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August 16, 2008

Appreciation of artistry, talent and trade

Four years ago, my husband and I finally decided to remove the carpeting in
three of our bedrooms, due to my sudden onslaught of air-born allergies.
Many weeks of preparation were needed to move everything out of these
three rooms into our living-dining room areas. Stacks of cartons and
furniture were piled into the center of those rooms and covered with huge
tarps. Next, three "tile men" literally moved into our home for a week.
Of course, having workers in your home means (to me, any way) that I am
their host. So, I always made sure that they had water to drink. By the second
and third days, they were also having cookies, a taste of my meat sauce and
even some of my chicken soup. That's what I was providing them.
They were providing us with tales of their artistry and a little of their ancestry.
All of the tile men came from Portugal. Their parents, uncles, and brothers all
knew how to lay tile. In their country, their families also knew how to make
tiles. We enjoyed hearing their stories about their family pride of their trade.

For the past three weeks, my husband and I observed the artistry of a
young man from Argentina who was an excellent cabinet-maker and carpenter.
He spoke to us about his extended family (8 brothers and brothers-in-law)
who all built furniture back in Argentina and here in the U.S. He emphasized
his thankfulness for being in America, where he could use his skills.

After our kitchen cabinets were completed, the two men who installed our
granite were from Colombia. They, too, were proud of their trades and were
happy to tell us about their family's history of working with stone.

All of these experiences makes me think about young Americans who are
so busy looking for careers in marketing, computers, human resources, etc.
Of course, we will always need doctors, lawyers and shopkeepers, but we
also need artisans.

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March 2, 2008

South Florida Veterans Admin. National Cemetery Opening

On Sunday, March 9th, at 2:00 P.M., the South Florida Veterans Administration
National Cemetery's new 313-acre site will be opened to the public.

South Florida VA National Cemetery will serve veterans' needs for the next 50 years.
The cemetery is located in Palm Beach County in Lake Worth on U.S. 441,
just south of Lantana Road and north of Boynton Beach Blvd.,
6501 South State Road 7, Lake Worth, FL. 33467.

All veterans and their families are invited.
There will be parking on the west side of U.S. 441 (state road 7) at the
Pro-Source Company or on the east side of U.S. 441 at the Whitworth
Farms, just north of Eternal Light Cemetery.

Shuttle buses will be provided from these parking areas to the VA Cemetery.
For more information call Barry Tutin at 865-0271 or Cemetery Staff at
(561) 649-6489

This article courtesy of Mort Mazor, Del Ray Beach Sun-Sentinel Blog.

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November 30, 2007

The Flavor Pict Tree by Tina G. Korn

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Flavor Pict Road was unpaved, when I moved to Boynton Beach, in 1996. A bridge had to be built over a canal, in order for the road to connect from El Clair Ranch Road east to Military Trail. A small, beautiful forest occupied the entire northwest corner of Flavor Pict and Military.

One tree stood out of this forest - literally! It was bent at a 50 degree angle away from the roadway. For several years, we would walk or bike past this bent tree that was so unusual it became the "landmark" for finding Flavor Pict Road.

One day, everyone noticed a sign announcing the future site of homes, stores, and a park. It was to be called "Renaissance Commons." Bulldozers, tree cutters, and dozens of heavy trucks attacked the forest and removed almost every tree. Scattered, here and there, were several specimen pines - and the one lonely bent tree. Apparently, it had grown into the electrical wires and became a problem for the company removing the trees. It required the most time, money and trouble to remove. It really stood it's ground, as crooked as it was. I guess it's time had come to go. Homes were eventually built there, instead of Renaissance Commons.

Recently, my husband found the photograph he had taken of the tree we had remembered as a symbol of what HAD been a forest and was now a community.

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TINA G. KORN
Boynton Beach has been Tina G. Korn's home for 14 years. She and husband, Abe, have been married 45 years and...

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