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Officials object to residents’ buying bridges to pay for Villages’ advertising

Two elected officials in The Villages have raised objections to residents one day soon purchasing the golf cart bridges that will act as billboards advertising Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villagers’ son sentenced in latest thefts from residents at Colony Cottage pool

The son of a Villages couple has been sentenced in his latest round of thefts from residents at a swimming pool here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villager arrested at medical office won’t be prosecuted in battery case

A Villager who was arrested at a local medical office won’t be prosecuted in a misunderstanding involving her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Opinions

Willie Nelson’s drummer dies of pneumonia

Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on the life of Paul English, who was Willie Nelson’s drummer and best friend for nearly 60 years.

Villages Developer should take interest in need for affordable housing

There’s a massive shortage of affordable housing in the tri-county area surrounding The Villages and it’s time for government leaders – along with the Developer of the mega-retirement community – to step up to the plate and fix the problem.

Hooray for computers!

Columnist Barry Evans looks at all the ways computers have simplified our lives.

Obituaries

LaSalle Elaine Gilmore

Elaine Gilmore enjoyed traveling around the world, gathering mementos and memories with her friends. She also loved to bowl in leagues with her friends and co-workers.

Douglas L. Wilcox

Douglas Wilcox and his wife founded the Michigan Club South, and ran a euchre club and a table shuffleboard club.

Claude Alan Canady

Claude Canady will be remembered fondly for his fun personality, hard-work ethic, and love for animals.

Alan E. Morrill

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Alan E. Morrill
Alan E. Morrill

Alan E. Morrill, 89, of The Villages, Florida, died Sept. 19, 2014, with his family by his side. Alan was born to the late Gladys and Byron Morrill, Aug. 30, 1925, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and lived in Chicago, Illinois during his later childhood and throughout his career, before retiring to Ft. Myers and then The Villages, Florida, with his devoted wife Doris. Alan graduated from Sullivan High School in 1943 before enlisting in the U.S. Navy to serve in WWII, where he served on the USS La Salle, the lead ship of a class of transports, and participated in major battles including those of Leyte, Luzon and Okinawa. Following the war, on the GI Bill and while working to support a young family, Alan graduated from John Marshall Law School, which later honored him with its “Distinguished Alumnus Award.” Alan was an accomplished trial lawyer, judge, author and educator. He founded the Chicago law firm of Morrill, Koutsky, Klomann & Chuhak, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, and practicing at all levels of the Illinois state and federal courts. He authored numerous articles for a wide range of legal publications, founded and served as publisher of the Trial Diplomacy Journal, and wrote two groundbreaking books on the art of courtroom advocacy: Anatomy of a Trial (1968, 1971) and Trial Diplomacy (1971, 1974, 1976, 1978), the later having served as a classroom text in most of the nation’s law schools. He founded Court Practice Institute, a trailblazing organization that conducted weeklong seminars throughout the country, to teach practicing lawyers the art of trial advocacy. He served as an Adjunct Professor at John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and Chicago-Kent College of Law, and lectured at numerous law schools and bar associations throughout the United States. During the last decade of his distinguished career, before devoting his attention more fully to golf, travel and friends in retirement, Alan brought his considerable legal talents to the bench, serving as a highly regarded judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. “Dad was a lawyer’s lawyer, with a distinctive deep voice and commanding physical presence, and his unshakable integrity was apparent to all who knew him,” said his son Stephen S. Morrill, an attorney in Chicago. “He had a tremendously organized and logical mind and could quickly master any subject and then explain it simply and clearly to a lay person.” In addition to his wife Doris, Alan is survived by his four children and seven grandchildren: Richard (Mary) Morrill of Ft. Myers, FL [Matthew, Robert and John]; Stephen (Christine) Morrill of Glenview, IL [Luke and Isabelle]; John (Driola) Morrill of the District of Columbia [Marcie and Terra]; and Patricia (Stephen Tippie) Morrill of Chicago, IL. The past couple of years brought Alan two great-grandchildren: Ryker (Matt and Kelly) Morrill, and Keely (Bob and Tina) Morrill. Doris’ two children and their spouses, along with her two grandchildren, considered Alan to be family, and he them: Karen Davie (James) McHale of Aurora, IL; and John (Anne) Davie of Geneva, NY [Jennifer Davie (Paul) Battaglia and J. Edward (Anessa) Davie III]. Doris has been blessed with four great-grandchildren: Ben, Charlie and Allie (Jennifer and Paul) Battaglia, and Paige (Edward and Anessa) Davie. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services, 1511 Buenos Aires Blvd, the Villages, Florida. Alan will be interred with military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.

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Officials object to residents’ buying bridges to pay for Villages’ advertising

Two elected officials in The Villages have raised objections to residents one day soon purchasing the golf cart bridges that will act as billboards advertising Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villagers’ son sentenced in latest thefts from residents at Colony Cottage pool

The son of a Villages couple has been sentenced in his latest round of thefts from residents at a swimming pool here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villager arrested at medical office won’t be prosecuted in battery case

A Villager who was arrested at a local medical office won’t be prosecuted in a misunderstanding involving her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Letters

Violate the rules and face the consequences

A Village of Rio Grande resident says if you violate the rules, you ought to face the consequences.

The gates definitely keep us safer

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Tall Trees resident says the gates keep us safer. In particular, golf carts and bicyclists.

Rules are rules

A Village of Winifred resident, in a Letter to the Editor, says she’s sympathetic to the Villager who painted her house trim a rogue color, but “rules are rules.”

Trolleys could ferry Fenney residents to town squares

In a Letter to the Editor, a Villager suggests using the trolleys to ferry residents to the town squares north of State Road 44 in The Villages.

The gates help keep us safe

In a Letter to the Editor, a Village of Osceola Hills resident says gates in The Villages help keep residents safe.

Crime

Villagers’ son sentenced in latest thefts from residents at Colony Cottage pool

The son of a Villages couple has been sentenced in his latest round of thefts from residents at a swimming pool here in Florida’s Friendliest Hometown.

Villager arrested at medical office won’t be prosecuted in battery case

A Villager who was arrested at a local medical office won’t be prosecuted in a misunderstanding involving her husband, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease.

Villagers’ daughter back behind bars after flunking drug test

The daughter of a Villages couple is back behind bars after flunking a drug test.

Judge grants motion for Villager to travel north to face sex charges

A judge has granted a motion that will allow a 68-year-old Villager to travel north in April to face charges of sexually assaulting an underage family member.

82-year-old Villager ordered into anger management over butter brawl

An 82-year-old Villager has been ordered into anger management after a brawl over a stick of butter with his adult daughter.

Health

Singer-songwriter David Olney died onstage of heart attack

The death of singer-songwriter David Olney, who suffered a heart attack and died while performing onstage, reminds us of the value of knowing CPR. Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his thoughts.

Hard living took toll on shock jock Don Imus

Hard living took a toll on shock jock Don Imus, who has died at age 79. Dr. Gabe Mirkin looks back on his life.

More controversy on eggs

In the past 10 years, 60 percent of the studies on eggs and cholesterol have been funded by special interest industry groups. So are eggs good for you? Dr. Gabe Mirkin offers his unbiased opinion.