Social media. Facebook, skype, email, texting, tweets, yadda yadda. In some ways, this has been a boon to our older population--and yes, many are very adept in computer-land. With the stroke of a few keys or buttons, you can be in touch with family, friends or organizations with like interests.
It's certainly a tool in reducing isolation to some degree. In some instances, getting out of the house is at the very least difficult, so staying in touch electronically can help. And some still prefer letter writing and the US Mail, thank you.
There are times, however, when face to face conversations in the flesh are more enjoyable--and beneficial. Hence the variously named Senior Centers, Activity Centers, Senior Activity Centers continue to be an active part of the community.
Dear Savvy Senior,
Can you provide any advice on choosing a Medicare supplemental policy to help cover things outside of Medicare? I'll be 65 in a few months and could use some assistance.
Looking for Help
If you plan to enroll in original Medicare, getting a supplemental policy (also known as Medigap insurance) too is a smart idea because it will help pay for things that aren't covered by Medicare like copayments, coinsurance and deductibles. Here are some tips to help you choose an appropriate plan.
The Lewis County Commissioners announced on Thursday, March 2, that Steve Mansfield has been named the Director of Emergency Services with oversight of both Emergency Management and E911/Radio Communications. According to the commissioners, the reorganization is in the best interest of the county organizationally and operationally as it coincides with long-range strategic planning goals and merges two disciplines with similar functionality. Steve Walton will continue to serve as Central Services Director and devote his time to oversight of the new finance system contract.
Why did the City of Napavine ask Governor Inslee's office to interfere with the fiduciary responsibility of the county commissioners to appoint Napavine Council Members?
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 42.12.070 reads, "If a governing body fails to appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy within ninety days of the occurrence of the vacancy, the authority of the governing body to fill the vacancy shall cease and the county legislative authority of the county in which all or the largest geographic portion of the city, town or special district is located shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy."
Last week's Winlock City Council meeting began with Mayor Dowell discussing the sinkhole on the corner of Nevil Road and Highway 505.
Dowell stated, "county and state came in and assisted and it's basically a long-term band aid until we can get funding to replace the culvert. As long as the culvert is [less than] 60 inches the city is responsible for it inside the city limits."
The basketball season has come to a roaring close! After a season of attempting to improve and compete as what colleges like to refer to as "student athletes," the final standings have all come in. Each team had a different goal going into the season. Some of them had state playoffs on their radar and others had individual improvement as the goal. Let's check in and see how it went.
The Pacific County Republicans held their regular monthly meeting in South Bend last Thursday, March 2, where they discussed upcoming events and state and county GOP strategy moving forward.
Just off of State Highway 6 in Raymond live Jim and Desir'ee Wildhaber. The couple founded their own business, Wild1s, last November, and it's one that epitomizes the old saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure." The husband-and-wife team call themselves "professional foragers."
The South Bend City Council voted unanimously at their Feb. 27 meeting to table for the time being the Fliess Creek Source Redevelopment Project due to a lack of available grant funding. Mayor Julie Struck put the anticipated overall cost for the project, which is intended ensure water is available for local sea food processors, at $2.3 million.
The Pacific County PUD #2 Commissioners heard critical input from several members of the public at their Feb. 21 meeting in Long Beach. Most notable among them was Dick Sheldon, a Nahcotta resident who accused PUD officials of using a controversial proposed project to extend power service to Tokeland in order to cover up past mistakes and miscalculations. PUD officials had no immediate response to the allegations made by Sheldon.
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