Brunswick Senior Buzz September 2020

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CONTENTS Letter from Southport ............................... 5 BSRI News .................................................. 7-9 Voting News ............................................... 10 Volunteers ................................................... 11 St. James Artisans ..................................... 12 In the Garden ............................................. 15 Healthy Bites ....................................... 16, 32 Read All About It ....................................... 17 SHIIP .............................................................. 26 Puzzles .......................................................... 28 Lunch Menu ................................................ 38 Feeling Bored? ........................................... 39

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· Jim Fish, President & CEO · Yvette Gosline, Vice President of Programs & Services · 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, Technology & Reporting Compliance Administrator · Derissa Gore, Case Management Support · Chauvet “Mel” Jackson, Operations Technician · Glen Hemingway Assistant Operations Technician

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

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

· 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 · Mike McGurn, Thrift Store

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.

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A er re ring from leadership roles in engineering and informa on technology at a major confec onary manufacturer, Beth Klahre and her husband Jeff relocated to North Carolina. Beth has been enjoying reading on the beach, learning to play the harp, and wri ng human‐interest stories. She is also a volunteer board member of the Friends of the Library of Oak Island and Southport. She lives in Southport with her husband and their dog, Betsy. Beth brings us a peek at local ar sts beginning on page 12.

Contributors

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BSRI STAFF MEMBER OF THE MONTH

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 tries her hand at drawing on page 39. 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. Pat shows us how to divide irises on page 15. 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 same enjoyment with her four children and three grandchildren. Find Donna’s September 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. A er a medical emergency she began coaching Crossfit. She enjoys spending me with her dog, Oscar, reading, and playing the clarinet. When she graduates, she plans to study public health and diete cs. Alyssa writes about food on pages 14 and 32.

Sara Goodwin Recreation Program Manager Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site Sara Goodwin is the Recreation Program Supervisor at Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site. She runs the adult and senior programs for BSL Parks and Rec. Sara grew up in Horseheads, New York and went to the State University of New York Brockport, where she played college volleyball. She has a B.S. in recreation management and health science. Her favorite season is baseball season! “My first job after college was working for Morale, Welfare and Recreation for the Navy in Virginia Beach, Virginia, where I met my husband. We moved to Hawaii to work at Naval Base Pearl Harbor. We moved back east to North Carolina in 2005,” Sara says. “My husband and I can usually be found at the baseball field watching our son Fisher play.”


Letter from Southport

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Photo by Jillian Hardin

Assistant Director of the Brunswick Center at Supply Jillian Hardin captured the images of Zoom classes on this month’s cover. The three rows on top show Chair Yoga with instructor Emily Silverman (top row center). Her class meets every Tuesday. The bo om three rows show the Thursday Balance‐ Core‐Strength class led by Nancy Beiger (le , second row from bo om). Both classes are growing. Class par cipants get to see their friends, make new friends, and get a workout—it’s win‐win‐win! See page 36.

hinking back to March 13th, I’m wondering how we got here. March 13th was the last day we were open to the public. The high energy, happy faces, and sounds of joy and laughter were suddenly gone. It was so QUIET. It felt heavy and sad. We did not know how to operate without you, our amazing seniors. The heart and soul of our center were gone. Our Southport crew went into mourning, unsure of when we might see our beloved people again. Initially, we were dreading the whole two weeks without you. Who knew that six months later we would still be here? As the

Melissa Starr, Director The Brunswick Center at Supply LAUGH, con nued on page 6

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ EDITOR Shelagh Clancy buzz@bsrinc.org (910) 622-1036 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mallory Balice, Jimmy Buffett, Melissa Catlett, Beth Klahre, Joan Leotta, Mike McGurn, Donna Ruth Morgan, Patrick Naughton, Sarah Powell, Alyssa Schwinn, Jennifer Sherman, René Tarquinio, Holly Tate CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Jillian Hardin, Sheryl MacDonald, Mike McGurn, Teresa Nelson, Sarah Powell, Norma Scism, Melissa Starr ADVERTISING SALES (910) 754-2300 Anita Langin alangin@bsrinc.org Shelagh Clancy buzz@bsrinc.org © 2020 Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. All rights reserved

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This birthday brigade dress‐up crew includes Melissa Catle , Amber Ramsey, Jackie Kno , and Marilyn Stevens. In front is Miss Olive Kno .


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days went on, the news became darker. We soon figured this moping was not going to be healthy for us. Our natural reaction was to incorporate humor into our days, wherever we could. Because I’m a lifelong Jimmy Buffet fan, one of his song lyrics came to mind: “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” I realized how true this statement actually is. It prompted me to research all of the lyrics from this song, “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes.” I was surprised at how some of the lyrics in this song fit with what we were going through. It begins with, “I took off for a weekend last month, just to try and recall the whole year. All of the places and all of the faces, wondering where they all

Letter from Southport disappeared.“ You were gone. Disappeared. We were so sad and had to do something to lift our spirits.

Dressing Up One of the first fun things we did was dress up for our congregate meal pickup. It was so much fun to make people smile as they drove through to pick up their meals. We have participated in two drivethrough birthday celebrations: one at Elmcroft Assisted Living and the other at Boiling Spring Lakes community building. We have taken fun pictures of ourselves for the Buzz, hosted a baby shower, gone to check out the drum circle in the park, taken a fun picture for postcards to our people, held an impromptu fashion show, and enjoyed phone calls, letters, cards, and donations from all of you.

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Has it been hard? You better believe it. We have lost some precious people over the past several months and haven’t been able to grieve together. We have been denied the opportunity able to hug people we love, and be with them during their dark times. We are working hard every day to figure out ways to combat social isolation, which is a very real problem right now. In the meantime, while we are waiting to be able to be together again, do me a favor. Find a funny movie and watch it. Call that friend who always makes you laugh. Read a funny book. Laugh out loud. Remember, laughter is the best medicine, and we can use all the medicine we can get right now. —Melissa Catlett, Director The Brunswick Center at Southport

The Southport team, le to right, includes Beverly Bridgers, Dean Francisco, Vaughn Hatley, Melissa Catle , Amber Ramsey, Jackie Kno , and Marilyn Stevens. The pup is Miss Olive Kno , granddog of Jackie. Not pictured—but not forgo en—is Tammie Mullis.


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fter Hurricane Isaias, Brunswick County residents may need help with debris or damages. Here are some contacts who may be able to help with problems from this and other hurricanes. At this time, Brunswick County is assessing the estimated debris levels in the unincorporated areas of the county and will communicate any decisions on a disaster debris collection for these areas in the future. Individuals should check with their municipality to inquire if there are other options available to them for debris following Isaias.

Yard waste and construction and demolition debris may be brought to the Brunswick County landfill at 172 Landfill Road NE in Bolivia or to county convenience centers for associated fees. Do not put yard waste in your household trash or recycling bins. The Home Crisis Cleanup hotline is open to support survivors of Hurricane Isaias. Crisis Cleanup provides free help with roof tarping, chainsaw work, drywall/flooring/appliance removal, mold mitigation, and debris removal. Call them at 844-965-1386. Residents of Brunswick County who received damage as a result of Hurricane Isaias can self-report their damages online at www.crisistrack.com/public/ brunswickNC/request.html . Homeowners will still need to report damages to their individual insurance companies. The Brunswick County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) helps direct individuals to resources they need following a disaster event. Visit the VOAD webpage at https:// www.brunswickcountync.gov/voad/. If you have questions about who to contact for help, how to volunteer, or how to donate items, contact Emergency Services Volunteer and Nonprofit Coordinator Leslie Stanley at (910) 253-2589 or leslie.stanley@brunswickcountync.gov. For more information about Hurricane Isaias and hurricane preparedness, go to https:// www.brunswickcountync.gov/hurricanes/. Sign up for emails on emergency updates at http://brunswickcountync.gov/info/email/.

At the Brunswick Center at Shallotte, Case Management Assistant Vikki Hine and Case Manager Laura Collins try on some of the masks that FEMA has provided for nonprofits.


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BSRI Thrift Stores Are Open!

BSRI News

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BSRI Thrift Appreciates Kind Letter from Donor By Mike McGurn Thrift Store Operations Manager

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e found this heartwarming letter in a box of donations at the Calabash Thrift Store. It is written by a woman on behalf of her recently deceased mother. Hello, My name is Sheila and my mother Marilyn just recently passed away (not by Covid 19). Prior to her sudden passing, my mother was a seamstress and crafter extraordinaire! She would sell her crafts at local craft fairs and shops across the Carolinas and of course give to friends and family.

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

SHOP ONLINE: www.bsrincthrift.org 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 www.bsrinc.org/volunteers.html

Well, we have, as you can imagine, many of her beautifully hand sewn items that we would like to donate to your Thrift Store. She loved coming into your shop and had brought me a couple of times too, where I picked up some pretty nice work jackets! She always liked the selection and quality of the items and I thought this would be a way to honor her, by donating these four tubs of crafts. We hope that you can do this and I think you'll find that there are a lot of different items that will appeal to many. My family thanks you for your consideration. Kind regards and blessings to you all. Sheila M. on behalf of Marilyn K.

Our sympathies go out to Sheila and her family. We wish them comfort in their many fond memories of Marilyn. And Sheila, thank you for sharing such kind thoughts of our BSRI Thrift Store in Calabash. Thanks so much for your, and Marilyn's, support. —Your Friends at BSRI Thrift Stores


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You are invited! Medicare Covid-19 Updates and Prescription Assistance Programs for Medicare Beneficiaries Virtual Event 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. September 23 Join Zoom event RSVP for link by emailing Marilou Smith at msmith@bsrinc.org or call (910) 754-6559 Call in: 1 929 205 6099 Meeting ID: 811 9826 6253 Password: SPD

You Make a Difference in the Brunswick County Census Count

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here is still time to be counted in the U.S. Census. Stand up and be counted! When everyone is counted, it means more money and more state and U.S. representatives for Brunswick County. “Every person not counted means we lose $1,823 per year in federal and state programs,” says Steve Randone, Brunswick County Management Information Systems (MIS) Director and Census Coordinator. And North Carolina also might pick up one or two seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Get Help with the Census You can call Sherrill Jolly at the Brunswick Center at Supply for help completing the census. Sherrill will take calls Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. She can talk you through the process or complete the census on your behalf. It’s simple and quick! Census information is private. By law, the information you provide must not be shared and is used only for statistical purposes. Call Sherrill Jolley at (910) 7547604 for help with your census form.


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lection Day is Nov. 3. This election year presents unique issues, so the Buzz has collected some voting information from the Brunswick County Board of Elections. To learn more, call (910) 253-2620 or go to www.brunswickcountync.gov/elections/.

Because of the coronavirus, many people would prefer not to go to their regular polling place. Any registered voter in Brunswick County may vote by absentee ballot. There are three steps to voting by absentee ballot: Request a ballot: Oct. 27 is the last day to request an absentee ballot. But don’t wait. You can request a ballot now and they will begin to be mailed Sept. 4. (If you request an absentee ballot, you can still change your mind and vote in person.) Use the State Absentee Ballot Request Form or call the Board of Elections at (910) 253-2620. Return your Absentee Ballot Request Form by:    

Email: absentee@brunswickcountync.gov. Fax: (910) 253-2618. Hand-delivery to the county Board of Elections at 75 Stamp Act Dr. NE, Building H, Bolivia. The U.S. Postal Service. But the post office may experience delays, so absentee ballot requests should be returned as early as possible. FedEx and UPS. Absentee Ballot Requests may only be returned by:

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The voter The voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian A member of a multipartisan assistance team (MAT)

Forms returned by any other person will not be processed. Vote the ballot: Mark your ballot and have it witnessed by one person 18 or older. Return the ballot: Once the return envelope is fully completed, the voted ballot (placed inside the return envelope) must be returned by one of these methods:  

Hand-delivery to the county Board of Elections at 75 Stamp Act Dr. NE, Building H, Bolivia. Hand-delivery to an open one-stop absentee voting site during the early voting period.

The U.S. Postal Service. But the post office may experience delays, so absentee ballots should be sent about three weeks prior to election day, or Oct. 13. FedEx and UPS. Check these services for estimated delivery times.

The envelope may not be delivered to any voting location on Election Day. The ballot must be returned by one of the following:   

The voter The voter’s near relative or verifiable legal guardian A member of a multipartisan assistance team (MAT)

Ballots returned by any other person will not be processed.

September 4, 2020 – Absentee ballots begin being mailed October 27, 2020 – Last day to request absentee ballots November 3, 2020, 5 p.m. – Hand-delivered absentee ballots due at the Board of Elections Office November 6, 2020 – Mailed absentee ballots due at the Board of Elections office (must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 3)

Early voting is usually less crowded than polling places on Election Day, so voters concerned about virus exposure may choose this option. The 2020 General Election early voting period begins Oct. 15 and ends Oct. 31 at these satellite locations: 

The Brunswick Center at Leland ∙ 121 Town Hall Drive NE ∙ Leland  Leland Cultural Arts Center ∙ 1212 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 ∙ 5051 Main Street ∙ Suite 4 ∙ Shallotte  The Brunswick Center at Calabash ∙ 10050 Beach Drive SW ∙ Calabash Check the October Buzz for a complete schedule of polling places and times.


Volunteers

Add purpose to your retirement By Sarah Powell

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weather is life-giving, the breeze of inspiration is well on its way. As the weather cools we become more aware, grateful, and calm. Taking time to prepare for this season and harness its transformative power is a beautiful opportunity. Imagine what could be possible in our lives if we march into September with intention. At Brunswick Senior Resources, Inc. (BSRI ), the majority of our volunteers are retirees. Some are new to retirement and trying to find fresh purpose. Others are further along in the process, and realizing an empty retirement is not fulfilling. Therefore, they decide they want to give back and serve. As the volunteer coordinator I am here to help you find an opportunity and connect to a volunteer role with our organization. I have been working with retirees for five years. Over the years of communicating with this age group I have come to the realization, this phase of a person’s life is quite complex and unique. But it also can be beautiful and promise opportunity! I want to offer some life improvement tips and guidance that may be a valuable resource to our volunteer team, but really, for any local retirees. I hope this information will offer some inspiration that can apply to your life, through any season. Here is my take on some positive, preventative, and transformative practices for retirees. Imagine what would happen if we planned for vitality, success, and self improvement and didn’t wait until we were beaten down, in a crisis, unhealthy, or depressed to address our self-improvement practices. Not taking part in preventive measures for self improvement is like planting a tree in nutrient-stripped soil: It will adapt and grow, but not well. But if you study what that specific tree needs and you add a little fertilizer, love, and attention, it will grow much better and live much longer. As always, to get involved, visit our website: https://bsrinc.org/volunteer/

Here are some ways to redefine your life and make the best of this phase of life:  Learn about mental health, and actively seek to

improve your own.  Connect to a volunteer opportunity, engage

those skills, don’t let them lie dormant.  Don’t tell yourself it is too late to change bad

habits and create new, healthy ones!  Surround yourself with positive people.  Distance from drama starters, complainers and

people who devalue you and your contributions to the world.  Take part in your favorite hobbies, but don’t

overload your schedule. Leave time for meditation, reflection, relaxation, and planning.  Don’t stop learning and contributing, stay in

connection with young people. Offer your knowledge and skills, your life experience is an invaluable resource! And it’s needed! Bonus: STUDY self improvement, it is a learned skill. Check this book for a fall read (available on Amazon or at your local bookstore). Purposeful Retirement: How to Bring Happiness and Meaning to Your Retirement By Hyrum W. Smith


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Out and About

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The St. James Artisans By Beth A. Klahre

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he safer-at-home orders in North Carolina have kept everyone closer to home these days. The members of the St. James Artisans, a group of 93 juried artists ranging in age up to 80 from St. James, Southport, and surrounding areas, have used the time to further their artistic passions.

In June, the group opened a new gallery in Southport, The Artisans Gallery on Howe. The shop is filled with handmade treasures including pottery and jewelry, wood and glass objects, baskets, linens, photography, shell and sea glass art, fabric art, cards, and original prints. In addition to contributing works of art to sell, each artisan works in the gallery seven hours per month. A percentage of every sale and proceeds above gallery expenses are donated to their nonprofit, Stepping Up for the Arts (SUFA) which supports Brunswick County public school art teachers and funds scholarships for local high school seniors. The artists are as diverse and colorful as their art.

Husband and Wife Artistic Team Judith Steffens is a decorative acrylic painter. She says, “I enjoy watching a piece come to life as it’s painted, shaded, highlighted, and embellished. Some of my pieces are whimsical and some are practical, but they’re all fun to create.” Judith’s husband Hank is a woodcrafter who creates the wooden surfaces that Judith paints. Their passions have been a real diversion for them during the pandemic. “Hank’s become involved in sealing, sanding, and base coating. His involvement keeps us occupied together while we’re staying close to home,” she adds.

Trapped at Home? Nope! For nearly two years, self-taught Elisa Dewees has been creating one-of-a-kind clay and seashell ornaments and figures. She says, “I enjoy shell hunting and am

Above: Elisa Dewes hunts shells to create one‐of‐a‐kind clay and seashell ornaments and figures. Below: Allie Lull paints with watercolor, alcohol ink, and oil and donates half her profits for clean water wells in Africa.


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inspired by oyster shells that look like beards. It’s enjoyable creating individual personalities in every piece.” Staying home has given her more time to be creative. “My art has kept me grounded and staying busy has kept me from feeling trapped at home.”

Supporting African Water Wells Allie Lull is a water, alcohol ink, and oil painter. She says, “Painting has been my passion for many years, but only in retirement have I had time to seriously study and create. It’s also my way of giving back. Half of my proceeds support clean water wells in Africa.” Lull has put the stay-at-home time to good use. “Painting definitely relaxes me and the time flies!” Lull enjoys being part of the Artisans. “I am a member because of the friendships and the opportunity to

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make a difference through SUFA.”

Physical and Mental Workout For the past five years, Donna Davis has turned her shell collections into wreaths and tree ornaments. “I enjoy walking the relaxing beautiful beach and collecting smaller seashells, sometimes for three hours. And I’m getting exercise. My art is my creative outlet which promotes healthy aging,” Davis says. “I'm grateful to have found a hobby that I love. During the pandemic, I've had the opportunity to experiment with different ways of using shells. Creating with seashells is like doing a puzzle. It keeps my mind sharp.” Since joining the St. James Artisans, Davis says her artwork has greatly improved. “I love the sense of belonging and teamwork!” ART, con nued on page 14

Above: With her extra me at home, Becky Cleary is crea ng decora ve pots with lids. Below: The St. James Ar sans recently opened a new gallery in Southport, The Ar sans Gallery on Howe. It represents 93 juried ar sts from our area. The gallery invites Buzz readers to visit at 114 S. Howe Street.


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Put a Lid on It! Becky Cleary, potter, fell in love with clay during college. “Clay is a soft, soothing medium. While sheltering at home, I’ve spent several hours every day in my garage studio. Recently I’ve focused on producing pots with lids. Perhaps it’s my unconscious statement about the virus: Put a lid on it! Time in my studio keeps my mind off the crisis. It calms and relaxes me.” Cleary enjoys being a member of the Artisans because she shares ideas with others with similar interests. As a former elementary and secondary school art educator, she supports SUFA. “We have to allow students time and freedom to experiment with a variety of art materials and tools. Their future employers want creative thinkers and doers!” she says.

Above: A percentage of every sale and proceeds above gallery expenses is donated to the ar sts’ nonprofit, Stepping Up for the Arts (SUFA), which supports Brunswick County public school art teachers and funds scholarships for local high school seniors. Below: Pren ss Halladay displays one of her pain ngs. “I support SUFA because I believe art elevates society,” she says.

Elevating Society through Art Prentiss Halladay shares the same passion for art and youth. “I've always loved drawing and colors in visual art. I have sketched and painted all my life,” says Halladay. She has taken classes at Arcadia University and University of Virginia. “I support SUFA because I believe art elevates society.”

Relieving Stress Donna Ferrandino paints and makes jewelry from recycled silverware. She loves color and shapes. She says, “I enjoy working with my hands and assembling articles with tools. Doing art helps relieve stress during these times.” Carol Szot has been designing and weaving baskets for 14 years and loves making them into something useful. She says, “When I am alone weaving, it is such a calming quiet thing to do.”

The Artisans Gallery on Howe The Artisans invite everyone to the new gallery at 114 S. Howe Street, Southport. “Put on your mask and come on down. We truly have something for everyone.”


In the Garden

By Pat Naughton

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eptember is a good time to divide bulbs. Bulb-type plants propagate by growing daughter segments around a mother bulb.

Bulb types include true bulbs (daffodil), corms (gladiolus), rhizomes (canna), and tuberous roots (dahlia). Botanically, there is a big difference between these types. For the common gardener, the term “bulb” includes all plants that grow from fleshy underground storage organs. Over time more of the plant’s energy is diverted to supporting the daughter segments and less to producing flowers. The result is a flower bed with green leaves and no flowers. A divided bearded iris rhizome is ready to plant.

surface with feeder roots penetrating the soil below.

Photos by Pat Naughton

This crowded bed of bearded iris is no longer flowering.

The time to divide bulbs is after the foliage has died back. The plant needs foliage to store up energy for next year’s growth. Bulbs that completely die back, such as daffodil, can be dug up and replanted. The older parent bulb should be discarded. For recommended spacing and depth, refer to a bulb catalog. Generally large bulbs like tulips, hyacinths, and daffodils should be spaced 6 inches apart and planted 8 inches deep. Smaller bulbs, such as crocus and crocosmia, should be spaced about 4 inches apart and 5 inches deep. Plants such as iris have semi-evergreen leaves. The leaves should be cut back to a third of the original length. This type of plant has rhizomes which is a modified stem that grows horizontally just below the surface. Cut the rhizome so that each section has a fan of leaves and firm roots. The older rhizomes should be discarded. Rhizomes grow best when planted at or slightly below the soil

Bulbs need well-drained loose soil. Dig and remove the soil to a depth of 8 inches to 12 inches. Then incorporate compost or organic matter to the soil. Fertilizing in the fall will encourage bulbs to flower for several years before needing to be divided. Use one tablespoon per square foot of a slow release fertilizer like 12-4-8, 12-6-6, or 16-4-8. Finally cover the area with 2 inches to 3 inches of mulch. The mulch will prevent premature warming in the spring and help manage weeds. More information on dividing and growing bulb plants can be found in the N.C. Extension Gardener Handbook which is available at N.C. Extension Gardener Container Gardening.

The newly divided bed is ready to spread its wings.


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Healthy Bites

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Hopping on the Whole Grain Train By Alyssa Schwinn

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eptember is spectacular for numerous reasons. We think it’s great that September is National Whole Grains Month! You may wonder what makes a grain “whole.” Well, it only takes three components to form a whole grain. As long as the grain has its three original parts—the bran, the germ, and the endosperm—then it’s considered a whole grain. The bran is the skin or visible outside of the grain kernel; the germ is the embryo of the seed which allows the kernel to produce a new plant; and the endosperm is the food supply to the growing grain. Whole grains are crucial parts of a wholesome diet because they provide a source of energy to our bodies from carbohydrates and often provide substantial amounts of fiber, too. Fiber is essential for proper metabolic function because it helps to regulate blood sugar levels and digestion. The American Heart Association

BSRI Nutri on Intern Alyssa Scwhinn celebrates Na onal Whole Grain Month quite literally this September. Read more about Schwinn on page 3.

recommends that an individual should consume 25 to 30 grams of fiber from whole food sources per day. The average fiber intake of an American adult is about 15 grams per day. Whole grain sources include

amaranth, barley, wild rice, oats, and wheat, among others. To boost your daily fiber intake, considering trying some of these whole grain sources this September.

Recipe on page 32

CONSIDER THE PAPAYA September is also National Papaya Month. Papaya is a fruit you may never have tasted. Papayas are indigenous to southern Mexico and eastern Central America, but they have been shared around the world and grown in other countries. Papayas are a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin A. Vitamin C is beneficial to skin health, as it

assists in collagen production. Vitamin A has been shown to improve eye health and digestion. It aids in the prevention of cancer and supports heart health. Nutrition Information for 1 cup of papaya: Calories: 62, Fat: 0.4g, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 0.7g, Sugar: 11g, Fiber: 2.5g, Sodium: 11.6mg


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September Highlights from the Bookshelf By Donna Ruth Morgan

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f you need a little help looking or feeling younger, we have a book for you. If you like an entertaining love story, we have a book for you. And if you are a relentless history buff who doesn’t mind playing fast and loose with facts—well, we have a book for you, too. A New Way to Age: The Most Cutting-Edge Advances in Antiaging is a series of interviews between author Suzanne Somers and alternative medical experts. Readers can glean wisdom from cuttingedge, renowned anti-aging practitioners in this very technical, well-researched book. Some may disagree with her position on hormones or financially be unable to follow some of her recommendations. Nutshell review: Offers healthy eating and behavior tips, suggested medical tests, and the latest breakthrough hormone treatments.

The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner (2020) is a delight for Janeites, history buffs, and romantics. Characters and plots that hearken back to our favorites and the action takes place in small-town Chawton, an homage to where Jane wrote her three last books. The new and renewed relationships, slowly

developing plotlines, and redemptions à la Austen are tainted by some language and graphic violence via a character from Hollywood. Nutshell review: Huge on heart and human warmth—a great summer novel. James Patterson’s The House of Kennedy (2020) was a disappointment. For those who want new information about the famous family, look to better sources. Some “facts” are flat-out wrong, and teasing hints about the family “curse” are mere feints. Concentrating on tragedy, flaws, and salacious events benefits neither the historical record nor curious readers. Nutshell review: The prolific author fell short with this attempt—save your time and money. Cynical boy meets romantic girl in Emily Henry’s Beach Read (2020). Humor and witty dialogue brighten dark backstories of dysfunctional families, cancer, and death. Two authors with dramatically divergent points of view: will Miss Happily Ever After win over Mr. Brutal

Realism? Excellent plotting and interesting peripheral characters propel the action. Nutshell review: This reader prefers “fade to black” rather than the steamy scenes that seem almost de rigueur these days… but Henry’s rom-com is fun.

Books to Share with Grandkids We seniors can connect the upcoming generation with our past to help them learn resiliency and become independent thinkers. I love sharing books with my grandchildren, and they like it too! This summer we dove into two true narratives, Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen? by Sherri L. Smith and The Perfect Game by William Winokur, and a historical novel, Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac. These books about Black, Mexican, and Native American people are eye-opening GRANDKIDS, con nued on page 18


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Ash Senior Site GRANDKIDS, continued from page 17

Ash Senior Nutrition Site Activity Calendar

Calendar is subject to change Caroline McLeod, Manager 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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lessons about different cultures—some painful, some inspiring. Our nine-year-old halfPeruvian grandson was particularly affected by a passage in The Perfect Game where Mexican Little League players saw a Black boy eating alone in a Texas café because of segregation laws. David said, “If my skin was a little bit darker, that could be me.” Cue Grandma’s broken heart! Our middle-school granddaughters dove into the Red Tails’ saga when they learned their great-grandparents grew up close to the pilot training grounds. And we hurt for Cal, the young, homeless Native American boy who was placed in a mission school while his dad petitioned in D.C. for veterans’ benefits. We could identify where our family stories overlapped these books—young, baseball-loving Hispanics, Alabama heritage, my Montana childhood amid Blackfeet Indians, and military connections over generations. Find a book or three that tie into your own family history and help the youngsters you love appreciate how our cultures intertwine.


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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

September 2020 Monday

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

*For more info call or email Sara at 910-363-0276 or sgoodwin@cityofbsl.org* **Schedule is Subject to Change** Tuesday

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1 6:00pm Line Dance Club at Spring Lake Park

2 9am Move & Groove 10am Fit 4 Life 12pm BSRI Senior Lunch

3 10am Water Aerobics at Spring Lake Park 6:15pm All Levels Yoga

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8 6:00pm Line Dance Club at Spring Lake Park

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Contributions always welcome!


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

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

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

Calabash Cleanse ______

21 Days September is Self Improvement Month, so what better time for a CLEANSE than now?! Join in on the Calabash Cleanse, starting August 31st through September 20th. Wondering what this entails? It’s simple! • Journal entry reporting what you’ve eaten, how much water you’ve consumed, and what you did for physical activity each day • We will provide you with various recipes to help you make better food & drink choices • We will provide you with pointers for grocery shopping • An encouraging daily quote will be on each journal entry to remind you that you CAN do this & stick to it! • Please visit bsrinc.org/calabash/ to access materials you may view & print.

**Suggested contribution—$10.** Contribution may be mailed & made out to The Brunswick Center at Calabash. Please include “Calabash Cleanse” in the Memo. Thank you! VOTER EDUCATION “You Can Vote” is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that educates, registers, and mobilizes voters in North Carolina. They develop community leaders that help their neighbors vote, and assist individual citizens with voting resources and information. Visit www.youcanvote.org/ for more information about the organization. MaryBeth is a volunteer and is here to help you stay informed!

Voter Education Events just for you: • Be on the lookout for MaryBeth’s recording on Brunswick Senior Resources’ YouTube Channel on September 8th so you know what to expect this year when you vote. Some things have changed! • October 6th at 11:00, MaryBeth will be doing a follow up Zoom meeting to answer any questions you may have about voting. Access info will be sent out via Calabash’s Regroup Notification System.


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

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ Courtney Bledsoe, Director Holley Norris, Assistant Director

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

WELCOME TO THE CALABASH CREW! Teresa Muchler-Nogi is now our Nutrition Site Coordinator and Doug Russell is our Cook here at the Brunswick Center at Calabash. Teresa has maintained a number of responsibilities with BSRI for approximately 9 years and Doug has been with the organization for 8 years, driving the meal truck and cooking at the Leland Center. Both have shared their excitement to be continuing their journey here at the Brunswick Center at Calabash and cannot wait to get to know everyone!

On October 8 at 1 p.m., Calabash’s Case Manager, René Tarquinio, will be holding an Intro to Medicare discussion in the parking lot behind the Brunswick Center at Calabash. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to hnorris@bsrinc.org so we know how many to expect. Please wear your mask & plan to social distance from others attending!

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! Please note that you can participate in all programs offered by any of Brunswick Seniors Resources’ senior centers. To see what is being offered by each center, please visit bsrinc.org/. Click on each center tab at the top of the page to see what is available to you. Donations and contributions help us make things possible and are truly appreciated! If you are able, please go to bsrinc.org/ and click on the red DONATE tab at the top of the page.


Emergency Info / Fraud Alerts

NC DEPARTMENT OFtoJUSTICE all active participants, notifying you of closings. Call your center to JULY SCAM SCORECARD

By Shelagh Clancy and Holly Tate

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urricanes and tropical storms may cause power outages and dangerous driving conditions. Here’s how to find out what’s going on during a storm:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can help you prepare for a weather emergency. FEMA’s free mobile app provides weather warnings and alerts and the location of shelters in the area. Find more information at www.fema.gov/mobile-app. Disaster preparedness information is also available at www.ready.gov, the website of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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cams targeting electric and natural gas customers are on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Phone scammers may pose as utilities providers, calling you to claim that you owe the company money. They may threaten to disconnect your service and insist that you immediately pay them with a prepaid debit card. In June 2020, Duke Energy reported that it had the highest amount of reported scam attempts to date. Scammers are working to take advantage of the financial hardships

sign up. 

Check the BSRI Homepage at www.bsrinc.org.

Check local radio and television stations, especially WECT Channel 6 or FM radio station 102.7 GNI.

If you have trouble with health or transportation during a disaster or bad weather, these may provide assistance: 

Emergency: 911

Brunswick County Office of Emergency Management: 910-253-5383 or www.brunswickes.com. Find information about shelter locations, evacuation routes, and updates.

www.bsrinc.org

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC): 1-800842-5871 or 910-754-4391

BEMC Outage Reports: 1-800-682-5309

Atlantic Telephone: 910-754-4311

Local municipalities: http:// www.brunswickcountync.gov/ info/municipalities/

Check the WECT.com list of business closures.

Meals on Wheels (MOW) participants will receive a notification as long as we have your phone number and you do not choose to unsubscribe. MOW clients may also check WECT or GNI or the BSRI website (www.bsrinc.org) for updates. If we expect bad weather, MOW will deliver shelf-stable or frozen meals in advance when possible.

people are suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to steal their money and personal information. The best way to protect yourself is to follow these tips: Hang up the phone. If you receive a call that you think might be a scam, hang up and call your utility company directly using a number listed on your utility bill or the utility company’s website. Do not give out personal information such as birth dates, your social security number or financial information.

Never use prepaid debit cards or gift cards to make payments to anyone. Legitimate companies will offer a variety of ways that you can pay your bill such as on the phone, by mail, or in person. If someone asks you to pay with a prepaid card, it’s probably a scam. If a company contacts you and you’re unsure of their authenticity or if you believe that you have been the victim of a scam, contact the NCDOJ office’s Consumer Protection Division at ncdoj.gov/file -a-complaint or 1-877-5-NO-SCAM.


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

BRUNSWICK SENIOR BUZZ Center Hours Mondays 8a - 5p Tues - Fri 8a - 4p

Leland Center Team Updates! Join us as we give Doug Russell a warm send‐off. He’s off to serve as the Lead Cook for Calabash Senior Center. We’ll sure miss you, Doug! Congratulate Shelley Cooper who is now our Leland Cook & Kitchen Manager! A hear elt ‘Welcome Back’ to Caroline McLeod. Previously, our Social Work Intern, Caroline rejoins the Leland team as our Nutri on Coordinator! We are also saddened to say farewell to our long‐ me Fitness Instructor, Juanita Malavet. We are forever indebted to her for the years of contribu ons to this Center and we wish her all the best!

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

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

Did you know?? BSRI Par cipants can take part in ANY center’s virtual programming. Find each center’s schedule on the respec ve tabs on our website: www.BSRINC.org.

Also Check Out the Full Library of Videos on our YouTube Channel or Facebook Page! Did you know?? Leland Assistant Director Jade Robinson is also a Cer fied Recrea onal Therapy Specialist! Here are some of the programs she’s developed for your virtual engagement.

Interested in Keeping Fit? WORK IT OUT WEDNESDAY Every Wednesday we’ll learn one new exercise that will be incorporated into that week’s Fun Fit Friday workout.

FUN FIT FRIDAY Every Friday we’ll incorporate the moves learned on Work It Out Wednesday into a 30‐minute exercise that’ll get your heart pumping.

Interested in Mindfulness? Join Us for MINDFULNESS MEDITATION Mindfulness prac ce is known to reduce stress, boost working memory, and increase focus and cogni ve flexibility. Videos are posted Every Tuesday.

Mallory, Nutri onist, is offering fun nutri onal Programming to keep you on track! Try it Out Tuesday Healthy and affordable recipes Wellness Wednesday Mallory’s

MONTHLY nutri on class

Low Calories with Mallory Video MONTHLY on low calorie recipes


The Brunswick Center at Leland

FLOWER SUNCATCHER CRAFT MATERIALS: Paper plates Transparent contact paper (also called sticky back plastic) Marker Scissors Flowers and leaves Watercolor paints (optional) Hole punch Ribbon or yarn 1. First, to prepare the suncatcher frames, cut the centers out of your paper plates. 2. Gather flowers and leaves. Perhaps collect them from around your yard or go for a nature walk to collect a variety. 3. Press flower petals and leaves to the sticky side of the contact paper, arranging them as desired. 4. When satisfied with the flower design, remove the backing from the second contact paper circle and press against the nature items to sandwich them between the two sticky sides of the contact paper. 5. Paint the frames with watercolor paints (optional). 6. Prepare your beautiful new flower suncatcher for hanging! If you want to hang them individually, punch a single hole at the top, thread the ribbon through, and tie it to form a loop.


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Cost of Insulin Drops in 2021

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he Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the average basic premium for Medicare Part D prescription drug plans, which cover prescription drugs that beneficiaries pick up at a pharmacy. For the first time, seniors who use insulin will be able to choose a prescription drug plan that offers a broad set of insulins for no more than $35 per month per prescription. The average basic Part D premium will be approximately $30.50 in 2021.The 2021 and 2020 average basic premiums are the second lowest and lowest, respectively, average basic premiums in Part D since 2013. Lower Part D premiums, which have decreased by 12 percent since 2017, save beneficiaries nearly $1.9 billion in premium costs over that time. And Part D enrollment has increased by 16.7 percent since 2017.

Medicare Advantage plans with prescription drug coverage joined the program between 2017 and 2020, and that trend is expected to continue in 2021. Increased market competition has led to lower costs and lower Medicare premium subsidies.

CMS Administrator Seema Verma attributes the lower cost to choice and competition. “The result is lower prices for life-saving drugs like insulin, which will be available to Medicare beneficiaries at this fall’s Open Enrollment for no more than $35 a month,” she said. About 200 additional standalone prescription drug plans and 1,500 additional

In 2019, the BSRI SHIIP program counseled over 1,000 seniors in Brunswick County and saved Medicare beneficiaries more than $861,058. The BSRI Prescription Assistance Program, managed by Prescription Assistance Coordinator Marilou Smith, saved seniors close to $3 million.

SHIIP Helps Area Seniors Save Money

Because of coronavirus concerns, plans are currently underway to ensure safety when BSRI is counseling Medicare beneficiaries during the 2020 Open Enrollment Period. SHIIP counselors have been continuing to assist people by phone, but we are hoping to offer in-person appointments as well. Medicare Open Enrollment begins on October 15 and runs through December 7. More detailed information will be provided in the October Buzz. Please call (910) 754-2300 for assistance with any Medicare questions or concerns. —Submitted by M. René Tarquinio, LBSW


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Oak Island Senior Site

SEPTEMBER 2020

47th Street Oak Island, NC 28461

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

Call 910-278-3622 or 278-6552 910-754-2300 for Reservations

Senior Activity Calendar September 2020 (Subject to Change)

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2 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

3 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:30 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

9 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

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

14 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

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

16 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

17 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:30 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

21 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games 28 9am Trip to Wal Mart 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time 1:30 Board Games

22 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO 1:30 Board Games

23 10:00 am Social Time 10:30 Pool Pals 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm Rummikub 12:30pm Social Time

24 8am Sr. Errands 10:00 am Rummikub 10:30 Playing Pool 11:15 Sit & Be Fit/Yoga 11:45 am Senior Lunch 12:30 pm BINGO

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ACROSS 1. Involuntary twitch 6. World's oldest na onal broadcaster 9. Pilgrimage to Mecca 13. Pacific island gree ng 14. "____ the ramparts..." 15. Prefix rela ng to sun 16. Not so crazy 17. Maiden name indicator 18. Greet the day 19. Mentally prepared for something scary 21. *"There's no place like home" 23. Liveliness 24. Answer to this clue, e.g. 25. Winter bug 28. Hatha or bikram 30. Incense burner, in a church 35. Bubonic plague spread‐ ers 37. Bo le plug 39. Part of TNT 40. Bad luck predictor 41. *"D'oh!" 43. Cleopatra's necklace 44. Red Cross supply 46. Have supper 47. Female crab, or crybaby in Australia 48. Belonging to Cree, e.g. 50. Byproduct of combing wool 52. Be nosey 53. Spilled the beans 55. Band booking 57. *"I have always de‐ pended on the kindness of strangers" 61. *"The caged bird sings of freedom" 65. Acous c output 66. Polar toy‐maker 68. Oodles 69. *"Everyone wants to be Cary Grant. Even I want to be Cary Grant." 70. "Funny or ____" 71. Tutor's student

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DOWN 1. Fresh talk 2. Surveyor's work 3. Excellent 4. Pen dweller 5. *"Don't worry 'bout a thing, 'cause every li le thing is gonna be alright." 6. *"A mar ni. Shaken, not s rred." 7. Samantha of "Full Frontal" 8. Words to live by 9. Submarine sandwich 10. Climbed down 11. Potluck offering 12. *"It's a moo point" 15. Habituate, like a plant 20. Historical period 22. Tolkien humanoid 24. Global problem? 25. *"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood" 26. Coeur de ____ ____, "Titanic" 27. Embryo cradles 29. Well‐behaved 31. Lice eggs 32. "Sesame Street" promi‐ nent architecture feature 33. Not right 34. *"Yo, Adrian!" 36. Give the cold shoulder 38. Bingo‐like game 42. 1837 to 1901, to Queen Victoria 45. Ronald McDonald or Mickey Mouse 49. ____‐di‐dah 51. Hanukkah's eight 54. Must‐haves 56. "Faster!" to a horse 57. Tea servings 58. Fishing decoy 59. Month before Nisan 60. Half a golf round 61. "____ ____Good Men" 62. Like the White Rabbit 63. Invi ng sign 64. Like a hand‐me‐down 67. Baron Munchausen's statement

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The Brunswick Center at Shallotte

SEPTEMBER 2020

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Weekly Ac vity Schedule EVERY MONDAY

EVERY TUESDAY

EVERY WEDNESDAY

EVERY THURSDAY

EVERY FRIDAY

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

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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

*Calendar subject to change* *Contribu ons are always appreciated* *Boost available for purchase*

We would like to send a huge thank you to the Bap st Home Mission and First Bap st Church of Shallo e for sharing the produce they receive from local farmers provided by a grant through the USDA. Because of this, we are able to send out beau ful, fresh produce to our homebound clients and also distribute to our curbside clients three mes a month.

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The Brunswick Center at Shallotte 3620 Express Drive Shallotte, NC 28470 910-754-2300 1002

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

Online Activities https://lichess.org/ https://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/ scrabble-online-free.html https://games.aarp.org/games/bridge https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/ museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/travel/ a31784720/best-virtual-tours/ https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/ museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours https://www.heraldtribune.com/zz/ entertainment/20200320/coronavirus-freemovies-shows-and-audiobooks-to-stream-whileyoure-self-quarantining

September is National Senior Center Month The 2020 theme for senior center month is: Senior Centers- Delivering Vital Connections! Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19, our “normal” has drastically changed and although we are not currently open we are still making connections and providing resources to assist you in healthy aging. Some of the resources we are still providing are:  Exercise classes via ZOOM  Outdoor exercise  Congregate meal curbside pickup  Meals on Wheels,  Cooking and nutrition classes via ZOOM  Food pantry Our center is not the same without our seniors. We truly miss each of you more than you could ever know. We all look forward to the day we get to see our centers full again.

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 www.bsrinc.org

As the ninth month of the year, September marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere (and the start of spring in the southern). Traditionally considered the month that marks transitions between seasons, it is often one of the most temperate weather-wise. Get Connected Tea with Teresa, Center Director, September 16th. 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 tnelson@bsrinc.org. *We never share or sell your email.*

Poetry Corner Hope by Emily Bronte Hope was but a timid friend; She sat without the grated den, Watching how my fate would tend, Even as selfish-hearted men. She was cruel in her fear; Through the bars one dreary day, I looked out to see her there, And she turned her face away! Like a false guard, false watch keeping, Still, in strife, she whispered peace; She would sing while I was weeping; If I listened, she would cease …


SEPTEMBER 2020

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

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

Case Manager Laura Collins passing out emergency preparedness kits provided by Southeastern Community and Family Services.

Time Machine! Historical happenings in September September 1, 1715: Louis XIV, known as the Sun King, died at the age of 76, after ruling France since the age of five. He was succeeded by Louis XV and Louis XVI, who was executed during the French Revolution in 1789, thus ending the reign of monarchical rule in France. September 1, 1939: In the early morning hours of this day, Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II in Europe. Der Führer called the move a "defensive" retaliation against the persecution of Germans in Poland.

September 2, 1666: The Great Fire of London was started, completely destroying the old city located within the ancient Roman Walls. It is believed to have started in a bakery and took three days to put out. September 5, 1774: The 1st Continental Congress was called to order. Composed of delegates from all 13 American colonies, it served as the governing body during the American Revolution, from 1774 to 1789. Two years later, on September 9, it changed the name of the United Colonies to the United States.

September 14, 1901: President William McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901 while attending the Buffalo Pan-American Exposition in New York. He died eight days later. September 22, 1862: President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which ended slavery in the territories held by the Confederacy, effective January 1, 1863. In spite of the ruling, the Civil War would not end for another year and a half after that.


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Best Bites / Puzzles

SEPTEMBER 2020

Apple Cinnamon Oats with Yogurt or Peanut Butter 1/3 cup milk ½ cup instant oats ¼ cup finely chopped apple ¼ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ cup Greek vanilla yogurt or 1 tablespoon peanut butter Optional 1 Tablespoon sugar Dash of salt Combine milk, oats, apple, cinnamon, sugar, and salt (if desired). Microwave 1 ½ to 2 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir and top with yogurt, additional apples, or peanut butter. You may also change this recipe to include your other favorite fresh fruits. It’s a versatile recipe for all seasons and flavor profiles. Nutri on Facts (without op onal ingredients and with Greek vanilla yogurt): Calories: 268, Fat: 5g, Carbohydrates: 45g, Protein: 13g, Sugar: 16g, Fiber: 5g, Sodium: 42mg Nutri on Facts (without op onal ingredients and with peanut bu er): Calories: 305, Fat: 13g, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 12g, Sugar: 9g, Fiber: 6g, Sodium: 107mg

STATE POINT MEDIA PUZZLE ANSWERS Puzzles on page 28


CENTER MAY BE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS—Check bsrinc.org for updates

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

Saying Goodbye to Addie If you are part of our Southport family, chances are you met Addie along the way. Addie Carolyn Bryant Mason was an angel on earth, always giving of herself to help others. Addie’s contributions to the world were evident in her spirit, encouraging smile, and dedication to helping others. Some saw her as a woman with a disability, but she soon would show those people that the disability was only in their eyes. Addie served as a hospice, senior care, pediatric, and ER nurse (to name a few) in a career that spanned close to six decades. Even in “retirement,” she never slowed down - she just shifted to volunteerism. At the Brunswick Center at Southport, we were fortunate to have her as a volunteer. Addie’s favorite sayings were “keep on keeping on,” “It’s not a disability, it’s a capability,” and “I love you more.” On Saturday, August 1st, a celebration of Addie’s life was held at the waterfront downtown. People gathered in celebration of the amazing woman she was and at the end of the ceremony, guests took petals to throw in the river in her honor. Right as the crowd threw the petals out, they all blew back on everyone and created a carpet of petals at the waterfront. Perhaps that was Addie’s last way of saying “I love you more.” We will miss you more than we can say, dear lady. Thank you for all you gave to all of us here at our wonderful center. Our hearts are with your family, for we know how great their loss is. Rest in peace, Addie. We love you more.

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

February 1, 1942— July 20, 2020


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.

You Say it’s Your Birthday...

Happy Birthday, Dear Jackie and Marilyn… These two cuties above (Jackie Knott, left, and Marilyn Stevens, right) celebrated birthdays just one day apart, with Jackie’s being August 6th and Marilyn’s on the 7th. Our amazing participants honored these amazing ladies with donations to help us create disaster preparedness kits for our homebound people. Thank you all so much for helping make these ladies’ birthdays special!

Sew Much Fun!!! Speaking of cuties, August 5th was the birthday of our sewing instructor, lead front desk volunteer, advisory committee secretary, fundraising committee chair, and very dear friend, Sherry Ross. We decorated ourselves and the van and took the “Birthday Brigade” on the road to do a drive by birthday celebration. We love you, Sherry! (P.S. Sherry is not even close to 85. Just having fun with her!)


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 Sightings!

Tedi Reiher shows us some love in the parking lot.

Beverly Shatterly drops by to borrow a game.

Phil McCullough dances in the parking lot while picking up his meals.

Southport Has Rhythm—Southport Drum Circle Still Going Strong! Members of the Southport Drum Circle met at Dutchman’s Creek Park on Friday, July 31st and we surprised them!


CENTER MAY BE CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS—Check bsrinc.org for updates

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

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ 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.

September 2020 - ZOOM Schedule Monday Let's Chat! Sept. 14 @ 2:00 p.m. Sept. 28 @ 2:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 928 0949 7402 Passcode: 965895

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Yoga w/ Emily 9:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 974 6067 3792 Passcode: 222993

Seated Tabata/Stretch It Out w/ Angela 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 987 1033 9502 Passcode: 265094

Balance - Core - Strength w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 942 3394 1654 Passcode: 894705

*Breakfast Book Club w/ Jillian 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 942 5673 6079 Passcode: 504983

Pilates w/ Nancy 10:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 994 5066 7430 Passcode: 018576

*Hired Hands Band Sept 9 @11:00 a.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 987 1518 8620 Passcode: 926003

*What's Happening at Supply Center! Sept. 8 @ 3:00 p.m. Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 954 4416 8414 Passcode: 611958 Each Zoom class *(besides What’s Happening at Supply Center, Hired Hands band and Breakfast Book Club) will be reoccurring in September. Each class now has the same meeting link, Meeting ID and Password that will be the same during September. *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!


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

~An NC Certified Senior Center of Excellence~ 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.

National Senior Center Month is celebrated every year in September. And although we are in challenging times, there is still a lot to applaud. During the first days of the pandemic, BSRI senior center staff ensured that vital services were maintained. We have served curbside congregate meals and Home Delivered Meals, made wellness calls, and creatively connected older adults to activities, exercise, and each other. This year’s celebration theme is Senior Centers: Delivering Vital Connections! The theme highlights how senior centers deliver vital connections to support older adults aging well. Preventing social isolation is vital and a core senior center mission. Our key words this this year are Mind, Body, Spirit, Community. This month, be on the lookout for BLASTs that connect and focus on these four holistic ideas!

September is National Falls Prevention Month Click on the picture to learn 6 Steps To Prevent A Fall! Also, check out our Zoom calendar and take part in our physical activity classes. Each class is designed to focus on strength, balance, flexibility, and endurance. Each of these components can help reduce the risk of a fall. In addition to improving health, Zooming is a great way to stay connected to your friends and even meet new friends!

Supply Center staff will provide a Caregiver Support Group on September 14 at 2:00 p.m. at the Supply Center! If you can attend, please register with Melissa so that we can properly plan for social distancing. Click on the picture for some helping tips in managing life during the pandemic!


CENTERS ARE CLOSED—See new schedule notes below—Check bsrinc.org for updates

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

SEPTEMBER 2020

*Menus subject to change*

CONTRIBUTIONS ALWAYS WELCOME!

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Friday

1 Italian Meatballs w/ marinara Sauce Whole wheat penne Caesar salad w/ dressing Breadstick Fresh orange Milk 2%

2 Chicken and Rice bake Seasoned green beans Glazed carrots Whole wheat roll Baked apples Margarine Milk 2%

3 Italian Meatballs w/ marinara Sauce Whole wheat penne Caesar salad w/ dressing Breadstick Fresh orange Milk 2%

4 Hamburger steak Mushroom gravy Mashed potatoes Mixed veggies Pineapple tidbits Roll Margarine Milk 2%

7 Beef hotdog Coleslaw Baked beans Hotdog bun Jello w/ fruit Mustard Relish Milk 2%

8 Beef hotdog Coleslaw Baked beans Hotdog bun Jello w/ fruit Mustard Relish Milk 2%

9 Kielbasa Sausage Steamed Cabbage White rice Hotdog bun Mandarin oranges Mustard Milk 2%

10 Shepherd's pie Lima beans Tropical fruit Roll Margarine Milk 2%

11 Breaded chicken fillet Mac and cheese Green beans Diced peaches Whole wheat roll Milk 2%

14 Baked pork chops Potatoes au gratin Steamed cabbage Applesauce Whole wheat roll Margarine Milk 2%

15 Baked pork chops Potatoes au gratin Steamed cabbage Applesauce Whole wheat roll Margarine Milk 2%

16 Chicken alfredo w/ fettuccini pasta Steamed broccoli Diced pears Bread stick Milk 2%

17 Swedish Meatballs Buttered egg noodles Peas and carrots Whole wheat roll Fruit cocktail Roll Margarine Milk 2%

18 Grilled chicken breast Mixed veggies Roasted potatoes Tropical fruit Roll Margarine Milk 2%

21 Stuffed chicken cordon bleu Rice pilaf Mixed steamed veggies Fresh banana Roll Margarine Milk 2%

22 Stuffed chicken cordon bleu Rice pilaf Mixed steamed veggies Fresh banana Roll Margarine Milk 2%

23 Pork cutlet /gravy Great northern beans Mashed potatoes Pineapple tidbits Roll Milk 2%

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25 Baked spaghetti Peas and carrots Spiced warm apples Bread stick Milk 2%

28 BBQ chicken breast Collard greens Mac and cheese Peach cobbler Soft roll Margarine Milk 2%

29 BBQ chicken breast Collard greens Mac and cheese Peach cobbler Soft roll Margarine Milk 2%

30 Sliced ham Country style green beans Sweet potato casserole Applesauce Soft roll Margarine Milk 2%

Cheeseburger Lettuce and tomato Bagged chips Ketchup mayo Hamburger bun Diced peaches Milk 2%

Contributions are always welcome! Your contributions help us serve meals to more seniors.


Home-Based Activities

By Joan Leotta

W

e have been on our own for a while and have perhaps tried a few new hobbies. If you would like to add at least one more to your skill set without breaking the budget, consider drawing or writing. Don’t worry if no one has ever said, “You have talent!” Create to please yourself and you may well end up creating something that will also please others. A hundred years ago, everyone learned basic drawing skills and recreated their environment on paper. In addition to flexing new creative muscles, drawing also sharpens your mind and observation skills. Drawing and writing are also well-suited to communicating your feelings about what is going on in the world around us at this time. In fact, mental health professionals advocate using a drawn and/or written journal as path to emotional health in a time of instability.

Drawing has never been a particular skill of mine, but I have taken it up again in a personal journal. To improve my own paltry efforts at drawing, I have taken out a few books on drawing from the library. I might never produce work that can be shown to others, but you might. I find it strangely satisfying to capture the shape of a bird, flowers in your garden, or even to create a maze from a series of squiggles. I’m thinking of using my little drawings as cards for friends,

Years ago, everyone learned to draw, and it’s a skill improved by practice. To brighten the lives of others, try making greeting cards with your new-found talent. Above is a suggestion from the pages of The Complete Practical Guide to Card-making by Cheryl Owen, one of many art instruction books available at Brunswick County libraries.

combining my own drawings with cut-outs from magazines in small collages. I have one friend who simply folds paper into squares and pastes them on cardboard to make cards in lovely colors and soothing patterns. Here are four of the many art instruction books available in the Brunswick County library to help you develop your art and cardmaking skills: 

Draw by Solga Kim

Drawing in Pen and Ink by Claudia Nice

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing by Jarrett and Leonard

The Complete Practical Guide to Card-making by Cheryl Owen

Writing has always been my favorite way to use paper and pencil. I keep a journal as well as write for publication. Poems, essays, stories— I try my hand at all of it. Words are a wonder to me. One of the more practical things I’ve been doing during the pandemic is to write about family photos. I have been sorting and organizing photos from family albums and am slowly compiling a record of how those fit into our family history. I simply set down the words I would use if I were showing the albums to my daughter, who lives 300 miles away. Of course, letter-writing inside your handmade cards or sending a note with a drawing you made is also a way to reach out to others.


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