Neighbors turn out to support scholarship fundraiser

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By Deej Koebbe

Spruce Creek Preserve neighbors – some 250 of them – came together recently to celebrate the spirit of the community and to raise funds for the Frank Pisillo Scholarship Fund. 

Frank, the beloved chorus director for the community who died in September 2005, lives on in the strength of the Chorus now under the direction of Ellen McClure. 

The Scholarship Committee has awarded six students funds for the continuation of their musical careers over the last four years and will do so again this year. 

Marie Pisillo said that assisting youths was always an important part of Frank’s life.  When he played for the Hawthorne Caballeros of New Jersey, he literally took kids off the street and taught them music and instilled the passion for the discipline of  the Drum and Bugle Corps.

Former members still contribute annually to the fund. 

With this in mind, Marie has asked that $500 of the fund go toward furthering music in the local schools.  As state and local funds are diminishing for education, we cannot let art, music, and theater fall by the wayside. 

The blueprint for this event can easily be copied by other groups. 

Local talent was coordinated by a small committee headed by Pat Wittenzoellner and Liz Bjornson, and comedy and slapstick was provided by a few brave souls.  Neighbors brought food. While one more scholarship was raised this evening and funds were generated to support West Port High Schools School of Performing Arts, it meant much more as friends came together to share the joy of music and camaraderie.

  Bluebird brings


The following was submitted by our neighbor and good friend Charlotte DuChossois, for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column:

Spring break brings visitors and family to Florida to enjoy the warmer weather. We have no family coming this year but don’t feel sorry for us because we now have a quite unexpected guest to our home.

 About eight days ago while sitting in the TV room, we heard a strange tapping noise. Being the observant people that we are, we discovered a lovely bluebird who wanted desperately to join us to watch some baseball, I guess. He continuously flung his little body at our window for what seemed like hours. For fear he would break his little beak, we pasted colored plastic bags and streamers on the window to discourage the little guy. This, however, must have been the wrong approach, as he amused himself by playing with the bags and streamers.

Leo said he was probably searching for a mate. Since I have been spoken for, we decided his efforts were futile. Always thinking, we tried to outsmart this cutie by closing the blinds. It worked for a short time, so we carefully opened the blinds just a slit and he was right back again. Sitting in the TV room in the dark is for the birds! We have named him “Crash” at the brilliant suggestion of our friend Pat Mooney.

This morning with blinds still closed, we hear the tapping again. Expecting to see our little buddy at the same window, we were completely outsmarted because he went around the front of the house and was trying his luck at the arched window above the front entrance.

  We now know where the expression “bird brain” came from. But, alas, we had a ray of hope when we saw a second bluebird hanging around the back window. Upon further observation, we came to discover the second bird was also a male.

We may be the first people in Spruce Creek Preserve to have a gay couple in our birdhouse. Whatever happens, it sure is fun to watch.

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

Enough Meatballs for the Gang

1 pound pork sausage

1/3 cup soft breadcrumbs

1 egg, beaten

3/4 cup catsup

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons white vinegar

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Shape into balls the sausage, breadcrumbs and egg. Brown in skillet for about 20 minutes. Pour off fat. Combine brown sugar, catsup, vinegar, soy sauce and mustard, then pour over sausage balls and heat to boiling. Enjoy.

Here is but a smidgen of the doin’s out our way:

  Sunday, April 19 – Craft Fair meeting for all past, present and future vendors and volunteers at 2 p.m. in the craft room. If you wish to attend but are unable to, please contact Lois Keith.

  Tuesday, April 21 – Craft Club from 1 to 3 p.m. Clay pot angel. Bring paints if you have any. Sign up in craft room. For information, see Pam.

  Sunday, April 26 – SCP Military Club Golf Scramble at 8 a.m. with dinner at 4:30 p.m. in Community Center. Sign up on the bulletin board in the Community Center. See Frank Bevacqua for information.

  Tuesday, April 28 – Jet Set picnic at Rainbow Springs Park at 11:30 a.m. Bring food. Sign up at Community Center. Indicate what you are bringing. Also, bring any yard games or card games you have. For information, see Sharon.

Cancer Lumanaria Sale

There’s still time to remember someone. Luminaries only – no photos. Tuesday before bingo from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. or call Dee, Cheryl or Linda.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling every Tuesday morning by the On the Level Club. Proceeds to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Tampa. Please help them. You are helping yourselves by saving landfill space.

Bingo every Tuesday evening for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Games start promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Till next time, God be willing and the creek don’t rise.

Deej and her husband, Joe, live in Spruce Creek Preserve. To submit news items or announcements leave notices in her library cubby or call her. The Koebbes are listed in the Preserve phone directory.