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Garden Club perpetrates a cover-up

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece one of our “on the corner” neighbors came home one afternoon not too long ago to discover that a huge white structure had been erected adjacent to her back yard. It seems the Marion County water department maintenance workers had built this enclosure to house the long-existing community lift station mechanism.

Soon the Preserve Garden Club came to the rescue, armed with shovels, shrubs and water – and determined to lessen the impact of this large white box’s existence.

Nancy Anderson, Ollie Bildsten, Liz Bjornson, Dave Braun, Lee Folino, Carol Marino, Ten Parker, Jim Smith and Van Smith all donned winter gear and set to work on a recent frigid Saturday morning, intent on planting a truckload of viburnim shrubs around the “Big White Box.”

Many thanks to the carriers, the diggers, the planters, and the waterers – it looks good!

And tanks to Preservist Lee Folino for contributing to this column.

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

Here’s an easy and quick coffee cake recipe. Just the ticket on these Florida-cold mornings.

Quick Coffee Cake

1 cup sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup butter

1 egg slightly beaten

1/2 cup milk

Mix and sift dry ingredients. Work in butter, add egg and milk. Pat into buttered pan.

Mix 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon and 3 teaspoons granulated sugar and sprinkle over top. Bake in 375-degree oven about 20 minutes.

Cut in squares or oblongs – then call your roommate and enjoy.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way.

Saturday, Jan. 24 – The Aristocrats are sponsoring a free Social Night from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Games and door prizes, “Name That Tune,” and solitaire poker. Casual attire and BYOB. See Tony Paretta for information.

Monday, Jan. 26 – From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. a member of Congressman Cliff Stearns’ staff will be at our Community Center to answer questions or concerns regarding veterans’ issues, Social Security, Medicare, immigration, taxes, passports, educational benefits, consumer problems and retirement issues.

Tuesday, Feb. 3 – Wedding photos needed for Valentine’s Dance on Feb. 14. Keep it a surprise – put photos with name and phone number in sealed envelope and put “Kip” on the front. Place in Aristocrat. See Kip Thomas for information.

Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 12 – Craft Club making “Cat with Mouse on Mousetrap.” Bring brushes, paint, etc.; other supplies are free, including wood. Sign up in craft room. See Doris Paretta.

Thursday, Feb. 5 – Military Club meeting. Dues of $12 now due. Make checks payable to SCP Military Club. See Ruth Van Loozenoord.

2009 SCP Telephone Directory distribution Mondays through March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. Need two volunteers per session. Sign-up sheet in the Communication Center outside of staff office. See Alie Gelinas for more information.

Bridge lessons sponsored by SCP Bridge Club. Sign up in general activity book or call bridge member Fern Novak. Cost is $1 per lesson.

Line dance schedule – Mondays 6 to 8 p.m. for easy and intermediate dancers. Wednesdays 5 to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 1 to 2 p.m. for beginners.

Ceramic classes every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in new craft room. See Mary Secue.

Every Tuesday – Newspaper and aluminum recycling. Call any On the Level Club member for pickup. All proceeds go to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Please help.

Bingo every Tuesday for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Till next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.