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A Publication of The Senior Network TM

July 2023


Who remembers the pet rock?

Invented by advertising copywriter Gary Dahl, the “pet rock” fad peaked in the middle of 1975 and was fading by early the following year. The novelty product consisted of a rock in a cardboard carrying case accompanied by the manual, “The Care and Training of Your Pet Rock.” Dahl became a millionaire almost overnight selling the kitschy product for $4.00 a piece, the allure of which was the humor inherent in owning a “pet” rock, rather than the rock itself.


The previous pull-tab from aluminum beverage cans were hazardous enough to cause discussion in the science community, beverage industry and media.

Luckily, an engineer for Reynolds Metals, Daniel F. Cudzik, came up with the “Sta-Tab” -- which today are the push-through pop-tops we see on cans. Cudzik patented his idea in 1975 and by 1976, most beverage companies adapted the new can design.


The “Dog Days” of summer are from July 3 to August 11 each year. They’re usually the hottest and most unbearable days of the season. We often hear about the “Dog Days” of summer, but few know where the expression originated. Some think it’s a reference to the hot, sultry days that are “not fit for a dog.” Others suggest it’s the time of year when the extreme heat drives dogs mad. But where does the term come from? And what does it have to do with dogs? You may be surprised to see is has to do with the stars!

The phrase is a reference to Sirius, the Dog Star. During the “Dog Days” period, the Sun occupies the same region of the sky as Sirius, the brightest star visible from any part of Earth. Sirius is a part of the constellation Canis Major, the Greater Dog.

In the summer, Sirius rises and sets with the Sun. On July 23rd, specifically, it is in conjunction with the Sun, and because the star is so bright, the ancient Romans believed it actually gave off heat and added to the Sun’s warmth, accounting for the long stretch of sultry weather. They referred to this time as diēs caniculārēs, or “dog days.”

Thus, the term Dog Days of Summer came to mean the 20 days before and 20 days after this alignment of Sirius with the Sun—July 3 to August 11 each year.

While we may find that these days are unbearable, God knew that the earth has need of these days. During this time snakes are somewhat blind and strike at everything, birds do not sing as much and the heat makes some dogs appear to go mad.

“Dog Days”gives crops a chance to grow. It is a time when we, as people, are supposed to slow down, regroup and relax. In the Bible it states in Psalm 74: 17 “Thou has set all the borders of earth: thou has made summer and winter.” We need to rejoice and not complain. God is in control and provides us what we need each day.

Bear the heat with a huge smile knowing that winter is on its way.

Don’t Forget!

”Rolling In Rolesville”

Monday, July 10th

5:30-7:30 pm

At Arise

300 Southtown Circle

Rolesville, NC

Benefits The Senior Network

$10 ($12 at door)






Over 100 Prizes


Humor Me:

Little Andy was at his first day of school when Mrs. Whyte, his teacher advises the class that each school day starts with the "Pledge of Allegiance’ and instructs them to put their right hand over their heart and repeat after her.

As Mrs. Whyte starts the recitation, she looks around the room, “I pledge allegiance to the flag........”, when her eyes are drawn to Andy who has his hand over the right cheek of his bottom.

“Andy, I cannot continue till you put your hand over your heart”, she demands.

Andy looks up and replies, “It is over my heart.”

After several more attempts to get Andy to put his hand over his heart, Mrs. Whyte enquires, “Why do you think that is your heart, Andy?”

“Well Mrs. Whyte”, answers Andy, “because every time my grandma comes to visit, she pats me there and says, ‘Bless your little heart,’ and my Grandma never lies”.



300 Southtown Circle

Rolesville, NC 27571


There are so many Seniors!

There are so many stories!

There are so many needs!

Will you help?


· Saturday, July 15th, 10 –11 AM. Northern Wake Senior Center 235 East Holding Avenue, Wake Forest. Special Feature presented by Realtor Karena Stipp. Music presented by Ron Anderson.

· Monday, July 17th, 11 AM-12 Noon. Rolesviille Community Center, 504 Southtown Circle, Rolesville. Terri Simmons from Thorne To Rose Foundation presents our Special Feature. Music by singer/guitarist Steve Pfanenstiel.

· Monday, July 24th, 1:30-2:30 PM. The Lodge. 1151 South Main Street, Wake Forest. Come enjoy “The Laura and Don Bowen Show” – rock, country and gospel music. PLEASE NOTE: THIS TIME HAS CHANGED SINCE THE NEWSLETTER WAS FIRST PRINTED!

There is no charge for the above events and all are welcome.

Door Prizes – Favors for ALL




Put your team together now!


Cooking Corner

While the claim that Thomas Jefferson introduced ice cream to the United States is demonstrably false, he can be credited with the first known recipe recorded by an American. Jefferson also likely helped to popularize ice cream in this country when he served it at the President’s House in Washington.

Jefferson's Ice Cream Recipe

Ice Cream

2 Bottles of heavy cream

6 egg yolks

1/2 lb. sugar

Mix the yolks & sugar Put the cream on a fire in a casserole, first putting in a stick of Vanilla. When near boiling, take it off & pour it gently into the mixture of eggs & sugar. Stir it well. Put it on the fire again stirring it thoroughly with a spoon to prevent its sticking to the casserole. When near boiling take it off and strain it through a towel. Put it in the Sabatier Then set it in ice an hour before it is to be served. Put into the ice a handful of salt. Put salt on the cover lid of the Sabatier & cover the whole with ice. Leave it still half a quarter of an hour. then turn the Sabatier in the ice 10 minutes Open it to loosen with a spatula the ice from the inner sides of the Sabatier. Shut it & replace it in the ice Open it from time to time to detach the ice from the sides When well taken (prise) stir it well with the Spatula. Put it in molds, justling it well down on the knee. Then put the mold into the same bucket of ice. Leave it there to the moment of serving it. To withdraw it, immerse the mold in warm water, turning it well till it will come out & turn it onto a plate.

Modern Version (adapted by Marie Kimball)

Beat the yolks of 6 eggs until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add 1 cup of sugar and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil 1 quart of cream and pour slowly on the egg mixture. Put in top of double boiler and when it thickens, remove and strain through a fine sieve into a bowl. When cool add 2 teaspoonfuls of vanilla. Freeze, as usual, with one part of salt to three parts of ice. Place in a mold, pack in ice and salt for several hours. For electric refrigerators, follow usual direction, but stir frequently.

What a great way to honor our founding fathers this July and all summer long!


Benjamin Franklin'We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!'

“Senior of the Month”

July 2023


Ethel was born in Hallafax, North Carolina, and is still a member of the J Gaston Baptist Church there. She moved to Rolesville in 2020 as her sister and family lived there.

Ethel has become a “key” volunteer for The Senior Network. She is the coordinator for one of the senior facilities where The Senior Network hosts a monthly event. She passes out flyers for the event and helps with registration. She is always pleasant and helpful and willing to help with other events as well. Ethel is a very caring person.

Although Ethel doesn’t get to see her children as often as she would like, she is very proud of her son and three grandchildren who live in Maine and her son and one grandchild who live in Tennessee.

Ethel loves to cook and bake. Her favorite dishes are Italian. Her hobbies include gardening and painting.

Ethel retired from A T & T. Now she enjoys reality TV and soap operas.

She has become a wonderful friend and volunteer to The Senior Network! Thank you, Ethel. We love you!

NonProfit of the Month



Your Mental Health”

Its Mission:

To culturally educate and breakdown the stigma of mental health in black and brown communities and empower financial stability through entrepreneurship.

Its Objective:

Replenishing your mental health through ACTS





Join them on August 5th

8:30 am – Noon

5K Dash

For more information:

(984) 220-2251


Seniors are everywhere. Some are your neighbors. Some you see in stores and restaurants. Some are extremely active; and some rely on someone else to help them daily. Some are surrounded by family and friends; and some have no one and are very lonely. THE SENIOR NETWORK strives to help seniors from all backgrounds and walks of life. We find a need, fulfill it and make a friend. Whether you are a senior or a future senior, you can help.


We are all volunteers; and we need your help.

Can you spare one hour a week? A month? A year?

Can you spare $20 a month? $10 a month? $5 a month?

What a difference you could make!

Partners, Friends, & Sponsors June 2023

Arise, Rolesville

Christ Our Hope Church, Wake Forest

Domino’s Pizza, Rolesville

Law Offices of Michael Paul, Rolesville

Manecave, Raleigh

New Bethel Church, Rolesville

Paco’s Pizza, Wake Forest

Pearl Nails, Rolesville

Realtor Karena Stipp

Stewart’s Bistro, Wake Forest

Ting Internet Service

Triangle Dry Cleaning, Wake Forest

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