. “It

saved me last holidays,” she said. “The kids had colds going

round and round, but not me.”

Some users say it helps with sinus problems, nighttime

stuffiness, and flu. The EPA says the natural color change

of copper does not reduce its ability to kill germs.

CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure American copper.

It costs $47, with a 90-day money back guarantee, at or toll-free 1-888-411-6114.

March 2017

Roadside Art

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60



can’t help noticing things lying on the

road when you’re driving. So when you

have to steer around them, the mind starts to

wander and you have to think how it got there.

Everyone knows red rags come from trucks. They are everywhere!

One shoe is probably not good.

Landscape trucks always drop plants and bags usually right in the

middle of the road. Sometimes a car hits one and the guy behind gets

showered in pine or mesquite that sticks to the car.

Couch pillows are very popular. For some reason when people

move furniture, they put it in the back of a pick-up truck too small to

handle the job. Then they must run out of bungee cords and lose at

least one or two cushions.

If you’re driving to California, the 15 has a variety of droppings

every few miles. I’ve even seen a bar-b-que, a toilet (in case the public

ones are closed I suppose) and the mandatory tires.

Then there are the things you see that you wouldn’t mind taking

home. I once saw a really awesome ladder in the center lane of

the freeway. How about a discarded rocking chair that just needs


Next we move to the leftover political campaign signs attached

to fences months after the elections. The law says they have to be

removed, but no one actually does it until they seem to get defaced or

they fall down on their own.

And let’s not forget my profession either. We Realtors are always

putting stakes in the ground with our phone numbers and signs. Now

we even have flags! We’re a tough bunch and have been on front

lawns forever. They can’t keep us down.

How about orange cones? As soon as you see one, the immediate

reaction is “Oh crap, traffic will slow down” and you’re in a bad

mood. Then you drive 200 feet and they stop!

Sometimes you’re alerted by the sound of tire screeches, all to the

amusement of landscapers who are already in another subdivision

laughing. Perhaps it’s all art and someone will paint some garbage

on the road, sell it and make a million. After all, who expected Andy

Warhol to be famous for a soup can?

Are You a Triskaidekaphobe?

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Whether you call it triskaidekaphobia,

friggatriskaidekaphobia, or

paraskevidekatriaphobia, the fear of the number

13 is the most prevalent superstition in the Western world.

Ironically, and in defiance of the laws of probability, the 13th day of

the month is most likely to fall on a Friday, which is the most feared

day. Both Fridays and the number 13 were held in the highest of

esteem until the patriarchal revolution.

Up until then, they were regarded as the "sacred essence of luck and

good fortune." That is why Friday the 13th was declared to celebrate

lady luck.

According to Jewish tradition, 13 is very significant and considered

to be blessed. Jewish boys are initiated into adulthood at 13, and

according to the Rabbinic commentary on the Torah, God has 13

Attributes of Mercy.

Chinese women make offerings of 13 mooncakes, coinciding with

the moon's 13 annual revolutions. The Egyptians believed in the

13 stages of life, and the list goes on and on. Though, there is no

known data on any number ever being unlucky, historically many

famous, normally rational, and exemplary men were afflicted with

this irrational fear. Churchill, Napoleon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, J. Paul

Getty, and even Christopher Columbus (who deliberately changed the

date he discovered America, from October 13 to the 12th, in order to

alleviate "the imprint

of such an evil

omen") are some notable


The many theories

surrounding the origins of

this fear seem to be rooted

in ancient lore. One theory

claims its origin stemmed

from the Mesopotamian

Code of Hammurabi; a

Babylonian code of law that

dates to approximately 1760

BC, where the 13th law was unintentionally omitted.

Another common theory is the Last Supper, where the 13th member

to arrive, Judas Iscariot, betrayed Jesus.

In the west, per the Stress and Phobia Institute, "more than 80% of

hi-rise buildings in the United States do not have a 13th floor. And a

majority of hotels, hospitals and airports avoid using the number for

rooms, gates, etc."

In the end, we only have ourselves to ask if 13 is lucky or unlucky?

Either way, your mind will always prove you right!

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,

workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.




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Take Your Brain with You

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

When you go on vacation, do not leave

your brain at home.

Yes, going on vacation is a fun and relaxing

time. We might be sitting on a beautiful beach somewhere or visiting

an exotic European city. In any of these instances, we can be victims

of petty crime or travel difficulties.

There are certain things we can do to make our vacations more

secure. Secure from those who will scam you, from those who

will pick-pocket you, from those who will separate you from your


First - if you have any valuable jewelry, watches, gold chains,

sentimental family heirlooms, leave them at home. If you “must”

take that jewelry with you, don't "flaunt" it. When not wearing it, keep

them in the hotel room or cruise cabin safe

As for purses and wallets; ladies - you want to be able to hang a

pocket book over your head and across your body. Never leave your

pocket book dangling at your side.

Also your pocket book should zipper close. Zippers are harder for

pick-pockets to gain entry.

Men, keep your wallet in your front pocket. Never in your back

pocket. Pick-pockets just love to see wallets bulging out of your back


Now when on vacation, what should you carry in your wallet or

pocket book?

Never carry a

lot of money.

Just a few

dollars for

things you

can't buy with

credit cards. A

total of $100

should be more

than enough.

I have many

more “don't

leave your brain

at home when

you go on vacation" suggestions. Join me at The Vegas Voice Elder

Care Empowerment Event from 10 am – 12 noon on Thursday, March

9th at Sun City McDonald Ranch. We also have our Vegas Voyagers

meeting on Friday, March 10th at 9:30 am at Buckman's Restaurant

at the Revere Golf Course in Sun City Anthem. At this meeting we will

introduce a number of new trips and cruises for 2017 and even 2018.

We are even working on a number of exotic destinations that

might be of interest. Learn all about our upcoming “Bus to the Boat”

schedule and other trips we have planned. Call me at 800/698-1101 to


Mix and Match

Carnival Splendor

Jan. 7-14, 2018

7 Night Western

Caribbean Cruise,

from Miami

Cozumel, Isla Roatan, Belize &

Grand Cayman

Inside Cabin $600 pp,

Ocean View $660 pp,

Balcony $990 pp

Price based on double occupancy,

subject to availability and includes the

cruise and all port charges, taxes and

fees. Airfare to Florida is additional

Jan. 14-27, 2018

13 Night Panama

Canal Cruise from

Miami to LA

Cartagena, Columbia; Panama

Canal Transit; Punta Arenas,

Costa Rica; Puerto Quetzal,

Guatemala; Cabo San Lucas,


Inside Cabin $1,716 pp,

Ocean View, $2,016 pp,

Balcony $2,665 pp

Price based on double occupancy,

subject to availability and includes the

cruise and all port charges, taxes and

fees. Airfare to Florida and back from

Los Angeles to Las Vegas is additional

Bus To The Boat

Jan.27-Feb.3, 2018

7 Night Mex. Riviera

Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan &

Puerto Vallarta

Inside Cabin $799 pp,

Ocean View $929 pp,

Balcony $1,079 pp

Price based on double occupancy,

subject to availability and includes the

cruise, all port charges, taxes and fees

and Round Trip Bus Transportation

from Las Vegas to the pier in Long

Beach, CA.

Back in

Los Angeles



Email: Fairtravel@Aol.Com


March 2017



March 2017


Preparations for Our Trips

By: Marilyn Sirna / Let’s Go!

Thank you for your responses to my first

travel article. Let me explain how we

plan our trips. I meet with LD Tours Excursions

and tell them what and where I would like to go. They do all the leg

work - they take care of hotels, admission to places we visit, bus fare –

basically everything for

the trip.

I execute the

program. It’s been a

joint venture for the past

few years and it’s been

very successful.

Some people inquired

about the hotels we

would be staying at. We

stay in Best Westerns,

Quality Inns, Holiday

Express – clean, nice,

middle of the road

hotels where breakfast is

always included at the hotels.

I would be glad to add you to my email list where I will share

our future trip information. Or give me a call. I can be reached at

702/270-7006 or

Come on, let’s go!


March 2017


They’re Back!

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

For the most part, I had not paid too much

attention to the Clark County Public

Guardian’s office since my previous conversations

with Kathleen Buchannan - the previous holder of that office. Kathleen

always told me that most of their wards were indigents who had no one

to care for them, and she was always willing to allow The Vegas Voice to

review all files.

Regular readers however, might recall an incident I wrote about

six months ago. It involved a lady that was transferred by the public

guardian’s office from an assisted living facility. The problem - it took

considerable time and effort before this senior’s friends were able to

locate the two-bed facility she had been forcefully moved to.

Due to the mean-spiritedness of that incident, it stayed on my mind.

So when Dan and I conducted our guardianship seminar at Sun City

Summerlin last month, I had flashes of that incident when I was

approached by a tiny woman who asked to speak to me.

Once again, we have an “abuse of power.” An incident where

someone showing “concern” for a neighbor called the Public

Guardian’s office because he felt an elderly person was “acting odd.”

Rather than find a staff member or volunteer with a psychological

background to speak with this elderly person, or perhaps help, they

simply interviewed her at her home. And because she chose not to

answer some questions about her family, the staff member simply

wrote that she could not remember.

As you can imagine, the public guardian immediately went to

court and received temporary guardianship. Once the court ruled on

temporary guardianship, permission was given to remove the senior

from her home - by force. Two people arrived at this woman’s door

and told her to go with them.

Being terrified of the strangers, she refused and began to scream.

They then bound her hands and feet, lifted her onto a gurney and

away they went.

I reviewed the court documents and Continued on next page


March 2017

Continued from previous page

found the closing page in sharp contrast to the balance of the entire

complaint. The sixteen-page application advised the judge that the

woman had no food, no money, tried to sell an acquaintance a coin

for $5 (it was alleged to be worth a great deal more) and they were

afraid that she would be subject to exploitation.

The court document also claimed that the woman was not able to

care for herself and needed to be removed from her home. And yet on

a subsequent page, stated that the home was immaculate and well

cared for.

The court document went on to say that her long-term memory

was excellent, but short-term, not so great (neither is mine, how

about yours?). This conclusion was based on the “fact” that the

senior was able to state the first names of her two sisters and brother,

but not their last names.

When I followed up by phone with her, I asked her about this.

Naturally, she knew the first and last names of her siblings. She

simply explained that she didn’t like the woman from the public

guardian’s office and felt the questions were too intrusive and none

of her business.

The court documents also advised that her net worth included her

home, (free and clear) valued at $240,000 and bank accounts of

more than $40,000. Does she sound indigent to you?

Sadly, it is now going to take a costly legal proceeding to undo this

mess, since the public guardian’s office is insisting that a guardian

(meaning them!) be appointed. She will need to retain the services

of an independent physiologist to show that she is not mentally


By the way, the starting fee for this professional competency report

is $2,000, plus legal fees and if she is successful, is that really a


Does this seem fair, just and appropriate to you? Yes, I will be

following up on this case, but you better believe readers should be

thinking: “there but for the grace of God…”

And for those who have not done so, please sign our petition.

We need less restrictive care for our seniors, not more “lock-down”

institutionalizing of them.

Make no mistake, they’re still out there.


Our Kids Deserve a Shot - And Our Taxpayers Do, Too!

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

While at the legislature, I voted in favor

of establishing Education Savings

Accounts and Opportunity Scholarships. I believe

these two programs represent the most profound innovation in public

policy undertaken in Nevada in the last two decades.

While many seniors may not have family or

loved ones in school, their tax dollars nonetheless

go to support a system that is failing children.

Simply put, seniors are being asked to invest in

a failing system that artificially limits families’


That’s part of the reason I pushed so strongly for

ESAs while in the legislature. The money taxed from seniors deserves

to be spent in a way that actually improves educational outcomes.

These programs introduce the most positive elements of market

competition and consumer choice in our education system; providing

families with eligible children up to $5,700 to help educate them

outside the public school system.

These funds can be used in a variety of ways - from special tutoring

for home schooled students, to covering the cost of private school

tuition. Opportunity Scholarships were designed to help cover the gap

that oftentimes exists between the money from the state and the cost of


Students need an “outside the box” approach to education, and

taxpayers deserve a meaningful return on their investment.

One in three students in Nevada won’t graduate high school. The

ESA program is one solution to several problems.

Because the program doesn’t take the total amount allocated to a

school to educate a student, when families enroll

in the program, they take a young person and the

state money attached to that student, but leave

behind local and other funds that were intended

for that student.

This means public schools that have many ESA

applicants will have more money to educate fewer


It is a solution for both the student enrolling in the program and

leaving a public school and for that child’s school, where teachers

now have more resources to spread across fewer students and drives a

return on investment for Nevada’s taxpayers.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. She and

her daughter, Tatiana are managing partners for 2 Vegas Chicks,

a full event planning business catering to any type fundraiser

or event worldwide. You can contact Victoria at: victoria@

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Much to my chagrin, I have over 40

years experience promoting, electing,

and effectively navigating through the political

minefield and processes of elected governing bodies.

I can assure you that

working through the political

process is a true test of

a person’s patience. It is

riddled with many levels of

incompetence; though, once

you understand how it works,

can garner great rewards.

I have also served on

numerous commissions,

advisory and ad hoc

committees which has

resulted in developing and

implementing these helpful policies that have had positive impacts in

our senior communities. In a word, I know the process!

Why that is important is because if you are not involved in the

process, the process will run you over. Your voice will not be heard and

the politicians will create policies that adversely impact you and your

loved ones.


A Politician or a Leader?

March 2017

The best example of this is the disgusting Guardianship laws

that are in effect in our state! The laws, enacted by your elected

political officials are a disgrace.

Permit me to clearly define the difference between a politician and

a leader, there really is a difference.

A politician is a “Lip Service Specialist” (LSS) - someone who says

all the “right” things to get

your vote and then develops

a severe case of amnesia after

being elected. A leader, on

the other hand, is a valued,

trustworthy public servant

who seriously holds your

best interests at heart and

looks forward to meeting and

hearing from you.

My task is to keep you

informed as to who the

leaders are, avoid the LSS’s

and provide you a means to effectively navigate through the political

process – Learn how to get your voice heard and have a direct impact

on policy decisions! Next month, the “process” begins!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He served as Chair of the City of Henderson’s Senior

Advisory Commission. He can be reached at:



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By: Robert Telles / Accolade Law

You may have heard about the

unfortunate losses suffered by folks

as a result of the taking of client funds by a

prominent probate attorney. This is only one of several reasons

that you should avoid probate.

By avoiding probate, you can place your property in the hands

of someone you can trust to distribute your property without delay

or unnecessary costs. While we perform cost-effective probates for

loved ones of those who did not plan well, we always advocate for

people to avoid probate by planning their estate.

What is probate? Probate is the term used for the court

process where your

assets are collected;

your debts are paid; and

your loved ones receive

the remaining funds.

The process has several


The first is that the

process is a public one.

If you had hoped to

have your loved ones

receive gifts privately,

you would not have this

option in a probate. Probate records are public records that can be

viewed by third parties using the appropriate tools.

Second, the process takes time. A typical probate takes anywhere

from six months to a year to complete.

Third, the process can be costly. Probate involves the filing of

complicated documents that are typically not easy to complete by

the lay person.

Lastly, the funds of your estate may be held in an attorney trust


Avoiding Probate Burdens for Your Loved Ones

March 2017

account that may be accessible by an unscrupulous individual.

While this is typically not an issue because most attorneys take

their duty to the estate seriously, there are the exceptions such as

the case of the prominent probate attorney mentioned above.

How can you avoid probate? There are several ways to avoid

probate depending on the property that you own, the loved ones to

whom you wish to leave your property, and your personal situation.

Sometimes making your property payable on death makes sense.

You can make bank accounts and real property payable on death

to loved ones.

You can also make your retirement and investment accounts

payable on death to loved ones. Even pensions may provide

benefits to your loved ones after death. You should consult with

your pension fund to see whether there is a death benefit you can


One of the other very important ways that you can avoid probate

is to create a trust. There are various types of trusts, but most folks

will typically benefit from creating a revocable living trust. The

other types of trusts typically involve turning your assets over to

others. While this may sound scary at first, it can be a very good

way to protect your assets for loved ones.

The choice to place your assets in these other types of trusts

should be done so with the guidance of an attorney who

understands the options available in estate planning. Turning back

to the revocable living trust, this type of trust can allow you to give

your assets to your loved ones without going through probate. You

can even control your assets long after you have gone.

This can be ideal if you are concerned about your loved ones’

abilities in managing the money you have left them. There are

many benefits, including flexibility, that come with creating a

revocable living trust.

Creating a well-planned trust is more affordable than you may

think. For more guidance, consult your trusted estate planning

attorney. Our firm, like many, will provide you a free consultation

to discuss your situation and your options.

Rob Telles is the founder of Accolade Law, a law firm that serves

clients in guardianship, estate planning and probate. His office

can be reached at (702) 337-3000.

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By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team

When you’re caring for a loved one

who is ill, it’s hard to determine the

questions to ask on how to best prepare for

inpatient stays. If your loved one is in need of a longer inpatient

stay to recover from an injury or illness, use these valuable tips to

prepare for creating the most therapeutic

environment possible.

Research before you go. Ask

questions like:

What kind of storage is available for food

and clothing?

Is there adjustable lighting if the overhead

lights are too bright for my loved one?

Is there additional bedding and supplies should I wish to stay

overnight with my loved one?

Are there laundry facilities or family restrooms?

What items may I bring and what are prohibited?

Create a personalized environment for your loved one.

Once you know what items you are allowed to bring and what is

provided, try bringing their favorite household items like a blanket

or slippers. While many facilities provide televisions in patient rooms,

a portable speaker can help your loved one listen to favorite music

or books on tape. Even bringing in drawings or cards from friends or

families can brighten the walls.

Keep your medical documents organized. During inpatient


Tips from Caregivers: Everything You Need to Know for a Stay in a Facility

March 2017

stays, your medical team will give you many documents updating

you on the status of your loved one’s condition, treatment plan and

medications. Bring a folder or three-ring binder for these documents,

as well as pens and a permanent marker.

You may find it helpful to keep a running list of questions for your

doctors or nurses to ask next time you see them. This can

help you build rapport with the people

providing care for your loved one.

Some household items may be

necessary. If your loved one is mobile

enough to use the toilet or shower, he/she may

like to have flushable toilet wipes to feel cleaner

between showers, and non-slip sandals to wear in

the shower. The facility may provide basic toiletries.

Ask the medical team if it would be OK to use personal items.

Snacks and food. The hospital provides daily meals for patients,

but not caregivers. Learn the nearest restaurants that may provide

carry out or delivery, and keep snacks on hand for times when you

aren’t able to get away.

Schedule relief visits from friends or family so you can

take a break. Your loved one values your presence with them, and

there is no doubt you never want to leave their side. But it is also

important to ask for a break so you can take time to shower, get a

meal outside the hospital/facility, go for a walk or spend time with

other family. The time away can allow you to be rested to provide the

best care for your loved one.

If you are a caregiver or patient in need of healthcare advice,

please call 1-866-KINDRED, where a Registered Nurse can answer

questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

*A New Beginning: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time;

they just have the heart.”

Each day is a new beginning; the chance to do with it what should

be done and not to be seen as simply another day to put in time. We

think about what we can do to help those around us. The value of

hospice volunteers cannot be overstated.

Volunteers often connect with patients on a deep, personal

level. This provides the hospice care team with valuable insights

concerning the overall impact of the level of comfort and care that is


Hospice volunteers have a unique life perspective and personality

that they offer. Each volunteer is unique. They have several common


(a) A spirit of compassion and understanding towards those who

are on the end-of-life journey

(b) Respect for all ways of life, cultural customs, and religious


(c) The ability to listen and be comfortable in silence

If you are interested in becoming a Hospice Volunteer, please

contact me.

Regale Harris is the Manager of Volunteer Services and

Community Liaison for Kindred. She welcomes all questions and

inquiries and can be reached at:

A Good Night’s Sleep

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty



you’re like me, sleep doesn’t come easy

and I have to make an effort to get that

much needed beauty sleep! So if you’re missing

that pep in your step, here are a

few ideas to make a difference.

(1) White Noise

Machines. I recently decided

to give one a try and I love it!

These machines produce a

whirring noise that helps you to

stay asleep at night.

Very often outside noises, can

cause you to wake up. And if

you’re like me, once I’m up, it’s

nearly impossible to go back!

Similar to a monotone

version of the ocean, the

background consistency produced by white noise helps to block

out the wide variety of sounds. These are oddly soothing and works

remarkably well!

(2) Turn off your devices! We all have heard this, but rarely

follow it. Phones, tablets, laptops - we bring them all to bed. And if

they happen to be charging right there on the nightstand it’s tempting

to take one last look. Hard as it is, try and choose a cut-off time for


(3) Add some pampering to your routine. Pick up a

pillow mist like Bath and Body Works’ Lavender Vanilla. Take a

bath, or try out some new, super soft sheets.

(4) Go to bed! While this sounds like it should be obvious, even

when we start to feel tired, many

of us continue to stay up!

One more TV show, one more

chapter in that book, just a bit

more work - the endless excuses

at night can actually disrupt the

ability to fall asleep. For those of

us that have a hard time falling

asleep, don’t ignore the signals

earlier in the night by pushing

to stay up.

Our minds and bodies are

amazing machines that need

downtime and rest. It helps us to think more clearly and is a huge

part of the anti-aging regimen. Try these suggestions! You’ll not only

feel better, but look better too!

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@ or through her website


By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

My friend just got an email a few days

ago from our mutual dentist, Dr. Wayne

Jordan, that said he was officially retiring this

April. The interesting

thing is that I,

personally, did not get

this email.

I have decided that

this is because he is

retiring from all of his

OTHER patients - but

not from me.

I have had exactly

two dentists in my

life - Dr. Backiewicz

(pronounced S-M-I-

T-H) in Ohio, to whom

I remained faithful

my first four years in

North Carolina, only

seeing him when I went

to visit family (I call

these the “Cavity ‘n’

Crown Years”); and Dr.


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Jordan, to whom my friend dragged me (with toothache pain and no

plans to visit Ohio), repeatedly assuring me that he would be kind,

understanding and a pain-free dentist.

Dr. Jordan came sliding into the room on his little rolling stool,

smiled, took my hand,

and promised me that

he would listen when

I said I needed more


keeping an extra tank

of it onsite when I was


Dr. Jordan has

occasionally performed

approximately 4-second

procedures on a tooth,

and has attempted to

convince me that the

shot of Novocain would

take longer than the

procedure, which should

be painless. I would then

attempt to convince him

(possibly with a firm

grip on his forearm)

that, no, I definitely

required Novocain.

Another thing Dr. Jordan always does (and Dr. Backiewicz

before him) is to hide the Novocain needle down by his side before

administering it. And as it’s going in, he shakes my cheek a little...

not sure if that’s because my cheeks are extremely shakable, or to

distract me into thinking, “Why is he shaking my cheek?” instead of

thinking - OWWWW!

But he somehow makes the shot not hurt - most of the time

(please, a needle going into the body anywhere is going to register as

pain in the brain, at least a little. We’re not robots, people!).

And, that whole hide-the-needle thing? Any good, reputable dental

school must teach this at some point. Sounds cliché, sounds silly,

sounds like coddling? So, what’s your point?

Without that “coddling” maybe another patient much more

overwrought than I, would slap Dr. Jordan’s needle hand away in a

fit of panic, causing Dr. J. to stick himself in the leg - not that I would

ever contemplate anything like that.

Meanwhile, since I never received a retirement email, it’s

obvious he’s making special arrangements for me. Or, he may have

shipments of Novocain delivered directly to my house, where he will

come when he’s needed. (Why not? Who says you can’t have your

teeth cleaned in your living room recliner?)

For now, farewell, Dr. Jordan. So sad to see you go (wink wink)!

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

More Than Oral Health

By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist

have written about this subject in the past,

I but I believe the following information

cannot be

stated enough. The facts are clear,

and it should be a call to action.

As reported in the January

publication, “Dentistry IQ: “…

people with periodontal disease

(gum disease) are almost TWICE

as likely to have heart disease, and

that risk may be even greater for

those with high cholesterol.”

It is amazing how people seem to

jump on the band wagon to sign up

for cholesterol lowering drugs with

abandon. I suspect this may be due

to the glut of publicity regarding

the life-threatening effects of bad


It is one of my goals to help

people realize that dentists are

“on your side” and truly care

about your overall health. Another

goal is to expose the public to

the documented relationship of

gum disease on cardiovascular and cerebral vascular health - not to

mention type 2 diabetes, and ulcers, just to name a few.

It is and should always be a dentist’s goal, not to just establish

stable oral health (because it is

our profession) but because we

also know that such a condition

will help improve your physical

well-being in general.

The dental profession should

be considered, not only as a

positive influence on your oral

health, but of your heart health

as well. According to this same

article “more than 85 million

Americans have some form

of cardiovascular disease”

and “…795,000 people have

a stroke in the United States


I strongly, strongly urge

all readers to take charge of

something over which they have


Get on the good health band

wagon with your dentist.

And as always, keep smiling.


A Peace Treaty with Yourself

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

It was at the suggestion of my VA PTSD

counselor that I took their mindfulness

class. I’m glad I did.

Being sort of a Type “A” person, it’s not easy for me to settle down

and relax; the class proved to be just what I needed. It provided me

with some interesting tools to get along better with some lingering

issues from the

Vietnam War.

We male

veterans tend to

be driven toward

a destination;

not even aware

of the journey. I

know, I know…

it may sound like

a cliché to say that

the journey IS the

destination, but it’s true.

Speaking from experience I know about being edgy, distracted,

easily rattled, scattered, overwhelmed, and stressed out. Like many

other veterans, I can become tense in a relaxed environment for no

apparent reason and overreact to bangs and sudden noises.

So how did this mindfulness class help me? It showed me how to get









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into the moment and away from dwelling on the past - or future.

I recommend it highly. So in keeping with helping veterans better

their lives with this column, here are a couple of suggestions that can

be useful in the de-stressing department.

First of all, after learning how to practice the art of being in

“present time” it’s good to know that you can do it anywhere. You

don’t need a beach in Hawaii to escape your problems. Simply close

your eyes and clear away the thoughts. It’s not easy at first - this is

why taking a class is

a good thing.


important aspect

is exercise. Just

five minutes on a

rowing machine

can get rid of tons

of stress. It can also

reduce aggressive

tendencies that get

us into trouble by

thinking: “I wanna knock the hell out of something.”

Most VA centers offer mindfulness classes. Since they are comprised

of other vets it makes it even better. Good luck - and peace to you.

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 books for veterans. All can be found

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Auto Insurance Premium Part II

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Last month, I listed the first 3 factors that

determine your auto insurance premium.

Below are the other two.

4. How you use your vehicle and how much do you drive

it. Statistically, the more miles you drive, the greater chance you

have of being involved in a crash. High annual mileage will result in

higher premiums.

Sounds simple? Maybe, but it can get

complicated if you use your vehicle for a

mix of business and pleasure. I don’t mean

driving to and from work, but actually

using it to do business, like hauling

materials, or people as part of your


There is a line between what insurers

call commercial use, business use and pleasure use, and you should

be aware of the differences if you use your vehicle to get your job done.

Most insurance companies have 4 categories for the average


(1) pleasure use or driving your vehicle less than 3 miles one-way

to work,

(2) driving 3-15 miles one-way;

(3) driving more than 15 miles one-way or

(4) business use. Business use is typical for realtors, outside sales

reps, attorney’s, etc.

As you go from pleasure to the next step, your rate increases slightly

with business use; typically, 20% more for the same vehicle than if it

was rated for pleasure use. The next step is a commercial auto policy

for people who truly use their vehicles in their trade.

5. Credit-based insurance score. Oh, I know the complaints

here. They have been bantered about in the industry for years.

The bottom line remains that there is a valid statistical correlation

between this insurance score and both the

number and severity of claims submitted.

Insurance scores are not unlike FICO

scores – each insurance company has its

own “model” but factors in the models


Usually, factors include, in part, payment

history, bankruptcies, collections, length

of established credit, outstanding debt, etc. Statistics bear out that the

better the insurance score, the fewer claims!

Again, just like the young male drivers, there is no prejudice here.

It’s simply sound statistical analysis.

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance

executive. He and his wife owned and operated their own

insurance agency for over 16 years. His primary purpose is to

give out real information that can be used to make intelligent

insurance decisions.


By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Yes, exercise is good for you. Most people

however, do not understand many of

the physiological changes that happen due to

exercise. Exercise helps the body work more efficiently and prevents

you from aging or getting sick.

Obviously exercise helps improve cardiovascular function. The

benefits of exercise, however, go far beyond this.

Every time your muscles contract, they help move the fluids of the

lymphatic system. The lymphatic system helps clear away the fluids

and wastes from around your cells. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle,

your cells can actually spend

more time in their own wastes.

If your circulation is poor

in a specific area of the body,

it can change the consistency

of the fluids which surround

the cells in that area. The

fluids are changed from a

liquid that moves easily to a

thicker gel that does not move

as easily.

This thicker gel has

numerous negative effects on

the cells. Since this fluid lies

between your blood vessels

and your cells, it prevents

nutrients from reaching the cells as easily.

In order for cells and tissues to repair themselves, an electrical

message must be sent guiding all of the cells in what they are

supposed to do and initiating certain biochemical processes. When

the fluids which surround the cells are in a gel-like state, this

electrical messaging system malfunctions and damage to tissues

goes unrepaired and may increase over time.

Other benefits of exercise include increased release of growth

hormone. Every day your body undergoes minor amounts of

damage in its tissues.

When you sleep at night, the body is supposed to repair this dayto-day

damage. To do so, the body must release growth hormone

from the brain.

After age sixty, the brain releases little to no growth hormone.

Exercise, however, can induce the brain to release growth hormone

so the body can repair its tissues and heal itself.

Exercise can improve the quality of your life, especially as one

grows older. As always, consult your doctor before starting a new

exercise program.


Exercise Does Help

Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle

and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell

practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or

March 2017

Spring is Here!

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Suddenly we find that extra “bulge” on

our waist, Oh No! Before we know it, the

warmer weather will be here - shorter sleeves

and less clothing to conceal those extra pounds we accumulated

over the holidays.

Well I admit a couple extra pounds appeared. Now I face the days

of extra exercise and healthier snacks.

The exercise is a given. It’s the healthier snacks that need to be

worked upon.

I admit that when I go grocery shopping, I try to eat a little

something prior to shopping. Nothing worse than to get into a

grocery store and looking at everything when you are hungry!

I did find a nice

low calorie snack

that a friend of mine

brought to one of our

employee pot lucks.

Really delicious and

filling. Add a little

salad to this dish and

you have a healthy

lunch or dinner.

And why not try

this out: GREEK



1 tsp. butter, 3 eggs, 1 cup flour, 1 cup milk,1 tsp. baking powder,

2 pkg. (10 oz each) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed dry,

2 pkg. (4 oz. each) crumbled feta cheese,1 pkg. (8 oz) shredded

cheddar cheese, 1 tbsp. dried minced onion

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake butter in 9-inch square baking

dish for 2 min or until melted. Remove dish from oven, brush

butter onto bottom and sides of dish. Beat eggs with mixer in large

bowl. Add flour, milk and baking powder. Mix until blended. Stir

in spinach, cheeses and onion. Spoon into prepared dish. Bake 35

minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into squares to serve.

Drinking a glass of water prior to eating also assists the digestive

system for a fuller feeling. I put a lemon slice into my water and

have at least an 8-ounce glass before sitting down to a delicious


Losing weight is tough, but don’t be discouraged! Keep at it and

you’ll be proud that when summer comes, that added holiday

weight will be gone!


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




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