I will be in Heritage Park with my telescope on Friday night October 30 before 7 PM until after 8 PM. It’s going to be an incredibly clear night with Jupiter Saturn Mars and the moon. Stop by and see the four moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn. – Dr Joe Rush
A tribute published by Gary Simpson in the Gainesville Sun on Friday, July 3rd, 2020.
The area fishing community lost a good friend last Sunday [June 28, 2020] when Eddie Joe Parrish passed away. He and I went way back to the days when we both attended a Sunday school class taught by my mom.
While working at Chiappini’s Service Station in Melrose, Eddie made the most of his fondness for helping kids catch fish. Several years ago, he came up with his annual “Great Worm Giveaway” that started as a request for area fishers to donate their plastic worms to kids who could use them to catch fish through their summer vacations. Hundreds did come into Chiappini’s for their free worms, but through the years, the donations grew to include rods, reels and all kinds of other tackle. Eddie’s popular program enabled tackle of all kinds to flow from fishers whose time on the water was growing short, into the possession of kids whose fishing was just beginning.
We can’t know how many children Eddie introduced to fishing or how many thrills he helped them experience. His was a simple but noble calling.
[Gary Simpson, a veteran tournament angler, writes a weekly sports column for the Gainesville Sun and operates Gary’s Tackle Box at L&S Auto Trim, 5721 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32653, (352) 372-1791]
3. Then just enjoy your takeout from a local restaurant and thank you for doing your part.
A random drawing will be held on Wednesday, April 29th and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate redeemable at the restaurant they posted their takeout from.
BONUS: If you also purchase a gift certificate for $10 or more from that restaurant, add it on your picture posted to Facebook and if you are the lucky winner you will get double the prize – a $200 gift certificate!
Please support our local restaurants by participating in this contest. They need us and we need them! Thank you!