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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.