Vol. 44, No. 3
Formerly Senior Focus
Published by The Daily Herald and Senior Services of Snohomish County
Senior Services to launch new brand Page 2
A house filled with pets — and love Page 7
Tips for boosting your recall ability Page 10
Program stimulates seniors with memory issues
Walker, 90, keeps on truckin’ Page 13
Savvy Senior . . . . . . . . . . 3 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Washington Watch . . . . . 6 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tech Talk . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
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Meals on Wheels volunteer Pam Timm places food (Dan Bates / The Herald) in the refrigerator and freezer
By Caitlin Tompkins
Pam Timm is standing door with a cart of brown at his front grocery bags. “She’s my favorite lady,” Mike Kerasotes, 67, said. Timm, 66, delivers meals to him each week. She has been a volunteer with Meals on Wheels for six months. During that time, Kerasotes has battled cancer. “When you get $80 in food stamps, it doesn’t go very far. Without you, I wouldn’t have made it through radiation,” he said to Timm. Last year, Meals on Wheels volunteers
and staff served more than ple throughout the county 1,000 peoof 152,000 meals. Senior — a total Snohomish County has Services of managed the local chapter of Meals on 42 years. Each of the meals Wheels for is approved by a nutritionist. Most are and have helped diabeticslow sodium blood sugar under control, keep their said Martha Peppones, director of the nutrition program.
Since the program started, been a growing demand. there has Staff were able to bring the waiting list about 300 to 60 people last down from year.
Adaptation helps couple battle
Music wellness facilitator Noah Plotkin leads a drumming and singing session with Michael Folio as Cheryl Levin-Folio looks on.
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Meals on Wheels’ future uncertain under president’s propos ed budget “That’s 60 too many,” Peppones said. “Those are people who still need The program may be facing meals.” tial financial cuts if PresidentsubstanDonald Trump’s proposed budget approved. Nearly half of for 2018 is the program’s funding comes from the ernment through the Olderfederal govAmericans Act and Community Development Block Grants. The grants are removed under the budget slated to be plan. That would affect 150 meal recipients in Snohomish County, Peppones said. “Fortunately, it’s only a proposal,” she CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
By Karen Berkowitz
HIGHLAND PARK, Illinois Levin-Folio can’t anticipate — Cheryl milestone of memory loss every new as she and her husband, Michael Folio, navigate his Alzheimer’s disease. Sometimes quick thinking comes in handy, as it did when Michael forgot one day to take off his clothes before stepping into the shower. Rather than correct her husband, Cheryl joined him in the shower with her clothes on
for a laugh. “I think the next time we our clothes off,” she gently should take told him. “I made light of it,” she said. “I never correct him. That’s not fair to In the five years since Michael.” Michael Folio was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s at age 56, the Park couple has adapted Highland routine many times over. their daily They’d been together for years, but married less than four months, when CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
Music therapy enables stro to regain some languag ke patients e through song
By Rashod Ollison years, who sits within arm’s The Virginian-Pilot reach of him, nodding. They’re all in a small NORFOLK, Virginia — When the Johnny Cash room inside Fort Norfolk melody frustrates James Medical Center — RodriRodriguez, he chuckles, guez in his wheelchair and shakes his head and says, Bowdish on a low stool sandwiche d between an “I don’t know.” Tracy Bowdish gen- imposing keyboard and a tly pushes him, taking computer desk. Bowdish is his hand into hers as she a music therapist with Sentara’s Music and Medicine leans closer and sings in bell-clear perfect pitch lyr- Center. In a promotional ics from “I Walk the Line. clip for the program, she ” The goal is to get Rodri- mentions that her blindguez to find the words, still ness helps her to engage patients, to “see who they a difficult task since Music therapist Tracy J. his Bowdish plays the guitar stroke in summer 2011. are beyond the stroke.” As Bowdish holds Rodri- leads James “Jim Bob” Rodriquez in singing songsand But his progress has been during their session “remarkable,” says San- guez’s hand, singing lyrics in Norfolk, Virginia. at Sentara Neurology Specialists Rodriquez suffered a stroke dra, Rodriguez’s wife of 47 CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 2011 and Bowdish is helping him regain some in speech through music. (Bill Tiernan / The Virginian-Pilot)
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How early-onset Alzheimer’s drains a family’s finances You can build stronger muscles, no matter what your age Page 6
Is it time for your annual Social Security check-up? Page 6
Why exercise is so vital for folks older than 50 Page 7
Columns Volunteers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Savvy Senior . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
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Pingpong players at the Center for Healthy Living, from left: Song Wu, Thanh Lam, Zhon Guo, Pi Jing Song and Yi Ling. (Photo by Megan Brown)
Players keep fit with spirited games at the Center for Healthy Living in Lynnwood By Megan Brown Special to The Herald LYNNWOOD — The sport of competition ripens with age. Zhon Guo knows that too well. Guo visits the Center for Healthy Living every Tuesday for pingpong and mahjong matches. But he doesn’t just play to win. The fast-paced game keeps him sharp, mentally and physically. “Playing pingpong trains you to be more accurate,” Guo said. He credits it with keeping him in shape, too. The 79-year old Hong Kong native has been attending the center sessions for Chinese seniors for more than 10 years. But he still doesn’t consider himself a match for Pi Jing Song, 64. “He’s very fast. He’s our pingpong leader,” Guo said. Song came to the United States from China in 2013. He’s visited the center weekly since. Guo is a retired laboratory researcher. Song is a janitor at a laboratory.
to play,” Serier said. Song and Guo break “In the USA, “They’ll also practice a sweat making dives they play things, over and over for the treasured ball. again.” “You shouldn’t think the game for They practice for too much about it,” fun. In China, themselves, and for Song said of his strattournaments between egy. “Just be fast.” they do it for the Korean and ChiPingpong is a popunese groups. lar sport in China. Song exercise. It’s “They have different and Guo have been very fast.” players from either playing almost their entire lives. — Pi Jing Song team who come and pingpong player play, and people come “In the USA, they and watch,” she said. play the game for fun,” “It’s pretty intense.” Song said. “In China, they do it for Not everyone who comes to the exercise. It’s very fast.” center picks up a paddle to break a Song’s love of the game is as old sweat. as his sibling rivalry. On weekdays, Chinese, Korean, “I play pingpong at home with my Filipino and Vietnamese seniors younger sister,” he said. “But she’s gather and participate in a number just so-so.” of activities, from lively karaoke sets The tables predate the tenure to languid tai-chi sessions. of the senior center’s coordinator, “In China,” Guo said, “retired peoShannon Serier, who organizes ple like to meet in a big group, in a activities for the center’s multiculbig square, for dancing.” tural meetings. Serier said that the Living an ocean away doesn’t stop Chinese group brought in the tables and shares with other multicultural Lily Sun from enjoying that pastime. groups. “They encourage a lot of people See PINGPONG, Page 11
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Native culture honors and respects elders By Marie Zackuse Chairwoman, The Tulalip Tribes
COMMENTARY Elders are the heart of our community. They are the keepers of our history, culture, and language. We have lived here in the Salish Sea since time immemorial, and for thousands of years we have told our children and grandchildren the same stories about Basket Woman, Raven and Killer Whale. These stories help to teach each generation about our responsibilities to our community and to ourselves. Respect, responsibility, and sharing are the foundational and most important values we aspire to as a people. We
have learned this from our elders. Our Lushootseed language was nearly lost, but thanks to the vision of our elders we were able to preserve it. For many years it was Marie Zackuse a painstaking project to gather what remained, and put it all back together, after decades of federal Indian policy that sought to erase our language and culture. Today, we teach Lushootseed in our Early Learning Academy. Our language is integrated into the curriculum and we believe this will significantly improve academic outcomes for our children when they enter K-12. It turns out that some of
the factors that influence quality of life for an aging population is also true of the young, at least in Tulalip. Practicing our culture, and knowing our language and history brings us a sense of wellbeing. As a modern tribal government, we continue to honor the place that elders have always held in our community. We have a department that is devoted to their needs, which we call the Elders Program. One of our responsibilities is to ensure Tulalip elders have access to quality care, housing, and opportunities to attend social and cultural events throughout the region. In traditional times the Coast Salish traveled up and down the waterways of the Puget Sound attending
potlatches, weddings, funerals, and naming ceremonies throughout the year. Our elders continue to travel throughout the Northwest attending inter-tribal elder events. Our tribe supports this travel as we know that it contributes to an improved quality of life for our aging members. As we plan our capital projects such as building a new Gathering Hall or a Justice Center we listen when our elders come to the Board of Directors and tell us what they think of our plans. Their vision helped to build the Hibulb Cultural Center and Natural History Preserve and Quil Ceda Village. Our culture honors elders because they are living records of a culture that has survived across time.
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Healthcare providers and people with Medicare will be able to use secure online tools that will allow quick access to the new Medicare numbers when needed. Health care providers and suppliers will be allowed up to 21 months to fully transition to the unique ID on the Medicare card. CMS is also working with healthcare providers to answer their questions and ensure that they have the information they need to make a successful transition to the new Medicare number. For more information, visit: www.cms.gov/ newcard
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Be a Homage volunteer during Older Americans Month By Michelle Frye Volunteer Manager, Homage Senior Services The 2018 theme for Older Americans Month is “Engage at Every Age.” This theme emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotional well-being. It also celebrates the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities. Volunteering is a tangible and meaningful way to enrich your life and make a difference. Here are ways you can partner with our agency to share your time, skills and talents. If there is something you are passionate about doing that isn’t listed, contact Homage Senior Services. Three programs we are growing in Snohomish County: Foster Grandparent Program: This pairs older adults with children with special and/or exceptional needs to provide one-on-one support at community schools, daycares, etc. Volunteers must be 55 or older. There is a small stipend for
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those who meet income guidelines. Senior Companions: This program helps seniors stay in their homes by running errands, doing light housekeeping and/or providing companionship with weekly home visits. Must be 55 or older and meet income guidelines.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES BY JOHN McALPINE Sponsored by Catholic Community Services, RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for people 55 and older and the only program where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded. RSVP exists to help older volunteers find fulfillment in their volunteer work. Volunteer opportunities exist all over Snohomish County. Volunteer transportation: Snohomish County is in large part, still very rural. That means people who don’t have personal transportation can encounter difficulties in getting to a doctor appointment or grocery store. You can help with that situation
Friendly Visitors: Volunteers help by providing weekly friendly visits to lonely and isolated older adults in need and taking them grocery shopping or on other necessary errands. Ongoing programs needing volunteers: Administration: Volunteers help
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How dementia can drain a family’s life savings By Lisa M. Krieger The Mercury News If Denis Winter suffered from heart failure, cancer or almost any other deadly disease, his family could rest assured that his care would be largely covered by insurance. But Winter has Alzheimer’s disease. So the extraordinary cost of his care — $8,500 a month, or $102,000 a year — is borne entirely by his wife, Linda. It is quickly draining their lifetime of savings. “It is terrifying,” said Linda Winter, 64, of Orinda, California, who has so far spent more than $350,000 and could be left destitute by the illness of her 65-year-old husband, who no longer recognizes her. “Could I end up in old age under a bridge in a cardboard box? That is my fear,” she said. Medicare is a lifeline for seniors and the disabled, paying for “medically necessary” costs such as hospitalization, surgery, chemotherapy, transplants, medications, pacemakers and other interventions. A dementia diagnosis demands none of that. What it does require, however, is around-the-clock “custodial care,” such as help with eating and dressing, and constant supervision. That’s not covered by Medicare. And it’s extraordinarily expensive, according to a report released last month by the Alzheimer’s Association. Families’ out-of-pocket costs for a patient with dementia are 80 percent higher than the cost for someone with heart disease or cancer, according to a 2015 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. “The costs were high for everybody, but among those with dementia, they were astronomical, to the point of impoverishing the spouse, with many years still ahead of them,” said Dr. Amy S. Kelley, a geriatrician at Icahn School of
Denis Winter is greeted by his wife, Linda, during a visit at an assisted care facility in Danville, California. Denis Winter suffers from Alzheimer’s. (Anda Chu / Bay Area News Group) Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and lead author of the paper. Families are projected to spend $60 billion for the care of their loved ones in 2018, according to the Alzheimer’s Association report. As the number of older Americans climbs, so does the prevalence of dementia — and the financial crisis facing families. The disease also can strike someone in the prime of life. In the U.S., about 200,000 people have early onset Alzheimer’s, according to the organization. The average lifetime cost of care for a person living with dementia was $341,840 in 2017, with 70 percent of this cost borne by families through out-of-pocket payments
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A wedding photo of Denis and Linda Winter hangs in his room. Denis Winter was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when he was 57. He’s now 65.
“His doctor says: ‘He’s relatively healthy, other than the fact that I can see holes in his brain,’ on magnetic resonance imaging scans,” Linda Winter said. Denis Winter, a former professor of music at the University of Central Arkansas, worked all his life, saving for retirement with a 403(b). He taught for 30 years, including a two-month residency in China, and he played trombone and euphonium — a large baritone horn — with the Arkansas Symphony, the U.S. Coast Guard Band and at Michigan’s prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts, as well as in Europe and South America. Friends and colleagues remember his warmth and talent. “He was ambitious, energetic and inquisitive during the years that I knew him as a doctoral student,” said Don Little, Professor of Tuba at the University of North Texas College of Music, where Denis earned the university’s first doctorate in euphonium performance. Linda, a singer and conductor, was his teenage sweetheart while at Cleveland Heights High School; he charmed her by helping carry her books home after class. He was quiet and she was lively; over time, their lives took separate routes. She went on to earn an MBA and is now director of sourcing, managing suppliers and purchasing strategies at San Francisco’s Pacific Gas & Electric. They were thrilled to re-discover each other in their early 50s, falling in love after a date at the San Francisco Symphony. Then, only six years into their marriage, Denis developed mystifying symptoms. He had trouble keeping rhythm. It took longer for him to read music. Always punctual, he was often late for students’ lessons and programs. He got lost while driving home after an evening’s performance. For several years, Linda cared for him at home, despite a demanding job where she managed a team of 60 employees and negotiated the utility’s contracts with suppliers. But it proved exhausting. She brought in caregivers to help from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. but was alone at night. Over time, she sickened, developing infections, high blood pressure and pre-diabetes. “He’d get up like a Jack-in-the-box in the middle of the night and start walking around,” she recalled. “He’d cry out, ‘Hello, who is there?’ whenever you’re in the bathroom or shower.” The cost of hiring in-home caregivers for around the clock care is expensive, especially for those with skills to help dementia patients and be strong enough to pick them up if they fall or need to be transported. Eventually, it was no longer safe for Denis to remain at home. Experts say it is a sadly familiar scenario. “No family can do that. Memory care is 24-7,” said Ruth Gay of the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Northern Nevada. “We see caregivers going down before the patient does.” Now at a Danville facility, Denis is well cared for, so Linda can earn income and keep her health insurance. He only speaks a few words. Although he’s safer than he would be at home, he’s still at risk of injury, sometimes walking into windows because he doesn’t recognize glass. Like other dementia patients, his behavior can be inscrutable and heart-breaking. Recently, he took down the framed family photos on the wall. Despite her near-daily visits, Linda is a stranger to him. So she welcomes him with a warm smile, a hug and an introduction. “Hello!” she says. “I’m Linda, your wife!” Experts say that most families are unprepared for the financial burden of dementia, assuming that Medicare and personal savings will cover the diseases of aging. Long-term care insurance, which can be purchased separately from a medical care plan, is designed to pay for skilled nursing care or basic in-home assistance such as help with bathing and dressing. But it is expensive, and premiums rise as people age. Denis did not have it. While patients with cancer and heart disease don’t need nursing care until their final weeks or days, if at all, dementia patients may need custodial care for many years. “If you have hospitalization in people with Alzheimer’s, Medicare will pay for almost all of it,” said Dr. Kenneth Covinsky, a geriatrician and professor of medicine at UC-San Francisco
You can build muscle at any age By Wina Sturgeon Adventure Sports Weekly It doesn’t matter how old you are; you can still build muscle. Studies have shown that even people in their 90’s can build bulk and strength if they lift weights. In fact, any observer can factually state that the number of members 55 and older at commercial gyms is constantly increasing. There are three essential things to keep in mind if you want to build more muscle at middle age and beyond: 1. You need to lift weights or work with stretch bands for the necessary resistance to create stronger muscles. 2. You can’t train like a 20-year-old anymore. At 55 and older, you can’t train every day, or even every other day, because your body requires more time to recuperate from each workout. 3.
The principle of resistance training is even more important as you get older. You have to damage the muscles slightly; tire them out, so that they come back stronger when healing to deal with such potential damage in the future. The New York Times quotes the published studies of Marcas Bamman, director of the Center for Exercise Medicine at the University of Alabama, as saying, “Men and women in their 60s and 70s who began supervised weight training developed muscles that were as large and strong as those of your average 40-year-old. Older muscles will become larger and stronger if you work them.” Bamman’s studies and others have also proven that there are biochemical processes that help bulk up older muscle fibers, but those processes can only be started by pushing the
muscles until they are exhausted. Often, the typical four or five sets of ten to fifteen reps are not enough to genuinely tire the muscles. Most gyms offer private trainers who can assess your physical condition and design a workout to improve it. Getting a customized workout is worth the money. But Bamman and other researchers don’t promise miracles. Working out with a carefully designed resistance program will rebuild decades of muscle loss, but not back to the sleek body of a 20-year-old. Resistance workouts may often erase the muscle loss of about two decades, but not much more. However, there’s another reason to do regular resistance workouts—-no matter what your gender, no matter what your age. As people get older, they begin to lose their muscle fibers. The fibers themselves die off.
Since each muscle fiber is a source of strength and power, fewer of them will limit the amount of strength that can be rebuilt. The loss of muscle fibers happen faster as folks age, and even faster for those who are sedentary. Regular exercise helps keep muscle fibers from dying off. In fact, while it’s well known that working out is an actual health issue, the newest research is showing that resistance training, and yes, even aerobic training can help prevent dementia. As well, working the body can also delay the onset of dementia. That’s certainly worth the workout. Wina Sturgeon is an active 55+ based in Salt Lake City, who offers news on the science of anti-aging and staying youthful at: adventuresportsweekly.com. She skates, bikes and lifts weights to stay in shape.
Checklist for your Social Security annual check-up By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington State Public Affairs Specialist Say “annual checkup” and most people imagine waiting at the doctor’s office. But, there’s another type of checkup that can give you a sense of wellness without even leaving home. Visit www.socialsecurity.gov and follow these five steps to conduct your own Social Security annual checkup. Your Social Security Statement is available online anytime to everyone who has a my Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/ myaccount. Creating your account gives you 24/7 access to your personal information and makes it impossible for someone else to set up an account in your name. We still send paper Statements to
those who are 60 and older who don’t have an account and aren’t receiving Social Security benefits. Your Statement provides information about work credits (you need 40 credits to be entitled to a Social Security retirement benefit), estimates for retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, plus a history of your earnings. Work credits count: If you have earned 40 work credits, your Statement will show estimates for retirement, disability, and survivors benefits. If you don’t have 40 work credits, the Statement shows how many you have and how many you still need to qualify for benefits. Review earnings record: Review your history of earnings year by year to make sure each year is correct. This is important because Social Security benefits are based
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Scaling down exercise is OK as you age, but don’t stop. And if you haven’t begun, heed the words of Elsie Sierra, 71: “You need to exercise.” Mike Napoli has been running marathons and competing in Ironman triathlons since his 30s. Typically, he would race in one event monthly from March through November. Not so much anymore. Because of work travel and family — along with age — Napoli has a bit slower pace. He’s still a fitness enthusiast, for sure, including biking, running and cross-fit training multiple times a week. However, two of his weekly workouts at the Crossfit Milk District gym are with his 6-year-old granddaughter, and there are some moves he simply can no longer do, like pullups because of shoulder surgeries. So, he doesn’t try them. “I scale (my workouts) back to make it as hard as possible on myself, but also not to the point we I’m going to hurt myself,” says Napoli, 53, a software developer in Orlando. “I feel young. But some things don’t work like they used to. I just try to keep fit and stay challenged as best I can.” Jamie Lynch is perhaps even more of a workout warrior. The 54-year-old is a nurse practitioner for cardiology practice (Orlando Health Heart Institute), which likely helped when in January he ran the Celebration Marathon’s 26-plus miles in 3 hours and 32 minutes and qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon. Self-described as a fitness “addict,” Lynch, 54, a Winter Park resident, can be found swimming and biking across Central Florida’s lake and roads, starting at 5 a.m. But he knows the clock is ticking toward inevitably slowing down and transitioning his routine while still trying to remain fit. Because of eye-muscle weakness in his youth, he didn’t play sports growing up. As a young adult, he then found weightlifting, until his lower back and knees weakened. Then he found running until a move to triathlons (running, biking and swimming), which enabled him to better manage the stress loads on his body. Now, he awaits his next transition. “I feel older every year,” Lynch says. “Pushing myself at the
Also, her moods are better. “If I don’t go to the gym, my (adult) daughters tell me I get cranky. … My stress, I leave it here (at the gym),” she says. “I don’t know what I would have been if I didn’t exercise. I feel great.” Sierra offers one succinct bit of advice to others: “You need to exercise.” Need a place to exercise? Any of the area’s large gyms, such as LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, Planet Fitness, Youfit and the Central Florida YMCA, accommodate the 50-and-older crowd. For example, 24 Hour Fitness offers Silver & Fit classes, designed to increase flexibility, joint stability, balance, coordination, agility, muscular strength and cardiovascular endurance. Also, an insurance-based program called Silver Sneakers typically is offered across Orlando. The low-impact classes use basic functional exercise movements and involve weights, resistance bands and body weight to help increase strength and range of motion. According to Daun Yearwood-Davis, member experience director at the South Orlando YMCA, the 50-plus crowd gets catered to and represents an increasing sector of Y membership. The reason is that life reality: aging. “It’s going to happen to us all, God willing,” Yearwood-Davis says.
Everett’s original main street coming back to life PERSPECTIVES ON THE PAST BY MARY O’DONNELL, EVERETT HISTORIAN May is National Historic Preservation Month, and we are fortunate to have historic preservation taking place right in the heart of the Hewitt Avenue National Historic District. After being at the top of Historic Everett’s endangered properties list the past several years, the Hodges building at 1802 Hewitt Ave. is now undergoing preservation. The Hodges Building was erected during 1923 and was ready for occupancy in January 1924. The five-story building was constructed at a cost of $100,000 for H.C. Hodges of Mukilteo. Benjamin F. Turnbull of Everett was the architect and Howard S. Wright, also of Everett, was the contractor. Turnbull’s office was in the Commerce Building directly across Hewitt Avenue, which he designed 13 years earlier. Both it and the Hodges Building were in the popular Chicago Style of the time — like salt and pepper shakers, similar but with subtle differences. The Commerce Building is on the National Register of Historic Places. When the Hodges opened, a clothier and stationer occupied the main floor. Upstairs were doctors, dentists, insurance agents, dressmakers, tailors and more. The top floor had a modern surgical and medical clinic with
four doctors who would soon form the nucleus of the Everett Clinic. Over the years, as Everett’s downtown shifted from Hewitt Avenue to Colby Avenue, the building’s use changed. Stores remained on the main floor, but the upper floors were converted to apartments during the 1940s. Over the next decades the building suffered deferred maintenance. After a fire in December 2014, the building went dark and its future was, at best, uncertain. Fortunately, discussions between the city and county about building a parking structure on the site never materialized. Pete Sikov owns the Hodges along with several other buildings in the Hewitt Avenue Historic District. His vision for the historic district is a mix of small businesses, including antique stores, art galleries and ethnic restaurants. He believes this can be realized with shopkeepers bootstrapping until a critical mass is created to sustain a destination shopping area. Today the Hodges is coming back to life. The white brick exterior has been cleaned and new windows have been installed in the original wood frames. The elevator shaft has been deconstructed and rebuilt to accommodate a larger elevator. A sprinkler system, new wiring and plumbing have been installed.
The Hodges Building, in the 1800 block of Hewitt Avenue in Everett, when new in 1924 (Everett Public Library photo) Soon drywalling and painting will be done. Kitchens are being designed while appliances and lighting are being selected. Contacts are being made with prospective shop owners. One person who shares Sikov’s dream for a Hewitt Avenue arts and entertainment district is Isabella Valencia. A dynamo with a great deal of energy, she and others have created District Art, whose mission is to contribute to the establishment of an artistic culture and an art district in Everett. To this end, she has opened Black Lab Gallery at 1618 Hewitt Ave. She
and other volunteers have cleaned the upstairs of the formerly vacant Fobes Building, 1806-08 Hewitt Ave., immediately next door to the Hodges. The space is now known as the Rockefeller Hotel, where 12 artists work in day studios. On the main floor, a skateboard shop and an art supplies store are planned, providing more retail activity for youth. In the back will be a workshop serving budding artists 15 to 21 years of age. She also plans to open Rockitt, a performance venue for all ages, across the street at the old Horseshoe Building, 1805 Hewitt Ave.
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Social Security honors the nation’s heroes on Memorial Day By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington State Public Affairs Specialist On Memorial Day, we honor service members who have given their lives for our nation. Social Security acknowledges the heroism and courage of our military service members, and we remember those who have given their lives to protect our country. Part of how we honor these heroes is the way we provide Social Security benefits. The loss of a family member is difficult for anyone. Social Security
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Buffalo Trace, a short drive from Frankfort, Kentucky, is a National Historic Landmark and the the oldest continually (legally) operating distillery in the country. (Kathy Witt) allowed to remain open during Prohibition. Someone had to dispense the “medicine.” In keeping with Frankfort’s current theme, the distillery offers a Hard Hat Tour for a true insider’s look behind the curtain to see the heart and soul of the bourbon crafting process — and not just any bourbon mind you, but truly great bourbon, which is Buffalo Trace’s stock-intrade. This is the home of such fabled bourbons as Pappy Van Winkle, Blanton’s Single Barrel and Stagg Jr., among other liquid legends. Visitors see everything from grain delivery to the cooking process to fermentation and distillation. A stop is made at the E.H. Taylor, Jr. Microstill where Buffalo Trace crafts its unique and award-winning Experimental Collection whiskies. At tour’s end? The reason visitors take the
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Homage Continued from previous page Throughout the year, the park hosts workshops, classes and programs, including the annual SoundScape! This year, the free, family-friendly music event takes place 6 p.m. to midnight on Sat., June 9. A fun way to explore the park in the dark, SoundScape! features backto-back bands performing on stage, food and beer trucks, ice cream and the Josephine S’mores Bar, a bonfire, night sky tour with telescopes, illuminated sculptures, Silly Sculpture Makin’ Station and more. Rock the river: Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides (www.rockinthunder. com) offers the only jet boat tours on the Ohio and Kentucky Rivers, with several different thrill rides departing
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Former night nurse to King Edward VIII recalls his final days The Baltimore Sun TIMONIUM, Md. — When she was in her 20s, Juliana Chatard Alexander was the night nurse for the Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII, the man who abdicated his throne to marry Wallis Warfield Simpson. After long declining interviews with historians and biographers, the Mays Chape, Maryland, woman spoke with royal biographer Andrew Morton — and with The Baltimore Sun. Here, in her own words, are more memories of the former Duke and Duchess of Windsor: About why she finally granted an interview to biographer Andrew Morton after keeping silent about her experience for more than 45 years: My father was Al Capone’s doctor, and he never talked about it. So, I think I learned to follow his example. After the Duke died, I came back to the U.S. for about three months. The word got out and all these historians got in touch with me, but I refused to talk to them. I don’t approve of those tell-alls by old priests and nurses who get
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