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Published Every Other Friday

Franklin Chronicle

Volume 6, Number 20


October 3 16, 1997


Beam's Second Annual St.

George Island Music Festival

The Second Annual Aaron Beam's Charity Music Festival and volley-
ball tournament will be staged on St. George Island October 10th and
11th. On Friday night, October 10th, five musical groups will be fea-
tured at five nightclubs, with free admission.
Rollin' in the Hay and the Lost Dogs will appear at HARRY A's. Kevin
Derryberry is featured at the BLUE PARROT. The ISLAND OASIS will
feature Terraplane, and Freek Freely will appear at THE PELICAN.
Deana Freeland will perform at FINNI'S. .
On a large stage built in the area near the Franklin Blvd. basketball
court, the individual -groups and. performers will appear again'on
Saturday afternoon at about noon with continuous entertainment
offered until 7 p.m. The featured performer will be Marcia Ball, start-
ing about 5:30 p.m. This portion of the weekend entertainment has
been billed "Saturday Daytime on the Beach." Lawn chairs are strongly
No alcoholic beverages will be sold on Festival grounds during the
daytime performances, but food and drinks will be available as sev-
eral local charity and non-profit organizations will be selling food and
On Saturday night, music lovers and patrons will be able to acquire a
wrist band for a suggested donation of $10 that will allow them entry
into all five clubs on Saturday night. The cover charge for each of the
clubs Saturday night will be $3, the proceeds going to the St. George
Island Volunteer Fire Department and First Responder Unit, along
with proceeds from the wrist band sales. Jay Abbott, Fire Chief, and
his assistants will be coordinating security and traffic at the Festival.
The entire two-day affair is sponsored overall by HealthSouth, a
healthcare provider with facilities in all 50 states, and in Panama
City, Tallahassee and Dothan. Birmingham businessman Aaron Beam
is the Vice-President of HealthSouth. Beam established the first festi-
val on St. George Island in 1995. He created the Birmingham based
Beam's Crawfish Boil more than ten years ago, raising thousands of
dollars for charity while providing entertainment the patrons of the
musical arts. He also has a home on St. George Island, and is largely
' responsible for the entertainment lineup featured in this year's

Plans Expressed for SHIP Program


The Drive to Legalize

Medical Marijuana

Members from the Coalition Advocating Medical Marijuana (CAMM)
set up an informational booth in front of the Franklin County Court-
house on September 30 with the purpose of soliciting signatures for .'
their state-wide petition drive. '"
Three individuals from CAMM, Kevin Aplin, Elvy Musikka and Glenn .. .
Allen, will visit every county in the State of Florida to seek enough
signatures (435,000) to force the issue of medical marijuana to a state
referendum. The issue may also be placed on nextyear's ballot by the i -
Constitution Revision Committee; however, members from CAMM
consider that to be highly unlikely.
While the group only gathered 10 signatures in the county, they did '
convince at least 50 percent of those who walked by their information
booth to sign a petition. The group also passed out a wide array of\
literature on medical marijuana.

(L-R) Kevin Aplin, Elvy Musikka and Glenn Allen petition
residents in front of the Franklin County Courthouse.
Mr. Aplin, who serves as the organization's director, said that he had
friends who were chronically ill and would benefit from the use of
medical marijuana. "I think that the drug war patients are becoming
victims," he said, "and law enforcement does not belong in the doc-
tor-patient relationship."
AIDS patients, Aplin continued, have had negative reactions to pre-
scribed drugs such as AZT and Marinol. He said that patients have
reported an improvement in their digestive systems through the use
of marijuana. "It may not be life saving, but it's life extending...and it
helps with their immune systems," said Aplin.
The fact that chronically ill patients have been arrested for choosing
to use marijuana for medicinal purposes remains one of the most.
ludicrous injustices to Kevin Aplin. "For people like this to be thrown
in prison is a disgrace," said Aplin, "it's not a criminal justice issue.
It's a health issue."
Elvy Musikka was one of those patients arrested for cultivating three
cannabis plants in her backyard. Ms. Musikka, who serves as the
Vice-President of CAMM, suffers from glaucoma. In 1988, she was
arrested in Broward County'on the.charge of Cultivation of Cannabis.
After ample deliberation, the court found Musikka Not Guilty of the
charge due to medical necessity.
Circuit Court Judge Mark F. Polen rendered the following opinion,
"the message of this decision is that the law is flexible enough, and
humane enough, to allow an individual to preserve her eyesight with
a substance that is generally illegal. Indeed, this Court hopes this
decision, and other decisions cited herein, will encourage legislators
and regulators to correct the anomaly in the law which forces people
trying to save their lives and senses into becoming criminals."
Ms. Musikka confronted some local.residents that were not quite as
Continued on Page 2


Senior Center Director Evelyn Pace (L) with SHIP Adminis-
trator Shirley Walker (R).

Franklin County Senior Citizens
Center Director Evelyn Pace and
State Housing Initiatives Partner-
ship (SHIP) Program Administra-
tor Shirley Walker spoke with the
Franklin Chronicle on September
22 about the future plans of the
SHIP Program.
Previously, the SHIP Program was
the focus of much local discon-
tent. Many clients of the program
were so frustrated that they
brought their complaints to the
Franklin County Commission.
Much of the discontent centered
around the home rehabilitation
aspect of the program. Clients
complained that contractors per-
formed substandard work. In
some cases, they claimed that
their homes were damaged due to
the contractor's work.
County Planner Alan Pierce had
explained at the commission
meetings that the program gen-
erally did not have sufficient
funds to complete the rehabilita-

tion projects. However, ,members
of the senior center seem confi-
dent that their plans will prove
successful in the matter.
"Our program will be run differ-
ently," assured Ms. Pace. She said
that the senior center will hire a
part time contractor to conduct
initial inspections of the homes.
"They will be knowledgeable about
what kinds of jobs can be done
and what it will cost," she said.
Pace said that the SHIP Program
will no longer go through a bid
process on the various projects.
She said that the senior center
will enlist a number of licensed
contractors. "The clients will then
get to pick their contractor," she
said, "it will be a client prefer-
ence." Pace said that those con-
tractors unwilling to work on the
smaller projects would be deleted
from the SHIP Program's list. The
part-time contractor will also be
required to inspect all work at its
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High Hopes for

Cannonball Jellyfish
In the last week, there has been a flurry of activity in a potential new
fishery, the Cannonball Jellyfish. In Panacea, about 60 fishermen
attended two training sessions in harvesting and processing the Can-
nonball Jellyfish. A $15,000 grant from Enterprise Florida, an agency
promoting economic development in Florida, paid for the orientation
Ronald Crum, owner of Crum's Mini-Market in Panacea, and Ray
Pringle, executive director of the Florida Fishermen's Federation, were
among the hosts to the fishermen. They were also involved in solving
one pesky problem in the processing of the slimy sea animals laden
with rich protein that would turn into ammonia and threaten other
sea life if processed inshore. Pringle outfitted his boat with a pump so
he could dock it off-shore, offering area fishermen the use of the fa-
cility to wash the jellyfish and dilute the protein-rich slime in bay
What appears to peak high interest in this unusual fishing product is
not the process, but the demand for processed jellyfish from Asian
countries. This is considered a gourmet delicacy in China, Japan,
Vietnam and other countries. An exporter told the training group he
could take up to 12 million pounds of processed jellyfish, earning
perhaps as high as $1.50 per pound for processed jellyfish taken
from local waters.
The Cannonball Jellyfish is so common in the Gulf of Mexico and
South Atlantic waters during the last summer that it clogs power
plant intakes, causes offshore shrimpers all sorts of headaches and
litters Florida's sandy beaches with dead and dying jellyfish, accord-
ing to a Dept. of Agriculture briefing report by Paul Zajicek. The po-
tential medicinal value of the collagen, a special type of protein found
in the cannonball jellyfish, may turn out to be the most valuable part
of this "fish" that has been so troublesome in the past. Collogen is a
component of our connective tissues and bone. Currently, collagen is
derived from beef and port, and these yield materials used in cos-
metic, dental and reconstructive surgery. Collagen from Cannonball
Jellyfish can also provide high quality and disease and pathogen-free
materials. Another biotechnical application is being investigated, to
recycle seafood processing byproducts. This can lead to the produc-
tion of a high quality substitute for fish meal in animal feeds. Another
prospect for product includes the creation of a toxin-free food supple-
ment for use by individuals who suffer from protein intolerance,
chronic diarrhea, blood and tissue regeneration disorders and condi-
tions of famine.
One of the earliest investigators into the potentials for jellyfish was
Jack Rudloe of Panacea, who traveled to Malaysia in 1991 to learn
harvesting and processing techniques for jellyfish production in Asia,
has since diminished due to water pollution. The chief problem in
developing an industry locally has been the harvesting and process-
ing operations which, on a small scale, have been labor intensive and
costly. Large quantities of salt and alum are needed to produce a ton
of processed jellyfish. Raffield Fisheries of Port St. Joe participated in
a 1994 pilot processing project resulting in the shipment of 40,000
lbs. of product to Korea. Tim Saunders, owner of Pirates Cove Ma-
rina, caught and processed some of the jellyfish in this pilot project.
Rudloe eventually wrote a manual on harvesting and processing jel-
lyfish, which is part of the training project held in Panacea, and now
scheduled for Steenhatchee and Port St. Joe within the next two
months. Details are still pending. Contact: JoAnne McNeely, Bureau
Chief, Bureau of Seafood and Aquaculture, 850-488-0163.

New Director Hired for Keep Franklin

County Beautiful Committee

Eastpoint resident Guy Hc
begin his first day of wor
rector of the Keep F]
County Beautiful Comm
October 1.
As the committee's di
Hogan will be charged v
responsibility of operatli
moting and expanding th
of the ocal program. He
ticipate with the program
of directors in its many a(
Hogan will also collabor,

SSolid Waste Director Van Johnson
in working with local students to
promote the county's recycling
Mr. Hogan explained that some of
his goals as the newly hired di-
rector would be to eliminate the
many unauthorized dumping
grounds throughout the county.
He also said that he hoped to
bring a greater awareness to lo-
cal residents about amnesty days
at the local landfill.
"We really need to keep our envi-
Sronment clean and not ruin the
land that we live on," said Hogan,,
ogan will "we have to begin by teaching this
rk as di- to our children."
franklin Eastpoint resident Jim Sisung,
ittee on who serves as chairperson of the
Keep Franklin County Beautiful
director, Board of Directors, praised Hogan
with the for his dedication to the commu-
ng, pro nity. "We're very pleased to have
&ffrts found a member of our own board
e efforts of directors," said Sisung, "he's
will par clearly demonstrated that he is
board dedicated." Mr. Sisung noted that
activities. four residents had applied for the
ate with director's position.


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Published every other Friday

Western Round-Up a

"Bang-up" Good

Time for All

lll:,:i ram'"- ,:.-. wo minis "-.-l siyam' L
Martha "Bessy Belle" Arguetta (R) gets into character as
Bonnie Segree (L) plays along.

Members of the Literacy Volun-
teers of Franklin County and the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program teamed up for a barn
burner of a fundraiser on Septem-
ber 27 at the Eastpoint Firehouse.
Over 100 residents made their
way to "Western Round-Up"
fundraiser. The event generated
approximately $2,000 for local lit-
eracy efforts.
"We had a good turnout," an-
nounced Literacy Director Bonnie
Segree, "people enjoyed them-
selves and they've been asking for
another Western Round-Up."
Segree said that the next event
may feature a square dance.
The event featured a wagon-load
of entertainment and a heap of
vittles to keep even the largest
cowboy smilin'. The event began
with a three category recipe con-
test. A panel of judges sampled a
variety of gourmet grub and
ranked each entry for its appear-
ance, taste and texture. The fol-
lowing contestants were ranked
the best in their categories:
Slaw & Salad Category
1. Caleb & Chuck Melton
2. Eileen Annie
Beans & Sides Category
1. Becky Melton
2. Mary Ann Shields
1. Pam Rush
2. Doug Creamer
3. Pam Rush
12 year old Michele Laxton from
Crawfordville continued the
round-up with a clogging routine;
her second performance later in
the evening was greeted by a long
round of applause by all in atten-
dance. Michele has been clogging
for six years now.
The beautiful and witty Bessy
Belle (Martha Arguetta) from Pos-
sum Hollow, Tennessee enter-
tained the visiting crowd with her
country-flavored comedy routine.
Bessy Belle was assisted by her
side-kick, Bonnie "the sidewinder"
Debbie and Wade Davidson from
Chipley entertained the audience
with several line dancing routines.
Approximately ten students from
the WINGS Program closed the
show with at "R-E-A-D" Cheer.
Several door prizes including
books and ceramics were given
out to a few lucky audience mem-
bers towards the end of the event.

Taan rk Village

By Rene Topping-
At the September 16 regular
meeting of the Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District
(LVWSD), residents were warned
they will see a raise of three dol-
lars for all water customers start-
ing October 1, 1997. The three
LVWSD commissioners had
brought forth a budget that would
not, have required any raise in
rates. After a recent review of the
district finances by the state au-
ditors, the district commissioners
were mandated to begin putting
aside money into a depreciation
reserve account. Starting October
1, the money generated from the
increase will go into the newly
established reserve.
Commission Treasurer Jeanette
Pedder made it clear that this
raise is solely for the purpose of a
depreciation reserve and she
hoped it would help to bring the
district into a better financial
standing with the state. She also
stated that there had been no de-
preciation reserve account for sev-
eral past commissions.
The commissioners passed a bud-
get totaling $268,000. This bud-
get was described by Ms. Pedder
as "Bare Bones-No Fat." Com-
missioners had held four budget
hearings with no attendance from
the public. There was no objec-
tion voiced by any person in the
small crowd present as the three
commissioners gave their unani-
mous approval.
The commissioners turned down
a request for installation of an ir-
rigation water meter. All the com-

Volunteer Betty Roberts from
*Lanark Village also showed off her
storybook quilt. Residents may
still purchase raffle tickets for the
quilt. The quilt will be raffled off
at the Seafood Festival.
"I can't praise Betty (Roberts)
enough," said Literacy Director
Bonnie Segree, "she goes above
and beyond the call of duty as a
volunteer. Betty and her husband,
Alan, are involved in about every

component of our program."
Volunteer "Red" Hilton was rec-
ognized as the event's grill man.
"Many, many thanks to Red
Hilton," said Segree, "he cooked
up some of the best tasting ribs
I've ever had."
Ms. Segree also credited Jim & Liz
Sisung, Chuck Melton, Dolly
Sweet, Guy & Helen Marsh, Pam
Rush, Martha Arguetta, Sisters
Sheila and Peter, George Malone
and Volunteers in Service to
America (VISTA) workers Linda
Crosby, Alma Pugh, Becky Melton
and Donna Thompson for their
work on the event.
Those credited with providing do-
nations to the event include
Dolores Sweet Shoppe, the IGA in
Apalachicola, Shorty's Pit Stop,
Big Bend Ceramics, Winn Dixie in
Crawfordville, Sam's Club, Flow-
ers Baking Company and Publix
in Tallahassee.
Other supporters of the event in-
clude: Anchor Realty & Mortgage
Company, Mason & Marilyn
Bean, Pearl Wash, Gulf Coast Va-
cation Rentals, Sandy's Hair Sa-
lon, Tom Arnold vith LA-Z-Boy
Gallery, Barbara Yonclas with By
Design, Luberto's Sand & Stone
Inc., Carrabelle Medical Phar-
macy, Julia Mae's Restaurant,
Carrabelle Florist, Cliff & Barbi
Nunery with Village Fina, Timber
Island Realty, John Hewitt with
John's Construction, Hawkins
Printing & Graphics, Franklin
County Class, Cindy's of
SCarrabelle, Robert's Seafood, Oys-
ter Cove, The Marketplace, The
Garden Gallery, Eveready Gas &
Appliance, Putnal's Discount &
Variety Store, Suncoast Realty,
Seahorse Gifts & Florist, Marks
Realty, Marks Insurance Agency,
Brown's Auto Service, Tiffin Inte-
. riors, Pelican Grill & Pub, Island
Oasis, Apalachicola Mortage, The
Cut, Collins Realty, Fat Jack's
Restaurant, The Supply Dock,
Gulf State Bank, Water Street
-Seafood, Apalachicola Animal
Clinic, Larry Lane, The Contem-
porary School of Etiquette and
Protocol, Shaun Donahoe,
Artemis Gallery, Long Dream Gal-
lery, Illusions and Rhonda's Hair

missioners were unanimous in
their disapproval, and Chairman
Jim Lawlor said, 'To do something
like that we would have to go into
another public hearing." An irri-
gation water meter would mea-
sure only that water used for wa-
tering the ground.
Harry Larsen complained to the
commission saying he felt he was
being unfairly billed on a water
leak repaired at his home by dis-
trict employees and refused to
pay, claiming the leak was caused
by a water meter being installed
at his home. Water District em-
ployee Don Griswold said, 'The
leak was repaired before the meter
was installed." Griswold added
that he had records of.the dates
he had worked at the residence.
The leak was on Larsen's prop-
erty and had occurred while he
was out of town. His sister had
called on a Sunday and asked
that the leak be repaired. Com-
missioner Chairman Jim Lawlor
said, "We sent out a man in good
Commissioners advised Larsen
that if the overdue bill was not
paid a lien could be placed on his
The commissioners heard another
complaint from Mr. McCaskill who
had previously bought property
and was now building on it. Ac-
cording to McCaskill, he had gone
into the district office on Septem-
ber 25 of 1996 and had been ad-
vised that the rates for hookup
were $300 for water and $1,500
for sewer. He stated that now
when he needed to hook up he
was told that the rates were $350
for water hookup and $3,500 for

Medical Marijuana, from Page 1
sympathetic to her plight as Judge Pollen. One resident stated that
her father had died a painful death due to cancer. That individual
reasoned that, since her father did not reap the benefits of medical
marijuana,, neither should other chronically ill patients. She also
questioned whether those with marijuana prescriptions would share
their supply with others. Musikka answered, "do you share your
medicine with others?" One local deputy informed Musikka that
chronic sufferers ought to move out west if they want such treat-
ment, since the State of California approved the use of medical mari-
juana by referendum.
Only eight patients in the United States may legally obtain marijuana
for medicinal purposes. Ms. Musikka has the distinction of being one
of those eight patients. She was the third patient and first woman to
receive such a prescription. "As a patient," she said, "I know what
hell is. I know what it's like to need help and not be able to get it."
Musikka has been able to receive her legal prescription for the past
nine years. In order to receive such a prescription, she had to go
through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Drug Enforce-
ment Agency (DEA) and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
"I have no doubt that this will pass," said Musikka, "the problem will
be to get this on the ballot. And people need to understand that it's
not against the law to change the law." She responded angrily to the
common argument that approval of such a substance would send the
wrong message to the youth of the country. "I resent the government
using my children as an excuse to not treat patients," she said, "I
want my children to learn the message of compassion."
Glenn Allen voiced the opinion that chronically ill patients were the
only true victims in this particular drug skirmish. "We're not con-
cerning ourselves with teenagers," he said, "they can generally get
marijuana if they want it. These patients can't do that. They're not
gonna go on the streets to buy it. These patients are sick and they
can't take care of themselves. We need to defend the rights of people
who can't defend themselves."
Mr. Allen pointed out that many of the nation's founding fathers were
well acquainted with hemp. "Ben Franklin had a hemp printing press,"
he said, "this has actually been a cornerstone in our society. Our
founding fathers grew it. George Washington grew it."
Some of the organizations supporting access to therapeutic cannabis
nationwide include: American Academy of Family Physicians (1977),
American Bar Association, American Civil Liberties Union, American
Medical Students Association (1993), American Public Health Asso-
ciation (1995), California Medical Association (1993), California Nurses
Association (1995), Colorado Nurses Association (1995), Conference
of Episcopal Bishops, Florida Governor's Red Ribbon Panel on AIDS,
National Association of Attorney Generals (1983), National Associa-
tion of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse
and the Mississippi Nurses Association (1995).
The list of supporters was compiled by the group, Patients Out of
Time. For more information on the matter, please contact: Patients
Out of Time, Fish Pond Plantation, 1472 Fish Pond Road, Howardsville,
VA 24562. (804) 263-4484.
Those interested in finding out more about the Coalition Advocating
Medical Marijuana may contact the group at (954-537-3150) or write
to: P.O. Box 2900054, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329-0054.

School Board Members "Excited"

Over Proposed Alternative School

The Franklin County School
Board was apprised of the
district's proposed plans to open
an alternative school in Apalachi-
cola for disruptive students dur-
ing a September 30 special meet-
ing at Brown Elementary School.
Nan Collins, who serves as the
district's Supervisor of Special
Programs, provided board mem-
bers with a brief presentation of
the proposed alternative school;
.she also introduced the alterna-
tive school's proposed instructo i'
Norm Carrin.
'1 .

Norm Carrin (L) and Nan
Collins (R) address the
school board on the
proposed alternative school.
Ms. Collins informed board mem-
bers that the alternative school
was a project long overdue in
Franklin County. "I want every-
body to feel like I do," she said,
"that this is a good thing and that
we needed many years ago." She
explained that the program would
give all students in grades 7-12
an equal opportunity to learn.
"Those who are disruptive and are
having difficulty in the classroom
and being a regular part of the
class are removed to a school
within itself," said Collins, "and
those who are left in the class-
room have a greater opportunity
to learn without disruption."

McCaskill's property is located on
the south side of U.S. 98 and all
of those properties are on a
vacuum system. In other parts of
the district where the residences
are on a gravity system the price
to hook up to sewer is less at
*$1,500. It was pointed out that
on October 1, 1996 the water
hook up fee had gone up to $350.
Ms. Pedder produced rate cards
'from 1996 and 1997. The sewer
rate had remained at $3,500 for
any area with vacuum system
and $1,500 for those on a gravity
Ms. Pedder said she felt that "Ev-
eryone by now should now that
there are no gravity mains on the
south side of U.S. 98." She added
that she thought it highly unlikely
that their office manager would
have quoted the lower figure. Ms.
Dorrier said that she could not
remember Mr. McCaskill visiting
the office in 1996. Commission-
ers dismissed the complaint say-
ing that no one could expect that
a rate in one year would be the
same at a later date.

Ms. Collins said that the district
had initial set the amount of re-
ferrals needed to remove a child
from his or her regular classroom
at 20. However, she said that the
referral amount would be reduced
to 10-15. The alternative program
will be voluntary for all students.
"We might not be able to save all
15 of these children (who attend
the alternative school)," said
Collins," but I'm looking for at
least 13 or 14 of them. We may
have one hard case....I believed we
could save every child many years
ago. But times have changed,
people have changed and kids
have changed. Our whole society
has changed."
Mr. Carrin informed the board
that the proposed classroom for
the alternative school was quite
contained. "It's like a school in it-
self," he remarked. He pointed out
that the classroom, located in the
old Chapman Elementary School
band room, contained a two bath-
room, a lunch room, a teachers
office, a time-out room and a
"Most of these students are going
to succeed in this program,"
Carrin stressed, "they will not be
distracted. They will have limited
"I think this is wonderful," re-
sponded Board Member Connie
Roehr, "I think it's great and I'm
excited. Very excited."

Mansuy Recognized by

Senior Center


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Ken Mansuy (L) with Senior
Director Evelyn Pace (R).

SLanark Village resident Ken
Mansuy was recognized as the
nominee for the Franklin County
Senior Citizens Center for Volun-
teer of the Year on September 11
in Leon County.
Mr. Mansuy volunteers in a vari-
S ety of ways for the senior center.
He serves on the organization's
board of directors. He also pro-
vides a large amount of technical
tfTh and computer assistance to the
f senior center.

Mr. Mansuy was nominated for
the Volunteer of the Year award
by Shirley Walker. "He's a great
guy," said Walker, "we can't afford
to pay for a computer expert to
come in...and he helps us to save
mega-bucks by working on our
Asked for his response to nomi-
nation, Mr. Mansuy simply stated,
"it was nice."

SHIP Program, From Page 1

completion. This individual must
approve the work, said Pace, in
order for the contractor to be paid.
The proposed manner in which
the SHIP Program will be oper-
ated, said Pace, was recom-
mended by the State of Florida.
"It's in the manual," she observed,
"you don't have to make it so
Ms. Pace praised Shirley Walker,
who was recently hired as the
program's administrator, for her
work with the county's Weather-
ization Program. The program,
she said, assisted residents with
minor home repairs and installa-
tions. "It's a smaller version of this
program," Pace noted.
Pace continued, "she's (Walker)
knowledgeable of the community
and she knows the clients. I
wanted to keep this locally. That
was the problem before...they had
outsiders. They had outsider ad-
ministrators and contractors."

Ms. Walker said that her knowl-
edge of the community will help

her greatly in her capacity to serve
as the program's administrator. "I
plan to be more of a go-getter,"
said Walker. Walker explained
that her knowledge of the com-
munity may help her bridge a gap
that may have previously sepa-
rated the program's clients, ad-
ministrators and contractors.
"This is my home time," she
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history of service to the commu-
nity. "My case managers and
workers are in a lot of these
homes providing services...and
they see the homes, she ex-
plained, "we have a good reputa-
tion of providing services
effectively...and this will help the
whole community."


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A Tragic Death Leaves

Deep Marks Among

County Residents

A white cross, surrounded by floral offerings stands as a sentry on
the side of the U.S. Highway 98 just east of the Beach Road, bearing
silent witness to a death that took place there.
A mother's worst nightmare played out this past week for Tracy
Hardman of Eastpoint. At just past midnight on Wednesday Septem-
ber 24, her phone began to ring as calls came to her that her daugh-
ter, Shasta, had been in an accident just outside the city limits of
Still hoping for the best, she began the desperate drive to her daughter's
side. Her best friend, Ruby Litton had been notified that Shasta was
dead, was driving to the scene to spare her from the worst of the
shock of seeing her daughter lying dead on the grass verge of U.S. 98.
Ms. Litton said she was frantically weaving her way through the po-
lice cars and ambulances, all the time calling out the name of her
friend. She finally saw her stumbling towards her and had to relay
the tragic news.
Shasta had been driving a friend, Jarrod Billingsley, home to Carrabelle
in her graduation gift, a 1997 Red Pontiac. As she passed the Beach
Road to the Old Beach area she momentarily took her eyes off the
road, missed the curve and plunged onto the road side where the car
was stopped when it hit a road sign and was flipped over onto it's
roof. Shasta was thrown out 'onto the pavement. Tragically she had
failed to wear her seat belt. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police and rescue workers were on the scene in moments, but too late
to help Shasta. Jarrod was injured on his hands from flying glass. He
.had been wearing his seat belt. Officers said that it might not have
resulted in death for Shasta had she been wearing her safety belt.
Shasta had graduated with the Class of '97., a class that even more
than most classes had seemed to very close knit. They had shared all
the years of their growing up together. They had an outdoor gradua-
tion and as they filed in, it was clear that these students were more
than just friends, but considered one another as a family. They cheered
each other and the speeches were full of love for their mothers and
fathers. It was a most emotional moment for them all. The air was
filled with the music of their times.
One of the proudest mothers there was Tracy who watched with joy
as her daughter graduated from a school career that had seen her
chosen as Miss Carrabelle High School, had been a member of the
Future Business Leaders of America and had been rewarded for her
school work with a scholarship to further her education.
Carrabelle and Eastpoint are small towns and so all of the class-
mates and other friends heard the news by Wednesday evening and
began huddling together. Instead of the years of friendship they had
anticipated they were faced with death in it's most traumatic style.
Six of them were to bear the heavy burden of being pall bearers. None
shirked the ordeal of going to the funeral parlor and looking upon the
face of death.
They went in twos and threes, young men and women, to stand be-
fore their friend and choke back tears. Some placed small messages
to Shasta into the casket. Then trembling and sobbing their grief they
turned away and left.
They went to Tracy's home to tell their sorrow. Ellis Jackson who had
exchanged rings with Shasta and would probably have gone on to a
marriage after they finished junior college, was especially bereft and
unbelieving of the tragedy that had wrested his sweetheart away from
The funeral service was planned for the Assembly of God Church on
3rd Street, in Carrabelle, the only local church large enough to ac-
commodate the crowd of young people and their families. The build-
ing was filled to overflowing as mourners came and filled all the pews,
stood along both side walls of the church and all along the back wall
behind the last row of pews. There were people in the entrance way
and on the entrance steps. The mourners waited in hushed silence
as they stared blindly at the casket.

As the family mourners filed in there was a gasp of sorrow from many
of the crowd as Tracy, looking tired and wan with the hopeless, sleep-
less hours of grief she had already suffered showing up as she fought
back tears. She led the line of family and close friends into the church,
clasping the hands of young brown haired sister Lani on one side and
the small blond haired brother Bo on the other.
The service was an affirmation of faith as Reverend Andrew Ruther-
ford of the Carrabelle Christian Center preached from the Bible and
said with a wry smile that the Bible described horses up in Heaven
and if that be so, Shasta would be in their midst, for she loved horses.
He described Shasta as a typical teenager, impetuous, loving and

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A Fragment of Operation Joint Endeavor

(A Postcard Received Recently)
Keeping the Peace: Fueled by centuries old religious and cultural
animosities, warring factions of the former Yugoslavia waged an es-
pecially bitter war until a peace agreement was signed in Dayton,
Ohio on November 21, 1995. To monitor and enforce compliance with
the military aspects of the agreement, a multi-national Peace Imple-
mentation Force (IFOR) deployed with a one-year mandate autho-
rized by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1031. IFOR op-
erates under clear NATO Rules of Engagement, which provides for
robust use of force if necessary.

giving, but always ready to challenge opinions ot her mother, angel at
times, loving to her little sister and brother and trying to set an ex-
ample for others to follow.
Shasta claimed regal purple for her favorite color and her friends
gathered at one point in the service, while the strains of "You are My
Sister-Missing You," filled the church. They clustered around her
coffin while the words of the song spoke eloquently to the mourners.
They each placed a purple carnation into the casket as they took a
last look at the earthly remains of their friend. They stood with arms
around each other as they sobbed out their grief.
The scent of hundreds of flowers arranged on either side of the church
altar was almost overwhelming in its power. Pastor Rutherford an-
nounced that the next song was chosen by the family to be a re-
sponse from Shasta. The song, "I41 Lead You Home-Stronger Than
Before," left few with dry eyes.
The funeral was especially poignant for one Carrabelle resident, Mrs.
Tom Sexton. She lost her granddaughter Misty Sexton in an accident
that claimed her life last September, one year ago.
Solomon Lowery said the final prayer and read Psalm 112, whose
words spoke eloquently to all those in the church. Shasta had clapped
loudly as honor upon honor were heaped on this young man, includ-
ing a 4-year scholarship to Florida A&M, telling friends later on what
a great friend he was and how much he deserved the honor. He spoke
eloquently as he did one last service for his friend.
There was dead silence as the many friends and classmates started
the long procession on Highway 98 to the burial plot in Eastpoint.
Eyes looked to the left as they passed the spot where Shasta had died
and many a silent prayer went up to the heavens.
The short service of committal in the shade of some large trees was
soon over and the class still wanting to share a few more moments
together went to Harry's Georgian Restaurant in Carrabelle, and as
they had done so many times, pulled together the tables to take com-
fort from each other.
Tracy and her family went home to try to pick up the threads of their
lives/once more. This mother has one last thing to say to all who
grieved. "Please remember to put your seat belt on. You are all irre-
placeable in our lives. So please when you get into your cars-buckle
that seat belt on and give yourselves a chance to survive."
Rene Topping

Souders Acquitted of

Grand Theft Charges

Defendant Randall Souders was
acquitted by Judge F.E.
Steinmeyer of the charge of Third
Degree Grand Theft following a
trial on September 19. Judge
Steinmeyer's Judgment of Acquit-
tal (JOA) came after approxi-
mately two hours of deadlocked
deliberation by a six member jury.
The defendant, who previously
served as a bookkeeper for the
Carabelle IGA, was accused of
stealing $10,000 from the noted
establishment on January 26.

The prosecution called ten wit-
'nesses during the trial, while
the defense did not use any
The case was dropped after Judge
Steinmeyer determined that the
evidence against the defendant
was essentially circumstantial in
nature. Assistant State Attorney
Ron Flury noted, "you just can't
shy away from a case because you
think you might lose. This was a
case that needed to be tried." The
defendant was represented by
Attorney Barbara Sanders.

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Carrabelle Locals

By Carol Ann Vandegrift
Don't forget the Carrabelle High
School Reunion-Homecoming
for classes for the years 1917-
1980, Saturday, October 25,
1997. The plans are for a barbe-
cue lunch at the school cafeteria
at 12 noon and a dance at 8:00
p.m. at the school gym. Reserva-
tions should be mailed to Buz
Putnal, Chairman, '97 Reunion
. Committee, Carrabelle, Florida
32322, by October 1, 1997.
' Freda and Ivan "Tater" White
sincerely appreciate the prayers,
phone calls, visits and kind
thoughts of everyone in the com-
munity during the time of her
father's illness. Know Manning
died Wednesday, Septegiber 17,
at Freda's home in Carrabelle,
and the family took him home to
Georgia for burial.
Jessie Hicks, five-year-old son
of Michelle and Reed Hicks and
grandson of Nita Molsbee, some-
how got the little (pinkie) finger
on his left hand caught as he slid
down a CHS sliding board
Wednesday, September 10th. The
injury required more than 20
stitches,.which is a LOTof stitches
for a five-year-old pinkie. The next
day, Thursday, September 11lth,
Jessie rejoined his first grade
classmates. Do we have a lot of
miracles in Carrabelle, or do we
have a lot of lot of miracles?
Harry Papadopoulas could grin
and say, "A funny thing hap-
pened on my way to the FSU/
Southern Cal game in Los An-
geles..." But actually, the funny
thing that happened occurred
during the game, when a man
seated near Harry and Lester
Mallet overheard Harry's someone

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saying Harry's name and men-
tioning Carrabelle. The man ap-
proached Harry and Lester
Mallett, and made note of how he
kept hearing the name
"Papadopoulas." He informed
Harry that he was going to go get
his wife so she could meet the
people from Carrabelle. When he
returned, his wife, Joann
McKnight, was with him. Joann
left Carrabelle about 45 years ago.
She, Harry, and twins Lester and
Chester Mallett, all grew up in
Carrabelle and graduated to-
gether from CHS. Harry's sister,
Eva Papadopoulas was amazed
that with all the thousands of
people at the stadium, these old
classmates were seated within
hearing distance of other. Joann
is expected to be in Carrabelle
for the BIG ONE, the October
25th reunion of the CHS gradu-
ates of 1917-1980.
Many people will be glad to know
that Evelyn Mays is back home
in Lanark Village after recuperat-
irig from injuries she received last
Spring in an automobile accident
which occurred at the intersection
of Highways 319 and 98, more
commonly known as the "Y."
The Sea Oats Garden Club
would like to thank Judy Tay-
lor, owner of the Two Gulls Gift
Shop, for the use of their water
spigot the weekend of September
13th to water the trees, shrubs
and border grass in the Burda
Triangle in front of the Express
Lane. The greenery and bench
were provided by the garden club,
and the physical labor was per-
formed by Franklin County Work
Camp inmates under the super-
vision of Carrabelle City Commis-
sioner Buz Putnal. Buz and his
wife, Genevieve, are honorary
members of the Sea Oats club.



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Take a Child on a Mind Trip

November 19

SIlse Newell Concert
SSeries for 1997-1998

The Committee for the Newell Concert Series has announced their
"most ambitious" season, beginning October 26, 1997 and conclud-
ing with a Concert in the Park next April 26, 1998. The season's
programs are as follows:
October 26 A Potpourri of Keyboards Dr. R. Bedford Watkins will
play music composed for, and performed on, clavichord, harpsichord,
piano, and two pipe organs.
November 16 The 200th birthday of Franz Schubert has been cel-
ebrated all over the world during this year of 1997. We are very fortu-
nate to have the Florida State Vocal Arts Ensemble to present a pro-
gram of solos, duets, and quartets on a program entitled Schubertiad.
December 14 The Bay Area Choral Society and soloists will per-
form the Christmas portion of Handel's Messiah.
January 18 The Trio Internazionale Martha Gherardi, violin,
Luciano Gherardi, contrabass, and Bedford Watkins, piano, will
present their annual concert of popular favorites from the classical
and semi-classical repertoire.
February 15 The Tallahassee Swing Band, a popular performing
group, will present a concert featuring your favorite Big Band Sounds.
SMarch 15 The duo-piano team of Susan Brandon and Bedford
Watkins last performed on the Ilse Newell Concert Series in 1991. We
welcome them back for another musical treat.
April 5 In the most challenging concert of its nine-year existence,
the Bay Area Choral Society and soloists will present the Mozart Re-
* quiem under the direction of guest conductor, Dr. David Nott.
April 26 Concert in the Park This annual event in beautiful Lafayette
Park will feature the Opti-Mystics Jazz Orchestra, a talented group of
young musicians from Panama City who will please us with more of
our favorite big band sounds. The cost of this concert will be approxi-
mately $800. Since it is free to the public and we have no gate re-
Sceipts, we thought perhaps you, your organization, or your business
might want to be listed as a Sponsor for this special concert at a
minimum contribution of $200. If so, please indicate on the appro-
priate line of the contribution coupon. The contributing individual,
- organization, or business will be given special recognition in our pub-
licity and on the printed program.
The concerts are staged at Trinity Church, Apalachicola, and begin
at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoons. Please note that the first concert is also
the day that daylight savings time ends.
Below there is a contribution coupon for the series. A gift in the range
of $50 to $99 entitles the donor to a membership card admitting one
person to each concert. A gift of $100 or more provides a family mem-
bership card. All contributors will be honored at a reception following
the March 15 concert.

SI would like to make a contribution as follows:
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S$200 Sponsor (Concert in the Park) L $25 $49 Friend
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Name(s) to appear on the program
Check should be made payable to: Apalachicola Area Historical
SSociety with Ilse Newell Fund noted on the check. Mail to: Isle
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'rll By Sue Riddle Cronkite
Remember when you were little
and went to sleep while a bedtime
story was being read? Or listened,
fascinated, while your mom or
dad read Treasure Island to you?
As an adult you can recreate that
scene for a child at a Franklin
County school on Read-Aloud Day
Wednesday, Nov.. 19. You might
even sit under a tree while help-
ing to establish reading as a habit

i Babs Bailey and Deborah
j Huckeba handed out slips at Ro-
tary Club meeting Sept. 23 for
members to sign up as reading
volunteers. "You'll get a chance to
bring the world of imagination to
children," said Bailey. "Some
reading volunteers dress up like
the characters in a story, pair up
and read parts, whatever you're
comfortable with."
"Before we had 12 stations in
shady spots on the playground at
Brown," said Bailey. "Some sat in
\ chairs, some on the grass. You
can come for an hour, for two
hours. Sneak away from your
busy day and read to a child."
Those who would like to sign up
Smay call Bailey or Huckeba at
670-8458, "or any of the schools
,and tell them you want to volun-
-\ teer to read to a child on Nov. 19."
The program is sponsored by the
S literacy committee of Delta Kappa
Gamma, a women's education
,..- ,, society. "We were chartered in
Franklin County in June with 30
members," said Bailey. "We're'
committed to three projects, lead-
ership, literacy, and education."
Rotary International participates
with the group on reading literacy
"There are a lot of good things
going on in education," said

Bailey. "We need volunteers in the
schools. We're here to give you an
opportunity to come out to our
schools and ask for information
on regular jobs volunteers might
do." Bailey said there are many
people who would enjoy helping
out at schools, hospitals, or nurs-
ing homes, if they'd try it.
"Read aloud to a child, to an
adult," said Bailey. "Be a partici-
pant in literacy efforts, the possi-
bilities are endless; a child or
adult to a group of children in a
shared book experience, adult to
adult in a senior citizen center,
adult reading on a radio station
to print-disabled audience, adult
to non-reading adult, grandpar-
ent to grandchild, grandchild to.
grandparent, parent to child,
child to parent. What other op-
tions can you think of?"
Suggestions for materials are end-
less, she said, "books, short sto-
ries, fairy tales, poetry, newspa-
pers, magazines. You're sharing
with your listener. Reading aloud
to children at any age celebrates
enjoyment of the printed word,
increases vocabulary growth and
knowledge of word meaning, im-
proves listening skills, and
provides good role models for
Bailey and Huckeba gathered vol-
unteer slips from Rotary mem-
bers, who applauded the effort.
Other visitors to the club included
a Tallahassee Rotary group, with
Ren Jowers, Dr. Larry Smith, Ken
Penrod and Bill Rabaum. Rabaum
said he has been to 395 different
clubs in 60 1/2 years. Other visi-
tors were Marsha Everett of
Tullahoma, Tenn., and Anita Gre-
gory, executive director of the
Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber
of Commerce. Rotary meets on
Tuesday for lunch at the Rose-
ate Spoonbill.

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MFC Acts on



Shrimping, and

Other Saltwater

Fishing Issues

The Marine Fisheries Commission
held a public meeting September
3-5, 1997 in Punta Gorda and
took the following action:

Final Public Hearing
The Commission reopened its re-
cessed final public hearing on
proposed amberjack rules that
- lower the recreational daily bag
limit for greater amberjack to 1
fish per person statewide
- prohibit the sale of any amber-
jack species (greater and lesser
amberjack, Almaco jack, and
handed rudderfish) in March,
April, and May
- prohibit the sale of any amber-
jack species less than 36 inches
fork length at any time
-require all amberjack to be
landed in a whole condition (in-

cluding such fish harvested com-
- establish 14 inches minimum/
20 inches maximum fork length
size limits and an aggregate rec-
reational daily bag limit of 5 fish
per person for banded rudderfish
and lesser amberjack
The Commission will take these
rules to the Governor and Cabi-
net for approval on November 18,
1997, and these rules will take
effect January 1, 1998 if ap-
proved. The Commission also di-
rected staff to draft a letter to the
National Marine Fisheries Service
(NMFS) expressing the
Commission's concern that the
presentation by NMFS of an in-
adequate amberjack stock assess-
ment precluded the South Atlan-
tic Fisheries Management Coun-
cil from taking necessary steps to
establish consistent and effective
management of amberjack in
Florida and adjacent federal

Final Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed spearing
rules and rule amendments that
- establish that spearing shall in-
clude all forms of spearfishing,
bow hunting, and gigging
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- repeal certain obsolete special
acts regarding spearfishing
The Commission will take these
rules and rule amendments to the
Governor and Cabinet for ap-
proval on November 18, 1997,
and these rules will take effect
January 1, 1998 if approved.

Final Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed shrimping
rules that would extend a require-
ment that a legal, functioning
bycatch reduction device (BRD) be
installed and used in all otter
trawls rigged for fishing by food
and live bait shrimp producers in
all state waters-BRDs that meet
the legal specifications of this pro-
posed rule include the Florida
Finfish Excluder and the large
mesh Extended Funnel BRD.
These proposed rules would also
prohibit the egging or altering of
BRDs installed in trawls in a man-
ner that would render the BRD
nonfunctioning or ineffective.
The rules also include language
expressing the Commission's in-
tent that a process of expedited
rulemaking (as provided in the
Administrative Procedure Act)
shall be employed that would al-
low the use of new BRDs approved
and certified for use by the Na-
tional Marine Fisheries Service.
The Commission will take these
rules to the Governor and Cabi-
net for approval on November 18,
1997, and these rules will take
effect January 1, 1998 if

Final Public Hearing
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed blue crab
and stone crab rule amendments
that would:
- prohibit the use of blue crab
traps in federal waters adjacent
to Florida
- require that each throat (en-
trance) in all blue crab and wire
stone crab traps be horizontally
oriented; the width of the open-
ing where the throat meets the
vertical wall of the trap and the
opening of the throat at its far-
thest point from the vertical wall,
inside the trap, shall be greater
than the height of any such open-
ing; no such throat shall extend
farther than 6 inches into the in-
side of any trap, measured from
where the throat opening meets
the vertical wall of the trap to the
throat opening at its farthest point
from the vertical wall, inside the
- provide that trap marking buoys
be either spherical in shape with
a"diameter no smaller-than 6
inches, or some other shape pro-
vided that it is no shorter than 10
inches in the longest dimension
and the width at some point ex-
ceeds 5 inches
- require persons who commer-
cially harvest blue crabs with
traps to possess a saltwater prod-
ucts license with both a blue crab
anrd restricted species endorse-
The Commission will take these
rule amendments to the Gover-
nor and Cabinet for approval on
November 18, 1997, and these
rules will take effect January 1,
1998 if approved.

RULES-Final Public
Hearing ,
The Commission held'a final pub-
lic hearing on proposed red drum
(redfish) and spotted seatrout
rules that would:
require a numbered, tamper-
proof tag to be attached to all red
drum and spotted seatrout har-
vested in aquaculture operations
(the specific tag design would be
developed by industry and ap-
proved by the Florida Marine Pa-
trol) tags would be required to
remain attached to each fish pro-
cessed and sold as food through
the point of sale (except for fish
transferred live to other facilities)
require red drum and spotted
seatrout aquaculture producers
to possess a valid aquaculture
certificate and maintain appropri-
ate receipts, bills of sale, and
landings data indicating that such
fish are artificially spawned and
raised in commercial aquaculture
The Commission will take these
rules to the Governor and Cabi-
net for approval on October 7,
1997, and these rules will take
effect November 10, 1997 if ap-
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Two years after the net ban rocked
the commercial fishing industry
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class of Project WAVE
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cational Education) participants
graduated from the shellfish
aquaculture retraining program.
Dr. David Vaughan of Harbor
Branch Oceanographic Institu-
tion (HBOI) and Leslie Sturmer,
University of Florida Aquaculture
Extension Agent, handed out cer-
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graduates during a celebration
held in Steinhatchee this past
The Project WAVE graduation
concluded an 11-month training
course in hard clam culture con-
ducted by HBOI with educational
programs provided by University
of Florida's Cooperative Extension
During the project, headquartered
in Cedar Key, fishermen and
women from Keaton Beach to
Suwannee learned how to initiate,
manage, and derive income from
clam farming. Further, each
graduate received a two acre
aquaculture lease on submerged
lands off of Dixie County and the
opportunity to enter into a small,
independent business. Profit po-
tential after 1-2 years of experi-
ence is estimated at $25-30,000
per crop. Lake City Community
College administered the project
utilizing federal funds provided
through the Florida Depart-
ment of Labor and Employment
These new clam farmers, along
with the 49 net fishers who gradu-
ated from the first Project WAVE
class in June 1996, bring the to-
tal number of shellfish leasehold-
ers to over 300 in the coastal
waters off of Levy and Dixie
Florida's west coast is quickly
becoming a major production area
for farm-raised clams ,with seed
plantings expected to exceed over
two hundred million this year.
Spin-off businesses occurring as
a result of this emerging industry
include manufacturers of clam
bags, additional equipment sup-
pliers, land-based nursery
and hatchery operators, and

iected statt to schedule a final
public hearing in December, if
requested, on proposed rule
amendments that would extend
the above tagging provisions to
red drum and spotted seatrout
imported into Florida.

The Commission reviewed a stock
assessment and received scien-
tific and public comment regard-
ing the snook fishery. A sympo-
sium intended to further assess
this important fishery and its
management will be sponsored by
the Commission in October, and
the Commission will address pos-
sible snook rule changes during
its December meeting.

The Commission received scien-
tific and public comment and:
reviewed a stock assessment of
the MULLET fishery
considered a request to estab-
lish a daily limit of 5 MULLET per
person or vessel and prohibit the
harvest of mullet at night within
the city of PUNTA GORDA from
November 1 through March 1
each year-the Commission di-
rected staff to schedule a final
public hearing in October, if re-
quested, on a proposed rule to
implement these provisions
directed staff to schedule a final
public-hearing in December on a
proposed rule that would limit all
fishermen to recreational limits
on finfish on artificial reef areas
-considered limited entry plans
for the STONE CRAB fishery
-. agreed to consider a request
during its Dec'ember meeting to
reduce the commercial size limit
directed staff to schedule a final
public hearing, if requested, on
proposed rule amendments that
would make technical corrections
considered issues regarding the
TARPON tagging program

Florida seafood lovers will find it
easier to "Catch the Blues" in
coming months as a campaign to
boost production and consump-
tion of Florida soft-shell blue
crabs gets under way.
The Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services,
in conjunction with the Florida
Sea Grant Program, has provided
training on soft-shell blue crab
production for fishermen affected
by the Constitutional Amendment
limiting the use of certain fishing
In addition, the Department's
Bureau of Seafood and Aquacul-
ture has developed a soft-shell
blue crab recipe brochure and
other colorful promotional mate-
rials featuring a "Catch the Blues"
theme. This program offers fish-
ermen a new opportunity to main-
tain their traditional livelihood,.
while expanding the market for a
Florida seafood delicacy.
More than 250 fishermen at-
tended training sessions on soft-
shell blue crab production, held
at nine sites around the state in
July. This is a new fishery for

most fishermen seeking alterna-
tives after the use of certain nets
was banned in Florida waters in
1995. The program is funded un-
der the Governor's Innovation In-
vestment Program.
Soft-shell blue crabs are produced
by catching blue crabs and hold-
ing them in special water-filled
trays until they molt, shedding
their old shell. The newly emerged
crab is then cleaned and packed
for shipment. Production of soft-
shell blue crabs now averages
about 108,000 pounds per year,
with a value of 8300,000.
Seafood retailers and restaura-
teurs may obtain soot crab mar-
keting and point-of-purchase
materials by calling (850).488-
0163, faxing (850) 922-3671, or
Florida Department of
Agriculture and
Consumer Services
Bureau of Seafood and
2051 East Dirac Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32310-3760

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
The organization which is man-
dated by law to help youngsters
stay out of trouble endorsed a
school aftercare and parent edu-
cation program at Brown Elemen-
tary, honored leaders for making
a difference in the lives of youths,
and made a plea for community
Sandra Lee Johnson, chairperson
of the Franklin County Juvenile
Justice Council, said representa-
tives come now and then, but
more help is needed. "We need
a secretary, a vice-chair and
other members for the executive
"The structure is mandated by
state statute," said Johnson.
'There is a Juvenile Justice Coun-
cil in every county in Florida." She
said the organization is to look at
needs in the community involv-
ing children ages 7-17. "We must
have a budget plan in black and
white. Any programs or projects
have to be clustered around what
is needed in the county to benefit
"I understand a person can only
do so much, but heads of agen-
cies can designate someone to the
council," said Johnson. "It is a
violation of state law if city, county
and state government agencies
don't participate.
"We do have some very dedicated
people," said Johnson. "Clarence
Williams is a designee from the
County Commission, Robin St.
Onge represents the courts,
Lanette Griffin the Juvenile Jus-
tice Department, Cliff Butler is a
business representative, Sheriff
Bruce Varnes represents county
law enforcement, Nan Collins rep-
resents the school board, Helen
McLaughlin, the Department of
Children and Families, Deborah
Huckeba is a school counselor,
and Eileen Annie Ball, represents
the Franklin County Library
"We need an elected official from
the city, we need a teacher and a
student, and we need someone
from the religious community,"
said Johnson. St. Onge suggested
active members make a list of
people and projects needed and
bring their ideas to the Oct. 23
"Kids say they want a skateboard
park," said Johnson. "I'm not sure

people realize the, power this
council has to make things hap-
pen in the community." Griffin,
Butler, and County Clerk Kendall
Wade have been drafting recom-
mendations for revisions to the
county Juvenile Justice plan, said
Johnson. Members are to receive
copies in order to review revisions
and make suggestions.
Helen McLaughlin, community
facilitator for District 2, Florida
Department of Children and
Families, said a cash match mini-
grant proposal had been approved
for Brown Elementary School.
Deborah Huckeba outlined the
plan under the grant, which
translates to an after-school pro-
gram, from 2-5:30, and 'a
parenting program every second
and fourth Thursday of each
month at 6:30.
"We have lots of latchkey kids,"
she said, "who don't have anyone
to help them with their home-
work. The after-school program
gives them a place to stay until
their parents get off work. They
get help with their homework,
have art, music. We were awarded
some money, so far it has been
successful. We do charge a mini-
mum fee, and so far we're not
quite breaking even.
"We need to come up with $760
for the kindergarten through sixth
grade program," Huckeba told the
group. "The way we wrote the
grant we anticipated using faculty
and staff and they aren't available
until after 2 p.m. We have one
adult per 25 students. The grant
and matching money is needed
mainly for employee salaries for
the afternoon program and
teacher stipends for the parent
The 'Tips and Tricks" session is
open to all parents and is held
after open house, with child care
provided. "We'll have notebooks
and handouts for the parents,"
said Huckeba. Materials needed
for the aftercare program include
paper, paint, brushes, crayons,
glue, pencils, sports equipment,
and refreshments.
Different topics which will be dis-
cussed at the parent meetings
include: How to Raise Your Child,
Improving Self Esteem, Attention
Deficit Hyperactive Disorder
(ADHD) and Phonics. A psycholo-
gist from Gulf County Guidance
will be on hand to answer ques-
tions from parents.

Help for Kids at Risk in Life

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Kudos for community efforts in making a difference in the
life of youth and families were given in the form of
certificates to Cliff Butler, left, and Sandra Lee Johnson,
right, by Robin St. Onge, center, deputy court administrator,
Second Judicial Circuit, at recent Juvenile Justice Council
meeting in Apalachicola.







"Catch the Blues" with

Soft-Shell Blue Crabs

Pane 6 3 October 1997 The Franklin Chronicle


Published every other Friday

Area Closed to Large Game
Hunting for One Year

The Florida Freshwater and Game
Commission agreed on September
26 to close a 13,754 tract of land
in the Womack Creek Unit of the
Tate's Hell Wildlife Management
Area to large game hunting for a
period of approximately one year.
According to Nick Wiley, Bureau
Chief of the Bureau of Wildlife
Management in the Division of
Wildlife, said that the Game
Commission wanted to receive
public input on how residents
would like the land to be used.
The land in question, Wiley
explained, extended from
Highway 67 east of the Crooked
River and Ocklocknee River.

St. Marks Fall Festival
The first annual Fall Festival was held at St. Marks Historic Sites on
September 27, 1997. Founded about 1718, St. Marks finds its roots
in history deeper than Plymouth Rock. In a letter to guests of the
festival, Mayor Charles C. Shields reminded visitors that St. Marks is
the third oldest port and city in Florida. Many historical figures have
come to St. Marks and what is now the San Marcos de Apalache State
Historic Site. These include explorer Pamphilo de Narvaez, Cabeza de
Vaca and General Andrew Jackson. Flags from five nations have flown
over the Fort, located at the confluence of the St. Marks and Wakulla
Visitors toured the San Marcos Museum, which was part of the Florida
History Time Trail where the state's past was represented by histori-
cal reenactment and demonstrations. Role players were dressed in
authentic clothing, participating in activities and using representa-
tions of tools from different periods in Florida history.
The living history interpreters included Jackie Shaffer, John Schaffer,
Wynne and John Tatus, Charles Courtemanche, John Williams, Allen
Gerrell, Ron Weiss, Bruce Lint6n and the Leon Rifles, Jerry Boyette,
James Montague, Pete Gerrell and the Beauvoir Society of Panama
City. Demonstrations were made by Jim Dunbar, James Levy, Tom
Lightsey, Henry Baker and Bill Stanton.
Other highlights of the largely sunny and festive day included recog-
nition of sea captains. Tug boat captains honored were George Ladd,
H.H. "Junior" Strickland, Allen "Sonny" Bishop, C.A. "Junior" Ladd
and Charlie Whaley. Charter boat Captains honored were: W.A. "Heck"
Lynn, Ivey Adams, Grover Whaley and Andrew, Cleveland and Charles

Wiley said that the Game
Commission would first work out
a proposal with the Division of
Forestry on the matter. He said
that the Tate's Hell State Forest
Liason Committee would then
provide input. In January, Wiley
said that the Game Commission
would conduct its first public
hearing to receive input on the
matter. He said that a final
decision would be made as to the
allowed use of the land at a
second public hearing in March
of 1998. Both hearings, he said,
would be conducted in Leon
The Womack Creek Unit, Wiley
noted, will be open to small game
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blacksmithing, representing journeymen who were sent by
the Spanish to create hardware and tools for construction
of the fort.

A military cemetery located within the San Marcos de,
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soldiers from the 1817-1818 American occupation of Fort
St. Marks. These troops were under the command of Andrew
Jackson during his short campaign of the First Seminole
War. During Jackson's invasion of the fort at San Marcos,
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and purchased food and refreshment from booths manned
by the St. Marks Volunteer Fire Department and others.
Among those in the concessions and arts and crafts group
were William and Catherine Scott from Apalachicola, They
operate CSJ Crafts and specialize in hand-crafted bird
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protection they require. Accord-
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Franklin County Sheriffs Depart-
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siding in the Alligator Point Camp-
ground in the next week.
Deputy Ron Crum, Jr. was se-
lected to serve in the Alligator

Point area. According to Major
Mock, Crum will reside in a green
colored trailer embossed with the
emblem of the sheriffs silver star.
"He'll be the perfect man for Alli-
gator Point," said Mock, "he's a
good man and an asset to this
department." He concluded, "no
doubt, the people of Alligator Point
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The Franklin Chronicle 3 October 1997 Page 7

Local Boy Scouts Host

Area Camporee

By Mary Baird each scout present could be an
example to a troubled youth per-
Three hundred and thirty eight haps some of them could be
area Boy Scouts enjoyed a glori- swayed toward a more lawful
ous weekend of water sports Sep- lifestyle.
tember 27th at the 1997
Suwannee River Area Council Many thanks to the following vol-
Camporee. The event, hosted by unteer instructors: Mallie Lovett
Franklin County Scoutmaster with the Florida Marine Patrol
Larry Hale and his Troop 22, was (boating safety), Woody Miley and
held at the state park on St. Eric Lovestrand with Apalachicola
George Island. Water safety train- Bay River and Bay Estuarine
ing was given before the water Sanctuary (nature walk and ma-
sports began. First aid was avail- rine species identification), Eric
able, but there were no mishaps Cisneros and Bryce Hale
to speak of through the weekend. (windsurfing), Sam Lamar (ocean
Around the evening campfires, it kayaks), Mason Bean, Dennis
was evident that everyone had a Barber and Zak Fraggle Dillon
great time. (castnetting), Wayne Williams
oysteringg), Master Chief Craig of
Keynote speaker at the campfire the Navy Recruiting office (rescue
ceremony Saturday night was swimmers). Thanks also to Ollie
Joel DeVolentine from the Florida Gunn and his four deacons for
Panhandle Department of Juve- providing a fine grouper dinner for
nile Justice. He urged the Scouts the staff. Sunday morning wor-
to take their pledge of "honor and ship was led by Pastor Chuck
duty" to heart in their lives. The Pinkerton of First Baptist Church
number of scouts present was of St. George Island.
roughly the same as the number
of young adults currently being Anyone interested in joining or
held in correctional facilities in his assisting with the Boy Scout pro-
district for getting into serious gram in our area may reach Larry
trouble with the law. Mr. Hale at 927-2282 or the BSA of-
DeVolentine suggested that if fice in Tallahassee at (850) 576-

Mason Bean advises a Camporee Scout on the fine points
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A grant check for $34,000, the
first increment of a promised
$120,000, was presented to be
used in stabilizing the lighthouse
on Cape st. George. Pam Vest and
John Lee accepted the grant on
behalf of the Save the Light orga-
nization. Lee also presented Rep.
Boyd a limited edition print of the
lighthouse. He said the light-
house, which is in danger of top-
pling due to erosion and hurri-
cane damage, is expected to be
stabilized bv June of next vear

Grant funds totaling $114,000 --- 1. -"
were delivered by Rep. Janegale Rep. Boyd reported on her work
Boyd to two local preservation in the recent session of the Florida
projects at the monthly meeting. Legislature on behalf of education
of the Apalachicola Chamber oL and conservation of water re-
Commerce 'Wcdnres-day. sources. "After 12 years of being
a critical care nurse I thought I
The Historic Apalachicola Foun- could stand stress," she said. "In
dation received a $80,000 grant the Legislature I kept a smile on
check to help on preservation and my face, even when the going was
restoration of the historic Conter tough."

House at Yb 5th street tor use as
an art, community, and educa-
tional center. Marie Marshall ac-
cepted the grant for the founda-
tion and said architectural draw-
ings are now being done on the
planned work.

Finagling at the last minute was
touch and go in order to keep
larger counties from capturing
most of the education money, said
Rep. Boyd. "I found an innovate
projects fund with $8.7 million,
did an amendment, got the money
into the Department of Education
as sparsity funds to be allotted to
the education needs of smaller
More toughness will be needed in
the next session, said Rep. Boyd.
"We'll be addressing an issue on
water called local Sources First.
That means if you need water you
will use every resource available
to you before you go to other
"Water will be a heavily debated
issue," said Boyd. "We are to come
up with a water policy for the es-
tate. If you have ideas or
thoughts, jot them down. I'd ap-
preciate you sending them on to
People in the Apalachicola basin
are right to be concerned about
water being siphoned off to the
north by Georgia and Alabama,
but the threat to drawing down
Panhandle aquifers is also great
from central and south Florida
counties. "It will come down to
those who have water, and those
who don't," she said.
Rep. Boyd said House Bill 2121
includes special facilities funding
for small counties. "Larger coun-
ties like Dade and Broward want
more school buildings. In the past
land acquisition costs weren't in
the formula. Thank God for cre-
ation of PECO funds in 1984."

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
People talk about the high cost of
living, but hardly ever does one
hear public comments on the high
cost of dying.
There was a time in the not too
distant past when funerals were
a community responsibility in the
counties along the Gulf coast.
When a person died, men of the
neighborhood built the casket out
of pine boards which had been
saved as trees were cut for tim-
ber. The casket lining was satin
or velvet if the family could afford
it, or homespun if they couldn't.
Women bathed and dressed the
body, usually in whatever Sunday
best the dead person already had.
Wakes were held where relations,
neighbors, and friends came to
pay their respects and sit up all
night with the family. The body
lay in state in the front room or
fire room, called a parlor in the
more well-off homes. Interment
was swift for obvious reasons,
especially in the summer time.
During modern times death is
handled differently. The funeral
home takes the body, prepares it
for burying, with embalming a law
past a certain time. The funeral
home charges for the service, for
the casket, the vault, and these
days there is usually a charge for
the plot and for keeping the grass
cut and trash removed.
The modern, high cost of dying
can be left as a burden for the
family if a person doesn't make
plans beforehand, David L. Farley
told Ap'alachicola Rotarians at
their weekly noon meeting Sept.
16. Farley was invited to "speak
to the group by David Kelley, lo-
cal funeral director.
"What's happening now is that
funeral expenses are going up. If
you decide on a funeral for $5,000
in today's costs, it will go up about
five percent a year," said Kelley,
'Ten years from now what you've
saved to cover your funeral won't
do the job."
Farley, general agent with United
Family Life insurance firm, said
many times when people die the
family members are forced to
'make decisions about burial while
they are still in a "state of shock."
"If you plan beforehand," he said,
"your family will be spared the
discomfort." He said many times
people don't even know the full
names of those to be listed in the
obituary. They don't know where
the elderly person wishes to be
buried, Some now are opting for
cremation while family members
may not understand the process.
Farley offered a booklet titled '"o-
ward Peace of Mind," as a plan-
ning guide. In the booklet the per-
son lists family members, their
telephone numbers, vital statis-
tics, military service information,
funeral service instructions,
places where documents and per-
sonal papers may be found, in-

formation on a will, insurance,
Social Security instructions, and
veteran's benefits.
"You can go to the funeral direc-
tor and choose your casket, to the
cemetery and purchase your
plot," said Farley. He said the law
is specific on how funeral parlors
charge. "There is a price on the
casket, the price is the same for
conventional funeral services, and
there is a vault fee. The fees by
law are public."
"More and more people are
pre-planning funerals and mak-
ing arrangements with their local
funeral director," said Farley. "It
involves pre-selection of a profes-
sional funeral service and funeral
merchandise. That service in-
cludes the facility for the cer-
emony and visitation services,
professional services, transporta-
tion services, the funeral coach
and other services, including the
ceremony, music selection, florist,
and such."
Farley identified funeral merchan-
dise as including the casket, the
burial container or vault, and
things like clothing and whether
the person wanted favorite items
like jewelry buried with them.
'There are several payment op-
tions for funding a prearranged
funeral," said Farley. "You may
pay for it in one payment or over
a period of time. Should you move,
the prefunding policy benefits can
be used at the funeral home of
your choice."
A record of selections are kept at
the funeral home, Farley ex-
plained. "Your funeral planning
professional will determine the
value of vour funeral plans at
today's costs. By prefunding you
may be able to lock in those
prices. The benefits of funeral pre-
arranging and prefunding pro-
tects you from inflation." He said
under present tax law, no income
taxes from the insurance
prefunding plan will be due dur-
ing your lifetime, and in many
cases, excess funds may be re-
turned to the family.
Arrangements with the cemetery
are separate. Farley said a per-
son should "make polite inquiry,
some require a vault and some do
not. You'll do a better job of de-
ciding if it is done now on a
non-stressful day," he added.
Kelley said a person should be
sure that growth on an insured
prepayment plan be at least be-
tween three and five percent. "A
hearse costs lots these days," said
Kelley, 'There are taxes and sala-
ries to pay when you run a busi-
ness. Between 30 and 40 percent
of funerals today are pre-
arranged. Come talk with me
about it."

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Lie on Posters

IIUIw -__
Kevin Begos with posters
from Russia.

By Sue Riddle Cronkite
The stark truth about commu-
nism was as plain as the nose on
the face in Russia, but the offi-
cial line was that everything was
blooming and growing, prosper-
ing and flourishing. Posters were
constantly cranked out to prove
the big lie, according to Kevin
Begos, who traveled to that coun-
try in 1993-95.
But in spite of what they were told
and saw on their posters the
people knew that the sick politi-
cal system they had embraced
had rotted and died. "Now the
place is a powder keg," said Begos.
"The soldiers on pension can
hardly afford to eat. The system
has broken down so much, people
are paid so little, state salaries are
under $500 a year. Rubles are
4,000 to the dollar. Everybody has
a little garden. Life is really tough
in the winter."
During a three-year.period, Begos
brought more than 2,000 items
out o Russia. In the collection are
"some 700 to 800 posters, 500 to
600 postcards, textiles, ceramics,
children's toys, newspapers." The
production was all tied together,
with everything controlled by
the state,.with central design and
Begos showed some of the collec-
tion of posters and slides of other
posters and artwork to the Sept.
25 meeting of the Apalachicola
Area Historical Society at the
Raney House Museum Carriage
"After the revolution the idea was
that Soviet society was destined
not just to bury, capitalism, but
to be the greatest society.-ever,"
said Begos. 'They studied genetic
makeup. They learned English to
'know the enemy'."
The materials Begos sought were
not available in stores. "I asked
people about what old posters
their grandmother might have,
what was stored in country at-
tics." After about the second or
third trip to Moscow, Begos
started to make contacts with
people who worked in the propa-
ganda industry. 'There were 10-
15 people from the 1960s
forward," he said. He inter-
viewed artists, sculptors, and
Most of the material he brought
out wasn't considered valuable by
customs inspectors and guards at
the airport. He paid as little as $2
for some of the posters which de-
pict what Lenin and Soviet lead-
ers wanted for the future. Begos
initially visited his sister who
worked in promotion and market-
ing for a Moscow casino, then
found an apartment with an art-
.st couple.
Those Begos became acquainted
with told him that what the post-
ers and other materials showed
was ordered by the Soviet regime,
that everything had to be ap-
proved by the central censorship
organization. Writings were
also edited by the censors. The
result was a country with a split
Where Begos lived in Moscow
"There was trash outside and in
the halls," said Begos. "It was
unbelievable; garbage, paper, dog
manure, in the halls, but inside
it was clean. The idea was that in
public you don't show anything,
in private you can talk."
Posters Begos displayed blared
propaganda. One said 15 million
apartments would be built in a
certain area by 1965. In reality,
by the 1970s they had built about
7 million apartments. A 1957
poster on the 40th anniversary of
the Russian revolution showed
steelworkers, with production go-
ing up.
"By law production had to go up,
people would lose jobs if it went
down," said Begos. "Because of
the pressure people took less
chances. They would falsify
records to show that farms were
growing more and more food, cot-
ton, and such, when in reality the
amount was much less.
"It got to where they'd publish
things and people wouldn't look
at them," said Begos. He illus-
trated his lecture with slides. "In
the 60s and 70s the style
changed. Later there was no emo-
tion. An artist got an assignment.
They weren't allowed to bring new
themes into posters."



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Communist Lie, from Page 8
One poster shows Lenin holding
up his hand toward the future. "In
the 30s to 50s people believed in
the future," said Begos, "then
cynicism set in. There was a di-
chotomy between what was prom-
S ised and was never delivered. One
sculptor, born in the 1930s told
me people always knew it was a
lie. He said to have said "no" to
an order for a statue would have
gotten him shot."
In Soviet textbooks it is not the
Wright brothers who invented the
first airplane, the Soviets beat
them to it. "Alexander Graham
Bell didn't invent the Russian tele-
phone," said Begos, who added
that the Moscow phone book was
so old it was useless.
Capitalism is being embraced by
the younger Russians, said Begos.
"The older people are crushed.
They sacrificed so much. The re-
ality is so horrible, they can't face
it." Stalin killed between 15 to 20
million people, and they lost 20
million to the Nazis in World War
II, during a 20- to 30-year period.
Begos and Historical Society
members discussed how Lenin is
entombed right outside the Krem-
lin. "The official line is that they
keep fluids pumping through his
body," said Begos. "It is behind
glass, under heavy guard. The
debate is whether it's actually
Lenin's body or a wax creation.
My first reaction is that it is his
real body."
Within the limited themes of the
poster makers, Lenin is promi-
nent, with the idea that "He lived,
he lives, and he will live in the
future." Other themes include the
battleship Aurora, locomotives,
the cosmonauts and Sputnik.
Some of the posters illustrate how
the Socialism myth kept order,
with one showing a woman trac-
tor driver, one a metal worker, a
"Drain the Swamps" poster, a
woman cooking, an anti-Vietnam
poster, and a poet holding up a
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The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) unanimously
approved a proposed commercial
lease agreement with Apalachi-
cola Realtors Tom & Ellen Bea-
vers during a September 22 spe-
cial meeting. The agreement,
which will allow the Beavers to
build structures, buildings, docks
and roads on Timber Island, was
approved contingent on minor
amendments to the lease.
The proposed commercial lease
agreement will actually serve as
a sublease of the lease between
the State of Florida and the Port
Authority. The Beavers, whose
corporation will be Emerald Point
Investments Inc., will serve as the
lessee. The Port Authority will
then serve as the lessor. The
agreement will enable the Beavers
to begin development on approxi-
mately 31 acres of land located
on Timber Island.
The proposed term of the lease
agreement will be 37 years. The
Beavers will then have the first
option of renewal or extension on
the sublease. The proposed lease
agreement would allow the Bea-
vers to construct and operate a
full service marina, a light indus-
trial park, a full service restau-
rant, retail stores, a recreational
vehicle park, a motel and small
convention center.
The property may also be used for

any marine oriented or light in-
dustrial use which meets the ap-
proval of state licensing and en-
vironmental regulations and per-
mitting. Such uses may include
at least 100 wet and dry boat
slips, boat storage and repair, sea-
food packaging and storage, boat
haul out, canvas work, holding
tank pump-out, import-export
services and boat launching.
These projects would also have to
be developed over a period of years
in three distinct development
The Port Authority will also con-
sider some commercial develop-
ment requests from Tommy Bevis
of Dockside Marina on Timber Is-
land. The board noted that a cer-
tain amount of development
would be allowed on Timber Is-
land, as mandated by the Devel-
opment of Regional Impact (DRI).
The board needs to consider how
much each business owner may
The board complimented the
spirit of cooperation between both
Beavers and Bevis in their devel-
opment plans. Mr. Beavers as-
sured board members that he
would confer with Bevis on the
matter and arrive at a mutually
agreeable plan. "I see Tom Bea-
vers and I not being in competi-
tion with each other," said Bevis,
"but working together for the en-
tire development to grow."
Mr. Bevis has requested board
approval of a communication
tower, boat ramp, travel lift, paint
booth, dry storage building and
six additional wet slips; some of
the requested items would require
an amendment to the De-
velopment Order (DO) for Timber
Board Attorney Ben Watkins in-
formed Bevis that the Port Au-
thority did not have the legal au-
thority to grant all the noted re-

quests. He said that, while Bevis
may have permits from the D.E.P.,
he did not have approval from the
Department of Community Affairs
for his proposed projects.
According to the proposed com-
mercial lease agreement, the Bea-
vers will make minimum monthly
rental payments of $2,000 to the
Port Authority- beginning 1998;
they will make minimum annual
monthly payments of $10,000 for
five years beginning 1999. In the
year 2004, the Beavers will make
minimum annual rental pay-
ments of $15,000 for the next five
years. The minimum annual
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annual rental amount will in-
crease by one percent each year
The Beavers will also pay a per-
centage of various revenue gen-
erating services on their sub-
leased property to the Port Au-
thority. According to the proposed
commercial lease agreement, the
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Port Authority:
*5% for all dock rentals, boat stor-
age rentals or building rentals in
which retail or wholesale sales do
not constitute a primary product.
*5% for all recreational vehicle
space rentals.
*2% for all restaurant, grocery,
retail or wholesale sales, transient
lodging, service fees or other sales.
*1% for all marine fuel sales.
The proposed agreement provides
that the Beavers pay the greater
amount of either the rents col-
lected (5%) or sales (2%) gener-
ated on the subleased property.

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Published every other Friday

Service Club Inducts New Members

Edith Edwards, left, president of the Apalachicola Philaco
Woman's Club leads candlelight ceremony inducting new
members, Helen Anderson, Ruth Wade, Beth Blair, Muriel
Bryan and Betty Dynes.

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APALACHICOLA COMMERCIAL 7.25+/- acres zoned C-4
behind IGA. Enterprise zone, convenient location, city water.
CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Half city block (5 lots) with
house on Hwy. 98 next to IGA. Prime location. $279,500.
site, 7th Street, high ground overlooking city marina, bay.
ST. GEORGE ISLAND Beachfront villa 2BR/2BA, two stqry,
never rented, quality upgrades. $205,000.
APALACHICOLA Turn of century charmer, 3BR/1BA, three
lots, zoned office/residential. $139,900.
CARRABELLE COMMERCIAL Marine Street, overlooking
river. Location, location, location! $59,900.
APALACHICOLA Rental income producer near Lafayette
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APALACHICOLA Bay view/breezes from back porch of this
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By Sue Riddle Cronkite
An impressive ceremony likening
club members as "points of light"
with power to improve the qual-
ity of life in their community
marked the Philaco Woman's
Club's welcome to new members
at the Raney House Carriage
House on September 18.
"One candle burning in the night
/ is but a single point of light /
but when others light their
candles too / you can see what
that light can do," repeated Presi-
dent Edith Edwards, as she read
from the poem "10 million points
of light," emphasizing that women
working together can make a dif-
ference in their community,
county, state, nation, and the
"Philaco benefits include commu-
nity service, personal growth and
fellowship," said Edwards. She
also described the functions of the
General Federation of Women's
Clubs, and the Florida Federation
of Women's Clubs and how they
relate to the Philaco organization.
New members include Helen
Anderson, Beth Blair, Muriel
Bryan, Shirley Dixon, Betty
Dynes, Marie Fletcher, Shirley
Taylor, Mary Lynn Hodgers, and
Ruth Wade.
Among projects outlined was
adoption of a stretch of Highway
98 between Apalachicola and,
Eastpoint, the Christmas tree
fund-raiser, and lauding of Helen
Robinson and the Pink Ladies
who provide a service to patients
at the Weems Memorial Hospital.
"The Pink Ladies could use some
more volunteers," said Edwards.
Members were also invited to con-
tact Eugenia Watkins if they
would like to sing in the Bay Area
Choral Society's Christmas mu-
sic program.
Officers, in addition to President
Edwards, are Jeanette Miller, first
vice president, Jan Dooley, sec-
ond vice president, Jean Lane,
recording secretary, Marilyn
Hogan, recording secretary, Faris
Aston, treasurer, and Joyce Estes,
Committees include Conservation
led by Shirley Hartley, Education
by Jean Nichols, Home Life by
JoAnne Thomason, International
Affairs by Anna Gaidry, Public
Affairs by Lina Sullivan, Music by
Eugenia Watkins, Drama by Cleo
Partington, and Arts and Crafts
by Harrette Kennedy.
Rep. Janegale Boyd is to speak at
the next Philaco meeting on Oc-
tober 16, at the Breakaway Res-

What they are saying about

Croom's, Inc.
Franklin County Transportation Disadvantaged

"They take me to the leg doctor and to the eye doctor
They look out for me. When I need to go to Panama
City, they take me there. They're on time and very nice."

Mack Peterson

"They've been great helping me. They take me to the
hospital and to the bank in town. They're great. When
I need to go out of town, they take me."

Ramona Conley

"If it wasn'tfor Croom's, Inc., I would 't be able to go
to the beauty parlor, the hospital or the doctor's. They
give wonderful service. I rate Croom's, Inc. as A-1."

Lillian Winterstein
Croom's Inc. Bus Schedule
Effective October 1, 1997
Fare: $2.00 (each exit will require a $2.00 re-boarding fee)
Pick-up Point Arrival Time
Franklin County Health Department ; ............................. ......................... 8:00 a.m.
Avenue J & 12th Street 8:05 a.m.
Avenue M & 12th Street 8:10 a.m.
Apalachicola Housing Authority (12th Street Area) ........................ ...................... 8:15 a.m.
Earl King Street (The Villas) 8:20 a.m.
Brownsville Road (Adjacent to 24th Avenue) 8:25 a.m.
IG A Parking Lot/A access to: ...................................................................................... 8:30 a.m .
(HRS, The Hut, Hardee's, Bill's Dollar Store)
E-Z Serve/Access to: 8:35 a.m.
(The Rancho Inn, BP Station, Cablevision, Napa, Best Western)
Highway 98 & llth Street/Access to: 8:40 a.m.
(Dr. Nichols, Eckerd Pharmacy, The Red Rabbit, Family Dollar, Flower Patch Florist,
Magnolia Medical)
Highway 98 & 4th Street/Access to: ................................................................. 8:45 a.m .
(Gulf State Bank, Apalachicola State Bank, St. Joseph Telephone Co., Taco Bell, &
surrounding areas)


Pick-up Point
The Huddle House
Bay St. George
US Post Office
E-Z Serve

Arrival Time
9:00 a.m.
9:10 a.m.
9:15 a.m.
9:30 a.m.

Pick-up Point
SGI Public Beach
Regional Medical
Plantation Gate
SGI State Park

Arrival Time
9:35 a.m.
9:40 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
9:50 a.m.
10:10 a.m.

*Additional stops may be made at various locations not listed.
Croom's Inc. Franklin County Transportation Disadvantaged 850-653-8132

Grant Checks, from Page 7

Franklin County public schools
have negative growth, said Rep.
Boyd. "Larger counties thought
they could do away with busing
and use the funds for construc-
tion. People have talked about in-
creasing millage, but we have to
take a look at the tax base. As
public policy, how much is the
state's obligation for public school
construction? We'll try to come up
with a formula."
Rep. Boyd said she keeps rural
needs in mind. "Rural economic
development and qualified target
industry funds have money avail-
able for increasing jobs," she said.
"You are a target area. "It is in the
statutes that you can get those
funds. The Enterprize zones leg-
islation includes rural areas.
"With the wages clock ticking we
need jobs," said Rep. Boyd. "The
fishing industry is at risk, St. Joe
Paper has called people back, but
more jobs are needed. You don't
have to have a new business to
get tax credits up to $5,000 per
employee per year." She said for
more information and a list of
available industries call 488-6300
in Tallahassee.
"There are also quick response
training programs for industry,"
said Rep. Boyd. "There is a road
Fund. If you have an employer
who needs roads you can spend
up to $2 million in the county."
She said in an area where one
business pays higher wages
which skews the average figures,
those rates can be pulled out of
the qualifying material.

County Adopts

Millage Rate,


The Franklin County Commission
made their final decision on the
county's budget and millage rate
for the fiscal year 1997-98 dur-
ing a September 22 hearing. The
board unanimously agreed to
adopt a millage rate of 7.754. The
rate will generate $14,664,394 for
the upcoming year. The county's
budget for the 1996-97 budget
year was $12,668,340.
The many residents who voiced
their opposition to the county's
proposed budget during a Sep-
tember 9 budget meeting failed to
attend the final budget meeting.
In addition, Commissioner Jimmy
Mosconis also failed to attend the

Croom's Employee

Helps Keep

Service Moving

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Every successful business has at
least one shining star who helps
to keep the every day operations
running smoothly. That person
may be highly visible to the pub-
lic or a behind-the-scenes worker.
In either case, they serve as an
invaluable cog in the machinery.
For Croom's Transportation, one
of those shining stars is Annette
"She's top in her position," stated
John Croom, "she's the greatest
asset to me in this business; she
also helps others a great deal."
Ms. Critton serves to a great ex-
tent as the organization's admin-
istrator and public relations co-
ordinator. She wears quite a few
other hats, as well. Critton in-
structs fellow employees on drug
awareness, arranges random
drug and alcohol tests and up-
dates all employees on current
rules as mandated by the Depart-
ment of Transportation.
Additionally, Ms. Critton helps the
organization by working with vari-
ous institutes and agencies
throughout the area. She collabo-
rates on a regular basis with Gulf
Coast Community College, FAMU,
the Franklin County School
Board, the Franklin County Se-
nior Citizens Council, The Trans-
portation Disadvantaged Com-
mission, the Office of Disability
and Big Bend Hospice.
Another aspect of Ms. Critton's job
is clerical; she is responsible for
handling Medicaid bills, submit-
ting monthly invoices to the
Transportation Disadvantaged
Commission, providing informa-
tion for the organization's Annual
Operating Report & audits, writ-
ing and coordinating contracts as
needed and handling written and
verbal complaints.
"And that's only about half of
the work she does here," Croom

Teen Artist Shares His Talent
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In the summer of 1995, the Sum-
mer Youth Employment Training
Program (SYETP) sent Josh
Whitten to work to receive em-
ployment training in the
Carrabelle Branch ofthe Frank-
lin County Public Library. It
quickly became clear that Josh
needed very little training, he was
an exemplary worker often doing
much more than was asked of
him. As the summer progressed,
his artistic talents became an in-
valuable asset to the library and
to the Summer Reading Program.
Josh designed and built stage sets
and all costumes for three one act
plays conducted by the kids, ages
five through eleven. His patience
and attention to detail for the
sometimes demanding young ac-
tors was impressive.
In June of 1997, Josh returned
to the library to work under
SYETP. When he reported for his
first day of work, he was as-
signed the task of completely
re-decorating the Children's
Reading Room. No direction, no
instructions...he was told to sim-
ply turn in an order for the nec-
essary paints and materials and
begin work.
The finished product took most of
the summer to complete. Under,
his direction, all of the bookcases
were painted in primary colors,
the walls and ceiling white. Each
wall has a separate and distinct
mural on it: Winnie the Pooh and
all his friends, Tigger, Eeyore, Owl
and Piglet, plus a complete swarm
of honey bees decorate one wall.
The next wall has Cat in the Hat
and all the little blue Smurfs with
their houses, swing set and rain-
bow. The third wall has all the fish
and waves from Dr. Seus' "One
Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue
Fish." Last,:there is a lavender
pegasus with blue sky and clouds.
All of this was drawn freehand by
Josh and then painted in bright

colors using latex wall paint. Sev-
eral of the WINGs kids assisted
Josh with the room by painting
bookshelves and helping to fill in
the designs after he did the pre-
paratory work..
In addition, Josh also designed all
the costumes and stage set for a
one act play during the Summer
Reading Program. Once again, his
patience with these young actors
was impressive.
The children who use the room
are in awe of the artwork Josh
produced. They seem to lose
themselves in the bright colors
and storybook characters. One
child said "It's like they jumped
out of the books onto the walls!"
SYETP Coordinator Diane Dodd
asked Josh to take on the task of
designing a T- shirt logo for the
summer program. He did, and it
was a huge success with the kids
employed by SYETP.
Josh is 17 years old and a senior
at Carrabelle High School. He is
also attending Lively Vo-Tech in
Tallahassee under dual enroll-
ment where he is studying Com-
mercial Art with Instructor Rich-
ard Rice. Art is a natural talent to
this young man. With training,
support and encouragement, the
sky's the limit for Josh.
After graduation from high school
and completion of the Commer-
cial Art courses at Lively, Josh
plans to apply to Disney Corp. in
Orlando for an internship
and employment in the Art
The public is encouraged to come
into the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Public Library
and see how one local teenager
spent his summer making
Carrabelle a little nicer place to

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