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A glimmer of hope came to the
Homosassa community searching for 9-
year-old Jessica 'Jessie" Marie Lunsfdrd
Sunday afternoon, only to be crossed off the
list of viable leads hours later.
Citrus County Sheriff's spokeswoman
Back door ajar
A Floral City father awoke from a
nap Saturday afternoon to find the
S back door to his patio ajar and his 23-
< face down in his
1 Jeffrey Hickey,
24, performed CPR
on Auslinn Kyleigh Hickey, and con-
tacted authorities, Citrus County
Sheriff spokeswoman Gail Tierney
Nature Coast EMS workers trans-
ported the baby to Citrus Memorial
Hospital, where she was taken off life
support and pronounced dead,
Tierney said. She would have been 2
years old March 17.
Hickey told a sheriff's detective he
fed Auslinn and his three-year-old
son, Matthew Blaine Rollason late in
the morning and fell asleep on the
couch, exhausted after working a
midnight shift the night before,
At 1:30 p.m., Hickey woke up and
found Matthew still in the room play-
Please see BABY/Page 5A
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Ronda Hemminger Evan said authorities
obtained a surveillance tape from a clerk at
Circle K on Cardinal Street and U.S. 19,
showing a girl that "resembles Jessica."
Jessica's father, Mark Lunsford, reported
his daughter missing at 6:30 a.m. Thursday
soon after he came home from his girl-
friend's home and noticed Jessica was not
Please see TAPE/Page'4A
* Searchers pray for miracle
Sunday morning's downpour did little to
dampen the spirits of the more than 539 vol-
unteers desperately searching for clues that
may lead to the return of Jessica "Jessie"
Many of them let their faith be their guide
for .Sunday morning worship at Faith
Baptist Church, where Pastor William
Coats' sermon about miracles hit close to
"We ought to trust God for a miracle,"
Coats said. "We have a miracle-working
Please see MIRACLE/Page 4A
A mock wedding ceremony was observed Friday morning at Cypress Cove Care Center In Crystal River. Acting groom John Detwiler kisses his pre-
tend bride Hilda Howe, while best man William Degener looks on.
Cypress Cove residents pretend to wed
As the pretend bride waited for
her pretend wedding to begin,
her pretend maid of honor gave
her some pretend advice:
The bride, 92-year-old Hilda Howe,
Meanwhile, the pretend groom, 85-
year-old John Detwiler, said he had big
plans after the pretend wedding that was
about to take place at Cypress Cove Care
Center. "Five minutes after the wedding,
I'm divorced." A pretend divorce, that is.
On Friday, the activities department at
this Crystal River facility hosted their
first, and hopefully annual, mock wed-
ding, in celebration of February as
National Weddings Month.
As activity director Danielle Vincent
checked on the blushing bride, she asked
Howe if she was nervous.
"I wasn't until now," Howe said. "This
is the first time I've ever worn a white
At her real wedding, back when she
was in her 20s, she wore a brown dress
and a hat She and her husband of 43
years were married in an Episcopal
church. As a nervous, albeit pretend,
bride she couldn't remember anything
Please see WEDDING/Page 5A
SA legacy of jokes, caring and spirituality
Inverness woman liked to help others
Thelma Agnes "Aggie" Goetz
was a cross between an elf and an
"You always knew if there was a
glint in her eye, there was some-
thing behind it," her sister, Judith
Goetz, who died Feb. 18, at the
age of 83, will be remembered as
a woman who loved having fun,
caring for others and living a
She was born July 29, 1921, on a
farm in Ohio, to a large, Irish fam-
ily. Goetz was the youngest of
"She would get into things that
I would never think of getting
into," Bean said.
Bean said her sister was the
more mischievous sibling and
would do things like sneak into
the cellar to eat canned fruits and
ride in a wheel barrow, pushed by
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Special to the Chronicle
Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies will con-
duct driver's license and safety equipment check-
points in Citrus County in an effort to reduce viola-
tions of Florida's motor vehicle laws. The check-
points will be conducted on the following roads dur-
ing March and April:
West District North Citrus Avenue, West
Dunklin Street, West Emerald Oaks Drive, West
State Park Drive, North Tallahassee Road, North
Holiday Drive, North Turkey Oak Drive, North
Dunkenfield Avenue, North Rock Crusher Road,
West Venable Street, West Ozello Trail, West Crystal
Oaks Drive, South Michigan Boulevard, West Halls
River Road, West Fishbowl Drive, West Yulee
Drive, West Bradshaw Street, West Rosedale Drive,
West Cardinal Street and-West Miss Maggie Drive.
: East District-North Elkcam Boulevard, West
Century Boulevard, East Citrus Springs Boulevard,
West Citrus Springs Boulevard, West Pine Ridge
Boulevard, West Mustag Boulevard, North Forest
Ridge Boulevard, Roosevelt Boulevard, North
Annapolis Avenue, North Essex Avenue, North
Citrus Hills Boulevard, North Kensington Avenue,
South Kensington Avenue, North Croft Avenue,
North Independence Highway, South Bea Avenue,
North Turner Camp Road, North Ella Avenue,
West Highland Boulevard, East Highland
Boulevard, South Apopka Avenue, South Old
Floral City Road, East Gobbler Drive and South
Checkpoints also contribute favorably to the
county's overall highway safety objective.
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lawyers on WYKE
Lawyers Bill Grant and Bo
Samargya will be Tom Franklin's
guests for "A Few Minutes With
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WYKE. Grant and Samargya
represent the children of John
and Linda Dollar, the Citrus
County couple who have been
charge with child abuse. The
program will last one hour and
phone calls from viewers will be
welcome. WYKE is carried on
Channel 16 on both Bright
House and Adelphia cable sys-
tems and broadcast on Channel
49 for non-cable viewers.
to dispose of bikes
Per Florida State Statue
705.103, which states: Lost or
abandoned property with a
value of $100 or less, notice
shall be given by posting a
description of the property at the
law enforcement agency where
the property was turned in. The
notice must be posted for not
less than two consecutive
weeks in a public place desig-
nated by the law enforcement
agency. The notice must
describe the property in a man-
ner reasonably adequate to per-
mit the rightful owner of the
property to claim it.
The Crystal River Police
Department will dispose of the
following listed item(s) on or
about March 1. Person(s) claim-
ing ownership to said property
shall contact the Crystal River
Police Department between the
hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday. Per-
sons making such a claim must
produce proper identification
along with proof of ownership
for the particular item. Claims
must be made prior to the
above stated disposal date.
1 Free Spirit, men's, moun-
tain bike, Black, CRPD No.
1 Huffy, men's motocross
type bike, grey, CRPD No.
1 Huffy, men's, mountain
bike, lime green, CRPD No.
1 Huffy, "Mt. Echo" moun-
tain bike, purple, CRPD No.
1 Dynamo X games,
motocross type bike, white and
orange, CRPD No. 0408-0184.
From staff reports
Time to apply for
successes at gala dinner Republican summer
A non-election year didn't
stop Citrus County's Grand Old
Party from having a grand old
time Saturday night during its
Lincoln Day dinner.
About 300 Republicans, led
by state Chief Financial Officer
Tom Gallagher, crammed the
Citrus Hills Golf and Country
Club for the party's annual pep
Attendees included all the
county's big-name Republi-
cans: Sens. Nancy Argenziano
and Mike Fasano, state Rep;
Charlie Dean, U.S. Rep. Ginny
Brown-Waite, four Citrus
County commissioners and two
school board members.
County GOP Chairman Bill
Grant passed recognition onto
his predecessors, Bob
Hagaman and Wes Stow. Both
men said the
party is in good
"As you cani
tell from the come a
I think we're as Repl
ful," Hagaman In Florid
Stow recalled Tom
the day that state chief fi
Dean, the for- Lin
and a lifelong Democrat,
switched to the Republican
"The sheriff came up to me
State of Florida Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher chats with
State Senator Nancy Argenziano and Citrus County Supervisor of
Elections Susan Gill Saturday evening at the Lincoln Day dinner
held at Citrus Hills Golf & Country Club.
and said, 'Mr. Chairman, it's
time for me to switch. I haven't
left the Democratic Party. It
left me a long
time ago,"' Stow
long way R-Dunnellon,
got the crowd
ublicans roaring when
a. recent trip to
allaghe I didn't have
nanclal officer at to say those hor
coin Day dinner. rifying words:
Kerry," she said.
"I got a kiss and a hug from our
president, and I was flying
Argenziano also put in a plug
for Gallagher, who is a likely
candidate for governor in 2006.
"He's got the consumer in his
heart," she said.
Gallagher, a former Florida
education commissioner, noted
it wasn't too long ago that
Democrats controlled Florida
government. The opposite is
"We've come a long way as
Republicans in Florida," he
Gallagher said the state's top
Republicans all have a shot at
the U.S. Senate when Sen. Bill
Nelson's slot comes up for elec-
tion in two years.
"If I was Bill Nelson,"
Gallagher said, "I'd be real
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2005 Republican appointment and
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Destiny Jackson carries Alahana Merricks and a new pair of shoes Saturday as they look at the shoe selec-
tion at the Copeland Park Pavilion. Pastor Wayne Smoot and members of the United Pentecostal Church
In Crystal River purchased 1,000 pairs of shoes for a $1.50 each from Florida Kmart and donated them to
the community. Each person who signed In received a pair of shoes of their choice for free.
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God. God can protect Jessica."
Jessica and her family are
well-known churchgoers at the
South Spartan Avenue church,
just two streets east of their
Sonata Avenue home in
Homosassa, where she was last
Coats sited several of God's
miracles from the Bible during
his sermon. He said though
Jessica has not been returned
to her family, the community's
support and participation to
find her is a miracle in and of
"God worked a miracle,"
"We thank God for every-
Throughout the service,
Coats spoke about Jessica's
family and reminded church-'
goers to remember her father,
Mark Lunsford, and her grand-
parents, Archie and Ruth
Lunsford, in their prayers.
"I spent some time with
Archie and Ruth in their
home," Coats said. "They seem
to be doing very well."
However, Coats said Archie
The Lord knows where Jessica is.
He can bring Jessica home. We're
praying for a miracle here.
pastor, Faith Baptist Church, where the Lunsford family worships.
Lunsford's" brother passed
away this weekend, bringing
more grief to the family
"He said he's so numb he
could hardly feel the impact of
what's going on with his fami-
ly," Coats said.
Song leader Bob Yost also
asked that everyone continue
their faith in God while author-
ities and volunteers search for
the missing girl.
"The Lord knows where
Jessica is," Coats said. "He can
bring Jessica home. We're
praying for a miracle here."
Following Coats' sermon, his
daughter, Tracy, visiting from
Chattanooga, Tenn., sang "A
miracle in every pew."
Toward the end of the emo-
tional song, many churchgoers
wiped away tears. Coats rested
his chin in his hand and took
his glasses off long enough to
wipe his eyes.
"It was a very appropriate
song," Coats said.
A woman comforted Homo-
sassa resident Gloria Fauci as
she shed tears outside the
church following the service.
"I can't imagine what Ruth
and Archie are feeling," Fauci
said. "My heart just goes out to
them. I'm just heartbroken."
Sugarmill Woods winter resi-
dent Naomi Lech said she's
astonished with the dedication
the community has shown to
help bring Jessica home.
"I think it's tremendous work
that they have done," Lech
said. "It's packed with people."
Coats praised the volunteers
who are helping authorities.
"We want to pray for the vol-
unteers," Coats said. "We've got
a crowded parking lot because
of all the willing helpers."
Continued from Page 1A
in her bed.
Evan said Jessica's family
did not believe the girl, who
appeared with a man in his 20s,
was Jessica. The clip was time
stamped 4:57 a.m. Thursday.
A few hours after officials
released information, Sheriff's
spokeswoman Gail Tierney
said authorities confirmed the
identification of the girl and
the man in the video clip, and
ruled it unrelated.
Tierney said the man lives in
Pasco County and was travel-
ing with the girl and a small
boy both family members.
"We're looking at leads and
tips and trying to strike them
off the list," Tierney said.
Throughout the search,
authorities have expressed
frustration with the case
because no leads, suspects or
evidence have turned up.
"I can tell you I am not aware
of anything today," Tierney
said at a Sunday briefing. "We
still have not come up 'with
Jessica is white, 4 feet 10
inches tall and weighs 70
pounds. She has light-brown
hair and brown eyes. She was
last seen in a pink silk night-
gown, white silk shorts and no
At 10 p.m. Wednesday,
Jessica's grandmother, Ruth
Lunsford, tucked the girl into
bed and secured the house.
At 5:45 a.m. Thursday, Mark
Lunsford came home to find
his daughter missing and the
doublewide mobile home's
front door unlocked, sheriff's
Authorities said there isn't
evidence of forced entry into
the house, and Jessica does not
appear to be the type of girl to
They've called the incident
"very suspicious," though
they're treating it as a missing
person case, not an abduction,
as of Sunday evening.
A downpour of 1.5 inches of
rain in Homosassa made the
search, on its fourth day, more
difficult for the teams of volun-
teers and sheriff's officials.
Tierney said the turnout of
volunteers was "pretty good"
Sunday, providing more than
539 sets of eyes to the armies of
sheriff's units. Officials upped
their search radius Sunday
from 3 to 4 miles from Jessica's
home at 7266 S. Sonata Ave.,
"This girl's been missing
since Wednesday, and we need
to find her," volunteer
Christina Lizine said. "We
need more volunteers than we
Lizine said Sunday's poor
weather affected the number
of volunteers who participated,
and more are needed today.
For more information about
the volunteer effort, call 628-
Anyone with information
about the case or Jessica's
whereabouts, should call the
Sheriff's Office at 726-1121 or
call the sheriff's tips line at
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her older brother Ralph. .
Goetz married her husband
Erwin, who worked for
Eastern Airlines, in 1947. Bean
said she always tried to sur-
prise her husband with games
when he came home from
work One time, Goetz made
little bunny footprints on the
floor for her husband to follow
throughout the house for fun.
"She was always doing
things like that," Bean said.
Goetz also loved to dye her
hair different colors.
"She had her hair just about
every color," Bean said.
Goetz's niece Mary Ann
Bremenstuhl, of Maryland,
said she loved that her aunt
was full of surprises.
"That's just one of the things
I always looked forward to
when I saw her was finding out
what color her hair was,"
Bremenstuhl said. "She just
had fun in life."
Bremenstuhl said Goetz
taught her to always care for.
When one of Goetz's broth-
ers returned from the war in
Vietnam, Bean said he was
dealing with emotional trau-
ma. He came to depend on his
sister, and the two talked
almost every day for years.
"She held him .together
more than anybody else,"
Goetz moved to Inverness in
1990 to be closer to Bean. The
sisters enjoyed to going to yard
sales together Bean said her
sister's favorite yard sale item
was jewelry especially
Bean said her sister was
energetic and caring in every
i aspect of her life. She was a
good friend, dependable and
In. 1972, Bean said Goetz
gave her life to Jesus Christ.
Goetz taught Sunday school
and worked in church offices.
She was a member of Highway
44 Church of God in Inverness.
"She was just a really good
person," Bean said. "Her job
was to help other people."
Goetz continued this mental-
ity of helping others even
through her death, when she
directed her body be donated
to the University of Florida for
Before Goetz died,.she and
Beanworked together to cre-
'ate a message for friends and
'family after she was gone.
"I'll see you all up there,"
Goetz said. "I love you all."
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ing, but Auslinn was missing.
"He went out in the back and
found his daughter face down
in the pool," Tierney said.
A sheriff's detective re-
sponded to Hickey's house at
12261 S. Fern St. to get a state-
ment from him, Tierney said.
"(The detective's) feeling is
it didn't seem suspicious,"
Hickey told the detective the
security gate, in the room
where the children were play-
ing in, was still secured when
he awoke. However, the back
door to the patio was ajar.
Auslinn's mother, Elizabeth
Anne Rollason, 27, was out of
the state at the time of the inci-
It is unknown if the family's
pool is above ground or below.
Tierney said the cause and
manner of death is still pend-
ing the sheriff's investigation.
Department of Children and
Families also is conducting an
A relative at Hickey's home
called the incident a "very ten-
der subject right now" and
declined to comment further.
Continued from Page 1A
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toward the pretend preacher,
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Jack Stanley Borgersen, 67,
of Homosassa, died Thursday,
Feb. 24, in Crystal River.
Born Jan. 30, 1938, in
Brooklyn, New York, he moved
here from Newark, Ohio, in
Mr. Borgersen was a retired
hydraulic engineer. He
enjoyed playing pool with his
He was Baptist
Survivors include his wife,
Carolyn Fairburn Borgersen of
Homosassa; a son, Rod G.
Borgersen and wife Martha, of
Three Rivers, Texas; two
daughters, Tana L. Borgersen
and Kela T Souter and hus-
band, Todd, all of Homosassa;
three brothers, Carl Borgersen,
of Panama City, Jerry
Borgersen and Dennis
Borgersen, both of Hanover,
Ohio; three sisters, Nancy
Shade, Claire Davis and
Jeanette Goldsmith, all of
Phoenix, Ariz.; and seven
Wilder Funeral Home,
Stephen Joseph "Pop"
Cheruk, 81, of Inverness, died
Saturday, Feb. 26, at his resi-
dence, under the care of his
16, 1923, in
Anthony and Katherine
(Blaskewicz) Cheruk, he
moved here in 1992 from Hyde
Mr. Cheruk was a retired
electrician in the construction
He served in the U.S. Army
during World War II, where he
fought on the beach at
Normandy He was honorably
discharged with the rank of
He was a kind man, artistic, a
great husband, father, grandfa-
ther, cook and an avid fisher-
He was Catholic.
Survivors include his wife of
22 years, Joan (Messner)
Cheruk; seven sons, the Rev.
George Cheruk and wife Jane,
of North Carolina, Christopher.
Cheruk of Inverness, Stephen
Cheruk of Ovid, N.Y, Harry
Cheruk and wife, Penny, of
Tennessee, Nicholas Costa and
wife, Ramona, Stephen Costa,
and William Ciangiola and
wife, Joanne, all of Hyde Park,
N.Y; three daughters, Kathi
Gruzuil and husband, Edward,
of Highland, N.Y, Joellen
Hance and husband, Dennis, of
Wolsey, S.D., and Laura Ann
Ciangiola, of Hopewell
Junction, N.Y; a sister-in-law,
Georgianna Ziolkowski and
husband, Jan, of Inverness; a
nephew, Richard Ziolkowski,
of Pendleton Marine Corps
Base, Calif.; many cousins and
friends; 16 grandchildren; and
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home
with Crematory, Inverness.
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Auslinn Kyleigh Hickey, 23
months, of Floral City, died
Saturday, Feb. 26, in Inverness.
Born in Ocala on March 17,
2003, to Jeffrey M. and Eliza-
beth Hickey, she attended
Tadpole Learning Center in
Survivors include her par-
ents; a brother, Matthew Blaine
Hickey; maternal grandparents,
Richard and Linda Rollason of
Inverness; paternal grandpar-
ents, Richard and Cynthia
Hickey of Inverness; a maternal
Rollason of Inverness; paternal
Ledger and Verle Cokes, both of
Arcadia; an aunt and uncle,
Kenneth and Debra Rollason of
Inverness; an uncle, Richard
Hickey Jr. of Floral City; and
two cousins, Kaitlin and
Kenneth Rollason of Inverness.
Hooper Funeral Homes and
Crematory, Inverness Chapel.
Clarence Deane Madison, 84,
of Dunnellon, died Saturday,
Feb. 26, in Inverness.
he moved here
N.Y, in 1989.
was a master
sergeant in the U.S. Air Force,
where he served as an air traf-
fic control specialist. He
served in World War II, and
was a POW in Stalag 17-B. Mr
Madison received 23 military
awards and decorations during
He was a member of the Air
Force Sergeant's Association,
Chenango Valley Amateur
Radio Association, the Silver
Springs Radio Club and the
381st Bomb Group Association.
He was Baptist, and served
as a deacon for Grace Baptist
Church for more than 15 years.
Survivors include his wife of
57 years, Grace Madison of
Dunnellon; two sons, Charles
D. Madison of Dunnellon, and
David B. Madison of Norwich,
N.Y; a daughter, Joanne Brown
of Willet, N.Y; a brother,
William Madison of Birch Tree,
Mo.; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-
grandchildren; and several
nieces and nephews.
Roberts Funeral Home of
Charles L. Mowry, 63, of
Homosassa, died Saturday,,
Feb. 26, in Crystal River.
Born March 24, 1941, in
Vanango County, Pa., to William
and Clara Johnson Mowry, he
moved here 1V2 years ago from
Mr. Mowry was a retired
teacher for the Delaware
Valley Junior Academy.
He was Seventh-day
Survivors include his wife,
Marinell Burrill of Homosassa;
a son, Charles D. Mowry of
Homosassa; two daughters,
Tammy Derenberger and hus-
band, Michael, of Floral City,
and Terri Lira and husband,
Livingstone, of Keene, Texas; a
step-daughter, Seree Peterson
and husband, Larry, of Eustis;
two brothers, George Mowry of
Cleburne, Texas, and Alvin
Mowry of Canandaigua, N.Y;
and six grandchildren.
Wilder Funeral Home,
Charles L. Russell, 70, of
Webster, died Saturday, Feb. 26,
Born Nov. 17, 1934, in
Hattiesburg, Miss., to Frank
and Louise Russell, he moved
to Webster from Hattiesburg 63
Mr. Russell was a heavy
equipment operator in the rock
mining industry, and worked
locally for Dixie Lime and
Stone. He enjoyed bass fishing
and coin collecting.
He was Baptist
Survivors include his wife of
34 years, Thelma L. Russell of
Webster; two sons, Charles F
Russell of Webster, and Danny
Russell of Orlando; three
daughters, Kattie Cappy of
Myrtle Beach, S.C., Rose Marie
Johnson of Hattiesburg, Miss.,
and Debbie Delviva of New
Albany, Miss.; a brother, John
Russell of Gulfport, Miss.; two
sisters, Betty Davis and Linda
Ellis, both of Corpus Christi,
Texas; 14 grandchildren and
Hooper Funeral Homes,
Eugene L. Thompson, 77, of
Inverness, died Sunday, Feb.
27, under the care of his family
and Hospice of
Born July 23,
1927, in Man-
chester, Ga., to
Ruth Thompson, he came to
this area in 1998 from Tampa.
Mr. Thompson was a retired
employee of Publix Super-
markets, where he worked for
40 years in various stores as a
meat department manager.
He was a U.S. Army veteran
of World War II and the Korean
He was a member of North-
side Masonic Lodge in St.
Petersburg, Scottish Rite
Valley of Tampa, Ocala Com-
mandry and Consistory and
VFW Post 4337.
He enjoyed fishing and
Survivors include three
daughters, Bettie Lou Geiger of
Floral City, Deborah Sue
Harris of St. Petersburg and
Roxanne Schomas of
Inverness; a brother, Carlton
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five grandchildren, Fred,
Jennifer, Robert, David and
Melissa; six great-grandchil-
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Kendall, Kennedy and Riley;
and his special friend and for-
mer wife, Voncill Spinelli and
her husband, Pat, of Inverness.
Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home
With Crematory, Inverness.
Stephen Joseph Cheruk.
Friends of Stephen Joseph
Cheruk may call from 4 to 7
p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at
the Chas. E. Davis Funeral
Home of Inverness. Funeral
services will be conducted at
the funeral home at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, March 1, with the Rev.
George A. Cheruk officiating.
Burial with full military honors
will follow at the Florida
Nation Cemetery in Bushnell.
Clarence Deane Madison.
Funeral services for Clarence
Deane Madison will be con-
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March 3, at Grace Baptist
Church in Citrus Springs, with
the Rev. Richard Brosseau offi-
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p.m. in Florida National
Cemetery in Bushnell, under
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car, truck show
Special to the Chronicle
The Citrus County Cruisers
are preparing for their 21st
Manatee Car & Truck Show on
Sunday at Crystal
19, Homosassa. This years
event is sponsored by the
Citrus County Cruisers, the
Citrus County Chronicle,
WRGO 102.7 Oldies and Crystal
Motor Car Company (Steve &
The show will be from 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m., at 1035 S. Suncoast
Participant registration until
noon (Pre 1980) Antiques,
Customs, Trucks and Street
The awards will be promptly
at 3 p.m. for the Top 50 plus
Best of Trophies including
Best Show Car, Best Show
Truck, Best Engine, Best Paint
and more sponsored by several
A club participation Plaque
and $100 will be awarded to a
club with 10 or more partici-
The fee is $15 for partici-
pants and for pre-registering
- today the participants will
receive a free breakfast cooked
by the Boy Scout Troop 462.
There is no fee for spectators
and plenty of room to park
The Cruisers will provide
entertainment including (our
own Elvis & Johnny Cash), a
Chinese and live auction, door
prizes, trophies, complimenta-
ry pictures and dash plaques to
the first 100 registered, food
vendors plus visit Jewel &
Steve's Toy Shop for $1 for the
Call the show chairmen Jim
Moran at 527-0024 or Jim
Otenbaker at 621-7572.
BH Shuffleboard Club next meeting set
Special to the Chronicle
The Beverly Hills Shuffleboard
Club's next meeting is at 3 p.m.
Thursday, March 10, in the Beverly
Hills Community Room, 1 Civic Circle.
The Board will meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday,
March 31, at the Central Ridge Library.
Membership is currently open to all
Citrus County residents age 50 or older.
Shuffle/Picnic is planned at noon
Saturday, March 5. The cost is $2 per
The annual fall picnic will be on Oct
22 at Rainbow Lakes. Further details
are forthcoming. Plans are in motion
for the Christmas Holiday Dinner
Also planning a bingo/pizza shuffle.
The April 14 meeting will be a
Strawberry Social and $1 donation will
Cakes for this meeting will be donat-
ed by Ann Beardsley, Rena Quintas and
Shuffleboard games are played at 1
p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4
p.m. Wednesday. Boccie is played at 9
a.m. the first and third Saturday month-
ly at Roosevelt Park There will be a
sign-in sheet. Players will be teamed
accordingly. Call President Ron Fake at
746-4941 or Anthony D'Adamo at 527-
* WHAT: Boccie.
* WHEN: 9 a.m. the first and third
* WHERE: Roosevelt Park.
* INFORMATION: Call President
Ron Fake at 746-4941 or Anthony
D'Adarro at 527-2508.
Board of Commissioners honors work
Trash, treasure sale
to benefit children
Accent Beauty Salon of
Crystal River and Church of
Today, Crystal River, will host a
Trash and Treasure Sale with
100 percent of the proceeds to
benefit the Dollar Children Fund.
The public is invited to join us
by donating items. The sale will
be Saturday and Sunday in front
of the Accent Beauty Salon, 928
N. Suncoast Blvd. in Crystal
River, in the South Square
Plaza on south U.S. 19.
Call the Accent Beauty Salon
at 795-1040 or Church of Today
at 382-1711 for details.
Club to serve
Apache Shores Club is hav-
ing a pancake breakfast from 8
to 11 a.m. Saturday.
The club is on East Buffalo
Lane, Apache Shores, 2 miles
north of Hernando on State
Road 200. Watch for sign.
Come and bring a neighbor or
friend or both and enjoy large
pancakes and friendly atmos-
phere for $2.50 per person.
planned for pilots
Crystal Aero Group is spon-
soring this year's "Wings
Weekend" for pilots at 9:30 a.m.
Saturday at the Crystal River
The guest speaker will be
Richard R. Neher, aeronautical
information specialist of the FAA
Aviation System Standards and
National Aeronautical Charting
Office, who will present an aero-
nautical chart seminar.
Flea market set
There will be a flea market
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday,
at Playhouse 19, 865 N.
Sdincoast Blvd., (north of tiheair-
port) in Crystal River.
There will also be coffee and
baked goods on hand.
Table space for vendors:
indoors $10; outside $5.
Vendors must supply table and
For more information or to
reserve a space, call Jeri at
meets March 9
The Nature Coast Maryland
Club will meet at noon
Wednesday, March 9, at the
Silver Palate in the Best
Western Citrus Hills Lodge in
The meeting begins at noon
and will be followed by lunch.
Guests are welcome.
Reservations are a must, and
should be made no later than
Saturday. Call Chuck at 527-
0145 or e-mail at seajay@tam-
Uons to conduct
The Crystal River Kings Bay
Lions will join with other District
35-R Lions for a district meeting
on Monday, March 7, at the
Beverly Hills Lions Den in
All visiting Lions are invited by
calling 527-1556 for dinner
Special to the Chronicle
The Board of County Commissioners executed a proclamation declaring February "Library
Appreciation Month." On hand to receive the proclamation were representatives of the Citrus
County Library System, the Library Advisory Board and Library Friends Groups. Front row, from left,
are: Madge Ashley, Adelaide Keller, Chairwoman Vicki Phillips, Marianne Quack, Sandy Price,
Flossle Benton Rogers and Roy Keller. Back row, from left, are: Danielle Damato, Harley Nelson,
Meredith Paine, Nancy Antonich, Sue Haderer and E.E. Renfro.
Special to the Chronicle
The Board of County Commissioners executed a proclamation
declaring January "Mentoring Month" in 'Citrus County. From
left are: Shelby Weingarten, volunteer mentor coordinator for
the Nature Coast Volunteer Center; Chairwoman Vicki Phillips;
and Diane Cary, supervisor of the Nature Coast Volunteer
* The Chronicle invites
readers to submit pho.
tos of their pets for the
daily Pet Spotlight fea-
* Photos need to be in
sharp focus. Include a
short description of the
pet and owners, includ-
ing names and home-
towns. Photos cannot
be returned without a
envelope. Group photos
of more than two pets
cannot be printed.
* Send photos and infor-
mation to Pet Spotlight,
c/o Citrus County
Chronicle, 1624 N.
Crystal River, FL 34429.
Members of the Citrus County Board of County Commissioners recently executed a certificate
of recognition to the local impact that Rotary International has made throughout the world in
the group's 100 years of existence. The Citrus County Rotary Clubs named in the certificate
of recognition are the Central Citrus Rotary Club, Crystal River Rotary Club, Kings Bay Rotary
Club, Homosassa Rotary Club and the Inverness Rotary Club. Accecpting the certificate are,
from the left; Jack Reynolds, past president Kings Bay Rotary Club; Jim Crosley, acting pres-
ident of the Central Citrus Rotary Club; Marybeth Nayfield, president of the Homosassa Rotary
Club and Commission Chairperson Vickie Phillips presenting the certificate. The City of
Inverness and the City of Crystal River also passed resolutions recognizing the Rotary Clubs.
January IPS kids
Special to the Chronicle
Terrific Kids for January, In no particular order, are: Juan Cosme, Ashley Lehr, Alexus Cook, Emmy DeRouen, Katlyn Stephen, Brendan.Hess, Caleb Russo,
Matthew Warnock, Marshall Ryl, Gina Fernandez, Jason Holmes, Destin Hernandez, Chelsea Adams, Samantha Tuten, Austin Levack, Blake Bolin, Christian
Anderkin, Michael Simon, Cody Greenwell, Victor Santiago, Cody Bolduc, Kacie Carpenter, Shauna Nichols, Richard Knowles, Tyler Mcintosh, Grey Pospiech,
Katie Sampson, Joshua Juergensmeyer, Angelica Seaman, Cameron Copas, Jacob Bart and Clyde Birrey.
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Gerry Mulligan .......................... publisher
Charlie Brennan ..............................editor
Neale Brennan .....promotions/community affairs
kV Kathle Stewart ....... advertising services director
Steve Arthur ............... Chronicle columnist
WE =1^ f IMike Arnold ......................managing editor
Jim Hunter ...........................senior reporter
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Williamson Mike Moberley ...................guest member
"You may differ with my choice, but not my right to choose."
S- David S. Arthurs publisher emeritus
AMERICAN DREAM DYING
T he cost of housing in
Citrus County has skyrock-
eted in recent years. And
that includes "affordable hous-
ing" built specifi-
cally for low-in-
As housing prices THE I
:have risen, salaries Affordabl
"have not The result
is that low-income OUR 01
'residents are hav-
ing a tougher and Lobby f
tougher time realiz-
ing their humble
share of the American dream.
It wasn't many decades ago
.when most families were sup-
ported by one working adult and
Enjoyed the privileges of home
;; Today, it's common for both
,parents to work and, even in
two-parent households, it's,
tough for lower income wage
,earners to purchase basic
homes. What sold for $50,000 just
a few years is in the $100,000
While many may believe the
, aesthetics of a community will
,be enhanced by displacing
affordable housing with higher-
end homes that meet the needs
of middle- and upper-income
I am a resident of Arbor
Lakes and I would just like
to say the majority of the
people in Arbor Lakes are
not against the airboaters.
I live only a few houses
from the lake and so do
my neighbors and we have ALL
no problem with noise A
coming from the airboats. 5634
A select few are making
this trouble and getting
this petition together.
Let's make this perfectly clear: I
jdo not own any lake or waterfront
property ... but I still hate the noise
,of airboats. I like to spend my,off
time'on the Chassahowitzka River
'because it's natural, peaceful and
'full of wildlife that is, 'til the air-
boats spoil it all. I'm sick and tired
'of you rude, inconsiderate opera-
tors blowing noise, wind and water
in my face. And that goes for you
fellow fish and wildlife people, too.
Caring van driver
This is to the beautiful young lady
who drives the Woodland Terrace
van. My husband and I would just
like to let her know that we see her
several times in a certain doctor's
office, and we just wanted to let her
,know what a wonderful job she does
with the people she cares for. She's
a very caring person and we just
wanted to. let her know what we
thought. Keep up the good work.
Whoever wrote the Associated
Press article calling the United
States the world leader in green-
house gas emissions hasn't been to
Shanghai or Beijing, China one of
the countries which is among the
greatest polluters, but exempt from
this particular Kyoto pact. Just
wanted to point that out. Seems a
,double standard here,
; I wish someone would check local
charities. I regularly donate items to
'these places, and when I go in there
people, our economy is hugely
dependent on the low-paying
service sector industries.
It's only right that an affluent
society such as ours
identify the role of
SSUE: the development of
e housing. good, hard-working
citizens. There's a
PINION: sense of pride that
one has when
ownership, and that
can lead to greater
self-confidence and initiative to
achieve more than was thought
While individual initiative is
always going to be necessary to
realize the goal of owning a
home, legislation that helps to
provide reasonably priced hous-
ing coupled with salaries that
keep step with the escalating
cost of living are needed to cre-
ate opportunities for many who
work hard, but are victims of the
If the opportunity to realize
the American dream is dashed,
our community and many
good-yet-struggling citizens -
will reflect our own short-sight-
looking for items, I find out
that they've gouged the
prices and they're asking
ridiculous prices for things.
The prices should be like it
would be if you went to a
garage sale or a yard sale.
Someone needs to check
into this, and find out why
they're making so much
0579 money off free items.
Shame on these people
who moved to Arbor Lakes, then
complain about the airboats. The
airboats were there before they
moved there ...
Annual fee hike
Cypress Village residents and
Sugarmill Woods, unite. This bogus
ahd inflated budget that they've
come up with is ridiculous. Some of
these fees are beyond anybody's
comprehension ... I'll tell you right
now that this is really outrageous.,
And then they want to raise ourK
annual fee an additional $5? Also
ridiculous. They have (more than)
$300,000 in their bank account -
more money than the total budget.
What are they doing to us?
Kudos to city of Inverness admin-
istration and maintenance crew for
the removal of dense underbrush
obstructing pedestrian and driver
vision on the corner of Cabot and
Desoto streets. It is a beautiful ex-
ample of coexistence of ecology and
function. Thanks for a job well done.
Next to go?
As long as hockey as succumbed
to greed of wages, will football and
baseball cut their wages and admis-
sion charges or also close?
This is the second time that
"Herman" has been left out. It
appears on the classified page every
day except Sunday, but for the past
two weeks you guys have left it off
twice. We have people in our neigh-
borhood that love "Herman" and we
miss him. Don't miss him again.
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Get help for roads
Editor's note: The following letter
to Commissioner Joyce Valentino is
published at the writer's request
With Citrus County classified as a
disaster area, it seems relevant that
the commissioners could obtain fed-
eral funds for restoration of our
roads. I urge you to use any influence
you may have with Sen. Ginny Brown-
Waite to help in obtaining aid. The
roads are in horrible shape from the
unusually high water of October 2004;
but the damage will increase with just
heavy rainfall or minor flooding if not
repaired. Concerned citizens are cir-
culating petitions to pave the major
roads, but that will take two years to
accomplish, if it we are successful. We
need help! The time to address this
with FEMA is now.
Another problem of an urgent
nature may be the deterioration of
the Tie Back Levee, which connects
to the dam known as Structure 353. I
understand you have visited the site,
as have I and members of our newly
formed River Watch Committee. I also
understand that a representative
from the Citrus Works Department
was with you, and that the situation
poses no threat at this time. My ques-
tions are this: Who made that deci-
sion? Is he or she qualified to make
that decision? If the answer to the
second question is no, is there some-
one who is qualified looking at the
I am no engineer, but I felt the
water-saturated soil below this levee
and saw water flow from under the
roots of a large cypress. According to
an engineer's report in 2000, the loss
of a large tree could be the beginning
of a catastrophic failure of the levee,
and it looks like the soil around this
tree is extremely soft
The opinions expressed in Chronicle edi-
torials are the opinions of the editorial
board of the newspaper.
Viewpoints depicted in political car-
toons, columns or letters do not neces.
sarily represent the opinion of the edito.
Groups or individuals are invited to
express their opinions in a letter to the
Persons wishing to address the editorial
board, which meets weekly, should call
Linda Johnson at (352) 563-5660.
M All letters must be signed and include a
phone number and hometown, including
letters sent via e-mail. Names and
hometowns will be printed; phone num-
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We reserve the right to edit letters for
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M Letters must be no longer than 350
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three letters per month.
SEND LETTERS TO: The Editor, 1624 N.
Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL,
34429. Or, fax to (352)563-3280; or e-
mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to see a qualified opin-
ion in writing if someone in the coun-
ty system thinks there is no problem.
A five-foot wall of water descending
on Arrowhead would be catastrophic,
not to mention the destruction of sud-
den and abnormal flooding all the
way down the Withlacoochee. It
would also be a catastrophic loss of
most of the Tsalapopka lake chain.
The failure of this levee would affect
nearly all of your district.
Arrowhead Citizens Association
Today is Sunday, Feb. 13, and I've
just finished reading "Hot corner -
I'm absolutely disgusted that most
who phoned in were more concerned
about a littered yard than that family
without a home. Did it occur to the
writers that maybe the owner doesn't
have the resources to clear his yard?
I hope next time you hear about a
homeless family maybe instead of
thinking about how awful their yard
looks you'll think about the family.
Think how hard it must be to not
have a home, not have a place to call
your own, and then tell me if you
think a littered yard is such a big
The headlines read 30,000 teachers
needed. Sounds like a crisis.
Technology and television have
been with us for many decades. Why
not have the best "Master Teacher." in
the country teach math for all stu-
dents in that grade in the entire coun-
try, via a 20-minute television segment:
three times a week, and have the
local teachers elaborate on that
teaching between the "Master
Teacher" television segments? That
way, all students in America get the
same exposure the best academic has
to offer, without any possible discrimi-
nation, if it exists.
Use the same "Master Teacher"
method for English, science, history,
geography, social studies, art, music,
etc., etc.; that is, for all subjects.
Wouldn't this solve the teacher
shortage problem and expose all stu-
dents to the same, best teachers in
America? It's a common-sense, "No
Brainer" solution to what's develop-
ing into a teacher shortage.
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Finding the time
Engel caps Citr career with
memorable senior campaign
Chronicle girls golfer of the year Kirsten
Engel is a hard girl to track down.
Then again, she's busy
Besides wrapping up her senior year at Citrus.,
Engel is dual enrolled at Central Florida Community
College and holds down a steady job as a cashier at
"It sucks," she said. "There's no doubt about it. I
don't get a lot of free time."
Adding to everything she has going on, Engel still
somehow found a way to squeeze in some time on
the golf course and produced some outstanding
"She was a great leader," Citrus coach Toni
Darby said. "She was very consistent. She
only had one match where she shot above,
49. I think she shot a 50 or 51 once. She
shot 40-41 a lot this season."
Engel's 87 at Citrus County Activities
Association tournament ensured both
her and the Hurricanes a first-place fin-
ish, and her 90 at the 1A-District 6 tour-
nament led the Hurricanes to their
fourth straight regional berth.
"I was always surprised because I
didn't get a lot practice," Engel said. "I
got a job this year, so I would go to
matches and Mondays and Wednesdays
were practiced days.
"There's a lot to be happy about," she
said. "This was the best year that I've
had yet I would go at the beginning and
I would chip and putt for half and hour or
so, and then I had to go to work"
Engel punctuates her statement like she
usually does with a big smile.
To say Engel is bubbly would be an understate-
ment She percolates, and her high-energy personality
is what keeps her moving at her some times-frenzied
In many ways, she's just a typical high school kid.
She giggles at the thought of an "O.C." plot line,1,7
wears the latest trends and loves listening to indie
rock Golf may be her sport of choice, but it cer-
tainly doesn't define her.
"I love it, don't get me wrong," she said. "My dad
never pushed me, it was always just, 'Hey. do you
want to go out and play 18?' That was it It's not.ie:a
something I want to do as a career or anything. It's
just a pastime for me."
Though she doesn't envision competitive golf in
her future, Engel does have lofty ambitions.
"So far I've been accepted to Tulane, but I'm kind ...
of waiting to hear back from Wake Forest" she said.
"I want to major in biochemistry, with hopefully a ."
minor in philosophy.Pesse.. ....
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ALL-CITRUS COUNTY GIRLS GOLF TEAM
Kirsten Engel, senior, Citrus: Led county with a stroke average of 42. Led her team to its fourth straight regional appear-
ance by shooting 90 at district tournament. Finished first at Citrus County Activities Association tournament with an 87.
Carly Lewis, junior, Lecanto: Had a stroke average of 48. Finished third at the 2A District 3 tournament with an 84, lead-
ing Lecanto to a second-place team finish. Finished tied for third at CCAA tournament with a 97.
Andrea Adams, sophomore, Crystal River: Finished tied for third at CCAA tournament with a 97. Shot a 96 to qualify for
regional tournament, where she shot an 85.
Kari Amundson, junior, Lecanto: Had a stroke average of 47. Finished second at CCAA tournament with an 88. Helped
Panthers to second-place finish at the 2A-District 3 tournament with a individual score of 93.
Christine Bang, sophomore, Citrus: Had a stroke average of 52. Finished fourth at CCAA tournament with a 97. Helped
Citrus reach regional by shooting 99 at the 1A-District 6 tournament.