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Valerie Gotten

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ABOUT THE EDITOR: Valerie Gotten (aka Valerie G) is an abstract painter, former movie stand-in, and volunteers for "green events" to help raise awareness about global warming, and help preserve California's wilderness and natural beauty.

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- "A failing mind, not body, is the biggest reason people need long term care today," says Cameron Truesdell, CEO of LTC Financial Partners, the nation's most experienced long term care insurance agency. "That shouldn't be, so we're going to give our clients information to help stay mentally fit." To that end, the company is offering a free guidebook and web links to helpful resources.

ROCK HILL, S.C. -- Interim HealthCare Hospice of Rock Hill, South Carolina, provider of home health hospice care services is pleased to announce that they have recently received their Hospice Medicare certification. Interim HealthCare of Rock Hill is a locally-owned franchise which is part of a national home care and staffing company with nearly 300 offices throughout the United States.

ATLANTA, Ga. -- M2SYS Technology, an award-winning biometric fingerprint technology firm, announced today that LOGICARE Corporation has enhanced its OnRecord(TM) healthcare solution for emergency departments and patient educators by integrating M2SYS' Bio-Plugin(TM) fingerprint software. The biometric module is now available to LOGICARE's growing customer base for OnRecord(TM) solutions throughout the United States.

DENVER, Colo. -- Denver area homeowners break with the pack when it comes to remodeling, according to the Remodeling Sentiment Report, a semi-annual survey of 5,000 U.S. homeowners sponsored by Frontrangeremodeling.com. The most recent survey reveals that remodeling plans are of a similar scope and cost as in previous years, but now homeowners are taking additional steps to reduce costs.

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Not a day goes by without the media reporting on the national mortgage meltdown and tightening guidelines for home loans. But one local mortgage company committed to affordable home ownership for North Carolinians found a way to help rural areas residents become homeowners. Veritas Mortgage Funding, a Raleigh based mortgage firm now offers a great alternative to traditional, more costly mortgages.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- A new web site, Cruising From New York, providing all the information travelers need to plan a cruise from the three New York area ports, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Cape Liberty (Bayonne), N.J. was launched today by Anne Campbell, a veteran cruise industry journalist.

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Hawaii's largest hotel, the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki has finally completed its long-awaited lagoon revitalization project, according to Travel Hawaii LLC, a leading Hawaii Internet booking service. The project has transformed the once murky, uninviting pond into a delightful 5 acre swimming and recreation center, open not only to guests of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, but to the general public as well.

ELY, Minn. -- Preparations are underway for the ten-day Ely Winter Festival being held February 1-10, 2008 in Ely, Minnesota. The cornerstone of the festival is the International Snow Sculpting Symposium in Whiteside Park with 20 "amateur" blocks and 20 large "expert" blocks each carved by a three-person team.

MOBILE, Ala. -- Pirate Island Press, an independent publisher of historical, medical and military fiction, announces the release of "The Jihad Germ," a novel of bioterrorism and national security (ISBN: 978-0-9799326). The Jihad Germ questions what will happen tomorrow and illuminates the risks of advanced bioengineering and gene manipulation in the hands of religious extremists.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- In 2007, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) declared 63 major U.S. disasters. Almost every state in the country was affected, including Hawaii. In response to such emergency situations, Disaster Recovery America has formulated a Web-based emergency plan to help families and communities quickly get back on their feet.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Health Magazine says the LifeSpan VP1000 Whole Body Vibration Plate gives "...the best workout for the better price." The PCE Fitness LifeSpan VP1000 Vibration Plate was the clear favorite in a review of vibration trainers in Health's Jan/Feb 2008 issue. "With three-way vibration and handles, the LifeSpan VP1000 delivered."

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Film maker and director Randal Kleiser's "Peege," a 28-minute movie about his grandmother, was named in December to the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, alongside such better-known classics as "Back to the Future," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," and "12 Angry Men." The 1972 production is distributed on DVD by St. Louis' Phoenix Learning Group.

DETROIT, Mich. -- Though we were all born with smooth, baby-soft skin the effects of time and heredity begin to show on the faces of Detroiter's of all ages. Dr. Mark Berkowitz of Accents Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa has reintroduced many people to more vibrant, youthful, and healthy-looking skin with a single, 30-minute in-office treatment.

LANDOVER, Md. -- SecurWireless, Inc., provider of wireless video surveillance solutions for government, state and local, and commercial applications, has named NWStealth, a division of Full Blast Technologies Inc, to its newly launched SecurVAR program. As the program's first Value Added Reseller, NWStealth is the first to receive marketing and sales advantages that enable them to offer best of breed wireless surveillance products.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- Backbone Security, the market leader in advanced digital steganalysis tools, announced the newest version of their industry leading steganography application detection tool, Steganography Analyzer Artifact Scanner (StegAlyzerAS) today at the DoD Cyber Crime Conference 2008.

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- FAREPORTAL is a technology solutions provider to the travel industry. Strategically located in "Silicon Alley," in the heart of New York City, their group of consultants is dedicated to harnessing the future of online travel technology for FAREPORTAL customers and partners. Covenant House New York is the nation's largest adolescent care agency serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.

GREENWICH, Conn. -- For some companies, it is not a question of if one of their computers will be used as evidence in a legal matter, it is a question of when. The inaugural Computer Forensics Show will fill the Washington Convention Center from February 4-6, 2008. This year's event features keynote addresses by high-powered Washington insiders such as Barry M. Sabin, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Chief Counter-Terrorism Section.

BRIGHTON, Mich. -- ROIonline LLC, an Internet Marketing company serving the industrial and business-to-business marketplace, has been awarded new client contracts with EUROPAGES and Kompass - business-to-business search engine companies - to represent them for sales in the U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas -- deverus, the leader in background screening technology, has recently released one of the latest must-haves in the industry, I-9 verification automation. For those companies that want to stay in compliance with ever-changing laws and regulations, I-9 data verification automation is essential.

WASILLA, Alaska -- "The Human Pack" (ISBN 978-1-4196-7578-2) serves to educate readers about the intricate language of canines as well as how best to use this knowledge in order to create a harmonious "Human Pack." Clinician Jenn Lewis also explains how to deal with canine behavioral problems in a way consistent with her gentle approach to training and bonding with dogs.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Relios Jewelry, a company nationally recognized for its customer focus, merchandising teamwork, innovation, and operational excellence, now has more accolades to boast - this time in the arena of "Good Environmental Practices." The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Department's Pollution Prevention Staff has awarded America's largest manufacturer of authentic American-made jewelry with not one but two prestigious honors.

BOONTON, N.J. -- The global market for operations support systems (OSS) - the computing and software IT infrastructure that performs engineering, provisioning, and management functions in telecommunications networks - will exceed $46 billion in 2008, explains a new report by Insight Research.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- McKerin Software today announced that Luverne Alumni News, a publication providing Luverne Minnesota High School graduates with hometown news and stories, has licensed McKerin Software Outreach to improve member address maintenance and mailing operations.

BOSTON, Mass. -- Whosarat.com is running a contest with a prize of $500 for the "Most Interesting" new informant profile. The contest will begin on January 8th and all new informant profiles posted between January 8th and February 8th will be considered for the prize. In order to be considered for the contest, all entries must contain documentation of their co-operation with the government.

WAYNE, N.J. -- The Ballantine Corporation, a full-service direct mail production company, announces the launch of a new printing and mailing blog that contains a variety of direct mail information, tips, news, case studies, and more. The printing and mailing blog, launched in the summer of 2007, has grown in size and content.

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- According to Travel Hawaii LLC, a leading Hawaii Internet booking service, guests at Hawaii hotels can enjoy free high-speed internet access in their rooms, or they can pay up to $20/day. Different Hawaii hotels have wildly varying charges for this new "must have" amenity.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A master bathroom designed and built by Charlie Allen Restorations for an 1853 Greek Revival home in Cambridge has been named "Bathroom of the Year" in Boston Globe Magazine's "Dream Home 2007" competition. The new bathroom was praised for its "imaginative use of space and light," and a "classically styled yet high tech" design.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- iExplore announced today the list of Top Ten World Travel Destinations as determined by the vacation purchases of its adventure and experiential travelers. Egypt held on to its top position for the third straight year, and the rest of the top 10 was largely unchanged from 2006.

HURST, Texas -- AMDAS, INC. announces the release of "The Eleventh Commandment-A Novel" - Second Edition (ISBN: 978-0-595-40050-8), by Abraham B. Medina. The characters and the story, dialogue in this novel, and incidents within the story are fiction but the customs and traditions of the Amish people, the politics of the war, statistics of war casualties, are non-fiction.

AUSTIN, Texas -- deverus, Inc., the leader in background screening technology, recently announced a partnership with eScreen Inc., a company known for its innovative drug screening technology. After comparing different providers, deverus found that no one could match the selection and quality of products that eScreen had to offer.

CHICAGO, Ill. -- SwappWatch.com has partnered with Mary Carey Productions to unveil an exclusive line of SwappWatch(TM). The contract creates the launch of the Mary Carey line of SwappWatch(TM) watches which will be available to the public in January 2008.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The highly anticipated Iowa Caucus will finally take place this evening and instead of waiting for local and cable news outlets to report the results, Americans can view the Caucus results in real-time. In an a historic collaboration between ElectionMall Technologies, the Iowa Republican Party, and Google; voters, bloggers and politicos will be able to view actual county breakdowns.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Relios Jewelry, America's largest manufacturer of natural lifestyle designer jewelry is celebrating the grand opening of a brand new kiosk in Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport. Just in time for the holidays - travelers will have the opportunity to color their personal style with a Southwest Spirit original from the new kiosk located in Terminal 4.

Thomas D. MangelsenJACKSON, Wyo. -- Thomas D. Mangelsen of Thomas D. Mangelsen, Inc. is no stranger to photographic accolades; he now has the honor of adding American Photo Magazine's Image of the Year Award for their nature category to his list. The award-winning photo captures images of King Penguins in the bright morning sunshine.

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Griffith Photography Educational Services (GPES), a division of Griffith Photography, will launch a series of photography classes in January 2008 designed for beginning through advanced photography enthusiasts. Training classes will allow digital camera owners to have a more enjoyable photography experience.

DETROIT, Mich. -- While Dr. Mark Berkowitz's patients complain frequently about drooping eyelids, sagging skin, and deep wrinkles, these days their main concerns are how to avoid surgery, anesthesia, lengthy recovery time, and hefty surgical fees. To satisfy his patients, Berkowitz and his Accents Cosmetic Surgery and Medical Spa now has a cache of non-surgical services to address this wildly growing trend... seen not only here in Detroit, but nationally.

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Under the gray skies of today's troubled economy, it's critical now more than ever that boating consumers find reliable, reputable dealers with the staying power to guide them through a lifetime of boating journeys. These consumers now have a trusted source they can turn to, thanks to Boating Industry magazine's third annual Top 100 Dealers.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Metrolink is offering special service to the Tournament of Roses Parade on both the Antelope Valley and San Bernardino Lines on New Year's Day. Just take the train to Los Angeles Union Station and transfer for free with a valid Metrolink ticket onto the Metro Gold Line. The Gold Line will take you right to the parade route.

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- The newly built church was filled to its capacity of 1500 seats; people were seated in the aisles, standing in the doorways, and waiting in the hallway to hear the music. Traffic around the church was snarled and backed up for six blocks, as more people continued to make their way to hear Trombone Shorty, and his musical guests perform at a free Christmas concert at the First Baptist Church of New Orleans this past week, it was announced today by New Orleans Music Hall of Fame.

TAMPA, Fla. -- Telovations Inc. today announced that Keith J. Powell has been named vice president of sales. Keith will be responsible for commercial direct sales, enterprise sales and the channel partner sales groups. He will report directly to the company president and CEO. Keith brings his more than 20 years of senior sales management experience in telecom and related industries to Telovations.