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Today's News

  • It’s punnier to gawk than to shop

    In an effort to help our country’s economy I spent Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, at the mall. Bargains abounded but not for anything useful to me.

    I wound up sitting on a bench watching the shoppers and realizing that people are interesting. They all have different personalities, characteristics, habits, and shapes.

    Stories about people and their experiences take us into today’s Pun Alley.

    Celebration

  • Friends trim the library tree

    Get ready to have your picture taken and hung on the library’s tree. Last week, the Friends of Freedom Public Library and several volunteers erected it, checked all the lights and finished the decoration. All it needs now are photos of smiling faces to make this truly a community tree. Stop in with the kids and grandkids and ask the Reference Librarian to bring out the camera.

    Chicken Scratch

    Quilt Donation

  • Count down to New Year’s and annual dance

    The Ambassadors are putting on "Count Down to 2009," their New Years’ dance on Wednesday, Dec. 31,  from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Palm Grove Ballroom.

    Music will be by "Double Density," Ralph and Sandra, who play a variety of dance music. Festivities include hors d’oeuvres catered by Bruce.

  • Can scientists

    find a hate gene?

    Who is looking for the hate gene? Surely, since we have the DNA double helix available, someone must be looking for the hate gene!

  • Christmas lights ... east or west?

    The best known and most expensive Christmas lights are about 20 miles east of our 200 Corridor – as Roger’s reindeer flies. A slightly longer drive is a bigger and less crowded option …  including a visit from Santa Claus …  only a few miles further to the west of us. Just drive east on C.R. 484 to Dunnellon, hang a right at the light onto U.S. 41 and you’ll see Rainbow Springs State Park just a few miles north on your right.

  • Cay elves have decorated and trimmed the trees

    As this writer was at the clubhouse on Saturday, Dec. 6  checking the Citizen information box, Santa’s Elves were running around preparing for the Trim-a-Tree event the next day.  The Oasis is beginning not to look like an Oasis, but is turning into a winter wonderland … minus the “white stuff’!  The sound system was tuned up and Christmas music was a lovely accompaniment as members of the Board helped each other carry in the decorations, tree lights, and assorted “stuff’ in readiness for the next day. 

  • “Half the people I know are below average.”

  • Trim the tree and join the Christmas parade

    Hello readers: Christmastime is upon us and we are busy getting ready. Wonderful aromas waft through the house as cookies and cakes bake in the oven. Cast your worries away and delve into the true meaning of Christmas. Isn’t it wonderful that we can share the time with beloved family and friends even those who are far away?

    Trim-a-Tree

  • Energy from garbage is right way to go

    When Marion County held special ceremonies this week to unveil some big generators at the Baseline Landfill, they acted like it was a big deal.

    It was.

    With a nation that puts some 80 percent of our garbage in our landfills – and those landfills reaching capacity – community leaders with vision are looking for new ways to solve the problem.

  • Some of my best friends are (snow) flakes

    Officially winter is still more than a week away, but we have had our share of abnormal low temperatures for quite a while now with no letup in sight. Perhaps when winter does get here we will have some warmer weather. Then, as Floridians, we can talk about how cold it’s been.

    Many of us were originally from somewhere in the North and can remember a parent or grandparent talking about how cold it was in the old days. They would say it was so cold: