Press release:

The next meeting of the SW King School Retirees Association will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8th and So. 192nd, at 11:30 a.m.

A donation ($6) lunch will be served, and our May speaker is Dianne Green, a member of the Chinook District Garden Club in Des Moines and a Master Judge of the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs.

Her entertaining presentation is called "pot de fleur." Our meetings continue to support our local food bank with donations, our book exchange, collection of eye glasses and glasses cases, as well as personal grooming items to be donated.

New officers will be installed for the coming year at our May 28th meeting. We have a great time, and we hope to see you there.


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This May marks the 86th anniversary of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Better Hearing Month, an event dedicated to raising awareness about hearing loss treatment and the challenges facing those who live with limited hearing.

To further this goal, Highline Hearing Professionals in Burien will be offering free hearing screenings by appointment throughout the month of May.

“Both regular hearing checkups and the protection of your existing hearing are key to preserving your hearing health,” says Rebecca Grady of Highline Hearing Professionals. “And for those who are living with untreated hearing loss, Better Hearing Month is a good time to learn more about recent technological advances in hearing aids. Today’s devices are vastly superior to those of even just a few years ago.”

Mother’s Day Phishing Emails Top the List

Better Business Bureau press release:

Loving sons and daughters looking for thoughtful ways to show affection for moms this year should think twice before opening up hearts and wallets. A recent survey from the National Retail Federation estimates that total Mother’s Day spending will reach $18.6 billion in 2013, and scammers will employ all sorts of tricks to fool consumers. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington wants this day to be safe and mom-entous.

As with most special occasions, schemers try to catch last-minute shoppers off-guard and BBB offers the following reminders:

E-cards: Email cards appear to be from known contacts or trusted retailers, but are actually fraudulent, contain malicious links or malware and seek personal information; verify senders before opening.

Gifts: Newly registered websites stock Mother’s Day gifts at reasonable prices and guarantee timely delivery, but the products are never delivered or don’t actually exist at all. Avoid online vendors lacking verifiable contact information.


Press release:

The Hyde Shuttle vans are seen nearly everywhere in the Des Moines, Normandy Park and Burien area, taking folks wherever they need to go, and now, you can ride one to the Des Moines Farmer’s Market!

Beginning June 1st, and every other Saturday through October, you can ride a comfortable, clean Hyde Shuttle van from your home to the Farmer’s market and back! The hours are from 11AM until 2PM every other Saturday. Spend the mid day at the market, enjoy lunch, buy fresh flowers or veggies, listen to the fun entertainment on the waterfront. It takes just one call to the Hyde Shuttle office to arrange your ride, and you can call right now! The number is 206-727-6262. The vans are filling up so an early call is best.

The Hyde Shuttle is part of the Senior Service Transportation program and is available to anyone 55 or older, or who has any kind of mobility challenge. The vans can easily accommodate walkers and wheelchairs as well. Companion pets are welcome! There is no cost to the service, but donations are appreciated.


Press release:

A meeting of the SW King School Retirees Association will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8th and So. 192nd St., Des Moines, at 11:30 a.m.

A donation ($6) lunch will be served and the program, to follow, features Mr. Richard Anderson, President of WSSRA.

He will bring us up-to-date on the happenings in Lacey, and the benefits that AMBA has for us.

(We are also still collecting food and money for the local Food Banks; this month the Feinstein Foundation will double our contributions.) Please join us. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please call Eileen at 206 878 3294.


Press release:

This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades – with the Centers for Disease Control already reporting widespread outbreaks in many states.

While anyone can get the flu, seniors are especially susceptible to the virus and are at greater risk for serious flu-related complications that can lead to hospitalization and even death. Ninety percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in people age 65 and older.

“The flu can be very dangerous for seniors, so we are concerned about this recent outbreak,” said Jeff Huber, president of Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® franchise network. "We encourage seniors and their families to take extra precautions to protect themselves from the virus.”

To fight the flu, senior care experts recommend the following:

Get a Flu Shot: Experts strongly encourage all seniors and those in frequent contact with seniors to get vaccinated if they haven’t already done so. Medicare covers one vaccine per flu season.


Press release:

The Hyde Shuttle began operating a combined route in the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila June 4. The Hyde Shuttle provides free rides to seniors (55 years of age or older) and to people with disabilities.
It is a cooperative venture between Senior Services (an agency promoting the well-being of older adults) and King County Metro.

The awarding of the route follows several weeks of discussion between the two cities and Senior Services. Available resources from Senior Services and Metro, coupled with a demonstrated need for increased accessible transportation in SeaTac and Tukwila, along with some fortunate timing of the request, have combined to make this possible.

The Hyde Shuttle provides door to door transportation for qualified individuals to various local destinations including grocery stores, senior centers, medical appointments and other neighboring venues.

It will not, however, provide rides to the airport. The shuttle operates Monday – Friday, with general hours between 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.


Ballardite Jim Cook was one of seven Seattle seniors honored Sept. 9 by Foss Home and Village for their contribution to their communities as part of its preparation for Senior Appreciation Week.

Foss holds this event to recognize active seniors, to encourage other seniors to remain active, to build admiration for community seniors and to foster public advocacy for their needs, Foss spokesperson Erin Mullin said.

She said Foss selected Cook for of his contributions to the community both before and after retirement.

According to the Foss biography of Cook, he is proud of serving his country, his church and his wonderful family. He is a man who can always be counted on and is just glad to help other people, according to the biography.

Cook was born in 1934 and raised on a farm in Eastern Washington.

At 20, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the 1st Marine Division. He traveled to Korea just after the Korean War and served on an anti-tank platoon near the 38th Parallel from 1954 to 1955.

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Courtesy of Foss Home and Village

Ballard senior Jim Cook at a Sept. 9 reception where he was honored for his service to the community. CLICK IMAGE FOR MORE PHOTOS.

Sunset Hill resident Viola Gustafson turns 100 Aug. 28. And, to what does she credit her longevity? Healthy eating? Regular exercise? Stress-free living? No. Nope. And, not a chance.

"I have a vodka collins before dinner every night," Gustafson said. "I have for 50 years."

Her doctor said a little alcohol can keep her arteries clear, but good family genes don't hurt either, Gustafson's son Gary said.

Viola Sells was born in Auburn, Wash., and grew up in Kent. She married Hank Gustafson in 1935 before moving to Sunset Hill in 1943.

After 67 years in Sunset Hill, it's still a nice, quiet neighborhood, Gustafson said and agreed with Gary that the nearby water helps it stay cool in the summer.

Gustafson has a son, a daughter, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. And even at 100, she still does her weekly grocery shopping and cares for Gary.

"The time goes fast," she said. "I don't feel any older than I did when I was 60."

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Gary Gustafson

Longtime Sunset Hill resident Viola Gustafson, seen here on her 99th birthday, celebrated her 100th Aug. 28.

By Jan Pendzich

Ed. Note: Republished from May 19 in honor of Memorial Day.

Longtime Greenwood resident Joseph Mottle Jr. is a man with a cause.

After his high school principal arranged for an expedited graduation from Lidgerwood High School in tiny Lidgerwood, N.D. (pop. 1,200), young Mottle joined the Merchant Marine in Minneapolis in April 1944 and was immediately posted to the U.S. Maritime Service Training Station in Sheepshead Bay, N.Y., for three months of training.

He completed his training as a Seaman Second Class on June 20, 1944. As a harbinger of things to come, his certificate of graduation specified that the curriculum included 30 hours of elementary gunnery training.

Mottle was originally scheduled to serve as a messman on a ship plying the infamous Murmansk run. However, as fate would have it, when Mottle was sent to New York City to wait for his ship, the Merchant Marine asked for volunteers to go to San Francisco and he accepted that assignment.

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Jan Pendzich/Courtesy of Joe Mottle Jr.

Longtime Greenwood resident Joe Mottle Jr. served in the U.S. Merchant Marine during World War II and participated in the battle of Okinawa.

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