St. James/ Lanark volunteer firefighters taking part in training at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala are, from left: Chris Smith, Christopher Barnett, Chief Joe Ross, Shelby Day, and Greg Hansen. Not pictured is Harry Larsen. [ Eric Grajales | Contributed ]
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Firefighters train at State Fire College

Hi Y’all, Happy Spring!

The Spring Breakers came in and the Snowbirds flew out.

The Lanark Village Association, Inc. had their monthly membership meeting on Monday, April 1. The attendance was low, not allowing for a quorum vote. The membership needs to be aware of the changes that are taking place in the organization. Please get involved in the community.

The Lanark Village Golf Club, Inc. will have a meeting on Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m. at the Lanark Village Boat Club. Discussions on important issues need for you to attend.

On Saturday, April 13 the LVA will have for the first time “Fresh Finds Market” at Chillas Hall, come rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will be offering fresh microgreens, baked goods, coastal décor, Mother’s Day baskets and more. Any vendor interested in participating please email for more information.

One of the best ways to meet and be a part of the Lanark community is to join in the events and activities that it has to offer. One is coming up on Sunday, April 14. Come join us for Sunday covered dish at Chillas Hall. Bring a dish and have lunch with us, starting at 1 p.m.

The Lanark community has concerns about a request to the county to rezone property on Oak Street in Lanark Village to allow an RV park to come into the Village. This zoning would open that property to many types of businesses, which may not be appropriate, to easily come into our community. Please, let the commissioners know your feelings on this issue.

The St. James/Lanark Volunteer Fire Department continues to move forward on re-opening our fire department. Training is continuing. The department needs volunteers to come forward. Please contact This past week six volunteers attended instruction at the Florida State Fire College in Ocala. The training consisted of wildland firefighting and pump operations. All six completed the courses and received their required certificates. Congratulations to those amazing, loyal volunteers. Before this training there was a fundraiser to help pay for the expenses; while there is no charge for the instruction, the expenses to go are not covered. The goal was met by some very generous businesses and individuals. So, next time a fundraiser is held, please reach down deep in your pockets and let’s help get our fire department open. 

Yes, there is still a fire ban in Lanark by Franklin County commissioners.

Love Lanark. Pat Sewell Funderburk is the Times Lanark News columnist. Be sure to send news and society items about Lanark Village life to her at

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