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Today's Features

  • How long has it been since you’ve attended a tea? Or have you ever? Well then, here’s your chance.

    On Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. you are invited to the Friends Valentine Tea Membership Drive in the community meeting room. Members, patrons, and the just curious are all welcome.

    Come enjoy some goodies and refreshments, and find out what The Friends are all about. Have some goodies and refreshments, and find out what The Friends are all about. Kermit and Cindy Clark will provide live music on keyboard and guitar.

  • African violet or Saintpaulia is a well-known and popular houseplant. They can be easily grown indoors under artificial light conditions or near a filtered bright window.

    In Florida, I have had success leaving them outdoors under filtered light from trees. I only recommend this practice during the warm months, of course, as this plant will freeze in temperatures under 32 degrees.

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  • United Way of Marion County announced that it has reached 88 percent or $2.2 million dollars of the goal set in August 2008. The goal set by the United Way board of directors was $2.5 million, a milestone set in 2006 and raised again in 2007.

  • Today is the day for those still working to have some fun. According to the Internet site, Bizarre, Crazy, Silly Unknown Holidays, today is National Fun at Work Day.

    I have fond memories of fun at work as my coworkers fed straight lines to me and I found ways to hurl puns back at them. In retrospect I suspect they weren’t having as much fun as I was aiming – as there was a lot of groaning, head-slapping and maybe those grins were grimaces.

  • Is your yard brand new? Or perhaps it is old and overgrown? Are you tired of maintaining a lawn? Any of the above can give you the incentive to get going with back yard improvements.

    Unless your kids spend a lot of time in the back yard playing, you might be thinking, “What can I do to get some enjoyment out of this yard?” You might be thinking a few citrus trees would be nice. Sitting under a shade tree would be relaxing, perhaps a meandering path, a bench, or a little pond.

  • All are welcome: Democrats, Republicans, all church denominations and garden variety citizens to get involved in the recently-formed Marion Mavericks Community Victory Garden to feed the unfortunate in Marion County. Support us anyway you can. We are all non-paid volunteers to help feed the unfortunate for a better America.

  • “This was worth getting up for,” Cheryl Gier said to her friends as they headed back to their vehicles. She was referring to the ultra-light-led cranes fly-over of the Dunnellon Airport.

    Thursday morning, Gier was one in a crowd of about 200 people who flocked to the Dunnellon Airport in hopes to catch a glimpse of the seven whooping cranes as they moved closer to their final destination. Earlier in the week, Jan. 17, the other seven cranes were left at St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge.

  • Normally, I’m a rather calm, cool and collected person. Actually, my creditors trying to collect things from me, mostly money, are responsible for this and I have been officially collected. If I could only just collect my thoughts – but the pieces are too small and too few.

    Anybody who knows me knows I am not easily rattled by anything. I let the chips fall where they may because I know from whence they came. I am not susceptible to the various rumors that make their way around on a regular basis.

  • No matter what political party is in power, the inauguration of a new president never ceases to move me. The inauguration of Barack Obama was no exception. As I watched the historic moment I couldn’t help but feel proud that as a country we have come so far, and yes, I felt inspired by the pervasive mood of hope and optimism. We do not have to agree with one another ideologically to be united in our desire for a better future.