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Grandma's Place in Osiris, Missouri.

Grandma’s Place in Osiris, Missouri.

By Ginger Nance, Executive Director

With the approach of beautiful spring weather we will kick off our “Travel & Taste” opportunities for everyone to enjoy. Not only will we enjoy the great Kansas and Missouri scenery as we travel, we expect to find many nooks and hideaways that are favorites, plus local cuisines that this area of the U.S. has to offer.

Our first discovery is in a remote area known only to locals called Grandma’s Place, in the very small town of Osiris, Missouri. (Probably not even on a map anymore; there is no population found in the census). Osiris is north of Jericho Springs on Highway 97. You’d never guess this is an eating place, as it used to be a farm house and still looks the same.

Everything is homemade from scratch and wonderful! Here you will find foods I used to see only at church socials. You could drive 1,000 miles and never get a better meal. The corn bread and beans are awesome. I loved the blueberry cobbler. The homemade mashed potatoes and noodles are sure to pack on the pounds. The ham will melt in your mouth. It’s open only a couple of times a week, and the owner and her family do everything from cooking to cleanup.

The thing that makes it so great is the country atmosphere and friendly people, most whom are farm hands or retired. Even though it’s filled with regulars, there are no strangers in the room. Everyone speaks to you, and they visit back and forth from table to table. Places like this are few and far between, and you definitely feel like you are at your own grandma’s house. The name is fitting!

Second on our travels will be the small town of Scammon, Kansas, population approximately 467 (if you count pets too), to discover a place that is famous to locals called Josie’s Ristorante.

Josie’s is full of history, and everyone is welcomed as family. While raising their family, Mike and Sally Saporito had the dream to start a restaurant. This idea would come to life in 1986 as Josie’s Ristorante. Mike and Sally wanted to provide home-cooked Italian meals to the people of the Four State area and beyond. The recipes are passed down from family who hail from Italy. All food is prepared fresh daily, from their dinner pastas such as lasagna and ravioli to their very own blue cheese and Italian salad dressings. Their culinary team is composed of family members making the food they grew up with.

Join our Travel & Taste group, and come along as we discover unique hideaways together over friendship and great food!

Presbyterian Village puts the fun in fundraiser

040717DMG_FortScottEventFlyerMany of you know that the Good Samaritan Dinner and Auction is a great community evening filled with fun, excitement and delicious food. But you may not realize it’s more than just a fun time. It benefits the Good Samaritan program, which helps Presbyterian Village local residents who have outlived their financial resources through no fault of their own.

A dinner from Chicken Annie’s will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $8.50 per meal in advance; $10 per meal at the door. Carryout is available and all dinners come complete with homemade dessert and drink. Get your tickets early, though; we often run out the evening of the event!

In addition to bringing your appetite, bring your “auction arm” ready to bid on some great treasures! A live auction will begin at 5 p.m. in the garage, so if weather gives us challenges, we will all stay dry. We have something for everyone, even a “but it now” area for those who like to get a deal quick.

Check out the auction listing and pictures at as the event draws near. Tractors, outdoor equipment, lawn tools, hobby items, vintage and antique furniture and household items, gift certificates, and new treasures all available.

You can also purchase a chance to win one of two vacation packages to Santa Fe, New Mexico, a week’s stay in a quaint Southwest-style two-story condo. It’s located close to downtown for ease of walking to enjoy the local shopping, art studios, music, food, festival and fun. The condo is big enough to use for a family vacation, or keep it simple and get away for a romantic vacation.

Winners will be drawn the evening of the event.

Volunteers make the Good Samaritan Dinner and Auction possible, along with donations of gift certificates, furniture and other items from local businesses and community members. Businesses or individuals with items to donate for the auction, should contact Executive Director Ginger Nance at 620-223-5550.

The Good Samaritan program depends solely on donations from friends and supporters.

“This event is truly a blessing to those in need, and so is everyone who participates,” Ginger said. “We are so grateful for those who support this event each year. We set a fundraising record last year, and I hope we top it this year.” Come out and let’s have a great time together!

For more information about Fort Scott Presbyterian Village, contact Ginger at 620-223-5550 or

Finding love in a senior living community

Add romance to what single older adults look for when seeking housing

By Kimberley Fowler for Next Avenue

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There are many reasons older adults move into a senior living community, but is looking for love one of them?

Burdett Stilwell has been working with older adults for many years and, and as sales and marketing director of Somerby of Mobile,  she has had the pleasure of developing friendships with the many residents of this Somerby Senior Living home in Alabama. She’s up-to-date on who is dating whom. When it comes to relationships, Stilwell says, the Somerby people she knows fall into two categories: those who are interested and those who have “been there, done that.”

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Don’t ignore these facts about sunscreen

5 ways to apply it right and help avoid skin cancer

By Sheryl Kraft for Next Avenue

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The sun’s power is undeniable: The largest object in our solar system, it contains approximately 99.9 percent of the total solar system mass. Its interior could hold more than 1.3 million Earths. The sun provides for our very life. But this 4.5 billion-year-old star also has the power to kill.

Melanoma, the most dangerous and potentially lethal form of skin cancer, is caused most often by intense UV rays of the sun, and its rates have been rising for at least 30 years. About 73,870 new melanomas will be diagnosed in the U.S in 2015, and approximately 9,940 people are expected to die, according to the American Cancer Society.

The typical victim? On average, a person is 62 when the cancer appears. The risk of melanoma increases as we age.

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The health benefits of pets for older adults

They reduce blood pressure, help us get exercise and brighten our outlook

By Ronni Gordon for Next Avenue

Caption: Bridget Irving and her Yorkshire Terrier, Ben

When Lynette Whiteman’s youngest child went to college, Whiteman went out and got a second dog that she calls “my empty nest dog.” She wanted someone else to care for, “who loves me non-judgmentally and doesn’t mind if I’m gaining weight or getting gray.”

Whiteman may get home from work tired, but the 60-year-old resident of Toms River, N.J., says the dogs stare at her until she puts their leashes on. She walks them and always feels good afterwards.

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10 ways to turn your finances around in 2017

How advisers say you can do it without a lot of effort

By Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell for Next Avenue


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Did you resolve to save more for retirement this year, become debt-free or put cash aside for a bucket-list trip? We’re more than a month into the new year, but there’s still plenty of time to turn your finances around in 2017.

Next Avenue spoke with a few noted money experts for their suggestions. Here are 10 recommendations:

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5 tips for disorganized taxpayers

How experts say you can avoid the mad scramble at tax time

By Rosie Wolf Williams for Next Avenue


Tax season is here and it may be causing you agita. Rifling through drawers for your 2016 tax paperwork; sorting a flood of receipts to qualify for write-offs; printing out assorted bank, brokerage and mutual fund statements and on and on.

Don’t hide under the covers. Instead, follow these five organization strategies from tax advisers to get your taxes together once and for all:

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4 money moves for a happier retirement

Advice from a writer who just combed through the latest retirement surveys

By Bart Astor for Next Avenue

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How do pre-retirees and retirees feel about retirement these days? Glad you asked.

Since this is “National Retirement Planning Week” (dreamed up by 40-odd financial industry and advocacy groups), a passel of retirement surveys have just been released. I’ve read them — so you don’t have to — and here are the highlights and four action steps to take based on the findings.

Interestingly, the results are somewhat contradictory.

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Art Is Ageless® exhibit and reception scheduled

Basic RGBSince the beginning of time, creative expression has brought joy to both its creators and those who experience their art. The Art is Ageless® program offers senior artists the opportunity to share and display their artwork and reaffirms the agelessness of human creativity.

Some have resumed art after putting it aside for a career, others have been creating beautiful pieces throughout their lives, and others never picked up a brush until after they retired, but all are now expressing themselves through art. This month, their works are on display at Fort Scott Presbyterian Village. The entry deadline is April 13.

“It’s inspiring to see the beautiful pieces these seniors have created,” said Anicia Robinson, life enrichment director. “The joy it brings to them and others is wonderful, and that’s something we want to celebrate and share with the entire Fort Scott community.”

The Art is Ageless exhibit will feature works from local artists who are 65 and older, including a few Presbyterian Village residents. The public is welcome to visit the community to view the exhibit of acrylics, oils, photography and various other mediums, ranging from amateur to professional levels. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 14 through 24.

In addition to the exhibit, Presbyterian Village will honor local senior artists during a reception at the community at 4 p.m., Friday, April 21.

The Art is Ageless program has been encouraging creativity in seniors for more than 35 years, and is sponsored by Presbyterian Manors of Mid-America (PMMA), which is a nonprofit organization that owns and operates 18 senior living communities in Missouri and Kansas. Each year the organization publishes an Art is Ageless calendar, featuring works by amateur senior artists. Proceeds from the sale of calendars are reinvested into new art programs and opportunities for PMMA residents.

Presidential surprise for Presbyterian Village

Pictured Left to Right: Anicia Robinson, Director of Life Enrichment; Lelola Martin; Jake Underwood; Marge Bailey; Lelah Burgess; and Vonetta Lewis.

Pictured Left to Right: Anicia Robinson, Director of Life Enrichment; Lelola Martin; Jake Underwood; Marge Bailey; Lelah Burgess; and Vonetta Lewis.

Activity Director Anicia Robinson is always thinking of new and interesting ways to engage our residents. So last September, she came up with an idea to show our appreciation for the men and women who responded to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

“It was a major event for our country, and it’s the right thing to do to continue honoring and thanking those who responded or who were involved in the rebuilding process,” said Anicia. “I got a group of tenants together, and we found a list of all the fire departments that went to help, including those in New York City, and even some first responders from Fort Scott who went to help afterward! We sent letters to senators, to George W. Bush, who was president during that time, and to the (then) current White House.”

Anicia and the residents sent approximately 60 letters and didn’t anticipate much of a response, if any. Their intention was simply to say thanks, but what they received back was certainly a surprise.

“Imagine our surprise when we received a letter back from none other than President Barack Obama! We were all thrilled!”

News of the presidential correspondence made the Fort Scott Tribune, and Presbyterian Village tenants enjoyed a bit of fame.

“It was nice to be recognized in that way, but we would have done it regardless,” said Anicia. “We do these things to enrich the lives of our tenants, and this was one creative activity to do just that!”Presidential letter-2