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  • Give the gift of life this season

    What does everyone have, yet everyone needs? You can give it and get it. No one can recreate it and there is no substitute for it, but you can use someone else’s. And if you don’t have it, or get it, you’ll die?

    You guessed it, the correct answer is blood.

  • A Lions’ night for heros

    Being Veterans Day, it was a  fitting night to honor them. Not only was the evening about honoring the heroes who served our country, it was about raising money for some causes to benefit our veterans.

    The Ocala Southwest Lions club had a fundraiser to support the Fisher House and Hero Assistance Dogs, Inc. The event, which was at Our Place Lounge, sold about 100 tickets prior to the benefit and brought out about 150 overall to support the Lions’ causes. “We are thrilled,” said Reva Goldstein, Lions club member.

  • Is gas driving car sales?

    With gasoline prices climbing higher, with no end in sight, car dealerships around the country and the Corridor are seeing a change in car buying priorities. Customers are trading gas-guzzling land yachts for smaller vehicles with better gas mileage.

    We burned a bit of $4 a gallon gas and visited new car dealers who had time to talk, in the area and neighboring Citrus County.

    Honda of Ocala

  • Midway Church more than a 'meeting house'

    I recently attended the annual family church reunion at the Midway Church in Midway, Ga., 28 miles south of Savannah. As a boy growing up in Hinesville, about 8 miles west of the church, I looked forward to the last Sunday in April when descendants of the church founders gathered at the church for a one-day meeting and picnic afterward under the huge oaks that part of Sherman’s Union army camped under.

  • Candidates talk about education

    At this month’s State Road 200 Coalition meeting, Marion County School Board candidates were invited to attend and give a five-minute presentation on why they are the best person for the job. Coalition vice president Cindy Congdon, who led the meeting in the absence of president Pat Gabriel, introduced each candidate and began with candidates present from District I.

  • Hi ho Segway ? awaaaaaay!

    If your typical round trip in the trusty old gasoline guzzler is from one of our western Corridor communities to the S.R. 200 Wal-Mart and back or even a round trip to the Regal movie theater, you might be a Segway prospect.

    What the heck is a Segway? It’s the result of a brainstorm Dean Kamen had years ago way up in snowy New Hampshire. And it is best described by having you look at this picture:

    Step onto it and be surprised when several gyroscopes keep you upright and stable. Hold onto the T-bar grips and just lean forward slowly. The Segway eases slowly forward.

  • New home hatches for Station 21

    It was only the Friday before when Marion County Fire Rescue turned dirt for its newest fire station – and they did it again on June 6 with the groundbreaking for Friendship Station 21. But it will be about a year before firefighters and volunteers can move into their new digs off S.W. 90th Street and move out of their current building, which was once a turkey processing plant.

  • Tales of cattle and 'Crackers'

    She has told stories about old-time turpentine and phosphate mining – but last week she came to OTOW to talk cattle ranching in Florida, which is part of the Florida History Series at Master the Possibilities. But storyteller Kathy Dobronyi does not simply tell stories of old Florida – she becomes an old Cracker gal – Dolores Cribbs.

    Dolores entered the room at Live Oak Hall in a straw hat, long dress and bearing a deep Southern accent. While she puts out her prop, a poster board with photos and captions, she never breaks character.

  • Stone talks trash to Coalition

    At this month’s State Road 200 Coalition meeting, Marion County Board of Commissioners chairman Charlie Stone filled the group in on the issue of solid waste – and the county’s eight proposed actions to fix the problem.

    At the start of the meeting Stone took a moment to thank Coalition president Pat Gabriel for her work on the fire rescue and ambulance issue. “We came up with an excellent program,” he said.

  • Dawn had one more surprise

    She really didn’t see it coming. But not like a year ago when she was shot five times during a bungled burglary and left paralyzed. Her recent moment in the spotlight was not about her tragedy, but rather about her triumph.

    Last Friday, Dawn was a special guest on Live with Regis and Kelly’s Mom’s Dream Come True show. Out of thousands of letters, she was one of four mothers chosen for the annual Mother’s Day special. Her husband Sgt. 1st Class Michael Weiss wrote a heart-rending letter to the show explaining what his wife meant to him and to their family.