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Franklin


Chronicle


Carrabelle asks


for resignations


Planning board, city
attorney can reapply
BY SKIP FRINK
Chronicle Correspondent
In a move reminiscent of an
early meeting of the previous
commission, recently elected
Commissioner Jim Brown asked
and got enough votes to request
key advisors to resign.
Brown, in his commissioner
comments slot, noted that
"appointed" positions are sub-
ject to review by the new board.
In spite of vehement objections
by Commissioners Ray Tyre and
Richard Sands, the vote was 3 to
2 in favor of asking for resigna-
tions from the Planning and
Zoning Board and city attorney
Dan Cox.
Asked to explain his reason,
Commissioner Brown said. he'd
rather not go into it. Tyre used
the word "vendetta" in his- com-
ments. The objecting commis-
sioners noted that the action had
not been an agenda item.
Commissioner Brown answered
that all those affected may reap-
ply for their posts, subject to
review and selection by the com-
mission.
The action was a surprise to
many, including the chairman of
the Planning Board. Jan
Stoudemire, real estate broker,
echoed the feelings of Commis-
sioner Tyre that many of these
people had worked for many
long hours for the benefit of
Carrabelle. She wondered that
there was not even a "thank you"
offered.
Conversely, Brown asked,
and got approval by all, to pro-
mote City Administrator John
McInnis to City Manager with a
raise in pay of $50 per week. The
new title brings increased deci-
sion-making power, so that all
day-to-day business items will no
longer have to wait until the fol-
lowing monthly meeting's vot-
ing. McInnis had faced the end
of his contract, and had consid-
ered retirement at that time. The
new position runs to the end of
2008.
When asked after the meet-
ing for clarification on the moves
noted above, McInnis produced
City Ordinance 415, which says
in part "WHEREAS, all board
members may serve for two (2)
year terms and may be reap-
pointed to successive terms with-
out limitation..." The commis-
sion in 2006 rewrote and institut-
ed new language as follows:
"WHEREAS, the City Charter
section 43 Advisory Boards


Paragraph (1) states that the City
Commission may at any time,
appoint an advisory board or
boards, composed of men or
women who are residents or non
residents of the City of
Carrabelle, qualified to act in an
advisory capacity to the City
Commission." He agreed that
the intent of the ordinance word-
ing is to allow the commission to
make changes at any time, and
specifically mentioned that every
former board member who reap-
plies may very well be appointed
right back onto the board.
Summary of other action
The evening had started
with Mayor Curley Messer
announcing a surprise for the
start of the session. Three local
ministers offered their versions-
of what Christmas meant to
them, by reading Bible passages,
or in the case of retired Pastor
Gene Hallstrom of the Carra-
belle First Baptist Church, recit-
ing from memory.
Arlene Oehler, President of
the Crooked River Lighthouse
Association, presented commis-
sion members with the new light-
house T-shirts in thanks for the
city's help in the renovation
process.
Commissioner Tyre exp-
ressed thanks to Tamara Allen
for the art contest she sponsored
at the Carrabelle school, all of
which was on display in the
Senior Center. Students were
asked to illustrate the answer to
"What do I want Carrabelle har-
bor to look like?" and produced
many versions of water, docks,
birds, homes and boats.
John McInnis, in his staff
report, complimented the con-
tractor who installed the "Pirate
Ship" Carrabella at the light-
house park in one week. The
structure is a mammoth 68-foot
structure of preshaped treated
wood, and looks large enough to
accommodate a couple of grade
school classes with room to
spare. At the dedication ceremo-
ny, as many adults as children
were seen playing on and in the
ship. Piazza, Inc. of Geneva,
Florida was contractor for the
equipment from Playwood
Industries.
The state of Florida has
agreed to make up the difference
in funding for the new airport
fuel tank project. Bids received
were higher than grant funds on
hand.
ECT, the harbor boat ramp
project engineers, has applied for
Continued on Page 2


PHOTO COURTESY JOHN CANETTA
The view from the top of the lighthouse shows the intricate
detail of the lens, qs well as the spectacular view of the Gulf.

The beacon shines again
BY LAUREL NEWMAN
Chronicle Correspondent


After standing in darkness
for 12 years since its decommis-
sioning by the U.S. Coast Guard
in 1995, the Crooked River Light
Station (lighthouse) shines the
light out over the Gulf once
again.
Newly restored and refur-
bished with a replica fourth-
order Fresnel lens, slightly larger
than a standard fourth order, the
lighthouse was restored to its
working, safe order and structur-
al integrity by "the best light-
house restoration expert in the
country," according to Carra-
belle Lighthouse, Association
president Arlene Oehler.
The restoration of the struc-
ture was performed by Kenneth
Smith Architects, who specialize
in lighthouse restorations, and
the engineering of the light by
Worth Contracting. The project
was financed in part by historic
grant assistance provided by the
State of Florida, Florida
Department of Sate Division of
Historical Resources, assisted by
the Florida Historical Commis-
sion, for the City of Carrabelle.
The relighting ceremony
took place Saturday, Dec. 8, as
part of the "Holiday on the


PHOTO BY LAUREL NEWMAN
Lights shine through the sta-
tion windows- beneath the
beacon at dusk Saturday, as
visitors leave the ceremony.
Harbor" Christmas celebration.
CLA President Oehler wel-
comed the guests, and gave a
brief history of the CLA's long
effort to get the support and
assistance needed to complete
the restoration, and pursue the
Continued on Page 2


PHOTO BY LAUREL NEWMAN

All lit up
A sailboat that looks like a
Christmas tree was one of
the reasons that Carrabelle's
Holiday on the Harbor was
such a successful event. For
more photos and informa-
tion, see page 8.


Carrabelle

wants

vote in

Lanark

BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Chronicle Staff
The Carrabelle City Com-
mission has' voted to ask the
County Commission to schedule
a vote to determine the future of
the Lanark Village Water &
Sewer District.
The decision came during a
City Commission meeting
Thursday, Dec. 6, after Lanark
District Board Chairman
Barbara Rohrs admitted to
Mayor Curley Messer that she is
opposed to merging the Lanark
District with Carrabelle.
The meeting was the latest


develop-
ment in a
campaign
to have the
District
dissolved
and having
Carrabelle


* Lanark leader
arrested, page 2
* Ethics com-
plaint dismissed,
page 2


take over. The meeting was an
attempt to iron out an agreement
between the city and the Lanark
District, which was formally rep-
resented by Rohrs.
After Rohrs asked Carra-
belle officials several questions-
including whether the city would
agree to have a mediator if the
talks stall-several members of
the audience implored the city to
proceed with the agreement and
help end the squabbling in
Lanark. At one point, an audi-
ence member asked the City
Commission to directly ask
Rohrs whether she favored the
proposal, a question she refused
to answer at the previous District
Board meeting.
"Mam, I'm going to ask you
straight out," said Mayor Curley
Messer, "Do you want a merg-
er?"
After attempting to skirt the
question, Mayor Messer inter-
rupted. "I asked one question:
Do you want to merge?"
"Do I want to merge?"
"Yes, mam."
"No I do not," she said.


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Page 2 December 14, 2007


A LOCALLY OWNED NEWSPAPER


The Franklin Chronicle


Lanark Water District critic arrested


BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Chronicle Staff
A vocal critic of the Lanark
Village Water and Sewer District
has been arrested and charged
with a misdemeanor count of
battery in connection with a con-
frontation before a workshop
meeting in October.
Bill Snyder was arrested on
Wednesday, Dec. 5, just minutes
after an informal- meeting of
Lanark Village residents where
District issues were discussed.
A court file on the case
states the following:
"On October the 8th, 2007
Commissioner Barbara Rohrs
called and requested a Deputy
Sheriffs be present at the work-
shop for the Lanark Village
Water & Sewer held at Chillas
Hall. Dispatch Carmel Millen-
der advised Ms. Rohrs that they
was right at changing shifts, and
would send someone as soon as
possible. Dispatch Millender
advised Deputy Dewayne Cook
to go to Chillas Hall in Lanark as
soon as possible. Deputy Cook


was in the process of getting
gasoline for his patrol car and
advised as soon as he was
through he would be heading
that way. At this time at Chillas
Hall in Lanark Village, several
people had showed up for the
workshop. According to witness-
es, William Snyder a resident of
Lanark is there videoing the
meeting. Mr. Snyder points his
video camera toward Mr. Joseph
Rowell when Mr. Rowell tells
him to take the camera off of
him. Mr. Snyder becomes very
violent and began to swing his
walking cane at him and striking
him several times. Mr. Rowell
said he tried to defend, himself,
the best he could. Mr. Rowell
said that this was his first meting
that he had attended. Several
written statements was taken
from other witnesses that was
present for the meeting and wit-
ness Mr. Snyder striking Mr.
Rowell with his cane. Mr. Snyder
was served a trespass agreement
to stay away from Chillas Hall
during the Lanark Water &


Sewer board meeting on October
9th by Deputy Thomas Webb."
Snyder denied the accusa-
tion and said he was defending
himself from Rowell. He said he
was not videotaping when
Rowell app-roached in a threat-
ening manner and ordered him
to turn off the camera. Snyder
told The Chronicle shortly after
the incident that he pushed
Rowell to protect himself, then
Rowell began punching him, and
Snyder then hit Rowell with his
cane.
Snydet lost consciousness
and was taken to Weems
Hospital for treatment after the
incident.
Snyder is chairman of the
Concerned Citizens of Lanark
Village, a group campaigning for
dissolution of the water district.
The arrest shocked many
residents of Lanark and prompt-
ed Sheriff Mike Mock to attend
a hastily called informal gather-
ing of residents who disputed the
official version of what had hap-
pened.


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Highs in the
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Sunrise:
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Sunrise:
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Highs in the
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Sunrise:
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Sunset:
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Highs in the
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lows in the
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Sunset:
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Florida At A Glance


Ethics complaint against commissioner dismissed


BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Chronicle Staff
A complaint by two mem-
bers of the Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District against the
third member has been dis-
missed by the state Ethics
Commission.
In a ruling issued Dec. 5, the
Ethics Commission dismissed
the complaint "for legal insuffi-
ciency." Basically, the Commis-
sion said the complaint stemmed


largely from political differences
between Board members and did
not involve any ethical questions.
Board members Barbara
Rohrs and Sharon Thoman
asked for the ethics investigation
of Pauline Sullivan based on
sworn statements of Thoman
and other residents. Board attor-
ney Brian Armstrong said those
statements suggest Sullivan was
attempting to bankrupt the dis-
trict and was engaging in acts "of


questionable moral character."
Sullivan said she has never
taken anything from the district
and that the investigation is in
retaliation for her complaints
about Armstrong and the dis-
trict's bookkeeping, and her sup-
port for a.merger with Carra-
belle.
Armstrong charged the
District legal fees for preparing
Rohrs' and Thoman's complaint.


Vote in Lanark from Page 1
That was followed immedi-
ately by Commissioner Richard
Sands' motion to send a letter to
the County Commission asking
it to initiate a vote of Lanark
property owners.
Earlier in the meeting,
County Commissioner Cheryl


Resignations from Page 1
a $100,000 grant from Forever
Florida.
Carrabelle received a high-
ly complimentary letter from
Skipperliner Industries, the
unfortunate builders of the
brand-new yacht that sunk in
Carrabelle harbor last month.
They cited two city employees,
Keith Mock and Charlie Painter,
for going above and beyond in
making sure that all was well
with the recovery.
The commissioners com-
missioned Mclnnis to research
and estimate the feasibility of the
city going into the trash pickup
and hauling business, instead of.
continuing to pay outside con-
tracting companies.
Pinki Jackel, of the new


Beacon from Page 1
ultimate goal of a public park
around The lighthouse. She rec-
ognized the many people whose
efforts were part of its success,
awarding each a certificate of
appreciation, including the cur-
rent mayor of Carrabelle, Curley
Messer; the former mayor, Mel
Kelly; Rep. Will Kendrick, who
gave much support to the effort;
and Amy Hartmann, who wrote
the grant; numerous volunteers
and members, going right back


Sanders told Carrabelle commis-
sioners that if they believe a vote
is needed, they should send a
request to the county for a vote.
"It needs to be known that
the County Commission is going
to back what the people want,"'
she said.
It is still possible such a vote


Seaside Village project in north-
east Carrabelle offC.R. 67, said
that the first foundation pours
will begin in January. Inovia
Consulting has completed plan
review on behalf of the city, and
Phase I (west- nearer to 67) will
begin.
SMuch discussion ensued
over the subject of running city
water and sewer to Shell Bay,
which is approximately "100
lots" in distance from the light-
house, the current terminus of
the services. Shell Bay is identi-
fied as the "sea wall" area built
in the wake of Hurricane Dennis
in 2005. The project will be on
both sides of Highway 98.
Commissioner Tyre reminded
the meeting that "rampant devel-
opment" is an ever-present dan-
ger when providing services to


to the remaining founders of the
CLA. Of the six original
founders, four were at the cere-
mony: original president,
Barbara Revell, who perhaps did
the most from the beginning to
make the dream come true;
David Butler, Mary Ann Shields,
and Laurel Newman. The fifth,
Tom Campbell, is deceased, and
the sixth, Ann Deloney, has
moved out of the area.
The public park aspect is
well under way, with a large
"pirate ship" for the kids to play


won't be needed, if an agreement
is reached by the next Lanark
District Board meeting Dec. 17
at 6:30 p.m. Despite Rohrs'
opposition, the transfer of assets
could be approved by the other
two members of the three-person
Board.. The next County
Commission meeting is Dec.. 18.


outlying areas. Robert Aitkens,
for the project, replied that the
plan is one unit per acre, 21 units
on 21.2 acres, and approved.by
the county. Aitkens said that of
the 100 homes "along the way,"
including his development, 42
are now interested in paying the
required startup tap fee for the
service, and he expects that 81
will be the total once all are con-
tacted. Tap fees are $3,655 each,
payable up front.
Inovia Consulting has esti-
mated a project cost of $240,000,
which would more than be paid
by the expected tap fees. The
request was approved, with the
provisos that McInnis would
review a cost-benefit analysis
and make contact with the coun-
ty to coordinate. There would be
no cost to Carrabelle.


on at rest under the shady oaks,
and a comfortable shady pavil-
ion on the grounds.
At about 6 p.m., former
CLA presidents Barbara Revell
and Mary Katzer, historian John
Canetta, who has been working
with the CLA since its inception
and continues to do so, and
Chief Paul Zado, of the USCG
vessel "Seahawk", clicked the
switch to turn on the beacon,
and once more mariners have a
steady light to guide them.


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Lake City 79
Madison 80
Melbourne 80
Miami 79
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December 14, 2007 Page 3


More holiday cheer ahead ; .


Now that the Holiday on the
Harbor and the Boat Parade of
Lights excitement is behind us
(and WHAT a celebration it
was!), there are still events to
look forward to, and opportuni-
ties to give out, and receive,
more holiday cheer.
This Saturday, Dec. 15, a
favorite Carrabelle tradition:
Santa will return to the
Carrabelle Volunteer Fire
Department, arriving, of course
by fire truck. It will most likely
be the favorite of the fleet: The
Chief Bonnie Kerr, named after
the beloved late fire chief who
passed away Dec. 26, 2002 after
a brief illness, having retired in
January 1999, after serving
Carrabelle for almost 30 years on
the VFD, the last 17 of those as
chief.
After parading through town
with siren announcing his arrival
about 11 a.m., Santa will set up
at the fire station on Tallahassee
Street, where a long line of chil-
dren will be waiting to tell Santa
what they hope for, and to
receive a stocking of candy and
perhaps a small toy (if they
haven't been naughty this year,
that is.)
If you join in the spirit of the
season by decorating your home
or business, don't forget to sign
up for the annual decorating con-
test sponsored by the Carrabelle
Chamber of Commerce. Entry
forms are available at the
Chamber office or on this page
of The Franklin Chronicle. The
contest is open to residents from
St. James Bay Golf Course to
Lighthouse Estates. Chamber
members urge everyone to par-
ticipate, no matter how modest
they think their decorating
scheme is compared to others.
"In past years, some of the
simplest schemes have impressed
the judges the most while on
their rounds, but they weren't
entered," a former judge said.
Now, you can nominate


By Laurel Newman


your neighbors if you think their
design is outstanding or attrac-
tive, even if not elaborate.
Deadline for entry is Monday,
Dec. 17, and the winners will be
announced Thursday, Dec. 20,
right here in The Franklin
Chronicle. For further informa-
tion, contact the Chamber office
at 697-2585, or email: cham-
ber@netally.com.
If you want to help the
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
bring some extra holiday cheer
to the county's underprivileged
children, join their toy drive by
bringing a new, unwrapped toy
to the FCSO in Eastpoint, or the
Franklin County Property
Appraiser's office at the court-
house in Apalachicola by Friday,
Dec. 21. If you cannot pick up a
toy, a cash donation will be
accepted, and a toy purchased
on your behalf. All gifts will be
delivered by the FCSO by
Christmas Day. For more infor-
mation, contact Sgt. Ryan
Sandoval or Renee Brannan at
670-8519.
Speaking of Santa Claus....
Who decides these things;
who are these anonymous
arbiters of public opinion who
decide what is politically correct
and what defines a "new taboo"?
Who takes the polls and
crunches the numbers to deter-
mine how offensive it is, say, to
be "short" instead of "vertically
challenged"? (That term brings a


totally different image to my
mind's eye, and it isn't necessari-
ly a person of small stature).
And who is offended that
Santa Claus packs a few extra
pounds. He's been doing his job
for a long time with no dis-
cernible ill effects associated
with that round belly.
Kids expect his lap to be soft and
cuddly, with the security of that
cushiony midsection to lean
against while confiding their
secret desires.
There have been, to date, no
extra medical expenses, no
impact on the North Pole
Workmen's Comp bottom line,
the reindeer and the elves have
not gone on strike to protest
unfair working conditions or
expectations, no lawsuits filed by
homeowners for roof or chim-
ney damages.
Speaking of suits, have any
sexual harassment suits been
filed because of the traditional,
centuries old verbal expression of
his familiar laughter?
As a matter of fact, perhaps
Santa should sue the segment of
our population who have turned
that particular trademark ono-
matopoeic interjection of his
into a vulgar noun with the use
of degrading adjectives? I think
HE should be the one offended
here.
Traditions that elevate love
of each other, kindness, generos-
ity and peace aren't in any way
offensive. What is offensive is the
small-mindedness that wastes
time looking for new ways to
offend each other.
Keep it up Santa! We love
you just the way you are, every
soft, cuddly pound, every cheery
roar of laughter.
Laurel Newman writes regularly
about happenings around Carra-
belle. If you have an event or good
Carrabelle story, contact her at 850-
697-2046 days, or e-mail to lau-
rne59@aol.com.


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Rod Gasche, left, and John Mclnnis admire their work.


The creation of a

small train town


BY LAUREL NEWMAN
Chronicle Correspodndent
There-were many oohs and
aahs of appreciation Saturday
night as the miniature "train
town" was opened as part of the
Holiday on the Harbor celebra-
tion.
Separate "neighborhoods"
were set up beneath a shower of
multi-colored lights, with holi-
day backdrops and details that
turned the old Hook Talley's
lounge into a Christmas fantasy
stroll.
The trains wound busily
through and around assorted
models of old-fashioned busi-
nesses (fish houses, chandlers;
liveries and stables, a general
store, post office and fire station,
as well as a city hall and jail.)
'Sheds and shacks and outbuild-
ings accompanied all of these,
and residential neighborhoods
took their places around the cen-
trally located business district.
All of those model buildings
were painstakingly constructed
by City Administrator John
.McInnis, over a two-year period.
"Sometimes I worked on them at
my desk," he said, "but mostly at


night at home."
McInnis, whose hobby is not
model-making, said "the idea
just came to me and I started
making them."
Looking around for an ideal
medium to use for construction,
he consulted his friend Rod
Gasche, who was remodeling his
home.
"I had all this wall board I
had taken down and stacked in
my garage," he said, "and I
showed it to John. 'How about
this?' I asked, "and he said some-
thing like 'perfect, I'll take it."'
The miniature town was
given action, theme and move-
ment with the loan of three
model-train lovers' personal
train sets: Gasche, McInnis, and
David Butler. Each owner set up
and operated his own sets, but
McInnis gave Gasche all the
credit for the set-up, planning
and "landscaping" of the town.
"We worked all week before
Saturday night to get this just
right," he said. "Rod's the engi-
neer, I'm just the coal man of
this outfit."
The result was a lot of pleas-
ure for a lot of people of all ages..


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A generous helping of Santa
The only thing I recall getting from those shopping center Santas
when I was a kid was a case of the willies! I mean what's more fright-
ening to a 4-year-old than a huge man with a long beard dressed in
weird clothes?
Sure Santa came every year with toys for all of us good boys and
I wrote him a letter in early December after wearing out the Sears cat-
alog, and I left milk and cookies near my
Christmas list on Christmas Eve. But he
was still an abstraction. I knew I would-
n't actually come face-to-face with him
in my living room.
So when I did visit this scary behe-
moth on his throne at the Parkway
Shopping Center in Tallahassee-
appropriately enough, at Sears-it was a
T4 o truly frightening experience. And there
was no bag of goodies after enduring the
By Russell Roberts horror!
My, how things have changed, I
discovered Saturday.
It started in Eastpoint at the parade down U.S. 98. Even if
there we no marching bands, it was still a great parade, with its col-
lection of local celebrities, emergency vehicles, and church floats. But
what was most surprising were the freebies tossed out to the kids.
There was enough candy to fill a Halloween bag. In fact, the parents
who were better prepared than me brought bags to fill with the candy
that littered the highway like snow in the North Pole. One mom who
obviously had more practice at this asked incredulously if I brought
a bag for my son. We'll, no, but I'll know better next year.
But I'm not just talking candy, here. My son's haul included
stuffed animals, a kite, a ceramic Christmas ornament (which now
hangs on his tree) and even a dollar bill taped to a piece of candy. A
DOLLAR BILL!
Next we hit the Eastpoint Fire Department, where kids and their
parents lined up dozens deep waiting .their turn to talk to Santa and
get a goodie bag. While waiting in line, I asked my son, "What are
you going to tell Santa you want for Christmas?" He answered, "Toys
in a bag." (He had undoubtedly seen kids in front of him getting their
goodie bags from Santa.)
Saturday night there was another Santa to see at the bakery in
Carrabelle. (Does anyone make better chili than that?) It was really
quite quaint that the only thing in Santa's goodie bag this time was a
delicious peanut butter cookie.
Still, by day's end we had an impressive collection of trinkets,
puzzles, whistles and of course candy.
Maybe now I understand why my son has never been afraid on
sit on Santa's lap. He has learned that the reward is worth the agony:

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I won't be shopping at the "Annoyance

Store" again; it's not convenient


Interestingly enough, I was actually living
before the "Supermarket Age." Yes, yes I was actu-
ally raised in the "Age of the Corner Store."
The Corner Store had a little bell above the
door that rang to wake up the retired old person
who lived in a room in
the back of the store.
Everything in the
Corner Store was
overpriced--but.
nobody knew that
until the Supermarket
came to town. The
complaint of the
Corner Store owners
who went out of busi- T
ness due to the arrival eon
of the Supermarket By Richard E Noble
was that the American
people would rather
stand in line to save a dime than to support one of
their friends and neighbors in that little corner
store. Corner store owners were bitter and didn't
understand "progress" or "marketing" or supply
and demand or technology or economics.
With the arrival of the supermarket the Corner
Store vanished-but not for long. Suddenly came
the "Convenience Store."
The "Convenience Store" was the corporate
version of the Corner Store. The motto of the
Convenience Store was "why stand in line to save a
dime when yqu can give us that dime and be on
time."
Unfortunately for the general public that dime
has turned into a quarter and the quarter into 50
cents and that 50 cents into a dollar.
I went into a Convenience Store the other day.
I don't think it was a chain or corporate type but a
privately owned version. I was standing in line with
my two-dollar wilted green pepper that I had for-
gotten to buy on my last trip to the grocery store
and there was a fellow in front of me with a gallon
of milk.
He was obviously a young working man a
laborer. He had the boots and the wardrobe to
prove it. He had three one-dollar bills in his hand.
The lady behind the cash register rang up the
young man's gallon of milk and then announced
the price. I think the price was something like
$5.35, which seemed considerably more than what
milk was selling for at the supermarket. But this
was not a supermarket: this was a "Convenience
Store."
The young man was somewhat startled by the
cashier's announcement, but without a word he
dipped back into his wallet and pulled out three
more one-dollar bills.
As he was standing there waiting for his
change he mumbled to no one in particular; "Boy,


I'm sure glad I ain't got four young ones at home.
Kids need and drink a lot of milk. A working man
could go bankrupt at these prices today."
The lady behind the register said; "Don't
worry about them, they have WIC and welfare.
The social services take good care of them kind of
people."
The young man took his change and left the
store.
The cashier lady then turned to me and said,
"If he can't afford it why don't he just shop some
place else-we're not a Discount Store; we're a
Convenience Store."
Well, to be honest, I'm in agreement with the
young man. I also feel sorry for those young work-
ing people who must buy five-dollar-a-gallon milk
for their kids. And young, non-college graduates,
working not-so-great jobs in America represent
80% of the younger work force. Interestingly
enough many of those who do have good jobs and
college degrees are in their late 20's and early 30's
and are still living at home with good old Mom and
Dad-they can't afford their own home or even an
apartment. What is going on here?
Today in America there are 38 million people
who, by our American standards, are classified as
living in poverty. That's the entire country of
Colombia.
There are another 58 million who are classified
as nearly poor. These 58 million are living on the
edge of "getting by" and falling into poverty. If one
of the workers in these nearly poor families loses
his orher jo or gets sick, they're over the diff arid
tumble into poverty.
Thirty-eight million poor and 58 million
almost poor that is 96 million people.
Right now we have almost 1/3 of our nation
living in poverty or almost in poverty. During the
depression of 1929 we had 40% of our nation liv-
ing in these conditions (though even worse)-but
we only had 100 million people in those days.
I think somebody should start being con-
cerned.
I can afford to go to that convenience store.to
buy a two-dollar wilted green pepper if I choose
to-but I'm not going to. That lady turned my con-
venience into an annoyance. I dislike being
annoyed even more that I crave convenience. I
won't forget my green peppers at the supermarket
in the future and they will no longer see me at the
"Annoyance Store."
Richard E. Noble has been a resident of Eastpoint 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.


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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR


Resident critical of action in Carrabelle


Dear Editor:
I wouldn't believe it if I had-
n't been there to actually witness
it! The three new City Commis-
sion members very effectively all
but did away with the planning
and zoning board and our pres-
ent city attorney by asking for
their resignations and then hav-
ing to re-apply for their positions.
The two incumbent commission-
ers were blind-sided as they
apparently were unaware this
action was to take place
(Sunshine Law?). This issue


was not on the agenda!
The folks on the planning
and zoning board are volunteers
and are not reimbursed for this
civic service. However, as a for-
mer member of this board I am
aware of how much time and
preparation this takes for each
meeting as well as work on the
comprehensive plan. Not a
mention of thanks or gratitude
was made to board members for
their efforts. Our city attorney
also. has done an excellent job in
spearheading our updated com-
prehensive plan and in present


negotiations with various legal
situations. He always comes pre-
pared with his advice.
What are we to do now?
Start all over with a new board
and new attorney who are not
familiar with the present situa-
tions in our city? In all probabil-
ity we will have a hand-picked
attorney (if not already done so)
and perhaps do away with the
P&Z Board altogether. After all,
that would be just one more
elimination of our democratic
process and put the "yea" or
"nay" power in three individuals.


The new mayor and his two
sidekicks have reverted back to
the "good old boys" type of gov-
ernment, in my opinion. The
commission meetings have
become more chaotic and per-
haps that's the way the new
members want it. No discussion
time is offered on issues, just
ramrod an issue through with a
3-2 vote.
And just where are all those
"civic-minded" individuals who
voted these "good old boys" into
office? They voted, to be sure,
but where are they when it


comes to volunteering for a
community cleanup, P&Z Board
or even attending commission
meetings? No where to be
found.
I am dismayed and disap-
pointed in the way our City
Commission has gone downhill
in a short period of time. Where
will we be after four more years?
My guess is at least 20 years
behind and very similar to the
mess in Lanark.
Marjorie Sehnke
Carrabelle


With rights come responsibilities in most places


Dear Editor:
With rights, I taught my chil-
dren, come responsibilities. The
United States Constitution
describes two of several duties of
people under U.S. or State juris-
diction simply as (1) "to tell the
truth under oath," and (2) "to
help enforce laws and practices
that are constitutional and
applied within their proper juris-
diction and according to their
intent, and to resist those which
are not." Recently it seems these
duties have been forgotten by
members of the Lanark Village
Water and Sewer District Water
board, their attorney, and
employees.
A Public Report and Order
Dismissing Complaint from The
State of Florida Commission on
Ethics were sent to me. It was in
reference to the ethics complaint
written by the LVWSD's Rohrs,
Thoman, and Armstrong with
the input of the district staff and
other associates. The complaint
was submitted upon the LVWSD
lawyer Armstrong's legal urging
during a public meeting. Rohrs,
Thoman, and Armstrong's ethics
complaint against me was dis-
missed for legal insufficiency.
The State of Florida
Commission on Ethics was quite
detailed in educating the Rohrs,
Thoman, and associates about
the role of the State of Florida
Commission on Ethics, what


was an ethics code violation, and
what was not. It appears the
LVWSD attorney Armstrong
missed reading the chapter on
how to write ethics complaints in
Florida.
Basically, the State of
Florida Commission on Ethics
told the LVWSD commissioners
that the situation they described
was a disagreement in which we
are at odds regarding various
matters concerning the District,
its proceedings, or its operation.
Simply stated, we have a differ-
ence of opinions that is not an
ethics code violation. In my
opinion, it is a pity that so much
time and LVWSD money were
wasted because Rohrs, Thoman,
Armstrong and others refuse to
acknowledge the First Amend-
ment Rights in the U.S. Constit-
ution or follow a democratic
process in governance of this
Florida special district.
It is quite revealing that the
State of Florida Commission on
Ethics had to explain to these
people that I am allowed to have
an opinion. It is absurd to think
a government agency had to
explain this to two government
officials and their attorney, who
is a member of the Florida Bar
Association. Why is it a chal-
lenge for these people to under-
stand that I have a right to voice
my opinion, even if the group in
power disagrees with me? In my


view, it is illogical for any rep-
utable attorney to encourage
these LVWSD commissioners
officially complain about me
exercising my First Amendment
Rights.
The State of Florida Com-
mission on Ethics told these peo-
ple as a matter of law, it does not
appear "that there is any duty on
the part of a public official (espe-
cially on the part of an official of
a special purpose government
unit such as the District) to take
a particular policy position, such
that their government should
keep services in-house, contract
for services, expand operations,
cease operations, or cooperate
with neighboring government
units. Thus, State of Florida
Commission on Ethics said that
my behavior was consistent with
the performance of my public
duties did not violate Section
112.313(6).
Here again is another exam-
ple of how the LVWSD attorney
Armstrong, from a ... Tallahas-
see law firm, helps Rorhs with
her attempt to highjack democra-
cy by violating a LVWSD board
member's, as well as residents',
Constitutional Rights. I consider
it unconscionable that these gov-
ernment officials and an officer
of the court punish individuals
with different viewpoints. Do
they understand how inappropri-
ate it is to use slander and libel in


order to publicly discredit opin-
ions contrary to theirs? Shame
on these people! I believe their
seemingly retaliatory actions
make a mockery of democracy
and disrespect all who died and
or served the U.S. to protect our
Constitutional rights.
There are a few bizarre
claims the LVWSD lawyer
Armstrong investigated in order
to recommend that the LVWSD
commissioners file ethics charges
against me. The allegations are
really amusing nonsense and
worthy material for comedians.
For example, David Curry said
in a sworn statement that he
"noticed a strong smell that
smelled like propane gas" on
June 9, 2007, and "Commis-
sioner Sullivan had been in the
copy room making copies."
Also, Carol Reynolds stated
in a sworn affidavit "that
Commissioner Sullivan was in
the copy room making copies-
apparently on Friday June 8,
2007. It tickles me to no end that
these two people saw me in the
LVWSD office, and are appar-
ently endowed with supernatural
vision. The reality is that I was
working in Hawaii on USDA
funded research when they claim
to have seen me. Accusations
made by Don and Patty Lively
about my "feeding the bears" are
remarkable, as I work long hours
and often forget to feed myself...


It sounds as if he has the same
gift of supernatural vision shown
by Mr. Curry and Ms.
Reynolds... The LVWSD paid
Armstrong to help prepare both
Livelys' statements for the ethics
complaint and court.
... Medical records are confi-
dential and only released by the
patient. Yet, the LVWSD board
and their attorney demanded I
turn Mr. Snyder's medical
records over to them. It would
have made more sense to ask Mr.
Snyder for his records, instead
they made themselves seem
ignorant about ethics and the
law. The Billy Snyder medical
record issue also appeared in my
ethics complaint.
Billy Snyder had to go to
court for many of the same alle-
gations that appeared in my
ethics complaint. A comparison
of the statements made in both
cases does seem to indicate that
Rorhs and associates submitted
similar statements both times.
Their sworn statements did not
provide the basis for legally suffi-
cient complaint either time.
There is record of Mr.
Armstrong charging the
LVWSD for speaking with Joey
Rowell on October 9, 10, and 16,
2007 after the attack on Mr. Billy
Snyder, a physically challenged
person. In fact, on October 9,
2007 I saw Joey Rowell meeting
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at the LVWSD with Don and Patty Lively.
I wonder why Mr. Armstrong did not call Mr. Snyder for his statements after the
alleged attack. Mr. Armstrong's actions are a bit curious, especially since Chairperson
Rohrs opened Chillas Hall, which allowed this incident to happen and resulted in Mr.
Snyder being taken off to the hospital in an ambulance. But then, lawyer Armstrong
has said publicly how much he respects Rohrs, Thoman, and their cast of characters,
while showing contempt for Mr. Snyder and me. Fact finding is especially flawed and
the truth hard to find when selective interviewing occurs.
Repetitive behaviors do seem to reappear in LVWSD commissioners Rohrs and
Thoman, lawyer Armstrong, staff and associates. Armstrong seemingly continues to
write statements of fact for people to file against those whose opinions differ from
theirs.
These complaints have been sent to different agencies and dismissed. Yet,
Armstrong is content to bill the LVWSD for this folly. It is my belief that Rohrs and
Thoman should pay the legal costs associated with their peculiar actions. Perhaps,
Armstrong's "free lunch" in Lanark needs to end quickly...
Why should the rate payers fund the legal costs for the LVWSD's Rohrs and
Thoman, as well as their associates, abnormal actions and efforts to keep guaranteed
Constitutional rights out of Lanark?
The U.S. Constitution grants citizens the personal liberties to assemble freely, com-
municate with the world, and express or publish their opinions or those of others. Yet
actions by Armstrong, Rohrs, Thoman, and LVWSD workers seemingly obstruct our
Constitutional rights. I believe the residents of LVWSD deserve government officials
who respect the will of the people, and their rights.
I thought about the contents of this letter, wrote it myself and without cost the
LVWSD ratepayers.
Pauline Sullivan, Commissioner
Lanark Village Water and Sewer District

Residents write about the arrest of
Chairman of Lanark Concerned Citizens
Editor's note: The Franklin Chronicle received many letters to the editor concerning the arrest of
Billy Snyder Some others will be printed next week.
Dear Editor:
I have heard that Mr. Bill Snyder has been arrested for battery.
Billy, as we call him, is a friend of mine and my family. He was also a good friend
of my late husband Grant. I have known him since 1999, and since that time have come
to respect him. He has always been honest.and courteous with us. On arriving in Lanark
after my husband's death in 2004, Billy was there to help my sons dig a new well, as the
previous one had failed. He did this out of the goodness of his heart.
It saddens me to hear a gentle man was beaten unconscious and is now charged
with battery.
Betty Cahill-Noorenberghe
Strathroy, Ont., Canada

Dear Editor:
I have known Bill Snyder since 1991, first as my father's neighbor in Lanark Village,
then, since 1996, as my neighbor at my inherited second home there.
I have never known Bill to demonstrate any but the finest character. I have never
known him to be violent. I have frequently seen him struggle to maintain his balance,
with the aid of a cane, while performing everyday tasks that the rest of us accomplish
without a conscious thought.
I was not at either of the LVW&SD meetings at which Mr. Snyder was injured.
Those who were there will, in due course, be able to assist in his defense against Mr.
Rowell's charges better than I can.
The purpose of this letter is just to add my voice to those who are now compelled
to belabor the obvious: Bill would not want to assault or batter anyone, even if he could.
If he did throw a punch, he would lose his balance. He was the one carried from the
meeting bleeding and on a stretcher. Any accusation that he physically assaulted any-
one is ludicrous. His arrest for allegedly having done so is a misuse of our law enforce-
ment resources.
Carol Chapman
Galloway, N.J. and Lanark Village

Dear Editor:
Unbelievable! Implausible! Down right ridiculous what is happening in the
"quaint" town of Lanark Village! Shame on two of the water commissioners for their
selfish actions over the past couple of years! And many applauds to the newest of the
commissioners for her professional and compassionate concern for the citizens of
Lanark.
Of such citizens, we should also applaud Bill Snyder for his endearing efforts and
caring involvement that he has put forth for all of you; the citizens of Lanark. Thank
you Billy!
As you read this article, Mr. Snyder's name is being slandered by a handful of peo-
ple in your area. Again...unbelievable! It is shocking to think that such comments
could arise regarding such an upstanding citizen as Billy.
Please do not let false charges against Mr. Snyder give you second thoughts about
the true cause behind these false allegations. These false charges were made in an effort
to disband your group and to cause you to question the character of those who are
leading your cause. Please do not let the two ... water commissioners hinder your path
toward a merger with Carrabelle.
I write, now, to encourage all the citizens of Lanark Village to continue to stand for
what is right. Your endeavors will not be in vain. Stay strong with the battle you are
enduring and you will prevail! You will succeed if you continue to band together as The
Concerned Citizens of Lanark Village, and the merger with Carrabelle will happen.
You are important and needed in this worthy cause. Please continue to "carry on" for
the good of the people!
Prayers to you while you finish strongly together.
Crystal Pesek
Hudson, FL (and Lanark Village property owner)


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Peter Crowell Presents

Weekly economic update for
the week of December 10, 2007
Quote of the week
"How much easier is it to be critical than correct." -Benjamin
Disraeli
A subprime rescue strategy
Just as the Mortgage Bankers Association announced an all-time
record foreclosure rate-0.78% of US. homeowners somewhere in
foreclosure in 3Q 20071-the White
House rolled out a plan to respond to
the crisis. A product of negotiations
T: Jbetween Treasury Secretary Henry
Paulson and mortgage industry leaders,
the plan will offer certain subprime bor-
rowers a chance to freeze mortgage
interest rates for five years, rather than
suffer with higher monthly payments.
What mortgages may be eligible? Loans
ec*C 06 uVt* originated between January 1, 2005 and
Sponsored by Pete July 30, 2007 that are scheduled to reset
Crowell, CFP between January 1, 2008 and July 31,
2010. However, the plan might trigger
legal challenges from investors in mort-
gage-backed securities.
A decent job & wage picture
November data from the Labor Department was encouraging:
payrolls up by 94,000 jobs, unemployment flat at 4.7%, and wages up
0.5%. But for the first time since 2003, the majority of the 278 indus-
tries surveyed laid off more workers than they hired.3 The Reuters/
University of Michigan consumer sentiment index fell to 74.5, the
lowest level since the fall of 2005.
Rates on 30-year FRMs below 6%
Not since September 2005 have rates on 30-year FRMs been so
low: 5.96% according to Freddie Mac. Rates of 15-year FRMs aver-
aged 5.65% last week, 5-year ARMs were at 5.75%, and 1-year ARMs
averaged 5.46%.
Record low home equity levels
New Federal Reserve data reveals that U.S. homeowners' per-
centage of equity slumped to 50.4% in 3Q 2007, down from 51.1%
from 2Q 2007. That is a new low. If the figure declines beneath 50%,
it will mark the first time in 62 years worth of data that the average
American homeowner has more debt than equity.
Market rises on rate cut hopes
Most economists polled by Bloomberg see the Fed cutting inter-
est rates by a quarter-point on December llth.6 In anticipation, the
market had a good week.


% Change 1-Week
DJIA +1.86
NASDAQ +1.67
S&P 500 +1.56


4-Week
+4.28
+2.89
+3.39


Y-T-D
+9.33
+12.04
+6.09


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1. Ran leisurely
6. Like some ales
10. Condo ad abbr.
13. Hacienda material
14. Essayist's alias
15. Florida Marlins
color
16. Sired, biblically
17. Hero's antithesis
18. Make goo-goo
eyes at
19. Trigger's rider
21. Big name in locks
22. takers?"
23. Java program
25. Where to ride the
BART
29. "Ditto!"
31. Assembly line
sight
32. Top out
33. Clan carving
37. Toe the line
38. Forum greeting
39. Aria singer
40. Barely survive
42. Cry of success
43. Built for speed
44. Part of HUD
46. Caterer's fuel
47. Hardly thick
50. Suffix with
schnozz
51. Singer k.d.
52. Robin's nickname
58. The munchies,
e.g.
59. Quiznos fixture
60. Miles of jazz
62. Not e'en once
63. Party spread
64. Link up
65. Some toothpaste
66. Lost traction
67. Martinique
erupter of 1902


DOWN
1. Popular dog
breed, for short
2. Wroclaw's river
3. Walt Kelly's
possum
4. Bidding site
5. Take away
6. "Fever" singer
Lee
7. Spiny succulent
plant
8. Tale spinner
9. Really bothers
10. Fit for a king
11. "Atlantic City"
director
12. Unwelcome
forecast
Crossword Puzzle


15. Kind of lap dog
20. A Beatle bride
24. Place for bets
25. Throat trouble
26. Garb for John
Roberts
27. "Yeah, sure!"
28. Vegan's patty
29. Dab hand
30. They're splitsville
32. Yucatan native
34. Org chart feature
35. Roulette bet
36. Powerful shark
41. Decade divs.
43. Like some
comedy
45. Plays like Dizzy
Gillespie


Answers on Page 13


61




071209

46. -mo replay
47. Served, as hash
48. Cole Porter title
city
49. Well-behaved
one
50. Had title.to
53. Locket shape
54. Hirsute Himalayan
55. Victor Borge, e.g.
56. Like a.jezebel
57. Initiation, often
61. Cross-
referencing word


(Source: CNNMoney.com, USAToday.com, 12/7/07)
Riddle of the week
How can you hold onto both ends of a rope and tie a knot in the
rope without letting go of either end? Check next week's Update for the
answer
Last week's riddle
A strawberry tree in Dallas blows in the winter wind. In what
direction do its branches blow? Answer: It doesn't blow in any direction-
there is no such thing as a strawberry tree.
Peter Crowell is a Certified Financial Planner in Tallahassee and a Franklin
County property. owner Submit questions to him by e-mail to
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This Week's Answer

Cogno's Corner
Answer to question #175 is: False.
Headlights only help you see in the dark when there are objects or
surfaces in front of you, such as roads, lamp posts, fog, trees, etc. In deep
space,-with absolutely nothing in front of you to reflect the light, head-
lights would be pointless. From your pilot's seat, you wouldn't even to be
able to tell whether they were on or off, no matter how powerful they
were!


Groundbreaking
for new library
in Eastpoint set
Groundbreaking for the new
library in Eastpoint will be
Monday, Dec. 17, at 11 a.m.
The ceremony will take place at
the property located between
Hickory Dip Road and North
Bayshore Drive. Access for this
event will be off of Old Ferry
Dock Road-look for the signs
leading into the property. The
public is invited to attend. For
information, call 670-8151.

Scanners

usually

correct
If you're out doing holiday
shopping, chances are excellent
you will be charged the correct
price.
That's the conclusion reach-
ed by Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson fol-
lowing a pre-holiday scanner sur-
vey in which 43 stores in 25 cities
were inspected for scanner accu-
racy.
In all, only 15 errors were
detected at the checkout line
among 2,150 items scanned-an
error rate of less than 1 per-
cent-and all but 3 of the errors
were in customers' favor.


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Holiday on the Harbor fills Carrabelle with lights, visitors


BY LAUREL NEWMAN
Chronicle Correspondent
One thing everyone agreed
upon after the close of Saturday
night's Holiday on the Harbor
celebration; not only was it a
great success, no one, from
Chamber members and local res-
idents to frequent visitors, has
ever seen such a turnout for any
one-day event, ever.
The chamber's Suzanne
Zimmerman, after the boat
parade, estimated at least 3,000
visitors, plus "lots of Franklin
County folks."
Beginning with the "lighting
of the lighthouse" at 5:30 p.m.,
which was attended by over 200
people, a remarkable turnout in
its own right, those who went
back to Carrabelle found every
parking space, except for private
drives, occupied. The line for the
free hamburger, hot dog and
sausage plate being prepared and
served by city employees in front
of the city hall, was a block long
in both directions, and two to
three people deep.
Santa, enthroned in the
Cakes by Amy bakery and sur-
rounded by mouthwatering aro-
mas, was already occupied with
a line of little ones, hearing lists
of toys and other Christmas
wishes. Most of the children
were delighted to sit on Santa's
ample lap, get their picture taken
and leave with a candy cane and
a delicious frosted cookie cour-
tesy of the bakery.
Some of the adults even
snitched a cookie, munching
while enjoying the. display of
antique toys on loan for the occa-
sion.
Next door, in the old Hook
Talley lounge, a winter fantasy of
trains and towns fascinated
adults and kids, one and all.
Meanwhile, volunteers set
up the bakery bag luminaries
along the length of Marine
Street, and the harmonica band
and dancers got ready to enter-
tain from their centrally located
tent.
At 7 p.m., the first of the
boats in the parade began to
stage at the entrance to the river,
and the judges took their stand at
the new Waterfront Opportunity
office dock, and every available
free space along the river, from
the mouth to the bridge, every
vacant lot, parking area, and
dock, wherever there was a place
to sit or stand, began to fill up
with the parade audience.
"I've never seen a turnout
like this here," said one frequent
visitor from Tallahassee, "not
even for the waterfront festival!"
With blue lights flashing and
a couple of siren blasts, the
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
boat, began the parade, and the
line of boats began their slow
and stately progress up the river.
The progress became .less stately
and more enthusiastic and merry
as the judges' dock was app-
roached, as crews and passengers
on board the boats called out
"Merry Christmas" and waved
to the audience along the shore,
and were rewarded with
applause and whistles of appre-
ciation for their efforts. The
reflected glow of the decorated
boats cast shimmering, multi-
colored rainbows across the
waters, painting the shoreline in
holiday hues.
Eighteen boats filled the
parade roster this year, not the
most, but not the least in the 15-
year history of the event.


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A Clerk of the Circuit Court


explains investment fund


The Franklin County Commission approved the expenditure of
$1,003,195.33 at their December 4, 2007 meeting. The bills are listed
as follows, published for the Board by the County Finance Office.


ACS GOV'T FINANCIAL SYSTEM
12/03/2007 16:


Check Register


BANK VENDOR
BANK GENERAL BANK ACCOUNT
001121 AARON'S ELECTRIC INC
002260 ACE INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY
000100 ACTION FIRE & SAFETY EQU
000675 ADVANCED BUSINESS SYSTEM
002797 ALLYN INC
000255 APALACHEE CENTER, INC
002172 APALACHICOLA ACE HARDWAR
000394 APALACHICOLA BAY CHAMBER
002281 ARAMARK
002576 ARNOLD/HARRY
001000 BAKER AND TAYLOR
000108 BAYSIDE GALLERY & FLORIS
002766 BEGOS/KEVIN
000194 BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD O
000112 BOWMAN DISTRIBUTION
000563 CARRABELLE CHAMBER OF CO
002791 CEDAR BAY COMPANY INC/TH
002193 CHRISTOPHER GIAMETTA
001448 COMMERCIAL SUPPLY
002045 CREATIVE FORMS & CONCEPT
000872 DEPT OF MANAGEMENT SERVI
000292 EXECUTIVE OFFICE SUPPLY,
002091 F.E.P.A.
.04598 FDEP
000557 FEDERAL EXPRESS CORP.
002265 FIRST CALL TRUCK PARTS I
001921 FLORIDA COMBINED LIFE IN
000256 FRANKLIN CO.SR.CITIZEN C
002306 FRANKLIN'S PROMISE
002677 FRAZER INC
.04599 GABRIEL & SARA LOCKLEY
001830 GANDER AUTO PARTS
002631 GARLICK-PANDULLO LLC
000184 GIBBS/DORIS S.
002823 GREG ALLENS' INC
002285 GULF COAST AGGREGATES LL
000187 GULF STATE BANK
000635 HARRIS,JR./JAMES A.
001937 HILL MANUFACTURING COMPA
002465 -HSBC BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
000273 HUNT INSURANCE GROUP
000626 ISLAND DRIVE PROPERTIES
000144 J. V. GANDER DISTRIBUTOR
002725 JACKSON AUTO PARTS
000918 JANKOWSKI ELECTRIC INC
002329 JOHNSON/MARCIA M.
002514 JONES/MELISSA A
002099 KIMBALL MIDWEST
001805 KING'S PLUMBING
002392 LANARK VILLAGE WATER &
002803 M/A-COM INC
001526 MALONE/MIKE .
002816 MELLON TRUST OF NEW ENGL
001610 MIKE PARRISH
.04600 MIKE PARRISH AND
.04601 MIKE PARRISH AND
.04602 MIKE PARRISH AND
002330 M, :-,r' Mir'
002561 NEECE TiPE & Ai.ri: -- e'.'h.i
002343 liE .EL F-i FP TE F; 1 .":
000286 OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTO
Si'i POSTMASTER EASTPOINT
:,"i.- PROGRESS ENERGY FLORIDA,
002493 QUALITY PLUS *.'.llM"'.ii',t'i
001972 QUALITY WATER i.1f-i[L
002023 R RAY SERVICES NJi.
002394 REDDY ICE-ALBANY
002486 REGISTER/PAMELA
001051 RELIABLE CORPORATION
002792 RICHARDS/DARLENE
000168 RING POWER CORPORATION
002824 RIOTEC INDUSTRIAL PRODUCE
001977 ROBERT'S SAND CO.', INC.
002410 RUNDEL/MICHAEL
000217 ::-'T ilLiA-M
000729 nI'LErF I,4.:'A"1 M.
002825 --SOUTHWEST -PUBLIC SAFETY
001411 SOWELL TRACTOR COMPANY,
000132 SPIRIT SERVICES COMPANY
002773 ST GEORGE LIGHTHOUSE
001642 ST.JOE RENT-ALL, INC.
002513 STONE/MELANIE R
002424 SWITZER/LORI"
001995 TAX COLLECTOR, FRANKLIN
002670 TAYLOR BUILDING SUPPLY
002671 TAYLOR BUILDING SUPPLY
002672 TAYLOR BUILDING SUPPLY
002673 TAYLOR BUILDING SUPPLY
002489 UPS
000808. WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS
000179 ZEE MEDICAL SERVICE COMP
002770 674 FAIRPOINT COMMUNIC
GENERAL BANK ACCOUNT

FUND DESCRIPTION

001' GENERAL FUND
120 FINE AND FORFEITURE
130 TOURIST DEVELOPMENT FUND
137 FRANKLIN CO PUBLIC LIBRARY
139 BALD POINT TRUST FUND
140 ROAD AND BRIDGE
142 MOSQUITO CONTROL
163 ENHANCED 911 FUND
170 AIRPORT FUND
180 AFFORD.HOUSING ASSIST TRUST
TOTAL ALL FUNDS


FRANKLIN COUNTY
GL540R-V06.74 PAGE 1


CHECK# DATE

40425 12/04/07
40426 12/04/07
40427 12/04/07
40428 12/04/07
40429 12/04 07
40430 12/04 07
40431 12/0 /07
40432 12/04 07
40433 12/04 07
40434 12/04 07
40435 12/04/07
40436 12/04/07
40437 12/04/07
40438 12/04/07
40439 1204/07
40440 12/04/07
40441 12/04/07
40442 12/04/07
40443 12 04/07
40444 12 04/07
40445 12 04/07
40446 12 04/07
40447 12 04/07
40448 12 04/07
40449 12 04/07
40450 12 04/07
40451 12 04/07
40452 12/04/07
40453 12/04/07
40454 12/04/07
40455 12/04/07
40456 12/04/07
40457 12/04/07
40458 12/04/07
40459 12/04/07
40460 12/04/07
40461 12/04/07
40462 12/04/07
40463 12/04/07
40464 12/04/07
40465 12/04/07
40466 12/04/07
40467 12/04/07
40468 12/04/07
40469 12/04/07
40470 12/04/07
40471 12/04/07
40472 12/04/07
40473.12/04/07
40474 12/04/07
40475 12/04/07
40476 12/04/07
40477 12/04/07
40478 12/04/07
40479 12/04,/07
40480 12/04/07
40481 12/04/07
40482 12/04/07
40483 ; ,: ""
40484 '. O ,'
40485 ~ 4:"
40486 4 "0
40487 i.. .. I
40488 I-, C-i,v
40489 12/04/07
40490 12/04/07
40491 12/04/07
40492 12/04/07
40493 12/04/07
40494 12/04/07
40495 12/04/07
40496 12/04/07
40497 12/04/07
40498 12/04/07
40499 12/04 07
40500 12/04/07
40501 12/04/07
40502 12/04107
40503 12/04/07
40504 12/04/07
40505 12/04/07
40506 12/04/07
40507 12/04/07
40508 12/04/07
40509 12/04/07
40510 12/04/07
40511 12/04/07
40512 12/04/07
40513 12/04/07
40514 12/04/07
40515 12/04/07
40516 12/04/07


AMOUNT

1,554.50
328.00
151.50
39.39
3,886.85
2,033.33
227.45
35,000.00
351.29
2,000.00
1,123.45
55.00
765.00
90,289.67
461.52
35,000.00
4,818.05
925.00
600.88
127.94
58.86
99.00
200.00
100.00
19.63
35.00
5,598.30
6,825.00
4,375.00
120,084.00
10,000.00
760.61
33,950.16
20,295.00
249.65
2,787.85
174.41
43,301.00
353.39
35.85
2,088.00
700.00
36,440.22
1,998.76
385.00
24,457.00
150.00
510.09
75.00
54.00
322.00
75.00
2,034.18
8,233.33
8,200.00
1,000.00
3,910.00
424,265.00
283.96
182.97
171.29
82.00
6,772.80
14.95
257.00
2,163.15
163.90
300.00
208.52
875.00
1,328.75
274.00
312.00
17.58
152.76
3,872.00
78.75
647.48
586.95
35,000.00
1,055.57
150.00
2,625.00
515.15
19.00
163.06
127.10
38.40
64.62
456.24
171.05
125.22
1,003,195.33


DISBURSEMENTS

290,230.59
467,178.66
108,886.85
5,561.69
- ~ 100.00
55,751.70
1,576.18
99.00
34,099.28
39,711.38
1,003,195.33


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Q. Can you tell us more about the headlines
regarding the State cutting access to billions of dol-
lars of investment fund monies?
A. There was a freeze of the Local
Government Investment Pool (LGIP) managed by
the SBA (State Board of Administration) but the
fund reopened on December 6th with conditions


and changes. There
were withdrawals of
about $16 billion from
the fund before the
SBA suspended fur-
ther withdrawals. The
LGIP contains money
from towns, counties,
school boards, and
other governmental
investors. The with-
drawals were prompt-
ed by the discovery
that the fund held mil-
lions of dollars in


B Marcia nson
By Marcia Johnson


securities backed by mortgages, some of which
were in default.
The Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners has been relying on the SBA for
over 20 years. We complied with all state laws on
our investment with SBA, and it was supposed to
be a secure, state-operated, money-market type of
investment with a conservative rate of return. At
the time of the freeze, the Board had $14.6 million
in the Pool. My office has continually monitored
the situation and participated in conference calls
statewide. Thankfully, at this point in time, we are
receiving enough ad valorem tax dollars from our
Tax Collector to handle the current needs.
There was approximately 14% of the total


LGIP in default or under distress, and the remain-
ing 86% was considered to be clean, money market
investments. SBA engaged an independent invest-
ment advisor, BlackRock, to review the situation,
and the SBA approved their recommendations.
Under that plan, the LGIP was divided into two
funds, A&B. Fund A will buy only top-tier, money
market assets of the highest quality and represents
the 86%. Fund B will retain only the securities
from the 14% experiencing problems.
Our $14.6 million was divided by those per-
centages, and $2.1 million was transferred to Fund
B. My office was tasked with determining a means
to allow for that 14% reduction, and after discus-
sion with our auditing firm, the amount of $1.6
trillion from the St. George Island Fishing Pier
Maintenance fund will be moved into Fund B with
the remainder coming from the Landfill Escrow
fund. Both of these funds are not needed for oper-
ational purposes in the immediate future, and
could remain until the SBA works out the issues
surrounding the securities in Fund B. When the
LGIP reopened on Nov. 6th, I chose to withdraw
the $2 million allowed without penalty because my
trust and confidence in the SBA Investment Pool
had diminished. The money withdrawn from
Fund A will be placed in our local bank accounts at
this time. SBA officials are remaining positive and
hope their recent actions will restore the trust and
confidence.
If you have questions or comments about this
column, please forward them to: Marcia Johnson,
Clerk of the Court, 33 Market St., Ste. 203,
Apalachicola, Florida, 32320, or by email to:
mmjohnson@franklinclerk.com. The Clerk's web-
site at www.franklinclerk.com.


Carrabelle Beach restrooms to be rennovated


BY RUSSELL ROBERTS
Chronicle Staff

The public restrooms at
Carrabelle Beach are about to
undergo a facelift, thanks to
some local volunteers.
.At the-Franklin County
Commission meeting on Dec. 4,
commissioners heard a report
from Carrabelle Beach business-
man Paul Osterbye about the rest
area. Two years ago, the com-
mission approved a proposal for
volunteers to do the project. But"
the work had to wait until public
sewer was extended to the area,
which should be within the next
few months.
Volunteer Osterbye, who is
coordinating the project with
county Parks and Rec Director
Van Johnson, told commission-
ers the inside of the restrooms
will be gutted and remodeled
with new material, such as tile


floors and block walls. The stalls
will be ADA compliant. There
will also be new doors, windows,
paint and a drinking fountain.
"More important than that,
we'll get that septic tank off the
bay so ... hopefully this will
make an improvement on these
bad water tests we've been get-
ting there," he said.
Portable bathrooms will be
available while the work is being
done, which should take two to
three months.
County Commissioner Bevin
Putnal expressed the county's
appreciation for all the work
Osterbye and the volunteers have
been doing.
Summary of other action

The County Commission
voted to send a letter to the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission ask-
ing the state to take action to


control the bear population, such
as issuing a permit for hunting
bears or providing more traps.
Commissioners voted to
hold a public hearing on Dec. 18
at 6 p.m. to discuss purchase of
the Lombardi property to use for
a working seafood-industry
waterfront park to promote
tourism and give seafood work-
ers a place to work. County offi-
cials are confident the park can
be financed without using coun-
ty property tax.
The commission heard that
at Will Kendrick Park, the elec-
trical phase is progressing and
the county will be digging
trenches for conduit and
Progress Energy should get start-
ed sometime in January.
The county is progressing
with lighting at D.W. Wilson
Sports Complex. This will be
paid out of a Tourism Develop-
ment Grant.


Bronson concerned about wildfires


Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Commis-
sioner Charles H. Bronson is
urging residents to use caution
with any type of fire until the
state receives enough rainfall to
relieve drought conditions.


"Unfortunately it does not
look like we will see any signifi-
cant improvement in drought
conditions anytime soon,"
Bronson said.
The outlook for the next few
months shows a developing La


Nina in the Pacific Ocean, which
equates to below average rainfall
this winter and spring and above
normal temperatures..
"The predicted forecast and
the lack of summer rainfall sig-
nificantly increase the probabili-
ty that Florida will see a very
active wildfire season once again
in 2008," Bronson said. "Lake
Okeechobee is still near record
low levels, and drought condi-
tions plaguing the entire
Southeast are contributing to
lowering water levels in areas of
northern Florida."
Since January 1st, 4,630
wildfires have burned 582,486
acres of state and federal lands
in Florida. Bronson's Division
of Forestry'is urging people to be
cautious with any outdoor burn-
ing as recent freezes have dried
out vegetation, which means that
any fire that starts can spread
quickly under the right condi-
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some Hungarian pancakes,
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goose with red cabbage and kale
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the fireplace-Father Christmas
will thank you for it!
-Neil Pond, American Profile

Rock and Roll

BY LYNN GOLDSMITH
Hardcover 304 pages ($50)

An insider on the rock scene
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with her camera for three
decades, capturing an amazing
array of stars both onstage and
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play.
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romantic comedy from last year
that will fill you up with a warm
feeling. Extras include a memo-
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Shelley, whose murder just
before the movie was completed
makes this a bittersweet tribute
to her life's work. (Rated PG-13)
-Neil Pond, American Profile

The President's Table

BY BARRY H. LANDAU
Hardcover, 292 pages ($34.95)

Most of us have never gone
to a dinner or other formal affair
at the White House. This ele-
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This photo taken in 1914 shows William Edwin Van Brunt playing guitar for an evening sing-
along in Lanark Village, according to the Florida State Photo Archives. Van Brunt lived from
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Those who attended a gath-
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the place as author Dawn
Radford read from her new
book, "Oyster Flats."
The magic that is Apalach-
icola is reflected in the story set
in a "serene, isolated fishing
community on the Florida
Panhandle."
When she started reading,
voices from the audience of 28
people, called out, "I think I
know that person." Those gath-
ered at the reading chuckled
often as Radford read in her soft
Franklin County voice. She lived
in Apalachicola when she was a
little girl, and like most people
from the area "came back
home."
Dale Julian from Down-
town Book Store was ready with
books for sale. Darrell Smith
played the guitar. Those gathered
nibbled at hors d'ouvres and
drank punch prepared by Ann
Sizemore, librarian.
Steven Kembro gave an
update on the library's efforts to
get volunteers to help out and
told about the library being open
more hours. Donations were
sought for matching funds for a
grant Sizemore has applied for in
order to expand the quaint little
library building on Sixth Street
in the historic district.
"With the Margaret Key
money and another $100,000 we
can come up with $500,000 as a
match to a grant to expand and
upgrade the library," said
Sizemore. A total of $115 was
donated at the reading.
Sizemore encouraged peo-
ple to "drop by. And, even-if you
can't volunteer, check out what
we're doing. I think you will be
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Christmas Story a huge success


REVIEW
BY TOM LOUGHRIDGE
Chronicle Correspondent
The show was sold out both
nights and even the balcony was
full as the United Methodist
Churches of Apalachicola and
St. George Island offered their
first presentation of the Christ-
mas Story.
The show had a cast of 66
people with another 34 people
on the production crew, drawn
from many local congregations.
The program, co-directed by
Dusty Turner, Methodist Direc-
tor of Creative Ministry, and
April Patriotis, wife of Rev.
Themo Patriotis, kept the large
audience enthralled with its mas-
terful blend of music, narration,
and dramatic presentation.
From the youngest singers to
the adult choir and from the
drama of the Christmas story to
the humor of The Twelve Days
After Christmas, sung by
Cynthia Rhew, good Christmas
entertainment filled the stage.
Jathan Martin (Tiny Tim in
A Christmas Carol) returned in a


top hat and 19th century cos-
tume singing Sleigh Ride with
the children's chorus and
Franklin County Commissioner
Joseph "Smokey" Parrish brou-
ght rounds of applause with his
very well-sung styling of Believe.
Tamolynn Wintons' strong voice
and rhythm sense created a
memorable version of Jesus, Oh
What a Wonderful Child, sung
with choral background. Tom
Wood's narration and his read-
ing of Twas the Night Before
Christmas kept our attention and
drew us back to a time when
Christmas had a more personal
touch.
The program used a multi-
media approach to vary the show
and keep interest high. Movie
clips were shown from classic
Christmas movies and some
vocal numbers were coordinated
with recorded musical back-
grounds. Snow and tinsel
machines were part of the spe-
cial effects repertoire and special
lighting effects were used to good
advantage.
The audience left the theatre


The ensemble sings to Mary and the Christ Child.
feeling they had just seen some- fabulous!" seemed to sum up the
thing special and many com- attitude of the audience.
ments were heard about the high Asked what part he liked
quality of the program. best, young.Seth Ward said, "All
Mason Bean's "That was of it!" and many expressed a


PHOTO BY TOM LOUUGHIUU(t

desire to see the show become a
part of Apalachicola Christmas
tradition.


Philaco Woman's Club presents

annual Christmas program L


REVIEW
BY TOM LOUGHRIDGE
Chronicle Correspondent
On Thursday, Dec. 6, the
sounds of Christmas music
could be heard coming from his-
toric Trinity Episcopal Church in
Apalachicola as the Apalach-
icola Philaco Woman's Club pre-
sented its Annual Christmas
Program for Senior Citizens.
SThe program featured vocal
numbers by the Philaco Chorus
and several instrumental presen-
tations by students of the
Martha Gherardi School of
Music. The audience was also
treated to an organ rendition of
Noel in D beautifully played by
R. Bedford Watkins.
The members of the Philaco
Chorus, directed by Eugenia
Watkins, sang several numbers
by Shirer including In Quo
Christus Natus Est and The Bell
Carol. The members of the cho-
rus are: Shirley Adams, Debbie
Bachnan, Ruth Eckstine, Joyce
Estes, "T" McCain, Cari Murry,
Ann Sizemore, Shirley Taylor,
Celeste Wall, and Barbara
Young. ,R. Bedford Watkins.
accompanied them at the piano.
The Martha Gherardi
School of Music was well repre-
sented by five students playing a
variety of instruments: Jacob


Shuler, Maranda Moses, and
Lenny Ward delivered well-
received piano solos playing sea-
sonal music from Jingle Bells to
Silent Night. Maranda Moses
and Judith Rundel played violin
solos and also played a duet ver-
sion of What Child is This?
Debbie Bachman rounded out
the afternoon concert with three
carols played on the Celtic harp.
The audience had the occasion
to add to the Christmas spirit. as
they joined the musicians to sing
Angels We Have Heard on High
and Joy to the World.
At the end of the music pro-
gram Celeste Wall called on
Eugenia and R. Bedford Watkins
to come forward to be presented
with certificates of appreciation
for their contributions to the
music scene in Franklin County.
In the 110 year history of The
Philaco Club, Bedford Watkins
is only the second male to be
awarded this honor. R. Bedford
and Eugenia Watkins arrived in
Apalachicola in the summer of
1988 after Mr. Watkins retired
from Illinois Wesleyan School of
Music,, where he was professor
of piano and chaired the key-
board department. Since then
Mrs. Watkins has directed the
choral music at Trinity Lutheran
Church and helped direct the


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March of this year. Mr. Watkins
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Trio Internazionale with Martha
and Luciano Gherardi, most
recently in January of this year.
Mr. Watkins is also organist at
Trinity Lutheran Church, a posi-
tion that, he said in March, he
would continue to fill, "until I
fall off the bench!"
The musical program was
followed by a reception in
Benedict hall that was well-
attended and supplied with satis-
factory quantities of Christmas
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are strictly business cards magnified to 2 columns by two inches, offered to you at 50% discount for two insertions. Send your business card or copy: Franklin
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GUY MARKHAM
ADVERTISING SPECIALIST


P.O. Box 590 33 Begonia Street
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-4377 (Office)
(850) 653-5687 (Cell)
news@franklinchronicle.net
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Santa arrives in Eastpoint with a huge escort


PHOTOS BY RUSSELL. ROBERTS
To the delight of dozens of children (and their parents), local businesses, politicians, nonprofit agencies, churches and more participated in the annual
Eastpoint parade down U.S. 98 Saturday, Dec. 8. As floats passed by, candy and toys were tossed to the crowd, sending people scrambling for the early
Christmas gifts. Afterward, Santa assumed his throne at the Eastpoint Fire Department, where children (and their parents) waited in line to tell St. Nick
what good girls and boys they've been this year. They all left with a bag of goodies.



Harry A's Restaurant & Bar

The Freshest Local Seafood SteaKs, Sandwiches, Salads & Kids Menu
The Family Friendiest Place *. Live Entertainment Nightly
Large Parties Welcoome OPEN FOP. BEAKCFAST AT :o 00A.M.


First RFight Over The Bridge, On Your Left
BAR HOURS: Sunday thru Thursday S:0o a.m. to Midnight
and Friday r Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
KITCHEN HOURS: Everyday 8:oo a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
HOLIDAY SEASONN GIFT CE6pTIFICATE$
NOW AVAILABLE!
We also have available sweatshirts, t-shirts, holiday gifts, etc.

PHONE: ?5o- 927-34oo


DAILY SPECIALS
Lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Dinner from 4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
MONDAY
Lunch: Sandwich Basket with Coleslaw $4.95/
Dinner: I Dozen Wings $5.95
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and Veggie of the Day $5.q5/Dinner:
Hamburger SteaK Dinner with Mashed Potatoes,
Veggie of the Day, Garlic Toast and Side Salad
$7.q5
WEfDNEDSAY
Lunch: 3 Hard or Soft Shell Tacos with BlacK
Beans and Rice $3.q5/Pinner: 3 Hard or Soft
Shell Tacos with Blac. Beans and Pice $3.95
THURSDAY
Lunch: Spaghetti with Garlic Toast $4.q5/
inner: All You Can eat Spaghetti with Garlic
Toast and Side Salad $7.95
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Lunch: Catch of the Day Fish Sandwich with
Coleslaw $4.95/Dinner: All You Can Eat Peel &
eat Shrimp with Coleslaw and New Potatoes
$qM.5
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Lunch: SteaK (( oz.. ibeye) Sandwich with
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Potatoes, Veggie of the Dal, garlic Toast and
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Pinner: Countrj Dinner (All Dal) Meat,
Potatoes, Veggie of the Dal, Garlic Toast and
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We NOW sERVE PIZZA!
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