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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Join the 'Web generation,' visit the Citizen online

    Today’s generation grew up with television and cut their teeth on computers – it’s second nature to them. The “greatest generation” thought radio was an electronic marvel and TV was introduced as a luxury to them.

    Individuals communicate with the suddenness that was once reserved for news mediums and hush-hush government agencies. But the “greatest” and the baby boomers are catching up with all the whiz kids and becoming more computer literate every day.

  • Spreading Landing sunshine for 21 years

    The Marion Landing Sunshine Committee beginnings may go back to prehistoric times – but we do know it was kept alive during 1987 by then-resident Nan Fisher. Nan was aided and abetted by Gerry Lane and Doris Gorsky, who is still among us. These women kept active by sending get well and sympathy cards to Marion Landing neighbors.

  • Meet some of Oak Run's volunteers

    The coordinator of volunteers who donate their time at the TimberRidge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be interviewed on Ev Burg’s Meeting People on Channel 12, starting May 16 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily following FYI.

    Their discussion will center on the myriad of work which the volunteers participate in and how free time can truly be put to good use by helping the residents who call TimberRidge their home for a short or extended time.

    Canine Club

  • Critters, books and kids - a natural

    Freedom Public Library’s “Read on the Green” festival in Liberty Community Park was as much fun as it was successful. The day began with Marion County Park Ranger Harold Ernsberger, and his crew of three, directing festival workers over the newly-laid and very loose rock in the parking lot. They did a fine job, losing no vehicles to the shifting, undulating undertow.

  • God save the queen, or Jerusalem?

    One of the best known and best loved English hymns is Jerusalem, with music composed by Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry and the soaring orchestral score added six years later by Sir Edward Elgar, best known for his Pomp and Circumstance, (Land of Hope and Glory, used at most American graduation ceremonies.) William Blake wrote the sublime and enigmatic words in his preface to Milton.

  • Dawn had one more surprise

    She really didn’t see it coming. But not like a year ago when she was shot five times during a bungled burglary and left paralyzed. Her recent moment in the spotlight was not about her tragedy, but rather about her triumph.

    Last Friday, Dawn was a special guest on Live with Regis and Kelly’s Mom’s Dream Come True show. Out of thousands of letters, she was one of four mothers chosen for the annual Mother’s Day special. Her husband Sgt. 1st Class Michael Weiss wrote a heart-rending letter to the show explaining what his wife meant to him and to their family.