Progress played to a packed house

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By Deej Koebbe

Just down the road apiece the Spruce Creek Preserve ballroom was a veritable hub of activity the afternoon of Jan. 19 as representatives of Progress Energy erected Community Partnership Information Centers throughout this great room for the sole purpose of informing and discussing information concerning the building of a nuclear plant and the three suggested routes of transmission lines.

Many concerned residents from surrounding areas, as well as Preservists, anxious for some reassurance regarding a Levy County nuclear plant began arriving early. All were welcomed by representatives of Progress Energy to an array of tables laden with informative material and aerial photos of the three suggested transmission routes.

No final determination has been made for the power line corridors and emphasis is still on community partnership for energy planning.

These many knowledgeable Progress Energy representatives established as their main goal the job of assuring all in attendance that their well being would not be adversely affected were the nuclear plant be built as planned.

From Koebbe’s Kitchen

You can’t beat this recipe for simplicity.

Easy Apple Butter

2 lbs. apples, cored and sliced

3/4 cup apple juice

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Put half of the apples and half of the apple juice in the work bowl of a food processor or in a blender and process until smooth. Empty blender into heavy saucepan.

Repeat above with remaining apples and juice. Add sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves to apple purée.

Cook apple puree over low heat for 1-1/2 hours. Spoon at once into a heatproof container. Cool, cover and refrigerate.

In the morning, grab a slice of whole wheat bread and spread lavishly. Better yet, do two slices while you’re at it.

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

Monday – Preservists are reminded to pick up SCP 2009 telephone directories any Monday, starting now, from 1 to 3 p.m. through March 9.

Volunteers needed to distribute 2009 telephone directories every Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. Sign up at the Community Center.

Preserve Chorus rehearsals for February are canceled. Call Linda for information.

Tuesday, Feb. 3 and 12 – Craft Club making “Cat with Mouse on Mousetrap,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Bring brushes, paint, etc.; other supplies are free, including wood. Sign up in craft room. See Doris Paretta.

Aristocrats are asking Preservists to submit wedding photos for the Valentine’s Dance on Feb. 14. Please keep it a surprise. Submit to Kip in an envelope and put in Aristocrat box. Deadline is Feb. 3. See Kip for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 5 – Military Club meeting at 4:30 p.m. Time to pay $12 dues, make check payable to SCP Military Club. For information, see Ruth Ann. Dinner at el Toreo. See Wendy or Ruth Ann Van Loozenoord.

Saturday, Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day Dance from 7 to 11 p.m. Music by Karen and Stan Hall. Cost is $7 per person. Tickets available at Community Center Mondays from 1 to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays before Bingo.

Spring training game, Washington Nationals on March 20. See Judy Mays.

Bridge Lessons – Sign up in general activity book or call Fern Novak for information. Cost is $1 per lesson.

Ceramic classes every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in craft room. See Mary Secue.

Newspaper and aluminum recycling every Tuesday morning by members of the On the Level Club. Call for pickup. Read January Spruce News for the tremendous amount of dollars these men have generated in support of the Shriners’ Hospital in Tampa.

Bingo every Tuesday for Preservists and their overnight guests. Cards on sale 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.