CERT volunteers are ready to respond

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By Cora Frontin

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.

Some topics team leader Louise McAleese spoke about were the best ways to deploy CERT volunteers in Phase I and Phase II in case of a disaster situation, activation of these teams, and assignment of jobs, the number of persons needed for each area, and how to make a quick assessment of damaged areas.

As hurricane season draws closer, Lousie plans to place a registration information form in our Palm Cay Sun newspaper. It is important to fill this form out if you need special assistance, and return it so they will have it on file.

Some of the areas focused on by Bob Conn from the Sheriff’s Office were county high schools used for emergency shelters, which shelters were pet friendly, and opening temporary housing other than high school shelters.

Palm Cay CERT members are scheduled to participate in the March 29 disaster drill to take place at On Top of the World’s Arbor Center.

The group is also included in the influenza epidemic staged for May 3. Volunteers needed as victims for this exercise and you don’t have to be a CERT member.

The mock medical emergency is in conjunction with the Marion County Health Department at McPherson Complex. This exercise involves transporting patients from McPerson to First Baptist Church.

January Blood Drive

On Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Florida’s Blood Center Bloodmobile came to the Oasis. It was reported Palm Cay had 12 donors this month. Although we didn’t top last November’s record, it was still a good drive.

Due to “Big” Jim’s illness, the Flynns were unable to attend the January blood drive. “Big” Jim you are in our prayers.

All our Palm Cay residents appreciate the Flynns, for all the hard work they have done in chairing this life-giving cause for our community. Hang in there “Big” Jim, and get well soon.


On Jan. 8 the Bunco players had their annual luncheon at the Mason Jar restaurant. Twenty-nine women were surprised as they noticed each table setting held three gifts.

There was a scrubby which Beverly Snow made for each player, and a pretty wrapped gift from the Bunco Committee; when opened, they found inside a rainbow sun-catcher. To top off the gifts there was a tasty piece of chocolate for each.

Last year’s chairperson, Shirley Hoxie, gave out 13 special prizes. The recipients were persons with the highest and lowest Bunco scores.

Shirley then appointed the 2008 Bunco Committee chairpersons, Judy Hebzynski, and Marilyn Burke, and the new committee members, Vera Tracy, Pia Pellicano, and Jewell Martin.

Bunco is not new to Palm Cay, it’s been played in the community since 1989, and new members are always welcome. If you’re looking for a fun night out, want to make new friends, or just socialize with old friends ee come out and play bunco.

We played every Tuesday night down at the Oasis, starting at 7 p.m. The cost is $1.

Bunco is easy to play and takes few mental skills — Got ya intereste? For more information, call Judy Hebzynski or Marilyn Burke, listed in the Palm Cay directory.

Valentine Luncheon

The annual Valentine Luncheon, hosted by Pia Pellicano, will be at the Sand Wedge Caf at Spruce Creek Preserve Country Club, on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. The cost, $12.50 per person, includes tax and tip.

Menu features beef tips with noodles, grilled balsamic chicken with onion and rice, and beverage. Pia will bring dessert.

Make and pay for reservations by Feb. 8. For more information, call Pia Pellicano, listed in the Palm Cay directory.

Irish blessing for the week: May all your friends remember all the favors you are owed.

Until next week, take care and God bless.

Cora Frontin and her husband, Ron, live in Palm Cay with their two “kids,” Maine coon cats Jessy and Muffy. Get news items to her more than one week prior to each Friday’s publication date.