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Volume 15, Issue 3
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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
But Getting There (& Back) Sucks
By: Dan Roberts / From the Publisher
You have to be kidding me!” was my
exacerbated response. While “they” did not
ruin my vacation – they sure did try.
As highlighted by the two articles from my buddy Stu and my
Ladylove we embarked on a 10-day cruise down the Danube River. It
was indeed wonderful.
While the cruise was great, getting to Austria (and returning home)
was a horror. I’m talking about the “airport experience.” I hated
everything about it.
Now I understand the necessity of security and protections, but I
cannot accept that there is not a “better way.” Is it just me, but don’t you
feel that from the moment you enter the airport until you (hopefully -
but thankfully, I must add) get reunited with your luggage, the entire
experience is degrading?
Am I the only one that believes the whole experience (and that’s
putting it politely) sucks?
From flying to New York, then Paris and ultimately to Vienna – nine
time zones over 26 hours, these are my memories:
1. Those security lines are disgraceful. Again, I recognize the absolute
importance of security but when did common sense cease to exist? Does
anyone really suspect that the 85-year-old woman walking with two
canes is a possible ISIS agent?
2. And can someone please explain to me how you can pay for “TSA
Pre-Approval”? While it eliminates the requirement of removing your
belt and shoes (plus the long lines) don’t you think a potential terrorist
would pay the extra cash?
3. And how come some airports require you to unpack and display
your laptop and iPad while others advise it’s not necessary?
4. And why do you to feel like Moses wandering the desert for 40
years when you switch terminals or claim your luggage?
5. And last, but not least, why is it mandatory to show your passport/
boarding pass every 50-100 feet? You really think that during those 15-
30 seconds you’re able to obtain weapons of mass destruction?
As for insult to injury, Rana was flagged for trying to sneak her
shampoo bottle through security even though the previous airport guys
had no problem with it. No kidding, when she got “caught”, somehow,
she was able to find her soapbox, climb on top and begin a public
“discussion” as to the correctness of the action.
“For the love of god” I implored her. “Just give them the damn
shampoo. You’re not going to win the argument and besides, they
forgot about the conditioner.”
But the absolute worse part; the lowest of the low was when we had
to travel through a third-world, dirty and totally chaotic airport – JFK
in New York. There, a simple-minded arrogant millennium told yours
truly that while my luggage was under the 50-pound limit, Rana’s was
over – by 1.4 lbs.
My above stated reaction was ignored and was told that I had no
choice but to open her suitcase, right on the counter, empty the overage
and place it in my bag. Nothing like removing dirty wash in front of the
world so you can stuff it into my dirty wash.
Enjoying the airport experience while passed-out at
Charles De Gaulle Airport
“You want to weigh it now?” I screamed to the ever-vigilant agent.
Eventually we made it home but when Stu called the next day to
discuss where we might go next year, I hung up on him. I love vacations.
River Boat Cruising
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
Stepping away from my usual conversations,
I wanted to tell you about our amazing
Crystal River Cruise vacation.
Little Boys & Their Toys: The reason for this heading began on our
first day on board the Crystal Mozart. As we walked into our cabin Dan,
(as many boys do) checked out the “Loo” or bathroom to you “Yanks.”
Check out the photo. The functions, from top to bottom are
Never again will the boys need to be reminded to lower the seat - they
just need to press the button on the top. The rest is automatic. All you
have to do is push a button and the lid rises or falls.
It also included a wonderful function for a bidet’ built into the toilet.
The other buttons control the bidet’ functions (as well as the heated
“seat”) and can even be set for “User 1 or 2.”
I cannot tell you the amount of time this so-call grown-up publisher
spent playing with each and every feature. I imagine he will be
investigating to see if one can be installed in his bathroom next.
As for that little boy attitude, you should have seen him reach for the
ice cream. It’s one thing for him to blow his diet but when he requested
the waiter to feed him…
The Cruise: I have been on many cruises and have traveled to many
different locations in my lifetime. Although many of my friends have
told me how lovely river cruises were, I never truly understood the
Suffice to say, I never have
been so relaxed as on this trip.
Cruising down the Danube
River was so tranquil and
the information from each
tour guide seemed to be more
interesting than the last.
Besides the unbelievable
beautiful landscape, we
learned (among many other
items) about flood levels and
the lasting effects the war(s)
has had on people, regardless
of their faith.
It was especially fascinating
visiting the various +500-yearold
churches. While they were
unscathed by the ravages
of World War II, there were
numerous bullets holes in the
structures surrounding them.
We spent two days touring
Budapest and learned so
much. Without doubt, one of
the most touching moments
occurred when we visited a
memorial called “Shoes on the Danube.”
This memorial is to remember and
acknowledge the deaths of thousands of
Jewish residents that were rounded up
by the Hungarian Fascists in 1943. They
were shot on the banks of the river and
thrown in. The site was established to
commemorate their deaths and to honor
The “final curtain” of the trip was
the private concert performed by “the
Princesses of the Violin.” The concert
was at a fantastic mansion - formerly
the Wenckhelm Palace in Budapest.
Three stunning young women were
as talented as they were beautiful.
The concert was fast paced, full of fun,
yet classy and classical. The standing ovation at the end of the show
showed everyone that good music knows no language barriers.
To say this journey was an inspiring trip would be putting it mildly.
I could go on for days telling you all the things we saw and displaying
our many photographs. Feel free to check our pictures on our website:
As you can imagine, the idea of river cruising has really captured my
attention. Not that I’m tossing aside “regular cruises” but these smaller
ships have wonderful options to consider. From our own Mississippi
River to European river cruises through Amsterdam and Switzerland
down the legendary Rhine River, there are tremendous choices.
Do you want to try something REALLY different? How about getting
a group of 66 of your best friends or club pals together and charter a
yacht for an all-inclusive trip?
Believe it or not, the cost is not more than a regular “all-inclusive
cruise line.” Call me, I will tell you how.
Clint Holmes & Earle Turner Delight Fans
By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment
SOUNDTRACK: Your Songs. Our Stories.
The Show Clint Holmes and Earl Turner
- Two powerhouse headline performers - have
joined forces in a high energy, high talent show
at the Westgate. This production will have you clapping and singing
along …and exhausted from the sheer energy that they put forth.
The guys take you on a musical journey to many songs that you’ll
remember, along with some of today’s hits. Where were you when you
heard “Loving Feeling” playing? How about “How Deep is Your Love?”
They go from “On Broadway” to “Uptown Funk Gonna Give it to
You” - and scatting. Their scatting duo is a showstopper.
The long-time friendship of these two charismatic performers is
evident as they reminisce; sharing the memories of their lives. Clint
talks about growing up in a biracial musical family and Earl shares
stories of his youth in Louisiana.
The conversations bring us closer to the two; the music and songs they
sing knock us out of our chairs. Clint tells us “We’re here to talk about
music and sing for you.” And do they ever! Remember 1964 - “That
Lovin’ Feeling.” I always love hearing Clint sing “At the Rendezvous.”
Earl tells us that when he was 15 he wanted to be James Brown
and gives us his version of “Sex Machine” including fancy footwork.
There’s a bit of gospel and Earl gives us some Country & Western. The
Bo Jangles duet is worth the price of admission and everyone loved the
The high energy performances pay tribute to Stevie Wonder and
Kelly Shares Stirling Memories
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
For many locals, the stylish Stirling Club
was the Entertainment Capital of Las Vegas
before it crashed along with the city’s economy.
Today, Kelly Clinton-Holmes delights hearing the news that after
six shuttered years, the Stirling Club’s new owners plan to reopen the
trendy nightspot. Her 4-week lounge gig there in 2003 grew to 8-years,
ending when Stirling closed.
When she was offered the Stirling guest slot, Clinton-Holmes was the
television “sidekick” for Vegas Live hosted by Sheena Easton and Clint
Holmes. “I almost turned it down. I didn’t think I was a good fit,” she
says of Stirling.
Her acting coach, Larry Moss advised, “What you’re most afraid
of, you must do.” It soon became a 7-night-a-week job when she was
named entertainment director, hiring for the lounge and private events.
During her Stirling stint, Clinton-Holmes also hosted open mic nights
at the Bootlegger, the iconic 69-year old bistro-restaurant now on the
“I was a very shy little girl,” she says, when she arrived in Las Vegas
in 1977. She knew, after seeing idol Carol Burnett, “that’s what I want
to do.” In high school, she struck up a friendship that endures today
with classmate Lena Prima, Louis Prima’s daughter. “Vegas brought
Photo credit – Jerry Metellus
Prince and of course Frank & Sammy. The talented Serena Henry
brings beauty and a female voice to the party and we’re treated to an
8-piece top notch musical band led by Christian Tamburr.
If you want a feel-good show with many songs that will bring back
memories, and two of the best entertainers in town, go to the Westgate
to see Clint Holmes and Earl Turner fill the showroom with their
musical magic moments.
Dianne Davis is also a reporter for Sun City Anthem TV (SCA-
TV) specializing in entertainment, and LV Associate Editor
of lasvegassplash.com. She hikes, travels with her husband Burt,
and works on her stand-up comedy.
Performing a “fill-in”
shift with her band at Bally’s,
Clinton-Holmes was spotted
by Wayne Newton. “You have
that thing,” he told her, hiring
her to join his show.
The madcap redhead mixes
her own brand of comedy and
music, honed at the Stirling
Club, hosting Monday nights
at the Bootlegger Bistro
and Wednesday evenings
at the Tuscany Casino on
Flamingo, just east of The
Strip. Accompanying her is
music director Mike Clark
who served the same role at Stirling.
The shows draw top-flight local and national celebrities, including
recent sightings of Jack Jones, the Righteous Brothers, Lannie Counts,
Sonny Charles, Earl Turner, Antonio Fargas (Huggy Bear of Starsky
and Hutch) and hubby Clint who Kelly wed in 2007.
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Saturday Morning Serial
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
thought I’d write this month about a TV show I
I did many years ago called “Fury.”
The year was 1956 and I was cast in this Saturday
morning NBC serial. The TV show was about a boy and his horse (much
like Lassie the dog) since the boy and horse always came to someone’s
In this particular episode, I played a little brat who was not happy
that my mother was getting married to someone I did not like. I was
actually almost thirteen but was playing the part of a ten-year-old.
In one scene, I started crying (what else is new) and run away after
trying to drive a car which I smashed up and drove down a cliff. Enter
Fury, the beautiful black stallion and the little boy, Joey (played by
Bobby Diamond) who miraculously bring me to safety
It also starred Peter Graves, who later can best be remembered from
the TV show Mission Impossible. The series ran from 1955 to 1960. I
watched it every Saturday and so was thrilled to be cast in one of my
About “Fury” the horse. His real name was “Beauty” and was mostly
called “Beaut.” He lived to be 29 and was trained by Ralph McCutcheon
who was like the Horse Whisperer.
People were always astounded how Beaut understood everything he
said. The horse was even trained to turn his head either left or right on
He also played baseball! The horse would stand in center field and
when someone hit the ball, he would actually “fetch” it and take it to
There were actually four horses used in Fury; one being a “stand-in”,
one for long shots and then one for just standing still when there was a
lot of dialogue going on. Yes, even horses can sometimes get the “star
treatment” - especially when he was the main star of the show!
At the start of each show, the announcer would always say: “Fury...
The story of a horse and a boy who loved him.” Once again, I am so
happy to have been a part of such a sweet show and one that could be
watched by children, as well as their parents.
Until next time, remember...The happiness of your life depends on
the quality of your thoughts.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
hotmail.com. Check out her awesome, new website: www.
Denied A Stage, She Sang for a Nation
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Yours is a voice one hears once in a hundred
years,” said Arturo Toscanini, after he heard
Marian Anderson sing.
Amongst many first events in Marian Anderson’s life, there were two
most memorable ones. In 1939, after she had represented her country
with honor across the globe, Anderson was denied the right to sing at
Constitution Hall owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution
(DAR) because she was black.
Through the efforts of first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Secretary
of the Interior, Harold Ickes, this great contralto appeared on Easter
Sunday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before an appreciative
audience of 75,000.
The second memorable event was when she made her debut at the
Metropolitan Opera House; becoming the first black American to do
so. She was also one of the first five performers to receive the Kennedy
Marian Anderson, a most humble person, had the talent of being
able to sing all parts in music. It was recognized at her first public
performance at age 6.
Born in 1897 to John and Ann Anderson, Marian had a life of struggle.
Her father, having worked constantly at meager paying jobs, died after a
work-related accident when she was 8.
Marian Anderson, despite unbelievable racial prejudice limitations,
was soon known as one of the world’s greatest
living contraltos. (A contralto is the lowest
range of female singers).
Her voice had an “earthy darkness at the
bottom, clarinet-like purity in the middle, and
piercing vibrancy at the top” ranging from a
full-bodied D in the bass to a brilliant high C.”
While in high school she attempted to
enroll at a local music school, but was rejected with a curt, “We don’t
In 1926, with financial assistance, she studied in Europe. Anderson
was a box office sensation in Russia, Europe, Africa, and South America.
In 1938, she returned to America, giving her first Carnegie Hall concert
and 70 more nationwide concerts.
In 1991, a one-hour documentary, Marian Anderson, aired on PBS.
By then, she had moved to Portland to live with her nephew, James
DePriest, who was also her music conductor for many performances. In
1993, Marian Anderson died at 96.
By setting many examples for overcoming incredible hardships, she
has been an inspiration to young singers for achieving their goals - no
matter the obstacles.
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
By: Heather Latimer / Helpful Hints
The more things we can do with ease the
higher our spirits will fly. So here are a few
uplifting tips on opening bottles and cans.
Items, such as mayonnaise and tonic water are
not kept cool in the store but immediately after you arrive home they
go into the refrigerator. When you try to open one of these later, it’s
Worry not! It’s nothing to do with your dexterity. The plastic cap has
been adversely affected by the intense cold.
TIP: Before putting the item in the refrigerator loosen the cap and
then replace it completely. That will make it easier to remove later on.
*If you can’t manage that nifty little ring-pull on a can, turn the
can upside down and use your regular can opener. Better yet, obtain
a highly efficient plastic gadget manufactured by Brix Design of
Denmark and sold exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond under the trade
name of J. Popper.
*To open a jam jar, use a hammer together with a sturdy screwdriver,
or long nail, to puncture the lid. Clean them first, of course. Or a short,
steel, single-point knitting needle will suffice.
A couple of bangs will release the internal pressure and the lid will
almost fall off immediately. Scotch tape the hole.
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. Her biography,
and latest book “How to Overcome Once-Easy Tasks That Are Now
Pains in The You-Know-What,” are accessible on www.amazon.
Heather’s Self-Help Tips
You Gotta Laugh
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
Visit to Home Depot: While installing a
A new door, I found that one of the hinges was
missing. So, I asked my friend Mary if she would
go to Home Depot and pick up a hinge. Mary
agreed to go.
While she was waiting for the sales manager to finish serving a
customer, her eye caught a beautiful bathroom faucet. When the
manager was finished, Mary asked him, “How much is that faucet?”
He replied, “That’s a gold-plated faucet and the price is $5,000.”
Mary exclaimed, “My goodness, that’s an expensive faucet - certainly
out of my price range.” She then proceeded to describe the hinge that I
had sent her to buy. The manager said that he had them in stock and it
was $3.49. He then went into the back room to get one.
From the back room he yelled, “Ma’am, you wanna screw for the
hinge?” Mary shouted back, “No, but I will for the faucet.”
Moral of the story: You just can’t send a woman to Home Depot.
Spread the Stupidity - Only in This Stupid World:
Do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store
to get their prescriptions, while healthy people can buy cigarettes at
Do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and
put our useless junk in the garage.
Do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of 8.
Do we have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
And Finally: A drunk staggers into a Catholic Church, enters
a confessional booth, sits down, but says nothing. The Priest coughs
a few times to get his attention, but the drunk continues to sit there.
Finally, the Priest pounds three times on the wall. The drunk
mumbles, “Ain’t no use knocking, there’s no paper on this side either!”
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.
FROM THE 40’S TO TODAY...
THE VEGAS VOICE PRESENTS THE
Wed. June 6, 2018
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Sat. June 30, 2018
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Congratulations! What Comes After the Party?
By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice
It’s college-graduation time, and I know all
you folks in the class of 2018 are eager to be
thrust into the world on your own, ready to tackle
your dreams, excited to take on the responsibility
of making your own way, your own choices, your own mistakes, your
own bed...or not! And, I’ll tell you, it’s a blast out here!
Of course, unless you’ve already gotten a job in your chosen field
(snicker) you’ll be moving back to Mom and Dad’s while you “weigh
all your options.” But, all that “making your own choices” stuff won’t
fly if you’re living at home, my friend.
Remember “my house, my rules”? Well, you may be 22, and you may
have been away at college for four years, but when you’re home, you
still belong to them.
FYI: When you are 35 and visit Mom and Dad with your own personal,
grown-up family...still their rules! Of course, when they visit you in your
own personal, grown-up house, you can give them YOUR rules...which
they’ll laugh at and disregard, because...well, “because we said so.”
Then, after you take a few weeks off to relax, and after you send out
scores of resumes (and hear “NO” more times than when you tried to
get to second base with Madelyn Schumick in junior high) and after
your mother stops hugging you and begins approaching the laundry
room the way Marines approach an ISIS cave, and after your Dad stops
smacking you on the back and begins leaving the Classifieds in your
bathroom sink...well, you’ll want to check into some “temporary”
(snicker again) local employment.
You may want to get your friends together and start up the old band.
As a college graduate, you’d be in much higher demand at high school
dances than you were in 10th grade. You could give it a real techno-feel
name, like The Gigabytes, or The Pixelated Tweeters!
But, invariably, one old band member won’t be available due to
having gotten a job at Home Depot, so you’ll try substituting your
great-uncle Earl, who’s retired now but once sang with The Manhattan
Transfer…this is not a good idea on so many levels!
So, although you planned to work for a multi-national company in
New York, or London, or Rome...well, Pizza Hut’s not so bad, with tips,
plus you get to put that cool, lighted Pizza Hut sign on top of your car.
Or, if you’re female - although Pizza Hut has its share of lovely
female college graduates - you could also be a nanny; especially if you
start in the summer. By June 20th, those mothers will have had enough
kids-at-home-for-the-summer and will offer you more money than any
multi-national company on earth.
They’ll give you a car to schlep their little ones, stock the fridge with
all your favorite foods, and send you to the country club pool. Why, if
you can hold out until the end of June, you might score grad school
And after you land this good local job, you’re just a hop-skip-andjump
away from getting your own place (which should be WAY across
town from your parents, for obvious reasons). Of course, you must either
save up enough for a down payment…or you could have the band
over to practice at Mom and Dad’s four or five times, and abracadabra:
they GIVE you the deposit...and possibly the entire contents of their
So, hey, congrats again, and... well, good luck out here! (snicker #3)
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.
I Still Need Prep Time
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
The amount of time it takes to double back,
look to see if you’ve actually closed the
garage door, check that you have
your phone and glasses (along with your sunglasses)
makes rushing out the door pointless.
Yes, I have gone out with different
shoes on my feet. I change my purse to a
smaller one hoping I can fit everything
in, and later find that it’s like carrying a
can of sardines. You can’t get anything out
until it ALL falls out.
I keep hairbrushes and ponytail
bands in the car just in case, and
then I wear them out of the car.
Somewhere in Henderson there
are about 200 ponytail bands
hiding with all the missing socks from
And let’s talk about the pills. I need to take a couple of things daily, so
I pack them in a pillbox along with regular Tylenol, Advil and whatever
allergy med I’m using that year. I am a walking drug store, so my
husband depends on me for such drugs. Re-loading it is another task I
screw up and inevitably one of us needs what I don’t have.
If I’m on my way to work, I have folders. Doesn’t
everyone have folders? You put them
on the passenger seat but if they’re
facing the wrong way, braking for a light
will toss them all out on the floor.
Remembering my watch, ring and
accessories before going out
the door, making sure all
the dogs have been out and
grabbing lists takes time. I try
to keep things simple, but the older I get, the
more complicated it seems to be.
Calculating the right time to
leave the house never goes well
for me. While my husband is out the
door waiting impatiently, I’m still doing
double-checks. The dogs hate me for leaving and
I spend the day questioning the garage door
status. Overall, rushing is very tricky.
And I’m exhausted.
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
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By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
Never marry a man that can wiggle his little
toe” warns an ancient Chinese proverb. This
is because he is restless, bores easily and won’t stay.
Did you know that when you blush, your big toes blush too? This is
just one of many ways strong emotions show up on your feet. Did you
ever think that the location of bunions, lumps, bumps, aches, and such
could reveal your hidden secrets?
The quote, “You can run, but, you cannot hide,” applies quite
literally here. Your feet will always synchronize with the changes you
make in your life.
The smallest detail in the foot shape, skin color, texture, toe length,
even the closeness and the growth direction of each individual toe,
paints the picture of you - inside and out, from birth until death.
Feet Readings originated in India and China over 5,000 B.C., when
feet were considered “the mirror of your life.” True to this belief, some
renowned masters, such as Buddha, Krishna and others were known to
be born with markings of greatness on the souls of their feet.
Readings were considered a Divinity tool. A skilled Foot Reader
could accurately describe the tapestry of anyone’s existence; i.e. one’s
personality makeup, genetic predisposition, emotional and physical
state, and even predict every detail of a person’s future.
Unfortunately, since the discovery of Palmistry and other Divinity
methods, foot readings began to lose their popularity. Ultimately, the
intricate knowledge of this once razor-sharp method faded with time.
Today foot readers are rare, and their more limited use is being
All Over Vegas
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
What are you in the mood for? Jazz, Blues,
R & B, Great American Song Book, Latin,
or are you a “Little Bit Country” or a “Little Bit
Rock and Roll”?
Whatever your pleasure, there’s a place to go. Whether it’s a Monday,
Tuesday night or any night of the week - and many days as well, Vegas
has it all.
Some R & B at Blue Martini late Sunday afternoon or Gordon Biersch
for brunch may hit your groove. Piazza Lounge in the Tuscany Hotel
can provide almost everything from Blues to the Great American Song
Grab a jolt of Jazz at The Artifice in the Downtown Arts District
or head over to the German American Club. Maybe the E-String or
Dispensary for an afternoon or late-night fix.
Country at Sam’s Town on Thursday nights may fit your needs or
some Rock n Roll on Wednesday nights at South Point’s showroom.
You can see “The Cocktail Cabaret” for an upbeat, intimate musical
cabaret style revue.
How about some “Vintage Vegas” designed to enhance the cocktail
hour with a 5pm show at Cleopatra’s Barge in Caesars Palace? If you’re
Feet Reveal Your Secrets
Backstage rehearsal with the Phat Pack
in China Town on Thursday nights, you can hear some straight-ahead
jazz at the Golden Tiki, or perhaps some jazz vocals at Vintner’s Grill.
Whether you’re Downtown, Westside, Eastside or on the Strip, you
can get your fill of any type of music any day of the week. So, what are
you in the mood for?
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.
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There’s no arguing that foot discomfort can lead to crankiness,
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Wed. May 23, 2018
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Foundation Assisting Seniors to
Charity Golf Tournament
On Monday, May 28, The Foundation Assisting Seniors will host its
15 th annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Revere Golf Club in
Sun City Anthem. All money raised during the tournament will enable
the Foundation to continue their programs to improve the overall
quality of life of seniors in the greater Las Vegas Valley.
Team sign-in begins at 6:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 7:30
a.m. Players can sign up individually or as a team online at
foundationassistingseniors.org or by calling (725) 244-4200. The cost
is $100 per player.
There will be contests throughout the day for longest drive, closest to
the pin and hole in one. The event will conclude with a luncheon that
will award the first and second place winners in the couples, women,
and men categories. The luncheon will also include raffle prizes and
“We are excited for this year’s tournament and want to thank
everyone for their support of this event,” said Carol Chapman, president
of the Foundation. “We wish each team the best of luck!”
The Foundation Assisting Seniors was founded with the mission to
assist the senior community in times of illness, recovery, confinement
at home, coping with loss of a loved one, and other senior challenges.
To learn more about the Foundation, visit foundationassistingseniors.
Half the Cost
By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever
How would you like to pay ½ price for golf
With the high cost to play golf, you may think
about playing pre-owned golf balls. These are the
golf balls that end up in the pond when we try to
cross a hazard and come up short. Some of us have even put three (or
more) balls in the hazard before we were convinced we couldn’t make
You can save money by purchasing pre-owned golf balls and nobody
will ever know. I read an article from Golf Advisor written by Mike
Bailey who states that golf balls are so well made these days (with onepiece
core and a better cover) that they don’t deteriorate when in water
for a period.
Golf balls are recovered, refurbished, rated and sold according to
their grade. To read the full article: https://www.golfadvisor.com. You
can also check out https://lostgolfballs.com/ (in business since 1992)
for these great deals.
Let me know what you think.
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
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In the past thirty years, I have probably been
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Islands. I admit, I’m a “cruiseaholic!”
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eastern Europe. Sharon and I, along with Publisher Dan and his Rana
just completed the cruise on Crystal Cruise Line’s “Crystal Mozart.”
Fantastic, unbelievable and memorable are just a few adjectives that
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Our cruise started and ended in Vienna. In between, we visited Krems,
Durnstein and Melk, in Austria. At the foot of the Austrian Alps the
scenery was majestic.
Our next stop in Linz (also in Austria) afforded us the opportunity
to visit Salzburg for the Day. Now, we were really in the Austrian Alps.
And the music culture of Mozart and yes, the renowned setting for
the Rogers and Hammerstein musical “The Sound of Music” made this
a special setting. Walking along the cobbled streets, passing the birth
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We made sure to stop at an outdoor cafe for some sweets and local
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Swedish Coffee Pot Water Town
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
With tree lined Main Street and quaint
shops, Kingsburg is a postcard pretty
California community. The sort of place where
time seems to have stopped.
It’s a town of vast Scandinavian culture; paying tribute to its heritage
annually with a spring festival. There’s historic demonstrations, music,
food and crafts that showcase the unique charms of the town’s early
Well-kept and quirky, Kingsburg is best known for its Swedish coffee
pot water tower easily seen by travelers on State Route 99 in the San
Joaquin Valley, south of Fresno. Nineteen-feet in diameter and 122-feet
tall (and seen for miles) Kingsburg’s water tower is the world’s largest
Swedish Coffeepot. The original water tower was mounted in 1911 and
in 1985 modified to resemble a giant coffee pot.
Kingsburg’s Scandinavian-style tower is outfitted with a decorative
metal spout, lid and handle. The painted motif is decorative floral, or
KURBITS in the style of Swedish peasant painting called RATTVIK.
Swedes are known for their enjoyment of coffee drinking. The
60,000-gallon water tower coffee pot, if tilted, would fill 1.28 million
The Kingsburg coffeepot tower is illuminated at night and stands
near the historical downtown, and above one of the many area public
parks. The town itself is wholly geared towards the whole “Lil’ bit o’
Sweden”, with the requisite polka music.
Embracing the Scandinavian scene, the festival includes Swedish
smorgasbord, entertainment and a parade. Everyone is invited to
become part of Kingsburg’s storied Nordic history during this year’s
It begins Thursday, May 17 th and runs through the weekend. Best of
all, you don’t have to be Swedish to come, celebrate and have a good
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
Then and Now
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
Fortunately for beauty lovers today, we live
in a time where anything you need is just
a Google search away. With pages of results at
our fingertips, you check a few reviews, compare
prices and it’s shipped straight to your doorstep.
Back in the day however, our creativity and best friends were the best
resources! We may not have had Google, but we seemed to manage and
were quite inventive in the beauty department.
If you were like me with curly hair during the 60s and 70s when stick
straight was the rage, a towel and an ironing board was the modern day
flat iron! If you wanted lighter locks, Peroxide was the fix!
Need more shine or control? A quick beer rinse did the trick. And with
Prell shampoo and Tame conditioner as our main choices, our hair
looked surprisingly good!
Skin care? No need for fancy systems and 5 step creams. Phillips Milk
of Magnesia was the answer for breakouts! Many nights I went to bed
dotted with the white miracle cure.
Anti-aging skin tightening mask? A few egg whites straight from the
refrigerator tightened your face more than any modern mask. Believe
me I tried.
Fast forward to today and we have endless options. Aisles of hair
products, skin care formulas, beauty tools, you name it.
One thing popping up on my radar lately is the Hanacure face mask.
When I look at the effects
online, as young people
gasp at how crazy and
tight it seems to be, it
reminds me of how I
looked with the egg white
mask from years ago.
With a price tag of
$110 for the set however,
I have been reluctant to
buy it, but was curious
enough to fork over the
$29 for the test set. I drop
that at the drugstore on candy alone.
So why not! I will compare our old egg face method, which costs
about ten cents, to the new version and report back next month.
We may not have had all the choices back in the day, but a little
ingenuity made sure our beauty needs were met! We shall see if the
years have produced something better than the old at-home treatments.
I’ll report back next month!
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.
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Ask a Master Gardener
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
The Spring growing season has arrived and
again we face the challenging question:
Can we successfully grow plants here? Yes, we can!
There are three fundamental ingredients to
have success in gardening: Sun, water and nutrients in the soil. To
paraphrase a current TV commercial: “Vegas……We Have the Sun!”
There is no problem here. As for water, we trust, for now, that the LV
Water Authority will provide this when we turn on our irrigation valves.
The third and most elusive ingredient is nutrients. This is where
problems can arise.
Our “so-called” soil, lacking organic matter, provides little if any
needed nutrients. This combined with the high alkali level (pH) makes
for quite a hostile challenge to plant survival.
For many of us, we attempt to remedy this problem by sprinkling
fertilizer on the ground several times a year. It’s a good start but do we
really know what we are doing?
All fertilizer packaging displays a series of 3 numbers; each of which
represents a needed nutrient for positive plant life. Nitrogen, the 1 st
number, is needed for green growth and photosynthesis.
Phosphorus, the 2 nd number, is for flowering and fruiting. Potassium,
the last number, is needed for root growth and plant strength.
Unfortunately, just adding these items to the soil will be “fruitless”
unless the roots absorb them. For this to happen, the pH of the soil
needs to be as close to neutral (7) as possible.
Our soil is closer to having a pH of 8 (10x the level of pure water)
which means that the alkali level is too high for the roots to absorb
the needed nutrients. It’s like going to a hotel buffet with your mouth
Therefore, before spending the time and money applying fertilizer,
we should take the proactive step to lowering the soil’s pH level. A quick
and inexpensive way of accomplishing this would be to treat the soil
with sulfur. Once the pH level has been adjusted, the nutrients needed
for maintaining a vibrant landscape will be absorbed.
Have gardening question? Call The Master Gardener Hotline (702)
257-5555. M-F: 9am-3pm.
Howard Galin, a/k/a: “The Plant Whisperer” is a retired NYC
school administrator, transplanted in Las Vegas who devotes his
time to communicating with and lecturing about our native
Getting Back on Track
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
In combat there’s a golden rule for warriors -
never leave the wounded behind. At all costs,
he or she is taken out of the danger zone to safety.
I’ve been hearing a lot about a treatment plan that does just that; it
goes back for the wounded by zeroing in on veterans with wounds that
are not easily seen. This plan is designed to help veterans who struggle
with the invisible afflictions war - wounds of the mind and spirit, rather
It is a cost of war that rarely gets figured into the equation when
decisions are made to send young men and women off to fight for our
In 2011, Henderson Municipal Judge Mark Stevens established the
Veterans Treatment Court after the Legislature authorized the specialty
court. Judge Stevens is a military veteran himself and wanted to reach
out to his fellow veterans.
When a veteran continues to struggle with issues and repeatedly runs
afoul of the law (due to those issues) Veterans Treatment Court offers
the veteran an alternative to spending time in jail. The Judge offers
them a chance to voluntarily participate in a program to overcome
the obstacles that keep them on a never-ending cycle; a cycle that
eventually leads to more hardship - or worse.
Defendants interested in participating in the Veterans Treatment
Court are referred to the program by their attorney, the prosecuting
attorney, or other courts. The program seeks to address root-cause
issues that these veterans may be facing, rather than just being locked
The Vets Treatment
Court provides access,
as needed, to courtordered
recommended counseling as well as other treatment needs. The
veterans must adhere to some pretty tight guidelines, such as being
subjected to random drug and alcohol testing, and the completion of
community service and/or a work program.
Participants are also paired with volunteer mentors, who are veterans
themselves, to give participants both a much-needed sounding board
and an accountability partner in their journey through the program.
They go the way of the buddy-system, and a mentor takes the defendant
under his wing until the program is completed.
It is truly a Vet2Vet in every way. It is not an easy program, and it
takes guts to stick with it. But Judge Stevens knows that if anyone
can stand the test it will be those men and women who have served
faithfully in uniform.
We hope the best for these justice programs. Vets deserve more,
because they have given more.
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.
WED, MAY 23, 8PM
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The rich and beautiful voice of Broadway
Singer Randal Keith delivers the incredible music
of Robert Goulet. Goulet’s music spans over six
decades and includes Tony, Emmy, and Grammy
award winning songs from some of the most
beautiful Broadway musicals ever written.
“Randal has a beautiful voice and showcased Robert’s
music with depth, sensitivity and understanding. Thank
you Randal for bringing a smile to my face. I know that
Robert was looking down upon you from his window
above and smiling.” - Vera Goulet
Doors at 6:30pm • Show at 7pm
Sat, May 12, 2018
Time to Go Back to School
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
Yes, we know you’ve been driving for decades
now, and are fully aware of how to operate
a car. But just like everything else we learn in life,
it’s always good to go back and take a refresher course.
This is especially true when it comes to driving. Just about every
accredited driving school offers courses for seniors.
Most of the courses however, don’t necessarily focus on re-learning
how to drive, but rather reevaluating driving abilities. This is especially
true for those who have certain medical conditions such as arthritis,
diabetic neuropathy, or other physical disabilities.
It also applies if you have had changes to your eyesight, such as
reduced peripheral vision or depth perception differences. Because
you live with these changes daily, they may not seem that drastic a
difference, but shortened depth perception or loss of peripheral vision
makes a huge difference when operating a vehicle.
Taking a course can also alleviate any worries from a doctor as to
your driving abilities. Many schools will verify that you are adept and
fully able to control the vehicle.
Most schools have DMV licensed drivers who know what to look for
to assure your doctor that you are fine. If you are a member of AAA, it
offers several options for senior drivers.
There’s an online course called Lifelong Driver that includes realistic
driving simulations and others where you can test your road skills. For
AAA customers, the courses are free, and can even lead to a discount on
AAA insurance premiums. Check with your own automobile insurance
company and see if they recommend a senior course at a driving school
to help you save on premiums.
In case you didn’t know, Nevada drivers who are 65 years or older
must renew their license every four years, and those over 70 must supply
a vision and a medical report. While we tend to think that driving is a
right, it’s actually a privilege, and one that can be taken away if we
don’t continue to be vigilant about our driving abilities.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
California Going to Hell
By: Wayne Allyn Root / Root for Nevada
Be thankful we live in Nevada. I am a refugee
from The People’s Republic of California.
California is a disaster. Guess which state has
the highest poverty rate in the country? Not Mississippi, New Mexico, or
West Virginia, but California - where nearly one out of five residents is
poor. That’s according to the Census Bureau.
While California accounts for 12% of America’s population, it
accounts for one-third of America’s welfare checks. California leads the
country in food stamp use. California has more people on welfare than
most countries around the world.
Homelessness is exploding in California; with tent encampments
overrunning schools, businesses and upscale neighborhoods. California
is now home to 22% of this nation’s homeless population.
California leads the nation in debt. Total state and local debt is
almost $1.5 trillion. Combining state debt with California’s share of
federal debt produces a debt to GDP ratio of 153% - higher than the
PIIGS of the EU (Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain), which are all
facing economic collapse and ruin.
The traffic is suffocating, miserable and unlivable. The highways and
infrastructure are crumbling. The public schools are an unmitigated
disaster (and that’s with the highest per pupil spending in America).
But you haven’t heard the worst yet. California - the immigrant
capital of America - is filthy. Perhaps the filthiest place on earth.
expert and UC Berkeley
professor Dr. Lee Riley
told NBC journalists
the streets of San
Francisco are worse
than any of the world’s
most notorious slums. “The contamination…is much greater than
communities in Brazil or Kenya or India.”
44% of Californians don’t speak English at home. It is a foreign state
inside America. Soon expect to see employment ads that say: “Americans
California has become unlivable. The middle class are fleeing in
record numbers - many of them to Las Vegas.
California is following “the Mexican model” – i.e. a population with
a sliver of super rich elites at the top…and everyone else is dirt poor
and miserable. The middle class is becoming extinct. This is the express
train to hell.
Thank God we live in Nevada. Now it’s time to build a wall…with
Wayne Allyn Root (Wayne@ROOTforAmerica.com) is host of the
nationally-syndicated “WAR Now: The Wayne Allyn Root Show.”
Listen from 3 to 6 p.m. daily at 790 Talk Now and watch at 5 PM
on Newsmax TV- now on DirecTV and Dish. His Las Vegas Review
Journal columns run Thursdays and Sundays.
Democrats for the People
By: Howard Beckerman / Nevada Democrats
Seniors throughout Clark County are
coming out in large numbers to support the
Democratic candidates in the June Primary. Early
Voting begins May 26 th with Primary Day June 12 th .
Even if you are registered “Non-Partisan” or “Independent” there
are several important votes that you can make in the Primary. All
the Judicial races, including the Nevada Supreme Court, are “nonpartisan”
and thus every registered voter is eligible to cast their vote
in these races.
Paul Aizley, an experienced former legislator is campaigning for State
Senate. The district was formerly represented by Michael Roberson, who
led the effort to recall State Senator Joyce Woodhouse (also a senior
citizen). Paul knows firsthand the difficulties of being a senior citizen
in today’s environment where senior’s needs are ignored by many in
In Sun City Summerlin, Rick Cornstuble (also a senior), is running
to represent Assembly District 37. Rick, a military veteran, and retired
teacher, has been advocating for seniors for many years.
The Red Rock Democratic Club in Summerlin will be hosting a
“meet and greet” for voters to get to know the candidates for State
Senate and Assembly on Wednesday, May 23 rd at Temple Sinai, 9001
Hillpointe Road beginning at 7 p.m.
Nationally, Senator Dean Heller and the leading Republicans are
touting ways to reduce the
size of Medicare and Social
Security benefits, while Jacky Rosen
and the Democratic leadership
want to prevent any cuts to Social
Security and to expand Medicare and
Republicans refer to these programs as
“entitlements” while Democrats know that
our seniors have put their hard-earned
dollars into the system and rely on these
investments to help them through their retirement years.
Now that the fraudulent attempted recall of our duly elected
State Senators is over, the Democratic Party is ramping up its voter
registration drive. Volunteers will be needed for all the campaigns. If
you would like to volunteer for any of the campaigns you can contact
the campaign directly or myself at email@example.com.
As for our meetings: Sun City Anthem Democrats: 2 nd Wednesday
of the month (contact David Hatten: firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or
Southwest Democratic Club: 3 rd Monday of the month (contact Steve
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.
Paid for and Authorized by Friends for Steve Sisolak.
Actions Speak Louder Than Words
By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner
The Nevada Republican primary on June
12th is fast approaching, with early
voting starting on May 26th. As Republicans, you
will have a great many choices this primary comprised of candidates
running for federal, state and various local offices. Your decisions will
set the stage for the general election in November.
As you make your choices, I encourage you to remember the old
adage, “Actions speak louder than words.” Far too often Republican
candidates campaign as conservative lions, then govern like liberal
We all witnessed this practice during the 2015 state legislative
session. Whenever possible, look beyond the words and campaign ads
of the candidates and evaluate the actions taken. This especially applies
Focus on the issues that matter most to you and research not just
what they promised, but how they voted. It’s primary time and many
incumbents talk about border security and illegal immigration yet
voted in the past for a pathway to citizenship, or driver’s license for
Many campaigned and promised to oppose tax increases only to turn
around and vote for them.
These officials are counting on you to forget their past actions. They
hope to confuse you with slick advertisements and new promises.
In this primary election,
many newcomers have
popped up to start their
campaign for high offices.
Many have spent little
time in the state, have
little or no voting record
and no history in Nevada
politics. In my view, they
are opportunists who may
not have the best interest of
their constituents at heart
and have very little in common with President
Take the time to research the candidates on your
own. If they have a voting record look it up. For state
legislative races https://www.leg.state.nv.us/ Another terrific
source is www.npri.org, which compiles a comprehensive legislative
Our system of government relies on an informed electorate. Once
you have made your decisions, I hope to see you at the polls.
Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,
businesswoman and currently a Realtor in Las Vegas. You can
contact Victoria at: email@example.com.
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By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
On his famous ride of April 1775, Paul Revere
traversed my Massachusetts hometown. I
grew up within hailing distance of Concord and
Lexington, where the intrepid Minutemen took
potshots at the retreating British redcoats in the opening salvos of the
Hunting is holy in two states where I’ve lived and worked for extended
periods – Vermont and Iowa. Now I’m a new settler in Las Vegas, which
continues to host gun shows while the wounds of automatic gunfire
raining down on an open-air concert remain raw.
Thus, has the Second Amendment morphed from guarantor of
the archetypal grassroots militia to protection for sporting activities,
to the right of any Joe to wield weapons of war - not incidentally
yielding lucrative business for gun manufacturers and venders. Thus,
has a collective security shield become an individual and corporate
Weighing in on this hair-trigger issue almost seems futile; we know
the debates, with all their ideological and emotional baggage. Rather
than pressing my views, therefore, I instead would prevail on the socalled
grownups to cede the territory to the new generation of soon-tobe
voters concerned about gun violence.
I was struck by the brilliance, clarity and multiplicity of voices raised
at the “March for Our Lives” in Washington, DC, earlier this spring
– the admittedly privileged survivors of the Parkland, Florida, high
school shooting standing shoulder to shoulder with inner-city peers
who navigate threats of street violence daily. The passion and eloquence
were replicated at other events nationwide, including Las Vegas.
The executive director of the National Rifle Association is 68 years
old. Most of the top executives and board members of the biggest gun
companies are in their 50s and 60s, some in their 70s and 80s.
Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, who in
Our Morphing Amendment
deference to his rural base has been equivocal on gun legislation, is
76. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice (appointed,
don’t forget, by Republican Gerald Ford) who’s called for repealing the
Second Amendment altogether, is 97.
Not that age disqualifies. This publication, after all, is dedicated to
the proposition that seniors matter. But it works both ways.
Let us mind the wisdom of the Native American elders who say: We
do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our
Rather than dismissing this children’s crusade as naive idealism,
adults should appreciate the upsurge of participatory democracy.
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.
The Charade Continues
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
The lip service specialists (a.k.a. elected
politicians) have once again, been busy
saying something, but doing nothing regarding
the disgraceful treatment of the growing population of mentally ill
“constituents.” Last month, I mentioned the disgusting conditions
many mentally ill have been forced to endure in the so-called “group
Predictably, (and not so coincidentally) tied into this year’s election,
politicians seeking your vote are clamoring to say that these conditions
are deplorable and need to be fixed. But what have they done about it?
Truth be told, not a damned thing! Why? Having been involved in the
political landscape for over 40 years (and I regret admitting it), I’ll tell
you why – the mentally ill don’t vote!
Yes, it’s true and the politicians know it! As painful as it is to say it
(and I know it will come as a shock), a politician’s only interest is their
own self-interest - i.e. get and stay elected!
The one thing we can do to fix this mess is to vote for candidates that
have a specific “action plan.” Those in need may not vote, but you and
Let’s unite in demanding action by those seeking our vote, regardless
of what party they belong to! Those who can’t care for themselves
expect nothing less from us.
This election cycle, we should and must hold the politicians’ feet to
the fire! If we don’t, 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 10, 1775
By: John Beilun / Time Traveler
The fortress was in the shape of a five-pointed
star. Its walls were seven feet high and
fourteen feet thick, with its entirety surrounded
by a dry moat. Situated on the southern tip of
Lake Champlain, it controlled all major traffic between Canada and
Many thought the fort to be impregnable. Especially, the 16,000
British soldiers who attacked its 4,000 defenders during the height of
The French and Indian Wars.
The redcoats experienced egregious casualties and were easily
repulsed. As for the French – only a scratch. Although a second English
force eventually managed to capture the bastion, that was only after
France had decided to abandon its claim on Canada.
After its takeover, the fortress saw no further action for nearly twenty
years. None, that is, until May 1775, the month that followed the Battles
of Lexington and Concord.
History confirms that this confrontation ignited the American
Revolution. However, what is left unsaid is that it would’ve all ended
there but for an incredible feat of daring that occurred three weeks
In the backwoods of New York, a 37-year-old land speculator and
provocateur hid with his men. For many years he and they had tried to
secede from that Colony.
Blood had been shed in the process. Since then, they had all been
declared outlaws, with stiff bounties placed upon
Upon learning of the recent confrontation
in Massachusetts, their leader came up with a
seemingly quixotic plan. As a man with some
military experience, he knew the British could
never be dispatched by flintlocks alone.
Among all else, cannon, gunpowder and ball
were needed - and plenty thereof. And he knew exactly where they could
be obtained. Assuming he and his men would be exonerated should
they gain access to such munitions, the rebel leader led his to that
impregnable fortress situated on the southern tip of Lake Champlain.
Knowing full well that a frontal assault would be suicidal, he and
less than a hundred of his “boys” brazenly made their way past the
fort’s defenses in the early hours of May 10, 1775. After locating the
commander’s quarters, they captured him in his nightgown.
Before dawn, the British laid down their weapons and conceded the
fort. All without a shot!
Shortly thereafter, the New Englander turned the bastion over to the
nascent Continental Army. Over 80 cannon and tons of gunpowder and
ball were removed and dispatched to Dorchester Heights to free Boston
of British occupation.
The name of the impregnable fortress? Ticonderoga. As for that
quixotic rebel leader: Ethan Allen.
And you thought he only made furniture!
FOR SENATE 20
Education and your
Common Insurance Myths
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
Over the years there have been many “urban
myths” perpetuated about insurance.
Below are a few:
*Red (or yellow) cars are more expensive to
insure. FACT: The color of your car has absolutely no bearing on your
The price of your auto policy is based on many factors, such as make,
model, body type, age, cost of the vehicle, safety record, likelihood of
theft; notwithstanding your own personal factors such as your age,
driving record, etc. But color – not a factor!
*My neighbor’s insurance rate is low. Shouldn’t I get the same rate?
FACT: Only if you have the same car, coverages, credit, usage, you are
the same age, marital status, etc. See where this is going? No two people
are exactly the same.
*If I lend my car to a friend and they have an accident, their
insurance will pay the claim. FACT: No, you and your insurance are on
the hook when someone else drives your car.
Insurance follows the car and not the driver. So, if your friend is
driving your car, it is your auto insurance company that will respond.
If your friend received a ticket, it goes on his/her record, not yours;
however, the claim is on your record.
*If I get a ticket out-of-state, it will not “show” on my Nevada driving
record. FACT: Yes, it can. I once received a DMV report for a young man
who received two tickets in one day in two different states (I guess he
was anxious to get home). Both tickets “showed” on his report and
neither was in Nevada.
*Thieves prefer to steal new cars. FACT: It’s often more lucrative to
steal old cars and sell the parts. In 2016, the top 5 most stolen vehicles
were: (1) 1997 Honda Accord, (2) 1998 Honda Civic, (3) 2006 full size
Ford pickup, (4) 2004 full size Chevrolet pickup and (5) 2016 Toyota
More next month.
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.
Homeostasis - Your Body Needs Balance
By: Dr. Victoria Boyd / Hempworx
As outlined in last month’s article, your
Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is the
gatekeeper of all the cells in your body so they can
function effectively and efficiently. You also learned that by taking CBD
it effectively repairs and, in some cases, reverses a health condition.
What ECS does is helps you maintain Homeostasis which is important
for your health.
Homeostasis means the body is in a stable equilibrium state, able
to take care of itself, regulate its internal environment despite what’s
going on externally, and perform a great balancing act and a form
The body seeks to maintain this homeostatic state and a great
example is its ability to maintain a temperature of 98.6 degrees
Fahrenheit no matter what the temperature is outside. This is actually
a form of dynamic homeostasis in which there is continuous change,
yet relatively uniform conditions prevail.
The body naturally creates a cascading effect to maintain
homeostasis. Just like a scale when it becomes off balance, it impacts
the entire system.
A change on one side has a direct effect on the other. A perfect example
again is body temperature - when we get hot, our body perspires and
cold it slows down. This is a cause and effect cycle and it is happening
consistently throughout our bodies.
Imbalanced homeostasis can also be the root cause of diseases and
cellular malfunction in two ways: Deficiency – cells not getting what
they need, and Toxicity – cells being poisoned by things they don’t need.
By repairing and or supporting our natural system we work at the
root cause. Pharmaceuticals work at the level of the symptom, masking
but not balancing, and causing additional symptoms.
We’ve all heard, read or been warned about the “side effects” of
almost every drug on the market. What you want is to naturally gain a
nexus of balance which occurs via the Endocannabinoid System where
all systems are created equal and receive the same healing feedback.
We can repair the damaged receptors by putting cannabinoids (CBD)
back into our systems. A full spectrum
CBD is an acronym for over 100 chemical
profiles. All of them play a different
and crucial role based on whether
it is a CB1 or CB2
Whether you have
existing problems or
want to prevent future
ones, taking CBD on a
regular basis is a good
regimen. You strive
for a balanced diet
– strive to maintain
You can order
Hempworx CBD at: www.Hempworx.com/RocksPlace.
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.
Taos is calling...
aos, New Mexico is one of the most
historic art centers in the nation and it
was the home of Nicolai Fechin, one of
America’s adopted artists and most famous
impressionists. Plus Taos’ beauty and charm
was a driving force in my Dad’s development
as the artist, who signed his name Czerkas.
My Dad was a Californian, but his fascination with the Southwest
came from his private teacher, Nicolai Fechin, who loved
the area and insisted my Dad spend time there. Fechin (b. 1881
- d. 1955) had already established an extraordinary reputation
as an impressionistic artist before he fled from Russia to the US.
He traveled through many of the States, but only one area stole
his heart with its rural beauty and that was Taos, a village sixty
miles from Santa Fe. He along with several other well known
artists, including Georgia O’Keefe, settled in that region and
built a reputation for their community in the art world that has
lasted over a hundred years. Each of these artists had their own
style and interests but many of them like Fechin were especially
drawn to the Native Americans who resided nearby. The unique
customs, ceremonies, and habitats of the tribes really intrigued
Fechin and likewise my Dad, Victor Czerkas.
Warm Weather Arm Exercise
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Yes, the warm weather is upon us and we are
looking towards wearing sleeveless tops.
How do we get those “arm jiggles” toned up?
It’s tough to have the “chicken wings” – as I call them in my aerobic
classes! But we can work on toning them up.
Do these arm exercises a few times a week and you’ll feel muscles
you didn’t even know you had. First – get rid of any excuses. It’s a myth
that if you work on toning your arms that they will become bulky.
Women are worried if they pump iron, they will come out looking
“bulky and unfeminine.” Not true. The female body is not made to
bulk. Unless you’re genetically unique, you don’t have the testosterone
for Rocky Balboa biceps.
Pueblo Gathering Watercolor / 22” x 28”
The Mystical Pueblos series of paintings and giclees by Czerkas
focuses on the spirituality of our Native American populations.
Like Fechin, my Dad sought to preserve the heritage and beauty
of the Southwest. And the result is an ethereal quality in this art
collection that tells us these are scenes from bygone days, when
pueblos dominated tribal communities with an ageless, almost
surreal appearance. Original oils, watercolors and limited edition
giclees are available.
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...
To get your arms in the best shape, examine your body and set a
realistic goal. For women with too much arm jiggle, you’re going to
increase your repetitions and increase the amount of arm exercises in
one workout session. You’ll also need your cardio work to be intensive,
but remember, heavier weights will not get you to your goal faster.
For women with scrawny arms, the pushup is king. Make sure to
focus on pushup exercises as they are a quick way to really build
strength. It’s a good plan to start with five pushups a set and work your
way up; taking as long as you need.
In my “cool down” portion of my aerobic classes, we do pushups on
the ballet barre – arms a little wider than the shoulders, feet about the
same width and then pushup on the barre. If you do not have a ballet
barre, the floor can be used.
1. Start out in front of a mirror so you can check your alignment.
Your hands should be directly under your shoulders and lined up with
your chest. Make sure your core is tight and your shoulders and neck
2. Use your triceps to help execute the perfect pushup, so make sure
you feel them engage when you are lowering and lifting your back up.
Your body from shoulder to foot should be tight (stiff) and even (your
body straight and parallel to the floor).
Good luck with these exercises and you’ll be having some toned
arms in no time!
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.
It’s a Darn Shame
By: James J. White, D.D.S. / Your Dentist
Last month, a lovely, rather frail-appearing
lady came to my office for a consultation
regarding my turbyfill dentures. After introducing
myself and asking how I might help her, she promptly opened her purse
and took out a set of dentures.
I have thought quite a long time about whether or not I should
write an article concerning this episode. It is a regrettable situation I,
unfortunately, have so commonly seen over the past few years.
Typically, I sit down and explain how I can help the patient and
present the necessary cost to accomplish this. Very often, an older patient
will have one of their children come with them to the consultation.
I always encourage this. An extra set of ears never hurts.
Most often, the older patient becomes quite excited about the
possibility of having teeth, and/or being out of discomfort. They also
know they will, once again, regain some dignity.
The cost of the treatment is not usually an obstacle to the older
patient, but sadly, it seems to be a problem to their kids. It seems that
the child has an issue with mom or pop spending the money to have
the necessary treatment.
How very sad, if not tragic. Just think about that.
To me, the money one saves is that person’s money to use as they see
fit. I personally think it borders on criminality to have a child dictate
the quality of life for their parent just because they do not want the
parent’s money spent.
The lady about whom I wrote about when beginning this article was
What are you waiting for?
• Trouble eating the foods you want?
• Discomfort when chewing?
• Tmj problems /Jaw joint noises are not normal
• Sensitivity/pain with sweets?
• Gums bleeding?
• Tooth loss without replacement?
• Dentures making sores or not fitting anymore?
• Ugly smiles?
• why not look your youngest?
I will provide unparalleled dental care.
A consultation is complementary
so excited not to have to carry what she called her “cheap” teeth in her
purse that she made the follow-up appointment, only to be cancelled
by the daughter.
It is one thing to help or assist parents make financial decisions
when they no longer possess reasoning power. It is quite another to
discourage or prevent older parents from having all that they need or
want - particularly when it is the parent’s money.
“Honor thy father and thy mother that their days may be long upon
the land which the Lord, thy God has given them.”
If I can assist you in any manner with your dental needs, please do
not hesitate to contact my office and schedule an appointment - with
or without your children.
1140 N. Town Center Drive suite #170
L.D. Pankey Institute alumnus, Dawson Academy alumnus,
Fellow Academy of General Dentistry,
Fellow of the Academy of Dentistry International,
Northwestern University Dental School,
Turbyfill Dentures, etc.
WHITE SMILES ARE FOR EVERYONE!
It’s What We Do!
By: Charlie Christy / Executive Director
- Ms. Senior Nevada
Mesquite did a wonderful Ms Senior
Nevada Pageant for their local ladies.
Four charming gals did a variety of talent and had very thoughtful
philosophy of life presentations. The winner, Le Ann Elder Kalstein,
did a fun routine and will be in our Nevada State Pageant in August.
Last month, our local gals did a terrific show at Aegis of Las Vegas. It
sounds like it would be hard to entertain at a memory care center, but
they did a tremendous show and the audience was most appreciative.
Dee Carney did her Charlie Chapin routine and the crowd was
hooting and clapping. I’m sure it brought back memories of happy
Our show had a variety of song and dance routines, from jazz to
belly dancing and old standards to comedy. What a pleasure to bring
joy to these wonderful people who can no longer go out.
Thirty-three years of giving seniors the opportunity to entertain and
giving shut-ins an afternoon of pleasure. That’s what we do. For more
information, contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
An Ancient Chinese Secret
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
No one wants to grow old and to suffer from
a chronic medical condition. The ability
to remain young and to recover from a medical
condition depends on many factors.
There seems however, to be one factor which is the most crucial. For
your cells to maintain in a healthy state, to recover from illness, or to
repair any damage, it needs energy. The energy the body uses is called
ATP and is made by a structure called mitochondria.
Let’s use an analogy to help you understand. Like your car, your cells
are made of many components - each having a necessary role to help
your cells run effectively and efficiently. When you have a medical
condition, something in your cells has “broken down” and needs to be
replaced. This is the role of pharmaceutical drugs.
In addition to certain components of the cell needing to be replaced,
the mitochondria also become damaged. This would be the equivalent
of the car having no gas or electrical energy.
Where drugs can replace damaged “components” of the cell, they
have nothing to help repair the mitochondria. If the mitochondria
cannot make energy in sufficient quantity, the cells cannot keep up
with the demands of day-to-day function, much less recover from
any damage done from illness. This lack of necessary energy leads to
further degradation of the cells; making you sicker and older more
Thousands of years ago, the Chinese found a way to address this
problem. Certain herbs such as licorice and ginseng could help the
mitochondria recover and work more efficiently.
Licorice root helps the cells make new mitochondria. Nutmeg helps
the mitochondria function more effectively in those with diabetes.
Other herbs help the brain, liver and heart produce ATP more
efficiently. It should be noted that certain of these herbs can exacerbate
medical conditions (high blood pressure) and others can interact with
certain drugs. As such, they should only be prescribed by a qualified
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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