• For the seventh year, the Thrivent Committee of Joy Lutheran Church successfully met their project goal in providing shoes for the homeless children in Marion County

    As a result of the ice cream social fundraiser in April, $2,209 was raised, including matching funds and a memorial donation. Norma Erickson, Loretta Kremer, Bert and Georgia Adams purchased 153 pairs of shoes at Famous Footwear.

  • On Monday those big yellow vehicles will again appear on the roads indicating that school has started. It’s important for everyone to watch out for school buses stopping and starting, as well as for children crossing roads and streets.

    Tales being told out of school have already found their way to Pun Alley.

    Get up

    One early morning a lady went in to wake up her son and said, “Wake up, son. It’s time to go to school!”

    The son replied, “But why Mom? I don’t want to go.”

  • In one of the remotest places on earth, once the most isolated city in South America lies Iquitos, Peru, surrounded by the Amazon River and separated from other cities by the vast Amazon tropical rainforest and the high Andean summits. In this exotic setting dwell the Sephardic Jewish descendants of Morocco, Malta, Gibraltar, Alsace and the city of Manchester. They came originally in 1870 escaping anti-Semitism in their home countries and also in search of a better life and fortune as they cast their lot in with the rubber barons who exploited the Amazon region for the profitable product.

  • For those who are unsure about just what vegetable plants grow in the cooler months, the answers can be found during the Vegetable Garden Expo, Aug 21.

    The annual event is held in cooperation with the University of Florida IFAS, the Marion County Extension Service and Marion County Master Gardeners at the extension service office, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road.

  • In addition to all the horse farms, the Ocala area has many other beautiful scenic surroundings. One of them starts at the golf course on East Silver Springs Boulevard and extends way into the national forest. This whole area is alive with interesting tales.

    A medium in the median

    At one time a midget psychic set up several pup tents in the wide center island of the Boulevard and proceeded to do business. Her size allowed her to easily run her business in the pup tent. Customers liked her because her fortune telling was always in tents.

  • Modern cars are wonderful. An indicator lights up whenever there’s something wrong; but the source of the problem is not always obvious. Such a problem had me back to my local tire and auto care center several times. They persevered and fixed the car as good as new, spending more effort on it than I was charged.

    Such problems have been known to drive auto mechanics to mental wards. Doctor: “This room is reserved for auto mechanics.”

    Visitor: “But the room is empty; are there any patients?”

  • There are many hurting/sick folks in our world, and many folks who care. Once a month, a number of ladies of Timber Ridge Community Church (10260 S.W. 110th St.) get together to stuff and finish handmade bears which are distributed to critically and terminally ill children and adults in various facilities, so that they may have a physical reminder that they are not alone and that they are cared for and prayed for. Appropriate fabrics are purchased, and the fabric is given to one member to cut the little bears’ pattern; then the cut fabric is given to another member to sew together.

  • The important Oak Run Neighborhood Awareness Program began more than 12 years ago. Some of its volunteers have been with it all that time and are ready to pass the torch to younger residents. NAP is now recruiting new members. Won’t you please help keep eyes and ears out there on the roads of Oak Run? You would only have to patrol once a month, usually for 2 to 3 hours, and attend one meeting per month. Each volunteer has to fill out an application for the Sheriff’s Office and a background check is conducted.

  • Frank Hofstatter was really tickled when the Liberty Middle School Builders Club, sponsored by his Friendship Kiwanis Club, announced efforts to establish a relationship for their members with namesake Liberty Park on Southwest 103rd Street. As the Friendship Kiwanis liaison for LMS Builders Club, Frank works directly with faculty co-advisers, Alexan Johnson and Louann Boemio.

  • “Life is just a succession of busy nothings.” – Jane Austen

    Most of us led busy lives, even the stay at home moms. Now that we’re retired, we all expected that to be a thing of the past. After all, isn’t that what we were told retirement is all about? There would be plenty of time to do what we want or need to do in a relaxed, unrushed manner.

  • With the Lifestyle Center’s great room looking a glorious mess like it is, Joe Raffony tells me that we can be confident redecoration appearances can only get better … lots better! You’ll read his update when your monthly Communicator newsletter arrives today. Meanwhile, Bill Wurst and Deeann Welch agree the contractor’s workmanship is both right up to spec and right on schedule.

    Warm days means volleyball

  • August is almost upon us with the high heat that sends many of us to cooler climates if we can find them in this summer. Some go camping and others go traveling while the rest of us just think about the adventures we could find elsewhere. Pun Alley brings some camp stories and adventures to your armchair.

    Real camp

    A counselor was helping his kids put their stuff away on their first morning in summer camp. He was surprised to see one of the youngsters had an umbrella. The counselor asked, “Why did you bring an umbrella to camp?”

  • In 1947, a young Bedouin shepherd boy went on a quest to search for a lost goat. In the harsh, dry desert region that was his home, the boy naturally assumed the goat had left the herd in search of water. What the shepherd ultimately discovered was to become one of the most significant archeological finds of all time and although the goat may not have found water to drink, the discovery nevertheless would be the spiritual fountain from which three monotheistic religions would drink and be nourished.

  • On this day in 1829, William Burt patented a forerunner of the typewriter. The typewriter as we know it, came into being after further development. Even though the typewriter is now history, there are some interesting stories about those who pounded on the keys.

    In the early days, the girl who operated the typewriter was also called a typewriter. “I say, George,” said the young business man to his friend, “where do you buy your typewriter ribbons?”

    “I don’t,” replied the other. “I usually buy her flowers.”

  • All of us have gone through bad times of one sort or another. It could be money troubles, a difficult child, loss of a job, illness, and many other difficult problems. We have all found the strength and will to get through them somehow.

    When we were younger, we knew there would be trials and tribulations we probably would have to go through. In retirement, we expected all that was behind us. Unfortunately, we were wrong. As long as we’re alive, there will be lots of good times but also some bad ones will show up.

  • Just down the road a piece, all the residents of Spruce Creek Preserve are being called on to help their community. Application forms are now available in the Community Center office for board of director members. Two vacancies need to be filled.

    All applications must be in the Community Center office by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Elections will take place on Oct. 19, after the annual meeting of the Spruce Creek Preserve Homeowners Association. All candidates will be introduced to the community at the “meet the candidates” night, conducted by the Election Committee.

  • The Ambassadors will be having an “I Love Paris” dinner dance on Saturday, Aug. 14, at Palm Grove. The caterer has changed from that announced in the Oak Run Newsletter. Royal Oaks will provide a buffet of tossed salad, baked Virginia ham with pineapple glaze, au gratin potatoes, green beans, rolls and butter and lemon cake from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Diana and Mitch Smallwood will entertain with a big band sound, play oldies, rock, rumbas, cha-chas, swing, line dancing and specialty dance music from the 1930s through the 1990s from 8 to 11 p.m.

  • Well is it hot enough out there for all of you? I promised I wouldn’t complain until August and I won’t but it is a little toasty. Not complaining, just stating a fact!

    Feature of the week

    Not another “over 50’’ couple this week? Yep..this week Lois and Walt Connor are the featured couple who are married over 50 years. 55 years to be exact !

  • Many retired people don’t like change, preferring to stay in their comfort zone. What they fail to realize is how much of life they are missing. It’s important to live life. Doing the same things that we have done for many years is a waste of our minds and bodies. We need to stretch both whenever possible.

    True, there are many things we did in our younger years that we are unable to do now. Spend time thinking about what you are able to do at the present moment. If you don’t do them now, next year might be too late.

  • The Friendship Amateur Radio Club held its monthly meeting on July 12 at the Sheriff's Office Brian Litz Building on State Road 200.