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This spring, enjoy many of the state’s outdoor and cultural destinations Athletes across the state prepare for Mass. Senior Games ‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters? Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels Lifelong coin collector hopes club will inspire next generation of numismatists Newton resident continues to advocate for elders Marlborough EMT, firefighter retires after serving 43 years A special brotherhood of service
 

This spring, enjoy many of the state’s outdoor and cultural destinations

Naumkeag, Stockbridge Photo/R. Cheek By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to go out and explore the many parks, gardens and other cultural treasures that Massachusetts has to offer. Although the state’s beaches and well-known destinations such as the Boston Common are favorites, there are so many lesser-known gems […]

Athletes across the state prepare for Mass. Senior Games

Region – This June, hundreds of athletes ages 40 and older will converge upon Springfield College to participate in the Massachusetts Senior Games (MASG). There, they will compete in sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball, tennis, racquetball, table tennis and volleyball. Some participants have been lifelong athletes while others may be taking up a sport after a hiatus. And still others may be trying an entirely new sport for the first time.

‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters?

Janice Lindsay “I thought I’d write,” the letter begins, “as we’re timing contractions. I saw the good doctor this afternoon and he said any time now…” On Oct. 30, 1969, my sister began this letter to me when she was about to give birth to her second child. By the time she finished the letter, […]

Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels

Maine Street, Rangeley. By Victor Block Digging our paddles into the shallow water, my son Tom and I steered our canoe around a sharp turn in the river. Suddenly, we were face-to-face – or, more accurately, face-to-knees – with a massive creature standing directly in our path. Another day, another moose! Lifting its head to […]

Lifelong coin collector hopes club will inspire next generation of numismatists

Nipmuc Coin Club logo By Valerie Franchi, Contributing Writer Richard “Dick” Lisi, president of the Nipmuc Coin Club, remembers when he first developed his passion for the study and collection of coins – or numismatics – more than 50 years ago. “I was 12 years old,” he recalled. “I was a paper boy. Papers were […]

Newton resident continues to advocate for elders

Marian Knapp By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Newton – Now 78, Marian Knapp has spent much of her life serving others in different capacities such as a counselor, caretaker and consultant. She is also a woman who has always highly valued education, so much so that she pursued a Ph.D. which she was awarded just […]

Marlborough EMT, firefighter retires after serving 43 years

Retired Marlborough EMT and firefighter Mickey Grasso (center) gathers with colleagues during his last shift. (Photo/submitted) By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Marlborough – Mickey Grasso began 2017 by retiring after serving 43 years as an emergency medical technician and firefighter with the Marlborough Fire Department (MFD). Now, he’s continuing his 10th year as a […]

A special brotherhood of service

In the town of Hingham, there are two Chief Olssons. Robert “Bob” Olsson, 64, is the fire chief and his younger brother, Glenn, 59, is the police chief. And although they took different paths to achieve their respective department’s top spots, they share a deep commitment to public service and honoring the work ethic that was instilled in them at an early age.

Trump’s ‘Skinny’ budget is all bones

25 April 2017

By Al Norman On March 16, President Donald Trump sent over his federal fiscal year 2018 Budget Blueprint to Congress. It was the president’s first budget, and there were no real surprises in it. It’s not really a budget at all; it’s more of a press release about what the president wants to see Congress […]

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Reverse mortgage rules are changing

25 April 2017

By Alain Valles, CRMP, CSA, MBA For the past 25 years reverse mortgages have allowed hundreds of thousands of homeowners 62 years old or older to convert the equity they have in their homes into tax-free cash.  On Jan. 19, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced over 50 significant changes to […]

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Aging drills

25 April 2017

By Marianne Delorey “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  — Dale Carnegie School children 50 years ago would practice bomb drills and hide under their desks. Twenty-five years ago, school children would […]

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Closing the ‘SNAP Gap’

25 April 2017

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts Seniors on fixed incomes often have to make difficult choices between heating their homes, paying for essential medications, or putting food on the table. Food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can provide seniors and their disabled family members with a monthly benefit to offset […]

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What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

25 April 2017

By Micha Shalev About 5 million Americans, or 10 percent of those over 65 years of age, suffer from Alzheimer’s disease according to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Yet, despite the prevalence of this condition, there exists a great deal of confusion over what it is and what causes it. When a loved […]

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The health care nuclear option

03 April 2017

By Al Norman Congress and the White House are poised to dismantle health care protections in our state that may take decades to repair. It’s a health care nuclear option. On Feb. 24, 22 advocacy groups (including Mass Home Care) sent the following letter to Governor Charlie Baker on the impending cuts to MassHealth: “Children, […]

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