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franklin Chronicle


Volume 8, Number 14


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


July 9 22, 1999


Dredging Is Degrading The Apalachicola

River And Bay Asserts Biologist
Corps of Engineer consultant refutes assertions


Charges about dredging on the
Apalachicola River occupied the
attention of the Board of County
Commissioners Tuesday morn-
ing, July 6th. In the early portion
of the meeting, Jim Barkuloo, a
retired fishing biologist, ad-
dressed the Commissioners by
saying, "Most people take for
Granted that the ... river and bay
is healthy and nothing upstream
is happening that could change
That. The health of the lower river
and -bay is now being degraded
and could affect fishing ... and
oystering there. This usually
takes several years to show up
and by then its too late..."
Barkuloo then recited some his-
tory of the dredging by the U. S.
Army .Corps of Engineers on the
Apalachicola River for the last 40
years. He continued, "Within re-
cent years, most of the dredging
problems have been in the lower
river, below Blountstown. In ad-
* edition to more' dredging of the


river, the Corps is now bulldozing
sand back into the river, which
doubles the impact on the fisher-
ies and has resulted in degrada-
tion of the flood plain and the en-
trance to the creeks.(on the river)
down below. Research has shown
that flood plain vegetation along
the river produces ... a major
source of nutrients for the bay
and especially the oysters and
other'life in Apalachicola Bay.
Reduction of flood plain vegeta-
tion will directly impact the nu-
trients ... going into the bay."
Barkuloo stated that he has con-
ducted research on the river since
1955. He worked with the Florida
Game and Freshwater Fish Com-
mission, and ended his career
with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife
Service. He has spent about 18
years "off and on" the river in vari-
ous capacities, including working
with the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers.


Carrabelle Library Fund Close

To Goal


By Tom Campbell
.One of the ladies attending the
'meeting June 28 at the Carrabelle
'Episcopal Church said, "The com-
munity is experiencing real coop-
'eration in this effort." She contin-
ued, "This cooperation cuts
across all socio-economic lines.
It's wonderful."
At that meeting, Franklin County
Commissioner Cheryl Sanders, on
behalf of the Franklin County
Commission and The Friends of
the Franklin County Library, pre-
sented a Certificate of Apprecia-
tion to the Carrabelle Artists As-
sociation for their contribution to
the Art Auction at the June 6
Medieval Market Day.
The Carrabelle Artists Association
helped raise $4600 on that day.
Of that, $2100 was raised directly
from the art contributions. All of
this is to benefit the new Franklin
County Library Carrabelle
Branch.
President Joe Kotzman and oth-
ers from the Artists Association
expressed the hope that the new
Library would have a meeting
room or groups such as theirs,
and an area dedicated to a Fine
Arts Museum where local artists
might exhibit arts and crafts.


Commissioner Sanders expressed
deep appreciation and pride for
the outstanding cooperation and
efforts made by all. Mary Ann
Shields, Chairperson of the Li-
brary Fund Committee, indicated
that the Auction Preview and Re-
ception was a great success. It
was well attended by participat-
ing artists, and was a pleasant
affair which was "a cultural high-
light for Carrabelle," Shields said.
The latest figures show the con-
tributions to the Library Fund are
getting close to the goal, accord-
ing to Marian Morris, one of the
spokespersons for the Fund. She
pointed out that donations may
still be made. "If there are those
who want to contribute to the Li-
brary Fund, it's not too late," she
said.
To make a contribution now, in-
terested people may phone Mary
Ann Shields at 697-2640.
At press time, the Chronicle
learned that the latest figures in-
dicate $38,000 still needed to
complete the goal for the new
$500,000 library. Many people
locally have expressed the belief
that "this miracle is about to hap-
pen here in Carrabelle."


--- --
Jim Barkuloo, retired
biologist


He charged that dredging 'and
bulldozing of the sand creates
large areas of unstable habitat,
totally unsuitable for fishing and
fish food organisms. "In other
words, it creates a biological
desert..." The activity was espe-
cially bad for fish eggs and would
affect future generations of some
important species of fisih. .He
warned the Commissioners, "...I
would encourage you to look very
carefully at any activity that the
Corps is proposing since they con-
sider navigation authorization a
mandate that takes priority over
all other uses of the river..."
Wayne Childers, Port St. Joe, then
addressed the Commissioners,
requesting a Resolution from
them to urge 16cal Congressmen
and others to stop all dredging in
most of the river. He said, "What
they'd doing upriver is atrocious."
He urged the Commissioners in
"joining Gulf County" in a resolu-
tion to de-designate dredging.
"They're making a ditch going to
Georgia", he asserted.


Wayne Childers


Commissioner Putnal asked for
proof, perhaps in the form of
before-and-after photographs, as
to what was happening, but this
Continued on Page 2


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Marilyn Blackwell


Carrabelle City
Commission
Meeting Flows
Smoothly

By Barbara Revell
The Carrabelle City Commission
met on July 5, 1999, in a quiet,
yet productive meeting. Don Wood
reported that progress is being
made in getting City Hall' more
accessible to the handicapped.
Work should be completed this
week. Pam Lycett stated that the
new policeman, Alien Cyzon, is
working out well. She also
reported that any abandoned
vehicles on the city right-of-way
have been identified and will be
tagged. Raymond Williams
reported that the laying of water
lines has begun.
The Commission agreed to accept
a $100,000 grant from the
Department of Environmental
Protection for the Carrabelle
Riverwalk Park.
Continued on Page 5

Wakulla Fishermen
Seek Court Declaration
On Net Limitation
Rules
They seek an alternative net for
women, the elderly, the handi-
capped and physically impaired
In new litigation, Ron Crum and
Ray Pringle, Wakulla fishermen,
filed a lawsuit last week on June
24th seeking a declaratory judg-
ment in Circuit Court of the 2nd
Judicial Circuit in and for Wakulla
County, asking the Court to de-
termine that a new commercially
viable alternative net be found
legally conforming to the net limi-
tation Amendment of the Florida
Constitution.
The rectangular net would be 500
square feet or less with mesh size
for targeted species of finfish "with
lawful twine size for maximizing
catchability". The mesh size could
be 3 inch stretched mesh, 222.2
Continued on Page 9


Franklin Schools Rate C's AndD's In

Statewide Grades

Education Commissioner Tom Gallagher released grades for all pub-
lic schools last week, on June 24th. The grades and subsequent
rankings are part of the new "High Quality Schools law" designed to
hold schools accountable by providing the public with information
on student performance. The performances by students in the Franklin
District was an even split, with three earning "C's" and three others
earning "D's". Carrabelle High was designated Incomplete.
The School Accountability Report Guide is presented below. In sum,
most of the Franklin schools reported on indicate students performed
in reading, writing and math exams "at or above the minimum
criteria."
FIGURE I

SchoolAccountability Report Guide


SF Current year reading and writing and math data are below
minimum criteria.


D Current year reading or writing or math data are below
minimum criteria.

C Current year reading, writing, and math data are at or above
minimum criteria.

B Current year reading, writing, and math data are at or above
higher performing criteria AND
No subgroup data are below minimum criteria
At least 90% of standard curriculum students were
tested.

A Meet grade."B" criteria AND
The percent of students absent more than 20 days,
percent suspended, and dropout rate (high schools)
are below state averages
Substantial improvement in reading
No substantial decline in writing or math
At least 95% of standard curriculum students were
tested.


Less than 80% tested
SDistricts have 30 days to reconcile.


The minimum criteria for the Grade of C is presented below, for el-
ementary, middle and high school results.
FIGURE II

Minimum Criteria for Grade C

FCATmeadin FCATnat


Elementary 60% score level 2
and above
Middle 60% score level 2
and above
High 60% score level-2
and above


60% score-level 2
and above
60% score level 2
and above
60% score level 2
and above


50% score 3
and above
67% score 3
and above
75% score 3
and above


F Below expectations in all subjects.
D Below expectations in one or two subjects.
C Meets minimum expectations in all areas.

Figure III shows the number of schools by grade. There are hundreds
earning "D's" which means their students performed "below expecta-
tions in one or two subjects.
FIGURE III

Number of Schools by Grade




A 112 68 5 185
B 214 90 13 317
C 702 262 251 1215
D 459 94 47 600
F 67 7 4 78
I 4 2 46 52


Continued on Page 7








Page 2 9 July 1999


Franklin

Briefs

By Barbara Revell
The Franklin County Commission
Meeting was held on July 6,1999.
All commissioners were present.
Also present were: Clerk of the
Court, Kendall Wade; Alan Pierce,
.County Planner and County At-
torney, Al Shuler.
The first item of business was bids
for replacing the Eastpoint
Firehouse roof. Sam's Metal Roofs
bid $18,877.55 and Ben Withers
bid $33,666.83. The bids were re-
ferred to the County Engineer for
further review.
Phil and Shirley Dunaway went
before the commission again, re-
questing re-zoning of property
they own in Apalachicola. Mr.
Dunaway stated that he wants the
zoning returned to the original
zoning which was R-5. A neigh-
bor, Paula Webb. was present and
stated that Mr. Dunaway's prop-
erty was never zoned R-5 and pro-
tested any change in the zoning.
There was considerable discus-
sion which included road access
and waste treatment. County At-
torney, Al Shuler, recommended
not changing the zoning because
the County could face a law-suit
in the future. Mr. Dunaway said
he would see the County in court.
Jerry Ausley, U.S. Department of
SAgriculture, Rural Development,
provided preliminary information
regarding possible financing of
improvements to Weems Memo-
rial Hospital. He stated there are
two programs for financing avail-
able through his office. One would
involve the County directly and
the other would 'ot. He stated
that the option involving the
County could have an interest
rate from 4.5% to 5.0%. Ausley
stated that the County would
,have to apply to a local lending
institution for credit and if ap-
proved at a reasonable rate of in-
terest, the County would not be
eligible for a loan from USDA.
The second option would be for
Weems Memorial Hospital to ap-
ply to USDA for a loan. If the hos-
pital applies, the County would be
required to provide the hospital a
lease for the duration of the loan,
The Commissioners reminded Mr.
Ausley that they cannot do any-
thing until the hospital is provided
the same information. Ausley
agreed to wait to hear from the
hospital.









S.i '





Jerry Ausley






River continued from
Page 1

request did not have a response.
Jimmy Mosconis stated that the
Commission ought to ask Corps
representatives to address the
Commissioners on their manage-
ment plans for the river, as a way
of responding to the charges.
Marilyn Blackwell, Wewahitchka,
connected with an organization
"Help Save the Apalachicola
River", charged that the Corps of
Engineers had ruined the
Kissimmee River. "(On ,the
Apalachicola) there are not less
sand deposits; there are more
sand deposits. They have 150
sand deposits on a 106 mile river.
There are not less, there are more
... The whole system is in decline,
real bad." She cited observations
about declining turtle populations
due to fluctuating levels of the
river and dredging and instances
of spotting fish eggs fully exposed
to sunlight as the levels went
down.
Childers pointed out two prob-
lems. There is no uniform system
of gathering 'information 'about
what is being transported on the
river. He told an anecdote about
a recent transfer of the chemical
Benzene but the record keepers
did not know about it. "If it spills
into the river, its going to get into


the acquifer; it is going to kill
Apalachicola." The second prob-
lem contained economic implica-
tions for downstream popula-
tions. "We get a total net loss.
(Dredging) reduces the number of
fish; it reduces habitat which re-
duces tourism on the river."
Susan Anderson, President of the
newly organized Riverkeep orga-
nization, pointed out some prob-
lems with spoil, or the sand that
is dredged out of the river. "There
is a lot of sand coming down the
river and really no good place to
ut it. The only good option is
each renourishment but there
are problems of cost and environ-
mental concerns."


Alan Pierce, County Planner, gave
the Board a copy of the survey and
legal description of five acres St.
Joe Paper Company is going to
give to the County. He further re-
ported that Al Shuler will mail the
deed as soon as St. Joe gives him
the proper corporate name own-
ership for that particular piece of
property.
Preble-Rish was approved by the
Board to design and supervise
construction of the St. George Is-
land Park. Preble-Rish is willing
to design and supervise the
project for the minimum fee curve
used in similar projections.
Pierce advised that Representative
Janegayle Boyd will appear at the
July 20, 1999, board meeting to
present a ceremonial check for
100,000 for the St. George Island
Park. She will speak to the Board
about matters in general.
Pierce also announced that the
Governor and Cabinet did ap-
prove the purchase of the Bald
Point tract on Alligator Point for
$8,350,000.00.
Pierce said that there will be a
Public meeting at the courthouse
i concerning the St, George Island
Bridge on July 15, 1999 at 6:00
p.m. Pierce attended a meeting in
Panama City and encountered
some controversy concerning De-
partment of Environmental Pro-
tection and the Department of
Transportation. DEP wanted DOT
to treat the water running off the
bridge. Pierce stated that the wa-
ter from the bridge cannot be
treated, therefore DEP said DOT
could treat an equal amount of
impervious surface elsewhere in
the County that is also flowing
into the Bay. The DEP wants the
compensatory treatment to be as
close to the bridge site as possible.
Pierce said, "Since the bridge is
generating 20 acres of impervious
surface, the engineers have a big
task ahead of them.". He said,
"Stormwater will probably be one
of the items discussed at the pub-
lic meeting." Pierce said that the
current schedule for the bridge is
that on July 12, 1999, Boh Broth-
ers/Sverdrup (design/build) will
be authorized to begin the project,
The completion date of the project
is October 2003. The start of con-
struction is contingent upon
when the permits are issued. Boh
Brothers/Sverdrup will be re-
sponsible for getting the neces-
sary permits.
Pierce stated that he met with US
Army Corps of Engineers repre-
sentatives at Alligator Point to dis-
cuss the erosion problems. Pierce
said, "It appears the erosion jus-
tifies the involvement of the
Corps", but it will be several weeks
before anything is known.
Pierce said he had talked with
Doug Maddox, Chairman, Dog
Island Conservation District
about landing craft off of county
property on'Timbe 'Island.. The
Conservation District is willing to
move the landing craft if the
County will assist in preparing a
new landing site across the river
on property owned by the District.
Pierce said, "'Essentially, it looks
like it will require a dredge and
fill permit from DEP to move the
landing craft. The County is will-
ing to cooperate but, needs time
to locate another place.
Pierce reported that Mark
Curenton, Assistant Planner, re-
searched the grant the City of
Carrabelle has for a boat ramp
and determined that it would be
faster for the City to subcontract
the work to the County, rather
than trying to shift the grant be-
tween them. Pierce further stated
that Mr. Shuler had prepared a
contract between the City of



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Terry Jangula
The Commissioners voted todraft
a letter addressed to the Corps of
Engineers; requesting a briefing
on their management plans.
Corps consultant Terrence D.
"Terry" Jangula, later addressed
the Commissioners, initially, in
response to an inquiry by Clerk
Kendall Wade concerning the cre-
ation of a turning basin 'to help
.the seafood industry. Jangula
added, "'I want to make a quick
statement about us .(Corps.of En-
gineers) pushing sand down the
river. We did testing ... about a
half- mile upstream and a
half-mile downstream from where


we were pushing material in ...
The material we were pushing was
clean sand. It does not get sus-
pended in the water." He went on
to explain that their sampling in-
volved top, middle and bottom
segments in the moving water.
"The suspended sediment is very
fine material..."
Jangula also stated to the Com-
mission: "Everything we do is
very, very structured. We don't
have a whole lot of options. We
have options as to the techniques
to perform all the work... You folks
pressured your Congressman to
make us do this. That's the way
it works. We don't do anything on
our own. I want to thank you for
the support you have given us on
the River. There's a lot of misin-
formation being put out. I've
heard a lot of it this morning..."


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Affiliates With National Organization Edelstein Seeks


Carrabelle and the Boardl of
County Commissioners so that
the Board will act as a subcon-
tractor to the City to build a boat
ramp on Timber Island. This was
approved unanimously.
Pierce has received the "no wake"
signs for Two Mile Channel which
Kendall Wade has agreed to in-
stall. Sanders requested "no
wake" signs at Cow Creek. This
also was approved.
John Chavetta appeared before
the board to discuss his efforts to
build a 200 site mobile home park
in Eastpoint. The concern is for
waste water treatment. It was
suggested to Chavetta that he
pursue the planning further.
There being no further business
the meeting was adjourned.

Apalachicola City
Commission
Meeting
By Barbara Revell
A meeting of the Apalachicola City
Commission was held on July 6,
1999. Commissioners present
were Mayor Robert Howell, Jack
Frye, Van Johnson, James Elliott
and Robert Davis.
Mayor Howell expressed consid-
erable dismay over extensive junk
abandoned on the city dock by a
boat that was tied to the city dock
over the Fourth of July holidays.
Mr. Howell said it was an embar-
rassment to the City. The Com-
mission agreed that there is an
ordinance against this and want
the city police to attempt to de-
terifine who left the junk. If this
can be determined the Board re-
quested the owner be given 24
hours to clean up the area and if
not, legal action will be pursued.
In other business, an encroach-
ment request was denied, as the
City believed it may have use for
this land in the future.
A request was approved to have
the Third Annual Family Fun Day
at Battery Park on July 24, 1999,
from 3:00 10:00 p.m. Cajun food
will be on the menu.
Shirley Thompson was approved
for a position on the. Recreation
Board. There is another position
to be filled and the Commission-
ers requested additional time be-
fore making another appoint-
ment.
Andy Williams, City Police Chief,
noted that Warren Faircloth, a
long time city policeman, will be
retiring at the end of July 19th.
Williams requested that Terry
James be transferred from a
part-time position to a full time
position, to fill position vacated by
Faircloth. This request was
approved.- '
Jack Frye reported the City is get-
ting low on funds. He requested
that all department heads be ad-
vised not to purchase anything
until the new fiscal year. This was
also approved.
Frye also reported that the City
has received nine applications for
the position with the Cemetery/
Parks Department. There is only
one candidate that is already cer-
tified by DOC to supervise in-
mates. The Board has determined
that certification is essential. It
was agreed that the other appli-
cants would be given the oppor-
tunity to be certified before a hir-
ing decision is made.
Avenue J's name was officially
changed to Martin Luther King
Boulevard.
Meeting adjourned at 7:00 p.m.


Opens New Office In Eastpoint
Bill Hartley, President of the re-
cently formed Apalachicola Bay
and River Watch organization,
announced on June 21st official
approval as the 37th member of
the National Alliance of River,
Sound and Bay Keepers. This
announcement was made on Sat-
urday, June 19, at the annual
meeting of the National Alliance
held in Stonybrook, L.I. New York,
by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Presi-
dent of the national organization.
Additionally, Mr. Hartley an-
nounced the appointment of Su-
san Anderson as the Riverkeeper/
Executive Director of the local
organization.
The new organization will hold an
Open House and membership
meeting and celebratory party on
Friday, July 16th, at 6:30 p.m. at
the Eastpoint Firehouse, 24 Sixth
St. in Eastpoint. Susan Anderson
will make a full report to the mem-
bership and any interested citi-
zens concerning the support the
national organization will provide
locally and how they can benefit
the local Keeper affiliate.
Volunteer committees will be es-
tablished for promotional activi-
ties, office and clerical assistance,
and a "Creek Keeper" volunteer
network which will become the

Property
Recovered;
Arrest Made
Delonta Sanders was arrested for
possession and intent to sell crack
cocaine on Friday, June 25, 1999,
at 87 Avenue J in Apalachicola.
A search warrant was issued af-
ter the Apalachicola police depart-
ment received a tip that stolen
property was at the 87 Avenue J
residence. Authorities recovered
an air conditioner, bed and chest
of drawers when Sanders was ar-
rested. The furniture had been
traced to a robbery reported on
June 19, 1999 at 171 7th Street
in Apalachicola.
Apalachicola police officer Arnold
Tolliver and Franklin County
sheriffs officers Jack Osburn and
Michael Moore, and the State
Attorney's Office were involved in
the warrant and arrest.
According to Apalachicola Police
ChiefAndy Williams, there was an
outstanding warrant on Sanders
for selling crack cocaine. Sanders
was, at press time, reportedly still
being detained in the Franklin
County Jail.

Buzbee Arrested
Hugh Buzbee, 48,was arrested in
Apalachicola and transported to
Franklin County jail on an out-
standing warrant and suspicion
of additional charges on Friday,
July 2nd.
On Friday night, about 1 a.m.
Apalachicola police officer Earl
Whitfleld came to the corner of
10th Street and Avenue J. Hugh
Buzbee saw Whitfield and started
to flee. Whitfleld, aware of an out-
standing warrant on Buzbee, gave
'chase in his patrol car, and even-
tually pursued him on foot. He
restrained the subject Buzbee,
and objects resembling drugs fell
to the ground in a paper towel.
The substance field-tested posi-
tive for crack cocaine. The mate-
rials were later sent to Florida De-
partment of Law Enforcement for
additional testing.
According to Apalachicola Police
ChiefAndy Williams, Buzbee was
charged with Possession of crack
cocaine. Buzbee later made bond.


eyes, nose and ears ot me organi-
zation, not only in Franklin
County but the six counties sur-
Srounding the Apalachicola River.
Refreshments will be served and
all interested persons are invited
attend.
The mission of Apalachicola Bay
and River Keeper is to advocate
and secure the protection and
stewardship of the Apalachicola
Bay and River, its watershed and
the adjacent inland coastal waters
of St. Vincent Sound, St. George
Sound, and Alligator Harbor, in
order to improve and maintain
environmental integrity and pre-
serve the natural, scenic, recre-
ational and commercial fishing
character of the River corridor and
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EDITORIAL AND COMMENTARY


S S tion to man, through the works
of Zimbabwean poet, Ben
SHanson, and African American
poet, Langston Hughes.
Debates have been a real source
of intrigue for the form two stu-
.. dents. In the second month, the
S. students read an article in the
textbook about snakes. For many
Zimbabweans, snakes are consid-
4 ,, Boered more than just' dangerous
n Creatures; they're considered to be
.,A pure evil. If a snake is observed
t near a person's home, it's believed
", to be a bad omen for that person.
The students debated whether
S",snakes intentionally tried to hurt
people or if the attacks were mo-
,:l, s l tivated solely out of self-defense.
S......." 4 In one of my form three classes,
we have had the opportunity to
Term One Observations In The read short stories, poetry, news

Classroom
Publishers Note: I
Brian Goercke, a former editor of the Franklin Chronicle, has been ...'
in. Zimbabwe since November 1998. He completed training in-
country and has been assigned to a secondary school. In this
second report, Brian writes about his first term in teaching En-
glish as a second language. -, .... .
1 ~,,~cy;:- {..


By Brian Goercke
After three months at Matsine and
six months in Zimbabwe,
thoughts of living rural as a true
.-outsider are hard to brush off.
Observations of teaching, library,
development and student/staff
interaction slowly emerge as life-
long memories .:...both serious
Sand .humorous in nature.
Almost before it started, term one
atf'Matsine Secondary School
came to an abrupt end on March
i 31. And, for the next month, all
,the iinstructorsw'Will have a
Smooth's vacation to relax and pre-
pare for term two on May 1.
After ry first day in the class-
Iroom, I knew that teaching would
'be a challenging experience. I
knew thajust learning the names
*of classes nearly 50 and 60 in
.number would be a struggle.










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*Brian Goercke (photo taken
by Dr. Tom Saunders)
IsMany of the students have very
familiar names: Joseph, Aleck,
M4aryr, Jeffrey and Leonard. Some
,have adjectives such as Bright
and Innocent as names. Many
,have very interesting compound
hames as Rashwell, Learnmore,
Lovemore, Nomore, Whatmore,
dEdmore and Loveness. Others
*have pure Shona names as
Anesu, Pedzisai, Tapiwa and
*Fungal.
9 ? .


I am happy to say that, by the end
of term one, I have memorized
about 85 percent of my students'
names.
I was initially assigned a form two
and three class; this is the equiva-
lent to an eighth and, ninth grade
class in the U.S. The form two
class, approximately 50 in num-
ber; was fairly easy to instruct;
The form thiee class, greater in
number and 'volume, was .more
difficult. After the first week, I
knew that I had to do something
innovative with the class or in-
form the headmaster (principal)
that I couldn't work with them.
The challenges were many. A 60
to 1 ratio is:'not user-friendly for
an instructor who speaks limited
Shona and does not use the tool
of discipline that brings fear to the
hearts of the student population;
corporal punishment, applied to
the students' hands and backside
and utilized by some instructors.
After a second, eek test to the
whole group, I.reviewed the skill
level of each 'student's work and
then formed two groups from that
analysis. One group, now only 30
in number, meets during its regu-
lar period. The other group meets
during part of its lunch break.
Since that time, discipline has not
been a problem. A. teacher can
teach much more effectively at a
30 to 1 rather than 60 to 1 ratio,
also. ,
I have not even discussed the
- hardship of working %with a
60 member class with only 20
textbooks. I generally rely on two
textbooks for either class. The
books, which are called Step
Ahead and Structures & Skills, in
English, have been fairly helpful
throughout the term. A future
goal is to procure more of the text-
books.
In the form two class, we've had.
the opportunity to work on plays,
poetry, short stories, grammar
and debates. The class has per-
formed a couple of one-act plays:
this has generated a great deal of
interest from the students and
has also led to a higher level/of
comprehension.
In the world of poetry, we've dis-
cussed such issues as homeless-


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were difficult for them. And they.
had a difficult time understand-
ing how one could start a fire by
using eye-glasses, as the charac-
ter, Piggy, did in the book. How-
ever, they came to understand the
plot, characters and conflicts of
the story. And a few even showed
some understanding into the
story's theme.
One of my goals for the students
was to strengthen their overall
vocabulary level. With every story,
I ask the students to define sev-
eral vocabulary words and then
use them in sentences. I soon
found out from this assignment
that some students would resort
to major flattery strategies in the
hope of obtaining more favorable
marks from their teacher.
One of the words the students


with the Franklin County Adult
Reading Program. Sight word
strategies have been implemented
in this class; the students are also
learning to read in context.
However, even with the reduced
number of students in the group,
it's hard to teach basic English to
30 students at once in a 35
minute period. I have to continue
reminding myself that, for the stu-
dents, English, is a second lan-
guage. And many students sim-
ply have a hard time learning a
second language.
It was important, in my view, to
have the students read and write
as much as possible A major
hurdle has been finding the ap-
propriate literature. Lord of the
Flies was strictly out of the ques-
tion. You'll find it hard to believe,
but students are also expected to
read and comprehend Oliver Twist
by form two.
The short stories we've read have
been really short and we've taken
our time on those works. I've de-
voted as much as a week to sto-
ries only 2-3 pages in length. Still,
many do not comprehend. At that
point,, I refer to my limited Shona
or draw animated pictures on the
chalkboard in order to communi-
cate more effectively.
Fellow Peace Corps Volunteers
often provide helpful teaching
techniques to one another. For
instance, I co-opted an excellent
idea from a fellow volunteer, Ben
Berman from Maine, in response
to the "he/she" conundrum. The
students typically have a hard


Teacher: "If you are a she ... sit
down." A couple more boys sit
down. More laughter. And the
technique continues until every-
one realizes whether he/she is a
he, she, his, her or him.
Most of the students, who walk
as much as 5 kilometers (about 3
miles) to school each day, try very
hard with their studies. For them,
school is a privilege and not a
right. School fees must be paid or
the students are ordered on cer-
tain days of the week to leave the
campus. I have helped to pay
school fees for two students and
would like to eventually sponsor
more.
With the onslaught of AIDS and
tuberculosis, many of the stu-
dents are reduced to one or no
parent homes. The role of death
in their lives is quite familiar. For
many, school is just not an op-
tion. They have to work in the
fields or find other labor. You
quickly acknowledge that, for
many, you can do little or
nothing.
I am thankful for the small break-
throughs I notice in my students,
both academic and emotional.
When a student realizes that the
phrase, big as an elephant, is a
simile ... I'm amazed.
When a student remembers that
the character of a story refers to
the person and the setting is the
place, I'm ecstatic.
When a student excels in his work
and continues to pay school fees
with little or no support, I'm over-
whelmed.


Morning Assembly


articles from a.Zimbabwean
paper and an essay about the his-
tory of.computers.
The group was initially daunted
when we began reading an excerpt
from William Golding's novel, Lord
of the Flies. Many of the words


were assigned was "image." In re-
viewing the exercise book of one
student, I noticed the following
sentence: "When I see Mr.
Goercke, I see the image of God."
With the other group of form three
students, I've had to focus on the
basics. In fact, I've had to refer to
some of my experience at VISTA


Students of Brian Goercke.


time remembering whether to call
males and females either he or
she.
The technique is simple and gen-
erates plenty of laughter from the
kids. This is how it works.
Teacher: "If you are a he .... stand
up." All but maybe two boys, Voice
and Johannes stand up. The
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Student Essays

The short essays below are by Brian Goercke's students in his train-
ing classes. These pieces reflect the concerns of young people in rural
Zimbabwe and can also be seen as cultural responses to Zimbabwe's
current crisis, the AIDS epidemic. Interestingly, their essays can also
be interpreted as a cultural lesson to youth in America.

How I Would Stop The Spread Of AIDS
By Eustina Ndebele
Firstly, I would put a strict law that everyone young and old, a pros-
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Zimbabwe Students, continued from Page 3
is H.I.V. positive or not.
Secondly, the culture of polygamy should be abolished. No man should
marry more than one wife. If one of this wives is H.I.V. positive, the
virus would be spread to the other.people. It is better for one person
to survive, rather than share death properties..
If this fails, I would start to organize shows which would be held
every four months. In those shows, people would be taught what
causes AIDS and how to prevent it. These shows would be held by
health workers.
Different things would be done to show people how things are. Drama
shows about AIDS would be held to inform people about the spread
of AIDS. Also, poems could be recited and songs sung to give infor-
mation about AIDS.
Lastly, if all the other measures, fail, I could try to separate those
who are infected from the others. This could be of help because those
who are infected would have a place to live; and those who are
uninfected would be better off.
Eustina Ndebele is a Form 3 student at Rujeko Somalala Sec-
ondary School in Zimbabwe. He wrote the above essay while at
model school at Rio Tinto Secondary School in Zhombe.

How I Would Stop The Spread Of AIDS
By Abgirl Mpofo
I would stop the spread of AIDS by encouraging people to be faithful.
By this, I mean they should stick to one partner until they marry
each other. But before they marry each other, they should go for blood
tests so as to make sure each partner is negative.
Furthermore, I would advise them that AIDS is a disease which has
no cure. Once you have it, you will be waiting for the day to pass
away. To support my advice, I would organize people who will go about
performing some dramas concerning AIDS.
I think people understand it better as it is said, "actions speak louder
than words." Some people take this silent killer as a joke, while it is
destroying homes. As for these people, I would sponsor them to pay a
visit to hospitals like Paririnyatwa to see the patients suffering from
AIDS. As they say, 'seeing is believing.'
However, as for those who don't take care of themselves, I could say
they better use contraceptives. But these are not 100% effective.
Abgirl Mpofo is a Form 3 student attending Rujeko Somalala Sec-
ondary School in Zimbabwe. She wrote the above essay while at
model school at Rio Tinto Secondary School in Zhombe.

How I would:stop the spread of AIDS
By Farisai & Esnath Gwese
First, I would ban the system of polygamy saying 'one man should
'marry one wife. If people did not follow this rule, I would put them in
jail or take all of their wives and make them live single.
Secondly, "I would take all prostitutes and charge them with the death
penalty, so that there will be no prostitutes at all. And every one
would be made to marry above the age of twenty-five years old.
Thirdly, I would encourage doctors and nurses not to use the same
injection when injecting many people; and people must not share the
same razor blade. I will tell them how dangerous the virus is. I would
encourage young people to stop promiscuity. I would try to find medi-
cine for the virus.
Zrisai and Esnath Gwese are Form 3 students at Manzimnyama
Secondary School in Zimbabwe. They wrote the above essay while
at model school at Rio Tinto Secondary School in Zhombe.

How I would stop the spread of AIDS
By Albert Chaparira
How difficult is it when youth hear voices of the crying coming to you
like a swarm of bees. Let me step into a big problem which is growing,
AIDS.
AIDS is a dangerous disease caused by a virus. People need to take
care because it is harmful. Many people are being abandoned by their
friends and relatives. This disease need a very good cure, so that our
country will not fall in the dam of mud.
AIDS is more powerful than even a soldier. It is caused by having sex
with an affected person. So, I would encourage people with ears of
hearing to be sure that their friends know the sign of HIV. I would tell
them that it is better to be tested before having sex with someone.
Sharing razor blades is a dangerous thing, especially the traditional
healer. To have so many sex partners, it is bad. So I wouldinform
people to avoid this. In this country, many people are catching AIDS
by doing this stupid game. ; AIDS is dangerous and it makes you
become weak, tired, sweating and thin like a skeleton. Have you ever
seen a skeleton?
.For this disease to become powerless, I can say people should con-
tinue informing people through radio, television, the press and leaf-
lets. I would encourage the schools to share the topic with their.com-
munity. I would organize a group of people to perform dramas about
this disease. %
Albert Chaparira is a Form 3 student at Manzimnyama Second-
ary School in Zimbabwe. He wrote the above essay while at model
school at Rio Tinto Secondary School in Zhombe.

Don't Wait To Prepare For A
IiHurripcane


Florida is the most hurricane-
prone state. Despite.the obvious
warning this dubious distinction
provides, disaster officials fear
that many Floridians are not re-
sponsive enough to threats from
hurricane. Don't let complacency
stop you from being ready. Hur-
ricane season officially started in
June, so don't-wait any longer to
begin making preparations.
The Florida Department of Agri-
culture and Consumer Services
urges Floridians to be prepared by
following these steps:
* Have a two-week supply of
non-perishable food on hand, as
well as medication, a fire extin-
guisher, first-aid kit, tools,
battery-powered radios and flash-
lights, and extra batteries.
* Hurricanes can damage water
systems and cause contamina-
tion, so store water if a hurricane
is imminent. Water can be stored
in clean bathtubs, jugs, bottles
and cooking utensils.
* During hurricane season, keep
your vehicle's fuel tank full to be
prepared for sudden evacuation.
* If a hurricane warning is is-
sued, board up or tape windows.
Tape may not keep a window from
breaking, but it can help reduce
the danger of flying glass.
* Check refrigerated foods for
spoilage if an electrical power out-
age occurs.
* Check now to make sure you
have sufficient homeowner and
flood insurance. Most insurance
companies won't issue new cov-
erage once an area has been
placed under a hurricane watch
or warning.


People should also inspect the
grounds around their homes prior
to hurricane season to help elimi-
nate or reduce damage from trees.
Look for dead or dying branches
on trees, and prune them so they
can't be torn off and become de-
structive projectiles.


Letter To The Editor

June 25, 1999
Re: Editorial: Maier Letter & Chronicle Response
Dear Messers Hoffer and Campbell:
It has been the understood mission of a truly professional journalist
to approach an issue with an eye and ear to all facets and facts of the
issue. Each citizen being allowed a viewpoint as well as the newspa-
per journal being entitled to the same. The reporters responsibility,
to convey honestly and fairly all viewpoints.
When the "ole boy network" was the only "act in town" and suppos-
edly All the city/county were of like mind, things were swell. Now it
seems that if the entire city of Carrabelle or all citizens of Franklin
County are not of one mind, it becomes "us versus them". Never a
thought given to the possibility that someone else may have an idea
of merit. Shame on you for drawing "a line in the sand" for those of us
who differ with your point of view. Do just "a certain few" love their
home of Carrabelle, Franklin County? (That is if you happen to live
here). Is no one allowed to have an individual thought? Must we all
march to the identical drummer? Shades of Communism! And you,
our press, demanding that we all think one way, your way. Again
shame on you and your lack of fairness, insight and objectivity. A
requirement of pure journalism.
Your education belies your abilities and your mission as journalists,
to represent the WHOLE community, is sadly lacking objectivity. We
hope we are not being betrayed by pandering.
With sincere hope that you will include ALL of us that think for our-
selves in your journalistic endeavor.'
Sincerely,
Gary T. and Jean U. Reakes

Editorial Response

We welcome any and all comments on public issues provided the
writer speaks to the issues and does not resort to attacks upon indi-
viduals nor invades the privacy of individuals involved in those pub-
lic issues. The editorial complained of by the Reakes merely asked
the same question that was asked at the Carrabelle City Commission
by a number of citizens. We did not characterize the conflict as "us
versus them" nor was there the slightest suggestion of a "line in the
sand" (whatever that might be) nor was there a modicum of language
that might suggest the banishment of individual thought or "shades
of communism," a defunct, out-of-date economic philosophy. We
merely advocated that a formal procedure to resolve the conflict be
adopted in order to get on with city business. That is still an impor-
tant viewpoint, despite the assertions and imagined judgments con-
tained in the Reakes letter. Nevertheless, we have published this let-
Ster and our response in the public marketplace to further encourage
public discussion on these issues.
Tom W. Hoffer and Tom Campbell
P.S. In the Chronicle issue of June.25, 1999 we published the Rene
Topping editorial that advocated the hiring of an additional police-
man.

Georgia Sullivan Organized Meeting For
Seniors


By Tom Campbell
Georgia Sullivan was mistakenly
omitted from last issue's article
reporting the Hurricane Prepared-
ness for Seniors at Carrabelle Se-
nior Center. Ms. Sullivan is Com-
munitv Disaster Education Coor-
dinator and works with dhe nAm,:n-
cani Red Crass, Capital:Area
Chapter,'Tallahassee. :t,;


Ms. Sullivan organized the meet-
ing for the Franklin County Se-
nior Center in Carrabelle. Ms.
Helen Schmidt, Executive Direc-
tor of the Center, said, ""We're
deeply grateful to Ms. Sullivan for
organizing this meeting for our
Seniors." She said the meeting
was "very effective and helpful."
;-Apology to Ms. Sullivan for the
omission.


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Interview

(Part II)

Date Of Interview: Friday, June
18, 1999
By Tom Campbell
Question: Do you think the whole
county, should support the up-
dating of Apalachicola Airport-
so that Franklin County has one
nice, really modern airport?
Commissioner Raymond Williams
(of Carrabelle City Commission):
Yes. We're doing that already
through county taxes and, of
course, there is a private opera-
tor out there. It is like I've said
before, all airports are a valuable
asset to the area. We would not
have the funds locally to do any-
thing quite as large as the
Franklin County Airport, and it is
the Franklin County Airport.
He continued: "You also have a lot
of local small traffic, that is de-
pendent on small airfields. As an
example, Dog Island alone has 16
aircraft owners. They fly and buy
fuel-Apalachicola, Tallahassee-
wherever they are when they need
fuel. Now, I think that business
could come into Carrabelle,
Florida, with a Fixed Base Opera-
tor. At the same time, when you
are having fishing tournaments,
there's a tremendous amount of
activity, and would be more, if
services were there."
He added: "That's an example of
what would come in (referring to
a 12-place plane he had seen
come in at Carrabelle about 6
o'clock the evening before, a nice
size, twin engine) if you had a
Fixed Base Operator, security and
things of that nature. And I think
that alone would help develop
(Carrabelle) that airport."
As to the question, what do you
view as the best possible devel-
opment of the City of Carrabelle?
He said: "New business should be
addressed. And this is where I
'have been thinking more with an
assistant to the board. Should be
reviewed at a-liaison-level, I
guess you could say-one be-
tween the person and the board,
that would get a better idea as to
what we are going to be talking
about, and give us an idea where
we can look into the things that
are going to be brought before the
board. One of the worst things
that happens is-people walk in,
and you really don't know what
they're going to discuss, and when
they start discussing it, you end
up either with tabling it, or going


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to a decision without proper in"
put from the community. We need
a better system of information, to
make better decisions."
He continued: "In Carrabelle (in
the future), we are going to be
dependent more on tourism, as
time goes through. The fishing
industry, like I've stated, is more
or less in decline. We do have two
nice, large fish houses that seem
to be prospering okay, at this
point. But regulation is going to
put some more dampers on the
fishing community. Now, I would
hate to see us rely strictly on a
tourism development. Tourism is
summertime-I guess you could
say, a summertime activity. You
run hot.and cold. If the economy
turns sour, you lose all your tour-
ism. We need a better mix of tour-
ism, fishing and possibly some
sort of other businesses. It would
be nice to have manufacturing,
but at this time, I don't know
about-whether we could go along
that route. I do think that this is
a crucial time in Carrabelle,
Florida. We can either go to a
strip-type city, as you see down
south all the time, with all your
businesses gathered up on High-
way 98-what we do have-and
one great big marina with condos
on the river. And I think this is
the wrong way to go. I think we
should take a look at possibly
moving 98 back two blocks.
Maybe open that area up for con-
dos, inland two blocks. Just ideas,
you know. These are ideas. Have
your condo units back off the river
front, and maybe have shops and
some sort of little decorated build-
ings along the waterfront, that are
business shops.
He discussed future development
and that the city should have a
future plan.
He said, "There should be some
way of getting local people inter-
ested in public office. People love
to gripe and carry on, but nobody
wants to sit there and take the
heat, and do the job."
He, continued, "I haven't made up
my mind (about running for of-
fice in the next election). I would
like to see a lot of good people
come out. I really would."
He added, "I will do what is for
the people of Carrabelle, Florida*
and what I believe is the right way
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Miss Firecracker Pageant Generates
1100 for Fire Engine Fund
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-The first Miss Firecracker Pageant
held at the Eastpoint Fire Station
on Saturday, June 26, 1999, gen-
'erated $1100 for a fire engine
fund for the Eastpoint Fire De-
cpartment.
'There were competitions for
,young people such as "Mr. Fire-
-cracker," 'Tiny Miss", "Baby Miss"
"Pee Wee" division, "Little Miss",
.and "Teen Miss" and "Toddler
rMiss" The table was full of tro-
phies and everyone appeared to
.garner some kind of award.
In the second half of the competi-
tion, a number of "lady contes-
,tants" competed with costumes
,and a variety of other attributes
,to great hilarity among those
.present. The list is as follows:
* Bonnie Segree as Maggie May
:Crabtree, winning "Best Hair"
* Phyliss Turner as Rosie
'McDonald winning for "Best Flow-
ers"


* Bonnie Varnes as Twilene
Bodine winning for "Best Eyes,
Best Butt," and she was the
"Overall Winner."
* Pam Rush appeared as Dolly
Dimples and won for "Best Strut."
* Elizabeth Shiver appeared as
Lula Belle Crabtree and won for
"Best Hair".
* Martha Argueta appeared as
Buelah Belle Bottom and won for
"Biggest Lips."
* Sharon Shiver was Cora Lee
Crabtree and won for "Best Dress
and Best Smile."
Maxene Creamer was the Master
of Ceremonies. Special thanks
went to Marcus May "whose help
in this event was greatly appreci-
ated." Others who supported the
fund-raising were also acknowl-
edged with thanks:
SAngie Armstrong
James Shiver,


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Obituaries

Ala Drrothea Scott


Ada Dorothea Scott, 75, of Blood
Bluff, died on Friday, June 25, 199
at her home. A native of Trenton, NJ
Mrs. Scott had lived in the Blood
Bluff Community for the past 4
years. She was an Avon sales repre
sentative, and had been a librarian fo
the Eastpoint Library. She was Pres
byterian by faith. She is survived b
her son, William Scott ofApalachicola
her daughter, Aileen Wilson Of Blood
Bluff; five grandchildren and there
great-grandchildren. A Memorial ser
vice was held on Sunday, June 27
1999 at Kelley Funeral Home Chape
Memorialization was by cremation
Those desiring may make contribu
tions to the Eastpoint Library
Eastpoint, FL 32328 in memory (
Mrs. Scott. Kelley Funeral Home
Apalachicola, FL, in charge of arrange
ments.


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I used to like the rain
to dress in colors always like blue
to face the morning
to step outside the door
and dance along the slippery brick 'til just before sunset
when I would cross over to see Mother.
She would always be waiting, Mother
Sitting at the window watching rain
and we'd talk about the sunset
and my cape or the wind or just blue
as in her walls, until late, when I'd softly shut the door
to wait to face again the next morning.
Always there was a next morning
and she'd be at the window, Mother
waiting for me behind the door
especially in the rain
when I dressed in colors like blue
before the sunset
and after sunset
-, 'when I'd close my eyes to wait for morning
and see the day beginning blue
Sand know'I wouldn't see Mother
That day or maybe another and it would rain
and she would be waiting behind that door
always waiting behind that door
: to talk about her own sunset
y and the rain
9 that particular morning
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New Information Developed To Improve


Wildfire Predictions
- Florida Agriculture Commissioner
Bob Crawford announced on
June 18th, that new information
developed by state forestry offi-
cials from data on rainfall across
the state will improve predictions
about the threat of wildfires at the
local level.
A key component in determining
the threat of wildfires is the
Keetch-Byram Drought Index
(KBDI), an objective measure of
the balance between gains in soil
moisture due to rainfall and
losses due to evaporation. The
index ranges from 0 for saturated
soil to 800 for desert-like condi-
tions from a rain fall deficit of 8
inches. The higher the index, the
more fuel available to a fire due
to dry conditions..
When wildfires raged across
'Florida last summer, the KBDI
index ranged from 730 to 798
across much of the state.
The data on rainfall comes from
a network of NexRad Doppler ra-
dar, operated by the National


Weather Service, which provide
high-resolution -precipitation in-
formation covering the entire
state. It's equivalent to having
10,000 rain gauges spread across
the state to supplement 106
weather stations currently uti-
lized by the Division of Forestry.
This gives forestry officials the
most detailed overview of state-
wide drought conditions currently
possible.
Utilizing the weather service data
provided through a private com-
pany, the division has refined the
drought index for wildfire and
land management purposes.
Florida is the only state to develop
this program.
Maps showing the current aver-
age drought index by county, as
well as the high-resolution
drought index, are updated regu-
larly on the Division of
Forestry's web site at flame.fl-doEcom>. In addition, a
narrative report provides the daily
minimum, maximum and average
drought index for each county.


In Point of Fact...

An excerpt from Planning and Zoning minutes, November
10, 1998, page 3:
Under the County Planner's report, Mr. Curenton asked to.ad-
dress an item that was on the October agenda. It was to discuss
accessory uses in the C-1 district on Timber Island. Member White
Told those present that Gene Langston wants to off load limerock
onto barges on a nine acre parcel next to Dockside Marine. There
was some discussion concerning the fact that this is done in many
places in the state, and also the fact that there is no hazardous
material being loaded or unloaded. On motion by Member
Prophater, seconded by Member Allen and by unanimous vote of
the Commission present, it was agreed that loading limerock in
the C-1 district is an acceptable accessory use. Member White
abstained from voting because she works with Timber Island Re-
alty a principal party in this request.

Carrabelle City Commission continued from Page 1


The Commission voted three to
one to approve ordinance 269,
which is significant in that it will
eliminate designated seats on the
Commission. Pam Lycett voted
against the ordinance. Candi-
dates in the future will run-at-
large without specific areas such
as Law Enforcement, Water and
Sewer, etc. Lycett said that this
could create confusion in that the
Commissioners will not have
specific areas of responsibility.
Mike Robulock announced he is
developing 38 acres on Timber
Island that was previously being
developed by Tommy Bevis. The
Commission advised him he
would need to proceed through
the Airport Authority and
regulatory state agencies.
Robulock is enthusiastic about
the development which he said
will include a motel and boat slips.
He stated he will finance it
himself, "as much as I can."
Robulock has a great interest in
children and hopes to have


projects in which teens can be
involved. He said he has a lot of
community support.
A budget workshop is scheduled
for July 20 and July 27, 1999 and
public hearings will be held on
September 6 and September 20,
1999. The millage rate was set at
10 mils with the possibility of
reducing it in the future. The
current year roll back rate is 8.5
mils.
Dan Rosier and Wesley Chapman
were appointed to fill two vacant
seats on the City Recreation
Committee.

Pam Lycett and Don Wood were
a approved to be on the 1999
Election Canvassing Board along
with City Clerk, Becky Jackson.
At the close of the meeting, Pam
Lycett stated, "This has been the
nicest meeting since the first of
the year Thank you!"


Carrabelle Artists

Association Makes

Contributions

By Tom Campbell
Director Eileen Annie Ball of the
Franklin County Public Library
recently expressed appreciation to
the Carrabelle Artists Association.
Ms. Hall made her remarks at a
June 25 meeting, where the Art-
ists Association was honored for
their contributions.
The Carrabelle Artists Association.
contributed $160 for art supplies
to the Carrabelle Wings Program
of the Franklin County Library.
The Artists Association also dedi-
cated another $108 for a special
series of Saturday instructional
sessions for young people this
summer. The sessions will be con-
ducted by Apalachicola artists.
The series will employ such var-
ied media as pastels, charcoal,
watercolors, drawing and
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Denise Griffin Coordinator For

Alligator Point Celebration


By Tom Campbell and
Denise Griffin
The Alligator Point celebration of
Independence Day was the only
place in Franklin County where
interested people could find an Of-
ficial Fireworks demonstration
July 3. Chief Steve Fling, of the
Alligator Point Volunteer Fire De-
partment, was in charge of orga-
nizing the fireworks.
There was also a beauty contest
with 21 entrants. Ms. Denise Grif-
fin of Alligator Point was coordi-
nator of that event and the pa-
rade which followed at about 6:00


p.m. Ms. Griffin said, "This was
the 6th year of fireworks on Alli-
gator Point and it gets better and
bigger every year.
Ms. Griffin said "51 vehicles en-
tered" the parade on Alligator
Point Saturday, July 3. Attending
the parade and then the fire-
works, which started at about
9:35 p.m. and lasted about 35
minutes, was a crowd of "over
3,000 people," according to esti-
mates of the organizers.
The events were organized by the
Alligator Point Volunteer Fire De-
partment.


The day kicked off with the Miss
Alligator Point Pageant, which
was open to all age groups, from
one to 100. This event was headed
by Denise Griffin, Director/Presi-
dent A.P.V.F.D. There were 20
participants, from which six
queens were picked. The follow-
ing are the queens: Kara Rose
Herrlich, age 2, Baby Miss Alliga-
tor Point; Charlotte Gwynn, age
6, Tiny Miss Alligator Point;
Amanda Thomas, age 11, Young
Miss Alligator Point; Becky Estes,
age 13, Teen Miss Alligator Point;
Ashley Minle, Miss Alligatot Point;
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Sopchoppy Park
Perfect Place To
Celebridte July 4th
The Sopchoppy City Park
beside the river was as
beautiful in its own way as
the fireworks display. More
than 1,800 persons filled the
park adjacent to the
Sopchoppy River for the
July 4th celebration and
fireworks.
The Sopchoppy celebration
and another at Alligator
Point were the only
locations in or near Franklin
County that staged
fireworks over the holiday
weekend.
Between the two locations,
there were about four
thousand spectators.


Charles Leader, Dixie Partington. Photo by Patricia Morton
McLemore.


Dixie Theatre's

"Same Time,

Next Year" Gets

Standing Ovation

By Tom Campbell
The comedy "Same Time, Next
Year" will continue playing at the
Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola
through Sunday, July 11. Every-
one in the area who loves
theatre should be sure to see this
production.
Cleo Holladay Partington did a
terrific job of directing this very
funny play. The audience at the
Uuly 1 performance gave the ac-
tors a standing ovation at the end
;of the evening and it was well
deserved.
As they left the theatre after the
show, many people in the audi-
ence were heard saying, '1I enjoyed
it more than I did the movie."
Dixie Partington as Doris and
Charles Leader as George were
superb. The timing of these ac-
tors was perfect. Their characters
were fully dimensional, real flesh,
blood, soul and mind. The audi-
ence enjoyed them, as they por-
trayed growth from 1951 through
1975.
"Same Time, Next Year" follows an
unusual love affair between two
people who rendezvous once a
year. Twenty-five years of man-
ners, morals and attitudes are
mirrored by the lovers.
George meets Doris in a Califor-
nia inn during 1951 and they
agree to meet annually. Both are
happily married parents and loyal
to their families, except during




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their brief encounters. The six
scenes, each five years apart, cap-
ture the prevailing mood of
America at that time.
The life transitions for the two lov-
ers never quite synchronize, as
Producing Director, Rex Part-
ington explained. The characters
and their circumstances make for
hilarious, often volatile contrasts.
"Delicious-with wit, compassion,
a sense of humor and a feel for
nostalgia," reported The New York
Times.
Along the way, between George,
and Doris, were some brilliant
flashes of humanity, as these two
ordinary people try to develop an
honest relationship. As the audi-
ence got to know them better, the
characters became all the more
likeable. They were consistently
humorous and sympathetic, as
they revealed their most intimate
secrets. These actors truly earned
their standing ovation.
The set was exactly right in every
detail, suggesting a guest cottage
of the Sea Shadows Inn in North-
ern California.
"Same Time,' Next Year" runs
through July 11; Performances
are at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday and
at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and


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"Miss Kitten"
Suzanne Osborne, Ms. Alligator
Point.
All the girls had a good time and
no one went away empty handed;
gift bags were given to all partici-
pants.
There was a cook-out that started
at 11:00 a.m. that was manned!
by members of the Fire Depart-
ment. Hamburgers, hotdogs, and
famous bar-b-que were enjoyed
by many.
The evening was capped off with
an expanded fireworks display
that started at 9:35 and ignited
the crowd with a light show for
thirty minutes. Trained fire fight-
ers Deanne and John Murphy,
Bobby Taylor and Chief Fling did
a wonderful job entertaining the
crowd with the display.
According to organizers, there
were no accidents or injuries re-
ported during the day of celebrat-
ing on Alligator Point.
Ms. Griffin said that "the commu-
nity contributes the money to pay
for the fireworks." She said she
thought this year's celebration
was a big success. "Maybe it will
be even better next year," she
smiled.
Saturday. For reservations phont
850-653-3200.
Coming next at the Dixie Theatre:
'Twice Around the Park"-July 14
-25; "Last of the Red Hot Lovers"-
by Nell Simon July 28 August 8;
Mid-Summer Benefit Concert-
July 31 at 2:30 p.m. For informa-
tion on the concert, phone
850-653-3200 for details.
Dixie Theatre is located at 21 Av-
enue E in Downtown Historic
Apalachicola.

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Here is a scene reminiscent of a traditional American 4th of July
leisurely afternoon. This was taken on the Sopchoppy River, ad-
jacent to the Sopchoppy City Park, on Saturday, July 3rd. The
Sopchoppy celebration and another at Alligator Point were the
only locations nearest Franklin County that staged fireworks over
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courts, a large parking field, and other concessions. The celebra-
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food booths, arts and crafts. About 1800 persons were filling the
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Summer Reading Program


The Franklin County Public
Library's Summer Readltng Pro-
gram is being held mornings in
Eastpoint, Carrabelle and
Apalachicola. Registration is still
open at no cost to all children in
Franklin County and to children
who are visiting Franklin County.
Come join the fun! "Readers On
The Prowl" is this summer's spe-
cial theme which focuses on read-
ing adventures. To add to the
reading enjoyment, children also
take part in a special craft project
each day. Tutoring is available
through our Family Literacy Pro-
gram. Summer Reading will run
until July 23rd. The schedule is
as follows:
Eastpoint Branch: Tuesday &
Wednesday, Grades K-3, 10:00 -
11:00; Thursday & Friday, Grades
4-6, 10:00- 11:30. Reading is led
by Olivia Robinson with assis-
tance from Denise Butler and
Sarah Rhew.


Carrabelle Branch: Tuesday &
Wednesday, Grades K-3, 1:00 -
2:30; Thursday & Friday, Grades
4-6, 10:00 11:30. Carrabelle
program is led by Elizabeth
Fairbanks with assistance from
Tamillia Lowery.
Apalachicola Program Center at
Holy Family Center: Monday,
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday,
Grades K-6, 8:30 a.m. 10:00
a.m. Apalachicola program is led
by Dolores Law-Croom.
Summer Pre-School Story Hour
"Sing Me A Story, Read Me A
Song," led by Pat Vallone-
Harrington takes place on Thurs-
day mornings beginning at 10:30 I
a.m. in the Eastpoint Branch of
the Franklin County Public
Library.
For further information, please
call Eileen Annie, Library Direc-
tor at 670-8151.


"Retired" Greyhounds Make Great Companions

If interested, contact Diane and Ken Linthacum, National Sighthound
Rescue and Adoption, Inc., 2399 Fredonia Road, Thomasville, GA
31757, phone: (912) 226-7632.
,I know that rescued greyhounds make .great house pets. Pictured
below is my second,.a new companion to my Weimeraner, Alexis. She
has been renamed "Cleopatra."
Tom W. Hoffer


Franklin
Bulletin
Board
"2ig


July 9 July 24, 1999


By Tom Campbell


Saturday, July 10-Timber Island Yacht Club in Carrabelle is sponsoring a
Youth Fishing Class. "free" for children under 16. Classes include water &
boat safety, how to tie knots, casting. ethics, and hands-on fishing. Officer
Gager of the Florida Marine Patrol will be on hand to answer questions. Class
is limited to 20 youngsters, so first come first serve. For more information.
call: 697-8149 or 697-4523.
Saturday, July 10-APTA meets at the Alligator Point Volunteer Fire House at
9 a.m. APTA Information Hotline is now (as of today) 349-APTA or 349-2782.
Monday, July 12-Carrabelle Lighthouse Association meeting at Garden
Gallery on Highway 98 in Carrabelle. 12:30 p.m.
Monday, July 12-Domestic Violence Volunteer & Task Force Meeting. July
12, 1999. 5:00 p.m. Call for additional information and for location. Jeannie
Taylor. Refuge House.
Monday, July 12-The Wilderness Coast Public Libraries Governing Board
will meet on Monday. July 12, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries office in Crawfordville. For more information, please call (850)
926-4571.
Monday, July 12-APTA information line on Alligator Point will change from
349-9399 to 349-APTA, or using numbers rather than letters: 349-2782. This
number provides all information on the Alligator Point area.
Tuesday, July 13-Franklin County Planning and Zoning meeting at 6:30
p.m. Apalachicola, Courthouse.
Wednesday, July 14-Summer reading program features Jane Fleitman. li-
censed wildlife rehabilitator conducting session at 11 a.m. in Eastpoint and
1:30 p.m. in Carrabelle Public Library. For more information, phone Eileen
Annie Ball, 670-4423.
Wednesday, July 14 through July 25-"Twice Around The Park" at Dixie
Theatre, phone 653-3200.
Wednesday, July 14-A podiatrist will be at the Franklin County Senior Cen-
ter in Carrabelle July 14. to assist any patients who need assistance in foot
care. He will be in Apalachicola on July 15. Dr. Ken Howard is the podiatrist.
He is from Panama City and a specialist in his field. He is willing to help
anybody who needs assistance, not just Seniors. A fee will be charged for the
podiatrist's services. Dr. Howard's mobile unit. fully equipped, will be parked
at the side of the Carrabelle Senior Center. Phone the center for more informa-
tion at 697-3760. Dr. Howard, who is originally from Georgia. is one of a
handful of Board Certified foot surgeons operating between Tallahassee and
Pensacola. Dr. Howard's main clinic is in Panama City, but he does go to a
large number of other facilities throughout the month. It is hard to give a run
down on pricing for exams since there is such a large variety of services that
the doctor performs. The doctor accepts all major'insurances and he is in
network for Champus, Mail Handlers, Medicare, and he also is a part of a
number of the various Blue Cross networks that are available in the Florida
area.
Thursday, July 15-A Franklin County Tobacco-Free Partnership Meeting
has been scheduled for July 15, 1999 to review the 1999-2000 Work Plan and
Proposals. We will also need to update the partnership list of members. The
meeting will be held at the conference room at the Carrabelle Health Depart-
ment on 5th Street in Carrabelle, and will begin at 3:30 p.m. The agenda is as
follows: Introduction 3:30: 1999-2000 Work Plan and Proposals 3:35: Dis-
cussion 4:00; Update Partnership List 4:15; Schedule Next Meeting Date -
4:30: Adjourn.
Thursday, July 15-The Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Com-
mission established the Water Allocation Formula Committee to negotiate an
allocation formulas) for the basin. The next meeting of the Committee will be
held at the following time and location: Thursday, July 15, 1999 at 10:00 a.m.
(EDT) at the Northwest Florida Water Management District. U.S. Highway 90
(10 miles west of Tallahassee). The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ACF
water demands, allocation formula components, the water allocation formula
and the schedule for upcoming meetings and their agendas. For further infor-
mation, please contact: Georgann Penson, Public Information Office. North-
west Florida Water Management District (850) 539-5999.
Thursday, July 15-The team of designers and builders constructing
the new bridge to St. George Island will host an open house about the
project for local residents on Thursday, July 15, at the FranklinCounty
Courthouse. Representatives from Sverdrup Civil, the engineers who
drew up the plans for the $71.6 million project, and Boh Bros. Con-
struction, the company building the bridge, will be joined by repre-
sentatives from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to
present detailed information, including renderings of the finished
bridge and anticipated construction schedules. The open house is
scheduled for 6 8 p.m. at the courthouse, located at 33 Market
Street, just off Highway 98, in Apalachicola.


From the smallest to the largest, federally insured financial institutions have been working hard to make sure their
computer systems will operate smoothly in the Year 2000 (Y2K). In addition, federal and state regulators are
closely monitoring the progress of institutions they supervise to make sure Y2K issues are being addressed.
Despite the best efforts of the industry and the regulators, no one can guarantee that everything will work perfectly.
That's why financial institution customers inay want to consider taking steps in anticipation of the date change.
You can refer to the following checklist to prepare yourself for Y2K.


Educate
Yourself
AboutY2K

J Keep Copies
of Financial
Records

E PayAttention
to Your
Finances


SMake Prudent
Preparations




SBe on Guard

Against Y2K
Scams


O


Review Your
Deposit
Insurance
Coverage


Y2K


Find out what your financial institution is doing to address consumer concerns.
If you have questions, speak with a representative who knows about the
institution's Y2K program.


As always, keep good records of your financial transactions. especially for the last
few months of 1999 and until you get several statements in 2000.


As always, balance your checkbook regularly. When you receive a transaction
receipt from your institution, check it for accuracy and save it to compare against
your statement. It's also smart to review your credit report to make sure it doesn't
cbntain inaccurate information.

Remember all your payment options (checks, credit cards, debit cards, ATMs and
tellers) in the event that one doesn't work as planned. The Federal Reserve has
plans to ensure that there will be sufficient cash available for consumers. If you
withdraw money, make reasonable decisions based on solid information; don't
put yourself at risk of being robbed or losing valuable interest payments.

Be skeptical if someone asks for your account information or tries to sell you a
product, service or investment that's supposedly Y2K "safe." Protect your
personal information, including your bank account, credit card and Social
Security numbers.

The federal government's protection of insured deposits will not be affected by
Y2K. If you have more than $100,000 in an insured bank, thrift or credit union,
you may want to make sure you understand the insurance rules. Check with your
financial institution or call the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation at 1 -800-
934-FDIC (for banks and savings institutions) or the National Credit Union
Administration at 703-518-6330 (for credit unions).

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Board of Governors of the Federal
Reserve System* National Credit Union Administration* Office of the
Comptroller of the Currency* Office of Thrift Supervision


Please call the nearest Gulf State Community Bank location with any questions
or concerns you may have regarding Year 2000 and your accounts.


Apalachicola Office
850-653-2126

Eastpoint Office
850-670-8786


Gulf State


BA K TMember
BSANKFDIC


Carruibelle Office
850-697-3395


St. George Isl. Office
850-927-2511


Friday, Saturday, July 16-17-King Cotton Blues Band from Tallahassee
live at Harry A's on beautiful St. George Island (850) 927-9810. Friday and
Saturday. July 16-17. Show time: 9:30 p.m. 1:30 a.m. For additional infor-
mation, go to the band's Official Web Site at: http://www.clovisrecords.com/
king/king.htm
Saturday, July 17-Timber Island Yacht Club in Carrabelle is sponsoring its
5th Annual Youth Fishing Tournament on July 17th. Registration fee is $2.00
and each participant will receive a T-shirt and participant's trophy. Lots of
awards and prizes: seven categories, three prizes each category: Pinfish. Cat-
fish, Whiting. Croaker. Flounder. Speckled Trout. Wild Card? A Fun Auction
will follow the tournament at approximately 4:00 p.m. For more information
and pre-registration. call 697-8149 or 697-4523.
Saturday, July 17-Vietnam Veterans Celebration and Barbecue. Battery Park.
Apalachicola. Noon.
Monday, July 19- Airport Advisory meeting at Emergency Management Build-
ing. Apalachicola. 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20-Franklin County Commission meeting regarding $200.000
park on St. George Island. 9:00 a.m.. Apalachicola Courthouse.
Tuesday, July 20-Tyndall Air Force Base. Fla- A Consumer Credit Counsel-
ing Service education workshop will be held at the Tyndall Family Support
Center from 11 a.m. 12:30 p.m. July 20. This informal "brown bag" session
is open to all military retirees and dependents, and is designed to teach a
good-sense approach to credit and credit card use. Topics include shopping
for a card, basic budgeting and credit guidelines, benefits and pitfalls. For
reservations, call 283-4204.
Wednesday, July 21-Franklin County government budget workshop at the
county courthouse. Apalachicola. 9 a.m. First of a series of meetings on the
county budget.
Saturday, July 24-Hurricane Awareness Day. 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at
Taylor's Building Supply, Highway 98 & Franklin Street. Eastpoint. Partici-
pants include: Franklin County Emergency Management Department.
Apalachee Regional Planning Council. Lanark Village Volunteer Fire Depart-
ment, Franklin County Emergency Medical Services. Capital Area Chapter of
the American Red Cross.
Please send events with complete information to: Tom Campbell,
P.O. Box 451, Carrabelle, FL 32322, or phone 850-697-8358.


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All the contestants in
"Little Miss."


4 1rr M I 1 -1-m* ~ N
"Baby Miss" winner- "Teen Miss" winner-
Autom Dillon. Held by Catherine Page. Trophy
mother Amber. presented by Kristin
Colter.
Grades for Calhoun, Franklin, Gulf, Liberty, and Wakulla counties
are presented below in Figure IV. Even the so-called "research schools"
such as FSU or FAMU were not immune to "C" or "D" performances.
The scores do not take into account the degrees of improvement stu-
dents made in earlier exams, and there were some improvements in
Franklin schools over previous years.

FIGURE IV

CALHOUN COUNTY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
ALTHA PUBLIC SCHOOL C
BLOUNTSTOWN ELEMENTARY C
CARR ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL B
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
ALTHA PUBLIC SCHOOL B
i BLOUNTSTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL B
CARR ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCH C
HIGH SCHOOLS


ALTHA PUBLIC SCHOOL
BLOUNTSTOWN SENIOR HIGH


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"Mr. Firecracker"
Bevin McClay
Carrabelle. Held
Michelle Ward.


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Baby Miss winner-Katelyn
Wilson, Apalachicola. Held
by Gwin Wilson.

Junior Cop
Program To Begin
A Junior Cop's Program will be
started by the Apalachicola Police
Department this week. Registra-
tion will be held on July 10, 1999
from 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the
Community Center, Battery Park,
Apalachicola. All children from
the ages of 8 to 18 are encour-
aged to join. Parents or guardian
must be present to register their
children.
Additional information is avail-
able from Diane Chambers, City
of Apalachicola Police Depart-
ment, 653-9755.


FRANKLIN COUNTY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
CARRABELLE HIGH
CHAPMAN ELEMENTARY
H. G. BROWN ELEMENTARY
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
APALACHICOLA HIGH
CARRABELLE HIGH
HIGH SCHOOLS
APALACHICOLA HIGH
CARRABELLE HIGH

GULF COUNTY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
HIGHLAND VIEW ELEMENTARY
PORT ST. JOE ELEMENTARY
WEWAHITCHKA ELEMENTARY
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
PORT ST. JOE MIDDLE
WEWAHITCHKA JR SR HIGH
HIGH SCHOOLS
PORT ST. JOE HIGH
WEWAHITCHKA JR SR HIGH
LIBERTY COUNTY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
BRISTOL ELEMENTARY
HOSFORO ELEMENTARY AND JR HIGH
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
HOSFORD ELEMENTARY AND JR HIGH
LIBERTY COUNTY HIGH
HIGH SCHOOLS
LIBERTY COUNTY HIGH
WAKULLA COUNTY
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
CRAWFORDVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MEDART ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SHADEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
MIDDLE SCHOOLS
WAKULLA MIDDLE SCHOOL
HIGH SCHOOLS
WAKULLA COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL


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The regular meeting of Panhandle
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copal Church in Carrabelle at 7
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Marian Morris, Carolyn Hatcher,
Ken Kenniston and Kathleen
Heveran.

Carolyn Hatcher read the first
chapter of her novella "Sea
Ghost," which the group critiqued
for her. Kathleen Heveran read
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Roses."


The next meeting will be Wednes-
day, July 28 at 7 p.m. at the
Carrabelle Episcopal Church. It
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their August 26 meeting at 7 p.m.
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Florida

Postmaster of
Year Award to

Eastpoint's
Halford

By Tom Campbell

As a member of the National
Association of Postmasters of the
United States (NAPUS), the
Florida State Postmasters of the
Panhandle nominated Eastpoint's
U.S. Postmaster Cathy Halford
for the award of Florida
Postmaster of the Year, 1999.
Previously, for the last three
years. Ms. Halforr won the award


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Medical News

You Can Use

In the July/August issue of New
Choices magazine, writer
Catherine Winter gives some in-
teresting information.

"As long as what you do causes
you to work at a moderate inten-
sity and you spend enough time
doing it, you'll benefit," says
Michael Pratt, M.D., a medical
epidemiologist at the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention in
Atlanta. "People have choices.
That's the most compelling mes-
sage that comes out of these
studies."

Unfortunately, more than 6 out
of 10 American adults don't
bother to participate in regular
physical activity, such as a brisk
walk each day, according to the
Surgeon General's report Physical
Activity and Health. And even
worse, one out of four do nothing
at all. Each year, 250,000 deaths
in this country can be attributed
to a lack of regular exercise. But
simply getting off the couch and
moving delivers a range of health
benefits that could reverse this
trend. Simple physical fitness is
one vital benefit, but;activity also
cuts the risk of developing a range
of diseases, from diabetes to
cancer.
* An analysis of nearly 100 stud-
ies that recently appeared in the
medical journal Circulation re-
ported that someone with mildly
high blood pressure who partici-
pates in moderate physical activ-
ity can expect a drop in pressure
that lasts 8 to 12 hours.

* Regular physical activity causes
a decrease of more than 6 per-
cent in total cholesterol levels and
more than 10 percent in levels of
LDL ("bad" cholesterol) rises by 5
percent. In addition, people who
exercise are less likely to develop
blood clots that can lead to a heart
attack or stroke.

The message of the research is
increasingly clear. Becoming ac-
tive is the single most important
change you can make in your life.

















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for Panhandle Postmaster ot the
Year.

By accumulation of points,
awarded for community services,
the winner is chosen. Ms. Halford
is currently Secretary-Treasurer
of the state organization. She is
also a member of the Eastpoint
Chamber of Commerce and the
American Cancer Society, among
others.

At the state, convention in
Melbourne, FL, on June 17, 1999,
the presentation of the award was
made to Ms. Halford. She said she
was pleased to be so honored.
NAPUS is the official organization
of the National Association of
Postmasters.


Bike 2000

By Tom Campbell
Executive Director Bonnie
Stephenson of the Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce an-
nounced in the Chamber's July
Newsletter that on June 3, 2000,1
two thousand bicyclists will be
coming "through our town."

The event is being called "Bike-
2000." Organizers have already'
been talking to some of the local,
restaurants, according to'
Stephenson. "We need to help
them find places to stay overnight.
and feed them," she said.

Stephenson emphasized the citi-
zens need to cooperate in this ven--.
ture. "It's good they want to stop
over in our town." she said. If'
there are any organizations,,
church groups, etc., "that can-
help us," she said, "we would ap-.'
preciate your contacting the office.
(phone 697-2585)."



1999 Hurricane

Survival Guide

The 1999 Hurricane Survival
Guide for the Capital Area is now
available at your local.American
Red Cross and County Emergency
Management office. This years
guide contains information on
how to prepare you and your fam-
ily for the possibility'of a Tropical
Storm or Hurricane, location of
American Red Cross Shelteirs,
evacuation routes, storm surge
maps and a tracking map.
Now is the time to begin prepai- 1
ing your family disaster plan and
supplies kit, do not wait until the
storm is approaching. The guide
has tips on how to prepare a fam-
ily disaster plan and a list of items
that should go into your supplies
kit. You can also visit our web site
at www.tallytown.com/redcross
to view a copy of the guide.

If you are interested in helping
your community during a disas-
ter you can become an American
Red Cross Disaster Services Vol-
unteer by contacting us in Talla-
hassee at 878-6080, in Perry at
584-6663, in Apalachicola at
653-3952, in Monticello at
342-0211 or in Bristol at
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$5.00 per ad. Please send your copy to: Franklin Chronicle. 2309 Old
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The Franklin Chronicle


A LOCALLY WNED NEWSPAPER


9 July 1999 Page 9


City Of

Wewahitchka

Announces First

Annual Flathead

Catfish Classic

The City Of Wewahitchka Employ-
ees Club will host its First Annual
Flathead Catfish Classic to be
held from 4:00 p.m. (CST). Friday,
August 20, 1999, through Satur-
day, the 21st at 4:00 p.m. The
proceeds of this tournament will
be used fund scholarships for lo-
cal students who are seeking hope
and opportunity through higher
education.
Cash prizes include: 1st Largest
Fish $1,000, 2nd Largest Fish
$500, 3rd Largest Fish $300, 4th
Largest Fish $200, 5th Largest
Fish $100, and boat with most


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pound average $200. There is a
bonus prize of $600 for fishermen
that participates in the
Blountstown, Bristol and
Wewahitchka flathead catfish
tournaments this year and who
has the most poundage caught
between the three tournaments
combined. Also at stake in the
tournament is a prize package
worth approximately $40,000
which will be awarded to the in-
dividual who catches a Flathead
Catfish large enough to become
the certified state record and who
holds the record at the end of the
tournament. The prize package
includes a new pickup, boat, mo-
tor and trailer,
Tournament Chairman Don
Minchew says "There is a good
possibility of our seeing the record
broken during this tournament.
There are several flatheads in the
rivers around here that are larger
than the current state record."
The City of Wewahitchka is rely-
ing upon corporate sponsors to
offset the cost of the tournament
thereby leaving more funds avail-
able scholarships. Some of the









sponsors thus far include: The
News Herald, WMBB-TV; WPAP,
BellSouth, Beard Equipment, L,
C. Moulder and Sons, Williams
Environmental, Jerry Pybus Elec-
tric, LSLT Churchwell, The Star,
The Gulf County Breeze and Tri-
angle Construction. Information
on the various levels of participa-
tion is available from Tournament
Chairman Don Minchew at the
Wewahitchka City Hall.
This tournament is sanctioned by
the National Catfishing Associa-
tion. Jim Whaley. President of the
NCA shared his excitement about
this inaugural event in a recent
statement. Whaley said "The
growth in the sport is tremen-
dous. Field and Stream included
an article on Catfishing in most
recent edition. It's been men-
tioned on CNN. People are talk-
ing about it everywhere and they
are excited. There is nothing like
hooking one of the big ones. It's
hard to express how exciting this
sport is. You have to try it for
yourself."
The entry fee for the tournament
is $45 per person which includes
a hospitality package. The first
150 entrants will receive 10
bream for use as bait. Entry forms
can be obtained from City Hall by
calling (850) 639-2605.
The City of Wewahitchka is inthe
midst of several rivers which
makes it an ideal place for this
type of fishing. Minchew says
"This tournament should be very
exciting. The abundance of rivers,
lakes and streams around Wewa
all offer places to find and catch
the Big One. Come out and join
us."


Topping

Travels ...

On The

Road Again

By Rene Topping
After leaving the Turtle Bayou
R.V. Park in Texas, we made our
way with a minimum of stops
across Texas and New Mexico.
Whenever we reach a place named
Texas Canyon we know we are
nearing the place we lived in for
over twenty five years, Tucson.
Incidentally, on the way to this
canyon there are billboards for a
tourist trap called "The Thing".
Unwary tourists are lured into
stopping and spending their hard
earned money on this place that,
of course, sells all kinds of junk.
Neither Bob nor I know for sure
what the thing is and furthermore
don't really care.
We arrived in Tucson at a camp-
ground on the east end of town
called Cactus Country R.V. It was
on the verge of the untamed
desert and we felt we needed a
dose of the clear desert air.
During the night we were visited
by a coyote and all we could do
was hope that the rabbits were
safely away from danger. In fact,
the cats were on sentry all night,
as they did their guard duty for
us.
The desert is under" extreme dan-
ger" for fire. On one of our trips
to a place called Madera Canyon,
we saw a small brown plume of
smoke ascending from behind a
hill. In moments it was a full
fledged grass fire that took out
3.800 acres and took 100
firefighters working late into the
night to quench the blaze.
On another day we took a picnic
lunch and made our pilgrimage
to the tip top of 8000 feet plus
Mount Lemmon. This mountain
is much loved by Tucsonans, old
or new. At the top, in the winter
months, the crest is topped off
with snow. There is a ski resort
with a ski lift that you can sit in,
either belted or not, and travel
through the air as if on a flying
trapeze. I must confess that Bob
and my foster son Leo are much
braver than I. Leo's wife, Karen
and I stayed on terra firma and
watched the two of them dangle
their legs into outer space.
"You' can ski in the morning and
swim in a luxury motel pool in the
afternoon," is one of the boasts of
the Chamber of Commerce. While
we were here, two hikers were lost
on some of the trails and were not
reported for a couple of days. They
survived drinking water from
small pits of water in the rocks. A
massive search and rescue effort
brought them to safety with no
more problems, except they say
that they won't go hiking again.
When we first came to Tucson, I
asked a small neighbor child what
the small range of mountains
were called and she said, "They
are the Cardboard Mountains."
referring to the Tucson Moun-
tains, which were in silhouette at


LANGWOOD'S BARGING OPERATION WILL BE

QUIET AND COMPLETELY NON-POLLUTING,

BECAUSE OUR PRODUCT IS MADE OF SEA SHELLS.

VERY OLD ONES. OUR WAKE WILL BE LIKE A

GENTLE BREEZE. TOO BAD THE FISH CAN'T VOTE.


In addition, our
promise is our first mining
site will become a beauti-
ful clearwater lake'with
hardwoods planted to
form a natural parkland
for use by visitors of all
kinds. People, animals
and birds will find that
we ill have done our job.
And kept our promise.
And proved that
although stripmining
traditionally has anl u.ly
connotation, it doesn't
have to be that way.


We Call Our Surface
"The High Road': It Wil Be Produced In
Perfect Harmony With Mother Nature And
The Future Of Americds Roads.

Not to mention the future of Franklin
and Liberty counties and even Tate's Hell
swamp, where plans are underway to restore
the water quality of over 2,800 acres of
swampland.


Langwood's
contributions are being
felt in both Franklin and
Liberty counties where a
soft spot" for community
projects and churches
often go unnoticed.
Where Langwood is
St prepared to go the extra
mile in every project they
undertake. And have
the same philosophy in
everything they do.
Our product can be
transported by land and
by barge, where even the
slightest spillage is completely non-polluting,
because it is made of the same substance as
sea shells. Nothing more.
And it's quiet. Even the traffic
generated will hardly be noticed.
Langwood, in addition to beinu one
of the counties' largest employers, pledges
its support to all environmentally concerned
projects.
Hey that's two promises. Again.


the time. I will never call them oth-
erwise. Especially as the sun goes
down behind those mountains,
they do indeed look as if a child
had cut them from purple card-
board.
We have spent a lot of time look-
ing at the changes that are hap-
pening to our old hometown. One
that is distinctly for the good, is
that on every street and avenue
.the medians have been planted
with the most pleasing displays
of desert growth. Interspersed
with tall palms and saguaros, the
color of the desert verbena and
oleanders and all manner of
grasses and other desert growth
has made each road look as if they
are competing for the prettiest
street in town.
What once were dirt roads, am-
bling off into the desert in the
early days of the nineteen fifties,
have become multiple lanes in
each direction.
The other major change is the
development that is going on in I
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the northwest part of the city.
Everywhere you look there are
uniformly pink tiled roofs of
townhouses and apartment build-
ings blaring out of the green
desert growth. To Bob and I these
are not attractive because they
have a monotonous sameness.
Still, the people continue to swell
the population figures, but one
still has to wonder what do they
do for a living? May be it is them
coming in that fuels the building
market and so on. The develop-
ers are held to impressive envi-
ronmental restrictions and the old
timers mutter about the desert
disappearing. When it comes to
saguaros, there is real displeasure
if someone has the temerity to
chop one down during the night.
I learned to take a tarantula on
my hand and experience the joy
of feeling the slight tickle 'of the
furry legs on my palm, I did not
recoil, but I love all creatures and
so, do not exhibit fear.
I think I have better get this off so,
that you tan read all about the
adventures of two intrepid seniors
on the road again.


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The Supreme Court of
,- Florida has established that Article 10.
*,, Section 16 to the Florida Constitution is to limit
'.... net fishing to protect marine animals.


/ This section is not a ban on net fishing but rather a
I limitation on the use of nets for fishing. This
/ Is entirely consistent with the intention of the public vote
S on these matters, and the Florida Fishermen's Federation
.. SlUPPORTS THIS GOAL. Fishermen also
want to conserve the resource, and even the Marine
Ft'L hnes Commission now admits fish stocks are returning to
c'rnier levels.

.-- The iliuslrjaons in this message are juvenile fish gilled in a two-inch
Stretched me-h. These are the fish that are sought to be preserved, pass
SIthrough the ne,, nets, to evolve into adults for later harvesting. The state
o S regulating agencies (Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and
arP Mjne Fihenes Commission (MFC)) want to impose a two-inch
,. stretched mesh requirement to continue to gill these juvenile
fish. The Inshermen hjve argued in court that such net mesh unnecessarily kills
u'enile I'i h and ,et i ill not harvest food size mullet. The "approved net" is 500
:' qua[e feet v. lth a one inch bar and two inch stretched mesh-that violates the
c:oner' anion goals embodied in the Constitutional Amendment.

N .,v., the uglh head ol l.s-discrimination has entered into the judicial process
becju'e the Firt District Court of Appeals, in a recent case, continued to refer to the
S' mriendmrent aj a .NET BAN. The higher court, (Florida Supreme Court Case No.
'.5.s'i J)uling \ w tlh nersI or shrimping, determined that there was no net ban,
but a net limitation, and rendered their decision accordingly in the issue of
Snieurnng .hrnip nets Now, we the Florida Fishermen's Federation want the
/" Fl-indj Supreme Court to hear our arguments in regard to preserving the fish stocks
h \ perrniting the kind ,.,f net authorized by the Legislature, (Florida Supreme Court
SCase No. 85880) still ignored as a legal net by the MFC and the DEP.
We, the fishermen, want to return to the Florida Supreme Court for a final determi-
-_j nation on this issue.
Will you help us?
Please send your contribution to Wakulla Fisherman's Association, Post
Office Box 672, Panacea, Florida 32346.
All funds are to be strictly accounted for. Please clip this coupon and fill out the
information and send your check!
----------------------- -
Dear Ron Crum:

Wakulla Fishermen's Association, Post Office Box 672, Panacea, FL 32346.

S I am contributing $10 $25 $50 or $____

to the legal defense fund aimed to reach the Florida Supreme Court on the .
issues you raised in your advertising. I understand this is a tax /
deductible contribution. ,'AIw


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Wakulla continued from
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feet long and 2.25 feet deep by
open mesh. In their design, the
mesh size would be designed to
fit the targeted species to maxi-
mize selectivity and yet conform
to the Constitutional Amendment,
preventing "unnecessary killing
overfishing and waste ofjuvenile
finfish stocks, which plaintiffs
claim the law and enforcement
policies continue to permit under
current law.
In their brief, Pringle and Crum
charge that the Department of
Environmental Protection (DEP)
and a division of law enforcement,
together with the Florida Marine
Fisheries Commission, have im-
paired their ability to perform
their commercial fishing occupa-
tion in Wakulla waters. Both men
assert that they are senior citizens
and members of both the Wakulla
Fishermen Association and the
Florida Fisherman's Association,
having many members who are
either women, elderly, handi-
capped or physically impaired.
They also cite the text of the Con-
stitutional Amendment that ex-
plains the rationale of the Amend-
ment including the need "...to pro-
tect saltwater finfish, shellfish,
and other marine animals from
unnecessary killings, over fishing
and waste..." A portion of the
Amendment text also underscores
the point that non-entangling and
non-gill nets are allowed in
nearshore and inshore waters as
long as the nets do not exceed 500
square feet of mesh area.
The Amendment does not specify
anything about mesh size or mesh
limitations for legal nets.. How-
ever, Pringle and Crum argue that
"...any net made for marine fish-
ing will gill or entangle fish and
marine animals in its meshes,
which has the effect of making all
nets unlawful. This broad inter-
pretation of the Amendment has
been employed by the Florida
Marine Patrol law enforcement
division to "overzealous enforce-
ment of the Amendment with
commercial fishermen being ar-
rested whenever their legal nets
accidentally or incidentally gill or
entangle marine animals and fin-
fish."
The Legislature gave the Marine
Fisheries Commission power to
make rules to implement the
Amendment and have, as Pringle
and Crum charge, "steadily de-
creased the types of nets that
qualify as legal nets under the
Amendment by reducing mesh
sizes, reducing the types of twine
from which a net can be con-
structed, and reducing the types
of non-gill and non-entangling
nets that can be used in Florida
nearshore and inshore waters."


Pringle and Crum charge that the
MFC has defeated the purpose of
the Amendment by not consider-
ing the effect such reductions
have on juvenile fish populations.
Moreover, they assert that the
DEP and MFC have intentionally.
interpreted and applied the
Amendment to deprive women,
the elderly, the handicapped and
the physically impaired equal pro-
tection and equal rights.
Their rationale begins with the
statutory defined nets that are not
defined as multi-strand monofila-
ment material, such as nets that
are braided or twisted nylon, cot-
ton, linen twine or polypropylene
twine. These are not gill nets ac-
cording to Florida S'tatutes
370.093. Further, they point out
that there is no rule limitation on
a rectangular net's use or con-
struction. A reduction of mesh
size, which the MFC has clearly
defined in their rules means an
increase in the chances of ensnar-
ingjuvenile fish by the gills. Hand
thrown cast nets are gill nets and
are permitted to be used as long
as these are hand-thrown. The
groups of fishermen that are
women, old, handicapped or
physically impaired are not able
to use hand thrown nets even
though hand thrown nets are ex-
empt from the prohibition on gill
nets. Thus these historically dis-
advantaged groups are denied
equal protection under the law.
They are, as Pringle and Crum
argue in their brief, denied or de-
prived of their right to "...be re-
warded for industry, and to ac-
quire, possess and protect prop-
erty without the due process of
law."
Thus, they argued in their brief,
they should be permitted to use
a constitutionally permitted rect-
angular net of the type attached
as exhibit B. An important caveat
is also added in their argument:
"30. Unless such a net can be uti-
lized in inshore and nearshore
waters, and incidental killing of
fish ignored, then the constitu-
tional provision that purports to
only limit net fishing becomes an
absolute ban on net fishing."
"35. Prevention of unnecessary
killing, over-fishing and waste is
not achieved through blanket re-
strictions on mesh size or twine
type..." Crum and Pringle con-
cluded that the restoration of
marine life population has been
due to the reduction in the net
size, not mesh sizes nor twine
type.
Ron Mowrey, Crawfordville and
Tallahassee, is the attorney for
plaintiffs Ron Crum and Ray
Pringle.
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