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Area supporter seeks some love for Benjamin Franklin
Jan. 17 might not mean anything to some people, but to Vernon Weidner it is the birthday of one of the founding fathers of our country -- a printer, an inventor, a statesman and an important part of American history. Mr. Weidner, a Ben Franklin impersonator and fervent admirer of the man, has been endeavoring to g...
DeLand Commission designates city roadways for golf cart use
Three DeLand retirement communities got the go-ahead from the city to use golf carts on city streets within their neighborhoods. The DeLand City Commission voted unanimously Jan. 6 to designate roadways for golf cart operation in the Alliance Community for Retirement Living, the Florida Lutheran Retirement Center and Woodland Towe...
Household history
With a table set with pieces showing what would be in the home of a family between the early cracker period 1830 up until the civil war in 1862, Marsha "Clara Barton" Walls of Ormond Beach and Walter "Walt Willington as the Press" Walls of Port Orange talk with Louis Stedman of DeLeon Springs about a small blue medici...
Tractor Supply ready to move dirt in Deltona
There is a good chance Southwest Volusia will get its first Tractor Supply Co. store this year. The City of Deltona has gotten a request to change the zoning on five wooded acres near the intersection of State Road 415 and Fort Smith Boulevard, along the west side of S.R. 415. The store is expected to be modeled after one recently...
Martin Luther King celebrations
Daytona Beach Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration for Florida events began with an annual banquet Thursday. Other events include a citywide picnic 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park (corner of Nova Road and George W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach There will be a free breakfast at 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Allen Chape...
Vince Carter's restaurant celebrates food and family
On Jan. 19, 2010, Vince Carter's restaurant opened on LPGA Boulevard. Co-owned by the NBA basketball star and his mother Michelle Carter-Scott, the restaurant is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a look back as to how it all came about and something special for the public. "This was really Vince's idea, p...
Judy and Al Pineau of New Smyrna Beach part the crowd in their 1923 Ford during the Canal Street Cruise in New Smyrna Beach on Saturday, Jan. 11....
Marine Discovery Center works to improve Intracoastal Waterway
Dolphin stranding is on the rise along the eastern coast of the United States and there have been record numbers of manatees, dolphins and pelicans perishing all up and down the eastern seaboard's intracoastal waterways. Some of the highest numbers of manatee deaths have been in Brevard County and most of...
Students learn life skills while helping others
Students in the Halifax Health-Behavioral Services Day Treatment Program are learning valuable life skills while raising funds for nonprofit organizations, including UNICEF, the Halifax Humane Society and the American Cancer Society. "While the students at Halifax Health-Behavioral Services are here to work on their own issues,...
HospiceCare donates mini-trees to patients
Florida Hospital HospiceCare decorated and donated 74 mini-Christmas trees for patients staying at the inpatient units at Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center in Daytona Beach and the Stuart F. Meyer Hospice House in Palm Coast. The trees went to Florida Hospital HospiceCare patients who are staying in nursing homes and as...
Stars at night
Musicians play for guests during the City of Ormond Beach's 25th annual celebration of art and culture, the art-walk Starry, Starry Night at The Casements on Friday, Jan. 10....
City gets a designer for Riverwalk Park
The Port Orange City Council approved a $96,100 contract for design and engineering services for Riverwalk Park and the Boardwalk with Dredging and Marine Consultants at the Jan. 7 City Council meeting. Dredging and Marine Consultants will be responsible for data review, planning, public workshops and conceptu...
Science focus
Cadie O'Connor, 9, of Port Orange tries to make an object sink in a bottle of water using the "Cartesian Diver" technique during "Science Saturday: Water, Water Everywhere" at the Port Orange Regional Library on Saturday, Jan. 11....
Coat drives bring warmth to those in need
The first days of 2014 were rainy and raw. No doubt many held off on dismantling tinsel and lights in an effort to ward off the gloom -- a luxury not readily accessible to all. Countywide, efforts already were underway to extend warmth to those without. Lake Helen's Unity in the Community group was busy collecting coats, jackets, ...
Council not sold on alliance ushering in movies
The Creative Industry Alliance did not receive the entire County Council's blessing as the designated film office for Volusia County. At its regular meeting Jan. 9, the council voted 4-3 to table the matter indefinitely. Community Services Director Dave Byron presented an overview of what other counties in the state do to accommod...
EnhanceFitness movement thrives at YMCA
For people with balance problems or who suffer with the chronic pain of arthritis, there is a new program now offered at YMCAs in Volusia County. Known as EnhanceFitness, YMCAs have introduced the program after earning a grant from the national YMCA organization. The program's exercises use strapped-on wrist and ankle weights ...
Hospital donates 1,300 pounds of food for local schools
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial staff, volunteers and physicians donated about 1,300 pounds of canned, boxed, and non-perishable food to help stock the weekend food pantry at Spirit Elementary and Discovery Elementary schools for their students. "At Spirit Elementary, 75 percent of the stud...
Up the creek
Doug Hunt of New Smyrna Beach takes a cruise in a kayak at Cracker Creek Canoeing in Port Orange on Thursday, Jan. 2. For more information on various boat rentals, Eco-History tours and more, visit www.crackercreek.com or call (386) 304-0778....

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