• The Women of the World had another sucessful fashion show March 13 (their 26th) at the Health and Recreation ballroom of On Top of the World. All profits were given to Hospice. Dillard's was very generous in letting the models wear clothes from their store for the fashion show. The models were members of the group. Also 3 men from On Top of the World's staff both modeled and escorted models during the show. In addition to selling tickets for the dinner, 75 baskets were filled with various items by the ladies and raffle tickets were sold to determine the winners.

  • Our Redeemer Lutheran

  • An atheist complained to a friend, “Christians have their special holidays, such as Christmas and Easter; and Jews celebrate their holidays, such as Passover and Yom Kippur; Muslims have their holidays. Every religion has its holidays. But we atheists,” he said, “have no recognized holidays. It’s unfair discrimination.”

    “What do you mean, atheists have no holidays,” his friend replied, “People have been observing a special day in your honor for years.”

  • Palm Sunday at Countryside

    The Rev. Gary Marshall will lead the Procession of Palms on Palm Sunday, March 28 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

    All are welcome to attend this special Lenten service. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

    Our Redeemer Lutheran

  • Smitty Williams recently marked her 102nd birthday.

  • Three local authors are scheduled to appear on Saturday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Freedom Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of Freedom Public Library, this program provides the opportunity to hear and speak with not just one, but three published authors: Sylvia Fiorello, Lyn Hill, and Susan Rowan Masters.


    While you're there, fill out a ticket for a door prize to win one of their books. Drawing will take place during the last half hour of the event.

  • The Florida Strawberry Festival, held last week in Plant City, was a time for family fun, contests, entertainment, and strawberries, although the number of strawberries available was vastly diminished by our cold winter. But, I did come away with some interesting stories.


    In spite of the cold winter a farmer brought a monster strawberry to the festival and was certain that it would win the contest. During the evaluation the chief judge picked up the strawberry, ran away with it and was seen putting it in his trunk of his car.

  • Palm Sunday at Countryside

    The Rev. Gary Marshall will lead the Procession of Palms on Palm Sunday, March 28 at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Countryside Presbyterian Church, 7768 S.W. State Road 200, Ocala.

    All are welcome to attend this special Lenten service. For further information, call the church office at 352-237-4633.

    Our Redeemer Lutheran

  • The Forty and Eight veterans group is proud to announce that at our next meeting we will have Paula Welenc, director of services at the Fisher House in Tampa, as our guest speaker.

  • The Passover tradition is an ancient one. The celebration of the Israelites’ liberation from Egyptian bondage goes back some 3,000 years. The story of the Exodus is symbolically portrayed and re-enacted each year in a ritual called the Seder. Through the eating of ritual foods, songs, prayers and symbolic acts, the whole liberation experience is recreated by Jews all over the world.

  • Watching the news is still a big part of the day for Margaret Seither.

    The other day, March 1, she was part of the local news when she celebrated her 102 birthday.

    Although healthy, macular degeneration has left her with limited sight. Her hearing is almost nonexistent.

    But with a large-screen television and ear phones she is able to get some news.

    “Fox News comes in clear; the rest sound like a bunch of noise,” she said.

    Seither moved to Pine Run some 30 years ago after retiring from Western Union.

  • Don’t leave home without a travel-size bottle of shampoo, conditioner, a small bar of soap or similar hygiene products next week.


    Those items are needed for homeless children, and March 19 and 20 volunteers from Eve Circle of Ocala West United Methodist Church will collect those items.

    Last year during a similar drive, the women were able to put together 985 personal hygiene kits for homeless and needy children from the items they collected, said Judy Dale, coordinator of the yearly project.

  • Next Wednesday is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday first celebrated in 1737 by Irish immigrants in Boston. Now almost everyone celebrates by wearing green, being honorary Irish, drinking green beer, and eating corned beef and cabbage. The Irish can be proud; going green the year around has now become a worldwide objective. In honor of St. Patty, Pun Alley gets painted green and has some Irish fun.


  • On March 14, Daylight Saving Time begins when we get to set our clocks forward an hour. We all lose an hour of sleep, and those who forget find themselves at church or the golf course an hour late. This can be embarrassing, but not catastrophic, and is funny to those who observe it. Today’s Pun Alley begins with some timely material.


    A Minor Problem

    Last year Bob, a coal miner in West Virginia, forgot to set his clock ahead an hour and woke up late. He realized this when he was shaving, so he skipped breakfast and rushed out to his car.

  • Ever since Abraham looked up to the stars and was told by God that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars of heaven, Jews have scanned the heavens in search of knowledge and adventure. While Jewish mothers are commonly apt to brag about “my son, the doctor,” or “my son, the lawyer,” “my son, the astronaut,” has a funny ring to it. In truth, there are many Jews involved with the space industry, as well as famous Jewish astronauts.

  • (In the spirit of the humorous holiday of Purim which is celebrated on Feb. 28, I offer the following)

    If you like merriment, costume parties, humorous plays, great food, and a rollicking good time, have I got a holiday for you! And it all started when a brave Jewish woman defended her people and foiled the evil plans of one who wanted to destroy the Jews of ancient Persia.

  • February is a month for candy lovers for many of us. Of course there’s Valentine Day with lovers giving and receiving various types of candies. But it’s also a time to remember the introduction of the Tootsie Roll, which occurred 114 years ago this last Tuesday. Accordingly, Pun Alley just has to present some sweet stories.

    Entangle Mints

  • On Sunday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m., “The Big Sun Chorus and Company” will provide a performance of barbershop harmony at the Ocala West United Methodist Church, 9330 S.W. 105th St., Ocala with a general admission fee of $10.


  • Maria Olivero has been elected lieutenant governor for Kiwanis Division 6 Key Clubs in the Florida District.

    The 17-year-old West Port High School junior has been a member of the school’s Key Club, sponsored by Friendship Kiwanis Club of Ocala, for two years, serving that organization as vice president and director. Key Club faculty adviser Tyler Waters said Florida Kiwanis Division 6 encompasses several Kiwanis clubs from Ocala, Lake Weir and Silver Springs Shores, as far north as Palatka.

  • Direct from "The Great Southern Cracker Roadshow," an event which was one of seven presentations to instruct St. Augustine residents on Florida history before the city's 450th birthday in 2015, Dana Ste. Claire and Janis Owens will be the main attraction at this year’s “Cracker Days” at Rainbow Springs State Park.