• Ambassadors’ Fourth of July events are planned

    Come celebrate our Nation’s 233rd birthday in typical Oak Run style. Ticket sales for the dance, the barbecue and the concert described below will all take place on Monday, June 15, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. at Palm Grove and Tuesday, June 16, from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Orchid Club lobby. Make checks payable to ORHA, no cash. You will be handed a pink number for dance tickets, a green ticket for the barbecue and concert. Dance tickets will be purchased individually with a separate check at the dance table and barbecue and/or concert tickets with one check at another table.

  • Community association manager receives special recognition

    Just down the road apiece Preservists one and all congratulate our Community Association Manager Steve Butts for attaining such high regard from the Honorable Ginny Brown-Waite of Florida, that on May 21, 2008 this congresswoman issued a proclamation on the floor of Congress of the United States that May 21 would henceforth be known as Steve R. Butts Day.

  • No fish story, plenty of fish for everyone

    A few weeks ago, a friend invited us and about 20 other people to a fish fry in his backyard. Everyone had about three or four fish each with a lot left over. All of them had been caught from a small stream that ran in back of his house. And that’s no fish story or is it?

    What A Line

    Oliver, an insurance broker in Florida, loves ocean fishing and takes his cell phone along on the boat. One morning, while drifting about a mile offshore, Oliver discussed business on the phone.

  • Senior citizen with ingenuity

    Just down the road apiece our friend Donna Skinner loves to tell this story about this senior citizen’s ingenuity.

    An elderly gentleman was preparing for bed one evening when his wife reminded him that he probably had left the light on in the shed.

    So he got dressed and went out to check the light when he saw some people in his shed, through the shed window. The little old man hurried back into his house and called the police department.

  • Ping Pong Paddlers bounce around communities

    I hope all mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Our weather sure has been ideal for it.

    I finally caught up with the Ping Pong Paddlers. They are the featured club for this week’s column. They are a friendly group of guys. Ben Medolla of Spruce Creek North is the club president. He is really one nice guy! They play every Sunday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Clubhouse. They also play at Cherrywood on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

  • Results are in; ostriches don’t bury their heads in sand

    This month’s recognition for Volunteer of the Month  goes to a volunteer who also helps create contributions to our community coffers. Peggy Reed has organized our annual yard sale for the past two years and will be heading up her second annual bazaar come November. Not only that, Peggy is always on hand to participate in any kind of Marion Landing community or committee fundraiser. Between times, she and hubby Ed tend their quaint little shop on the Mi-can-OH-py antique row, keeping her pretty busy all the time. Our congratulations to Volunteer of the Month, Peggy Reed.

  • Bring some bright ideas to Island Club meeting

    At this month’s meeting of the Canine Club on Thursday, May 28, at 7 p.m. at the Island Club, members will be encouraged to suggest an activity for the June meeting, perhaps an outing or a picnic or something new to be enjoyed at the Island Club. Be ready with lots of bright ideas. Following this short business meeting, we will welcome Mrs. Terry Stootoff, wife of Dr. Stootoff, as our speaker. Dr. Stoothoff is unable to attend due to a prior commitment and Terry has graciously offered to fill in for him.

  • Successful fashion show draws about 30 people

    We had about 30 people at the last luncheon for the year.  Our fashion show was a big success.  We would like to thank Peggy Bradshaw and Debbie of  Second Chance Consignment, and Denise of Designing Woman. I'd also like to thank our six models – Phyllis, Sue, Cindy, Mary Alice, and Maria. The food was great as usual. I would also like to thank the team that helped me out this year: Norma Briggs, Phyllis Yagnesak, and Carol Henn.

  • Sometimes, retirees need to enhance free time

    Retirees often find there aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done or the time to enjoy their hobbies and social life. Or are there? Too many people have what can aptly be called a “Loser Zone” where too much time is spent.

    This happens when something that produces no significant improvement in your life takes up way too much of your time. For many, it’s watching too much TV. It could also be aimlessly chatting on the phone or surfing the Internet. For me, it’s playing too many games of computer solitaire.

  • Meditation: A good way to help reduce stress

    May is National Meditation Month. Meditation is a good way to reduce the stress in life. There are many different meditation techniques, so it’s not difficult to find what works best for each person.

    It is an excellent way to find peace, gentleness and joy within and to offer it back to the world. Meditation can make it possible to be more aware of each moment, to be more focused, and to appreciate what is around you.