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Limited Vision Doesn’t Limit Life

St. George Village resident Harold Tinley, 96 years young, is a perfect example of aging successfully. Even though he is currently sight impaired due to age related macular degeneration, without any vision in his right eye, he continues to thrive with woodworking and clock repair hobbies he had initiated as a young child.
At the age of 90, when his sight began to fail, he began creating more whirligigs because he knew that they do not require exact precision and small changes in the dimensions would not matter. He currently makes whirligigs for friends and family members and recently crafted one for the garden at St. George Village!
Mr. Tinley stays involved in many activities at SGV, such as supplying difficult six-letter words that he jumbles for the weekly Brain Games class to decipher and participating in the annual Halloween costume party, for which he seeks out the most amazing costumes on the Internet. At 96, he is a kind and gentle man who amazes everyone with his talents, perseverance and energy level. Through his positive outlook on aging, continues to cultivate a healthy mind, body and spirit.
Mr. Tinley will be one of those recognized by Leading Age of Georgia at its annual Positive Aging Gala in November. Congratulations, Harold Tinley, on this well deserved honor!
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Fun in the Georgia Mountains

The mountain city of Blairsville was calling out to us, so we recently made a day trip with stops at Owltown Market and Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm.

SGV resident Nancy Allvine poses with the largest Amish Adirondack chair in the world.

We enjoyed visiting with the gentle fuzzy alpacas at Lasso the Moon farm and learning about products made from alpaca fiber. Owltown Market is home to Heirloom Amish Furniture, an outlet store for handmade heirloom furniture direct from the Amish and Mennonite Communities. It is also home to the largest Amish Adirondack chair in the world!

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Tennessee’s Scenic City is a Fun Destination!

St. George Village residents experienced “Tennessee’s Grand Canyon” aboard the River Gorge Explorer on a recent trip to Chattanooga, known as the Scenic City. A naturalist from the Tennessee Aquarium served as the tour guide on the two-hour excursion, pointing out wildlife along the way and bringing history to life. Guests could choose to enjoy the beautiful scenery from the boat’s cabin or from the topside observation deck.

The Tennessee River Gorge winds along 26 miles of the Tennessee River, and contains over 27,000 acres of protected land. For more information about the River Gorge Explorer, click here

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Presidents on Display

History is brought to life at the Fulton County Schools’ Teaching Museum North in Roswell. Several of our residents recently visited the museum and were treated to a guided tour with the artist who created the life-sized painted figures featured in an exhibit about U. S. Presidents.

Fulton County Schools offers two Teaching Museums, one located in Roswell and the other in Hapeville. The facilities provide hands-on educational exhibits and arts-based programming that engage students, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, in the Humanities, Language Arts, Mathematics, Sciences, and Fine Arts, with the goal of improving student achievement.

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Fun With the Fellas

The men of St. George Village always have a blast when they get together for their monthly lunch. The fellas can be seen all around town at places like Keegan’s Irish Pub and the Cheesecake Factory. What DO they talk about? They’re not telling. But they sure do look like they’re having a lot of fun!

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Love is in the Air!

It was all about love as St. George Village celebrated Valentine’s Day with an afternoon of music, food and fun. Guests enjoyed delicious refreshments and then were treated to a performance of some of the most popular love songs of all time when two talented entertainers brought the glitz and glamour of Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers to life on the stage.

Then it was “photo op” time, when everyone enjoyed posing with Dolly and Kenny in our special Valentine’s Day photo booth.

SGV resident Bill Hagan (center) enjoys his "photo op" with Kenny and Dolly.

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Visiting Georgia’s New Woodland Garden

We’re always on the go at St. George Village, exploring destinations near and far! Some of us recently visited Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new location in Gainesville, Ga., featuring a sophisticated horticultural operation and the largest conservation nursery in the Southeast. Located on land donated by Charles and Lessie Smithgall, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville is destined to be one of the largest and most diverse woodland gardens in the country.

Pictured above are (l-r) Kay Briggs, Christine Potter, Dottie Belser, Janet Marsden, Louis and Marianne Vogel, part of our group who enjoyed seeing the Garden’s welcome center, outdoor gardens, a model train garden and an amphitheater during their visit.

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Touring Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion

Jean Hart, Nancy Allvine and Rose Brual prepare to enter the Governor's Mansion for a holiday tour.

Several of our residents experienced a special treat recently when they toured the Georgia Governor’s Mansion in Buckhead. First Lady Sandra Deal was waiting at the front door to greet visitors as they embarked on a tour of the residence, which was festively decorated for the holiday season.

Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal (right) welcomes Nell Caprara on the front steps of the Governor's Mansion.

 

 

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Whirligig Wizard

This fanciful whirligig was created by Harold Tinley, one of our residents. Harold, who is vision impaired, designed the spinning garden ornament and completed it in our woodworking shop with the assistance of our Director of Plant Operations Frank Wooten and his maintenance team.

The wind-powered whirligig, which is installed on the path near the lake and our gazebo, is a lot of fun for our residents, staff and visitors to watch!

Thank you for this whimsical decoration, Harold!

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God Bless Our Veterans!

Residents and staff gathered today to honor and remember those who have served in the U.S. Military at a special Veterans Day Ceremony. Each veteran present at the ceremony was recognized with a flag pin, presented by members of the Roswell High School JROTC. Flags were raised by the Roswell High School Color Guard and Rev. Larry Robert of Vitas Hospice led the service. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed a slice of cake and enjoyed sharing stories and visiting with one another.

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