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Hop to it for ‘Hop’ tickets

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By Fiona Blair

Hello readers: Sally Neuberger had a wonderful first potluck supper as chairperson, and thanks to all of you, more than 80 people who participated. State Senator Charlie Dean saw the article the Palm Cay column in the Citizen about the potluck, and wanted to become involved and help in any way for the community, and called her to offer any assistance.

Sally was honored by his call and invited him to supper. He had prior commitments but sent a charming young man, Chase Daniels, to represent him.

Sally and her husband, Eric, introduced Daniels to other diners who shared conversation with him. The sausage and peppers went over very well, so get ready for next month when chicken Marsala will be the offering.

The variety of food brought by the residents was wonderful. Drawings for door prizes took place with items coming from residents – you know, another woman’s unwanted is another woman’s treasure. It was fun to see the variety.

The next potluck will be Saturday, Feb. 28. So please enjoy yourselves by coming to the Oasis and meeting old friends and making new ones.

Flamingo Club Hop

Do you have your tickets for the Flamingo Club’s spring variety show, At the Hop? They are available Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the Oasis from 10 a.m. to noon. Also at the Homeowners meeting and at the Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 21. For more information, call Ruth Daldin whose number is in the Palm Cay directory.

Hummers

The Hummers are back. Showtime is tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. Tickets, $2, are only available at the door. Bring your kazoos, which were passed out last concert. There are no more to hand out.

A special guest star will be introduced as well. Let’s have some fun.

Ice Cream Social

Surprise, surprise! We will have a real treat for you – Brian LaPalme, the magician, will be on hand to entertain you. Some of you have seen Brian before, but for those who have not, he is very clever and you will be amazed.

Don’t miss the fun. Tickets $2 and all the fun and fellowship you can handle.

Persons of the Month

Readers, may I introduce Wendell and Margaret Belieu, our February Persons of the Month. They hail from western Nebraska.

Wendell moved to Omaha and became a science professor for a small junior high school following college graduation. It so happened that a friend of Margaret’s family also taught in the same junior high school as a music professor and he and Wendell became friends. He invited Wendell to join him for a visit to his hometown and communicated with Margaret’s family for a get-together. There is where Wendell met Margaret.

Wendell had also been principal and counselor for a small school of 1,400 students. He sang with a madrigal group and played baritone horn in a band.

Love blossomed and they were married a few months later. They have two children, Dennis, who is an engineer with Boeing, and Erin, a professor of poetry at Florida State University in Tallahassee. They have one grandson who is eight.

Wendell also served four years in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War in aviation ordinance as 2nd class petty officer doing two tours, one on the USS Valley Forge and the other on the USS Boxer. Both duties engaged dealing with live ordinance on the flight deck. Bless you for your service, Wendell.

This writer asked what brought them to Ocala. They saw an ad in the AARP news, heralding the virtues of Ocala and the senior communities surrounding the area. They decided to move here in October 1996 and Palm Cay became their new home.

They are both very active in the community. Margaret was on the PCHA Board, and became its president the following year. She started the video library, flu clinic and health fair, the Hummers with Donna Nelson, and joined the Crafters and became chairperson. Margaret also chaired Third Wednesday Social.

They were active at the Pancake Breakfast where Wendell waited tables and Margaret poured juice. They started the Just for Fun Player, also.

Wendell is an artist who paints in both watercolor and acrylic. Margaret enjoys needlepoint and sewing.

The Palm Cay Sun, sponsored by the Palm Cay Homeowners Association, and was already in operation under different circumstances when the Belieu’s joined the community. New management  wanted in-house operation, so Margaret volunteered to be ad manager and volunteered Wendell as well. He became editor. Would you believe that the paper started with four pages its first issue?

We appreciate all that you both do for the wonderful Palm Cay residents. This May will mark their 15th wedding anniversary, for which we all wish you congratulations and continued great happiness.

Until next time …

There is box in the library at the Oasis for residents to place their newsy tidbits, group activity information, travels, etc. Fiona Blair is listed in the Palm Cay directory or e-mail to fiona-blair@hotmail.com.