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High Springs celebrates heritage

33rd Annual Pioneer Days


A blacksmith wows onlookers as he forges cooking utensils on
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Saturday in the Heritage Village at Pioneer


Archer gets




third interim




city manager


Ward Scott to fill void


By TRACEY MCMANUS
Today Reporter
ARCHER-The Archer
City Commission appointed
Alachua resident. Ward
Scott as the new interim city
manager Monday. He is the
third person hired for the
position in three months.
The unAnimous
decision came from a
recommendation by
Alachua City Manager
Clovis Watson Jr., who has
been a consultant during
the search.
Scott will fill the
position left open after
Archer's previous city
manager, Doug Drymon,
was fired Jan. 12. Drymon
was the fifth official to hold
that position since 2001.
The interim city
manger position was
quickly sifted through -
first by Jocelyn Garcia
and then Hugh Williams,
who was fired April 13 for


Scott
insubordination.
Now Scott said his
goal is to set an economic
standard for Archer. that
is based on the model of
Alachua's protocols, which
were created by Watson -
Scott's longtime friend and
former student.
"Archer is a beautiful
town, and I think if it
gets some of its basic
infrastructure needs
ARCHER:
Continued on page A4


Grapski trial set for June


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Political activist
and one-time Alachua City Commission
candidate Charles Grapski will soon get
his day in court, as he faces numerous
charges' of battery on law enforcement
officers and resisting arrest, among others.
Jury selection is set for June 8 in ih trial
\ stemming from an August 2007 incident
in which Grapski reportedly got into a
confrontation with former Alachua Police
Chief Robert Jernigan.


Grapski had entered
the Alachua Police
Department (APD) offices
to get information about
a closed case, and when
Jernigan told him he had
no further information,
Grapski was ' asked to Grapski
leave. However, Grapski
refused, and 'Jernigan locked him out of
the building.
Grapski banged on the door, and police
GRAPSKI:
Continued on page A5


Hawthorne turns over fire services


By BRYAN BOUKARI
Today Reporter
HAWTHORNE - Alachua County
Fire Rescue (ACFR) personnel rolled back
into Hawthorne Wednesday morning. The
move comes after Hawthorne officials
negotiated an agreement with the Alachua
County Commission to have ACFR resume
fire protection in the small town of some
1,600 residents.
The deal was sealed Tuesday when
Hawthorne Mayor Deloris Roberts
and Interim City Manager Linda Rice-


Chapman delivered .the first payment and
an agreement for the fire services. The
agreement has been in the works for several
weeks, but county commissioners had not
approved it until Tuesday.
Under the agreement, the City of
Hawthorne agreed to adopt a Municipal
Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) which will
begin Oct. 1. Until then, Hawthorne will
pay Alachua County $4,600 each month to
cover the cost of providing fire .services.
That money is coming from a fire assessment
HAWTHORNE:
Continued on page A6


Downtown improvements in store for High Springs


By TRACEY MCMANUS
Today Reporter
HIGH SPRINGS - The parking-lot project
in downtown High Springs is back on track after
being put on hold more than a decade ago.
The City Commission on Thursday approved a
contract with Jones Edmunds and Associates, who
will now begin work on engineering plans for the
site.
"The basic plan is to complete the parking
area on the site that wasn't completed in the 90s,"
said Mike Clark, vice president of design and
development for Jones Edmunds and Associates.
"It's a pretty simple project."
The target area sits in the southwest quadrant of
the square of lots divided by North Main Street and
Southwest Railroad Avenue.


The original project began around 1992 and
was directed to clean up the four dirt lots around
the intersection and to supply parking spaces for
surrounding businesses. Funds were supplied from
a community development block grant, but costs
for the first three lots were high and money ran
out before the last quadrant was completed, said
Christian Popoli, High Springs city planner.
Originally, the farmers ma ket and the Main
Street Program intended to build a pavilion on
the incomplete lot, but the idea fell through when
SiUGH SPRINGS:
Continued on page A 7
If everything .oes as planned, High Springs
will soon ha', the final quadrant around the
intersection ot Railroad Avenue and North Main
paved to allow for more parking in the downtown
area.


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much by living but
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Turkeys still a gobble after Red Cross fundraiser


By CRAIG COX
Today Reporter
FORT WHITE - Red
Cross was at the scene when
shots were fired Saturday,
but no bandages were
needed because the friendly
fire was all part of a Turkey
Shoot fundraiser at the Ft.
White Gun Club.
The charity holds
various fundraisers
throughout the year, and the
group has been aiming for
creative fundraisers to lure
money away from wallets
that have become slim due
to the economy.
Those who dared to take
a shot at the bull's-eye paid
$3 per bullet during seven


rounds of shooting, and
people feeling lucky entered
drawings for a generator,
a shotgun and a $100 Wal-
Mart gift card.
After the guns were
down and the dust was
settled, the money raised
was tallied at more than
$2,000.
Because this was the
first-ever Turkey Shoot the
organization has put on,
Laura Mager, Executive
Director of the North
Central Florida .chapter of
the Red Cross, said she was
pleased with the outcome.
"I think that we got what
we were expecting from the
event," she said. "We really
were flying by the seat of


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Mr. and Mrs.
James M. Brarigan
of Leesburg. Fla. are
pleased to announce
the engagement of heir
daughter. Am\ Lmnn
Branigan to James
David Basinger. son of
Rev. and Mrs Marm D.
Basinger of Alachua.
Fla.
Miss Branigan
graduated from Bob
Jones Uniersitr in
Greenville. S.C. in
2003 with a degree in
Interior Design She is
currently employed as an
Events Coordinator with
the Museum and Gallery at
Bob Jones Uni\ ersity.
Mr. Basinger graduated
from Bob Jones Uni\ ersair
in Green ille. S.C. in 2006
%\lth a degree in Biology.


He 'is presently pursuing 3
Nlaster's degree in Historn.
He is currently employed as
a Graduate Assistant with
the NMhseun and Gallery at
Bob Jones Uniersit.
A June 12, 2009
wedding is planned. The
couple will be making their
home in Green ille, S.C.


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our pants, and it's a way
for us to get out into the
community we serve, while
bringing some recognition
to the Red Cross."
Mager said the group
normally holds events in
Alachua County, but Red
Cross officials decided to
move, to the outskirts of
their coverage area for this
fundraiser so other cities
can know they haven't been
forgotten.
"The money we raised is
staying local, and that's very
important that everyone in
our coverage area knows
that this money will stay
in our community, and it
affects them too," Mager
said.
The North Central
Florida chapter of the Red
Cross was chartered in
1917 to provide service in


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Shooters took aim at paper targets during the first
annual Turkey Shoot fundraiser for the North Central
.Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross.


Alachua County. However,
the group has expanded over
the last 10 years to include
Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette
and Levy counties. In 2003,
Columbia, Hamilton and
Suwannee counties were
added to the service delivery
area for the Alachua County


chapter.
The group is responsible
for providing disaster relief
such as emergency shelters
and supplies. The group
also provides services for
military personnel and
victims of conflict.
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ALACHUA- Over your 1
head is a luxury that not
everyone may have. But orie
organization is steadily trying
to make the ideal possible.
Rebuilding Together
celebrated National
Rebuilding Day on Saturday
by granting home repairs
to five Alachua County
families.
"It went really well,"
said Melisa Miller, executive
director of Rebuilding
Together of North Central Volunteer bt
Florida. "The five projects Saturday to
we completed were all really Gardner.
successful, andwe're grateful
to be able do these types of repairs."
With the help of close to 100 volunteers,
the group completed painting and insulation
work; two floor replacements and three roof
repairs. The 'families receiving the help are
those whose homes need safety repairs,
or like Carmel and Earl Gardner II of the
Alachua area, have had tragedies preventing
the upkeep of their homes.
When the Gardner's eight-year-old son
burned nearly 50 percent of his body in a
freak accident in 2007, the family slowly
saw their home deteriorate. Drawn out visits
to hospitals left their home unattended, and
in 2008 a tree fell on the roof, which made
way for wild animals to linger inside.
"Little things would go wrong in the
house and would never get fixed because
we weren't there," Earl II said in a previous
interview.
But with the guidance of Rebuilding
Together and the charity of Charles Perry
Construction, around 50 volunteers worked
Saturday to patch up what the Gardners had
lost.
Charles Perry Construction donated
time and materials to patch up the destroyed
roof, repair the floor and paint parts of the
Gardner home. Businesses that donated


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builders from around the area pitched in
help re-roof the home of Earl and Carmel

time and materials for other home repairs
were Stone Soup Foundation, Rotary
Club of Gainesville, Gainesville Regional
Utilities (GRU) and Gainesville Jaycees.
And although National Rebuilding,
Day drew attention to this organization's
work, Miller said the group works to do
home repairs to those in need tw to three
weekends every month. The effort began
with Miller and friends who wanted to
make a difference in the community with
a home repair program, and they eventually
created a Rebuilding Together branch in
North Central Florida in 2005.
"We were just a local group of friends
doing home repair, and the national
Rebuilding Together had a similar mission
statement, so we joined that organization in
February last year," Miller said.
For Earl Gardner II, Rebuilding
Together's efforts mean a fresh start for his
family, but it also means a new volunteer
for Miller's program.
"Earl is going to become a volunteer for
6ther home projects," Miller said. "They
didn't know how to do roof repair for their
home, but he has other skills that he can
share in our program."
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ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY COMMUNITY CORNER THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009 AJ


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Meetings & Events in the Heartlands


PUBLIC MEETINGS
*Archer - 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
Hall.
mAlachua 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 comments are taken at 9:30 a.m.
and 5:30 p.m.
mGainesville - Meets the 1st and 3rd
Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at
City Commission Chamber, 200 East
University Avenue.
mHawthome - Meets the 1st' and 3rd
Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at
City Hall.
mHigh Springs - Meets the 2nd and 4th
Thursday of each.month at 6:30 p.m. in
City Hall.
mLaCrosse - Meets the 2nd M6nday of
each month at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.
EMicanopy - 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
uWaldo - Meets the 2nd Tuesday of each
month at 7 p.m. at Yerkes Certer


Frank N. Boston
Frank Boston of
Newberry, Fla. died at home
peacefully surrounded by
his sisters and his niece
(Melissa) on April 22, 2009,
after a short illness. He was
56.
Frank had worked for
Gainesville Neon Signs.'
for 24 years as a Sign
Fabricator. He loved fishing.
and camping.
Survivors include his
sisters, Bonnie Baggs of
Newberry, Fla., Karen Sue
Bayless of Montgomery.
Ala.; five -nieces; three
nephews; five great nieces:'
nine great nephews; his
aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family will receive
family and friends at the
funeral home in Newberry '
on Thursday, April 30, 2009
from 10-11 a.m. There will
Sbe a memorial held in the
chapel to share stories and
memories of Frank from 11
a.m. until 12 noon. Burial


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@
windstream.net.
m 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 and approximately eight mileswest of
Gainesville just off 441. For more information,
call Pastor Sam Brown at 386-454-1384.
* Fully Committed - Come enjoy a
Fundraiser pancake' breakfast with Fully
Committed on Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m.
to 10 a.m. at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill,'
1005 NW13 Street, Gainesyille. Donations
are $6.25 each or two for $12. For additional
information or to reserve.a ticket, please call
Vincent Washington at 352-281-2577.
* The Santa Fe Hills Church of Christ is
having a gospel meeting May 8 and 9. The



obituaryy


will be at a later date.
Arrangements are under
the care of Milam Funeral
and Cremation Services,
Newberry, Fla..

Gerald "Jerry"
Edwin Hyde
Gerald "Jerry" Edwin
Hyde of Newberry, Fla.
passed away Saturday April
25, 2009 at Shands at the
University of Florida after
a lengthy illness. He was
70.
a..i H e
was born
. in Bryson
City, N.C.,
and raised
in Oak
Ridge,
Hyde Tenn. He
graduated
from Oak
Ridge High School and the
University of Tennessee
with a degree in Industrial
Management. He served
as a Captain in the U. S.


Army.
He worked with
computers for Sperry-
Rand Corporation, then
the. University of Florida,
finally retiring as a systems
analyst for the School.
Board of Alachua County.
He was a loving husband
and son, and a devoted
father and grandfather.
He was predeceased by
his father, Clarence Hyde.
Survivors include his
mother, Lois Hyde; his wife
of 22 years, Juanita "Nita"
Hyde; sons, Douglas Hyde
and Eric Hyde; a daughter,
Ginger Hardy and husband
Larry; . step children,
Denise Wolff and husband
Eric, Dina Mahoney and
husband Michael, Kristen
DiFranco and husband
Antonio; brothers, Robert
Hyde and, wife Nancy,
Billy Hyde and wife Rosie;
sister, Sandra Namken;
his grandchildren, Jessica
Lyon, Joshua Lyon, Ashley
Hardy, Leo Hyde, Connor


lessons will be on issues of morality facing
Christians in our society. Possessing Our
Vessels - "that each ofyou know how to possess
his own vessel in sanctification and honor,"
(1 Thess. '4:4). May 8 at 7:30 p.m. with John
Zellner, "Telling a Lie;" May 9 at 10 a.m.
with Carlton McPeak, "Sexual Immorality: By
Whose Standards"; 11 a.m. with Al Sandlin,
"Selfishness- The Seed of Greed;" at 2 p.m. with
Nick Law, "Homosexuality: Sin or Alternative
Lifestyle;" at 3 p.m. with George Parsley, "Our
Bodies: The Temple of the Holy Spirit". The
church is located at 16313 NW US. Highway
441 in Alachua just west of the Santa Fe High
School.
* St.Madeleine Catholic Church will hold
its Spring Flea Market on May 2 from 8 a.m.
to 1 pm. on the church grounds located at
17155 N. U.S. Highway 441 in High Springs.
Over 70 vendors are expected to be selling a
variety of items from arts and crafts to furniture.
In addition, the Knights of Columbus, the church
youth group, the Angels of Mercy, the Women's
Guild, the Garden shop and Lilly's Country
Store will be selling food, used toys, plants
and other items. The Civitan Bloodmobile
will be available for.donations.


Parking will be provided on the
premises (no parking permitted
on the highway).
* Homecoming with gospel
singingwill be held atLebanon
Baptist Church Sunday, May
3 at 10 a.m. Speaker will be T.J.




and Colin Wolff, Brenden
and Aidan Mahoney, Hanna
and Allyson DiFranco.
There was a Celebration
of his Life at the Milam
Funeral Home Chapel in
Newberry on Tuesday
April 28, 2009 at 11 a.m.'In
lieu of flowers, memorial
contributions may be made
in his name to Sierra Club,
PO Box 52967, Boulder,
CO 80321-2967.
Milam Funeral and
Cremation Services,
Newberry, Fla.
Obituaries: The obituaries
in this section are consid-
eied ne\vs and are published
free of charge by Alachua
County Today. Obituar-
ies may be edited for style,
space and policy.


Santerfeit. Dinner in Fellowship Hall. Come
and join us. Church is located at 6124 280th
Street, Branford. For additional information,
call Pastor Joe Dunn 386-935-2440.
* The High Springs Lions Club is having a
mega flea market on Saturday, May 9 at the
High Springs Lions Club onHwy. 27just west of .
High Springs. Spaces are still available. Come
out and enjoy looking at all the great items. Call
386-454-4521 with questions.
m A.L. Mebane Middle School is having The
Boscars, an awards ceremony showcasing
scenes from students' favorite books on May
7 from 5-7:30 p.m. Come"walk the red carpet
and get your picture taken by the paparazzi.
Refreshments will be served,.and the band will
delight you with their musical stylings. Visit
the Book Fair to get your ticket for refreshments
and a chance to, be entered in the prize drawings.
Highlights include a Red Carpet Walk with Limo
photo op from 5-5:30; Boscar Awards 5:30-
6:15 p.m.;' Mebane band performance 6:30-
-7:30 p.m.; Refreshments 6:30-7:30 p.m.; and
Book Fair/Curriculum Fair 5:30-7:30 p.m. Call
Susan Swails 386-462-1648 or e-mail swailsse@
gm.sbac.edu. Support our Mustangs!


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Special to Alachua County Today

ALACHUA - Last
fall, the inaugural Alachua
Townd Center Crossing
Carnival, the grand opening
for Domino's Pizza, drew
a crowd of nearly 3,000
people who enjoyed the free
food, fun, games for kids
and great prizes. Coming
May 5 there will be a new
and larger carnival to enjoy.
-. ' The Alachua Towne
lCenter Crossing Grand
)Opening Carnival will be
held from 4:30 to 8 p.m. in
the center's parking lot at
15630 NW U.S. Highway
441. Parking will be next
door in front ofHitchcock's.
It's a way to celebrate. the
grand opening of Gateway
Bank, The Spirit Shoppe,
LifeSouth Community
Blood Centers and Moe's.
Freddy Wehbe, owner of
Iator's Domino's, opened
his doors eight months ago
in the center.
"With what I know
now, I wished I'd opened
ere three or four years
S go," Wehbe said. "It's
been a great location,
business is booming, the
Community is supporting
the businesses that support
mhe community."
Plaza co-owner Joe
Fincher said the welcome
from the community has
been impressive.
"We are proud to do
business in a pro-business
town," Fincher said.
At the carnival there
will be free ice cream,
pizza. Coke, pony rides, a
petting zoo, a bounce house,


magicians, a live alligator
to see up-close and more.
Special guests include
University of Florida
mascots Albert and Alberta.
There will also be a celebrity
dunking booth, with coaches
from Santa Fe High School
expected to participate.
There will be a drawing
for an all-day Spa Package
from Utopia Chalet, a
limousine chauffeured trip
for two to enjoy a Gator
football game in a sky box, a
signed Urban Meyer football
and other great prizes.
Danny Gilliland with
Gateway Bank said the
location is a good fit.
"We're a community
bank with local decision
making, local ownership
and we're excited to be in
Alachua," Gilliland said.
The fall carnival served
as a grand opening for
Domino's, and this carnival
is a block party grand
opening for Gateway Bank,
LifeSouth Community
Blood Centers, Moe's


and The Spirit Shoppe all
located in the plaza. The
businesses see the carnival
as a fun way to introduce
them-to the community and
give back to the community
that supports them.
Sponsors for the event
include Alachua Towne
Center Crossing, City
of Alachua, Domino's,
Gateway Bank, LifeSouth,
Moe's, Hitchcock's, The
Spirit Shoppe, Wind FM,
K-Country, and 105 The
Game. Other businesses
supporting the event
include Alachua Fire
Rescue, Alachua Humane
Society, AP Limo, BMX
Racetrack, Coca Cola, Cox
Communications, Cox
Media, Florida Works,
IIowe Development, Kid
Print, 02B Kids, Sebastian
Ferrero Foundation, Skate
Station, Splitz Bowling,
Sun Country, Tyler's Hope,
Lowe's, Utopia Chalet Spa,
Alachua County Today,
Waste Pro and many more.
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Then and now - family friendly shows on DVD


By KEES BOER
Entertainment Writer

Hawaii Five-O, the Sixth
Season
One of my all time
favorite police drama
television series from the
60s and 70s is Hawaii
Five-O starring Jack Lord
(Felix Leiter in Dr. No) as
Steve McGarrett. Opening
the show is that classic intro
of the guys in the canoe
in the open sea with the
thundering sound of drums.
All 24 episodes of the
fourth season are included,
in this DVD set.
I highly recommend
this DVD set - it's family
friendly and family safe;
the whole family can enjoy
it.


The Fugitive - Season
Two - Volume Two
This is one ofmy favorite
older television shows. The
show stars David Janssen
as Dr. Richard Kimble, a
doctor who was framed
for killing his wife, and
ended up on death row, all
the while knowing that the
real killer is a one armed
man. On the way to death
row, Kimble escapes and
becomes a fugitive with the
relentless Lt. Philip Gerard
trying to find him. The
show tells his adventures as
a fugitive, while at the same
time he tries to find the one
armed man who was really
responsible for his wife's
death.
This show is family
friendly and I have no


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CHARTER REVIEW
ADVISORY BOARD
RECRUITMENT NOTICE
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
ofAlachua. The City Commission will make three (3)
appointments to staggered terms during its May 18, 2009
meeting.

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
386 418-6100.
(Published: Alachua County Today -
April 09,. 16, 23 and 30, 2009)


NOTICE OF'

AMENDMENT TO THE

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

CITY OF WALDO, FL

The City of Waldo's City Council will hold a public
hearing on a proposed small-scale comprehensive
plan amendment on May 14, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. at
the Yerkes Center, 14245 Cole Street. The City
Council will consider action on the following
item:

ORDINANCE 2009-01
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF WALDO,
FLORIDA, TO AMEND THE CITY OF WALDO
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(CITY OF WALDO).ON AN APPROXIMATELY
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At the public hearing, all interested parties may
appear and be heard with respect to the proposed
ordinance. Copies of the proposed ordinance are
available for public inspection at City Hall on
any regular business day between 8:30 A.M. and
5:00 P.M. Notice is given pursuant to Section
286.0105, Florida Statutes, that in order to appeal
any decision made at this public meeting, you will
need to ensure that a verbatim record is made. In
accordance with the Americans with Disabilities
Act, any persons with a disability requiring
reasonable accommodation in order to participate
in this meeting should call City Hall at (352) 418-
1001 at least 48 hours prior to the public meeting.
(Published: Alachua County Today -
April 30, 2009)


reservation recommending
it. The DVD set contains
the last 15 episodes of
the second season of this
television series.

Hannah Montana - Life's
What You Make It
The show stars Miley
Cyrus, the daughter of Billy
Ray Cyrus. And Miley's
on-screen dad is played by
none other than her real
father. Jason Earles plays
Miley's brother, and Emily
Osment plays Lilly Truscot,
Miley's best friend.
While Miley goes to
school, no one realizes
that indeed she is the huge
pop star, Hannah Montana,
because she in disguise.
Since the show aired
on the Disney Channel,
it has been one of the
biggest success stories on


Disney. People love it and
within a few months, Miley
had been on the cover of
many teenage pop star
type magazines. Millions
of people have tuned in.
One has only to visit the
local Wal-Mart store to see
posters and promotional
items about her.
I remember just
two years ago doing an
interview with Billy Ray
Cyrus when he talked about
Miley's activities, "She is
in L.A. right now, working
on a different project. She's
probably going to have
her own show soon... She
is really serious about her
acting career."
She has become huge
since then. As a matter of
fact, I just returned from a
trip to L.A. and the most
frequent request I got


from so many people was,
"Please, can you get me an
autograph of Miley!"
If you haven't seen the
Hannah Montana show,
you can catch four of
them on the Disney DVD,
"Life is what you make it,"
released on Oct. 9, 2007.
The DVD comes with four
episodes and a featurette
called "Backstage Pass
- The secrets of Hannah
Montana." The DVD also
contains the music video
for Billy Ray Cyrus' song
"Ready, Set, Don't Go."
This DVD would make a
great gift and makes for
some great family viewing.
Today Entertainment
Writer Kees Boer is
committed to Compassion
International, an
organization that helps
children in developing


Photo special to Alachua County Today
Copyright 2009, Paramount
Pictures, All rights
reserved.
countries through
education, health services
and spiritual guidance.
This week, Kees dedicates
his article to Lizeth Pillco,
a child he sponsors through
Compassion International.
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Lady Hawks volleyball team


remains undefeated


Special to Alachua County Today
HIGH SPRINGS - The
High Springs Community
School Lady Hawks
Volleyball Team remains
the only Alachua County
Middle School team to
be undefeated (7-0) after
its wins this week against
Kanapaha and Westwood
Middle Schools, two of its
toughest competitors.
The Lady Hawks have
only five regular season
games left, a challenging
schedule with only two
home games before the
semi-finals and district
championship games
set for May 18 and 20.
The Hawks remaining


Coach Burton has an after-game talk with the team.
schedules is as, follows: May 13 at Kanapaha
Wednesday, April 29 at All games begin at
Mebane; Monday, May 4 at 4:15 p.m. Admission is
Bishop; Wednesday, May $2 per person. For more
6, Lincoln; Monday, May information about Lady
11, Ft. Clarke; Wednesday, Hawks Volleyball, call


Photo special to Alachua County Today

High Springs Community
SSchool at 386-454-1598
or parent Sharon Yeago at
386-454-3950.
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Taco Bell sets date for move to new location

Sandwich shop to replace the fast food chain in Bob's Citgo


By CRAIG COX
Today Reporter

ALACHUA - Church
bells near downtown
Alachua will. soon have
company because a bell-
themed fast food restaurant
has set a date to relocate to
the location of the previous
Sonic near Hitchcock's.
Taco Bell officials
are aiming to open their
new store Aug. 1, and the
company is set to be out of
its current location at Bob's
Citgo near Interstate 75 by


July 30, said Nick Davis,
president of Progressive
Restaurants, whichmanages
Taco Bell.
Davis said he felt the
restaurant needed more
capacity as well as a better
drive-thru, and when
the Sonic closed down
unexpectedly in July, Davis-
saw an- opportunity to use
the existing building.
"When we first moved
to Alachua, the city wasn't
as developed as it is now,"
he said. "So we definitely
see an opportunity to have


a stronger presence in
the growing area, and we
think it's time to have a
standalone building."
Taco Bell's 10-year
lease with Bob's Citgo
was not set to expire
until December 2010, but
Davis negotiated an early
teunination of the lease so,
the company could make
the move and not miss the
opportunity, he said.
Bob Milliken, who
owns Bob's Citgo, said he
decided not to charge Taco
Bell an early termination
fee because the company
will be. renting equipment
such as soda fountains from'
Milliken.
Milliken said he will
have to find other funds
to cover the loss of funds
from Taco Bell, which has
been paying half of the
property taxes and other
fees, but he does not plan
to bring anymore fast food
restaurants to fill the void
left by the company because
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he does not want to commit
to another long-term lease.
"When you allow these
franchises into your store,
you commit to 20-year
leases, and then you have
to lock yourself into not
selling certain items that
compete with those stores,"
he said. "I don't want to
have to deal with that."
Bob's Citgo will lose
nearly $8,000 a month
when the Taco Bell leaves,
so Milliken must find a way
to recoup those funds.
Milliken said he plans
to open a sandwich shop so
he can experiment and find
what is best for his business
and the community.
"I don't know if the
sandwich shop will work
out, but if not, I can try other
things such as breakfast
foods and not be locked
into a 20-year contract,"
he said. "Either way, this
is going to hurt, but we'll'
make it work."
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Scott to model Archer's

standards after Alachua


addressed, that * will
promote the advancement
of Archer," Scott said.
"What has impeded it's
far is the absence of water
infrastructure."
Since he is n6t planning
to become a permanent
city manager, Scott said
his short-term plans are
to set benchmarks in
creating a sewer system,
correcting problems with
the city's wells and setting
standards for being fiscally
responsible.
Scott has a long
history as a professor and
Senate president at Santa
Fe College (SFC), which
also has a satellite campus
in Archer. He has served
on the college's budget


advisory committee as well
as Alachua's economic
advisory committee, and he
ran for an Alachua County
Commission seat in 2008.
Scott also played a role
in the creation of a SFC
campus in Alachua. His
joint effort with Watson
along with the financial and
infrastructural contributions
of the City has helped
develop the campus, which
is set to open in September.
"I have done a lot
of things for the city of
Alachua that have given
me a good understanding
of municipal government,"
Scott said.
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CITIZEN ADVISORY
TASK FORCE (CATF)
COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT BLOCK
GRANT (CDBG)

NOTICE OF VACANCIES
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,
2009 meeting.

Applications may be obtained in person at Alachua
City Hall, 15001 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.cityofalachua.com

Please complete an application and send it on or before
May 6, 2009 to City ofAlachua, ATTN: Assistant City
Manager. CATF, P. O. Box 9, Alachua, FL, 32616.

Any questions, please call 386 418-6132.
(Published: Alachua County Today -
April 09, 16, 23 and 30, 2009)









ALACHUA COUNTY TODAY LOCAL NEWS THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009 A5



Newberry Watermelon Festival just around the corner


By GABRIELA IZARRA
Today Reporter

NEWBERRY - With the
Newberry Watermelon Festival just
around the corer, preparations are
nearly finalized, said Cathy Thomas,
secretary ofthe Newberry Watermelon
Festival Committee.
The festival, to be held at the
Canterbury Equestrian Showplace on
May 16, attracts between 5,000 and
8,000 people every year.
The Newberry Watermelon
Committee is teaming up with
Newberry's Hospice Rodeo, an
organization that raises funds for
hospices. The rodeo will put on ashow
the Saturday night of the festival.
"We're going back to an older way
of doing things so the money goes
back into the community," Thomas


said.
Festival goers can expect to see
some of their favorite Watermelon
Festival traditions, such as the beauty
pageants, pie and cake baking contest
and of course, free watermelon.
There will also be some new
attractions, including a beauty pageant
for dogs, in which the dogs will be
judged in their finest watermelon
attire, Thomas said. The entry fee of
$10 will go to a scholarship fund at
Newberry High School (NHS).
This year's auction will include
more watermelon novelty items
than past years. Everybody 'has
been searching for different items
that feature watermelons, such as
watermelon tea sets, watermelon rugs,
glasses and even mailboxes, Thomas
said.
Lewis Stokes from 93.7


K-Country, one of the festival's
sponsors, will be at the festival for the
games throughout the day and to host
the pageants.
Some other sponsors include
the City of Newberry and Vulcan's
Florida Rock.
The Newberry Watermelon
Festival Corp. is still taking
applications for vendors and pageant
contestants, as well as entries for the
parade.
The first Newberry Watermelon
Festival was held in 1946 and featured
many of the same activities still being
held today, such as the crowning of
the Newberry Watermelon Festival
queen, and the winner of the "Big
Melon" contest.


Termites aren't swarming, but that doesn't mean they're not munching


By MICKIE ANDERSON
Special to Alachua County Today
GAINESVILLE -
Chew on this: Just because
you haven't seen termite
swarms in or around your
house, doesn't mean they're
not busily devouring it.
It's been about five years
since the southeastern U.S.
saw a good termite swarm
season like those that were
once common, University
of Florida researchers say.
Swarms of termites fly
from their nests to mate
and start new colonies.
In the last few years,
termites have swarmed
maybe two or three days,
but nothing like the
frequent, repeated swarms
that used to occur, said
Phil Koehler, an urban
entomology professor with
UF's Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences.
Koehler believes
he knows why swarms
are scarce. Pest control
operators have begun to
see' wingless, crawling


arrested him. Grapski
kicked Jernigan in the leg,
head-butted another officer
in the chin and kicked a
third officer in the hand,
police said.
Following his first
appearance after his arrest,
Grapski was taken back to
the Alachua County Jail
where he was to undergo
a .routine strip search
before entering the general
population of the jail.
However, Grapski
refused to be strip searched,
and officers sprayed him
with pepper spray.
He reportedly became
violent, and detention
officers had to place him
in a restraining chair. One
detention officer reported
an elbow injury as a result
of the scuffle.


termites. Termites don't
need to fly to mate, so
rather than swarming,
they're crawling off by the
thousands to form new
colonies, he said.
That means
homeowners and even
pest control experts can
miss these events, because
no telltale wings are left
behind. And without
evidence of infestation,
homeowners may not get
the warning they need.
"It's like having a smoke
alarm without a battery in
it," Koehler said. "If you
have termites right now,
you could have significant
damage and not have any
sign of it."
Floridians deal with
two main types of termites:
subterranean termites,
which tunnel from moist
underground places and
attack homes from the
ground up; and drywood
termites, which are found
in the dry wood of the
house. Both species can


APD charged Grapski.
with three felony counts
of battery on a law
enforcement officer, one
felony count of resisting
arrest with. violence and
one misdemeanor count of
trespassing.
In the incident the
following day, jail officials
charged Grapski with one
felony count of battery on
a law enforcement officer
and another felony count
of resisting arrest with
violence.
After eight days in jail,
Grapski was hospitalized
due to deteriorating health
stemming from a hunger
strike. His bond was soon
reduced from $60,000
to $1,500 because his
healthcare was' costing
the county a large amount


City ofAlachua


PLANNING AND ZONING
BOARD

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 thej
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 Developmet
Department's office, located at 15100 NW 142nd Terrace,
Alachua, Florida, or mailed to: City of Alachua, ATTN:
Planning and Community Development Department, P..
Box 9, Alachua, FL 32616. Questions may be directed
the Planning & Community Development Department ft
(386) 418-6121.
(Published: Alachua County Today -
April 23 and 30, 2009)


go undetected until they've
done extensive damage to a
home.
Typically, subterranean
termites swarm from
January, until- about April
while their drywood
counterparts have a peak
swarming time in June and
July.
Koehler and research
associate scientist Roberto
Pereira believe two factors
have kept termite swarms
to a minimum: better
pest control methods and
drought conditions in the
southeastern U.S.
Despite recent heavy
rains and even flooding
in some areas, much
of Florida remains
under severe drought
conditions, according to
IFAS' Southeast Climate
Consortium. '
Whendeprived ofwater,
subterranean termites stay
underground searching for
it, Koehler said, which is
why he believes the drought
is at least partly to blame


of money, according to
Office of the State Attorney
spokesman Spencer Mann.
Grapski was ordered
to undergo a mental health
evaluation before posting
bond, and he was prohibited
from contacting Jernigan
or Alachua City Manager
Clovis Watson, Jr. He is
also barred from returning
to Alachua's government
complex.
While out on reduced
bond, Grapski was re-


for the dearth of swarms.
Koehler and Pereira
theorize that drought
conditions have forced
termites underground for
so long that by the time
they emerge, they've lost
their wings.
If limited swarming
continues, it would
underscore the need for
homeowners to seek
professional termite
treatment, he said.
The state's building
codes were strengthened
in 2001 to require that
new construction include
termite protection. In 2004,
the state mandated that
builders choose termite-
protection products from a
list of 64 proven effective
in Florida.
Even with those rules,
about half of Florida's
homeowners. have no
termite protection, Koehler
said.
"It's pretty .cheap to
prevent termites, but
expensive if you get them,"


arrested last fall for
allegedly refusing to leave
the residence of a reported
friend in Gainesville. He
was originally charged
with criminal mischief for
breaking a window, and
trespassing, and he had a
$10,000 bond until it was
revoked. .Charges in that
case were resolved earlier
this year when Grapski pled
guilty of lesser charges.
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Ask Your Dentist
by Douglas M. Adel, D.D.S.

Flossing helps heart health


Q: Why is flossing so
important?
A: Regular flossing is
important because it helps
remove the unhealthy
build-up of plaque on
your teeth. And studies
have found that keeping
your mouth free of plaque
may also be good for your
heart. A protein associated
with inflammation, called
C-reactive protein, is
consistently elevated in
people who are at risk
for heart disease. Recent
studies show that in some
cases the source of that
protein may be periodontal
disease, which is the result
of a bacterial infection that
attacks the gum tissue that


supports the teeth. Signs
and symptoms of the
disease range from bad
breath to painful abscesses
to loss of teeth.
These findings show
that good dental hygiene
may reduce the risk of
heart disease, stroke and
atherosclerosis, which is
hardening of the arteries.
Studies involving carotid
arteries of humans with
periodontal disease
have shown that one
year after receiving
periodontal treatment,
the subjects showed a
reduced thickening " of
blood. vessels. Talk with
your dentist about the
importance of flossing.


For more information or free brochures, please call our office.
Presented as a service to the community by:

Douglas M. Adel, D.D.S.,PA

Family Dentistry


Pereira said.
Florida Pest. Control
President D.R. Sapp Jr.,
whose company's 20
offices cover much of
Florida, said he agrees with
researchers' theories about
better controls and climate.
S"It used to be when
termites started swarming,


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our phones would ring off
the hook," he said. "But
termites haven't left, they're
still here. They just. don't
rear their heads and make
their presence known as
they did in the past."
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DOWNTOWN
REDEVELOPMENT
TRUST BOARD (DRTB)
NOTICE OF VACANCIES
Date of Notice: April 9, 2009

The City of Alachua is accepting applications for two
appointments to the DRTB. 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 ofAlachua
or engage in a business within the City ofAlachua. The
City Commission by Resolution shall make staggered
term appointments.
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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.
cityofalachua.com.

Please forward completed applications on or before
May 6, 2009 to City of Alachua, 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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April 09, 16, 23 and 30, 2009)


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and conditions" (http://tinyurl.com/dcvbqm),
said President Obama last week when advo-
cating another big-government solution -
this time .to .evils committed by credit-card
companies.
Credit cards are' a demagogue's dream
come true. What better way to
win public affection than to rail
against banks for their harsh
terms? In the politicians' mo-
rality play, creditors are the \ iI-
lains and debtors their helpless
victims. |
A little context first: No one I
l:is [a ' titral right toa' credit
card. Someone' has to be xnII- .L
ing to undertake the risk in is-
suing it. Banks issue cards in
their quest for profits. Nothing John St
wrong-with that.
Think about what a credit
card -is. It's convenient access to unsecured
loars, permitting consumers to buy things
large and small - not to mention emer-
gency services - without cash. Pay the bill
promptly, and you enjoy a fantastic service
for virtually nothing.'If circumstances prevent
you from paying the bill in full, you can set
your 6wn payment..schedule, realizing there
is a minimum payment and that you will be
charged interest on the unpaid balance. No
surprise there.
To appreciate credit cards, it is worth re-.
calling that before they came along, people got
personal loans from banks, finance companies,
pawnshops and loan sharks. Such loans were
less convenient, and repayment was less flex-
ible. Some people bought things on layaway,
which meant they didn't take the goods home


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until they were paid for. Loan.sharks some-
times broke people's legs.
Credit cards didn't create consumer debt
- they are merely, a superior alternative to
older methods..
As President Obama and other politi-
cians demagogue this issue, keep two things
in mind: Life would be more difficult without
credit cards, and banks don't have
to keep issuing them. Be careful
what . ou'ask for.
Politicians are too short-sighted
and \ ote-hungry to say such things.
'The\ want a "credit card holders'
bill of rights" (http://tinyurl.com/
S b5bpew) that would prohibit cer-
tain billing practices. like raising
interest rates on existing balances.
The House, could approve the "bill
of rights" this week.
tossel. Understandably, these bill-
ing practices endear themselves
Sto no one, but competition makes
the worst of them far less common. And as
for raising rates, revolving credit means that
a balance is a fresh loan each month; as the.
terms state, the rate can change. If issuers can
never raise rates on existing balances, even
when economic conditions change, they will
be likely to charge everyone a higher rate to
make up for the risk.
Todd Zywicki, a professor at George Ma-
son University Law School and an expert on
consumer credit, points out that the credit-card
industry is highly competitive (http://tinyurl.
com/dzqffs). The web is full of sites that per-
mit easy' comparison shopping (http://www.
cardhub.com/). Competition has driven banks
to more precisely match consumer costs to in-
dividual risk. In earlier days, every cardholder
paid higher interest rates than today and an


Ip hurts
annual fee (a way around usury laws). Now,
annual fees are largely gone. Rates are lower.
Late and over-the-limit fees are unpleasant,
but they aren't charged until a cardholder's
conduct triggers them. This is not to say cred-
it-card companies never abuse customers, but
as Zywicki notes, "[T]here are ample tools for
courts and regulators to attack deceptive and
fraudulent practices on a case-by-case basis."
Politicians assume we are ignorant about
credit-card terms. However, Zywicki points
to evidence that people who carry credit-card
balances are aware of the interest rate. they're
paying, and "those who carry larger balances
are even more likely to ... comparison shop."
The "bill of rights" seems designed to'pre-
vent people from geing themselves in over
their heads. That motive is honorable, but gov-
ernment has never been very good at such pro-
tection. The law of unintended consequences
cannot be repealed, and what government
gives with one hand, it inadvertently takes
away with the other. Increasing the banks'
costs will make it harder for poorer people to
get credit cards, and that will only push them
into costlier forms of debt, like payday lend-
ers.
I've never understood how the poor are
helped by limiting their choices.
John Stossel is co-anchor of ABC News'
"20/20" and the author of "Myth, Lies, and
Downright Stupidity. " To find out more about
John Stossel and read features by other Cre-
ators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit
the Creators Syndicate Web page at www. cre-
ators. com.
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Bridging the gap: A personal relationship with your physician


By JENNI WILLIAMS
Special to Alachua County Today
Long gone are the days
when physicians made home
visits, even at night and on
weekends. In today's culture
of"doc in the boxes," it is hard
to conceive that a personal
relationship with a primary
physician is possible at all.
Despite the shift in the
delivery ofcare, it seems people
have not changed in what they
want and need from their
medical provider. According
to the March 9, 2009- issue of
Archives of Internal Medicine,
researchers have found a
feeling of "abandonment"
prevails when a physician
involved in a patient's care is
no longer involved..
This seems to be even more
so when there is a loss of a
family member. Often people
dealing with a life-threatening
illness reach a poifit where
their physician refers them to
a hospice provider. This same
research shows that a disruption
at this point in the continuity
of care can create a "lack of
closure" lbr family members,
rel rring physicians and office
staff after the patient's death.
Slave Iospice strives
to emphasize the importance
of the primary physician's


ongoing involvement with the
patient and family as well as
the hospice physician, once the
person has been referred and
made the transition to Haven.
"The partnership between
the patient's attending physician
andthehospicephysicianbegins
with the referral to hospice.
The attending- physician has
the choice of being involved
as little or as much as their
personal preference based
on their availability, interest
and comfort level with end of
life care," said Neel Karani,
regional medical director of"
Haven Hospice. "The success
of this partnership lies in good
communication, which is what
Haven Hospice prides itself
on. Not only are the nurses
and physicians in- contact
with the attending physician,
the professional liaisons give
regular updates on patients to
their attending physician."
At Haven Hospice, value
and importance is placed on the
continued relationship between
the attending physician and
the primary care physician.
Haven Hospice's Customized
Commnunication Plan , a "we
do it your way" for each patient,
details and describes how each
healthcare professional wants
Ilaven Hospice to interact and
communicate with them when


jointly caring for patients and
families. This plan is used by
Haven Hospice's six physicians
in an 18-county coverage area,
as well as professional liaisons
who cultivate relationships
with healthcare professionals
and eliminate potential
barriers to care through
education, information and
intervention. The Customized
Communication Plan enables
the Customer Service Center
to respond more timely and
accurately to patient inquiries
and referral based on individual
customer preferences, needs
and wishes.
Haven Hospice values
each and every patient, putting
their needs first. Through the
Customized Communication
Plan, Haven Hospice is able to
bridge the potential gap between
the -primary care physician
and their attending physician
to cultivate and maintain a
personal relationship that every
patient longs for and needs.
Haven Hospice has served
more than 45,000 patients and
families since 1979 and has
been licensed in Florida as a
n #ot-for-profit hospice since
1980. For more information,
visit www.havenhospice.org or
call 800-727-1889.
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HAWTHORNE:
Continued from page A I

Part-timers given $1,000


for sticking it out


fee paid by property owners.
Beginning in October, the MSTU
will replace the fire assessment fee.
Alachua County expects to collect about
$55,000 annually from Hawthorne
property owners via the MSTU, Rice-
Chapman said.
As for the Hawthorne Fire
Department, the fire chief submitted his
resignation, which was effective April
28. That prompted ACFR to roll into
town and deliver fir service a few days
before the planned May 1 takeover.
The remainder of Hawthorne's part-
time firefighters corttinues working on
projects at the department.
"My boys are still down there
working on inventor ," Rice-Chapman
said.
The now-unemnpl ed firefighters
are being paid through\the end of the
month, and commission ers agreed to
give each of them $1,0 0 for sticking
with the City through the hard time.
Rice-Chapman said.
"They didn't eveh know until
Tuesday if they would Ie employed or
not,"theciil\ i% .nl . -,i ap i,, d :.i .'e , ..
the County's appir 'vl tili agreement
earlier Ihis wep|+
"T i i ... ,, 1 f a new
pal rtnership . l, J .lhe Cin S
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added.
To that end, Rice-Chapman said
ACFR Assistant Fire Chief and
Operations Branch Manager Harry
A. Collins. r. \\ill he attending an
upcoming City Commission mecling.
Collins is to speak \with commissioners
and residents about fire prevention and
ACFR's role in the community. He will
also pass out smoke detectors to those
who need them.
Despite seemingly growing itcsions
between Ilawthorne and' County
officials in recent years, Rice- 'lhnman
said the County has been hii'i ;In
resolving several issues for tile 'to,, .
The Hawthorne ir i'. [-:-enI
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ELLEN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
It was a celebration of global proportions last Friday
evening at the 02B Kids center in Alachua as children
discovered that learning about other countries and
cultures can be fun. Classrooms and outdoor areas
were decorated in themes associated with various
countries and states, including Spain, Germany,Alaska,
and Hawaii as well as others. Many children wore
costumes depicting their classroom's country or state
which also offered food representative of a particular
culture. A country popular with the excited youngsters
was Costa Rica which featured a "live" volcano oozing
red "lava" simulating a volcanic eruption in action.

HIGH SPRINGS:
Continued from page Al

Estimated to cost $250K


CPIONER DAo: New Pioneering Family named


popular, and she hopes to
have more vendors tailoring
to tractor enthusiasts next
year.
Vendors were judged
during the event, and: the
title of Most Unusual
went to Impression
Jewelry. Unique DeSigns
and Dangles & Bangles
received second and third
place, respectively.
Bill Holkham, Coastal
Designs and Beverly Symes
Design received the awards
for the art category, and
Whiskey Bottoms, Broo~ts
Lawn & Patio Furnie
and Art Glass received
the awards for the aft
category.
Event organizers
honored a family that lad
a significant influence
on the direction of High
Springs by presenting the
Pioneering Family award.
The award was given to
the Grady Family, and
Georgan Robetts, who is
the granddaughter of Hector
McLain Grady and Carrie
(Cole) Grady, accepted the


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BRYAN BOUKARI/Alachua County Today
The annual shootout at Pioneer Days draws hundreds of spectators as law and
order prevails after bank robbers are gunned down.


award for the family.
Hector Grady came to.
High Springs in 1899 and
ran a mercantile business
until 1919. In the 1920s,
the Grady family lived
in what is now the Evans
Funeral Home. Grady
served as mayor of High
Springs, Alachua County
commissioner and Florida


state representative.
"Their history in our
community runs deep,
and for these reasons we
chose them to receive this
recognition," Clarich wrote
Sin a media release.
Clarich said even with
the decrease in visitors,
Pioneer Days was a
success.


"I'm just thrilled with
the results of the event,"
Clarich said. "With the helip
of all the volunteers, it was
well organized, and people
really seemed to enjoy
themselves."
# #. #


plans for the site were
never completed. Deciding
to pave the final, lingering
quadrant instead, the city
applied for United States
Department of Agriculture
Rural Development grants
in 2008 to help fund the
project estimated to cost
$250,000.
Design plans for
the site will start with
creating parking spaces
and underground electrical
wiring for street lights
mixed with some irrigation
and landscaping, Popoli


said. There will also be
an area near the center of
the four lots reserved for a
gazebo, as the Main Street
Program is still requesting
funds for-the project.
Although the
construction plans still
have to pass through the
USDA Rural Development
office for approval before
construction can begin,
Clark said building on the
site should take no longer
than four to six months.
# # #


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from 10:00 AM mMtl 1=00 PM
SUPPORTED BY TE LOCAL BUSINESSES
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 #89. 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.


Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Carnival Celebrating the Openi rI
Alachua Towne Center Crossing On Highway 441, across from the new Lowe's.
Tuesday, May 5th from 4 pm until 8 pm,


Construction Preview Ceremony of our new office at MetroCorp Center N.W. 39th Avenue,
Gainesville, Florida (One block east of 43rd Street, next door to our tergporary location)
Monday, May 4th at 5:00 pm.

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lJ.S. Social Security Administration
special to Alachua County Today


\GAINESVILLE - "It
wai the best of times; it was
the' worst of times." This
is toe line Charles Dickens
used to open his novelA Tale
of two Cities. It could just
as easily be used to describe
the situation for people who
benefit from the marvels of
modem medicine, yet find
it difficult to afford the high
costs of those prescription
dnrgs.
This Mother's Day is
tJe best of times to help
your mom save an average
f $3,900 a year on her
Prescription drug costs.
H e's how.
/ If your mother is covered
by Medicare and has limited
income and resources, she
may be eligible for extra
help - available through
Social Security - to pay part
of her monthly premiums,
annual deductibles and
prescription co-payments.
The extra help is worth an
average of'$3,900 per year.
To figure out whether
your mother is eligible,


Social Security needs to
know her income and
the value of her savings,
investments and real estate
(other than the home she
lives in). To qualify for
the extra help, she must be
receiving Medicare and also
have:
SIncome limited to $16,245
for an individual or $21,
855 for a married couple
living together. Even
if her annual income is
higher, she still may be
able to get some help
with monthly premiums,
annual deductibles and
prescription co-payments.
Some examples where
income may be higher
include if she or her
husband:
-Support other family
members who live with
them;
-Have earnings from
work; or
-Live in Alaska or
Hawaii; and
* Resources limited to
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or $25,010 for a married
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not count her house or car
as resources.
Social Security has
an easy-to-use online
application that you can
help complete for your
mom. You can find it
at www.socialsecurity.
gov/prescriptionhelp. To
apply by phone or have
an application mailed to
you, call Social Security
at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY
1-800-325-0778) and ask
for the Application for Help
with Medicare Prescription
Drug Plan Costs (SSA-
1020). Or go to the nearest
SSocial Security office.
To learn more about
the Medicare prescription
drug plans and special
enrollment periods, visit
www.medicare.gov oi call
1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-
633-4227; TTY 1-877-486-
2048).
So this Mother's Day,
help make this the best
of times by saving your
mom, or any loved one, an
average of $3,900 a year on
prescription drugs. In times
like these, every dollar
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