• The important Oak Run Neighborhood Awareness Program began more than 12 years ago. Some of its volunteers have been with it all that time and are ready to pass the torch to younger residents. NAP is now recruiting new members. Won’t you please help keep eyes and ears out there on the roads of Oak Run? You would only have to patrol once a month, usually for 2 to 3 hours, and attend one meeting per month. Each volunteer has to fill out an application for the Sheriff’s Office and a background check is conducted.

  • Frank Hofstatter was really tickled when the Liberty Middle School Builders Club, sponsored by his Friendship Kiwanis Club, announced efforts to establish a relationship for their members with namesake Liberty Park on Southwest 103rd Street. As the Friendship Kiwanis liaison for LMS Builders Club, Frank works directly with faculty co-advisers, Alexan Johnson and Louann Boemio.

  • “Life is just a succession of busy nothings.” – Jane Austen

    Most of us led busy lives, even the stay at home moms. Now that we’re retired, we all expected that to be a thing of the past. After all, isn’t that what we were told retirement is all about? There would be plenty of time to do what we want or need to do in a relaxed, unrushed manner.

  • With the Lifestyle Center’s great room looking a glorious mess like it is, Joe Raffony tells me that we can be confident redecoration appearances can only get better … lots better! You’ll read his update when your monthly Communicator newsletter arrives today. Meanwhile, Bill Wurst and Deeann Welch agree the contractor’s workmanship is both right up to spec and right on schedule.

    Warm days means volleyball

  • August is almost upon us with the high heat that sends many of us to cooler climates if we can find them in this summer. Some go camping and others go traveling while the rest of us just think about the adventures we could find elsewhere. Pun Alley brings some camp stories and adventures to your armchair.

    Real camp

    A counselor was helping his kids put their stuff away on their first morning in summer camp. He was surprised to see one of the youngsters had an umbrella. The counselor asked, “Why did you bring an umbrella to camp?”

  • In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd boy went on a quest to search for a lost goat. In the harsh, dry desert region that was his home, the boy naturally assumed the goat had left the herd in search of water. What the shepherd ultimately discovered was to become one of the most significant archeological finds of all time and although the goat may not have found water to drink, the discovery nevertheless would be the spiritual fountain from which three monotheistic religions would drink and be nourished.

  • On this day in 1829, William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter. The typewriter as we know it, came into being after further development. Even though the typewriter is now history, there are some interesting stories about those who pounded on the keys.

    In the early days, the girl who operated the typewriter was also called a typewriter. “I say, George,” said the young business man to his friend, “where do you buy your typewriter ribbons?”

    “I don’t,” replied the other. “I usually buy her flowers.”

  • All of us have gone through bad times of one sort or another. It could be money troubles, a difficult child, loss of a job, illness, and many other difficult problems. We have all found the strength and will to get through them somehow.

    When we were younger, we knew there would be trials and tribulations we probably would have to go through. In retirement, we expected all that was behind us. Unfortunately, we were wrong. As long as we’re alive, there will be lots of good times but also some bad ones will show up.

  • Just down the road a piece, all the residents of Spruce Creek Preserve are being called on to help their community. Application forms are now available in the Community Center office for board of director members. Two vacancies need to be filled.

    All applications must be in the Community Center office by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Elections will take place on Oct. 19, after the annual meeting of the Spruce Creek Preserve Homeowners Association. All candidates will be introduced to the community at the “meet the candidates” night, conducted by the Election Committee.

  • The Ambassadors will be having an “I Love Paris” dinner dance on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Palm Grove. The caterer has changed from that announced in the Oak Run Newsletter. Royal Oaks will provide a buffet of tossed salad, baked Virginia ham with pineapple glaze, au gratin potatoes, green beans, rolls and butter and lemon cake from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Diana and Mitch Smallwood will entertain with a big band sound, play oldies, rock, rumbas, cha-chas, swing, line dancing and specialty dance music from the 1930s through the 1990s from 8 to 11 p.m.

  • Well is it hot enough out there for all of you? I promised I wouldn’t complain until August and I won’t but it is a little toasty. Not complaining, just stating a fact!

    Feature of the week

    Not another “over 50’’ couple this week? Yep..this week Lois and Walt Connor are the featured couple who are married over 50 years. 55 years to be exact !

  • Many retired people don’t like change, preferring to stay in their comfort zone. What they fail to realize is how much of life they are missing. It’s important to live life. Doing the same things that we have done for many years is a waste of our minds and bodies. We need to stretch both whenever possible.

    True, there are many things we did in our younger years that we are unable to do now. Spend time thinking about what you are able to do at the present moment. If you don’t do them now, next year might be too late.

  • The Friendship Amateur Radio Club held its monthly meeting on July 12 at the Sheriff's Office Brian Litz Building on State Road 200.

  • In the summer taking a cruise ship to the Bahamas or other hot destinations is a lot cheaper than in the winter. In addition, you are more likely to run into unexpected adventures such as a hurricane or a spreading oil sheen. Pun Alley leaves the pavement and takes to the seas today.

    Deferred ruling

  • “Bingo and Dogs” is the theme (hot dogs that is, served with all the fixings, plus soda and iced tea). Members of the Canine Club and guests are invited to attend this night of fun on Thursday, July 22, at the Island Club at 6 p.m. Admission will be $1 for members and $2 for guests. Bingo cards will be 10 cents each, plus there will be a 50/50 drawing. RSVP to Marsha at 352-237-1342 or Elsa at 352-291-2458 by this evening, Friday, July 16.

    Blood pressure clinic

  • Hospice of Marion County Thrift Stores have partnered with Interfaith Emergency Services to


  • The last Saturday in June found several dozen resident lads and lassies born during June or July being feted at our S&R Committee’s monthly birthday bash before redecoration shuts down the Lifestyle Center for two months. This committee keeps coming up with unique and wonderful entertainment for these monthly birthday parties and this natal day celebration was no exception. Everyone enjoyed the songs and services of Singing Waiters extraordinaire; Bob Fink, Gordon Herrick, Bob McGrath, Charlie Mock, Karl Petersen, Jim Pohlers, Les Rowe and Bob West.

  • Recently when I had to have my eyes examined I found an optometrist right on Pun Alley. The sign in the window read, “if you don’t see what you want, you’ve come to the right place.” I went in and heard plenty before the doctor got me to see better. If you can see, read it all now.

    What a sight

    A woman walked into the store to return a pair of eyeglasses that she had purchased for her husband a week before. “What seems to be the problem, madam?”

  • Just down the road a piece, Preservist Teri Parker submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column, concerning a Preservist remembered through a memorial scholarship:

    During a recent church service, the widow of Harvey Washington was recognized for the establishment of a financial assistance scholarship to church members who are enrolled in college.

  • There will be more than just donuts, coffee, tea and orange juice tomorrow, Saturday, July 10, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club. The Photography Club will display the winning photos from their year-end competition and the library will be having a book sale (beginning at 8:30 a.m.) There will be hundreds of VHS tapes and DVD's at great prices. The proceeds fund the library. Let's keep the Fourth of July spirit going by wearing our red, white and blue one more time.

    Showcase of Stars