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Golden

times June 2, 2014 / Vol. 24, No. 6


TIMES GOLDEN

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INDEX: Social Security Q&A................... Page 4 Meal site list ............................... Page 4 Briefs .......................................... Page 5 Meeting calendar......................... Page 6

COORDINATOR: Peggy Hayden

On the cover: Can you guess who is who? George and Louise LaVoie, Naomi Hall, Kitty Gamet, June Manring, Royce Cox and Audrey Nisch are all 90-somethings who share their longevity — PAGE 10. Photo by: Provided by those photographed. Golden Times P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501 goldentimes@Lmtribune.com (208) 848-2243

Birthdays .................................... Page 7 Dave Hudson update ..................Page 15 Reader poetry ............................. Page 16 Sudoku solution ..........................Page 17 Crossword solution .....................Page 18 Volunteer opportunities ..............Page 19

To advertise: contact your Tribune advertising sales representative at (208) 848-2292.

Volunteer of the Month ...............Page 21 House Call ..................................Page 23 Senior Talk ..................................Page 26

The next Golden Times will publish July 7

Sudoku ........................................Page 26

Thought for the month “Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends ... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.” — Henry David Thoreau

WHO AM I? I was born, a long time ago, on June 2, 1731, in Virginia. I was a political wife and lived to be 70 years old, dying on May 22, 1802. My first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, and I had four children. I married my second husband in January 1759, but we had no children together. My second husband served in many political offices and was president for eight years.

Answer on Page 21

Crossword ...................................Page 27

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June senior nutrition menus meaLsite:

monday

Lewiston senior nutrition Program serves hot lunches at noon at the Lewiston Community Center, 1424 Main St. and the United Methodist Church, 1213 Burrell Ave. Suggested donation is $4 for seniors age 60 and older. Cost is $5 for nonseniors.

tuesday

wednesday

2 Meatloaf/mashed

3 Spaghetti/Jell-O/green

4 BUFFET (starts at

9 Baked ham/au gratin

10 Beef stroganoff/ corn/salad/roll/fruit

11 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Roast pork

16 Chicken-fried steak/

17 German sausage/ kraut/potatoes/Jell-O salad/peas/biscuit

18 BUFFET (starts at

23 Hamburger steak/

24 Sweet and sour pork/ 25 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Turkey rice/carrots/ coleslaw/muffin

potatoes/gravy/corn/ salad/roll potatoes/mixed vegetables/applesauce/ cornbread/cookie

mashed potatoes/ country gravy/carrots/ salad/roll potatoes/salad/green beans/roll/cookie

senior round table nutrition Program

beans/breadsticks/ pudding

11:30 a.m.): Roast beef

3 Chicken-fried steak/

5 Sweet and sour chicken/

6 Deluxe salad bar/fruit

10 Spaghetti with meat sauce/Italian-blend vegetables/garlic bread/ fruit/cookie

12 Baked, breaded fish/

13 Beef stew/corn

17 Meatloaf/mashed potatoes/gravy/ cucumber-tomato salad/ roll/apple crisp

19 Tuna-noodle casserole/

20 Hot dog/salad bar/

24 Pork roast/mashed

26 Baked chicken/gravy/

3 Meatloaf/mashed

5 Chicken sandwiches/

10 Stuffed cabbage rolls/mashed potatoes/ gravy/vegetables

12 Cheese tortellini/

17 Choice: Salmon or chicken cordon bleu/rice pilaf/vegetables

19 Chicken-fried steak/

24 Sausage/biscuits/ gravy

26 Pork chops/mashed potatoes/gravy/ vegetables

rice/Oriental-blend vegetables/biscuit/fruit

french fries/coleslaw/ melon/pudding

mixed vegetables/biscuit/ Jell-O with fruit

stuffing/green beans/ roll/fruit

potatoes/gravy/ vegetables

serves lunch at noon in the Great Room of the 1912 Center, 412 E. Third St. Suggested donation is $4 for seniors age 60 and older. Cost is $6 for nonseniors. Salad bar is available at 11:30 a.m. Soup and dessert is available at each service.

muffin/salad bar/fruit

fruit

(no Clarkston delivery/Asotin closed)

potatoes/gravy/carrots/ fruit juice/roll/cake/ice cream

moscow senior nutrition Program

friday

11:30 a.m.): Chicken

mashed potatoes/gravy/ peas/roll/Jell-O with fruit

serves hot lunches at noon at the Valley Community Center, 549 Fifth St. No. F, Clarkston and the Asotin United Methodist Church, 313 Second St. Suggested donation is $4 for seniors age 60 and older. Cost is $7 for nonseniors.

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sweet potato fries/ vegetables

meatballs/vegetables

mashed potatoes/gravy/ vegetables

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Regional Senior Meal Sites

Social Security Q&A McClatchy-Tribune Information Services Q: How long do I need to work to become eligible for retirement benefits? A: Everyone born in 1929 or later needs 40 Social Security credits to be eligible for retirement benefits. You can earn up to four credits per year, so you will need at least 10 years of work to become eligible for retirement benefits. During your working years, earnings covered by Social Security are posted to your Social Security record. You earn credits based on those earnings. If you become disabled or die before

age 62, the number of credits needed to qualify for Social Security benefits depends on your age at the time you die or become disabled. A minimum of six credits is required to qualify for Social Security benefits regardless of your age. You can create a “my Social Security account” on the Social Security website to check and periodically monitor how many credits you have.

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A: Your children may get monthly Social Security payments if they are unmarried and under age 18; Age 19 and still in high school; or age 18 or older, and became severely disabled before age 22 and continue to be disabled. More information is available online or by calling the toll-free number.

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Q: Is there a time limit on how long you can get Social ——— Security disability benefits? Q: I have children at home, A: No. Your disability benand I plan to retire next fall. Will my children be eligible 4 See social security, for monthly Social Security page 5 payments after I retire?

Cottonwood Community Church 510 Gilmore, Cottonwood, (208) 962-7762 Meals at noon on Tuesdays Grangeville Senior Center County Road, Grangeville, (208) 983-2033 Meals at noon on Mondays and Fridays Juliaetta-Kendrick Senior Citizens Center 104 S. Sixth, Kendrick, (208) 289-5031 Meals at noon on Wednesdays and Fridays Kamiah Senior Center 125 N. Maple St., Kamiah, (208) 935-0244 Meals at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Lewiston Community Center 1424 Main St., Lewiston, (208) 743-6983 Meals at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Orchards United Methodist Church 1213 Burrell Ave., Lewiston, (208) 743-9201 Meals at noon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays Moscow Senior Center 412 Third St., Moscow, (208) 882-1562 Meals at noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays Nezperce Senior Citizens 501 Cedar St., Nezperce, (208) 937-2465 Meals at noon on Mondays and Thursdays Orofino Senior Center 930 Michigan Ave., Orofino, (208) 476-4328 Meals at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays

Pomeroy Senior Center 695 Main St., Pomeroy, (509) 843-3308 Meals at noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays Potlatch Senior Citizens IOOF/Rebekah Hall, Pine St., Potlatch, (208) 875-1071 Meals at noon on Tuesdays and Fridays Pullman Senior Center 325 S.E. Paradise St., Pullman, (509) 338-3307 Meals at 11:45 a.m. on Mondays and Fridays Riggins Odd Fellows Building 121 S. Lodge St., Riggins, (208) 628-4147 Meals at noon on Tuesdays United Methodist Church 313 Second St., Asotin, (509) 758-3816 Meals at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Valley Community Center 549 Fifth St., Clarkston, (509) 758-3816 Meals at noon on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Weippe Hilltop Senior Citizens Center 115 First St. W., Weippe, (208) 435-4553 Meals at noon on Mondays and Thursdays Winchester Senior Citizens Center Nez Perce Ave., Winchester, (208) 924-6581 Meals at noon on Wednesdays Pullman Meals on Wheels (509) 397-4305 Valley Meals on Wheels (208) 799-5767

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Seniors will compete in Olympic style The 16th annual Lewis-Clark Senior Games is a social, recreational and competitive experience. The games encourage better health and fitness for those age 50 or older, regardless of residence. The games will be held June 18-21 and include 13 events. All participants must be at least 50 years of age by Dec. 31, 2014. There are three ways to register for the games: In person at The WA-ID Volunteer Center, 1424 Main St., Lewiston (Located in the Lewiston Community Center); By mail — print and complete the registration form, which can be found at www.lewisclarkgames.org, and mail the form with your payment by June 10 to Lewis-Clark Senior Games, 1424 Main St., Lewiston, ID 83501; Or online at the website with payment made through paypal required upon completion of online registration. Registration deadline is June 11 and no registrations will be taken after June 16. Participants who register after the June 11 deadline may not receive a T-shirt. Individuals interested in participating in pickleball must register no later than June 11; no extension of this date will be allowed. More information is available by calling Cathy Robinson at (208) 746-7787. All events and activities are coordinated by the WA-ID Volunteer Center

staff, the Lewiston Parks and The trip includes a stop at the Recreation, and many volun- Wildhorse Resort and Casino for lunch and visits to several winteers. eries. There is a $5 tasting fee at the wineries, which is not inTwo Smart Driver cluded in the trip fee. Deadline classes being held to sign up for this trip is June 18. There will be two AARP A day trip to Palouse Falls is Smart Driver classes in June. scheduled to leave the Lewiston The first class will be an Community Center at 9 a.m. eight-hour class held from July 16. The trip will include a 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with picnic lunch. The group will rea one-hour lunch break, June turn to the community center 14 at St. Joseph Regional around 3 p.m. Cost is $45 and Medical Center, 415 Sixth St. deadline to sign up for this class in Lewiston. The class will be is July 7. in conference room C on the Sign up for these classes can second floor of the hospital. be completed at the Lewiston In Pullman, there will be a Community Center, 1424 Main two-day class from 9 a.m. to St. 1 p.m. each day, June 17-18, Parks and Rec also provide and attendance of both class- regular activities at the commues is needed to complete the nity center for active seniors. A course. It will be held at the list of all activities can be found Pullman Senior Center on the online at www.cityoflewiston. first floor of the Pullman City org/parksandrec. Hall, 325 SE Paradise St. Registration for these Free lunch for Moscow classes as well as more information is available by calling seniors being offered Arnie Lee at (208) 301-8844. MOSCOW — The Friendly The cost for each class is Neighbors Senior Citizens will $15 for AARP members and have a free lunch for area se$20 for nonmembers. The niors June 17. classes are designed for those The lunch will be held in the age 50 and older but are open Great Room at the 1912 Center, to all ages and may result in 412 E. Third St. a point reduction on drivers Soup will start being served licenses and/or insurance dis- at 10:30 a.m. and the salad counts. bar will open at 11 a.m. with

Lewiston Parks & Rec offering trips An underground tour of Pendleton, Ore., is being offered through the Lewiston Parks and Recreation Department. The overnight trip is June 2728 and cost is $100 per person.

the main meal starting at 11:30 a.m.

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 SOCIAL SECURITY, continued from page 4 efits will continue as long as your medical condition has not improved, and you cannot work. We will periodically review your case to determine if you continue to be eligible. If you are still receiving disability benefits when you reach your full retirement age, your disability benefits will automatically be converted to retirement benefits. The amount you receive will remain the same. More information is available online or by calling the toll-free number.

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Q: Why is there a five-month waiting period for Social Security disability benefits? A: Social Security provides

only long-term disability, so we can only pay benefits after you have been disabled continuously for a period of five full calendar months. Social Security disability benefits begin with the sixth full month after the date your disability began. You are not entitled to benefits for any month during the waiting period. More information is available online or by calling the toll-free number.  This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. For fast answers to specific Social Security questions, contact Social Security toll-free at (800) 772-1213 [TTY: (800) 325-0778] or visit www. socialsecurity.gov.

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BRIEFS Groups and organizations can submit information, pertaining to seniors in the region, to be published in Golden Times monthly magazine. All submissions are subject to space availability and editing. Submissions should be emailed to: goldentimes@lmtribune.com or mailed to: Target Publications P.O. Box 957 Lewiston, ID 83501 Information for July’s issue must be recieved by June 23 to be considered. More information is available by calling (208) 848-2243.

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4 Briefs, continued from page 5 There will be a choice of grilled salmon or chicken cordon bleu with rice pilaf and a vegetable. More information about the lunch and the senior center is

available by calling (208) 882- Donna’s foot care by appoint1562 or online at users.moscow. ment and evening dances. Both are on Tuesdays and com/srcenter. Thursdays. are from 7-10 p.m. Senior center offers andDances cost is $4 per person. foot care and dances There is also foot care offered by Dyna starting at 9:30 a.m. Twice a week, the Sixth June 11. Street Senior Center offers The monthly pancake feed is at noon next Monday and the center’s potluck is at noon June 23. Cost is $4 per person for the pancake feed. There is a weekly pinochle game at 1 p.m. on Thursdays.

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The foot care offered at Valley Community Center is now able to service Idaho residents as well as Washington residents. Marcia’s foot care will be offered today and June 23 by appointment. Appointments can be made by calling (509) 330-1857. Each Monday in June there will be painting classes from 12:30-4 p.m. Fitness classes

MOND A Y, J U NE 2 , 2 0 1 4 are offered from 10:15-11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Card games played at the center include pinochle from 12:45-3 p.m. each Tuesday and Friday, and bridge is from 12:30-4 p.m. Thursdays and from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. Blood pressure checks are at 11:30 a.m. each Thursday.

Annual picnic being held in July The annual Blue Mountain Pioneer Picnic is July 5 at Swallows Nest in Clarkston. This is a potluck event and will include the drawing for a fundraiser raffle to benefit the Blue Mountain Pioneer Association and Asotin Museum. The raffle is for a quilt and tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the museum. More information about the picnic and raffle is available by calling the museum at (509) 243-4659.

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Monthly meeting calendar JUNE 9: Twin City Square and Round Dance Club, board meeting, 7 p.m., 2130 Fifth Ave., Clarkston. JUNE 11: Valley Community Center, general board meeting, 9 a.m., 549 Fifth St., Clarkston. JUNE 17: Sixth Street Senior Center, board meeting, 9 a.m., 832 Sixth St., Clarkston. JUNE 23: Seaport Quilters, 6 p.m., 549 Fifth St., Clarkston.  If you would like to have your group or club meetings included in this monthly calendar send complete information to goldentimes@Lmtribune.com or Golden Times, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501. More information is available by calling (208) 848-2243.

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BIRTHDAYS June 4

June 5  Nellie Chase

 Audrey Nisch Audrey Nisch of Clarkston will be honored from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Sonary Crest Club House on Sixth Avenue in the Clarkston Heights. The occasion is her 90th birthday. She was born June 4, 1924, in Grantham, England. Nisch has two daughters, three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

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Birthdays starting at 70, and every year

Nellie Chase of Orofino will after, will be accepted for publication in celebrate her 85th birthday Golden Times in the month of the birthday on Thursday. She was born June 5, 1929, only. at Seminole, Okla. Chase The limit for each submission is 200 moved to Idaho in 1930. words. Photographs are welcome. She married Levon Chase Birthday submissions must include the on June 4, 1950. The couple name and phone number of the person moved to Orofino in 1954 where they had three chilsubmitting information. If you would like dren. Her husband died Dec. your photo returned, please include a June 7 21, 2008. self-addressed, stamped envelope. Chase is a member of the  Corrie Shriver If you have questions about submitting a P.E.O., Chapter AW and serves birthday, please call (208) 848-2243. on the Area Aging Advisory Corrie Shriver of Orofino will turn 86 Saturday. She was born June 7, 1927, in Orofino and grew up in Council. She also volunteers Mailed information may be sent to: Grangemont. at the Orofino Senior Center Times, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID Golden She and Wayne Shriver were married in 1947. Her husband died and meal site, as well as vol83501; emailed submissions should be sent to in 2012. unteering for the Clearwater Shriver has three children, 12 grandchildren and numerous goldentimes@lmtribune.com. Senior Citizens and the WAgreat-grandchildren. ID Volunteer Center’s RSVP program. July birthdays must be received by 5 June 8 She also has four grandchilp.m. June 23. dren and five great-grand Arlene E. Scott children. Arlene Elizabeth McDole Scott of Lewiston will turn 84 on Sunday. She was born June 8, 1929, in Eugene, Ore. She was the eldest of four children born to Elroy McDole and Myrtle Daily Living Brownlee McDole. Assistance Including: When Scott was 4-years old, her family moved to Ontario, Ore., where she attended school. She graduated in 1947. j Personal Care Services j Housekeeping/Laundry She and Dale Scott were married on Feb. 14, 1949. The j Meal Preparation j Supervision couple made their home in Orofino. They have three chilj Bathing and Dressing j Medication Assistance dren, five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. j Companionship j Transportation Scott worked at Watkins Dry Goods. j Shopping j Mobility Assistance Her hobbies are quilting, baking cookies and taking care j Respite Care j Up to 24 Hours Care of her husband.

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 GORDON THIESSEN

 BARBARA THOMAS

Gordon Thiessen of Orofino children. He died several will celebrate his 88th birthyears ago. day June 10. She later married Jim He was born in 1925, in Thomas and added four step- Tillamook, Ore. children to her family. Thiessen married Lillie Snyder and they have two daughters. Their son died JUNE 9

Barbara Thomas of Orofino will be 84 on Saturday. Thomas was born June 8, 1929, in Clarkston. She and Stanley Cramer got married and had three

 ROY KENNEDY Roy Kennedy of Clarkston will celebrate his 87th birthday next Monday. He was born, one of four children, to Angus and Ethel Kennedy on June 9, 1927, at Canfield, Idaho, a few miles southwest of White Bird on Doumecq Plains. Kennedy married Ilene Carroll

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on Jan. 17, 1947, and they had Jay K. McCann of Clarkston six children. All, except one son, will cellive in Asotin County. They also ebrate his have 12 grandchildren, 20 great75th birthgrandchildren and one greatday on grandchild. June 10. His wife died June 10, 2001. He was Kennedy served in the U.S. born in Army from 1945-46 in the 2nd 1939 in Infantry Division. He retired Norwalk, from the Asotin County Housing Wis., to Ted Authority after 18 years, in and Leona 1989. McCann. He has served for 15 years as He was the the treasurer for the LewistonClarkston Eagles Lodge No. fifth of 10 children. 43936. McCann served four full

 LYDIA A. THOMPSON while serving in the U.S. Air Lydia A. Bublitz Thompson Force in Germany. They also of Lewiston will be 90 on June 12. have eight grandchildren and She was numerous great-grandchilborn in dren. 1924, one of 14 children, He loves working in the of Bill and yard and growing flowers. Ida Bublitz on a farm in South Dakota. S h e years in the U.S. Air Force married and received a good conduct Vincent L. medal. He was honorably disThompson Aug. 21, 1948. In charged from service. In 1962, he came west the beginning of their marto see the World’s Fair in riage, they moved all around Seattle, only making it as far the Northwest following work. as Lewiston. Thompson has three chilMcCann worked in the gold mines of Nevada, at the dren, five grandchildren and McCann mill in Weippe and six great-grandchildren. She and her husband were Gleason Oil in Lewiston. He married Dona Behler married for 64 years before he on Aug. 13, 1966, and they died in April. Thompson enjoyed camphave three children and three ing, gardening and yard salegrandchildren. The couple’s family will host ing in her younger years. She a celebration of 150 years of also enjoyed crocheting, cookbirthdays for them at their ing and playing pinochle with home in June. friends.

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ď ˇ DON SCHAFF Don Schaff will be hondied in 1994. The couple were ored at an married in Plains, Mont., but open house after he died Speer moved from 1-4 back to the valley. p.m. June 21 at 1003 She has worked at Seuberts 29th St., for the last 14 years. Lewiston. Speer enjoys reading and The occaworking crossword puzzles in sion is his 80th birththe newspaper day. Friends She has six children, nine are welgrandchildren and nine greatcome to attend the event, which will grandchildren. be hosted by his children. They

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son died in 2012. Schaff has enjoyed running and completing 14 marathons around the country, and in London. His loves include family, reading, history, geography and travel. He volunteers for the Veterans Administration driving patients to their appointments in Spokane and Walla Walla. He also picks up food weekly for the Community Action Food Bank and transports cars for a local dealership and car rental agency.

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ď ˇ BARBARA O’BRIEN Barbara O’Brien of Lewiston will celebrate her 78th birthday on June 17. In 1936, she was the first child born to Bill and Maggie Hash in Po t l a t c h . She went to elementary school in Harvard and Princeton, and graduated from Potlatch High School 50 years ago. O’Brien attended Eastern Washington University and graduated from Lewis-Clark State College with a teaching degree. She taught ďŹ rst and sec-

request no gifts. He was born June 20, 1934, in Rygate, Mont. Schaff moved from Montana to Lewiston in 1965 and worked for Buttrey Food for 25 years. He also worked for A&B Foods for 10 years. Schaff also helped all of his children deliver three different Tribune routes for 14 years, until they all graduated from high school. He and his wife Pat have been married for 53 years. They have ďŹ ve children and ďŹ ve grandchildren. One grand-

ond graders for the Lewiston School District for 12 years. A career she dearly loved. Following that she was a pharmacy technician at Rosauers for six years. On Jan. 4, 2003, she and Leonard O’Brien were married in Lewiston. The couple are enjoying their retirement by traveling as far and as often as possible. O’Brien is an avid quilt maker. She also spends many hours volunteering every month at the Inland Northwest Blood Center, and making quilts of Valor for the foundation and for the local Veterans Home. She has two children, ďŹ ve grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren.

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Longevity to 90-somethings isn’t just another word No generalizations to be made, each 90-something has a story that is as unique as they are, but they do have one thing in common — they lived to be 90 (plus) By Michelle Schmidt and Peggy Hayden Target Publications

Once upon a time living to be 90 was a feat in itself. Today’s 90-somethings surely don’t feel much different about it — even if it is becoming more common. The thing that isn’t common is the journey that got them there.

Taking the journey to 90 hand-in-hand

George and Louise LaVoie have been married longer than some people live. They will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary this year.

Louise advises, anyone wanting to make it to their 66th wedding anniversary, to break old habits of getting angry with one another. “Tone of voice is important,” she said. “It’s all in how you handle things.” The couple got a “late start” having children but ended up with six sons, and numerous grand- and great-grandchildren. And to be fair Louise is just a youngster, having Before 1957, when George took over Largent’s just celebrated her 89th birthday in May. after Louise’s father died, he serviced telephones for Western Electric. But most of his working career was The two of them went to school together, Louise said, and at assemblies they sat in alphabetical order spent operating Largent’s and he passed the business on to three of their sons when he retired. so she was always seated next to George. She said “It takes three of them to do what I did,” he though George hadn’t paid much attention to her quipped. — she had noticed him. It was later, though, when They spent years going to elder hostels, around 30 they finally became a couple. in all. And they were able to spend time getting to George needed a date for a picnic so he knocked on Lousie’s door and invited her to go with him. That know their grandchildren by taking trips with them. The couple said they have lived a full and happy life was the beginning of their story. together, and have a large family to enjoy now. They said their secret to longevity is being togethGeorge has slowed down in his 90s and perhaps er and it’s evident they are still very much in love. Lousie will too next year, but for now she is still very active, doing numerous things in the community, going birding, and she and George still deliver Meals on Wheels together in her new sport utility vehicle. It’s an activity they have done together since George retired, and Louise was doing it even before that. He said for him the biggest difference about being in his 90s is he can’t get around to chase Louise any more. But there is still things to look forward to, he said, like “being 91.” George spends his days differently than he once did but he seems to still find enjoyment in life. He likes watching game shows and sitting in front of their house where there is a marvelous view of the river and a serene shaded area to enjoy. He also keeps himself busy making sure Louise has everything she needs before she leaves the house. “He’s always making sure, ‘Now do you have your hearing aid? Do you have your phone?’ ” Louise said. And she makes sure he is all taken care of, too. She makes sure he has a snack by his chair in case he gets hungry while she is gone, and she calls to check in with him and to let him know if she is running late. You never know what tomorrow will bring, but there is one thing for sure: Louise’s mantra “pray, be happy, give thanks under all circumstances” from 1 Thessalonians will help them keep their positive attitudes.

A lot has changed

In Naomi Hall’s 91 years, it seems there’s only been one thing that’s stayed the same — the place she attends church. Hall has attended the Weslyan Church in Clarkston since her dad became the minister there when she was 20 years old. During the past 70 years, the people, the music, the ministers, even the building has changed, but not Hall’s commitment to her church family. Because that’s what it is to her: it’s her family, it’s Tribune/Barry Kough her And that’s something that doesn’t change Louise and George LaVoie have been married 66 years, which may seem like a long evenpeople. though the hymns, Missionary Society, wood time but not when you consider he is 90 and she just turned 89 it’s believable. paneling and friends her age have disappeared.


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Enjoying the freedom of being 90

The story of spry soon-to-be-90-year-old Audrey Nisch, began in Grantham, England, where she was born. And she still has a bit of an accent. “Oh, you wouldn’t have known what I was saying when I first came here,” she muses. Longevity isn’t something, she said, that necessarily runs in her family. Her mother died in her 40s and her father was 53 when he died. But, she said, her grandparents on both sides did live into their 90s and her older brother just turned 91. “I feel like I’m living on borrowed time,” Nisch said. “I see all these other people, much younger than I am and can’t even walk.” She said her secret is being an active person. Nisch still rides a bike around Sonary Crest where she lives in Clarkston and while she doesn’t drive she does have a busy schedule playing bingo and cards at Contributed photo the club house, and attending lunches at the Valley Naomi Hall has seen a lot of things Senior Center with friends. “When you retire you don’t just sit back,” she said. change in her 91 years, but one thing “Just get out there and go. And I like to gamble, too.” hasn’t changed for her and that’s her Nisch is a World War II veteran of the British commitment to her church family. Royal Navy, which is how she met her husband, Larry, who was stationed in London, serving with the “The word ‘change’ is in bright, big, bold letters U.S. Navy. everywhere in my life,” Hall said. She and Larry were married Jan. 25, 1945, in Much has changed and not all of it has been to her London, where their eldest daughter, linda, was born. liking. Fashion has changed: On a recent outing Hall After the war, she came with Linda to Ohio where couldn’t find a new dress that suited her tasteful, Larry’s parents were. But, she said, she didn’t care for modest preference. TV has changed and if hers is on, it too much so she went to Washington, D.C., where it’s turned to time-tested shows of the past. And the one of her friends was living. When Larry got to the addition of portable technology means everyone is U.S., he didn’t realize she had left Ohio, but he finally staring at a gadget when the family gathers, she said. found her and their journey began. The couple’s secBut there are plenty of positive changes, too. ond daughter, Beverly, was born in D.C. before they Appliances, for example, are a huge help. She doesn’t left for upstate New York. They moved west from miss the days when her electric washer required her there to California where they made their home for to run the clothes through a ringer and hang things 42 years. up to dry. And technology has its qualities. Her Nisch became an American citizen in Maryland in Kindle is well-stocked with plenty to read and her 1950. computer allows her to connect with family members “I studied all these books. I knew everything. All who otherwise might not communicate as often. the state capitols, all about the government, everyOne of Hall’s secrets to longevity seems to be thing,” she said. “Well anyway the very first thing the adaptability. If her faith has influenced her opposijudge asked me, ‘Well, where were you born?’ I was tion to some of society’s changes, it has also influvery nervous and I couldn’t remember. We finally got enced her ability to cope with them. around to all the other stuff and I knew it.” “I pray God will help me have the right attitude, In 2001, the couple moved to Clarkston and in and not get cranky and hard to get along with,” she 2003 her husband died. said. She said her favorite part about being in her 90s Accepting change is part of it, but Hall also knows is the freedom she has to do what she wants. Nisch how to take care of herself. She eats balanced meals talked about having a “really good friend.” and said that avoiding unhealthy lifestyle habits — “Oh he’s way too old for me, he’s 88,” she said. drinking, smoking and the like — has kept her body “They say that’s the way it should be. … The women from deteriorating more quickly. And she walks. outlive them anyway.” Nisch is in good health but feels like there is no For the last 50 years or so, Hall has made it a goal reason to worry about going to doctors and having to walk for about an hour a day, five days a week. She and a friend walk on the levee when the weather all the tests they put you through.

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Audrey Nisch will turn 90 on Wednesday but her fun-loving nature keeps her forever young. “When you’re 90, who cares?” she joked. If the doctors said she needed surgery she wouldn’t do it now, she said. “There’s no more of that for me. I’ve lived a good life and I’ve been healthy and everything. I don’t think I want to make 100 because I’ve seen people 100 and I don’t like the way they look.”

A can-do attitude

When it comes to getting old, June Kauffman Manring seems to have neither the time nor the patience for that sort of thing. It seems it never occurred to her that now, a couple months shy of 100, she’s earned her right to sit around in a recliner all day. But maybe it’s that can-do attitude that got her this far. Manring was born in Grangeville and married Jim Kauffman at the age of 21. Their first home was at the Dixie Ranger Station. If Grangeville seemed off the beaten path, the Dixie Ranger Station was even more so. The lack of electricity, absence of nearby neighbors, 20-below freezing temperatures and 5- to 8-foot snow depths were inconvenient but Manring was left undaunted. The couple — and in time, two of their three children — used gas lamps, danced to a battery-powered radio, snowshoed for supplies and heated the house with wood. At least they had indoor plumbing — when the pipes weren’t frozen, anyway.

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Soon-to-be centenarian June Manring has no time for getting old. She is too busy living life to its fullest.

It was there that the couple learned their oldest daughter, Karol, had rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that, besides being painful, meant a childhood in casts, hospitals and wheelchairs. Even with the challenges of raising a child with unique limitations and needs, Manring refused to let a “poor me” attitude set in for either herself or her children. The family moved to the Lewiston Orchards in 1946, a home June still occupies with her son, Jim Kauffman and his wife, Pam. The days were filled with gardening and feeding the chickens. Her daughter, Linda, remembers both tasks providing plenty for her mom to can. There were five in the family and an additional two family members to care for. “That made laundry day a sensation,” Manring said dryly. Undoubtedly that sense of humor has gotten her through a challenge or two. Because of her husband’s worsening heart condition, Manring went to work at Potlatch in 1955, grading specialty cuts of lumber. It was monotonous, tedious work, she said, but it was a job. “It paid better than clerical jobs. I could’ve worked at the post office, but it didn’t pay as well,” Manring said. “And I was out there for money, not for the fun.” When illness eventually took her husband in 1963, Manring continued to work until retirement age, even after she married Virgil Manring in 1965. She might not put out the same work load as she used to, but the geraniums, impatiens, pansies and

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writing his story in a trilogy, “The Tree and Me,” “The Tree and She” and “My Family Tree.” The books aren’t quite done, but then again neither is he. At 98, Cox still goes to lunch each Tuesday with men he had hired to work at Potlatch. Cox was in charge of the forestry department when he retired from the mill in 1980. Even though he was retired he continued to have a love affair with the forest and has kept records of the restoration projects Potlatch has been involved in since its inception. Cox came west from his homeland of Iowa to find a job so that he could ask for Lu Ellen’s hand in marriage. He ended up in Headquarters working for Charles Weyerhaeuser at Potlatch mill where he began his lifelong dream of working with trees and being in the forest. Once he had enough money, he and Lu Ellen were married, and she came west to be with him. The couple raised three children, two of whom are still living. A daughter was killed in a car accident when she was just 20 years old. “This was the worst event,” Cox said. “I still grieve over that. She was a wonderful girl.” At 98, he is starting to have a memory problem, he said, but his recall doesn’t seem to be very bad for someone who has lived almost 100 years. It may take him a tad bit longer on occasion to find a word but there are 40-year-olds who don’t have his memory capabilities. Cox isn’t stuck in the past, either. He embraces Target Publications/Peggy Hayden technology and has owned a computer for at least Royce Cox is writing a trilogy docu10 or 15 years, he said. He wishes he would have menting his life — 98 years doesn’t fit had a word processor when he was working because it would have made all of the reports he had to file well into one book. back then easier. One thing is for sure: it is making coleus in Manring’s container garden provides a clue writing three books a lot easier. “It’s the greatest invention since toilet paper, I as to what might be her secret to longevity. By focusing on what she can do — rather than what she can’t think,” Cox said of the word processor. There are things from the past that he misses, — she’s got a little further than she otherwise might mostly his wife, but his love for her is as real and have. big as it was when she was just a red-headed girl he waited on one day. A man’s two loves “I have her picture right by my bed,” Cox said. “And I stare into her eyes as I go to sleep.” Royce Cox is a love-at-first-sight kind of guy. His favorite part about being 98 is having a wonHe knew the first time he went into the forest as derful family and a wide group of friends. Plus, Cox a boy — he loved trees. He also knew the first time said, he really enjoys living at Royal Plaza Retirement he saw that red-headed girl in the restaurant, where Center. he was working as a waiter, that she was the one for “This is a wonderful place to live,” he said. “The him. staff, you know, they give me lots of tender-loving Cox wasn’t sure as a boy how his love of trees care. I’ve made lots of new, wonderful friends and would develop, but he knew he wanted to work in the forest, and he wasn’t sure he would ever see that I’m happy here. I couldn’t find a better place to live.” Cox isn’t afraid of becoming a centenarian, either. red-headed girl again either, but if he did he knew he “I’m shooting for it. I’m determined to make it,” would ask her out. he said. “I just gotta live to 100, because it’s going to He was in college studying forestry when he met that red head. His roommate told him he knew a girl take me that long to clean up all of my messes,” he that Cox had to meet and much to his surprise it was said. the girl he had fallen for in the restaurant. Lu Ellen Missing parts don’t stop her was her name and she would become his wife of 68 years. Kitty Gamet is missing something. No, it’s not the His secret to longevity is something everyone can TV remote, a favorite earring or yesterday’s crossdo. word puzzle. Gamet is missing a hip. “What got me to 98 is very simple — just keep That’s right, it’s completely gone. Her right hip is breathing, keep walking and keep talking, that’s all not there. there is to it,” Cox said. But despite that reality, here’s what Gamet is not He said his parents’ longevity gene and his wife’s missing: a playful spirit and a smile. She relies on her tender-loving care also helped. Now, Cox said, he kids — Neva Morrow and Darrell Gamet — to tell tries to eat right, exercise and keep his mind busy. the majority of her story, but as they talk, her eyes He keeps his mind working by writing. He has been sparkle and she adds a cheerful “Woo-woo-woo!” to


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Kitty Gamet will celebrate her 98th birthday June 21. She is pictured here with her daughter Neva Morrow and son Darrell Gamet. the things she agrees heartily with. She claims she can’t remember much, but with her nods and occasional interjections, her memories clearly lay just beneath the surface. “I’ve been here a day or two,” said Gamet, who will turn 98 this month. She was born Virginia Katherine Bolen in Spalding and married her highschool sweetheart, Raymond Gamet, in 1934. In 1946, after living in Lapwai and then Portland, Ore., the couple bought the service station located just below what is now the Southway Bridge in Clarkston. Gamet’s Riverview Service sold gas and later expanded to sell groceries. The couple lived there until Raymond died in 2000. And during that time, a thing or two changed. Gamet remembers selling gas for 19 cents a gallon; patrons would come get $1 worth of gas, which would last for the week. Back then, before the upriver dam, the Snake River flowed differently and even froze over on occasion. She remembers delivering her oldest two children at Lewiston’s White Hospital for $35. When asked, Gamet speculates as to how she got this far: she got plenty of exercise working the garden and at the grocery store. “You should work a little,” Gamet said. “A little work won’t hurt you.” Gamet didn’t smoke or drink, she attended the Church of God in Clarkston regularly and she was married to her soul mate. She sunbathed regularly on the family boat, but now visits the dermatologist yearly to have cancerous growths

removed. Gamet square-danced every Saturday night and since 1946, she’s started every day with a cup of coffee and the Lewiston Tribune. After a lifetime of good health, things took a bad turn in 2007 and Gamet was in and out of the hospital with broken hips, brain surgery for a blood clot, hip replacement and then finally the removal of her right hip a couple years ago. Its absence is the main reason she sits in a wheelchair at the Liberty House residence where she has lived for the past nine years. The fact that her injuries inflicted damage to her body — but not her spirit — speaks to the strength of her character. For her, the wheelchair is not a limitation, but just another place to enjoy friendships in her home, visit with her kids who come by frequently, and play with her great-granddaughter and the stuffed animals she brings with her. Maybe, in the end, it’s that playful, positive spirit that has been her secret to longevity. “She just counts every day as a blessing,” Morrow said.  Schmidt can be reached at themichellescmidt@gmail.com or (208) 305-4578. Hayden can be reached at phayden@lmtribune.com or (208) 848-2243.


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June 24  June Moulton

 Robert Loeffelbein Robert

Loeffelbein of Clarkston will celebrate his 90th birthday on June 24 during table tennis club time from 1-3 p.m. at the LewisClark State Student Union

College Building. He was born in 1924 at Wenatchee to Roy and Mae Loeffelbein. Loeffelbein served with the U.S. Navy during World War II with the Amphibious Landing Forces delivering troops to Iwo Jima, Okinawa and Tokyo Bay. He also served during the Korean War. After the military, he attended and/or taught at Lewiston State Normal School; obtained

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his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Washington State University in Pullman; was a graduate assistant instructor at Stanford (Calif.); received a bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from Central Washington University in Ellensburg; earned a master’s degree in recreation management from the University of Oregon in Eugene; was a graduate assistant at University of Southern California in Los Angeles; studied for his doctorate degree at the University of Maryland in College Park; was an assistant professor and assistant dean of men for the University of the Seven Seas (a shipboard college sailing around the world); and was an assistant professor and director of public information at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

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and while there she met cadet Russell L. Moulton. They were married on Nov. 22, 1945, following which they moved to Colton and in 1956 they moved to Lewiston. Moulton taught school for one year in Texas, two years in Colton and two years at Orchards Elementary in Lewiston. She then went on to teach at Sacajawea Junior High School for 28 years as the girls physical education teacher. Following her husband’s death in 1995, she began volunteering for Lewiston Senior Nutrition, the WA-ID Volunteer program and Tammany View Baptist Church vacation Bible school. Moulton has four children, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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Her Prayer A silver haired lady stood by the shore, looking over the waves. Thinking of her love of many years had been called away. The days passed slowly, this was their special day. Seventy years ago their vows were said, life was joyous and free. Their faith in God kept their years blessed as they raised their family. Why — she thought, did God take my love, he was life to me. All the memories she relived, of times at work and play, she could almost see. Strong and tall, his smiles he shared,

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READER POETRY his arms held her close, when home from work, he would be hugging each child, was vivid in her memory. Please, dear God, come soon she whispered, let me join my love, he was more than life to me. Soon after sitting in his old rocking chair, they found her with a smile, she had gone away, God had heard her prayer.

I pause to enjoy the view, and admire a sky of azure blue. Flaunting the beauty of gorgeous white clouds, it takes my breath away, a wondrous display. And looking downward are the greening hills. Showing off their velvety dips and dives. Oh, what a beautiful day. How blessed I am to be, welcoming birthday 93!

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June Giard, 92, Clarkston

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Elderly people say they feel much less tired than teenagers and younger adults, according to a surprising new study that tracked how nearly 13,000 Americans rated their exhaustion. The results counter earlier studies and defy stereotypes of older people as weak and tired, said Laura Kudrna, a researcher at the London School of Economics and Political Science. What’s even more surprising, she said, is the unexpected results can’t be explained away by elderly people sleeping longer or doing fewer activities they find tiring. “There’s something else going on here,” Kudrna wrote in an email to the Los Angeles Times.

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 NOT TIRED, continued from page 16 Kudrna and a fellow researcher analyzed answers from the 2010 American Time Use Survey, a nationally representative survey sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics that included nearly 13,000 U.S. residents. Earlier rounds of the survey explored how Americans spent their time, but the 2010 survey was the first to ask how people felt during different activities. Each person filled out a diary of what they did the previous day and how they felt about some of their activities. They rated how tired they felt while doing those activities on a scale of zero to six. Remarkably, Americans ages 65 and older reported being less tired than older teens and young 20-some-

things, pegging themselves almost one point lower on the tiredness scale. Tiredness dropped off after the age of 40 and continued to decrease with age, Kudrna said. The results were controlled for how healthy people thought they were and other background characteristics, such as gender, ethnicity, number of children and how much people slept. Researchers also factored in how much of the day was spent doing tiring activities. So why might older people report feeling less tired than teens, 20-somethings and other adults? Kudrna wonders if technology might be making younger people feel more tired, or if other, untracked health factors are influencing the results. The bottom line, however, is that “we don’t know,” Kudrna said. “And I’d love to find out.”

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Peter Chen spent all of his childhood in Trinidad, playing cricket and soccer. After he came to the U.S. at age 19 to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., where he helped start the men’s soccer team, Chen worked as a bellboy at Columbia Country Club in nearby Chevy Chase, Md. It was there that Chen was introduced to a new game — golf. “(Fred) ‘Scotty’ McLeod gave me my first set of clubs in 1949,” Chen said, referring to the longtime pro at Columbia and the 1908 U.S. Open champion. “I’ve been hacking around

since then.” Chen, whose parents were both athletes in Trinidad and whose paternal grandfather served as foreign minister of China under Chiang Kai-shek, was not immediately taken by the new sport. “I thought it was an old man’s game,” Chen said. “I was used to playing cricket and I was fascinated by people hitting balls 150 yards when you could only hit a cricket ball not even half that distance. I said, ‘This looks like fun.’ ” Chen has come to realize it’s a game old men can play well. While it’s difficult for the game’s current stars such as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickel-

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courses around Washington, D.C. He said he kicked in “$5 to help Lee Elder get to his first professional tournament” and also beat legendary boxing champion Joe Louis in a tournament in 1960. “He took his golf clubs and threw them in the Anacostia River,” Chen said with a smile. “He said, ‘I will not let that little shrimp beat me.’ ” Chen said he became serious about golf when he was posted in Panama for six years. He won his first significant tournament at Rodman Naval Base and shot better than his age for the first time at age 70, when he shot a 69 at his home course, Wicomico Shores, in Mechanicsville, Va. “I was little, but I could always hit the ball a long way,” he said. “I hit the ball 50 yards longer than I do now.” According to About.com, the youngest player ever to shoot his age was 1944 PGA champion Bob Hamilton, who shot 59 at age 59 in 1975. The PGA Tour record is held by the legendary Sam Snead, who shot 67 in the 1979 Quad-Cities Open at age 67. Chen, who typically plays three times a week, said when he plays in competition, particularly against younger players,

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Garry Bush P l a n n i n g Committee and served as president of the First of the Te r r i t o r i a l C a p i t o l Month of Idaho Revitalization Project Inc. He is on the board of the Nez Perce County Historical Society and the Modie Park Conservancy. Bush is also co-director for the “Chinese Remembering Project,” and was on the planning committees for the “Exploring Sgt. Ordway’s trip to Hells Canyon” and the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial “Summer of Peace.” Bush also served on the local Habitat for Humanity board and the Lewiston Civic Theatre board. He served as Lewiston Historic Preservation commissioner, and Lewiston Parks and Recreation commissioner. Years ago, he made a promise to care for the remaining grapes from the vineyard that was once located in Lewiston on the hillside where the Idaho State Veterans Home is now. “So I see something and I go, ‘why can’t we do that?’ I see something that is great for the community and would be a neat thing — then because of the contacts I have through volunteering — that allows for a bigger circle, it’s a network,” Bush said. He said that he then can go to those people he knows and get things done. Career: Bush was, for more than 40 years, a teacher in the public

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school system in Idaho, Washington, California and Oregon. Ranging from kindergarten to graduate students. He retired from Lewiston High School in 2002, after 30 years. He has degrees in geography, history and photography. In 2004, Bush completed the National Park Service’s Camp of Instruction at Fort Clatsop and is certified as a first-person living history presenter, which he uses in his business Idahohistorytours.com where he conducts historic walking and trolley tours of downtown Lewiston. He is a past mayor pro-tem for Lewiston and is an adjunct faculty member of LewisClark State College. Family: He moved to the LewistonClarkston Valley 40 years ago from Los Angeles. Bush and wife Barbara met playing tennis, and have been married almost 22 years. The couple blended their families, giving them five children. Hobbies: Bush enjoys the arts and

“dabbles” in photography, painting and refers to himself as a “fledgling” writer. He also thinks of his “Ghost Tours” business as a hobby. Bush also lists volunteering as one of his hobbies. “That’s what you get out of it. Like I said, you meet that circle , that circle gets bigger and pretty soon you can walk down the street, in a smaller community and you know people,” Bush said. One of his favorite things about being a volunteer is the feeling it gives him. “It’s uplifting — being a volunteer. It lifts you out of where you’re at, because your sense of whatever troubles you have are minute,” Bush said. “That’s what volunteerism gives you, is a sense of place.” He advises new volunteers that helping others is a pay-it-forward activity that makes you feel like you’re part of the human race.

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‘Weekend warrior’ injuries hobble 50-plus crowd By Nicole Brochu Sun Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Take South Florida’s enticing tropical climate, add an improving economy and throw in the booming popularity of high-intensity workouts like Insanity, CrossFit and Zumba, and what do you get? A whole lot of injuries, orthopedic surgeons say. The perfect storm of fun, sun, fitness and torn ligaments has a season in South Florida, and it peaks about now, when year-round residents and snowbirds alike get out to enjoy the cooler temps. “With the temperature dropping here in South Florida, people are jumping headfirst into a range of outdoor activities without adequately preparing,” said Dr. Eric

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suffering a separated shoulder and two meniscus tears in the past few years. Though he sustained some cracked ribs and tweaked ankles playing ice hockey most of his life, the shoulder injury was the first time he required surgery. “I fully recognize that my age is a factor in the activities I’m doing,” Romer said, adding that he’s pared back his ice hockey playing from three nights to once a week. “I can’t compete at the level I used to compete at.” Dr. Marc Bergman, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist in Boca Raton, thinks the increase in such injuries is rooted in America’s improving economy, which has encouraged more people to retire early to South Florida. Many of them are relishing the area’s pro-fitness climate, to their own peril. “A lot of these people, 55to 65-year-olds, are getting

into Zumba, they’re getting into CrossFit, and they’re just going crazy,” Bergman said. The high-intensity programs are “great workouts,” said Dr. Johannes Blom, Hollywood, Fla., orthopedic surgeon, but a lot of them require jumping, heavy lifting and lots of fast, unconventional movements, often with inadequate warmup preparation or training in proper techniques. “The older population doesn’t handle that well.” The typical injuries doctors are seeing are the result of overuse, often over time — knee ligament tears, sprained ankles, torn rotator cuffs, pulled muscles. “As you get older, the collagen in your tissue changes,” said Dr. Daniel B. Chan, an orthopedic surgeon at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. “It doesn’t have as much elasticity as when you were younger.”

So you could be performing the same move you have for years, and that last swing of the racket or step of the foot can lead to what Levy calls “the straw that broke the camel’s back kind of the thing” — a sudden tear in a tendon or ligament. There was a time such injuries were uncommon in people in their retirement years, said Dr. Erol Yoldas, an orthopedic surgeon at Broward Health Medical Center and Broward Health Imperial Point in Fort Lauderdale. Now, though, people in their 60s, 70s and older are enjoying an active lifestyle. “We have a generation of people who are really into fitness, and they see no reason to go quietly into the night, so to speak,” Yoldas said. “So that’s parlaying itself into a situation where we’re seeing more of these injuries.”

Aging well starts young, continues through life By Mimi Whitefield The Miami Herald

MIAMI — Astrid Flaherty nimbly hops off a low platform and then swoops from side to side touching orange

plastic cones. Though she is 70 years old and a breast cancer survivor, she seems barely winded. Her secret: lifelong exercise and healthy eating.

“Exercise is the best antiaging pill you can take,” said Dawn Davis, a fitness instructor at Shula’s Athletic Club in Miami Lakes, Fla. And Flaherty has discov-

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ered on her own what doctors and fitness experts are saying: people can age more successfully if they develop a healthy lifestyle when they’re young that includes exercise, a healthy diet, sufficient sleep and watching their weight. The Miami Lakes resident still hits the gym three times a week and plays tennis on Saturdays. And her diet emphasizes fresh, natural foods. Being in good shape also helped when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. “My doctors were amazed that I was able to come back from my chemo sessions so quickly,” she said. “People need to think about the aging process throughout their lives. I know it’s hard when you’re 20 years old,” said Dr. Sara Czaja, professor

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ties. Injuries that occur on the job or during routine activities can be caused by bad habits of which we may not be aware. Inactivity increases risk for injury as muscles weaken or develop unevenly in contrast to muscles we regularly use. These things may go unnoticed during day-to-day activities, but less frequent activities like travel, moving or spring cleaning can result in long-lasting pain and injury. Fit and active people may also be at risk from improper exercise techniques as dangerous habits can also develop during healthy activities. A major key to injury prevention is buildLast weekend, I had the first really Commentary ing practical strength steadily and sensibly. good spring ride on my horse and I fiIf you are new to exercise or reconditionnally made some time for major spring ing from an injury or a long period of inaccleaning. tivity, you should begin slowly and proceed By Sunday night, I was concerned as at a careful pace. Speak with your doctor, I went to bed, tired and hurting, that trainer and/or physical therapist I may have overdone it and injured about developing a sensible promyself. It occurred to me that if I was gram that is best for your goals and more fit this would not have been such current situation. a concern. Regular stretching is a great way to reconThis may sound familiar to many of you. Many dition underused muscles. It also helps with injuries that lead to chronic pain and disability start with poor muscular conditioning or simply not think- recovery between periods of more intense physical activity, preserves range of motion ing about how we move and perform routine activi-

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in joints, and maintains the connection between the brain and the body that can prevent injury from accidents, such as falls. Activities like yoga or tai chi are good exercise and help build the kind of body awareness and mindfulness that can improve your overall health. Researchers are beginning to find many benefits to these activities beyond just muscle development and flexibility. I believe that injuries are not just of the body, they are also of the mind and heart. As one of my favorite teachers of medicine, Dr. Paul Lyons, said: “No pain, no pain!” I would like to thank my friend and experienced former personal trainer, Shelly Rocheleau, for her help in writing this column.  Black practices at Blue Mountain Family Medicine, 1271 Highland Ave., Suite B, Clarkston, (509) 751-5500.

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4 aging well, continued from page 22 of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the scientific director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine. “It’s really important to take advantage of what we know,” Czaja said, “and we do know

a lot about how to age healthily.” That includes staying socially engaged throughout life and being mindful at a young age of the dangers of smoking, the links between skin cancer and overexposure to the sun, and having recommended preventive screenings, Czaja said. “A lot of chronic disease — diabetes, high-blood pres-

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sure, cardiovascular disease, obesity — may be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout life too,” she said. “What we’re also learning more and more is the importance of engaging in physical exercise. That leads to not only better cardiovascular health but also better cognitive health,” Czaja said. “There is suggested evidence that being obese can

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cause cognitive problems.” But the reality is what initially motivates many people to exercise is concern about their appearance — not their health, said Rickie Ali, a fitness/wellness specialist and personal trainer at Shula’s Athletic Club. “The fitness business knows this — with the ads about sixpack abs and all that,” he said. You can get lean following some of the programs now in vogue, he said, but they are not complete and some also put people at risk of injury by trying to do too much, too fast. “My main goal for people is for them to have the fitness they need to get through their everyday activities,” he said. “By default, the body gets leaner. But that is not my motivation.” Anyone who wants health for life needs to address lifestyle habits, nutrition, wellness and fitness at every phase of their lives, Ali said. A basic mantra for anyone who wants to age well is move, move, move. In the 20s and early 30s that means building strong muscles,

bone density and as healthy a cardiovascular system as possible, Ali said. “It’s like when you build a house. You need to build a solid foundation.” And anyone who embarks on a fitness program needs to improve their nutrition as well. “Think of food as a fuel like gas for a car,” Ali said. “You might want to drive that car five days a week, but if the gas isn’t there, you can’t do it.” As people head toward middle age, their metabolism may slow and a more sedentary lifestyle and chronic ailments may begin to take a toll. Ali said the exercise movements for those at mid-life are basically the same as for a younger person but the number of repetitions and intensity may vary. For older people, it’s important to work on movements that encourage better balance, flexibility and stability, Ali said. “If you have strong muscles and core, it’s easier to stop yourself from falling and risking injury,” Davis said.

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ing of the Lewis-Clark Retirees. I agreed and had the pleasure of meeting him in person on Jan. 11, 2012. Since that time I have been only too happy to talk to Ringo many times on the phone. The conversation is always something like this: “Hi I recently caught up with Peggy, this is Bill Ringo. several members of the unofI don’t know if you ficial “Out to Lunch Bunch.” remember me … ” and The group is made up of commentary he goes on to tell me retirees from Potlatch mill. about something good Most, or all, of whom worked that someone has done in the forestry department or something of note a where they were responsible person is doing. I smile for gathering seeds, growing each time I hear his saplings, and maintaining and voice on the other end replanting the forests. of the phone and think Among the group was to myself, probably out Bill Ringo, who, if you don’t know loud, “Of course I remember you, Bill.” him, is always pointing out the good Isn’t it funny how the people who deeds and amazing things others are you absolutely remember are usually doing. I am not sure if he is shy, but the people who always say “I don’t he deserves some of the accolades he know if you remember always wants others to be given. me.” I learned a long Ringo and I met first on the phone, shortly after I took over Golden Times time ago that there are not a great many from Bob Johnson, when he called to ask if I would be the speaker at a meet- truly genuine people in

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With aging population, elevators more popular in new homes By Alison Burdo

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PHILADELPHIA — Developers are luring downsizing baby boomers with elevators, a luxury feature that offers convenience now and the promise of easier movement as they age. Business for Newtown, Pa.based Bell Elevator Co. Inc. is up 25 percent over the last year, said Tom Reavy, owner of the six-year-old residential-elevator firm. The aging U.S. population and the lower cost of installation — about $25,000 now compared with nearly $60,000 two decades ago — are two factors driving elevators’ growing popularity, Reavy said. In real estate, targeting the over-55 demographic once meant single-story ranchers.

But today, the lifts — which are still popular in suburban mansions — are becoming more common in townhouse developments, he said. The National Association of Elevator Contractors did not have figures on the increasing presence of elevators in the home, but local industry observers agreed the demand for them has grown. Of the 27 completed Artisan Townhouses along the 1400 blocks of Bainbridge, Pemberton and Kater Streets in Philadelphia, 13 have elevators, said Scott Neifel, sales manager of Philadelphia-based Plumer & Associates Inc. Realtors. The lone unsold property

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this world so when you meet one you remember them and Ringo is as genuine as they come. As I sat down at the table with them, he pointed to each person and introduced them by saying at least one amazing thing about each of them. It was astounding — what a gift — to be able to retain all that information about each person he knows. I admire this quality. It’s just one of the many great qualities he has. First he introduced me to Willard Teel, a southerner who grows okra right here in Lewiston. “That’s a story in itself,” he said. “A guy who grows okra right here in the L-C Valley.” Teel told me he is growing around 52 plants in a “garden” and he said it takes about two months until you can harvest the tasty treat. He also told me that it will keep producing until the first freeze. Ringo also introduced me to Dave Weisel, who he said had traveled to … and he began naming countries. I

asked Weisel which was his favorite place out of all he had been to and he replied instantly: “Auckland, New Zealand. It’s really pretty. A third of the population of New Zealand lives there.” A late comer, Bill Davis, was introduced to me by Ringo as he found a place to sit. “This is Peggy from the Tribune and you can tell her what you did at the mill.” Davis replied, “I wasn’t at the mill,” with laughter. “I was in the Forestry Department for the last 20 years. I was a land specialist.” Just by the lunchtime conversations, if no one had ever mentioned the mill, you would know their lives were spent with a natural respect for the forest and its trees. They spoke about trees and each other the way many talk about family, with respect and fondness.  Hayden may be contacted at phayden@ lmtribune.com or (208) 848-2243.

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4 elevators, continued from page 25 does not have an elevator, and, Neifel said, it probably would have sold if it had one. All eight homes in the next phase, which will begin in February at the southwest corner of Broad and Fitzwater Streets, will include elevators, he added. “We are seeing them in just about any new development over a certain height,� said Matt Pincus, owner of West Chester, Pa.-based Pincus Elevator Co. Elevators are a feature often expected in newly constructed homes of four stories or more, Pincus said. An elevator can serve as a “glorified dumbwaiter� for carting luggage or groceries between floors, Neifel said. Still, not all downsizing suburbanites are interested in them. Kathy Maris, 52, is relocating from her 3,800-square-foot Moorestown, N.J., home to Philadelphia with her husband. They considered two city townhouses with elevators, but

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didn’t place bids. “I look at it as just another thing that could break down,� Maris said. Reavy acknowledged that’s a possibility and suggested that buyers do their homework before purchasing. “If you buy a good product, you are going to have fewer problems,� he said, adding that service and lubrication contracts are available. Brian Stetler, of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, typically advises his clients to consider how much they will actually use the elevator before they buy. For some homeowners, it turns into a closet, he said. “They put brooms, laundry baskets, and vacuum cleaners in them.� Stetler said. “But it is only storage on one floor.� Regardless of potential drawbacks, Pincus said, “At a certain price range, an elevator is part of the deal.�

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4 Fastfood song, continued from page 23 parents like hers to pay other families to provide residential care for their children. Her second near-death experience happened as she and her husband were returning from a recital at Penn State and were involved in a car crash: “A man in another car sped up, our bumpers locked, we went off the road and we rolled three times. We were in a brand new Rambler, which had no seat belts because they weren’t required back then.” A third time was in the early ’70s when she became deathly ill with the London flu. “There was no room in the (Pittsburgh) hospitals, which were jammed full, even the hallways. I was so weak, I couldn’t walk and I had three young children at home at the time.” “Prayer and singing have brought me through some really dark times!” she continued, including a recent brush with a pre-cancerous condition. “I just want people to know that God truly cares about them.” Divorced now, Anderson — proud mother of five and grandmother of eight — carries with her a well-worn book of arias, “The Prima Donna’s Album,” from which she makes

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her selections to go with the fast-food menu. “I sing mostly in the back so it doesn’t interfere with customers placing their orders or impinge on customers’ personal conversations,” Anderson said. On this day, her audience couldn’t have been more eclectic: three men discuss-

ing the Browns, a few tables of singles, seven Amish men who seemed quietly delighted as they placed their orders at the counter. “Zip A Dee Doo Dah” has a way of bringing joy to anyone’s ears. Anderson said she often wonders what her life would have been like had she pursued an operatic career. “But

MOND A Y, J U NE 2 , 2 0 1 4 you make choices in life. I chose motherhood. For that, I have no regrets.” Anderson grew up in Northeast Ohio, part of it on Akron’s Thornton Street, where she remembers standing as a little girl in the bay window of an apartment and singing to her heart’s content. She graduated in 1960 from Bay Vil-

lage High School, where she had her first vocal coach and successfully competed on the state level. It was her now 90-year-old mother, Garnet Storey, and her then-stepfather, Charles Whited, who encouraged her singing and paid for those early lessons.


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