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Insurance commissioner helps make sense of Medicare Page 2

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RSVP volunteer opportunities Page 4

Volunteer opportunities at Homage Page 5

Four ways to get more fit this fall Page 5

Spruce up your home — and feel younger in the bargain Page 6

Perspectives on the Past: Remembering a World War I hero Page 8

How folk music legend Joan Baez stays so fit at age 77 Page 10

Once a Scout, always a Scout: Man honored for 75 years of service Page 12

Travels With Kathy: Exploring witchy Salem, Massachusetts Page 14 Learn about programs and services available to seniors by visiting www.homage.org.

SHIBA volunteer Kennie Endelman assists Don Marshall at the Monroe Community Senior Center. (Patricia Stuart photo)

Navigating Medicare SHIBA volunteers help older adults save money, get better coverage By Adam Worcester Special to The Herald When Kennie Endelman helped her husband choose a Medicare plan, she was befuddled by the array of options. “I spent weeks trying to figure it out,” she said. A friend recommended Endelman contact SHIBA: Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. She scheduled a free appointment and met with a SHIBA adviser. “I was so impressed. They made it so easy,” Endelman said. Her experience motivated the retired government worker to sign up herself. Endelman is now one of 40 SHIBA volunteers offering free advising in Snohomish and east Skagit counties during the annual Medicare open enrollment period, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. During that time, SHIBA advisers will be available for one-hour consultations at the following locations, by appointment: Homage Senior Services; the Edmonds, Lake Stevens,

Lynnwood, Mill Creek, Monroe and Snohomish senior centers; the Camano Island Center; Goodwill Everett South; and the Ken Baxter Community Center. Advisers will also hold one-day, appointment-only events at three more places: the Stanwood Senior Center (Oct. 22); the Stillaguamish Senior Center (Oct. 29); and the Warm Beach Senior Community Center (Nov. 19). Funded equally by state and federal government, SHIBA (pronounced shebah) has been offering no-cost help to Medicare patients for more than 40 years. Snohomish County beneficiaries can choose one of about 30 different individual Medicare plans during open enrollment. They may keep, upgrade, or downgrade their current plan, or switch to another one. “It can be confusing,” said Ramonda Sosa, social services director for Homage Senior Services. CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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Commentary: State insurance commissioner helps older adults make sense of Medicare By Melanie Anderson Deputy State Insurance Commissioner for Consumer Protection As the calendar page turns to the month of October, along with it comes the smell of fall leaves, less daylight and crisp and cooler temperatures. And for some of us, it also means Medicare Open Enrollment. For the more than 109,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Snohomish County, this is an important time of year. Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period — sometimes called the Annual Election Period — runs each year from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, those on Medicare: ■■ Can switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan — and vice versa ■■ With Original Medicare ca n join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan ■■ With a Medicare Advantage plan can switch to a different Medicare Advantage plan. Your new coverage will start Jan. 1. And Homage Senior Services is ready to help you with all of these

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“We kind of lay out their options in front of them. We look at the doctors they go to, the medications they take, what clinics they go to, everything,” Sosa said. “Do they travel a lot? If they’re gone more than six months, they might not want an HMO (health maintenance organization). That coverage may or may not go

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decisions. Homage serves as the community partner for the Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program. SHIBA is a consumer protection service offered through the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. SHIBA provides free, unbiased and confidential help with Medicare

beyond Snohomish County.” Last year SHIBA, served 2,456 clients in Snohomish and Skagit counties during Medicare open enrollment, saving them a combined total of $711,000. It filed 13 client complaints or appeals with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner, and 11 fraudulent claims or billing errors that resulted in savings of $42,000. It also provided 19 educational presentations on open enrollment. Statewide, SHIBA has over 400 volunteers. They assisted over 108,000 individuals last year.

and other health care options to people of all ages and backgrounds across our state. We train and certify our volunteer advisers, who are available for one-on-one, in-person and phone counseling. Our volunteer advisers can help you compare prescription drug plans, Original Medicare vs Medicare Advantage plans, and other information to help you make an informed decision about what Medicare plans work best for your personal situation. Medicare is not a one-size fits all program. Each person’s needs, situation and benefits are different — and that includes spouses who may have their own unique Medicare plan. If you qualify, our SHIBA advisers can also help you apply for any programs that’ll save you money on Medicare costs, such as Extra Help and Medicare Savings Programs. The Medicare Savings Program helps you pay for Medicare premiums, deductibles and other Medicare-related costs. Extra Help covers the costs of Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage such as,

premiums, deductibles, some copay costs and the donut hole/coverage gap. If you’re on Medicaid, Social Security Income, or get help from Medicare Savings Programs, you automatically qualify for Extra Help. We’ll review your income and assets to see which programs you might qualify for and then help you apply. If you have Original Medicare, our trained SHIBA advisers will also share with you information about Medicare Supplement (Medigap) plans. Medigaps, sold by private insurance companies, can help pay for some of the health costs Original Medicare doesn’t cover like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Whether you’re already on Medicare and need help during the annual open enrollment period, or you’re just getting ready to turn 65 and need some help navigating Medicare, give your local SHIBA office a call. In Snohomish and eastern Skagit counties, Homage Senior Services is your go-to place for some no-cost, quality, unbiased help.

“We don’t sell anything,” said Patricia Stuart, SHIBA outreach coordinator. “It’s well worth it to spend an hour at an appointment if it can save you hundreds of dollars a year. SHIBA volunteers receive extensive training, with refresher courses every two months. Many, such as Endelman, are retirees themselves. “At the end of the day, what you decide to do with Medicare can affect the rest of your life,” Endelman said. “When I can help someone understand how it works best for them, and if I can

get them extra benefits or save them money on their drugs, that’s a real significant thing.” It pays for all Medicare patients to review their coverage annually, said Sosa. “Come in and compare. You never know,” she said. “Even if you already have the best plan, it’s great to have the security of knowing, ‘I’ve in the best plan.’ ” To schedule an appointment with a SHIBA adviser during Medicare open enrollment, call 425-513-1900. For more information, visit www.insurance.wa.gov/ shiba.-

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Nutrition: ‘Turnip the beet’ in your autumn meals with root vegetables By Leah Hammon Registered Dietitian, Homage Senior Services Autumn — the days shorten, leaves change brilliantly and farmer’s markets gradually recede into memory. Although we say goodbye to summer vegetation, a new bounty of fall crops awaits: root vegetables, nature’s buried treasure. While root vegetables do not share the glamorous fall reputation of their pumpkin and squash counterparts, they stand on their own merits. Root vegetables describe the edible portion of plants that grow underground. For lack of a better term, root vegetables include both true roots (taproots and tuberous roots) and non-roots (bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers). In either case, these vegetables are diverse, hearty and nourishing. Because root vegetables grow underground, they absorb nutrients from the soil and contain high concentrations of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber. They are typically inexpensive to buy, and serve as a major source of carbohydrate energy in many developing countries. Root vegetables are available year-round. But for most, their peak season (except for beets) runs from fall to spring, when they are juicier and more flavorful. Yams, sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips,

onions, garlic, daikon, radishes, turnips, rutabaga, jicama, horseradish, turmeric and ginger are all considered roots. They can be intimidating with their earthy flavor and strange-looking skin. However, these long-storing, versatile delights are easily prepared and guaranteed to bring warmth and comfort to your dining table during dreary months of gray and rain. Shopping and storing: In general, look for firm, heavy and unblemished roots that feel heavy for their size. Root vegetables are typically stored best in a cool, dark and humid room — hence, the root cellar. They can also be refrigerated in a paper bag in the crisper drawer. Most keep for several weeks to months. Sweet potatoes: Often referred to as “yams” in American grocery markets, sweet potatoes are among the most recognizable of the roots, and in fact unrelated to yams. Commercially, there are two major varieties: firm (lighter skin and white flesh) and soft (darker skin and orange flesh). You may have seen the latter version in a common Thanksgiving preparation with marshmallows and brown sugar. However, sweet potatoes can be enjoyed in both sweet and savory applications. They are great roasted, mashed, pureed into soup or utilized in baking. Sweet potatoes pair well with coconut milk,

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curry, walnuts, maple syrup, cinnamon and ginger. The orange flesh of the soft sweet potato indicates a high presence of beta-carotene, an antioxidant and precursor of vitamin A. Sweet potatoes are also high in fiber, vitamins B6 and C, iron and potassium. Turnips: A member of the cabbage family, turnips are subtle in flavor, which make them a great accompaniment to other, stronger-flavored root vegetables. Smaller (baby) turnips, which can be found during the fall and spring, tend to taste sweeter than their larger, woodier counterparts. Turnips provide a great crunch and texture and can be eaten raw or in salads. They mix well into stews or paired with tomatoes and olives. Turnips are low in calories and contain high amounts of vitamin C, among other nutrients. There are several varieties of turnip, among the most common and available in supermarkets is the purple top. The leafy green tops of turnips can also be eaten and provide a host of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Rutabagas: Frequently confused with turnips and sometimes referred

to as the Swedish turnip, rutabagas are also members of the cabbage family. The most common American variety is purple-crowned with a yellowish bottom. They boast a sweet and nutty flavor with a mild turnip-like taste. Rutabagas can be roasted, sauteed, baked, mashed and pureed into stews. They can also be enjoyed raw as a snack or grated into salads and slaws. Rutabagas are an excellent source of vitamin C, which helps support immune function. They also contain fiber, beta-carotene, potassium, calcium and magnesium. Beets: These typically peak during the months of June through October, although they can usually be found in good supply year-round. Beets come in a variety of hues including red, golden and chioggia, which is known as the candy cane beet for its red and white stripes. They have an earthy, sweet flavor and are delicious when roasted. Beets also can be prepared raw or pickled. Other roasted roots, cumin, cinnamon, citrus, balsamic vinegar, goat cheese, feta, walnuts and blueberries all CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

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salt and pepper to taste ⅓ cup dry white wine 1 cup torn beet greens Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place the beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, and garlic into a 9-by-13 inch baking dish — NOT Pyrex or other glassware, which will shatter if liquid is poured in it when the dish is hot. Drizzle with the olive oil, then season with thyme, salt, and pepper. Mix well. Bake, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, stirring once midway through baking. Remove the non-glass baking dish from the oven, and stir in the wine. Return to the oven, and bake until the wine has mostly evaporated and the vegetables are tender, about 15 minutes more. Stir in the beet greens, allowing them to wilt from the heat of the vegetables. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving. Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.com

RSVP VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES BY JOHN MCALPINE Sponsored by Catholic Community Services, RSVP is America’s largest volunteer network for persons over 55 and the only program where the collective contribution of the senior volunteer is recorded. RSVP exists to help volunteers 55 and older find fulfillment in their volunteer work. Volunteer opportunities exist all over Snohomish County. Food banks: I apologize for not mentioning the Granite Falls Community Coalition Food Bank in this column. They are doing good things in the community as are all the other food banks in our county. Here are some facts about food and hunger in our state from Northwest Harvest: ■■ In 2016, around 1 in 8 Washingtonians did not get enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs. ■■ In Washington, the number of people living in poverty significantly decreased over the last year, but nonetheless, nearly 1 in 9 Washingtonians lived below the poverty line in 2016. ■■ One in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table. As we get closer to the holidays the demand on food banks will be more pronounced. No matter where you live you can get involved. RSVP works with food banks in these cities; Arlington, Everett (2 locations), Granite Falls, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville (2 locations), Mill Creek, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, Snohomish and Stanwood/Camano. Volunteer transportation: Have you

ever had the eye test where your pupils are dilated? You know, the one where you can’t drive for a few hours. Imagine that you can’t drive because you don’t have a car, don’t have family or friends able to give you ride, live far from the bus line, don’t have enough money for a cab, well you see what I mean right? Volunteer drivers are needed. Your driving record doesn’t have to be perfect to qualify. Drive when and where you want. Clients enter and exit the vehicle on their own. Mileage reimbursement is possible. School/after school mentors: RSVP is helping Westgate, Cedar Valley, Lynnwood, Jackson and Hawthorne Elementary schools find volunteers. Are you interested? Previous teaching and tutoring experience is not required. We also have after school as well as Boys and Girls Club opportunities, too. Emergency Management Department, Snohomish County: Help the county and your neighbors be ready during a disaster. This job needs volunteers to work behind the scenes and help manage the details and tasks needed to support front-line responders. These jobs are NOT on the scene of the event — they are in the office. Peer to peer counseling: If you are empathetic, understanding, compassionate and can keep a confidence, Peer to Peer counseling might be for you. You receive training and are matched with someone who can use CONTINUED ON PAGE 5

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Our most critical need is for volunteer drivers for our Meals on Wheels Program. Volunteer drivers are needed for morning routes in Everett and north Marysville to assist with weekly deliveries of meals to homebound adults in those areas. The Volunteer Engagement Program at Homage has needs in the following areas:

Foster Grandparent Program: Older adults provide children with special and/or exceptional needs one-onone support at community locations such as schools and daycares. Volunteers must be 55 and older. There’s a small stipend for those who meet income guidelines.

Volunteer chore: All over Snohomish County there are seniors who need a little help with household chores and tasks. This allows them to age in place in their homes. A few hours every couple weeks really goes a long way. Can you help? SHIBA: If you like helping people, SHIBA might be for you. It is a free, confidential and impartial counseling resource sponsored by the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner. Volunteer advisers help callers understand their rights and options, and offer up-to-date information helping them to make an informed decision concerning health insurance needs. There are 30 hours of training. SHIBA stands for Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. If you have any questions about RSVP, volunteering or any of the agencies you see listed here, please contact RSVP at 425-3746374 or email me at johnm@ccsww.org

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Four ways to get more fit this fall Experience nature: Enjoy a nature trail, take some breaks to see the sights, take selfies from a park bench or just enjoy the company. Another option would be to pedal along a rural path. About 57 percent of Americans younger than 35 own a bike that was passed down from a family member. Put a puzzle together: Mental exercise counts. Puzzles are a great way to engage in conversation among kids and adults. If you aren’t puzzle people, you can learn a card game or play chess together. Hit the pool: Great

hall meetings; call and email legislators; email other volunteers when important funding for services are threatened; attend advocacy committee meetings; and help with outreach efforts by encouraging voter registration at health fairs and senior fairs.

Friendly Visitors: Volunteers help by providing weekly friendly visits to lonely and isolated older adults in need of interaction and assist with grocery shopping and other errands.

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for arthritic joints, swimming also is a well-rounded exercise for all ages. You’ll have to head indoors now that it’s fall, one option is to go to a YMCA facility for a family swim. Take turns at the stove: Share your favorite childhood meal and make it with the grands. This also gives you a chance to dig out old recipe books to find choices once made by great-grandparents or to show kids what their parents liked most as children. After indulging in tastes and memories, make sure to walk off those calories. — Treva Lind The SpokesmanReview, Spokane

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Spruce up your home — you will feel younger By Wina Sturgeon Adventure Sports Weekly As people get older, they often stop noticing things around their home. Dust gathers in corners or on shelves and cabinets where televisions or knickknacks may be placed. Dust can even settle on plant leaves, despite meticulous watering done for the plant. At the same time, wall-to-wall carpeting installed many years ago may have become stained and dirty from spills or pets, or show obvious signs of wear. It’s easy to get accustomed to the signs of interior neglect, and to no longer ‘see’ it. These things may have become the norm for the homes of older adults. Why not make your home look younger? A good spruce-up will also make you feel younger! If you live on Social Security, you

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them to do the job, but you must start saving up each month to pay for it. Once the walls are painted and refreshed, it’s time (because you don’t want the painting to be done over new carpet) to start looking for good carpeting. Again, get several estimates. Don’t buy the cheapest stuff, it will probably stain easily and it may show signs of wear faster than more expensive carpet. Some bigbox chain stores offer customers a ‘deal’ of free installation. Ignore it, it will end up not being a deal at all. These companies don’t use their own contractors, they hand the job over to third-party subcontractors. These subcontractors can charge extra for such things as removal of old carpet and padding, hauling the old carpet and padding away, the moving of furniture, and so on. The store takes its cut of the ‘free

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Perspectives on the Past: Remembering WWI and Sgt. Jesse James Bell Sr., U.S. Marine Corps By Betty Lou Gaeng Perspectivepast@gmail.com This year on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, as we commemorate the centennial anniversary of the signing of the armistice ending World War I, it also seems an appropriate time to remember Sgt. Jesse James Bell Sr., U.S. Marine Corps. Sgt. Bell has been listed as MIA since his death from battle wounds, six days before the war ended in 1918. Sgt. Bell’s official home base was San Diego, California, and even though he never lived in the state of Washington, he has a connection to Puget Sound and Snohomish County, and especially Edmonds. As a young Marine he was serving

aboard the U.S. Navy armored cruiser USS South Dakota (ACR-9) when the ship visited Puget Sound in 1908. Jesse James Bell Sr. was born in 1886 in Thompson, a small town in the Catskills of Sullivan County, New York. Times were not easy for the Bell family and 14-yearold Jesse, no longer in school, was working as a laborer on a farm along with his father. In 1903, at the age of 17, he left his childhood home and enlisted as a private in the U.S. Marine Corps. He began his military career in New Jersey assigned to a recruiting office, but was soon transferred to San Diego, California, for sea duty.

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In 1908, Jesse Bell was on duty aboard the South Dakota for a shakedown cruise early that year. The South Dakota had sailed north following the coastline and inland to Port Angeles, then to drydock at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. Upon leaving drydock, South Dakota set her anchor off Anacortes. Having spent over a month in the Pacific Northwest and just before setting sail for San Francisco, she joined 12 battleships of the Atlantic Fleet on May 23, 1908 for the Great White Fleet’s goodwill cruise of Puget Sound. (HistoryLink. org Essay 3610.) As the ships steamed south toward Seattle, they kept to the east shoreline and when they passed Edmonds, the sound of the whistles from the many shingle mills along the town’s waterfront could be heard for miles. In response, the battleship Connecticut, the flagship of the fleet, dipped her flag to a crowd of about 1,000 people watching from the shore. Soon after reaching Seattle, South Dakota left the flotilla and headed for the Straits and the Pacific Ocean, and then south to San Francisco to join other Navy ships for another goodwill tour—this time to the South

Marine Sgt. Jesse James Bell Sr. served aboard the USS South Dakota, which made a goodwill cruise on Puget Sound in 1908.

Pacific islands, the Philippines, China and Japan. When the United States entered WWI in April 1917, Sgt. Bell was 31 years old and a seasoned Marine Corps veteran. He was reassigned from sea duty and mustered into the 66th Company of the 5th Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, U.S. Marine Corps, as a gunnery sergeant and platoon leader, and was soon sent to France. His unit took part in the battle at Belleau Woods, where they were given the nickname Devil Dogs. The regiment also saw service at Chateau Thierry, Aisne, and St. Mihiel. Sgt. Bell was wounded on the battlefield in the Verdun Sector of France during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and died in a field hospital at the age of 32. The U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls

for December 1918 reported that Sgt. Bell was wounded in action by enemy gunfire in the line of duty on Oct. 23, 1918, and evacuated to an A.E.F. hospital where he died on Nov. 5, 1918. The date and location of burial are unknown. Sgt. Bell left behind a family in San Diego.

In September 1914, while stationed in San Diego, he had married Anna Antonia Bergman. A son, Jesse James Bell, Jr., was born to them in March 1918. Back in San Diego, after her husband’s death, Anna Bell worked as a housekeeper at a private

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Joan Baez’s secrets to staying fit at 77 By Karen D’Souza The Mercury News At a time in life when many start to slow down, legendary singer Joan Baez remains a whirlwind of activity. At 77, the folk music icon is promoting her new album “Whistle Down The Wind” and has extended her final concert tour, the Fare Thee Well Tour, into 2019. Last year, the silver-haired singer was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and her rendition of “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” was featured in the movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Baez has also added painting to her resume, often showing her work at Mill Valley’s Seager Gray Gallery.

So what is Baez’s secret to aging with grace? She has some natural advantages, such as good genes from her mother, who lived to be 100. But she also takes pains to eat healthy, such as harvesting the eggs from her own back yard, and she pursues a rigorous fitness schedule. She also has the courage to let go of the past, embracing the way her voice has shifted over time. But Baez says the real key to staying fit enough to pull off a worldwide tour at her age is a posture and movement system called the Gokhale Method that soothes her neck, shoulders and back. “People are always asking me how CONTINUED ON PAGE 11

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I stay in good shape,” says Baez, over the phone from her home in Woodside. “And I actually do a lot of things like yoga and Pilates and meditation, but for me, the posture work is at the base of all of it. It’s at the core of everything.” Baez says perfecting her stance has been the key to conquering her neck problems, which flare up because of the time she spends holding a guitar for long stretches on stage. She has had to learn how to sleep and walk and move with the proper alignment to keep her body limber. “Basically the whole thing is lengthening the body and decompressing the spinal column,” says Baez.

“It’s a very hands-on discipline and you work with a mirror so you can see what you are doing. Whenever I go on tour, I backslide and the old habits creep back, so when I get home I go back to the source.” That’s where her old friend Esther Gokhale comes in. The popular posture guru, who was trained as a biochemist at Princeton University and studied at Stanford’s medical school, has been working with Baez for 10 years, helping her fine-tune her alignment. “It has helped her become pain free,” says Gokhale, who teaches her method at a Palo Alto studio, “which is crucial when you are performing on stage and it can be difficult to control the tension in your body.”

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Once a Scout, always a Scout: He’s honored for 75 years of service By Pam Kragen The San Diego Union-Tribune In 1940, Richard “Dick” Preece first recited the Boy Scout oath as an 8-year-old Cub Scout in his native Pocatello, Idaho. Seventy-eight years later, the Vista, California, resident is still living by that code of loyalty to God, country and the Scout Law. At a celebration in Vista, the 86-year-old Preece was honored by the national Boy Scouts of America with the rare 75-Year Scout Veteran Award, recognizing three-quarters of a century of continuous service. Preece, a retired Navy commander and dentist, said he was humbled

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California — are Eagle Scouts. So are eight of his grandsons and a great-grandson will soon achieve the rank. All of Preece’s family has also absorbed his passion for the outdoors, including Nedra, his wife of 63 years; daughter Cindy, 59, of Utah; and daughter Becky, 57, who is on a hike this week to the base camp of Mount Everest in Nepal. Preece’s 31-year-old granddaughter Sarah Preece of Rhode Island said he inspired her career as an outdoor recreation manager and Alaskan wilderness guide. She has fond memories of family camping trips, where her granddad carried his own pack until age 80, relished telling spooky campfire stories and loved reading books in the mountain air. Local scouting officials and family members describe Preece as the poster boy for representing the Scout Law traits, which include being kind, cheerful, brave and reverent. “He was the quintessential Norman Rockwell scoutmaster. He was tall, thin, good-looking and strong,” said Trevor Bender, who as a boy in 1980 was in Preece’s Vista Troop No. 710. Today Bender is assistant council commissioner for the SD-Imperial Council. “He made scouting fun … and as a volunteer he was always an inspiration to me.” Preece’s career as a volunteer scout administrator began in 1950, when he served as an assistant scoutmaster at the National Jamboree in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. His first position as a Boy Scouts-LDS church liaison was at Southern Idaho College of Education, where he met his future wife, Nedra Evans. During the Korean War, the Mormon church suspended its mission program, but Preece did a one-year volunteer mission in Canada in 1953, which would be the only break in his long scouting career. After marrying and attending dental school, Preece joined the Navy. His ship postings took his family to the Bay area, South Carolina, Maryland, Great Lakes, Illinois, and San Diego. The Preeces moved to Vista 40 years ago, where he retired from the Navy in 1983 and ran a prosthetic dental practice for 10 years. Since then, he’s devoted most of his time to scouting and DEBBIES’ HAIR DESIGN OVER 40 YEARS EXPERIENCE

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Travels With Kathy: Salem, Massachusetts is celebrating 25 years of ‘Hocus Pocus’ By Kathy Witt Tribune News Service “I put a spell on you And now you’re mine.” In 1993, Bette Midler, in her inimitable role as witch Winifred Sanderson, cast a spell on fans of “Hocus Pocus,” and Salem does likewise to its visitors. “Hocus Pocus” is one of many movies that have been filmed in Witch City, an atmospheric setting for celluloid for centuries, having first been captured on film in 1899 in the 17-minute black and white silent film, “Welcome home.” Of much more recent vintage, the Disney comedy/drama was filmed nearly three centuries after the Salem

Witch Trials of 1692. Other movies include 1934’s “Scarlet Letter,” the first major black and white movie filmed entirely in Salem, and the 1980s American Playhouse three-part production, “Three Sovereigns For Sarah,” a historically accurate filming of the Witch Trials, which wove original transcripts into character dialogue. Salem straddles a fine line, honoring those falsely accused during the witch hysteria of the late 17th century and resulting Witch Trials — when 150 were falsely accused of witchcraft and 19 innocent men and women were hanged and one man was pressed to death with stones — while having fun with its image as a bewitched seaport and site of

Striking in its simplicity, the Witch Trials Memorial is surrounded on three sides by a handcrafted granite wall. Inscribed in the stone threshold are the victims’ protests of innocence. (Kate Fox)

ghostly tours, witchy haunts and spirited attractions.

Somehow, this sleepy, walkable village — home to practicing witches, shops filled with candles, crystal balls and spell kits, three cemeteries significant to the 1692 Witch Trials, the Witch Trials Memorial and, connecting all the must-see’s, the Salem Heritage Trail — manages to pull off both with equal parts reverence and respect, even in October when Salem hosts Haunted Happenings. “October is such a great time to be in Salem,” said Spellbound Tours guide, known as Dr. Vitka, who is also a professional paranormal investigator. “It is a month-long Halloween party.” CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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works of art, including the only complete Qing Dynasty house outside China, it is one of North America’s fastest-growing museums, and The House of the Seven Gables, the inspiration for Nathaniel Hawthorne’s famous 1851 novel of the same name. 2018 is the 350th anniversary of The House of the Seven Gables — what better time to climb the secret staircase and visit the adjacent Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace? See the house that inspired the interior layout for the board game, Clue, and unearth its connection to Salem on Salem Historic Tours’ TV & Movie Tour, and take a selfie with the enchanting statue of actress Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stephens, her nose-twitching persona in the 1964-1972 television sitcom, “Bewitched.”

Expect the party to be even bigger than usual this year as 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the Halloween movie classic that stars Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as the Sanderson Sisters, three witches who are resurrected on Halloween night after a disbelieving teen breaks a 300-year-old curse. Visitors can learn about the film sites of this movie and many others on one or more of Salem’s outstanding tours, including Spellbound Tours, Salem Historic Tours, and Salem Trolley Tours. “We do a TV & Movie Sites Tour and have had it scheduled for most of the year — including for some days in September and October — in honor of ‘Hocus Pocus,’ a fan favorite in October,” said Giovanni Alabiso, president Salem Historical Tours. “There have been so many movies, TV shows, documentaries, reality shows, cooking shows, and more shot in Salem, and we bring guests around to as many of these sites as we can.”

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Visitors become part of the Puritan jury during Cry Innocent’s Witch Trial featuring Bridget Bishop, who has been accused of witchcraft. (Kathy Witt)

Pioneer Village: America’s oldest living history museum, depicting Salem circa 1630, starred in the opening scenes of the movie and introduced moviegoers to young Thackery Binx, pre-cat form. Phillips Elementary School: Max and Allison’s school. The Ropes Mansion: Owned by the Peabody Essex Museum, stepped into the role of Allison’s House. Old Town Hall: Remember Bette Midler as Winifred Sanderson belting out, “Ah say into pi, alpha maybe upendi!”? It happened here during the community’s Halloween party. Today, the building hosts the Salem Museum and performances of Cry Innocent, the critically-acclaimed live reenactment of the witchcraft examination of Bridget Bishop. Salem Common: Outdoor scenes were shot here, which is also where

the film is shown each year during Haunted Happenings. 4 Ocean Avenue: See the exterior of Max and Dani’s house from the street, but know that it is a private residence.

Five witchy wonders Cry Innocent: A moving and interactive theatrical presentation that sets the scene for any visit to Salem. Salem Witch Museum: The sobering and immersive presentation that takes place in a nearly 175-year-old Gothic Revival-style former church is based on actual Witch Trial documents and shows why this is Salem’s most visited museum. Witch Dungeon Museum: Adding another layer of horror to the Witch Trials story is this live re-enactment

followed by a tour of the recreated dungeon where creepy dioramas include bodies hanging from the gallows. The museum has an original beam from Salem’s actual dungeon. Witch Pix: Pure fun and a fab souvenir, with elaborate handmade witch costumes to play dress-up in while starring in your own photoshoot with backdrops including the moon, forest or lair. Court Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery: For fans of horror movies, movie monsters and all things macabre, this museum is not to be missed. Fans of “Hocus Pocus” will find a figure of Winifred Sanderson in all her flaming-haired, buck-toothed glory. Four other Salem sights to see: The Peabody Essex Museum, already impressive with 1.8 million

The busiest season in Salem is October during Haunted Happenings. Dr. Vitka advises those Salem-bound to come early as there are more visitors than parking spaces and, if possible, come on weekdays rather than weekends. “There is still tons of fun stuff going on,” said Vitka, “But it’s less crowded!” Adds Alabiso: “Once you are here, don’t move your car. We are a walking city. Parking is available at garages downtown and at the train station.” Visit www.salem.org for information about Haunted Happenings, attractions and accommodations that include the iconic Hawthorne Hotel and the more casually inclined Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites. For more details about “Hocus Pocus” film locations, visit www.salem.org/ hocus-pocus-filming-locations-salem-ma. Author and travel and lifestyle writer Kathy Witt feels you should never get to the end of your bucket list; there’s just too much to see and do in the world. Contact her at KathyWitt24@gmail.com.

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