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OTOW: Crusie over to the education center for a class

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By June Roberta

There is talk about making “blue” as popular as “green.” For the past few years, there has been much talk about global warming and how it has and will continue to affect our quality of life.  Al Gore has helped tremendously in getting the word out.  We all have to do our part.

What hasn’t been discussed as much is protecting and conserving our water supply.  It is also threatened by climate change.  Water is the one thing that none of us can live without.  We need to raise awareness about critical water issues.   Urban runoff is now greater than industrial runoff.  What we put into our water will eventually reach others. 

There are some who say that the next world wars will be over water.  Hopefully, we will use it as an opportunity for peace instead.

Travel Club

  I ran into Bob Woods, who heads up the On the Road Again Travel Club, and he informed me he now has the pricing and flyers for the Washington, D.C. trip departing April 8, 2010.  Hopefully the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom during the visit.  This is a 6-day, 5-night jaunt with tours of the city, both in the day and evening hours.  The list of places being visited and viewed just goes on and on.

Bob also informed me that he still has a few seats available for his quick 3-day, 2-night tour of Amelia Island, Jacksonville, and St. Augustine which departs November 4th.

Bob also has a fantastic cruise planned on the Freedom of the Sea, the world’s largest cruise ship, departing Port Canaveral on Jan. 24.  He is giving a $100 shipboard credit and a monogrammed beach towel per cabin.  The cruise is for 7 days going to Labadee, Haiti; Ocho Rios; Jamaica; Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; and Cozumel, Mexico.  Hurry and call Bob at 854-0702 for details.

Master the Possibilities 

Next week concludes the spring offerings at Master the Possibilities Education Center.  There's a Florida Friendly Landscaping class on Wednesday as well as a Vegetarian Cooking class. Go to masterthepossibities.com for the particulars. Even though the spring quarter will end....there's much more coming.

The Summer Catalog (July August and September) will be available to you online on Thursday June 25. There are about 150 classes, lectures and presentations that you can register for....about half are brand new. Go to the We site Thursday and you'll be able to register and get confirmation immediately. The catalog will be published and available on July 2. (So take advantage of the online option) Hope to see you in class!

Lincoln Part II

There was a good-size crowd at the Cultural Center for Part II of the Lincoln lecture given by Attorney Jerry Colen.  This class started with Lincoln’s bid for a Senate seat which he lost to Douglas in 1858.   It was during this campaign that he gave the house divided speech against slavery.  During the Lincoln Douglas Debates Lincoln said slavery is a violation of the rights given in the Constitution.  If slavery isn’t wrong, then nothing is wrong. 

In Feb. 1860, Lincoln gave a lecture at Cooper Union Institute in NY.  It helped him to be nominated by the Republican Party for president on May 18, 1860. 

In his Inaugural Address, he said the country must maintain the Union.  He was very conciliatory to the South.  The attack of Ft. Sumter by the south started the Civil War.  The Fort fell to the southern forces.  The Civil War caused 600,000 deaths.

He overwhelmingly won the second election.  Lincoln wrote all his own speeches. He was very strong.  His Marfan Disease changed the way he looked in later years. 

Mr. Colen took questions from many in the audience.  Someone asked why the talk wasn’t longer as there was so much to cover.  At a previous class, 2 hours had been tried but it was too long for most people to sit through. 

Toppers Travel

Reservations are now being taken for an evening trip to the Show Palace Dinner Theater in Hudson. The date is Friday August 21st. You will see a great show and enjoy a fantastic buffet dinner. The show is "Nunsence A Men" with all of the characters being portrayed by male musical comedy performers. Think of it as "Mrs. Doubtfire enters the Convent!"

Price is $57 per person and includes the bus, show, buffet and gratuities. We will be leaving OTOW at approximately 4:15 PM and return about midnight. Call Toni at 854-9768 to make your reservation.

 “And this too shall pass”  jroberta@cfl.rr.

June Roberta is retired and lives in OTOW. She enjoyed a diverse career, including being a legal secretary to a theatrical attorney on Madison Avenue. Call her at 237-9208, or e-mail OTOW news to her at jroberta@cfl.rr.com. Deadline is a week prior to Friday’s publication.