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Another featured couple married more than 50 years

By Jan Liberio

The lawns are finally starting to look good after that nasty winter kill we had. I know our new grass plugs and weeds are looking great!


Homes are selling more and more. Hopefully the people that have to sell for health reasons or whatever the next 6 months should be better and they can move on.

Feature of the week

Well, believe it or not, the feature this week is another couple who are married 50 years or more. Beverly and Rich Simmons will be married 58 years on Sept. 24.

Rich was born in New York City in Manhattan. He had one brother and one sister. When Rich was 9 years old, he and his mother moved to Lowell, Massachusetts. He attended Sacred Heart Elementary School and later he went to Lowell High School, where he left and joined the Navy at the age of 17.

Beverly was born Beverly Broadbent in Billerica, Massachusetts. She had one brother. She attended Faulkner Elementary and then on to Howe High School, where she graduated in 1952.

This same year she met Rich and he swept her off her feet in four short months and they were married that September.

After they married, Rich worked at the Raytheon Company as an electronic test technician for missile parts, where he remained for 40 years.

Beverly also worked at Raytheon until their first son was born. She worked on and off as a bookkeeper while raising four children (three sons,one daughter).

Later came seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Beverly returned to Raytheon and worked 10 more years before they both retired to Spruce Creek North in 1989 where they have lived for more than 20 years.

Bev loves her computer. She used to bowl and would like to go back to it. But for now she enjoys the water exercises, plus riding her little scooter bike.

Rich recently had hip replacement surgery and is hoping to return to horseshoe pitching, shuffleboard and bowling.

Isn’t it wonderful to find so many devoted couples living here in SCN?

They were a very pleasant couple to interview.

Euchre Club

First place winners the last few months in Euchre have been Keith Spears, Theda Millin, Mike Kurlokowsky, Karen Peterson, Sam LoBianco, Bonnie Teemley, Gary Rittenhouse, Betty O., Ernestine Dave, Joyce Rex, Ebb Johnson, Billy Swing, Sue Warner, Wilma Barchey, Ruth Millin and Lily Kitzer. A full listing of all the winners is in the SCN newsletter. Euchre is played on Monday nights at 6:30. Sue and Ken Warner run the Euchre group so you can get more information from them.

Ice Cream Social

News from the social committee is a Sunday Ice Cream Social. Date is July 25 from 5-6:30 p.m. Cost is $2 per person, payable at the door. The next event will be a potluck in September which is always a well-attended day.

Scrabble Anyone?

Laura is looking for scrabble players to form a club in the afternoon at the SCN clubhouse. All are welcome. Call Laura at 352-237-0770.


My last featured column was about Bocci. It is too hot to play now, so Ed Watson reports that the Bocci league will begin Monday, Oct. 4. Call Ed for the times. He is hoping for many new players and also to start up shuffleboard once again.

Response to heat & humidity

I did get one e-mail from a very sweet lady saying she DID prefer frozen water pipes and cold to the hot and humid weather. God love her, we are from Chicago and had all the cold we want for our lifetime. BUT! That’s what makes our world go around, we all like different things. Thanks for the e-mail, though!!

Ping Pong Paddlers

I talked to Ben Medolla, leader of the Ping Pong Paddlers, and he said they are still playing every Sunday at 10 a.m. His group is looking for new players. Residents from other communities are welcome to come and play. Ben would like to get group together on another day. Please contact him.

Hospice Thrift Store

Hospice thrift store really offers some nice clean items. They have a selection of just about everything with different bargains every week. New residents should stop by. They are located in Jasmine Plaza near the corner of 200 and 60th. These friendly people are all volunteers that work there. Hospice is a non-profit store.

Get Well Wishes

All our get well wishes go to Bill Miranda who is recovering from surgery.

He is one of the pancake people and we need him healthy to flip those pancakes. Get well soon!!!

Old Friends

I ran into a dear old friend I hadn’t seen in years. It was so good to see her smiling face. Why do we get so caught up in our own lives that we lose touch with friends we care for? It was great seeing you, Pat!!

See you in 2 weeks.

Jan Liberio resides in Spruce Creek North with her hubby Jim. Contact her through e-mail at JnLiber@aol.com or drop your news in the mail slot at the SCN clubhouse.