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What to consider when choosing where to retire

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How much is your monthly budget?

Determine how much you’re spending for mortgage payments, car payments, and other

recurring bills. You should also keep track of how much are you spending on leisure activities

such as dining out, groceries and shopping. After considering your expenses, take note of all

the possible sources of income every month. Once you have these numbers, it’ll be easy for you

to come up with a monthly budget which is suitable for your needs and wants.

Where do you want to retire?

Aside from determining how much you can spend in a month, the location of where you want to

retire should come next. You can narrow down your search by looking into locations which

have recreational activities and volunteer opportunities for seniors that interest you. As a

retiree, you should always have avenues for physical activities and fun!

How far is the area you are interested in from friends and family?

People who retire usually want to be near their loved ones so they can easily bond and spend

time with them. If you’re currently living in the same town as friends and family, and you want

to be near them once you retire, you may want to retire in your current city or a nearby

location. On the other hand, if you want to live far from your friends and family (to finally have

some time to yourself), consider moving somewhere near an airport to make visiting easier. If

you’re living far from your friends and family right now and want to move somewhere near

them, take time to familiarize yourself with the area. You need to make sure that everything you

need is within the proximity.

What health care facilities and services are nearby?

Before moving, look for an area that has convenient healthcare facilities for you. Consider what

hospitals and doctors will be available to you. Do they supply a wide variety of medications for

your needs? Do they offer 24/7 medical assistance? All of these are important for you to

maintain your health once you retire. Also check how your move may affect your healthcare

plan. Often, the healthcare plan you’ll enjoy will be dependent on where you move.

What recreational activities are available?

Being physically active is a necessity for you to live a healthy lifestyle during retirement. For this

reason, your location should support recreational activities of interest to you. Retirees who

love outdoor sports may choose a retirement location which is near a beach or mountain. For

retirees who have a green thumb, a location which has gardens or lawns are their best options.

Think about the things which you can do in a location – these will keep you physically and

mentally sharp as you age.

Who will help you with your move?

After deciding where to move, think about “how” you can actually do it. If you’re planning to do

everything DIY or with the help of your friends, pack everything ahead of time. Boxes should be

carefully labeled. Consider decluttering before the move so you won’t end up bringing items

which you no longer use. If you’re thinking of hiring professionals for the move, scout for

moving companies and compare prices ahead of time. Make sure you’ll end up working with a

moving company which can give you the service you want within a reasonable price.

Don’t Make a Rash Decision!

If you have been working for decades, retirement may not come easy. This is a stage in your life

that will require drastic changes. You’ll have to change your daily routines, and add new

activities so you can live a healthier life. Carefully planning your move will help to make it a

pleasant and rewarding experience. Take your time!


September 2020


2335 Garnet Star St.

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premium elevated lot w/ 3 BR/ 2 BA/ 1425

SF! Fresh interior paint, new laminate

wood flooring, ceramic tile flooring, new SS

appliances! Kitchen w/ corian countertops,

upgraded cabinets, nook & pantry.

Spacious MBR suite w/ceiling fan. Raised

panel doors, lever door handles, dual pane

windows with blinds. Finished 2-car

garage. Mature low maintenance landscaping.

Covered Patio & more! Age-restricted,

55+ $325,000

2176 Chapman Ranch Dr.


2 BR/2 BA/1633 SF Alabaster floorplan w/

Formal living & dining rooms, island kitchen

w/ breakfast bar & nook w/ bay window.

Family room w/ built-in shelving & tile floors.

Private Master w/ ceiling fan, walk-in closet,

dual sinks & shower. Raised panel doors,

shutters, blinds and pot shelves. Fully fenced

rear yard w/ extended covered patio, lush

landscape & 2-car garage w/ keyless entry!

55+, Age-restricted. $355,000

3004 Monroe Park Rd.

SUN CITY ANTHEM Gorgeous 3 BR+den/3

BA/1975 SF single-story home w/ Casita &

modern updates featuring sparkling pool & spa

and sweeping mountain & city lights views!

Patriot floorplan with casita and 2-car garage.

Kitchen with granite counters, white cabinets,

SS appliances, skylights, upgraded flooring,

fresh interior paint, plantation shutters &

custom blinds. Age-restricted, 55+. $550,000

1040 Via Dell Bacio Dr.

CORDOVA ESTATES Gorgeous 4 BR+den/

office/2.5 BA/2534 SF home shows like a

model! Open floorplan with huge great room!

Island kitchen w/ granite counters, Stainless

appliances, breakfast bar w/pendant lighting,

walk-in pantry & nook. Master with ceiling

fan, walk-in closet & upgraded bath. Oversized

2-car garage w/cabinets & overhead storage.

Backyard oasis w/ covered patio and

manicured landscape. $450,000

2368 Kalkaska Dr.

SUN CITY ANTHEM Upgrades galore!

Premium .20 acre raised corner lot w/ Casita

& courtyard with stamped concrete patio!

4BR/ 3 BA/ 2705 SF. Island kitchen w/ corian

counters, tile backsplash, built-in oven, gas

cooktop & upgraded cabinets. Plantation

shutters & custom 2-tone paint, tile on

diagonal, ceiling fans. Family room with

surround sound. Fenced yard with covered

patio, 2 car garage & much more! 55+,

age-restricted. $500,000

2963 Viking Rd.

CUSTOM HOME Old Vegas charm in this

unique 6 BR/5 BA/6263 SF home on .42 acre

cul-de-sac lot! Fabulous indoor pool/spa,

extensive use of marble. Formal living room

currently set up as theater, sunken family room

with gas fireplace, wet bar. Huge MBR with

retreat & 2 walk-in closets. Master bath with

large round jacuzzi tub, bidet, shower, linen

storage & 2-way glass window overlooking the

pool, 2-car garage & more! $798,000

2224 Merrimack Valley Av.

SUN CITY ANTHEM Upgraded 2 BR+den/2.5

BA, 3172 SF Charleston floorplan boasts

plantation shutters, tile on diagonal & ceiling

fans. Island kitchen w/ granite counters, SS

appliances, cherry cabinets w/ roll-out shelves

& W/I pantry. Spacious living room w/ wet bar

& formal dining area. Separate family room.

Generous master w/ sitting area, W/I closet,

garden tub, shower & raised vanities. 3 Car

Garage. 55+ age restricted. $550,000

2251 Wigwam Pkwy #2213

GREEN VALLEY Fantastic 2 BR/2 BA/ 1028 SF

condo on the 1st floor! Great room/dining room

combo with ceiling fan & gas fireplace. Kitchen

with tile counters, breakfast bar & pantry.

Master with ceiling fan & walk-in closet. Second

BR with ceiling fan & mirrored closet doors.

Lever door handles, security door, wired for

alarm system. Blinds, detached garage, assigned

parking, covered patio, community pool, spa &

more! $170,000



September 2020














Pat Alexander

Adrea Barrera

John Bielun

Liz Breier

Yvonne Cloutier

Dianne Davis

Sandi Davis

Chuck Dean

Jan Fair

Howard Galin



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Susan Goldfein

Linda Gomez

Ali Guggenheim

Dianne Hahn

Morris Heldt

Dan Hyde

Mike Landry

Heather Latimer

BJ Killeen

Kathy Manney

Dan Roberts


Ray Sarbacker


Debbie Landry


Rana Goodman


Evan Davis


Sam Wagmeister

Stu Cooper

Rich Natole / Jon Lindquist

Michael Roberts

Ross Roberts

Matthew Moore

Success City Online

Bill Caserta


Kyo Mitchell

Liz Palmer

Judy Polumbaum

Mary Richard

Renee Riendeau

Crystal Sarbacker

Jim Valkenburg

Beverly Washburn

Vicki Wentz

Kate Wind

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.

May I Take Your Order?

By: Dan Roberts / Roberts Rules

I did it! I did it! I shouted to the startled

restaurant patrons while my Rana lowered

her head in embarrassment for my antics.

First and foremost, my PILL (partner in love & life), yours truly and

everyone at The Vegas Voice hope that you and yours are staying safe

and well during these unprecedented times.

We can make jokes and even laugh, but make

no mistake, the pandemic is real and deadly.

I recognize that we should stay home as

much as possible, however to my surprise, I

am the one always pushing us to get out of the

house to eat. My Rana is content staying home

and “cooking” whatever has to be placed in

the microwave.

And while I normally have no problem firing

up the grill, staying outside in the summer

heat of 115 F is just crazy. Hence my dilemma.

Now while wearing our facemasks (by the

way, how many do you have? My Ladylove has

at least a dozen in all shapes and colors – and

she hates them all) as we go out in public, we are faced with a new

problem – how to get a menu.

Who would believe or even think there’s a new normal for obtaining

a menu?

Under the “old days” a hostess would give you one. Unfortunately,

like shaking hands, those days are apparently gone.

Now you have to play a game,. It’s called “Click the digital menu.”

And you need your cell phone to participate.

The “fun” begins when you take your phone and, using the camera

icon, you aim for the chicken scratch (it’s officially called a “QR Code”

– who knew…or cared?) and then, in theory, some banner magically

appears on your cell. Once you click that, the menu appears.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I detest this. Is it just me or have

you noticed that when getting the appropriate shot, your hands are

constantly moving?

And how stupid do we look spending time and moving around the

table and chairs to aim correctly?

Make no mistake, this is “ageism discrimination.” No doubt

millennials can do this without giving this a second thought, but for

my fellow seniors?

Due to the above, I hope you can now appreciate my joy and delight

in telling the 50% capacity crowd that I was able to accomplish this in

under 5 minutes. And then I ordered a hamburger.

Notwithstanding my new skill, make no mistake – as soon as the Las

Vegas temperature dips below 105, I’ll be back

to the Bar-B-Que.

* It has been over 5 months since our Vegas

Voice Spring Home Show was postponed due

to the coronavirus. We were sure that our

rescheduled date for a Fall Show on September

12 th would go off without any problems and be

a smashing success.

We tried… we really tried, and still cannot

believe what has transpired. In a million years

I would have never imagined that we would

still be under the COVID-19 grip.

While we have no doubt that it will not be

a “shock” to anyone, The Vegas Voice sadly

announces that our Home Show, once again,

will be postponed. We have rescheduled the event for Saturday,

March 21, 2021.

** On a positive note, while The Vegas Voice had to cut-back its

distribution around town due to the coronavirus, we are proud to

announce that our commitment to “age-qualified” communities

continues. We welcome Ardiente in North Las Vegas and Cactus Valley

Living in Henderson to our mailing/delivery programs.

Last but certainly not least, if anyone has any comments, suggestions,

and/or ideas how to resume life under this “new normal” (or more

importantly if they have a cure for this damn thing) please let me

know. Until then, stay safe, have some (more) patience and know that,

sooner or later, life will resume.

What Do You Think?

Do you agree with our columnists?

Did anyone get you angry, make you

think or simply put a smile on your

face? Please tell us by forwarding

your comments, thoughts or

suggestions to Publisher Dan at:



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September 2020

The next logical step

My Philosophical Thoughts

By: Bill Caserta / Bill’s Blurbs

1. I often wonder who “Pete” is and why we do

things for his sake.

2. At my age, rolling out of bed in the morning is

the easy part. Getting off the floor is a whole other


3. You know you’re getting old when you can’t walk past a restroom

without thinking, “I might as well go while I’m here.”

4. One way to find out if you’re old is to fall down in front of a lot of

people. If they laugh, you’re still young. If they panic and start running

to you, you’re old.

5. Some days I amaze myself. Other days, I look for my phone while

I’m holding it.

6. When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead. The pain is only felt

by others. The same thing happens when you’re stupid.

7. Brains are awesome. I wish everybody had one.

8. The main function of the little toe on your foot is to make sure that

all the furniture in the house is in place.

9. I find that these days, that most of my conversations start out with

“Did I tell this already?” or “What was I going to say?”

10. And finally: A police officer came to my house and asked me

where I was between 5 and 6. He was not amused when I answered:


Bill Caserta is the Project Director for The Vegas Voice and

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

submissions at: bill@thevegasvoice.net.

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Wagon Train

By: Beverly Washburn / Hollywood Memories

thought I’d write this month about a

I wonderful actor I had the pleasure of working

with in 1958!

He played Trail Master Major Seth Adams on a well-received series

called Wagon Train which ran for 8 seasons. Yes, I’m talking about

Ward Bond.

The episode I’m referring to was “The Tobias Jones Story.” I played

an orphan and it was one of my favorite roles.

On our last day of filming he gave me this photo with that inscription.

I have it proudly displayed in my office and I am so honored to have it

as it means the world to me.

Ward Bond will also be remembered from such films as It’s a

Wonderful Life, The Maltese Falcon and Gone with The Wind, to

name a few.

He had a reputation of being an arrogant man of little tact, but I can

tell you from my experience, that underneath his tough, rather gruff

demeanor, he was a big Teddy Bear. He was what you’d call a “man’s


He also had a habit of swearing endlessly, without (I believe) even

realizing it. And because I was a minor, there was a welfare worker on

the set sent by the Los Angeles Board of Education.

I was required to have 3 hours of schooling on the set and she was

basically there to look out for my welfare, meaning - those hours

schooling, no overtime, one hour lunch, etc.

At one point, she

went to the director

and said if he used

one more word of

profanity, she would

pull me from the set.

The welfare worker

had the authority

to do just that,

which (of course)

would have held up


To his credit, Ward

apologized profusely.

He never even said

“darn” after that!

He played football with John Wayne at USC in 1926 and remained

lifelong friends. Wayne also did the eulogy at his funeral. Ward died at

the young age of 57.

I feel blessed to have known him.

Until next time, remember - It’s hard to be happy when we refuse to

let go of the things that make us sad.

Beverly Washburn graced the silver screen as a child actress and

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


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The Man Across the


By: Dianne Hahn / Back in the Days

When I was growing up, there was one

person I’ll never forget - the man across

the street. Mr. Lazar wasn’t your typical neighbor.

He wasn’t married with kids. He wasn’t social, and he didn’t have a

job. In the summer he sat on his front porch every day drinking coffee

and looking up at the sky.

I rode my bike by

his house, and I’d

wave and call hello!

He never waved

back; he always

acted like he didn’t

see me.

The seasons came

and went. My steps

became faster while

Mr. Lazar’s grew

slower, but one thing

never changed.

There was always

a high-powered

flashlight in his

hand. At night he’d

turn it on and off

and point it at the

sky. What was he doing?

I got used to the flashing light. I’d watch it as I did my homework at

the desk in my bedroom on the second floor of our house.

One night the flashlight didn’t shine. An ambulance arrived. “It’s old

Mr. Lazar,” the neighbors whispered.

I never saw Mr. Lazar again, but a nun came to the house occasionally.

She began to clean and fill huge trash cans with unwanted stuff. I

waved when I walked the dog. She always smiled and waved back.

One day in April a cleaning crew came to the house, and then a

realtor hung up a For Sale sign. The nun sat on the porch drinking tea

while they worked. I stopped to say hello.

“Did you know Mr. Lazar?” I asked. She smiled. “Ian was my older

brother. We were both raised in this house. Now it’s time to sell.”

“What happened to him? He never smiled or said hi to me.”

“He was wounded in World War I. Ian was shell shocked from

firefights. Are you the little girl across the street?”

I nodded. “What was he doing with the flashlight every night?”

“Oh, the flashlight.” She took another sip of tea and her smile

broadened. “He was watching for enemy planes. One day he told me it

was to protect the little girl across the street.”

People have

always come here

looking for a sign.

Gangsters, pranksters, vixens,

visionaries, rascals, ranchers.

They all came, along with thousands

of ordinary people, with either a

fortune to find or nothing to lose.

They all made history. Our history.

Come take a walk through it.



A former schoolteacher, Dianne also writes for children. Presently

she has six kid’s books available on Amazon.com. You can also

see her on SCA-TV.


By: Yvonne Cloutier / Musical Moments

For most songs, the public is well-aware of

the composers.

However, sometimes

composers are forgotten, and the music is

credited to the performers who made the

song so popular. We should of course, always

remember the composers, since without them,

we have no songs.

Such is the case with the production of

a simple, happy song called Sentimental


The melody was written by Les Brown,

leader of his “Band of Renown” and Ben

Homer with lyrics by Bud Green. The song

was not published until 1944 because of a

musicians strike, though it was performed as

early as 1942.

For the vocalist in the recording, they used a 17 year old girl named

Doris Day. It became her first No. 1 hit in 1945 and her most popular

recording with the composers being (almost) an afterthought.

The song became the unofficial song of reminiscing young soldiers

returning to their beloved hometowns after World War II. The song

begins with the words: Gonna take a sentimental journey. Gonna

set my heart at ease. Gonna take a sentimental journey to renew


Sentimental Journey

The Cooking Gene

By: Pat Alexander / Art of Entertaining

Do you ever wonder about attributes that

run in a family? We know those which can

easily be seen - hair color, eye color, body type,


Intelligence is often passed down, as is personality; some people are

serious, and some are funny. Some families have the cooking “gene”,

and some get the eating “gene” instead.

I come from a family of cooks. We pride ourselves on our food, setting

a beautiful table, and the parties we give. The gift had been passed

down through most of the family, but not all - or so it seemed.

To explain, we had a celebratory dinner at my niece’s home. This was

a matter of concern because the cooking gene was definitely not in her

DNA. For years, the family joke was that her best dish was toast.

As they say in the south, bless her heart. Since she was around good

food all her life, and she liked to eat, we just thought she couldn’t cook.

This time, though, she came through with a bang. She made

something I call Lynne’s Incredible Salmon, because not only was it

incredible that she made it, but it was incredibly good to eat.

As it turns out, it was not that she couldn’t cook, just that she didn’t

want to cook. As she finally explained, “You all enjoy it so much, I

hated to spoil your fun.” We’ve been had! She has the gene! Next year

September 2020

old memories.

Les Brown revised the music of Sentimental Journey to include the

clicky-clack sound of a train on a railroad track and adding the sound

effect of a train’s whistle’s wail “as the train

leaves at seven.”

The lyrics of Sentimental Journey were

developed from a travelogue by an Englishman

while traveling through Europe. The song

lasted 23 weeks on the Hit Parade, following

Doris Day’s hit recording of My Dreams Keep

Getting Better All the Time.

Doris Day was a singer, actress and animal

welfare activist. Her singing ability lasted 73

years. Her original name was Doris Mary Ann

Kappelhoff. She was still singing until she died

at age 90.

Several singing artists recorded Sentimental

Journey, including Frank Sinatra. It was on many country and foreign

albums, also becoming a Big Band instant hit.

Sentimental Journey, a classic, will forever be associated with Doris


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.

she gets to do Christmas dinner.

Here’s the recipe for the salmon.

It’s easy and delicious. I hope you

try it.

Lynne’s Incredible Salmon

Combine ¼ cup orange mango

juice (or pineapple in a pinch),

2 tbs. lemon juice and four 6-oz.

salmon fillets in zip lock bag.

Marinate in refrigerator one hour,

turning occasionally. Preheat oven

to 400 degrees.

Remove fish from bag, discarding

marinade. In a small bowl, combine

2 tbs. brown sugar, 4 tsp. chili powder, 2 tsp. grated lemon rind, ¾ tsp.

ground cumin, ½ tsp. salt and ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon. Rub into fish.

Cover fish with paper thin lemon slices. Place in 11x7 baking dish

coated with cooking spray. Bake for 12 minutes or until fish flakes

when tested with fork.

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.




















STCI 174113 Fab My Generation July VEGAS VOICE AD


By: Evan Davis / Entertainment Editor

was looking back at my article from last

I September, and realized how many shows

were going on, and how many shows The Vegas

Voice and I were producing. Guess what? There

still is quite a bit of entertainment happening on

the local scene.

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t want anyone to think that Vegas is

back to any normalcy when it comes to entertainment, but I do want to

give you a quick rundown on who’s out there entertaining and where

you can go to see and hear live music.

Let’s start with just a few of the entertainers and then I’ll name some

venues that will provide you with food, drink and music.

George Bugatti, Michael Ross Nugent, Mark Giovi, Skye

Dee Miles, Rick Arroyo, Doug Taylor, Carmine Mandia, Rita

Lim, Randy Anderson, Jonathan Karrant, Laura Shaffer,

Vinny Adinolfi, Vin A., Janice Sands, Kelly Clinton, Kelly

Vohnn, Mama’s Wranglers, Genevieve, Kenny Davidson,

Janien Valentine, Ian Ward, Kent Foote, Jimmy Hopper…

well,you get the Idea!

So where do you go? Bootlegger Bistro, Italian American Club, Piazza

Lounge in the Tuscany, The Vegas Room, Hanks Steakhouse in Green

Valley Casino, Skyline Casino, Ichabod’s, Prosecco’s Italian Kitchen,

Chianti Restaurant, Saddle and Spurs Saloon, Trattoria Italia, La Casa

Cigar Lounge, Belle Vita, Firelight Barn, Bobby Mao’s along with some

Strip lounges in the casinos. There’s also a few places Downtown, like

Don’t Tell Mama and Notoriety.

And for all the folks that are staying home, we have a plethora of

online entertainment from Frankie Scinta, Ned Mills and Sally

Olson, Gary Anthony, Keith Thompson & Tony Arias, Craig

Canter, Jimmy Hopper, Chadwick Johnson, Vinny Adinolfi

and Vin A., Chase Brown, Bill Fayne, Jamie Hosmer, Jim

Hitte, Billy Stritch (from his New York apartment) and of course

The Composers Showcase hosted by Keith Thompson and featuring

some of the best singer/songwriters in Vegas.

If you want the calendar of where and when these talented entertainers

are performing, send me you email address and I’ll gladly include you

in my weekly email providing you with all the details.

Mask up, social distance and stay safe.


There’s Still Entertainment

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.

September 2020

Avocados Saved My


By: Sam Wagmeister / People & Places

In the early days of the coronavirus shutdown,

when only the most essential businesses

could remain open, a produce purveyor for Bronze Café called general

manager David Mozes. With casinos dark, produce had piled up and

avocados were ripening.

The supplier offered Mozes bargain prices. Mozes jumped at the

opportunity, immediately turning to social media - passing those

bargain case-lot prices on to his customers.

“Oh, by the way, would you like any sandwiches?” he asked each,

with over 60% success rate.

Those suppliers also had

stockpiles of undeliverable

toilet paper earmarked for

the casinos. That prompted

another social media

marketing blitz. Mozes

estimates that he gave away

700-800 rolls of toilet paper, one free with each sandwich order.

Out-of-the-box thinking has been the hallmark of Mozes and partner

Peter Bastein since before arriving in Las Vegas in 2008. Mozes was in

the midst of a downtown multi-million dollar real estate project when

the market crashed.

It left him with nothing but time which he used to assist in Bastein’s

private chef catering business.

An opportunity to utilize a community center’s commercial baking

equipment came with the caveat that they also operate the coffee and

sandwich bar. The quirky nature of the operation quickly became a

favorite of the downtown legal community and a significant catering

business developed.

The pair extended their footprint several times before opening at

2380 N. Buffalo in late 2018. Their goal was to be “the next great thing

that contributes to a community: food, service, quirkiness.”

The industrial-look Bronze developed a “Cheers-like” atmosphere.

“For some we are their social outlet for the day.”

Catering breakfasts and lunches for groups of 20-50 sustained them.

That business evaporated with the March work-at-home directive.

That’s when the avocado-toilet paper programs went into effect.

The carry-out business has flourished. “We’re surrounded by

thousands of homes fully occupied by people who aren’t going to work.”

Their menu of healthy salads, cold “sammiches” and sweets has

helped sustain the business.”Our “cold” food tastes just as good three

hours later.”

The partners recently introduced their menu inside the Juice Box LV,

7150 S. Durango.

Mozes encourages customers to challenge them with dining and

catering requests. “The answer is never no.”

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

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


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Alaskan Bermuda Triangle

By: Ali Guggenheim / Psychic Phenomenon

The Alaskan Triangle is the state’s most

unforgiving and pristine wilderness. It

connects Alaska’s largest city of Anchorage in the

south, to Juneau in the southeast panhandle, to

Barrow, a small town on the state’s north coast.

There are actually a number of places like the Bermuda Triangle

where people are known to dissolve into an abyss, but none more than

Alaska’s Triangle where a staggering amount of people, boats and

planes disappear without a trace.

Despite government warnings regarding the environment, weather

conditions, wildlife, Bigfoot sightings, etc., tourists still flock to

experience these lingering mysteries.

One of the many theories surrounding these disappearances is a

belief that dates back 11,000 years to the native Tingit (people of the

tides) about a shape-shifting demon named Kushtaka, that lures lost

people to their doom by portraying distressed screams of women and

children in order to steal their souls.


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An additional theory for disappearances has to do with alien

abductions. The pilot of a Japanese plane flying from Iceland to

Anchorage (1986) encountered three UFOs, one of which was twice the

size of an aircraft.

They followed the plane for approximately 400 miles right through

Alaska, appearing, disappearing and stopping abruptly. This was

witnessed by air traffic controllers on their radar screen for 32 minutes.

One astounding theory is that on May 22, 1992, the Chinese set

off their biggest nuclear explosion weapons testing program. A huge

underground pyramid was identified during this test.

There have been many other claims that the Alaska Triangle is

located on extreme electric, magnetic and electromagnetic anomalies

and vortexes (or “vile vortices”) which are electromagnetic currents.

Energy vortexes can cause instrument malfunctions.

People can be effected positively or negatively, emotionally, mentally,

and/or physically. Some experience disorientation, hallucinations,

and/or visions and acquiring healing powers.

Other examples of such vortexes are Giza Pyramid, Easter Island,

Stonehenge, etc. Therefore, locating this ancient pyramid is not that

unusual since it is believed that well-known monuments were built on

vortexes whenever possible.

It’s also believed that vortexes can open doorways to the spiritual

world (or another realm) which could possibly explain why so many

people disappear in those regions.

To contact Ali or for spiritual consultations, coaching, workshops

and readings, email: alivegasvoice@yahoo.com.

Thoroughly Modern Grandma

By: Susan Goldfein / Susan’s Unfiltered Wit

Did you know that the Sunday after Labor

Day is National Grandparents Day?

I reluctantly admit to being a grandparent for

25 years, and only

recently learning of this occasion.

When our first grandbaby was three,

I delighted in hearing her call me

“Grandma.” Now that she’s 25, I sweetly

request that, as honored as I am to be her

nana, she refrain from addressing me as

such in public places.

It took another nine years, but we were

eventually blessed with four more grandkids, now ages 10 through 16.

I don’t yet have a problem with any of them yelling “Grandma” in a

crowded movie theater, but as soon as the 16-year-old grows one more

inch, and starts using eye liner, I shall look around quizzically and

pretend not to notice that she’s referring to me.

Love them all as I do, I have to confess that my grandparenting

may fall a little short. I don’t bake cookies (or bake anything for that


I attend only one out of three Little League games and have avoided

extensive babysitting gigs by moving to Florida. Besides, I spend a

considerable amount of time writing these articles instead of imparting

wisdom to the next generation.

But, there is something that I have passed on to my young crew, at

least the four out of five who are female. They inherited my shopping


Over the years, for birthdays, and back-to-school, we’ve spent

quality time browsing through racks. And

I have delighted in watching my young

granddaughters defining their own sense of

style and individuality.

I was known as the “Shopping Grandma.”

The one who’d drive them to their favorite

retail establishment, and patiently look on

as they assessed the inventory, tried on their

selections, and asked me for an opinion.

We’d return home, and they’d proudly model for their parents, who

occasionally frowned because a skirt was too short. But, hey, Grandma

was entitled to be the spoiler.

It’s September again, and back-to-school time. Sadly, there are no

more shopping sprees. They’re older now and prefer shopping with

their friends.

I must admit I miss our ritual. But now that I’ve discovered

Grandparents Day, perhaps they’d like to take me shopping?

Susan Goldfein’s newest book, How to Complain When There’s

Nothing to Complain About, is available at Amazon.com, BN.com,

Read her blog at: www.SusansUnfilteredWit.com. Email Susan:



Nevada State Seniors Golf Club

By: Mike Landry / Golf Fore Ever

In December 2019, the Nevada State Seniors

Golf Club (NSSGC) members played their

last tournament at the famed Stallion Mountain

Golf Course. It was a bittersweet occasion marking the end of the club’s

45 years in existence.

Sadly, there would be no new games scheduled for 2020 as the club

was forced to cease operation due to a declining number of members.

It’s a shame that after working so hard to keep the club going, we

could not muster enough participating players to continue to provide

meaningful tournaments for our members.

Why should readers care? Well, many of you, at one time or another,

were members of this club. I live in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and I

know a number of past members that live here.

I was a member for 20 years and served as Vice-President during the

past two. I can say we gave it a “gentleman’s try” to keep the club going

- but it was not to be.

During our hay days (not that long ago) the club had over 350

members. When we shut down in January, there were fewer than 50

and participation was down to the mid 20’s.

We even had members from Pahrump, Havasu, Mesquite and Utah.

The club was well known in for its organized tournaments which were

played monthly at various golf courses around the valley.

Several times each year the club would travel to Mesquite, Saint

George, Laughlin, and Bullhead City for 3-day events. What I really

miss is not seeing the members I have known and played with during

the past two decades – that part hurts.

The good news (if there is any in this situation) is that, in keeping

with the club’s by-laws, our President Bob Genzer entered into an

agreement with the SNGA to donate the money that remained in the

club’s treasury after its closure to create the “NSSGC High School Golf

Program” to support junior golfers throughout Southern Nevada.

Until then, “hit em” straight!

Mike Landry resides in Sun City MacDonald Ranch and is a

member of Winterwood Men’s Golf Association.. He can be reached

at: airmikel1@cox.net

By: Liz Palmer / NSG

At the Nevada Senior Games, we’ve absorbed

the disappointment of having to cancel our

Games due to COVID-19. It was

a very difficult decision to

make but ultimately one

that was made in the best interests of our

athletes, volunteers and officials.

So, what’s next, now that the 2020

Games won’t happen? Would be you

believe we’re already looking forward

to 2021!

The Nevada Senior Games started in

1980 so 2020 was to be our 40 th anniversary.

We had a great athlete shirt design for 2020

and we plan on keeping that for 2021.

If you qualified for the National Senior Games in 2018 or 2016,

you’re in luck. The National Senior Games Association has extended

qualifying to those athletes who qualified those past years to compensate

for our state’s games being cancelled.

Consider a visit to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in November 2021 to

participate with other qualified athletes at the National Senior Games

Association competition. Their website is www.nsga.com.


Looking Forward to 2021

September 2020

And in case you aren’t in the mood for a national-level competition

and just want to keep it local, our state games will take place in

September and October 2021. We anticipate approximately 800 to 1,000

athletes from Nevada as well as other states to visit Las Vegas, soak

in our sunshine, enjoy participating in their favorite

sports (over 20) that we will offer, and partake in

everything that Las Vegas has to offer.

What could be more fun? And you

can be a part of it. Just follow my

articles to keep up with everything the

Nevada Senior Games is planning.

You can also keep an eye on our

website, nevadaseniorgames.com to

insure you stay up to date with all our

2021 plans.

In future articles I’ll feature, not only

upcoming news about the Nevada Senior Games, but I’ll also feature

area residents who participate and support our Games. Look to them

for inspiration to target the 2021 Nevada Senior Games in order to

enjoy Fitness For The Fun Of It!

Liz Palmer is the Executive Director of the Nevada Senior Games.

For more information on how you can participate, contact Liz at:

702/242-1590 or by email: Nevadaseniorgames@outlook.com.

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By: Sandi Davis / Fashion “Cents”

am still masking up and social distancing.

I Even daring to go out in small groups or to

a venue with properly

distanced tables.

As you can assume, it is now my habit to

mask up. Heavier eye liner and mascara,

and instead of lipstick, I am using a lip liner

to color my lips.

This does not rub off on the mask too

much. I tried lip stain, but that tends to

leave my lips dry.

But what about the hair? I prefer to wear

a mask with ties that goes around my head,

rather than ones with the ear loops.

I have Meniere’s disorder in my left ear.

I wear a specialized set of hearing aids that

transmits the sound from my affected left

ear to my right in order that I can discern what’s being said.

Anyway, that means not only do I have a small hearing aid behind

my ears, but I also wear glasses when not wearing contact lenses.

Now, when I add a mask loop behind my ear, what happens? I tend to

loosen my hearing aid or get hair tangled in my glasses, or both. Messy.

This means that the mask with the loop or ties behind the head is


Staying Fashionable

Saturn Return

By: Kate Wind / Kate’s Insight

The coolest things about astrology is studying

the patterns of the planets. Identifying

patterns in the

sky, can be passed

directly down to my client’s lives to offer

future predictions.

This can bring comfort to clients

hearing about upcoming energies as they

are able to look back into their lives and

reflect on how they lived it out previously

based on a specific date or year.

We all have a chart full of themes, but

an easy pattern to track is our Saturn


Our Saturn Return is when Saturn

returns to the same degree and sign it was when we were born. Saturn

takes approximately 28 years to travel around the sun, so reflect on

what happened between the ages 27-29. (I throw in 27 for the early


During our Saturn Return, it is common to experience large

structural shifts or pivotal decisions, such as marriage, divorce, big

moves, children or new career paths. The decisions made at this time

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desirable, but not perfect. With behind the head ties, I am left with the

inevitable (drum roll please) MASK HAIR! Yes, it does exist.

I have considered the cat/teddy bear buns that has been popular, But

I do believe I am a bit old – no; correct that

to: “I am a bit mature” to wear my hair in

that fashion.

I found this picture on the internet, and

I thought “Why Not!” Two buns, lower on

the back of the head, and I can hook my

ear loop masks to them. Call them Princess

Leia Buns in the back.

And the mask will not interfere with

hearing aids, glasses or earrings. What do

you think?

In the future I am planning to attend a

few smaller fashion shows and will write

about what looks good for the Fall, and

what the latest trends are for the mature

fun loving woman in all of us.

And of course, if you have any questions or ideas, I will enjoy hearing

from you.

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

most likely affect all aspects of life - from your home, to your name, to

your career.

In astrology, this is what we consider the end of youth and beginning

of adulthood. It’s a classic time to break away from the tribe and go off

on our own in some way.

Most of us will experience two Saturn

Returns in our lifetime, maybe even

3! Typically, the first one catches us off

guard and it’s not until years later that

we realize how pivotal our decision was.

Our second Saturn Return happens

between 56-57 years of age. This

experience may feel a bit more spiritual

than the first.

At this point, we can really identify

what is most important in our life and

Saturn assists in ushering us out of situations that no longer serve us.

Depending where you are in your life, this exercise can cause

reflection or anticipation for what’s to come!

Kate Wind is second-generation Astrologer and Feng Shui

Consultant. She speaks on an array of topics, from astrological

influences, Chinese New Year, Feng Shui and Tarot. You can contact

her at: the katewind@gmail.com. Her podcast, Mom and Me

Astrology can be found on any of the major podcast apps.


By: Renee Riendeau / Movie Revelations

Apple Films released a new Tom Hanks movie

in July, called “Greyhound.” It’s based on

the novel “Good Shepherd” written by C.S Foster.

It was an exciting 90 minutes of ships, U boats

(German submarines), torpedoes, bombs, and planes. Director Aaron

Schneider made this an intense, thrilling World War II story inspired

by actual events.

Captain Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) leads an international convoy

of 37 ships across the Atlantic to deliver thousands of soldiers and much

needed supplies to Allied forces in February 1942. Their destination:

Liverpool, England, with Great Britain supplying an air escort.

The film however starts two months earlier in December 1941 at

a hotel lobby in San Francisco. Captain Krause meets a woman to

exchange Christmas gifts; she gives him some leather slippers, and

he gives her an inspirational Christmas tree ornament inscribed,

“Yesterday, Today, and Forever.” Both gifts play a significant part later

in the story.

The German U Boats were very aggressive, attacking the Greyhound

from every direction. Most torpedoes missed the ship but one hit

causing three deaths.

Those sailors were buried at sea with a ritual ceremony. It occurred

36 hours prior to the safety of Allied air cover.



The movie maps its course by Tom Hanks’ steady hand. Some of his

facial expressions are readable, but at other times he seems distant,

blank, and lost in thought.

Much of the film is contained in the claustrophobic world of the

bridge with the Captain shouting all manner of naval jargon. It

accurately details the loss of ships and lives of the heroic sailors.

Hanks’ character prayed before eating or drinking, and begins his

first and last days in battle, by kneeling in prayer. The inscription,

“Yesterday, Today, Forever” hung by the door of his cabin.

At the end of this movie, real footage of the battle was shown. This

gripping movie is well worth 5 out of 5 stars.

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


September 2020

Hula Hoop Tales - Part II

By: Linda Bateman-Gomez / Timeless Beauty

As Covid-19 continues to cause concerns,

staying healthy is more important than

ever. So, as promised, here’s my feedback on the

weighted hula hoop!

Full disclosure: my 30 minutes a day didn’t happen. I got off to a slow

start, not because it was hard, but because I just couldn’t get motivated.

Once I did however, I actually liked it! It’s kind of fun to use.

You need a wide area because the ball spins around your waist. Our

little French Bulldog Reid thought it was a new way to play catch.

You can put it

together quickly,

snap it on, give the

ball a spin and a little

movement is all you

need to keep things

going. It’s also small,

so it’s easy to store.

Using it is easy,

but for max effect,

how you stand

and how much

effort you put in

determines whether

or not you start to feel


Initially, it didn’t

seem to work the

waist area I was aiming for. My daughter suggested changing my

stance and as I experimented more, I realized it was giving me at least

a minimal workout.

After a few days, my problem was boredom - and watching the clock.

A friend suggested I play music, which made all the difference! I put

on my favorite songs and instead of watching the clock, I counted how

many songs I could make it through. It became more like dancing,

with specific movements focused on my core.

I stopped thinking about time and enjoyed the music, all fast and

upbeat. If you don’t have a playlist, pull up music on YouTube.

Upbeat music makes exercising easier and elevates your mood. We

could all use that right now!

I found it easy, fun and not physically stressful. If, however, you have

a bad back, the movement may not be optimal. Make sure and stretch

prior to starting any exercise.

One last tip: keep the hoop where you can see it. It’s easy to “forget”

about using it if it’s not out just begging you to put it on.

I’m going to keep at this as I do think it has potential! And, it beats

the chair dancing I usually do at my computer!

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.

Summer Camp

By: Liz Breier / This & That

Did you ever go to Summer Camp? Not day

camp, not a bungalow colony but a real,

pack a trunk, sleep in a cabin, spend the summer

with friends and counselors camp? As summer

draws to a close I waxed nostalgic for those days.

Those memories are priceless and there are social media groups

solely dedicated so the alumni can reunite and share memories.

Memories of jacks on a bunk floor, color war, inter-camp competition,

Friday night socials, morning flagpoles, parents on visiting day, raiding

the boys or girls camp and, if you went to the same Camp I did, stories

of Chesty and his waterfront cabin.

Sleep away camp was an experience unlike any other. Living in

one room with 7 other girls and 2 counselors (barely more than kids

themselves), a “back room” with rows of cubbies in which we stored

our clothes.

We were each assigned a bed “bunk”, which we were expected to keep

neat. We all shared in the responsibilities of cleaning – which usually

meant sprinkling water on the floor in order to sweep and not have the

dust fly everywhere.

I know this sounds a bit military, but Camp is where you learned to

play all sorts of sports; including some no one else heard of - like deck

tennis, (where you learned to get along in close proximity with various

personalities), made lanyards, how to make something delicious out of

rye bread, ketchup and lemons (don’t ask), drank bug juice (definitely

don’t ask) and most importantly, learned to appreciate what you left

behind for 8 weeks in the summer.

Here I am, more years later than I care to admit, and can still sing my

Camp song which we belted out with pride as an opposing camp arrived

to compete against our members in various activities and sports. “In

strong array the Blue and Gray again….”

The memories of summers in the country provide a treasure of

experiences to share. If you too had eventful summers, I hope this

jogged your memory to remind you of good times.

Liz Breier is an ex-New Yorker who retired to Florida for 24 years

before deciding that Nevada means home to her. You can contact

Liz at: bluesky090372@gmail.com.



By: Carol Chapman

Do you


your biggest disappointments as a teenager?

Maybe you were gearing up for your big softball tournament, increasing

your batting average weekly, and three days before the championship

you took a freak fall off your skateboard and broke your shoulder.

Or perhaps you’d beetn hoping for months to be asked by “a certain

someone” to the prom, and when he finally approached you with the

invitation, it became the highlight of your senior year. Then the week

of the big dance, you came down with mono and had to sit the night


You stared at the beautiful dress hanging in your closet while your

date took the girl who sat next to you in English class.


That’s how I feel when I think about the six fundraisers The

Foundation had to cancel or postpone because of the pandemic.

We’ve missed out on an entire year of active fundraising, which puts

a significant strain on operations. Seniors and veterans with needs

don’t take a year off. I’m grateful for the volunteers who show up daily

to help us fulfill the mission.

If you want to get involved or donate, contact us at fassca@cox.net

or visit us at www.foundationassistingseniors.org.

Come Join Us

By: Temma Hammond

Our senior community has such a wide

variety of folks that have skills in so

many ways and artistic abilities that sometimes

they themselves are surprised. I have given workshops in acting for over

forty-five years at colleges and studios and the greatest enjoyment I’ve

experienced is watching my fellow seniors have fun with their own and

collective creative strengths.

I also started an Improv group within the senior community where

I lived and for several years they’ve worked together learning the skills

of improvisation and performing. The ability to speak freely with

confidence, in “improv”, is simply wonderful.

Now with Golden Network TV available on Roku and working with

The Vegas Voice, I wonder if any of you reading this might be interested

in doing some local interaction through our streaming service.

Improvisation is what we do every day in our lives - no script is needed

to go shopping, talking on the phone or any daily communication, so

we all can improv. Working in a group doing improv is learning to trust

your own abilities and expand your communication skills.

I would enjoy hearing from you if you have any interest in being part

of such a group. I promise you, it’s a lot of fun.

Temma Hammond is the CEO & Founder of The Golden Network.

You can watch all their great programs on ROKU.


September 2020


Recall All of Them!

By: Dan Hyde / Call to Action

have the dubious distinction of over 45 years

I experience dealing with politicians. Seldom

have I come across a collective group of elected

representatives so thoroughly inept!

The Henderson Mayor and City Council have clearly demonstrated

a complete lack of compassion for those afflicted by the pandemic. As

infections continue to escalate and more people are dying from

COVID-19, this Mayor and Council choose to ignore realities.

Aside from the Hockey Arena fiasco what else are these misguided

politicians enamored with? Last month’s Las Vegas Review Journal

story summed it up perfectly: “Henderson Using Coronavirus Relief

Money to Remodel City Hall Entry,” to the tune of $2 million.

The GOOD news: only after widespread complaints was their

misguided action reversed.

At this challenging time, their priorities should be to use every

available resource to eradicate this virus and provide support to those

in need. It certainly begs the question, why are they not coming to the

same conclusion that any sane person would?

Clearly there is a tragic disconnect between these elected officials and

mainstream thinking. It should never take a groundswell of anger to

alter very questionable policy directives by this Mayor and Council.

A building, whether an Arena or any other inanimate object, doesn’t

eat, sleep or visit the doctor when ill – PEOPLE DO. So, the obvious

question is, who or what do these politicians represent?

If ever there was a need to get rid of these shockingly incompetent

politicians the time is now! Recall the Mayor and entire City Council by

floating a petition to force them out of office.

A formidable task? Yes. But, when over 3,000 voters signed a petition

to place the Pavilion Arena on the ballot that the City defiantly rejected,

I’d say the odds are promising.

Contact the organization that authored the Arena Petition, the

“Henderson Coalition for Responsible Government” to initiate the

process. I believe, (as I am certain most of you do) a human life is far

more important than any building anywhere at any time - especially

during a pandemic.

It’s time these elected representatives get a wake-up call!

Dan Hyde is a passionate and effective advocate for the senior

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

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September 2020


Time to Review Trust Documents

By: Jerry Creed / Trust Jerry

In this pandemic we have a lot fewer options

about what to do with our time each day.

I suggest that if you have a Trust, one afternoon

take it out, blow the dust off of it and make a list of all your assets over

10K in value. Now ask yourself are these assets, owned and controlled

by the Trust?

Simply having a Trust is a good start on estate planning, but if you

haven’t “fully funded” your Trust, the job is not complete. You see,

Trusts only work if everything is put into the Trust or name the Trust

as a beneficiary.

Those items not in Trust either operate by contract or add up together

and go through probate. Probate is bad, costly and time consuming.

It’s silly to spend the money on a quality estate plan and then not

finish the work so your estate goes through probate. If only one lesson

is learned from this pandemic, it is the importance of not delaying

essential planning.

If the need arises, will your durable powers of attorney allow your

agents to make crucial medical decisions or worse yet, if you need

memory care or a skilled nursing facility, will your agents be able to do

the needed advanced planning or care for you?

Two free things I’m offering for the month of September. First, it’s

easy to put off getting around to funding your trust so I’m developing a

system to keep it on top of your mind.

If your Trust isn’t “fully funded” I can send you a Funding Tracking

form. Simply fill out the items you need to fund and return the

worksheet to me.

I will send you email reminders each month. When you complete an

item, follow the instructions on the email reminder and it will come off

the list for next month (six-month duration).

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Get the “Chuck” Out!

By: Rana Goodman / On My Soapbox



8,500 active guardianship cases

and I only have a very few that are

disgruntled, and I think that’s a very positive

spin on what’s going on in our system. – Judge Charles Hoskin in

his TV interview on KTNV (Channel 13) with reporter Darcy Spears,

February 2, 2015.

Over the past 6 years, The Vegas Voice has investigated, reported

and exposed the guardianship scandal in Nevada. We have seen the

failure of the judicial system to protect those innocent and desperate

for assistance – especially seniors.

We have witnessed first-hand the greed and the evil in people. We

have met many more who simply “closed their eyes” or walked away,

knowing full-well the financial and emotional hardship that resulted

to these totally innocent citizens. Charles Hoskin is one of these


How bad was it? As the Nevada Guardianship

Commission (which I was proud to serve as a

member) reported on December 15 th of that year,

On or about June 1, 2015 ...there were

approximately 8,700 designated as open

guardianship cases... Roughly 4,000

have been closed and removed and that

out of the remaining 4,694 cases, 4,069

had annual reports due. (86.6% noncompliance


It was no wonder that Hoskin was

subsequently removed as the presiding judge

over all Clark County guardianship cases when

the scandal became public. This scandal was and

remains a disgrace to the Nevada guardian and judicial


It was under his “oversight” that the abuse and scandal flourished.

From his total malfeasance in failing to require private professional

guardians to file the required annual accounting, to his (at best)

“willful ignorance” of these guardians destroying individuals and

families, it is abundantly clear that Judge Hoskin is unfit to be reelected

to serve as judge in the District court, Family Division, Department E.

Even the Las Vegas Review Journal opined in its editorial that Judge

Hoskin is just one example of those in positions of power

who failed miserably to protect guardianship victims.

The editorial concluded that a: “stench still fouls the


It’s time for us – Vegas Voice readers,

to begin disinfecting the Family Court

air. We need to “throw the Chuck off

the bench!”

Take a look at our sample ballot. I even

suggest you cut out the ballot and save for the

upcoming election.

* In last month’s “Soapbox” I set forth how

Chuck’s wife and daughter proves it’s “not what

you know, but WHO you know” to work in

the Family Court. The Vegas Voice demonstrated that

nepotism is alive and well in the Hoskin family.

In response, did you see the denial from Judge Hoskin? Neither did



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

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




What happens here only happens here...

But should it?

The story thus far-a recap of Parts I, II & III

Prior issues of this publication have introduced strange

doings in Clark County Probate Court, and the Nevada state

law that enables a stranger to take over estates of dead

persons with little supervision and questionable results. One

individual in particular, Thomas Moore, has gained control

of hundreds of estates in recent years, with homes sold and

resold and benefits accruing to the same cast of people. Given

a surge in deaths due to coronavirus and the expiration of

moratoriums on rent and mortgage payments, more estates

may become vulnerable to this sort of hijacking. Here, we further

explore Nevada’s odd law, and how it came to facilitate a

scheme that one expert calls “bananas.”

A Vegas Voice

Investigative Report

by Judy Polumbaum



1. The distressed housing backdrop

A Nevada law enabling a total stranger to assume control of a

deceased person’s estate seems to have delivered more than state

legislators bargained for. Although they actually didn’t bargain at all.

As described in earlier installments of this investigation, Nevada’s

Independent Administration of Estates Act, adopted in 2011,

allowed one individual to gain authority over hundreds of homes

whose owners had passed away.

Back when the act was proposed, advocates of the change

voiced only the best of intentions. Nobody seems to have considered

where the road paved with good intentions might lead.

Reno attorney Julia S. Gold, who represented the Nevada State

Bar Association at committee hearings, told legislators the independent

administration proposal was designed to “expedite the

probate process, reduce the burdens on the courts and reduce

the administrative costs of probate by allowing a personal representative

to act more independently from the court in noncontested


Gold said courts would allow such a representative to proceed

under the act only in certain circumstances, and only with concurrence

of beneficiaries: “Essentially, everyone has to receive

notice and agree.”

Unmentioned back then, but certainly on many minds, was the

foreclosure frenzy that had peaked in 2009 and had yet to subside.

Las Vegas was experiencing what one study described as a

“dramatic increase in real estate transactions” driven by investors

seeking bargains in the distressed housing market.

The proliferation of mortgage defaults put added stress on the

probate courts, increasing the incidence of estates burdened by

debt, and swelling the throngs of bargain hunters chasing deals

wherever they might be found.



signs a bill

into law

Previously in Nevada, any real estate sale within probate

required court approval and review. A sales contract, along with

a formal appraisal of the property, had to be submitted to the probate

court in the appropriate county before a sale could occur,

and that anyone could offer a higher bid in an open hearing.

Under the new law, for estates valued at under $300,000, an independent

administrator could gain full authority to handle such

sales according to rules of “summary administration,” without

court monitoring. This system, it was thought, would ease pressures

on the courts, shorten the time frame for settling estates,

and reduce legal expenses.

2. Revisiting the statute a decade on

Of course, the Independent Administration of Estates Act was

premised on the absolute honesty of independent administrators

and impeccable ethical conduct on the part of their attorneys.

These assumptions do not appear to have been questioned as the

act took effect.

Nearly a decade later, critics say the law is seriously flawed.

They want state legislators to fix it. Their Exhibit A is Thomas

Moore, Clark County’s most prolific court-approved independent

administrator of estates.

Gold, the Reno attorney who helped get the act passed, remains

a strong proponent. In a phone interview, she said she believes

the legislation generally works as intended, alleviating burdens on

the system, reducing time in court, and lowering legal costs. The

law serves what has always been her goal, she said: “to get as

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much money as possible to heirs and beneficiaries.”

To Gold, Thomas Moore’s dealings with hundreds of estates in

Clark County sounds like “a complete abuse of the statute,” but

not cause to thoroughly revamp the law. “One bad actor should

not cause the law to change [entirely],” she said.

However, Gold did support amending the statute to provide

additional protections, such as a mandate that the public administrator

be notified whenever a non-relative seeks authority over

an estate of someone who died without a will.

As currently written, the law specifically requires petitioners to

send notice of intent to administer an estate to the state’s director

of Health and Human Services (for purposes of Medicaid recovery)

and any identified heirs. More generally, it requires notice

to others with an “interest” in the estate. Once appointed, the

administrator also must notify creditors, who under summary administration

have 60 days to file claims. [NRS 145.030, 145.060,

155.010, 155.020]

In addition, Nevada law mandates notification about any

“proposed action,” such as real estate sales, requiring that the

administrator send “a reasonably specific description of the

action” along with contact information to known heirs, others

whose interests might be affected, anyone who has filed a request

for “special notice” about the case, and, if state interests

are involved, the state attorney general’s office. [NRS 143.700,

143.705, 143.725]

Dana A. Dwiggins, managing partner in a sizeable Las Vegas

trust and estate law firm and also active in the state bar association,

affirmed that a move is afoot to “firm up checks and balances”

related to independent administration. She said members

of the bar’s probate section support adding the public administrator

to the list of mandatory notifications.

Dwiggins noted that although the act was supposed to alleviate

the overload on the state’s probate courts, those courts remain

backlogged. In her view, the act is “underutilized” – for whatever

reason, she said, few attorneys she knows use it, or even have

much awareness of it.

3. A not necessarily awful idea gone bad?

Others see deeper problems with the law. Sources familiar with

probate proceedings in Clark County, Nevada’s most populous,

say the Independent Administration of Estate Act actually invites

misconduct. The growing number of critics includes attorneys,

property investors and realtors, and, of course, individuals faced

with a strange kind of hijacking of their deceased relatives’ homes.

It’s probable that many of the Clark County homes turned over

to independent administration actually are behind in mortgage

payments, or even underwater. But documentation that would

clarify the details of equity and debt does not seem to be obligatory

for smaller estates under summary procedures.

It’s surely true that some of these homes are in poor condition

and require substantial investment to rehab for resale. However, a


study of the Vegas housing market in the wake of the last recession

states that “the great majority of distress sale properties

coming onto the market do not need more than modest, largely

cosmetic, repairs to be saleable.” There is no reason to believe

that the housing stock is in worse shape now.

It’s likely that sales and even resales of these properties don’t

always produce profits in every single case, or that proceeds may

be moderate. But collectively, an independent administrator who

takes on a volume of cases must have something in mind. Thomas

Moore, asserts one observer, has been “running a mill.”

In theory, especially in a community with the volatility and

transience of Las Vegas, the idea of the independent administrator

is not necessarily terrible, according to experts. When houses

are underwater and heirs don’t want to deal with them or live out

of state, independent administration may help get abandoned or

neglected properties restored and inhabited.

The problem is that, when it comes to relatively low-value

estates, those worth less than $300,000, Nevada’s independent

administration allows transactions to take place “under the radar,

[so] nobody knows what’s going on,” in the view of one critic.

Lacking explicit requirements for documentation and transparency,

the act permits what another

observer characterizes as “sloppy

and greedy and negligent” handling

of a subsector of estates.

This flies in the face of what veteran

probate scholar Sheldon Kurtz,

professor emeritus of law at the University

of Iowa, says are fundamental

expectations in court. “We assume

people are telling the truth,” he said,

“unless someone else shows up to

contest it.”

Another scholar observes that

our legal heritage tolerates decep-

University of Iowa

tion where no challenges exist. “American courts function on

an adversary tradition,” this expert said: Courts weigh evidence

and arguments on opposing sides, then make a decision. “The

Anglo-American paradigm is two parties slugging it out. When

there’s only one party, they’re not likely to question.”

Moreover, these tendencies disproportionately afflict the less

affluent, those who leave modest estates, and whose surviving

family members likewise have limited means. Wealthy people

usually are better prepared for the afterlife, putting their plethora

of assets in trust, which avoids probate altogether. “These are

not wealthy people,” said one observer. “They are middle-class

people who truly may have nothing but the house.”

Stay tuned for-



Sheldon Kurtz. Professor

emeritus of law at the


A Very Busy Month

By: Howard Galin / Happy Gardening

September is a very busy and important

month for desert gardeners. As we move into

more moderate temperatures and decreased direct

sunshine, many of our plants in our gardens emerge from their heat

induced “summer dormancy” and begin to grow once again, bringing

about a second surge of growth.

We should begin to prune away

sun/heat damaged foliage from our

landscape. This will stimulate new and

hardy growth and flowering of roses

and fruiting plants.

Many varieties of tomatoes and

peppers can be heavily pruned leaving

approximately 3”-5” of stem remaining. This will promote new flowers

and fruits forming during the coming months, giving you a second

crop right around Thanksgiving!

September is also an ideal time to fertilize the soil again. This will

stimulate new foliage and strengthen your plants for the winter months

by making them more resistant during the oncoming cold and windy


In addition, September is a good time to use “systemic” insecticide

around agave, yucca and aloe to “kill off” weevil eggs that have been

buried underground that would hatch in the early spring months

feasting on the plant roots and killing off your desert landscaping.

At this time sulphur can be added to the soil in order to lower the pH.

This will reduce alkali levels that have built up during the hot and dry

summer months.

Rock Mulch usually lasts about five years before it needs to be

supplemented. The end of September will be a good time to add rock

mulch to freshen up your landscape’s appearance. Keep in mind that

rock mulch costs about $25-$30 per

ton, so budget accordingly.

September begins our second

planting season, so nurseries will

have fresh supplies of plants, trees and

shrubs. And seasonal plants such as

“Winter Decorative Cabbage” and root

vegetables become available after Labor Day.

During September, the temperature is moderate while the soil

remains warm. These are the perfect conditions for new plants to take

root and establish themselves for life in our desert neighborhoods.

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


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So, the “new normal” is seeing friends,

families and taking classes, etc. by ZOOM

(or some other media). I have been doing lots of

classes through ZOOM and it keeps me happy to see friendly faces.

Being “hunkered down” for so

long, we social creatures long for

companionship. My two cats are

great company, but I don’t speak

cat language. Sometimes I long to

speak with a human!

I’m not promoting ZOOM, but

it sure has become so popular and

many trainings have appeared on

social media. It really is pretty easy

to navigate once you learn the basics.

Even some of my beloved Zumba classes have been through ZOOM.

Having not being able to teach or participate at my fitness center since

March, I found that by participating in online classes has been a blast!

I’ve been taking at least 4-5 classes a week through ZOOM. Even my

annual Zumba convention was held this year on ZOOM.

Several instructors worldwide participated. It was fun to see

instructors in Europe, Canada, Australia and South America.


Zooming Around

By: Mary Richard / Health Fitness

When Nausea Strikes

By: Kyo Mitchell / A Healthier You

periodically have cancer patients come in for

I help with nausea and vomiting while they

are undergoing chemotherapy. Most people know

the unpleasant feeling of being nauseous or worse yet, vomiting. Yet

few understand and appreciate the purpose behind these physiological


Your body is designed to protect itself from harm. One of the most

vulnerable systems in your body is your nervous system.

The nervous system is usually kept isolated from the circulatory

system by what is known as the blood brain barrier. Think of this as

a filter which keeps potentially harmful substances in the blood away

from the brain and nervous system.

There is, however, a few places where this filter does not exist. Within

your brain stem is a segment of nervous tissue called the area postrema

that is in direct contact with the blood stream.

The area postrema has a very important role. It samples the chemical

compounds in the blood stream and if it finds something it deems to

be toxic, it makes an effort to expel this toxic substance before it can do

the body irreparable harm.

Through the nervous system, the area postrema is connected

to the nerves that go to and control movement in your esophagus

(throat),stomach and intestines. Usually these nerves are responsible

for a process called peristalsis which causes coordinated muscular

September 2020

Considering the difference in so many time zones, it made sense

to accommodate as many as possible by varying the class times. This

allowed me to dance and avoid the refrigerator calling me so frequently!

Even my beloved Smith Center, which has been dark since March,

enabled us to take some trainings and communicate with other

employees through weekly ZOOM meetings. Oh, how I miss The Smith

Center! It appears that it may be

quite a while until we can return

to work and enjoy all the fabulous

performances that were cancelled or


For those who long for the human

companionship, exercise while still

keeping it safe, I would suggest

searching for classes online. There

is such a variety that you should be

able to find something to your liking.

Stay safe, wear your mask, follow social distancing and wash your

hands. Let’s get through this together!

Positive attitude and good 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.

contractions in the walls of the gastrointestinal system, moving food

down your throat and then through your stomach, small and large


However, when the area postrema detects a toxic substance in the

blood stream, this coordinated movements of the muscles in the

gastrointestinal tract now reverses and tries to move any ingested

substances up and out.

This was originally designed when we ate plants directly from nature.

If the plant had toxins, the body attempted to vomit it out before it

could be absorbed by the intestines and do damage to the body.

Although chemotherapy is not ingested, it does reach the blood stream.

The area postrema senses the toxins within the chemotherapeutic

compounds and this elicits the nausea/vomiting response.

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For you movie buffs, can you remember

when we watched movies about how gangs

of youths took over? Marlon Brando’s 1953 The

Wild One, 1955’s Blackboard Jungle . . . and let us not forget 1968

Wild in the Streets, starring Christopher Jones.

In 1968


marches began

against the

Vietnam War.


I was lucky

inasmuch as I

had done my

Reel to Real

By: Morris Heldt / A Senior’s P.O.V.

duty serving

my country

and was

released from

the service and

back in college.

I did however have empathy for that movement as I saw up close

what was happening to our young men.

Back to the reel, (movies), how many of you have seen Star Trek

or Star Wars or any futuristic story about space travel? How many

believe that one day that will exist, or is possible?

I began to wonder after writing my first script how writers could

visualize and create such scenarios that created fictional chaos like

in Wild in the Streets. That scenario went beyond a simple protest

movie to a movement to take over the United States government.

Back then, I was a young man and did not relate to the senior

population fearing as they watched a much younger and immature

generation take over their republic – destroying the history of their


The disrespect and contempt for the older generation was without

parallel in that movie.

When a writer creates a story for the reel its entertainment, but when

people’s “group think” manifesto becomes real, it can be frightening.

Especially for us seniors, who don’t move as quickly as we once did, nor

think as fast as we once did.

As a senior I wanted to let people who are worried about the future of

this country know that you are not alone. Unfortunately, I have learned

over these many years in reading and watching movies is if we can

think it, fortunately or unfortunately, it can come true.

If you believe in a God, continue to pray. If you don’t have faith,

continue to try to figure out what is best for you. And, if you simply

believe in destiny, pour yourself a drink, sit back and watch the show.

Personally, watching what I am watching, I think I want a rewrite.

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.

Insurance Concepts - History Part 1

By: Jim Valkenburg / Insurance Insight

believe that the history of insurance is an

I important part

of understanding

our contemporary

concept. But even a brief history lesson

would far exceed my article.

This may take a few articles and even

then, will only scratch the surface of


First, you must understand that the

concept of insurance is based on “shared

risk.” That is the key.

If you own something of value and

there is a chance of losing it, then you are

undertaking a risk just by owning it. Today

that “something” could be a house, car, a

valuable painting or a wedding ring, etc.

The risk of losing any of those things is

often too much of a financial burden for an

individual to undertake alone. So, we share the risk through a concept

we call insurance.

In other words, we insure our home so we would not be solely

responsible if our house burned down and it would cost $350,000 to

rebuild it. In order to “share the risk” we pay a monetary premium to a

company to undertake part or sometimes all the risk.

In our contemporary society that concept is well known and virtually

everyone uses it. But it hasn’t always been that way.

The first methods of transferring or distributing risk in a monetary

economy were practiced by Chinese and

Babylonian traders in the 3 rd and 2 nd

millennia BC. But we don’t need to go that

far back for this brief history.

In the late 17 th century there was a coffee

house in London called Lloyd’s where

prominent businessmen would share risk

in exploration of the globe by splitting up

shares in ships, cargo, and crew. Hence,

Lloyd’s of London was born. But even that

is too far back for our purpose.

Have you ever heard of or seen a “fire

mark” on a building? Fire insurance marks

are metal plaques marked with the emblem

of the insurance company which were

affixed to the front of insured buildings as

a guide to the fire brigade.

These identification marks were common in the 18 th and 19 th

centuries in many larger cities in America. To be continued.

Jim Valkenburg is a retired military officer and insurance executive.

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

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

that can be used to make intelligent insurance decisions.

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Getting Into Jars &

Small Bottles

By: Heather Latimer / Heather’s Self-Help Tips

There’s nothing more exasperating than to

buy something you need and then, upon

returning home, finding you cannot open it. Several arthritis sufferers,

whose grip has weakened, have asked me what to do. Hence I’ve been

scouting around to find solutions.

Jars - Jam jars or others that are vacuum packed. Get ahold of a

sharp instrument, like a screwdriver and a hammer – and punch a

hole in the lid. It will immediately loosen and be easy to remove.

Tubes - Lotion stuck at the bottom of a tube and no longer comes

out when you squeeze. Some people cut the bottom off with scissors and

use the lotion from the open end. Others say their hands cannot control

the scissors enough to cut the tough material.

I experimented and eventually settled on old-fashioned wooden

clothes pegs – the ones with a slit in them (from Michaels). I slipped

one over the bottom of a tube, pushed it up and up and toothpaste

came out.

Nail Polish Bottles - Manicurist Tikki uses an old-fashioned metal

nut-cracker with two handles (from Etsy on the internet). She gives the

bottle-top a couple of twists and it comes off.

Ice Cubes - It’s especially infuriating during scorching temperatures

when cubes refuse to emerge from the automatic dispenser on the

refrigerator. Bob, a Sun City resident, told me “use your hairdryer, direct

it to where ice is stored. Cubes will soon tumble out and you’ll save

yourself a service call.”

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difficult subjects easy and author of 17 books. See amazon.com/

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A Little Parking Help

By: BJ Killeen / Down the Road

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about

autonomous and semi-autonomous cars lately.

Mostly because we’re getting to the point where

the technology has trickled down to affordable vehicles.

I test drove the new Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan, and realized

that for about $35,000, you can have a vehicle that will stay within the

lanes, keep its distance from the vehicle in front (including braking

and accelerating, depending on what the vehicle in front does, and

coming to a complete stop if necessary) at highway speeds, and even

park itself in some situations.

On the highway, the Sonata, with these Advanced Driver Assistance

Systems (ADAS) easily maintains a set cruise control speed. It also

follows the lane markings, and even takes curves easily - all the time

staying in the center of the lane.

You can take your hands off the wheel, but after a few minutes, a

reminder comes on to tell the driver to keep hands on the steering

wheel for safety. It’s both terrifying and impressive.

These systems however can vary between manufacturers. I also drove

a Mazda CX-30, and while it had the same Lane-Keeping System, it

didn’t recognize the lane markings as well as the Sonata did.

The Sonata’s newest technology is called SMART Park, where it can

drive itself into a parking space. Sounds great in theory, and it works

well, but the problem is the time it takes to accomplish the task.

I tried it in a parking lot, but realized I had to get out of the car in

the middle of the lane before operating the feature. It’s fun to watch the

car maneuver, but the driver still controls the vehicle via the remote


In the time it took to accomplish this, I could have parked the vehicle

in many other spots and been in the store. No question the technology

is impressive, but how many will actually use it?

Right now, it’s a novelty, but when we go fully autonomous with our

cars, it will be a welcome feature. We’re just not quite there yet.


August 2020

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

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


The Devil Made Me Do It

By: Chuck Dean / Vet 2 Vet

There is no excuse for bad behavior. If going

off to war becomes an excuse to act badly,

it’s an irresponsible drumbeat.

Bearing my soul, when I got back from ‘Nam I had no clue that my

deep dive into the drug culture, drinking like a fish, always toting a gun,

and multiple divorces had anything to do with my wartime experiences.

It never occurred to me that being exposed to life-threatening situations

in an unpopular war had anything to do with how I was behaving.

I was home! Vietnam was behind me! I just figured that I was just a

hedonistic scoundrel. The truth however has strange ways of surfacing.

It took someone from the outside to suggest that my war may have

something to do with how I was behaving. Bottom line: I was incapable

of seeing the forest from the trees.

Then, about the time I was thinking of doing harm to some jerk that

had pissed me off, a good Samaritan luckily showed up and ushered

me to the VA. The mental health staff helped me straighten things out.

I was shocked to find out how much the Vietnam experience had

defined what my life had become.

In all those years of being bad (not badass, just bad) I was unaware

of being affected by my past. In many ways I’m thankful that it was

that way because I didn’t make the mistake of blaming my condition

on some outside source - like a war.

However, I have known veterans who have acted out, and when

called on it, the first thing they do is use the war as an excuse. They are

convinced it exonerates their bad behavior.

Abusing a spouse, lashing out with uncontrollable temper, or

conducting oneself irresponsibly, and then declaring, “the war made

me do it” cannot serve as a license to continue such behavior.

Sadly, untold thousands of war veterans suffer with PTSD, and yes, it

can cause some terrible reactions in everyday life, but we do not have

to be enslaved to it. We can educate ourselves, and practice good coping


Making peace with our past is much better than continuing a fight

that already ended.

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.



A Traveling Trio

By: Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker /

Out & About

If Ben Franklin was alive today, he’d probably

be on a book tour hyping “Poor Richard’s

Almanac”, an annual pamphlet he printed for almost 25 years. With

a yearly print run of 10,000 copies,

Franklin was certainly a literary guru

in colonial America, where he was

known to share many of his words of

wisdom with his cronies in Boston and


Amazingly, much of his advice is still

pertinent, and one of his most famous

lines, “A penny saved is a penny

earned’, is just as appropriate today

as it ever was - especially if you’re talking about all the great travel

bargains now offered by almost every company in the travel industry.

Everything from luxury cruising to domestic land tours is currently

offered at once-in-a-lifetime rates.

Plus, in the mid-1800s, Horace Greeley, a very influential

newspaperman is credited for writing, “Go West, Young Man”, which

captured the imagination of the nation. That was great advice then

By: Kathy Manney / Around Our World

Wyoming, famous for Yellowstone National

Park is also known as the “Cowboy”

state. It’s celebrated for its outdoor ethic culture

and Jackson Hole (originally called Jackson’s Hole) is located in a

remarkable valley flanked by the Teton Mountain Range and the Gros

Ventre Range.

“Hole” was a term for the great mountain valley with close rivers and

streams once inhabited by early fur trappers; men who lived hard lives,

relying entirely on their abilities for survival. The valley however wasn’t

developed solely by trappers, mountain men and cowboys, but upon

wit, will and works of courageous men and women with characteristic

freedom of spirit and mind.

Jackson’s Town Square features arches made of shed antlers from the

nearby National Elk Refuge. The National Museum of Wildlife Art has

works by Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Nearby are three ski areas: Jackson Hole Mountain, Snow King

Mountain and Grand Targhee. Old time chuck wagon dinners can still

be enjoyed by taking a covered wagon ride to a local ranch.

Jackson is clean with plenty of sky overhead, attracting tourists

worldwide who enjoy walking the streets, shopping and dining. All

while soaking up the western culture.

North of Jackson are the peaks of Grand Teton National Park, as well

as Yellowstone National Park where at dusk we spotted a doe and two

fawns drinking from a stream. Soon they capered silently away.


Historic Jackson Hole

September 2020

and it still is.

Only now, both men and women can choose from almost unlimited

vacation and travel destinations. Que bella!

And if Mark Twain was still walking among us, there’s little doubt

he would have remarked that reports of the travel industry’s “demise

are greatly exaggerated.” After all, in his lifetime he was exposed to

everything from Western uprisings to

worldwide influenzas.

His fascination with travel inspired

him, and his adventures were

immortalized in many of his most

famous writings. Mark Twain may not

have realized it at the time, but he was

actually one of our earliest and most

influential travel writers.

So, if you’re even a little bit inspired by this trio, it’s comforting to

know there are still extraordinary travel opportunities. And this just

might be the right time for you to fill out your bucket list and call us at

702/463-0966. We’ll be happy to help!

Crystal Merryman-Sarbacker is a travel agent and the owner of

Vegas Vacationers Inc. She can be reached at:


While there is

much to do and

see, the Jackson

Town Council

wants you safe.

They passed a

resolution in

June requiring

face masks in


After a lull,

Teton County

began seeing


COVID-19 cases

rise. To remain

open to tourism, they decided to make masks mandatory.

People are often surprised to learn the mixture of individual and

cooperation that underwrites Jackson Hole culture and residents want

to preserve it. Jackson is a capsule of history, in a place where locals

liken their state to “a small town with really long streets.”

So, while visiting Jackson in 2020, wear a face mask.

Kathy Manney enjoys visiting interesting places and being an

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

with enthusiasm.


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Exploring the Falkland Islands

By: Burt & Dianne Davis / Our Vacation

The Falkland Islands have no major

monuments or cathedrals, but in March, we

saw hundreds of penguins there! The Falklands

are a British territory of two primary and 776 smaller islands.

The archipelago lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 300 miles east of

South America and 750 miles from Antarctica. As part of our cruise,

we spent a delightful day exploring West Falkland Island with local


Our tour to the Bluff Cove Lagoon passed stark scenery reminiscent of

Scotland. Locals have British accents and are proud of their heritages.

Along the Bluff Cove beach were what seemed like thousands of

penguins. There were rookeries of both king and gentoo penguins.

King penguins have orange spots near their ears and necks.

Flamboyant red-orange beaks, white-feather caps and peach-colored

feet make the Gentoo penguins stand out against the surroundings.

While respecting the tourists’ flag and line boundaries, we still got

some cool pictures. Most of the penguins stood motionless to conserve


The king penguins had several newborns. Their grey color contrasted

with the black and white of their parents. A strong cold wind whipping

along the beach was a small price to pay to be up so close.

At the Sea Cabbage Cafe, we enjoyed pastries and Scones, the house

special. Then on to explore Port Stanley, the capital of this territory of

3,700 people.

There were quaint cottages, a historical church and tourist shops.

At the Waterfront Kitchen Cafe, the local favorites are roast lamb and

fish – very British!

Then on to Gypsy Cove, a wind sheltered beach populated by a variety

of land birds, sea birds, marine mammals, insects and plants, some

found only in the Falkland Islands. And more penguins!

We walked along a protected path overlooking the beach, focusing

on the hundreds of penguins standing on the beach and sometimes

jumping into frigid waters. Local guides said sometimes penguins stay

in the water for weeks hunting for food.

We returned to the ship after an enjoyable memorable day seeing the

penguins and exploring the Falkland Islands.

Thanks to Dianne and Burt Davis who continue to travel the

world and share their adventures with our readers.


September 2020

Remember When?

By: Stu Cooper / Happy Adventures

For long-time loyal readers of The Vegas

Voice, do you remember when we first

started the Vegas Voyagers Travel Club? Believe

it or not, it was when publisher Dan and wife Amy started the magazine

in March 2003.

Did anyone attend our first meeting? We did get some readers at our

initial meeting. It was held in a conference room at the publication’s

first office. We got a crowd of 18 people.

Our first tour operator partner Collette Tours made a presentation

about Australia and a few month later our first group of Voyagers

headed there.

No pun intended, but our club took off from there. Do you remember

all of the great meetings we had at the Palace Station? We would get

anywhere between 100 and 200 folks.

Presentations were made by every major cruise line and tour operator.

We brought the most current and informative travel information to our


Most importantly, do you remember all the wonderful trips we had?

Our first theme cruise with the late Tony Sacca was a huge success.

And who can forget our Wes Winters cruise and the wonderful time

we had? More recently, our Phat Pack array of cruises were spectacular.

Our biggest group of almost 200 Voyagers sailed, sang and danced

our way to Mexico with the Phat Pack a couple of years back. And let’s

not forget the great Holy land trip to Israel lead by Bruce Ewing this

past fall.

The lyrics from country artist Alan Jackson’s song “Remember

When” says it all: “Remember when we said that when we turned

grey, when the children grow up and move away: we won’t be sad,

we’ll be glad, for all the life we’ve had; and we’ll remember when.”

We’ll have more “Remember When” to make. Our Vegas Voyagers

pledge is to build our club back bigger and better in the future. And I

guarantee, that it will.

Please feel free to call us at 800/698-1101 for any travel questions

you might have.



Charges Against Bet Knesset Bamidbar

By: Steve Commander / Advertorial

Editor’s Note: This is a paid advertorial

by Steve Commander. His views and

opinions do not necessarily reflect the position

of The Vegas Voice. Steve was BKB President from 2016-2018 and he

can be contacted at: stevecommander1@gmail.com.

The 2019 and 2020 Bet Knesset Bamidbar (BKB) Board of Directors

did not provide 2020 membership to two long term congregants - my

wife, and me, a former BKB President.

I made a myriad of emails and phone calls, over a very long time,

to BKB BOD members asking for renewed membership. There were no

responses from the BOD, including the Membership VP.

However, a BOD member recently replied, “You were not a member

in good standing with all your antics.” “Antics”? I do not believe G-d

has Temple membership rules about “ANTICS.”

I think the BOD members are really concerned about the following:

All the financial discrepancies identified during my three years as

BKB President apparently “rocked the boat.” In the first year of my

Presidency an outside auditor was hired because the long-time treasurer

could not provide years of audit documents, even though he claimed

the audits were “OK.” The outside auditor identified the following:

1. Accurate financial statements were not provided,

2. Same check numbers were used for different payees and different

dollar amounts,

3. Fifty-nine check numbers were missing,

4. Multiple checks were processed without the required two signatures,

5. Excessive amount of financial changes were made to transactions

in the previous year,

6. Money market and credit card accounts were not reconciled,

7. The treasurer wrote the checks and also reconciled the bank


8. Eleven expense accounts were added after the fiscal year ended,

9. There was no procedure in place to handle cash.

Additionally, a $13,255.99 expense, with a congregant’s name, was

on the financial report along with other financial concerns. This

amount, and many others, disappeared from the financial reports after

they were identified them.

The 2018 financial audit was done in-house and overseen by the

husband of the BKB President. This husband was the treasurer noted


His statement to the 2018 in-house audit at the May 2019 annual

meeting was, once again, it’s “OK The detail financial reports were not

provided to the congregation.

As BKB President, I was also extremely concerned about adherence

to the Temple bylaws which were violated numerous times by BOD

members. One instance - there was an illegal member for years. He

received High Holiday Honors while legal members did not receive

those Honors. He is the son of the former Executive Vice President who

established the Honors each year.

BKB must provide the detail annual audit report and complete

financial statements to members every year for review and comments.

Congregants must closely oversee BKB via a BOD that fully adheres to

its bylaws and their fiduciary responsibilities.

My wife and I love BKB and desire our full and complete membership

restored for all of 2020 and hence forth. All these issues must be

accomplished immediately or the BKB IRS Tax Free Status could be

revoked and BKB may cease to exist.


September 2020

you are welcome


our doors are open (again)!

pastor paul block

join us for

national back

to church

sunday on


Join us for Church In-Person or Online.

We have taken precautions to create a safe

worship space. Come to hear the Good News

of God’s love for you! Our In-Person Worship

Services start back up September 12 th .

Saturdays In-Person at 5:00pm

Sundays In-Person at 8:30am and 10:00am

Online Sundays at 8:30am and 10:00am

New Song Church is located at 1291 Cornet Street

in Henderson. Call us at (702) 492-1771 or visit us

online at www.NewSongAnthem.com


Walk for Brain Health--Head to a Gym, a Park & Alz.com

By: Jan Fair / A No-Brainer Minute


t’s autumn. The perfect time to walk outdoors. According to The End of Alzheimer's by

Dale Bredesen, M.D., Director of Neurodegenerative Disease Research at UCLA Medical

School, exercise is great for brain health and "... sitting is the new smoking!" Also, the best

thing we can do to ward off or possibly reverse Alzheimer's is to dramatically change our diets &

lifestyle. The book gives specific steps to follow. Check it out at your local library. (See below.)

Alzheimer's Association says:


Know the 10 SIGNS

1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life

2. Challenges in planning or solving


3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks

4. Confusion with time or place

5. Trouble understanding visual images

and spatial relationships

6. New problems with words in

speaking or writing

7. Misplacing things and losing the

ability to retrace steps

8. Decreased or poor judgment

9. Withdrawal from work/social activities

10. Changes in mood and personality

Walk to End Alzheimer's

Every year the Alzheimer's walks

occur in September, October or

November depending on where you


For your health & safety, this year

you're invited to walk in small teams

of friends & family while others in

your community do the same.

Find a walk near you at


Mental Minutes

“Walking in Autumn”

1. In one minute, name

places you could walk

this autumn season.

2. Make an alphabetical list.

Around the block for Alzheimer's,

Back & forth in a hallway,

Campgrounds, …

A No-Brainer Pick

"The End of Alzheimer's:

The First Program to

Prevent & Reverse

Cognitive Decline" by

Dale E. Bredesen, M.D.

Jan Fair is a writer, consultant & public speaker who has published over 40 books PLUS September 2020

the No-Brainer Brain Games series. Please check out her website at www.JanFair.com


September 2020


Speaking to and for Las Vegas

Valley Seniors since 2003

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