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Sept. 2, 2013 / Vol. 23, No. 9

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Senior lunch menus — Page 3

Volunteer of the Month — Page 12

House Call — Page 15

Senior Talk — Page 22

Edie and Al Vannoy make longevity seem like a walk in the park / Page 10


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T IME S GOLDEN

Thought for the month “Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.” — Benjamin Franklin

EDITOR: Mary Tatko

COORDINATOR: Peggy Hayden

On the cover: Al and Edie Vannoy still enjoy life at 101 and 97, respectively, and they’re still in love after nearly 75 years of marriage.

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WHO AM I? » My birthday is Sept. 2, 1948. » I played for the same team in the National Football League for 13 years as a quarterback during which time I won four Super Bowls. » I am the only NFL player to recieve a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. » I have been married three times and have two daughters with my last wife.

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September senior nutrition menus monday Senior Round Table Nutrition Program 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. 2

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.

Moscow Senior Nutrition Program 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.

J-K Senior Meals serves meals at noon at 104 South Sixth St., Kendrick. Dessert is served both days. Suggested donation is $3 for people age 60 and older, and $5 for those younger than 60; Children younger than 6 years eat for free.

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3 Barbecue chicken/ pasta/green beans/ corn muffin/fruit

5 Beef and cheese burrito/ rice/corn/salad/mandarin oranges

6 Deluxe salad bar/fruit

10 Chicken-fried steak/ mashed potatoes/gravy/ broccoli/roll/fruit

12 Breaded baked fish/ french fries/carrots/Jell-O with fruit

13 Deluxe salad bar/fruit

17 Meatloaf/gravy/ scalloped potatoes/ peas/roll/fruit

19 Cook’s choice

20 Deluxe salad bar/fruit

24 Pork roast/mashed potatoes/gravy/capri-blend vegetables/cake/ice cream

26 Sweet and sour chicken/rice/oriental-blend vegetables/biscuit/fruit

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3 Meatloaf/mashed potatoes/gravy/green beans/salad/roll

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

9 Lasagna/salad/green beans/breadsticks/cookie

10 Baked ham/scalloped potatoes/mixed vegetables/ applesauce/cornbread

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

16 Chicken-fried steak/ mashed potatoes/gravy/corn/ pineapple-peach posy/biscuit

17 Sweet and sour pork/ rice/salad/carrots/roll

21 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Baked chicken

23 Barbecue-chicken sandwich/tater tots/peas/ pasta salad/cookie

24 Swiss steak/Rhode Island potato/carrots/ beet salad/roll/pudding

25 BUFFET (starts at 11:30 a.m.): Pork tenderloin

27 Deluxe salad bar/fruit

30 Hot-chicken sandwich/ broccoli/salad/roll 3 Fried chicken/mashed potatoes/gravy/vegetable

5 Polynesian fish/rice/ vegetable

10 Burritos/Mexican rice/vegetable

12 Country-fried steak/ mashed potatoes/gravy/ vegetable

17 Chicken a la king/rice/ vegetable

19 Bratwurst/mashed potatoes/gravy/vegetable

24 Pork roast or corned beef/potatoes/gravy/ vegetable

26 Meat or cheese lasagna/vegetable 4 Hamburgers/potato salad/peach cobbler

6 Chicken alfredo/penne

11 Salmon patties/mashed potatoes/milk gravy/peas/ green salad/grapes

13 Barbecue ribs/potato wedges/spinach/lime Jell-O with pears/bread pudding

18 Stuffed bell peppers/ sliced tomatoes/applesauce/ sour cream cookies

20 Pork steaks/dressing/mush-

25 Roast beef/mashed potatoes/gravy/green beans/lemon Jell-O cake

27 Meatloaf/red potatoes/ beets/peach mousse/ banana-zucchini bread

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Q&A

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Q: How do I apply for Social Security disability benefits? A: There are two ways you can apply for disability benefits. You can: Apply online at www.socialsecurity.gov; or call our toll-free number, (800) 772-1213 [TTY (800) 3250778], to make an appointment to file a disability claim at your local Social Security office or to set up an appointment for someone to take your claim over the telephone. If you schedule an appointment, we will mail a Disability Starter Kit to you. The kit will help you get ready for your disability claim interview. If you are applying online or want to get started on the kit right away, it is available online at www.socialsecurity. gov/disability. ——— Q: Who can get Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug coverage? A: If you receive Medicare and have

limited income and resources, you may be eligible for Extra Help — Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage — to pay for the costs (monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments) related to a Medicare prescription drug plan. To qualify for Extra Help, you must reside in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Your resources must be limited to $13,300 for an individual or $26,580 for a married couple living together. Resources include such things as bank accounts, stocks and bonds. We do not count your house and car as resources. Your annual income must be limited to $17,235 for an individual or $23,265 for a married couple living together. Even if your annual income is higher, you still may be able to get some help. Learn more at www. socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp. ——— Q: I need proof of my Social Security income. Can I get verification online? A: Yes! And the best way to get a benefit verification letter is by using a “my Social Security” account. Your personal my Social Security account is a convenient and secure way for you to check your benefit and payment information, change your address, phone number and direct deposit information, and to get your benefit verification letter. You can use your benefit verification letter to verify your income, retirement or disability status, Medicare eligibility and age. When you use my So-

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cial Security to get it, you can request which information you would like included in the letter. Learn more, use my Social Security and get your benefit verification letter now at www. socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. ——— Q: I heard there is a Social Security video available in American Sign Language. Where can I find it? A: Yes, it’s true, and you can find the video on our website. The video is called “Social Security, SSI and Medicare: What You Need to Know About These Vital Programs.” The video is available in American Sign Language and it presents important information about our programs. You can watch the video now at www.socialsecurity.gov/multimedia/video/ asl. The video is a part of our larger collection of on-demand videos and webinars available at www.socialsecurity.gov/webinars. ——— Q: Will my Social Security disability benefit increase if my condition gets worse or I develop additional health problems? A: No. We do not base your Social Security benefit amount on the severity of your disability. The amount you are paid is based on your average lifetime earnings before your disability began. If you go back to work after getting disability benefits, you may be able to get a higher benefit based on those earnings. In addition, we have incentives that allow you to work temporarily without losing your disability benefits. For more information about disability benefits, read our publications Disability Benefits and Working While Disabled How We Can Help. Both are available online at www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs. ——— Q: I miss working. If I go back to work, will I automatically lose my

Social Security disability benefits? A: No. Social Security has several work incentives to help you ease back into the workforce. You may be able to continue receiving benefits during a “trial work period,” and in most cases your medical coverage will continue after you begin working. We may be able to help you return to work without losing your benefits. These work incentives are like a safety net for people who want to go to work but aren’t sure they can. For information about Social Security’s work incentives, visit the Work site, at www.socialsecurity.gov/work or read the online Red Book on Work Incentives at www.socialsecurity.gov/redbook. ——— Q: If I receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability, what is the effect on my benefits when I take seasonal work? A: Even a small amount of earned wages can cause a deduction in your SSI payment. However, it takes substantial work to make your benefits stop. In 2013, a person who receives SSI can earn up to $1,505 a month and still continue receiving some SSI payments. In many cases, we will deduct approved work expenses to determine your SSI payment amount. In most cases, you can continue to receive your medical coverage for up to two years after you begin working. We have several publications on SSI, including Reporting Your Wages When You Receive Supplemental Security Income, available at www. socialsecurity.gov/pubs.  This column was prepared by the Social Security Administration. Fast answers to specific Social Security questions can be obtained by calling Social Security toll-free at (800) 7721213 [TTY (800) 325-0778] or by visiting the website www.socialsecurity. gov.

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Pautler center has been renamed

Pautler Senior Center has made a change in its name. It is now Valley Community Center. Services and offerings remain the same. There will be a crafts, baked goods and indoor yard sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the center to raise money for a new sign. The center is closed today for the Labor Day holiday but will reopen at its regular time Tuesday. Anyone wishing to donate something for the sale can drop items off at the center between 10 a.m. and noon on Thursday and Friday. Donations can include items such as furniture, quilts, afghans, kitchen items, tools, artwork, books, movies and musical instruments. They will also take donations of craft items and baked goods, but no clothing will be accepted. There will not be foot care on Wednesdays during the month of September, but the Monday foot care will take place as usual. To make an appointment call (509) 758-2355. Bi-Mart Pharmacy will have a flu shot clinic at the center from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10.

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12:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital in Clarkston. Registration for this class can be completed by calling Arnold Lee at (208) 301-8844 (Moscow number). The second class will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Gritman Medical Center in Moscow. Registration for this class can be completed by calling Linda Shepard at (208) 883-1002. The cost for each class is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. The classes are designed for those age 50 and older, but are open to all ages and may result in a point reduction on drivers licenses and/or insurance discounts.

Sons of Norway meetings resume

The Sons of Norway Elevedalen Lodge No. 129 is resuming meetings this month. The first meeting will be at noon Sept. 21 at Valley Community Center, 549 Fifth St., Clarkston. The meeting will start with a potluck, followed by a business meeting and a program on heritage. Sons of Norway is an organization open to people of Scandinavian descent or those interested in the Scandinavian culture. All meetings are open to the public. More information about the local group is available by calling (208) 798-8617 or (208) 7432626.

gin at noon at Macullen’s, 1516 Main St., Lewiston. The program will be presented by Donna Duffau from the Lewis-Clark Animal Shelter. She will discuss the shelter’s operations. All current and retired federal employees are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn about the issues facing federal workers. More information about the group and its meetings is available by calling (509) 751-8791.

Retired educators picnic planned

The Retired Educators of North Central Idaho invites all those who worked in the education community to a picnic. The picnic potluck will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 18 at Sunset Park in Lewiston. Chicken and beverages will be provided. It is a social event for teachers, bus drivers, cooks, janitors and anyone else who worked in a north central Idaho school. Attendees should bring a side dish and lawn chair. The Retired Educators of

North Central Idaho will resume Labor Day holiday. Foot care will be held at 9 its monthly meetings in Octoa.m. Wednesday at the center ber. and the board will meet at 9 Senior center closed a.m. Sept. 17. Dances are held at the cen-

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The Sixth Street Senior Center will be closed today for the

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 October’s issue must be recieved by Sept. 23 to be considered. Questions about submitting information can be sent via email or by calling (208) 848-2243.

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Driver Safety classes NARFE will begin meeting again being offered There will be two AARP Driver Safety classes offered this month. The first class will be a twosession class from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 and from 8:30 a.m. to

The National Active and Retired Federal Employees chapter 515 will have its first meeting, following the summer break, on Sept. 25. The luncheon meeting will be-

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 BRIEFS, continued from page 5 ter each Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. Cost is $4 per person. There will be a pancake feed with sausage at noon Sept. 11 and goulash will be served at noon Sept. 18. Cost is $4 per meal, per person. The monthly potluck with meat furnished by Emeritus Juniper Meadows is at noon Sept. 25. Pinochle games are played at 1 p.m. each Thursday.

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BIRTHDAYS SEPT. 9  BEN LEBARON Ben Lebaron of Kendrick will be 85 next Monday. He was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Lewiston. He has two sisters and a brother. Lebaron farmed with his Dad and brother. He served in the U.S. Navy. Lebaron and Malvina Stephsen were married in March 1988. Through the years he has been active in community service, serving on the Evergreen Fire District, the Farm Service Board, a few cemetery boards as well as other things.

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Birthdays starting at 70, and every year after, will be accepted for publication in Golden Times in the month of the birthday only. The limit for each submission is 200 words. Photographs are welcome. Birthday submissions must include the name and phone number of the person submitting information. If you would like your photo returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. If you have questions about submitting a birthday, please call (208) 848-2243. Mailed information may be sent to: Golden Times, P.O. Box 957, Lewiston, ID 83501; emailed submissions should be sent to goldentimes@Lmtribune.com.

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 VIOLET WILSON Violet Wilson of Lewiston will celebrate turning 100 on Sept. 11. She was born in 1913 in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada, to Albert and Lena Hemphill. She and Alexander Parke were married and had four children. The couple later divorced and she moved to Gig Harbor, Wash. She married William Wilson and they moved to Lewiston in 1972. The couple moved into Juniper Meadows in 2002 and her husband died Dec. 15, 2006. Wilson continues to live at Emeritus at Juniper Meadows.

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Nars Desautel of Lewiston will celebrate his 93rd birthday Sept. 18. He was born in Minnesota in 1920 and moved to Idaho

in 1957. Desautel worked for Potlatch Corp. until retiring in 1982. He then went to work for the U.S. Forest Service on the North Fork of the Clearwater River. He retired from there in 2007. He enjoys camping with family and friends.

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 MYRA LUOMA Myra Luoma of Clarkston will celebrate her 80th birthday with celebrations here and in Boise. The local celebration will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 28 at Luoma’s home. The daughter of Oscar and Edith Raby, she was born Sept. 18, 1933, in Kendrick. Her family moved to Clarkston in 1942. Luoma attended Eastern Washington College and Washington State College. Later in life, she returned to school and graduated from LewisClark State College where she

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Jean Ballard of Culdesac will turn 80 Sept. 20. She was born in 1933 in Chariton, Iowa, to Verle and Madonna Dawson. She and Ralph Ballard were married in 1955 in Iowa. Ballard and her husband owned Jacques Spur from 1967 to 1979. In 1979, she went to work at Potlatch Corp. and retired from there in 1992. Ballard then worked at Edward Jones Investments from 1992 until retiring in 2006. She has two sons; one was an Olympian and the other was a jet boat racer. Her hobbies include line dancing, needle work and gardening.

ď ˇ Barbara Lagerquist Barbara (Bobbi) Lagerquist of Orofino will be 79 on Sept. 20. She was born in 1934 in central Iowa where she lived until age 4 when her family moved to Minneapolis where she grew up. After training in radiology, Lagerquist moved to Southern California where she met her husband John. They were married in 1955 and have two children. The couple traveled to Saudi Arabia and Italy. In 1990, the couple moved to Orofino. Lagerquist volunteered in the elementary-school library for 18 years and now does research for the Clearwater County Historical Museum. She is a member of the hospital auxiliary, P.E.O. Chapter AW and Ascension Lutheran Church. She also volunteers through the WA-ID Volunteer Center program R.S.V.P.

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Sept. 27 ď ˇ Margaret Fine Margaret Fine of Orofino will turn 90 on Sept. 27. She was born in 1923 to J.J. and Florence Calland. Fine worked for GTE, Potlatch Inc. and Stoddard Electric Inc. She and Deryl H. Fine were married in 1943. They have two children. Fine has been active in the community doing the news report for the Clearwater Senior Citizens along with many other activities.

ď ˇ Thomas J. Osborne Thomas J. Osborne of Lewiston will celebrate his 80th birthday Sept. 23. He was born in 1933 to Thomas W. and Frieda Osborne. After many moves the family bought a ranch in Potlatch. He graduated from Potlatch High School in 1952. Osborne served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957. He and Justine Reisenauer were married on Nov. 21, 1958. Osborne worked for Potlatch Mill in Potlatch before moving to Lewiston in 1961. He went to work in the paper mill owned by Potlatch Corp. as a machinist and retired in 1993 after 35 years. The couple have four children, all married, and 12 grandchildren. Osborne enjoys his family, especially his grandchildren, as well as doing some fishing, going to yard sales and working in his shop.

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Lucille Magnuson, 93, Moscow

The calendar says my body’s old, I say not in heart or mind. I can walk about, My Watch Dog see to drive, I’m not blind. I have a little watch dog My license says that’s always watching me. my driving is fine. Everything I do, I can climb stairs, her big brown eyes will see. if it has a rail, Everywhere I go, it would be painful if I fell. she’s not far away. My hearing is great, She watches me all night if the news is good and watches me all day. and it’s what I’d like to hear. I never know just where she’ll be I can still clean my house but I know for sure, if I’ve a notion to. she’s watching me. I can cook and bake; Janet Azbill, 75, Lewiston no sewing will I do. Dirty windows don’t bother me, September Song as long as I can see through. I mop the floors Vacation days ended and scrub the bath, on a sad low note, want it bright and clean, Dad waved as he headed it’s sanitation you see. to store the boat. The years are going fast, Water toys hissed there’s not much company. as they sang out blue air; I keep house to suit myself, Bathing suits kept rhythm I live in it happily. with drying flair. One more thing, New shoes brought blisters if you decide to visit, and high notes of pain. be sure to call, Band instruments so I’ll have time to clean. needed polish again. Eva Herring, 83, Lewiston Mom groaned low bass notes

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He had great interest in the Lewis-Clark trek. Lived it himself in the books that he read. With his buddies, he followed their trail, now a road, their 4-wheelers loaded with gear for cold nights. Cameras to record spots of beauty to show to those not so lucky to tour Idaho. On one such trip, he found a spot, a spectacular vista where the canyon spread out, deep and wondrously wide. To the mountains of Montana, lying low on the horizon and the hillsides thick with alpine trees reaching. Where eagles soared high on soft zephyr breezes. Where elk roamed the mountains and bugled their song. One day he took me, in the pickup no less. He showed me the place … made certain and sure I’d remember the exact spot he chose for his ashes to blow in final repose. He’s there now, where eagles soar high on soft zephyr breezes. Where elk roam the mountains

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Making 100 look simple and 75 seem possible At 101 and 97, the Vannoys have literally spent a lifetime together; the couple have been married nearly 75 years By Mary Tatko

“He’s a good flunkie,” she said. “He chops the vegetables and he’s good help.” He will be 102 on Sept. 12; she will Allie (Al) and Edith (Edie) Vannoy are full of stories about their family his- be 98 on Sept. 30. “We’re oldies, but goodies,” he said. tory — she’s even written a book about Their family threw a party two years it — but this is an elderly couple who ago when Al turned 100. do not live in the past. “They expected about 75 people and “I had nine people for dinner yester300 came,” Edie said. day,” Edie said recently, relaxing in the This year, they’ll celebrate another sunroom of their Lewiston Orchards milestone — their 75th wedding anhome. niversary is in November. Preparing a meal for a house full of Originally, from North Carolina, he visiting family members wasn’t somecame to Cottonwood in 1931 with his thing this nearly century-old greatfather and younger brother. grandmother did alone. Al — who is She was born in Reubens and graduatmore than a century old – was by her ed from Craigmont High School in 1933. side. Target Publications

farmer’s wife.” She told a story about getting on the tractor to help level out the yard after their house was built: “I worked pretty good for a while and pretty soon I ran right into the house, broke the crank off the tractor,” she said, chuckling. “I’m really not an outdoorsy type.” “I tried to teach her how to milk a They were introduced in 1936. cow,” Al said, laughing. “She didn’t want “A friend of mine said, ‘I’d like for to learn.” you to meet a pretty girl and she works Al farmed with his brother, Ocie, at in the Forest Service Cavendish, where they grew office in Orofino.’ And wheat, clover seed and beans, when I met with the gal, I tilling 1,600 acres of rented decided that I had to have land with teams of up to 12 her,” Al said. “Two years horses until finally getting a — Al Vannoy tractor in 1936. later, we got married.” “End of story,” Edie Actually, Edie pointed out, said. the International they bought in 1936 When they met, she had an office wasn’t the farm’s first tractor. job, but once they married she took on “The owner bought them a big, new different roles — as best she could. tractor and then he lost it in a poker “A farmer’s wife back in those days game,” she said. didn’t have time to do anything else,” After that, Al said, he and his brother she said. “I canned, I had a garden bought tractors themselves. — but I don’t think I was a very good Al retired at age 70. He and Edie moved to the Lewiston Orchards about 10 years ago, when they decided it was time to move off the farm. Today, the Vannoys rent out their farm land to tenants who use the latest generation of equipment. “They have huge combines,” Edie said. Before they moved to Lewiston, the Vannoys were snowbirds, leaving Cavendish each winter and heading south. “We put in 19 winters in Arizona,” Al said. They started out staying in a motor home, then bought a small house there. They also traveled around the country, exploring all but a few states. Edie used the travels to pursue her interest in genealogy, finding ancestors in Virginia, North Carolina and Missouri. “I have 900 names in my computer,” she said. The Vannoys have two sons, one in Lewiston and one in Spokane. Their daughter died in a car accident at age 17, in 1958. “That was the most tragic time of our lives,” Edie said. “But, you know, these things happen and you have to

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Edith (left) and Al (right) Vannoy have been married nearly 75 years and have two sons.

live with them.” They have six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One of Al’s hobbies through the years was restoring old cars, such as Model T Fords and passing them along to his sons. The one remaining vintage vehicle in his garage, a 1926 International pickup, isn’t collecting dust. “When somebody wants to go for a little short ride, I take it,” he said, as he turned the key to show how the vehicle still starts right up. They drove it in parades and entered it in car shows, but never got involved with a car club since they were gone to Arizona every winter and busy in the summers, he said. In the garage beside the International is the Vannoys’ everyday car, a Chevrolet sedan. Not every 100-year-old thinks about buying a new car, but that’s just what Al did a couple years ago. “I sent him to town to get a haircut and he came home and said, ‘I bought a car,’ ” Edie said. They no longer drive long distances, but they frequently socialize with friends in Lewiston, including several families they knew from Cavendish who also moved here.

“We don’t really have peers — they’re younger than us,” Edie said. “I read a little saying the other day, and it said, ‘It’s not the age, it’s the attitude,’ ” she said, as Al nodded in agreement. Her interest in genealogy led Edie to write a book, which was published last year. “A Nice Car, a Good Woman, A Little Fun Every Day” details Al’s life as a young man, from 1917 to 1947. “It’s on Amazon.com and Kindle,” Edie said. “Four hundred copies sold,” Al said, looking lovingly at his wife. “I’m not braggin’, but I got a good little gal.” — Edith Vannoy In addition to genealogy, Edie has a doll collection, which includes family heirlooms, and dolls she crafted herself from fabric and clay. Asked if they have a secret to their longevity, both Vannoys said it’s God’s doing. “I really think we’re put here for a purpose and maybe we haven’t fulfilled our purpose yet,” she said. “Anyway, we still enjoy life.” There also seems to be a longevity gene in her family, Edie said. Her sisters all lived into their 90s and her mother was 90 when she died. The Vannoys have been blessed not just with long life,

“I sent him to town to get a haircut and he came home and said, ‘I bought a car.’ ”

but with good health and a sort of persistent youthfulness. Edie’s hair — dark, with a touch of gray at the temples — has not been dyed. A sense of humor is another shared attribute: “My hair is natural,” Al said of his snow-white color when his wife’s hair was being discussed. One thing the Vannoys are not is stuck in their ways. After years of not feeling right and doctor appointments that didn’t seem to help, Al eliminated gluten from his diet at the suggestion of his son, who is gluten sensitive and operates a gluten-free bakery in Spokane. So the retired wheat farmer has joined the ranks of those who don’t eat any wheat or other grains that contain the protein gluten. “He’s gluten-free and I try my best not to be,” Edie said, noting her husband’s special diet makes restaurant dining trickier, but they still love eating out. In his early days of farming, a loaf of bread was 5 cents, Al said. Today it can be several dollars. “Especially if you go gluten-free,” Edie said. Looking back, they said there’s plenty that’s changed — like prices for everyday items — but they don’t sit around and pine for the old days. “We still have fun,” Edie said.  Tatko can be reached at mtatko@lmtribune.com or (208) 848-2244.


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Ray Rosch, 70, and Nancy Rosch, 61, of Lewiston are Golden Times’ Senior Volunteers of the Month for September. Nominated by: The couple were chosen after getting word they had been awarded a Volunteer of the Year award from the Idaho Health Care Association — Idaho Center for Assisted Living for their work at Lewiston’s Royal Plaza Retirement Center and Transitional Care facility. Volunteer work: The couple spends one day a week providing music for seniors at the retirement center as well as leading church services once a month there. They do it as a way of honoring Nancy’s mother, who lived there until the time of her death. Ray and Nancy are not strangers to volunteer work. Nancy also volunteers at the Willow Center and, with Ray’s help, each summer at Camp Erin for the children of the center. Ray, as many know, is in charge of Interlink Volunteers — Faith in Action, which he devotes a great deal of time to, but he also volunteers with Nancy at their church, Episcopal Church of the Nativity in Lewiston. Career: Ray is a Tribune alum, having

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Retiree finds the time to solve a fishing lure problem had a light bulb moment. “Those darn little bitty jigs have such small eyes, they’re hard Doug Erbeck, of to thread,” he said. MINNEAPOLIS — At 77, Doug Erbeck Crystal, Minn., loves And paint must first be removed from is retired — technically — but you won’t them — a tedious affair. Erbeck figured he to catch bluegills, so find him sitting in a rocking chair killing could do better. time. he invented the In 2010, he made a clay model and brainWhen he’s not angling for panfish on stormed with son-in-law Marty Stone, an Fisherbeck Easy Twin Cities-area lakes, which is frequently, engineer, of Arden Hills, Minn. The result: Thread lure, a jig or competing in long-distance running rac- Fisherbeck Easy Threading Jigs, which es, or gardening, or volunteering with the with a funnel-likel have funnels to thread the line through inFur, Fin & Feather Club in Osseo, the forhole instead of an eye mer veterinary pathologist peddles an easy- stead of a small eye. He got a patent, found a manufacturer and began making and selltie fishing jig he invented and sells. to attach the line. ing them. He calls it the Fisherbeck lure. Erbeck, 77, also is a “It’s easier to thread for everybody, but “I guarantee you’ll catch more and larger long-distance runner bluegills with the easiest-to-thread jig on it’s particularly attractive for elderly peothe market today,” said the gregarious Er- ple, for handicapped people, for kids and and retired for ice fishing, because your hands get beck, of Crystal, Minn. veterinarian. Fumbling while trying to tie 2-pound- cold,” he said. test fishing line onto a small jig one cold But Erbeck found it difficult getting into MCT winter morning several years ago, Erbeck the tackle-making business; there’s lots of competition. “I did the patent all by myself, without any lawyers,” he said proudly. “The first lawyer I talkWe’ll give you $500 for referring ed to wanted $15,000 to do it. So someone to our community and I went online. The patent office people actually helped me.” they move in. Now that’s something He sells the jigs three for $5 everyone can smile about. on his website (www.fisherbeck. com), at fishing shows and a few bait shops in his region. Sales have been good, but Erbeck laughs when asked if he’s getting rich. “It’s coming slow but sure,” he said. “I’m not making a lot of money, just enough to put back into the business.” He’s adding a second jig, one to target big crappies. “It will be the same as the Fisherbeck, only a different color, white glow-inthe-dark with pink eyes. Hopefully, this will take off.” His jigs originally were made in China, but he’s found a manufacturer in Illinois to make the next batch, including the new crappie jigs. All are made of tin instead of lead. “It’s environmentally friendly,” Erbeck said. “And with tin, it sinks a bit slower and the fish There is never a better time to refer a friend or loved one to Whitman Senior Living! We offer flexibility, will grab it.” exceptional dining, personalized service and assistance, 24-hour care, and outstanding resident satisfaction. The orange and black jigs are meant to be especially effective on bluegills, Erbeck’s favorite fish. “To me, bluegills are the premier eating fish of Minnesota,” he said. “And it’s so much fun.” Call or visit us today for more details about this exceptional offer.

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Taking charge of your health care model is called the Patient Centered Medical Home. Of course patients should always have been the main focus of medical care, but they haven’t always felt they were. The concept of a team of medical professionals responsible for a patient’s care is basic to the Medical Home. Putting the patient in the center means: l The patient determines what his medical treatment looks like in partnership with the medical team. Providers are advisers, not dictators. The patient is encouraged to “own” the care plan and has both control of and responsibility for his treatment. Patient engagement is critical to the success of any treatment. Antibiotics won’t cure the strep throat infection if the patient doesn’t understand the importance of taking the full bottle. The diabetic will not improve his health without committing to weight loss, exercise and diet change. l When the patient rather than the doctor is at the center, medical offices open earlier and stay open longer to accommodate working patients and students. Appointments are available sooner, often the same day, so there is less delay in diagnosis. Questions can be

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Medtronic device will collect data as it treats brain disorders By James Walsh

Minneapolis Star Tribune

A new deep brain stimulation system by Medtronic can sense and record brain activity at the same time it delivers therapy to treat Parkinson’s symptoms, essential tremors and epilepsy. The data collected by the Activa PC+S deep brain stimulation system will be available to researchers working to better understand how to treat neurological and psychological dis-

eases, Medtronic said. The hope is the new device, and what doctors learn from it, will eventually lead to development of a “closed loop” system which can automatically adjust its program to meet the changing needs of the patient. Currently, medical staff have to adjust device settings manually. For now, the device will collect brain signals researchers can use to study neurological and psychological disorders and how to adapt technology to best treat them, said

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stimulation can be programmed and adjusted to maximize symptom control and minimize side effects. More than 100,000 patients worldwide have received Medtronic’s DBS therapy. The Activa PC+S system is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for commercial use in the United States, and will be made available to physicians for investigational use only. It met the European standards of CE Mark approval in January. The first implant took place in Munich, in a person with Parkinson’s disease. The system uses sensing technology and an adjustable algorithm to gather brain signals at moments selected by a physician. That data will be made available to physicians worldwide for use in clinical studies. They will use the system to map the brain’s responses to DBS therapy and explore new applications for that therapy. The therapy is approved in many locations around the world, including Europe and the United States,

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for the treatment of symptoms of essential tremor, advanced Parkinson’s disease and chronic intractable primary dystonia. In Europe, Canada and Australia, DBS therapy is approved for the treatment of refractory epilepsy. DBS therapy is also approved for the treatment of severe, treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder in the European Union and Australia, and in the United States under a Humanitarian Device Exemption. But Krinke said the business potential is even greater. “The opportunity is huge. Even in our most penetrated market of Parkinson’s we have less than 20 percent of the patients who could benefit from DBS,” he said. “Less than 5 percent worldwide.” An estimated 1 million people in the U.S. suffer from Parkinson’s, he said. Deep brain stimulation is part of what is called neuromodulation, in which a device is used to deliver targeted and regulated electrical pulses and drugs to specific sites in the nervous system to treat chronic pain or other disease symptoms.

Pickleball a hit for older crowd By Caitlin Owens

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Richard Claxon usually plays pickleball three or four times a week — as long as his knees can stand it. He is joined by former tennis players, exercise enthusiasts and those simply seeking a good time. They are all generally older than age 50, although anyone is welcome to play. “It’s a tremendous sport for older people,” Claxon, 72, said. He began playing a year ago and sees the game not only as exercise but also as a social outlet. Pickleball, a racquet sport similar to tennis but played with “overgrown ping pong paddles” and a whiffle ball, originated in Washington state in 1965. The USA Pickleball Association calls it a “highly contagious, progressive and incurable disease” and

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Link found between cancer, diabetes drugs and reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease By Delthia Ricks Newsday

People who have endured chemotherapy for some cancers appear to have a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, as do longterm users of a commonly prescribed diabetes drug, scientists have found in separate medical investigations. Both research projects are opening new windows, some experts said, on how unrelated diseases and unexpected medications may have a protective impact on the brain. No one wants to develop cancer and undergo chemotherapy, or, for that matter, take a potent diabetes medication to avoid Alzheimer’s, said Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein, a geriatrician and expert in Alzheimer’s

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ment and Alzheimer’s disease. Among the cancers she evaluated were many of the most common — breast, prostate, lung and colorectal malignancies. She also examined cancers of the blood and lymphatic tissue. Patients were 65 and older. Her research revealed chemotherapy provided added protection against dementia. During the six years veterans were tracked, 82,028 were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Yet, only 24 percent of them had a history of cancer compared with 76 percent who were never treated for a malignancy. The research revealed a reduced Alzheimer’s risk by as much as half for some forms of cancer. For example, there was a 51 percent

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lowered risk of Alzheimer’s for liver cancer survivors; a 44 percent reduced risk for vets treated for pancreatic cancer, and a 25 percent lowered risk for those who had lung cancer. “These findings indicate that the protective relationship between most cancers and Alzheimer’s disease is not simply explained by increased mortality,” Frain said, adding more research is needed to find the underlying mechanism that spared patients’ minds. Yet, some forms of cancer and chemotherapy conferred no protective effect at all, clouding any evolving theory cancer in general and all forms of chemo protect the brain. Cancers in which the Alzheimer’s risk increased included mela-

noma, prostate and colorectal malignancies. In the second investigation, Rachel Whitmer and colleagues at Kaiser Permanente’s research division in California, studied nearly 15,000 patients 55 and older with type 2 diabetes. The team discovered metformin, a widely prescribed diabetes medication, reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s by 20 percent. Wolf-Klein said diabetes itself is a long-known risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. But Whitmer noted animal models suggest metformin may aid in the development of new brain cells, which may, in turn, offset the damaging effects of the diabetes.

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Buttoning up a century-long happy life By Jewell Cardwell

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AKRON, Ohio — Affable, refined and ever the fashion maven, Peggy Irene Harry has long been admired by her many diverse attachments: family and friends, as well as her fellow residents and staff at The Merriman, an assisted living facility here. And the fresh inductee into the centenarian club — she turned 100 on July 22 — is quite the doyenne of still other attachments: namely buttons. Harry is a longtime member of the Akron Button Club and the National Button Society. At a recent meeting of the local club, which convenes at Akron’s St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, not surprisingly, she was being toasted by fellow members. Harry — a 48-year collector — like the other members, is very button-specific. Hers are the highly treasured, pierced/ carved iridescent white buttons known as “Bethlehem” and “Jordan” pearls. “They look just like lace,” she explained, joie

de vivre percolating in her voice. Member Liz Vernon of Akron even baked button-shaped shortbread cookies to celebrate the pretty-in-pink Harry, for the way she has threaded her way into their lives and helped to get them even more hooked in their hobby of collecting these miniature works of art. “Miss Peg is a true inspiration,” said 15-year member Vernon. “She had pneumonia and the flu in December, then a bad sinus infection. But she bounced back … She’s the most caring and sharing person you would ever want to meet.” Asked about her secret to a long and healthy life, Harry — who relies on a walker for safety — didn’t hold back: “I exercise every day in my room. I wouldn’t miss it! It really does help me keep going … But I think it’s also in my genes.” Widowed in 1988, her late husband was Winchester Harry, the stay-at-home mother and former Akron schoolteacher said she got hooked on collecting MCT after discovering her grandmothAkron Button Club members, from left, Frances er’s button box. Howell, Peg Harry and Lois Pool look at photos She formerly maintained collections of thimbles, stamps and of old club members at their monthly gathering handkerchiefs, and head-turn- at St. Paul Episcopal Church on July 8, in Akron, ing gardens of peonies that were Ohio. Harry turned 100 on July 22. prized, cut and dried for bouquets at Stan Hywet. Volunteer extraordinaire, Harry Make no mistake about it, Peg Harry commemorated her was active at Stan Hywet and formerly served as birthday the entire month of July. president of Fairlawn Garden and Civic Center “It’s never too early to celebrate your 100th birthday!” she opined. where the Akron Button Club used to meet.

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M O N D A Y, S E P T E M B E R 2 , 2 0 1 3 Her fellow button-club members — who brought lots of party fixings for the occasion — couldn’t have agreed more. Early in line to wish the honoree well was Charlene Baker of Gates Mills, Ohio, who is as committed to the hobby and the club as anyone, other than perhaps Harry. “Peg embodies the spirit of Button Club collectors: generosity, en-

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popping open her grandmother’s tin filled with buttons of all pedigrees: “I ended up making bracelets for Christmas for several female relatives. Each told a different story. I used Daddy’s Army buttons on one, and the buttons on the outfit my mother wore to the hospital when she delivered us.” Baker — who donned a button ring from Zambia — seemed to

echo the sentiments of other members when she exclaimed, “You can never be too absurd when it comes to buttons. This really is a cool hobby!” “Little Peg,” she continued, “is so dear to us and to the next generation of collectors.” Peg Harry is hands-on with buttons in yet another arena, one that male residents at The Merriman certainly appreciate. Akron’s Frances Howell noted Harry regularly volunteers to replace missing buttons on their shirts. “I think some of them keep pulling buttons off their shirts just

to spend time with her,” Howell mused, drawing a laugh from Harry and others. Harry — who seems never to have met a project she’d shy away from — scored the top prize a couple of years ago for a pink velvet bra she decorated with sparkling rhinestone buttons in a “Bras Across the City” fundraiser for breast cancer. “I’m just me,” Harry shrugged, flashing a big smile. “But I do have a lot of fun!” That, dear readers, is the real formula for a beautiful life at any age.

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In addition to its fun factor, pickleball addresses a subject with more serious undertones, the health of older adults for one. In North Carolina, for example, almost 32 percent of adults 65 and older do not participate in leisure-time physical activity, according to a report released this year by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ellen Schneider, a researcher with the University of North Carolina Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, said exercise is “extremely important” for older adults for several reasons. Benefits of exercise

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The treasure of lifelong friendship Not every woman can say they’re a Pollyette. Currently there are only eight women in the club started in 1946 at Anatone. At one time the Pollyettes had as many as 21 members. The original members were between the ages of 18 and 25, and had to be voted into the group. Most were daughters of Polly Anna Club members, which was a club based on the main character of a children’s book written in 1903. Pollyanna was known for her cheerfulness and so the Pollyanna Club members would often vow to always be cheerful even in the face of unhappy times.

The Pollyettes didn’t tell me whether for me — 91-year-old Eunice’s age, for they took a vow of cheerfulness but after instance. All of these women look great, spending a little more than an hour with I suspect from having a life filled with them I can tell you they definitely are a laughter, but Eunice doesn’t look a day cheery bunch. over 60, no joke I want her beauty secrets On this particular day seven of the because at the rate I am currently aging I eight members were present. They will look her elder sooner than I am comincluded Eunice Halsey, Helen Benedist, fortable with. She could be very wealthy if NaiDean Parsley Shepherd, Darlene Earl she could bottle whatever it is that keeps Hostetler, Carla Halsey, Virginia Barkher looking so young. ley and Betty Floch. The current group The women are as lively a bunch as includes a few who were members from they have ever been I imagine. All but the beginning or close to the beginning of one of the ladies lives independently. Commentary the club. Virginia resides at Evergreen Estates They meet the second Tuesday of each in an independent-living apartment. She month at different area restaurants for moved there with her husband because lunch. she needed help taking care of him and These friends do more talking and when he died she stayed. laughing than they do eating “I keep trying to get these gals, who but that’s to be expected when live alone, to move in with me. Someone you’re friends with a group for else cleans your room, does laundry, close to seven decades. All of them have makes you three meals,” Virginia said. lived most, if not all, of their lives in the All but one of the women, Carla, is widowed. area. Carla, sister-in-law to Eunice, and her husband usuHelen shares a joke at each luncheon. ally gets at least one of the women’s leftovers from At this particular lunch the joke was: “Do the luncheon, often Darlene’s, but not today. you know why your nose can’t be 13 inches Laughter erupted from Carla and Darlene’s corner Alternative Nursing Services, Inc. has been serving our long?” she asked. “Because then it would of the table and when asked what we missed Darlene communities with professionalism, quality & integrity since 1995. be a foot.” replied: “I told Carla, Max couldn’t have my sandwich The primary responsibility of Alternative Nursing Services, Inc. is Besides listening to their jokes and stotoday and she said, ‘It’s OK, I’ve got another source.’ ” to the client. We continually strive to provide quality of life for all ries of being young ladies during the 40s in Above everything these women have shared a people entrusted to our care. We endeavor to meet the total needs Anatone the lunch included a few surprises lifelong friendship — something many women of my of those we care for! Call us Today to answer any of your questions generation have few of — let or for a free in-home assessment. alone an entire group of. They spend their luncheons chatting Services Available: about things from the past and • Daily Living Assistance • Meal Preparation present as well as sharing jokes, • Transportation • Housekeeping stories and many laughs. They know each other as well, maybe • Medication Reminders • Bathing Assistance even better, than some families. Programs Offered: They are a family — they are • Personal Care Services • Skilled Nursing Services the Pollyettes. • Developmental Therapy • Residential Habilitation They’ve shared marriages, • Homemaker Services • Respite Care children, grandchildren and • Adult Day Care • Companionship Services now great-grandchildren. Through the good times and Locally Owned Since 1995… the hard times they have been Lewiston/Clarkston ............................ (208) 746-3050 together, and cared for one Moscow .........................................(208) 882-0616 another. They have seen each Kamiah..........................................(208) 935-2204 other through family illnesses, Grangeville/Orofino ...........................1-800-930-3050 deaths and births. A lifetime • Private Rooms with Bath, Home Cooked Meals spent being like sisters. • Personal Care Assistance, Medication Management Their secret for doing so well • Respite care with hourly rates available is they worked hard, had (have) good husbands and always • WHY SETTLE FOR LESS? made sure to have fun.

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