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Today's Features

  • One day this past week, I got up a little earlier than usual and to keep from waking up the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage I got my coffee and went to the back porch to enjoy a quiet early morning.
    As I sat on the back porch drinking my coffee and taking in the early morning atmosphere, I noticed a bunch of birds sitting on the fence in the backyard. They were squawking at me as though I was the worst person in their world. I believe what they were screaming about was that I had not filled the bird feeder yet.

  • Thursday, Sept. 22

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support

    Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to noon at Summerfield Suites Assisted Living Facility, 17421 SE 109th Terrace Road, Summerfield. Onsite respite care available. Call 352-873-7400, ext. 1201 to RSVP.

    Friends 3-Day book sale

  • Christ’s Church of Marion County
    Friday, Sept.  23: Soup Kitchen, 11:30 a.m.
    Sunday,  Sept.  25: Sunday School, 9:30 a.m., Worship Service, 10:30 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: Small Group, 10 a.m.
    Monday, Sept.  26: DOERS Men’s Bible Study, 6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday, Sept.  27: Women’s Crafts and Fellowship, 9 a.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Singles Small Group, l:30 p.m.
    Wednesday, Sept. 28: Small Groups.
    Thursday, Sept. 29: Praise and Prayer Group, 9 a.m.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • Wednesday, March 2

    Tech seminar at local college

    The College of Central Florida will host a seminar on technology trends for 2016 Wednesday, March 2, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Ewers Century Center at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
    The guest speaker is Corinne Hoisington, professor of Information Systems Technology at Central Virginia Community College.

  • Saturday, Jan. 16

    Crime prevention workshop

        Whether we like it or not, crime affects everyone.  Whatever the crime, there are at least two victims. The first is the person(s) who suffers the loss or injury.  The second victim is the community. 

       Metro Crime Prevention of Florida Safety Programs are designed to help citizens take back control over their lives and to stop living in fear.  They show us how to restore our personal and civic freedoms and re-unite us as a community.

  • By Dick Frank

    With the end of the holiday season, clearance sales of all kinds have been taking place. Lots of good items that just didn’t sell earlier and specials that didn’t fit in with buyers’ plans are being cleared out.

    Here in Pun Alley the situation is similar. Good stories that didn’t fit in any of the themes of last year’s columns have accumulated. Today you get to read them in our own clearance event.

    A needle in time

  • Dr. James L. Snyder

    The New Year festivities have died down quite a bit and everything seems calm in our blissful domicile. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage is back to her routine of organizing and straightening everything up. Her motto is: "A place for everything and everything in its place."

    She is quite faithful in her New Year's resolutions. For years, she has tried to get me involved in New Year's resolutions and I only halfheartedly get involved. It does not seem to work for me though.

  • Saturday, Jan. 2

    Chess Club to meet

    The Freedom Library Chess Club will meet from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2. The library is at 5870 SW 95th St., Ocala. All players are welcome! Call 873-2276 for information.

    Citizens Academy signup set

    This year, consider making a resolution to learn more about the community in which you live, work and play by joining Marion County’s 2016 Citizens Academy. Registration opens Jan. 2, and space fills up quickly.

  • By Rev. James Snyder