Brunswick Senior Buzz October 2020

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October 2020





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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 are paused for the month of October. See more information on page 7.

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CONTENTS Letter from Calabash ................................. 5 BSRI News ......................................... 6-10, 24 SHIIP .............................................................. 10 Volunteers ................................................... 11 Breast Cancer Awareness ................ 12-14 In the Garden ............................................. 15 Healthy Bites ....................................... 16, 18 Read All About It ....................................... 17 Puzzles .......................................................... 29 Voting News ............................................... 35


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Ash .................................................................. 18 Boiling Spring Lakes ................................ 19 Calabash ....................................................... 20 Leland ........................................................... 22 Oak Island .................................................... 25 Shallotte ....................................................... 26 Southport .................................................... 30 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 · 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.




Our October cover photographer Kermit Cox and his wife Suzanne lived in Wes ield, Ind. before moving to Southport. Kermit a ended the John Herron Art Ins tute and won photography awards in Indiana. He now pursues fine art photography and leads a photography class at the Brunswick Center at Southport. You can see his work at the Art Shak in Southport.




A er re ring from leadership roles in engineering and IT at a major confec onary manufacturer, Beth Klahre and her husband Jeff relocated to North Carolina. Beth enjoys reading on the beach, learning to play the harp, and wri ng human‐interest stories. She lives in Southport with her husband and their dog, Betsy. Beth talks with a breast cancer support group on page 13. Pat Naughton and his family moved from Richmond, Va. to Winding River Planta on in Brunswick County in 2017 a er Pat re red as a mechanical engineer at a nuclear power plant. He has been an avid gardener for 35 years and is a Brunswick County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer. On page 15, Pat advises us on trench compos ng.. 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 October book reviews on page 17. 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. Find Alyssa’s Healthy Bites stories on pages 16 and 18.

Yvette Gosline Chief Operating Officer Yvette oversees the day-to-day functions of BSRI programs and services. She offers guidance to center and program directors (and the Buzz!) and acts as the general “go to” person in strategizing and problem solving. What book are you reading now? Educated, How to Be an Antiracist, and The Seat of the Soul. What keeps you up at night? Nothing really. 97% of what we worry about never actually comes to fruition. At least that’s what my uncle Thomas says. What was your first job? Cashier at Foodtown. I was 15 and earned $4.50/hr. What did you study in college? Sociology and Social Work. What motivates you? Motivating others. What do people not know about you? I do not like my food to touch, I don’t own a pair of flats, and I am an only child and only grandchild with four uncles and two aunts, so providing care for older adults has always been on my radar. Kindle or book? Book, but realistically, Audible is my first choice.

Letter from Calabash



Photo by Kermit Cox

Kermit Cox found this seasonal display at All in Bloom Garden Center & Landscapes on Howe Street in Southport. This open‐air flower and plant market also carries landscape items. “I like to photograph in these open air farm‐type markets in the fall at harvest me,“ Cox says. All in Bloom has moved their opera on to Howe and 12th Street, northeast corner.

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ EDITOR Shelagh Clancy (910) 622-1036 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mallory Balice, Beth Klahre, Mike McGurn, Donna Ruth Morgan, Patrick Naughton, Sarah Powell, Alyssa Schwinn, Jennifer Sherman, Marilou Smith, René Tarquinio CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Kermit Cox, Jillian Hardin, Mike McGurn, Debra Marlowe, Teresa Nelson, Sarah Powell ADVERTISING SALES (910) 754-2300 Anita Langin Shelagh Clancy © 2020 Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. All rights reserved



For Seasonal Wellness I

t’s official: Summer has come to an end and autumn is here. If you are anything like me, you are probably checking off your October to-dos, like flipping your wardrobe, decorating your home with cute fall décor, and consuming all things pumpkin spice. As much as I love summertime, I find myself appreciating the cooler mornings and evenings, changing leaves, and slower pace in our coastal community. Autumn is also the perfect time for self-assessment and reflection as we move into the final months of the year. Considering the lifestyle adjustments we have made in 2020 like social distancing, quarantining at home, and forgoing special events and celebrations, many of us have been burdened with feelings of isolation, anger, and doubt. We have learned to make the best of this trying time by finding solace in spending time outdoors appreciating nature. Now that colder months lie ahead, we must prepare our minds and bodies for another change in routine.

Changes for Fall Even without the stress of a pandemic, seasonal changes alone can impact our mood and physical health. This condition is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Research from the National Institute of Mental Health shows that people who experience SAD during autumn and winter months can face symptoms such as low energy,

Courtney Bledsoe, Director The Brunswick Center at Calabash

trouble concentrating, fatigue, a desire to be alone, and weight gain. Knowing we are facing challenges mentally, physically, and spiritually, we need to develop tools and practices that support wellness. Here are some recommendations from our Center at Calabash 21-day wellness program, the Calabash Cleanse: Develop a morning ritual: Dedicate at least 30 minutes to a healthy routine that lays a foundation for a great day. Use this time to meditate, write down your daily intentions, and move your body. Eat nutrient-rich seasonal foods: Eating a well-balanced diet of whole, unprocessed foods with vitamins and nutrients will give you the fuel you need to stay energized and keep your immune system strong. SEASON, con nued on page 6

Letter from Calabash SEASON, continued from page 5

Get outdoors: Just because temps are dropping doesn’t mean you have to remain inside all day, every day. Get as much time outside as you can to get exercise, vitamin D, and perspective. Studies show that time outdoors reduces anxiety, improves sleep, enhances focus, and builds immunity. Rest up: Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep daily. We recommend a nightly routine like journaling and writing down thoughts of gratitude from your day, taking a bubble bath, reading, or listening to a guided meditation. For more helpful tips, resources, recipes, and wellness inspiration, download our Calabash Cleanse program on our website, Wishing you a happy and healthy fall!

Courtney Bledsoe, Director The Brunswick Center at Calabash

Join the 2020 Calabash Cleanse to feel happier and healthier this fall. Go to /calabash to find out more about this 21-day wellness program designed for these trying times.




Curbside Lunches Paused for October


runswick Senior Resources, Inc. curbside lunch will be 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). These changes are being implemented at all BSRI centers and nutrition sites. Home-delivered meals will continue as usual.

Why the Changes?

stores, please remember this option. Many stores are allowing senior shopping hours, including: 

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


Kroger: Wednesdays 6 -8 a.m.


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


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

Many BSRI centers will be closed for early voting for much of October.

Need Extra Help?

Curbside lunch was initially offered to participants due to coronavirus conditions. 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.

If you are experiencing hardship during the month of October (when curbside lunch pauses) or 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.

Delivery and carry-out options are available at many restaurants, and curbside pickup is available at most grocery stores. If you don’t feel safe going into

As always, please know we are here for you, especially during these times. We are here to help you in any way that we can!

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!




BSRI Thrift Stores Are Ready for Fall!



Change for Charity, Fall Changeovers, and Big Changes Coming to Our Shallotte Store By Mike McGurn Thrift Store Operations Manager


his month's Thrift Store Throwback is actually a “Throw Forward,” as change is in the air.

Change for Charity Starting Oct. 1, BSRI Thrift Stores will launch our new “Change for Charity” program. We will ask our customers if they would like to round up their total and donate the change they would have gotten back to BSRI for Meals on Wheels and our other programs. This will provide an opportunity for our customers to give back and make a difference in the community, a little at a time. It will add up and help a lot of people in the long run.

SHOP our BSRI thrift stores for the best selection! Two locations: 10001 Beach Dr. Calabash 5302 Main Street Shallotte

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

Fall Changeovers Change is also coming to our Thrift Stores in the form of our fall changeovers, when we bring in an all new inventory of fall and winter clothing and fall decor to welcome the new season. The Calabash Store Changeover was Monday, Sept. 21 and the Shallotte Store Changeover was Monday, Sept. 28. After those days, the stores are loaded with great fashions and accessories for the fall season. Stop in soon for great selection and prices.

Reset, Revamp, Renew The other exciting change we’re working on is a reset and revamping of our Shallotte Store to facilitate a new highvolume business model. We hope this will enable us to raise more funds for our local seniors and the many programs and services we offer. BSRI employees Sarah Powell and Sheryl Berry are helping with new signage (see next page), design, and layout concepts that, with the help of Thrift Store staff and volunteers, are sure to make our Shallotte store an even better place. Shop smart, save, and give back at BSRI Thrift Stores! Stop in and check on our progress while enjoying a great thrifting experience.





Don’t Miss the New Sign at Shallotte Thrift Store


f you overlooked the BSRI Thrift Store in Shallotte, you’re sure to notice it now. BSRI recently installed a new sign for the shop at 5302 Main Street, so you can’t miss it. All purchases and donations to BSRI thrift stores support senior programs and services. When you shop at our Shallotte and Calabash thrift stores, you get a bargain and you help BSRI do good in the senior community.

Photo by Debra Marlowe

From le to right are BSRI board members John Ingraham, Myong Jensen, Joyce Lowrimore, Arnold Owens, and Dan Bruneau, and President/CEO Jim Fish.

You can shop online, too. Go to to see what’s new at our Calabash and Shallotte thrift stores.

Those in Need Can Call on Brunswick Family Assistance


runswick Family Assistance (BFA) is a private non-profit organization in operation since 1981. BFA helps low-income people in crisis in Brunswick County by providing emergency assistance and educational and skills development programs. BFA operates numerous programs, including a food pantry and programs to help with summer meals, prescriptions, utilities, and rental assistance. They’re gearing up now for the Christmas programs. BFA envisions a community where all people have access to adequate

and food assistance. Charles is a resident of Holden Beach and Brunswick County since 2011. He is currently studying at ECPI online university for a bachelor’s in business administration. He says, “I’m proud to be part of this amazing organization,” helping those in crisis. nutritious food and sufficient resources to sustain themselves. Charles Jackson, BFA’s Director of Operations, has been front and center of this mission and pandemic, assisting Brunswick County residents with resources

For food pantry or financial assistance, or to donate to BFA, please call BFA in Shallotte at (910) 754-4766 or in Leland at (910) 408-1700. —Jennifer Sherman Vice President of Human Services





Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Oct. 15


ach year, you can make changes to your Medicare Advantage or Medicare prescription drug coverage for the following year. There are two separate enrollment periods.

Medicare Open Enrollment Oct.15 through Dec. 7 What can I do?  Change from Original Medicare to

a Medicare Advantage Plan.  Change from a Medicare

Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.  Switch from one Medicare

Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.  Switch from a Medicare

Advantage Plan that doesn’t offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.

(with or without drug coverage).

 Switch from a Medicare

Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage.  Join a Medicare Prescription

 You can drop your Medicare

Advantage Plan and return to Original Medicare. You'll also be able to join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.

Drug Plan.  Switch from one Medicare drug

What can’t I do?  Switch from Original Medicare to

plan to another Medicare drug plan.

a Medicare Advantage Plan.

 Drop your Medicare prescription

drug coverage completely.

 Join a Medicare Prescription Drug

Plan if you’re in Original Medicare.

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period Jan. 1, 2021 through March 31, 2021

 Switch from one Medicare

Prescription Drug Plan to another if you're in Original Medicare

What can I do?  If you’re in a Medicare Advantage

Plan (with or without drug coverage), you can switch to another Medicare Advantage Plan

For assistance, please call your local BSRI SHIIP at (910)754-2300 or René Tarquinio, Case Manager/SHIIP Coordinator at (910)754-6224.

GSATS Transportation Grant Will Move Seniors to Calabash Center


ennifer Sherman and Courtney Bledsoe, on behalf of BSRI, were awarded the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) Section 5310 grant through the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments of South Carolina. The grant of $54,000 will support transportation to and from our Calabash Senior Center. This grant is for the enhanced mobility of seniors and individuals with disabilities funds to be used in the Grand Strand urbanized area. The GSATS funds will enable BSRI to continue to provide comprehensive access to health and social services to seniors served by our senior centers, and offer access to community events and personal shopping trips. BSRI and its staff and volunteers advocate for

programs and deliver services that encourage and sustain independence for senior adults in our communities. The GSATS funds will support our mission and the growth in the population of those we serve. We look forward to a new partnership through Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments of S.C. in our cooperative efforts to meet the needs of the senior adult population in Brunswick County. Contact the Calabash Senior Center at (910) 754-7427 if you have no access to transportation and are interested in attending the Calabash Senior Center, offering one shopping trip weekly on the established route returning home. See you soon!

—Jennifer Sherman Vice President of Human Services


Join our growing Nutrition Team! Help us get meals out to those who need them. Shallotte Senior Center needs three volunteers to help prep homebound meals Friday 10 am-12 pm. We are also looking for backup volunteers for Meals on Wheels delivery Mon-Friday at all five of our senior centers.

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Our funding comes from multiple sources: local funding, federal funding, small grants, the Home Community Care Block Grant, donations, and BSRI thrift stores. Currently our Shallotte Thrift Store is looking for quality donations, volunteers and most importantly, customers! Help our newest thrift store thrive by considering us when you get rid of that couch, or clean out the closet. Your business makes a difference. Shopping at our stores and donating can do so much for so many. Check out our locations here:

Breast Cancer Awareness

By Patti Quilliam


s a breast cancer survivor, Kara Kenan understands the importance of having support while fighting the disease. That’s why she founded Going Beyond the Pink in 2017. The organization’s name epitomizes its mission. “You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know that the pink ribbon represented breast cancer,” Kenan says. Her organization is more than a symbol, however. “We aim to move past the pretty pink ribbon and focus on a deeper understanding of the impact of the disease and on the much-needed education and support,” she says.

Going Beyond the Pink (GBtP), which serves three counties in southeastern North Carolina including Brunswick County, provides assistance to patients, families, and caregivers at all stages in their journey toward wellness. Statistics show that breast cancer survival rates can increase by up to 64 percent with access to supportive services. And GBtP has a wealth of them. In the past three years, GBtP has provided services to about 500 people, in the form of: 

Support consultations

Home and hospital visits

Financial assistance for out-of-pocket medical costs

And the group has provided access to education and support services to more than 10,000 people through outreach, events, workshops, and social media. GBtP has educational

Photo contributed

Breast Cancer survivors gather in front of an artist’s “Survivor Tree.” Going Beyond the Pink provides assistance to patients, families, and caregivers.

materials available to send to interested parties and provides links to other information on its website. Support resources, from care bags to caps and hats, post-surgical pillows, and other items, are also available. Two programs are Wellness Wednesdays and Thriving Thursdays. Wellness Wednesdays is a blog that covers a different topic each week. Recent posts include “Caring for the Caregiver” and “Genetic Risk and Breast Cancer.” Thriving Thursdays is a live, interactive virtual meeting in which participants share experiences and ask questions about topics such as nutrition and steps after diagnosis. Virtual workshops are offered periodically via Zoom; some address issues that people may have difficulty talking about, such as intimacy. All of these programs provide a forum for breast cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers to learn that they are not alone. The phrase “going beyond the pink” is also a reminder that men as

well as women can get breast cancer. Although male breast cancer is rare, men should be aware of the signs and symptoms. GBtP strives to remove the stigma that some men feel is part of the diagnosis. To encourage men to take advantage of its services, GBtP ensures that its workshops are gender-neutral, and colors used in their environment and branding include neutral and masculine hues. Going Beyond the Pink can also provide need-based financial assistance for the cost of such needs as insurance co-pays or medical prosthetics. To date, this nonprofit organization has distributed more than $65,000, easing the financial burden for many who felt overwhelmed.

“We are primarily supported by donations from individual community members and community fundraisers, like golf tournaments, GOING BEYOND, continued on page 14

Breast Cancer Awareness

By Beth A. Klahre


t was October 2009 when Kenny and Elizabeth Barnes learned their 32-year-old daughter Kelly was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Kelly chose to come home to Wilmington from Atlanta to have the support of family during her double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and reconstructive surgery. Through their experience, the Barnes unearthed the desire to spend their lives serving others who would find themselves in the same situation.

“Hope kept us going,” Elizabeth Barnes recalls. “Hope was the center of everything. We prayed and God gave us vision to address cancer support for women, men and children. Hope is a significant word.” Hope became the energy, which named the nonprofit. In 2009, Hope Abounds was launched. In 2016, it was expanded to pediatrics and in 2019 to men.

devastated when we first heard the diagnosis,” Barnes says. “We didn’t know where to turn, so we went to the Internet. Not a good thing! There is misinformation and opinions, not necessarily professional or valid,” she says. Hope Abounds partners with reputable resources like UNC REX Hospital, Duke Cancer Center, UNC Chapel Hill and Lower Cape Fear LifeCare to provide patient education. Because navigating the healthcare system can be difficult, Hope Abounds offers direction, such as a Patient Resource Notebook to organize medical paper work.

Seven people serve at Hope Abounds Cancer Network, governed by a board of directors, an advisory board, and ambassadors who build strategic partnerships and obtain funding. Pending coronavirus guidelines, Hope Abounds is

planning several signature fundraising events. In November, Betting on Hope casino night will be held for the third year. The 10th Annual East Coast Shag Classic, a four-day event with nightly bands and dance lessons, will be swinging in Wrightsville Beach, and in April, a first-time golf tournament will tee off at Magnolia Greens. Eighty percent of funds raised goes directly to programs, eight percent to support fundraising and 12 percent to administration, a distribution that makes the Barnes proud.

Hope Abounds has touched lives as far away as Texas and Hawaii. Over the past 11 years, the Barnes estimates they have helped 4,000 HOPE, continued on page 14

“Hope Abounds is now for everyone,” the Barnes say. “We include all ages, genders, cancer types, and ethnicities who need help during their active cancer treatment.”

Hope Abounds Cancer Network offers three main services— advocacy, education and navigation—born out of needs that the Barnes found missing during Kelly’s journey. Patient advocacy helps families find the right contacts. “We were

Photo contributed

Hope Abounds Executive Director Elizabeth Barnes, left, shows a patient some of the resources available through the organization. Hope Abounds serves all ages, genders, and cancer types.



Breast Cancer Awareness


GOING BEYOND, con nued from page 12

HOPE, con nued from page 13

silent auctions, and other fun pink events,” Kenan says. “We have received a few grants from local businesses like ATMC and Brunswick Electric, and most recently a $10,000 grant from Truist Foundation (SunTrust & BB&T Banks merged to form Truist).” Kenan is the only paid staff member.

people. Brunswick County residents may apply through a call to (910) 799-7178 or the website contact form. To donate, go to

To donate to GBtP, mail a check to P.O. Box 1770, Leland, NC 28451, or donate online at www.Going or at paypal.meGoingBeyondthePink. Although the office is closed due to the coronavirus, anyone can call (910) 667-2111 or email to set up a virtual appointment, or go to Facebook or Instagram to find out about upcoming events.

Boots on the Ground “Because each situation is different, we provide services to fit the family through a needs assessment,” Barnes says. “We teach people about the strengths they did not know they had and how to find the positive attitude to get them through their journey. We are the boots on the ground for the patient. And we walk arm-in-arm.” Kelly is doing well, married and raising her four children in Ohio.

Breast Cancer Screening on the Road breast health education.

By Shelagh Clancy


ovant Health Brunswick Medical Center (NHBMC) received a grant from the Susan G. Komen organization to help uninsured people and those in need receive breast cancer screening. The NHBMC Breast Screening and Diagnostic Program for Uninsured and Underserved Individuals provides screening mammograms on the mobile mammography unit, 3D mammography at the medical center, diagnostic follow-up services, and one-on-one

“Many Brunswick County residents encounter barriers to obtaining annual mammograms,” says Kristen Barnhardt, Novant Health senior corporate public relations specialist. “The barriers might be transportation, lack of insurance, or low health literacy. “This program helps to alleviate those barriers. We also have our mobile mammography to help gain healthcare access to those with limited transportation or living in ‘transportation deserts.’” Novant operates Brunswick County’s only mobile mammography unit. “In an effort to improve access to care, the mobile unit delivers screenings in rural and low-income areas, collaborating with local organizations to target individuals in need,” Barnhardt says. For more information, call Financial Services at (910) 721-1783 or (910) 721-1404 or go to the Novant website here.

Photo contributed

Novant operates Brunswick County’s only mobile mammography unit, which goes to remote and underserved parts of Brunswick to deliver cancer screenings and improve access to care.

With COVID-19 putting a strain on many financial resources of nonprofit organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, Novant did not receive the grant for 2020. Another fund helps supplement underinsured and uninsured patients, and contributions can be made here.

In the Garden

Your icky kitchen scraps help your garden grow! Try trench composting them to make a light, fertile soil.

By Pat Naughton


omposting is typically done in a barrel or bin. These tend to be bulky, unsightly, and require periodic turning.

Trench composting is a great alternative to bins and barrels. Trench composting is simple. Just dig a trench or any shape hole about 12 inches deep, add roughly four to six inches of compostable materials such as kitchen scraps, and fill hole with the dug-up soil. That’s all there is, no watering or turning the pile. Putting the trench adjacent to the plants gives them nutrition right near the roots. This helps to develop strong roots that help the plant cope during times of dry conditions.

The only downside to trench composting is you may forget where the hole is. That’s not a problem. Compost material breaks down in a few weeks. Since there’s a small amount decomposing, you can plant right over it.

Compost bins can give off an odor. With trench composting, nothing is visible and there is no odor.

Avoid adding meat and dairy scraps.

Pet wastes should not be added. Farm animal manures, like those from cows, horses, and chickens, can be trench composted, but don’t plant there for four or more months to avoid any potential pathogen exposure.

Coffee filters and unbleached paper towels and napkins can be added as trench fillers.

Grass clippings can be added, but too many can generate a lot of heat. It is best to mix grass clippings with leaves first or layer them in with other ingredients.

What goes into a trench for composting? The short answer is what not to put in.

You don’t want too much of one thing. A variety of material will speed up decomposition.

More information on composting can be found in the N.C. State Extension publication Backyard Composting of Yard, Garden, and Food Discards.

I use this method in my vegetable garden. Along with rotating crops in the garden, I try to rotate the location of the trenches to amend the soil in the entire garden. If you rototill your garden, don’t start any new trench close to the time of tilling. Over time, regular trench composting will eliminate the need to till. Digging the trenches loosens the soil, and the compost matter creates a crumbly soil without tillage. Not to mention the job that the worms are doing aerating and turning the soil!

Don’t trench weeds. Perennial weeds can regrow from sections of their roots. Annual weeds may have seeds that will grow when the seeds come to the surface from tilling.



Healthy Bites


The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Pumpkin By Alyssa Schwinn


appy fall, y’all! October is National Apple Month and that means there’s much to celebrate. Apple pie, apple cider, candied apples, oh my! Apples are actually a member of the rose family. On average, one 9-inch pie requires two pounds of apples. Apples have five seed pockets, known as carpels, and each carpel contains a varying number of seeds, determined by the health of the plant. The breed of apple is a key determinant of the number of seeds it will contain. National Apple Month began as

National Apple Week in 1904. The week-long apple extravaganza was expanded in 1996 to span a threemonth time period, September to November, to stretch the promotional period for the fall fruit. Apples and other fruits are beneficial to your diet because they

Mini Apple Pizzas 1 medium apple, sliced long ways (so they look like circles, about ¼ inch thick), seeds removed 8 Tablespoons nut butter of your choice (this recipe uses almond butter) 8 Tablespoons chocolate chips 4 teaspoons honey (optional) 4 teaspoons pistachios (optional) Slice apples into circles, then spread 1 Tablespoon of your chosen nut butter across each slice. Top with 1 Tablespoon chocolate chips, ½ teaspoon pistachios, and ½ teaspoon honey. Feel free to get creative with whatever toppings you like! Nutrition facts for Apple Pizzas (including all listed toppings): Serving size: 1 pizza. Calories: 180, Fat: 12.8g, Carbohydrates: 16.8g, Protein: 4.2g, Sugar: 12g, Sodium: 43mg, Fiber: 3g

are a high-quality source of carbohydrates, vitamins, and fiber. Apples have been linked to improved heart health and lowered risk of diabetes and cancer. And they provide better bone health and protection from stomach lining damage due to NSAIDs.

HEALTH TRIVIA Which answer includes all fat-soluble vitamins? 1. Vitamins A, C, B12, & D 2. Vitamins E, B6, C, folate 3. Vitamin C, E, riboflavin, thiamine 4. Vitamins A, D, E, & K Correct Answer: 4

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National Unity and Breast Cancer Awareness By Donna Ruth Morgan


s Americans, we have much more in common than what divides us. We all want to keep our families safe, see our children prosper, and take pride in our country. When we read, we have the chance to stretch and see the world through the author’s eyes and learn something new. Books are windows on the world. Confronting our nation’s past, addressing discrimination and injustice, and pointing (hopefully) to a better future are Ibram X. Kendi’s 2016 awardwinning Stamped from the Beginning and its 2020 distillation by Jason Reynolds for Young Adult readers, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism and You. The authors argue the need for liberation from historical complexes caused by slavery and subjugation and deliver American history viewed through the lens of oppression. Readers will find flaws in some positions but will discover how the founding and expansion of our country are seen by some as victory while to others are reminders of pain and humiliation. No single narrative can describe our

origins, so these books provide an on-ramp for open, frank debate. Nutshell review: Offers insight into emotive subjects affecting not only people of color but all Americans. The Guest List by Lucy Foley (2020) is suspense novel à la Dame Agatha Christie with elements of the game Clue. The atmospheric setting and tightlywoven plot create the perfect spin on a “locked room mystery.” Multiple points of view are held together with a challenging timeline that dips into dark secrets past and present—with the seductive feel of a gossipy tabloid. The innocent, guilty, and the murder victim are veiled until the final pages. Nutshell review: Slow-burning action with a surprising yet satisfying denouement. The Undying is Anne Boyer’s 2019 memoir of her battle with breast cancer. She chronicles her path to health in a journal dubbed a “minor form of reparative magic”— sharing a saga of violence, deperson-

alization, and sheer exhaustion experienced during circumstances beyond personal control. Nutshell review: No hope or positivity in the book’s conclusion left this reviewer—a breast cancer survivor herself—with a sense of unfulfillment and ambiguity. Progressive authors Greg Lukianoff, First Amendment expert, and Jonathan Haidt, social psychologist, address the roots of today’s cultural upheaval and civil unrest. Their 2018 awardwinning The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure speaks directly to many current social problems. Nutshell review: Encourages parents and teachers to instill self-reliance and independent thinking in today’s youngsters. Brunswick County Library branches have reopened with limited hours and services. Temporary hours are 10 a.m. through 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Face coverings and social distancing are expected. Available services include WiFi, browsing and checkout, hold pickups, limited computer use, and limited seating. They will also continue to offer curbside pickup. For more information, contact your library branch or go to www.

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Ash Senior Site / Healthy Bites



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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Food Item of the Month By Alyssa Schwinn


arbanzo beans are our food item of the month. Garbanzos have a reputation for being “boring,” but at BSRI we accept the challenge to take this average bean and make it extraordinary. Garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, are one of our favorite year-round foods. Their versatility lends itself well to any season and most flavor profiles. Garbanzos are an exceptional source of protein, which is why they receive so much praise throughout the vegetarian and vegan communities. The combination of a large amount of protein and fiber found in chickpeas has been known to aid in appetite control. Protein and fiber each take a large amount of time to fully break down in the digestive tract, so the combination of both helps us feel full for longer periods of time. This also helps to regulate blood sugar levels. Some of our favorite ways to enjoy chickpeas are as hummus, baked chickpeas, or just straight from the can. Nutrition Information for 4 ounces of garbanzo beans: Calories: 184, Fat: 2.8g, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 12g, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 5.3g

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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

October 2020 Monday


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

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




1 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake Park 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

2 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

5 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

6 6:00pm Line Dance Club at Spring Lake Park

7 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

8 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake Park 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

9 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

12 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

13 6:00pm Line Dance Club at Spring Lake Park

14 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

15 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake Park 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

16 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

19 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

20 6:00pm Line Dance Club at Spring Lake Park

21 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

22 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake Park 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

23 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

26 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

27 6:00pm Line Dance Club at Spring Lake Park

28 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

29 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake Park 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

30 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life

Your contributions help us offer more senior programs and services!


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

The Brunswick Center at Calabash Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

OCTOBER 2020 Staff on Site: Monday - Friday 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m.

Although we are closed to the public, programs, services, and seniors’ needs have NOT stopped! If you are able, please mail a contribution or donation to: 1. The Brunswick Center at Calabash 10050 Beach Drive SW Calabash, NC 28450 2. If you are sending a check, please make the check out to: The Brunswick Center at Calabash OR Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. 3. If you would like for your contribution to go to a certain program, please indicate this. For example: Meals on Wheels, Recreation Program, Calabash Cleanse 2020, Congregate Lunch Program, or General. BSRI staff thanks you! Thursday, Oct. 29th To be entered into the contest, email a photo of you in your Halloween costume to The winner will be announced on Monday, Nov. 2nd! Happy Halloween!

Virtual Fitness Classes are available to you! Since centers have been closed to participants, we have worked hard to make classes accessible to you from the comfort & safety of your home. If you haven’t checked them out, we encourage you to do so this month! You are permitted and encouraged to participate in programs offered by any of Brunswick Seniors Resources’ senior centers. To see what is being offered by each center, please visit


The Brunswick Center at Calabash

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

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

Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

21-Day Calabash Cleanse To learn more & to join in, please visit calabash/

Although some have already began the Calabash Cleanse & are loving it, it is not to late for YOU to start! (Please Note: This is not a diet, but is instead targeted to improve your overall wellness!)

Financial Planning Series via Zoom

October 8th at 1:00 Calabash’s Case Manager, René Tarquinio, will be holding an Intro to Medicare discussion in the parking lot behind the Brunswick Center at Calabash. Masks required & social distancing will be enforced!


**Class will last 45 minutes to an hour & registration is required. Please email if you plan to attend. After registering, you will receive Zoom access information.  Investment Basics - A guide to your investment options October 6th at 2:00PM  Retirement Income Planning – Planning for a financially successful retirement October 13th at 2:00PM  Estate Planning Basics – An overview of the Estate Planning Process October 20th at 2:00PM  Budget Building October 27th at 2:00pm For additional information, please visit our Virtual Schedule at

VOTER EDUCATION • View MaryBeth’s Voter Education video she recorded last month by visiting BSRI’s YouTube channel. • On October 6th at 11:00, MaryBeth will be doing a follow up Zoom meeting to answer any questions you may have about voting. Be sure to tune in, prepared with questions. She’s happy to help! Meeting ID: 385 100 1934 Password: CAC10050 *Early Voting at the Brunswick Center at Calabash: October 15th-31st *Times vary by day, so please check schedule here before coming out:

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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

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

Leland Center Updates! Vo ng The Leland center will be polling place for Early Vo ng Oct. 15‐31 and Elec on Day November 3. Get out and GO VOTE!

Congregate Lunch Changes Congregate Lunch is PAUSED un l Nov. 9, to allow the center to be used as polling site.

Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. is on YouTube! Check us out to view: Exercise –Cra s –Health & Wellness Entertainment—Meet the Staff


The Brunswick 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 Jade Robinson, Assistant Director


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

Take Steps to a Healthier You Are You Looking to Make a Changes to Your Diet? Lose Weight? Or Develop a Healthier Rela onship with Food? Mallory Balice, Wellness Program Manager Nutri onist, is taking on par cipants for FREE virtual Nutri onal Counseling!

Contact Mallory today for your FREE consulta on: Phone: (910) 754‐2300 ext. 1204 Email: Schedule apt. online:

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





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Oak Island Senior Site


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



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

Patsy Hammonds 10/1 Mary Snead 10/10 Stephanie Stiller 10/12 Ronald Jernigan 10/18 Sam Olson 10/18 Arthur Colborn 10/23 Louis Brummell 10/27

Senior Activity Calendar October 2020 Monday


(Subject to Change)



1 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 12:30 pm BINGO

5 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

6 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Chair Tai Chi 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

7 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

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

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

13 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Chair Tai Chi 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

14 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

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

19 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

20 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Chair Tai Chi 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

21 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

22 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 12:30 pm BINGO

26 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

27 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Chair Tai Chi 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

28 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

29 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 12:30 pm BINGO


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The Brunswick Center at Shallotte


Weekly Ac vity Schedule EVERY MONDAY





Never let your best friends get lonely, keep disturbing them. 9:00 Zumba Gold 10:00 Yoga w/ Kathryn 10:00 Beginner/ Intermediate 10:30 Line Dancing 11:00 Exercise Class w/Angela 11:30 Lunch 12:15 Bingo 1:30 Tai Chi w/ Dean

8:30 10:30 11:15 12:00 12:00 1:00 1:00 2:00

Gentle Yoga ($5) Geri Fit w/Angela Aerobics w/Angela Basic Line Dancing Lunch Tai Chi w/ Dean Cash Bingo Tai Chi Forms With Dean ($5)

10:00 Beginner Bridge 10:00 Tabata w/Shelley 10:00 Intermediate/ Advanced Line Dancing 11:00 Exercise Class — Gentle Stretch w/ Angela 11:30 Lunch 12:15 Bridge 1:00 Shopping

9:00 10:00 10:30 11:15 12:00 12:30 1:00 1:15

Zumba Gold w/ Kathryn Beginner Yoga w/ Kathryn Geri Fit w/Angela Aerobics Lunch Art Class w/Joan Mahjong Tai Chi w/Dean

9:00 Pilates w/Angela 10:00 Tabata w/Shelley 10:00 Brains & Balance ($5) 11:30 11:30 12:15 12:00

BP Checks Lunch Bingo Movie 4th Friday of the month

Monthly Ac vity Schedule for Shallo e MONDAY


Contributions Always Welcome

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2 On October 1, 1896, free rural delivery of mail started in the United States.








National Cookie Month 20


Lupus Awareness Month 26


On October 7, 1816, the Washington (first double-decked steamboat) arrived at New Orleans.

Columbus Day 19



National Seafood Month




Halloween is tomorrow!


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

Online Activities



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


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Lupus Awareness Month Halloween Get Connected Tea with Teresa, Center Director, October 12th. Bring your questions, concerns, ideas, and feedback! Receive up-to-date news about new center activities, schedule changes, etc., by phone, text, or email. Send your information to

Poetry Corner

Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost

Nature's first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf's a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf, So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.



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

Mon., Tues., Thurs., Friday 7:00am - 3:00pm

Wednesday 7:00am 4:00pm

Thank you to Catholic Charities for providing a food distribution for the Ash area.

If you have ever been in our center here in Shallotte, chances are you know exactly who Mrs. Brenda Ambrose is. We would like to give a huge shout-out to Brenda for all of her hard work and dedication to the participants and staff. Brenda is our Administrative Assistant but her work goes far beyond her title. Brenda is a go-getter who jumps in wherever she sees the need. She plays a vital role with our curbside pickup, assisting with all new registrations, answering the phones, handling reservations and so much more. We would be lost without you, B!


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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.

Joe’s Place

Outlaws vs. In‐laws

In‐laws are meaner than outlaws. This seems to be perfectly clear. In‐laws drop by more than outlaws. They come many mes in a year.

At Joe’s place, where I always eat, I wait an hour for a seat And when I finally sit down There is no waitress to be found.

After my order has arrived I find that I have been deprived Of sugar, cream, and cutlery And no waitress can I see.

Outlaws don’t pick one family. They spread their a en on around. They must avoid the policeman. And cannot afford to be found.

So by the time that I can start My food’s cold as a witch’s heart The eggs are burnt, the bacon raw This place should be against the law!

Outlaws don’t want to cause trouble. They don’t want to upset your wife. They know there is no profit. In ruining your private life.

In‐laws will plague you with phone calls, They drag on for hours at a me. Policemen try to catch outlaws But being an in‐law is no crime.

Marilyn and Edwin “Ed” Harvilchuck, pictured above, are each holding one of Ed’s winning poems from the 2020 Brunswick County Gator Games. To the le , the poem “Outlaws vs. In‐ laws” won a third‐place ribbon. “Joes’ Place,” to So let’s make in‐laws illegal the right, won a first‐place ribbon. Read these Put signs on the post office wall works of art to see why Ed’s poems were chosen That will make marriage more pleasant as winners. Congratula ons, Ed! Great work! And be a relief to us all.

The service here used to be fine Lately there’s been a big decline The way this restaurant has slipped Makes me glad I’ve never tipped!

Abby and Newton: A True “Tail of Two Doggies” by Edwin Harvilchuck When my daughter lived in Augusta, Georgia, she and her husband had a Labrador Retriever named Abby. My son in-law trained her to do everything but play the flute. (Her lack of opposable thumbs made this impossible!) He felt a leash was a form of slavery and left Abby to her own devices. While visiting their home, I was surprised to see a large yellow dog’s head looking through the front door at 8 a.m. My daughter told me that it was Newton, a yellow lab who lived a block away from the house. Newton was a dashing dog in the manner of the 1940s movie heroes. He wore a red bandana around his neck and moved with great agility and assurance. His owners evidently made few demands on Newton either, and we became friendly with him. Abby and Newton had a monumental love affair, riveting as the great romances of history. We were inside the backyard surrounded by a four-foot fence and were

amazed to see a perfectly horizontal Newton jumping FIVE feet in the air to look over the fence and see if Abby was there! They were lovers in every sense of the word. Newton’s owners were privileged to witness this backyard tryst through their dining room window! The fact that Abby was spayed made this all the more remarkable. They roamed the neighborhood together, unwittingly terrorizing old ladies who could not distinguish between huge vicious dogs and huge loving dogs. When my daughter and her friend, Newton’s owner, had to go to court and do public service, the romance was limited to Newton’s fenced backyard. Eventually my daughter and her husband moved to Florida. Newton’s owners moved away and the couple were parted. Newton was given to a farmer who had room for him to ramble. Abby had a few overnight dates, but nothing could ever equal her Augusta romance.


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.

Ba ng 1000

Acrylic Pain ng June won first place for her “Blue Hydrangea” pain ng, above. She placed 2nd for her “Fireworks” pain ng, pictured below. Beau ful work, June!

June Shashura of Oak Island won big in the 2020 SilverArts compe on in the acrylic pain ng and jewelry categories. June has been a dedicated and top‐ notch instructor and volunteer in Southport and Supply. She has taught many cra classes like quilling, paper bead making and iris folding. Every piece she entered won in both categories. Take a look at her lovely crea ons on this page. Congratula ons, June!

Jewelry June won first place for her “Quill Blue” earrings, pictured above. She also won second place for her “Paper Bead Set” entry. These are gorgeous, June!


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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

October 2020 - ZOOM Schedule Monday




Let's Chat! Monday, October 12 & 26 @ 2:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 976 6654 9225 Passcode: 574430

Yoga w/ Emily 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 931 2525 0068 Passcode: 868688

Seated Tabata w/ Angela 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 979 3224 4227 Passcode: 807090

Pilates w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 922 2774 8381 Passcode: 856732

*Hired Hands Band October 7 @ 11:00 a.m. THIS EVENT WILL BE LIVE OUTSIDE!

Balance - Core - Strength w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 925 3348 3655 Passcode: 339462

Muscle Move’s w/ Mary Beth 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 996 7870 7791 Passcode: 775665

All About Journaling 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 960 2728 4178 Passcode: 059402


Wellness Yoga w/ Mary Beth 11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 934 0766 3237 Passcode: 789717

*What's Happening at Supply Center! October 13 @ 3:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 977 8913 8954 Passcode: 294101 Each Zoom class *(besides What’s Happening at Supply Center and Hired Hands band) will be reoccurring in October. Each class now has the same meeting link, Meeting ID and Password that will be the same during October. *Regarding at home activities and programs shared in this calendar. Individuals who choose to utilize these resources to exercise, stretch, etc. assume any and all risk of accident or injury that may occur from participation. Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI), its staff, instructors, volunteers and representatives shall be held harmless and not liable for any claim, demand, cause of action of any kind whatsoever. If you are unsure a program is appropriate for you based on physical ability, previous injury, etc. please seek a doctor’s advice before participating. In order for The Brunswick Center at Supply to have a record of your agreement, please click here, acknowledge that you have read the disclaimer, type your name and email to Jillian. We will print the email to keep on file. If you are not a member of BSRI Supply Center, please click here to complete a Client Registration Form. You can mail, scan or arrange to drop off the completed form so that we can issue your membership ID. Thank you!

OCTOBER 2020 101 Stone Chimney Road Supply, NC 910-754-7604

The Brunswick Center at Supply 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.

Staff, volunteers and participants celebrated our recent award as a Center of Excellence! On August 24, we enjoyed a live concert by the Hired Hands Band (a local favorite), cupcakes and popcorn. We were so glad that you joined us! As a Centers of Excellence, we provide exemplary services and opportunities to the community and serve as mentors and models to other developing centers. BSRI staff worked diligently with the regional Cape Fear Area Agency on Aging staff as well as North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) staff. After a review of documentation of our services, programs and advocacy, we were awarded this certification. We will apply for recertification in five years.

From left: Jillian Hardin, Melissa Starr, Gloria Pieczarka, Sheryl Berry, Sherry Confer and Sherrill Jolly. BSRI’s Curbside Congregate Meal services will be temporarily suspended in October. The Supply Center, along with other BSRI centers, will serve as an Early Voting site. The early voting runs from Thursday, October 15, 2020 to Saturday, October 31, 2020., with election day voting on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Our congregate nutrition program will resume on Monday, Nov. 9. If during this time, you feel unable to secure adequate food resources and experience this as a hardship to not receive Curbside Congregate meal services, please contact Melissa at 910-754-7604.

Holden Beach Senior Citizens’ group will gather for the first time since March to hear a special live concert by the Hired Hands Band. The group of more than 30 members will meet at Supply Center parking lot on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. for the show. Supply Center participants are invited to attend. All in attendance must wear masks and maintain social distance rules.. Currently, in order to socially distance, the Supply Center parking lot can only accommodate 50 people. You may bring your own lawn chair for seating at this event. Holden Beach Senior Citizens formed in 1987. In order to become a member, residents need to be age 55 or better. The group normally meets at the Lockwood Folly Community Building. During this time of sheltering in place, group members have stayed in touch and checked on each other through well-check phone calls. For more information, contact Mary Fonte at 910-842-3851.

Click on the picture to hear Hired Hands Band.

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.

During our Center of Excellence celebration, we honored Ms. Jackie Dilly for using our library during the pandemic. During a Well Check call, Jackie requested several books so that she could continue to read. We gathered her books and got them to Jackie via Curbside Congregate meal pickup. The beautiful flowers came from Wine & Roses Florist in Southport! We also had delicious cupcakes from Burney’s Sweets & More, also in Southport. We love our local businesses!

Happy Anniversary to William (not pictured) and Fonnie Watts. Melissa presented Fonnie a cake and sign for the couple who have been married for 70 years. William, 90, and Fonnie, 88, were married on Sept. 9, 1950. He was 21 and she was 19. According to Billboard Magazine, the number one song on that date was "Goodnight Irene" by Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and The Weavers! The couple met when William was visiting his grandmother and Fonnie was a neighbor. The two started dating and the rest is history! They retired in Brunswick County in 1989. The couple enjoy going to Calabash and eating out. William worked in sales and Fonnie retired as an insurance agent. They have two daughters, five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Fonnie say’s her secret to staying married 70 years is that “when one walks in the door, the other walks out. We stayed so busy, we didn’t have time to fuss with each other.” She added, “We just kept hanging in there..” Fonnie attends Supply Center’s Caregiver Support Group. She has provided care for William for nearly 15 years.

Melissa Starr and Fonnie Watts

BSRI News / Puzzles

Make sure you have correct voting information. call the Brunswick County Board of Elections at (910) 253-2620 or go to www.brunswick There’s still time to request an absentee ballot if you can’t or don’t want to vote in person. You can request an absentee ballot here or call the Board of Elections at (910) 253-2620. Oct. 27 is the last day to request absentee ballots— but sooner is better. You can still vote in person if you request an absentee ballot, so there’s no reason not to request one if you’re considering it. But if you vote absentee, you CANNOT ALSO vote in person.

You can track your absentee ballot, from printing all the way up to the time it is counted, by going here.

Elections) 25 Referendum Drive, Building N, Bolivia  The Brunswick Center at Leland,

121 Town Hall Drive NE, Leland  Leland Cultural Arts Center,1212

Election Day is Nov. 3, and polling places in Brunswick County have changed. Check https:// elections/precincts/ for changes. At Early Voting sites, you can usually register to vote as well. See details here. Early Voting is from Oct. 15 through Oct.31 and you can find the schedule here. Locations for Early Voting are:  Brunswick County Cooperative

Magnolia Village Way, Leland  The Brunswick Center at

Southport, 1513 North Howe Street, Suite 1, Southport  The Brunswick Center at Supply,

101 Stone Chimney Drive, Supply  Shallotte Commons, 5051Main

Street, Suite 4, Shallotte  The Brunswick Center at

Calabash, 10050 Beach Drive SW, Calabash

Extension (in lieu of the Board of

Questions? The Brunswick County Board of Elections can help. Go to or call (910) 253-2620.


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