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Cassadaga's Fairy Trail is a fun environmental experience
It never hurts to believe in magic. And if along the way some lessons about caring for the environment are absorbed, implemented and shared with others, all the better. The Rev. Dr. Louis Gates, a fifth generation medium who lives in Cassadaga with his wife medium and healer Marie Gates, said the woods surrounding the Spiritualist...
Orange City couple celebrates 72 years of marriage
It would seem explaining a successful 72-year marriage would involve endless platitudes interlaced with anecdotes of trial and tribulation overcoming. But for Francis and Doris Vanderslice, the story of matrimonial achievement is rooted in simplicity. "We always, as my wife says, we had one pocketbook," Mr. Vanderslice said. "We d...
Pup cleaners
Angela Mazza of Sanford, from left, and Angela Alvarez, 12, and Marlene Rodriguez, both of Orange City, all volunteers from Frontier Communications, prepare to dry off Gizmo the Yorkie after his free wash during the Neighborhood Center of West Volusia's event in DeLand on Saturday, July 12. The event was a cel...
Local author takes readers to Appalachia
For Betsy Evelyn Sloane Summers, the Appalachian Mountains were the constantly present arms that protected and comforted her throughout childhood and into adulthood. Growing up in Beckley, W.Va., as the daughter of a gentle jokester coal miner and a loving, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ms. Sloane Summers delighted in everyt...
Brass camp
Tubas frame Stetson University trombone professor and Brass Camp director David Schmidt as he conducts an ensemble on Friday, July 18, during Stetson's weeklong Brass Camp in DeLand....
Turtle time
Ryleigh Drollinger, 5, pets a turtle held by outreach educator Amanda Brock during the Wildlife Tree Animal Discovery program at the Oak Hill Library on Thursday, July 17. For information on future events and programs, visit www.volusialibrary.org....
Writer takes you on a tour of area
Lois Veronee Tipton, a 90-year-old native of New Smyrna Beach, no longer drives, but she can take you on a tour of New Smyrna Beach through her writing. Her first book, "Old Days -- Old Ways," met with such success she has just completed a second book, "Old Days -- Old Ways II." Mrs. Tipton said her writing career...
Scholarships offered for swimming lessons
Summertime and the living is ... Scary? That's not how the line goes, but that's how life can be for parents of small children who wind up around pools, ponds or other watery attractions if the child doesn't know how to swim. Some people in Daytona Beach got a real dose of just how tragic that can be a couple of years ago, wh...
Tennis association dithers about leaving Daytona
Just when they seemed on the verge of splitting up, the City of Daytona Beach and the Florida Section of the United States Tennis Association decided to give it another three years -- with options for the USTA Florida group to opt out with 90 days notice anytime in the final year. The City Commission voted unanimously last we...
Itsy bitsy spider
Lead animal keeper and outreach educator Amanda Brock of Port Orange holds a tarantula for kids to see during the Wildlife Tree Animal Discovery program at the Oak Hill Library on Thursday, July 17....
Council goes with strengthened fertilizer ordinance; public demands saving beach driving
A new ordinance will further limit fertilizing practices throughout Volusia County. At its meeting July 17, the Volusia County Council voted 6-1 to create a stronger ordinance than the state model adopted in April. The amendment allows local regulation of nitrogen and phosphorus and increases the fertilizer-free zone. At the time ...
Water district offers lower taxes, increased conservation
In a win-win situation, the St. Johns River Water Management District's tentative budget reduces costs to taxpayers and provides for several conservation initiatives. The district's governing board July 8 approved a tentative budget that funds projects to protect the region's springs and improve water quality in the Indian River L...
Hospice unit to open at Orange City hospital
Through words of comfort, and promises of peace and hope for the community, Florida Hospital HospiceCare was blessed by two chaplains and the hospital's CEO. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new unit at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City July 14 was attended by many area dignitaries. On the hallway wall, surrounded by ...
Fire Department takes to the streets in a new way
The Daytona Beach Fire Department is known nationally for its "first in the United States" MotorMedic program (paramedics on motorcycles), but as the city continues to evolve, so must its EMS service delivery model. The city has begun to foster an environment of pedestrian-friendly community events. ...
Cake bosses
Jaden Dixon, right, looks on as John Hearn decorates their "train" cake with the help of camp counselor Kallie Walker during Summer Connection Day Camp at the Nova Community Center on Thursday July 3. The team was competing against others to see who could design the best cake with the theme being transportation....
Council starts search for new city manager
The Port Orange City Council began the process July 17 to find a replacement for departing City Manager Gregory Kisela and appointed an assistant city manager to replace him in the interim. Mr. Kisela resigned June 30 in the midst of growing turmoil in the city's upper management. He's returning to the city m...
Students get a jump on the future with B-CU camp
About 100 children descended on the campus of Bethune-Cookman University for a Summer Academy for third, fourth and fifth graders. Frolicking across the green lawns of the institution, the young students learned the basics, such as reading, math and science, but also the importance of attending college and planning their caree...
Sticky science
DeBary Public Library children's librarian Richelle Rininger, upper right, explains a project designed to create a chain reaction with a large number of popsicle sticks to participants, clockwise from lower right, Reighan Taylor, 11, Morgan Taylor, 17, Rhiley Taylor, 13, and Jeffrey Brumback, 15, during a summ...
Volusia elementary and middle school grades released
Volusia County Schools got good news with the latest grades showing an increase in schools earning As. The Florida Department of Education released the 2014 school grades for elementary and middle schools July 11. This year, there are a total 14 traditional elementary and middle "A" schools, which is an increase from 11 school...

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