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Pioneer Settlement educates, entertains, preserves history
At the first sign of fall there's a rustling in the woods just off State Road 40 in Barberville. The Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts begins to bustle with activity and preparations for the annual Fall Country Jamboree are well underway. This will be year 37 for the event -- one of the longest running heritage festivals in...
Beanie baby
Phoenix Russell, 1, of DeLand figured out how to best win at a beanbag game -- lay on the opponent's board. The Brews Brothers sponsored the game in Kids Zone at the Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff sponsored by the West Volusia Historical Society and Mainstreet DeLand on Saturday, Oct. 12....
Council marks awareness month, installs directors
The Domestic Abuse Council's annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month Luncheon was at the Halifax River Yacht Club in Daytona Beach recently and included installation of a new board of directors. More than 130 guests listened to a heart-wrenching story given by a local survivor and State Attorney RJ Larizza stressed the comple...
A special place for special children
EDGEWATER -- Children and teens with special needs will soon have a place all their own where they can go and "hang out" with kids their age who share similar challenges and be free of the expectations, judgments and torment that often is a part of their daily lives. Sharon Purdie, mother of a special nee...
Under the sea
Michael Semonski, 7, of Edgewater "hams it up" in front of the mermaid, Traci Gardellis, during the Marine Discovery Center Open House on Saturday, Oct. 12....
Commission kills cards for public's meeting input
The Holly Hill City Commission was slated for a presentation to James Kenney for 25 years of service as a water plant operator, the second reading of Save Our Seniors Homestead exemption, a dog park and fire pension ordinance change. But the items that took up the most time were Commissioner Donnie Moore's res...
Authentic revelers
Lamar Thomas and Sally Reeder of Daytona Beach Shores got all dressed up for the occasion of Oktoberfest in the Shores on Friday Oct. 11. The night was filled with German music, food and dance....
Port Orange officials want sign ads at schools removed.
The Port Orange City Council is looking for a way to remove banner signs from fences outside local schools. But for now, the council will keep looking at the signs. In a special meeting, the council discussed a complaint from a Port Orange resident about signs at Port Orange Elementary School on Dunlawton Aven...
Biketoberfest spreads across Volusia County
Like Bike Week in March, Biketoberfest has begun to spread to more of Volusia County. The event started 21 years ago in Daytona Beach, but now bikers can find activities crafted for them throughout the county. Here's some of the things they'll find. Destination Daytona Harley-Davidson 2014 demo rides will be Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 17-19. ...
Look Ma, no hands
Sarah Porter, 2, left, of Ormond Beach tries to alert someone about Ariahna Jordan, 6, not driving with her hands on the wheel during the Prince of Peace Catholic Church's annual Octoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 12....
Make a Difference Day 2013
Volunteers are needed for several area projects during Make A Difference Day, the largest national day of community service, on Saturday, Oct. 26. Volunteer are needed at: Council on Aging: Collecting donated pet food so seniors don't share their Meals on Wheels plates with their pets. Chicks with Cans Food Drive: Adopted by W...
Breast cancer awareness events
Cut-a-thon planned A breast cancer awareness cut-a-thon will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Dillards and Aveda Salon, 1700 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach. Haircuts will be $13. Eyebrow waxing and express manicures will be $7 each and polish changes will be $5. All proceeds go to breast cancer awareness. For more...
Volusia tops for budget retirees
The Daytona Beach area is known for many things -- the beach, tourism and racing -- and now it can add retirement. The area now has now been dubbed a "Best Place to Retire." The American Association of Retired Persons Magazine named the Daytona Beach- Deltona-Ormond Beach metropolitan area as a "Best Place to...
Popular butterfly gardens integrate beauty and necessity
They are released at weddings to symbolize new beginnings. They comfort the grieving by signifying transformation and re-birth. They tirelessly nourish that which we rely on to sustain life. Is it any wonder people continue to be fascinated by butterflies? Jeanni Perry owns Roses and Gargoyles, "A Garden Lover's Paradise," in Lake...
Gizzard shad harvest reduces nutrient pollution
The St. Johns River Water Management District's Lake George gizzard shad harvest removed more than 9,000 pounds of phosphorus and 28,000 pounds of nitrogen from the lake in Volusia and Putnam counties, part of the St. Johns River system. Removing gizzard shad from Lake George will help meet the necessary downstream nutrient lo...
Chillin'
Taking a sample from Lisa Schott of the team "Quietly Making Chili," Vail Scherzinger, left, and John Watts of DeLand, stroll the stalls on Indiana Avenue in Downtown DeLand during the Great Bowls of Fire Chili Cookoff charity event benefiting the West Volusia Historical Society and Mainstreet DeLand on Saturday, Oct...
FUTURES awards Volusia Teachers 164 mini-grants totaling $63,000
FUTURES, Volusia County Schools' education foundation, on Sept.23 awarded 164 mini-grants to Volusia County School teachers. A total of $63,000 was awarded to teachers in amounts ranging from $150 to $1,000. Over the past 28 years of community support, FUTURES has funded 3,279 Mini-Grants for Volusia teachers, totaling $1.3 mi...
Solving the mysteries of the Hotchkiss House
Those of you who have been with me for a while, know I am a fan of history. The unanswered questions from the past that seem to constantly arise never fail to intrigue me. Perhaps you took the journey with me when I tried to trace the history of the 1931 Pierce Arrow racecar. Trying to discover the car's achievements and who may have built it too...
Correction
An article about the City of New Smyrna Beach trying to sell property in the Oct. 11 Hometown News should have stated that property occupied by the New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission downtown is owned by the Utilities Commission....

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