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By Kathy PetersenSocial Security Public Affairs Specialist
If you’re in your sixties, youprobably know that the age to re-ceive full retirement benefits haschanged. But it’s important to re-member that the age to begin re-ceiving Medicare has not — it isstill 65. Even if you have decidedto wait until after you are age 65to apply for retirement benefits,most people should start gettingMedicare coverage at age 65.If you would like to begin yourMedicare coverage when you firstbecome eligible, we suggest thatyou apply within three months of reaching age 65. You can do it on-line in as little as 10 minutes atwww.socialsecurity.gov/medicare-only.Why go online to apply forMedicare? Because it’s fast, easy,and secure. You don’t need an ap-pointment and you can avoidwaiting in traffic or in line. Aslong as you have ten minutes tospare, you have time to completeand submit your online Medicareapplication.People who started receivingSocial Security retirement or dis-ability benefits before age 65 donot need to apply; they will be au-tomatically enrolled in Medicare.There is no additional chargefor Medicare hospital insurance(Part A) since you already paid forit by working and payingMedicare tax. However, there is amonthly premium for medical in-surance (Part B). If you alreadyhave other health insurance whenyou become eligible for Medicare,you should consider whether youwant to apply for the medical in-surance. To learn more aboutMedicare and some options forchoosing coverage, read the onlinepublication, Medicare, at www.so-cialsecurity.gov/pubs/10043.htmlor visit www.Medicare.gov.To learn more about applyingfor Medicare Only using the on-line application, please visitwww.socialsecurity.gov/medicare-only. Kathy Petersen is a publicaffairs specialist for Social Secu-rity, Denver Region. You can writeher c/o Social Security Adminis-tration, 605 Main, Suite 201,Rapid City, SD, 57701 or via e-mail at kathy. petersen@ssa. gov.
The Medcare age s stll 65
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On September 25, 2012, SouthDakota Housing for the HomelessConsortium (SDHHC) conducted aone-day survey to identify home-less families and individualsthroughout the state of SouthDakota. Over the 24 hour period,1,166 individuals, including 336children, were counted, represent-ing a 26 percent decline from the1,453 individuals identified in2011.In 2009, South Dakota receivedover $3.2 million in HomelessnessPrevention and Rapid Re-HousingProgram (HPRP) funding. TheHPRP program, which ended onSeptember 1, 2012, provided fund-ing for rental assistance, securitydeposit, and utility deposits. In ad-dition to the financial assistance,case management provided neces-sary services to help HPRP partic-ipants maintain housing. “Thoughthe HPRP grant ended on Septem-ber 1st, the successful resultsshowed in our recent count. Thedecrease in homelessness is duelargely in part to the HPRP pro-gram”, said Lisa Bondy, SDHHCCoordinator.Also, SDHHC will take the re-sults from the 2012 count to creategoals and objectives for the SouthDakota’s Ten-Year Plan to EndHomelessness which is currentlybeing created.“We know that short-term assis-tance is not going to fix long-termbarriers. The Ten-Year Plan willcreate specific objectives for reduc-ing barriers for homeless individu-als and families to reduce recidi-vism back into homelessness,” saidBondy.The statewide survey was bro-ken down into three geographicalareas according to counties: WestRiver, East River and CentralSouth Dakota. The Homeless Ad-visory Board in Sioux Falls, BlackHills Region Homeless Coalition,and South Dakota Housing Devel-opment Authority (SDHDA), wereresponsible for coordinating thecounts.
Number of homeless inSouth Dakota decreases
“SDHHC relies on communityvolunteers, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, and otheragencies to help conduct the countin their areas”, said Bondy. “It is agreat opportunity for agencies tocome together for one specificcause to help those less fortunatein their community and to find outwhat barriers exist.”A few statistics from the 2012count:•Majority of homeless individu-als and families were staying inemergency shelters, transitionalhousing or hotel/motels.•The prime reason for homeless-ness was Lost Job/Unemploymentand Substance abuse issues;•Majority of the homeless were26-35 years of age;•Of the 1,153, 131 were sleepingoutdoors the night of the count (15of them were children)•Fifteen percent of the homelesspopulation were veterans•Ninty-four percent of those sur-veyed stated their income comesfrom employment•Thirty-five percent of thehomeless individuals (with no fam-ily) had high school diplomas,while 20 percent had some collegecredits•Homeless individuals, maleand female, stated their need wasfull time employment to help themget into housing as well as assis-tance with first month’s rent anddeposit.For more detailed results, pleasesee our website at www.housing-forthehomeless.org.Reducing the number of home-less individuals is a national andstate priority. By combining the re-sults from this count with a plan of action, SDHHC can assist itsmembers in seeking the appropri-ate changes needed to addressthese problems. SDHHC encour-ages anyone who is interested inparticipating in this effort toplease contact Lisa Bondy at SouthDakota Housing Development Au-thority, 773.3445 email@example.com.After just one bite of thisscrumptious cake, you really won’tbe able to stop till your buttonsburst!Still warm from the oven, thisbeautiful bundt from home cook Angela Gray is not only servedwith a decadent vanilla butterglaze, while still in the pan it’s firstpierced with a fork and drenchedin butter glaze. Delicious on itsown, try serving it with fruit or icecream. The only problem is, youmay not be able to share!See step-by-step photos of An-gela’s recipe and thousands morefrom other home cooks at:www.justapinch.com/bustyourbut-tonsYou’ll also find a meal planner,coupons and chances to win! Enjoyand remember, use “just a pinch”...“My gran has been baking thisbundt for many, many years.” -An-gela Gray, Bristol, TN (pop.26,702)
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What You Need for the cake
•Three cups cake flour•Two cups sugar•One teaspoon salt•One teaspoon baking powder•One-half teaspoon baking soda•One cup buttermilk•One cup (two sticks) butter,softened•Two teaspoons vanilla extract•One teaspoon almond extract
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•Four eggs, room temp
•One-third cup butter•Three-fourth cup sugar•Three tablespoons water•One and one-half tablespoonvanilla extract
•In a stand mixer bowl combinecake flour, sugar, salt, baking pow-der and baking soda; mix to com-bine.•Add buttermilk, butter, vanilla,almond extract and eggs. Do notover beat; mix just until ingredi-ents are combined, about threeand a half minutes.•Pour into greased and flouredbundt pan.• Bake at 325 degrees for onehour to one and one-fourth hoursor until cake tester comes outclean. Do not overbake!•Meanwhile, prepare glaze.Combine all ingredients, exceptvanilla, in a sauce pan. Bring to aslow boil over medium heat. Stir invanilla, set aside to slightly cool.•In pan, pierce hot cake withfork tines or a bamboo skewer.Pour half glaze slowly over cake.•Cool in pan for 15 minutes,then flip out onto cake plate. Pourremaining sauce over cake.© 2011 Just A Pinch RecipeClub.Brought to you by AmericanHometown MediaUsed with Permission.The South Dakota Highway Pa-trol has sobriety checkpointsscheduled in December in the fol-lowing counties: Beadle, Bennett,Brown, Charles Mix, Codington,Representative Kristi Noem an-nounced that the Government Ac-countability Office (GAO) hasagreed to conduct a study into thenew school lunch standards beingimplemented for the first time thisyear. On October 31, Rep. Noemwas joined by House Committee onEducation and the WorkforceChairman John Kline (R-MN) andRepresentative Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) in requesting the study, whichwill help determine the on-the-ground impacts of the new stan-dards and provide guidance onhow Congress might be able to ad-dress challenges.“This study is an important stepforward in determining any actionCongress should take to addressthe many concerns SouthDakotans have expressed to me re-garding the new school lunch stan-dards,” said Rep. Noem. “Fromconcerns with calorie-maximumsto frustrations with flexibility, in-creased food waste and costs, thisstudy will help provide someneeded answers. As a mother, I un-derstand the importance of ensur-ing our children receive healthymeals, but students, parents andschools deserve a school lunch pro-gram that works for them, andthat’s what I’ll continue to fightfor.”The new standards are part of
Noem applauds GAO agreement tostudy USDA school lunch standards
the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Actthat was signed into law in Decem-ber of 2010 and place calorie-max-imums on school meals for stu-dents. Rep. Noem has visited anumber of South Dakota schoolsand spoke with students, parents,teachers, food service providersand administrators and has heardthe same concerns regarding theadequacy of the calorie maximum,the cost of the new requirements,and increased food waste in schoolcafeterias. Many schools are alsoconcerned the requirements limittheir flexibility and make it moredifficult to adapt their menus tomeet the preferences and needs of their students and school commu-nities.Rep. Noem has been a strongvoice in questioning the new schoollunch standards.•On September 13, Rep. Noemsent a letter to Secretary Vilsackrequesting more information onthe new standards.•On October 18, Rep. Noem fol-lowed up with another letter toSecretary Vilsack, this time withChairman Kline and Representa-tive Roe.•On October 31, Reps. Noem,Kline and Roe requested the GAOstudy on the new school lunchstandards.
Sobriety checkpoints planned
Davison, Edmunds, Lawrence,Minnehaha, Moody, Pennington,Roberts, Stanley, Sully and Yank-ton.The South Dakota Century Clubis honored to have just received anapplication form from Dorothy Antritter of Watertown, age 108,which now makes her the oldestresident in the Club! After the re-cent announcement of Beryl Ka-paun passing, who was the Cen-tury Club’s oldest resident, friendsstepped forward and filed an appli-cation form to induct Dorothy intothe Club.Dorothy, the daughter and lastsurviving child of Charlie andLouise (Pfefferle) Antritter, wasborn November 25, 1904, in RoundLake, Minnesota. Dorothy’s fatheremigrated from Germany in 1885when he was eight; her mother atthe age of five. Dorothy remembersher family singing German songs,some of which Dorothy will stillsing when asked.For six years, the Antritter fam-ily lived in Moose Jaw,Saskatchewan. Dorothy said thatshe had to take second and thirdgrades twice because the U.S. ed-ucation system was behind. But,she also noted, that upon return tothe states, she skipped the eighthgrade! She says, “I never tookeighth grade!”Dorothy was also on the Water-town Arrow Basketball Team andwhen asked if she was good shereplies, “Well, I was the tallest andwore a size 11 shoe! They onlyplayed against classes in theirschool, seniors against juniors.”Which meant she played againsther sister, Ruby, who was one yearolder and passed away over a yearago at 108. Remembering herschool days, Dorothy still recallsthe high school she attended beingacross the street from where sheresides today.Dorothy worked for Alan Austinas a legal secretary for many,many years and retired in 1967.In response to how well she did her job. Dorothy responded, “I wasgood! I was the highest paid secre-tary in the office! My paycheck was$50/month.” When asked what shedid, “I pounded the typewriter justlike any other secretary, but I hadto do shorthand first.” She hasnever used a computer but recallsthe first time she used an electrictypewriter - it scared her to deathbecause it went so fast and jumpedright out at her. Dorothy exclaims,“I walked to work, back and forthfrom lunch and home again, tenblocks one way! Do you think any-one does that today?”Dorothy’s family was a veryclose-knit unit. When a trip was to
Century Club announces itsoldest living South Dakotan
be taken, they all went, Mom, Dad,and all three kids. Sometimes theywere even gone for months at atime. She has traveled to everystate with the exception of Hawaiisince she has never flown in herlife time. Looking off into the dis-tance, Dorothy said, “I wish I couldtravel again. You see a lot of thingswhen you travel by bus.”She recalls many occasionswhere her dad would come homeone day and say, “I bought ahouse!” or “I bought a car!” Shespeaks of her family very fondly.Dorothy’s dad and brother decidedto build the very first housetopChristmas decoration in Water-town, which had reindeer and asDorothy says it, “Santee Claus”.She said the people would drive bycar after car after car. Also in history, Dorothy recallsthe end of World War I. They wereliving in Moosejaw, Saskatchewanand bells and whistles started toblare out on the streets signifyingthe war was over! People werechanting, “The war is over! Thewar is over!”With only a few remaining rela-tives, she and Stanley Beal, heryounger cousin, at the age of 92,who lives in Minnesota still corre-spond by mail.Nearing the end of this inter-view in her room at Jenkins LivingCenter, Dorothy looked up andsaid, “Every morning, I wake upand think ‘I’m still here!’The Century Club is a creationof the South Dakota Health Care Association and has recognizedover 1,000 South Dakotans sinceits beginning in 1997. CenturyClub sponsors created the Club torecognize both the contributionsand the years of these special indi-viduals. The Century Club is as itsname states…a Club. Therefore,there may be older people in thestate that have not yet been in-ducted by a family member orloved one into the Century Club.The Century Club is open to res-idents of South Dakota upon thecelebration of his or her 100thbirthday. There are no dues andevery inductee receives a speciallydesigned certificate and member-ship card signed by sponsors. Oncea year, the current oldest livingCentury Club Member is recog-nized as the “Centenarian of the Year.” Submit names for the Cen-tury Club by visiting www.sdhca.org and downloading a CenturyClub Application or call LuAnnSeverson, Century Club Coordina-tor, at 1-800-952-3052.The South Dakota Departmentof Agriculture announces that 26grants have been awarded throughthe Building Our South DakotaRural Communities grant pro-gram.These grants are available an-nually to 4-H Clubs, FFA Chap-ters, and Family Career and Com-munity Leaders of America Chap-ters.“We had a lot of applications thisyear, and a lot of great projectswere funded,” said Walt Bones,South Dakota Secretary of Agricul-ture. “Our rural youth are the fu-ture of agriculture in SouthDakota, and this is just one waythe department can support theirefforts in making this state a bet-ter place to live, work and grow.”The purpose of the grant pro-gram is to assist agriculturalyouth in beautifying and improv-ing their communities by workingtogether to accomplish educational
South Dakota Department of Agriculture awards grants
and project goals.The following club/chapter werefunded:•Wall FFA – Pennington CountyOther financial programs areavailable to South Dakota begin-ning farmers, ranchers, livestockpurchase, guarantees, dairy andfeedlot expansions, value addedbusinesses and manure manage-ment systems. Visit http://sdda.sd.gov or call773-5436 for more information.Agriculture is South Dakota’sNumber one industry, generatingnearly $21 billion in annual eco-nomic activity and employing morethan 80,000 South Dakotans. TheSouth Dakota Department of Agri-culture’s mission is to promote,protect, preserve and improve thisindustry for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at http://sdda.sd.gov/ or follow us on Facebook andTwitter.