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The Land Around Us: DeLeon Springs, Lake Woodruff, Glenwood, Florida

By Louise Caccamise Photographs by Bob Dunham Continuing our series, “The Land Around Us,” we will visit an area to our north this month: DeLeon Springs and Lake Woodruff.According to anthropologists, the land has a long history going back to when the Timucuan Indians lived along the St. Johns River in a large settlement at …

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Fulfilling a Dream

By Ann Gillis Photographs by Shannon Finley Five years ago, I decided to take advantage of John Knox’s offering of on-site piano lessons. During my first interview with Charlaine Free, our piano teacher, she asked me what song I would like to learn to play and I said “Stardust.” Now, thanks to Charlaine, lessons, practice, …

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Orange City Elementary School Volunteers

By Louise Caccamise & Debra Sheffield Photos by Bob Dunham Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. – Elizabeth Andrew   A group of five John Knox Village residents have started volunteering at Orange City Elementary School in a variety of areas including working with students, assisting teachers and helping …

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Sharing Our Love of John Knox Village: The People – The Place

By Louise Caccamise Photographs by Bob Dunham and Shannon Finley   One does not need a special day to express love, caring, and appreciation. However, national holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, and our own occasion, Employee Appreciation Day, serve as focal points to bring these thoughts to the forefront. At this time, we …

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The Land Around Us: Orange City, Florida

By Louise Caccamise Photographs by Bob Dunham After visiting many of the towns near to us, this month we come home to Orange City. Individuals from Eau Claire, Wisconsin came to the area between 1875 and 1877. Among the streets today bearing the names of these and other early settlers are French, Graves, Thorpe, Sparkman, …

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Couples Cite Fitness Room Benefits

By Pat Warner Photos by Bob Dunham Frank Furci used to be a long distance cyclist; about 10 years ago he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “I exercise to strengthen my body, especially the muscles that support my joints, and to maintain independence. After being diagnosed, I took up Tai-Chi. Every morning I walk about …

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Phyllis Dale, JKV’s Red Hot Mama

By Phyllis Dale and Pat Warner Imagine three-year-old Phyllis seated at an old player piano, putting tiny fingers onto fast moving keys as her mother pushes the pedals to make music. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to parents of Czech, Lebanese and Syrian heritage, Phyllis shared that her father resembled the handsome movie star Gilbert Roland …

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Meet Resident Sandy H. Crane

By Doreen Richardson Welcome, fellow John Knox Village Residents! My name is Sandy H. Crane. My partner for life, Sammy H. Crane, and I have been residents here for many years. Actually, we are second-generation cranes, I mean residents, as my parents lived on our beautiful campus before we were born. We have the privilege …

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Eco-Friendly Gardening

This past summer space age technology took root along the John Knox Village pool deck. The three aeroponic growing systems allow John Knox Village to grow up to 20 vegetables, herbs or fruits either indoors or outdoors for use in our dining venues. Aeroponics was first developed by scientists in the 1920s as an academic …

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