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 By Monika Kristofferson    Columns    April 9, 2014

Ten guidelines to help teens get organized

Is it your house or is it their room? Ahhh, the lovely push, pull and balance of living with teens and their stuff. How do you keep peace and harmony under one roof when it comes to organization, your preferences and your teen’s preferences? As a...

 
 By Jim Miller    Columns    April 9, 2014

How Reverse Mortgages Work in 2014

Dear Savvy Senior: What can you tell me about reverse mortgages? I was considering one last year, but now I hear they are more difficult to get. Ready to Reverse Dear Ready, That’s correct. Tighter rules on reverse mortgages that have recently gone...

 
 By Pam Stevens    Columns    April 2, 2014

Sewer District News: How to prevent sewer back-ups

We often think of our drains and toilets as an efficient means to get rid of household waste when in fact it is the worst thing to do. Recently there was a sewer back-up into a home and fortunately...

 
 By Journal Staff    Columns    April 2, 2014

City Corner: Vandalism

Each year the City has thousands of dollars of public property damaged or destroyed as a result of vandalism.   This wanton action results in wasted public resources, is a criminal offense, and sometimes can cause injury or worse.   An example is...

 
 By Donata Thomas    Columns    March 26, 2014

Food for Thought: The Family dinner table

I have always revered the picture by Norman Rockwell titled “Freedom of Want”. This idyllic experience of dining together epitomized what a family dinner should look like to me. Our family hasn’t made it to the dinner table every night, but we...

 
 Columns    February 19, 2014

What to do when a street sign is down or missing?

It is estimated that there are over 4,000 street signs in Lake Stevens. These include stop, speed limit, warnings, pedestrian, street name, and regulatory signs.  On an average, it is estimated that the City has installed about 100 more signs each...

 
 Columns    February 12, 2014

Obituary for Dylan Michael Youngblood: June 30, 1991 ~ January 21, 2014

Dylan Michael Youngblood passed away on January 21, 2014. Dylan's parents, Lee and Helene and his siblings Dakota, Desteny and Dalton would like to invite you to join them in a Celebration of Life...

 
 Columns    January 15, 2014

What You Should Know About Your Parents Affairs?

Dear Savvy Senior, My pastor recently suggested that I get informed on my elderly parents’ financial situation and end-of-life plans so I can be better prepared when something happens to them. What’s the best way to handle this and what all do I...

 
 By City of Lake Stevens Staff    Columns    January 1, 2014

Private signs on public roads

Have you ever noticed that there are a lot of signs on the road?  Road signs are there to protect and inform the public of speed limits, upcoming intersection, where to stop, and where pedestrians may be crossing.  These are placed following a...

 
 Columns    December 25, 2013

Age-Friendly Telephones Help Seniors Stay In Touch

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good age-friendly home telephones for elderly seniors? My 82-year-old mother has a difficult time hearing over the phone, and her vision and memory isn't so g...

 
 Columns    December 4, 2013

Simple Changes for Making a Home Senior-Friendly

Dear Savvy Senior, What tips or products can you recommend to help make a home safer and more convenient for aging in place? My husband and I are in our 70's and don't have the money for any big renov...

 
 Columns    November 20, 2013

New Access Ramps

This summer the City had removed existing sidewalk access ramps and installed new ramps.  This has raised some questions to why this was performed.    This is part of a federal American with Disability Act (ADA) requirement when certain types of...

 
 Columns    November 13, 2013

Winter Vehicle Preparedness

While winter in western Washington is typically pretty mild, it is likely that you will face some type of severe winter weather at some time.  Rains and wind are the common conditions for our area and snow and extreme cold weather less...

 
 By Dr. James L. Snyder    Columns    October 15, 2013

OUT TO PASTOR | The Parsonage Kitchen Shutdown Threat

A certain situation has been building in the Parsonage for the last several months. At first, I did not think it too serious but alas, we have reached a terrible impasse. It started a few months ago when I came home, walked into the house and was...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    October 8, 2013

Fan the flame

Even a one hour weather delay couldn’t stop Seattle Seahawk fans from breaking the Guinness World record for loudest stadium. As our team played victoriously against the San Francisco 49ers on September 15 cheers reached a decibel reading of...

 
 By Journal Staff    Columns    October 8, 2013

Boy Scouts of America celebrate ‘A Century of Honor’

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extends an invitation to all The Marysville and Snohomish Stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints extend an invitation to all members of local LDS and non-LDS scouting units,...

 
 By Monika Kristofferson    Columns    October 8, 2013

Efficient Organization | Top 3 Home Organizational Tools

Use these three home organizational tools to organize your home and your life today! For any home to run smoothly, efficiently and well-organized, there are a few tools you need to make it happen! Home Organizational Tool # 1: A day planner. I would...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    October 1, 2013

KEEPING THE FAITH | LAYER UPON LAYER

Years ago my sister traveled to the Ukraine on a mission trip. She worked among the indigenous Christians on a number of worthy projects, and when her time ran up, she returned home with a heart full of joy, a head full of memories, and bags full of...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    September 24, 2013

KEEPING THE FAITH | AT THE BRINK

You may not be aware of this, but our planet and its people should be bursting with relieved celebration, because 30 years ago this week, life as we have known it, came perilously close to the end. It was September 1983, and the Cold War was...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    September 17, 2013

Keeping the Faith | A Conspiracy of Kindness

An ancient story, often retold but never without relevance, has one of the Egyptian Pharaohs making a strange request of his priests. As the sacrificial ox was being slain at the altar, the Pharaoh demands that the holy men bring to him the holiest...

 
 By Dr. James L. Snyder    Columns    September 10, 2013

OUT OT PASTOR | Some mysteries are tough to solve

For my wife’s birthday (I am not allowed to mention which one) I surprised her with round trip tickets to her family reunion in upper New York State. Out of courtesy to her, I elected not to include myself in her little vacation. After all, it...

 
 Columns    September 3, 2013

Find and research doctors who accept Medicare

Dear Savvy Senior, What resources are available to help seniors locate and research Medicare doctors? My husband and I are approaching age 65 and need to find a new internist or primary care doctor who accepts Medicare. Our current doctor is not...

 
 By Ronnie Mcbrayer    Columns    September 3, 2013

KEEPING THE FAITH | Let Your Soul Catch Up

The first Labor Day celebration was observed in New York City in 1882. It was not intended to be the official end of summer. It was a movement to honor “the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our...

 
 By Lisa Finley    Columns    August 27, 2013

Shrek the sheep

There is a national icon worth looking up on the internet: Shrek The Sheep. He lived in New Zealand and avoided being sheared for six years by hiding in mountain caves. When he was finally captured and shorn he produced sixty pounds of fleece! The...

 
 By William Walles    Columns    August 20, 2013

Have you ever played sardines?

Ever play sardines? It’s one of my favorite games, kind of the reverse of Hide and Go Seek. You have one person who goes hide, and then everyone else playing tries to find that one hider. The game gets its name from what happens when you find...

 

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