Cherrwood news 3-30-2012

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Our shooters: Home on the Range

By John Everlove


Shooting Day was a huge success on Thursday the 22nd as 16 people took to the range at the Hernando County Sportsman’s Club. The weather was beautiful, not too warm; not too chilly and very little wind.
Of the shooters, three had never fired a weapon before and they found it much easier than they had anticipated. Of course there were range officers and instructors on the course to guide them along the way and teach them the proper way to handle and use a firearm.
Range Day is sponsored by the Cherrywood Veterans Club with the purpose of serving both experienced and novice shooters the various aspects of the sport. Gun and range safety are naturally the first priorities. Weapons are inspected to insure safe operation; and instructions given even before the individual shooters go to the line.
Once in place, the emphasis is on safe handling of the gun and accuracy. Being aware of ones surroundings and being able to hit what you are aiming at is essential in firearm sports.
After everyone had their turn on the range, our group and six ladies from the club met at the Boat House Restaurant for a relaxing lunch and to discuss how they had done on the firing line. Laughter and good food were the order of the day.
In short, experienced shooters had a chance to hone their skills; novices had a chance to enjoy gun sports for the first time and the day concluded with every one enjoying a hearty luncheon. After all, a beautiful day with some exciting challenges and excellent company is what Shooting Day is all about.
Watch your Citizen for the next Shooting Day coming up in the future. You won’t want to miss out.
(Information and photos provided by Fred O’Hern)

Movie Night at Cherrywood
Settle in at the clubhouse for a quiet evening of viewing enjoyment as Movie Night presents the feature, “Tower Heist” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 3. Popcorn, lemonade and snacks are available or bring you own drinks and “show” foods. Join with your friends and family and make a comfortable night of watching a great flick and best of all, it’s free.

Health Fair open to public
Cherrywood’s second annual Health Fair is coming soon. Because of the popularity of this event and the fact that it is open to the public, you must make reservations to ensure your place.
April 14 at 10 a.m., presentations begin with the subject: “How to eat Healthier,” at 11 “Health Aging of your Muscles and Joints,” “Cancer Prevention: Nutrition and Exercise” begins at noon and the program concludes with “Oh My Achy Back” at 1 p.m.
These enlightening classes are enhanced by our vendors and sponsors who will be on hand to offer gifts and information. Our Gold sponsors are dB Hearing Solutions; Geril Therapy; Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services; Home Instead Senior Care; Integrity Home Health Care; Lifestyle Solutions Medical Spa; McKenney Chiropractic Center; Robert Boissoneault Oncology Institute; Unique Lingerie; Thermo-Cool Air and Heating; and ECO Water of Central Florida.
Silver sponsors are Premier Medical Center and Hospice of Marion County. Additional vendors include Florida Center for the Blind; Grace Unlimited/Bio Mat.
All this lifesaving and life improving information can be found in one place; the Cherrywood Health Fair. Call Geri to make your reservation at 352-737-1675.

Community-wide yard sale
On April 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Cherrywood will hold its community wide yard sale. This event is open to the public, offering everyone the opportunity to travel down the well kept streets of Cherrywood and pick up some treasures or bargains. In addition the general public will get a chance to meet some of the fantastic residents of this fine community.
Items must be put out on Saturday morning before the yard sale. It’s early to rise that day for sure but well worth the effort for all.

Last call for breakfast
On Saturday, March 31 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse, the Veterans Club will be serving breakfast. For just a $3.50 donation per person, you get S.O.S.; scrambled eggs; sausage; toast; fruit cup; coffee, tea and juice. You can’t beat that price for a chance to enjoy a great meal and at the same time help out our Veterans Club with its many charitable works. See Geri for tickets.

Game On! It’s Fun in the Sun
It’s time for the Fun in the Sun games! Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m., just a couple of hours after the veterans breakfast, the Cherrywood teams will take to the courts to vie for medals; fortune and fame (well, medals at least).
Cherrywood Management has donated 240 hot dogs to players and their fans. Come out and kibitz, joke, and root for your favorites and enjoy the day. First, second and third place teams will be awarded medals donated by Chris Zacco. There’s prize money, too, I’ve heard.
Teams can register for just $10 ($2.50) per person on the four-person teams. Everyone else can just come on out for free and enjoy the day. It’s always a “bocce ball” at the games, with lucky “horseshoes.” a little “Soupy” shuffleboard and it’s just a short “putt” from home.
Come on out for fun and games; it’s Fun in the Sun!

Dyngus Day Dance
The Monday after Easter Sunday, April 9 at 7 p.m., is the Dyngus Day Dance. Celebrate the end of the Lenten season with this traditional Polish holiday. Ricky B., our resident DJ will be playing all of your favorite dance tunes plus there will be polish sausage; snacks; lemonade and iced tea. Of course you can always bring a favorite beverage of your own.
Plan to decorate your own table when you come out for this evening of dancing; light hearted fun and laughter. Last week in the Citizen you learned what Dyngus day is about so come on out and experience first hand how much fun it can be.
It’s only $2 per person and you can get your tickets from Geri at the Clubhouse so don’t miss this party.

Tai Chi schedule change
On April 9, the regular Monday night Tai-Chi class will start at 5 p.m. instead of 6. This is to accommodate the Dyngus Dance Celebration and so the change is for that Monday only. Please make a note on your calendar and then plan to join in the fun of the party following your work out.

Veterans Club meeting
One of the most important meetings of the year for the Cherrywood Veterans Club will take place on Thursday, April 5, at 2 p.m. This is the final nomination and election of officers.
In addition, Steve Jacobs from the Marion County Veterans Service Office will be the guest speaker at the meeting to answer your questions and provide vital information concerning benefits and community programs that effect veterans and their families.
The Cherrywood Veterans Club is an active organization that benefits not only its members, but veterans throughout Marion County and beyond. If you’ve served this great country you should be a member and share your commitment with your fellow vets.
Following the meeting, refreshments are served on the patio for those who attended. Membership is only one dollar and the informative meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. All interested parties are urged to come and become a part of this group as they continue their mission of service.
While your there, pick up your tickets for a chance to win a cruise to the Bahamas on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. It’s a three-day trip for two people and the raffle tickets include all port fees; taxes; gratuities and $100 spending money. Tickets are on sale now for only $10 per ticket or three for $20. You need not be present to win and you don’t have to be a Cherrywood resident to take part.

Democratic Club
Democratic Club meets April 20 at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room.
This is an open meeting and all members of the community are invited.
Refreshments will be served.
This month we are very pleased to welcome as our special guest speaker Pat Gabriel, the current president of the 200 Coalition. She is extremely knowledgeable of what is happening in Marion County. It is very important that we are completely informed of the future plans for the county so that we are able to get involved. Please come along and ask your questions and Pat will keep us informed and up to date.
Harriet Scarpino, our club president is recuperating at Timber Ridge Rehab. And she wishes to thank all our members and friends in Cherrywood for their prayers, cards and telephone calls. She asks that we continue praying until she has fully recovered and she thanks each and everyone.
The Cherrywood Democratic Club meets on the third Friday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Clubhouse card room. Ken Beech, VP, can be reached at 352-861-8315.
Article by Ken Beech

Comedy Night
Friday, May 18. come see professional comedian/magician Mark Alan at the clubhouse. Tickets are only one dollar to watch this terrific entertainer from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be a 50/50 drawing from your ticket stub so not only will you be entertained by an excellent talent but you’ve got a chance to win some money too. See Geri for tickets and more info.

Tampa Bay Downs Trip
The every popular trip to Tampa bay Downs is scheduled for April 4. The bus will leave our Clubhouse at 8:45 a.m. sharp so don’t be late. You don’t want to miss a minute of this exciting day at the track. Limited tickets are still available so call Nancy Archer at 352-861-1432 to sign up.

Camera Club
Our Camera Club has set its first meeting date. Friday, April 13 at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse, there will be an organizational meeting with a guest speaker. Everyone who is interested in learning more about all aspects of photography, technical, artistic, composition etc. should consider joining this group. Contact either Alice at 291-4887; Geri at 237-1675 or me at urperssec@yahoo.com. This promises to be an extremely interesting and very informative addition to the Cherrywood community.

Spotlight on Excellence
Each week we bring you a glimpse of someone in our community who has a interesting past; a promising future or just makes Cherrywood a nicer place to live. This week the spotlight is on our own resident DJ, Rich Becotte.
Richard is a member of the Activities Committee, Entertainment Committee and the Veterans Club. If you’ve been to any of our functions here at Cherrywood, from the St. Patty’s Day Dance to the Ladies Luncheon; Veterans and Memorial Day services to Fun in the Sun, you’ve seen Richard and heard his music.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Richard was one of nine brothers. His father was a logger and there were some tough times when he was growing up. Both his mom and dad were French Canadian so at home, Rich and his brothers could only speak French, but in school and every place else, they had to speak English. Early in his life, Rich became bilingual.
After graduation from high school, Richard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a mechanic. One day he met a young woman who was visiting her family. “She had the brightest red hair I had ever seen and it hung down her back,” Rich told me; adding, “…and I said ‘Wow’!” He admits he’s been chasing her ever since.
That young woman’s name was Monica and she and Rich have been happily married for 49 years. They have two daughters, Sherrie and Pamela, and four grandchildren. Cassie, the eldest granddaughter, just returned from serving in Iraq. She is in a medical evacuation unit and holds the rank of staff sergeant. In addition, she plays professional full contact football for the New Hampshire Freedom football team.
Richard worked as mechanic and while on the job; his best friend invented a technological program for the company. Rich, ever thirsty for knowledge, asked to be tutored in the new computer programs and soon was proficient in the field. He moved on to Paralex Electronics Corp where he worked for 22 years before retiring. Unfortunately when asked about some of his accomplishments he had to defer; they were confidential government contracts.
Monica and Rich moved to Cherrywood 10 years ago. There was very little entertainment taking place at that time so Richard brought his own stereo equipment into the clubhouse and began playing. Being a lifelong music lover, this was a natural for him. His music and personality took off and now there are an abundance of dances, celebrations and fun events.
Over the years, Rich has built up his library of music CDs; tapes and even records so that now it numbers in the thousands. He has music appropriate for every occasion and holiday; every service and even weddings. All this he brings to his “labor of love” for no fee whatever. “All I ask is that if they have food, they feed me,” Rich laughed.
When asked what he liked about his DJ work, he answered, “Watching the people laugh, smile and dance. I’ll play for anyone whatever the occasion,” Rich said, adding, “…all they have to do is ask.”
What is his philosophy about Cherrywood? He explains it like this; “Developers build buildings; people build communities.” Richard Becotte is indeed a community builder and an asset to Cherrywood.

From your reporter:
If you have a comment or suggestion for an article about Cherrywood that you would like to see in this column please contact me at urperssec@yahoo.com. Your opinions count.
On a personal note; may I wish all of my Christian friends a very Happy Easter and to my Jewish friends, a very Happy and Kosher Passover.