Living history day recalls War Between the States

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By Carol Jones

Congratulations to Kathie Paules of Stone Creek, a new resident of the area, who was the winner of the Chicken Scratch quilt that was handmade and donated to Freedom Public Library by the Freedom Quilters Group. Ticket sales and the drawing were handled by The Friends and the Quilters Group, together.

Jeannine Sirkoch, leader of the Freedom Quilters group, drew the winning ticket and Pat Babski, Friends president, announced the winner’s name.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will go toward a special item yet to be selected for the library.

Civil War Day

The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War will present a living history event outdoors at the library on Saturday, April 11. In recognition of the Confederate fire on Ft. Sumter April 12, 1861, re-enactors of the group will appear in uniform, both Union and Confederate, with displays of military firearms and paraphernalia of the period.

Attention, New York Civil War buffs! Here’s your opportunity to see a Special Model 1861 10-lb. Parrott field rifle cannon, the only 1 of 14 known to exist. Loading demonstrations are also scheduled with a 12 lb. field Howitzer. If your interest is period military artillery, you won’t want to miss this.

Career Launch for


The Workforce Connection in partnership with CFCC is sponsoring five 2-hour mini workshops scheduled for April and May. Beginning April 17, the sessions will be held each Friday from 10:30 to 12:30 free of charge at Freedom Public Library. However, it is necessary to pre-register by calling 840-5700 or 1-800-434-5627. Funding is provided in part by the Dept. of Labor National Emergency Grant for this and similar sessions to be held at other locations throughout Marion County.

n  Self Assessments: What career options should you consider? — April 17

n  Résumé Development & Job Search Correspondence — April 24

n  Networking — the Next Steps — May 1

n  Self Marketing Strategies — May 8

n Negotiating the Job Offer — May 15

Writers Group celebrates Bach’s birthday

Freedom Writers Group member, Todd Parson, has a novel in progress involving Johann Sebastian Bach. In recognition of the famous composer’s birthday, at the group’s meeting on Saturday, March 21, Todd presented the group with refreshments including a birthday cake dated: March 21, 1685. Thanks, Todd, it was delicious!

Freedom Writers Group is a branch of the Florida Writers Association and meets on the third Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, contact Carol Jones at 873-8565, or by email: cjones314@cfl.rr.com

Master Gardeners

On Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m. Master Gardener Inez Dickson will speak on Florida Friendly Yards and Neighborhoods. She is a Master Gardener Board Member and representative for the Florida Friendly Yards and Neighborhoods program in Marion County. Her goal is to educate residents on how to manage their garden spaces more efficiently, conserve water, and use plantings that are appropriate for our climate zone. Q&A time will be available following the program and the Mobile Plant Clinic is expected to be on hand.

Creative Memories


The scrapbook group scheduled to meet on Saturday, April 11, is cancelled for Easter weekend. Class will resume May 9 at the regular time, from 1 to 4 p.m. Contact Karen David at 237-8953 for information.

Freedom Book Club

April’s selection for the next Book Club discussion at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 17, will be “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson. The second half of the meeting will be devoted to the onion discussion of “A Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearne Goodwin. This session covers Part II, chapters 12-16. For more information on joining this group, contact Lee Staiger at leestaiger@embarqmail.com .

Library Hours

Freedom Public Library is open six days a week, Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. Open times are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. For questions, or to arrange an appropriate time for your group, call Heather Ogilvie, 438-2580.

Meeting room activities for part of April follow below. All meetings are free and open to the public. Please note, no group meetings will be scheduled after hours when the library is closed unless they are county or state related. Also, if you have not yet completed a Meeting Room Application for 2009, please contact Heather Ogilvie at 438-2580.

Carol Jones lives with her husband, Cliff, at OTOW and likes it just fine. She can be reached via e-mail at Jonesy6iron@earthlink.net.