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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Marines are Santa’s helpers

    It is customary to see the tall white boxes with a picture of Santa Claus on it during the holiday season. And this year is no exception.

    The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign officially kicked off Oct. 15. And the program is anticipating giving away more toys than in 2007.

    Guy White, past coordinator of the Toys for Tots program and Ocala West Marine Corps League member, said they are hoping to help 11,000 children this year. Last year, the group gave toys to 9,948 children in the county, which amounted to about 28,000 toys.

  • 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.

  • Thanksgiving knows no religious bounds

    I love fall and Thanksgiving. Here in our part of Florida the air is cooler, the nights have a bit of a nip in them and the trees along the turnpike have a bit of color around the tips. Pumpkin patches seem to pop up everywhere along the rural back roads and festivals and craft shows abound.

  • 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.

  • Quilt Club warms two charities

    The Quilt Club raffles at the Cherrywood Craft Show will make the holidays brighter for two local charities. The quilt drawing produced $246 for the food pantry at Interfaith Emergency Services.

    The raffle table of quilted items made it possible to send $113 to Sheltering Arms.

    Democratic Club

  • News from the ‘North’ creek

    Spruce Creek North has been without a reporter for a few years, so hopefully I can fill the job. First of all, where is Spruce Creek North?

    With all the “Spruce Creeks” in the area it is difficult to remember where each one is located.

    We, at Spruce Creek North, are bordered by Oak Run, Cherrywood and Marco Polo Village. Sounds to me like we are in very good company. Our main entrance is right off 103rd Street Road.

    Our community is basically small but we have many activities to keep us busy.

  • Sorry, George – mea culpa not accepted

    A pundit remarked recently that the president looked quite contrite, agreeable and almost worthy of sympathy. Yes we would all like to think he has experienced redemption and, in his new iteration, come to the awareness that he had made mistakes and is truly apologetic and that from now on, we will find a new, gentler Bush.

    Don’t count on it. Bush is a good ole’ get even boy from the Lee Atwater mode: Anything goes to achieve desired ends. The entire family is that way, including sweet mother.

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    Emily D. Young,

    91, of Ocala

    Emily D. Young, 91, of Ocala, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2008 in Ocala. She was born in Clark Township, N.J. She came here from West Palm Beach in 1973 and lived here 35 years.

    Mrs. Young was a retired seamstress. She also was a member of Maranatha Baptist Church in Marion Oaks, and Eastern Star in North Carolina.

    Survivors include her son, Stanley Albers of Hazlet, N.J., daughter Laverne Sawickie of West Palm Beach, stepdaughter Lillian Hall of Ocala, and stepson Kenny Young of China.

  • History isn’t always black or white

    Sometimes we are chided by our readers for something we did or didn’t do. Most of the time it’s only a comment or two; on occasion there are a number of calls – and a few lengthy conversations.

    We try to learn something from all writers of e- and regular mail and the telephone callers. And once in a while,  we realize a common thread in those discourses is something we should have addressed.