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  • Doing Something Grand!

    It was a day of intergenerational fun on Saturday, September 12, when St. George Village celebrated National Grandparents Day with residents, their families and staff!

    SGV’s own “Knitting Master” Dot Heuslein hosted a table of her hand-made items for sale, and donated the proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.

    The grandkids (and some older kids) had a lot of fun making crazy balloon hats and animals, and enjoyed face painting, refreshments and entertainment by Judy Boehm and the Class Act Band.

    A Grand Day was had by all!

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  • A Real Race Runner

    SGV resident Jan Deach, who recently celebrated July 4 by running the Peachtree Road Race, proudly displays her race number just outside her apartment door. She has participated in the annual event for more than 35 years. Running is a family affair — two of Jan’s grandsons, one of whom has a track scholarship to Wofford College, also ran the Peachtree this year, and her daughter is an avid runner.

    Jan, who moved to St. George Village last year, loves to be active. She participates in exercise classes like yoga and Tai Chi, and especially enjoys walking.

    “I start my day by walking two or three miles early in the morning,” she says. “That’s how I stay in shape.”

    This year, she says she alternated running and walking the Peachtree Road Race. “Every year I say I’m not going to do it again,” she laughs. “But I always change my mind.”

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  • We’re All A-buzz!

    We recently noticed that a colony of honeybees had made their home in one of the stately oak trees near our front entry. We know how important bees are to our environment as pollinators (and makers of delicious honey!), so we called on the services of a local beekeeper to come and help with relocating the bees. Luckily, our UPS delivery driver, Robert Rodden, just happens to be a beekeeper in his spare time and offered to remove the bees from our property and take them home to his own apiary.

    Robert has installed a white super (bee box) on the tree to lure the bees inside — once the queen bee has made her way into the box, the other bees will follow. Then, Robert will temporarily seal the box, remove it from the tree and take the bees home, where they will be installed in a waiting hive.

    Remember, if you ever need to remove honeybees from your property, please don’t call an exterminator! Instead, call your local beekeeping chapter (such as the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association) or a bee removal specialist to accomplish this task without harming the bees.

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  • A Dairy Good Time

    Maryanne Heidbreder, Bev Langhorne, Caroline Hintz, Barbie Neurohr, Beth Anne Murray, Walt Williams, Edna Deckbar, Sheila Mallon, Marge Pizzolato and Mary Jane Crawford enjoyed a tour of the Mayfield Dairy facility in Braselton, Ga.

    It was all smooth mooooves and tasty treats when a group of St. George Village residents recently toured the Mayfield Dairy facility in Braselton, Ga.

    After viewing a short video presentation about the dairy’s history, the grouped toured the state-of-the-art facility, learning about Mayfield’s milk production systems and even how those famous yellow Mayfield jugs are made. After the tour, everyone relaxed in the comfy outdoor rocking chairs while enjoying a double scoop of Mayfield’s famous ice cream!

    Marge Pizzolato and Mary Jane Crawford made a new friend!

    Founded in 1910, Mayfield Dairy Farms is one of the largest dairies in the Southeast. Mayfield offers a full line of milk, cultured and ice cream products. Based in Athens, Tenn., the dairy serves nine Southeastern states.

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  • Gardens of Honor

    During World Wars I and II, people in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Germany planted Victory Gardens (also called war gardens or food gardens for defense) as a way to reduce the demand on the public food supply and support the war effort. Learn more about this civilian effort on the home front in The History of Victory Gardens.

    Consider planting your own Victory Garden this Memorial Day weekend, in honor of those who served and those who are currently serving our country!

    Everyone at St. George Village wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. As always, our front lawn is filled with American 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. We invite you to drive by and see this beautiful sight!

     

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  • What in the Helicopter?!

    On a recent visit to the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, Ga., several St. George Village residents and staff enjoyed exploring the various special exhibits and permanent galleries that are housed in the 120,000 square foot world-class museum.

    Pictured here, SGV driver Dave Fagerstrom and resident Jack Dudley admire a Bell Helicopter. The Bell is the first helicopter that Dave flew during his service in Vietnam as an Air Force helicopter pilot.

    The Bell Helicopter is part of Tellus Museum’s Science in Motion Gallery, which explores the relationship mankind has with powered vehicles designed to increase the speed of travel.

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  • Healthy Bones For Life

    Regular exercise, such as working out in our fitness center, can help strengthen bones and prevent osteoporosis.

    When it comes to good health, you can certainly feel it in your bones. That’s because your bones are alive. Every day, the body breaks down old bone and puts new bone in its place. While it is normal to lose some bone with age, too much bone loss can lead to osteoporosis.

    What Is Osteoporosis?

    With osteoporosis, the bones become weak and are more likely to break, especially those in the wrist, spine and hip. Because bone loss often happens over time and doesn’t hurt, many people have weak bones and don’t even know it. A broken bone is often the first sign of osteoporosis. It’s a good idea, therefore, to know the risk factors. These include:

    • Poor Diet. Too little calcium can increase your chances of getting osteoporosis. Not enough vitamin D can also increase your risk. Vitamin D helps the body use the calcium in your diet.

    • Not Enough Physical Activity. Not exercising and not being active for a long time can increase your chances of getting osteoporosis. Like muscles, bones become stronger—and stay stronger—with regular exercise.

    • Body Weight. Being too thin makes you more likely to get osteoporosis.

    • Smoking. Cigarettes can keep your body from using the calcium in your diet.

    • Alcohol. People who drink a lot are more likely to get osteoporosis.

    • Medicines. Certain medications can cause bone loss.

    • Age. Your chances of getting osteoporosis increase as you get older.

    • Gender. Women have a greater chance of getting osteoporosis because they have smaller bones than men and lose bone faster than men do. However, men can still develop osteoporosis as they age.

    • Ethnicity. White and Asian women are most likely to get osteoporosis. However, people of all backgrounds are at risk.

    • Family History. Having a close relative with osteoporosis may increase your risk.

    What To Do About It

    Since osteoporosis has no symptoms, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your bone health. If your doctor feels you’re at risk, he or she may order a bone density test. It’s quick, safe and painless. If your bone density test shows that your bones are weak, your doctor may suggest lifestyle changes and prescribe medication that can help.

    For further information on osteoporosis and bone health, you can go to the website of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), or call toll free (877) 226-4267 and order a free publication on bone health.

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  • A Hoppin’ Good Time

     

    SGV resident Ray Chouinard and the Easter Bunny take a breather from the festivities.

    Kids of all ages had a blast at St. George Village on Saturday, April 4. Residents and their families enjoyed a day of events, including caricatures, balloon animals, refreshments.

     

    Highlights of the day were the annual Easter Egg Hunt on our grounds, and entertainment by Adam Boehmer, who astounded his audience with feats of juggling and balance.

     

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  • Not for Squares!

    This week, St. George Village members were entertained by a group of square dancing students from Queen of Angels Catholic School. The students curtseyed and bowed, allemanded, circled, do si doed, passed through, and swung their partners, showing how much fun square dancing can be!

    Besides fun, did you know that square dancing offers other physical, mental and social benefits? Square dancing can help keep you fit by burning calories, lowering blood pressure, improving cholesterol, strengthening weight-bearing bones and slowing bone loss, and more. This form of dance also keeps you on your mental toes by requiring you to react to the “calls” for changing movements and steps. Plus, square dancing requires teamwork, with each team of eight dancers depending on each other to keep the dance moving.

    Thanks, Queen of Angels students, for showing us how much fun square dancing can be!

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  • Laissez les bons temps rouler!

    It was “let the good times roll” at St. George Village on Fat Tuesday, when residents and staff gathered for a Mardi Gras celebration.

    The group, decked out in festive beads and masks, did a Mardi Gras march to the tune of “When the Saints Come Marching In.” They were led by resident Grace Samson, who will turn 100 in July! Entertainment was provided by The Class Act Band, and everyone feasted on shrimp and a variety of Mardi Gras hors d’oeuvres.

    The roots of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbons. From here, the traditional revelry of “Boeuf Gras,” or fatted calf, followed France to her colonies. Over the centuries it evolved into a celebration held in several countries — most famously in New Orleans, La. in the United States — on Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, and signals the beginning of Lent. The traditional Mardis Gras colors have great significance — purple for justice, green for faith and gold for power.

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