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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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  • Spend The Longest Day Honoring Those Facing Alzheimer’s

    On June 21, 2014, participants in The Longest Day will raise funds to fuel the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association

    Across the U.S., more than 5 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease every day and more than 15 million Americans are their caregivers. On June 21st, the longest day of the year, everyone can show those facing Alzheimer’s that they are not alone.

    The Longest Day is a sunrise-to-sunset challenge to raise funds and awareness to fuel the care, support and research programs of the Alzheimer’s Association.

    The event challenges people to choose an activity they love—running, knitting, cooking—and complete 16 hours of it as a team. For example, last year more than 160 American Contract Bridge League clubs participated in the event and raised more than $575,000.

    The Alzheimer’s Association is calling on people around the world to honor the strength, passion and endurance of those facing Alz­heimer’s by getting involved in The Longest Day. Participants in The Longest Day are part of a movement to raise funds and awareness for the cause during Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month in June—an opportunity to hold a global conversation about the brain, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

    Alzheimer’s disease is a growing epidemic and is the nation’s sixth leading cause of death. It is the only cause of death among the top 10 without a way to prevent, cure or even slow its progression. On June 21st, participants of The Longest Day complete a day filled with activity to honor those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

    The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the ad­vancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health.

    The Association provides care and support across the country through a free 24/7 Helpline and website, educational sessions and support groups. The organization also advocates for people facing Alzheimer’s, helping to pass landmark legislation such as the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. As the largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s research, the Association has been part of every major research advancement over the past 30 years.

    To learn more, visit The Longest Day or on the Association’s Facebook page.

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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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  • Protecting Yourself And Your Nest Egg

    If you think you or a loved one has been the target of elder fraud, contact the Department of Consumer Protection to report the abuse.

    While seniors are often targeted by scammers, there are ways you can protect yourself and those you care about.

    New fraud schemes emerge constantly and the scammers are relentlessly creative. Seniors may get official-sounding e-mails seeking a fee for a bogus service or collecting an “inheritance.” Homeowners are targeted with phony service calls. In one brazen scam, a criminal posing as a grandchild asks the senior to wire money to get the grandchild out of a jam.

    In some cases, caregivers and family members may try to take advantage of a senior’s depen­dence and ask the senior to sign papers that shift control to the caregiver, or simply forge the senior’s ­signature.

    Fortunately, seniors can understand the risks and protect themselves. Here are a few helpful tips.

    • Beware of “robocalls”; that is, a computerized message, instead of a person on the phone.

    • If anyone calls or e-mails you offering an opportunity to collect a prize by paying an up-front fee, remember: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

    • Keep your Social Security number, credit card numbers, account PINs and other personal information to yourself. Your bank and other companies you do business with won’t call you to ask you to “confirm” this information.

    • Don’t be pressured. If you feel pressured to make a decision or purchase, or if you are unsure to whom you are talking, just say “no” and hang up.

    • Open your door only if you recognize the person there.

    • Never sign any document you don’t fully understand. If in doubt, ask a trusted friend, family member or adviser. Never sign blank checks or forms.

    • Keep a close eye on bank statements, credit card bills and invoices to spot any suspicious activity that could indicate identity theft. Requesting a free copy of your credit report annually (at www.annualcreditreport.com) is a good way to spot potential problems.

    • Shred your old bills and paperwork to make sure your personal information can’t be ac­cessed by “dumpster diving” thieves. Make sure your mailbox is secure.

    • For home repair projects, always get a second estimate and call the companies’ references. Never pay for the work in advance—unscrupulous contractors may take the money and run.

    • Never use an untraceable wire service to transfer money. If you have to wire money, manage the transfer with your bank and make sure it can trace the recipient.

    Remain vigilant. If you think you or a loved one has been the target of elder fraud, contact the state’s Department of Consumer Protection to report the abuse. For more information, visit the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse.

     

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  • Not for Squares!

    Fifth graders from Queen of Angels Elementary School recently came to St. George Village to show off their square dancing skills.

    With a square dance video playing in the background, the enthusiastic and energetic students dazzled their audience with promenades and do-si-dos!

    A good time was had by all. Thanks for the fun, Queen of Angels students!

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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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  • Cheers for Chocolate!

    “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” — Charles M. Schultz

    A crew of chocolate-lovin’ St. George Village residents visited Schakolad Chocolate Factory in Roswell to learn about the art of making this delicious confection.

    Schakolad (pronounced shaq-oh-LAD) — a combination of “Schaked” and “Chocolate” — is a name associated with three generations of chocolate making. Baruch Schaked, co-founder of Schakolad, has been a chocolate maker since 1969 and opened his first custom retail chocolate boutique in Winter Park, Fla. in 1995. From there, Schakolad began franchising and now has locations in several states, including the Roswell store here in Georgia.

    On the tour, we learned about Schakolad’s “Made Fresh on Premises” concept, which means that all of the store’s chocolate items are prepared and dipped onsite for the highest quality and freshness.

    Of course, we enjoyed sampling our way through the tour, too!

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