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Girls' roller derby honors lost life, fosters belonging
Liz Canacari-Rose is one of those people who managed to grow up without abandoning the kid who dwells in all of us. If you hear her say, "When I was your age ..." you can bet the words to follow will be relatable and encouraging, not tinged with self-righteousness. Her 12-year-old niece, Brianna, tapped into that well as she strug...
Stetson junior develops mobile app, presents research on Capitol Hill
As Stetson University student Katie Moore embarks upon her senior year, she is not wasting a future-shaping second. Recently the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate presented her independent research project at a conference on Capitol Hill. Posters on the Hill, hosted in Washington D.C. each April by the National Council of...
Sailing away
Chad McAuliff, 9, of Ormond Beach builds up some speed during the Halifax River Yacht Club's Youth Sailing Camp on Thursday, June 27. For more information on upcoming camps, call Debbie Kampa at (386) 255-7459....
Cassadaga appoints new pastor
Don't let her diminutive stature fool you. Elizabeth "Janie" Owens takes care of business. That could be the reason she's been appointed pastor of the Colby Memorial Temple by the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp for the second time. Ms. Owens was led to Cassadaga in 1980. She was in need of healing. "I like to say I never left," Ms. O...
Spa day
SPCA Youth Volunteer Makenzie Werner, 13, left, rinses off poodle "Powder Puff" with the assistance of Karen Blevins of Lake Helen as her husband. Rod, holds their other poodle, "Mr. Wicka." The Youth Society Against Cruelty to Animals conducted a fundraising dog wash at the Waggin' Trail dog park in Orange City on Su...
Local food pantry needs donations
EDGEWATER -- During the holidays, the spirit of giving abounds and local food pantries normally receive enough donations to fill their shelves and feed the local impoverished families who request help. In the summer months, the donations slow. The focus on giving is not foremost in our minds, but the need...
Music brings sweet memories to veterans
DAYTONA BEACH -- Residents of the Emory L. Bennett Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona Beach were recently transported back to the sights and sounds of the Swing Era during a musical performance featuring hits by the Andrew Sisters, Patti Page, Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. South Daytona residents Jim Goodwin and Dan ...
It's history
DeLand residents Bill, left, and Cara Elder, retired DeLand High School teachers, perform a reenactment as George and Martha Washington at DeBary Hall on Friday, July 5. The colonial period vibe was delivered between George and Martha with readings of real letters, details about the writing of the Declaration of Indep...
Gardens residents organize to address apartment issues
A group of residents are working to make their apartment complex a better place. Residents in the Garden Apartments of Daytona Beach formed a tenants association in May. The goal is to bring unity, address issues and make improvements to the sprawling complex between Jean Street and Nova Road. "We want to mak...
Kids explore marine science
School's out, so what could be more fun than a day at the beach? How about an entire week as a marine explorer? Kids age six through 16 do just that in the Summer Camp program at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet. Each day, campers meet in the Marine Science Center classroom between 8:30 and 9 a.m., c...
Sax serenade
Musician Thom Cambers of DeLand plays for Jennie Monteson of New Smyrna Beach at Christmas Park during Christmas in July on Canal Street in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, July 6....
Volusia Flagler Family YMCA Partners with city's Midtown Center
The Volusia Flagler Family YMCA has teamed up with the City of Daytona Beach to provide Y programming at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center/Cypress Aquatic Center.  Classes will be $3 each or participants have the option to buy a punch card for 8 classes for $20. Three of the classes offered target seniors and include...
Town wins appeal in property dispute
An appeals court ruled in favor of the town of Ponce Inlet last week in the latest round of litigation initiated by Pacetta LLC. The July 5 ruling by the 5th District Court of Appeal found an earlier court ruling erred in finding the town liable to Pacetta for damages under the Bert J. Harris Private Propert...
A lot of water
DeLand summer camper, Jasia Brown, 8, left, uses a water hose to splash her friend Roman Martinez, 5, in the new pool at the Chisholm Center during a Volusia County Parks, Recreation and Culture and City of DeLand summer camp program on Friday, June 28....
Monkey business is usual at Primate Paradise
On a steamy July day, intermittent with rain, 22 monkeys were having an enviably good time. Some were barely visible in the treetop canopy high above their 20-acre sanctuary deep in the natural wetlands on Osteen's Lake Bethel. Others were front and center at the tall fences, happy to accept the marshmallow offering designed to pl...
WDSC-TV 15 presents 'Emergency Preparedness 2013'
As the designated public television station for emergency information in Volusia County, WDSC-TV will be airing "Emergency Preparedness 2013," from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, followed by "Hurricane Survival Tips for the Homeowner." Stocking your cupboards and buying batteries aren't the only ways to plan for emergencie...
Get children vaccinated
The Florida Department of Health in Volusia County encourages parents to get their school aged children vaccinated before the semester starts. Parents are encouraged to seek the vaccinations from their private doctors as well as community health centers. Parents should seek services through their medical providers, particularl...
Summer camp fun
Children crowd around the stingray touch tank during summer camp at the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet on Tuesday, July 2....
Temporary signal set up at U.S. 92 and I-4
U.S. 92 and Interstate 4 travelers in Volusia County will encounter a traffic shift and temporary signal, which will last for about six months, as the I-4 widening project enters a new phase, according to state Department of Transportation. U.S. 92 westbound travelers, west of LPGA Boulevard, heading to I-4 westbound will now...
DeBary Council talks new police and fire facilities
City officials in DeBary want new facilities for law enforcement and fire services. The city council voted unanimously July 3 to authorize City Manager Dan Parrott and City Attorney Kurt Ardaman to negotiate a contract, for council consideration, to buy property for a police and/or fire station. The current 2,108-square-foot polic...
Haitian relief team
Halifax Humane Society Executive Director Miguel Abi-hassan joined Humane Society International and the Centers for Disease Control on June 4-5 as part of a relief team sent to Haiti. The group traveled to Port-Au-Prince to work with the Haitian Ministry of Agriculture in assisting with rabies control ...
A lifetime of playing loop-de-loop
If you have been paying attention, you know that during my working life I spent the summers in the Chicago area. I left there for good in 1992, but still have a soft spot in my heart for the city of broad shoulders. Back then any young man possessed of some talent and a willingness to work could make a nice living there. After meeting my wife Lan...
In an article in the July 5 Hometown News about Bert Fish Medical Center partnering with Health Management Associations, hospital commissioner Ferdinand Heeb's position was incorrectly reported. Mr. Heeb supported the partnership with HMA and voted for it. Commissioners Patrick Corbett and Joseph Benedict voted against it. In a dining review of...

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