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Happy Monday!

June 7 — Happy Monday from Atlanta Senior Life, Atlanta's premier publication tailored for the needs and interests of South's active senior community.

It's been a while since we were last in touch, but we're here and we're rebooting our email newsletter to share with you some of the most popular stories featured in our June issue, which is available online and at hundreds of retailers and community centers around metro Atlanta.

Have a look, and be sure to bookmark our site and follow this newsletter for weekly updates. ... And don't forget to join us on Facebook, so you can stay up to date with our latest posts.
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1. The voice of the Hawks

The Atlanta Hawks are on a roll. They defeated the New York Knicks in the first round of the NBA playoffs and on June 6, they won Game 1 of the second round vs. the top-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. Game 2 is June 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Philly.

Maybe you'll get all nostalgic and listen to the games on the radio, where you'll hear a familiar voice in longtime Hawks play-by-play announcer
 Steve Holmanwho hasn’t missed a game since 1989, when he replaced John Sterling.

Through bouts with the flu, the death of his son, and getting smacked squarely in the face by a rocketing basketball while calling a game, Holman has been behind the mic for more than 30 years of consecutive “basketball battles,” as he likes to call them.

Writer Mark Woolsey
 recently caught up with the self-described “spry” 67-year-old to talk about everything from the importance of his long streak, what he sees as the future of radio play-by-play commentary, and the joys of meeting generations of listeners.
Atlanta Senior Life content is sponsored by Visit Tampa Bay.

2. Be kind to mosquitoes

🦟 Mosquitoes! Who needs them? Maybe the bats and the bluebirds. The rest of us … Not so much. And there are very few plants in our city that will actually eat bugs (Pitcher plants are cool, and they really do eat bugs, but they need special growing conditions to live and thrive).

However, there are plenty of natural measures you can take with your garden to reduce the mosquito population while not harming the pollinators and beneficial insects who’ve come to dine on the more damaging pests.

And, since you may end up doing yard work this summer, you might as well read as Trees Atlanta's Greg Levine discusses ways to reduce the mosquito population without spraying harmful chemicals.

3. Ghost Towns

👻 Scull Shoals, Ebenezer, Auraria ... Georgia's verdant countryside is dotted with countless sites of old villages and towns that no longer exist—ghost towns. Some perished when their sprawling textile mills closed down. Others slid into ruin when railroads passed them by, or their cotton-based economy succumbed to the boll weevil.

In this month's Travels With Charlie column, veteran journalist Charles Seabrook explores the rich history behind the dilapidated churches, general stores, schools, factory ruins, and old cemeteries—some harboring graves dating back to the 1700s—in a series of stories and gorgeous photography.
Atlanta Senior Life content is sponsored by Optimal Hearing.

4. H. Johnson - You know the voice, now meet the man

Every Saturday night, from 9 p.m. till 2 a.m., H. Johnson takes his legion of devoted fans on a jazz odyssey, spinning classics and deep cuts by performers such as Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Erroll Garner, The Modern Jazz Quartet, and more. 

Johnson intersperses the music with a smooth voice, dropping a wealth of knowledge about the artists he’s showcasing—more than few of whom he’s interviewed since he landed the gig in 1978.

In 2013, he added Friday night’s “Blues Classics” to his repertoire, scouring WABE’s vinyl and CD archives to hand-select nothing but the finest soundtrack for his late-night musical excursions. 

Johnson keeps a low profile off the air, but our colleague Mark Woolsey caught up with him at his Mableton home to talk more about his long radio career, the music that moves him, and his love for the job.

“If I was on the radio right now and they offered me a job and it wasn't playing blues or jazz, you couldn’t talk me into doing anything else. I don’t care what you offered in salary. I love the art form,” Johnson says.

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