Articles from the September 1, 2023 edition

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  • Sidney Kibrick remembers 'Our Gang'

    Nick Thomas, Tinseltown Talks|Sep 1, 2023

    First screened in movie theaters during the early 1920s, the "Our Gang" film series was produced for another two decades and featured an ever-changing cast of children, showcasing their comedic neighborhood antics. Throughout the series of some 220 short films created by producer Hal Roach, about 40 child actors appeared regularly beginning in 1922's silent era and continuing through 1944. Sidney Kibrick is one of the last surviving "Our Gang" cast regulars. Kibrick, 95, appeared in more than...

  • Age 70 or older and not yet receiving benefits?

    Social Security Administration|Sep 1, 2023

    Retirement is not one-size-fits-all. It can mean different things to different people. Perhaps you have not applied for Social Security retirement benefits because you’re still working or are delaying applying so you can get the higher benefit. If you’re age 70 or older, you should apply now for the benefits you’re owed. Your benefits will not increase if you continue to delay applying for them because you are 70 or older. Did you know that you can receive benefits even if you still work? Your earnings can increase your monthly benefit amoun...

  • Video assistance with Social Security questions

    Senior Voice Staff|Sep 1, 2023

    The Social Security Administration partners with locations throughout Alaska to offer a secure video service option. Video service is a convenient and no-cost way for people to talk directly to a Social Security employee through a secure computer link that includes two-way video and sound. The video service locations are available at: In Nome, Norton Sound Health Corporation, located at 1000 Greg Kruschek Ave. Video service is available for walk-ins on a first come, first served basis, on the second and fourth Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon. Kenai...

  • The deer in the headlights moment

    Kenneth Kirk, For Senior Voice|Sep 1, 2023

    When people come to see me for the first time, they are usually emotionally prepared to deal with the unpleasant question of what happens to their stuff when they die. I mean, really, nobody schedules an appointment with an estate planner to have a will or trust done, and is shocked to be asked that question. That’s why you’re there, right? What they are not always prepared for is a follow-up question: What happens if any of your children has died before you? Some people are ready for that one...

  • Scrapbooks, flight trackers and travel chargers

    Bob Delaurentis, Tech Talk|Sep 1, 2023

    Q. Is there a computer-friendly way to organize the notes I take when planning a trip? A. There are apps designed to collect separate bits of information from different sources and organize them into meaningful groups. Chances are pretty good you already use at least one. A word processor like Google Docs can be a decent notebook. Websites like Pinterest ( can be used effectively to organize disparate ideas if they are on Pinterest already. But these tools have limitations. They are good for collecting bits of information,...

  • Europe sleeper trains travel far and wide

    Dimitra Lavrakas, Senior Voice Travel Correspondent|Sep 1, 2023

    Why do I write so many columns about trains? Because I'm old, you're old and we can't walk that far anymore. Taking a train means you see more of a country and its cities, towns and villages, and in style and comfort. Comfort means a lot at our age. Czech railway company RegioJet picks up speed If you're traveling by train between major cities in the Czech Republic or Vienna, Regiojet offers economy class, first class, business class, and four-bed cabins, which are like bunk beds and perfect if...

  • Alaska's winter ferry schedule announced

    Dimitra Lavrakas, Senior Voice Travel Correspondent|Sep 1, 2023

    It didn't take long for new Alaska Marine Highway Director Craig Torga to make waves. Since his appointment in March this year, he's been busy turning the ferry service around. The winter schedule is now out and he's heeded the concerns of remote ports. For example, Kake, Angoon and Tenakee Springs will have two stops a week Wednesday and Saturday, every month this winter - a far cry from last year's dead zone in January and February. And Gustavus will also get two visits a week. Unfortunately,...

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