Vegas Voice 10-18




For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!





October 2018


Volume 15, Issue 8











Dan Roberts

Ray Sarbacker

Debbie Landry

Rana Goodman

Evan Davis

Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Bill Caserta


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

Mary Richard

Crystal Sarbacker

Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

James White


October 2018



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



By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

Who’s THE MAN!” I roared to my Rana as I

nearly tumbled off the ladder in celebration.

With (almost my) blood, (a great deal of)

sweat and (close to) tears - along with that frightening female “look”

that terrorizes all men, I had done the improbable; NO, make that the


I got our big screen television back to life.

Regular readers are well-aware of my mechanical-challenged

abilities. I have no hesitation in confirming what my Ladylove has

advised to anyone who will listen: when it comes to those “manly”

requirements, the publisher of The Vegas Voice is useless.

Now as I previously mentioned, I thankfully have a “silver bullet” -

my Bronx brother, best buddy and Vegas Voice columnist Bill Caserta.

The man can solve and fix anything; and so long as he tolerates me,

I’m in good shape.

But this was different. Bill and Barbara were in Europe and our TV

picture was now a black box. Make no mistake, there was panic in the


To further complicate matters, Rana had just purchased an Amazon

Fire TV Stick. “Look at all the options” she proudly announced. “We

may never go out again.”

And to really put yours truly in her potential cross-hairs, she was told

by the 20-something techno-jerk when she purchased the gadget, that

“even an idiot” can hook it up. “Good” she replied to this pimplefaced

geek, “I have one at home.”

So anyway, with my manhood (and idiocy) at stake, I slowly opened

the box. Trying desperately to recall what Bill has told me countless

times, I ever so carefully emptied the contents.

Luckily, the instructions contained “pictures” and I was (eventually)

able to connect the HDMI thingy (by the way, anybody know what

HDMI means?) into the TV. It worked.

So as I patted myself on the back, we settled in for the evening. The


Call Me Mr. Fix-It!

Another Guardianship Seminar

Vegas Voice political editor Rana Goodman with Las Vegas City

Councilman Steve Seroka at Atria Seville Senior Living Facility in

Summerlin last month. Residents were able to obtain free notary

services for their Guardianship Nomination forms. It was our 17th

guardianship seminar this year.

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crisis however was the next day.

While I knew to switch the HDMI remote button from 2 to 1, when

I did so, our “regular” channels failed to appear. A totally dark screen.

“Do something!” my Rana commanded. Looking at our four TV

remotes - and all those other buttons (which Bill told me never to

touch) I felt a tightness in my chest and sweat appearing from every

part of my body.

I immediately reached for my cell to call Bill – but remembered he

was in Italy. I quickly calculated the time zone difference and realized

that he probably would not get back to me since it was after 3:00 am

his time.

Rana’s grandchildren weren’t around either. No; it was all on me.

Nervously, I climbed the stepstool and saw (no exaggeration, about

a gazillion) wires and plugs behind the mounted TV. “Hurry” Rana

thundered. “I don’t want to miss America’s Got Talent. It’s the semifinals.”

Not having a freakin’ clue as to what I was doing or even looking

for, I felt the strange presence of Bill by my side telling me to stay

calm (“The Force will be with you.” his Obi-wan Kenobi assured this

terrified Luke Skywalker).

Drying my trembling hands, I touched (once again, no exaggeration,

about a million) wires, cords and other stuff - and after what seemed

like an eternity …a miracle. Picture and sound appeared from the

heavens. It was a gift from God.

Never mind that I had to simply plug the cord back in - it’s the result

that counts.

Rana, you hear that? I joyfully shouted. It was the Mormon

Tabernacle Choir singing Handel’s “Hallelujah.” Rather than join

in, she simply shook her head over her PILL’s (partner in love & life)

exuberance in hearing the harmonic voices.

Snicker all you want, but I now know exactly how Edison felt when

he saw that bulb light up for the first time; how Sir Edmond Hillary felt

when he reached the top of Mt. Everest; when…well, you get the idea.

I was Rocky Balboa. “Yo Adrian, I did it!” Even Rana smiled, but I

think she was just relieved that I did not break anything.

Anyway we sat on our recliners in time to watch “AGT” (with picture

and sound in perfect condition, I must proudly add) and, as usual, fell

asleep half-way through the telecast. But no worries, Mr. Fix-It knew

how to “record” the show.

And the best news of all – Bill returned home 3 days later.



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By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

For those not familiar with the USGA GHIN

handicap system (required for those who

play in USGA sanctioned tournaments) here’s a

quick lesson.

Why is a handicap used? It levels the

playing field. It enables players of differing abilities to compete on an

equitable basis.

Example: If player 1 has a 20 handicap index and player 2 has a

+4 handicap index, then player 2 spots golfer 1 “24 shots.” Now the

players are playing heads up golf.

How the Index works? The handicap index is a course

independent measure that shows up on your Handicap Card and is

specific to your abilities. It’s adjusted depending on the course you


Check with the Pro Shop for the course Rating/Index sheet so you

can determine your handicap for each course you play (they are

all different). When you input your scores in the GHIN system, the

computer adjusts for each course you play, tees used and so on.

What is ESC Score? (Equitable Stroke Control) and the table

below shows the maximum number of strokes that a player can take

on each hole based their handicap.


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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:

October 2018

I’ve Been Thinking

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Why the sun lightens our hair, but

darkens our skin?

Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic

Wins Lottery”?

Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?

Why is it that Doctors call what they do “practice”?

Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing

liquid made with real lemons?

Why is the man who invests all your money called a “broker”?

Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called “rush hour”?

Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes when he had the chance?

Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?

Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the “terminal”? And

speaking of flying, you know that indestructible black box that is used

on airplanes? Why don’t they make the whole plane out of that stuff?

Spell Check: Let me tell you friends, that just one simple spelling

mistake can make your life hell. A friend of mine recently texted a short,

romantic note to his wife while he was away on a football weekend, and

he missed one small “e.”

No problem you might say. Not so! This tiny error has caused him to

seek police protection just to enter his own house.

He wrote, “Hi darling, I’m enjoying and experiencing the best time

of my whole life, and I wish you were her!”

And Finally: I know you have been laying awake at night

wondering why baby diapers have brand names such as Luvs, Huggies

and Pampers, while undergarments for us seniors are called Depends.

Well here is the Bill’s Blurbs answer: When babies “go” in their

pants, people are still gonna Love’em, Hug’em and Pamper’em.

When we do the same thing, it “Depends” on who’s in the will!

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at:

Tin Pan Alley

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Before the 1890s, popular songs were written

but composers hired solely for sales profits

did not exist. This all changed when the Tin Pan

Alley era developed.

Tin Pan Alley was an area on West 28 th Street between Broadway and

6 th Avenue in Manhattan, New York. Fledgling publishers and composers

who had a vision of being able to have their music published pursued

this business of getting their music out to the public on a big scale.

They congregated here. The Tin Pan Alley name was eventually given

to these thriving businesses.

They began in simple brownstone flats. The office usually consisted

of a broken-down, out-of-tune piano, a second-hand desk and chair

and wooden racks holding the stock of sheet music.

Musicians, usually piano players called pluggers (some good, some

bad), were hired to play the songs for singers and night club owners

looking for new material.

This music business began to thrive as publishers then hired

composers and lyricists on a permanent basis to create popular songs.

These composers became popular because some of their songs became

hits - either because they were songs that people liked, or because

of the sales pitches that the publishers used. Publishers would then

market these songs in sheet music form. Covers were colorful and very

attractive, often with the singer’s picture on them.

If an unknown composer brought a song to one of these businesses,

the publishers would put one of the popular composer’s names on the

music as co-writer in order to create sales. Sometimes, singers of the

songs, as with Al Jolson, would require that their names be on the music

as co-writers so as to get monetary credit.

It became a time when a song’s popularity was determined by the

number of copies of sheet music the song sold. They were not always

the best songs, and most of them did not become standard songs that

we hear today.

How did Tin Pan Alley get its name? It is reported that a newspaper

reporter said that the din of competing pianists plugging the songs

sounded like a bunch of tin pans clanging. Also, the shabby area looked

like an alley. Thus the name: Tin Pan Alley.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She reports about

music on Alive! You can contact her


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What’s Happening This Month

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

It’s the month of Witches & Warlocks, but

there’s nothing scary about the shows and

talent we can see in Vegas. We get quite a diverse

list of entertainment, starting with a wonderful

jazz guitarist, Graham Dechter, who will be performing December

10 th and 11 th at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz in The Smith Center.

Let’s also check a quick week of entertainment - starting with Kelly

Clinton’s open mic at the Bootlegger Bistro and then Tuesday night

to hear Craig Canter at Tattoria Reggiano in Downtown Summerlin.

Wednesday starts the beginning of the week for The Italian American

Club with different singers nightly. Stop by the Piazza Lounge on

Thursday night October 4 th or 25 th to see Jonathan Karrant, and of

course, Nik Mastrangelo at Monzu Pizzeria on Friday.

There are always a couple of special performances you can see just

about every month, if not every week. For instance, A.J. Lambert,

Frank Sinatra’s Granddaughter, is performing at the Bootlegger

Bistro’s Copa room on October 27 th and Jimmy Hopper will be

performing at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz on October 29 th .

You must get to see Cocktail Cabaret, featuring the talent of

Philip Fortenberry, Eric Jordan Young, Daniel Emmet (with

our congratulations for being a finalist on America’s Got

Talent!), Niki Scalera and Maren Wade, at Cleopatra’s Barge in

Caesar’s Palace Wednesday - Saturday at 6:00 pm.

And of course, on Saturday, October

20 th , The Vegas Voice is presenting

“Lullaby on Broadway” at Sun City

MacDonald Ranch featuring the vocals

of Randal Keith and Genevieve

Dew under the musical direction of

Bill Fayne (See page 13). A show you

won’t want to miss!

***Permit me to once again, tell

everyone about the fantastic pleasure I

Nightlife Editor

Sam Wagmeister

had in producing our Vegas Voice “Sizzlin” Summer Extravaganza”

at the Summerlin Adelson Campus. As evidenced by the next page (and

a thank you to photographer Ed Foster for the pixs) it was without

doubt, the best show ever!

A great big thank you to the terrific staff at the Adelson Center, my

fellow Vegas Voice columnist, nightlife editor Sam Wagmeister, our

second-to-none Vegas Voice band under the music direction of Gary

Anderson and of course, to the greatest performers EVER – starting with

our fantastic co-hosts Jonathan Karrant & Chadwick Johnson. And a

most appreciative thank you to the stars: Anne Martinez, Elisa Fiorillo,

Amanda King, Travis Cloer and Zowie Bowie – Chris Phillips.

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:


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to picture, that’s because it is. You

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Becoming Samadhi

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

here has never been a word that can convey

Tthe equivalent translation for Samadhi.

Even if there was an accurate definition on a mind

level, it would still be difficult to understand, since

the only way to fully know Samadhi is to experience it.

In the movie “Samadhi: Maya the Illusion of the Self” Samadhi in

ancient Sanskrit refers to “the transcendent union that is at the root

of all spirituality and all self-inquiry. Awakened beings throughout

history have learned the wisdom of self-surrender to what Buddha

called “Anata”, that which lies beyond name and form.”

When we are born, we are told who we are, by our culture and

society. At the same time, we become slaves to the deeper unconscious,

biological craving and aversion that governs our choices.

As we became more and more immersed in our daily lives we forget

who we truly are. We also forget what we have forgotten - why we’re

here and where we’re going.

Rather than human “beings” we’ve become human “doers.”

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However in Samadhi, our soul’s journey is like life and death or the

Yin and Yang. An inseparable continuation that is endlessly unfolding

with no beginning and no end. Where there is no fear of life or death.

Samadhi is where our world of duality merges and is rejoined as

supreme souls that have no needs or wants. The place where all fears,

doubts, dualities and differences vanish and where the thinker and the

thought become one.

It is where the surrendered ego and soul merge. Here slates are

wiped clean of any attachments of ego/mind or any limiting identity;

ultimately leaving us with a heart connection to everyone and


With Samadhi, reincarnation is no longer needed, since the merged

energy, comes together to form a complete energy system that can

sustain itself on either side, or, as quoted in the book of Genesis:

“Become ye as the Gods.”

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The New Dress Codes

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

read a newspaper column recently that

I bemoaned the…uh…slutaciousness of

the clothing on young girls nowadays, and I was

thrilled that someone out there is actually awake!

As a teacher, I gotta tell you, folks - the outfits which our girls come

to school today are so appallingly hussy-fied I sometimes don’t even

know where to look. You grandmas and granddads out there: do you

have ANY idea what your grandchild is wearing?

As the parent of teenagers, I could always find clothes they could

wear that wouldn’t give me, say, an aneurysm, and today is no different.

If the that’s-all-there-is-out-there fantasy my child was spinning were

really true, and I couldn’t find one single pair of jeans on this earth

that weren’t too small for my daughter or too large for my son, and

there were no blouses that actually had sleeves wide enough to hide a

bra strap, well, I would scream loudly on a street corner for something

to be done.

(Or, if I could work a sewing machine without copious blood loss

– and resulting togs that bring “Heidi” to mind – I’d make outfits

for them myself, which they would wear under threat of being homeschooled!)

But, that fantasy is not true. Some teen, one day, upon returning

from the mall with an outfit her parents assumed was for her Barbie:

Mom (small frown, tsk tsk): “Dear, you could get a sun burn

through that blouse, and you seem to have forgotten the other half of

your skirt.”

Dad (spluttering, slack-jawed, face turning several shades of a

chartreuse-like color): “B-b-…I-I-I-…di-di-…”

Daughter (whining): “Mo-o-o-om, this is all they sell now, I swe-eear!

I couldn’t find one pair of shorts that covered my rear, or a single

dress that would be acceptable anywhere but Hooker Street! I’m no-oo-ot


And, her parents bought it, and that one day changed the course of

teen history. From that day on, it became acceptable for a young girl to

wear clothes that are not only too revealing, too small, and too skanky,

but are also really ugly (and I am a veteran of the bellbottom, elephant

pants years, so I KNOW ugly!).

And for guys to wear pants that are so insanely large that they must

hold onto the crotch as they walk – NOT because it’s cool, but because

otherwise the pants will literally fall to their ankles.

From there, we saw not just purple hair, black lipstick, and “goth”

garb, but the tattoos. Not just tiny butterflies on the back of a shoulder,

either. I’m talking big honking skulls, snakes and various cute little

adages like, “Die, M---F---!” and “Kill the B---!” Charming.

Then came piercings: one or two… or seven holes in the ear, on

the nose, above the eyebrow, through the tongue (which, please, just

shoot me) and beside the lip. These will come in handy when they have

children, because they give babies something to look at and play with

(grab…rip out) while they’re having a bottle.

On the other hand, when you’re walking down the aisle on your

father’s arm, girls, how great will it be to have a nose ring chained

to an earring under that veil (surprise!) or to talk so funny around

your tongue piercing that no one’s sure if you said: “In sickness and in

health” or “Id tickbut ad id helf”?

Vicki Wentz is a writer, teacher and speaker living in North

Carolina. Readers may contact her - and order her new children’s

book! - by visiting her website at


October 2018


Today’s Fashion

By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

The other day I was in a restaurant when I

noticed how everyone was dressed. When

you’re sitting in a bar area, you see all.

Nobody looks fresh! There is no such thing anymore and I am

longing for the fashion police to turn the tables on us and make men

shave, get the crap out of their hair, and look like men again.

As for the women, I guess they save money because those old, torn

jeans are the rage. Attach some rhinestones, add a little lace and you’re

today’s fashion statement.

Just look at the ads in Town & Country to see tattered jeans with a

$3,000 handbag. I think it also has something to do with where the

rips and tears are to determine if the jeans are old or cost another $800.

Tattoos, once reserved for bad boys are a badge of honor for some.

The more you have, the more your status goes up. Women are on the

list too.

I understand a permanent mark to remember something or someone,

a lost love, a cause or symbol of your faith. I don’t understand skulls

and all the weapons art burned into someone’s skin forever.

And the unshaven look for men has gone just a little over the top in

my opinion. It’s one thing to grow a beard and keep it trimmed in an

orderly fashion. It’s quite another to look like you just woke up from a

3-day drunk.

I think of myself as progressive and am constantly aware that each

generation has its own fashion statement and stamp of authenticity.

After all, miniskirts,

teased hair, clog

shoes and Cleopatra

eyes were my look

at one time. I can

only imagine what

everyone thought of

us back then.

Looking at the

old photos, we really

did look ridiculous.

I even have one of

me with giant hair,

false eyelashes and

a stupid bow right

in the middle of that


I must have

thought I was foxy

enough to have my

picture taken. There

I was with a smug

little smile looking all sassy.

What I find amusing is that as fashions change, so does my perception

of them. I was so influenced by magazines that I never developed my

own style. Aside from parting my hair on the left for my whole life,

everything else was according to the look of the time.

Now I guess I should get my old clothes, slightly shred them, attach a

bunch of junk and get with the program. I can’t change the part in my

hair because it’s the only way I remember right from left.

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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


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Hale Returns to Make Music

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

It could be said that Steve Wynn was still “wet

behind the ears” with his 5% minority stake

in the Frontier in 1970 when teenager Renee Hale

headlined the casino’s lounge. Although Wynn crashed decades later,

good fortune lay before each.

For Hale, she followed an enriching path that fate prescribed for her

despite veering her away from those beloved footlights. She maintained

her “chops” with song-or-two guest appearances at local venues, all the

time responding to opportunities that destiny provided, building several

successful hospitality, convention and entertainment-based businesses.

She now returns to star in her own show at the Italian American Club

on October 14.

Hale’s career, unbeknownst to her, began as a pre-teen in Dick Blake’s

dance studio. Television commercial work in her Cleveland hometown

led to an offer from bandleader Ray Anthony (famous for Bunny Hop,

Hokey Pokey and the theme to Dragnet) to join him onstage in Las

Vegas as a member of his backup singers, The Bookends. “I packed a

car like The Beverly Hillbillies,” Hale says, and headed west.

During those Golden Vegas Years, Hale became a familiar face in the

legendary Vegas lounges, supper clubs and showrooms including Bally’s,

Desert Inn and Sands. Destiny intervened when Rossi Ralenkotter,

former CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau and often

credited for helping establish Las Vegas as a convention juggernaut,

enlisted Hale and her band to take to the road, representing the town to

travel agents and convention planners.

Renee Hale, then & now

“You can start booking rooms and conventions,” Ralenkotter

explained. Those cross-the-country tours spawned Hale’s enormously

successful event planning business, Creative Concepts. The company

provides a full array of services including travel, hotels, entertainment

and convention and meeting facilities.

Hale’s latest entrepreneurial venture, Creative Life Celebrations,

evolved from honoring her mother’s final wishes to host a last, joyous


Talented friends joining Hale on stage October 14 will be Rita Lim,

the team of Jay Ramsey and Jerry Brown, singer/dancer Jay Joseph and

Evan Fonfa. The tie that binds Ramsey and Hale is Elvis who recorded

Ramsey’s music and Renee who dated The King.

Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to

hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:

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Beauty Show was Beautiful!

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

One of the best things about working in the

beauty industry is attending the beauty

shows for a hands-on experience of the latest and

greatest products. This year’s CosmoProf was no exception!

Starting with face masks, there was something for everyone. Peel

off, magnetic, pore-shrinking, anti-aging, they had it all! Some of my

favorites were by a company called 7th Heaven. They have a huge

selection of peel off masks that I love, especially one called the Passion

Peel. Their line is carried online at, as well as


For feet, hands and body care, I found a great company called TS

Cosmetic Lab! They have many different fun scents and products, but

my favorite was the lavender sugar scrub and massage cream. For their

full line and locations, check out

And of course, since I love lip products, there’s a Canadian company

called Ton Cosmetics. It was started by two sisters and they offer very

reasonable shipping fees for their lipsticks.

What’s fun and different about these is that you take a short test online

to determine the best color match for you. Once that’s determined,

you can choose from various colors for your skin tone. Their site is

For a special skin care line, I met a wonderful dermatologist named

Dr. Rogers that developed her own products after failing to find

anything on the market that met all of her requirements. Her line

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Finally, hair! I watched a demo under a microscope of a hair strand

treated with a product called Nano DryFix and it certainly impressed

me! I have since been using the shampoo, leave-in conditioner, and

hair mask treatment.

As many of you know, I tend to be a drug store shopper and while this

line is more expensive than my usual go-to products, a little goes a long

way and if I was going to just purchase one of these products, it would

be the leave-in conditioner called DryFix Micro Therapy Treatment. To

learn more about their products, visit

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You see the name in advertising, hear about

the studies on TV commercials, and might

even have filled out a long survey for this company when you bought

your last new car. Who the heck is J.D. Power and Associates, and do all

these awards really mean anything?

J.D. Power is a global marketing firm that focuses on rating customer

experiences with everything from automobiles to healthcare. It gets its

information via surveys filled out by those who have purchased goods or

services, and then rates the products based on those experiences.

While J.D. Power and Associates covers many different industries,

let’s just talk about what it does for the automotive spectrum. Contrary

to popular belief, J.D. Power does not allow companies to “buy”

awards. It makes its money by selling the results of the surveys to the

manufacturers, which in turn helps the companies improve.

Three of the biggest J.D. Power awards are IQS, or Initial Quality

Study, Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS), and APEAL (Automotive

Performance, Execution, and Layout). The IQS measures the first 90

days of vehicle ownership and uses it as a prediction for long-term

durability. It focuses on over 230 problems, organized into eight

categories, such as exterior, driving experience, and infotainment.

The Dependability Study contacts owners of three-year-old vehicles,

and again focuses on specific vehicle features and if they are experiencing

any problems. For the APEAL Study, the goal is to examine how newvehicle

owners feel about the design, content, layout, and performance

of their vehicle after 60 days, and it covers 10 specific categories.

While it’s true that for IQS and APEAL the owners are still in the

honeymoon phase with their vehicles, you might want to give more

weight to the Dependability study. Although all three should give you a

good idea of the quality and features for each product, it is still up to you

to do your homework to see which vehicle is right for you.

Visit to check out the results for yourself.

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

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


October 2018

Insurance Telematics

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

You’ve probably all seen Progressive’s

commercial with “Flo” showing something

called a Snapshot device to put in your car which

might save you premium dollars. That device –

a telematics device is also called a car insurance tracker, safe driving

app or car insurance monitoring device by other companies.

You install it in your vehicle so it can track different aspects of your

driving habits which, in turn, may (or may not) lower your premiums.

There are several factors companies track but four of the major ones

are: (1) time of day you drive, (2) weekly, monthly or annual miles, (3)

quick acceleration and (4) hard braking. When I owned my agency, we

did not encourage clients who worked the graveyard shift to accept

these devices because they often drove between, say, 11:00 pm - 4:00

am. I also discouraged anyone driving 12-15,000 miles/year or more.

Several insurance companies are offering their insured a chance to

save valuable premium dollars with telematics. How does it work?

Well, you often get a discount immediately on your new policy when

you agree to use the device. After a period of time (typically 90 days

– 6 months), your insurance company analyzes the data based on

their parameters of your driving habits and, hopefully, receive another


There are several benefits of using a telematics device. First, you most

likely become a safer driver. Just knowing your habits are being tracked

can make you more aware. You probably adjust your quick acceleration

and hard stops and that can also lead to better fuel economy.

One of the biggest downsides to telematics is privacy concerns.

Consumers want to know what is being tracked and who has access

to it. Consumers also feel that at some point the data may be used to

increase their premium.

If your company offers you the opportunity to save money on your

auto insurance, be sure to do your own analysis.

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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Saying Goodbye

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

To all my loyal readers (and I thank you) and

to those who are new to my column, you

know that I write about my memories of growing

up in Hollywood, being a child actress and my experiences of working

on various movies/TV shows with various actors.

This month I’d like to write about a different experience. Please

indulge me as I share this story.

I’m sure you are aware that I am an animal lover and have had pets

my whole life. Along with having pets, there sadly comes the time when

they get old or sick and have to be euthanized.

For those who have pets, I know you will agree that they are part of

our “family.” Saying goodbye to them is devastating.

Sadly, I had to put my little rescue “Reggie” down. He was a little

mixed Terrier who had seizures his whole life and was quite the

character. I actually think he had a sense of humor.

He lived to be 17 (for which I’m very grateful) but in the end, he

could no longer walk and was starting to fail. I knew the time was

drawing near for him to go to the Rainbow Bridge, but it’s never easy

to make that decision.

Knowing that the drive there, and what you are about to do, and

then, the long drive home with them no longer beside you has always

been a heart wrenching moment.

I go to a wonderful Veterinarian Hospital called “Legacy” and I love

my wonderful vet, Dr. Terry Muratore. Dr. M. has always treated my

pets with love and kindness and

has kept them healthy for a

very long time.

What I didn’t know is that

Dr. M. has another wonderful

vet named Dr. Toby Goldman.

Dr. Goldman performs

animal hospice and “in home


I decided to do that for my

Reggie, and I realize that there

are many people who aren’t

aware of that service.

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I now know that it is the ONLY way to do it. Yes, it’s still hard, but it

was so peaceful.

I had candles burning, soft music playing, and Reggie was in his

own bed, in his own surroundings with his “brothers” and “sister” and

his “mom” right beside him. There were no bright lights, other dogs

barking or strangers here.

It was most peaceful and comforting and was as if he just drifted off

to sleep. Dr. Toby (as he goes by) was kind and caring. He explained

everything to me and I felt a warmth that exuded from him.

For those who have pets, I pray it will be a long time before you have

to make that decision. But when you do, I truly hope you will contact

Dr. Toby. He has a heart full of love and compassion.

Although, of course, I cried my eyes out, I can say that it was the most

comforting, kindest, and gentlest way that I’ve had to say good-bye

to one of my little furry ones. Dr. Toby can be reached at: TheLapofLove.

com or at 702/703-9590.

Rest in peace my little Reggie. You will forever be in my heart.

Until next time, remember to always cherish the everyday moments.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@ Check out her awesome, new website: www.


October 2018

2019 Legislation - Lobby Time Again

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

It looks like I will be heading to Carson City

this year wearing running shoes rather

than high heels and I’m not thinking of my

knee injury. Looking at the list of “must tackle issues” this upcoming

session, publisher Dan and I will be earning every dime we DON’T

make as non-paid lobbyist concerning readers’ issues.

Below are our initial items. You agree?

Nanny Cams: We heard so many heart-breaking family stories

during our guardianship presentations about the mistreatment of

seniors in nursing homes and other facilities. With heart-breaking

photographs concerning “accidents” we talked to some legislators

about the installation of a “nanny-cam.”

Although privacy seemed to be a concern, we believe that if consent

is given by the family of the person occupying the room, for the safety

of their loved one, that should suffice.

Supported Decision Making: This system is already being used

in several states and, simply put, a person with early on-set dementia

can opt for someone they trust to be named as their “Supported

Decision Maker.”

This is a person who can assist them is writing checks, paying bills,

purchasing any large items, making any big decision for which they

might need help but don’t need to have a guardian or be removed

from their home. It is meant to be a less restrictive way to help an aging

senior without taking away any of their rights, as guardianship


Death with Dignity: This is the topic that The Vegas Voice surveyed

our readers over the last few months. As many of you may know, this

is a very emotional issue with me and something I feel strongly about.

Dan thought we would get blasted out of the water for supporting

such a bill, however, with thanks to all who took the time to respond; the

favorable responses were over 97%. Suffice to say, we will be backing

this bill.

Property Taxes: In the last legislature SJR 14 passed with all

Democrats and no Republicans supporting it. If this becomes law, it

would remove the 3% and 8% property cap we have now on our homes.

As seniors, I’m sure you will agree we must keep the cap as it is.

SJR 14 must pass again in 2019, then go to a vote of the people in

2020. We will be working closely with our former columnist Knight

Allen on this issue. Knight is our eyes and ears (and expert) in these

matters and we will rely on Knight for his tremendous assistance.


Homeowners Associations

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Something like half of Las Vegas

Valley residents live in what Nevada

endearingly calls “common-interest

communities.” Known to most as homeowners’ associations, or

unit-owners’ associations, or condominium associations. Whose

residents may or may not have much in common, other than

living in the same neighborhood or building with obligations to

pay for certain shared costs.

As of mid-2018, 3,258 such associations were recorded

statewide, accounting for a total of 541,939 units. Beyond costs

of annual registration and other assorted fees, each of these

associations pays state government $4.25 per unit per year.

That’s more than $2.3 million going into state coffers for the

current year. With nearly two-thirds of the state’s population

concentrated in Clark County, that’s where the biggest chunk

comes from.

Presumably, the money comes back to unit owners and dwellers

in the form of state services. Ironic, because the way many of us

live originated from a movement to privatize public services.

Still, the state purportedly cares about us, through the Common-

Interest Communities (CIC) Program of the Real Estate Division

of the Nevada Department of Business and Industry.

Among other things, the CIC Program has an office that fields

complaints about homeowner association boards and managers.

This office, headed by a congenial college football hall of famer,

received 246 complaints during the first half of this year.

Some fade away, get resolved, or go to mediation, others go

before an appointed commission, and a few may end up in court.

Details of nearly all complaints remain confidential, although

occasionally commission hearings lead to public disciplinary


You can guess what these cases are about: Nepotism,

mishandling of money, incompetence, and the like.

We have begun to look further into this system, and would be

glad to hear about any experiences, good or bad, that you may

have with the CIC Program. Meanwhile, even as you anticipate

important votes to select civic representatives this November,

you might want to pay attention when elections for pseudogovernmental

positions roll around as well.

It seems several types of people run for HOA executive boards.

Let’s hope most are altruistic folks who truly care about keeping

their neighborhoods happy, healthy, and honest.

Some (you know the type) seek more of a sense of control over

community decisions and resources. What boards don’t need are

members who direct business to their friends and relatives.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant

to Las Vegas from the Midwest.


October 2018

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Democrats in Action

By: Howard Beckerman /Nevada Democrats

It’s time to put NEVADA FIRST!

Early voting is only days away. Every one of

us has the opportunity to make our voices heard

in this election.

You can multiply your voice by reminding all your friends and

neighbors to vote. When we get out and vote Nevada wins!

Steve Sisolak for Governor: Steve pledges to become the “Education

Governor.” His opponent wants to gut the funding that goes to our

schools. Steve’s opponent only moved to Nevada seven years ago, while

Steve has dedicated his career in helping Nevada’s citizens.

Jacky Rosen for Senate, Susie Lee for Congressional 3, Steve Horsford

for Congressional 4: We need these 3 to go and fight in Washington for

the interests of Nevada, and especially our seniors.

Their opponents want to gut Medicare and Social Security. Their

opponents also want to give additional tax breaks to big corporations.

Jacky, Susie, and Steve have pledged to put seniors first by fighting for

lower prescription drug prices for all Americans so that you don’t have

to go to Canada or Mexico where the prices are lower.

State Senate: Anthem - Julie Pazina; Sienna - Melanie Scheible. After

the ugly recalls we need people who will move our state forward instead

of wasting taxpayer money.

State Assembly: Anthem - Kristee Watson; Summerlin - Shea Backus.

These two candidates have pledged to do everything they can to protect

senior citizens.

Judges: Most people do not follow the Judicial races and many people

email me at the last minute asking who to vote for. The Judges who

stand out for their allegiance to the rule of law are Judge Elissa Cadish

for Nevada Supreme Court and Judge Mark Bailus for District Court.

Both of these judges deserve bi-partisan support for the experience,

fairness, and knowledge of the law.

An important, yet unheralded position is for State Treasurer:

Catherine Byrne will be our best “watchdog” over Nevada’s finances.

Don’t forget to also cast your vote “down ballot” for Lynn Goya for

County Clerk, Rob Telles for Public Administrator and Briana Johnson

for Assessor.

Howard Beckerman serves on the Nevada State Democratic Central

Committee, the Clark County Central Committee, and is Vice President

of the Red Rock Democratic Club. He has been active in the political

scene for over 40 years.

October 2018

The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

On, Wednesday, November 7th we will wake

up to one of two futures. Which one will

depend on the choices we make.

Will it be a bright future with the Republicans keeping control of

both the House and Senate and keeping President Trump’s America

First Agenda rolling forward - an agenda that has seen record setting

economic activity at home; record low unemployment; historic foreign

policy successes in North Korea, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the

appointment of strong constitutional judges to all levels of the court?

Or will it be a future where the Democrats take control of Congress

and slam the brakes on this economy by shutting down everything

President Trump tries to accomplish?

The choice is ours.

If we stay home and don’t vote, they win and the country loses. But

if we turn out and vote for Dean Heller and the Republican candidates

for Congress, the country wins and we will continue keeping America


That same morning, there will also be two possible futures for


Steve Sisolak’s Nevada, which will follow California’s path to

destruction - higher taxes, bigger government, sanctuary cities, gun

control, failing schools, and extreme social and environmental policies.

Or Adam Laxalt’s future for Nevada - one of low taxes, limited

government, school choice and the freedoms and liberties we cherish

in Nevada.

Once again, the choice is ours. Staying home and not voting for

Republicans at the State and local levels and the future will ensure a

Steve Sisolak Nevada.

That’s why I am asking all my fellow Republicans to not just simply

show up and vote, but to take your friends and family with you. Talk

to your neighbors about what’s at stake. Spend a few hours a week

volunteering for the Republican ticket. Write a check if you can, to help

push our team across the finish line.

I have no doubt if we all work hard together, the future we wake up

to November 7th will most certainly be bright.

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@ or follow on Facebook at

VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman


October 2018


Who Said It?

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Political parties serve to organize faction,

to give it an artificial and extraordinary

force; to put, in the place of the delegated

will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful

and enterprising minority of the community resulting in illconcerted

and incongruous projects…they are likely to become

potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled

men (and women) will be

enabled to subvert the

power of the people and to

usurp for themselves the

reins of government!”

Sound familiar and

applicable in today’s vitriolic

election processes? Very

prophetic or pathetic and

accurate, to say the least!



Farewell Address to the

nation in 1797, 221 years


Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

community. He can be reached at:

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and programs to assist seniors 55+ in areas of need. In order to provide

these services at no cost, FAS remains in a constant state of fundraising

and incorporates a wide variety of fundraising events throughout the

year to help meet monetary needs.

This November, FAS is proud to announce it is bringing back a beloved

donor event and invites Las Vegas residents to take a swing for charity at

the fourth annual Fall Aliante Golf Tournament. Taking place Friday,

November 9th at Aliante Golf Club, located at 3100 Elkhorn Road in

North Las Vegas, participants can enjoy a fun-filled day of philanthropy

out on the green.

The event will begin with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. and will

include a four-person scramble. Interested players are encouraged to

sign up as an individual or as a team, with a cost of $80 per player.

In addition to a round of 18, the day will feature various contests and

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October 2018



By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

There’s an old saying that an army travels

on its stomach; which really means, that

second only to ammunition, food and water are

the two most vital commodities for a military unit. With Thanksgiving

just around the corner, here’s some military chowtime history:

The first U.S. soldier ration (during the Revolutionary War) consisted

of enough food to feed a man for one day. It was mostly beef, peas,

and rice. During the Civil War, the military moved toward canned

goods. Later, self-contained kits were issued as a whole ration and

contained canned meat, bread, coffee, sugar and salt.

During the First World War, canned meats were replaced with

lightweight preserved meats (salted or dried) to allow more rations to

be carried by foot soldiers. During World War II, a number of new field

rations were introduced.

The K-ration then became popular. It was an individual daily combat

food ration originally for mobile forces.

As it was based on an emergency ration, the K-ration provided

roughly 800–1,200 calories fewer than was required by highly active

men. Malnutrition became evident with so few calories.

Cost-cutting measures by Quartermaster Command officials during

the latter part of World War II and the Korean War again saw the

predominance of heavy canned C rations issued to troops, regardless of

operating environment or mission.

Introduced in 1938 (and refined

in 1940, 1943/1944 and 1945),

it was significantly heavier, with

less variety in meals, but most

importantly had more calories.

C-Rations were individually

canned, pre-cooked, wet rations.

They were intended to be issued to

U.S. military land forces when fresh food A-rations (food prepared in

mess halls or field kitchens) was not possible, or not available.

The C-Ration was replaced in 1958 with the Meal Combat Individual

(MCI). Although officially a new ration, the MCI was derived from,

and very similar to the original C-Ration, and continued to be called

“C-Rations” by American troops throughout its production life (1958–


Today the Meal, Ready-to-Eat; commonly known as the MRE is a

self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging for

service members to use in combat or other field conditions.

Can you remember what C-Ration unit you had on Thanksgiving in

a war zone?

Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

through that experience was led to address the many transitional

issues veterans struggle with. He is the author of several important

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Impoverished by Medicaid

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry

A brother and sister came to my office. Their

mom had passed years earlier and dad, dying from

Parkinson’s disease, was entering hospice. He had

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

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

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

could recover their funds by selling the house.

Unfortunately Medicaid has changed and went from being a benefit to

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

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

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

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

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

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

can benefit from the program.

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

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

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

10 years or $960,000.

End result, dad’s home was sold to pay Medicaid back. The kids got no

inheritance and had lost years of work.

It should surprise no one that when the Federal Government raised the

Federal Estate Tax threshold to 11.2 million dollars appearing to reduce

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

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

these funds - changing Medicaid.

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

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

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

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

increases to $3,000.

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

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

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

Contacting an Elder law attorney and planning for Medicaid as part of

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

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

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

and find an elder law attorney to speak with today.


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Zumba Training

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

survived a full week of Zumba trainings and

I workshops in Orlando during the end of July.

How in the world did I keep my energy up?

Although this was my 11th year attending the week long convention,

as I get older, my thoughts turn to how to keep my energy level going

and to “recharge my batteries.”

I have followed this solution - a great breakfast with black coffee,

protein, fruit and carbs. Yes, carbs! Those who eliminate carbs from

your diet are doing yourself a harmful dis-service. You really need carbs

as a “building block” to your system.

The breakfast kept me going throughout the mornings and then

a sandwich and/or salad at lunch. A full dinner with meat or fish,

vegetables and more carbs. In between, snacks included fruit or protein

bars. And yes, lots of WATER!

I found my energy level persisted throughout the week, even though

I was burning several hundreds and thousands of calories. I also admit

that I did indulge in an alcoholic beverage once in a while! After all, I

burned off the calories, so I deserved a “treat!”

I did notice certain instructors’ energy levels diminish toward the

end of the week, but they had not learned to pace themselves and

especially eat nutritionally.

Getting plenty of sleep also helps. Lack of sleep contributes to weight

gain. Also try not to eat too late in the evening. You need to give your

digestive system enough time to use up those calories before sleeping.

I found myself eating too late in the evening while I was at another

job. Coming home hungry, I was tempted to grab something “quick.”

I now take the time to eat something earlier in the day to suppress the

hunger that I experienced at night. Drinking a hot cup of chamomile

tea helped to make me sleepy, as well as fill me up before bedtime.


Mary Richard was crowned Ms. Senior Nevada 2006, was first

runner-up for Ms. Senior America 2006 and is a life-time

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October 2018

When What You Don’t Know Can

Hurt You - Part II

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

plant needs a certain environment to be

A healthy. Given that healthy environment,

it prospers and blossoms. Put that same plant in an unhealthy

environment and it will wither and eventually die.

The cells of your body behave in the same way. Their environment,

known as the extracellular matrix (ECM), has an electrical potential

that must stay within certain parameters to keep your cells healthy.

In medical issues such as acute inflammation, the electrical potential

is too high and must be decreased to help reduce the inflammation. If

you were to increase the electrical potential instead, you can exacerbate

the inflammation.

In chronic degenerative conditions where cells are working less

efficiently, the electrical potential of the ECM has been decreased. Here it

must be increased to help the cells function efficiently and effectively. If

you were to decreases the electrical potential in this case, you can make

the patient worse, because now, you have made the affected cells work

even less efficiently.

What you have just read is some of the biophysics of how acupuncture


Research has demonstrated that any time you insert a needle through

the skin, you create a depolarization event in the ECM and affect its

electrical potential throughout the body. Students trained in acupuncture

go through years of training to make sure they can properly diagnose

the state of the ECM and then treat it.

Physical therapists doing dry needling, a technique similar to

acupuncture, have no minimal requirement for training. The issue of

the electrical potential is never even addressed.

The issue was addressed to the Nevada State Physical Therapy Board

in July and a book on the medical research supporting this was supplied.

The Board was asked to have an expert review the information as a

means to help keep the public safe.

A member of the committee informed me that they are continuing to

push through legislature for physical therapists to do dry needling with

no minimal standard for training. Is it not their responsibility to make

sure that medically they are doing no harm?

Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle

and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell

practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or


Comprehensive Care

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

have lost count of the number of times that

I I heard a person speak about seeing their

health care provider and that the doctor spent

only three to five minutes with them.

Indeed, most of us go to a physician only when something is

bothering us. The medical visit was scheduled to address that concern.

It is not a diagnostic visit, but rather a problem focused appointment.

Dentistry, as most health care services, is just the same. A person often

seeks care at a dental office only because there is a problem.

The emergency is addressed until the next time. Dentists refer to this

as piece-meal dentistry. It rarely solves the cause of the problems, but

rather treats them symptomatically.

Comprehensive care, on the other hand, is the solution to emergency

dentistry and always results in comfort, function, aesthetics and longterm

health and stability. Comprehensive care is how a dentist can

preserve a patient’s teeth for a life time.

When seeing a new patient (non-emergency), the dentist should

complete a comprehensive oral physical - not a 3 minute “look

see.” The review should include the jaw joints, muscles, functional

movements, bite balance/imbalance, wear, cancer screen, gum health,

chart current fillings, crowns, x-rays, sometimes models with facebow,

review of health history and medicines and examine teeth for decays.

The information from the comprehensive oral physical, along with

x-rays and study models (if needed) will allow your dentist to address

any and all

problems that are

discovered and

to be able to tell

you “why” and

“how” to correct

them. With

information from

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oral physical,

the dentist can

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the best care to

solve a particular

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We have a professional and moral obligation to tell the patient the

best, not the quickest or cheapest, solution. Having said this, I also need

to add that it is the patient’s responsibility to honestly communicate

with their dental practitioner.

If one cannot afford the finest treatment presented, tell your dentist

and ask if there is an alternative, less-costly option. A compromise in

treatment selection is not a sin. Just remember that if one is paying for

a Honda, one cannot expect it to be equal to a Mercedes.

Good dentistry is never expensive, but cheap dentistry will end up

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October 2018

Is Your Medicare Still Working For You?

When you turned 65, you, like many other Southern Nevada

Seniors, signed up for Medicare. Odds are, you were one of

the thousands who signed up for traditional Medicare, also known as

Medicare Part A and B.

“At 65, most Seniors are still active and relatively healthy,” notes

Dr. Tracy J. Wakefield, President of P3 Medical Group. “They like the

flexibility to see any provider that takes Medicare, which is really handy

when retirees travel frequently. Medication costs are manageable and,

in most cases, transportation is not an issue.”

After 5-10 years, though, most Seniors’ needs will have changed.

Chronic conditions like diabetes, heart and kidney disease and chronic

obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) crop up, requiring more visits

to specialists and more medications. Getting around town may also be

more challenging.

The good news is that Seniors can change their coverage during

Medicare Open Enrollment each year. Beginning October 15, they can

elect to continue in their traditional Medicare plan or make a switch to

a Medicare Advantage plan.

Depending on your situation, Medicare Advantage plans can offer

all the benefits of traditional Medicare coverage along with better

prescription coverage, dental and vision benefits and transportation

assistance. In some cases, the monthly premiums and co-pays may

also be lower. Some plans may have a higher monthly premium than

traditional Medicare, however, participants save over the course of the

year because of better coverage.

“The best part of Medicare Advantage is the difference in care,”

according to Wakefield. “Seniors

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plans with P3 in their network are

assessed at the beginning of the

year. We put their doctor in charge of their care and surround them

with a care team focused on helping them reach and maintain their

wellness goals.”

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specialists, is the exclusive network for Hometown Health’s Senior Care

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It’s important for anyone over 65 to assess how their needs have

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October 7, 1849

By: John Beilun / Time Traveler

The day was dark and gloomy. At 4 pm a

handful of people hovered over a coffin so

cheap that it was no better than a box.

The reverend in attendance decided that the meager crowd didn’t

warrant a sermon. So, he simply crossed himself and said a brief prayer.

Within three minutes the mourners had disbursed.

Four days earlier the deceased was discovered lying on a wooden

bench outside a saloon in Baltimore. He was disheveled and unwashed,

attired in filthy clothing which were obviously not his own.

No one knows how he came to be in such a state. Based on the

lifestyle attributed to him by his detractors, it was assumed to be due to

alcohol and opiate abuse. His symptoms however, were more akin to

those exhibited in the final stages of rabies.

The unfortunate gentleman in question was only 40 - but showed

the wear and tear of a man much older. After being orphaned at two,

a merchant took him in only to abuse the poor lad with merciless


At eighteen the now young man enlisted in the U. S. Army. After only

two years, he rose to the highest non-commissioned rank of Sergeant

Major of Artillery. Although a superb horseman and skillful with a

sword, the new cadet quickly grew weary of the Military Academy’s

regimen. And by intentionally refusing to follow orders, forced a court


Choosing a new career in the habitually financially unrewarding

field of literature, the disgraced former soldier settled in Baltimore.

Writing not only poetry and short stories, but also critical essays and

reviews, at the age of 22, Edgar Allen Poe had found his calling.

For the next eighteen years, Poe wrote for scores of newspapers

and magazines and excelled in such diverse genres as horror, science

fiction, gothic, romance, crime, comedy and satire. More importantly,

he inspired all subsequent writers and poets.

To say that Poe was the Mozart of literature would not be a stretch.

Sadly, like Amadeus, Edgar died a young, lonely and nearly bankrupt

man, also under mysterious circumstances.

October 7, 1849, the day Edgar Allen Poe passed away, is indeed a sad

moment in history. The “The Bells” would forever be silent. “The Tell-

Tale Heart” would never beat again.

Simply put – to quote “The Raven:” “Nevermore!”


October 2018

About Dr. Joe Hardy

Dr. Joe Hardy’s life is a testament to his belief

in servant leadership: where we all become

community stewards. Joe traveled extensively for his

education, service in the United States Air Force and

missionary work. Joe then returned home to Nevada

where he raised his family, served his community and

continues to serve his neighbors as a Nevada State Senator.

After his military service, Joe joined a private family medical practice

in Boulder City where he worked for 22 years. He was named Nevada

Family Physician of the Year in 1999 and 2010.

Dr. Hardy currently serves as the Associate Dean of Clinical Education

for Touro University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served

community organizations including Easter Seals of Nevada, Boy Scouts

of America, and the American Legion.

Dr. Hardy’s political service began in 1999 when he served as City

Councilman and then Mayor Pro Tempore for Boulder City. In 2002, Joe

was elected to the Nevada Assembly. He served 4 terms until 2010, when

he was elected to the Nevada State Senate where he served as Minority

Whip (2013-2014) and President Pro Tempore (2015).

As a dedicated physician, Joe believes that a critical issue facing Nevada

is access to quality healthcare for our citizens. He has dedicated his life to

the treatment and well-being of those who need care and will continue

to do so as your Senator.

Joe has been married for 46 years to Jill. They are the proud parents of

8 children and 20 grandchildren.


Ask A Master Gardener

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

October is one of the busiest months for

the Las Vegas gardener. The temperature

is getting milder and we can spend more time

outdoors without “melting away.”

I divide this month’s chores into two categories: Checking out the

landscape and then repairing and improving.

During early October, I suggest checking out the status of your

landscape and equipment. Now is the time to replace dead and damaged

plants and modify and repair your drip systems. The nurseries and

home centers will have fresh supplies of trees, bushes and plants ready

for you to plant (and in some cases, provide a feast for the rabbits!).

During this time, visually check out the drip systems “and repair

and expand” where needed because as your landscaping grows, the

irrigation needs to grow too! Be ready to add and/or reposition your


As we progress into the last weeks of October and the leaves on our

deciduous trees and bushes are falling, we can begin the annual fall

cleanup. With diminishing temperature and daylight, it is also time to

begin your heavy pruning.

We wait for this time so that any pruning will not stimulate new

growth that may be damaged by an early frost. Palm trees should be

pruned first since we want the remaining fronds to acclimate to the

cooler temperatures.

Roses should be pruned by removing at least half of the existing

stems and branches. This will stimulate greater growth in the Spring.

Do not prune fruit trees until they go dormant later in the season.

All additional plants (including cactus) could be pruned and shaped

as well.

As for Yucca and Agave - remove dead areas. Also, treat the soil

around any Agave plants with a systemic insecticide as well. During the

summer, the Agave weevil has laid eggs under the soil and these eggs

will hatch during the cooler months and the larvae will eat the roots of

these plant and kill these expensive plants!

Once we have completed these tasks we can relax - until next month!

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By: Heather Latimer / Helpful Hints

If you gave a Do Not Resuscitate statement

to your hospital, and included it in your will,

you may believe that situation is covered. Yet EMS

personnel responding to a 911 call to your home

have no access to those documents. If your condition warrants it, they

will promptly commence chest compressions and other life-sustaining


To counteract that happening, caregiver Kay Mosley told me that a

Do Not Resuscitate Certificate is available that’s designed to be instantly

recognizable by EMS personnel. It’s easily obtainable and you can post

it in a highly visible spot where you live.

Here’s how:

1. Enter “Do Not Resuscitate” in your browser. Scroll down to

Southern Nevada Health District bearing the Nevada seal. You’ll find an

application form to print. Or request a “DNR Application” by telephone

– 702/759-1050.

2. The simple one-page form requires: (a) your name, address,

gender, birthdate, (b) either your signature or of your agent, (the

person with your power of attorney if you have one), (c) Taking the

completed form to your doctor for signature, (d) Mailing the form with

$5 check payable to Division of Public and Behavioral Health.

Most people place the certificate over their bed. However, the wording

on the certificate advises that if EMS personnel do not see the certificate,

or you’re unable to produce the wallet-card, they’ll immediately apply

standard resuscitation procedures.

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Happy Adventures

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

When I started the Vegas Voyagers, I tried to

come up with a tag line for these monthly

articles. As much as I thought about this, the best

I could come up with to end my article was Happy Destinations. And I

have used this tag line for over 15 years.

I started to think about these two words. I suppose it’s not a bad

sentiment. But what does it mean?

Short answer; I don’t know. The word HAPPY is easy enough. I do

want everybody to be happy. Happy is a good thing.

But the word DESTINATIONS? I guess what I was trying to say in

those two words is that I want all Vegas Voyagers to be happy when they

go; when they travel - wherever that journey may take you.

HAPPY DESTINATIONS! However, I started thinking, is there a better

tag line I can use?

And while I was thinking about this new tag line possibility Arizona

Senator John McCain passed away. What does his passing have to do

with a new tag line for my monthly articles?

To say the least, Senator McCain lived a very interesting, adventurous

full life. The many retrospectives on his life made that very clear.

In reviewing his own life’s experience, Senator McCain explained,

“I’ve had an adventure-fill full life. I wouldn’t change a thing.” His

words left me with the impression that, in spite of some very tough

times, he loved everything about the life he lived and the adventures

he had.

With this in mind, I thought that all of us who are in our senior

years, if at all

possible, should

continue to seek

out adventure. It

might be “soft”

adventure, but

seek out adventure


And that’s what

we’re are all about.

Offering Vegas

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participate in new

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Senator John McCain

to new places, you

many never have

visited. To travel with like-minded people and to continue to explore

for as long as you can.

While the tag line HAPPY DESTINATOIONS has served me well, and

I will miss it, the better sentiment going forward


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New Device Stops a Cold Before it Starts

By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health

New research shows you can

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Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose.

Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early,

they spread in your airways and cause misery.

But scientists have found a

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That’s why ancient Greeks and

Egyptians used copper to purify

water and heal wounds. They

didn’t know about viruses and

bacteria, but now we do.

Scientists say the high conductance of copper

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and destroys the cell in seconds.

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency

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hospitals tried copper for touch surfaces like faucets

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The strong scientific evidence gave inventor

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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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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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October 2018

Nothing Like a

Ghost Story

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Nearly everyone enjoys a ghost story, and the

“haunted” Goldfield Hotel in Goldfield,

Nevada offers one. Goldfield’s historical society began hosting ghost

tours inside the hotel in 2001; offering no guarantee anything

supernatural will happen during your tour, although strange things

have occurred in the past.

The hotel gained fame in 2001 as one of the “Scariest Places on

Earth” when the Fox network filmed an episode there.

It’s believed Room 109 is haunted by a prostitute named Elizabeth

who, while pregnant, was chained to the room’s radiator by the original

hotel’s owner, George Winfield. After giving birth, Winfield left Elizabeth

to die in that room.

Many feel her presence and sometimes an infant is heard crying.

Other ghosts have been seen in the halls and lobby. It is believed that

the hotel serves as a portal to the other world.

Founded in 1902, Goldfield has a rich history. After gold was

discovered, it quickly grew. In 1906, Goldfield produced $11 million in

gold and gained nationwide fame.

“A luxury liner on a sea of sand,” the four-story Goldfield Hotel was

built at a cost of $500,000.00 in 1908. It was known as “The Gem in

the Desert.”

The hotel had a gold plated ceiling, mahogany paneling and was the

second hotel in the west to have an electric elevator. It was the finest

hotel between Denver and San Francisco.

Meals were “exquisite European cuisine,” featuring oysters, quail

and squid. Guests arrived for dinner formally dressed in black tie and

ball gowns.

The hotel’s front brick facing was delivered by the US Post Office

because it would have cost more to deliver by rail or wagon. The closed

and ill-fated hotel remains the most prominent symbol of Goldfield’s

former glory.

Goldfield, once Nevada’s largest city is a ghost of its former self, but

still boosts having the best array of original buildings in the west. It

offers a glimpse into the

lifestyle of a true turn of the

century mining town.

Goldfield, once Nevada’s

largest city is a ghost of its

former self, but still boosts

having the best array of

original buildings in the

west and offers a true

glimpse into the lifestyle of

turn of the century mining


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October 2018



Is It Worth It To Buy A Home That Needs Repairs?

The answer differs depending on the type of repairs, the neighborhood and more.

Are the repairs only cosmetic?

Cosmetic repairs include items like painting, changing the flooring or installing new cabinetry. If

the home you’re interested in only needs cosmetic repairs, it may be worth the money because

you’ll get to customize the home to your tastes, and the Seller might be offering a discount

because they know the house needs a "face lift".

What does the inspection report say?

Always get a professional inspection before you buy. The inspection report could alert you to

problems that the Seller either doesn’t know about or didn't think to tell you about. If the

inspection report mentions foundation issues or that the HVAC system needs replacing, this may

be a bigger project than you are prepared for.

Laura Harbison


Seniors Real Estate Specialist ® (SRES)

Accredited Buyer Representative ® (ABR)

Graduate, REALTOR ® Institute (GRI)

Equator Platform Platinum Certification

Equator Short Sale Agent Certification

Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

Advanced Evaluations Certification

At Home With Diversity (AHWD)

Broker Price Opinion Resource (BPOR)

NVS Institute BPO Certification

Five Star BPO Designation

Certified Distressed Property Expert ® (CDPE)

Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist


NAWRB Certified Delegate Spokeswoman

Distinguished Real Estate Broker ® (DRB)

Call Laura Today!


What will the ROI be for the needed repairs?

It’s worth it to take on some minor home repair projects for a house in the right location. Bringing

the home up to par for the neighborhood is wise, just be careful not to over-improve. Keep in

mind how long you plan to own the home when contemplating improvements as well.

Do you have the time to devote to getting the repairs done?

Moving into a home that isn’t move-in ready could be stressful. Make sure that you will

have not only the funds but the TIME to deal with what needs to be done. You should be

prepared for loud noises and a little debris if you hire workers to assist you with the repairs as


Are you getting the home for a great price?

One of the most important factors is the type of deal you’re getting on the home. If it’s not move

-in ready, what’s the incentive to do the repairs and updates yourself? If the Seller isn’t offering

an allowance for you to do the repairs or isn’t selling slightly below market to incentivize you,

what’s the point?

Look into a 203 (k) loan

If you find a home that you’re serious about but that requires minor (or major) repairs and you

don't have the extra cash needed to complete the repairs, look into financing your purchase

through HUD’s 203 (k) loan. This type of financing allows you to finance the purchase of the

home and the necessary improvements without having to seek multiple loans.

Call me today and I'll help you decide if a home that needs repairs may be a good option for

you. If you have questions about the home-buying (or home-selling) process, my team and I here

to guide you, every step of the way!

Sharing your goals,

Laura Harbison




Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

770 Coronado Center Drive, Ste. 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office: 702-777-1234


October 2018

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

Laura Harbison



770 Coronado Center Dr., Suite 100

Henderson, NV 89052

Office (702) 777-1234

Realty Executives Southern Nevada Properties

Is Independently Owned and Operated

1412 Peninsula Point

SILVERADO Elegantly upgraded 6BR/5.5BA,

5407SF home in gated community! Gourmet

kitchen, Great room w/ fireplace, Formal dining

room & Loft. 2 Master Bedrooms! Intercom

system & alarm. Pool & spa w/ waterfall! 3 car

garage! Too much to list! $775,000

653 Hillside Road

PIOCHE, NV Breathtaking panoramic mountain &

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

premium hillside lot. RV parking with hook-ups

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

hunting, camping & fishing areas! 2 car oversized

garage! $268,800

16 Rue Mediterra

LAKE LAS VEGAS Spectacular views from this .80 acres

custom lot in guard gates Marseilles at South Shore

Lake Las Vegas! Golf course frontage, panoramic views!

The developers spared no expense when creating Lake

Las Vegas: water sits right at the heart of this show

stopping master planned golf community, in what is

otherwise desert domain. $799,900

157 Cobalt Sky Ave.

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

Views! Island kitchen w/ walk-in pantry. Family room w/

ceiling fan. Separate living room and dining area. Master

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

sinks, garden tub and separate shower. Covered Patio and

BBQ stub. 3 car garage. Much more! $394,900

9663 Silver City Dr.

SILVERADO 3BR/2.5BA, 1321 SF Townhome w/ 1 car

garage in gated community! Kitchen w/ breakfast

bar. Great room w/ ceiling fan and gas fireplace.

Master bedroom with ceiling fan and walk-in closet.

Laundry room w/ cabinets and much more! $252,900

200 Huntly Rd.


one story home. Large corner lot w/ oversized

side entry 2 car garage. Stepsaver kitchen

w/ breakfast bar. Master w/ mirrored closet

doors and private bath w/ shower. Much more!


Coming Soon !

Coming Soon !

732 Heritage Vista Ave.

HERITAGE VILLAS 2BR/2BA, 940SF Dual master

townhome in gated community w/ pool and spa! 2

car garage! Kitchen w/ laminate countertops, pantry

and ceiling fan, Dining area. Great room w/ vaulted

ceiling and fireplace. $122,500

3353 Kylemore St. #103

CHEYENNE RIDGE 2BR/2BA, 1225SF Cul-De-Sac corner

lot Townhome w/ 2 car garage. ! Kitchen w/ breakfast

bar and walk-in pantry. Great room w/ vaulted ceiling

and fireplace. Dining area. Master w/ vaulted ceiling

and mirrored closet doors. $TBD

336 Quince Ct.

SAN MARINO 3BR/2BA, 1280SF Cul-De-Sac lot

home w/ 2 car attached garage! Kitchen w/ pantry

and recessed lighting. Formal dining room. Great

room w/ vaulted ceiling. Master w/ bay window and

ceiling fan. $TBD


Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

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