Today's Features

  • It was a turbulent year for many of Americans, but we must be resilient and carry on. One of our chores is to gather our tax information to prepare for the 2008 tax filing season.

    As most taxpayers in the Corridor are aware, the Internal Revenue Service revises its tax codes annually and it’s difficult to keep up with the changes. Here are some new and revisited items that will affect your 2008 tax return.

    Additional standard deduction for real estate property tax: (New)

  • Astronaut Alan B. Shepard was a dedicated golfer. As commander of Apollo 14, America’s third lunar landing, he was the fifth person to do a moon walk.

    On this day in 1971, Shepard did some golfing on the moon with a 6-iron head attached to a lunar sample scoop handle. Despite thick gloves and a stiff spacesuit which forced him to swing the club with only one hand, he struck two golf balls, driving the second, as he put it, “miles and miles and miles.”

  • On Feb. 9, Jews all over the world will celebrate Tu Bishvat. This minor holiday, Jewish Arbor Day, celebrates the beginning of spring in Israel with the blossoming of the almond trees. Because of their importance to a dry land such as Israel, trees have played an important part in the ecology of the Jewish State.

  • The only thing you can believe when a politician speaks is that you can’t believe what a politician says. How else can they be elected to office? Every one of them promises the moon, and then once elected they moon the public. I guess we always get what we ask for.

    This latest is simply an addition to those famous last words that have gone on before. Let me list several of them.

    “I’m not a crook.”

    “I did not have sex with that woman.”

    And now the latest: “I’ve done nothing wrong.”

  • 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.