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Video Highlights from Boomer Bash 2017 at Eton Chagrin Boulevard

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A night of entertainment, fun and education to support a great cause –  the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Thanks to the 42 vendors, 350 attendees, performer Steve Jochum, and Co-Sponsor Global Meals for making it a night to remember.


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Boomer Bash 2017 – Photo & Video Recap

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We had a great time at the inaugural Boomer Bash on November 8, 2017 at Eton Chagrin Boulevard.

Here are some of the smiling faces from the evening. Look for more events from Boomer & Beyond in 2018!



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Veterans Day 2017 | National Park Service

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This Veterans Day video featuring Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, superintendent of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park and a U.S. Navy veteran, highlights the powerful connections between The National Park Service and the U.S. Military.

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Boomer Magazine Takes Home “Best of Show” and 11 Other Honors

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Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond earned Best of Show and 11 other awards for writing, layout and general excellence at the North American Mature Publishers Association annual convention in Oak Brook, Ill., on Sept. 25.

Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine is a lifestyle publication for active people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. It has a distribution of 35,000 at more than 550 locations throughout Greater Cleveland.

The magazine’s editor is Marie Elium. Laura Chadwick is the art director and designer.

“Just two short years ago we developed Boomer & Beyond for the local market to educate, inspire and entertain readers with the theme of ‘Better Living After 50,’” said Brad Mitchell, Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond publisher and owner of parent company Mitchell Media, LLC. “The early positive response from readers and advertisers helped affirm that we were on the right track. We are thrilled to receive national awards for our magazine and we can’t wait to take it to the next level.”

The School of Journalism of the University of Missouri in Columbia judged the entries submitted by the magazines. Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond competed in the B Division, which represents magazines with a circulation of 25,001-50,000.

For First Place General Excellence, the judges said, “Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond offers readers a wide variety of topics, ranging from personality profiles of the 1970s regional musician to glamping and social media how-to tips. It also has a raft of columnists offering both amusement and practical advice – legal, dental, fitness, health, retirement time and money, among others. Kudos also go to a feature about a special friendship between a 25-year-old college student renting a room in a senior citizen housing center and an 81-year-old resident of the center. It’s a touching story.”

The judges’ comments referred to a cover profile of Cleveland rock legend Michael Stanley and a cover story about multi-generational housing at Judson Manor near University Circle.

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Northeast Ohio Boomer & Beyond presents BOOMER BASH 2017 | Eton Chagrin

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You're invited to our first-ever Boomer Bash. Help us celebrate, listen to great music, grab a glass of wine and check out our vendors. Nov. 8 is the date, and Eton Chagrin Boulevard is the place. We promise you'll have a good time. ...
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Cleveland Orchestra Individual Tickets on Sale in August

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Individual concert tickets for The Cleveland Orchestra’s 2017-18 Season and 100th year of concerts go on sale on Tuesday, August 1, 2017, online at, by phone at 216-231-1111, and in person at the Severance Hall Ticket Office.  The season marks the launch of the Orchestra’s Second Century and is the 16th year of its acclaimed partnership with Franz Welser-Möst.

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Northeast Ohio Medicare Insurance Guidance by Strachan-Novak Insurance Services

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If you’ve turned 65 or are getting close to it, you’re likely swamped with information about Medicare plan options such as prescription drug plans, supplemental health insurance policies and Medicare Advantage plans.

Some folks may enjoy the challenge of figuring out the process of choosing health insurance coverage. After all, it’s important to choose the right coverage for your needs. However, if you’re not one of them, consider an appointment with a licensed sales agent who can help you navigate through the various options and help you get the right coverage for your health care needs.


Finding a Fit

Brokers (or agents) are licensed by the state and undergo annual required training and testing by the plans they sell.

There’s no cost for the service offered by a licensed sales agent because the agent is paid a commission by the private insurance carrier based on your enrollment in the plan.

 Consider meeting with an agent before you turn 65 so you can anticipate costs and coverage. Caregivers or family members who are helping make these decisions can participate in the meeting, too.


A licensed sales agent assures that your enrollment application gets properly completed, follows up with the carrier to ensure timely processing, and provides notification of your enrollment status.

The agent also will research prescription drug plans (PDP) because each has a list of covered drugs. An agent can help determine if your drugs are covered,  the co-pays associated with a plan and which plans to offer the best benefits for your situation.

In addition, the sales agent also verifies that your doctors, hospitals and other medical providers are in-network. This is an important step before selecting a plan because many Medicare plans have a network of doctors that they use.

An agent follows up annually to discuss changes to your medical needs, to discuss any upcoming changes to your current policy, and to provide updates on the health insurance industry.

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Cleveland Triathletes

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Look Who’s Tri-ing

Local Athletes Compete on Land and In Water


By Stacy Rhea




Swimming, biking, running.

The sport of triathlon is when an athlete does all three in one long, grueling race. It’s not just for the young and buff. Watch any triathlon and you’ll see a wave of 50-plus athletes mixed in — and they’re not in the back of the pack.


The length of each portion of a triathlon varies. Sometimes the swimming portion is in a lake or the ocean. Biking is the longest section — 50 or more miles is not uncommon. Distances for the running portion are shorter, but still tough because they come at the end of the triathlon. Ironman triathlons tend to be considerably longer than conventional triathlons.


So why would anyone want to do it? Meet three Northeast Ohio triathletes and find out why one type of competition isn’t enough — they want all three.




Barb Thomas: 61
Residents: Broadview Heights
First Triathlon: 2012, Fairport Harbor


Sports have been part of Barb Thomas life since she was a child. Her mother played semi-pro softball and her father was a track star, so its no wonder Thomas is a lifelong athlete. At 14, Thomas won the YWCA nationals.

Later, as a mother of four, Thomas supported and coached her children in a variety of activities. One of Thomas fondest memories is when her daughter and son competed in the USAT Nationals with her. Her daughter won a national title in her age group.


A High Point:

Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Sunshine Coast, Australia, September 2016. She finished 13th in her age group.


Thomas Advice for a Newbie:

Start out slow. Keep moving and just go out and have fun.

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