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Volume 15, Issue 7
OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS
Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist
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
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
The bad news: I no longer recognize her.
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
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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
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,
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
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
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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.
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
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
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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who graduated from college. They were so poor they ate stolen peaches
for dinner once. He lied about his age to join the military but he had
a deep devotion to his country and the recruiter assured him he would
see the world and eat a wonderful new food called Spam.
I’m grateful to have a good home with Al and as Paul Harvey would
say: “You now know “the rest of the story” about The Little Ole’ Man
and the Fluffy Dog!
I guess if there’s a moral to this story it’s this: Don’t be lonely and
sad; go get a dog to love!
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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!
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.
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
“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
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
music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can contact her
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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
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: email@example.com.
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
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.
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
use insurance, I can get a web coupon that will lower the cost further
– according to one information source, to as little as $27 a pill, or $71
for three - or less than my Walgreens co-pay.
The Costco pharmacist advised against getting future refills there
without going through insurance, saying I then could be found “noncompliant”
with my medication. But the insurance company agent I
reached on the phone – in the Philippines, it turned out – said I should
go ahead and do whatever seems financially best for me.
So this is what senior choice looks like. Evidently, I’ve fallen down
a rabbit hole. I think I’ll wander around Wonderland for a while, and
perhaps find a Mad Hatter to advise me on my payment strategy.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant
to Las Vegas from the Midwest.
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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.
all of this is
every day. At
first, we were outraged, having heated discussions and righteous about
Now we start flipping channels because we’re sick of it. And guess
what? That is probably how they wanted us to react so they could
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
I recall Al Gore announcing the “information highway” and all the
wonderful opportunities we would have ahead. It would have been hard
to imagine the mess that followed.
This highway is now one crash site after another. We should have
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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!?
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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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It’s Never Too Late to Drive
Your Dream Car
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?
If you’re looking to really enjoy whatever time you spend on the road,
here are a few suggestions that will bring back the fun of driving, and at
the same time, leave a little cash to pass down to your heirs!
Kia Stinger: From mild to wild, you can get this sport sedan with a
2.0L four-cylinder engine or a monster 3.3L V6 with 365 horsepower.
Prices start at $31,900 and go to $51,400.
Ford Mustang: As the only pony car in continuous production for over
50 years, the Mustang is fun because it’s affordable, as well as part of a
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
definitely for the young at heart. Just $34,700 to start - your bang for the
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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
What’s your Opinion?
Death with Dignity
We would favor such law
We would oppose such law
Mail survey to:
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Or sign the survey online at:
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
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.
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.
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
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
Please feel free to complete the survey and mail to us or complete on
our homepage website: thevegasvoice.net.
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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
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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be heading to DMV this week to get his Nevada pub: ID Vegas card. Voice Thank you,
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The thank you letters that I received from the family
and the attached
photo made the ordeal extremely satisfying.
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
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
win! And be assured, I’ll keep trying.
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Ignorance can be EXPEN$IVE
By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry
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
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
The funds from the sale of both homes would be safe from Medicaid.
The daughter and her Dad now have their assets and funds protected.
What Is Imperative to Understand: Had the daughter not
gone to an Elder Law Attorney, Dad’s assets and funds would HAVE to
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
He would have been left with no options. Medicaid would be
controlling his care and residency.
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has a sum of money from their assets, worth $670k, to supplement his
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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
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
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.
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
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
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
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Some of the most
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so spending our last years
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also add a special quality
to a life proudly lived.
Together Then - Together Again
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
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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
Business Brokers in Las Vegas. You can contact Victoria at victoria@
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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.
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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.
now to join
Ray and me
on this terrific
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
Siena’s Piazza Del Campo
Cinque Terre Option
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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...
*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.
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
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,
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
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
that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.
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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
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
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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
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:
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
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
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!
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: email@example.com
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This is one of my favorite classic movies. And why
not? The film is full of Italian style and grace. The
scenery is breathtaking. The villages are lovely. The
people are charming..., And the pasta, and wine...
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So when my husband Ray and I decided
to host a European tour, Collette’s Spotlight on Tuscany
tour with Florence, Lucca, Siena, and more was a
natural choice. Plus, we’ll actually be under the Tuscan
Sun, and there’ll be no pesky packing and unpacking.
We’ll be staying in the delightful spa resort town
of Montecatini in a four star hotel just a short walk
from the charming city center. In fact, one of my best
friends, Iris Newman, who already had the good sense
to take this trip, has told me that exploring Montecatini,
meeting its locals, and enjoying spontaneous casual
gatherings at the end of the day were unexpected trip
highlights. This is the perfect place to relax and enjoy
the Tuscan lifestyle. Call us at:
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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.
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
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
Baker’s World Tallest
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
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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
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003