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November 2014

Editorʼs Desk

Winners for Seniors: RTC Taxi Bucks, Baldini’s Sports Casino, Aging and Disability Services

Starting this November 1, the Regional Transportation Commission is expanding a very popular locals program that was cutback during the recession. What took years to develop for seniors in need of taxi rides, was restructured to limit rides to low-income residents of Washoe County.

Washoe Senior Ride

But that has all changed! Thanks to the expansion of RTC’s Senior Ride Program more people will be able to take advantage of discounted taxi rides. Through this program, seniors may purchase coupons, called taxi bucks, to help cover the cost of taxi rides. Under the expansion, the cost of a $20 booklet of taxi bucks is now being reduced from $15 to $10.

Even better, the program is now open to people age 60 who earn less than $45- thousand a year...and for the first time to veterans of all ages. This change is significant to vets who because of disabilities cannot reach the Veterans Services Office which falls a few blocks outside the fixed route system. This is a win-win for everyone including the RTC who wants to provide more transit for people with disabilities who may otherwise use the more expensive paratransit service.

Baldini’s Sports Casino has decided to give back to seniors, holding a free Christmas Party, December 2, 10 - 2 p.m. People 55 and older can expect health screenings, giveaways, entertainment, and lunch at no cost. Of course the goal is to get people into the casino, but for those who have never frequented the Sparks location, this is a good opportunity to have fun and find out what Baldini’s offers. Cheers!

While I’m at it, kudos to the Eldorado, Atlantis, and Bonanza Casinos for their generosity with Senior Fest. These three family operated businesses are pretty terrific and dedicated to the community.

Applause to the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division for increasing services for seniors in its 2016-2017 budget. In fact, the entire Health and Human Services Department’s proposed budget needs a large shout out. If the recommendations make the Governor’s Recommended Budget, Nevada seniors, adults, and children who are lowincome and disabled, and in need of assistance will begin receiving services the state has been stingy to provide. Devastating cuts dating to 2007 were harsh. If the Governor approves the recommendations, the next hurdle is the Legislature!

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Operation Sweaters for Veterans

On November 11, Americans throughout the world will commemorate Veterans Day to thank our nation’s veterans for service given and sacrifices made to protect the freedoms of this nation. In conjunction with more than a thousand Veterans & Family Memorial Care (VFMC) Providers nationwide, Walton’s Funerals & Cremations is sponsoring the VFMC Operation Sweaters for Veterans initiative throughout Northern Nevada and Susanville.

Now through Veterans Day, Walton’s is collecting new or gently used sweaters and gloves for men and women, which will be distributed to Lassen County Veterans Services in Susanville, as well as the Homeless Veterans Outreach Program in Reno, for distribution to local veterans.

“This is just one small way we can support our heroes, and we’re honored to do our part,” said Tammy Dermody, owner of Walton’s.

New or gently used sweaters can be dropped off at any Walton’s location. In addition, Walton’s is the Official Cell Phones for Soldiers drop off center. People are invited to bring in their old cell phones to recycle and convert into One Hour of Free Talk time for our heroes overseas. Everyone in the community is invited to support our veterans and military heroes by donating sweaters, gloves and old cell phones at Walton’s.

For more information about the initiative or to find a Walton’s location, please visit

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