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October 2023 Newsletter


A publication of The Senior NetworkTM

October 2023

Golden Nuggets

October is a gorgeous month because the weather is cooler and in many places the tree leaves begin to change color from green to shades of red, yellow, and brown. However, this month is also a time when people might feel depressed and lonely. They start to reflect back to the previous months when life was more carefree and relaxed. Looking forward, they start to think about the busy holiday season that is fast approaching. Some realize that this year they will not be spending time with family or friends. They will be alone. Is it any wonder that depression could take hold? The fear of being alone is extremely powerful.

But there is a solution to this overwhelming problem. We do not have to be filled with despair and gloom. There are two simple things that each of us regardless of our age or circumstances can do to avoid this pitfall of loneliness.

First, find ways to be more active and make new friends. It is important that you look for others to talk with and to work on developing a bright new relationship with all who are around you. It only takes a smile or a kind word to find a new friend.

The second thing to do is to remember that the Creator of the universe has given us His word that He will deliver us from every fear including the fear of being alone. Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears”.

Both of these steps require you to take an active part in overcoming your sense of being alone. Get up, Get moving. It will change your life!

Who’d A Thunk….

In the 1950’s two major developments changed the way the world eats.

A fast-food phenomenon that came to define the American lifestyle, the McDonald’s hamburger chain had its roots in the 1940s – but the McDonald’s franchise under Ray Kroc credits 15 April 1955 as its founding date. The first burgers were sold for a cheap 15 cents each.

It was in the year 1953 when TV dinners were introduced. These convenient frozen meals that defined 1950s USA were made by the Swanson company. The first TV dinner was composed of a Thanksgiving-style turkey meal complete with cornbread stuffing and peas.

Think about where we might have been today if both the TV dinners and fast-food had never been invented!

Words of Wisdom

“If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself.”

Mickey Mantle

Humor Me….

A snail named Samuel just got a raise working as a realtor. He decided since he got this money he would get a custom sports car with a big "S" on the side to show everyone the car was his. While he's flexing his new car down the streets of Los Angeles, he passes an elderly couple sitting on their porch. As he passes the man exclaims to his wife, "Look at that S-Car-Go!"

Remember When….

Little kids would sit in the passenger seat without a seatbelt.

The "safety method" was this: Mom or Dad would fling an arm in front of you if they had to stop short.

Infants rode sometimes in unattached baby seats. They were kept up front in the seat next to Mom—or in someone's lap! Bigger babies or toddlers rode in shoddy car seats.

Seat belts just went across the lap.

Serious seat belts and car seat regulations did not arrive until the '70s and airbags in the '80s.

Famous October Birthdays

October 1, 1924 – Jimmy Carter, 39th U.S. President

October 1, 1935 – Julie Andrews, actress, singer

October 2, 1890 – Groucho Marx, comedian

October 2, 1895 – Bud Abbott, comedian

October 3, 1941 – Chubby Checker, singer, musician

October 4, 1181 – St. Francis of Assisi, Catholic religious leader

October 4, 1822 – Rutherford B.Hayes, 19th U.S. President

October 4, 1895 – Buster Keaton, comedian

October 4, 1923 –Charlton Heston, actor, Head of NRA.

October 5, 1902 – Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s

October 6, 1846 – George Westinghouse, AC electric power

October 7, 1917 – June Allyson, actress

October 7, 1952 – Vladimir Putin – Russian leader

October 8, 1890 – “Eddie” Rickenbacker, WWI flying ace

October 8, 1941 – Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader

October 9, 1940 – John Lennon, singer, songwriter, musician

October 10, 1900 – Helen Hayes, actress

October 11, 1844 – Henry John Heinz, founded Heinz Ketchup

October 14, 1644 – William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania

October 14, 1890 – Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. President

October 15, 1959 – Emeril Lagasse, TV chef

October 16, 1925 – Angela Lansbury, actress

October 17, 1918 – Rita Hayworth, actress

October 17, 1938 – Evel Knievel, motorcycle daredevil

October 18, 1939 – Mike Ditka, NFL Chicago Bears head coach

October 21, 1833 – Alfred Nobel, chemist, engineer

October 21, 1917 – Dizzy Gillespie, trumpet player, bandleader

October 22, 1942 – Annette Funicello, actress, singer

October 23, 1925 – Johnny Carson, Host “The Tonight Show”

October 23, 1940 – Pelé, soccer player

October 23, 1942 – Michael Crichton, wrote “Jurrasic Park”

October 25, 1825 – Johann Strauss, Austrian composer

October 25, 1912 – Minnie Pearl, singer, entertainer

October 26, 1946 – Pat Sajak, TV game-show host

October 26, 1947 – Hillary Rodham Clinton, first lady, Senator

October 27, 1858 – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U. S President

October 27, 1872 – Emily Post, etiquette expert

October 28, 1914- Jonas Salk, developed polio vaccine

October 30, 1735 – John Adams, second U.S. President

October 31, 1912 – Dale Evans, the “Queen of the West”

October 31, 1931 – Dan Rather, TV News Anchorman

October 31, 1936 – Michael Landon, actor

Military Salute:

Today, the 442nd is remembered as the most decorated unit for its size and length of service in the history of the US military. The unit, totaling about 18,000 men, over 4,000 Purple Hearts, 4,000 Bronze Stars, 560 Silver Star Medals, 21 Medals of Honor, and seven Presidential Unit Citations.

Grandma's Cooking Corner:

Here is a great fall dessert from Mayberry’s own Aunt Bee. It was Andy’s and Opie’s favorite!

Aunt Bee's Apple Pie


2 Tablespoons Honey

1 cup Sugar

2 cups of Flour

1/2 cup of Butter

1/2 teaspoon of Cinnamon

4 ounces of Cream Cheese

1/3 cup of Orange Juice

2 1/2 cups of apples


In a large bowl combine butter & cream cheese. Let come to room temperature.

Add flour & blend well. Chill.

Roll out half of the dough & place in a 9-inch pie plate.

Put aside the remaining dough for the top crust.

In a saucepan combine remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Pour the mixture into the crust.

Roll out the remaining crust and place over the filling.

Cut slits in the top crust to allow steam to escape.

Bake in a 350-degree oven for 45 minutes.




Safe Families For Children is a volunteer-driven movement that focuses on keeping children safe and families together. They host children and create extended family-like support to families who lack social networks and live in isolation such as, homelessness, unemployment, child abuse, domestic violence, medical emergencies, substance abuse, and many other concerns.

This year, their international nonprofit is celebrating 20 YEARS of radical hospitality, disruptive generosity, and intentional compassion! They want to invite you to become an advocate for children and families by joining them for one of their many in-person training opportunities.

For more information, please contact:

Janae Jackson

Strategic Engagement Director

(919) 335-845

We hope you will join with us….

December 2nd

Second Annual




Winter Wonderland of Displays from Businesses and Nonprofits

Live Entertainment throughout the Mall – Raffles – Fun!

If you cannot join us physically, will you help us raise funds so we can continue to serve the senior community?

We do not charge for our services!

You can donate by sending The Senior Network a check, using a credit card, or we can send you a pledge sheet so you can collect from your friends, business associates, neighbors, family. Please help us as we serve this senior community.

(954) 666-2040

(919) 373-8823

We are recognizing businesses, organizations and sometimes individuals with our “Senior-Friendly”TM Award. Please let us know of your recommendations.


Elizabeth Currin

Beth grew up in Raeford, NC, a small Town in Hoke County. She graduated from Peace College and continued her edu- cation at Meredith University where she received a Bachelor Degree in Social Work. She married Ronnie Currin in 1986 and they resided a few years in North Raleigh.

In November 1991 with a desire to relocate, Beth and Ronnie chose and moved to Rolesville with their little 14-month old daughter Hannah. Their family grew larger while living in Rolesville, adding Andrew in 1992 and Cameron in 1994. Beth chose to become a stay at home mom with her three children.

Beth has a passion for small children. After returning to the workforce, she chose the field of childcare as her labor of love. She has worked in several centers in the Wake Forest & Rolesville community, including the YMCA and can currently be found at Rhymes and Reasons in Rolesville.

Now in 2023, as the family starts to expand once again with a 2-year-old granddaughter, a 3-month old granddaughter, and a third grandchild on the way, life in Rolesville continues to be exciting and fulfilling.

Beth is a very active member of the Rolesville community serving as “First Lady” and a partner with her husband, Mayor Ronnie Currin. She loves her Church community and the people. She is a 20+ year member of Rolesville Baptist Church, but she can be seen from time to time attending other places of worship, including New Bethel, The Village Church, Neuse Baptist, Exchange Church, and New Light.

Beth loves her interaction with the senior group, particularly working with The Senior Network. She can be seen supporting and actively participating in events such as “Rolling In Rolesville”.


300 Southtown Circle

Rolesville, North Carolina


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