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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, September 9, 2009 Page 4 Bernice Bashans died Saturday Bernice Irene Bashans age 81 of Westbrook died Saturday, September 5, 2009 at the Westbrook Good Samaritan Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church in Westbrook. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Westbrook Funeral Home, and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment is in the Rosehill Mennonite Cemetery. Email condolences may be sent via www.westbrookfuneral.com. Melvin Albert Buck died Friday Melvin Albert Buck age 86 of Tracy died Friday, September 4, 2009 at Sanford Tracy Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Tracy United Methodist Church. Visitation will be held from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thurday at the Walnut Grove Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Interment is in the Walnut Grove Cemetery. Email condo- lences may be sent via www. w alnu t grove fu ner al- home.com. Don't let a natural disaster delay your social security payment / SLulp FlU .7 By Elizabeth Anders weather is bad. It's nice to Soc. Sec. District Manager know your payment is safely in Fairmont, MN your bank account instead of Hurricane season is here for the mailbox when you're out of many parts of the country. In town or, worse, displaced from other areas of the nation, it's your home by a disaster. wildfire season. As you prepare for the threat of a natural disas- ter in your community, put sign- ing up for Direct Deposit at the top of your "to do" list. Doing so can eliminate the delay or non- delivery of your monthly pay- ment if a disaster forces you from your home. For years, Direct Deposit has been the safest, fastest and eas- iest way for people to r.eceive their payments and it still is the best way to get benefit pay- ments for people who have a bank account. Here's why. Direct Deposit is safe. Your money is deposited directly into your account at your bank or other financial institution. Because it's transferred elec- tronically, there's never a risk of your check being lost or stolen. Direct Deposit is quick. You'll For those who don't have a bank account, there's Direct Express. With Direct Express, we automatically deposit bene-u n a ver ear-' at the cab fit payments to a person's Direct Express card account. The card"1 feel bad when I feel better can be used to make purchases, pay bills or get cash at thou- sands of locations, and most services are free. To learn more or to sign up for Direct Express, visit www.fms.treas.gov/direct- expresscard. To learn more about Direct Deposit of your benefit pay- ments, and to sign up, visit our website at www.socialsecuri- ty.gov/deposit. You also can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1- 800-325-0778). To learn more information about Direct Express, visit www.fms.treas.gov/directex- presscard. "Stories from the BaH Cave" because I know I'm going to feel worse." A FAVORITE NURSERY RHYME I see the moon and the moon sees me. The moon sees the somebody rd like to see. God bless the moon and God bless me. God bless the somebody I'd like to see. MARITAL MELEE I try to listen to.everything my lovely bride says, but sometimes I just can't do it. It's not my fault. It's a scientific fact that it's not my fault. Studies have shown that women are capable of talking more than men are capable of lis- tening. That's why we have those City mime dies. Townspeople hold a moment of loudness in his memory. Soleful Shoe Store has wide selection of loafers. The problem is trying to get one of them to wait on you. Rookie opens a barbershop. "We sell hats, too," said the new clipper. Record high bowling scores were reported after earthquake. No one heard about the hear- ing aid recall. Pat Pending, local inventor, comes up with a camera that sub- tracts ten pounds. Randy Warhol, Andy's long-lost cousin, said that in the future, everyone would have his or her '3.hey don't make cars like they used to." I hear someone say that almost every week. They don't make cars like they used to. I owned a series of cars that could be start- ed only by opening their hoods. Some claim that the cars had per- sonalities in those bygone days, but I don't miss having to give my wife instructions such as, "Pump the foot feed twice. Don't do it any more than that or you will flood it and then you won't be going any- where. And don't use second gear. It sticks." To put 100,000 miles on some of the old cars was a near mira- cle. Putting 100,000 miles on new cars is breaking them in. get your payment faster whenIn the unfortunate event that "1 told you thaf' and "No, you did- 15 minutes of healthcare cover- They don't make cars like they it's deposited directly into your you are displaced by a natural n't" discussions. A long-wed age,e.. ...... used to. Thank goodness. bank account. Your money is disaster, your benefits do not woman told me that no man is uizy uounci, oecrees mat any- AT THE END truly married until he understands one can chew tobacco within the o I was on my way to a funeral immediately available to you have to be. Your payments will every word his wife isn't savina I city limits, but they must go out of when I thought of another late once it's deposited, be safe and secure, and arrive havea lot of listenina to do I efore town to spit. friend. I do a lot of thinking about I)ixeqt, Depesit is convenient, on time to.,y, our , cxount with ,, ..................... " ' " ....... {h w'2k ' e "-me- o the Hartland 3"he Masoch.sts: Club ,rem.nds < the dearly dep d. ....... : No more standing in line at the Direct Depos],t, , or. Direct, "".......... e#e - b "1hat ' ' ...... " ...... bat .dt, c lrl Y 14]; check, or E,x.p es . -_.', Home {or the Permanent y ryn MOtl IS JU t, G)lma Arms .,.ong wq[l d.,as a leaving your house when the .... Bewiidered. ' around the corner'. ...... casnier at Sib,rud's, .uardinal THE BARBERSHOP ASK AL Grocery Store. Sibilrud's had Financial pla crogc~Or the under 35 Soc. Sec. Dhtrict Manager Fairmont, MN Financial Planning is not just for people nearing retirement. In fact, it's a good idea to begin planning for a comfortable and secure retirement when you're young. That's why Social Security has a new financial planning tool especially for the 25 to 35 crowd. It's a special mailer with information about Social Security, savings, and other items of interest to young work- before your birthday, as well as the helpful two-page insert tai- lored specifically to workers ages 25 to 35. Pay close attention to the information provided, including tips on saving, getting your I stopped at The Barber-Q to get my ears lowered. My neighbor's neighbor Still Bill (he makes more dust than miles) was in the chair. He was express- ing concern over his perceived decline in the barber's abilities. 'Tve been having Conan the Barber cut my hair all my life," said Still Bill. "He was a good bar- ber once. He didn't used to leave a bald spot on the back of my head." Customers of this column ask great questions. I provide answers of dubious quality. "Do two wrongs ever make a right?" No, they make either a weather forecast or an econo- mist. "What happened after man invented the wheel?" A deer ran in front of it. "1 put up one of those wind tur- bines, but it doesn't work. Any suggestions?" Have you tried employer to help with matching THE NEWS ACCORDING TO blowing on it? contributions to retirementHARTLAND HAROLD In a ' Nhat is the best thing to use to plans, and how much of a differ- small {own, Hartland Harold is the repel Minnesota mosquitoes?" A ence beginning to save early can one who knows what is going on. crucifix. make. There's even a graph Here aretheheadlinesaccording "What is the last bird to showing the significant differ- to Hartland Harold. migrate?" The wingless warbler. ence saving over time can make, N R H E G B O M S C B H T L - "Why are so many people even if it's just $25 or $50 a HCGFVMBLSO High School afraid of snakes?" It saves them three aisles for my shopping pleasure. I would grab an experienced shopping cart and begin my gro- cery-grabbing journey. My cart of choice had one wheel that veered to the left, another which turned to the right, one that squeaked loudly, and one wheel that refused to roll. SHort of time and money, rd make my way through Sibilrud's. As I came around the near tum and headed for the finish line, I looked at the end of the aisle and saw Gilma. She was smiling. That's something we can all hope for at the end a smile. AI Batt 2009 ers. If you're between the ages week. Class reunion postponed until for- from having to go camping. 71622 325 St. of 25 and 35 and you work and The insert also includes help- mer homecomina nueen lost a THE GOOD OLD DAYS 1-1, MN 56042 pay Social Security taxes, you ll ful links to outside websites few more pounds WEREN'T ALWAYS THAT GOOD http://albatt.net] get this automatically with your that cab help you. For example, WhBt m~kes the Minnesot8 next Social Security Statement. you can go to Social Security is the founda- www.mymoney.gov for informa- tion for a secure retirement, buttion on getting credit, paying for was never intended to be your education, buying a home, cre- only source of income when you ating a budget, starting a busi- retire. While Social Security ness as well as financial calcu- replaces about 40,percent of the lators and planning tools. Or, average workers pre-retire- visit www.federalreserve.gov ment earnings, most financial for a worksheet that will help advisors say that you wilt need you establish a budget to meet 70 percent or more of pre-retire-your financial goals. These and merit earnings to live comfort- other financial links on the ably. Even with a pension, you insert will help you become the will still need to save. If you master of your own financial will not have a private pension, future. you will need to save more and start saving sooner Today's young workers can expect to spend 20, 30 or even more years in retirement, so saving is criti- cal. Want to start planning your future? There are some easy ways to do so. Take a look at Your Social Security Statement, which you'll receive in the mail about two to three months Don't forget that Social Security coverage is not just for retirement, but also for disabili- ty and survivors benefits in the event that you are unable to work, or you leave behind a family that depends on your income when you die. Read more about retirement, disabili- ty and survivors benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov. --~--~- ~ ~-~.~ ~_.-~ .......... 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