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Young girl asks Santa Claus for very special gift
By Garrick Feldman

(This is a reprint of a previous Christmas column.) When my friend Jack Sallee was with the Jaycees in Fayetteville, they’d put an ad in the paper at Christmastime saying that for $2 you could have Santa come to your place. [Full Text]

Cabot resident wins pageant
By jeffrey smith Arkansas Aging staff writer

Southridge Village of Cabot resident Jettie Moore took home the crown of the 29th annual Arkansas State Queen Pageant in Benton last month. [Full Text]

UAMS provides ER telemedicine support to Chicot Memorial

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Emergency Department recently began providing emergency medical support using a telemedicine connection to the Chicot Memorial Medical Center in Lake Village. [Full Text]

Consumer of the Year award

Sandra J. Wilson of De Queen (Sevier County) was named the area’s Consumer of the Year by the Department of Human Services Division of Services for the Blind. [Full Text]

Luncheon held for caregivers by area agency

The East Arkansas Area Agency’s Family Caregiver Support Program held a “thank you” luncheon in Jonesboro for the Region III group recently. [Full Text]

Protection of assets for elderly expained
By katelyn coffman Special to Arkansas Aging

NASHVILLE – Asset protection for the elderly was explained recently during a special meeting at Mine Creek Health and Rehab. [Full Text]

Legion honors veteran

Beebe American Legion Post 91 recognized Second World War veteran Lee Hayes during its Veterans Day ceremony last month. [Full Text]

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December 2014 - Volume 3 - Number 8

WWII bomber pilot Lt. Col. Wilmer Plate
By Jefrey Smith Arkansas Aging staff writer

Retired Lt. Col. Wilmer Plate of Jacksonville, a Second World War bomber pilot, last month published an autobiography, “The Storm Clouds of War,” about his combat experience flying B-24 Liberators during WWII. Plate, 95, flew 31 missions with the 489th Bomb Group’s 10-men crew over Germany and France from May 30 to Sept. 27, 1944. Two of those missions were on D-Day, June 6, 1944, when their plane returned to England with 300-plus holes. It did not fly again. [Full Text]

Christmas memories: Most cherished gifts
By Rick Kron Arkansas Aging staff writer

A Bowling ball. What? A bowling ball—that was my best Christmas gift ever. Growing up in a family of four boys and may dad pulling in Sergeant’s pay we didn’t get to do a lot of fancy stuff. Even a stop at the local fast food burger place was a once a month treat. The one big splurge for the family was bowling. My parents were in a once-a-week evening league and my mom also bowled once a week in ladies league—and they both had their own shoes and balls. Now we kids knew it would be a long time before we’d ever get bowling shoes from Santa—what with our growing feet. And a bowling ball—never. But I got one—an Ebonite just like the one I stared at for months at Kmart. How did Santa know? [Full Text]

Arkansas advocate for seniors
By billie holsomback, AAAWCA Director of Marketing & Community Affairs

The state of Arkansas lost an authority on aging issues, and seniors across the state lost a staunch advocate when Wetzel C. LaGrone of Dover passed away on Friday, Nov. 7, at his home, following a battle with cancer. [Full Text]

Alzheimer’s walk draws more than 500
By billie holsomback, AAAWCA Director of Marketing & Community Affairs

A record number of attendees showed up for the 12th annual Alzheimer’s Arkansas Hot Springs Walk to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of Alzheimer’s Arkansas. The move to downtown seemed to be a popular one, with the record attendance and close to $25,000 being raised to benefit Alzheimer’s Arkansas. [Full Text]

Many didn’t celebrate

In early America, there was no Christmas gift giving. In fact, the Puritans greatly disapproved of celebrating the holiday, and in some areas the celebration of Christmas was actually banned by law. On May 11, 1659, the Massachusetts Bay Colony legislature officially banned Christmas and gave anyone found celebrating it a fine of five shillings. The ban stayed in place until 1681. [Full Text]

100 happy years, mostly in lumber business
By jeffrey smith Arkansas Aging staff writer

Miriam Davis, the wife of the late Whit Davis, celebrated her 100th birthday in Cabot on Tuesday. In 1953, the Davises opened Whit Davis Lumber Co. in Jacksonville. She was born on Dec. 2, 1914, in Golster, Miss. Her father was a rural mail carrier and farmer. Her mother was a homemaker. Davis had two brothers and a sister. She is the last surviving sibling of the family. [Full Text]

Holiday depression common for homebound older people

Holiday depression is a particular concern for older homebound people and family members who are responsible for their care. “It’s easy for people who have outlived many of the most important people in their lives to dwell on the fact that holiday celebrations will never be what they once were,” said CareLink Outreach Manager Debbie Gillespie. [Full Text]

Seniors networking in Cabot
By jeffrey smith Arkansas Aging staff writer

The Cabot chapter of the Senior Services Network of Arkansas recently held a senior health expo at Cabot United Methodist Church. Several senior-specific companies had representatives on hand to answer questions and give out information about their services. [Full Text]

Local cookbooks make great gifts
By Rick Kron

‘Tis the season for cookbooks. Sure you can get the slick hard cover $50 editions from your favorite TV chef or that one that has 1,001 ways to cook asparagus, but, truthfully, the best cookbook present is one of the many community, church or civic organization cookbooks. [Full Text]

WWII veteran, 93, reflects
By jeffrey smith Arkansas Aging staff writer

Second World War veteran Bill Schoonover, 93, of Cabot recently recalled his time in China, Burma and India during the war. [Full Text]

Veterans Day celebrated

The BridgeWay in North Little Rock celebrated Veterans Day on Nov. 11 by dedicating the recently erected flagpole located across from the main building. [Full Text]

Senior Net sets schedule for January

Senior Net at Little Rock Learning Center will begin its next series of classes Jan. 5. [Full Text]