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Title: Citrus County chronicle
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Creator: Citrus County Chronicle
Publisher: Scofield Pub. Co.
Place of Publication: Inverness, Fla.
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Publication Date: December 10, 2007
Copyright Date: 2007
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Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Citrus -- Inverness
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HEISMAN TROPHY:
Tebow's big win
Florida's sophomore QB takes home college
football's highest V; honor./Page IB
3:21 liftoff
Space Shuttle Atlantis wil for liftoff at 3:21 p.m. today./Page 6A
COMMENTARY:
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An ARM and a leg
The White House's plan to freeze teaser rates on subprime mortgages is meeting with mixed response, in part because experts agree the measure will only help a small percentage of borrowers./Page 1C
OPERATION CHRISTMAS TREE:
Trees to troops
A laid-off truck driver works to mail miniature, live spruce trees with all the trimmings to thousands of U.S. service members overseas./Page 9A
HETER MECHIRA:
Kosher or not?
An agricultural Sabbath requires Jewish farmers in the land of Israel to let their fields lie fallow for one year. Now, debate arises about a loophole that allows the farms to keep going./Page 12A
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C. Yes. There is not enough time to get everything done.
D. No. Grinch is my middle name.
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Results will appear in the Dec. 16 edition.
Last week's results./Page 3A
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Eight Sections
Inverness child dies in Plant City
Holiday event turns to tragedy
Keri Lynn WIcHale kmchale@chronicleonline.com
Chronicle
A 9-year-old Inverness Primary School pupil died Friday evening after he was dragged under a float at the Plant City Christmas Parade.
Around 8:15 p.m., Jordan Hays was handing out beads and candy while walking alongside a truck and trailer being used as a float for the Greater Heights Family Worship Center, according to a Plant City Police Department news release. He went to retrieve more candy from the trailer, when he was run over by the trailer tires, the news release further states.
A wheel caught his foot and he was dragged underneath,
said Plant City Police Chief Bill McDaniel. Parade-goers shouted at the driver to back up; the pickup truck pulling the float ran over Hays a second time. Its driver, Ricky Tarlton of Plant City, is Jordan's cousin.
Jordan was taken to a hospital, where he later died. He had been in town visiting his brother.
"This is a tragedy that defies words," McDaniel said. "This was supposed to be a time of
celebration and joy, but it has turned into a terrible tragedy."
Citrus County Schools Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel and Citrus County School Board member Pat Deutschman offered their condolences for the Hays family. Both said they are heartbroken over the tragedy.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," Himmel said.
Deutschman said she is sad-
Inverness parade brings cheer
ABOVE: Frosty the Snowman greets a group of children Saturday during the annual Christmas parade on Main Street in Inverness. The parade featured marching bands, floats, Shriners and lasted nearly two hours. RIGHT: April Trlvett, 16, left, Autumn Madej, 6, Samantha Madej, 9, and Cassie Combs, 16, all of Inverness, sport reindeer antler headgear Saturday as they sit along the parade route. See www.chronicleonline.com for more photos.
BRIAN LaPETER/Chronicle
dened for the Hays family and everyone at Inverness Primary School, especially Jordan's classmates.
"There will be a crisis team there Monday for the students," Himmel said. The team consists of guidance counselors, school psychologists and other officials who help pupils during times of grief, Deutschman said.
' Please see TRAGEDY/Page 6A
Driving program on tap
Class aims to improve teen driving skills
Cristy Loftis cloftis@chronicleonline.com
Chronicle
Teenagers wanting to hone their skills on the road will get their chance this spring as a new driving program comes to the county's three high schools.
Developed in the past year, the Teen Driver Challenge is a course that teaches teenagers how to react in a variety of emergency situations, such as if their car skids off the road, fishtails or if a tire blows out.
This week, the principals of Citrus, Crystal River and Lecanto high schools met with Sheriff Jeff Dawsy and members of the Citrus County Teen Driving Task Force to implement the Teen Driver Challenge.
Basically, the course will be free to juniors and seniors who have a driver's license and access to a vehicle. Students will first attend four hours of classroom instruction, followed by more than six hours of on-the-road training. Students can complete the course in a week
Members of the sheriff's office have been working with the Florida Sheriff's Association to develop a program for about a year. Efforts to have a local program accelerated after the Citrus County Teen Driving Task Force was created several months ago.
Please see DRIVER/Page 2A
City to discuss Technology breaks silence
fire plan at meeting
Mike Wright
mwright@chronicleonline.com
Chronicle
First police. Is fire next?
The Crystal River City Council on Monday will consider a recommendation that the city merge its volunteer fire department with Citrus County's at a potential cost savings to city taxpayers.
City Manager Andy Houston is recommending the merger, saying it makes sense from both a city and county standpoint
Operating costs would be about the same as they are now. City property owners would pay the special fire district, millage that property owners outside of Crystal River now pay.
But the county would be on the hook for new equipment purchases, the one area that city
Andy
recommends merger.
I WHAT: Crystal River City Council meeting.
I WHEN: 7 p.m. Monday.
I WHERE: Crystal River City Hall on U.S. 19.
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officials knew they faced in the next few years.
In a lengthy memo to council members, Houston said that the county is promising to keep the staffing levels at the Crystal River station at or better than current levels.
The county will not commit to housing paid firefighters at the station, nor can it bind future county commissions to keeping the firehouse open in downtown Crystal River.
Still, Houston noted that the Crystal River Fire Department now responds to calls outside the city.
"Given that the CRFD in effect functions as a regional fire
Please see FIRE/Page 6A
New machine does the speaking
for stroke victim I
Terry Witt terrywitt@chronicleonline.com
Chronicle
Marilyn Caban hasn't spoken a word in the past four years, and not by choice.
Her silence was caused by a massive stroke that damaged the portion of her brain controlling speech.
Caban, 40, had begun to think she would never communicate again with family and friends. It was a depressing prospect.
But in the past three months, she has begun to have hope.
Thanks to advances in technology and the existence of the Center for Independent Living in Lecanto, Caban has been given an opportunity to regain some of the freedom she lost when the stroke silenced her
Caban is training to operate a Dynavox speech assistance machine. She is learning how to type commands into the
BRIAN LaPETER/Chronicle
Marilyn Caban, center, and her mother Monserrate Arvelo work recently with Tommy Boggs at the Center For Independent Living in Lecanto as they learn to use the Dynavox, a device that speaks for people who don't have use of their own voice.
device. The commands are translated by the device into spoken words.
The Dynavox Vmax Series 5 is a touchscreen computer for people living with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism and traumatic brain injury. Manufactured by Sentient Systems Technologies Inc., the device is designed to allow Caban to communicate her thoughts in any situation.
The machine does the talking.
Representatives of the Center for Independent Living arranged for Medicaid to buy the device and provided the counselors to train her how to use it. The sole purpose of the center is to give people like Caban a chance to become as independent as possible.
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Repeat offender faces battery charge
BRIAN LaPETER/Chronicle file
Teens participate this summer in a sheriff's office pilot program to teach young drivers defensive driving skills. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office and the Citrus County School Board are partnering to bring the program annually to more than 900 Citrus County high school students beginning Spring 2008.
DRIVERS
Continued from Page 1A
"It's a very emotional issue for a lot of people on that board," Dawsy said.
The task force was formed over the summer when two Citrus High School graduates died in a car accident.
Sgt. Joe Palminteri, who is heading the Teen Driver Challenge,
has said that most teenage car crashes are from teenagers who veer off the road and then overcorrect to get the car back on track. That was the case with
The program will
not replace driver education programs the school district offers during the summer.
Melissa Hess, who was driving with her best friend, Molly Paquin, when she lost control of her car. The car carrying the two teens spun in the road, hitting and becoming lodged beneath a truck. Both girls died as a result of the crash.
The sheriff's office hosted a successful pilot program this summer, which is being used as a model for the school program.
Jonny Bishop, who is the Citrus County School District's coordinator of special programs, expects about 950 students will have the opportunity to opt for the course each year.
Because the program is not mandatory, principals are
It's a very emotional issue for a lot of people on that board.
brainstorming incentives for students who take the Teen Driver Challenge, Bishop said.
The program will not replace driver education programs the school district offers during the summer. Driver's education teaches students rules of the road, sign identification and basic instructions for handling a vehicle.
The Teen Driver Challenge is more advanced and lets students experience how to react if a car skids and other dangerous situations.
The sheriff's office is not
Sheriff Jeff D about the Teen Driver Challenge.
adding any new staff members to run the program, Dawsy said.
Instead, he is shuffling staff to accommodate the class. Because the work on the driving range will be during the school day, a substitute teacher will be assigned to the students to supervise them throughout the day.
While there has been no funding to support the program yet, Dawsy said they are working to secure a grant to pay for textbooks and T-shirts.
Keri Lynn kmchale@chronicleonline.com
Chronicle
When Citrus County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at an Inverness residence Saturday, they found "blood spread on the tile floor and broken glass on the floor," according to the arrest report.
Dennis Gene Himmel, 21, was arrested at 8:05 a.m. on a misdemanor charge of domestic battery He is being held without bond. Himmel is the
son of Citrus County Schools Superintendent Sandra "Sam" Himmel.
Himmel and a 25-year-old man from Tallahassee were involved in a physical fight Saturday morning. The man told deputies the fight started during breakfast. Himmel yelled at his father while everyone was eating and the man asked Himmel to stop yelling, according to the arrest report.
Then, Himmel approached the man, the man stood up and Himmel hit him, the man further states in the report.
is being held without bond.
Himmel tackled the man to the ground, placed him in a head-lock and choked him, according to the report At one point during the fight, the man hit Himmel in the mouth and split Himmel's lip. Himmel's father and three other witnesses broke up the fight. They pulled Himmel off the man, took him outside and locked Himmel out of the house, according to the report. The man told deputies Himmel "yelled, cussed and broke objects on the floor" before he was locked outside the residence.
Himmel "then entered the residence through an unsecured window and attempted to continue to fight" with the man, according to the report. Himmel's father and three other witnesses were able to hold Himmel on the ground until deputies arrived.
Both Himmel and the man refused medical services. Five witnesses supported the man's statement and deputies determined Himmel was the primary aggressor.
Himmel was arrested in August on charges of felony domestic battery and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to three years' drug offender probation after pleading no contest to felony criminal mischief. Under the plea agrre-ment, prosecutors dropped the battery charge. ,
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FHP conducting roadside checks
Special to the Chronicle
The Florida Highway Patrol will conduct driver's license and vehicle inspection checkpoints during December on the following roadways in Citrus County:
Highlands Street, County Road 486, County Road 491, Elkcam Boulevard, N. Croft Avenue, Green Acres Boulevard, Miss Maggie Drive, Dunklin Avenue, Turner Camp Road, County Road 39, County
Road 488, County Road 494, W Pine Ridge Boulevard, W. Seven Rivers Drive, Fort Island Trail, Gobbler Drive, Yulee Drive West, Istachatta Road, County Road 470, County Road 490, W. Cardinal Street, Dunkenfield Road, W. Venable Street, W. Riverbend Road, N. Citrus Avenue, N. Citrus Springs Boulevard, W. Highland Street, County Road 480, County Road 490A, Century Boulevard, Rock Crusher Road, Pleasant Grove
Road, Fishbowl Drive, Turkey Oak Drive, Grover Cleveland, Old Floral City Highway.
Recognizing the danger presented to the public by defective vehicle equipment, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated with defects such as bad brakes, worn tires and defective lighting equipment. In addition, attention will be directed to drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Florida.
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C. Yes. The species is recovering. (48 votes, 15.6 percent.)
D. Who cares?
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Arrests
William Thomas Bennett Jr.,
40, 303 E. Emery St., Inverness, at 8:15 a.m. Friday on an active Marion County warrant for violation of probation on an original felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. No bond.
Tony A. Carver, 25, 5639 S. Park Hill Way, Homosassa, at 10:39 a.m. Friday on an active Citrus County warrant for violation of probation on an original felony charge of controlled substance possession without a prescription. No bond.
Raymond Charles Lemons,
19, 7876 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway., Inverness, at 10:11 a.m. Friday on felony charges of burglary of an unoccupied structure and grand theft, more than $10,000 but less than $20,000. According to the arrest report, Lemons told deputies he and others not yet in custody broke into a storage shed in Crystal River and removed boxes containing collectible sports cards, records and comics. Lemons was released on his own recognizance for his cooperation in the investigation.
Jason Aaron Hall, 20, 30 S. Davis St., Beverly Hills, at 12:03 p.m. Friday on an active Citrus County warrant for violation of probation and conditions on an original felony charge of lewd and lascivious battery on a child 12 to 15 years of age. No bond.
Marie Kathrynrose Florio,
20, 6094 W. Stockholm Lane, Dunnellon, at 3:45 p.m. Friday on an active Citrus County warrant for violation of probation on an original felony charge of cocaine possession. According to the arrest report, Florio was incarcerated at the Citrus County Detention Facility on unrelated charges at the time of her arrest. No bond.
Terry W. Murphy, 35, 6933 Baker Ave., Floral City, at 4:07 p.m. Friday on an active Bay County warrant for an original misde-
meanor charge of petit theft. Bond
$255.
Burglaries
An attempted burglary was reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurring approximately 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, to a church in the 2700 block of E. Harley Street, Inverness.
A burglary, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 2 a.m. Dec. 3 to a structure in the 1900 block of Piper Lane, Inverness.
A burglary, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately midnight on Thursday, Nov. 1, in the 6300 block of W. Green Acres Street, Homosassa.
A burglary, reported on Tuesday, Dec. 4, occurred at approximately 1:45 p.m. Dec. 4 to a structure in the 8300 block of E. Gobbler Drive, Floral City.
A burglary, reported on Tuesday, Dec. 4, occurred at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, to a conveyance in the 3700 block of E. Johnson Place, Inverness.
A residential burglary and a prescription fraud occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the 10000 block of W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa.
A burglary occurred at approximately 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, to a conveyance in the 5200 block of S. Forest Terrace, Homosassa.
A burglary occurred at approximately 12:50 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, to a conveyance in the 5200 block of S. Forest Terrace, Homosassa.
A burglary, reported on Wednesday, Dec. 5, occurred at approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the 1600 block of N. U.S. Highway 41, Inverness.
A burglary and theft occurred between Friday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Dec. 6, to a structure in the 5000 block of S. Oakridge
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Drive, Homosassa.
A burglary, reported on Thursday, Dec. 6, occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, to a business in the 3600 block of E. Hartley Court, Inverness.
Thefts
A grand theft, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the 3300 block of N. Holiday Drive, Crystal River.
A petit theft, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the 6800 block of S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto.
A grand theft, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 3:21 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the 6700 block of E. Holly Street, Inverness.
A petit theft, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, on Pennsylvania Street, Dunnellon.
A petit theft, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the 800 block of E. Dunbar Lane, Inverness.
A retail theft, reported on Tuesday, Dec. 4, occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the 4400 block of N. Carl G Rose Highway, Hernando.
A petit theft, reported on Tuesday, Dec. 4, occurred at approximately 6:30 a.m. Dec. 4 in the 1000 block of S. Palm Avenue, Lecanto.
A retail theft, reported on Tuesday, Dec. 4, occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. Dec. 4 in the 1700 block of W. Main Street, Inverness.
A grand theft, reported on Tuesday, Dec. 4, occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the 1400 block of E. Fletcher Street, Hernando.
A grand theft occurred
between Tuesday, Dec. 4, at approximately 6 a.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 5, at approximately 5:40 a.m., in the 12000 block of N. Florida Avenue, Inverness.
A stolen tag and decal report was taken on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the 9400 block of W. Edgar Earl Loop, Crystal River.
A grand theft occurred between. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at approximately 6 a,m. and Wednesday, Dec. 5, at approximately 5:40 a.m., in the 12000 block of N. Florida Avenue, Inverness.
A grand theft occurred at approximately noon on Tuesday, Dec. 4, on W. Cracker Lane at S. Georgian Road, Homosassa.
A retail theft occurred at approximately 12:49 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the 400 block of W. Main Street, Inverness.
A grand theft of a prescription drug occurred at approximately noon on Wednesday, Dec. 5, from a residence in the 7900 block of W. Laura Street, Citrus Springs.
A petit theft, reported on Wednesday, Dec. 5, occurred at approximately 7:20 p.m. Dec. 5, in the 200 block of S. Davis Street, Beverly Hills.
An auto theft, reported on Thursday, Dec. 6, and occurred at approximately 11 a.m. Dec. 6 on W. Halls River Road at S. Suncoast Boulevard, Homosassa.
A grand theft occurred at approximately 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, on W. Highland Boulevard, Inverness.
A petit theft occurred between approximately 7:30 and 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, on W. Highland Boulevard, Inverness.
A grand theft, reported on Thursday, Dec. 6, occurred at approximately 6:40 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in the 8600 block of N. Golfview Drive, Citrus Springs.
A grand theft, reported on Thursday, Dec. 6, occurred at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 5, in the 4500 block of S. Rainbow Drive, Inverness.
A petit theft, reported on Thursday, Dec. 6, occurred at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the 600 block of Turner Camp Road, Inverness.
A petit theft, reported on Thursday, Dec. 6, occurred at approximately midnight on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the 1200 block of Rutgers Terrace, Inverness.
A report was taken on Thursday, Dec. 6, for a lost tag in the 8700 block of E. Greenock Drive, Inverness.
Vandalisms
A vandalism, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the 900 block of W. Roosevelt Boulevard, Inverness.
A vandalism, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in the 200 block of W. Main Street, Inverness.
A vandalism, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, on Deltona Boulevard in Citrus Springs.
A vandalism, reported on Monday, Dec. 3, occurred at approximately 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, on S. Allman Terrace, Inverness.
A vandalism, reported on Tuesday, Dec. 4, occurred at approximately 9 a.m. Dec. 4 on Middle School Drive in Inverness.
A vandalism occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, on Chinaberry Circle, Homosassa.
A vandalism occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, on Chinaberry Circle, Homosassa.
A vandalism, reported on Wednesday, Dec. 5, occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, on W. Highland Boulevard, Inverness.
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Record 86/30
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Total for the year 42.97 in.
Normal for the year 50.76 in.
"As of 6 p.m.from Hernando County Airport UV INDEX: 4
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Trees and grasses were light and weeds were moderate.
"Light only extreme allergic will show symptoms, moderate most allergic will experience symptoms, heavy all allergic will experience symptoms.
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(AFTERNOON)
4:55 11:07 5:47 -
CELESTIAL OUTLOOK
DEC. 8
DEC.17
SUNSET TONIGHT............................5:33 P.M.
DEC. a
DEC. 31
SUNRISE TOMORROW.......... ..........7:13A.M.
M00NRISE TODAY................ ..........7:16A.M.
M00NSET TODAY................. ..........5:22 P.M.
BURN CONDITIONS
Today's Fire Danger Rating Is: HIGH.
For more information call Florida Division of Forestry at (352) 754-6777. For more information on drought conditions, please visit the Division of Forestry's Web site: http://flame.fl-dof.com/fire_weather/kbdi
WATERING Rl ILES

The current lawn watering restriction for the unincorporated areas of Citrus County allow residents to water once a week. For county, Crystal River and Inverness residents, addresses ending in 0 or 1, or A through E can water Mondays; addresses ending in 2 or 3, or F through J can water Tuesdays; addresses ending in 4 or 5, or K through O can water Wednesdays; addresses ending in 6 or 7, or P through U can water Thursdays; addresses ending in 8 or 9, or V through Z can water Fridays.
Properties under two acres In size may only water before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. on their day and properties two acres or larger may only water before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on their day.
City
Chassahowitzka Crystal River Withlacoochee Homow'
TIDES .
Tide times are for the mouths of the rivers.
Sunday High/Low High/Low
4:16a/12:32a 2:37 a/10:50 a 12:24a/8:38a
n.nr -<1?.97 q
6:27 p/1:28 p 4:48 p/10:32 p 2:35 p/8:20 p 5:37 pi-
Monday High/Low High/Low
4:52 a/1:10 a 7:04 p/2:04 p 3:13 a/11:26 a 5:25 p/11:10 p 1:00a/9:14a 3:12p/8:58p 4:02a/12:09a 6:14 p/1:03 p
City H L F'cast City H L F'cast
Daytona Bch. 79 62 ptcldy Miami 82 71 ptcldy
Ft. Lauderdale 82 72 ptcldy Ocala 79 56 ptcldy
Fort Myers 83 63 ptcldy Orlando 80 60 ptcldy
Gainesville 78 55 ptcldy Pensacola 78 62 ptcldy
Homestead 81 72 ptcldy Sarasota 82 61 ptcldy
Jacksonville 77 56 ptcldy Tallahassee 77 57 ptcldy
Key West 81 74 sunny Tampa 83 62 ptcldy
Lakeland 82 59 ptcldy Vera Beach 80 66 ptcldy
Melbourne 80 66 ptcldy W. Palm Bch. 81 72 ptcldy
MARINE OUTLOOK
Northeast winds from 5 to 15 knots. Seas 1 to 3 feet. Bay and inland waters will have a moderate chop. Areas of fog early, then partly cloudy.
Gulf water temperature
69
Taken at Egmont Key
LAKE LEVELS
Location Fri.
Withlacoochee at Holder 28.48
Tsala Apopka-Hernando 34.58
Tsala Apopka-lnverness 34.92
Tsala Apopka-Floral City 39.11
Sat. Full
28.45 35.52
34.58 39.25
34.91 40.60
39.11 42.40
Levels reported in feet above sea level. Flood stage for lakes are based on 2.33-year flood, the mean-annual flood which has a 43-precent chance ot being equaled or exceeded in any one year. This data is obtained from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and is subject to revision. In no event will the District or the United States Geological Survey be liable for any damages arising out of the use of this data. If you have any questions you should contact the Hydrological Data Section at (352) 796-7211.
THE NATION
Saturday Sunday
FOR 3:00 P.M. SUNDAY
Saturday Sunday
City H L Pep. Fcst H L
Albany 41 28 snow 28 25
Albuquerque 55 46 .02 ptcldy 46 29
Asheville 67 34 rain 63 48
Atlanta 73 51 cldy 71 57
Atlantic City 52 36 .30 rain 44. 41
Austin 82 69 tstrm 79 61
Baltimore 52 33 .17 rain 42 38
Billings 23 12 ptcldy 27 10
Birmingham 73 59 shwrs 76 60
Boise 37 30 .04 ptcldy 29 24
Boston 44 29 snow 34 28
Buffalo 35 28 snow 35 28
Burlington, VT 37 24 .05 snow 27 21
Charleston, SC 76 45 ptcldy 76 54
Charleston, WV 43 37 .18 rain 62 53
Charlotte 74 34 cldy 66 52
Chicago 25 13 frzrain 31 22
Cincinnati 42 36 .20 rain 57 42
Cleveland 36 30 frzrain 37 33
Columbia, SC 73 38 ptcldy 73 53
Columbus, OH 40 34 .06 rain 51 38
Concord, N.H. 41 12 snow 28 20
Dallas 79 63 tstrm 53 37
Denver 28 13 .04 snow 25 9
Des Moines 19 10 snow 19 5
Detroit 33 28 frzrain 32 27
El Paso 70 46 ptcldy 59 40
Evansviile, IN 43 37 .19 tstrm 61 41
Harrisburg 44 32 rain 36 34
Hartford 44 26 frzrain 34 29
Houston 83 72 tstrm 80 69
Indianapolis 35 32 .05 rain 44 33
Jackson 79 63 cldy 80 62
Las Vegas 50 44 ptcldy 52 36
Little Rock 56 46 tstrm 70 52
Los Angeles 57 48 ptcldy 61 46
Louisville 45 41 .27 tstrm 60 46
Memphis 76 54 tstrm 76 53
Milwaukee 20 9 snow 25 16
Minneapolis 7 -4 flurry 16 to
Mobile 78 67 ptcldy 79 63
Montgomery 74 57 cldy 79 58
Nashville 61 51 .15 shwrs 70 55
City H L Pep. Fcst H L
New Orleans 81 68 cldy 80 67
New York City 44 34 rain 39 37
Norfolk 58 42 cldy 58 54
Oklahoma City 41 37 frzrain 37 27
Omaha 24 12 .01 snow 20 1
Palm Springs 62 44 tstrm 59 41
Philadelphia 49 34 .13 rain 42 39
Phoenix 59 54 .83 tstrm 60 49
Pittsburgh 38 33 .05 rain 50 39
Portland, ME 41 18 snow 30 25
Portland, Ore 45 38 rn/sn 37 32
Providence, R.I. 44 29 frzrain 35 29
Raleigh 71 40 cldy 59 53
Rapid City 19 10 .18 ptcldy 20 2
Reno 34 29 ptcldy 33 18
Rochester, NY 35 29 snow 32 28
Sacramento 56 37 sunny 58 36
St. Louis 34 30 .14 shwrs 38 27
St. Ste. Marie 23 13 .06 snshr 24 15
Salt Lake City 34 30 .46 cldy 30 18
San Antonio 82 70 tstrm 78 65
San Diego 58 50 .09 tstrm 61 47
San Francisco 54 44 sunny 55 40
Savannah 76 46 ptcldy 77 55
Seattle 41 32 rn/sn 41 33
Spokane 33 25 snshr 25 19
Syracuse 36 30 snow 31 28
Topeka 32 20 frzrain 25 14
Washington 48 37 .14 rain 47 43
YESTERDAY'S NATIONAL HIGH 90 Laredo, Texas LOW
HIGH & LOW
27 Hallock, Minn.
WORLD CITIES
SUNDAY CITY H/L/SKY
Acapulco 87/75/s Amsterdam 48/42/sh Athens
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sunday worship at 10:00 am with reverend tyler montgomery
Come celebrate this joyous season with us, your home away from home.
"WHAT IS YOUR STORY" Communion Sunday, December 2 10:00 AM
"WHAT GREAT THING" Sunday, December 9 10:00 AM
"SIMPLE CHRISTMAS" Choir Cantata Sunday, December 16 10:00 AM
"ARE YOU WILLING?" Sunday,December23 10:00 AM "Christmas Eve Candlelight Service/ Communion" Monday, December 24 6:00 PM
"WHAT PEACE" Sunday, December 30 10:00 AM
2125 E. Norveil Bryant Hwy. (486) For information call (352) 726-7245,, email: hernandoumc@tampabayrrom $
PENANCE SERVICE
Thursday, Dec. 13" at 3:00 p.m.
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4:00 p jh (in the church) 7:00 p an. Spanish Mass
4:15 pin-, (in the PLC) 10:00 psa. (with music at 9:00 pan.)
Tuesday, Dec. 25th at 10:00 a.m.
6 Roosevelt Blvd., Beverly Hills 746-2144
._(1 block east ofs.r. 491)
of Crystal River
795-3367 700 North Citrus Ave. C.R.
Candlelight Service Worship Services
Pec, 23rd & 30th 10:15 a.m.
Happy Birthday
Jesus Party
Dec- 23 d 10:15
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christmas eve service 7 pm in sanctuary 9 pm in 1884 church
sun. dec. 23rd christmas cantata "celebration of candles" 10:30 am
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Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Monday, Dec. 24th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
with special music,
a reading of the christmas story, and candlelight caroling.
New Year's Eve Service
Monday, Dec. 31st from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
Why don't you take time out of the busy season for a quiet time of refreshing for
the soul? Bring your family and join us as we celebrate the Birth of the Lord.
We are located at 6918 S. Spartan Ave. in Homosassa (One mile east of US 19 on Cardinal, then south on Spartan.)
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Christmas Eve Service at Citrus High School
(in the cafetorium)
Dec. 24, 2007 at 6 PM
lerstone Baptist Church
1005 Hillside Court Inverness, FL. 34450 352-726- / 335 _
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, Friday Night Sing-a-Long
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hershel mercer, pastor \ www.sda-inverness.org
638 S. Eden Gardens lnverness,34450 726-931'
CHRISTMAS 2007
Nativity of Our Lord
Tuesday, Dec. 18,h at 7:00 P.M.
Advent Penance Service
Monday, Dec. 24th at 4:30 P.M.
Christmas Eve Mass
12 o'clock Midnight Mass with Carols at 11:30 P.M.
Tuesday, Dec. 25th, 8:30 & 11:00 A.M.
Christmas Day Masses
New Year's Mass. Solemnity of Mary. Mother of God Tuesday, Jan. 1st at 8:30 & 11:00 A.M.
New Year's Day Masses Also, confessions before each Mass (with confessions Christmas Eve 3:30-4:30 P.M.)
! Country Club Blvd., Citrus Springs (West of US 41) 489-4889
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH
439 E. Norveil Bryant Hwy. (Hwy. 486) Hernando, FL 746-7161
Advent Worship ^jfp Wednesday,Dec. 12"' & 191" at 6:00 PM. (Potluck at 5:00 pm.)
Children's Program & Cantata Sunday, Dec. 16,h at 9:30 AM. "The Traditional Christmas" and Dawn of Redeeming Grace"
Living Nativity Dec. 17"' & 18"' at 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 PM.
Caroling Sunday, Dec. 23rd at 2:00
Candlelight & Communion Service Christmas Eve Sunday, Dec.24"' 4:00 P.M.& 7:00 PM.
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8831 W. Bradshaw St. Homosassa, FL 34448
Directions: Turn West on Yulee Dr. at Burger King
hristmas Eve Services
Monday, Dec. 24th
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Lessons & Carols
Candlelight Communion Service
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Discover the real meaning of Christmas.
Join us at
COMMUNITY CHURCH
Pastor Brian Baggs
Sundays at 10:00 AM
iristmas Eve Casual Family Service
(B :-'!; Chocolate & Cookies) 6:30 PM
| Meeting at Knights of Columbus Bldg. State Rd. 486, Lecanto
(352) 464-4686_
"The Christmas Offering'^
music, drama & dance
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"Christmas Praise & Worship Concert'
presented by Bryan Popin Ministries
December 24 6:00 p.m. 'Carols & Candlelight Service"
Rev. Donnie Seagle, Pastor Rev. Ryan Shipp, Minister of Music/Youth Rev. Justin Faircloth, Minister of Students
352-726-1252
First Baptist Church of Inverness
550 pleasant grove road
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service now, it seems appropriate to move forward with a formal merger," he wrote.
Just a month ago the council voted 3-2 to negotiate a contract with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office for law enforcement duties in Crystal River. Houston said that takeover should be in place by Feb. 1.
The city council in June voted to seek a fire proposal from the county. Houston said the county's Department of Public Safety responded in October. The proposal includes:
CRFD would become a district within the Citrus County Fire Rescue Department (CCFRD); Crystal River taxpayers would be assessed the same fire millage as anyone else in the county.
The city would transfer ownership of CRFD equipment to the county. The county would assume responsibility for replacing equipment
The county would assume ownership of the fire station and be responsible for maintenance.
Current CRFD staff would transfer to the county fire service, with the position of chief being reclassified to district captain.
Additionally, Houston said
the county would waive certain basic-training requirements for Crystal River volunteer firefighters who transfer to the county service.
"It is hoped that this action will create a greater incentive for current volunteers with the CRFD to transfer to active duty with the CCFRD and thus support the premise of maintaining the same level of service and staffing at the Crystal River station," Houston wrote.
"This is a critical issue inasmuch as the nearest secondary response would come from a station located on Rock Crusher Road, should adequate response capability not be available from the Crystal River station," he added.
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Joi Ely, an Inverness Primary School parent, broke down and cried when she heard the news. At the Inverness Christmas parade Saturday, Ely lectured a group of Cub Scouts, some possibly Jordan's classmates, about being careful during the parade and referred to the Plant City incident she had heard about through the news media, she said. She does not have a relationship with the
At the Inverness Christmas parade yesterday, Ely lectured a group of Cub
Scouts, some possibly Jordan's classmates, about being careful during the parade and referred to the Plant City incident she had heard about through the news media, she said.
Hays family, but was shaken by the thought of a young child from Inverness Primary School losing his life, she said.
"I had no idea it was one of our kids," Ely said.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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The Dynavox just happened to be a good fit for Caban. The center provides other services for the disabled such as employ-ability skills, job coaching and sign language interpretation.
Caban demonstrated how the machine works by punching a button on the touch screen.
"Drop me off at the store," the female voice said.
"It doesn't fit," the voice said as Caban pressed a different button.
"Something brown," the voice added, as Caban practiced how lo speak to a store clerk about clothing.
Caban's story began in Connecticut In the middle of living a normal life, she was knocked unconscious by a stroke. Caban, who is diabetic, had no warning symptoms. She spent two months in a coma. When she regained consciousness, her mother, Monserrate Arvello, asked her to communicate by moving her eyelids in response to questions.
The stroke paralyzed her right arm and leg and left her unable to speak words or sentences. Caban could understand what people were saying to her, but could not respond.
She cried when she could not speak to her 5-year-old granddaughter. Traveling to a grocery store alone was impossible if it meant communicating with store clerks. Caban lost her independence. She had been robbed of her ability to communicate.
Arvello moved the family from Connecticut to Citrus County to be closer to Arvello's three brothers. The three uncles of the stroke victim live here and wanted to help take care of her It was a generous gesture, and a loving one, but she felt helpless.
That's when the Center for Independent Living came into the picture. The center's sole purpose is to restore independence to people with disabilities. The center found a way to help her
But finding the center itself was not a calculated move. It was driven by the winds of fate.
Arvello was visiting the Citrus County Health Department one day when she overheard a man talking. He worked with people
BRIAN LaPETER/Chronicle
The $7,000 Dynavox allows Marilyn Caban to communicate with the rest of the world after losing her voice after a stroke. The computer talks for her after she punches In different commands.
with disabilities. She spoke to him about her daughter and he suggested she contact the Center for Independent Living in Lecanto.
Counselor Tommy. Boggs began researching ways to help Caban He tried sign language and standard computers. Neither worked because of her disabilities. Boggs remembered a man he had worked with five years earlier who used a primitive version of an assistive speech device and contacted him. Boggs decided the device was worth a try
Consumer Advocate Ginger Kerns, also with the center, contacted a Dynavox representative she knew and learned that Caban would need a prescription from a speech therapist before Medicaid would consider funding the $7,000 device. She carried Caban to Ocala Regional Hospital for the appointment The therapist recommended the top-of-the-line Dynavox. Caban was well qualified for it
Caban began working with the assistive speech device in September
"We still" have a long way to go," Boggs said.
When she is fully trained on the Dynavox, Caban will be able to program longer messages in the device to converse with family members and friends, including her 5-year-old granddaughter. Her granddaughter is excited about the prospect of interacting with her grandmother's new voice. The voice is that of a real person.
"She (her granddaughter)
QUICK FACTS
Marilyn Caban owns the Dynavox Vmax, a speech assistance device manufactured by Sentient Systems Technologies Inc. The Internet site is www.dynavoxtech.com.
The device is a programmable touchscreen computer that translates Caban's typed commands into spoken words. In Caban's case, the words are spoken by a woman.
The Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, Citrus County Branch, worked with Caban to have Medicaid purchase the device for her. She obtained a prescription for the device from a speech specialist in Ocala.
Cathy Jackson is director of the Citrus County Branch of the Center for Independent Living at 37745 W. Guif-to-Lake Highway, in Lecanto.
calls and she says, 'I want to hear the machine mamma'," said Arvello.
Cathy Jackson, program coordinator for the center, said Caban should be completely independent by the time she completes her training.
"She can do everything from ordering a hamburger at MacDonald's to shopping at a store," Jackson said. "She will be totally independent once she completes the program."
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Beverly DeRuntz, 81
INVERNESS
Beverly J. DeRuntz, 81, Inverness, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, in Inverness.
Born May 8, 1926, in Chicago, 111., she was the daughter of William and Mildred (O'Neal) Connell. She moved to Inverness in 1978 from Chicago, 111. She worked as an administrator in the retail industry.
She was preceded in death by her son, Bruce, in November 2003.
Survivors include: her husband, Leo DeRuntz, Inverness; and her daughter, Kristie Jean Baker, Altamonte Springs.
Heinz Funeral Home and Cremation, Inverness.
Phyllis Everest, 74
CRYSTAL RIVER
Phyllis Lee Everest, 74, Crystal River, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center in Crystal River.
Born Nov. 2, 1933, in Robinson, 111, she came tho this area 25 years ago from Battle Creek, Mich. She was a homemaker.,
She was a member of the Crystal River WOTM. She enjoyed garage and yard sales. She was a loving
friend and encourager.
She was a member of the Four Square Gospel Church, where she was a member of the Bible Study Group.
Survivors include: her husband of 20 years, Lester Everest, Crystal River; son, Mike Woods, Romney, W.Va.; daughter, Sheila Kollar and husband Mike, Chicago, 111.; three brothers, Bill, Indiana, Jack, Illinois, and Tom, Michigan; three sisters, Judy, Pat and Sandy, Illinois; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
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Robert Herbine, 77
HERNANDO
Robert Donald Herbine, 77, Hernando, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at his residence, under the care of Hospice of Citrus County.
Born June 22, 1930, in Berwick, Pa., he was the son of the late Albert and Mary (Faust) Herbine. He came to this area in 1997 from Willow Grove, Pa.
He served in the U.S. Navy and then the U.S. Air Force for more than 30 years as an airplane mechanic, having achieved the rank of senior master sergeant
He was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Citizens on Patrol and enjoyed being an outsdoorsman in many capacities, hiking, biking, boating, skiing and snowmobiling and also enjoyed bowling.
His family described him as a devoted husband and loving father.
He attended Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include: his wife of 52 years, Marjorie Herbine, Hernando; his son, Rick Herbine and his wife Nancy, Leesburg, Va.; two daughters, Sue Herbine, Orlando, and Judy Herbine, Inverness; one sister, Jane Major, Ocala; and two grandchildren.
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James LaGuidice, 89
CRYSTAL RIVER
James Joseph LaGuidice, 89, Crystal River, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus Couniy at the Hospice House in Lecanto.
He was born Nov. 11, 1918, one of nine children to Carmelo and Giovanna LaGuidice in Waterbury, Conn., and came here 30 years ago from Miami.
Mr. LaGuidice was a retired electrician and a member of the IBEW Local 349.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a member of the Navy Seabees.
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directors for the Nature Coast Volunteer Center, the RSVP and the Gulf Islands Civic Theater. He was a member of the Seven Rivers Hospital Volunteer League and volunteered with the Citrus County Sher-iff's Crime Watch Citizens on Patrol Program. He also volunteered at the Hospice of Citrus County's Thrift Stores, was a Boy Scout leader and a member of the Citrus Couniy Art League. He enjoyed painting and Little Theater.
He was a member of the Crystal River United Methodist Church, where he was a member of The Chancel Choir, the Methodist Men's Club and The Manatee Emmaus Group.
His wife Joann preceded him in death in 1987.
Survivors include a son, James LaGuidice Jr. of Miami Lakes; a brother, Antonio LaGuidice and wife Nan of New Rochelle, N.Y.; a sister, Josephine Formisano and husband Mario of New Rochelle, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jennifer N. and James Joseph LaGuidice III; and greatgrandchild, Destry Kirk
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Jesse Lee, 96
INVERNESS
Jesse Edward Lee, 96, Inverness, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at Citrus Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Born Jan. 16, 1911, in Norris City, 111., he was the son of the late Perry and Zula Lee. He came to this area 40 years ago from Carmi, 111.
He was employed as a movie theater manager in Carmi, 111., for many years.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge, serving in the Rhineland and Central Europe.
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During his time in the Army, he carried a picture of his wife and daughters with him at all times. Later, when he was in Germany, he bartered two candy bars for a drawing of this picture from a local man, an heirloom his family still has.
He was a life member of VFW3851 of Carmi, 111.
He was a member of the Fort Cooper Baptist Church in Inverness, where he was active in the Sunshine Ministry with his wife, Ruby, as a pianist visiting various nursing homes in the area.
He was preceded in death by his brother Claude and two sisters, Evelyn Davidson and Ethel Norman.
Survivors include: his wife of 28 years, Ruby Lee, Inverness; one son, Roger E. Lee and wife Paula, Marion, Ohio; three daughters, Connie Lee, Evansville, Ind., Glenda Metheney and husband Richard, Watson, III, and Sharon Vaupel, Carmi, 111.; five grandchildren; and six greatgrandchildren.
Hugh McKnight, 90
CITRUS SPRINGS
Hugh B. McKnight, 90, Citrus Springs, died Thursday, Dec. 7, 2007, in
Gainesville.
Born July 10, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Hugh and Mary McKnight, he moved to Citrus Springs 27 years ago from Belle Harbor, N.Y. He was a retired office manager for Mack Trucks Inc.
He was a member of VFW Post 4846 of Citrus Springs, Knights of Columbus, St. Elizabeth Men's Association, and a former member of Citrus Springs Golf and Country Club and Citrus Springs Volunteer Fire Department.
Survivors include: his wife of 64 years, Marie E. (Bortoli) McKnight, Citrus Springs; his son, Robert McKnight and wife Karen, Belle Harbor, N.Y.; his sister, Mary Siesfeld, Woodmere, N.Y.; his grandson, Robert A. McKnight and his wife Terri Ann; his granddaughter, Toni Ann Libassi and her husband Carmen; and his great-grandson, Robert A. McKnight Jr.
Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Beverly Hills.
Helen Rice, 85
ST. PETERSBURG
Helen Ricco, 85, St. Petersburg, formerly of Floral City, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at her residence under the care of her family and Hospice of Pinellas County.
Born Jan. 11, 1922, in Torrington, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (DeFeo) Audia. She moved to Floral City in 1974 from St. Petersburg, and resided there until 2004, when she moved back to St. Petersburg.
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Cathy Tribble, 42
HIGH SPRINGS
Cathy Ann English Tribble, 42, High Springs, died Friday, Dec. 7, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital, Cathy Tampa. She Tribble died of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML).
Born May 14, 1965, she graduated from Citrus High School, then went to the University of South Florida. She was a very loving and dedicated mother.
Survivors include two daughters, Tiffany Tirbble and Samantha Tribble; ex-husband, Larry Tribble; mother, Sheila Bonanno and stepfather, Ronald Wilcox; one brother, Patrick Dwayne Bonanno and wife Christie; nephews, Tylir and Nathan and niece Sophia; grandmother, Ann Whited; and many families and friends.
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Edward 'Didi' Triblets, 89
HERNANDO
Edward "Didi" Triblets, 89, Hernando, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007, at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness.
Born Feb. 28, 1918, in Portland, Conn., he was the son of Joseph and Katie Triblets.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge.
He retired from Pratt-Whitney Aircraft
Manufacturing.
He was a member of the Portland, Conn., Baseball Hall of Fame. He was the founder of Portland, Conn., Little League. He excelled in track and field. He will be remembered for his love of boating.
Survivors include: his wife, Ruth Triblets, Hernando; his son, Richard Goodman and his wife Julie, Brooksville; his brother, Joseph Triblets, Cromwell, Conn.; three sisters, Margaret Coleman, Cromwell, Conn., Frances Zarolinski, Chimayo, N.M., and Charlotte Donovan, Ontario, N.Y; and three grandchildren, Jeffrey Goodman, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, Doria Walsh, Harrisburg, Pa., and Fred Allmann, Burlington, Vt.
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Donald
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CRYSTAL RIVER
Donald E. Worcester, 88, Crystal River, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at his home.
Born March 19, 1919, in Natick, Mass., to George L. and Grace (Purdy) Worcester, he moved to Crystal River 27
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He was a retired electrical engineer for Jersey Central Power and Light.
He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps veteran. He worked on B17s and B24s, and he flew boming missions over North Africa and Saipan.
He was a member of
Seven Rivers Golf and Country Club, Mason and he was a Master Gardener. He also enjoyed fishing and golf, and was known as Mr. Fix It.
He was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie, in 2005, and two brothers, Dick and David.
Survivors include: his daughter, Barbara "Lynn" Marsh, Warrensburg, Miss.; and his grandchild, Heidi Marsh.
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Phyllis Everest. The funeral service for Phyllis Lee Everest, 74, of Crystal River, will be conducted at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel in Crystal River, with the Rev. Brona M. Larder of Four Square Gospel Church of Crystal River officiating. Friends .may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service Tuesday. Private cremation arrangements will follow under the direction of Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that those who wish may make a memorial contribution to the Four Square Church in Crystal River.
Robert Herbine. A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at the Chas E. Davis Funeral Home, with Pastor George Smith officiating. Military honors will be rendered by the VFW Post 7122 of Floral City. Inurnment will be at a later date at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. If Family and friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Citrus County, RO. Box 641270, Beverly Hillls, FL 34464, in lieu of flowers.
James LaGuidice. The funeral service for James Joseph LaGuidice, 89, of Crystal River, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at the Crystal River United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will follow at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, at the Strickland Funeral Home Chapel, Crystal River.
Hugh McKnight A Funeral Mass for Hugh B. McKnight, 90, Citrus Springs, will be
held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2007, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church of Citrus Springs, with Father Eric Peters, celebrant. Interment will follow at Fero Memorial Gardens, Beverly Hills, with military honors by VFW Post 4864. Family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Fero Funeral Home with Crematory, Beverly Hills. A wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Cathy Ann English Tribble. A graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, 2007, at High Springs Cemetery with Deacon Robert Armstrong officiating. A visitation will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, at Evans-Carter Funeral Home, 220 N. Main St., High Springs.
Donald Worcester. The memorial service for Donald E. Worcester, 88, Crystal River, will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2007, at the Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, with Pastor Fisher of the First Lutheran Church of Inverness and Pastor Bradford of St. Timothy Lutheran Church of Crystal River officiating. Private cremation will take place under the direction of Brown Funeral Home and Crematory, Lecanto.
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NEW YORK Murray Klein, the public face of Zabar's whose marketing savvy transformed the Jewish delicatessen into an international food emporium and foodie haven, has died. He was 84.
Klein died of lung cancer on Thursday, Sandra Serrano, a manager who had worked with him for decades at the store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, said Friday.
As part owner with the Zabar family, Klein oversaw the store's merchandising, pricing and publicity for more than 30 years.
His trademark was selling high-end gourmet food, often imported from Europe, while still offering such Jewish staples as chopped liver, babkas and borscht.
The store attracted hordes of customers by selling selected fancy food items at steep discounts and by packaging high-quality staples like coffee beans and preserves under Zabar's own private label.
Klein was also instrumental in developing Zabar's housewares department, hanging baskets and kitchen gadgets from the ceiling of the store at Broadway and 80th Street.
Klein, who began his career at Zabar's as a stockman in 1953, was a constant presence on its sawdust covered floor.
An immigrant from the former Soviet Union, Klein retired from the store in 1994.
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CHESAPEAKE BEACH, Md. 'Jingle Bells" blared from the stereo. Sam took a bow before the audience. Tucker waved and took off on a skateboard.
Then the two were spinning and kicking up their heels to the music. They le'pt as their jazzy dance ended and basked in the crowd's adulation.
But this was no ordinary recital: Sam and Tucker are dogs.
Sam, a standard poodle, and Tucker, a miniature longhaired dachshund, have been dancing professionally for nearly four years, said their Calvert County, Md., handlers, Lynn Franklin of Sunderland and Joan Rose of Owings. This was the dogs' first Calvert show, at the Northeast Community Center in Chesapeake Beach.
"It is a lot of fun," Franklin said. "They think it is play." Her poodle has an award for heroism for rescuing her family from a house fire.
Rose, wearing a cream-colored sweater with a faux-fur collar, red pants and black and white wingtip jazz shoes for the performance, said Tucker was a Christmas gift from her husband. She said she noticed how receptive the dog was when learning tricks. That led to music to "pep this up," and the act continued to evolve when she met Franklin, who was wearing a matching outfit for Tuesday's show.
The dancing dogs the Boogie Woogie BowWows have many gold medals, canine freestyle titles and trophies from their days on the competitive circuit, but now they're professional. They just returned from a World of Pets Expo in Massachusetts and have traveled along the East Coast They have been invited to perform in a countrywide dog variety show and on a European tour next year, along with other appearances. They are paid only travel expenses, Rose said.
"It is our pleasure to go and support their cause. That is our goal ... to bring theater, pets and fun to people," she said.
When Tuesday's show began, Franklin and Sam gazed into
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each other's eyes as "Feliz Navidad" started to play. Franklin pulled a chicken-flavored treat from her mouth and passed it to Sam. Then they were off, doing their version of a samba,
Canine freestyle, or dancing with dogs, has been growing on the pet sports scene since 1989, said Patie Ventre, founder of the Worldwide Canine Freestyle Organization. There are 1,500 registered members and competitors and nearly 4,000 others who bounce in and out of the group, depending on shows and contests in their areas.
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Hernando residents Harry Cooper and his wife, Kay, and their children Sean, 20, and Meaghan, 16, spent Thanksgiving week in Destin in the Panhandle.
Harry said, "Florida is such a beautiful and diverse state; there is no end to the beauty."
While there, they stayed in an RV park near the beach and visited a small zoo.
TOP: The Coopers visited a small zoo in the Destin area during their trip Thanksgiving week. Meaghan is shown with a 75-pound timber wolf. LEFT; Kay Cooper is on the beach by the RV park where they stayed.
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Local veterans' health care has come a long way
Just two days ago, we commemorated the attack on Pearl Harbor and after 56 years of military men and women taking the call to arms in Korea, Vietnam, the "Cold War," the Cuban Crisis, Desert Storm and the ramifications of 9/11, we veterans continue to grow in numbers. With the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan continuing to send home more and more wounded and servicemen and ser-vicewomen leaving the military and becoming veterans, many of us have asked "how is this going to affect the veterans health care system?" It goes without saying that it will greatly increase the number of those eligible to enroll in the system. The South Georgia/North Florida VA. Health Care System has assured us that they are gearing up to handle the increased load, and that is very apparent in what we have seen at our local Lecanto VA clinic.
Having been a survivor of the end of Korea, the Cold War and beginning of Vietnam, I had the opportunity to become one of the charter applicants for the Inverness VA. Community-Based Outpatient Clinic that opened in July 2000. At that time, it operated in a 5,000-square-foot building with two doctors, an ARNP a shared nursing staff and one lab technician. It
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took as much as six months to get an appointment, and as the patient load continued to grow, it was extended to a year before a patient could get an initial appointment. Overworked and understaffed was the problem as the system was opened to all veterans in eight classifications, with priorities going to service-connected medical problems.
The medical staff was increased during the first few years of operation and picked up more space in the same complex before it was realized that a new clinic was the only answer to offering services to cover 28,000 local veter-
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local veterans organizations, lobbying national and state legislators and the Citrus County Commission, the dream of a new Lecanto VA. clinic became a reality with the purchase of the Citrus County Resource Center. The VA. CBOC was the first tenant leasing 9,999 square feet and remodeling the former hospital to accommodate the increased staff and services offered on an outpatient basis. In seven years of operation, the staff has grown to six full-time doctors with another due to come on board shortly. There is a full-time psychiatrist, psychologist and social worker to take care of any men-
tal health problems the veteran may have, such as post traumatic stress disorder. There are three lab technicians to take care of semi-annual blood work, and they are good at what they do. Have you noticed that there is little or no. waiting beyond your appointment time? Try that at your local doctors' office, who is usually running behind due to walk-ins or scheduling too many patients at the same time. I have yet to hear complaints about long waits or concerns about how the doctors are caring for their health. You can't beat the prescription drug plan.
David Gilmer, medical administration officer at the Lecanto Clinic, started as a nurse in the Inverness Clinic when it opened and has seen the amazing transformation, from the beginning, that has taken place over this seven-year period. I spent a half hour with him on my last appointment going over the history of veterans care in Citrus County. He oversees applications for enrollment and current census of patient load. He surprised me with the time period of 30 days in which new enrollees will have their first appointment. No more six months to a year waiting period. The clinic now has 6,100 patients enrolled for local care and 2,000 more transient, winter residents, nonenrollees that visit the clinic. Thus far, there have only been approximately 100 additional enrollees from the Iraqi Afghanistan conflict. For any informa-
tion as to eligibility and enrollment procedures, feel free to call David Gilmer at 746-8000. Any disability eligibility questions should be directed to County Veterans Service Officer J. J. Kenney and his staff at the Citrus County Resource Center next to the Lecanto VA clinic. Phone his office for an appointment at 527-5915. They are currently handling more than 3,000 inquiries per month and have ready access to the necessary records to verify your eligibility.
With the large veteran population in Citrus County, there are many retirees who are treated at local military hospitals or have their own medical plan that is supplemented by the Department of Defense. Returning military personnel who have serious injuries that are long-term recovery situations will continue to be taken care of by the military. More than 1,300 Florida wounded have returned to the states to recover. Then, there is the long road to rehabilitation and possibly a whole new lifestyle from what they left behind. We have lost more than 170 Floridians who gave their all. The least Congress and the Senate can do is give our veterans the funding to support and insure the health care they have earned and deserve.
And consider, one in four homeless throughout the country are veterans, and this ratio is growing. Local veterans organizations and the Homeless Coalition are doing all they can to
assist them. Just this month, there was1 n a Homeless Veterans Stand DowrK offering haircuts, medical care, foocfc* and clothing, as well as information-*1 and counseling as to where they carr>i get further assistance. Currently, Bill^! and Nancy Geden, who are operating the Citrus County Veterans Coalition;;' Veterans Food Bank, are servicing 46 s families. This is particularly import", tant during this holiday season. Youia.j assistance in this effort would be^ deeply appreciated. The Coalition; wants to thank KWVA Post 192 for' their most recent contribution. The. Coalition is also looking for clothing,, furniture and appliances. For contact information, go to www.ccvcfl.org in"~ the directory link. -
Let's not repeat what the troops^"1 from Vietnam experienced on their'" return from an unpopular war. Let's/1' bring our troops home honorably1''' Don't blame them for any disagree11-ment you may have with this war -W n blame the politicians and pray they-" bring them home with honor, for they' i are our heroes of this most recent? ] threat against the United States. leri
larry macmillan is an 11-year veteran of the u.s. air force during the korean and vietnam era and currently serves as the public information officer for the citrus county veterans coalition.
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Hunger and Homeless Coalition Anyone who knows of a homeless veteran in need of food, haircut, voter ID, food stamps, medical assistance or more blankets is asked to call John Young at the Hunger and Homeless Coalition at 6284357, or pass along this phone number to the veteran.
Cmdr. Martin P. Murphy and The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 70, in coordination with the Superintendent "Sam" Himmel of the Citrus County School District, have become an official Cell Phone for Soldiers Drop-Off Site. This program was started by two teenagers to help buy pre-paid calling cards to send to our service people overseas. For each cell phone that is donated, 72 minutes of talk time is given to our troops to call their loved ones back home. It is a great program, and we would really appreciate the community's involvement.
The program will accept any make or model phone. You may drop off phones and attached batteries as well as accessories at any Citrus County School or the DAV at North Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North. The phones are then recycled for cash to purchase cards or unlimited free video phone calls. If you have any questions regarding this program, call Annamarie Perrigo at the DAV at 344-3464 on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 9 and 11 a.m., or 344-5675.
The Citrus County Veterans Coalition will have a general open business meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday evening, Dec. 20, at the Citrus County Resource Center meeting room. This a revised schedule for the holidays with some very important business to be discussed, nomination of 2008 officers, revision and reading and acceptance of the bylaws changes.
Come get all the details of our newest fundraising project. The coalition, in conjunction with Withlacoochee Technical Institute, will operate and sponsor a monthly yard sale and flea market starting Saturday, Jan. 5, at WTI's parking
lot. We need volunteers to work our booth and the overall operation of the sale plus we need donations of clothing, furniture, appliances and interesting items that are saleable at such an event. Please come to the meeting and let's make this project work for the good of all. All proceeds go to benefit Citrus County Veterans.
Spaces are limited and available on a pre-paid reserved, first come first served basis for $10 per space and half price to veterans' organizations. For more information, call Mike O'Brien at 726-9062 or Joel Smoyer at 726-4429.
Marine Corps League 819, Citrus Detachment, just celebrated its 15th anniversary. We are an active group as we do the county's Toys for Tots program (with more than 15,000 toys given to children in our county last year), sponsor one or two scholarships to high school students, and give financial support to the Young Marines. Our honor guard has been requested to participate in funerals for members of all military branches and has also attended other military functions throughout the county. We also have several social functions throughout the year where families are invited.
If you would like any more information on becoming a member, call Robert Deck, commandant, at 527-1557.
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 70 and Auxiliary will have its Annual Holiday Luncheon before its December meeting at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 11. A nice meal is planned and all active DAV and Auxiliary members are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. after the luncheon. We are expecting the District to attend our meeting as they have in the past. If you have a special dish you would like to bring, you are encouraged to do so. Call Auxiliary Adjutant Lynn Armitage at 341-5334 or DAV Adjutant Annamarie Perrigo at 344-5675 with any questions regarding the luncheon or the meeting.
American Legion Post 155 sets its December 2007 schedule of events:
Today: Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m., $5.
Tuesday: Bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. Executive Board meeting 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Snowbirds return lunch from noon to 2 p.m. AYCE
spaghetti from 5 to 7 p.m. and live music 6 to 9 p.m. Legion Riders meeting 6 p.m.
Thursday: Bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. 40/8. Potluck dinner and meeting 6 p.m.
Friday: Fish fry from 5 to 7 p.m., $6. Live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday: Pool tournament 2 p.m. Honor guard meeting 10 a.m.
Dec. 16: Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. $5, B-Day/Ann bash Potluck dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 18: Bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. Gen/Aux meeting 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19: Chicken wings from noon to 3 p.m. 10 wings for $3.50. Live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 20: Bingo from 1 to 4 p.m. Post 155 Student Oratorical contest,
Dec. 21: Auxiliary dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., $6. Live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 22: Pool Tournament 2 p.m.
Dec. 23: Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m., $5. Employee Christmas Party 2 p.m.
Dec. 25: Christmas Day lounge open from 1 to 5 p.m.
Dec. 26: Chicken wings from noon to 3 p.m. 10 wings for $3.50. AYCE spaghetti from 5 to 7 p.m. and live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 27: Bingo from 1 to 4 p.m.
Dec. 28: Awesome steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., $8.75. Live music from 8 to 9 p.m.
Dec. 30: Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m., $5. Dart tournament 4 p.m.
Dec. 31: New Years Eve party (hosted by Legion Riders) with live music, from 3 to 9 p.m.; $15 for single or $25 for a couple tickets are available with the bartender. Limited seating. In addition to the above schedule, on every Tuesday through Thursday there are lunch specials from noon to 3 p.m. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from American Legion Post 155. For more information, call Cmdr. Jim Woodland at 795-6526 or visit the Web site www.post155.org.
VFW Post 7122 Floral City, schedule:
Dec. 29: Blood drive from 1 to 4 p.m. All donors will receive a free Friday night dinner.
Dec. 31: New Year's Eve party starting at 1 p.m. There will be a pig roast with all the trimmings and music by Some Good Company. Open seating is available. Tickets
are $10 in advance or at the door. Party early with us and be home safe. Call the post at'637-0100 for details.
Eugene Quinn VFW Post 4337 and Ladies Auxiliary, 906 E.
State Road 44, Inverness; telephone 344-3495; fax 344-3514, announce dailyactivitiesschedule for the week of Dec. 9 to 15:
Sunday: Pool tourney 2 p.m. Turner Camp Dave karaoke 5 to 9 p.m.
Monday: Bar bingo 3 p.m.
Tuesday: Chicken wings three for $1, nine flavors, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Mark B. karaoke 6 to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: Ladies Auxiliary bar bingo 6 p.m.
Thursday: Bar bingo 3 p.m.
Friday: Fish fry (southern fried chicken available) $6.50 4:30 to 7 p.m. Karaoke Ken 6 to 9 p.m.
Saturday: Bartender's Christmas Party, 5 p.m., snacks appreciated.
VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary weekly and upcoming activities include:
Today: Bar bingo 2 to 5 p.m.
Monday: Ladies Auxiliary has "Show Me The Money" card game from 6 to 8 p.m. Lots of fun and chances to win. Food is available.
Tuesday: Ladies Auxiliary has bar bingo from 2 to 5 p.m. Profits go to local charities. This month is for Toys for Tots. Dart League is at 7 p.m. Come in and sign up.
Wednesday: Chicken wings from 2 to 6 p.m. Four wings for $1.
Friday: Dinner is served from 5
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to 6:30 p.m. This week's menu is your choice of baked or fried fish or chicken. Dinner includes a salad bar. There will be music by Cliff Saunders from 6 to 10 p.m. $6.50 donation.
Saturday: Ladies Auxiliary host bingo at 10:30 a.m. with food available. The Post's annual Christmas Party starts at 6 p.m. There will be music by The Gold River Band. Covered dishes will be appreciated.
Cooties dinner is from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the first Sunday monthly. Cooties Jam is from 5 to 9 p.m.
New Year's Eve Party on Monday, Dec. 31. Tickets are $15 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets include dinner, party favors, champagne toast and music by Country Swing. Desserts are appreciated.
The National President, Virginia Carmen, will be at the Mid Winter Conference at the Orlando Airport Marriott Hotel on Friday, Jan. 18. The Isle of Flags will be at 11 a.m. in the hotel lobby.
Ladies Auxiliary is having a Jam with a Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26.
Ladies Auxiliary goes to nursing homes four times a month to play bingo with the residents. Everyone is welcome.
All eligible persons are invited to join our post or Ladies Auxiliary. Stop by the post or call for further information.
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Prive at 212-3393 or Ladies Auxiliary President Judy Prive at 726-3339 for information. Post 4252 is at 3190 N. Carl G Rose Highway (State Road 200), Hernando, FL 34442.
The H. F. NesbittVFW Post 10087 in Beverly Hills off County Road 491, across the street from ROC'S 491 Sports Bar and directly behind the new Superior Bank will be celebrating New Year's Eve with a huge Gala Event.
this year's New Year's Eve party will be on Monday night, Dec. 31; with cocktails at 6 p.m., music starting at 7 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7:30. The dinner will consist of roast pork, chicken and alithe trimmings and will be catered by Ferrara's Deli. Music wil| be provided by G&G Entertainment. They have a great music selection and they will be looking forward to your requests. There also will be party favors and free champagne at midnight to help bring in the New Year. Tickets are $25 per person and are available at the canteen. We are limiting ticket sales to the first 120 people so get your tickets now. In addition, we will reserve a table for eight, however, all eight tickets must be bought at one time.
Sunday: Bingo in the big hall beginning at 1 p.m. Lots of games and lots of payouts. Always plenty of snacks and refreshments as well. All the big time sporting events on our big screen TV all afternoon in the canteen with lots of good cheer to go around.
Monday: The VFW Golf League plays each Monday at different courses. Contact Dick Sorrells or Jim Freiheit at the post for tee times and locations. The Cake Crab Company Golf League plays at Twisted Oaks GO every Monday at 8 a.m. Check with Lou Kempf for available tee times. Drink specials in the canteen every Monday. Monday night dart tournament in the canteen beginning at 7 p.m.
Tuesday: Pool tournament in the canteen beginning at 2 p.m. House committee meeting and staff meeting every third Tuesday and post general meeting every fourth Tuesday monthly.
Wednesday: Bar bingo in the canteen at 2 p.m. Wednesday is Ladies Night. Cookout every Wednesday night serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, kielbasa dogs, and hot dogs with all the trirVimings for a very nominal donation from 5 to 7 p.m. We have "Show Me The Money" every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. hosted by Bill and Val VanMeter.
Thursday: Ladies Auxiliary will meet at noon at Salt's Restaurant for its Christmas Luncheon meeting. VFW Mixed Golf League every Thursday alternating between Pine Ridge Golf Club and Twisted Oaks Golf Club with an 8 a.m. tee time. Check with Dave Nealey or Ray Galinski for available tee times. Pool tournament and dart tournament in the canteen at 7 p.m.
Friday: Dinner menu for Dec. 14 isAUCE spaghetti dinner, Dec. 21 Cornish game hens, Dec. 28-closed. For info call Mary at 270-9263.
Saturday: $1 Day from 1 to 5 p.m. Karaoke in the canteen from 7 p.m. to midnight. Snacks (sandwiches and chips) served every Saturday night during karaoke. Different karaoke host most every Saturday night.
Allen-Rawls American Legion Post 77 and Auxiliary Unit 77 meet the first Thursday of every month behind the Key Training Center in Inverness at 130 Heights Ave. At 6 p.m., meetings kick off with a potluck dinner, and at 7:30 p.m. for the business meetings, the auxiliary breaks off to another room. Bring a covered dish if you can. Interested in being a member, call Post Cmdr. Bob Scott at 860-2090 or Auxiliary President Sandy Scott at 860-2090. For more information, visit our Web site at www.ALPost77.org..
Post 77, American Legion will have one of its fundraising dinners Dec. 15. These dinners have proven to be delicious affairs. Not only are the meals great but the entertainment is equally great. Money raised at these affairs goes directly into our Building Fund. Soon we should be breaking ground for a new post.
So please come to our temporary post headquarters at the Key Training Center, 130 Heights Ave., Inverness. The dinner will feature baked ham with all the trimmings. Members, guests and the public are invited to attend. The price of the dinner is $7.50.
This event is but one of many others to follow to help the post attain its own building so that we can better serve our veterans and
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Ray Michael, chairman of the Citrus County Veterans Coalition, received a check for $177 for the Veterans Food Bank from Nevell Anderson, director, Korean War Veterans Association 172.
One of the major projects of the Citrus County Veterans Coalition is geared toward assisting homeless veterans and veterans' families that are in need of food assistance. Funding comes solely from contributions to the CCVC and fundraiser activities such as the recent Veterans Forum. Several Veterans' Organizations have been assisting by contributing money. The Veterans Coalition asks that all veterans and organizations think about helping in the Coalitions' philosophy of veterans helping veterans.
Charter members Bill and Nancy Geden have done an outstanding job overseeing and operating the CCVC Operation Veterans Food Bank. Early in the program, the Coalition went through all the necessary requirements to become eligi-
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The need continues to grow and the Food Bank is now serving 46 families. The need is there and hopefully, the Veterans Coalition can continue this program with the help of concerned organizations, corporate sponsors and individuals making tax-exempt contributions made out to the Citrus County Veterans Coalition, PO. Box 1281, Crystal River, FL 34423-1281. Designate your contribution for the Veterans Food Bank and include a stamped self-addressed envelope if you would like a receipt for your contribution. If you have cloth-
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expand our children and youth programs. Donations are greatly appreciated from those who can't attend the dinner. For information, call Robert Scott at 860-2090 or Dave Staples at 746-0873.
The Key Training Center is just past the new ABC store as you head east toward downtown Inverness on Gulf-to-Lake Highway (State Road 44). Turn right on Heights Avenue.
American Legion Allen Rawls Post 77, P.O. Box 1198, Inverness, FL 34451-1198.
Seabee Veterans Island X-18 is having its Christmas Party from
1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E. Hartford St., Hernando. Tickets are $16 per person, gratuity included. Entree choices: sliced London broil with marinated mushroom gravy, baked stuffed chicken breast with chicken gravy or baked tilapia almandine with lemon and garlic butter. Call (352) 489-4576. Public invited to join us for goodwill and fellowship.
It is requested that each guest bring a gift valued at $10 or less, unwrapped, for a boy or girl to be donated to Citrus United Basket.
Island X-18 meetings are at 11 a.m. second Wednesday, and luncheons are at 1:30 p.m. third Wednesday. We have a short meeting, about one hour, at the VA Office in Lecanto, then we will eat lunch at a local restaurant decided on at the meeting. Luncheons are third Wednesday picked by Charley Rhodes, if you have an idea of a place to go let Charley know. If you have any questions, call Cmdr. David Puffer at 746-9327.
Navy Seabee Veterans of America Island X-23, Crystal River, will be heading down to Spring Hill to attend Isle X6's Christmas Party. There is so much good will, camaraderie and "good eats" when these two groups get together.
Also, on Dec. 16 many members of Isle X6 will be coming to the Seven Rivers Country Club to Isle X23's Christmas Party. Isle X23 collects toys, food, clothing, etc., and gives these to Citrus United Basket. You don't have to be a bona-fide member to attend our meetings or luncheons. Also, there is a breakfast at 8 a.m. every Sunday at Crystal Paradise Restaurant in Crystal River. Anyone welcome. For information, call Cmdr. John Kister at 527-3172 or Gordon Levins, social director, at 795-7662.
Utility Squadron One Association President Don McLean announced a return visit to the Hawaiian Islands is being arranged for Feb. 12 through 26, returning the morning of Feb. 28 to Tampa Airport. Visiting the Island of Oahu for 7 days/6 nights on Waikiki at a beachfront hotel; including our private services on the USS Arizona. Flying from there to the Big Island of Hawaii for 4 days/3 nights visiting the volcanoes with our lodging inside the Volcanoes National Park. From there we go onto Maui, where we will reside at a beachfront hotel before our return to home. The trip is open to non-veterans as well as veterans, with Moose and Elks Lodge members also attending. At present there are openings for six couples. Contact Don "Bud" McLean at (352) 637-5131 or e-mail: d,c;eam9@tam-pabay.rr.com. We will have a final meeting Dec. 15.
Dan Campbell Airborne Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly at American Legion Post 155, Crystal River. All current and previous Airborne members and their wives are welcome to join. For additional information, call Steve Leonard at 726-3693.
Gilley-Long-Osteen VFW Post 8698, 520 County Road 40 E., Inglis (one mile east of U.S. 19). Men and LAVFW meet at 7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday monthly at the post. Men's Auxiliary meets at 7 p.m- the second Monday monthly. Call Cmdr. Dave Finley,
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Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 186 will meet at 3 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at the DAV Building, Independence Highway and U.S. 41 North, Inverness. Call Bob Huscher, secretary, at 344-0727.
Floral City American Legion Auxiliary Unit 225 The Herbert Surber American Legion Auxiliary Unit 225 would like to invite eligible women in Citrus County to join us. The members meet at 7:30 p.m. the third Thursday monthly at the Floral City VFW Post 7122 on U.S. 41, Floral City. Contact Marcia Gallagher, membership chairman at 860-1629 for further information or any questions. Come and join this newly re-chartered unit and be a part of the great accomplishments and projects in the American Legion Auxiliary.
Landing Ship Dock (LSD) Sailors meet at Denny's in Crystal River at 2 p.m. the fourth Thursday monthly. Call Jimmie at 621-0617.
The Korean War Veterans Association, Citrus Chapter 192 meets at 1 p.m. the first Tuesday monthly at VFW Post 10087, 2170 W. Vet Lane, Beverly Hills.
All military veterans who honorably served within Korea, including territorial waters and airspace (Sept. 3,1945, to June 25,1950) and within or without Korea (June 25,1950, to Jan. 31,1955) or who served honorably in Korea from Feb. 1,1955, until present, are eli-
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Call Cmdr. Hank Butler at 563-2496; Vice Cmdr. Paul Salyer at 637-1161; or Director Neville Anderson at 344-2529.
U.S. Submarine Veterans (USSVI) Sturgeon Base meets at 11 a.m. the first Saturday monthly at American Legion Post 155, 6585 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway in Crystal River.
Visitors and interested parties are always welcome. For more information, call Base Cmdr. Billy Wein at 726-5926.
The Suncoast U.S. Navy Armed Guard and Merchant Marine Veterans of World War II meets at 11:30 a.m. the second Saturday monthly at the Boston Cooker, 5375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The next meeting is Jan. 12.
Dumas-Hartson VFW Post 8189 and Ladies Auxiliary is on Veterans Drive, Homosassa, west of U.S. 19. Turn on to Veterans Drive from U.S. 19 at Dixon's Auto Sales across from Harley Davidson. We welcome back the many snowbirds to enjoy the various activities and events we sponsor.
We welcome all to our dinners.
The post meeting is at 7 p.m. the second Monday monthly.
Membership is the lifeline of the VFW and we invite those veterans with foreign campaign to join this great veterans' organization.
The post offers hall rental for all occasions at a very reasonable rate.
For more information, call the post at 795-5012 from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is comprised of combat wounded veterans and lineal descendants of Purple Heart recipients who share the common purpose of preserving the proud legacy of the Purple Heart Medal, which is the oldest military decoration in the world in present use. To learn more about Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776 MOPH, visit the Chapter 776 Web site at www.cit-ruspurpleheart.org or call 382-3847 or 527-2460.
VFW Edward W. Penno Post 4864 is at 10199 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs. (352) 465-4864.
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VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary getting ready to go to Fort McCoy with Christmas gifts for residents.
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VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary raised money and distributed to several needy organizations.
VFW 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary went to Fort McCoy to present gifts to residents for Christmas. The County Swing Band played music for them. Each resident was presented with a basket of goodies. Special boxes were presented to two post members, Jim Gerline and Jim Gray. A box was also presented to our adopted vet, Bob Mann.
The post, Ladies Auxiliary and the card players gave money to Jane Pilla of CREST School for Christmas.
VFW 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary presented checks to Foster Children of Citrus County.
VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary had a barbecue on Veterans Day. Proceeds from the picnic went to Shop With A Cop.
VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary donated money to CREST school. From left are: Charlene Rebmann, junior vice; Bob Prive, commander; Dorothy Sidelinger, games chairman; Jane Pilla, CREST School; Judy Prive, auxiliary president.
VFW Post 4252 and Ladies Auxiliary donated money to Foster Children of Citrus County. From left are: Bob Prive, commander; Donna Haendiges, treasurer of Foster Children; and Judy Prive, president, Ladies Auxiliary 4252.
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iAR visits vets in nursing home
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On Nov. 28, members of the Withlacoochee Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and members of the chapter's Ladies Auxiliary traveled to the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home in Land 0' Lakes to deliver Christmas gifts to the residents. The Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home is the residence for about 135 veterans, male and female, and is one of seven veterans nursing homes administered by the State of Florida. The veterans' home was named for Baldomero Lopez, a native of Tampa, who graduated Annapolis Naval Academy and entered the United States Marine Corp as a Lieutenant. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for valor during the Korean War. The Congressional Medal is displayed in the nursing home.
William Teater, the SAR Chapter's Veteran's Affairs chairman, coordinated the chapter's Christmas gift activity with Susan Poynter, who is the activity director for the home. Susan furnishes Chairman Teater with a list of residents who have no immediate family and would not receive gifts at Christmas. In addition she also provides a
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Members of the Withlacoochee Chapter Sons of the American Revolution and members of the chapter's Ladies Auxiliary traveled to the Baldomero Lopez Veterans Nursing Home in Land 0' Lakes'lb deliver Christmas gifts to the residents. From left are: D. Pushee; J. Tucker; N Freyer; C. Day;*i3 Camillo, SAR Florida State Veterans Affairs chairman; B. Teater, Withlacoochee Chapter Veterans Affairs chairman; R. Finney; H. Nelson; H. Marvin; D. Hans, Withlacoochee Chapter president; andid Townsend.
list of needs for the nursing home's general population. During this Christmas season there are 10 residents of the veterans' home without an immediate family who received at least 5 gifts apiece from the Withlacoochee
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The gifts delivered by the SAR chapter were in excess of $4,000 and consisted of $750.00 in quarters that are used as prize money for the bingo games for the veterans, clothing, toilet articles, quilted lap
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Spataish rice, refried beans, winter mixj peaches, gelatin, crackers, fresh fruit, fries, milk.
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Breakfast Breakfast wrap, biscuit and gravy, bagel, cereal, doughnut, toast/jelly, tater tots, swjeet potato muffin, grits, seasonal frul| sliced apples, milk variety, orlfige juice.
Lunch Rotisserie chicken, chicken and hoagie bars, pizza batv salads, rice, garden salad, baked potato, Normandy vegetables, green beans, corn, baked Deigns, pudding, crackers, roll, fresh fruit, fries, milk.
|riday:
Breakfast Breakfast sausage piz^a, scrambled eggs with cheese, doughnut, cereal, breakfast bar, grits, tater tots, toast/jelly, piiSlapple, seasonal fruit, milk variety orange juice.
Lunch Spaghetti with meatballs, hamburger and hoagie bars, pizza bar, chili, salads, garden safpd, island vegetables, baked besjns, peas, corn, rice, peaches,
pretzel, crackers, fresh fruit, fries, milk.
Menus are subject to change without notice.
CONGREGATE DINING
Monday: Meatballs with mushroom gravy, green beans, carrots, whole wheat bread with margarine, fresh orange and low-fat milk.
Tuesday: Oven fried chicken, brown rice, spinach, biscuit with margarine, peach crisp and low-fat milk.
Wednesday: Pork patty with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli cuts, one slice of whole wheat bread with margarine, fresh apple and lowrfat milk.
Thursday: Lima beans and turkey ham, winter vegetable medley, warm strawberry applesauce, one slice large cornbread with margarine, low-fat milk.
Friday: Egg salad, two slices whole wheat bread with margarine, sliced beet and onion salad, tossed salad with dressing, vanilla pudding and low-fat milk.
Congregate dining sites include: Lecanto, East Citrus, Crystal River, Homosassa Springs, Inverness and South Dunnellon. For information, call Support Services at 527-5975.
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One, two there's a hole in my shoe
Three, four I need some more Five, six my problem YOU can fix
Seven, eight it's not too late Nine, ten I'm asking YOU again.
Children in foster, adoptive & relative care families throughout Citrus County need all sizes of shoes! Call to arrange drop off:
Kathleen (352) 344-1147 Bill (352) 697-2989 Linda (352) 860-0373
Monetary donations to purchase shoes also accepted. Please mail to: Citrus County Foster Parent Assoc.
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Douglas Holdread and Doris (nee Enochs) Holdread were wed Sept. 6, 1947, in a lovely garden setting in Elkhart, Ind. They enjoyed a lovely celebration on Sept. 9, 2007, in Sarasota at the home of their granddaughter, Racheal Miller and her husband Griffin who have two sons, Garrett and Tanner. Also in attendance was their daughter, Betty Lou Carvell, her husband Frank, and grandson Frank Jr. Their son, Doug Holdread Jr. and
wife Lori flew Trinidad, Colo.
Their son had developed a wonderful slide show presentation, with music, that touched the hearts of the attendees.
Before retiring to Florida, Doug assembled custom windows for Adams & Westlake Co. Doris was office manager and bookkeeper for Chariot Vans/Georgie Boy.
Doug and Doris moved to Citrus Springs in 1985.
Roland and Judith Hall of Homosassa were married Nov. 30, 1957, in Oaks Corners, N.Y. Formerly of Ovid, N. Y, (Seneca County) the couple moved to Pinellas County in 1980 and to Citrus County in 1999.
They have three children, Ron Hall, Bill Hall and Kathy Merritt, all from Ovid, N.Y.,
now residing in Pasco and Citrus counties. They also have 12 grandchildren.
Judy is a housewife and Roily works at Kane's Ace Hardware, Homosassa, in the plumbing department for the past eight years.
A reception is planned with the entire family in a Spring Hill restaurant.
45th
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Kenny Gugliotta and Nancy (Taylor) Wilson are pleased to announce their engagement. The high school sweethearts were reunited after 22 years. Both are 1984 graduates from Crystal River High School. The wedding is set for Feb. 23,2008, in Citrus County. The future groom is the son of the late Thomas and Laura Gugliotta. The briderelect is the daughter of John and Dee Taylor of Inverness.
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Mr. and Mrs. Fred and Margot Konerding of Citrus Springs were married Nov. 24, 1962, in Rye, N.Y.
Margot, originally from Germany, worked for various newspapers in Germany and in several states and currently is a part-time proofreader for the Chronicle. Fred, originally from New York City, had a career in telecommunications with AT&T; hotel management in St. Croix, USVI; and in law
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Kaylee Raine Johnston will be celebrating her first birthday on Sunday, Dec. 13. She will be joined by her family and friends. Kaylee is the daughter of Emilio and Amber Johnston of Inverness. Maternal grandparents include Robert and Nita Simpkins, Inverness, and Thomas and Sue Picaroni, Dania Beach. Paternal grandparents are Mary Ericsson, Inverness, and Francisco Santana, Phoenix, Ariz.
enforcement in Vermont.
Margot makes time to enjoy music, is active in choirs and playing recorders, and loves watercolor painting.
Fred enjoys "prepping" for and preparing meals and loves all garden work, which they usually do together.
They marked 45 years of marriage with a lovely celebration for two.
The couple has lived in Citrus Springs 10 years.
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Chain/Stawarz
Douglas Henry Stawarz II and Julia Mae Chain were united in marriage at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007, at the Wedding Chapel in Inverness. Donna Viglione from the chapel officiated.
The bride is the daughter of Walter and Ann Marie Chain of Crystal River.
The groom is the son of Douglas H. Stawarz of Homosassa.
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To enquire about the animals listed here, refer to the type (cat or dog), age group
and gender in a search.
The shelter can help you save an innocent pet.
The shelter is in Inverness near the airport. The shelter is open for adoptions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Call the Citrus County
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Financial assistance for spaying and neutering of your adopted pet is available through the. Humanitarians of Florida at 563-2370, or from the Humane Society of Citrus County at 341-2222.
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Runners ring in Jingle Bell 5K
Stephens, Vilardieach winners at Inverness run
Larry Bugg For the Chronicle
Lee Stephens was out of shape.
Sheri Vilardi was running through a hamstring injury.
Ah, but the weather outside was delightful and those plaques and medals were also so delightful.
So Stephens and Vilardi ran and won the 2007
Jingle Bell 5K Run overall men's and women's titles, respectively, Saturday at Wallace Brooks Park.
Stephens, a Tampa resident, won with a time of 17:16. Ocala's Kevin Sweeny was second with an 18:15 and very impressed with Stephens' speed.
Stephens, however, didn't give the normal answer when asked how he felt after crossing the finish line.
"Horrible," said Stephens. "I am out of shape. I couldn't go any faster-. I had a foot injury the week of Thanksgiving. I haven't been training since then the way 1 should be. I feel miserable. The time is my slowest in years."
Sweeney was a bit more complimentary of his own performance.
"I did okay," said Sweeney. "I have been marathon training. I haven't done any speed. With the heat and the hills, that was a tough course out there today. The guy who won (Stephens), that's a great time for the course today. I ran the Chicago marathon and I am real happy with what I did today. I didn't expect it."
Vilardi, 36, said she had a hamstring problem earlier this week. Despite that, the Citrus Springs resident ran a 19:53 to win the
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JINGLE BELL 5K RACE RESULTS
Men's Overall winner: Lee Stephens, Tampa, 17:16.
Women's Overall winner: Sheri Vilardi, Citrus Springs, 19:53
Men's Masters winner: Thom Neal, Crystal River, 18:52
ti Women's Masters winner: Marjolein Baas, Beverly Hills, 21:24 Top 11 Finishers
1. Lee Stephens, Tampa, 17:156: 2. Kevin Sweeney, Ocala, 18:15; 3. Justin Sblano, Citrus Springs, 18;26; 4. Jimmy Page, Crystal River, 18:38; 5. Daniel Kocher, Inverness, 18:48; 6. Danny Stevens Jr., Dunnellon, 18:50; 7. Thom Neal, Crystal River, 18:52; 8. Todd Fitzgerald, Dunnellon. 19:25; 9. Erik Smith, Beverly Hills, 19:30; 10. Ben Wenger, Inverness, 19:45; 11. Sheri Vilardi, Citrus Springs, 19:53.
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Battle of unbeatens goes to Lecanto
Panthers boys down Wildwood 66-52
Larry Bugg For the Chronicle
The previously unbeaten Wildwood High boys basketball jumped out to a 7-1 lead over the also unbeaten Lecanto High team in the first quarter.
Lecanto coach Chris Nichols called a timeout with the game just two minutes old.
That timeout worked for the Panthers, who
improved to 7-0 overall following a 66-52 victory over the Wildcats.
Lecanto outscored the very athletic
Wildcats (5-1 overall), 16-14, in the opening period with Victor and Nick Cortes each scoring six points apiece. Wildwood's Demetrice McCray led his team with seven points and Tadrain Williams blocked three Panther shots.
In the second quarter, Victor Cortes hit six more points and the Panthers outscored the Wildcats 17-5 to give Lecanto a 33-19 halftime lead.
The second quarter put Wildwood in a hole it would never climb out of.
The third quarter was a 16-16 draw. Lecanto's Elijah Bradley hit 10 points. Wildwood's McCray and Derrick Williams both hit six points.
The fourth quarter was also a 17-17 draw. Bradley had six points to lead the Panthers. McCray had nine points.
McCray led all scorers with 25 points and seven rebounds. Tadrain Williams had three blocked shot and three rebounds.
Victor Cortes led the Panthers with 19 points. Bradley had 17 points, four rebounds and a blocked shot. Nick Cortes had 13 points.
"I think our team is the most well-conditioned team around here," said Victor Cortes. "I think our style of play is going to wear teams down. In the second quarter, Wildwood just got worn down. In the first quarter, every game is real close but after that we explode in the second, third quarter. Wildwood is a solid team. Demetrice
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Hurricanes finish second at Kiwanis tournament
BROOKSVILLE The Citrus wrestling team got a second-place finish at the 26th annual Kiwanis Tournament at Hernando High School on Saturday night.
The Hurricanes, who tallied 152 points, got a first-place finish in the 125-pound
class from Bryant....................
Fisher. Citrus' Craig Barker t (119) and Tim Musto (160) each
came in second while Cody Neptune (152) earned fourth.
Lecanto came in ninth overall with 85 points but did not have a wrestler garner a top-four finish.
Crystal River earned a 14th-place finish with 74 points and had three wrestlers place.
Brandon Jones (112) and Kevin Drawdy (152) paced the Pirates by finishing third and John Koney (119) came in fourth.
For the complete story from the Kiwanis Tournament, please see Monday's Sports section.


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FOOTBALL Helsman Voting
NEW YORK Voting for the 2007 Helsman Trophy, with first-, second- and third-place votes and total points (voting on 3-2-1 basis):
Player 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Tim Tebow, Florida 462 229 113 1957 D. McFadden, Ark. 291 355 120 1703 Colt Brennan, Hawaii 54 114 242 632 Chase Daniel, Mizzou 25 84 182 425
Heisman Winners
2007-Tim Tebow, Florida, QB 2006Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB 2005Reggie Bush, Southern Cal, RB 2004Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB 2003Jason White, Oklahoma, QB 2002Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB 2001Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB 2000Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB 1999Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB 1998Ricky Williams, Texas, RB 1997Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB 1996Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB 1995Eddie George, Ohio State, TB 1994Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB 1993Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB 1992Gino Torretta, Miami, QB 1991Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR 1990Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB 1989Andre Ware, Houston, QB 1988Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St., RB 1987Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR 1986Vinny Testaverde, Miami, QB 1985Bo Jackson, Auburn, TB 1984Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB 1983Mike Rozier, Nebraska, TB 1982Herschel Walker, Georgia, HB 1981Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, TB 1980George Rogers, South Carolina, HB
,1979Charles White, Southern Cal, TB 1978Billy Sims, Oklahoma, HB 1977Earl Campbell, Texas, FB 1976Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, HB 1975Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB 1974Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB 1973John Cappelletti, Penn State, HB 1972Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, FL 1971Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB 1970Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB 1969Steve Owens, Oklahoma, HB 1968O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal, TB 1967Gary Beban, UCLA, QB 1966Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB 1965Mike Garrett, Southern Cal, TB 1964John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB 1963Roger Staubach, Navy, QB 1962Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB 1961Ernie Davis, Syracuse, HB 1960Joe Bellino, Navy, HB 1959Billy Cannon, LSU, HB 1958Pete Dawkins, Army, HB 1957John David Crow, Texas A&M, HB 1956Paul Hornung, Notre Dame.QB 1955Howard Cassady, Ohio State, HB 1954Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB 1953John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
'1952Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, HB 1951Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, HB
'1950Vic Janowicz, Ohio State, HB 1949Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E 1948Doak Walker, SMU, HB 1947John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB 1946Glenn Davis, Army, HB 1945Doc Blanchard, Army, HB 1944Les Horvath, Ohio State, QB 1943Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB 1942Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, HB 1941Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB 1940Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB 1939Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB 1938Davey O'Brien, TCU, QB 1937Clint Frank, Yale, HB 1936Larry Kelley, Yale, E 1935Jay Berwanger, Chicago, HB
2007-08 Bowl Glance
Thursday, Dec. 20 Poinsettia Bowl
At San Diego Payout: $750,000 Utah (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Dec. 21 New Orleans Bowl Payout: $325,000 Florida Atlantic (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, Dec. 22 PapaJohns.com Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Payout: $300,000 Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Southern Miss (7-5), 1 p.m. (ESPN2)
New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Payout: $750,000 New Mexico (8-4) vs. Nevada (6-6), 4:30 pm (ESPN)
Las Vegas Bowl Payout: $1 million
BYU. (10-2) vs. UCLA (6-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Dec. 23
Hawaii Bowl
At Honolulu Payout: $750,000
East Carolina (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-2), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, Dec. 26 Motor City Bowl
At Detroit Payout: $750,000 Central Michigan (8-5) vs. Purdue (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday, Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Payout: $2.25 million Arizona State (10-2) vs. Texas (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Friday, Dec. 28 Champs Sports Bowl
At Orlando, Fla. Payout: $2,125 million
Boston College (10-3) vs. Michigan State (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN)
Emerald Bowl At San Francisco Payout: ACC: $750,000 Pac-10:
$825,000
Maryland (6-6) vs. Oregon State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Texas Bowl
At Houston Payout: Big 12: $750,000 CUSA:
$500,000
Houston (8-4) vs. TCU (7-5), 8 p.m. (NFLN)
Saturday, Dec. 29
Meineke Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. Payout: $750,000
Connecticut (9-3) vs. Wake Forest (8-4), 1 p.m. (ESPN)
Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. / Payout: $1.75 million
Mississippi State (7-5) vs. UCF (10-3), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Payout: $2,225 million Penn State (8-4) vs. Texas A&M (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Sunday, Dec. 30 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Payout: $1.1 million
Colorado (6-6) vs. Alabama (6-6), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Dec. 31
Armed Forces Bowl
At Fort Worth, Texas Payout: $750,000
California (6-6) vs. Air Force (9-3), 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas
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TODAY'S SPORTS BASKETBALL 3:30 p.m. (SUN) Miami Heat at Los Angeles Clippers. 5:30 p.m. (FSNFL) George Washington at Virginia Tech. 7:30 p.m. (FSNFL) Boston College at Maryland.
FOOTBALL 1 p.m. (6 CBS) Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills. 1 p.m. (10 CBS) Oakland Raiders at Green Bay Packers. 1 p.m. (13 FOX) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Houston Texans.
1 p.m. (51 FOX) Carolina Panthers at Jacksonville Jaguars.
4 p.m. (6 CBS) (10 CBS) Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots.
8:15 p.m. (2 NBC) (8 NBC) Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens.
GOLF
9:30 a.m. (GOLF) European PGA Tour Golf Alfred Dunhill Championship Final Round. From Malelane, South Africa. (Same-day Tape)
3 p.m. (2 NBC) (8 NBC) PGA Tour Golf Merrill Lynch Shootout -Final Round. From Tiburon Golf Club in Naples (Same-day Tape)
RODEO
9 p.m. (ESPN2) Rodeo Wrangler National Finals Fourth Round.
SKATING
4 p.m. (ESPN) Figure Skating NHK Trophy. (Taped)
SOCCER
2 p.m. (ESPN2) Women's College Soccer NCAA Cup Final Florida State vs. USC
TRACK AND FIELD
3 p.m. (VERSUS) Triathlon Escape to Bermuda. (Taped)
WINTER SPORTS 2 p.m. (2 NBC) (8 NBC) Skiing USSA Aspen Winternational Women's Downhill. From Aspen, Colo. (Taped) (CC)
4 p.m. (VERSUS) World Cup Skiing Men's Alpine Downhill. From Beaver Creek, Colo. (Taped)
5 p.m. (VERSUS) World Cup Skiing Men's Alpine Raunch Super Combined. From Beaver Creek, Colo. (Taped)
Payout: $1.9 million Denver 5 7 0.417241 329
South Florida (9-3) vs. Oregon (8-4), 2 Kansas City 4 8 0 333172 230
p.m. (CBS) Oakland 4 8 0.333234 260
Humanitarian Bowl NATIONAL CONFERENCE
At Boise, Idaho East
Payout: $750,000 W L T Pet PF PA
Fresno State (8-4) vs. Georgia Tech (7- x-Dallas 11 1 0 917395 248
5), 2 p.m. (ESPN2) N.Y. Giants 8 4 0 667274 257
Music City Bowl Washington 6 7 0 462253 273
At Nashville, Tenn. Philadelphia 5 7 0 417258 246
Payout: $1.6 million South
Florida State (7-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), 4 W L T Pet PF PA
p.m. (ESPN) Tampa Bay 8 4 0 667241 187
Chick-fil-A Bowl Carolina 5 7 0 417204 257
At Atlanta New Orleans 5 7 0 417266 279
Payout: $2.9 million Atlanta 3 9 0 250171 272
Clemson (9-3) vs. Auburn (8-4), 7:30 North
p.m. (ESPN) W L T Pet PF PA
Insight Bowl Green Bay 10 2 0 833323 222
At Tempe, Ariz. Detroit 6 6 0 500267 311
Payout: $1.25 million Minnesota 6 6 0 500278 237
Indiana (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6), 6 Chicago 5 8 0 385253 296
p.m. (NFLN) West
Tuesday, Jan. 1 W L T Pet PF PA
Outback Bowl Seattle 8 4 0 667273 207
At Tampa, Fla. Arizona 6 6 0 500281 280
Payout: $3.1 million San Francisco 3 9 0 250164 285
Wisconsin (9-3) vs. Tennessee (9-4), 11 St. Louis 3 9 0 250196 297
a.m. (ESPN) x-clinched playoff spot
Cotton Bowl b1 At Dallas D
Payout: $3 million
Missouri (11-2) vs. Arkansas (8-4), 11:30 a.m. (FOX)
Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Payout: $4.25 million
Michigan (8-4) vs. Florida (9-3), 1 p.m. (ABC)
Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Payout: $2.25 million
Virginia (9-3) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), 1 p.m. (CBS)
Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Payout: $17 million
Southern California (10-2) vs. Illinois (9-3), 4:30 p.m. (ABC)
Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Payout: $17 million Hawaii (12-0) vs. Georgia (10-2), 8:30 p.m. (FOX)
Wednesday, Jan. 2
Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Payout: $17 million
West Virginia (10-2) vs. Oklahoma (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)
Thursday, Jan. 3 Orange Bowl At Miami Payout: $17 million Kansas (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Jan. 5 International Bowl
At Toronto Payout: $750,000
Rutgers (7-4) vs. Ball State (7-5), Noon (ESPN2)
Sunday, Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl Mobile, Ala. Payout: $750,000
Tulsa (9-4) vs. Bowling Green (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At New Orleans Payout: $17 million
Ohio State (11-1) vs. LSU (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Jan. 12 Hula Bowl At Honolulu
Aina (East) vs. Kai (West), 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Classic At Houston East vs. West, 7 p.m. (ESPN2) Saturday, Jan. 26 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFLN)
NFL Standings
AMERICAN CONFERENCE East
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Buffalo 6 6 0.500184 274
N.Y. Jets 3 9 0.250221 291
Miami 0 12 0.000196 317
South
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Indianapolis 10 2 0.833337 197
Jacksonville 8 4 0.667268 223
Tennessee 7 5 0.583232 241
Houston 5 7 0.417263 291
North
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Pittsburgh 9 3 0.750296 155
Cleveland 7 5 0 .583336 338
Cincinnati 4 8 0.333291 316
Baltimore 4 8 0 .333206 270
West
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San Diego 7 5 0.583285 233
y-clinched division
Thursday's Game Washington 24, Chicago 16 Today's Games Dallas at Detroit, 1 p.m. Miami at Buffalo, 1 p.m. San Diego at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Oakland at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Houston, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Carolina at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Arizona at Seattle, 4:05 p.m. Minnesota at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. Cleveland at N.Y. Jets, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Pittsburgh at New England, 4:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Baltimore, 8:15 p.m.
Monday's Game New Orleans at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 13 Denver at Houston, 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 15 Cincinnati at San Francisco, 8:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16 Baltimore at Miami, 1 p.m. Arizona at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Green Bay at St. Louis, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at New England, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Seattle at Carolina, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Detroit at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Giants, 8:15 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 17 Chicago at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m.
NBA Standings
EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division
W L Pet GB
Boston 17 2 .895
Toronto 10 10 .500 va
New Jersey 9 11 .450 BVS
Philadelphia 7 13 .350 101/2
New York 6 13 .316 11 Southeast Division
W L Pet GB
Orlando 16 5 .762
Atlanta 9 1 0 .474 6
Washington 9 10 .474 6
Charlotte 7 11 .389 va
Miami 4 15 .211 11 Central Division
W L Pet GB
Detroit 13 6 .684
Indiana 10 10 .500 3V4
Milwaukee 8 10 .444 414
Cleveland 9 12 .429 5
Chicago 6 12 .333 6Vi WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division
W L Pet GB
San Antonio 17 3.850
New Orleans 13 7 .650 4
Dallas 13 8 .619 4V4
Houston 11 9 .550 6
Memphis 6 14 .300 11 Northwest Division
W L Pet GB
Utah 13 8 .619
Denver 12 8 .600 72
Portland 7 12 .368 5
Seattle 5 15 .250 va
Minnesota 3 15 .167 8!4 Pacific Division
W L Pet GB
Phoenix 16 5 .762
Golden State 11 8 .579 4
L.A. Lakers 11 8 .579 4
LA. Clippers 7 11 .389 va
Sacramento 7 11 .389 va Friday's Games Indiana 115. Orlando 109
Phoenix 122, Washington 107 Chicago 98, Detroit 91 Philadelphia 101, New York 90 Boston 112, Toronto 84 Houston 98, New Jersey 89 New Orleans 118, Memphis 116, OT San Antonio 104, Utah 98 L.A. Clippers 97, Sacramento 87 Seattle 104, Milwaukee 98 Golden State 120, Miami 113
Saturday's Games Atlanta 86, Memphis 78 Charlotte 96, Cleveland 93 Philadelphia 105, New York 77 Minnesota 100, Phoenix 93 Boston 92, Chicago 81 Dallas 125, Utah 117 Sacramento at Denver, late
Today's Games Houston at Toronto, 12:30 p.m. Miami at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Portland, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Detroit, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m. Seattle at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
Monday's Games Atlanta at Orlando, 7 p.m. Houston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas at New York, 7:30 p.m. Miami at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Milwaukee at Sacramento, 10 p.m.
HOCKEY NHL Standings
Atlantic Division
W LOT Pts GF GA
New Jersey 16 10 2 34 74 68
Philadelphia 15 10 2 32 81 74 N.Y. Rangers 15 12 2 32 66 65 N.Y. Islanders 14 12 2 30 63 77 Pittsburgh 14 12 2 30 84 79
Northeast Division
W LOT Pts GF GA Ottawa 18 7 3 39 92 77
Boston 15 10 3 33 73 71
Montreal 14 11 4 32 83 85
Toronto 12 12 6 30 91 99
Buffalo 12 13 1 25 78 76
Southeast Division
W LOT Pts GF GA Carolina 16 11 3 35 96 89
Atlanta 14 14 1 29 80 96
Tampa Bay 13 13 3 29 89 87
Florida 13 15 1 27 76 81
Washington 10 17 2 22 71 85 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division
W LOT Pts GF GA Detroit 20 6 2 42 97 64
St. Louis 16 9 1 33 67 59
Columbus 13 11 5 31 74 73
Nashville 14 11 2 30 80 82
Chicago 14 12 2 30 83 80
Northwest Division
W LOT Pts GF GA Vancouver 16 10 2 34 77 66
Minnesota 16 11 2 34 72 74
Colorado 15 12 1 31 82 82
Edmonton 13 16 1 27 77 90
Calgary 11 13 5 27 78 88
Pacific Division
W LOT Pts GF GA San Jose 15 8 4 34 70 58
Dallas 15 11 4 34 85 78
Anaheim 14 13 4 32 77 88
Phoenix 12 15 0 24 64 78
Los Angeles 11 15 2 24 80 91
Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss or shootout loss.
Friday's Games
New Jersey 3, Washington 2
Detroit 5, Minnesota 0
Atlanta 4, N.Y. Rangers 2
Florida 3, N.Y. Islanders 0
Anaheim 5, Chicago 3
Ottawa 4, Dallas 2
St. Louis 4, Edmonton 3
San Jose 1, Phoenix 0
Colorado 2, Philadelphia 1
Saturday's Games
Boston 2, Toronto 1
Carolina 5, Montreal 1
Minnesota 2, Columbus 1
Washington 6, Atlanta 3
N.Y. Islanders 3, Tampa Bay 2, OT
Nashville 4, Anaheim 2
Pittsburgh at Vancouver, late
Buffalo at San Jose, late
Phoenix at Los Angeles, late Today's Games
Carolina at Detroit, 5 p.m.
New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers, 5 p.m.
Calgary at Chicago, 7 p.m.
St. Louis at Colorado, 8 p.m.
Monday's Games
Boston at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Anaheim at Columbus, 7 p.m.
New Jersey at Washington, 7 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.
Detroit at Nashville, 8 p.m.
Edmonton at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.
Vancouver at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.
MOVES
BASEBALL American League
NEW YORK YANKEESDesignated OF Branson Sardinha for assignment. Added LHP Andy Pettitte to the 40-man roster. National League
COLORADO ROCKIESTraded INF Jamey Carroll to Cleveland for a player to be named.
BASKETBALL NBA Development League
ANAHEIM ARSENALSigned G Will Blalock and G Yuta Tabuse. Continental Basketball Association
GREAT FALLS EXPLORERS Activated F Omar Guinea. Waived F Eric Strand.
RIO GRANDE VALLEY SILVERADOS Fired Steve Tucker, coach. Named Derrick Rowland interim coach.
OKLAHOMA CAVALRYAnnounced the resignation Derrick Rowland, assistant coach.
FOOTBALL National Football League
DENVER BRONCOSSigned WR Brandon Stokley to a three-year contract extension.
HOCKEY National Hockey League
ATLANTA THRASHERSClaimed F Mark Recchi off waivers from Pittsburgh.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS Activated D Duvie Westcott from injured reserve.
DALLAS STARSAssigned RW Junior Lessard to Iowa (AHL).
LOS ANGELES KINGSActivated LW Scott Thornton from injured reserve. Assigned D Jon Klemm to Manchester (AHL).
PHOENIX COYOTESAssigned D Brendan Bell to San Antonio (AHL). American Hockey League HAMILTON BULLDOGSRecalled F David Desharnais from Cincinnati (ECHL).
QUAD CITY FLAMESRecalled G Kevin Lalande from Las Vegas (ECHL). ECHL
CHARLOTTE CHECKERSLoaned G Curtis Darling to Syracuse (AHL).
COLLEGE
NAVYNamed Ken Niumatalolo football coach.
LECANTO
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McCray is a good player. This was our first test. I think it was our first challenge."
Despite the 14-point margin of victory, Nichols was glad to defeat a quality team.
"That (Wildwood) was a quality team," said Nichols. "Athletic, they came in averaging 46 rebounds per game. I thought they came out, hit us right between the eyes.
"Our guys adjusted and got ourselves back in the ball game. I thought we executed our press. I thought we executed offensively. I thought we had big games out of Victor, Nick, Stephen (Buckley), Stephen Quinn, Elijah and Eric Pugh."
Nichols was alos impressed with his team's defensive intensity.
"I thought that we did a good job defensively. We had a nice run. We outscored them 17-5. We started making some plays. Elijah started making some plays. We played solid offensively. Maybe, they got a little
cold, Once, we saw that McCray was their guy, we just kind of had to help off him and limit their others. They didn't have a shooter other than him, He hit a couple of threes. We did a good job of doubling off him. I think the press didn't get a lot of steals but I think that wears on the other team."
The Wildwood coach knew his team' had problems with sloppy shooting especially in the second quarter.
"I think we took some ill-advised shots," said Wildwood coach Von Moreland. "They were shots that were not in our repertoire. We need to maybe be a little more patient and that our best asset is to get the ball inside or take the ball to the basket. We had bad shot selection."
Moreland went on to praise his own team's effort and the skill of the Lecanto squad.
"We played hard, Moreland said. "We have to play smart and not make the little mental mistakes.
"They (Lecanto) are a real good team. They will have a real good season. We were glad we could come over and play them."
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women's race. The nearest female was Shelby Blass of Ocala. She ran a 22:52.
"I pulled a hamstring earlier in the week," Vilardi said. "Now, I am (having problems with the hamstring). I felt great going out with the men. I wanted to do well. It was good. It was hot. I didn't recognize any of the kids. I'm glad I can still walk This (victory) is my second. I try every other year. We are training for the Disney Half (Marathon) on Jan. 12. I probably made a mistake running today."
Crystal River's Thom Neal was the top men's masters runner with an 18:52 time.
Beverly Hills's Marjolein Baas was the top masters female runner with a time of 21:24.
Dunnellon's Danny Stevens Sr. made the race a comeback competition for himself. The 54-year-old triathlete has avoided running for four years due to injury. He has been competing in bicycle races but this marked his return to running. When he stopped racing, he was ranked third nationally in his age group.
"I ran the Crystal River
Triathlon four years ago," he said. "I am glad to be back It was hot. I want to be competitive if I do triathlons. I like it hot. I love the heat. We have been doing 24 hour bike races. I have to be able to do build up the heart muscle."
Another Dunnellon resident liked the way he felt after the race.
"I'm happy," said Todd Fitzgerald. "I'm in the offseason. I was really happy. I have a collegiate nationals (triathlon). I get to caveman training. I am looking forward to starting training in January. I don't think the heat was a major factor today."
There were 152 runners starting the race and race director Chris Moling had plenty to be happy about
"It's (the race) become a standard 'here in Inverness," said Moling. "It is running before the Christmas Parade and these athletes get to run before thousands of spectators. It's a safe course. It's a fun course. Everybody has a great time. We had perfect weather. We had a great turnout. All things turned out to be perfect. Lee Stephens, a first class athlete, came out here, wasn't even in shape and won this. Sheri Vilardi was nursing an injury and she still pulled it off."
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The chorus and orchestra are composed of some of the best trained voices and musicians In the UF community. This is a joyous celebration with some of the most inspiring music ever composed and a great way to herald in the Christmas holiday for the entire family.
Crystal River Hiph School Baseball
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Hole sponsors- SI 00 Players S75 S400 for four person team plus hole sponsorship Silent Auction Mulligans ~ Drinks ~ Food ~ Prizes
For more information call Don Kidd at 795-9506
This Light Shine event is brought to Ch County by Shepherd at the HIII& Hpis
Seating Is on a first come first seated basis. Admission for this event is a $10 donation, SS for students.
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Today in
Today is Sunday, Dec. 9, the 343rd day of 2007. There are 22 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Dec. 9, 1854, Alfred, Lord Tennyson's famous poem, "The Charge of the Light Brigade," was published in England.
On this date:
In 1940, British troops opened .their first major offensive in North Africa during World War II.
In 1941, China declared war on Japan, Germany and Italy.
In 1982, special Watergate prosecutor Leon Jaworski died at his Wimberly, Texas, ranch at age 77:
In 1987, the first Palestinian intefadeh, or uprising, began as riots broke out in Gaza and spread to the West Bank, triggering a strong Israeli counter-response.
In 1992, Britain's Prince Charles and Princess Diana announced their separation. (The couple's divorce became final Aug. 28,1996.)
Ten years ago: Confronting her critics, Attorney General Janet Reno traded testy remarks with Republicans on a House investigating committee as she defended her decision not to seek an independent counsel for fundraising calls made by President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore.
Five years ago: Senate Republican leader Trent Lott apologized for remarks he'd made praising the 1948 presidential run of then-segregationist Strom Thurmond, saying, "A poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embraced the discarded policies of the past."
One year ago: Discovery lighted up the sky in the first nighttime space shuttle launch in four years. A fire broke out at a Moscow drug treatment hospital, killing 45 women trapped by barred windows and a locked gate. Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy.
Today's Birthdays: Actor Kirk Douglas is 91. Actress Dina Merrill is 82. Actor Dick Van Patten is 79. Actor-writer Buck Henry is 77. Actress Dame Judi Dench is 73. Actor Beau Bridges is 66. Jazz singer-musician Dan Hicks is 66. Football Hall-of-Famer Dick Butkus is 65. Actor Michael Nouri is 62. Former Sen. Thomas Daschle, D-S.D., is 60. Actor John Malkovich is 54. Singer/game show host Donny Osmond is 50. Rock singer-musician Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers) is 38.
Thought for Today: "Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control." Arthur Schopenhauer, German philosopher (1788-1860).


December 9, 2007
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An ARM and a leg
Expansion of manatee habitat is necessary
Special to the Chronicle
Congratulations to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the governor for not down-listing the manatee. These creatures are vital .to Crystal River. There is still much more work to be done to insure survivability of the species and optimum coexistence .with man.
It seems logical that the FWC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife should adopt the same classification scheme as the World
Conservation Union. VOI This should be the same criteria and the same nomenclature. Only a third party with no political connections or economic interests should make the decisions regarding these animals.
Dr. K.C. Nayfield
with virtually all endangered species is habitat destruction due to development or pollution. We need to purchase more environmentally sensitive lands to give these animals a place to live forever.
We can also expand areas where manatees can live by cleaning up our coastal waters. Getting rid of pollution through more stringent laws and proper environmental engineering would help accomplish this as well as provide healthy vegetation as a food supply. Certain areas might quality 5ES for dredging to expand habitat as was done at the Blue Water site on the Homosassa. Apparently, this is working well and manatees are starting to frequent the area. It would be like keeping manatees away from boaters
away from manatees.
We need to reevaluate our spending regarding the manatee, as well. The budgets from the organizations are rumored to run more than $6 million per year. Manatees, for the most part, have been studied enough and it is time to do something.
With cutbacks in federal, state and local budgets, a good burden of the funding is going to fall on the shoulders of those who care. We should encourage support to the Save the Manatee Club and manatee license plate program.
It would also be wonderful if the very wealthy would find it in their hearts to donate much larger sums to the cause. Maybe it is time to give back a little to Florida.
Hey, Jimmy Buffett! How about taking some money from Margaritaville and sending it to Manateeville?
Gerry Mulligan
OUT THE WINDOW
AMhe facts fit to be twisted
One of the most difficult parts of being involved in the newspaper business is to understand that everyone has the right to an opinion, even if that opinion is exactly the opposite of how you might view the world.
Take, for instance, the correspondence I received this past week from a gentle reader in the Dunnellon area. He started off with that age-old question: "Are you an idiot?"
The reader said that I was a Bolshevik because our sports section published a story that suggested that Arkansas' Darren McFadden had a good chance of getting the Heisman Trophy. "We have a dog in this fight Tim Tebow," the gentle reader said.
How dare we publish a story that suggested that anyone other than Tebow could win college football's top honor?
The letter concluded: "I wish you would take your U.N. agenda and go back up north."
I didn't know the U.N. had an opinion about who should win the Heisman.
We shall be more careful about that in the future.
Please see WffTOW/Page 4C
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The common denominator and not trying to keep boaters
K.C. Nayfield is a veterinarian in Homosassa.
Special to the Chronicle
Manatees congregate in Crystal River's Three Sisters Springs, where they find warmth from the relatively cool waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Charlie Brennan
SHADES OF GRAY
Discouraging insurance prognosis
The last time I saw my doctor, he indicated the outlook was bleak No words of encouragement. There was no reason to think his office would start accepting my company's insurance.
I said it makes sense for me to see a doc in our plan. We shook hands and off I went.
With hope that things might have changed, this past week I decided to check again before going doctor shopping. A bunch of doctors around town recently signed onto our insurance plan, so I was hopeful my doctor's office of the past several years might be in reconsideration mode. Wrong.
On Wednesday, I had a conversation with the office manager of my doctor's office (technically and, I guess officially, now ex-doctor's office), which left my face red and blood pressure high.
During my inquiry last spring, the doctor told me insurance was a matter for the office manager.
When I spoke with the office manager this past week, I was told the doctors make such decisions.
Recap: Doctor says talk to office manager Office manager says doctors make the decisions.
That got the blood pressure on the rise.
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Don't upcharge customers for government TV
We think it's a bad idea that the Bright House cable company is taking away its coverage of local government from those customers who subscribe to basic cable in Citrus County.
As reported last week in the Chronicle, Bright House, which serves more than 30,000 households in Citrus County, plans to move the local government access channel to a digital tier and charge an additional $1 a month.
That's a bad deal for consumers, and we urge the county commission to intervene.
The government channel broadcasts live meeting coverage of the county commission, and city council meetings in Inverness and Crystal River. It also broadcasts the proceedings in county court and from other civic and community events.
It's an easy'way for citizens to tune into what's going on with local government.
Bright House says it must move the government channel because it's converting to a fully digital system. While it's only a buck, and Bright House is offering an additional 16 channels as part of this modified tier, we still
THE ISSUE:
Taking public access off of basic cable.
OUR OPINION:
County should block the move.
think it's a bad practice to say customers who can only afford basic service can no longer watch their government in action.
Citrus County has a lot of senior citizens who can't get out of the house and attend public meetings. And many of them are on a fixed income and can't afford anything but the basic level of cable service. County government gives the franchise to Bright House so it can sell its service in Citrus County. In both Tampa and St. Petersburg, local government has responded to similar Bright House moves by threatening lawsuits to stop the effort to move these local-access stations off the basic cable package.
Citrus County should investigate what actions it can take to stop this from happening. Many families in Citrus County pay more than $100 a month for their combined cable and Internet service. The Bright House change won't impact them at all.
But the households that can least afford higher costs are the ones that will no longer have the opportunity to watch their local government in action. That should not happen.
United Way contributions needed
The United Way of Citrus County needs your help. While most people in the workforce are asked to make a contribution to the annual United Way campaign, more than 50 percent of the residents in our community are retired.
Everyone's help is needed this holiday season to help United Way raise the funds needed for the 23 nonprofit agencies that serve our community. We are asking every household to contribute $20.08 to the effort. If you give more, that's great. But everyone's help is needed.
Please send your contributions, payable to United Way, to:
United Way of Citrus County c/o Citrus County Chronicle, 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL, 34429 You can also drop off your contributions at either of our offices. Thanks for helping out.
United Way
Gerry Mulligan
Chronicle publisher and United Way board member
Scary movies
I'm calling in reference to the teen drivers. I, too, have a teen driver who's 15 years old and I am very strict with the issue of the cell phone use. I do not let him pick up his cell phone when it rings and I tell him he is not going to talk on the cell phone while he is driving. Also, I think that I'm in my 40s I think that they should bring back driver's ed. Those movies in driver's ed scared the you-know-what out of me. Even my husband, who is in his 40s, remembers those movies to these days, where you see the injuries, you hear the injuries. They were awful and that might scare some of these kids into driving safer, as well. Please look into having the driver's ed put back into high school, just like we
I INI") nac' anc* guarantee you Vy^T* these kids will not drive the f JTT way they do, going 100 z^JMf mph to try to get home before their curfew's up.
Thanks for help
Thank you to a good person. While shopping at the Food Ranch in Inglis one Saturday, I was in line waiting to be checked out. There was a wonderful woman ahead of me and after she checked things out, she had the cashier run my few items up on hers. I immediately said, "Oh, that's my shopping." This kind person ahead of me said, "Oh, that's all right, I'll take care of that." I felt bad, as I was ready to pay for my own. This kind lady said to me, "Merry Christmas," with that sweet smile at me. I know I wish I had gotten her name. Wish she would read this article and send me her name.
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Don't worry
In response to John R. Hogan of Hernando, Nov. 30, concerning your letter to the editor:
God bless your daughter if she's ever a POW, but if she follows the lead of her superiors, she probably won't
John McCain you mentioned, he spent too much time as a POW.
As for the rest of your letter: If you're doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry about.
Kenneth L. Bradshaw Jr.
Inverness
Governing codes
Out of all issues or situations needing attentiveness for Citrus County commissioners, one might wonder why it was necessary to publish a performance and pay raise of an appointed administrator.
Perhaps commissioners didn't read Administration Regulation 7.18-2,3 and 4. Obviously, the administrator did not read them. These governing codes explain employee relations concerning random testing and reasonable suspicion guidelines, for administrator and county commissioners, to obtain ruled responsiveness to possible drinking problems of those employed.
Are we to believe there was no problem with any employee regarding alcoholism and what of those legal documents supporting these issues? Are these aftermath statements actual false accusations in supportive decision to firing of an administrative assistant? Now are we expected to sponsor false accusations, inactions of elected and appointed governmental officials to serious community safety issues, while believing these behaviors constitute a raise and the acclamation of efficiency?
This board needs to respond to their inactions to Administration
to the Editor
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As for the Chronicle being biased, it possesses the sense of ethics, made a retraction and owned up to its mistake. To be biased, one must be predisposed or influential in one direction, making this prejudicial stater ment of the Chronicle, one of falla--cious contention.
Sandra Brasmeister
Inverness
Shop locally
Regulation 7.18-2, 3 and 4. Citrus County community deserves explanation to the character of elected and appointed governmental leadership and issues of safety for our community. Citrus County has a right to expect clear and responsive declaration to formal issues, answers to false reporting and point of fact disregards of important safety factors, failure of comprehension/execution to governmental codes and publicly announcing acceptance to circumstances that lead a community into false conformations.
Perhaps the recent publication of this administrative raise and board satisfaction of performance utilization, might be a good clipping for another position elsewhere, but for Citrus County, many don't believe it would make a good item for a resume. Come election time; commissioners just may itemize their own employment history to include, "It is better to never own a response to important issues, than it is to prove inability to
In hard economic times such as I these, many people are looking for ways to help others as well as themselves. They fail to realize the solution is a simple one shop locally. When residents of Citrus County shop at businesses owned by other resiJ dents, their money stays in Citrus, unlike when they shop at a franchise and the money is sent to other cities and even other countries.
When was the last time the CEO of Wal-Mart ate at your restaurant, or had their hair cut at your salon? Every dollar you spend at a local restaurant, grocery store or hardware store is a dollar toward improving your community and helping your neighbors.
If you are thinking, "I don't own,a business. This doesn't help me," you are wrong. You are most likely employed by a small business. What happens to you if your boss can't afford to employ you anymore? Your spending habits have far-reaching consequences.
The next time you go shopping or out to eat, bypass the mega-stores and chain restaurants and stop by that little store. You will most surely be i greeted by a friendly smile and your business will actually be appreciated. Help keep Citrus County unique.
Nannette Campbell
Crystal River
the chronicle invites you to call "Sound Off" with your opinions on any subject You do not need to leave your name and have up to 30 seconds to record. comments will be edited for length, personal attacks and good taste. Editors will cut libelous material. opinions expressed are purely those of the callers.


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