• Lean on us for medical equipment

    Dominick Viscardi, head of the Medical Equipment Loan Program, pointed out to me that a recent item in this column omitted an important part of the article he wrote. To show the extent of the program, here is a list of the equipment on loan and in use by Oak Run residents as of Nov. 20, 2008:

  • Bingo is a good call for fun

    Welcome 2009. Let’s hope this year is a happy, healthy and prosperous one for all.

    Spruce Creek North’s dinner dance was a big success. Our hats are off to Norm and Marge Simard, and Cindy Hutchins and her Social Committee plus an ambitious group of volunteers helping with the cooking, serving, and many other jobs. Everyone seemed to enjoy a gala evening.

    Too early to report on the New Years’ Eve party and dance. There is a Valentines’ Day Dance planned for Feb. 21. More information as it comes in.

    Bingo Bunch

  • Blood drive in Candler and Indigo

    We choose our lives through awareness and change our lives by becoming aware of what isn’t working for us. Bad habits are the ones that die the hardest. We can change our lives by becoming more aware of how they are triggered.

    Each day for a week we can focus on just one. Each week we can decide to deal with another. Through awareness of how we react at those times, we can change our pattern of reacting.

  • Jump on the 'big red bus' this week

    Our next blood drive will be Wednesday, Jan. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Jan. 8, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone who donated at Oak Run in November will be eligible on either date.

    In total we collected only 76 pints of life-saving blood in November. That’s about half of what we collected just a couple of years ago. Surely more Oak Runners are eligible and could find the time to help save up to three lives with one donation.

    Ambassadors’ Ball

  • Ballroom dance classes start anew

    Some of us started our New Year with a birthday. There are many who start with the Jewish New Year. The majority started yesterday.

    Whenever our New Year began, we all have the same problems with setting up goals. Many of us are good at figuring out what we hope to accomplish.

    We find it difficult to stick to our goals for as long as it takes to reach them. We all start with the best of intentions but somehow get sidetracked along the way.

  • Covenant changes are mandated

    Changes in Florida State Statute 720 make it necessary to revise our Marion Landing Covenants to conform with the new rules and regulations. Our Architectural Control and Documents committees have been working long and hard to bring our covenants up to snuff and want to share their progress with you.

    So …  mark your ever lovin’ calendars for a Jan. 9 workshop to review proposed covenant changes.

  • Potluck socials have new chairperson

    Hello Readers: It seems impossible that another year has come and gone. May 2009 bring you special blessings, good health and prosperity. Let us also remember those who are in far- away places, with particular attention to those serving in the armed forces. Thank you seems so inadequate.

  • A few more hands needed for breakfast

    Many “happy holidays” and “merry Christmas” greetings were exchanged at the last breakfast. Thanks go to Nancy Stablein who donated her 50/50 winnings back to the kitchen.

    The next Cherrywood breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Juice, fruit cup, French toast, sausage, coffee and tea is $3 per person.

    Larry and the crew still need a few more extra helping hands so we can rotate volunteers each month. For tickets, see Geri at the office or Nancy Archer at Bingo.

    Blood Drive

  • A caroling they did go

    Just down the road apiece Preservist Rosemary Spaay submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column.

    On Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, forty-six gaily dressed people in golf carts and autos paraded through Spruce Creek spreading Christmas cheer. Christmas carols were sung at 29 homes.

  • Another mission of mercy planned

    Tim and Daphne Delaney are still working with the mission in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua but hurricane survivors in Haiti have become a second concern. They have been in touch with Pastor Pierre Almonor, who is trying to care for 300 impoverished children in one of the poorest nations in the world.

    The Delaneys are planning a trip to Haiti, possibly in February, to help rebuild the mission’s school and bring as much material aid with them as they can. Donations of nonperishable food, clothing or money are welcome.