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Not Sun City Anthem?
By: Dan Roberts / Publisher
Dear Evan: I read your article
and noticed that when you
listed all the Sun City communities
where you have entertainment shows, you did not
include Sun City Anthem. How come?
The reader was one of many that asked this question regarding our
numerous Vegas Voice shows around town. The answer is quite simple,
The reason is due to the way we are treated by the SCA management
and its Board of Directors.
The Vegas Voice is committed to bring “Strip” shows and great
performers to all “Age-Qualified Communities.” Our goal is to provide
extraordinary professional entertainment right to your clubhouse – at
more than reasonable prices and without any hassle - like hotel resort
fees, drink minimums, parking charges, driving at night, etc.
Our entertainment editor, Evan Davis, has done an incredible job
putting together top-notch, fantastic shows. Say what you want about The
Vegas Voice, but no one ever left our “Twilight Affairs” show without a
The other “Sun City” communities (including Siena) get it and we
have fantastic relationships with them. We all share a common goal –
providing enjoyment for seniors.
Absurdly, Sun City Anthem requires us to jump through so many hoops
(especially our free Guardianship and Elder Empowerment seminars) it
just isn't worth the fight. It reinforces the cliché that no good deed
We have been bullied into hiring security guards, forced to obtain insane
liability insurance coverages, hounded for non-existent Workman's
Comp insurance, and for something beyond stupid - required to spend
time running to and from City Hall to prove that a local business license
is not required.
Wait there’s more. All entertainers are now required to sign waiver(s) of
liability forms and, to add insult to injury - must present and file a picture
ID (“Your papers, please”).
No other community does that. In fact, the other “Sun Cities” cannot
do enough to work with us.
As for Sun City Anthem residents? Have no concerns; The Vegas Voice
will now have wonderful FREE events and seminars at Buckman’s
As for shows? We suggest that you go down the road to Sun City
MacDonald Ranch. It’s “Welcome Mat” is always out.
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n our house hangs a small oil painting
by my Dad, Victor Czerkas.*
My Dad literally painted hundreds of paintings, but this
one is quite different. At first glance, it looks like a Dutch
city scene, but a closer examination reveals Montmartre,
with its red windmill atop the famous Parisian nightclub,
the Moulin Rouge. It’s not exactly a miniature but at 7”
x 9”, it’s little. The surprising thing is its frame is quite
a bit larger at 15” x 17”. You would think the painting
would be lost in a frame that’s almost twice its size. But
it works because the area around the painting is filled
with four wide mats. One of them is actually padded like
a piece of upholstery, and the others are wood carvings.
Because the inner mats are in graduated sizes, they look
like frames within a frame. Amazingly this technique
does not overwhelm
dainty oil painting
by it’s elaborate
and any viewer
of its size, this
is an important
to this framing
technique. If the
painting had been framed to fit its actual size, it would
have been so small it would have been lost on almost any
wall. The only other sensible alternative would have been
to group it with several miscellaneous items into a wall
arrangement, where it would have been a piece of the pie.
But in its expanded framing, the small painting commands
attention, is large enough to adapt to almost any setting,
and hangs in a place of honor in my home. Yes, even in
the art world, presentation really is everything!
*The painting shown here is by Crystal’s Dad, the
award winning artist Victor Czerkas, the only known
private student of the great Russian impressionist,
Nicolai Fechin. If you have any questions about framing or
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Volume 14, Issue 4
A Police Intervention
By: Dan Roberts / Publisher
You’re damn right you better call the
police!” And with that clever retort it was
“try me, I dare you” time.
Regular readers are well-aware of my very special relationship with
The Vegas Voice political editor Rana Goodman. During the past few
years that she has been my PILL (partner in love & life) I have written
about her various medial ailments and conditions.
One of my jobs is to make sure that Rana takes her morning drugs
and advise when it’s time to reorder. A situation came up last month
which should serve as a wake-up call to all that you cannot rely on
anyone except yourself (or your mate) when it comes to your health.
My Ladylove was running out of her Januvia medication which she
now takes daily to control her diabetes. She called the pharmacy and
her doctor for the routine renewal and waited…and waited …and
After the third day without the medication, she mentioned the
circumstances and the apparent lack of communication between her
physician’s office and the pharmacy. The pharmacy (after you were
finally able to get them on the phone) claimed it requested the
renewal from the doctor a few times (so what do you want from us?
they asked in perfect “CYA” mode) without success.
Naturally, the medical office (after you were finally able to get
them on the phone) stated that they never received any request and, to
set Rana off, alleged there was no record of her contacting them either.
With her frustration and (sugar blood count) rising by the hour, my
Rana handed me the telephone to speak with the doctor’s office. And
then the real conversation began.
The young lady (and at our age, they’re all young) smugly stated
that the doctor will get to it when he gets the chance. “No, that’s not
going to happen” I assured her.
I cheerfully informed the assistant that the renewal prescription will
either be received by the pharmacy within 20 minutes or she would
have the pleasure of my company at the doctor’s office within 30.
She nastily inquired if I was going to cause a “ruckus?” “Absolutely
not” I promised, “it would be more like holy hell.”
She then threatened to call the police.
As Rana rolled her eyes and walked away, I neither raised my voice
nor used certain 4-letter words. However, my “New York attitude” was
in combat mode.
“Darling” I calmly stated, “you’re either going to send the
prescription now or call the police. But I assure you, that either way,
I’m going to get that prescription.
“And if I receive it while the cops are there, I guarantee you’re
going to have a lot more explaining to do to the doctor, insurance
company, various lawyers, government bureaucrats, and the
police. Think about all that extra paperwork. I sure hope you receive
Miracle of miracles, the pharmacy received the prescription exactly
8 minutes later.
“Who’s the gladiator now?” I exclaimed as my Rana picked up the
pills. Instead of bowing down in gratitude and thanking me (like I
really believed that that was going to happen) she just shot me her
I’m pleased to report that her blood count has stabilized, although
I’m still not sure if she would have bailed me out. But I might find out
real soon – her other drugs need renewals next week.
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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
decided this time to write about my
I experience working on a show called
"Zane Gray Theatre." It was hosted each week
by Dick Powell.
Each episode began with the firing of a gun and the words: "From out
of the west, Dick Powell's Zane Gray Theatre." I had worked with Powell
before on Four Star Playhouse so he was instrumental in my being cast
in this show.
This particular show occurred in the 1950's. It was an episode called
"Star Over Texas" and starred Anne Baxter.
That's me in the photo with her which was taken on the set. She was a
lovely lady with a beautiful smile.
As I mentioned, I had worked with Dick Powell earlier and although I
didn't have any scenes with him, he was still on the set, so it was wonderful
to see him again.
Working with Anne Baxter was also a delight. She was just as sweet as
I hoped she would be.
Most of you will remember her from her famous role in "All About
Eve," which she co-starred with Bette Davis. She had already won an
Oscar for her supporting role in “The Razors Edge" in 1947.
Often times in the movie business, a particular star will be set to play a
role, and then something will happen and they will be replaced. Such was
There’s a Note for That
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
the case with "All About Eve."
Jeanne Crain was supposed to
play Eve, but had to be replaced
when she discovered she was
pregnant. Bette Davis replaced
Claudette Colbert when she injured
her back and was unable to film.
In 1951 both actresses were
nominated for “Best Actress”
however, the studio wanted Baxter
to agree to being nominated for
Best Supporting Actress. The studio
was afraid that each star would cancel each other out with the voters.
Anne Baxter refused and the studio’s concerns were right. Judy Holiday
won that year for "Born Yesterday."
It was an honor and a thrill for me to work with such an accomplished
Until next time, remember: Blessed are those who can give without
remembering and take without forgetting.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
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If they stopped making post-it notes, my
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note and you do the wrong thing?
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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
Already June. Can you believe it?
2017 is half over and The Vegas Voice is
in full bloom with our entertainment schedule. Let
me tell you what’s in store for you, in case you want to go out seven nights
On weekends - Frankie Scinta at the Plaza Hotel Downtown; Pia
Zadora and Sonny Charles at Piero’s; performers in the round bar at
the Rampart Casino, to Wes Winters and Vanessa LeGrand in the
Grandview Lounge at the South Point.
Jazz at places like the Golden Tiki in China Town on Thursday nights.
Monday nights at the Artifice in the downtown arts district, Sante Fe and
the Fat City Horns at the Palms, and The German American Club - to
mention just a few. Of course, The Dispensary on the weekends for some
great straight ahead jazz.
If you’re looking to spend some time on “The Strip”, stop in at the
Lounge in the Paris Hotel and catch Treasure Guffy, These Guys
World Wide and many other groups that will have you up and dancing,
or just sit back and enjoy, without a cover or minimum.
How about some Motown and R&B with Gregg Austin at Texas Station
on Fridays, or the Cabo Lounge at Fiesta Rancho on the weekends? Get
out and see Clint Holmes or Frankie Moreno at the Golden Nugget or
head over to the Smith Center to see shows, plays, musicals and concerts.
Summer Shows Heating Up!
We will have our Vegas Voice
Twilight Affair shows at the
Silverton in September, October,
November and December.
Plus, a very special concert on
Sunday, August 20 th at 3 pm.
It will be “The Summer of
Love” a 50-year celebration
hosted by Mark Giovi and
Genevieve Dew. With a
scheduled list of performers
- Sonny Charles, Frankie
Scinta, Travis Cloer
(Frankie Vali from Jersey
Boys), Chadwick Johnson,
Jonathan Karrant, and
Sonny Charles will be appearing
at our “Summer of Love” concert
These great, wonderful entertainers will be performing songs from
1967. For those of you who are too young to remember, 1967 was called
The Summer of Love. I’ll have more on the concert next month.
And you say there’s nothing to do tonight!
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: email@example.com.
“As Time Goes By”
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
one of the world's greatest
love songs. "You must
remember this, a kiss is
just a kiss, a sigh is just a
This song, both words
and music, was written by
Tin Pan Alley songwriter
Herman Hupfeld. It was
not written for the 1942
movie Casablanca, but for
a 1931 Broadway musical
The song was used again
in a play by Burnett and Allison called Everybody Comes to Rick's
which was the basis for Casablanca.
Sammy Fain, noted for his compositions such as, Love Is a Many
Splendored Thing, and Gone with the Wind soundtrack wrote all
of the music for Casablanca, but used Hupfeld's As Time Goes By,
excluding its introduction, which had a different melody.
Steiner didn't want to use Hupfeld's song, but rather his own song.
However due to Ingrid Bergman's hair concerns, they could not reshoot
that scene in which As Time Goes By had already been done.
Steiner then used Hupfeld’s song as a recurring theme in Casablanca.
Hupfeld is rarely acknowledged for this great accomplishment,
even though he wrote both lyrics and melody. He was born (1894)
and died (1951) in Montclair, New Jersey, never married and lived
most of his non-performing life with his mother, a church organist.
Showing signs of giftedness, he was sent to study violin in Germany
at age 9. He returned to the U.S to serve in World War I and entertained
at camps and hospitals during WWII.
Hupfeld was known as a composer who could write a song for
a specific scene in a Broadway show. Ironically, he never wrote a
complete Broadway score.
He was also an entertainer. He sang and played the piano in Goopy
Geer and Down the Old Back Road, with Victor Young and His
Some of his other best known songs are: Let's Put Out the Lights
and Go to Sleep and Calinda. The world however will always
remember his music “As time goes by."
By the way, the pianist in Casablanca, was Arthur "Dooley" Wilson.
Did you know that in his performance in Casablanca, he didn't play
a note of music on the gutted piano? Dooley fingered the keyboard
while watching a pianist on side stage.
Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music
background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about
music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her at www.
Marty’s Top Ten
By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere
. Definition of falsies:
“Extra Padded Attractions.”
2. Why Americans love
football: It takes four quarters to
finish a fifth.
3. A man brings his boss home for dinner and a woman meets
them at the front door. The boss asks, “Is that your wife?” The man
replied: “Would I hire a maid that ugly?”
4. When married women keep talking about the pill, I’m not sure
if they mean birth control or their husbands.
5. I know a guy whose girlfriend has one red eye and one green
eye. He doesn’t know whether to stop or go with her.
6. I know another guys who painted the right side of his car yellow
and the left side red. He knows it doesn’t look good, but in case of
an accident, you should hear the witnesses contradict each other!
7. Marriage is like a long banquet - with the dessert served first.
8. I have a friend who spent so much money on a girl over a twoyear
period that he finally married her for his money!
9. My other friend's marriage broke up when he told his dog
to fetch his slippers and the dog went next door to his neighbor's
10. The irony in life is that by the time you have money to burn,
the fire has gone out.
Bonus: The senior citizen's doctor told him he could go anytime.
That made him happy because he hadn't gone in three days!
For over the past decade, Marty Allen has performed with his on
and off stage singing partner Karon Kate Blackwell.
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
For Father’s Day: While having their
dinner together, a little girl looked up
at her father and asked, "Daddy, you're the
boss in our family, right?" The father was very pleased to hear it
and confidently replied, "Yes my little princess."
The girl then continued, "That's because mommy put you in charge,
The Painted Seat: A man decides to take the opportunity
to paint the wooden toilet seat while his wife is away.
The wife comes home sooner than expected, sits and gets the seat stuck
to her rear. She is understandably distraught about this and asks her
husband to drive her to the doctor.
She puts on a large overcoat so as to cover the stuck seat, and they go.
When they get to the doctor's, the husband lifts his wife's coat to show
The man asks: "Doctor, have you ever seen anything like this before?"
"Well, yes," the doctor replied. "But never framed." A big Bill Blurb
thank you to reader Renee Riendeau
Ralph & Edna: Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental
hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming
pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool. Edna promptly jumped in to save
him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out.
When the Hospital Director became aware of Edna's heroic
act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the
hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.
When she went to tell Edna, she said, “Edna: I have good news and
bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you
were able to rationally respond to a crisis by saving the life of the
person. I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.
“The bad news however, is Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his
belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.”
Edna replied, “He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry. When
can I go home?”
Last words: Mary goes up to Father O'Grady after his Sunday
morning service, and she's in tears. He says: "So what's bothering you,
She says, "Oh, Father, I've got terrible news. My husband passed away
The priest replies, "Oh, Mary, that's terrible. Tell me, did he have any
She says, "That he did, Father." The priest asks, "What did he ask, Mary? "
She says: “He said, ‘Please Mary, put down that damn gun.’”
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Impressionists and Impersonators
By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation
Impressionists in Las Vegas have always
been a main stay.
The art of mimicry is a very unique and is a
special club. There are not very many of us out there who have this skill
That's because you have to be born with this gift. Of course, like any
other talent, it must be polished and perfected.
People often ask me what the difference is between an Impressionist
and an Impersonator? The Impersonator usually does one or two people,
actually becoming the person for the entire show.
The Impressionist is more of a quick sketch artist. Often moving in and
out of dozens of characters using only a prop or two to enhance the bit.
To appreciate a great impressionist, close your eyes while watching
parts of the show. This will really allow you to hear how close the voices
When I was teenager watching the pros, I studied the great entertainers
like Rich Little. He would go in and out of characters, one right after
another. He was truly the master of his art form. I learned so much by
The Miracle League
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
The softie with the tough sounding
nickname melts every Saturday when
he pushes kids in wheelchairs around the
bases at Miracle League. Having been born into opportunity, Tony
“Bag of Donuts” Salamone made the most of it, helping grow the
family’s successful Jersey concrete business for 35 years.
He chucked it all and headed to Vegas five years ago with his wife, who
he refers to as Pineapple. “We didn’t relocate; we started over.”
After losing a young son, Salamone became a pay-it-forward guy,
committing spare time to organizations dedicated to special needs
people; in Jersey, it was Camp Can Do and the Special Olympics. Here,
Miracle League hooked him.
During two 8-week cool-weather sessions, 16 teams of special needs
players meet in head-to-head competition on a specially built, rubberized
ball field - dugouts, bleachers, the whole nine yards, in winner-take-all
competition. Their first game in 2009, a tie game that made both sides
winners, cast the die.
Since then, all games have ended in ties. In 2009, Dodger’s star pitcher
Clayton Kershaw failed to record an out in his 2-inning stint. At the Spring
Home Run Derby, Jose Canseco scored far down the placement list.
The ballplayers choose their bats not by weight or length, but by color.
There are no outs; innings end after everyone has batted. Miracle Leaguers
of all ages (currently 4 to over 60) run the bases strapped into wheelchairs
and steadied on walkers with the help of their “Buddy Consultant.”
Caesar’s Entertainment, in cooperation with comedy-juggler Jeff
Last month I had the honor of having him as our guest on our
Vegas Voice “Celebrity Interview” TV/Podcast show held at the Humana
Neighborhood Center in Green Valley.
It was so much fun talking and doing voices with Mr. Little. What
impressed me the most was that he really still loves this craft. The passion
he has for his work is wonderful to see.
I see that in so many other performers as well and I feel the same
way. I love being a performer. I guess I've always had the George Burns
philosophy: I would rather struggle in show business than be a success at
something I don't care about.
I tell my kids to find your gifts and work hard to use them. I believe that
you'll always be happier if you do that. As the saying goes - do something
you truly love and you'll never work a day in your life.
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: rich@
Miracle Dreamer Deenaa with Tony Salamone
Civillico’s Win-Win Entertainment non-profit has reached out to stock
the outfield with local celebrities. Lori Legacy, the Iowa housewife in
“Menopause the Musical” often fills the Buddy role.
Lead singer Vinny of “The Bronx Wanderers” is a fixture in left field.
“America’s Got Talent” finalist, Murray Sawchuck, award winning
magician at Planet Hollywood observed, “These kids love life,” adding “it
was an honor and pleasure to see these awesome kids.”
Salamone, a founding member of the casino and entertainment
marketing firm Vegas Dream Pleasers, summed up his motivation for
participation, “We are only as good as the good that we do.”
Miracle League: www.MiracleLeagueLasVegas.com
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Las Vegas, NV 89117
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By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director
- Ms. Senior Nevada
Our photo this month
is a proclamation
from the Secretary of State to our reigning
Queen Terri MacTaggart.
Ms Senior Nevada is now in our 32nd year as a
state certified non-profit. As part of our service, we
provide shows and entertainment to assisted living
centers, medical groups and continue to raise
money to help find a cure for Alzheimer and arthritis.
We also support Meals on Wheels and are currently planning our
summer outing to Austin and Eureka, Nevada. The rural areas do not
have some of the advantages we enjoy here and they are always so
grateful for our help to their senior population.
We print the tickets and send them to the senior center. They sell them
and keep 100% of the proceeds.
We have the privilege of entertaining in a historic building with
“most” of the town attending. We even pay our own expenses, including
gas and lodging.
We get a fantastic welcome and have a wonderful time. If you’ve
never been to central Nevada and or visited the renovated Opera House
in Eureka, or the quaint little homes and churches in Austin, it is a trip
Want to join us? Give us a call: 702/809-5881.
A Great Cause
Letting Go of the Wheel
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
There already are numerous articles that
discuss making the hard decision of
when to stop driving, so I’m not going to jump down that rabbit
No doubt it’s a serious and gut-wrenching choice, but for those who
are dreading that moment, please don’t. There are so many alternatives
today, that sometimes letting go can be a positive instead of a negative
The worst part about not driving your own car is that you can’t pick up
and go at a moment’s notice. That might have been the case five years
ago, but that’s not true anymore.
I’m sure you’ve heard of driver services like Uber and Lyft. Personal
drivers and their cars will come to you 24/7.
It’s as simple as opening up an app on your smartphone and putting in
the address where you want to go. You can choose the type of ride - shared,
single driver, or even a luxury car and see the estimated charge.
You also can track the driver as the vehicle makes its way to you,
including a time estimate in minutes. You can see a picture of the driver’s
face, the type of car, and the license plate number as well.
I’ve used both services numerous times, to and from the airport, to
run errands (they will wait for you) and even pick up friends for a night
out. All drivers are required to be insured, and you can rate the driver’s
customer service after each ride.
In addition, because everything is done through a pre-registered credit
card, no money exchanges hands, so you’re in and out of the car quickly.
Other positives to non-car ownership include no car or insurance
payments, no maintenance bills, no parking fees, and more. If the cost
of car riding is your argument, the savings on car ownership more than
makes up for it.
If you’re uncomfortable with the idea, try it once. You’ll see how easy it
is, and you might make a few new friends on the way!
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
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IQ... What Does It Really Mean?
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
In my never-ending quest to verify that I have
at least minimal intelligence, I’ve decided
to take a “Pocket IQ Test” that a friend gave me.
I’m not sure, but I’m pretty certain she gave me this because she’s
taken the test herself and wants to compare our intelligence grades.
I don’t intend to do this unless, of course, she tells me her score
first...and I did better. The only people I intend to share this with,
even if, say, I flunked, are you, my faithful readers, who couldn’t
possibly think any less of me.
First thing it says is that the test is designed to measure the general
intelligence level of adults and children age 9 and over. This is a
relief because I know I have more brainpower than a 9-year-old...
especially a 9-year-old boy.
Grandson, Georgie, a typical 9-year-old boy, recently and brilliantly
figured out how to climb to the roof of his Dad’s storage shed, using
a combination of chairs, plastic crates, ropes and tree branches. I
could do that.
But, being a tad more astute, or simply being a female, I would also
have planned a way to get back down. Georgie did not. Case closed.
The test advises that I will be given 45 minutes to answer 60
questions, which is 3/4 of a minute per question, which is skimpy,
it seems to me. “Answer all the questions, even if you must guess.
Guessing has been considered in the scoring.” Now, maybe I’m
cynical, but nobody believes that.
I’m already having a problem with the first sample question: “Boat
is to water as aeroplane is to: Sun, Ground, Water, Sky, Tree.” I mean,
obviously, it’s Sky, but the more important question is, why are we
spelling airplane a-e-r-o-p-l-a-n-e?
This is America, people! We don’t spell airplane that way, any more
than we put that little line across the bottom of a 7 because we are not
French! And, vive la difference!
Second sample question:
“Which one does not belong:
Dog, Car, Cat, Horse, Fish.”
Please, it’s Car - the others are
BUT, one could also,
theoretically, make a case for
Fish. Why? Because all
the others have four
Clearly not a simple,
here, and I’m beginning
to doubt the efficacy of
this IQ test. (See how I
slipped “efficacy” in there?
And, where on this test does
gives you extra points?
Nowhere. Kind of perfunctory
don’t you think?)
So, here we go. Question No. 1: “What number does not belong? 1,
3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13.” 10…duh.
Question 2: “Which one is least like the others? Bear, Snake, Bull,
Tiger, Dog.” They plainly want the answer to be Snake - the others
But, again, there is a case to be made for Dog. Why couldn’t the
other four be “things that scare the crap out of you”? Just sayin’...
Question 3: Well, now my timer’s all off because of the unmistakable
ambivalence of their questions. I guess I’d better start over. Not that
it’s my fault.
I’ll let you know how it goes…maybe.
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 www.vickiwentz.com.
Colonial Williamsburg lies in what is
known as the Hampton Roads region in
southeastern Virginia. Its gardens demonstrate
horticultural practices from the 1700s and are
known for being inviting; although neither fancy nor fussy.
Prior to the American Revolution, Williamsburg was the center of
political events in Virginia and received a royal charter as a city in
1722. The homes are stately restored 18 th -century houses whose early
residents took part in the sequence of events characterizing America’s
fight for independence.
Besides the beautifully restored buildings, Colonial Williamsburg
is remarkable for its neat English plotted garden paths. Paths with
cultivated calm and charm lead to tranquil green areas, orderly
flower beds, fenced pastures and trimmed hedges. The vast shade
trees cool, while still allowing rays of sun to filter through.
In places, pathways are beaten hard from years of use, giving a
unique weave of art and agriculture. Williamsburg herb gardens once
supplied 18 th -century apothecaries. Some of the medicines colonial
apothecaries used are often recommended today.
Scattered everywhere are attractive splashes of garden color
and, with the combined efforts of historians and horticulturists,
historically accurate native plants, along with exotics that tolerate
Virginia’s hot humid summers, have been combined to create an
appearance that brings people back year after year.
Visiting Williamsburg offers a capsular glimpse of the Revolutionary
era. Before entering some homes and gardens, you must duck arches
in order to peer inside and imagine life as it was for early settlers.
Williamsburg offers educational gardening programs that draw
garden clubs from around the country for recurring visits to examine
and study the plants and their arrangement. At Christmas, residents
make adornments using plant materials considered by many the
most beautiful and anticipated natural decorations in the country.
plants, visiting the
or taking a
walking tour, it’s a
sure thing you will
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By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
If it's too good to be true, it is usually
too good to be true.” We have all heard
this before. This is absolutely the case in the
I cannot tell you how many times when we tell potential customers the
price of the vacation they're planning, they will tell us that they saw it
online, or read an ad that they can get the same exact cruise, hotel, airline
ticket much cheaper.
Recently when we gave a round trip airfare price from New York to
Rome for $800, the customer said, "I saw it on line for $300.” I can tell
you that in my 30 years in the travel business I have never sold a round
trip New York to Rome ticket for $300.
Why do I tell you this story? Because, there are no secrets in the travel
business. No one, and I mean no one, has prices that are hundreds or
thousands of dollars lower than anyone else.
That's not to say you shouldn't be a savvy travel shopper. Prices for
airline tickets do go up and down, as do hotel room rates and cruise fares.
But not thousands of dollars. When you see a price that just doesn't
make sense, walk away. It’s a scam.
For example, that cruise fare for a seven-night cruise for $199 usually
includes a three to four-hour time sharing presentation. Las Vegas is
famous for these promotions and my relatives recently sat through such
a "hard sell" pitch for what they thought was a great vacation price.
Jan. 7-14, 2018
7 Night Western Caribbean Cruise,
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
Turns out the vacation price they paid was not "such a deal." They also
lost one full day of their vacation being “urged” to buy a time sharing
The aforementioned $300 round trip air fare from New York to Rome?
In all likelihood, it probably did not include all the taxes and security fees
associated with the price of the ticket.
But that's how the online travel sellers pull you in. Always get the full
price - including taxes and fees.
Here's the best advice I can give you when buying your vacation. Pay
with a credit card. If the company you're dealing with does not accept
credit cards, walk (no, run) away.
Payment by check or cash only is a big, red flag that you might be
getting scammed. After all, how "easy" (read: hard) is it to get a refund
when you paid by check or cash?
I've often written about not leaving your brain at home when you go
on vacation. These few tips should help you plan your vacation with full
Mix and Match
Jan. 14-27, 2018
13 Night Panama Canal
Cruise from Miami to LA
Cartagena, Columbia; Panama Canal Transit;
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Guatemala; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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
Cruise with the Phat Pack
7 night Mexican Riviera
Jan. 27- Feb. 3, 2018 “Bus to the Boat”
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Destinations: Cabo San Lucas,
Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta
Inside Cabin $ 869 pp,
Ocean View $ 999 pp,
Balcony $1,169 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.
Summerlin Rotary Club
Summerlin Rotary Club accepting the top
performance “District Governor’s Bell Award”
The Summerlin Rotary Club earned the
2017 top performance award in its category
during the recent annual conference sponsored
by Rotary District 5300, which is comprised of
65 Rotary clubs located throughout Southern
Nevada and Southern California. Additionally,
Summerlin Rotary Club earned distinguished
awards for community and youth projects, and
six other avenues of Rotary service, along with
earning the top member growth award, inducting
13 Rotarians into the club since July 2016.
Comprised of community leaders and professionals,
Summerlin Rotary Club has achieved over 20 years of
remarkable dedication directly focused on improving
lives of citizens and targeted on youth leadership
opportunities and development. The club meets on the
1 st and 3 rd Tuesdays of each month at 7:10 am at TPC
Summerlin, 1700 Village Center Circle, 89134.
We the People Essay
TBy: Carol Tank, Literacy Chair
he Southern Hills Republican Women’s Club
celebrated its 5 th annual: “We the People”
essay contest with the Burkholder Middle School
Community.This year’s theme was “Memorializing
Our Nation’s History.” Students were asked to
choose a U.S. monument, memorial, event or
iconic symbol and become its “voice” by explaining
its history and significance. The awards:
Gold: Breanna Hatch: “The Vietnam Memorial.”
Silver: Adonis Pettiford: “African Burial Ground
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Why Saying It Isn’t Enough
By: Robert Telles / Accolade Law
Whatever the reason for the failure to do a written plan, a
person will often verbally tell their loved ones their wishes
for property after death expecting for all to heed the wishes.
Families, even close ones, can be torn apart by this.
An often-occurring scenario: a parent tells her children that one child
should get her home. Perhaps the child helped the parent or the parent
thought the child was in serious need.
Still, in many cases I’ve seen, the other siblings refuse to honor those
wishes and instead sell the home from under the one sibling so the money
can be split. This tragically tears a family apart and there is nothing that
can be done after.
Plan your own estate and protect your family.
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.
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
Picture for a moment a sleepless night
– painful stomach cramps, diarrhea,
headache and a constant sense of selfworthlessness.
Sounds like it may be cancer,
irritable bowel syndrome, sleep apnea or migraines, right?
Wrong. It’s hunger!
Following up from my column of two months ago, there are over 7,800
seniors, many right in your own backyard, who are living this nightmare
daily. This is a travesty and the problem continues to grow.
This is a call to action and the solution is simple – contribute at
whatever level you’re comfortable with to catholiccharites.com and
follow the prompts.
I can assure you, the money you donate will give a hungry senior a
good night’s sleep; something we take for granted, as opposed to those
who experience the tragedy of going hungry regularly.
There is nothing more dehumanizing than experiencing or witnessing
a hungry senior. Act now! You’ll sleep better knowing you made a
difference to a senior in need.
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: email@example.com.
Nevada Assembly Bill 299
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
Nevada’s legislature is considering a
measure (Assembly Bill 299) that
would require the Legislative Committee
on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults with Special Needs to
conduct a study on the training standards for individuals who
are providing care in facilities for individuals who have special
This includes senior homes that offer specialized options for individuals
who have Alzheimer’s or dementia, among other special services.
This is an excellent piece of legislation that is tasked with assessing
the needs of individuals in these facilities and ensure that our state’s
regulations are current with the latest mechanisms available to provide
top quality care to those in need.
The public has an interest in ensuring that these businesses operate
with transparency and deliver on the services they’re promising. Untrained
individuals should not be administering medical care or performing
tasks beyond their level of professional competence.
It is unfair to the worker and to the patient, who has a legitimate
expectation that the person performing any medical care is properly
At the same time, it is also important to recognize that over burdening
care facilities with regulations will make a smaller portion of the workforce
eligible for these jobs. Further, regulations usually come with increased
costs, and that may mean that fewer families have fewer options for how
to care for loved ones who need special care.
That’s not to say that people without special training do not make
meaningful contributions to their work. The vast majority of workers
in specialized care facilities, trained or untrained, show up to work with
good intentions and wanting to deliver the best care.
Nevadans, especially those who are more vulnerable, deserve the best
from their state. To the extent that the government and care facilities
have access to new technology or procedures that make old regulations
not useful, they deserve the freedom to operate within standards for that
AB 299 passed the Assembly unanimously and is now in the Senate.
I encourage you to call your State Senator to let them know that you
support this important piece of legislation.
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guardianship Reforms Bills Almost There!
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
We are edging very close to the finish line
with several different guardianship bills
which are all moving successfully through the
Nevada Legislature. Just a few more steps to go before we can let out a
huge sigh and do our “happy dance.”
A big thank you shout-out goes to Senator Becky Harris, Assemblyman
Michael Sprinkle, Assemblyman Steven Yeager, Senators Nicole
Cannizzaro, Aaron Ford, Pat Spearman, Joyce Woodhouse, Julia Ratti,
Kelvin Atkinson, Yvanna Cancela, Mo Denis, Patricia Farley, Mark
Manendo, David Parks, and Tick Segerblom for their sponsorship of
these various guardianship bills.
We also want to thank Barbara Buckley of the Legal Aid Center. Without
her help, the “Bill of Rights” for people in guardianship would not exist.
Kudos also must go to Ms. Buckley and Supreme Court Justice James
Hardesty for their help and testimony in favor of our guardianship bills.
It is (almost) becoming routine for Publisher Dan and I to go up to
Carson City and testify before the various Legislature Committees. I must
admit, it is quite a thrill to be recognized and privileged to speak in front
of the various elected officials.
Last month, we were both before the Senate Finance Committee
alongside Senator Harris advocating for the “official” guardianship
nomination form (SB 229) as well as the use of the “Lockbox”
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protections. A special thank you to Gail Anderson from the Secretary of
State’s office for taking the time to testify on behalf of our nominated
Amid all the “nail biting” over these bills, more dreadful news came
out regarding the “Poster Child for Guardianship Reform” April Parks,
when a man who purchased a storage unit at auction (which just
happened to have belonged to Ms. Parks) opened it and found dozens of
cases containing labeled urns with the cremated ashes of many of her
wards. Authorities are trying to notify families so they may be returned.
Hopefully we can report on all the potential good news in next month’s
edition. Keep your fingers crossed!
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Henderson community. She brings to the City
Council grassroots experience that has
enabled her to succeed with common
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Homeowners Insurance - Part I
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Often called the least read best seller in
America, a Homeowner’s Insurance
policy exists on virtually every home in the
country. It stands to reason that you should understand it.
All homeowner’s policies have the same basic elements. In Part I, I will
detail the basic coverage categories and next month will explain some of
the extras that can or should be included in your policy.
Homeowners policies generally have coverages A, B, C, D, E, and F as
Coverage A – Dwelling. This is coverage for your home. Insurance
companies require that it be the amount to replace your home after a loss
– it is NOT the market value but what it would cost to rebuild all or part
of your home in a timely manner.
Coverage B – Other Structures. This amount is typically 10% of
Coverage A. You can increase this amount if you have, for example, a
casita that would cost more than $20,000 to rebuild.
Coverage C – Personal Property. Your contents. The standard
home policy includes 50% of Coverage A, but most preferred policies
include 70%. Some contents are limited and we’ll talk about that next
month. CAUTION: You want to make sure you have replacement coverage
on your contents.
Coverage D – Loss of Use (or Additional Living Expense). This is
typically 20% of Coverage A and will pay the additional cost for you to
live elsewhere after a loss until your home is ready for occupancy. Some
companies do not give a dollar amount but, rather, state “actual loss
sustained” or “up to 12 months.”
Coverage E – Personal Liability. All home policies come standard
with $100,000, but for a few dollars you should increase this to either
$300,000 or $500,000. This is WORLD WIDE coverage for you and your
Coverage F – Medical Payments to others. The standard amount
is $1,000, but you can usually raise this to $5,000. This is designed to pay
the other party for minor injuries sustained on your property.
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
Breaking through Medicare
Insurance expert hosts community service events
to provide answers to Medicare questions.
Is Obama Care out and Trump Care in? How will the new
insurance regulations affect my Medicare plan?
Those are just a couple of the questions that are asked
when Rick Bronstein answers his phone at GreenSky
Insurance Services. Bronstein is an independent insurance
agent with nearly 40 years of experience, and his specialty is
understanding all of the intricate nuances of Medicare.
As a community service, Bronstein has decided to hit the
road and answer questions about Medicare and medigap
insurance for anyone in the Las Vegas Valley.
What is better than free advice? How about free advice with
a free cup of coffee and a snack?
Starting June 13 through July 24, Bronstein will be available
on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 9:30 am until 11:30 am at
the Great Harvest Bread Co. ® in the Siena Town Center
shopping center (corner of West Tropicana and Hualapai).
Bronstein invites Valley residents to sit down with him in a
casual conversation about Medicare while enjoying a cup of
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Did you know that Nevada, like most states, offers ten
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with different levels of standardized benefits and coverage?
Wading through the written documentation for each of these
plans can be a daunting task. However, by asking questions
about your specific needs, Bronstein can help you take the
guesswork out of choosing the right plan.
Bronstein can explain, in easy to understand terms, how
Medicare Part A and Part B works, and give you the tools to
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As an independent agent, Bronstein works with United
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so that you are better be able to choose what’s right for you.
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For the Good of the Game
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
Did you know that the USGA has a great
program membership program that
you can join for as little as $10?
Here is sample of what you receive with your membership: a member’s
only US Open hat with ball marker, a rules book, a bag tag engraved with
your name and a host of other benefits. I’ve been a member for many
years and look forward to my new US Open hat each year when I renew
The hat in embroidered with the words “2017 US Open Erin Hills” on
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By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
The Bible states that change can happen
in the "blink of an eye." However, the
majority of humanity believes that change is
tied to time.
It's not! Rather, it is in the eye (mindset) of the beholder.
Quantum healing is the connective link that scientists have been
looking for since the 1900s with quantum physics. They were able to
configure thought mathematically but, there was no real paradigm
that explained what this all meant, until now.
Today, scientists are able to prove how quantum healing actually
spans the connection between science, religion and spirituality.
Though, there is no agreed upon language, it explains the minds'
connection to some instances that we would otherwise label as
That is not to say that miracles don't exist. They do! But when
it comes to healing and manifesting different realities, fact is, that
change begins with the mind.
One of the examples shared by quantum physicist and author
Cynthia Larson, tells of a young friend that broke her leg jumping
from rock to rock. The x-rays confirmed the break.
Sent home to heal for two months, the woman was concerned
she would lose her new job. But, days after changing the theta wave
space, her leg began itching from within. And two days later, there
was no sign of ever having a leg break.
The core of the matter is this: If your intention is rooted in love
and you learn to direct that energy, you can project it wherever
you want. When others come into contact with it, they feel it and
interesting things begin to happen, even retroactively.
In Pema Chodron's words, "We are all a blink of an eye away from
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the ability to complete work responsibilities or
have an active lifestyle can be severely compromised.
Invasive surgery and/or the use of steroidal and
pain management medications can have their own harmful
When asked what he thinks is most important in pain
management treatment going forward, Robert H. Odell, MD, PhD,
Founder and Chief Medical Officer, Neuropathy and Pain Centers
of America, answers without hesitation: “Our practical working
principle is to successfully treat patients without the need for surgery
and without masking over their pain with medication. While some
people can be quite stable on their prescribed medication, we want
to go to the source of the problem and foster natural healing that
sustains resolution of chronic pain.”
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see excellent results in a significant number
of patients with peripheral neuropathy
[80-85 percent success rate], neck, joint,
and back pain using our Combined
Electromechanical Treatment [CET],” says
CET uses two well-established procedures:
a nerve block performed with a local anesthetic
and Electronic Signal Treatment (EST) delivered by a
sophisticated electroanalgesia device. The in-office procedure is a
safe and cost-effective way to reawaken nerves, reduce inflammation
that is causing pain, improve circulation, and stimulate healing.
“This is an elegant, energy-based, bioengineered technology
designed to get the body back into balance and heal. For our patients,
it means a return to the lifestyle they once enjoyed,” emphasizes
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Dr. Odell, a Stanford University-trained interventional pain
management physician with a PhD in biomedical engineering, says
that a significant step in that direction has been developed and is in
practice at his clinic. Beginning the process, Dr. Odell’s clinic in Las
Vegas uses Neural-Scan neurodiagnostic testing, a noninvasive and
painless procedure that tests the nerve pathways with small amounts
of electrical current in several nerve points to determine the source
of the pain.
Dr. Odell then utilizes energy-based medicine that works in
accordance with the natural circuitry of the nervous system. “We
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By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
Do you remember those long marches?
Man, I do. There was nothing worse
than trying to catch your breath as you
crested another hill loaded down with a full field pack.
It made you wanna fall out and quit. When I was a drill sergeant at
Fort Ord, California I had to make every long march that my trainees did.
I stayed in good shape, but doing it over and over with every training
platoon put a sour taste in my mouth for walking. Being in the infantry
can make you hate walking forever.
However, perhaps we should re-think how we feel about it - because
walking might not be so bad after all. In fact, some doctors are actually
prescribing exercise over pills these days. (Wonder what the huge drug
companies think about that?)
So what does walking do for you? To begin with, it benefits healthy
brain activity, along with heart, lungs, skin and overall metabolism.
A University of Pittsburgh study of adults 65 and older found that those
with a walking pace of one meter per second lived longer. So for increased
survival for us older vets, we need to pick up the pace, get in step, and
sound off counting cadence if you have to.
Even as little as 10 minutes of brisk walking can help. Then push it to
15, and then go for 20. Start slow, but just start.
Here’s a plan (from an old Drill Sergeant) to help you develop a good
Get the right gear. Choose shoes with proper arch support, a firm heel,
and thick flexible soles to cushion your feet to absorb any shock.
Choose your course carefully. If you’re walking outdoors and the
weather gets bad, don’t use it as an excuse. Consider walking in a
Warm up. Walk slowly for 5 to 10 minutes to warm up your muscles
and prepare your body for exercise. Then at the end, cool down by walking
slowly for five to 10 minutes to help your muscles cool down.
Stretching is an important aspect of exercise. After you cool down,
gently stretch your muscles.
There’s nothing quite like putting a little more bounce in your step -
and now you can do it for you, instead of Uncle Sam.
Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and
through that experience was led to address the many transitional
issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important
books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.
Getting Ready for a Vegas Summer
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Where did the spring go? For those of us
that live in Vegas where the summers are
gruelingly warm, the beautiful spring weather is
sadly fleeting. And so the time has come to break out our more airy,
As we pull out last summer's clothes, hopefully the last 5 pounds
of any winter weight we’re still carrying allow for them to be as
comfortable as we remember! If not and you are looking to add a few
things, bright colored jersey dresses are a longtime favorite for me!
They’re soft, cool and easy to wash. As a side bonus, they’re easy to
pack for quick weekends out of the heat!
We also need to take a good look at the parts of our bodies we were
able to hide over the winter and neglect a bit, like our legs and arms.
They ultimately make more of an appearance during summer and a
little TLC is in order!
A decent exfoliation is the perfect place to start followed by a good
layer of a go-to moisturizer. My new favorite is Smoothie Star Body Milk
by Soap & Glory, available at Ulta.
It’s not pricey and smells so good you’ll want to eat it! The same
routine can be used on your arms and throwing in a sugar or salt scrub
is a nice treat too!
Next, to get you going with a little splash of color, Jergens Natural
Glow is always a quick and inexpensive route. Or for a little splurge, try
Laura Mercier’s Body Bronzer.
For our face, a nice powdered bronzer can instantly give that sunkissed
look. Whatever you choose for a splash of color, just stay out of
Most important, don't forget the sunscreen. So many areas that have
been covered up the last few months are more susceptible to burning.
You can put it in a nice pump bottle next to your hand cream, so it's
easy to use and right in sight.
Last, drink lots of water! You need to replenish what the heat takes
and your skin and body will thank you for it. Meanwhile, stay cool and
enjoy your summer in this great desert oasis!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
Regale Harris is the Manager of Volunteer Services and
Community Liaison for Kindred. She welcomes all questions and
inquiries and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team
The public, including veterans and their
families were invited to participate in a
free event honoring all veterans last month
at the Nevada Veterans Memorial, located at the Sawyer Office
Building. Participants were invited to walk around and enjoy the
visit to the War Memorial.
The event featured the Junior ROTC from Paseo Verde High School
color guard, poignant remarks from the
Services and the
presentation of a
token to veterans
Veterans from assisted living facilities including Atria-Sunlake, Aegis
Memory Care, Merrill Gardens at Green Valley Ranch and Desert View of
Las Vegas were proudly represented.
Kindred Hospice Las Vegas is a proud member of We Honor Veterans,
a program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
and the Veterans Administration, which is designed to empower hospice
professionals to meet the unique needs of terminally ill veterans.
To learn more about Kindred Hospice Las Vegas, call 702.262.7535 or
Moms & Dentistry
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
Since our thoughts were with our moms
last month (and of course, should be
with us every day), let’s turn our discussion
to oral health for mothers. This topic may not resonate with you
but what about your young, adult children …or grandchildren?
Oral health and preventive dental work for pregnant women is
important to avoid gum disease and oral infections. The American
Pregnancy Association stated preventive dental cleaning and annual
exams during pregnancy are recommended and safe.
Let’s focus on a few of the most common topics pertaining to oral
health during pregnancy.
In a recent article by the Delta Dental Plans Association, it answered
questions about dental care during pregnancy concerning X-rays,
anesthesia, differences in oral health, and dental benefits. Here’s what
X-rays: If necessary, X-rays are safest during the second trimester.
The Mayo Clinic stated it is “highly unlikely that a diagnostic X-ray
would harm a developing baby.” Though the dentist and dental hygienist
will usually ask, let them know you are pregnant.
Anesthesia: It is safe to have dental treatment that requires local
anesthesia according to a 2015 study by the American Dental Association.
This is significant because sometimes pregnant women will postpone
dental procedures even though they are in pain or the issue is affecting
Oral health: Sensitive gums can affect pregnant women due to
of the gums and
caused by an increased
level of hormones.
Look for redness,
and bleeding, and
brush twice daily
and floss daily,
while keeping close
attention to your
Dental benefits: Check your benefits plan. Some plans included
additional benefits for pregnant women such as extra cleanings to help
prevent pregnancy gingivitis.
For additional information, in Delta Dental’s Oral Health Library, you
will find articles about the safety of dental care during pregnancy, oral
health during pregnancy and infant oral health. Always share your
questions and concerns with your dentist. If I can help you in any of your
oral health needs, please do not hesitate to contact me.
As always, keep smiling.
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Summer is Here!
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
It’s here! Summer has arrived! And with
it comes the thoughts of easy, nutritious
It’s better to make dishes without all that fuss and bother, yet delicious
and fun! I found an easy, yummy recipe to make below and will help to
fill you up. Preparation will take a little time, but well worth it! Add a side
salad to this dish and you have a great meal.
GINGER STIR-FRY CHICKEN (Makes 4 servings, Prep time 30 minutes)
3 tbsp. coconut oil 1 cup onion, sliced
1 cup bell pepper, sliced 1 cup carrots, peeled and sliced
2 cups broccoli (cut into florets) 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled & grated
3 tbsp. minced garlic 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast (cut into strips)
2 tbsp. soy sauce 1 tbsp. Siracha (optional)
Heat coconut oil in wok or skillet on medium heat. Add onion, bell
pepper, carrots, broccoli, ginger to skillet and cook for 8 minutes, stirring
occasionally. Move vegetables to side and add chicken and garlic.
Allow chicken to brown on both sides before adding it to vegetables. Add
sauces and cook for additional 8 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly
Per serving: Calories 330, Fat 13.6g, Carbs 14.8g, Protein 30g.
I find so many delicious recipes online (Food Network, All Recipes,
Tasty, and so many others too numerous to mention). One of my favorite
TV shows is Food Network but be aware of those sugar and carb loaded
I use chicken in many of my dishes as it is so compatible to varying
dishes. Baked, stir fry, slow cooker -whatever you can to utilize the
versatility of chicken is helpful.
Boneless chicken breasts can be pounded out and placed into freezer
bags. You can then take them out of the freezer for a quick meal. Just
bread them and either fry or bake them up.
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first
runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer.
Mary can be reached at email@example.com.
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Your Immune System
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Most people are aware of the importance
of their immune system.
If your immune system is weak, you are more
susceptible to viruses, bacteria and fungi. If your immune system is
strong and healthy, this increases the likelihood that you stay healthy.
The importance of the immune system however goes far beyond this.
The immune system actually helps set up the environment around the
cells so that the body can communicate and coordinate its vast network
of functions as a cohesive whole.
A little known fact is that the body produces approximately six times
as many immune cells per day than are found in the body at any one
time. What is happening here is that the body breaks down the immune
cells constantly and uses them in the space between your blood vessels
and cells to set up an environment that can efficiently and effectively
communicate with all other cells and tissues in the body.
Stress can decrease immune function. The number of immune cells
produced actually decreases with stress.
If this happens, the body's ability to maintain the correct environment
around the cells may also decrease and the body as a whole cannot
communicate as it should. As an analogy, this is like an orchestra where
all the musicians do not know when they should be playing, or even
possibly what song they are supposed to play.
This lack of coordinated function can lead to a domino effect where
various tissues and organs function less efficiently and the body develops
a serious problem.
This information seems to be a little known fact in our country. It came
from German scientists and has been known in Europe for decades.
It was also known in Asia where various herbal remedies were used
to stimulate the immune system and increase the number of immune
cells produced for this reason. Ginseng is one herb that is capable of
stimulating the production of immune cells and keeping the body
working as a coordinated whole.
This may be one of the reasons it was so highly prized as a medicinal
substance throughout time. The take home message: Keep your stress low
and your immune system healthy.
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