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Today's News

  • We’ll be caroling in the Glen

    This is that time of the year when we find the days are getting their shortest. That’s just in daylight but I’m sure that you (like me) feel as if the time is shorter, also. There’s not enough time in the day to prepare for the holidays.

  • Cherrywood Democrats to host leaders at Christmas party

    The Cherrywood Democrats have invited Commissioner Barbara Fitos, 200 Coalition president Pat Gabriel, columnist Nancy Archer and her husband Frank, and activities director Geri Waltrouse to the annual Christmas party Friday, Dec. 19.

    Members, bring your spouse or significant other and let Harriet Scarpino know what dish you plan to bring. Additionally, remember your grab bag item ($5 limit).

    We ask that you remember the young people serving our country and make a donation toward their needs through the Support Our Soldiers committee or a veterans’ organization.

  • “It came to me in a dream!

    I’ll protect the aquifer!”

     

  • Woman scams Corridor churches

    A Marion County woman, who is accused of going to area churches requesting prayer for her sick daughter, was arrested on Dec. 12 for scamming some Corridor churches of money. On Dec. 5, a sheriff’s deputy went to Crossroads Community Church on S.W. 60th Avenue to talk to them about their encounter with the woman.

    The woman allegedly came to the church in late September or early October and asked for parishioners to pray for her sick child, who was in need of an a kidney transplant, according to a sheriff’s report.

  • Residents recycle e-junk

    Instead of putting their old computer monitors, printers and televisions out at the end of the road, Marion County residents are opting for a greener solution to disposing of their electronic junk.

    Walter Edwards dropped off about a dozen electronic discards on Household Electronic Recycling day to do his part in making the world a little greener. His old items, which included a keyboard and PC monitor, had been sitting around his house for years. “I am happy they had this today,” he said.

  • Santa brought us a gift of gags

    With Christmas less than a week away, shopping should be completed, decorations should be strung and blinking, and plans for the holiday finalized. However, there are always a few who wait for the last moment to buy those special gifts.

    Wander through our Punny Mall for some practical gift-giving advice.

    String Her Along

    A movie producer was telling a friend about giving his girl friend a string of pearls for Christmas.

    “Why,” said the friend, “don’t you give her something practical, like an automobile?”

  • Landing residents are ‘kettle’ pushers

    Every Wednesday since mid November Marion Landing residents have been ringing those bells at the Salvation Army’s red kettle in front of Winn Dixie. It’s become an annual tradition.

    They’re on duty from 8 a.m. till 6 p.m. and would be tickled to have you stop by to wish them a merry Christmas and make your drop in the bucket. They will be manning the red kettle until Christmas Eve.

    Cruise Control

  • Yes, the pancake breakfast is tomorrow

    The Oak Run Newsletter incorrectly shows the pancake breakfast as taking place on its usual fourth Saturday of the month, Dec. 27. However, there are signs up all over the Orchid Club lobby that this month’s pancake breakfast will instead take place Saturday, Dec. 20.

    And what’s that reference to champagne? Sounds interesting – pancakes and bubbly tomorrow.

    Neighborhood One

  • My Apologies to Santa

    They’re trying to take Christ out of Christmas

    and banning the manger scenes too,

    labeling Christmas trees as holiday trees

    and now they have targeted you.

    Despite your long history of kindness

    and the children wide-eyed at your pack,

    those stuffy, mean spirited grinches

    have you under attack. Your familiar old pipe is long gone,

    I truly do empathize.

    The “ho, ho,” of your greeting’s been converted

  • If they’re preserved enough, there’ll be some dancing

    Just down the road apiece, the majority of Spruce Creek Preserve residents anticipate a busy Christmas season, attending many planned “get-togethers” in the community.

    Preservists all agree that the event looked forward to the most is the Community’s Annual Christmas Social.

    High on the list of the Social’s favorites, the “Preserved Dancers” features eleven talented ladies, dressed in “knock out” attire, dancing to everyone’s favorite songs.

    From Koebbe’s Kitchen: