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Today's News

  • The Geneva Convention

    Yes, this is great. We should all fight like gentlemen. We should stand up, perhaps in our red coats, and fight in a dignified manner such as at Concord. Those “terrorists” hiding behind trees and bushes were not very nice people.

    Where am I going with this?

    To be serious, as long as there are national borders, there will be KGBs, MI5s, FBIs, CIAs and Secret Services of each nation. There will be dirty tricks and torture. The hamstringing of the CIA is against our present interest.

    The president is right in avoiding political destruction of the CIA.

  • World War II vets to visit memorial

    Before dawn on the morning of Oct. 29, a chartered airplane will lift off from Ocala International Airport carrying 100 veterans of World War II, and caregivers and support personnel to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., thanks to the generosity of local people and the leadership of Rose Clements and Morrey Deen, using a concept of “Honor Flight” which originated in Springfield, Ohio.

  • Cherrywood news

    We had about 30 ladies at our Oct. 14 luncheon. We all had a great time. Each month we have a birthday cake for anyone who is celebrating that month. This month Margaret Kender will turn 101 on Oct. 30.

    Craft show

    The November Craft Show will be Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Bowling for Oct. 12

    Men’s high game, Dave Bragdon 203; Gerry Giovanniello 200; John Whitenton 196.

    Women’s high game, Maria Nardone 186; Kathy Underhill 172; Jenny Arturi 171.

  • Memories of Vietnam still exist

    You could tell that memories of Vietnam haven’t faded. All you had to do was look at the faces of the people at last Sunday’s traveling Vietnam Memorial and the resulting ceremony, and you could see that, whether they were veterans or families who lost a loved one, the thoughts never go away.

    The Vietnam Memorial wall, a 60 percent replica of the actual memorial in Washington, D.C., made its way to Ocala for the second time in the last few years.

  • Spruce Creek North

    I really thought the heat was gone for a while, but, alas, it has returned! Let’s hope by the time this column goes to print we will be enjoying some beautiful fall weather.

    Feature of the week

    This week’s feature is actually about two very fine ladies, Joan Walsh and Donna Farnham, who are Spruce Creeks North’s librarians. They have done a wonderful job organizing the books in our new library.

    Here is a little bit about these two gals.

  • OTOW Happenings

    We all experienced major and minor changes over the years. At this stage in our lives, they don’t come as frequently. That is until recently when most of us found ourselves living in a bad economic climate. Whether we are rich or just managing to get by, we have all experienced it in one way or another.

    Most of what’s happening is out of our hands. All we really have going for us is our attitude. With a positive rather than a negative one, we can embrace this change and try to learn from it.

  • A lust for solutions

    A lust for solutions

    Are we ready to trash the lust for power cadre? Humans have suffered long enough under that sorry philosophy.

    We citizens can do it with a lust for solutions. We will have enough money for all our needs, with something left for our piggy banks.

    Power lusters have no inclination to find solutions. Their only interests are power, control, and spending other peoples money.

  • Marion Landing

    This month’s honored volunteer has gotten herself active in all kinds of directions during the 11 years she has been one of our neighbors. Pat Smith has been involved with our S and R Committee, the Sunshine Committee, sings with the Landing Lites chorus, is a Community Patrol regular and helps the Travel Club to plan your next trip. Over and above all these activities, this retired nurse often shares her skills and experience with friends and neighbors returning home from hospitalization.

  • Pickup truck stolen

    A white Ford F250 pickup truck, with the company’s logo on the doors, was stolen from Windows Plus on Southwest 74th Avenue sometime between Friday, Oct. 16 and Monday, Oct. 19.

    A chain on a fenced compound was cut and the thief or thieves entered and took the truck.

    In the only other case reported this week by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest substation, deputies arrested Daren James Register, 43, of Southwest 11th Place, Ocala, for DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked habitual and refusing to submit to a breath test.

  • Spruce Creek Preserve

    Just down the road a piece, Preservists and even residents from other communities have asked for the return of the “Getting to know all about you” segment of our Preserve South Marion Citizen column, so here goes. This week Preservist Dee Winey earns the spotlight.

    When Dee Winey was growing up on a farm in Nebraska with 10 brothers and sisters, and attending a one-room schoolhouse, she never dreamed she would one day retire to Florida. Her first jobs were babysitting for 35 cents an hour and walking corn and bean fields for 50 cents an hour.