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  • Visiting the Rich History of Martha Berry

    SGV tourists enter Oak Hill, the historic home of Berry College founder Martha Berry.

    Twenty St. Georgia Villagers recently hopped on the bus for a drive up to Rome, Ga. and a visit to Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum at Berry College. Oak Hill is the historic Greek Revival home and estate of Berry College founder Martha Berry. The Martha Berry Museum houses a permanent exhibition that traces the evolution of the Berry Schools into Berry College.

    The group received a tour of the home (which has been featured in movies such as Sweet Home Alabama and Remember the Titans), led by Berry College students, and visited the Museum, Aunt Martha’s Cottage (the former home of Martha Berry’s servant who became caretaker of the estate), and the estate’s gardens.

    No one went hungry on this trip! The first stop was lunch at the Harvest Moon Café and the adjacent HoneyMoon Bakery in downtown Rome.

     

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  • Skyline Viewing and Sippable Orange Creamsicles

    SGV resident Jack Dudley waves as he waits to board the SkyView Ferris Wheel.

    A group of intrepid St. George Villagers recently ventured south to Centennial Park in Atlanta to take a ride on the SkyView Ferris Wheel.

    Towering nearly 20 stories above the Park, the SkyView Ferris wheel features 42 climate-controlled gondolas that hold up to six people.

    Marie Monteleone, seated in a gondola, awaits take-off.

    Guests are treated to breathtaking panoramic views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area.

    Afterward, the fearless riders stopped by an Atlanta landmark, The Varsity, for an F.O.! (If you’re not up on Varsity lingo, F.O. is the restaurant’s iconic frosted orange drink.)

     

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  • Boys on the Town!

    How about a little male bonding?

    The Men’s Club of St. George Village offers an opportunity for fun and fellowship — just for the fellas. The Club’s first outing to the Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub for lunch (along with Guinness, ales and lagers!) was so popular that it has been established as a regular event.

    Each month, the Men’s Club enjoys lunch at a nearby pub or restaurant. They are joined by SGV Executive Director Mark Lowell and additional staff members such as Physical Therapist Kevin Wildes from Genesis Rehab and Director of Plant Operations and Concierge Services Frank Wooten.

    Most recently, 19 members of the Club lunched, laughed and swapped stories at Miller’s Ale House in Roswell.

     

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  • Fire Up the Grill for Flavor This Summer

    Nothing says “summertime” like firing up the grill and gathering friends and family to enjoy dining alfresco. The secret to effortless summer entertaining is to use tried and trusted ingredients that complement the flavors of your favorite seasonal foods. Try these tips to prepare tasty meals outdoors for the whole family.

    Prepare

    Always clean the grill with a wire brush and heat it for at least 20 minutes before cooking. Keep food in the refrigerator until the grill is ready.

    Marinate fish and meat before cooking to add flavor and zing. Try Crosse & Blackwell® zesty Seafood Cocktail Sauce to complement succulent seafood like fresh shrimp, crab and lobster. It can also be used to lend a lively accent to salad dressings and pasta dishes.

    Cook

    Use a meat thermometer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises cooking red meat to a minimum internal temperature of 145° F. Ground meats should be cooked to 160° F and poultry to 165° F.

    Always place cooked food on a clean plate so it doesn’t come in contact with uncooked meat juices. Wrap leftovers and refrigerate within two hours of cooking.

    Remember, the grill isn’t just for meat. Experiment with vegetables to add a delicious and colorful punch to the plate. Slice zucchini, eggplant, squash, onions and peppers, then coat with a tablespoon of olive oil and seasonings before cooking. Skewer vegetables with meat to make kebabs or add them to salads and side dishes.

    Fruits make great grill mates, too. The caramelized flavors of grilled apples, peaches, pineapple and bananas are delicious served with fresh cream or a scoop of gelato.

    Enjoy

    To add vibrant flavor and gourmet flair to grilled food, side dishes, pasta and buns, consider condiments such as salty capers or tropical chutney. Crosse & Blackwell Major Grey’s Chutney is fruity and full bodied, combining choice herbs, spices and luscious tropical fruits and vegetables. It makes for a delicious appetizer when poured over cream cheese or can serve as a unique marinade for pork or chicken.

    You can find many free grilling recipes are available online! Here’s one site to get you started: Crosse & Blackwell 2014 Guide to Summer Dining.

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  • A Life Care Community Offers Many Benefits

    It began with the sound advice of family members, says Jean Moll of her and her husband Don’s decision to move into a life care community.

    “Two of my cousins were living in continuous care retirement communities and both loved their lifestyle. We talked about it at length and they gave me their honest viewpoint,” she recalls. “They told us it was a very good deal, financially, too.”

    The Molls next sought the advice of their investment advisor. “We wanted to be sure we could afford to make the move into a life care community,” Jean says. “Our advisor helped us sort out our financial picture and see that it was a sound investment.”

    The Molls decided that living at St. George Village would be a wise decision, both for the present and the future, and they moved into the community in December 2005. Soon, the benefits of residing in a life care community became apparent, when Don moved into the memory care neighborhood and later skilled nursing.

    Although Don recently passed away, Jean still resides independently at SGV. She takes advantage of the many benefits that a vibrant life care community has to offer, including attending church services, exercise classes and educational and cultural events, as well as the excellent meals provided by dining services. “I love not having to cook!” she laughs.

    Jean says she is grateful not only for the care that Don received as his health needs changed, but also for the assurance that the same level of care will be available to her if and when she needs it.

    “Our investment has assured I’ll be taken care of, no matter what my needs are in the future,” she says.

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  • Visiting Georgia’s Supreme Court

    A group of St. George Village residents recently experienced a very interesting visit to the Supreme Court of Georgia.

    Therese (Tee) Barnes, Supreme Court Clerk and daughter of St. George Village resident Mildred Stiffler, arranged the tour, which included viewing a court video in the courtroom and a visit with Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines from Cobb County. Judge Hines gave an informative presentation and then answered questions. The group also was given a “behind-the-scenes” look at the robing room, and several SGV residents actually donned robes for a group photo in the courtroom with Judge Hines. At the end of the tour, each visitor received a gift bag, which included a pen set engraved with the words, “Supreme Court of Georgia.”

    Our group was honored to receive such hospitality from the Court employees and to have the opportunity for this most memorable experience!

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  • In Honor of Those Who Served Our Country

    Every year in observance of Memorial Day, the front lawn of St. George Village is filled with American flags. The flags honor all of the brave men and women in our nation’s service who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect and preserve our freedom.

    The flags, kindly donated by Roswell Funeral Home, are also part of St. George Village’s annual spring fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association. Those who live and work at SGV and their families and friends can “sponsor” a flag in memory or honor of a loved one for a small donation — the proceeds help fund ongoing Alzheimer’s disease research.

    Who kept the faith and fought the fight; the glory theirs, the duty ours. — Wallace Bruce

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  • The Key to Intelligent Investing: Life Care

    Paul Lang

    Paul Lang is a financial advisor with Edward Jones.

    Making sound investments is always an important goal to strive for, but as we age, it becomes even more important to invest our resources wisely and for the optimal return. Investment advisor Paul Lang say that most of his older clients have one particular question in mind about their investments.

    “The main thing they want to know is how they can arrange to have enough money to take care of themselves… when they get to the point they have trouble taking care of themselves,” he says. “The cost of care for seniors is very high. Many people worry that they will not be able to afford it.”

    Lang assists his clients by providing information, and helping them decipher actual costs and estimate future costs so that they can make the best decisions for their retirement.

    “It’s much easier to plan for the future when you have a good understanding of the bigger picture, so I’ll walk the client through different scenarios, such as what if you have a stroke or memory issues or become physically disabled? Then, we’ll discuss how to prepare for those situations,” he says. “You know that if you have enough money, you can set aside funds for the eventuality that you’ll need care. But the big question is, how much money will you actually have to have?”

    The next step is to run financial assessments and determine what kind of impact withdrawals will have on the client’s investment portfolio. An estimate of the future costs of healthcare should also be taken into account.

    Lang advises his clients to have some form of long-term care insurance as the best plan for protecting their assets, something that will provide for escalating health needs. And he believes that a life care community is a great long-term care investment for seniors — one that will provide a comfortable lifestyle and the assurance of care regardless of health needs.

    “A life care community like St. George Village is a sound investment,” he states. “You can maintain your quality lifestyle and have peace of mind, knowing you’ll be taken care of in the future if your health declines…without the worry of increased costs.”

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  • New Website Makes Futures Markets Simple

    A new online resource is available to help explain how movement in financial markets can impact everyday life.

    Recent headlines have described a series of dramatic movements in the financial markets. While many of those movements impact stock prices, as well as what we pay for groceries, gas or loan rates, not everyone really understands how it all works.

    Now there is a new online resource available to help explain what those markets mean to everyday life. With easy-to-understand content that everyone from high school students to financial professors will find ­useful, Futures Fundamentals (www.futuresfundamentals.com) makes understanding markets simple.

    The site takes investing concepts like futures, hedging and speculating and shows how they play an essential role in the world around us.

    For example, if you purchased your home with the intent of selling it when the market value exceeded the original price, you likely didn’t think you were speculating. Yet that’s exactly what you were doing. You probably think of having car insurance as common sense, but you’re hedging against risk, just like thousands of companies need to do every day.

    Futures Fundamentals provides a unique educational experience by linking topics in the news to simple explanations, a glossary of terms, and quizzes to sharpen your knowledge. CME Group—one of the world’s leading derivatives exchanges—created Futures Fundamentals with the goal of making financial education an engaging experience for anyone, regardless of how well versed they are in the world of finance.

    “One of the things we’ve seen over the past few years is a real hunger for information about how people and businesses manage risk, and how that risk impacts people’s everyday lives,” said Anita Liskey, CME Group Managing Director, Corporate Marketing & Communications. “Our goal for this site is to be a go-to resource on futures and derivatives, whether you’re a novice on Main Street or an expert on Wall Street.”

     

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  • The Facts About Your Weight And Well-Being

    A bowl of oatmeal and fruit for breakfast can help you control your appetite and your weight. Photo credit: CDC/Debora Cartagena

    If you or someone you care about feels there’s a slim chance of keeping fit, it may be because of certain common but false ideas. Here’s a look at a few, as well as some facts about weight loss and nutrition.

    1. Myth: Healthy eating costs too much.

    Fact: Eating better doesn’t have to cost a lot. Try these ideas for healthful eating on a budget:

    • Use canned or frozen fruits and vegetables, which may provide as many nutrients as fresh ones at lower cost. Rinse canned veggies before you cook them to remove extra salt. Choose fruit canned in its own juice or packed in water.

    • Canned, dried or frozen beans, lentils and peas are healthful sources of protein that last a long time and may not cost much.

    2. Myth: If I skip meals, I can lose weight.

    Fact: Skipping meals may make you feel hungrier and lead you to eat more than you normally would at your next meal. Consider these ideas:

    • For a quick breakfast, make oatmeal with low-fat milk, topped with your favorite fruit.

    • For healthful snacks on the go, pack a small low-fat yogurt, whole-wheat crackers with peanut butter, or veggies with hummus.

    3. Myth: Physical activity only counts if I can do it for a long time.

    Fact: The U.S. government recommends 150 to 300 minutes of activity each week, but you don’t need to do it all at once. To benefit, you can exercise for as few as 10 minutes at a time. Here are some ways to fit activity in:

    • If you’re in a safe, well-lit area, get off the bus or train one stop early and walk the rest of the way to where you’re going.

    • Plan a game of basketball or soccer or go dancing with friends.

    You can get more information from the “Weight-loss and Nutrition Myths” fact sheet created by the Weight-control Information Network (WIN), a national information service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The fact sheet covers more myths, presents facts and offers ways to make healthy eating and physical activity part of your daily life. It also explains the Nutrition Facts label, suggests ways to “eat the rainbow” of healthful fruits and veggies, and lists smart choices for vegetarians and people with lactose intolerance.

    For a free copy or more information, call (877) 946-4627 or visit Weight Control Information Network.

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