• During my high school career I was no thespian, however, I could act the fool when called upon. My friend was the thespian and starred in our senior high school play, “Finian’s Rainbow.” One of the musical numbers was, “When I’m not near the girl I love,

    I love the girl I’m near.”

  • By Marty Hoffman

    A strange thing happens every Winter in Florida.  No, it is not that the roads get full nor the stores crowded.  Rather a group of individuals reach back into their closets and pull out wool uniforms, dust off their muskets, and check their camping gear for the Living History season.  
    All over Florida, from Fort Clinch on the Georgia line, to Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West events are held portraying life during the period of our Nation’s history known as the Civil War.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • African Violets were on display and on sale at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion last weekend.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury
    One of the goals of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Ocala branch is to establish an AAUW student organization at The College of Central Florida (CF).
    The members were very pleased when they received an invitation to participate in a couple of events, on campus, the week of Sept. 12. This was the opportunity they needed to meet the students, share information about the association and get their interest in signing up for a potential student group.

  • By Patricia A. Woodbury RN MSN

  • By Rev. James Snyder
    When I was young, I always looked forward to my birthday. I could not wait until it came around and usually it was in the summer. I distinctly remember graduating from the age of nine to the double-digit number of 10, I thought I had arrived.
    When I hit the age of 16 and got my driver’s license and started driving around, of course my driving around was contingent upon my father allowing me to borrow his car. When I turned 18, however, I bought my own car.

  • The College of Central Florida has released its 2015-2016 Performing Arts Series schedule. All performances are at the CF Ocala Campus, 3001 S.W. College Road.
    The series kicks off Friday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dassance Fine Arts Center with the Distinguished Men of Brass playing and singing popular music with their own distinctive beat. The group’s audition on the television show “America’s Got Talent” sent the act to the Las Vegas round.

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • By Rev. James Snyder

  • Helping Hands of Ocala has been awarded a grant of $5,000 from Winn Dixie’s Bi-Lo Holdings Foundation.
    “We are very grateful for this generous donation as it is a big boost in helping us rebuild the lives of homeless people”, said Brad Dinkins, Chairman of Helping Hands. He further commented, “This is the largest grant we have ever received from the food industry”.

  • The Culinary Arts Club recently sponsored a series of three different classes. These classes were taught by members of the Culinary Arts Club, and from the response of the classes, the club is looking into doing more in the fall. Each class was only $5.

    The first class was taught by Chef Debbie Parson. It was titled Parmesan Crisps. It is a simple but elegant and tasty snack or appetizer. Debbie allowed participants to make the crisps after demonstrating. Hands-on learning is the best. Wine was served with these delicious treats.

  • Several weeks ago, I wrote an article featuring the upcoming Father’s Day gathering at Fairfield Village’s Clubhouse the Saturday before Father’s Day.  I missed the fun because I was visiting in Virginia, but I promised our residents that I would follow up with photos from that evening.

  • Two days before his 85thbirthday, Sam Fowler, of Dunnellon, got to take a trip he says that he “can’t brag about enough.”

    Fowler was one of 104 veterans flown to the nation’s capitol last week as part of the Honor Flight.

    The trip was the third Honor Flight leaving from the Ocala International Airport in the past two years taking veterans of World War II to see the memorial built in their honor.

    “I was so thrilled, everything was well done, so carefully conceived,” he said about the day-long trip.

  • Learning of an opportunity to see Austria, Joe Riley took it.

    The year was 1947 and Riley was in the U.S. Army serving as a member of the 796 Military Police Battalion.

    He was in Germany when the offer came his way and since he had never been to Austria, he figured, “why not?’

    Austria was occupied by troops from Britain, Germany, France and the United States.

    Patrol of the area was completed by a representative of each country on patrol with Riley. 

  • The, yet unborn generation of the Lanzara family will know what life was like for their forefathers.

    Ocala Palms resident Richard Lanzara is writing a book of “poems, short stories and dribble” that includes stories about his life, including his time as a Marine in World War II.

     Following the events of next Tuesday, Lanzara may have another chapter to add to his memoirs.

  • Long time Ocala resident Barbara Jaggers is always proud of her children but she is especially proud this week.

    Her son Robert “Bob” Morrissette delivered 30 wheelchairs to Iraqi children earlier this month. Up until now the delivery those children getting the wheelchairs had been carried around by family members.

    In 2005 the program was started and since then 850 pediatric wheelchairs have gone to the Iraqi children.

  • Recovered from his injuries, 2nd Lt. Howard Hoffman didn’t go through normal Army protocol to get back to the front line.

  • If you have the opportunity to attend your 60th class reunion “go” encourages an Ocala Palms woman.

    Margaret Morlan did and she’s happy that she went despite coming home exhausted.

    Morlan was a member of the Class of 1950 at Brazil High School, in Brazil, Ind., and earlier this month she, along with husband, Don attended her high school reunion.

    Her school days started in a two-room school house, four grades per room in Center Point before she had to transfer to a high school, a much bigger school.