Brunswick Senior Buzz November 2020

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November 2020






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

Southport 4170 Long Beach Rd. 910-457-1772

Leland 414 Village Rd. 910-338-3648

OUR SENIOR CENTERS are closed Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. senior centers are closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Find more information at

Curbside meals RESUME NOV. 9 one hot meal served per week.

See more information on page 6.

Hospice is 100% covered by Medicare for all eligible patients and is covered by most Medicaid and commercial insurance plans. Anyone can refer a patient to hospice, and the evaluation is free. Take our quiz at to learn if you or your loved one might be eligible for hospice care. Bolivia, NC

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CONTENTS Letter from Shallotte ................................. 5 BSRI News .................................................. 6-9 SHIIP .............................................................. 10 Volunteers ................................................... 11 Online Dating ............................................. 12 In the Garden ............................................. 14 Homeless Luncheon ................................ 15 Fraud Alert .................................................. 16 Healthy Bites ....................................... 17-19 Puzzles .......................................................... 22 Voting News ............................................... 33

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SENIOR SITE CALENDARS Ash .................................................................. 20 Boiling Spring Lakes ................................ 21 Calabash ....................................................... 23 Leland ........................................................... 24 Oak Island .................................................... 26 Shallotte ....................................................... 27 Southport .................................................... 30 Supply ........................................................... 34





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

i · Pat Green, Leland · Teresa Nelson, Shallotte · 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 · Melissa Starr, Supply · Jillian Hardin, Supply · Gloria Pieczarka, Supply · Ilona Smith, Supply · Tikila Morgan, 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.




Betsy Duarte moved to Ocean Isle Beach from California to be closer to her son and grandkids, and for the serenity of the beach. A re red ortho trauma nurse, Betsy works at Hope Harbor Home and is on the board of Brunswick County Homeless Coali on, is secretary for Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Associa on, and is a member of Sea Notes Choral Society. On page 15, Betsy invites you to a lunch to benefit homeless people.




Sandy Porcaro enjoys the a er‐Oscar party with Bradley Cooper.

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. Joan offers us dining advice and recipe on page 17. 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 14, Pat highlights some flowering plants for fall color. 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 grand‐ children. Find Donna’s next book reviews in our December issue. Alyssa Schwinn is a UNCW student intern this fall. “I grew up just outside of Wilmington, in a one‐stoplight town called Rocky Point,” Alyssa says. She has competed in interna onal Crossfit contests, ranking in the top 15 compe tors in the world, and now coaches Crossfit. She enjoys spending me with her dog, Oscar, reading, and playing the clarinet. Alyssa’s Healthy Bites stories are on pages 18 and 19.

Sandy Porcaro Case Manager at Leland Senior Center Sandy acts as a resource by providing information to seniors about programs and services in the community. “As a case manager, my role is to assess clients’ needs and provide them the resources and services to meet their needs, including all programming at BSRI and other community providers,” Sandy says. “My first job was as a teenager working at McDonalds after school. That was when customer service was really important and they pushed their employees to complete each order in 60 seconds— does that ever happen anymore? It was a great learning experience. I looked great with my polyester shirt and matching skirt with my ’80s big hair,” she says. “I am motivated by kind or positive people. Sometimes I find myself letting the negativity build up and then I talk with someone who has a positive spirit and energy and it motivates me to let the negativity go—its' not worth carrying.” Sandy has four cats and two dogs. “I think the cats are my favorite,” she says.

Letter from Calabash



Photo by Mike McGurn

Thri Store Opera ons Manager Mike McGurn is busy ge ng ready for a brisk holiday shopping season (read more on page 8). But first, let’s celebrate our fall holiday of Thanksgiving. “Kaye Madden, Assistant Manager at the Shallo e store, designed the table decora ons,” Mike says. “She does a fantas c job with displays and store décor.” We at BSRI wish you all the happiness of the season, and some pre y table décor too.

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ EDITOR Shelagh Clancy (910) 622-1036 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mallory Balice, Betsy Duarte, Joan Leotta, Debra Marlowe, Mike McGurn, Donna Ruth Morgan, Patrick Naughton, Teresa Nelson, Alyssa Schwinn, René Tarquinio CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jillian Hardin, Mike McGurn, Debra Marlowe, Teresa Nelson, René Tarquinio ADVERTISING SALES (910) 754-2300 Anita Langin Shelagh Clancy © 2020 Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. All rights reserved



Thanksgiving Each Day A

s I reflect on the last seven months, I think about the many changes that have happened both locally and throughout our country. Our country closed and most people stayed home except for essential workers. We learned to work from home and teach our children at home, balancing two difficult tasks, for our safety. We closed our centers in March and never imagined we would be closed this long. We started serving congregate meals curbside, so our seniors didn’t have to go out as much, to keep them safe.

In April, we began doing classes on Zoom, to help keep our seniors active. When it warmed up and we were permitted to have outdoor gatherings, we started offering some classes outside. We have talked to our seniors by phone and in person, and we know how much you miss your center. We miss you, too. This has been a difficult adjustment for everyone.

Looking Around in Gratitude This time of year, we think about Thanksgiving and what we are thankful for. Some days during this difficult year we’ve found it hard to be thankful. But a friend reminded me today that we always have something to be thankful for. We are thankful for our volunteers: those who deliver meals every day, those who help prepare the meals, those who make calls to see how you are

Teresa Nelson, Director The Brunswick Center at Shallo e

doing. We’re thankful for our volunteers who deliver food boxes. We are thankful for our instructors, who conduct classes online and in person so we can stay active. We are thankful for the Brunswick County community, which has donated food, cleaning products, toilet paper—yes, toilet paper! Who would have thought we would be thankful to have toilet paper? And we are thankful for the amazing staff at BSRI who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure you had meals, and cleaning products, and yes, even toilet paper. I’m sure you can think of many other things you’re thankful for. As we finish this year and get it behind us, I want to remind you to remember at least one thing every THANKFUL, con nued on page 6



Letter from Shallotte

THANKFUL, con nued from page 5

to leave you with this Irish blessing:

day to be thankful for.

May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that is always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.

I watch David Muir every evening on ABC World News. At the end of the news, he does a special report called America Strong. He reminds me every day that living in America we all are truly blessed, and we all are strong because we live in this country. This, too, shall pass. We will learn from this year, and it will make us stronger. I’m thankful for all of you and our amazing staff and I want


Happy Thanksgiving.

Teresa Nelson, Director The Brunswick Center at Shallotte

Curbside Meals Resume on Mondays One Congregate Meal per Week per Person Will Be Offered


runswick Senior Resources, Inc. curbside lunch has been paused the entire month of October.

On Nov. 9, BSRI will resume the curbside lunch program offering one hot meal per participant per week (no frozen).

restaurants, and curbside pickup is available at most grocery stores. If you don’t feel safe going into stores, please remember this option. Many stores are allowing senior shopping hours, including: 

These changes are being implemented at all BSRI centers and nutrition sites. Home-delivered meals will continue as usual.

Walmart: Tuesdays 6 -7 a.m. (including pharmacy & vision)


Kroger: Wednesdays 6 -8 a.m.


Food Lion: Every day 6 -7 a.m.

Why the Changes?


Lowes Food: Wednesdays 6 -7 a.m. Seniors receive 5% off all day on Wednesdays.

Many BSRI centers were closed for early voting in October, so meals could not be offered. Curbside lunch was initially offered to participants due to coronavirus conditions. At first, many stores and restaurants were closed and food supplies were at an all-time minimum. Now food is more available at grocery stores and restaurants, and it’s safer for BSRI participants to purchase food for themselves. Delivery and carry-out options are available at many

Need Extra Help? If you are experiencing hardship in November when you are receiving only one hot meal per week, please contact your BSRI center for a phone assessment to schedule pickup appointments for additional meals or food boxes. As always, please know we are here for you, especially during these times. We are here to help you in any way we can!






Audie Lowrimore Sept. 17, 1945 – Oct. 15, 2020 Austin “Audie” Martin Lowrimore, 75, of Supply, died Oct. 15, 2020. He was born Sept. 17, 1945 in Wilmington. Audie worked for DuPont for 30 years and with DAK America for five years. He served as a Brunswick County delegate to the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature, where he was an advocate for seniors. Audie volunteered with Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. in a variety of ways for many years, delivering Meals on Wheels and serving on the Regional Aging Advisory Committee and the Home and Community Care Block Grant committee. He went the extra mile to bring a smile to everyone he met, and of course, donned his Santa suit each year to bring joy to kids young and old. His spirit of giving to others, and his love for BSRI and the seniors we

serve, made a strong impression on everyone who knew him. “Every organization has, at its core, individuals who care deeply about the welfare of others,” said Jim Fish, BSRI President and CEO. “Audie Lowrimore was the embodiment of generosity and service as he faithfully delivered Meals on Wheels for over a decade, advocated for senior needs, and represented those needs at the highest levels of our state. “Not only will his commitment to seniors be missed, but I will personally miss his smile, dry sense of humor, and his encouraging example to keep going when it appears that success feels distant. Audie was truly one of a kind,” Fish said. BSRI Chief Operating Officer Yvette Gosline added, “Audie embodied kindness and love. His authenticity, willingness to advocate for seniors, and desire to give back to his community will surely be missed.” A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 at Sharon United Methodist Church.

The family will have visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc., 3620 Express Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470. Condolences may be offered at

Tips for Thanking Your Heroes this Holiday Season StatePoint— Those who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of others are rarely in it for recognition. However, in this especially challenging year, the holiday season is a perfect time to show these selfless people your appreciation. If you have watched an everyday hero this year, or benefitted from their help, here are some simple ways to thank them.

Send a care package. Even if you can’t share your appreciation in person, you can still say thanks with a care package filled with goodies your recipient will love. Start with holiday treats, then add personalized items. If your recipient enjoys cooking and baking, you might include a handwritten recipe card. For HEROES, con nued on page 20





Do Your Holiday Shopping at

BSRI Thrift Stores

By Mike McGurn Thrift Store Operations Manager


et your holiday shopping off to a great start at our thrift stores, which are rolling out a huge inventory of holiday décor and all things Christmas. We have everything from decorations to collectibles including decorative dishware, linens, and some beautiful artificial trees. You'll also find great gifts of all kinds at awesome prices to help you make your holiday shopping dollars go further and give you a whole lot more bang for your buck.

Save 20% at Your Thrift Store

SHOP our BSRI thrift stores for the best selection! Two locations: 10001 Beach Dr. Calabash

Save 20 percent once a month, every month with our Email Newsletter Coupon. The next time you shop with us, make sure you sign up for our monthly email newsletter on the clipboard at the register. Along with the monthly sales and thrift store news, the email contains a 20-percent-off coupon that you can use once every month at both stores. Save 20 percent on your entire purchase. Just show us the email on your phone or print a copy and bring it in with you.

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

BSRI Thri Stores are the best place to do your shopping for holiday décor and more. Get 20 percent off for reading the Buzz!


Holiday Shopping



Holiday Shopping Treasures and Savings at BSRI Thrift Stores in Shallotte and Calabash and Online, Too Shop Online Too While you're shopping online this holiday season, make sure you check out our online store at At our online store, you can see our best holiday merchandise from both stores for you to purchase online and pick up at your convenience. Make sure you check the online store often throughout the holiday season for the latest arrivals, deals, and coupons. In November, we are once again offering Brunswick Senior Buzz readers a special coupon for 20 percent off your online purchase. Just use coupon code SBR20 at checkout.

Ready to Donate? Remember, you can always call (910) 712-6458 for a free donation pickup of furniture or larger items. And, we are accepting your drop-off donations at the stores, by appointment only. Call the store where you plan to donate to schedule your appointment. You can usually get an appointment the same day or the next day. Call our Calabash thrift store at (910) 579-7488 or the Shallotte store at (910) 754-9335. All proceeds from shopping at our thrift stores go right back into programs and services for Brunswick County seniors. We look forward to seeing you this holiday season. Stay well and stay safe! Thanks for shopping with us and supporting us with your donations.

Photos by Mike McGurn

BSRI Thri Stores in Shallo e and Calabash are full of décor and gi items at very reasonable prices. Save even more with a 20 –percent‐off coupon when you sign up for our fun thri store emails! Or use code SBR20 when you shop online. Not only do you get great merchandise and great prices, but your purchase goes toward programs and services for Brunswick County seniors.





It’s the Medicare Open Enrollment Period Now


t is that time of the year again: Medicare Open Enrollment. Open enrollment runs through Dec. 7.

Looking to change your plan? Looking to save money? Just need help navigating the Medicare Maze?

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) can help you. Please contact 910-754-6224 to schedule your Medicare appointment. Rather email?

Have a Little Extra? Lend Your Fellow Seniors a Hand!


lthough our BSRI centers are closed to the public, our programs, services, and seniors’ needs have NOT stopped! If you can, please make a contribution to BSRI to help us continue to provide our essential programs and services. If you’d like your contribution to go to a particular program, just let us know. For

example, you can direct your donation to Meals on Wheels, a recreation program, Calabash Cleanse 2020, the congregate

lunch program, or general use. You can contribute online at You can mail a contribution or donation to any of our centers, or to BSRI, 3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470. Please make checks payable to Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. BSRI staff thanks you!


SHIIP Volunteers



SHIIP Volunteers Celebrate Milestones By M. René Tarquinio, LBSW It’s the time of year, Medicare Open Enrollment, when we most appreciate our Senior’s Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) volunteers. The volunteers featured here have spent years helping Brunswick County seniors navigate the complicated world of Medicare. Thank you so much, volunteers—we couldn’t do it without you!

Mary Celebrates 15 Years

Celeste Celebrates 10 Years

Judy Celebrates 5 Years

Mary Fitzgerald grew up in Niagara Falls, N.Y., but spent many years in Northern Virginia where she worked and raised a family. She is a retired nurse who spent most of her career working in hospitals.

Celeste Korpon moved to Brunswick County from Maryland in 2006. She spent 31 years as a history teacher and a library media specialist at the middle and high school level.

Judy LaRocca is originally from New York state, but spent 27 years in New Jersey. Initially, she received her SHIIP training in N.Y. after retiring from a 42-year career in health insurance.

She and her late husband retired in 2004 and moved to Ocean Isle Beach where she enjoys outdoor activities as well as reading and playing mah-jongg. Mary also has a sweet tooth and loves eating chocolate. Mary has a servant’s heart and she knew that she wanted to do more with her time, so she joined the SHIIP as a volunteer counselor in 2005. Mary enjoys counseling Medicare beneficiaries at the Shallotte Center, but will also help at the Calabash Center whenever she is needed. Mary also helps deliver meals to homebound seniors in the Shallotte area.

She loves to play golf and bridge and is active on committees in her community. Celeste and her husband also enjoy traveling and she has some amazing travel adventures to share. At retirement, Celeste wanted to find a volunteer position that would challenge her and keep her mind sharp, while helping people at the same time. SHIIP fit the bill for her. She enjoys being able to assist retirees with sorting out their Medicare options and helps them to navigate the Medicare maze. Celeste is also able to use her background in education as she enjoys teaching Introduction to Medicare classes.

She and her husband relocated to Brunswick County five years ago and she knew that she wanted to continue to help people through the SHIIP program. Judy soon completed her SHIIP training in North Carolina and joined the BSRI SHIIP team as a counselor in the Leland area. Judy loves helping people and says that she is proud to be able to assist them with understanding the complexities of Medicare. Judy has been a wonderful asset to the BSRI SHIIP team and we hope that she will be with us for many more years.



Senior Safety


Think with Your Head, Not Your Heart EXPLORING THE DANGERS OF ONLINE DATING By M. René Tarquinio, LBSW Case Manager/SHIIP Coordinator


nline dating and social media can offer connections. Many older people seeking love, companionship, and friendship may try online dating or find new or old friends on Facebook. But not everyone online is who they seem to be. Be careful and be aware of the risks. This example is a true story, though the names and places have been changed.

A Good Man Goes Down “Charlie” arrived at the senior center one day, as many do, to enjoy a hot lunch, companionship, and the computer lab. Charlie came into the center daily, but it soon became apparent that all was not well in

Charlie’s life. After a few days, he appeared unkempt, dirty, and obviously distressed. On one occasion he was inebriated and on another, he came in with signs of having been in a fight. The BSRI Case Management team intervened and soon learned that Charlie was homeless. The years of sobriety that he had worked so hard to maintain were gone, and he had nothing left. What could have happened to this 75-year-old man to cause him to fall so far, so fast?

An Affair to Remember Charlie began to tell his story. He was living in Alabama with his children and grandchildren close by. He was married for many years but was now widowed. He was a recovering alcoholic and was trying

to help others who were struggling with substance abuse. Life was good, but he was lonely. He decided to explore Facebook. He soon reconnected with a high school sweetheart. He felt young again! He woke every morning with anticipation and could not wait to log on and chat with “Lucille.” Thus began a whirlwind courtship. Before long, he had agreed to give up his life in Alabama, and he relocated to Brunswick County to be with Lucille. In the space of a month, Charlie found himself homeless, was assaulted by one of Lucille’s family members, and his years of sobriety were gone. Lucille was nothing like she had appeared to be online nor did she have a family that welcomed him with open arms. He had clearly made some serious mistakes all in the hopes of finding love with his childhood sweetheart.

A Helping Hand Charlie’s story does have a happy ending. He was able to receive assistance to buy a one-way ticket back to Alabama, and he has returned to his previous life. He may not have found the love he was looking for, but he has the love of his family, his sobriety, and a nice, warm home.

It’s a Strange World Online Photo by Caleb Oquendo by Pexels

Everyone wants love and companionship. But when you’re online, not everyone is who they seem to be. Be aware of the risks and dangers of online da ng.

All too often, people find themselves craving the love, companionship, and friendship that they may have lost. Many turn to


Staying Safe Online



Photo above by Andrea Piacquadio, below by Ketut Subiyanto, courtesy Pexels

Family and friends can help you with your online da ng profile and with ve ng poten al dates to see if they are good candidates. If you need help googling someone’s name or photo, ask a knowledgeable young person for assistance.

online dating or social media without being mindful of the risks involved. There are many online dating sites available for seniors. Experts recommend that before visiting these sites, it’s best that you are in a comfortable, confident place in your life. If you have experienced a recent loss, take time first to heal, and join when you are ready to meet a new partner. Other advice: 

Select dating sites geared toward people over 50.


Trust your instincts. If something seems off, slow down or back off until you find out more.


Ask for help from a family member

when writing your dating profile. 

Do your research. Google a person’s name and their image. This will give you some idea as to whether what they are telling you is truthful. Googling their image will show you if the picture is a stock photo, or whether the names match.


Never give away your personal financial information.


If you are meeting for the first time, do so in a public place. Once again, trust your instincts!

If you find yourself in difficulties and need extra help, call BSRI’s Case Management team at (910) 784-2300.



In the Garden


Cool-weather Flowering Plants By Pat Naughton


inter is upon us and gone are the beautiful summer and fall flowers. All that is left are evergreens. Coolweather flowering plants can add color to your landscape. Here are a few colorful plants to consider for your landscape. Pansy (Viola x wittrockiana) is an annual plant that comes in many colors. This plant is very popular and readily available at home improvement stores and nurseries. It appears very delicate but can withstand winter frost. Pansies can bloom for up to six months. Deadheading spent blooms will prolong the blooming period. It does well in moist, well-drained soil in full sun and partial shade. The flowers are edible and can be used to decorate cakes or with crackers and cream cheese. Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) is a native annual plant that does well in coastal North Carolina. It may be difficult to find at local nurseries but seeds and roots and can be mail ordered. It can grow 5 ½ feet tall and 2 ½ feet wide. Jewelweed flowers year round. In the summer it attracts hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees. It is moderately resistant to deer. This plant has a unique way of spreading seeds. The flowers give way to slender seed capsules which, when ripe, explosively split open at a touch, dispersing the tiny seeds within in all directions, hence the common name of touch-me-not. The watery plant juice can be used to relieve itching associated with

Pictures courtesy the NC NCSU Plant Toolbox

Above: Pansies look delicate but stand up to frost. Deadhead o en for con nuous flowering. The flowers are edible, too. Below: Jewelweed, also known as Touch‐me‐not, provides color all year. Bo om: Cranesbill, or wild geranium, will bloom from fall all the way through spring.

poison ivy, stinging nettle, and insect bites. Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum) is another flowering native perennial with medicinal benefits. The early Native Americans used this herb to treat many medical conditions, including dysentery and diarrhea. This plant is also known as wild geranium. It can be propagated from seeds or rhizomes. Cranesbill does well around the base of trees. It prefers partial shade in rich loamy soil that is slightly dry. This ground cover grows 1 to 2 feet tall and will bloom from fall to spring. For more information on coolweather flower plants, visit the North Carolina Extension Gardener Plant Toolbox,


Brunswick County Events



Eat Lunch for Brunswick County Homeless By Betsy Duarte Board Member, Brunswick County Homeless Coalition


or the past eight years, the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition (BCHC) has held a hunger and homeless soup luncheon during the National Hunger and Homeless Week. It’s a chance to raise awareness about hunger and homelessness in America and in Brunswick County. This year, the luncheon will be take-out. On Nov. 21, volunteers from BCHC and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Holden Beach will come together to offer “Soup-to-Go.” This curbside take-out features a homemade soup lunch with roll or bread and homemade cookies. It will be offered at the Brunswick Center at Supply parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Participants will fill out a form requesting the soup they want and their name. A volunteer takes the form while another volunteer brings out their bag lunch in exchange for a donation. BCHC is following all CDC guidelines: wearing masks, gloves, social distancing, sanitizing frequently used surfaces, and washing hands often and well.

Homelessness is One Event Away There’s a common misconception that people become homeless as a result of drug and alcohol abuse, making poor choices, and mismanaging money. While these factors can contribute to homelessness, none of them are solely responsible for it.

Many people are just one event away from a housing crisis. And these events may be beyond one’s control, such as natural disasters like hurricanes or floods, or discovering harmful mold. People might suffer an unexpected illness or injury, or they may help an ailing, elderly parent, and then wind up displaced after the loved one dies. Clark, a man in his mid-seventies, lived in the same apartment on the same street for 20 years. After a lengthy hospitalization for COPD, he found himself homeless. He didn’t meet the criteria for assisted living and he was out on the street. BCHC was able to put him up in a motel for a few days while he looked for something long-term.

2020 Has Increased Homelessness COVID-19 has dramatically changed housing reality. Rental housing is virtually non-existent right now in Brunswick County. Many full-time and part-time jobs have disappeared due to businesses closing or only being able to operate

at partial capacity. Many of them will close permanently during this time. “Homelessness rarely affects one person; It impacts the whole family.” says Rita Canfield, BCHC board member. “The coalition’s goal is to keep people in safe, stable, permanent housing where possible, or to help them find it if necessary,” Canfield says. A donation to BCHC may provide someone with a motel room for a night, pay a utility bill, or even fill up someone’s car with gas so they can get to a job or a job interview.

How to Help BCHC, a private nonprofit, and its staff of volunteers are contacted by families through calling 888-519-5362. You can help by buying a bowl of soup on Nov. 21. For more information, contact Betsy Duarte at (530) 908-0338 or, or John Callahan (703)927-5830 or

Fraud Alert


he Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is warning about current scams in our area. Unfortunately, scams are a constant issue most everywhere. Two scams that have been reported recently are the Grandparents scam and the Publishers Clearing House scam. In both scams, the caller asks the victim to send money. Always be wary of anyone asking for money or personal information over the phone or internet. It is almost always some sort of scam. And a good rule of thumb is: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!

and send some of the money back for expenses. But when the check you deposit bounces—even after it seemed to clear—you may be on the hook for the money you sent. 

Who wouldn’t love to be that winner you see on TV holding a great big sweepstakes check? That’s what con artists are counting on when they claim to be Publishers Clearing House. The scam starts with a call or letter saying you’ve won the Publishers Clearing House sweepstakes. But to collect your prize, they say, you need to send money to pay for fees and taxes. Typically you’ll be asked to send money by Western Union or MoneyGram, or by getting a reloadable card or gift card. Scammers ask you to pay these ways because it’s nearly impossible to trace the money. Some scammers will send you a realistic-looking fake check in the mail. You’re told that, to claim your prize, you need to deposit the check

Never send money to collect a prize, sweepstakes check, or lottery winnings. If you have to pay, it’s a scam. Never deposit a check and send back money, even if the funds appear in your account. That’s a sure sign of a scam.

your heartstrings so they can trick you into sending money before you realize it’s a scam. If someone calls or sends a message claiming to be a grandchild desperate for money: 

Resist the urge to act immediately. Check the story out, even if they tell you to keep it a secret.

Verify the caller’s identity. Ask questions that a stranger couldn’t possibly answer. Call a phone number for your family member or friend that you know to be genuine.

Don’t send cash, gift cards, or money transfers – once the scammer gets the money, it’s gone!

The real Publishers Clearing House says it will never ask you to pay a fee to collect a prize.

―Grandma, I’m in the hospital, sick, please wire money right away.‖ ―Grandpa, I’m stuck overseas, please send money.‖ In grandparent scams, scammers pose as panicked grandchildren in trouble, calling or sending messages urging you to wire money immediately. They’ll say they need cash to help with an emergency, like paying a hospital bill or needing to leave a foreign country. They pull at

Please share scam information with older friends and neighbors. Unfortunately seniors are the most vulnerable and at risk. If you have been contacted by a possible scammer, let the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office know at (910) 253-2777.


Healthy Bites



You Are What You Eat Choosing Foods for National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month By Joan Leotta


here is much truth in the saying, “You are what you eat.” Dietary choices affect our health, including mental acuity. While we can’t turn back time, we can stave off the effects of age on our mental abilities. We can choose foods that build neural relationships and avoid foods that accelerate mental deterioration. Avoid foods high in sugar and anything processed. This does not mean you can never eat candy or

pasta (carbs metabolize as sugar) or use a cake mix again. Just cut back. Any food that boosts the immune system is helpful in the quest for longevity. Eating Well magazine lists four foods of great value in building the immune system: yogurt, shitake mushrooms, guava, and salmon (wild caught is best). Fiber is also important to keep your internal system running well, and beans and lentils are great additions in that category. Healthline recommends eating

these ten foods (not all at once!) to keep your body young: blueberries, watercress, papaya, red bell pepper, nuts, broccoli, spinach, avocado, pomegranate seeds, and sweet potatoes. Certain health conditions and medications may mandate eliminating one or more of these goodies from your personal list. The Healthline article lists why each of these foods is helpful in holding back Father Time and points out how each supports the body’s gut, skin, brain, or muscle health. WHAT YOU EAT, con nued on page 18

Stuffed Red Peppers for Two By Joan Leotta 1 large red bell pepper 1 cup cooked lentils (I like green lentils) 1 cup shredded baby spinach leaves 5 ounces shitake mushrooms 2 Tbsp. grated Romano cheese 1 slice (thin) Italian bread 1 egg 2 Tbsp. Italian parsley, chopped 1 Tbsp. olive oil 6 to 8 ounces tomato sauce Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté the mushrooms and spinach in olive oil, add the Romano cheese and lentils, and let cool. Tear the bread into small pieces and add it.

Preheat oven to 350˚ (toaster oven is fine). Cook the lentils. Cut the pepper in half lengthwise, take out the stem and seeds, turn open side down and microwave in a Tablespoon or so of water for one minute, thirty seconds to soften the pepper a bit.

Add the egg, parsley, salt, and pepper, and stir. Take peppers out of microwave. Drain the liquid. Spray the pan and return pepper halves to pan cup side up. Fill each half of the pepper, and top with sauce. Cook for 25 minutes.



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he first week in November is National Fig Week. Figs don’t get quite as much publicity as other fruits, so now is their time to shine.

How many calories are in one gram of fat?


A. 2 calories/gram of fat B. 9 calories/gram of fat C. 13 calories/gram of fat

Fig trees do not have blossoms on the branch, because the blossom is actually inside the fruit itself. Figs were presented as laurels to the first Olympic champions, making them the first Olympic medals. Ounce for ounce, figs have more fiber than prunes and more potassium than bananas. They are high in antioxidants, vitamin K, thiamin, magnesium, and vitamin B6. Figs are known for their ability to provide constipation relief, prevent cell damage, and reduce the risk for chronic disease. Most of those illness-fighting compounds are found in the skin of the figs and it has been said that the darker the skin the more nutrient-rich the fig is.

D. 6 calories/gram of fat Correct Answer: B

Next time you’re on the hunt for a sweet treat, without the drawbacks of processed sugars, grab yourself some figs. Nutrition Facts for a 40g serving of figs (about one fig): Calories: 30, Fat: 0g, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 0g, Fiber: 1g, Vitamin K: 2% of daily value (DV), Vitamin B6: 3% DV

WHAT YOU EAT, con nued from page 17

Make a Swap Some simple swaps make it easy to include new foods. Do you like bell pepper on your salad? Switch to red. Making a salad? Swap out that lettuce for fresh spinach. Top it with avocado. Try avocado toast for breakfast. Add broccoli, raw or roasted, to your salads. Blueberries are a fantastic desert option, snack option, and even an addition to savory food like pork chops. Try them for breakfast with some yogurt. Easy food swaps can make your meals more healthful and more fun. Try avocado instead of jam on your toast. Add a li le bacon some mes.

Recently, I remade my family’s stuffed pepper recipe to make it more of an anti-aging powerhouse. See the recipe on page 17.


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2020 is Almost Over, Pecan Make it! By Alyssa Schwinn


ovember has a lengthy list of food holidays, but my favorite is National Pecan Month.

Pecan trees are actually a variety of hickory tree. Pecans have been considered a delicacy in many cultures in the past. One pecan tree can only yield a full harvest of pecans every two years, but the average pecan tree lives for 300 years, so that’s a lot of harvests per tree. During World War II, roasted pecan shells were used as a coffee substitute. The nut is native to Mexico and the southern U.S. The U.S. is responsible for about 80

percent of global pecan production, and most of that hails from Georgia, which is why Georgia is known as the Pecan Capital of the U.S. Don’t leave pecans hanging around for too long. Because of their oily composition, pecans can go rancid very quickly in warm temperatures and high humidity, which we all know North Carolina does not lack. Pecans are a great source of monounsaturated fats. Monounsaturated fats are recommended as a daily part of a healthy diet because they help to maintain good heart health. Monounsaturated fats help lower bad cholesterol in your bloodstream,

which helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. OIls and nuts rich in monounsaturated fats are typically good sources of vitamin E, an antioxidant vitamin most Americans would benefit from adding to their diet.

Candied Pecans Make a Nutritious Holiday Treat 1 pound pecan halves 1 Tablespoon water 1 egg white 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup white sugar Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix dry ingredients (sugar, salt, and cinnamon) together in a bowl. Whisk the egg white and water together in a separate bowl until fluffy. Toss pecans into egg mixture. Mix dry ingredients in with pecans and egg mixture, stirring until pecans evenly coated. Spread pecans onto a baking sheet. Bake in the oven, stirring occasionally (every 15 minutes), until pecans are evenly browned, about one hour. Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe yield. Calories: 393, Fat: 33g, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 4.5g, Sugar: 22g, Sodium: 238mg, Fiber: 4.5g


Ash Senior Site / BSRI News


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







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HEROES, con nued from page 7

those who love doodling or writing to-do lists, a journal and a set of pens are a great pair. Make a donation in their honor. Consider thanking your often-unsung heroes by making a donation to a charity close to their heart. In these uncertain times, many such organizations are in particular need of financial support. Whether it’s an animal shelter in a region affected by natural disaster, a food bank, or a nonprofit such as BSRI, take a cue from your heroes as to what is most meaningful to them. Give the gift of relaxation. Give those always in the service of others an excuse to practice some self-care. Whether it’s an at-home spa kit, a new book to curl up with, or a nice bottle of wine, some of the most welcome gifts are those that give someone a chance to unwind. Write a thank-you note. There is something so personal about putting pen to paper. In this digital age of emails and texts, a heartfelt, handwritten letter or card can become a true keepsake. Write a note to let your loved ones know just how much you appreciate them. For those who kept our communities strong during this difficult year, let the holiday season be your opportunity to give thanks and give back.


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

November 2020


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**









5 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

6 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

9 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

10 6:00pm Line Dance

11 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

12 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

13 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

16 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

17 6:00pm Line Dance

18 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

19 Spring Lake Park 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

20 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

23 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

24 6:00pm Line Dance

25 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life



30 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga


Community Center Closed



STATEPOINT CROSSWORD “IN THE KITCHEN” ACROSS 1. Capital of Ghana 6. Paris in Tour de France 9. Wild ox of India 13. Admiral's group 14. "Mele Kalikimaka" wreath 15. Julian Barnes' "The ____ of an Ending" 16. Telephone company 17. Acronym in a bo le 18. Birth‐related 19. *Set briefly on fire 21. *Separate solids from fat in melted bu er 23. *Crusty dessert 24. Uncouth person 25. Westminster broadcaster, acr. 28. Coffee break spot 30. *Scald quickly in boiling water 35. Like desert 37. Like Civil War reenactment ba le 39. *Like old chips 40. Delhi dress 41. Subculture language 43. *Good or bad it emanates from stoves 44. "As the World ____" 46. Like Jekyll and Hyde's personality 47. This over ma er? 48. Encryp on device, a.k.a. ____ machine 50. Prac ce in the ring 52. Low‐____ image 53. Compe ve advantage 55. NBA coach "____" Rivers 57. *Dissolve browned food bits with liquids 61. *Thicken by simmering 64. Love, to Catherine Deneuve 65. Pigeon sound 67. Pianist's exercise 69. Resembling a fish

70. Hawaiian Mauna 71. Smart candy? 72. Tire swing holder 73. Bruin legend Bobby 74. *Yummy reward DOWN 1. Back of the boat 2. Staff symbol 3. Text messenger 4. Short version 5. Like number 1 to hydrogen 6. Besides 7. Opposite of paleo‐ 8. '70s music genre 9. Wheel in grandfather clock 10. ____‐perspirant 11. Defender of skies 12. Count on 15. Growls angrily 20. What lighthouse does 22. Williams sister's return 24. On account of 25. *Turkey ac on 26. Hitler's Eva 27. Wispy clouds 29. *Incorporate an ingredient 31. Niels Bohr's study object 32. Rock bo om 33. Star Wars a acker 34. Shepherds' flocks 36. Sound at door 38. ____sack 42. Clearing in the woods 45. Viscous 49. Wood‐shaping tool 51. Capybara, e.g. 54. GEICO's mascot 56. Like a bu on, but more so 57. Cuckoo 58. Dubai dignitary 59. Departed 60. Debussy's "Clair de ____" 61. Serenge sound 62. *Preserve by adding salt 63. Old Norse texts 66. "____ the ramparts..." 68. D.C. me






The Brunswick Center at Calabash

10050 Beach Dr. SW Calabash, NC 28467 910-754-7427

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

k o o b k o o C r e s i a r d n Fu $20


BAND-NC provided us with a grant of $5,000 for local digital inclusion projects to meet unmet community needs. This funding will assist BSRI in funding our virtual programs which allow participants to stay active, educated, and engaged from the safety of their homes! Great job on your completion, submission, and success on this grant, Courtney!



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

Help us make a difference in the lives of older adults in Brunswick County by purchasing one of these special cookbooks! All recipes come straight from the kitchens of our seniors & would make a wonderful gi ! To reserve & purchase your cookbook, please mail cash or a check to: 10050 Beach Drive SW Calabash, NC 28467 Make check payable to: Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. In Memo: Cookbook Fundraiser


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

NOVEMBER 2020 Center Hours Mondays 8a - 5p Tues - Fri 8a - 4p

Leland Center Updates! Curbside Lunch Don’t forget: Curbside lunch will resume on Monday, November 9th, serving 1 hot meal per week only! Please submit hardships to Leland’s Nutri on Coordinator, Caroline McLeod:

UPCOMING Outdoor Ac vi es Stay tuned to email updates from Jade for coming info on socially distanced ac vi es! Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. is on YouTube, check us out!

NOVEMBER 2020 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? Or, want to learn Zoom? We can email you instruc ons!  Phone Calls?  Pen Pals? Contact Assistant Center Director & CTRS, Jade Robinson Phone: (910) 754‐2300 Email: 

Mallory Balice, Wellness Program Manager Nutri onist, taking on par cipants for FREE virtual Nutri onal Counseling!

Phone: (910) 754‐2300 ext. 1204 Email: Schedule appt. online:


Oak Island Senior Site



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

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

Senior Activity Calendar November 2020 (Subject to Change)





2 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

3 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

4 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

5 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

9 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

10 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

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

12 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

16 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

17 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

18 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

19 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

23 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 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

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

Tamara Oliphant 11/7 Christine Cook 11/14 Bobbi Manshack 11/15 Marie Leeke 11/18 Peyton Wrench 11/20 Rodney Nelson 11/24 Bill McDowell 11/25 Cathy Olson 11/29


The Brunswick Center at Shallotte




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

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

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

Poetry Corner

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn. Be thankful for the difficult mes. During those mes you grow. Be thankful for your limita ons, because they give you opportuni es for improvement. Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character. Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons. Be thankful when you're red and weary, because it means you've made a difference. It's easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks. Gra tude can turn a nega ve into a posi ve. Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings.

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Friday, November 1, is All Saints’ Day . Sunday, November 3, at 2 A.M. is the end of Daylight Saving Time. Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night at bed me! Tuesday, November 5, is Elec on Day. Don’t forget to vote in local elec ons! Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day. Tuesday, November 19 is Discovery of Puerto Rico Day. Thursday, November 26, is Thanksgiving Day.


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

Our team in Shallo e distributed 700 food boxes in October in the areas of Calabash, Ash, Shallo e, Leland, and Supply! Each box was packed with 35 pounds of food, including yogurt, co age cheese, swiss and cheddar cheese, produce, and meats. These boxes were provided by Farmers to Families program. Please remember there will be NO Thanksgiving day delivery this year. If you are homebound you will receive extra frozen meals to cover Thanksgiving day and the day a er.



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


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

Virtual Programming Opportunities

And Don’t Forget our Facebook Page!

The Brunswick Center at Southport is happy to be hos ng this must‐watch event! Join Dylan Reddish and her accomplished dancers for this virtual showcase by Dance Project's Performance Company. Dance Project Outreach is based out of Greensboro. Many thanks to Dylan for sharing their talent! Simply CLICK THE PHOTO ABOVE on November 14th at 4:45pm. The performance will begin at 5:00pm. Enjoy!

Click the logo above to check out the Brunswick Senior Resources YouTube channel, chock full of videos in areas of exercise, health and wellness, cra s, recipes and other fun topics!


The Brunswick Center at Southport

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



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

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



Remembering and honoring those who have served, past and present. Click HERE to get to the Brunswick County Veterans Services Page. Click the clip art to the le to read an intriguing ar cle about Veterans Day from the United States Department of Defense.

November 26th

We miss our Southport Seniors! CLICK ON TURKEY



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


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

Southport Sightings!

Who is that masked man? Mike Haase stopped by for a quick visit. So happy to see you, Mike! Birthday blessings. Happy 95th birthday, Mr. Krisch! Looking good!

A heron in the pond behind the center.

Cruisin’. Augusto Silva rides through the parking lot with his adorable dog, Karma.


Puzzles / Voting


Nov. 3 is Election Day in Brunswick County


ake sure you have correct voting information. Call the Brunswick County Board of Elections at (910) 253-2620 or go to www.brunswick Early voting ends Oct. 31. If you didn't vote early or submit an absentee ballot, you can vote in person on Election Day.

Voting in Person Election Day is Nov. 3, and polling places in Brunswick County have changed. Check https:// for all 23 precinct voting locations. If you don’t know what precinct you’re in, go to You can find your polling place and look at a sample ballot for your area.

Ques ons? The Brunswick County Board of Elec ons can help. Go to ons/ or call (910) 253‐2620.




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

NOVEMBER 2020 - ZOOM Schedule Monday




Let's Chat November 9 @ 2:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 979 3973 3788

Yoga w/ Emily 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 981 6640 7721

Seated Tabata w/ Angela 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 944 3619 2765

Pilates w/Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 974 7473 6157

Hired Hands Band Wednesday, November 11 @ 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 915 8901 0921

Balance-Core-Strength w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 944 8586 6055

Let's Chat November 23 @ 2:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 933 4318 6742

Muscle Move's w/ Mary Beth 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 919 1988 7696


Wellness Yoga w/ Mary Beth 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 978 1938 0971

Let's Play Bridge Tuesday, November 3 @ 1:30 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 974 6514 8200 Passcode: 163862 Let's Play Bridge Tuesday, November 10 @ 1:30 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 974 6514 8200 Passcode: 163862 What's Happening at Supply Center! Tuesday, November 17 @ 3:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 956 2350 3260

Each Zoom class *(besides Let’s Chat, Let’s Play Bridge, What’s Happening at Supply Center and Hired Hands band) will be reoccurring in October. Each class now has the same meeting link during November. *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 we can issue your membership ID. Thank you!

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

Holden Beach Senior Citizen’s group gathered for the first time since March to hear a special live concert by the Hired Hands Band! The group of more than 30 members met at the Supply Center parking lot on Wednesday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. for the show.

Hired Hands Band From left: Mike Clary, Lead Guitar; Dave Waterman, Bass Guitar/Vocals; Bob Stanley, Lead Guitar/Vocals; Norma Jeanne Scism, Acoustic Guitar/Vocals.

November is National Family Caregivers Month November is the month where we recognize the 78 million people who dedicate their time, often unpaid, caring for a family member or loved one in need. Caregiving has increased as Baby Boomers have aged. Older adults are also living longer with multiple chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and dementia’s such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Providing care for our loved ones can be very rewarding but caregiver stress and burnout often accompanies this service, especially the longer you have been a caregiver. Women are at a higher risk to experience caregiver stress that includes social isolation, depression, financial issues, lack of coping skills, a feeling of being overwhelmed, and fatigue. In our area, caregivers can attend the Caregiver Support Group at the Supply Center. While caregivers meet with each other and learn tools to cope with stress and burnout, they are encouraged to bring their loved ones for some helpful respite. Contact Melissa at 910-754-7604 ext. 1060 if you are interested in attending the Caregiver Support Group at Supply Center.

Click on the links for resources for Caregivers! National Alzheimer’s Association North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging Dementia Alliance of North Carolina Dementia Friends North Carolina AARP

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.

Supply Center’s Curbside Congregate meal services will resume on November 9. Services were suspended during Early Voting when our center was used as a voting site. Due to increased availability of food, Curbside Congregate participants will receive one hot meal on Mondays beginning on November 9. We will start meal service for homebound clients beginning on November 9.

November is National Diabetes Month According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 million Americans, or one in ten, have diabetes. Nearly 90 million Americans, or one in three, have prediabetes. Individuals with Type 1 diabetes do not make the hormone insulin and depend on insulin injections. Type 2 diabetes is caused when your cells don’t respond normally to insulin. Do you know the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes? Click here to take the Diabetes Quiz! YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina offers a Diabetes Prevention Program where participants can learn skills that help prevent Type 2 Diabetes. For more information click here. Click on the picture for information on diabetes self-management education.

Thank You For Your Service! We observe Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11. This day is a time for us to remember the men and women who have served in our Military. According to, the holiday was originally called Armistice Day, the signing of the Armistice that ended World War I. When first celebrated as Armistice Day, the day marked the end of World War I, formally recognized on the “11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month” in 1918. In 1954, the holiday was changed to "Veterans Day" in order to account for all veterans in all wars. Today we continue to celebrate the day as Veterans Day, still recognizing the original tie with November 11. Click on the picture for a special video tribute.

From Supply Center! We miss you all! Melissa, Jillian, and Gloria

CENTERS ARE CLOSED—See NEW MEAL SCHEDULE notes below and on page 6

What’s for Lunch?





Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors *Menus subject to change*

CONTRIBUTIONS ALWAYS WELCOME! ONE CONGREGATE MEAL PER PERSON IS DELIVERED CURBSIDE on Mondays beginning Nov. 9. You will receive one fresh meal per week. See page 6 for details.

HOME-DELIVERED MEALS are brought on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays, you will receive one fresh meal plus one frozen meal. On Thursdays, you will receive one fresh meal plus two frozen meals. EXPECT CHANGES IN OUR DELIVERY SCHEDULE. Our new schedule is not finalized at press time—see for updates.





2 Chicken parmesan w/ spaghe and Marinara sauce Steamed broccoli Diced pears Vanilla pudding Breads ck Parmesan cheese Milk 2 % 9 Pinto beans Collard greens White rice Cornbread Baked apples Milk 2% 16 Swiss steak w/ gravy Cabbage and noodles Diced carrots Fresh orange Chocolate pudding Roll Milk 2%

3 Pot roast w/ potatoes, carrots, peas and on‐ ions Mixed fruit cobbler Roll Milk 2%

4 Breaded fish tacos w/ shredded cabbage Grilled zucchini Cilantro lime rice Pineapple tidbits Milk 2%

5 Hawaiian pork chops Mixed steamed veggies Rice pilaf Baked apples Roll Milk 2%

6 Bacon Eggs French toast Breakfast potatoes Blueberry crumble Orange juice Milk 2%

10 Garlic chicken Asian veggies Brown rice Egg roll Mandarin oranges Soy sauce Milk 2%

11 Sloppy joes Coleslaw Potato wedges Diced peaches Hamburger bun Milk 2%

12 Baked salmon w/ herb sauce Steamed veggies Rice pilaf Tropical fruit Roll Milk 2%

13 Vegetable beef soup Green salad Grilled cheese on white bread Fresh apple Chocolate chip cookie Crackers Milk 2%

17 Balsamic chicken Capri blend veggies Roasted potatoes Fruit salad Roll Milk 2%

18 Baked ham Yams w/ marshmallows California blend veg‐ gies Pineapple tidbits Brownie Milk 2%

19 Beef goulash Spinach Fruit ambrosia Roll Milk 2%

20 Turkey tetrazzini Carrots Diced pears Roll Milk 2%

23 Smoked sausages w/ peppers and onions Steamed cabbage White rice Fresh banana Peach cobbler Hotdog bun Milk 2%

24 Loaded chicken breast w/ mushrooms, on‐ ions, peppers and cheese Glazed carrots Brown rice Apricots Roll Milk 2%

25 Turkey w/ gravy Mashed potatoes Green beans Cornbread dressing Pumpkin pie Cranberry sauce Roll Milk 2%

27 Salmon patty on 9 grain bun Lettuce tomato Cole slaw Scalloped potatoes Fresh apple Mustard, mayo Milk 2%

30 Chicken parmesan w/ spaghe and Marinara sauce Steamed broccoli Diced pears Vanilla pudding Breads ck Parmesan cheese Milk 2 %

26 Grilled chicken breast sandwich w/ lettuce, tomato and red onion on bun Potato wedges Cesar salad w/ dressing Fruit cocktail Milk 2% THANKSGIVING




november 2020


Over 40 Years in the Welcoming Business!

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