Impressions by David Maxwell

Every single day should be Veterans Day

Veterans Day falls on November 11 every year.  One single day out of every year is designated on our calendars to honor the men and women who have served our country and defended our freedoms. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, the acknowledgement of the service and sacrifice of our Veterans is an activity that needs more…

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Your vote is your voice. Use it!

It’s less than a week until Election Day in Seminole County — and it’s a right, a privilege and every eligible citizen’s responsibility to participate in this democratic process. Locally, voters in Tuesday’s General Primary Special Election have an important decision to make in choosing a councilperson to represent them and be their voice on…

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I’ve always leaned to the orange side of Halloween

Halloween traditions, where did they originate?  The many customs we have today in relation to Halloween have their origins in the religious practices of the Romans and the Druids, therefore dating back many centuries. On October 31, a special feast was held to honor their gods. The custom of trick-or-treating and the use of “jack-o’-lanterns”…

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See you at the Rejoice 5K and the Harvest Festival!

This weekend marks the arrival and the return of Seminole County’s annual Harvest Festival in downtown Donalsonville. For almost four decades community leaders and volunteers have been planning, promoting and presenting a festival of fun, food and entertainment for the community and its neighbors. It’s our Cornerstone Event saluting agriculture’s role in keeping Seminole County…

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Everybody hurts, but we are not alone

The following words were the first ones I wrote for publication after Hurricane Michael changed our world forever back on October 10, 2018. As I read them again this week – now one year after that horrific day – I felt their message was one we all needed to hear again. We are still hurting…

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Real Newspaper . . . Real News. Celebrating National Newspaper Week

“Journalism matters now more than ever” is the theme of next week’s National Newspaper Week (Oct. 6-12.) Real stories, real work, real deadlines, real honesty, real facts, real changes, real threats and real journalism matter now – more than ever. This will be the 79th annual National Newspaper Week, a time to reflect on the…

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When you burn the biscuits, just put more syrup on the table

Life is like an unsharpened pencil. Without a point, its mark is less clear. We have all heard that life should be about the journey and not the preconceived destination. In our quest to make a better tomorrow out of the failures and successes of today, sometimes we need to step back and reassess the direction…

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The other side of shopping at home – Advertise at home!

Fall, that wonderful season when Mother Nature pulls out a colorful new wardrobe, is a little less than two weeks away and that means the holiday shopping season is just around the corner. Throughout this past year the Donalsonville News has promoted keeping Seminole County green and shopping at home, and it will continue to…

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Fall is my favorite time of the year. What’s yours?

When it comes to the seasons of the year, which is your favorite?  I suppose the definition of seasons really depends on where you live because they can differ from one place to another.  I’m really referring to the four different seasons that we are used to in the southern parts of the United States. …

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I love my rocky world

I love everything about rocks and have been collecting and studying them for almost my entire life. Ever since I was a little boy I’ve been fascinated with anything to do with a rock, and I think I started collecting them even before I knew I was collecting them. When I was seven years old…

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