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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Congratulations to Landing's lady golfers

    Word has gotten out that Gladys Beatty, Nancy Rife and Kay Shoaf all received “chip in pins” during the recent Palm Tees Golf League awards luncheon, when Nancy and Kay also earned their “birdie pins.” Kay was honored with a very special award; an abacus for having carded the highest number of strokes for a single hole.

    These ladies join members from other Corridor communities playing the 9-hole course at Oak Run ee where, Nancy tells me, they count all of their putts.

    Meet Pam Guenther

  • An oddly earthy study of academia

    We readers like our favorite authors to stick to what they do best – like John Grisham’s legal thrillers. But authors have a way of wanting to try something different. I picked up Jane Smiley’s attempt at satire in a book set in a Midwestern agrarian university fondly called Moo U.

  • How do we compare the incomparable?

    Emily Dickinson rarely traveled outside of her birthplace, Amherst, or even very far from home. Much of her life was spent in her father’s house and much of that in her room.

    Yet she leaves us a treasure trove of insights and beauty which can illuminate us. This remarkable poet wrote about places she had never seen. The moors and the ocean are two of them. She also wrote:

    The bustle in a house

    The morning after death

    Is solemnest of industries

    Enacted upon earth.

    The sweeping up the heart,

    And putting love away

  • Shopping for body parts insurance

    Politicians are at their dumbest when discussing health care and health care financing. There are rare exceptions, such as Congressman Pete Stark of California and Hillary Clinton, who spent months learning about both care and financing during her husband’s first term in office. That’s not to say her ideas are right, but at least she knows what she’s talking about.

  • Special speaker at Democratic Club meeting

    Did you ever hear about the practice called “pay it forward?” This is more or less how it works.

    Look for an opportunity to help someone. Then suggest that the person pay you back by doing a good deed for someone else. That person can then do likewise.

    This doesn’t necessarily have to involve money. There are other ways such as offering to extend a helping hand.

    When someone has done something nice for you, pay it forward. It will leave you with a good feeling. Kindness to others can keep radiating outward.

  • Fourth of July celebration tickets on sale

    There are very few of us who bother to rearrange or discard furnishings and knickknacks in our home. I just came across information that suggests doing so can actually inspire changes in our lives.

    For personal reasons, I’ve had to move my furniture to different rooms. Since doing so, it’s given me the impetus to move and sometimes discard knickknacks that have stayed in the same place since moving to my villa.

  • Take a look at your inner self

    The great biochemist, Dr. Roger J. Williams, assures us:

    Each person has a distinctive brain.

    There never was anyone like you.

    There will never be another.

    Ref. (The Wonderful World Within You, Bio-Communications Press / June 1987.)

    Your brain and thought patterns are totally yours. No other brain has the same cellular structure or arrangement of neurons. Your brain function and talents are unique.

  • Fire rescue to provide ambulance service

    Florida’s firefighters have provided both emergency medical and fire rescue services to residents for decades. Now Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) will add ambulance transport to its growing mission. On March 18, Marion County Commissioners approved an organizational structure that will enable MCFR to provide ambulance service countywide starting this October when the current ambulance service contract expires.