Football Season Raffle Gift

Thank you to Kathy Garci at Thankful Heart Creations for creating a great football season themed raffle prize. This gift will be raffled out during the Wellness Expo at Venice Community  C enter this coming Saturday.

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The significance of the American Flag & Military Funerals


Did you know that at military funeral the 21 gun salute stands for the sum of the number in the year 1776?

Have you ever noticed the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the flag 12 times? You probably thought it was a to symbolize the original 13 colonies, buts its not. Read on to learn:

THE 1ST FOLD of our flag is a symbol of life.

THE 2ND FOLD is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

THE 3RD FOLD is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

THE 4Th FOLD represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war, for His divine guidance.

THE 5TH FOLD is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, “Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our Country, right or wrong.”

THE 6TH FOLD is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stand, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

THE 7TH FOLD is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through them that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries or our republic.

THE 8TH FOLD is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day.

THE 9TH FOLD is a tribute to womanhood and Mothers. For it has been through their faith, their love, their loyalty, and their devotion, that the character of the men and women who have made this country great, has been molded.

THE 10TH FOLD is a tribute to the father, for he too has given his Sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

THE 11TH FOLD represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in the Hebrews eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

THE 12TH FOLD represents an emblem of eternity, and glorifies in Christians’ eyes, God the Father, the Sons, and the Holy Spirit.

THE 13TH FOLD or when the flag is completely folded, the stars are in the uppermost, reminding us of our nations motto, “in God We Trust.”

After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat. Ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the Sailors and Marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones, who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today. There are some traditions and ways of doing things that have deep meaning. In the future, you’ll see flags folded, and now you will know why. Share this with the children you love, and all others who love the symbol of “Liberty and Freedom!”




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Arlington National Cemetery


Arlington National Cemetery has an average wait time for burial which can be up to 4 – 6 months (some funeral homes charge a holding fee).

Cremated Remains

Arlington National Cemetery has an average wait time for internment of up to 3- 5 months wait time.



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What costs are covered for a Veteran at a National or Private Cemetery

National Cemetery                             

  • Funeral Director Fees – NO                                                            
  • Casket or Urn – NO                                                              
  • Honor Guard Available – YES                                                              
  • Free Plot – YES                                           
  • Fee for Closing of Grave – YES                                                                   
  • Perpetual Care – YES                                                             
  • Grave Liner for free – YES                                                               
  • Free Government Headstone – YES                                            
  • Marker Installed for free – YES                                                       
  • Space available for family – Limited                                                      

Private Cemetery

  • Funeral Director Fees – NO
  • Casket or Urn – NO
  • Honor Guard Available – YES
  • Free Plot – *$745 Allowance from VA
  • Fee for Closing of Grave – NO          
  • Perpetual Care – YES
  • Grave Liner for free – NO 
  • Free Government Headstone – Allowance VA Form 40-1330
  • Marker Installed for free – Cemetery Fees
  • Space available for family – YES

*$300 to $745 burial allowance and $745 for a plot if a Non-service related Death or VA Hospitalized Veteran.

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Acknowledge Kindness

In the month after a funeral, it is customary to send thank you notes to friends and family who have served as pallbearers, made memorial donations, or sent flowers, mass cards, food, or other condolence gifts.

You can order acknowledgement cards through your funeral director. Short personal notes can be written on the acknowledgement cards. People tell us they sometimes find it hard to come up with the appropriate words for these thank you notes. Just a few lines are all that is needed to show that you and the family appreciate the kindness that has been shown you.

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Disaster Planning – Be Prepared


This information is taken from our local website and they have great up to date information on the following. Please click on link and they will take you to the forms or information needed.

Sarasota County Emergency Management continues to monitor impacts from Hurricane Irma.

Now is the time to review your disaster plan for your family, business and neighborhood.

If you live alone talk to your neighbors and friends about developing a neighborhood response plan.


Stay Informed

  • Evacuation information, call 861-5000.
  • TTY-Deaf Communications, call 941-861-1833.
  • Special Needs Registry, call 861-5000.

Do not call 9-1-1 for hurricane information.

NOAA Weather Radio frequency 162.40 Mhz

Local Radio AM Stations
Local Radio FM Stations
WLSS 930 WTMY 1280 WWPR 1490 WSDV 1450 WSRQ 1220 WBRD 1420 WENG 1530 WJIS 88.1 WSMR 89.1 WLTQ 92.1 WHPT 102.5 WSRQ 106.9 WKZM 104.3 WTZB 105.9 WCTQ 106.5 WSRZ 107.9 WSLR 96.5
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Shelter Kit

Every home should have a Disaster Survival Kit. Ensure a minimum three (3) day supply for each person and preferably one week. If you have chosen to evacuate to a shelter here are some items you will want to have ready in your shelter kit.


These are items you should keep handy in your shelter kit:

___ Personal hygiene supplies

___ Baby needs; diapers, formula, etc.

___ Personal medications and prescriptions enough for a 2 week supply

___ Battery operated television or radio and flashlight

___ Extra batteries

___ Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags or lawn chairs (bedding is not provided)

___ Sanitary supplies, wet wipes

___ Non-perishable foods for snacks

___ First aid kit

___ Extra clothing

___ Extra pair of eyeglasses

___ Travelers Checks/cash

___ Battery powered radio/TV and spare batteries

___ Rain gear and sturdy shoes

___ Keys

___ Vehicle fuel tanks filled

___ Wheelchair or walker if needed

___ Lawn chairs/folding chairs/chaise lounge

___ Cards, book, small games

___ Road maps

___ Wet and cold weather clothing

___ Pet foods and medications (Proof of current pet immunizations is required), leash, muzzle, medications, food and water

___ Special diet foods

___ Important documents such as birth certificates, insurance policies, insurance cards, social security card, important family and business contact numbers, health records, mortgages, deeds, titles, financial documents) kept in a protected place. Video taped documentation or list of all valuables

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Sarasota National Cemetery

Sarasota County is very privilege to have  a VA Cemetery in our area.  The new 295-acre national cemetery in the Sarasota area will serve veterans’ needs for the next 50 years. The cemetery is located in along State Road 72 approximately four miles east of Interstate 75.  Sarasota National Cemetery also has a very unique and spectacular 2,800-seat ceremonial amphitheater called the “Patriot Plaza”.

Where is the Sarasota National Cemetery located?


9810 State Road 72 Sarasota, FL 34241

Phone: 877-861-9840 Or 941-922-7200 FAX: 941-922-3457

What times can I visit the Cemetery?

Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

What Burial space options are available at the Cemetery?

This cemetery has space available to accommodate casketed and cremated remains. A columbarium is also available for cremated remains.

Whats days and times do services take place at Sarasota National Cemetery?

Monday – Friday 9:30 AM – 3 PM

Services are every 30 minutes. There are no service at 12 noon as this is the lunch period for the Cemetery staff.

What are the sizes of the Niches in the Columbarium?

Single Niche

9” High

18″ Depth

12″ High

Two urns may fit for the Veteran and spouse or three urns if a dependent child passes.

Will the Funeral Home help me schedule services at the National Cemetery?

Yes the Sound Choice funeral director will schedule services at Sarasota National Cemetery and they will also schedule Military Honors and VFW (if requested).

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Preparing for Irma

Items to Consider Adding to an Emergency Supply Kit:


  • Prescription medications

  • Glasses

  • Infant formula and diapers

  • Pet food and extra water for your pet

  • Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container

  • Cash or traveler’s checks and change

  • Emergency reference material such as a first aid book or information

  • Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person

  • Consider additional bedding out live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Complete change of clothing including a long sleeved shirt, long pants and sturdy shoes.  Consider additional clothing if you live in a cold-weather climate.

  • Household chlorine bleach and medicine dropper – When diluted nine parts water to one part bleach, bleach can be used as a disinfectant. Or in an emergency, you can use it to treat water by using 16 drops of regular household liquid bleach per gallon of water. Do not use scented, color safe or bleaches with added cleaners.

  • Fire Extinguisher Matches in a waterproof container

  • Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items

  • Mess kits, paper cups, plates and plastic utensils, paper towels

  • Paper and pencil Books, games, puzzles or other activities for kids


A Basic Emergency Supply Kit:

  • Water, one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation

  • Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food

  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert and extra batteries for both Flashlight and extra batteries

  • First aid kit

  • Whistle to signal for help

  • Dust mask, to help filter contaminated air

  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape to shelter-in-place Moist towelettes,

  • Garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation

  • Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

  • Can opener for food (if kit contains canned food) Local maps

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Administering the Estate

While there is no requirement to use a lawyer, probate is a rather formal procedure. One minor omission, one failure to send Great Aunt Amy a copy of the application, or a missed deadline, can cause everything to come to a grinding halt or expose everyone to liability. The death of a family member or friend sometimes tends to bring out the very worst in some people. Experience shows that even in close families there is a tendency to get overly emotional about relatively trivial matters at the time of a loved one’s death, such as who gets the iron frying pan and who gets the kettle. Such minor matters, or any delays or inconveniences can be upsetting, pose issues of fairness, and create unfounded suspicion among family members. Thus it generally is a very good idea to “let a lawyer do it”.

Estate settlement issues

Wills, probate, administration with no will, social security or pension plan benefits, veterans benefits, insurance benefits, joint property, beneficiary designations, claims of dependents and creditors, probate fees, income and estate taxes, and other issues may appear overwhelming after the death of a loved one. Sorting and settling all the details may be confusing because many of the terms are unfamiliar. This guide is not intended to be a substitute for specific individual tax, legal, or estate settlement advice, as certain aspects of the described considerations will not be the same for every estate. Accordingly, where specific advice is necessary or appropriate, consultation with a competent professional is strongly recommended. Most of all, keep in mind that while it is important to take care of all of these activities, it’s more important to move slowly at a pace that is comfortable for you during your grieving process.

Important documents

Locate as many of the following documents as possible: wills, deeds, bank books, stock certificates, military discharge papers, social insurance card, tax forms, vehicle and boat titles, insurance policies, etc.

Death certificates

Before the business and legal issues of the estate can be pursued, it will be necessary to obtain certified copies of the death certificate. You can order them from the funeral director or directly from the Registrar of Vital Statistics in your area. It is always better to order a few more than what you think you will need. Most agencies will only accept certified death certificates and not photocopies.

Administration of a will

Wills are simple, inexpensive ways to address many estates. But they don’t do it all. Here are some things that may not be accomplished in a will:

  • Named beneficiaries for certain kinds of property, although sometimes wills contain beneficiary designations that overrules previous ones.

A will cannot be used to leave:

  • Property you held in joint tenancy with someone else. At death, the deceased’s share will automatically belong to the surviving joint tenant(s). A will provision leaving the deceased’s share to someone other than the surviving joint tenant, would have no effect unless all joint tenants died simultaneously.
  • Property that was transferred to a living trust.
  • Proceeds of a life insurance policy for which there is a named beneficiary.
  • Money in a pension plan, individual retirement account (IRA), 401(k) plan, or other retirement plan.
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