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Today's News

  • Blown away by yard sale bargains

    Just down the road apiece the wind huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow away the spirited attitude of the many Spruce Creek Preserve Yard Sale vendors who braved the elements this past Saturday during the community’s annual yard sale.

    By the looks of the many interested customers, the wind was only an annoyance and not a challenge at all. Just goes to show you that yard sale enthusiasts can’t be deterred in their quest for a bargain, no matter what.

  • Residents benefit Hospice and blind center

    I just finished reading Joy Behar’s book, When You Need a Lift. She suggests checking out this book if you’re in a slump and don’t want to resort to a hot fudge sundae.

    Many famous people contributed their ideas, telling us what they do to elevate their mood. Some resonated with me more than others.

    There is one that topped my list. It was written by Phyllis Diller. She mentions that happiness is a habit she’s cultivated all her life. Diller says her mantra is a daily upper.

  • An honest portrayal of a spiritual icon

    In their ground-breaking biography of the world’s best known preacher, Billy Graham, and his relationship with 11 sitting presidents, two highly acclaimed journalists have recorded hundreds of hours of personal recollections. To his credit, Graham demanded no preconditions and asked only for fairness.

    The authors pick up the amazing trajectory of Graham’s career as a magnetic evangelist in the year 1949. At this time, Graham was essentially resurrecting something dead for years — tent revivals.

  • The call of the Corridor

    It seems like more and more Corridor residents are having close encounters of a coyote kind. Over the years sightings haven’t been uncommon, but their presence is becoming more of an everyday part of life.

    Until the widening of State Road 200 from a sleepy two-lane road to a six-lane highway, there was a lot of wooded acreage for them to roam. Since then, and now during the building slowdown, more of that scrub habitat is being cleared – evicting prey and predator – and they are running out of places to live.

  • It wasn't the typical State Road 200

    It wasn’t the typical State Road 200 Coalition meeting. Instead of county government or politics, members listened to a presentation of a lighter topic. Great places in Florida to take a walk – not long grueling hikes.

    Lucy Beebe Tobias gave members an overview of things to explore and discover in the Sunshine State from her book, 50 Great Walks in Florida. Although she went on 80 walks, only 50 made the final cut. To gather firsthand research for the guide Tobias took 10 months to travel the state of Florida.

  • St. Patrick's Day shenanigans in the Alley

    In 1737, Irish immigrants began observing St. Patrick’s Day in Boston and held the first parade in New York City in 1766. Now, the tradition continues with almost everybody wearing green, being honorary Irish, and eating corned beef and cabbage.

    In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, on this coming Monday, Pun Alley is decked out in green and will have some Irish fun.

    Taken to the Cleaners

    Patrick O’Reilly was lucky. Since the day he had found a four-leaf clover, everything good seemed to come his way.

  • Blood bank is in short supply of all types

    Please come out Wednesday, March 19, from 8 a.m. to noon to support the blood drive at the Oasis. Our blood bank, Florida’s Blood Center, has issued an appeal for all blood types. There is an annual shortage due the demand placed on county hospitals at the height of winter visitor season.

    “Big” Jim and Marilyn Flynn, the blood drive chairpersons, work very hard volunteering their time supporting this very important cause. So please if you are able come down and sign up, be a blood donor.

  • What's in your pet's food bowl?

    March is Pet Nutrition Month so let’s explore what your pet needs to thrive. Wild animals manage to survive on what they find to eat but their life span is far shorter than our domestic pets.

    Today’s manufactured pet foods are carefully formulated to keep all of our pets’ biological systems functioning well at all times, but there are so many choices that it can get confusing. What about home cooking? Should you supplement with vitamins?

  • Pro/Am kicks off Ocala Open

    Thirty-two teams made their way to the Candler Hills Golf Club at the On Top of the World communities this week. Each professional golfer teamed up with three amateurs for the kickoff of the third-annual Ocala Open.

    For the teams, the day started with registration and a continental breakfast. At 9 a.m., it was time to tee off.

  • File for $300 or more in your pocket

    Individuals who file their 2007 federal tax returns will receive economic stimulus payments, a minimum of $300 and a maximum of $600 per person. Some taxpayers who have no tax liability, including those who receive Social Security or veterans’ benefits, are eligible to receive payment.

    These people may not normally be required to file a tax return but they must file a 2007 return in order to receive the economic stimulus payments. They should have their forms showing the amount of Social Security, pensions and other income received.