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By Margaret Thompson-Shumate


n the early 1980’s, I secured a small housing loan. My daughter, Tracy, was a teenager at the time and although we were living in Salisbury, she expressed an intense desire to attend Erwin Jr. High School and East Rowan High School. My ex father-in-law volunteered and was approved to build us a modest home in Rockwell. As my budget was somewhat limited, central air conditioning was not possible, so he installed an attic fan instead. One summer night, during

the first year in our new home, I was sitting in the living room relaxing and watching television. Suddenly, from the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a quick dark flash in the hallway. After an investigation that revealed nothing, I decided that my eyes were playing tricks on me because I was so tired. It was definitely bedtime for me I told myself. Tracy was on summer break from school and was going to stay up and watch television in her bedroom for a while. Around 2:00 a.m., Tracy woke me with an excited revelation. “Mom, I’m scared! There’s a


n June 30, I’ll finish my last day as Executive Director of RuftyHolmes Senior Center. After working here for thirty years as the first and only Executive Director, I’ve seen the evolution of the Center from a dream of a small group of volunteers to a premiere non-profit organization that provides superb programs and services for thousands of local older adults each year. The first Board of Directors, developed and enlarged from that original core group of volunteer advocates, spent countless hours planning the design of a new senior center building, and conducting a

bat flying around in my room!” I jumped up and rushed to her room, but could not confirm her sighting. I told her she must have been dreaming. “No, Mom! Honest! I wasn’t asleep!” Just then, from behind the window curtain, appeared this ugly black creature with wide spread wings. It definitely was a bat! We slammed the bedroom door and put towels around the bottom to hopefully keep it contained. Unfortunately, there was no chance for help until daylight. Tracy kept a vigil for the remainder of the night in the living room, while keeping a

community-wide campaign to pay for it. Over 2,000 local older adults contributed to the campaign, creating an investment in their own future. Thanks to the leadership of Jim Hurley, and the generosity of Archie & Frances Rufty and the Hurley family, the new center opened with new furnishings and no debt. Those first months I was the only full-time employee. We had a part-time secretary and two parttime Title V trainees who helped with maintenance and receptionist duties. Our annual budget was $85,000. Now we have 8 fulltime employees, about 24 parttime folks, and a budget of over $1million.

watchful eye on her bedroom door. As I had to work the next day, I tried to sleep. But, every time I dozed, I dreamed of screeching bats biting my neck. Finally this restless night came to an end. I called my mother in Salisbury who in turn got in touch with my nephew, Dusty, in China Grove. Luckily, he was available and said he and a friend would come and capture our unwelcome guest. I called my boss and gave her my best “bat” excuse for being late for work. She was very sympathetic but also greatly amused. I wasn’t! The doorbell rang about 9:00 Continued on page 2

Our original building was only 10,000 square feet. It quickly became filled with those folks who had invested in making the Center possible, and who anxiously had waited during a year of construction for it to open. The second year of operation brought the construction of a picnic shelter; and then a bathroom building for that area. Then we added more parking. In 1995 we added the Hurley Room; in 1998 the Aquatics Facility; and in 2008 the Fitness Annex. Now we have 20,000 square feet of space, or double the size and capacity when we began. More parking spaces have Continued on page 3


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By Jan McCanless


ver have one of “those “ days? I have weeks at a time like that. Well, for instance, the other day, it started out kinda strange, as all my days do. I was outside, and all I could see when I looked up was a flock of buzzards circling overhead. That can give a person pause, trust me. After I went inside, I find out I had put too much detergent in with the laundry, and my utility room was awash in bubbles. Soooo, I thought I’d put my shoes on and get it all mopped up pretty quick, and I would have too, except my shoelace broke in mid stride. Now, already I’m thinking I may have done something really terrible to warrant all this, then, I remembered

the buzzards, they must know something I don’t, I thought. There were a few things on my grocery list I forgot at the super market as well that morning, so, as I was driving back to the grocery store, the buzzards began circling the car, one even flew level with my passenger side window, and I want to tell you, that is one unnerving sight, to say the least. Eventually, all things got sorted out, but, I was wrung out. I want to tell you, so, I did the best thing I could have done, I got in my car, and took a drive out in the country. We live out in the country, so, doing this was not a huge undertaking, but, occasionally I enjoy looking at cows, flowers, breathing in the fresh air, which isn’t easy when there are cows

around! Nothing fills up the senses like a drive through the countryside. If you don’t believe me, ask John Denver, he wrote a song about it, and he was right. My dad taught me this lesson, and he was good at stress relief, he went fishing, or he descended into the basement with my brother to tie fishing flies, they enjoyed that. He knew what was good for the soul, and when I was a kid, a chocolate milkshake would do it for me. I can’t havethose anymore, so, I look elsewhere. A drive through the countryside was exactly what I needed that day, and when I got home, I felt I could handle anything, even the buzzards!! Thanks, Pop, and Happy Father’s Day to all!

Oh, What A Night! continued from page 1 a.m. I opened the door to find my nephew (Batman) and his friend (Robin, I assumed) armed with an old quilt and a tennis racquet. They entered the bedroom, closed

the door, bumped and rumbled around for about fifteen minutes, and then exited with big smiles on their faces. The bat had been found under Tracy’s pillow and was dead. Ding, Dong – the bat was dead! We discovered that it had entered the house through the slats in the attic fan which was located in the hallway. After praising, “Batman “and “Robin” for their heroic efforts, I immediately shut and taped the attic fan slats. They remained closed until I sold the house and moved back to Salisbury after Tracy’s high school graduation. “Batman” Dusty still lives in southern Rowan County. Shortly after his “bat rescue mission” however, he traded his bat cave in for a nice family farmhouse. He and his sweet wife have since

raised four beautiful daughters and are currently proud grandparents of three precious little boys with another grandchild due in a few months. “Robin’s” whereabouts are unknown. Since the month of June honors fathers on a special day, I would like to personally send a loving shout-out to my nephew for being such a devoted and caring Christian father and grandfather. I read somewhere once that “any man can be a father, but it takes a special man to be a “dad”. I sincerely wish a Happy Father and/ or Dad’s Day to all Senior Savvy readers! ALSO – you just might want to keep your eyes open for any movement around any open slats. Since “batman” has retired, you may have some difficulty in locating super heroes to assist you.

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Rick Eldridge’s Parting Thoughts continued from page 1 been added at least three different times. We’ve gone from serving a few hundred folks a year to serving several thousand each year. It’s pretty well known that we piloted the state senior center certification process, and were named NC’s first “senior center of excellence;” and that we were the first center in NC to be nationally accredited after that; and have been re-accredited three additional times – one of only five centers in the whole nation to accomplish that milestone. As a result, Rufty-Holmes has been viewed as the “flagship center” in our state, a model for other senior centers to learn from in the areas of operational policy & procedure and best practices. With programs and services, we’ve grown from having one exercise class for older adults to offering twentyseven each week. We started with a club for bridge, and a club for golfers, but now have thirty different clubs who meet here regularly offering a diverse array of activities. We’re doing things now that were never thought of thirty years ago, like evidence-based health promotion programs, brain fitness activities, computer classes, and memory screenings to name a few. Several years ago, one of our founding members of the Board of Directors shared with me that two original Board Members who were involved with my hiring had made

a bet that I would not stay here but about a year before moving on. But, that was okay with them as long as I got the Center off to a good start. Well, it’s taken longer than a year, but maybe we’re off to a good start. Over the years, I have been given a lot of credit for the success of the Center. I have tried to make everyone understand it’s everybody who has been involved, and is involved, that makes the difference. We’ve had great financial support from County & City government, the State of NC, the United Way,

local foundations, businesses, the Rufty and Hurley families, and many other generous individuals. Numerous other agencies and organizations have collaborated with us in providing services. And a great provision has been our human resources – an involved Board of Directors; a talented, caring staff; and a core of volunteers as well as participants, who have stepped up and offered to share their knowledge and talents as we have evolved and grown. I’m confident the new Executive Director, Nan Buehrer, will lead Rufty-Holmes to greater heights

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as the Center observes its 30th Anniversary and embarks on a new Strategic Plan. She will need the same kind of support and involvement from others that I have enjoyed; and possibly a higher level of advocacy from our supporters as we face an uncertain future of government support for aging services. I’ll be around, and hope I’ll continue to see many healthy, involved older citizens of our community persist in showing everyone else what’s important in life, and the right way to live.


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“Service to Seniors”Awards Luncheon Recognizes Ten Honorees


s part of Older Americans Month, the Rowan County Council on Aging held its tenth annual “Service to Seniors” Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 12 at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Park Sterling Bank and Oak Park Retirement Center served as the corporate sponsors for the event. The awards program established by the Council in 2008 is designed to recognize individuals, organizations, and businesses in the community that have provided exemplary service to older adults. Award nominations were received from the community during March. An Awards Committee of the Council selected five individuals, and two organizations from those nominations to honor at the luncheon. In addition, three businesses were recognized for achieving Senior Friendly Business Certification during the last year. Individual honorees included

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Tony Almeida, Mary Ann Frye, Tom Harrell, Gail Kimball & Nan Lund. The Elizabeth Maxwell Steele DAR Chapter and the Frontier Coffee Shop were recognized as organizational winners. Edward Jones, Moose Pharmacy & TenderHearted Home Care were recognized for Senior Friendly Business Certification. Tony Almeida regularly volunteers his time to check on and visit with older adults who are in nursing homes or homebound. If possible, he takes them out in the community to attend church services or eat at a restaurant. Other times he will purchase meals and deliver them for their enjoyment. Mary Ann Frye has been a volunteer with the local AARP Tax-Aide Program for twenty-five years. Due to her experience, she is assigned to prepare the more difficult returns, and handles the final quality review for cases completed by other volunteers. In this role, she has assisted

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hundreds of older adults over the years in filing income tax returns. World War II Veteran Tom Harrell has been the driving force behind the establishment and operation of the Frontier Coffee Shop for veterans meeting weekly at Thelma’s Down Home Cooking Restaurant. Now beginning its fourth year in serving local veterans, its popularity has spread to other communities through Tom’s efforts. Gail Kimball is a retired Geriatric Nurse Practitioner who has volunteered at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

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Gail Kimball, Tony Almeida & Tom Harrell (not pictured Mary Ann Frye & Nan Lund)

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Thelma Lucky with Frontier Coffee Shop and representatives of the Elizabeth Maxwell Steele DAR for the past eight years, hosting monthly blood pressure screenings. In addition to providing blood pressure readings, she provides health counseling and medical referrals to those in need. Nan Lund has served as a volunteer counselor with Seniors Health Insurance Information Program in Rowan County for ten consecutive years. In this role, she has assisted hundreds of older adults in navigating through the daunting task of selecting Medicare supplement and Medicare prescription plans. The members of the Elizabeth Maxwell Steele DAR Chapter have provided volunteer services for veterans at the Hefner VA Medical Center for a number of years. Building 42, where many of the veterans are in wheelchairs, are among the main patients receiving attention from the Chapter. Chapter members donate items on patients’ wish lists in addition to providing quilts and other items for their use and enjoyment. The Chapter also provides hostesses for the weekly gatherings of veterans at the Frontier Coffee Shop; and hosted and served the large group of

veterans attending the Welcome Home Viet Nam Veterans Luncheon in March of 2017. Beginning in April 2014, the Down Home Cooking Restaurant, owned and operated by Thelma Luckey, began opening early each Tuesday morning to host local veterans for coffee, doughnuts and a time of fellowship. Over the past three years, the number of veterans attending each week has grown to averaging about eighty. Included in the group is a contingent from the Hefner VA Medical Center. The Frontier Coffee Shop has played a very positive role in the lives of several depressed veterans, bringing support and encouragement from their fellow service members. Bob Bruce, President of the Council on Aging, welcomed guests to the luncheon and served as Master of Ceremonies. Council Secretary Eileen Solomon presented the awards. Table decorations were provided by Salisbury Flower Shop. Lunch was provided by the food service staff at Oak Park Retirement. The Rowan County Council on Aging was re-organized in January 2007 for the purpose of educating and informing individuals and the community about public issues effecting older adults; to develop strategies for improving conditions for older adults in Rowan County; to advocate for older adult needs and public policies to address them; and to promote a “senior friendly community.” For more information about the Rowan County Council on Aging, contact Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 704-216-7714.

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Louanne Stanton


live in a beautiful area of North Carolina. One of my favorite parts of the landscape here are the huge boulders that stick out from everywhere. You can almost imagine the time in history when they were tumbled by the forever gone water, and these giants came to rest in what is now people’s yards, at the side of the road, in the middle of a pasture. They are everywhere. And people have incorporated them into their landscape. Some plant flowers around them, some plant trees to shade the rocks and some schools even import huge rocks for the kids to paint at will. I was thinking about these boulders and how they are part of the landscape. There is no changing the fact they are here to stay… and how that compares to a loss in our life. But instead of a boulder being in our life, we have a hole. When my husband died suddenly of a rare blood disorder called protein S deficiency, I had no clue of the size of the hole he would leave behind. My husband was not

only my best friend and the father of my children, he was my pastor. The hole he left was immense. I was afraid of looking into it for too long lest I fall in and be lost to my daughters and other family and friends forever. I had to find a way to deal with this loss. There were very few support books back in the day. There were lots of books for sale that told me how the authors felt, there were lots of books that told the sad story of a life lost, but I could not find one to help me heal! So… I began to write. And I began to counsel others who endured the loss of a loved one to death. And I discovered that a loss is a lot like a hole. We miss so many things about the person who died and who we were when we were with them. Our likes, our home environment, our goals and dreams are intertwined with that person. And now, there is a hole. It is very common for people to try and fill in the hole. They use things like sleeping aids, alcohol, other drugs, shopping, working or shallow relationships to try and fill the void that is there. This may continue for an extended period, until we realize, there is no way to fill that hole. It is now an ugly part of OUR landscape. There is nothing we can do to make the hole go away… or is there? I simply could not bear the thought of looking into that dark, deep hole daily. It was killing

me and I was not present for my daughters, or my life for that matter. After some soul searching I came up with an idea and it worked for me. I hope you will try it and it can work for you too. I made a physical list of things I was thankful for. The list was hard to make at first. I was so new in my grief that I had to start small. I was thankful my husband did not have the stroke he had while we were driving down the road. I was thankful he was alive long enough for all of us to express our goodbyes. I was thankful I had two daughters that needed me and had the chance to know their dad. I was thankful I had family that took care of me during this horrible time. I was thankful I had a best friend that was a bull dog for me and protected me for months after his death. I then put a daily reminder on my phone for each morning at 8am. It says “Be thankful for something.” And I will tell you that somedays I sit there and think before I say aloud the thing I am

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thankful for. But, I say it out loud every day and have been doing this for years now. By verbalizing aloud my thankfulness, it lets me hear a good thing in my life. You see, the things I am thankful for become a buffer between my hole and the rest of my life. I like to think of the good things in my life as bushes and flowers I am planting on the edge of the hole, so it is harder for me to see into it. I know it will always be a part of my life, but as life goes on, the things I have planted will continue to grow and I must walk through tall plants and many flowers to get to the side of the hole that is there. It is a choice I make each day. I will never forget my husband, or the impact he had on this earth… but I am choosing to focus on the beauty around me and not the hole. Louanne is a certified Grief Recovery Specialist who does group grief classes as well as one on ones. You can contact her by calling 980-521-4661 or going to her website


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When Was Your Last Tetanus Shot? by Katrena Allison Wells Faith Community Nurse for Woodleaf United Methodist Church


etanus is a bacterial disease that can cause skeletal muscles to become rigid and/or spasm. Symptoms typically begin in the jaw (lockjaw) and neck, followed by difficulty swallowing and rigid abdominal muscles. Stiffness then moves to other muscles of the body. Sweating and fever may occur. Breathing can become difficult, and fractures may result from muscle contractions; heart problems can also develop. Seizures may occur, and the autonomic nervous system can be affected. The bacterium responsible for this potentially deadly disease is Clostridium tetani. Although the bacterium cannot survive in the presence of oxygen, the spores are remarkably resistant to heat and antiseptics. The bacterium is commonly found in soil, saliva, dust, the intestines and feces of many

averaging 8 days after the injury. Tetanus symptoms in a newborn baby will usually develop four to fourteen days after birth. In the 1940s, tetanus affected approximately 500-600 people per year. Today, between 18 and 37 cases are reported annually. These lower numbers are attributed to tetanus immunizations. Someone fully vaccinated for tetanus has a very low potential to get a tetanus infection. Tetanus is much harder to treat than it is to prevent. The CDC recommends that adults receive a tetanus booster every ten years. An adult who has a wound that is not clean or that is not minor should receive a tetanus booster if his/her last tetanus shot was more than five years prior to the injury or if last tetanus shot is unknown. Someone with a clean, minor wound should receive a tetanus booster if his/her last tetanus shot was more than ten years prior to the injury or last tetanus shot is unknown. If you experience a deep

animals, and in contaminated heroin. This tiny organism packs a punch: only 2.5 nanograms per kilogram of body weight is estimated to be potentially lethal. One nanogram is one billionth of a gram. The C. tetani bacterium can enter the body through a wound, such as stepping on a nail or if the umbilical cord of a newborn is cut with a non-sterile instrument and when the mother has not been immunized against tetanus. Although many people associate tetanus with puncture wounds, less common ways to contract tetanus include elective surgery, burns, crush wounds, ear infections, dental infections, animal bites, bug bites, splinters, a pinprick, or abortion. Sometimes these wounds do not initially look problematic and may have very little bleeding, so they may be overlooked. Symptoms of tetanus develop 3-21 days after the injury,

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and dirty wound and have not had a tetanus shot within five years, seek immediate medical attention and clean the wound with tap water. Tetanus immune globulin can be given to treat a tetanus infection; however, there is a short window of time in which this treatment will be most effective. Many adults are unaware of their immunization status; this is a good question for one’s primary care physician. Reviewing and keeping a copy of one’s immunization history may be helpful when determining best treatment options if an injury occurs. An annual physical is a good time to review this information and to ensure one is up-to-date with a recommended immunization schedule. If your faith community is interested in a health program, please contact Pam Hurley at Pamela. Sources: • CDC online article “Tetanus” & NIH online article “Do I Need a Tetanus Shot?”

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1120 South Martin Luther King Blvd. Salisbury, North Carolina 28144-5658 704.216.7714 (voice) 704.633.8517 (fax) (email) BUSY BEES CRAFT CLUB: Thursday, June 1 at 11:00am. The Busy Bees Craft Club will meet at Shelter 11 at Dan Nicholas Park for a picnic in lieu of a meeting at RuftyHolmes on this day. The group will not meet in July or August, but will resume meetings the first Thursday in September at 9:30am. AARP MEMBERSHIP PICNIC: Thursday, June 1 at 12:30pm. Open to those ages 50 and older who are current members, as well as those who might be interested in membership. A hot dog lunch will precede the regular monthly meeting that begins at 1:00pm. Hot Dogs are provided - please bring a side dish or dessert. Guests are welcome but asked to pre-register by calling 704-216-7714. MIND AEROBICS ART CLASS: An introduction to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-5pm. $10 per session payable to the instructor. STAINED GLASS CLASSES: New eight-week classes begin June 5. For beginning, intermediate or advanced students. Two sections to choose from (Mondays 2-5pm or Mondays 5:45pm - 8:45pm). No class July 3rd. Instructor is Mike Ziegler. $55 class fee payable to instructor plus materials. Register at the Front Desk, or by calling 704-216-7714. Space is limited. HANDMADE ALL OCCASION CARD WORKSHOP: Tuesday, June 6 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade all occasion cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714. BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENINGS: Wednesday, June 7 from 9:3010:30am. Free blood pressure readings and consultation for interested older adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse Practitioner Gail Kimball. A blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours, sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. WALK-ABOUTS ACTIVITIES: The Walk-Abouts will meet on


Thursday, June 8 at 11:00 am at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center for a picnic lunch. Please bring a favorite dish to share with the group. Everyone is welcome. To register, or for more information, call 704-216-7714. GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY + LUNCHEON: Wednesday, June 14 at noon. A special recognition luncheon for those couples married fifty or more years, sponsored by Trinity Oaks Retirement Community. There will be a buffet luncheon followed by entertainment and door prizes. Free to those who register in advance by calling 704-216-7714. FATHER’S DAY COFFEE: Friday, June 16 at 8:30am. An informal celebration of the many contributions of fathers. All men are invited. Please join us to for coffee and treats provided by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions. Free to those who register in advance by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. HEALTH & FITNESS CLUB/BRAIN FITNESS: Wednesday, June 21 at 11:00am. “Get Moving for your Brain.” Join Sylvia Swisher for a functional movement demonstration. You will learn how movement helps Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases and early stage dementia. Please register with the Center at the Front Desk or call 704-216-7714 to attend the program. CULTURAL CROSSROADS SLOVAKIA: Thursday, June 22 at 2:00pm. Learn about Irene Stewart’s Peace Corp experience in Slovakia. Refreshments will be provided by Brookdale Senior Living Solutions. Free to those who register in advance by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714. RETIREMENT PARTY: Thursday, June 22 from 3-4:30pm. The Senior Center is hosting a retirement party for Rick Eldridge - Executive Director; Steve Simpson – Information and Assistance Program Manager; and Susan Davis – Information and Assistance Program Assistant. Please come and join us as we thank them for their time and service. OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CLUB OUTING TO HANGING ROCK STATE PARK: Friday, June 23. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am to carpool. Bring snacks and water for the trail. Also bring $3 to pay the car pool driver and money for a Dutch-treat lunch. Dress appropriately for the

weather. Participation is at your own risk. New participants will need to complete an information survey at the Front Desk. In case of inclement weather, call the Center, as the outing may be postponed. To register for this activity call 704-216-7714.

launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space, making him the first American to orbit Earth. Rated PG, come out and enjoy on our big screen, complete with popcorn and drinks. Sponsored by Victory Wealth Management. Free. (Motion picture license # 12137390).

BUS TRIP TO RALEIGH, NC: Tuesday, June 27. We are headed back to Raleigh to explore more of what the state capital has to offer. Motor coach transportation will leave the Center at 7:00am, stop for a Dutch-treat breakfast along the way, and arrive at the Museums of Natural Science and History. Some may want to visit the State Archives building to research and explore genealogy.

NEW COMPUTER CLASSES: Please pre-register at the Front Desk or by calling 704-216-7714. Class participants may bring their own laptop or use one provided by RuftyHolmes. Please indicate your choice when registering. Participants must be enrolled with Rufty-Holmes Senior Center.

Lunch will also be Dutch-treat at a café in either of the two museums. We will stop for a Dutch-treat supper at 66 Pizzeria in Winston-Salem on the way home. The cost is $40 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, firstserved, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, June 7 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early. YOUNG AT HEART GROUP: Wednesday, June 28 at 11:30am. Frank Thomason, Rowan County Director of Emergency Services, will be speaking on the proper planning for the up-coming hurricane season. Bring a brown bag lunch. For more information, and to register your attendance, call 704-216-7714. WATERCOLOR JAM: Wednesday, June 28 from 1:00-4:00pm. This is an open session for all watercolor painters to work on art creations. There is no instructor. Each artist must be responsible for his or her own supplies and for cleaning up afterwards. No registration is necessary. MOVIE OF THE MONTH: Wednesday, June 28 at 2:00pm. “Hidden Figures.” In the race to space between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, three black female mathematicians play a key role in

iPad: Friday, June 9 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Learn the basics for using your iPad. Explore some of the most useful apps which will make using your iPad a more enjoyable experience. Participants must bring their own iPad. Your iPad should be charged and you should know you Apple ID and passwords. The fee for this class is $10. How Do I Use My Computer?—A Class for Beginners: Tuesday, June 13 from 5:30 – 8:30pm. Truly a class for the beginner……participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops. This class will provide an introduction on making the computer work for you along with the basics of word processing, Internet use, and email. Cost is $10. Cutting the Cord----Escaping the Cost of Cable: Tuesday, June 20 from 5:30 – 7:30pm. Mark Bias will share with us how he moved from cable to Internet for television… to do the technical side as well as sharing how much money he is saving using this method. Join us for this informative seminar. No pre-registration required. BUS TRIP TO SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE: Wednesday, July 26. Motor coach transportation will leave the Center at 8:00am to travel to Moneta, VA where we will board the Virginia Dare for a sight-seeing cruise on Smith Mountain Lake. As we cruise, we will enjoy a delicious lunch while listening to a narration of what we are seeing. We will return around 5:30pm. The cost is $85 per person. The fee covers transportation, the cruise and lunch. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, firstserved, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by

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credit card now as well as with cash or check. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early. ON-GOING EXERCISE CLASSES: One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A variety of offerings are available at different levels, and include Senior-Lite Jazzercise®, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers® Classic, Refit® Dance, and various Yoga classes, as well as arthritis water exercise and cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic fitness equipment is also available for use, with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information or call 704-216-7714. CHAIR MASSAGES: Twentyminute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center on Mondays by appointment with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per session. To schedule an appointment please call 704-213-6059. Enjoy BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for $1.50, sponsored by Beltone Hearing Aid Centers. Members are invited to enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Chair Volleyball will be offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm in the Fitness Annex. Senior Games Shuffleboard will be held on Friday, June 2 from 8:30am – 11:30am in the Addie Rhem Morris Room. LUNCH CLUBS: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by federal, state and local aging grants, there is no charge to participate, but donations are encouraged and accepted. For more information, call 704-216-7702. SUMMER FAN PROGRAM: Sponsored by Duke Energy for eligible older and disabled adults. Free box fans distributed by RuftyHolmes for those who don’t have air conditioning and may have

health risks associated with the intense heat of summer. Eligibility requirements are at least sixty years or disabled; resident of Rowan County; and have financial need. Pick up at the Center or call 704-216-7700 for more information. Required information to receive a fan is name, address, phone number, and date of birth.

Club Meetings R U F T Y- H O L M E S S E N I O R C E N T E R

CLUB MEETINGS THIS MONTH: TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am Creative Needles - Each Wednesday at 9:30am

BROADCAST BINGO: Available through the Center’s Outreach Program for Rowan County older adults age 60 and older. Win prizes from sponsors by listening daily to Memories 1280 Radio. Call 704-216-7723 to enroll and for more information. Free.

R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am


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APPOINTMENTS FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE: Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with interested persons at the Center by appointment to provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family law, public assistance, housing, consumer protection, etc). The service is free to low-income adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and to schedule an appointment, call the NC Legal Aid office at 1-877-579-7562 and identify yourself as an older adult residing in Rowan County. APPOINTMENTS FOR OMBUDSMAN ASSISTANCE: Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, is available to answer individual questions related to long term care. Call RuftyHolmes Senior Center at 704-2167714 to set up an appointment. ASSISTANCE WITH HEARING NEEDS: For individuals who are hard of hearing and need assistance with hearing devices or telephone communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Schedule an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by calling 1-800835-5302. “ARE YOU OK?” SERVICE: Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety checks through the Center by calling 704216-7704.

Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm AARP Chapter - Thursday, June 1 at 12:30pm Golf Association of Rowan Seniors Monday, June 5 at 8:30am Ambassadors Club - Monday, June 5 at noon Wednesday, June 7 at 10:00am Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, June 8 at 9:00am Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, June 8 at 6:30pm Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, June 12 at 2:00pm Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, June 14 at 1:00pm Sunny Days Quilters - Thursday, June 15 at 1:00pm Carolina Artists – Thursday, June 15 at 6:30pm National Active & Retired Federal Employees – Monday, June 19 at 1:00pm Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, June 20 at noon Young at Heart – Wednesday, June 27 at 11:30am INSURANCE INFORMATION PROGRAM ASSISTANCE: Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County location for the Seniors Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC Department of Insurance. Staff and trained counselors are available to assist individuals and families with impartial information on Medicare supplemental and prescription drug plans by appointment. Call 704216-7703 for more information. GOLD CARDS: Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools athletic, musical and drama events free of charge. These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the Center with a photo ID. GENERAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE: Staff members are available to assist individuals and families with general information and assistance in utilizing various community services available to older adults. If you have a need, call the Center’s Information & Assistance Program at 704216-7700.

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The Carolina Thread Trail weaves a path through time and terrain. My friends and I discovered a natural surface trail segment in the Buffalo Creek Preserve. Once a week we hike the path that meanders through restored oak-savanna and farmland along Adams Creek. On every walk we share stories about our past and consider dreams for the future. In late September 2016 we constructed a wooden frame shelter to house print versions of those stories; we called them Trail Tales. The modest enclosure is located at the head of the preserve. We plan to make those stories available to readers of Senior Savvy on a monthly basis, no hiking gear required. Amy Bergeron, a poet at heart, agreed to share a tale using an art form that mirrors her storytelling style. Instruction on how to access an electronic version of the story is posted on the blog hosted at Enjoy this installment.

Storybook Lightning: The Reason Why I Started Writing Poetry

© 2017 by Amy Bergeron


n elementary school reading became my favorite pastime. Even though the book-mobile attendant counted 18 (with six over the limit), she stamped the return date on the back page of each one. Wrapping my arms around the skyscraping volume, I slowly marched with older sister Betsy to the car where Momma waited. The 1970’s famous publications from Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, E.B. White, Maryann

Hoberman, Sterling North and Carolyn Keene largely occupied my world outside of school. I frequently enjoyed extensive chain-reading—one book after another, after another— sometimes leaving slim pickings and mediocre subject matter for the other families in the book mobile line. In the parking lot, Momma was fanning intervals of August air towards our youngest sister Alisha, who was napping. Sitting up front, little brother William was counting his number of Tictac-toe wins and little sister Janna was untangling a Cat’s Cradle. Betsy climbed in the back section to lie down on the quilt. Chaclunk! The station wagon’s car door swung open as I pulled on it. I slid the books between me and

Alisha and closed the door. Thumbing to the first page, I read aloud from The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf. Momma cordially nodded, as I announced the author’s name and the illustrator’s name with equal emphasis. Using an opera singer’s voice, I galloped the title through the notes, screeching it over three rickety octaves. Alisha awoke as Momma turned in our driveway. Betsy bounded towards the front porch, maneuvering in front of William and Janna. I took one trip to the kitchen with my lunchbox and after returning, I carefully and cautiously—transported the glorious mountain of storybook lightning—straight to my room. Inside of the authors’ electro-static pavilions, I had wavelengths of enchantment for days on end! Plunging into an elevation of excitement, I fueled my fifth-grade reading captivation towards the highest level of incentives. The best reader award, which was five paperbacks— free of charge—from the Scholastic book sale, would be presented during the first week of September. Darn it, the winning student had eleven more books than I did. However, I didn’t slow down one iota. At my desk after dinner, I opened the front cover of The Secret Garden, by Frances H. Burnett. To my surprise, a bookmark covered in gardenias—fell to the floor. I noticed it had a quote on the back. At that moment I thought; new bookmarks like this would pull doubleduty. They could uplift anyone’s spirit and would always come in handy. As a new member of

4-H, I wanted to ask the leader if we could make bookmarks and give them to the older adults for Grandparents’ Day. I grabbed Momma’s attention when she came down the hall. I explained my idea to her. She collected a few supplies: scissors, glue, pencils, a ruler, construction paper and a single-hole punch. She drew a template for me to trace while she cut narrow strips of ribbon for each bookmark. I was intrigued by the pattern of the floral design. And I looked forward to creating the text we’d add to the back. I examined the color of the gardenias, so I wrote a line that described them—“Ivory in color, gardenias love the sunny beams,” then. Momma chimed in with the second stanza, right off the top of her head: “our Lord provides for us, the most amazing, wonderful things!” It was a nice surprise to have it completed, almost instantly. We could begin drawing the bouquet’s outline and copying the saying. I was ecstatic that the couplet sounded, appropriately short and sweet—and suitable for all ages. That’s when my artistic and literary aspiration traveled full–speed ahead. I asked Momma if she could take me to 4-H early that Tuesday evening. I had called four other members. They wanted to make all 36 bookmarks at the meeting. When the last bookmark was finished, the 4-H leaders complimented the elegant illustrations. They would also be suitable for greeting cards I had on the back burner. Within two weeks, I had ten greeting cards with the gardenia pattern, which were blank. Another ten had a puppy-love theme, something I had in process. The caption on the front cover was, ‘You’ve become my secret crush, and—honey, it’s a fact This extra special moment, is Continued on page 14


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Dad’s Excellent Scallops

Tin Roof Sundae Pie



2 pounds shelled, large sea scallops

4 cups honey and nut flavor cornflakes cereal

1/2 pound prosciutto, thinly sliced

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/2 cup butter, melted toothpicks, soaked in water

1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened


1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1. Preheat grill for medium-high heat.

1/2 cup chocolate syrup

2. Wrap each scallop with a thin slice of prosciutto, and secure with a toothpick.


3. Lightly oil grill grate. Arrange scallops on the grill, and baste with butter. Cook for 5 minutes, turn, and baste with butter. Cook for another 8 minutes, or until opaque.

Bourbon Street N.Y. Strip Steak Ingredients: 2 (6 ounce) boneless New York strip steaks

1. Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan. In a large bowl, mix together cereal, peanut butter, and corn syrup. Press mixture into greased pie pan. 2. Spread softened ice cream evenly into crust. Top with chopped peanuts. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours. Top each slice with chocolate syrup before serving.

Beer Margaritas Ingredients:

3 cups bourbon whiskey

1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen limeade concentrate

1 cup dark brown sugar

12 fluid ounces tequila

Directions: 1. Gently tenderize steaks with a meat mallet. With a sharp knife, lightly score the meat on one side diagonally. Place steaks in a casserole dish, scored side up, and pour bourbon over them. Rub the brown sugar evenly over each steak. Marinate in refrigerator for 1 to 3 hours. 2. Preheat grill to high heat, and lightly oil grate. 3. Place the steaks on the hot grill, with the sugar side down. Let cook until sugar has caramelized, 3 to 5 minutes, then flip steaks, and finish cooking to desired doneness.

12 fluid ounces water 12 fluid ounces beer Ice 1 lime, cut into wedges Directions: 1. Pour limeade, tequila, water, and beer into a large pitcher. Stir until well-blended, and limeade has melted. Add plenty of ice, and garnish with lime wedges. Adjust with additional water, if needed.


Do you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share with our readers? If so, we’d love to have recipes that are easy, healthy and are smaller in proportion – just right for someone cooking for one or two. Please send your recipes to OR drop them off at the front desk of Rufty Holmes Senior Center to Cindy Nimmer. Thanks and we look forward to seeing what you’ve got cooking!

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leepless nights can often be the result of long daytime naps. It seems like the older I get, the more often this happens to me. After 4:00 AM, there is hardly anything worth watching on TV; it often can be the best time to read the Bible before you officially start another day. One sleepless morning, I decided to read back over notes that I have written in my Bible throughout the last 23 years. There were a lot of blank pages for writing notes in my Women’s Devotional Bible. God has often given me story ideas from these notes to share with others. Example #1: One of the heaviest burdens for us to carry is a grudge. Grudges can weigh us down and keep us from being all God wants us to be. A grudge is a persistent feeling of ill will or resentment from a past

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insult or injury. Do you carry a grudge against someone you once loved? Example #2: Mercy and grace are distinct, but complimentary concepts. It has been said that mercy is not necessarily getting what we deserve and grace is getting what “we don’t deserve.” Another note read as follows:

“Grace is the undeserved, freely given, loving kindness of God.” Maybe the person or thing for whom or what you carry a grudge could use a little mercy. After all, God gives us mercy even when we don’t deserve it. Can you grant mercy to the one for whom you carry a heavy grudge? Is the weight of that grudge too heavy on your shoulders? You may not think that person deserves your grace, but then we must ask ourselves if we deserve God’s grace. My friend, the other Linda, says that God refills us with grace and mercy every day, just like we fill our gas tanks or our empty stomachs. One of my notes reads: “Grace is the undeserved love and acceptance received from God in

providing salvation for sinners.” Dr. David Jeremiah said in another note that “we find grace in God’s sight through our relationship with Jesus Christ.” Will you pray and ask God to help remove that heavy grudge from your life? Will it be worth it to you to restore a loving relationship with that person who has been the heavy weight on your shoulders? I know that during my life I have had grudges against some of my family and friends, but during my growing relationship with Christ I have prayed and pleaded for forgiveness. I have learned to forgive though forgetting can be harder. I’m afraid that some folks still carry the grudges on their shoulders and have been unable to find that peace which surpasses understanding.

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ith warmer weather on its way, take this opportunity to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated. Chances are you aren’t drinking enough water daily. Women should drink about 72 ounces of fluids a day, and men should drink about 100 ounces a day, according to the Institute of Medicine. That’s about 9 cups and 12.5 cups, respectively. While those estimates account for water and other fluids, it’s always better to choose water over sugary juices and drinks, because water refreshes and reinvigorates in ways that no other liquid can.

Why the push to drink so much water? “Water impacts your body’s health

as a whole in many different ways,” said registered nurse and certified health coach Val Velte of Novant Health Rowan Medical Center. “It regulates our body temperature, carries nutrients, lubricates our joints and protects our organs. If you aren’t drinking enough, it’s harder for your body to carry out these tasks.” Velte noted that getting the recommended amount of water helps prevent against various conditions and diseases.

drinking enough water, your body won’t have to determine if you’re hungry or if you’re actually just thirsty.” Velte said drinking water with meals could also promote an earlier feeling of fullness. If you drink a glass of water before you start your meal, you will be more likely to stick to the recommended portions. Choosing water over soda and other sweetened beverages can also cut your calories for the day.

Water and Weight

“Dehydration, or not consuming enough water, can negatively affect your health,” Velte said. “It can impair our ability to achieve optimal health, even including the health of our skin. Dehydration could result in skin that is dry and more prone to wrinkling.” Velte added dehydration can also cause us to lose energy and

Drinking enough water can also promote overall health, including weight management. “Sometimes thirst can be mistaken as hunger,” Velte said. “This can lead to possible weight gain when excess calories are consumed due to what your body perceives as hunger. If you’re


prevent our bodies from working at their best to fight ailments.

Tips to drink more water

If you find yourself struggling to reach for more water, here are some easy tips. • Add your own flavor with fruit slices. “The fruit slices are a natural way to add flavor to your water without adding unnecessary sugar,” Velte said. “Artificial fruit flavoring isn’t nearly as healthy as the real thing.” • Keep it nearby at your desk or in your car. “If water is in front of you all day, you will be more likely to drink it,” Velte said. • Think of your wallet – it’s cheaper and better for you to order water at restaurants. “You could save a lot of money by having a glass of water instead of soda,” Velte said. “Your wallet and your body will thank you for doing that.”

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have been working with hearing aids and hearing technology for over 30 years. After completing my Master’s degree in Audiology from the University of Denver, I worked for a major hearing aid manufacturer in Dallas, Texas for 4 years. Understanding what is involved in the ordering, building and shipping process of a hearing aid has provided me with knowledge most hearing healthcare providers do not have. As a result, I am very particular with whom I choose to purchase from. Our supplier must provide us with an excellent product and the support to provide exceptional service to our patients at the time of fitting and for the years to follow. I have been working with ReSound since the early 1990s. Their manufacturing facility is in Minnesota, while their research and development facilities are located in Chicago and Denmark. I have visited both US locations in the recent past. Having worked in manufacturing, I found their research and development facility amazing. I now have a better understanding of the amount of people and years of work that goes into releasing a new product.

But what happens between the time of in-house product development and release of new technology to the consumer? We now know. Early this year, we were invited to participate in the beta trial of Resound Linx3D. Companywide, five sales representatives were chosen to select one audiologist to participate in the study. Our representative David J. was chosen and he chose us. What an honor to be one of five in the US to provide input to the next generation of technology advancements. As part of the beta trial, we chose five current hearing technology wearers, who were iPhone users, to participate. Our participants’ current hearing aids ranged from 1 year old technology to 5 year old technology. Each person was able to wear the new “trial” devices for 1 month. The devices were paired to their iPhones allowing them to rate the use of the new app. At the end of the trial, each participant had to return the devices and delete the app from their phones. Each participant and I completed a questionnaire which was reviewed by the developers as to the sound quality, comfort, ease of use and the iPhone connectivity. To date, two of our participants have placed orders for the new technology and one is waiting until

the summer to upgrade. Interesting to note, our 1 year old technology wearer was the only one who did not notice an appreciable improvement in hearing ability, but did find the app to be more user friendly. Our 3-5 year old technology wearer did find a significant improvement in hearing ability, especially in the presence of background noise. A special thanks to Mike, Steve, Ralph, Fran and Lou for their participation. Why ReSound for us? ReSound was the first company to develop a computer programmable device. They were also the first to develop and open ear mini behind the ear hearing enhancer, which was the forefront to the most popular style we are currently fitting today. There were times when they were not building a good quality, product and being the picky one I am, I ordered from other suppliers. Not being tied to any one manufacturer or part of a franchise organization,

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we can order from the best of the best. For the last several years I have found them to be that company. Remember that hearing technology is only part of the hearing rehabilitation process. You have to have a thorough diagnostic evaluation. If hearing technology is warranted, the devices have to be properly programmed, and you have to know how to use them. For more information or to schedule an appointment with Jane or myself, give Beth a call at 704-633-0023. We look forward to seeing you soon. For more information or to schedule a hearing evaluation, contact Dr. Lorin S. Oden at Hearing Solutions of North Carolina, 464 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Salisbury, NC 28147 704-633-0023


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Storybook Lightning: continued from page 10 better......’ and the inside caption read, ‘than the time I found TWO prizes in my box of Crackerjacks!’ Although the images were black and white, the card had little red hearts and light blue text. Three ladies at church asked for additional sets. It only took me five days and I delivered them before church the next week. Having access to a plethora of chapter books, my passion for reading continued into middle school and throughout high school. I had heard good feedback about the High School English teachers and their rigorous assignments. In ninth and tenth grade, I attended regular English classes with Mrs. Hillman. Mrs. Devonshire brought to me the joy of advanced English during my junior and senior years. The influence of my English teachers inspired me to expand the homework resources. I was encouraged to set objectives. As I experienced new literary triumphs, my writing increased, with significant improvement. In no time, I realized I didn’t complete assignments just for the grades. I was infusing and implementing my individuality, with an infinite galaxy—of my own literary glimmer. During 2008, at my hometown Lutheran church, I attended a weekly Bible study. The class educator made an announcement: if anyone was interested, he or she could submit a faith-based entry to the Lutheran quarterly


newsletter, titled The Vine. I wrote a short story and got it to the post office the following week. My husband, our fourteen-year-old daughter and numerous congregational members were supportive and pleased with my newsletter entry, Glory Daze. After Easter that same year, I discovered an on-line poetry contest. It asked writers to dedicate a work to the person that they most admired. I tenderly remembered my childhood friend from sixth grade, Chelsea Kenton whose family moved to Georgia. In 2003, five years prior the contest, at age 27, Chelsea had a severe allergic reaction that landed her in the intensive care unit for three weeks. Unfortunately and unexpectedly, she didn’t recover from her coma—devastating her family, her relatives and friends. I was determined to dedicate a poem in loving memory of Chelsea. I began with four, followed by eight more. I just couldn’t write down the poems fast enough! The lines kept adding up and my thoughts outran the fountain of ink. Placing second in the on-line poetry contest, The Embrace of the Flower reinforced my belief in the power of the pen. Early in 2010, my writing concentrated on nature, friendships, families, children and pets, in a humorous manner.

Initially, it was mandatory that each poem rhymed—without fail. However, having an exposure to other forms, types and techniques, that dictum changed after I attended poetry workshops in 2012 and in 2014. In the comfy burgundy office chair at my computer, I enjoy writing about nature and animals. Yet, the 109 poems I had previously completed for Alisha (her husband and two kids), did not include the additional 82 poems, about their guinea pig. This revelation prompted me to use different genres. It led me to write an outbreak of narratives and poems with personification. In the fall of 2016, three were included in the annual Arts Show at a local senior activity center. The magnetized connection of my poetic self-expression portrays and interweaves my personal ideas. The metaphoric patterns provide a flow of imagery for the reader. Stanzas coast on a caravan of sensations,. exposing direct emotions and contentment. The lyrical captivations that bring others enjoyment, are the compassionate endeavors of this writer. This concept has a startling, monumental jolt when it strikes! The most delightful thrill is finding out that people appreciate the composition—

written, exclusively for them. Each meaningful reaction is immortalized throughout the skylines of the reader’s soul. My newest literary works are about complex, yet— solvable situations, mending close relationships and expanding their sustainability. As sunny beams peered through our bay window on the fifth of March 2017, two loads of laundry were asleep on the couch and the dishes from lunchtime were treading chilly water. Armed with the afternoon’s congenial effect of seventy-two degrees, our burgundy office chair delivered a kung-fu zap. About Amy Bergeron Amy was a quality assurance technician and a color design specialist during an 18-year career at a global carpet manufacturing employer. After high school and community college, she resumed her favorite undertaking, writing. She sends poetic and short story test trials thorough correspondence to legally blind individuals like herself. Amy resides in Mt. Pleasant with her husband of 28 years. They have a remarkable young adult daughter, a dog, and a twelve-year-old feline. To request a sample of Amy’s poems send an email to her at Or send a post card with Subject Line, Poems, your name, address and phone number to Amy Bergeron, PO Box 1857, Concord, NC, 28026.

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On The Lake in July Tuesday, June 27

Raleigh Trip in June


By Cindy Nimmer, Trip Coordinator

ack by popular demand with some twists. Join us on an exploration, mind-blowing trip to Raleigh NC on Tues, June 27. The motor coach will leave the center at 7:00am to travel to Raleigh to give us a whole day to explore science, history and your own genealogy, (if you wish), at the State Archives, Museum of Natural Science and Museum of History. Before arriving, we will stop for a Dutch-treat breakfast. Touch the bones of a Right Whale. Come face to face with a Cretaceous carnivore. Sit in the center of the Earth to hear a scientist talk. You can do all that and more in the exhibits of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences!

The North Carolina Museum of History is alive with the past—your past. It is also alive with the contributions of all the people involved in its creation, development, and growth. As you explore, you may choose your time to partake in a Dutch treat lunch at either café in the museums. They serve a variety of fresh and homemade favorites with a southern flair. Some of us will be touring the State Archives, some researching, some doing both and some may not want to tour the State Archives. This trip is what you want to see of these three locations. After filling our minds with wonder, we board the bus for a Dutch-treat supper at 66 Pizzeria

in Winston-Salem, a restaurant that serves a large variety of delicious foods. The cost is $40.00 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, firstserved, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, June 7 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.

The motor coach will leave the center at 8:00am on Wednesday, July 26, to travel to Moneta, VA where we will board the Virginia Dare for a sight-seeing cruise on Smith Mountain Lake. As we cruise, we will enjoy a delicious lunch while listening to a narration of what we are seeing. We will return around 5:30pm. The cost is $85.00 per person. Interested older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come, firstserved, and you can pick your seat assignment at the time of purchase. You must be registered with the Center to purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00pm. A seated waiting line will be provided in the Addie Rhem Morris Room B beginning at around 1:00pm for those who arrive early.

Struggling with Grammar: Plays on words and abused words

By: Bill Ward


currently playing TV commercial was cleverly done using synonyms – two words spelled and pronounced differently but having the same meaning – to produce an interesting play on words. Shown are three pairs of people – two men nicely dressed; two men in work clothes; and two women in lacy gowns who look kind of ... weird. At the first pair of men, nicely dressed, one man laughs and says that he is an undertaker like his friend is a mortician. The second pair of men laugh as one says that he is a custodian while the other is a janitor. The two women, it turns out, have risen from the dead. Over an eerie laugh, they refer to one as a spirit and the other as a ghost. Unless you have an imperative to use the same word throughout a story, interchanging synonyms can help break up monotony in your writing. Learning to write well, with plenty of practice, leads to greater word comprehension and better speaking. Have you ever heard someone say, “We caught

him truspassing?” Indeed. So, he was trus-passing instead of tres-passing? You might be interested to know that trespassing laws and specific signage for those laws exist for all 50 states, despite the fact that our last president tried to convince us that we have 57 states. I know that only 50 states exist because I was in Honolulu, Hawaii the day the islands became the 50th state. Borrowing words from an old song, “Oh what a night,” I remember August 21, 1959 quite well. Easily remembered from the same president who would have given us 57 states is his misuse of the word corp. As Commander In Chief, he preferred corpse, when it should sound like cor. That word helps describe the Marine Corps and the Navy Hospital Corps, or Cor-men. Pronounce it the same if referring to the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, NC. In an emergency, some folks want to call an “amalance.” I’ve heard that on and off for most of my life. Try am-bu-lance. If you’re in doubt how a word should sound, try writing it on a piece of paper. Better still, look it up in a good dictionary and write it out. Have you ever been to an eye doctor and had your eyes “dialated.” Of course you haven’t. But you probably had them di-lated. And after the dilation was complete,

the doctor proceeded with her examination. Dilation (also medically, dilatation) is the process of stretching or expanding a circular object; abnormal relaxation, such as dilatation of the heart or dilatation of the stomach. Let’s finish with the word “herb,” which arises periodically in discussions (or debates) to determine which is the correct pronunciation, “herb,” or “erb.” A herb (or erb) is defined as: “Any plant with leaves, seeds, or flowers used for flavoring food, medicine, or perfume: ‘bundles of dried herbs, or erbs.’” I find it interesting that while the most popular pronunciation seems to be “erb(s),” spell-check on my computer displays a red line under the word, indicating a spelling error. The origin of the word is Old French from Latin herba ‘grass, green crops, herb.’ Although

herb has always been spelled with an h, pronunciation without the h was usual in British English until the 19th century and is still standard in the US. However, there are those among us still who swear that herb is pronounced as erb, so says my Uncle Herb—pronounced “Her-by.” Do you have a word or phrase whose meaning really bugs you? Have you asked two or three friends for an opinion and they’re all different? Contact me through my email address, shown below, and I’ll try to be of some help. Let me know if it’s OK to use your name. Bill Ward is an MIT-trained technical writer and editor. He has taught technical and business writing for adult professionals at Queens University in Charlotte. Contact him at .

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By Lynda Teter, Fitness Specialist Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

t is said that if you are healthy you could survive more than three weeks without food, if the need should arise. You could survive up to one week without water – providing you are not in a very hot environment. However, you could only survive three minutes without air or oxygen. I don’t recommend you test it out to see if this is true: please just take the researchers’ word for it. Why would anyone try to go without food, water or oxygen? You wouldn’t!!! All three are very essential to survival. Let’s take a closer look at the body’s need for oxygen. First of all, the advice to “just breathe” is not just a cliché. Breathing comes to us automatically, involuntarily, it just happens: you don’t even have to think about it. There is a respiratory control center at the base of your brain that controls your breathing. This center sends ongoing signals down your spine to the muscles involved in breathing. Just about all your muscles in the center of your body are involved. This includes the muscles in your back, as well as your abdominals in the front, and your chest muscles, and the intercostal muscles of the rib cage. The organ muscles involved are the lungs, diaphragm, heart, and brain. All of these muscles and organs need oxygen for you to survive. When the brain sends the signal, these muscles automatically go into action, and a breath is taken. A normal functioning


brain will signal approximately 16 respirations, or breaths per minute. If your brain does not get enough oxygen, the spontaneous breathing pattern could be interrupted. What could possibly interrupt this regular breathing pattern? Different activities and happenings throughout the day can involuntarily change your breathing. • Emotions: If you become scared or angry, you may find your heart beating more rapidly, and your respirations more shallow and quick. • Activities: Engaging in activities such as fast-paced exercises, aerobics, playing sports, jogging, will require more oxygen, and, again, your breathing pattern will increase. • Environmental issues: Your body will need to restrict how much air you breathe if the air contains irritants or toxins. This is how it works. Your body has many sensors in your brain, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs. The sensors in your brain and in the carotid arteries in your neck detect carbon dioxide or oxygen levels in your blood and change your breathing rate automatically, as needed. Sensors in the airways detect lung irritants, which triggers sneezing or coughing. Sensors in the air sacs (alveoli) in the lungs can detect fluid buildup in lung tissues. These sensors trigger rapid or shallow breathing. Sensors in your joints and muscles detect movement of your arms or legs. When you are physically active,

you feel the need for more oxygen, and your breathing rate increases automatically. Is there ever a need to take over control of your breathing pattern? YES. It is said “Good lung health may help you maintain your brain’s processing speed and problemsolving abilities as you age.” HealthDay News, Thursday, Oct 11, 2012. You can help improve the oxygen level in your body and brain health by practicing deep, or mindful breathing; also known as diaphragmatic breathing, abdominal breathing, belly breathing and paced respirations. When you take charge of your breathing, you have begun voluntary respirations. Why would you do this? The human body requires various elements or chemicals for proper bodily functions. Oxygen makes up 61% of those elements needed. Breathing deeply and slowly helps ensure the brain receives the oxygen needed. Which, in turn, affects the rest of the body: • Every cell in your body needs oxygen. Breathing deeply significantly improves the quality of your blood. • Calms down the nerves, and slowly gives your nerves time to relax. Because of an increased amount of oxygen, the spinal cord nerves and brain are better nourished. Which, in turn aids the brain’s release of so-called pleasure, or happy neurochemicals, giving you a better mood or disposition. The happy chemicals released are: Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins. What do these chemicals do? They effect your body’s alertness, concentration, attention span, balanced mood, intuition, appetite, satisfaction of life, learning memory, feeling pleasure or pain. If these chemicals are unbalanced, you may experience hyperactivity, compulsion, foggy brain, hesitation, doubt, obsession, confusion, anxiety and restlessness. • When the nerves are calmed down, the muscles naturally follow, which

can reduce the occurrence of muscle stiffness and can enhance your overall sense of well-being. • Lowers blood pressure. Because of the relaxation you receive from calmed nerves and relaxed muscles, the arteries and veins are more relaxed and don’t have to work so hard to pump the blood throughout your body, resulting in lower blood pressure. • Strengthens the lungs and heart. The more oxygen the heart receives, the better the lungs and heart can do their job. • Helps to improve digestive and elimination processes. How is this voluntary, slow and controlled, deep breathing accomplished? The basic mechanics of deepbreathing usually includes three parts: Inhaling through your nose, holding the breath, and then slowly releasing the breath through pursed lips. Let’s do it together: First of all, I want you to sit nice and tall in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Relax your shoulders, and place one hand on your lower abdomen, and the other hand on your upper chest. 1. Inhale deeply through the nose for a count of five to seven, making sure you feel the abdomen expand. Do not lift your shoulders as you breathe in. 2. Hold the breath for a count of 3. 3. Now exhale completely through your mouth with pursed lips for a count longer than the inhalation. As you exhale, slowly draw in the abdominal muscles. 4. Repeat this process for one minute or so, several times a day. This will help you to establish a deep-breathing pattern. If you have trouble understanding this deep breathing process, one of our yoga instructors at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will be happy to assist you in learning how to deep breath. Or you could join one of our yoga classes, where deep breathing is practiced throughout the class. Stop by sometime. We’d love to meet you. The information provided here is not intended to replace the medical advice of your doctor or health care provider. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific medical condition.

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June 2017

June 3

7-10 pm 2nd Time Around Band Open to the Public ~ Bring a covered dish to Share

June 17 7-10 pm Delmonicos-Line Dance Open to the Public ~ Bring a covered dish to Share June 20 Tours-Spencer Doll and Toy Museum NC Transportation Museum-Train Ride Come travel with us for a day in Spencer, NC Call for more information ~ 704-636-0111 ask for Louise Klaver June 21 3:00 pm Diabetes Education FREE Learn how to live better with Diabetes June 28 12:00 noon Humana FREE “Using Modern Technology” SIGN UP TODAY ~ Covered Dish

Mark Your Calendars... Future Trips: July 11

9:00 am Queens River Boat Open to the Public Lunch on Lake Norman August 25 9:00 am Southern Women’s Show Open to the Public Watch our website for more things to come: check out active older adults or YMCA Wonders Facebook.

Want a tour/have questions call: Louise Klaver 704-636-0111

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2017 Operation Fan – Heat Relief This year the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center will again sponsor Operation Fan – Heat Relief. We have received generous funding from the Duke Energy Foundation, enabling us to purchase box fans for senior adults who may have health risks associated with the intense heat of summer.

‘CURE Cancer Truck Ride’ Kick-off ride for Rowan County Relay for Life supported the American Cancer Society


rucks sponsored by individuals and businesses drove in the ‘CURE Cancer Truck Ride’ to honor cancer survivors and in memory of loved one lost to cancer. The ‘CURE Cancer Truck Ride’ was the kick-off event for Rowan County Relay for Life supporting the American Cancer Society. Daimler Trucks of North America hosted a ‘CURE Cancer Truck Ride’ kickoff breakfast event for Rowan County Relay for Life participates and truck sponsor drivers. In support of the cause, Daimler Trucks of North America sponsored trucks for the ‘CURE Cancer Truck Ride’ including two ‘Ride with Pride Trucks’ that will be traveling to Washington DC this Memorial Day, as well


as the ‘Optimus Prime Truck’ that was featured in the 2014 Transformers: Age of Extinction Movie. Escorting the ‘CURE Cancer Truck Ride’ was the Color Guard of Kennedy Hall American Legion which escorts the ‘Ride for Pride Trucks on every journey. This memorable ‘CURE Cancer Truck Ride’ units the community in support the American Cancer Society which estimates that in 2017, there will be 56,900 new cancer cases and 20,020 deaths in North Carolina. North Carolina is also rated number 3 in our country for the aging veterans and number 9 in our country for veterans in service. The ‘Cure Cancer Truck Ride’ units us all to ‘Relay for Life’.

Hot weather is not only uncomfortable, it can aggravate some health conditions. As we age, our bodies lose some ability to adapt to extreme heat. Some medications can increase heat sensitivity. Hot, humid summer weather may worsen many pre-existing medical conditions, such as asthma and COPD. The Rufty-Holmes Summer Fan Program begins in June. If you qualify for a free box fan for summer heat relief, contact us at: 704-216-7703, or call the Senior Help Line at 704-216-7700. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: The recipient must be at least 60 years of age, or disabled. The recipient must be a resident of Rowan County. The program is intended for clients who have financial need, and who do not have air conditioning. PRIORITY IS GIVEN TO SENIOR ADULTS. Eligible senior adults may call to reserve a fan and pick it up at the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. The information needed is the name, address, phone number, age, and date of birth for the person receiving the fan. The SUMMER FAN PROGRAM starts at the beginning of June. For additional information, please call the Rufty-Holmes Senior Center Help Line at 704-216-7700, or Susan Davis at 704-216-7703.

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Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care Named a 2017 Hospice Honors Recipient


owan Hospice & Palliative Care has been named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient by Deyta Analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious national program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view. Award criteria were based on Hospice CAHPS survey results (caregiver satisfaction survey results) for an evaluation period of October 2015 through September 2016. Award recipients were identified by evaluating performance on a set of 24 quality indicator measures. Performance scores were aggregated from all completed surveys and were compared on a questionby-question basis to a National Performance Score calculated from all partnering hospices contained in the Deyta Analytics’ Hospice CAHPS database. Hospice Honors recipients include those hospices scoring above the Deyta Analytics National Performance Score on 20 of the evaluated questions.

Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care’s Angela Harrison, RN Case Manager, credits the teams sincere commitment to quality and compassion to being named a 2017 Hospice Honors recipient. “It’s a privilege to be invited into a patient’s home, and to be with them and their family during their final months. I believe our team wants each person we serve to have the best possible experience. We are here because we feel passionate about this type of care, and it’s very rewarding,” shared Harrison. Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care is a comprehensive hospice and palliative care organization—

offering services at all stages of life to bring hope, expert care and quality of life to anyone facing the challenges of an advanced illness. The organization serves Rowan and surrounding counties. For more information call 704-637-7645. “Hospice Honors is a landmark compilation of hospices that provide the best patient and caregiver experiences,” said J. Kevin Porter of HEALTHCAREfirst. “I am extremely proud of Rowan Hospice & Palliative Care for achieving this highest of honors

and I congratulate them on their success.” Deyta Analytics is a division of HEALTHCAREfirst, the leading provider of Web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services, and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices throughout the country providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s point of view.

SENIORS 55 & OLDER: FLEMING HEIGHTS APARTMENTS is now accepting applications for one bedroom apartments. Applicants must be 55 and older


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or the past 6 months Salisbury / Rowan Senior Games & SilverArts participants 50 years of age or better have tested their skills and talents in a variety of events through out Rowan County. SilverArts during the months of February & March, Senior Games during April & May, strives to keep seniors healthy, active and involved. SilverArts unites the athlete and artist in a program that recognizes the similarities of both endeavors: discipline, dedication and pride in one’s accomplishments. SilverArts provides a stage for the creative talents of the Visual, Heritage, Literary and Performing Artist. Encouragement and recognition of creative potential and accomplishment is the goal of the Salisbury/ Rowan Senior Games & SilverArt programs. Senior Games continues with Team sports through August then the Rowan County Senior residents who qualified leave for the North Carolina Senior Games & SilverArts State finals. Finals are held throughout Raleigh, Cary and East Carolina University.

For more information on how to volunteer, sponsor or become a participant of this wonderful program:

Contact Phyllis Loflin-Kluttz 704-216-7780 Rowan County Senior Games & SilverArts Coordinator

2017 Events Winners SilverArts Results Heritage Arts - Crocheting 1 Betsy File 2 Bette Thiedeman 3 Linda Robinson Heritage Arts - Jewelry 1 Rebecca Lyerly 2 Tonda Coutu 3 Rebecca Lyerly Heritage Arts - Knitting 1 Linda Shelton 2 Karen Morgan 3 Linda Shelton Heritage Arts -Needlework 1 Margaret Waddell 2 Karen Morgan 3 Karen Morgan Heritage Arts - Quilting (Hand Stitched) 1 Karen Morgan 2 Dorothy Baker 3 Dorothy Baker Heritage Arts - Quilting (Machine Stitched) 1 Pamela Gonder 2 Carolyn Blackman Heritage Arts Stained Glass 1 Connie Sherrill 2 Connie Sherrill 3 Katie Evans Heritage Arts Woodcarving 1 Jimmie Weaver 2 Robert Hall 3 James Baird Heritage Arts Woodturning 1 Lanie Craven 2 Lanie Craven 3 L.Bruce McNeely Heritage Arts Woodworking 1 Lanie Craven 2 Barry Lambert 3 Lanie Craven Literary Arts Essay 1 Shane Tolliver 2 C. William French Literary Arts Life Experiences 1 C. William French 2 Donna Prunkl 3 C. William French Literary Arts - Poem 1 L. Bruce McNeely 2 L. Bruce McNeely 3 Phyllis Loflin-Kluttz Literary Arts Short Story 1 Phyllis Loflin-Kluttz Local SilverArts Food Candy 1 Joyce Orphanoudakis 2 Kay Morgan 3 Gregory Seaford, Local SilverArts Food Home Canned 1 Julia Koontz Lefler 2 Athena Moore 3 Mike Shue Local SilverArts Food Misc. Desserts 1 Betty Goodwin


Local SilverArts Food Pies 1 Gregory Seaford 2 Renita Ritchie 3 Gregory Seaford Performing Arts Instrumental Solo 1 Tim Smith Performing Arts Vocal Solo 1 Mary Coburn 2 Doug Lingle Visual Arts, Acrylics 1 Cherrathee Hager 2 Richard Lapham 3 Joyce Orphanoudakis Visual Arts - Drawing 1 Cathy Crossett-Wood 2 Cherrathee Hager 3 Carolyn Blackman Visual Arts Mixed Media 1 Richard Lapham 2 Cathy Crossett-Wood 3 Athena Moore Visual Arts - Oil 1 Carolyn Blackman 2 Richard Lapham 3 Phyllis Steimel Visual Arts - Pastels 1 Phyllis Steimel 2 Phyllis Steimel Visual Arts Photography 1 Shane Tolliver 2 Myrnie McLaughlin 3 Crystal Pierce Visual Arts - Watercolor 1 Karen Morgan 2 Uta Braun 3 Geraldine Webster

athletic competition Archery Comp w/Sight and Release Aid 1 Dennis Eccleston Archery Comp Bare Bow 1 L. Bruce McNeely Basketball 1 Crystal Pierce 1 Treva Honeycutt 1 Carla Benson 1 Tina Carter 1 L.V. Givens 1 Cindy Smith 1 Terry Simmons 1 Ella Casey 1 Renita Ritchie 1 Adrienne James 1 Beth Meadows 1 Daryl Hester 1 Lisa Bame 1 Mark Ferguson 1 Ricky Honeycutt 1 David Karns 1 Peter Gray 1 Kendal Rogers 1 Jerry Graham 1 Andrew Randolph 1 Sylvain Tshiona 1 William Harris 1 Reginald Propst 1 Darryl Beaty 1 Garland Thomas 1 Doug Lingle 1 Samuel Lowman Sr.

Basketball Shooting 1 Honeycutt 1 Lisa Baity 1 Angela Newsome-Potter 2 Gloria Wilhelm 1 Yvonne Barger 1 Frances Wells 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Jerry Graham 2 David Karns 3 Reginald Propst 1 Chris McNeely 1 Eddie Watts 2 Will Ritchie 1 Vincent Campbell 1 Gregory Seaford 1 Garland Thomas Billiards 1 Cecelia Mehmed 1 Yvonne Barger 1 Flora White 1 Ruby Parris 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Charles Underwood 1 George Kluttz 2 Robert Umholtz 3 Paul Rogers 1 Vincent Campbell 1 C. William French 2 Gregory Seaford 3 Arthur Wilder 1 Franklin Saye 2 Butch Grambow 1 Robert Goodwin Bocce 1 Debra Underwood 2 Lisa Baity 1 Renita Ritchie 2 Angela Newsome-Potter 1 Judy Hoffman 2 Susan Lowman 3 Cecelia Mehmed 1 Yvonne Barger 2 Monica Alfonsi 1 Jane Steinberg 2 Louise Lowman 1 Sylvia Sofley 2 Phyllis Faires 3 Lydia McNeely 1 Frances Wells 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Charles Underwood 1 Vincenzo Pirone 2 Eddie Watts 1 Bill Hathcock 2 Jackie Lowman 3 Vincent Campbell 1 Jim Epperson 2 C. William French 3 Samuel Lowman Sr. 1 Franklin Saye 1 Robert Goodwin 2 James Baird Bowling Singles 1 Barb Reynolds 2 Treva Honeycutt 1 Brenda Morris 1 Brenda Kimrey 2 Phyllis Shue 3 Dianne Funderburke 1 Eileen Reynolds 2 Sheila Gould 3 Pat Jackson 1 Pauline Cottle 1 Ruthie Norman 2 Helen Sienerth 3 Mary Hall 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Steve Patterson 1 Dwight Floyd 2 Robert Umholtz 1 Richard Gould 2 Stan Osteen 3 Vincent Campbell 1 Carlos Poteat 2 Leonard Deaton 3 Richard Cottle

Bowling- Doubles 1 Barb Reynolds and Dianne Funderburke 1 Brenda Kimrey and Phyllis Shue 1 Sheila Gould and Helen Sienerth 2 Eileen Reynolds and Ruthie Norman 1 David Barber and Dwight Floyd 1 Richard Gould and Richard Cottle 2 Richard Loman and Paul Mehmed Bowling-Mixed Doubles 1 Brett Krimminger and Barb Reynolds 1 Susan Kish and Gregory Kish 1 Sheila Gould and Richard Gould 2 Vincent Campbell and Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Carlos Poteat and Helen Sienerth Cornhole 1 Shelia Lingle 2 Linda Robinson 3 Treva Honeycutt 1 Ann Barkley 2 Lisa Baity 3 Carla Benson 1 Sharon Skeen 1 Judy Hoffman 2 Susan Lowman 3 Rosemary Williams 1 Yvonne Barger 2 Eleanor Whitehouse 3 Cathy Saine 1 Flora White 2 Pauline Cottle 1 Phyllis Faires 2 Manie Richardson 3 Sylvia Sofley 1 Frances Wells 2 Margaret Snelling 1 Ruby Parris 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Charles Underwood 1 Eddie Watts 2 Will Ritchie 3 Les Loman 1 Vincent Campbell 2 Richard Loman 3 Brian Campbell 1 Ron Saine 2 Paul Mehmed 3 Gregory Seaford 1 Garland Thomas 2 Butch Grambow 1 James Baird 2 Robert Goodwin 3 Herman Snelling Croquet 1 Lisa Baity 1 Angela Newsome-Potter 1 Susan Lowman 1 Louise Lowman 1 Sylvia Sofley 1 Frances Wells 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 George Kluttz 1 Jackie Lowman 2 Vincent Campbell 1 Samuel Lowman Sr. 1 Robert Goodwin 2 James Baird Cycling - 1 Mile 1 Robert Umholtz Cycling - 5K 1 Robert Umholtz Cycling - 10K 1 Robert Umholtz

Discus Throw 1 Lisa Baity 1 Renita Ritchie 1 Jane Steinberg 1 Frances Wells 1 Ruby Parris 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Steve Patterson 2 Mike Shue 1 George Kluttz 2 Jack Goodman 3 Gary O’Neill 1 Tony McDowell 2 Vincent Campbell 1 Paul Peeler 2 Gregory Seaford 3 Bob Bruce 1 Bill Gramley 2 Garland Thomas 3 John Hands 1 Bob Moore 2 James Baird Football Throw 1 Linda Robinson 1 Carla Benson 2 Lisa Baity 1 Renita Ritchie 1 Yvonne Barger 1 Jane Steinberg 1 Phyllis Faires 1 Frances Wells 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Steve Patterson 1 Harry Morgan 2 Gary O’Neill 3 Jack Goodman 1 Tony McDowell 2 Vincent Campbell 1 Paul Peeler 2 Gregory Seaford 3 Bob Bruce 1 Garland Thomas 1 Robert Goodwin 2 James Baird Golf 1 Treva Honeycutt 1 Kristi Laton 1 Mary Seaford 2 Ruth Bowles 1 Donald Kiker 2 Peter Gray 1 Ricky Honeycutt 2 Gerald Hunter 1 Walter Winders 2 Robert Oswald 3 Bob DiMarzio 1 Gerald Barker 2 Larry Morris 3 Ray Pope 1 Russ Priddy 2 Grey Medinger 3 Nelson Earnhardt 1 Andy Swanson 2 Everett Hancock 3 Paul Peeler 1 Louis Manning 2 Ben Moore 3 Doug Lingle 1 Ralph Brown 2 Bob Moore Horseshoes 1 Linda Robinson 2 Treva Honeycutt 1 Debra Underwood 2 Lisa Baity 1 Yvonne Barger 1 Phyllis Faires 2 Sylvia Sofley 3 Helen Sienerth 1 Frances Wells 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Charles Underwood 1 George Kluttz 2 Eddie Watts 3 Will Ritchie 1 Stan Osteen

2 Brian Campbell 3 Jackie Lowman 1 Ron Saine 2 Samuel Lowman Sr. 3 Gregory Seaford 1 James Baird Miniature Golf 1 Lisa Baity 1 Karen Pridmore 2 Renita Ritchie 3 Angela Newsome-Potter 1 Susan Lowman 2 Mary Bentley 1 Sheila Gould 1 Jane Steinberg 2 Joanne French 3 Louise Lowman 1 Phyllis Faires 2 Helen Sienerth 3 Sylvia Sofley 1 Betsy Rich 2 Frances Wells 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Mike Shue 2 Charles Underwood 1 George Kluttz 2 Jack Goodman 3 Will Ritchie 1 Jackie Lowman 2 Richard Gould 3 Brian Campbell 1 Gregory Seaford 2 Paul Peeler 3 Jim Epperson 1 James Baird 2 Bob Moore Pickleball Single 1 Jane Brittain 2 Karen Pridmore 3 Renita Ritchie 1 Ann Cline 1 Yvonne Barger 2 Pat Jackson 1 Phyllis Faires 1 Dave Hibbard 1 Jon Post 2 Mark Rimmer 1 Darrell Gore 2 John Peterson 3 Dean Williams 1 David Post 2 Jerry Teter 3 Mike Rimmer 1 Jack Stine 2 Steve Potter 3 Stan Osteen 1 Jim Epperson 2 Paul Mehmed Pickleball- Doubles 1 Shelia Lingle and Ann Cline 1 Ann Barkley and Lynn Rogers 1 Lynn Rogers and Ann Barkley 1 Renita Ritchie and Carol Hay 2 Jane Brittain and Karen Pridmore 3 Cathy Shive and Angela Newsome-Potter 1 Betty Meek and Sharon Miller 1 Yvonne Barger and Faye Brown 2 Katie Evans and Cathy Saine

Salisbury / Rowan Senior Games & SilverArts is a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing a year-round health and wellness program for adults 50 years of age and better. North Carolina Senior Games is the largest Senior Olympic progam in the nation. This year NCSG will serve over 60,00 participants in all 100 counties in our state. Salisbury / Rowan Senior Games & SilverArts is one of 53 local games programs across the state, Our 2017 season had over 800 participating seniors. The Salisbury / Rowan Senior Games & SilverArts continues to be the largest year-round local games program in North Carolina. 2017 Salisbury/Rowan Senior Games celebrates 34 years in Rowan County, help us to keep our seniors on the move. 1 Joan Horner and Phyllis Faires 1 Dave Hibbard and Jack Stine 2 Kendal Rogers and John Peterson 1 Jon Post and David Post 2 Mark Rimmer and Mike Rimmer 1 Darrell Gore and Dean Williams 2 John Hendrickson and Charles Ryan 1 Richard Loman and Steve Potter 2 Vincent Campbell and Paul Mehmed 1 Scott Miller and Jim Epperson 1 Franklin Saye and John Jackson Pickleball Mixed Doubles 1 Kendal Rogers and Lynn Rogers 1 Karen Pridmore and Jack Goodman 2 Jane Brittain and Jack Stine 1 David Post and Ann Cline 2 Eddie Watts and Betty Meek 3 Bonnie Hensel and Greg Dunn 3 Angela Newsome-Potter and Richard Loman 1 Yvonne Barger and Richard Baughman 2 Sharon Miller and Scott Miller 3 Faye Brown and Steve Potter 1 Franklin Saye and Phyllis Faires Racquetball 1 Dave Hibbard 1 Shane Tolliver 1 Pete Harvey Shot Put 1 Lisa Baity 1 Renita Ritchie 1 Jane Steinberg 1 Frances Wells 1 Ruby Parris 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Steve Patterson 2 Mike Shue 1 Gary O’Neill 2 Jack Goodman 3 George Kluttz 1 Tony McDowell 2 Vincent Campbell 1 Paul Peeler 2 Bob Bruce 3 Gregory Seaford 1 John Hands 2 Bill Gramley 3 Garland Thomas 1 Bob Moore 2 Robert Goodwin 3 James Baird Shuffleboard 1 Lisa Baity 2 Brenda Morris 1 Angela Newsome-Potter 1 Cecelia Mehmed 1 Yvonne Barger 1 Jane Steinberg 2 Flora White 1 Mary Hall 2 Phyllis Faires 3 Sylvia Sofley 1 Frances Wells 1 Ruby Parris

1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Charles Underwood 1 Vincent Campbell 1 Paul Mehmed 1 Butch Grambow 1 James Baird 2 Robert Goodwin Softball 1 Renita Ritchie 1 Adrienne James 1 Beth Meadows 1 Daryl Hester 1 Cynthia Simoni 1 Beverly Whitley 1 Pat Jackson 1 Doris Daniels 1 Jane Austin 1 Yvonne Barger 1 Marcia Kirtley 1 Phyllis Shue 1 Brenda Kimrey 1 Jane Cooper 1 Kimberly Sparger 1 Eva McCorkle 1 Sherry Click 1 Danette Granberry 1 Mary Smith 1 L.V. Givens 1 Laura Littrean 1 Anita Harward 1 Tracie Sommerville 1 Shelia Lingle 1Crystal Pierce 1 Linda Robinson 1 Lynn Rogers 1 Ann Barkley 1 Miriam Figueroa 1 Treva Honeycutt 1 Lisa Bame 1 Carla Benson 1 Tina Carter 1 Carla Kimrey 1 Lori Walters 1 Lisa Stephens 1 Angie Morton 1 Jennifer Skinner 1 Carol McRorie 1 Genna Livengood 1 Randy Allen 1 Ron Saine 1 Gary O’Neill 1 Steve Potter 1 Andrew Chesley 1 Eddie Watts 1 Paul Mehmed 1 Tony McDowell 1 Bobby Wagoner 1 Will Ritchie 1 Richard Loman 1 Harry Morgan 1 Bill Hathcock 1 Tony Maner 1 Carlos Poteat 1 Bob Bruce 1 Jerry Lambert 1 JerryTeter 1 John Jackson 1 Thomas Shoaf 1 Paul Peeler 1 Samuel Lowman Sr. 1 Gene Miller 1 Hank Trojan 1 John Biland 1 Truett Boles 1 Ron Boyer 1 Ozzie Osborn 1 Fred Moore 1 Boyce Stephens Softball Throw 1 Linda Robinson 1 Lisa Baity 2 Carla Benson 1 Renita Ritchie 1 Yvonne Barger 1 Phyllis Faires, 1 Frances Wells 1 Ruby Parris 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Steve Patterson

2 Mike Shue 1 Harry Morgan 2 Jerry Teter 3 Jack Goodman 1 Tony McDowell 2 Vincent Campbell 1 Paul Peeler 2 Bob Bruce 3 Gregory Seaford 1 Garland Thomas 1 Bob Moore 2 James Baird Spincasting 1 Gloria Wilhelm 1 Flora White 1 Ruby Parris 1 Steve Patterson 1 Jack Goodman 2 Will Ritchie 1 Tony McDowell 1 James Baird 2 Robert Goodwin Swimming, 100 Yd. Backstroke 1 Robin Cohen 1 Eleanor Whitehouse 1 Joanne French 1 Phyllis Steimel Swimming, 100 Yd. Freestyle 1 Leslie Rich 1 Leonard Deaton 2 Gregory Seaford Swimming, 200 Yd. Freestyle 1 Mary Jo Agner Swimming, 200 Yd. Individual Medley 1 Mary Jo Agner Swimming, 50 Yd. Backstroke 1 Robin Cohen 1 Eleanor Whitehouse 1 Joanne French 1 Phyllis Steimel 1 Leonard Deaton 2 Gregory Seaford Swimming, 50 Yd. Breaststroke 1 Leslie Rich 2 Robin Cohen 1 Frances Shepherd 1 Eleanor Whitehouse 1 Phyllis Steimel Swimming, 50 Yd. Butterfly 1 Mary Jo Agner 1Frances Shepherd Swimming, 50 Yd. Freestyle 1 Leslie Rich 1 Frances Shepherd 1 Eleanor Whitehouse 1 Phyllis Steimel 1 Gregory Seaford 2 Leonard Deaton Swimming, 500 Yd. Freestyle 1 Mary Jo Agner 1 Frances Shepherd Table Tennis –Singles 1 Jane Steinberg 1 Phyllis Faires 1 Ruby Parris 1 Hazel Trexler-Campbell 1 Shane Tolliver 1 Stan Osteen 2 Vincent Campbell 1 Scott Miller 1 Butch Grambow 2 Garland Thomas Table Tennis -Mixed Doubles 1 Sharon Miller and Scott Miller 2 Vincent Campbell and Hazel Trexler-Campbell

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