• The Troubadours collected 30 bags of food at their practices for the Homeless and Youth Program which feed underprivileged schoolchildren. This program needs food in family sizes such as soups, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and sauce, complete meals in a box, macaroni and cheese, juice, canned meant, tuna, stew, vegetables, canned pasta foods as well as meals that can be microwaved. Donations can be taken to the office of the South Marion Citizen in Kingsland Plaza. Call 854-3986 for information.

    Hoofin’ It for Hospice

  • Today is the third Friday-the-thirteenth in 2009. Perhaps this is the reason for the bad economy. Last year we had just one Friday-the-thirteenth, as we do in 2010 and 2011. While the origin of this “holiday” is not known, we do know that people attribute many unlucky happenings to it.


  • Marion County Board of County Commissioners

  • Four Palm Cay bicyclists recently went on a riding tour of the Gainesville Horse Farm. They are Cathy Durante, Diane Goodpaster, Dee Peterson, and Ann Duckworth.

  • Preserve’s arts, crafts fair is Dec. 5

    Just down the road a piece, the Spruce Creek Preserve open-to-the-public bigger and better Arts and Crafts Fair is slated for Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Center ballroom.

    The Preserve is on State Road 200, three miles southwest of County Road 484 (Gatehouse entrance). The large American flag will wave you in. This is a very popular yearly event, so plan on coming early for the best selection of beautifully handcrafted treasures. Admission is free.

  • Kids say the darndest things – or do they? Many sayings attributed to kids are almost too clever for children to originate. But, they are funny. That’s why today’s Pun Alley column is devoted to these “kids” comments.

    Heard in passing

    The inhabitants of Moscow are called Mosquitoes.

    A census taker is man who goes from house to house increasing the population.

    Water is composed of two gins, oxygin and hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.

    The climate is hottest next to the Creator.

  • For weeks now, candy corn and other candy packages have taken over an entire aisle and costumes fill up most of another aisle in the stores. Wispy appearances of ghosts, globins, and witches seem to be permeating the area. Finally, tomorrow, Halloween will arrive and we can’t go down Pun Alley without some haunting and ghostly stories.

    On Route 200

  • Hearing of a Lions Club one may think of eyesight and hearing, two common concerns club members focus on.

    For the Southwest Ocala Lions Club it is more.

    They have also taken on the task of raising support and awareness for the Fisher House, a place where the families of wounded warriors and veterans can stay while loved members are treated at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

    At last week’s club meeting, the general manager of the Fisher House, Paula Welenz, spoke about the 21-room facility.

  • We had about 30 ladies at our Oct. 14 luncheon. We all had a great time. Each month we have a birthday cake for anyone who is celebrating that month. This month Margaret Kender will turn 101 on Oct. 30.

    Craft show

    The November Craft Show will be Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Bowling for Oct. 12

    Men’s high game, Dave Bragdon 203; Gerry Giovanniello 200; John Whitenton 196.

    Women’s high game, Maria Nardone 186; Kathy Underhill 172; Jenny Arturi 171.

  • I really thought the heat was gone for a while, but, alas, it has returned! Let’s hope by the time this column goes to print we will be enjoying some beautiful fall weather.

    Feature of the week

    This week’s feature is actually about two very fine ladies, Joan Walsh and Donna Farnham, who are Spruce Creeks North’s librarians. They have done a wonderful job organizing the books in our new library.

    Here is a little bit about these two gals.

  • We all experienced major and minor changes over the years. At this stage in our lives, they don’t come as frequently. That is until recently when most of us found ourselves living in a bad economic climate. Whether we are rich or just managing to get by, we have all experienced it in one way or another.

    Most of what’s happening is out of our hands. All we really have going for us is our attitude. With a positive rather than a negative one, we can embrace this change and try to learn from it.

  • This month’s honored volunteer has gotten herself active in all kinds of directions during the 11 years she has been one of our neighbors. Pat Smith has been involved with our S and R Committee, the Sunshine Committee, sings with the Landing Lites chorus, is a Community Patrol regular and helps the Travel Club to plan your next trip. Over and above all these activities, this retired nurse often shares her skills and experience with friends and neighbors returning home from hospitalization.

  • Just down the road a piece, Preservists and even residents from other communities have asked for the return of the “Getting to know all about you” segment of our Preserve South Marion Citizen column, so here goes. This week Preservist Dee Winey earns the spotlight.

    When Dee Winey was growing up on a farm in Nebraska with 10 brothers and sisters, and attending a one-room schoolhouse, she never dreamed she would one day retire to Florida. Her first jobs were babysitting for 35 cents an hour and walking corn and bean fields for 50 cents an hour.

  • If you missed the first three art shows at the library, you can still catch the last one. Tuesday, Oct. 27, features the Freedom Writers Group of Florida Writers Association, and Creative Memories Scrapbookers.

    Several of the Writers Group authors will have their books on display while others will be on hand to sign books and personally discuss their projects. Fill out a door prize ticket and drop it in the writer’s box. You could win one of their books.

  • A while back one Pun Alley reader mentioned to me that I should be arrested for some of the puns I put in the column. That got me thinking about police and their arresting behavior.

    They arrested the hockshop owner for indecency. He was selling pawnographic materials.

    A policeman was arrested when they discovered he was a cannibal and was grilling his suspects.

  • Bev Bewley is a very special person in our community. Through her volunteer work in Palm Cay, she makes a difference for many people. The best way to meet Bev is through her own words. When asked what her volunteer jobs are, she said: “If you need a prayer to be said to help you through a tough time in your life, give me a call. I feel that prayer is the best solution to so many of our problems, whatever they may be. See “In Your Prayers” in the monthly Palm Cay Sun. I also send greeting cards from the Palm Cay community to our neighbors as the need arises.

  • Tales of bosses as we honor their day

    Today is National Boss Day, a day when employees can honor their bosses with a greeting card, gift, or some other token of appreciation. It can be a fun day for both bosses and employees. Our travel down Pun Alley shows that the rest of the year can be vastly different.

    What gave you that idea?

    The boss and his wife attended a National Boss Day party thrown by the employees, where he may have had one or two more than he should have had.

  • Sometimes finding a job through the traditional paths just doesn’t work out, especially during a recession.

    For years, Joni Love McMahan, 48, worked at home marketing health care benefits but her business dwindled as the economy went into a downward slide. Hearing stories from her many contacts, she knew others were feeling the crunch, too.

    Many of the stories she heard came from women; women who had worked for years in the same job but then were laid off. Many are older workers.

  • Critical decisions, such as buying a home, getting married or having children, require deliberate, thoughtful consideration. Indeed, the outcome of any one of these decisions can irrevocably change your life for better or worse. But, delaying the purchase of life insurance can be a costly mistake for you and your loved ones. Waiting just a few years can have a negative impact on several key areas of a life insurance policy.

    Whole Life Insurance: Financial Protection Plus Cash Value Accumulation

  • The Boer War began in South Africa on tomorrow’s date in 1899. Today, Pun Alley starts its own bore war for fun, beginning with some boring stories.

    The banker was bored because he lost interest in everything.

    There are some people who not only keep you from being lonely, but also make you wish you were.

    Readers who are don’t like Pun Alley humor can be enrolled in our Witless Protection Program.

    Some people can stay longer in an hour than others can in a week.