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'Extra Help' Program Helps Seniors With Their Medication Costs
'Extra Help' Program Helps Seniors With Their Medication Costs

Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any special Medicare programs that help seniors with their medication costs? My 74-year-old mother, who lives primarily on her Social Security, takes several high-priced drugs that sap her income even with her Medicare drug plan.

Looking for Assistance

Dear Looking,

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Harbor Happenings

Pacific County Job Fair is on Thursday, May 24 from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Ilwaco Timberland Library, 151 First Avenue North. Hiring on the spot for hospitality, tourism and food production occupations. More than 100 jobs available, so bring copies of your resume. Questions? Call (360) 868-7022 or email mfiess@thurstonchamber.com.

Memorial Day services presented by the American Legion Post 150, Twin Harbor Marine Corp League and V.F.W Post 968 are scheduled for May 28. Noon service is at Menlo Cemetery SR 6 and the 1:00 p.m. service is at the Robert Bush Memorial Park in South Bend. Free soup served from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Post 150 in Raymond for all veterans. All others by donation.

Paddle for a Cause is on May 28. Meet at the 8th Street Park.

FRENCH DIP NIGHT: The Raymond Eagles #1631 will be hosting a French Dip Night Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at 215 Third St. Raymond. Includes French dip sandwich, salad and dessert for $8.

Pacific County Resolve Fertility Support Group meetings are the first and third Tuesday of every month at 707 Commercial St, Raymond WA.

Willapa Hills Back Country Horsemen meeting takes place on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at The Pit, 5880 Wilson Creek Rd., Raymond.

Alliance for a Better Community meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at noon, at Sheila's Kountry Kitchen restaurant. The public is always welcome.

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Volunteers needed for the public market

The Willapa Bay Public Market is looking for volunteers to help maintain the market.

High School Students who need community service hours are welcomed to help out.

Contact Mickey at mickey@kelwen.com for more information.

The market still has space available for vendors for the summer.

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What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages
What You Need to Know About Reverse Mortgages

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about reverse mortgages for retirees? My wife and I are contemplating getting one but want to make sure we know what we're getting into.

Running Short

Dear Running,

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New Shingles Vaccine Provides Better Protection for Seniors
New Shingles Vaccine Provides Better Protection for Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior,

A good friend of mine got a bad case of shingles last year and has been urging me to get vaccinated. Should I?

Suspicious Susan

Dear Susan,

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TAC holds Community Town Hall

The Teen Advocacy Coalition invites you to a Community Town Hall. This free event will take place Thursday, April 12 at the South Bend Community Center. Dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. and the event begins at 6:00 p.m.

Topic of discussion: DEMYSTIFY VAPING

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Humor
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An important vote on April 24th: South Bend's new elementary school opportunity

When I was hired as superintendent almost four years ago, one of the questions being asked was how the district might move forward on addressing the Chauncey Davis elementary building. Even though the district maintains its buildings and grounds well, it's a challenge to expect an elementary school approaching 70 years of age to meet the safety and learning needs of our students. Knowing this, the school board and I began looking into possibilities.

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How to Write a Will
How to Write a Will

Dear Savvy Senior,

Though it may seem hard to believe, at age 65, I never have gotten around to making a will, but I'd like to now. My question is: Do I need to hire a lawyer to write my will, or can I do it myself? I want to get my affairs in order, but I hate paying an attorney fee if I don't have to.

Getting Organized

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What Do We Value?
What Do We Value?

"It shall be the duty of all teachers to endeavor to impress on the minds of their pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, temperance, humanity and patriotism; to teach them to avoid idleness, profanity and falsehood; to instruct them in the principles of free government, and to train them up to the true comprehension of the rights, duty and dignity of American citizenship."-- RCW 28A.405.030

I don't know about you, but that quote makes me smile. I believe a large part of a public education is helping students be good citizens. To me, principles like morality, truth, justice, etc. are not just qualities we expect in Superman; they are what we as Americans try to live up to.

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Tips and Resources for Older Job Seekers
Tips and Resources for Older Job Seekers

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend to help older job seekers? I'm 60 and have been out of work for nearly a year now and need some help.

Seeking Employment

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Safety precautions to be included in new South Bend Elementary design

South Bend School District is receiving, from the state capital budget, 70% of the funds (over $11 million) needed to build a new elementary school. Voters are being presented with a $4.95 million-dollar bond proposal this April 24, 2018 in order to raise the remaining funds for the project. With student and staff safety on the forefront of many people's minds, one question we are getting from people is, "Will the new South Bend elementary school have updated safety/security enhancements?"

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Could You Have Diabetes?
Could You Have Diabetes?

Dear Savvy Senior,

My brother and his wife, who are ages 60 and 56, were recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and prediabetes, and neither one had a clue. Could I have it too?

Concerned Sibling

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Trump: Let's Arm Teachers
Trump: Let's Arm Teachers

President Trump recently unveiled his plan for gun laws and ways to try and put an end to the growing consistency of mass shootings. The most interesting part of the plan was to arm teachers in schools.

Schools are places for our children to learn and they shouldn't be terrified each and every day that a school shooting is possible or that their lives are at risk. Possibly for the first time in Trump's presidency I can actually agree with him on something while completely despising him in almost every way.

The reality is shootings are happening and it's time that something be done. What did Obama do after Sandy Hook? Pretty much nothing. Trump is actually trying something, he is doing something, but instead is garnering more criticism than positivity. Maybe his idea will work, it's sure a lot better then not doing anything at all.

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Strength Training Tips For Seniors
Strength Training Tips For Seniors

Dear Savvy Senior,

I've fallen several times over the past year and my doctor has recommended that I start a strength-training program to help prevent future falls. But at age 72, I've never lifted weights before and could use some help. What can you tell me?

Looking for Help

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A word from SB School District

South Bend School District is proposing a $4.95 million dollar bond initiative to voters this April 24, 2018. Revenue from the bond, in conjunction with over $11 million from state special funding provided in the capital budget and School Construction Assistance Program, will provide the needed funds of approximately $16 million dollars to construct a new elementary school, replacing the almost 70-year-old Chauncey Davis Elementary building. This article attempts to provide specific information about the project and proposed bond.

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Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees
Income Tax Filing Requirements for Retirees

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are the IRS income tax filing requirements for seniors this year? I didn't file a tax return the past two years because my income was below the filing requirements, but I got a part-time job late last year, so I'm wondering if I'm required to file this year.

Part-time Retiree

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Sheaffer: Resources
Sheaffer: Resources

I recently had an opportunity to sit down one to one with someone and talk about our community; to talk about what's here, what's lacking, and what are the strengths. I enjoyed it.

A couple dynamics came out of the conversation, one of which is the amount of free or reduced costs resources that are available to people. Just one example are the recent outreach gatherings that occurred in both north and south Pacific County: Project Homeless.

Project Homeless is geared toward people who for whatever reason are without a place to call "home", and are still making their way through each day. These events offer information and services to all who come, and has been a huge help to a lot of people.

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Baby Boomers Finding Companionship Online
Baby Boomers Finding Companionship Online

Dear Savvy Senior,

What can you tell me about online dating for baby boomers? I'm 57 and recently divorced, and would like to find a new friend to spend time with.

Lonely Linda

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Harbor Happenings

Raymond Timberland Library presents Drama-rama on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for grades 1 to 12. Learn how to be on stage and let your inner star shine brightly! Come to one workshop or join us weekly for improv grames and acting skill building. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

Raymond Timberland Library presents Kid and Their Grown Up Book Club on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for grades 1 to 6. The world is a better place when kids read and talk with their grown ups. Meet other families and discuss this month's book or whatever you are reading. Snacks are provided. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

Free tax return preparation: AARP tax aid volunteers will e-file your taxes for free. Come to the Raymond library every second and forth Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They are there Feb. 10, Feb. 24, Mar. 10, Mar. 24 and April 14.

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Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs
Three Ways to Cut Hearing Aid Costs

Dear Savvy Senior,

I've heard that hearing aids will soon be available over-the-counter and will be much cheaper than they currently are. What can you tell me about this? My husband desperately needs hearing aids but we simply can't afford them.

Searching Spouse

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Taxes go up in 2018

The 2018 tax statements will be mailed the second week in February. As I stated in my last article most taxpayers will see an increase in their 2018 taxes due to the State Legislature's funding for education (mine went up $200). This funding is a result of the order handed down by the State Supreme Court in the McCleary case. The new state levy (part 2) for Pacific County is $1.03 per thousand. That amount added on top of the existing part 1 state levy of $1.89 makes a total of $2.92 for the state school levy. Seniors currently exempt from excess levies are also exempt from the new Part 2 state levy. Links to further information on the new Part 2 levy may be found on the back of your tax statement.

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How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Retirement
How to Find Volunteer Opportunities in Retirement

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend for locating interesting volunteer opportunities? Since I retired, I've been doing some volunteer work but most of the opportunities I've tried haven't been very satisfying.

Unsatisfied Volunteer

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Sheaffer: MSP - Extra Help
Sheaffer: MSP - Extra Help

Let's take a look at a couple things this time--a reminder and perhaps something new to you. First, the reminder, and it's all about saving money if you have a Medicare premiums and/or co-pays.

The Medicare Part B premium (think clinics, outpatient services, etc) is currently $134/month for most people, and for some, this gets to be a pretty big hit. People whose only source of income is Social Security may already be struggling to get everything else paid and the premium cost just adds to the burden.

Enter Medicare Savings Programs (MSP). Let's start out by stating that even though this is a Medicaid program, it doesn't carry any estate recovery issues with it. At the risk of sounding too confusing, it's a Medicaid program that helps cover the costs of Medicare. (I know, the names tend to blur.)

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Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad
Financial Tips for Retiring Abroad

Dear Savvy Senior,

What are some financial factors to consider when retiring abroad? My husband and I will be retiring in a few years and are interested in living in a foreign country that's cheaper than the U.S.

Frugal Couple

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