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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, May 6, 2019 2 months ago

Ormond Beach Library houses new displays

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Ormond Beach residents have the chance to peruse two new displays at the Ormond Beach library, which will be up until the end of the month.

The west display is by the Ormond Beach Historical Society, and displays different aspects of the city's local history. You can read about the town's founder, James Ormond, the early speed trials and other fun historical facts.

The east display case showcases 20 different artwork pieces by members of the Florida Women's Arts Association. The works include paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography by local artists. For more information about FLWAA, contact Marianne Verna at 435-773-1700. 

Root Company reaches philanthropy milestone

United Way of Volusia-Flagler Counties presented Root Company with an award on Tuesday, April 30, recognizing its donation of over $1 million over a span of decades. 

Vanessa Root and Greg Radikoff. Courtesy photo

According to a press release, the Root Company and the Root Family have consistently remained among United Way's top corporate donors. Root Company employees and Root family members are active volunteers with United Way and the Community Foundation of Volusia-Flagler Counties.

Root Company and the Root family received a trophy for the philanthropy. 

Faith Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor

Pamela O'Donnell was installed as Faith Lutheran Church's new pastor by Bishop Pedro Suarez, head of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, on Saturday, April 27.

Pamela O'Donnell was installed as Faith Lutheran Church's new pastor. Courtesy photo

The ceremony and luncheon were attended by the congregation, O'Donnell's family and friends, and clergy from the Volusia County area. O'Donnell comes to Faith Lutheran Church with a master of divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary, which she received in April 2018. She has a bachelor's in nursing from Ohio State University and a doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Wisconsin. 

O'Donnell served her internship at Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Naples. She hopes to make Faith Lutheran Church more inviting, serve the current membership and welcome the community to events throughout the year. She also conducts weekly services at Riviera Senior Living Center in Holly Hill every Wednesday. 

Faith Lutheran Church is located at 2010 W. Granada Blvd. For information, call 672-2048.

Food Bring Hopes celebrates volunteers

Food Brings Hope recently recognized the support and dedication of its volunteers and business partners by presenting the Volunteer of the Month and Business Partner of the Month awards.

Suzanne Ackley and Food Brings Hope Executive Director Judi Winch. Courtesy photo

The Volunteer of the Month was given to Andrea White at Champion Elementary. As a retired teacher, she continues to motivate students in the KidsZone science club and is a Food Brings Hope liaison at several other schools, according to a press release. The Business Partner of the Month award was given to Suzanne Akley, general manager of the Hampton Inn and Suites DeLand. Akley helps decorate the hotel's Tree of Hope to bring in donations for Food Brings Hope.

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