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This web site host and domain name is currently in my name and secured for the 2015-2016 years   Photos are posted in one size only.  You may enlarge them using the keyboard or mouse with your computer, or pinch to make bigger on your tablet or smart phone.  Anyone attending an Orange Acres event is welcome to take photos and forward to me for possible Web posting.  If any Orange Acres resident is interested in helping with this web site,  positions are open!

Judy Marian

Please note:  I will be on vacation beginning November 17th until after Thanksgiving.  All Web postings may be delayed until my return.

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Chaplain Kevin Hackett
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November 18 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter, Al Duff, Photographer

This morning Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with prayer for 57 of us.  Last week we had 70 present.  I'm pretty sure the cold this morning kept some in their warm beds instead of venturing out!

Residents who will be leaving us for a short time are Joan Warden, Marylou Lira, Ed and Carol Foltz, Mike and Fran Foust and Bill and Paula Jacobsen.

Happy Birthday was sung to Judy Wilson.

Charlene Sherman gave the sunshine report.

Peggy Killinger showed us her mother's (Mary Cowan) quilt that she made and is donating as a raffle prize to raise money for our flea market.  Tickets are 1 for $2.00 or 3 for $5.00.

Caroling Turner thanked everyone for all the cards, notes and flowers that she received while she was recuperating from her hip surgery.  It made her "down time" seem much less when she received all those wonderful wishes.

Shirley Tatlock needs one more person to cook a turkey for the Thanksgiving dinner.  If you have not already signed up to come to the dinner, please do so and mark what you will bring.

Bob Beauregard informed us that the first Whist card party will be Thursday December 4th at 7:00pm.  All are welcome.  The cost is $1.00 with all monies going to the top winners.  Donations of cookies would be greatly appreciated.

Bob Springer says there are 3-4 couple spaces left for the Key West trip in January.  Please see Bob if you are interested.

Jan Mazer is still selling tickets for a Carrabba's dinner, which is a week from Wednesday.  She also has cookie dough and pizza kits for sale.

A big thank you to Pauline Pittman and Charlotte Butland for a fabulous Red Hat luncheon at the Chocolate Cafe yesterday.  It was scrumptious!

President Jane asked if our group would like to have some programs where people come to speak about different things at the beginning of our meetings and would take about 15 or 20 minutes.  With a show of hands it was approved.


Jane thanked all for coming and a special thank you to the coffee crew, donut crew, Gary our talented musician and Betsy for her note taking.

There will be a Christmas table in the clubhouse starting today.  Bring your unwanted Christmas items to sell on the honor system.  Jane Betts and Jan Mazer are in charge.  The sale will go on until Christmas.

 Phil Albarano says that the Orange Acres residents have come through with many large items for the flea market.  What is needed now are smaller items.  Also this is his and Fred St. James last year to be in charge and as of today there is no one to take over.  It does not have to be one person, it can be a committee of both men and women.  Please, please think seriously about it.  The flea market is our biggest money maker for the park.  It would be a shame not to have one anymore.

If you need any printing done for tickets, posters, etc. for December and January see Barb Brown before Thanksgiving.  Also she will be doing Vespers the 1st Sunday in December (12-7) and needs about 7-8 people to aid her in putting on a skit.  If interested please see her.  Barb was also gracious enough to entertain us with some delightful stories about her older sister and herself while we waited for our Wreaths Across America rep to arrive.

Katherine Snowman, a representative for "Wreaths across America", came to talk to us again.  Her son attends the Sarasota Military Academy and this is their fundraiser.  For $15.00, $5.00 of which goes back to the academy for books, uniforms, etc.  You can buy a wreath to be placed on a headstone at the Sarasota National Cemetery or you can request where you would like yours to go.  Their goal is to have a wreath on every veterans headstone at all the National Cemetery's in the United States.  There will be a public ceremony on Saturday, December 13th at 11:30am to view all the wreaths and honor the fallen.   Please see Jane Betts for a purchase form.

With nothing further the meeting closed at 8:55am.

Have a great week.


November 11 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter, Al Duff, Photographer

Our new President, Jane Betts, led 70 of us in prayer this morning since Chaplain Kevin is away.


The 50/50 raffle was held this week.  Winners were Ed Marian, Kay Gyenes and Jan Thomas.

We welcomed back Lee & Caroline Turner and Marilyn Garvin and Lois Weaverling

None of the birthday or anniversary celebrants were present so no singing was attempted.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Barb Brown is leaving December 2nd for a month, so if anyone is in need of printing, such as tickets or posters, please see her before her departure. 

Barb will also be doing the water exercise (aerobics) every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am.  Everyone is welcome.

Shirley Tatlock has posted the Thanksgiving dinner sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.  Dinner is at 4:00 pm.  She needs volunteers to help in the kitchen and with the set up for the Thanksgiving repast.

Charlene Butland and Pauline Pittman will be hosting the November Red Hat Ladies luncheon November 17th at the Chocolate Cafe by Publix.   Please let her know if you plan to attend no later than Friday

Phil Albarano gave a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their participation in the Veterans Day Ceremonies.  It was the largest group we have ever had.  There were over a hundred people who attended and everyone enjoyed the hot dogs and baked goodies at lunch.  The huge banner on the bulletin board was made by the students of Mark Bulger's mother who teaches at one of the local schools.  What a nice job the students did!  Phil had a special thank you to Elaine, his wife "Blondie", who kept him focused and on track for making the day such a big success.

Charlie Parkes shared his joke of the week.  Nice to know we were so friendly with the Japanese.  Thanks for the laughs, Charlie!!

Paula Jacobsen said the dance last Friday night was awesome and she thanks all those who helped get the Community Center back in order for Saturday.

Judy Marian's computer class starts today at 4:00 pm

Tomorrow, November 12th,  flu shots will be given.  There are many residents who signed up so it may begin earlier than 10:00 am as was previously scheduled. 

This Saturday, November 15th, is the last day to get your news information to the office if you want it published in the Observer for December.

Charlie Parkes once again reminded us to put some goodies in the food barrel for those less fortunate, especially with Thanksgiving just around the corner.

Next Tuesday, Mary Cowan will begin selling tickets for her quilt that she made to help support the flea market.  Tickets will be $2.00 each or or 3 for $5.00 and the quilt will be on display in the clubhouse. 

Marj Dunn is looking for more jewelry to sell at the flea market.  You may drop it off at her's or Jane Betts abode.

Next Tuesday, November 18th, the representatives from Wreaths Across America will be back to explain about their program. 

Fred St. James says that Shuffleboard has begun for the season but still needs more people to play.  They play from 1:00pm to 3:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In December, Bill Spires would like to start a group, both men and women, to play pool (billiards).  Please see or call Bill if you are interested.

Former resident, Mary Ryman, says that this Saturday, November 15th, Emeritus on Bee Ridge will be having their fall festival/yard sale from 9 am to 3 pm.  All are welcome.

Jane thanked Bob Beauregard for the coffee and Rick & Judy Wilson for donuts.

The meeting was closed at 8:30 am.

Betsy shares the definition of an older man or woman:  "Faster than a charlie horse...more powerful than the urge to "go" to park close to tall buildings with a special sticker!!"

Have a super week!  (Thanks, Betsy!) 

Veterans Day Parade & Lunch

November 8 - Saturday

Photos by Al Duff

Leading the Orange Acres Annual Veterans Day Parade, flag bearer Fred St. James. 
 Richard Rasske and Ed Marian carry the banner. 

There were many wheels in the parade.  Decorated golf carts and cycles.

Our veterans walk proudly.

Sue Morey sang America the Beautiful.  Our guest speakers from the Elks, Jim Lamb and Paul Dragone from our sister community, Cedar Cove.

Ed Foltz gave the invocation. 

Thanks to Phil Albarano, Chairman, for a fantastic job and Ms. Susie's students for the special poster. 

The lunch bunch.

November 7 - Friday


Ticket sales at the door with Elaine, Gary and Gretta.   Friends on the sidelines, taking a dance break!

Chairperson Paula Jacobsen presented many door prizes. 

Lela St. James wins a door prize on her birthday.  Mike Mongeau was another prize winner, along with other lucky dancers.

Paula Jacobsen, Joan Collins and Elaine Albarano, dancing to the Lynn Spins!
A great time was had by all!
Photos by Al Duff

November 4 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter, Al Duff, Photographer

Chaplain Kevin gave the blessing to open our meeting for 68 residents this morning. 


The snowbirds are returning!

We welcomed back John Pugh and Shirley Tatlock, Maxine Mock, Bill and Sandra Spires, Ben and Simone Gaulin, Ronald Dick and Ed and Judy Marian

Erin Richards, who rents upstairs in the clubhouse, has her daughter here for a visit.  Also Alan Duff has his daughter Lisa here as well.

Happy Birthday was sung to Lela St. James, Mary Lou Lira and Ronald Dick.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Phil Albarano reminded us that the Veterans Day Parade, this Saturday, November 8th, will start out from the clubhouse at 11:00 am.  Following the ceremonies at the gazebo will be a hot dog lunch back at the clubhouse.  Betsy Chace and Judy Marian offered to fill "help needed" request in the kitchen. 

Jan Mazer thanked all those who attended the Oktoberfest pot luck and the helpers who made it a great success.  Many thanks to Fred and Lela St. James for their dancing skills!

Jan will be hosting Vespers this Sunday, November 9th at 7:00 pm and she will be having two speakers from Haiti.  Please come to what should be a very interesting evening. 

Jan will be traveling to Uganda in March to do missionary work.  She needs to raise $4,500.00 for her trip.  There will be a fundraiser at Carrabbas Restaurant on University on Saturday, November 29th at 11:00 am.  Tickets are $15.00.  She is also working with Little Caesar's Pizza on pizza kits.  More on that later.

Paula Jacobsen reminded everyone that the first Orange Acres dance will be this Friday night, November 7th from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  Come listen to the Lynn Spins!  Tickets are $5.00.  Volunteer workers are needed to help after the dance to move the tables and chairs back for the next day's event.

Adele Beauregard says that she will be hosting a "before the dance party" from 5:00pm to 6:30 pm at "Sam's Waterfront Bistro", aka their home.  Bring an appetizer to share and your own beverage of choice.

Shirley Tatlock says the Thanksgiving Dinner sign up sheet is on the bulletin board.  Please write in your names and what you will be bringing for the dinner.

Bob Springer says the Ship n' Shore cruise in February still has room for a few more people.  If interested, please call him.  The next big event is a trip to Key West, on two separate occasions; one January 19 - 22nd and January 27th to the 30th.  The cost is just under $800.00 per person for each visit.

Jane Finley has tickets for the New Year's Eve dance party at Windward Isles.  The cost is $10.00 per person.  BYOB and a snack.

Mary Ryman informed us the festival at Emeritus on Bee Ridge Rd. has been postponed until November 15th.

Barb Brown will begin water aerobics on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00 am.  There is also an exercise class every day at the clubhouse at 8:00 am.

Mary Cowan is donating one of her handmade quilts for the rummage sale.  The raffle will begin next week.

The November newsletter is out.  Please thank the office staff when you have a chance.  They plan to publish November through April.  Be sure to get your information for the next newsletter into the office by the 15th of each month prior.   December newsletter information should be submitted by November 15th.  No news, no newsletter!

Flu Shots are next Wednesday, November 12th from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

The ladies for "Wreaths Across America" will be back to speak again this month on Tuesday the 18th.

Jane thanked all those who made coffee hour a success this past month.

The meeting closed at 8:35 am.

From me to you:  The biggest lie that I tell myself daily is "I don't need to write it down, I'll remember it!"

Have a great week!  (Thank you Betsy!) 

PS.  The annual Residents Association meeting was held at the conclusion of the above meeting.  Our new President and her board were introduced.  As always we saved the Betts for last.  Congratulations to Jane and good luck to her and her board for the upcoming year.



October 28 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin gave the blessing for the 60 in attendance today.

There were three winners of the 50/50 contest:  Bill Jacobsen, Pauline Pittman and Lela St. James, each won $10.00!!

We welcomed Barb Brown as well as Phil & Elaine Albarano back from their up-north sabbaticals.

Ramona Armstrong will be leaving this week for PA.  She may be gone the entire month of November!  Enjoy and hurry back, Ramona.

Jason Warrington gave an update on Larry Stine's medical condition.  See Sunshine report for details.

Fran Foust introduced new residents Paul & Lucille Ouellet, 44 Jeffrey Drive.  They are from Hooksett, New Hampshire and are prior renters.  Friends of Jim and Mary Lessard who introduced them to Orange Acres, they celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary yesterday.  Welcome!

Happy Birthday was sung to Grace Sherry!  Congratulations to you and your "boyfriend".  There was no one present for Happy Anniversary.

Charlene gave her Sunshine report.  See tab on website.

Jan Mazer said tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the upcoming Oktoberfest Pot Luck to be held at the clubhouse on October 30th.  Please bring your plates when you arrive, not before.

Phil Albarano sill needs kitchen help for the November 8th Veteran's Day Celebration.

Bob Springer said the cruise for February to the Western Caribbean and Mexico is almost full but rooms are available for a few more. 

He is also posting a list of other upcoming events on the bulletin board so be sure to check them out.

Fred St. James said Shuffleboard courts  have been prepped.  Shuffle board competition will begin next Monday,  November 3rd.  Arrive by 
12:45 pm if you plan to participate.

Jane Finley has tickets for the New Years Eve party at Windward Isles.  The cost of a ticket is $10.00.  They go fast so do not delay if you want to attend this fun annual event.

Sue Morey wishes to thank everyone for their donations for the Sarasota Baptist Church clothing drive to be held Saturday, November 8th from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Try to get in some FREE shopping between our Veteran's Day Celebration and the church drive.

Charlie Parkes shared his weekly coffee joke.  Thanks for the laughs!!!

Sign up for flu shots is still on the bulletin board and shots will be administered Wednesday, November 12th.

The Orange Acres Observer Newspaper will be published in November.  Time's up for getting information to the office.

The ladies who spoke last week about Wreaths Across America will return November 18th.  See Jane Betts if you wish to purchase a wreath.

Judy Marian's computer classes will begin Tuesday, November 11th for one hour beginning at 4:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

The Thanksgiving sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board.  When posting, be sure to include what you will bring for "goodies"!

There have been issues with scam phone calls and e-mails.  Be aware of any and ALL "family business" going on.  Never open an e-mail from anyone you do not know and always hang up on unknown callers.

A Residents Association Board Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 3rd at 10:00 am in the club house.


Fall back, Spring Ahead!!

Have a great week! (Thanks, Betsy!) 

October 21 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our coffee meeting this morning for 58 of us.  The snowbirds are starting to return!  Hurray!

Back with us are Reuel and Sara Detweiler, Richard Tolman, Wilma Jordan and Dave Matthews.  Judy Chieffo has been released from rehab and is with us this morning as well.  Welcome folks!

There was no one present to sing Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Charlie Parkes told his usual funny joke for the week!

The November calendars are out with one revision:  Flu Shots will be on Wednesday, November 12th from 10:00 am -12:00 pm.  (NOT November 11th).  There is a sign up sheet for flu shots posted on the bulletin board.

There will be a November Observer so be sure to get any news to the office soon.

The sign-up sheets for pot luck on the 30th of October and for Veterans Day in November are on the bulletin board 

There have been no further sightings of the young man roaming our park, but please stay alert and notify the office and authorities if you do see him around here again.

Charlie Parkes reminded us that the food barrel is still pretty empty so let's try to fill it up for those less fortunate as soon as we can, especially with the holidays coming.

Judy Parkes wants everyone to know that she will be having a tag sale at 183 Jeffrey Drive this Friday and Saturday from 9 am to 3 pm.  Come one, come all!

Our President Elect, Jane, thanked all the coffee crew, donut crew and residents attending the meeting.

While waiting for our guest speaker this morning, Jane told us a very captivating and emotional story about the European trip she took with her mother.  It was filled with coincidences or "God's whispers" as Jane calls them,  In the year it took to plan, Jane found an all-purpose sweater and bought one for herself and her mother.  On the day before the 40th anniversary of D-Day, Jane and Lucille were in Paris.  They had planned to go to the Eiffel Tower the next day to look out on that historic city, but in the morning, Lucille, wearing her sweater, changed her mind and they went to the Louvre.  After many hours, at Lucille's suggestion, they were going to leave but she changed her mind again and they stopped for a cup of coffee where Lucille sat across the table from a woman wearing the same sweater - and it turned out they both lived in Sarasota.  More whispers!! Jane struck up a conversation with the woman's husband and this veteran told her a heart breaking story of his and his best buddy's war experience.  They landed on the beaches on D-Day and his wife to be, who was a nurse, that very day cared for his wounded friend.  Many years later he and his wife retired to Florida and so had his friend but they had never met.  A for-sale note brought them together for a memorable evening two days before his friend died.  They then went on their trip to honor him and all those who served and put the past to rest.  All this is in Jane's heart and memory because of the "same sweater", a change of mind and "let's get a cup of coffee"!  What a memorable way to begin honoring our veterans.

More whispers and 30 years later, Jane now lives in Orange Acres, goes to bingo and Mona Owens wraps herself up in another "same sweater"!  And--both Jane's mother and Mona's dad had,  at the same time, lived on the same street, Andros Drive in Windward Isle!!  And now their children are playing bingo together.  Always listen for the whispers.

Our special speaker this morning was Victoria Findley from The Sarasota Military Academy.  The Academy is having a fund raiser until December 1st.  They are doing the "Wreaths Across America Program". Wreaths Across America makes sure every National Cemetery grave site has a wreath on it...not a Christmas wreath or even a religious wreath, jus a wreath!  The cost is $15.00 with $5.00 going back to the Academy to help students purchase uniforms, etc.  Any wreaths left over will go to other National Cemeteries.  Jane Betts has forms available for your purchase.  Victoria said she will return to Orange Acres on November 18th to speak again when more "snowbirds" are back.

Quote of the week:  "Be who you are and say what you feel because those that matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter"

Have a great week!  (Thanks, Betsy!)

October 14 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

This morning, Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with prayer.

We had 47 in attendance this week.  Back with us were Mike and Jean Delaney, Ed and Carol Foltz, Dick and Peggy Killinger, Alan Duff and Lynne Butler, Pauline Pittman, Charlotte Butland and Lois Weaverling.  Welcome back to Orange Acres!

Phil and Elaine Albarano will be leaving us, but only for about 10 days.

We sang Happy Birthday to Mike Delaney and Happy Anniversary to Charlotte Butland.

Charlene gave us her Sunshine report.

Jan Mazer reminded us to sign up for the Oktoberfest pot luck on Thursday, October 30th and there will be dancing following the supper.

Speaking of Dancing, Paula Jacobsen says the first Orange Acres dance will be on Friday, November 7th from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  She will begin selling tickets next week.  (Also see Future Events tab for details).

Phil Albarano spoke about our Veterans Day Celebration which will be on Saturday, November 8th.  The parade will start from the clubhouse at 11:00 am.  Our sister park, Cedar Cove will be participating with us in our service this year.  Jim Lamb, who is past Exalted Leader of the Elks will be our guest speaker.  Volunteers are needed to help in the kitchen with serving hot dogs, hamburgers, chips and soda.  Also any "elves" who can make cookies and cakes would be greatly appreciated.  Phil will put a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board to get an idea of how many people will be attending.

Charlie Parkes gave us a good laugh with his joke of the week.  As they had to be there!!!

Our soon to be President, Jane Betts, informed us that Camelot East is holding a blood drive tomorrow from 9 am until noon.

Flu shots will be given again at the club house on Wednesday, November 12th beginning at 9:00 am.

There has not been any further word on our interloper being around but still be cautious and on the alert!

Judy Marion will begin Computer classes on Tuesday, November 11th from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Questions and Answers begin the hour followed with a lesson.  No computers needed in class.  Everyone is welcome.

Our first 50/50 was today.  There were three winners who each received $10.00.  Remember, the 50/50 will run every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.

There will be a November Orange Acres newsletter coming from management.  Future issues are being discussed.  In the meantime, be sure to check the bulletin board and web site for coming events.

Jane thanked the clubhouse decorators, coffee crew, donut folks and Gary, our talented music man.

With no further business, the meeting closed at 8:30 am.

Red Skelton quote:  "I don't let old age bother me.  There are three signs of old age.  Loss of memory...I forget the other two"!

Have a great week!  (Thank you, Betsy)

October 7 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with a prayer at 8:00 am this morning.

We had 40 residents in attendance.  We welcomed back Rick and Judy Wilson and Pat Lenahan is here for 5 days while looking for someone to rent her unit.

There was no one present to sing Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary, but maybe next week.

Adele Beauregard reminded us that the Red Hats outing is at Square One Burgers on Monday, October 20th at noon.  She has coupons for free appetizer or dessert so be sure to sign up.

Hugh Spinney and Bob Springer will start the 50/50 raffle next Tuesday, October 14th and every 2nd and 4th Tuesday thereafter.  Tickets are 1 for $1.00 or 3 for $2.00.  Good luck!

Jane asked our group if we would like this month's pot luck to be an Oktoberfest theme or a costume contest.  The Oktoberfest won out with the majority of hands raised.  Jan Mazer will chair the event on October 30th at 6:00 pm and there will be music and dancing.  Put your "thinking caps" on for German food to bring to the fun night!

Jane checked with the office and there will not be an October OA Observer Newsletter.  There may be a November one, possibly, keep your fingers crossed!  Be sure to get your information to the office before November 1st.

Management would like us all to know that there has been a vagrant wandering our property.  He is young with dark curly hair, a back pack and riding a bicycle.  He has been seen inside the club house!  It is believed that he comes out from Sunrise or from the back of our neighboring hotels.  Please be diligent and notify the authorities if necessary.

Thanks were given to our September coffee helpers.

The meeting closed at 8:30 am

Have a good week! (Thanks, Betsy!)

September 30 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin led 33 of us in prayer this morning.  A special prayer for less rain was asked by all!!

Amo Kimball has returned for the season.  Bobbi Holden is back along with Mike and Fran Foust from their trip to New York and areas nearby.  Fred and Lela St. James will have lots of grandbaby pictures to share from their trip also.

Unfortunately, there was no one present to sing Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary to.

Charlie Parkes started us out with a "blonde" joke this morning. 

Sue Morey reminded everyone that BINGO starts tomorrow, Wednesday evening at 7 pm.  Also, Sarasota Baptist church will be holding their FREE clothing sale Saturday, November 8th from 8am - 1 pm.  They still need donations which can be dropped off at Sue's home or the church.

We still do not have a Chairperson for the Pot Luck Halloween party this month.  If no one comes forward, we will have to cancel the activities.

Jane reminded us that there is a Resident's Executive Board meeting on Monday, October 6th at 10:00 am

Thanks were given to Ramona Armstrong and Charlene Sherman for providing us with donuts, Gary Snyder for his organ playing and Bill Jacobsen for coffee.

The meeting was closed at 8:25 am.

Betsy shares "It is good to let a little sunshine out as well as in.  Let's hope the sun shines a lot more than it has lately"!

Have a great week! (Thanks Betsy!)