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CONTENTS Letter from Leland ...................................... 5 BSRI News ......................................... 6-11, 18 SHIIP .............................................................. 11 Fresh Farm Markets .................................. 12 Read All About It ....................................... 14 Healthy Bites .............................................. 15 In the Garden ............................................. 16 Puzzles ......................................................... 27 Spring Services Raffle .............................. 31 What’s for Lunch? ..................................... 35


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SENIOR SITE CALENDARS Ash .................................................................. 18 Boiling Spring Lakes ................................ 19 Calabash ....................................................... 20 Leland ........................................................... 22 Shallotte ....................................................... 24 Southport .................................................... 28 Supply ........................................................... 32




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 · Courtney Bledsoe, Director of Corporate Strategy · 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 · Holley Norris, Calabash · René Tarquinio, Calabash · Ellen Kleinerman, Calabash · Carol Schotter, Calabash · Teresa Muchler-Nogli, Calabash · Doug Russell, Calabash · Veronica Lett-McGee, Leland · Penny Richards, Leland · Marilou Smith, Leland · Shelley Cooper, Leland · Sandy Porcaro, Leland · Janyce Jones, Leland · Pat Green, Leland

i · Teresa Nelson, Shallotte · Blair Stanley, Shallotte · Laura Collins, Shallotte · Jodi Young, Shallotte · Brett Baughman, Shallotte · Brenda Ambrose, Shallotte · Justin Josephon, 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.





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 16, Pat visits Shelton Herb Farm to discuss gardening with Meg Shelton—our cover story.

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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. Joan gathers a long list of farm markets in our area on page 12. 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. On page 14, Donna digs into some mysteries and other books to brighten your May. 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 15.

Karin McCoy Senior Site Manager at Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site Senior Lunch Program Karin McCoy is the Senior Site Manager and helps with the congregate lunch program at Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site. She is much appreciated as a valuable employee, says BSL Parks and Recreation Director Mary Green. Karin grew up in Michigan and her first car was a Chevy Malibu. For her very first job, she worked the soda fountain at a five-and-dime store. She later joined the U.S. Navy. Karin’s a dog person and prefers her pizza with pepperoni. She loves a coconut macaroon cookie, and this is her favorite season, spring.

Letter from Leland

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Show Us Your Strength


uch like the azaleas in bloom at the time of this writing, I am perennially honored to witness the strength and resilience shown by our senior community, and I think it’s time we put that on display. Send us a photo that best represents your strength and resilience over the last year.

Photo by Shelagh Clancy

Staff at Shelton Herb Farm help plants grow and help shoppers find just the right plants for their gardens. At le is Malinda, at right Kiley Hetem, both friendly and knowledgeable assistants. Gardeners will want to spend a morning there looking over the expansive selec on— and it’s outdoors. See story on page 16.

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ EDITOR Shelagh Clancy (910) 622-1036

As we move forward into our new normal, we must take inventory of the losses we’ve endured, but also acknowledge the perspectives we have gained and the elements of our lives that have helped us cope and persevere. As we emerge from our collective hibernation, let us remember we are more capable than we give ourselves credit for and that we belong to communities that

Veronica Le ‐McGee, Director The Brunswick Center at Leland

care and support one another. Happy spring! Send photos with your name and a caption to

Veronica Lett-McGee Director, The Brunswick Center at Leland

Happy Older Americans Month! This year’s theme is Communi es of Strength, and we feel your strength in Leland. Read more about Older Americans Month on the next page.

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Laura Collins, Katie Crawford, Joan Leotta, Veronica Lett-McGee, Mike McGurn, Donna Ruth Morgan, Janet Morgan, René Tarquinio CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Courtney Bledsoe, Melissa Catlett, Shelagh Clancy, Jillian Hardin, Veronica Lett-McGee, Mike McGurn, Teresa Nelson, Holley Norris ADVERTISING SALES (910) 754-2300 Anita Langin Shelagh Clancy © 2020 Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. All rights reserved

A beau ful spring has let the azaleas and other spring flowers shine throughout Brunswick County, including these spectacular Formosa azaleas in Leland.



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Show Us Your Strength for Older Americans Month


very May, the Administration for Community Living leads our nation’s observance of Older Americans Month (OAM). The theme for 2021 is “Communities of Strength.” Older adults have built resilience and strength over their lives through successes, failures, joys, and difficulties. Their stories and contributions help to support and inspire others. This OAM, we celebrate the strength of older adults and the Aging Network with special emphasis on the power of connection and engagement in building strong communities. There are many things we all can do to nurture ourselves, reinforce our strength, and continue to thrive. Connecting with others is one of the most important—it plays a vital role in our health and well-being, and in that of our communities. From finding joy in small things and sharing our stories, to looking at the big picture and giving to others, join us in promoting the ways we are connected and strong.


Happy Older Americans Month! This year’s theme is Communi es of Strength, and we admire the strength and resilience shown by our senior community. Especially this year, it’s great to remember how strong we truly are. Send us a photo that best represents your strength and resilience over the last year. Send photos with your name and a cap on to

We Really, Really Want to Open Our Centers


ur staff and our participants will meet again! Nothing will make us happier than when we can see your faces enter our doors again—safely. We’re making plans for reopening, and we have a tentative date. We plan to open June 7, operating mostly on a normal pre-pandemic schedule.

Are We Sure? There are so many variables, and as we all know, things can

change quickly! Please watch our website and Facebook page for announcements and updates.

Here’s what we know: 

Activities will require a reservation.


We are making some building modifications to help with safety concerns.


Online and outdoor classes are continuing now: See our online calendar for details.

Our main consideration is the safety of participants and staff. Our BSRI board of directors and the Brunswick County Health Department are advising us, too. See you soon!

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Staff Transitions Are in the Air at BSRI


runswick Senior Resources, Inc. named Courtney Bledsoe to a new position, Director of Corporate Strategy. In this role Bledsoe will be responsible for identifying new business opportunities, driving project initiatives, and developing long-term growth strategies for the organization. She was formerly director of the Brunswick Center at Calabash. “I am incredibly honored to be given this opportunity and am looking forward to what the future holds,” Bledsoe says. “I have loved my time at the Center at Calabash and will truly miss working with the wonderful team of staff and volunteers that pour so much heart and soul into all the programs offered. “I will also miss seeing our participants; they mean so much to me and filled my workday with purpose. I will always remember the relationships developed and the good times shared. Although leaving is hard, I know that I am leaving my responsibilities in the best hands possible,” she added.

Courtney Bledsoe, Director of Corporate Strategy

Norris Steps Up To fill Bledsoe’s shoes, the Brunswick Center at Calabash announced that their former assistant center director, Holley Norris, has been promoted to the position of senior center director. “After happily serving as the assistant center director at the Brunswick Center at Calabash for three years, I am truly honored to be promoted to director,” Norris says. “Courtney and I worked so well as a team and I have learned so much from her. While I will miss having her alongside me every day, I know there are great things ahead. “I want all of those who frequent the Calabash Center to know I am here for them and will serve them to the best of my ability. I’m excited for what the future holds and can't wait to see you all back at the Brunswick Center at Calabash.” “We are so very proud of Holley and know that she will make an excellent director,” Beldsoe added. “I have no doubt that Holley and our capable team of staff and volunteers will continue to meet and exceed all expectations in Calabash.”

Holley Norris, Director, The Brunswick Center at Calabash





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Volunteers Make a Big Impact at BSRI Thrift Stores By Mike McGurn Thrift Store Operations Manager


SRI has recently adopted a new software application for tracking volunteer hours. Called “Volunteer Impact,” it’s aptly named because volunteers have a huge impact on our thrift stores and throughout the entire organization. We can't thank our volunteers enough for all they do and how much they contribute to the success of our thrift stores, our Meals on Wheels program, and everything we do to help our local seniors. This month we'd like to highlight several of our thrift store volunteers and the impact they have improving our stores and helping them stay well-stocked and running smoothly all year.

Collins Makes New Signs Loa Collins is a prime example of a volunteer making a big impact at our thrift stores. She recently designed and installed the attractive, professional point-of-sale price signs at our Calabash Thrift Store and is in the process of doing the same for our Shallotte store. Loa’s variety of skills really shows in the quality of the signs, and the end result is that the store looks much nicer and shopping is much easier for our customers. Thanks, Loa!

Cserneckys Lend a Hand There are many other volunteers whose efforts have a big impact on the daily success of our stores, like our husband-and-wife dynamic duo, Jack and Charlotte Csernecky. They volunteer together twice a week at our Calabash store. Jack is a savvy gadget guy and tests

BSRI Thri Stores in Calabash and Shallo e depend on community help from volunteers who process dona ons, evaluate electronics, steam and hang clothing, and stock books, along with other tasks. We couldn't do it without you, and all these hours of volunteer work help BSRI provide programs and services to area seniors. Above is an example of new signage designed by volunteer Loa Collins.

electronics and appliances for us. He does a great job researching pricing for items on the internet using his phone. Charlotte handles processing dishware and glassware for us, among many other things, and has a work cart with her name on it. They, like many of our volunteers, are tireless workers but also have a great sense of humor and like to have fun and laugh as they work. On more than one occasion, I've seen customers poke their head into our workroom, envious of the goodnatured and often very loud laughter.

Volunteer All-Stars Although there are too many to name, volunteers have a huge impact on our stores. Sue Dye volunteers in Calabash, sometimes several days a week, helping stock our book section and tirelessly processing donations, filling her cart with merchandise and

doing her best to keep the store well-stocked. Dottie Callahan steams clothes for us several hours a day twice a week. Judy McCarthy, Beth Boscarino, Anne Marie Rossi and Ilene Nicholson are all volunteer all-stars for us in Calabash. Our Shallotte Thrift Store needs more help! But our Shallotte store volunteers, although pressed, have been doing a great job keeping up with the high volume of donations. They include Patty Ellis, our main “steamer” who comes in several times a week for several hours and has really helped keep the clothing racks well-stocked and attended. Mardi Akins, Bernice McRoberts, Barbara Stephens, Linda Kilgore, Sandy Lacy and Shannon Scherer

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have also made major contributions to the store. Jim Coffey helps us stock our book section in Shallotte, and with his help it’s been steadily expanding.

Volunteering is Fun Our volunteers enjoy the camaraderie they have at our stores and the satisfaction that they are giving back to the community by helping raise funds for all of our programs that benefit local seniors. In the past they have even formed “Lunch Around” groups where they would get together once a month to try out different restaurants and enjoy each other's company in a different setting. Needless to say many long-lasting friendships have been formed.


Shop BSRI Thrift Stores!

Thanks to all our volunteers! We couldn't do it without you and are so grateful to have you as part of our BSRI Thrift Store family. We are in need of more volunteers, especially at our Shallotte Thrift Store, and invite anyone interested to contact Mike at 910-712-6458.

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 Loa Collins recently designed and installed the a rac ve, professional point‐of‐sale price signs at our Calabash Thri Store and is doing the same for our Shallo e store. They look great, Loa— thank you!

VOLUNTEER at our thrift stores— it’s fun! Apply online at





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Shape the Future! Brunswick County CTP Survey


elp shape the future of transportation in Brunswick County: Add your thoughts to a survey about planning for our transportation needs. The Brunswick County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) will be a multi-modal plan that identifies existing and future transportation systems, including highways, public transportation, rail, bicycle, pedestrian facilities, and the ferry system. This is a long-range plan that identifies major transportation improvements that will be needed over the next 30 years. This helps identify transportation issues important to citizens, officials, and businesses in Brunswick County. Your input is vital in developing a plan that meets the future needs of the people who live, work, or visit here. The Transportation Planning Division of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, in cooperation with Brunswick County and its municipalities, the Grand Strand Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization, is developing the CTP for Brunswick County. Please complete this survey before June 9. You can find it here. Paper copies can be picked up at the Brunswick County Planning Department, 75 Courthouse Drive, Bolivia.

HSN Cares for BSRI HSN department stores selected BSRI for its HSN Cares $1K A Day Giveaway. Not only will we receive a $1,000 donation from HSN, but HSN also matched customer donations throughout the month of April through their Partners in Giving Community Giving page. That means an additional HSN donation of up to $5,000 (with a maximum match of $1,000 per transaction). Donate here in April.

Supply Center Keeps On Growing Thank you, Victor Stephens, for the lovely tomato plants. Also, thank you to Pam Duncan for planting and maintaining our Supply Center garden. If you want to volunteer to help our garden grow, call the Supply Center at 910-754-7604.

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Emergency Broadband Benefit Aids Internet Access


he Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households (and up to $75 per month for households on Tribal lands). Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute $10-$50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

Who Is Eligible? A household is eligible if one member of the household:

providers’ existing low-income or COVID-19 program.


Qualifies for the Lifeline program;

When Can I Sign Up?


Receives benefits under the free and reducedprice school lunch program or the school breakfast program, including through the USDA Community Eligibility Provision, or did so in the 2019-2020 school year;

The program has been authorized by the FCC, but the start date has not yet been established. The FCC is working to make the benefit available as quickly as possible. Check this page for updates.


Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;


Experienced a substantial loss of income since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers; or


Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating

The program is open to all broadband providers, not just those currently offering Lifeline services. Participating providers will receive reimbursement from the program for delivering qualifying broadband services or devices to eligible households. Broadband providers can find more information about how to participate here.

More Info for Broadband Providers

May is Stroke Awareness Month


troke is the fifth-leading cause of death in the U.S. and a leading cause of adult disability. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. Risk factors for stroke include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and atrial fibrillation. You may be able to prevent stroke or reduce your risk through healthy lifestyle changes.

Medicare covers several preventive services at no cost that may improve your health. Please call René Tarquinio, Lead Case Manager/SHIIP Coordinator at (910)754-6224 for more information.



Out and About

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When it comes to strawberries, nothing beats homegrown. These ripe berries are for sale by Hanchey Produce at the Wilmington Downtown Farmers Market.

The Best Food Comes from Farmers Markets By Joan Leotta


pring, summer, and early fall give us the opportunity to venture into small farm market buildings or stalls to purchase produce (and in some cases honey, fish, jams, baked goods, and even meats) grown and harvested within a short drive from your home. Often at these markets, the produce was harvested the very morning it’s sold. The only thing fresher would be to grow it in your own garden.

Angie Lawrence, who works at the Brunswick County Extension Office as a nutritionist and 4-H educator, says, “Buying direct from the farmer means you get fresher items, and fresher items are tastier and have more nutrition than canned.” She tries to shop at these markets as often as possible. Treats like locally-grown strawberries and blueberries, in the markets and pick-your-own at some farms, often offer varieties of berries not found in the supermarket.

Supermarket berries are bred to withstand shipping, a factor that can sometimes outrank taste.

’Tis the Season Most farm markets open in late April or early May and run at least through then end of October. A few, like Indigo Farms, Heritage Farm Market, and Shelton Herb Farm, are open year-round. Most are on Facebook so you can follow what fruits and veggies they are featuring at any given time.

Out and About The following list is by area and includes the markets in operation. For another list of farmers markets, try this one at the Brunswick County extension service. Two markets that were open last summer, T-Heirs (816 Tucker Road) and Alice’s Produce in Ocean Isle Beach (on Beach drive between Sunset and Ocean Isle) have no contact information available.

Shelton Herb Farm in Leland (open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays) offers a wide variety of herbs for you to buy and as plants to grow herbs that will make your spring and summer meals taste wonderful. See page 16. Belleville Riverwalk Farmers Market and Seaview Crab Company Fridays –Sundays. Little Boy’s Produce will be returning May 1, Fridays-Sundays

Riverfront Farm Market in Wilmington

8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays until Nov. 20 Next to Waterline Brewing Company, 721 Surry St, Wilmington Shallotte Farmers Market 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every other Saturday beginning May 1 123 Mulberry Street (Mulberry Park), Shallotte Ludlum’s Produce 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays, Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2401 Holden Beach Rd SW, Supply Heritage Fresh Market, year round 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturdays 20 Sellers Rd, Supply Oak Island Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Mondays May 24 – Sept. 6 Middleton Park (behind Town Hall) at 4610 E Dolphin Drive Southport Summer Market 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. for the Summer Market on Wednesdays June 2 -

August 25. Ft. Johnston Garrison Lawn Owen’s Blueberries Open when berries are ripe 1789 Southport-Supply Road (RT 211) Brunswick Indigo Farms Market Open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Offers local grown strawberries and blueberries 1542 Hickman Rd NW, Calabash

Two of the markets run by the Waccamaw are just a few minutes away from the county line. http:// Little River Farm Market 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursdays, May 6 – Oct. 28 4468 Mineola Ave., Little River, S.C. North Myrtle Beach Farm Market 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Fridays, May 7 – Oct. 29 925 1st Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Between City Hall and the Horry County Library at 925 1st. Ave S.

The Wilmington Downtown Farmers Market (just over the bridge) features, from left, flowers from Castle Hayne Farms; transplants, eggs, and shopping bags from Beartrack Farms; and honey from JD Bees. Photos by Shelagh Clancy



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A Garden of Reading This May By Donna Ruth Morgan


ysteries, historic gardens, Tasmania, and self-help make for a garden of reading variety in this month’s book reviews. Take a trip out of your own world and into someone else’s on these pages.

Any title that intimates books intrigues this reviewer, so The Midnight Library (2020) was a must-read. Categorized as fantasy, Matt Haig’s award-winning narrative of life not meeting expectations resonates in reality. “Between life and death there is a library”—a place to abandon regrets and experience do-overs— offering the beguiling concept of a second, third, or more chances at happiness. Nutshell review: Revisiting pivotal moments and experiencing alternative life paths is a captivating notion. Laziness Does Not Exist by Devon Price (2021) is self-help for those caught up in the “Laziness Lie.” Dr. Price refutes the belief that human worth is measured by productivity—always striving to do more or pushing beyond what is healthy or even necessary— such that it has become a cultural norm. Personal details and illustrative vignettes enliven the book’s scientific language and many citations. Nutshell review: The author’s style takes some concentration, but its message is well worth the effort.

The Last Garden in England (2021) is a historical novel set in an elaborate English estate so lyrically described that the location becomes the main character. Julia Kelly deftly shifts between three periods across a century, planting clues in one subplot that are unearthed decades in another lifetime. The romanceimbued stories of five women’s struggles with love and loss are tied to the changing seasons. Nutshell review: Inspirational for gardeners and delightful for mystery lovers. What happens to those who live through a traumatic time when others do not? Jane Harper’s 2021 The Survivors draws readers in slowly and inexorably like the tide. The character-driven thriller, set in a small, tourist town on the Tasmanian coast, explores reactions to a twelve-year-old tragedy and an unsolved crime echoed by a present-day murder. Nutshell review: Brooding atmospheric whodunit replete with unpredictable plot development and plenty of intrigue. You don’t have to shop—these books are available through your Brunswick County library. Brunswick County Library branches have reopened with limited hours and services, and curbside pickup is available. For more information, contact your library branch or go to

I am a great admirer of mystery and magic. Look at this life—all mystery and magic. ~Harry Houdini

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Healthy Bites



Eat the Mediterranean Way … Yay! By Katie Crawford


ay is National Mediterranean Diet Month. The Mediterranean diet is based on traditional foods of countries such as Greece and Italy. Those who live in Mediterranean countries tend to live very healthy lives, have fewer deaths from coronary heart disease, and have lower rates of chronic diseases. A large part of this is due to the way they eat … the Mediterranean way!

What is the Mediterranean diet? 

A wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains


Healthy fats (nuts, seeds, olive oil)


Weekly intake of seafood


Moderate consumption of poultry and dairy


Little red meat


Plant-based proteins

Start with Plants The foundation for eating the Mediterranean way is building your meal from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and plant-based proteins. Plant-based proteins to try include legumes, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds. Those who live in Mediterranean countries eat a lot of seafood, including tuna, trout, and shrimp. A plant-based diet is beneficial because it: 


Supports immune system through essential nutrients in plants Reduces inflammation through

phytochemicals in plants 

Has a high fiber intake which aids in digestion and can help lower cholesterol


Prevents heart disease and stroke


Reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia


Protects against type 2 diabetes


Increases longevity


Keeps you agile

Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Bowl 1 jar roasted red peppers ¼ cup silvered almonds 4 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon ground cumin ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional) 2 cups cooked quinoa ¼ cup Kalamata olives, chopped ¼ cup finely chopped red onion 1 can chickpeas, rinsed 1 cup diced cucumber ¼ cup crumbled feta cheese 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Place peppers, almonds, 2 Tablespoons oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, and crushed red pepper in a food processor (or blender). Puree until smooth. Combine quinoa, olives, red onion and the remaining 2 Tablespoons oil in a medium bowl. Add the blended pepper mix. Sprinkle with feta and parsley and serve. Nutrition facts: Per 1 ½ cups: 479 calories, 12.7g protein, 49.5 g carbohydrates, 7.7g dietary fiber, 2.5g sugar, 24.8g fat, 4.3g saturated fat, 8.3mg cholesterol, 135.8mg calcium.



In the Garden

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Shelton Herb Farm: Herbs and More By Pat Naughton

her favorites.

he Shelton Herb Farm is not your typical century farm. A century farm means it has been in the same family for over 100 years. The farm has been in the Goodman family since 1867. Margaret Shelton acquired the farm from her great-grandmother, who Shelton is named after.

“Shallotte really thought it out, especially from the perspective of the vendors, so, for instance, we don’t have to lug our produce long distances from the car to our booth,” she says.


Since 1986, Margaret has been working the farm and also started a nursery. Although the farm may be antique, her methods are not. Margaret uses organic techniques and strives for no-till farming. Her passion for science motivates her to try new things. “I use discing along with ground cover crops, but no tilling,” she says. Her last job was a marine biology technician at UNC Wilmington, and she retired in 2017. Her husband Chuck, a retired environmental scientist, is also focused on new techniques in the craft cider industry. Chuck is the cider maker at

Shelton Herb Farm offers transplants of all types. Center, Top: Dill seedlings are ready for transplant. Above: Purple coneflowers, na ve plants that are beneficial to pollinators, are garden‐ ready. Right: Lovely Bella greets visitors to Shelton Herb Farm.

Meeting the Challenge of Organics

Photos by Shelagh Clancy

Albemarle CiderWorks, just south of Charlottesville, Virginia, which is owned by his sister Charlotte.

Not Only Herbs Don’t let the “herb farm” name fool you. In addition to over 500 different species of herbs, Shelton Herb Farm has citrus plants, vegetables, and shrubs. Many of these are plants native to this area. One of the specialties of the farm is microgreens. Microgreens are young vegetable greens that grow between 1 to 3 inches tall. They have more flavor and higher nutrient content than a mature plant. Margaret provides microgreens to several fine restaurants in the area, such as Mr. P’s Bistro in Southport. She also sells her plants and produce at local farmers markets. You may find her at Southport Summer Market or the Shallotte Farmers Market (see page 12). The Shallotte Farmers Market is one of

Organic gardening does have its challenges. Margaret says the key is to start with a healthy plant. Grow large vegetable plants before transplanting and then plant a large portion of the stem. Raised beds or containers that drain well help to prevent soggy roots. She keeps a close eye out for insects. “You have to attack them quickly,” she says. Margaret uses a solution of dish soap for soft-bodied insects like aphids. When a stronger insecticide is called for, she may try Bt (bacillus thuringiensis) or pyrethrum as last choice. When she

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spots a beneficial insect like a ladybug, she is known to capture it and release it in the greenhouse.

Two Growing Seasons Brunswick County has two growing seasons, warm (spring and summer) and cool (fall through spring). It is important to select the right plant for the growing season. Basil is a popular herb for spring but don’t plant it before the last frost in April. Margaret is learning from local horticulturists to follow the moon pattern. The last April frost typically comes on the full moon in April, she says. Cilantro is another popular herb that people plant in the spring. This

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plant bolts quickly with the warm summers in Brunswick County and is better suited for growing in the cool season. “When selecting plants for the warm season, look for those that come from Texas or Mexico,” Margaret says. Culantro and pepicha are warm-season substitutes for cilantro from Central America. You don’t have to drive south of the border to find warm-season plants. They are available at Shelton Herb Farm, 340 Goodman Road, Leland. For more information about the farm, visit where you can sign up for Margaret’s newsletter.



Gardeners will have fun rambling among the greenhouses and tables at Shelton Herb Farm, 340 Goodman Road in Leland. The farm raises herbs, vegetables, shrubs, and flowers for area gardeners to take home and plant in their own gardens. The staff is knowledgeable and most plants are outdoors. Above: Pink dianthus cheer a table of transplants. Below: Lemon verbena.


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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6 09:30 Puzzles 10:45 Exercises 11:30 Stretch 12:00 Lunch 12:30 Bingo 01:00 Puzzles

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MAY 2021

MG Plant Sales in May


fter a year’s hiatus, Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association plant sales are returning! This year there will be two different, specialized plant sales, different from past years. No azaleas, roses, crape myrtles, or loropetalums will be offered for sale.

Buy Native Plants Online The first is an online plant sale focusing on native plants that are recommended by North Carolina Sea Grant for coastal Carolina landscapes. These native perennials and shrubs thrive in our harsh conditions, are more likely to withstand storms, and are beneficial to butterflies, pollinators, and birds.  Visit the website until May 2 to place and pay for your order. Payment is through PayPal, Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover.  Schedule an appointment to pickup your plants in person, curbside, on Thursday, May 6 at the Brunswick County Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, greenhouse area behind Building N, Government Complex in Bolivia.

Master Gardener Sale On Friday, May 14, the BCEMGVA Propagation Sale offers perennials, annuals, vegetables, and herbs propagated by Master Gardeners. Yes, we grew these plants ourselves from seeds, cuttings or divisions! The Propagation Plant Sale is a traditional outdoor sale. For the health and safety of the plant sale attendees and Master Gardener volunteers, participants will need to wear masks and schedule an appointment to shop between 9 and 10:30 a.m. After 10:30 am, a limited number of shoppers will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Starting May 3, visit to learn about the plants being offered for sale and to schedule an appointment. This sale is held at the Brunswick County Extension Office, 25 Referendum Drive, at the greenhouse area behind Building N, Government Complex, Bolivia. For more information, call Krystyna Ochota at the N.C. Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Office, (910) 253 2595.


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

May 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**



4 10am Silver Sneakers Stability & Fall Prevention

5 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

6 10am Coffee Crew At The Office

10 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

11 10am Silver Sneakers Stability & Fall Prevention

12 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

13 11am Trip TBD

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18 10am Silver Sneakers Stability & Fall Prevention

19 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

20 11am Lunch & Movie

21 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

24 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

25 10am Silver Sneakers Stability & Fall Prevention 11am Kayaking at Spring Lake Park

26 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

27 3pm Brew Crew at The Office

28 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

3 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life



Friday 7 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6pm Concert at Spring Lake Park: Perfect Blend Trio


Community Center Closed

Happy Memorial Day



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

The Brunswick Center at Calabash Holley Norris, Director

MAY 2021

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


All program offerings (in-person and virtual) are subject to change. We encourage you to routinely check BSRI’s calendar that is conveniently updated in real time by visiting: vitycalendar You are welcome to participate in any of the programs you see listed, no matter which Center is offering. What are you waiting on?! Get on there & get involved!

OUTDOOR PROGRAMMING GUIDELINES • Reservations • Required & must be made within 48 hours of offering Calabash classes—call (910) 754-7427 Masks

Masks may only be removed if you are 6 or more feet from instructors, volunteers, staff, and other participants and you are located outdoors. If you are mingling, please put your mask back on or remain 6+ feet apart. Masks must be worn at all times when indoors to use the restroom. Equipment

If equipment is needed, such as a yoga mat, it will be listed on the calendar at the link located in the box above.

*Please note that VIRTUAL PROGRAMS are continuing, too!* We want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to participate in classes, whether it is because you aren’t yet comfortable gathering; an Outdoor Offering was full; or it is simply more convenient for you to get involved from the convenience of your home.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

MAY 2021

The Brunswick Center at Calabash

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

Holley Norris, Director

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

Vaccination Day at the Center at Calabash was a success!

Photo by Courtney Bledsoe

Photo by Laura Collins

Photo by Janet Morgan

Benefits of Drum Circles According to GoldenCarers

- Improves social cohesion - Incites laughter & humor - Reduces tension - Reduces anxiety - Reduces negative feelings - Promotes mindfulness - Generates positivity



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

MAY 2021

Center Hours CLOSED to PUBLIC

Leland Center Updates!

Stay in the Know! Are you signed up to receive our Regroup Mass No fica ons? Want to stay informed on classes, ac vi es, and community resources? Make sure we have your correct contact informa on. Email us at OR leave us a voicemail at (910) 754‐7701.

Outdoor Ac vi es

Be sure to stay up to date with our vitycalendar to see our outdoor and virtual program offerings. So lovely to see all of your shining faces for Bingo and our Easter Egg Hunt! All ac vi es are weather‐dependent and there are no rain dates. Stay tuned to Regroup updates as our schedules may shi un l we get back into a groove!

MAY 2021

The Brunswich Center at Leland

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

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



Center Hours CLOSED to PUBLIC

HOPEFUL HAPPENINGS & SPECIAL THANKS: To WellComm Heath and our BSRI Case Management department for our April Vaccine Clinic. To REACH Community Church and Mulch & More for sponsoring our Earth Day Spring Cleanup. And to our Advisory Commi ee who are s ll hard (virtually) at work advoca ng and planning ideas for reopening. Virtual Programming! Don’t forget that ALL senior par cipants can access classes from ANY BSRI senior center! Check us out at vitycalendar, on Facebook, or YouTube!


The Brunswick Center at Shallotte


—An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence—

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

Teresa Nelson, Center Director Blair Stanley, Assistant Director

Know the facts! May is Na onal Arthri s Month

The first steps in conquering arthritis are learning the facts, understanding your condition, and knowing that help is by your side. Below, you’ll find some telling statistics about the current impact of arthritis on the U.S. population.

People with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis –two major kinds of arthritis – miss a combined 172 million workdays every year.

Arthritis and related conditions account for more than $156 billion annually in lost wages and medical expenses.

There are nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year due to arthritis.

57% of adults with heart disease have arthritis.

52% of adults with diabetes have arthritis.

44% of adults with high blood pressure have arthritis.

Arthritis is the nation’s No. 1 cause of disability. Working-age men and women (ages 18 to 64) with arthritis are less likely to be employed than those of the same age without arthritis.

Poetry Corner Our Na on is reverently thinking today Of the loved ones sleeping beneath the cold clay; Of the sacrifice made, and the brave deeds done, To preserve our Union as a glorious one. We ne’er will be able to pay the great cost Of the noble, the true, and the brave that we’ve lost; But over their graves, with tears like the dew, We’ll lay our sweet flowers of red, white and blue. Our Na on is paying its tribute today Upon the green mounds where its loyal men lay; While statesman, and orator, fondly repeat The story of those who knew no defeat. They tell of the Union united again, By the triumph of those who died not in vain; Of the forty‐four states all loyal and free, Of the peace, and the freedom, from sea to sea.

– Frederick W. Emerson Memorial Day

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

 1/3 of working-age people with arthritis have limitations in their ability to work, the type of work they can do, or whether they can work part time or full time.

Nearly 53 million adults have doctor-diagnosed arthritis; that number is expected to grow to 67 million by 2030. Almost 300,000 babies, kids and teens have arthritis or a rheumatic condition.

MAY 2021

 36% of adults who are obese have arthritis. 

1/3 of adults with arthritis age 45 and older have either anxiety or depression.

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

MAY 2021

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

May is Na onal Strawberry month! Here are some fun things to try with those fresh strawberries!

Easy 3‐Ingredient Strawberry Bu er You will need: 6 Strawberries at room temperature with stems removed, 1 cup so ened bu er, 3/4 Cup To 1 Cup confec oner’s sugar


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


Slice a quart of strawberries into halves and place in a casserole dish.


Drizzle olive oil liberally over strawberries, add a splash of balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper, and mix together.


Place a block of feta cheese in the center of the pan, coat with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then bake at 350 for 35 minutes.


While strawberries and feta are baking, cook any pasta of your choice.


Once 35 minutes are up, take your dish out of the over and mix the strawberries and feta together with a spoon un l it becomes more like a thick sauce.


Add in your pasta and some fresh basil and you have a fantas c meatless dinner with unbelievable flavor.


For the meat lovers in your home, you can add in some cooked chicken along with the pasta.

Pulse strawberries in a food processor un l chopped. Add bu er and 1/2 cup confec oner’s sugar; process un l blended. Add enough remaining confec oner’s sugar to reach a spreading consistency and desired level of sweetness. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Easy Strawberry Salsa Ingredients : 1 quart strawberries 1/2 red onion 1 large handful cilantro 1/2 lemon

1.Dice red onion pre y finely and add to a large mixing bowl. 2.Cut strawberries into small pieces and add to the onions. 3.Finely chop the cilantro, having removed all stalks, and add to the mixing bowl. 4. Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, mix the contents of the bowl, and serve.



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

MAY 2021

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

Memorial Day, May 31, 2021


hy do we observe Memorial Day? What is Memorial Day to you?

Is it a day off work to spend with friends and family celebrating the kickoff of summer? Maybe a weekend trip to the beach or lake? I think that we as American's tend to forget what Memorial Day really is about unintentionally. We get so wrapped up in our plans that we forget that the only reason we are able to do those things are because of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. The day actually began as “Decoration Day,” following the Civil War, when mourners placed flowers on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers. The Civil War ended in the spring of 1865 when Robert E. Lee surrendered the last major Confederate army to Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse on April 9. Over 620,000 soldiers died in the four-year conflict. Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union veterans) would eventually select May 30, 1868 as a day to pay tribute to the fallen: “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose

bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land…” Logan apparently chose May 30 because flowers would be in bloom all over the country. By the end of the 19th century, Memorial Day ceremonies were being held on May 30 throughout the nation. States passed proclamations, and the Army and Navy adopted rules for proper observance at their facilities. The crowd attending the first Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery was approximately the same size as those that attend today’s observance: about 5,000 people. Then, as now, small American flags were placed on each grave — a tradition followed at many national cemeteries today. In recent years, the custom has grown in many families to decorate the graves of all departed loved ones. By 1890 each Northern state had made Decoration Day an official holiday. Not so for the South, where states continued to honor their dead on separate days until after the first World War. The May 30 date held for decades. But in 1968 Congress passed the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May in order to create a three-day weekend for federal employees. The change took place in 1971. The same law also declared Memorial Day a federal holiday.

This year we challenge you to remember the real reason you have a long weekend at the end of the month. Before you take off for the beach or pool, take a moment to remember those who gave their lives for our freedom.

MAY 2021

STATEPOINT CROSSWORD MOTHER'S DAY ACROSS 1. "Ali Baba and the Forty ____," sing. 6. Eureka! 9. Schools of thought 13. Sound of ar llery 14. Car nut 15. Without illumina on 16. Nosey one 17. Kind of trip? 18. Lasso loop 19. *Li le Women's mom 21. *Tracee Ellis Ross on TV 23. ____ o' shanter 24. Qui er's word 25. Like a fiddle? 28. Like Charles Dickens' Tim 30. Quaran ne state 35. *Egyp an goddess of fer lity 37. Insane, in Spain 39. Mother or daughter, in Italy 40. *Biblical Rebecca's son 41. Online reviews 43. Research facil. 44. Fisherman's decoys 46. Day me entertainment 47. Furniture wood 48. End of the road, pl. 50. Blatant promo on 52. Swedish shag rug 53. Yours and mine 55. Li le squirt 57. *Mother's mom 61. *She fought for Mother's Day, then against it 64. In advance 65. *Bambi's mom 67. Fancy e 69. Less than fernier 70. I have 71. "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" host 72. Fairies

Puzzles 73. Galley equipment 74. Feed the fire DOWN 1. Kitchen meas. 2. Stay out of its way! 3. Pelvic parts 4. Tennis great Chris ____ 5. Par cular arrangement 6. Away from wind 7. *Mother's favorite gi ? 8. Ancient marketplace 9. Part of a scheme 10. No neatnik 11. Sushi restaurant soup 12. One-pot meal 15. Like the States 20. *One of the Gilmore girls 22. Hill dweller 24. One-eyed giants 25. *She played Forrest Gump's mother 26. May edi on, e.g. 27. *Worn atop the Queen Mother 29. Denials 31. Nike's "Just ____ ____" 32. Private 33. "Take it back!" 34. *Mother in Kraków 36. Lard cousin 38. October birthstone 42. Plural of sputum 45. Rundown 49. Bo om line 51. Kind of ungulate, pl. 54. Where you'll find AM 56. Living room centerpiece? 57. Gamecock's spur 58. *Greek goddess of fer lity 59. Bald eagle's nest 60. *Mums' mums 61. Opposite of cheer 62. Interna onal Civil Avia on Org. 63. Puppet precursor, possibly 66. *Female gametes 68. Café alterna ve






The Brunswick Center at Southport

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ 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

MAY 2021

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

What a Wonderful Way to Stay Fit: Walking Beautiful Scenic Southport

Brunswick Wellness Coalition 5K BSRI Southport Team participated in a 5k race (walk) led by Leigh Lane, representing the Coalition. Our very own Amber Ramsey, at right, won a goodie bag from a BSRI-wide participant drawing. Taking the group picture was like wrangling cats, just ask Leigh!

Medicare 101

Introduction and navigation around the Medicare system is a class being taught by a certified SHIIP Counselor at the Southport Center May 6 at 1 p.m. Class will be held outside.

Supply/Southport COVID vaccine clinic: Almost 200 vaccinated!

MAY 2021

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.

Southport is the Community That Just Keeps on Giving ount Carmel AME Church at 507 N. Lord Street is giving back to the community by serving as a Telehealth site.

Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. By using the internet and a computer screen, people seeking medical care may now communicate with a doctor anywhere in the world or learn about medical conditions and treatments without having to leave their hometown. Recognizing many medical specialists are three or more hours away from Southport, members of Mount Carmel AME Church sought a way to make Telehealth accessible to the community. Support from the Brunswick Wellness Coalition and Dosher Hospital Foundation allows a computer to be available for use by the public at the church. Members of the Mount Carmel Wellness Team guide users on using the internet for medical consultations, education, and video appointments. To learn more about Telehealth or to schedule a Telehealth appointment, call 910-457-6582. It is also possible to reach the Mt. Carmel Wellness Team by email at

Hope 4 NC Fear and anxiety about Covid-19 can be overwhelming for adults, youth, and children. Everyone has a different way of dealing with stress! Hope4NC is offering a helpline, providing not only someone to talk to, but suggestions and tools to help you cope with issues that are effecting your life in a negative way.





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

MAY 2021

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

Virtual Programming Opportunities

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!

And Don’t Forget our Facebook Page! Click Here

New In-Person Offerings for May GERI FIT Kevin Whiteheart and Jackie Knott have taken the training and been certified in Geri Fit! Classes will be held outside of the building and will be taught two days a week. Date and time to be announced, via the email Blast! This is not replacing Rita’s classes. Rita’s classes have advanced, she has created a custom program of exercises. We look forward to having our little power house back soon! STROKE SUPPORT GROUP This get-together is being held outside, either on the front porch or under the back door canopy. They will meet the third Monday of each month at 1 p.m. If you have suffered a stroke or are caring for someone, please drop in and meet this incredibly resilient group. You will leave knowing you are not alone traveling this road! Refreshments will Olive is pa ently wai ng for her be served. friends to join her for outside Geri Fit Class

For your safety, precau ons will be in place and observed. Thank you!

MAY 2021

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Join BSRI’s Spring Services Raffle T

ake a chance, win great prizes, and help BSRI, too! Our Spring Services Raffle offers three Prize Packages from Brunswick Christian Recovery Center Workforce Redevelopment Program:

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To purchase tickets, go to https:// Raffle closes and winners will be drawn on May 28, so get your tickets today!

Help BSRI and Have Fun Too BSRI offers programs and services to promote the well-being and enhance the quality of life for senior adults living in Brunswick County. We operate five senior centers and several nutrition Sites that provide balanced congregate meals, socialization, arts and crafts, health and wellness activities, and life-long learning experiences. BSRI also furnishes many services to assist seniors, such as Meals on Wheels, Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Ramps and Rails, Family

Caregiver Program, and information/referral and case management. Proceeds from ticket sales will support BSRI’s programs and services for the older adults of Brunswick County.

Prizes Are By CRCI Thank you to our prize package sponsor, Brunswick Christian Recovery Centers, Inc. (CRCI) Workforce Redevelopment Program. Prizes packages will consist of services provided by the trade programs including landscaping, cleaning, and catering. To learn more about CRCI's Workforce Redevelopment Program, go to



The Brunswick Center at Supply


101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 28462 910-754-7604

MAY 2021

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

May 2021 ‐ Weekly Ac vity Schedule EVERY MONDAY




No Symbol = No Fee (Contributions always appreciated); $ = Fee Associated ; ^ = Requires Advanced Registration; * = New Offering/Time 10:00 ^ Walking Club


^ Balance-Core-

10:00 ^ Walking Club

Strength 12:30 ^ Geri-Fit®

12:30 ^ Craft Class


^ Geri-Fit®

Monthly Ac vity Schedule MONDAY





7 6 Honoring our Mothers with a sweet surprise at lunch. Reserve your seat.

3 ^*Walk w/ the Director 8A Holden Beach!


5 ^*Drum Circle 10A

10 ^*Garden Club 9A


13 12 Hired Hands Band 11A ^Caregiver's Support Group 2P Older Americans Month!


17 ^*Walk w/ the Director 8A Holden Beach!


19 ^*Drum Circle 10A



24 ^*Garden Club 9A


26 ^Cooking for Health 11A



^*Clearance Rack for Medications 10A

Nutrition w/ Mallory 12P Card Making Class 12:30 31 Remembering our Veterans sacrifice on Memorial Day. Supply Center will be CLOSED!

MAY 2021

The Brunswick Center at Supply

101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 28462 910-754-7604



Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

May 2021 Zoom Schedule Stretch It Out w/ Angela Monday’s @ 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 945 2651 8683

Seated Tabata w/ Angela Wednesday’s @ 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 983 9488 0873

Yoga w/ Emily Tuesday’s @ 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 942 8283 4252

Finding the Right Resources for YOU! May 13 @ 1:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 974 0092 1242

Pilates w/ Nancy Tuesday’s @ 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 979 4931 7629

Caring for the Caregiver May 27 @ 1:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 985 4741 2305

^Tai Chi for Arthritis w/ Jillian Wednesday’s @ 9:00 a.m. (Must attend all 20 Sessions. Class started 2/10) Join Zoom Meeting— Meeting ID: 967 5202 0969 S! LAS ela! C M ng ZOO w/ A NEW It Out tch Stre

Check out our Zoom schedule above. We have a few changes for May: The Chair Yoga and Muscle Fusion Zoom classes that were held every Monday ended in April. However, kickstart your week with a new Zoom class called Stretch It Out w/ Angela! Angela currently teaches Seated Tabata as well. Also in May, Angela will offer Tabata on Zoom, and Geri-Fit at the Supply Center. Check out the class schedule. This 45-minute class helps to increase your range of motion in the joints, improves blood circulation and posture, and alleviates muscular tension throughout the body. These movements should be done on a regular basis.


This month, during our congregate lunch, we will offer outreach from BSRI’s most talented staff, including Prescription Assistance with Marilou Smith, Nutrition News with Mallory Balice, and live Cooking for Health with Tammie Mullis! Congregate lunch will run Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Please call Gloria to register for a meal.

Drum Circle at Supply Center

Join us for this new class. Classes are held the first and third Wednesday from 10—11 a.m. beginning May 19. We have some drums available to use or bring your own. Register for your spot to attend.



101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 28462 910-754-7604

The Brunswick Center at Supply Melissa Starr, Director Jillian Hardin, Assistant Director

Outdoor Classes in the Fresh Air We have enjoyed outside classes during April! Classes such as Tabata and Geri-Fit are held under the big blue awning and we have had a great turnout. It’s been so fantastic to see Supply Center participants again!

MAY 2021

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Caregiver Support Group will start on Thursday, May 13 from 2—3:30 p.m. This will be offered in the center. We will meet every second Thursday of the month. You must register to attend and group size is limited to 10 people. Please contact Melissa at 910-754-7604 ext. 4 to register.

Garden Club Starts Up This Month! May 10th and 24th from 9:00 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

Help us make the garden grow! We want to thank Master Gardener Pam Duncan for maintaining the Supply Center garden this year! Currently, we have swiss chard, kale, collards, and parsley in the garden beds and will add beans and tomato plants. We can also plant cabbage, beets, lettuce, peppers, melons, squashes and potatoes. If you are interested in planting and maintaining a garden bed, call Melissa at 910-754-7604.

May is Older Americans Month. This year’s theme is Communities of Strength. We will celebrate this event on May 12 during the Hired Hands Band concert. The event will run during lunch from 11 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Be sure to register for a meal. We will also offer refreshments!


What’s for Lunch?

MAY 2021



Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. Provides Nutritionally Balanced Meals for Seniors

MAY 2021

*Menus subject to change*



SCHEDULE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. See and FACEBOOK for updates. 3 Oven fried chicken breast Glazed carrots Green peas Fruited jello Texas toast Milk 2% 10 Hamburger steak w/ brown gravy Mashed potatoes Steamed broccoli Fruit crisp Dinner roll Milk 2%

4 Beef and Broccoli Lo Mein noodles Oriental blend vegetables Mandarin oranges Dinner roll Fortune cookie Milk 2% 11 Baked ham Mashed sweet po‐ tatoes Cooked cabbage Fruit fluff Dinner roll Milk 2%

17 Pork chop Harvard beets Mashed potatoes Baked cinnamon apples Dinner roll Milk 2%

18 Grilled chicken breast sandwich w/lettuce,tomato, mayo Broccoli salad Potato wedges Pineapple tidbits Milk 2% 25 Chicken parmesan w/pasta Creamy cucumber salad Capri vegetable blend Tropical fruit Breads ck Milk 2%

24 Baked cod Carrot raisin salad California blend veg‐ etables Rice pilaf Apple crisp Dinner roll Milk 2% 31 CLOSED

5 Tuna salad Wheat bread Lettuce & tomato Potato Salad Fruit ambrosia Milk 2% 12 Baked chicken breast w/ mushroom gravy Roasted red potatoes Green beans Peach cobbler Dinner roll Milk 2% 19 Spaghetti and meat sauce Garden salad Cherry cobbler Breadstick Milk 2% 26 Beef stroganoff w/egg noodles Parslied carrots Brussels sprouts Diced peaches Dinner roll Milk 2%

6 Pork Loin Garlic pasta California blend vegetables Fruit cocktail Dinner roll Milk 2%

7 Baked herbed tilapia Glazed carrots Brown rice Fresh banana Dinner roll Milk 2%

13 Cheeseburger w/ mayo, lettuce, tomato, onion Potato wedges Diced pears Milk 2%

14 Baked flounder Spinach Sour cream mashed potatoes Vanilla pudding Fresh orange Dinner roll Milk 2%

20 Chicken cordon bleu Broccoli & cauliflower Rice & carrots Tropical fruit Dinner roll Milk 2% 27 Bbq chicken breast Normandy blend vegetables Baked mac & cheese Berry cobbler Dinner roll Milk 2%

21 Salmon patty Zucchini w/ tomatoes Scalloped potatoes Diced pears Whole wheat bun Milk 2% 28 Chicken salad Whole wheat bread Lettuce, tomato Baked potato wedges Pasta salad Pineapple tidbits Chocolate cookie Milk 2%



MAY 2021


Over 40 Years in the Welcoming Business!

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