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Where there's smoke...
The week of April 7-13 was declared Wild Fire Awareness Week in Florida. As though choreographed, a Volusia County fire named "Mile Marker 128" started on April 11, west of Interstates 4 and 95, south of Daytona Highridge Estates, causing road two road closures in four days. The fire started in the afternoon and grew to 181 acres ...
Earth Day deeds
Cub Scout Troop 210 helped out at the St. Johns River Clean-up around Ed Stone Park. Scouts Zach Sampson, 6, left, Ian York, 8, and Luke Sampson, 9, target the areas under a bridge along with scout leader John York on Saturday, April 20....
Laughter society marches merrily on
Helen Ferguson knows how to make a roomful of people LOL without cracking a joke. All she does is hold up one finger -- not that one -- and tells her audience to laugh. They do. Two fingers means laugh louder. Pretty soon, she said, the room is in an uproar. Ms. Ferguson is the co-founder of the DeLand Chapter of the International...
Jump No. 156
Bob Balzer, a veteran of World War II and Korea, prepares to complete jump number 156 and is being "suited-up" by chief instructor Bob Crossman of Skydive DeLand on Friday, April 19. Complete Parachute Solutions and Skydive DeLand hosted Skydive Boogie during the weekend Wounded Warrior Project, giving veterans a free...
Deltona commission approves proposal from acting manager
Acting Deltona City Manager, Dave Denny, will get a 10 percent pay raise. The city commission voted unanimously April 15 to approve a compensation package for Mr. Denny that commissioners agreed is more in line with his duties as acting city manager, and the duties he's retained from his position as deputy. The agreement is for Ap...
Osteen family teaches basics, reaps tasty rewards of aquaponics
It doesn't take tens of thousands of dollars to start a productive farm. Ken Kruckenberg, Sheryl Manche and son Kirk McLaine have proof in their backyard, and they share their simple approach with others. Three years ago the family moved to Osteen and bought property along State Road 415. Ms. Manche, a relentless researcher, had b...
Jump squad
During the Defending Freedom Weekend, Steve Miner of Deltona, Bryan Wagner of Jacksonville and James Williams of Melbourne, all U.S. Army veterans, get some R&R at Skydive Boogie that was part of the Wounded Warrior project. The event included a free parachute jump supplied by Skydive DeLand and Complete Parachute Sys...
Carving it up
Eugene Levesque and Joyce Thompson, both of DeBary, who joined the Deltona Woodcarving Club less than two years ago, carve at the annual Woodcarving Jamboree in DeLeon Springs on Saturday, April 20....
City selects new police chief
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The International Association of Police Chiefs collected more than 150 applications in the nationwide search for New Smyrna Beach's next police chief. At the April 23 City Commission meeting, one of those applicants, George E. Markert, director of Office of Public Integrity in Rocheste...
First one on it!
Addison Fegley, 6, of New Smyrna Beach, tries out the monkey bars of the new playground during the grand opening of Esther Beachfront Park during Family Fun Day in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, April 21. The new park has 45 spaces of off-beach parking, a playground, walking trails, pavilions, restroom facilities and...
Quilted reminder
Molly Phipps was a member of the PeaceMakers Quilt Group in New Smyrna Beach. On March 15, she lost her valiant fight against pancreatic cancer and asked her family and friends to donate the symbolic comfort quilt that she made to the Domestic Abuse Council of Volusia County. Carol Cramer of Edgewater a...
Visiting yacht club grabs Lipton Cup Regatta trophy
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Smyrna Yacht Club battled it out with the Halifax River Yacht Club at the Lipton Cup Yacht Regatta April 13-14 along with several crews competing on an individual level. "For the first time ever, a visiting club took away the traveling trophy, Halifax River Yacht Club," said Warren...
Big changes coming for State Road 44
NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The state Department of Transportation will be making some big changes in State Road 44 from Myrtle Avenue west to Samsula and gave residents a chance to talk about it April 16 at City Hall. Chief among residents' concerns was congestion at the Wallace Road-Old Mission Road intersectio...
Cities want utilities out of sight
Skies will be a little clearer and the prospect of preventing electric, phone and cable television disruptions better in Ormond Beach and Holly Hill as both cities pursue projects to put utility lines underground. Holly Hill's effort got underway on March 12 when the City Commission approved a $5 million bond iss...
City Center continues to flourish 28 years later
In the last several years, the Port Orange City Center has become a huge attraction, hosting dozens of historical and educational events every year. Last weekend was a good example as the city celebrated the 16th annual Lakeside Jazz Festival and ninth annual Art Festival as part this year's continuing Ce...
All that jazz
Spruce Creek High School Jazz band member Chris Veilleux plays the saxophone as Michael Lira plays the trombone during the 16th annual Lakeside Jazz Festival, Friday April 19. More than 62 high school, middle school and college jazz bands performed during the two-day event at Port Orange City Center....
Dog parks foster social skills in dogs, people
If you want to study human nature, visit a dog park. There are eight off-leash dog parks in Volusia County -- Keysville, Deltona; Waggin' Trails, Orange City; Gemini Springs Dog Park, DeBary; Barkley Square, DeLand; Michael Crotty Bicentennial Park, Ormond Beach; Riviera Oaks Dog Park, Holly Hill; Daytona Beach Dog Park at Manatee...
Have a heart
Monday marked the 43rd Earth Day and students at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange celebrated. Sixty people gathered to form a heart in support of Arctic protection, supporting the efforts of Greenpeace. ...
Remembering the great, quirky western movies of the 1970s
This year the crop of movies that took the Oscars seemed to me to be especially predictable and mostly very ordinary. As a movie fan that caused me to yearn for the days when westerns filled the screen. Don't get me wrong, I never enjoyed the shoot-em-ups. Nope, it was the quirky, slightly weird films that happened to be...
Krewe crawlers
Angela Reddy, Lisa Mason and Beth Reddy, all of DeLand, dressed up in pirate costume to enter a contest during the fifth annual Port O'Call Crawl organized by the Mystic Krewe of Maravedi and the DeLand Police Department to benefit the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni on Saturday, April 20. Businesses in Downtown DeLan...
Summer camps for kids
Kids can learn, play and explore during Volusia County's summer camps, offered at 20 sites. Parks, Recreation and Culture The county's recreation program is offering eight weeks of supervised activities, sports, crafts and field trips for children ages 5 to 15. The camps will be from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 10 t...

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