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Today's News

  • Special speaker at Democratic Club meeting

    Did you ever hear about the practice called “pay it forward?” This is more or less how it works.

    Look for an opportunity to help someone. Then suggest that the person pay you back by doing a good deed for someone else. That person can then do likewise.

    This doesn’t necessarily have to involve money. There are other ways such as offering to extend a helping hand.

    When someone has done something nice for you, pay it forward. It will leave you with a good feeling. Kindness to others can keep radiating outward.

  • Fourth of July celebration tickets on sale

    There are very few of us who bother to rearrange or discard furnishings and knickknacks in our home. I just came across information that suggests doing so can actually inspire changes in our lives.

    For personal reasons, I’ve had to move my furniture to different rooms. Since doing so, it’s given me the impetus to move and sometimes discard knickknacks that have stayed in the same place since moving to my villa.

  • Take a look at your inner self

    The great biochemist, Dr. Roger J. Williams, assures us:

    Each person has a distinctive brain.

    There never was anyone like you.

    There will never be another.

    Ref. (The Wonderful World Within You, Bio-Communications Press / June 1987.)

    Your brain and thought patterns are totally yours. No other brain has the same cellular structure or arrangement of neurons. Your brain function and talents are unique.

  • Fire rescue to provide ambulance service

    Florida’s firefighters have provided both emergency medical and fire rescue services to residents for decades. Now Marion County Fire Rescue (MCFR) will add ambulance transport to its growing mission. On March 18, Marion County Commissioners approved an organizational structure that will enable MCFR to provide ambulance service countywide starting this October when the current ambulance service contract expires.

  • Traditional Memorial Day picnic by vets club

    A traditional Memorial Day celebration and picnic will hosted by the Cherrywood Veterans Club on its proper day: Friday, May 30 at the Clubhouse from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Remember those who died for their country.

    For tickets, $7 per person, call Nancy Archer at 861-1432.

    Breakfast Talk

    Tomorrow we will serve French toast, ham and sausage, fruit cup, orange juice and coffee or tea on May 17, from 8 to 9:15 a.m.

  • A lot of history born in 60 years

    She was born on May 14, 1948 and her birth was anxiously awaited for 2,000 years. The official announcement was made by David ben Gurion. In a tableau reminiscent of the famous John Trumbull painting depicting the signing of the American Declaration of Independence, David ben Gurion, standing beneath a picture of the father of Zionism, Theodor Herzl, announced to the world that the Jewish people have a land of their own.

  • Bloodmobiles coming to the Oasis

    Hello readers: My grateful thanks to Harry Chambers for his kind words of introduction. Thank you to Cora Frontin as well for her timeless dedication in writing this column. Theirs is some act to follow and I am humbled at the prospect.

    Harry put it so well, Palm Cay has a “friendly, welcome home feeling, like family,” and I like to think we all feel that way.

    Blood Drive

  • Tales of cattle and 'Crackers'

    She has told stories about old-time turpentine and phosphate mining – but last week she came to OTOW to talk cattle ranching in Florida, which is part of the Florida History Series at Master the Possibilities. But storyteller Kathy Dobronyi does not simply tell stories of old Florida – she becomes an old Cracker gal – Dolores Cribbs.

    Dolores entered the room at Live Oak Hall in a straw hat, long dress and bearing a deep Southern accent. While she puts out her prop, a poster board with photos and captions, she never breaks character.

  • Playing the game in Dallas and Dubai

    The posted price of gasoline on every highway is a daily reminder that government is powerless over our economy, no matter how much it spends.

    In January 2001, Mr. Bush’s first significant presidential act was creation of the National Energy Policy Development Group (NJPDG). It became better known as the Cheney Energy Task Force.

  • Stone talks trash to Coalition

    At this month’s State Road 200 Coalition meeting, Marion County Board of Commissioners chairman Charlie Stone filled the group in on the issue of solid waste – and the county’s eight proposed actions to fix the problem.

    At the start of the meeting Stone took a moment to thank Coalition president Pat Gabriel for her work on the fire rescue and ambulance issue. “We came up with an excellent program,” he said.