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THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM VOLUME113/ISSUE48 50 28 PAGES, 1 SECTIONPanthers conquer Bucks/A9 Holiday happenings, big birthday event aheadWith Christmas just around the corner, it should be no surprise that a number of festive events are on tap.The centennial celebration of the Gadsden County Court House is set for 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, on Courthouse Square, 10 E. Jefferson St., Quincy. The special program will include judges and other local dignitaries, as well as a ceremony to seal a time capsule in honor of the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida. Families of the original builders of the courthouse will be recognized during the program, and local history buff Joe Munroe will share fascinating details about the structures illustrious past. Other highlights will include a cake-cutting ceremony and a memorial group photo of all current elected and appointed officials.The city of Quincys annual Christmas Parade starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. The parade will proceed from Wards Lot to Courthouse Square. The theme of this years parade is The Spirit of Christmas. Santa Claus will head to Courthouse Square after the parade to hear childrens Christmas wishes. This event is hosted by Quincy Parks and Recreation Department. For information, call 850618-0042.In Havana, downtown shops will be open from 6 to 9 for Customer Appreciation Night. This new Havana Merchants Association new holiday event will include a line of larger-than-life Christmas cards set up outside participating shops. There will also be food and drinks available.But the main event is the Havana Holiday Festival and Lawnmower Parade from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14. The parade starts at 1 p.m. and the Jolly Old Elf will visit with children and pose for pictures at the fountain afterward. Other festival highlights include food and craft vendors and a variety of childrens activities. Canned good donations will be accepted for Community Cares Outreach of Havana. NEWS BRIEF Man accused of setting two home fires On Sunday, Dec. 1, the Gadsden County Sheriffs Office asked the Florida State Fire Marshals Office to investigate a mobile home fire located at 467 River Road in Havana. According to a press release from the fire marshals office, this is what happened: SFM Detective Chris Scovotto responded to the scene and conducted an origin-and-cause investigation, which revealed the fire originated in a bedroom. The fire was determined to be incendiary in nature and classified as arson. Follow-up investigation revealed that a suspect, Eric Jackson, was inside the residence just minutes before to the fire started. Probable cause was developed and Jackson was located at a residence on Fairbanks Ferry Road. Jackson, 43, was taken into custody and transported to the Gadsden County Jail. Jackson arrested on a charge of one count of arson. Approximately 20 minutes after the Gadsden County fire was reported, another fire was reported to the Tallahassee Fire Department. TFD responded to 14861 Fairbanks Ferry Road and discovered a mobile home on fire. The fire was extinguished without incident or injury. This location is only a few miles away in Leon County. SFM Det. Chris Scovotto also conducted an origin-and-cause investigation and it was determined that the fire originated in a bedroom area. The fire was determined to be incendiary in nature and classified as arson. Followup investigation revealed that this home belonged to Jacksons ex-girlfriend. Followup investigation is ongoing. Eric Jackson Better together CHERI HARRISTimesThe community Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Christ Town Ministries has grown from a true potluck to a wellplanned feast. Laura Wells, wife of Christ Town founder Pastor Bob Wells, said all Thanksgiving morning she had been feeling nostalgic about that first dinner in 2002. She said aback then, the ministry had 60 residents and people started asking what the ministry was going to do for Thanksgiving. Her answer: I dont know. When her phone started ringing, she said she just asked people to bring something if they wanted to. At that first Thanksgiving gathering, she said opening up the foilcovered dishes was like opening Christmas presents. It was so amazing in what God had done, she said. As if it had been planned, Wells said all the elements of a Thanksgiving feast were on the table. We would just pull back that foil and go, Wow! It was just awesome. For the past five years, Jan Bates has been organizing the dinner with volunteer support from area churches and other organizations. Now, Wells said Bates organizational and cooking skills make her say, Wow! For 11 years, Christ Town Ministries has hosted a community Thanksgiving dinner Volunteer stand ready to serve hungry guests at the annual community Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Christ Town Ministries in Quincy. Photo by Cheri Harris See MEAL / Page A2 Jury selection in murder trial starts Monday Jury selection for a murder trial is slated to start Monday at the Gadsden County Court House before Judge Jonathan E. Sjostrom. Elijah Brookins, 34, is accused of killing a fellow inmate Sept. 20, 2011, as both men were being transported by bus, along with 22 other inmates, to the Jefferson Correctional Institution. According to the Florida Department of Corrections Inspector Generals investigation summary, when inmates exited the bus, the white T-shirt Brookins wore was covered in blood and Eric Sexton was discovered lying dead in the front seat, also covered in blood. Based on witness statements and evidence, the death may have occurred in Jefferson or Leon counties. Brookins is accused of using a homemade weapon to repeatedly stab Sexton to death. He has been charged with first-degree murder and the state is seeking the death penalty. Baya Harrison is the defense attorney and Francis J. Allman is the prosecuting attorney. Elijah Brookins TALLAHASSEE As part of the states efforts to help job creators thrive in Florida and to create opportunities for Florida families to succeed, state agency officials are calling Florida businesses this week to get feedback and discuss ideas on how to further improve Floridas economy. This year, Gov. Rick Scott is proposing to cut $500 million in taxes and fees to help families and job creators, and agency officials will be getting input from businesses on taxes and fees they would State launches Florida Business Outreach Week CURT WILKERSONTimes CorrespondentAt the Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting of the Quincy commission, Theresa Moore, Quincys finance director, presented for approval an amended general fund budget to close out the 2013 fiscal year. There were sufficient revenues in the general fund budget to cover all expenditures that occurred, Moore said. In order to ensure that the general fund is balanced, Moore explained that budget adjustments had to be made in various departments due to expenditures in excess of appropriated funds and vice versa. The commission voted 4-1 to accept the amended budget, with the dissenting vote cast by District 3 Commissioner Derrick Elias. For more information, the amended budget is included in the Nov. 26 meeting agenda, which can be found online at myquincy.net. Also at Tuesdays meeting, Public Works Director Earl Banks presented awards to Michael Williams and Dylon Cox for outstanding service as inmate supervisors on inmate labor crews. Earlier this month, Williams and Cox observed an inmate spending an unusually large amount of time in an on-site portable toilet, which raised their suspicions. Upon inspection, they found a large amount of contraband in the toilet, foiling an inmates attempt to smuggle contraband into the jail. Items seized included four cartons of cigarettes, two packs of cigars, two cell phones and 65 bags of synthetic marijuana. It was one of the largest busts ever by inmate supervisors, worth about $10,000 inside the institution, said Banks. We appreciate their outstanding service, above and beyond the call of duty. Following Banks presentation, Fire Chief Scott Haire adQuincy adopts amended budget with 4-1 vote Michael Williams, left, and Dylon Cox pose for a photo. Photo by Curt Wilkerson See QUINCY/ Page A2 See WEEK / Page A9
Debbie Wert of Havana, a member of First Presbyterian Church of Quincy, said she and her husband, Bill, dont have family in the area so for the past five years they have volunteered at the Christ Town dinner. She said Bates has everything planned out with the main dishes cooked from her recipes at First Presbyterians kitchen and transported to Christ Town. She tells us what to do, Wert said. She runs it. Donna Soderlund and her daughter, Kaile, of Crawfordville, said they have been volunteering for Christ Towns Thanksgiving dinner about five years. Soderlund said they first heard about the event and volunteer opportunity on a Christian radio station. Kaile Soderlund said she likes volunteering every year. I guess I enjoy helping people, she said. Cassie Berry of Quincy attends church services at Christ Town and she usually comes every year to the community Thanksgiving dinner. The food is off the chain, she said. Its a blessing just to be here. God is good all the time, and Pastor Bob believes in helping the community. Other churches and organizations involved in this community Thanksgiving dinner include: St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Centenary United Methodist Church, West End Grille, Cook Brothers Inc., and the Gadsden County Sheriffs Office.Times Executive Editor Cheri Harris can be reached at 850-627-7649 or editor@ gadcotimes.com. MEALContinued from Page A1 dressed the commission. October was Fire Prevention Month in Quincy, and Haire discussed the Quincy Fire Departments activities. Throughout the month of October, Quincy firefighters visited area schools, sharing safety tips and giving demonstrations on fire truck operations and putting on the gear that the firefighters wear. We do this so that children wont be scared when firefighters come into their homes, said Haire. Haire also commented on successes the department has had in recent years. Structure fires in zones that we cover have gone down by five per year for three years in a row, Haire said. We are going to try and continue this trend; one fire death is too many. Following an inquiry by District 5 Commissioner Larry Edwards, Haire restated that smoke alarms are currently available free of charge, courtesy of the QFD. To obtain a free alarm, simply contact the fire department. The QFD will also assist with installation of the alarm if help is needed. Other Quincy business:Quincy resident John Hutley addressed the commission regarding the lack of street lighting on South Madison Street. The lack of lighting combined with reports of vagrancy in the area pose potential safety threats. It is dark and it is dangerous, said Hutley. How would you like for your mother or wife to have to go to work at five in the morning on that dark street? Mayor Dowdell gave assurances they would look into the situation.In response to questions from Elias, City Manager Jack McLean said he anticipates having enough cash flow on hand to pay the $400,000 line of credit with Capital City Bank on Dec. 2.The permit has been approved for the 2013 Christmas parade.The Dec. 24 Quincy commission meeting has been canceled in observation of the holiday. A2THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM DR. EVE JAMES WILSON DENTIST New Patients Welcome Here! We Offer Friendly a nd Excellent Dental Care Cosmetic Preventative Restorative Emergency WHY DRIVE TO TALLAHASSEE? Convenient evening hours available Call Us: 850-875-3908 223 E. Washington St. Quincy, FL 32351 000EXL0 000GP1H 000GQND C ALL FOR GROUP AND PRIVATE PARTY RATES C ALL FOR GROUP AND C ALL FOR GROUP AND PRIVATE PARTY RATES PRIVATE PARTY RATES QUINCYContinued from Page A1 For 11 years, Christ Town Ministries has been hosting a community Thanksgiving dinner. Jan Bates has organized the event for the past five years, enlisting help from area churches and other organizations. This year the menu included turkey, ham, dressing, rice and gravy, sweet potato souffle, green beans, greens, macaroni and cheese, cranberry relish and sauce, rolls and a table laden with an assortment of desserts. Dinners are transported to local firefighters and EMS on duty, as well as a number of people who are unable to make the trip to the church where the event takes place. LEFT: Volunteers prepare the pie table. RIGHT: Volunteers serve Thanksgiving dinner to a guest. Photos by Cheri Harris
WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A3 Mrs. Minnie LoveMrs. Minnie Love, 94 years old, of Quincy, FL, died on Sunday, November 24, 2013, in Quincy, FL. The service was 11:00 a.m., EST, Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Steward Temple AME Church with burial at church Cemetery, of Quincy, FL. The family received friends from 1 to 6 p.m., on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Williams Funeral Home, of Quincy, FL. She is survived by one daughter, Amy Washington (John), of Quincy, FL, five sons, Jerome Love (Patricia), of Hephzibah, GA, James Love (Sandra), of Donaldsonville, GA, John Love, Henry Love, Garry Love, all of Quincy, FL, a host of grandchildren. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements.Mary H. ScottMs. Mary H. Scott, 53 years of age, of Quincy, FL, died on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Quincy, FL. The service was 12 Noon, EST, Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Faith Temple Church of Quincy, FL with burial at Scott Family Cemetery of Quincy, FL. The family received friends from 3 to 6 p.m., on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Williams Funeral Home, of Quincy, FL. She is survived by one son, Cordelius Scott, of Quincy, FL, one daughter, Cordelia Frazier of Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri, mother, Queen Scott, of Quincy, FL, father, Adolphus Scott, Sr, of Quincy, FL, one brother, Adolphus Scott, Jr., one sister, Trisher Scott, both of Quincy, FL. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements. Ronald Derrick NanceMr. Ronald Derrick Nance, 54 years of age, of Oxnard, CA., died on Saturday, November 23, 2013, in Tallahassee, FL., Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangement. Ronald Derring Edwards, 61 of Quincy, FL. passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at his home. He was born and raised in Gadsden County and was a retired after more than 20 years with the Gadsden County Sheriffs office. He was a member of Bethel Assembly of God Church in Greensboro. He is survived by his wife, Cathy Edwards of Quincy, his parents, R.D. and Ethel Edwards also of Quincy. His children, Derring Edwards, Diston Edwards, Derrick Edwards and Dusty Edwards (Ashley) all of Quincy. A sister, Gail Edwards Ricks of Quincy, Brothers, Larry Edwards (Michele) of Quincy, Joey Edwards (Katy) of Quincy, and Craig Edwards (Bridget) of Panama City. His Grandchildren, James Edwards, Christian Edwards, Shelby Edwards, Dustin Edwards and Justin Edwards. The family received friends, Friday November 29, 2013 at Bethel Assembly of God Church from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM. The service was 2:00 PM with the interment following at Fellowship Cemetery. Americare Funeral and Cremation, (850) 627-1111, www.americarefc.com, is assisting the family with their arrangements.Quincy Lee TarverQuincy Lee Tarver, 60, died on Friday, November 22, 2013 in Tallahassee, FL. Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. (EST), Saturday, December 7, 2013 at New Direction Christian Center in Quincy, FL, with burial at Williams Cemetery in Quincy. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Reed & Hall Mortuary Corp, 116 W. Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL. Mr. Tarver is survived by his children, Robert and Willie Tarver, of Quincy, FL; Quincy Tarver, Jr., Iecha Tarver and Lashena Tarver all of Ft. Myers, FL. Reed & Hall Mortuary Corp, Quincy, Florida is in charge of the arrangements.Dollie B. BurnettMrs. Dollie B. Burnett passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at her residence in Quincy (Robertsville Community). Funeral services were held on Saturday, 1:00 pm at Mt. Calvary P.B. Church with interment in the church cemetery. Cherishing her memories was a brother, Mr. Albert Byrd and two sisters, Mrs. Leila B. Russell and Mrs. Hardwick B. Walker all of Quincy, Florida. A host of nieces, nephews and sorrowing friends. Visitation was held Friday from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm at Betsey Funeral Home and Saturday from 11:00 am until service time on Saturday. Betsey Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangements.Michael Dewayne ThomasMr. Michael Dewayne Thomas, 40 years of age, died on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, in Quincy, FL. The service is 11:00 a.m., EST, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at New Bethel AME Church with burial at Sunnyvale cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2013 at Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, FL. He is survived by one daughter, Makayla Thomas, of Tallahassee, FL, mother Lizzie Thomas (Anthony), of Quincy, FL, three brothers, Anthony Thomas, Jr., of Gainesville, FL, Isaac Thomas (Cassandrea), of Jacksonville, FL, Malik Thomas, of Quincy, FL, one sister, Yalonda Thomas, of Gainesville, VA.Robert King Jr.Mr. Robert King, Jr., 76, of Chattahoochee, FL, died on Thursday, November 28, 2013 in Quincy, FL. The service is 2:00 p.m., EST, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at First Pentecostal Church, of Chattahoochee, FL with burial at Bonnie Hill Cemetery, of Chattahoochee, FL. The family will receive friends for viewing on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 1 to 6 p.m., at Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida. He is survived by one son, Doc Dawkins (Etta), of Chattahoochee, FL, two brothers, Leslie Lett, Jr., of Ohio, James Edward Boyd, of CA, four sisters, Mae Etta Henry, of Dapher, AL, Betty Lee Banks, Fair Hope, AL, Ruth Jones, Mobile, AL, Delores Dorsey, New York. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements.Curtis BarberMr. Curtis Barber, 51 years of age, died on Friday, November 29, 2013 in Tallahassee, FL. The service is 2:00 p.m., EST, Saturday, December 7, 2013 at New Birth Church of Quincy, FL, with burial at Sunnyvale Cemetery, of Quincy, FL. The family will receive friends from 1 to 6 p.m., Friday, December 6, 2013 at Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, FL. He is survived by two sons, Bobby Barber, of Chiefland, FL, Marvin Barber, of Quincy, FL, two daughters, Joyce Barber, of Quincy, FL, Kimberly Barber, of Gretna, FL, two brothers, Robert Lee Smith (Rachael), Jerry Barber, both of Gretna, FL, three sisters, Shirley B. Fisher (Robert), Dorothy Atkins (Patrick), both of Quincy, FL, Shanita Brown, of Greensboro, FL, and 4 grandchildren. Williams Funeral Home of Quincy, Florida in charge of arrangements.Katelyn T. WatsonBaby Katelyn T. Watson, of Quincy, FL, died on Friday, November 29, 2013 in Quincy, FL. Williams Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Obituaries Linger LongerA A T T Y Y O O U U R R L L I I B B R R A A R R Y YDr. Carolyn E. Poole, Director Spectacular book sale at Havana Public Library Ho, ho, ho! Where can you pick up some great Christmas gifts for everyone on your shopping list for only a couple of bucks? The Havana Book Club (aka Havana Shade Tobacco and Literary Society) is hosting a spectacular Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5 through 7, at the Havana Public Library. Heres what youll find: Brand new hardback novels and intriguing short stories Cookbooks galore brimming with scrumptious recipes to try Informative sports, travel, and recreational manuals Tons of history, religion, biographies, and other non-fiction Beautiful picture books and childrens readers Lightweight paperbacks to tuck into your bag when heading out on a trip Games, puzzles, crafts, and artwork Raffle tickets to win special prizes Dont worry, the library isnt going out of business or closing its doors. We are fortunate to receive many generous donations throughout the year. Staff sort through titles to determine if the library already owns these books in the collection, if additional copies are needed at one of the branch libraries, if the volume is appropriate and in good condition for our readers. Many are catalogued and place on shelves for immediate use. Others are considered of less value to the library system. With limited staff and resources to process the materials efficiently, we must opt to put some into other hands who may appreciate a good read. All funds collected go to benefit the Friends of the Gadsden County Public Library. The Friends will in turn use these financial contributions to supplement new Library resources, services, and programs. Its a win-win activity! Dont let these bargains get away from you. Please drop by Havana Public Library for the book sale. Shop early and often. The Havana Public Library is located at 203 E. 5th Ave., Havana. Please phone 850-539-2844 for information. Come in, and linger longer! Submit information to the Gadsden County Times: Mail: 15 S. Madison St., Quincy, FL 32351-3137 Phone: 850-627-7649 Fax: 850-627-7191 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gadcotimes.com To advertise: firstname.lastname@example.orgHow to contact us 000GMCP 000GSQZ 000GTJN
LAURA FINLEY AND JOSEPH SCHROER PeaceVoice Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered (LGBT) youth are among the most vulnerable to bullying and harassment, both in and out of schools. The Gay Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) conducts a biennial National School Climate Survey in which they measure how frequently bullying of LGBT students occurs in schools and the responses to it. The 2011 survey includes responses from 8,584 students between the ages of 13 and 20. Students were from all 50 states and the District of Columbia and from 3,224 unique school districts. Results indicated that eight out of 10 LGBT students (81.9 percent) experienced harassment at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation, threefifths (63.5 percent) felt unsafe at school because of their sexual orientation and nearly a third (29.8 percent) skipped a day of school in the past month because of safety concerns. Further, the majority of students in this study who were harassed or assaulted (60.4 percent) did not report it because they believed nothing would change or that the situation might worsen. Of those who did report, 36.7 percent said school officials did nothing. This finding reinforces research that has continually shown that many teachers and administrators do little to counteract homophobic attitudes, including studies in 2003 and in 2010. There have been very little (and in some instances no) improvements in the quality of the learning environment for LGBT youth. Similar studies 10 to 15 years ago found virtually the same results as those reported by GLSEN. And, a study reported in the UKs TES magazine for educators found gay teachers are even less likely to respond out of fear for their own job security. This daily harassment and abuse takes a heavy toll on LGBT youth. The 2011 National School Climate Survey found that almost 30 percent of students skipped a class at least once in the past month because they felt uncomfortable and/or unsafe, and almost 32 percent skipped a full day of school each month for those reasons. Scholarly research in 2012 found incredibly similar results, noting almost 30 percent of students had skipped at least one class, and 32 percent skipped an entire day of school within the past month because they felt unsafe. Students experiencing this form of bullying have, on average, lower grade-point averages, and are less likely to report they intend to pursue postsecondary education. They suffer from higher levels of depression and lower self-esteem than do their peers. What is more, 50 percent of homeless youth are LGBT, most of whom are homeless because they were kicked out by their family (the other percent run away also because of the unsafe home environment). Although many state laws prohibit schoolbased bullying, some do not explicitly cover harassment of LGBT students. Interestingly, Montana still does not have a statewide anti-bullying law. According to stopbullying.gov, harassment or bullying based on sexual orientation is not covered under civil rights laws, which might allow some schools to dismiss bullying of LGBT students. However, many cases of bullying of LGBT students would fall under Title IX based on sexual normative discrimination. Schools absolutely must take action to demonstrate their commitment to the wellbeing of all students. One step in the right direction is the introduction of The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA). The bill was introduced in the House of Representatives by Democratic Rep. Linda Sanchez (CA) and in the Senate by Sen. Bob Casey (PA). SSIA would require that states and school districts develop comprehensive anti-bullying and harassment policies that include all students. Schools would be required to report incidents of bullying and harassment to their state departments of education so that additional improvements can be made. Further, SSIA would require that teachers and other personnel receive professional development related to these issues. As the forthcoming article What Every Educator Needs to Know About Queer Youth notes, teachers are in a unique position of power, and their decision to take action, or to turn a blind eye to the needs of queer youth can literally mean the difference between life and death. When educators and administrators know how to create classroom and school climates in which all students feel safe and welcomed, it can only result in a better educational experience, one in which all youth can live up to their true potential. As members of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), we support the passage of SSIA and applaud those districts that are working to ensure that LGBT students are afforded their human rights and are treated with dignity. Laura Finley, Ph.D., teaches in the Barry University Department of Sociology & Criminology and is syndicated by PeaceVoice. Joseph Schroer is Clinical Faculty in the Department of Educational Psychology at Miami University of Ohio. A4THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMOops! Ive done it again. Youd think by now I would have learned first impressions are too often wrong when applied to people I dont know. I have been wrong with my first impressions or when I have been prejudiced. On the other hand, during my working career as a teacher, many of my peers or fellow teachers would ask me for my first impression of a new member of the staff, especially one senior to us. When it came to my students, however, I really tried very hard not to form them. First impressions may cause one to act in a manner that could be prejudicial. When this happens, Im afraid, the way one treats another might be in a manner unbefitting. I used to give lessons on prejudice in my English classes. It was a topic quite easy to discuss with students as they were aware of their own prejudices, as I was of mine. A few minutes ago I shared with my wife, Judy, that I really didnt have a topic for this mornings column, when, Voila! I picked up my daily devotion and as has happened so many times before, one of the fine writers of Our Daily Bread provided me with a worthwhile topic. Yes, todays reading was written by Dennis Fisher, and his title was First Impressions. Ive tried to rationalize or reason with myself that if one does form first impressions or prejudges someone negatively, it does no harm because you have not acted upon the impression. However, if one has formed a negative first impression of a person, you might be prone to treat the one youve formed the impression of not as well as if your first impression had been positive. Judy and I have often discussed this topic. Thanksgiving morning, the doorbell rang. Before Judy or I could get to the door to answer the summons, the ringer had departed. Nicole, our new neighbor from next door, had been the one who had rung the doorbell. Judy had gone over to Nicoles to find out what she wanted. Nicole and her husband, Bill, had simply wanted to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. We had discussed our new neighbors several times and were not that impressed with them. We hadnt liked the gaudy objects they had set in their front yard. We found them too tacky and felt that our neighbors were trying too hard to impress others with their not one but two golf carts. I dont know about you, but I cant stand myself when I form ridiculous first impressions or have been too biased for my own good. Most of the time, I never act upon first impressions because I am so aware of how wrong Ive been in the past. I had gone out of my way a few weeks ago to approach Nicole as she was about to depart for work to introduce myself as the guy next door. Im ashamed of myself for prejudging Nicole and Bill. Ill bet theyre wonderful people and neighbors. On the other side of us, our neighbor Shirley had rung our doorbell to introduce herself and try to make us feel welcome to the neighborhood. I wondered at that time if I would like her. Shame! Shirley and her husband, Al, have been fantastic neighbors and friends. Weve even done a few things as friends and families. If youll recall, it was Shirley and Al who had treated us to the circus at Disney World. In this mornings devotional reading, Samuel was to select the next king of Israel from the sons of Jesse. He, too, had made a judgment based upon first impressions. Gods choice was entirely different from his. Samuel learned that Gods judgments were based upon looking at ones heart and not his physical appearance or stature. (1 Samuel 16:7) God can help us with how we view others if we would look as God would look at the heart, and not a persons physical proportions. I trust you are not one who too hastily forms erroneous first impressions. For if you do, you have found there are so many good people in our world who could be passed over and you would be the loser if you dont take a closer look. God bless you. No doubt treatment has never been better for various forms of cancer such as leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkins disease and testicular cancer. But the best treatment will be prevention by healthy life styles such as avoiding tobacco use, maintaining a good body weight, and moderate use of alcohol. Sadly, lung cancer kills more than 150,000 people per year and is the most common cancer in our country. A typical chemotherapy regime for non-small cell cancer costs more than $40,000 and helps extend a patients life by an average of just two months according to Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubners Super Freakonomics. The age-adjusted mortality rate for cancer is essentially unchanged over the past half-century, at about 200 deaths per 100,000 people. This is a disappointing fact despite President Nixons declaration of a war on cancer more than thirty years ago also according to the above authors. For people 20 and younger, mortality has fallen by more than 50 percent and those 20 to 40 have seen a decline of 20 percent. However, the incidence of cancer is on the rise which is exactly why current epidemiological studies are being continues by the American Cancer Society so that we can try to avoid cancer in the first place. Smoking, obesity and alcohol all increase the chance of developing cancer. The association of smoking with lung cancer has been known since 1955 although the tobacco industry tried and failed to undo the scientific evidence. The American Cancer Society had initial success in 1955 linking smoking to lung cancer. The lead epidemiologist, Dr. Morton L. Levine, was at the Roswell Park Memorial Institute in Buffalo, New York where he was recruited years before to look for an association between viruses and cancer. He designed a hospital in-take questionnaire which was completed by patients with cancer and those without cancer. After a few years, Dr. Levine and his colleagues noted the statistically significant association lung cancer with smoking. More than a century ago, Louis Pasteur said, Chance favors only the prepared mind. By this he meant that sudden flashes of insight dont just happen they are the products of preparation. Dr. Levine prepared by designing the questionnaire which included a question on tobacco use. Up to then, everyone from solTobacco, obesity, alcohol as cancer risk factors Along Twin Ponds Road...Ray Willis The Gadsden County Times15 S. Madison St. Quincy, FL 32351-3137AND CONTINUING THE CHATTAHOOCHEE TRIBUNE (USPS 212) ESTABLISHED 1901Executive Editor Cheri Harris, email@example.comEditor: Alice DuPont, firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Sales: email@example.com Legals/Classified: firstname.lastname@example.org 877676-1403 Circulation: 877401-6408 Telephone: 850-627-7649 Fax: 850-627-7191 Web: www. gadcotimes.com Published weekly every Thursday by The Gadsden County Times. Periodical Postage paid at Quincy, FL 32351 Mailing address: 15 S. Madison St.,Quincy, FL 32351-3137 Copyright 2010 by the Gadsden County Times. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without written permission from the publisher. 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MELINDA MYERS Special to the Times Add a little holiday sparkle to your landscape for you and your guests to enjoy. No matter the weather outside, a few decorative touches can greatly increase the beauty and enjoyment of your winter landscape. Try one, two or all eight of these tips to improve your landscapes winter appeal.Add some solar powered accents. Light a pathway, your favorite tree or front porch without installing additional outlets. Look for unique colors and shapes like the solar star lantern or the changing colors of northern lights spheres (gardeners. com) for added appeal. The wide variety now available can help create a memorable winter display. Be sure to select solar accents that provide hours of enjoyment when fully charged. Create an outdoor holiday tree for you and your feathered visitors to enjoy. Decorate a few of your evergreen trees and shrubs with purchased or homemade birdseed ornaments. Holiday shapes made of energy rich birdseed and suet give the trees a holiday flare, while providing important food for birds to enjoy. These also make great gifts for your favorite gardener or bird watcher.Light up your winter containers. Fill a weather-proof planter with potting mix or play sand. Purchase greens from your favorite garden center or trim a few from your landscape. Stick the cut end of the greens in the potting mix or sand to create an attractive display. Add some colorful berries, decorative twigs and ribbon. Then add some height and light to your winter container with fiber optic solar lights. Place the container by your front steps for holiday visitors to enjoy day or night. Increase color and motion with the help of heated birdbaths. Attract greater numbers and variety of birds by providing water year round. Northern gardeners should consider heated birdbaths to insure water is available even during the coldest months. Further help the birds by adding a few stones or branches to the birdbath. This allows the birds to drink without getting wet; helping them to preserve their body heat.Create your own homemade outdoor lights. Line pathways, accent plantings or dress up fence posts with ice globe luminaries. Produce your own or purchase ready to make kits. Use colorful outdoor LED lights or tea candles to light up blocks or spheres of ice. You and your family will have fun creating these memorable nighttime accents.Add some livable art. Hang a few colorful and unique birdhouses in your backyard. They provide color and whimsy to the winter garden and will be ready for your feathered friends to move in this spring.Include a gingerbread house for the birds. Hang decorative birdseed houses from a shepherds crook or tree branch. Be sure to place it in an area where you and the birds can enjoy the decorative treat. Look for a sheltered, but open area where the birds can watch for predators while enjoying their winter feast.Move your holiday tree outdoors. Place your cut tree in a snow bank, vacant spot in the garden or make it part of your bird feeding station. The tree provides some extra greenery in the often drab winter landscape as well as shelter for the visiting birds. Then add a few of those birdseed ornaments for added food and winter decoration.WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A5 ders to physicians were encouraged to smoke. The reasons I am sharing this wonderful story of scientific discovery which has helped all of us live longer, happier, and healthier lives is that I had the privilege and pleasure of being a National Science Foundation summer student in high school working for Dr. Levine. His team was still looking for other causes for cancer which we are now know about the risks of obesity and alcohol. Since this first seminal epidemiological study, other studies have been successfully completed by the American Cancer Society showing the association of obesity with cancer particularly esophagus, pancreas, colon, endometrium, kidney, thyroid, gall bladder and breast. And also that heavy and/or regular use of alcohol adds calories and the risk developing cancers of the oral cavity, lips, throat, voice box, esophagus, liver, breast, colon and rectum. Alcohol and smoking together are far worse than either is alone as causes for cancer. The smoke irritates the lining of the digestive track allowing the alcohols irritants to be more toxic than they would be otherwise. The dreaded sentence, You have cancer, will be shared by one in three of us. We can improve our odds substantially by avoiding tobacco, keeping our weight in line and being prudent with alcohol consumption. Dr. Allen Weiss is CEO and president of the NCH Healthcare System. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Rheumatology and Geriatrics and was in private practice in Naples, Florida from 1977 to 2000. Dr. Weiss is active in a variety of professional organizations and boards, and has been published in numerous medical journals, including the American Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. RISKContinued from Page A4 Enhancing the holiday landscape Birdseed ornaments can add some holiday dcor to the landscape while providing much-needed nutrients for the birds. Photo courtesy of Gardeners Supply Company. See LANDSCAPE / Page A15 000GTLB 000GQNV NFEDC VISION HOPE VOICE NFEDC HOPE A COMMON CAUSE FOR A COMMON PEOPLE, WHILE CARING AND SHARING
A6THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM FAMILY FEATURES Nothing says home for the holidays like the smell of treats baking in the oven and a crowded kitchen filled with loved ones. Whether making decades-old family favorites or starting new holiday baking traditions, you can create homemade holiday goodies in a (ginger) snap. The holidays are a time when families are in the kitchen at record rates to bake cookies, build gingerbread houses and create a wide variety of sweet treats, says Nancy Siler, vice president of consumer affairs at Wilton. The good news is, even if you only have 30 minutes to spare during this hectic time, you can make amazing desserts for gatherings or gifting. Try these easy treat ideas from Wilton to spread holiday cheer: Holiday Helpers: Invite family and friends for a cookie decorating day to help prepare gifts for upcoming events. You provide the Sparkling Sugars and Sprinkles, Peppermint Twisted Sticks and red and green icing ... everyone else provides the creativity.Miracle on Your Street: Crunched for time with a party to attend? Pick up ready-toeat cookies and artfully dip them in red and green Candy Melts candy for an elegant upgrade. No one has to know how simple it was to create a customized dessert.Instant Snowman: Coat peanut butter sandwich cookies in white Candy Melts candy to create instant snowmen. Decorate with hats, scarves and, of course, carrot noses.Its a Wrap: Turn your homemade treats into gourmet gifts. Stock up on holidaythemed gift bags and boxes, colorful tissue paper, ribbons and tags to transform made-from-the-heart goodies into extra special gifts. For more holiday ideas and inspiration, visit www.wilton.com. Festive Peppermint TwistsDark Cocoa, Light Cocoa, Green or White Candy Melts Candy Peppermint Twisted Sticks Candy Assorted Holiday Sprinkles, including Holiday Nonpareils, Confetti and Jimmies, Red and Green Colored Sugars Line cookie sheets with parchment paper. In Disposable Dipping Container or bowl, separately melt Candy Melts candy in microwave following package instructions. Dip peppermint sticks into melted candy; tap stick lightly to smooth surface. Immedi ately add sprinkles. Set on prepared cookie sheet; chill until set, 5 to 10 minutes. Cheery Cereal Tree Treats Makes about 12 treats 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine 4 cups mini marshmallows Juniper or Leaf Green Icing Color 6 cups crisp rice cereal White Cookie Icing Jumbo Rainbow Nonpareils, Sprinkles or Sugars, as desired Prepare 3D Silicone Tree Mold and silicone spatula or wooden spoon with vegetable pan spray. In large saucepan, melt butter. Add marsh mallows; cook and stir until melted. Tint with icing color. Remove from heat and add cereal; mix well. Press into prepared mold. When cool to touch, remove from mold. (If mixture becomes hard to work with, microwave at 50 percent power for 30 to 60 seconds to soften.) Heat Cookie Icing following label direc tions. Squeeze snow and garlands on trees; add sprinkles and sugars as desired. Let dry. Christmas Candy Swirl CookiesMakes about 2 dozen cookies. 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 egg 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional) Red and Green Sparkle Gel Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray Easy Decorate Swirl Cookie Pan with vegetable pan spray. In small bowl, combine flour and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer at medium speed until well blended. Beat in egg and extracts; mix well. Add flour mixture; beat until well blended. Press dough into pan cavities, filling 2/3 full. Bake10to12minutesoruntillightbrown around edges. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn pan over; lightly tap pan to remove cookies. Cool cookies completely. DecoratecooledcookieswithSparkleGel. Let set, at least 30 minutes. Festive Peppermint Twists, Cheery Cereal Tree Treats, Gingerbread House, Jolly Santas Treat Cookies and Christmas Candy Swirl CookiesJolly Santas Treat CookiesMakes about 3 dozen cookies 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 egg 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1/2 teaspoon almond extract Red, Green and White Cookie Icing Red and Dark Green Colored Sugars White Sparkling or Pearlized Sugar White Sugar Pearls Preheat oven to 350F. In small bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and extracts; mix well. Add flour mixture, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Do not chill dough. Divide dough into 2 balls. On floured surface, roll each ball into a circle approximately 12 inches diameter and 1/8 inch thick. Dip Cookie Hugger or Ho-Ho Word cookie cutters in flour before each use. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheet 8 to 11 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned. Cool cookies completely. Outline and fill-in cooled cookies with Cookie Icing. For Ho-Ho cookies, sprinkle with sugars; let set until icing is completely dry. For snowflake cookie, add white Cookie Icing detail to dried cookie; attach Sugar Pearls with dots of icing.Sweet Snowmen CookiesWhite, Red, Green, Black and Orange Candy Melts Candy Peanut butter sandwich cookies Holiday Confetti, Holiday and Snowflake Mix Sprinkles Cinnamon Drops Black Sugar Pearls Silver Pearlized Sugar Melt white Candy Melts candy following package instruc tions. Place cookies on cooling grid positioned over parchment-lined cookie sheet. Spoon melted candy over top surface of cookie; chill 5 to 10 minutes or until set. Turn cookies over, candy side down, on cooling grid. Com pletely cover cookies with melted candy; chill 5 to 10 min utes or until set. Repeat, if needed, to completely cover cookie. To decorate snowmen, melt Candy Melts candy follow ing package instructions as needed. Using red, green and white candy in candy or disposable decorating bag, pipe hats, ear muff band and scarves, adding colored sugar trim to candy before it sets. For ball cap, cut a Candy Melt candy wafer in half; attach with melted candy. Attach sprinkles for buttons, ear muffs and decorative accents using dots of melted candy. Using melted black candy and decorating bag, pipe facial features. Using melted orange candy and decorating bag, pipe nose.Fast and Festive Christmas CookiesGreen, Red, White, Light and Dark Cocoa Candy Melts Candy Assorted purchased readyto-eat cookies Holiday Confetti, Nonpareils, Holly Mix, Colored Sugars and Sprinkles In Disposable Dipping Container or bowl, melt Candy Melts candy separately follow ing package instructions. Partially or completely dip cookies in melted candy. Place cookies on cooling grid posi tioned over parchment-lined cookie sheet. If desired, sprinkle with sugars and sprinkles. Chill 5 to 10 minutes or until set. Additional decorating ideas: Drizzle with melted candy in a contrasting color. Chill 3 to 5 minutes or until set.Attach sprinkles with dots of melted candy. Chill 3 to 5 minutes or until set.Pipe melted candy bows and other decorations.Merry Marshmallow SticksWhite, Red, Green and Dark Cocoa Candy Melts candy Large Marshmallows Holiday Confetti, Nonpareils and Colored Sugars In Disposable Dipping Container or bowl, melt Candy Melts candy separately follow ing package instructions. Dip marshmallows in melted candy and place on cooling grid positioned over parchment-lined cookie sheet. If desired, sprinkle with sugars and sprinkles. Chill 5 to 10 minutes or until set. Using candy decorating bag or disposable decorating bag, drizzle melted candy or pipe outlines, if desired; immediately sprinkle with sugars or nonpareils. Attach confetti with dots of melted candy. Chill2to3minutesoruntilset. With point of sharp knife, carefully cut through candy on the marshmallow where stick will be inserted. Insert three marshmallows onto each Colored Lollipop Stick, securing with melted candy. Merry Marshmallow Sticks and Fast and Festive Christmas Cookies Jolly Santas Treat Cookies Sweet Snowmen Cookies
The year was 2002, a year that lives in infamy, or at least extreme annoyance, in my daughter Alisons life. That was the year of the cursed perfect turkey. Prior to that, Alisons Thanksgiving turkeys ranged from dry to just OK. But in 2002, she took a madcap leap of faith, risked everything and brined the bird and it came out brown and crisp on the outside, moist and succulent on the inside. Perfection with drumsticks and wings. Her husband heaped praises on her and may or may not have offered to do the dishes. I think they lived in Maryland at the time, which isnt pertinent to the story. What is pertinent is the fact that Alison roasted a perfect turkey in 2002 and where do you go from there? In 2003, despite following the exact same brine recipe and using the exact same pots and pans, that years turkey was not perfect, which to Alison equaled failure. Thanksgiving 2003 was deemed a total, humiliating defeat and came complete with minor hissy fits and a major meltdown of mammoth proportion. (I swear I dont know where she gets her flair for melodrama.) I recall her describing mashed potatoes on the ceiling and sweet potatoes in her eyebrows, of weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. I dont have a playby-play of years 2004 to the present, although one of those years she and my granddaughter spent the holiday with us in Florida while her Army husband was deployed overseas. That was the year we were to eat at the restaurant my husbands Aunt Pat worked at and the year of reprieve for Alisons striving for turkey perfection. However, Aunt Pat got sick and Alison was nominated to cook a turkey, which was awesomely delicious according to everyone who ate it except Alison who knew it was not even close to the Perfect Turkey of and, therefore, a failure and, therefore, so was she. A few days ago she and I were texting about turkeys. Once again she was planning to brine hers, plus it came injected with some flavor-enhancing solution she hoped would help, but I could tell that her hope was hopeless. With texting its hard to discern emotion, but I just knew her texts contained much sighing and handwringing. I told her, Its tough having a perfect turkey to have to live up to. Stupid perfection. A few years ago, she told me she used to love Thanksgiving the planning and shopping and prepping, the smells, even the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving show where they serve popcorn and toast. Now Ive created all these expectations of perfection, but the problem is, no one but me cares, she said. Worst of all, since Im never happy with the results, I face the next Thanksgiving with more resolve to finally get it right. Except I fail again and then I hate myself and vow to make the next year better. Its a vicious cycle. She curses her perfect turkey in 2002 because it has forever set the bar of turkey expectations too high to reach. She keeps striving to replicate it, but falls short every year. Her turkey despair reminds me of the despair of some Christians who continually strive for perfect obedience in an attempt to please God and continually miss reaching it. The harder my daughter tries to make a perfect turkey, the more discouraged she is when she cant do it. Likewise, the more obedient I try to be, the more aware I am of how obedient Im not, and the more discouraged I become. Unless, that is, I remember that its not my obedience and goodness that God counts, but the obedience of Jesus. Its not my perfection, but his that hes given me. Thats the gospel of grace, that God has counted me perfect because I trust in the perfection of his Son. If I know that God loves me simply because I trust in Jesus and that his love isnt based on my obedience or goodness, it frees me up to try my hardest but not to fear failing, because in his eyes I will never be a failure. He counts me as perfect, as perfect as Alisons turkey of Thats what grace is, covering a multitude of sins. Gravy does that, too.Nancy Kennedy is the author of Move Over, Victoria I Know the Real Secret, Girl on a Swing, and her latest book, Lipstick Grace. She can be reached at 352-5642927, Monday through Thursday, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A7 Mt. Olive Seventh-day Adventist Church is at 22 S. Lowe St., Quincy. Photo by Cheri Harris Holiday production in HavanaHelena Barringtons Majesty will be presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Metropolitan Cathedral of Truth, 1110 Rich Bay Road, Havana. Majesty is a unique and powerful depiction of the events experienced around the world surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ. This production is a blend of music, dance, drama, vibrant costumes and elegant pageantry, forming a symphony of art forms and expressions to tell this timeless story as never told before. Helena Barringtons flair for musical excellence is woven throughout this powerfully moving performance by a cast of more than 100 actors, dancers and singers comprised of members of the Worship Arts Ministry of Metropolitan Cathedral of Truth as well as guest cast members from several area churches and organizations.Event to spark Christmas spirit Friendship Primitive Baptist Church at 5775 Ben Bostick Road, Quincy, with Elder A. Louis Ivey, Pastor, will hosting its annual Community Bonfire at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. The public is invited to come out and join in an evening of Fun Food & Fireworks as well as sitting around the fire singing Christmas carols and hearing about the birth of Jesus. There will be games, hay rides, giveaways, hot chili, hot dogs, hot cholate and much more. Enjoy music of the season in ChattahoocheeThe public is invited to an annual Musical Extravaganza at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Chattahoochee. Funds from this event will be used to support needy children in the area. For information, to participate or to make a donation, call Sister Dorothy Brown at 850-627-9309/850212-6728 or Sister Johnnie Mae Green McWhite at 850-663-2661/850-544-2144. Praise the Lord! Curse of the perfect turkey Nancy KennedyGRACE NOTES GADSDEN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CAIRO STREET SIDEWALK DESIGN PROJECT FPID 429859-1-38-01 & McDONALD AVENUE SIDEWALK DESIGN PROJECT FPID 429860-1-38-01 REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS #13-18 The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners is seeking professional consultants for Engineering Services for the design of sidewalks on Cairo Street and McDonald Avenue in the City of Chattahoochee, FL. The project length for Cairo Street is 900 feet and for McDonald Avenue is 725 feet. Consideration will be given to only those firms that are qualified pursuant to law and that ha ve been prequalified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) in accordance with Rule Chapter 1475, Florida Administrative Code to perform the indicated Type(s) of Work. Work Types: FDOT Group 3.1 Minor Highway Design Response Deadline: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. ET Opening Date: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 10:01 A.M. ET For a complete scope of services contact Clifford Schnepf, Gadsden County Public Works, 1284 High Bridge Road, Quincy, FL 32351 @ 850-875-8672 or email email@example.com. CONSULTANT ELIGIBILITY: It is a basic tenet of the Countys contracting program that contracts are procured in a fair, open, and competitive manner. By submitting a Letter of Response, the Consultan t certifies that they are in compliance with FDOT Directive No. 375-030-006. This directive is availab le on FDOTs Web Site. In addition to the restrictions identified in Directive No. 375-030-006, please be advised of the following prohibition: A consultant firm or its affiliate who was the Designer or En gineer of Record is precluded from bidding on the same project as the construction contractor, or as a member of the construction contractors team (subcontractor). FEDERAL DEBARMENT: By submitting a Letter of Response, the consultant certifies that no principal (which includes officers, directors, or executives) is presently suspended, proposed for debarment, declared ineligible or voluntarily excluded from participation on this transaction by any Federal Department or Agency. SELECTION PROCEDURE: This project is covered by the selection process detailed in the Rule Chapter 14-75, Florida Administrative Code. Selection will be made directly from Letters of Response for this project. After ranking of the consultants, the contract fee will be negotiated in accordance wi th Section 287.055, Florida Statutes. Note: The final selection date and time is provided in this advertisement. Any other meetings will be noticed on the Countys Web Site at www.gadsdencountyfl.gov Changes to meeting dates and times will be updated on the Countys Web Site. In order to ensure a fair, competitive, and open process, once a project is advertised for Letters of Response or Letters of Qualification, all communications betw een interested firms and the County must be directed to Mr. Arthur Lawson, Management Services Director, at (850) 875-8660. RESPONSE PROCEDURE: Qualified consultants are encouraged to submit the original and five (5) copies of the letter of response to the Gadsden County Management Services Department, 5B East Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL 32351 by the Response Deadline. Selection will be made directly from Letters of Response. Letters of Response are limited to twenty pages for this project. Final Selection Evaluation Criteria: Key Personnel (15 points) Past performance and Availability (25 points) Project Specific Knowledge (25 points) LAP experience (25 points) Familiarity with County and Local Areas (10 points) Letters of Response should at a minimum, include the following information: a. Project Name/DOT Financial Management Number: 429859-1-38-01 & 429860-1-38-01 b. Consultants name and address c. Proposed responsible office for consultant d. Contact person, phone number and Internet Email Address e. Statement regarding previous experience of consultant or sub-consultants in advertised type of work f. Proposed key personnel and their proposed roles (include resumes) g. Sub-consultant(s) that may be used for the project h. Indication as to whether the prime firm and/or sub-consultants are disadvantaged business enterprises (DBE) i. Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusion j. Certification Regarding Lobbying k. Truth in Negotiation Certification l. DBE Participation Statement m. Bid Opportunity List The outside of the envelope should be marked with Sealed Proposal Cairo Street & McDonald Avenue Sidewalk Design Project RFP #13-18. The Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all proposals deemed in the best interest of the County. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GADSDEN COUNTY, FLORIDA DOUGLAS CROLEY, CHAIRMAN 000GP7G 000GSQB
A8THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM He has been voted one of the Ten Most Admired Men in the World 37 times since 1955. His weekly Hour of Decision radio program is heard on more than 900 stations around the world. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nations highest civilian award, in 1983. He was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996. He name is Billy Graham, and these are only a few of the honors he has received. Billy Graham has preached to more people in live audiences than anyone elsemore than 210 million people in more than 185 countries and territories, not to mention those he has reached through TV, video and film. Born November 7, 1918, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Graham grew up during the Depression and graduated from the Florida Bible Institute in 1940 and Wheaton College in 1943. In 1950, he founded the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Graham has written 17 books, all top sellers; counseled presidents; and received many, many honors and awards. What do you do when youre in the middle of World War II, you need a plane that can carry supplies, and you can only use wood to build it? Shipping magnate Henry Kaiser came up with the idea for a plane that could meet all those requirements. He met with Howard Hughes, the owner of an aircraft company, to discuss the project, and they decided to build the HK-1. When Kaiser withdrew from the project, the plane became the H-4 Hercules and was nicknamed the Spruce Goose. Hughes received a defense contract to build the plane that more than 400 engineers and 650 craftsmen would work on. The wingspan was 320 feet, the molded plywood panels were shaped by hand, and most of the plane was assembled using special waterproof glue. The plane had eight 3,000-horsepower engines and could carry two 30-ton tanks or 750 troops. In 1944, defense officials canceled the contract, but because most of the money had been used, Hughes was told to finish one plane for testing. Eventually, Hughes spent more than $7 million of his own money and $22 million of the governments. However, World War II ended before the plane was finished.
like to see cut. Our work to make Florida the best place for business and job creation is paying off, Scott said. All across the Sunshine State businesses are hiring Floridians and creating opportunities for families to succeed. Since December 2010, Floridas private-sector has created more than 440,000 jobs and our unemployment rate remains below the national average. Contacting Florida businesses is a great way to help create an environment where our private-sector can continue to grow, and our work is not done until every Floridian who wants a job has one. Jesse Panuccio, executive director of Floridas Department of Economic Opportunity, said, The Scott Administration has pursued a business friendly, pro-growth agenda and its working. The October unemployment rate was 6.7 percent and Florida had the largest over the month increase in employment in the nation in October with 44,600 new jobs. This administrations priority is to make Florida the best state in the nation to live, work, and raise a family. This week, Floridas state agencies are talking directly to businesses and job creators about what we can do better for them so they can continue to create jobs and improve our economy. With a focus on Floridas economy and business climate, its only natural that we as state agencies come together to reach out to Florida businesses and listen to whats important to them and how we can assist in their continued success, said Ken Lawson, secretary of Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In my role as Secretary at DBPR, its important for me to find out how we can be better partners with licensees and this week is an opportunity for state agencies to come together and find ways to achieve the same goal which is simply to help businesses and professionals succeed in Florida. Good health starts with good jobs and a good education, said State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong. The Florida Department of Health serves Florida businesses by promoting healthy communities, to include a healthy workforce. Healthy kids, adults and families help Florida companies remain competitive in the global marketplace. The Department of Environmental Protection is focused on creating a consistent and effective regulatory process for all Florida businesses, said Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. The Departments work to create a healthy environment will lead to a healthy economy. It is a privilege for me and our Agency staff to call new businesses owners to thank them for employing Floridians and to speak with them firsthand about how we can continue to make Florida the most business-friendly state, said Liz Dudek, secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration. The Agency licenses or regulates more than 45,000 health care facilities, so we want their feedback about how make meaningful change that will create a better business environment. Florida is a great state to start a business and stay in business, said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. The Department of States Division of Corporations works diligently to provide quality customer service for business entities filing to conduct business in Florida. I look forward to participating in Florida Business Outreach Week and to hearing from Floridians who are working each day to provide for their families and are making Florida a better place to live through the services they provide. Creating an environment for Florida businesses to thrive and grow is our collective goal. Fostering the opportunity for successful communication between businesses and Florida agencies is an important way to support that goal, said Marshall Stranburg, executive director, Florida Department of Revenue. FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad said, FDOT understands that when business leaders look to start, expand or relocate their companies, transportation plays an important role in their decision. Strategic transportation investments strengthen our economy and greatly benefit the citizens, visitors and businesses of Florida. Each day we work hard to prepare the Sunshine States next generation of highlyskilled workers, said Education Commissioner Pam Stewart. Because of Governor Scotts priority on getting Florida to work, Im confident that plenty of high-quality opportunities will be available as todays students enter the workforce. Using the hash tag #FLBizAssist, Floridians can join the conversation and see how state agencies are helping businesses this week. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the states economic, workforce, and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit www. floridajobs.org. WEEKContinued from Page A1WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A9 CITY OF QUINCY COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY (QCRA) Will have a Board Meeting Date: December 10, 2013 Time: 5:00 pm. Place: City Hall Commission Chambers Workshop Agenda 1. Tanyard Creek Management Plan Update 2. USDA Housing Rehabilitation Applications 3. Grant Application 4. Consultant Services 5. Finance Report Update Other Business 000GU2P 000GSP7 CHILLY CRAPPIEA lot of crappie lakes help provide cooling water for nearby power plants. In winter, look for crappie in the warm water near discharge outlets. If you want to catch them, you might have to move around some to find them. Sometimes power plant current tends to hug the shore or it may curve offshore. A temperature gauge can help you find the right temperature where crappie are liable to be. If there is no power plant, then the headwaters tend to be the best for winter crappie fishing. Crappie tend to hang around these headwaters in the winter because it is usually the first place to warm up in early spring. Some people are lucky enough to have enclosed heated fishing docks located over crappie beds on lakes in the area where you can fish in warmth and comfort. Stacey King is a Member of the Bass Pro Shops National Fishing Team For more tips, log onto basspro.com and click on News & Tips SUSIE MORRISTimes Sports CorrespondentLast week was a short week for county girls basketball due to the Thanksgiving holiday. On Monday night, Munroe faced John Paul II in Tallahassee. There was a time where the game had playoff implications but no longer. John Paul moved up a classification to 3A competition, while Munroe remained 2A. On Monday night, John Paul II defeated the Lady Cats 46-21. The Panthers led 17-12 at the half on their way to the win. Munroe was led in scoring by Anna Jones 9 points. Guard Maddey Pappadakis led in rebounding with 11 boards. Kadejah Panthers start season with huge win Sports Girls basketball results mixed See GIRLS/ Page A19 TERRANCE CHISOLMTimes Sports CorrespondentJust before the tipoff of their first regular season game against the Bucks of Bozeman High, the West Gadsden High School Panther players formed a huddle in front of their bench to receive a few words from Head Coach Andrew Moten. Before they broke the huddle the team reminded themselves of the type of effort they had to give by reciting two words: Go Hard. Bozeman struck first by knocking down a three-pointer with 7:45 left in the first. A few seconds later Melvin Johnson put up the first points of the season for West Gadsden by making a nice lay-up inside. The Panthers were able to successfully put their intentions on display by hustling on both ends of the court, during the opening minutes of the game, which allowed them to jump out to an 11-3 lead with 5:13 remaining in the first quarter. As a result of playing unselfishly on the offense side of the ball, West Gadsden began to receive some nice shots from beyond the arch; Lajarous Davis Team strategy helped the Panthers prevail against the Bucks. Photo by Reginald Forehand See WGHS/ Page A19
A10THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM Your logo hereUp to our eyeballs in newspaper readers? FloridaSources:* Scarborough Research 2012, R2 (Multimedia); Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation CommissionFlorida is home to an estimated 1.3 million alligators. Thats one gator for every 14 people in the state! But that figure pales in comparison to the 5.1 million Floridians who read a newspaper yesterday. Like If youre a reader, youre in good company! And if youre an advertiser, you can take a big bite of profit pie using Florida newspapers. alligators, newspapers have been around a long time, and like alligators they arent going anywhere. Letters to SantaGadsden County children ages 4 to 11 are invited to write letters to Santa Claus and drop them off at any local public library branch and the Bookmobile through Dec. 9 and receive a free book. The letters should include a picture of the perfect Christmas, as well as the childs name, age and phone number. Some letters will be reproduced in The Gadsden County Times. Education Gadsden Elementary Magnet School students participate in spelling bee competitions in hopes of moving on to compete for the district title. Photo submitted Classroom Spelling Bee Competitions were held in fourth through eighth grades the week of Nov. 12 to 15. The top three winners from each classroom participated in the School Competition on Thursday, Nov. 21. The 15 Classroom Winners represented their grade and class well in more than a 15-round spelling competition. The 15 participants are as follows: Kira Brown, Treylon Chukes, William Rouse, Aliya Hutley, Aliza Hutley, Courtney Smith, Jasnique Robinson, Cecilia Whatley, Chanel Sapp, Braxton Palmer, Jaylen Street, Emmani Todd, Trinesiah Sapp, Brooke Gordon and Shadasia Jackson. The judging team included: Ms. Beckwith, Pronouncer, Mrs. Lola Fulmer, Mrs. Sarah Knight and Ms. Bea Hopkins. Congratulations to the School Winners: Trinesiah Sapp, First Place; Courtney Smith, Second Place; and Treylon Chukes, Third Place. These winners will participate in the Gadsden District Spelling Bee and compete with the winners from other schools in the county for the District Title. Spelling Bee Competitions at GEMS Educating youths a family affair First and foremost, thanks to each of you for allowing me to represent you, the parents, students, employees, and our communities. I, along with my fellow board members am thankful to you for entrusting your child in the care of Gadsden County Schools. Our sincere appreciation is extended to the many volunteers and ministers who are giving of their precious time, which is a special gift to our students and employees. They were honored and acknowledged during the monthly school board meeting Nov. 19. My commitment remains constant, which is to move our students and schools forward with your support, ideas and high expectations. One major goal of mine is to keep you informed of the progress and challenges facing Gadsden County Schools. In addition, literacy (reading) is an area in which every parent and citizen can help our students with reading, and, finally, I am an advocate for increased parent participation and involvement. Progress and challenges Several public workshops are still convening to discuss key academic areas, safety benefits a plausible timeline for combining the new State of the Arts facility with creative educational opportunities for the students enrolled in Havana Elementary and Havana Middle Schools. The magnet grant received high points but not enough Audrey Lewis See YOUTHS Page A11
WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A11 to be awarded. However, we will continue to apply for other grant opportunities to enhance learning through the arts and sciences. The $499,000 Health and Wellness grant has been awarded for three schools, to include HMS and will be operational following a few more steps to complete. Thanks for your involvement and participation, which is critical to helping successfully operate our community schools at the highest performance level. Congratulations and thanks to each of the top four winning teachers of Havana Elementary, Havana Middle and East Gadsden High Schools who had the most parent participation at the first nine weeks report card pick at the scheduled Parent Expos. Each principal was given $10 for each of the winning four teachers. I also had the pleasure to speak to many honor roll and aspiring students and their parents during EGHS parent Expo. This was a great opportunity for parents to meet faceto-face with their childs teachers, schedule conferences, and receive resources for college, careers, free tutoring and requirements for graduation. Thanks to all School Advisory Council (SAC) members elected at each school site who agreed to serve on this very important decision-making council for your school. Trainings will immediately be scheduled to assist you in serving to the best of your ability. Many parents are saying, thanks and how they really like and appreciate The Community Eligibility Opportunity program, which provides free breakfast and lunch for all Gadsden County Schools students and thanks to the parents who completed and filled out and returned the lunch form. Free books available soon Parents, one task that we all can assist with in making our schools, but particularly, the students stand out among the rest in the state of Florida, is reading. Yes, only 15 to 30 minutes of reading after school daily will increase your childs reading ability. Free books are available at the Havana Library; ask your child how they may receive a free book during the holidays. Remember, the library is always open to assist with technology, reading, and so much more. AAA Team Parents, I encourage you to always stay informed, involved and in touch. If you have questions or concerns, email me, your school board representative at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-933-8478. As I have stated, If our future really matters, why not put our children first. Join the AAA team which represents improved Academics, Attendance and Attitudes for all children. We are in this together as we continue to be good stewards of our tomorrow the children. Audrey Lewis is a Gadsden County School Board Member representing District 1. YOUTHContinued from Page A10 Gadsden Schools Maj. Anthony Allen with Florida Highway Patrol was a guest speaker at Gadsden Technical Institutes Small Engine class. Allen has served 25 years with FHP and is currently with the Jacksonville Division. He spoke with the students about the importance of staying in school and the value of career and technical education. He encouraged them to work hard and take advantage of the opportunities offered them. Local news anchor visits Carter-Parramore Rahman Johnson is the main Anchor and Managing Editor for ABC 27 News. He was the host and producer of SPLAT, the flagship show on Nickelodeon. He graduated with honors from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville. Rahman has worked as a radio and television personality for stations across the country. His interests in politics and seeing the world evolve to a better place led him to serve on a number of Board and Commissions. An award winning-actor with many stage and film credits including the HBO Original Picture First Time Felon, and an off-Broadway production of Once On This Island, Rahman is committed to the cause of arts in schools. Rahman has been featured in EBONY Magazine and was named one of 10 to watch during the decade by The Florida Times Union. He has received many awards, including: a Telly Award for hosting the Build Your Future Series, the Reginald K. Brack Award of Excellence and was named Thurgood Marshall Achiever of the Century. Rahman is actively involved as a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, SAG/AFTRA, The Urban League and the National Association of Black Journalists. He is a published poet, who contributes much of his success to the Urban League Movement. Rahman continues to spread a message of selfactualization and cultural understanding, through performing on stage and screen and speaking to groups across the country. Carter-Parramore Academy First Nine Weeks honor roll A-B Honor Roll Shayla Hughes, Ronterious Roberts Jamerica Thomas, Honor Roll Tyrone Wilson, Jr., DeShayla Graham, Jonah Scott Imani Gunn, Abigail Ramirez, Kelvin Hinson, Jessica Castaneda, Shaunteryka Jackson, Brenda Rivera, Kevana Jones, McKaylar Akins, Keiry Lara, Franzel Lightbourne, Elilama Paul, Marqwesha McNeely, Lazania Robinson, NyAsia Trotman, Cardaz Ward, Perfect Attendance Jeremiah Berry, Keanjah Green, Ethan Mason, Keliveon Murray, Montayvis Thomas, Artaviyon Williams Congratulation to all honor roll and perfect attendance students from Pauline West, Principal, Keith Dowdell, Assistant Principal, CPA Faculty & Staff, Superintendent Reginald James and Deputy Superintendent Rosalyn Smith. Rahman Johnson Gadsden Central Academy Elementary gardening class got a real surprise this week after they discovered their crop was ready for harvest. The students worked extremely hard making sure they cultivate and water their crops weekly. Although the gardening class is only scheduled twice a week, students are always eager to go out and experience the harvest of their labor. The students are proud of their turnip greens right in time for a yummy holiday dish. Photo submitted How does your garden grow? Submit information to the Gadsden County Times: Mail: 15 S. Madison St., Quincy, FL 32351-3137 Phone: 850-627-7649 Fax: 850-627-7191 Email: email@example.com Website: www.gadcotimes.com To advertise: firstname.lastname@example.orgHow to contact us MEETING CANCELLATION NOTICE The Gadsden County Planning Commission regularly scheduled monthly meeting for Thursday, December 12, 2013 HAS BEEN CHANGED. The next meeting will be held Thursday, January 16, 2014 000GSCH 000FRBT 000GTHL Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners NOTICE OF INTENT NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to all concerned that the Gadsden County Board of County Commissioners at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. intends to hear the following items: 1. Public Hearing Family Homestead Exemption (LDR-2013-010) : Proposed Ordinance #2013-010 amending Chapter 6 of the Gadsden County Land Development Code to allow a parcel of land from a parent parcel to be conveyed for homestead purposes to an immediate family member for properties designated as Agricultural on the Future Land Use Map. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GADSDEN COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE CHAPTER 6, SUBDIVISION OF LAND; SECTION 6600 IMMEDIATE FAMILY EXCEPTIONS; PURSUANT TO COMPREHENSIVE PLAN POLICY 1.1.6; CREATING A FAMILY EXCEPTION FOR CREATION OF PARCELS DEEDED TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. 2. Public Hearing Communication Towers (LDR-2013-020) : Proposed Ordinance #2013011 amending Chapter 5, Subsection 5800 of the Gadsden County Land Development Code. AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GADSDEN COUNTY, FLORIDA AMENDING THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE CHAPTER 5, DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS; SECTION 5800 COMMUNICATION TOWERS; AMENDING STANDARDS FOR THE LOCATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS TOWERS; AMENDING CHAPTER 2, SECTION 2100, THE DEFINITIONS PERTINENT THERETO; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. The public hearing will be held in the County Commission chambers located at 7 E. Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL. Persons wishing to review the agenda packet for the above project may review it on the County website at gadsdengov.net or come to the Planning & Community Development Department at 1B E. Jefferson St., Quincy, FL. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts, persons needing assistance in obtaining any information from the County or attending the public hearing should contact the County by communicating with the Planning and Community Development Department at (850) 8758663 at least 48 hours prior to the hearing. If any person wishes to appeal any decision made with respect to this matter at the public hearing, they will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made recording the testimony and evidence presented. 000GSCR
A12THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM A guide to natural anti-aging skin care Beauty sleep is an important part of maintaining a naturally youthful appearance. Sunscreen, moisturizer, good nights sleep among best beauty treatments GINA DeBACKERMother Earth LivingAnxieties about aging have many of us swarming the market for products that promise to bring back youthful, radiant complexions the U.S. anti-aging skin-care industry is expected to expand from $80 billion in 2011 to $114 billion by 2015, according to the market research firm Global Industry Analysts. It can almost feel more natural to fight the aging process than to embrace it. Aging is a fact of life, and some natural skin changes are unavoidable: Our skin starts to produce about 1 percent less collagen each year after age 20, leaving it thinner and more fragile. As we age, skin also produces less elastin and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), which help support elastin and collagen. But our habits also affect our skin. Sun and environmental damage such as pollution can leave us with freckles and sun spots, and exacerbate loss of collagen, elastin and GAGs. In fact, up to 90 percent of the wrinkles, dark spots and loss of collagen we typically attribute to aging is actually caused by sun exposure. To maintain youthful skin, start with healthy habits: Eat well, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and avoid exposure to sun and smoke. Signs of aging such as wrinkles take decades to develop. Its unlikely they will disappear entirely with a smear of a cream. Instead, aim to slow the aging process by preventing damage. Protect, exfoliate and moisturize, and pay attention to what you put on your skin many miracle creamsare made with potentially irritating chemicals that offer modest results at best.Safe, natural solutionsProtect: Sunscreen is one of the most important ways we can keep younger-looking skin. People who regularly apply sunscreen have 24 percent fewer signs of skin aging than those who only use sunscreen on occasion, according to a new study published by the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Avoid sunscreens made with vitamin A (more on that later), estrogen-mimicking oxybenzone, and SPFs higher than 50, which research indicates may not actually provide additional protection. Opt for a mineral-based natural sunscreen that lists micronized zinc and titanium dioxide as active ingredients, at SPF 30. Exfoliate: Because it sloughs away dead skin cells and unclogs oil and dirt from pores, exfoliation is particularly important for aging skin. As our skin ages, the natural exfoliation process slows and dry cells linger longer on the surface. Gently exfoliate mature skin once or twice a week with natural particles such as sugar, nuts or seeds. (Salt is typically too abrasive for facial skin.) Avoid products with plastic microbeads, also known as polymers. These scrubber fragments move through drains and into the ocean, where they have become a concern to marine life. Moisturize: As we age, our top layer of skin can dry and form microscopic cracks that make it more irritable and prone to inflammation. Regular application of moisturizers with natural emollients and ingredients can help: A popular active ingredient in anti-aging moisturizers, coenzyme Q10 can improve skins texture and elasticity, boost collagen production and ward off free radicals. Indian frankincense extract, also known as Boswellia serrata, has anti-inflammatory properties and may help reduce wrinkles. Vitamin B3, often called niacin or niacinamide on product labels, boosts hydration and reduces redness.More topical skin treatsResveratrol: Most often associated with defending against heart disease, the antioxidant resveratrol may also fight sun damage when applied to the skin, according to a 2005 study. Look for topical beauty products that contain resveratrol, and consider taking it in supplement form for additional skin benefits. Tea: Green, black, white and oolong teas contain antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds that help calm and soothe skin. Green tea extract is used in wrinkle creams to help slow the development of some signs of skin aging and enhance sun protection. Vitamins: Aging skin naturally loses vitamin C, a nutrient that can help fight signs of aging. Use beauty products with this essential nutrient to reduce age spots and boost collagen production for firmer skin. Combined with vitamin E, it can pack a powerful punch in repairing skin damage from both age and sun.Anti-aging ingredients to avoidShopping for anti-aging skin care, you will see many of the same miracle ingredients listed on product after product. Just because theyre popular doesnt mean you should assume theyre effective or safe. The laws surrounding labeling on skin-care products arent as stringent as you might think (or hope). Here are a few common anti-aging ingredients that raise concerns. Retinol, a derivative of vitamin A found in skin-care products and sunscreen, is often used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, boost skin elasticity and encourage skin regeneration. Retinol can also cause itchiness, dryness and peeling. The renewed skin retinol encourages may be more sensitive to sun and susceptible to risks such as sunburns and skin cancer. Studies show that high doses of retinoids (the class retinol is part of) may be harmful to children in utero and nursing infants. Oral retinoid isotretinoin (used in some acne treatments) is known to carry a high risk of birth defects or even loss of pregnancy. Avoid using products with retinol during daytime (especially sunscreen) and do not use them if you are pregnant. Retinol may be listed on labels as retinyl linoleate and retinyl palmitate. Alpha-Hydroxy Acid (AHA) is added to antiaging products to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Unfortunately, this chemical ingredient also increases sensitivity to ultraviolet rays. The FDA has warned consumers about AHA concerns, revealing reports of effects that include burning, dermatitis and swelling. 1,4-Dioxane is used in creams to make harsh ingredients milder. Banned from personal-care products in the European Union, it is associated with headaches, respiratory and skin irritation, and is a probable human carcinogen. You will rarely, if ever, see 1,4-dioxane listed as an ingredient on personal-care products. Instead, look for the ingredients sodium laureth sulfate and chemicals with xynol, ceteareth and oleth in their names 1,4-dioxane is a frequent contaminant of these chemicals.Get your beauty sleepAs it turns out, beauty sleepis not just an old adage. In a new study commissioned by Este Lauder and conducted at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, researchers used a skin-aging scoring system to identify signs of aging in 60 premenopausal women between the ages of 30 and 49, half of whom fell into the category of poor-quality sleeper. Poor-quality sleepers showed increased signs of intrinsic skin changes such as fine lines, uneven pigmentation and skin elasticity, whereas good-quality sleepers recovered more efficiently from environmental stressors such as sunburn. Theres no magic number when it comes to adequate sleep, but aim for seven to nine hours of quality sleep each night.Excerpted from Mother Earth Living. To read more articles from Mother Earth Living, please visit www.MotherEarthLiving.com or call 800-340-5846 to subscribe. Copyright 2013 by Ogden Publications Inc. The joy of ginger: a winter staple that brings a lot to the table GINA DeBACKERMother Earth Living As the seasons start to change, the days get shorter and the nights get colder. Time to round up your favorite winter staples: A stockpile of logs to fuel evenings in front of the fire; a steaming Crock-Pot to prepare hearty soups and stews; a set of oversize mugs to fill with piping hot cocoa. Another winter staple you should add to your list of seasonal musthaves? Ginger. Ginger is the perfect herbal medicine to have around during the winter. While its most famous for treating indigestion and nausea, ginger may also act as a decongestant and has long been used to improve cold weather imbalances including poor circulation, arthritic pain and more its no wonder its Sanskrit name, vishwa bhesaj, means universal medicine. Health benefits of ginger Native to Asia, ginger is a gorgeous tropical plant that has been used as a culinary spice for more than 4,000 years. But gingers transformational qualities extend well beyond the kitchen its also a medicinal superstar. Wonderfully warming and mildly stimulating, ginger appears to benefit the circulatory system in several ways. As a potent anticoagulant, fine ginger powder may lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or bad cholesterol, according to researchers at Babol University of Medical Sciences. Having low LDL levels can enhance blood flow, improving the delivery of vitamins, minerals and oxygen to the body. Other research suggests ginger consumption may boost lipid metabolism, and that ginger could help prevent coronary heart disease through antiplatelet therapy without the potential side effects of aspirin. Flavor foods with ginger powder or sip a cup of hot ginger tea to help blood flow. Thanks to its warming properties, ginger is also frequently used to reduce inflammation and relax sore muscles. One human study found that ginger relieves osteoarthritis pain in knees better than a See GINGER/ Page A13
WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A13 placebo. To ease pain, draw a soothing ginger bath by shaving a couple of tablespoons of fresh ginger into a mesh bag and tossing it into the warm water. A natural decongestant, ginger is used by Chinese herbalists to strengthen the immune system and ease cold symptoms such as sore throat and coughing. Curb your cold with a cup of ginger tea thats also infused with lemon and honey. Gingers most wellknown healing power is its stomach-soothing properties. Research abounds on gingers ability to treat nausea. Several studies suggest ginger may work better than a placebo in reducing symptoms of motion sickness, while others find it may reduce nausea in pregnant women. It can also treat indigestion, the idea being that it may help regulate elevated sugar levels in the stomach, helping them to return to a normal balance. How to use ginger Many researchers think the most effective way to take medicinal herbs is as food. Enjoy ginger fresh, dried, ground or powdered in a wide range of dishes. The rhizome (underground stem) becomes a pungent spice with a sweet and zesty intensity when grated (it tastes more pungent dried). Fresh or dried ginger tastes great in curries, stir-fries, noodle dishes, fried rice and even on top of fresh fruit. Ground ginger flavors sweet seasonal treats such as gingerbread, gingersnaps, muffins and breads, while powdered ginger is used to flavor ginger ale and other confections. You can also drink warming ginger tea. Steep fresh-grated ginger root in boiling water for five to 10 minutes and enjoy (no more than 2 cups daily). Make a stronger brew for use in a bath, soak or poultice. If you wish to take ginger in supplement form, try these doses: For arthritic pain, 250 to 500 milligrams, 2 to 3 times a day; for nausea, 1 gram daily. Dont take more than 4 grams a day, and dont give to children under age 2. Pregnant women shouldnt take more than 1 gram per day.PrecautionsAdding ginger to the diet is generally safe for both young and old, but taking ginger in supplement form may interact with certain medications. Talk with your health-care provider before taking ginger, especially if you are on diabetes medications, high blood pressure medications or blood-thinning medications such as Warfarin. Excerpted from Mother Earth Living. To read more articles from Mother Earth Living, please visit www.MotherEarth Living.com or call 800-340-5846 to subscribe. Copyright 2013 by Ogden Publications Inc. GINGERContinued from Page A12 Nobody likes the uncertainty and stress of going out on a limb and (lets be honest) putting your business at risk.) But making the safest bet rarely leads to success. Tom Panaggio shares 10 excuses that keep you in your comfort zone and missing great opportunities. Small business owners, can you relate to these scenarios?Its time to open a second retail store branchand you fully intend tobut youre not quite ready yet. You found a possible location but it doesnt seem perfect, and besides, youre not sure if the local marketplace conditions are right. Maybe next year would be better.Youre ready to expand your customer basealmost. However, youre certain it cant be done without buying and mastering a certain software program that lets you personalize your marketing efforts. And since youre not ready to do that yet, youd better hold off.Yesterday, you met the best natural salesperson ever. Instinctively, you know shed be perfect for your team and she hinted that she might be in the market for a job change. Youd love to hire her, but the time doesnt seem right to hire a new person money is tight and youre far too busy to go through the hiring and training process right now. These hypothetical owners may think theyre just avoiding unnecessary risk. But if you read the scenarios again and if youre honest with yourself youll have to admit their reasons reek of excuse making. And heres the real problem, says Tom Panaggio: Risk avoiders are also opportunity-missers. When youre in charge of running a company, its easy to convince yourself that playing it safe is the responsible choice, acknowledges Panaggio, author of the new book The Risk Advantage: Embracing the Entrepreneurs Unexpected Edge (River Grove Books, 2013, ISBN: 978-1938-41644-6, $14.95, www.TheRiskAdvantage.com). Especially if your business is new, going out on a limb is the last thing you want to do. But risk is needed if you want to do more than just scrape by and it may be needed just to survive in this economy. Hoping that sales will get better or that conditions will improve is the wimps approach, he adds. You cant wait for everything to be perfect because it never will be. You have to take actionin other words, accept risk and make those things happen. Panaggio knows about risk firsthand. Along with several partners, he has created and built two successful companies: Direct Mail Express (which now employs over 400 people and is a leading direct marketing company) and Response Mail Express (which was eventually sold to an equity fund, Huron Capital Partners). As those companies have adapted to a shifting marketplace and an uncertain economy, Panaggio has had to take numerous leaps of faith. Even with the best attitude and plan, there are times in every business when, as progress slows, confusion sets in, he explains. You may feel frozen and afraid that any move you make will be wrong. However, if you dont want to stagnate, you have to move. Unfortunately, this type of risk is the most difficult one to take. Youll probably want to find ways to avoid action, which is tantamount to sinking your own ship. Here, Panaggio helps business owners identify the risk avoidance that may be holding them back by highlighting 10 of its most common forms: Excuse # 1: The timing isnt right. As a young commodities broker right out of college, Panaggio recalls receiving a call from a client named Steve each morning. Steve was, as Panaggio puts it, a prisoner of hope who always asked the same question, Where is gold this morning? When gold was higher than the day before, hed comment, Ah, missed it again. If it was trading lower, he said, Lets wait and get it at the bottom. Steve missed the biggest increase in gold in over 50 years because he waited for the exact moment to make a move, and based on his perception, that moment never came. All over the country, there are entrepreneursor wannabe entrepreneurswho are just like Steve, Panaggio confirms. Business plans sit in boxes or on hard drives as their creators wait for the right conditions: funding, free time, better economic conditions. And plenty of existing businesses remain less successful than their owners would like because those very same owners are hoping that tomorrow conditions will be just a little bit better for advancing their goals. Also, keep in mind that being a prisoner of hope doesnt just apply to growth, Panaggio adds. Besides forgoing an opportunity for success because they are waiting for ideal conditions, many leaders fail to solve problems or correct mistakes because, in their minds, the timing wasnt right. And when youre bootstrapping a business, a mistake can be even more costly than not leveraging a chance for advancement. Excuse # 2: I tried that once, and it didnt work. According to Panaggio, those words are most often uttered by small business owners in reference to marketing. Perhaps youve been there: You allocated a large part of your budget to producing a television commercial, for instance, but barely noticed any increase in your business. Or maybe you offered an online deal to new customers, only to realize that the discount you advertised was a little too generous and wouldnt allow you to make any profits. Your one-time marketing failure has convinced you not to try again. Yes, marketing is far from certain, Panaggio acknowledges. It can be expensive, and its hard to accurately predict what customers will respond to. But without proactive long-term and consistent marketing, businesses die. Avoiding investing in marketingor even cutting back on it because one Risky business A new book explores the connection between tolerance for risk-taking and success in business. 10 excuses business owners make (and why those excuses hold them back) Ginger has a variety of uses. See RISK / Page A22
A14THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM Photo courtesy of SC Johnson Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesFAMILY FEATURES The holiday season gives people the chance to take a break from their typically hectic lives to catch up with family and friends. Beyond the festive decorations, music and food that make this time of year so special, its important to take a moment to enjoy the scents and the great feelings, memories and motivations that they inspire especially while entertaining. Whether its the smell of moms homemade cookies or the woodsy allure of a fresh-cut tree, these smells have a remarkable way of boosting spirits. While the holiday season is an especially fragrant and emotional time of year, a new study by Glade shows that many people under value the positive impact scent can have on their daily lives. Fortyfour percent of survey respondents said if they had to lose one of their five senses it would be smell. Yet, more than four out of five said they know from experience that scent can have a positive effect on mood. Those who are aware of the mood enhancing benefits of scent understand its important role during the holidays and beyond. Scent is one of our most powerful senses. It brings more mean ingful moments to our lives every day by allowing us to feel more, more often. This is especially relevant during the holidays a time of year rich with fragrance, emotion and memories, says Rachel Herz, Ph.D., who has been researching the intersection of smell, emotion, perception, motivated behavior and cognition since 1990 and is the author of The Scent of Desire: Discovering Our Enigmatic Sense of Smell. This winter, capture the moments and special memories of the holiday season by creating a warm environment for family and friends. Here are some tips to incorporate into your holiday enter taining preparations that will make your home perfect for an inviting gathering:Evoke the senses through scentFrom the sweet fragrance of rich vanilla or the blend of winter berries and greenery, walking into a room with a seasonal scent instantly sets the mood, whether its comfort and relaxation from warm vanilla or invigoration from wintry greens. A lit candle on a side table is always a lovely touch to your holiday dcor, though there are other options for enjoying your favorite fragrances such as Glade Wax Melts or Glade PlugIns Scented Oil Customizables Warmers. You and your guests will love the many options available in the Glade Winter Collection, which includes scents like Sparkling Spruce, a fresh balsam and crisp cypress fragrance that may evoke nostalgic memories of decorat ing your first tree or perhaps sledding in the woods after the first winter snow.Turn up memorable melodiesLike scent, music has a way of evoking feelings and memories. When looking for a playlist, choose music that speaks to child hood holidays. Or, delight older relatives with holiday classics theyll enjoy. If you have musicians in the mix, encourage them to bring their instrument and favorite holiday songbooks.DIY dcorAdding a cheery look to your home can be done without a trip to the craft or home decorating store. Simply fill large glass vases, metallic serving bowls or lanterns with brightly colored glass ornaments for gorgeous centerpieces that will illuminate the room. Add a sentimental touch by using decorations that have been passed down through generations.Let it glowHaving the right amount of light is a must for any gathering. Be sure to have a room that is properly lit for guests to enjoy activities, while maintaining an inviting atmosphere. Everyone will love cozying up to a burning fireplace. If you dont have a fireplace, place candles around your space for an intimate feel.Serve treats that please the sensesGive guests a trip back in time to grandmas kitchen and bake up special treats that evoke the sense of nostalgia. Time your baking so the goodies are done right before the guests arrive to thoroughly enjoy lingering baking smells. Freshly baked ginger bread cookies, cinnamon apple cake or pumpkin pie are always sure to please. This holiday season, encourage your guests to smell, feel and share their best feelings by creating an atmosphere that is warm, inviting and memorable because nothing makes us feel quite like scent. For more information, visit www.glade.com or follow Glade on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Connectionsbetween happinessandsmellAccording to the study, the following scents were listed as those that most inspire happiness among the respondents questioned:Freshly baked bread (72%)Freshly laundered clothing (70%)Briny smell of the seashore (66%)Tang of a fresh-cut orange (63%)Sweet bouquet of apple cinnamon (62%)Warm scent of vanilla (60%)Decadent smell of chocolate (59%)
Every year just a few days before Christmas I start looking for the Christmas letter written by the mouse family that lives in our house. Mrs. Mouse (her name is Mozzarella) is the one who writes it and Im sure shes disorganized because she leaves it to the last minute. Im always amazed that she finds the time to write, considering how busy she is. Well, the letter came today and as usual I love sharing it with everybody (with her permission of course). Dear Friends, Merry Christmas from Washington State! We hope you all had a great year! As most of you know we live in Terry and Pams house. Last year I told about living in their piano (until Pam discovered she couldnt play the one and only Christmas carol she knows, because we built our nest on some of the keys and when she hit them the notes didnt play and of course we were busted. Weve only had to move 16 times this year and most of the moves have been to accommodate the kids. Several moved back home due to the economy, but Colby and I have had 46 new babies, so its really a mouse race around here. Terry and Pam stayed home all summer so there has been more stress this year trying to stay out of their sight. When they travel we get to take over their house (we call that mouse sitting). Its really great, and we pretend were on vacation. They leave after the first of the year for two weeks, and you better believe we have it on our calendar. Weve lost a lot of weight this year, because Terry and Pam are on a low-carb diet, and there are no longer crumbs of any kind in the house. Were vegetarians so we dont eat any of their scraps and meat doesnt make crumbs. We were hoping Christmas would bring cookies, but, no, those two are really nuts about their lifestyle. Colby has gone down two sizes and Ive gone down one. At least we can fit through smaller cracks than before, but we sure miss those crumbs. Terry and Pam still insist on having a fresh Christmas tree in their house. Its always tempting to get up in the limbs and make a home, but we learned our lesson a couple of years ago when our whole family got thrown over the deck and out in the snow. Jack, my brother and his family actually live in a fake Christmas tree year-round, and they love it. He told me their home is in the dark for 11 months out of the year, but when the holidays come, their abode is all lit up and its so festive until they go back in the box. I dont see any signs that a fake tree will happen. I heard Pam say the other day, I love the smell of evergreens! So go camping instead of cutting down a beautiful tree and dragging it into your house! Or better yet, you big dumb human, have you ever heard of Pin Sol? Since shell be getting our Christmas letter, maybe theyll take the hint! Go fake! Merry Christmas from Colby, Mozzarella and family! Pam Young has been a reformed slob for more than 35 years. She teaches with humor and insight and her audiences take away creative strategies and practical steps to self-improvement in whatever area they choose. In 1977 Pam and her sister Peggy Jones decided they simply had to get organized and in the process found themselves with a business that has helped hundreds of thousands of disorganized women around the world and across at least two generations. After writing six best-selling books together, being on thousands of radio and television shows, and speaking to audiences of thousands, Peggy retired in 2002. In addition to running their original business, Sidetracked Home Executives Inc., Pam decided to take her creativity and delightful sense of humor and launch the very popular website www.makeitfunanditwillgetdone.com to help a new generation of SHEs. Make it Fun! Merry Christmas from the Cheddar FamilyWWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A15 Gardening expert, TV/radio host, author & columnist Melinda Myers has more than 30 years of horticulture experience and has written over 20 gardening books, including Cant Miss Small Space Gardening. She hosts The Great Courses How to Grow Anything DVD series and the nationally syndicated Melindas Garden Moment segments. Myers is also a columnist and contributing editor for Birds & Blooms magazine. Myers web site, www.melindamyers.com, offers gardening videos and tips. LANDSCAPEContinued from Page A5 Pam Young Community event in Shaw Quarters A group children watch What it takes to be a fireman presented by the Quincy Fire Department. Shawn Martin speaks about Affordable Healthcare. Photos submitted Regina Davis, interim director of Quincys CRA, is introduced as the guest speaker. Photos of the Shaws Addition, nd Annual Shaw Quarters Day Project, submitted by Min. Alphonso Figgers.
A16THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM Whats Up? Gadsden County Emergency Preparedness Community Outreach CampaignThe public is invited to Gadsden County emergency Preparedness Community Outreach Campaign from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the parking lot of the old Bradleys IGA in Chattahoochee. Those who attend the event can information on: Disaster Supply Kit Evacuation Maps Persons W/Disabilities Assistance Preparedness for Elders Sheltering Pet Sheltering Enhance 911 Addressing Volunteer Opportunities Health Screenings Nutrition Information Diabetes Info And More! For more information, call Emergency Management at 850-875-8833.Inspiring skate event setFamily Christian Skate Night with food, fun, games and live entertainment you dont want to miss is set for Thursday, Dec. 5, and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every first Thursday monthly at the Patches skating rink in Quincy for Family Christian Skate Night, a time to fellowship and show love. This Thursday celebrate with me, my Life Day (Birthday). We are going to have a Holy Ghost Blast! Hope to see your face in the place. There will be live entertainment from Dexter Kenon & Michael Heath of We Spread the Gospel Records and Latreva Stallworth. The pastor is Ron Green.QMT auditions ahead for | musical comedyFeaturing the zany energy and comic shtick of Vaudeville but set in ancient Rome A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a musical replete with great parts, including many for older actors, a rarity in most Broadway shows. Come and try for a toga when the Quincy Music Theatre holds auditions for this madcap musical beginning Sunday, Dec. 8. The leads are all adults, and QMT will need actors aged from 18 to their late 50s-plus. Ensemble roles can include teens. Auditions, which are always fun and friendly, will consist of a prepared song and learning a short dance number. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes. We ask everyone to prepare 16 measures of a song (preferably a show tune or standard), and ask that you bring your sheet music for the accompanist. Auditions will be at QMT at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8 and Monday, Dec. 9, and callbacks will be on Dec. 10. Rehearsals for the show will begin on Jan. 6. The production runs for two weekends, Feb. 28, March 1 & 2 and March 9-11, 2014. QMT is located in the old Leaf Theatre in downtown Quincy at 118 East Washington St., just one block from the county courthouse. For more information, please call Director Bill Mock at 850-875-9444. Annual TPD Police Ball aheadOn June 21, the Tallahassee Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Inc. (TCPAAA) will present the 14th Annual Police Ball, A Night in Havana. This event is the major fundraiser of TCPAAA, with proceeds used to benefit Tallahassee Police Department (TPD) programs as well as local law enforcement activities in our communities and neighborhoods. TCPAAA is currently accepting partnerships for the 2014 Police Ball. Contributions and partnership will help make this event a success, provide companies an opportunity to network and showcase supporting businesses to people in the Big Bend and greater Tallahassee Area. For information about sponsorship opportunities, call Alice Mathis at email@example.com or visit the TCPAAA website at www.tcpaaa.org for additional information and a Sponsorship Package. Partner Sponsorships range from Bronze ($500) to Platinum ($5000). Celebrate the joys of Christmas toys in Cairo, Ga. Cairo, Ga. Historic downtown Cairo lights up southwest Georgia with the Christmas Joys of Christmas Toys parade, Christmas Follies variety show, Syrupmaker Band concert, Cairo High School Chorus holiday concert, childrens photos with the elves at the Roddenbery Memorial Library and special promotions and sales with the downtown merchants. On Thursday, Dec. 5, downtown Cairo comes to life at 7 p.m. under the time-honored canopy of Christmas lights with the annual Cairo Christmas Parade hosted by the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce and area merchants. The Joys of Christmas Toys parade showcases holiday-themed floats, marching bands, antique cars, horses, and Santa Claus as they make their way down Broad Street. Stop by Roddenbery Memorial Library before the Christmas Parade from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and, for a small fee, the Friends of the Library will take you or your childs picture with a Christmas elf. The festivities continue Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, when the Syrup City Players present their third annual Cairo Christmas Follies at the historic Zebulon Theater. This old-fashioned community celebration of the holidays features local singing groups, soloists, musicians, dancers and actors in a fun variety show format. Both shows will start at 7:30 p.m. with a special childrens matinee presented by Grady County Young Life at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students if purchased in advance at Miss Myrts and Center Drugs. Shop and dine local throughout the entire month of December as the downtown merchants get into the holiday gift spirit with special promotions, sales and drawings for prizes. Stroll through the shops for the perfect stocking stuffers and that special giftjewelry, electronics, fashion, furniture, outdoor gear, sporting goods, kitchen wares, home decor, beauty products and much more. Enjoy the sounds of Christmas season as the Cairo High School Syrupmaker Band performs a concert at the Cairo High School auditorium at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. The weekends events wrap up with a holiday concert by the Cairo High School Chorus at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9. For information, call 229-3772222. For information regarding additional events in Cairo and Grady County, visit the chambers official website at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce is the voice of the business community, advocating for policy that will ensure a prosperous business environment, supporting community events that will nurture the growth and viability of its membership and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens. For information on the Cairo-Grady County Chamber of Commerce, visit www.cairogachamber.com. Tree of Remembrance a BBH traditionSince 1993, Big Bend Hospices Tree of Remembrance has been a special holiday tradition which allows people in the community to honor their loved ones and help Big Bend Hospice raise money for patient care. A gift to the Tree of Remembrance provides a wonderful alternative to traditional holiday gifts. The Tree provides a time to remember and celebrate the lives of those we love. It also helps Big Bend Hospice provide care, comfort and hope to those who are dying. The Tree of Remembrance Kiosk for Leon County is in the Sears Wing, lower level, at Governors Square Mall through Dec. 23. Volunteers will be available during mall hours to help you select an angel, bow or bell to honor your loved one. Big Bend Hospice will also be offering free information on Advance Directives and copies of Five Wishes at the Kiosk. Trees of Remembrance in the surrounding counties will be open beginning Dec. 1. Please check the Big Bend Hospice Web Site for locations. This year, in addition to the traditional three levels of giving; angels ($50), bells ($25) and bows ($10); patrons who make a donation of $250 or more will receive a limited edition Wedgewood ornament, along with a beautiful ornament of their choosing placed on a Tree of Remembrance in the county and location they specify. Students encouraged to branch out with Arbor Day Poster Contest The UF/IFAS Extension-Gadsden County and the Florida Forest Service will sponsor an Arbor Day poster contest for Gadsden County students in third through fifth grades. The theme for the contest is Trees Are Terrific inside and out. First-, second-, and third-place prizes will be awarded for each grade level. To participate, students are asked to create a poster showing their knowledge of the benefits of trees, the parts of a tree and how they help the tree to live and grow. Posters must be no smaller than 8 1/2 x 11 and no larger than 14 x 18, the original work of the student with first and last name, grade, and school in the lower right corner of the front of the poster, and should not be matted, mounted, framed, folded or laminated. No photos, collages, or posters with glued items are accepted. The theme should be on the poster. For complete rules please call 850-875-7255 or visit http://gadsden.ifas.ufl. edu/4h/. Teacher Plan books will be sent to all elementary schools in the county before the end of the month. Posters should be submitted to the Gadsden County Extension Office, 2140 W Jefferson St, Quincy, FL 32351 by Dec. 20. Winners will be announced the week of Arbor Day. Firstplace winners will receive a tree for their home or school. Secondand third-place winners will receive a certificate. Prizes will be provided by the Gadsden Soil and Water Conservation District. Florida celebrates Arbor Day the third Friday in January each year. Arbor Day is celebrated to promote awareness of the importance and benefits of trees. The Florida Forest Service and Gadsden County 4H observe this day yearly by giving away tree seedlings and planting trees on school property or other public lands. The Community Arbor Day Event for 2014 will be Saturday, Jan. 18, at Stones Home Center in Quincy. Arbor Day is intended to encourage people to plant trees and to appreciate the benefits of trees. Shores need makeovers, too EarthTalk E The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Is there a way to get local communities involved in cleaning up waterways, like rivers, lakes, streams and creeks? Rebecca, via e-mail Dear Rebecca: Indeed, many of our local waterways have seen better days, thanks to decades of pollution. And cleaning them up and preventing further damage can be challenging, since much of the contamination has accumulated over time and results from what is known as nonpoint source pollution, which accounts for as much as 60 percent of the water pollution in the U.S. When it rains, fertilizer from lawns, oil from driveways, paint and solvent residues from walls and decks and even pet waste are all washed into storm sewers or nearby lakes, rivers and streamsthe same lakes, rivers and streams we rely on for drinking water supply, boating, swimming and fishing, reports the non-profit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Also, improper handling of materials around the house can lead to pollution. According to NRDC, each of us can do our part to reduce this run-off pollution and thus help protect local waterways. For one, we can replace concrete and other hard surfaces around our homes with porous materials, so that rainwater drains naturally into the ground and not into pathways that lead it into waterways. We can landscape with native plants and natural fertilizers, and refrain from over-watering our lawns and gardens. And we can properly dispose of hazardous products (that is, not right down the drain), wash our cars at professional carwashes (where there are proper wastewater treatment procedures), recycle used There are many actions that individuals and communities can take to prevent pollution of waterways and to clean up the messes that are already there. Pictured: Local community volunteers clean up the des Moines River. Photo by Rastoney, courtesy Flickr See EARTH / Page A17
WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A17 motor oil, and use nontoxic alternatives for household chemicals whenever possible. Of course, there is only so much that individuals can do on their own. While preventing pollution at the source is important, many waterways have so much legacy pollution in them already that they need to be cleaned up directlyno small job and typically way beyond the scope of a few individuals. Some municipal, county or state governments might be inclined to help, but getting friends and neighbors involved first is a good way to demonstrate community support. Also, local businesses, non-profit groups, youth centers and schools are often looking for ways to get people involved in community service projects, so asking around town might be the best way to enlist dozens or more volunteers. Another way to get the ball rolling is to sign up with American Rivers National River Cleanup program. Individuals, organizations and anyone interested in conducting a cleanup on their local river can register with the program and get free trash bags as well as assistance with media coverage, volunteer promotion and technical support. The program has helped more than a million volunteers participate in thousands of cleanups covering more than 244,500 miles of waterways across the U.S. since it began in 1991. These cleanups have removed more than 16.5 million pounds of litter and debris from Americas rivers and streams, reports American Rivers. 2012 was the most successful year to date in the history of the program, with 400+ registered cleanups, 92,500 volunteers nationwide, 3.5 million pounds of trash removed from American waterways, and 39,000 miles of waterway cleaned. The group is hoping 2013 will turn out to be another record year for the program.CONTACTS: NRDCs How to Clean Up Our Water, www.nrdc.org/water/p ollution/gsteps.asp; American Rivers National River Cleanup, www.americanrivers.org/take-action/cleanup. EarthTalk is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine. com. EARTHContinued from Page A16 Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theatre production of The 1940s Radio Hour, which runs Dec. 5-8. Cast members are, from left, are: (front) Victoria Taylor, Shayli Tharp, Meredith Saunders (middle row) Lindsey Wheatley, Odra Chapman, Deondre Davis, Patrea Clark, Kate Burke, (back) Seth Alderman, Dylan Bass, Kody Ball, Chris Manasco, Elyn Sapp, Nick Cessna and Colton Day. Photo submitted MARIANNA Tickets are now on sale for the Chipola College Theatre production of The 1940s Radio Hour, which opens Thursday, Dec. 5, and runs through Dec. 8. Tickets $8 for adults and $6 for 18 and under are available online at www.chipola.edu/. Tickets also are available at the Center for the Arts Box Office 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon on Friday, and one hour before each show. The 1940s Radio Hour depicts the final holiday broadcast of the Manhattan Variety Cavalcade on a New York radio station in December 1942. The show is full of 1940s music, dancing and old-time sound effects. Hits include: That Old Black Magic, Aint She Sweet, Blue Moon, Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Chipola Theater director Charles Sirmon cast local actors in the show, including: Dakota Ball as Clifton Feddington, Dale Heidebrecht as Zoot Doubleman, Chris Manasco as Pops Baily, Deondre Davis as Wally Fergusson, Nick Cessna as Lou Cohn, Colton Day as Johnny Cantone, Lindsey Wheatley as Ginger Brooks, Kate Burke as Connie Miller, Seth Alderman as B.J. Gibson, Odra Chapman as Ann Collier, Patria Clark as Geneva Lee Browne, Dylan Bass as Biff Baker and Elyn Sapp as Rosie. Shayli Tharp, Meredith Saunders and Victoria Taylor will play the WOV girls. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 7 at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Theater fans also are invited to join the Applauding Chipola Theatre (ACT) VIP fund, which guarantees the best seats for all shows. The ACT Fund offers five levels of membership including Sponsor, Patron, Benefactor, Angel and Corporate Angel with VIP seating available at all levels. A portion of ACT memberships is tax-deductible. Tickets may be purchased online at www.chipola.edu or by calling 850-718-2420. Chipolas s Radio Hour opens Thursday How to maximize your ROI of life Have you ever felt like you need an upgrade on your life? Most of us have and theres a way to get it, says veteran physician Sanjay Jain. First, I tell people, Dont be afraid of making your life clearer. Many argue that life is not simple and, therefore, there are no easy answers, but as we have paraphrased from Chinese philosopher Laozi, The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step, says Jain, whose specialties include integrative medicine. Hes also an international speaker and author of Optimal Living 360 available February 2014 (www.sanjayjainmd.com). Lives are built from many small components which, when viewed as an assembled whole, can appear overwhelmingly complex, Jain says. But when we break them down and consider the pieces as we make decisions in our lives, its much easier to see how small adjustments can result in a better return on all of the investments we make not only in health, but in relationships, finances and all the other essential aspects of our lives. Jain offers four points to keep in mind as you start the journey. Life is short, so live it to its fullest potential. Live it optimally. This is your life, so dont waste its most precious resource time. No matter ones spiritual leanings, economic and education status, health, intelligence level, etc. one thing is true for all: Our time on Earth is finite. There will be a time for most of us when, perhaps after a frightening diagnosis from a doctor, we reflect deeply upon our time and consider the most important moments, and all the time that may have been squandered. Balance is key. Too much or too little of something, no matter how good, is actually not good. Balance is one of the easiest tenets to understand, but arguably the most difficult to maintain. Obviously, too much alcohol is bad; then again, there are some health benefits to moderately imbibing red wine. What about too much of a good thing; can a mother love her children too much? Yes, if she is an overprotective helicopter parent. The best antidote to overkill of anything is awareness; try to be aware of all measures in your life. Learn to tap your strengths and improve upon your weaknesses. Engaging your strengths at work and in your personal life is important. When we do what were good at and what comes easily, we feel self-confident and satisfied. Some people, however, are not in jobs that utilize their strengths, or they dont put their talents to work at home because theyre mired in the prosaic work of living. Its important to identify your strengths and find ways to engage them. Its equally important to recognize our weaknesses and work on improving them (because we can!) This is essential for achieving balance. Life is about making the right choices. Integrative decisionmaking makes this easier. There are many different types of decision-making, including systematic, hierarchal, impulsive, decisive and flexible. Integrative decision-making can be used for problems large and small, and includes the following process: 1. Define the problem. 2. Frame the problem. 3. Develop all your options. 4. Analyze your options. 5. Make the decision. 6. Execute your decision. 7. Debrief yourself. While experts may be the best consultants for compartmentalized areas of your life, only you know the other aspects that affect your well-being and can determine how a decision in one area will affect another area. Sanjay Jain, MD, MBA is a U.S.trained physician with certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management and more than 15 years of clinical experience. He graduated from Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and The Ohio State University, where he earned a masters in business administration. This unique blend and perspective has made him a highly sought after domestic and international speaker. He remains actively involved with many medical organizations at both the local and national levels. Physician shares 4 tips for enjoying life to the fullest
A18THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM Harrell named BSCs director of Institutional Advancement A familiar face in Bainbridges business community and a tireless volunteer for several worthy causes has been appointed as Bainbridge State Colleges interim executive director of the Office of Institutional Advancement. Bainbridge State President Richard Carvajal appointed Lauren Harrell Nov. 22 after a concentrated search was launched to fill the vacancy left from former Executive Director Dale Fuller. Bainbridge State College is thrilled to welcome Lauren to our team, Carvajal said. She has been a true difference-maker in this community for some time, and I know that she will do an excellent job leading our Office of Institutional Advancement and supporting the Colleges Foundation. Harrell is a longtime resident of Bainbridge, and since 2010, she has been the president of DeHildren Realty, where she has also served as a very successful agent. Her list of community involvement activities is extensive and includes the Friendship House, Little Black Dress, the Bainbridge Decatur County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Bainbridge Rotary Club, where she was named Rotarian of the Year. My passion for business and helping individuals will transition well into making our students dreams come true through higher education, Harrell said. I am looking forward to furthering the mission of the College and the Foundation, and with the partnerships between the Foundation board and the professional team at the Office of Institutional Advancement, we will truly enhance the community. Along with overseeing the Office of Institutional Advancement, Harrell will serve as the executive director of the Colleges Foundation, which recently topped more than $1 million in assets, of which more than $835,000 is secured for future scholarships. Having just passed $1 million in total assets for the first time, our Foundation is now poised to grow significantly in the coming years, enabling us to help many more students reach their educational goals. I know that our Foundations leaders look forward to working with Lauren to achieve that goal, Carvajal said. Jeff Findley, publisher of The PostSearchlight and incoming chair of the Foundation, played a role in the search for a new executive director. We are excited to have Lauren coming on board to lead, not only the efforts of the Bainbridge State College Foundation, but the growth and advancement of the college as a whole, Findley said. There are some very exciting times upcoming for the College, and Laurens enthusiasm and knowhow comes at a perfect time. Harrell takes the helm of the Institutional Advancement office at a very pivotal time in the Foundations history. During a recent meeting of the Colleges Foundation, Carvajal introduced the results of a fundraising feasibility study conducted over the summer. That study showed very strong support for the colleges mission, and college supporters who were interviewed for the study likewise expressed a strong willingness to provide further support for scholarships, improved facilities, and academic innovation and excellence. As a result, soon after learning about Harrells appointment with the College, the Foundations Board of Trustees voted unanimously at its Nov. 22 meeting to enter into a contract with the J.F. Smith Group, a renowned consulting firm with experience in conducting capital campaigns. The group will assist Harrell and the Foundation in the planning and execution of a multi-year fundraising campaign that organizers hope will net the college more than $1 million to support student success. Charles Bowles, the present Foundation chairman, said as the college celebrates its 40th anniversary, prepares to kick off its first-ever bachelors degree program and launches its new campaign, Harrells addition is yet another significant development. He emphasized her ability to reach those throughout the entire region the College serves as well as the local community. Lauren is a dynamic person who will contribute a lot to the Foundation and to the College as it continues to grow, Bowles said. Harrell played collegiate soccer at Wesleyan College and attended classes at the University of Montana and Bainbridge State College before earning her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida State University. Harrell is married to Mark Harrell and they have three children, Tanner, Katie and Ella. Lauren Harrell Holiday visits could bring to light need for long-term care The holidays and their aftermath are the busiest time of year for long-term care admissions, says expert Chris Orestis. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, families get together and many are seeing Mom and/or Dad for the first time in months, says Orestis, senior health-care advocate and CEO of Life Care Funding, (www.lifecarefunding.com). Some will discover that their parents health has declined and he or she should not be left to live on their own any longer. Warning signs that your parent may need to be evaluated for inhome nursing assistance, or a move to a more supportive setting, include: Confusion or forgetfulness about taking medications Unstable/unbalanced (at risk of falling) Change in hygiene habits or personality Most families are not prepared for this, they dont have a plan or resources, so the situation becomes traumatic and heart-breaking for everyone, Orestis says. It doesnt have to be that way. Every family should be talking about this now and exploring options. He offers these tips to help families better plan: Remember, there are many levels of care available. From a few hours of in-home assistance each week to residential communities that provide daily assistance with meals, laundry, etc., to a nursing home that provides round-theclock care, there are many options to consider. Generally speaking, finding ways to keep your loved one at home for as long as possible is the least disruptive and least expensive option. n Avoid resorting to Medicaid if at all possible. Nursing-home care costs start at $5,000 to $8,000 a month, which is often beyond the means of people otherwise considered financially healthy. Many families turn to Medicaid to pay for nursing home care, but it comes with many restrictions, including choice of facilities. In a situation where one spouse is healthy and the other is not, the spouse living independently will also face restrictions on the amount of assets he or she can retain, for instance, as of July 1, 2013, a maximum $2898.00 for monthly maintenance. Dont simply stop paying on a life insurance policy to save money. Any life insurance policy can be converted into a protected Long-Term Care Benefit fund which will pay for any level of care, from in-home to hospice. Policy holders typically receive 30 to 60 percent of the death benefit value when they convert the policy specifically to pay for long-term care. The benefit qualifies as a Medicaid spend-down, which means theyll still be eligible for that program if the money runs out.Chris Orestis, nationally known senior health-care advocate and expert is CEO of Life Care Funding, which created the model for converting life insurance policies into protected Long-Term Care Benefit funds. His company has been providing care benefits to policy holders since 2007. A former life insurance industry lobbyist with a background in long-term care issues, he created the model to provide an option for middleclass people who are not wealthy enough to pay for long-term care and not poor enough to qualify for Medicaid. Would your holidays be different if you knew you had a terminal illness? Jane Schwartzberg cringes when she hears someone say that a terrible accident or frightening medical diagnosis made them realize whats important in life. In some ways, I do wish everyone could experience a taste of terminal, if thats what it takes to make them appreciate the intangible gifts we receive not just during the holidays, but all year, says Schwartzberg, co-author with Marcy Tolkoff Levy of Naked Jane Bares All, www.nakedjanebaresall.com, a new book that shares Janes story with candor and humor. But I wish theyd known all along, and I hate the thought of goodness coming at the expense of so much suffering. Schwartzberg says she was clear about whats most important before she was diagnosed with stage four incurable breast cancer. As a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, she knew all that really matters is how much love we give and receive. The holidays are a wonderful opportunity for people to remember that and to focus on who they love. But, too often, they become a source of anxiety, stress and tension. Financial concerns, having too much to do and missing loved ones were among the top causes of holiday stress, according to a recent Mental Health America survey. Although I wont attribute any revelations about whats most important in life to my illness, I can say that there are a few things that I am trying to do better since getting sick, Schwartzberg says. The holidays are a great time to cultivate a spirit of gratitude and to re-focus on the things that are most meaningful. For Schwartzberg, those include: Showing up. If youre worried about yesterday or always planning for tomorrow, youre missing the present moment and any wonderful experiences it may hold. Although my clock ticks louder than others, I know we are all here for a short time, Schwartzberg says. I am determined to find joy in every single day. It may come from the simplest of things: a view from my window, a great conversation or a hot cup of coffee. But I know I need to be always present and available, with an open mind and open heart, to experience any of it. Riding her love train. We all have people in our lives who care about us, and its important to let them know how much we appreciate them. Schwartzbergs love train is a metaphor for all of the people she chooses to share her life with. They are rooting me on and giving my family and me love and support, she says. I try to be as meticulous and thoughtful as I possibly can be with those on board, and that means making sure they know how much I love and value them. Knowing my place in the world. There is a Jewish teaching that says everyone should carry with them two pieces of paper, each in a separate pocket. One paper should say, I am but dust and ashes. The other, The world was created for me. I constantly remind myself that both statements are true, Schwartzberg says. I am capable of incredible things to improve the world, and I am just a tiny speck in the universe. Powerfulness and humility can, and do, exist for me side by side. As the holidays approach, keep in mind that the best gift you can give or receive is love. Its not a table full of food or gadgets you cant afford, she says. Approach this holiday season as if it could be your last, and youll probably find much more to revel in than to stress about. Jane Schwartzberg, 45, is the co-author of the newly released book, Naked Jane Bares All, the many-layered story told with humor and candor of how she learned to embrace life when she was down for the count. Jane is a financial services executive and founder and former CEO of a start-up technology company. Naked Jane Bares All was co-written by veteran writer Marcy Tolkoff Levy. Following a year of interviews and many late nights with Jane, her family and friends, Marcy formed the foundation of a colorful, poignant and even humorous collection of vignettes about how Jane continues to get back up when life throws her down. Woman living with incurable cancer offers three ways to get the most out of every day In Gadsden County, 40 percent of the adult population is reading at Level I literacy, which is the lowest literacy level. Many others are functioning below a fifth-grade reading level, and do not have the necessary basic skills required by todays society to live above the poverty level. Forty percent of Gadsden County residents (ages 16 and older) do not have a high school diploma or equivalent. A majority of the 4,000 to 5,000 former migrant farm workers who now reside in Gadsden County have trouble speaking English. Literacy Volunteers of Gadsden County Inc. is a nonprofit organization to assist adults in learning how to read, improve their literacy skills and reach their personal education and career goals. Literacy volunteers
WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A19 Glynn added four steals as the team dropped to 3-3 on the season. Tuesday night the East Gadsden Lady Jaguars used double-figures scoring from three players to destroy Lincoln 58-20. Shariek Gaymon (13) Biddle(11) and Davis (11) led the scoring onslaught on way to the teams third win of the season against one loss. In action this week, East Gadsden plays Tallavana Christian, Madison and Hamilton County. West Gadsden faces Maclay and Tallavana and Munroe takes on Aucilla Christian. Tallavana Christian keeps in the county as the Lions play East and West Gadsden this week, along with Aucilla Christian. GIRLSContinued from Page A9 hit two three-pointers within a two-minute span to extend the home teams lead to 17-9 with just under three minutes to go in the opening quarter. The Panthers played an aggressive first quarter and entered into the second quarter with a demanding 25-9 lead over the Bucks. West Gadsden was able to continue their good flow offense in the second quarter, and within the first seconds of the quarter Devonte Gibson successfully completed an and-one play off a nice feed inside the paint, and after his free-throw the Panthers were up by 21 points as Bozeman trailed by a score of 28-9. The home team maintained its unselfish style of play, passing the ball until a good shot was found, and on defense their zone play smothered their opposition and cut off most of the passing lanes. The first half came to an end as Derrick Washington Jr. knocked down a three to push West Gadsdens lead to 43-16. West Gadsden put up 21 points in the third quarter, as Marquis Brown scored several points of easy put-backs inside. The quarter ended as Andrew Reddick made a three-point play by scoring a lay-up inside and making his free throw with 15.6 seconds remaining in the quarter. The Panthers continued their dominance in the final quarter and found themselves up by 40 points with 4:12 left in the game as the score board showed a lopsided score of 70-30. West Gadsden outplayed the Bucks for four quarters and as the last seconds ticked off the game clock, the Panthers started to celebrate their 79-35 victory over Bozeman. After the game Coach Moten expressed his feelings: We executed well. Gotta get everybody in the right position on press and we gotta guard better from behind the three-point line. Congratulations to the Panthers on starting their season with a big win. WGHSContinued from Page A9 Numerous models and software exist to assess economic impact. To assess the economic impact of state parks, greenways and trails on Floridas economy, the Division of Recreation and Parks used the Money Generation Model (MGM) designed and used by the National Park Service. The model was designed to estimate economic benefits in the local area around a park. Torreya State Park is your local State Park and the park celebrated a very exciting visitation year. Park Management works diligently to stimulate local economy while promoting local tax base.Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Torreya State Park Direct Economic Impact Assessment:Park Annual Attendance Registered: 31,357 Visitor Expenditures In Local Area: $1,358, 605 Fiscal Year Expenditures: $439,135 Total Direct Economic Impact:$1,797,740 Increased Sales Tax Revenue:$95,102 Total Jobs supported in Local Area:29 The West Gadsden High School Panthers maintained an unselfish style of play in a game against the Bozeman Bucks. The result: victory. Photos by Reginald Forehand TALLAHASSEE The Florida Department of Environmental Protections Florida Parks Service produced $1.2 billion in economic impact during the last fiscal year, after hosting a record 25.5 million visitors. The three-time National Gold Medal-winning system saw 592,615 more visitors in fiscal year 2012-2013 than the previous year. Governor Rick Scott said, With more than 25 million visitors at our parks last year, its clear that Floridas state parks are among the best in the world. These parks provide families with incredible opportunities to enjoy our natural treasures, and they create jobs for Florida families. With Floridas parks generating $1.2 billion in economic activity last year, its clear that our efforts to enhance our state parks are working. To better support and promote our parks, weve made strategic investments including increasing the budget for park repairs by $5 million, $63 million in VISIT FLORIDA to better attract visitors, nearly $37 million in restoring and protecting our states springs, and creating more license free fishing days. Today is great news, and well continue working to make Floridas state parks the best in the world. In 2012-2013, the Florida Park Service had an overall direct economic impact of nearly $1.2 billion on local economies throughout the state. Direct economic impact is defined as the amount of new dollars spent in the local economy by non-local park visitors and by park operations funds spent in the local economy. More than $77 million was contributed to general revenues in the form of state sales taxes. In addition, 19,104 jobs were supported as a result of the state park system operations. For every 1,000 people visiting a state park or trail, the total direct impact on the local community is almost $47,000. In October, the Florida Parks Service won its third National Gold Medal for Excellence, becoming not only the only state to win three gold medals, but also the only state to win two. Floridas award-winning state parks and state trails attract visitors from around the world, and Governor Scott and First Lady Ann Scott are some of our biggest enthusiasts, said DEP Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard Jr. Those visitors enjoy our natural and cultural resources and contribute to the economy of Florida, which supports jobs. The top-visited state trail was the Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail with 1,983,489 visitors and more than $91 million in direct economic impact. Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin welcomed more visitors than any other state park in Florida for the seventh year in a row with 1,044,295 visitors and more than $46.3 million in direct economic impact. State parks and trails have inspired residents and visitors for more than 78 years, said Florida Park Service Director Donald Forgione, We have a longstanding tradition of offering family friendly, world-class outdoor recreation. Rounding out the top 10 visited state parks are: Cross Florida Greenway 998,927 visitors St. Andrews State Park, Panama City 893,102 visitors Lovers Key State Park, Fort Myers Beach 846,012 visitors Gasparilla Island State Park, Boca Grande 799,811 visitors John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo 769,751 visitors Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne 657,184 visitors Sebastian Inlet State Park, Melbourne Beach 598,459 visitors Florida State Parks and Trails generate $1.2 billion in economic impact for 2012-13 FY Torreya Park supports local economy See PARKS/ Page A20
A20THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM Bahia Honda State Park, Big Pine Key 582,093 visitors The economic impacts of these parks and trails are due to their location and level of development, leading to high attendance and park expenditure levels. Those parks and trails which are fully developed and can sustain high attendance have the largest direct economic impact on the local economy. Economic impact is calculated as the amount of new dollars spent in the local economy by non-local park visitors and park operations. The Florida Park Service uses the Money Generation Model designed for and used by the National Park Service to assess economic impact in the local area around a park. About Florida State Parks, Greenways and Trails The Florida Park Service is the proud recipient of three National Gold Medals for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management, making Florida Americas first three-time Gold Medal winner. The awards were received in 1999, 2005 and 2013 from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association. Floridas 171 state parks and trails inspire residents and visitors with recreation opportunities and scenic beauty that help strengthen families, educate children, expand local economies and foster community pride. With 161 parks, 10 state trails, nearly 800,000 acres, 100 miles of beaches and more than 1,500 miles of multi-use trails, visit soon and often to enjoy Floridas natural treasures. Download the Florida State Parks Pocket Ranger mobile app, available on iTunes and Android Market, to plan your trip and enhance your experience while visiting. For more information, visit www.Florida StateParks.org PARKSContinued from Page A19 On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Quincy Police Department under the leadership of Chief Walt McNeil will host a Bicycle Rodeo event for elementaryto middle school-age children who live in Gadsden County. The event will be from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Tanyard Creek Park located at the corner of South Adams Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard in Quincy. A Bicycle Rodeo is a bicycle skills event which provides an opportunity for children to practice and develop skills that will help them to become better bicyclists and avoid typical crashes. We are promoting this event to help kids with better safety skills when riding bicycles, and to promote healthier kids by exercising. The rodeo is free of charge and open to all ages of the bicycling public with special emphasis on youth cyclist between the ages of 6 to 14. There will be drawings for two new bicycles for the youth category. Bike winners must be present to win. QPD will give away new bicycle helmets free of charge (while supplies last) and properly fit them to the child. Small prizes will also be given to children for completing the different portions of the course properly. Sponsors include Mr. Ken Foster of Bike Florida, Ms. Sarita Taylor of The Florida Department of Transportation, Mr. Jim Anderson of Pedals of Blessing Ministry, The Gadsden County Sheriffs Office and The Florida Public Safety Institute BRC 408. In addition, a number of volunteers helped coordinated and plan this event. QPD Bike Rodeo points to safety From wearing helmets to following the rules of the road, youngsters can learn all about bicycle safety at the Bicycle Rodeo set for 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Tanyard Creek Park in Quincy. TALLAHASSEE The U.S. Forest Service is proud to announce the grand opening of the Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead, a new recreation area on the Apalachicola National Forest on Saturday, Dec. 7, and the public is invited to attend. The event will begin with a short ribboncutting ceremony starting at 10 a.m., which will include brief remarks by Deputy District Ranger Harold Shenk of the Apalachicola National Forest, followed by a special guest speaker. In addition, Tallahassee Trail Riders will be presenting a motorcycle skills demonstration for the public. The new facility is a dedicated trailhead for the motorcycle trails on the Apalachicola National Grand opening set for new Leon County recreation site See SITE / PageA27
WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A21 FAMILY FEATURES Whether your international travel is for business or pleasure, chances are youd like to remain connected. Your wireless phone or tablet is a likely solution, but not all wireless services are created equal. When U.S. customers use their phones abroad the way they normally do at home, their costs can total $1,000 a day or more. According to a study by T-Mobile, more than 40 percent of customers turn off data roaming completely to avoid those fees, and another 20 percent say they would if they knew how. Wireless customers face a hard choice use their phone when they need it and pay the price, or cut off communications to contain costs, said Desmond Smith, senior product manager at T-Mobile.In reality, with a little pre-planning, customers can find the right carrier and service plan that meets their travel needs, significantly reducing, or even eliminat ing, travelrelated wireless charges. Before you pack your bags and begin your travel adventure, spend some time researching the best wireless company, device and data plan to fit your needs and check that you have the right accessories too, including an international power converter.ChoosingaCarrierWith so many wireless service providers available, its difficult to know which one to choose. Especially if you will be traveling internationally, choosing the right data plan is not only about ensuring you have freedom and peace of mind (so you dont come home to bill shock) its also about making sure you choose a phone company that focuses on customer service and provides flexibility and choice. Ditch the burdensome contract Several providers offer no-contract wireless service that gives you freedom and flexibility without being locked into a service agree ment for a year or more. Make the world your network Look for carriers, such as T-Mobile, that provide unlimited data and texting worldwide, freeing you from worrying about coming home to bill shock from outrageous roaming fees.Dont break the bank Some providers offer programs to help manage the out-of-pocket costs associated with purchasing new devices. Device upgrades If youre accident prone, likely to break or lose devices while circling the globe or just like to upgrade your phone frequently, look for protection and upgrade options such as T-Mobiles JUMP! program. For $10 per month, you can protect your device and have the option to upgrade twice per year to the latest phone. Explore the extras Prepaid international calling cards may also be available through your wireless provider. If your travels keep you in the States but your wireless needs take you beyond, some carriers offer plans that allow you to talk with friends, family or business associates across the globe.TheRightDeviceShopping for a smartphone or tablet doesnt have to be stressful or complicated. Selecting the right device is simply a matter of asking the right questions and talking to the experts. A sales associate can help you select a phone that will best meet your needs. Several new options are now available, and one in high demand is Google Nexus 5. When combined with a nationwide 4G LTE network, Google Nexus 5s stunning, lightweight design, speedy processor and LTE capabilities offer users the best experience for staying connected. When making your purchase, consider: Device compatibility abroad Shape/sizeDisplayKeyboard size and form These and additional tips for staying connected when traveling internationally can be found at www.T-Mobile.com. Photo courtesy of Getty Images BestApps forTravelCheck out these leading apps to help you navigate a successful journey: Unit Conversion Free, Currency (iOS, but others are available for most platforms): Converts temperature, distance, weight, volume, speed and more, including currency in real time Where (iOS, Android, BlackBerry): Collects the location-specific information you can find in a number of other, more specialized apps into one uber-app making it easy to find a restaurant or other location nearby Expedia (Android, iOS): Travel search, information and hotel/flight booking, with the opportunity to uncover mobileexclusive discounts on lastminute hotel bookings GateGuru (Android, iOS, Windows Phone): View your TripIt and Kayak itineraries, as well as view/post airport security wait times and see a structured list of airport food, shops and services iStone (iOS): Translation app designed for international travelers without any great linguistic skills; records and translates into 12 languages and provides more than 300 useful phrases Image It (iOS): Translates a picture into the actual word of the object with more than 450 pictograms in categories such as food, emergencies, accom modation and transport Waze (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone) Navigational map system that is constantly updated in real time using drivers GPS points with automatic alerts on traffic jams, fender-benders, detours and even police traps SeatGuru (Android, iOS): Provides crucial in-flight information from seat pitch to the proximity to the toilet to the likeliness to be bumped JetLag Genie (iOS): Helps reduce the effects of jet lag by providing customized action plans based on your flight info and personal sleep patterns Worry-freeWireless TravelAbroadFollow a few tips from the experts at T-Mobile and help keep your travels on track and free of complications: 1. Pack the essentials, including portable chargers, an inter na tional power converter and MicroSD cards to give you added storage space for photos and more. 2. Get insured. If you dont already have one, now is the time to secure an insurance plan to protect yourself in case your device is damaged, lost or stolen. 3. Check your coverage before you travel, including network specifi cations and international data rates, and make adjustments if necessary to avoid costly sur prises in your bill when you return. 4. Travel safe with features such as Bluetooth for hands-free driving while navigating the twists and turns of unfamiliar roads, or applications like T-Mobiles DriveSmart Plus, which silences incoming notifications, sending callers to voicemail and autoresponds to incoming text messages. 5. Pack light by bringing a multifunction smartphone that allows you to access entertainment with videos and games, mobile music player, GPS navigator, high quality digital camera, and in some cases, even a mobile hotspot.
A22THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM campaign didnt produce the desired results is a risk you cant afford to take. Excuse # 3: If I just had XYZ gadget If I just had faster computers, my team could respond to customer emails on a more timely basis. If I just had the latest supply chain management software, my company could fulfill orders more quickly. When youre an entrepreneur, there are a million If I just had s, and often, they center around technology. Remember, though, you can spend forever waiting on the next best thingand often, says Panaggio, that next best thing isnt as necessary as you thought. On the infrequent occasions when the Internet in my office goes down, everyone has one concern: What should we do now? Go to lunch? Panaggio recounts. My answer is always this: If you were on a deserted island with no supermarket, would you just let yourself starve, or would you figure out a way to survive? You may not be online, but your phone still works. Pretend the Internet hasnt been invented yet and call a few customers. Survive. My point is, by viewing technology as a necessity, we create our own prison, he states. We no longer use it as a tool. Instead, we are trapped by it. Remember, the road to success is through action, not accessories. Countless success stories have been written with nothing more than ink and paper, a rotary phone, and plain determination. While tools, technology, and accessories might be helpful, they do not guarantee success. Effort guarantees success you have to keep your foot on the accelerator longer and more often than your competitor. Excuse # 4: Im still working on the plan. Lets say that you want to move to the next level, whatever that happens to be for your business. So you begin planning, preparing for every possible scenario. You define contingencies with backup plans full of redundancies. You sometimes wonder how anyone could fail with a plan that covers all possibilities and that offers each a solution. But heres what youre not taking into account: While your perfect plan might prevent you from failing, it will also hold you back from succeeding if its never executed. To be absolutely clear, planning is a good thing, Panaggio clarifies. However, for many entrepreneurs, the solution to avoiding the risk of reality is to keep planning. After all, they tell themselves, you must have a plan to be successful; winging it is a blueprint for failure. The fact is, with planning as a comfort zone, you can easily replace the reality of execution with theoretical forecasting and what-if modeling. For that reason, many risk-averse entrepreneurs miss opportunities and fail to build actual businesses in the act of building virtual businesses. Dont make that mistake. Excuse # 5: Its a good idea, but circumstances have changed. I was ready to pull the trigger, but then the market changed and I had to reassess. I had to set back the original product launch date because I was just too busy to get everything ready. Preliminary research showed that this idea might not be as lucrative as we thought, so we scrapped it altogether and went back to the drawing board. Sound familiar? If so, you may be moving the target. Basically, moving the target changes the objective, goal, or focus of your business and thus delays plan execution, innovation, or change, explains Panaggio. In other words, it means changing your plans every time you lack certainty or just dont have enough motivation to move forward. The problem is, each time you move the target you have to stop and prepare to fire again. Its possible to spend an indefinite amount of time making excuses in this way without ever accomplishing anything. Excuse # 6: Ill get to it eventually. In his book, Panaggio tells the story of a salesperson who did extensive research on each sales lead she got. Some of her research files contained more than a hundred printed pages of material. Her reasoning? She wanted to know as much as possible about a potential client before she called them. On the surface, this level of dedication sounds admirable. But according to Panaggio, the salesperson in question was really procrastinating in order to put off the moment of truth. She was afraid of being rejected after making her pitch, and her research was a form of risk avoidance. A similar scenario plays out with business owners every day, Panaggio states. No, you may not be making sales calls, but theres no shortage of delaying tactics that can be used as a buffer between you and risk. As an entrepreneur, you have to stop telling yourself the lie that youll get to it eventually. If you immerse yourself in busywork in order to avoid the true priorities, your business wont last long enough for you to tackle them at some undefined point down the road. Excuse # 7: Im playing a defensive game. The hardest risks for cash-strapped entrepreneurs to take are often financial. Many business owners choose to cut costs and (at least attempt to) do more with less when what they really need is to hire new talent, invest more heavily in marketing, upgrade their machinery, or something else. Unfortunately for many owners, no business achieves greatness solely by pinching penniesalthough financial responsibility is certainly a big part of sustainability and growth, Panaggio comments. The truth is, you can save your way to mediocrity, but not success. So dont tell yourself that youre playing the game if you never come off defense. Nobody ever wins without picking up the ball and running ahead in spite of obstacles. Excuse # 8: Nothings broken; why fix it? When youre facing a crisis that could damage or even sink your business, its (fairly) easy to take risks. After all, if you dont act, youre doomedand in that situation, theres probably not much to gain by holding back. But what about the times when things are going smoothly, when you may have more to lose by going out on a limb? Well, then its much easier to convince yourself that theres no need to tamper with the status quo. When nothing is actively going down the toilet, its easy to tell yourself that things are fine, that the future is rosy, and that you dont need to put yourself out there to improve, observes Panaggio. However, that kind of thinking is a good way to be left behind or to become irrelevant. Customers dont always leave because they had a bad experience with your company the reason is often that they simply had a better one with someone else. Remember, risks need to be taken when business is good and bad if you want to stay cuttingedge and competitive. Excuse # 9: crickets chirping, dust falling, grass growing> Thats the sound of silence. You know, what you hear when you decide to let a project or initiative die over time instead of doing whats necessary to bring it to fruition. Whether you simply lack motivation or your surrender is fear-driven, your riskavoidance behavior may be taking the form of lack of followthrough. For many business owners, the desire to succeed is thereand so are some good ideasbut they struggle with making the rubber meet the road, comments Panaggio. Maybe youre afraid of being held accountable if you dont meet expectations, or you simply find that you dont want to put in the extra effort, after all. So you sit back and let projects peter out instead of driving them forward, or definitively putting them out of their misery. (You may even be fooling yourself into thinking that others dont notice that you talk a big game but dont deliver.) Dont allow your mind to sabotage your desire to meet your objectives. Excuse # 10: But I dont avoid risk! Even if you, the business owner, have conquered your fear of risk and move into uncharted territory without hesitation, Panaggio warns that progress paralysis might still be affecting your company through the actions (or inaction) of your employees. If you as the owner dont, well, take ownership of your teams counterproductive behaviors, you could miss out on a lot of opportunities. Your salespeople might be stuck in the comfort zone of creating safe, but boring, pitches, for example, or your ad designer might be creating a backlog because shes a prisoner of perfectionism, he posits. If thats the case, maybe youre simply so focused on leading your business that you havent kept a close eye on its inner workings, trusting your team to be as bold and efficient as you are. Or, more likely, you have noticed risk avoidance behaviors that are slowing your organization down, and are simply reluctant to confront your employeesa form of risk avoidance in and of itself! Risk avoiders live in a false reality, Panaggio concludes. The temporary comfort you gain from rationalizing your inaction just postpones the inevitable. Hoping that something will change will result in defeat, the end of your dream. Success comes only via constant forward progress, which requires making something happen. As a leader, your example of enthusiastically seeking opportunity to execute, improve, and deliver results will be the beacon that guides all who follow you. So stop avoidingand start acting.About the author:Tom has enjoyed a 30-year entrepreneurial career as cofounder of two successful direct marketing companies. As a result, he can give a true perspective on starting and running a small business. His practical approach to business concepts and leadership is grounded in the belief that success is the result of a commitment to embracing risk as a way to ensure opportunity. In 1983 he cofounded Direct Mail Express (DME) in Daytona Beach, Florida, with his siblings Mike and Kathy. DME has always been on the leading edge of marketing technology and is still recognized as an industry leader in personalized digital marketing. As CEO of spin-off RME in Tampa, Florida, Tom headed a company that created the most effective leadgeneration program in the financial services industry. RME revolutionized financial services marketing with its Seminar Success program, a marketing system that has created billions in sales for their clients. Originally from Rochester, New York, and a 1980 graduate of St. Bonaventure University, Tom has always been involved in athletic competition. With his father, Mauro, being a successful basketball coach, that game has always played an important role in Toms development. He was also a member of the St. Bonaventure varsity soccer team. Tom was introduced to the idea of embracing risk as a young commodities broker in the highly speculative world of futures trading. Before packing his belongings and relocating to Florida, he worked a season in minor league professional basketball where he learned the value of maximizing resources and being able to take on multiple roles within an organization. In Daytona Beach, Tom was introduced to sports car racing while attending an event at the Daytona International Speedway. He was immediately drawn to the excitement and competitive nature of car racing and obtained his racing license. Even while pursuing this new passion, his entrepreneurial instincts played a role. He recognized a unique opportunity and started a company that rented race cars to those who wanted to race but lacked the skills and time to prepare and maintain their own car. He has had the privilege of participating in two of the great sports car races in the worldthe 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebringas well as the Sports Car Club of Americas national championships. Today Tom lives in Tampa with his wife, Shemi. When hes not speaking or advising entrepreneurs and small businesses, hes spending time with his familyhis three daughters, Ashley, Christine, and Elizabeth, are all pursuing their college degreesor hes out on a racetrack. For more information, please visit www.TheRiskAdvantage.com. RISKContinued from Page A13 TALLAHASSEE Sonia Jackson Myles, corporate executive and author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated book The Sister Accord: 51 Ways to Love Your Sister, will serve as speaker at the Florida A&M University Fall Commencement Ceremony scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Lawson Center. Myles, a graduate of FAMUs School of Business & Industry, will share pearls of wisdom from her career in Corporate America, and tips on how to follow ones dreams and leave a legacy. Myles is president and CEO of The Sister Accord, LLC, which is focused on female empowerment, leadership development for both males and females, and the importance of relationships in delivering exceptional results. As the leader of a global movement that Myles has coined The Revolution of Love, she is committed to having one billion girls and women live the principles of The Sister Accord. For the past seven years, she served in several key roles with Procter & Gamble, including director of Global Packaging Purchases, where she managed the spending of $6 billion. Prior to this role, she served as director of Global Printed Packaging, director of Global Purchases and director of Global Media Purchases. Myles leadership resulted in significant, unprecedented savings for the company. Her innovative, highly engaging leadership style has been cited as the catalyst for her organizations outstanding performance. Before joining P&G, Myles served as director of Global Indirect Materials at Gillette in Boston, Mass. In this role, she achieved success in establishing robust processes and systems that led to great results for Gillettes indirect spending. She was also recognized for establishing an innovative business solution in the area of contingent labor with a diverse supplier, which led to significant savings and benchmark stewardship for the company. Myles began her professional career as a buyer in Dearborn, Mich., with Ford Motor Company. She was an innovator and trailblazer at Ford, particularly in the area of supplier relationships, diversity and inclusion training, supplier diversity development and servant leadership. In her last role at Ford, she was the Powertrain Purchasing Manager, with a responsibility for $4.3 billion in spending. The accomplished author and businesswoman was named one of Essence Magazines 25 Women of Power (2008) and selected as a Bloomberg History Maker (2008). She received the Trumpet Award Foundations High Heels Award (2009) and was named one of Black Enterprise Magazines Top Executives in Marketing & Advertising (2011). In 2010, she was awarded the FAMU Presidents Award, and in 2011, Myles was inducted into the FAMU School of Business & Industrys Hall of Fame. In 2012, Myles was named one of FAMUs 125 Outstanding Alumni in celebration of the universitys 125th anniversary. In addition to serving as a board member for Impact Young Lives, Myles was recently appointed to the board of directors for The MATLET Group, a packaging and digital solutions provider. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., FAMU National Alumni Association, and the National Black MBA Association. She is the chair for the FAMU School of Business and Industry Advisory Board, a member of the Inaugural Advisory Panel for espnW and a member of the Speakers Resource Group for Disneys Dreamers Academy. Myles graduated summa cum laude in 1989 with a bachelors degree in business administration from FAMU. In 1990, she received her masters degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. She is married to Kenneth A. Myles and has two teenage sons, Kendall and Jordan. Sonia Jackson Myles to keynote FAMU Fall Commencement
WWW.GADCOTIMES.COMTHEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 A23 FAMILY FEATURES Holidays are always more festive and fun once youve bought a sleigh full of gifts for everyone on your list. Make all of your family and friends merry this year with great gift ideas, like a classic toy. Stuff ing their stocking with the gift of good vision and eye health is also a wonderful way to put a smile on anyones face. Perhaps, you need a gift for the music lover in the family.Tailswillbewag gingwhen you give a snuggly gift to your favorite furry com panion. And, theres nothing more thoughtful than a beautiful, customized photo scrapbook created by you. After all, nothing makes the holidays happier than knowing your gifts will bring joy to all the special people on your list. Photo courtesy of Getty ImagesEnjoy the Beauty of the Holiday Season with the Gift of Sight Give the gift of good vision to someone you care about this holiday season. With afford able individual and family vision benefits available directly to consumers from VSP Direct, you can affordably give the same high-quality vision cover age many employers offer. Benefits include an eye exam with a low copay and an allowance for glasses or contacts.VSPoffers the lowest outof-pocket costs in individual vision care with typical annual savings of $227. Visit www.givevsp.com for more details.Presents forYour Pet Heres a cute gift for your pet or any pet lover that also helps save homeless pets. The Luv-A-PetChance and Lucky plush dog toys, available exclusively at PetSmart, make great snuggling companions for your pet and each has a squeaker inside for play time fun. And this year, Superman Chance, Mrs. Chance and Bret Michaels Chance jointhefamily.Pricedfrom$5.99to$8.99,10percentofthepur chase price is donated to PetSmart Charities, which provides funding and programs that save the lives of homeless pets across North America. The toys are available in all PetSmart stores or online at www.petsmart.com. This Seasons Most Thoughtful Gift: A Beautiful Blurb Book, Made by You Blurbs creative publishing platform is simple and smart enough to help anyone make a beautiful book every blogger, cook, photographer, parent, traveler, poet, architect, business owner, you name it. And Blurb books make perfect one-of-a-kind gifts. Not cookie-cutter, drag-and-drop photo scrapbooks, but personalized bookstore-quality books that come in a variety of sizes. With a variety of cover options and photo-quality paper choices, Blurb offers the perfect solution for holiday gifting: Truly unique and beautiful books. Visit www.blurb.com. $12.99 to $69.99For the Music Lover Everyone on your list will love the Samsung Galaxy S4 Android smartphone from Cricket. With a large, vibrant 5-inch screen, excellent camera quality and Crickets exclusive Muve Music service, you might even sneak one for yourself. The GS4 with Muve Music is great for the music lover who doesnt want to spend a fortune. Cricket has unlimited music downloads, talk, text and data start ing at $45 a month ... even Santa is a little jealous. Visit www.mycricket.com. Samsung Galaxy S4 As low as $25 downAdorable Toys for Little GirlsCalico Critters, like the Hopscotch Rabbit Family shown here, make an ideal gift for imaginative little girls. If you are looking for a timeless, classic toy that promotes wholesome family values and stimulates imaginative play, there is no better choice than Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners. These awardwinning critters are just adorable. Choose from rabbits, dogs, cats, bears and many other animal families plus a wide range of accessories. Find out more at www.calicocritters.com.
A24THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM By TIM LINAFELT It was only four years ago. Barack Obama had been well established as president and wed had iPhones attached to our hands for more than two years when the Florida State football team rolled into this stadium on Nov. 28, 2009 and suffered perhaps the most degrading, demoralizing and downright depressing loss of a season full of them. Only four years and only two trips to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium since but it feels a lot longer than that in the wake of Florida States 37-7 win over the Gators here Saturday. In 2009, Florida was the nations premier college football program, the defending national champion that featured a former Heisman winner under center. The Gators easily dispatched listless FSU, 37-10, and sent the Seminoles on their way to a third 7-6 record in four years. They celebrated the careers of Tim Tebow, Brandon Spikes and Aaron Hernandez players who had led one of the most successful stretches in program history. After the game, in a tiny room beneath the stadium, a beleaguered Bobby Bowden, awash with speculation over his future, asked for no questions about when Im leaving. Four days later four years ago today FSU announced Bowdens retirement. The program was in ux, its future in doubt and it felt like Florida State might never, ever beat Florida again. Six straight losses to a hated rival has that effect. Those were the dark days at Florida State, fth-year senior Bryan Stork said after Saturdays game. If those were dark days, Stork was then asked, what are these? He smiled beneath his long, red beard and shook his head. These days? he said. Its our time. That sounds about right. The Seminoles have gone from out of time to our time in almost no time. Not many showed up in time for Floridas Senior Day celebration on Saturday. There were no Tebows, no Percy Harvins. No one on UFs offense that looked even remotely threatening to Florida States defense. Instead, all the playmakers seemed to be on the Seminoles sideline. Kelvin Benjamin, Jameis Winston and a host of others all took turns placing their stamp on this rivalry. As one FSU fan said on Twitter, So this is what it felt like when Tebow was at Florida? Ill take it. Since Jimbo Fisher took over following the 2009 season, the Seminoles have won three of four against the Gators, earned two victories in the Swamp and own a 7-1 combined record against UF and Miami. By about 3:30 Saturday, the Seminoles had clinched their rst 12-0 record since 1999 and, even better, will ascend to No. 1 in all three major polls following Auburns stunning defeat of Alabama. Theyll play No. 24 Duke on Saturday with a spot in the BCS National Championship Game on the line. Im pretty happy about that, Stork said. Its cool. But you cant be satis ed ever. Four years ago, the Gators rode a big win over a hapless rival into their conference title game, but saw their national championship hopes dashed with a loss to Alabama. FSU has already followed the rst half of that script. And the Seminoles can rewrite the rest with two more wins. Their time is here. Subscribe online at printsubscriber.gatorbait.net or call 1-800-782-3216 yeah, yeah, were were excited excited too! too! printsubscriber.gatorbait.netThe All-New Gator Bait glossy print magazine & Gator Bait Express digital magazines are here! Subscribe online at printsubscriber.theosceola.com Subscribe online at printsubscriber.theosceola.com or call 1-800-725-4321 or call 1-800-725-4321 yeah, yeah, were were excited excited too! too! printsubscriber.theosceola.comThe All-New Osceola glossy print magazine & Osceola Express digital magazines are here! FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES The Weekend Slate The Weekend Slate In The Huddle A weekly look at college football in the Sunshine State Your ad could be here! Call 627-7649#1 FSU (12-0) will play #20 Duke for the ACC title in Charlotte.Saturday, Dec.7 at 8 p.m.The game can be seen onABC/radio WTNT 94.9.FSU players hold up the head of a gator after they beat Florida 37-7 on Saturday. PHOTO BY TRAVIS REGISTER Florida State is unconquered THE OSCEOLA/ SPECIAL TO THE NEWSFSU quarterback Jameis Winston. THE OSCEOLA/ SPECIAL TO THE NEWSFSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher. FLORIDA gators FLORIDA gatorsvs.
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A26THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM 1-877-676-1403 4963-1205 GCT PUBLIC NOTICE Fictitious Name Notice under Fictitious Name Law. pursuant to Section 865.09, Florida Statutes. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: Kubby Kubs BBQ located at 64 N. Cleveland St., Apt. 2310, Quincy, FL 32351, in the County of Gadsden, intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, FL. Dated at Quincy, FL, this 25 day of Nov., 2013. /s/ Cathy D. Mason Owner Dec. 5, 2013. 4944-1205 GCT Vs. Cowart, Beckie 13-1021-CA Notice of Action PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GADSDEN COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA CASE NO.: 13-1-21-CA CENTENNIAL BANK, as successor in interest to WAKULLA BANK, Plaintiff, vs. BECKIE COWART and GERALD M. ROLFE, if alive, and if deceased, all unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, judgment creditors or parties claiming by, through, under, or against BECKIE COWART and GERALD M. ROLFE; all UNKNOWN BENEFICIARIES of the ESTATES OF BECKIE COWART and GERALD M. ROLFE, who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said unknown parties may claim an interest as spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees or other claimants under, by or through BECKIE COWART and GERALD M. ROLFE; WAYSIDE LAKE PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida non-profit corporation; UNKNOWN TENANT #1 and UNKNOWN TENANT #2, the names being fictitious to account for parties who may be in possession, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: BECKIE COWART and GERALD M. ROLFE, if alive, and if deceased, all unknown heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors and all other parties claiming by, through, under, or against them; and all unknown natural persons if alive, and if dead or not known to be dead or alive, their several and respective unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, and creditors, or other parties claiming by, through, or under those unknown natural persons; and the several and respective unknown assigns, successors in interest, trustees, or any other person claiming by, through, under or against any corporation or other legal entity named as a defendant; and all claimants, persons or parties, natural or corporate, or whose exact legal status is unknown, claiming under any of the above named or described defendants or parties or claiming to have any right, title, or interest in or to the lands hereinafter described, YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: TRACT 34, WAYSIDE FARMS, A/K/A HLH FARMS, MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 10, TOWNSHIP-3-NORTH, RANGE-2-WEST GADSDEN COUNTY, FLORIDA AND RUN THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 52 MINUTES 23 SECONDS WEST 1921.52 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 01 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 12 SECONDS EAST 257.98 FEET TO A POINT IN THE CENTER OF A CREEK FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING. FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING THENCE NORTH 01 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 12 SECONDS WEST 257.98 FEET; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 52 MINUTES 23 SECONDS EAST 810.94 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 135.06 FEET TO A POINT ON THE RIGHT-OF-WAY OF A 50.00 FOOT RADIUS CUL-DE-SAC; THENCE ALONG SAID CUL-DE-SAC RIGHT-OF-WAY WITH A RADIUS OF 50.00 FEET THROUGH A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 175 DEGREES 42 MINUTES 44 SECONDS FOR AN ARC DISTANCE OF 153.34 FEET (THE CHORD OF SAID ARC BEING SOUTH 02 DEGREES 11 MINUTES 23 SECONDS EAST 99.93 FEET) ; THENCE SOUTH 48 DEGREES 45 MINUTES 00 SECONDS WEST 547.43 FEET TO A POINT IN THE CENTER OF THE AFORESAID CREEK; THENCE NORTHWESTERLY ALONG SAID CREEK 620.00 FEET MORE OR LESS TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH A 2002 DOUBLE WIDE MOBILE HOME ID #BL02GA0236296A AND #BL02GA0235296B, TITLE NO. 86771610 AND 86771868 Tax Parcel ID No. # 2-10-3N2W-0000-00212-1000 has been filed against you, and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Garth D. Bonney, Esq., whose address is Post Office Box 737, Panama City, Florida 32402, on or before December 13, 2013 and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. DATED this 1 day of November, 2013. NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of Circuit Court (COURT SEAL) By: /s/ Charlette Willeby, Deputy Clerk November 14, 21, 28 and December 5, 2013. 4960-11205 GCT Vs. Johnson, Susan B. Case No. 20-2010-CA-000739 RE-NOFS PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GADSDEN COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 20-2010-CA-000739 DIVISION: WELS FARGO BANK, NA, Plaintiff, vs. SUSAN B. JOHNSON, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF RE SCHEDULED FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated November 8, 2013 and entered in Case No. 20-2010-CA-000739 of the Circuit Court of the SECOND Judicial Circuit in and for GADSDEN County, Florida wherein WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, is the Plaintiff and SUSAN B JOHNSON; TONY L. JOHNSON; TALLAVANA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION INC.; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at SOUTHSIDE STEPS OF THE GADSDEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 10 East Jefferson Street, Quincy, FL, at 11:00 AM, on the 17th day of December, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT 104, BLOCK A, OF LAKE TALLAVANA, LESS AND EXCEPT THE EAST TWENTY FEET THEREOF, AS PER MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 2, PAGE 22-24 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GADSDEN COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 3709 TALLAVANA TRAIL, HAVANA, FL 32333 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on November 20, 2013. Nicholas Thomas, Clerk of the Circuit Court (SEAL) By: /s/ Pam K. Carter, As Deputy Clerk Ronald R Wolfe & Associates, P.L. P.O. Box 25018,Tampa, Florida 33622-5018 **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact:Mr. Doug Smith,Office of Court Administration Leon County Courthouse,301 South Monroe Street,Tallahassee, FL 32301 Phone: 850-577-4401, Fax:850-487-7947 November 28 & December 5, 2013 F10043000 4961-1205 GCT Vs. Mullins, Daniel Case No. 20 2013 CA 000114A Notice of Sale PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE SECOND JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GADSDEN COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 20 2013 CA 000114A VANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., a Tennessee Corporation, P.O. Box 9800, Maryville, TN 37802, Plaintiff, v. DANIEL MULLINS, THE UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF DANIEL MULLINS, PATRICIA A. JUNCO-SANTIAGO, THE UNKNOWN PARTY IN POSSESSION OF 250 SAWDUST ROAD, QUINCY, FL 32351 f/k/a 190 SAWDUST ROAD, QUINCY, FL 32351, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT, pursuant to Plaintiffs Final Summary Judgment to Re-Establish Lost Instrument and Foreclosure Mortgage entered in the above-captioned action, I will sell the property situated in Gadsden County, Florida, described as follows, to wit: A parcel of land lying in Section 30, Township 2 North, Range 4 West, Gadsden County, Florida, being more particularly described by metes and bounds as follows: Commence at a found nail and cap known as marking the Northwest corner of said Section 30 and run; thence N 89 East, 1359.94 feet to a concrete monument (RLS3031) marking a point of intersection of the Southerly right of way boundary of Sawdust Road (County Road 274-70 foot right of way) and the Easterly right of way boundary of Hosford Highway (State Road 65 -100 foot right of way); thence S 88 East along said Southerly right of way boundary, a distance of 757.50 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING thence continue S 88 East along said Southerly right of way boundary a distance of 208.71 feet to a re-bar (PSM3031); thence S 00 West, 208.71 feet to a re-bar (PSM3031); thence North 88 West, 208.71 feet to a re-bar (PSM3031); thence North 00 East, 208.71 feet to the POINT OF BEGINING. TOGETHER WITH THAT CERTAIN 2009 CMHM MOBILE HOME, SERIAL NUMBERS WHC017579GAA & WHC017579GAB. Commonly known as: 250 SAWDUST ROAD, QUINCY, FL 32351 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash at the South side steps, Gadsden County Courthouse, 10 East Jefferson Street, Quincy, Gadsden County, Florida 32351, at 11:00 AM (ET), on the 14TH day of January, 2014. If you are a subordinate lien holder claiming a right to funds remaining after the sale, you must file a claim with the Clerk of Court no later than 60 days after the sale. If you fail to file a claim, you will not be entitled to any remaining funds. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT: If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact: Susan Wilson, ADA Coordinator; 301 South Monroe Street; Tallahassee, FL 32301; 850-577-4401; at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court (SEAL) By: Pam K. Carter, Deputy Clerk Attorney for Plaintiff: Timothy D. Padgett, P.A. 6267 Old Water Oak Road, Suite 203, Tallahassee, Florida 32312 Telephone: (850) 422-2520 Facsimile: (850) 422-2567 November 28 & December 5, 2013 4964-1226 GCT (Cert# 506 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Florida Dundee Lien Invest LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 506 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 731 P 1933 OR 633 P 164; OR 426 P 1624 DB 119 P 77 DB 102 P 131 LOTS 1 BLK F IN CARVER HEIGHTS. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 2353N2W03200000F0010 Name in which assessed: Annie Farmer Garrett Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 4965-1226 GCT (Cert# 706 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Florida Dundee Lien Invest LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 706 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 119 P 580; BEGIN AT A PT. 610 FT. N. OF SEC OF SW 1/4, RUN N. 88 FT. W. 88 FT. S. 88 FT. E. 88 FT. TO P.O.B. IN SECTION 14-3N-4W. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 2143N4W0000003440200 Name in which assessed: LOUVENIA SAILOR Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4966-1226 GCT (Cert# 1816 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Florida Dundee Lien Invest LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 1816 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: DB 118 P 32 BEGIN 300 FT N. OF N.W.C. OF KING & 9TH STS. N. 112.5 FT. W. 150 FT. S. 112.5 FT. E. 150 FT. TO P.O.B. IN SECTION 12-2N-4W. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 3122N4W0000001211500 Name in which assessed: William Finley McMullen Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4967-1226 GCT (Cert# 1320 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Florida Dundee Lien Invest LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 1320 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 487 P 3 PLAT BOOK 2, P 31-33 LOT 9, BLOCK C, LAKE YVETTE ESTTES, UNIT #4. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 3312N2W05840000C0090 Name in which assessed: Auburn E Ford Jr and Chaunda A Ford Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4968-1226 GCT (Cert# 1277 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, Florida Dundee Lien Invest LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 1277 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 383 P 1157-LIFE ESTATE; BEGIN AT THE NEC OF SECTION 14-2N-2W AND RUN S 161.70 FT; S 84 DEG 01 53 W 352.43 FT TO W/LY R/W OF POWER EASEMENT; N 23 DEG 56 08 W 255 FT; S 85 DEG 37 34 E 455.30 FT TO POB.SUBJECT TO 100 FT POWERLINE. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 3142N2W0000001100300 Name in which assessed: BOBBY JOE CHAMBLISS AS TO LIFE ESTATE INTEREST, MARILENA CHAMBLISS AS TO REMAINDER INTEREST Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4969-1226 GCT (Cert# 2748 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, TC Tampa 1, LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 2748 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 482 P 358 COMMENCE AT THE NEC OF LANDS PER OR BOOK 436 P 1447 AND RUN S 66 DEG 34 53 E 202.16 FT; S 59 DEG 55 29 E 81.15 FT TO BEGIN: THENCE S 59 DEG 55 19 E 58.99 FT; S 60 DEG 28 30 E 451.58 FT; S 18 DEG 34 43 W 2.00 FT TO RD 65-B; N 71 DEG 25 17 W 510.57 FT; N 23 DEG 58 39 E 99.95 FT TO THE POB. IN LOT #73 LITTLE RIVER SURVEY PARCEL ID NUMBER: 50L0R0S0000733000600 Name in which assessed: Joaquin Jimenez and Lucero M Jimenez Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4970-1226 GCT (Cert# 1723 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, TC Tampa 1, LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 1723 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 533 P 1983 OR 120 P 158 OR 326 P 611 OR 345 P 1084 BEGIN 1811.1 FT EAST AND 975 FT NORTH FROM THE SW CORNER OF THE SE 1/4 OF THE NW 1/4; RUN N 93.60 FT; N 38 DEG 59 WEST 459.74 FT., S 486.87 FT., N 82 DEG 55 E 291.50 FT TO THE P.O.B. LESS ANY PREVIOUSLY SOLD. IN SECTION 5-2N-4W. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 3052N4W0000001320100 Name in which assessed: Wanzella McCray; Melvin Charles McCray Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4971-1226 GCT (Cert# 533 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, TC Tampa 1, LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 533 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 444 P 20 COMM AT A POINT 210 FT. S & 210 FT. W. OF NEC OF SE 1/4 OF SE 1/4, RUN W. 777.7 FT. TO BEGIN: RUN W. 91.3 FT., S 238.65 FT., E. 91.3 FT., N. 238.65 FT TO THE P.O.B. IN SECTION 3-3N-3W. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 2033N3W0000004420300 Name in which assessed: Margaret B Gordon, or the Lawful Heirs of Her Estate Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4972-1226 GCT (Cert# 594 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, TC Tampa 1, LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 594 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 494 P 1615 OR 487 P 1742 OR 476 P 970 DB 107 P 159 COMMENCE AT THE SEC OF THE NW 1/4 OF SECTION 30-3N-3W AND RUN N 00 DEG 04 48 W 1369.55 FT; S 89 DEG 43 48 W 460.25 FT TO BEGIN: THENCE S 89 DEG 43 48 W 243.75 FT; S 00 DEG 13 01 E 355.82 FT TO TILLMAN RD; S 89 DEG 57 44 EAST FOR 121.04 FT; S 88 DEG 12 58 E 122.78 FT; N 00 DEG 13 01 W 360.87 FT TO THE P.O.B. IN SECTION 30-3N-3W. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 2303N3W0000002411000 Name in which assessed: Clintoni Y Swain Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 4973-1226 GCT (Cert# 860 ) NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that, TC Tampa 1, LLC, the holder of the following certificate has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: CERTIFICATE NO: 860 YEAR OF ISSUANCE: 2011 DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY: OR 461 P 619 OR 111 P 271-OR 117 P 249 OR 263 P 102-BEGIN AT THE NEC OF LOT 1 BLK 42 TOWN OF GRETNA THENCE RUN S/WLY ALONG THE S SIDE OF CEDAR ST 66 FT THENCE S/ELY PARALLEL TO THIRD ST 66 FT THENCE N/ELY PARALLEL TO CEDAR ST 66 FT THENCE N/WLY ALONG THE W SIDE OF THIRD ST 66 FT TO POB SAID LOT 1, 66 FT., S/WLY PARALLEL WITH SAID CEDAR ST. 66 FT. TO SAID ST., N/WLY ALONG STREET 66 FT TO P.O.B. OR 299 P 898. PARCEL ID NUMBER: 2323N4W0430000420011 Name in which assessed: Stephanie Elaine Faison and Patricia Ann Faison Said Property being in the County of Gadsden, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate Tax Deed Notices Tax Deed Notices Tax Deed Notices shall be sold to the highest bidder at the courthouse door on the 5th Day of March, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. Tax Deed Notices Tax Deed Notices Tax Deed Notices 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Dated this 21st DAY OF NOVEMBER, 2013 NICHOLAS THOMAS, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Gadsden County, Florida BY: Glenda McPherson, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2013. 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Its a milestone for the forest, but one we hope the public will enjoy for years. Directions From Tallahassee, turn south on Springhill Road from Capital Circle SW near the Tallahassee Regional Airport. Drive approximately three miles to the Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead entrance located on the right. Follow the loop around to the motorcycle parking area for event festivities. From Crawford, drive north on U.S. Highway 319. Turn left at the intersection of State Highway 267/Bloxham Cutoff Road. Drive approximately three miles then turn right onto State Highway 373/Springhill Road. Drive six miles to the Springhill Motorcycle Trailhead entrance on the left. SITEContinued from Page A20 The Quincy Kiwanis Club recognized Mrs. Lois Lee for her many acts of kindness through volunteerism and for the significant impact she has had on the Gadsden Community. Traci Gilbert, president, and the Quincy Kiwanis Club members hosted a surprise luncheon in Lees honor on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the Quincy Golf Club. Her granddaughter-in-law, Jennifer Loughmiller (Havana); grandson, Timothy Loughmiller; two daughters (Betty Lee Hawkins and Martha Lee Coley); and a very close friend (Mrs. Judy Moon) were also in attendance to share this special honor with Lee. Lois and her husband, the late Pierce Lee, moved to Quincy from Grady County, Georgia, in 1945. Throughout much of her adult life Lois has exemplified the very best in what a volunteer can be in this world. It was following her retirement in 1980 that Lois began in earnest to devote considerable time and energy to her volunteer activities in the community. Lois turned 95 this past March and has been an active volunteer in many environments, not only in Quincy, but throughout Gadsden County, for more than 33 years. In fact, Lee only recently pulled-back from her latest, major volunteer effort (at Magnolia House in Quincy) at the end of August 2013. Honoring her service Lois Lee, left, is pictured here with the Quincy Kiwanis Clubs inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award. Photo submitted Quincy Kiwanis Club presents inaugural Volunteer of the Year Award to Lois Lee TALLAHASSEE The historic 1967 Orange Blossom Classic between Florida A&M University (FAMU) and Grambling University is the cover story of the Nov. 15 issue of American Airlines publication, American Way. Written by Samuel G. Freedman,New York Timescolumnist and author of the book Breaking the Line, the article describes how two rival football teams with two star quarterbacks under the leadership of two legendary coaches revolutionized college sports and transformed the NFL. FAMU Coach Jake Gaither with quarterback Ken Riley, along with Gramblings Eddie Robinson and James Harris made a profound difference in how America finally came to appreciate the talent of black athFAMU football history featured in airline magazine See FAMU / Page A28 American Counseling AssociationThe holiday season leaves many people feeling anxious and nervous as they receive invitations to holiday office parties, family gatherings and other social events that they would rather avoid. Thats understandable. While such events can be a great time to socialize, they also can lead to disaster. Weve all heard, or experienced, the office party where someone did permanent damage to his or her reputation. Or that family gathering where Uncle Louie had one drink too many and told everyone what he really thought of them. 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If there will be gift giving, check out what gifts and dollar values are appropriate. Dont do gag gifts that will be embarrassing or risque.Avoid being critical. Negative comments at a party, even if made in confidence, always get repeated later to all the wrong people. Venting frustrations at office parties almost always produces negative results.Mind your manners. Dont overeat at the buffet table. Do remember to thank your host.Avoid problem people. If you and a coworker always clash, instead spend time with people you enjoy. If a relative always argues with you, simply refuse to respond and excuse yourself politely. Theres no reason to fear or avoid the holiday party. It should be an enjoyable event, even when you feel required to attend. Just plan on staying sober, being polite and sociable, and you may just find it a pleasant experience. How to survive holiday parties
A28THEGADSDENCOUNTYTIMES THURSDAY, DECEMBER5, 2013 WWW.GADCOTIMES.COM 000GSOO letes. For a 30-year period, the Orange Blossom Classic football game in Miami was the most important annual sporting event and the largest annual gathering of any kind for African-Americans. The Orange Blossom Classic was founded by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M Universitys president, at a time when blacks were not allowed to compete in bowl games. In 1933, FAMU beat Howard in front of 2,000 fans at a blacksonly ballpark in Jacksonville. For 13 years, the contest hopped around the Florida cities of Orlando, Jacksonville and Tampa before becoming an annual event in Miami in 1947. During the first Classic game in Miami, a racial milestone was met. For the first time, black fans were permitted in the main stands of the Orange Bowl. When a Florida A&M Rattler receiver named Nathaniel Traz Powell caught a 45-yard pass to break a tie with Hampton Institute, he became the first black man to score a touchdown on the Orange Bowls previously whites-only gridiron, Freedman writes in the article. For years to come, blacks around the state would speak about his touchdown as if hed been Rosa Parks refusing to surrender her seat. To read the article in its entirety, visit http://hub.aa.com/en /aw/orange-bowlclassic-football-blackhistory. FAMUContinued from Page A27 Sheriff, volunteers pay holiday visit to jail inmates ABOVE: Pastor Julius Harris of New Jerusalem Church in Havana, left, prepares to serve Thanksgiving meals Nov. 26 to Gadsden County Jail inmates. Harris said about 10 volunteers from the church accompanied him to help serve meals and fellowship with inmates. The meals all 226 of them were prepared by West End Grill. A group of women in the church made lemonade and desserts for the inmates. Nov. 26. BELOW: Pastor Julius Harris takes lemonade he will serve to inmates. Photos by Cheri Harris Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young interacts with the jail inmates. This is all about the holiday season and this is my way of saying thanks, Young told a group of inmates. Photos by Cheri Harris Sheriff Morris Young and church volunteers visit with inmates.