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Lifestyle

Buzz on in for Reynolds Honey Health

Digest the Potential Benefits of Probiotics

Car Tips Warning Signs a Tire Is About to Go Flat

Looking Back

Remembering the Army’s Fletcher General Hospital

Historical Kennedy Stone House At Salt Fork State Park In the Garden Fast-Growing Vegetables for The Impatient Gardener

Finance

Retirement Saving for Late Bloomers

Wellness

Simple Solutions for a Better Night’s Sleep

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10 Recipes 22 Games & Puzzles 24-25 Crossword & Sudoku Answers 30 Word Search 34 Events 40 The Last Word August is for Augustus

–THE FIRST WORD– “Fairest of the months! Ripe summer’s queen The hey-day of the year With robes that gleam with sunny sheen Sweet August doth appear.” – R. Combe Miller –

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Buzz On In FOR REYNOLDS HONEY Story and Photos by BEVERLY KERR

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... GEORGE HEARD ABOUT A BEE STING THERAPY THEY WERE EXPERIMENTING WITH I N C A N A D A , T H AT M I G H T C U R E ARTHRITIS. HE BOUGHT HIS FIRST HIVE TO SEE IF IT WOULD WORK.

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uzzing bees sound like music to the ears of George and Marcia Reynolds. Since 1972, they’ve had hives of bees and their reason for starting this venture had nothing to do with pollination or honey. George suffered with arthritis after a childhood bout with polio. Doctors told him he would be in a wheelchair by the age of forty. However, George heard about a bee sting therapy they were experimenting with in Canada, that might cure arthritis. He bought his first hive to see if it would work. Obviously, it did, because forty-five years later, George has no signs of arthritis and is quite active as he cares for forty hives of bees. Not all are at his farm as he often places one or two colonies at friends’ houses as a favor to the landowner. Even he admits he blundered through that first colony and suffered some painful bee stings. A fellow beekeeper told him that bees shouldn’t be that nasty. What he needed was a new queen. It worked. With the new queen, the colony became much gentler. Most of the equipment he uses is economically homemade. After he puts on a long sleeve white shirt, he covers his head with a veiled hat. His smoker confuses the bees so he can more easily use a special tool to open the hive. In order to get close to the bees, George also provided a veil for me to wear and no stings were received. The story of honey production centers around the queen bee, who does nothing but lay eggs...500 to 2000 a day! She’s even able to decide which kind of egg she will lay – drone or worker bee. The worker bees gather pollen from a variety of blossoms to bring back to the hive to feed the queen,

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and store for their winter food. Then the housekeeper bee packs it into the cells. To remove most of the water from the nectar, they fan it with the rapid movement of their wings. Beekeepers only take a small portion of their food so we too can enjoy the honey. After George scrapes the honey off a frame, he breaks it into pieces by centrifugal force using an extractor. It flows to the bottom of the extractor and pours from the spigot through a strainer to get out the larger particles. He never touches the honey himself and it is never heated as that would remove helpful qualities. If you use honey for medicinal purposes, local honey created from local blossoms is your best bet. It can even be used to reduce scars after surgery. George doesn’t spray his bees or vegetation so Reynolds honey is chemical free. His wife, Marcia, isn’t eager to work closely with the bees. She helps with bottling and labeling after the honey is harvested. George remarked, “I learn something new each year.” That’s remarkable since he’s been working with bees a long time. When customers comment on how great his honey tastes, he tells them, “I have nothing to do with

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WHEN CUSTOMERS COMMENT ON H O W G R E AT H I S H O N E Y TA S T E S , H E T E L L S T H E M , “ I H AV E N O T H I N G T O D O W I T H T H AT. E V E R Y B AT C H TA S T E S D I F F E R E N T. I T A L L D E P E N D S O N W H AT B L O S S O M S T H E B E E S F I N D.” Photo Top: No surprise that you are greeted at the Reynolds’ home by a bed of flower blossoms for the bees. Photo Bottom: George has about forty bee hives scattered all around the farm. Photo Right: They frequently sell their honey at the local Farmers’ Market.


that. Every batch tastes different. It all depends on what blossoms the bees find.” If you would like to be a beekeeper, talk to someone who has been doing it for years. It’s scary at first so you need someone to encourage you. The local Guernsey/ Noble Beekeepers Association would be the perfect place to begin. In their spare time, George and Marcia have a large garden and two 30 x 56 greenhouses. Heirloom varieties create some unusual plants for their garden. This year George is experimenting with sesame. The seeds came from plants at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. A White Heron cucumber also thrives in his garden. He shared with me a cucumber grown in a water bottle. George also carves wooden horses and has made each child in the family a small barn for their carved horses. Marcia relaxes with crocheting and adult coloring books. It’s easy to see that the Reynolds are busy as bees all year long. Contact Bev at GypsyBev@hotmail.com or follow her blog at www.GypsyRoadTrip.com

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WELLNESS

Digest the Potential Benefits of

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RECIPES

This delicious shrimp recipe is flavorful and simple, making it ideal for barbecue fans who enjoy making their own meals.

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Serves: 4 to 6

Ingredients: Garlic Barbecue Sauce 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided 1 teaspoon chopped garlic 1 cup mild barbecue sauce 2 tablespoons Virgil’s Dry Rub (see below) Shrimp 8 6-inch bamboo skewers 2 pounds fresh jumbo shrimp 1⁄2 cup olive oil 4 tablespoons Virgil’s Dry Rub (see below) 2 lemons, cut into wedges

Directions:

1. In a small pot over medium-high heat, combine 1 tablespoon of butter and the garlic for the garlic sauce. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute, add the mild barbecue sauce and Virgil’s Dry Rub, and heat to a boil. Remove from the heat, whisk in the remaining butter, and set aside to use as needed. 2. Soak the skewers in water overnight. 3. Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails on. Lay 4 shrimp out on a flat surface. Align them so that they are coiled with the tails on the same side, facing in the same direction. 4. Slide a skewer through the shrimp. Run another skewer through the shrimp, parallel to the first

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5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

and about 1⁄2 inch apart. (This will prevent the shrimp from spinning on a skewer.) Repeat this process until all of the shrimp are skewered. Brush one side of the shrimp on the skewers with olive oil, then dust with the dry rub. Flip the skewers over the repeat the process. Place the seasoned skewered shrimp in a container, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Preheat the grill to high heat. Reduce to medium heat and position the skewers over direct heat. Grill for 2 minutes, then flip and grill for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove the skewers from the grill and brush each with 2 tablespoons of the garlic sauce. Serve with lemon wedges.

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RECIPES

Picnics are often pot luck affairs. While standard picnic fare like potato salad and watermelon are always welcome, you can spice things up with these zesty deviled eggs.

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Serves: 4 to 6

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1. Place the eggs in a medium pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, cover the pot and remove from the heat. Keep covered for 11 minutes, then remove the eggs from the water and place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. 2. Preheat a sauté pan. Cut the chorizo into very small dice and sauté until crispy. Set aside to cool. 3. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, hot sauce, cumin, salt, pepper, jalapeño, and jalapeño juice. 4. When the eggs have cooled, carefully crack the shells and peel under cold running water. Slice the eggs lengthwise and remove the yolks, being careful to leave the whites intact. 5. Combine the avocado and egg yolks in a small bowl, and mash together with a fork until smooth. 6. Add the avocado mixture to the mayonnaise mixture and blend thoroughly. Spoon the mixture into each half of egg white. Dust with the paprika, sprinkle with the cilantro and chorizo, and serve.


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Ingredients: 4 Roma (plum) tomatoes 6 strips good-quality lean smoked bacon, cut crosswise into 1⁄2-inch pieces 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 shallots, minced 12 extra-large eggs, beaten until slightly frothy Salt and Freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons finely shredded fresh basil

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1. With the tip of a small, sharp knife, cut out the cores of the tomatoes. Cut each tomato in half crosswise and, with a fingertip, scoop out and discard the seeds. Cut the tomatoes into rough 1⁄2-inch dice.

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2. Scatter the bacon pieces evenly in a nonstick skillet and cook over medium-low heat until golden brown, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the pan and drain on paper towels. Pour off almost all of the fat from the skillet, leaving just a thin glistening. 3. Return the skillet to medium-low heat and add the butter and shallots. Sauté until the butter has melted and the shallots begin to sizzle, about 2 minutes. Add the eggs and cook, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon and scrape the bottom of the skillet, until the eggs form very moist, creamy curds. Stir in the tomato and bacon pieces, season to taste with salt and pepper, and continue cooking to your liking, taking care that the eggs remain on the soft and creamy side. Serve garnished with the basil.

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CAR TIPS

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amount of wear as the other and the same goes for the back tires. Uneven tread on tires indicates that the tire with more wear could be about to go out.

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LOOKING BACK

REMEMBERING THE ARMY’S FLETCHER

GENERAL HOSPITAL “Rese m b l i n g t h e f u n g u s g row t h o f a m u shroom, a miniature cit y was springing up. A building h e re, o n e t h e re, a n d s o o n t h e g eneral outline of 131 buildings could be seen. ” — A rmy annual repor t description of the building of Fletcher G eneral Hospital in the winter of 1942-3.

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n 1805, a young man named Isaac Oldham came wandering down Zane’s Trace in search of land on which to build a farm.At the Wills Creek bridge crossing, he encountered Jacob Gomber and Zaccheus Beatty, engaged in clearing land for what they hoped would become a town. He worked with Story by RICK BOOTH them for a while, helping to clear off lots for sale in what was soon to become Cambridge, but his main objective was to find really great farmland in the wilderness nearby – level land that wouldn’t flood. In the woods three miles north of Cambridge, he found exactly what he thought was the rarest of ideal spots – a 160-acre quarter section of land that

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was largely flat, yet set slightly higher than the valley’s floodplain. For just $200, he bought it. The early bird had gotten the worm! Little did he know then, however, that the same features that led him to snap up the land while Thomas Jefferson was President would, 137 years later, lead Franklin Roosevelt’s federal government to take it back from his Oldham descendants in time of war. In 1942, the U.S. Army desperately needed a good flat piece of land on which to build a city-sized regional hospital for the casualties of World War Two. The acres long-gone Isaac once found were perfect! A few short months after Pearl Harbor, the Army went searching for the ideal place in Southeastern Ohio to build a giant medical complex for its wounded soldiers. Several dozen such hospitals were to be built throughout the United States with the goal of treating both servicemen and servicewomen in facilities reasonably close to their hometowns so they could receive visitors and family support. They could also be allowed to recuperate staying with family while on furlough nearby. The complex the Army intended for this part of Ohio required about 200 acres of fairly level land so that corridors interconnecting the buildings could be easily navigated both on foot and by wheelchair. The Oldham farm, which had expanded its borders over the years, was the best site they could find in this part of the state. So they took it! The Army’s Fletcher General Hospital was actually built in the winter months of 1942-3.The Columbus-based construction company Haig A. Boyajohn and Associates broke ground on the project on November 3, 1942. The Army’s own internal report on site construction reads as follows:


A postcard view of Fletcher General Hospital.

“Grim determination that nothing should be permitted to halt the building of this sorely needed institution The Fletcher train platform and chapel. made possible its completion in the face of weather obstacles that at times seemed unsurmountable. The was dedicated on Memorial Day, 1943. Col. Fletcher’s workers faced one of the worst winters that had been daughter even spoke at the dedication. The hospital experienced in years in this territory. They were stymied then received its first patients in June. By the end of the at every turn by cold, rain and snow. The hospital located Fletcher continues on pg 18. as it is, on the only flat piece of ground for many miles, in the valley between rolling hills, became a quagmire after the heavy rains and snows set in. Because of the intense cold and damp, wet weather, the men were forced to work under tents a great amount of the time. To see one of the large bulldozers mired down to the hubs was not an unfamiliar sight during the early construction days. “In spite of the elements, Major McGavock, Mr. Boyajohn and his associates soon began to show progress, and out of the maze of mud and building materials there began to appear the semblance of what in a few short months was to be Fletcher General Hospital.” In just four and a half months, 131 buildings arose from Find out if you are eligible the fields, not to mention the construction of the roads, for a good student discount with Auto-Owners. sidewalks, water lines, sewers, and electrical system that also had to fall into place. Three of the buildings served as steam heating plants for the others, fueled by up to 36 tons of coal a day. The construction cost was about 4.5 820 Wheeling Ave. million dollars. To get ready for hospital trains, a rail line Cambridge, OH 43725 spur to Fletcher was built off the nearby Pennsylvania Railroad’s north-south line between Cambridge and Newcomerstown. Trains would pull in and unload at the northwest corner of the hospital base, across the street from the chapel. Named in honor of Lt. Col. John Pierpont Fletcher, a career Army Medical Corps officer who had died shortly before the war, the 1,520-bed Fletcher General Hospital

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Fletcher continued from pg 17. war, the facility had grown to 2,000-bed capacity spread out within its then 168-building complex, five buildings of which served to house a German POW camp. The prisoners, brought in in early 1945, did work for the hospital. When peace finally arrived in September, 1945, preparations began for the facility’s ultimate closure. After serving an officially reported 17,608 patients during the war, Fletcher General Hospital shut its doors on March 31, 1946. A few months later, the buildings were reopened as the Cambridge State Hospital, which continued in operation (with its name later changed by merger to “Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare”) for 62 more years until its final shutdown in 2008. Today, only about a dozen of the original 168 buildings remain. The rectangular road grid of the old hospital is there, but where scores of long brick ward buildings once stood, there is now mostly well-tended grass. In newer buildings, the privately run Cambridge Behavioral Hospital occupies part of the northeast corner of the original site. Much of the rest of the north side of the campus is used by the Cambridge Developmental Center,

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a state-run facility which maintains mostly recentlybuilt residential buildings for about 70 individuals with developmental disabilities. The impact of Fletcher General Hospital and its State Hospital descendant has been long and large in Guernsey County’s history. Thousands have been employed there over the years. In wartime, the total staff peaked at roughly 1,400 people – not including the 238 POWs working on shoe repair, laundry, gardening, etc. – about equally split between civilian employees and members of the military. Hundreds of area residents also volunteered services, including the 66 Red Cross Gray Ladies who worked to make patients comfortable and brighten their days in 1945. Today we usually associate hospitals with extreme need for acute care. Insurance companies want people to leave as soon as they are able. But Fletcher General Hospital wasn’t like that. It was largely a place where soldiers could recover from wounds, regain their health, and usually go back to active duty. A 1944 newspaper article cited the statistic that more than 80% of patients returned to service. Those who couldn’t were given physical and occupational therapy to help make the most of their return to civilian life with handicaps. The mortality rate at Fletcher was low. Only 32 deaths were recorded there in three years, including five who came dead on arrival. Many of the other deaths had nothing to do with war wounds. Some were the result of local car crashes, workplace accidents, or other medical problems unrelated to war. If patients were well enough to be shipped back from Europe or the Pacific, they usually survived. Orthopedic rehabilitation and mental recuperation (from what has been called shellshock, battle fatigue, or PTSD through the years) were the main focus of the hospital. This is not to say that there wasn’t a lot of surgery going on, too. Declassified records state that 2,442 operations were performed at Fletcher in 1945, and 2,762 casts applied. Some 90 hospital trains brought in the wounded in 1944. That number increased to 165 in 1945. Besides supplying local employment directly, Fletcher provided a lot of business to Cambridge, to which it was connected by regular bus service. Both military employees and patients on leave would come into town, usually being dropped off or picked back up at the hospital-connected Cambridge Service Center, located in a large house that stood immediately behind today’s post office at 122 South Tenth Street. In April, 1944, John P. Sherby became the first Cambridge native to be


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brought back from the war to Fletcher, no doubt glad to find they had a local bus headed for home. He survived the war and lived to the ripe old age of 89, passing away in 2004, still a resident of Cambridge. There was no shortage of entertainment for the patients at Fletcher during the war. It had its own theater. Free movies were shown regularly, and Hollywood stars and famous big bands showed up at the hospital frequently. Tommy Dorsey and Gene Krupa were there, as was Sammy Kaye and his orchestra in 1945. Among others, film star Boris Karloff visited. So did child star Peggy Ann Garner, fresh off filming A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Besides the Hollywood stars who were famous at the time, there was at least one such unknown future celebrity at Fletcher before he gained national recognition. A young officer in the Army Medical Corps named Joe Flynn was, for a time, in charge of editing the hospital’s locally published newspaper, the Fletcher Features. He would also occasionally entertain patients with his ventriloquism act. Many, though, will better remember him today as the irascible, bumbling Captain Binghamton from the TV sitcom series McHale’s Navy, which ran from 1962 to 1966, back in the days when you could still safely make a sitcom about war. Fetcher’s Joe Flynn can still be found causing humor-filled angst for Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway in various video

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archives on the Internet. As World War Two ended, the patient load at Fletcher shifted from battle casualties to returning American prisoners of war, liberated from both German and, especially, Japanese POW camps. Records appear to indicate that the hospital took in some of the malnourished survivors of the infamous 1942 Bataan Death March in the Philippines. Kept half-starved in jungle camps until 1945, many were freed in the daring Cabanatuan POW Camp raid of January, 1945. Fearing that the Japanese would execute prisoners rather than surrender them as American forces retook the island of Luzon, a force of about 120 Army Rangers slipped 30 miles behind enemy lines to stage the well-planned breakout raid. An American plane was sent over the camp at just the right time to distract guards’ eyes skyward as the Rangers crept within feet of their prey. The raid achieved total surprise with few American or POW casualties, an injury rate the opposite of the nearly 100% who fell on the Japanese side. The Rangers, 489 imprisoned Americans, and 30 more of other nationalities successfully made

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Fletcher continued from pg 19. the 30-mile trek back out to freedom, despite Japanese pursuit. Then they came home. In their flight from the camp, the former POWs took along a few of their most important personal items and mementos. Among these were the Nativity figures they had made for themselves in order to continue to celebrate three Christmases in captivity. Chaplain Kilian Dreiling rescued those figurines from the camp and brought them along as he accompanied recovering POWs back to Fletcher General Hospital. Carved half a world away in a spirit of hope, the Cabanatuan crèche adorned Fletcher Chapel at Christmastime, 1945. Three months later, Fletcher General Hospital closed its doors. The war was over. Old Isaac Oldham could never have foreseen the future use of the prime real estate he picked for his family in 1805, even as he helped clear the land for Cambridge, set to grow three miles to the south. The southeast corner of his property, known as Oldham’s Grove and located approximately where the Greystone Health and Rehabilitation Center is today, became a popular place

for community picnics and outdoor gatherings from the late 1800s until the 1930s. In the Roaring Twenties, the future hospital site itself was even used for playing polo. Teams of four mounted horsemen each faced off on level ground more than five times the size of a football field. In the summer of 1928, Cambridge and Somerset, for instance, clashed there. No word on who won, but the next year, the stock market crashed and may have taken the polo games with it. Then on December 7, 1941, came the war, and Isaac Oldham’s old land served again, and well. The Guernsey County Historical Society is currently leading the effort to acquire an official Ohio Historical Marker to be placed beside Old Twenty-One Road near the Fletcher site. With luck, it will be dedicated next Memorial Day, the 75th anniversary of the hospital’s original dedication. Fletcher General Hospital needs to be remembered.

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For those who returned, a white Christmas, at last.

Today, other than its empty streets, most of Fletcher General Hospital has disappeared. Only one of the old long corridors connecting ward buildings, 860 feet in length, still exists. Though the rail line beside it is gone now, old Fletcher Chapel still stands sentry on Isaac Oldham’s pioneer field of dreams, one last reminder of a long-ago war, and of those whose faith, hope, and service brought it to an end.


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HISTORICAL KENNEDY STONE HOUSE AT S A LT F O R K S TAT E PA R K Story & Photos by BEVERLY KERR

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BENJAMIN [KENNEDY], HIS WIFE AND SIX CHILDREN SETTLED ON THEIR EIGHTY ACRE FARM ALONG SUGAR CREEK WHERE THEY MADE A LIVING RAISING SHEEP.

Photo Top Left: Left over blocks from the Stone House summer kitchen were used for this entrance sign. Photo Top Right: Sisters Elaine Lipps and Jane Ransom greet visitors and tell the Kennedy history. Photo Bottom Left: The Kennedy Stone House Museum is located at Salt Fork State Park. Photo Bottom Right: Today the view from the Kennedy’s bedroom shows a peaceful lake. Photo Above: The oxen yoke used in building the house hangs above the summer kitchen fireplace.

use those means or if you prefer, drive down a short country lane and park very near the house. Restoration on the old house began in 2000 by Friends of the Kennedy Stone House under the leadership of Pauli Cornish. While the basic structure remains the same, there are few original furnishings or items. Stones left over from the summer kitchen were used to create the entrance sign for Salt Fork State Park. Little did they dream at that time that the house would someday be restored. Above the sandstone fireplace in the summer kitchen hangs an oxen yoke used by the oxen that hauled the sandstone to the site for the Irish masons, who built this beautiful house. All the blocks for the house came from their property. The summer kitchen was an important addition as it kept the main house cooler during the warmer months. Upstairs is an ornate old chest that was used by Vietta, the wife of son Matthew, to bring two pine saplings from her home in Maine to be planted in front of the Kennedy

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their homes as retirement nears, and doing so can help you save a substantial amount of money. If the kids no longer live at home or if you simply have more space than you will need after retirement, downsize to a smaller, less expensive home. Monitor the real estate market before you decide to downsize so you can be sure to get the best deal on your current home. Downsizing saves on monthly utility bills, property taxes and a host of additional expenses. Downsizing also means less maintenance, which gives you more time to pursue your hobbies upon retiring. • Take on some additional work. While you may have long felt you would slowly wind down in the years immediately preceding retirement, taking on some additional work outside of your current job is a great way to save more for retirement and perhaps even lay the foundation for a post-retirement career. Workers over the age of 50 can be invaluable resources to startups or other businesses looking for executives who have been there, done that. Look for part-time jobs that seek such experience. Even if the initial jobs don’t bowl you over financially, part-time consultant work in retirement can make up for lost retirement savings and may even make your retirement years more fulfilling. Men and women on the verge of retirement can take many steps to grow their retirement savings and make their golden years that much more enjoyable. What may have not been saved before financially, can be made-up for now by being penny-wise and responsible. So it’s never too late, unless you never start at all.


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