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This newspaper named 2007 Business of the Year - Alachua Chamber of Commerce 250
Calderwood replaced by Burgess
Newly elected Commissioner Hardacre assumes Seat 5
By SARA POWELL
ALACHUA - At Monday
night's City Commission meeting,
commissioners played what looked
like a round of musical chairs as they
shuffled to assume the new roles they
will be filling for. at least the next
In a seemingly unexpected move,
Mayor Jean Calderwood swiftly
made nominations, for* mayor and
vice-mayor. But Calderwood did not
nominate herself. Instead, the two-
year mayor put Vice-Mayor Bonnie
Burgess' name in the hat for the top
spot and Commissioner Gib Coerper
up for Vice-Mayor.
Newly elected commissioner
Gary Hardacre had only been sitting
in former commissioner James
Lewis' seat for a few minutes when
now former Mayor Calderwood
announced her intention to pass along
the title to Burgess and nominate
Coerper as vice-mayor.
"I have been privileged. and
honored to serve as mayor,"
.Calderwood said. "But it's time for
me to pass the gavel to Vice-Mayor
Continued on page AS
Spring has sprung
Alachua's 7th Annual Spring Festival
B a" a -i
S. BRYAN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
A multicolored display of colorful springtime blooms caught this young girl's attention Sunday at Alachua's 7th
Annual SDrina Festival in the downtown area.
By CRAIG COX
ALACHUA - Roses and tulips
attracted a different kind of buzz
Sunday when thousands of people
gathered to celebrate Alachua's 7th
Annual Spring Festival.
The festival, sponsored by the
City of Alachua and the Alachua
Business League (ABL), brought a
petting zoo, arts and crafts, sparkling
jewelry, colorful gardens,, artists,
musicians, food vendors and other
small businesses to the city from 11
'a.m. to 5 p.m.
Newly elected Alachua Mayor
Mayor Bonnie Burgess, dressed in
bright colors complete with a sun
hat and smile, greeted passersby,
and Commissioner Gib Coerper was
spotted traversing the street, chatting
with visitors and Alachua citizens.
A belly dancer set up shop along
the route to showcase her talent and
attract students to learn the trade,
and. community organizations and
churches took the opportunity to
spread their materials and accept
donations for various causes.
Continued on page A10
County at odds
on fire service
By CRAIG COX
LaCrosse - Town of
LaCrosse officials have hit
a dead end with County
officials over fire service.
LaCrosse and County
officials met Monday night
at LaCrosse Town Hall to
discuss proposed' budget
cuts and levels of service of
the town's fire department.
Town officials have
recently been hammering
for more funds because the
LaCrosse .Fire Department
responds to more calls for
the 'county than the town
However, rather than
offering more money to
fund the fire coverage,
County officials said they
would have to cut the fire
response budget more than
11 percent. The current
agreement is for the County
to pay LaCrosse $128,990
for fire services 'outside the
town limits, but County
officials want lo reduce that
rate and receive the same
LaCrosse Mayor Diane
Dubberly said if the funding
for fire services is cut, the
S LACROSSE FD:
Continued on page A7
to guide Archer in
city manager search
.ARCHER - Alachua.
City Manager Clovis
Watson, Jr. has agreed to
I*assist the City of Archer as
a consultant, free of charge,
in an effort to find the city a
"We are most
appreciative because we
need his expertise," said
Archer's most recent
city manager, Hugh
Williams, was .hired on
an interim basis, but he
was fired at the last City
Commission meeting for
what was described, by
Lopez as insubordination,
which left the city without
Watson agreed at a
meeting last Thursday to
help his 'Watson
with all his experience,
"I think it's always
important for municipalities
to reach out and assist their
sister cities during a difficult
time,".Watson said. "That's
just the right thing to do."
Continued on pag A 7
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GLA N C E
up to repair burned
For complete story...
WARD SCOTT RECEIVES
PLANT ABOUT TO BLOOM AWARD
; � Century
.'i��, bloom, then
Photo courtesy ofCallie Bowdish die.
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SSanta Fe College
For complete story.. ., A4
County may shut down
High Springs cat shelter
By TRACEY MCMANUS
HIGH SPRINGS - The chorus
of purring cats has blended with
the routine sounds of High Springs.
for years, but their song might not
be heard much longer.
Haven Acres -Pet Sanctuar)
houses nearly 300 cats on an
eight-acri island of county-zoned
land surrounded on all sides by
High Springs. Steve and Pennie
Lefkowitz have been running the
pet rescue since 2003 but may no
longer be able to operate because Alachua County Today file photo
of the concerns and complaints of The fate of the Haven Acres Pet Sanctuary rests with
n the Alachua County Commission. The shelter has
After th Alachua C been operating through 6 special Use permit issued
After the Alachua County by the county..The 2007 photo offers a glimpse of the
Planning , Commission's April cats being housed at the sanctuary at that time.
15 vote to deny a permit for the
Lefkowitzes to continue operating, However, the well-being of High
the couple will now face the Alachua Springs residents is not the only matter the
County Commission in May to hear if they
have to close the shelter and disband the CAT SANCTUARY:
cats. ' Continued on page A6
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A2 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009
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14804 Main Street, Alachua,
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JOBS ........... B4
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REAL ESTATE . .B6
Jesse says, "It is
pretty hard to tell
and wealth have
Plant to bloom after 25 years
Rare spectacle short lived ,. . .....
By SARA POWELL
ALACHUA - On Halloween,
Adelyn Farmer and her family dress
up the plant in their front yard as
Harry Potter. It's not a typical thing
to do - but their plant is far from
Farmer's massive Century Plant,
which the family has been cultivating
at their Alachua home for 21 years,
resembles a monster, she said.
"It's just such an impressive,
huge plant," she said.
The Century Plant, as its name
indicates, only blooms once every 25
years to 28 years. It has a spiky stalk
in the middle and gray-green leaves
spanning about six feet long, which
grow long needles.
"Those are pretty painful when
I'm trying to mow the lawn," Farmer
The family originally grew the
plant in Gainesville, but when they
moved to Alachua, their son made'
them dig it up from the ground and
bring it with them to their new home
- to be planted front and center in the
"We were.just so fond of it," she
Farmer said the plant has been
easy to take care of. She waters it
as needed, according to the weather,
and fertilizes it three times a year.
In May, the plant will reach its 25
year mark. Farmer said she expects
the plant to completeIl bloom b\
shoots up to
the stalk has
at least six, . ,
inches a day,"
she said. "It's -
about 12 feet
Farmer said she expects the stalk
to grow to 25 feet. After the Centurn
Plants finally bloom, the\ die.
"I don't know %%hat I'm going to
do when that happens." Farmer said.
"I'm really going to miss it."
RIGHT: Adelyn Farmer has been
cultivating this Century Plant for
21 years. The plant is expected to
reach 25 feet in height and bloom in
May. Century Plants typically live
an average of 28 years and die after
INSET: Blooming Century
courtesy of Callie Bowdish.
A thank you note
from Charlie's Angels.
Charlene, Maggie, and
Nellie. We would like to
thank everyone for the
participation in hononng
our mother. Ms. Mable
Frazier's 84th birthday
party which was held at
the Lions Club m Alachua
on March 29.
Our' father. Charlie
Frazier, has passed on,
but he left his three angels
to protect and take care
of Mother Dear. She's
the Mother Dear for the
community for 84 years.
We love her dearly.
Thanks to all the
members of the Lions Club
for letting us celebrate
at the club, to Apparel
Printers in Alachua for
pro\idmg the members
of the family and friends
t-shirts. Nhke Hot'steter
for printing up to 80-100
t-shirts. and to all who
purchased the t-shirts for
the occasion. Thank you
to the Senior Citizens
Cha Cha dancers for
entertainment. Thanks for
all the gifts. and everyone
who traveled from out of
town to be here. We are
blessed. Thanks first to the
Lord, the beautiful path of
Rebuilding in action
By TRACEY MCMANUS
HIGH SPRINGS - For
the number of times that
the Gardner family has
been burned, some say
they deserve a break.
Their lives fell apart in
2007 when eight-year-old
Earl Gardner III threw a
match onto a bale of hay
and was left with burns on
47 percent of his body from
the explosion. Like the
melted skin on their son's
body, Carmel and Earl II
also saw their house falling
apart while they spent time
in out-of-state hospitals.
"Little things would
go wrong in the 'house
and would never get fixed
because we weren't there,"
Earl II said. "Earl was at
Shands for two and a half
months, and we pretty
much slept in the lobby."
When: April 23 at 8 p.m.
Where: First Baptist Church of Alachua
One Block east of Main Street in Alachua
For more information, call (386) 462-1337
In 2008, a tree crashed
on the roof of the home
from an intense storm,
and the front door was
pried open, giving way to
wild animals to scavenge
through the house and
chew through furniture,
wood and appliances.
of North Central Florida
will team up with Charles
Perry Construction on
SSaturday to give back to
the Gardners what a freak
accident took away. For
National Rebuilding Day,
the organization will be.
painting, repairing the
floor, and re-shingling and
patching the roof of the
"For them, I think they
were in a bad situation that
continued to get worse in
terms of little Earl getting
burned and the damage
of the house when they
were away," said Melisa
Miller, executive director
of Rebuilding Together
of North Central Florida.
"For us, that matched us
with the fact that we have
skilled workers to help the
will conduct four other
Saturday, each sponsored
by local businesses in the
area. For the Gardners,
Charles Perry Construction
will be donating all
materials, volunteers and
expertise for the project.
"It's great," Gardner
said. "It's just what we
PLANNING AND ZONING
NOTICE OF VACANCY
The City of Alachua is accepting applications for two (2)
appointments to be made to our Planning and Zoning Board
(PZB). The PZB is a five-member board that meets monthly.
Applicants must reside in the City ofAlachua.
Applications may be obtained in person at City Hall, 15100
NW 142nd Terrace, Monday through Friday, between the
hours of 8:00am and 4:30pm, or by visiting the City's website
at www.cityofalachua.com. Completed applications may
be delivered to the Planning & Community Development
Department's office, located at 15100 NW 142nd Terrace,
Alachua, Florida, or mailed to: City of Alachua, ATTN:
Planning and Community Development Department, P.O.
Box 9, Alachua, FL 32616. Questions may be directed to
the Planning & Community Development Department at
(Published: Alachua County Today -
April 23 and 30, 2009)
ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNER THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009 A3
Meetings & Events in the Heartlands
mArcher - Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday
of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 16870
SW 134 Ave.
mAlachua (City) - Meets the 1st and 3rd
Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at City
*Alachua County - Meets the 2nd and 4th
Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the
County Administration Building, 12 SE
1st Street, Room 209, Gainesville. Citizen
comnmerits are taken at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30
- ainesville - Meets the 2nd and 4th
,/Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at City Hall
/" Auditorium, 200 East University Avenue.
' * "Hawthorne - Meets the 1st and 3rd
Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City
*High Springs - Meets the 2nd and 4th
Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in City
* LaCrosse - Meets the 2nd Monday of each
month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
nMicanopy - Meets the 2nd Tuesday of
each month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
mNewberry -Meets the 2nd and 4th Monday
of each month at 7 p.m. at City Hall
*Waldo - Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each
month at 7 p.m. at Yerkes Center.
Mary Louise "Coot"
Mary Louise "Coot"
Jones of Archer, Fla.
passed away on Sunday,
April 19, 2009 at Shands at
m Alachua County Beekeepers Club
is accepting new members. Anyone
interested in learning about bees from
Alachua and the surrounding counties is
welcome to join (need not be a beekeeper
to join). Meetings are'held the third
Thursday of each month at Dadant
& Sons, 17074 NW 188 Street, High
Springs. Annual membership dues are
$10 per individual and $15 per family.
For more information, contact Wayne
"Chappie" McChesney, Club President
386-462-2637 or chappiesbees@
* The Town of LaCrosse will hold
a Keep Alachua County Beautiful
cleanup on April 25 from 8 a.m. to 12
noon. There will be curbside pickup of
discarded items, junk and old appliances.
Old tires will be collected at the dumpster
located next to the Fire Department on
* Hague Baptist Church will be
having revival services beginning
April 27 and continuing through May
1. Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. each
night. Evangelist James Croft will be
the guest speaker. Everyone is invited
to hear this 3' 10" tall Evangelist from
Olustee, Fla. preach the word of God.
Hague Baptist Church is located at 6725
NW 126th Avenue in the community
of Hague just 5 miles East of Alachua
the University of Florida in loving mother and devoted
Gainesville, Fla. She was grandmother.
75. Survivors include her
She was born in son, Alan Dale Jones;
Newberry, Fla. to Rema her daughter, Cindy
and Nora Durrance Alldredge and son-in-law
and graduated from Tim Alldredge; a sister
Newberry High School. Gertie McAfee; and her
She retired after 30 years six grandchildren, Mindy
as a bookkeeper for F. Bielling, Shelby Lyn Jones,
W. Woolworth Company Dustin Bielling, Kristen
in Gainesville, and also Ann Jones, Nicholas
worked with All' Florida Alldredge, and Ember
Enterprises in Newberry. Alldredge.
She was a member of Visitation was held
Jonesville Baptist Church, Wednesday evening,
an avid Gator football April 22, 2009 from 6-8
fan and most especially, a p.m. at the funeral home
and approximately eight mileswest
of Gainesville just off 441. For more
information, call Pastor Sam Brown at
* New St. Mary Missionary Baptist.
Church Gospel Sing - There will be
groups, solos and choirs at Maude Lewis
Park (behind St. Matthews B. Church,
Main Street, Alachua) on Saturday, April
25 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Let's have a
hand'clapping foot stumping good time
in the Lord!
* Santa Fe High School Drama Club
Students are presenting Hairspray the
Musical beginning Thursday night
April 23. Make sure you attend Santa
Fe's biggest musical to date! Tickets are
$6 and can be purchased at the door. The
show starts promptly at 7 p.m. Plan to be
there and bring a friend! Hairspray the
Musical runs Thursday through Saturday
evenings, April 23-25. Come and show
your community support
to . local high school
students. Contact Santa
Fe High School for
additional information at
* St. Luke AME
Church will observe
"Lay Day" on Sunday,
April 26 at 4 p.m. The
Rev. Kevin W. Thorpe,
in Newberry. Graveside
services will be on
Thursday, April. 23, 2909
at 2 p.m. at the Jonesville
Cemetery, in Jonesyille,
the care of Milam Funeral
ad Cremation Services,
Obituaries: The obituaries
in this section are consid-
ered news and are published
free of charge by Alachua
County Today.. Obituar-
ies may be edited for style,
space and policy.
Faith Missionary Baptist Church will be
the guest speaker. The church is located
at 14950 MLK Boulevard/Highway 441,
Alachua, Rev. Jessie L. Steele, Pastor.
For more information, contact Jennie
Williams 352-373-0275. The public is
* The Knights of Columbus will hold
a fish fry this Friday, April 24, from
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at St. Madeleine
Catholic Church in High Springs. The
meal will include fish, coleslaw, corn on
the cob, cheese grits and hush puppies
and the cost is $3.50 for children and $7
for adults. The Women's Guild will be
:selling homemade cake for desert and
soft drinks are also available. The church
is located at 17155 NW Hwy. 441 and all
proceeds will go to the capital campaign
for the new Family Life Center and to
renovate the church.
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A4 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009
High School Musical 3 on DVD
teTa im OtERriter tohparts and o different . ills ocollo but only - of a pha as the others. Eath niceA ms tothis is
t ih th ld t t Of course Shar a has performance and the are I have no reservations a mean m as
High School Musical
3 is supposedly the last
installment of the High
School Musical series
with the regular cast. This
would make sense, because
the story ends with their
graduation and where they
are going to College.
Troy (Zac Efron) and
are trying to figure out what
they are going to do with
their lives. They've dated
each other for a while now,
but it looks like they have
iatL y UcIU jusLt O ay
in High School forever. (I
guess that's the opposite of
Ms. Darfus (Alyson
Reed) makes Kelsi (Olesya
Rulin) in charge of the final
drama performance, so
they decide to perform a
play about their final high
Darfus then announces
that Sharpay (Ashley
Tisdale), Ryan (Lucas'
Gabreel), Kelsi, and
Troy are considered for
scholarships to a prestigious
U1 course, 3rpay Ras
to manipulate things, so
that she gets a better part in
the play and somehow she
convinces Gabriela to go to
school earlier. Sharpay does
have a personal assistant in
the process, who ends up not
being of as much assistance
as Sharpay planned.
I like these installments,
as they are all upbeat and
family friendly. The one
thing, I really enjoyed
about this particular one
is that each of the six cast
members got about as big
p lu SV icluS L UA.U J.tvy ..t
all so talentend.
The DVDset comes in
two disks. One of them is
a digital copy of the film.
The first disk is for 'our
DVD player. It includes the
film and then the extras. I
liked the section with the
lyrics of each of the songs
and you can sing along
with the scene. It also has
deleted scenes and bloopers
as well as additional small
featurettes such as how the
clothes were picked for the
Writer Kees Boer is
committed to Compassion
organization that helps
children in developing
education, health services
week, Kees dedicates his
article to Angelica Vichini,
a child he sponsors through
M USC~~e MUAL31~jn
Photo special to Alachua County Today
Copyright 2009, Buena
Vista Pictures, All rights
Ward Scott receives Lifetime Achievement Award
By BRYAN BOUKARI
GAINESVILLE - Santa Fe
College presented Ward Scott
with the Lifetime Achievement
Award, its most prestigious
recognition, at its April 17
award ceremony. The award is
presented to an employee who
has consistently gone above and
beyond in the performance of his
or her duties.
Santa Fe College recognized
Scott for bringing about
significant positive changes for
Santa Fe's mission. Stating that
Scott had utilized highly effective
practices to inspire and lead
others to contribute constructively
to college .excellence, Santa
Fe college faculty and staff)
applauded Scott for not only
being one of the most influential
community college leaders in
the.state, but also for his unique
effort in bringing the Alachua
Corporate Training Center to the
Former students from
throughout the country returned
to Gainesville. to witness Scott's
acceptance of the Lifetime
number of'these former students
first came to know Scott as their
teacher at Gainesville . High
School, but later studied under
him once again as they continued
their educations at Santa Fe.
,Accepting the award on behalf
of the thousands of students
that he taught over his 39 year
career, Scott said he believes the
classroom does not have walls in
time or space. Scott proclaimed
that a great reward in teaching
was mentoring'students long after
their courses were over. Citing
Alachua city manager Clovis
Watson, Jr. in the-audience as an
example, Scott stated that their
30-year relationship inspired the
creation of the Alachua Santa Fe
campus. -Santa Fe College will
open in the city of Alachua in
the fall of 2009 and immediately
begin offering two and four
year degrees. The Lifetime.
Achievement Award honored
Scott for his extraordinary
leadership in building the.
relationships necessary to make
the Alachua campus a reality.
Throughout his career, Scott
was a supporter of faculty matters,
and he tackled many issues
relative to shared governance,
especially during the period her
served as the Senate President.
He also served on the college
Budget Advisory Committee that
developed the basic framework
for the college's annual budget
allocations, and with Scott's input,
consistently helped establish and
identify strategies to maximize
the college's funding.
His involvement in the
community with issues related to
Alachua County and the City of
Alachua range from serving on
boards and chairing committees
as well as being politically active
in county and city commission
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Date of Notice: April 9, 2009
The City of Alachua is accepting applications for
membership on the CATF. The CATF is the advisory
body to the Alachua City Commission on the CDBG
Program. It is a seven-member committee and meets
at least quarterly at City Hall. Applicants must reside
in the City of Alachua and meet certain membership
requirements. Appointments to three (3) staggered terms
will be made by the City Commission during its May 18,
Applications may be obtained in person at Alachua
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Friday, between the hours of 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM.
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009 A5
Continued from page Al
As Burgess assumed
her new seat as mayor, she
thanked Calderwood for
the opportunity and said
her first order of business
was to ask City Manager
Clovis Watson, Jr. to rescind
his resignation. Watson
recently announced his
plans to retire in November
2010 or before.
"This chapter of my
life is coming to a close,"
Watson said, "but I certainly
appreciate the gesture."
"That's the nicest 'no'
I've had in a long time,"
Mayor position will 1
by voters beginning
Burgess said she
hopes to continue where
Calderwood left off.
"You always leave that
warm, fuzzy feeling with
people," she said. "I hope
to do that, too."
Historically, the seats
of mayor and vice-mayor
have been determined by
Commission members at
the first meeting after the
annual City Commission
elections, which were held
on April 14 this year. After
Burgess and Coerper.
voters approved Charter
Amendment 1 on the April
14 ballot, the mayoral
position will be chosen by
voters beginning next year.
The vice-mayor position
will still be elected by the
Seat 1, held by
Calderwood, is being
designated as the mayoral
seat. That leaves four
commissioners and one
sioner Orien Hills and
thanked their supporters.
"It's an honor to serve
in James Lewis' seat,"
Hardacre said. "He served
for 42 years. I'm 61 now,
so I guess I'll be 103 when
I give up the seat."
It is believed that Lewis
was the longest-serving
elected official in Florida.
leaves Hills as the senior
member of the Alachua
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Academy honor rolls
Special to Alachua County Today
HIGH SPRINGS -
First Christian Academy,
a ministry of First Baptist
Church in High Springs has
the pleasure of announcing
their Honor Roll for the
third nine weeks of the
2008-2009 school year.
A Honor Roll for first
grade: Brice Clark, Junah
Rumore, Ashley Spencer.
A/B Honor Roll for first
grade: Skyler Christopher,
Joshua Johnson, Caleb
Land, Niki Wilkerson.
A Honor Roll for
second grade: Ivy
Emerson, Emily Keene,
Tyler Levanduski, Kaitlyn
Petteway, Andrea Steedley,
A/B Honor Roll for
second grade: Noah
Donnelly, Kayli Sapp,
A Honor Roll for third
grade: Jonathan Green,
Jarod Myers, Mackenzie
Pearson, Maggie Zawoy.
A/B Honor Roll for
third grade: Garrett
Barrelle, Christian Benson,
A Honor Roll for fourth
grade: Hunter Johnson
A/B Honor Roll for
fourth grade: Brianna
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County Commission will
consider in May. Some say
the cat sanctuary is not a
'shelter but a case of animal
hoarding, which ends
Op putting the throng of
animals in an environment
of disease, filth and
To Steve Lefkowitz,
his shelter saves hundreds
of homeless animals from
being euthanized every
year while helping the
community at the same
County and High Springs have butted heads over issue in past
"We arrange for spay
and neuter services to
people at low cost or no cost,
we advise and assist with
health and nutrition, and we
have even provided food at
no cost to those in financial
hardship," Lefkowitz said.
"We feel we have provided
very valuable services."
But Alachua County
executive director Kirk
Eppenstein, a former High
Springs commissioner and
mayor, said local shelters
could provide a better place
for the animals given the
workload involved in caring
for close to 300 cats every
day. He said he worries
about the Leftkowitzes'
ability to care for the cats
when his shelter alone has a
yearly budget of $600,000
for 250 animals.
"I know what the costs
are associated with properly
caring for the animals,
and in their case I don't
understand how they are
able to meet that without
a cohesive management
plan," Eppenstein said. "It's
not a matter of whether their
heart is in.the right place or
not, it's whether or not they
are doing the right thing for
that the cats could be
transferred to five different
shelters that have said they
are willing to step up to the
plate to get the cats adopted.
Among those are the
Alachua County Humane
Society, .Gainesville Pet
Rescue, Haile's Angels Pet
Rescue, Helping Hands
Rescue and Puppy Hill
Farm Animal Rescue.
But Pennie Lefkowitz
and her supporters are
worried that if the cats
were to leave her property
for these shelters, they may
end up euthanized like otlfer
animals in past years.
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"If they can do such
a great job with our cats,
why didn't they. save the
2,000 animals euthanized
last year?" Lefkowitz said.
"We are not going to turn
our cats over to those five
rescue groups because we
know what will happen to
The oppositionhas made
the supporters wonder how
the County can shut down a
shelter for housing too many
cats when the property is
zoned agriculturally and
would allow for a herd of
cows, hogs and other farm
planner Missy Daniels said
the cat sanctuary does meet
the County's requirements
for shelters since it has a
non-profit status, is greater
than five acres and has a'
fenced area,and covered
cages that are at least 100
feet from the property line.
But problems with the odor
oozing from' the property
and the fears that cat feces
will contaminate the water
wells' have moved the City
of High Springs to try to
revoke the permit.
.are side by side, the primary
impact would be on High
Springs residents, and
High Springs is opposed
to this special exception,"
Daniels said. "They do
provide a public welfare
benefit to the citizens of
High Springs and Alachua
County by providing for
these cats. They are a no-
kill shelter at no cost to thd
taxpayers, but the location
is not appropriate for this
type of use."
The fears, about
contamination led to a
summer 2007 inspection .
of the surrounding wells
by the health director of
the Alachua County Health
Department, which found
no evidence bf ground
"There was no evidence
that it would be a sanitary
nuisance at the time, and
the Health Department has
received no complaints,"
Anthony Dennis said. "The
primary concern would be
from fecal matter, and the
soil does a wonderful job of
removing those threats."
Alachua County then
granted the Lefkowitzes
a special use permit
to operate, hoping to
compromise with High
sanitation requirements and
lowering the. maximum
number of cats allowed on
the property to 144. High
� Springs still filed a lawsuit
against the County for
,ignoring the concerns of
residents and violating land
development regulations on
the surrounding residential
The lawsuitwas dropped
when the County agreed
to start a new process of
hearings on the issue, which
was kicked off by the April
15 meeting where LaVerne
Hodge, High Springs public
works director, warned the
Planning Commission that
contamination was still a
"It's our drinking water,
and I am concerned about
it," Hodge said. "Am I
frightened? No, I'm not, but
my concern is there are also
dead animals buried there
quite a bit. That sampling
two years ago, that is just
a snapshot in time. I think
under the right conditions
we could be contaminated
with fecal [material]."
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SSpecial to Alachua County Today
Passage Family Church
welcomed their newest
partner, Bennie the Flying
High Eagle, during the
spring Judah Fest that took
place Saturday, April 18
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at
the TB McPherson Center
located at 1717 SE 15th
Juidah Fest is a free
community fish fry. More
than 2,000 people attended
The first Judah Fest of
2009 included a special
adoption ceremony ! of
Bennie the Flying High
Eagle, the church's official
mascot. Thousands Judah
Fest participants raised
their right hands and
Bennie raised his right
wing as everyone recited
the 2009 faith confessions
lead by Senior Pastor and
Founder George Dix,
Jr. Bennie pledged to
soar high, memorize the
2009 faith confessions
and commit to making
community appearances at
LACROSSE FD: County sent back to drawing board
Continued from page Al L J bac drawing
County should expect to see the level
of service drop accordingly.
"If they are willing to offer less
money and have us reduce the level
of service we provide, or if they are
willing to pay for the level of service
they are requesting, that's something
we can discuss," she said.
The County asked LaCrosse
officials to adopt a Municipal Service
Taxing Unit (MSTU) and hand over
control of the Town's fire department,
butthe City Council voted 3-1 Monday
night to not sign on to the MSTU for at
least one year. An MSTU is a tax that
property owners pay to the County to
fund fire and other services.
County officials also suggested
LaCrosse reduce its paid firefighter
positions to two full-time positions
and have the rest of the hours covered
by volunteer'firefighters, but LaCrosse
Commissioner Winton Dampier said
that is too much too ask.
"That leaves 16 hours each day
Continued from page Al Timl
In February, Watson the city
helped the City of proper
Hawthorne, which was in Arcl
the same situation after about
its City Commission fired the p
its city manager, Chad some fi
Though Watson is not "Pec
acting as the city manager jobs at
in Archer, he will be get the
helping to work through economy
the issues and problems A s
we would have to find volunteers to
provide fire service," he said. "We
basically told the County that this is
not acceptable, and we can't continue
fire service in the county with what
they give us now - let alone with cuts
to our funding."
Until the County agrees to give
LaCrosse more money, accept a
different level of service or come
up with another plan, the two
governments will remain at a stand
still, Dampier said.
"They went back to the drawing
board and said they will get back with
us," he said. "I guess we will have to
see what happens."
The current agreement for fire
service will expire at the end of the
fiscal year, Sept. 30.
LaCrosse had been a member
-of the Municipality Fire Authority
(MFA) before that organization fell
apart earlier this year. Without the
MFA, each municipality operating a
fire department negotiates agreements
with Alachua County for their
departments to respond to emergencies
in the unincorporated areas.
The MFA began in 2007 after
officials of several towns operating
fire departments in Alachua County
became frustrated with negotiations
with the County. The towns banded
together to create the MFA so it could
negotiate with more power on their
Last year, County officials vowed
to work with the MFA to reach an
agreement to fund all of the rural
fire departments for the service they
provide to county residents. That was
after the County and the MIA were
at an impasse and time was running
out to plan for 2008-09 budgets.
Still, several members of the MFA
speculated that County officials
never had intentions of reaching an
agreement with the MFA.
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line places new manager on board by May 18
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ny," she said.
will be reviewing the
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having a new permanent
city manager selected by
May 11 and appointed by
. Lopez said Wednesday
afternoon that an interim
city manager would be
chosen based on Watson's
recommendations . at
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"When you look at it at the
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READER This week's poll: Should the Last week's poll: Should the
U.S. ease restrictions on U.S. send more forces to
OPINION trade and travel to Cuba? Somalia to fight piracy?
Voters should be cautiously
others * casting
ballots in theApril
14 election made
wise decisions, we
Orien Hills and Gary Hardacre for the
Alachua City Commission. and voters
overwhelmingly supported the two
candidates. Despite a three-way race,
support for Hardacre was strong enough
that the now-elected commissioner
obtained over 50 percent of the votes,
averting a run-off election.
Of the eight amendments on
the ballot, Alachua County Today
encouraged voters to turn down two.
Amendment 1 created an elected mayor
position. We believe commissioners are
best-suited to choose their leader' and
opposed Amendment 1. Amendment 2
would have allowed, with commission
approval, a fellow-commissioner
to apply for and obtain a city staff
position. Under the City's current
charter, elected city officials must wait
one year after vacating their seat before
he or she is eligible to be employed by
the City of Alachua. We also opposed
Voters approved all of the
amendments except for Amendment 2,
demonstrating the wisdom of the active
electorate. Alachua County Today
does not believe Amendment 1 will
necessarily serve the best interests of the
City, however, overcoming any potential
downside is not insurmountable.
We commend all of the candidates
'for running largely clean campaigns.
As politics go, especially in Alachia,
mudslinging . among commission
candidates was at a minimum in 2009.
Still, that doesn't mean the fight is
t' It is v6ter apathy that is rapping at
the door, threatening to undo much of
the progress the Alachua community
has made in recent years.
In last week's election, just over 650
Alachua citizens bothered to exercise
their right to vote. Of some 5,000
registered voters in Alachua, less than
15-percent had a hand in the future of
Alachua. Bluntly stated, that turnout is
It is duly noted that the weather on
Election Day was less than favorable,
but that is not a reasonable excuse for-
citizens to forego their duty. Casting
a ballot is not only 'a right, but a'
To that end, Alachua-County Today
is announcing in advance that it plans to
hold at least one candidate forum in the
2010 City of Alachua election.
Over the course of the next 10
months, Alachua County Today will
formulate the method, location, timing
and format for the forum.. We hope,
this iill not only give voters first-
hand 'interaction with the candidates,
but also provide a contrast between
them. While similarities mark common
ground among candidates, differences
are the important factors when making
a decision on which of the candidates
Voters, we hope, have not forgotten
horrors Alachua faced just a few short
years ago. While Alachua may have
reached a less tumultuous timeb6yer the
last year or two, opportunistic fringe'
elements await the perfect time to
mount another takeover.
We believe the majority of voters
casting ballots onApril 14 made the best
decision in electing Hills and Hardacre
and turning down Amendment 2.
We congratulate Commissioners
Hills and Hardaere on their successful
campaigns and expect they, along with
the remainder of the commission, will
promptly get down to the business of
the City. Voters have placed their trust
in each of the.commissioners to lead
Alachua along its prosperous path.
Commissioners must remain mindful
they represent not just a majority of
voters, but all of the citizens.
In the coming 'months, Alachua's
elected officials will be tasked with.
a variety of decisions vital to the
continued prosperity of the city and the
well being of the community. It is the
belief of Alachua County Today that
prudent choices made by the electorate
on April 14th have set the stage for the
commission to conduct the -affairs of
the public in an equivalent manner.
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Today P.O. Box 2135,`
Alachua, FL 32616
In Wellington, 21 horses mysteriously dead
By Sunday afternoon, 21
polo horses from the Lechuza
Caracas Polo Team had dropped
dead before their match in the
UtS. Open Polo Championship in
- The team's
in tears by
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po3kies lost their
gris as the horses slipped away.
:'".ow some 'are looking for
answers in bad feed, the water, any
toxin they could have accidentally
ingested, while others are not
ruling out foul play.
Six of the horses' bodies were
sent to the Florida Department
of Agriculture's Animal Disease
Diagnostic lab in Kissimrhee,
while the other 15
headed to 'UF's vet
school where necropsies
will be performed.
But foul play
has slipped through
veterinary autopsies in
the past, such as in the
horse murder insurance
scandal in Ocala nearly
30 years ago.
In the 1980s, James
Druck, an insurance
attorney and father of
a competitive show jumper,
convinced Tommy "the sandman"
Burs to team up with him in
murdering horses for insurance
The duo startedtheir spree with
Druck's own daughter's talented
horse, Harry the Hawk, whom
they cashed in for a $150,000 life
insurance- policy. Druck taught
Bums how to electrocute horses
by splitting an extension cord and
attaching alligator clips to each
end of the wire and attaching
the pieces to the horse's ear and
rectum. By plugging in the cord
and flipping a switch, the horses
were brutally electrocuted, a death
difficult to identify by veterinary
pathologists who would end
up blaming the deaths' on colic,
a sometimes deadly stomach
It is estimated Burs killed,
between 50 to 100 horses in 10
years for owners of high-end
horses who hired him to do the
deed in exchange for 10 percent
of the horse's life insurance
Other players in this equine
murder circle would target rich
widows eager to spend their life
savings on fancy, show horses.
They would convince the women
to buy mediocre, overpriced
horses and when the horses
wouldn't perform as expected,
they would have them killed,
collecting the money and starting
the cycle over again. '
The FBI cracked the case in
the mid 1990s, and 35 people
were brought to justice on charges
from animal cruelty to extortion.
Bums ended up being the FBI's
top informant, after thousands of
dollars and precious lives were
taken by money hungry frauds.
It seems too conspicuous of a
time and place for the Wellington
deaths to be a similar story, but in
the cut throat world of equestrian
sports, horses too often become
machines at the fates of their
The neurological symptoms
that the Lechuza horses were
showing seem like text book
symptoms of 'poisoning. The
dizziness, the heaving breathing;
the heart failure.
And not to mention, it was
reported that Vargas bought his
Palm Beach palace from none
other than George Lindemann,
the father of another high
profile horseman who hired the
electrocution of his horse for
insurance money in the 1990s.
Whatever the case, hopefully
the autopsies will soon bring
to light the culprit of the polo
ponies' deaths- whether it be man
4 44 4
Mebane Middle School Boys' Basketball City ofAlachua
Team proves Best in County Championship
Special to Alachua County Today
GAINESVILLE - The
Mebane Mustangs were
victorious over foe, Howard
Bishop Hawks of East
Gainesville, in the County
Championship game held
at Buchholz High School
The Mustangs won
the game 47-46 to finish
the season 12-2 and give
the Hawks their first loss,
ending up 13-1.
From the tip-off, the
game looked to be one full
of excitement, and as the
night progressed, it did not
Bishop's Tim Norman
scored the first two baskets
to put the Hawks up 4-0.
Mebane made the
score 4-J after a basket by
LeAndre Rembert and a
free-throw from Swandrick
Miller. Mebane then took
the lead 6-4 after a 3-point
shot by Dylan Clark.
Jaquan Strawder then
evened the score at 6-6 for
-Bishop with a strong drive
to the hoop.
After a Mebane foul,
Norman made two free-
trows to give Bishop the
lbad 8-6, only to lose it after
Miller sank a 3-pointer for
: L. Rembert then went to
the line and made one of two.
.fee-throws to extend the
.lJad for Mebane 10-8. An
additional free-throw was
made by D.L. Powell which
gave Mebane the first period
The second period had
strong rebounding and a
tough defense by other
Mustang players John
White, Damian Johnson,
u* Chris Jackson, and Davis
Rembert. Baskets by
Powell, L. Rembert, and
Miller made the half-time
The third period kept the
fans ious with good solid
basketball from both teams,
as momentum scarcely fell
on either team. Near the end
of the third period, Mebane
The City of Alachua is accepting applications for two
appointments to the I)RTB. The DRTB serves as our
Community Redevelopment Agency for the Downtown
Redevelopment District, also known as our Community
Redevelopment Area. The District encompasses an
area whose boundaries are shown on the map insert
below. The Board meets at least quarterly at City Hall.
Applicants must either reside within the City of Alachua
or engage in a business within the City of Alachua. The
City Commission by Resolution shall make staggered
Downtown Redevelopment District.
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Photo special to Alachua County Today
#10 LeAndre Rembert, #1 D.L. Powell, #15 Dylan Clark, #11 Swandrick Miller,
#23 John White, #14 Davis Rembert, #21 Chris Jackson, #13 Josh Wilson, #5 Damian
Johnson and Coach Tom Rynning.
took over from the free- As the time on the clock
throw line, as Clark made ticked away, the chance for
all three shots from the line a comeback by the Hawks
after being fouled shooting seemed to slip away. With
a 3-point shot. Miller then just seconds left on the
went two for two in. the clock, Bishop had two steals
fourth period, and Clark for baskets to bring them
sank another two for two to within a point.
end the second half, shooting Mustang coach Tom
100 percent from the line for Rynning called a time out
Mebane. This was one of and directed his team to
the deciding factors in the inbound the ball, hold it, and
game. let the time elapse. After
Bishop took the lead late a long pass, Bishop came
in the third period for only a up with the ball, and time
short time. Mebane took the expired. Mebane exploded
momentum and continued with excitement, only to
playing control basketball, be stopped by the officials.
passing and working the One of the officials had
ball around with confidence. recognized a time out called
by Hawks coach Mike
Williams with 0.7 seconds
on the clock. This allowed
no time for even a buzzer
beater, and the Mustangs
continued where they left
off moments earlier in utter
After the game,
Coach Rynning said,
"Our successful season
was achieved through
by all team members.
Their unselfish play and
coachability let them reach
their potential and -become
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Applications may be obtained in person at City Hall;
15100 NW .142nd Terrace, Monday through Friday;'
between the hours of 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM. For
electronic applications, visit the City website at www.
Please forward completed applications on or before
May 6, 2009 to City ofAlachua, ATTN: AssiStant City
Manager, DRTB, P. O. Box 9, Alachua, FL 32616. Any
questions should be directed to Ms. Danielle J. Judd,
Assistant City Manager, at (386) 418-6132.
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L-R: Joan Sroka, Rosanne Morse, Mike and Erin Gianikas, and Kathy Colson. Mike and Erin Gianikas were
recognized by the ABL for their contributions in support of the Alachua Spring Festival.
To satiate the taste buds
of the throngs of people,
food and treat vendors
offered homemade ice
cream, BBQ, pizza and
other crowd pleasers.
looked on as their children
performed flips and
tumbles on the popular
The warm weather and
bright sun fueled the event,
which featured music acts
such as the Santa Fe High
School (SFHS) Jazz Band,
which was one of the
main attractors, said Joan
Sroka, who was the event
"The jazz band is just
incredible," Sroka said.
"They draw a lot of people
to the festival."
This year's 160 vendors
and 10 performers drew
more than 3,000 visitors,
Sroka said attendance
has steadily increasedwith
recent festivals, but the
crippled economy put a
damper on spending this
"We drew a lot of
people from other areas
because of advertising,"
she said, "but the economy
has definitely impacted the
vendors. They were happy
to have the extra business,
but. spending was down
from previous years."
Vendors had to pay a
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from the fees will be used
to fund scholarships for
SFHS graduates who
attend Santa Fe College
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at the college, Sroka said.
On top of the sights and
sounds of the festival, ABL
presented Mike and Erin
Gianikas of Landscapes
Unlimited with the ABLe
award, which is given to
individuals who give back
to the community.
ABL leaders wrote
on a plaque given to the
Gianiaks: "This dynamite
duo continually give of
their time to support the
Alachua Festivals. Mike
with his musical talent and
Erin with her generosity
and planning skills
[exemplify] the Alachua
Business League values."
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Date of Notice: April 9, 2009
The City of Alachua is accepting applications for
appointments to the Charter Review Advisory Board.
The Board advises the Alachua City Commission on
revisions and updates to the City Charter. It is comprised
of seven members. Members must be available to meet
at. least quarterly. Applicants must reside in the City
of Alachua. The City Commission will make three (3)
appointments to staggered terms during its May 18, 2009
Applicants must submit a statement of interest and
biographical sketch/resume, not to exceed five pages in
length, on or before May 6, 2009. Completed submittals
may be mailed to the attention of the City Manager,
P. O. Box 9, Alachua, FL, 32616, or delivered in person to
Alachua City Hall at 15100 NW 142nd Terrace, Alachua,
Florida. The outside of the envelope should be marked
Charter Review Advisory Board. Any questions should
be directed to Mr. Alan Henderson, Deputy City Clerk at
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On Saturday, April 25,
2009, we will be hosting
a Motorcycle Poker Run
fundraiser for the 2009
Law Enforcement, Torch
Run for Special Olympics.
Registration will begin at 9
a.m. at Gator's Dockside on
fee is $15 per bike and $5 for
a passenger. The first card
will. be drawn at Gator's
Dockside and the first bike
will leave at 10 a.m. There
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Motorcycle Poker Run fundraiser
will be three additional stops
along the ride and the last
card will be drawn at Gator's
Dockside. The last bike in
will be at 5 p.m. There will
be raffle prize drawings at
the end! All of the proceeds
from the Poker Run will go
to the Special Olympics.
This year marks the 26"
Annual Law Enforcement
Torch Run and it has two
goals: to raise awareness
of the Special Olympics
and to raise funds for the
athletes. All funds go
directly to area athletes so
th6y can participate in the
Special Olympics Summer
Games. Law enforcement
officers from 'all of the area
agencies will be running the
Flame of Hope to support
this very special and often
forgotten population. What
better reason for the law
to unite than this national
endeavor to raise funds for
the developmentally disabled
children and young adults
who compete in the Summer
If you are interested in
riding in the Motorcycle
Poker Run or have any
questions related to this
event, please contact Deputy
Shawn Pagel at 352-538-
1277 or email her at spagel@
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B2 ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY RELIGION THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2009
Power wielded by the Messiah
In the Gospel of Saint Matthew 8:1 f.f.,
there is a continuation of the subject of the
Epiphany Season, which is Jesus, the Christ,
being revealed to mankind. Saint Matthew
tells us that Jesus had been on the mountain
teaching great multitudes of people. As He
came down the mountain, followed by this
mass of people, Jesus is approached by two
men who are asking for healing.
The first was a Jewish man who
has leprosy and the other man
was a Roman centurion asking
Christ to heal his servant.
Both men waited for Jesus
to come down off the mountain e'
before approaching Him, for
a couple of reasons. First was
that they were outcasts; the Jew,
because he was unclean and had
been sent out of the city because
ofthe leprosy that was destroying THE VE
his body. The Jews had very LE
strict rules to keep leprosy from All Sair
spreading-anyone having the Church
disease was ostracized and sent A par
out of the city until they died Christia
or were healed. The centurion, C
because he was a Gentile, wasn't
allowed to meet or mingle with
the Jewish population, such as the gatherings
to listen to Jesus teach.
Secondly, they waited until the Lord
came down from the mountain as common
courtesy and respect for the Jewish law.
They didn't want to interrupt His teaching
the people. The presence of either man
would have spread fear and revolt if they
had come near the crowd.
The leper was the first to approach
Jesus and he fell down and worshiped
Him, saying, "Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst
make me clean." And Jesus put forth [His]
hand, and touched him, saying, "I will; be
thou clean." And immediately his leprosy
was gone. Jesus also told the man not to
tell anyone of his cleansing but to go to the
priests and offer the sacrifice that Moses had
declared for this type of healing. The man
would have to tell the priests how he became
clean but at this time in His ministry, they
were the only ones that Jesus wanted to
know about the cleansing. The cleansing
of lepers is a power wielded
by the Messiah in prophecy
so the healings preformed
by our Lord proclaimed His
Saint Matthew next
talks about the Roman
centurion approaching Jesus
as He enters the town of
Capernaum, which would
have been an appropriate
meeting place between a Jew
N JOHN E and Gentile. This Gentile
ASURE intercedes for his servant
ts Anglican who is paralyzed and being
Gainesville. tormented grievously. Early
ish of the commentators speculated
n Episcopal that the servant was suffering
church from progressive paralysis
and was having, respiratory
spasms. After the centurion
implores the Lord'to heal his servant, Jesus
says, "Iwill come and heal him."
Here, the faith that the centurion has in
the power of the Christ is shown. He says,
"Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest ,
come under my roof but speak the wordonly,
and my servant shall be healed." The man
knows that it is against Jewish law for a Jew
to enter a Gentile's house and, also just as
he wields authority over men, Christ wields
authority and power over all creation.
Jesus marveled at the faith of this Gentile
and told all that were following Him,'
S"Verily I say unto you, I have not found so
great faith, no, not in Israel." This shows
the faith of one who was not of the chosen
people of God and, at that point, didn't yet
have the promise of salvation. Jesus had not
found any in Israel with such faith. Though
they had the prophecies of the coming of
Messiah, they did not believe as faithfully
as this non-Jew.
Here is where our Lord prophesies of the
salvation of the Gentiles and the punishment
of the Jews who refused to believe or have
faith in God. "And I say unto you, That
many shall come from the east and west,
and shall sit down with Abraham, and
Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven.
But the children of the kingdom [the Jews
who were first promised the kingdom] shall
be cast out into outer darkness: there shall
be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Jesus tells the centurion to, "Go thy way;
and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done
unto thee. " And his servant was healed in
the selfsame hour.
These are two examples of faith in
God and the results of that faith. We
must take them to heart and believe as the
leper and centurion-the love of God for
us, His children, and the saving grace of
His Almighty Son, our Lord, guarantees
our healing, not only physical, but most
importantly, spiritual healing. By faith in
Christ our sins are forgiven and our'souls
healed and washed white in the Blood of
the Lamb of God. By this, we are brought
into relationship with our Heavenly Father
and our Saviour, Jesus Christ through the
workings of the Holy Ghost. Christ gives
us the greatest gift of salvation and shares
His body and blood that we mayknow the
fellowship of His love.
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The Heartland Community Places of Worship
Alachua church of Christ
14505 NW 145th Avenue
Sunday Bible Classes 9:30 a.m.
Assembly at 10:30 a.m.
Evening Service 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Class 6:30 p.m.
Minister Doug Frazier
Contemporary Praise & Worship
Sunday at 9:30 a.m. & 11 a.m.
16916NWUS Hwy 441, High Springs
List your Place of
Call (386) 462-3355
for more information.
HIGH SPRINGS CHURCH
520 NE Santa Fe Boulevard
Bible ClassesforAllAges 9:30 am
Worship 10:30 a.m.
Evening Worship 6 p.m.
Wednesday Bible Classes 7 p.m.
Pastor. Cori Lewis * (386)454-2930
Meeting at Westside
Park Recreation Center
& 1001 NW 34th Street
Gainesville, FL 32605
Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM
Pastor Leonard R.Traina (352)214-4462
42, 1 ofUfe
Located at 14200 NW 148th Place
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* Where worship is our central act
* Where the apostolic tradition is
* Where we kneel to pray
* Where worshipful music
is the standard
* Where traditional liturgy
is the norm
* Where the Holy Scriptures
* Where a prayerful and quiet
atmosphere is provided
* Where traditional values are taught
* Where we seek to proclaim a risen
Savior in our daily life and work
Come Join Us
Bible Study 9:30 am - Sunday 10:30 am.
and other special services as announced.
8100 SWArcher Road (Shrine Club)
(352) 317-5757 * wwwAlsaintsXnEC.org
First United Methodist
14805 NW 140th Street * 462-2443
Rev. Rob Atchley, Pastor
Jeff Van Valey, Youth & Children's Minister
Worship, 8:30 am. & 11 a.m.
Sunday School 9:45 am.
Sunday Youth Events, 4:30 p.m.
High Springs Seventh-day Adventists
Bible Study: Sll ' I r .
Sat. 1145 � m
Mid-Week: Tuse sF .,
Youth: Sat. 9:1'. m.
Wed. l- p i lv
Pastor: Anthori. crj P;,rd
(386)44l2- :' tr
New Oak Grove Baptist Church
Sunday School 10 a.m.,
Worship 11 am., Evening Service 6 p.m
Wednesday Fellowship Meal 6 p.m.
Bible Study 7 p.m.
RAs, GAs & Students 7 p.m.
Terry Elixson, Jr., Pastor
386-462-3390 * 18100NW262Avenue
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Children's Church 11:30 a.m.
Adult & Children Bible Study 7 p.m.
Consumed Youth Service - 7 p.m.
Nursery provided for all services.
Pastor Greg Evans 352-870-7288
First Baptist Church of Alachua
IMfPAP iNG One Block east of Main Street in Alachua
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Bible Study * 10:45 a.m. Worship
Wednesday: 6 . 7:30 p.m. Children's Ministries, Youth Activities
and Choir Rehearsal 6:15-7:15 p.m. Mid-Week Bible Study
Foundation Chapel Church
of God by Faith List your Place of
Sunday: Sunday School 10 p.m.; Mid-Day Worship
Worship 1130 am.; Children's Church 6
pm.; Evening Worship 6 p.m.; ITesday:here
YSB7p.m. Wednesday: Outreach Call (386) 462-3355
Fellowship Dinner 6 pmn; Geneal Prayer ext. 9503
Service 7:30 pam.
13220NW 150thAvenue,Alachua for more information.
Pastor WillieJ.McKnight, Sr. 462-2549
lm pac Sunday 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.
'A Atv cI HU ,c CH Wednesday 7:30 p.m.
"s Youth Service Wed. 7:30 p.m.
actdP 9 oH L Senior Pastors: 'Edwin & Angela Anderson
I" tHe p, i ,r 386-454-1563
God ' www.impacffamilychurch.com
16710 NW US 441 * Between High Springs & Alachua
New St. Mary Missionary
13800 NE 158th Avenue, Alachua 32616
Rev. Daniel H. McNish, Pastor
Phone & Fax (386) 462-7129
Services: Sunday School 9:30 am.
Morning Worship 11 am-lst, 2nd, 3rd Sunday
Quarterly 11 am. 4th Sun. Birthday Rally
Service; Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Bible Study
St. Luke A.M.E. Church
Rev. Jessie L. Steele, Pastor
14950 Martin Luther King Blvd/Hwy 441
386.462.2732(church) 386.462.4396 (Fax)
morning Worship: 11 a.m.;
Church School 9:45 a.m.
Bible Study 7 pm. (2nd & 4th Wednesdays)
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9:30 a.m. - Sunday School
11 a.m. - Morning Glory Worship
& Children's Church
12 noon - Noon Day Prayer
7 p.m. - Prayer & Bible Study
7 p.m. Wednesday
7 p.m. Fourth Fridays
hristian 'Life 'ellowship
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Sunday: SS 9:30 a.mJWorship 10:30 am.
'Wed. 7 p.m./Children/Youth/Adults
19817 W. Newberry Rd. (4 mi. E. of
Newbeny, 4 mi. W. of Jonesville)
L First Presbyterian
Church of Alachua
Rev. Virginia McDaniel, Pastor
14623 NW 140 Street
Sunday School 9 a.m., Worship
Service 10:30 a.m. Nursery provided.
Grace Community Church (PCA)
A New Church in'Western Alachua County
Pastor Ty Keys
New Location: 25705 SW 15 Avenue in
Newberry Elementary School Cafeteria
Worship: Sunday 9 am. Nursery provided.
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Elder Cynthia Washington, Pastor .
220 NE First Avenue, P.O. Box 2187
High Springs, FL 32655
Bible Study Wed. 7 p.m
Sunday - Pastoral Teaching 9:30 a.m.
Morning Worship lla.m.
Church: (386) 454-2367
Cell: (386) 878-9568
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN RE: ESTATE OF
WALTER J. BORGERT,
File No. 09-CP-498
The administration of
the estate of WALTER J.
whose date of death was
February 17, 2009; File
Number 09-CP-498, is
pending in the Circuit
Court forAlachua County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which
is 201 East University
Avenue, Gainesville, FL
32601. The names and
addresses of the personal
representative and the
attorney are set forth
All creditors of the
decedent and other
persons having claims
or demands against
decedent's estate, on
whom a copy of this notice
is required to be served
must file their claims with
this court WITHIN THE
LATER OF 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE TIME OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE OR 30
DAYS AFTER THE DATE
OF SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON
All other creditors of
the decedent and other
persons having claims
or demands against
decedent's estate must
file their claims with this
court WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE TIME
PERIODS SET FORTH
IN SECTION 733.702 OF
THE FLORIDA PROBATE
THE TIME PERIOD SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MOREAFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF. DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publication
of this notice is April 23,
Signed on April 13, 2009.
W. Michael Clifford,
Attorney for Personal
Florida Bar No. 224111
P.O. Box 3068
Orlando, Florida 32802-
Telephone: (407) 844-
Tracy A. Marshall
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April 23 & 30, 2009)
CITY OF HAWTHORNE
The Hawthorne City
Commission will hold a
Public Hearing at 6:30
PM on May 5, 2009 at the
City Hall in Hawthorne,
Florida, 6700 SE 221st
Street, at which time the
City Commission will
consider the adoption of
the following Ordinances.
AN ORDINANCE OF THE
CITY OF HAWTHORNE
OF ALACHUA COUNTY,
A PROCESS FOR
OWNED BY THE CITY;
PROVIDING FOR THE
SALE OR DISPOSITION
OF SUCH PROPERTY
FOR FAIR MARKET
VALUE UNLESS THE
TO BE IN THE
PROHIBITING SALES TO
CITY EMPLOYEES, CITY
PERSONS ACTING ON
THEIR BEHALF EXCEPT
SALES OF TANGIBLE
2, ARTICLE VI OF THE
CODE OF ORDINANCES;
2-304 OF THE CODE
INCLUSION IN THE
AND PROVIDING AN
AN ORDINANCE OF THE
CITY OF HAWTHORNE
OF ALACHUA COUNTY,
TO QUALIFYING FEES
FOR CANDIDATES FOR
FROM $40.00 TO $10.00;
AMENDING SECTION 18-
31 OFTHE HAWTHORNE
CODE OF ORDINANCES;
AND PROVIDING AN
PLEASE NOTE: These
Ordinances may be
inspected at the City Clerks
Office, 6700 SE 221st ST.
Monday - Friday from 8:00
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pursuant
to Section 286.015, Florida
Statutes, if a person
decides to appeal any
decision made by the City
Commission with respect
to any matter considered-
at such meeting, he or
she will need to ensure
that a verbatim record of
the proceeding is made,
which record includes the
testimony and evidence
upon which the appeal is
to be based:
In accordance with the
American with Disabilities
Act, a person with
disabilities needing any
to participate in City
should contact the Office
of the City Clerk, 6700 SE
221st Street, Hawthorne,
Florida 32640, Telephone
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Our current economy and how we can make it better
...in words even I can understand.
Guest Commentary by Robert Hart, Vice President - Marketing, SunState Federal Credit Union
I don't claim to be an economic expert. Instead,
I believe I am just like most of you, with many of
the same day-to-day concerns and interests. I tell
you this so that before you read on you understand I
am not some high powered spin doctor in some far
off place; I'm just another father in North Central
Florida trying to do the right thing and keep a
family going. When I come to work, I am driving
either a plain Ford Ranger with manual windows or
a Ford Windstar van that needs the windows fixed.
My office is in the City ofAlachua, Florida; it's not
in New York, or North Carolina, or Toronto.
Those things being said, I have to admit I have
no clue where to start when it comes to---
solving our nation's economic woes. FIX
However, I do have an idea about how
we can jump start our local economy
with an influx of millions of dollars ...
and we won't have to spend a dime! Brini
I have already heard or read about
many plans proposing we all start
spending more money locally in order
to get our local economy moving. That
makes sense, except that many of us
are cutting back on spending in order
to make ends meet. Not only are major
purchases being put off, but many
of us are cutting back on the little things as well.
Unfortunately, this collective "tightening of our
belts" works contrary to the idea of spending more
money in order to stimulate our economy...and I
for one can't blame anybody for trying to increase
savings during times like these. It's easy to worry
about others when our home and family is secure,
but when that most basic security is threatened;
concern for others naturally, anid rightly so, takes
a back seat.
So, that being said, let's assume that a mass
spending spree to jump start our local economy
is not a realistic solution, and for each of us
individually, "tightening our belts" has been and is,
a prudent course of action.
Finally, I get to the point.
Without spending a dime more than we are
spending right now, without sacrificing the security
of our homes and families, how can we help jump
start our local economy? How can we start saving
local businesses and jobs? How can we start helping
our friends and neighbors without pulling money
out of our own stretched budgets and giving it to
them? The answer is to "bring your money home!"
Bring your money home! The primary focus of
this idea is not where you spend your money, though
that can help tremendously, it is where you keep
your money and where you borrow your money.
When your deposits and loans are with a local credit
union, the impact of those deposits and loans are
helping your local economy, not being shipped out
of the area and into a regional or national fund for
distribution. When the CEO of a national bank buys
a car, does he buy it here? No, he probably buys
it in New York or some other major metro area.
The CEO of SunState Federal Credit Union buys
his cars locally, helping local dealers. And he buys
his groceries and meals locally, as well. So do all
the other SunState employees, both front and back
office. Do you have any idea where the big banks
have their back office operations? Well, neither do
I, but I bet it's hundreds, if not thousands, of miles
I know this sounds simple, but the easiest way
for each of us to help our friends and neighbors
without spending a dime is to move all of our
accounts and loans to locally owned and operated
financial institutions. Frankly, I feel like using
any local institution is better than using a national
institution, because it keeps our money's impact at
home! Of course, after spending over 17 years with
SunState Federal Credit Union as an employee and
member, I probably don't have to tell you which
local community credit union that's devoted to
its membership and communities I choose to
If we all took the time right now to bring our
mortgages, back home to local institutions, not
only would we be refinancing at great rates, but we
would pump millions and millions of dollars back
into our local economy. And what about all the car
loans out there financed with national firms? Bring
your loans and your accounts home, stimulate our
local economy while saving money, and help save
jobs, futures, ard families right
RSTI here in North Central Florida! An
added benefit to acting on this
now is that SunState's mortgage
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extremely low and for a limited
time, we are offering new auto
loan rates on used auto loans, both
for purchases and refinances.
That pretty much sums up
my idea. Sorry New York.
U.o g Sorry Houston and Charlotte
and Chicago and wherever else
those national institutions are
If bringing your business home, helping save
jobs and futures right here in North Central Florida,
appeals to you, contact us and we'll help you with
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SunState Federal Credit Union and Alachua
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is to get young people reading. Alachua County Today
will publish an 8-chapter serialized short story, "Good.
Morning, Mr. President", as part of our Newspapers
in Education program. The newspapers will be sent
home with the students after the project for the week
is completed so that parents can share the stories with
In this story, Peggy Ann discovers a BIG surprise
when her father takes a job in South Dakota. Every
morning when she awakens; Peggy can see the face of
George Washington carved on the side of a mountain.
Spend a summer with Peggy, Old Mrs. Potter, the
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Chapter One - by Kay Hivel:
It was nearly midnight and very dark. Peggy Ann stared through
the windshield of the old car as it rolled down the narrow road.
The Jansen family had been traveling from Nebraska for two days.
Peggy was tired. Her little brother was asleep beside her in
the back seat And, even though she was sleepy, Peggy was
determined to stay awake.
Her father had promised they would reach their new home in
the Black Hills tonight. She was anxious to see where the family
would live all summer. She wondered what the Black Hills would
look like. Were they really black?
Just when Peggy thought she could no longer stay awake, the car
slowed down. Through half-shut eyes, she read the big sign beside
a driveway. It said "Welcome - Cabins."
Mr. Jansen turned the car into the driveway and drove down
a dirt trail. . 4
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Things to Think About and Do -
A. On a map, find South Dakota. On a South Dakota map,
find the Black Hills. In what part of the state are the
B. W1at state did the Jansen family come from? What do
you think Peggy's father is going to do in South Dakota?
Next Week:Chapr Two.-A-BI Srpise-
two or three
cabins. All of
them had a light
in a window.
Fmally; the car stopped in front of a cabin' that was dark.
The headlights of the car showed the number 5 on the door
Mr Jansen opened the car door and got out. Taking just a few
strides he stepped upon the little porch.
Peggy saw him knock on the door and then go inside. As Peggy
and her mother watched, a light came on in a window. Peggy
could see her father standing by the lamp with a lighted match
in his hand.
A moment later Mr. Jansen was back, telling everyone to get out
and carry their things inside. Peggy lumped out of the ca;r eager
to see her new home. Reaching into the back seat, she poked
a finger into her brother's ribs and told him to wake up.
Mike didn't move. He was sound asleep. Ignoring him, Peggy
pulled the old suitcase and two quilts Out of the back seat Then,
following her mother, she walked through the front door of
What would be her summer home.
By the dim light of the lamp, Peggy could see a large rustic
room with a stone fireplace. At one end was a small kitchen
and a table. Around the fireplace were two chairs and a wooden
couch with fat pillows.
As Peggy looked around, her father came through the door
with Mike in his arms. Mrs. Jansen carried the lamp through
a side door, looking for a place to put her son.
Soon the sleeping arrangements were settled. Peggy and Mike
would share bunk beds in one of the bedrooms. Mike would
have the bottom bed and she would sleep up high.
Peggy's father said they were lucky to' have two bedrooms.
That had been promised when he agreed to come work on
Once her brother was tucked into his bunk and covered with
a quilt, Peggy was ready for bed. It had been a long day. She
went to sleep still wondering if the Black Hills were really black.
Maybe tomorrow she would find out.
Author Kay Hivey and Illustrator Billie Gofourth-Stewart are
both of Neosho, Missour. Produced in partnership with this
newspaper and the Missouri Press Foundation with support
from Verizon Foundation. Copyright 2002.
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Nothing says spring is h
a beautiful bunch of crisp as
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round, it's much better when pi
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prepare, and comes in a va
vibrant colors including greei
purple and white. It also grc
and is commercially availab
frozen and canned. The stall
in size from colossal to small.
types and colors of asparagus
used without any noticeable di
in the taste, so mix and mate
and sizes for visual interest.
Asparagus should be cr
firm, not limp or wrinkled, wit
closed tips. Dull colors .and
the stems are an indication o
of freshness. The stalks should
limp or dry at the cut and of
If you're planning to
asparagus on the same day,
under cool water and pat the st
with a paper towel. Smaller st
be broken or cut at the poir
the stem naturally snaps. Pee
end of thicker stalks with
knife or a vegetable peeler
any woody stems and can be
to 2 hours before cookirig. P
prepared asparagus in a plastic
the refrigerator to stay crisp un
Fresh asparagus should n
washed or soaked before storing
asparagus is bound with a rubb
remove it, as it will pinch an
the stalks. Asparagus can be st
up to two days if the stalks are
here like trimmed and placed upright in a
paragus. jar with about an inch ofwater in
le year- the bottom. Cover the asparagus
purchased with a plastic bag and store the
spears in the refrigerator.
lect and Asparagus cooks in minutes
variety of and can be prepared steamed
n, violet or boiled in the microwave or
iws wild oven. It tastes delicious hot or
le fresh, cold, and it also freezes well if
ks range blanched first in hot water,
.Various Asparagus is a nutritional p
s can be powerhouse. One-half cup of
difference cooked asparagus contains
.h colors significant amounts of folic acid,
vitamin C, potassium and beta-
risp and carotene. It's also a heart-healthy food,
h tightly and a natural diuretic.
idges in This versatile vegetable works
tf a lack well as a room-temperature appetizer,
d not be blended into a soup, as a flavorful side
uniform dish, the main ingredient in a colorful
salad or as part of a main course like
use the my recipe for Lemon Chicken with
rinse it Asparagus. Preparing asparagus is
talks dry a delicious and nutritious way to
alks can celebrate spring.
ling the LEMON CHICKEN WITH
. paring ASPARAGUS
removes 4 chicken breasts, about 3 pounds,
done up washed and fat trimmed and
'lace the removed
c bag in 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
til ready 4 garlic cloves, chopped
I red bell pepper, chopped
lever be 1/2 pound asparagus, stalks trimmed
ig. If the and cut into 1 inch pieces
er band, 1 teaspoon salt
d bruise 1 teaspoon pepper
toured for 1 1/2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup chicken stock
3 cups cooked rice
Ina large non-suck skillet, heat thi
oil over medium high heaL Season tli6
chickenpieces with the sail, pepper ar
poultry seasoning. Place the chicken
skin-side down, and cook for 5to I7
minutes. Turn the pieces skin-side up,,
and cook until golden brown and done,;
about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic andi
red bell pepper. Add the asparagus'
and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the zest
and the chicken stock and bring to a
simmer. Cover and cook for3 minutes.'
Serve immediately over hot rice.
Angela Shelf Medearis -i n
award-winning children's autlior,
culinary historian and the author offi e!l
cookbooks. Her latest cookbook, "The;
New African-American Kitchen," isl
in bookstores now. She's known as'
The Kitchen Diva and is the executive;
producer and host of "The Kitchen,
'Diva!'" television cooking show. Visit:
her Web site at www.divapro.com.
(c) 2009 King Features Synd., Inc.
1.5 Acre Parcel Available
First Street Group, L.C. * PO Box 1990 * Alachua, FL 32616
Jim Shaw: 352.665.8570 or Phil Hawley: 352.332.2600
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y Club of High Springs
What: The GSFRDR is a rubber duck race held on the Santa Fe
River to benefit Polio Plus, High Springs Boy Scouts, Friends of
the Library, and the High Springs Social Services.
When: Saturday, May 9, 2009 from 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The
ducks will be released at 12:00 Noon Sharp up stream from the Boat
Ramp Road (N.W. 210th Lane). North on 441 on left before you get to
the Santa Fe River.
Where: Boat Ramp Road (N.W. 210th Lane). Parking will be
provided along roadway and off the road. West of 441.
Food, Entertainment and Display: Food will be
provided by the High Springs Boy Scout Troop #69. There will be a
boat and motor display by the Antique Outboard Motor Club.
Prizes: Cash winners for the first three ducks to cross the finish
line. First Prize will be $500.00, Second Prize will be $100.00,.and
Third Prize will be $50.00.
paragus is perfect for
1,500 sq. ft.
$1,000 per month
Hwy 441 near Progress Corporate Park $ Alachua, FL