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Turkey & soccer

November 22 — Welcome back to Silver Streak as we ease into the holiday weekend, full of turkey and both kinds of football. The big game for the U.S. team is Fri., Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. against England. 

🗳️  Don't forget that early voting begins Saturday for the U.S. Senate runoff. Election day is Dec. 6.

✈️ If you're traveling for your turkey, AAA predicts you will not be alone. Maybe pick up a copy of the December issue of Atlanta Senior Life to read while you're in the airport. 

💌 We hope you're enjoying Silver Streak. We'd love to hear from you and what you'd like to see in future newsletters.

⏱ Today's Silver Streak is  stories.

• From spy agency to environmentalist
• VaHI church celebrates milestone anniversary
• From the archives

• A new adult day center opens in Sandy Springs

Enjoy your evening and Happy Thanksgiving!
From spy agency to environmentalist

🕵️‍♂️ As Lewis Regenstein tells it, his unusual career started with a small sign posted on the Emory University campus in 1965 or ‘66.

At the time, Regenstein was studying business as a graduate student at Emory. He was thinking of changing his direction in life and wanted a job while he sorted things out. The sign said a recruiter from the Central Intelligence Agency was going to be on campus to interview students for the spy agency. “I said, ‘Well, that’s interesting.’ So, I signed up,” Regenstein recalled recently over a cup of chai tea at a Decatur coffee shop.

It took months, but eventually, Regenstein got the job and moved to the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

During the Cultural Revolution in China, Regenstein worked on the agency’s China Desk. He studied news photos of Chinese bigwigs to see which ones moved closer to Chairman Mao and which ones had disappeared from the picture. His job was to gather information from wherever he could find it and then to read the signs.

➡ Read Joe Earle's column about Regenstein

A century of Virginia-Highland Church

⛪ The exterior walls of Virginia-Highland Church hold messages that immediately separate this place of worship from most of its Atlanta peers. One sign beautifully draped in the colors of the LGBTQ+ rainbow flag, reads “A Just World For All,” while another reads in part, “At This Church, We Believe Black Lives Matter.”

Between those signs, sits a multi-colored piano with a popular quote from civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” The piano is casually played by neighborhood children and adults throughout the day, said Jeff Ayers, director of worship for the church since 1995. “They drop by and play it all the time.” 

In the sanctuary, there is another sign: “Virginia-Highland Church, an Inclusive Community of Faith.”

And that is how Ayers, Pastor Matt Laney, and the church leaders want it “One hundred years means we’ve survived change,” Ayers said with a broad smile. “We have lost a lot of Intown churches in the last decade.”

➡ For more on Va-Hi Church’s journey, visit our website.

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From the archives: a burglary at Hotel Scoville

113 years ago, Hotel Scoville was built on Mitchell Street in Downtown Atlanta. In 1911, Charles Phillips, described by a local paper as “a handsome, well-dressed crook of gentlemanly appearance,” broke into the hotel and used a skeleton key to steal personal belongings from guests’ rooms. He was later caught by police and sentenced to four years in jail.

The hotel still stands, though it’s in bad disrepair. Check out photos of the building today via this Instagram post from @southdwntn.
1950s-looking adult day center opens in Sandy Springs

🔮 Town Square, an innovative new adult day center, is now open in Sandy Springs. 

The center is the first of its kind in Georgia to offer experiential memory and cognitive care. Located at 8601 Dunwoody Place, is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Town Square provides an immersive, therapeutic, social experience for members while care partners are at work or otherwise unavailable. Members take part in a range of activities facilitated by program assistants along with exercise, socialization, and cognitive strategies to spark memories and stimulate the mind. 

The 12,000-sq. ft. facility resembles a mid-century American town with 13 storefronts, including a 1950’s diner, a theater, a music room, a library, a hair and nail salon, and an exercise studio. 

This reminiscence therapy model helps individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Inspired by the renowned George G. Glenner Centers, the programming evokes a time when seniors were teens or young adults.

➡ Read more about Town Square

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