NIGHT LIFE EDITOR
Volume 17, Issue 4
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About The Vegas Voice
In 2019, The Vegas Voice received 11 national awards from the
North American Mature Publishers Association. The awards were for our
guardianship special efforts, editorial and columns, front page graphics,
overall design and “General Excellence.”
The judges found (and we humbly
agree) that The Vegas Voice puts
a premium on well-informed
columnists who cover a lot of bases.
Serious issues are thoughtfully
discussed, but there’s enough fun
to lighten the mix.
A Most Grateful Thank You
By: Dan Roberts / Publisher
NOTE: Dan’s Roberts Rules column is
on Tpage 53.
his is without doubt one of the strangest
issues of The Vegas Voice. And for that, all I
can say is “Thank You.”
With the coronavirus shutting down Nevada (and the country) small
businesses, like our publication has been drastically affected.
As a “free” magazine (or more like “priceless” according to my
mom) we live or die by our advertisers. With the “stay-at-home” order
from the Governor, we understood why a vast majority of our advertisers
needed to suspend their ads pending the end of the pandemic.
The Vegas Voice was not alone in this predicament. Senior
publications around the country faced the same once-in-a-century
crisis. As a member of NAMPA (the largest senior trade publication in
America) we had weekly emergency “zoom” conferences to discuss
what to do.
A few senior papers already “suspended operations” - while others
had no choice but to do a digital version only. Believe me, my partner
Ray and I discussed everything.
And then we were rescued.
Through the unbelievable efforts and determination of Vegas
Voice Vice President Debbie Landry, our “Redhead” went to work.
Contacting all political parties she “gently persuaded” those judicial
candidates to place their ads in this edition.
Her actions (and successful results) are
the reason why we are able to print this full
As you read our May edition and question
why there are so many political ads, we can
only say “thank you” to these individuals
(and of course our advertisers who stayed
with us) who have faith in The Vegas Voice to
get their respective messages out to the senior
3 Cheers for our “Redhead!”
As for the “Redhead”? Ironically at our 17 th anniversary celebration
(held only 48 hours before the state shutdown) I stood before my
Vegas Voice family and kiddingly asked her husband (Golf Fore Ever
columnist Mike Landry) “at times, how can you live with her?
I then added, “that The Vegas Voice couldn’t live without her.” Truer
words were never spoken. And make sure you vote by mailing in your
* A number of columnists revised their headshots this month. Readers
can look at it as a reminder to stay safe while others may consider it
trivial, if not juvenile. But if it makes you smile …well, what could be
better than that?
Vote Safe, Vote by Mail
By: Barbara K. Cegavske / Nevada Secretary of State
Governments, businesses, civics groups,
community associations, and all other
organizations have had to make significant
changes in response to the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic. Virtually no aspect of life has been unaffected by the spread
of the novel coronavirus, and the administration of elections is no
In order to maintain a
high level of access to the
ballot, while protecting
the safety of voters and
poll workers alike, the
decision was made in
conjunction with all 17
county election officials
to conduct an all-mail
election for the June 9,
2020 primary election in
All active registered
voters in Nevada will be
mailed an absentee ballot
for the primary election.
No action or steps, such as submitting an absentee ballot request
application, will be required by individual
voters in order to receive a ballot in the
Voters will be able to mark their ballot
at home and then return it by mail using
a postage-prepaid return envelope or
by dropping it off in person at one of
the designated county
locations. All voters
should confirm that
their information on
file with their county
election official is
correct by visiting www.
Ballots will be mailed
to voters the first week of
May, and voters can expect
to receive their ballot
in the mail sometime
between May 11 and May
14. Instructions for how
to properly mark your
ballot will be included. Voters are encourage to mark and return their
ballot as soon as possible, but all ballots must be postmarked no later
than June 9, 2020 in order to be counted.
The policies and procedures in place for the primary election are
designed to ensure that state and local election officials can properly
and lawfully administer the election in accordance with existing state
and federal statutes. This means upholding the rights of voters while
simultaneously protecting the health and safety of both voters and
election workers during this unprecedented pandemic.
The safest way to vote in upcoming primary election is to vote by
mail. Not every voter can cast a ballot by mail, which is why each
county in Nevada will have at least one in-person polling place open
during early voting and Election Day. These polling locations will be set
up to ensure the safety of voters and poll workers alike.
However, for all voters who are able to send in their ballot by mail,
the choice is clear: vote safe, vote by mail.
What Do You Think?
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Life Under Quarantine
By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs
was on a long line at 7:45 am today at Von’s
I that opened at 8 for Sun City residents. A
young man came from the parking lot and tried
to cut in at the front of the line. An elderly lady
beat him back into the parking lot with her cane.
He returned a few minutes later and tried to cut in again. This time
an old man punched him in the gut, then kicked him to the ground
and rolled away.
As he approached the line for the 3 rd time he said, “If you don’t let me
unlock the door, you’ll never get in there.”
Just a thought (or two): If you need 144 rolls of toilet paper for a 30
day quarantine you probably should have been seeing a doctor long
before the coronavirus outbreak.
*The most unused household items during the quarantine. For men,
razors; For women, bras.
* Nail salons closed, hair salons closed, lash salons closed. It’s about
to get ugly guys; stay safe.
*The worst has not even arrived. Just wait until the Jehovah Witnesses
figure out everybody is home.
*Gas is finally affordable, but we can’t go anywhere.
*The older you get, the more you appreciate being at home doing
absolutely nothing. Well, until recently!
*I heard Bourbon kills Coronavirus. Probably not true, but why take
*20 years ago, we had Johnny Cash, Bob Hope and Steve Jobs. Now we
have no Cash, No Hope and no Jobs. PLEASE don’t let Kevin Bacon die!
And finally: My wife just stopped by my upstairs office and said, “You
weren’t even listening were you?” I thought, “That’s a pretty weird way
to start a conversation.”
To my single friends in Sun City: Stay positive and optimistic.
After 4 weeks of this lockdown, there will be plenty of divorces…and
I spent 75% of my childhood grounded. This quarantine ain’t squat!
Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and
has a very “unique” sense of humor. He welcomes all funny
submissions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appreciate Each Other!
By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action
There is no question that the COVID-19
pandemic has created fear and havoc in our
daily lives. The news media has been hammering
us non-stop with tragic stories of death and despair with a seemingly
endless stream of bad news.
This has created a deep sense of depression for many. It begs the
question, when will this despair end? That is a question no one can
However, there is another, more positive side to this chaos, that few,
if anyone, focuses on. We have all hit the “pause” button on our daily
routines and it forced us to look elsewhere for comfort. That comfort
comes from re-evaluating what is important to us and an appreciation
for things we have taken for granted.
Going to the casino of our choice at any time, outdoor activities such
as playing golf or swimming in a city provided pool, shopping when
and where we wanted on a whim, taking the family out to a restaurant,
taking your grandkids to a playground, attending church services of
your choice, embracing your close friends, or the simple shaking of
hands to express friendship, have all been strongly discouraged by
To many, out of habit or fear, close public contact of any kind with
any non-family members will be a forbidden activity in the future -
even when the health crisis abates. Scientists say it is the best protection
from any future re-occurrence of this virus.
But the one fundamental and heart-warming change that has
occurred is how we look at each other; especially those who are close to
us. Our loved ones have taken on a surprisingly new appearance. They
all seem to have a much deeper connection to us.
Perhaps this pandemic has given us a new opportunity to reflect on
what’s really important - each other! BTW, tell those you love that you
love them every day! That is the one thing that no pandemic will ever
Your life will be the richer for it.
Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior
community. He can be reached at: email@example.com.
Quarantine Quandry for
By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places
Businesses throughout Clark County
scrambled to comply with the governor’s
March 19th order to shut down by midnight. Many though, faced a
rare and daunting task in Las Vegas’ 24 culture.
Bob Harry, owner of the iconic Tap House Bar and Grill, explained
“We couldn’t find the keys. It’s been 33 years since we closed.” Bartop
slot machines and an ATM had to be emptied and a locksmith was
“We did close one Christmas to give our bartenders an opportunity
to make extra money working parties,” Harry remembered, a gesture
that went very bad. “We were robbed. We opened the next morning;
the security guard we hired was dead drunk, asleep, holding an empty
bottle of vodka. All the televisions were on and the back door had been
broken open. And we still had to pay him.”
“People come to the Tap House from all over. They want to be part
of the experience,” Harry said. The Tap House was characterized as a
“little roadhouse on a dusty stretch of Charleston” in a flattering LA
Times front page story in 2012.
Rare sight at Tap House: An empty parking lot
Harry originally came to Las Vegas from Cleveland as owner of the
Royal Casino on Convention Center. After selling the Royal, he bought
the failing Black Whale Supper Club, converting it into the Tap House.
Later, he bought the adjacent failing restaurant, christening it
Fellini’s. With chef Chas LaForte, Fellini’s became a secluded go-to
destination for the entertainment community.
Frequent diner, Sam’s Town exec Bill Boyd enticed Harry to relocate
to the new Suncoast, rebranding it Salvatore’s in 2006. “And bring the
whole crew,” Boyd added.
Harry is grateful that Boyd’s cooperation has continued today. Last
month he sought Suncoast’s approval to temporarily close Salvatore’s
for three weeks as virus fears devastated business. “They couldn’t
have been better for us.” The Suncoast was required to shut down the
“I can’t say enough about my staff,” Harry says. “They’re the all
Sam Wagmeister is The Vegas Voice Nightlife Editor. He loves to
hear from our readers. Please feel free to contact him via email:
A Mother’s Wishes
By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit
Dear Children: I deeply regret that we
cannot spend this Mother’s Day together.
But as you know, it is not safe to gather right now.
In case you’re concerned, please note that I am
coping with the current situation very well, utilizing the survival skills
I learned while raising the two of you. I’m not sure it’s even safe to send
flowers, and as for a gift, want to know what’s #1 on my Mother’s Day
Coronavirus aside, I sincerely wish you wouldn’t get me anything.
It’s sweet to be asked, and I get the part about wanting to demonstrate
how much you love and appreciate me, but I’ve reached a point in my
life when I have all the stuff I will ever need.
I’m currently in a downsizing phase. My fantasy is to live the rest of
my days ready for a trip to Paris, or an emergency hurricane evacuation,
and not have to choose what to take with me. If I’m successful,
everything I own will fit in one suitcase, preferably a carry-on bag.
But I know my message will go unheeded. Therefore, I shall try to
ease your decision-making burden by offering a brief list of un-gift
1. Gym Membership. I know your heart is in the right place
concerning my aerobic fitness, but when it comes to exercise, I’ve made
peace with my inner sloth. My non-use of your kind gesture will only
add to my Mommy guilt, already at full capacity. And, are you implying
I’m too fat?
2. New Vacuum
Cleaner. True, I’ve
that the old one
is sluggish, but I
would only want a
new one if it came
with a life-time
guarantee – that
Dad would be the
one who’s plugging With husband & grandkids
3. Brunch. In case I failed to mention it, I’m a devout member of the
Brunch Backlash. Brunch presumes I sleep late on Sundays and miss
breakfast. Kids, you cured me of that.
By brunch time I’ve been up for hours and would get exceedingly
cranky if I had to wait until noon for an overpriced Mother’s Day
omelet in a crowded restaurant.
4. Home Preserving Starter Kit. I will not be grateful for a jam and
jelly maker because you think in my retirement I should have a hobby.
I promise you it will join the sewing machine gathering dust in the
closet, which Dad surprised me with last year. I did try to use it once.
Bet he has no idea the rag he recently pulled out to wipe his car was
supposed to be a skirt.
So what do I really want this Mother’s Day? To wake up Sunday
morning and quietly sip my coffee from my “World’s Best Mom” mug.
And later on that day, the pleasure of your company on Facetime…
and please come empty-handed.
Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s
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Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:
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FAMILY COURT JUDGE DEPT. T
By: Judy Polumbaum / Our View
mother turned 96
in late March. From farflung
places, we Zoomed in on her for a virtual
Zoom, like Google, is now an everyday verb.
Just one of so many new things the coronavirus
pandemic has produced.
The world will never be the same. For good or
ill, which changes will endure?
After all the sickness and death, through the
financial setbacks and economic distress, with
physical and psychic dislocations, what shall
In difficult times, my mom says, people either
become meaner or nicer. Let’s hope nicer persists.
Here are some of the marvels I’d like to see
The outpouring of creativity and generosity
online. Seasoned songsters (Paul Simon, Mary
Chapin Carpenter) and younger talents (Lake
Street Dive) sharing new songs or new takes on old favorites.
Classical masters (Yo-yo Ma) and major symphony orchestra
Baby Judy with elder sister Miki and
mom Nyna. Photo: Ted Polumbaum
players (the bassoonist who did all three parts of a trio) inviting
us into their living rooms. Entertainers and
commentators of all stripes reminding us, in
ingenious and hilarious ways, to do our civic
duty (stay home).
The newfound spirit of friendliness and
mutual aid. People out for fresh air, maintaining
plenty of distance from each other, smiling and
waving at perfect strangers across the street.
People doing errands for those who need help.
Recognition for medical responders and
caregivers who help people in crisis all the time
– before, during, and after this one.
Appreciation for those in the most taken-forgranted
jobs – at grocery stores, public utilities,
the postal service, and more. The reassuring
presence of Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s
guru for combating infectious disease, heroic
purveyor of reason and facts.
Aw, heck: Toilet paper jokes. And of course,
more funny dog videos.
Judy is a professor emerita of journalism and a transplant to
Las Vegas from New England via China, the West Coast and the
Remembering Dick Powell
By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories
’d just like to say that my thoughts and
prayers are with all of you as we go through
this very uncertain time.
I thought this month I’d write about Dick Powell. I was lucky
enough to have worked with him back in the 50s. It was on a TV show
called “Four Star Playhouse.”
It was a weekly
that starred Dick
Niven and Ida
Lupino. I was
fortunate to have
worked with all
of them except
Ida Lupino. Each
week they would
“Four Stars” and
have a different
was one of the
producers of the
show. The episode I did with him was called “Autumn Carousel.”
I played a little girl traveling alone on a train who meets up with
him. I actually hadn’t seen the show in many years, but recently a
friend found it on YouTube and sent it to me. I must say it brought back
many fond memories.
Dick Powell was known first as a musical comedy star and singer.
He later segued into more dramatic roles and did radio shows such as
Johnny Dollar and Richard Diamond back in the 40s.
He was married 3 times. Twice to actress Joan Blondell and then to
June Allyson until his death in 1963.
As I look back, I feel truly blessed to have worked with such a
wonderfully kind and famous man - although as I have stated before,
I was too young to realize who he was or even that he was famous. As
an adult, my memories now are forever embedded in my heart and I
treasure all those moments.
I never really appreciated them because I was too young, but I
promise you this: I am now very grateful, and I am also grateful to
each and every one of you who read my column as I reminisce about
Until next time, remember... Faith is holding on tight when the
going gets windy.
Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and
is the author of Reel Tears. You can contact Beverly at: bjradell@
There More Than Things
By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining
Some of the things I enjoy most in this
world are cooking, antiquing, decorating
and planning parties. The time spent looking
for unique antiques and collectibles has provided the most fun and
interesting times of my life.
Each piece holds a story, and each reminds me of a particular person
or time in my life.
Unfortunately, during the 1991 Northridge earthquake, my house
tilted, and, along with so many other things, I lost most of my beautiful
china and crystal collections. Since antiques and design were not only
my business, but my passion, it was like losing a piece of myself.
Natural disasters play emotional havoc with your life and while
grateful to be alive, the aftermath left me devastated, and for a long
while, nothing interested me. Friends said the house could be repaired,
and “things” could be replaced.
Easy for them to say, but they were my “things.” And every piece held
a place in my life.
Months later, still jumpy with every aftershock and still not feeling
whole, I took an afternoon drive and found myself in an antiques store.
I surprised myself by being there and looked around without a lot of
And then it happened - I found a set of 12 beautiful old Minton dinner
plates. It was the first time since the earthquake that I looked at something
any interest at
T h o s e
spoke to me
and I found
grateful to say
that simple act
started the healing process and the beginning of new collections and
new stories that enrich my life.
Since the best part of planning a party is the tablescape, on the
occasion of my sister’s birthday brunch the other day, I used those same
Minton plates. It made me happy to use them on that special day filled
with family, friends, love and laughter and, of course, the must-have
birthday cake, with a singing candle, no less. I’m adding this day to my
collection of memories.
I hope your life is filled with beautiful moments.
Pat Alexander writes about all things home. She is well known for
her cooking, parties and interior design, and consults on kitchen
and bath remodels.
Fashion Under Quarantine
By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”
How do I dress
today? Let me
count the ways. I dress
to the depth and breadth and height,
my soul and my closet can reach. When
being within sight of others, for the ends
of being uniquely me and Ideal Grace.”
It may sound familiar, but this is my
severe corruption of Elizabeth Barrett
Browning’s Sonnet number 43. Odd yes, but
I think appropriate for today.
As I write this, we are all still in quarantine,
and most likely dressing in corona-style
sweats, PJs and the like. And of course, the
mask. Yes, even when downwardly clad, we
can be fashionable…and unique.
I have almost completed spring cleaning
of my closet and have many clothes to
donate or share with friends. It is what
I wrote in previous column: namely, go
through your closet and find pieces that you
not only love, but that also look good on you.
Especially those you get compliments for when you wear them. I
am also getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit or suit me.
Give thought to how you dress today.
It’s Spring, a release from quarantine
(hopefully) and the Winter months. A time
to renew your soul and spirit.
It’s even more true now, when we are
(hopefully) venturing out and seeing other
people. Dress well and dress uniquely as you.
Add a scarf or a pin or some whimsey that is
you to an outfit.
When I see the “Red Hat Ladies”, they
are not all wearing the same hat. They are
creative and festive and inspirational. They
make me happy to see them.
That’s how I want you to be with fashion.
No need to be flamboyant, just be you.
If you have questions or need help
with this concept, please email me. And
remember: “How do I dress today, let me
count the ways…”
Sandi Davis is the Fashion Style columnist and Behind-the-Scenes
Research Analyst for The Vegas Voice. She welcomes all questions
and opinions. You can contact her at Sandidavis@cox.net
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Spiritual Aspects of the
By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon
We always hear about the importance of
balance being the key to our survival. Our
bodies, our planet and our universe demand this in order to function at
their highest levels of efficiency.
It seems that, mankind has been trying to outsmart this concept by
tipping the scales with inequality, lack of sincerity, and selfishness.
Capitalism, technology, etc. and the greed that drives them have
polluted our waters, the air we breathe, the food we desperately need
and, worst of all, our minds. Somehow, we have managed to turn our
lives into a “me-me” society that is void of empathy for others. We hang
onto the belief that “those that have the most toys win.”
Although our world has been turned upside down and inside out,
we are the lucky ones. This pandemic is a “gift” for those of us that
are able to survive it. Most people would never take the time needed to
figure it out - and ultimately make the imminent changes.
Being forced to make the necessary sacrifices can lead to solid and
positive restructuring as we self-contemplate, reevaluate, reconnect,
and reinvent ourselves and our priorities. It is up to us to shine the light
on the darkness and expose it for what it is. Only then will we be able to
begin the healing process - individually and collectively.
Quoting Sonia Choquette: “Now is the time for each of us to
sacrifice short term conveniences for longer term gains. Embrace
the discontent as an indication of your soul’s awakening. Even
though it may be uncomfortable now, it would be far worse to live
indefinitely at our present level of existence if it isn’t working.”
Living in gratitude and focusing on the goodness that supports us
will multiply as will anything else we focus on. “If we keep ourselves
on track with our soul’s path and let our light speak for itself, we’ll
demonstrate and pull others out of the shadows and back to their
center as well. So shine on and spread your wings.”
Stay focused on the fact that as long as there is life, there is hope, and
that in the end - light always overcomes darkness.
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Sliced Bread Has Nothing on This Stuff!
By: Adrea Nairne-Barrera / 60s to 60
An expression we all grew up with is “I
haven’t seen anything like this since sliced
bread!” I’m still not sure why that was such an
accomplishment but I imagine it was significant at the time.
But in my opinion, two things completely blow sliced bread out of the
water! How about elastic and zippers?
As body parts relocate and buttons are harder to use when you’re
arthritic, elastic and zippers make life better, adjusting to changes and
Zippers keep everything in order. There are plastic bags with zippers,
pants, mattress covers, tents and millions of things that close neatly
and tightly as needed.
And elastic! The best of the best! It lets you squeeze into things when
your body shouldn’t be wearing it. Spandex fabric, stretchy waists and
pull-on clothes rely on it so we can say we wear a size smaller than we
So who do we have to thank for all that? It was Thomas Hancock,
an Englishman who founded the British rubber industry in the early
He invented the masticator, a machine that shredded rubber scraps
and allows rubber to be recycled after being formed into blocks or
rolled sheets. The process of creating elastic fabrics required a lot of
trial & error until he used heat and pressure to unite the pieces for
And the zipper came from an 1851 patent for an “Automatic
Continuous Clothing Closure” invented by Elias Howe. His invention
acted as more of a drawstring. In 1891, Whitcomb Judson marketed a
“Clasp Locker” that served as more of a hook-and-eye shoe fastener.
Eventually, development led by Gideon Sundback, a Swedish-
American engineer gave us the “Separable Fastener” patented in 1917.
In the 1920s zippers showed up on leather jackets and in the 1930s,
sales campaigns for children’s clothing featured zippers. By 1937,
zippers for men’s trousers were all the rage.
Their stories are far more detailed than I’ve written here, but suffice
it to say, these guys made sliced bread look blah!
Adrea Nairne-Barrera writes of celebrations, observations &
complaints of life in the 60s to being in your 60s.
Heroes at Work
By: Samantha Noelle Rivero / New Heights
Heroes are among the many that continue
to work through this pandemic. They are
the millions of workers who tirelessly devote their
time behind the walls of healthcare - the workers
who have sacrificed their lives at the start of this “Invisible war.”
Their stories are all personal, emotional and life-changing. Some of
them work side-by-side for hours at a time, resting to take only seconds
to collect their thoughts and push on.
It’s a reality spirited by heroism and courage more than ever in a
quake that has shaken our nation. As Covid19 forms barriers and shuts
down the world around us, many continue to head to work. Another
day to combat a virus that has broken boarders and left no one unseen.
Heights Senior Living
we can no longer
allow visitors inside.
Notices are placed in
clear sight alerting the
public, hand washing
techniques are now
our new normal and
face masks our new
In light of all the
chaos that invokes
panic, our team
remains poised. We want everyone to know we still smile, even by
uncertainty. Even at a distance, we carry our routine.
I can still hear the laughing, which is nice. I can see words of
inspiration left by team members saying, “Let’s support each other!”
It’s the little things that matter at this point. It’s the reassurance we
continue to provide our families as we connect using Facetime.
Its emotional to watch residents see their grandchildren and loved
ones at a distance, but it’s what we can accomplish while limiting
exposure. One resident will see her newborn great-grandchild today
using this technology - but it doesn’t take away from the overwhelming
joy coming from her eyes.
Heroes live in all of us, as many across this nation are witnessing. We
all miss human contact and remember yesterday dearly, but humanity
can make a difference in lieu of this historic event.
When we are faced with a great challenge, our spirit paddle wheels
one mission - to unite and heal our world one hero at a time.
Samantha Rivero is the Community Lifestyle Director at Coronado
Heights Senior Living. You can contact Samantha at 725/200-3300
America’s Driving Force
By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road
They say not all heroes wear capes. And often,
the last place you look for heroes is where
you’ll find them.
You may recall that in 2008, during the last collapse of the country, it
was the auto manufacturers, most notably General Motors, that stepped
up and helped by offering amazing discounts on vehicles to get the
economy rolling again. This time, GM and the other manufacturers are
going above and beyond to help.
From big donations - Hyundai Headquarters giving a $4 million
grant to support 21 U.S. drive up coronavirus test sites in addition
to 10,000 testing kits; to GM, Ford, and others making face masks or
offering no payments for 120 days, collectively, they are doing what they
can to keep the money moving.
In addition, although dealership showrooms have been closed, the
service areas will remain open to help those who need to go to work
get their vehicle’s serviced and their oil changed. Your car doesn’t care
about a virus and needs regular maintenance no matter what.
Also, many automotive finance companies are offering delayed
payments, and even insurance companies are offering refunds because
we’re not driving. If you need assistance, just call them.
We are all in this together, and you’ll be surprised at their compassion.
The good news is you still can buy a car online, and the dealers will
even deliver to your house. If you’re not in the market for a new car, at
least make an effort to maintain your current car.
While few of us are driving, it’s still important to start your vehicle
and drive it around the block a few times to maintain the battery’s
charge and run the oil through the engine. If you don’t do this for a
month, it will be okay, but if you don’t do it for three months, you might
have some problems down the line.
We tend to take our vehicles and their manufacturers for granted,
but it’s times like these when you realize how much we depend on the
transportation industry as a whole.
BJ Killeen has been an automotive journalist for over 30 years.
She welcomes all questions and inquiries, and can be reached at
Guardianship Disgrace Continues
By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox
’m sure the many friends and acquaintances
of Maryanne Chiang (Blaha) have been
waiting to hear the outcome of her long and
arduous fight to remove herself from guardianship and remain in her
Sun City Anthem home. Wait no more, Judge Linda Marquis’ response
is in and I am stunned!
To quickly recap, Maryanne’s son and daughter took guardianship of
her some time ago during a very stressful time in her life.
When Maryanne became fully aware of the true meaning of
a guardianship, she came to me for help. I told her in order to get
her life back, she needed to have an attorney file for removal of the
The “subservient” position this guardianship placed on Maryanne
(among other things) had her receiving gift cards from her daughter
in order to purchase groceries… or anything else she needed. As in all
guardianships, she had no access to her funds or anything else.
Although they did allow her to remain in her home, eventually her
daughter asked the court to allow her to step down as a guardian. Her
son, Timothy took over as sole guardian.
It was then that a petition was filed by Timothy to move Maryanne
into an assisted living facility in California. Far away from the life she
has known in Sun City.
After what seemed like an inordinate amount of time, Judge Marquis
decided Maryanne’s fate. Maryanne would remain a “protected person”
in 30 days she
to be moved to
placed in an assisted
Marquis found that
Maryanne was in
a state of decline
since she could
not remember her
middle name or
certain dates etc.
Maryanne with Governor Steve Sisolak in
Brown, a wellknown
local psychiatrist with an excellent reputation for evaluations
in Family Court cases had examined Maryanne twice over a two-year
period. In both findings, he opined that Maryanne was not in need of
Judge Marquis favored another doctor from Arizona, retained by
Timothy. This doctor’s opinion was different than Dr. Brown’s. By the
way, the Arizona doctor never met or spoke to Maryanne, only
At our age, memory can always be an issue, For example, I don’t
remember my great-grandchildren’s birthdates, my daughter’s
anniversary or my anniversary with Publisher Dan. I need those dates
on my calendar constantly.
Can you remember all the dates? If not, does that mean you need
Judge Marquis also ruled that she believed Maryanne was not capable
of eating healthy or financially caring for herself. And since she had
previously fallen (and tried to hide it from her caregiver) obviously she
needed to be in a care facility
The judge made no mention however that for years Maryanne has
run her real estate business successfully with no help from anyone.
Now her son will force the sale of those properties.
Maryanne is working with her lawyer on an appeal of the judge’s
horrible decision and hopefully that will soon happen. The Judge has
set a 30-day order for her to move once the “shelter in place” is lifted.
The most ironic part of this mess: Timothy is, (as of this writing) in
Guam indefinitely. How can he be a guardian to someone “so in need
of constant care” from thousands of miles away?
He had fallen ill with a high fever and Maryanne, sounding like a
typical mother in spite of all the grief he has given her, said to me “pray
that my son gets well will you?”
You can contact Rana by email: Rana@thevegasvoice.net. Also
check out her blog about life in Sun City Anthem at:
Don’t Sit Too Long
By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips
to our home due to
Coronavirus is likely
to result in our sitting down most of the day.
Unfortunately, according to the National
Institutes of Health, lengthy and uninterrupted bouts of sitting can cause
physical and mental problems, weaken muscles, and increase weight.
They recommend spending no more than seven hours in a sedentary
position and getting up and trotting every 30 minutes. In trying to
combat loneliness and depression we are turning to working jigsaws,
playing computer games, or watching TV - but these are sitting pastimes
How about trying this:
1. Purchase a grab bar 5” in diameter and 18” long - one with screws
to secure it, not suction cups – and affix it vertically on a wall inside your
2. Play tunes with a strong rhythm.
3. Use one hand to take ahold of the grab bar and never let go whilst
you fling out the other arm, stamp your feet, raise your knees, and have
a jolly time.
Stop if you experience any discomfort and, of course, seek your doctor’s
approval before embarking on this pursuit.
Heather Latimer is a nationally recognized specialist in making
difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books.
Call of the Wild
By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations
Call of the Wild
is a remake of Jack
London’s 1903 classic
novel. Harrison Ford plays the main figure,
John Thornton. Grey haired and bearded at
77, Ford was the logical actor to embellish
Director Chris Sanders does an
outstanding portrayal of deepening the
man-dog bond that forms the heart of
London’s story. The big hearted animated
dog Buck discovers his inner wolf and
destiny, giving homage to the natural world.
Buck finds the adventure of a lifetime in the wilds of the Alaskan Yukon
in the 1980s. He soon mates with the white wolf and has several offspring.
He becomes leader of the pack fully embracing the “call of the wild.”
The movie has been updated and affectionately retold but doesn’t lack
for a few exciting canine brawls. It is a delight and a MUST see!
I give this spectacular adaptation of “Call of the Wild” a cinema score
Renee Riendeau is the movie critic for “Renee’s Revelations”
on Anthem Alive SCA-TV. As a dog sitter she operates “ Renee’s
Roommates” out of her home and can be reached at
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Somewhere Over the Rainbow
By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.
Here we are again with a chance to watch
American Idol, The Voice, or America’s
Got Talent. Every year I tell myself that I know
the bottom line to this - manipulated stories to pull on our heartstrings
to increase TV ratings.
And, as my wife has told me many times, I truly am an old softie
getting sucked into certain contestants’ hardships and rooting for them
to find their pot of gold somewhere over the rainbow.
I am quick to notice that this year’s shows seem to have concentrated
on talent more than the previous years, only showcasing singers that
can actually “carry a tune.” The one thing that hasn’t changed though
is that most of these wannabe stars have continued to hear how good
they are primarily from their friends and family and not the paying
public; although there are a few professional ones sprinkled in and are
already making a living off their talent.
Even though I understand how the networks stage-manage the talent
and even their on air performances (and if they make a mistake the
editors take care of keeping the show on track) I still find it enjoyable
to watch. I love the enthusiasm of young people running toward that
However, I feel chasing the rainbow isn’t for just the young, but for
all of us. So, if you have a moment watch one of these shows and see
these young people going for their dreams. You might find yourself
thinking back when you were going for your dreams.
I hope I never stop going for the pot of gold, because chasing a dream
is a joy in life. So don’t give up on rainbows because you are older than
these wannabe singers.
Your feelings are no less important. And, ultimately isn’t the purpose
of life is to feel good?
Morris Heldt is a retired award winning film and television
producer and published author. He and his wife moved to the Las
Vegas valley from the beach in 2004.
JIM SWEETIN FOR
DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
Still Working for Seniors
By: Carol Chapman
All Foundations and charities have been
severely impacted by the Covid-19 virus.
Fundraising events have been put on hold but
the Foundation Assisting Seniors continues to
provide our services to seniors and veterans upon request.
Head of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) since 2008
Co-Founder, Southern Nevada
Children’s Advocacy Center
89 Jury Trials as a Prosecutor
Co-Founder, Southern Nevada
Sexual Assault Review Team
Founding Member, Clark County
Co-Founder, Clark County Sex Trafficking Unit
Member, Nevada Human Trafficking Task Force
45 Year Resident of Clark County
25 Years as a Clark County Deputy D.A.
Co-Founder, Project Safe Child
Certified Public Accountant
Former Nevada Gaming Control Board Agent
While others have stopped serving the senior community, we are
increasing our services to meet the new demand. Our How R U program
is working well and making calls to those living alone to check on
them as well as doing medication reminder phone calls.
This is a free service which has helped save eight lives to date. Sign
up is simple and can be done by going to the Foundation’s website:
Please help by making a donation to the Foundation Assisting
Seniors. You can make this donation online or can call the Foundation
office at 725/244-4200. Please remember seniors are the least-served
segment of our population. If you can, please donate.
Thank you for your continued support.
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There’s Still Entertainment
By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor
’m sure we’ve all been climbing the walls
the last few months, and I hope by the time
this reaches you, we will be out of quarantine and
headed back to some form of normalcy.
Since our May shows have been cancelled, I am now working on
bringing back the quality of entertainment you expect from The Vegas
Voice. Whether I can put together two shows a month or 2 shows a
week, they will be very exciting and entertaining.
I want to support the local entertainers and get them back to work by
putting on as many shows as possible. We all have to show our support
by going to as many shows and events as we can.
There has been and will continue to be performers that will be
entertaining us on Facebook, YouTube and other venues. Please check
them out and let them know we’re all ready to bring Vegas back to the
good old days - like January 2020.
Bring back the lounge acts, free parking and no resort fees. In two
short months, Las Vegas, the country and the world, has come to a
The saying “What Happens Here Only Happens Here” has not been
the case. We will come back stronger than ever, and The Vegas Voice will
at the forefront with all the local entertainment.
Let me give you just a few names of artists who are performing
basically for free or are asking for small donations to help certain
charities: Frankie Scinta, Craig Canter, Nieve Malandra, Jonathan
Karrant, Amanda King, Doug Taylor, Jennifer Romas, Chadwick
Johnson, John DiDomenico, Jamie Hosmer, Ryan Baker, Kevin
Gardener Rose, Sally Olson, Ned Mills, The Sharps-David Marinelli,
Charles McNeal, Tony Felicetta, Joey Melotti, Drew Anthony, Chase
Brown. And that’s to name just a few.
Catch a few performances, leave any time you’d like, but let them
know you’re there with a quick comment or emoji. “Let The Music
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Use the Extra Time Wisely
By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty
First and most importantly, I hope you are all
safe and healthy during this unpredictable
time. As I write this, I am hoping that a few weeks
from now things will be much better.
As we see people sick, companies in distress, and people out of work,
many of the things that we usually think of as important, like our
beauty routines, suddenly become trivial. Maintaining some form of
normalcy to our day, however, is important to help keep stress levels
down and spirits up.
It is known that stress has serious effects on our health and immune
system so keeping up your regular exercise routine is good, even if you
might have to modify it for the time being. Since the gym right now
may not be an option, there are still things we can do. Taking daily
walks, stretching, or trying something new (like an online yoga class)
are all beneficial.
With having extra time on our hands being stationed more at home,
now is the time to play around with some beauty routines. Mess with
some new hairstyles for summer, use up those face masks you never
have time for, and give yourself a mani/pedi. There are lots of online
tutorials for how the pros do it!
One piece of advice - you may want to stay away from is cutting or
coloring your own hair if it’s not something you normally do. Anything
that may not turn out well and have lasting effects, may make things
worse. With limited exposure to the outside world, if it’s a little extra
gray or too long, no one will see it.
It’s also an opportune time to clean out those closets and perhaps
earn some money doing it! If you’ve never checked out Poshmark, it’s
a great source for selling those items in the closet that no longer fit.
Read a book, take a bubble bath and indulge in your favorite coffee,
tea or wine. Relaxing is good for the health and the soul. Staying
healthy, positive and informed are the best things we can do right now!
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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Where Do You Cuss in Your Home?
By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight
Feng Shui isn’t just about colors and
furniture placement. It is about the overall
energy and feel of a space. When we spend a lot
of time in one place, we become unaware of
obstacles or challenges because we live with them on a daily basis.
Pinpointing where you cuss or swear in the home may provide some
insight on what needs to change. Some of you may already be saying,
my closet or the kitchen, while others may have to think about it.
When I ask, where do you cuss or swear in your house, I’m not
asking where you vent. I am asking what part of your home causes you
so much frustration that you find yourself getting flustered, aggravated
or even using foul language. That is far more important than the color
of your front door!
Classic examples are overstuffed closets or drawers, appliances that
do not work properly, doors that stick or have a meticulous process to be
closed correctly, or a messy garage. These examples drain our energy!
Even though these may seem like small issues, they are repetitive
issues. This can cause daily frustration, eventually shifting the energetic
frequency of the home, and not in a good way.
Other examples may include furniture that is placed too closely
together (making it hard to maneuver around the home) or a shower
tub knob that is hard to turn on. These examples may require more
work or some extra funds, but the payoff is worth it!
We want to live in a high-vibration, positive, environment! Right?
Use this week to identify where those extra 4-letter words slip. Once
you realize the points of frustration in the home, make the necessary
changes to eliminate them.
Throw away items that do not work, donate the items that make it
impossible to open the drawers, and move the items that are in the way!
Kate Wind is second-generation Astrologer and Feng Shui
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Say it with Music
By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments
Before, during and after the ragtime era,
songs developed with ambiguities, and
idiosyncratic lyrics. Sometimes lyricists simply
liked to see how far they could go being naughty.
Songs, lyrics and music in the early 1800s (and before) were sad,
mournful and pitying like After the Ball by Charles Harris or a song
about mother dying.
Then the young creative youth wanted something different to liven
up songs with happiness, humor, style and rhythm. Parents objected,
calling it the “music of the devil.”
It was called “ragtime” and it didn’t take long for it to evolve and take
hold. New ideas and thoughts materialized into new eras. Humorous
songs of World War I added to ease the pain of war.
All these pieces, we now call vintage music, often had ukulele
accompaniment. Lyrics were sometimes just funny to get people into
good moods; but, little by little, people became more and more creative,
stopping before “taboo words” with songs that would be considered
Some of my favorites:
Al Jolson’s I know what Robinson Crusoe did with his days, but
what did he do with his “(k)nights?” Some things Crusoe did brought
strange results: He came home with a “hare” on his shoulder; He’d
go hunting chickens…knew when he came home with a “hen.”
Another one of Jolson’s, about a stressed-out dad: Don’t Jump Off the
Roof Dad, you’ll make a hole in the yard and Mother just planted
Petunias. If you must, … just jump in the lake.
A 1913 lyrics supposedly referring to high speed on the railroad,
danced and sung by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly, was Ballin’ the Jack.
My mother, loved to sing as she worked, sang a World War I soldier’s
song: I don’t want to get well, I’m in love with a beautiful nurse.”
Some Richard Shebelski gave me are: Milton Berle’s, My Hot Tamale
Went Chilly on Me, or from 1918, Would You Rather be a Colonel
with an Eagle On Your Shoulder or a Private with a Chicken On
Until next time, I’ll be “looking for that lemon in the garden of
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.
Insurance, Medicare & Coronavirus
By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight
For those of you that read my articles, you
know I talk exclusively about insurance
of inanimate objects (homes, cars, RV’s, boats,
etc.). Insuring people is not within my area of
expertise, however, with the pandemic outbreak it seems less than
thoughtful to talk about anything other than people this month.
The Vegas Voice is a SENIOR MEDIA RESOURCE and as such, I have
done some research regarding what Medicare will do for you during
this national crisis. Here is what I found:
Medicare will cover:
1. The lab tests for COVID-19. You pay no out-of-pocket costs.
2. All medically necessary hospitalizations. This includes if you’re
diagnosed with COVID-19 and might otherwise have been discharged
from the hospital after an inpatient stay but instead you need to stay in
the hospital under quarantine.
3. As of this writing, there’s no vaccine for COVID-19. However, if one
becomes available, it will be covered by all Medicare Prescription Drug
Plans (Part D).
If you have a Medicare Advantage Plan, you have access to these
same benefits. Medicare allows these plans to waive cost-sharing for
COVID-19 lab tests.
Many plans offer additional telehealth benefits. Check with your plan
about your coverage and costs.
Be aware that scammers may use the coronavirus emergency to
of people while
As always, guard
card like a credit
for errors, and
if someone calls
asking for your Medicare number, hang up!
That last point fits in quite well with my series on insurance
commercials. Not because commercials are a “scam” but because they
often bend the truth to fit their agenda.
You must be careful and stay as informed as possible during this
crisis…and beyond. Whether it be a scammer or simply a purposely
misleading ad, it’s your responsibility to be diligent and do everything
you can to learn the truth.
I’ll be back next month with a TV ad that may be both truthful and
at the same time misleading.
In the meantime, stay healthy and stay informed.
Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.
He and his wife owned and operated their own insurance agency for
over 16 years. His primary purpose is to give out real information
that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.
So how did you survive the Coronavirus
time? It was a shocker for me to be totally
unemployed - not having any Zumba classes to
teach to my beloved students or ushering the fabulous shows at The
Smith Center. But I made the most of the time.
Having lived here for 18 years, I never thought I would see the day
that the strip and other businesses would be shut down and so many
people unemployed (including me).
Making the most of the time off - I cleaned and purged clothes from
my closet and have them ready to donate to charities. I cleaned that
“junk” drawer that I’ve been meaning to do for some time.
I read some books that were waiting to be perused.
I took online zumba and aerobic classes. And it felt so great after
getting some exercise! Strange having to do this, as I love the peer
group exercise but it worked.
I saw many of my neighbors out for walks around the neighborhood
- adhering to “social distancing.” I got to know them better - having
to wave across the road as we took turns going to the mailbox. My
neighbors are fabulous and we do keep watch after each other.
My two fur babies (Pierre and Andre) were lap kitties and happy to
have me home. They are really spoiled now! Wait until I go back to
Time to Reflect
By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness
Severity of COVID-19
By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You
Why do certain individuals show no
symptoms after contracting the
coronavirus, while for others it is lethal? Why is it
more lethal for the elderly and those with medical condition while the
young are affected to a much lesser degree?
While certain measures such as social distancing and face masks
are absolutely necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, what
happens if you do contract the virus? Are there measures you can take
proactively to lessen the effect of the virus?
(It should be noted that while this article is based on medical
research and the logic that follows it, this research has not been applied
specifically to COVID-19.)
Certain concepts related to the coronavirus:
1. It is not the virus that kills most people but rather the body’s
reaction to the virus.
Specifically, there is a strong immune reaction - inflammation in
the lungs which fills the lungs with fluid (Pneumonia). This prevents
the respiratory system from working at a level that maintains health
2. The elderly and those with medical conditions are more likely
to develop more severe disease and possibly succumb. The question is
The immune system is a highly tuned machine that can be disrupted.
The space around the cells of your body – known as the extracellular
work - they will surely miss my daily lap.
I certainly was NOT one of those hoarders, as I only had enough
stash for myself and my two fur babies.
Overall it was a time to reflect, reassess and revalue what we have to
be thankful for and appreciate the little things in life.
Take care all - stay safe and healthy.
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 email@example.com.
matrix (ECM) is where the immune system lives.
It is the adaptability of the ECM that determines how well the
immune system works. If the ECM is damaged, the immune system has
a tendency to overreact.
In the news, they refer to this as a “cytokine storm.” This is the
explanation given for more severe cases of Covid-19.
Current medical conditions, certain medications, stress, and toxins
are just a few things that can disrupt the functioning of the ECM.
The elderly and those with current medical conditions have more
cumulative insults to the ECM.
Children and those without medical conditions have on average less
damage to the ECM. This may be why we see the disparity between the
If you would like more info on how to keep the extracellular matrix
and immune system healthy, please contact me at rkyomitchell@
Dr. Kyo Mitchell served as faculty at Bastyr University in Seattle
and Wongu University in Las Vegas for over a decade. Dr. Mitchell
practices in Summerlin and can be reached at 702-481-6216 or
Potting & Garden Soil
By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening
For many gardeners, the questions: “Is there
a difference between potting soil and
garden soil?” and “Can these items be used
interchangeably depending on cost and availability?” come to
mind when they see stacks of soils at the garden centers.
The answers to these questions are: Yes and NO! Garden soil will not
work well in pots nor will potting work well in your garden.
Potting soil is not actually soil. It is a mixture composed of sphagnum
moss, finely ground wood bark, perlite and/or vermiculite and some
form of nitrogen rich materials.
The mixture may contain compost, chemical additives or some form
of organic waste. I have even come across some inexpensive potting
soil which used processed chicken droppings as its source of nitrogen!
The one ingredient, however, that potting soil does NOT contain is
Potting soil is manufactured so that the added organic materials will
feed the roots and plants while the other additives keep the mixture
loose and well-drained. This is to prevent the mixture from cutting off
the air supply to roots which will lead to suffocation and plant death.
The focus of potting soil is to make the mixture light in weight,
easy to drain, and keeping the plants free of biological organisms that
can lead to disease and insect infestation in house and patio planters
and pots. This is accomplished by sterilizing the mixture before it is
packaged for sale.
Some “bargain brands” contain
non-sterilized compost which can
contain fungus gnat eggs that will
hatch and infest your patio and
home with tiny annoying flies that
congregate around the plants and
pots. If you are not sure if your potting
mixture has been properly sterilized,
place the unopened bags in the direct sunlight outdoor for a day. The
sun will solarize the bags by raising their temperature to 160F killing
off all eggs and organisms.
Garden soil is rich in organic content and active in biological
activity. It is “real” soil that has been augmented with compost and
other organic materials.
Since it is not sterilized, garden soil would NOT be a good choice for
indoor, patio or poolside planters. Garden soil retains water which is
helpful in our desert climate. It is denser and heavier and stays in place.
It’s inexpensive to buy since it doesn’t contain expensive additives
found in potting soils making it…Dirt cheap to purchase!
Have a question? Contact me: 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
Community Vet Centers
By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet
During and after the Vietnam War something
happened to the relationship between
American warriors and their government. No
matter how much anyone wants to whitewash it these days, back then
there was no love lost between the two.
It was the first time in our history that veterans sounded off and spoke
out publicly about fighting a war that made little sense. Veterans simply
did not trust the government, and the VA represented the government.
Most veterans refused to connect and seek any readjustment
management. Thousands continued to suffer without the aid of
professional help. Consequently, horrifying statistics skyrocketed of
hurting veterans trying to cope on their own and find ways to find their
place in the country they served.
out the roof
civilian life, the
VA did something smart. They created community-based counseling
centers and called them Vet Centers.
These centers, located in city settings and away from VA campuses,
caught on and veterans responded. They felt safer at a center rather
than going to something resembling a government institution.
Vet Centers are still going strong today and are quickly expanding.
There are currently over 300 Vet Centers across the country, 80 mobile
Vet Centers, and a Veteran Call Line as well.
Las Vegas recently opened a new Vet Center, and I encourage all
veterans to visit and check it out. Its mission is to equip veterans by
offering a wide array of services and to help us simply get started, set
goals, and eventually accomplish them.
At a time when the COVID-19 experience is hitting hard, extra anxiety
and stress prevails for everyone. For veterans, it could be even worse.
With social-distancing in place, teletherapy and other creative means
are coming to the forefront. Check with the local Vet Center to connect
with any needs.
Here’s the information:
Address: 7455 Washington Ave #240, Las Vegas 89146
Telephone: (702) 791-9170
For assistance after hours, weekends, and holidays call: 1-877-WAR-
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.
Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknown
By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World
The majority of graves are denoted by a
simple white marker lending Arlington
National Cemetery a revered dignity. Arlington
is America’s most exalted burial ground for its military dead and the
Tomb of the Unknown Solider, where a military honor guard stands
The tradition that the honor guard provides has become fabric of our
past. Watching the changing of the guard brings pride to Americans
that witness it – a reminder to never forget our military’s sacrifices.
Little known facts about the Tomb of the Unknown Solider:
Number 21 alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, the highest honor
given to any military or foreign dignitary. Honor guards take 21 steps
during their walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns. He then hesitates
21 seconds after his about face to begin his return walk.
The guards wear moistened gloves to prevent losing their grip on
the rifle they carry. They carry their rifle on the shoulder away from
the tomb and after their march across the path, they do an about face,
moving the rifle to the outside shoulder.
The guard’s shoes are specially made with thick soles to keep heat
and cold from their feet. There are metal heel plates extending to the
shoe top to make the loud click as they come to a halt.
Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day
and 365 days a year.
To apply for tomb
guard duty, a solider
must be between 5’
10” and 6’ 2” tall and
commit two years to
guard the tomb, live
in a barracks under
the tomb and cannot
drink alcohol on or off
duty. Upon completing
two years, the honor
guard is given a wreath
pin worn on their lapel
signifying they served
as guard of the tomb.
Besides the Tomb of
the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery is the resting place of John
F. Kennedy, Audie Murphy and more than 300,000 who loyally served
their country. By remembering, we recognize, as Abraham Lincoln
declared, “…these dead shall not have died in vain.”
This is the sincerest importance of Memorial Day.
Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an
Adventure Diva. Her “Must See” travel journeys continue - always
Stay Well My Friends
By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /
Out & About
few weeks ago, I was walking outside with my
A dog, Watson, when I noticed that someone
had carefully written “Stay Well” in white chalk on the sidewalk near
my home. I have no idea who wrote this. But each morning as I took
my dog for his sabbatical, I found I was reassured to see the message
was still there.
Then, one recent afternoon, it started to rain. It was an uncommonly
heavy downpour that erased the comforting sentiment completely and
replaced it with a feeling of foreboding.
Until recently, everything seemed so positive. Vegas was booming. A
bullish stock market was pleasing investors, and success tempered with
excitement was our new normal.
News about a strange epidemic in China seemed far away and
unimportant, until rumors of popular cruise ships returning
with sickened passengers reached our shores. An almost unbelievably
widespread pandemic was reported to be approaching our coasts and
we were unprepared.
There were doubting Thomas’s who treated the new coronavirus
with disbelief. There were politicians and scientists who wondered how
a catastrophe of this magnitude could escape notice until it was upon
us. And thankfully there were people who immediately determined they
would fight the highly contagious disease regardless of the personal
In my youth, I would have joined the fight. I would have formed
an investigating committee to determine why there was a surgical
mask shortage; set up a lunch buffet to serve the dedicated staffers; and
initiated a petition to hold our pets blameless for this awful disease.
But as an older senior, I was startled to realize the best thing I could
do is let the younger generations take charge. They have educations
that are up to date and more computer savvy. And frankly they are
physically stronger than me.
So, with some reluctance I admit it’s temporarily time for me to put
away travel plans to faraway places. And for the time being, I need to
step aside and Stay at Home. It will take some adjusting, but I just need
to stop feeling guilty when I have to take a nap.
Stay Well, My Friends!
Travel professional, Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker, has visited all
50 U.S. states and over 40 countries. She was awarded 1st Place for
her 2019 Travel Writing by the North American Mature Publishers
Association. She can be reached at Merryman2@aol.com
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Excursion is Visual
By: Burt & Dianne Davis / Guest Travel
Editor’s Note: Our thanks to Vegas Voice columnist Dianne
Davis and her husband Burt who will continue to travel the
world (once the pandemic is over) and share their adventures with
In one fabulous enriching day, we visited the snowcapped Osomo
Volcano, saw the shimmering waterfalls of the Petuhue Falls, relaxed
at a delicious lunch on the shores of Lake Lianquihue and explored
the picturesque town of Puerto Varas with its local handicraft markets
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The Viking South America and the Chilean Fjords Cruise
began in Santiago, Chile and ended in Buenos Ares, Argentina with
stops including Montevideo and the Falkland Islands.
One of the highlights was this visit to the Chilean Lake Country in
Northern Patagonia, 650 miles south of Santiago. We docked in Puerto
Montt, Chile to take in the beauty and diversity of the area.
Petrohue Falls, part of a local park, were formed by the Petrohue
River cutting its way through volcanic rock. Fast moving water cascades
down and through the rocks. Some fellow travelers opted to ride the
rapids on the Petrohue River! We passed.
We ventured on to the extinct Osorno Volcano. which reaches an
altitude of 8,700 feet and is snowcapped year-round. The blue skies
contrasting the clouds below were a sensory treat. The ski lift took
us about 2,000 feet up for breathtaking views of the volcano and
Next, we drove around Lake Llanquihue the third largest lake in
South America with its stunning crystal blue waters. We had lunch at
a restaurant on the lake. Our Chilean salmon was accompanied by a
pisco sour, a well-known local beverage.
The picturesque town of Puerto Varas was filled with local residents
and children getting their last taste of their summer breaks. Some of
them braved the chilly waters of Lake Llanquihue for the final swim of
The views of the Lake and the prominent Osorno Volcano in the
background were outstanding. This excursion gave us a real feel of the
beauty of Northern Patagonia.
Staying Informed When
the World Re-Opens
By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures
We are a social people. We like to visit. We
like to share experiences with family and
We had this concept in mind when Publisher Dan, my wife Sharon
and I started the Vegas Voyagers Travel Club in 2003. Our slogan,
“Where travel dreams and good friends come together” was exactly
what we had in mind when putting the trips together.
To our great joy, the Vegas Voyagers, has become the biggest and
most popular travel club in Las Vegas. And I can’t tell you how many
notes I received from people telling me about the new friends they made
participating in our trips. Our success is far beyond our expectation.
We now find ourselves facing the most serious challenge in our lives.
And as seniors, we have seen a lot. How do we navigate through an
environment where any one of us can get deathly sick by just walking
I can only tell you what we have in mind. We will not put any of our
members in danger. We will not offer trips until we believe it is safe to
go back to exploring this world. We will also keep you informed of what
the “travel industry” is saying about “reopening” the world.
It’s my guess that we will not see the airlines, hotels, and resorts start
to reopen before June 1 st . Carnival Cruise Line has announced that they
have cancelled all their cruises through June 30 th .
Reopening the world depends on controlling and defeating this
awful virus. We must do our part. Stay at home, socially distance, wear
masks when traveling to stores. We all have a vast amount of control in
abating the spread of the virus.
We would love to hear from you. Please feel free to call at 800/698-
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have… or just to say hello.
BE WELL & STAY SAFE.
Realizing What Matters
By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules
No, no, no, not that one! The other one.”
I was losing my patience with my PILL
(partner in love & life) but truth be told, the fault
was all mine.
How are you handling the quarantine? For my Rana and Yours Truly,
once we put away all the knives and sharp objects, we’re good.
We’re the fortunate ones. No coronavirus symptoms or illness even
though my Ladylove is a triple threat (over 65, diabetic and underlying
health issues). And despite both of us (at times) climbing the walls, we
faithfully followed the Governor’s order to say home.
(By the way, whoever thought that taking the trash cans to and from
the curb or walking to the mailbox could be so enjoyable? And I admit,
I was “shocked, shocked” when the Costco employee immediately
directed me to the “senior line” without asking for ID…although it
sure was nice to cut in front of the crowd - but I digress).
I also want to make clear that despite numerous TV talking heads
saying how “we are sacrificing” for the good of the country, such
statements are nonsense. The so-call comparison of the public’s
response to this pandemic to the “Greatest Generation” during World
War II is absurd.
Our (non)actions are not anything remotely equaling the Rosie-the-
Riveter activities or living under the wartime food and gas rationing
(despite having only 40 rolls of toilet paper). Does anyone really believe
that sitting in our La-Z-Boy watching Netflix is “sacrificing?”
A major inconvenience? Hell, yes. But heroic actions? Come on, get
serious. The true heroes are the first responders, nurses, doctors, and all
Anyway doing our (very) small part to keep everyone safe, there was
Rana and I watching television. Her problem causing me to snap? Not
knowing which TV remote to use.
So as I scolded her for picking up the wrong one, I had to stop, catch
my breath and realize what mattered.
The publisher with the true essentials to get through this pandemic.
From her cries of “look at my nails” and “having to cook dinner
again!” to my constant complaining about the “nothing but damn
sports reruns” I realized that life could be a whole lot worse.
So as I gently took her hand, reached for the “correct” remote and
settled down for some (more) binge TV watching, I made sure to count
Stay safe everyone.
Speaking to and for Las Vegas
Valley Seniors since 2003
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