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Today's News

  • Military Club salute to our veterans

    On Nov. 9 the Military Club at Spruce Creek Preserve met to honor the veterans of all services, both men and women. We had in attendance 84, including our guest speaker and her spouse.

    We began our program with the following members of our honor guard presenting our country’s flag and the flags of the different branches of the service: John Mariani, Jim Jones, Pete Mavros, Mac Hendrix, Karl McKeivier, Wendy Vanloozenoord, and Bob Liotta. We all then joined in with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Chaplain John Rando offering the opening prayer.

  • An extra helping of Thanksgiving turkeys

    Thanksgiving is next Thursday, a day when we all should be thankful for our life, blessings, and liberty in the U.S.A. We already know what the day will be like.

    Turkeys will thaw in the morning, then warm in the oven to an afternoon high near 190 degrees. The kitchen will turn hot and humid, and if you bother the cook, be ready for a severe squall or cold shoulder.

  • Sewing Christmas stockings for kids

     

    We can learn a lesson from the presidential election. Most anything is possible. You just have to want it enough to work hard.

    To some extent, I feel the message “yes we can” needs to be modified a bit. It takes an exceptional person to reach the heights that Barack Obama has, given the hurdles he needed to overcome. Saying that, it is possible for the average person to push to his or her limits.

  • Market and investment evaluation methods: Part 3

    Part 1 of “Market and Investment Evaluation Methods” reviewed stock market and business basics. Part 2 discussed fundamental analysis including economic, industry, and company analysis. It ended with a definition of “ratio analysis,” a tool security analysts use to measure the investment worth of a company.

    This article will review ratio analysis in more detail. Ratios provide a quick way to measure a company’s financial condition. The rations are derived from information contained in a firm’s income statement and balance sheet.

  • Oak Run steps up for Legacy House

    We achieved our goal of raising enough money to dedicate a patient care room in the name of the residents of Oak Run at the Hospice Legacy House. “Hoofin’ it for Hospice” on Saturday, Nov. 8, raised just short of $5,400.

    These contributions, together with the previous years’ “Hoofin” walks at Oak Run allowed us to reach our goal of $30,000, and the checks are still coming in.

  • “It’s either a mole hill from outer

    space or another bank is sprouting!”

     

  • Dealing with the post election blues

    For about a week I have had this nagging feeling that I was supposed to be doing something but I could not put my finger on it. It was the kind of feeling I have when I know the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage wants me to do something and I cannot remember what she told me to do.

    All I remember is her saying, “If you don’t do it you’ll be sorry.” Well, I’m sorry, and I still cannot remember it.

    This went on for over a week and then it finally dawned on me. Hemingway was right. No matter how dark it might look the Sun Also Rises.

  • Thanks to all for a great turnout

    Just down the road apiece Frank Thomas, commander of the Spruce Creek Preserve Military Club and member of the Community Board of Directors, thanks everyone for making our recent Memorial Day celebration a great day of remembrance.

    Commander Thomas extends a hearty “thank you” to Steve Butts, community association manager, and his staff as well as members of the Preserve Military Club, the many volunteers, residents and guests of the Spruce Creek Preserve community for making this such a wonderful day.

  • Two words no woman wants to hear

    Part 1 of 3 parts

    I am a writer and a Jewish woman. I have a story to tell. Usually this column is about the practices and beliefs of Judaism. It is often filled with history, fascinating facts and interesting people.

  • Is gas driving car sales?

    With gasoline prices climbing higher, with no end in sight, car dealerships around the country and the Corridor are seeing a change in car buying priorities. Customers are trading gas-guzzling land yachts for smaller vehicles with better gas mileage.

    We burned a bit of $4 a gallon gas and visited new car dealers who had time to talk, in the area and neighboring Citrus County.

    Honda of Ocala