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Park patrons can keep on woofing it up
They may not realize what's happening, but there are more than a few dogs in the area that have a good reason to celebrate this month. George, an 11-year-old yellow lab, was basking in the spring sunshine and Buddy, a two-year-old hound, was barking hopefully at the squirrels in the trees, both taki...
Park programs designed to engage visitors
Delighted squeals echoed from the pool at DeLeon Springs Saturday, April 12, signaling spring's true arrival. The smell of bacon cooking at the Old Spanish Sugar Mill wafted across the park. Kayaks and other vessels drifted lazily in the clear water leading to the St. Johns River where hordes of volunteers were cleaning up. Park S...
Florida Hospital Fish Memorial plans expansion, presents new technology
There will be no shortage of outpatient health clinics in Deltona. Florida Hospital Fish Memorial plans to build its Deltona outpatient facility on four acres it has agreed to purchase at the corner of Sterling Silver and Saxon boulevards. "Because we already have a strong relationship with the Deltona community, we understand the...
Art therapy program seeks to soothe
At Halifax Health-Center for Oncology, the atmosphere in the treatment room is calm, quiet, the décor is soothing, patients sit in deep, lushly upholstered recliners, seats designed to be as comfortable as possible for long sessions of chemotherapy. And the sessions can be very long, up to seven hours for some patients. Hours in...
Holly Hill will be looking for a new city manager
Holly Hill is looking for a new city manager while the current city manager winds things up and works with the staff until the end of May. City Manager Jim McCrosky handed in his resignation, but agreed to stay on beyond the 30 days required in his contract to deal with the transition. The resignation came in the wake of controv...
Let them fly
Ashley LeBlanc releases butterflies during the annual Daytona Beach Seafood Festival and Spring Jam at Manatee Park on Saturday, April 12....
Festival organizer just has Celtic flowing in his blood
It's been three years since the first Ormond Beach Celtic Festival opened on the grounds of the Casements with games, vendors and an impressive roster of entertainers. The festival has grown into one of the most popular Ormond Beach festivals, attracting crowds of more than 10,000. The man behind the flourishing festival -- ...
Simon's Angels work to ease burdens
It has been almost 10 years since a little baby boy named Simon Bradley passed away. But all the emotions his family experienced during his struggle for life have coalesced into a driving force to help other families in similar circumstances. Simon was born eight weeks premature Aug. 25, 2004, with two congenital ...
Some home owners will get flooded with insurance rate changes
Some residents of New Smyrna Beach could find themselves paying more for flood insurance while others who have never had flood insurance may be required to carry it now. The City Commission recently approved changes to the city's flood zone elevation maps and insurance companies are now scrambling to n...
Out of reach
Dianne Johns of Port Orange looks at a bald eagle with her two-year-old granddaughters Calli MacGinnis of DeLand, left, and Grace Leonard of Orange City during South Daytona's annual Native American Earth Festival at Reed Canal Park on Saturday, April 12....
Publix demolished to create space for new store
The demolition of Daytona Beach Shores' Publix nears completion and the re-build will begin soon. The majority of the tear down of the old structure and debris removal took just over a week. "They were done quickly," City Manager Michael Booker said. The building was "basically gutted" prior to demolition, res...
DeLand documentarian preserves Florida's past
Eric Dusenbery possesses a vanishing trait. He's a good listener. As a commercial/editorial photographer, he discovered there was more to life, and livelihood, than "taking pictures of buildings." Throughout his travels, he met real people with real stories to tell. Mr. Dusenbery felt the stories, like food for the soul, wouldn't ...
Volusia adopts fertilizer ordinance
A countywide fertilizer ordinance was adopted April 3 by the Volusia County Council. The council also voted to notify the state of its intent to create a stronger regulation. Consistent with the state model, the ordinance bans nitrogen and phosphorus for 30 days after seeding or sodding; when a flood watch or warning has been issu...
Page turner
John Mennell of Daytona Beach looks for a good read during the Friends of the Library annual Book Sale at the Port Orange Regional Library on Friday, April 4. The next book sale will be June 13-14. ...
Walmart gets rezoning approval from Deltona
A Walmart Neighborhood Market got the green light April 7 with a 4-3 vote of the Deltona City Commission in favor of rezoning lots at the corner of Saxon and Sterling Silver boulevards. Commissioners Chris Nabicht, Nancy Schleicher, Vice Mayor Heidi Herzberg and Mayor John Masiarczyk voted yes. Commissioners Webster Barnaby, Zenai...
Summer camps
Marine Discovery The Marine Discovery Center in New Smyrna Beach offers a variety of hands-on and feet-wet summer adventures. Loggerhead Camps: Ages 4-8, cost $195, June 9-13; June 16-20; June 23-27; June 30-July 3; Aug. 4-8; Aug. 11-15 This camp is designed to introduce younger campers to the lagoon through a variety of hands-on activities. Le...
Civil Air Patrol Cadets win regional championship
The Ormond Beach Civil Air Patrol Cadet Color Guard Team, representing Florida and competing against teams from three other states, and won seven trophies, including first place overall, at the 2014 Civil Air Patrol Southeast Region Cadet Competition April 5-6 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. The Ormond Beach cadets, acti...

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