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BEAUTY QUEEN WHEN IS YOUR

PRIME?

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PUBLISHER'S CORNER

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am so thankful to be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of Prime

Time! I am humbled by the

communities’

support

for

this

magazine. It is truly a piece of my heart. The past decade has flown by on warp speed. It’s been such a blessing to work with so many amazing professionals and community members and hear how having pertinent information has impacted their lives. We’ve grown and changed with the needs of our readers over time. Having transformed from our meager beginnings as Prime

Time flies when you’re having fun...and even when you are not. Some look forward to an intimate relationship with their recliner, stateof-the-art entertainment system, and good reading material...after the kids have grown and may have families of their own. While others remain, passionate about their partner, career, family, community, maybe engaged into technology and plan a trip around the world. Working or retired, married or single boom is a magazine that celebrates transitional aging, by honoring active adults LIVING in their Prime with focus on inspiration, spiritual, physical & mental health, nutrition, finances, relationships and balancing life with aging parents and in some cases raising another generation.” —Tara Baumann

Time Seniors and transitioning to Prime Time Living and now coming to you as boom; Inspired Living in Your Prime. This is such an exciting time! We are

There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

proud to be the only locally owned and

—Sophia Loren

operated lifestyle magazine bringing relevant and accessible information to the boomer’s and their parents in our community. We’ve listened to

THANK YOU!

our readers and embraced the needs

Tracee Stacy, Publisher

of those experiencing the journey of aging. I will be forever grateful to Tara Baumann for reaching inside my crazy mind and putting words and perspective to my vision for what is now boom. Thank you so much for your brilliance and support!

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WHAT'S INSIDE

Points Of Interest 1 13 20 23 42 42 45

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When is Your Prime? NOW.

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inspired YOU

By Terry Minion

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Career Changes

Interview with Kathy, a licensed electrologist

Beauty Queen. Really?

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Interview with Wendy Wasserman

living MIND 18

Famous Couples in History

By Brain Flexers

28 Sudoku 38 Crossword 40 Puzzle Solutions & Brain Flexer Answers

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NorthBay Adult Center Moves

By Bradley J. Sandler, MD

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Cataracts

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

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Kroc Center Suisun City

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EDITOR'S CORNER

Words from Wendy

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s summer turns to fall, all of us at Prime Time Living are celebrating. That’s because we’re kicking off our 10th year by introducing BOOM. And, we think BOOM is pretty darn fantastic. What’s BOOM, you ask… BOOM represents us Baby Boomers as we plan for the next phase of our lives, whether it’s traveling the world, retiring, taking more time for volunteering, or starting a second or third career. You’re not sitting still…and neither are we. BOOM…we’re moving and shaking together. We’ll be right there offering tips and trips, sharing information on careers and causes, and giving you tools and trends as we move into the next decade together. It’s been a great 10 years…

Wendy VanHatten, Editor

You’re not sitting still…and neither are we. BOOM…we’re moving and shaking together. the next 10 will be even better. It’s sort of like sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll meet sex, drugs, and rock ‘n roll…with a twist. That twist could be the uncertainty of dating again, understanding legal drugs versus illegal drugs, or how to have the time of your life in Amsterdam. Whatever it is…it’s all good. Have something you want us to share or a story you want to tell? Let us know. We may feature it…and let the rest of the world read about it here. Have

some questions for our staff or writers? Send us an email. We’ll try to answer. We’re excited and we want to share everything with you as we move forward.

Celebrate with us as Prime Time Living presents BOOM. We raise our glass to you…Cheers!

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YOU

When Is Your Prime?

Now. By Terry Minion

I’ve heard people say, “He was in his prime.” By who’s definition is that? Most likely it wasn’t the person they were referring to. Eckhart Tolle reminds us, “The only place you can ever encounter the future, is in your head,” and “Nothing can ever happen in the past. It can only happen now.” So, when is my prime? Right now. This moment. No ‘he was’ or ‘she was’ or ‘he will be,’ or ‘she will be.’ There is only now, so the only time there could ever be prime is now.

What is prime, anyway? I’ll bet there are as many definitions of what a person’s prime is as there are for such words as success or failure. I think prime is simply right now and if I could add just a bit more description, it would be right now and feeling good. I think prime is about carrying with you all that you have come to be in your current enjoyment of who you are. Your value is unquestionable. Your purpose is to experience life. All the rest is variable, and completely under the realm of our own choosing, moment by moment. I have come to a place in my travels where my only goal is simply and exquisitely to enjoy myself. I am full of gratitude. I am full of awe. I am more alive at 66 years than at 30. I changed it on purpose and with purpose many years back. I became grateful. How did I do that? I took action. I began looking for things, people, and situations to appreciate. As I appreciated one thing, somehow another came to my attention. As I joined in appreciation of that, another popped up. The more I sought to

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Career Changes Interview with Kathleen Hardy, a licensed electrologist

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quit her job, went Working with an electrologist back to school, for a few years helped her achieve the appearance she and studied three desired. But, it did much more different modalities than that. It gave her back her for hair removal. self-confidence and made her feel beautiful again. It also gave her a new path, one where she could help make a permanent difference in the lives of others. At age 57 Kathy quit her job, went back to school, and studied three different modalities for hair removal. With over 600 hours of text book and hands-on training, she passed a rigorous state board and is now a licensed electrologist. If you’re asking what, exactly, does an electrologist do or why you need one, you’re not alone. Kathy is used to answering all questions and helping her clients achieve their goals in eliminating unwanted facial and body hair. These are some of her most frequently asked questions: What is electrolysis? It is the only FDA approved method of permanent hair removal. Is hair removal really permanent? Yes. Once the boom 8


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Queen W

Really?

Interview with Wendy Wasserman

endy Wasserman is an honest-to-goodness beauty queen. And, that’s not at age 21; she’s in her 60s. But, it doesn’t stop there. During the same pageant she was also honored as the Best Interview, Director’s Choice, Miss California Queen, and Miss Congeniality. Whew? There’s a reason for all this… Wendy was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer and was told it had metastasized to her lymph, hip, and spine. At the same time, her daughter was entering a pageant for Miss California and Wendy was always her daughter’s support, outfit coordinator, the rhinestone queen, and all around assistant. How could she have time for cancer? Wendy’s daughter wanted her to do the Mrs. Division for Miss California Queen with her. “Be on stage? Parade around in front of people? Learn to walk the pageant walk? Learn a dance routine? All while I’m battling cancer?” But, she agreed. “I wasn’t sure what my health would be after the pageant and I wanted to do this memory-making event with my daughter. My relationship with my daughter overrode my fear of being on stage and being out of my comfort zone. “But, I knew I needed to battle the cancer. So, I drastically changed my diet. After reading about certain foods that enabled and fed cancer, I decided to concentrate on going sugar free and alkaline. And my oncologist had determined my cancer was hormone receptive, so he prescribed a hormone blocker. And by the grace of God, It worked. I was cancer free in five months” boom 10


It’s obvious when talking with Wendy that she doesn’t take herself too seriously. “I can’t let an event like cancer define me.” Wendy now uses her platform of how she battled what could have been a life-ending disease and how she turned her life around. She stresses how a change in diet helped her with weight, blood pressure, and so much

more. “I have tremendous family support. That helps. It’s also important for me to help educate others about alternative ways of looking at treating cancer. I just didn’t want the chemo, radiation, or surgery before I tried starving the cancer metabolically. Constantly, I get questions about my cancer and what I did and I’m always happy to share. I can’t promise this outcome to all, but helping others understand how they can help fight it from the inside out is my message. My Miss California Queen title gives me a great opportunity to be out where I can share my story.” I’d say Wendy is much more than a beauty queen. She has a fantastic story to go with it. Congratulations!

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NorthBay Adult Day Center Moves The NorthBay Adult Day Center moved earlier this year to new quarters. The center, which serves Alzheimer’s and dementia clients, has moved into renovated facilities at 3777

VacaValley Parkway, just across the roadway from Kaiser Permanente’s hospital. The NorthBay Adult Day Center is Solano County’s only five-day-a-week respite program that is open 12 hours a day. The move was necessary due to construction at the NorthBay VacaValley Hospital campus, where a new NorthBay Cancer Center and innovative medical fitness center will be built. The construction will also ultimately house NorthBay’s Diabetes and Endocrinology program, and a new imaging center. The new Adult Day Center has a bit more room than the previous site, at 3,540 square feet. The facility is light and bright and its staff continues to provide program participants with a day filled with socially engaging activities, according to Sandy Perez, manager of the center. “That’s important for our families.” The new facility has a larger food preparation area, a large activity room, a “quiet room” with six recliners, and a huge storage area for arts and craft materials and party supplies that the staff frequently draws upon. In the corner is a grand piano, donated by the Sacca and Vasquez families, which is put into frequent use, Perez noted. On the outside, a patio is protected by a gazebo and offers plenty of seating. Flower beds line the patio’s edges, and two large rolling planting beds, built with grant funds from Wells Fargo Bank, have been planted with vegetables and herbs. “Gardening is one of our participants’ favorite activities,” Perez added. “Ours is community-based healthcare, so when we see an unfilled need, we work to fill it,” Perez told a crowd invited to the center’s grand opening. “In the case of Alzheimer’s and dementias, we are doing what no one else can, or will do.” For more information, contact Sandy at (707) 624-7973.

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CATARACTS Do you have Cataracts?

› Do you have sensitivity to light and glare? › Do you have clouded, blurred or dim vision? › Do you have increased difficulty with vision at night? › Do you have double vision in a single eye? › Do you have fading or a yellowing of colors? › Do you have frequent changes in your eyeglass or contact lens prescription? boom 14

What is a Cataract?

A cataract is an ocular condition in which the clear lens of the eye becomes cloudy, causing a decrease in vision. The eye focuses rays of light onto the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. In order to get a clear image onto the retina, the lens must be clear and transparent. The lens is made of mostly water and protein. As we age, some of the protein may clump together and start to cloud the lens. This clouding is referred to as a cataract. Over time, this cataract will slowly cloud more of the lens. Most cataracts are age related. Cataracts are very common in older people. By age 80, all Americans either


who have other health problems, such as diabetes, and some cataracts have been linked to steroid use. Traumatic cataracts can develop after an eye injury, or sometimes years later. Congenital cataracts, some babies are born with cataracts or develop them in childhood, often in both eyes.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. The term “age-related” is a little misleading. You don’t have to be a senior citizen to get this type of cataract. In fact, people can have an age-related cataract in their 40’s and 50’s. Most often during middle age, cataracts are small and do not affect vision. Looking at these causes, it is hard to imagine that this is a preventable condition. What about carrots? What about sunglasses? What about vitamins? What about not having any more birthdays? The short answer and the one you don’t want to hear are the same – No. Cataracts are not preventable. And cataracts are a condition that does not improve – the clouding only gets worse. Although vision can be restored in most people with cataracts, cataracts are still the most common cause of blindness in the world, primarily because many under developed nations lack available surgical services. Although most cataracts are related to aging, there are other causes for cataracts. Secondary cataracts can form following any eye surgery, such as glaucoma or retinal surgery. Cataracts can also develop in people

You may not notice any symptoms with early cataracts. As a cataract becomes more advanced, there is often a decrease in clarity of vision, which is not fully correctable with glasses may be noticed. There can be a loss of contrast sensitivity, meaning shadows and color vision are less vivid. Other symptoms can be disturbing glare, haloes around lights and diminished night vision. In certain types of cataracts, double vision may be noted in the affected eye due to image distortion. Severity comes into play when we think about how much a cataract is effecting your ability to see and do the things you need or want to do. At first very little but eventually, over some period of time that is not overnight, commonly after months and years, often a decade or more from initial diagnosis, that cataract will hinder your abilities. You may no longer drive at night, or perhaps the TV is becoming more and more blurred.

How are cataracts diagnosed? Cataracts are relatively simple to diagnose by an ophthalmologist during a routine eye exam. It is important, when making the diagnosis of cataracts, to also examine the entire eye for evidence of any other eye disease which may be compromising the vision. In addition to taking a medical and ocular history and visual acuity test, the eye care provider will check eye movements and pupillary responses, measure the pressure inside the eyes and examine the front and back of the eyes after the pupils have been dilated with drops.

What is the treatment for cataracts? The only true treatment for cataracts is surgical removal of the cloudy lens. Surgery is suggested if the patient loses the ability to perform necessary activities of everyday life, such as driving, reading, or looking at a computer screen, even with glasses. Surgery can only be perform by an Eye 15

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MD or Ophthalmologist. Cataracts usually do not harm your eye but can, so you can have surgery when it is convenient for you and when they interfere with your daily activities. If the eye has other diseases that have caused visual loss such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, or diabetic retinopathy, cataract surgery may not improve the vision. Sometimes a cataract should be removed if it prevents examination or treatment of another eye problem, such as agerelated macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy. Cataract surgery requires delicacy and precision, up to 98 percent of surgeries are successful. In this surgery, the cloudy lens is removed from the eye and is replaced with an artificial lens called an IOL or intraocular lens.

What should I expect during cataract surgery? A small incision is made on the side of the cornea, the clear, dome shaped surface that covers

the front of the eye. Your doctor inserts a tiny probe into the eye. This device emits ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens so that it can be removed by suction.

Cataracts are still the most common cause of blindness in the world. After the natural lens has been removed, it often is replaced by an artificial lens, called an intraocular lens (IOL). An IOL is a clear, plastic lens that requires no care and becomes a permanent part of your eye. There are a few IOL’s you can choose from, you doctor will suggest what would work best for you.

The newest technique involves the use of a laser that uses a special wavelength of light. This is called a Femto-second laser. Only a few facilities across California currently offer this advanced technique. Dr Sandler has been utilizing this laser for over year now and is the only surgeon in Solano County to offer this technology. Please contact our office about this exciting new advancement in ocular surgery.

Does insurance cover the cost of cataract surgery? Yes! Most health insurance plans will cover most of the cost, as cataracts are a medical problem. Please call our office to inquire about your medical insurance and to schedule an appointment for a cataract exam. Solano Eye Specialists locations: 1360 Burton Drive Vacaville, CA 95687 707-446-6500 1345 Gateway Boulevard Fairfield, CA 94533 707-422-6500

Dr. Sandler is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology since 1987, a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Association of Cataract Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives. Dr. Sandler specializes in comprehensive ophthalmology which includes advanced technology cataract care and surgery, premium intraocular lenses, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma medical and surgical care, macular degeneration and laser vision correction. He attends various ophthalmology conferences yearly so he remains informed of current and new surgical procedures, eye disease management and eye disease treatment modalities. His desire to be the best in his profession translates to excellent patient care and a state-of-the-art eye care and surgical center. Dr. Sandler also proudly has devoted his time providing international eye care with trips to Africa and Mexico.

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6. Who’s On First was one of the best known routines of these partners. 7. These 2 friends were 2 of the primary characters on Sesame Street. 8. The television show Odd Couple starred these two comedy greats.

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9. Ms. Parker and Mr. Barrow, better known by their first names, are perhaps the most famous criminal duo in history. 10. This cat and mouse are stars of one of the best known cartoons ever. Their names are also the name of a popular alcoholic drink. 11. These comedic partners on radio and also in real life, had many running gigs, one of which was a very full closet!

Guide: These couples hail from a variety of different

12. Dolls worldwide are fashioned after this young male and female.

areas, from entertainment to history, both real and fictional. Be sure to discuss what makes them famous and if they are still famous today. What other famous couples can they name? Fred and Ginger? Anthony and Cleopatra? Mickey and Minne Mouse? This could be made into a visual quiz by printing photos of the various couples – or even a memory game, using 2 photos of each couple mixed among 2 photos of 7 to 9 others, turned wrong side up and then asking participants to match them by remembering which photo was where.

13. These two are very important people in the jungle! 14. This fictional couple used bread crumbs to mark their way. 15. These two men created a number of comedy operas in the mid 1800’s, such as The Pirates of Penzance. See page 40 for solutions.

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Most people have heard of the Salvation Army. But, do you know about the Kroc Centers? Do you know we have one of those fantastic facilities right here in our backyard? That’s right. The Salvation Army Kroc Center in Suisun City provides a welcoming safe haven through inspiration, affordability, and outreach. Their vision states “We are innovative. We adapt. We embrace opportunities to transform families and our diverse community in Body, Mind, and Soul.”

In its three years in Suisun City it has grown to over 5,000 members, and according to the recent ‘Economic Halo Effect’ study, has brought more than $9,000,000 into the community and created over 200 jobs. Did I mention it’s right here in our backyard. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

On May 26, 2012 the $22 million, 65,000 square foot Kroc Center opened to the public in Suisun City. The facility includes fitness rooms, a rock wall, two basketball courts, three pools, conference rooms, educational classes, music classes, and a 300 seat auditorium that also serves as the Chapel.

Joan Kroc’s Story Joan Kroc, wife of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, said that she took a tour of San Diego and it was 21

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then she recognized a community that was in desperate need of a safe gathering place, a place with facilities and trained professionals to nurture children’s social skills, arts appreciation, and athletic potential. She described The Kroc Center as being a beacon of light and hope in the community. Conner Jay/Daily Republic

Mrs. Kroc entrusted The Salvation Army with $90 million to build the first Kroc Center in the Rolando neighborhood of San Diego. Sadly, she passed away a little more than a year after it opened. She was so pleased with what was accomplished here that she left $1.5 billion to The Salvation Army to build centers like this across the country. Today, there are 26 Kroc Centers nationwide.

commanding view of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Yosemite’s high country. Of course, you can only make this drive from late May through October or November, depending on snow fall. “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” Ansel Adams

We are so fortunate to have this facility here. Point. Wind your way to this overlook for the most

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HOLIDAY

TRAVEL TIPS By Travels and Escapes

To Do in Advance of Your Trip:

Traveling this Holiday Season? Whether you travel by car or plane, whether you’re visiting family or seeing the countryside in France‌ here are some helpful tips.

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When booking your flights, make sure there is enough time for connections. Bathroom breaks or snack breaks may take longer due to longer lines this time of year.

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Check the weather before you start packing. You’re positive it will be warm in Palm Springs in December…but what if the remnants of a freak rain storm are still hanging around? You might need an umbrella or you might need sunscreen. Check and then pack.

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Make a packing list. I know this seems like an unnecessary step, but it can save you time and grief if you write down what you will need. It is especially helpful when traveling with kids or when you will be doing different activities. If the trip involves a hike or lots of walking, and a visit to a cathedral, and a night out at a special restaurant…you’ll need to remember sneakers and socks for your hike, good shoes for walking, a shawl for your shoulders and long pants or skirt for the cathedral, and a packable dress or shirt and pants and different shoes for the night out. Include chargers for your electronics and adapters, if going to Europe. Also, include medications, camera batteries, passport, tickets, guidebooks, umbrella, band aids, presents, or whatever else is necessary. Write it down and forget about it until it’s time to pack.

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Call your bank and your credit card companies. Regardless of where your trip takes you, it’s a good idea to let both your bank and your credit card companies know where you will be. Why? They will approve charges and debits without any hassle if they already know you’re in Spain and not in California. If you’re traveling locally, there’s no downside to letting them know.

To Do The Day of Your Trip:

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Check the weather again. Just in case the hurricane switched directions and is headed directly for Florida and Disney World…you might want to know.

Check the traffic if you’re driving to an airport, and plan accordingly.

Check the wait time at the airport. It’s the holidays. Lots of people are traveling. TSA posts regularly updated airport security wait time estimates.

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Take some photos. Use your phone to snap a photo of your luggage and your travel documents. Before taking photos of travel documents with important information, be sure your phone is password protected.

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Unplug any household electronics. This is true if you will be gone for a long time. Might as well save some energy costs.

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Check your email. Any last minute changes might have come to your email address, especially if you used it when you made the reservations.

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Check your flight status. It’s important to know before you leave home. You can have a text sent to your phone if there is any change.

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Double check all your documents in advance. Did you know your passport needs to have six months of validity for some destinations? That means it can’t expire within six months of your trip. If you’re driving in a foreign country, do you know what ID you need before you rent the car?

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To Do When You Arrive Home:

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Take care of your body. If you’ve been gone a while or traveled home from Europe, your body needs to be pampered. Drink lots of water to rehydrate. Get plenty of sleep, taking a nap instead of forcing a long sleep. Snack on fruits and vegetables.


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Look at your photos. Don’t wait for months to check your photos and decide which ones to keep. You might have forgotten the name of the cool castle you loved or the grandkids may have changed drastically.

Looking for your New

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Check your bank and credit card statements. A simple check can assure you that everything is in order.

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Share your trip experiences with others. If a hotel, attraction, or bed and breakfast was fantastic…write a review. I always look at reviews. Share what was great about a place and maybe what could have been improved.

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Start planning your next trip. Maybe you want to go back to Italy. Maybe you have to go back to San Diego to see the grandkids. It doesn’t matter…part of the fun is planning.

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Interview with Cynthia DF Nunez, Director

“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.” —Abraham Lincoln, second inaugural address, March 4, 1865.

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tanding on the grounds of the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, you get a sense of what Lincoln was talking about. Our Veterans and their families, who have made the ultimate sacrifice, are laid to rest here. Pristine, white grave markers stand at attention as they flow evenly throughout the grounds. Surrounded by mountains and orchards, you feel a sense of peace as you look around.

busiest of the 131 national cemeteries. One of eight in California, it opened in 2006 and over 20,000 are currently buried here. The cemetery is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk, with patriotic ceremonies

held on Memorial Day and on the second Saturday in December for Wreaths Across America.” When asked who can be buried here, Director Nunez replied with a question. “Did you know only 12% of our Veterans know about their burial benefits? That’s another reason more education is necessary. Any Veteran, with any discharge other than dishonorable, may be buried here. In addition, the spouse, any minor children, and any adult children who are

“It’s important for us to let our community and our Veterans know what we provide,” Director Cynthia DF Nunez says. “We need to educate.” She continues on with some facts. “This cemetery is the 13th

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“Visiting here is more than just walking through a cemetery. Take some time to reflect on what is represented here and then, thank a Veteran. Veterans Day is November 11.” dependent on the Veteran for support may also be buried here. We’re working on that education for our Veterans.” She proudly continued. “Here at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, we were the only national cemetery to receive the designation of providing the most compassionate service to our Veterans and their families. We strive to offer a high level of customer satisfaction to our

Veteran’s families. That has a lot to do with our employees who work here, most of them Veterans themselves from wars as recent as Iraq and Afghanistan.” Director Nunez listed some upcoming events open to the public:

September 27: Run for the Fallen, sponsored by Travis Air Force Base, is a 5K walk/run honoring the lives and remembering

the sacrifices of California’s fallen military as a result of Operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.

October 10: The initial Bike Run sponsored by Wounded Warriors.

December 12: Wreaths Across America, placing a wreath at every grave marker. “We would love to have you visit or take part in any of these events.” For more information on these and other events, contact the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery at 707-6932460 or www.cem.va.gov/

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Western Railway Museum

Pumpkin Patch Looking for something to do this fall? Check out the Western Railway Museum Pumpkin Patch. New opening weekend activities each Saturday and Sunday from October 10 - 25, the Western Railway Museum presents its annual Pumpkin Patch Festival. Celebrating its 18th year, this classic harvest festival is a highlight of autumn, and for many, a family tradition.

The Museum opens early at 9:30 a.m. The first express train leaves the Museum at 10 a.m., with departures every halfhour until 4 p.m. The ride on a historic life-sized electrical-powered train takes visitors back in time on a scenic five-mile trip to Gum Grove Station, a wooded glen far from the trappings of modern life.

To kick off the annual event, the opening weekend October 10 and 11 features a roaming herd of zombies. That’s right…zombies! To protect yourself from their influence, we recommend arriving at the Museum in a Halloween costume. It doesn’t have to be a zombie costume; any costume will do. Princesses, black cats, witches, ghosts, and even Presidents of the United States are all reported to be immune to zombie attacks.

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Rotary Clubs who re-grant thousands of dollars to our community and youth activities each year. Admission is just $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (65 and up), and $10 for children (ages 2 -14). Each adult admission comes with a “Pumpkin Buck” good for $1 off anything at the Festival, such as food or pumpkins. Prices include entrance to the Museum and to the Pumpkin Patch Festival, unlimited train rides, use of the Museum’s shaded picnic grounds, music, hay rides, the hay bale fort, and free parking. Please note that there are no advanced reservations. IF YOU GO: The Western Railway Museum is located at 5848 State Highway 12, Suisun City, CA 94585. It is on State Highway 12 in Solano County, 12 miles east of Interstate 80, halfway between Fairfield and Rio Vista.

At Gum Grove, guests enjoy the huge hay bale fort, food, tractor rides, music, games, and of course, pumpkins for sale, just in time for Halloween. It’s a real community effort, with three Rotary Clubs from Fairfield-Suisun, Cordelia, and Dixon all rallying together to make the event a success. All proceeds benefit the Western Railway Museum (a nonprofit educational institution) and the local

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hen the Fisher House Golf Tournament committee at Paradise Valley Estates began planning the annual June fundraiser, they set an ambitious goal. Their hope was to raise nearly double the $11,000 the event raised in 2014. Now that all the divots have been replaced and scorecards tallied — it’s official. Ben Montoya, who chaired the planning committee, is proud the team not only met their $20,000 goal; they surpassed it. The 2015 tournament raised $21,000 to benefit Fisher House, a national nonprofit which builds and maintains temporary homes for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. At a lunchtime check presentation held on August 12, Charlene Hall, manager of the Travis AFB Fisher House, accepted the donation and shared a compelling video about how Fisher houses shelter families in crisis. “These homes are an environment where families can focus solely on the healing process, free from any financial burden or need to find child care,” she said. Fisher Houses are “homes away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. The homes are normally

located within walking distance of the treatment facility or have transportation available. There are 65 Fisher Houses located on 24 military installations and 24 VA medical centers. Many new homes are under construction. The homes generally feature multiple bedrooms, a large common room, dining room, fully stocked kitchen, laundry and office. Generous floorplans allow a single home to accommodate multiple families at a time. The Travis Fisher House opened in January 1994 and is located on the David Grant USAF Medical Center campus. It has served more than 3,200 guests with an occupancy rate of 100 percent. A second home was opened on the medical center campus in May 2014. During the luncheon, Montoya thanked event sponsors including PG&E, Wells Fargo Bank, the Paradise Valley Estates Resident Council, Johnny Miller Junior Golf Foundation, E&J Gallo Winery, Fentons Creamery, Fairfield Ford-Lincoln, the Ezzell-Conklin Group and Pieology Pizza. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, 100 percent of the event proceeds were directly contributed to the Fisher House Foundation. The rollicking tournament featured a scramble format with a $40,000 hole-in-one contest of which any winner would donate 50 percent to Fisher House Foundation. After the tournament, players enjoyed a

Golfers teed up for Paradise valley Estates’ annual tournament benefitting military families in crisis.

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he Alzheimer’s Association is inviting all Solano County residents to unite in a movement to reclaim the future for millions by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place on Saturday, October 24th at Harbor Bay Plaza in Suisun City. Walk to End Alzheimer’s is more than a walk. It is an experience for over 700 participants in Solano County who will learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause, from advocacy opportunities and clinical trial enrollment to support programs and services. Walk participants will also join in a meaningful ceremony to honor those boom 36

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mIND

Crossword

5. Empire State 6. Small island 7. Con or swindle accomplices 8. Oasts kiln shape 9. Female sheep 10. Motor vehicle 11. ___ Lanka 12. More melancholy 14. Not all 15. Apple, pumpkin or a la mode 17. __ King Cole, musician 22. Palms with egg shaped nuts 23. Mistress of a household 24. Founder of Babism 25. Semitic fertility god 26. Connected links 28. Chocolate tree 29. Miao-Yao is their language 32. Moss capsule stalk 36. Young society woman

CLUES ACROSS 1. Recapture the past 10. “Tosh.0” and “South Park” are two 12. Military greeting 13. Passenger ships 15. Can’t move 16. Any omission of a part 18. 43rd state 19. Compassionate nursing care 20. Pa’s partner 21. Dutch cheese 24. London radio station 27. Perfumed powder bag 30. Liquid body substances 31. Expresses pleasure 33. Escape from prison 34. Long-wave hue 35. Bleated 37. Male swan 39. Head cover

38. Bartenders 41. Fewer calories

40. Buried port city

42. Teal duck genus

43. One point S of SE

44. Inspire with love

44. Cervid

47. Grab

45. Inexperienced (var.)

48. Cruel inhuman person

46. Exercises authority over

49. 6th musical tone

51. Handles

50. Indigenous tribe of Indonesia

54. Neither

52. Megabyte

55. Alumnus

53. Headpin in bowling

56. Sunrise

56. Light, fitful naps

57. Cease exertion

61. Precede

58. Double curve

62. Greek and Turkish Sea

59. Maneuver

63. Pot ‘o gold location

60. Not happy

65. Was in disagreement

64. Old English

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Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe

2. This famous couple won a Nobel Prize for their discovery of radium. Marie and Pierre Curie 3. This couple lived (at least the man) in the Sherwood Forest. Maid Marian and Robin Hood 4. This couple is one of the truly great love stories in Camelot. Guinevere and Lancelot 5. Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance portrayed these two best friends in a television show.

Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz

6. Who’s On First was one of the best known routines of these partners. Bud Abbott and Lou

Costello

9. Ms. Parker and Mr. Barrow, better known by their first names, are perhaps the most famous criminal duo in history. Bonnie and

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10. This cat and mouse are stars of one of the best known cartoons ever. Their names are also the name of a popular alcoholic drink. Tom and

Jerry

11. These comedic partners on radio and also in real life, had many running gigs, one of which was a very full closet! Fibber and Molly McGee 12. Dolls worldwide are fashioned after this young male and female. Ken and Barbie 13. These two are very important people in the jungle! Tarzan and Jane

7. These 2 friends were 2 of the primary characters on Sesame Street. Bert and Ernie

14. This fictional couple used bread crumbs to mark their way. Hansel and Gretel

8. The television show Odd Couple starred these two comedy greats. Jack Klugman as Oscar

15. These two men created a number of comedy operas in the mid 1800’s, such as The Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert and Sullivan

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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

IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-3818 ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES: 707-253-4625 MEALS ON WHEELS: 7077-253-6111

ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION

NAPA VALLEY HOSPICE & ADULT DAY:

1-800-660-1993

NORTHBAY ALZHEIMER'S RESOURCE CENTER

707-258-9080

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:

707-425-6164 707-469-6675

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

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

707-784-8259 7 0 7 -7 8 4 -8 2 5 9

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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