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Can a Debt Collector Take My Social Security Benefits?
Can a Debt Collector Take My Social Security Benefits?

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can my Social Security benefits be garnished if I have some outstanding debts? I just turned 62 and would like to start collecting my retirement benefits, but want to find this out before I apply.

Worried Retiree

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Harbor Happenings

Wednesday, July 18, July 25, August 1, August 8, August 15, Raymond Timberland Library presents Wonder Works: Art for children. Explore activities that develop science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

South Bend Timberland Library presents Family Movie Night, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., July 18, July 25, August 1 for all ages. Join us for a family-friendly movie. Call or stop by to see what's playing! Refreshments provided. For more information call (360) 875-5532.

Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. Writing Workshop: Write your story. Your life. Your dreams. Where you've been. Where you want to go and why. Yes, you can write! Think! Put it down on paper and share it with others. Location: 118 Kendrick, South Bend.

The North Pacific County Food Bank is open every Thursday 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The food bank is closed on holidays. Serving all of North Pacific County. For emergencies call (360) 942-4726.

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.

Family Movie at the Raymond Timberland Library is Friday, July 20, July 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a movie with popcorn! This event is part of the Summer Library Program. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

South Bend Timberland Library presents Wonder Works, July 20, July 27, August 3 for children. Explore activities that develop science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. For more information call (360) 875-5532.

South Bend Timberland Library presents Let Off STEAM, July 20, July 27, August 3 for teens. Explore activities that develop science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. For more information call (360) 875-5532.

The Willapa Valley Lavender Farm presents the first Willapa Valley Music Festival at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. Come and listen to local musicians. Location: 1/2 mile south of the Menlo Store, 10 Martin Ln., Raymond. BYOB&B: Bring your own blankets and booze.

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What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?
What's the Difference Between Alzheimer's and Dementia?

Dear Savvy Senior,

What's the difference between Alzheimer's disease and dementia? My aunt has dementia, but they don't know if she has Alzheimer's disease, which is very confusing to me.

Trying To Understand

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Simple Gadgets That Can Help Older Drivers
Simple Gadgets That Can Help Older Drivers

Dear Savvy Senior,

Are there any specific auto gadgets you can recommend that can help senior drivers? Both of my parents are in their eighties and still pretty good drivers, but due to arthritis and age they're very stiff, which causes them some driving problems.

Researching Daughter

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Tips for Living with Low Vision
Tips for Living with Low Vision

Dear Savvy Senior,

What resources can you recommend to help seniors with vision loss? My husband, who's 76, has macular degeneration that has progressed to the point that he can't do a lot of his routine activities anymore, and has become very discouraged.

Looking for Help

Dear Looking,

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Sheaffer: Connecting Clients and Caregivers
Sheaffer: Connecting Clients and Caregivers

Let's talk about finding a caregiver.

I know we've talked a lot about caregivers in this space, and will continue to do so because sometimes people need help getting through the day, and the need is not decreasing.

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How to Make a Living Will
How to Make a Living Will

Dear Savvy Senior,

What's the best way to go about making a living will? I recently retired and would like to start getting my affairs in order, just in case.

Approaching 70

Dear Approaching,

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Sheaffer: Family Support Groups
Sheaffer: Family Support Groups

People are talking. Talking to each other..in a relaxed setting. Stories about family members are shared, along with helpful hints about what's happening at home and how each one deals with unforeseen events.

No, it's not a family reunion. It's usually referred to as a support group, but don't let any preconceived ideas about what that might be or should be prevent you from reading on.

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How to Find Retiree Travel Perks
How to Find Retiree Travel Perks

Dear Savvy Senior,

What types of travel discounts are available to older travelers? I just retired and am interested in learning about travel deals for people over 60.

Ready To Go

Dear Ready,

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Harbor Happenings

Mission Creek Cherries from Yakima are back again just in time for summer. Available starting June 7 & 8 at Dennis Company and in the lot across from Chen's $3 lb. for Bing and $3.75 lb. for Rainiers.

June 9, Saturday, Waikiki Beach Concert: Wamba at 7:00 p.m at Cape Disappointment State Park. Musicians from the US and Ghana (West Africa) improvise traditional African music, jazz, funk, calypso, reggae, and more. Thanks to the Friends of the Columbia River Gateway, and other sponsors, for their support of the Waikiki Beach Concert Series. A Washington State Parks Discover Pass is REQUIRED. Call (360) 642-3029 for more information.

June 12, Raymond Timberland Library presents Lifestory Writing Workshop from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for adults. "Everyone can write stories," insists Charley Kempthorne, a writer and teacher. Join him and his wife June in a writing workshop to learn how to tell your family's story. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

The pool is getting ready. Wednesday, June 13 and Thursday, June 14 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the pool is open to sign-up for swim lessons, swim team and water aerobics. Monday, June 18 is Opening Day for the pool.

Summer Kick Off presented by Raymond Timberland Library is on June 14 for all ages from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come start your summer off right at the library. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, which is a district-wide program. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

The Chinook Indian Nation will be holding it Annual General Meeting on June 16 at the South Bend High School Cafeteria. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the meeting at 11:00 a.m. The meeting is open to all tribal members and attendees are reminded to bring a potluck item. Contact the Tribal Office at (360) 875-6670 if you have questions.

On June 16, the Bay Center Women's Club and the Bay Center Association are hosting the first Bay Center Fire Department brunch/breakfast to help raise funds for the Bay Center Fire Department. We will have sausage and gravy over biscuits, pancakes and bacon and fruit cups plus coffee and orange juice. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Bay Center Volunteer Fire Department, 4 Harrison Road off the Bay Center Road in Bay Center. The cost is $5 a plate or $18 for families of four to six. All profits will go to our fire department. So, come and kick off Father's Day Weekend with a delicious breakfast. See you there.

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Harbor Happenings

June 20, Raymond Timberland Library presents Wonder Works: Art for children. Explore activities that develop science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

Raymond Timberland Library presents Creature Teachers from 11:00 a.m. to noon on June 21 for all ages. Creature Teachers brings an assortment of exotic animals to educate prople on the wonders of nature, and spark a passion for wildlife. This event is part of the Summer Library Program, a Timberland Regional Library district-wide program. For more information call (360) 942-2408.

Family Movie at the Raymond Timberland Library is Friday, June 22, Jun 29 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a movie with popcorn! This event is part of the Summer Library Program. For more information calll (360) 942-2408.

South Bend Timberland Library presents Jeff Evans Magic Show from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on June 22 for all ages. Every book is a magic book when you read it! Jeff Evans' magic show celebrates the fun things that happen when you open a book. This event is part of the Summer Library Program. For more information call (360) 875-5532.

Hawaiian Chieftain Visits Westport on Friday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Float 10, 326 Lamb St., Westport.

South Bend Timberland Library present Container Gardening Workshop with Master Gardeners from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on June 23 for all ages. Discover the advatages of growing plants and vegetables in containers, and how to maximize you container conditions to help plants thrive with just a little planning and some care. Learn about suitable containers and how to address common problems. Make your own self-watering garden container from a water bottle. For more information call (360) 875-5532.

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Sheaffer: Community Fair
Sheaffer: Community Fair

Community forums, events, fairs...whatever form they take, they usually provide at least a couple things:

  • Information about resources and services

  • A chance to meet people face to face, and to ask questions
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How to Choose a Good Estate Sale Company
How to Choose a Good Estate Sale Company

Dear Savvy Senior,

Can you provide some tips on how to choose a good estate sale company who can sell all the leftover items in my mother's house?

Inquiring Daughter

Dear Inquiring,

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Sheaffer: Aging Culture
Sheaffer: Aging Culture

We live in and among a myriad of groups in this country. Groups based on ethnicity, heritage, culture, etc.

While being a fairly typical kind of guy (I don't have a huge majority of any specific ethnicity), I happen to belong to one of the largest cultural groups in the nation--Aging Individuals.

And, frankly, so do you.

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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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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
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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