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Marty Allen

Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Linda Gomez



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Ali Guggenheim

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Mary Richard

Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole

Ary Mirochnik

Michael Roberts

Lou Lozitsky

Bill Caserta

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Devon Wickens

Vicki Wentz

James White


September 2017

What Do You Think?

What do you think about our publication?

Did any of our columnists get you angry, make

you think or simply put a smile on your face?

Please tell us by forwarding your comments,

thoughts or suggestions to Publisher Dan

And whatever you do, don’t forget

our website. Read about the latest

information about us grown-ups so you

can keep up to date with everything

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Bathroom Humor

By: Dan Roberts / Publisher

President’s Note: Despite my protest, the

publisher insisted on writing about

his recent medical adventure. Hopefully you

can now understand what my life is like working with him.

Outta my way! Move, move, move! I shouted. I tossed the cat off my lap

while the dogs scattered from my feet.

As Rana laughed and laughed, I sprinted to the bathroom. And I was very

thankful that I made it just in time.

The cause for the emergency? It was the evening before my colonoscopy.

For those unaware (although everyone over 60 is) in preparation for this

medical procedure you need to down a gallon of a certain undrinkable liquid

that will “clean you out.”

From travel editor Stu, to project manager Bill and to even my Ladylove

(just about everyone associated with The Vegas Voice) gleefully announced

that they couldn’t wait for it to be my turn. And yet, while I found it hilarious

when they went through this torture, I found no humor when I was the


Although many people complained that the liquid concoction made

them ill, it wasn’t that bad. Make no mistake however, I would have rather

been chugging a beer or even a Dr. Pepper, but after a few glasses, I can

categorically state that the stuff worked – man, did it ever.

As my PILL (partner in love and life) counted my trips to the “loo” she

merrily reminded me that I needed to be prepared for many more visits since

she always knew I was “full of sit” (or words to that effect. I really wasn’t sure

exactly what she said as I was busy racing to my porcelain throne).

In retrospect, I am overwhelmed with how my body can (almost) lose

control, and still make “record time” in hustling to the commode. I am also

amazed that with all the modern technology and medical breakthroughs,

(and for the love-of-god) there must be a better way to do this.

Anyway, once I established the path of least resistance to the john, I

sheepishly proclaimed to all that I was indeed empty. I also just wanted to

get this (as our golf columnist Mike Landry happily pointed out) “crappy

thing” over with.

The day of the procedure was at best uneventful, although I did have a

conversation with the anesthesiologist. He assured me that I would be “out”

in no time, and the last recollection I had was telling him that I find that

hard to believe since…zzzz.

The next thing I knew, I was back in the recovery room with Rana by my

side. I was shocked that the entire procedure was less than 20 minutes.

Happily, the doctor did not find any polyps and everything is fine.

(President’s 2nd Note: Mr. Roberts wanted to attach the medical

photos of his procedure, but after a “lively” discussion, he finally


Thankfully, I won’t need this procedure for another 5 years. In the

meantime, my younger brother is scheduled for his colonoscopy next month.

I can’t wait to talk to him about it.






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'm very excited about the return of our

radio show, “Listening to The Vegas

Voice.” Beginning on Tuesday, September 5 th

and thereafter every Tuesday from 10 -11 am, make sure you hear our

great celebrity interviews. We will be heard on KSHP 1400 am and, of

course, the radio programs can always be heard anytime on our (new

and improved) Vegas Voice website.

I will have the pleasure of interviewing both local as well as national

stars and celebrities. I'm also very proud to welcome my co-host, the man

with the “Golden Voice” Jon Lindquist to the show.

Jon is one of the most experienced radio personalities I know. As the

photo demonstrates, we have previously worked together on our Vegas

Voice podcast and radio shows.

Together we will once again bring a fun and entertaining interview

show to Las Vegas. Please tune in and tell your friends as we return to

“live” radio - KSHP 1400 am this month.


We’re Back!

By: Rich Natole / Voices of a Generation

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@

“Listening to the Vegas Voice


our new radio

show at KSHP


Every Tuesday


September 2017

Hosted by

Rich Natole

Are You Ready for Football?

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Football season is approaching and fans

are getting ready to cheer their teams. The

purpose of a fight song is to inspire emotion in

the teams' hearts and bodies, filling them full of adrenalin, all fired

up, ready to compete.

There are many NFL and college sports team fight songs. They are often

the state song, or marching songs. The songs are often accented with “rah,

rah, rahs, and hoorahs.”

Let's delve into the history of some of our most famous inspiring college

football and marching songs. The most well-known is On Wisconsin.

On Wisconsin was written by William T. Purdy in 1909 for the University

of Minnesota football team, but Wisconsin needing a song too, talked

Purdy into using it for Wisconsin.

John Philip Sousa, the well-known bandleader, called it the finest of

college marching songs. Over the years, the lyrics were modified. The

song is in the public domain, but the international rights are not clear.

The University of Michigan's football song, The Victors was the favorite

of President Gerald Ford since he played football for them. He preferred

The Victors to Hail to the Chief, which is the one that announces the

president. The Victors was played by the Michigan band during Ford's

funeral procession.

Notre Dame's fight song is called Victory March. The Rev. Father

Michael J Shea, a 1905 Notre Dame grad wrote the music. His brother,

also a Notre Dame grad, wrote the original lyrics.

Some movies in which it is heard are: Knute Rockne All American,

Rudy and most memorably, Airplane. Knute Rockne was their most

famous and colorful coach, known for coaching their most winning

teams in history.

Texas A&M War Hymn has an interesting history. Supposedly written

during World War I by soldier J.V. Pinky Wilson on the back of a letter from

home. It is one of the more dramatic fight songs in college football. After

the 2nd verse, Aggie fans link their arms and legs, swaying left and right

to replicate the motion of a saw blade, to mimic the act of cutting off the

horns of Texas's mascot.

UNLV has a fight song, too. It is called Win With the Rebels.

Yvonne Cloutier, a former teacher/principal, with a music

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about

music on Alive! You can contact her at www.

Saturday Morning Serial

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I'd write this month about a TV

I show I did called "Fury." The year was 1956

and I was cast in this Saturday morning NBC

serial. The TV show was about a boy and his horse (much like Lassie

the dog) since the boy and horse always came to someone's rescue!

The series ran from 1955 to 1960. I watched it every Saturday

and was thrilled to be cast in one of my favorite shows.

In this episode, I played a little brat who was not happy that my mother

was getting married to someone I did not like. I was almost thirteen, but

was playing the part of a 10-year-old. It also starred Peter Graves, who

later was remembered from the TV show Mission Impossible.

In one scene, I started crying (what else is new) and run away after

trying to drive a car which I smashed up and drove down a cliff. Enter

Fury, the beautiful black stallion and the little boy, Joey (played by Bobby

Diamond, that’s him in the photo with me) who miraculously bring me

to safety.

Now a little about "Fury" the horse. His real name was "Beauty" and

was mostly called "Beaut."

He lived to be 29 and was trained by Ralph McCutcheon who was

like the Horse Whisperer. People were always astounded how Beaut

understood everything he said. The horse was even trained to turn his

head either left or right on command.

He also played baseball! The horse would stand in center field and when

someone hit the ball, he

would "fetch" it and take it to

home plate! He could pretty

much do anything he was

told to do, just by listening

to Ralph's commands. Beaut

was also in other films, such

as Lone Star, Johnny Guitar

and was the featured black

stallion in Giant.

There were actually four horses used in Fury; one being a "stand-in",

one for long shots and then one for just standing still when there was a

lot of dialogue going on. Yes, even horses can sometimes get the "star

treatment" - especially when he was the main star of the show!

At the start of each show, the announcer would always say: "Fury...The

story of a horse and a boy who loved him." Once again, I am so happy to

have been a part of such a sweet show and one that could be watched by

children as well as their parents.

Until next time, remember...The happiness of your life depends on the

quality of your thoughts.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@ Check out her awesome, new website: www.



. A man is known by

the company he thinks

nobody knows he’s keeping.

2. I can read my wife like a

book, but unfortunately some of the best chapters are missing.

3. The ten best years in a woman’s life are between 28 and 30.

4. A woman’s word is never done.

5. When women’s skirts look shorter, men look longer.

6. Joe: “Before you eat a banana, you’re supposed to take off

the peeling.” Bill: “Why? I know what’s inside!”

7. Never slap your kid in the face. There’s a place for


8. Old man in a nursing home proclaimed: “I’m growing old

by myself. My wife hasn’t had a birthday in years!

9. Marriage is like a long banquet with the dessert served


10. A man walked into a men’s clothing store and said to the

salesman, “I’d like to see something cheap in a man’s suit.”

The salesman replied, “The mirror is to your right.”

Bonus: Marty’s Words of Wisdom: Never trust your dog to

watch your food.


September 2017

Marty’s Top Ten

By: Marty Allen / Hello Dere

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

Just Driving: A police officer sees a man

driving with a pickup truck full of penguins.

He pulls the guy over and says: “You can’t

drive around with penguins in this town! Take them to the zoo

immediately.” The guy says OK, and drives away.

The next day, the officer sees the guy still driving around with

that truck full of penguins, and this time, they’re all wearing

sun glasses. He pulls the guy over and demands: “I thought I

told you to take these penguins to the zoo yesterday?” The guy

replies: “I did. Today I’m taking them to the beach!”

Forever Young: Joe recently had to choose a new primary

care doctor. After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, and at 75+

years old, the doctor told Joe he was doing “fairly well for his


A little concerned about that comment, Joe couldn't resist

asking him: “Do you think I'll live to be 80?” The doctor replied:

“Do you smoke tobacco, drink beer, wine or hard liquor?” “Oh

no.” Joe replied. “I'm not doing drugs, either!”

The doctor then asked, “Do you eat rib-eye steaks and

barbecued ribs?” Joe replied, “Not much. My former doctor

said that all red meat is very unhealthy!” The doctor further

inquired, “Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lot of sex?”

“No” Joe said.

The physician got very quiet and then looked at Joe and said,

“Then, why do you even give a damn?”

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

The summer is just about over and the

cooler weather is finally around the corner.

But before we discuss our upcoming shows, a few

words about our Summer of Love concert last month.

In a word, the show was “awesome!” I can’t thank all the performers

who “wowed” the crowd at our concert held at the Silverton.

As the photos show on page 20-21 (and we thank our graphics editor

and photographer extraordinaire Michael Roberts for the great shots)

you missed one fantastic concert. Fortunately, you’ll have plenty of

opportunities to catch those performers at venues all around town.

As the entertainment editor for The Vegas Voice, I will be producing

a bunch of shows this month. The Vegas Voice has worked very hard to

bring top quality performances to all the “Age Qualified Communities”

as well as everyone else who appreciates live entertainment of the

highest quality.

I’m thrilled to be bringing Philip Fortenberry to Sun City Aliante on

Friday evening September 15 th . Philip will be doing a solo performance

that will be open to the public, so get your tickets now.

Our Vegas Voice Twilight Affair show returns to the Silverton’s Veil

Pavilion on September 19th. The variety show is always a hit and

highlights a diversity of talent.

Our Twilight Affairs are held on the 3 rd Tuesday of every month

starting at 6 pm. We have a live band - The Vegas Voice Band under the

musical direction of Gary Anderson. And as always, you will get to see my


Don’t Miss Our September Events

September 2017

new stage jacket. Ha-ha.

And we’re not done yet. At the end of the month, we will bring our

Rodgers & Hammerstein spectacular to the west side of town at the

Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin on Wednesday, September

27 th .

I won’t try to overwhelm you with our lineup of shows and

entertainers for October, November and December, but as always, you

won’t be disappointed. It’s not easy being me, but nobody has more

fun than this entertainment editor.

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:

Our Jan Talks to Mall Walkers

Jan Fair, our “A No-Brainer Minute” columnist, is seen here giving

brain health tips to the Galleria Mall Walkers at their August monthly

meeting. To learn more about her tips on living a brain-healthy lifestyle

and to guard against brain disease, read her past columns on our



South Pacific, Cinderella, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma

& More by Broadway Performers

Joan Sobel Doug Carpenter Heidi Webster

Under the Musical Direction of Philip Fortenberry

Wed. Sept 27th, 2017

Doors at 6:30 pm.

Show begins at 7pm.

Sun City

Randal Keith


Starbright Theatre

Tickets: $20. avaiable at Pinnacle, Desert Vista, & Mountain Shadows

Community Centers or call Evan Davis at The Vegas Voice: 702/630-6111

Scheduled to appear



Sept. 19 th



to Appear



Your Host:

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In the beautiful Veil Pavilion

and it’s FREE!

Tue., Sept. 19 th , 2017

Doors at 5:30 pm.

Show begins at 6 pm.



September 2017

Gary Anderson

Musical Director



Surprise Guests Appearances

For guaranteed seating

call/text Evan Davis:


Or call The Vegas Voice at 702/251-4441

Notes to the Neighborhood

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

The lifestyle in an age-restricted neighborhood

brings with it a unique set of rules. We enjoy

the quiet, uneventful days and slow pace of not

having to run after kids on bikes, telling teenagers not to screech the

tires and overall empty nest living.

And then we become very judgmental about things that would never

have bothered us before. For example, anyone thinking of planting

another mesquite with yellow flowers should move. Those sticky, dried

up ugly droppings should be banned.

At the very least, people who have them should pay the landscaping

bills for their neighbors. If you’re a carpet person, be prepared for yellow

stains too.

In the evenings, when all the little dogs go out for their walks, thank

you for picking up after them as they mark their territory in front of my

house. As for the big ones, bring several garbage bags. You need them

and so do we.

The delinquents of the neighborhood are the bunnies. We have the

most resourceful rabbits in the area. They can eat fences, flower guards,

ground cover repellent and plants that are listed as rabbit-resistant.

On our 4 th try of deterrents, we found a mix of herb-based ground cover

that they supposedly don’t like. Told that anything with a strong odor

will keep them away, we bought $40 worth of the stuff, spread it around,

and much to our surprise, there they were enjoying a flower meal in our


I drove the neighborhood to see what others are doing and I’m

convinced that rabbits leave front yards alone. Even if I put in the same

fences, if it’s in the backyard, they call their little bunny buddies and

develop a strategy to get around it.

What has worked is to plant some wild flowers in the middle of

rosemary. And it smells nice after a rain.

The only offenders are people who feed coyotes. I really wish they could

be held responsible for all

the pets that have been

attacked because people

leave food for them. Yes,

they’re displaced from their

natural habitat and come

looking for food. But these

stupid people don’t think

about the danger to others.

For heaven’s sake, don’t

feed the coyotes! We want

our pets to be safe.

But all things considered,

age-restricted communities

are pretty cool.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera’s writing focus these days are on

observations, celebrations and complaints about life in the 1960s

to being in your 60’s. You can contact her at: sixties2sixty@yahoo.


Circus 1903

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

The Ringling Brothers circus may have taken

its tent down, but the circus has come to

Vegas. “Circus 1903”, a grand production at Paris

Hotel & Casino does the circus proud with aerial acrobats, the fastest

juggler I've seen, high wire balancing, and two amazing mechanical

elephants that will win your heart.

Grab your popcorn and settle in as the technologically simulated

tent is raised in a well choreographed number with some of the 19 cast

members dressed circa 1903.

The ringmaster, Willy Whipsnade, keeps things moving and provides

delightful comic relief with kids from the audience complete with some

old-fashioned sleight of hand magic. And what a pleasure to see the

ringmaster portrayed by a performer - Dave Williamson, who is on our

side of 50!

This is as close to a real circus as we will see in Vegas. It isn't a Cirque

de Soleil production. It is a circus. The scenery gives us the illusion of

the big top. The performers, most gathered from top productions in

Europe are literally at the top of their game.

Remember those high-flying acts? There they are. And a young

female contortionist who amazes the audience with her agility? And

there are snake charmers and a man on stilts.

A highlight of the show is two mechanical elephants. The baby -

Peanut will win your heart. So believable. They were created by the

award-winning puppeteers from Broadway's War Horse.

Remember the old

days when one guy

jumped on one end

of the seesaw and

propelled the other up

high into the air? You

can see it again.There's

also a side show

called “Wild, Weird

and Wonderful.” And

it is, but more - it is a

nostalgic, delightful,

fun time.

I asked 13-yearold

Dayton Costa

what he thought of

the show. “Amazing”

he said. Take the

grandkids, take the

kids, borrow some kids, or just reconnect with the kid inside you.

See Circus 1903 at Paris Hotel & Casino. Show is nightly at 7 except

Mondays with 3 pm matinees Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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






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Playing Competitively

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

Are you satisfied playing golf for fun or would

you like to “up” your game by playing in a

more competitive setting? There’s nothing wrong

with getting out by yourself or with friends and being paired up with

others, but for me, I prefer playing competitively.

This is why I belong to two golf organizations that provide me with

a minimum of three competitive rounds per month. The Winterwood

Men’s Golf Association and the Nevada State Senior Golf Association

are both non-profits and great clubs to belong to. Neither will break the

bank to join. So if you’re like me and have competitive juices flowing

through your veins, join these two clubs - you won’t be sorry.

I joined the Winterwood Men’s Association more than 25 years ago

and have rarely missed a tournament (we play two per month). If you

are a senior like me (over 50) man or woman, you can join the Nevada

State Seniors and play competitive golf once per month (we play 1, 2

& 3-day events). For more information, send me an email or checkout

the websites.

See you on the links!

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a member

of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood Men’s

Group. He can be reached at:

September 2017

Medical Intuits Can Save Lives

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

There are times when, rather than healing a

patient, they're told they will have to deal

with their symptoms. This may not necessarily

be true. Any emotional, physical or mental pain is a message from

an underlying cause which can be very specific and significant when


Our bodies are made up of millions of energy sources that intertwine

to create the unique individuals we become. Positive thoughts fuel

these energies, while pent up negativity, stemming from "diseased",

emotions (like fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy) become the dams that

block their flow.

Medical Intuitives are human x-rays. Many of them, like well-known

author Caroline Myss, ("Why People Don't Heal & How They Can")

work with doctors as medical teams. The information they provide can

assist the doctor with an evaluation of misdiagnosed conditions, or

ones that may have been overlooked, while recognizing the strengths

and weaknesses of their clients' bodies.

The information relayed by a Medical Intuitive is about the

individual and how their response to a life situation affected them.

This can be altered once the realization of the message is received

and acted upon accordingly. Ultimately doing so heals the condition,

which leads to relieving the associated pain that clogs the correlating


These mediums specialize in perceiving information concerning

imbalances, misalignments, energy blockages and treatments

needed. At times, it happens even years before the "diseases" manifest

physically. Since 99% of ailments are psychosomatic, they can pinpoint

and explain the event or energy to an emotion that was the core cause

of the illness in the first place.

Every emotion is generated by an organ in our body. Grief stems

from lung issues, anger stems from the liver, etc. Edgar Cayce (1877–

1945), one of the most famous intuits had over 30,000 recorded health

readings where the findings show imminent connections between the

mental process and a person's physical or mental illness. Therefore,

anyone can save themselves a lot of discomfort and unwanted

"diseases" by simply committing to attend to their negative responses

from the onset.

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching,

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



Father & Mother Really Did Know Best

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

Yep, it was definitely a different

time...a MUCH better time, and I

will debate that with anyone who accepts

the challenge!

Father actually did “know best” and 19 families out of 20 had their

fathers permanently at home. Actually, Dad left every morning for work

and came home every evening, normally to a wife, some kids, and a

homemade dinner - maybe tuna-noodle casserole, with frozen peas and

some lemon meringue pie.

But first, USUALLY the boy met the girl, the boy asked the girl out, the

boy and girl dated until they were out of college (and by “dated”, I mean

USUALLY some kissing and light “making, USUALLY nothing

further, believe it or not!).

Then, the boy called the girl’s parents and asked for her hand in

marriage, and then he proposed, and they planned a wedding, which

was USUALLY paid for by the bride’s parents, except for the rehearsal

dinner, which was USUALLY paid for by the groom’s family. Then, they

got married and THEN they indulged in a tad more than light “making


Then, along came the children, one by one...whom they welcomed

with great joy, and love, and excitement.

A man normally taught his son lots of things in the 1950s: how to catch

a fish; how to save money; how to speak to their mothers; how to shoot

a foul shot; how to do algebra...sort of. He taught him how to defend his

sisters, girls in general...and his country; how to respect his elders; how

to build a birdhouse or a model car; how to play Yahtzee with the family,

because family comes FIRST and always will.

A father taught a son how to work for a living, take responsibility for his

actions, and love his future children by, first, loving their mother.

A woman and mother of the ‘50s taught her daughters important

things as well: how to wear a cardigan with a butterfly collar; how to

apply make-up...very lightly; how to speak to her elders - and to everyone

- with respect and a smile; how to work hard at whatever they did, and not

to accept less than the best from anyone - especially themselves.

A mother taught a daughter how to play the piano; how to beat a boy

at ping-pong or golf...or running for Student Council President; how to

make a fabulous tuna-noodle casserole; how to cherish her children, and

how to make a house a home.

We played tag and hide-n-seek and kick-the-can. We played if-bikeswere-horses,

baseball and red-light-green-light...and lots of other

hyphenated games.

We walked four blocks to school, unless it was raining. We spoke

respectfully to our teachers, we did our work...and we learned. We learned

that 4+3=7 (not 4+3=possibly 5, or 9, or whatever your fragile psyche

needs it to equal); we learned that “Columbus sailed the ocean blue in

fourteen-hundred-ninety-two” (and that he was a great Italian explorer,

navigator and colonizer; that he fought stubbornly for the chance to find

a “new world” and that if he hadn’t we might all still live in Italy...not

that I’d mind that).

We learned that Who is a subject, and Whom is a direct object or an

object of a preposition (and that Whattsup would be a totally inappropriate

- and punishable - offense when addressing a teacher.

OK, to us kids, maybe it didn’t always SEEM like a wonderful time, but

looking at our kids today, all on couches staring at phones - well, there’s

no question it was.

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


September 2017

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Ask a Master Gardner

By: Pat Warren / Happy Gardening

Here in the Las Vegas Valley our back and

front yard walls are made of plain, drab


Consequently, many of us try to find creative ways to camouflage these

continual eyesores.

One of the best ways to do this is to plant vines. Keep in mind that

picking a vine that will do what you want it to do and at the same time

thrive in our climate is not as easy as it might seem.

Some vines climb by wrapping themselves around any available

support. These are called twining vines. Some vines also wrap themselves

around supports but they do it by sending out tendrils and those tendrils

wrap themselves around anything they can.

Both twining and tendril-type vines are easily trained on fences,

trellises, upright posts, and even wires fastened securely at both ends, but

usually will not climb up wall surfaces. The following plants are either

twining or tendril growers. Cat’s Claw Vine requires sun and has yellow

trumpet flowers, but its tendrils are reminiscent of a cat’s claws, so be

careful where you place it.

Carolina Jessamine is covered with clusters of small, yellow, trumpet

flowers in spring, grows to 20 feet and requires morning sun or afternoon

shade. All parts of the plant are poisonous.

Another type of vine is considered self-climbing and will attach itself

to rough surfaces like cinderblock and stucco. These vines might sound

ideal but they can damage the surface to which they attach.

Creeping Fig, Boston Ivy and English Ivy all fall into this category.

They all produce relatively wide leaves, provide good coverage but need

an ample amount of shade.

The last category is non-climbing vines and these are more like shrubs

than vines. They have long branches that have no way to climb on their

own so they must be trained and tied by the gardener.

Bougainvillea blooms from early summer through fall in shades of

red, purple, pink or orange and likes some shade. Cape honeysuckle is

evergreen and has reddish orange tubular flowers.

Lady Banks Rose needs morning sun, or afternoon shade and has

yellow or white flowers that appear all at once in mid-spring.

So get on with it, cover up those ugly walls!

Pat Warren is a certified Master Gardener with the UNR Cooperative

Extension. She started her training because of the frustration she felt

trying to get something, anything, to grow in Nevada.

Seniors Helping Seniors!

By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director

- Ms. Senior Nevada

What does it mean to be an active member of

the Ms Senior Nevada Pageant Family? We

are more than a Pageant.

We are group of dedicated seniors, promoting senior health and

happiness and serving others all while enjoying our senior years. The

Ms Senior Nevada Pageant Family has been building for 33 years and

while our group is ever-changing, our focus is service to others, not selfpromotion.

Last month, we journeyed to Eureka, Nevada to perform and raise

money for the Meals on Wheels program in Eureka County. The rural

counties have a big challenge with some of their seniors living on a very

small income and without the conveniences we take for granted. For

some, the Meals on Wheels is their only meal of the day.

Our Pageant Family traveled nearly (each way) 350 miles and stayed

at the Gold County Inn, the only place that could accommodate us. We

entertained the community in the Historic Eureka Opera House Theatre.

This restored “grand lady” is from an era (mid 1800s) of rough and

tumble miners who would put their work aside and enjoy a night of

opera. Built before modern sound systems, the building is constructed so

that the music can be heard with only minor magnification.

Our group, arrived on Monday afternoon. We enjoyed a picnic in the

park and then went to the Senior Center. We met some of the seniors that

often travel to Las Vegas to attend our annual Pageant. That evening

found us at a local pub - the only one open in the town.

Tuesday found us doing a quick sound check, checking out the stage

and dressing areas before doing an amazing show with 100% of the

proceeds going to the Meals on Wheels program. We print the tickets and

send them to the Senior Center where they are sold with the funds put to

use where they need it the most.

We pay our own way and our reward is the fun, camaraderie and

knowing that we are helping others. As for the show – you’d never guess

that the participants are over 60. It’s great fun to see the variety of acts

these gals can produce.


Thanks for all the love

Las Vegas!


August 2017


September 2017

What a Show!



The Squeaky Wheel

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Quite a response from last month’s

column. Not one person disagreed with

what I said – quite the contrary, all were in

complete agreement. There was however, one question I heard over and

over, “What can I do in-between elections?”

As hard as it is to believe, the “lip service specialists” aka the

politicians, are YOUR servants. YES, that means they are there for

YOU! The problem is most of you think that isn’t so. As a result, they

continue to plod along paying you uninterrupted and unchallenged

volley after volley of verbal deceptions knowing that YOU aren’t going

to do anything about it!

The answer? The SQUEAKY WHEEL GETS THE OIL! The few that

contact their representatives over and over again get results! Want to

know who your representatives are?

Once a month in the Las Vegas Sun section of the Review Journal, a

detailed listing of ALL the elected officials are listed. From the federal

level, down to the city councils. And at the top of the page it says –


There you have it! No excuses not to use it! Become the SQUEAKY

WHEEL and I guarantee you will get results! Happy “squeaking.”

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:

Will Tax Reform Help Seniors?

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

For many seniors, retiring means living on

a fixed income. That is why tax reform -

mainly tax reduction is a big issue for most

folks who are living on savings or a pension from their working


President Trump and congressional leaders have already

identified tax reform as a key part of their agenda and a specific

legislative package is expected to be released very soon.

Both Trump and Congressional Republicans have stated a desire

to make the tax code easier; to take us from 7 rates of income

taxation down to just three, for instance. Republicans propose to

tax income at 12%, 25% and 33%, with the top rate being triggered

by an income greater than $112,500 for individuals or double that

for couples filing taxes jointly.

Congressional Republicans are seeking to reduce the number

of deductions an individual can make from their pre-tax income,

aiming to preserve mortgage and charitable deduction incomes.

The White House would rather see these items preserved and capped

and an increase in the amount an individual or couple can take as

a standard deduction; meaning fewer individuals claim deductions

when filing taxes.

Perhaps most importantly for retirees, capital gains and dividends

tax cuts are being proposed by Republicans in Congress. While

Trump wants to retain the current rates those in Congress want to

see the rate reduced to fifty percent of the income tax brackets This

reduction would likely provide a substantial boost to retirees who

invested in the market and rely on those investments to produce

an income.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can

contact Victoria at:


September 2017

There’s a new “sheriff in town” - figuratively

speaking. His name is Kevin Schiller, Clark County’s

new Assistant County Manager.

Publisher Dan and I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Schiller

recently to talk over my “issues” regarding the public guardian. It’s no

secret that Clark County Public Guardian Karen Kelly’s methodology of

dealing with seniors facing guardianship is vastly different than what we

think is proper and appropriate.

I’m pleased to report that Mr. Schiller, (who recently moved here from

Washoe County where he worked on guardianship issues) “gets it.” He

has already worked with many of the same people who joined us on this

crusade nearly three years ago.

With the new guardianship reform laws going into effect, (in October

and January) we will be starting our Vegas Voice seminars again to bring

everyone updated paperwork and information. Mr. Schiller requested to

be part of our seminars so that he can meet seniors interested in county


AND in the very near future, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske

will have the new forms available for guardianship nomination. The

revised forms have been updated from what was suggested when the law

was first passed in 2015. On January 1st, your guardianship preference can

be filed with the Secretary of State. Of course, we will have all information

and new guardianship forms at our seminars.

AND we will also be working with Homa Woodrum, a fabulous attorney

who was recently hired by the Nevada Department of Health and Human

Services, Aging and Disability Services Division. Her official title is “Attorney

for the Rights of Older Persons and Persons with a Physical Disability,

an Intellectual Disability or a Related Condition.”

The short title is “Chief Advocacy Attorney” and we have total confidence

in her abilities and dedication. Homa and her office will be providing

guidance, assistance and training for our guardianship volunteer advocate

program. Now that the laws have changed giving volunteers “standing”,

we are confident our non-profit group can really make a big difference for

many of our fellow seniors.

AND the Nevada Supreme Court is now forming a permanent

Guardianship Commission (and despite my Dan saying, no!) I opened

my big mouth and volunteered to serve. Notwithstanding Dan’s wishes, we

will let you know what happens.

AND finally, at the end of this

month, Dan and I have been invited

to attend the North American Mature

Publishers Association (NAMPA - the

trade group for senior publications)

conference in Chicago. We will be

giving a presentation “Guardianship

Problems Facing Seniors” to

publishers/editors from around the

country. This invitation will give us the

chance to get much needed national

coverage on such an important topic.

Guardianship Update

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Chief Advocacy Attorney

Homa Woodrum


The Fall Season Begins

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

The fall season is a busy planning and travel

time for our Vegas Voyagers Travel Club.

Typically, September through January is the

busiest travel time for Vegas Voyagers.

For example, the balance of 2017 and the first two months of 2018,

the Vegas Voyagers will have between 250 and 350 people traveling.

And these numbers don't include our travelers not participating in

Vegas Voyagers programs.

We must get our Voyagers ready to travel

literally all over the world; to Mexico, the

Caribbean, Australia and Europe - just to

name a few destinations. It can get very

busy in our office with all the documents to

collate, review and send out.

As a full service oriented travel agency, we provide our

Vegas Voyager travelers, as well as all our independent

travelers with all the documents they will need to travel. We print them

and mail (or email) these items to everyone. We do on line registrations,

and if necessary we can book and issue all airline tickets.

We assist our passengers all the way through the travel process. We've

been doing this for nearly thirty years. That experience helps us take

care of all the details for our passengers.

The fall is also extremely busy because we start planning for 2018

-19 and the trips we want to promote and recommend. I also get to

travel a bit so I can be up on all the latest travel hotspots.

This autumn I will travel back and forth from New York to Las Vegas

at least three times. I will visit England to get updated on the best

places to stay in Glasgow and Edinburgh. I also will be escorting and

participating in the Phat Pack cruise to the Mexican Riviera in January.

As you read this, if I planned it out correctly and everyone is healthy,

I'm walking around Disney World with my

family. As I wrote back in September of 2014,

Grandma and Grandpa had big plans to take

the grandkids (and their parents) to Disney


After extensive planning, September 3 -

8 turns(ed) out to be the best time when

all concerned could "adventure" to Disney

World. As parents, we took our kids to

Disney many times. Now it's the grandchildren's turn. It will

be interesting to see how we do with a three-year-old and an 18-monthold.

A full report will follow.

The Phat Pack cruise is selling out and prices will go up as of

September 15. If you're thinking about going on this Mexican Riviera

cruise January 27 - February 3, 2018, give us a call at 800-698-1101.

And HOLD THE DATE. Our next Vegas Voyager meetings are scheduled

for Sunday, November 12. We expect to hold one in Henderson

(Buckman’s) and the Suncoast Hotel in Summerlin.



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September 2017

The Appalachian Trail

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

As the afternoon progressed and the sun fell

low enough to cast long arms of shadow

across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail,

generally known as the Appalachian Trail, we

watched a chipmunk pinball from rock, to log, to rock, disappearing

into the woods. The Appalachian Trail is a public footpath traversing

more than 2,000-miles of scenic, wooded, wild and socially significant

lands of the Appalachian Mountains - encompassing 14 states from

Georgia to Maine.

Crossing Maine and cutting through Canada with sections continuing

into Greenland is an unofficial trail known as the “International

Appalachian Trail.” The International Appalachian Trail runs

from Maine into New Brunswick and Quebec. It then branches into

parts of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and the western shore of

Newfoundland to the northern end of the Appalachian Mountain Range,

where it enters the Atlantic Ocean. The International Appalachian Trail

is a separate trail and not a true broadening of the Appalachian National

Scenic Trail. The International route even has extensions to Greenland,

Europe and Morocco.

The Appalachian Trail is nearly 100% protected by Federal or state

ownership of the land and managed by the National Park Service, US

Forest Service, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, numerous state agencies

and volunteers. Volunteers contribute nearly 200,000-hours annually

and are the backbone of the Appalachian Trail.

We traveled through extraordinary views and the occasional wildlife

sighting. At one point in the trail, a squirrel is spotted up ahead in the

crotch of a tree, and at dusk, deer venture from thickets. The Appalachian

Trail Conservancy tells us that the trail is the world’s longest hiking trail.

In places, the trail rises and falls along the plunging contours of the


The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and the Pacific

Coast Trail form what is known as the “Triple Crown of Hiking” in

the United States. To be sure, the Appalachian Trail is a wonderful

geographical imprint established upon the land; forever sanctioning as

a footpath for the people.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always

with enthusiasm.


The Truth Behind Tesla

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

In a perfect Utopia, we’d all

be chauffeured around by

autonomous alternative-power

vehicles. However, today’s technology has yet to catch up

to our ideal future landscape.

Right now, auto manufacturers are working on finding

the best answer to fossil fuels. Is it the battery? Hydrogen?

Magnetic levitation? All possibilities are being explored.

Tesla, and its created Elon Musk, believes it has the

answer with electric vehicles. There are three models now available:

The Model S sedan, Model X SUV, and the recently announced

Model 3. While those who own Teslas swear by them, there’s more

to the story than happy owners.

Even with all of Musk’s charm, there is more to consider than the

vehicle itself. First, Tesla’s stock is high right now, but the market

is not bullish on his decision to offer junk bonds in an attempt to

raise $1.5 billion to continue to fund his automotive venture.

Tesla’s success may hinge on the affordable Model 3, which may

start at $35,000, but can climb to around $60,000. Extra charges

can include $9,000 for the long-range battery, $5,000 for autopilot,

more for the upgraded interior, and don’t forget about installing a

home charging system. So much for affordable.

Production ramp up also will be interesting to follow, as Musk

himself said it will be “manufacturing hell.” It’s relatively easy

to build vehicles in low-production volumes; Tesla hit close to

80,000 units last year. But with nearly 400,000 pre-orders for the

new sedan, some people won’t even begin to see their vehicles until


As a comparison, Ford builds over two million vehicles a year

(almost 900,000 are F-Series trucks). Dealing with manufacturing

challenges won’t be as easy as Musk is trying make them look.

If you want a great electric vehicle, there are plenty available

from myriad manufacturers, and they are affordable. Check out

the Chevrolet Bolt, Volkswagen eGolf, Hyundai Ioniq, Kia Soul, and

others from manufacturers who are solid, reliable, and accessible

– plus they will be around a long time.

BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.

She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at



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Caregiver Tips for Traveling with the Elderly

By: Regale Harris / Your Kindred Team

Our loved one may not be mobile without

a wheelchair, or have a specific health

condition such as Alzheimer’s disease. This can

make your vacation more complex, regardless of how you are traveling.

As with any vacation, preparation is key: plan ahead for some senior

travel needs so that you and your family will be able to enjoy your trip

for the right reasons:

1. Arrange Special Services

Ahead of Time. Contact the airline

in advance to arrange for special

screening if your loved one has

disabilities or special needs. Request

a wheelchair, advance boarding, special

seating in a disabled row or near a restroom.

Be aware of any surgical implants that

might set off metal detectors, and wear easy-to-remove shoes.

2. Consult with a Doctor for Travel Approval. The allimportant

first step is making sure your loved one is cleared for travel is

by their primary care doctor. Make sure your destination is appropriate

to your parent’s limitations. Obtain medications or necessary


3. Pack Essential Items in a Bag that is Easily Accessible.

Make sure you have important documents, medications, phone

numbers, favorite drinks or snacks, a hat, light sweater, sunscreen and

a travel pillow. These should be kept in a carry-on bag, or a tote that’s

always available.

4. Plan for Breaks and Downtime in the Schedule. There’s

nothing less relaxing during a vacation than having to rush from place

to place, and quiet time is even more important if you’re a caregiver.

Plan to arrive for flights earlier than you normally would. On road

trips, take additional breaks.

5. Prepare All Necessary Documentation and Identification.

Make sure travel documentation is in order:

passports, driver’s license, travel

itineraries and tickets. You’ll also want

to pack Medicare and insurance cards

as well as any prescriptions or physician’s

statements. Make additional copies of all

documents and ID’s.

6. Provide a Way for Your Senior Loved

One to Contact You. Providing your loved one

with a calling card or a prepaid cell phone, is a

way to make sure they can get in touch with you. Make sure your phone

number is programmed in. If your loved one has cognitive impairment,

you can put your name and phone number on an ID bracelet. Carry a

photo of your loved one with you in case you get separated and need

help to find them.

8. Research Medical Facilities at Your Destination. Especially

if you’re traveling to an unfamiliar area, make sure you know where

the nearest hospitals and care centers are in case of emergency. Bring

contact details for your own doctors.

9. When Possible, Maintain a Predictable Daily Routine.

Maintaining a routine or schedule is critical to reducing anxiety

and stress in a loved one with cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s.

Keeping mealtimes, medication schedules and rest times as consistent

as possible and planning car trips and flights accordingly will lower

the risk of agitation.

Regale Harris is the Manager of Volunteer Services and

Community Liaison for Kindred. She welcomes all questions and

inquiries and can be reached at:


September 2017

Age Related Hearing Loss (ARHL) and Dementia

The term presbycusis is the clinical

term for age-related hearing loss

(ARHL). There are characteristics

of ARHL which have been studied for


As people age, the temporal lobe of the brain’s

ability to identify and locate sound deteriorates.

As a result, the ability to discern speech degrades.

Patients report this difficulty becomes worse while

in a noisy environment.

Cognition slows down as people age as well

which leads to processing problems. For example,

it takes longer to remember numbers and dates as

we age. It also becomes increasingly more difficult to understand the

clarity of speech when a person has untreated hearing loss.

In February of 2011 Johns Hopkins and National Institute on Aging

researchers performed a study and found seniors with hearing loss are

significantly more likely to develop dementia over time than those who

retain their hearing. Researchers compared volunteers with normal

hearing, to those with mild, moderate, and severe hearing loss to be at

greater risk of developing dementia over time. The more hearing loss

they had, the higher the likelihood of developing dementia.

Long-term noise exposure can accelerate hearing loss; therefore, ear

protection while working in noisy situations or while doing hobbies is

highly recommended. When hearing loss becomes noticeable to either

the patient or family members,

the use of hearing aids might be


Fortunately, the team of caring

hearing health providers of Miracle-Ear provides

excellent quality hearing solutions for different

hearing losses and budgets. Patients can feel

confident in our team of licensed professionals to

receive superior service and outstanding products.

Miracle-Ear, has specialized in designing and

manufacturing customizable hearing solutions

that feature discreet, comfortable products

designed to meet each individual’s hearing loss

needs. Miracle-Ear boasts the largest and only nationwide network

of hearing care centers. We offer free hearing tests at 1,200 locations

across the United States giving our customers access to unparalleled

service across the nation.

Miracle-Ear has been servicing the Las Vegas Valley for over 30

years as a trusted resource for hearing health care, offering state of

the art technology and outstanding customer service at six convenient

locations. Customer satisfaction is our number one priority.

We are sure you will agree that Miracle-Ear is the one to trust for all

your needs. That is because at Miracle-Ear, we don’t just sell hearing

aids, we offer hearing solutions. We look forward to gaining customers

for life and building a strong presence in the Las Vegas community.



The Mystical Pueblo


By the time you read this, my husband,

Crystal Czerkas-

Ray Sarbacker, and I will have

Sarbacker returned from our second annual visit to

Taos, and the Annual Fundraiser for the Fechin Museum. You

might wonder why we’re so drawn to this Southwestern

small town. But the reason is quite simple. Taos is one of the

most historic art centers in the nation and it was the home

of Nicolai Fechin, one of America’s adopted artists and most

famous impressionists. Also its nearby neighbor, Santa Fe, is

second only to New York City in art sales and impact in the

US. Plus Taos’ beauty and charm was a driving force in my

Dad’s development as an artist.

“3 Ovens,”



as a giclee

His fascination with the Southwest started with his private

teacher, Nicolai Fechin, who loved the area and insisted my

Dad spend time there. Fechin had already established an

extraordinary reputation as an impressionistic artist before he

fled from Russia to the US. He traveled through many of the

States, but only one area stole his heart with its rural beauty

and that was Taos, sixty miles from Santa Fe. He along with

several other well known artists, including Georgia O’Keefe,

settled in that region and built a reputation for their community

in the art world that has lasted over a hundred years.

The Mystical Pueblos series of paintings and giclees by

Czerkas focuses on the spirituality and timelessness of our

Native American populations. Like Fechin, my Dad sought to

preserve the heritage and beauty of the Southwest. And the

result is an ethereal quality in this art collection that tells us

these are scenes from bygone days, when pueblos dominated

tribal communities with an ageless, almost surreal appearance.

The painting shown here is only a sample of the original

oils and watercolors in the Mystical Pueblos collection.

Limited edition giclees on canvas are also available, and each

comes with a signed/numbered Certificate of Authenticity. For

more information, please call Ray direct at:


September 2017


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. Want more info....?

Home Insurance & Your Mortgage

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Having owned an Insurance Agency for many

years, I can tell you that I have heard this

phrase hundreds of times: “My home insurance

is part of my mortgage.” In a sense that is true – BUT when you

purchased your home, you (or someone else) selected an insurance

company to cover your home.

The PAYMENT is part of your mortgage – not the insurance. You

have the right to select any company you wish to correctly insure your

home, and you can change that choice at any time.

Have you looked at the policy since you purchased it? Do you know

if you have the best or even the correct coverages? Do you know your

agent? Do you know the company that insures you?

Do you know if the policy would completely rebuild your home if

destroyed? Do you know if you have replacement coverage (and NOT

depreciated coverage) on your contents? Do you know if you have

adequate liability?

I have always adhered to the philosophy that you should review your

policy with your agent every 3-4 years. As indicated in an earlier article,

most insurance companies require that you insure 100% to the value

to rebuild the home (NOT market value). The coverage in your policy

is adjusted for increases in building costs every year which is why your

premium increases a small amount every year.

So, every 3-4 years, it would be wise to have your agent do a

replacement cost estimator to see if the value is still correct. And that is

the perfect time to go over the other coverages. You may have purchased

some high-ticket items that need to be specifically added, or you may

have items that can be deleted.

If you don’t know the answers to the questions above, it’s time to

find the policy and set a time to review it with your agent. If you don’t

know any of the answers, and your mortgage company does pay the

premium, you can call your mortgagee and find out who they pay!

Believe me, many homeowners do not know who their home

insurance company is. They say, “It just came with the mortgage.”

Well, it didn’t!

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.

Cheap Dentistry Will Cost a Fortune

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

When you're in need of dental work, one

question may come to mind: How much

is this going to cost? The answer may come as a

shock. If you put it off or try to get it done on the cheap, that decision

could come back to later haunt you, to say nothing of the future hit to

your wallet.

If you're thinking about shopping around for a better price on dental

work, here are some things to consider:

1. Dental care is a professional service. Although it is based on

science, dentistry is more than that. It is also an art and many artists

are less than stellar. You may not object to hanging junk art on your

wall, but don't your teeth deserve better?

2. The quality of the lab the dentist uses can vary. Their costs will

reflect the quality of their output, and if you care about the caliber of

what ends up on your mouth, you must pay a little more.

3. For anyone running a dental practice, the overhead costs are

greater than you think. Between 60-80% of an ordinary charge goes

toward the cost of office space rental, payroll for assistants and office

help, supplies, health insurance, taxes and more; not to mention the

cost of keeping up with the latest technology. A less-expensive dentist

may skimp on these important costs.

4. You may have dental coverage, but before long you're sure to

learn that it doesn't compare to health insurance. Most plans are

maintenance-only. The fact that your insurance won't cover 100% of a

certain procedure doesn't mean that it's unnecessary. It simply means

that your insurer is hoping you decide to skip it entirely.

5. Every bite you take while chewing subjects your teeth to 200

pounds of pressure per square inch. Can inadequate dental restorations

stand up to this kind of assault?

6. When you visit the least-costly dentist around or put off having

dental work done because you'd rather save the money, you're just

setting yourself up for a larger expense down the road. Cavities and

abscessed teeth cannot get better on their own, and it will always cost

less to fix a dental problem early on before it becomes far worse.

In dentistry as in everything else, you're going to get what you pay

for. Everyone's mouth is different, and as such, every bit of dental work

we perform is unique from one patient to the next.

When it comes to the teeth in your mouth, mass-produced methods

will never apply. These are custom procedures, and the cramped and

unforgiving environments in which we perform them calls for precision

and the ultimate in dental expertise.

“People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.”


astering the art/science of dentistry takes

experience, extensive post-graduate education,

and a passion for the art of dentistry.

We offer:

• Implants

• Cosmetic crowns/bridges

• Turbyfill dentures

• Bridges on implants to replace dentures with

permanent teeth (what a concept!)

• Restorative care

• Experienced registered dental hygienists

• TMJ problems

• A full service office

Today’s senior dentistry is amazing!

CALL for a complimentary consultation.

Learn more about Dr. White at:

Actual patient

James J. White DDS

1140 Town Center Drive, # 170, Las Vegas, NV 89144

702/562-8833 • 702/562-7910 Fax


How Do You Keep That Energy Up?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

By the time you are reading this, I will have

returned from the 2017 Annual Zumba

Convention in Orlando, Florida. I was told there

were approximately 8,000 instructors from 95 countries!

I have been attending these conventions since the first one in 2008 –

the year I became a licensed Zumba instructor. This was our 10th and

it was gold! It’s always fantastic beyond words!

Non-stop trainings, sessions, parties, meeting up with old friends and

making new friends. How was I going to keep my energy up and eat

well with all this activity? I’m a high-energy person anyway, but needed

to know the particulars of how to keep my body going at such a frantic


As in past years, I really listened to my body as to how I can maintain

this level of energy. Breakfast consisted of a vegetarian omelet, oatmeal

or toast and some fruit. I also made sure of having PLENTY of water;

especially hydrating prior to any trainings or workshops.

Throughout the day, I ate nuts, trail mixes, or a protein bar. Again,

lots of water! Whenever I could get my hands on some fresh fruit, I

loaded up on bananas to give me that much-needed potassium. And

taking my daily multi-vitamins!

Lunch consisted of a salad and some protein – chicken or fish.

Afternoon snacks – more nuts or trail mixes. At night, even though it

was late after the sessions, I made sure of eating a good meal.

I found these are good tactics whenever I go to all-day trainings. It

is so important to maintain your level of eating and hydrating. Even

when I teach my classes, I tell my students to hydrate before, during

and after class. If you are thirsty when you are beginning a class, you

are already de-hydrated!

I look forward to the Zumba convention each year – trainings,

workshops, meeting up with friends and gaining new ones and having



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


September 2017

How Long to Heal?

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Imagine you have been out of shape for a

period of months or years. Now you decide

you want to get back in shape and begin to


Will you be in shape in a week? No. How about a month? Probably

not. Most people realize that if you have been out of shape for a while,

it also takes months to get back into shape.

The reason for this analogy is a problem that is growing in medicine

and health care. We have become a society where most forms of

gratification are now immediate. Patients now also expect this of


If they are in pain or have a medical condition, many simply want a

quick and easy fix to get rid of the problem. The body however, usually

does not work like that. Most chronic medical problems develop due to

changes in how the cells and issues function over months (or years)

and only when the level of function decreases below a certain level do

you begin to see symptoms.

For the body to heal, it needs consistent input over time to make

positive changes in the structure and function of its tissues. A pill,

acupuncture needle or chiropractic adjustment may decrease or

eliminate the pain, but that does not mean that the problem is gone.

This just means the overt symptoms are gone. The tissues need much

more time to heal.

While many people realize this, knowing it and following it are two

different matters. Many patients start some form of treatment protocol

for a few weeks and then fail to follow through because the symptoms

are gone.

Failure to follow through means that the problem does not get fully

resolved and can quite probably worsen over time. This may result in

increased pain, decreased level of function and more time and money

to effectively treat it again in the future.

The quality of your life is highly determined by your level of health.

Invest in your future “quality of life” by thoroughly and adequately

treating any health concerns before they progress.

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

Dennis Blair

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Audience members keep score. “I’ve

seen “Menopause the Musical” (MtM)

11 times.” 14 times. 26 times. And they keep

coming back. Theaters where the show tours nationally hungered

for a sequel.

When the show’s producer, Alan Glist met Dennis Blair at The

Bootlegger Bistro, Glist recognized the opportunity to give the MtM

fans something new. Blair, who calls Las Vegas home, is a veteran

comedian-song writer-recording-artist who has opened for Joan

Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield and, for 25 years, George Carlin.

In 1980, his first job was opening for Jackie Mason. He co-wrote

Dangerfield’s 1983 movie, Easy Money and Mason’s Laughing

Room Only for Broadway. “The first time I was ever out of work

was when George died.”

MtM, at 12 years is the longest running scripted show on The

Strip with nearly 5,000 performances; parodies four female tourists

who meet in a New York department store and commiserate over

shared change of life experiences through Baby Boomer-era song


Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools becomes Change of Life;

Having a Heatwave becomes Having a Hot Flash…you get the

idea. Blair and writing partner Clint Holmes are in the process of

“building song parodies.”

After an estimated 15 rewrites, the show has the four ladies

reuniting in Las Vegas one year later “and have all these Las Vegas

things happen to them. It’s Vegas; there’s got to be a slot machine.”

The current version of MtM with Laverne and Shirley’s Cindy

Williams plays at Harrah’s. Blair recently released a jazz album

with Debbie Reynold’s former music director, Joey Singer, walking

away with three First Place finishes in Indie Music Channel’s Radio

Music Awards. He opens a week’s run at the Tropicana’s Laff Factory

on September 11th.

Happy Feet

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

Living in the desert, where snow is (almost)

non-existent and rainy days are few, sandals

can be worn almost year-round! It also means our

feet are constantly exposed and take a beating. This

summer season, if you'd like to give your feet some much needed TLC, here

are a few great tools for between your pedi appointments!

First on my list, the Silk Feet Exfoliating Microscreen. I stumbled across

this at Bed, Bath, & Beyond of all places. It's inexpensive at $6.99 and it

beats out any pumice stone you've ever tried! It's a flexible mesh steel

material and works wonders!

Follow it up with a foot cream, of which I've tried many! My recent

obsession is the Burt’s Bees Honey and Bilberry Cream. It smells so tempting

and soaks right in without leaving a greasy, slippery mess to walk around


If you're looking for a total "makeover" and your feet are in rough

shape, you can try the electronic file tool by Amope. It's a little pricier at

about $36.99, but it does the job and with no effort!

Additionally, for those that have ever been curious of the Baby Foot peel, if

you have a free week where you can cover up your feet and let it do its magic

(trust me, you won't want to be wearing sandals during the peel process),

you will indeed come away with remarkably baby soft feet! Happy treading!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at or

through her website

$50 per person (credit card accepted at by 9/6/17

$60 per person if paid by check at the door

For more info call 702-876-6660 Patty Haack



Why Retirement is Harder & What You Can Do

By: Todd Bauman / Financial Focus

People today are living longer than

ever before, and the cost of living is

only going up – especially in the area of

health care. Most people retiring today also do so without the

benefit of a pension, so they have to rely on their investments.

After spending a lifetime building up your nest egg,

the only logical thing to do is to protect it.

However, that comes with its own challenges. Interest rates

have gone down on traditional safe money products.

The stock market saw not just one, but two major downturns

in the last decade, and we’re in a global economy now. There’s

no telling what will happen next in the world or what that might

cause the market to do.

People today are also busier than ever before, and I get it, really,

I do. That’s why I’m not going to waste your time by talking over

your head or throwing a bunch of investor jargon at you.

My goal is to tell you what you need to do to protect and

preserve what you have built up. That’s all.

What I have here are three short, simple points that walk

you through what you need to do in order to avoid the THREE

BIGGEST MISTAKES investors are making today when it

comes time to retire.

Mistake #1: Not having enough “Safe Money.”

My definition of Safe Money is money where the principal

is protected. That means you can’t lose it to stock market


This is vitally important to have in case the stock market has

another correction or even a crash; you want to have money you

can draw from if needed. That way, you can leave your RISK

money alone to get back to where it used to be before the crash.

Mistake #2: Not knowing where your income

is coming from. For men who are reading – this is your call

to arms. You owe it to your spouse to make sure you do your job here

and get this set up right.

I don’t mean to sound bossy, but all the statistics point to the reality

that it’s us men who kick the bucket first. There is no greater gift you

can give the people you love than financial peace of mind.

Have an income plan for your spouse that she can rely on so she

doesn’t have to worry where her income is coming from. If your

marriage is like mine, she is going to be totally devastated that you’re

gone; the least we can do is set her up with no worries or concerns.

Mistake #3: Not having an estate plan set up. A good

estate plan includes the proper documents, living trusts, wills, health

care directive and power of attorney. This last issue is so important, it’s

how I start my consultations with clients. This is the part of financial

planning that doesn’t even involve investments, but it’s just the right

thing to do.

So, there you have it. You have spent a lifetime tucking and saving

and putting money away, watching as your accounts grew. You CAN

have a great retirement, and if you’ve saved, then you deserve a great

September 2017

retirement - just as long as you don’t screw it up.

Take care of these three things:

1. Set your portfolio up with the right percentage of risk

and safe money.

2. Create a guaranteed income stream for you and, if

married, for your spouse.

3. Get a proper estate plan in place.

And that’s it. With a little bit of work and the right tools in place, you

can enjoy the peace of mind that you deserve. This is what I want for

you, and it’s what you’ve worked so hard to achieve. Here’s to staying

golden during your retirement.

Todd Bauman, Investment Advisor Representative for

Bauman Advisory Group, LLC, a registered investment

advisory firm, licensed insurance agent for Bauman

Financial Group, LLC, and licensed document preparer

for Asset Protection of America. For more educational

material please visit or call



Back to School for U at UNLV! It'll Boost Ur Brain!

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

Learning something new will boost your brain according to neuroscientists and brain

researchers. It builds new connections between the neurons in our brains, replacing

those we lost over time. Brain experts encourage us to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby. Which

brings me to why I say … you MUST check out the wonderful brain-healthy OLLI at UNLV for seniors.

Osher Livelong Learning Institute


No worries about tests or homework

in this program for adults 50 and older.

200+ classes are offered annually,

from container gardening to contract

law, from film to finances, journaling

to geography, painting to pottery,

baseball to buddhism to banjo for


And, there is a BONUS BRAIN

BENEFIT … you’ll make new

friends! (Did you know Socializing is

good for your brain too?!)

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books including

the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at

Mental Minutes


1. In one minute, name classes

you can possibly take at

UNLV through OLLI.

2. Make an alphabetical list.

American History,

Baking & Cooking,

Computing for novices,…

A No-Brainer Pick


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September 2017


Simple Ways to Increase the Value of your Home

Laura Harbison

Broker/Salesperson/Branch Manager

Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)

Accredited Buyer Representative ® (ABR)

Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute (GRI)

Equator Platform Platinum Certification

Equator Short Sale Agent Certification

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Advanced Evaluations Certification

At Home With Diversity (AHWD)

Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)

NVS Institute BPO Certification

Five Star BPO Designation

Certified Distressed Property Expert ® (CDPE)

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist


Dear Neighbor,

We all want to make sure that our home not only holds its value, but increases it as well. That way if our

needs were to change or we need to move for any reason, the home could be sold for a profit, making the

move that much easier. There are a few very simple, quick, ways to help make sure that this happens.

Homeowners often get into a lull with maintaining and fixing broken or worn items in their houses. One

thing leads to another, which eventually leads to repairs costing thousands of dollars. Instead of waiting,

take action the moment you realize something is wearing out and fix it or call a handyman -- it will save

you money in the future and help maintain the value of your home.

There is an obvious correlation between the value of homes that are kept up with (at least) a weekly cleaning

and those that don't. Not only will your home look nice and be clean for company, it will stay in good

condition longer and avoid having bugs and rodents inside the garage, home, and attic. Homes that have

actively used a pest control service can typically be sold for more than those that didn't. Make it easier on

yourself by committing to a good cleaning on a weekly basis, scheduled in at the same time each week so

that a habit will be formed.

The inside of your home may be the top priority for you, but don't forget to do basic maintenance on your

lawn and surrounding areas. Remember, this is the first thing that potential buyers (and renters) see

when they pull up in front of your property. In fact, the looks matter so much that a recent study said that

simply raking, aerating, mowing, and maintaining a basic lawn yields over a 300% ROI when it comes to


It seems elementary, but it's so easy to overlook the "simple" things that maintain and even improve the

value of our homes. It's hard to look at our own home with a critical eye, and easy to justify not doing

the little things by telling ourselves "It was good enough for me, it should be good enough for them." or

"It's no big deal.". But little things become big things before we know it, and a lot of little things lumped

together may be exactly what drives away the potential buyer that might have paid you the best price for

your home.

I hope that these tips are helpful to you! Please let me know if you would like for me to walk your house

with you to help you identify what should be attended to before putting your home up for sale.

Stay out of the heat, keep hydrated, and stay well!

Call Laura Today!



Broker/Salesperson/Branch Manager

Realty Executives Harbison Team

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office: 702-777-1234


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