Preservists join in at the Relay for Life event

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece, Preservist Linda Sprague submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column:

Even wind and cold could not keep 11 Spruce Creek Preserve survivors and their caregivers away from the Relay for Life on April 17, at the Dunnellon High School track. It was a day to celebrate (a thing survivors do well) – to celebrate being alive!

After a beautiful opening ceremony, we and our caregivers walked the first lap with the many others dressed in purple survivor shirts. It was amazing to see the smiles of happiness and encouragement and hear the cheers of those surrounding the track - those who have walked the walk with us or who would be walking throughout the night to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Back in the Preserve, others support our survivorship. They support us with thoughts, prayers and good wishes and, once a year, support our hopes of better treatments and cures by donating to the Luminaria “sale.”

The Luminaria sale raises money for research and other support and at the same time, allows us to remember loved ones lost to cancer, to support those who are currently fighting cancer, and to celebrate those who have fought the battle and won! This year, even with the economic problems, we had 156 donations totaling $l,462 - a new record for us! And next year - partly be€ cause of this effort - even more survivors. Thanks to one and all!

Linda, we’re proud of you!

From Koebbe’s Kitchen 

Easy does it:

Dump Cake

1 can cherry pie filling

1 can crushed pineapple

1 box yellow or white cake mix

1 stick butter or margarine

1 cup pecan pieces

Dump cherries and crushed pineapple in a 9x13 pan. Sprinkle box of dry cake mix on top. Melt butter or margarine and pour over dry cake mix. Sprinkle pecan pieces over cake mix. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. (If desired, sprinkle shredded coconut over mixture — also it is better if you bake the mix a while before adding pecans and coconut. Enjoy.

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

Arthritis exercises have moved outside to the pool, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. For information, see Judy Lebio.

The Military Club is selling 3’x5’ flags for $10. Call Frank, Wayne or Ruth.

 Friday, May 8 - The Military Club is sponsoring S.R. 200 cleanup. Meet at the main gate at 8:50 a.m. This is our quarterly cleanup of the highway area. Come help keep our property values and make the approach to our community attractive. For information, see John Rondo.

Saturday, May 9 — Aristocrats sponsoring “Spring Fling Stimulus” dancing from 7 to 10 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. You must have a ticket to attend. Cost of ticket is a nonperishable food item and the name of your favorite song or artist. BYOB and 50/50 drawing. For information, see Heather Garner.

Saturday, May 9 — Horse Sense members will make a visit to Mill Creek Farm, a retirement farm for horses. Leave SCP at 10 a.m. Admission is a few carrots to feed the horses. Will visit the pastures; home to former performers, police horses, abused horses, orphan horses, etc. A map and information provided on departure day. For information, see Sandy Gaile.

Sunday, May 10 — Nor’easter regular monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. at Sandwedge Café. All welcome. For information, see Ethel Kleiner.

Tuesday, May 12 — Craft Club — Trapunto Quilting, pillow front. Bring darning needle, scissors, and hoop. From 1 to 3 p.m. For information, see Doris Paretta.

Wednesday, May 13 — Midwest Club sponsoring summer dinner outing at Yamato Japanese Steakhouse. Leave Community Center at 5 p.m. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Reservations by May 11. For information, see Flo Fifield.

Saturday, June 13 — Family Feud Game Night sponsored by the Aristocrats from 7 to 9:30 p.m. If you would like to compete, call Heather Garner or Kip Thomas. Maximum eight groups of five players each.

Craft vendor applications now available at communications center outside of Julia’s office. Pick one up and return as soon as possible. Table assignments first come, first reserved. For information, see Dee Grkovich.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling every Tuesday morning. Contact any On the Level Club member.

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.

‘Til 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.