Golf Tournament At River Hills Will Help Raise Money For Local Vets

They say dogs are man’s best friend. They offer companionship and unconditional love to their humans. Some dogs work very hard for their humans by taking care of them and being their guide dogs. “Paws for Patriots” is a program offered by Southeastern Guide Dogs of Palmetto. Established in 1982, Southeastern Guide Dogs’ mission is(…)

2012 Small Business Of The Year Award Semi-Finalists Named

The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce congratulates the area businesses that have been named 2012 Small Business of the Year Award semi-finalists. Annually, this Awards Gala recognizes and honors small businesses within the Greater Brandon area that have demonstrated leadership, positive growth and development, creativity, and integrity in operating a business, as well as a(…)

Annual Event Seeks Volunteers & Deployed Addresses To Send Cards For Troops

When you want to send a holiday card, all you have to do is go to the local store and purchase one. But if you are one of the thousands of military service personnel stationed around the world in remote and dangerous locations such as Afghanistan or Iraq, there is no local store. It is(…)

Help Raise Funds To Find A Cure At Fifth Annual “Plaza Bella Goes Pink”

Plaza Bella will host the Fifth Annual “Plaza Bella Goes Pink” on Saturday, October 20. Back by popular demand are the “Diva Strut” which runs from Plaza Bella to the Bloomingdale Library and back and the 5k Challenge run which goes from Plaza Bella to Nature’s Way and back. Both the walk and the run(…)

Art And Drawing Will Be Celebrated At The Fifth Annual Big Draw This October

Ruskin’s fifth Annual Big Draw will be held during the month of October all around Ruskin. If you have ever wanted to attend a drawing or art workshop or just participate in a celebration of drawing and art, then here is your opportunity. The Big Draw is an international event. Locally, the Big Draw will(…)

Massage Envy Gives Back To Arthritis Foundation With Massage

By Marie Gilmore During Massage Envy’s Healing Hands for Arthritis event, clients receiving massages will also benefit the Arthritis Foundation and its efforts to find a cure. On Wednesday, September 19, $10 from every one-hour massage session will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. To introduce new clients to the benefits of massage, Massage Envy(…)

VFW Post 8108 Sponsors Writing Contests For Students

Staff Report A Voice of Democracy Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 9-12. Students compete by writing and recording a broadcast script on the theme “Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?” Students wishing to enter must do a three to five minute essay on a standard cassette tape or CD. Songs and poetry(…)

Renee Swope Speaks At Girlfriend’s Gathering At Bell Shoals

Staff Report Renee Swope will be speaking on Saturday, September 29, as part of The Greater Brandon Girlfriend’s Gathering “A Confident Heart.” Swope, a gifted speaker, author and nationally syndicated radio co-host, is known for her ability to connect with women of all ages and stages of life, she has a unique way of inspiring(…)

It’s Not Too Late To Walk To End Alzheimer’s In Sun City Center In October

Connie Lesko knows just how difficult it can be to watch as loved ones deal with the effects of Alzheimer’s, having watched it happen to both of her parents. It was both of her parents and her job at Freedom Plaza, a retirement community in Ruskin, that inspired her to help re-launch the annual Walk(…)

Memorial Bike Ride Will Benefit Local Cancer Organization

By Libby Hopkins Brenda Walsh found an inner strength she didn’t know she after her daughter, Shannon Walsh Revette passed away from cancer in July of 2005. “My daughter was great and she loved life,” Walsh said. “Her goal in life was to help others.” Before Revette passed, she asked her mother to promise that(…)