DAR members plant live oak tree in Ormond Beach's Central Park for Arbor Day

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Lauren and Carla Weber, Mary Louise English, Judiann Rakes, Shirley Graham, Nancy Roddy, Conservation Chair Cory Trusty, and Pamela Hansen.    Courtesy photo
Lauren and Carla Weber, Mary Louise English, Judiann Rakes, Shirley Graham, Nancy Roddy, Conservation Chair Cory Trusty, and Pamela Hansen. Courtesy photo
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Members of the Capt. James Ormond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Florida's Arbor Day on Friday, Jan. 21, by planting a 15-foot live oak tree in Ormond Beach's Central Park.

According to an emailed announcement, Florida's Arbor Day was established in 1886 and is celebrated on the third Friday in January. Arbor Day is typically observed in April across the U.S., but some states like Florida have chosen different celebration dates to go along with their tree planting season.

Knights begin annual 'Tootsie Roll Drive'

The Knights of Columbus Prince of Peace Council 8791 recently began its annual Citizens with Disabilities Campaign six-week fundraising drive. 

The "Tootsie Roll Drive" at local supermarkets is the Knights' largest fundraising activity, according to a press release, and the proceeds benefit schools and organizations that help adults and children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Most of the dollars raised are distributed to the Exceptional Student Education programs at public schools in Ormond Beach, the Special Olympics, and The Arc of Volusia County. Some money also goes to the statewide Knights' fund to help adults with disabilities who live and work on their own in non-institutional settings.

The first donation of the drive was made by Ormond Beach resident Ed Bodigheimer.

“Through the efforts of our council members and the generosity of area residents and visitors, we look forward again this year to be able to raise much needed funds to help local students and adults with physical and learning challenges,” said William Whelan, Grand Knight of Council 8791, in the press release. “We would also like to thank Publix and Walmart for giving us access to their storefronts.”

Want to help? Donations may be sent to Knights of Columbus Council 8791; Attn: Tootsie Roll, at 600 S. Nova Road, Ormond Beach FL 32174.

Scholarships available

The Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club is offering scholarships to graduating high school seniors.

The annual Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club Al Weeks, Sr. Memorial Scholarship will award $1,000 to a senior in the Ormond-by-the-Sea or Ormond Beach area only, and the deadline to apply is March 4.

The second scholarship available is the Lions Club District 35-0 Youth Exchange Scholarship, which is also for $1,000 but is open to all seniors in Volusa County. The deadline to apply is Feb. 11.

For copies of the applications, please visit the Ormond-by-the-Sea Lions Club Facebook page or call 386-441-4421.

Foundation supports PD

Last week, the Ormond Beach Police Department received four new ballistic shields, courtesy of the Ormond Beach Police Foundation, according to the OBPD Facebook page.

"The Foundation is continuing to support your local police department by making sure our equipment is updated and topnotch," the post reads.

Interested in supporting the foundation? Call 386-492-2944.


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