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Diana Blake conducts during rehearsal for the New Horizons Band in Davis Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
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Mature players enjoy challenge, fun, friendships in New Horizons Band
CEDAR FALLS iana Blake doesn’t pull her punches. “You’re sitting on that note like an egg,” the director admonished a section of the New Horizons Band in a recent rehearsal
for their May 6 spring concert. Several musicians snickered in response, but the band performed a decidedly spritelier second playing of the Scherzo movement in Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2.” Blake, who has led the 85-member band for the past 15 years, jokingly says it’s like
trying “to work with a bunch of ornery middle schoolers,” but she’s quick to point out that, kidding aside, these 50+ and older players “aren’t fooling around” and take their music seriously. Musicians must be at least 50 to join New Horizons; the oldest member is 97-year-old Lewis
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Spring concert New Horizons Band with featured soloist Travis Toliver and UNI Percussion ensemble 7:30 to 9 p.m. May 6 Great Hall, Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center, University of Northern Iowa campus, Cedar Falls. Free and open to the public
Lexi Forstrom, second from right, conducts a lesson with, from left to right, Lewis Lynch, Bev Dirks, Darlene Hopper and Pam Doak before a New Horizons Band practice. Lynch, who plays saxophone and is one of the band’s few remaining original members. “I joined to have good time. I started back when New Horizons started here back in 1999 with 17 people, and Bill Shepherd was our conductor,” Lynch recalled. “None of us members knew much about playing, but once I got into it, I loved it. It’s a good time, and I plan to keep coming until I can’t,” the sax player said. Lynch still shows up an hour before rehearsal to take group lessons. All the brass instruments — trumpet, tuba, trombone, euphonium, French horn — along with woodwinds — flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe and bassoon —and percussion, including timpani, bells and xylophone, are all represented in the band. Members come from Waterloo and Cedar Falls, as well as Grundy Center, Waverly, Janesville, Readlyn, Sumner, Floyd, Fredericksburg, Tripoli, Dysart, Hudson, Jesup, Denver, Charles City, Maynard, Oelwein and Dike. The band includes people who may have played an instru-
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Marcia Woolley, left, and Ellen Day get ready for rehearsal with the New Horizons Band. ment in their younger days, who currently play an instrument, or who might like to try a new instrument. Retired band leaders and music teachers share music stands with homemakers and retirees from teaching, business, sales and marketing and law enforcement, for example. “Some are folks who can’t give up being part of a music ensemble, and others may have played horn or clarinet, whatever, in high school and want to
get back into playing. You may think you’ve forgotten how, but it’s still up there in your brain. We just have to dig it out, blast it free,” Blake explained. Beginners can join, too. “You can start from scratch, too, but you might struggle a bit, and you need to be able to read music,” she advised. The band is offered through the UNI Community Music Please see MUSIC, Page 4
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The New Horizons Band in rehearsal in Davis Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center.
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John Flint in his horn section with New Horizons Band.
School, directed by Heather Hamilton. Seven UNI music education majors teach group lessons for band members. “It’s a great opportunity for the students to get experience with a different style of teaching. It also shows them that making music can last a lifetime,” Hamilton said. Lessons begin at 8 a.m., followed by band rehearsals at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Davis Hall at the Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center. The fall session is
12 weeks long, and the summer session lasts eight weeks. Blake, who retired after 38 years teaching instrumental band and music for Waverly-Shell Rock elementary and middle schools, joined in 2003. “Bill Shepherd was directing. All I wanted to do was sit in a chair and play without having to make decisions,” she recalled. That lasted about one year, when Shepherd asked her to take the baton when he had to step away from the podium. That was 15 years ago in May. Participating in the band gives mature adults feelings of belonging, enjoyment and importance, Blake said. “You begin
to know everybody depends on everybody else, and you want to be there to fill your role. Playing an instrument requires mental alertness and hand-eye coordination, which is important as we get older. You may be old, but you can still learn new things.” People make new friends and feel less lonely or socially isolated, Blake explained. “They’re having fun, even when I’m yelling at them. It makes you feel you’re doing something special and being part of the community.” Lee VerMulm of Cedar Falls hadn’t played euphonium in 44 years when he joined the band 12 years ago, but now he
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In addition to Shostakovich’s jazzy waltz made famous on the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” the New Horizons Band concert will feature several other waltzes, a medley of railroad songs, marches, the Armed Forces Salute and the “Trombone Rag” featuring the trombone section. and several other waltzes. Travis Toliver will sing a Cole Porter
Sax player Lewis Lynch, 97, is the oldest member of the New Horizons Band. “wouldn’t miss it for anything. I taught for 34 years at Cedar Falls High School, but I’d gone so long without picking up an instrument. My wife suggested it, so I bought a new instrument. I love the people, and I love playing the music,” he said. Retired Waverly-Shell Rock law enforcement officer Jeff Franzen joined to play his French horn. “I got interested at my 25-year high school reunion, attended a few concerts and decided to start playing again. I love the challenge,” he said. “I’m having a blast. It’s so much fun, and you’re never too old to learn something new,” said Bev Dirks of Grundy Center. The retired elementary music teacher plays saxophone. Charles Rowe, a veteran trombone player who performed in the New York City area for 45 years until twin grandsons brought him and his wife to the Cedar Valley, joined four years ago. “I just like playing good band music. I love that there’s an outlet for more mature players. It’s a large group, and we’re very social,” he said. Rowe also belongs to the Cedar Percussionist Mark Vos, left, reviews music with Dave Pounds before Valley Big Band. rehearsal with the New Horizons Band.
medley with the band. Toliver is vice chair of the Waverly Chamber Music board and executive director of the Waverly Chamber of Commerce and Waverly Main Street program. To find out more about New Horizons Band and/or to join, contact Blake at 352-3007, email@example.com, or Hamilton at 273-2142, heather. hamilton @uni.edu
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Amy snapped this photo before her grandmother, Lois Jensen and her mother, Claudia Hamilton, became very sick. It was a memorable day with the two of them and Amy’s father, Duane.
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s Mother’s Day approaches, we are often reminded of important women who have made a difference in our lives. Amy Hamilton Kangas of Waverly
is no different. She had close bonds with the women in her life, but also has experienced several Mother’s Days without them. Although losing her grandmother and her mother were difficult to experience, it is a consolation to her that Cedar Valley Hospice made a differ-
ence in the lives of her brother a junior in high greatest role models. school. When Amy’s “It was very hard to mother, Claudia Hamcome to grips with,” says ilton of Cedar Falls, Amy. “Mom was always was diagnosed with the organizer, planner and early onset Alzheimer’s cook, so I worried about my disease at 53, it was a shock for dad and my siblings. I wontheir family. Amy and her sis- dered what things my brother ter were in their 20s and their wouldn’t know/learn because
my mom wasn’t able to tell him or teach him.” Living an hour away at the time, she did her best to help and support her family. In 2004, Amy moved back because the disease was progressing. In 2005, her mom moved into a care facility where she could have around-the-clock care if
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Amy Kangas and husband, Tim, are both grateful that Cedar Valley Hospice exists to help make life easier for families when their loved ones are ill. she needed it. Meanwhile, Amy’s grandmother, Lois, also had declining health. Because Amy’s mother was sick herself, she and her sister were Lois’ caregivers. But when her grandmother needed more hands-on care, they had a discussion about getting help. “I remember grandma not even hesitating,” said Amy. “She said, ‘Well, then we’re going to have Cedar Valley Hospice.’ She raved about how wonderful their care was when her nephew was at the Hospice Home. She knew that they took care of the entire family and she wanted to lessen the burden on us — and they did.” Lois was adamant that she wanted to be served at her home. After she was admitted to the Cedar Valley Hospice program, she was assigned her own team of experts who would manage her care at her own residence and provide support for Amy and her sister. They all soon realized that hospice isn’t about dying but living life as fully as possible, despite old age or a
life-limiting illness. “They provided everything she could have ever needed — medicine, baths, conversation, knowledge,” said Amy. “Plus, she didn’t need us there all the time, so we all could live a little too and have our own privacy.” For months Cedar Valley Hospice cared for Lois “like one of their own,” Amy added. “And I knew that I could call anytime, and that they would have the answers. Their respite care at the Hospice Home also enabled me to be able to go to work.” When Lois’ health began to fail, Cedar Valley Hospice adjusted her care and monitored it — making for a smooth transition into her final stages. Lois died at home, peacefully and comfortably. Years later, Amy found herself facing a similar situation, yet this time it was her mother. The Alzheimer’s disease had fully taken over her mother’s
body, so much so that Amy had received a call to meet her dad, Duane, at the emergency room. Her mother had endured a couple seizures and had a serious infection. This time, it was Amy’s turn to not hesitate. “We’re going to call Cedar Valley Hospice,” Amy said. “Dad wanted to believe that Mom would get better, but she wasn’t responding to the antibiotics, and she hadn’t been fully able to communicate since 2007. So many years ago, I had cried and argued with God. At that point, I just wanted her to be comfortable.” The doctor agreed with their decision and on Dec. 22, 2015, Cedar Valley Hospice welcomed her into their Hospice Home. “For us, it was a place where we could all be together and people could come see my mom and dad,” said Amy, who remembers the experience fondly. Trees were decorated in every room, Christmas cookies overflowed and they often enjoyed family dinners in the kitchen/ family room area. “It was a place that felt like home,” she said smiling. Amy also appreciated that during the holiday, they could still manage their routine and not have to worry. “I could come home at night and sleep knowing everyone was being taken care of,” she said. “Their staff was so attentive to our needs—all the way up until the end. The last night they even made it possible for my dad to lay down with my mom until she passed. It was very special.” Although Amy has lost two matriarchs of her family, she is so grateful to have had Cedar Valley Hospice by her family’s side. She realized that hospice care enables moments and memories that would otherwise not occur. It is the quality of these final moments, after all, that most would define as a good death. Cedar Valley Hospice offers hospice care and palliative care programs that help those facing a life-limiting illness at various stages. It’s never too soon to call (319) 272-2002 or visit cvhospice.org and find out how our experts can help.
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A guitar decorated by Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones. AP PHOTOS
EXUBERANT MET EXHIBIT EXPLORES ART OF
rock ‘n’ roll
NEW YORK (AP) useum exhibits tend to be quiet. Not this one. In “Play It Loud,” an exuberant show that can be heard as well as seen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art takes on the history of rock ‘n’ roll through iconic instruments on loan from some of rock’s biggest names. There are flamboyant costumes worn by Prince and Jimmy Page, videotaped interviews with “guitar gods,” even shattered guitars. The show runs here now through Oct. 1 before traveling to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in Cleveland, where it will be on view from Nov. 20, 2019 through Sept. 13, 2020. “We’re looking at rock ‘n’ roll instruments as an art. They serve as muses, tools and visual icons, and many of them are hand-painted and lovingly designed,” says Jayson Kerr Dobney, curator in charge of the department of musical instruments at the Met. He organized “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll,” with Craig J. Inciardi, curator and director of acquisitions at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For anyone who ever dreamed of climbing onstage at a rock concert for a closer look, this
may be your best shot. “Instruments are some of the most personal objects connected to musicians, but as audience members we are primarily used to seeing them from far away, up on a stage in performance. This exhibition will provide a rare opportunity to examine some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most iconic objects up close,” says Dobney. Highlights include Chuck Berry’s ES-350T guitar (at the entrance to the exhibit), John Lennon’s 12-string Rickenbacker 325, an electric 500/1 “violin” bass on loan from Paul McCartney, Keith Moon’s drum set, and
the white Stratocaster played at Woodstock by Jimi Hendrix. Over 130 instruments are featured in the show, including ones played and beloved by the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, Lady Gaga, Joan Jett, Metallica, Steve Miller, Page and other rock ‘n’ roll greats. The collection spans 1939 to 2017. All the instruments are on loan, most by the musicians themselves, although Miller has promised to donate to the Met his 1961 Les Paul TV Special guitar, painted by surfboard artist Bob Cantrell.
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Right: Electric guitars are displayed at the exhibit “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The show features its own rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack and is organized in thematic sections. “Setting the Stage” explores rock’s early days in the American South of the late 1940s and early 1950s, when pianos, saxophones and acoustic guitars were among the instruments of choice. Soon, Berry helped revolutionize the sound, establishing the electric guitar as the genre’s primary voice and visual icon. Also featured is a setup like that used by the Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show” in 1964. After that performance, “thousands of rock bands were formed using that same lineup: two guitars, a bass and a drum set,” says Dobney. The “Guitar Gods” section traces that phrase to Eric Clapton’s stardom and a piece of 1966 graffiti in London proclaiming, “Clapton is God.” Others dubbed guitar gods included Page, Jeff Beck, Pete Townsend and Hendrix. All exemplified virtuoso musicianship and awe-inspiring swagger. By the 1970s, women,
too, were fronting bands and finding platforms for their own personae and skills, Dobney says. “The Rhythm Section” explores the sources of the genre’s powerful rhythms, with accented backbeats created using a drum set and electric bass guitar. Even as guitars were lovingly painted, and sometimes even built by the musicians who played them (like Eddie Van Halen’s red and white “Frankenstein” guitar, featuring a Fender-style body and neck with Gibson electronics), instruments were also famously destroyed by rock stars as part of their act. Featured is a fragment of a Hendrix guitar that he set on fire and smashed onstage at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967;
a Gibson SG Special guitar destroyed by Townsend during a photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz for Rolling Stone (and preserved in Lucite); and a modified Hammond L-100 organ used by Keith Emerson as a “stunt instrument,” which he would jump on, pull on top of himself, stick knives in and — in this instrument’s case — set ablaze during performances. “Expanding the Band” explores the way the classic fourpiece rock band was augmented by instruments like dulcimers, sitars and a range of experimental keyboards to expand the sound. The show ends with footage of some of rock’s most iconic moments, along with decades of posters advertising groundbreaking concerts.
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Short ribs in beer, cider vinegar = C
AMERICA’S TEST KITCHEN
arne deshebrada, literally meaning “shredded beef,” is a common offering at Mexican taco stands. It’s made by braising a large cut of beef until ultra-tender and then shredding the meat and tossing it with a flavorful rojo sauce made with tomatoes and/or dried chiles. Although short ribs are a bit nontraditional, their ultra-beefy flavor made them an excellent choice. To achieve flavorful browning, we raised the beef up out of the braising liquid by resting it on onion rounds; the ambient heat browned the short ribs just enough for this dish. Next, we created a braising liquid that would infuse the beef with flavor and later act as a base for our rojo sauce. Beer and cider vinegar provided depth and brightness, and tomato paste boosted savory flavor. Smoky-sweet ancho chiles gave the sauce a rounder flavor and a gentle, spicy kick. Cumin, cinnamon, cloves, oregano, and bay leaves added warmth and complexity. Once the beef had finished cooking, we pureed the braising liquid into a sauce with a smooth, luxurious consistency. A bright, tangy slaw provided a nice counterbalance to the rich meat. Use a full-bodied lager or ale such as Dos Equis or Sierra Nevada. For more recipes, cooking tips and ingredient and product reviews, visit https://www.americastestkitchen.com . Find more recipes like Shredded Beef Tacos in “How to Braise Everything.” America’s Test Kitchen provided this article to The Associated Press.
Shredded Beef Tacos from the cookbook “How to Braise Everything.”
Cabbage-Carrot Slaw Makes about 8 cups
Shredded Beef Tacos Servings: 6-8 Start to finish: 3½hours 1½ cups beer 4 dried ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded,
and torn into ½ inch pieces (1 cup) ½ cup cider vinegar 2 tablespoons tomato paste 6 garlic cloves, lightly crushed and peeled 3 bay leaves 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons dried oregano Salt and pepper ½ teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 large onion, sliced into 1/2 inch-thick rounds 3 pounds boneless beef short ribs, trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes 18 (6 inch) corn tortillas, warmed 1 recipe Cabbage-Carrot Slaw (recipe follows) 4 ounces queso fresco, crumbled (1 cup) Lime wedges
Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 325 F. Combine beer, anchos, vinegar, tomato paste, garlic, bay leaves, cumin, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt, ½ teaspoon pepper, cloves, and cinnamon in Dutch oven. Arrange onion rounds in single layer on bottom of pot. Place beef on top of onion rounds in single layer. Cover and cook until meat is well browned and tender, 2½ to 3 hours. Using slotted spoon, transfer beef to large bowl, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and set aside. Strain liquid through fine-mesh strainer into 2 cup liquid measuring cup (do not wash pot). Discard onion rounds and bay leaves. Transfer remaining solids to blender. Let strained liquid settle for 5 minutes, then skim any fat from surface. Add water as needed to equal 1 cup. Pour liquid into blender with reserved solids and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes. Transfer sauce to now-empty pot. Using 2 forks, shred beef into bite-size pieces. Bring sauce to simmer over medium heat. Add beef and stir to coat. Season with salt to taste. (Beef can be refrigerated for up to 2 days; gently reheat before serving.) Spoon small amount of beef into each warm tortilla and serve, passing slaw, queso fresco, and lime wedges separately.
1 cup cider vinegar ½ cup water 1 tablespoon sugar 1½ teaspoons salt 1/2 head green cabbage, cored and sliced thin (6 cups) 1 onion, sliced thin 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded 1 jalapeno chile, stemmed, seeded, and minced 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Whisk vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in large bowl until sugar is dissolved. Add cabbage, onion, carrot, jalapeño, and oregano and toss to combine. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Drain slaw and stir in cilantro right before serving. Nutrition information per serving: 521 calories; 187 calories from fat; 21 g fat (8 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 94 mg cholesterol; 846 mg sodium; 44 g carbohydrate; 9 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 35 g protein.
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Make this Portuguese wine your spring fling DAVE MCINTYRE | Special to the Washington Post
ike robins as harbingers of spring, the 2018 as we gaze upon the bright sunshine outside. We also have two exceptional whites from Orrosés are landing on our retail shelves. Of greatest value is an inexpensive charmer egon, a pinot gris and a pinot blanc, and two defrom Portugal, ideal for a grazing weekend lunch licious reds from the Cotes du Rhone in France.
Bacalhôa JP Azeitão Syrah Rosé 2018 Two stars Setúbal, Portugal The new crop of 2018 rosés is beginning to arrive, including this inexpensive charmer from Portugal. Its bright color and cheerful, summery fruit flavors (strawberry, watermelon) will have you thinking of warmer weather in no time. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent. Ponzi Vineyards Pinot Gris 2017
Three stars Willamette Valley, Ore.
Oregon pinot gris has always distinguished itself from the racy, refreshing (yet often boring) pinot grigios of Italy and the plush, richer style of pinot gris from Alsace. And Ponzi has consistently been one of my favorite Oregon pinot gris producers. The 2017 is gorgeous, a symbiotic combination of fruit, weight and agility on the palate. Fans of pairing Oregon’s pinot noir with salmon should twist open a bottle
of this as well next time. There are mountain air that wine lovers have certainly worse ways to spend an come to call “garrigue.” It gets better a few hours or even a day after evening. ABV: 13.1 percent. opening, suggesting the wine will improve for a year or three in botMaysara Autees Pinot Blanc tle. Enjoy this beauty with braised Momtazi Vineyard 2017 Three stars or grilled meats. ABV: 13.5 percent. McMinnville, Ore. While pinot gris is better known E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2015 among white wines in Oregon’s Two stars Willamette Valley, Maysara makes Rhone Valley a good case for pinot blanc Guigal producers in the northwith this exceptional ern Rhone Valley, and the enbottling. Fermented try-level Cotes du Rhone antotally in stainless chors an exceptional lineup steel, its racy fruit that includes Crozes-Herflavors seem to be mitage and Cote Rotie, channeled directly among other appellations. from an orchard. The winery also makes Certified biodynamic. enough for it to be widely ABV: 12 percent. available. ABV: 14 percent. La Bastide Saint Dominique Côtes du Rhône 2017 Two and a half stars Rhone Valley, France This lovely Rhone Valley red shows the flavors of wild herbs and
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10 BOOKS TO READ THIS SPRING
Special to the Washington Post
hether you have eclectic tastes or are in search of something specific — a mystery, a juicy novel, a big fat tome — there’s something for you on this must-read list.
“Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed,” by Lori Gottlieb No wonder Gottlieb is already adapting this book for television with Eva Longoria and ABC. Who could resist watching a therapist grapple with the same questions her patients have been asking her for years? Gottlieb, who writes the Atlantic’s “Dear Therapist” column, brings searing honesty to her search for answers.
to survive a coming flood. What the whaa? Naamah doesn’t share her husband’s faith, but she does have fierce, deep love for their children and wants them to survive. The book is a testament to the idea that more than one sex, more than one idea and more than one individual makes the world in all its glory and tragedy.
“Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?” by Bill McKibben McKibben wrote “The End of Nature” 30 years ago, an early warning about climate change, and his new book is another, sobering call to arms. McKibben, whose 350.org aims to demonstrate what people around the world can do to protect Earth, reminds us that as we drain critical resources, we’re also moving toward draining our own ties “Greek to Me: Adventures of the to the planet and to each other. Is Comma Queen,” by Mary Norris there hope? Yes. Well, maybe. If we If you haven’t read “Between You pay attention. & Me,” Norris’ ode to good grammar, buy it together with her new “Normal People,” by Sally book, and you’ll have at least two Rooney The Irish writer’s 2017 “Converdays of delightful reading. A New Yorker copy editor, Norris this time sations With Friends” won over delivers an appreciation of Greece, American readers with its deadpan plus a look at how that country’s wit, following a young woman’s atlanguage influenced ours. tempt to create an artistic life. “Normal People” is another familiar “The Affairs of the Falcóns,” by plot—two young lovers meet in high school, diverge at university, meet Melissa Rivero Some novels about immigrants again as young adults—but Connell and immigration focus on the and Marianne are fresh, their en“Wow! America!” factor. However, tanglement so achingly tender that debut novelist Rivero goes deeper, you’ll read till the last drop of tea showing the price her main char- is poured. acters, Ana and Lucho, have paid in leaving Peru to make a new life. “The Department of Sensitive It’s a beautiful, serious and life-af- Crimes: A Detective Varg Novel,” firming book. by Alexander McCall Smith The celebrated Scottish story“Naamah,” by Sarah Blake teller has turned his pen to ScanImagine you’re married to Noah, di-crime, setting his latest series and God tells him to build an ark with Detective Ulf “The Wolf” Varg
heading up a department of singular characters in the Swedish city of Malmo. It’s as if Fox Mulder, Lisbeth Salander’s maiden aunt and Kurt Wallander collaborated on a new unit, and it’s great fun. “Why You Like It: The Science and Culture of Musical Taste,” by Nolan Gasser (April 30) Gasser is chief architect of Pandora Radio’s Music Genome Project, so he deeply understands why you like what you like. And he’s written one of those rare books that both geeks and casual listeners can enjoy, combining science, art and sheer enthusiasm to explain why you might love bluegrass while your significant other prefers the blues. “The Unlikely Adventures of the Shergill Sisters,” by Balli Kaur Jaswal (April 30) For what it’s worth, Jaswal’s last book, “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows,” was chosen for Reese Witherspoon’s book club. This new novel is a female take on the Indian travel narrative that involves three sisters of Indian descent who were born and raised in England, so they’re on unfamiliar ground even as they “fit right in.” “African Samurai: The True Story of Yasuke, a Legendary Black Warrior in Feudal Japan,” by Thomas Lockley and Geoffrey Girard (April 30) In the late 1500s, an African man arrived in Kyoto. Lord Nobunaga, head of Japan’s most powerful clan, appointed him a samurai, naming him Yasuke. The authors, an academic (Lockley) and a novelist (Girard), don’t have a lot of source material, but they’ve written a readable, compassionate account of an extraordinary life.
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MEDICARE RULES Resources add economic FOR THOSE WITH SECURITY FOR WOMEN
higher income JERRY NELSON
Waterloo Office District Manager Social Security Administration
f you have higher income, the law requires an upward adjustment to your monthly Medicare Part B (medical insurance) and Medicare prescription drug coverage premiums. But, if your income has gone down, you may use form SSA-44 to request a reduction in your Medicare income-related monthly adjustment amount. Medicare Part B helps pay for your doctors’ services and outpatient care. It also covers other medical services, such as physical and occupational therapy, and some home health care. For most beneficiaries, the government pays a substantial portion — about 75 percent — of the Part B premium, and the beneficiary pays the remaining 25 percent. If you’re a higher-income beneficiary, you’ll pay a larger percentage of the total cost of Medicare Part B, based on the income you report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You’ll pay monthly Part B premiums equal to 35, 50, 65, 80, or 85 percent of the total cost, depending on the income you report to the IRS. Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage helps pay for your prescription drugs. For most beneficiaries, the government pays a major portion of the total costs for this coverage, and the beneficiary pays the rest. Prescription drug plan costs vary depending on the plan, and whether you get Extra Help with your portion of the Medicare prescription drug coverage costs. If you’re a higher-income beneficiary with Medicare pre-
scription drug coverage, you’ll pay monthly premiums plus an additional amount, which is also based on the income you report to the IRS. Because individual plan premiums vary, the law specifies that the amount is determined using a base premium. Social Security ties the additional amount you pay to the base beneficiary premium, not your own premium amount. If you’re a higher-income beneficiary, we deduct this amount from your monthly Social Security payments regardless of how you usually pay your monthly prescription plan premiums. If the amount is greater than your monthly payment from Social Security, or you don’t get monthly payments, you’ll get a separate bill from another federal agency, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or the Railroad Retirement Board. You can find Form SSA-44 online at www.socialsecurity. gov/forms/ssa-44.pdf. You can also read more in the publication “Medicare Premiums: Rules For Higher-Income Beneficiaries” at: www.socialsecurity.gov/ pubs/EN-05-10536.pdf.
Waterloo Office District Manager Social Security Administration
ocial Security plays an important role in providing economic security for women. Nearly 55 percent of the people receiving Social Security benefits are women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. Women face greater economic challenges in retirement. First, women tend to live longer than men. A woman who is 65 years old today can expect to live, on average, until about 87, while a 65-year-old man can expect to live, on average, until about
84. Second, women often have lower lifetime earnings than men. And, third, women may reach retirement with smaller pensions and other assets than men. Today, women have challenging choices to make. Some may spend their entire adulthood in a career or job outside the home. Some may work for a few years, leave the labor force to raise children, and eventually return to work. Others may choose not to work outside the home. Whether they work, have worked, or have never worked outside the home, women should understand how Social Security can help them and their families. If you’ve worked and paid
taxes into the Social Security system for at least 10 years and have earned a minimum of 40 work credits, you may be eligible for your own benefits. Once you reach age 62, you may be eligible for your own Social Security benefit whether you’re married or not and whether your spouse collects Social Security or not. If you’re eligible and apply for benefits on more than one work record you generally receive the higher benefit amount. We have specific information for women at www.socialsecurity.gov/people/women that you can easily share with friends and family. Giving this gift of knowledge can change the life of a woman you care about.
Be alert to Social Security telephone scam JERRY NELSON
Waterloo Office District Manager Social Security Administration
he Social Security Administration and its Office of the Inspector General have launched a joint public service announcement campaign addressing a nationwide telephone impersonation scheme. Social Security and the OIG continue to receive reports from across the country about fraudulent phone calls from people falsely claiming to be Social Security employees. Calls can even “spoof” Social Security’s national customer service number as the incoming number on the caller ID. The new PSAs will air on TV and radio stations across the country to alert the public to remain vigilant against potential fraud. “We urge you to always be cautious and to avoid provid-
ing sensitive information such as your Social Security number or bank account information to unknown people over the phone or Internet,” said Nancy A. Berryhill, acting commissioner of Social Security. “If you receive a call and are not expecting one, you must be extra careful – you can always get the caller’s information, hang up and contact the official phone number of the business or agency the caller claims to represent. Do not reveal personal data to a stranger who calls you.” Social Security employees do occasionally contact people — generally those who have ongoing business with the agency — by telephone for business purposes. However, Social Security employees will never threaten a person or promise a Social Security benefit approval, or increase, in exchange for infor-
mation. In those cases, the call is fraudulent and people should not engage with the caller. If a person receives these calls, he or she should report the information to the OIG Fraud Hotline at 1-800-269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/ report. “These calls appear to be happening across the country, so we appreciate SSA’s partnership in this national public outreach effort,” said Gail S. Ennis, the inspector general for the Social Security Administration. “Our message to the public is simply this: If you or someone you know receives a questionable call claiming to be from SSA or the OIG, just hang up.” The new PSA addressing the telephone impersonation scheme is available online at www.youtube.com/socialsecurity.
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