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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region

MAY 2021

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The Voice of Adults 50+ in the Pikes Peak Region MAY 2021 | Volume 34 | Issue 5

Publisher & Advertising Director Kevin K. VanGundy Managing Editor Anthony Welch Editor in Chief Cloie Sandlin Multimedia Editor Lauren Berg Graphic Designers B. Bigler Michael L. Madsen Melissa Levad

6 COVER STORY Curious about cannabis?

You’re not alone. Adults 65 and older are the largest growing segment of new users of medicinal marijuana. But before you try it, know that today’s cannabis isn’t the same as the stuff from the ’60s


Life After 50 is published by Pendant Publishing, Inc. dba BEACON Senior News P.O. Box 3895 Grand Junction, CO 81502 Phone: 970-243-8829 Life After 50 is published at the beginning of the month and is distributed at more than 250 locations throughout the Pikes Peak Region. Life After 50’s mission is to bring hope and help to seniors and those who serve them in Colorado Springs, Black Forest, Monument, Falcon, Fountain, Manitou Springs, Old Colorado City, Security, Woodland Park, Divide, Cripple Creek and Green Mountain Falls. Publication of advertising does not necessarily constitute endorsement. Columns are opinions of the writers, not necessarily the opinion of the publisher. Deadline for advertising and announcements is the 20th of the month preceding publication.

Relive childhood with a trip to the Missouri town that inspired Mark Twain to write about the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

23 The non-geek’s guide to buying

Advertising Executives Bruce Schlabaugh Jil Goebel

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Delivery Eulogio Martinez Lucinda Perry Diane Salkovich Peggy Searles Robert & Kathy Wernly Gerald Wilson


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Spirit of the fallen soldier Will America heed the lessons of its fallen heroes or seek more war?

11 Why do men want to date much older/younger women?

All we know is that sometimes you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince

but our tech expert gets straight to the good stuff 25 Facing eviction or foreclosure?

Mortgage and rental scams are on the rise due to COVID. Here are some red flags to watch out for



12 Sunscreen 101: Get the most out of your sun protection products Expert tips to choosing a sunscreen that works for your skin, budget and lifestyle

13 Say goodbye to cravings

5 tips to burn fat and increase metabolism


Many of your favorite events and festivals are back! Check out the Calendar for details.

28 Fun After 50 Senior Center Activities 29 Question of the Month We asked Life After 50 readers: What was your first home like?

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30 News Bits 31 Support Groups

Hungry? Head to the Omelette Parlor On the Cover

Adults age 65 and older are the largest growing segment of new users of medicinal marijuana. But before you try it, know that today’s cannabis isn’t the same as the stuff from the ’60s.

This local eatery’s historic past is almost as famous as the food it serves!

32 Fun & Games 34 Classifieds 38 Opinion

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Discover the golden leaves of Colorado’s shimmering aspen trees on this stunning drive during peak viewing season. As we head over Wilkerson Pass we’ll see brightly colored gold patches of aspen trees dotted among the stately Colorado evergreens. Passing through the land where bison roam and antelope play, we soon come upon the historic and remarkably well preserved town of South Park City, where over forty authentic buildings are filled with over 60,000 artifacts of a day gone by. After leaving South Park City we climb Hoosier Pass, home to magnificent views of the Continental Divide. Here you will find panoramic views of golden aspens quaking in the breeze. After some photo opportunities, we’ll continue on to the beautiful city of Breckenridge, where we will enjoy a lovely lunch and walking history tour, along with free time for shopping. Breckenridge’s main street is home to over 200 shops, so you will certainly find something for everyone! After a lovely afternoon in Breckenridge we’ll head for home, with still more beautiful fall colors to see along the way.


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Day 1 - Arrive in French Canada - Settle into your conveniently located hotel before a welcome dinner this evening. Day 2 - Montreal Sightseeing and Notre-Dame Basilica - Embark on a narrated tour of Montreal, one of Canada’s vibrant cities known for its rich French-Canadian heritage Day 3 - Ride VIA Rail and Quebec Sugar Shack - After breakfast, Canada’s VIA Rail service takes you to Quebec City. The only walled city in North America, Quebec’s Grande-Al-lee is alive with many quaint shops and sidewalk cafes. Day 4 - Basilica-Cathedral Notre-Dame, St. Anne de Beaupre and Montmorency Falls - Depart this morning for a scenic drive along the “Old King’s Road” passing beautiful Normandy and Brittany homes to St. Anne de Beaupre, for a visit to the beautiful shrine, the oldest pilgrimage site in North America. Day 5 - Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio and Ermitage Saint-Antoine Shrine - Learn the intricacies of producing copper art at the Albert Gilles Copper Art Studio with a tour and hands-on workshop to make your own copper work of art. Day 6 - St-Felicien Zoo and Old Perron Cheese Factory - Traveling to the shores of Lac St-Jean, come to the famed St-Felicien Zoo. Day 7 - Our Lady of the Cape Shrine - Today, travel to the city of Trois-Rivieres where you’ll visit the Borealis Center to explore the history of the pulp and paper industry in Quebec. Day 8 - Transfer to Montreal and Home - After breakfast we depart for home. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour as described, round trip airfare from Colorado Springs, all transfers, lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 lunches, and 6 dinners.

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An Old Time Branson Christmas November 2, 2021 Celebrate the Holidays with fabulous shows, lights, shopping and an old-fashioned paddleboat!




Day 1 - Depart Colorado Springs for Salina, KS and overnight. Day 2 - We’ll stop at the Russell Stover Outlet Store. We’ll arrive in Branson early this afternoon and check into our hotel, The Savannah House. We’ll have dinner at a steakhouse and then it’s on to the award-winning The SIX Christmas Show at American Bandstand Theater. After the performance we’ll head to the Trail of Lights, Branson’s most beautiful Christmas light display. Day 3 - After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll head to the Pierce Arrow Theater to see the Doug Gabriel Christmas Show. This afternoon is on your own to shop, relax or view the beautiful Christmas displays all through town. This evening, we’ll dine at Landry’s Seafood House and then it’s on to Clay Cooper’s Country Express Christmas. After we’ll head back to the hotel for hot cobbler, fresh cookies and ice cream! Day 4 - This morning we head to the amazing Titanic Museum. This afternoon you’re in for a treat as we board the Showboat Branson Belle for the dinner and show. This classic showboat-style activity transports guests to the days of paddleboats along the Mississippi River right on Table Rock Lake. After we leave the Showboat Branson Belle it’s on to the world-famous Dutton Theater! After our evening performance we’ll head back to the hotel for homemade deserts! Day 5 - We say goodbye to Branson after breakfast and head to Carthage, MO where we will tour the Precious Moments Chapel and store. Then, it’s on to Osceloa, Missouri, where the Osceloa Cheese Company started in 1944. We’ll have time for shopping before stopping for lunch. After lunch, we’ll head toward Salina and overnight. Day 6 - This morning we’ll continue toward home, stopping at the historic Cathedral of the Plains, located in Victoria, Kansas. After lunch in Colby, it’s home to Colorado Springs. PRICE INCLUDES: A fully escorted tour aboard a luxury motorcoach, 5 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 3 dinners, all shows and attraction tickets as described, luggage handling, all taxes and fees.


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Day 1 - Depart Colorado Springs for lovely Honolulu. Check into our hotel and get ready for a sunset dinner cruise. Day 2 - Full day tour, including Pearl Harbor, the USS Missouri, the USS Arizona Memorial, city tour of Honolulu and the National Cemetery of the Pacific in Punchbowl Crater. Day 3 - Today we depart for Maui. After arriving we’ll transfer to our hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax or explore. Day 4 - Experience Maui on this full day tour. See waterfalls, beautiful beaches, flora and fauna and Mt. Haleakala Day Day 5 - Whale watching excursion with a Certified Marine Naturalist. Day 6 - Full day tour of the Big Island, including volcanoes National Park, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and much more. Day 7 - On to the lovely island of Kauai. The island is so lush and green Day 8 - Today, we’ll see the north part of the island, including Hanalei Valley, Wailua Falls, Kapaa Town and Moloaa Bay. Day 9 - “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” is on our schedule for today. Waimea Canyon is over ten miles long and 4000 ft. Day 10 - Our last day in Hawaii is yours to enjoy on your own, After we check out of our hotel we’ll head over to Smith’sLuau, perennially voted the best luau on the island. PRICE INCLUDES: Fully escorted tour, roundtrip airfare from Colorado Springs, 10 nights lovely accommodations, breakfast each morning, 2 dinners, all tours as described, transfers, inter-island flights, all taxes and surcharges. Deposit of $400 due to secure space; final payment due 1/5/21.

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esides that snowstorm a few weeks back (typical bipolar Colorado weather), I’m excited about summer. The sun and rising temperatures mean more golf, more driveway basketball, more walks around the neighborhood and more summer barbecues (with potato salad galore!). Perhaps it’s because I was born on August 23, but summer is my favorite season by far. I’m looking forward to day trips and getaways with the family. I thrive in the heat, even when temperatures inch toward 100 degrees. I even look forward to building our backyard, hauling wheel barrels of rocks and all. Last summer was great, but the underlying stress related to the ongoing pandemic always lingered. However, I feel more optimistic and hopeful for this summer. You’ll even see the return of a few outdoor music festivals and fairs in our calendar section on page 26. With the hope and safety brought by the COVID-19 vaccines, we’ll definitely be able to see more family and friends than last year. And the one thing that provides greater warmth than the sun is embracing and spending time with loved ones.

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Curious about cannabis use? You’re not alone. In fact, adults 65 and older are the largest growing segment of new users of medicinal marijuana. This month’s cover story offers information on an e-book about seniors and cannabis use published by Gary Morse, who has a background in the drug treatment industry. While he’s not an advocate, Morse’s book offers advice for those considering using marijuana to help with ailments, sleep or otherwise.


from our readers

The guidebook, titled “Senior High,” takes a neutral approach, giving both positive and negative examples, including reactions from first-time users.

TREAT YOUR MOM TO BREAKFAST. I KNOW A SPOT. Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful Moms out there! Coincidentally, our business highlight this month is my personal favorite breakfast spot: Omelette Parlor. This local eatery’s green chili is undeniable! Plus, the home-like setting inside the restaurant makes for a cozy and very comfortable dining experience. Read more on page 16, and if your stomach starts growling, consider checking it out for breakfast or lunch!

WHAT’S THE WILDEST SCAM YOU’VE COME ACROSS? Sadly, scammers didn’t take any time off during the pandemic, instead adapting schemes to the times. Over time, it seems that scams are becoming even more difficult to recognize. That’s why we asked readers to share their stories about the wildest scams they’ve come across in an effort to spread the word. We’ll publish more of them over the next couple of months. See page 25 for how you can submit your stories.

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“Thank you for keeping seniors so well informed and making us feel we are still important.” - Shirley Grzybowski RE: “Hike to Hidden History” (April) “Anthony, we can’t thank you enough. Hopefully, together we can get even more people outside this summer! Here’s to hoping Jaxson gets you into all sorts of wonderful adventures as the weather cooperates.” - Rocky Shockley “Anthony, let me jump in here and also express my appreciation for your cover story article and promotional support. We hope you and many of your readers will enjoy the book, getting out to explore our local trails to historic relics.” - Tim Jones RE: Pet photos “This is our girl Tango! She is my first puppy. I am 66 years old and Tango will soon be 3!” - Mack and Yong Sharp “This is a picture of me, my husband Mike, and golden retrievers, Noah and Duncan. This was taken on New Year’s Eve at Red Rock near Woodland Park. We all enjoyed our walk and welcomed the New Year in with a great walk and climb on the rocks.” - Jan McKay

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You’re not alone. Adults age 65 and older are the largest growing segment of new users of medicinal marijuana By Nancy M. Fuller Additional reporting by Cloie Sandlin


ven though medicinal and recreational cannabis was legalized in Colorado in 2014, there’s still a stigma connected to its use, especially among seniors. Senior participants in one University of Colorado study referred to the 1936 movie “Reefer Madness” and other propaganda that negatively framed cannabis as immoral and illegal. Other participants felt it was more comparable to drinking alcohol, and often preferred recreational cannabis. Participants across the study’s 17 focus groups weighed in on the need for education for older adults about using cannabis. In particular, they were concerned with a lack of education available about the state’s cannabis program, the positive and negative outcomes of its use, methods available for taking cannabis, and individual dosage. You can find answers to such questions in Gary Morse’s ebook, “Senior High: A Curriculum for Senior Citizens Considering Cannabis.”

CLASS IS IN SESSION The idea for Morse’s book stemmed from conversations with friends, who shared many of the same questions and concerns.

Find “Senior High: A Curriculum for Senior Citizens Considering Cannabis” by Gary A. Morse on Amazon “I enjoyed the tone of Gary’s book and the personal stories throughout. A lot of books are too ‘sciency’ for the regular reader. He provides a good overview to educate his peers.” - Katherine Golden, RN and executive director of Leaf411, a free, nonprofit hotline with nurses who can help answer questions about safe and legal cannabis use.

Colorado Springs resident Gary Morse, 76, published an ebook to educate seniors about cannabis use, including how to use it safely and effectively.

Morse, 76, holds a degree in physiology and has a background in education and the drug treatment industry. “My college research was in the field of marijuana on the visual system, so I have a formal background in biochemistry and brain physiology,” he said. A nod to its title, Morse organized the book into a class schedule, starting with a “first period” glossary of marijuana terminology, followed by overviews of the history, science, legal and social aspects of cannabis. There’s a break for lunch with a seminar on edibles, and the day ends with a “sixth period” class in psychology, health and safety, and the POT Principles: procurement, opportunity and type. “You have to know where you are, what you’re taking, who you got it from, and how much to take,” Morse explained. He clarified that his guidebook is about advising, not advocating, use. The book takes a neutral approach, giving positive and negative examples, including reactions from first-time users. “This is a safety manual for seniors to help them have a safe, satisfying experience and not end up in the ER,” said Morse. “For anyone, firsttime use is a risk, but it’s particularly true with seniors if they don’t know what they’re doing.” When it comes to the different types of

cannabis and dosage, the topic can be confusing. Morse deSeniors who haven’t used marijuana since the tails in the ’60s or ’70s don’t realize how strong cannabis book. products are now. A doctor that prescribes “Medicmedical marijuana informed Morse that many inally, a lot of times people take one or two gummies and end value has been up in the ER, or become frightened and call a found in cannabidiol, friend. a byproduct taken from “That’s because the percentage [of the THC hemp that does not have strength] is totally different now. The stuff used THC. They discovered it helped mediate epilepin the ’60s was probably 1-2 percent, maybe 3 tic seizures in children,” said Morse. “Beyond percent in strength. Now it’s approaching 30 that, it’s used for local pain relief and skin condipercent,” Morse explained. tions with topical salves.” Plus, both dispensaries and doctors don’t “THIS IS A SAFETY MANUAL FOR SENIORS TO HELP typically take the time to advise their cusTHEM HAVE A SAFE, SATISFYING EXPERIENCE AND tomers on usage and NOT END UP IN THE ER.” dosage. “If you buy a 10 mg gummy, you should probably cut it into quarters Morse recommends edibles for seniors and only take 2.5 mg to start,” said Morse. “This because they can quantify the doses and don’t is a potent thing; it’s not like having your first have to smoke anything. However, he warned beer.” that not everyone will like it. ■ Morse included anecdotal stories—humorous and otherwise—to represent seniors’ personal experiences.

MEDICINAL V. RECREATIONAL USE Marijuana use among seniors in the U.S. rose tenfold over a decade as more baby boomers use it to treat a range of ailments, including aches and pains, anxiety and depression. “There’s a lot of literature about pain relief, especially with cannabis indica, which has more of a tranquilizer effect,” said Morse. “I find many seniors like indica for relaxing, sleeping better, minor aches and pains, and appetite stimulation.” While recreational marijuana is typically used to help with relaxation, it can also help make movies, art and music more interesting. There are three main types of cannabis, which

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of the fallen soldier Will America heed the lessons of its fallen heroes or seek more war? By Lynn Gendusa


t’s doubtful anyone loved their country more than the fallen soldier. He was the warrior who one day walked onto a battlefield with a fierce determination to protect and defend his beloved America, only to never return to its shores. Excluding the Civil War, we’ve lost nearly 700,000 service members on battlegrounds because of such courageous love. These soldiers were born into families that were of different religions and different ethnicities. They were Republicans, Democrats or neither. However, those differences mattered little because they were all in the same mud, the same trenches, experiencing the same horror and fighting together to save their country. They gave their lives to defend equality for all, the right for all religions to worship, and for America to have the freedom to speak and vote. Courage has no color and no voice. Bravery is born of the heart, which believes there is no greater love than a person laying down his

life for another. We need to look no further than the 700,000 graves scattered across this world to see headstones depicting such love. My daddy always said, “When our country starts losing its way and folks no longer take pride in America, that’s the day war will begin, or a tragedy will occur to wake up the spirits of the fallen soldiers. It is the day we become unified and one. Our backyard debates and political party arguments go silent. We all realize at that critical time what matters most is saving our land of the free.” When my father was 13, his widowed mother ran a boarding house near Jamestown, Tennessee. He was the youngest of four children who regularly helped his mom with the chores and duties of running the inn. “Ray, you need to go to the train depot in the car to pick up Sergeant York and take him to his home,” she yelled from the kitchen. That’s right—the same Sergeant Alvin C. York, World War I hero and recipient of the Medal of Honor,



THE SERGEANT TOLD STORIES ABOUT HIS SERVICE TO THE AWESTRUCK YOUNG BOY WHO WOULD LATER BECOME MY PATRIOTIC FATHER. among numerous other awards. In 1927, most 13-year-old boys knew the story of the famous Tennessean who stood exposed to gunfire from German machine gunners atop a hill in northern France. Nine of the 17 men in his unit fell as a barrage of bullets tore through them. Quickly, York led the charge to attack the hill along with the remaining soldiers. Being an expert marksman, Sergeant York silenced 35 machine guns and took 132 Germans as prisoners. Also, in 1927, if a 13-year-old knew how to drive a car, he took the wheel. As Ray inched toward the train station, snow began to fall in Jamestown. Undeterred, as soon as the Sergeant got off the train, the boy proudly saluted him. Ray Walker drove 11 miles to York’s farm as the snow started to settle on the roads. When they arrived, the Sergeant stepped from the car and told the lad to come in from the cold. As the snow and ice accumulated, Sergeant York sent word to Ray’s mother explaining why her son would stay with him until the weather cleared. It took nearly four days for the roads to be drivable. During that time, the Sergeant told stories about the war and his service to the awestruck young boy who would later become my patriotic father. Daddy always declared that when Sergeant York talked about his infamous battle, he spoke with deep sadness about the comrades he did not save on the hill that day in France. Yes, the Sergeant was a renowned hero. But within his heart, he remained a man without pretense or pride, humble enough to make sure a young stranger was safe. Gary Cooper won an Academy Award for his portrayal of this remarkable man in 1941. After all the fame and accolades, the ailing Sergeant tried to enlist once again

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to fight in World War II. Perhaps if each American paused to remember folks like Sergeant Alvin Cullum York, or the hundreds of thousands of soldiers whose remains lie over battlefields all over the world, we might become a more grateful, thoughtful nation. If we teach our children the personal tragedy of war, they may come to understand the importance of peace. All fallen soldiers have a story to tell of their heroism. They came from all corners of the United States and gave their lives for us. It is vitally important to keep telling their story because we might garner enough courageous love to heal a divided country if we listen. Do we need war or tragedy to unite us again, or might we learn a valuable lesson from the spirits of our fallen American soldiers? ■

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Why do men want to date much younger women? Dear Old Bag: Last month someone wrote in questioning whether she needed to go to church or not. She felt she was spiritual and that the church she belonged to previously had been filled with church rules. I had a similar experience with a church in the past. Now, I’m in a good Bible-based church, where all are welcome and they don’t have a bunch of man-made rules. My advice to her is to not give up on churches, just find the right one. Church really helps me to grow stronger in my faith. Signed, GB Dear GB: Every so often this topic comes up and gets lots of attention. Like I wrote last month, I believe you can be a good person without going to church. What you do with what you learn in church is the most important thing. Do you drive out of the church parking lot yelling at some little old person who cut in front of you? Do you cheat others? Do you help the less fortunate? You’ve got the picture. Just going to church doesn’t fit the bill. You have to live it! OB


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Dear Old Bag: I’ve been friends with this person for 20 years. I will still remain friends with her, but she is so tiring! I need to vent. I hear from her three or four times a week. She tells me every little chore she’s done. She made the bed, she cleaned out a drawer, she cleaned the floor, had her coffee and then she says good-bye. She has never once asked me how I am or what I’m doing. Sometimes I just want to shout “Don’t you ever wonder about me?” What do you do with a friend like that? Signed, Fed Up Dear Fed Up: I’m surprised you’re still friends! Evidently, you’re the bright spot in her week. It appears she leads a pretty boring life if all she has to share is the mundane daily chores. One day, I might be inclined to say to her before she hangs up, “My friend, aren’t you a little curious about what I’ve been up to or how I am feeling?” She’s probably totally unaware that she’s self-centered! I’d like to commend you for being such a loyal friend. Usually in a friendship both derive some pleasure. No one would blame you if you moved on from her. Life is short! OB ■



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ummer is heating up, and many areas have already loosened COVID rules and mask mandates. As we’re all tempted to spend more time outdoors, don’t forget to use sunscreen safely and effectively as part of a complete sun protection strategy. Though no single sun protection method is foolproof, research has shown that sunscreen not only reduces skin cancer risk but also helps prevent premature skin aging caused by ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.

DECODING THE LABEL Sunscreen options may seem endless, with many brands, formulas and ingredients to sift through. However, that means everyone can

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be appropriate. The second thing to check for on a label is “broad spectrum,” which means the product protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Both types of UV rays cause damage that can lead to skin cancer. Once you’ve done that, you can decide on other qualities based on personal preference and lifestyle. For example, a mineral-based product containing zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide is better for sensitive skin, and less likely to cause skin reactions than some other active ingredients. However, some people prefer sunscreens which utilize ingredients like avobenzone and octisalate and can be easier to apply than mineral formulas. Many sunscreens combine both types of active ingredients. Sunscreens also come in lotion, powder, spray and stick form.

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he fastest and healthiest way to lose weight and shrink your waistline is to exercise more. The problem is, some people can’t or don’t feel well enough to work out due to a health issue or injury. So, if you’re more sedentary than you used to be and the pounds are piling up, the next best thing is to eat smaller portions at each meal. Try cutting back portions by 10 percent each meal until you’re eating a healthy amount, and no longer over-eating. Also, try “closing your kitchen” earlier—say, at 7 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. My kitchen used to be open 24/7, and I’d find myself making almond butter and jelly sandwiches at 4 a.m. and going back to sleep. As embarrassed as I am to even tell you that, everyone knows that 2020 was a hard year, and stress eating was something many, if not all, of us did. Increasing metabolic rate and burning fat will help you feel better in 2021. Here are a few ideas: 1. Peppermint essential oil. This is such an easy thing to do—just sniff peppermint essential oil (or even spearmint) every 2 or 3 hours. Research has proven that certain scents will make your mouth water, and others like peppermint actually suppress appetite. 2. Rooibos tea. Try having a small cup of rooibos tea (hot or cold) with dinner. Rooibos is naturally decaffeinated, and the herb contains “aspalathin” which reduces cortisol. Cortisol is what leads to belly fat.

SCENTS SUCH AS PEPPERMINT ACTUALLY SUPPRESS APPETITE 3. Green tea. Green tea is easy to drink or take as a supplement. Catechins and caffeine activate the sympathetic nervous system which makes you feel less hungry and burns fat and calories. Matcha tea has a much stronger benefit than green tea because it’s not an infusion of the tea leaves—it’s the actual tea leaves themselves that are crushed to make matcha! 4. Cinnamon. Cinnamon can support healthy blood sugar levels by acting like insulin. It shuttles blood sugar out of the blood and puts it into the cells where it belongs. When your blood sugar is more balanced, you crave fewer foods. 5. Hang a picture. Hang a picture of yourself at your desired weight (maybe it was 3 years ago, maybe 30 years ago). Put it on the fridge or cabinet door. Every time you go to grab a snack, you’ll be reminded of your goal. While this might not work every time, if it stops you from snacking two out of five times each day, multiplied by 30 days, that means you will have dramatically reduced snacking each month! It may sound silly, but it’s a great little trick to try and is something that will help you keep your eyes on the prize. ■

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COMFORTABLE IN MY SKIN Submitted by Dillon Cook A married couple was in a terrible accident where the man’s face was severely burned. The doctor told the husband that they couldn’t graft any skin from his body because he was too skinny. So, the wife offered to donate some of her own skin. However, the only skin on her body that the doctor felt was suitable would have to come from her buttocks. Owing to the sensitive nature of the situation, they all agreed that they would tell no one about where the skin came from. After the surgery, everyone was astounded at the man’s new face. He looked more handsome than ever. All his friends and relatives

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GOLF BALL Submitted by Bobby Dickenson “How was your golf game, Jack?” his wife Tammy asked. “Well, I was hitting pretty well, but my eyesight’s gotten so bad I couldn’t see where the ball went.” “You’re 75 years old, Jack,” she admonished. “Why don’t you take my brother Scott along?”

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MORNING COFFEE Submitted by Carla Johnson One morning, a grandmother was surprised to find that her 7-year-old grandson had made her coffee. Smiling, she choked down the worst cup of her life. When she finished, she found three little green Army men at the bottom. Puzzled, she asked her grandson, “Honey, what are these Army men doing in my coffee?” Her grandson answered, “Like it

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THE THIRD WISH Submitted by Rachel Murray A man was sitting alone in his office one night when a genie popped up out of his ashtray and said, “And what will your third wish be?” The man looked at the genie and said, “Huh? How can I be getting a third wish when I haven’t had a first or second wish yet?” “You’ve had two wishes already,” the genie said, “but your second wish was for me to put everything back the way it was before you made your first wish. Thus, you remember nothing because everything is the way it was before you made any wishes. You have one wish left.” “Okay,” said the man, “I don’t believe this, but what the heck. I wish I was irresistible to women.” “Funny,” said the genie as it granted his wish and disappeared forever. “That was your first wish, too.”

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any buildings in Colorado Springs have historical significance, but not many come with a side of thickly sliced bacon and a mug of freshly brewed coffee. Located at 900 E. Fillmore St, Colorado Springs, Omelette Parlor has served up spectacular meals and friendly service for the better part of three decades. It was originally home to Ruth Etting, a popular singer and actress of the 192030s, who moved there in 1938. Etting and her husband initially turned the building into the T-Bone Club restaurant. It later became The Hackney House and eventually the Omelette Parlor in 1993. Featured in the restaurant is a display case of Etting’s photos and memorabilia. She was particularly famous for singing hits like “Shine On, Harvest Moon.”

The hit of this long-time favorite eatery is definitely the food. “This year we won again for best breakfast in the ‘Best of the Springs’ awards for 2021. That’s the 27th year in a row!” said Susan Whitlock. Whitlock has managed Omelette Parlor and the attached O’Furry’s Sports Bar & Grill for more than


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20 years. During that time, she’s acquired many favorite menu items. “Anything with our homemade pork green chili. That’s kind of our specialty,” she said. “Our thick-cut bacon is a big hit and our orange juice, which we squeeze fresh all day, is very popular.” Richard McCormack and his wife are proud regulars of Omelette Parlor. His go-to dish is the farmer’s breakfast with fruit. “We’ve come here for many years,” he said. “We like the Dee Dee Gage along with Koreyona Kinzy and Bobby Hadden go to the Omelette Parlor weekly. atmosphere. The food

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is outstanding and the people who work here are very friendly.” And the eatery isn’t just limited to breakfast. Technically, the establishment is two restaurants in one. While Omelette Parlor serves generous portions until 1 or 2 p.m., the bar at O’Furry’s opens at 11 a.m. with lunch, wings and bar foods. Theoretically, a patron could start with a 6 a.m. breakfast at Omelette Parlor, head back for lunch, then return for O’Furry’s happy hour and stay for dinner and entertainment.

ADAPTING TO COVID In addition to its food, O’Furry’s would typically feature DJs and live music. However, COVID forced the restaurant to pause live music and dancing for the time being. “But it’s coming soon!” Whitlock said. “We do have poker on Monday and Wednesday nights, and karaoke’s back on Thursday nights now. We also have a volleyball court outside.” Even so, the pandemic has impacted the restaurant industry badly, according to Whitlock. “But we are blessed to have

such great clientele who definitely supported us through this, especially with takeout meals,” she said. “Most of my staff is back working with us as we get back to normal capacity.” Whitlock has seen a lot throughout her more than two decades in the restaurant industry. This past year has provided some of her best and worst moments as a general manager. “Our customers and employees are the best part, for sure. We have a strong following, positive support and great feedback from the community,” she said. “It’s been challenging for the public to understand the restrictions that we’re enforcing to stay open...but it’s super important for us to maintain safety for everyone.” As restrictions continue to loosen, more customers are allowed to safely enjoy the Omelette Parlor and O’Furry’s. “This is the best place to eat in town if you ask me!” said Dee Dee Gage, another loyal customer who eats at the Omelette Parlor weekly. “I love the hospitality and the customer service. The egg dishes, and the crispy, thick bacon are the bomb!” Omelette Parlor and O’Furry’s are located at 900 E. Fillmore St, Colorado Springs. Stop by or visit and for menus. ■


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WATCH THOSE HANDS We’ve all seen videos where a human is “tickling” or using their hands to play with a tiny kitten. While it can be amusing to watch a fluffed-up little creature defending itself, every time you use your hands to play, you’re actually training your baby to attack hands. Often that behavior generalizes into attacking feet or other uncovered parts of the body.

Playing with your hands can set your kitten up for a lifetime of conflict with humans. It won’t be cute when you have an adult cat who thinks you want to interact by biting or scratching. Biting is a common reason that cats are given up to shelters. We humans are like Godzilla to a five-pound kitten. If you or a grandchild grabs Bella to play fight or force her into situations where she’s scared and can’t get away, she may feel trapped into defending herself. Roughhousing can also freeze her response to the person scaring her, only to have it emerge with another family member when you least expect it. This is known as redirected aggression and can be especially dangerous and confusing.


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roots make good contact with the earth. If you’re using drip lines, now’s the time to set them in place. Whatever watering method you use, tomatoes prefer to be watered from below. Last, create a trellis by tying a strong twine to the end stake, just a few inches off the ground. Pull the twine across one side of the plants; it should sit nicely alongside the plants below the first branching stem. Wrap it all the way around the middle stake then continue on towards the other end-stake; wrap it twice around, then pull the twine back toward the middle along the other side of the plants. Wrap it around the middle stake, then pull it towards the stake you started with, again hugging the opposite sides of the plants, and secure it tightly. The end result is a line of twine that’s wrapped around your entire row of tomatoes. Gently pull the branching stems up and over the twine so that the plants’ lowest stems are supported by it. If your starts are tall, add another line of twine a few inches above this bottom one. Repeat this process as your plants grow taller, pulling the


branching stems above the twine so that the plants are fully supported. Keep caring for your plants as they grow by pinching off suckers and weeding.

WHY THEY’RE CALLED THREE SISTERS With origins in Mesoamerica, these three crops have co-evolved over thousands of years. Planting them together continues to be both a symbol of our connection to plants and a convenient and effective way to grow corn, squash and beans. Sweet corn, dent, flint or flour

corn is the “big sister,” providing support for climbing, nitrogen-fixing pole beans. Beans pull nitrogen from the air into the soil, benefiting all three plants (Corn likes a lot of nitrogen!). Finally, squashes’ large leaves act as a living mulch that keeps the soil cool and moist and suppresses weeds. To attract beneficial insects and deter squash bugs, add more “sisters” like sunflowers, nasturtium, bergamot and marigold. Plus, they look pretty.

HOW TO PLANT THEM Start by soaking corn seeds in water for a few hours before you plant them. Consider growing an organic, heirloom variety of sweet corn, popping corn or flour corn. Corn is heavily industrialized, and we gardeners can each do our part to preserve and perpetuate some incredible yet fading varieties. Use your finger to make 3- to 4inch holes, 6 inches apart. Leave at least a foot of spacing around the

outside of your corn “grid” as this is where you’ll plant the other sisters. Wait for your corn to start coming up. Once sprouts are 4 inches tall, sow a row of pole beans around the perimeter of your grid. Finally, around the edge of your bed, create small mounds of soil, 18 inches apart, and sow three squash seeds in each mound. Later, if all three sprouts come up, you can thin your mounds so that one strong plant comes up from each mound. The squash plants will spread outward and you’ll need room for weeding and harvesting; opt for bush beans in place of squash anywhere you’re limited in space.

WAIT UNTIL MAY 9 Be careful not to plant your warm season crops too soon! Tomatoes, peppers and basil are especially sensitive to cold. While they may survive a few cold nights, it’ll take them longer to bounce back. Wait until at least Mother’s Day to transplant these garden favorites, and have a few bed sheets on hand to cover garden crops in case of late spring freezes. ■ Show us how companion planting plays out in your garden! Share your photos on Facebook and tag @la50pikespeak

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Step into Tom Sawyer’s World Visit the town that inspired Mark Twain By Diana Barnett


ast summer, my daughter, grandsons and I made an emergency trip to Indiana to help my mother, who had fallen and fractured her kneecap. It was in the midst of COVID, so we decided that driving was the better option, even though the trip would take us two and a half days from Colorado. We planned our route based on low COVID case numbers, and found ourselves driving through many small towns due to their safer statistics. On the second night we found ourselves in Hannibal, Missouri, the town that inspired Mark Twain to write his two classics, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” It turned out to be one of the most picturesque stops on our trip.

SAILING THE MISSISSIPPI We hadn’t planned to stop for sightseeing, but this little town presented some great learning opportunities for my grandsons, Liam, 8, and Landon, 11. So, we planned a stop in Hannibal on the way home. Luckily, we pulled into Hannibal just before the last riverboat made its sail down the Mississippi River for the afternoon. We took seats on the sparsely populated top deck and enjoyed our ride down the famous river that divides the nation. Our voyage took us past the old ice plant, where ice was once cut from the river and delivered to iceboxes all over town, as well as on board boats to keep things fresh. From the ship’s deck, we also saw the entrance to the cave, which was visited by Tom Sawyer and Becky Thatcher in Twain’s book. Later, our excursion took us past Jackson’s Island, where Huckleberry Finn and Jim hid from the law.

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The author’s daughter, Kate, and grandsons, Landon and Liam, ride the Mark Twain riverboat down the Mississippi.

THE LIFE OF SAMUEL CLEMENS The well-kept town was both quaint and colorful. Most things were within walking distance. Its well-preserved historical buildings were located in the Mark Twain Historic District, which bordered the river. We began our self-guided tour at the wax museum, which offered a narrated life-size display of all of Twain’s family members, as well as the locals and characters who appeared in his stories. Neither of my grandsons wanted to continue on to the haunted house section of the museum after standing too close to Injun Joe during the audio program. We spent most of our time at Samuel Clemens’ (Mark Twain’s real name) boyhood home and museum, which included access to nine sites for the price of one ticket. We were further pleased to see that only a limited number of visitors could enter at the same time. The Clemens’ home was a modest two-story, clapboard structure. It was one of the larger historic homes in Hannibal, featuring several small rooms that had once housed the town’s most famous resident


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RIVER TOWN WONDERS The museum’s second story offered a replica of an old steam ship steering room and a wall-sized window that looked onto the Mississippi. Another surprise was the museum’s large gallery of Norman Rockwell paintings. What connection did Norman Rockwell have with Mark Twain? It turns out that Rockwell had been commissioned to illustrate a second printing of “Tom Sawyer” and “Huckleberry Finn” in 1935. We purchased abridged versions of both of Twain’s famous books. Landon entertained us by reading them aloud on the drive back to Colorado. ■

The author’s grandsons took a turn painting the fence made famous in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”




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n life, we aren’t always certain if we’re making wise decisions. Especially when it comes to raising children, we often second-guess ourselves, questioning, “Did we do enough?” Did we teach our children all they need to know to make a good life for themselves and their families? As mothers, we pray we made the “right” decisions that both demonstrated love for our kids while also preparing them for adulthood. As a mother of six, there are many times I question if I did right by my children. It helps if you have a mate that helps with those decisions, along with divine guidance from the Lord. It also helps when your kids tell you of the impact you had on their life. I share this article, written by my daughter, Launa Owen Odom, to encourage you as a mother, grandmother or great-grandmother to lean on the Lord. If we trust in God, he will make it good for our children as well as for us. “Blue skies greet me as I walk out the door of my church on this beautiful Mother’s Day morning. My four daughters walk ahead of me in their pretty clothes. I marvel at how blessed I am to have them in my life, even though I sometimes feel overwhelmed. As a single par-

ent, there are days that I question whether I have the strength to raise them on my own. I pray daily for God’s guidance and help. Thankfully, when I was just 5 years old, he sent the answer to my prayers. My stepmom was everything a young girl could hope for: kind, patient, loving, beautiful, graceful, and most importantly, a child of God. Her love for her Savior was apparent in everything she did. She was all these things because of three women in her life: her mother, Dolly, and her aunts, Ruby and Mary. These women shaped and molded her into the strong woman she is today. They taught her morals and values and instilled in her a love for all around her. It’s because of them that I now have the tools to help my girls become godly young women. To mothers and grandmothers reading this article, God bless you for bringing up your children with love and respect. In doing this, you leave a wonderful legacy that will be passed on for generations. This article is dedicated to my mother, Kay Owen Larson, my Granny and my wonderful aunts. Thank you for all that you’ve done to make me the mother I am today.” Have a blessed Mother’s Day! ■

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fter writing last month about what to look for in a new TV, I had a number of readers ask for a similar guide to help them shop for a new computer. So, welcome to the non-geek’s guide for finding the right computer for your needs. There are many factors to consider, so I’ll get straight to the good stuff. In the future, I’ll compare computers to tablets and Apple vs. Microsoft products, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll focus on Windows (Microsoft) machines for now.

SPECS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN BRAND The most common question I get asked about computers is, “Which brand is best?” Computers are like cars in that every manufacturer produces different models of machines. Dell, HP and Lenovo all produce budget computers that barely perform the most essential functions, such as browsing the internet and managing email. Unfortunately, all manufacturers sell some extremely underpowered computers, so shopping for the lowest price can be a waste of money. Likewise, all manufacturers also produce luxury computers that exceed the needs of everyone except astrophysicists and mechanical engineers. The objective is to find a computer that does everything you need but also has enough performance for future needs.

THE ONLY THREE SPECS THAT MATTER FOR MOST USERS ARE PROCESSOR, RAM AND HARD DRIVE CAPACITY. exchange between Scotty and Captain Kirk on “Star Trek”). And, most of the specs you see in an ad don’t have any relevance to the day-today performance of the computer. The only three specs that matter for most users are processor, RAM and hard drive capacity. Suggested specs: • Processor: Intel i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher) • RAM: 8GB (or higher) • Hard drive: 512GB (or higher)

PROCESSOR The processor is the information engine of the computer. Like engines, processors vary by performance thresholds. While engines are measured in horsepower and cylinders, processors are measured with standards such as gigahertz (GHz) and cores. While the power of your engine doesn’t matter when driving 25 mph through a residential neighborhood, the ability of your car to accelerate, start quickly and carry heavy loads are all factors to consider. The processor’s power doesn’t have much impact on the basic tasks, but it can help your computer run smoother and more efficiently, especially when you’re multitasking.



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HARD DRIVE Now, imagine only retaining phone numbers, addresses and names in your temporary memory. The computer’s hard drive serves as the computer’s long-term storage. Photos, documents and default settings are all stored on your computer’s hard drive. Most people have well under 100GB of personal data stored on

their computer, but programs, web browsing, email and backup data also take up a lot of storage. It’s important to have enough extra space to allow your computer to retain system information and history on the hard drive.

BELLS AND WHISTLES Many other specs will be listed in computer ads. The computer’s video card will impact what games it can play. The number and types of ports will determine which and how many devices you can connect to the computer. However, the three specs I described above are the most important. Even the most standard offerings of these specs will be enough for basic tasks like creating documents, browsing the web and looking at digital photos. ■

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he COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an almost unprecedented housing affordability crisis. Today, 1 in 5 renters and 1 in 10 homeowners with a mortgage are behind on payments. An extension of the foreclosure and eviction moratoriums in connection with the presidentially declared COVID-19 national emergency was extended to June 30, 2021 for single family homes through HUD and FHA mortgages. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a temporary halt in residential evictions to prevent further spread of COVID-19. This hold on rental evictions is effective through June 30, 2021 as well. Mortgage and rental assistance scams are prevalent due to COVID-19. Scam artists are openly taking advantage of seniors in difficult circumstances: online, on the phone, and even in person. Homeowners and renters who are approached by someone who offers to help them for a fee should be cautious. Seniors facing foreclosure might be tempted to retain the services of a loan modification company to help them obtain more favorable terms on their loan. Before doing so, the Office of the Attorney General encourages consumers to bear in mind several facts about Colorado law and the fact that they may be able to accomplish a modification without hiring anyone. When dealing with a loan modification company, remember: • It is illegal in Colorado for a loan modification or renegotiation company to charge you an upfront fee if you are more than 30 days behind on your mortgage. Ongoing or monthly service

charges also are forbidden under Colorado law; these companies can only charge you once their services are completed. • Never stop making your monthly payments. Consumers who do so could find themselves in foreclosure. • Do not ignore communications from your lender. Most lenders have loan modification programs that can help you save your home. In some cases, all a borrower needs to do is call the lender and provide some current financial information. Or contact a HUD Certified Housing Counselor. • Beware of any advice from a loan modification company urging you not to contact your lender.

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The Seven Wonders of Manitou

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May 8

Past, Present & Future of Rodeo

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May 10

Medicare 101

Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments presents a Zoom meeting about Medicare, covering the basics of eligibility and enrolling in Medicare A, B and D, as well as the differences between Medigap and Medicare Advantage Plans. 4-5:30 p.m. | Free | | 719-471-7080

May 12

Ageism in the Workforce, Health Care and Community

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May 14

Reminiscent Souls with Suga Bear

Enjoy a night of funk, soul, R&B and Motown with Reminiscent Souls with Suga Bear. Watch in person at Stargazers Theatre, or livestream the concert from home. Doors open at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. | 10 S. Parkside Drive, Colorado Springs | $40 (four seats); $7 livestream | 719-476-2200

May 14

UCCS Curiosity Unlimited Lecture

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May 14-16 Birding & Nature Festival

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Yoga and Hiking Day Retreat

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Age-Friendly Communities in Colorado

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Watercolor Techniques for Painting Water & Skies 9-11 a.m. | Tuesdays | $47

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Greccio Housing to open affordable senior housing complex in Northeast Colorado Springs Greccio Housing will provide new apartment homes to seniors 62 and older with incomes of 60 percent or less of the area median income. Currently under construction, the Atrium at Austin Bluffs will consist of 54 units: 12 two-bedroom and 42 one-bedroom apartments with accessible units on each floor. Located in a beautiful neighborhood at the corner of Austin Bluffs and Templeton Gap in northeast Colorado Springs, the property features multiple common areas for gathering and activities, mountain views from a rooftop deck, and fitness and wellness centers. To join the interest list, call Sylvia Bihler at 719-419-5601, email atriuminfo@ or visit www.greccio. org/the-atrium-at-austin-bluffs. Female spousal caregivers wanted for UCCS Aging Center focus groups Are you caring for a spouse diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia? Consider joining a focus group at the Aging Center at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Each focus group will consist of five to eight female spousal caregivers of loved ones with dementia and will meet for approximately 45 minutes to talk about their feelings and emotions. Everyone will be encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings about being a caregiver. Participants will receive a $10 Amazon

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UCHealth announces new online fall prevention program The Aging with Independence & Mobility (AIM) program is a new online program that provides helpful information and resources for preventing falls. In the program, a physical therapist will demonstrate how to get up from a fall safely and how to manage stairs, curbs and inclement weather, with an emphasis on educating participants on balance and strengthening exercises. AIM will also review home modifications, appropriate footwear, medication management, use of assistive devices, and the importance of adequate vision to reducing fall risk. Participants can take the program virtually at home or in person. AIM is free for all participants and is intended for those over the age of 50 who are at risk of falling. For more information, email injuryprevention@uchealth. org or call 719-365-2872. First James Turrell Skyspace in Colorado set for installation in Green Mountain Falls A captivating new Skyspace by James Turrell, the legendary light and space artist, broke ground April 24 in Green Mountain Falls. Opening this summer, the installation is the first skyspace in Colorado and the first to be nestled into the side of a mountain. The skyspace will be composed of natural stones and

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Karol Whitlow with Legend Senior Living serves lunch to seniors at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. Photo courtesy of the Colorado Springs Senior Center at or by calling 719-520-7880. Pikes Peak Library District continues virtual programming Pikes Peak Library District offers the following senior programs in May. Most programs are virtual and require preregistration. Visit www. or call 719-389-8968 for more information.

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Magnavox DVD/VCR, model DV220MW9 $50. Sony Digital AV Home Theatre Stereo Receiver, model STR-K502 $50. Sony CD/DCD player, model DVP-NS-300 $25. Sony Satellite speaker & subwoofer, model SSMSPI speakers, Model SA-WMSP1 $50. 719599-8303.

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We’ve added another day to shop at the all-volunteer Bargain Box thrift store, 405 S. Nevada Ave. Now open on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks required. Discover dozens of exceptional deals throughout the store. Your purchases support our community’s children and families through Assistance League of Colorado Springs’ multiple philanthropic programs. Thank you! ECW THRIFT HOUSE Spring has Sprung! Come shop our Spring Selection- Hours are 10 am -4 pm Thurs thru Saturday. Now accepting children’s items. Upscale thrift store selling gently used merchandise. Come shop! Profits benefit local charities! Seniors get 20% Off! 1027 S. Tejon Street, 719-6325278, Also, Check us out on FB! “ECW Thrift House.”

LIFT CHAIRS - comfortable and Safe, new and used, available with heat and massage, delivery services available. Call Go Mobility for an appointment 719203-4396


Interested in giving back to your community and having fun? VOLUNTEER WITH AARP Driver Safety – a program that helps older drivers stay safe on the road.* Sign up today to be an Instructor for our AARP Smart Driver Classroom course: • Training is easy and resources are 100% provided • No Special skills or AARP memberships required • Teach at least 3 courses a year, on your own schedule

BECOME A VOLUNTEER TODAY! For more information on becoming an AARP Smart Driver Course Instructor, visit

NOW HIRING! Caring Individuals who can safely transport our students to and from school. Competitive Pay/ Health Benefits/Weekends & Holidays Off. Paid CDL Training. For more information go to D49.ORG/CAREERS or call 719-495-1159.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS ALLIANCE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS age 50 and older. You can make a difference in the MS Community. For more information, please call 719-633-4603.

Make your life a little easier! Choose from 3, 5, or 7 day meal plans. Only $9.75 per meal delivered to your home at lunchtime by friendly volunteers that also do a check-in. Anyone age 60+ can register for Silver Key Home Delivered Meals by calling 719-884-2370.

PRIME OF LIFE YOGA @Who Gives a SCRAP community room @810 Arcturus Drive. Beginners welcome. Tues/Thurs. Donation: $5/10.00. Info: or 512-626-0432.


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MORE THAN A HANDYMAN. Home Maintenance, Repairs, Yard Work & Organize. 20% SENIOR DISCOUNT (62+). Call Mike - a Senior and Veteran. 719-338-4279. I wear a mask, CDC Guidelines. Voice mail answered same day. ANDERSON HOME REPAIR+REMODEL Expert handyman services, 40 years of quality work, carpentry, doors, trim, drywall, power washing, decks, painting, staining and more. Senior Discount. 719331-4320 GOODMAN HANDYMAN. Decks, fences, electrical, tile, windows, doors, tub-to-shower, drywall, cabinets, plumbing - all jobs considered. How can I help you? Senior/Vets Discounts. Call me first! Free advice - will save you money! 719-244-2871

Home Delivered Meals

Convenient. Freshly prepared.

Repairs • Basement Finishes Kitchen or Bathroom Remodeling

VOLUNTEER AT SILVER KEY to help provide seniors with meals, rides, client support, food pantry support, and veterans support. Office staff and materials support also needed. Please apply online at:

HOME REPAIR Dave’s Home Improvement All Kinds of Home Maintenance Repairs 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE U.S. NAVY VETERAN

HANDYMAN SERVICES. ODD JOBS Plumbing, Carpentry, Fences, Decks, Doors, and more. (Mowing or yardwork in the spring and summer.) John 719471-7471. MIKE’S HANDYMAN SERVICE is ready to Help You in Colorado Springs! Call or Text Mike Whalin 605-391-8375 (please leave message and I will return your call)

INSURANCE SERVICES Do you Need Dental Coverage? I represent UHC. Humana and Cigna/ Delta Dental. Shop and compare Plans from $17. month Bruce Schlabaugh 719 749-1541, bruce.schlabaugh@gmail. com


LIFT CHAIRS GIVE SAFETY & COMFORT in your home. Go from sitting to standing without aid. New and used lift chairs are for sale, available with heat and massage. Call Go Mobility for an appointment 719-203-4396. Delivery services available. OXYGEN CONCENTRATORS, $600. with Warranty. We sell portable concentrators and oxygen supplies. Equipment repair + servicing. ASPEN CONCENTRATOR REPAIR SERVICE, 3112 Century St. (off Fillmore) 719-471-9895 Electric Wheelchair, Jazzy Select 6. Used once. New battery and charger $1,000. 719-591-6689 leave message

MUSIC LESSONS NEVER TOO OLD OR TOO YOUNG to learn! Guitar lessons available – beginning through advance. $25 per half hour, once per week typical. Online lessons available. Electric/acoustic. 30+ Yrs experience playing, teaching. or call 719337-3594


HOUSECLEANING EXPERTISE HOUSECLEANING, reliable and trustworthy. Senior personal care services are also available. Please call Karen 719-434-2922. RESIDENTIAL HOUSECLEANING. ALL supplies included. Affordable, fully insured, 20+ years experience with many references. 719-377-1142

INSURANCE SERVICES CHOOSE THE BEST HEALTHCARE Finding the right health insurance can be overwhelming. You need confidence that you’re fully covered for medical and health, especially if you become seriously ill or injured. Licensed sales agent Bruce Schlabaugh will find the best plan to fit your budget, your needs and your lifestyle. To get started, call 719-749-8541 (please leave message)

Let me help you with your real estate plans to maximize success and minimize stress. Call for my discount programs for buyers and sellers.

Your Home, Your Way! Nancy M. Fuller REALTOR®, SRES

719-337-9201 Each office is independently owned and operated

BEN IS BUYING HOUSES. If you would like a quick, no-hassle cash sale for your home in “as-is” condition and for a fair price, please text or call me so we can talk. Ben 719-492-1671

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SENIORS LOVE HELPERS that arrive at the door! If you do heavy lifting, climb ladders, painting, cleaning, cooking, or hair care, place an ad in Life After 50. Readers are hunting for your services! 719-900-7664. Judy Trout 719-332-8811

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TREE REMOVAL, TREE TRIMMING and stump grinding. 24/7 Emergency Service available. Text or Call Ben’s Landscaping 719-492-1671.




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VINTAGE ITEMS WANTED. TOYS, comic books, children’s books, dolls, movie and music posters, Halloween, guitars and amplifiers, and plastic model kits. I’m a collector, not a business. 719633-5848 or 719-440-9288.

Water heaters replaced, leaky pipes fixed, toilets or faucets replaced, sprinklers repaired.


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CASH FOR OLD BANKS AND TOYS, presidential pin back buttons, Simpich dolls, military insignia and memorabilia. Will buy single items or entire collections. 719-632-9904.


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1950s-1960s LP’s, 78’s AND 45’s. Blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, country, Broadway, movie soundtracks, TV, R&B, soul, children’s, spoken word, etc. I’m a collector, not a business. Call me first - I pay the most for your records. 719-6335848 or 719-440-9288

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Meal Menu

Home Delivered Meals Menu

May 4 – Hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion, carrots, coleslaw, diced pear Connections Café meals are currently “Grab and Go.” Meals must be requested in advance for the following week by calling 719884-2300. Mondays - Pick up frozen meals at St. Andrews Church in Manitou Springs, Woodland Park Senior Center, Pikes Peak Towers and Colorado Springs Senior Center. Tuesdays - Pick up meals at Holiday Village, Centennial Plaza, Acacia Park Apartments and Westside Community Center. Wednesdays - Pick up meals at Fountain Valley Senior Center, Villa Santa Maria, Tri-Lakes Senior Center and Silver Key. May 4 – Hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion, carrots, coleslaw, diced pear May 5 – Pork chow mein, brown rice, winter blend vegetables, whole wheat roll, pear May 6 – Honey curry chicken, wild and brown rice, peas and carrots, broccoli slaw, apple May 7 – Salmon with lemon and dill, sweet potatoes, broccoli, banana, chocolate chip cookie May 10 – Chicken cordon bleu, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, mandarin orange May 11 – Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, California vegetables, whole wheat bread, apple

May 12 – Pesto cod, oven-roasted potato medley, broccoli, tropical fruit salad, whole wheat roll

May 5 – Pork chow mein, brown rice, winter blend vegetables, whole wheat roll, pear

May 13 – Chicken teriyaki, brown rice, peas, Asian cabbage slaw, apple

May 6 – Honey curry chicken, wild and brown rice, peas and carrots, broccoli slaw, apple

May 14 – Beef tacos with lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, salsa, pinto beans, applesauce

May 7 – Salmon with lemon and dill, sweet potatoes, broccoli, banana, chocolate chip cookie

May 17 – Cheese ravioli with marinara, Bahama vegetables, tossed salad, peaches, raisin nut cup

May 8 – Chicken pot pie with buttermilk biscuit, lima beans, tossed salad, pear

May 18 – Lemon pepper cod, brown rice pilaf, peas, three bean salad, mandarin orange

May 9 – Meatballs with marinara, pasta, broccoli, whole wheat roll, strawberries

May 19 – Beef burrito with green enchilada sauce, black beans, Spanish rice, mandarin oranges, raisin nut cup

May 10 – Chicken cordon bleu, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, mandarin orange

May 17 – Cheese ravioli with marinara, Bahama vegetables, tossed salad, peaches, raisin nut cup May 18 – Lemon pepper cod, brown rice pilaf, peas, three bean salad, mandarin orange May 19 – Ham salad on whole wheat bread, cream of mushroom soup, spinach mandarin salad, strawberries May 20 – Meatball sub, vegetable soup, cauliflower, orange May 21 – Chicken a la king, jasmine rice, green beans, carrot raisin salad, apple May 22 - Chicken cordon bleu, sweet potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole wheat roll, mandarin orange May 23 – Baked ham, sweet potatoes, broccoli, whole wheat bread, peaches May 24 – Breaded chicken sandwich with lettuce, tomato, vegetables, salad, pear

May 20 – Meatball sub, vegetable soup, cauliflower, orange

May 11 – Turkey salad sandwich on croissant, minestrone soup, broccoli sunflower salad, apple

May 21 – Chicken a la king, jasmine rice, green beans, carrot raisin salad, apple

May 12 – Pesto cod, oven-roasted potato medley, broccoli, tropical fruit salad, whole wheat roll

May 26 – BBQ chicken, baked potato soup, peas and carrots, three bean salad, apple

May 13 – Chicken teriyaki, brown rice, peas, Asian cabbage slaw, apple

May 27 – Baked ziti with sausage, Bahama vegetables, Caesar salad, orange, raisin nut cup

May 14 – Beef tacos with lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, salsa, pinto beans, applesauce

May 28 – Pico lime cod, lemon herb rice, carrots, coleslaw

May 24 – Breaded chicken sandwich with lettuce and tomato, California vegetables, salad, pear May 25 – Beef Bourguignon, mashed potatoes, broccoli, roll May 26 – BBQ chicken, baked potato soup, peas and carrots, three bean salad, apple May 27 – Baked ziti with sausage, Bahama vegetables, Caesar salad, orange, raisin nut cup May 28 – Pico lime cod, lemon herb rice, carrots, coleslaw

May 15 – Honey curry chicken, wild and brown rice, peas and carrots, broccoli slaw, apple May 16 - Pork chow mein, brown rice, winter blend vegetables, whole wheat roll, pear

May 25 – Beef Bourguignon, mashed potatoes, broccoli, roll

May 29 - Cheese ravioli with marinara, Bahama vegetables, tossed salad, peaches, raisin nut cup May 30 - Chicken teriyaki, brown rice, peas, Asian cabbage slaw, apple




For seniors’ sake, protect the innovation that brought us COVID vaccines By Saul Anuzis


he breakneck pace of COVID-19 vaccine development will go down in history as one of the great triumphs of modern medicine. These vaccines have marked a turning point in the pandemic response—particularly for high-risk populations like seniors. Not long ago, it was unthinkable that two safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines would be authorized for use in the U.S. by December 2020. Before COVID-19, the fastest vaccine ever developed took four years to reach patients. In addition to their quick development, the authorized vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have proven roughly 95 percent effective at protecting against illness. Both are essentially 100 percent effective against hospitalizations and death. These numbers far sur-

pass public health experts’ wildest expectations. For seniors, these vaccines have offered hope in an otherwise bleak time. To date, roughly 8 in 10 deaths from COVID-19 have been among Americans age 65 and older. The vaccine campaign advanced so rapidly for a number of reasons. Government support was certainly a factor, as was the massive global cooperation among scientists that the pandemic spurred. But the effort could not have succeeded without the research ecosystem that pharmaceutical firms have nurtured for decades. Moderna researchers have been refining mRNA technology since the company’s inception in 2010. Meanwhile, the founders of BioNTech, the German firm that partnered with Pfizer to create an mRNA vaccine, have been study-

ing mRNA for over 25 years. The time and money these companies invested into research provided the building blocks to develop effective vaccines in record time. Innovation is an arduous undertaking. Fewer than 12 percent of drugs that reach clinical trials receive FDA approval. Accounting for this high failure rate, developing just one viable medicine takes nearly $3 billion over the course of more than a decade. Despite the enormous risks involved, drug companies continue to invest heavily in innovation, and because they do, we’re able to envision a post-pandemic world. Lawmakers should keep this in mind the next time they consider reorganizing the pharmaceutical

sector in the name of lowering prescription drug prices. Recently, a bill that would peg American drug prices to those paid abroad known as H.R. 3 has been gaining popularity. But reforms like these wouldn’t benefit patients. By imposing foreign price controls, H.R. 3 would divert money away from research, dramatically slowing the pace of innovation. That, in effect, would make it challenging for firms to respond to the next crisis. Seniors are often the principal beneficiaries of medical innovation, from cancer treatments and diabetes management to vaccines for shingles, pneumococcal illnesses, and now COVID-19. Standing in the way of such progress pits lawmakers against the solution to today’s and tomorrow’s gravest public health threats. ■

Saul Anuzis is the President of 60 Plus Association. The piece was originally published by the Southern California News Group.

Celebrate Life.

At Aspen Trail, we offer more than just a community, we offer all-inclusive independent retirement living. Designed exclusively for adults 55 and over, we take care of everything with one monthly price and no buy-in fee, so you can enjoy the good things in life.

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CONNECTIONS Hearing loss shouldn’t keep you from connecting on the phone. With a CapTel phone, it is easy to catch virtually every word. You see captions of your call, so you can always follow what is being said.

CapTel 2400i For use with high-speed Internet and telephone line.

CapTel 840 For use with analog telephone lines.

CapTel 880i Ideal for low vision. For use with highspeed Internet and telephone line.

Order a CapTel phone, contact CTP (Communications Technology Program) Phone: 855-767-6128 (toll free) Email: Website:

* Available for Internet-based CapTel only. FEDERAL LAW PROHIBITS ANYONE BUT REGISTERED USERS WITH HEARING LOSS FROM USING INTERNET PROTOCOL (IP) CAPTIONED TELEPHONES WITH THE CAPTIONS TURNED ON. IP Captioned Telephone Service may use a live operator. The operator generates captions of what the other party to the call says. These captions are then sent to your phone. There is a cost for each minute of captions generated, paid from a federally administered fund. No cost is passed on to the CapTel user for using the service. CapTel is a registered trademark of Ultratec, Inc.

Spring into Your Next Chapter “We have found Summit Glen to have a great social network with a great selection of activities. The managers and staff are outstanding and very attentive to our needs. The housekeeping and maintenance of the building are excellent and the property is kept up beautifully.“ ~ Bill & Kay MacEnulty

“I no longer have to concern myself with property that has become more than I can manage, or living alone. I enjoy the many new acquaintances I’ve made here, and my children don’t have to worry about my well-being anymore. I can come and go as I please, and if I don’t make an appearance at several meals, someone will check on me. But mostly, I chose Summit Glen above all others because of the family.” ~ Joseph Conway

“I love just about everything about Summit Glen! The kind caring management, the friendly residents, and the light and neatness of my room are just a few. I’m free to come and go as I like and the excellent bus service for transportation gives me peace of mind. They offer so many activities and it’s up to me if I want to participate or not. I call Summit Glen my new home.” ~ Rita Pedron


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