Bob Dietz, left, and Herschell Blanchett, right, stand with Jacobe, a friend they made while volunteering at Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa. [ Herschell Blanchett | Contributed ]
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Wednesday Bingo resumes at Chillas Hall

Hi Y’all, 

The Lanark area is saddened, shocked and heartbroken at the news of two people losing their lives on Saturday evening, July 6 on Highway 98 near Arizona Street. Our prayers and thoughts go out to all the families and friends of those involved in this tragic accident.

Up and coming events in Lanark: The American Legion will have their Tasty Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.; I don’t know what it will be, I just know it will be good. Friday Burgers will resume July 12 at p.m. Sunday pizza, the way you like it, will be served at 6 p.m. ET. Call 850-697-9998 for take-out.

The Lanark Village Association at Chillas Hall on Heffernan will resume their every Wednesday Bingo Night, July 10 at 6 p.m. with games starting at 6:30 p.m. There have been some changes during the summer, so come check it out. Thirsty Thursday is every week starting at 5 p.m. Bring a dish to share and your drink, a $1 donation is requested. Fresh Finds Market will be for your pleasure on July 13 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is held every second Saturday of each month. Those who would like to participate as a vendor, contact 

The Lanark Village Golf Club will be having a members-only special meeting on Saturday, July 13, starting at 10 a.m. and held at the St. James Resort Crooked River Grill. You can find out more information by going to the golf club’s Facebook Page, Lanark Village Golf Club and Yard Sale.

The Lanark Village Boat Club will be having their monthly Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, July 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. The breakfast is $7, the public is invited.

Lanark Village does have many angels in its midst and a couple of them are named Herschell Blanchett and Bob Dietz, longtime residents of Lanark. In the last 10 years these two men drove children to Shriners Hospital in Tampa, sometimes making it a back-and-forth trip. Herschell made 73 trips and Bob was by his side for 48 of most of those trips. These were donated trips. Recently they had lunch with an 18-year-old young man, named Jacobe, who was 8 years old when they had started making the trips to the hospital. They both have remained friends with Jacobe and his family throughout these years.

Please stay safe and remember that we have more people visiting here throughout the summer. Highway 98 has shown its dangerous side many times over the years.

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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