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Rebuilt tennis courts reopened

By Rog Patterson

No, not refurbished, but 100 percent brand new. Our tennis courts look great, having been rebuilt from the cellar upward. From a deep base of crushed limestone on up to the repainted tennis and pickle ball lines under new net systems, it‘s all new. Charlie Mock wants to get the word out that your forehand, backhand and every other swing are welcome on this new playing surface, right now!

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Bowling? Yes, indeed!

Joe Raffony asked for correction of last column’s misunderstanding about availability of bowling during July and August. Bowling lanes, pool tables and exercise room facilities will all be available for use during the summer redecoration project. Our residents’ mail pigeon hole box will be temporarily installed by the windows overlooking the pool. Other uses of the Bowling Center may be very limited, at best.

Travel Info

Pat Smith wants everyone to know she can be contacted for information about Travel Committee destinations during July and August at 352-861-4658. She also wants your guests and neighbors in all Corridor communities to be aware they are welcome to participate in all planned travel destinations. All non-residents need only to phone Activities Coordinator Pam Guenther at 352-237-7152 to obtain reservations.

Bring your own stepladder

In Fred and Mary Ebli‘s front yard, that Century Plant “blossom” is still piercing the heavens, spreading out and doing the best it can to make flowers, too. You might want to drive by 6505 S.W. 84th Place Road for a look before it decides to wilt for another 100 years.

News for Scallopers

Since some readers were prompted to go scalloping for the first time after reading about my visit to Steinhatchee last summer, here’s a bit of news. The annual Gulf Coast scallop season opened two weeks early on June 17, thanks to concerns about the oil spill. It closes as usual on Sept. 10.

Reports from Steinhatchee and Homosassa suggest even better pickings than last year’s record crop, so investing in saltwater license may be worthwhile.

And “shoreline fishermen,” any Florida resident inclined to cast a rod from the beach or maybe a pier, instead of from a boat, are offered free licenses as of July 1. You still need to have one to fish from shore, but it won’t cost you anything this year as long as you apply in person.

Greeting card class

A new artsy-craftsy class Activities Director, Pam Guenther, has come up with will make your greeting cards awesome for all lucky enough to receive one and the envy of everyone else. Crafts instructor, Elaine Fitchpatrick, has scores of nifty designs to share and the patience to help you create some winners. Look for next class September dates in your Communicator.

July 4th on July 3rd

Looking forward to the 4th of July Picnic a day early tomorrow. Don’t forget to bring along that favorite family dish to share with six or more of your neighbors, and BYOB, too.

Did you know?

Officially, our government still insists aliens do not exist. However, back in July 1969, Title 14, Section 1211 was added to our national Code of Federal Regulations making it “illegal for U.S. citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles.”