• 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.

  • There’s a sign on the workbench of Ed Schneiderman suggesting someone who works with his hands, brain and heart is truly an artist. It is his passion for wood turning that makes Schneiderman the artist. He learned to wood turn as part of his lessons on cabinet making. “I was trained by a German cabinetmaker and he thought if you couldn’t turn you couldn’t pass his first test,” Schneiderman said.

  • Wanting to make more money, Charles “Chuck” Crawford went to work underground.

    After 10 years underground he went to work above ground until he retired at 55 years old.

    Crawford was young, only 20 years old, when he went into the Peabody Company Coal Mine #10 in Illinois. He started with Peabody when he was 19, he had already served four years with the Navy.

    Not wanting to move one more time, he had been in seven different schools in six years – he convinced his parents he should join the service.

  •  On any given day, any number of things will be going on at Fairfield Village’s Clubhouse which is seen as the center of all kinds of activities –many even at the same time.  The pleasant décor and arrangement of areas is conducive to the facility’s use for large or small groups.

  • One of the BIG advantages of living in central Florida is the proximity to so many really fun places and great activities. When one is a resident of the Fairfield Village community, there is always the prospect of something interesting to do and/or be a part of around the clubhouse. However, one always wants to be as active and involved in other activities as he/she can be considering all kinds of individual factors.

  • ‘Bathing beauties’ turns ‘bunco beasties’ 

    When I visited our clubhouse pool in the early morning this week, I encountered a vivacious group of “bathing beauties” enthusiastically involved in the morning water aerobics class. I have not heard such laughter coming from that pool in all my visits there. I was enthralled!

  • How do you measure the pulse or spirit of a community?  I believe if you polled the majority of residents of Stone Creek they would tell you it is the people of Stone Creek that make Stone Creek so special.  Neighbors helping neighbors in times of sadness or celebration, clubs h

  • Helping others....

    Stone Creek Residents are known for helping others whether it is neighbor to neighbor; or the Pinebrook's Band-aid committee giving a helping hand to the residents in their community; or the effort led by Steve Farrell to send golf balls to the service men and women overseas.

  • Should we hope for an early spring? Obviously, one of the many different groundhogs’ predictions on the traditional Groundhog’s Day, Tuesday, Feb. 2, will be shown to be correct. Since there is not just one “prognosticator” of the springtime, I suppose we can choose which cute little critter to believe until the results are obvious.

    Punxsutawney Phil is probably the groundhog that many of us have heard about most often over the years. His appearance

  • Love that keeps going.....

    This article should have been for Valentine's Day but circumstances prevented me from writing it. In my book, everyday should be Valentine's Day. Each day should be a day to say, "I love you" to those you care for.

    Barbara and John Josephs are residents of Stone Creek and they have been celebrating Valentine's Day for over 62 years. I recently found out that Barbara starts her day by giving John a kiss each morning. What a wonderful way to start the day!