Tue, Jan 16, 2018
Home Town Debate
Willapa Harbor Herald • Town Crier
Traveler's Companion
(360) 942-3466 • PO Box 706, Raymond, WA 98577
Harbor Happenings

The Pacific Transit System will hold its regular first 2018 quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Pacific County Office Building's Meeting Room at 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to come to be heard.

The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding its monthly Council Meeting at 11:00 a.m. on Jan. 13 at the Tribal Office located at 3 East Park St., Bay Center. The meeting is open to all tribal members and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Contact the Tribal Office at (360) 875-667 if you have any questions.

The 11th Annual Elma Winter Wine Festival takes place Saturday, Jan. 20 running from noon to 9:00 p.m. at the Grays Harbor Fair & Event Center in Elma. Must be 21+.

Sunday Afternoon Live presents On The Rocks Jan. 21 at the Raymond Theatre.

On Monday, Jan. 22 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., the South Bend Kiwanis Club and the South Bend High School Key Club will be hosting 'Cupcake Wars' at the South Bend School elementary cafeteria. Admission will be $2 at the door and includes free cupcake samples, a cakewalk, door prizes and raffle baskets. Four elite local bakers will be vying for cupcake honors and fabulous prizes. For more information, call (360) 942-4610 or email moserlyric@gmail.com.

Valley View Health Center invites you to join them for refreshments and tours of their remodeled space. This event is Wednesday, Jan. 24 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Help With Home-Care Bills
Help With Home-Care Bills

Dear Savvy Senior,

Do you know of any resources that can help with my mother's home-care bills? Mom is recovering from a stroke and needs in-home care, but I understand Medicare doesn't cover it, and she doesn't have long-term care insurance.

Stressed-Out Daughter

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Sheaffer: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program
Sheaffer: Long Term Care Ombudsman Program

So you've decided you don't want to remain at home alone any longer. Maybe you've had some health issues and safety has become a more important issue than in the past. Maybe you've thought about hiring an in-home care worker to help out, but realize that the majority of the day--and night--you might still be alone.

Maybe you're just tired of not being around other people and want to live somewhere that has socialization opportunities, plus help when/if needed.

I've talked a lot about Adult Family Homes (AFH) and Assisted Living facilities (AL) in this space, and I won't dig into their details again right now. The advice given time after time still is valid: Look before you leap. Even if you're just thinking about moving into one or the other, check them out, talk to residents and staff, ask around.

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Don't Eat This if You're Taking That
Don't Eat This if You're Taking That

Dear Savvy Senior,

If the prescription label says "take with meals," does it matter what you eat? I currently take eight different medications for various health problems and would like to know if there are any foods I need to avoid.

Over Medicated

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Sheaffer: Community
Sheaffer: Community

Community. It's more than a word that's been mentioned in this space dozens of times over the past many years. It's both an identification and a dynamic. We can all be living in proximity to one another and therefore in a community, but are we interacting as a community?

In our county, as with most others, there are many meetings held on a regular basis. Some are for planning. Some are for information sharing. Some are open to the public. Some are not. It's all part of making things work, be it for a specific group, a town, the county, or the community as a whole.

A few years back, I realized I was attending too many meetings--all of them useful--and my calendar was mostly those dates. I had to step back and prioritize, and frankly, when you want to do it all, prioritizing isn't very exciting. It goes back to a quote noted here in the past, by Thoreau: "It's not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are you (we) busy about?"

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How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly
How to Divvy Up Your Family Belongings Peacefully and Sensibly

Dear Savvy Senior,

What's the best way to distribute my personal possessions to my kids after I'm gone without causing hard feelings or conflict? I have a lot of jewelry, art, family heirlooms and antique furniture, and three grown kids that don't always see eye-to-eye on things.

Planning Ahead

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Sheaffer: Isolation
Sheaffer: Isolation

Once upon a time..

And they lived happily ever after..

For many, "once upon a time" is not something they like to think about. They're too busy looking ahead.

And for some, "happily ever after" is still too far in the future to accept as reality.

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Harbor Happenings

New Years Eve Party/Dance at the Raymond Eagles, 215 Third Street features music by Hat Trick. Dance into the new year on Dec. 31 from 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Must be 21 or older and admission is free. Food available at reasonable prices.

The annual First Day Hike will take place Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 at Lake Sylvia State Park and sponsored by Friends of Schafer and Lake Sylvia State Parks (FOSLS) and the Washington State Parks Staff. Lake Sylvia State Park is located in Montesano. Follow 3rd Street north into the park. Ranger Miles Wnzel will lead a 2 mile hike along the loop around Lake Sylvia. There will also be a shorter stroll led by a volunteer from FOSLS. Meet at the kitchen area at 12:45 p.m. and dress appropriately as we hike whatever the weather. There will be hot drinks and cookies provided by the Friends group at the kitchen after the hike. This is a Free Day at the State Parks, you do not need a Discover Pass. Well mannered dogs on a short leash are welcome. No bikes please. For more information call Ranger Miles Wenzel at (360) 249-3621 or Stet Palmer at (360) 789-9953.

The Pacific Transit System will hold its regular first 2018 quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Pacific County Office Building's Meeting Room at 7013 Sandridge Road, Long Beach at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to come to be heard.

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