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December

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FOR TODAY’S ACTIVE SENIORS

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December 2017

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MEMBERS OF:

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OUR COLUMNISTS

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Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

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Devon Wickens

Vicki Wentz

James White

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think or simply put a smile on your face? Please tell

us by forwarding your comments, thoughts

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thevegasvoice.net.

And whatever you do, don’t forget our

website. Read about the latest information

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date with everything going on. Check out all

our good stuff at: www.thevegasvoice.net.

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God Rest Me, Merry Gentlemen

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

may have mentioned that the days between

I Halloween and New Years are my favorite

time of year, especially this little stretch from

Thanksgiving to Christmas. However, speaking

as a parent, I am betting that if your home contains any children

under the age of twenty, life around now is just a big bowl of chaos.

And, as the 25th approaches, the havoc will rise until you are spending

Christmas Day hiding under your computer desk, chugging Jack Danielsspiked

eggnog behind a big frozen turkey you forgot to defrost...not that

I ever did that.

But, really, this time of year is all about the children - the thrill on

their faces, the awe and wonder in their eyes, the adorable way they hurl

your newly decorated Christmas cookies at each other during that dandy

candy-cane sugar high… yes, that’s what’s important.

It’s about hiding a scooter, a trampoline, a life-size dollhouse, and

a turtle, from kids who suddenly have the uncanny ability to morph

into a liquid and slither through locked, chained, and barred doors. So,

eventually, you will tell them that Santa wears a “peeking” beeper, and

that if any children see their presents before the big day, he will get beeped

and go into cardiac arrest and there will be no Christmas.

It scares the fruitcake out of them, which is a good tool during the

holiday season. (One year, my children were so savagely persistent, I

finally climbed up and threw their unwrapped gifts down from the

attic. Then, I pulled the steps up behind me and sat in the rafters all

day, remembering when they were tiny and had that new-baby smell and

would never have thought of peeking at their presents because all they

really wanted was a good box lid to chew on.)

It’s about taking the whole family merrily off to buy the tree at the

Methodist church (where you don’t belong, but hey, they’re cheaper!) but

everybody wants a different tree, and mother rules, so they sulk all the way

home and nobody wants to decorate “such a stinky, cruddy tree.” But, you

haul it inside and jam it into the tree stand to find that it’s six inches too

tall and you’ll have to climb up on a kitchen chair and hack at it with

your only good steak knife.

Finally, when you double-check last year’s lights to find that not even

ONE strand is working, you blow. You warn the sulkers that after you get

the non-working lights on the hacked-up, stinky tree, everyone better get

their behinds to trimming or there will be NO PEACE ON EARTH!

Christmas is also about visiting Santa at the mall. Why?

Everyone knows that kids only love Santa Claus until they are plunked

into his lap. You could be doing a complete Olympic gymnastics routine

to make little Junior smile for the camera, but trust me, he’ll take one

look at that massive beard and scream like you’ve handed him to Fidel

Castro. Yeah, good times.

Finally, it’s about Christmas Eve, when the children are at last asleep,

and you spend the next nine hours assembling a tricycle, a pinball

game, and a snow cone machine, following directions on a box that read

“Assembly should take no longer than 30 minutes.”

(Everyone knows you never believe boxes. Boxes lie. Boxes watch us

happily settle down to assemble stuff and laugh hysterically; eager to tell

the other boxes at the landfill about the doofus who bought the tricycle,

and believed the stuff on the box.)

Meanwhile, you scoff at “It’s a Wonderful Life”, eat Santa’s cookies and

drink Santa’s milk, and at 4:00 am you drift off to sleep, slumped on the

floor against the couch, bits of tinsel clinging to your hair, a piece of

scotch tape stuck to your lower lip, your hands curled in frozen wrapping

spasms…and God bless us everyone.

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.

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...for

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Bring the family,

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2017

SEASON

Peter Pan

See pgs 17-21

rtainment hosted by

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The Vegas Voice presents:

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See page 9

Rana with NPA awards

And the award goes to…

There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your

peers. With that humble sentiment, we’re very proud to announce

that The Vegas Voice has received a total of 8 national

and state awards.

Feature Writing

First: The Vegas Voice, Senior Guardianship

To Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts: “The Vegas Voice is on a mission and judging

by the tone and contents of these articles, it means to succeed.” For our guardianship

articles – “It’s a terrific journalistic effort. Readers are well-served by this

section.”

General Excellence

Second: The Vegas Voice,

“The Vegas Voice switched from a newspaper to a magazine, but it didn’t leave behind

its investigative teeth…its investigative piece on guardianship fraud resulted

in indictments of one of the most scandalous abusers. The Voice should be proud of

this work.”

Front Cover/Illustration

First: The Vegas Voice

To Ray Sarbacker: “The cover illustration captures the mystique of several elements.

Peter Pan is such an imaginary tale. This cover illustration captures the mystique of

several elements. Flight, darkness, sea and exploration come through for an event

telling readers to bring their family and learn to fly.”

Topical Issues

Second: The Vegas Voice

Dan Roberts doesn’t hold back. His state’s attorney general is “Mr. Irrelevant.” The

local district attorney is “Mr. Incompetent.” There’s no missing his meaning.

Overall Design

Second: The Vegas Voice

“The Vegas Voice is primarily a compilation of columns. Each is in a module, which

keeps the pages uncluttered. Each is treated the same with the name and with red

and black type at the top. This magazine is an easy scan.”

Wait there’s more.

The Nevada Press Association (you know the big guys – Las Vegas Review Journal,

LV Sun, etc.) followed with 3 awards; including Best Print Ad by Ray and;

Best Investigative Story by Rana and Dan (“Great reporting and coverage on

a subject. Thanks for your determined efforts to bring to light abuse of those most

vulnerable in our society.”);

And to top it all off, The Vegas Voice was chosen for the “Freedom of the

Press” award for upholding the principles of the First Amendment and protecting

the public’s right in exposing the scandal. (“The fervor to expose a major problem

with guardianship led this senior’s publication to take extraordinary steps – including

overcoming attempts to silence it…to see that reforms were addressed.”)

To say that we’re honored and proud would be an understatement.

And wait to you read what we have planned for 2018!

A Very Rewarding Year

By: Dan Roberts / Publisher

It’s been a very rewarding year.

Now I don’t mean financially; be assured

that no one will ever confuse The Vegas Voice with

any Fortune 500 Company. My partner Ray and I proudly continue our

business practice of being the “best there is” in not making any money.

No, I mean a rewarding year in wanting to wake up every morning and

“seize the day.” And looking back, its amazing what we accomplished in

2017.

After 14 years of being that “little throw-away senior newspaper” we

finally made the upgrade to this glossy magazine. For a guy who likes

to change as quickly as an iceberg melts, I hope you can appreciate this

publisher going “kicking & screaming.” But even I admit, (and hope you

do too) the new look is great.

Our entertainment shows this year were spectacular. Entertainment

editor Evan Davis deserves a standing ovation for producing outstanding

and fabulous “strip” shows; not only our “Summer of Love” 50 th

anniversary concert, but bringing top-notch performers right to your

clubhouse and centers.

Plans for next year? Just wait until we announce it next month. Three

words: “Bigger & Better.”

And how this for rewarding? Our three-year effort to expose and achieve

meaningful guardianship reform came to fruition in 2017.

With my Rana leading her Don(na) Quixote crusade, and with monthly

articles shaming and harassing the Nevada Attorney General and Clark

County District Attorney; they finally did the right thing for those victims

(and families) emotionally and financially ruined by this scandal.

After our (it seemed) never-ending columns about that “poster-child”;

private guardian April Parks was indicted, arrested and remains behind

bars. To see her handcuffed, wearing that prison jumpsuit was rewarding

beyond any words.

Without doubt, there is still an uphill climb to permanently eliminate

this guardianship gulag system, but at least this occupant of the cesspool

will never prey on seniors again. Plus, as those TV commercials claim:

“Wait there’s more.”

After running back and forth to Carson City, early morning and

late-night telephone calls, texts and emails too numerous to count

with various Nevada Assemblymen and Senators, The Vegas Voice was

successful in getting new legislation for guardianship reform.

To stand with Rana, Ray, project manager Bill Caserta and Nevada

Senator Becky Harris when Governor Brian Sandoval signed our

Guardianship reform bill into law, remains and will always be, one of the

most rewarding moments in my life. To shake the Governor’s hand (and

even receive the ceremonial pen) while watching my Rana (and all of us)

smile made it all worthwhile.

For 2018, The Vegas Voice intends to place another “nail in the

guardianship coffin” when we’ll make the annual guardianship tour

across the valley (see page 9) starting in January.

We’ll be explaining the new laws (they go into effect on January 1 st ) and

provide the “official” guardianship nomination forms. Our plans call for

these forms, along with an on-site notary as well as representatives from

the Nevada Secretary of State to complete and file your form in the new

guardianship “lockbox.” A complete “one-stop shopping” – all FREE.

Quite a rewarding year, but Rana has even bigger plans to get me out

of bed next year! Until then, our entire Vegas Voice family wishes your

family unlimited joy, happiness, and exceptional health in 2018.

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December 2017

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The Windmills are Tilting

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Looking back as 2017 comes to an end, I

realize what an extraordinary year it has

been.

Our years of investigating the criminal conduct of private

guardian April Parks, our non-stop hounding of the Attorney-

General and the Clark County District Attorney to “prosecute

the bad guys” is finally becoming a reality.

I look back and laugh at the many times Publisher Dan

and I called each other “Woodward & Bernstein”, out of

bravado (like whistling through the graveyard) pretending

we were not the least bit afraid of the DA or AG, or even Ms.

Parks’ (more than) politically connected lawyer coming after us.

We truly believed that one day there would be a knock on the door and

someone, with either a warrant alleging a drummed-up charge for some

crime, or perhaps an overwhelming law suit would be sneering at us.

While we were never concerned about a charge alleging defamation, (the

truth covered us for that) we were well aware what a big-time lawyer(s)

can do – truth be damned!

But, hey, Dan has a poster of “Woodward and Bernstein” from the

movie All the President’s Men above his desk…. and he claimed he

always looked a little like Robert Redford (talk about delusional!).

At least David had a sling shot when he went up against Goliath, but

when Dan told The Vegas Voice biggest advertiser that we would not

December 2017

comply with its demand to stop investigating their doctors’ involvement

in the guardianship scandal, they followed through on their threat to pull

all advertisements - as well as notified their affiliates to do likewise.

As you can imagine, the financial consequence for our ‘free publication”

was devastating. But, in time, the good guys won, and we rebounded. Not

only did The Vegas Voice survive, but in April we “graduated”

from newspaper to magazine.

And this year, our lobbying efforts to Carson City were

successful. Along with others, we were able to get new laws

from the Nevada legislature; including our Vegas Voice

guardianship reform bill (SB 229).

This bill was a follow-up to our previous lobbying efforts

in 2015 to have an official guardianship form and to file it with the

Nevada Secretary of State’s “lock-box” program.

Who would have thought that our “little senior publication” could

be the David against Goliath? As for me, (and despite Dan’s sardonic

remarks) when it comes to an issue I really believe in, well, I will certainly

keep on tilting those windmills.

I am very proud, yet humbled that Don(na) Quixote accomplished

quite a bit in 2017. And next year? Can you say more of the same… and

Nevada Elder Hub?

Those windmills are tilting just fine, thank you!

New Guardianship Lockbox in January

By: Rana Goodman / Political Editor

In April 2016, after expressing my outrage with the “red tape,”

Publisher Dan and I took matters into our own hands. I was

beyond frustrated that a simple idea of using the Secretary of State

lockbox to store and record seniors’ guardianship preferences could

not be accomplished until the next Nevada legislature convened and

passed the necessary legislation.

We formed our own Vegas Voice/Nevada Association to Stop

Guardian & Elder Abuse lockbox to make sure that no one that took

the time to record their guardianship preferences would be “taken” by

private guardians, or the courts.

Over 1,000 people heeded our suggestion, and despite snide remarks

from certain ambulance-chasing attorneys, NOT ONE person who sent

in the form was ever touched by this scandal.

Fast forward 19 months. The GOOD NEWS is that the Nevada

legislature passed the required law (effective January 1, 2018) to use

the Secretary of State lockbox protections. And there is NO CHARGE for

this protection.

The (semi) BAD NEWS is that you MUST prepare a new

guardianship form to do this. To fully comply with the new law and

avoid any complications, our temporary lockbox program will

come to an end in January. All copies will be shredded

and destroyed.

To get everyone the latest information and to fully guarantee that

you will never ever be a part of this sordid scandal, we’ll be holding our

2018 guardianship seminars (see next page) in January. We hope to see

everyone at one of our seminars!

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. There will be an unfulfilled

Christmas tradition this year

in Washington. They couldn’t find

three wise men.

2. One woman talking to a friend: “I noticed you’re wearing your

wedding ring on the wrong finger?” “Yes, I am” was the reply. “I married

the wrong man!”

3. Something to consider: If a married man is talking in the woods but

no one hears him, is he still wrong?

4. Hot new country hit: “There was only one horse for the two of us -

and that’s how I got saddled with you!”

5. You know you’re getting old (Part I) when it takes you two hours to

undress and another hour to remember why.

6. You know you’re getting old (Part II) when your friends compliment

you on your alligator shoes and you’re walking around barefoot!

7. Bumper sticker I: “The meek shall inherit the earth – if that’s all

right with you!”

8. Bumper Sticker II: Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it

is, and we’ll find it.

9. I saw an accountant who lost his job standing on a corner holding a

cardboard sign that said: Will certify that 2 + 2 = 5 for food!”

10. What’s the difference between a lawyer and a herd of buffalos? A

lawyer charges more!

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December 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.

Christmas Tales

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

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A father took his son Billy to the Penney's

mall to see Santa. They stood in line awhile,

and finally the boy was able to meet Santa and sit

on his lap.

“What would you like for Christmas, Billy?” asked Santa. “An X-Box

and a Hobbit game,” Billy said. “Okay, we’ll see what we can do about

that,” said Santa with a big smile.

Later that day, they also went to see Santa at the Sears mall. When

Santa asked Billy what he wanted for Christmas, Billy said, “An X-Box

and a Hobbit game.” “Will you be a good boy and do what your daddy

tells you?” Santa asked.

Billy turned to his dad and said, “Let’s go back to the other Santa, Dad.”

“Why Billy?” asked his father.

“Because I didn’t have to make any deals with that one.”

*A guy goes into the post office and asks the clerk for some new holiday

stamps. The clerk behind the counter asks, “Which denomination?”

The guy thinks for a minute, then says, “Give me 5 Jewish, 2 Lutheran

and 7 Catholic.”

*When a father asked his little boy what he wanted for Christmas, the

boy replied, “A baby sister.” As it turned out, the wife was pregnant, and

delivered on Christmas Eve. On Christmas day she brought home a new

baby sister for their son.

The next year, when the father asked his little boy what he wanted for

Christmas, the boy said, “If it wouldn’t make mommy too uncomfortable,

I’d like a pony.”

*Dear Santa: This year, please give me a big, fat bank account and a

slim body. Last year, you mixed them up.

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.

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By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

As 2017 comes to an end, we need to not only

look at the ups & downs, but to look ahead

at what’s coming up in 2018.

Between the renovation of Downtown, the expansion of Tivoli Village,

the additional entertainment at Downtown Summerlin and Town Square

(just to name a few spots) it seems that a lot of the growth is on the

West side of town. Of course, “The Strip” is also reinventing itself almost

daily. The last quarter of 2017 however, has taken its toll on our emotions

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Our Vegas Voice family has great entertainment plans for 2018!

Big, Big Plans for 2018

December 2017

with the tragedy of October 1st and the heartbreak with the Scinta Family.

Our final show of the 2017 season for The Vegas Voice will be most

graciously hosted by Frankie Scinta and will include a dozen or so of

our best local entertainers. The show will be held on Tuesday, December

19 th in the Veil Pavilion at the Silverton Hotel. Take a look at the wonderful

entertainers (Pages 20 – 21) who will be performing.

Now let’s look at our 2018 venues and shows. At the end of January, The

Vegas Voice is sponsoring a Phat Pack Cruise. You have one last chance

to join the fun (all information on page 25).

In February, we hit the stages running. We will be hosting shows

everywhere; including, Sun City MacDonald Ranch, Starbright Theatre

in Sun City Summerlin, Solera at Anthem, Sun City Aliante, The Silverton

Hotel - and possibly a few other venues before the year is up.

We’ve added a “Ticket Hotline” (702/755-3799) and a link to

purchasing tickets on line. You will be able to find this information on

my web site, emails and Facebook page as well as The Vegas Voice’s web

site, and Facebook page.

Some of the productions will be directed and produced by Bill Fayne,

Bruce Ewing and others, and will include stars such as Randall Keith,

Philip Fortenberry and many more. The shows will range from Cole

Porter to Classic Broadway and are guaranteed to be the best quality

entertainment you’ll find anywhere in town.

I’ll have more information next month. Until then, I wish everyone a

very happy holiday and a wonderful New Year.

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: evan@thevegasvoice.net.

The Christmas Story

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

The year was 1954, and I was cast in a show

called "The Ray Milland Show: Meet Mr.

McNulty." The weekly sit-com ran for 3 seasons;

from 1953 until 1955.

The episode was called "The Christmas Story." In it, I played a “bratty”

orphan who comes to stay with the McNulty's.

When they take me to a Christmas party, I decide that there is no such

thing as Santa Claus. I spend the whole evening trying to pull off Santa's

beard to prove it.

At the beginning of the show, I have a little raggedy doll named Amy

to whom I talk and tell my troubles to. At the party, Santa gives me a

package, and when I open it, it's now a new beautiful Amy - no longer

raggedy and now wearing a new dress!

Santa then leaves, and in walks the guy who Mr. McNulty had hired to

play Santa, apologizing for being late! It was such a sweet story, and one

that might not work in today’s world, but this was the 50s, and things

back then were a lot simpler and innocent.

I loved working with Ray Milland. He won the Academy Award for best

actor in 1945 for his performance in "The Lost Weekend." Milland got

that role by default, since Cary Grant turned it down.

It is reported that he didn't want to go to the Awards show. His wife

however, called him a coward and told him he would be attending even if

she had to put him in a strait-jacket! He is the only recipient of an Oscar

to have uttered not a single word during his acceptance speech, opting to

simply “bow" his appreciation before casually exiting the stage!

I feel so fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people in

my career, but sadly, in a way, I wish I could have appreciated them a

little more at the time.

I guess when you are

just eleven years old

it's hard to understand

that they are famous.

To me, they were just

ordinary people, but

perhaps that's a good

thing too.

Ray Milland died of

cancer at the age of 81

in 1986. He was truly a

dear man and a joy to

work with.

Until next time,

remember: You are

never too old to set

another goal, or to

dream a new dream.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@

hotmail.com. Check out her awesome, new website: www.

beverlywashburn.com.

People have

always come here

looking for a sign.

Gangsters, pranksters, vixens,

visionaries, rascals, ranchers.

They all came, along with thousands

of ordinary people, with either a

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They all made history. Our history.

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Scinta’s Show Carries On

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Although the Scinta’s New Year’s Eve show at

The Plaza will be different this year, Frankie

Scinta guarantees that the performance will live

up to their reputation that has earned the group a headlining spot for

17 years.

Joe Cocker won’t be there, nor will Mick Jagger or Neil Diamond. Joey,

the Scinta brother who plays the long-necked bass and portrays those

icons will be absent. After suffering a massive stroke, Joey was in hospice

fighting for his life as The Vegas Voice went to press.

In his corner were his close-knit family and tens of thousands of fans

who hold The Scintas dear in their hearts. In four days, fans pushed a

GoFundMe account to twice its goal.

Drummer Pete O’Donnell, long considered a Scinta family member

who had Mama and Papa Scinta stand up at his wedding, assures fans

that the performances will continue. Four years ago, sister Chrissi was

forced to the sidelines with a career-ending throat problem.

The Italian-tough brothers punched their way back to the top, adding

the versatile vocalist Janien Valentine as a compliment to their goodnatured

bantering show. “Shows continue,” O’Donnell said, “even when

father Scinta was in a Cleveland hospital. We’d drive 9-hours each way

every day from upstate New York to visit.”

O’Donnell promises that audiences will continue to feel a part of

the Scinta family for the 90-minute shows. “We leave our heartbreak

backstage.”

Joey’s role has been the

comedic foil to brother

Frankie’s good-natured

Ralph Kramden-like

rants of “You’re breakin’

my balls.” Off stage,

O’Donnell credits Joey for

his showbiz instinct. “Joe

can read an audience,”

O’Donnell says. “Joe

would say, ‘No, that’s

not getting a laugh’ and

it would be out of the

show.”

Describing Joey,

O’Donnell says, “He’s

always the guy who asks

you about you.”

From the Scinta’s Family

Album, Frankie (left and Joey)

In theater parlance, “The Show Must Go On.” Tickets are available for

the Scintas 7:30 pm New Year’s Eve show at The Plaza, winner of 6 Best of

Las Vegas awards, 1 Main Street, www.PlazaHotelCasino.com.

Editor’s Note: Joey Scinta died Nov. 17th, two hours before showtime.

Everyone at The Vegas Voice extends their heart-felt condolences to

Frankie, Janien and the entire Scinta Family.

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Time for Magic in Las Vegas

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

December is a magical time when family

and friends visit - and want to see shows.

Where to go? The good news is that there are

many family friendly shows.

Back to the magic part. What kid of any age doesn't like magic! Jarrett

& Raja's show, Magic vs. Music (4 pm) at the Stratosphere is what it says.

Raja, a Julliard trained musician tickles the ivories during the show.

What's magic about that? He does it after Jarrett saws him in half. Voila

– music and magic. The show includes many standard tricks, but the

addition of the piano playing and singer JP Morgan are a nice touch.

You can't go wrong with Murray the Magician at Planet Hollywood (4

pm, dark until December 16 th ) His on stage guy “Lefty” is a delight.

Xavier Mortimer's Magic Dream (7 pm), also at Planet Hollywood

incorporates some pantomime features. For down home charm, there's

Mac King (1 and 3 pm) at Harrah's with his “Cloak of Invisibility.”

Nathan Burton's polished act is at the Saxe Theater. (4 pm but also 2 pm

Xmas week)

David Goldrake's show, Imaginarium(7 pm) brings big magic to the

Tropicana. His act is sponsored by a country – Luxenbourg and includes

being cut by huge blades and the traditional woman who seems to be

floating on air.

There's Adam London's Laughternoon (4 pm at the D and Mike

December 2017

Photo courtesy Denise Truscello

Hammer with his sharp wit at the 4 Queens (7 pm). Matt Franco (7 pm),

winner of America's Got Talent is at The Linq (dark December 3 – 13).

Chris Angel is at 7 and 9:30 pm at the Luxor.

Master's of Illusion, which has been entertaining audiences on the CW,

is opening at Bally's featuring a blend of magic and showmanship. Penn

& Teller (9 pm) at Rio and David Copperfield at 7 and 9:30 are excellent.

MAGIC!

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Mercury Retrograde

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

If you are reading this article between December

2-22, 2017, then you are experiencing Mercury

Retrograde right now!

Everyone knows about the Moon's impact on Earth and how the ocean's

tides and many of our life cycles are based on its rhythms. Mercury rules

all communication.

Those that are familiar with Mercury in Retrograde know it can be

merciless, and that it too, impacts Earth significantly. Its cycles occur three

or four times a year, for about three weeks at a time. Although, its effects

may be felt a couple of days prior, you absolutely must add a couple of days

at the end, for its dust to settle.

Mercury Retrograde got its name because during these cycles, Mercury

appears to be traveling in reverse. However, this is only an illusion. Mercury

is actually snoozing.

Since Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun and travels at the same

speed as Earth, it speeds past us every three months. Therefore, it stops all

its “controls” and goes into “limbo” while waiting for Earth to catch-up.

Unfortunately, like an airport with no air control, it leaves its dependent

communication systems to fend for themselves amidst chaos and

confusion. That is why it's quite common to experience lots of breakdowns,

misunderstandings and losses with regards to any communication

system - i.e. cars, computers, satellites, contracts, electronics, travel, new

beginnings of any kind, etc.

You can avoid the wrath of Mercury Retrograde by heeding its popular

and well thought out check lists. DO double check everything; back-up

computers, reschedule, renegotiate, repair, prepare, revise, It’s also a great

time for changing habits.

DO NOT take things personally, A promise made in Mercury Retrograde,

is a promise never made! Don't start new, redo. Don't buy big ticket

items (flaws, issues occur frequently). Don't make plans or book trips

(rescheduling will follow), etc.

Empower yourself by following the Farmer's Almanac's Mercury

Retrograde forecasts. Track these cycles and alter your life accordingly.

You will increase your productivity and alleviate a lot of heart-aches.

However, if there's an emergency Do what you gotta do!

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Retro Christmas List

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

What if you made a list of all your favorite

things from past Christmas holidays and

left it on the table for Santa. What would be on it?

I didn’t have a Barbie. I had a Revlon doll with blonde hair. She was my

friend and lived in an apartment building that was the bookcase in my

room. It was hard to find clothes for her, so I had to ask Santa. After all,

he could find everything!

Pez dispensers and candy! Need I say more?

Of course, where there’s candy, there are little pellets that would snap in

your mouth and, although I can picture the bag, I have no idea what they

were called. They were the real snap, crackle & pop of treats.

We didn’t ask for expensive computers or cell phones. But I was outof-my-mind

happy when I got a pink princess phone. OMG it even lit

up the dial at night! Wow! I could stuff it under my covers and have

conversations late at night and no one would know. Or so I thought.

Then I got a real hair dryer once. The kind that had a cap that would

blow up with hot air from a big tube attached. I would have to sit under

it for about an hour with these huge rollers, but it was worth it. I felt so

grown up.

And speaking of grown up, when I transitioned from socks to stockings,

I could dress up on holidays with new shoes and wear them. Back then

they had seams and you had to wear garters. I didn’t mind.

I got a brownie camera too. It took great pictures for its time and I

still have them. I found some of the negatives in a box, so maybe I’ll give

myself a present and have them digitized.

I also wanted a cat. I already had a bird. That cat was awesome and

liked to sneak out the window of our 8 th floor NYC apartment to walk on

the ledge. Surprisingly though, nothing ever happened to him. He would

just come in the other window until we figured it out and blocked him. I

think he gave us dirty looks but who can tell with a cat?

There were always the familiar pajamas, sweaters, gloves and scarves,

but when I got the saddle shoes, I knew I had hit the jackpot! So, you can

only imagine a few years later what the penny loafers meant.

I found the shiniest matching pennies and inserted them in the slots

of my sable leather shoes with pride. It was a defining moment and I was

part of the “in” crowd.

Yay! It’s Christmas!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations,

observations & complaints of life in the 60s to being in

your 60s.

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To Give or Not

to Give

By: Carlene Cohen /

Guest Column


Brother Can You Spare a Dime" was the most

popular song of the Great Depression. People

down on their luck resorted to begging on street

corners for spare change. Sadly, that has once again

become a common occurrence in Las Vegas.

A young man stands on a street corner holding up

a sign that says: "It's my birthday. Can you spare any

change?" And in the parking lot of a grocery store, a

young woman walking with a child asks for money.

"My car broke down and I have no money for bus fare."

The reasons are many. The question remains: To give

or not to give?

One store owner, who has grown tired of chasing

beggars away from her front door says: "The same

people are in the same spot every day. Some have more

money than you or I." One suggestion is to offer food or

a drink instead of money.

So, what is the right thing to do? From a clergyman

Beloved by Many

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

He wasn't thought of as a classic movie

dancer like Fred Astaire, nor athletic like

Gene Kelly, but he surpassed them both with his

6'4" smooth masculinity, charming charisma and good looks. This

was song and dance man, Daniel James Dailey Jr, better known as Dan

Dailey.

He was an elegant, versatile dancer, actor and singer, born into a show

business family. He had 3 siblings, his sister, Irene Dailey, became an

actress.

Dailey has more than 48 movies to his credit. In 1948, he received an

Oscar for his role in When My Baby Smiles at Me.

His most notable role was in Irving Berlin's There's No Business Like

Show Business. It starred Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Donald

O'Conner, (whose wife divorced him and became Dailey's 3rd of his 5

wives, all ending in divorce. His comment: "A little success and then

divorce").

Dailey working with Betty Grable and did many musicals with her,

including: My Blue Heaven, Give My Regards to Broadway, Meet Me

at the Fair, Meet Me in Las Vegas, The Pride of St. Louis, (playing Dizzy

Dean,) and The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover.

Daily was a heavy drinker and in the early 1950s, after heavy drinking

bouts, he'd come to parties as a cross-dresser. Thus, his reputation for

being a cross-dresser.

Movie musicals in the 50s were

slowing down, but he continued to be

successful with comedic and dramatic

roles, moving back to the stage, TV,

night clubs, and even Las Vegas. In

1962, he won a Golden Globe award

for his TV show The Governor and J.J.

Although Dailey never wrote an

autobiography, he loved story-telling.

He described his waltzing procedure

as steering the girl with right hand

pressure on her waist, and never waving the left hand in the air like

directing traffic. He claimed dancing was easy.

Dan often suffered from depression which deepened after his only

child, Dan Dailey III, in 1975, at age 29, committed suicide.

In 1976, Dailey appeared again on Broadway, breaking his hip

performing in The Odd Couple as Oscar Madison with Elliot Reed as Felix

Unger. He then worked for a while in a wheelchair.

Dan Dailey died a wealthy man in 1978 at age 62, from hip surgery

complications. His tombstone reads: Beloved by Many.

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.

mytimeisragtime.com.

comes this advice: "It is better to give money to someone

who doesn't need it, than not to give to someone who

does."

In making your own personal decision, it may

be helpful to know that Las Vegas is home to many

organizations dedicated to helping the poor and

homeless. Three Square Food Bank and the Las Vegas

Rescue Mission are two examples.

This year alone, more than 300,000 people

(including 40,000 children) will rely on Three Square

Food Bank and its emergency partners for help. The

Las Vegas Rescue Mission offers shelter, basic needs and

other services to the homeless, hungry and hurting.

Additionally, the city's churches and synagogues

operate food pantries and donate clothing to the poor.

Meanwhile, it is still a personal choice whether to give

or not to give.

It may not be 1929, yet it is still hard to ignore the

plea of a brother who asks, "Can you spare a dime?”

Carlene Sabath-Cohen is an award-winning news

and feature writer. She lives in North Las Vegas

with her husband, two cats and a dog.

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Land of Engineering Marvels

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World


You will travel in a land of marvels” - Jules

Verne. Unquestionably, the Panama Canal is

an engineering marvel.

Upon opening in 1914, the Panama Canal was the world’s largest

canal lock system. The nearby dam and man-made Gatun Lake built in

accompaniment with the canal were correspondingly the world’s largest.

Cutting through harsh jungle terrain (where it rains every day) the canal

joins North and South America.

More than 25,000 workers were lost, many to yellow fever or malaria.

Their sacrifice is underscored daily. You cannot see it without admiring the

determination and farsightedness of the men who built the canal. “They

dared their lives for a mud-mired dream.”

The 50-mile canal crosses the Continental Divide, trimming 8,000

nautical miles off the voyage between the Caribbean and the Pacific. It

became the world’s most acclaimed shortcut. Without it, there wouldn’t

be much to Panama.

For more than a century, travelers have come to witness the canal for its

structural phenomenon and immensity. The majority come by cruise ship.

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included two new sets of locks, (one each on the Atlantic and Pacific sides)

while raising the maximum operating water level of Gatun Lake.

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disgorged its passengers onto the bustling California concourse.

All agreed, we had traveled in a land of remarkable engineering marvels.

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Second, tempting as it is to peel the polish when it starts to lift, it will

peel the top layers of your nails with it. Even after soaking mine off, the

filing process to remove the rest of the polish afterwards left them thin

and fragile, and it will be a couple of months before they grow out to their

normal strength. I am one to try almost anything once, but I think I will

stick with my go-to OPI Bubble Bath polish.

Whatever and however you do it, be sure to pamper those lovely hands

for all that they do. They are models of accomplishment!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

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December 2017

Avoiding the Car-Crash Scam

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

We know that seniors are often the target of

scammers. We’ve all read about the IRS

fake calls and the grandkids being kidnapped

and held for ransom, but there’s a new, equally scary and dangerous

scam taking place on the highway.

I’m sure you’ve all seen on the news the recent arrest of a group of

women who targeted people on the road, making them pull over and

telling them they hit their car, and then shaking them down for money,

or stealing valuables out of the vehicle while they distract the driver.

While we all try to be responsible and believe that people are mostly

good, we have to be diligent and protect ourselves first. If something

like this happens to you while you are on the road, here are some

reminders as to what you should (or should not) do:

1. Never pull over on the freeway. It’s dangerous. Only do so if

instructed by a police vehicle.

2. If you must get off because someone is waving at you, take the

nearest exit, then find a safe, well-lit parking lot where there are people

around; preferably at a police station or fire department.

3. If you do pull over, only lower your window an inch. Keep your

vehicle in Drive and your foot on the brake, so if you have to take off in

a hurry, you’re ready to go.

4. Always lock your doors when you get in your car anytime you

drive.

5. If you feel unsafe, call 911.

6. Never head directly home, as it will give them an opportunity to

follow you. If you feel as if someone is following you, drive directly to

the nearest police station, or call 911.

7. Don’t be afraid to be mean or aggressive. They know seniors are

more likely to be trusting and polite, and will use it to their advantage.

8. Never leave your purse unattended. This is true even at a gas

station. Keep it on you or lock the car when filling your tank.

Be aware, be smart, and be safe out there.

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

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

bjkdtr@gmail.com

Enjoy, But Watch What You Eat

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

The Holidays are just around the corner and,

for most people, that means indulging in

large family-style meals and holiday treats. While

moderation is a time-tested method of keeping

your health during the holidays, there is emerging evidence that

avoiding processed and refined carbohydrates (especially white sugar)

can help you enjoy this special time to the fullest.

Gary Taubes, a science writer at the New York Times and author of

The Case Against Sugar, has been focusing on the intersection between

refined sugar and chronic illnesses. His research should be of note to

those who believe they may be at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease.

Scientists describe a “tipping point” that occurs after extended intake

of too much sugar. Those who have a high sugar diet over a long period of

time have been found to be at greater risk of developing the degenerative

neurological condition.

Focus on getting your nourishment this holiday season from whole,

unprocessed foods that your grandparents would recognize. There is little

wrong with having delicious meats, vegetables prepared any number of

ways and all the rest that nature’s bounty provides, just as long as you

remember to limit your intake of processed foods and periodically give

your body a break from overindulging.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

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contact Victoria at: victoria@victoriaseaman.com.

The Light Side of Insurance Claims

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

Insurance is a serious business and all year

I have been giving you serious advice. For a

change, I thought I might end 2017 with a smile,

so here is some insurance humor to end the year.

The following are actual statements placed on auto insurance claim

forms. When asked to summarize the details in the fewest possible words

these are some of the descriptions received:

*I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.

*The guy was all over the road, I had to swerve a number of times

before I hit him.

*I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law

and headed over the embankment.

*I had been driving for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and

had an accident.

*My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.

*An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.

*The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run, so I ran over him.

*I saw a slow moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the

roof of my car.

Happy holidays to all!

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.

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By: Pat Warren / Happy Gardening

From time to time, most of us have to deal

with unwanted critters in our yards. It’s

really not surprising.

We build our homes in their natural habitat and then provide them

with reliable food sources through our gardens and garbage. The biggest

offenders seem to be rabbits, and while there is no way to get rid of them

permanently, there are ways to discourage them from making your

property theirs.

First and foremost, remove any debris, overgrown brush or weeds,

structures, woodpiles or holes that can provide them with nesting or

hiding spaces.

Then, spraying or sprinkling substances like: coyote urine, bar soap,

wood ashes, powdered aloe, mothballs (in areas without children or

pets), garlic, diluted fish emulsion, or blood meal (in the warmer months

only) around plants can deter them through scent.

Physical barriers such as wire cages or mesh fences around trees

and shrubs can keep rabbits from nibbling on your favorite plants. And

wrapping the base of your trees will discourage them from chewing on

the bark.

Another tactic is to select plants that rabbits just don’t like to eat. While

there aren’t many that a hungry rabbit will ignore, here a few that will

give you a fighting chance.

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Let’s Talk CBD

By: Dr. Victoria Boyd / Hempworx

Since my last article covered the genetics of

Cannabis and how the male and female

plants differ, I’ll continue on that same path

describing the beneficial product derived from the plant, Cannabidiol

(CBD) Oil. CBD, often referred to as a “phytocannabinoid,” represents

a group of 85+ compounds that work harmoniously in multiple ways

and are at the core of medical benefits.

Unfortunately, the market has been flooded with CBD products, so it is

important to understand how to evaluate their quality and composition.

Starting with the basics, there are two versions of CBD.

One is the highly regulated Marijuana (female) plant variety distributed

only through dispensaries because it contains THC. Because it is from the

female plant, the CBD levels are naturally lower.

Then there is CBD from the Hemp (male) plant, legal in all 50 states,

and considered an essential oil or organic supplement under the US

Agricultural Farm Act. Hemp CBD chemical difference (if manufactured

correctly) has extremely high levels of CBD (the good stuff) and no THC.

I’ll get into manufacturing later, but first you need to know why CBD is

so important for YOUR health.

Within our bodies is a complex Endocannabinoid System (ECS); a

signaling network that controls almost every bodily process by interacting

with different receptors and regulatory enzymes. CBD shares chemical

similarities allowing them to interact with components of the ECS

Ask a Master Gardner

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creating positive impact on ALL these systems.

This interaction is called an entourage effect, which means it

simultaneously benefits multiple areas affecting metabolism, pain

sensation, inflammation, thermoregulation, vision, mood, and memory.

Because of CBD’s interaction, (combined with its remarkable safety

profile and extremely low toxicity) it truly can have medical benefits at

the same time.

In addition, used as a daily supplement, it helps prevent or lower the

occurrence of many ailments. As a skeptic, I didn’t believe the hype about

the miracle oil, however I became a believer. It worked for me and will

work with your own natural system.

To learn more now about the “entourage effect” and other CBD

research topics visit: www.WeedByRock.com resource page. For products

visit: www.Hempworx.com/RocksPlace.

Got questions? I invite you to send questions or suggest a topic for an

article. Please email: DrVictoriaBoyd@gmail.com.

As an author and trainer Dr. Victoria Boyd loves sharing

knowledge in diverse areas such as nonprofit development

and research on the medical benefits of CBD as an affiliate of

Hempworx. Email her at: DrVictoriaBoyd@gmail.com.

Textured plants (think rough, spiny, hairy or leathery) aren’t

particularly palatable. Agaves, Junipers, beardtongue (Penstemon) and

Yucca fall into this category.

Aromatic plants like garlic (both ornamental & herbal varieties),

onion and flowering onions (Allium), hyssop (Agastache), lavender

(Lavandula), bee balm (Monarda), catmint (Nepeta), oregano

(Origanum), rosemary (Rosmarinus), lantana and salvia.

Caustic, acrid and toxic plants like Aconitum, Artemisia,

Milkwweed, and Digitalis. Finally, ferns and ornamental grasses repel

rabbits well.

Plant the largest specimens you can afford, because rabbits prefer

young, soft leaves. And if all else fails, get a Doberman!

If you have other gardening questions, you can call the UNR Cooperative

Extension’s Master Gardener Help Desk at 702-257-5555. We’re available

Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The service is free.

Pat Warren is a certified Master Gardener with the UNR Cooperative

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

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

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Statement from the Foundation Assisting Seniors concerning the

Sun City Anthem lock-out and confiscation of durable medical

equipment and materials.

“On November 17 th , the Sun City Anthem board of directors took

possession of more than 700 pieces of durable medical equipment

owned by the Foundation Assisting Seniors. Additionally, the Board

changed the locks on all corresponding offices and the boardroom

utilized by the Foundation.

Due to a misunderstanding between the

Foundation and its attorney, the equipment and materials were not

moved within the notification period set by Sun City Anthem. The

Foundation is now working with attorneys to obtain possession of the

equipment to return to its full-service operation.

In the last five years, the FAS has grown to be a leader in senior wellness

in the Las Vegas valley. In 2016 alone, they provided more than 18,000

assists and through its HowRU TM program, five lives have been saved.

The durable medical equipment loan program has more than 1,000

pieces of DME, which are available to seniors in need, at no-cost. The

Foundation is currently on track to provide more than 30,000 assists in

2017. The Foundation looks forward to continuing to work diligently

to ensure the safety, security and independence of the elderly in the Las

Vegas valley and beyond.”

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Sun City Anthem Lock-Out

And it Didn’t Hurt

Publisher Dan Roberts gets his flu shot at the Vegas Voice Health

Fair held at Solera at Anthem on November 11th. Thanks to the

wonderful people of Albertson’s for participating. Pictured with

Dan are Eric Van Meter, Kevin Chang and Christine Glover.

Did you get your flu shot yet?

December 2017

Understanding High

Blood Pressure

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

Many individuals wonder why they

developed high blood pressure. Let’s start

with the basics. Blood pressure is a measure of the force exerted by the

blood on the wall of your arteries. There are two different numbers

which denote your blood pressure.

The first one, called your “systolic blood pressure” is the force on the

arterial walls as the heart ejects fresh blood through them. The second

number, your “diastolic blood pressure”, denotes the amount of force on

the arterial walls when they are at rest.

High blood pressure, or hypertension is simply when the pressure gets

high enough that it poses a danger to the blood vessel walls, potentially

damaging them.

The organ that predominantly controls your blood pressure is not your

heart, but rather your kidneys. The kidneys monitor the amount of fluids

and salts in your bloodstream.

If they sense the volume and pressure of the blood is going up, they

produce more urine to help bring the blood pressure down. If they sense

the volume and pressure of the blood is going down, they produce less

urine to help bring the blood pressure up.

However, the kidneys can malfunction. Stress causes the body to release

adrenaline (now called epinephrine). Epinephrine causes the area where

blood enters the filtering part of the kidney to thicken. This thickening

decreases the amount of fluid entering the functioning part of the

kidneys making the kidneys think there is less volume/pressure in the

bloodstream than there actually is.

The kidneys will then make less urine keeping the volume/pressure in

the blood stream higher. This increased volume of fluid and the pressure

it exerts is high blood pressure/hypertension. The message here: Keep

your stress down.

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

rkyomitchell@gmail.com.

December 23, 1941

By: John Bielun / Time Traveler

Commander Winfield Cunningham scanned

the sea. Although he had landed a mere

fortnight ago, he was already in his fourth day

of combat.

His tiny position was part of an atoll so small that it contained only

twelve miles of coastline. It was literally in the middle of nowhere: 2,300

miles west of Hawaii, 1,500 east of Guam.

In 1935, Pan American Airways began using it as a way station for its

China Clipper service. By 1941, it was garrisoned by 450 marines and

fortified with six five-inch shore batteries, an assortment of anti-aircraft

and machine guns plus a dozen Wildcats – eight of which having already

been destroyed in the initial attack less than a week before.

A Japanese landing force approached: Two troop carriers escorted by

three light cruisers and eight destroyers. Cunningham ordered his men

to stay low and hold fire.

Thinking that they had already eliminated all resistance, the enemy

sped forth. When they were ready to disembark, all six artillery pieces

began firing and the four remaining Wildcats took to the skies.

By day’s end, two destroyers lay at the bottom and a light cruiser limped

off. As the Japanese reversed course, the defenders rejoiced.

It was America’s first victory of the war!

During a subsequent communication, Cunningham learned that he

could expect no help. The smoke from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor

still stained its skies. So, rather than ask for the impossible, he simply said,

“Send us more Japs.”

Unfortunately, Cunningham got his wish. The Japanese added

two aircraft carriers as well as a multitude of battlewagons and troop

ships. From afar they pummeled the helpless atoll for twelve days with

thousands of shells.

At 2:35 AM, the enemy commenced a second landing. This time they

did so with twice as many troops and ten times as many guns and aircraft.

Despite the overwhelming odds and

any hope of support, the Americans

fought back for the next fourteen

hours. While retreating from one

position to the next, the Marines set

two additional destroyers ablaze and

contested every grain of sand.

By late afternoon, the battle was

over. After overrunning the battered

survivors, the Japanese tore down

the Stars and Stripes and raised the

Rising Sun.

In doing so however, they wasted

sixteen days, suffered two thousand casualties, had four destroyers sunk,

one cruiser crippled and 28 aircraft put out of action.

Date: December 23, 1941. Location: Wake Island. The Alamo of the

Pacific.

John Bielun is a life-long student of history...and wishes

all politicians were too. His email address: reggyrifle@

yahoo.com.

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New Device Stops a Cold Before it Starts

By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health

New research shows you can stop a

cold in its tracks if you take one

simple step with a new device when you

first feel a cold coming on.

Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses

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

your airways and cause misery.

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

touch it with copper. Researchers at labs and universities

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

such as viruses and bacteria, just by touch.

That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyptians used copper

to purify water and heal wounds. That’s why Hippocrates,

the “father of modern medicine”, used copper to heal skin

ulcers, and why Civil War doctors used it to prevent infection

of battlefield wounds. They

didn’t know about viruses and

bacteria, but now we do.

Researchers say microbe

cells have a tiny internal electric

charge across the membrane surrounding

the cell. The high conductance

of copper short-circuits

this charge and pops holes in the

membrane. This immediately

stops the microbe from reproducing

and destroys it in seconds.

Tests by the Environmental

Protection Agency (EPA) show

that copper surfaces kill germs that get on them. That way the

next person to touch that surface does not spread the germ.

As a result of this new knowledge, some hospitals switched

to copper for “touch surfaces”, like faucets, bedrails, and

doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illnesses

in those hospitals by over half, and saved lives.

The strong scientific evidence gave inventor Doug Cornell

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

smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently in his nose for 60

seconds.

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

It worked again every time he felt a cold coming

on. He reports he has never had a cold since.

He asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked

for them, too, every time. So he patented CopperZap and

put it on the market.

Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given feedback.

Nearly 100 percent said the copper stops their colds if used

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

still get the cold it is milder than usual and they feel better.

Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,”

and “Is it supposed to work that fast?”

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“What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s Assistant

Julie. “Now I have this little magic wand, no more colds for

me!”

Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas and

called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really

works.” Many users say they have completely stopped

getting colds.

People often use CopperZap for prevention, before cold

signs appear. Karen Gauci, who flies often for her job, used

to get colds after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried

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

flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.

Business owner Rosaleen says when people are sick

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

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

and round, but not me.”

Some users say it also helps

with sinuses. Attorney Donna

Blight had a 2-day sinus headache.

When her CopperZap arrived,

she tried it. “I am shocked!”

she said. “My head cleared, no

more headache, no more congestion.”

One man had suffered seasonal

sinus problems for years. It

was so bad it ruined family vacations

and even dinners out with

friends. His wife Judy bought

CopperZaps for both of them. He

was so skeptical he said, “Oh Judy, you are such a whack

job!” But he finally tried it and, to his surprise, the copper

cleared up his sinuses right away. Judy and their daughter

both said, “It has changed our lives!”

Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness, too, if

they use it just before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve

had in years.”

Some users have reported success in stopping cold sores

at the first sign of a tingle in the lip. One family reports it has

worked to eliminate warts as well.

The handle is sculptured to fit the hand and finely textured

to improve contact. Tests show it kills germs on fingers to

help you stay well and not spread illness to your family.

Copper may even help stop flu if used early and for several

days. In a lab test, scientists placed 25 million live flu

viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were found alive soon

after.

The EPA says the natural color change of copper does not

reduce its ability to kill germs.

CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure copper. It carries

a 90-day full money back guarantee and is available for

$49.95 at CopperZap.com or toll-free 1-888-411-6114.

The Hero Perspective

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Specialist 4 th Class Hunt moved first from a

mound of dirt in front of us to scramble

another ten yards that landed him behind a

splintered palm tree. Enemy bullets snapped at the stump.

Seemingly oblivious to the danger, he waited a moment before

charging once again into the open. Someone was hit and down up

front and needed his help.

That was his only focus. Hunt, a medic, was trained to administer aid

to the wounded - but no one was asking him to do what he was doing.

He was risking his life in seemingly impossible conditions to rush out

under fire and tend to a wounded soldier lying on the battlefield.

He just did it. It was beyond the call of duty; an act of selflessness that

made him a hero. Sp4 Hunt’s bravery set him apart in a truly heroic

manner…and this is what we need to keep in the right perspective.

Sometimes we can easily lose perspective of what is really important.

Then we begin to speak in wide generalities, that sooner or later, dilutes

the true meaning of things - even sacred things.

The reality is that not many individuals ever become heroes, but our

society has thrown the term around so loosely that even football players

(or a team) that refuses to respect the National Anthem (and our flag)

can be called heroes. It’s a loss of perspective that needs to be regained.

I hear “hero” all the time; especially while volunteering with military

service organizations supporting our current troops. People walk

around wearing T-shirts proclaiming that all our troops are heroes just

because they are in uniform.

Enlisting in the Armed Forces

is certainly a noble deed, and

going to war is even nobler.

Certainly, the importance of

that commitment can never be

diminished.

However, the hero category

is reserved for only a few

individuals…and if allowed

to be tossed around so lightly,

then our true heroes, and their venerated status, will be reduced or

desecrated to the ordinary. By randomly calling those who serve (or just

someone doing a good deed) a “hero” deprives the true hero of a sacred

characteristic that is reserved for them alone.

Another aspect of this, and I speak from a war veteran’s experience, by

addressing or labeling everyone in the military as a hero makes those

individuals cringe because they know the term is undeserved. It makes

them ill-at-ease, especially if they have served with (and witnessed)

someone who did go beyond the call of duty - and was awarded for it.

Let’s regain the right perspective and keep honor where honor

belongs.

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.

amazon.com/author/chuckdeanbooks

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As designer and friend look on, Gil Elvgrin sketches Ruth for the next painting.

America’s First Calendar Girl By: Chuck Dean / Our Neighbors

Ruth walks in one direction and I the other. Almost daily we stop

to say hello and have had some lively conversations about her

yoga, travels, art, and her life.

She’s had plenty of that for sure, because in March, she turned 90.

In great condition, physically, mentally and spiritually, Ruth Lastuvka

amazes me. There’s never a dull moment. I learn something new about

her each time we meet.

Not long ago I was blown away by another bombshell. “Chuck, did you

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know that I was a calendar girl?”

“Really?” I asked. “Yes, I was America’s first calendar girl. A long time

ago, of course.”

“Do you have any pictures?” “Somewhere, maybe.” She grinned

thoughtfully. “But I’ll bet you could go online and find it.

“The painter was Gil Elvgren. He painted the most popular one. I’m

wearing a black negligee and the title is The Honeymoon’s Over.”

I went straight to my computer, and there it was…The Honeymoon’s

Over! A sexy young redhead posed in a black negligee wearing high heels.

Ruth wasn’t joking. All I could say is wow, what a knockout! Needless

to say, a signed print now hangs on my office wall.

All this began in 1948 when Ruth won a national contest. She was

working as a swimsuit model for the Jantzen Company in Portland,

Oregon when the Brown and Bigelow Calendar Company, and Republic

Pictures (who produced the 1948 movie “Calendar Girl”), discovered her.

Unbeknownst to Ruth, her fashion designer at Jantzen secretly entered

her in the contest. Out of 3,000 contestants, she took first place, becoming

the first “Miss Calendar Girl of America.”

From there Brown and Bigelow immediately arranged for Gil Elvgren

to render a painting of Ruth. At that point, Ruth stepped into the pin-up

limelight. Her beautiful image penetrated the hearts of men all over the

world; from business executives to lonely G.I.’s in foxholes.

Letters flooded in from love struck romantics. And Ruth answered each

and every one.

Always the adventurer, she then

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began a vigorous pursuit of primitive art that took her to Africa, the

Australian Outback, Peru and the western frontiers of both the U.S. and

Canada. Now at 90 she is a recognized master at crossing centuries of time

with her own creative paintings and ceramics.

It is Ruth’s dauntless spirit that sets her apart from the crowd. Most of

her life she had an intense fear of horses, but decided in her early 60’s to

overcome it - and she did!

In 1991, at age 67, she set out on her first horseback safari across the wild

grasslands of Africa. That expedition kindled her desire for more mounted

excursions around the world over the ensuing years.

So what do calendar girls in Las Vegas do at 90? She may take a horseback

ride up to Mount Charleston…or into the Mojave. She may even sign one

of her posters if you can catch up with her.

She remains a bundle of inspiration for the best of us. Go Ruth!

(Ruth’s story as told to Chuck Dean, “Pinups to Paddocks: A

Century in a Nutshell” is available on Amazon).

Meet Teri Rogers

By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director

- Ms. Senior Nevada

Our

Ms

Senior

Nevada Pageant Family is a diverse

group. This month, we’d like to

introduce you to Teri Rogers, aka

Teresa Rogers Ph.D. in Holistic and

Natural Health and Healing.

Teri teaches at Englestadt School of

Health Sciences/College of Southern

Nevada, West Charleston Campus.

Her classes: Intro to the Human Body;

Anatomy and Physiology, along with

a variety of other health-related

classes.

As if that isn’t enough, Teri, former

Ms Senior Nye County Queen (2011-

2012) and Don, her husband of 47

years, have started an entertainment

group. It’s called Twilight Production

LLC, and they entertain at many venues; including health fairs, senior

centers and raising funds for local needs.

Teri has been a choreographer for 16 years, “clogging” for 15 and has

lately taken up a “bouncy shoe” called Kangoo jump shoes. While many

seniors are trying to just walk, she bounces her way to entertain others.

She also is a member of the Nevada Silver Tappers Dance group. This

busy lady has agreed to be a board member for the Ms Nevada State

Pageant. Her enthusiasm and ideas are greatly appreciated.

So, not just another pretty face or a Pageant groupie, our Ms Senior

Nevada gals contribute to society, promoting senior health and wellness

since 1985. Want to join this interesting group? Give me a call: 702/458-

9899.

If the thought of a dental visit fills you with

fear, take heart: You're not alone.

Statistics have shown that while extreme dental

phobias are uncommon, up to 38% of patients do suffer from some form

of dental anxiety, and 8% describe it as severe. Overall, researchers have

found that prior to a planned dental visit, as many as 75% of patients feel

some degree of nervousness.

The most common reasons for dental anxiety are:

Fear of discomfort. If your dental anxiety stems from a fear of pain,

don't be shy about letting your dentist know. Rest assured that pain is the

last thing he or she wants you to feel. Modern technology helps to ensure

that you won't.

Fear of needles. Many people want a local anesthetic but dread the

standard method of delivery. Others worry that the numbing effect will

kick in too late or that the dose given will not have the desired effect.

If the painkiller has failed to hit the proper spot or to make you

sufficiently numb, it's not a problem. Just be sure to let your dentist know

before he begins the actual treatment.

Fear of embarrassment. It is normal to be ashamed of your dental

condition, particularly if several years have passed since your previous

visit. Dental anxiety has caused the cancellation of many an office visit,

and most dentists have likely seen and treated patients whose mouths are

in worse shape than yours is. When a person suffers from a fear of dentists,

bad teeth are often the unfortunate byproduct.

Fear of being out of control. This is surprisingly common.

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

M

Overcoming Fear of the Dentist

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

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

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• Restorative care

• Experienced registered dental hygienists

• TMJ problems

• A full service office

Today’s senior dentistry is amazing!

CALL for a complimentary consultation.

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However, you are more in charge here than you realize. The dentist is

not holding you prisoner. Ask him to explain what he is doing as he goes

along.

That will alleviate the powerless feeling that comes with not knowing.

It can also help if you and your dentist agree on a signal by which you

can communicate when you need a break or want the dentist to stop what

he's doing.

Fear of invasion of your personal space. In its most exaggerated

form, this involves a dislike of being touched. There are treatments for it,

but you can often handle it yourself with the realization that the person

doing the invading is trying to help you, not harm you.

If you suffer from dental anxiety, don't try to keep it a secret. Let your

dentist know. This will give both of you the chance to work together

to determine the best ways of reducing your fears and increasing your

comfort.

An always keep in mind: Any dentist who makes light of your distress or

refuses to take it seriously is not the dentist for you.

Actual patient

James J. White DDS

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

702/562-8833 • 702/562-7910 Fax

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Holiday Easy Appetizers

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

Are we getting into the “holiday” theme

and snacking? Oh boy, with the upcoming

holiday goodies, the average person gains 5 to 7

pounds!

Shocking, isn’t it? Well there are ways to help combat those added

pounds. I found that even with exercising prior to the holidays, I still may

gain a few pounds. Where did that come from?

When you are invited to house parties, here are a couple of easy and

low-calorie appetizers. Just add some variety crackers or vegetables and

voila! You’ll be a hit of the party!

Avocado Spread

1 avocado

2 teas light sour cream

2 teas red onion, diced

1 teas lemon juice, fresh

Add salt and pepper to taste

Mash avocado in a small bowl. Mix all ingredients until well blended.

Store in refrigerator, covered tightly. Spread on crackers or use as a dip

with vegetables.

Nutrition information per serving. (Servings per recipe - 4) Serving

size 2 oz. Calories: 68; Fat: 4 grams; Carbs: 2 grams; Fiber: 2 grams;

Sodium: 84 mg.

I’ve tried this recipe both ways, as a dip and spread. You can increase

the recipe for larger amounts. It’s yummy! Try various crackers, and cut

up the vegetables to arrange on a platter with this dip in the center.

Herb Dip

1/2 c. skim milk

1 c. low fat cottage cheese

2 tbs chopped parsley

2 tbs chopped chives

1/2 teas dried basil

1/8 teas. curry powder (optional)

1/8 teas garlic clove, minced

Puree all ingredients in blender until smooth. Serve with crisp raw

vegetables Nutrition information: per serving (Servings per recipe - 12)

Serving size 2 tbs.

Calories: 21; Carb:1 gram; Protein: 3 grams, Sodium: 82 mg.

Enjoy the holidays – one of the pleasures of life!

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

Roast 1

head of

garlic

sprinkled

with olive

oil, 35-40

minutes,

at 350°F.

Walnuts Roasting on an Open Fire for Brains from 1 to 92

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

W

hen we hear Nat King Cole sing “Chestnuts roasting …”, we feel good. When we eat

smart, our brains feel good. Walnuts, garlic and broccoli rabe are some of the healthiest

brain foods we can eat. “So I’m offering this simple recipe, for kids from one to ninety-two. Although

it's been said many times, many ways, Merry Brain Healthy Eating to you.” Enjoy this brain smart,

CarbSmart side dish from one of my favorite holiday cookbooks (with publisher’s permission.)

CarbSmart Broccoli Robe with Roasted Walnuts & Garlic

Steam 3

pounds of

broccoli

rabe until

tender.

Cut them

into 1 inch

pieces.

Saute 1/2 cup of

chopped walnuts

in olive oil. Add

roasted garlic

cloves. (Squeeze

roasted head and

pop them out.)

Stir in broccoli.

Heat and serve.

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 www.JanFair.com

Tuesdays 10-11AM

Mental Minutes

“CarbSmart”

1. In one minute, name

carb smart recipes.

2. Make an alphabetical

list.

Artichoke lemon dip,

broccoli bisque,

crab salad, …

A No-Brainer Pick

CarbSmart

Holiday

Entertaining

Tracey Rollison &

Misty Humphrey

carbsmart.com

“Listening to The Vegas Voice

And anytime on:

Thevegasvoice.net

Emmy award winning

actress /producer

Your Hosts:

Rich Natole

and

Jon Lindquist

“The Announcer”

From TV’s WALKER TEXAS RANGER

Author, Former Pro

Wrestler

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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 mary-vegasvoice@cox.net.

Kira Reed Lorsch

Clarence Gilvard

Sheree Wilson

Ted DiBiase

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No Risk for Me

By: Todd Bauman / Financial Focus

My definition of Safe Money is any

investment that can offer you principle

guarantees. Your principle is the amount of

money that you put into the investment.

Whether the instrument makes money or loses money, with Safe

Money, you are guaranteed to get your principle back. (This, of course,

less any fees and withdrawals that you take out yourself.)

So that’s the good thing about Safe Money. The hard thing with Safe

Money is that there are not a lot of options.

Risk Money has tons of options - there are as many ways to lose your

money as there are to spend your money. But Safe Money options can be

limiting, which is why as a financial professional I make recommendations

specific to each investor where Safe Money investments are concerned.

Here is a list of a few types of Safe Money options to choose from:

• Savings, checking, and money market accounts

• CDs

• Treasuries or government backed bonds

• Fixed annuities

• Fixed indexed annuities

With Safe Money, there may not be a ton of options, but they each merit

a short explanation.

First of all, everyone needs to have an amount in savings,

checking and money market accounts. Unfortunately, these aren’t

paying that much interest these days (and they pay nowhere near enough

to live on), but you do need to have money in there for your liquidity.

I usually recommend that a retiree keep anywhere from $15,000 to

$50,000 in their emergency fund, although there are legitimate reasons

why you could need more, or less.

The second Safe Money option are CD’s or certificates of

deposit issued by the bank. I consider these to be safe because they

are FDIC insured. So, if the bank gets into trouble, you are insured for

up to $250,000. As of now, rates on CD’s aren’t even keeping up with the

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current rate of inflation, so you aren’t able to live on the interest.

The third Safe Money option are treasuries or bonds issued

by the United States Government. I’m pretty sure there are plenty

of people out there who would say that the U.S. Government could go out

of business. Personally, I don’t think it will happen - at least I hope that

it doesn’t.

And if it does, then you can go sell anything for as much as you can get

and use the cash to go buy guns, ammo, and food because you’re going

to need it! The interest rates on treasuries and government-backed bonds

are also not high enough to justify investing in them until rates go back

up. Until then, I would probably steer clear of them.

The fourth Safe Money option would be a fixed annuity. A

fixed annuity is like a bank CD, but it is offered through an insurance

company. You might say that a fixed annuity is like a cousin to the CD:

you sign up for a pre-determined time frame called a term, you get either

a fixed interest rate or one that can fluctuate, and it has no fees and is

guaranteed by an entity just like the FDIC called the Guaranty Association

Act. Each state has different guarantee amounts, but in Nevada, that

amount is $300,000.

I tend to like fixed annuities better than CD’s because they are currently

paying a higher interest rate and they are tax deferred. Furthermore,

when you pass away, any money left in the annuity will pass on to your

beneficiaries.

The fifth Safe Money option and my favorite is the Fixed

Indexed Annuity; also known as the FIA. An indexed annuity

is like a fixed annuity, but the way it earns interest for you is different.

Remember - in a fixed annuity, you earn a guaranteed interest rate every

year. It’s the same year after year, no surprises good or bad.

With an indexed annuity, you have the potential of getting a happy

surprise. Your interest earned depends upon the performance of the stock

market, but you can never lose your principle -meaning your principle is

protected from market loss.

The indexed annuity is linked to an index - the most popular being the

S&P 500 but it could be the Dow Jones Industrial Average, or any number

of indexes. So, for example, if the S&P 500 goes up, you can earn interest

above the fixed amount, and if the S&P 500 goes down, then you may not

earn anything - but you won’t lose anything either!

For more educational material or to speak with me,

please visit toddbauman.com or call 702.897.9997.

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.

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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”

Happy Holidays!

Laura Harbison

Broker/Owner

Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)

Accredited Buyer Representative ® (ABR)

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Equator Platform Platinum Certification

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At Home With Diversity (AHWD)

Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)

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Five Star BPO Designation

Certified Distressed Property Expert ® (CDPE)

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist

(RSPS)

Laura@HarbisonRealEstate.com

www.LauraHarbisonRealEstate.com

Call Laura Today!

702-777-1234

So everyone is wondering what effect the new Summerlin stadium (for the Las Vegas 51s, $150 million, to open

in 2019) and the new football stadium (for the Las Vegas Raiders, $1.9 billion, to open in 2020) will have on Las

Vegas Real Estate. Although I don't have a crystal ball, there are a few effects that seem pretty evident:

1. Increase in construction (and related) jobs for the next few years. Definitely good for the economy, and for

local construction workers. Due to the demand, we will see some of the construction labor force that moved

away when construction in Las Vegas decreased dramatically years ago moving back to this area. With the

natural disasters that have taken place recently in Texas and Florida, construction labor is in demand, which

means higher wages for these workers as well.

2. Increase in the number of people moving to Las Vegas, although I don't think this will be as dramatic as some

of my colleagues are predicting. Obviously those directly involved with the Raiders organization will have to

move to the area, and there will be some people who move to 'follow'. There will also be those who are moving

here for the construction jobs, but many of those may only be here temporarily (2-3 years).

3. Increased tourism. Las Vegas is relatively easy to fly into from almost anywhere, and the Raiders have quite a

following from nearby California, so we can expect a LOT of additional visitors during football season.

4. Increased home prices, particularly for new homes. The additional demand for housing due to the influx of

people moving to this area will have some effect, but what will have a more profound effect for the next few

years is the cost of construction. With both stadiums demanding immediate attention, those jobs are pulling

our current construction labor force away from home construction, and new home builders are having difficulty

competing. Increased labor costs are already driving up the cost of new home construction, and that will

continue for the next few years.

5. Increased rents. Many of those who relocate to our area due to the current construction projects will

consider their move temporary (at least initially), creating more demand for rental properties. Simple supply and

demand dictates that the prices will increase with the demand, and we are already seeing that effect.

Some experts are predicting a "vacuum" effect after 2020 as the stadiums are completed and we no longer have

the construction jobs, that work force will have to find new employment, and a large percentage of those

workers will leave this area to do so. Although it will have some effect, I don't predict that it will be the "bubble"

or "crash" that some fear, as we will still be enjoying the positive influence on our economy that all of this is

bringing about.

2018 is going to be a very strong year for real estate in Clark County. So, if you are looking to purchase a home,

or do a "move up" sale and purchase, it's time to move forward with that. If you are curious about what your

home might be worth today, call or email me today and I will do a detailed analysis for you of what you could

expect, specific to your property. You may be pleasantly surprised!

Laura Harbison, ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, GRI, RSPS, SRES

Broker/Owner, Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office: 702-777-1234

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