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PORT ORANGE -- First United MethodistChurchof Port Orange is featuring its best selection of pumpkins at its Pumpkin Patch with more than 2,000 pumpkins and assorted gourds available.

The Pumpkin Patch is open noon to 8 p.m.Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Saturday and noon to 5 p.m.Sunday throughout the month of October.

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Here are some of the programs available at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, ongoing through Nov. 13:

Exhibition: Works by Master Artists Svetlana Chmokova, Paul Pope, and Craig Thompson Opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m., Oct. 15.

This exhibit features the work of Master Artists-in-Residence for ACA's themed Graphic Novel/Sequential Art Residency (Oct. 11-31): Svetlana Chmokova, Paul Pope, and Craig Thompson.

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DELTONA -- A motorcyclist lost his life late Friday afternoon in a collision with a car near the
intersection of Haulover Boulevard and Blackburn Avenue in Deltona, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

The biker, whose name was not released, was thrown from the motorcycle in the collision with a Nissan Altima and was pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:30 p.m. accident, Sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said.

The driver of the car, whose name was immediately known was uninjured and was alone in the car.

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Photos by Henry Frederick.

Republican U.S, hopeful Marco Rubio addresses an enthusiastic crowd Thursday in New Smyrna Beach.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Here is a sampling of the enthusiastic support by local residents and community leaders to Thursday's visit by Republicam U.S. Senate hopeful Marco Rubio to American Aero Services at the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport:

Margie Patchett, candidate for Volusia County Council at-large and founder of Volusia Tax Reform, goes over some campaign flyers with Rubio.

"He is wonderful. His message comes from his heart. He was speaker of the (Florida) house, when we took 17 buses up to Tallahassee in 2007, to push for reform measures. We need him in Washington. He's a true American -- a true conservative."

-- Margie Patchett

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DELTONA -- A 12-year-old Deltona boy was hospitalized Thursday night after suffering burns on his face and chest, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman said.

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- The Florida Municipal Electric Association recently honored the community service efforts of the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach staff by recognizing the municipal electric utility with the 2010 Community Service Award.

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File photo by Henry Frederick

Volusia County Judge Mary Jane Henderson, who leaves her seat of 19 years at year's end because she lost her re-election bid to criminal defense attorney Robert Sanders Jr., is among 31 candidates seeking a circuit judgeship. Sanders was able convince a majority of the voters that it was time for her to go following her public reprimand last year before the Florida Supreme Court for her friendship with a career criminal.

DAYTONA BEACH -- Volusia County Judge Mary Jane Henderson, who lost re-election to her seat in the Aug. 24 primary elections following her public reprimand before the Florida Supreme Court for an inappropriate friendship with a career criminal, is among 31 candidates for the circuit judgeship held by Patrick Kennedy who retires at the end of the year.

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Photo by Mark Steighner

Bert Fish Medical Center is "shining a light" on breast cancer with the use of pink exterior lighting throughout the month of October. The initiative is part of a month-long community outreach effort to raise awareness about the importance of early detection through mammograms.

NEW SMYRNA BEACH -- Bert Fish Medical Center is "shining a light" on breast cancer in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of early detection.

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DAYTONA BEACH -- The Animal Control Advisory Board meeting scheduled for today has been postponed to 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13. The meeting will be at the Emergency Operations
Center, 49 Keyton Drive.

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Far left file photo by Henry Frederick

Former Volusia County Council dist. 3 candidate Ellen Darden, shown far left, is livid with the story published Tuesday in the Daytona Beach News-Journal, "County Council candidate puts financial woes into public view," which takes dead aim at Volusia County Council at-large candidate Margie Patchett, shown here in the middle photo, which clearly favors her opponent, former state Rep. Joyce Cusack, shown far right.

Darden, who ran in the primary for the district 3 seat that has George Trovato and Joie Alexander squaring off in the November runoff, wrote a letter to the Daytona Berach newspaper regarding the bullseye on Parchett and sent a copy to NSBNEWS.net.  Here is Darden's letter:

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