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Let's face it - cleaning isn't "fun" (at least not to most people) so wouldn't it be nice to keep your

clean house clean longer? Here are a few tips!

Use Humidity to Defy Dust

Low humidity levels cause static electricity. Not only does static attract dust, it makes it stick, so

it’s difficult to remove. (Remember about 80% of dirt in homes walks in from the outside. Help

stop dirt with a bristly doormat before it’s tracked inside.)

What to do: Keep your home’s humidity level between 40% and 50%.

Apply a Car Product to Keep Shower Doors Scum-Free

You can eliminate soap scum build-up by coating your glass shower doors with a rain-repellent

product made for car windshields. When applied to glass, products like these create an invisible

barrier that causes water, oils, and debris to bead and roll off.

What to do: Find this product anywhere that sells basic auto supplies. Windshield rain

repellants are made to treat glass, not plastic, so only use on glass shower doors & enclosures.

Seal Your Stone Countertops

Natural stone countertops are porous, so if they’re not sealed, dark liquids like red wine or soy

sauce can stain them. A countertop sealer repels stains by causing spills to bead instead of

getting absorbed.

What to do: To keep your countertops in tip-top shape, re-apply sealer twice a year. To see if you

need a fresh coat, pour a tiny bit of water on your natural stone countertop. If the water doesn’t

bead or doesn’t stay beaded for two to three minutes, it’s time to reseal.

Use Protectants on Furniture and Carpets

Protective furniture sprays and carpet sealants, like Scotchgard, help protect against inevitable

spills by causing liquids to bead on the surface instead of being absorbed. Some of these

products also protect fabrics from fading and resist mold, mildew, and bacteria.

What to do: Apply the appropriate sealer once a year after a deep upholstery and carpet cleaning.

Do Quick Touch-Ups Daily

Small cleaning projects prevent filth from building up. When you spot clean daily, you can prevent

smudges from staining, banish dust bunnies, and even combat allergens.

What to do: Create a spot-cleaning kit so you can address small, dirty situations in minutes.

Cleaning pads are great for eradicating dirty fingerprints on walls and light switches.

Damp micro-cloths can reduce airborne dander when used daily to wipe down pets.

Dry sweeper cloths can quickly pick up dust and dry dirt off floors, shelves, and electronics.

Tip: Keep stored items cleaner longer by shutting closets, cabinets, and drawers, so circulating

dust and dirt can’t get in.

Update Your Light Bulbs

Good lighting can make you and your home look and feel great - and help you spot that spill

before it gets out of control. A room lit with low-wattage incandescent bulbs and compact

fluorescents can look dark and dingy. “Daylight” bulbs brighten things up. These full-spectrum

light bulbs mimic natural light, so they give better visual accuracy.

Added Bonus: Like sunlight, these bulbs can boost your mood.

What to do: When shopping for bulbs, look for those marked “daylight” that have a range

between 5,000 to 6,500 kelvins for the optimal lighting.

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Volume 15, Issue 10

OUR FANTASTIC COLUMNISTS

PROUD

MEMBERS OF:

Ali Guggenheim

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

Joey Kantor

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Kathy Manney

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Mary Richard

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Victoria Seaman

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

James White

About The Vegas Voice

In 2018, The Vegas Voice received 9 national awards from the

North American Mature Publishers Association for our publication

- including our guardianship special efforts, editorial and column

reviews, front page

graphics, overall design

and “General Excellence.”

We proudly agree with

the Judge’s decision

that The Vegas Voice

is “a brisk, bold,

upbeat and effective

publication.”


Five Guys in a Bar

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules


What the %$*# are we doing?” I blurted out

in disgust and disbelief.

One of the great pleasures yours truly has as

publisher of The Vegas Voice is getting together with “the boys” to

discuss entertainment goals. On this recent occasion we were discussing

options for 2019.

I was joined by my partner Ray Sarbacker, entertainment and

nightlife editors Evan Davis and Sam Wagmeister and our project

manager (and my Bronx brother) Bill Caserta. It was a lunch meeting

at a local pub.

Besides the food, we were surrounded by beautiful half-dressed

waitresses and big screen HD televisions showing sports.

Now forgive my male chauvistinictic piggish thoughts and definite

political incorrectness, but here we were, five guys away from our wives/

significant others speaking freely and openly. And such “locker room

talk” wasn’t about the physical appearance (and assets) of the servers

or the latest big game. It was health issues.

Health issues!

One by one (including me) we virile, macho manly-men were

opining over our latest visit to the doctor or other medical concern.

After about ten minutes of this lively conversation, I realized what was

going on.

“Oh my god!” I interrupted Ray when he was explaining his latest

health episode. “What is wrong with us?

“Since when do five guys go to a bar and start talking like their

grandfathers? Don’t you see these women… and what about that

football game last night?” I exclaimed desperately trying to change

the topic.

And wouldn’t you know it, but after I pointed out what we were doing,

we started having a debate over hearing aids and the “doughnut hole.”

How do guys go from

talking sports to medical

ailments? I then remembered

the joke my “uncle” Marty

Allen once told me: “Inside

every older man, is a

younger one screaming

how did this happen?”

Only this time the joke was

on us.

And to add a final insult to

injury, when I left the bar, I

drove to Walgreen’s to pick up

my latest prescription.

*One more thing: With

The Vegas Voice

entertainment “boys”

everything going on in this world and with the holiday season upon

us, I cannot think of anything more important than “family.” Now my

concept of family is not strictly blood relations. It includes those that

always have your back and is there for you when issues arise.

For my Rana and me it also includes our “Vegas Voice family.”

This family consists of our ever increasing wonderful columnists, staff,

advertisers and even you – our readers.

Now we may not always agree and I have no doubt that every family

has its dysfunctional members (and rest assured, we have ours)

however my Ladylove and I have come to treat these once strangers as

members of our family.

And for that, we feel most fortunate and blessed.

From the very top to the bottom of our collective hearts, our family

wishes you the happiest of holidays. May the New Year bring you and

yours all the smiles, joy and happiness that we have received from you.

And most importantly – good (make that great) health!

From our Vegas Voice family to yours:

A very joyous, happy & healthy New Year!

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God Rest ME, Merry Gentlemen

By: Vicki Wentz / Vicki’s Voice

may have mentioned that the days between

I Halloween and New Year’s constitute my

favorite time of year, especially Christmas.

However, speaking as a parent, I am betting that

if your home contains any children under the age of, well, twenty, life

now is just a big bowl of chaos.

And, as the 25th approaches, the havoc will rise until you are

spending Christmas Day hiding under your computer desk, chugging

Jack Daniels-laced eggnog, behind a big frozen turkey you forgot to

defrost...not that I ever did that.

But, this time of year is really all about the (grand) children… the

thrill on their faces, the awe and wonder in their eyes, the adorable way

they hurl your newly-decorated Christmas cookies at each other… yes,

that’s what’s important, my friend.

It’s about hiding a scooter, a trampoline, a life-size dollhouse and

a turtle from kids who can suddenly morph into a liquid and slither

through locked, chained and barred doors. So, eventually, you tell

them that Santa wears a “peeking” beeper, and if any children see their

presents before the big day, he will get beeped and go into cardiac arrest

and Christmas will be cancelled!

(One year, my children were so savagely persistent I finally climbed

up and threw their unwrapped gifts down from the attic. Then, I pulled

the steps up behind me and sat in the rafters all day, leafing through

old photo albums and remembering when they were tiny and still had

that new-baby smell and all they really wanted was a good box lid to

chew on.)

Christmas is about taking the whole family merrily off to buy the

tree at the Methodist church (and no, you’re not Methodist, but the

December 2018

Methodists don’t charge as much as Catholics and Presbyterians) and

then everybody chooses a different tree, but of course mother rules, so

the children sulk all the way home and nobody wants to decorate “such

a stinky, cruddy tree.”

But you haul it inside and jam it into the tree stand to discover that

it’s six inches too tall and you’ll have to climb up on a kitchen chair

and hack at it with your only good steak knife. And, by the time you

double-check last year’s lights to find that not even ONE strand is

working, you pin the sulkers with a fierce stare, and warn that after

you get the non-working lights on the hacked-up, stinky tree, everyone

better get to trimming or there will be NO PEACE ON EARTH!

Christmas is also about visiting Santa at the mall. (Can I just ask,

why can’t Santa come to the gas station or the post office, or the grocery

store or the bank?)

On top of that, kids only love Santa until they’re plunked into his lap.

You could be doing a complete Olympic gymnastics routine off to the

side to make little Junior smile for the camera, but trust me, he’ll take

one look at that massive beard and scream like you’ve handed him to

Hitler. (Yeah, good times).

Finally, it’s almost Christmas Eve, when the children are asleep, and

you haul the gifts out and spend the next nine hours assembling a

tricycle, a pinball game and a snow cone machine, following directions

on a box that say, “Assembly should take no longer than 15 minutes.”

(Please. Everyone knows you never believe boxes. Boxes lie. Boxes

watch us happily settle down to assemble stuff and laugh hysterically,

eager to tell the other boxes at the landfill about the doofus who bought

the tricycle and believed the stuff on the box.)

Meanwhile, you eat Santa’s cookies and drink Santa’s milk, and at

4:00 a.m. you drift off to sleep, slumped on the floor against the couch,

bits of tinsel clinging to your hair, a piece of scotch tape stuck to your

lower lip, your hands curled in frozen wrapping spasms...zzzzz...

And God bless us everyone.

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

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

book! - by visiting her website at www.vickiwentz.com.


Bring the family,

let’s learn to fly!

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Major Awards!

Editorial/Opinion

First: The Vegas Voice

Dan Roberts likens lawyers and bureaucrats to

cockroaches.

Personal Essay

First: The Vegas Voice, Dan Roberts, “Uxorious

in Every Way,” February 2018.

Dan Roberts’ PILL (partner in love & life)

achieved something spectacular – changed the

Nevada adult guardianship laws rescuing thousands

of people from usurious practices. Ah,

such romantic expressions – it’s a lovely read.

Special Sections

First: The Vegas Voice Dan Roberts, Rana

Goodman and staff, “The Good Guys Won,”

July 2017

A collection of articles by Roberts, Goodman

and others celebrates the publication’s victory

in changing state law regarding guardianships.

Overall Design

Second: Feb./Mar./Apr. 2018, The Vegas Voice

The Vegas Voice runs primarily columns, and

they maintain consistency through design.

Self-Promotion

Rana Goodman w/ NAMPA Executive Director

Peter Pan

Rana with NPA awards

And the award goes to…

There is nothing more gratifying than to be honored by your

peers. With that humble sentiment, we’re very proud to announce

that The Vegas Voice has received a total of 8 national

and state awards.

Feature Writing

First: The Vegas Voice, Senior Guardianship

To Rana Goodman and Dan Roberts: “The Vegas Voice is on a mission and judging

by the tone and contents of these articles, it means to succeed.” For our guardianship

articles – “It’s a terrific journalistic effort. Readers are well-served by this

section.”

General Excellence

Second: The Vegas Voice,

“The Vegas Voice switched from a newspaper to a magazine, but it didn’t leave behind

its investigative teeth…its investigative piece on guardianship fraud resulted

in indictments of one of the most scandalous abusers. The Voice should be proud of

this work.”

Front Cover/Illustration

First: The Vegas Voice

To Ray Sarbacker: “The cover illustration captures the mystique of several elements.

Peter Pan is such an imaginary tale. This cover illustration captures the mystique of

several elements. Flight, darkness, sea and exploration come through for an event

telling readers to bring their family and learn to fly.”

Topical Issues

Second: The Vegas Voice

Dan Roberts doesn’t hold back. His state’s attorney general is “Mr. Irrelevant.” The

local district attorney is “Mr. Incompetent.” There’s no missing his meaning.

Overall Design

Second: The Vegas Voice

“The Vegas Voice is primarily a compilation of columns. Each is in a module, which

keeps the pages uncluttered. Each is treated the same with the name and with red

and black type at the top. This magazine is an easy scan.”

Wait there’s more.

The Nevada Press Association (you know the big guys – Las Vegas Review Journal,

LV Sun, etc.) followed with 3 awards; including Best Print Ad by Ray and;

Best Investigative Story by Rana and Dan (“Great reporting and coverage on

a subject. Thanks for your determined efforts to bring to light abuse of those most

vulnerable in our society.”);

And to top it all off, The Vegas Voice was chosen for the “Freedom of the

Press” award for upholding the principles of the First Amendment and protecting

the public’s right in exposing the scandal. (“The fervor to expose a major problem

with guardianship led this senior’s publication to take extraordinary steps – including

overcoming attempts to silence it…to see that reforms were addressed.”)

To say that we’re honored and proud would be an understatement.

And wait to you read what we have planned for 2018!

First: The Vegas Voice

A lot of information, but

it’s all accessible.

Feature Layout

Rana Goodman w/Nampa Executive Director

Thanks for all the love

Las Vegas!

Front Cover

FOR TODAY’S ACTIVE SENIORS

GUARDIANSHIP: THE NEXT BATTLE

HOLIDAY HOOPLA - THE BEST CHRISTMAS

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For your Health, Wealth,

and Good Times!

Let’s go visit

Grandma for

Halloween!

First: The Vegas Voice

What a spooky, creative

cover!

What a Show!

General Excellence

Third: The Vegas Voice

The magazine is smartly organized to deliver

content that clearly fits its demographic. It’s a

brisk, bold, upbeat and effective publication.

Column Review

Third: The Vegas Voice

Yvonne Cloutier has a background in music

that clearly shows in her reviews.

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August 2017

Second: “What a Show!” The Vegas Voice

An entire story is told in a spread of photographs, little text needed.

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Looking Back, Looking Forward

By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

wanted to share with you my year in review,

I but there are too many people, places and

things and less than 500 words to cover 2018. So,

I’ve decided to tell you about the two dozen or so

shows that I produced for The Vegas Voice.

I’ll start with the different venues - Sun City MacDonald Ranch,

Sun City Aliante, Starbright Theatre in Sun City Summerlin, Solera at

Anthem, the Silverton and The Adelson Campus.

We had shows titled “An Evening of Classic Broadway”, “The Music

of Cole Porter”, “The Music of Robert Goulet: Broadway & Back”,

“Where I Want to Be”, “Divine Divas of Song”, “A Sizzzlin’ Summer

Afternoon Affair”, Lullaby of Broadway”, “Merry Mayhem” and of

course our Christmas Show at the end or 2017 that helped us bring in

the new year with a bang.

We’ve had hosts and guests that would make your head spin. People

like Frankie Scinta, Pia Zadora, Jonathan Karrant, Genevieve

Dew, Chadwick Johnson, Anne Martinez, Daniel Emmett,

Irina Nero, Sonny Charles, Rosanna Telford, Chase Brown,

Rita Lim, Randall Keith, Amanda King, Bruce Ewing, Gret

Menzes, Tom Mazzaro, Lou De Meis, Ron & Lisa Smith.

Shall I continue? The amazing Philip Fortenberry, Ashley

Bob Anderson

Frankie Scinta

Fuller, Travis Cloer, Naomi Mauro, Zowie Bowie (Chris

Philips) Rhonda Carlson, Carnell Johnson, Brenda

Mandabach. There’s also been Bill Fayne, Jimmy Hopper, Bob

Anderson, Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton, Elisa Fiorillo, Patty

Asher and many, many more.

My apologies for not including everyone but the list would go on and

on and on. But I’m certainly not going to leave out the back bone of

the shows, THE BAND.

Our amazing musical director and magician on the saxophone,

Gary Anderson. He’s always put together some of the top names for

The Vegas Voice Band. I won’t even start to mention all the musicians

who have graced our venues because I will surely leave some out.

And there’s still time to be a part of our Holiday Shows in December.

One at Sun City MacDonald Ranch on December 15 th and another on

December 4 th in the Starbright Theatre in Summerlin.

Next year we’re adding shows at the Italian American Club and other

venues to be announced in the near future. We will also be showcasing

talent that you may not be familiar with or types of music you wouldn’t

expect The Vegas Voice to present, but trust me when I say, “You Will

Not Be Disappointed.”

Have a Wonderful Holiday Season. Stay Healthy & Peace to All!

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December 2018

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

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

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


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December 2018

Holidays with the

Grandchildren

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

Those darling grandchildren: Two young

boys were spending the night at their

grandparents. At bedtime, the two boys knelt

beside their beds to say their prayers when the youngest one began

praying at the top of his lungs.

“I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE, I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO, I

PRAY FOR A PUPPY…

His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and

said, “Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn’t deaf.” To which the

little brother replied, “No, but Grandma is!”

A sign of the times: As a little girl climbed onto Santa’s lap, Santa

asked the usual, “And what would you like for Christmas?”

The child stared at him horrified for a minute, then gasped: “Didn’t

you get my E-mail?”

And finally - Grandma’s Christmas Strategy: One Christmas, a

mother decided she was no longer going to remind her kids to send

thank you notes. Consequently, the kids’ grandmother never received

any thanks for the Christmas checks she sent to the kids.

The very next Christmas, all the kids stopped by in person to thank

their grandmother for their checks.

When asked by a friend what caused this change in behavior, the

grandmother replied, “Simple. This year I didn’t sign the checks.”

*A great, big Bill Blurb Happy Holiday and joyous New

Year to one and all!

Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.


Murray SawChuck

By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

Without fanfare, comedic-magician Murray

SawChuck bundled up and handed out

100 warm stocking caps to the homeless huddled

in tents and sleeping bags along chilly North Las Vegas Boulevard. With

fanfare, SawChuck will present his annual benefit for Friends for Life

pet rescue at Summerlin’s Starbright Theater December 22.

A lifelong pet fancier, SawChuck, whose clan includes three longhaired

Chihuahuas - Bailey, Smudge and Kahluah and Kitten the cat

became a benefactor of magic to the pet shelter when he learned they

also employed and housed previously homeless men as caretakers.

The spirit of giving is in SawChuck’s DNA; his mother, Arlene, knitted

the caps “and she’s started 100 pair of mittens for next year,” he said.

Since arriving in Las Vegas in 2002, the spikey-haired platinum blond

Strip headliner has been one of the most frequently seen personalities

at local fund raisers. SawChuck’s website, MurrayMagic.com, is unique

in that the list of charities he supports - with emphasis on youth and

military is longer than his biography. “If you get attention and don’t

use it for good, you’re wasting your attention.”

He gained national recognition in 2010, stunning America’s Got

Talent audiences by making a full-size steam engine vanish. “The real

trick,” he admits, “was getting it into the studio. But that’s another

story.”

The magic bug bit

7- year old SawChuck

when he received a

Siegfried & Roy magic

kit. Three years later

he read of Elizabeth

Taylor’s efforts to help

AIDs patients. “I wrote

her,” he said, offering

to perform at a fund

raiser. “I could hardly

do a magic trick

then.”

SawChuck and partner, Lefty (Doug

Leferovich) celebrate at the Tropicana

Casino’s Laugh Factory.

SawChuck, who bills himself “The Dennis the Menace of Magic” has

built a YouTube audience of over 1,000,000 followers by posting two

new videos each month, often pranking the police that he holds in

high regard.

Phyllis Diller and comedy-magician Carl Ballentine (a familiar face

on McHale’s Navy and Car 54) served as comedy inspirations; Marvin

Roy, the 94-year old who performed magic as Mr. Electric still mentors

today.

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

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

LasVegasHomeTeam@Gmail.com.

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Santa & the Snowman

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

For this holiday month, I thought I’d write

about the time I worked with actor Edmund

Gwenn. He is best remembered as Santa Claus in

“Miracle on 34 th Street.” When I worked with Mr. Gwenn, he played a

snowman that comes to life.

It was 1952 and I was cast as the daughter of George Reeves. My

mother was played by Anita Louise and my brother by Tommy Rettig,

who later became well known as Jeff on the Lassie TV series. The TV

show was Ford Theatre and the episode was called “Heart of Gold.”

That’s George Reeves in the photo who is putting the locket around

my neck. Of course, most people won’t recognize him, as he was usually

in his Superman or Clark Kent outfit.

I had worked with him previously in Superman and The Moleman.

Since I was so young, I actually believed that he was Superman. As

that’s the only way I had ever seen him, I didn’t recognize him.

During the shooting, I heard a few crew members teasingly calling

him “Superman.” That was quite confusing for me. How could he be

Superman and then be playing my father on this show?

When I asked my mother about that, she told me that he really WAS

Superman but was just “play-acting” as my father for this production.

That was good enough for me and it answered all my questions.

The make-up and wardrobe departments made a snowman suit

out of cotton which Gwenn wore with only a portion of his face being

seen. For its day, it was actually

pretty elaborate and impressive.

In this episode, Tommy and

I play in the snow and build

a snowman. I then place the

necklace on the snowman and

he comes to life! When we tell

our parents that the snowman is

alive, they of course, don’t believe

it until they see it with their own

eyes.

It was a very sweet story and

so much different from the

television shows that are on now.

It was innocent, lighthearted and

entertaining.

The program aired on December 25, 1952 and was very well

received. The other thing I remember about working on that show is

that Tommy Rettig was the first person to ever tell me that there was no

Santa Claus. I don’t think I ever forgave him for that!

Ironically, Robert Stevenson was the director of that show and little

did I know that a few years later he would be directing me in the Walt

Disney movie “Old Yeller.”

May you all have a Blessed Holiday Season and be grateful that we

are still here.

Until next time, remember: Those who give love, gather love.

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.

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December 2018


White Christmas

By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

Who would have thought that a song

written in the southwest, with the verse

about orange and palm trees, would become one

of the greatest hits of all times?

Well, that is what happened with a song called White Christmas. It

was written in 1941-- words and music by none other than Irving

Berlin. It was the highest grossing hit for almost 60 years, won him an

Oscar for best song of 1942, and is a perennial best seller during the

holiday season.

Actually Berlin didn’t like the Christmas holiday season because it

reminded him of his only son who died at 24 days old on a December

1 st . But songwriters are always looking for that special song that will

become a standard, and that was what Berlin was looking for.

Berlin wrote the lyrics first, as he usually did with his songs, and

then could pick out the melody on his piano. However, he needed

someone to write the harmony or accompaniment.

This was done by his musical secretary, Helmy Kresna. With White

Christmas, he told her: “Grab your pen and take down this song. I just

wrote the best song I’ve ever written - heck, I just wrote the best song

that anybody’s ever written!””

Berlin felt that the lyrics made a song a hit, and the tune made it

last. Al Jolson though, said the singer has much to do with a hit song.

Bing Crosby was the engine behind White Christmas bringing it to the

50,000,000 mark, when it was released.

He first sang it on his radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas

Day, 1941. He actually thought it an “okay” song the first time he

heard it.

Bing sang it in the 1942 movie Holiday Inn with Marjorie Reynolds,

not Rosemary Clooney as some people think. Marjorie, unable to sing

well, lip-synced Martha Mear’s voice.

Berlin was asked to write holidays anthems, so he also wrote Easter

Parade and Happy Holidays; both big hits.

Irving Berlin, a creative Russian Jewish American genius, whose

songs will live on forever, died in 1989.

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

background, specializes in ragtime piano. She researches and

reports about music on SCA-TV.com/Anthem Alive! You can

contact her at www.mytimeisragtime.com.

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FRIENDS The Musical Parody

By: Dianne Davis / That’s Entertainment

Have you missed your “Friends”? Well, they

are here. Joey, Chandler, Ross, Monica,

Phoebe, and Rachel have moved in to the

showroom at the D in downtown Las Vegas.

If you were a fan of the TV show, you MUST visit them. If you saw

a few episodes, but weren’t addicted, doesn’t matter, go see them and

enjoy some laughs.

I saw a few episodes through the years and always enjoyed the show

even when I didn’t have a firm grasp on the backstories. And so it is with

the stage production. It is filled with references to famous episodes that

are not part of my experience.

For instance, I know nothing about smelly cats. Or the Italian

Stallion. But that didn’t stop me from laughing my way through a cute

show with animated talented cast members and live musicians as well.

The cast members take you through some of the more well-known

adventures and episodes that were enjoyed by millions of television fans

during their ten year run. It’s kind of like going back to the old home

town for a visit. Only in this case, your friends haven’t aged.

This is a fictitious but affectionate world. I mean who has an

apartment that size in New York!

Monica in her wedding gown? You Friends addicts will understand.

I just laughed.

Joey’s stellar career as an actor wanna be – funny stuff. Phoebe’s

adventures – hilarious. And the parents that come and go. And the Tom

Selleck character.

What makes the show work is the whole package. The script covers

a huge amount of history, the high energy cast sings and dances their

way across the small stage, and the live music – always a treat in a town

filled with shows backed by tracks is a welcome component.

It is a parody. It is a clever spoof. It is a good time. How you doing?

You can visit with Friends The Parody, Wednesdays through Mondays at

8:38 pm. At the D.

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.

Archangels

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

Archangels are God’s gift to all living things.

There are nine tiers in the angel realm.

The lower realms serve man while the highest

realms serve God. Arch in Greek means “ruling

leader”, establishing Archangels as the celestial hierarchy.

These powerful spiritual beings are the healers and guides that

intervene in many of our life challenges. However, they cannot do so

without being asked and they always fulfill God’s Will first.

Many of the Archangels’ names end with “el”, which means God,

while the first portion of their names identifies their “specialty.”

However, there are exceptions, such as Metatron and his twin Shekinah.

Nobody actually knows how many Archangels exist, but there are

fifteen that are considered to be the most prominent. Some faiths

reference only seven.

You can ask for their assistance for interventions and guidance when

facing life’s challenges. They’re also able to appear in many places at

a time.

The first Archangel created by God was Michael. This Lord of Light is

in charge of all Archangels. His specialty consists of protection, courage,

strength, truth and integrity. Michael provides us with physical, mental

and emotional protection.

Gabriel is the spiritual awakener who brings you visions and

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Raphael brings

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places; bringing

warmth from the

sun to manifest all

life on earth and banishes darkness while enlightening your life and

future.

Uriel assists in mysterious ways through wisdom and protection.

His empowering fire energy secures your “new foundation” - bringing

infinite possibilities and cleansing by burning away your blocks.

Metatron is the Scribe, the keeper of the Akashic records and guides

you in connecting with spirit. His sister, Shekinah helps you to secure

your foundation on earth and magnifies the love and light you receive.

Ariel balances protection of nature, plants, animals, etc. As the angel

associated with metaphysics, he helps you awaken a collective level of

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By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60

while back I discussed how technology

A has taken the personal touch out of the

traditions we held dear - such as hand written

holiday cards. I refused then, and I refuse now, to use the internet to

send a friend a holiday greeting.

Whatever holiday you celebrate, it’s supposed to be a time of peace,

love and friendship. That actually requires a little effort! To use the

internet to avoid a note, a card or a photo is just plain lazy.

As for gifts, they’re on line too. We can’t fight it. I reluctantly accept

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Electronic Wishes & Other Annoying Holiday Treats

Songsters “Got Talent”

The Sun City Aliante Songsters is a non-profit choir of more than

45+ seniors living in Sun City Aliante 55+ Community who love to

sing or play instruments.

This year the Holiday Concert “Make a Joyful Noise” will be

performed at the Sun City Aliante Community Center on December

7 th, & 8 th at 7 pm. Tickets are $10. For tickets call Warren Geller at

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that option because going to some of these stores really is a pain

anyway. I guess I’m a hypocrite after all.

Anyway I’m still sending cards and notes. And when I look in the

mailbox to see someone sent one back, I get so excited! If the annual

holiday letter is included, I read every word even if it’s boring. Someone

actually put thought into the letter and that’s wonderful.

Let’s move on to re-gifting. That is certainly a slippery slope because

my circle of friends is much smaller than it used to be. With friends

leaving town and others have passed, many friends know each other so

a re-gift is out of the question.

I’m not willing to chance someone going to visit a mutual friend

and finding their gift to me sitting on the coffee table. It limits the

possibilities, so if Pier One doesn’t have what I want, I hit the internet.

Now let’s talk about all the shopping confusion like Black Friday

starting after Halloween or Cyber Monday after Black Friday which now

runs through the day after Thanksgiving. The stores don’t want you

to be with family on Thanksgiving because they’re announcing the

Black Friday door busters after you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey and

waddled to the store.

And if you happen to survive the layaway counter at Walmart, which

starts during the summer, they’ve killed your spirit entirely.

When I was a kid, the holidays were exciting. Everything sparkled,

people were happy and Santa was at Macy’s on 34 th Street. All the

stores had glorious moving displays & ice skaters were at Rockefeller

Center. Even subway cars had happy people with shopping bags of gifts.

(Obviously I’m from New York City).

Not one person knew what the internet was or how to send an

electronic greeting card. We even had a party line phone and it was

the one time we would actually butt in to a conversation to send good

wishes.

I don’t want to return to the 50s but a little less technology and a lot

more personal interaction would sure be nice. Happy Holidays to all!

Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &

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


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Summoning Help

By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help

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I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” You’ve

doubtless heard Lifecall’s commercial a

zillion times. “Of course I could get up” you scoff.

Not necessarily so! Over the years your loss of flexibility and muscle

strength, stiffened joints, or balance that’s out of whack, have created

a risk for falling. Further, if you live alone, those psychical conditions

could cause you to lie helpless on the floor for hours or days until

somebody finds you.

Mercifully, you can probably crawl. So, today! Right now, position all

telephones in places that are reachable from ground level.

Whenever you dial 911 on a landline, even if you can’t speak, your

name and address will be instantly visible to the operator who will

speedily dispatch medical personnel to your location. Using cellular

equipment may be delayed by verifying your address and ID at the

outset.

Your most reliable protector is a Medical Alert System. I’ve tested

one - MobileHelp (877-827-6207). They supply a base station for home

use, and a 3” x 2” miniature station to wear when leaving home. Also

a wrist button to press anytime 24/7 to reach a skilled operator who

rushes emergency personnel to you and alerts two friends.

MobileHelp’s simplest program limits its range to your home and

nearby. A more sophisticated version employs GPS technology to

pinpoint your location anywhere in the USA and sends local responders.

A valuable add-on to both programs automatically detects a fall even if

you don’t press your button.

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.

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December 2018

Golf Rules - Part I

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

The RNA & USGA have agreed to a new set

of golf rules effective January 1, 2019. The

new rules are condensed, simplified and will

surely speed up play.

There were 34 rules of golf in effect from 2015 -2018. Going forward,

19 rules will govern play and 5 rules will govern competition.

This article will cover Part I and next month’s edition will feature

Part II of the new rules.

Rule 1 is the most important rule in golf - Play the course

as you find it; play the ball as it lies; play by the rules and you are

responsible for applying your own penalties if you breach a rule so

as to not gain advantage over your opponent during competition.

New Terminology

1. The terms “hazard” and “water hazard” have been eliminated

- now Red or Yellow Penalty.

2. “Through the green” is now the general area.

3. New term “abnormal course condition” now include

immovable obstructions.

4. Concept of a “no play zone” replaces the previously limited use

of environmentally sensitive area and ground under repair mandatory

relief.

5. Margin no longer used – “Edge” now used.

6. Teeing ground no longer used - “Teeing area” now used.

Putting Green Changes – with no penalty

1. On the green, player may putt with flagstick in or have it tended.

2. May repair any damage on the green except normal wear and

aeration

3. May touch the green to indicate line of play

Notable Changes

1. New procedure for dropping the ball “knee high” without the

ball touching player or equipment.

2. Three minutes (instead of 5) allowed for searching lost ball.

3. Damaged ball, only “cut” or “cracked” damage substitution

allowed. “Out of shape” has been eliminated.

4. Players have a new two-stroke penalty relief option to get out of

a bunker.

5. And my favorite:

“Double hit” penalty

eliminated – now

counts as one stroke.

For more details,

visit WWW.USGA.org.

Follow the link “Rules”

for rules, or the link

“Education” for helpful

tools. More next month!

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a

member of both the Nevada State Seniors Golf Club and Winterwood

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The Mayor Between Two Eras: Ron Lurie

By: Joey Kantor / Vegas Retrospective

city is a lot like a work of art painted by

A many artists. Each one of its citizens helps

bring out the color and fill in the shades.

Some people are interesting enough to become

highlighted subjects in this work, think of the Rat Pack for Las Vegas.

But we often rely on our politicians to draw the lines, to dream and

assist in the dreams of others that ultimately give the work meaning

and therefore longevity.

Ron Lurie was Mayor of Las Vegas from 1987 to 1991. He joined the

City Council in 1973. Now the “ambassador” for Arizona Charlies

Hotel/Casino after being General Manager for eighteen years following

his political career, he remembers when one of the greatest of these

city visionaries, Steve Wynn, called him and asked for a meeting…on

Thanksgiving day.

In essence, Wynn wanted to know if the city wanted to help him

usher in a new Las Vegas, although back then nobody quite realized

that Wynn was developing a blueprint for the creation of the megaresort

era. Wynn had purchased The Golden Nugget and wanted to

close Carson Street. The city thought that was fine and Wynn began

a process, birthed, Lurie believes, through Wynn’s insistence upon

excellence, that would change Las Vegas forever.

“We thought it was a great idea to vacate the street since he owned

property on both sides. He made The Golden Nugget a centerpiece for

Former Mayor Ron Lurie with current Mayor

Carolyn Goodman

downtown,” Lurie said. “When Steve did that everybody had to step up

because he was going to get all the business. Steve just had one of these

minds where he looked ahead on everything he did.”

It was during Lurie’s term as Mayor that Wynn began The Mirage, the

first mega-resort on the Las Vegas strip. This hotel was in Clark County

so Lurie didn’t have a hand in the project, but he supported plenty of

ideas that would help grow the city further. One was the development

of the 300-acre Union Pacific railroad yard and the other: Summerlin.

Las Vegas was the 25 th stop on the line between L.A. and Salt Lake

City for years. Finally, after much negotiation, Union Pacific agreed to

sell those 300 acres to the city and move to Arden, south of Las Vegas.

Lurie says you can still smell diesel fuel in some of the basements of

the hotels downtown.

Because of the efforts of Lurie and others, room was made for The

Government Center, The Smith Center, The World Market Center and

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, an oddly beautiful architectural

masterwork by Frank Gehry.

Lurie now lives in the Sun City development he helped usher in as

Mayor. The Howard Hughes Corporation along with Del Webb had

25,000 acres to play with. The City of Las Vegas had the sewer, water

and power that they needed and that was all she wrote. Part of the deal?

The creation of Summerlin Parkway.

“I think that was a good move that the city made at the time,” said

Lurie.

Lurie created the first police substation, helped bring soccer to our

parks and had a hand in saving the old post office which eventually

became The Mob Museum. The city had come a long way since 1953

when he moved to Las Vegas, then a town of 30,000 people.

Lurie realizes how time marches on and a new crop of civic “artists”

bring forth their own metaphorical colors and lines.

“Each councilman has something,” he said. “When they leave, the

blueprint is there and someone else picks it up and runs with it.”

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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December 2018


Fun (and Very Girly) Gifts

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

The season of gift giving in upon us and

shopping for unique items is never easy. Gift

cards are often at the top of the list, but sometimes

it’s just more fun to give and receive gifts that are out of the ordinary.

I’ve been looking around for some unique items and found two

darling items that are also female owned Nevada businesses. One thing

that I really try to do is support local small businesses like these.

The first gift I found is great for anyone that uses makeup. Since

beauty is my industry, I of course, had to share this wonderful option

for storing the many products we collect!

If anyone needs to get organized (I certainly do) put this on your

favorite’s list. It’s called Caddy Face - a cute 4 drawer makeup organizer.

It has an open top for taller bottles or perfumes and a makeup mirror

with an adjustable arm.

It comes in either black or white and makes a great addition to

makeup tables or dressers. You can check it out at: https://www.

caddyface.com.

My next fun and very girly gift is from a company called Tipsy Totes.

While their flagship products were cute wine totes in various shapes,

(the corset one being my favorite!) they expanded the line.

They have koozies - some of which could also be given to the man

in your life. Those French maid aprons are so cute! And being in the

business of lips, I must confess that the lip patterns on their totes caught

my eye!

With prices ranging

from $12 - $60 there

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And for a quick

winter beauty tip,

don’t forget to treat

your skin! This time of

year, even in Las Vegas,

our heaters are often

higher than they have

been over the last few

months and the effects

can be very drying and

stress your skin.

If you want to treat

yourself to something fun, try out the Elizavecca Milky Piggy Carbonated

Bubble Clay Mask. Funny name, awesome mask and around $10. Then

follow it with the moisturizer of your choice.

If you’re a local beauty/fashion business drop me a note, I love

hearing about companies in the area!

Linda Bateman-Gomez has an international beauty company

based in Las Vegas that specializes in cosmetics and other beauty

products. Contact Linda at TimelessBeauty2020@gmail.com or

through her website www.fullips.com.

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Insurance Humor

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

The following is a courtroom exchange

between a defense attorney and a

farmer with a bodily injury claim:

Attorney: “At the scene of the accident,

did you tell the constable you had never felt better in your

life?”

Farmer: “That’s right.”

Attorney: “Well, then, how is it that you are now claiming

you were seriously injured when my client’s auto hit your

wagon?”

Farmer: “When the constable arrived, he went over to my

horse, who had a broken leg, and shot him. Then he went over

to Rover, my dog, who was all banged up, and shot him.”

“When he asked me how I felt, I just thought under the

circumstances, it was a wise choice of words to say I’ve never

felt better in my life.”

*Larry’s barn burned down and his wife, Susan, called the

insurance company. Susan told the insurance company, “We

had that barn insured for fifty thousand and I want my money.”

The agent replied, “Just a minute, Susan. Insurance doesn’t

work quite like that. We will ascertain the value of what was

insured and provide you with a new one of comparable worth.”

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*A man was applying for a job as an insurance salesman.

The form requested prior experience, so he wrote “lifeguard.”

When the manager met him, he said, “We are looking for

someone who can sell himself. How does working as a lifeguard

pertain to salesmanship?” The man replied, “I couldn’t swim.”

Needless to say, the man got the job.

*”Do you know the present value of your husband’s policy?”

the life insurance agent asked his client. The woman was

confused and asked, “What do you mean?”

The agent said, “Well if, God forbid, you should lose your

husband, then what would you get?”

The woman thought about it for a minute, then brightened

up and said, “Probably a poodle.”

*And finally: An insurance agent was teaching his wife to

drive when the brakes suddenly failed on a steep, downhill

grade. “I can´t stop!” she shrilled. “What should I do?”

“Brace yourself,” advised her husband, “and try to hit

something cheap.”

Have a peaceful holiday.

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He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for

over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information

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It’s important to enjoy the holidays and, for many of us, that means

partaking in traditional family recipes. If there’s a dish you can’t live

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Making a creamy dip to take to a party or potluck? Swap out the

sour cream for nonfat Greek Yogurt and serve it with veggies instead

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whole grains.

There is a lot of social pressure to overeat during the holidays. After

all, your friends and family spend hours preparing these dishes.

One great trick (especially for parties or buffet-style dinners) is to

start at the dessert table - not to take the sweets first. Take a dessert or

salad-sized plate instead of the dinner plate.

Then you’ll have about 30% less space that you’ll feel obligated to

fill. Stick with a spoonful or small serving of your favorites. Then layer

on the compliments to the chef.

Once you’re done with your small plate, drink a full glass or bottle of

water. If you’re still hungry, then take your small plate back for another

small serving of the things you loved most.

Many of us enjoy cocktails during the holidays that can also expand

our waistlines. If you are someone who likes to drink, start the party off

with a full glass or bottle of water and alternate water with each drink.

You can also swap out the alcohol for something festive and fun. For

example, mix some cranberry and pomegranate juice, top with seltzer

and a squeeze of lime. There’s also

a cranberry fizz with ginger ale,

cranapple juice, cinnamon sugar,

and a lemon or lime.

Of course, if you are drinking over the holidays, be sure to have a

designated driver or call a cab or rideshare service to get home safely.

Theresa Brinton, FNP-BC

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By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox

As regular readers are well-aware, April Parks

was the owner of A Private Professional

Guardian, LLC. In March 2017, Parks, her

office manager Mark Simmons, her husband Gary Neal Taylor, and

her attorney Noel Palmer Simpson were collectively indicted on 270

counts for elder exploitation - the most significant guardianship

indictment in Nevada’s history.

Last month, after four long years of waiting and our (more than)

numerous Vegas Voice articles about her shameful activities, Parks and

her co-defendants pled guilty in District Court to felony charges arising

from their guardianship activities.

I must say it gave me a great amount of satisfaction to see her

walk into Court for her sentencing chained to another prisoner. At the

hearing she tried to hide her face from the victims sitting in the gallery

with me. It made me think, “how the mighty had fallen.”

Her once vibrant red hair and perfect makeup was replaced with

salt and pepper hair and shoddy complexion. Parks’ once arrogant

demeanor was replaced with softly spoken “yes, your honor” each time

the judge asked if she understood this term and that.

It’s still hard for me to understand how 200 plus felony counts could

have been reduced to 7, BUT so long as she “goes away” for many

years I guess it will have to do. Under the terms of the plea agreement,

the State and the defense have retained the right to argue for what

sentence she will receive. She faces a maximum prison sentence of 84

years in prison.

Sadly the people missing from the indictments were Jared Shafer,

the former public administrator who started the private guardianship

industry in Nevada. We also hope to see the judges involved booted

from the bench - and in lock-up next to Parks.

Judge Tierra Jones scheduled a sentencing date of January 4, 2019

for all defendants. In the meantime, Ms. Parks will spend (another)

Christmas behind bars.

Be assured that The Vegas Voice will attend the sentencing. Our

question to readers: what sentence would you impose if you

The Numbers

Private Guardian April Parks Pleads Guilty

By: Carol Chapman

Every fall we embark on an annual fundraising drive in our

community. This year I want to share with you where your dollars

go and how it impacts our foundation.

Our mission is to provide assistance to the elderly during difficult

times of aging, illness, recovery, confinement at home, loss and other

senior challenges, so that we may age in our own homes gracefully for

as long as possible. The Foundation has been meeting this challenge

now for over sixteen years and, with your help, one day we hope to

become self-sustaining.

This year alone our durable medical equipment housing and

servicing costs have exceeded $60,000. The cost of maintaining and

servicing three delivery vehicles that distribute the durable medical

A packed court awaiting Parks’ GUILTY plea

were the judge?

*On a more positive note to end the year: Are you familiar with the

program HowRU? This is a totally FREE service provided by The

Foundation Assisting Seniors. Once a person signs up, they will

receive a phone call each day (at the time the subscriber designates)

to make sure all is well. The subscriber also designates two emergency

contacts to complete the listing.

Here is how this great program works: Each day at the requested

time the call is made. If there is no answer, another call is placed fifteen

minutes later. Still no reply? The Foundation will call 3-1-1 and ask

for a welfare check on the subscriber.

With so many of our neighbors living alone, and many with no

family locally, this is really a wonderful safeguard. And as I stated, it is

FREE. To enroll call (725) 244-4200.

You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also

check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:

Anthemtoday.com

equipment and serve as

transportation for those

who cannot drive came in well over $80,000.

The HOWRU TM program has now saved seven lives in our community

at a cost over $8,000. Knowing the outputs on this program makes it

priceless and there is no cap on how many users we have.

This year we are on track to make approximately 20,000 assists to

our senior communities. I ask that when you are invited to donate to

the Foundation Assisting Seniors, please do so and know that we are a

501(c)(3) organization.

For more information, or to donate, please visit: www.

foundationassistingseniors.com.

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December 2018


Former Private Guardian April Parks

in Handcuffs

How the Mighty Has Fallen

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Now What?

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

Now that this election cycle is over, what’s

next? If you think for one minute that

the newly elected crop of politicians are ready to

govern, you’d better think again!

What’s coming next is (wait for it) ANOTHER ELECTION! Already,

a slew of power hungry politicians are on the prowl for the next office

they seek.

Republicans are planning their strategy on re-taking the House of

Representatives they just lost to the Democrats and the election is two

years away! A politician will never publicly admit it but governing is

a necessary side-bar of what it is they spend most of their time doing.

I’ve spent over 40 years actively engaged in running and participating

in campaigns and can categorically state - politicians are ALWAYS

running for office again and spend an average (some a great deal

more) of 30 hours per week soliciting campaign contributions for the

next election!

How do I know that? Because, without exception, that’s what they

tell me! One of the worst addiction society is forced to deal with is an

elected official’s craving for POWER - getting it and most importantly

KEEPING it!

To do that, they need money and a lot of it! They are forced to

continuously solicit donors - that’s you and

me, and the big corporate honchos.

Money is the lifeblood of any successful

politician’s life! They need to have enough of

it to insure that any potential future opponent

will be intimidated enough not to challenge a

well-funded continuously recycled politician.

And to do that, they need to raise always

funds and that interferes with what we hired

them to do - GOVERN!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

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

Republicans - Roll up

Your Sleeves

By: Victoria Seaman / Victoria’s Corner

Editor’s Note: As outlined in last month’s

edition, The Vegas Voice no longer has a

“Democratic voice” to (respectfully) oppose Victoria’s articles. It is

still our goal to hear from both sides of the aisle. If anyone reading

this wants the “job” please email me at: dan@thevegasvoice.com.

As we all head into the holidays and beyond, we have so much

to be thankful for as people, spouses, parents, and grandparents. As

Republicans, we have considerably less to be thankful for after the most

recent election cycle.

While election day delivered mixed results for Republicans across the

country (losing the House of Representatives but adding seats to the

Senate) in Nevada, the results were nothing short of a beating. At every

level of government, with very few exceptions, we lost.

And we lost big - sending a Democrat governor and Democrat

legislature to Carson City, and another to the US Senate. In the State

Assembly, Democrats have a 2/3 majority.

When situations like this occur, it is easy to point fingers and start the

blame game. But it’s counterproductive.

Could campaigns have done things different? Are the state and/or

local parties to blame? The answer to those questions, and a lot more,

has to be a resounding yes. Unquestionably Republicans should have

done better.

At this juncture, the answer is to not turn on ourselves, but enjoy the

holiday season with our loved ones and take time to pause and reflect.

After the first of the year, it is imperative that we roll our sleeves, unite

as Republicans, learn from our mistakes, and start working hard and

with enthusiasm toward the goal of winning in 2020.

Remember: we are Republicans. When we lose, we don’t protest

in silly hats, riot, set cars on fire, stand in the streets and scream,

or threaten to move to foreign countries. We come back bigger and

stronger to win. And win, we shall.

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December 2018

Victoria Seaman is a former Nevada Assemblywoman,

businesswoman and currently a Business Broker with First

Choice Business Brokers in Las Vegas. You can contact Victoria at

victoria@victoriaseaman.com or follow on Facebook at facebook.

com/VictoriaDSeaman/ Twitter @victoriadseaman


Tomorrow is Not Promised

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry


I took care of my estate planning a

long time ago.” Or how about: “I don’t

need my estate plan reviewed, it’s done,

it’s already been taken care of.”

Does this sound familiar? Have you told yourself, your family, or your

friends that your estate planning “is already done and taken care of”?

We hear those phrases A LOT. We offer free thirty-minute estate plan

reviews, so we see a ton of “I already have my planning done, we are

prepared.”

The thing is, most married couples who tell me they are prepared are

unfortunately wrong. They have been misinformed and this can end

up costing them and their families hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Remember Medicaid is now a loan, not a benefit. The

majority of married couples have not planned for Medicaid. “A long

time ago” Medicaid was a benefit. That is not the case now. Most

estate plans do not take advantage of a rule that can save half of their

community property from Enhanced Medicaid Recovery.

When the first spouse passes away, their will should have a

Supplemental Needs Trust for the surviving spouse. This will protect

their half of the community property from Enhanced Medicaid

Recovery.

The Supplemental Needs Trust is exempt from Medicaid; the assets

placed in the trust do not qualify and will not be available to Medicaid

when they try to recover assets. The Supplemental Needs Trust protects

the assets from the five year look back period.

For example: John and Marry have been married for 45 years and

have a net worth of $1,000,000. John dies tragically hanging Christmas

lights. Because their wills have the SNT Provision that creates a

Supplemental Needs Trust for Mary, John’s half of their community

property is now protected from Enhanced Medicaid Recovery.

If Mary is later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson, Dementia or

any condition that requires a skilled nursing or memory care facility,

the SNT provisions the family funds for Mary’s care for 5 years, then

Medicaid will take over. The family funds have a pool of money in the

amount of $500,000.00. This can be used to supplement her care and

go to her heirs after she passes.

If John and Mary had not had the SNT Provision within their wills,

their family would have been forced to pay for her care for about ten

years until Mary only had $2,000 in assets left (impoverished). Only

then would she be eligible to have Medicaid kick in.

How do you know if you’re protected? Pull out your will and

see how many pages it is. Chances are if it’s under 25 pages it doesn’t

have the provisions you need. If you have any doubt that you and your

family are properly protected, get your estate plan reviewed by an Elder

Law Attorney now.

Tomorrow is not promised. Make certain you and your family are

properly protected.

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The Inevitable Decline of

the Body

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

As many people reach their fifties, they start developing more

pain and more medical problems. For evidence, notice the

plethora of prescription medicines that line their counter or fill their

medicine cabinet.

After seeing their doctor, they are given a pill for hypertension,

arthritis, diabetes, or whatever problem the body seems to be currently

facing. However, even though the prescribed pharmaceuticals may

help prevent the medical problems from rapidly getting worse, they

never seem to bring you back to the state of health you once had.

As time passes, despite the pharmaceutical intervention, your health

and general level of function declines. Have you ever wondered why?

To understand this, we need to go back in history. Until the twentieth

century, one of the leading causes of mortality was bacterial infections.

Many children did not survive childhood and the average life span

for a human being was in the fifties at best. This changed with the

discovery of penicillin.

Seen as a wonder drug, penicillin could cure many bacterial

infections. The medical philosophy then followed this example -

seeking a drug/biochemical cure for every disease.

The problem here lies in the logic. Penicillin was so successful

because the bacterial infection was a single cause and the treatment

could target that single cause.

In cases of chronic diseases we see these days, such as high blood

pressure, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, etc., there is not a

single cause. Rather these medical problems are multifactorial –

many things have to happen in the body for a person to develop these

types of problems.

Worse still, because the parts of the body are so interrelated, when

certain areas begin to malfunction, the parts downstream are also

affected, and the level of function continues to decline. Because these

problems had multiple factors which contributed to their development,

no single drug can address what caused these problems.

They may shore up the problem for the time being, but they cannot

bring back an effective state of function.

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-

Keep Healthy During the

Cooler Months

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

It’s so easy with all our running around,

grocery shopping, holiday gifts, etc. to not

take care of ourselves. We seem to be in such a hurry during these

winter months, that we don’t think we may be prone to illnesses, colds,

or flu symptoms.

I carry hand sanitizers with me at all times and use them frequently.

Germs increase so much more during these cooler months, as people

tend to go about their daily duties, even with cold and flu symptoms.

I tend to be in such a hurry myself, working at The Smith Center,

teaching Zumba and dance classes and trying to keep myself healthy.

Drinking lots of water certainly helps to keep us hydrated, especially

since we are now turning up the heat with the cooler weather.

Also, holiday parties tend to have additional sodium in the luscious

appetizers. We tend to also imbibe in alcoholic drinks, which can also

dehydrate us.

Try drinking a glass of water after having an alcoholic drink, which

will help with hydration. I tend to have water at parties, even with my

holiday drinks and yummy eats. And, of course, the water helps fill you

up a little quicker, to give you that “fuller tummy” feeling.

I try to eat some snacks before going out to holiday parties, so that I

am not “famished” when I arrive! It’s tempting to try all the goodies,

but at least you won’t be gobbling them all up and having that guilt

feeling afterwards.

Please take precautions to stay healthy during this holiday season so

you can enjoy the holidays - one of the pleasures of life!

POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND HAPPY HEALTH TO ALL!

Mary Richard is a long term supporter of senior fitness. She

teaches Zumba, toning and dance classes throughout the Las

Vegas Valley. She can be reached at zumbaqueen@cox.net.

6216 or rkyomitchell@gmail.com.

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Varieties of Bedlam

By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View

Emerging from the big-box extravaganza

into the packed parking lot, I load the car

with my purchases – jug of soy sauce, tub of

lettuce, casket of croissants, bag of avocadoes, flats of fruit and the like,

glad to have escaped without straying too far from my list.

I drive home, unload, harness up the dogs, and head out again, now

on foot, for a stroll through the ribbon of canyon that passes between

my neighborhood and that shopping emporium.

Las Vegas is home to three Costco locations. The one in Henderson

makes four. Sometimes, though, it seems like everyone in the Las Vegas

valley is at the Costco near my home.

By contrast, the canyon a whistle away is nearly deserted. At certain

times of year, and all year at certain times of day (other than morning

and evening, when walkers and joggers reliably appear), one can go

two or three miles up and back and hardly pass a soul.

Who doesn’t find Costco enticing – both overwhelming and essential?

Who doesn’t revel in wall-to-wall merchandise in hefty quantities at

decent prices?

Who doesn’t occasionally find glee in the challenge of navigating

mazes of shoppers from the entire rainbow of humanity careening

about with their carts? What’s not to appreciate about a company

known for treating employees well, with living wages and good benefits?

Yet one can take only so much of such man-made plentitude. The

canyon is a respite. And a reminder of what drew me to this area.

That long, narrow tapestry of desert landscape offers a different sort

of bedlam – the quiet, splendid bedlam of nature. Locals have reported

encounters with coyotes and great horned owls; so far, I’ve seen only

rabbits, lizards, grasshoppers, dragonflies, unidentified little rodents,

hummingbirds and hawks and many other species of birds.

Emerging from the ground and vegetation is every shade of green

and gray and gold imaginable (sending me to the thesaurus for

refinements, like sage or amber or smoke), punctuated through the

seasons by yellow and orange flowerets, fuchsia and purple cactus

blossoms, creamy buds and snowy bursts of cottonwood.

Such a beautiful place – where are all the people? I guess we know

the answer: shopping this holiday season.

So Merry Everything to all, regardless of what or how you practice

(or don’t) whether indoors or out.

Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a recent transplant

to Las Vegas from the Midwest.

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December 2018


New Device Stops a Cold Before it Starts

By: Doug Cornell / To Your Health

New research shows you can

stop a cold in its tracks if you

take one simple step with a new device when you

first feel a cold coming on.

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 quick way to kill a

virus. Touch it with copper. Researchers at labs

and universities agree, copper is “antimicrobial.”

It kills microbes, such as viruses and bacteria, just

by touch.

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 disrupts the

electrical balance in a

microbe cell and destroys

the cell in seconds.

Tests by the Environmental Protection Agency

(EPA) show germs die fast on copper. So some

hospitals tried copper for touch surfaces like faucets

and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA

and other illnesses by over half, and saved lives.

The strong scientific evidence gave inventor

Doug Cornell an idea. When he felt a cold coming

on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and

rubbed it gently in his nose for 60 seconds.

“It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold went

away completely.” It worked again every time he

felt a cold coming on and he hasn’t had a cold

since.

He asked relatives and friends to try it. They

said it worked for them, too, so he patented CopperZap

and put it on the market.

Soon hundreds of people had tried it and given

feedback. Nearly 100% said the copper stops

colds if used within 3 hours after the first sign.

Even up to 2 days, if they still get the cold it is

milder than usual and they feel better.

Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold

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“What a wonderful thing,” wrote Physician’s

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Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas

and called it “one of the best presents ever.

This little jewel really works.” Now thousands of

users have simply stopped getting colds.

People often use CopperZap preventively.

Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after

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several times a day on travel days for 2 months.

“Sixteen flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed.

Businesswoman Rosaleen says when people

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and night. “It saved

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Some users say it

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Attorney Donna Blight

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When her Copper-

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“I am shocked!” she

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Some users say copper stops nighttime stuffiness

if used just before bed. One man said, “Best

sleep I’ve had in years.”

Copper may even stop flu if used early and for

several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million

live flu viruses on a CopperZap. No viruses were

found alive soon after.

Copper even kills deadly germs that have become

resistant to antibiotics. If you are near sick

people, a moment of handling it may keep serious

infection away from you and your loved ones. It

may even save a life.

The EPA says copper still works even when tarnished.

It kills hundreds of different disease germs

so it can prevent serious or even fatal illness.

CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure copper.

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The Real McCoy?

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

Have I ever stopped my car and handed

money to a panhandler claiming to be a

vet? Nope, not yet and won’t. Why? Because I have

a hard time believing that everyone out there professing to be a vet

really is.

It’s the wannabe extraordinaire and the harm it creates for real vets

is enormous. I mean come on. Using the honest sacrificial efforts of

those who did serve to deceitfully flitch money is intolerable.

Way back when I did approach I wanted to find out what was up.

Once I even offered to take one to a restaurant and buy him a meal. He

declined saying he would rather have money. To spend on what?

In 1994 a survey was conducted and, on the average, a panhandler

on the streets of Seattle raked in around $200 a day. Not bad, while a

100% service-connected disabled vet gets a healthy stipend of $98 a day.

Hey, he could always hit the streets - its tax-free money!

However, not many vets that I know would lower themselves in such

a way. There’s just too much American pride ingrained in real vets to

make a move like that.

Next time you get a chance, try asking some revealing questions;

questions that any G.I. would have answers to: Did you ever own a

P-38? What are hospital corners? Did you ever belong to a three-round

shot group?

I’ve queried panhandlers like this before and gotten back some

dumfounded looks or just silly answers. Heaven forbid that I would ever

ask them to produce a DD Form 214!

But that’s not all. Panhandling wannabe vets are not the only

culprits. There are some high-falootin’ charities claiming to raise

money to help veterans too.

AARP magazine just did an article on it, and some of these go by

such distinguished designations as Act of Valor, Medal of Honor,

Saving our Soldiers, and even Vets Fighting Breast Cancer! They are

using the whole idea of “Veteran” to fool the public and steal donations

that could otherwise go to valid causes.

There are indeed homeless vets that can use our help; and there are

charitable organizations that do good work (Pat Tillman Foundation is

my favorite). So this Christmas (and always) be diligent to check them

out before stuffing hard-earned cash down a rat-hole.

Chuck Dean served as an Army paratrooper in Vietnam and

through that experience was led to address the many transitional

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

books for veterans. All can be found on Amazon at: http://www.

amazon.com/author/chuckdeanbooks

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December 2018


Holiday Automotive Gifts for Seniors

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

It’s that time of the year again, when the

family sits around agonizing over what to get

their parents/grandparents for the holidays. This

decision may be the most difficult, because at this age, we’ve already

acquired everything we want or need.

But here are a few suggestions to tell your family members, or for

purchasing gifts for your own friends and family.

Uber or Lyft Ride Gift Cards: Give the gift of travel for those who

don’t want to subscribe to Uber/Lyft with their own credit cards. These

cards can be purchased at Amazon.com in any denomination.

Tile Mate Key Finder: For under $25, you can make sure your

favorite driver never loses his car keys. The device attaches to the key

ring and syncs to a smartphone. A map shows where the keys are for

easy location.

Car Wash Gift Cards: Everyone loves a clean car. Any car wash

offers gift cards. Washing your car once a week not only will help keep

it looking good, but also prolong the life of the paint and clearcoat.

Prepaid Gas Cards: Unless you have a pure electric vehicle, gas

gift cards are a great stocking stuffer because it’s something everyone

needs and will use.

Garage Parking Aids: Few of us are good at judging how far to pull

the car into the garage to clear the door, plus not hit anything in front.

Garage parking aids are a great gift to make sure the car stays damage

free. Homebrite Park

N Place, available on

Amazon.com for $20,

is a stop sign with LED

lights that flash when

the car makes contact

with the sign.

AAA Membership:

This is an essential

gift if they don’t

own one already.

Roadside assistance is

invaluable for flat tires,

breakdowns, and even

running out of gas.

If they already have a

membership, you can

extend it for another

year or two.

Anyone of these gift ideas will be appreciated. If you need more

ideas, or car advice, feel free to email me at bjkdtr@gmail.com. Happy

Holidays!

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

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

bjkdtr@gmail.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...

Delicioso!

Early Bird

Special!

$ 3499.

Air included

pp dbl. occ

Join Us

“Under The

Tuscan Sun”!

Ask A Desert Gardener

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

Living in Las Vegas, we are familiar with the

hot summers but remember that we live in

the “High Desert” which also has distinct “cool”

season with low temperatures. Cooler temperatures, especially at night,

can be harmful to many of our native “heat-tolerant” plants.

Numerous plants in our gardens can die when the temperature drops

below 40. Therefore, it is important to check whether a plant that you

are considering is not only “heat-tolerant” but also “frost-tolerant” as

well!

Hibiscus may die when the temperature goes into the 40s. Queen

Palm fronds can be severely damaged if the temperature gets to near

freezing.

Many cacti, such as the Indian Fig, “Bunny Ears”, and Pipe Organ

varieties (native to warmer regions) can fall victim to frost damage

when grown in Nevada. Even the “mighty” Saguaro Cactus, (native to

Arizona) can be damaged by our winter temperatures.

The same is true for some agaves, yucca and aloes. Succulents store

large amounts of water in their cells and can be adversely affected by

sudden frosts and freezing temperatures.

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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:

702/463-0966.

Wow! Local professional airport transfers

provided by Vegas Vacationers for every

Collette Vacation with air!

December 2018

Here are several steps to take in order to protect our native plants

during the winter months:

1. Wrap cold-sensitive plants with burlap. Nurseries sell rolls of this

material that you can cut to size. If a severe cold spell is predicted, you

can improvise and cover your shrubs and hedges with an old blanket.

2. Reduce watering native trees, shrubs, bushes. Stop watering cactus,

and other succulents. These plants go dormant during the winter

because there is reduced amounts of sunlight.

Therefore, the plant roots will not absorb water and the soil will

remain wet thereby attracting disease-causing organisms and fostering

root rot.

3. Use at least 2-3 inches of organic or rock mulch to “blanket” the

soil keeping it insulated and warmer. This will help to prevent the plant

roots from freezing.

4. Do not fertilize! You do not want to stimulate tender growth that

would be very sensitive to cold temperatures.

Have any questions? Contact me at: Theplantwhisperer28@gmail.

com.

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

plants.


Did You Know?

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

One teaspoon equals 4 grams. When reading

the contents listing of food, the statistics are

generally in grams. Be aware of the sugar in each

serving. When it says that a certain food product contains 12 grams per

serving, you can picture three teaspoons full of sugar in every serving.

Interesting Fact: Only gum that is sweetened with 100% xylitol is

truly sugar-free and hence free from promoting tooth decay. Make

certain you read the label for artificially sweetened gums.

Tobacco: The use of tobacco products (pipes, cigars, cigarettes, snuff,

chewing tobacco) is irrefutably linked to promoting the onset of oral

cancers.

Periodontal disease (gum disease, gingivitis) is caused by

bacteria. Be sure that your partner takes care of his/her oral health.

Implants: One of the most important reasons for having implants to

replace missing teeth is that they save the height of the bone. When an

implant is healthy and healed in the bone it stops the otherwise natural

bone recession (loss) in the area where the teeth are removed.

Bone loss in people who have had all their teeth removed is one

of the biggest factors in preventing comfort and long-term stability

with dentures. Implant placement can solve a world of hurt for these

patients. Help is available. Ask you dental professional.

Water Pik or Tooth Brush: We brush and floss our teeth to remove

plaque deposits as bacteria are thriving in this sticky substance. They

produce by-products that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

It is this author’s opinion and studies support, that the use of a

Sonicare (trademark) water pik tooth brush is the most effective oral

hygiene device to help with plaque removal.

My office always sees an improvement in oral health when patients

begin using this product as directed. I rarely promote a product, but

this is an exception.

Do not confuse it with an “electric tooth brush.” It is not the same

thing.

I wish all a very happy and healthy New Year. One resolution for

2019: Keep Smiling!

Tired of wearing dentures that

don’t stay in place, won’t chew food

well or cause mouth sores from time to time?

Make an investment in yourself!

What would it be worth not to have dentures anymore?

Eat and chew ANYTHING you want. Laugh out loud

without the fear of your teeth falling.

Corn on the cob? Stop remembering “when.”

Get permanent teeth in one day.

Today’s dentistry is amazing!

Phone for a complimentary consultation.

Learn more about Dr. White at:

www.jameswhitedds.com

James J. White DDS

1140 Town Center Drive, # 170

Las Vegas, NV 89144

702/562-8833

702/562-7910 Fax

White smiles are for everyone!

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OLD SIGNS.

NEW TECHNOLOGY.

Introducing Brilliant, the newest

interactive experience at The Neon

Museum. This revolutionary art form

uses sight and sound to transport you

through time and bring long dormant

signs back to life. If all this seems hard

to picture, that’s because it is. You

literally have to see it to believe it.

I Was Wrong - It’s a

Vintage Vegas Gem

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

s the afternoon progressed and the sun fell

Alow enough to cast long arms of shadow

across the 6-acres of scattered signage, the Las Vegas Neon Museum

began to colorfully light up. Founded in 1996, the Neon Museum is

“dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting iconic Las

Vegas signs for educational, history, arts and cultural enrichment.”

When I first heard that a museum for old Las Vegas neon signs was

going to open, I considered it a harebrained idea. I was wrong!

In the more than 20-years since its beginning, the museum has

grown and refined, bringing to life many vintage casino and other

business signs that once identified an earlier time. The historic La

Concha Motel lobby was donated to the museum in 2005.

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BOOK A TOUR

NeonMuseum.org/Brilliant

TICKETS

$23 • $15 Nevada residents, active military,

veterans, students and seniors

December 2018

To move it from the Strip to its new setting, the La Concha had to

be disassembled and then reassembled. Today the La Concha is the

museum’s entrance and visitors’ center.

Many Las Vegans consider the museum’s signs to represent local art

and are of historical significance. Every restored sign in the collection

holds a story about who created it and why it is significant.

Among them, the original 80-foot tall sign from the Sahara that was

donated in 2011. In 2009, the Neon Museum restored and installed

the famous Silver Slipper sign across from its visitor’s center. Then two

other restored vintage signs were installed near the northern end of

Las Vegas Boulevard. These three signs mark the designation of a selfguided

National Scenic Byway.

Before the museum was started, Young Electric Sign Company, better

known as “YESCO, stored many of the older signs in their “boneyard.”

Left to weather, the signs fell into ruin.

The YESCO boneyard comprised two lots. Those lots have been paved,

creating the museum’s parking.

If you are into vintage Las Vegas, definitely put the Neon Museum

located on Las Vegas Boulevard, north of Bonanza, on your bucket list.

You won’t be disappointed.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


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December 2018

Vegas Voyagers Meetings

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

Life is what happens while you’re making

plans. I have expressed this sentiment in

previous columns. I am always making plans.

Mostly plans to travel. It’s what I like to do. To go and see places I’ve

never been before. Or, to go back to a favorite destination and revisit.

And then life gets in the way. Life Happens. Stuff happens. Like

babysitting the grandkids, working weekends at the travel agency,

taking mom for her doctors’ appointment.

Yes, this 65-year-old senior citizen has a 90-year-old mom. I am very

lucky. You get the idea.

So I look around and almost a year has gone by doing daily things.

And I realized that we have not had a VEGAS VOYAGERS meeting in a

long time.

I am not happy about that. I enjoy our VEGAS VOYAGERS meetings.

I really enjoy hearing what all the VOYAGERS have to say about their

travel adventures.

Last chance to join us on the Phat Pack Cruise!

I am therefore happy to announce that we will hold two

VEGAS VOYAGERS meetings on Monday, February 4 th . Our first

meeting in Henderson will be at 9:30 am at Buckman’s restaurant

located at the Revere Golf Club. The second meeting will be at the Sun

Coast Hotel (in the Fairway Conference Center) at 2:00 pm.

We will have presentations from Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and

Princess Cruise Lines. In addition, we will have a presentation about

our September 2019 Holy Land (Israel) trip. There will be a lot to talk

about.

*We are gearing up for our second PHAT PACK cruise on the Princess

Cruise Line’s Ruby Princess, January 26 – February 2, 2019. We have

close to 100 VOYAGERS joining our Mexican Riviera Phat Pack cruise.

There is still space available at our original prices for those who want

to join us. While sailing the Mexican Riviera, we will also have at least

two Phat Pack performances, a private cocktail party and other Phat

Pack features.

Just call at 800/698-1101 and we will give you full details. And

remember, this cruise includes the round-trip

bus transportation from Las

Vegas to the pier in Los Angeles.

Just like last year, this is going

to be a memorable cruise.

Happy Adventures to all.


What Fun! “Let’s do it Again!”

Cruise with the Phat Pack

7 night Mexican Riviera

Jan. 26- Feb. 2, 2019

“Bus to the Boat”

PRINCESS CRUISES

come back new ®

Featuring TWO Special Private

Performances and Cocktail Party

The Phat Pack

Bruce Ewing • Kevan Patriquin

Randal Keith • Philip Fortenberry

(Musical Director)

This extraordinary group of artists met while performing

in “PHANTOM: The Las Vegas Spectacular” and

together formed their own highly-acclaimed spectacle

that continues to thrill audiences everywhere:

THE PHAT PACK!

Destinations: Cabo San Lucas,

Mazatlan & Puerto Vallarta

Inside Cabin

$ 1169 pp,

Ocean View Obstructed $ 1269 pp,

Ocean View

$ 1369 pp,

Balcony

$ 1469 pp

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

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

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

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

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

800/698-1101

www.Vegasvoyagers.Com

Email: Fairtravel@Aol.Com

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Crystal

Merryman-Sarbacker

The Travel Compan

Here’s A Breathtaking Tuscany Tour For Your

Collette’s Spotlight Tuscany Tour,

Oct. 3 - Oct. 11, 2019

This wonderful 9 day tour of Italy’s golden hills and medieval villages

will be hosted by the “Vegas Voice” president, Ray Sarbacker and his

wife and travel agent, Crystal, as well as Collette’s expert tour directors.

Throughout the entire trip, you’ll be staying in a single hotel in the charming

spa resort town of Montecatini. No pesky packing and unpacking.

Montecatini is perfectly situated so you can relax and enjoy leisurely

day trips to Florence, Pisa, San Gimignano, and the walled city of Lucca.

Plus, you’ll be savoring lots of good Italian food and wines throughout.

Que Bella!

Tuscany

Starts at

$ 3499. pp dbl.

occ.

Air included

from Las Vegas

Our Holiday

SPECIAL...

Complimentary personalized

Tuscany vacation

gift certificate

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December 2018

*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.


ny Designed Especially for Active Seniors!

Special Someone!

Attn: Siena Residents!

Plan now to join your neighbors,

Ray and Crystal for a special “Spotlight”

tour Oct.3 - Oct.11, 2019 to

Tuscany featuring a special visit to

Siena

*

Italy’s perfect medieval city, and a

UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

Reservations are limited so call now

for information.

2019-20 Collette Spotlight Tours

featuring 4 Star “Single Stay” Hotels

Prices shown below are land only, per person dbl. occ.

Air and transfers are available.

London, 7 days from $1699

Paris, 7 days from $1999

Tuscany, 9 days from $1549

Rome, 7 days from $1499

New York City, 5 days from $1799

New York City Holiday, 5 days from $2499

Washington, D.C. 6 days from $1899

San Antonio, 5 days from $1399

San Antonio Holiday, 5 days from $1499

New Orleans, 5 days from $1299

South Dakota, 7 days from $1849

And...

Havana, Cuba, 6 days from $2999

Collette’s newest catalogs are now available

Call Today!

There’s still

time to make

holiday reservations!

Call Now!

702/463-0966!

*

Wow! Local professional airport transfers

702 provided by Vegas Vacationers

463-0966

Experience the optional excursions! Choose from

for every Collette Vacation

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

with air!

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

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Making a List and Checking it Twice. A Memory Game!

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute

T

his month we're all racking our brains to think of gift ideas for family & friends. So I

thought it might be fun to dream about valuable items we could give them ... if we

were able to do that. Then, make a gift list and turn it into a memory game (see below.) For brainhealthy

gift ideas you can make and/or buy, check out my previous December columns [2013, 2014,

2015 & 2016.] (Go to the Vegas Voice archives at www.thevegasvoice.net)

Game of Knowns

For sure you KNOW the gifts you (or

someone else) would REALLY like this

holiday. Of course, you can't afford to

give Stephanie that 2019 GMC Sierra

1500 Denali 4WD or Eric that Ferrari . . .

gifts you KNOW they'd like! But you can

dream big & make it a memory exercise.

1. CHOOSE yourself (or someone else.)

2. MAKE A LIST of gifts you (or they)

would love to receive.

3. REPEAT the list from MEMORY.

4. REPEAT the list BACKWARDS!

This will give your brain a boost and surely

make you and others smile.

Mental Minutes

“Holiday Wish List”

1. In one minute, name things

on YOUR wish list.

2. Another time, name a

person and then make a

list of gifts you'd love to

be able to give her/him.

I’d like to buy Casey a

new guitar, a moped, a

math puzzle, ...

A No-Brainer Pick

www.ted.com/talks/

stacey_kramer_the_best_gift

__i_ever_survived

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS the

No-Brainer Brain Games series. Sign up for her FREE newsletter at www.JanFair.com December 2018

ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISE LINE

Sept. 6 - 16,

2019

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ADVENTURE

OF THE SEAS

December 2018

10 NIGHT

FALL FOLIAGE

NORTHBOUND CRUISE

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

St John, Halifax, Sydney, Charlottetown, disembark

Quebec City

www.Vegasvoyagers.Com

Email: Fairtravel@Aol.Com

800 698-1101

Inside Cabin

Ocean View

Balcony Cabin

$1,739 pp

$2,029 pp

$2,289 pp

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

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

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

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

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


INTRODUCING

THE

TRIP OF A LIFETIME!

Holy Land Tour

Sept. 2-13, 2019

Includes the following:

• 9 nights, incl. breakfast, dinner daily, Except last night breakfast only

• 10 days sightseeing in luxury touring coach

• English speaking licensed tour guide from arrival to departure

• One group arrival and departure transfer from/to airport in Israel

• All entrance fees per itinerary

• Porterage at hotels and Ben Gurion airport upon arrival only

• Meet /assist and escort to meet tour guide upon airport arrival in Israel

• Farewell dinner in local restaurant

Rates do NOT include

• Tips to guide, driver, waiters, etc.

• Meals & beverages not mentioned

in tour description

• Airfare, travel insurance etc.

• Expenses of a personal nature

$ 3,199.

pp land only/Air add’l

based on Dbl occupancy

For more trip details call direct:

800/698-1101

800/698-1101

Price is subject to availability and based on double occupancy.

Single supplement is available upon request.

Hosted by

Bruce Ewing

Here are just

some of the highlights:

Sea of Galilee/ Mount of Beatitudes, traditional

site of the Sermon on the Mount/ the traditional

site of the multiplication of the Loaves and the

fishes./Tour Capernaum, the base of Jesus’

ministry in the Galilee and site of a beautiful

Byzantine-period synagogue /Qumran where Dead

Sea scrolls were discovered / Masada and the

Dead Sea/ Jerusalem/Mount of Olives /Garden of

Gethsemane/ Enter Old City via Lion’s Gate/ Visit

St. Anne’s church/ The Pools of Bethesda/Christian

Quarter of Old City/Church of the Holy Sepulcher/

Bethlehem and Yad Vashem/the Church of the Nativity/Holocaust

Memorial & Museum/Jerusalem’s

open air market

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