National Parks Fee to Be Hiked

Cost of lifetime passes for seniors on the rise!

by William E. Gibson, AARP | December 20, 2016
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National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change.

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Older people can expect a big jump sometime next year in the fee for a lifetime pass to visit national parks, as part of a larger move to pay for major projects and enhanced services.

The fee for a lifetime pass for citizens 62 and older will go from $10 to $80. An annual pass will cost them $20, which they can apply to the cost of a lifetime pass at a later point if they decide they want one.

But if you get a lifetime pass before the change is implemented, it will cost only $10. Passes can be purchased online for an additional service fee of $10 or at any of the parks without an extra charge.

National Park Service officials are unsure how long it will take to implement the change, but it’s expected before the end of 2017. Meantime, they are spreading the word informally.

“We don’t want anyone to feel blindsided and say, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell us about this,’” said Kathy Kupper, a Park Service spokeswoman. “We don’t know whether we’ll get any pushback. It [the higher fee] is still a great deal.”

Earlier this month, Congress approved legislation, the National Park Service Centennial Act, that raises fees and sets up an endowment to help pay for projects and visitor services. The cost of the senior pass has not been increased since 1994, when it jumped to $10.

The move is intended to improve the visitor experience and provide more opportunities to volunteer in parks across the country.

 

Here is a State Location List where you can buy your National Parks Pass:

https://store.usgs.gov/pass/PassIssuanceList.pdf

Source: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-2016/national-parks-lifetime-pass-cost-increase.html

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Winter Ranch Concert Choir – A Tribute To Our Armed Services and Veterans

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WINTER RANCH CONCERT CHOIR PRESENTS

“A TRIBUTE TO OUR ARMED SERVICES AND VETERANS”

March 2, 2017

Director……………………………………………….……… Phyllis Lauritsen

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Director’s Assistant………………………….…………… Marsha Bender

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Piano Accompaniment…………………………….…….Pam Hoppe

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Piano Assistant……………………………….…………… Donna Campbell

Sound and Video..…………………………………..……. Roy Darby

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Slide Projection……………………………….…………… Lee Benfield

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Videographer………………………………….……………. Lee Clement

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Setup & Military Coordinator………………………. Dale Loerch

Spot Light Operations……………………………………Marvin Campbell

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Choir Attendant..…………………………………………..Ken Vos

WINTER GARDENS VETERANS BAND

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Don Hoppe (Army), Bruce Johnston (Army),

Bill Lincicom (Navy), Don Lubitz (Air Force), Jerry Phillippo

(Air Force), John Stringer (Army), Bob Tucker (Army)

with Pam Hoppe and Janice Jackson

WINTER RANCH FLAG BEARERS

ARMY – Richard Bender

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MARINE – Dave Arrasmith,

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COAST GUARD –  Don Thompson (Navy; representing Coast Guard)

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NAVY, Dick DeGaramo

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AIR FORCE-Jack Bailey

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P.O.W./M.I.A. –  Jesse Todd (Marine)

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Welcome…………………………… Marvin Campbell

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Invocation…………………………. Pastor Frisby

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THE STAR – SPANGLED BANNER

Text: Francis Scott Key, 1779-1843

Music: John Stafford Smith, 1750-1836

O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

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Choir:                         Yankee Doodle Dandy – Dixie’s Band

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again

Winter Gardens Veterans Band:

 

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There’s A Star-Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere

 

Special Reading:         Folded Flag – Randy Lemasters

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Choir:                                     You’re a Grand Old Flag

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Special Music:            When The Saints Go Marching In

Barb Lester with Omnichord

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Special Music:            His Land – Karen Timko

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Choir:                         Heading For The Promised Land

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Special Music:            Build My Mansion – Kathy Loerch

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Choir:                         The Hallelujah Side

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Special Music:            God’s Word Will Stand – Randy Lemasters

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INTERMISSION

Rev. Frisby tried to get everyone back in their seats and told a joke!

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Special Reading:         Freedom Isn’t Free – Sue Hobson, Narrator

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Special Reading:         This Piece of Cloth – Sam Hobson, Narrator

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Men’s Choir:              Ballad of the Green Berets

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Choir:                         A Tribute To The Armed Services

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(With Flag Procession – Please Hold Applause)

Special Music:            American Soldier – Doug Elkins

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Narration:                  Sam Hobson

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Choir & Audience:    Please stand and remove hats to sing our National Anthem – The Star-Spangled Banner

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Winter Ranch Concert Choir

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Directed by Phyllis Lauritsen

 

Dody Anenson                       Janet Hobson

Arlene Bailey                         Sam Hobson

Marsha Bender                     Sue Hobson

Carole Carmack                    Janice Jackson

John Caster                           Elinor Kroll

Ron Doerschug                     Randy Lemasters

Carol Earley                           Barb Lester

Doug Elkins                           Kathy Loerch

Leona Fultz                            Marlene Miska

Mike Fultz                              Connie Mueller

Ardella Griffiths                     Gerry Rezac

Ed Griffiths                             Jim Stallwitz

Judy Groom                            Chuck Steenrod

Roy Hansen                             Karen Timko

Jeanine Helmer                       Gwen Vos

Phyllis Heronimus                  Sue Woodard

Bill Hobson

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Our sincere appreciation and thanks for your attendance and continued support of the Winter Ranch Concert Choir

 

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Wednesday Morning Meeting Minutes – March 1, 2017

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Number of Residents today are 706.

Round Dancers were dancing to the Cuer before the meeting began.  Lessons will be available next season.

Cathy Chapin called the meeting to order.  Prayer was offered by Marlene Miska followed by the Pledge of Allegience.

Please order your mailing labels for the Mail Room before you leave.

Lions Club Eyeglass and Hearing Aid collection box is located in the Small Hall.  The Lions Club has picked up donations this week.  Please continue to donate before you leave or when you return.

Alamo Parade – Saturday, March 4th at 11 am.  Please be a part of the parade.  The theme is Hawaiian.

Winter Ranch Advisory Board –  Cathy introduced the outgoing members, Dave Knicker and Paul Wilson and thanked them for serving.   The 2017-2018 Board Members are Jim Thomas, Wood Shop; Marge Janke, Quilter;, Barb Steenrod, Kitchen; Lee Clement, Arts and Crafts;  Charlie Vaughn, Indoor/Outdoor Sports, Judy Gray, WR Ministeries, and Ron Doerschug, Member at Large.

Herman Baughman was celebrating their Diamond Anniversary.  He presented Virginia with a Stained glass 60th Anniversary plaque.

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SITES FOR THE 2017-2018 SEASON –

Beginning:

Monday, March 6th, 2017 –               For Yearly and 6+

Tuesday, March 7th , 2017 –             Will be here 6 months

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 –         Will be here 5 months

Thursday, March 9th, 2017 –            Will be here 4 months

Friday, March 10th, 2017 –               Will be here 2 or 3 months

           

Activity Department –

Lee King announced the Kings will be returning next season.

Thursday, March 2nd –  The chairs will be set up for the Choir Concert about 9 am.  The Hall will be closed from 12:30 noon until 6 pm.   Doors will open at 6 pm for seating.  Concert begins at 7 p.m.     The Choir Concert will be a “Tribute to Veterans”. 

March Happenings As we wind down for the season.  Lee and I want to thank everyone who has participated in activities, volunteered, and supported the Activity Department this season.  We are busy making plans for new entertainment, dances, and tours for the next season.

Chuckwagon – Menu will be posted weekly for the month of March on the White Boards.

Recipes –  Please begin sharing your best recipes with us before you go or when you are roaming around this summer.  I want to begin making the new cookbook this fall.

Choir Concert – Thursday, March 2nd at 7 pm –  A Tribute to Veterans

Dance to Pelican West – Friday, March 3rd at 7 pm  – They play a variety of music and the sound is not so loud.

Sagebrush Sidekick – Sunday, March 5 at 5 pm –  Dinner Theater (tickets required)                             Tuesday, March 7 at 2 pm – Matinee  $5

Poker Run – Thursday, March 9th at 2 pm –  Sign up in Activity office  $3

Beards in Bras – A comedy Show by our Winter Ranch Guys – 7 pm March 10th Tickets $5 in Activity Office

Show and Tell –  1:30 – 3:30  Sunday, March 12th – Please remember to bring your creations from each activity for display.

Wellness Clinic –  March 13th 7 am – Library

Air Museum Tour at Brownsville Air Port – March 13th and 20th.   $3 Tickets at Activity office.

Craft Show – Tuesday, March 14th  8 am – noon

Park Meeting – Olympic T-Shirts to be worn for photo op

Bean Bag Baseball – Thursday, March 16th 2 pm –  Let’s have 2 teams from WR

Volunteer Appreciation –   March 16th 3 pm  Coke or Root Beer Floats compliments of Activity Department.

St. Patrick’s Day – March 17th –  3:30 pm Golf Cart Parade with Trophy Gardens.

Texas Wheels – March 18th 7 pm – Please plan to attend and enjoy this great band. We will increase the size of the dance floor to allow for Line Dancing as well as Country Western Dancing.  Tickets are $5

Texas Wheels – March 28th 7 pm  We will increase the size of the dance floor for line dancing.  $5 Tickets

MISSING ITEMS:

ICE SCOOPS are missing from the kitchen.  One large plastic red one and 2 small metal ones.  If you have mistakenly picked these up with your coolers or items, please return them to the kitchen.

Our inventory of turquoise aprons has decreased by 50%.   Please return them to the kitchen. 

NEXT YEAR –   Please remember to bring items for the Auction.

 

Anita and Lee King, Activity Directors

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