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Notice Notice Notice

April 10, 2015

After many years as Orange Acres Web host, it is time to retire.  The  Board is looking into having a new Webmaster as well as an updated new format.  I will remain during this brief transition as the new Website is being developed.     

With love, admiration and thanks:   

Judy Marian

Chaplain Kevin

Chaplain Kevin Hackett
For all spiritual needs:  1-877-322-2427 Ext 4253

Our Sandhill Cranes

April 15, 2015
Photo by Judy Marian

 Orange Acres New King and Queen
March 12, 2015

Judy Marian, photographer

Shirley Tatlock and John Pugh

Tuesday Coffee News April 21

Betsy Chace, Reporter

Sam Finley opened the meeting with a prayer for 51 of us this morning.
The Spinneys have returned from their vacation and Jan Mazer is back from her mission in Uganda.
Barb Brown, Shirley Tatlock, John Pugh and Bobbi Holden are leaving us.  The Mann's will be permanently leaving us on Friday the 24th.  Safe journeys to all.
Happy Birthday was sung to Elaine Albarano.
Phil Albarano says he and President Jane met with management regarding pick up of large items for the flea market.  If you have a large item/s to donate, please contact Fred St. James or Phil and they will notify management.  Pick ups will be twice a month...not sure if 1st or 3rd Friday or 2nd or 4th Friday.  The dates will be on the monthly calendar and website.  Smaller items will continue to be picked up by Fred and Phil.
A new webmaster is being considered for replacing the one we use now.  Management has a new webmaster and we will be checking with them as to whether it would work for us.  More on the results later.  King John Pugh who will be away for six months had a wonderful prayer to share with us for a great and blessed summer for all.
Barb Brown says the "Sock Hop" was great.  Thanks to all who helped make it a success.
Charlie Parkes graced us again with his weekly joke.
Jan Mazer is very glad to be back.  She says you cannot imagine how much you should appreciate being an American when you are out of the country and see such poverty.  It is such a cultural shock!
President Jane says the Red Hats had a "fulfilling" day yesterday at The Cheesecake Factory!  Thank you goes out to Pauline Pittman and Charlotte Cappadona.
Don't forget the pancake breakfast on Tuesday May 5th.  The sign up sheet is on the board.
This is the last Wednesday for Shuffleboard and Bingo.
Pot Luck was grand and desserts were gone before anything else.  The music was phenomenal!  Thanks to Pat Tays and crew.
Rev. Ed Sensenbrenner said $350.00 was sent to All Faiths Food Bank from offerings at Vespers.
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 am.
For all women:  Women are angels and when someone breaks our wings, we simply continue to fly....on a broomstick!  We're flexible like that!! LOL
Great week to all! 

Notice from Mary Ryman

April 21, Mary Ryman reporting

This may be the last Coffee Meeting I will attend.  We will be leaving Florida soon, once the paperwork is finalized.  Harold and I will be going to Michigan  at the Masonic Home in Alma.  We will keep you posted once officially settled,  We will miss you all.

Additional OA April updates

By:  Judy Marian,

Welcome Marilyn Beardsley, Lois Weaverling's sister-in-law, who is visiting Orange Acres again this year.  Welcome back!

Thanks for everyone who supported my granddaughter's bake sale Easter week-end.  "No Kids Hungry" is  a national fight to end childhood hunger by providing school meals for kids in need.  

Photo by Sara Detweiler 

Thank you from Macy, Bristol, Judy & Taylor.

No more Blood pressure readings notice
April 14, 2015
from Janice Thomas

Effective April 14, there will be no more blood pressure readings taken in Orange Acres until further notice.

Tuesday Coffee News April 14

Betsy Chace, Reporter

Sam Finley opened our meeting with prayer for 49 of us this morning.

Ben and Simone Gaulin, Reg  and Pat Tays will be leaving us for the summer.  Don and Phyllis Mann are moving to Pennsylvania to live near their daughter.  A safe trip and will will miss you all.

Happy Birthday was sung to Ben Gaulin.  There was no one present for Anniversaries.

Charlene stunned our group when sne informed us that she will no longer be giving the sunshine report.  She is very busy with other commitments and decided this was the right thing to do.  Thank you Charlene for all your hard work reporting on our sick residents.

Speakers:        Phil Albarano informed us that Judy Marian announced her retirement from keeping Orange Acres website up to date.  She will continue doing so until a replacement can be found.  Please contact Phil or President Jane if you are interested.  Also the Resident's Association Board members are looking into new and different Websites that we could use to develop a website that is easier to navigate.  If anyone has names of Websites they use of know of, please let Phil or Jane know.
                        Pat Tays says the pot luck is this Thursday at 6 pm with Steve Ditchfield entertainment.  The cost is $2.00
                        Barb Browns says put on your dancing shoes for Saturday the 18th from 7-10 pm.  Please bring a donation for the food barrel.
                        Charlotte Cappadona and Pauline Pittman are hosting the Red Hats on the 20th at the Cheesecake Factory at UTC.  Arrive by 11:30.
Charlie Parkes told his joke of the week!!
President Jane says Gary Snyder has come forth to chair the Memorial Day Celebration on Saturday, May 23rd.  He does need helpers. Thank you Gary!
There will be no more blood pressure checks until November when the "snowbirds" start returning.
Thank you to all the donut crew, coffee makers, music, etc.
The meeting closed at 8:25 am
Have a great week!

Jan Mazer Returns from Uganda - April 10

I returned to Tampa evening of Tuesday the 7th (with God's help).  My tenants left that morning with just enough time to let the clean sheets cool off from the dryer before I jumped under the covers.  No, I have no Malaria, Typhoid, Dengue or Ebola, just a head cold compliments of Delta Airlines.  Slept the 9th away and broke the bank on the 10th re-stocking empty fridge and cupboards.  Sorry if I didn't call any of you, just too tired to talk.  LONG 30 hour trip back!  Can't say enough about my time in Uganda.  I still love it there, but was ready to come home.  Must be getting old.  I was never excited to get back home whenever I traveled in the past.  My bed is covered with "stuff", but I slept in it anyway.  I pray that I served God well in my time abroad and thank Him and the LOBO ministry for giving me the opportunity.  I still have a passion for teaching and these kids were very special!

Am leaving to go to a cabin at Stephen Foster Center in North Florida today for 4 days R & R.  Will be in touch next week.

Love and Blessings,  Jan    

Golf Hole - in - One!

By:  Gil Forrler

March 24, 2015, was the last golf outing of the season.  Don Hostetler had a Hole-in-One on number 15 at Gulf Gate Golf Course.  Additional golf league members who witnessed this event were M.J. Smith, Bill Spires and Jim Barnett.  Congratulations!

Tuesday Coffee News April 7 - Tuesday

Betsy Chace, reporter

The 50/50 raffle was held today.  The winners were Mary Cowan, Reverend Joe Stump and Pat Tays who each won $10.00!

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with prayer for 65 of us this morning.

Residents leaving this week are Reuel Detweiler, Lynne Butler and Alan Duff, Jim McDonald and Kathleen Estabrook, Ron and Sally Gullick and Carol Joncas.

Happy Birthday was sung to Betsy Chace, Shirley Tatlock and Sara Detweiler.  Happy Anniversary was sung to Ron and Sally Gullick and Bob and Cyndee Springer.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Speakers:          Pat Tays says the Pot Luck is next Thursday, April 16th with entertainment by Steve Ditchfield.  Bring your $2.00.  She needs hot dishes and salads.
                        Barb Brown says the "Sock Hop" is Saturday, April 18th with lost of great songs to dance to.  Also Vespers is this Sunday the 12th at 7 pm accompanied by the choir.

Charlie Parkes had a great joke for us this week!  LOL.

President Jane says the party last Saturday for Gary was truly a wonderful Birthday surprise!  Everyone had a great time enjoying the food and cake  Thank you to the Snyder family! 

No one has come forward to chair the Memorial Day Celebration so Phil Albarano will incorporate this with Veteran's Day.

April will be the last month for the Orange Acres Observer.

Jane would like all to know that if residents have any needs, concerns, complaints, etc., please contact any board member of the Residents Association and they will notify the other board members to help resolve the issues.  Management's door is always open. 

Thanks were given to the coffee crew and Gary for his music.

Please note that the clubhouse will be closed this Saturday the 11th from 9:30 to 3 pm for a Warrington event.

The meeting closed at 8:25 am.

Have a great week and all who are traveling...stay safe!

A week in Pictures - March 31, 2015

Sara Detweiler, Al Duff, photographers

Karen (left) Marilyn and Charlotte are our own Orange Acres Models for Drapers and Damons Fashion Show.

The Ladies Luncheon at Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club was a huge success with the fashion show following.



As the season comes to a close, there were seven OA residents at the Beach Party at Siesta Beach.  The mounted police made sure nobody got too rowdy.  In keeping with OA sand sculpture tradition, Chairman Jim McDonald provided his artistic talents in creating a sand starfish.


The Coffee meeting attendance is winding down as snowbirds begin to flock north.

Tuesday Coffee News March 31, 2015

Betsy Chace, reporter

Since Chaplain Kevin was away, Sam Finley led 68 of us in prayer this morning.

The Becker's have returned to Orange Acres after being away and the Spires, Spinney's and Strohbeck's will be leaving us.

Jeff Warrington was our special guest today.  He wanted us to know that all the flags we see coming into Orange Acres are from survey crews working on a proposed design for an interchange at Clark Road which is probably years away from completion.  He also wanted us to know that there are informational brochures at the office regarding safety awareness in the community, maintenance and emergency issues.  There is a list for snow birds returning North with good information about turning off your water, putting down awnings, etc.  Also in case of a hurricane, residents must be diligent in making sure their homes are prepared and ready for such a disaster.  The old water plant on Jason recently had a crew there to assess the asbestos situation and the goal is to demolish the unsightly structure by the end of the summer.  The "punk" trees around the area will also be cut down.  Jeff said we may put in a good word for any employees who go above and beyond the call of duty by filling out a "Wahoo" maintenance card for work well done.  The same applies to work not to your approval.

Happy Birthday was sung to Gary Snyder.  Happy Anniversary was sung to Phil and Elaine Albarano who are celebrating 45 years!  Congratulations!

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Speakers:     Elaine, Paula and Mary Ellen wished to thank all who attended the Ladies Luncheon and enjoyed the Drapers and Damons fashion show.
                    Pat Tays says the next Potluck is on Thursday, April 16th with Steve Ditchfield singing.  The cost os $2.00.  The sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board.
                    Reg Tays says the next FMO meeting will be on Monday, April 6th at 1:30 pm at Bahia Vista Estates.
                    Jane Finley already has tickets for the Windward Isles New Year's Eve Party.  They are $10.00 pp and light refreshments will be served.  BYOB and snacks.
                    Barb Brown says the dance last Friday was fantastic and she is holding another "Sock Hop" on Saturday, April 18th from 7-10 pm.  Please bring a donation for the food barrel.
                    Charlie Parkes told his weekly joke.  Keep them coming Charlie!

Our President Jane said she received a basket from Sarasota Rand Rehab thanking us for having so many patients come to them from Orange Acres.  Jane also thanked the coffee crew and Gary for his wonderful music.

There will be a Residents Association Board meeting Monday, April 6th at 10 am.

Charlie Parkes has decided to retire from chairing the Memorial Day festivities.  Anyone who might be interested in taking over, please contact Jane at 922-6375 between 9 am - 9 pm.

The meeting closed at 8:50 am.

Remember:  Aspire to inspire before you expire!

Have a grand week!            

Tuesday Coffee News March 24, 2015

Betsy Chace, reporter

The 50/50 raffle was held this morning.  The winners were Judy Chieffo, Phil Albarano and Ed Foltz who each won $13.00.

Chaplain Kevin opened our meeting with prayer for 71 of us. 

We have 4 residents leaving us.  Bill and Shirley Dodd and Don and Ruth Hostetler, who will return in the fall.

Sharon Leonard, a friend from Ohio, is visiting Bill and Sandra Spires.

Happy Anniversary was sung to Ed and Carol Foltz who are celebrating 44 years.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Speakers:  Elaine Albarano - The ladies luncheon is this Thursday at Stoneybrook CC with a fashion show to follow by Drapers and Damons.  This is the last Tuesday for getting your snowbird directory at coffee hour.  If you need one, you can pick one up at Elaine's at 108 Loren Drive.
                Adele Beauregard says to come to "Sam's Waterfront Bistro" at 111 Loren Drive, Friday between 5 pm and 6:30 pm before the dance at the clubhouse,
                Sue Morey will be showing the movie "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" at the clubhouse Thursday at 7 pm.  Bring your own snacks and soft drinks!
                Linda Anderson thanked all who came to the pot luck and enjoyed watching the movie "Andre".
                Barb Brown says the last dance of the season is this Friday night with the Lynn Spins.  The theme is "Glitter" and it is from 7 pm - 10 pm.  Also the poster is up for the pot luck on April 16th with Steve Ditchfield entertaining.
                Jim McDonald is planning on having a beach party at Siesta Key on Monday the 30th.  Look for signs!
                Charlie Parkes entertained us with his weekly joke. 
                Our esteemed President Jane gave many thanks to the Residents Association Board members and all the others who helped make Saturday's cookout a great success!  And the food was delicious, especially the cake!!

The family of Ann Subrizi, who recently passed away, will be holding services in Maryland on April 4th.  No other information is available at this time.

Please keep Ray Bergeron in your thoughts and prayers.  He is suffering from pericarditis which is an inflammation of the membranes surrounding the heart and is very painful.  The doctors say his heart is fine, he is on medication, but it will take time to heal.  God Bless you Ray!

The meeting was closed at 8:30 am

Enjoy the sunshine. 

Tuesday Coffee News March 17, 2015

Betsy Chace, reporter

Chaplain Kevin opened the meeting with prayer for 70 of us this St. Patrick's Day morning!

Carol Foltz has her sister, Jackie, visiting from Pennsylvania.  Al and Lyn Duff have their grandson, Brannon, visiting from Toronto and Thelma Bloesing has her son Bill visiting from Michigan to celebrate her 97th Birthday. 

Happy Birthday was sung to Ed Foltz, Caroline Turner, Sam Finley, Mary Cowan and Linda McClowry.

Charlene gave her sunshine report.

Shirley Tatlock and John Pugh thanked all of those who came to their coronation.

Phil Albarano thanked all who attended the planning meeting on Sunday and almost all events are covered.  Reminder that Saturday is the free cookout from noon to 2:00 pm.  Today is the last day to sign up.

Elaine Albarano reminded us that the Ladies Luncheon is Thursday the 26th at Stoneybrook CC with a fashion show following.  Also, the snowbird directories are available for $3.00 and will be sold during coffee hour or you can contact her and she will see you get one.

There is another update from Jan Mazer posted on the bulletin board.

Jim McDonald says there should be no problem with this momth's beach party on the 30th at Siesta Key.

Jane reminded us that pot luck is this Thursday with movie "Andre" to follow.

Barb Brown thanked all those who helped her make the coronation such a success!  A thank you was given right back to Barb for all her hard work and doing such a fine job!

Amy Warrington has found a key - if you have lost one, please go to the office.

There will not be any computer classes this week or next.

There is an error on the April Calendar.  The pot luck is on the 16th, not the 6th.!

Charlie Parkes had a wonderful Irish joke to share.

The meeting closed at 8:25 am

Wouldn't it be great if we could put ourselves in the dryer for 10 minutes, come out wrinkle free and 3 sizes smaller?!

Have a great week!

Tuesday- March 10

Al Duff, photographer

79 people in attendance along with a 50/50 raffle before coffee meeting.

New neighbors, Michael & Janet Woods, 230 Jason Drive   

Beach Party - February 23

Photo by Ed Foltz

Everyone had a wonderful time! 
Thanks to Jim McDonald and Kathy for arranging a fun day.  Hope to see everyone in March!

Uganda, Africa
An update from Jan Mazer

Submitted by Judy Marian

The most recent correspondence from Jan (February 20th) has been printed and posted on the Orange Acres Community Center Travel Bulletin board,  along with those received previously.  This is her second month in Uganda, helping with medical clinics and teaching.    

Jan wears a mask to help with air pollution.  Jan helping in the children's medical clinic.

Jan enjoys helping where she can in Uganda.  She relaxes with teacher Ryoko after a long, hot day.

February 17 - Tuesday, 2015

Betsy Chace, Jane Betts, reporters

This morning began with pleasant words from Chaplain Kevin as he blessed the 88 of us.  He then had the honor to draw the winning raffle ticket for Mary Cowan's beautiful quilt.  Peggy Killinger thanked everyone for supporting her mom's project as she achieved her goal and added $500.00 to our Flea Market balance.

Carol Beson, the winner, from Camelot East with Mary Cowan, quilter supreme, from Orange Acres

February 10 - Tuesday, 2015

An update from Jan Mazer

Dear Friends and Supporters,

   I have been off and running from the time I arrived at almost midnight January 8th.  We have completed our 5th clinic where we found 12 people we scheduled for surgery.  Some were severely bow legged, eye problems, large goiters the size of grapefruits and various others.  We gave de-worming meds to over 1,600 kids.  We also gave medication to over 1,000 adults and children.  Our clinics have 7 stations for de-worming, taking temperatures, vitals, done by doctors (we have 4 Ugandans).  Malaria, glucose testing is done by a 5th doctor, and glasses provided for anyone over 40 years of age and medications.  I have been in charge of writing the names of people on bags for the meds.

   It has been really interesting seeing the slums and horrible conditions that these people live in, yet they have smiles, a desire to live and just love the Lord so much.  They call the Lord "Daddy" instead of "Father".

Until next time,

Love, Jan

Teachers Ryoko and Jan with sponsored Peter.  Peter came from Childrens Home to attend secondary school.  Greeting the students

25 of 39 students of Grace High School.  Jan getting BBQ Goat for lunch, a good value $2.50

January 13 - Tuesday, 2015

Jan Mazer departed for a 3 months mission in Uganda, Africa.  Photos were shared with me by team member Sherry Schaeffer Roberts.  I will attempt to provide additional photos every week preceding Tuesday News updates,  as new photos become available. 
Judy Marian.

Jan (left) walking through the village.  Umbrellas help provide protection from the hot sun..  Jan pumps fresh water for the children.

A young boy carries a 20 liter jug of fresh water.  Jan with a village teacher.  Many teachers have only a 3rd grade education.  Jan will be teaching the teachers too!

Some of the children from the village.  A typical outside kitchen in Uganda.

December 2014

8,000 Wreaths Across America, Sarasota National Cemetery

Photo from ABC Channel 7 Sarasota News.