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  • Ho, ho, ho!

    Santa and some of his elves made a pre-Christmas visit to St. George Village this week. (Our sources tell us that all of our residents are on Santa’s “Nice” list!)

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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 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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  • Honoring Our Veterans

    St. George Village members and staff gathered for a special Veterans Day ceremony on November 11. Rev. Larry Robert of Vitas Hospice led the service, and SGV’s Villagers choral group sang all of the songs representing each branch of the U.S. Military.

     

    Flags were raised by the Roswell High School Color Guard, and Adam Christian honored the custom of playing “Taps” on the trumpet to end the service.

    Afterward, each veteran present at the ceremony was recognized with a flag pin and everyone enjoyed a piece of the sheet cake decorated as a U.S. flag.

    God bless our veterans and America!

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  • Boo, Y’all!

    At St. George Village, we believe there’s no age limit on fun, so it’s no surprise that everyone here got into the spooky spirit of things on Halloween! Members and staff decked themselves out in creative costuming for our annual Halloween Costume Party and Happy Hour on October 29.

    Part of the celebration was dedicated to the memory of Irene Kalliavas, who, along with fellow residents Harold Tinley and Bob Worden, always appeared on Halloween as Dorothy, the Scarecrow and the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. This year, SGV Care Partner Jean Pastore honored Irene by taking on the role of Dorothy, and you can see her pictured with Harold and Bob in their annual costumes. Honoring her mother’s Greek heritage, Irene’s daughter brought baklava and spanakopita for residents and staff to enjoy at the party.

    Lots of treats (and not too many tricks) were the highlight of Halloween at SGV!

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  • Meet the Staff: Memo Gonzalez, Service Technician

    Memo was recently named St. George Village's Care Partner of the Quarter.

    One of the most recognized faces at St. George Village is that of Guillermo Acevedo Gonzalez, better known by his nickname, “Memo.”

    Memo grew up in Mexico and emigrated to the United States 20 years ago. He joined SGV’s maintenance staff in 2005.

    “We do everything from plumbing and air conditioning and heating repairs to replacing light bulbs and hanging pictures and mirrors for residents,” he explains. “Basically, we take care of anything that needs repair or upkeep around the property. Every day on the job is different.”

    In his spare time, Memo enjoys traveling around the country with his wife. And, he admits, he occasionally helps out friends in need of his plumbing and other repair skills.

    Memo lives in Kennesaw, which is a 22-mile commute to work, one way. He says the drive is well worth it.

    “I like working at St. George Village because the residents are always smiling and happy,” he says. “Everyone calls me by my nickname. They make me feel welcome.”

     

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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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  • 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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  • 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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