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Volume 15, Issue 2
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Who We Are
We’ve very proud that in 2017,
The Vegas Voice received a total
of 8 state & federal awards for
our publication; including the
Nevada Press Association’s “Best
Investigative Story” and its
“Freedom of the Press Award” for
upholding the principles of the
First Amendment and protecting
the public’s right in exposing
the Clark County guardianship
15 Years... and Still Growing
By: Dan Roberts / From the Publisher
It’s hard to believe that 15 years ago this
month, The Vegas Voice (then called “Senior
Life”) made its debut. During this time, there
have been enormous highs and bottomless lows; but one thing has
always remained - the journey has never been boring.
Looking back at that inaugural issue, I remain most fortunate that
people reading this column do not have a copy of that first edition. In a
word, I was “appalled.”
I trusted my new “experienced” employees and when I stated my
concerns, I was bluntly told that I had no idea how to put together a
senior paper. “You’re entirely correct,” I said to the then editor, “but I do
know how to sign your paycheck, so let me tell you…” That editor was
history two weeks later.
As publisher, I’ve dealt with my share of schmucks. But I met and
formed friendships with some of the best people in the world - starting
with my partner Ray Sarbacker and our project manager, Vegas Voice
columnist, and my “Bronx Brother” Bill Caserta.
Then nearly 2 years ago, another woman came into my life that pushed
The Vegas Voice from newspaper to magazine. Thank you to our VP of
Marketing; my favorite redhead – Debbie Landry.
Permit me to also boast that The Vegas Voice has the best writers in
town. Yes, we had some clunkers who wrote their articles with crayons, but
I’ll match our current columnists to any other publication in the country.
With the highs however, there have been unimaginable lows. First the
passing of my Amy’s dad, Grandpa Joe and then, my better half for 35
years. I admit these were dark times.
And during my all-time low, Vegas Voice “Creating Happiness”
columnist Mary Schramski insisted that I make a phone call. I was “told”
to contact this person named Rana Goodman who would be “perfect for
This future political editor and my now 5+ year PILL (partner in
love & life) brought a new passion to our publication (starting with her
guardianship reform agenda) and showed me that life can again be
I still have no words to express the pride and absolute joy readers
have given me by their emails and telephone calls. And I remain truly
humbled whenever people stop me on the street, or at our (with a thank
you to Evan Davis) entertainment shows to advise how much they enjoy
the magazine and our work on senior issues.
Most of all, as we go forward with bigger and better “stuff,” from the
bottom of my heart, this publisher simply and most sincerely says “thank
you” for your support.
Arrogance, Incompetence & Stupidity
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
You’re yelling at the wrong person”
political editor Rana Goodman replied as
I continued to raise my voice – and used other
Naturally I apologized when I calmed down and realized that, once
again, my Ladylove was correct, but our (my) collective frustration level
As regular readers are aware, Rana’s Don(na) Quixote quest for
guardianship justice has been non-stop. We believed her crusade turned
the corner with the passage of our Vegas Voice reform laws and the
creation of the Nevada Secretary of State guardian lockbox.
Unfortunately, the bureaucrats and lawyers have taken over. Their
arrogance, incompetence and outright stupidity are overwhelming.
Let’s start with our solution to the scandal – a single page document
signed by anyone who wanted to designate their choice for guardian
should it become necessary. And then to “record” their decision so the
judge can know if the person being “taken” (like a private guardian) is
by someone of their choosing.
Sounds simple. So, what happened?
Our one-page form doubled and now requires such useless information
as the last four digits of your social security number (why?) as well as
your gender (again, why?). Then the guardianship form must be signed
in front of two witnesses - and then everyone needed to do this in front
of a notary.
Ridiculous, right? At least The Vegas Voice was prepared for this. At our
(so far) 13 guardianship seminars (all across the valley – from Centennial
Hills to Laughlin) we not only provided the forms, but the two witnesses
(thank you Sandy Lewis and Bill Caserta) and, with tremendous thanks
and appreciation to Todd Bauman, free notary services.
But what if you want to take the form to your bank for them to notarize
it? Unbelievably Wells Fargo and Nevada State Bank refused to provide
notary services for its customers.
Its reasoning is based on the notary acknowledgment that: “I declare
under penalty of perjury that the persons whose names are subscribed
to this instrument appear to be of sound mind and under no duress,
fraud or undue influence.”
The banks’ “legal eagles” claim that since they are not (I’m
not kidding) medical doctors or psychiatrists, they cannot make a
determination whether the signers are of “sound mind.”
The banks however, have no concerns in taking your money without
regard to your mental capacity, but to notarize this form… And you
wonder why people hate banks.
Any rational, sane and sensible individual knows full well that the
sentence in question is based solely on common sense. You know - that
the person requesting such service was not “on crack” or chugging a sixpack
or attached to someone pointing a gun at his/her head.
But, wait, there’s more…
We mentioned previously that Rana and I unconditionally cooperated
with the Secretary of State to implement the lockbox protections. We
offered suggestions, ideas, etc. and just smiled when officials gently patted
us on our heads and advised that everything is under control.
From incorrect “paper stock” to “it’s not our fault we can’t read what
people wrote” to their disapproval and questioning of the guardianship
forms submitted, we want to reiterate to this government agency the
1. We don’t work for the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State works
2. The Secretary of State (as stated in the form) does not verify the
accuracy of the executed contents and is not liable for any potential
actions pertaining to the form.
3. The lockbox is simply a “storage facility” to hold the forms and will
come into play only if there is a problem.
4. If there is a dispute regarding the form, it is up to the guardianship
judge to determine its validity - not the Secretary of State; and last, but
5. Just file the damn form and send the required confirmation back to
the signer as promised (10-14 days, not 2-3 months).
As Rana calmed me down (“here, have a doughnut”) I recognized
that, sooner or later, the stupidity will end. But if you want “Exhibit A”
as to why she is so obsessed with our non-profit Vegas Voice Elder Hub
“4Rs” volunteer program, just remember – like cockroaches, the lawyers
and bureaucrats are always there.
The Guardians By: Dan Roberts/Rana Goodman
Over the past two years, we have been followed by a camera
crew in our guardianship activities. We met Billie Mintz,
a fantastic film director, producer and writer who wanted to
document the guardianship scandal in Nevada.
As the photos show, we had Billie over our house several times
to film and to say that we admired and respected him (and his
entire crew) would be an understatement. More importantly, he
became our friend.
We attended a private screening of his documentary and
were blown away by its powerful and magnificent story. Yes, we
were featured (along with many others) in the film, but could
not get over the smiles on Rana’s daughter and Dan’s sons in
seeing their respective parents on the “big screen.”
It is therefore with deep pride that we announce that The
Guardians has been chosen to have its world-premiere in
Toronto at the Canadian International Documentary Festival
on May 2 nd . The “Hot Docs” International Documentary Film
Festival is North America’s largest documentary film festival,
conference and market.
Director Billie Mintz exposes a shockingly corrupt system,
fueled by greed, that has targeted Baby Boomer wealth.
His relentless investigation makes him an advocate and
ally, following numerous families who are fighting to free their
parents and bring justice to those who have abused a vulnerable
This uncompromising investigation exposes the rampant
corruption that has transformed Nevada’s guardianship system
into a con game: seniors lose their wealth and well-being to greedy
court-appointed protectors, while their adult children fight desperate
court battles to free them.While
The Guardians has yet to secure a broadcaster in the U.S., selection
into the festival will bolster continuing efforts to position the film to
the U.S. market, as well as internationally. For more information, visit:
www.guardiansdocumentary.com. A link to the film’s trailer: https://
Another Black Eye for Sun City Anthem
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
For many years after moving into Sun City
Anthem, I worked as an advocate to help
people understand the Nevada Revised Statutes
(NRS 116A) - the laws that govern Home Owner Association (HOA)
I did that, not because I wanted to run for a county or state office, and
not because I wanted to serve on the HOA board. I had already given five
years of my life in my prior HOA community as board president. I had
no other objective other than a desire to help.
With a few friends, (also “students of NRS 116A” from various parts
of the Las Vegas Valley), we formed the Nevada Homeowner Alliance.
We spent countless hours helping people with their concerns, filling out
complaints to the Nevada Real Estate Division (NRED) - whatever we
could to assist people who asked.
We only hit roadblocks in a couple of communities. Sun City Anthem,
(SCA) being one of them.
In my 15 years living in SCA (and let me preface this statement
by saying that I dearly love my home, the friends I have made in
this community and would never consider moving) I know what a
“homeowner friendly” HOA can be like - and it is not SCA. I have very
serious concerns about the stability of the governance here.
My children, my friends and especially The Vegas Voice publisher
(and my “partner in life”) say I am opinionated. Damn right I am, and
because I am, I have never shied away from speaking my mind.
Like HOAs or not, the board of directors are voted into office to run
an HOA to the best of their ability. “The buck stops there!” They can
designate, but the final authority should be, and is always, the board.
The board candidates even sign a document when they run for that
office that they will become familiar with NRS 116 and follow the law.
Unfortunately, SCA is already about $20,000 over budget in legal fees -
and it is only April.
How can SCA still violate the law? Apparently the SCA board put
out a new document request form (anyone wishing to see the actual
document will find it on The Vegas Voice website: thevegasvoice.net)
that requires unit owners to sign a non-disclosure agreement along
with a list of threats - including possible criminal charges.
Obviously, this scares some unit owners and they do not know what
to do. Some have come to The Vegas Voice for help.
But what about the legality of the SCA action? After making
(another) complaint to NRED about SCA, the Ombudsman’s response
was untypically swift and blunt:
We both know that NRS 116 requires that records be provided or
made available to unit owners upon written request. After speaking
with the Ombudsman, the availability of records as described in
NRS 116.31175 cannot be conditioned on a non-disclosure
contract. Refusal to sign such an agreement does not alleviate
the association’s obligation to provide or make available records
of the association. The “mandatory acknowledgement” form that
you provided is contrary to NRS 116, as such a document is not
required by law.
We thank NRED for its speedy reply and must ask why SCA association
attorney Adam Clarkson, (who by the way just became president of the
Community Association Institute - a group whose membership consists
of HOA managers, board members, staff, attorneys etc.) why he would
sanction such an obvious violation of law?
It is no secret that Sun City Anthem has had many public “black
eyes” over the years, however this one would have been so simple to
avoid if its board of directors did their job and let “the buck stop” where
it should - at their feet.
Such decisions should not be made in the administration office or at
the attorney’s desk while the hands on the dollar bill clock tick away.
If it was the board that chose to mandate the new form, they obviously
forgot to check their NRS 116 handbook.
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Our Ms. Senior Mesquite Pageant
By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director
- Ms. Senior Nevada
Many people don’t know that Mesquite is
part of Clark County. And even though it’s
about an hour away, it has a lot to offer to Las Vegas residents.
The Ms Senior Mesquite Pageant is a local event that offers an
afternoon of entertainment and excitement. The winner will compete
in the Ms Senior Nevada Contest in Las Vegas this August.
So, plan an afternoon in Mesquite on April 7 th .
It may even make you want to return for a round of golf or attend a
professional show in a comfortable setting. Return to what Las Vegas
was like before it became so big.
You’ll be amazed at the talent and the quality of the show you’ll
see. The admission is $15 which goes toward the production and the
Tickets may be
reserved at the
Theatre box office.
and make your
reservation. Or call
me at 702-809-
5881 and we’ll
help you with your
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Blondes & Easter: Three blondes died and
are at the pearly gates of heaven. St. Peter
tells them they can enter the gates if they can
answer one simple question.
St. Peter asks the first blonde, “What is Easter?”
The blonde replies, “Oh, that’s easy! It’s the holiday in November when
everyone gets together, eats turkey, and are thankful. “Wrong!” replies
St. Peter and proceeds to ask the second blonde the same question.
The blonde replies, “Easter is the holiday in December when we put
up a nice tree, exchange presents, and drink eggnog.” St. Peter looks
at the second blonde, shakes his head in disgust, tells her she’s wrong,
and then peers over his glasses at the third blonde and asks, “What is
The third blonde smiles confidently and looks at St. Peter. “I know
what Easter is. Easter is the Christian holiday, that coincides with the
Jewish celebration of Passover. Jesus and his disciples were eating at the
last supper. The Romans took him to be crucified.
“He was buried in a nearby cave which was sealed off by a large
boulder.” St. Peter smiles broadly with delight.
The third blonde continues, “Every year the boulder is moved aside
so that Jesus can come out and, if he sees his shadow, there will be six
more weeks of winter.”
Matzah Joke: A Jewish gentleman took his Passover lunch to eat
outside in the park. He sat down on a bench and began eating. Shortly
thereafter a blind man came by and sat down next to him.
Feeling neighborly, the gentleman offered a sheet of matzoh to
the blind man. The blind man ran his fingers over the matzoh for a
minute, and exclaimed, “Who wrote this?”
Passover Haiku: On Passover, we opened the door for Elijah - Now
our cat is gone.
And finally: A farmer plays a prank on Easter Sunday. After the egg
hunt, he sneaks into the chicken coop and replaces every white egg
with a brightly colored one.
Minutes later, the rooster walks in. He spots the colored eggs, then
storms out and beats up the peacock.
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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It’s 10 pm and I’m getting ready for bed.
Mostly, I’m asleep by 10 - not because I’m
old and exhausted from teaching children all day,
but because...well...fine, I’m old and exhausted
from teaching children all day.
Anyway, I’m turning on the dryer, starting the dishwasher, slipping
into my flannel nightgown (which, contrary to popular belief, can be
extremely sexy...shut up), and doing everything women do to get ready
for bed (as opposed to men, who “get ready” by taking off their clothes
and passing out). I’m flossing when the lights go out.
Now, I’m not a panicky, overreacting kind of person (Yep, that was
the sound of everyone I’ve ever met dropping coffee all over their laps...
serves them right) but there is no storm tonight.
There’s no wind, rain, hail, sleet or snow, just cold. Very cold. But,
bone-chilling cold doesn’t normally cause a power outage.
Naturally, therefore, my first thought is that someone has cut the
power lines in order to plunge me into darkness, with the phones not
working (and my cell is in my car because I see no need to keep a
phone glued to my head 24/7).
My second thought: Did I put the shotgun I got for Christmas back
where it belongs, and did it have bullets in it, and if not, where did I put
the bullets, and would I remember how to load it, and where did I put
those ear-protector thingys because if I have to shoot somebody, I might
as well not lose my hearing in the process, right?
So, this guy (burglar, ax murderer, terrorist) obviously cut the power
A Survival Guide for the Electrically Challenged
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
so he can trap me, but instead, he will confront a ticked-off, shotgunwielding,
flannel-nightgown-wearing over-reactor, and if he has any
sense of self-preservation, he will run like the wind.
But, before I arm myself to the teeth, I glance outside, and I see that
my neighbors’ lights are out too. I call the electric company, which
hasn’t employed a real human being in decades and the robot voice
(which first tells me they have no account for me, so who’s cashing my
checks, I want to ask, but who argues with a robot) announces a power
outage in my area but it will be fixed by 12:30 am.
I feel my way to the closet and retrieve my emergency radio/flashlight,
which has no batteries (swine children!) so, I climb into bed. The dogs,
Gabby and Kasey, are unconcerned and already asleep, and I finally
I awaken at midnight for two reasons: my nose, the only body part
exposed, has become a cute, perky icicle and Gabby is throwing up on
Now, I know I must get up and tend to the dog (and the bedspread)
- but it is seriously cold in this house. I mean frigid, glacial cold. I give
it a good deal of thought, but finally, I get up and do my duty with due
diligence (even in emergencies, I employ alliteration).
I also call the electric company and again I’m told 12:30 is their
target time. So, I don sweatpants, thick wooly socks, and hooded
sweatshirt over my nightgown, go back to bed under the scornful gazes
of the dogs and remember that the TV was on and I can’t turn it off now,
so I might as well stay awake until 12:30.
The power leaps to life... at 9 am. When I thaw out, I’m going to get
those ear-protector thingys - and find that robot.
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.
How it Began
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I’d write this month about how it
I came to be that I got started in show business.
I started modeling children’s clothes at the age of
three. I also had an agent who sent me on countless auditions - none of
which I got, because I had no experience.
One day, my sister and I were doing a benefit for veterans in Long
Beach and Jock Mahoney happened to be there. I was mesmerized
when I met him; especially since he was dressed as a cowboy and was
handsome, tall and friendly.
A few months after that, I was on an audition at Columbia Studios
where Jock was under contract. While in the waiting room, he happened
to walk in, remembered me and asked my mother why I was there.
She told him about the role I would be reading for and he immediately
went to the producer and told him I had done this, and I had done that,
(all of which was not true, as I hadn’t done a thing other than model
children’s clothes). He lied, they took his word for it, and I got the part!
After I had that one speaking role, it was easier to get other roles, as
I now had “experience” and could begin my career. I am so grateful to
Jock, because I’m sure I never would have gotten that part if it weren’t
Jock Mahoney can best be remembered for his two series - “The
Range Rider” and “Yancy Derringer.” He also played Tarzan - making
him the 13th (and oldest, at 44) to ever play Tarzan.
He was also known
as an incredible
doubled for Errol
Flynn, John Wayne
and Gregory Peck to
name a few. But did
you know he was
also Sally Fields’
The last film he
did was with Sally
and directed by
Burt Reynolds and
ironically was titled
“The End.” Many
years later, I did two episodes with Sally on “Gidget” and it was fun to
tell her that her step-dad got me started in the business!
Jock Mahoney died in 1989. How blessed I was to have met him.
Until next time, remember that sometimes all a person needs is a
hand to hold and a heart to understand.
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.
Our Entertainment Update
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
Just as Vegas reinvents itself daily, so does
The Vegas Voice entertainment venues. For
instance, in January, I wrote that we had 4 shows
scheduled at the Silverton this year. Guess what?
New management and guidelines has forced us to leave that venue
and focus on other locations. Sun City Aliante previously asked us to
bring in headline performers (which we did), but now they do not want
to share that with people outside their community.
Not a problem, if they were able to draw more than 80 people to their
shows. Since we can’t advertise nor sell tickets to the shows at Sun City
Aliante, we no longer can produce shows for their residents.
And we won’t even begin to (once again) review all the problems and
issues with Sun City Anthem’s Board and Management. The politics
and internal fighting that goes on within some of these mature “active
adult communities” makes me very happy to not be a resident of these
Now on the positive side, let’s discuss what The Vegas Voice is
presenting and I’m producing. This month, Saturday, April 7 th , Randal
Keith is performing his “Robert Goulet-Broadway and Beyond”
featuring musical director Philip Fortenberry. This takes place at
Solera at 7 pm with a repeat “encore” performance on Saturday, May
12 th at Sun City MacDonald Ranch.
Bruce Ewing, Broadway actor and singer, will be accompanied
by Philip Fortenberry performing his show “Where I Want to
Be.” This fantastic show will feature music from Broadway, the Great
works. It will
club on Friday,
April 27 th and at
May 23 rd .
In June we bring Bill Fayne back as musical director for “Divine
Divas of Song” featuring the works of Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Holiday,
Rosemary Clooney, Diana Ross, Etta James, Barbara Streisand, Celine
Dion and more. This happens on June 6 th at the Starbright Theatre and
June 30 th at Sun City MacDonald Ranch.
The Vegas Voice has other terrific shows (and venues) planned and
keep reading future editions for all the great event that we are doing
for our readers. Yes, doors keep closing but there’s always windows to
You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive
his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.
com. Email him at: email@example.com.
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
Gordie Brown’s show at Hooters is a delight.
He is an impressionist, a singer, a musician,
a comedian – an Entertainer with a capital E!
His act is fast-paced as he speeds along from
David Bowie to Paul Simon (on Viagra) to Ronald Regan, then Marc
Anthony and Santana. His Willie Nelson is hysterical. Not just the voice,
or the mannerisms, but the script too. Willie croons “Of all the joints
I’ve smoked before.” Gordie’s rewrites of familiar songs will have you
rolling with laughter.
This Canadian born entertainer connects with his audiences. He uses
a few props to guide us along his creative and comical impersonations
of Jay Leno and of Joe Cocker singing “You are So Beautiful to Meee.”
Gordie doesn’t stick to the main road of impressions. He’s got Antonio
Banderas and Gilbert Gottfried! Bill Clinton makes an appearance as
do past presidents Obama and Bush and then Trump. Then John Wayne
and Brokeback Mountain in the same sentence.
I didn’t count the number of spot-on impressions. I hardly had time
to write all the names. It’s all with this twinkle in his eye that says: “Hey,
have fun here with me. We’re in this together.”
And what’s not to love when you watch Gordie go from Ray Romano
to Batman to Charley Sheen to Deepak Chopra? And Jackie Mason and
Impressionist Gordie Brown
Owen Williams. Then Kate Hepburn stops by.
Gordie’s Mike Tyson is too much – in a good way. I would call it
delicious, but that might not be the term to use when Tyson talks about
being hungry and biting off Evander’s ear.
He was still hungry,
so he went for the other
ear too. Dr. Phil makes
a comment about that.
DeNiro, Jim Carrey. The
list goes on and on.
Gordie Brown will make
you laugh. Appreciate his
talents and have a good
time at the Night Owl
Showroom at Hooters.
Nightly at 7 p.m. except
Tuesdays and Fridays.
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 www.lasvegasroundtheclock.com.
Las Vegas Favorite Returns
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Kitsch: Objects or design considered to
be in poor taste because of excessive
garishness… but sometimes appreciated.
Lou Placentia, a tough, Joe Pesci-like former Marine whose
background includes “picking up body parts in Beirut” after the 1983
embassy bombing is transitioning his Flair Nightclub into a funky
Hamburger Mary’s licensed restaurant/nightclub.
The first Hamburger Mary’s opened on a shoestring budget in San
Francisco in 1972, scavenging mismatched dishes and silverware with
scrounged antiques and artwork. Their motto, “open-air bar and grill
for open minded people” attracted an eclectic clientele from the LGBTQ
and straight communities.
A mix of kooky events and celebrations added to the exciting
atmosphere. Soon the company was off and running, adding locations
coast to coast.
Last year, Placencia opened Flair as a semi-private “fun place for my
friends to come and party.” Crowds packed the place. Friends suggested
aligning with the Hamburger Mary’s culture to add more international
clientele and diversity.
Intentions Create Your World
Since the announcement on the company’s website, “response is
overwhelming” said Placencia. Inquiries came from Germany, Russia,
Austria, England, Paris - all looking to book parties.
Las Vegas was home to Hamburger Mary’s from 2002 before falling
victim to the devastating 2006 recession. Plancenia’s resurrection
of the iconic brand takes the establishment out of Vegas’ traditional
LGBTQ neighborhood and relocates it to the more family-friendly
neighborhood just east of The Strip.
Menus and events were still in the planning stages at press time,
but other Hamburger Mary’s are famous for their gently rowdy Drag
Brunches, Geeks Who Drink trivia nights, Mary-oke and Drag Queen
Bingo. Visits to other HM locations evidenced both straight and LGBTQ
crowds packing the venues for fun, food and drinks.
Placencia, who has invested sweat equity and dollars in the project
promises to continue the culture and quality Mary’s has established.
The menu will include many of Mary’s signature half-pound burgers,
fish, chicken and salads. He points with pride to the three bars serving
unique cocktails concocted of top-shelf flavored vodkas and other
Look for a late April, early May opening. 1700 E. Flamingo Road.
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Intentions are merely wishful thinking, until
you act on them. “Every journey begins with
the first step of articulating the intention and then
becoming it.” Therefore, without intention, you can never begin or
succeed at anything.
Energy is directed by intention put into action. If you’re making
excuses or find yourself avoiding the necessary actions, then you may
consider rethinking your intention. Ask yourself, is this really what you
“The acid test of real intention - puts a glow on your face and a rush
of blood in your body.” If you aren’t feeling it, don’t fight it. Instead,
follow the flow of your energy and you will most likely find your true
intention and perhaps, even your purpose.
You don’t even need to figure it all out. Every step will lead you
naturally to the next.
If this doesn’t work, then you really need to dig deeper. “If I’m
perplexed by the fact that I am constantly lost, maybe somewhere in
my head I’ve determined that being lost serves a greater purpose than
From fetus to five years of age, much like computer hard-drives, our
brains download everything we are taught during our “humanization
process.” We buy into people’s perception of who we are. These negative
beliefs haunt us and cause continuous havoc until the end of our years
- unless we are able to identify and extricate them.
When our conscious and sub-conscious minds are opposed, it’s the
core belief or emotion that always wins. Tony Robbins states, “Most of
us have dysfunctional beliefs that we will act consistently with our view
of who we truly are, whether that view is accurate or not.”
The way to empower ourselves is to become our mind’s gate keeper.
1. Is this belief true?
2. Are you living intentionally and acting purposefully?
3. Are you setting goals with precise action plans?
Remember that everything you do (or don’t do) will always take you
somewhere. It’s up to you to make sure that it is congruent with who
and what you want to become.
To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,
workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
If you’ve decided it’s time to give up driving
or are ready to use one of the many
alternate modes of transportation to get around
(Uber, medical transport, etc.), selling your car is probably your first
move. Although it might be a bit tough to make this decision, when
you consider how much money you’ll be saving on gas, insurance,
registration, and possibly payments, it might make the experience a
But where to start?
Your smartest option is to either give or sell it to someone in your
immediate family. You know the buyer and will be comfortable with the
transfer. Just don’t forget to inform the DMV that you’ve turned over the
title (do the paperwork) so you are not responsible for anything that
happens with the car after it’s no longer in your possession.
Your second-best option is to go to a reputable dealer, preferably the
one you bought it from in the first place. To make sure they are giving
you the best deal, visit Kelly Blue Book (kbb.com) online and see what
your car is worth. Be honest about its condition.
If you don’t agree with their estimate, never be pressured into making
How NOT to Sell Your Car
I’m Too Old for My Car
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
All my life I have resisted reading directions.
I can remember my mother giving me a
new toy and showing me what it did only to have
me state that I could do it myself.
Thank goodness she had a sense of humor and appreciated my
independence. However, I now face the ultimate test.
Here I am, 60 years later, taking on the challenges of a new car. It
may be silly, but my old car and I were dear friends. When she threw her
3 rd drive prop, it was time for retirement.
I loved that car and understood every squeak, click, hum and burp
she made. She didn’t have a backup camera or Bluetooth and ate gas.
Even the needle nose pliers needed to release the parking brake, the
cane to hold up the tailgate and the floppy visors didn’t shake my
Along comes my defining moment of choice and I picked a crossover
SUV for warranty, economy and safety. All very good reasons to be happy,
but I’m out of my element.
There are no shades coming up from the doors, the side mirrors
don’t flex if I’m too close to the ATM, the windows don’t automatically
rise with a tap and I am lower to the ground now. This is all in the
name of smart choices.
And there’s a payment! OMG I am freaking out since it’s been years
since I’ve had one. To add insult to injury, I picked a vehicle with great
ratings, but as we age, insurance companies raise your rate with your
age even if you have a perfect driving record. What was the point of
a deal. You can leave at any time and go to another dealership. Offers
will vary from one to another.
If the car isn’t in good shape or has high mileage, consider donating
it to a worthy charity. There are plenty out there, and many will come
and collect the vehicle - even if it’s not running.
Some even can make the donation tax deductible. Do you research or
ask friends before committing to a single charity.
The last option is selling through third-party sites like Craigslist or
eBay. They may seem like an easy option, but you never know who you
are dealing with.
If you must do this, ask a friend or relative who may have previous
experience selling through these sites. It’s better to take a few less
dollars for the car and be safe rather than sorry.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Let’s talk about electronics in these new modes of travel. I did not
buy the top model. I stayed true to my plan of moderation and yet it has
strange things going on.
It flashes when a car is in my blind spot, shuts down at lights to save
gas and scares the crap out of me, has backup cameras with lines in
3 colors, is keyless (but the fob has a key anyway) and no keyhole, fog
lights that become turn lights, no rear opening window and a crash
alert going off with no provocation near trees.
The instruction book is several hundred pages of diagrams and
charts, so I’ll be busy for a while. By the time I finish understanding
this, I’ll be trading it in.
OK Mom! I’m reading directions!
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
is very proud to present:
Want to Be
A story of dreams, hope,
personal crisis, healing,
and triumph! with
Bruce Ewing &
In “Where I Want to Be”
Phat Pack actor/singer Bruce
Ewing shares the challenges,
personal crises & healing on
his journey — and a
discovery of faith that led
him toward a life of hope and
triumph! This lighthearted,
uplifting musical will feature
music from Broadway, the
American Songbook, and
Wed. May 23, 2018
Doors at 6:30 pm.
Show begins at 7pm.
Under the musical direction of Philip Fortenberry, this
fantastic performance is sure to inspire!
Available at Pinnacle, Desert Vista and
Mountain Shadows Community Centers
“April Showers Bring
Have you considered using art to
welcome this beautiful new
Crystal Czerkas- season to your home? Flower
scenes especially can quickly create
a spring like atmosphere. And a floral still life can introduce a
light bright color scheme, which you can feature throughout
your home. So use art to enhance your home; to create a
mood; to make a statement about yourself. Art is one of the
easiest ways to enhance and personalize your home. Whether
you’re a senior like me who’s trying to simplify our home and
eliminate clutter or a new retiree who’s moving to the next
chapter of his life, this is the perfect time to commemorate the
event with a new art piece.
And don’t forget to select a subject matter that demonstrates
your special interests. Whether it’s travel, boating,
outdoors, sports, your favorite flowers or hobbies, the painting
you select tells us about you and what you like. Plus the
colors that attracted you to your new painting or artwork can
be used like a color chart to help you redecorate or spruce up
a room or an entire house.
Your new painting becomes
your home’s new focal point.
Imagine your new painting
over a sofa with pillows
in complementary colors on adjacent chairs; or in your dining
room with flowers and placemats set on your table; or over
your bed with contrasting linens…
Well, you get the picture.
A large painting is a natural focal point. But if you have
smaller pieces of art to display, group them together to add
importance to your collection. And add family keepsakes and
photos, to make your arrangement really unique. For example,
I’m considering putting together a wall grouping of some of
my Dad’s miniature drawings and the awards he won. But I
have a problem... How much space it will take to display over
a hundred awards?
Call Ray at:
The paintings shown here are 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?
We’d be delighted to arrange a private showing...
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Those are the famous words of Little Richard,
whose cruel father always told him to “shut
up.” He turned them into a playful admonition.
Little Richard, the third son of 12 children, grew
up in an impoverished part of Macon, Georgia. He was named Richard
Wayne Penniman. His family
nicknamed him “Little Richard”
because of his small build.
His father, grandfather and
uncle were 7th Day Adventist
preachers with his father
selling moonshine on the side.
Seeing effeminate tendencies in
Richard, his father regarded him
with disdain, tying him up and
even trying to beat these traits
out of him.
Richard’s childhood was largely shaped by gospel music. He performed
in church activities and learned how to play the piano.
Richard was kicked out of the house at 13. He and his father never
reconciled. At 19, his father was killed outside a bar, sadly never hearing
of Richard’s success and his being a pioneer in the founding of the Rock
‘n Roll Era.
Richard originally said homosexuality was satanic, but in later life,
admitted and accepted it. His lifestyle became a mixture of cocaine,
parties, shows, and orgies until his doctor suspected cancer.
Richard then changed his lifestyle, returning to religion. He became
a preacher, involving himself in church activities and children’s TV
programs, then, returning to music, touring Europe, and appearing in
His hit songs and awards are many. His first hits were Tutti Frutti,
Slippin and Sliddin and Long Tall Sally. His pounding the piano,
howling his lyrics and screaming in a wild falsetto were integral to Rock
‘n Roll’s birth.
His mascara-coated eyelashes, high pompadour hair style coupled
with a fast-up-tempo beat, hammering boogie piano, playing staccato
eighth notes while his drummer played a fast shuffle beat personified
the 60s rebellion.
This created an ambiguity known to musicians as “playing in the
crack” that came to characterize New Orleans rock ‘n roll. In typical
Little Richard style, he sang in the Key of F, in a raw, aggressive, style, that
triumphed over words, for exhibitionism.”
Tutti Frutti is included in the National Recording Register of Library of
Congress. They noted “It showed the development of a different sound in
music with the unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat, announcing
a new era in music.”
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.
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Warm weather is coming, and the waters
of Lake Mead may be beckoning some
of you. If you have a boat/watercraft, you are
generally not required to have insurance.
Exceptions would be if you moor at a marina. They may require it or
if the boat is financed, your lender may require it. With that in mind,
you may not want to chance the financial consequences of losing an
expensive purchase, or worse, being liable for injuries you cause.
Watercraft insurance for the typical leisure, pontoon, or fishing
boat is usually very affordable. The coverages are very similar to auto
insurance with a few special boat related coverages as options.
You would have bodily injury and property damage liability if you
were to injure another person or their property (i.e., another boat, or
dock). You can have uninsured boater’s coverage to protect your bodily
injury, medical payments for you (or your passengers’) injury.
Collision and comprehensive work just like it does for your auto
insurance. Collision if you hit another boat, the dock or a submerged
object in the water, and comprehensive provides coverage if your boat
is stolen or vandalized.
Most companies also offer towing assistance and coverage for
personal possessions such as clothing, cameras, life vests, coolers –
basically the unattached items kept on your boat.
The insurance premium is based on a variety of factors; which include
to schedule a
the type of boat,
length of the vessel,
if used inland or in
open seas and, of
course, your driving
record. Yes, your
auto driving record
tells the insurance
company how you operate a motor vehicle, so your speeding ticket or
accident follows you on the water. Companies also give credits for a
good driving record or credit for taking a safe boating course.
If you have a small boat/canoe valued under $1,000, it is covered
on your home policy. Jet skis are not covered on your homeowners but
have their own special policies and are normally very inexpensive.
Many people believe their jet skis or boat is covered under their home
policy if stored in their garage or back yard – this is not the case. So,
if your watercraft is important to you, please take the time to get an
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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Inaugural Golf Tournament Fundraiser
to End Sex Trafficking
Anthem County Club and Awareness is Prevention
(AIP) is teaming up to hold an inaugural golf
benefit fundraiser on Monday, April 23rd at Anthem
County Club’s golf course. All donations are taxdeductible,
and all proceeds will benefit AIP
programs in the local community.
Sex Trafficking is a big problem in Las Vegas, but many people
are not even aware that it exists. Awareness is Prevention” (AIP) is
a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to educate the public
on all forms of Human Trafficking, especially Sex Trafficking.
The day begins with breakfast served from 8–9:30 a.m. and check-in
for registration and welcoming gifts starts at 8:30 a.m. The Tournament
begins at 10 a.m. with a Shotgun Start.
Following the tournament, players will enjoy lunch and a no-host
bar at the Anthem County Club. Prizes will be awarded to 1 st and 2 nd
place winners, and raffle prize winners will be announced.
We invite you to participate in the tournament as a Hole
Sponsor. For only $200 per hole, signs with your logo will be placed
at sponsored holes. For more information about participating in this
golf benefit fundraiser, contact Ken Walther at 702/401-5223 or Lena
Walther at 702/810-5618. Please RSVP by April 8, 2018.
New USGA Rules of Golf
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
In my April 2017 article, I wrote about the RNA
& USGA proposed rule changes to modernize
and make the rules easier to understand and
speed up play. Almost every time I play, I hear
someone either discuss the new rules or ask if
they are in effect - which is prompting me to write about the new rule
Many of the proposed rules when adopted will greatly benefit the
game of golf when they go into effect on January 1, 2019. For more
details, go to USGA.org/rules. Some of the proposed rules are described
below and if adopted will result in no penalty:
On the green, spike marks may be repaired and a ball that’s accidently
kicked or moved during a practice stroke or while marking the ball
can be put back; putting while the flag is in the hole may be allowed;
accidently kicking or stepping on your ball in the rough causing it to
move one can put it back; to identify your ball in the rough, mark it,
identify it and put it back without notifying opposing player; and ball
drops may be made from waist high.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Home Show was Wonderful
Our Vegas Voice Spring Home Show at Sun City MacDonald Ranch
last month was a complete success! Vendor spaces were sold out and it
was a full house during the three-hour event. Even the parking lot was
full - wow what an event!
Great spaces are still available for our upcoming Saturday, May 12th
Spring Home Show at Solera at Anthem. See information below and call
our VP of Advertising - Debbie “Redhead” at 702/592-4818 or email:
Introducing Brilliant, the newest
interactive experience at The Neon
Museum. This revolutionary art form
uses sight and sound to transport you
through time and bring long dormant
signs back to life. If all this seems hard
to picture, that’s because it is. You
literally have to see it to believe it.
The Vegas Voice Proudly Presents:
When Ray Sarbacker, president of “The Vegas Voice”, was
released from the US Navy in 1966, he was only 22 years old. He had
served a 4 1/2 year honorable tour of duty including a 3 year stint
aboard ship as a “yellow shirt.” That’s a sailor who directs the movement
on a carrier. In his
case it was the USS
Hancock (CVA 41),
an aircraft carrier
with patrolling the
coast of Viet Nam.
On deck, the yellow shirts are in complete control!
As a young man, Ray had served his country but he had no
interest in making the Navy a career, nor could he see how the time
spent there would be pertinent to his dreams of one day owning
his own advertising agency. Surprisingly though, shortly before his
release from the Navy he met a civil service employee who took an
active interest in the young sailor, and even helped him put together
a professional portfolio demonstrating his artistic talent for submission
to Southern California’s highly respected Art Center College of
Design. Ray was accepted by California’s top art school, and in a few
short years he had opened his own ad agency. His client list included
companies that focused on the California lifestyle, Kawasaki Motorcycles,
Yamaha Audio, and Vivitar Cameras became major clients.
Several wheel manufacturers like
American Racing Equipment, MOMO, and
Ultra Wheel quickly joined the agency along
with luxury boat and yacht builders. Fuji
Sailboats and Ranger Yachts quickly became
his favorites, and within a few years, Ray was
not only developing boating ad campaigns,
he was actually helping design and build his
own 45’ ketch christened “Starship” which
became not only his pastime, but also his
home for several years.
As the years passed Ray never lost his
passion for advertising. A move to Las
Vegas ten years ago and a chance meeting
with Dan Roberts, publisher of The Vegas
Voice led to a friendship and business association
which continues today in Ray’s
role as president of The Vegas Voice and
the publication’s Creative Director and
Flotilla Commander, Dr. Michelle Keller, (shown at left) frocking the new FSO (Flotilla
Staff Officer) Ray Sarbacker, assisted by Vice Commander Dixon Keller at right.
Ray was approached by the local Flotilla
Vice Commander and after passing
all of the required security checks and
entry exams; and because of his extensive
naval, and boating background, Ray has
been sworn in as the newest Flotilla Staff
Officer of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Created in 1939 and active in all
50 states, the Auxiliary has over 33,000
members, and with an organization
that large, you can see the need for an
advertising/marketing guy with a nautical
So, do Seniors Matter?
In fact, last year he received awards
from The Nevada Press Association and
The North American Mature Publishers
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Association for his publication and cover
designs. One thing however has been
$23 • $15 Nevada residents, active military,
missing since Ray’s move to Las Vegas...
veterans, students and seniors
His love of the sea and
A few months ago, Ray
found that (due to Lake
Mead) Las Vegas has several
active chapters of the
US Coast Guard Auxiliary. The US Coast Guard Auxiliary is actively recruiting men and women who want to give back to their
They conduct safety patrols
community. With or without boating or military knowledge, you can become qualified in marine environmental
on local waterways, protection, homeland Security and other Operational and
assist the Coast Guard administrative support.
with Homeland Security For more information, please call Ray Sarbacker,
duties, teach boating 702/463.0966 or visit us online at
safety classes, and along
with many other activities,
conduct free vessel
August April 20182017
Newport Beach, Ca., Sarbacker at the helm of the first aft cabin /aft cockpit, fuji 45 “Starship” safety checks.
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
One byproduct of our still-ongoing
transition to Las Vegas is frequent visitors.
Always welcome, even at two in the morning, the
hour my brother recently descended with his wife
and two teens, their yappy dog and my pair of yappy dogs raising an
I felt terrible about the commotion and apologize to anyone who was
roused. It shall not happen again.
Some days later, an anonymous letter arrived in our mailbox
charging us with orchestrating constant unattended nuisance barking
(untrue), threatening to report us to any and all “authorities,” and
inviting us to go back to the Midwest along with our “annoying dogs.”
(In fact, we still go back and forth to the Midwest, just not permanently,
as the poison-pen scribe clearly desires.)
The letter left me shaken. Living in many places across the country
and in other parts of the world, I’ve never encountered such nastiness.
I sent copies and a response to the various levels of community
management – the HOA system is new to us, but I wanted the folks
who deal with complaints to know about the vitriol. I also shared it
with immediate neighbors, some barely aware my dogs even exist, all
understanding that dogs do what dogs do: Our area has plenty, they
often express themselves, and not a few humans actually find that
Receiving this screed has not lowered my regard for this fascinating,
complicated community. It has made me reflect further on the sorts of
hostility people of color, or different religions or ethnicities, encounter
on a routine basis. Perhaps I’m just fortunate to have escaped gratuitous
Pride of Place
insult in the past.
have been swell – not
least, colleagues from
The Vegas Voice who
took kind interest in
my presentation on
“Photography as History”
at the Summerlin library
last month. It featured pictures captured by my father’s camera over the
course of his illustrious career as a photojournalist.
One byproduct of growing up with a photojournalist father in the
heyday of the great picture magazines is lots of good stories. His true
interest was in ordinary people, but he documented many celebrated
subjects as well. Since he was based in Boston, Kennedy assignments
were fairly regular.
It turns out that one of the nation’s most august dynasties papered a
guest bathroom with some of the negativity sent their way. My parents
saw the hate mail in its place of pride in a house at the Kennedy
compound in Hyannis Port. Among the framed items was a rejection
letter, predating JFK’s time as congressman and then senator, from a
local country club that didn’t want Catholics.
As always, you can let us know if anything similar has happened
to you. Again, submit your information and ideas to me at The Vegas
Judy Polumbaum is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent
transplant to Las Vegas from the Midwest. Her father Ted was a
professional photographer who thoroughly documented her childhood.
Vegas Voice columnist Judy Polumbaum at the Summerlin Library last
month. Judy’s presentation: Photography of History – Images from the
Ted Polumbaum Collection highlighted her dad’s fascinating career as
a globe-trotting photo journalist for LIFE, Time, Saturday Evening Post
and many other publications.
Travel Especially for Active Seniors!
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For many years, Railbookers has been successfully
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Railbookers’ offers packages featuring train
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sightseeing, which are perfect for savvy seniors who
like to travel on their own. Because these vacations are
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schedules, and revise itineraries.
For those of you who travel abroad, there
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And there’s so much more!
The Calgary Stampede,
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for those searching for the very best, don’t hesitate
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“points” you desire. And, the best part is that
I’m a stickler for details, I won’t hesitate to
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whether you’re searching for luxury land tours,
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call me, let’s talk about it!
Off to Europe
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations
As I got into my car last month to go to work,
a smile came over my face. Maybe that’s
because my commute to work is no more than
three minutes if I get stuck for that one traffic light on the way. Or
maybe, it’s because, after 30 years, I still really enjoy the work I do,
There is a new trip to plan just about every day. There is a new
destination to research and great vacation information to provide to
our clients. It is a joy to make vacation dreams come true.
And now we’re (Sharon, myself, Publisher Dan and his “Ladylove”
Rana) off on a European River cruise adventure. We have teamed up
with Crystal Cruise Lines, and as you read this, we will be cruising the
beautiful Danube from Vienna, Austria.
We will be cruising on the Crystal Mozart - visiting Melk, Linz,
Passau, Bratislava and Budapest. I will give you information on these
amazing destinations in future issues.
Additionally, we will also provide a review of the ship. We do know it’s
the most luxurious river boat sailing in Europe. At close to 400 feet long
and over 75 feet wide, it is by far the biggest riverboat afloat.
With this amount of space, it offers more ship board amenities
than any other riverboat. It’s full service spa, for example, is the most
extensive plying Europe’s rivers. And with over 90 staff serving just
150 passengers, the passenger/staff ratio is the best of any riverboat
Equally important, is the fact that Crystal’s river cruise experience is
all-inclusive. All shore excursions are included in the cost of the cruise,
as are all ship’s personnel gratuities and drinks - alcoholic and nonalcoholic.
Suffice to say, we’re looking forward to this experience.
* I am happy to announce that we are going to DO IT AGAIN; another
PHAT PACK CRUISE. There is however, a “great” slight change of plans.
We’re sailing January 26 to February 2, 2019. We will sail to
the Mexican Riviera again. But (and it’s a big but) we will
be sailing on PRINCESS CRUISE LINE’S, RUBY PRINCESS.
We’re up-scaling a bit, but we do know how much Vegas Voyagers
love Princess Cruise Lines. Prices start at $1,169; and that includes
the cruise, all taxes, all PHAT PACK activities and round-trip bus
transportation from Las Vegas to the pier in Los Angeles.
Join us and let’s DO IT AGAIN, with the Phat Pack. Call 800-698-
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seating dining • Complimentary shore excursions using exclusively
Crystal luxury coaches • All–inclusive with premium beverages,
gratuities, airport transfers, unlimited Wi–Fi & more
CRYSTAL MOZART | 10-DAY ROUND-TRIP: VIENNA
DECEMBER 10, 2018
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The Winchester Mystery House
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
As the story is told in the recent movie
“Winchester,” Sarah Winchester’s San Jose,
California sprawling Queen Anne-style mansion
was under continuous construction from 1886 to
1922. Throughout those years it under went many changes.
Gracious and genteel perfectly describe the house which is large and
elegant, set in attractive grounds. Nonetheless, the Winchester Mystery
House is America’s most out of the ordinary house.
Many consider it to be haunted. When Sarah Winchester’s died,
her home was four stories tall with 160 rooms, 47 fireplaces - and a
stairway that led nowhere.
The stairway heading nowhere dead-ends at a ceiling. The staircase
led upstairs before Sarah capped it. A second story door opens into thin
air. She had an attraction to the number 13, thirteen window panes and
steps on stairways. Often workers labored on the property 24/7.
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Psychics visiting the Winchester house report that it has good energy.
There have been claims of unexplainable happenings taking place in
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What Safety Net?
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
There has been a lot of news lately about the
complete LACK of competent supervision
by government agencies funded by YOU AND ME
charged with insuring the proper care of those who cannot care for
themselves – the mentally ill!
“Group homes” run by private “for-profit” landlords where the
mentally ill are herded together in conditions not fit for pigs, have been
fleecing those of us who pay them to take care of the needy for years!
Living conditions that have added to their suffering to the extent that
some prefer homelessness. At least on the street, their conditions are
better than living in the squalor they have been forced to endure!
This is despicable and must not be allowed to continue! Our elected
officials MUST act to fix this problem NOW!
YOUR task is to contact your representatives and demand immediate
action! If we don’t take care of our own, who will?
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He served as Chair of the City of Henderson’s Senior
Advisory Commission. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
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Getting Ready for the Primaries
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
There are so many privileges and benefits
to living in the greatest nation on earth
- with freedom, prosperity, and the ability to
pursue your dreams among them. But with those privileges come
responsibilities - chief among them is exercising your right to vote.
With the close of candidate filing, the stage is set for you to exercise
that right. The choices for the upcoming Democrat and Republican
primary on June 12th are set.
Choices that begin at the top with the race for Governor, then
move to Congress, state legislature and continue to school board and
countywide offices. The winners of these races move on to the general
election in November.
These candidates will be doing everything they can over the next few
months to get their message out. To tell you where they stand on the
To let you know what policies they will enact if elected. To make the
best case they can on why they deserve your vote.
They will do this by hosting Town Halls, sending you information
in the mail, and in some cases knocking on your door and telling you
directly. I urge you to take advantage of this. This will give you the
information you need to make the best possible decision in the primary
and general election.
You can also visit www.accessclarkcounty.com to get all the
information on the upcoming elections. Information on polling
locations, early voting, how to get absentee ballots and a lot more.
When it comes to government, we typically get the government we
deserve. So, let’s get the best government we can. By learning all we can
and then showing up to vote.
I hope to see you on the campaign trail.
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Democrats for the People
By: Howard Beckerman / Nevada Democrats
Activity is heating up for Democrats as we begin
the campaign season.
The leading candidates for Governor are
Commissioner Steve Sisolak and Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani.
Congresswoman Jacky Rosen is campaigning to face Senator Dean Heller.
Susie Lee is the leading candidate to replace Congresswoman Rosen and
at least 5 people are running to replace Congressman Kihuen, including
first time candidate Amy Vilella who is campaigning on the theme of
“Medicare for All.”
At stake are several issues - including Social Security and Medicare.
Paul Ryan and his Republicans are threatening to cut back on what
the Republicans call “Entitlements” as opposed to Democrats who
understand that the people who receive Social Security and Medicare paid
into the system with their hard-earned dollars and deserve to maintain
their benefits. The Republicans are also threatening to open up Yucca
Just as important are the candidates for Judicial elections. Judge Elissa
Cadish (District Court Dept. 6) is the candidate to replace retiring Justice
All of the candidates up and down the ballot are out in the field
introducing themselves to the voters. The easiest way that any citizen can
meet and talk to candidates is at their local Democratic Club (see below
for dates and times).
I have found that Democratic candidates enjoy meeting the voters and
answering as many questions as possible. The local clubs can also assist
you live in so that you
know who will be on
the ballot for the local
The primary is June
12 th with early voting
beginning on May 26 th .
Registration to vote
must be postmarked by
May 15 th . Remember, if
you have moved since
you last voted, you need
to update your voter registration.
Democratic Governor candidate Steve Sisolak with
Rana at last year’s Guardianship fundraiser
You can meet the candidates: if you live near Henderson: Sun City
Anthem Democrats: 2 nd Wednesday of the month (contact David
If you live near Summerlin: Red Rock Democrats: 4 th Wednesday of the
month at Temple Sinai 9001 Hillpointe Road (contact Ginni Krueger:
email@example.com or the Southwest Democratic Club: 3 rd Monday
of the month (contact Steve Horner: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Howard Beckerman serves on the Nevada State Democratic
Central Committee, the Clark County Central Committee, and is Vice
President of the Red Rock Democratic Club. He has been active in the
political scene for over 40 years.
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My Guardian Angels
By: Carlene Cohen / Guest Column
When my 98-year-old mother
passed away last Thanksgiving,
my 93-year-old mother-in-law was
there to comfort me. She couldn’t attend the funeral, but
a few days later, my husband and I visited her. Lydia and I
were very close; she was like my second mom.
When we arrived at the retirement home where she lived,
Lydia greeted us warmly. After dinner, we sat at the table
and reminisced. She missed the home she lived in for 40
years and raised three sons. She enjoyed keeping busy, so
the caregivers let her help out. It made her feel useful.
The next day we flew home to Las Vegas. I missed
my mother terribly, but life goes on, and the next set of
holidays was right around the corner. Then, on December
13, my brother-in-law called with bad news.
Lydia died suddenly after having a massive heart attack.
I was devastated. The image of her standing at the sink
washing dishes and laughing flashed through my mind.
And the last thing I wanted to do was fly back to Chicago
for another funeral. My body rebelled, but my heart told
me I had to go.
It was freezing the day of the graveside service. My tears
felt warm on my cold cheeks. I shivered as I listened to the
rabbi’s words. I wanted to say something, but I was just the
daughter-in-law. Her sons gave the eulogy.
I wanted to tell everyone how much I loved Lydia and
would miss her terribly. I wanted to talk about her kindness
and how she treated me like family. How she and I sat up
late at night watching David Letterman and eating ice
I didn’t say any of these things. I didn’t have to. She
knew how I felt.
The support of good friends and family helped us get
through this ordeal. On our flight home, I sat next to a
We started to talk. I learned that she sculpted angel
wings out of marble. She showed me photos of her amazing
works of art.
I felt strangely comforted as I looked at the lovely
sculptures. Then she looked at me and quietly said, “Your
mother and mother-in-law are now your guardian angels.”
Quoting from a poem, she added: “When angels sense
that you need help as they always do; they come unseen
from everywhere to guide and comfort you.”
Perhaps we all could use a guardian angel. I feel blessed
that I have two.
The Gatekeeper of Your Health
By: Dr. Victoria Boyd / Hempworx
In my last article I referenced the
Endocannabinoid System (ECS) but did not
go into much detail. ECS is a biological system
found within any living being with vertebrae. It has such an important
role in helping us maintain a healthy balance.
In 1988, the first cannabinoid receptor was discovered in the brain of
a rat by Allyn Howlett and William Devane from the National Institute of
Mental Health. They were researching the medical effects of cannabis,
and these cannabinoid receptors turned out to be plentiful in the brain
– more so than any other neurotransmitter receptor.
Their discovery leads to the identification of the actual cannabinoid
DNA two years later in 1990, sparking the thought, why do we have
cannabinoid receptors if cannabinoids can only be delivered by
external sources? In 1992 Anandamide, the first naturally occurring
endogenous cannabinoid, or endocannabinoid was discovered.
In 1993 the entire Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
was identified by Raphael Mechoula, and NIMH
researchers William Devane and Dr. Lumir Hanus. They
found that ECS was present throughout the entire
body and served as a sophisticated communication
system regulating every cell in the brain,
organs, connective tissues, glands and immune
system. Going further, a healthy ECS produces
cannabinoids (CBD) on a regular basis.
ECS’s Role: Since the discovery of ECS it has been dubbed
the gatekeeper of our health – it helps us maintain homeostasis. A
healthy body will naturally produce CBD, however many factors - age,
disease, chemicals, even the environment can cause these receptors to
fail (die off) and no longer communicate.
This causes an inability to know where and how to repair itself
and the body fails. With this failure, the body is now susceptible to
inflammation, pain, and the onset of many diseases. The key is to
rejuvenate and keep those receptors healthy.
The good news is we can repair and protect ECS receptors with a
healthy regimen. My next article will explore what is Homeostasis and
how CBD is the key.
Finally, I want to thank readers that have reached out to ask questions.
Stay proactive about their health, seek education to be informed, and be
your own advocate. Keep the questions coming!
You can order Hempworx CBD oil at: www.Hempworx.com/
Disclaimer: Dr. Boyd is not a medical doctor and not giving
medical advice. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat,
cure or prevent any disease. The FDA considers non-THC based
hemp products to be “food based” therefore legal without a medical
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.
Carlene Sabath-Cohen is an award-winning news and
feature writer. She lives in Sun City Aliante with her
husband, two cats and a dog.
Social Security & Military Service
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
heard from a friend about extra Social
I Security credits that were given for military
service for certain years. He said most veterans
never checked it out and were possibly getting short-changed.
I wanted to see for myself if it was true. I dug out my DD Form 214
and headed for the nearest Social Security Office. I settled in for a twohour
wait, and my interview was a minute long.
After pulling up my files I was told that all the credits I had coming
(according to my years of military service) had been granted. I was
satisfied with the results and left with peace of mind knowing that I
wasn’t being screwed out of some extra dough.
So, I write this more as an alert than anything else. It says in the
Social Security information sheet: “These extra earning credits are
added to your earnings record when you apply for Social Security
benefits.” Mine had been and I was glad, but how many others have
Were yours added when you applied? Such as:
1. Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training
have been covered under Social Security since 1957. If you served in the
military before 1957, you didn’t pay Social Security taxes. Since 1988,
inactive duty service in the armed forces reserves (such as weekend
drills) has also been covered by Social Security.
2. From 1957 through 1967, SS will add the extra credits to your
record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
3. From 1968 through 2001, you don’t need to do anything to receive
these extra credits. The credits were automatically added to your record.
4. After 2001, there are no special extra earnings credits for military
The information that follows explains how you can get credit for
special extra earnings and applies only to active duty military service
earnings from 1957 through 2001:
1. From 1957 through 1977 you’re credited with $300 in additional
earnings for each calendar quarter in which you received active duty
2. From 1978 through 2001 for every $300 in active duty basic pay,
you’re credited with an additional $100 in earnings, up to a maximum
of $1,200 a year. These extra earning credits are added to your earnings
record when you apply for Social Security benefits.
Hopefully there’s a pay raise for you. Good luck on your fact-finding
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.
Sun City Aliante Spring Arts & Crafts Show
Calling all craft lovers and shoppers who appreciate unique
handcrafted items! Come one, come all! It’s time for the Bi-
Annual Sun City Aliante Arts & Crafts Show.
Beware of Free Offering & Promises
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
have always subscribed to the idea that
I patients are intelligent. However, I often
noted that doctors address patients as though they
cannot make decisions that are appropriate for them.
In dentistry, once information is gathered and treatment options
determined, it is simply a matter of meeting with the patient to explain
the medical condition and what options are available. A dentist is
obliged to explain the advantages and disadvantages of each option.
I have come to base my business model on Rotary’s four- way test:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
4. Will it build good will and better friendships?
A dentist does not have to be a Rotarian to subscribe to these simple
ideas. Nevertheless, I find in today’s dentistry an overwhelming
marketing exposure that can cloud a person’s decisions regarding
treatment. Most often, none of the marketing says anything about the
practitioner’s actual ability.
I suggest that a person subscribe to the old cliché of “if it sounds
too good to be true, it probably is.” Remember what I said at the
beginning of this article about people being intelligent?
Use basic common sense to seek a practitioner who is passionate
about the profession and is committed to continuing education. The
treatment options in today’s dentistry are very sophisticated, but will
not, or cannot, be offered if the dentist is not capable.
Ask to see photos of their dental work. Anyone can tell if something
looks good. Membership in professional organizations is a good sign
as they require an annual commitment to continuing education. The
Nevada State Dental Association has a minimum continuing education
requirement for license renewal.
I would suggest that a person use common sense when it comes to
free presentations that promise free beverages and snacks, etc. One
should ask why is this person actually hawking their wares?
They usually offer a free exam or x-ray or something similar. Seldom
is anything free. If one finds something for nothing, it usually isn’t
The best reference is from a patient who is pleased with their
treatment. This is not to be confused with liking or disliking the dentist.
The primary goal is to have quality care, regardless of how much one
may like or dislike the caregiver. It always helps to have good chemistry,
but it should not be the deciding factor in the quality of treatment.
As always, keep smiling and remember: one is not in good health
without good oral health.
Due to popular demand, Sun City Aliante has expanded this event to
two days: Friday & Saturday, May 4 and May 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
in the Sun City Aliante Community Center (located at 7390 Aliante
Parkway, across from Aliante Casino & Hotel, at the Aiante Parkway
exit, just off Interstate 215).
This event, designed to showcase handmade artistic items, promises
to be a fantastic shopping experience… specialty items you love…
just in time for your Mother’s Day shopping.
It will feature many unique items such as artwork, baskets, ceramics,
pottery, gourds, fused glass items, quilted and knitted items, sewing
crafts, beading, jewelry, needlework and crocheted items, candles,
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No multi-level marketing products are permitted to participate in the
Arts & Crafts Show.
The public is invited to come free of charge to enjoy the fun, shop
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Achieving Full Lips
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
For those that don’t know, I own my own
beauty company. It’s one that accidentally
threw me into the entrepreneurial world at a time
in my life when most are headed for retirement.
I have been asked countless times why I started the business and
invented my first product. Fullips. The truth is, it sprang out of necessity.
As I got older and started facing some more common aging issues
(like thin lips), I went searching for options outside of injections. While
I know many that have encountered no issues with injections, I always
preferred natural options - at least for as long as I can get them!
I’m also not one to shell out a lot of money on treatments and
certainly don’t like pain or needles, so I tried the various plumping
glosses and gels on the market. Some stung, some worked for a brief
moment, and some did nothing. I wanted plump lips, but not red,
burning from chemicals.
I knew lips naturally plump up when hydrated because fluid draws
to the lips, and if someone sucks on your lips while kissing, they also
Ask a Master Gardener
By: Pat Warren / Happy Gardening
This month’s article is going to be a little
different because I’m going to tell you
about one of the best-kept secrets in Las Vegas
– Springs Preserve is NOT the only botanical
garden in town! The Cooperative Extensions Botanical Garden, located
at 8050 Paradise Way (at Windmill) in Henderson is, arguably, the best
place to see what you can grow in your own gardens.
Staffed by an army of Master Gardeners, our facility hosts a
phenomenal variety of specialized plantings. In addition to the field
trials that are run continually, there is a rose garden, herb garden,
cactus garden, children’s garden, vegetable garden, palm garden and
much, much more.
If you want to see what wildflowers bloom here (without any manmade
assistance) you can view “the wash” beginning in March. If you
are interested in attracting Monarch butterflies to your yard, there are
several milkweed projects in development.
Our rose garden is in bloom for about ten months a year. Want to see
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plump up. So, I decided to find a way to combine those two things into
a beauty tool that would temporarily provide what I was looking for.
Self-suction turned out to be my answer! Figuring out that one size
enhancer doesn’t fit all was a bit of a chore, but after sucking on dozens
of things and understanding what worked best, Fullips was born! Add a
little lipstick and liner and for those of us older women who have lost
our lips, and voila!
There are so many options for helping slow the aging process both
inside and out. There are invasive products and natural products. I
don’t think there is a right or wrong, but simply what works best for
you. Cost is often a factor as well.
The key is to do research, talk to people about what you’re
considering, and interview several doctors if you decide to do a more
invasive procedure. Remember to ask about maintenance and take it
all into consideration.
Here’s to your health first and your looks to follow!
Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company
based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty
products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or
through her website www.fullips.com.
which fruit trees will thrive in our climate? Come on down!
You can take a self-guided tour Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. to
5:00 p.m., and there are free guided tours on Tuesday and Friday at
10:00 a.m. In addition to the gardens and the tours, the Cooperative
Extension offers a wide variety of seminars on gardening in the desert.
Most of the programs are free and open to the public. If you’d like
to know when these are happening, you can call the Master Gardener
Help Desk and ask to be added to the Community Newsletter mailing
list –it’s free too!
So, the secret is out! Now you have no excuse not to visit our gardens.
If you want more info or 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
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Walk it Off!
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
As I’m now in my 73rd year, I realize some
changes in my life - as well as others in
my age bracket. As we age, physical changes can
cause declines in our ability to maintain balance, walk smoothly, and
in muscle strength.
A research review highlighted muscle weakness in the legs as one of
the most common risk factor for falling among older adults. The good
news is that many of these declines can be negated with a targeted
exercise program. I incorporate balance exercises in my cool down
time for my Zumba classes.
A decline in muscle strength, caused in part by loss of muscle mass,
typically begins in our 30s and becomes more pronounced after age 60.
Although these losses have been attributed to the aging process itself,
reduced physical activity is also a likely contributor.
As we age, we tend to do fewer activities that require muscle strength,
such as lifting objects or climbing stairs. This causes strengthproducing
muscle fibers to shrink.
I’m fortunate to live in a community that has extensive exercise
classes for all levels for strength building. To appreciate how much leg
strength contributes to balance, stand straight, arms out to the side,
standing on one leg for 10-15 seconds and realize how much you use
your leg muscles to keep yourself stable.
If it is difficult for you to keep balance, try using a chair in the
beginning, then gradually release the chair and you should be able to
balance on your own. My students have improved with their balancing
just doing this simple exercise!
Falls are a significant risk factor for fractures. So, try to do more
strength building exercises, even if it is just lifting some light weights,
(or even using water bottles), balancing on one leg and walking stairs.
I plan on increasing my strength-weight building exercises into my
program. Now that is also your challenge!
POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!
Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first
runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time dancer.
Mary can be reached at email@example.com.
Getting That Diagnosis
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Nothing is more frightening than going to
the doctor and being told you have cancer,
Alzheimer’s or another serious ailment.
People often wonder how they went from being well to having this
serious disease. While it is possible to develop a medical condition
suddenly, most medical conditions develop slowly overtime.
Both Asia and Europe have medical paradigms that show the stages
that the body progresses - from perfectly healthy to minor medical
problem to something major like cancer, Parkinson’s or rheumatoid
In America, to the best of my knowledge, doctors never really educate
their patients on this progression. Due to this, many people develop
a serious disease when it could have been prevented by observing
changes in the body.
Both the Asian and European paradigm contain six stages of disease;
beginning with a minor irritation to the system and pathologically
progressing to more serious stages until there is damage to function
(stage 5) or pathological changes to tissue (stage 6).
What western medicine looks for in many of its tests (or imaging
such as an MRI) will not even show up until stage 5, when damage has
already been done. One example of observable changes would be that
the tongue gets puffy when you enter stage 3. This demonstrates there
are extra wastes, toxins, protein etc. being held in the environment
around the cells.
When there is extra material in the space around the cells, the body
adds extra water. This is called osmosis.
The normal tongue should be equally thick on the sides and in the
center. If the center or sides are puffier, your body is retaining water and
you are in (at best) stage 3.
If the coating on your tongue is thick enough that you cannot see
the tongue body through the coat, you are in stage 4. This is a sign that
bacteria and/or toxins are building up in your body and this may begin
to damage your cells.
Explaining what happens in each of the six stages is beyond what
can be written in this column. If you would like to understand more,
please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you a
short electronic booklet to educate you in this area. To your, and your
love ones’ long-term health.
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
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Homesteading Your Home in Nevada
Why do I need to homestead?
If someone sues you and gets a judgment (judgment creditor), your home could be sold to pay off the
judgment to certain creditors. Most creditors will sue you and then typically record a judgment lien on
the property first. The creditor will collect payment when the homeowner refinances or sells the
property. These types of liens will collect interest over time... This could happen if you fail to pay a
credit card or get into an expensive traffic accident. The judgment creditor can seize your home and
sell it to pay off the judgment. Filing a homestead declaration may stop this from happening.
What is a homestead?
Nevada homestead law protects your home from many creditors (such as unpaid medical bills,
bankruptcy, credit card debt, business/personal loans, accidents, etc.). By filing a declaration of
homestead, you may protect up to $550,000 in equity in your residence home.
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The Homestead law does not protect you against debts such as a mortgage or deed of trust secured by
the home, monies owed to contractors whom you have had do work to your house (such as painting or
landscaping), payment of taxes, IRS lien, mechanic's lien, child support or alimony payments, Medicaid
liens, or HOA dues. These types of creditors may foreclose on your property. In addition, you are also
not shielded if you commit fraud or other similar tortious conduct.
Do I qualify?
You can file a homestead on the home, condominium, or mobile home that you own and live in as your
primary residence. You must own the land upon which your home sits or own the condominium. (If
you do not own the land, only the structure on the land, you do not need to homestead. Nevada law still
protects up to $550,000 in equity.)
How much does a homestead protect?
A homestead protects up to $550,000 in equity in your primary residence home. You can still file a
homestead if you have more than $550,000 in equity. In this case, the home may be sold and the
$550,000, or any amount remaining after the sale and satisfaction of the debt, will be returned to you.
If the judgment is for medical bills, you do NOT need to file a homestead and the $550,000 limit does
not apply. All of your equity is protected during your lifetime, the lifetime of your spouse and until your
minor child turns 18. If your child is disabled, then this exemption applies for your child’s life. A joint
tenant is also included in this exemption, as long as the joint tenant was on the title when the judgment
for medical bills was entered.
I have a homestead already. Do I need to re-file?
No. However, it is a good idea to re-file a homestead whenever:
You or your spouse die;
You divorce your spouse;
You get married.
Record the form:
You record your Declaration of Homestead by taking or mailing the form to the county recorder's office
in the county in which you live to be recorded (you will have to pay a recording fee). In Clark County,
you can obtain the form for free from www.clarkcountynv.gov. You can also contact my office and we
will print and mail the form to you to complete. The recorder’s office will record your Declaration of
Homestead and return the original form to you. Recording the homestead is constructive notice to any
judgment creditor that up to $550,000 in equity is protected.
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If you have any legal questions regarding the homestead declaration form, or for advice on how to
complete the form, you should consult with your attorney (in particular, your estate planning attorney).
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