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Today's News

  • A few more hands needed for breakfast

    Many “happy holidays” and “merry Christmas” greetings were exchanged at the last breakfast. Thanks go to Nancy Stablein who donated her 50/50 winnings back to the kitchen.

    The next Cherrywood breakfast will be Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009 from 8 to 9:15 a.m. Juice, fruit cup, French toast, sausage, coffee and tea is $3 per person.

    Larry and the crew still need a few more extra helping hands so we can rotate volunteers each month. For tickets, see Geri at the office or Nancy Archer at Bingo.

    Blood Drive

  • A caroling they did go

    Just down the road apiece Preservist Rosemary Spaay submitted the following for inclusion in this week’s Preserve column.

    On Sunday, Dec. 21, 2008, forty-six gaily dressed people in golf carts and autos paraded through Spruce Creek spreading Christmas cheer. Christmas carols were sung at 29 homes.

  • A new threat to America: ‘Common-ism’

    With our country mired in the worst economic situation since the depression of 1929, due to our government’s “bailout” of, first, Wall Street firms, banks and mortgage companies, they then shift the program to credit cards, college loans and auto loans, to finally the big three auto makers. We will reserve judgment on all of this at this time because we’ve discovered, thanks to Tom DeWeese, a far more sinister threat to our way of life. It’s hard to believe it’s coming out at just this time of our lives.

  • Another mission of mercy planned

    Tim and Daphne Delaney are still working with the mission in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua but hurricane survivors in Haiti have become a second concern. They have been in touch with Pastor Pierre Almonor, who is trying to care for 300 impoverished children in one of the poorest nations in the world.

    The Delaneys are planning a trip to Haiti, possibly in February, to help rebuild the mission’s school and bring as much material aid with them as they can. Donations of nonperishable food, clothing or money are welcome.

  • Beware of redheads on New Year’s

    Today is Boxing Day. Next week on this day we will already be in a new year, Jan. 2, 2009. Many will have sung Auld Lang Syne, or part of it, on New Years’ Eve.

    But there is another song, now lost, which was sung in England along with Burns’ well-known poem. If memory serves correctly,  it goes something like the following:

    I saw the old homesteads and faces I loved,

    I saw England’s valleys and dells.

    I listened with joy as I did when a boy,

    to the sound of the old village bells.

    The log was burning brightly,

  • More Martin, live on FM

    His voice is a familiar one; and after more than 15 years on a Citrus County radio station, the Gene Martin Show has moved to Dunnellon. Oak Run resident and popular radio personality Gene Martin switched stations after being laid off from his former radio job.

    A few weeks before Christmas, Martin learned the news of his departure. But after the word spread his phone started to light up with offers. However, they were all from AM radio stations and Martin wanted to be on an FM station.

  • Keep your pet safe during the holidays

    The holidays are a time for fun, food, decorations and activities with friends and families. While you enjoy the season keep in mind that many of our winter habits and holiday traditions pose potential hazards to our pets.

    Here are some tips to keep in mind to insure your pets stay healthy and happy during the holidays.

    In this season of overeating you need to keep your pet on a normal diet. Even one meal of greasy, spicy or fatty foods can give your pet severe indigestion and/or diarrhea. So no leftovers for Rover, no matter how much he begs.

  • Times have changed but people haven't

    As this New Year dawns, the changing face of the Corridor is apparent to those who have been here a while. Several years ago the community had a strong rural identity.

    Today that dynamic has changed as more people have moved into the gated and ungated developments, and the area feels more like a small city instead of a few isolated neighborhoods along a two-lane country road.

  • Quilt will make scratch for library

    During its regular meeting Dec. 17, the Freedom Quilters donated to the library an impressive king-size quilt and a wall hanging in a chicken scratch design. These works of art were created by most of the group’s 32 members, says group leader Jeannine Sirkoch.

  • Is there any Christmas cheer left?

    The Christmas season is over, finally. The only aide memoire is the Christmas tree mutely standing in the corner of our living room. The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly were sitting in the living room drinking our morning cup of coffee and silently staring at the ghost of Christmas recently passed.

    Silence tiptoed down the hall. Almost out of nowhere, I heard a deep sigh from the only other occupant of the room. Then she said, “I’m glad Christmas is over.”