Category: April 2024

Dollars & Sense: Medicare and Employer Insurance

Leah Kari, retired pharmaceutical representative and local licensed insurance agent Are you Medicare–eligible? Your Human Resources department will explain Medicare that can work with your employer’s health plan. Don’t delay learning if you must apply for Medicare Parts A, B, or both. Knowing your responsibilities about enrolling in Medicare will avoid misunderstandings and potential penalties.…

Dinking Divas Presented with an OWL Paddle

Debora Witten The Dinking Divas of SaddleBrooke Ranch were presented with a complimentary new OWL paddle to try during their recreational pickleball play. OWL Sport presented the OWL paddle to Debora Witten, founder of the Dinking Divas of SaddleBrooke Ranch, with the understanding that the paddle would be shared with the Divas so OWL Sport…

What Is Pickleball?

Come join the fun and find out! Learn about pickleball on Tuesday, April 9, at 3 p.m. Please arrive 15 minutes early at the Ramada for paperwork. Space is limited to 28 people, so visit our website at www.sbrpickleball.club to register, then click on “Click to reserve a space” below the flyer sign. What you’ll…

Family First Baby Shower at Vista UMC

Sharon Scanlan Vista United Methodist Church’s Women in Faith hosted a baby shower on Feb. 20 benefitting Southern Arizona’s Family First Pregnancy Care Center and Family Diaper Bank, Inc. Executive Director Frank Grochocki explained the program and thanked the guests for their contributions. Guests were treated to lunch served by members of Women in Faith.…

Tennis Talk: Are You an All-Court Player?

Kathie Marshall For racquet sports enthusiasts who are looking to up their game, there are ways to become more competitive and it involves practice. Recently, my husband Tom Marshall and I visited Sun Lakes, a Robson Community in the Phoenix area where he competed in the annual Jason Morton Tennis Tournament. This tournament attracts nationally…

Word of the Month: Trochus

David Zapatka While cruising around Australia on the way to Thursday Island, I read this description about the port city. “The mixed population of Malays, Chinese, Japanese, and Melanesians are engaged mainly in pearling and trochus and sea cucumber fishing.” Trochus—tro·​chus noun: 1.a. Capitalized. a genus of chiefly Old World tropical marine gastropods (family Trochidae)…

Be Alert to Tax Return Fraud

R.O.S.E., Resources/Outreach to Safeguard the Elderly It’s tax season! That means it’s also time for tax return fraud. This type of fraud is a pervasive issue that can wreak havoc on your finances and leave you dealing with the fallout for months or even years. Did you know that the IRS flagged over $5 billion…

Relishing Pickleball: Blocking Shots

David Zapatka Would you like to neutralize the hard shots being hit in your direction? Consider a blocking strategy. Blocking a shot properly requires technique, positioning, timing and strategy. Follow this advice to improve your blocking skills: * Stand with your knees bent and feet shoulder-width apart. The lower you can get down, the better.…