Three Wonderful Discoveries

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Travel

 The ice fields at Canada’s Glacier National Park have begun to shrink, but are still a favorite of visitors. (Photo courtesy of Bill Neely.)

The ice fields at Canada’s Glacier National Park have begun to shrink, but are still a favorite of visitors. (Photo courtesy of Bill Neely.)

Canadian National Parks

By Bonnie and Bill Neely

Our original plan was to spend our RV camping week in East Glacier National Park in the United States, but we had failed to make reservations and found it full. Fortunately, we had our passports with us and papers from our veterinarian proving that our little dog was safe to go, so we drove into Canada and discovered three wonderful national parks that are now among our favorites.

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Tasteful: Aunt Mary’s Pot Roast

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Food

tastefulBy Jan Kenney

At a time when paleo-eating and vegetarianism seem to be what every food writer is blogging about, I find myself more than a little embarrassed to offer up the following recipe, which features (gasp!) canned mushroom soup. Read more

Fashion by the Decade

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Blogs

Family Room volunteer Mary Hart modeled an Eileen Fisher fashion from local boutique Expressions at the Spring Blooms! Fashion Show and Dinner, a benefit for VNA’s Janet S. Munt Family Room that was held on Thursday, April 6.

Family Room volunteer Mary Hart modeled an Eileen Fisher fashion from local boutique Expressions at the Spring Blooms! Fashion Show and Dinner, a benefit for VNA’s Janet S. Munt Family Room that was held on Thursday, April 6.

Local comedian Autumn Spencer fills the role of emcee.

Local comedian Autumn Spencer fills the role of emcee.

What goes around comes around…and when it comes to fashion trends this year, the wheel seems to just go round faster and faster. Fashion designers have long borrowed from the past, but this year, there is something from every decade.  Read more

Aging Is Inevitable: Might as Well Make It Pay!

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Savvy Senior

Dear Savvy Senior,

What types of discounts are available to baby boomers, at what age do they kick in and what’s the best way to go about finding them?

— Almost 50

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Two-Thirds of Seniors Have Been Scammed Online

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Savvy Senior

Burlington Area Senior Care Experts Offer Senior Cybersecurity, Online Fraud Prevention Tips

Financial and online fraud against aging adults are now considered the “crimes of the century” by the National Council on Aging. Scammers often target seniors because of perceived accumulated wealth, and feel that seniors are less likely to report crimes due to fear of embarrassment. Read more

Tips for Preventing Robo Calls

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Feature Stories, News

RobotBy Justin Lavelle

In today’s landscape, it is not uncommon to receive multiple robocalls a week on both your landline and your cell phone, even though you’ve registered your phone numbers with the Do Not Call Registry. They’re offering everything from lower credit card rates to free vacations and medical alert devices. It’s not only annoying, but some of these calls come with a high probability of scam. Robocalls can be scams run by con artists who are trying to trick you out of your money and they simply ignore the law. Here are tips for putting an end to robocalls:

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Spring/Early Summer Events

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Things to do

Get out and enjoy a variety of events this spring and early summer. Here is a sample of things going on around the state.

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The Dahlia Bequest

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Feature Stories, Home & Garden

Photo by Fred Kenney

Photo by Fred Kenney

By Fred Kenney

When my father-in-law passed too soon in 2015, he left many legacies.  I experience his faith when I’m with his wife of 60 years and with his daughter, my wife. I hear his passion for a good debate or deep conversation when I’m with his son.  I see his enthusiasm for a great book, love of an adventure and appetite for good food in my kids. And for me, his love of gardening is alive and well when I sink my hands into the dirt each spring to replant his dahlia bulbs.   Read more

Dealing with Dahlias

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Feature Stories, Home & Garden

Dahlia Myrtles FollyWhen & Where to Plant

For best results, dahlias should be planted from mid-April through May for most areas with ground temperature reaching approximately 60 degrees. In general, about the same time you would plant your vegetable garden. Dahlias need a sunny location to thrive. An area that receives at least 8 hours of direct sunlight is best. Less sun equals taller plants and less blooms. Exception for hot climates, they will need morning sunlight, afternoon shade. Read more

Add Drama to Summer Gardens with Dahlias

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Home & Garden

Dahlia Myrtles Folly

(Photos courtesy of Longfield Gardens)

By Melinda Myers

Plan now for a memorable grand finale in this year’s garden. Dahlias are spring-planted bulbs with big, colorful flowers that bloom continuously from midsummer to the first fall frost. Read more

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