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Flavorful Holiday Dishes Prepped in Minutes for Small, Family Gatherings (Family Features) In what’s certain to be a holiday season unlike any other, you can transform your seasonal menu in 20 minutes of prep time or less by incorporating flavorful ingredients that make ordinary dishes extraordinary, ensuring the holidays are as special and memorable as any other year. Stress-free holiday entertaining at home begins with ingredients like Holland House Cooking Wines that add an extra boost of flavor to recipes like Tuscan White Bean Soup. Perfect for chilly evenings, this recipe combines pantry staples and enticing seasonings for an easy-to-make soup that simmers in the slow cooker. This Sherry, Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake is another delicious and convenient recipe to feed your family on early holiday mornings. This simple, tasty brunch bake can be easily prepped the night before. While holiday gatherings may be smaller this year, spending time with family can be made even more special when sharing a homemade, holiday-inspired meal. Sherry Cherry Pork Loin Roast, made in a time-saving slow cooker, provides an easy way to bring your family together for a flavorful holiday meal. This festive season, Holland House Cooking Wines provide an easy way to delight your family. They’re available in four flavors - Marsala, Sherry, White and Red - made using fine grapes and blended seasonings, aged to perfection, to offer bold flavor to your holiday cooking.

Sherry Cherry Pork Loin Roast

Recipe courtesy of Cate Meade of “Cate’s Kitchen Fit” Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 5-6 hours Servings: 8-10 7 tablespoons avocado or grapeseed oil, divided 2 large Vidalia onions, halved and thinly sliced 4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided 1 pork loin roast (4-4 1/2 pounds), trimmed and patted dry 3 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided Sherry Cherry Sauce: 3/4 cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine 5-6 cloves garlic 1 cup frozen Bing cherries, divided 1.5 tablespoons dry mustard powder 4 tablespoons Holland House Balsamic Vinegar 2 tablespoons soy sauce 1 bunch fresh parsley, large stems removed, plus additional reserved for garnish 3 tablespoons cornstarch (optional)

In large slow cooker on high heat, add 2 tablespoons oil, sliced onions and 1 teaspoon salt. Season roast evenly on all sides with 2 teaspoons salt and 1 tea≠spoon pepper. Place large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan. Sear pork loin 3 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer roast to slow cooker on top of onions. Cover and cook on low 3 hours. To make Sherry Cherry Sauce: In blender, blend sherry cooking wine, garlic, 1/2 cup cherries, mustard powder, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, parsley, remaining olive oil, remaining salt and remaining pepper until smooth; set aside. After pork loin cooks 3 hours, add Sherry Cherry Sauce around pork roast. Cover and cook 2-3 hours on low. To glaze, brush roast with warm sauce 3-4 times in last hour of cooking. Once pork reaches internal temperature of 145 F, remove and let rest 15-20 minutes before slicing. To finish sauce, remove 1/4 cup cooking liquid and mix with cornstarch to make a slurry. Whisk slurry and remaining cherries into sauce. Cook in slow cooker on high 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Slice roast 1/2-inch thick, garnish with fresh parsley and serve with Sherry Cherry Sauce and braised onions.

Sherry, Ham and Cheese Brunch Bake

Recipe courtesy of Jillian Wade of “Food, Folks & Fun” Prep time: 20 minutes; Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Servings: 10 8 tablespoons salted butter, melted, plus additional for greasing pan, divided 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 large shallots, minced 1/2 cup Holland House Sherry Cooking Wine 1 package (20 ounces) frozen hash brown potatoes

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1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded white cheddar cheese 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Parmesan cheese 8 ounces precooked ham, cut into 1/2-inch pieces 8 large eggs 1.25 cups whole milk 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder 2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill 1 teaspoon fresh chopped dill, for garnish (optional) 2 teaspoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish (optional)

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Move oven rack to middle position and preheat to 400 F. Generously grease 9-by-13-inch baking dish with butter; set aside. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, add olive oil and preheat pan over medium heat. Add shallots and cook, stirring often, until softened and golden, about 7-8 minutes. Stir in cooking wine and cook until liquid is evaporated, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add frozen hash browns to prepared baking dish. Pour melted butter over potatoes and add salt, pepper and caramelized shallots. Use spoon to mix well. Bake 30 minutes, or until potatoes are cooked through and some edges are beginning to brown. Remove potatoes from oven and reduce temperature to 325 F.

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or some, the holidays may be the happiest season of all, but for others the hectic pace and endless to-do lists can take a real toll on their mental health. This year, the impact is heightened by a global health pandemic. According to a survey from Mattress Firm, more than 60 million Americans say COVID-19 has worsened their quality of their sleep, and those losing sleep are often seeing their mental wellbeing and healthy habits worsen. Nearly half of respondents said COVID-19 has increased their worries and prevented them from falling or staying asleep at night, with 41% reported their poor sleep has a negative impact on their daily lives. “It’s no surprise that when our minds are full or our hearts are heavy, our mental health tends to suffer,” said Dr. Sujay Kansagra, a sleep health expert for Mattress Firm. “What many people don’t realize is that mental health struggles also affect sleep, and adequate rest is a key component of maintaining and improving your mental health.” If stress and worry are preventing you from getting a good night of sleep, try these ideas from Kansagra to help improve your mental state and ease your body into rest. Think positively. Every night before going to bed, list three good things from your day. They don’t have to be amazing things, just three positive aspects of your day. For example, acknowledge you had a good virtual catch-up with a colleague or enjoyed a new recipe or workout class. Listing your positive experiences at night can help you maintain a positive frame of mind as you unwind for the day. Create a to-do list. This technique is for those who mentally work through their list of pending responsibilities before bed. In a fast-paced world, sometimes lying in bed is the first time you have to actually think about what’s on your list. By creating a list of tasks (or even writing down your worries), you can prevent yourself from thinking about them excessively before bed and throughout the night. Try progressive relaxation. This involves taking slow, deep breaths and slowly tensing the muscles in your body for a few seconds then relaxing them. Start at your feet and work

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aybe you’ve grown used to that persistent creaking in your knees. Or maybe the ache in your hips is new to you. No matter what kind of pain you’re feeling, you may be wondering why you’re feeling it and if there’s a way to ease or stop it. Pain in the joints is extremely common. Severe joint pain affects more than 14.6 million people in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Knee and hip pain are the most common type of joint pain, but it can exist in any of the body’s joints, including the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, ankles, feet, jaw, and neck.

OSTEOARTHRITIS This occurs when the cartilage around the joints breaks down. It can then cause the bones to rub against one another, triggering swelling and pain. The risk of developing osteoarthritis is higher as you age and can be caused by overuse of a certain joint. RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (RA) This type of arthritis is a chronic disease that impacts the immune system. It causes inflammation to the joints which leads to pain, swelling, and stiffness, among other symptoms. These effects can be chronic and progressively worsen.

LUPUS This is also a condition that impacts the immune Uncovering the source of your joint pain is the first system, and joint pain is one of the most common step in effectively treating or reducing it. Treatment symptoms. Along with pain in the joints, lupus can methods vary depending on the underlying cause cause the joints to stiffen, swell, and feel tender and contributing to the pain. warm. There are a number of conditions that cause pain in the joints including...

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LYME DISEASE Once you’re infected with this tick-borne illness, the condition can linger, with symptoms appearing for months or even years. Joint pain, most commonly in the knees and other large joints of the body, is one symptom caused by this condition.

If at-home treatment doesn’t seem to help your pain, talk with your doctor. He or she can work to uncover the cause of your pain. An acute injury or a chronic condition may involve different treatment options.

If you’re just beginning to feel joint pain, basic, athome treatment may help you find relief. Over-thecounter pain reliever like acetaminophen or an antiinflammatory like ibuprofen may help ease your pain.

To make an appointment with Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital in Murphy or Hayesville, call 828-837-9181.

Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital is home to an GOUT exceptional orthopaedic care team, with broad Gout is a type of arthritis that’s caused by high expertise. Treatment can include arthroscopy of the levels of uric acid in the blood. The condition can be knee and shoulder, joint replacement surgery, and extremely painful, often affecting the big toe. care of hand and upper extremity disorders as well as fractures. Board-certified and fellowship trained FIBROMYALGIA physicians Drs. Stephen Purvis and Dale Ingram and Researchers are still struggling to identify what nurse practitioner Jesse Mayo are ready to help if causes fibromyalgia. The condition causes pain you are feeling persistent joint pain. throughout the body, including the joints.

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Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital 2751 Business 19 828-321-4510 Murphy Medical Center is now Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital. Our shared goal moving forward is to provide world-class healthcare for the 45,000 residents we serve—while offering access to specialized resources unique to a major academic health system. erlanger.org See page 7


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DAHLONEGA Family Care Dahlonega 706-867-7666 400 Walmart Way Suite F WE ARE OFFERING 3 TYPES OF COVID19 TESTING! Due to a federal grant we are able to see uninsured patients at no cost to the patient for COVID-19 related visits! Primary Care and Urgent Care services that include exams, sick visits, DOT physicals, IV fluids, blood work, stitches, sports/school physicals, and more. TeleMed available. Walk-ins always welcome. familycarega.com

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HAYESVILLE Chatuge Family Practice 828-389-6383 241 Church Street Established 42 year Community medical practice that offers many services. Variety of Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and Assistant Payment programs available. chatugefp.org See pg 14 Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital 146 Hwy. 64 E. 828-389-3608 Murphy Medical Center is now Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital. Our shared goal moving forward is to provide world-class healthcare for the 45,000 residents we serve—while offering access to specialized resources unique to a major academic health system. erlanger.org See page 7


Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital 3990 E U.S. Highway 64 Alt 828-837-8161 Nationally-acclaimed, multi-hospital health system with a team of healthcare professionals. Murphy offers a 24-hour emergency dept. with critical urgent care center and highly-trained staff. The PARC Fitness Center offers outpatient rehabilitation services at our fitness complex conveniently located near the hospital. erlanger.org See page 7 Murphy Dental Center 828-837-5911 119 Natural Springs Drive Modern Dentistry in a caring, home-like atmosphere including General Dentistry, CEREC Dentistry, and Oral Conscious and IV Sedation. murphydentalcenter.com Peachtree Community Health Center 4048 E US 64 ALT, Suite 1 828-837-8131 Providing whole person care by integrating primary care and behavioral health at one location, during one visit. Our services encompass individualized treatment, health education, and community assistance from a team of providers that include physicians, nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), community health workers, and peer support specialists. Monday - Friday | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm amchc.org See pg 16 Pro Motion Rehab 828-837-0400 2810 W US-64 Suite 1 You will feel right at home here where our state-of-the-art facilities feature advanced cardiovascular, stabilization and strength stimulating technology to provide the greatest impact for accelerated recovery and relief from pain. promotionrehab.com See pg 11


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MAKE THE MOST OF HOLIDAY GATHERINGS THIS YEAR The holiday season may look different this year, but family, friends, gratitude and good food never go out of style. This year, you can make the most of your intimate holiday gatherings with new traditions, cooking shortcuts and creative ways to keep friends and family close, no matter how far apart you are. Family Features #15506

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Caring for Your Nutrition When Caregiving Family caregivers of people with illnesses, injuries or disabilities sometimes spend more time thinking about those they care for than themselves. It’s important to remember that self-care is essential to providing good care to others and must include eating well. Healthy eating can be especially challenging for caregivers who often have limited time to shop and cook. Fast food, snacks and comfort meals are tempting but usually lack healthy amounts of protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. In addition to preventing low energy, muscle loss, illnesses and unplanned weight change, a healthy diet may help reduce the stress and fatigue that can come with caring for a loved one. These tips from the Administration for Community Living can

* Eat a high-protein food like fish, chicken or eggs at every meal * Try plant proteins like nuts, peanut butter, beans and tofu * Eat your protein first at meals * Eat low- or non-fat dairy products and use Greek yogurt * Opt for cheese at snack time * Top your food with chopped nuts like almonds 3. Drink a liquid supplement, like a meal replacement or protein shake, if foods alone do not supply all the nutrients you need. A health care provider can make specific dietary suggestions based on your unique health needs, diet and conditions. For more information and ideas, talk to your doctor or dietitian and visit eatright.org. Family Features #14916 Photo courtesy of Getty Images Source: Administration for Community Living

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Complete Day-to-Day Tasks With Ease and OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY An Occupational Therapist works with you to help you achieve a fulfilled life, through, the use of activity designed to achieve functional outcomes which promote health, prevent injury and improve and restore your level of independence. Occupational Therapy is about helping you to do the day-to-day tasks. The hand and wrist work together to allow you to perform activities of daily living, as well as participating in athletic and artistic endeavors. Working with your hands is not only functionally important, but can enhance your life. The goal of hand surgery is to treat pathology caused by overuse trauma, inflammatory or degenerative processes. Restoration of function and resolution of symptoms, such as pain, are critical goals of our discipline. Most conditions are amenable to initial non-operative management.

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balance & dizziness M

any people seek chiropractic care for low back, mid-back, neck pain, and pain in the extremities, but what about balance and/or dizziness, as they often go together? Can chiropractic management help people suffering from frequent falls due to balance and/ or dizziness problems? Let’s take a look!

is dependent on the ability for the ALL THREE of these systems to work properly, and like any other skill, “… practice makes perfect!”

When considering treatment for balance, we must talk about the “proprioceptive system.” The way the body “communicates” between all the various body parts is by proprioceptors—which are located in skeletal muscles and joint capsules—that relay information to the brain. This information from the various body parts is then integrated with incoming information from the vestibular system (inner ear).

Please try standing on one leg and then shut your eyes. Can you feel your ankle, foot, leg, and the rest of your body struggle to keep you balanced? For those of us under age 60, it’s “normal” to be able to balance on one foot with eyes closed for 25 seconds (or 10 and 4 seconds if you are between 60-69 or, 70-79 years old, respectively)! Scary, isn’t it? But don’t feel bad, as most of us can’t do this at first. With practice and the right exercises, you will be able to do it. Your “kinesthetic sense” CAN BE improved, and your doctor of chiropractic can guide you in the process.

The brain also relies heavily on the cerebellum located in the back of the head, which is largely responsible for coordinating the unconscious (automatic) aspects of proprioception. The ability to maintain balance, such as when standing on one leg (eyes open and closed),

So, how does dizziness fit into this picture? Let’s talk about the ear! Our ears have two jobs: hearing and balance. The outer ear catches sound and funnels it to the eardrum which vibrates and moves three little bones that transmit

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immediately following a change in head position such as rolling over in bed, getting up from sitting or laying, etc. This is the most common cause of vertigo. the information to the cochlea and finally to the brain allowing us to hear sound. Deep inside the ear is the “vestibular apparatus,” which is the organ of equilibrium that assists in balance. Here, three semi-circular canals are filled with fluid and two sac-like structures located at the base called the utricule and saccule. The fluid in the canals flows past little hair-like structures that are connected to nerves that relay information to the brain, telling it where we are in space (horizontal—laying down, vertical—standing) and if we’re moving forwards/ accelerating or moving up/down (like in an elevator). There are little tiny “stones” in these two sacs that move the little hair-like structures but they can dislodge into the canal and alter the flow of fluid (like a rock sticking out of a flowing river creating eddy currents), which alters the direction the little hairs bend, resulting in vertigo or dizziness as the brain is receiving conflicting information from the hairs bending in multiple/different directions. This is called “BPPV” (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo), which is brief episodes of vertigo

If you Google “BPPV,” you will find different exercises that can move these little stones back into position (BrandtDaroff and Epley’s maneuver), both of which work well often within a day or two. This is a good place to start, and if the balance/dizziness (vertigo) doesn’t improve, then you should consider other possibilities such as inner ear inflammation or acute vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease, vestibular migraine, acoustic neuroma, blood pressure issues, medication side effects, and more. Your chiropractor can teach you the BPPV exercises and perform cervical adjustments, which can also help significantly. For more information about exercises to improve your balance and dizziness, contact Blue Ridge Wellness & Massage at 706-946-9355.

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Build a Better HEALTH CARE BUDGET Managing a chronic disease takes plenty of special planning and attention, and in many cases, a lot of money. In some cases, the expenses associated with disease management are overwhelming, forcing patients to skip essential treatments or medication and risk serious health complications. Consider these ideas to help manage the expense associated with a chronic disease: 1. Health Insurance Whether you have a chronic condition or you’re generally healthy, it’s important to understand the different types of health insurance available to you. Commercial health plans can be purchased by anyone and may be available through your employer, or you may be eligible for government-funded health care, but there are numerous other options and variables to consider. Understanding the costs associated with insurance plans means taking into account both your monthly premium and out-of-pocket costs like co-pays, co-insurance and deductibles. When choosing a plan, decide whether you’d rather pay a higher amount each month (premium) and less when you see the doctor (co-pays, co-insurance or deductible), or if you’d prefer to pay less each month and more when you need to see the doctor or fill prescriptions. Another consideration is the plan’s network. There can be a significant budget impact when you see doctors in-network vs. out-of-network. Other potential cost-saving options include health savings accounts or flexible spending accounts, which might save you tax dollars. 2. Doctor Visits Avoiding visits to the doctor because of the expense can end up costing more in the long run if you leave serious symptoms untreated or fail to properly

HighroadsLiving.com manage a chronic condition. Make sure you understand all costs associated with your visits, including what’s covered by insurance, your co-pay and any out-of-pocket costs. Labs and tests aren’t always covered, and certain conditions like diabetes can require many test-related expenses. Sometimes saving money can be as simple as having lab work done at an in-network facility and sent to your doctor. 3. Prescription Drugs Doing your research can make a major difference in what you pay for your prescriptions. For many conditions, such as diabetes, the cost of medication may make it tempting to skip doses to make a prescription last longer, but that can have dire medical consequences. Instead, conduct price checks with various pharmacies and discuss your medication options with your doctor, including which of your prescriptions have generic alternatives available. If a generic is a possibility and your doctor believes it’s a good match for your condition, be sure the prescription notes that substituting is allowed. You can also look into coupon savings and patient assistance plans. In addition, some programs are available to help people with certain conditions. For example, GetInsulin.org, created by nonprofit organization Beyond Type 1, is a one-stop tool for anyone with diabetes who is having trouble accessing affordable insulin in the United States. 4. Medical Equipment Devices like oxygen tanks, pacemakers, blood glucose monitors and CPAP machines for sleep apnea play vital roles in treating serious medical conditions. If you’re worried about the cost of equipment recommended to help you navigate a short- or long-term diagnosis, work with your doctor and insurance company to figure out the most cost-effective method to achieve your treatment goals. 5. Emergency Care A medical emergency isn’t only a drain on your physical and mental well-being, it can deliver a major blow to your finances. Emergency care can cost thousands of dollars per visit, especially with high-deductible insurance plans. Some conditions like diabetes are associated with a higher likelihood of emergency care needs for complications such as diabetic ketoacidosis and severe hypoglycemia. To offset the impact of potential emergency care expenses, plan ahead and build a savings account for your medical needs. 6. Food Certain diets cost more to maintain, and that can be especially true when you’re eating to accommodate a medical need. When planning food costs, be sure to account for the foods you’ll eat regularly, as well as the extras you’ll need, such as glucose gummies and snacks to treat low blood sugar for those living with diabetes.

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WHOLE PERSON HEALTH CARE FOR EVERYONE Appalachian Mountain Community Health Centers (AMCHC) provide quality, affordable health services at six locations throughout Western North Carolina. We are proud to serve patients in Buncombe, Cherokee, Graham, and Jackson counties. AMCHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). For you, that means we deliver timely, comprehensive, and quality health services to our most vulnerable and high-risk populations with dignity and respect – regardless of a person’s ability to pay. What makes us even more unique is that we integrate behavioral health (i.e., mental health services) into the primary care setting. Why not take care of the entire person - mind, body and spirit - at one location, during one visit. We believe it’s possible. We believe it’s the right way to do health care.

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From the time you walk through the door, through when we take vitals, address your concerns, and connect you to community resources, we embody care. We partner with you to help you stay well, knowing you are the expert in your own care.


AMCHC provides whole person care by integrating primary care and behavioral health at one location, during one visit. Our services encompass individualized treatment, health education, and community assistance from a team of providers that include physicians, nurses, Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs), community health workers, and peer support specialists.


AMCHC never turns away patients based on their ability to pay. We accept many major insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. We also offer pricing discounts and sliding scale fees, based on a patient’s family size and income. Discount medications are also available. Restrictions apply.


Top photo: Brigitte Townsend, LCMHC Center photo: Mike Almand, NCPSS, CMA Provider group photo: Listed left to right Kristen Shuler, FNP; Eden Jabely, DNP; and Rus Garcia, MD, MS

Peachtree Community Health Center



EVERYONE IS WELCOME! PRIMARY CARE | BEHAVIORAL HEALTH Whole Person Healthcare Includes: • Preventive Care • Complete Physical Exams • Treatment for Acute Illnesses and Minor Injuries • Women’s Services • Minor Office Procedures • Chronic Disease Management • Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services • Care Management for Primary Care: • Resource connections • Care plans • Basic counseling services • Medication monitoring and management • Medical appointment coordination Peachtree Community Health Center participates in a Medicare Shared Savings Program, resulting in coordinated care and additional resources for our Medicare patients. • Home visits • Pharmacy reviews • CaraMedic programs that integrate paramedics into the multidisciplinary care team - bringing compassionate care truly closer to home. Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance accepted. Self-pay and sliding scale options available.

PEACHTREE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER 4048 E US 64 Alternate, Suite 1 Murphy, NC 28906 Phone: 828-837-8131 Fax: 877-930-7732 Monday - Friday | 7:30 am - 5:30 pm (Murphy, Cherokee County) An affiliate of

amchc.org TALLULAH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER 409 Tallulah Rd. Robbinsville, NC 28771 Phone: 828-479-6434 Fax: 828-479-2917 Monday-Friday | 7 am - 6 pm (Robbinsville, Graham County)

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Highroads Living 9.6  

Highroads Living is an in-print magazine and online community lifestyle resource for adults 55+. This and our co-publication, Vacation Guide...

Highroads Living 9.6  

Highroads Living is an in-print magazine and online community lifestyle resource for adults 55+. This and our co-publication, Vacation Guide...