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February 2021 newsletter by The Village At Southlake

Lovely Valentine True Story

We are as still in love as the day he first gave me this card.’ Doting Couple Has Used the Same Valentine’s Day Card for 70 years…

There’s no danger of 88-year-old Harry Ward forgetting his wife Doris’s Valentine’s Day card – the couple still uses the same one he bought her 70 years ago.

When 17-year-old Harry Ward presented his sweetheart Doris with a Valentine’s Day card as he boarded a train to join the wartime effort on 14th February 1941, he must have been fairly confident his affections would be required. After all the couple had been dating since they met in a Bristol café three months earlier. Little can he have imagined that 70 years on, not only would he still be happily married to Doris, but that every year she would present him with the very same card he gave her at the railway station that Valentine’s day.

Now the card is set to make another appearance on the couple’s mantelpiece as Mrs. Ward, 87, dusts it off in time for the celebrations.

‘I bring it out of the cupboard and put it on our mantelpiece every Valentine’s Day,’ she said. ‘It’s as special to me now as it was 70-years-ago. Harry has never bought me one since because I have this one every year.’
The couple married in 1942 so Will and Guy have discovered; and they went on to have two daughters, two granddaughters, and four great-grandchildren. They had met in a café in November 1940 after Mrs. Ward, who was in domestic service, had missed her bus home.

Mr. Ward, now 88, told us, ‘I knew Doris was the one for me the moment I met her. It was a heck of a night during the Blitz, but at least it meant we met each other. I gave her Valentine’s card then and she is still my Valentine now.’

Mrs. Ward’s card reads, “Two hearts entwine this Valentine. True love makes it sincere.” In addition, we were told, ‘The secret to our happy marriage is that we never go to bed without a kiss

The Village at Southlake Team

Executive Director
Wendy Barnhill Southlake.ed@blueharborsl.com

Community Relations Director
John Lybrand
Southlake.cr1@blueharborsl.com

Business Office Manager
Amber Ott
Southlake.bom@blueharborsl.com

Building Services Director
Charles Judy
Southlake.bsd@blueharborsl.com

Activity Director
Debbie Engle
Southlake.ad@blueharborsl.com

No-Bake Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake

Strawberry Nutella Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 4-6 brownie chunks or Oreo crumbs.
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened.
  • ¾ cup Nutella.
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
  • Pinch of salt.
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream.
  • 12-18 strawberries halved.
  • Whipped cream.

Directions

  • Divide the crumbs or brownie chunks between 4-6 individual cups.
  • In a large bowl, mix the cream cheese and Nutella until smooth. Add vanilla and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the heavy cream until stiff peaks form.
  • Using a spatula, fold the whipped cream into the Nutella mixture until combined.
  • Pipe or spoon the filling on top of the bottom layer. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving.
  • Before serving, add strawberries and whipped cream.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings or chips.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you’d like to share?  Stop by the main office with your recipe and we can put it in the newsletter!

Noteworthy…

Dear Residents,

This month our topic is Identity Theft. Simply put, identity theft is the fraudulent acquisition and use of a person’s private identifying information, usually for financial gain.

With the increased use of commercial tax filing software and online tax filing services more opportunities have been afforded to thieves to commit fraud without necessarily even having to steal a Social Security Number. In some cases, thieves can illegally access an existing customer’s account simply by entering that individual’s username, email address or name and correctly guessing the password.  This is often referred to as an “account takeover”.  Early in the tax filing season, the thief files a false tax return using a victim’s identity and directs the refund to his/her own mailing address or bank account.  The victim only discovers this theft when they file their own return and the IRS refuses to accept it because a refund has already been issued.

Identity scams will often come to light when the victim begins to receive multiple collection notices about credit cards that apparently have been opened in their name.

Medical identity theft occurs when someone steals personal information (name, SSN, or health insurance claim number) to obtain medical care, buy prescription drugs or submit fake billings to Medicare.  Medical identity theft can disrupt lives, damage credit rating and waste taxpayer dollars.

Tips from IdentityTheft.gov (https://wwwidentitytheft.gov)  to help secure your identity:

  • Neither Medicare nor Social Security will call to ask for your bank account information or SSN.
  • There will never be a fee charged to obtain a Social Security or Medicare card.
  • Never give out personal information over the phone to someone you do not know.
  • Sensitive personal and financial documents should always be kept secure.
  • Review all medical bills to spot any services that you didn’t receive.

What to do if you suspect you are a victim of Identity Theft:

  • Call the companies where you know the fraud occurred.
  • Place a fraud alert with a credit reporting agency and get your credit report from one of the three national credit bureaus.
  • Report identity theft to the FTC.
  • File a report with your local police department.
  • Close new accounts opened in your name.
  • Remove bogus charges from your accounts.
  • Correct your credit report.
  • Consider adding an extended fraud freeze.

If you believe you have been a victim of Identity Theft call one of the three national credit bureaus to place a scam alert:

  • Equifax: 1-800-685-1111 (Fraud Hotline: 1-888-766-0008)
  • Experian: 1-888-397-3742 (Fraud Hotline: 1-888-397-3742)
  • TransUnion: 1-800-916-8800 (Fraud Hotline: 1-800-680-7289

TVSL Salon: Telephone Number 803-356-1158 ext 108

Valentines Day Poetry

Poetry Corner

On Valentine’s Day, we think of those Who make our lives worthwhile, Those gracious, friendly people who We think of with a smile.

I am fortunate to know you, That’s why I want to say, To a rare and special person: Happy Valentine’s Day!

By: Joanna Fuchs

Employee Birthdays

Birthday Wishes Banner

Suzanna Blackburn: February 9th
Debbie Engle: February 16
Terrian Troman Troman: February 19th
Gregory Branham: February 22nd
Thomasena Boyd Glover: February 23rd
Jamere Watkins: February 23rd

Resident Birthdays

Frank Zimovan: February 6th
Patricia Edens: February 7th
Georgeine Wenner: February 9th
Debbie Roberts: February 10th
Evelyn Moss: February 11th
Suzanne Antes: February 12th
Dorothy Manning: February 16th

Famous Birthday of the Month

Sidney Poitier

Sidney Poitier: January 20th

Fun Fact: Sidney Poitier was the first black man to win the Best Actor Oscar for his role in “Lilies of the Field”.

February 2021 Newsletter Hero of the Month
HERO of the Month

Please join us in congratulating our January HERO of the Month, Thomasena Boyd-Glover! Thomasena was chosen for her willingness to always help out and her pleasant and enthusiastic demeanor. Thank you for all that you do, Thomasena. We are grateful to have you on our team!

February 2021 Theme Calendar

 

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