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Dear Julie is a column for those needing advice related to the care needs of persons suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of Dementia. Julie has been working with persons who suffer from memory loss for over fifteen years and has easy access to other senior care professionals who would be able to help answer your questions and concerns. Julie currently works at Courtside Cottages Memory Support Community, it is cottage style concept community that offers long term and respite care. Please contact her with your questions either through the mail at

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Question: Is there a difference between Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia? Answer: Yes, there is a difference between Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Dementia includes a group of symptoms, the most prominent of which is memory difficulty with additional problems in at least one other area of cognitive functioning, including language, attention, problem solving, spatial skills, judgment, planning, or organization. These cognitive problems are severe enough to get in the way of normal daily living, such as social and occupational activities.

A good analogy to the term Dementia is “fever.” Fever refers to an elevated temperature, indicating that a person is sick. But it does not give any information about what is causing the sickness. In the same way, Dementia means that there is something wrong with a person’s brain, but it does not provide any information about what is causing the memory or cognitive difficulties. Dementia is not a disease; it is the clinical presentation or symptoms of a disease. There are many possible causes of Dementia. Some causes are reversible, such as certain thyroid conditions or vitamin deficiencies. If these underlying problems are identified and treated, then the Dementia reverses and the person can return to normal functioning.

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Table of Contents POINTS OF INTEREST

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1 Dear Julie 7 City Coach Goes Green {4} 18 Sudoku 24 Recycle More 27 Books & Brews 29 Wine & Food Jubilee 33 Pesticide Disposal 38 Crossword 42 Senior Community Centers {20} 43 Puzzle Solutions 44 Mini-Medical School

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ello Readers and welcome to spring! Spring means everything is blooming and growing once again. It’s sort of that way here at Prime Time Living. With a new year in full swing, we have some wonderful new things growing.

Aging with Vitality

We’ve started a Book Club. Keep in mind this is not a normal book club…whatever that may be. Sure, we read a book and discuss it. Perhaps we may discuss a variety of other topics as well. Our parents, our kids, our pets, our retirement, our travels…anything is fair game. And while we’re talking, we’re eating and drinking. Wine, beer, ice tea…it’s all good. Snack, meals, nibbles…whatever you like. Join us for the next one and have a great time. See our flyer in the magazine for details.

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What’s Age Got to Do With It? Living (and Aging) with Vitality: A Mini-Medical School Successful Aging

One Old Broad on the Road Safe Travel for Women Over 50 Chemoprevention and Colorectal Cancer The Connection Between Heart Disease and Hearing Health Wildflower Trains Ready to Roll at the Western Railway Museum

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New columns written by writers new to Prime Time Living are also appearing. We strive to include a variety of topics that are interesting, are pertinent, are fun, and helpful. Have something you’d like us to focus on? Please let us know. Are you a writer and would like another outlet for your material? Let us know and we can talk. And, don’t forget to read articles by our current writers. You never know what you may learn!

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Speaking of blooming…personally I am in full writing mode and have a couple more books coming out. I can’t wait to share them with you.

Lifts...Lifts...Lifts... Would you benefit from a home stair lift? SPCA of Solano County A Helping Hand for our Furry Friends

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What’s Age Got to Do With It?

Living (and Aging) with Vitality: A Mini-Medical School

And there are aging related changes that we should be aware of if we want to make the most of the aging process.

Empower yourself through knowledge. Did you know that the older one is, the more likely that shortness of breath n this youth obsessed – commercial/ or indigestion – as opposed to chest media driven - society, negative agingpain - will be symptomatic of an acute related stereotypes are propagated coronary event (i.e., heart attack)? on television shows, advertisements, Or that men who have been on longmovies, and in the news. Caricatures of term opioid pain medications, such aging have so distorted reality that it is as morphine, codeine, oxycodone, can difficult to discern fact from fiction. develop testosterone deficiency? Sadly, Aging is not a disease! And it is far doctors often fail to recognize this and better to age, given the alternative. can misdiagnose it as depression or “Aging seems to be the chronic fatigue (U.C. Davis). All of us want quality of life - - to age

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with vitality. So the question is, how Key medical facts about aging, live a long life.” can we be fully alive in each moment such as described above, will be —Daniel Francois Esprit Auber and possess health and well-being presented in Fairfield at a four-week for our age, and as we age. Modern medical science Mini-Medical School: Aging with Vitality. The Minihas made incredible discoveries that help us answer Medical School is sponsored by the Senior Coalition these critical questions. Yes, our bodies will age. of Solano County in partnership with doctors from Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay HealthCare, and Sutter Health. Come learn important information that will enable you to live your life in the fullest health possible and to age with vitality. Remember, none of us are getting out of here alive. It’s what we do in the meantime that is important. Event Information: *The Mini-Medical will be held on four consecutive Saturdays (April 13, 20, 27, and May 4th) from 8:30 to 12:00 noon. To learn more about this unique opportunity to discover the medical science behind aging with vitality, contact Rochelle Sherlock at 707-864-3984 or email her at rochelle_sherlock@comcast.net.

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In 2001 the City constructed its own CNG Fueling Station. In 2009 a secondary backup CNG Fueling unit was installed to ensure uninterrupted access to CNG fuel for the City’s transit fleet. Because of the low-cost of CNG fuel, City Coach enjoys a cost per gasoline gallon equivalent of approximately $0.95/gallon. As an Alternative Fuel user, the City also collects a rebate on each gallon-equivalent used which further reduces the cost. In 2012, the City recovered over $92,000 in CNG fuel rebates, dropping the CNG cost per gallon equivalent to approximately $0.50/ gallon!

id you know the City of Vacaville operates the only fully Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet of public transit fixed route vehicles in Solano County? CNG is a clean-burning fuel, emitting far fewer emissions and pollutants into the atmosphere as Natural gas vehicles show compared to gasoline an average reduction in or diesel fuel. Plus CNG ozone-forming emissions fuel is an effective way of eighty to achieve a smaller percent carbon footprint and compared a means to achieving compliance with the to gasoline vehicles! State of California’s increasingly restrictive air quality standards.

The savings generated from the use of CNG is reinvested into the City Coach transit system in the form of service improvements and enhancements for the benefit of the passengers and community. It’s important to note that NO City General Funds are utilized in the City’s public transit program. 

The City’s current CNG fleet is made up of 15 35-foot New Flyer of America buses, procured with grants and Transit funding in 2009 and 2010.

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he key to successful aging is a healthy lifestyle. The goals are to slow or prevent the loss of brain cells, maintain the brain’s capacity to make up for any loss, and let remaining brain cells function well. This requires a healthy body, mind and spirit. I have listed below some tips on healthy living:  Visit your doctor regularly.  Participate in activities that stimulate your brain, such as reading, crossword puzzles, playing bridge,  and other mental exercises.  Manage stress through techniques such as relaxation, meditation and yoga.

 Exercise daily, such as walking 30 minutes per day. Physical activity significantly lessens the chance  of cardiovascular complications that could cause dementia.

Submitted By: Robert Nations, Certified Dementia Expert, Senior Helpers

 Control hypertension, diabetes and heart disease— risk factors for dementia— through physical exercise, quitting smoking, controlling blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and avoiding obesity.  Follow a healthy diet and take vitamins, including vitamins C and E, and folic acid.

 Treat depression. Depressed elders have higher rates of dementia, lower quality of life and  higher rates of death.

 Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol has a direct toxic effect on the brain that adds to the  loss of nerve cells and synapses.

 Be social. Maintaining a network of friends will lessen the likelihood of isolation and depression while increasing the overall level of brain stimulation.

 Memory Screenings also are appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but who wants to see how their memory is now and for future comparisons.

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Who Should be Screened? These questions might help you decide if you should be screened. If you answer “yes” to any of them, you might benefit from a memory screening.  Am I becoming more forgetful?  Do I have trouble concentrating?  Do I have difficulty performing familiar tasks?

 Do I have trouble recalling words or names in conversation?  Do I sometimes forget where I am or where I am going?  Have family or friends told me that I am repeating questions or saying the same thing over and over again?

 Have my family or friends noticed changes in my mood, behavior, personality, or desire to do things? Note: A memory screening is not used to diagnose any particular illness and does not replace consultation with a qualified physician or other healthcare professional.

 Am I misplacing things more often?  Have I become lost when walking or driving?

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Safe Travel for Women Over 50 By Cynthi Stefenoni

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he year is 2002, I am 53 years old, and have just done the unthinkable: sold the house, tied up loose ends, and jumped headlong into the adventure of a lifetime. I am moving to Italy. My best friend, Karen, has wanted to go there her entire adult life. She has taken a leave of absence from her teaching position; I have stopped accepting freelance work; and so we are going together...for a year! I am both thrilled and terrified. I had fears… I had to face these fears if I was going to make this work:

SAFETY First of all, every fear that I have ever had about not being safe reared its ugly head and demanded to be heard. I was a single woman. What was I thinking? All the statistics about ‘older’ travelers being targeted, robbed or harmed jumped out at me and, in my fertile imagination, took root. And then I remembered the old adage: ‘There is safety in numbers’ and I realized I was NOT a single woman. There would be two of us on this trip. Not only was that all it took to allay those particular fears; it was also a very smart way to go. Travelling with a companion offers conversation, shared meals, and one person to always watch the bags while the other is getting food, buying train tickets or using the facilities. As for being ‘older’, I had

never thought of myself in terms of age before. Why start now? I knew enough about human behavior to watch out for myself here at home; I could do the same in Italy, only surrounded by... well, by ITALY!!

MONEY How, I wondered, could I possibly find the money to do the trip? Isn’t it incredibly expensive? What if I ran out of money? What about the currency exchange? What about the rent? What About…?

❝It turns out a long overseas jaunt will just remind you that there are a gazillion people making them daily. And safely. So there.❞ My money scarcity mind took over whenever it could. And it was a tangible fear. I am not, in any way, shape or form, rich. Not wealthy. Not a trust fund baby. So what would I do? First of all, I learned to get on the Internet to check things out. I located travel sites which lead me to rental sites for long term rentals and discount airfare. I scoured sites devoted to all things Italian to learn which areas might be more affordable than others and to check out prices. I spent late nights at my local bookstores and read anything that took

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my fancy about this country in which I was about to land. To my surprise, even with the Euro being worth about $1.17 at the time, many things were easily comparable in price to what I was spending here at home. And with the money generated from the sale of the house, I could easily afford to pay rent for the year and not have to worry when I returned.

GETTING THERE Did I mention that I am a phobic flyer? Well, I was at the time. So this was a rather LARGE fear to conquer. And yet... when one gets enough momentum going in a direction, things like a little white knuckle flying problem just seem so silly. It also helps to book travel on an excellent carrier (Air France and SWISS were my favorites at the time) and utilize the amenities. Eat great meals and check out the wine list. If you don’t care for alcohol or don’t drink at all, I still suggest using one of the top carriers. The attendants

are very caring and the aisles large enough to wander up and down. Moving about helps quell things. And you can always watch a great film or curl up in your seat and sleep. There is enough room for you to do so... at least, that was my experience. You can find travel specials on ANY airline. If your dates are flexible, so much the better. By the way, that flying phobia? It went away after a few flights. It turns out a long overseas jaunt will just remind you that there are a gazillion people making them daily. And safely. So there. Beyond the plane there was the question of how we would get around once we landed. And, for that, we looked only as far as the end of our legs. We decided to use our feet and the Italian train system as transportation for our year of adventure. Most of our friends thought we were out of our minds, but, let me tell you, we were not. When we needed to, we rented a car. But most of the time, we walked. And all that walking not only allowed us to eat anything we wanted and still stay in shape, it made us a part of the communities in which we lived. Starting our days by walking to the local bakery, we were able to share a daily “Good morning!” (‘giorno) with residents of our village; midday jaunts for a cup of coffee (un caffe) allowed us another opportunity to see and be seen. And so it went: we learned the landscape of our town by walking it. It can be done. All you need is the willingness to move and a good pair of shoes. (If you don’t want to be instantly recognized as an American, find something other than white athletic shoes. We were told they are a dead give away!) As for the train trips, they were a delight. They afforded us a reason to practice our Italian as we bought tickets (bigletti) to our various destinations and shared seats and conversations with the locals. Often il treno traveled slowly enough that we could shoot some great shots. Always, it brought us through interesting terrain. So I am a huge believer in train travel now. It does, however, come with things to be careful of: pickpockets abound on many of the urban train

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routes and so it is a good idea to keep your wits about you and your money close. I would wear my little backpack style purse on the front of me rather than the back. I could keep my eyes on it and on the folks around me by doing so and it worked quite well. I also learned to be very aware of the people around me. There are folks out there whose entire livelihood depends on taking things from the unsuspecting tourist and selling it elsewhere.

that was irreplaceable, so the trip wasn’t spoiled and I was reminded to act responsibly. Well, that is how I dealt with getting out of my own way so that I could spend a year in Italy (with just a tidbit or two of what happened while I was there thrown in for good measure!) As promised, I will be telling you in detail about the city of Umbertide and the village of Vitorchiano and many things in between. But that will wait for another time.

Once, I did lose a bag to one of them because I took my eyes off it for a few moments while I bought my ticket. When I turned back around, the bag was gone and I remembered the young man who had looked deep into my eyes on the train. By his demeanor, I could tell that I needed to keep my things close and yet, I did not. So I was not surprised to find the bag missing; only frustrated that I had done something I knew I shouldn’t have. Again, the admonition: travel is safe as long as you practice safe behavior. We usually did. This once, I didn’t, and so, I paid the consequence.

Until then Arreverderci a tutti! This old broad is signing off!

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Chemoprevention

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Before you run to the drugstore to stock up, you need to meet with your physician to discuss whether chemoprevention is appropriate for you. Any protective benefit needs to By Kanwaldeep Rasila, M.D. be balanced against the potential side effects of the long-term ingestion of these agents, including hile medicine has come a long way in gastric ulcers, increased its ability to treat colorectal cancer, it risk of bleeding and increased cardiovascular risk remains one of the most common cancers with non-aspirin NSAIDs. and is expected to cause almost 51,000 deaths this Chemoprevention isn’t recommended for patients year. Early detection is a key to ensuring patients who are at an average risk of developing colorectal can be successfully treated, but wouldn’t it be better cancer, but it may be an option for some people if you could do something to prevent colorectal deemed to be high risk, after carefully weighing the cancer from developing in the first place? risks and benefits. You should also watch what your Chemoprevention—using drugs or natural diet—limiting red meat and adding plenty of fiber— compounds to prevent tumor development—is one and maintain the screening regimen suggested by option for those at higher than average risk of your doctor. developing colorectal cancer. It doesn’t guarantee cancer won’t develop and it comes with its own risks, so it’s definitely not indicated for everyone. Chemoprevention—using

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A number of studies have shown that taking aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen, Aleve and Celebrex may decrease the risk of developing polyps and colorectal cancer. Regular use of these medications is associated with a 20 to 40 percent reduction in the risk of polyps and colorectal cancer in people at

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drugs or natural compounds to prevent tumor development—is one option for those at higher than average risk of developing colorectal cancer.❞ Since most colorectal cancers arise from polyps and the progression from polyps to actual cancer can take up to 10 years on average, being screened on a regular basis is the best way to ensure your longterm colorectal health; it’s been shown to decrease mortality from colorectal cancer. For average-risk patients, screening should start at age 50 and continue until life expectancy is estimated to be less than 10 years. Screening recommendations are different for individuals with hereditary colon


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cancer syndromes, personal or family history of colorectal cancer or polyps, and inflammatory bowel disease. There’s no “magic pill” that can prevent colorectal cancer, and that includes the chemoprevention methods noted above. You may also read that folic acid; calcium; Vitamin D; and antioxidants like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and betacarotene have been found to decrease your chances of developing colorectal cancer. However, the strength of these associations is uncertain and you should never act on information that hasn’t been vetted by your doctor as being appropriate for your specific situation. Studies are ongoing regarding the value of chemoprevention, especially when compared against the risk of medicating over long periods of time as a preventive therapy. Your doctor can keep you up to date on any developments that may be relevant to you.

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The Connection Between Heart Disease and Hearing Health Submitted by Cynthia M. Peffers, BC-HIS, ACA, Creekside Hearing Aid Service

You might know a connection exists, but do you know what it is? The link between heart disease and hearing health has been evaluated for years. Much of the general public is either not aware of this, or are not exactly sure what the connection is. As you’ll soon discover, it’s crucial that people suffering from heart disease understand how their hearing may be affected and what they can do about it. Heart disease, clinically referred to as coronary artery disease, is the top cause of death in the United States. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an American will have a coronary event about once every 25 seconds. In addition, an American will die from a coronary event about once every minute.

than you think. The two conditions are linked due to the fact that the vascular patterns of the ear’s cochlea (the inner ear) are very sensitive to blood flow in the body.” This relationship and its affects was the focus of a study by Raymond H. Hull and Stacy R. Kerschen, published in the American Journal of Audiology in June 2010. Per their findings based on cumulative research conducted over 60 years, it was concluded that poor cardiovascular health has a direct negative influence on the peripheral and central auditory systems. On the other

hand, it was also found that good cardiovascular health has a positive effect on these same auditory systems. Both the cochlea and the vestibular (balance) system require nourishment from the blood supply to support healthy cells and tissue, so if blood chemistry changes or is interrupted, damage can occur to these systems. Because this connection is beyond theory, people with heart disease must include hearing checks as part of their routine medical exams, as well as exercise and regular checkups with their physician.

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Wildflower Trains q Vintage Comet and Scenic Limited r Ready to Roll in April at the Western Railway Museum

Wildflower watchers can once again ride vintage trains at the Western Railway Museum. In April, the Museum will use its historic electric railway equipment on not one but two special trains: the Scenic Limited and the Vintage Comet. Both trains take visitors on an hour-long, 11-mile round trip ride. Passengers catch views of the native wildflowers that cover the hillsides and fields. The views change weekly and Museum docents are on board to point out whatever happens to be blooming along the way such as poppies, goldfields, brass buttons, butter and eggs, clover, and sheep’s sorrel.

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Now in its 12th year, the Scenic Limited runs on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April 3 - 28 at 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm. First Class passengers ride in the 1914 Salt Lake and Utah Railway observation parlor car #751, enjoying cookies and lemonade served by uniformed attendants. Coach passengers ride in Sacramento Northern interurban #1005. Like the wildflowers, #1005 is also a true California native. It spent its working life on the same rail line the Museum now owns and preserves. Volunteers have lovingly and accurately restored both #1005 and #751 to their historic glory.


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The Vintage Comet uses the same historic train equipment as the Scenic Limited but departs Saturdays at 5:00pm to take advantage of the beautiful late-afternoon light. Adult passengers learn about and sample local wine provided by the Suisun Valley Wine Co-Op. Each Saturday features at least 4 different wines from different Co-Op members.

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Visitors can also tour the Rail Car Display House and the Exhibit Hall, picnic in the Museum’s spacious park, and shop in the Museum Store. Parking is free.

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Fun fact: the name Vintage Comet refers to wine, to history, and to honor an actual Sacramento Northern train name, The Comet, which ran from Oakland to Sacramento over the tracks the Museum now owns and operates.

Coach tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 65 years and older, and $7 for children 2-14.

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he SPCA of Solano County is a 501c3 adoption guarantee animal shelter. The animals that reside at the SPCASC are not on a time limit for their stay with us. We do not euthanize for time or space. All pets are there until they are adopted as long as they do not have a serious illness or are a danger to the public or other animals. The SPCASC was founded in 1974 by a dedicated group of animal lovers in Solano County concerned with the welfare of companion animals. The organization was incorporated in 1980 and is located at 2200 Peabody Rd in Vacaville and has been at this location since1984. The current Board of Directors that governs the organization is a group of forward thinking business owners that are enabling the

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SPCASC to move into the next phase of exciting growth for the organization. Through their guidance and leadership the SPCASC is now able to add a high volume, low-cost spay/neuter clinic that Solano County so desperately needs. The spay/neuter clinic will perform between 7000-8000 surgeries per year. Having a high volume clinic is the only way to reduce the intake rates to municipal shelters. The project is turning into a community effort. Many of the materials and labor needed for construction of the clinic has been donated, or taken on as Eagle Scout projects. The SPCA is currently working to secure funding through grant opportunities as well as sponsorships from local businesses and general donations. If you wish to help or make a donation please visit our website at www.solanospca.com It is important to know that the SPCA is not funded by any government agency and operates completely on adoption fees and donations from the generous pet loving population. Please make sure that if you want to support your local organization, donate directly to that shelter. The commercials on TV are very moving and sad but none of the donations


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the confiscation of over 100 small breed dogs and puppies from a local puppy mill/broker situation. The SPCASC triaged and housed over 100 Yorkie, Biewer terriers, and Maltese puppies held as evidence for five months during the investigations and criminal trial. The dogs were then treated for illness and parasites and were medically cleared for surgery and adopted into new homes. In 2011, the SPCASC created a retail space to supplement the shelter income with all proceeds from sales in the store going directly back to support the animals. Adopters and the general public can now purchase all the necessary items for their new pets and help to support the shelter animals at the same time. The store also has a growing customer base that relies on it for special diet formula pet food, Frontline, and other supplies at reasonable prices. SPCA of Solano County would

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It is important to know that the SPCA is not funded by any government agency and operates completely on adoption fees and donations from the generous pet loving population. like to whole heatedly thank our community. Without the tremendous support we receive from you, we could not do what we do. You make it possible to expand these programs and reach out to more and more animals in need, and for that we are greatly appreciative. We are also fortunate enough to have an amazing group of volunteers who are truly dedicated to providing excellent support to the animals in our care, and for that we thank you!


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Your Wine

April/May 2013

It Was a Vintage Year By Kevin Quinn

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he year listed on the front label of a bottle of wine is referred to as the wine’s vintage. That is the year when the grapes that make up the wine were harvested. Generally, the vintage of a current release red wine is two to four years behind the current year. For white wines, it is one or two years.

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Some people pay close attention to the vintage. Sometimes it is the serious wine aficionado, who is very attuned to wines’ subtle variations and has zeroed in on certain years as having produced wines that highlight the favored characteristics. Sometimes, less experienced wine drinkers are interested in the vintage because they have heard it is important and because it is one of the few ways to judge a wine by reading the label. But for most people in the middle there is only mild interest in a wine’s vintage. Yes, vintage matters; there are better and worse years for growing grapes and producing wines. But in my opinion, it doesn’t matter a whole lot. The variations that happen between vintages, especially among California wines, are

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small. You may find you prefer one vintage over another but it’s highly unlikely that you will love one vintage and hate another vintage of the same wine. If you find a wine you like, from a winery you like, from a region you like, there’s a very strong chance you will like it the vintage before and the vintage after. The biggest thing that causes vintage variation is the weather. In Northern California this year, we may have an early arriving spring and that may cause the grapes to ripen sooner. Two years ago we had unusually strong rains late in the spring that pummeled the fragile grape buds early in their cycle. In 2010, there were a couple of extreme heat spells in the summertime that stressed the grapes as they were maturing. Drought, wild fires, and low air quality all can have an impact on the quantity and quality of grapes growing in a region in a given vintage, and therefore on the quantity and quality of the region’s wines. Since nature is infinitely creative, we are favored with


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ever varying conditions. Those conditions show up in the grapes; in their sugars, their acidity, their complexity, their color and their ultimate ripeness. That variety, in turn, shows up in the wine. Vintage is a broad term, encompassing the conditions

❝Since nature is infinitely creative, we are favored with ever varying conditions. Those conditions show up in the grapes; in their sugars, their acidity, their complexity, their color and their ultimate ripeness.❞ of an entire region in a certain year. Things that may change at individual wineries—new winemaker, new fermentation facility, different blend for their cab—are not included, even though they may have more profound impacts on the wines, at least for the winery in question.

At the same time, for an individual winery, it is the combination of all these things, both natural and human-made, that goes into the bottle. So what may be a great year for one winery’s wines may not be at all remarkable for their next-door neighbor. The winemaker makes a new batch of wines every year. He has what nature gives him, together with all the things done by the vineyard crew throughout the season. He has experience and expertise. He knows what he is trying to create in terms of flavor, color, texture, and balance. He knows what his customers prefer. What comes out of that roiling cauldron each year is new and, to discerning palates, ■ unique. Kevin Quinn’s book It’s Your Wine, Drink It is now available for Kindle and in paperback. Search Kevin Quinn Wine on Amazon.com or contact him at kevinquinn.wine@ yahoo.com or (707) 334-0421. YourWineGuyKevin on Facebook.

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communities reap up to $3 in benefits. It’s unlikely government could find a more effective way to leverage private investment in vital community services.” Charitable giving is a very powerful force for good. According to the United Way Worldwide National Survey 2012, “79% of donors say eliminating or reducing the charitable tax deduction would have a negative impact on charities and the people they serve.” Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Ranking Member, Senate Finance Committee, stated it perfectly, “There has been a charitable deduction in the tax code for nearly a century, and the proposals on the table would undo it. This is not the area for experimentation by the federal government. Our charitable sector is just recovering from the steep drop in contributions that followed the 2008 stock market meltdown. Charities today face the prospect of enduring another recession that will again put downward pressure on charitable giving. This is


not the time to reduce the charitable deduction and further suppress the incentive to give.” We strongly agree!

What can you do? Let Congress know how you feel. Your voice is critical to protect the ability of nonprofit organizations to generate the funds vital to provide their services to your neighbors in need. Congressman John Garamendi represents California’s 3rd District, and Congressman Mike Thompson represents the 5th District. Every Congressperson has a webpage, accessed at this site: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/. Enter your zip code, and you will get the name and email address, and a template to facilitate getting your message across instantly to your representative.

How much money are we talking about if Congress cuts and caps the charitable deduction? Up to $5.6 billion is at stake affecting more than 50 million people each year.

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of donors say eliminating or reducing the charitable tax deduction would have a negative impact on charities and the people they serve.

Solano County is a wonderful place. It is full are caring, responsive individuals who should not be hindered in giving support or providing services to our communities. We are all in this together. Speak up!

Just imagine your city without the benefits provided by our nonprofit organizations. The myriad programs that enrich our communities would be negatively affected by deeply reduced dollars for education, health, housing and shelter, arts and culture, environmental protection -- just to name a few.

Stephanie Wolf is the President and CEO of Solano Community Foundation, Fairfield, CA. She can be reached at www.solanocf.org, or 707-399-3846.

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Senior Centers American Canyon Senior Center 2185 Elliott Drive American Canyon 707-647-4369

Napa Senior Activity Center 1500 Jefferson Street Napa 707-255-1800 Florence Douglas 333 Amador St. Vallejo 707-643-1044

Please contact your local Senior Center for Schedule & Event Information

Fairfield 1200 Civic Center Drive 707-428-7421

Dixon 201 South 5th St. 707-678-7022 Suisun City 318 Merganser Dr. 707-421-7203

McBride 91 Town Square Vacaville 707-469-6660 Rio Vista Senior Center 25 Main Street, Rio Vista 707-374-3349

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Mini-Medical School: Aging with Vitality Registration Form The Senior Coalition, in partnership with Solano County’s major medical providers, presents a four week Mini-Medical School with a focus on the anatomy of aging and staying healthy. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the medical science behind aging with vitality. Local physicians will cover a variety of medical topics in an understandable and engaging way. Dates: Saturdays - April 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 2013 Time: 8:30 am to 12:00 p.m. Location: Community United Methodist Church (Social Hall) 1875 Fairfield Avenue, Fairfield, CA 94533 Registration Donation: Donations are accepted to help cover the costs of the event.

Mail Registration Form to: Senior Coalition c/o Rochelle Sherlock, 4813 Stoneridge Ct, Fairfield, CA 94534 For more information or ask questions, contact Rochelle Sherlock at 707-864-3984 or rochelle_sherlock@comcast.net.

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Resource Guide - Important Local Phone Numbers SOLANO COUNTY

NAPA COUNTY

AREA AGENCY ON AGING

AREA AGENCY ON AGING: 800-510-2020

The toll free number will automatically route the caller to the city of residence.

NAPA OMBUDSMAN: 707-258-9348

1-800-510-2020

Administrative Offices: F a i r f i el d: V a ca v i l l e: V a l l ej o:

644-6612 4 2 9 -6 2 3 5 4 6 9 -6 6 7 9 6 4 3 -1 7 9 7

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-4625 MEALS ON WHEELS: 7077-253-6111 NAPA VALLEY HOSPICE & ADULT DAY:

1-800-660-1993

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE CENTER 707-624-7971

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S DAY CARE CENTER 707-624-7970 Fax: 707-624-7969

FAIRFIELD SENIOR DAY PROGRAM 707-428-7742

REDWOOD CAREGIVER RESOURCE CENTER 800-834-1636

FAITH IN ACTION: Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers of Solano County,

Caregiver Respite Program, Ride with Pride & Cancer Patient Navigator Program

South Solano County: North Solano County:

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-3818

707-425-6164 707-469-6675

707-258-9080

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IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES (I.H.S.S.)

Public Authority: I n t a k e L i n e:

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MEALS ON WHEELS of Solano County Home Delivered Meals: 707-425-0638 Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun & Vacaville Home Delivered Meals: 707-644-7444 Benicia & Vallejo Congregate Dining: 707-426-3079 Senior centers in Solano County

HEALTH INSURANCE COUNSELING & ADVOCACY PROGRAM (HICAP) 800-434-0222

SOLANO OMBUDSMAN

24-Hour Hotline: 800-231-4024

ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES 707-784-8259 24-Hour Hotline: 800-850-0012

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