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Thursday August 15, 2019 Volume 64 | Number 51


Celebrating the Residential Park Communities for 64 years

A Tribute to Elton John: Elton the Early Years The Next Best Thing II series continues at Spotlight 29 Casino

Kenny Metcalf. Photo courtesy of Tad Management

By Alison Elsner


s The Next Best Thing II series continues, the early music of Elton John will be celebrated by performer Kenny Metcalf. The show is perfectly timed, given the recent release (and ensuing Elton-mania) of the movie “Rocketman,” chronicling the cultural influence of this mega-star. British singer, songwriter, pianist and composer Sir Elton John has received five Grammy Awards, five Brit Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, a Disney Legends award and the Kennedy Center Honor. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him 49th on its list of 100 influential rock and roll musicians. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and is a fellow of the British Academy of Songwriters, Com-

posers and Authors. He has also been a high visibility activist in the fight against AIDS. Audiences can expect to rock out to hits like “Daniel,” “Bennie and the Jets,” “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting,” “Harmony” and a virtual studio full of others. This rousing tribute show is definitely a chance to pay homage to one of the most significant musical icons of our time. A Tribute to Elton John: Elton the Early Year starts at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 16. Spotlight 29 Casino is located at 46200 Harrison Place. Tickets are $10; booths are $150 - includes six seats and a bucket of beer. Must be 21 and over. No refunds/no exchanges. For more information, call 760-775-5566 or visit

Believe It or Not Bad enough if you have to go to the dentist to have a tooth pulled but imagine having to undergo several hundred extractions in one sitting. The Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC] reports that dental surgeons in India recently removed a total of 526 teeth from the mouth of a 7-year-old boy. Actually, the mass

of tiny teeth was contained in what the surgeons called a “compound odontome,” a benign tumor that had been growing in the child’s mouth for several years. The Association of Mature American Citizens provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.

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Diamond in the Rough Who needs a diamond mine? Just visit Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park and, if you are lucky, there’ll be a diamond waiting for you in plain sight, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. That’s how Josh Lanik found his 2.2 carat gem. He was visiting with his family and told Park authorities: “We took the kids to look for amethyst on Canary Hill, and I was walking through an area where it looked like a lot of water had

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Kimberly Brucks Advertising Manager

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The scammers sure have been busy. Is there no end to their creativity? The AARP is helping us to fight back, however, with its Fraud Watch Network’s free Scam Tracking Map. You’ll find the map on the AARP website ( when you put “scam tracking map” in the search box. Be sure to click on the widest possible search area, 200 miles, after you enter your ZIP code. Click first on AARP user-submitted reports. You’ll see colored dots where scams have occurred. Click on one and scroll down to see the details. After you view those reports, go back and click on Law Enforcement Alerts, with authorities warning about scams near you. The wide variety of scams is surprising. One involved an alleged refund where the thieves wanted


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to deposit the refund directly into the victim’s checking account. Once they gained access, they emptied the account. Another scam had thieves trying to enter a house by pretending to be from a cable company and needing to fix some wires. The homeowner was suspicious, and rightly so. Fear is a big factor with threats of arrest. One threatened people with arrest if they didn’t give their Medicare number over the phone to buy merchandise. Another threatened arrest for missing jury duty if a fine wasn’t paid immediately. Others involve the IRS. If you’re generally safety conscious and not likely to fall for a scam, checking the map once a month so should be enough. But if you’re not sure (and truthfully, a lot of the scams are hard to identify as such), you might want to consider signing up for the AARP’s bi-weekly Watchdog Alerts. If you’re ever in doubt after receiving a suspicious call, call the police. They want to know. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

washed when I saw it.” The officials told him that the gemstone was the biggest diamond found so far this year. But the biggest diamond ever found at the Crater of diamonds is the legendary Uncle Sam diamond that weighed in at 44.23 carats when it was found in 1924. The Association of Mature American Citizens provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.

Serving 110 Mobile Manufactured Home and RV Parks in the Coachella, Morongo and Yucca Valley for 64 years. The Mobile Home News is a household tradition for the 55+ manufactured home park and RV Park population. Available at clubhouses and racks in manufactured home parks. Also available in many area businesses and senior centers. Businesses or private parties interested in advertising to the 55+ community please call 760-318-2882. Published Thursdays by Hi-Desert Publishing Company. News, photos or editorial submissions or story ideas should be sent to

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Just How Hot Can a Hot Car Get? Dear Paw’s Corner: This morning, I was walking into the drugstore when I heard a small dog frantically barking from a nearby car. I looked in the window and saw a toy poodle rushing back and forth along the back seat, putting her paws on the closed windows and barking at everyone passing by. The car was not running, so no air conditioning, though it was parked in a shady spot. I rushed inside the store and called for the manager, who contacted the police. They immediately opened the car and rescued the little dog, who was panting heavily. Please let your readers know that leaving your pet inside a locked car, even in the shade, can be a death sentence! -- Relieved Pet Mom in Maine Dear Relieved: I’m glad this story had a happy ending! Folks, even on a pleasant day with tempera-

tures in the mid-70s, the interior of a car can heat up to life-threatening levels of more than 100 F. That’s even on a cloudy day, or when parked in a shady spot. Even if you leave your pet inside a locked, running car with the air conditioning on, that’s still not acceptable. Your pet will be very anxious without you present, and anything might happen while you’re away. If you want to take your pet with you, make sure the places you go will welcome pets inside. (Your pet should be well-trained and responsive to your commands, and not aggressive to other dogs.) Or, have a friend come along and sit in the running car with your dog or walk them in a nearby grassy area or park while you shop. Otherwise, leave pets at home. The risk is not worth it. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.


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4 • It was English novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf, one of the foremost modernist literary figures of the 20th century, who made the following sage observation: “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”

1. GEOGRAPHY: Which U.S. state has the most miles of rivers? 2. LITERATURE: Who was the author of “The Hundred and One Dalmatians”? 3. ANATOMY: What is the common term for the axilla? 4. LANGUAGE: What is the international radio code word for the letter “P”? 5. MUSIC: How many symphonies did Beethoven compose?

• Would you rather give up TV or your phone? In a Pew Research poll conducted last year in the United States, only 31 percent of those surveyed said it would be “very hard” to give up TV, while 52 percent said the same thing about their cellphone. • Most people are aware of the fact that scorpions have eight legs -- they are, after all, arachnids -but you probably didn’t realize that they also have eight eyes.

• In the language known as Ewe, spoken by some natives of West Africa, the concepts of “yesterday” and “tomorrow” are expressed by the same word. If you were to translate that word literally into English, you’d come up with “not now.” • According to the Crayola Company, you can eat 3,500 of their crayons a day and still not reach the level of toxicity found in an


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ordinary glass of drinking water. They don’t mention how -- or why -- anyone would consume that many crayons in a lifetime, let alone a single day. • Those who study such things say that Niagara Falls will only last another 2,400 years. • Historians say that Mary, Queen of Scots was informed of the murder of her husband, Lord Darnley, in 1567 while she was playing golf. She must have been quite a dedicated sportswoman (or an indifferent wife) because they also say that she completed the round. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

6. SPORTS: How many players are on a cricket team?

• Mount a tension bar high up in your closet, you can use shower hooks to hang pocketbooks and bags, utilizing the dead space.

7. COMICS: Which comic strip features characters named Jeremy, Hector and Sara? 8. TELEVISION: What is the color of Mr. Spock’s blood on the “Star Trek” series? 9. MEASUREMENTS: What is a ligne and what does it measure? 10. FOOD & DRINK: What is the name of a tea named after a 1830s British prime minister? © 2019 King Features Synd., Inc. ANSWER TO TRIVIA ON PAGE 9

• “Quick outdoor upgrade: Power wash a wood fence or your driveway before summer is over. As the weather cools down, I know I’m spending more time outside. With a pressure wash, your fence will look nice and clean.” -- JoAnn

• “Use the clips on a pants hanger to keep curtains closed in a hotel room. This has saved me from getting woken up too early because my room is facing the morning sun.” -- Y.L. in New Mexico • Use a Tic-Tac container to store bobby pins or toothpicks for traveling. An Altoids tin makes a good holder for flossers.

• Be sure to clean earbuds and phone/table touchscreens regularly --especially as kids go back to school and face a new group of germs they might not have been exposed to over the summer break. • “I found some really cool curtain tie-backs on a clearance rack. I bought several and mounted them as hooks (I used an extra anchor), and they work perfectly.” -- S.L. in Ohio (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.


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Brain Teaser I am a mother’s child and a father’s child but nobody’s son. What am I?

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Porterhouse Steak With Grilled Salad

Fresh Tomato Pie • 1 1/2 cups dried bread cubes • 2 1/2 cups peeled & sliced tomatoes • 1/2 cup chopped onion • 1 1/2 cups shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese • 2 eggs, slightly beaten • Sugar substitute to equal 1 tablespoon, suitable for baking • 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper • 2 tablespoons purchased bacon bits • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes 1. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray a deepdish 9-inch pie plate with butter-flavored cooking spray. Cover bottom of plate with 1 cup bread cubes. Layer 1 1/2 cups tomatoes, 1/4 cup onion and 3/4 cup Cheddar cheese. Repeat layers. 2. In a small bowl, combine eggs, sugar substitute, lemon pepper, bacon bits and parsley flakes. Mix well to combine. Spoon mixture evenly over cheese layer. Evenly sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup bread cubes over top. Lightly spray bread cubes with butter-flavored cooking spray. 3. Bake 45 to 50 minutes. Place pie plate on a wire rack and let set for 5 minutes. Cut into 6 servings. (c) 2019 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

• 1/4 cup chili sauce • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar • 3/4 teaspoon salt • 1 garlic clove, crushed with side of chef’s knife • 1 beef loin porterhouse steak, 2 inches thick (about 2 1/4 pounds) • Grilled Salad (below) 1. In a pie plate or deep dish, mix chili sauce, vinegar, salt and garlic. Trim all fat from steak; add steak to chili-sauce mixture to coat. 2. Place steak on grill over medium heat and brush with half the chilisauce mixture remaining in baking dish. Cook steak 20 to 30 minutes for medium-rare or until of desired doneness, turning steak occasionally and brushing with chili-sauce mixture remaining in dish halfway through grilling. Serve with Grilled Salad if you like. Serves 5. Each steak serving: About 315 calories, 39 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 15 g fat (6 g saturated), 109 mg cholesterol, 425 mg sodium. (c) 2019 Hearst Communications, Inc. All rights reserved

Cholesterol Plummets After Giving Up Bread Dear Dr. Roach: Something’s been puzzling me. I’m a 71-year-old female, and my cholesterol tends to hover around the 240 mark. However, I had to give up bread for several weeks due to oral surgery, and my next blood test results showed my cholesterol had plummeted 40 points, to 206. (I actually had them double-check, since I thought they had given me someone else’s report!) I asked my doctor about this, but he didn’t know of any reason for it to happen. My husband thinks it may have something to do with the yeast. Do you have any ideas? -- R.R.


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Answer: No, I don’t think it’s the yeast; I think it’s because you are eating fewer carbohydrates from bread, which get quickly converted to sugar and enters the blood. Sugar has effects on blood cholesterol (especially on triglycerides). Although a 20 percent drop is higher than the average, it’s not out of the expected range. The other thing that is often forgotten is what you changed your diet to. If you ate overall fewer calories, you may have lost a few pounds, and sometimes that can have a big beneficial effect on cholesterol. It also may be the case that you ate more fiber from vegetables, nuts and fruits, which in itself can help reduce cholesterol. It was wise to doublecheck, because although the lab only rarely makes mistakes, the level in the body does vary a bit. It’s possible that the 240 was higher than your average and the 206 was lower. Following the trend helps prevent those kinds of errors. (c) 2019 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved


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ber called the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field in New York. The video coverage was somewhat crude. There were only two stationary camera angles. On Aug. 30, 1776, Gen. George Washington rejects British Gen. William Howe’s second letter of reconciliation. Howe had failed to use Washington’s title of “general” when addressing the letter.

Q: When does the new Patricia Heaton sitcom start? I loved her on “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle.” I’m glad she’s not interested in retiring anytime soon. -- J.K. A: “Carol’s Second Act” premieres Thursday, Sept. 26, on CBS and stars Heaton as a retired teacher who decides to become a doctor in the next stage of her life. The sitcom also stars Kyle MacLachlan (“Twin Peaks”) as an established physician. Heaton is in no hurry to retire. She joked at a recent press conference: “My perfect scenario, as I see death getting near, is that I’d die on a sound stage. That’s how I want to go -- just as long as I’ve had full hair and make-up.” Q: Are they going to make a movie about the college bribery scandal, where the actresses paid a bunch of money to get their kids into prestigious universities? -- E.P. A: It was only a matter of time before a script would be written about the college admissions scandal, and now it’s finally happening. The Lifetime channel just announced that production has begun on the story, but don’t expect it to feature the names Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman specifically. For those who don’t know about the case, Loughlin (“Full House”) and Huffman (“Desperate Housewives”) were among 50 people indicted by federal authorities. The actresses were accused of paying a “fixer” to help beef up their children’s college applications with false information and also by rigging their SAT exams. An estimated $25 million in bribes were paid in all. At this time, no air date has been announced.

Patricia Heaton Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS

Q: I love watching the game show “Cash Cab,” where passengers in New York City get into what they think is a regular yellow taxi cab only to find out they’re contestants on a game show. My granddaughter told me that the driverhost also is an actor. Is this true? -- N.W. A: Yes, Ben Bailey, who began hosting “Cash Cab” in 2005, began as a stand-up comedian and actor. His credits are almost exclusively one-time guest-starring roles, including “Unforgettable,” a mystery-drama that starred Poppy Montgomery and was canceled back in 2016. He also played himself on an episode of “30 Rock.” The original “Cash Cab” aired in the U.K., and the American version ran from 2005 to 2012 on the Discovery Channel. It came back in 2017 and 2018 with the same host. You’ll have to change the channel to see future episodes though. Bravo announced it will air all new episodes this fall, with more pop-culture questions and an all new taxi cab. Participants will still get a couple of chances for extra help if they get stuck on a question. They can ask a bystander or reach out through social media, but they’ll have to rely on their own intelligence on most of the questions. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.

It Gives New Meaning to Solo Flight The daring French man flew through the air with the greatest of ease and wound up in England, according to the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. His name is Franky Zapata and he’s an inventor who built a jet-powered hoverboard that allowed him to stand up for the 20-minute flight across the English Channel. The hoverboard’s five

jet engines are quite small and so about 22 miles after taking off from the French shoreline near Calais he made a brief, scheduled landing aboard a waiting boat to refuel and then landed near Dover. The Association of Mature American Citizens provides the Filler Files as a service on issues of concern to Americans over 50.

On Sept. 1, 1864, renowned Confederate spy Rose O’Neal Greenhow drowns off the North Carolina coast when her craft capsizes while fleeing a Union gunboat. Greenhow was carrying Confederate dispatches and $2,000 in gold sewn into her underclothes. The weight of the gold pulled her under. On Aug. 28, 1917, 10 women suffragists are arrested as they picket the White House to demand that President Woodrow Wilson support a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. After the jailed women went on a hunger strike and had to be force fed for months, Wilson finally agreed to a suffrage amendment. On Aug. 26, 1939, the first televised Major League baseball game is broadcast. Announcer Red Bar-

On Aug. 31, 1955, William Cobb of General Motors demonstrates his 15-inch-long “Sunmobile,” the world’s first solar-powered automobile, at an auto show in Chicago. On Aug. 27, 1967, Brian Epstein, manager of the Beatles, is found dead of an accidental drug overdose in his Sussex, England, home. In 1962, Epstein was hired in a deal that gave him 25 percent of the band’s gross earnings for five years. On Aug. 29, 2004, Brazilian distance runner Vanderlei de Lima is attacked and dragged off the course by a spectator while running the marathon in the Summer Olympics. The spectator was a defrocked Irish priest dressed in orange and green. De Lima, who held a 30-second lead when he was attacked, finished in third place. (c) 2019 Hearst Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved



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Crossword Answer

WordSearch Answer

Sudoku Answer

Hocus-Focus Answers

Brain Teaser Answer

Differences: 1. Boy’s shirt is different. 2. Pictures are rearranged. 3. Button added to man’s shirt. 4. Window replaces curtain. 5. Picture on table is missing. 6. Boy is closer to doorway.

A Daughter

Trivia Answers 1. Nebraska

5. Nine

2. Dodie Smith

6. 11

9. A French unit of length used to size watches, buttons & hats

3. Armpit

7. “Zits”

10. Earl Grey

4. Papa

8. Green

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Burn Pits and Other Airborne Hazards Were you deployed in Desert Storm and Desert Shield to a location where there were airborne environmental contaminants, such as burn pit smoke, sand, dust and particles, and oil-well fire smoke? Do you suffer from any breathing problems that haven’t been diagnosed? Have you signed up for the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry? That registry is to help the De-

partment of Veterans Affairs (and you) be aware of health conditions that might be related to those burn pits and other airborne hazards. As a first step, go online to the website and search for Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry. You’ll see the list of countries, such as Iraq and Afghanistan, where service personnel were deployed. If you served on or after Aug. 2, 1990 in any of the listed countries, or in Afghanistan or Djibouti on or after Sept. 11, 2001, you may be eligible. If so, and if you sign up on the registry, you will get a free medical workup. So far, nearly 180,000 veterans have enrolled. Even if you have no physical symptoms, sign up anyway. If you’re already signed up with VA health care, ask your primary-care provider to

schedule an evaluation or call the environmental health coordinator at the closest VA facility. If you enroll in the registry and it says you’re not eligible, work to have it corrected, as some records might be missing or inaccurate. Request an eligibility review. If you have symptoms that medical providers haven’t been able to

diagnose, push for your in-person, multiple-day specialty exam at the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center in New Jersey. The VA recently opened the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence there to do research into these health issues. (c) 2019 King Features Synd., Inc.



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