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Classics Endure Bob and Etta Fazenbaker may not be able to travel at high speeds in their classic cars, but they enjoy taking them out on the open road nonetheless / Page 10


Senior lunch menus — Page 3

Volunteer opportunities — Page 13

House Call — Page 14

Senior Talk — Page 16



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Who am I? ................................... Page 3 Social Security Q&A.................... Page 4 Briefs .......................................... Page 5

E DI TO R Mary Tatko COORDINATOR: Peggy Hayden Golden Times is inserted in the Tribune the first Monday of every month. To advertise, contact your Tribune advertising sales representative at (208) 848-2292. On the cover: Bob and Etta Fazenbaker of Lewiston enjoy classic cars. The couple are members of the local Crankers Car Club. Photos by: Kyle Mills of the Tribune

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Senior lunch schedules Parks & Recreation Senior Nutrition Program

Senior Roundtable Nutrition Program

Moscow Friendly Neighbors Nutrition Program

The Lewiston meal sites for the Senior Nutrition Program serve hot lunch at noon Mondays-Wednesdays 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. There is a charge of $5 for those younger than 60.

Clarkston meals are served Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Pautler Senior Center, 549 Fifth St. No. F. Asotin meals are served Tuesday and Thursday. There is a salad bar at 11:30 a.m. Fridays only. Suggested donation is $4 for those 60 and older. Cost is $7 for those younger than 60.

Moscow meals are served at noon Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Great Room of the 1912 Center, 412 East Third St. Suggested donation is $4 for people age 60 and older and $6 for those younger than 60. Salad bar is available at 11:30 a.m. The dessert bar and soup is served year-round.

Monday, SEPT. 3

Tuesday, SEPT. 4

Lasagna with meat sauce / Italian blend vegetables / garlic bread / mixed fruit

Tuesday, SEPT. 4

Thursday, SEPT. 6

Baked breaded fish / French fries / coleslaw / mandarin oranges / cookie

Thursday, SEPT. 6

tuesday, SEPT. 4


Spaghetti / vegetable salad / green beans / fruit / breadsticks


Fried chicken / mashed potatoes and gravy / carrots / Jell-O salad / roll / dessert

Friday, SEPT. 7

Monday, SEPT. 10

Meatloaf / garlic potato / corn / vegetable salad / roll / pudding

Tuesday, SEPT. 11

Tuesday, SEPT. 11

Chicken-fried steak / potato / coleslaw / mixed vegetables / roll

WED., SEPT. 12

Ham and navy bean soup / cook’s choice salad / apples Cheeseburger on a bun / baked beans / cucumber salad / Jell-O with fruit

Tuesday, SEPT. 11 Thursday, SEPT. 13

Barbecue riblet / potato / vegetable

Stuffed green peppers / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables Chicken cordon bleu / garden rice / vegetables

Frittata and quiche / vegetables

Thursday, SEPT. 13

Breakfast casserole / spinach / biscuit with jam / melon slice / juice

Tuesday, SEPT. 18

Roast beef / mashed potatoes and gravy / green beans / cucumber salad / roll / dessert

Friday, SEPT. 14

Beef and barley soup / cook’s choice salad / pineapple / salad bar

Thursday, SEPT. 20

Monday, SEPT. 17

Baked ham / scalloped potatoes / applesauce / peas / cornbread / cookie

tuesday, SEPT.. 18

Chicken strips / macaroni and cheese / peas and carrots / grapes / cobbler

Tuesday, SEPT. 18

Porcupine meatballs / au gratin potatoes / corn / tomato salad / roll

thursday, SEPT. 20

WED., SEPT. 19

Roast pork / mashed potatoes and gravy / Jell-O salad / corn roll / dessert

friday, SEPT. 21

Chicken noodle soup / cook’s choice salad / fruit salad

Monday, SEPT. 24

Beef stroganoff / broccoli / vegetable salad / roll / cookie

tuesday, SEPT. 25

Beef roast / mashed potatoes and gravy / carrots / fruit juice / cake / ice cream

thursday, OCT. 4

Tuesday, SEPT. 25

Barbecue pork / rice / coleslaw / green beans / fruit / cinnamon roll

thursday, SEPT. 27

Tuna-noodle casserole / beets / pears / muffin / pudding

tuesday, OCT. 9

Chicken fritters / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables

WED., SEPT. 26

Roast turkey / mashed potatoes and gravy / tomato salad / carrots / roll / dessert

Potato soup / cheese stick / cook’s choice salad / apricots

thursday, OCT. 11

Swai / rice / vegetables


Thought for the month “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln

Meatloaf / mashed potatoes and gravy / green beans / peaches

Tuesday, SEPT. 25 Thursday, SEPT. 27 tuesday, OCT. 2

Polynesian fish / rice / vegetables

Ham / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables

Beef stew / vegetables / buttered noodles

Pork chops / potatoes and gravy / vegetables Turkey with dressing / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables Stuffed cabbage / mashed potatoes and gravy / vegetables

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Senior center will close for Labor Day

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Valley Christian Center will have a Life Line Screening event at the church, located at, 3215 Echo Hills Drive in Lewiston. Screening appointments begin at 9 a.m. and may be made by calling (800) 897-9177. Valley Christian Center will give those who call the office before


setting an appointment a $10 discount and they will receive a $10 donation for each person who registers. Life Line Screening offers ultrasound screening for stroke carotid artery, heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysm, peripheral arterial disease and osteoporosis risk assessment. Each individual screening is $60, except osteo screening which is $35. A package of four screenings is $139; osteo screening can be added for $10 more. Sons of Norway For more information or to get the discount call Deb at Val- resume meetings The Sons of Norway’s first meetley Christian Center at (208) 746-0401. ing following the summer hiatus


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There are two AARP Driver’s Safety classes planned for September. The first class is a six-hour class from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Gritman Medical Center, 700 S. Main St. in Moscow. This class will include a lunch break so attendees should plan to bring or buy a lunch. Registration for this class is required and can be completed by calling Linda Shepard at (208) 883-1002 or (208) 885-2580. The second class will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 and from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Tri-State Memorial Hospital, in Clarkston, in the hospital’s community room. Registration for this class is required and can be completed by calling Dave and Sharon Mudra at (509) 7582871. Cost for the classes is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others. You must have your AARP number on hand when registering to receive discount. The class is designed for those age 50 and older but is open to all ages.

will be a potluck lunch at noon Sept. 15 at Pautler Senior Center, 549 Fifth St., Clarkston. The group will meet the third Saturday of each month at the center. The program will be about the Sami people of Northern Norway Clarkston senior cen- and will follow a short business ter is having a picnic meeting. The group is for those of ScanThe Sixth Street Senior Center will have a picnic at noon dinavian descent or individuals interested in the culture. Visitors are Sept. 19. The center will not be open always welcome. today in observance of Labor Day. There will be a pancake feed at noon Sept. 12 and a potluck lunch with meat furnished by Emeritus at Juniper Meadows Sept. 19. The monthly board meeting is at 9 a.m. Sept. 18.


Pautler Senior Center is closed today for the Labor Day holiday. The center will reopen Tuesday for its regular business hours. The September board meeting at the center will be held at 9 a.m. Sept. 12. Bingo will be played from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 17; the Seaport Quilters will meet at the center from 5:45 to 9 p.m. Sept. 24 and the hearing specialist will be available in the center from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28.





daughters at Evergreen Estates. She was born Sept. 2, 1922. SEPT. 2 She taught ď ˇ NANCY MACKEY b u s i n e s s / English at Nancy Mackey of Clarkston Clarkston High celebrated her 90th birthday Sunday with her two School for many years until


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Cecil W. Rasmussen of Lewiston will be honored by family and friends during an open-house celebration from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at his daughter’s home, 3601 12th St., Lewiston. The occa-

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Annabell Schilling of Orofino will turn 89 on Saturday. She was born Sept. 8, 1923. Her family moved to Orofino from Lewiston when she was in second grade. She graduated from Orofino High School. She worked at a nursery school for 17 years. She married Herman Schilling in 1941. They have five children, 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is an active member of the senior center in Orofino.

Doris L. Baker of Lewiston will be honored at a birthday party from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Royal Plaza, 2870 Juniper Drive in Lewiston. She will be 90. She was born Sept. 10, 1922, to Lee and Verna Gibson in Caldwell. She married Clyde J. Baker June 3, 1943, in Caldwell. They moved to Grangeville in 1948 and she was a clerk at Martin’s Grocery. She was coordina-

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ď ˇ Jack Bly

Jack Bly will celebrate his 84th birthday Sept. 13. He was born Sept. 13, 1928, in Asotin to Mattie Watkins and Tony Bly. He attended Asotin schools and graduated from Asotin High School in 1947. He joined the U.S. Army in 1950 and served in the Korean War until 1952. Jack and Joanne Kerr were married in 1953 in Asotin. He worked for Gregson’s Shoe


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Store and at Prudential Insurance in Lewiston and Spokane. He retired from Prudential in 1982. Jack enjoys telling jokes, cards, fishing and attending reunions with his Army buddies. He has five children, two grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. Friends are invited to stop by and wish him a happy birthday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 13.

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tor of the Grangeville Senior Citizens for a time before she and her husband moved to Lewiston in 1978. In her younger years, she raced stock cars and won many trophies. She always enjoyed crocheting, traveling, fishing, raising flowers and spending time with her family. She is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Grangeville. Her family will be hosts for the celebration and ask that no gifts be given.

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Jessie Ione Smith of Lewiston will celebrate her 85th birthday Sept. 14. She was born Sept. 14, 1927, in Greer, to Walter and Edith Kingen. She was raised in Fraser, near Weippe, on the family farm. She attended schools in Cottonwood, Fraser and Weippe. During World War II, she worked at Potlatch Forests Inc. logging camps, near Headquarters, until she married Albert Smith in 1946. They had three children. She also raised a granddaughter. Her husband died in 1969 in Montana, where they lived. She returned to Idaho and in January 1970, she went to work as the kitchen manager



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at Timberline High School in Weippe. She worked there for 15 years and then worked as a live-in caregiver for the next 25 years in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley, Moscow, Pullman and Colfax before retiring at age 80 in 2007. Between jobs she traveled extensively throughout the U.S., including Alaska, and Canada. She loves the rodeo and has attended the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas many times as well as the Calgary (Alberta, Canada) Stampede and Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days. She moved to Weippe where she had maintained an apartment for many years before moving to Lewiston.

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Pearl Dielman of Lewiston will be the guest of honor at a reception from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Elks Lodge. The occasion is her 100th birthday celebration. She was born Sept. 18, 1912, in Stevensville, Mont., to Walter and Etna Brown. She was one of 13 children and has a twin brother, Earl Brown. She has lived in Montana, Utah, Oregon and Idaho. She and Van Baily were married in April 1931 and lived on a wheat farm where she cooked for the farmhands. The couple had one daughter and later divorced. She married Byron Dielman in October 1949. Following his


death she moved to Lewiston. She worked at the Montana Veterans Home in Columbia Falls as a nurse, but her favorite job was working as a crane operator in the ship yards in Portland, Ore., during World War II. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints in Clarkston. Her hobbies include playing solitaire, spending time with family, going to yard sales, gardening, canning, crocheting and knitting baby clothes and blankets. She has one daughter, five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 12 great-greatgrandchildren.

 NARS (FRENCHY) DESAUTEL Forest Service Nars (Frenchy) Desautel of Lewiston will celebrate his 92nd birthday Sept. 18. He was born Sept. 18, 1920. He worked for Potlatch for 25 years and then the U.S.

for 23 years. He continues to enjoy camping with friends and family, as well as exercising.


1934, and lived in central Iowa until she was age 4 Barbara (Bobbi) Lagerquist when her family moved to of Orofino will turn 78 Sept. Minneapolis. Kitty Carlisle Hart 20. Following her training as She was born Sept. 20, a radiologist, she moved to Southern California where she met and married John Lagerquist in 1955. The couple moved to Orofino in 1990. They have two children. 208-799-5767 She was a volunteer at the elementary school library for 18 years and now does research for the Clearwater Do you have 1 1/2 hours a day, week or month to County Historical Museum. help deliver meals in Lewiston or Clarkston? She is a member of the hosWe are looking for volunteer drivers to deliver pital’s auxiliary, and volunmeals to our seniors and home bound clients. We have over 125 clients that need food. teers through the RSVP program for the WA-ID Volunteer Call 208-799-5767 today and Center. She is also a member help us keep the wheels turning…. of the P.E.O. Chapter AW and VALLEYMEALS@AOL.COM Ascension Lutheran Church.


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C l e o n e H. Gunn of Lewiston will celebrate turning 90 during a family reunion in Great Falls, Mont., with her three siblings and extended family. She was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Plentywood, Mont., the oldest of six children, to Sidney and Ellen Erickson. She married Bill Siler in 1942 in Coeur d’Alene and they moved to Lewiston in 1951. The couple later divorced. She worked at the Holsum Baking Company in Lewiston from 1951 to 1978; retiring when the bakery closed. She and Arnold Gunn were married in 1969 in Lewiston, and they lived in Conkling Park along Lake Coeur d’Alene. He died in 1995 and she returned to Lewiston. She has two children, five grandchildren and five greatgrandchildren. She also had a daughter who died in 1957 and a son who died in 1988.

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ď ˇ James Soyk Sr.

J a m e s (Jim) Soyk Sr. of Leland will celebrate his 80th birthday Sept. 26. He was born in northern Wisconsin Sept. 26, 1932. In 1935, his family homesteaded in the Matanuska Valley of Alaska. He held many jobs growing up. He was a newsboy, pin setter, house painter, farmhand and musician. He also worked on a fishing boat. He joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and graduated from Naval aviation electronics school. He was stationed in Memphis, Tenn., where he met his first wife, Opal. They had two children and eight grandchildren. She died after 43 years of marriage. He started his broadcasting career in 1947 at a small radio station in Rhinelander, Wis., followed by work as an engineer, a Top 40 D.J., a news anchor, a radio talkshow host and more. He partnered with his son in a television production company and advertising agency in Lewiston. He was a Nez Perce County commissioner from 1995 to 2001 and retired in 2002. He and Juanita were married on Christmas Day 1994 at their home in Arrow Ridge. They purchased a little country church in Leland where he is the minister.

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ď ˇ Margare Fine

Margare Fine of Orofino will turn 89 Sept. 27. She was born Sept. 27, 1923, to J.J. and Florence Celland. She worked for GTE, Potlatch Forests Inc. and Stoddard Electric Inc. She married Deryl H. Fine in 1943 and they have two children.


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ď ˇ Armetha Corwin Armetha Corwin of Clarkston will celebrate her 80th birthday Sept. 30.

ď ˇ Gordon L. Rubenthaler Gordon L. Rubenthaler of Clarkston will celebrate his 80th birthday Sept. 30. He was born in Gothenburg, Neb., Sept. 30, 1932. He attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Scotia High School in 1950. He worked for International Harvester Co. in Grand Island, Neb., for two years demonstrating the company’s new roll-over plows and the electric cream separator. During the Korean Conflict, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and trained as a communication specialist, serving in England and Moses Lake, Wash. In 1953, he married Delores Ingram. They have four children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. After the service he earned his bachelor’s and mater’s degrees in cereal chemistry from Kansas State University. He went to work for the USDA Agricultural Research Service at KSU in 1960, working with wheat breeding programs. He transferred to Pullman in 1966 as director of the USDA Western Wheat Quality Laboratory at Washington State University. In 1989, he retired and moved with his wife to Clarkston. He has volunteered for several community organizations. He is a member of the Holy Family Catholic Parish. He enjoys family gatherings, fishing, hunting and WSU sports.

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She was born Sept. 30, ď ˇ Minnie Weidner Minnie Weidner of Weippe 1932, in Genesee to Chet and will be celebrating her 78th Ramona Sams. birthday Sept. 30. She married John Corwin She was born in Clearwater Aug. 11, 1951. County at Peterson Corner in They have three daugh- a log cabin on Sept. 30, 1934, and has lived in Weippe all of ters, nine grandchildren and her life. 12 great-grandchildren. She married Dean Weidner

ď ˇ Hazen E. Odell H a z e n E. Odell of Pomeroy will celebrate his 90th birthday Sept. 30. He was born in Knox,

N.D., Sept. 30, 1922. His family of 11 moved to Clarkston when he was 9 months old. He graduated from Clarkston High School in 1940 and served in the U.S. Air Force as an airplane mechanic from 1943 to 1946. He and Jennie Giardinelli were married in 1947 and they


in 1950. He died in 1994. She has two daughters, four grandchildren,



grandchildren and one greatgreat-grandchild. Her hobbies include crocheting and having coffee at the Lucky Inn with friends. celebrated their 65th anniversary in August. The couple have three daughters, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He retired from the Dye Seed Ranch in 1987. He enjoys attending all school sporting events and playing card games with friends.

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Classic cars — a hobby to share The Crankers Car Club isn’t just for the men; Wives play a role in the group as well By Mary Tatko

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Bob Fazenbaker can’t remember not loving classic cars. “I’ve been interested in old cars all my life,” he said as he and his wife, Etta, reminisced recently about his No. 1 hobby. Bob’s first vintage car was a 1930 Plymouth sedan he acquired for about $10 when he was 13 or 14 years old. South Dakota, where both Fazenbakers grew up, was one of a handful of states that didn’t require a driver’s license at the time, so once he had the car he was immediately behind the wheel. “If you could get in there and drive it, you could go anywhere you wanted to,” he said. Much of Bob’s career at Potlatch Corp. – he and Etta moved to Lewiston in 1955 for the promise of a job at the pulp and paper mill – involved working on forklifts. “That’s where I learned a lot about mechanics,” he said. In the garage behind their Orchards home, Bob neatly stores the tools he’s used through the years to take apart, reassemble and restore cars: wrenches, air compressor, grinder, welder. A 1950 Chevrolet sits on a lift, which – when raised to its fullest height – allows Bob to work underneath standing up. The Chevy two-door sport coupe was a 50th wedding anniversary gift from the couple’s two children. It’s the same model the Fazenbakers, both 80, owned when they got married in 1954. Today, the Fazenbakers own three vintage cars: a 1920 Dodge Brothers touring car, a 1930 Ford Model A two-door sedan and the Chevy. Which car they take out depends on the weather and how far they’re going. The 1920 Dodge is a striking car, but it doesn’t get anywhere near highway speeds. “If you get it up to 35, you’re crowding it,” Bob said. “These cars weren’t meant to go fast.” It’s hard to pick a favorite when the appearance and features of each car are so different. “I like riding in that newer one best,” Etta said,

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Bob Fazenbaker and his wife Etta show off his collection of classic cars and the automobile-related paraphernalia in his workshop. gesturing toward the Chevy. “But I like this one (the Ford).” The Ford’s immaculate finish was Bob’s first attempt at painting an automobile. Achieving the exact shade of taupe – not quite gray, not quite brown – was a project of its own for which he sought expert help. Mastering the spray tool for evenly applying multiple layers of the shiny lacquer was another job; he practiced on a fender until he had it down pat. Much of the support Bob has found over the years as he’s worked to restore his vehicles has been through the Crankers Car Club, which he and Etta joined in 1972. “There’s some really nice people (in the club),” he said. “They’re willing to help you. You’ve just got to ask.” Bob estimates the club, which was founded in 1958, includes about 200 members. “It’s a couples club,” he said. “That said, the women do all the work.” The club has a function every month, organized by that month’s volunteer committee. This year, the Fazenbakers are in charge for November, when the club will elect officers at its annual potluck dinner. A monthly newsletter keeps Crankers members up-to-date on the latest outings and activities, and

members meet early each morning at Hells Gate Marina for coffee. Spring through fall, the Crankers gather for road trips, carefully choosing routes where they can enjoy their old-fashioned cars at old-fashioned speeds. Back roads on the Camas Prairie are a good bet, Bob said. The Fazenbakers often drive their Chevy, which can go highway speeds and to which he has added signal lights. “We hold up too much traffic,” Etta said of taking the older cars out on busy highways. Nostalgia trumps comfort at times when touring in a vintage auto, but the Chevy has a heater for early spring and late fall outings. With no air conditioning, though, the protocol for hot days is “roll the windows down and go fast, if you can,” Etta said. When winter sets in and the cars take up residence in the Fazenbakers’ garage for the season, Bob puts some miles on the narrow staircase leading to the basement, where he indulges in his second hobby: model trains. In a room that runs the length of the basement, 1:87-scale trains traverse a detailed miniature landscape reminiscent of the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley and surrounding area. Bob has built a replica of the Potlatch Corp. mill

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See more about the Crankers Car Club on page 17 and populated it with tiny workers wearing hard hats and carrying lunch boxes. He constructed tiny rolls of paper to represent the mill’s pulp and paper products and added appropriate vehicles, such as a fire engine. Elsewhere in the scene are a lumber yard, sawmill, mine, grain elevators, recreation area, cemetery, a small town in the style of the Old West — and a mini version of the Crankers Car Club out for a picnic. A remote control, not unlike one that would run a television, allows him to send trains chugging through tunnels and across bridges. Realistic down to the last detail, the trains include sound effects — whistles blow as an engine moves through the set’s little town. “This is my wintertime,” Bob said as he surveyed the miniature tracks criss-crossing the scene. “All my life, I’ve been active. I have to do something.” When the Fazenbakers’ son and daughter were children, the family’s activities centered on fishing, camping and whatever else the kids were interested in. The large basement room Bob’s trains now occupy was the kids’ rec room. He grew up without a father in his life, which meant he missed out on a lot of “kid stuff,” Bob explained. So when he got married he made a vow that, if he had children, the activities he did would be ones the whole family could do together. “Things settled down after the children left,” he said. “You feel kind of empty for a while.” Cars and trains have helped fill that void. As much as he loves owning the cars, restoring them, driving them and showing them, Bob looks at them a little wistfully sometimes. “We’ll have to get rid of them someday,” he said. With as much care as he and Etta have put into their vintage vehicles, thinking about selling them to someone they don’t know is tough. Their daughter might be interested in having one, he said, but she’s not into tinkering with them – let alone rebuilding and restoring them — like he is. Finding young people who have the interest and time for an antique cars hobby isn’t easy. Most — though not all — of the Crankers members are retired. “We try to get younger members,” Bob said. “Us old folks, we have a lot of time, but the kids don’t.”

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ABOVE: The Fazenbaker’s have collected a few license plates over the years that they proudly display. RIGHT: The couple’s collection includes a 1920 Dodge Brothers touring car. Tribune/ Kyle Mills



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Wash Day I looked out the window one winter’s day, laundry was piling up, should be done without delay. Sun was shining, slight breeze was blowing, branches began to sway. Heated water on the stove, enough to do it all. Sorted the clothes, carefully keeping colors from the whites. Hoping the breeze would keep blowing, makes the clothes smell nice. Got all the washing done, looked so clean and bright, should dry before night. Picked up my basket, went inside the house, made some tea, relaxing in my rocking chair, felt mighty nice, to me. Bread was rising, ready to be baked, stew was simmering on the stove, ready for supper tonight. Went about my other chores, never glanced outside, but when I did, I could have cried. The sun had gone away, breeze turned into a windy day. All my clothes were soaking wet from the falling rain. The wind blew down the clothes line post, clothes fell in the mud. I looked up skyward, for patience I did pray. I’ll gather up my laundry, tomorrow is another day. Eva Herring, 82, Lewiston

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Volunteer opportunities The WA-ID Volunteer Center in the Lewiston Community Center at 1424 Main St. provides individualized volunteer opportunities for those wishing to serve in Lewiston, Clarkston, Asotin, Pomeroy, Moscow and the Orofino area. The phone number is (208) 746-7787 or toll free at (888) 546-7787. The center can also be found online at www.waidvolunteer The following are a few of the volunteer opportunities available in September. There is an immediate opening for meal delivery drivers for the Senior Nutrition program in Lewiston. Volunteers need to commit to one day a week, be licensed and insured, and able to use their personal vehicle. New volunteers are partnered with existing volunteers to learn routes. Mileage reimbursement may be available. America Reads is in need of volunteers to sit with school children and assist them with their reading. Volunteers need to be able to commit to at least one hour a week for the entire school year.

Goodwill Industries in Lewiston is starting a fishing program for developmentally delayed adults in our area. The new program is looking for volunteers who know how to fish and are willing to commit to two mornings a month. There is also a need for fishing gear donations to the program. The SHIBA program is in need of volunteers to help seniors with Medicare questions. Volunteers will be trained and this requires a large commitment. For more information on any of these or other volunteer opportunities through the WA-ID Volunteer Center call Cathy at (208) 746-7787. ——— Interlink Volunteers — Faith in Action has a number of handyman opportunities. Volunteers are needed to construct handrails, do minor plumbing and install grab bars. Volunteers for these jobs need to have their own tools. All other materials will be provided. There are also a number of opportunities to paint wheelchair ramps and two houses. Paint is provided but volunteers will need to bring brushes, rollers,

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market was threatening. “He was about to have a nervous breakdown or a heart attack,” recalled his wife, Jan, a retired thirdgrade schoolteacher. Over lunch at a hot dog place in Darien, Ill., a longtime friend and financial planner Algird Norkus told Govenat that he had an alternative investment for select people: It would keep the couple’s principal safe and pay 13.5 percent annual interest. Govenat went along. Eventually, the couple would lose nearly all of their life savings — $225,000. Govenat also steered his mother into what ultimately turned out to be a Ponzi scheme, and she lost more than $200,000, most of her assets. Norkus pleaded guilty to one count of mail fraud. In March, he began serving 63 months in prison. He also was ordered to pay $4.6 million MCT in restitution to nearly 70 victims, Robert, 72, right, and Jan Govenat, 71, talk many elderly, including Robert and about how they were swindled out of their mon- Jan Govenat, and Robert’s mother. ey by a long-time friend who is now in prison. His plea agreement said he commingled investors’ moneys, in part Ill., retiree Robert Govenat was on to make payments to other investors By Becky Yerak the computer every day, watching and in part to benefit himself. Of The Chicago Tribune “Don’t trust anyone,” Jan Goveprices of his stocks go down. nat, 71, said recently when asked CHICAGO — Downers Grove, It was November 2007, and a bear what she learned from the experi-

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — In a crisis, the highway seems to stretch out forever. Robyn Miller’s loved ones live in Pinole, Calif., almost 70 miles from Sacramento, an 80minute drive on a good day. Her grandmother, Catherine Volzke, is 90 and holds the aging household together: She cares for her husband, retired jockey Merlin Volzke, 86, who suffers from stroke-related dementia, as well as their daughter — Robyn’s mother — Eileen Miller, who is 68 and has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. “The worry never leaves your mind,” said Miller, 38, a McGeorge School of Law student who lives in Sacramento. “I go to bed every night thinking, ‘I hope my phone doesn’t ring tonight.’ ” If living a few counties away from aging relatives is enough to cause anxiety, imagine living several thousand miles across the country. How do people take care of their parents and other elderly relatives from far away? The answers, as more than 5 million long-distance caregivers have already learned, can be hard to find — but they’re increasingly crucial in a rapidly

aging nation: The silver tsunami of baby boomers, in the thick of caring for elderly relatives today, will themselves be the recipients of care in coming decades. Like Miller, 15 percent of the country’s 34 million caregivers live an hour or more away from aging relatives who need their help, according to National Institute on Aging data. The average distance for respondents in a 2004 MetLife caregiving study was 450 miles, and almost a quarter of those surveyed said they were their loved ones’ only caregivers. They spend money to take care of their relatives: an average of $400 a month, although not surprisingly, the caregivers living the farthest spend the most — almost $9,000 a year, AARP statistics show. And they spend time, too. Half of long-distance caregivers visit several times a month to help with shopping, medical appointments and paying bills. More than 40 percent told MetLife that they had to take time off work because of their caregiving responsibilities. Caring for fragile loved ones from a distance can be a frustrating, exhausting endeavor, even for people who are professionals in the field. As chief program officer for

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Nursing homes can push gay seniors back into closet By Diane C. Lade

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Gay and lesbian elders have lived long enough to see amazing changes: marriage rights, the rise of AIDS activism, celebrities coming out. But there is something that may drive some of them back into the closet: long-term care. Afraid of abuse or discrimination, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) seniors who are open about their relationships with friends and families may hide that part of their lives if they enter nursing homes or assisted living facilities. It’s a real concern. “Gen Silent,” a 2011 documentary, hopes to shed light on the issue. The one-hour film by independent California director Stu Maddux opens the doors of nursing home rooms and private homes, letting LGBT seniors and the people who care for them tell their stories. “We forget that we have an entire generation of people for whom be-

ing out wasn’t even an option,” said Tony Plakas, chief executive officer of Compass Gay & Lesbian Community Center of Lake Worth, Fla. “They can’t be guaranteed an environment, as they age, where they will be treated equally.” One social worker in the film, who coordinates sensitivity training in care facilities, describes watching a nursing aide offer to pray with a frail resident to be forgiven for the sin of being gay. “I watched this film and got sick,” said Ellen Wedner, chairwoman of the Miami Jewish Film Festival who brought “Gen Silent” to South Florida through her nonprofit, Creative Arts Enterprises, in association with Treece Financial Group Inc. “None of us imagine aging or getting older, so this is serious and thought-provoking.” No one is sure exactly how many gay and lesbian seniors there are in South Florida, yet alone the numbers in retirement centers. There could be as many as 53,520 LGBT elders in

Palm Beach and Broward counties alone, by the common estimate that 10 percent of the overall population is homosexual. Lawrence Johnson, a 68-year-old retired teacher in Delray Beach, Fla., was recruited by Maddux to be in “Gen Silent” shortly after the state of Massachusetts named Johnson as Caregiver of the Year in 2007. The camera follows him from his former home in suburban Boston into a nearby care facility where his partner of 38 years, Alexandre Rheaume, struggles with conversation during their daily visit. “I love you,” Rheaume finally murmurs clearly through the dementia that clouds his memory and blurs his speech. Johnson and Rheaume, who was 22 years Johnson’s senior, had met at Harvard University. They made a home together, supported each other in life’s ups and downs. And like many other couples who grow older together, Johnson suddenly found himself a caregiver when Rheaume

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For starters, the ethicists note that the results of the new research are a far cry from proof that bexarotene will have the same dramatic effects in the human brain, or on human behavior. The drugâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side effects can be significant, they add: It can raise cholesterol, reduce the effectiveness of insulin in diabetics, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been linked to changes in thyroid function, acute pancreatitis and low white blood-cell count. Those facts alone dictate that it is too early for a physician ethically to prescribe bexarotene for Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease. But even if further trials on humans are promising â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a circumstance the ethicists say would likely create â&#x20AC;&#x153;sudden overwhelming demandâ&#x20AC;? for the drug â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the dilemma faced by physicians, patients and their advocates may persist. For one thing, widespread use of the drug among Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease patients may make it more difficult for researchers to populate the clinical trials needed to rigorously test the drugâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effectiveness in treating the disease. Those will require that some subjects get a placebo â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and if bexarotene is already in wide use, many families will shy away from enrolling a loved one in a clinical trial, fearing they might not get the drug. Second, patients and their advocates must consider whether it is fair for doctors to begin writing prescriptions for the drug to patients with dementia. The unreimbursed cost of treating an Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease patient with bexarotene would make this a treatment option only for the very wealthy. And to the extent that Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patients would likely quickly deplete stores of bexarotene, the far smaller population of lymphoma patients who need the drug would likely be unable to find it. Physiciansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; groups â&#x20AC;&#x153;should not try to address this challenge alone,â&#x20AC;? wrote the bioethicists, led by Dr. Steven B. Pearson of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Similar ethical concerns came up when drugs that would treat HIV/ AIDS first came to light, they wrote. And they will continue to arise as research finds new uses for old drugs.

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