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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Ambulance services under MCFR's roof

    Now we know the direction the county’s ambulance service will take. But the avenues mapped have yet to be traveled.

    At Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting the vote was for merging Emergency Medical Services Alliance personnel with county fire services. When Barbara Fitos spoke at the Jan. 14 State Road 200 Coalition meeting, she addressed the benefits of such a marriage, and three other commissioners were apparently of similar mind.

  • CERT uses horse sense in drill

    They have done it before – but not like this. This past weekend, at the On Top of the World communities, they searched on foot and on horseback to find people who had gone missing in the woods around the community.

    But it was just a drill.

    It was the first time that the OTOW Citizens Emergency Response Team and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol would participate in a disaster exercise together. “We are just flying high about this,” said Marion County Sheriff’s Office CERT Coordinator Norman Scott.

  • Entertainment twin-bill you can't refuse

    “Well, if you want to sing, sing out, sing and if you want to be free, be free ‘cause there’s a million things to be. You know that there are. You can do what you want, the opportunity’s on, and if you can find a new way, you can do it today.” Lyrics by Cat Stevens.

    The message of this song — we’ve got choices and we should explore them. Choosing our happiness means we should explore & embrace the options.

  • Another hole in one for Joan O'Brien

    Playing in a foursome on Thursday, Jan. 10 at Royal Oaks Golf Course,Joan O’Brien had a hole in one on the 16th hole. Hearing much hootin’ and hollerin,’ a nearby homeowner, Bob Comeriato,came out with his camera and took pictures of the jubilant girls.

    Before Joan got home, he left a message on her phone telling her the pictures were in her e-mail. What a surprise for Joan. She said he must be a really nice guy to have done something nice like this.

  • Set sail for Pun Island - matey

    On my way to Pun Alley I got shanghaied and wound up in Tampa several days before their Jan. 26 Gasparilla pirate fest. An invasion by a fully-rigged pirate ship, with cannons booming, will force the city to surrender and start festivities that culminate with a pirate parade.

    I managed to tuck the column into a tiny rum cask, commandeer a carrier parrot and send him winging his way back to the Corridor with tales of punny pirates.

    Paper Pirate

    One of the first pirates I met was wearing a paper towel on his head. I asked, “Why are you wearing a paper towel?”

  • Landing Quilters comfort the community

    A recent visit to the pioneer settlement in Barberville prompted my interest in sewing crafts. So I touched base with “Eddie” Mock to learn more about our Marion Landing Quilters and also received some input from Jan Doudna and Fran Szutar along the way.

    This quilters group idea tumbled out of conversations between two Marion Landing woodcarvers more than a dozen years ago. Discovering their wives enjoyed making quilts, Hayden Jones and Frank Szutar decided the ladies ought to meet each other.

  • Library celebrates Black History Month

    In honor of Black History Month, Freedom Public Library is planning an African American Read-in. Join them Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. to read, write your own story, draw, or just listen.

    Reading selections will be provided – or bring your favorites. All ages are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

    Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

    The local multiple sclerosis support group, The Turtles, is meeting at Freedom Public Library. The first gathering is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and is led by Lynn Zeuch, the group’s facilitator.