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MoonPie DVDs are in Attention MoonPie parents, the DVDs of the 2013 MoonPie Pageant are now available at the Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call (850) 5845366.Library closed for Independence DayThe Taylor County Public Library will be closed Thursday, July 4. The library will re-open Friday, July 5.City announces holiday scheduleThe City of Perry has announced the following garbage collection schedule for the 4th of July week: Thursday customers will receive service today (Wednesday); city ofces will be closed Thursday; Friday customers will receive service as regularly scheduled. Serving the Tree Capital of the South Since 1961 TacoTimes 50 One Section52nd year, No. 27www.perrynewspapers.comWednesdayJuly 3, 2013 Index Editorial . .................. A-2 Living . ...................... A-4 Sports . ..................... A-5 Religion . ................... A-6 Community . ............. A-8 Classieds . .............. A-9Weather Wednesday 86 7380% Thursday91 73 60% 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks Steinhatchee Thursday, July 4 Independence Day weekend happenings also in Madison, Greenville, Horseshoe Beach & LeeNews Forum Taylor County School Board Member Danny Glover has been named principal of Lafayette County Elementary School (LCES) in Mayo. Glover, who was elected to his seat in 2010, has been teaching physical education and fourth-grade reading at LCES for the past four years. He also coached soccer and was twice named the Gainesville Suns Small School Soccer Coach of the Year. He ofcially started his new position on Monday, July 1, but has been lling in as principal for the past several weeks. According to Glover, the previous principal resigned effective June 30 and he applied for the open position. Following an extensive interview process, he was chosen to become the new principal for the school, which serves approximately 650 students from Pre-K to fth grade. The former principal subsequently took a different position in the district, which necessitated Glover beginning his new job early, he said. He began his full-time teaching career at Taylor County High School, where he taught for one year before losing his job due to district budget cuts. Prior to that, he both coached and served as a substitute teacher for several years. Florida Statutes prohibits school board members from working within the district they represent. Glover said his position on the school board here will help him in his new position as principal because he learns about issues coming down from state education ofcials in Tallahassee quicker, which will give him additional time to prepare for their impact. Danny GloverGlover named principal of Mayo elementary school in Lafayette Co. Parker elected chief judge of Third CircuitThe Honorable Greg Parker of Perry assumed the responsibilities of chief judge for the Third Judicial Circuit Monday, July 1. Judge Parker was elected by the 13 other judges in the circuit to serve a twoyear term as chief judge, a position previously held by Leandra Johnson. The Third Judicial Circuit includes Columbia, Dixie, Hamilton, Lafayette, Madison, Suwannee and Taylor counties. The chief judge has administrative responsibility for the seven-county judicial circuit and represents the circuit at statewide events. Parkers ofce is located in Perry, where his case load includes circuit civil, circuit criminal, domestic relations, probate and guardianship, mental health, and Baker and Marchman Act cases. Parker served in the United States Navy, earned a bachelors degree from the University of Florida and a juris doctorate from Florida State University. He was admitted to The Florida Bar in 1984 and has served on their Board of Governors. He was elected to serve as a circuit judge in 2008 and took ofce in January 2009. He was also appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court to serve on the Trial Court Budget Commission. Judge Greg Parker Hospital devastated by Mutnals passing The Taylor County medical community is mourning the loss of fellow physician and friend, Dr. Bas Mutnal, who died unexpectedly Sunday, June 30. He was 65. Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at Trinity Memorial Funeral Home in Trinity (Fla.). His family will receive friends from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a Hindu religious service will follow. Dr. Mutnal and his wife, Lalitha, were recruited to Perry in August 2007 to ll a need in the community for a primary care physician as well as a MD anesthesiologist, Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH) ofcials said. Our DMH family is devastated by this loss. Mutnal was a board certied internal medicine physician (his wife is a anesthesiologist) and most recently worked at the DMH Medical Plaza in the family practice clinic. The Mutnals came to Perry from Michigan where he had been in practice for 25 years. While his intent was to slow down with his move to Perry, between his patients in the clinic and performing outpatient procedures at the hospital, he maintained a busy pace. In addition to donating some of his own paintings to the DMH Foundation as part of recent fund-raisers, the Mutnals were among early foundation supporters. The couple donated $25,000 during the early stages of the foundations establishment. Mutnal was also interested in aviation, owned his own Dr. Bas Mutnal Steinhatchee middle school students face long bus rides to Perry for class The Taylor County School Board has approved a recommendation from Supt. of Schools Paul Dyal to re-classify Steinhatchee School as a K-5 (kindergarten through fth grade) facility. The change cuts the schools middle school classes, which serve grades six, seven and eight. Dyals recommendation included the provision of having those students transported to Taylor County Middle School for instruction. The change will mean that some students could face up to 10-hour days (including bussing to and from classes). The action was taken during a special noon meeting held Friday; it passed in a 4-1 vote with School Board Member Danny Glover objecting. Board members Brenda Carlton, Danny Lundy, Darrell Whiddon and Danny Glover said they had all grappled with the decision for the past several weeks, Feels good! Even though he is only four, Trey Lytle obviously knows how to get things doneand who to call when he needs help! Earlier this week, he asked to call his grandfather, Rodney Lytle. Unbeknownst to his parents, the call was to ask his Papa to take him to the new Splash Pad at Rosehead Park. So when his granddad showed up for the splash pad date, his parents had to laugh at their sons ingenuity. The four-year-old, shown above, was among nearly a dozen children taking advantage of sunny breaks between rainstorms to enjoy the park Tuesday afternoon. Please see page 3 Steep retirement mandates weigh heavily on city, county budgets Of all the bills passed this spring by the Florida Legislature, the one expected to have the biggest nancial impact on local governments in Taylor County is SB 1810, which is projected to cost the county, city and school board an estimated $890,000 this coming scal year. The bill increases the rates employers, including local governments, must contribute to the Florida Retirement System (FRS) pension program for their employees which participate in the program. In some cases, the increases are three-fold the previous contribution rates. According to the bill, employees must be provided benets that are fair and adequate and that are managed, administered, and funded in an actuarially sound manner. 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employees upon retirement. (Retirement benets are computed on the basis of age and/or years of service, average nal compensation and service credit.) A separate bill introduced during the legislative session seeking to end the FRS pension plan altogether and instead require employees to participate in the FRS investment program plan failed. SB 1810 passed 117-0 in the House and 40-0 in the Senate. Both Taylor County representatives, Sen. Bill Montford and Rep. Halsey Beashears, voted in favor of the measure. According to County Administrator Jack Brown, the changes are expected to cost an estimated $113,000 for county employees and $226,000 for sheriffs ofce employees. When the remainder of the constitutional ofcers employees are added, the total cost to the county is projected to be $500,000. Superintendent Paul Dyal said the impact to the school district for next year is estimated to be $330,000. Meanwhile, City Finance Director Penny Staffney said they are projecting the impact to the city at $60,000. She noted that the Perry Police Department and Perry Fire Department do not participate in the FRS and utilize a separate high-risk program. Florida law requires employers to contribute a certain percentage for each employee enrolled in the system based on the class of employment. In 2011, the legislature also required employees who participate in the FRS to contribute three percent of their salary to the program. With the passage of SB 1810, which Gov. Rick Scott signed into law in May and went into effect Monday, the required employer contribution rates include: includes most employees): 6.95 percent, up from 5.18 percent; includes reghters and law enforcement personnel): 19.06 percent, up from 14.9 percent; and local): 33.03 percent, up from 10.23 percent; (includes city and county managers and superintendents): 18.31 percent, up from 6.3 percent; and 12.84 percent, up from 5.44 percent. Barring any further changes to the formulas by the legislature, the increases facing the county, city and school board will be a new annual expense for all three agencies. A-3 Taco Times July 3, 2013 plane and was involved in with performing aviation physicals for fellow pilots. However, co-workers said that his greatest pride rested in the accomplishments of his son, who is about to complete his residency in orthopedics. Patients were individually contacted regarding news of Mutnals death and given the option to see other doctors. ofcials are monitoring local river levels, which are on the rise after the past several days rainfall with an additional three inches or more forecast today (Wednesday) and Thursday. The Steinhatchee is rising at 12.53 feet, but is still about ve feet below where we become concerned about the potential of river ooding, Coordinator Steve Spradley said Tuesday. Weve seen the Steinhatchee rise 10 feet in four days (last summer), so it warrants attention. He added that the Suwannee River Water Management Districts (SRWMD) work last year in the Mallory Swamp area should help mitigate ooding impacts along the Steinhatchee from another bout of signicant rain like what was seen last summer. rising, but at least four feet below ood stage at Cabbage Grove. The Aucilla at Lamont is 47.88 feet with ood stage at 51.9 feet and Nutall Rise was at 7.9 feet at yesterdays high tide mark, Spradley said. In 2012 we received upwards of 40 inches of rain in three months, which contributed to our ood events. We had lower than average rainfall this May--4.16 inches--and averaged 10 inches in June. at mid normal levels, he said. We will continue to monitor the river levels throughout the week and we will be in communication and the National Weather Service (NWS). We dont anticipate extended ooding like we experienced last summer at this time. According to the NWS, a plume of deep tropical moisture is forecast to overspread the Big Bend region today and into Thursday as upper level troughing remains west of the area. Within this plume of tropical moisture, bands of thunderstorms are expected to develop and produce high rainfall rates. These thunderstorms will have the potential to train over the same areas and produce heavy rainfall amounts, forecasters said. Given that the ground is saturated due to recent heavy rainfall in the area, the potential for ash ooding will increase. General rainfall amounts of two to ve inches are expected across the area by the end of Friday. The highest average rainfall amounts are expected to be along the Gulf coast, roughly from Panama City to St. Marks. In localized areas where bands of thunderstorms train, isolated amounts of six to 10 inches are possible. Tuesday afternoon, the NWS in Tallahassee issued a ood watch for all of southeast Alabama, southwest and south central Georgia and the Florida Big Bend and Panhandle from Tuesday evening until Friday morning. Ofcials monitoring river levels as rains continue New state standards force boards hand? RETIREMENT Continued from page 1 Beshears, Montford voted in favor of retirement bill MUTNAL Continued from page 1Patients contacted individually with each stating they had talked to numerous sources up and down the educational scale to nd an alternative to closing the middle school. Board member Kenneth Dennis did not offer any input during discussions regarding the recommendation. I know we are grasping at straws, but what if we separate it into two entirely different schools. I know they did that in one district and had a fence line right down the middle separating the schools? Whiddon asked. Dyal said that would not be feasible, considering the small number of middle school students. I just wanted to put it on the table. I know we are grasping at straws, but Whiddon said. So now we are hearing from the state that there are issues with the FCAT (Florida Comprehensive Assessment Tests) test themselves and that a committee has been formed to review the results. We recognize that Steinhatchee is uniquebut still there is no excuse to be an F school. If they do receive an F, then why cant we tell them alright you have a year to get things together after that, this is the reality of the consequences we are facing? Glover said. Dyals recommendation to recongure the school sprang from a continued decline in its school grade and the need for the district as a whole to put together a turnaround plan for other failing schools in the district. School is projected to be receive a D grade for the second year in a row.) He also advocated the change as a way to comply with new state laws regarding class offerings for middle school students as well as compliance with the looming Common Core standards that will greatly impact instructional deliveries in 2014-15. The elephant in the room is -. With this recommendation, we are trying to be proactive and include this change as part of the districts turnaround plan, Dyal said. There just really is no win-win decision, Lundy said. When Carlton called for a motion regarding Dyals recommendation, there was a lengthy pause before Dennis offered a motion for approval. Several more minutes passed before Whiddon offered a second. Its inevitableI hate it, he said. Carlton asked if the motion could be modied to include provisions to readdress the issue if Steinhatchee received an inux of middle school students allowing the classes to be re-instated. Im not going to agree with that, Dennis said. Dennis motion failed, with a 1-4 vote. Whiddon then made a motion to approve Dyals recommendation with an added clause to work to reestablish the sixth, seventh and eight grades if the numbers become viable for each grade. That motion passed 4-1 with Glover casting the lone no vote. STEINHATCHEE Continued from page 1 Children of all ages have been enjoying the Splash Pad at Rosehead Park which opened late last week. Summer hours (when work crews are not on the grounds) are sun up to sun down


A-4 Taco Times July 3, 2013 Living Before summer break, students tackled animal cells at TCMS Cells probably arent among the summertime conversations of any of these sixth grade students, but before the school year ended, the topic was front and center. Phyllis Yates science class at Taylor County Middle School created a walk through Eukaryotic animal cell and invited the entire school to visit. This created a handson experience and better understanding for all who participated, said Yates. The representation of the cell was fashioned from a tent embellished with swim noodles and balloons. Is anybody gardening in July and August? Even garden enthusiasts admit that taking care of plants and landscapes during the brutal months of July and August can be a chore. Plagued by high temperatures and high humidity, these months challenge the dedication of backyard warriors. But there is still work to be done! If you can catch a pleasant morning, or even a late afternoon when showers have cooled the breezes, you might want to add a little color to your surroundings. Mandevilla or allamanda are colorful vines for summer. The owers of buttery vine (Mascagnia macroptera) are not quite as showy, but this evergreen vine does bear yellow blooms followed by seed pods. These vines need full sun (and, typically, theres plenty out there). Vinca, narrow leaf or Profusion zinnias, portulaca, purslane, melampodium, beach sunower, lantana or pentas can take sun all afternoon. For shade or partial shade, use coleus and Sunpatiens. If you have lowmaintenance roses (such as Knock Out and Carefree Beauty), they are probably peaking, along with crape myrtles which come in a myriad of colors. Enjoy these summer beauties! Gardening books recommend mowing your lawn once a week, not lower than 1.5 inches for centipede or 3 inches for St. Augustine. If the weather dries out, mow higher. Fertilization is not recommended for lawns in summer, except for newlyplanted areas. Remember to change the water frequently in bird baths and to check your yard for any potential mosquitobreeding areas (even the top of a plastic drink bottle cam harbor the insects. Summer brings family reunionsBird IslandThe annual Bird Island Reunion will be held Saturday, July 6, with all friends and family members invited. Lunch will be served at 12 noon. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share. Come and enjoy our beautiful island, the Wood Family encourages.EzellThe Ezell Family Reunion will be held next Sunday, July 14, at Day Community Center beginning at 11 a.m. For additional information, please call Zelda Dietrick at 386-294-2080 or Libby Singletary at 386-294-1168. (TCMS students pictured at left include Ziyon Smith, Kaitylyn McGufe, Kaleb Poppell, Christian Linton, JerKeara Clayton and JaDakist Campbell.)


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A-6 Taco Times July 3, 2013 Religion Dorothy Raye CarusoDorothy Raye Caruso, 76, of Perry, died Sunday, June 30, 2013. Mrs. Caruso was born March 25, 1937, in Baltimore, Md., to Charles and Callie (Garwood) Wood. Mrs. Caruso was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Francis Caruso; three sisters, Lillian Emerick, Betty Wood and Jo Ella Hines, all of Maryland. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Perry. Survivors include: six children, David Caruso of Maryland, Deborah (James) McDonough of Delaware, Dorothy (Jeff) HeimbachMorton of Maryland; Michael Caruso of Florida, Laura (Russell) Hines of Pennsylvania and Stephen and (Jennifer) Caruso of Perry; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held today, July 3, at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Larry Neal ofciating. Memorial contributions may be made to Big Bend Hospice or First Presbyterian Church. All arrangements are under the care of Joe P. Burns Funeral Home.Dr. Basavaraj Mutnal Dr. Basavaraj Mutnal, M.D., 65, died on Sunday, June 30, 2013. Family members will receive friends today (July 3) from 12 noon until service time at 1:30 p.m. at Trinity Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel in Trinity, Fla.Leonard FlorenceLeonard Florence, 80, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013. Mr. Florence was a member of New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include: one daughter, Carolyn Florence of Perry; two sons, Leonard Florence and Fred Florence, both of Perry; one brother, David Johnson of Gainesville; four sisters, Luretha Wilkins, Earkie Brown, Leana Little and Letrishy Gillum, all of Gainesville, nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., today Wednesday, July 3) at New Mt. Zion M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Springhill Cemetery. Visitation and viewing was held from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 2, at EvansWalker Funeral Home which is in charge of all arrangements. Card of Thanks Walking With Legends Owner Glenn Dice would like to thank the following men for their help and equipment while toiling in the hot sun: Clay Buckley, Allen Woods, Richard Cone and sons, Mike Howard, Auley Rowell, Walter Rowell, Lamar Dice, Ed Straka, Buddy Sapp, George Curran, Cline Moore, Preston Gainer, Ronnie People Jr. and the Shady Grove City Hall, Melvin Deshazior Jr., Charlie Starling, Clay Olson, Brother Dan Fisher, Brad Shefeld, and especially my wife, Viola Dice, for tolerating my dreams and ambitions. I love you honey, 32 years. Bull Buddy Dice, 29 months old, Black Angus offspring of a registered Black Angus herd. (Can be seen at 4734 Ira Smith Rd., Shady Grove) It goes to show you if you believe in God, anything is possible. Your help and prayers are truly appreciated. Gentlemen and ladies, thank you very much; this has been a true adventure. ObituariesBoaters heading out to sea from Keaton Beach boat ramp between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6 will be offered an opportunity to have their boat blessed with a prayer for safety and a good harvest. The Rev. Aquilla Hanson and some of his parishioners from St. James Episcopal Church will greet boaters as they prepare their boats for the launch. Church members will be on hand to present the boaters with Koozies in remembrance of the Blessing of the Fleet and tucked inside each Koozie will be a copy of the blessing. The activity was well received last year and many asked if it would be an annual event.Blessing of the FleetSaturday, July 6, from 9-11 a.m. at Keaton Beach Boat Ramp V.B.S. begins Sunday for San Pedro ChurchLifeWays Jungle Jaunt will set the stage for Vacation Bible School this summer at San Pedro Baptist Church. Scheduled for July 7-12, classes will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Fun Day kicks off the week this Saturday, July 6, from 2-4 p.m. Food, games and prizes are promised. Everyone is invited.


A-8 Taco Times July 3, 2013 Community AARP: last Wed., 10 a.m. at Perry Shrine Club. Kiwanis Club: Wednesdays, noon, Perry Elks Lodge on Puckett Road. MainStreet Perry: fourth Tuesday, 5:30 p.m., Perry Historic Station. NAACP: rst Sunday, 5 p.m., at Jerkins Community Center. Optimist Club: Thursday, noon at Rosehead, downtown Perry. Perry Garden Club: third Wednesday, 10 a.m. Perry Elks Lodge: second and fourth Tuesday, 7 p.m. Perry Lodge #187: rst and third Tues., 6 p.m., Masonic Hall. Perry Masonic Lodge 123: meets rst and third Monday, 7:30 p.m. Perry Shrine Club: fourth Thursday at 7 p.m. (club house located on Courtney Road). Perry Womans Club: second Wed., noon (September to May). Rotary Club: Tues., noon at Rosehead Junction. Taylor County Leadership Council: second and fourth Friday, 7 p.m., Jerkins Community Center. Vogue XIII: rst Mon., 7:30 p.m. Call 584-2404. Airport Advisory Committee: fourth Wednesday, 12 noon, Perry-Foley Airport. City Council: second and fourth Tues., at 5:30 p.m. County Commission: rst Mon. and third Tues. at 5:30 p.m., courthouse annex; workshop, fourth Tues., 5 p.m. Planning Board: rst Thurs., 6 p.m. Courthouse annex (old post ofce). Taylor County Construction License Board Meeting: third Fri., 2 p.m., courthouse annex. Taylor County School Board: rst and third Tues., 6 p.m. Taylor Coastal Water and Sewer: fourth Tuesday at 18820 Beach Road, 3 p.m. Taylor Soil & Water Conservation District Board: fourth Monday, 7 p.m., Foley Airport terminal conference room. Diabetes classes: every Tuesday, 3 p.m., Doctors Memorial Hospital. FAMU Alumni Chapter: second Monday, 7 p.m., Jerkins Community Center. Friends of the Taylor County Public Library: last Monday of the month, 5:30 p.m., public library. Girl Scouts Service Unit: rst Tuesday, 7 p.m., Scout Hut. Habitat for Humanity: second Thursday, 5:30 p.m., Capital City Bank, Rm. #208. Helping Hands of the Shelter: second Tuesday, 6 p.m., Chamber of Commerce. Home Educators League of Perry: Forest Capital Hall. Call 584-6866 or visit on-line htt:taylor. ifas.u.edu. Muskogee Creek Indian Nation: second and fourth Sat., 7 p.m. Tribal grounds, Lyman Hendry Road. Muskogee Creek Indian Tribe: second Saturday, 3 p.m., Oak Hill Village on Woods Creek Road. National Wild Turkey Federation (Yellow Pine Drummers): holds open monthly meeting on rst Thursday, Golden Corral, 7 p.m. Call 584-9185. Parrot Heads in Perry-dise Club: meets the second and fourth Wednesday, 7 p.m. Call 843-1469 for location. Perry Alliance of Ministers & Pastors (P.A.M.P.): meets second Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Little St. John P.B. Church. Pet adoptions: Taylor County Animal Shelter, open Monday through Friday. Call 838-3525. Republican Party of Taylor County: second Thursday, 6 p.m., at Rigonis Cookhouse on Highway 19 North. Call 5845878. Search & Rescue Riders #1135 of Christian Motorcyclists Assoc.: 4th Saturday, 9 a.m. at Golden Corral Restaurant. Taylor Adult Program (TAP): Thursdays, 10 a.m., 502 N. Center Street. 223-0393. Taylor Coastal Communities Association: second Tuesday, 6 p.m., at the district building on Beach Road. Taylor County Brotherhood: meets on Mondays, 7 p.m., at New Brooklyn; every third Saturday, 9 a.m., at Stewart Memorial. Taylor County Brotherhood Choir: meets every Thursday, 6 p.m., at Stewart Memorial. Chamber of Commerce: second Thurs., 8 a.m., chamber board room. Taylor County Development Authority: second Mon., noon, at Historic Perry Station. Taylor County Historical Society: third Mon., 7 p.m. Historical Society building. Societys museum is open every Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Taylor County Horsemans Association Horse Show: practice roping every Friday, 7 p.m.; second Saturday, registration, 3 p.m.; ride, 4 p.m. Arena is located on Bishop Blvd. Free admission. Taylor County Quilters: Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, public library. Taylor County Reef Research Team: second Tuesday, 7 p.m., Forest Capital Hall. Taylor County Senior Center: Executive Board of Directors meeting, every third Thursday. Taylor County United: second Mon., 7 p.m., Evangel Christian Fellowship. Tourism Development Council: second Thurs., 12 noon, Chamber of Commerce. Whole Child Taylor-Shared Service Network: fourth Mon., 9 a.m., Alton H. Wentworth Administrative Complex. Yarn Lovers Circle: rst and third Thursday, 9:30 a.m., Taylor County Public Library. AL-ANON: meets every Thursday at noon, St. James Episcopal Church. Alzheimers Support Group: meets every fourth Thursday, 10:30 a.m., First Presbyterian Church. Big Bend Hospice Advisory Council: fourth Tuesday at 1 p.m., Big Bend Hospice ofce. Celebrate Recovery: a nondenominational, Christ-centered recovery ministry meets Thursdays at 6 p.m., in the First Baptist Church Youth Center (old Citizens Bank building). Friends and Family of Sexual Assault Survivors Support Group: fourth Tuesday, 6-7 p.m., Glorious Rain Church. For information, call 843-0158. Narcotics Anonymous: Sun., Tues., Wed., Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 12 noon Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception (Parish Center), 2750 S. Byron Butler Pkwy. Call: (877) 340-5096. Perry Winners Group of Alcoholics Anonymous: Friday, 8 p.m.; Heritage House, 317 N. Orange St. AMVETS Post 20: third Saturday, 9 a.m., at Golden Corral Restaurant. American Legion Post #291 (Steinhatchee): second Thursday, 7 p.m. American Legion Post #96: rst Tues., 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, Center St. Sons of Confederate Veterans: fourth Thursday at North Orange Street. Call 5845725 or 838-2045. VFW Post #9225: second Tuesday, 7 p.m. (American Legion building). CIVIC GROUPS GOVERNMENT INTERESTS SUPPORT GROUPS VETERANSTo add your organization free of charge, please call 584-5513 or e-mail newsdesk@perrynewspapers.comCommunity CalendarPlease call 584-5513 to update your current calendar listing. Florida wildflowers are in full bloom at DMH exhibit Taylor Countys Master Gardeners are sponsoring the Florida Wildower Foundations Viva Florida 500 exhibit La Florida: 500 Years in the Place of Flowers July 15 through Aug. 30 at Doctors Memorial Hospital (DMH) in the front lobby. The exhibit commemorates the natural history and culture of Florida, which Juan Ponce de Leon named in 1513. Roughly translated, La Florida means place or land of owers. The display includes 15 large-format photos by nature photographer John Moran of Gainesville, perfectly illustrating the timeless beauty of wildowers. The stunning exhibit captures the intricate, timeless appeal of Floridas native owers, while an accompanying panel relates the history and culture of early Florida. Traveling the Sunshine State with his cameras, Moran seeks his vision of natural Florida as it must have appeared to Ponce de Leon. His photography has appeared in numerous books and magazines including National Geographic, Life, Time, Newsweek, Smithsonian, The New York Times Magazine and the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Florida. When it leaves Taylor County, the exhibit will travel to such cities as Naples, Lake Wales and Gainesville to botanical gardens, museums and more. The exhibit is sponsored by the Florida Wildower Foundation with proceeds from State Wildower license plate sales. To learn more about Floridas wildowers and the work of the Foundation, please visit online at www. FlaWildowers.org. A photo exhibit illustrating the timeless beauty July 15 through Aug. 30, sponsored by the Pine lily-Lilium catesbaei Atamasco lily-Zephyranthes atamasca Beach morning glory-Ipomoea imperati


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