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Today's News

  • Keep the body operating flawlessly

    As we begin a new year let’s review some fundamentals relating to attainment of optimal health. The first item is one we normally don’t think about.

    When nature gave human cells their biochemical programs, our forebears were hunters and gatherers. Virgin, fertile land produced fresh, wholesome food — loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

    People drank clean water directly from lakes, streams, and springs. The air had no industrial pollutants — and it contained more oxygen than our present atmosphere.

  • They've been 'PROWLing' in Pine Run for 20 years

    One of the longest running community patrol groups celebrated two decades of service this week. And the Marion County Sheriff’s Office made sure it thanked the group for its dedication and service to the community.

    Captain Jim Burton, commander of the Southwest District, presented awards to the Pine Run Owl Watch League, the third oldest crime watch group in the county.

  • Some things different about Station 21

    Friendship Station 21 may look like an average firehouse, but it is a little different than the others in the county – and not because the staff is temporarily housed in a doublewide mobile home out front.

    Throughout the county there are 27 fire stations. Twenty stations house full-time paid firefighters, while the other seven are volunteer stations.

  • Bring your Valentine to the dinner dance

    The next Cherrywood community event will be our Valentine's Dinner Dance on Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale now - see Nancy at Bingo - this has always been a sellout. Cost is $12.50 per person.

    Marty Carroll will entertain and the menu is of baked ziti and meatballs, smothered chicken, scalloped potatoes, vegetables, salad, rolls and beverages - and our sweet table.

    Keep your eye on the Chirp for news about the upcoming Luau.

    Until next time, be safe and most important be happy, Linda Hallermeier and the team.

    Sock Hop

  • It's a very merry Preserve tradition

    Just down the road apiece last month’s Christmas holiday was assuredly made merrier for a good many preservists by a group of Spruce Creek Preserve volunteers. This spirited group, intent on sharing their Christmas cheer, prepared and served a most delectable Christmas dinner to a special gathering of Preserve residents in the Community Center ballroom.

  • Mourning the late, great housing boom

    In an October column we did a mini seminar on the sub-prime mortgage mess. During the late, great housing boom, mortgage companies and banks were borrowing low-interest money, lending it to home buyers, then selling off bundles of mortgages to dumb investment banks, not-so-smart hedge funds, and other cocky high-rollers.

    Things may be darker than revealed so far. New York and Connecticut are investigating whether lenders were slipping in “no document” and “exception” loans, which made the bundled mortgages even more risky for investors.

  • Managing to outfox a master trickster

    Learning the ropes was as much a part of the job as printing and delivering production manifests at the General Motors assembly plant in Doraville, Ga. Part two concludes my first memories of my entry job with the automotive manufacturer.

    Grease was used liberally and frequently to keep the wheels of the assembly line rolling smoothly, and without any undue friction. Lubriplate was the brand name and a sticky concoction it surely was.

  • For sale: One lying bathroom mirror

    Nobody enjoys privacy more than Yours Truly. I confess I am not a very happy camper when that privacy is compromised in any fashion. Recently, I endured a tremendous trespass on my privacy.

    One day last week, I got up as usual and tottered off to the bathroom for my accustomed routine. It was then I got the shock of my life of which I am not over as of yet. I am sure this experience will be with me many years down the road. I am not sure I need counseling – but maybe a day or two at a rehab center just might do the trick.

  • Eerie unveiling of human endurance

    Australian writer Jeanette Turner Hospital has given us a haunting tale that keeps on resonating even after the last page. The title, Due Preparations for the Plague, is taken from a 17th century work of Daniel Defoe who as a child witnessed the horrors of the Black Death, an ironic title in that the premise of both his work and Hospital’s is that there is no way to prepare for a plague.

    Hospital’s plague is terrorism which chooses randomly saints and sinners alike.

  • CERT volunteers are ready to respond

    The Citizens Emergency Response Team had its first meeting of the New Year on Jan. 16 in their new place, the Heritage Real Estate building. A big thank you goes out to Palm Cay owner Ken Kirkpatrick for providing this space.

    Many issues on the CERT agenda were discussed; the purchase of supplies, distribution of CERT bags to members, two-way radios, and volunteers needed to train for Ham operators (radio operators classes are free but there is a cost for the book). If interested, call Bob Pleffner, he’s listed in the Palm Cay directory.