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Volume 15, Issue 6


Adrea Barrera

Howard Beckerman

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Jerry Creed

Dianne Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Linda Gomez



Who We Are

Ali Guggenheim

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Joey Kantor

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Rich

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


Dan Roberts


Ray Sarbacker


Debbie Landry


Rana Goodman


Evan Davis


Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Deirdre Wells


Bill Caserta


Mary Richard

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Devon Wickens

Vicki Wentz

James White

Here We Go...Again!

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Doctor, are you kidding me? How about

speaking English?” I blurted out.

As regular readers are acutely aware, political

editor Rana Goodman is also my PILL (partner in love & life). In our

nearly six happy years “playing house”, working on The Vegas Voice,

joining our Vegas Voyagers on vacations, as well as her Don(na)

Quixote guardianship crusade, my Ladylove still found time to

compile a very impressive collection of medical and health ailments.

Unfortunately, her streak continues. Last month, we learned that

the unbelievable pain in her left leg and knee was due to (in “doctor

speak”) a “complex undersurface tear of the body of the medical

meniscus and nondisplaced avulsion fracture of the insertion of

the PCL.”

Hence, you can understand my frustration in asking the physician

to translate the diagnosis. Long story short – Rana broke a bone in her

knee while separating two ligaments.

What happened, you ask? As only my Rana could do - she fell

(again), hurt herself (again), perhaps needs surgery (again) and, of

course, there will be plenty of rehab (once again).

“Let me guess” I asked the doctor as Rana continued to rub her leg

in excruciating pain. “Does this mean she can’t cook?”

“Well, she needs to be off her feet as much as possible” was the

medical response. So help me, despite her pain, I saw a smile come

across her face.

So yours truly is (again) returning

to his caregiving duties. You better

believe I held her hand tightly and

ran interference as we left the urgent

care center to purchase a cane and

knee brace (to go with her bandages,

shoulder harness and diabetic testing

kit – at this rate, we’ll have our own

medical equipment company in no


Naturally, dancing - and cooking is

(again) on hold.

“Look at it this way” I said as I tried

to cheer her up. “You’re running out

of body parts. But let’s not give up

hope. Perhaps next year you can aim

for hip replacement.” For some reason,

my Rana was not amused.

Thankfully all her ailments were and

are correctable, and despite the mishaps,

it sure does beat the alternative. Anyway

we’re preparing a very quiet rest of the

summer – with plenty of takeout.

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By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

In film making, there are always people who

have their favorite genre - be it sci-fi, westerns,

horror, animated, comedy, etc.

Well, there is also a very large group of people who LOVE Superman.

These are fans from all over the country (and even some from other

countries) who have vowed to keep “Superman” alive.

I was fortunate enough to have been in the series pilot: “Superman

and The Molemen” a mere 67 years ago! The wonderful eager fans who

love Superman invited me to their yearly luncheon to be introduced as

one of the few people still among the “living” who actually worked with

George Reeves.

The adjoining photo was displayed at the luncheon last month and

then given to me on stage in a smaller version. It’s from the pilot I did.

That’s me in the middle. I was the little girl who was in bed when the

“Molemen” climbed in through the window and played ball with me!

Also in the photo on the left is Billy Gray (you’ll remember him from

playing “Bud” on Father Knows Best) and the other little boy is Gregory

Moffet. They too, each did an episode. Billy in 1953 and Gregory in


Billy was not able to attend, but Gregory was there. The event was

to honor George Reeves (Superman) Noel Neill (Lois Lane) and Jack

Larson ( Jimmy Olsen). Sadly they have all passed away, but their

memory will live on.

By: Janet Duff / Guest Column

Will you be staying in town this summer?” a

friend asked recently. “Yes, except for a week

in Ohio.” I responded. “Visiting relatives?” she said


I wondered if I should admit the “real” reason I was flying 2,000

miles to the heartland in the height of summer. “Well, we are ‘like’ a

family.” She looked confused.

“Okay, have you ever heard of Laurel and Hardy? My husband is

a huge Laurel and Hardy fan, and, well, we’re going to a Laurel and

Hardy Convention.”

“Really? Sounds like fun.” OK, maybe she wouldn’t think I was some

kind of weirdo after all.

What I didn’t say was this would NOT be my first convention. That

was in 1992 at Palace Station here in Las Vegas. My husband, with the

exception of three, had been to all of them since 1978.

The “Sons of the Desert”, named after a Laurel and Hardy film of

the same name, held their first convention in Chicago. Then every two

years after that in a different city.

“Do they get many young people?” my friend asked. “Unfortunately

no. There doesn’t seem to be the interest among younger people.”

I thought about this on my drive home. In the age of blockbusters

and animation, the humor and simplicity of Laurel and Hardy is mostly

lost on the youth of today.


Superman Lives On

The Sons of the Desert - Laurel and Hardy

August 2018

It was a lovely day with several men in their Superman tee-shirts and

Lois Lane “look a-likes.”

I was honored to be a part of it and is another of my fond memories

that I can now tuck away in my heart.

Until next time, remember… In a world where you can be anything

- be kind.

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.


Laurel and Hardy, Buster Keaton, Fatty Arbuckle - how many would

know these names?

Those who study film history would presumably be taught how the

industry began. But sadly, Laurel and Hardy - and so many others who

greatly influenced early cinema may be forgotten to the younger people

today. And that’s a shame.

The films of Laurel and Hardy will be offered this fall at the Osher

Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). For more information: visit OLLI.

unlv.edu or call: (702) 774-OLLI (6554).

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Diary of a Las Vegas Summer

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

J une 1st - We just moved to Las Vegas. Now

this is a City that knows how to live! Beautiful

sunny days and warm balmy evenings. Mountains

and deserts blend together.

What a place! I’ve finally found my home. I love

it here.

June 14 th - Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live

in an air-conditioned home and drive an air-conditioned car. What a

pleasure to see the sun every day like this. I’m turning into a real sun


June 30 th - Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today.

Lots of cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing

for me. Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10 th - The temperature hasn’t been below 100 all week. How

do people get used to this kind of heat? But getting used to it is taking

longer than I expected.

July 15 th - Fell asleep by the pool. Got 3 rd degree burns over 60% of

my body. Missed 2 days of work – what a dumb thing to do.

July 25 th - This wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer.

And it’s hot as hell!

The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the AC repairman

charged $300 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30 th - Been sleeping outside by the pool for 3 nights. $1,800

in damn house payments and we can’t even go inside. Why did I ever

come here?

August 4 th - It’s 115 freaking degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner


“Buffets, cruises, daily complaining...

Life is good.”

August 2018

fixed. It cost $500 and gets the temperature down to about 90. I hate

this stupid place.

August: 8 th - If another wise guy cracks: “Hot enough for you

today” I’m going to tear his throat out. Damn heat. Will it ever get

below 115 again?

August 9 th - Tried to run some quick errands. Wore shorts and sat

on the car’s leather seat. I thought I was on fire. Lost 2 layers of flesh.

August 10 th - The weather report might as well be a damn recording:

“Hot and sunny.” It’s been too hot to do anything for over 2 months

and the weatherman says it will really warm up next week. Doesn’t it

ever rain in this damn desert? With the water rationing, $2,500 worth

of cactus just might dry up. Even a cactus can’t live in this *&%$# heat.

August 19 th - WELCOME TO HELL. Temperature got to 121 today. If

I had wanted to live in Death Valley, I would have moved there. Forgot

to crack the window and blew the damned windshield out of the car.

The installer came to fix it and said: “Hot enough for you today?” My

wife had to spend the $1,800 house payment to bail me out.

If I don’t end up in prison, I’m putting the house up for sale and

moving back to the Bronx!

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.

The Heat is ON!

By: Mary Rich / Sunny Side Up!

Somebody pulled the switch and the Nevada

heat is definitely on! I don’t know why I’m

surprised. It happens this time every year.

My personality changes as the heat rises! I’ve named my alter

personality Ole’ Monster Face (or OMF) and it comes out as the

temperature rises. OMF has taken over other folks, too.

Driving down the street yesterday, I saw drivers who were less than

courteous changing lanes and ignoring speed limits. I waited patiently

for a car pulling out of a space when another OMF pulled into the space

and pretended not to see me as I watched helplessly wishing I had a

Hummer with great big tires.

As the heat index moves past 100, OMF takes over the nice clerks who

become indifferent and can literally ruin your day if you’re not careful.

You almost need hazard insurance to go grocery shopping during these

months. Carts with wild drivers are darting around corners making

shopping like riding bumper cars, remember those?

Tempers are short even over the phone. I called to get an appointment

with my ophthalmologist and was told it would be six months before

they could see me. I jokingly replied I might have to find another eye


I expected a chuckle or encouragement but instead she said, “Why

don’t you just do that?” Besides having no customer service skills, I

pictured Little Miss Suzy blowing bubbles and drying her nails in the

air like Lilly Tomlin used to do in front of her switchboard.

The heat may not have been her reason; her panties were probably

in a wad or her green hair wouldn’t curl. Who knows! OMF (or any

other names that fit those acronyms) creeps in and takes over wherever

it can.

We just have a few months before our beautiful weather returns and

OMF will hide out until next year. I hope you keep yours under control

so you can get home before the ice cream melts.

And don’t forget to be grateful for air conditioning!

Mary Rich is just an ordinary gal. A mother, grandmother & great

grandmother! She has no fancy titles or impressive education to

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Let Us Entertain You!

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

This may sound somewhat familiar, but

I can’t stop raving about the marvelous

lineup for our Vegas Voice senior benefit on

Sunday, August 19 th at the Adelson Campus. At 3

pm we are proudly presenting the “Sizzzlin’ Summer Afternoon Affair


The benefit is for our sister non-profit organization, Vegas Voice

Elder Hub. It’s worthwhile mission is to: (1) Be the HUB and

anchor of senior information and resources, (2) To Stop

Guardian & Elder Abuse by providing information,

resources and awareness of any senior abuse – including

financial exploitation, and (3) help every senior enjoy

life to the fullest.

I guarantee that we will be fulfilling the 3 rd point of having seniors

enjoy life with this great show. I am truly proud and honored to have

assembled such a remarkable line up of talent together - with surprises

I don’t even know about.

We’ve been able to provide some cool music, hosted by Chadwick

Johnson and Jonathan Karrant. Chadwick, a pop artist, singer

With my co-hosts Chadwick Johnson & Jonathan Karrant

and songwriter, and Jonathan the modern-day equivalent of jazz

singer Mel Torme, will co-host the show.

I have no idea what Jonathan and Chadwick will have in their

back pockets, but I’m sure they will be very entertaining. Let’s also not

forget the diverse talent that will be on the stage.

Let’s start with the lead singer of the Checkmates, Sonny Charles.

His hit, Black Pearl, put him on the map and he later toured with the

Steve Miller Band.

That performer alone would be enough to make the show a big hit,

but let’s bring in Travis Cloer, a true Broadway star who performed

in Jersey Boys as Frankie Vali, and Marilyn the Musical, to name just

a few.

Then there’s the Vegas icon Chris Phillips, better known as Zowie

Bowie. You can find him everywhere from downtown to the strip.

“Zowie Bowie is to Sin City what Frank Sinatra and Ann-Margret

were to Vegas back in the ’60s.” – a quote from the Las Vegas Magazine.

And how about the gals! Anne Martinez has performed in many

shows on the strip and is currently performing in “Baz” and Alice

“Steam Punk Concert.”

Elisa Fiorillo, a backup singer with Prince and the New Power

Generation for five years, has been singing with Bruce Harper’s big

band here in town. And then we have a wonderful jazz singer from the

Bay Area, Amanda King, who has made her home in Vegas and has a

style that’s reminiscent of Ella Fitzgerald.

I promise you, a “plethora of musical talent.”

And last, but certainly not least, our own Vegas Voice Band under

the musical direction of Grammy Award winner Gary Anderson.

From beginning to end, the show will delight and entertain you.

There’s no better way to spend a hot summer Sunday then with some

cool friends. So come on out to the Adelson Campus on Sunday, August

19 th for our 3 pm “Sizzzlin’ Summer Extrvaganza.”

To get your tickets, call Dianne at our “Vegas Voice Tix Hotline”

702/755-3799 or purchase on line at: thevegasvoice.net.


August 2018

You can read Evan’s entertainment blog and sign up to receive

his free email weekly Calendar of Events at www.EvanDavisJazz.

com. Email him at: evan@thevegasvoice.net.


My FaceTwitterocialbookBlog...lol;-)

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

Good morning, readers! Today’s tutorial will

address the world of “social media” and

its - some would say alarming - pervasiveness in


(That’s right - pretty professorial opening, huh? I’m not always

the hilarious person you adore laughing at...I mean with. I can be a

highly intellectual individual, given to rampant ten-dollar words at

any moment!)

Although it is my deeply held belief that virtually all social media

is the work of the devil, I will attempt herein to restrain my bias and

present the role of social networking as best I can, using only factual


Fact #1 - Social media is the work of the devil: Let’s begin

with texting.

Texting is a mode of communication whereby people expend

enormous amounts of energy and concentration risking - if they

happen to be at lunch with me - a veggie burrito dumped in their iced

tea, typing out messages to other people on their cell phones which

appear on the screens of the recipients’ cell phones in a matter of


These messages are apparently gleefully received, read and

responded to within seconds, requiring the initial sender never to

take his/her eyes from his/her phone (even after the veggie burrito


The most frightening thing in my teaching career was the day I

had to confiscate a student’s cell phone. I had warned the class of this

possible consequence, but having taught about a thousand years now,

I know a warning to a teenager is simply an invitation.

The young lady who accepted that invitation found out, to her

horror, that I indeed meant what I said, at which point, to my horror,

she broke out in tears, literally sobbing that she HAD to have her phone.

I attempted to calm her, pointing out that life would go on without

it for 24 hours, but to no avail. She finally blurted, “What if I get really

sick and have to call my mom?”

I gently took her by the shoulders, turned and pointed to my desk.

“See that thing that’s plugged into the wall? That’s a PHONE! And, you

don’t even have to use your thumbs!”

Texting means instant communication, which translates to constant

communication, which is something I have always avoided at all costs

- especially when my children were young.

Fact #2 - Texting is a plague on the earth...sort of like

locusts: Now, we shall move on to Twitter.

Twitter is an online social network service that enables one to send

and read text-based posts of up to 140 characters known as ‘tweets’;

with over 288 million active users, generating over 9,468 million

tweets PER SECOND.

It was created by Jack Dorsey (who is now on his own island in

the south Pacific snorting Pina coladas through straws made out

of thousand-dollar bills) and has been described as “the SMS of the

internet.” Wait a minute…isn’t that Twitter?

I thought it was this thing where famous people send out important

messages like, “Hi, peeps! Right now I’m eating a pineapple!”

Which brings us to Fact #3 - If you have a burning need

to be informed every time the Kardashians dig into some

fruit - GET HELP!

Our tutorial on social media will continue next time. I’m exhausted

from this.


August 2018

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.

The Digital Dilemma

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

That moment when you realize that in spite

of all you’ve done to get the best deal or

trim the extras, it’s getting more expensive and

your fixed income is not keeping up.

Now as prices go up and benefits go down, we live in an age where

every new technological product has become a “must have” - whether

you like it or not. Liking it is not my issue. I can’t always afford it and

then I’m out of the loop.

We watch the Emmys and all these awards go to cable company

extras. Suddenly my TV costs $100, my internet costs $60 and a land

line costs $39. Add the tax and an occasional movie add-on, and we’re

well over $200 a month. How insane!

If you want an antenna for free TV, good luck. The company tells you

because of the mountains, you’ll only get 2 networks and some weird


Let’s take the phone lines. If you want to have a land line in case

there’s some kind of problem with your digital services, it won’t work

anyway because it’s hard wired to your digital service.



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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.

If your cell phone needs help to get a signal in some areas, the next

step is begging your cell provider for a booster. It helps a bit; however I

find it’s only good in a 10 square foot area of my house.

Then come the internet charges. A personal favorite of mine for sure.

I have been upgraded many times for free they say. Now I’m upgraded

to the newest version and it is a miserable experience.

I can’t dump my trash emails, it won’t respond when I want to fix

spam settings and countless other annoying things are happening. And,

my computer is slower but my speed with the company is considered

higher. Huh?

I asked for the old version but they wouldn’t give it to me. Then they

said my 20 year discount isn’t really available now that I have the latest

version. Who asked for it anyway?

If I switch my TV to another company who uses my same email

provider, I can’t have my same email address. Good one guys.

So the moment is here and decisions are pending. Grab the foil and

rabbit ears!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.




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George Wallace Has Audience

in Stitches

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

What do Atlanta, hemorrhoids,

Bloomingdales, Jerry Seinfeld and the

Bonanza Gift shop on the strip have in common?

If you read the headlines then you know: George Wallace - “The New Mr.

Vegas” – covers all of these topics and more in his new hilarious act in the

Westgate Cabaret Showroom.

George doesn’t tell jokes, he shares his attitudes toward life. He started off

telling us that, “I just come out here and make up s**t.”

And that’s pretty much the extent of his profanity. He doesn’t need

offensive words or sexual references to make us laugh.

George, a patriot who has traveled the world entertaining our troops,

gets strong applause when he announces that, “I let service people in for

free” Right. Then he continues that he doesn’t tell you that until you are in.

He amused us with his references to stupid people. Like the guy who

asked him - in Las Vegas, “Mr. Wallace, you in town?” Or try this one – The

guy who said, “I met Red Foxx before he died.” Um, yea, right.

To the guy from Oregon, he proclaimed, “You ain’t seen no blacks before,

have you?” About politics he says… very little! George Wallace knows that

you are there to be entertained, not to talk politics.

He is a skilled performer in a dapper suit who connects with the audience.

We saw George years ago and this act is totally different. I expect it will be

different next week too.

This veteran doesn’t memorize anything, he just looks at the world and

finds the humor. If you love good ol’ fashion humor, visit George Wallace

at the Westgate Tuesdays through Thursdays at 8 p.m.

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.

Photo courtesy: Ira Kuzma

August 2018

I Kissed Cindy Williams

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Dreams come true. It took 45 years but I

finally kissed Cindy Williams!

Not the Shirley Feeney Cindy Williams but the

Laurie Henderson Cindy Williams. There she was, waiting for me -

and the other 250 or so invited guests in the lobby before the 5,000 th

performance of Menopause the Musical at Harrah’s

Laurie…I mean Cindy…didn’t remember the first time we “met.”

I do. August 11, 1973. I was sitting in the middle of the Old Orchard

Theater in Skokie, IL - opening weekend of American Graffiti. Laurie/

Cindy was up there on the screen, fresh, innocent and heartbroken

believing her boyfriend was heading off to college.

Today that same freshness that Williams brought to the classic film

brightens the stage in her extended guest stint in the longest running

musical ever to hit Las Vegas.

Menopause opened in 2006 at the Las Vegas Hilton before moving

to Luxor in 2010. It remained there for five years. The cast then headed

to their current location.

Four diverse women meet at a department store bargain bin

scuffling over the goodies. Vita Drew is the hippie Earth Mother;

Lori Legacy is the perky Iowa housewife; Lisa Mack depicts the highpowered

professional woman and Jacquelyn Holland-Wright portrays

a sexy soap star fretting over her age. Drew and Legacy have been with

the cast throughout the show’s run.

As they tussle for the bargain, one suffers a hot flash. The others

quickly commiserate through parodies of Baby Boomer-era songs.

Each of the women has a scene stealing, show-stopping solo in the

charming musical. Holland-Wright titillates the audience when “We’re

Havin’ a Heat Wave” becomes “I’m Havin’ A Hot Flash.”

If there has been criticism, it’s been that Menopause is a “women’s’

show.” Wrong! The humor is for everyone who grew up in the era

when you could understand a tune’s lyrics.

Williams originally joined the cast mid-2016 for a guest run.

Audience demand created extended stays before other commitments

took her on the road. Her return adds to the sparkle, delighting


By the way, the best part of kissing Cindy - she kissed me back!


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How The Treniers Helped Invent Vegas and Rock and Roll

By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

Rockin’ Is Our Bizness, Rocking On

Sunday Night, It Rocks! It Rolls!

These were the songs that The Treniers played

in Vegas lounges as early as the late 1940s. This

music was swing, was jump blues, was R&B, but wait...

Legendary disc jockey Alan Freed popularized the term rock and

roll in 1951. So that was what Vegas was seeing.

“We had no tags,” said Skip Trenier, a late addition, joining the band

in 1959. He is one of the last surviving members of this classic Vegas

and national act whose members must be counted among the fathers

of rock and roll itself.

Sonny Charles of Checkmates Ltd. said the group’s energy gave birth

to the Vegas style. He was at the show where Louis Prima, arguably the

most famous Vegas lounge performer of all time, credited The Treniers

with being a major influence on his act.

You can tell that Trenier enjoys his life and enjoys looking back. He

is 81 with a young man’s look in his eye. He sang and danced. It was a

family band with various talented outsiders.

“The twins,” Claude and Cliff, the founders of the band in 1947, were

his uncles and the creative force that guided that energy. They worked

off of each other, taking their eight-man act on the road and to the

small and large screens over the years.

The Treniers inhabited a wild zone of comedic banter while riding

on a rockin’ and swingin’ musical wave.

There really wasn’t anything more that you

needed on a Saturday night in Vegas if you

were out for a good time.

Rock and roll is said to have been first

introduced to a national audience in 1954

through The Treniers’ performance on The

Colgate Comedy Hour hosted by Dean

Martin and Jerry Lewis. The footage of that

performance is a must-see classic as Lewis

attempts, in his inimitable way, to play off

of the Trenier energy. He reportedly said that

Cliff Trenier was the funniest man he’d ever seen.

“The chemistry between the twins onstage was hysterical,” said

Trenier. “With The Treniers they say you don’t know who to watch. It’s

a three-ring circus.”

The group recorded for Mercury Records. Go! Go! Go! reached

number ten on the R&B charts in 1951. The favorite on myriad

television performances was a cover of Rag Mop, another Claude and

Cliff masterfully choreographed zinger.

Trenier obviously felt blessed to have had the career that he had.

He loved the Vegas he knew, the people he’d met along the way who

helped him and taught him: Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy

Davis Jr. (who took him into his home when he was sick) and even

Louis Armstrong.

“The fame is going to be fleeting but do it as long as you can and

as good as you can. I never forgot that,” Trenier remembers Armstrong

telling him.

His heart seemed to expand when he thought of the performers he’d

known over the years, performers who are now written into the annals

of history. He is the elder performer now, the one with the wisdom to


“God bless entertainers around the world, live performers. Learn

your trade!”

Joey Kantor is a journalist and novelist. He writes fiction

under the name Fargo Kantrowitz. His Las Vegas based novel,

Babybirds, is available at Lulu.com.

Sonny Charles, Dondino and Skip Trenier


August 2018

Doo Wop

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Doo wop style was one of the most poporiented

rhythm and blues styles of the

time. It featured vocal group harmony, nonsense

syllables, simple music and beat, sometimes little or no instrumentation,

with a strong, swing-like, syncopated beat.

It developed with the high tenor singing the lead and a bass singer

reciting the lyrics in the middle of the song; called top and bottom

format. Lyrics echoed love relationships. The close 4-part harmony is

reminiscent of barber shop quartets such as in the Mills Brothers.

Doo Wop had sacred roots as early as 1909 featuring the Fisk

University Jubilee Singers quartet solo lead and harmony as in Swing

Low Sweet Chariot (As a side note, while researching my book, Scott

Joplin, King of Ragtime, I did a performance at Fisk University).

Doo Wop came of age in the 1930s with the vocal group The Ink

Spots. Their songs, such as If I Didn’t Care, featured Bill Kenny’s high

tenor lead, with a vocal range of four octaves; having bell-like vocal

clarity and impeccable diction. Also featured in this group was Hoppy

Jones’s basso profundo that drifted into a lengthy spoken section.

Doo Wop gradually developed in other African-American

communities of the 1940s, progressing in location such as New York,

Detroit and Los Angeles. Its peak popularity was during the 1950s.

In the late 50s, many Italian-American groups contributed a

significant part in the doo wop scene, peaking in 1961. The first record

Bill Kenny - The godfather of doo wop

to use the doo wop syllables was the 1961 Turbans in When You Dance.

Amongst the many groups: Tony Williams of The Platters, The Four

Seasons with Franki Valli, The Beach Boys and The Supremes.

Bill Kenny (1914-1978,) was born in British Columbia, Canada and

is considered the Godfather of Doo Wop. Kenny was inducted into the

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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.




This month I thought I would do a Q & A

with a Golf Pro to provide some insight to

our readers. Pam Bowers, a former LPGA Tour

player, teaches golf to juniors and seniors at the

Desert Willow GC and agreed to help.

Q. What’s the most important thing a senior golfer needs to do to

remain competitive?

A. To play well, all parts of the

game need to be working. To lower

your score, work on the weak parts of

your game.

Q. Can you provide one helpful

tip for the senior golfer to hit the ball

farther and straighter?

Listening to a Golf Pro

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

Pam Bowers

A. The most helpful way to hit the ball straighter is to swing your

club’s shaft to the target on your follow through with firm arms.

Most golfers make the mistake of thinking their ball is the target.

Where you want the ball to land is your target! Improvement will

happen when you focus on swinging to your target. Distance will

follow when you work to have a balanced core connected swing.

If interested in a lesson or tips, please contact Pam or Dale at the

Bowers Golf Academy www.bowersgolf.com Thanks Pam!

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: airmikel1@cox.net


August 2018

The Foundation Assisting Seniors is proud to announce the

addition of three new trustees, Joseph Wang, Chris Wolfgram and

George Fournier. These gentlemen will assist the Executive Board in

decision making and donor relationships, while working to improve

the free programs and services the foundation offers seniors in the Las

Vegas Valley.

Other changes to the Foundation Assisting Seniors’ Executive Board

include: Carol Chapman as the new President of the foundation; Favil

West as the Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder; Ken Moser as the

Executive Vice President; Lorraine Kennett as a Vice President; and

Sarelle Povitsky as Vice President of Solera.

The Foundation Assisting Seniors was founded more than 15 years

ago, with a 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. The foundation has continuously provided cost-free

alternatives and services to the Las Vegas community, improving the

lifestyles, mobility, and comfort of the senior community. For more

information, call (725) 244-4200 or: FoundationAssistingSeniors.org.

Medical Intuits Can Save Lives

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

There are times when, rather than healing

a patient, they’re told they will have to deal

with their symptoms. This may not necessarily be

true. Any emotional, physical or mental pain is

a message from an underlying cause which can be very specific and

significant when accessed.

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

together to create the unique individuals we become. Positive thoughts

fuel these energies, while pent up negativity, stemming from “diseased”,

emotions like fear, anxiety, anger, jealousy, etc., become the

dams that block their flow.

Medical Intuitives are human x-rays. Many of them like author

Caroline Myss, Ph.D., “Why People Don’t Heal & How They Can”,

work with doctors as medical teams.

The information they provide can assist the doctor with an evaluation

of misdiagnosed conditions or ones that may have been overlooked,

while recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of their clients’ bodies.

The information relayed by a Medical Intuitive, is about the

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

can be altered, once the realization of the message is received and acted

upon accordingly. Ultimately, doing so heals the condition, which leads

to relieving the associated pain that clogs the correlating organ.

These mediums specialize in perceiving information concerning

imbalances, misalignments, energy blockages and treatments

needed. At times, it happens even years before the “dis-eases” actually

manifest physically. More

so, since 99% of ailments

are psychosomatic, they

can pinpoint and explain

the event or energy to an

emotion that was the core

cause of the illness in the

first place.

Every emotion is

generated by an organ in

our body. Grief stems from

lung issues, anger stems

from the liver, etc.

Edgar Cayce (1877–

1945), one of the most

famous intuits has over

30,000 recorded health

readings where the

findings show imminent

connections between the

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

anyone can save themselves a lot of discomfort and unwanted “diseases”

by simply committing to attend to their negative responses from

the onset.

To learn more about Ali, spiritual consultations, coaching, classes,

workshops, and readings, call, give her a call: 702/373-9081.


Donald Trump Was Wrong

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

During what would end up being his

successful campaign for president, Donald

Trump made the comment “There will be so

much winning, you will get tired of winning.” At that time the comment

was met with cheers from his supporters and jeers from his detractors.

After 8 years of the Obama Administration most people had actually

forgotten what winning felt like. Well, it turns out the soon-to-be

president was half right. There has been more winning than even his

strongest supporters believed possible.

But where he was wrong is that none of us are at all tired of it.

On the domestic policy front we have seen historic lows in the

unemployment rate and historic highs in the labor force participation

rate. The GDP growth we had been told under the Obama Administration

would never be seen again, has been spurred, in large part, to the

massive deregulation implemented by President Trump.

Sweeping tax reform that has put more money in the pockets of

American families and businesses. The elimination of the individual

mandate and many other damaging parts of Obamacare are just

some of the successes that have put our country on what a majority of

Americans now believe is the right path for our future.

But the winning continues on the judicial level. We are about to see

the confirmation of a second great conservative judge to the United

States Supreme Court. Judge Kavanaugh believes in interpreting the

constitution as opposed

to judicial activism.

We have also

witnessed great success

with the appointment

of solid conservative

judges to both the

district and appeals

court levels. These

appointed judges are

returning our judiciary

to one of judicial

restraint, which our

Founding Fathers

clearly intended.

Finally, in foreign policy, once again the winning has been

unprecedented. President Trump has initiated talks leading to the

denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and obtain the return of our

hostages; has ended United States participation in the disastrous Paris

Accords and Iranian nuclear arms deal; destroyed ISIS in Syria and

Iraq; and moved the American Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about these historic wins is that

it has taken place while the American left, the mainstream media, and

the ‘never Trumpers’ have engaged in a non-stop effort to destroy him

– and his family. Yet his policies have proven to be a continuous win

for all Americans.

President Trump, thank you for all you do. And, as far as this

American goes - please keep bringing on the winning. I will never get

tired of it.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Business Broker with First Choice

Business Brokers in Las Vegas. You can contact Victoria at victoria@

victoriaseaman.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.com/

VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman


August 2018

Democrats in Action

By: Howard Beckerman /Nevada Democrats

Who is watching out for YOU?

Democrats are working harder than

ever to protect your Social Security and Medicare.

Republicans are repeatedly introducing legislation that attempts to cut

back on the benefits that you have worked for.

The Affordable Care Act is being destroyed piece by piece so that big

corporations can take more of your money. Democratic candidates

need your help to prevent any cuts to the benefits you deserve and to

prevent costs from skyrocketing out of control.

Leading the Democratic ticket are Steve Sisolak

and Jacky Rosen. Mr. Sisolak has promised to strengthen

protections for senior


The Affordable

Care Act’s provisions

ensure that nobody

can be denied or

charged more fo r

being sick, or elderly or a

woman. Nevadans have come to

depend on protections like these

that guarantee their access to

the coverage they need. Mr.

Sisolak’s opponent would end

the ACA in Nevada as we know

it and cause your health care

costs to rise substantially.

Jacky Rosen believes health care is a right, not a privilege, and she

will always put Nevada’s families first. Jacky will fight any effort to cut

Medicare, and she will never support the reckless Republican health

care plans that end protections for people with pre-existing conditions

and allow insurance companies to charge older Americans thousands

of dollars more.Jacky knows our health care system has real problems

that we need to fix. That’s why she is working with Democrats and

Republicans to develop bipartisan solutions to improve health care

access and lower costs by reducing prescription drug costs, protecting

coverage for pre-existing conditions, and addressing Nevada’s doctor

shortages. Jacky’s opponent has spent his years in the Senate voting to

eliminate health care and pay for the government’s deficits by cutting

back on Social Security.

In addition, our candidates for Congress, Susie Lee (3 rd District)

and Steve Horsford (4 th District) have been champions of better, more

affordable health care. These Democratic candidates do not want to

force people to have to choose between getting better health care and

paying for food and shelter.

Next month: Who should we send to the Nevada Assembly and


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.





Our Free Press

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

My best job ever was rookie reporter for a

daily newspaper in Vermont. I covered

selectmen and school committees, house fires and

hunting accidents, weather and traffic, strikes and parades, compelling

characters, businesses large (marble and granite quarries) and small

(Ben & Jerry’s first ice cream shop in a converted gas station).

We small-time journalists earned a pittance; including overtime, I

made eight thousand dollars a year. We lived cheaply but with plenty

of fun and camaraderie: lots of potlucks, after which we’d return to our

workplace to grab a morning paper hot off the presses at 2 am.

That old saw was true: If we could afford it, we would have paid to do

this job. We had a purpose.

Only once was I threatened over my journalism. A landlord charged

with violations of due process saw me in the post office and said he

would sue me for my account of his trial.

Now no place is safe; concerts, movie theaters, schools, newsrooms

can become shooting galleries. In moments, a guy with a gun can blow

away the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thus are five

lives at the Annapolis, Maryland, Capital Gazette snuffed out.

Many factors have undermined the vigor of local news organizations

– the rise of the Internet, the decline of print, the vast reach of popular

culture, the pervasiveness of national politics. Newspapers have closed,

merged, cut staff, gone mostly or entirely online.

Yet local papers continue to do what they do best: provide citizens

with the intelligence they need to make decisions – be it driving to work

or casting a vote.

The people of Las Vegas took the October 1 st massacre personally.

Newshounds take the Capital Gazette murders personally.



August 2018

Paid for and Authorized by Friends for Steve Sisolak.

Those employees served their community. They conveyed human

follies and triumphs, wrongdoings and reparations, information and

oddities, ephemeral events and eternal truths. Their words, images,

facts, descriptions and explanations danced on the page, and on the


Over the last half-century, our culture has shifted toward greater

tolerance, but something is missing – in gun laws, mental health

services, the workings of courts and legislatures and other civic

institutions. Black lives matter, newsroom lives matter, all lives matter,

and we all need to work this out.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant

to Las Vegas from the Midwest.

Impovershed by Medicaid

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry

brother and sister came to my office. Their

A mom had passed years earlier and dad,

dying from Parkinson’s disease, was entering

hospice. He had been in a skilled nursing facility for the last ten years.

The two kids had worked extra jobs to keep dad’s house, hoping for

him to return home one day. Worst case the kids figured, when dad died

they could recover their funds by selling the house.

Unfortunately Medicaid has changed and went from being a benefit

to a loan. Every dollar spent by Medicaid on you is tracked and when

you die, Medicaid expects to be paid back from your Estate.

In addition, the rules to qualify for Medicaid changed so that instead

of 200,000 people on Medicaid in Nevada, we now have over 600,000.

In effect, while reducing the Estate Tax, they created a huge hidden tax,

without politicians calling it a tax, simply a “recovery” so more people

can benefit from the program.

I had to explain to the brother and sister that Medicaid was no longer

a benefit, but a loan. In their case, dad was in a skilled nursing facility

- $8,000 a month (average cost in Nevada), 12 months a year, $96,000

for 10 years or $960,000.

End result, dad’s home was sold to pay Medicaid back. The kids got

no inheritance and had lost years of work.

It should surprise no one that when the Federal Government raised

the Federal Estate Tax threshold to 11.2 million dollars appearing to

reduce their supply of our money, Congress had already found a new

source of funds by stealing the life savings of our seniors. The method

for capturing these funds - changing Medicaid.

While most people can afford the cost of assisted living for a spouse,

few people can afford the $8,000 monthly cost of a skilled nursing

facility. In order to qualify for Medicaid assistance, a single person is

allowed to keep $2,000 in assets, and if both spouses need assistance the

amount increases to $3,000.

If you can’t pay the $8,000 a month, you’ll be forced to reduce your

life savings to impoverishment levels and have no safety net in order to

receive Medicaid’s help. There is a better way.

Contacting an Elder law attorney and planning for Medicaid as part

of your estate plan now can save financial and emotional heartache for

you and your family. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

I urge you to not let this happen to you and your family. Protect

yourself and find an elder law attorney to speak with today.


Catch 22 - “The Disposable Generation”

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Have you ever thought about the things

you need your Social Security card for? I

never gave it much thought until I went to DMV

recently to get my “Real ID.” You know, that fancy new Nevada Driver’s

license that we all need to have by 2020.

This past May was my year to renew my license, so I decided to get

that ID. When the DMV employee asked for my Social Security card, I

pulled out my Medicare Card instead (which has my Social Security

number) and told her everything you read about i.d. theft says, “don’t

carry your card.”

Staring at me over her glasses, the clerk said, “Come back when you

have your card. You can’t have the Real ID without it!”


A Vegas Voice reader called for help a few weeks ago and I have spent

the last month trying my best to do just that. The gentleman is an

army veteran, 92 years old, who lost his driver’s license and some other

documents during his move from California to Nevada to live with his

son last year. They live in zip code 89134.

Why is the zip code important? Because in some zip codes you can

request a replacement copy on line, but in that particular zip code you


Along with his Social Security card, he also lost his Medicare card.

He was however smart enough to make color copies of them along with

his AARP card, so he has all his identification numbers. One would

therefore think replacing all would be simple - but not so fast!

The gentleman’s son, thinking this would be a simple fix, wrote to the

Social Security Administration explaining the problem and enclosed

copies of the documents his father had copied. Here are the reasons that

the office denied help;

1: You have not given us documents we need to show age.

2: You have not given us documents to show identity.

3: We do not accept copies, must have original documents.

Hello, the reason for the contact in the first place was to replace a

missing original so that a Nevada I.D. card could be applied for. The

copy of his California driver’s license is sharp and clear and can easily

prove identity of this man. His birth date is also listed and he even

included his birth certificate to the provided documents.

The ramification of all this is that our reader cannot get a Nevada

ID or anything else that requires showing his Social Security card.

Obviously at 92, the gentleman doesn’t need a driver’s license, just the

ability to get his I.D. card.

I called Senator Dean Heller’s office for help. The Senator’s office

eventually asked for the address so that the Senator could send a letter

to act on the gentleman’s behalf. No letter was ever sent and no further

response was made.

I then reached out to Congresswoman (and senatorial candidate)

Jackie Rosen’s office. Again no response whatsoever. Sadly, some

politicians don’t realize that “seniors vote!”

As of this date I have not been able to move the bureaucratic

mountain. You can bet I will keep trying, but if anyone has any ideas,

I’m listening.


August 2018

Death with Dignity Part II

By: Rana Goodman/Political Editor

In last month’s edition, I detailed my plight with my dad’s end of life

issues along with the “Death with Dignity” movement.

Under several different names, this type of bill has seen much

controversy. Basically it provides for one to be allowed to end his/her life

when their medical condition (as determined by two physicians) is such

that they have less than six months to live.

I believe that such advocacy should be supported by The Vegas Voice

but (as usual) publisher Dan disagreed. He did not want to undertake

such a controversial position that would upset a substantial portion of

our readers.

Dan was however, willing to meet with a representative of the national

Death with Dignity non-profit organization. At that meeting we were told,

among other things, that based on their polling, Nevada residents favor

such bill by a 70-30 ratio.

That was reason for me to go forward but Dan still was unsure – hence

the survey last month. After much discussion, we reached a compromise

as to whether to go forward:

1. The Vegas Voice had to receive 500 responses, be it by mail or email.

2. The ratio for Death with Dignity had to be 75-25% for such a law

in Nevada.

3. All responses had to be received at the end of 2 months – Labor Day


As of this writing we have received a number of responses. I am not

disclosing the number received or the percentages since I do not want to

influence anyone – be it for or against.

Dan and I (as well as our entire Vegas Voice family) also want to quickly

add that for those who would favor or oppose such a law, we understand

and respect your belief and feelings unconditionally.

Judge Elissa Cadish holding the 2016 “Liberty Bell” Award for

promoting the rule of law with students and Senior United States

District Judge Lloyd George. The Vegas Voice has endorsed Judge

Cadish for Justice, Nevada Supreme Court – Seat C.


With all this in mind, Publisher Dan and I would just like to get a sense

as to what readers believe. What do you think? Should The Vegas

Voice support such a law?

I am requesting that if you have any opinion or feelings on this

challenging issue, please take (only) 2 minutes to let us know.

Please feel free to complete the survey and mail to us or complete on

our homepage website: thevegasvoice.net.

I’ll have the final results in the September issue.

*Guardianship Update: Gretchen Rachel Hammond is an

investigative journalist and contributing writer for Tablet Magazine.

Tablet recently published her investigation into the abuse of elders by

professional ​guardians nationwide; with a particular focus on cases in

Northern Michigan and Florida. ​

You think guardianship problems are only in Nevada? Take a look

at what Hammond uncovered in the profile of the case of Virginia

Wahab, a then-92-year-old senior who was placed into guardianship

in 2016 and denied family visitation in Michigan.

Read her article on our Vegas Voice Elder Hub website at: www.


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Death with Dignity

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Scuttle The Retreads!

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

For this hideous election cycle, take a good

close look at all the candidates. Anything

look familiar?

The faces, party affiliations and, not surprisingly, OLD ideas are the

same recycled politicians we’ve seen for many years! If you’re fed up

with this repetitious nonsense (as I am) then I suggest you vote for

every familiar face’s OPPONENT regardless of party affiliation!

That’s right! Get rid of the old and support the new! This old saying

is very much in play - “You can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a


We have an ex-Mayor running for the County Commission, an ex-

Congressman dispatched four years ago running for his old seat, a

term limited state Senator running for Commissioner, several term

limited Assemblymen/women running for the state Senate - and on

and on it goes!

Haven’t you tired of recycled politicians presenting themselves as

offering new solutions to our problems when, in fact, they are the ones

that created them in the first place? This B.S. beckons real change

with fresh new ideas presented by anyone except every single retreaded

politician trying to capture your vote!

It’s about time we give the pig a break!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at: dhyde9@cox.net.

Bonded in Battle

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

About three months after I came home

from the war in Vietnam my unit, the 173 rd

Airborne Brigade, experienced an incredible day of

fighting. It was a battle 40 miles southeast of Saigon on June 29, 1966.

This particular segment came like a flash but will live forever in

the memories of many young paratroopers of Alpha Company 2/503 rd

Infantry Battalion, 173 rd Airborne Brigade. It was also a special time that

went down in the annals of American history as Sergeant Charlie Morris

was decorated with the prestigious Medal of Honor for his actions that

went beyond the call of duty.

Sgt. Morris bravely continued to lead his men in the fight even though

he was severely wounded. Some reports have him being hit as many as

33 different times. Morris, also a Korean War veteran, lived through it all

to serve his country until he retired from the U. S. Army years later.

Over the past few months I have had the honor to developmentally edit

a new book titled, “Bonded in Battle” written by the company commander

of Alpha Company, Captain Jack Kelley. (It will be live on Amazon.com

this summer). As I immersed myself in reading and working with all the

different accounts by the survivors of this intense engagement, I became

more amazed than ever of what impacting and traumatic experiences

can do to meld people together.

These were young men from every walk of life that had never known

one another until they arrived in Vietnam, but after this harrowing

24-hour period of life and death they became closer than most blood

relatives will ever be.

To this day they gather yearly to embrace one another and share the

memories of living through it all. In

his work, King Henry 5 th , William

Shakespeare sums up their calling

and remembrance like this:

“For He Who Today

Sheds His Blood with Me

Will Be My Brother

We Few, We Happy Few

We Band of Brothers”

Many people wonder why veterans

gravitate to one another - even if

they’re strangers. It has everything

to do with having faced the teeth of

a tiger and realizing how much we depended on each another in order

to not get eaten.

It is a special bond of trust that we veterans recognize and hold dear

until the end, because we have seen first-hand how much we really do

rely on one another - even now and until the show is over.

Don’t forget your buddy.


August 2018

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.


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If you are in a high risk flood zone and have a mortgage, you

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Southern Nevada are in “X” zone which is a preferred zone determined

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You can pick from nine separate dwelling limits from $20,000 to

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“Mexico Insurance” in advance of your trip.

Check with your agent and make certain you take proof of that

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companies use to cancel policies. These are things than can be

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Worn Teeth

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

There are three basic signs of occlusal (bite)

instability: Wear of, movement or mobility

of teeth.

Loss of tooth structure, better known as occlusal wear disease, is

no less important than tooth loss as a result of decay. Indeed, tooth

structure loss due to wear is probably much more important than

decay, as tooth decay is easily treated.

Loss of tooth structure is most commonly noticed on the front teeth.

It isn’t rocket science - one can just look in the mirror. One does not

need a dentist to tell them that their teeth are flattening, chipping on

the edges, or wearing away.

There are two basic causes of tooth wear: Bruxism or grinding of

teeth during sleep and unbalanced occlusion (bite).

Bruxism/grinding is not something one is aware of except in severe

cases. It occurs during the rem period of sleep and does not necessarily

occur every night. Believe me, any competent dentist will know as he/

she can see the wear.

There are also times that a patient will have a dull ache in the jaw

muscles for no apparent reason. The patient often thinks it may be due

to a tooth. Indeed it is an occlusal muscle problem that is only episodic

and will resolve. It is no different than muscle discomfort after a good

work out at the gym.

See your dentist and have a custom fitted night guard made to

wear during sleep. Think of the night guard like a pair of shoes - it

ultimately will wear out and need replacement but usually lasts for

years. Far better that one wears out the night guard than their teeth.

Front tooth wear can be due to an unstable bite as well. The wear of

the front teeth is often due to an interference on the back teeth, since the

lower jaw is postured forward automatically to avoid this interference

in the back.

As teeth in the front of the mouth wear away, there is an automatic

aging appearance. Worn teeth are associated with aging.

Don’t ignore tooth wear. It’s a serious sign. Teeth are designed to last

a lifetime in ordinary circumstances.

In today’s dentistry this is not something one has to accept. Having

cosmetic dental care is one of the most predictable ways to provide

a more youthful appearance. Remember: A beautiful smile speaks


Tired of wearing dentures that

don’t stay in place, won’t chew food

well or cause mouth sores from time to time?

Make an investment in yourself!

What would it be worth not to have dentures anymore?

Eat and chew ANYTHING you want. Laugh out loud

without the fear of your teeth falling.

Corn on the cob? Stop remembering “when.”

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Today’s dentistry is amazing!

Phone for a complimentary consultation.

Learn more about Dr. White at:


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1140 Town Center Drive, # 170

Las Vegas, NV 89144


702/562-7910 Fax

White smiles are for everyone!


Would You Like a Flatter Tummy?

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

OK, summer is upon us and that dang

tummy is just not as flat as we’d like!

Yes, there are exercises, but there are also other

methods to help flatter that tummy.

One helpful hint is to shave off a pound a week by cutting just 500

calories a day. But do be careful to eat enough otherwise your body will

start to store energy as fat.

You can also do the following:

1. Log your meals, snacks and drinks. You can use a notebook,

calendar, or anything that will assist you in keeping track of what you

eat and drink. You’ll be surprised when you start tracking how many

calories you are consuming!

2. Have a little protein with every meal and snack. This helps

stabilize your blood sugar level, helping to stave off your hunger pangs.

Nuts, eggs, lean meats, chicken, fish, tofu and low-fat yogurt are all

good sources.

3. Avoid tummy fatteners – like foods high in sodium, sugar and

carbonated beverages. They can make you gassy and “pooch” up your


4. Eat your veggies. They are fiber-rich and can help you feel fuller

faster. Eating lots of fiber-rich foods will assist in digestion.

5. Drink lots of water. This helps to also make you feel a little fuller

and helps with digestion. Rule of thumb: take half your body weight,

divide it in half and that is your “normal” amount of ounces per day. If

you exercise or are outside for any amount of time, additional ounces

of water are needed.

Some exercises for tummy-flattening:

1. Using a 2 pound weight, stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hold

the weight above your head with both hands. Pulls abs in tight, then

lift arms straight overhead, actively reaching as high as you can for 10

counts. Lower arms; repeat five times.

2. Lie on your back with knees bent and press a 2 pound weight to

the ceiling while pulling abs in. Slowly lift your right leg, with knee still

bent, until leg is perpendicular to your body. Keeping abs tight, lower

your right foot to the floor as you simultaneously lift your left leg.

Do two sets of 10 reps.

Positive attitude and good 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 mary-vegasvoice@cox.net.


August 2018

When What You Don’t Know Can

Hurt You - Part I

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

have decided I want to do surgery. I do not

I have any formal training in surgery but I

have read parts of a few books and I’ve seen it on TV. It does not look

that hard.

I think I am ready to do surgery. Would you like to volunteer to be my

first patient?

Where this may sound either funny or frightening to you, (no, I will

not actually be doing surgery), there is something similar taking place

in the health care field right now. Physical therapists are performing a

technique they have named “dry needling.”

Similar to acupuncture, dry needling is the insertion of a needle for

therapeutic purposes. The level of required training however, is quite


The first rule of medicine is “Do no harm.” For this reason, anyone

practicing acupuncture must undergo 705 hours of classroom training

in oriental medical theory, diagnosis and treatment techniques in

acupuncture and related studies.

They must also undergo 500 hours of supervised clinical training

to make certain they can safely and effectively treat patients. Once

completed, they must take four national exams - one specific for

acupuncture and the Nevada state exam before they can treat patients

in Nevada.

By contrast, the current legislation being submitted by the Nevada

Board of Physical Therapists requires no formal training of a physical

therapist to perform dry needling. They are leaving the amount of

training required up to the individual physical therapist’s discretion. As

such, they can choose to insert needles into patients with zero hours of

training or clinical supervision.

In a survey given to physical therapists who currently perform dry

needling, 51% stated that they did not receive their training in school,

through continuing education or from a colleague. If they did not

receive it in school, through continuing education or from a colleague,

where did they learn it and how safely is it being done?

Does this frighten you? It frightens me.

Next month: the research based explanation I presented to the

physical therapy board about how dry needling could pose potential

risks to patients. Please pass this on to anyone receiving dry needling.

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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August 2018

The Best Apps for the Road

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

Although many seniors have been accused of

being technophobic, a recent Pew Research

Center study said that over 40% of seniors own

smartphones, and for households with over $75,000 annual income,

that number jumps to 80%! By now we’ve realized that smartphones give

us not only peace of mind but can be downright helpful when we are

traveling - especially if you have some useful apps to help guide the way.

A few of my favorites include iExit, Save Me, Find Your Way Back and

Glympse. If you spend a lot of time on the road, and especially for RVers,

iExit is a lifesaver.

You tell it the highway you’re on, and it will give you a list of all the

businesses at upcoming exits - including food, gas, lodging, hospitals,

etc. It will give you distances, customer ratings, and even gas prices. This

app is invaluable.

Save Me is another must have for seniors. This app allows you to send

someone your location if you feel you’re in danger.

Find Your Way Back is extremely useful in helping you find your car

at a parking location, finding your way back to a hotel in a strange city,

or even getting back to your starting place from a long bike ride. It shows

how far away you are, and also displays directional arrows so you know

you’re headed in the right direction.

Another great app is Glympse. When you leave on a trip, you can send

a link to someone so they can see where you are in real time and keep

an eye on you. You can even set the time limit for how long you’d like to

be followed.

So if you worry about a grandkid or even your spouse getting lost while

driving, this is a great way to give you comfort that they will get to their

destination. These are just a few of the great apps available.

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

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


Ask A Master Gardener

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Native plants in southwest Nevada have been

beneficial to us in a number of ways. In

addition to their unusual but strikingly beautiful

appearances, many provide food and drink.

Such examples are prickly pear fruit, cactus jellies and relish as well

as sweeteners and tequila made from the Agave plant. Dried Indian Fig

Cactus pads can be used as plates and bowls and the spines of cactus

can be used for fish hooks and spears.

Recently I discovered another use for these plants: “Home Security!”

As part of our Police Department’s Public Service Program, officers

will come to your homes to evaluate ways that we can better-secure our

residences from break-ins. Previously, as part of my desert landscaping

theme, I planted under my windows various cactus, agave and yucca

plants that are armored with spines, needles and pointed “dagger-like”


After the police officers checked my house exterior, they came to me

and advised: “Sir, you have hostile vegetation!” At first, I was taken offguard

and quickly apologized.

The officers responded that these plants provide a physical threat of

bodily harm to anyone attempting to break in through my windows.

“Imagine” the officers said, “the pain and discomfort of being pierced

all over their body by these plants. Your home is a fortress. We commend


These plants are easy to grow and require no central station

monitoring. They provide all the benefits of nature’s security system.

My suggestions for creating a “plant” security system would include

using various (Opuntia) cactus that come in different colors and spine

configurations when planting under windows that open. These plants

are inexpensive to purchase, easy to grow and trim to any desired


Under stationary windows, I would suggest yucca and agave plants.

They are attractive to look at as well as sharp and spear shaped to the

touch. They give out a warning: “Burglars Beware!”

My all-time favorite cactus for securing your home is the Cholla

Cactus - referred to as the “Crippler Cactus.” Thank you, Mother Nature!

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



International Esthetics,

Comsmetics & Spa Conference

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

I recently attended the International Esthetics,

Cosmetics, & Spa Conference, one of my favorite

annual shows. Staged with fabulous booths, bright lighting, beautifully

dressed presenters and every new product on the market, it’s the ultimate

exhibition for everything beauty related!

With over 600 exhibitors and free classes galore, there are demonstrations

and sample treatments for anything you’ve ever wanted to try - as long as

you’re not shy of the hundreds of people stopping to watch. From the latest

anti-aging therapy lights, to full body spray tanning, waxing and plastic

wraps, when it comes to a free treatment, attendees are not bashful!

People nonchalantly walked around with full face masks and under

eye patches, including yours truly. As I wandered the endless aisles of

cosmetics from various countries, it appears things like vegan and gluten

free cosmetics are very popular.

I was however, on a mission for the fountain of youth! I was looking for

age reversing products and stumbled upon a few I really liked!

The pricing on these products varied widely. One line that I tested is

called TheraGenesis: A New Beginning.

I loved the smell and feel of it, but the regimen would set you back about

$450 every 6 weeks. I couldn’t find any reviews as it’s a new line, but it’ll be

one to watch for if your pocketbook is willing.

Audrey Morris had a fabulous array of skin care and make-up products.

Their new color line of lipsticks and liquid mattes were beautiful!

This is a company I have worked with in the past and I love the products.

I had the opportunity to meet the team in person while there and if their

appearances are any indication of their product line, the stuff works!

I also ran across the ToGoSpa. I tested their under-eye patches and loved

the cooling effect. As someone who constantly suffers with under eye bags

(thanks Dad), I really liked these!

And last, the SIO Facelift Overnight Wrinkle Smoothing Patch pack. I

have to say, I love it. It hasn’t turned back the clock quite yet, but the best

thing about this set is the pads are reusable! That alone for me makes it my

best “find” of the convention!

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.


August 2018

Travel for Active Seniors!

Early Bird


$ 3499.

Air included

pp dbl. occ

Join Vegas Voice Prez Ray & Crystal In Tuscany

There is a lot of construction going

on in Las Vegas and once again the

“crane” is the unofficial bird of our

hometown. Many of the new neighborhoods,

feature svelte residences.

But Ray and I prefer the charm of the

Mediterranean style with tiled roofs,

thick walls, and flower-filled courtyards.

That’s why the 50+ adult community

of Siena has been, and continues to be,

our home in Summerlin since 2010.

We hope

you’ll plan

now to join

Ray and me

on this terrific


Because this

is such a popular tour, seating is very

llmited. So please call right way for more


Our Siena is a lovely community and

very suggestive of its Italian namesake,

which has been named a UNESCO

World Heritage Site. BTW, with its

magnificent culture and history, Italy

tops the list of World Heritage Sites,

and I always try to seek them out when

I plan an itinerary. So, signing up for

Collette’s “Spotlight” tour to Tuscany

was a “no brainer”.

I was delighted to find this tour includes

a visit to the original Siena with

its stunning medieval palaces and

October 3 -11,


mansions surrounding the Piazza del

Campo, and the original site of the

historic Palio horse race which has even

been reenacted through Siena’s narrow

streets. And there’s much more...

This nine day tour includes guided

sightseeing in Florence, Pisa, San

Gimignano, the walled city of Lucca,

and there’s even an optional day trip to

the colorful hillside villages of Cinque

Terre with its rugged coastline and

terraced vineyards.

Siena’s Piazza Del Campo

Cinque Terre Option


Only One Charming Hotel

Throughout Our Stay

This is a terrific itinerary, and Ray

and I really like that we will be staying

in a lovely four star hotel in the spa resort

town of, centrally located, Montecatini

Terme for the entire trip. No

packing and unpacking... Just warm

autumn days filled with leisurely day

trips, where we’ll enjoy the wonderful

sights of Tuscany and its golden hills.

Plus, we’ll be savoring lots of good

Italian food and wines. Gelato anyone?

Experience the optional excursions! Choose

from a Dinner and Entertainment at a Tuscan Villa,

a Tuscan Cooking Class & Dinner in Montecatini, or

a picturesque day trip to legendary Cinque Terre!

Call Ray for more info...

702 463-0966

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Heather’s Tips - Travel

By: Heather Latimer / Helpful Hints

On the Amazon.com website, one reviewed

the U-shaped pillow. “Keeps my neck

comfortable and I don’t wake up with neck

pain.” Yet last October, an article by Kelly Conaby

lambasted the item in the Health column of Atlantic Magazine.

Here is a shortened version of what she wrote: “This past summer, I

had to travel by plane. When it came time to sleep I placed the U-shaped

pillow around my shoulders. My neck protruded an uncomfortable

distance from the seat back. I moved my head to the right. No good.

Then to the left. No good. I scrunched it up but it bounced back to

U-shape. This darn pillow was no help at all.”

Maria Perkins is an attractive, stylish lady, just beginning to cope

with the rigors of advancing age: aching neck, shoulders, back –

everywhere. She made many flights but on each occasion the pain of

sitting so long became agonizing - with or without the U-shaped pillow.

When the next trip was scheduled she mulled over numerous

possibilities for easing her discomfort. One night, when she should

have been sleeping, a neat idea came to her.

Next morning she purchased a knee-length black sweater and two

Dogbone pillows 18” length x 7” diameter (Item 830-0502-02 at

ScripHesso. 800-747-3466) then stuffed the pillows into the sweater


Since then Maria snuggles up in her airplane seat, then moves the

padded sleeves around to places where she hurts. Blessed relief!

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.



Sept. 6 - 16,





August 2018




Departs Cape Liberty, NJ, visiting Bar Harbor, Portland,

St John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, disembark

Quebec City


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Inside Cabin

Ocean View

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$1,739 pp

$2,029 pp

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Prices are per person based on double occupancy, subject to availability and

includes your cruise, all port charges, taxes, fees and roundtrip air fare from Las

Vegas to New York and back from Quebec City and airport transfers in New

York and Quebec City. A deposit of $450 per person is due at the time of booking

and is fully refundable until June 1, 2019 when the final payment is due.


Planning for 2019

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

We’re always thinking ahead for the Vegas

Voyagers. In fact, we’re already planning

for 2019.

You know about the PHAT PACK cruise scheduled for January on the

RUBY PRINCESS to the Mexican Riviera, but now we want to give you

the “heads up” for a great European cruise we are scheduling for the

Fall of 2019. This is a good one, a real good one.


on a 10 night European explorer cruise, OCTOBER 31 to NOVEMBER

10, 2019 starting in London and ending in Rome. Ports of call will

include Le Harve, France (for visits to Paris or Normandy), Lisbon,

Portugal, Gibraltar (for the Rock of Gibraltar), Barcelona, La Seyne,

France (for visits to Provence and Toulon - let’s drink some French

wine) and Livorno, Italy (for visits to Pisa or Florence). WOW!

I particularly like this type of itinerary because, as a one way cruise,

it covers a lot of ground (pun intended). It is a unique itinerary not

often repeated and the ports of call are spectacular. There is something

for everyone.

Prices for the cruise start at just $1,674 per person (for an inside

cabin) and go up to $2,674 per person for a balcony. And these prices

include your port charges, taxes and fees. Air fare to London and back

from Rome is additional.

And if you book by August 31 st , Princess is offering its “SIP AND

SAIL” program which will include its premier beverage package for

the first two in

the cabin at no

additional cost

when booking

a balcony

cabin or

higher. That’s

a good deal

- especially if

you enjoy a

cocktail (or

two) while cruising.

As mentioned, air fare is additional. The air fare rates for October 2019

will not even be published before the middle of December. However, an

educated guess for round trip air from Las Vegas to London and back

from Rome will run between $900 and $1200 per person.

The Vegas Voyagers has a great relationship with Princess Cruise

Lines. Regular readers know that many of our “Bus to the Boat” cruises

are on Princess. It seems our Vegas Voyagers love Princess Cruise Lines.

Give us a call at 800/698-1101 with any questions

you might have. It’s not too early to start

preparing for this truly unique

10 night European cruise

on the Sapphire Princess. As

always, Happy Destinations.





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August 2018

What Fun! “Let’s do it Again!”

Cruise with the Phat Pack

7 night Mexican Riviera

Jan. 26- Feb. 2, 2019

“Bus to the Boat”


come back new ®

Featuring TWO Special Private

Performances and Cocktail Party

The Phat Pack

Bruce Ewing • Kevan Patriquin

Randal Keith • Philip Fortenberry

(Musical Director)

This extraordinary group of artists met while performing

in “PHANTOM: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and

together formed their own highly-acclaimed spectacle

that continues to thrill audiences everywhere:


Destinations: Cabo San Lucas,

Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta

Inside Cabin

$ 1169 pp,

Ocean View Obstructed $ 1269 pp,

Ocean View

$ 1369 pp,


$ 1469 pp

Price based on double occupancy, subject to availability and includes the

cruise, all port charges, taxes and fees and Round Trip Bus Transportation

from Las Vegas to the pier in CA, and all exclusive Phat Pack group only

activities. A $250. per person deposit is due at the time of booking and is

fully refundable until Nov. 2, 2018 when the final payment is due.



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The Travel Compan

Unpack just once with any of

Beat the Heat & Getaway!

Choose a Collette Spotlight Vacation…

One of my clients, who has traveled all over the world, recently

selected a 9 day “Spotlight On Tuscany” vacation from Collette.

She’s been to Italy before, but she was really attracted to the

“Spotlights” concept, which focuses on a more inclusive, more

relaxed style of traveling. And she was really pleased to find that

throughout her entire trip, she’d be staying in a four star hotel in

one of Tuscany’s famous spa resort towns, Montecatini Terme...

Seven days of Italian bliss and she would only have to unpack once.

Que Bella!

There’s still

time to make last

minute reservations!

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*All prices subject to change and based on per person, double occupancy. Single room up

grades available at extra cost. MasterCard, VISA, Amex accepted or private checks.


August 2018

y Designed Especially for Active Seniors!

these trips! Tuscany

Attn: Siena Residents!

Plan now to join your neighbors,

Ray and Crystal for a special “Spotlight”

tour Oct.3 - Oct.11, 2019 to

Tuscany featuring a special visit to


Italy’s perfect medieval city, and a

UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Reservations are limited so call now

for information.

Call 702-419-0550 for more information

on “Spotlight on Tuscany” and all the other

“Spotlights” featuring City Stays & Quick

Getaways from Collette including:

London, 7 days

Christmas in London, 7 days

Paris, 7 days

Tuscany, 9 days

Rome, 7 days

New York City, 5 days

New York City Holiday, 5 days

Washington, D.C., 6 days

San Antonio, 5 days

San Antonio Holiday, 5 days

New Orleans, 5 days

New Orleans Holiday, 5 days

South Dakota, 7 days

New Havana, 6 days

Starts at

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Experience the optional excursions! Choose from

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a Dinner and Entertainment at a Tuscan Villa, a Tuscan Cooking

with air!

Class & Dinner in Montecatini, or a picturesque day trip to legendary Cinque Terre!



August 2018

A Survival Tale

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

As August 1808 unfurled, the men aboard

the 170-ton Sea Otter were traveling from

London to Oregon when they encountered a

violent storm near the mouth of Oregon’s Umpqua River. The ship was

destroyed. All onboard were lost.

As many before (and after) have found, Oregon’s beautiful rugged

coastline is the Pacific’s Graveyard.

Ashore, hunting game, were four crew members who survived.

Once the storm stopped, the crewmen were stranded. No one would be


Fur trading was aggressive and secretive. Commonly, traders did not

communicate their intended whereabouts.

The survivors had the clothes on their backs, their rifles and six

pounds of gun powder. It was two-years after Lewis and Clark and their

Discovery Expedition wintered nearby in 1805-1806. (The Discovery

Expedition blazed a round trip trail of 8,000 miles from the Mississippi

to the Pacific Ocean).

The Sea Otter’s sinking happened two-years before John Jacob

Astor founded Fort Astoria at the mouth of the Columbia River as a

fur trading post in 1810. Astor’s Pacific Fur Company was the first

permanent United States settlement on the Pacific Northwest coast. His

fort and fur trade were sold to the British in 1813.

The shipwrecked men traveled Indian trails; sometimes walking,

sometimes rafting on the least known, yet history’s most remarkable

overland journey. It began at the Umpqua River, site of present-day

Reedsport and ended at the mouth of the Mississippi River in New


The marooned men faced daily hardship and lacked the tools that

aided Lewis and Clark. Their names were Babtiste Lavall, Michael

Conner, Jean Lozier and Emmanuel Silver. Lavall took leadership

during their journey.

A newspaper reported the men’s arrival in New Orleans in August

1810. They had trekked more than 3,000-miles cross country and

survived. Yet, their tale of endurance and intrepidity remains elusive.

Perhaps the four

British fur traders

secretly returned to

Oregon and made

their fortune in otter

pelts. Fortunately, their

story hasn’t completely

faded from history

and 210-years later,

to the enjoyment of

both historians and

adventurers, it is being


Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.

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August 2018



The Pros & Cons of 55+ Active Adult Communities

Last week I appeared on The American Dream, a positive and informative national

real estate show (the Las Vegas edition airs on Sunday mornings at 9:30am on

ABC and I am a regular contributor 1-2 times a month on the show). I was talking

about the 55+ age qualified communities in the Las Vegas Valley, and what the

benefits are to living in one.

Laura Harbison


Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)

Accredited Buyer Representative ® (ABR)

Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute (GRI)

Equator Platform Platinum Certification

Equator Short Sale Agent Certification

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Advanced Evaluations Certification

At Home With Diversity (AHWD)

Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)

NVS Institute BPO Certification

Five Star BPO Designation

Certified Distressed Property Expert ® (CDPE)

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist


NAWRB Certified Delegate Spokeswoman

Distinguished Real Estate Broker ® (DRB)



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Some Pros:

Low or no-maintenance exteriors

Opportunities to make friends with other retirees

A quiet environment

Amenities such as opportunities to get exercise and socialize

Some Cons:

Lack of age diversity

Family members under the age of 19 cannot participate in activities

No care services are included

As the Baby Boomers reach retirement age, active adult communities are

becoming more and more popular in the United States. These new retirees don’t

see themselves as “old folks,” so the idea of a senior living community that offers,

and even facilitates, an active lifestyle is appealing to them. Ditching exterior

home maintenance chores frees residents of active adult communities to enjoy

their retirement years and do more of the things they love. So, common sense

tells us that not only do these communities offer a healthy and enjoyable

lifestyle, they also appear to be a good real estate investment. The everincreasing

demand for active adult communities virtually insures the future

values of our properties. Not to say that any real estate market isn't going to

have peaks and valleys, but in the long run my opinion is that one of the best

investments one can make is in our 55+ communities!

Want to know the value of your home? Call or email me today for an

up-to-the-minute estimate! I LOVE giving people good news!

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison




Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office: 702-777-1234


August 2018

Sold Is Our Favorite Word...Let Us Make It Yours!

Laura Harbison



770 Coronado Center Dr., Suite 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office (702) 777-1234



Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

Is Independently Owned and Operated

421 Trenier

US 95 & COLLEGE Stunning 4 BR+den/3.5BA, 3997 SF custom built home on 1.07 acre premium lot! 1-story

home with RV/boat parking, large private backyard & amazing mountain views! Island kitchen with quartz

counters, custom cabinets, soft close cabinets, pot shelves, mosaic tile backsplash, walk-in pantry & stainless

steel appliances (double door refrigerator, dishwasher, built-in electric double oven, microwave and electric

cooktop). Den with ceiling fan and double doors. Theatre/media room! Much more! $999,900

16 Rue Mediterra

LAKE LAS VEGAS Spectacular views from this .80 acres

custom lot in guard gated Marseilles at South Shore

Lake Las Vegas! Golf course frontage, spectacular panoramic

views! The developers spared no expense when

creating Lake Las Vegas: water sits right at the heart of

this show-stopping master planned golf community, in

what is otherwise desert domain. $799,900

11513 Flagwood

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS 4BR/3.5 BA, 2968 SF 2-story

home. Corner lot with attached 2-car garage. Formal

Living room. Separate family room. Island kitchen

with walk-in pantry. Dining area. Spacious master

Suite with walk-in closet. Covered patio in backyard.

Low maintenance desert landscaping. $460,000

3027 Hickory Valley Rd

SUN CITY ANTHEM Upgraded Quincy floorplan,

approx. 1482 Sqft, 2 Bed2/ Bath, 2 car garage, custom

paint, blinds, ceiling fans, raised panel

doors, low maintenance landscape, and covered

patio! $315,000

1106 Adcox

WELLINGTON MANOR 1-story home w/ RV/Boat

parking. 4 BR/2 BA, 2-car garage, 1666 SF home

sits on a .14 acre cul-de-sac lot! Kitchen w/ pot

shelves, pantry, breakfast bar, tile counters, tile

backsplash, stainless steel appliances (gas stove,

microwave, & dishwasher). $278,900

6271 Maxwood Court

PALM GARDENS Adorable one story home, 1668 SF,

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, on premium .22

acre cul-de-sac lot in guard gated community! Kitchen

with breakfast bar, breakfast nook, pot shelves

and SS appliances. Master suite with sitting room,

vaulted ceiling and walk-in closet. $269,900

653 Hillside Road

PIOCHE, NV Breathtaking panoramic mountain &

valley views! 4 BR/2.5 BA, 2743 SF home on .49 acre

premium hillside lot. RV parking with hook-ups

(electric, water, sewer). Near 5 state parks, hunting,

camping & fishing areas! $268,800

2573 Evansville Ave

SUN CITY ANTHEM Popular Washington floorplan,

approx. 1281 Sqft, 2 Bed/2 Bath, oversized 2

car garage, upgraded flooring, two bay windows,

raised panel doors, laundry room with cabinets, all

appliances included, covered patio! $295,000


Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

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