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ometimes you receive something that is so catchy, you want to share it. For example, in this article, the young man said to his mother: “What was your favorite fast food when you were growing up?” Her answer was: “We didn’t have fast food when I was growing up. All the food was slow. We ate at a place called home. Grandma cooked every day and when Grandpa got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table. If I didn’t like what she put on my plate I was allowed to sit there until I did like it. I had to have permission to leave the table.” If you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren. Growing up isn’t what it used to be. Some parents NEVER set foot on a golf course, never traveled out of the country, or had a credit card. Some kids had a bicycle—only one in their whole lifetime—and it only had one speed. There were no televisions in the house for years and when they came in style, the picture was black and white. The first pizza available was called pizza pie. When you took a bite, it burned the roof of your mouth and the cheese slid off. Pizzas were not delivered to homes, but milk was. All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers. It cost 7 cents a paper. They had to get up at 4 A.M. every morning and on Saturday, they had to collect the 42 cents from each customer. Their least favorite customers were the ones who were never home on collection day. The old Royal Crown Cola bottle had a top with a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. It was the typical bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to sprinkle clothes because there were no steam irons.
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How many of these do you remember? Blackjack chewing gum Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water Candy cigarettes Soda pop machines that dispensed glass bottles Coffee shops or diners with table side juke boxes
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• Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers • Party lines • Newsreels before the movie • P.F. Flyers • Butch wax • Telephone numbers with a word prefix (OLive-6933) • Peashooters • Howdy Dowdy • 45 RPM records • S&H Green Stamps • Hi-fi • Metal ice trays with lever • Mimeograph paper • Blue flash bulb • Packards • Roller skate keys • Cork popguns • Drive-ins • Studebakers • Washing machines with wringers; and washtubs for rinsing This has been circulating online for years and we have no idea how it came to be but, at our ages, we recognize some of the items listed above. We may be older than dirt but these carry some of our fondest memories of childhood. ST Kitty Maiden is a staff writer for Seniors Today.
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Seniors Today 360 S. Yonge , Street Ormond Beach, FL 32174 Phone: (386) 677-7060 Fax: (386) 677-0836 Website: seniorstodaynewspaper.com Published by Schillinger Enterprises, Inc. Chairman Of The Board David Schillinger General Manager Bonnie Schillinger Editor Bonnie Gragg Staff Writer Kitty Maiden Seniors Today is published and distributed free every other Friday to inform, entertain, and serve those over the age of 50. Deadlines: The deadline for advertising is Friday, 5 P.M., one week prior to the Friday publication date. Advertisements and copy: All advertisements and copy is believed to be truthful and accurate. Seniors Today reserves the right to edit, revise, or reject any advertising and/or submitted articles for publication. Advertisements are the sole responsibility of the advertiser. Advertisements and copy in Seniors Today are not meant to be an endorsement of any product, service, or individual. All editorial copy and by lined articles are the opinion of the writer and are not necessarily the view, opinion, or policy of Seniors Today. Errors and Omissions: Neither the publisher nor the advertiser are liable for mistakes, errors, or omissions. The sole liability of Seniors Today to an advertiser is to reprint the corrected ad in the next issue. Copyright Warning: Pursuant to Federal Copyright Law, all material contained within this publication which was created, designed, composed, written, typeset, imageset, or prepared in any way by Seniors Today remains the sole property of the publisher and cannot be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of Seniors Today. This pertains to the duplication of either advertising or non-advertising material. Notice of copyright appears on page one of this and all issues.
What’s Happening Around Town… Free Caregiver’s Days Need a break from caregiving? First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach is providing two free Caregiver’s Day Out that includes food, fun, and special attention for care receivers. The days are from 9 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Sat., May 14 and Thurs., June 9 at First United Methodist Church of Ormond Beach. For details, call Sherry at 386-677-3581, ext. 311. This is a wonderful opportunity for caregivers to have a break and know that their loved ones are being taken care of in a safe and loving environment.
Eldercare Planner You are invited to a free workshop hosted by Grand Villa, 535 N. Nova Road, Ormond Beach with discussion on veterans benefits, pre-planning, and crisis planning presented by Carlos Dias, Jr., Eldercare Planner with Secure Planning, Inc. The workshop will take place on Wed., May 18 at 11 A.M. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to 386-868-0723.
Natural Smile Seminar Do you have missing teeth or ill-fitting dentures? Come find out if dental implants are right for you. Questions about the cost and how the implant surgery is done will be answered, plus much more. The seminars are scheduled for Thurs., May 19, 4 P.M. at the office of Florida Oral & Facial Surgical Associates in Palm Coast and Wed., June 22 at 4 P.M. in Daytona Beach. Make your reservation by calling 386437-6885.
Home Buyers Potential home buyers can learn about Volusia County’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) during a free workshop from 6:30–8 P.M. Wed., May 18, in the first-floor training rooms of the Thomas C. Kelly Administration Building, 123 W. Indiana Avenue in DeLand. County staff, housing counselors, and lenders will be on hand to tell potential home buyers if they qualify to purchase an NSP home. Light refreshments will be served. Using more than $5 million in federal stimulus funds, Volusia County has purchased and renovated 35 foreclosed homes throughout the county. The homes are in move-in condition and available for sale. Financial assistance is available to qualified first-time home buyers. Advance registration is required and may be made by calling 386-736-5955. You can learn more about the county’s NSP program, visit volusia.org/nsp
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Sock Hop Party
Don’t miss this event! Ormond In The Pines, 101 Clyde Morris Blvd., Ormond Beach will host a Sock Hop Party on Thurs., May 19 from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. Wear your t-shirts and poodle skirts and come out to enjoy 50s diner-style hamburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and root beer floats. There will be a live DJ and entertainers, classic cars, and you can meet racing legend Ray Fox, Sr. For more details, call 386-676-7463.
Do you know the true answers to questions about long-term care costs? You are invited to a free informational workshops on government benefits planning for payment of long-term care hosted by Chiumento, Guntharp, & Selis, P.L. on May 24 at 2 P.M. in Palm Coast and June 14 at 2 P.M. in Daytona Beach. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Call 386-868-5337 to RSVP and reserve your space.
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ARC will host a series of free seminars in May on taking a holistic approach to pain relief with acupuncture and physical therapy. For topics, dates, reservations, and locations, please call Sandra Wood at 386-675-8406. The seminars are open to the public.
The Ormond Beach Senior Games Staff is in need of volunteers willing to contribute a small amount of the time to the Olympic style senior games which take place Oct. 22–30. Clerical and event staff positions are available. If interested in volunteering for the games, please call event Chairman, Dolph Veatch at 386235-4788 or Vice Chairman Sandra Nurse at 386-445-8382.
Lunch Bunch Holy Cross Lutheran Church at 724 Big Tree Rd. in S. Daytona sponsors a Lunch Bunch every Thurs. beginning at 12 noon through the end of May. Just $4 gets you lunch and bingo with nonmonetary prizes. Reservations are required by noon the Tuesday prior. Please call 386-767-6542.
Clean-up Day Volusia County is looking for volunteers to help with its 23rd annual spring cleanup of the Halifax/Indian River shoreline. The event begins at 8 A.M. Sat., May 14, at 15 sites. Last year, 703 volunteers hauled away 11.5 tons of trash along 56 miles of river bank. Trash bags will be provided to all volunteers. Participants are encouraged to bring water and wear sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen, work gloves, and comfortable clothing. They also may bring rakes and vessels to get onto the water. For more information, please visit www.volu sia.org/ cleanup or contact Fulton at 386-736-5927, ext. 2729.
Birthday Bash You are invited to help celebrate the Boardwalk Amusements first anniversary celebration on Sat., May 28 from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. The Boardwalk Amusements are located along the ocean on the historic Daytona Beach Boardwalk adjacent to the pier and amongst the shop stalls along the boardwalk. Just look for the 100 foot Ferris Wheel. Enjoy free hot dogs, sodas, prizes, games, and more. For more information, please call 386-254-5020.
Ribbon Cutting Join Always Best Care Senior Services for a ribbon cutting on May 20 at 4 P.M. at 2561 Moody Blvd., Ste. B in Flagler Beach. Find out about the free RN assessment for yourself or a family member. For more information, please call 386-437-0200.
Parkinson Association The Parkinson Association of Greater Daytona Beach is pleased to announce that Dr. J.A. Van Gerpen, MD a neurologist and specialist in movement disorders and clinical neurophysiology with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, will be addressing the Parkinson Association on Parkinson’s disease and gait freezing. The event will be held at Bishop’s Glen Retirement Center (auditorium) at 900 LPGA Blvd. in Holly Hill on Wed., May 25 from 2 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. Reservations for this event are suggested. For more information on this or other upcoming Parkinson Association events, you may contact Vince Kinsler at 386676-6375.
Support Group Look Good/Feel Better Trained cosmetologists are available to help women undergoing cancer treatments with makeup and accessories. Co-sponsored by the American Cancer Society, this group meets at Florida Hospital in DeLand. The cost is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Call The American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345.
What A Trust Does Not Do
evocable living trusts are useful to some people. Irrevocable trusts also provide certain benefits, although their uses are different from those of revocable trusts. The difference is that a revocable trust can be amended or revoked, while an irrevocable trust cannot. Some people believe trusts offer benefits that they do not offer. Assets owned in a revocable trust are deemed owned by the grantor of the trust, whether the grantor is the trustee or a beneficiary. Consequently, if a creditor obtains a judgment against a person, owning the assets in a revocable trust offers no protection. If a decedent leaves an estate subject to estate tax, owning the assets in a revocable trust does not remove them from the estate. If one enters a nursing home and requires government assistance, such as Medicaid, having assets in a revocable trust is no different from owning them in the person’s name. If a married person dies leaving assets to somebody other than the spouse, the surviving spouse can file an election to receive a portion of the decedent’s assets, including assets held in a revocable trust. While irrevocable trusts can sometimes be used for removing assets from
one’s name in some of these circumstances, it’s not automatic. Florida law does not provide a self-settled asset protection trust. If a person places assets in an irrevocable trust, and is the beneficiary or has rights regarding the trust assets, they are not protected from the person’s creditors. In the Medicaid situation, assets may be considered removed from a person’s name if the irrevocable trust was created five years before
Elder Law …by Michael A. Pyle
the application. Four states offer selfsettled asset protection trusts, but they are quite complicated and expensive, and require a trustee in the state. In summary, a trust in Florida does not remove assets from a person’s name for most asset protection purposes.
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Hello, Human Calling! by George Goldtrap love today’s technology. It provides life with far more flexibility and convenience than times past. It lets me see our grands when we phone chat. It helps me stay healthy. It eliminates needless travel and needless paper. I could go on but you know… it’s marvelous. But… (there’s always a catch isn’t there?) The technology also has its drawbacks, the main one being its lack of a human touch. While I can see the value of some automation on the telephone, the almost endless menus and lack of real contact can drive the average caller crazy. Many of these situations seem avoidable, but for some reason they are not avoided. For example: Almost any company call begins by asking you for information to confirm your identity. Reasonable. They then transfer you to the proper department and guess what the first question from that person is… you guessed it… the same identification questions. Usually the first operator will say they are seeking the information in order to bring up your account. Well okay… but if the next department’s operator is going to need that same info, why can’t it be passed along? Aren’t they all on the same main-frame computer? This was my experience with the recent call from a health care provider. They called to ask about our health and their service… this despite the fact that we have not been their client for a long time; this despite the fact that we have advised them, at least 10 times that we are not and don’t want to be their client and that we should be removed from the client call list. Just try explaining that to a robot. I was unsuccessful in explaining it even to a human… albeit a not to concerned human. Just yesterday I called an office supply company to simply update my profile. I have a new phone number. I tried to inform the folks at the store but it seems they have no access to the profile and I’d have to make the changes via the company website or via phone. Guess what! The phone directs me to the website. Does that seem a little dumb to you? So I went to the website… the impossible website. First, and please note this all you companies that operate in Florida, we are not a state of youngsters. We are largely retirees with 65, 75, and 85 year old eyes. We cannot see 4 point type. We have difficulty with 8 point type. If you want us to read it… start with 10 or 12 point type. Please explain that point to your 25 year old ad personnel. Granny can’t see as well as you! On the website, (with 4 point type), I was asked a myriad of questions, to confirm my identity. (Funny… when I go in the store to buy something they could care less about who I am as long as I have funds.) My answers didn’t suit the robot so I could not get in to update the information the company deems so important. I believe a human and I could have worked it out, (or maybe not), but there was ‘nary’ a human in sight. After several minutes of trying I gave up… dumped the website and concluded they were probably not going to
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Based on Life-only annuity income, male annuitant with $100,000. Payout amounts for female applicants will be different. In the states of MA and MT, payout amounts do not differentiate male and female life expectancies. For other income plans and premiums less than $100,000, the payout rates will be lower. Payouts are subject to change and exclude premium state taxes. Oregon policy number is 203-169.
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call me anyway… and if they do they won’t reach me with the now non-existent number. Tuff! Just as frustrating is when I call to ask a simple question and am first drilled by menus and robots for preliminary information that is totally irrelevant to my request. Please… please… listen to the client/customer. If you won’t do that you don’t deserve my business!
Happy Talk …by George & Peggy Goldtrap Then there are the tele-panhandlers. Yes I said pan-handlers, for that’s what they are. They don’t know me from Adam and I usually don’t know them… and they think I’m gonna give them my credit card over the phone! They’re nuts! They are ill-informed, maybe scam-artists, nuts! Why would anybody shell out to a total stranger with dubious credentials or questionable causes? “Hi. We’re calling a few folks in your neighborhood to tell them how important it is for your pet to have a non-allergenic walking leash. By the way… the first 100 callers are getting an all expense paid trip to Bora Bora for the 2012 dog calling competition, (in local languages), and if you act now we’ll double our offer of a free earring for your cat. CLICK! It’s especially annoying when they begin with trivial dribble like …‘How’s your day going?’ I should be honest and tell them it was going fine until I got their unsolicited, annoying call. So, I say hooray for technical advance but I give three Chinese cheers, phooey, phooey, phooey, to its misuse, overuse, and improper use. Good management should know the difference.
Finally, today I called the AAA, American Automobile Association. The first question their robot asked was whether I’d like to speak English! Really! Isn’t this the American Auto Association? Why would I be speaking some other language? To those robo-dialers or the vacant-eyed associates behind the counter, with their nonchalant I’m not listening and I don’t care attitude; looking around at everything and at everybody but the person with the wallet; who could care less that I am their client or customer… I want to remind them…I’m the profit. You’re the overhead. Click! (Sound of phone hanging up.) ST George & Peggy Goldtrap are actors, speakers, and writers living in Ormond By The Sea FL. Contact them at georgegold firstname.lastname@example.org
Credit Card Fraud
emember the day when having a credit card was the safest way to carry around your money? Now that piece of plastic is worth its weight in gold for the thief, who only needs to lift the numbers off the card, or they can steal the card outright. There are the obvious rip-offs regarding credit card fraud. For instance the case of two women Volusia County Deputies just busted for stealing credit cards right out of the victim’s purse. The pair would befriend a woman while she was doing her shopping. Then, while one of the thieves did the talking, the other dipped into the open pocketbook of the “mark” and stole her credit cards, then wasted no time treating themselves to a shopping spree on her cards. A good way to protect yourself is to take out the single credit card you are going to use, and leave your pocketbook in your locked trunk (not on the front seat which it could attract a smash-n-grab robbery). Make sure your credit card is in a safe place and can’t fall out. If you do bring your purse, never leave it open. Thanks in part to the WiFi phenomenon, there are an increasing number of cases where the credit card number is stolen. There are so many places you can access free WiFi which gives you the freedom to connect to the internet with no wires—the airport, coffee shops, RV parks, and even McDonalds. There is little security and ample opportunity for cyber-thieves to inter-
cept valuable credit card information you are putting out over the WiFi while making purchases or renting a car or making a hotel reservation.
From The Sheriff
…Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson When you take your computer into a place offering public WiFi, even if you aren’t using your computer you can still be hacked. Remove the wireless card, or click “disable” on your wireless network icon. Here’s a little known solution that’s actually been around for years. It’s called a virtual credit card. It’s a free service offered by several credit card companies. It allows you to give Internet retailers a substitute credit card number that has the full backing of your credit card. When you are ready to shop, a randomly generated number is generated. Once you are done e-shopping, this temporary number disappears. If your credit card is stolen, don’t waste a minute in reporting it to your credit card company. Believe me, the thieves aren’t wasting anytime using your stolen plastic. If you do report the theft by phone, make sure you write a follow-up letter. Be sure to follow these tips so we can help in the fight to deter credit card fraud in Volusia County. ST
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De-Clutter Your Medicine Cabinet
he end of winters’ flu, cold, and cough season brings the beginning of springs’ medicinal needs. This new season has a whole new set of challenges such as sun, insect bites, and allergies. It’s a good time to de-clutter your medicine cabinet and stock your supply for spring. Take inventory. Check expiration dates and dispose of expired medicines. They can lose their effectiveness and in some cases can become dangerous. Nearly empty bottles can create clutter. There may not even contain enough medicine for a full dose—dispose. Get rid of items that were not sealed or stored properly. Improperly stored medicines could partially evaporate leaving them more concentrated and dangerous. Having duplicates of items creates more clutter. If you want to keep more on hand, move them out of the medicine cabinet and into a larger storage area. Be sure all medicines are stored out of reach of children. Old prescriptions or partially used prescriptions should not be saved. Talk to your pharmacist about a safe disposal method. Consider what to add for spring and summer activities. • Sunscreen with SPF protection. • Aloe Vera to treat burns and scrapes.
• Insect Repellent to keep bugs at bay. • Heating and cooling packs for sprains and strains. • Allergy medications for allergy sufferers. • Band aids • Antiseptic wash and wipes. • Ointments or antibacterial creams.
Life …by Kathy M. Bryant It is recommended to keep an updated first-aid kit available for emergencies and to keep it portable. Taking time to free up space in your medicine cabinet now will get you ready for many hours of enjoyable spring activities. ST
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orecasters are predicting aboveaverage hurricane activity this year, with nine hurricanes forming in the Atlantic basin between June 1 and Nov. 30 and five of them developing into major hurricanes. “Since 2004, Volusia County has been affected by four hurricanes, a tropical storm, two major tornadoes, and several heavy rain storms that produced severe regional flooding,” said Charlie Craig, Volusia County’s emergency management director. “These events have shown us the importance of being prepared.” Craig urges residents to create a family disaster plan and start stocking their disaster supply kits. As added protection, residents should consider purchasing flood insurance and signing up for emergency telephone and e-mail notifications. Create a disaster plan After a disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away. In some cases, it may take three or more days for help to arrive. A disaster plan will prepare your family for these difficult times. Discuss your plan as a group so everyone understands what to do in the event of a disaster. Your family may not be together when a disaster occurs, so choose a place where you could meet after a disaster. Designate an out-of-town contact family members can call to provide updates.
Decide now where you will stay if an evacuation order is issued. Arrange to stay with friends or relatives who live well inland if possible. You will be more comfortable there than in a shelter. For those who have no alternatives, Volusia County will set up hurricane shelters throughout the county. A disaster can be especially difficult and scary for young children. Assemble a “kid’s activity survival kit” so they will have things to do. Items may include a few of their favorite books, crayons and paper, scissors and glue, a toy, stuffed animal, board game, and a deck of cards. If someone in your household has a disability or special need, take additional steps to protect them. Create an emergency kit that includes an extra supply of prescription medicines, a list of medications and their dosages; an extra set of eyeglasses and extra hearing-aid batteries; an extra walking device, wheelchair batteries, and oxygen if necessary; extra copies of medical insurance documents and Medicare/Medicaid cards; and a list of doctors, relatives, and friends who should be notified. ST
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If you receive a call from a salesperson that you don’t want, ask them to put you on their Do Not Call List. Remember it is your telephone and you have a right to limit who you would like to call you.
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Florida residents can take an extra step to cut down unwanted calls by registering their home phone with the state’s “Do Not Call Registry” by calling 1-800-435-7352. No matter who calls you, remember never give your financial information or personal information to strangers over the telephone. With precaution, you can avoid becoming a victim of crime. ST To contact the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, call 386-313-4911
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Those of you who remember the Saturday morning tradition of Wilma and Fred Flintstone, will understand when Ripley is described as having the Dino Syndrome. That was unbridled joy! Now just picture an apricot, curly-haired Dino—lots of yapping, licking, jumping, and illicit love nipping, and you have my entry into my house every time; yes, every time. That being said, this crazy dog will be with me until one of us is not around anymore. Sadly, the stories often heard here at the Halifax Humane Society are punctuated with tears, and cries for help of any kind, rather than joy. The cruel, unstirred economic conditions we are all facing do not
pass over those who own pets. Many times we are the last resort, family and friends are unable to assist, their extended unemployment results in no credit solution, and sometimes all precious items, wedding rings, even wedding dresses have been sold or pawned for pennies on the dollar. That’s when they call the Halifax Humane Society, virtually begging for help. Thanks to your generous donations to our Emergency Medical Fund, we can sometimes provide that needed lifeline. Just last year we invested over $35,000, into the health needs of desperate pet owners. That amount does not even include the tens of thousands of dollars we utilized to provide
free or low cost spay, neuters, and vaccinations. Our organizations and others like ours must have your support to continue providing these critical services. We are not helping provide care for just a pet; we are saving the life of someone’s family and friend. Please help us all save more lives of the sick, and injured beloved pets of those with no place else to turn; donate to the Emergency Medical Fund of the H.H.S. and organizations that meet the same need. Together we can make a difference and saves lives. ST For information on donating, please contact Kate Thomas, at 386-274-4703, ext. 318, or visit our website at www.halifax humanesociety.org
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Use dune walkovers for beach walking and always keep beach activities off the dunes and vegetation to minimize harm to sea turtle nesting habitat. When leaving the beach, make sure to take all of your beach equipment. Flatten sandcastles and fill your holes. These can pose as obstacles to nesting turtles and hatchlings emerging from their nests. Property owners and businesses, as well as visitors to the beach, also are reminded to keep lights off the beach. Volusia County has a lighting ordinance that states no artificial lighting sources can be visible or illuminate the beach at night. “Sea turtles almost always nest and hatch at night,” said Winters. “Because of this, bright lights can cause problems for them on the beach. Artificial lights can discourage female turtles from nesting and can cause hatchlings to become disoriented.” “The baby hatchlings are in the greatest danger because the lights can lead west to roads and parking lots where sea turtles are seldom seen or rescued,” said Winters. “They also can travel long distances north and south along the beach where they encounter predators and expend all their energy needed for their ocean migration.” ST For more information about Volusia County’s sea turtles program, call 386-238-4668 or 2384716. You can also visit www.volusiasea turtles.org
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Q: My dad gave me his Hamilton Victor II Electric wristwatch, which he received when he graduated from Tulane in 1963. I have been told that it is quite valuable. — Sam, Daytona Beach, Florida A: I contacted several vintage watch experts, and they seem to agree that your Hamilton watch is worth in the $300 to $700 range depending, of course, on condition and if it has its original presentation box. *** Q: I love many of the black-andwhite movies from the 1950s and 60s and am trying to find a copy of Viva Zapata with Marlon Brando. — George, New Mexico A: I found several dozen copies of the 1952 film in various formats on eBay, most priced at less than $15.
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A: Most presidential “signatures” on letters after about 1960 are not authentic, most are signed by autopens. To find out if the one you have is real, you should consult a certified expert of autographs. I found a signed Clinton political brochure on eBay for $25. *** Q: I have a signed and numbered lithograph by Larry Patterson of the train station in Blue Ridge, Georgia. Tell me more about the artist. — Cathy, Ormond Beach, Florida A: Larry Jay Patterson studied with Earl Mayan at the Arts Students League of New York during the early 1980s. He eventually taught a mural workshop as an artist-in-residence in Newark’s 15th Avenue public school and was an instructor at the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival in 2004, 2005, and 2007. His work has been exhibited at several libraries in New Jersey. He lives in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, and you might be able to contact him there. ST Write to Larry Cox in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475.
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anice Holly Booth describes herself as an “average working woman who doesn’t have a trust fund to scoop from, or a second income, or even any particularly good survival skills.” Nevertheless, she embarked on an adventure that many might consider unthinkable. For five years, she packed only what she could carry and traveled solo throughout the world. Traveling alone, especially for a single woman, requires an ability to face fears: fear of risk, fear of the unknown and, most daunting of all, the fear of being alone with ourselves. Even after considering all of the dangers, the former CEO of the Girl Scouts Pioneer Council in North Carolina took a deep breath and left everyone and everything behind as she struck out on her grand adventure. How and why she did it is the foundation of, Only Pack What You Can Carry: My Path To Inner Strength, Confidence And True Self-Knowledge one of the most fascinating and exciting travel books of recent months.
While hiking through Northern California, galloping across the fields of Ireland, sharpening her circus skills on the trapeze, experiencing the desert of Joshua Tree National Park, and horseback riding on the beaches of Costa Rica, she sharpened her self-confidence and learned that exhilaration and danger often co-exist. She also discovered the value of solitude and self-discovery. Booth reveals that by traveling alone, she became a stronger, more confident person. The ultimate lesson she learned, however, was that doing something by oneself and for oneself is often the most transformational step of all. For anyone who has dreamed of hitting the road alone, this book could be the ultimate inspiration. As Booth proves, anything is possible if we dare to take chances. ST
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May Is Older Americans Month Special to Seniors Today very May since 1963, people in towns and cities across the country have come together to celebrate the enormous contributions of older Americans—borne of wisdom, experience, and the will to realize their dreams and speak their minds. Older Americans Month is our chance to show our appreciation and support our seniors as they continue to enrich and strengthen our communities. Seniors Today celebrates our seniors in Volusia and Flagler counties not only this month but every month. The theme of this year’s celebration —Older Americans: Connecting the Community—pays homage to the many ways in which older adults bring inspiration and continuity to the fabric of our communities. Their shared histories, diverse experiences, and wealth of knowledge have made our culture, economy, and local character what they are today. The theme also highlights the many ways technology is helping older Americans live longer, healthier, and more engaged lives. In fact, older Americans are more active in community life than ever before, thanks in part to advances in health care, education, technology, and financial stability over the last several decades that have greatly increased their vitality and standard of living. Older adults are out and about giving back and making a difference in their community. Our seniors are mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, taking to heart the need for intergenerational learning to guide and inspire young minds. They offer a take on times gone by not discussed in any history class—a unique perspective that sheds new light on contemporary issues through years of experience. Older Americans step up to help one another as well. Across the country,
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Chicken Soup For The S oul Thank You, Mr. Flagman
he long line of rush-hour traffic snaked its way down the rain-slick street as I glanced at my watch. 5:30! It was the third time this week I’d been late picking up the children, and the babysitter would be unhappy. Well, she’d just have to be unhappy, I told myself. My being late just couldn’t be helped. Nothing had gone right all day, from the dead battery in the car this morning to the secretary’s absence throwing the whole office out of kilter. This traffic jam seemed the perfect ending to a horrible day. All I wanted was to get home and collapse in a tubful of hot, soapy water and enjoy some peace and quiet. I knew the kids would be clamoring for supper the minute we walked in the door, and I’d left the house in such a mess this morning that I really needed to do something about it before my husband got home. Then after supper there’d be dishes to wash and tomorrow’s lunches to pack and a load of laundry that really shouldn’t be put off another day. After that, all I’d feel like doing was falling into bed, just like every other night. I sighed loudly, though there was no one to hear. Lately my life seemed nothing more than a never-ending cycle of chores, work, and sleep, with nothing to break the monotony but weekends filled with more chores. Surely there was more to living than this. I guess I was simply too busy and too tired to look for it. Then I saw him. The lone flagman was standing, barely visible but for his orange vest, in the middle of the street, patiently directing four lanes of traffic as they merged into one. There was something unusual about this flagman, and as I edged my car forward waiting my turn to pass, I realized what it was. Standing in the midst of dozens of impatient motorists, soaked to the skin and getting more drenched with every icy mud puddle splashed on him, he was smiling. At every driver that passed, he not only smiled, he waved. Not many waved back, but some did. A lot of them smiled. As I sat waiting my turn in my warm, dry car, I began to feel ashamed. If this man, who did nothing all day but watch one car after another go by, could stand in the cold rain hour after monotonous hour and still have such a friendly gesture for every single person who passed, what right did I have to complain about
my life? I thought again about what lie ahead of me tonight—a snug house, plenty of good food needing only to be prepared and, most of all, a caring husband and children who I loved more than anything in the world. And tomorrow? Tomorrow I had the opportunity to use my skills and intelligence to perform useful, important work. What kind of life did I have? An absolutely wonderful one. It was finally my turn to pass the flagman. As if on cue, we waved at each other and I smiled. “Thank you,” I mouthed through the window. He smiled and nodded, and I drove on, spirits lifted, attitude changed. In the rearview mirror I could see him, raising his hand in greeting to every car that passed.
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sprain is a stretch and/or tears in a ligament, the fibrous band of connective tissue that joins the end of one bone to another. Ligaments stabilize and support the body’s joints. A strain is a twist, pull, or tear of a muscle or tendon. Tendons are fibrous cords of tissue that attach muscles to bone. A fall, a blow to the body, or similar trauma can produce an acute strain or sprain that knocks a joint out of position, overstretches and, in severe cases, ruptures the supporting ligaments. Typically, this injury occurs when an individual lands on an outstretched arm; jumps up and lands on the side of a foot; or runs on an uneven surface. Chronic strains are the result of overuse –prolonged, repetitive movement of muscles and tendons. People who are overweight, those in poor physical condition, or those who have a history of sprains and strains are at risk for the injury. Though intensity varies, pain, bruising, and inflammation are common to all three categories of mild, moderate, severe sprain. A severe sprain produces excruciating pain at the moment of injury, as ligaments tear completely, or separate at the bone. This loosening makes the joint nonfunctional. A moderate sprain partially tears the ligament, producing joint instability, and some swelling. In a mild sprain, a ligament is stretched, but there is no joint loosening. Typical indications include pain, muscle spasm, muscle weakness, swelling, inflam-
mation, and cramping. Back strain and hamstring muscle strain are among the most common. Rest, ice compress, and elevation will usually help minimize the damage from mild sprains and strains, which may require rehabilitation exercises and activity modification during recovery.
Acupuncture & Physical Therapy Ramon Gutierrez, D.O.M. Acupuncture Physician Though most sprains or strains heal within a week or two, a secondary problem may develop due to compensation or favoring the injury. If pain persists for more than two weeks, or the intensity does not reduce after one week, professional help is necessary. When the injury is deep or severe, it will respond better to deep local treatment. Acupuncture can relieve the injury from a deep level without side effects by dramatically improving circulation, reducing swelling, and initiate healing. The combination treatment with Physical Therapy is necessary most of the time due to underlying structural and mechanical issues rooted in joints that are not moving or a spine that is out of alignment. For more information, please feel free to call 386-615-4800.
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hose in the know are already predicting what will happen with our Social Security Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) in 2012. Theyâ€™re consulting charts and graphics, sharpening their pencils, and guesstimating. At this point thereâ€™s good and bad news, assuming the experts are correct. The good: Weâ€™ll likely get an increase of 1.1 percent to 1.2 percent, the first increase since 2009. The bad: All of it likely will be eaten up by increases in Medicare Part B, which is deducted from our Social Security checks before we receive them. On the other hand, if the Part B increase is larger than the Social Security increase, they wonâ€™t take the difference out of our checks. Supposedly when consumer prices go up, so does our monthly check. A tiny increase apparently means our daily costs havenâ€™t gone up much. For those who havenâ€™t applied for Social Security yet: If you take Social Security before your Normal Retirement
Age, you get dinged for the money you make. You are penalized $1 for every $2 you make above $14,160. That goes up to $1 for every $3 above $37,680. Income from pensions, capital gains, and annuities is not counted. Still, if youâ€™re â€œunder ageâ€? and still working, yet you want to collect Social Security, do the calculations carefully. Call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to have it do the calculations as well. This is no time to be wrong. Remember, too, that youâ€™ll pay taxes on Social Security if your income exceeds a certain amount: $25,000 if youâ€™re single, and $32,000 if you file jointly. COLA figures for 2012 will be finalized in October. Cross your fingers. ST
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What Is Fibromyalgia
he word fibromyalgia can be dissected as follows; “fibro” meaning fibrous tissues (such as tendons and ligaments), “my” meaning muscle, and “algia” meaning pain. About five million Americans of both genders and many races are affected with fibromyalgia; however, eighty to ninety percent of people who have fibromyalgia are women between the age of 35 and 60. While many speculations have been made as to the exact cause of fibromyalgia, none has really been proven thus far. The most logical is that fibromyalgia may be caused by an imbalance of the brain’s chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters. Since neurotransmitters are responsible for helping the brain receive information from other tissues of the body, an impairment of their function can cause the brain to perceive pain coming from a part of the body that has not suffered physical injury. This may be why generalized pain is the main symptom of FMS. It generally occurs throughout the body, although it may start in one region, such as the neck, back or shoulders, and may spread over a period of time. Its intensity varies from day to day and it also can change locations Another major symptom of fibromyalgia is fatigue, which is defined as “never feeling rested no matter how much sleep you get.” Some people feel tired all day and others feel more tired as the day goes on.
Sleep disturbances are common with fibromyalgia. These include trouble falling asleep, frequent awakenings during the night, inability to fall back to sleep, or turning and tossing all night. It is not uncommon to wake up tired and unrefreshed.
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Depression, which is caused by an underlying chemical imbalance in the brain, often goes hand in hand with fibromyalgia. Causes may include frustration of having chronic pain, not being able to cope with simple daily chores, and the feeling of isolation and disbelief from others who do dot understand fibromyalgia. Although there is no current cure for fibromyalgia, better medical understanding of our neurotransmitter process has developed medications such as Cymbalta, Savella and Lyrica that target neurotransmission, which may relieve symptoms to fibromyalgia. Hope is still alive.
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VA Health System Software Upgrade by Freddie Groves
t’s been called VistA, which stands for Veterans Integrated System Technology Architecture, and it is the backbone of the electronic health record system for the Department of Veterans Affairs. VistA has allowed health-care providers to read and update a patient’s records with just a few keystrokes. It can keep track of prescriptions and tests ordered by any VA medical facility, keep special diets straight, handle nursing notes, and improve overall efficiency. Veterans who wish to sign up can get prescription refills ordered online, access their records, and send messages to their health team. It’s part of the Open Source Electronic Health Record, and the VA wants to update it. Therefore the VA has taken the initial steps to award “custodial services” to put an open-source version of VistA in all its many facilities and to upgrade the software. In tech-talk, “open source” means that the software itself is out there in the public domain, and the VA is hoping that others will create comple-
mentary software that will work with VistA. The custodial agent will be the gatekeeper through which all new parts and pieces flow. Dr. Peter Levin, adviser to the secretary and chief technology officer of the VA, described in a long article the “13,000 kinds of medical diagnoses, 6,000 medicines, and 4,000 possible procedures” necessary for them to practice medicine. He says that opening up the source code can “ensure cyber security by exposing code to large communities of technical reviewers.” He concludes that “vendors will have a clear path to the enormous federal healthcare IT market.” Are you nervous yet? Inquiring minds want to know how these “custodians” will be selected, and what criteria they’ll use to “ensure” the cyber security of the information that the software will handle. ST Write to Freddy Groves in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Strange But True by Samantha Weaver
• It was computer guru Jef Raskin who made the following sage observation: “Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining.” • Most people think of Abraham Lincoln as an iconic president and the Great Emancipator, but many don’t realize that he also was an inventor. He was issued patent No. 6,469 for an inflatable device he designed to help buoy river-going vessels over shoals. • An enterprising inventor named Andrew Schneider has come up with the latest geek apparel: a solar bikini. With it, you can tan while also charging up your iPod. No word on whether there are solar swim trunks in the pipeline for men. • J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are so popular worldwide that now they’re not even being writing by Rowling herself. The booming bootleg industry in China seems to have taken the Potter series to heart, creating such titles as Harry Potter And The Leopard WalkUp-To Dragon, Harry Potter And The
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