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Volume 15, Issue 7

OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS

Adrea Barrera

Howard Beckerman

John Bielun

Yvonne Cloutier

Jerry Creed

Dianne Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin

Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Joey Kantor

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Kyo Mitchell

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Rich

Dan Roberts

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Ray Sarbacker

ray@thevegasvoice.net

Debbie Landry

debbie@thevegasvoice.net

Rana Goodman

rana@thevegasvoice.net

Evan Davis

evan@thevegasvoice.net

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Bill Caserta

bill@thevegasvoice.net

Mary Richard

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Devon Wickens

Vicki Wentz

James White

Chef Ladylove

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules


You’re such a jerk! Stop laughing.” Try as I

might, I could not stop smirking.

The reason, you ask? My Rana just received her

latest UPS package. It contained a complete set of Gotham Steel pots

and pans.

As I attempted to stifle my snickering with thoughts of “Chef Rana”,

apron around her waist, preparing dinner over a hot stove, I tried to

recall the last time we stayed home and had a cooked meal. Yes, we had

a fantastic feast last Thanksgiving - and after that …?

Now don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not complaining. However in our

nearly six years playing house, I’ve come to expect that the definition of

“eating in” is a Costco chicken (and I must add, that my portion comes

only after her dogs get first choice) or take-out Chinese.

I cannot begin to tell you how many times when discussing supper

plans I’ve heard, “I don’t feel like cooking tonight.” While I’ve been

pretty good in making sure my brain kicks in before my mouth opens

with, “Why is this night different from other nights?” yours truly still

cannot contain his amusement.

Fortunately, I always try to remember the Golden Rule that every

man should follow: Happy Wife, Happy Life.

“Of course not darling”, I cheerfully answer. “After all, if God

wanted you to cook, the Almighty wouldn’t have given you those

beautiful nails. Besides, I have a coupon.”

So as I emptied the cabinet that held the “old” pots and pans (full

disclosure: who knew we had them?) I gently placed (“now don’t

scratch them”) the 15 piece set in its new resting place.

“Rana dear” I had to say, as my brain kept shouting: Don’t do it,

Don’t do it! “You know, you getting these utensils is like me having

a tool bench.”

“You think you’re funny?” my PILL (partner in love & life) said

when she handed me the car key as we headed out to dinner. Like I said,

I’m not complaining. And anyway, I have that buffet coupon.

***Speaking of my Ladylove, we want to thank everyone for your

kind words and well wishes.

As I wrote last month, Rana sustained a broken bone and ligament

damage to her knee - adding more health issues to her impressive

medical resume. Thankfully she is improving and is now able to walk

without a cane.

Although I speculated that her next health crisis would be hip

replacement, I was wrong as to the ailment. The “correct” answer was

cataract surgery which Rana had last month.

So besides my daily caregiver duties since her injury, add eye drops

four times a day.

As I (now regrettably) told her, I’m anxiously awaiting for what’s

next – like that hip surgery. And once again, for some reason, my Rana

was not amused.

The good news is not only is she getting around better, but she’s now

able to see without those glasses that she had for over 40 years. A true

miracle.

The bad news: I no longer recognize her.

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September 2018

PROUD

MEMBERS OF:

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

scandal.

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Heather’s Tips - Holding Cards

By: Heather Latimer / Helpful Hints

Charlene Mintz is the owner of the Spring

Mountain Bridge Club where men and

women of all ages enjoy her lessons and almost

daily sessions of playing bridge. Alas! The older

ones were often afflicted with excruciating hand cramps due to holding

cards for an extended time.

That’s until Charlene’s doctor told her about Glaceau Smartwater.

Now she drinks a half bottle and her members are benefiting from the

recommendation.

Heather, who sits North where she’s responsible for keeping the

official score as well as playing the cards, used to suffer agonizing

hand spasms. She had trouble holding and pulling cards and, much

to the chagrin of the winners, her writing of scores was occasionally

indecipherable.

A tennis champion, whose profile appeared in a magazine, confessed

that dill pickles saved him from hand cramps. Since reading that,

Heather has been swallowing a tablespoonful before attending games

and happily playing for 3 hours without distress.

Other players crippled with arthritis kept dropping cards and

interrupting the game whilst diving under the table to retrieve them.

Charlene remedied that by lending sufferers a small fan-shaped cardholder

that rests on the table and shields the cards from opponents.

The player merely plucks each card from the card-holder and sets

it down on the table. Now several players carry their own device and

use it for home games too. Item #8409 from Barclay Bridge Supplies,

800/274-2221.

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.

com/heatherlatimer/howtoovercomeonceeasy.

September 2018

For Football Fans

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Are you ready for some football? In honor of

Publisher Dan’s long time devotion to his

New York Giants (but for other football fans, just

fill in your favorite team) I ask you to consider

the following:

Q: What do the NY Giants and possums have in common?

A: Both play dead at home and get killed on the road!

Q: How do you keep the NY Giants out of your front yard?

A: Put up goal posts.

Q: What’s the difference between the NY Giants and a dollar bill?

A: You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.

Q: How many NY Giants does it take to change a tire?

A: One, unless it’s a blowout. In which case, they all show up

Q: What do the NY Giants and Billy Graham have in common?

A: They both can make 60,000 people stand up and yell “Jesus

Christ!”

Q: What is the difference between a NY Giants’ fan and a baby?

A: The baby will stop whining after a while.

And my favorite: All of the Seven Dwarfs were marching through

the forest one day when they fell in a deep, dark ravine. Snow White,

who was following behind, peered over the edge of the steep chasm and

called out to her fallen comrades.

From the depths of the dark hole a voice returned, “The NY Giants

are Super Bowl contenders.” Snow White thought to herself, “Thank

God! At least Dopey survived!”

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.

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Diggin’ a Golden Reunion

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Ten years is tin; 25 is silver; 50 is gold.

It doesn’t get any more Golden than

when a group of 22 ladies from across the country

gathered in Las Vegas to celebrate the days they became a sisterhood,

working together to delight the upcoming generation later labeled

“Baby Boomers.”

Dean Martin’s Golddiggers, the backup girls whose audience appeal

earned them their own television show, celebrated their 50 th reunion

over a long July weekend reminiscing, celebrating and hugging…lots

of hugging. Former Golddigger Shelia Allan of Henderson orchestrated

a cocktail party, dinners at Casa Di Amore and Celli restaurants and

other events, including a guest spot on Fox 5 television.

In 1968, the call went out for “chorus girls” to become cast members

on The Dean Martin Show, giving birth to the Golddiggers. They proved

so popular that they were spun off into their own television shows and

later featured in the top Las Vegas showrooms as the opening act for

Martin, Sinatra, Joan Rivers and Steve and Eydie.

What the television viewers saw 50 years ago was a sorority of

talented “sisters” …singers and dancers who entertained with a

lighthearted approach that inspired smiles, hope and optimism during

some troubled times. Amid the celebration of this year’s opening night

cocktail party, several revealed the impact their Golddigger days had

on their lives.

Community service and veterans’ causes dot many of their resumes,

September 2018

a result of their USO Christmas tours of Viet Nam with Bob Hope, who

all refer to as “Mr. Hope.” One account recalls travelling from base

camp to base camp in bullet riddled helicopters.

Amid warm embraces, laughs and a few tears of both joy and

sadness, Kansas City Golddigger Liz Kelley shared a behind-the-scenes

insight. “1970 changed who I was going to be for the rest of my life,”

she confided. “It humbled me,” she says of her Viet Nam tour that year.

Today she continues working with veteran’s groups and received the

National President’s Award and lifetime membership from Veterans of

America Chapter 243.

Kathy Wright of Tustin, California echoed Kelley’s sentiments. After

appearing in a sketch with Mr. Hope, the grateful comedy legend asked

what he could do to thank her. “Take me to Viet Nam to see my brother.”

The Hamilton Ohio Daily News later reported, “Golddigger

Kathy Wright…provided one of the most touching moments…of

Bob Hope’s Christmas tour when she met her 18-year-old brother

Tommy, a Marine Corps ofc, backstage at Danang in Vietnam. The

blonde singer-dancer wept her mascara all over her face and even

the colonels on the sidelines were moist-eyed.”

“I believe tonight (the reunion) was a gift,” Wright confessed. The

mother of five who cares for her own mother had been cleared just four

days earlier by her physician to attend. She had recently completed 30

straight days of radiation to combat stage four brain and lung cancer.

Originally planned as a 3-day event, most of the troupe arrived for a

cocktail reception at the Henderson home of their hostess Shelia Allan.

Early arrivals were treated royally at Bally’s Casino as guests for The

Bronx Wanderers Show.

Lead singer Vinny Adinolfi, a Dean Martin memorabilia collector,

invited the ladies on stage, serenading them with Martin’s Everybody

Loves Somebody. Although carefully preplanned, Adinolfi admitted he

was overcome with excitement, momentarily blanking on some of the

lyrics.

As the closing evening dinner wound down, crooner/pianist George

Bugatti struck up the emotional That’s What Friends Are For with the

Golddiggers compulsively joining hands in a circle and harmonizing

with tears of happiness before transitioning into What I Did for Love

from A Chorus Line.

“It was a perfect way to end the evening,” observed the hostess, Sheila

Allan.

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September 2018

Another TV Show

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

decided this time to write about my experience

I working on a show called “Zane Gray Theatre.”

The Zane Gray Theatre was a TV series based on

the short stories and novels of author Zane Gray. It was hosted each

week by Dick Powell.

Each episode began with the firing of a gun and the words: “From

out of the west, Dick Powell’s Zane Gray Theatre.” I had worked with

Dick Powell before on Four Star Playhouse so he was instrumental in

my being cast in this show.

This particular show occurred in the 1950s although I can’t recall

the exact year. It was an episode called “Star over Texas” and starred

Anne Baxter. That’s me in the photo with her which was taken on the

set from one of the scenes.

When I was cast for this show, I was now a teenager. I was also

beginning to realize just who these movie and TV stars were compared

to my childhood days when I had no concept about these famous people.

As I previously mentioned, I had worked with Dick Powell earlier and

although I didn’t have any scenes with him, he was still on the set and

it was wonderful to see him again.

Working with Anne Baxter was also a delight. She was just as sweet as

I hoped she would be.

Most of you will remember her from her famous role in “All About

Eve,” which she co-starred with Bette Davis. She had already won an

Oscar for her supporting role in “The Razors Edge” in 1947.

Often times in the movie business, a particular star will be set to play

a role, and then something will happen and they will be replaced. Such

was the case with “All About Eve.”

Jeanne Crain was supposed to play Eve but had to be replaced when

she discovered she was pregnant. Bette Davis replaced Claudette Colbert

when she injured her back and was unable to film.

In 1951 both actresses were nominated for the Best Actress in a

leading role category; however the studio wanted Baxter to agree to

being nominated for Best Supporting Actress. The studio was afraid that

each star would cancel each other out with the voters.

Anne Baxter refused and the studio’s concerns were right. Judy

Holiday won that year for “Born Yesterday.”

Until next time, remember: Blessed are those who can give without

remembering and take without forgetting.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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

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

beverlywashburn.com.

Get a Dog!

By: Mary Rich / Sunny Side Up!

Hi, my name is Peppy! Better known as “the

fluffy dog” who walks the little ole’ man,

whose name is Al, up and down our street every

day.

We walk rain or shine and even when it’s snowing but I love him so

much I don’t complain. I just saddle up, as he calls it and out we go to

face the world!

The editor of our local newspaper received a letter recently inquiring

about us. The writer said she got inspiration from seeing the little ole’

man and the fluffy dog taking our walks every day. Funny how a little

thing like that can be an inspiration to someone we didn’t even know

was watching.

When Al doesn’t feel real chipper, we only walk a mile, but on a good

day I can go faster and we go for two or three miles. I go slower on some

days because, after all, Al’s got a lot of miles on him so I try not to push

him too hard.

I love our walks. Al sniffs the crisp clean freshness of the early

morning air and I sniff the ground for weird stuff. We’re a real team,

this Al and me.

I came to live with him after his Shih Tzu died which made him very

sad. Al’s a lover of life and only mourned for a few days before he found

me and decided to share life with me! That was my lucky day!

Al loves to tell stories about being one of eleven kids and the only one

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Oh, how I love shoes! Despite the fact that I

wear the same few pairs on a weekly basis, I

love collecting them! Black pumps are my favorite

since I can go from casual to dressy in a nanosecond, but really any kind

of heel is my go-to.

Truthfully, I don’t even own a pair of sneakers, since day after day

of heel wearing has rendered any type of flat uncomfortable now. But I

recognize most women think it’s crazy that these are my “comfy” shoes.

I learned this on a recent trip to Disneyland with my grandchildren

after wearing heels into the park. I hadn’t given a second thought to my

shoes when I headed in there but if I had a dollar for every woman that

remarked on this I could have paid for the trip!

Miracle that it may be, I have found two brands that are quite

comfortable for walking and still don’t break the bank - Aldo and Steve

Madden. The nice thing about both brands is once you know your size,

they are pretty consistent. This makes it much easier to buy them online

if you prefer to browse a larger style selection than in the stores.

And if you find a pair you love, but they’re still a bit uncomfortable

for longer periods of time, I have come across another great innovation

online called weight-shifting insoles. The ones I purchased are made by

Vivian Lou and were a bit pricey (I thought) at $29 a pair, but they turned

out to be totally worth it, since they made an otherwise unwearable pair

of shoes wearable.

Once you place them in the shoe they stick into place, so placement is

important. Because they stick, they cannot be used for multiple pairs of

shoes which is why it seemed a little pricey to me.

The nice part is this particular brand will refund them if you are

not happy. And as an added note, the company gives back to help

disadvantaged women and I think that’s always a nice perk when

purchasing from a business!

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I Love Shoes

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

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.

September 2018

The Workers’ Holiday

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments


Sixteen ton and whata you get… I owe

my soul to the company store.”

The U.S. Department of Labor states that:

“Labor Day began as a national tribute to the contributions workers

have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

This evolved from workers joining together into union movements

designed to establish better schedules and work requirements for

workers.

“Some of the developments were eight hour workdays followed by

eight hours of recreation time and eight hours of rest with freedom

from 16 hour workdays and harmful work environments.”

The labor movement started in 1882 with 10,000 workers

gathering in New York City for a parade to show the strength, spirit,

and achievements of labor. It was followed by a festival for the

amusement of the workers and their families.

There is still doubt as to who was the founder of Labor Day. Some

say Peter J. McGuire, of the Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of

the American Federation of Labor, but others contend it was Matthew

Maguire, a machinist of the International Association of Machinists.

State legislation movements then developed. The first state bill was

introduced by the New York legislature, but the first to become law

was passed by Oregon. Other states created a Labor Day holiday as

well.

In 1984, Congress then passed an act making the first Monday in

September of each year a legal holiday. Labor Day celebrations have

changed in recent years. Now, it is mostly recognition with a holiday,

picnics, and addresses by government officials.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard

of living and the greatest production the world has ever known. It

has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideas of

economic and political democracy.

It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor

Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and

leadership - the American Worker.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about

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And Our Shows Go On!

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

Where has this year gone! We can talk

about all the shows that have closed, but

that would be self-defeating. We could talk about

all the new shows that have opened, but that

wouldn’t take up much space.

So, let’s talk about the shows The Vegas Voice are presenting, with a

teaser of what’s to come next year. And maybe a little about what you

can do next month.

In October, The Vegas Voice will be presenting “Lullaby of Broadway”

featuring the vocals of Genevieve Dew and Randal Keith and be

accompanied by Bill Fayne. This all takes place at Sun City MacDonald

Ranch on Saturday October 20th at 7 pm.

After that show, we gear up for our Holiday/Christmas Shows, of

which we have two in December. One at Sun City Summerlin in the

Starbright Theatre, and at Sun City MacDonald Ranch.

We’re calling the shows “Merry Mayhem - Memories & Magic of

the Holidays.” It will feature some of the top performers in Vegas:

Bruce Ewing, Rhonda Carlson, Brenda Mandabach, Randal

Keith… and more.

Not to get too far ahead of ourselves but next year we’ve planning

to schedule at least a dozen shows. We will be revisiting the Italian

American Club for 4 shows next year with other venues around the

valley. Stay tuned for some exciting times across the Valley.

But let’s see what we can do right now! You can see Craig Canter

perform every Tuesday night from 7-10 pm at Trattoria Reggiano in

Downtown Summerlin or swing by The Golden Tiki in Chinatown to

hear a killer jazz trio featuring David Marinelli, Charles McNeal

and Tony Felicetta.

Catch a group called The Fab “The Ultimate Beatles Music

Celebration.” They will be at some of the Stations Casinos during the

Nieve Malandra

month of September. There’s entertainment at the Mermaid Lounge in

the Silverton Casino, the bar in the Artisan Hotel, jazz every Thursday

at the American Gypsy Café on East Flamingo and weekend vocalists at

the Barrymore, such as Laura Shaffer and Nieve Malandra.

So you can see that there’s plenty to do every night of the week. Most

have no cover or minimums but buying a drink or getting a bite to eat

will keep these venues open with the great local talent that we enjoy.

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.

Barry’s Back!

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Barry Manilow is back in Vegas and

thousands of people are filling the Westgate

International Theater to enjoy this multi-talented

mega star’s show, “The Hits Come Home!” The

glow sticks and 3-D glasses being given out heighten the excitement

before the show. It is clear that his fans love him as the show moves

along at a perfect pace.

It’s A Miracle, his opener, is greeted with thunderous applause which

is repeated frequently; often with standing ovations. Barry says he is the

coolest man in town and proves it for 90 minutes packed with his hits.

This 75 year young performer has an astounding inventory of

familiar tunes and lyrics. Barry reminds us - they have melody. The

audience is encouraged and delighted to sing those songs and melodies

along with Barry.

The Brooklyn native recounts his childhood and we are treated

to black and white pictures from that era as he tells the story of his

grandfather taking him to sing and record his voice on a 78 rpm record.

I Can’t Smile Without You, Mandy, I Write the Songs ... This show

is 100 % Barry. His 3 backup singers and orchestra only make it better.

And Barry frequently sits at the piano. He sings When Will I See You

Again and we hope it will be soon.

Barry recalls that he never planned on being an entertainer. He

wanted to be a composer and songwriter like George Gershwin. So he

wrote – jingles and commercials.

“Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is There.” That was his. And “I

am stuck on band-aids.”

This mega-star writes, plays, and performs the songs – like no one

else.

Since this is Las Vegas, Barry’s got costume changes. And the big

Vegas finish - Copa Cabana! Barry Manilow at the Westgate. A limited

engagement so get your tickets now.

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.

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Aging Through the Looking Glass

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

At 63, I was told I had osteoporosis. My

wonderful primary care doctor prescribed

one natural and one pharmaceutical remedy.

First, weight-bearing exercise. As long as you’re walking the dogs,

carry a backpack full of heavy books. Or heavy rocks.

Second, a bone-building drug, just for two years, in one of three

forms: a weekly pill, a monthly pill, or a shot every six months. I choose

the monthly pill: Ibandronate Sodium, 150 milligrams.

For a year and a half, my insurance (through a prior employer)

covered the entire cost of the prescription. Then comes age 65,

arrangements for Medicare with a Part D supplement, and my

introduction to the bizarre world of prescription drug pricing.

My “preferred” pharmacy, Walgreens, informed me that my next

three-month supply – three little caplets – retails for $483, and my

co-pay will be $93.

Why? Well, whereas “tier 1” and “tier 2” drugs have much lower copays

(or none at all) this is a “tier 3” drug (even though it’s a generic)

and thus demands more from my pocketbook.

Once the co-pays add up to a $430 deductible, I reach the next

insurance phase. As a pretty healthy person, I don’t expect to rack up

much more for prescriptions to that point where I attain yet another

phase and insurance covers everything.

So I look further, and a visit to the nearest Costco pharmacy, and a

call to my insurance company. It turns out pharmacy pricing for my

drug varies widely – and if I choose NOT to go through my insurance

plan, it gets even crazier.

Costco’s retail cost for the same three-month supply would be $162,

and if I use insurance and apply my cost to the deductible, I pay the

whole thing, since Walgreens is my plan’s go-to pharmacy. But if I don’t

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Following the News

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

Here we are in an age of social media, “fake

news,” opinions from stupid and smart

people alike, and, of course, an election system

that does not represent the popular vote. But hey, why change it?

In November 2017, Meet the Press celebrated their 70 th anniversary

and when they broadcast some flashbacks, I was fascinated by the

simplicity of our world even though the issues were as scary as they are

now. There was no instant news and people’s opinions were discussed in

the neighborhood, not broadcast all over by computers to crazy people.

Another issue to make headlines is about men abusing women from

invading their space to outright rape. We have people in office who

push the boundaries of common decency so why does anyone expect

them to do anything?

And after years and years of gun violence, school shootings and

innocent children being hit by stray bullets, we’re asked to believe

that gun control violates our 2 nd amendment rights. Has everybody

completely lost their minds?

We rarely see neutrality in the news. If you lean to the right, you

watch one channel and if you lean to the left, you watch another. Fact

checkers have their own stages as well.

The whole process is a puzzle and we’re expected to put the pieces

together to create a clear picture. It doesn’t matter what side of the

fence you’re on anymore. Everyone is manipulating the news to fit

their own agenda.

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continue doing self-serving things. We played right into their plan.

All the trending topics and Facebook formulas are adjusting and

guarding their websites to deter predatory social media geniuses. Isn’t

it too late for that? When we create monsters, it’s impossible to turn it

back.

I recall Al Gore announcing the “information highway” and all the

wonderful opportunities we would have ahead. It would have been hard

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Bob’s Ace in the Hole

By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

remember Las Vegas of yesteryear in dollops

I - a dollop here, a dollop there. I was born in

1964 and raised near Decatur and Sahara.

Mr. Smith owned a gas station there. I never

really knew him well except for his being the gas station man, owner of

an Exxon, who would give away tiger tails to us kids. Back then, Exxon

used to tell us to put a tiger in our tanks.

People talk of “old Vegas” as if she ever grew up. That’s the thing

about Vegas - nobody will ever take her seriously because she’s the

young one, the wild one. Only a hundred and something years old!?

Pfhtthh.

Boston’s been doing it for 400. So we had the Rat Pack, and now

we have the Disco Dannies. Vegas never changes, always looking for

something new.

But the people of Vegas can see through it and know that man does

not live on bubbly alone. The smart ones are doing things to make sure

that the town in which they live is livable, and not just an appendage

of a forever child.

That’s why I started The Katherine Gianaclis Park for the Arts back in

2003. It’s closed now but possibly not forever.

I wanted to show the true talent in Vegas and I found it, lots of it,

whether it was the talent in Laser Vida, an arts cooperative, or my own

The Fargo Kantrowitz’z Literary Campsite which at the park took the

form of a little shed where I was going to have poetry readings, but

never did. A KGPA show that never existed.

My art at the KGPA was that of arranging a space where something

happens. Imagine you’re a local artist. You’ve got no money, you sit

alone, the striving artist practicing your art until suddenly, you go

someplace and do something remarkable. I sponsored that at the KGPA.

The KGPA was once Bob’s French Dips, beginning in 1940. It fed

good ol’ American cuisine to all the good people of east Las Vegas. The

Boulder Highway was then the main thoroughfare in and out of Vegas.

I pondered a sign on my property the other day. I had connected it

to the fence as a screen and it said Bob’s Ace in the Hole. What do you

think that could have been? A sandwich? A bowl of soup?

My grandfather, Nicholas Gianaclis, a former child immigrant from

Greece, bought the place in 1960 and changed the name to The Country

Kitchen which he ran along with a lumberyard in the back until 1973

when his daughter, Katherine, inherited the property and turned it into

a store called Alpha Omega that had the largest selection of Bibles in

Las Vegas for years. She also sold Christian books and music and art.

Katherine Gianaclis was an artist herself, the foremost muralist in

Las Vegas at the latter end of the Rat Pack era. She painted murals for

over half of the hotels in Las Vegas and was even recognized by the Las

Vegas Art Museum as “an artist of the highest order.” Hence the KGPA.

Maybe Bob’s Ace in the Hole was the fact that others; me, my mother

and grandfather, would all eventually see the property as something

worthwhile, a place to place dreams, to allow them to be born.

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September 2018

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Politician or Leader

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

There is a prevailing opinion that a politician

and a leader are of the same meaning and

that there are no distinguishable differences

between the two. Truth be told, there are clear and deep differences.

A Politician (those we hear and see far too often in this election cycle)

will say anything to get your vote! They do this primarily by chastising

their opponent. The more negative and outrageous the allegation, the

better.

On the other hand, a Leader focuses on a clearly defined vision and

action plan and his/her only interest is to serve you and me. Yeah,

I know, you’re thinking that is nothing more than pie in the sky

fantasyland. However, there are a few diamonds in the rough in this

election cycle.

How you find them is by putting their feet to the fire and force them

to answer directly, “What is your vision?” Many of you will have an

opportunity to face the candidates in a series of upcoming “Political

Forums” sponsored by The Vegas Voice next month.

Look for the dates, times and locations and plan on being there!

You’ll be glad you did!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

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By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

We’ve all seen this bumper sticker: “I’m

spending my kids’ inheritance” on an

expensive sports car. We laugh, but why not buy the car that makes you

happy if you are on the downside of your driving years? For some people,

that’s an exotic Porsche; for others it’s a luxury sedan like a Jaguar.

While some may have trouble justifying spending that much money

on a car, there are plenty of affordable, sporty, fun cars that will transport

you back to your youth. My senior cousin Matt is driving his dream car,

a Toyota Solara convertible that’s had the top down since he bought it,

and swears it’s never going up.

Why not spend time in a car that makes you happy?

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Ford Mustang: As the only pony car in continuous production for over

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large Mustang community. Make new friends along with the fun.

Mustang starts at $25,680 for the turbocharged inline four and climbs

to $57,240 for the amazing Shelby GT350. It comes as a convertible too.

Mazda MX-5 Miata: Small but mighty, the Miata will remind you

of your old MG - without the electronic headaches. It’s available in a

traditional soft top or power folding hardtop and manual or automatic

transmission. Lightweight and affordable, the Miata starts at $26,645.

Honda Civic Type R: The Civic Type R might be over the top, but it’s

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Death with Dignity - Our Survery Results

By: Dan Roberts/Publisher


I told you so.” Those were the words from The Vegas Voice political

editor concerning our recent survey.

To recap: Rana wanted The Vegas Voice to support and lobby the

2019 Nevada Legislature in passing a “Death with Dignity” law. Simply

put, such a law would allow a person 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.

We were advised that a recent poll indicated that Nevadans favored

such a law by a 70-30% majority. Of course that clear majority was

good enough for the “Guardian Gladiator”, but I told her that for The

Vegas Voice to commit to such lobbying efforts, I required more.

I imposed three conditions that had to be in place before Don(na)

Quixote tackled those windmills – and elected officials.

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

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What’s your Opinion?

Death with Dignity

We would favor such law

We would oppose such law

Name(s):______________________

Comments:_____________________

_____________________________

_____________________________

Mail survey to:

THE VEGAS VOICE

2880 Bicentennial Pkwy, Ste 100, #244

Henderson, NV 89044

Or sign the survey online at:

www.thevegasvoice.net

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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 weekend.

She met those conditions (hence her opening sentence) but even she

was surprised by the percentages. As of the end of August, our survey

showed 95-5% FOR such a law. To say that we were shocked by the

survey percentages would be an understatement.

Yes, I recognize that the survey was unscientific but… 95%?

We also received numerous comments regarding reader’s beliefs.

Basically it came down to two reasons opposed to such a law and two

for its implementation.

OPPOSED

1. Only God has the right to decide when a person should die.

2. If such a law was passed, it would create a “slippery slope” and

who knows what the government would eventually do down the road.

FOR

1. We treat our pets with more compassion and respect that we do for

our loved ones.

2. Their personal experiences in watching/dealing with the passing

of a spouse, parent or child, and that no loved one should suffer just

to die.

As you can only expect from my Rana, she has very strong beliefs in

this issue. I, along with our other Vegas Voice family members have

their sad episodes as well.

And while I truly understand and respect those who would sincerely

and vigorously oppose such a law, it will be the position of The Vegas

Voice to indeed favor and actively lobby the Legislature to permit such

“Death with Dignity.”

We will have more information in future issues. In the meantime, if

you have not responded, please do so. Agree or disagree, we always want

to know what readers think. At the very least, it’s time for a grown up

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A Happy Follow Up

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

Last month, I wrote about a reader who

moved from California and lost his original

Social Security card, having only copies of his

identification. Thank you to all our readers who suggested ways get a

replacement card.

The Social Security office insisted that it will only issue a replacement

if you have the original. A “Catch 22” indeed!

Some of your ideas were unique and all were forwarded to the family

of our senior, who had been waiting patiently for Senator Dean Heller

to follow up on his promise of help following my telephone call to his

office. After three weeks however, I gave up on him.

Fortunately our columnist Howard Beckerman invited The Vegas

Voice to attend a breakfast meeting of Democratic candidates. He

advised that Congresswoman (and now Senatorial candidate) Jacky

Rosen would be there.

With all the information on this gentleman in hand, I put my

Republican pride on hold and I spotted the Congresswoman as she

entered the room. Upon introducing myself, I asked if I might have a

moment of her time.

The Congresswoman said this should be no big issue and she put me

in touch with her two top staffers. More importantly, she promised to

have the problem handled in 48 hours.

Bottom line, the gentleman has his new Social Security card and will

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Rana: A United States citizen, born and raised, not to mention

a WW ll Vet, should not have to jump through these many hoops in

order to obtain a replacement for documentation he has had for

nearly 95 years. Thank you so much…

To quote my wife “you are the Bomb” (or Bombette, to be more

precise)! Your active participation with my dad’s Social Security

nightmare signifies one of the reasons we chose to move to Las

Vegas

Our family cannot thank you enough for your efforts. The

title of your article in The Vegas Voice could not have been more

appropriate… and that’s sad. Outside of dad’s situation, my

concern is for the countless senior citizens who may face the same

roadblocks, and not have the assistance of a son, daughter-in-law,

and noted columnist at their side. Bless you.

As Publisher Dan likes to say: Every once in a while, the good guys

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Ignorance can be EXPEN$IVE

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Failing to plan, is planning to fail. The threat

of enhanced Medicaid recovery is real.

Situation: A daughter came to our office.

Her parents divorced years before. Both had paid off their individual

homes.

Mom had done some asset protection planning with a fellow elder

attorney and she passed away without having to use her Medicaid

assistance. Dad had a simple estate plan in place and had been declared

incompetent because of dementia but was otherwise in superb health.

He appeared to need a memory care or skilled nursing facility in the

coming years. The cost of the facility would likely be $8,000 per month

and he would be forced to use the $320K from the sale of his home to

pay for his care before Medicaid assistance would kick in.

Threat: When the daughter came to our office, she wanted to move

Mom’s house into Dad’s trust. This was a red flag because Mom’s

house was beyond the reach of Nevada’s enhanced recovery.

Moving her home would have made the funds from the home

sale available to Medicaid “recovery”, an estimate $350k. Medicaid

assistance has a 60 month look back period to “recover” any transfer

of assets. The family plan was for Dad to move in with his daughter

until his disease progressed to a point of needing to be moved into a

facility, 5 to 8 years away.

Solution: We met with Dad, and he seemed lucid and sharp. We

suggested the family get him formally tested by a doctor, and it turned

out he was very competent. Competent enough for us to get a better

Durable Power of Attorney in place, and for him to get advanced Elder

Law planning in place.

The end result was $320k would now be protected and not available

for Medicaid “recovery.” Dad would stay with the family as long as

possible and when the time comes for Dad to move into the skilled

nursing facility, the cost of care could be covered by Medicaid

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The funds from the sale of both homes would be safe from Medicaid.

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have been used FIRST before Medicaid kicked in. He would only have

about $2k in assets left; he would not have enough money to change

facilities if he decided he didn’t like the staff, food, facility or fellow

patients.

He would have been left with no options. Medicaid would be

controlling his care and residency.

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The Race to Election Day

By: Howard Beckerman /Nevada Democrats

It is now past Labor Day and more people

begin to take notice of what is going on in

the political world. This month, a few comments

about candidates who appear “down ballot” but who are just as

important as the “big races” to your everyday lives.

Nevada Supreme Court: The Vegas Voice has endorsed District Judge

Elissa Cadish as an outstanding choice for the Nevada Supreme

Court. Judge Cadish has over 11 years on the bench and is endorsed by

over 100 law enforcement organizations.

District Court: Judge Mark Bailus should be retained on the bench.

Judge Bailus has decades of practice as a trial attorney, both civil and

criminal cases.

Justice of the Peace: Deputy District Attorney Elana Lee Graham

will bring to the bench her experience as an advocate for the people.

County Assessor: Briana Johnson has been the assistant assessor

for many years and deserves to fill the shoes of her retiring boss Michele

Shaife.

County Public Administrator: Rob Telles. Telles is endorsed by the

outgoing administrator John Cahill who is respected by all.

County Clerk: Lynn Goya should be retained for doing an excellent

job. State Treasurer: Zach Conine. Zach is pro-business. Zach and his

company have helped dozens of businesses across a span of industries

such as gaming, tech, and hospitality go from concept to reality.

GETTING

THINGS DONE!

Recently, after a wonderful day in Boulder

City, the wife and I stopped to pay a visit at

the Nevada State Veterans Home.

This impressive large 18,000 square foot facility boasts a 180-bed

layout designed especially for veterans, spouses and Gold Star parents.

The home offers skilled nursing services and a variety of care programs,

including Alzheimer’s and dementia - all geared to enhance the overall

quality of life for veterans (both men and women).

With a little research I found some interesting info: After the

American Civil War our nation was faced with a staggering number

of combatants in critical need of medical care. Only a few national

veterans’ homes were in operation at the time, but their capacity was

inadequate to meet the huge demand.

Several states then established their own homes to provide for those

residents who had served. In 2002, Nevada opened its first Veterans

Home in Boulder City.

Its mission is to ensure that our veterans have access to opportunities

that improve their lives. It’s a first class endeavor that provides efficient

service and advocacy on behalf of veterans, their dependents, and

survivors.

What makes a Veterans Home different than other nursing homes

is that veterans have a commonality making it easier to build

relationships. Instead of entering a residence and having to establish

relationships with strangers, every new resident has a common tie

with all the others - the shared experience of service and the bonds of

comradeship.

Some eligibility and application details: Applicants must possess a

military discharge, other than dishonorable, or be the spouse or Gold

Star parent of a veteran who meets this requirement. The applicant

must be a current resident of Nevada or provide verification of Nevada

residency at the time of enlistment in the military.

The application process is simple and can be completed online

at www.veterans.nv.gov. The admissions coordinator will then contact

the applicant to arrange completion of the remaining admissions

packet. If applicants prefer, they may request an admissions packet in

the mail by contacting the Admissions Coordinator at (702) 332-6717.

Some of the most

memorable and

meaningful days of our

lives were when we served

our country in uniform;

so spending our last years

with others who served can

also add a special quality

to a life proudly lived.

Together Then - Together Again

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

The highest rated female Judge on the Clark County District Court bench, Civil

and Criminal Division

Currently Chair of the State Bar’s Law Related Education Committee

The Clark County Law Foundation’s Liberty Bell Award, 2016, for person who

has greatest respect for law

Chair of the Court’s Civil Bench Bar Committee from 2008 until 2011

Clark County Bar Association’s Ambassador of the Year for 2010

Trial by Peers Judge of the Year, 2009

Endorsed by more than a dozen organizations including veterans, firefighters

and law enforcement

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The Clark County School District

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

As students head back to school, so many

new things are in store for them. They will

meet new teachers, friends, subjects, and all the

other things that greet a new school year.

Unfortunately, what isn’t there to meet them are new policies and

procedures in place to help them succeed as students.

Despite claims that new programs will improve public schools,

coupled with Governor Sandoval’s $1.5 billion tax package in 2015,

Nevada education ranks last when rating schools across our country.

Our own Clark County school board has focused its time and resources

on ramming through a new transgender policy despite overwhelming

opposition from parents.

Legislators fought tooth and nail in the 2015 legislative session to

break up the nation’s fifth-largest bloated school district into smaller

districts, only to see it reorganized. The breakup would have allowed

for more effective management and been infinitely more responsive to

parents. Yet, two years later, Clark County School District is struggling

mightily with its finances, while opposing a forensic audit of the budget

to ascertain where the money is spent.

With the district struggling financially, we have to ask ourselves why

part of the money went to Disney World. That’s right, Disney World!

School Board President, Deanna Wright, decided her stellar

performance in driving our schools to the bottom earned her the right

to turn part of a taxpayer

funded trip to Florida into a

visit to the Magic Kingdom.

Your senior tax dollars at work!

When confronted about her

visit with Mickey and Goofy

by the Review Journal, she

responded, “I don’t know what else to do.” In defense of her jaunt,

Wright continued, “I’ve done what I’ve been told is the regular way

that CCSD does business.”

That response alone tells us all we need to know about the Clark

County School District. It’s business as usual.

Not only do our children deserve far better, so do all the hard-working

teachers across the valley who fight every day to give their students the

best education possible.

In November, some districts will have a school board candidate on

the ballot. Every district will most certainly have a state representative

on the ballot. I urge all to do their research and vote against business

as usual and for candidates who will put our students and teachers first.

The students, teachers and taxpayers deserve nothing less.

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Business Broker with First Choice

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Bad Habits and Your Teeth

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


Stop it! You’re driving me crazy!” How

often has someone asked you to cease and

desist from doing something that you had no idea

you were doing in the first place?

Unpleasant habits can be as tough to break as they are annoying

to those around you. However, the degree to which they tend to drive

others up the wall could very well pale in comparison with the havoc

they are wreaking on your teeth.

The truth is that some habits have a talent for landing people in

a dentist’s chair far sooner than they might have expected. The worst

offenders in this regard include:

Ice-chewing. Apart from making a crunching noise that’s

guaranteed to irritate anyone nearby, the mindless and hard-to-break

habit of eating ice presents a special set of dangers.

This custom has driven more than one individual straight to the

dentist’s office for help with teeth that have broken or cracked as a

result. Even if your teeth should manage to survive the onslaught, the

practice can also irritate dental tissue to the point at which toothaches

and sensitivity to hot and cold foods turn into a common occurrence.

Fingernail-biting. People who like to chomp on their nails don’t

always know that they’re doing it. However, when the habit persists on a

regular basis, your dental health may start to feel the heat. The practice

has been known to cause teeth to wear down, crack, chip or even shift

from their normal positions.

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Grinding. Although some people do it during the day, tooth

grinding or “bruxism” normally takes place during the night when

a person is deeply asleep. Apart from complaints by others who share

your room, your only indication of a problem may be the pain you feel

in the morning. At 250 pounds of pressure per square inch, the habit

can cause the teeth to wear down and eventually disintegrate.

Habits like these are difficult to break. Unfortunately, I see these

horrible consequences all the time. Don’t let your teeth fall victim to

these unhealthy habits.

Remember: One is not in good health without good oral health.

White smiles are for everyone!

Travel for Active Seniors!

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

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Because this

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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

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12:01 AM or Bust

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

This is a “hot” topic at the Nevada Division

of Insurance and you need to be aware of

the consequences of not knowing, understanding

or simply ignoring a situation that could result

in a lapse of coverage. Here are the basics:

Auto liability insurance policies expire at 12:01 am on the expiration

date listed on your evidence of insurance card. Think of this as the first

minute of that date – one minute after midnight.

That means that you are NOT insured for several hours if you wait

until later that day to pay your premium. In short, your insurance

coverage does not exist THROUGH the expiration date, but rather

only UP TO that date. (Most insurance companies will, however, take

payments on that date but you should make sure there would be no

lapse).

There are consequences of a lapsed insurance policy, including a fine

from the Nevada DMV.

The penalties for an auto insurance lapse can be financially severe.

If a policy lapses for 1-30 Days its $251. From 31to 90 days, it’s $501.

After that, the penalties escalate; plus at the 91 day point you will also

be required to carry what is called a “proof of financial responsibility”

form (SR-22) for the next 3 years.

A SR-22 is a form the insurance company sends to the DMV proving

you have at least the minimum liability insurance required. If this

policy lapses for

even one day,

you’ll have to start

the 3 years all over

again. Most likely,

your preferred

insurance

company will

not issue one for you so you may need to change to a less desirable

company that will provide SR-22 evidence to the DMV.

One side note: all your personal insurance policies expire or begin

at 12:01 am. This includes your home, motorcycle, RV, watercraft, etc.

So when you are shopping your insurance and the agent asks “when

does your insurance policy expire” – they want the EXACT date. I’ve

had clients say “my policy ends on March 1st so you can begin my

insurance on March 2nd” – WRONG. You need to start coverage on

March 1st at 12:01 am because your current policy ends that same

second.

The Nevada DMV has an excellent website which can answer many of

your questions: www.dmvnv.com.

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

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Nobody Move!

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Destinations

Where has the time gone? Nobody move!

In the blink of an eye, I have been the

Travel Editor for The Vegas Voice and writing

such articles for 15 years.

It’s now 15 years since publisher Dan founded The Vegas Voice. My

children were teenagers then. Now I have two grandchildren.

At the beginning, I was a middle aged “baby boomer.” And as of last

month, (August 16th to be exact) I will be presenting my Medicare card

every time I visit the doctor.

When I first started as travel editor, publisher Dan asked me to start

a travel club. So way back when, we established the Vegas Voyagers

Travel Club.

The concept was really simple: create group trips for like-minded

readers who enjoy the adventure of travel. Make the trips affordable

and never charge a membership fee to be a part of our “Club.”

This concept has worked beyond our wildest expectations. Partnering

with many cruise lines and tour operators, we have offered trips for our

Voyagers all over the world.

Trips were planned throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Central and

South America, as well as all over the United States, Canada and the

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By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

September in the Las Vegas area provides us

with a unique period for getting back into

and “refreshing” our gardens after two months

of “heat dormancy.”

Many of our outdoor plantings actually go dormant during July

and August in order to survive in our torrid weather! In September,

our daytime temperatures become more moderate and the evenings

become somewhat cooler. This signals a sort of “second growing

season” to take place.

To take advantage of this opportunity, we should provide our

gardens with some TLC. We should get outside and begin to water more

appropriately, prune and remove damaged plantings, add new plants,

and provide our garden with nutrients that will help sustain them in

the coming months.

We should be manually watering down by hose our garden soil to

wash away the salts that have accumulated during the summer. In

addition, we should spread Sulphur over the soil to help to reduce

the high alkali pH levels (above 7) that prevent nutrient absorption

through the root systems. The application of fertilizer with appropriate

Nitrogen-Phosphorus-Potassium ratios will help to restart plant and

flower growth.

September is the best time to start any heavy pruning of trees, shrubs,

and plants. This is especially true for flowering plants and palm trees.

This will allow new growth to establish itself before there are any

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autumn “cold-snaps” in evening temperatures that can damage or kill

off tender growths.

September is also the best time to start any replanting or redesigning

of your landscaping. By putting in new additions now, these plantings

will have the warm days and cool nights to establish healthy root

systems and to adapt to their new environments.

For the vegetable growers among us, now is the time to heavily prune

down your tomato plants to about six inches above the ground. You can

actually get a complete second harvest from many tomato varieties that

continue to grow and bear fruit through Thanksgiving!

Take advantage of September’s gardening opportunities -

your plants will thank you. Have any questions? Contact me at:

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That Time of Year

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

Overseeding fairways and greens is upon us

in the valley. What does this mean for the

local golfer?

It depends. If you happen to play at a course

that does not overseed such as Boulder City

Muni, Las Vegas Muni, Paiute Golf Courses (just to name a few) good

for you as you can maintain your routine.

However if you happen to play the Desert Willow Golf Course as I

do or other courses that overseed, it means closures for a minimum

of two-weeks. And when they reopen, roped off fairways and cart paths

for about 30 days to allow the new grass to take hold. That equates to

more walking that some seniors can handle.

Golfers have options - travel to the courses that don’t overseed or

play courses that have 27 or 36 holes that alternate the seeding. This

way you can always play 18 holes without the hassle.

It’s good practice to call the

facility you are not familiar

with and get the status of course

conditions and any restrictions

before you commit to play.

See you on the links!

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Scarcely 90-miles south of Las Vegas on

Interstate 15 is Baker, California. Merely

a dot on the map, Baker boasts the World Tallest Thermometer and

during the hot summer months the newly repaired thermometer often

reads more than 120-degrees.

The Baker community was founded in 1908 and named for R.C.

Baker, the Tonopah and Tidewater Railroad president. Baker was later

established and developed by Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks in 1929.

A prospector and pioneer, Fairbanks founded several Death Valley

towns, including Fairbanks Springs and Shoshone. Baker is in a region

of San Bernardino County that has been mined longer than any other

portion of the county.

Located in the Southern California area known as the Mojave Desert,

plant and animal life suitably offset the geological features. The land is

plentiful with sand dunes, mesas, extinct volcanoes, mountain ranges

and valleys dotted with the largest Joshua tree forest in the world. The

Mojave National Preserve protects countless significant rock art sites

giving evidence of early Native American use of the land.

Protected also, are sites from early mining, ranching, homesteading

and railroading The area has a long cultural history as a travel corridor

across the harsh and foreboding desert.

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, railroads were built

in this historic transportation corridor for desert crossing. Today, the

Mojave Desert is bounded to the north and south by two major interstate

highways, I-15 and I-40.

The Nevada–

California state line

makes up most of the

eastern boundary. For

motorists, Baker offers

gasoline and other

services in the vast and

remote desert along

Interstate-15 between

Las Vegas and Barstow.

Here the world’s tallest

thermometer is not only

a reminder of the current

outdoor temperature but

serves as reminder of

the tough people that

opened the perilous

harsh and hostile

western edge before there

were air conditioned

automobiles.

Baker’s World Tallest

Thermometer

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.

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Laura Harbison

Broker/Owner

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“ASK LAURA ABOUT REAL ESTATE”

Why isn’t my house selling?

When you first put your house on the market, you might be hopeful for a quick sale. Although

you shouldn't panic if the house doesn't sell the moment you list it, you should begin to worry if

the months start flying by. If this is the case, the following are reasons why your house may not

be selling.

You overvalued your property. If your house is overpriced, it's not going to sell. Compare your

property to similar properties that have sold in your area recently. Also, don't make the mistake

of tacking on the cost of any renovations you made. The cost of a renovation unfortunately

doesn't translate to added value.

Your listing is deficient. If the listing of your home includes a poorly written description without

any images, a lot of buyers are going to skip over it. Make sure to add high quality photographs

of both the interior and exterior of your home, and don't forget to highlight unique features.

You're always present at showings. Buyers don't want to have the seller lurking over their

shoulder during showings, especially during an open house. This puts unwanted pressure on the

buyer, which will make them uncomfortable and likely chase them away

You're too attached. If you refuse to negotiate even a penny off your price, then there's a good

chance that you've become too attached to your home. If a part of you doesn't want to sell it, or

you think your house is the best house in the world, odds are you're going to have a lot of

difficulties coming to an agreement with a potential buyer.

You haven't had your home professionally cleaned. A house that is less than immaculate is

going to leave a bad impression on buyers. Make sure you have a professional clean your

home, carpeting, and windows before you begin showing your house.

Your home improvements are too personalized. You might think that the mural you painted on

the wall is absolutely incredible, but that doesn't mean potential buyers will agree. Reduce

you personal décor so that buyers can have an easier time imagining themselves living there.

Your home is too cluttered. Even if your home is clean, clutter can still be an issue. For example,

maybe you simply have too much furniture in one of your rooms. This can make the house feel

smaller than it is.

Your home is in need of too many repairs. The more repairs that are needed, the less likely a

buyer will want your house. Many buyers simply don't want to deal with the cost or effort of

doing repair work, even if it's just small repairs, such as tightening a handrail or replacing a

broken tile. Don't assume they will just let you do the repairs after an offer is accepted!

You chose the wrong real estate agent. Choosing the right real estate agent is simply the most

important decision you make in selling your home. An experienced, knowledgeable REALTOR®

makes all the difference in selling your home within a reasonable time.

All these things can be fixed once you realize your mistake.

today for a confidential (and honest) consultation.

Sharing your goals,

Need help figuring it out? Call me

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

Laura Harbison

ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE, CRS, DRB, GRI, RSPS, SRES

Broker/Owner

770 Coronado Center Dr., Suite 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office (702) 777-1234

Laura@HarbisonRealEstate.com

www.LauraHarbisonRealEstate.com

421 Trenier Dr.

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

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

157 Cobalt Sky Ave.

CRESTWAY TRAILS 2 Story 3BR/2.5BA Home w/ Mountain

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w/ ceiling fan and walk-in closet. Master bath w/ double

sinks, garden tub and separate shower. Covered Patio and

BBQ stub. Much more! $409,500

3027 Hickory Valley Rd.

SUN CITY ANTHEM Upgraded Quincy floorplan,

approx. 1482 Sqft, 2 Bed, 2 Bath, 2 car garage,

custom paint, blinds, ceiling fans, raised panel

doors, low maintenance landscape, and covered

patio! $315,000

Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

Is Independently Owned and Operated

931 Clipper Dr.

RIVER LANDING Upgraded 1 Story home w/ 2 BR/2 BA.

Upgraded kitchen w/ granite counters, upgraded cabinets,

tile flooring and breakfast bar. Great room w/

vaulted ceiling and gas fireplace. Master suite w/ ceiling

fan and walk-in closet. Secondary bedroom w/ ceiling

fan and walk-in closet. Covered Patio! $195,000

7696 Hampton Willows Ln.

HAMPTON VILLAGE Adorable 2 story 2BR, 2.5BA

home w/ private yard. Dual master floorplan w/

spacious great room and step saver kitchen. Master

suite with walk-in closet and ceiling fan. Junior

suite with ceiling fan and private bath. Covered

front porch. $228,500

Laura Harbison

ABR, AHWD, BPOR, BS, CDPE,

CRS, DRB, GRI, RSPS, SRES

Broker/Owner

Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office: 702-777-1234

877 Maule Ave. Unit 3086

ESPLANADE Highly upgraded 2 BR/2 BA condo on

the 3rd floor w/ mountain views! Kitchen w/ breakfast

bar, granite counter and marble flooring. Great

room w/ vaulted ceiling. Master w/ vaulted ceiling

and walk-in closet. Balcony. Secured building w/ key

code entry. $204,900

48 Megan Dr.

GREEN VALLEY Fantastic 2 story home w/ 3BR/2.5BA

with pool and spa! Step saver kitchen w/ tile countertops

and flooring. Great room w/ vaulted ceiling and 2

way gas fireplace. Master w/ vaulted ceiling and walkin

closet. Large covered patio w/ gas BBQ stub. Much

more! $288,800

1793 Tanner Cir.

GREEN VALLEY Immaculate 3BR, 2.5BA 1962Sqft

townhome w/ premium interior lot. Great room w/

hardwood flooring and gas fireplace. Sunny kitchen

w/ hardwood flooring, granite counters and breakfast

bar. Downstairs master suite w/ walk-in closet.

Too much to list! $328,800

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