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Today's News

  • Work off the stuffing at the sock hop

    The next monthly Sock Hop will be Saturday, Dec. 6 from 7 to 10 p.m. Come and listen to some good music, dance a little and chat with neighbors and friends.

    Ladies Luncheon

    Don’t forget our special guest for the Wednesday, Dec. 10 luncheon. Brain Lapalme will be with us to perform a little magic.

    We will be giving toys to children in the southwest corridor. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to the luncheon. Cherrywood will also be giving the proceeds from the 50/50 drawing to the soldiers committee.

    Cherrywood Democrats

  • Light up your cart and join the parade

    This year’s Oak Run golf cart parade still has openings. If you wish to join us for some annual holiday fun, please call Dorothy or Bob Swenson at 873-0531, and they will fix up your cart for the parade.

    The schedule for this year’s parade is as follows:

    Sunday, Dec. 14: Hillside, Golfview, and Laurel Oaks.

    Monday, Dec. 15: Neighborhoods 7, 8 and 9.

    Tuesday, Dec. 16: Fountains, Linkside, and Eagles Point.

    Wednesday, Dec. 17: Neighborhoods 1, 2, and 12.

    Thursday, Dec. 18: Neighborhoods 5, 6, 10, and Woodside.

  • Winged elm is tribute to Roy’s spirit

    Just down the road apiece the Memorial Tree Planting Ceremony honoring Preservist Roy Bjornson took place in the Preserve Butterfly Garden on Sunday, Nov. 16. The following eulogy was written by one of Roy’s closest friends, Preservist Jean Bildsten.

    Thank you for the opportunity to share how much Roy was a part of Olle and my life.

  • At approximately 3:45 a.m. on Nov. 25, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on S.W. 103rd Loop in the Hidden Lake subdivision. At the home, John Brinson, 42, was found dead in a wooded area behind a neighbor’s house.

    Witnesses at the scene reported hearing multiple gun shots and said the suspect left in a dark colored vehicle, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

  • Striving for an attitude of gratitude

    Now that Thanksgiving is over I can sigh a deep, well-deserved relief. Being thankful for everything is very hard work. During the Thanksgiving season, I pasted a gratuitous smile on my face claiming to be thankful for everything, but deep down inside somewhere there is a streak of rebellion that struggles with this concept of being thankful.

    I must admit that I am working on it because the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage keeps telling me, “You had better be working on that attitude of yours.”

  • Bocce on a roll with Landing ladies

    The popularity of bocce among Marion Landing women has prompted four sessions each week. Monday mornings at 9:30 has Lorraine Rusch as captain and at 1 p.m. captained by Eleanor Christiano; also on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. with captain Carol Mock and again Wednesdays at 1p.m. with Pat Wurst as captain.

    Captains help keep score, settle questions about rules and fill in as players whenever needed. There are some 44 ladies who are into bocce more for fun than competition, but they do roll some serious rounds during the annual Marion Landing Senior Games.

  • Stang

    “It’s not hard to meet expenses...

    they’re everywhere!”

  • Socializing takes a bit of planning

    There was a wonderful response to my first column and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Thanks so much, Spruce Creek North. We also received calls and compliments from Oak Run and On Top of the World. How nice.

    Thanksgiving is over and let’s hope it was a joyous time. Maybe you chose to celebrate with family and friends or go out to a nice restaurant. Some people chose to stay home and have a small quiet dinner alone.

    Whatever you decided, it was another Thanksgiving we were able to give thanks for all our blessings.

    Social Committee

  • Auto bailouts to gardening by chance

    Regarding the great motorcar company bailouts; to start with, Chrysler has made it clear that it no longer intends to manufacture its own and intends to import Chinese cars; nothing for them. The general public is so-so about GM’s Detroit “bombs” over the years and wondered if they would ever get their act together. If one has read Delorean’s book about GM, it leaves no doubt about their inability to understand the marketplace and respond to it.

  • Youngsters put classic touches on the season

    Jack Frost’s Southern cousin has put an occasional nip in the air, turkey leftovers are long gone, and the holiday season is officially in full swing. Now it’s time for sounds of the season to fill the air.

    After weeks of practice, the Ocala Youth Symphony is ready to present its annual holiday concert. The Dec.7 musical event will be at Central Florida Community College. The 90-minute performance is composed of holiday and classical music, and a mix of numbers. “We do all kinds of stuff,” director Cindy Robertson said.