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Resident´s Birthdays

Marjorie Walker February 6thRon White February 10thAnita Collier February 12thNita Stith February 14thPolly Hamm February 27th

Celebrating February

This month’s biggest celebration is Ms. Nita Stith’s 100 Birthday!

February Poetry

I’m not just February
With winds that blow
All day, and piled-up snow;
I’m Washington and Lincoln, too,
Who kept our country’s flag for you!
I’m Valentine of airy grace—
With golden hearts and hearts of lace
And pretty cards that people send,
Quite as a secret, to a friend.
Though I am short of days and small,
I’m quite a big month, after all!

I’m Not Just February
by Annette Wynne

February Poetry

February Poetry

I thought the world was cold in death;
The flowers, the birds, all life was gone,
For January’s bitter breath
Had slain the bloom and hushed the song.
And still the earth is cold and white,
And mead and forest yet are bare;
But there’s a something in the light
That says the germ of life is there.
Deep down within the frozen brook
I hear a murmur, faint and sweet,
And lo! the ice breaks as I look,
And living waters touch my feet.
Within the forest’s leafless shade
I hear a spring-bird’s hopeful lay:
O life to frozen death betrayed
Thy death shall end in life to-day.
And in my still heart’s frozen cell
The pulses struggle to be free;
While sweet the bird sings, who can tell
But life may bloom again for thee!
Memorize Poem

by Jane [Goodwin] Austin

February Poetry

Mammoth Cave

National Park

The longest know cave system in the World, more than a cave.

Unique underground formations, including stalactites, stalagmites, and gypsum formations.

Valentines History

Valentine's History

Saint Valentine was a priest who conducted marriage ceremonies (and other services) in third-century Rome. The emperor at the time was Claudius II, who had the bright idea that men would make better soldiers if they were all single.

As a result of his new theory, he banned marriage for young men, prompting Valentine to strongly disagree with him. Rather than go along with the new law, the good-natured priest carried on with the marriage ceremonies, meaning that many young people across the country could still get married.

Of course, Claudius II was appalled by this when he found out what was going on, and had poor Valentine killed off.Turns out, it was a pretty common name during Late Antiquity. As far as anyone can tell, the Saint Valentine of Valentine’s Day was one of two guys preaching the good word in Rome in the third century. One of these two was martyred on February 14th 269, thus giving us the date for his eponymous day

Fall Prevention!

Fall Prevention!

We will be hosting a Fall Prevention event in the next few weeks with some help from Fox Therapy and Amedysis. We want to help keep your loved ones safe but here at home and everywhere else. Education on what to look for is imperative in that!

We would love for you to join us in our learning program! Be on the lookout for an email with the final date!

Fall Prevention!

Resident of the Month

Jeanette Aldridge

Jeanette Aldridge - Resident of the Month

Meet Ms. Jeanette Aldridge our amazing Resident of The Month!Ms. Jeanette was born in Coffee County, near Elba Alabama. She left home in 1951 to attend Nursing School in Montgomery. She met her husband Frank through some mutual friends who were eager to introduce the two. She wasn’t convinced but finally conceded and went on a double date, the rest is history. Frank and Jeanette were married in 1954. They had 2 beautiful daughters together, Patti and Donna. The two were married for nearly 57 years when Frank passed away.Jeanette moved from Montgomery to The Goldton in May of 2023. She has become such a vital member of our community, always eager to help those around her. She participates in all our activities and is just an absolutely amazing human to sit and have conversation with. The Staff and fellow Residents all adore Ms. Jeanette, which is apparent in their votes for her as our Resident of the Month!We couldn’t have picked a more deserving member of our community for this award! Congratulations Ms. Jeanette! We simply adore you.

Rolling hills, deep river valleys, and the world’s longest known cave system. Mammoth Cave National Park is home to thousands of years of human history and a rich diversity of plant and animal life, earning it the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.

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Recipe Spotlight:

Delicious Veggie Dip!


1.5 cups light sour cream½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt1 tsp garlic powder1 tsp onion powder or dried minced onion¼ tsp dried dill½ tsp sea salt2 TBSP fresh chopped parsley2 TBSP fresh chopped green onion plus extra to taste¼ cup finely grated carrot (approx. 1/2 a carrot)¼ cup chopped broccoli florets


For the carrot, shred using the fine side of your favorite cheese grater, it’s super easy!For the broccoli, use kitchen scissors or a pairing knife to remove just the tippity top of the florets (no stems whatsoever) from the broccoli.

Combine all ingredients and mix. Adjust seasoning to taste as needed. Pop it in the fridge overnight to allow the flavors to amplify. If desired, you can even kick up the seasoning the next morning by adding extra of your favorite spices or salt and pepper to taste.

I’ve made this dip a few times now and I have to admit that it’s not a whisk-together-and-faceplant kind of dip. The real deliciousness happens when the herbs, seasoning, and veggies get up close and personal in the fridge. Trust me, it’s exponentially better if you let it sit overnight. It’s science. Food Science. Do the right thing!

Associate of the Month

Polly McAnally

Polly McAnally, Resident of the Month, February 2024 | The Goldton at Athens

Meet Polly McAnally!Polly joined our Goldton Team just a few short months ago, but she has become a huge piece to our awesome team. (She even camped out during our Ice Storm so be here for the residents!)Polly is originally from Birmingham. She moved to this area to live with her Fiance. Before moving here, Polly worked for a Ministry center for women as an assistant director.

We are so lucky to have her here as part of our team. She is beyond deserving of this!

Historical Significance:

Evidence suggests that Mammoth Cave has been used by humans for thousands of years. Native American artifacts discovered in the cave date back to around 4,000 years ago, highlighting its historical importance.


Terrence Francis, Executive Director | The Goldton at Athens
Terrence Francis
Jessica Paxton, Lifestyle Director | The Goldton at Athens
Jessica Paxton

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