Bingo enters summer slowdown

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By Fiona Blair

H ello readers: As summer comes upon us, some activities take a hiatus or slow down. One of the most popular ongoing activities is Bingo.

On Monday and Thursday nights the Oasis is alive with a goodly number of enthusiastic players at the tables. But in July and August, Thursday night Bingo will take a holiday.

Monday night Bingo will play Thursday night games for those two months. Everything will return to normal in September, when on the first Thursday and Monday, the Oasis will again be crowded with gamers.

Also look forward to new games starting on both nights. But help is needed. Callers, setup and take down help, also needed is someone to chair bingo next year.

If you are interested, call Roger Demary, he is in the Palm Cay directory.

A big thank you to Roger and Charles Boyle, and all those who so generously give of their time to make Bingo such a success, we salute you.

Fourth of July Parade

Okayee time to admit it. As a child you loved watching a parade. As an adult you love changing the channels on Thanksgiving Day to watch and listen to all those marching bands.

Our Fourth of July parade is no exception, except you can be a part of it. Just show up in your decorated car, golf cart or bicycle and enjoy the fun of being part of the parade.

The line begins at the Oasis at 8:30 a.m. and the parade starts at 9.

If you are unable to join the parade, be sure to watch it from your home. Put out a chair and wave your flags as the parade goes by. Be sure to thank our law enforcement men and women in uniform as they pass by.

Let us all show our love for our country as we celebrate yet another birthday for independence and for the freedom we all enjoy in America.

Submitted by Harry Chambers, chairman.

Republican Club

On June 12 the Palm Cay Republican Club met. President Jim Pettus invited Mike Amsden, candidate for County Commission District 1; Ray Strickland, candidate for County Commissioner District 5; Pat Santospirito, candidate for County Republican State Committeewoman to present their platforms.

All were gifted speakers and provided information on various subjects from protecting our water and environment to keeping taxes in check, small government, fiscal responsibility and accountability in every area. All are owners of small businesses and understand the dynamics necessary to run them.

They graciously took time for a question and answer period. Also, Annie Marie Delgado, president of the Greater Ocala Republican Club, handed out flyers for the Marion County Commission candidate debate on June 19.

Aug. 26 is voting day. For more information, call Jim, he is in the Palm Cay directory.

The July 10 meeting at 7 p.m. will feature three School Board candidates; Judy Zanetti, Jackie Porter, and T.C. Matthews, a non-partisan race.

Hurricane Awareness

Last Wednesday, Palm Cay residents were given the rudiments of hurricane preparedness, entitle, “Before, During and After” by Bob Conn of Marion County Emergency Management. Thank you, Bob. We all have a better understanding now of what we need to do – just in case.

If anyone requires a Special Needs application, call the Emergency Management office at 622-3205 and they will be glad to mail one. Conn reminded those with special needs to be sure to bring any medications and other important belongings to the shelter.

He mentioned Forest High School as the one pet friendly shelter which opens only during storms that have been officially announced. A pet owner needs to remember to bring dog leashes, pet carriers, food, water, cat litter box with litter and plastic bags.

He advised that people may stay with their pets until such time as a staff member will announce owners must go into the “people” part of the shelter and reunite when the storm subsides. Also, the radio and/or television will announce when shelters open and which ones are open.

Potluck Supper

A reminder to mark your calendars for the Potluck Social on Saturda,y June 28, at 6 p.m. Bring a side dish to pass that feeds four to six people. The meat selection is “Swiss steak” for $1.

Thanks to all for participating. This is a great way to get to know each other.

Gabby Hatters

Queen Mother Lois Barber read a beautiful poem at the beginning of the meeting. The hostess for May was Charlotte Steif, who surprised us with a brownie decorated with a red hat.

We went to the Mason Jar for lunch where the food and the service were excellent. Cherie, the owner, sang for us.

Submitted by Pia Pellicano.

Until next time ee

There is box in the library at the Oasis for residents to place their newsy tidbits, group activity information, travels, etc. Fiona Blair is listed in the Palm Cay directory or e-mail to fiona-blair@hotmail.com.