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Bill Field from front page
fantasy world that brings its visitors into
heavenly bliss. The Mighty Wurlitzer does
everything from thunder sounds to gongs, to
rain and it’s all controlled from the seat of
the man in charge, Bill Field.
To those who knew Bill Field, they’ll remember
the light-hearted and good-natured
person who was a friend to all with his humor
and generosity. He also mentored young artists
and volunteers at The Old Town Music
Hall to learn the operation of an organ and
the way the music business operates.
In the final months of Field’s life, the pandemic
forced the closure of The Old Town
Music Hall. But Field was confident that the
lights to his dream theatre would someday
be relit. Sadly, when the theatre’s elaborate
chandeliers come to life again, Bill’s smiling
face will be missing but not his legacy.
Bill Field is playing to a heavenly audience
now as we wait for his Mighty Wurlitzer to
come back to life with one he has mentored
at its keys. Thank you, Bill, your vision and
music will play on for generations to come. •
Bill Field is flanked by Edward Torres, on the left, a mentored student of Bill, and James Moll on his right, a long time volunteer at
The Old Town Music Hall.
Hawthorne Hotspot from page 3
journaling what I am feeling on any given
day by writing my thoughts into a personal
journal. Even if I’m happy that day and
want to remind myself of the people and
things I am grateful for, I’ll write it down!
Sometimes, I’ll even go out for a short walk
with a friend (while practicing social distancing,
of course), which has been a big help
for me mentally. Another thing you can do
is you can pick up an old hobby that you
miss doing! This is the perfect time to start
back up again. For example, I started going
back to doing photography. I’ve found that it
calms me down when I am feeling stressed.
These are only a few ideas I would like to
share with you, which I hope you can find
even the smallest bit helpful. Regardless of
the path, you decide to take, be sure you take
care of your mental well-being and always
keep looking for what you love!
Like many of you, I am still having a hard
time adjusting to today’s new lifestyle. Some
days I feel completely fine, while other days,
I feel a massive wave of anxiety. Despite what
I am feeling on a particular day, I’ve learned
that it’s okay to feel anxious from time to
time! There is nothing wrong with asking for
help when you are feeling overwhelmed. Also,
check in with your closest friends and relatives
to see how they are feeling. Like I mentioned
earlier, we are all going through these times
together. The last thing we should be doing
is avoiding one another. We must always find
ways to be there for one another regardless of
the situation at hand since we only have each
other for support. Therefore, if you or anyone
you know who has been struggling with mental
health, you can find available resources almost
everywhere! All that’s needed is a quick search.
Take care, Hawthorne!
Tip of the day: Remember these steps that
follow if you are ever feeling overwhelmed
- breathe, drink water, go for a walk, and
What To Do If You’re Losing
Insurance Through Job Loss
(BPT) - During these difficult times, millions
of Americans have been furloughed, laid
off, or may yet lose employment due to the
pandemic. And because insurance is tied to
employment for a vast majority of workers,
this can mean facing the loss of insurance
coverage as well as your income.
What can you do if you’ve already been
impacted, or if you are likely to be soon?
Here are some options available if you are
coping with this difficult situation.
Plan Ahead if Possible.
If a layoff may be in your future, it’s a
good time to prepare. In today’s environment,
it is possible that in some states insurers may
allow you to obtain a larger-than-usual supply
of prescription medications, for example.
Also, if your health care provider recommends
it, this could be a good time to take
care of vital health care screenings. Consult
your provider about which screenings are
essential for you, and proper safeguards to
take during doctor visits.
Ask About COBRA.
Talk to your employer about the possibility
of getting COBRA to continue coverage.
With COBRA, you may be able to keep your
current job-based plan for a limited time
(usually 18 months). This may even be the
case if your hours are simply reduced rather
than being let go entirely. Make sure to ask
questions about the full cost of this coverage,
as it can be expensive to maintain.
Talk to Your Spouse
Discuss being added to your partner’s health
insurance coverage if that’s possible. Insurers
may allow changes outside the open enrollment
period for circumstances such as these.
Check the Health
Visit healthcare.gov to see if you are
eligible for enrolling in a state or federally
subsidized health plan, or if you qualify for
Medicaid. Coverage options vary greatly,
depending on where you live and your individual
Losing your coverage due to job loss
may mean you can benefit from a “special
enrollment period” rather than waiting for the
normal open enrollment period that occurs
each year. Be prepared to provide detailed
financial information as part of the lengthy
application process for subsidized health
Opt for Individual Vision
and Dental Insurance.
If you need to be seen for your annual eye
exam, to get new glasses, or to maintain your
contact lens supply, you may worry about not
having these crucial vision services covered
when you lose benefits or have them reduced.
Fortunately, there are convenient, low-cost
options available for both vision and dental
insurance. Check out VSPdirect.com for
information about their vision plans, which
start as low as $13 per month. VSP has the
largest network of independent doctors in the
U.S. VSP can also help you find low-cost
options for your dental coverage through our
partnership with Guardian.
With VSP, there are no enrollment restrictions,
so you can purchase a plan at any
time, without waiting, no matter what your
circumstances. VSP is also a great option for
retirees and people who are self-employed.
You can start using your vision plan benefits
within five business days from enrolling in
an annual plan and making your payment.
New to getting individual coverage? Check
out the VSP vision plan wizard to guide
you to the right coverage for your specific
How To Help Maintain Your
Immune System With Fermentation
(BPT) - No matter what season or time
of year, we all know the importance of a
healthy immune system and the central role
it plays in overall well-being. While sleep,
healthy eating and a balanced lifestyle are
all essential for a healthy immune system,
clinical studies show fermented supplements
are an effective approach to supporting good
gut and immune health.
“Your immune system is an important factor
in maintaining health at any age,” says
registered dietitian Keri Gans. “Fermentation
is getting a lot of attention for its ability to
support the gut and the immune system.”
Gans answers top questions about fermentation
and how it helps support the digestive
system and immune health:
What is Fermentation?
Fermented foods support gut health,
an important part of the immune system.
Fermentation happens when organic material
(usually from plants) is broken down
by microorganisms like yeast and bacteria.
Many of those microorganisms are part of
the microbiome in the gut.
One fermented food is sauerkraut, a wellrecognized
food that has been around for
centuries. Sauerkraut is cabbage that has
been fermented with probiotic bacteria such
as lactobacillus. While the cabbage is being
fermented, the bacteria produce metabolites
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