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Today's News

  • Why women live longer than men

    There are all kinds of studies done by people who have nothing more important in the world to do. It is amazing how they come up with these various topics and studies. There must be somebody, somewhere, being paid to come up with the most ridiculous studies they can think up.

    Normally I do not pay much attention to these studies. I have more important things to do ee like living. However, one caught my attention right away. The title of the study was, “Women Live on Average Four Years Longer than Men.”

  • Will oil crisis spark 'civil disobedience'?

    No one will argue that the American public has been more than patient when it comes to our government, the oil companies, the futures market, OPEC or speculators or anyone else doing anything to solve our needless oil problems and the resulting exorbitant gasoline prices. Congress talks and debates and the two parties blame each other of not doing what could be done to solve the problem.

    Looks like John Q. Public will have to wake them up.

  • Habitat has hammered its way to the top

    A nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity, made the list of the top 100 builders, in volume, in the United States for 2007. The efforts of its volunteers put them number 14 on the list, published by Builder’s magazine. They closed on 5,619 homes in 2007.

    Habitat for Humanity of Marion County contributed to the home count. They closed on 18 homes, most in west Ocala, last year. With more than 1,800 affiliates in the United States, the Marion County group ranks number 27 among other chapters.

  • Decency loses out to mendacity

    It took the BBC to dig into what may soon be a huge breaking scandal. It concerns U.S. corruption in Iraq.

    You were wondering where your money was going – right? It certainly wasn’t going to American servicemen and- women, the maimed in body and soul. To the politicos who clothe themselves in our flag, here’s something to think about.

    The Army has gotten rid of more than 40,000 troops since 2001. The claim is “due to misconduct or pre-existing conditions.” That’s government speak for dump the problem on society.

  • Times have changed but Pop hasn't

    Father’s Day is Sunday. Almost 100 years have elapsed since the first father’s Day was celebrated. In the early 1900s fathers didn’t have it nearly as good as fathers of today; but they did have a few advantages.

    Back then, if a father put a roof over his family’s head, he was a success. Today, it takes a roof, deck, pool, and three-car garage.

    Back then, fathers could count on children to join the family business. Today fathers hope their kids will soon come home from college long enough to teach them how to work the computer and set the VCR.

  • Democratic Club calls to regroup

    As many Oak Runners know, the Democratic Club’s dynamic president, Ed Corbett, died in April. All Oak Run registered Democrats are strongly urged to come to the Orchid Club on Thursday, June 18 at 7 p.m.

    We need to regroup, reorganize and decide what role we will play in this year’s elections. New faces and new ideas are needed to allow this club to provide a platform for Democrats.

    Meeting People

  • Summer safety for your pet

    Summer is a fun season, but there are numerous pitfalls and potential hazards for your pet. This article is geared to make you aware of them so you and your pet can avoid summer mishaps.

    Last month we went over the things you need to know about traveling with your pet, so now we’ll cover many of the everyday things you need to consider.

    First, and foremost, is the heat. It’s best to keep your animal indoors in air conditioning, if possible, during the hottest part of the day. If that is not possible, you must provide plenty of shade and water.

  • Dolora is still volleying at 90

    Just down the road apiece Spruce Creek Preserve resident Tom Kennedy submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column.

    A 90th birthday luncheon and party took place at the Sandwedge Caf by members of the Tennis Players of Spruce Creek Preserve on June 4. This celebration was to honor resident Dolora Dana for all of her activities and contributions to the tennis program at the Preserve for well over 10 years.

  • Scale models parked in display case

    A fine exhibit of replica tanks and trucks, planes and racecars by members of the International Plastic Modelers Society (IPMS) is on display this month. You can almost hear the rumble of the little motorcycles by Carol Caputo and Paul White.

    And how about the Super Modified asphalt racer? This little gem was completely rebuilt by Mark Box from a 50-cent garage sale find.

    If you have an interest in joining the model-making group or would like more information, call Joe Caputo at 629-7929 or Tony Ivone at 237-6259.

    Seminar Tonight

  • Trash disposal better served with long-range solutions

    Disposing of trash with minimal impact on the environment is a huge task. Even with recycling programs keeping solid waste from the county’s landfill, the county only has six to seven years left on its capacity.

    Disposing of trash for residents has been convenient, mainly because 18 recycling centers and two drop-off centers are operating 50 hours a week, but costly. The county’s solid waste department has been costing more than the revenue coming in the door – that’s an ouch that cannot continue in the best of times, let alone the worst of times.