The Telegram News
July 28, 2021
  • Medicare Resources
    Did you know the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) has someone on staff who can help answer any questions you might have about Medicare?
  • Before Facebook, there was Patty

    To the vast audience of 30-somethings and younger in the crowd, you may be surprised to know there was once a time when the local newspaper was the main form of local news and information -- especially in a small town.

  • It seems most people don’t realize that honeybees are not native to North America. They were brought over from Europe for their sweet regurgitated and fermented bee spit. Honey is one of the longest lasting foods in the world. Imagine how valuable that would be in the days before refrigeration.
  • Helping you age better
    We have a unique opportunity at the Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) for those who are interested in serving as a volunteer advocate for nursing home residents.
  • Lychee
    I was introduced to a new exotic fruit last week called lychee, pronounced in Chinese “Lie-chee.” They are about the size of a ping pong ball and smell a bit like honeysuckle. The skin is tough and bumpy. When you squeeze the fruit, the skin ruptures to reveal a beautiful white fruit. It is deliciously sweet and juicy, with a large brown seed in the middle.
  • More Florida manatees have died in the first three months of 2021, than died in the entire year of 2020.  The majority of deaths have occurred between Brevard (where I live), and Broward County. The seagrass that manatee’s like to eat is scarce in these waters. The Indian River Lagoon also runs along these counties. It is estimated that one-third of the states 7,000 manatees uses this river to survive, at least some of the time throughout the year. 
  • The 28th Oak Hill Festival of Flags is in the history books, and it was a great success, despite the cold and rain. Attendance was good, and we appreciate all our friends in Oak Hill and the Jackson County area who came to take advantage of the free entertainment, great rides, and good traditional Festival food! Our Grand Parade was the biggest one in Festival history, with nearly 100 units.  The sun came out in time for our Monday Car Show, with 88 beautiful cars entered.
  • The world’s longest-running science experiment is buried in a secret location somewhere on the Michigan State University campus. In the fall of 1879, Dr. William James Beal buried 20 bottles filled with moist sand and seeds. Each bottle was left uncorked and placed with the mouth pointing down, so that no water would accumulate in the vessels. 
  • Hints From The South - 96 Decibels
    A jet plane flying into the Columbus International Airport creates about 80 decibels of sound, but believe it or not, a large tree filled with male cicadas has been recorded at a level of 96 decibels. That seems crazy, but I remember the last really big hatch that I experienced in Jackson.  I kid you not, I remember working in the yard and getting dizzy from the overwhelming, non-stop, deafening calls of the male cicadas. The effect was amplified when I thought about my dad saying that the cicadas call out to the pharaoh. “Pharaoh-Pharaoh-Pharaoh-Pharaoh!” 
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