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Meals on Wheels needs more drivers
VOLUSIA COUNTY - Every morning at the Port Orange Adult Center, volunteer delivery drivers with the Council on Aging of Volusia County's Meals on Wheels program wait anxiously to deliver a fresh batch of hot lunches for elderly people who need them. As he watched a volunteer seal up the meals in plastic wrap...
My Angel with Paws trains dogs, then gives them away
DELAND - Michelle Lazar is going up and down stairs at the University of Indiana these days thanks to Cricket. That might not seem like a big deal, but it is to a college student who can't climb stairs without help. "She's a balance-and-brace dog," Ms. Lazar, 20, said. "She helps me up and down stairs and walking through ...
Football in '13 provides boost now to Stetson enrollment
More undergraduates are heading to Stetson University than ever. It could be the new pet-friendly apartments the school has. Maybe it's the expanded honors program that allows many students to craft specialty degrees. Maybe it's the two new women's sports. Or maybe, just maybe, it's football. Oh, yeah, f...
Friend's collapsed roof leads to new idea in seeking bids for construction
Mike Bowen was visiting a friend when his next business idea struck him. "A friend's roof was leaking, and it collapsed - right on my head," he said. However bad Mr. Bowen's headache was, his friend's was worse. He had to find three roofers to give him repair estimates. "An insurance company will tell yo...
Deltona finishes blight study for CRA creation
DELTONA - Less than a year ago, city planners began a blight study to determine if the southwest section of the city qualified to have its own community redevelopment agency, which funnels excess property taxes into turning ravaged areas around. At a recent workshop, Deltona city commissioners got thei...
Experienced hands
Eugenio Guerri, left, of Guerri's Antique Restoration in Deltona, shows his excitement in restoring an antique writing desk from 1750 as DZ Grybauskas of Home Depot looks on during the Daytona Beach Home & Garden Show at the Ocean Center, Aug. 24. More than 200 local home improvement experts displayed their goods an...
Human signs get one-year reprieve in Orange City
ORANGE CITY - Business was slow seven years ago at Millie's Gold Mine on U.S. 17/92 near French Avenue. So Millie Merlin and her late husband, Dan, decided to get noticed. They hired a temporary worker, dressed him in a pimp costume from a Halloween shop and posted him out front with a big arrow pointi...
Art on Canal Street
A statue entitled 'The Bird Lady' looms in front of artist Mary Gerlach of New Smyrna Beach, as she paints a picture of flowers at The Hub on Canal Street on Aug. 25. Mrs. Gerlach shares the studio space with clay artist Yolanda Pelz, who designed the statue. For more information, visit www.thehuboncanal.org....
North Causeway multi-family project, grocery store topic of public meeting
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Plans for a grocery store on the North Causeway, as well as a 240-unit residential project, will be discussed at a public meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Drive. New Smyrna Beach Planning Manager Gail Henrikson said recently the nearly 1...
The beat goes on
Karen Kershaw, center, of Edgewater plays the drums with 10-year-olds Lanora Williams, left, and Angela Adlemeyer during the fourth annual Hippiefest street festival at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach, Aug. 24. The free street festival was filled with live music, merchandise vendors, car show and more....
Disc golf helps locals lose weight with low injury risk
SOUTH DAYTONA - If the weekend out playing golf starts becoming mundane, there's a simple fix to make it more exciting - replace the ball and putter with a Frisbee disc. That's what Port Orange resident Jeff Junior did - and it came with tremendous health benefits. He's lost over 100 pounds since he began pl...
Siren of the sea continuing her underwater odyssey
NEW SMYRNA BEACH - Don't be surprised if you see a mermaid emerging from the ocean near you. When Traci Gardellis receives her new tail, she plans to take a dip near her beachside home and test it out. A life-long fan of mermaids and marine life, she's already swam in the ocean wearing a tail she made...
Former Port Orange fire chief dies
PORT ORANGE - Mike Ertz began and ended his career as the city's fire chief with one goal in his mind - to provide the best fire service for the residents he served. Chief Ertz, credited with expanding the department's staff and services in his 20 years at the helm of the city's fire and rescue department, d...
Curtain comes down on Stover
Last act of all was a wrecking crane for Stetson University's Stover Theatre, 535 N. Florida Ave., on Aug.15. The theater was constructed in 1930 and, according to Stetson, was the first building in Florida, and perhaps the South, made expressly for college theater productions. It was named the Little Theatre, perhaps ...
Kitchen Band keeps old toes tapping
DEBARY - At least one Thursday morning a month, you can bet Ruth Chester will be wheeling down to the activity room at DeBary Manor nursing home to take her monthly trip back in time with the Kitchen Band. She hears the 14 members singing along with Pat Boone writing "Love Letters in the Sand," Dean Mart...
One-stop centers see reduced traffic
Fewer folks are darkening the doors at local One-Stop Employment Centers. At the Volusia County Council's last regular meeting Aug. 23, Rick Fraser, president of the Center for Business Excellence of Volusia/Flagler, said an improving employment market has fewer job hunters heading to the centers. The CB...
What it was, was Andy Griffith
Football season in Florida weirdly begins in mid-summer or at least that's how it feels. I always have a great sympathy for the high school kids who must begin practice in 90-degree heat and 90-percent humidity. That's not weather conducive to the spo...
Jumpin' jazz
Bassist John Pellegrino of the Kenny MacKenzie Trio performs in front of a packed house last year at the Breakers during the 11th annual New Smyrna Beach Jazz Festival. He will perform in concert with Kenny MacKenzie on keyboard and Tracy Alexander on drums at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the New Smyrna Beach Regional Library, 1001 S. Dix...
Nine vie for Lake Helen post
LAKE HELEN-The City Commission narrowed 56 applicants for city administrator down to nine candidates at a special meeting Aug, 16. "There's some very good candidates in that file of nine," Mayor Buddy Snowden said in an interview after the meeting. The nine are Christopher Chinault, Kent Cichon, Marcus C...
Renovations delayed for Ormond Beach park
After a two-year struggle to raise funds, a community group is delaying major renovations to Magic Forest Playground in Ormond Beach because not all of the cash is in hand. Plans are for an expansion of the 18-year-old park north of The Trails shopping center on Nova Road as well as new equipment and refurbishing ...
Correction
In an article about the Daytona Beach Home & Boat Show published Aug. 24, the "Curb Appeal" designers' name should have been Chip Wade....

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