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County: Let

Lanark,

Carrabelle

negotiate

BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Chronicle Staff
Franklin County commis-
sioners have given a cool recep-
tion to the idea of becoming
involved in a petition drive to dis-
solve the Lanark Village Water &
Sewer District.
At a County Commission
meeting Tuesday, Oct. 16, Bill
Snyder, chairman of the
Concerned Citizens of Lanark
Village, asked to be put on the
Nov. 6 agenda so that he could
present petitions to the commis-
sioners. While commissioners
said he could do that, they
balked at becoming more
involved as long as negotiations
are ongoing between Carrabelle
and Lanark water officials.
One of the stumbling blocks,
according to Commissioner Bev-
in Putnal, is that if the Lanark
water board is dissolved before
Carrabelle took over, the county
could find itself operating the
Lanark water system, an idea the
county can't afford and doesn't
want.
The Concerned Citizens of
Lanark Village are circulating
petitions calling for the merger of
Carrabelle and Lanark utilities
and the dissolution of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District.
At the same time, officials
from Carrabelle and Lanark have
held preliminary discussions on
the topic of a merger. But many
members of the Concerned
Citizens do not believe the
Lanark Water Board will seri-
ously consider dissolving the
water district.
County officials also noted
that there is a certain legal
process before the county could
take action toward dissolving the
water board, such as having the
Property Appraiser certify that
the signatures on the petitions
are valid, followed by a public
hearing on the issue.
Snyder told commissioners
that the City of Carrabelle has
reacted favorably to a merger.
"Past experiences have shown
that our (water) board is not
interested in that," Snyder said.
That's why the petition drive
began. He said there is much
support from Lanark water cus-
tomers to the petitions, and he
hopes the County Commission
will consider the proposal Nov.
6. "This is it. If we can't do this
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PHOTO BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Playground closed? Not really
Signs stating, "Do Not Enter Park Closed 6 am 3 pm" didn't keep a steady steam of chil-
dren and adults off the playground on St. George Island this weekend. And that's all good,
because despite the sign, the park is open during the weekend. According to Fonda Davis,
county parks and rec assistant director, the closing applies only Monday through Friday.
That's because inmate labor is being used to build the new welcome center nearby.


Artist returns to Carrabelle,

her "source of inspiration"


BY LAUREL NEWMAN
Chronicle Correspondent
Like many others who first
discovered Carrabelle on a visit
to friends, artist Julie Valentine
has been coming back, again and
again.
But unlike other repeat visi-
tors, Valentine has a purpose in
addition to good friends, good
food, and peace of mind.
She has been painting "por-
traits of a place" in order to cap-
ture the personality, the spirit
and the nature of Carrabelle,
past and present.
On her first visit in 1999, she
began with the fast-disappearing
waterfront, seeing in the bedrag-
gled remnants of once-thriving
docks, seafood houses and hard-
working boats, the spirit and
energy of old Carrabelle. Her
mini-scenes of the old buildings
along the river and around the
town captured the essence of the
life of Carrabelle and the people
who once lived, and still live and
work here.
"I find the unique nature of
Carrabelle and its subtle sadness
appealing," she said. "It drew me
in; it is a special place where the
architecture flows with the
movement of nature."
Valentine's efforts to pre-
serve the "old nature" are exe-
cuted as renderings in pen and


PHOTO BY LAUREL NEWMAN
Julie Valentine with the portraits of Bette Davis (finished)
and Elvis Presley (unfinished) that she executed while in
Carrabelle last week.


ink, watercolor, and acrylic
paints.
"My art radiates from the
structure of human anatomy,"
she said. "I am attracted to the
study of architecture as it reflects
human proportions."
On her latest visit last week,
Valentine, comfortably set up on
the sidewalk in front of the


Carrabelle Junction coffee shop
on Tallahassee Street, was work-
ing on portraits of two American
icons, Elvis Presley and Bette
Davis, which she executed from
the "foundation" up: beginning
with the skull structure beneath
the flesh. The planes, angles and
Continued on Page 2


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PHOTO BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Footprints in the dirt are evi-
dence of a bear's visit to The
Chronicle.

A bear of

a problem

BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Chronicle Staff
"They're everywhere."
That's how County Comm-
issioner Bevin Putnal summed
up the population of black bears
in Franklin County.
Putnal said at last week's
County Commission meeting
that he recently went to the
Dollar Store in Eastpoint and,
"There was a big old bear stand-
ing in the back ...We're going to
have a problem with those suck-
ers if they don't start darting
them and hauling them out of
here."
He mentioned that bears are
invading garbage cans, and that
at an apartment complex in
Carrabelle, children are feeding
bears.
Saturday morning, he said,
he went hunting and saw
garbage cans strewn all over
State Road 67. "I know what's
doing it, the bears are doing it."
He said twice this weekend,
bears scared away deer he was
Continued on Page 2


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Chronicle
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announced today that it will
offer free classified ads
beginning this week.
The ads are free for the
first 20 words. Only one free
ad per phone number is
allowed. If you want a
longer ad, there will be a $5
charge for each 20 words.
Classifieds must be paid in
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classified ads.
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border, you'll need to buy a
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ad. Call 670-4377 for infor-
mation about display ad
rates.
If you want your classi-
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of length. Only ads pub-
lished in The Chronicle will
be posted online.
To submit your classi-
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Page 2 October 26, 2007


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Lanark from Page 1
then it's over with, but the people
out there are going to suffer."
But commissioners favored
any proposal coming from the
City of Carrabelle and the
Lanark Water Board, rather than
the Concerned Citizens.
Commissioner Cheryl Sand-
ers noted that a prior proposal
this past summer was withdrawn
at the last minute. "Don't try to
keep Lanark from trying work-
ing out something with the City
of Carrabelle... I'm not going to
tell you you can't bring those
petitions here, but I'm not going
to tell you we're going to support


you doing this and all the time
Lanark and Carrabelle are trying
to get together."
Putnal said he'd have to see
"something in writing" from
Carrabelle and Lanark indicat-
ing they favor the merger before
the county takes action. "We'll
back them up if they'll work
together."
Commission Chairman
Russell Crofton suggested
Snyder take the petitions to the
City of Carrabelle. He said he
does not want to interfere with
official negotiations between
Carrabelle and Lanark. "If
Carrabelle tells us what they


want to do, then that's probably
what we're going to end up
with."
Water Board Commissioner
Barbara Rohrs also spoke and
verified that Carrabelle and the
Water Board are in negotiations,
and that involvement of a third
party would not be beneficial.
"To say we're not going to coop-
erate with Carrabelle, that is not
true," she said. "I would like this
board to understand that we are
working to have communica-
tions with Carrabelle."
The meeting ended with no
official action on Snyder's
request.


Carrabelle Artist When not traveling, Valen- with a friend, local teacher and
from Page 1 tine divides her time between traveler Marian Morris, to Costa
two homes: her "nature home" Rica, where they will live and
curves of the bone beneath the in Eureka Springs and her New work on an organic coffee, veg-
skin laid in, she built up to the Orleans portrait studio, where etable and horse farm.
skin, capturing the unique and she also produces Mardi Gras "It's sort of a working guest
particular play of light on flesh posters. house," Valentine said. "It's
that long ago caught the eye of From Carrabelle, she is going to be a different kind of
the camera and that of the public embarking on another "great adventure."
as well. adventure;" she will be traveling


Bears from Page 1 days later, and they caught the where bears can get it. Store
hunting bear. your garbage in a shed, garage,
Commissioner Cheryl Sand- The Franklin Chronicle, which or other reinforced container,
ers agreed, saying she has five is close to the Dollar Store in and wait until the morning of
bears near her house and that Eastpoint, also had a visit from a pickup. to put it out for collec-
one bear pulled the door handles bear that invaded a garbage bin tion.
off her door. She said if bears are the night of Sunday, Oct. 21. A Once bears find food, they
relocated 25 miles away, they'll barking dog apparently scared it will continue to return for the
return within two ays. away, leaving only footprints in a easy foraging. If you have bear
Commissioner Russell dirt drive as evidence of its visit, problems, you can call the FWC
Crofton said FWC had been FWC says problems arise at the number listed in your local
called toan apartment complex when bears are fed by humans or phone directory, or contact the
called to an apartme children had find food near human habita- regional office nearest you for
n f int a bear. FC set o tion. Once bears lose their natu- technical assistance. In extreme
been feeding a bear. FWC set out cases, FWC may have to eutha-
a trap,but children intentionally ral fear of people, they may cases, FWC may have to eutha-
care it aldren ttentionap become dangerous. It is illegal to nize nuisance bears to ensure
scared it away from the trap and intentionally feed bears in human safety when they threat-
wouldn't let him be captured.
FWC took away the trap, but Florida. The most common ened people or cause severe
psuad to urn attractant is leaving garbage property damage.
wereIn other County Commission action

in other County Commission action


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Highs in the
upper 70s
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Sunrise:
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Sunset:
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75/56
Abundant
sunshine.
Highs in the
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lows in the
mid 50s.


Sunrise:
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Sunrise:
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BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Chronicle Staff
Here is a summary of other
action at the Tuesday, Oct. 16,
meeting of the Franklin County
Commission:
Commissioners voted 5-0
to let Alligator Point residents
vote on a beach-renourishment
project in a binding referendum
during the presidential primary
in January. The project calls for
pumping sand onto a 2.9-mile
stretch of beach from the former
KOA Kampground to the west
end of Bald Point State Park.
Most of the 800 Alligator Point
property owners would be
required to pay $552 a year for
eight years. Others would pay up
to $3,148 a year. The vote fol-
lowed a long public hearing at
which residents spoke for or
against the idea.
Commissioners approved
an ordinance stating "small,
warming fires-for the purpose
of resting and warming, will be
allowed by fishermen along the
shores of Old Carrabelle Beach."
Commissioners heard a
report from Bill Mahan, county
extension director, that a
Brazilian Pepper Tree had been
found on St. George Island and
has been removed. This is the
second report of the invasive tree
in the county; the first was at
Bald Point and it has not been
removed. Mahan's report stated
that the pest plant is common in
Central and South Florida,
where it competes with man-
grove trees and disrupts the ecol-
ogy in coastal areas.
County Engineer Dan
Rothwell reported that a survey


of the Carrabelle Sports Com-
plex was completed by county
staff. Doing the work in-house
saved the county about $1,200 in
survey fees and the county will
save about $4,000 in Computer
Aided Drafting and Design fees.
Approved a request from
Rothwell for the county to ask
the state Department of Trans-
portation to move 45 mph and
35 mph signs just west of Ken
Cope Road to just east of the
curves prior to Carrabelle
Annex. This should allow drivers
to get used to reduced speed
limit in the area of the Annex
and the easterly approach to the
entrances for Carrabelle Sports


Complex.
The commission approved
a suggestion from Circuit Clerk
Marcia Johnson to advertise for
Web site design with a goal of
improving Franklin County's
site.
Commissioners approved a
request to ask DOT to allow the
Eastpoint Christmas parade -to
ride down U.S. 98 on Saturday,
Dec. 15, at 10 a.m.
They also approved a
request to support the Franklin
County Humane Society's appli-
cation for a grant to undertake a
spay and neuter program to con-
trol the feral cat population on
St. George Island.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


October 26, 2007 Page 3


FWC to hold workshops r"

FWC to hold workshops


on quota hunts
The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commis-
sion has scheduled four public
workshops throughout the state
to receive input on draft recom-
mendations for enhancements to
its quota hunt program
The FWC convened the
Florida Quota Hunt Workgroup,
a representative stakeholder
group, to review the existing pro-
gram and propose refinements to Nt4
address the public's -concerns
and improve the efficiency of the
program. The workgroup has the cur
completed its draft recommenda- ed to 1
tions, and the FWC is now seek- ceptua]
ing public input on proposed of 200M
changes to the quota hunt pro- not be
gram. 2009-2
Workshops are designed to Th
review ideas and gather public Tuesda
input for making improvements p.m.
to the program. Public input will Enforc
be evaluated by the Florida Colleg
Quota Hunt Workgroup at sub- Other
sequent meetings. Augus
Any proposed changes to Orlanc


/4 FWc


rent rules will be present-
the Commission for con-
l consideration in the fall
8, and if approved, would
*come effective until the
2010 hunting season.
le closest workshop will be
ly, Nov. 6, from 6:30-8:30
at Pat Thomas Law
:ement Academy, 75
e Drive, near Quincy.
hearings will be in St.
tine, Dania Beach and
Lo.


A view of the Water Street Hotel from the Apalachicola River.


Water Street Hotel & Marina

prepares for ribbon-cutting


State parks are good

for the local economy


State parks in Franklin
County contributed more than
$12 million to the local economy
during the 2006-07 fiscal year,
according to statistics from the
state Department of Environ-
mental Protection.
Here is a breakdown of
Franklin County parks:
Bald Point: Attendance,
52,373; visitor spending,
$395,868; total direct economic
impact, $2.6 million; jobs gener-
ated 53.
Dr. J.G. Bruce State Park
on St. George Island:
Attendance, 157,837; visitor
spending, $6.8 million; direct
economic impact, $9.7 million,
jobs generated, 194 jobs.
John Gorrie Museum:
Attendance, 3,074; visitor spend-
ing, $132,846; direct economic
impact, $184,366; jobs generat-
ed, 3.
Orman House: Attend-
ance, 1,227; visitor spending,
$53,026; direct economic
impact, $98,065; jobs generated,
2.
Statewide, state parks con-
tributed more than $936 million
to local communities during the
2006-07 fiscal year. During that
time, state parks generated more
than 18,700 jobs and welcomed
a record-breaking 19.5 million
visitors.
"Nature-based recreational
activities at Florida's state parks
are a significant part of Florida's
growing ecotourism industry,"
said DEP Deputy Secretary Bob
Ballard. "Our state parks offer
environmental recreation and
education for visitors of all ages,
and this record-breaking success
was a great boost to the state's
economy."
At the top of this year's list is
St. Andrews State Park in
Panama City Beach, which con-
tributed more than $43 million to


the state. Closely following is
Honeymoon Island State Park in
Dunedin, with more than $42
million in direct economic
impact; John Pennekamp State
Park in Key Largo, contributing
$38.3 million; Lovers Key State
Park in Fort Myers Beach, sup-
plying $37.8 million for South
Florida economies; and Bill
Baggs Cape Florida State Park in
Key Biscayne, providing $35.5
million for Southeast Florida.
"Florida's state parks are a
popular draw for both out-of-
state and local visitors," said
DEP Florida Park Service
Director Mike Bullock. "The
beaches, trails, and recreational
and educational opportunities at
state parks are enjoyed at record-
breaking levels across the state."
Direct economic impact is
calculated as the amount of new
dollars spent in the local econo-
my by non-local park visitors
and park operations. The Florida
Park Service uses the Money
Generation Model designed for
and used by the National Park
Service to assess economic
impact in the local area around a
park.
The first two-time Gold
Medal winner honoring the
nation's best state park system,
the Florida Park.Service is one of
the largest in the country with
161 parks spanning 700,000
acres and 100 miles of sandy
white beach. From swimming
and diving in Florida's rivers and
springs to birding and fishing or
hiking and riding on natural sce-
nic trails, Florida's state parks
offer year-round outdoor activi-
ties forall ages. Battle reenact-
ments and Native American fes-
tivals celebrate Florida's unique
history, while art shows, muse-
ums and lighthouses offer a win-
dow into Florida's cultural her-
itage.


Water Street Hotel & Mar-
ina in Apalachicola will host two
events to formally open the
brand new hotel.
First, a ribbon cutting cere-
mony will be held Thursday,
Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. Apalachicola
Resort Development's Curt Blair
and Jerry Thompson, along with
Apalachicola Mayor Van
Johnson, will be on hand to do
the honors.
Second, a Grand Opening/
Open House is set for Saturday,
Nov. 3. Out-of-town and local
visitors attending the Florida
Seafood Festival may stop by for
a tour of the new facility any-
time between 10 a.m. and 6:30
p.m.
Highlights of the opening
include raffle drawings for free
overnight stays and an art exhib-
it of works by artist Mary
Erickson (whose original works


are also part of the hotel decor).
Refreshments and music will add
to the day's festivities.
Celebrating the first struc-
ture of its type to be built in
Apalachicola in 30 years because
of strict zoning and land-use
ordinances, the project is based
on the condo-hotel concept.
Thirty condo suites and a 20
deep-water slip marina offer a
different style accommodation to
travelers to the community. The
project took almost two years to
complete.
The hotel at 329 Water St.
has created 25 new jobs and is
expected to generate new rev-
enues for nearby restaurants and
shops, plus generate a need for
additional services such as bike
rentals, increased airport shuttles
and catered food and beverage.
The three-story structure's
architecture has a turn of the


century feel and is right at home
with the many historic homes in
the downtown area. Each condo
features a master bedroom, a
smaller room with bunks, a day
bed or a full bed, and two baths -
all furnished in Hemingway-
style decor, with a fully equipped
kitchen and living/dining area.
Guests may lounge on their pri-
vate veranda overlooking the
wetlands and marshes of the
Apalachicola River while surfing
the net via the hotel's wireless
network.
Water Street Hotel offers
numerous amenities and services
including an outdoor pool, com-
plimentary in-room coffee, flat-
screen cable television, off-street
parking, and daily maid service.
Two conference rooms for up to
40 people provide a quiet retreat-
like setting for group events and
corporate meetings.


FHP announces checkpoints


The Florida Highway Patrol
has announced that state troop-
ers will be conducting driver
license/vehicle inspection check-
points during daylight hours at
the following locations in
Franklin County:
Nov. 1: S.R. 30, S.R. 30A,


S.R. 65;
Nov. 2-8: S.R. 384, S.R.
67, S.R. 377, S.R. 385;
Nov. 9-15: County Road
370, County Road 157, County
Road 59;
Nov. 16-22: County Road
374, County Road 30A, S.R. 300


(St. George Island Causeway);
Nov. 23-29: S.R. 30, S.R.
30A, S.R. 65;
Nov. 30: S.R. 384, S.R. 67,
S.R. 377, S.R. 385.


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


We all have growing pains

Overall, most of the reaction I've heard about the new Franklin
Chronicle has been positive. People seem to like the new format.
But that's not to say there haven't been growing pains.
Of course, I knew when we started this project that there'd be
missteps. I just didn't know what they'd be. That's why feedback from
you, Dear Reader, is so important." We need to hear what you like,
and what you don't like.
The most common complaint is the
way subscribers receive their newspaper
in the mail. For years now, The Chronicle
has arrived in an envelope. In 30 years in
the newspaper business, this is the only
newspaper I've ever seen that was pack-
aged in an envelope.
This meant that every time the
newspaper was published, two employ-
ees had to. attach mailing labels to every
1'4L envelope, sort them all and take them to
the post office. It was an expensive and
By Russell Roberts time-consuming operation, and one that
I just couldn't justify.
That became clear after one of
those two employees resigned, and the other incurred the additional
workload of switching from a bi-weekly to a weekly newspaper.
Who do you think inherited the duty of addressing all those
envelopes and preparing the mail?
After taking on that task for two issues, I'd had enough. I out-
sourced that responsibility to a small business. To their credit, they
found the least expensive way to prepare and mail your weekly
Chronicle. The problem was, that meant folding it up and sticking it
together with sticky tabs. When I (and many other subscribers) got
the newspaper in the mail, the newsprint ripped when the tab was
removed. It was a mess.
I Here is an e-mail that is similar to other complaints I heard:
"Now that I've removed five or six white sticky disks (along with a
considerable amount of newsprint, including the ruination of one of
the nicest front-page photographs you've run in some time) from my
multi-folded edition of the Chronicle, I've got to ask: why? ... Your
newspaper is folded like an accordion, joining forces with the many
free advertising circulars that clog my mailbox. In fact, had I not seen
The Franklin Chronicle banner across the top, it would have joined
the other debris that gathers weekly in my box."
Ouch! But the Dear Reader is right.
So I've asked that this week's newspaper-the one you're holding

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Better health care for a penny? It's a

no brainer for The Eastpointer
The new publisher of The Chronicle, surprising- Many folks say, Well let's look at the numbers.
ly enough, has asked me to offer, occasionally, What's the bottom line? Is this thing going to make
some of my personal opinions on local issues in my a profit or a loss?
new column. Actually this may be the first time in Well, the bottom line for doing "good" has
my life that anyone has actually asked for my opin- always been extremely negative. Trying to do good
ion. and make things better has always been a big gam-


The previous owner, Mr. Tom Hoffer, encour-
aged me to work for
him because he also
said that he would
like to print some of
my ideas and opin-
ions. But whenever I
submitted those opin-
ions he had a prob-
lem. He rejected on
the average 50% of
my submitted opin- 1
ions and ideas. But to
his credit he did relent By Richard E. Noble
50% of the time.
In my past life I
usually volunteered my opinions even to strangers,
unsolicited. But after a number of years of volun-
teering I discovered that my friendships were get-
ting fewer and fewer and barrooms became a big
problem for me. Like the old joke; "I thought he
said stand up and he was actually saying shut up."
- and thus I decided to become a writer.
In this way I could vent all of my opinions and
ideas and unless some fool decides to publish them,
I have no problem. My backup strategy has been
the George Washington technique-say as little as
possible thus leaving your ignorance to specula-
tion.
My new boss expressed his interest on what I
might have to say on the proposed one-cent sales
tax that is being considered by referendum this
coming November 6th.
Well, the first question I ask myself is whether
or not this is a good thing or a bad thing.
It is clearly a good thing in its overall intent. A
local hospital benefits everybody. It, of course,
helps the local community; it serves the visiting
community; it caters to rich and poor alike; it adds
to potential positive growth and development; it
helps to keep the good medical people in all the
peripheral offices and clinics; it benefits the
Realtors and the developers; just like a good school
system, it increases everyone's property values, it
makes the community more desirable and accept-
able to potential new residents and workers, it pro-
vides good local jobs-skilled, semi-skilled and
unskilled, it is futuristic, it's positive and it's need-
ed and will become even more necessary as the
community grows. And last but not least, it is
money that will be spent in the United States of
America, in this very community, for the benefit of
AMERICANS.


ble.
But my bottom line evaluation goes like this:
What am I being asked to risk or gamble for the
possibility of this good thing?
The answer is ... One penny.
This isn't exactly like risking the family farm.
In fact this isn't even in the category of buying a
lottery ticket. This "risk" is just about nothing. And
everybody is going to share in this cost residents
and non-residents, rich and poor alike.
My next consideration is whether or not the
people who are asking for this tax and sacrifice on
my part are decent, honest and truly concerned
with doing good and improving things in this com-
munity or do they have some suspicious under-
handed intentions.
I had been assigned to cover the County
Commission meetings for a number of years. And
this may be putting myself out on a limb but as I
have listened to these representatives from the hos-
pital, whether they have been the administrators
and directors, doctors, nurses, EMT workers, labor-
ers and employees, Hospital Board members, even
the interim temporary management team, I have
always come to the same conclusion. I don't know
if these people have been right or wrong but they
are certainly sincere and appear to be honest,
straight forward and business like. On the local
level, many of these people may in fact be some of
the best people that this county has to offer. They
are concerned, caring, and always talking about the
benefit to others and the community. It don't get no
better than that!
And the last thing: What they can spend this
money on is outlined in the proposition. By law the
money can not be spent for anything not stated in
that proposition.
If I had been asked to write that proposition, I
would have made it more vague and non-specific to
give the hospital and the community more space to
move and do different things. From my point of
view the proposition is even tighter and more
restrictive than I would have liked if I were manag-
ing such a project. So I have no beef in that regard.
In conclusion, one penny on a sales tax isn't
going to bust my family budget. A local hospital is
a good thing that benefits not only the local com-
munity-rich and poor-but the visitors and new
potential citizens as well.
I don't see what this community has to lose.
This is a no brainer for me.


Continued on Pade 5








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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


October 26, 2007 Page 5


The Editor from Page 4 LETTER TO THE EDITOR


in your hands right now-be prepared and mailed in the more expen-
sive way, which means it should come without excessive folds and
sticky tabs. We still can't afford the time and money for envelopes, but
we do hope the newspaper reaches you suitably. Let me know if it
doesn't.

The Eastpointer from Page 4
Richard E. Noble has been an "Eastpointer"for around 30 years now. He
has authored two books: '4 Summer with Charlie," which is currently listed
on Amazon.com, and "Hobo-ing America," which should be listed on
Amazon in the not too distant future. Most recently he completed his first
novel "Honor Thy Father and Thy Mother," which will be published soon.


LETTER TO THE EDITOR


Writer favors Lanark

merger with Carrabelle


I am a significant landowner
in Lanark Village, a permanent
resident and homesteader in
Lanark Village. I currently pay
almost $300 per month in
Readiness To Serve Fees for
which I receive no water and
sewer services.
The Concerned Citizens of
Lanark Village have launched a
new petition drive to encourage
the Franklin County Commis-
sion to facilitate a merger of the
Lanark Water/Sewer District
with the City of Carrabelle.
There are compelling economics
for this merger to happen such as
the ability to construct only one
THC plant instead of two plants
with a savings of about $
1,000,000. The 650 voting citi-
zens of Lanark Village would
receive quality water and sewer
services at fair and reasonable
rates with this merger and would
not have to bear the debt burden
for a THC plant in our district. I
would hope that the Franklin
County Commission will watch
this initiative as there are 650
customers and taxpayers who
have a significant voting block
not to mention the County
Commission's duty to look after
these customers' best interests
from a quality of life perspective.
I have been in the real estate
development business for 30
years and have dealt with many
governmental and utility agen-
cies across the country. I have
never seen such an unprofession-
al and shoddy operation as we
witness on a daily basis with the
Lanark Village Water / Sewer
District. Through no fault of
their own, our commissioners
are ill equipped to run and man-
age the affairs of the district and
we cannot even afford to hire a
qualified general manager. Our
commissioners will not or can-
not control their public meetings
nor allow public comment by
their customers. It is important
to understand that the district's
customers run the show. The
commissioners pledged to serve
the best interests of their cus-
tomers, which they are not
doing.
I believe that there is a seri-
ous conflict of interest with the
current relationship of the
Lanark Water/Sewer District
and their law firm and lead coun-
sel. I truly believe that there is a
hidden agenda with the district's
legal counsel's desire to take the
district into a GUA, which will
afford the district's law firm to
receive significant fees and other


financial rewards from bond
sales for taking the district into a
GUA. The cost of this profit
motive will be borne solely by
the residents of Lanark Village
and the rate payers in the district.
The 650 customers of the
Lanark Water/Sewer District
need to dispense with any and all
apathy with this issue and vote
their desires, one way or the
other, with the petitions that
have been sent to them. It is time
for all the anger and violence to
dissipate and for this issue to be
resolved once and forever. This
conflict has precipitated physical
and verbal attacks and has
ruined lifelong friendships and
relationships in our community.
Lanark Village and Franklin
County are "under siege" with
real estate values for our proper-
ties. Nobody will purchase prop-
erty in Lanark Village with the
current utility district in place
and the district's commissioners
in charge. No one will invest in
residential property or become
enhanced taxpayers in Franklin
County with the current situa-
tion. The Lanark Village
Water/Sewer District plans to
add a burden to our property
taxes for as yet to be explained
reason. I believe the county has
already raised our taxes to the
breaking point. The commis-
sioners of our district do not
facilitate public comment. A
three-member board does not
foster a democratic structure and
there are no safeguards for a
"stacked" board as is the current
situation.
I urge the residents of
Lanark Village to vote for the
merger. I urge the residents of
Lanark Village to make their
desires known to the County
Commission. This is too impor-
tant for apathy to -rule our
thoughts, desires, goals and need
for a quality of life in our com-
munity. The hidden agendas of a
few individuals should not con-
trol our lives and right for quali-
ty public utility services. The
costs to the citizens of Lanark
Village for the hidden agendas of
our district commissioners will
be intolerable and cause a great
deal of economic stress for our
residents in fixed income circum-
stances.
A merger with the City of
Carrabelle makes perfect sense
and is a compelling move. A
merger with the City of
Carrabelle eliminates the burden

Continued on Page 6


Lanark Water and Sewer Commissioners:

Self-serving, or public servants?


The Lanark Water and
Sewer (LWS) Commissioners
have opposed local residents for
a number of years. Their disre-
gard for resident consensus
regarding merging LWS with
Carrabelle's Water and Sewer
Utility has created an antagonis-
tic atmosphere loaded with fiery
confrontations. The Lanark resi-
dents feel scorched especially
when they have to address the
LWS Commissioners whose
behavior seems loaded with sub-
terfuge and questionable shen-
anigans. In the past, the LWS
Commissioners have tried their
best to deter residents from
attending meetings by postpon-
ing, rescheduling, and finding
obscure places in the local news-
paper to advertise meeting times
and dates-but Lanark residents
have not given up. The Lanark
residents see the rising LWS
Board hostility toward the public
as a ploy get publiE meetings
closed so that they can be free to
pass their agendas without fur-
ther resident interruptions. If
LWS meetings are viewed as
uncivil and deemed unsafe, can
the LWS meetings and work-
shops legally be closed to the
public? The answer is "NO" if
the LWS Board does so-it is
considered unlawful based on
Sthe following FL statute:
"Statutory Provisions: The leg-
islature finds and declares that all
public commissions, boards, coun-
cils, committees, subcommittees,
departments, divisions, offices, and
all other public agencies of this state
and subdivisions thereof exist to aid
in the conduct of the people's busi-
ness. It is the intent of this chapter
that their actions be taken openly
and that their deliberations be con-
ducted openly. The people -of this
state do not yield their sovereignty to
the agencies which serve them. The
people, in delegating authority, do
not give their public servants the
right to decide what is good for the
people to know and what is not good
for them to know. The people insist
on remaining informed so that they
may retain control over the instru-
ments they have created." Fla. Stat.
286.011 et seq.
With the suspicious track
record of the previous and cur-
rent LWS Board Commissioners,
there are many reasons why resi-
dents want to know what the
Board is up to and what they are
voting on since it ultimately
impacts Lanark residents in the
pocket. Let me recap three main
reasons why residents are irritat-
ed with the LWS Commission-
ers: (1) the Lanark Water and
Sewer debt; (2) the way in which
the LWS debt is handled; and (3)
the perceived Boards' disregard
for ethics and public decorum.
Each of these reasons will be
outlined below for those who
haven't kept track of what is
going on:
(1) Lanark Water and
Sewer debt: Lanark Water and
Sewer Utility is currently in debt
and has been for a number of
years. Grants and loans were not
handled in an appropriate way as
disclosed by most auditors who


have come to review Lanark's
Water and Sewer accounting
sheets. A past commissioner had
designed a dubious plan to
recoup some of this money by
imposing a ready to serve fee.
The commissioner quickly held a
meeting that was attended by
very few residents and voted
through a ready to serve propos-
al. He then bullied people at sub-
sequent meetings with his angry
retorts when challenged. As a
result of those meetings,
unmetered pipelines were laid.
These pipes ran past vacant lots
as well as residential homeown-
ers who had wells and septic
tanks. The vacant lot owners as
well as the septic tank/well own-
ers were assessed a ready to serve
fee that was seen as nothing
short of extortion. A number of
residents refused to pay these
ready-to-serve fees, which now
has resulted in liens levied
against their properties.
(2) How the Debt is
Handled: The ready to serve fee
is currently active and what
makes this fee a travesty is that it
is levied against elderly individu-
als on limited pensions and
Social Security income who have
to choose between paying these
fees or buying medicine. Since
this revenue has not remotely
helped the LWS debt, the next
attempt by the Board was to sell
out the LWS utility to a
Governmental- Utility Authority
(GUA). What makes this
attempt interesting is that LWS
Commissioners' attorney, Brian
Armstrong, was and still may be
partnered with Nabors, Giblin
and Nickerson's, a Tallahassee
law firm who represented the
GUA in buying out other failing
water utility companies all over
the state. How the GUA
recouped its losses was by selling
water it just procured at higher
prices to industry outside of the
local community. Nothing like
conflict of interest! Once this dis-
closure was brought to light, the
Board backed down from this
merger.
(3) The perceived Boards'
disregard for ethics and public
decorum: Who can blame the
local LWS residents for not hav-
ing faith in the elected LWS
Board of Commissioners. I have
been at LWS board meetings in
the past and have taken copious
notes on the LWS Board activi-
ties, because I too, am a con-
cerned citizen and property
owner of Lanark. I compiled
meeting notes and wrote about
the Boards' actions, including
their attempt to merge with the
GUA. I had to take a family
member along as a shield against
bullying. Confrontations ended
up with tacks in my driveway
creating flat tires. I'm not point-
ing fingers on who did it, just
that someone felt hostile enough
to be mean spirited. What is
most disturbing, though, is the
LWS Boards' disregard as elect-
ed public servants to represent
the majority LWS district public
consensus.
The LWS residents have


taken the time to come to meet-
ings and speak civilly with LWS
Board members about merging
with Carrabelle. The residents
have heard presentations from
the Carrabelle Commissioners
and what the merger would
mean for Lanark especially in
terms of its current debt. The
merger seemed a win-win situa-
tion; however, the LWS Board
members were dead set' against
it, presenting vague remedies to
address the debt. The local resi-
dents have collected signed peti-
tions to sway the board, only to
have the board define who was a
legal Lanark resident. The resi-
dents also had a straw ballot
placed on the ballot sheet regard-
ing LWS merging with
Carrabelle and although the
majority voted in favor of the
merger-the board again disre-
garded public favor by saying the
straw ballot was not legally bind-
ing. Is this Board behavior not
enough to heighten resident irri-
tation?
It is the general consensus
that the ready to serve water fees
assessed to vacant land and
well/septic tank residents is an
attempt to create revenue to pay
toward the mismanaged loans.
Not only is this fee failing to dig
them out of debt, but the LWS
system itself is defunct. To pour
more money into it would be
akin to pouring buckets of water
into a sandy hole and hoping it
would hold water. Where is the
intelligence here? Our elected
board is considered by law a pub-
lic servant-what part of this do
the Board members not under-
stand. Whose interests are they
representing-the LWS district
residents or their own self inter-
ests? What does their track
record say? Do they think the
LWS residents are morons and
cannot remember their track
record? I still feel strongly that
the LWS Board of Commission-
ers should deliver a public apolo-
gy and voluntarily resign, since
they do not and have not repre-
sented the public and its best
interest.
Susan M. Walker
Lanark resident



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Lanark Merger from Page 5
of paying for the profit motive for our district to be included in a GUA along with
the savings of not having to build two THC plants and affords the citizens of Lanark
Village professional utility management and maintenance.
I trust that the citizens of Lanark Village as well as the Franklin County
Commission are paying attention to this important issue. I do know that the State of
Florida is watching as well and I understand that action is forthcoming.
Once again, I urge the citizens to vote for the merger and make their feel-
ings known to the Franklin County Commission. To date, the County Commission
is not listening.

Michael B. McLoad
Lanark Village


Question #273: True or False...
If you visited the Moon, you'd
see the American flag, placed
there in the 1960's, probably still
in nearly perfect condition.


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Artist's rendering of new hospital.

Final design for the new Sacred
Heart Hospital nearing completion


Sacred Heart Health
System is completing the
detailed design of the
new 25-bed hospital that
will open in the spring of
2009 to serve Franklin
and Gulf counties.
Sacred Heart will
submit final drawings for
the future Sacred Heart
Hospital on Nov. 15 to
the Florida Agency for
Health Care Administra-
tion. The architect's
drawings will show
details for each room in
the hospital, including.
detailed engineering,
electrical, and ventilation
drawings. AHCA will
have 60 days to review
the plans and make its.
comments and recom-
mendations.
The site for the hospi-
tal, located along
Highway 98 near Gulf
Coast Community Coll-
ege, has been cleared
except for designated wet-
land areas to be preserved
on the 27-acre site.
Starting next month,
crews also will start haul-
ing in fill dirt to raise the
site to 14.7 feet above sea
level and prepare founda-
tions. Also in November,
contractors will begin to
extend underground utili-
ties such as water, sewer,
and electric power lines


to the site,
The construction of
the hospital will be over-
seen by a construction
management company,
Greenhut Construction
Co. of Pensacola, which
was recently selected for
the manager role.
Greenhut Construction
has worked with Sacred
Heart on construction
projects for almost 20
years, and has built major
facilities in Northwest
Florida, including Sacred
Heart Children's and
Women's Hospital, Sacr-
ed Heart Hospital on the
Emerald Coast, and the
terminal at Pensacola
Regional Airport.
As the construction
manager, Greenhut will
review competitive bids
from subcontractors and
suppliers, and also over-
see work on the project.
Qualified local and
regional contractors will
have the opportunity to
submit bids. Qualified
companies may send let-
ters of interest to the proj-
ect architect, DAG
Architects in Destin.
The hospital project
will provide residents of
Franklin and Gulf coun-
ties with:
A community hos-
pital with 25 private


rooms, an emergency de-
partment, and two oper-
ating rooms;
An urgent care clin-
ic to treat minor injuries
and illnesses;
Laboratory servic-
es;
Diagnostic imaging
services such as CT
scans, x-ray, ultrasound
and mammography;
A Medical Office
Building to provide off-
ices for 10 physicians;
A helipad to be
used by Sacred Heart's
AirHeart helicopter, pro-
viding rapid transport for
trauma patients and other
critically ill patients to a
Trauma Center.
Sacred Heart Health
System based in Pensa-
cola was named recently
by National Research
Corporation as winner of
the 2007 Consumer
Choice Award for the
Pensacola region. The
award recognizes hospi-
tals that are rated by local
consumers as their top
choice for Best Overall
Quality, Best Doctors,
Best Nurses and Best
Image. Sacred Heart is
part of Ascension Health,
the nation's largest sys-
tem of not-for-profit
health care facilities.


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From Page 6
Cogno's Corner Answer
Answer to question #273 is: True.
The flag should be in perfect condition because the Moon has no
atmosphere at all-no wind, no motion at all to wear out the flag.
Even the astronaut's footprints should be exactly as they were over 30
years ago. The only way they would be disturbed is if a meteoroid or
some other object hit the Moon.


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ACROSS
1. Nose-in-the-air
sorts
6. Adriatic port
10. Robin Cook thriller
14. USNA part
15. "Author
unknown," for
short
16. Congregational
comeback
17.1970 Creedence
Clearwater
Revival hit
20. Strong wind
21. Marina del
22. Planet beyond
Saturn
23. Seeks a doggie
treat
25. Mideast's Gulf of
26. Pain-relieving
drug
29. Ovine utterance
30. Regarding, in
memos
34. Dressing style
35. MetLife
competitor
37. Pricing word
38. Acting the
contrarian
41. "Life _beach"
42. Menagerie units
43. Get a feeling
44. Beta version, e.g.
46. Up to, in ads
47. Rug-cleaning
gadget
48. Mayberry moppet
50. Like a Jekyll-Hyde
personality
51. Baby syllables
54. Klutz
55. ZZ Top, musically
59. Hobbes, to Calvin
62. Satirical Mort
63. Mideast's Gulf of
64. Overdo the acting


13. Added
stipulations
18. Twist the arm of
19. Victorian
24. Set of principles
25. "Egads!" and
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Attention Lanark Village Property Owners
Hi, I'm Bill Snyder and I'm the chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Lanark Village. Once again we are asking the Land owners of the Lanark Village Water and Sewer
District to Sign a petition to dissolve the District. We need to dissolve the district in order to merge our system with the city of Carrabelle's. As most of you remember we
were working on this a few months ago and a large number of you signed petitions to dissolve. Our attempt to dissolve our district and merge the two systems failed at that
time. We withdrew our support on that attempt at the last minute because we felt the deal we were being offered was not in the people of Lanark's best interest. At that time
the officials of the city of Carrabelle did not understand how important some of the issues were to our Village, thus we were unable to endorse the deal that Carrabelle pro-
posed in the end. Since then, we have talked to them a great deal, and we all agree that a merger is the only thing that makes sense for both towns.
We have worked out our differences. Carrabelle's officials have proposed, at their last meeting, to work together and make a merger happen. They told the people of Lanark
that if we merge we would be a part of their system. We would be treated the same as their citizens. They said that we would be charged the same as anyone that is outside
of their city limits. They also assured us that we would not lose a few of the key pieces of land that are needed in the Village. They say they will be happy to give us at least
a hundred year lease at a dollar a year for the property that the association uses for boat and RV storage. They will offer the same deal for the two lots that the office trail-
er is situated on. They also agreed that the fire department will need more land for future expansion and room for training exercises. We have asked that they get three acres
with the same lease agreement. We were told that this would not be a problem.
Please read the petition carefully and if you agree with it, sign it and get it back to us as soon as possible. Everyone whose name appears on a property deed within the
Lanark district can sign.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call 850-697-3189. You can get more information and updates at the following website:
http://www.freewebs.com/lvwsdsaga/. You can e-mail us at lanarkyayhoos@yahoo.com The Concerned Citizens of Lanark Village, 2332 Enabob St., Lanark Village, FL
32323.


A Carrabelle Merger Makes the Most Cents for the LVWSD Rate Payers
Carrabelle generously offers to work with all of the people, regardless of social status, to provide affordable water and sewer rates, good quality water, protect our natural
resources, and preserve a healthy environment for us to enjoy.
Carrabelle listens to LVWSD concerns and has re-opened communication between the Lanark district and its residents in regards to merging the two water and sewer sys-
tems.
At the most recent Carrabelle city meeting, the Carrabelle board proposed working together to make a merger that would benefit both towns.
LVWSD would be a part of Carrabelle's system and our residents would be treated the same as their citizens. This ensures that the LVWSD rates will remain competi-
tive with neighboring communities.
Carrabelle wants ALL residents to be able to afford water and sewer services, not just the rich.
Carrabelle can refinance the LVWSD debt at a much lower interest rate (perhaps 2.3%) and the state has offered some money to help make this merger work.
Duplicated costs, such as for the trihalomethane problem, will be eliminated.
LVWSD rate payers would be charged the same as anyone that lives outside of the Carrabelle city limits.
The ready-to-serve fees that many Lanark landowners are being forced to pay, even though they don't have a connection, will stop.
LVWSD can keep the key pieces of land that they need, such as the boat and RV storage area that the Lanark Village Association uses, and the two lots that the office
trailer is situated on. This can be done through at least a hundred year lease at a dollar a year.
Carrabelle also agreed that the fire department will need land for future expansion and training exercises. We have been assured that they will get what they need. Three
additional acres are under negotiation with the same lease agreement.
Over time, new sewer lines will decrease the need for costly septic tanks. This promotes a healthier environment for our treasured and irreplaceable Apalachicola Bay
ecosystem.
Franklin County water will remain the property of the people, and not large law firms and international bond buyers.
In sum, Carrabelle has generously offered to work with all the people, regardless of their social status, to provide affordable water and sewer rates, good quality water,
protect our natural resources, and preserve a healthy environment for us to enjoy.



Petition To Dissolve The Lanark Village Water And Sewer District

By signing this petition we agree that we own property within the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District
and we wish to dissolve the Lanark Village Water and Sewer District. We believe that the Lanark Village
Water and. Sewer District located in Franklin County Florida does not serve the needs of the people, and
thus should be dissolved.

Signature: Lanark Village Property Address:


Print:


Signature: Lanark Village Property Address:


Print:


Signature: Lanark Village Property Address:


Print:




if you agree with this petition, please sign it an4 return it to:

The Concerned Citizens of Lanark Village; P.O. Box 442; Lanark Village, Florida 32323


PAID ADVERTISEMENT BY THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF LANARK VILLAGE


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A Lanark/Carrabelle Merger Makes The Most Cents For Lanark

Village Water And Sewer District Land Owners And Rate Payers


The budget for 2007/2008 has more than doubled and a rate study has been done by The
Florida Rural Water Association engineers to determine what your water and sewer rates will
be. The result was that your bill can go as high as $109.00 per month, or you might be
charged a 2 mill ad valorem tax.

The proposed millage tax will affect everyone who owns property in the district, even if water
and sewer is not available to you. The district runs from the Ho Hum camp ground to the
Catholic Church.

If you agree that a merger with Carrabelle is the best solution, please sign the petition and get
it back as soon as possible. We plan to turn the petitions in on November 6th.

Everyone who's name appears on a property deed can sign. This includes husband and wife
teams.

THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF LANARK VILLAGE 2332 ENABOB ST. LANARK VILLAGE, FL 32323

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Florida Rural Water Association
Member. Lanark Village Water & Sewer District
Project: Rate & Connection Fee Report

COMPARISON OF ALTERNATIVES


Proposed 2008 Rates


Budget


Average
Revenue Residential
Water Bill


County:
PWS:


Average
Residential
Wastewater
Bill


Franklin
1190414



Total Estimated
Average Bill Increase


Current*Rates & 2008
Current Rates & 2008 $447,769.00 ($381,981.67)
Budget
Balanced Budget 2008 $447,769.00 $447,791.61
Rates
Balances Budget w/
Recommended $618,175.17 $619,520.32
Reserves

Proposed Water & Sewer Improvements with 0% Grant


$24.00

$27.30


$37.55


&100% Loan


SRates Supporting $908,451.57
Improvments

1 MIL ad valorem tax $908,454.64

2 MIL ad valorem tax $908,452.45

Proposed WaterA& Sewer Improvements
Rates Supporting $855,282.43
Improvements ,

1 MIL ad valorem tax $855,301.76

2 MIL ad valorem tax $855,349,32

Proposed Water & Sewer Improvements

Rates Supporting $802,184.13
Improvements

1 MIL ad valorem tax $802,084.66

2 MIL ad valorem tax $802,208.32


$908,483.68


$58.68


$908,534.90 $46.30

$908,498.28 $34.45

with 20% Grant & 80% Loan

$855,664.72 $56.50

$855,986.90 $42.80

$856,779.48 $31.30

with 45% Grant & 55% Loan

$804,026.32 $52.55

$802,368.50 $41.35

$804,429.48 $27.55


PAID ADVERTISEMENT BY THE CONCERNED CITIZENS OF LANARK VILLAGE


$24.00

$25.25


$37.55


$48.00

$52.55


$75.10


9%


56%


$50.55

$40.05

$28.55



$45.05

$37.05

$25.05



$43.05

$30.05

$22.55


$109.23

$86.35

$63.00



$101.55

$79.85

$56.35



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$71.40

$50.10


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What's

happening
Saturday, Oct. 27
Halloween Costume Party
at Harry A's on St. George
Island.- Music by Hooked on
Tonics. Prizes for best costumes.
Sign up until 10:45 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28
Karaoke Contest at Harry
A's on St. George Island begin-
ning at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 31
Howl-O-Ween Ball at Harry
A's on St. George Island to bene-
fit Franklin County Humane
Society. $15 per person/ $25 per
couple. Live music starts at 5
p.m.
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about the Franklin County nightlife
scene. To have your special nightlife
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Verizon Wireless has con-
structed an advanced digital cell
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cola. The site will expand wire-
less coverage into the Apalachi-
cola Bay area and along U.S.
Highway 98.
The site, which processes
voice calls and wireless data traf-
fic, utilizes the advanced high-
speed Evolution Data Optimized
(EV-DO) Rev. A technology and
is part of the company's continu-
ing growth and investment in
Florida. Customers using
BroadbandAccess, the compa-
ny's flagship business data serv-
ice, can now expect average
download speeds of 600 kilobits
per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits
per second and average upload
speeds of 500-800 kbps with the
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This network investment-
now totaling more than $1.6 bil-
lion in Florida and more than
$40 billion nationally during the
past seven years--ensures that
Verizon Wireless will continue to
stay ahead of growing demand
for wireless voice and data serv-
ices throughout the state. The
company recently announced
that it spent $100 million to
enhance services and coverage
throughout Florida in the first
six months of 2007 alone.
"Expanding our coverage
into Apalachicola is just one
example of our continuous
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BY COACH BILL SHARP
FCHS Seahawks
An official who worked the
football game between the
Franklin County High School
and Freeport filed a report prais-
ing the FCHS players.
"The game played by
Franklin County on this Friday
night in Freeport was extraordi-
nary," said the report from offi-
cial Gerald Goodman to the
Southeast Football Officials
Association. "Not because of the
score because they lost resound-
ingly. The game was extraordi-
nary because of heart, determi-
nation and SPORTSMANSHIP.
No matter the score throughout
the game, Franklin County rep-
resented themselves as a class
act. I have officiated football at
the high school level for 16 years,
but I have never experienced the
turnaround in a program like
this. The players on the field are
an extension of their coach. The
coach for Franklin County must
teach his players that heart,
determination and sportsman-
ship are a must for his team.
Franklin County is a combina-
tion of two previous schools
(Apalachicola and Carrabelle)
that historically battled against
each other. That Friday night in
September, you couldn't see any-
thing but unity, support, sports-
manship throughout the entire
game."
In an e-mail, FCHS Coach
Bill Sharp wrote, "Thanks to all
the staff, because this is yours
and the players; not mine."
Tough Schedule
The Seahawks varsity foot-
ball team is in the midst of a
four-week stretch that will pit the
Seahawks against the toughest
teams in District 1.
The Seahawks will be at
West Gadsden on Friday, Oct.
26, face the Jay Royals in our
homecoming game on Nov. 2
and travel to Walton High
School to finish the season on
Nov. 9. Despite being winless,
the kids are enthusiastic and con-
tinue to practice for a purpose.
Just as in watching Notre Dame
this season, Joe Paterno's quote
becomes much more obvious:
"Character is much easier to
measure following failure." The
only time a person really fails is
when he quits. That is why I
have much respect for this group.
Volleyball
The volleyball team will
compete in the District tourna-
ment at Tallahassee Maclay on
Tuesday, Oct. 23. We are the #3
seed and will face #2 seeded
Maclay at 5 p.m. The winner
advances to play the winner of
#1 NFC vs. #4 Jefferson County
on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
Coach Thompson and Coach
Pittman have done a fine job
with the girls in this first season
of play. The girls now have an
understanding of the level of
competition, which they must
reach in order to compete.
Basketball
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The photo collection of the Florida State Archives identifies this photo as "St. James Hotel
building after fire, Carrabelle, Florida." The photo was first published in 1932, records state.
The historical archives state that the first door was a grocery store, the second door was
Marine Grecian Bank, and the third door was a drug store. The top story was the hotel and
a theater and doctor's office were on the south side. The building had a porch from top to
bottom that extended over the street and was supported by wooden posts. It was built and
owned by W.C. McKissock. The building burned in 1932.


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Garden Club
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BY ARLENE OEHLER
Members of the Sea Oats
Garden Club met at Margarita
Pilkinton's home recently for an
October Garden Tour.
Some of the lovely plantings
were a sunflower bush in bloom,
ripening oranges, cigar plants in
full flower and sweet potato
vines cascading to the ground.
After the tour, a business meet-
ing was conducted over lunch at
the Crooked River Grill. The Sea
Oats Garden Club's mission
statement was reviewed. The
club will continue its efforts to
partner with Carrabelle city gov-
ernment to beautify Carrabelle
Welcome Park and other desig-
nated areas with plantings.
Water conservation methods
remain a study topic. Members
are examining the club's historic
documents to choose items for a
display at the Franklin County
Public Library, Carrabelle
Branch, organized by the local
historical society under the spon-
sorship of Carrabelle Cares.
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Dear EarthTalk:
I've heard about the die-off
of coral reefs due to global
warming. I've also read that
coral reefs themselves store car-
bon dioxide (CO2), one of the
main global warming gases. So if
coral reefs are dying out, isn't
that a double whammy that
increases the CO2 in the atmos-
phere?
- Tom Ozzello, Maplewood,
MN
According to marine scien-
tists, the world's coral reefs-
those underwater repositories for
biodiversity that play host to
some 25 percent of all marine
life-are in big trouble as a result
of global warming. Data collect-
ed by the international environ-
mental group WWF (formerly
World Wildlife Fund) show that
20 percent of the world's coral
reefs have been effectively
destroyed and show no immedi-
ate sign of recovery, while about
50 percent of remaining reefs are
under imminent or long-term
threat of collapse.
Most scientists now agree
that global warming is not a nat-
ural phenomenon but a direct
result of the continual release of
excessive amounts of CO2 and
other "greenhouse" gases into
the atmosphere by human indus-
trial and transportation activity.
And the small but prolonged
rises in ocean temperature that
result cause coral colonies to
expel the symbiotic food-produc-
ing algae that sustain them. This
process is 'called "bleaching,"
because it turns the reefs white as
they die.
But researchers working
with the Coral Reef Alliance
have found that while coral reefs
do store CO2 as part of photo-
synthesis, they tend to release
most of it back into the ocean (so
they are not what are known as
"carbon sinks"). As such, the
release of CO2 from dying coral
reefs is not a major concern.
Of course, the ocean itself is
a large carbon sink, storing about
a quarter of what would other-
wise end up in the atmosphere.
Landmasses (and their plants)
soak up another quarter of all
the CO2 emanating from the
Earth's surface, while the rest
rises up into the atmosphere
where it can wreak havoc with
our climate.
Recent findings indicate that
the Antarctic Ocean is getting
less efficient at storing C02, and
this raises serious questions
about the ability of our oceans to
handle everything we throw at
them. The study's, authors fear
that "such weakening of one of
the Earth's major carbon dioxide
sinks will lead to higher levels of
atmospheric carbon dioxide in
the long-term."
Not everyone is fore-
casting gloom and doom. Some
Australian researchers believe
that coral reefs around the world
could expand in size by up to a
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third due to increased ocean
warming. "Our finding stands in
stark contrast to previous predic-
tions that coral reef growth will
suffer large, potentially cata-
strophic, decreases in the future,"
says University of New South
Wales oceanographer Ben
McNeil, who led the controver-
sial 2004 study that was pub-
lished in the peer-reviewed scien-
tific journal, Geophysical Resea-
rch Letters. "Our analysis sug-
gests that ocean warming will
foster considerably faster future
rates of coral reef growth that
will eventually exceed pre-indus-
trial rates by as much as 35 per
cent by 2100," he adds.
In spite of such theories, the
majority of marine scientists
remain pessimistic about the
future of coral reefs in a warmer
world. One can only hope that
the optimists are right.
CONTACTS: WWF, www.
panda.org; Coral Reef Alliance,
www.coralreefalliance.org;
"Coral reefs may grow with
global warming," New Scientist,
www.newscientist.com/arti-
cle/dn6763.html.

Dear EarthTalk:
Short of buying a new
hybrid or other "green" car, are
there ways I can make my exist-
ing vehicle more eco-friendly? I
bought my car recently and am
not quite ready to give it up.
Bettie Hilliker, Lansing, MI

Choice of vehicle may well
be the biggest factor in determin-
ing the environmental impact of
your automobile-based travels.
But a considerable amount of
energy is used-and pollutants
emitted-in the production of
any new vehicle, including
hybrids and other more fuel-effi-
cient options. As a result, many
environmentalists believe that
practicing good driving habits
and performing adequate main-
tenance on an older car are prob-
ably better options, for the envi-
ronment than causing the pro-
duction of a new vehicle.
According to the website
GreenerCars.org, there are many
ways to green up one's driving
Habits. Obeying speed limits, uti-
lizing cruise control and avoid-
ing jackrabbit starts will maxi-
mize fuel economy and mini-
mize tailpipe emissions while
also preventing unnecessary
wear-and-tear. Staying off roads
during rush hours is also advis-
able, as stop-and-go driving
burns excess gasoline and pro-
motes smog. Opening vents and
windows to cool off instead of
using the air conditioner, an
inherently inefficient appliance
that consumes more fuel and
leads to more emissions, is also
good advice.
Drivers can also help mini-
mize their environmental impact
by keeping their cars well main-
tained. According to Greener
Cars.org, getting regular tune-
ups-where a qualified mechan-
ic changes fluids and checks for
and corrects problems such as
worn spark plugs, under inflated
tires, dragging brakes, mis-
aligned wheels and clogged fil-
ters-can significantly improve
fuel economy and minimize
harmful emissions. Greener
Cars.org also recommends seek-
ing out low-rolling-resistance
(LRR) replacement tires, which
are specifically designed to
improve a vehicle's fuel econo-
my, when the original ones wear
out.


Beyond regular mainte-
nance, a handful of small com-
panies now sell green-friendly
fuel additives that purport to
increase fuel efficiency while
reducing emissions. Such prod-
ucts-including Bluestar Envir-
onmental's Omstar D-1280X gas
additive and Suntec Bio-
Energy's diesel additive-are
normally targeted at fleets of
vehicles, but individuals are free
to use them as well. Owners
beware, though: Use of such
products could invalidate
automakers' warranties, so read
the fine print in your owner's
manual before pouring anything
out-of-the-ordinary into your
fuel tank.
Of course, getting out of
your car altogether-or most of


the time-is a far greener choice
than driving even a well-main-
tained new or old car conscien-
tiously. Some employers now
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muter choice" incentives where-
by workers can derive financial
benefits by telecommuting
(working from home), or by
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transit or carpooling to and from
the office.
Another option is to join a
car sharing service like Zipcar or
Flexcar, whereby you pay a mod-
est monthly membership fee and
can then rent cars parked nearby
by the hour only when needed.
The companies operate on both
U.S. coasts, as well as in major
Midwestern and Canadian cities.


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 9/26/07 Invoice No. 14329
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Dakota Color Black
TagNo.V314SK Year 1995 State FL VinNo. 1B7FL26XOSW931874
To Owner. Bradley C. Hodges To Lien Holder:
10427 Tram Road
Tallahassee, FL32311


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was
towed on 09/23/07 at the request of FHP that said
vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
signed claim a lien for towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be
sold after 35 days from the date of impound free of prior liens. Payment
by the above date of notice in the amount$ 244.50 plus storage
charges occurring at the rate of $ 22.00 per day from the date
hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/27/07 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid
all towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any
excess will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. --
You and each of you are.urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release
of the vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and
PROOF OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and
pay the charges.

SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 9/24/07 Invoice No. 14321
Description of Vehicle: Make Kia Model Sephia Color Green
TagNo.EAF336 Year 1998 State VT VinNo. KNAFB1214W5726291

To Owner. Danielle M. Currier To Lien Holder:_
P.O. Box 606
Jeffersonville, VT 05464


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was
towed on 09/18/07 at the request of FCSO that said
vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
signed claim a lien for towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be
sold after 35 days from the date of impound free of prior liens. Payment
by the above date of notice in the amount $ 244.50 plus storage
charges occurring at the rate of$ 22.00 per day from the date
hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/22/07 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid
all towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any
excess will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release
of the vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and
PROOF OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and
pay the charges.

SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


CONTACTS: GreenerCars.
org "Green Driving Tips,"
www.greenercars.org/driving
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tal, www.ablustar.com ; Suntec
Bio-Energy, www.suntecbioener-
gy.com; Zipcar, www.zipcar.
cor; Flexcar, www.flexcar.com.

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CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 9/26/07 Invoice No. 14331
Description of Vehicle: Make Dodge Model Sport Color Green
TagNo.Jll8FK Year 1996 State FL VinNo. 3B7HF13Z9TG146706

To Owner. Cleveland E. Dean To Lien Holder:
576 Wilderess Road
Eastpoint, FL 32328


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was
towed on 09/20/07 at the request of FCSO that said
vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
signed claim a lien for towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be
sold after 35 days from the date of impound free of prior liens. Payment
by the above date of notice in the amount $ 244.50 plus storage .
charges occurring at the rate of $ 22.00 per day from the date
hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 10/24/07 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL . From the proceeds will first be paid
all towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any
excess will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release
of the vehicle you must present personal identification, driver's license and
PROOF OF OWNERSHIP (title, registration, etc.) at the address below and
pay the charges.

SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


CLAIM OF LIEN NOTICE
Per Florida Statutes 713.78 (3) (b) File No.
Date of this Notice 8/10/07 Invoice No. 13331
Description of Vehicle: Make2 Toyota Model Camry Color Red
TagNo.W701D Year 1995 State FL VinNo. 4T1SK12E3SU596794

To Owner. Joi M. Cargill To Lien Holder:.
1304 GA Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401


You and each of you are hereby notified that the above vehicle was
towed on 08/15/07 at the request of FCSO that said
vehicle is in its possession at the address noted below. They the under-
signed claim a lien for towing, storage and cost. The vehicle will be
sold after 35 days from the date of impound free of prior liens. Payment
by the above date of notice in the amount $ 269.00 plus storage
charges occurring at the rate of$ 22.00 per dayfrom the date
hereof will be sufficient to redeem the vehicle from the lien of the
lienor; that subsection (4) of Florida Statute 713.78.

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE OF LIEN AND OF INTENT TO SELL
VEHICLE PURSUANT
To subsection (5) of Florida Statute 713.78

You and each of you are hereby notified that on 09/13/07 at 12:00 noon
o'clock, the vehicle described above will be sold at public auction
at: 620 Houston Rd., Eastpoint, FL From the proceeds will first be paid
all towing and storage charges plus all costs including cost for this sale. Any
excess will be deposited with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
You and each of you are urged to make satisfactory arrangements to pay all
charges and take possession of the said vehicle. In order to obtain a release
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SHADE TREE TOWING
P.O. Box 971
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-8219


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A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


October 26, 2007 Page 15


.- Create a
spook-tacular
.. -. haunted house
It's trick-or-treat time again
so why not get in the spirit of this
spooky season with your very
own haunted house. With a little
decoration, imagination and do-
it-yourself know-how, you can
be the talk of the neighborhood.
If you've got kids, most of the
suggestions below are super-easy
projects you can take on togeth-
er.
Creepy Cemetery
Your haunted house can
begin by transforming your yard
into a makeshift graveyard. Build


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beautiful weather Saturday more than made up for it. Eight bands played Saturday. A portion of the proceeds will be donat-
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your own tombstones by shaping
plywood with a jigsaw. Even if
you don't consider yourself
skilled with a saw, don't worry.
Varying sizes and shapes only
adds to the spookiness. Sand
down the wood pieces and then
paint them with dark paint.
Using white or grey paint or
chalk, add names to the "head-
stones."
Use the leftover scraps of
wood to shape stakes with the
jigsaw. Then nail the stakes to
the graves and stick them into
the ground. It's okay to let the
graves lean a little-it makes for
an older-looking cemetery.
Bloodcurdling "Bodies"
Add "inhabitants" to your
cemetery. Using a few pieces of
wood, hammer together a rudi-
mentary stick figure. You can
build your "body" so that it is
standing up, keeping watch on
the graves, or sitting, and later
prop it against a tombstone.
Cover the figure with clothes and
stuff with hay, dried leaves or
foam batting. Staple a scary
mask to itand maybe even splash
on some fake blood. Now you
have the undead living in your
yard.
If a whole body seems like
too much work, cut a sleeve off
an old flannel shirt and attach an
old glove to it. Stuff the "arm"
with leaves or old rags and attach
it to one of your graves, as
though it's reaching up from the
ground. You can buy all sorts of
fake limbs at a costume store and
scatter them over your lawn.
Other props for your bone
yard can include plywood
coffins. There are many patterns
online from which to draw inspi-
ration. Or you can make a less-
sturdy version with cardboard.
Visit your local home improve-
ment store and ask a salesperson
if you can have an unused refrig-
erator box. Cut a pattern out
using an exact-o knife and hot
glue the coffin together. Paint the
coffin with black spray paint.
Cover the coffin in fake cobwebs
and put one of your "creepy
creatures" inside of it.
Ghosts and Goblins
Since many trick-or-treaters
will be ringing your bell on
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While Supplies Last During November!

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Highway 98 Carrabelle, FL
Phone: 850-697-3332
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An Open Letter From David Kight

Hi, I'm David Kight and I am writing this letter to address
a very unfortunate incident that happened at the last
Franklin County Commission meeting.

I was upset about some rumors that were spread around
a few months ago, and I got up and blurted it out in the
public meeting. I'm sorry that this happened and I hope
that it will not be misunderstood. I was trying to say that
this rumor was spread last year and blamed on myself
and my friends. We were not responsible for the rumor
and furthermore, we all knew it was ridiculously untrue. I:
am not sure how what said at the meeting sounded and
I realize that it might not have come out the way I meant
it to.

I would like to make a public apology.to Mel Kellyandif I
can, I would also like to make a private apology aswetll
Mrs. Kelly I have nothing but respect foryu and know
you to be an honorable person. Ido not nown hrKhave
ever believed anything else. I hope that I have not caused
you any harm or discomfort by my words. They were in
no way intended to do you any harm, nor were they
meant to cast any doubt on your character.

Again, I would like to apologize to everyone and most
especially I would like to apologize to you Mrs. Kelly.

Sincerely and humbly,



David Kight


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Be Jane from Page 15
October 31st, your porch is a
good place to add some frighten-
ing detail. Invest in fake cob
webs, plastic spiders, and other
critters to adorn your porch.
Make hangirig ghosts by using a
soccer ball sized Styrofoam ball,
an old white sheets or gauze, and


fishing line. To build your own
ghoulish ghosts, first, bore a hole
through the Styrofoam ball using
a drill. Tie a fishing line to a
hanger (to use as its "shoul-
ders"), and pass the line through
the bottom of the ball with a nee-
dle. Place a white sheet over the
ball and feed the needle and fish-
ing line through it, tying it in a


knot and leaving some extra line,
so that you can hang the ghost.
Cut the bottom of the sheet in a
jagged pattern so that it looks tat-
tered. Hang your ghosts from
your porch or trees and let them
sway in the wind.
Mini ghosts can be created
by using lollipops and muslin (or
tissue). Simply cover the candy


with the muslin and secure it
with fishing line. To hang your
ghosts pass fishing line through
the "head" of your ghost using a
needle and tie the two ends with
a loop. Fray the bottom of the
muslin and hang your mini
ghosts inside or outside. Feel free
to draw scary faces on your
ghosts to give them petrifying


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personalities.
Perfect Pumpkins
It just wouldn't be Hallo-
ween without pumpkin carving.
Instead of giving your pumpkins
those run-of-the-mill triangle
jack-o'-lantern faces, get creative.
Pick up a variety of pumpkins
and gourds to make your haunt-
ed house a reality. A pattern
book with outlines of different
scenes can be purchased quite
inexpensively at the grocery
store and will make you look like
a pro. (You can also download
patterns for free online). Make
copies of the patterns so that you
can use them year after year. A
pumpkin carving kit will make
the detail work much easier,
though you can also use utensils
lying around the house. Ice
cream scoopers are great for
removing pumpkin innards,
cookie cutters make great pat-
terns and an ice pick can double
as a poker.
Painting faces on your
pumpkins is a good time-saving
option, though you won't get
those glowing faces once dusk
descends. Remedy this by using
outdoor lighting in different col-
ors to highlight your creepy
decor. Candles and decorative
hanging lights are also good for
setting the mood, but don't go
overboard. Limited lighting
keeps things spooky.
Light It Up!
Here are a few great and
inexpensive ways to light up your
Halloween decor:
Strobe Lights: Strobes al-
ways have an eerie affect espe-
cially when combined with a
creepy soundtrack.
Black Lights: For just a few
dollars you can purchase a black
fluorescent light kit that will
accentuate any light colored
objects giving them a haunting
glow. If you don't want to worry
about installing or purchasing a
whole new light fixture, consider
temporarily changing out your
existing white fluorescent bulbs
with black ones.
Colored lights: You can add
"color gels" to any white light to
give your existing lights a whole
new look. These are specifically
made to handle high heat with-
out melting. You can usually find
them at camera supply shops.
Daunting Details
If you are throwing a Hallo-
ween party, make costumes
mandatory. Add ambiance with
scary music, such as a CD of
horror movie themes and consid-
er spooky sound effects in a few
rooms of your home. There are a
number of outdoor speakers
available so you can bring those
sound effects to your front yard
as well. For refreshments, pump-
kins carved in half, gutted and
lined with plastic can serve as
"chilling" mini-coolers, or fill
them with dry ice instead to cre-
ate a haunting fog and cook up
some scary recipes to serve to
your ghoulish guests.
By spooking up your front
yard and the inside of your
home, you can make a truly
memorable Halloween for you
and your guests. You'll be sur-
prised by how wonderfully
responsive your friends and fam-
ily will be. After all, you're get-
ting into the holiday spirit! (Get
it, spirit?) But, hey, Halloween
isn't just for kids anymore, so
have fun.
For detailed information
and more great projects ideas,
visit www.BeJane.com.


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Bronson

unveils new

Web site on

alternative

fuels
Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson has
unveiled a Web site that provides
locations statewide where E85,
E10, biodiesel and biodiesel-
blended fuels can be purchased.
The Web site http://www.
doacs.state.fl.us/standard/petro.
Click on Alternative Fuel Loca-
tions.
E85, an alternative fuel com-
prised of 85% ethanol and 15%
gasoline, requires a flex-fuel
vehicle. E10, gasoline blended
with 10% ethanol, and biodiesel-
blended fuels can be used in vir-
tually any modern gasoline or
diesel engine respectively.
The Web site is the latest
effort in Bronson's "Farm to
Fuel Initiative," which is
designed to ease both Florida
and the nation's dependency on
foreign oil and promote cleaner,
renewable fuels by having
Florida farmers grow fuel crops
to support this production.
The initiative stems from the
"25 x '25" vision, which calls for
25 percent of the nation's energy
needs to be produced by
America's farms, ranches and


Seahawksfrom Page 11
approaching. The girls will begin
practice immediately after the
volleyball team's season is fin-
ished. Coach Pittman will lead
the girl's team in their first sea-
son. The boys team under
Coach Drake will begin practice
on Oct. 29 with all the boys that
are not playing football. Those
kids will join him on Nov. 12.
The girls will be playing and
practicing in Carrabelle this sea-
son and the boys team will prac-
tice and play at the Apalachicola
High gym in Apalachicola. This
was my decision in order to bring
part of the athletic program to
the folks in Apalachicola. It will
also help us with being able to
provide practice space and time
to six teams. The boys will bus to
AHS after school and practice
from 4:15-6:30 p.m. and the boys
from the east side will be bused
back after. I personally like this
because it helps in sharing the
short-term sacrifice of traveling
and getting home late between
both ends of the county. Coach
Lane is coordinating with the
prison work crews to get the gym
at AHS in its best possible condi-
tion. The girls first game is on
Nov. 13 vs. Altha at home and
the boys open the season at
Panama City Mosley on Nov.
27.
Any student wishing to play
basketball that has not done so.
needs to see Coach Drake or
Coach Pittman for the physical
and FHSAA forms needed to
participate. Don't wait until the
last minute.
Other Items
The NEFF Company will be
here on Monday, Oct. 10/29 to
have orders placed for letter jack-
ets. This date was moved due to
students being'out of school on
the 22nd. The average cost
(depending on what is put on the
jacket) is $200. A' $100 deposit
will be due on the 29th. They
.>will be here in time for
Christmas. This makes them a
nice Christmas present for the
athlete.
The baseball and softball
schedules are 95% complete. As
soon as a few times are firmed up
we will release these to the pub-
lic.
If you are on the roads and
see buses going in all directions,
chances are they are carrying
athletes home after practices or
games. The logistical and finan-
cial headaches of providing this
are immense. Thank the superin-
tendent, the School Board, and
the folks at transportation when
you see them for this. The kids
also sacrifice a lot in order to rep-
resent our school.

forests by the year 2025.
"Florida is well positioned
to be a leader in this effort
because of our available farm-
land and our mild climate,"
Bronson said. "The goal is to
reduce the country's dependency
on foreign oil, and at the same
time to provide alternative crops
that our farmers can grow to
keep our agriculture industry
viable."



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Phone: 850-670-1111

Fax: 850-670-8316
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LUNCH... .. .. ............ $5.95
With French Fries and ColeSlaw
Mullet
Catfish
SteaK Wrap
Chicken Wrap


NIGHTLY SPECIALS
NIGHTLY MNALS ............ $S.95
Country Fried SteaK
Alfredo Chicken or Shrimp


WEEKEND MEALS


Surf &


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White Bread or Biscuit/Choice of Sausage or Bacon
SAUSAe GR6,AVY & BISCUIT ....... .$2.00
PAN\CAKES with choice of Meat .......$2.50
FREPNCH TOAST with Choice of Meat . . 5
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County
accepting
home rehab
applications
Do you need your home
repaired?
If so, you might be interest-
ed to know that the Franklin
County Commission, through
the State Housing Initiative
Partnership (SHIP) Program,
would like to announce that
applications are currently being
accepted for the Owner Occu-
pied Rehabilitation and the
Emergency Repair Programs.
To submit an application
you must not have had assistance
from the SHIP Program in the
last 5 years; you must own and
occupy the home; and you must
meet SHIP Program eligibility
guidelines.
The SHIP Program does not
work on mobile homes.
The deadline for submitting
an application is Nov. 7.
These programs are on a
first come, first served basis and
only serve very low and low
income applicants.
For more information, con-
tact Lori Switzer at 850-653-
8199 or come by the office at 29
Avenue E, Suite 8, in
Apalachicola between 9 a.m.
and 11 a.m. Monday through
Thursday or by appointment.



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It's more than a winery; it's an entertainment complex


We recently had the opportunity to meet with
Stephen Kautz, president of Ironstone Vineyards of
Murphy's, California. Located at 2,400 feet in the
Sierra Foothills wine region in Calaveras County, this
is historic Gold Rush territory where the days are
warm but the nearby mountains provide cooling
breezes at night.
The winery is really an all-encompassing enter-
tainment complex with a 6,500-seat amphitheater that
hosts popular summertime concerts such as Bryan
Adams, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Vince Gill. You will also
find landscaped gardens, a heritage museum that
houses the world's largest single example of crys-
talline gold, a 44-pound specimen that was discovered
a few miles from the winery. The Kautz family oper-
ates all of the facilities and provides all of the food
and beverage needs for the facilities as well including
the 50 or so weddings that they host per year.
We had met Stephen about 6 years ago and-
remember fondly the Ironstone Obsession white wine
($10). Made from the symphony grape-a cross
between grenache gris and muscat of Alexandria.
This off-dry wine is an incredible value and is pretty
much guaranteed to please everyone. It has peach and
tropical fruit flavors with some spiciness that reminds
you a bit of gewurztraminer.
The purpose of our meeting was to taste the new


line of Christine Andrew wines that have just been
released. The name comes from two of the members
of the fourth generation of the Kautz family, which is
currently one of the top 10 wine-growing families in
the U.S. Stephen was "proud they are varietally cor-
rect" and believes that practicing "sustainable viticul-
ture winegrowing" are pay-
ing off with better quality
wine grapes.
Our favorites of the
Christine Andrew wines
S. were the Petite Sirah Lodi
2004 ($16), which exhibit-
ed a baked fruit pie nose,
and hints of herbs and
W< y leather with nice plumy
44 l fruit. We also enjoyed the
Malbec Lodi 2004 ($16)
which is not commonly
grown in California. Very ripe blueberry and cherry
fruit with a hint of earth create a very easy to drink
harmonious wine.
Our favorite was the Tempranillo Lodi 2005
($16). We loved the complexity of this wine made
from a grape, which is more commonly found in
Spain. Medium bodied, with wild cherry and plum
fruit flavors that finish with nice creamy vanillin oak.


This is a highly recommended wine and worth seek-
ing out.
We also enjoyed the Ironstone Vineyards Reserve
Cabernet Sauvignon Sierra Foothills 2003 ($24).
Classy cassis, cherry nose. Big in style, but still in bal-
ance, with lots of layers of flavors and complexity.
Ready to drink now.
In addition, we liked the Ironstone Vineyards
Reserve Meritage Calaveras County 2004 ($35). This
is a much bigger wine than the others we tasted with
bigger tannins, that will take time to resolve, and good
palate-cleansing acidity. Hints of olive in the nose
with a black cherry nose and flavors in the mouth,
and layers of flavors and complexity make this a wine
that you could drink now with a well-marbled steak or
hold for 3-5 years.
Wine of the Week
Gallo Family Vineyards Sonoma Reserve Pinot
Gris 2006 ($12). Lush, exotic fruit redolent of pears
highlight this well-made wine from Gallo.
Tom Marquardt and Patrick Darr have been writing a
wine column for 20 years and have traveled to the West
Coast and Europe to meet countless wine luminaries. "Wine
Guys" guides you through the maze of intimidating jargon,
introduces you to winemakers here and abroad, and offers
suggestions for today's dinner or for their wine cellars.


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The Freshest Local Seafood SteaKs, Sandwiches, Salads &r ids Menu

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Hamburger SteaK Dinner with Mashed Potatoes,
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S$7.15
WEDNESDAY
Lunch: 3 Hard or Soft Shell Tacos with BlacK
Beans and Pice $.95/Dinner: 3 Hard or Soft
Shell Tacos with BlacK Beeans and Rice $3.15
THURSDAY
Lunch: Spaghetti with Garlic Toast $4.95/
Dinner: All You Can Eat Spaghetti with Garlic
Toast and Side Salad $7.95

Lunch: Catch of the Day Fish Sandwich with
Coleslaw $4.95/Dinner: All You Can eat Peel &r
eat Shrimp with Coleslaw and New Potatoes

SATURDAY
Lunch: Steak (( oz. Vibeje) Sandwich with
Coleslaw $(6.15/Pinner: Surf fr Turf (I Shrimp
Skewer i 12 oz. ibeye) with garlic Toast, New
Potatoes and Side Salad $14.15
SUNDAY
Lunch: Country Dinner (All Dal) Meat,
Potatoes, Veggie of the Day, Garlic Toast and
Side Salad $8.5/
Pinner: Countrj Dinner (All Dal) Meat.
Potatoes, Veggie of the Dal, Garlic Toast and
Side Salad $6.15

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