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Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol monthly news you can use Stopping unwanted mail and email The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service (MPS) lets you opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial mail from many national companies for five years. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a “delete” file and made available to direct-mail marketers and organizations. This will reduce most of your unsolicited mail. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that do not use the DMA’s Mail Preference Service. To register with DMA’s Mail Preference Service, go to www.dmachoice. org. Special note for caregivers: To assist family members, friends or caretakers seeking to remove the names of individuals in their care from commercial marketing lists, DMA created a “Do Not Contact List for Caretakers,” which all DMA members are required

to honor. The “Do Not Contact List for Caretakers” is available to companies and nonprofit organizations for the sole purpose of removing names and addresses from their marketing lists. This service was created solely for consumer convenience and is maintained by DMA for use by its members and other industry members. Names remain on this list for three years. The DMA also has an Email Preference Service (eMPS) to help you reduce unsolicited commercial emails. To opt out of receiving unsolicited commercial email from DMA members, visit www.dmachoice. org. Registration is free and good for six years. Those annoying recorded phone calls If you answer the phone and hear a recorded message instead of a live person, it’s a “robocall.” You’ve probably gotten robocalls about candidates running for office, or charities asking for donations. These robo-

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calls are allowed. But if the recording is a sales message and you haven’t given your written permission to get calls from the company on the other end, the call is illegal. In addition to the phone calls being illegal, their pitch most likely is a scam. What’s the reason for the spike in robocalls? Technology is the answer. Companies are using “autodialers” that can send out thousands of phone calls every minute for an incredibly low cost. The companies that use this technology don’t bother to screen for numbers on the national Do Not Call Registry – www.donotcall.gov or 1 (888) 382-1222. If a company doesn’t care about obeying the law, you can be sure they’re trying to scam you. What’s the FTC doing about robocalls? Duing the last few

years, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has stopped billions of robocalls that offer everything from fraudulent credit card services and so-called auto warranty protection to home security systems and grant procurement programs. Tracing these calls is a tough job. Robocallers fake the caller ID information that you see on your phone. That’s called caller ID spoof-

ing. In some cases, the fraudulent telemarketer may want you to think the call is from your bank, or another entity you’ve done business with. Sometimes, the telephone number may show up as “unknown” or “123456789.” Other times, the number is a real one belonging to someone who has no MONTHLY/See Page 10

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From the director’s desk Changes ahead for Iowans on Medicare Unleash the Power of Aging is the theme for Older Americans Month 2013. Elsewhere in this newspaper you can read more about that. The theme, though, started me thinking about the power that will be unleashed as the new Connections Area Agency on Aging is born on July 1, 2013. When Siouxland Aging Services, Southwest 8 Senior Services, and Area XIV Area Agency on Aging combine our forces we will have: • 29 case managers serving all 20 counties • 49 senior centers/ meal sites serving approximately 6,990 meals weekly • 3 regional offices to provide information and assistance to individuals 60 years of age and older, their families and caregivers • Legal assistance available in all 20 counties • In-home services such as adult day care, chore, homemaker, personal care, reassurance/visiting, medication management, and personal emergency response systems available • Access services such as assisted transportation, transportation, case management, public information and assessment and intervention available • Healthy Living services such as congregate meals, home

delivered meals, nutrition education, health promotion activities, evidence-based health activities, and recreation available • Miscellaneous programs such as money management, volunteer support and services, material aid and advocacy are available. It seems to me we will be well poised to Unleash the Power of Aging through this wide array of programs and services we offer and more importantly through the individuals we serve.

For years, people on Medicare have been paying too much for durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics, and supplies (DMEPOS). To reduce costs and the fraud resulting from excessive prices, Medicare introduced a competitive bidding program in nine areas of the country in 2011. Now this program is coming to the Council Bluffs-Omaha area. On Wednesday, May 8, at 1 p.m. at The Center, 714 S. Main St., Council Bluffs, staff from the Medicare Regional Office in Kansas City will share

– Barb Morrison, Executive Director, Southwest 8 Senior Services.

information about this new program and what it means to people on Medicare in the Council Bluffs area. Come and find out who is affected by this new program and how it works. DMEPOS competitive bidding is scheduled to begin on July 1, 2013, and is projected to save people with Medicare in the Council Bluffs and

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Unleash the power of age Goings On Every year since 1963, May has been the month to appreciate and celebrate the vitality and aspirations of older adults and their contributions and achievements. It is a proud tradition that shows our nation’s commitment to honor the value that elders continue to contribute to our communities. This year’s Older Americans Month theme –

“Unleash the Power of Age!” – emphasizes the important role of older adults. This May, communities across the nation will recognize older Americans as productive, active and influential members of society. Older Americans Month celebrations will acknowledge the value that older adults continue to bring to our communities by making an effort to applaud

recent achievements of local elders and inviting them to share the activities they do to unleash the power of age. Southwest 8 Senior Services invites all older adults 60 and above to participate in our local activities and “Unleash the Power of Age!” To learn more about the local event, please contact Jeanna Bull at Southwest 8 Senior Services, (712) 3282540 ext. 1012.

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Flowers are in bloom and the weather has been wonderful. Here at the Harlan Senior Center we have been enjoying the beautiful spring weather and lots of activities at the Center. We have a lot of celebrations this month. May 1 is May Day. May is Older American Month and we will be kicking off the tea on May 2 at 9:30 a.m. with “Unleash the Power of Age.” On May 7 is Resource Group at 9:30 a.m. May 8 is Crazy Hat Day, bring the funniest or craziest hat you can find at 11 a.m. On May 9 is a Senior Council Meeting at 9:30 a.m. and our evening meal is at

6 p.m. with Janet Leader to perform at 7 p.m. This will also be our Mother’s Day celebration. May 6-10 is Senior Center Week – stop by and see what we have going on at the Center. Join us for lunch, call the day before by 11:30 a.m. to make reservations. May 13 is the Alzheimer’s Support Group at 9:30 a.m. May 14 is movie day. May 16 we have Myrtue Clinic coming to do blood pressures at 11:30 a.m. May 15 will be our Volunteer Appreciation Day at 9:30 a.m. with program and entertainment, join us for lunch that day HARLAN/See Page 9

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Mothers everywhere appreciate extra help Think of all the times and ways that Mom has helped you over the years – when you were a child, and after you became an adult. With Mother’s Day upon us, now is a good time to pay Mom back with a little Extra Help – with her Medicare prescription drug costs. If your mother is covered by Medicare and has limited income and resources, she may be eligible for Extra Help – available through Social Security – to pay part of her monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. The Extra Help is estimated to be worth about $4,000 per year. That means putting $4,000 in Mom’s pocket without having to spend a dime!

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Older Iowans take their talent to the stage at state fair

The Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging (i4a), in harmony with the Iowa State Fair, invites older Iowan performers to show their talent on Wednesday, August 14, 2013. The Old Time Variety Show presents a venue for aspiring amateur performers during the Older Iowans Day at the State Fair. This is not a contest. Whether your talent is dancing, ol’ fashion crooning or even jug-

gling, any Iowan who is age 60 or up is eligible to participate as a solo or group performance. Registration deadline is Aug. 5, 2013. For more details or to receive the rules and entry form, contact: Old Time Variety Show, c/o Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging, 1111 9th St., Ste 285, Des Moines, IA 50314, toll free at (866) 468-7887. The Older Iowans Day and Old Time Variety Show are sponsored by

i4a. Stop by the i4a exhibit tent on Grand Avenue during the State Fair on August 14 and visit with representatives from Iowa’s six Area Agencies on Aging who will explain how to connect with essential services to meet the needs of persons 60+, family caregivers and persons with disabilities. Information for older Iowans and their caregivers is also available on the websites of i4a, the

Iowa Family Caregiver Program and the Iowa Department on Aging. Southwest 8 Senior Services, a proud member of i4a, serves as the Area Agency on Aging for southwest Iowa and can assist you locally with any and all aging needs, information and resources. Please call us at (712) 328-2540 or toll free at (800) 432-9209. Visit us on the web at www.southwest8.org.

Paint-A-Thon seeking homeowner applications OMAHA – Project organizers have announced that applications are now available for the 25th Annual Brush Up Paint-A-Thon. Paint-A-Thon is designed to help homeowners who are over 60 or permanently disabled at any age, and who live in Council Bluffs, or Douglas and Sarpy Counties in Nebraska. Applicants must meet financial guidelines listed on the official application. An independent selection committee made up of professionals from housing and human services iden-

tifies the homeowners who are qualified, and who will have their homes painted. Homeowners selected will have their homes painted at no cost. Volunteers paint the exterior of selected homes in August of each year. Paint Day this year is Saturday, August 17. Applications are available by calling 211 or Southwest 8 Senior Services at (712) 328-2540. Applications must be returned by June 7, 2013. Paint-A-Thon was established in 1989 as a “Community Partnership” to spearhead a community-wide

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The following centers are affiliated with the Southwest 8 Nutrition Department. Meals from Southwest 8 Senior Services Senior Centers follow the menu on the last page of the Better Living Courier, and meals are based on a suggested contribution of $3.25 to individuals age 60 or older. For the following centers please make meal reservations at 11 a.m. one day in advance.

Council Bluffs at The Center 714 S. Main St. (712) 323-5995 M-F 12 p.m.

Carter Lake Senior Center 626 E. Locust St. (712) 347-6102 M-W, F 12 p.m. Thurs. 5 p.m.

Harlan Senior Center* 706 Victoria (712) 755-2757 M-F 12 p.m.

Irwin Senior Center 520 Ann St. (712) 782-3367 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Logan Senior Center 108 West Fourth St. (712) 644-2229 M-F 12 p.m.

Malvern Senior Center 201 East Fourth St. (712) 624-8985 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Missouri Valley Senior Center 100 S. Fourth St. (712) 642-3215 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Neola Senior Center 110 Fourth St. (712) 485-2179 M-F 12 p.m.

Oakland Senior Center 618 N. Hwy (712) 482-3353 M-F 12 p.m.

Red Oak Senior Center 2700 N. Fourth St. (712) 623-3497 M-F 12 p.m.

Sidney Senior Center 2820 N. Ridge Road (712) 374-3053, M-F 12 p.m.

Stanton Senior Center 326 Broad Ave. (712) 826-2782 Tue./Wed./Thurs. 11:45 a.m.

Please note: the Lakin Campus, Shenandoah (Meal Site) and Hamburg Senior Centers have closed, contact Southwest 8 at 1-800-432-9209 with questions.

Clarinda Senior Center 1140 E. Main St. (712) 542-2932 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Villisca Senior Center 312 S. Third Ave. (712) 826-5182 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Dunlap Senior Center 619 Iowa St. (712) 643-2244 M-F 12 p.m.

Glenwood Sr. Center 20 N. Vine St. (712) 527-4213 M-F 11:30 a.m.

Woodbine Senior Center 411 Walker St. (712) 647-3011 M-F 11:30 a.m. Open 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Lunch at 11:30 a.m.

The following centers are not affiliated with Southwest 8 Senior Services: Atlantic Senior Center 411 Walnut St. (712) 243-3599 M–F 9 a.m. to 4p.m.; Meals served Tues./Wed./Thurs., 11:30 a.m. Shenandoah Senior Activity Center 405 W. Sheridan Ave. (712) 246-2002, M/W/F 12:30 to 4 p.m.; T, Th 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meal 2nd Wednesday of the month.

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Better Living Better Living (Senior Courier) is a publication of The Daily Nonpareil and Southwest 8 Senior Services, Inc., the Area Agency on Aging for southwest Iowa. The publication is distributed by The Daily Nonpareil to approximately 17,000 households in Pottawattamie, Mills and Harrison counties. An additional 8,000 copies are distributed through a volunteer distribution network to people age 60 and older in Cass, Fremont, Mills, Montgomery, Page and Shelby counties in Iowa. Address all correspondence to: Better Living/Courier Coordinator, Southwest 8 Senior Services, 300 W. Broadway, Suite 240, Council Bluffs, IA 51503; or call (712) 328-2540 or toll-free at (800) 432-9209; or you can contact us via the Web at www.southwest8.org Advertising Information The Daily Nonpareil of Council Bluffs represents the Better Living section. Advertising rates are available by contacting retail advertising at (712) 3281811. The advertising deadline for the next issue is the 13th day of the month prior to the running of the ad. Policy Board Cass County: Bur-

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ton Conn; Fremont County: Christina Hankins; Harrison County: Rollie Roberts; Mills County: Terry Amburn; Montgomery County: John Waltz; Page County: Open; Pottawattamie County: Marilyn Schroeder; Shelby County: Dwight Zimmerman. Advisory Council Cass County: Dorothy Teig, Kris Wernimont; Fremont County: Open, Open; Harrison County: Keith Oliver, Evelyn Lynch; Mills County: Rose Schoening; Sheri Bowen; Montgomery County: Open, Open; Page County: Open, Open; Metro Pottawattamie County: Nancy Coziahr, Bob Neuman, Gary Frederiksen, George Gillespie; Jean Palensky; Rural Pottawattamie County: Gale Brown; Julie Handbury; Shelby County: Open, Open.

vidual or $23,265 for a married couple living together. Even if her annual income is higher, she still may be able to get some help with monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Some examples where income may be higher include if she and, if married, her spouse: – Support other family members who live with them; – Have earnings from work; or – Live in Alaska or Hawaii. • Resources 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 her house or car as a resource. Social Security has an easy-to-use online application that you can help complete for your mom. You can find it at www. socialsecurity.gov/

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prescriptionhelp. To apply by phone or have an application mailed to you, call Social Security at 1 (800) 772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778) and ask for the Application for Help with Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Costs (SSA-1020). Or go to the nearest Social Security office. Find the Social Security office nearest you by using our online office locator. You’ll find it at the bottom of the “Popular Services” section at www. socialsecurity.gov. To learn more about the Medicare prescription drug plans and special enrollment periods, visit www. medicare.gov or call 1 (800) MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-2048). Mom has always been there to help you.

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also. May 23 – evening meal at 6 p.m. and “Something to Tap About” to perform at 7 p.m. We will be closed on May 27 for Memorial Day.

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May reminds me of lost traditions: of May Baskets and Maypoles. May we however, extend our May greetings to all and invite you to attend our May events at the Oakland Senior Center. May 1 we will hold our monthly Senior Council meeting at 10:30 a.m. Our President is Frances Rollins, Vice President is Neuonia Timberman, Betty Cleaveland is Secretary and Joy Young is Secretary. Board members include Lee Knudsen and Lilly Palmer. We wish to welcome new board members Betty Schmidt, Libby Leazenby, Claire Vance and Ron Young. State Rep. Greg Forristal and State Sen. Hubert Houser will be our guests for a “Legislative Wrap-up” at the Senior Center on

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j Anniversaries j Anniversaries Thursday, May 16, at 11 a.m. Here is your chance to hear what has transpired in the Iowa State House this year and to ask questions of your elected representatives. This session is free and open to the public. May 21 will be our next Merrymaker’s entertainment. Entertainer, Physha, is new to our Center and promises a great show that includes a variety of vocals consisting of jazz, country and Broadway selections. She also adds a mix of comedy and tap dancing. This will kick off with our meal

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at 5 p.m. Followed May 6th Vern and Kathleen Renze Harlan 67 years by our show at 6 May 14th Ralph and Marge Hansen Harlan 64 years p.m. May 21st Ivo and Darlene Wilwerding westphal 53 years Reservations May 31st John and Neoma Vanderheiden Harlan 62 years for all meals need Anniversaries. Milestones. to be called into Let them know... Birthdays. the Center by 11 a.m. on ...all the special events you want to share are in The Daily Nonpareil’s the business day prior to the desired meal date. You Life Events may reach us at (712) 482Call now to let everyone know! how many candles! 3353. 325-5700 Thank you to Joy Young for teaching our Tai-Chi Classes and to Ron Young for installing our new mailbox. We wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day and remember those loved ones on Memorial Day.

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idea his or her number is being misused. Robocallers often place the calls through internet technology that hides their location. What should you do if you get a robocall? If you get a robocall: • Hang up the phone. Don’t press 1 to speak to a live operator and don’t press any other number to get your number off the list. If you respond by pressing any number, it will probably just lead to more robocalls. • Consider contacting your phone provider and asking them to block the number, and whether they charge for that service. Remember that telemarketers change caller ID information easily and often, so it might not be worth paying a fee to block a number that will change. • Report your experience to the FTC online (www.ftc.gov/complaint) or by calling 1 (888) 3821222. What prerecorded calls are allowed? Some prerecorded messages are permitted – for example, messages that are purely informational. That means you may receive calls to let you know your flight’s been cancelled, reminders about an appointment, or messages about a delayed school opening. But the business doing the calling isn’t allowed to promote the sale of any goods or services.

Prerecorded messages from a business that is contacting you to collect a debt also are permitted, but messages offering to sell you services

to reduce your debt are barred. Other exceptions include political calls and calls from certain health care providers. For example, pharma-

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Senior Center Menu MAY TUE

MON

All meals include coffee and 2% or skim milk. Please make reservations one day in advance. Modified diets may be requested when making reservations. Bring a friend! 6

Oven roast chicken breast in supreme sauce baby red potatoes green and gold beans WG wheat bread plum halves

13

Swiss steak in tomato vegetable gravy, 1/2 baked sweet potato carrot coins WG cinnamon raisin bread banana pudding or SF vanilla pudding

20

Hearty ham shanks in Northern beans cinnamon apples corn bread muffin orange cranberry muffin

Memorial Day

27

(Closed for holiday.)

THU

WED

7

Taco salad (taco meat, shredded cheese) (shredded lettuce, tomatoes) (kidney beans) tortilla chips apricot halves

14

Rotisserie chicken quarter baked potato Oregon blend vegetables wheatberry roll red seedless grapes

21

Salisbury steak with mushroom gravy ranch whip potatoes Lima beans wheatberry roll pineapple tidbits

28

Cheesy chicken and rice with broccoli California blend vegetables WG wheat roll Mandarin oranges

Chicken Parmesan Italian vegetabls scalloped potatoes Italian roll oatmeal rainsin cookie

Calico beans with beef cinnamon pears WG wheat bread apple crisp or applesauce

1

8

15

Hot beef sandwich with gravy WG wheat bread mashed potatoes chuckwagon corn Mandarin oranges and pineapple

22

Beef macaroni casserole peas and carrots apple juice cup WG wheat breadstick Emerald pears

29

Polish sausage with fresh onions and peppers Coney bun 1/2 baked sweet potato cowboy caviar red seedless grapes

FRI 2

Jambalaya with chicken and Italian sausage cowboy caviar grape juice cup, corn muffin lemon pudding or SF vanilla pudding

Pork roast in gravy mashed potatoes peas WG wheat dinner roll birthday cake or white cake square

Hearty beef stew orange juice cup fresh baked biscuit plum halves

9

16

23

Turkey roast in gravy baby red potatoes California blend veggies WG wheat roll strawberry short cake or white cake

30

Pork loin in gravy mashed potatoes corn deli rye bread Mom’s peach cobbler or white cake square

Meatloaf in onion gravy mashed potatoes sliced beets wheatberry roll fruit cocktail

3

10

Grilled turkey burger leaf lettuce/sliced tomato WG hamburger bun garlic Parm. whip potatoes vegetable pasta salad banana

17

Chicken ala king over mashed potatoes Brussells sprouts WG wheat roll Jell-O poke cake or white cake square

24

Deluxe hamburger leaf lettuce and tomato whole grain HB bun potato salad cowboy caviar cubed watermelon

31

Chili macaroni with kidney beans cinnamon pears WG wheat roll pineapple upside down cake or white cake square


Better Living

12 Friday, April 26, 2013

The Daily Nonpareil

Auto repair: Stay informed when going under the hood We tend to love our vehicles when they run, but when we drop them off to the repair shop we can’t help but worry about the extent, cost and quality of the work. You’ll worry a lot less if you choose the right repair shop and make sure to get written estimates. Taking the time to find the right repair shop is time well spent, and may save you money. A coupon, advertisement, or website touting its low-price maintenance work and repairs may seem like a great deal, but not if it’s a less-than-trustworthy shop. Advertised maintenance specials may save you money. But watch out for repair shops that recommend surprise and possibly unnecessary repairs. If someone from the shop tells you that you’ll need expensive or complicated repairs,

consider seeking a second opinion and estimate. Word of mouth advertising is often the most reliable way to find the right place. You can also check with the Consumer Protection Division or the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to see if anyone has filed complaints and how the business or mechanic responded. If you’re wondering about a shop’s or mechanic’s level of expertise, find out whether they are “ASE certified.” The non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) works to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service by testing and certifying automotive professionals. Certification alone, however, does not guarantee good or honest work, and there are also good mechanics who are not certified. Under Iowa’s Motor Vehi-

cle Service Trade Practices Act, you have certain rights to help you avoid higher than expected repair charges: • You have the right to receive a written or oral estimate for any repair that is expected to cost more than $50, and shops must notify you of this right. Make sure to request a written estimate. • The shop generally may not charge you a price that’s more than the estimate, unless it contacts you with a higher estimate and you approve the additional cost. • The repair shop may not charge you for any repairs that are unnecessary or that you did not authorize. • The repair shop must disclose in advance if it charges for disassembly, reassembly, partially completed work, or any other work not directly related to repair or service.

• If the repair shop works with an outside repair or service supplier, the shop must provide, if you request one, an itemized receipt from the supplier. • The repair shop may not use aftermarket crash parts without first disclosing it in the written estimate. Disputes may come up even if you follow these tips. Try to resolve your problem directly with the repair shop. You will have a much better chance of success if you document your complaint, so keep copies of all estimates and invoices. To file a complaint or for more information, contact the Iowa Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, Hoover Bldg., Des Moines, IA 50319. Call (515) 281-5926, or (toll-free) (888) 777-4590. The website is: www.IowaAttorneyGeneral.gov. – Attorney General Tom Miller.

THE

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Paint-a-thon seeks applications PAINT-A-THON/From Page 6

cially paint their homes. Since the program’s inception, volunteer teams have painted 2,495 homes. The goal for 2013 is to paint 80 homes with the help of over 2,500 volunteers. Brush Up Nebraska Paint-A-Thon is made possible through the support of Barnhart Press, ConAgra Foods, Diamond Vogel Paints, Lincoln Financial Group, The Lozier Foundation, The Mammel Foundation, Northern Natural Gas, Union Pacific Railroad, and Wells Fargo. Additional companies, businesses and individuals donate materials and provide support to the volunteer teams.


Better Living May 2013