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A new “twist” in the law may save your Mom some cash

Mom has always been there to nurture and take care of you. Mother’s Day is the perfect time to give back and look out for her. If she’s having a hard time paying for her prescription drugs, tell her about the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan and the extra help available through Social Security.  If your mother or any special woman in your life is covered by Medicare and has limited income and resources, she may be eligible for extra help to pay her monthly premiums, annual deductibles and prescription co-payments. The extra help is worth an average of $3,900 per year.

Perhaps you’ve looked into the Medicare Prescription Drug Plan for Mom before, and discovered that she did not qualify due to her income or resources. In 2010, the law has changed. As Chubby Checker will tell you, a new “twist” in the law makes it easier than ever to qualify for the extra help. It’s easy to figure out whether Mom is eligible for the extra help. To qualify, she must be receiving Medicare and:

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“Think spring” with indoor blooms and green

March, with its warm, sunny spells and continuing cold, gray, wintery, weather, actually brings some plants into bloom.

Very early spring bulbs, witch hazel and hellebores will bloom this month as forerunners of the gardening season to come.

One early bloomer that is in full flower now is the primrose, or primula. A bright, cheery plant, its colorful blooms can be found in many of our garden centers in March. Primulas sport bright, green almost lettuce-like leaves and the flowers bloom on stalks that arise from the center of the plant. Fairy primrose produce white, pink, or purple mini-blooms while other varieties have larger flowers in red, yellow, purple, pink, etc., with contrasting throat colors.

Care of the primrose in your home is relatively easy. They prefer to be located out of direct sunlight as they like indirect light and cooler temperatures. Water your primula as needed and do not allow it to dry out. Every two weeks, give the plant water-soluble fertilizer and pinch off any spent blooms.

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March fun continues as spring begins

Ongoing
Through April 30: Animation Exhibition, Imagination Station, One Discovery Way, Toledo. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. 419-244-2674. www.imaginationstationtoledo.org.

Through April 25: Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks, Toledo Museum of Art, Canaday Gallery. Photographer, journalist and film director Gordon Parks captured a cross section of the human experience-from wealth to poverty, fame to obscurity. This compelling exhibition was organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Sanford University. www.toledomuseum.org or 419-255-8000.

Through May 30: Whistler: Influences, Friends and the Not-So-Friendly, Toledo Museum of Art, Works on Paper Galleries. The exhibition highlights the talents of the iconic American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), positioning his work within the context of his contemporaries, influences, friends, and enemies. www.toledomuseum.org.

Through Aug. 1: Croquet: A Sport Story, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, Fremont. The Hayes Presidential Center contains the most extensive collection of printed croquet material in the nation and this unique collection forms the basis for an exclusive exhibit examining the history of croquet during its 19th Century heyday. www.rbhayes.org or 800-998-7737.

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