Brunswick Senior Buzz March 2021

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20% OFF entire purchase, excluding mattresses Ocean Isle 6560 Beach Dr. 910-579-8346

Southport 4170 Long Beach Rd. 910-457-1772

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OUR SENIOR CENTERS are closed Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. senior centers are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. CHECk our OnLINE CLAss calendar

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Letter from Southport ............................... 5 BSRI News ........................................... 6-8, 29 Best Bites ........................................................ 9 Women’s History Tales ........................... 10 Puzzles ......................................................... 12 Read All About It ....................................... 13 Hobbies to Beat Boredom ..................... 14 In the Garden ............................................. 15 SHIIP .............................................................. 16 What’s for Lunch? ..................................... 33


SENIOR SITE CALENDARS Ash .................................................................. 16 Boiling Spring Lakes ................................ 17 Calabash ....................................................... 18 Leland ........................................................... 20 Oak Island .................................................... 22 Shallotte ....................................................... 23 Southport .................................................... 26 Supply ........................................................... 30



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Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. 3620 Express Dr., P.O. Box 2470, Shallotte, NC 28459


(910) 754-2300

(910) 754-9269 Fax | Office Hours 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

· Jim Fish, President & CEO · Yvette Gosline, Chief Operating Officer · Jennifer Sherman, Vice President of Human Services · Melody Stephens, Director of Operations · Debra Marlowe, Organizational Development Coordinator · Sarah Powell, Volunteer Coordinator · Mallory Balice, Wellness Program Manager · Anita Langin, Accounting Technician · Eddie Jackson, IT and Compliance Technology · Derissa Gore, Case Management Support Specialist · Mike McGurn, Manager of Thrift Store Operations · Chauvet “Mel” Jackson, Operations Technician · Glen Hemingway, Assistant Operations Technician

· Justin Benoy, Project Technician BSRI C



· Victoria Hine, Ash and Shallotte · Mary Green, Boiling Spring Lakes · Courtney Bledsoe, Calabash · Holley Norris, Calabash · René Tarquinio, Calabash · Ellen Kleinerman, Calabash · Carol Schotter, Calabash · Teresa Muchler-Nogli, Calabash · Doug Russell, Calabash · Veronica Lett-McGee, Leland · Jade Robinson, Leland · Marilou Smith, Leland · Shelley Cooper, Leland · Sandy Porcaro, Leland · Janyce Jones, Leland · Pat Green, Leland · Teresa Nelson, Shallotte

i · Blair Stanley, Shallotte · Laura Collins, Shallotte · Jodi Young, Shallotte · Brett Baughman, Shallotte · Brenda Ambrose, Shallotte · Braden Greene, Shallotte · Dana Greene, Shallotte · Beverly Bridgers, Southport · Melissa Catlett, Southport · Jackie Knott, Southport · Vaughn Hatley, Southport · Casey Freed, Southport · Sherrill Jolly, Southport · Marilyn Stevens, Southport · Kevin Whiteheart, Southport · Melissa Starr, Supply · Jillian Hardin, Supply · Gloria Pieczarka, Supply · Ilona Smith, Supply · Tikila Morgan, Supply · Sherry Confer, Supply

Financial informa on about this organiza on and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicita on Licensing Branch at 919‐814‐5400. The license is not an endorsement by the state.





Cover photographer Gene Viviano is a recently re red industrial professional. He worked as a chemical engineer following a sales and marke ng career. He has lived in the Carolinas for 30 years, and in Ocean Isle Beach for 15 years—it’s paradise, he says. Originally from Long Island, N.Y., he and his wife Karen are enjoying life in Brunswick County. Gene is a member of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club and his other hobbies include piano, cooking and dining, travel, model railroading, and sailing.

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Joan Leo a has been playing with words on page and stage since her childhood in Pi sburgh. Her poetry and essays appear in many publica ons. Her four historical fic on novels feature strong women in mes of U.S. wars, and her poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, was recently released. On page 10, Joan writes a profile of a local author whose books examine women’s history. Donna Ruth Morgan volunteers with Friends of the Library in Southport and Oak Island, Boiling Spring Lakes Library Commission, Brunswick County Library Board of Trustees, and the N.C. Friends of the Public Library. She inherited a love of reading and shares that enjoyment with her four children and three grandchildren. Find Donna’s March book reviews on page 13. Pat Naughton and his family moved from Richmond, Va. to Winding River Planta on in Brunswick County in 2017 a er Pat re red as a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant. He has been an avid gardener for 35 years and is a Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. On page 15, Pat shows us how to prevent many common plant diseases. Ka e Crawford is a UNCW student intern with Mallory Balice working on nutri on and wellness. A senior, she is studying public health and has worked for the UNCW Hundley Health Educa on Center for the past three years. Ka e grew up in Raleigh with her parents and two brothers. She likes to walk with friends, spend me at the beach, and eat good food. Next year she will a end UNC Chapel Hill to earn a master’s in public health and become a registered die an. Read Ka e’s food story on page 9.

Jade Robinson Assistant Director, Leland Center


s assistant director, Jade plans activities. “Since COVID-19 I do more online programming and home visits. When weather permits, during the Monday lunch pick-up, I place sociallydistanced tables in the parking lot for participants to eat lunch and do an activity,” she says. Jade grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and came to our area to attend UNCW. There she studied recreational therapy with a minor in gerontology. “I now am at UNCW once again, studying for my master’s in applied gerontology, set to graduate in May 2021. “Working at BSRI is actually my first job! I have been working here since September 2018 and value all that I have learned, and continue to learn,” Jade says. She had a very close relationship with both grandmothers that generated her love for older adults. Jade’s family all lives in the United Kingdom. “I am a first-generation American on my father’s side,” she says. She has a 3-year-old orange tabby cat named Loko, and she loves nighttime, “when the world and everything is quiet, at peace.”

Letter from Southport

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Striving for Excellence in Not-So-Excellent Times


e closed our doors on Friday, March 13, 2020, telling our beloved people that we would reopen as soon as we could, and surely it would not be long. Two weeks max, and we could all be back together.

Photo by Gene Viviano

Gene Viviano took this photo of a Yoshino cherry tree blooming in his back yard last spring with his Nikon digital camera. Gene is a member of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club, has recently re red in Ocean Isle Beach, and enjoys photography as his favorite hobby.

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ EDITOR Shelagh Clancy (910) 622-1036 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Melissa Catlett, Katie Crawford, Joan Leotta, Debra Marlowe, Donna Ruth Morgan, Patrick Naughton, René Tarquinio, Kevin Whiteheart CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Melissa Catlett, Jillian Hardin, Veronica Lett-McGee, Mike McGurn, Teresa Nelson, Holley Norris, Gene Viviano ADVERTISING SALES (910) 754-2300 Anita Langin Shelagh Clancy © 2020 Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. All rights reserved

Fast forward to almost a year later and we continue to live in that period of “two weeks.” We had to figure out how to do everything in a new way. Our focus went from making sure our guests were having wonderful programming experiences to trying to help keep people fed, safe, and healthy. Everyone here had to make changes for the rapidly changing times. Those “two weeks” that quickly evolved into almost a year included more challenges than we could have imagined. We lost several of our precious people. We are fighting food insecurity. We try to answer cries of social isolation. We began virtual

Melissa Catle , Director The Brunswick Center at Southport

programming and are learning new ways to reach our people. This year has not been kind. We have seen cognitive decline among some of our people and lost a few to placement in assisted living facilities. We have worked diligently to EXCELLENCE, con nued on page 6

Casey Freed, our Southport case manager, is super busy answering calls for help throughout our community. Thank you for being such a rock star for our seniors, Casey!


Letter from Southport


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EXCELLENCE, con nued from page 5

maintain connections in a contactless society.

A Center of Excellence Five years ago, the Southport, Leland, and Shallotte centers were designated as Senior Centers of Excellence. This designation lasts for five years, and then the centers must go through the certification process again. So the Southport center is up for recertification. Our distinction of excellence expires on March 31, when the state will decide if we are still worthy of the title. This means we are currently digging through the last five years of activities, programs, advocacy, and other special events to prove to the state that we are offering everything a center of excellence should. We have done the best we can to provide excellent services to our participants in the past five years, and we hope to be able to provide those services once again soon.

What Makes Excellence? What makes us excellent in Southport? I could tell you it is the wonderful programming, exercise classes, delicious food, and fun and games that we have here, but I would be wrong. What makes this center excellent are the people. YOU, the amazing people who come together to

The Southport center is one of three centers going through the Senior Center Opera ons and Program Evalua on (SCOPE) cer fica on process. Our game room has been transformed into “SCOPE Central.” We are combing through five years of documenta on to recer fy by the end of March.

help one and all, whether to fill a shortage of liquid nutrition or food for our pantry, or school supplies and necessities for our friends with No Hungry Child or the Boys and Girls Home of NC, or to volunteer with Meals on Wheels and in so many ways—YOU are the threads of excellence that make us who we are, and we are grateful.

Melissa Catlett, Director The Brunswick Center at Southport

BSRI Gets $25,000 Grant from MDRT Foundation


he Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Foundation has awarded a $25,000 grant to Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI). The grant will assist with transportation for seniors so they can visit local senior centers, attend medical appointments, and participate in local group shopping trips. Through its global grants programs, the MDRT Foundation builds stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award over $1.5 million to more than 250 charitable organizations worldwide.

the MDRT Foundation for their support of BSRI and the Brunswick County seniors we serve.

About the MDRT Foundation: John Ingraham, of John Ingraham LLC, First Financial Education Centers, has served as a long-standing member of the BSRI Board of Directors and the MDRT Foundation. It is largely due to John Ingraham’s support of the seniors in Brunswick County that BSRI will receive this muchneeded transportation funding. BSRI thanks John Ingraham and

The MDRT Foundation was created in 1959 to provide MDRT members with a means to give back to their communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $38 million in more than 72 countries throughout the U.S. and the world. These funds were raised by MDRT members and industry partners. For more information, visit

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CARES Act Supports Our Family Caregivers By Tikila Morgan BSRI Case Manager


he Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act is a federal program designed to offer economic assistance to American workers, families, and small businesses. Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. received CARES Act funding to support family caregivers. Many family caregivers are experiencing declining health and burnout during the COVID-19 pandemic. The extra funding supplements resources for caregivers may be used for assistive devices, incontinence supplies, liquid nutrition, and robotic devices, on a limited basis. To participate, caregivers must be at least 18 years of age and provide care to adults age 60+, or to an adult of any age with cognitive impairment. Caregivers may also include grandparents age 55+ providing care to children 18 years of age or younger, or a grandparent providing

care to adults age 18-59 with disabilities. To find out if you qualify for the Family Caregiver Support Program CARES Funding, contact a Brunswick Senior Resources case manager at (910) 754-2300. The program is funded through the CARES Act by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support North Carolina’s effort to fight COVID-19.

Get Free OTC Medications in Navassa March 5 NC MedAssist will offer free over-the-counter (OTC) medications March 5 at the Navassa Town Hall. Vitamins, headache medications, eye drops, and more will be given out for free. There are no income requirements, and no ID or insurance card is needed.

Find a Familiar Face Marilou Smith, BSRI Prescription Assistance Program Coordinator, will be there to help as a volunteer and to

talk about BSRI/SHIIP. If you can, please sign up to volunteer with NC MedAssist and make a difference by giving back to your community! Go to volunteer to sign up. No registration is needed to get your free medication. Attend this NC MedAssist event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 5 at the Navassa Town Hall, 334 Main St, Navassa, NC 28451. Check the BSRI Facebook page for updates.




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Shop BSRI Thrift Stores!

Lots of Golden Oldie 45s and LPs Showing Up at BSRI Thrift Stores! SHOP our BSRI thrift stores for the best selection! Two locations: 10001 Beach Dr. Calabash 5302 Main Street Shallotte

SHOP ONLINE: DONATE your extra items to help senior programs and services in Brunswick County! For free pickup, call (910) 712-6458 VOLUNTEER at our thrift stores— it’s fun! Apply online at

By Mike McGurn Thrift Store Operations Manager


oes anyone remember vinyl? Of course we do! Along with our treasured record collections of days gone by. BSRI Thrift Stores have been getting more and more donations of old albums and 45s of all kinds. Browsing our inventory is like taking a walk down memory lane, especially if you like soul music from the great artists of the 1960s. Seeing 45s from the likes of the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Barbara Lewis, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Archie Bell and the Drells, the Marvelettes, and many more can make you want to run out and buy a turntable! Of course, not everything we get is in good playing condition, but a lot of it is and the album art, liner notes, and the labels on the 45s make them interesting collectibles and wall art if they can't be played. Stop by our stores in Calabash and Shallotte soon to check out the latest arrivals! And don't forget we'll be running big sales on winter clothing this month leading up to our Spring Changeovers. The Calabash store's changeover will be Monday, March 15 and the Shallotte store's will be Monday, March 22. The stores will be closed until 1p.m. on those days so we can bring in our all new spring and summer clothing inventories! Stay well and stay safe.

Best Bites

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Quick Chicken Soup March 13 is National Chicken Soup Day. Here’s a quick and easy recipe you can whip up to celebrate! 1 carton (32 ounces) chicken broth 4 cups water 3 cups shredded or chopped rotisserie chicken 2 teaspoons seasoning of choice (salt, pepper, garlic salt, etc.)

The Foods that Last Longer By Katie Crawford March is Frozen Food Month. There are many benefits of frozen foods: They are convenient, healthy, and low-cost. Frozen produce is picked ripe before it is frozen and is often enhanced with vitamin C to preserve its nutrients. The freezing process keeps the nutrients and vitamins intact for longer, so frozen produce’s nutritional content is similar to fresh produce, and may even have more vitamins and minerals than fresh produce that is a few days old. Frozen foods are also very convenient as they can store in your

freezer for extended periods of time. Most frozen vegetables have a frozen life of 8-12 months, and frozen fruits, around 8 months. This long life makes them a perfect option to add veggies to more meals. They are also low-cost, making them more accessible and ideal for shopping on a budget. There are also multiple options for pre-made frozen meals. Look for entrees that have multiple servings of vegetables and whole grains when you’re shopping. Watch the amount of sodium in frozen meals and look at the nutrition labels to select options with lower sodium.

FOOD OF THE MONTH National Spinach Day is March 26. Spinach is a superfood, low-calorie and loaded with a variety of nutrients. Spinach can be eaten in salads, added to eggs, blended into smoothies, and many more options. Spinach is also used in lots of dips and sauces. Nutritional Facts, 2 cups of Spinach: Calories:7, Protein: 0.86g, Calcium: 30mg, Iron: 0.81g, Magnesium:24g

6 ounces cholesterol-free egg white noodles (rotini and cavatappi will also work) 1 small bag frozen veggies (optional) In a large pot, add broth, water, chicken, and seasonings. Bring mixture to a boil. Add egg noodles and continue boiling to cook noodles as directed on package. The soup is ready when they noodles are done. Add extra seasonings, salt, and pepper to taste. Nutritional Facts per 1 serving: Calories: 350, Cholesterol: 120mg, Potassium: 290mg, Carbohydrate: 29g, Protein: 29g




Women’s History Month

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Inspired by Other Women JoAnn Mathews blogs and writes books By Joan Leotta


n 1980, Jo Ann Mathews’ youngest son entered elementary school and she embarked on her lifelong ambition: to become a writer.

“While he was at school, I wrote every day. I started by journaling for 15 minutes each day and then moved on to stories.” Using resources at the library, she taught herself the ins and outs of publication. After two years, she got her first publishing credit.

“Since then I’ve published more than 2,500 articles.” Mathews and her husband Steve moved to Ocean Isle Beach in 2000 because Steve wanted to live on a golf course. She began to write for local papers and magazines in this area. “I took any assignment,” she says. She developed a specialty, writing personality profiles about people. And she returned to writing fiction.

Becoming a Visible Author While researching how to find an agent to help her sell her fiction, Mathews realized she needed to create a “platform,” a presence and visibility that creates a target audience who might be willing to buy her book. To do this, she established her blog. After experimenting, she settled on the topic, “Woman and Adversity.” Her first interview for this blog, in 2014, was with a writer pictured on the cover of a writing magazine, Kimberly Lawson Roby, a novelist best known for her Rev. Curtis Black series. Encouraged by the response, Matthews expanded beyond writers to women in many professions, and beyond contemporary women to researching historical women. “Women have had to overcome obstacles and adversity throughout the centuries. I find it inspirational to see how women in past and present,

Photo by Kingkongphoto,

Photo by Kingkongphoto,

Photo by Kingkongphoto,

Women’s History Month

GWENDOLYN BROOKS was a poet, author, and teacher, and the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. You can read about Brooks in Women and Adversity: Honoring 23 Black Women.

ELIZABETH CADY STANTON AND SUSAN B. ANTHONY famously advocated for women’s right to vote. Learn about them in Women and Adversity: Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists.

through determination and grit, have overcome and are overcoming adversity.” She hopes her readers agree.

In 2019, a friend and fellow romance writer suggested that Mathews self-publish an e-book of selected interviews from the blog. Just in time for Black History Month in 2019, Mathews released Women and Adversity: Honoring 23 Black Women. The book contains profiles of historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Maya Angelou, and Louise Clifton, and more contemporary figures such as Mae Jemison, M.D., the first Black woman to travel in space. Brief profiles of notable women lead readers to discover more in this Women in Adversity series. In 2020, Mathews followed up with Women and Adversity—23 Notable Mothers, and also in 2020, mining history, she published Women and Adversity: Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists, including many well-known and

ANNA JARVIS took her own mother’s lead and founded Mother’s Day in the U.S. She and other famous mothers are described in Women and Adversity: Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers.

lesser-known figures in the fight for women to obtain the right to vote. Women and adversity is a limitless topic. Featuring women from the past and notable contemporary figures is Mathews’s way of using her gift of writing, her gift of being able to encapsulate a person’s motivation and experiences on paper in brief. Her hope is to inspire other women to overcome whatever adversities are blocking their own goals. From Mother Theresa to Helen Keller to Sojourner Truth to Irene Sendler (who rescued Jewish children from Nazis), women better and lesser known all inspire Mathews. Through her words they are made known to us so that they can raise us up as well. As Matthews says, “All these women I write about in my books have overcome obstacles we can only imagine. I am inspired by them.” You can read more about Mathews and her journey at



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Read All About It

By Donna Ruth Morgan


ooks by and about women in history are a great way to mark March, which is Women’s History Month. Check the library for these and other titles by and about women.

Stories from Suffragette City (2020) is a compilation of historical fiction authors’ stories focused on a suffrage parade in New York City back on Oct. 23, 1915. I was fascinated by the variation in narratives and diversity of characters: mountain folk and city dwellers, immigrants and refugees, the high-class and the downtrodden. The efforts of that century-old movement resonate in current social struggles. Nutshell review: Five-star review and highest recommendations for this enjoyable book. Confessions on the 7:45 by Lisa Unger (2020) is a characterdriven domestic thriller. Numerous backstories and first-person account chapters rotate, not necessarily in chronological order, muddling the plot and leaving the reader trying to sort out who did what to whom. Despite its need for some narrative pruning, the many disparate pieces rather satisfyingly slot into place at the end. Nutshell review: This modernday “Strangers on a Train” provided entertainment on a winter afternoon.

The Searcher (2020) features a reluctantly-involved stranger who becomes entangled in a generationsold struggle of wrongdoing and revenge. Author Tana French lovingly, lyrically frames her mystery with the wild Western Irish landscape. Her atmospheric settings mirror the internal struggles of retired cop Cal who just wants peace and quiet but is dragged into using his detective skills to unearth clues buried in his new community. Nutshell review: The secrets of village life are revealed in this slow-burning morality tale. The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (2021) is a wellresearched, vividly descriptive biography of two of the first American females to earn medical degrees. Although Elizabeth and Emily shattered many glass ceilings, they did not see themselves as advocates of women’s equality. Through their trials and triumphs, the author captures the culture of the past and showcases how standards of medicine and women in science have evolved. Nutshell review: Photographs and quotes from personal correspondence bring the narrative to life. Brunswick County Library branches are open with limited hours and services, and curbside pickup is available. For more information, contact your library branch or go to

The hey-day of woman’s life is on the shady side of fifty, when the vital forces heretofore expended in other ways are garnered in the brain. ~Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Beat the Corona Crazies

(StatePoint) As the pandemic continues to restrict many of the places you are able or inclined to go, finding ways to stay active is important for keeping the body and mind healthy and happy. Here are some ideas for new hobbies to try.

Bonjour! ¡Hola! With an array of online language classes and tutorials available, learning a new language is more accessible than ever. Start now while you fantasize about a postpandemic vacation overseas.

Above: For a change of scenery, get out into the great outdoors. Brunswick Nature Park, above, is one of many Brunswick County spots to take a hike or go kayaking, Left: Learn a new instrument with your extra indoor hours. Below: Always wanted to try baking, sushi, or curry? Put on your chef hat and get cooking.

Learning to play an instrument is not only a great distraction for the current moment, it can provide you with years of joy as your skill develops. Consider starting your musical journey on a keyboard, which is fun and inexpensive. Or choose an instrument you’ve always wanted to try and find online lessons.

At a time when many people are struggling, consider volunteering to serve those in need. There are plenty of safe, socially distant volunteer opportunities, from delivering meals to the homebound, to video conferencing with socially isolated seniors, to helping boost adult literacy via remote tutoring. Contact

Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Powell at or (910) 880-2777 to volunteer with BSRI.

From sushi to soufflé to dumplings, there are likely a range of dishes you have never attempted to make at home. Tackle your culinary bucket list, one by one.

There is no better hobby for staying fit and communing with nature than hiking, which works every muscle of the body, boosts cardiovascular health and even improves mood and mental wellbeing. There are lots of places in Brunswick County to walk after you’ve tried all the beaches. Start with Brunswick Nature Park, Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve, and Green Swamp Preserve.

Amid the ongoing pandemic, staying busy and positive may take creativity. However, discovering new hobbies and pursuits you love can nurture the body and the mind.

In the Garden

By Pat Naughton


Plant diseases are caused by pathogens, microorganisms like bacteria and fungi. Pathogens can spread from one plant to another naturally by wind and insects. They can also be spread by human interaction. You can take precautions to help prevent spreading plant diseases.

Pruning tools can become carriers of pathogens. When pruning, start with healthy plant stems and branches, then move to parts of the plant that are diseased. Before moving to another plant, sanitize the pruner. First wipe off any dirt. Then clean with 70%-100% rubbing alcohol. Sani wipes can also be used. The same steps should be used for shovels before moving to a new area.

Old soil in pots can also pass on disease. Each year the Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association propagates hundreds of plants for our gardens and for sale. We start seeds in seed trays and progressively transplant to larger pots to promote root growth. Before reusing last year’s pots there is a major pot washing day (or days). The pots are first soaked and scrubbed to remove any soil. Next the pots are placed in a bleach

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lants can’t wear masks or wash their leaves. Social distancing is not an option when you’re rooted in the ground. But plants get diseases just as we do.

Keep your garden plants healthy: Drip irrigation and generous plant spacing can help prevent the spread of plant diseases.

solution of at least one part bleach to nine parts water for five minutes. Finally, the pots are rinsed and dried before being stored. It’s best to use new potting soil to limit the introduction of pathogens. Old soil can be reused but it should be sterilized. There are a couple of heat sterilization methods that can be used. One is to fill a pot with soil, place it in a bucket and pour boiling water over it and let it soak. Another method is to place soil on a tray in the oven and set the temperature to 200° F. Monitor the soil temperature. When it reaches 180° F, allow it to cook for 30 minutes.

Drip irrigation is preferred instead of overhead watering. Drip irrigation reduces the amount of water needed and keeps water off the leaves. When overhead watering is the

only option, water plants in the morning and avoid splashing water on the leaves. Prolonged wetness of foliage can lead to diseases. Add a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help the soil retain moisture and prevent pathogens from splashing up on the plant. Help your plants practice social distancing. When planting vegetables, use the highest recommended spacing between rows to improve air circulation between plants and lessen the probability of airborne spread of diseases. Practice the three S’s to stop spread of diseases: Sanitize, Sterilize, and Space.

More information on plant diseases and disorders can be found in the NC Extension Gardener Handbook which is available at NC State Extension Publications..


Ash Senior Site / SHIIP


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Ash Senior Nutrition Site Activity Calendar

Calendar is subject to change Teresa Nelson Director Waccamaw Community Building 5859 Waccamaw School Road, Ash, NC 29420 Call 910-754-7636 For Reservations Operating Hours: 9:30 am.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday Lunch Served at noon







Na onal Banana 09:30 Puzzles Cream Pie Day 10:45 Excercises 11:30 Relaxa on Exercises 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Cra s

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olorectal cancer is the fourth-most common cancer in the U.S. and the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths. It affects all racial and ethnic groups and is most often found in people ages 50 and older. Screening and early detection are vital. Medicare covers certain colorectal cancer screening services—ask a SHIIP counselor for more information. Colorectal cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable! For more information, call Rene Tarquinio at (910) 754-6224.

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March Is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The notion that we are products of our environment is our greatest sin; we are products of our choices. ~Margaret Mead


Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site

BSRI Nutrition Program at Boiling Spring Lakes Parks & Recreation Department 1 Leeds Road Boiling Spring Lakes, NC 28461 910-363-0018

March 2021 Monday


BSRI Nutrition Program Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 910-754-2300 Program Information or 363-0018

*For more info call or email Sara at 910-363-0276 or* **Schedule is Subject to Change** Tuesday




1 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

2 10am Silver Sneakers Stability

3 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life


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16 10am Silver Sneakers Stability

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30 10am Silver Sneakers Stability

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The Brunswick Center at Calabash 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

Hello March

Staff on Site: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

March 3rd: National Anthem Day Click HERE to learn more about this holiday. March 6th: National Frozen Food Day Click HERE for healthy, frozen make-ahead meals. March 11th: Popcorn Lover’s Day Stop by the Calabash Center between 2:00 & 3:00 for popcorn & a drink for $2.

March 14th: Learn About Butterflies Day Click HERE for plants butterflies are attracted to. Click HERE for Butterfly ID Sheet. March 16th: Tea for Two Tuesday Get together with a friend for tea & a chat. Can’t meet in person? Try a video chat! March 17th: Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Click HERE for a slow cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage recipe. March 19th: Poultry Day Click HERE for a healthy Baked Lemon Chicken recipe. March 20th: International Earth Day Click HERE to educate yourself about recycling & what is acceptable in Brunswick County. March 21st: World Poetry Day Submit a poem about the Center you attend OR Brunswick Senior Resources as a whole & email to BSRI Staff will pick the one we love the most & post on our website. *Submissions due no later than April 4th* March 23rd: National Chip & Dip Day If you purchased a BSRI Cookbook during the fundraiser, try out on of those awesome recipes, like JoAnn Naldi’s Hot Corn Dip! If you didn’t, we still have some available! March 26th: National Spinach Day Spinach should be a part of your every day diet! Click HERE to read all the reasons why. March 30th: Take a Walk in the Park Day Go take a stroll through Vereen Park, located at the Little River & Calabash line. March 31st: World Backup Day • Click HERE for 6 ways to backup your data. • How to back up & restore your Android phone or tablet—Click HERE. • How to back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch—Click HERE.

The Brunswick Center at Calabash 10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

Staff on Site: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Outdoor Classes Starting This Month!

Outdoor classes will be held dependent on weather conditions. So, please be sure you are signed up for Regroup to receive notifications. Please note that masks must be worn when you arrive & when you leave. They may only be removed when you are safely & socially distanced (minimum of 6 feet apart) from other participants, staff, & instructors during class. If equipment is needed for a class (weights, yoga mats, straps, etc), you must bring your own at this time. Space is limited—advance sign up required. Please call the Center to reserve your spot each week. In addition to the outdoor offerings listed above, we will continue offering virtual classes on Zoom, so be sure to check out our virtual calendar by clicking HERE.

— Tai Chi with Dean — Mondays at 1:00PM Bring your own lawn chair, if you’d like.

— Crafts with Mary — Wednesdays at 2:00PM

— Zumba Gold with Kathy — Tuesdays at 9:00AM

— 20/20/20 with Kerry — Thursdays at 10:30 Bring your own light weights.

— Dulcimer Lessons with Mike — Tuesdays at 2:00PM 12 Dulcimers available Please call the Center to reserve your spot.

— Gentle Yoga with Michele — Thursdays at 12:30PM Bring your own yoga mat, as well as yoga blocks & straps (if you have them).

Contributions from participants allows us to continue & expand programs & services for our Seniors in Brunswick County. No dollar amount is too small—it all adds up & makes a difference! ----

“It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” -Mother Teresa


BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ 121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

The Brunswick Center at Leland ~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Jade Robinson, Assistant Director

MARCH 2021 Center Hours Mondays 8a - 5p Tues - Fri 8a - 4p

Leland Center Updates!

UPCOMING Zoom Ac vi es Tune in March 10, 2021 at 10:00a on Zoom for Java with Jade, Leland Asst. Director. Prepare to talk about what you are grateful for & doing to stay busy during COVID‐19! Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. is on YouTube, check us out!

MARCH 2021 121 Town Hall Drive NE Leland, NC 28451 910-754-7701

The Brunswick Center at Leland


~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Veronica Lett-McGee, Director Jade Robinson, Assistant Director


Center Hours Mondays 8a - 5p Tues - Fri 8a - 4p

Are you interested in Par cipa ng in... Zoom Trees? Phone Calls? Pen Pals? Contact Assistant Center Director & CTRS Jade Robinson Phone: (910) 754‐2300 Email: 


Oak Island Senior Site 47th Street Oak Island, NC 28461 Call 910-278-3622 or 278-6552 910-754-2300 for Reservations

Rodney, Stephanie & Sam, Community Center Assistants Operating Hours: Mondays through Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Terry A. 3/3 Lorraine S. 3/24

Senior Activity Calendar March 2021 Monday



(Subject to Change)


1 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

2 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games

3 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

4 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

8 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

9 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games

10 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

11 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

15 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

16 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Card Games

17 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 St. Patty Party 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

18 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:30 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

22 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

23 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

24 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

25 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

29 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

30 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

31 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time


The Brunswick Center at Shallotte


Farewell to our Center Cook, Braden Greene. Braden has been a wonderful asset to The Brunswick Center at Shallo e. He is a happy‐go‐lucky guy who is always willing to give a hand in any situa on. We were so fortunate to have him for the me we did. Braden’s last day with us was February 26th. Braden is moving to Colorado with his family to pursue a life in the ministry and further his educa on. Braden, your family here in Shallo e will truly miss you. We wish you all the best on your journey.



The Brunswick Center at Shallotte


3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

Poetry Corner

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY BY JEAN BLEWETT There’s an Isle, a green Isle, set in the sea,

Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint of Ireland and its national

And here’s to the billows wild and free

apostle. Born in

Here’s to the day when the men that roam Send longing eyes o’er the water! Here’s to the land that still spells home To each loyal son and daughter! Here’s to old Ireland—fair, I ween, With the blue skies stretched above her! Here’s to her shamrock warm and green, And here’s to the hearts that love her!

Center Hours: Wednesday Mon., Tues., 7:00am Thurs., Friday 4:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm

Who Was Saint Patrick?

Here’s to the Saint that blessed it! That for centuries have caressed it!

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Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish plant, the shamrock.

Show Me the Money! BSRI Financial Statements and IRS Form 990 are online at

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3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

The Brunswick Center at Shallotte —An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence— Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director


Center Hours: Wednesday Mon., Tues., 7:00am Thurs., Friday 4:00pm 7:00am - 3:00pm

Thank You, Shallotte Rotary, for the Fires We would like to send out a huge thank you to the Shallotte Rotary for supplying our center with 20 Kindle Fires to loan out to our participants. There is a wonderful program through our local library which allows anyone with a library card to access thousands of books at no cost. We have already got the library

app and Zoom downloaded on each Kindle. You may borrow a Kindle for 30 days at a time after signing a waiver. We are so excited about this program and hope it will help keep your minds active and strong! Please call our center for more information on the Kindles.



BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ 1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

The Brunswick Center at Southport ~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

MARCH 2021

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Exercise Opens the Body’s Medicine Cabinet of Drugs By Kevin Whiteheart


uring this global pandemic, the number of people suffering from depression has skyrocketed. According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), an estimated 40.7% of U.S. adults had at least one major depressive episode within the first half of 2020. While depression should be treated by a qualified mental health professional, the mental health community believes that regular exercise can improve depressive symptoms. In fact, regular exercise is key to unlocking your body’s medicine cabinet of drug-like chemicals that can rapidly relieve the symptoms of depression, often within minutes. We don’t need scientific surveys to tell us that group exercise can be fun. When we begin moving our

bodies, our brains begin shifting the focus to this pleasurable activity. Our eyes, ears and brains focus on moving our bodies, while we observe our classmates and the teacher. As we begin to successfully copy the patterns and rhythms of our group, our brains begin to produce dopamine. Dopamine, the “motivation and reward” chemical, impels us to do things we value, and then makes us feel rewarded when we achieve it. Within a few minutes of exercising, dopamine shifts our brains’ focus from being depressed to doing group exercise. While we continue exercising, our bodies emit endorphins, which diminish our perception of pain and boost positive internal feelings. That’s why even though our bodies may hurt as we first begin exercising, our continued movements alleviate pain and allow us to increase our physical effort.

As we increase our effort, we begin sweating. That triggers production of extra serotonin, a mood-boosting brain chemical. People suffering depression often have low serotonin levels. However, if we can force ourselves to begin exercising, our brains react quickly. The quick secretions of dopamine and endorphins allow us to increase our activity levels to the point of sweating, which then creates extra serotonin, raising our energy levels and spirits. Group exercise is a very effective way to fight depression. It opens the body’s “medicine cabinet” of chemicals that shift our mental focus away from depression. Taking the first step to join a group exercise class is the hardest part, but participating in a virtual class via Zoom is a cheap, fast, and easy way to begin.

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The Brunswick Center at Southport


~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joining our Online Classes is as Easy as 1-2-3



Click the icon that looks like the photo below.


Scroll down to the calendar and click on the class you would like to take.

Go to . Scroll Down the page un l you see the icon on the right that says “Virtual Programs.” We now have a growing series of exercise videos on our YouTube channel. If you missed a class or just want to check out a program, click on the Youtube logo below. It is chock full of videos in areas of exercise, health and wellness, crafts, recipes and other fun topics!

And Don’t Forget our Facebook Page! Click Here

Thank you to PORCH of South Brunswick!


uring February we received over 600 lbs. of non-perishable food items, kitchen and cleaning supplies, and more, through the generosity of The Porch Communities of South Brunswick. Porch is a non-profit organization started in 2010 in Chapel Hill. It is a grassroots hunger relief organization run completely by volunteers. Porch communities have sprung up all across North Carolina. This is a selfless organization of people relying on volunteers to fight the effects of food insecurity and hunger. The Southport Senior Center is extremely grateful to the Porch Community of South Brunswick for their donations to our food pantry. PORCH uses a model collection design to simplify the donation process. People who want to donate food or cash can do so without leaving their neighborhoods. PORCH volunteers collect food and cash donations through scheduled monthly neighborhood food drives, then take the donations

to a central collection center. From there, the items are sorted and quickly delivered to local resources such as Brunswick Family Assistance, No Hungry Child, Matthew’s Ministry, and Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. For more information, or to get involved with PORCH, please click here. Kate Livers, pictured above, brought the Southport Center some amazing food donations and brightened our rainy day! Thank you, Kate and PORCH of South Brunswick!



BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ 1513 N. Howe St., Ste. 1 Southport, NC 28461 Phone 910-754-7109

The Brunswick Center at Southport ~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Melissa Catlett, Director Jackie Knott, Assistant Director

MARCH 2021

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Zooming Around in Southport TECHNOLOGY 101 Class Now offered via Zoom (hosted by our very own Martha Johnson!) Whatever your electronic gadget (computer, tablet, smartphone), Martha can guide you on how to use it most effectively. With over 20+ years experience working in education, she draws on her expertise to show you various ways of working with your device. She can help you with what might be the problem and advise you accordingly. She doesn’t fix your computer/device, but she helps you succeed in using it.

Zoom classes start at 9 a.m. every Tuesday, beginning February 2 To join the class, go to our virtual calendar: programming/

Bible Study (with Joel Clary & David Hubbs) Join Joel Clary and David Hubbs for Bible study via Zoom each Thursday morning. Joel and David lead an interesting and absorbing study of the Bible. Join this class on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Pictured right are David Hubbs(left) and Joel Clary (right.) To join this class, go to our calendar by clicking here: programming/

Line Dancing (with Cynthia Hamrick) *Coming Soon! Put on your boogie shoes and join us for line dancing with Cynthia Hamrick! Cynthia’s classes were extremely popular and well-attended pre-pandemic, as you can tell in the picture to the left. These days, we could all use a little music and a reason to get up and move. Check our calendar for updates at programming/

In Southport, we have an attitude of gratitude for the amazing people who help us do what we do. We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the people who have brought in nonperishable food, liquid nutrition, handmade cards, incontinence supplies, school supplies, and items for our Boys and Girls Home of NC residents. To our volunteers who have remained loyal throughout this past year, we could not have done this without you. Our Meals on Wheels drivers have been dedicated to making sure our homebound people are taken care of and have a nutritious lunch. This year has been very difficult, but together we have persevered. We are Southport Strong!

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BSRI News / Puzzles





The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

MARCH 2021 - ZOOM Schedule Monday


Chair Yoga w/ Mary Beth 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 950 0935 6886

Yoga w/ Emily 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 943 8012 2900

Cardio/Muscle Fusion 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 910 1875 9723

Pilates w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 956 6860 9964

Clearance Rack for Medications w/ Marilou March 8 @ 1:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 973 4267 8128

Wednesday Tai Chi for Arthritis w/ Jillian 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 914 0636 0621 (Must attend all 20 Sessions. Class started 2/10) Seated Tabata w/ Angela 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 945 4034 9648 Cooking for Health w/ Tammie! March 3 @ 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 991 8902 0107



Balance-Core-Strength w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 935 6270 4084 Finding the Right Resources for YOU! March 11 @ 1:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 987 0670 1360 Passcode: 392035 Caring for the Caregiver March 25 @ 1:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 969 5145 6839

Hired Hands Band March 10 @ 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 977 8842 0791 Cooking for Health w/ Tammie! March 17 @ 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 914 7673 2601 Each Zoom class *(besides Clearance Rack for Medications, Cooking for Health, Finding the Right Resources for YOU, Caring for the Caregiver and Hired Hands band) will be reoccurring in March. Each class now has the same meeting link during March. *Regarding at home activities and programs shared in this calendar. Individuals who choose to utilize these resources to exercise, stretch, etc. assume any and all risk of accident or injury that may occur from participation. Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI), its staff, instructors, volunteers and representatives shall be held harmless and not liable for any claim, demand, cause of action of any kind whatsoever. If you are unsure a program is appropriate for you based

on physical ability, previous injury, etc. please seek a doctor’s advice before participating. In order for The Brunswick Center at Supply to have a record of your agreement, please click here, acknowledge that you have read the disclaimer, type your name and email to Jillian. We will print the email to keep on file. If you are not a member of BSRI Supply Center, please click here to complete a Client Registration Form. You can mail, scan or arrange to drop off the completed form so that we can issue your membership ID. Thank you!

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The Brunswick Center at Supply

101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The staff at the Supply Center are very grateful for our volunteers! During this challenging past year, we have relied tremendously on our volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers and those assisting Gloria in the kitchen. As we know, social isolation during the pandemic is a major issue. Our volunteers not only deliver meals, they also help us keep a concerned and watchful eye on those who receive our meals. We also appreciate the Hired Hands Band. This group of volunteers has continued to offer play live concerts here at the Supply Center. They have performed outside during our Center of Excellence celebration, they played a live Thanksgiving concert, our Valentine’s Day concert, and this month they will play a St. Patrick’s Day concert. Zoom in to these dedicated musicians who play their hearts out for us! Supply Meals on Wheels Volunteer Drivers! From left to right: Vince and Phyllis Busavage and Pete Lundy.

We also love our Zoom instructors. They have taught classes every week since we started our virtual programming. We now offer a great variety of classes such as Seated Tabata and Tai Chi. We could not offer the variety of classes we have without them!

Hired Hands Band! From left to right: Norma Jeanne Scism, Acoustic guitar and vocals, Bob Stanley, Lead guitar and vocals, Mike Clary, Lead guitar and Dave Waterman, bass guitar and vocals.

Zoom Instructors!

BE ON THE LOOKOUT! Thanks to a Brunswick County Arts Council grant, we are able to purchase drums with the goal of starting a Drum Circle in Supply. We plan to offer the class outside when the weather gets warmer. There are several health benefits to drumming/ It’s a great stress relief, lowers anxiety, relieves some chronic pain, and boosts mental health. We will BLAST out the information as soon as we starting the planning process. Click on the picture for more health benefits of drumming!

The Brunswick Center at Supply 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday 8 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Finding the Right Resources for YOU! Zoom in to our latest class called Finding Resources for YOU! The class is facilitated by Brunswick Senior Resources (BSRI) case managers. During this Zoom event, learn the various resources available to you or someone you know. BSRI Case Managers collaborate with multiple community agencies to assist clients and locate resources that meet participant needs. If you or someone you know are in need of assistance, we encourage you to join our zoom meeting, check out our Zoom calendar for details, and learn about the programs and services BSRI offers. You may also reach out to The Supply Center Case Manager, Tikila Morgan, at 910-754-8450.

Caring for the Caregiver! Caregiver burnout is real and during a pandemic it is critical that we support our caregivers! Take a look at our Zoom schedule for this month’s class called Caring for the Caregiver. Our mission is to promote the well-being and enhance the quality of life for older adults. One year into COVID, the need for support, particularly for caregivers of seniors who endure the challenges of activities of daily living due to physical and/or cognitive impairment, is in high demand. BSRI Case Management services is here to help. If you have questions, need guidance and/or resources, please zoom in! Also, you are invited to attend our in person, in-center Caregiver Support Group on Thursday, March 11 at 2-3:30 p.m. Please call Melissa to reserve your seat.

Daylight Savings Time! Click for details!

National Bubble Week! We will celebrate! Click on the Picture for details!


What’s for Lunch? Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors

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*Menus subject to change*






Friday 5 Lemon pepper fish Roasted red potatoes California blend vegetables Jello w/ fruit Dinner roll Milk 2% 12 Cheddar cheese omelet Sausage links Hash brown patty Blueberry muffin Fresh orange Milk 2%

1 Spaghetti w/ meat sauce Mixed vegetables Carrot raisin salad Fresh orange Breadstick Milk 2% 8 Pork tenderloin w/ mushroom gravy Mashed potatoes Peas and pearl onions Baked apples Dinner roll Milk 2%

2 Chicken pot pie Peas and carrots White rice Applesauce Milk 2%

3 Garlic pork chop Scalloped potatoes Black eye peas Apple cobbler Dinner roll Milk 2%

4 Turkey Mexican casserole Dilled carrots Green salad Mandarin oranges Milk 2%

9 Sliced turkey breast w/gravy Sweet potato souffle Turnip greens w/ onions Apple cranberry chutney Dinner roll Milk 2%

10 Beef and mac casserole Lima beans Steamed capri vegetables Chocolate chip cookies Breadstick 100% fruit juice Milk 2%

11 Marinated chicken breast Roasted cauliflower Mac and Cheese Apricots Cherry cobbler Dinner roll Milk 2%

15 Hawaiian chicken Capri vegetables Brown rice Diced pears Dinner roll Milk 2%

16 Baked penne w/ meat sauce Roasted brussels sprouts Fresh apple Blueberry crisp Bread stick Milk 2% 23 Mississippi roast White rice Okra and tomatoes Diced pears Dinner roll Milk 2%

17 Pork bbq sandwich Baked beans Coleslaw Potato wedges Oatmeal cookie Fresh banana Milk 2%

18 Brunswick stew White rice Cornbread muffin Peach cobbler Milk 2%

19 Cajun chicken pasta Steamed broccoli Pineapple coconut crisp Breadstick Milk 2%

24 Green pepper casserole Green beans Fruit cocktail Dinner roll Milk 2%

25 Creamy pesto chicken pasta Steamed broccoli Pineapple tidbits Breadstick Milk 2%

26 Parmesan crusted fish Mac and cheese Collard greens Mandarin oranges Dinner roll Milk 2%

22 Baked chicken breast w/ mushroom gravy Roasted red potatoes Spinach au gratin Diced peaches Dinner roll Milk 2% 29 Country style steak w/ white gravy Potatoes au gratin Succotash Peach delight Dinner roll Milk 2%

30 Chicken dumplings Green beans Baby carrots Baked apples Milk 2%

31 Italian beef w/ pepperoncini hoagie Potato wedges Corn w/red peppers Tropical fruit Milk 2%


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