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Thursday, February 7, 2013Vol 31 No. 1675 cents WHATS HAPPENING Benefit on tap for residentStephanie Anderson, the former owner of The Levee, is in need of a liver transplant. Friends and family members of Anderson, who has been in the hospital for the past month, will host a benefit concert from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Blue Gator to help offset medical expenses. Jimmy Sparks will provide the musical entertainment. In addition to the concert by Sparks, there will be a silent auction. There has also been a trust fund established at Regions Bank. Those wishing to do so may make contributions payable to Shirley Howard and Stephanie AndersonMedical Account. Garden Club to host annual Fashion ShowThe Dunnellon Garden Club will present its 17th annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at First United Methodist Church at 21501 W. State Road 40, Dunnellon. The show will feature fashions from The Cotton Club of Crystal River. For tickets and information, call Sandy Robinson at 489-2785.Eastern Star to host spaghetti dinnerThe Dunnellon Chapter Order of the Eastern Star will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Masonic Lodge at 20751 Powell Road. The meal consists of spaghetti with meat balls, garlic bread, salad and a variety of desserts. Coffee and tea will also be available. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available from members or at the door. For information about the Spagetti Dinner, call 352-436-4148. Hitching Post pulls up stakes; Lombardos set to re-open Serious illness has permanently closed the doors on the recently opened Hitching Post Steakhouse in Dunnellon. Jim Warner, buyer of the steakhouse, became ill and was unable to keep working the eatery and requested help, according to Tim and Jeanne Neal, who sold him the business less than a year ago. We got a call from Mr. Warner. He was distraught and asked for help until he finds out what is wrong with him, Mrs. Neal said. The Neal family kept The Hitching Post Steakhouse going for about a week when they heard from Warner again. We told him we would keep running it for him, but he said he wouldnt be able to return, Mrs. Neal said. So we got it back. The Neals originally sold the property last Police seek clues in theft Agency asks public for assistance The Dunnellon Police Department is seeking a suspect in a weekend burglary at Anglers Resort, according to a report issued by the agency. The report stated gas and fuel tanks valued at more than $1,000 were taken from the bait and tackle store early Saturday morning. Police released surveillance images and hope someone in the community can help identify the suspect and the vehicle used in the theft. According to the report, surveillance cameras show a black Chevrolet sport utility vehicle entering the parking lot at Anglers Resort at 12189 S. Williams St., slightly before 5 a.m. The vehicle, believed to be an early 2000s model Tahoe or Suburban, parks and a man is seen getting out. In the video obtained by the police department, the man walks to the dock area, where the report stated employees later found 11 full gas cans missing. The man is seen walking back and forth from the dock area carrying items and loading them in the vehicle. According to the report, a padlock on the shed where the gas cans were stored, had been cut. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 465-8510. For pictures of the suspects vehicle, see www.riverlandnews. com. Golden opportunity LAURA RILEY/For the Riverland NewsDunnellon High teacher Bob Ayton poses with his wife, three sons and his niece after being named a Golden Apple nominee last week. Ayton will now vie for top teaching honors Friday for the Marion County School District. DHS teacher Ayton finalist for top teaching honors When it comes to teaching and connecting with students, Bob Ayton has it down to a science. Dunnellon High Schools Science Department chairman recently was named one of five finalists for the Marion County Public School systems Golden Apple nominees, an honor bestowed upon the districts top teacher of the year. Being a finalist is great, Ayton said. But winning is nowhere as important as making an impact in a young persons life, whether it is in the classroom or everyday living. Im very excitd for Dunnellon, Ayton, a father of three, said. Im just honored to be named one of the top five finalists. I just want to make sure that other people are getting the recognition they deserve: the school, the administration, the faculty and the students. I wouldnt be here if it wasnt for all of them. For Ayton, teaching wasnt his first calling in life. Before joining the Marion County Public School system, Ayton worked as a chemist and laboratory manager for a pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania. But the devout Christian felt God had given him the gift to teach, so he trusted God and moved into his role as a teacher willingly and with an open mind. I started to realize God had given me a gift of teaching and passion for it, he explained. I thought to serve and moved into the public school system. He never doubted the decision for a minute. It really comes down to trust. A lot of people ask if I enjoyed what I used to do and I loved every single minute, but Ive also loved every minute of teaching. Its just a trust issue. Ayton is known to spend countless hours researching experiments at home and balancing his time between his school family and his family at home is easy. Its a matter of putting the right priorities first, he said. My relationship with Christ is No. 1, my wife is second, them come my kids and then school. As long as the priority is in the right place, Id rather win husband of the year and dad of the year first. Thats the right way the order should be. Ayton puts an emphasis on seeing his students come to understand what theyre learning. He said his favorite experiments are ones that involve blowing stuff up. Even today, the reaction produced a whole bunch of fire, he said with a laugh. It really is wonderful to see the students love it, develop a love for science and a love for the world around them. Before an experiment is done at school, he conducts them at home. DHS senior hopes to conjure up magic in final show Editors Note: The annual Southeastern Youth Fair will be from Feb. 17 to 24 at the Marion County Livestock Pavilion. The Riverland News will feature several high school students who are participating in the annual event in the coming weeks. Around this time of year, every senior is feeling the pressure of applying to colleges, studying for standardized tests and realizing that it is finally time to leave home. Amid all of this stress, its hard to believe someone would be able to find time for sports, friends, homework, be an officer of their FFA chapter, and show a hog at the Southeastern Youth Fair. Connor Wentz, a senior at Dunnellon High School, is someone who can juggle playing sports year round, preparing for college, Stephanie Anderson Wentz preps for last hurrah at SEYF See GOLDEN page 7 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News CATHERINE JAGER For the Riverland News See MAGIC page 3 CHRIS FORTUNE/For the Riverland NewsDunnellon High teacher Bob Ayton poses with his Golden Apple, noting his distinction as one of five finalists for top teaching honors for the Marion County School District. Shannon Neal, left, Jeanne Neal and Tim prepare to re-open Lombardos.AUGIE SALZER/ For the Riverland News Illness forces Warners to give up recently opened eatery AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See LOMBARDOS page 3 Connor Wentz poses with his pig, Hermoine Hamhock. Hermoine is a Yorkshire.Special to the Riverland News JEFF BRYAN Riverland News

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The Marion County Master Gardeners and county staff are hosting new free monthly gardening series at several county libraries as well as at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service. Learn about topics including fertilizer, container gardens, weed control, roses, vegetables, bees, irrigation and more. For more information, call 352-671-8400 or visit www.marioncountyfl.or g/extensionservice.htm. Walk-ins are welcome. Today: Belleview Public Library Master Gardener Series: Weeds The Unwanted Plant. Hosted at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday monthly through May, the Master Gardener series at the Belleview Public Library, 13145 S.E. Highway 484, Belleview, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352-671-8400. Feb. 9: Marion County Public Library System HeadquartersOcala location Master Gardener Series: Pests in the Florida Landscape. Hosted at 2 p.m. the second Saturday monthly through July, the Master Gardener series at the Headquarters Ocala location, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352-6718400. Feb. 12: Tuesday Gardening Series: Fertilizing Your Florida Lawn. Hosted at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday monthly through December at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Ocala, this series will cover a variety of gardening topics. In this session, learn about reading a fertilizer label, the amount and timing of applications and spreader calibration. For more information, call 352-671-8400. Feb. 19: Dunnellon Public Library Master Gardener Series: Vegetable Gardening. Hosted at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly through May, the Master Gardener series at the Dunnellon Public Library, 20351 Robinson Road, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352-6718400. Feb. 21: Marion Oaks Public Library Master Gardener Series: Weeds The Unwanted Plant. Hosted at 10:30 a.m. the third Thursday monthly through May, the Master Gardener series at the Marion Oaks Public Library, 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352671-8400. Watch-Clock Collectors meet once monthlyThe Chapter 156 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) meet at 8 a.m. the fourth Sunday monthly except December at VFW Post 4781 at 9401 S.E. 110 St., Ocala. The facility is off State Road 200, behind Sims Furniture and next to MRMC Medical Park at Timber Ridge approximately 8/10 of a mile east of County Road 484. The presentation topics are about repair and maintenance of Clocks and Watches and related subjects. The public is welcome to attend. There is a $2 fee, which covers refreshments and expenses. For more information, call Roger B. Krieger at 352-527-0669 or Jim Beeman at 352-369-3924. Agency needs items for homeless programThe Annie W. Johnson Senior and Family Center is in need of items for its Project Homeless program, which is designed to help the homeless with food, tents and coolers. All three items are needed at this time. If you are able to assist us in this matter, contact the Annie W. Johnson Center at 489-8021. 2 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000DXEY Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t I n s u r a n c e C o d e # 1 0 4 # 1 0 5 # 1 1 1 o r # 1 1 2 C H E C K Y O U R Q U A L I F I C A T I O N S C A L L 3 5 2 2 9 1 1 4 6 7 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! 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Black Angus Filet Mignon with Grilled Lobster Tail Topped with Sauce Barnaise Served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes House Salad Spring Mix With Fresh Tomato and Sliced Cucumber She Crab Soup Local Favorite Made With Blue Crab Finished With Dry Sherry Southern Style Crab Cakes Fresh Lump Crab Meat Rolled in Breadcrumbs and Seared Golden Brown Served with Lemon Aioli Ahi Tuna Seared Ahi Tuna Served with Pickled Ginger, Wasabi and Soy Sauce Spinach Artichoke Dip Sauted Spinach and Artichokes in a Cream Sauce and Baked with Parmesan Cheese Dinner Entrees All Entr es Include Seasonal Vegetable, Rolls and Butter Appetizers for Two 3 Course Dinner Includes; Soup or Salad, Entr e and Dessert Choices From Our House Desserts 000DXVZ 000DXUP Kiwanis Aktion Club awards Special to the Riverland NewsBill Laterza, left, area director for this years Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign presents Certificates of Appreciation from the Ocala Salvation Army, from left: Tim Stewart, Mike Phillips and Michelle Garcia. These three Kiwanis Aktion Club members are recognized for their volunteer efforts as a Bell Ringer. COMMUNITY BRIEFS Gardening classes scheduled Special to the Riverland News

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AP courses, being the parliamentarian of the Dunnellon FFA chapter, and still find the time to participate in the Southeastern Youth Fair hog show for the seventh time. On the Saturday following the hog show, there is an auction in which the hogs are sold for market and the exhibitors receive the profit from their animal. My favorite part is competing with other kids from around the county to see who has the best project, Wentz said. I first started showing to make a profit, but then I realized how much fun it really was and kept showing for that. This year, Wentz really took the hog out of Hogwarts, when he named his animal, Hermoine Ham-hock. Hermione is a Yorkshire, which currently weighs 220 pounds. Hogs cannot weigh less than 230 pounds on the day of weigh-in. Gaining approximately two pounds per day, Hermione will be more than the 230pound minimum on the day of the weigh-in. Wentz is going into this years fair his last with mixed emotions. Being able to experience raising and showing a hog, and spend three days surrounded with friends that enjoy this same experience is something that is going to be greatly missed by Wentz. Ill miss all of my friends being with me at the fair and hanging out with them, he said. Connor and Hermoine Ham-hock will arrive at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Thursday Feb. 21, for weigh-ins. The show follows at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The animals are then sold at auction at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The 2013 Southeastern Youth Fair week is Feb. 17 to 24. Elmo and Kaila will be in the show ring at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, for the Steer show and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, for the Steer auction. The youth fair is free and open to the public all week long. year because Mrs. Neal wanted to retire and work on her bucket list. She visited a friend in Maryland and a cousin in California took her through the wine country to complete her list. Selling the business was a good idea because Tim and Shannon, their daughter, could keep working and I could retire, she said. I did it and now Im going back to work and make another bucket list. We have made some wonderful friends over the years and it will be good to see them again. Now the whole family is working on getting the place ready so they can again open Lombardos Restaurant. The new pizza sign is being painted, the menu is being planned and they are keeping some ideas from the steakhouse. We are keeping most of our customers favorites and we are now going to offer the salad bar and rib eye steaks, Mrs. Neal said. Now we have a chargrill. We didnt have one before. They are also keeping Patricia Weirup, an experienced waitress from the steakhouse. They will also have their daughter, Shannon, who is known as the cheese cake lady continue to make her homemade cheese cake. With all the legal paper work completed and little bit of cleaning and touching up the Neals plan to open Tuesday, Feb. 12, in time for Valentines Day. They are also hoping to keep the same phone number for the restaurant that they have had for many years, but it is up to the phone company. For the last 28 years, we have offered our customers a heart shaped pizza on Valentines Day, Mrs. Neal said. I would like to continue that. Lombardos Restaurant is at 5388 U.S. 41 in Dunnellon and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It will be closed Sundays and Mondays, except it does open for Mothers Day and Easter.Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 3 000DVIA 000DS2R 000DXUM 000DXBF Solution to puzzle on Page 7 LOMBARDOS continued from page 1 MAGIC continued from page 1 A member of the Florida Press Association352-489-2731 352-489-6593 (Fax) The Riverland News serves Dunnellon and the surrounding areas: Blue Cove, Chatmire, Hills of Ocala, Lake Tropicana, Rainbows End, Rainbow Lakes Estates, All the Rainbow Springs Area, Rio Vista and Vogt Springs.The Riverland News is delivered on Thursday to subscribers by our carriers and mail. The newspaper is also available inside area stores and at various boxes throughout the community. Local subscription rate is $27 a year. Call for Florida and out-of-Florida rates. The Riverland News is published in Dunnellon, FL by Citrus Publishing, Inc., 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429-5760. CALL 489-2731 For Information On Display Advertising And Business & Church Directory Ads. CALL 1-888-852-2340 For Information On Subscriptions TO SUBMIT NEWS ITEMS EMAIL TO: editor@riverlandnews.com NEWS DEADLINE IS NOON FRIDAY. News items about happenings at area churches and clubs, school and sporting activities, military promotions, announcement of births, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, first and 90+ birthdays, and similar community news items are accepted for publication. PERIODICAL POSTAGE PAID AT DUNNELLON, FL. SECOND CLASS PERMIT #681-730 POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: RIVERLAND NEWS, 20441 E. PENNSYLVANIA AVE.,DUNNELLON, FL 34432-6035 Man, 28, charged with simple battery A 28-year-old Crystal River man was charged with simple battery after an altercation with his girlfriend Jan. 31 outside of Crocks Pub, a Dunnellon Police Department police report stated. According to the report, Robert J. Spaanstra was charged with simple batter (dating violence) after he stuck his girlfriend in the right cheek with an open hand causing her to fall to the ground. The report stated at approximately 11:02 p.m. officers were dispatched to Crocks Pub at 20199 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in reference to a batter that had occurred. When Officer Adam Robinson arrived on scene, multiple witnesses advised they were speaking to the victim due to her feeling ill in the parking lot, when Spaanstra exited Crocks and became agitated assuming something inappropriate was going on. According to the report, the witnesses stated they advised Spaanstra that the victim was ill and they were trying to help her when Spaanstra struck the victim, knocking her to the ground, causing a laceration to the inside of her right cheek. The report stated the witnesses advised that Spaanstra then turned to them and began yelling at them, trying to start an altercation with them. The victim advised Spaanstra was standing next to her yelling when she felt pain and realized she was on the ground. According to the report, the victim told authorities the only person in close proximity to her when the incident occurred was Spaanstra. After Spaanstra was placed in handcuffs, the victim began crying and stated, It was an accident. He did not mean to do it. Hes never done this before. Spaanstra was transported to the Marion County Jail. No bond was set. According to Marion County Jail records, Spaanstra was released Saturday. State park in need of volunteers JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Robert J. Spaanstra Rainbow Springs State Park is currently seeking volunteers interested in a high-paced volunteer position that will assist Visitors and the Park. If you think you would like to start training to become a Volunteer Toll Booth Attendant, or other various positions, contact Nicky Aiken at Nicky.Aiken@dep.state.f l.us or call 465-8539. This job requires volunteers to work on a schedule that can be flexible, take toll collections, run a register, assist with phone calls and reservations, listen and respond to radio communications, answer basic Visitor questions, and have a positive attitude. Toll Booth Attendant Volunteers are asked to volunteer a minimum of four hours and must be in uniform. The Toll Booth is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. The Concession Stand at Rainbow Springs State Park, run by the Friends of Rainbow Springs and volunteers, is in need of volunteers, especially on weekends. The hours of operation are currently from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested volunteers would receive training and work twoor fourhour shifts. Volunteers will need to fill out a Volunteer Applications. If interested contact Joe at 522-0396 and make sure to leave a message. S. Dunnellon Civic Associaton meets The South Dunnellon Civic Association Inc. meets at 4:30 p.m. the second Monday monthly at 1962 W. Test Court, South Dunnellon. The facility is on the left side of street just before The Annie W. Johnson Center. For more details, contact Randy Campbell at 465-7135 or e-mail randolphcampbell@bellsouth.net. Police collecting used cell phones The Dunnellon Police Department is collecting cellular phones with chargers for Domestic Violence victims. The collected phones are turned over to domestic violent shelters and provided to victims to use to call 911 for any emergency. Please drop off all unused cellular phones along with the chargers to the police department, 12014 S. Williams St. Dunnellon or at Repeat Boutique. Boys & Girls Clubs seek donations Many Boys and Girls Clubs are benefitting from car donations. The cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help support their many programs. People wishing to donate their cars or for more information call (800) 246-0493. Cub Scouts meet Tuesdays at churchCub Scout Pack 508 meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Episcopal Church of the Advent, 11251 S.W. Highway 484, Ocala. For more information, call 465-7272. DCF seeks volunteers for programThe Department of Children and Families in your community has been awarded a Food Stamp Participation Grant. DCF is looking for committed volunteers with computer experience to help our food stamp customers navigate the online application process. For more information, call Nora Larsen at (352) 330-5517 or e-mail Nora_ Larsen@dcf.state.fl.us. Writers Group meets first Saturday monthlyThe Writers Group of Central Florida (Dunnellon), a new group open to all writers, will meet at 1 p.m. the first Saturday monthly at the Dunnellon Public Library. For more information, email wgdunnellon@yahoo.com. COMMUNITY BRIEFS

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4 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 R IVER VIEWS The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Pat Faherty Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS Boycott of Greenlight could be losing proposition for allMayor Nathan Whitts letter of January 31st was a refreshingly candid view into the mind of a man dedicated to moving his city forward for both citizens and neighbors. This kind of analytical, practical thinking is whats required in todays difficult political and economic environment. Mayor Whitts appeal for support of Greenlight Communications will no doubt be met with skepticism from many boycotting it. Justifiable anger and concern over how the water and sewer issue was handled led to the boycott to encourage Dunnellon to redress it. Presently, a lawsuit against the City is underway to determine the legality of its actions relative to the purchase of the RS utility and subsequent rate hikes/surcharge. I joined the boycott in February of 2012 as a new resident of Rainbow Springs. Having closely observed events since then, attended most related public gatherings, City Council workshops and meetings, Ive concluded its now time to engage Mayor Whitts suggestions for healing between our communities. Ive witnessed the Mayors attempts to do so in Council with his objective analysis, returnon-investment focus, and encouragement of healthy debate. Last weeks letter was an impassioned appeal for all to bury the hatchet and work toward the common good. I believe hes correct. At this time, boycotting Greenlight seems to me more punitive than prudent or practical. Boycotting had initial affect, but no longer seems to confer any tangible benefit to anyone. It will not force the City to revise the current Rainbow Springs rate structure, especially since Dunnellon now faces potentially devastating revenue losses due to Marion Countys re-appropriation of some $500,000 in gas tax funds. It will have no effect on the water/sewer rate lawsuits outcome, which will be decided solely upon the legal merits of the citys prior decisions. I agree with Mayor Whitts assessment that the city should never have engaged the Greenlight project. It is now, however a $10 million liability requiring everyones support for a chance Mayor misses addressing crux of woes R emember when we were kids and we couldnt wait for our birthdays to arrive? We would start counting down months in advance. Only 46 days until my birthday. The excitement was contagious. Then when somebody asked us how old we were we would proudly answer 13 and a 1/2. Oh that 1/2 was so very important. Sometimes I would even say three quarters. I think we spend half our lives wanting to be older, and then one day you wake up and you are old and it all changes from there. Suddenly, youre using minus numbers. Im 51, minus a 1/2. Im 49 and holding. Yet this is something thats out of our control. Theres no stopping time. Whether you ignore it or not its still coming. And so with a deep sigh I must confess that I have once again grown a year older. I am way over the hill. Im on a quick descent to the other side. I am older than dirt. OK, Im getting a little melodramatic here. When did this happen? It came slithering in so silently that I was totally unaware. Until I looked in the mirror one day and there it was. As each of my friends reach the big 5-0 I hear the same things. What happened to me? I never had this muffin top thing before. Ive heard of double chins, but how come I seem to have three of them? Suddenly, you cant roll around on the ground for long with the grandkids. Or if you do, you cant get back up. It hurts to stand after sitting for long hours and you get winded when you try to run. I want to show my niece a couple of my favorite cheers when I was in school, but my body just cant seem to make those jumps anymore. A cartwheel would be suicide. I think it was Oprah who said life begins at 50, as well she can. With her personal chef, personal trainer, domestic housekeeper and plastic surgeon, she can certainly hang onto her youth longer than we can. However, I saw Oprah on TV the other night and I have to say she didnt look all that fabulous. It appeared like she was struggling. At first I thought poor Oprah has the same problems we do. But then I was like what do you mean Oprah looks terrible? You mean even with more money than Donald Trump you still have to look your age? Gasp. Us poor folks dont stand a chance. I did dance the other night. I danced and danced right in my own living room. Yep we put on some 90s classics and did the Electric Slide. I was getting down too. I had moves I forgot I had, and everything was going really well. Until the next morning when OPINIONS INVITED The opinions expressed in Riverland News editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper. Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in a letter to the editor. All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via e-mail, Phone numbers will not be printed or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste. Letters to the editor must be no longer than 550 words, and writers will be limited to two letters per month. OUR VOICE LETTERS JERSEY GIRL TIME TO SMILE I have lost count of what the current generation is called. Last I knew it was Gen X and Gen Y. Personally, I think they are Gen Tech because that is what they live and breathe. According to AARP, I am a member of the baby boomer generation. That term covers a long span of time. No matter what you call it, I think I was born in the wrong generation. I dig the 1940s the music, the people, the actors, the dcor and the clothes. The two people I admire most are from that generation is my mom and dad. Since my dad died and my mom is terminally ill, I am soaking up any information my last living connection to the 1940s can share. Every day I ask her a new set of questions in hopes that it triggers a memory. It is fun looking back at her life. I have begun to write down her stories for future generations. When she is gone, I will have to be happy with historical accounts found in books and magazines. Recently, I read the best book that I have read in a long time. You know I am a history buff. I heard about this book and I needed to check it out. I am so glad I did. It brought the 40s back to life. The author is Adam Makos with Larry Alexander and the title is A Higher Call. The book tells the true story involving two fighter pilots in World War II, one American and one German. I couldnt put this book down. Some people think history books can be too technical or dry. Not this book. It was all emotions, facts and excitement. Mr. Makos captured the rawness of war the highs (literally), the lowest of lows and the tedium in between. The life of Franz Stigler, a pilot from Bavaria is an inspiration to us all. He is a true gentleman and hero. I wish I was lucky enough to have met him. You know how people say chivalry is dead? I believe it died with this man. Oh, how I ache for the days when people had manners and men were chivalrous. I think that is why I am such a Downton Abby fanatic. A man with manners is worth more than a man with money. You can be the richest man in the world and still be a rude bore Donald Trump comes to mind! Another important person in this story is the American pilot, Charlie Brown. Yes, that is his real name. He was a West Virginia farm boy who found himself leading his men into battle. It was Browns lucky day when he met Franz Stigler in the skies over Germany. He would not meet him again for several decades but everything he did during those decades he owes to Franz Stigler. Charlie Brown gave his all and he Generation: Best Fabulous 50s loom O nce again Dunnellon seems to be in the grip of denial, and the needs of the Dunnellon business community are taking a backseat as officials are focusing on the problems of the minority. Mayor Whitt everyone can agree that mending fences is a good and noble endeavor; however, continuing to knowingly avoid the obvious truths apparent to all is not leadership. It is seriously irresponsible. Dunnellon did not get into financial distress due to national economic issues, Greenlight Communications or utilities buyouts. It is in serious financial difficulties because for years the decisions made concerning what direction the city should look to develop a sustainable economy have been made not with the betterment of the community or the environment. Thats because the advice, input and needs of the business community have been entirely ignored. Speaking to disgruntled residents about water rate increases and the need to repair relations simply again avoids the larger issues. It is telling that with businesses real revenue generators closing their doors, not a word was spoken to address the root causes for our present predicament. Despite years of patience by local merchants, our needs once again have taken a back seat to those who have little financial stake in the future of our city. This is not an oversight. It is a conscious decision. The city of Dunnellon can no longer allow outside influences to write comprehensive plans and then complain about the adverse effects as if they were not responsible. The undo influence exercised by outside influences is unacceptable, especially in the face of blatant disregard for the business community that is actually footing the bill for the operation of this town. Consider that Dunnellon has an operating budget of slightly more than $4 million. Neither Greenlight or any utilities, including Rio Vista, Rainbow Springs or Juliette Falls; nor the revenues from residential property taxes. The lions share comes from commercial property taxes and sales tax revenue from the business community. Instead of turning Dunnellon into a thriving eco-tourism destination, city leaders have turned to money-making ideas, which have yet to come to fruition (Greenlight), red-light cameras and utility purchases. In addition to that, city leaders have done nothing See LETTERS page 6 See SMILE page 5 See JERSEY page 5 Audrey Beem See VOICE page 6 Kathleen Wallace

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Creative Calligraphers to meet Feb. 14The Creative Calligraphers of Citrus Springs will meet at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Citrus Springs Memorial Library at 1826 Country Club Blvd., Citrus Springs. The first half hour will be a practice session on a new hand, the Gothic Hand, in lower case. This will be followed by a brief meeting including a show and tell of projects the members have worked on during the last month. There will be a Valentine exchange amongst those who have brought in a card for that purpose. Our program this month will focus on flowers with thoughts of an early spring. You will need to bring with you some plain paper, some cardstock (plain or colored), tracing paper, colored pencils or markers, and usual calligraphy tools (pens, a plain pencil, ruler, etc.) For information, call the Library at 489-2313.Rose Society meeting slated for Feb. 17The Marion County Rose Society will host a rose pruning demonstration at 2:30 p.m. at 2224 Clearwater Run, The Villages. Meetings are open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their love of roses. For more information, visit www.marioncountyroses.org or call Howard Johnson at 352751-0355. AARP Driver Safety Class slated An AARP Driver Safety Class for those 50 and older which, with certain exceptions, qualifies graduates for a discount on their automobile insurance, will be given over two days, three hours each day. Cost is $14 per person for all materials, except pen or pencil. However, if you are an AARP member, the cost is $12. Bring your AARP card with you. The course will be March 14 and 15 at the Marion County Sheriffs Office Substation on U.S. 41. Class size is limited and reservations are required. For more information or for reservations, call 465-6359. Norms Clean Cuts accepting toys, foodNorms Clean Cuts Barber Shop at 11941 Bostick St, Dunnellon is a drop-off point for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive as well as a drop-off location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides back packs full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For more information, call 465-3666. worthy of investing hundreds of thousands of Community Redevelopment Area funds toward truly improving the town to make it attractive for potential businesses, nor has it used those funds to benefit businesses that already have made Dunnellon their home. Instead its wasted those funds toward a paved parking lot, the purchase of a house for use by the Community Development director and his staff, the transfer of funds toward Greenlight Communications and numerous other futile expenses all in the name of so-called progress. Where is the progress? There is none. Dunnellon has nothing to show for the tens of thousands of dollars paid in salaries and benefits for the community development department. City leaders continue to boost their efforts of attracting a hotel to the area; however, no zoning changes have been made that would locate a hotel or resort in a viable area. Lets be clear, a hotel behind Walgreens is not a viable foundation for the hub of tourism economy. And any ascertation is laughable. Until Mayor Whitt, the City Council and other officials go out on the limb, despite what the potential backlash might be from the vocal minority, and lay out the best plans for the citys future, all other conversations about mending fences is moot. Furthermore, it is insulting to those who did not choose to live here for a few years but rather invest their entire lives into this community. lived to tell about it. So many young men did not make it. I am glad authors like Adam Makos can share the stories of Generation: Best. Remember this is a book about a real war. In war there is death and heartache. Makos does not spare the reader the gory details. I dont think the reader would have gotten the true picture if he had glossed over the raw details. They need to be heard in order to understand why these men did what they did. I hope you will take the time to hear the stories of the veterans in your family. This includes the family members who sat at home fearing every knock on the door and living for the mail delivery to hear from loved ones. If they are willing to share their story, write it down, tape it or put it on one of Gen Techs latest devices. The WWII veterans are dying off. Now is the time to listen to the men and women that protected America and our freedom. I have so many questions I will never get to ask my dad. I will be content with the stories of other veterans. I want to thank Adam Makos for sharing such an uplifting story no pun intended. The story of these amazing fighter pilots is worth the read. Our local library does not have a copy, but they can borrow it from another branch. If you want to know how to be a real man this book is an instruction manual. Thank you veterans for all that you sacrificed and for the scars you still live with. Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 5 I hurt all over. My bones asked me why did you go all the way to the floor? And my joints said youve got to be kidding. But it did feel good. On the plus side, I now get discounts at several stores. I can forget things and people forgive me. Youngsters actually hold doors open for me and help me carry things. If Im behind somebody in line they ask if I want to go ahead. Why? Are they afraid I dont have much time left? Or maybe theyre afraid Im going senile and I may break out into song at any minute. Im joking, sort of. I mean I love my life. I wouldnt be as smart or sensible if I was younger. I wouldnt know how to cook so well or know the right things to say when people need me. I wouldnt be able to be a grandmother if I were younger. OK, that one did the trick. I feel better now. My dad tells me that once I reach 80 Ill be looking forward to those birthdays again. He says 50 will look pretty good when Im his age. He would give anything to be 50 again. To him Im a youngster. Dont count me out just yet though. I still have so much I want to accomplish. I actually consider myself sort of in the middle. In the middle of life, in the middle of growing and in the middle of discovering who I really am. I have friends who can still run marathons and I also have friends who look like my grandmother. Like I said, Im in the middle. I feel I still have 50 years to go. I wont be going quite as fast but I will definitely be moving. So lets all celebrate another year together. I may have to work harder on my outside but Im a whole heck of a lot better on the inside. SMILE continued from page 4 VOICE continued from page 4 JERSEY continued from page 4 000DY9G Call for Appointment 20170 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Dunnellon Phone 352-789-1559 Also offices in Inverness, Homosassa, Ocala, Lady Lake and The Villages 000DRW4 $ 2 5 0 0 $ 2 5 0 0 $ 25 00 12-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION Y OUR B EST S OURCE FOR L OCAL N EWS L OCAL S PORTS C OMMUNITY E VENTS S CHOOL N EWS A ND M ORE We have four convenient ways to start your subscription! Call us at 489-2731 Go to our website: www.riverlandnews.com Visit our office at 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 Fill out this form and mail it in with your payment Yes, sign me up for the $25.00 12-month subscription! Name Address City State Zip Phone E-mail Mail this coupon and your payment to: 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 *Must be local, in-county delivery. Special expires 2/28/13. CODE: MO Sunday Sampler to feature Patchwork Special to the Riverland News Patchwork, a five-girl band from Gainesville, will entertain at the Sunday Sampler Sunday, from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 10 at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St. Patchwork like to play everything from original Florida folk, country and bluegrass to forties swing and rhythm and blues, all on acoustic instruments. Featuring award-winning banjoist and fiddler Tammy Murray, the band performs at concerts, festivals, schools, clubs and parties throughout the state. In addition to adding their feminine Florida flavor to special events at the Appleton Museum in Ocala, the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville and the Sunday Sampler in Dunnellon, they have also been broadcast live on national public television and radio. Patchwork has been a featured group on main stage at the Will McLean Festival. Donation is $10 at the door and includes complimentary snacks at intermission. Funds help support artists who educate through writing and singing about Florida. For information, call 465-2167 or visit www.cathydewitt.com. COMMUNITY BRIEFS

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Thirft Shop in need of volunteersThe Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop has openings for volunteers during the winter months. The shop welcomes full time and winter residents. The Thrift Shop is at 20815 W. Pennsylvania Ave., across from the Blues Brothers statues and is manned entirely by volunteers. Volunteers meet month to decide where to donate funds. Shop hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers work threehour shifts weekly or as a substitute on an occasional basis. For more information, call Joann McCullough, president, at 465-7018. Post Polio group to meet Feb. 10The North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group will present the program Its NOT A Balancing Act; Its NOT a Magic Show! at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300, Suite 303 in Ocala. For more information, call Carolyn Raville, group president, at 489-1731. Womens Club to meet Feb. 14The Womens Club of Dunnellon will host its monthly meeting at noon Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Womens Clubhouse at 11756 Cedar St. It will be a Valentine Pot Luck lunch. Following lunch there will be a presentation by Kevin and Debra DeWitt from the Family Hope Pregnancy Center in Dunnellon. For more information, call Treva Matthews at 489-4512. Horses for Hospice Trail Ride slatedHospice of Marion County will host its 13th annual Horses for Hospice Trail Ride on Saturday, Feb. 16, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15. Riders travel from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa to spend two to three hours on the trail. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218. NEWS BRIEFS to work. Failure isnt a healthy option. We all pay the price if Greenlight succumbs. Having the state or county take over where a bankrupt Dunnellon leaves off isnt that simple or realistic, perhaps even seriously impacting everyones property values. Speculation about what the city might do with Greenlight proceeds if successful serves no useful purpose either. Punitive action against the city for a prior administrations decisions is shooting ourselves in the foot. I encourage everyone to rethink their Greenlight positions, as I am when my current providers contract expires. My decision to subscribe will depend solely upon how well Greenlights product meets my needs compared to other vendors. By all accounts, current subscribers seem satisfied. Although Rainbow Springs residents couldnt vote, our visible support helped elect Mayor Whitt on his platform of healing between among communities, fiscal responsibility and working together for the greater good. Its time now to rally behind his efforts to make things better for all of us. In many ways, Dunnellon is our town too. Kathryn TaubertDunnellon Math does not add up to save money for Greenlight bond The Riverland News Jan. 31, 2013, article entitled Council OKs tweak of Bonds, with a sub-heading of One done to save money; other to release funds (emphasis is mine), reported that City Manager Lisa Aligere explained that the Series B bond payment which is currently $595,000 per year will be trimmed to $274,000 over the life of the bond, saving the city nearly $300,000 per year (again, emphasis is mine). If this comment has been correctly reported, it appears that the both the City Manager and the Riverland News either do not understand the difference between a savings and a cost or they wish to put a positive spin on a negative action. Yes, the annual payments are less, reducing the cash outlay for the repayment of borrowed funds during years one thru four (the original term of the bond) but its only delaying those outlays until years five thru eight (the new extension term). Additionally, by extending the life of the bond from four to eight years, the interest cost to the City on those borrowed funds will be significantly greater. Very much the same as happens when you pay only the minimum on credit cards helps cash flow now but results in large amounts of interest cost later. Using a simple interest calculation of 3.2% per year and assuming a borrowed amount of $2,380,000 to be repaid in four equal annual installments at the end of years one through four (apparent basic terms of the Series B Bonds), the total interest cost to the city would approximate $190,400. Then, using the same method and principal amount but having the repayment be in eight equal annual installments at the end of years one through through, the total interest cost to the city would approximate $342,720 Thus, this extension could cost the City an additional $152,320 in interest expense over the eight-year life of the bond rather than saving it nearly $300,000 per year as the City Managers comment states another example of the continuing money pit called Greenlight Communications. Al Bulson Rainbow Springs Editors Note: The story does need clarification. The city tweaked the bonds to improve short-term cash flow and to reduce the bond payment in the process. Liberty or safety? Which the best?In the Jan. 17 edition of the Riverland News a letter by Patricia Hess advocated tougher gun control. This call for action was generated by the tragedy at Newtown, Conn., and other similar events. While I know of no one who is not repulsed by this act of violence, we must be careful to avoid enacting knee-jerk legislation. As with any issue there are multiple veiwpoints some which can be quickly dismissed while others merit consideration. Before acceptance of any of those proposals a careful examination must be conducted. The heart of the issue is the second amendment. How would any proposal infringe upon the integrity of the amendment? The second amendment was born out of the war for independence. A war that was thrust upon the colonies by the British crown and the tyranny it legislated, which when resisted an attempt was made by force of arms to implement it. These legislative acts were designed to be revenue enhancing while denying the input of those who would be subject to the same, without any avenue for comment and discussion. This type of decision making sounds more than vaguely familiar at all levels of government today. Many readers of this can relate to this type of tyranny called taxation without representation. The Founding Fathers did not, nor could they have foreseen the advances in technology and manufacturing of firearms. The type of arms was never the intent, here the reason was resistance of tyranny. The escalation of anything is contingent on what others have leading to inovation. One does not take a knife to gunfight. To restrict firearms based on the fact of some tragedy caused, not by the instrument used, but rather the evil intent is as foolish as outlawing water due to the fact someone drowned. Lifeless tools have no ability to commit atrocities. What they did know and were more than knowledgeable of was that tyranny could not, nor ever would be controlled by legislation. Tyranny is born out of the depravity of the heart. Tyranny is not partial to the use of one item over another to attain its goal. The use of any tool requires responsibility, which cannot be legislated. Legislation for the sole reason of appearing to address the issue is like many prescription medicines. Legislation here would merely serve to mask the sympton never curing the cause, such action is not not without precendence. Insanity comes to mind at this point. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. To eviscerate the second amendment in the name of safety will serve no other cause than to enable the further projection of tyranny upon the good decent folks who seek nothing other than to live and provide for their families. As wise old Ben Franklin is to have said Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Vernon R. HastingsDunnellon Obams comments as senator interesting The other day I was reading the Wall Street Journal and came across the following item in the Jan. 17, 2013, issue on Page 17 under the heading, Notable & Quotable. I copied it in its entirety. Then Sen. Barack Obama, in a speech on the Senate floor, March 16, 2006, said: Mr. President, I rise today to talk about Americas debt problem. The fact we are here today to debate raising Americas debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cant pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our governments reckless fiscal policies. Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is trillion with a T. That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, China, Japan and the American taxpayers. And over the next five years, between now and 2011, the presidents budget will increase the debt by almost $3.5 trillion. Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the federal government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than well spend on Medicaid and the states childrens health insurance program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation and veterans benefits combined. Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just five years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing money from foreign administrations, but we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours. Increasing Americas debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. America deserves better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase Americas debt limit. Interesting. Richard P. MackDunnellon 6 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 LE TT E R S continued from page 4 Carmela s 000DYMN Isnt Just Italian! (352) 465-1818 www.carmelas1.com Where Friends and Family Meet 12169 S. Williams St., Dunnellon Bring Your Date to Carmela s For Valentines Day! 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been one his wife made him do outside the home. The Rubens Tube, a project involving flames and soundwaves. She made me test it outside. I wasnt allowed to do it inside not even the garage, Ayton recalled. I remember my neighbor seeing me in the middle of the yard playing with fire that night. Thats pretty exciting. If continuing to teach hard and strive for accolades influences his students to give their best and always try hard, Ayton said hes hopeful his nomination proves inspirational. I think thats a huge thing we see is students who are very afraid to fail, he said. If they are afraid to fail, they wont go at it with the best of their abilities. If they see me and say, heres a man who has his priorities in the right place and that hes trying to be the very best, and it encourages them to do the same, I think thats worth it. Whatever happens at the end, Im still going to give God the glory. Principal Ken McAteer, who has known Ayton for the past seven years, called Aytons selection as Golden Apple finalist a great honor. It just magnifies what hes done here at Dunnellon, said McAteer, in his first year at the helm of Dunnellon High. Hes a national level teacher here at Dunnellon. He doesnt seek the limelight. McAteer pointed to Aytons dedication as a teacher and father as strong points in connecting with students as well as his peers. Ayton is not only well known countywide but statewide and throughout the nation as a top level teacher. Ayton regularly speaks at functions throughout the year at state and national events and helps coordinate lectures at the local and county level. Bob loves being a part of the teaching community, McAteer explained. He collaborates well with the staff and he is willing to learn from anyone. I think it says a lot about him. Hes a great teacher, one of the best in the state. He could teach anything. I think thats a reflection of his skills, a reflection of his love for making learning fun. Those who work with Ayton or spend countless hours in his classroom know all too well his positive impact. Bob Ayton is one of the best coworkers I have ever worked with, Mathew Witherow, math teacher at Dunnellon High, said. He has one of the most positive attitudes of anyone I have ever met and a great sense of humor that shines through in and out of class. Bob loves to share his new and innovative classroom techniques with other teachers, helping us to continually hone our craft. Bob is not only a huge proponent of using the most cutting edge technology in his classroom, he also trains others teachers how to use that technology in their classes. I think the most important quality that makes Bob such a great coworker is the fact that he cares about the people around him and is constantly relating to people in a deep and meaningful way. In the classroom, one of the things that makes Ayton a great teacher is that he is actively engaged with the students in his class, Witherow said, explaining Ayton is a proponent of flipping the classroom. He daily has his students use markers and whiteboards to work on problems in his classroom, attempting to have his students own their learning experience instead of passively copying down notes during class time, he explained, noting Ayton Podcasts his lessons that he uploads to his website, MrAyton.com. Then the students are required to watch these lessons out of his classroom, so that when they come to his class they have the back ground knowledge needed to work out complicated computations with minimal direction. The subjects Bob teaches are loaded with opportunities for experiments and observation laboratories, and he takes full advantage of that opportunity with hands on activities that the kids absolutely love and talk about throughout the school. He is constantly looking for new ways to teach his material to make the learning more meaningful for the students. His teaching methods make the kids feel like learning is easy in his classroom and he is very mindful that his students strive for a high level of comprehension, which is shown year after year by his students high scores on the Advanced Placement Exam. Senior Rachel Horne said while Ayton might be unconventional in his teaching methods, the impact he makes on his students is paramount. He knows everything that he teaches, said Horne, who is taking AP Physics and AP Chemistry while also participating on the Academic Team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both of which Ayton is the sponsor for. Hes really funny and his classes are easy to follow. Its never boring to go to one of Mr. Aytons classes. Hes constantly learning to better himself. Ashley Segarra, a fellow classmate, agreed. Hes amazing, she exclaimed. He does so much to help students out. 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The 23rd annual Golden Apple Gala is presented by the Public Education Foundation of Marion County and takes place at the Ocala Hilton. The Golden Apple and Rookie Teacher of the Year Programs honor teachers for excellence in the classroom. The selection process includes a written portfolio showcasing their teaching philosophies, personal interviews and classroom observations. The five Golden Apple recipients will be introduced by current or former students of their choice at the Ocala Hilton. The 23rd annual Golden Apple Gala airs live on the Marion Education Channel at 7 p.m. Friday and replays throughout February at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The Marion Education Channel is available on Brighthouse 198, Comcast 99, and Cox 12 as well as other local community cable systems. The MEC is also available over-the-air on digital channel 7.1. The other Golden Apples nominees are: Karen Morrison, a physical education teacher at Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary with 30 years of teaching experience all in Marion County; Dana Andrews, a kindergarten teacher at Shady Hill Elementary with 27 years of teaching experience all in Marion County; Judith Dominguez, an eighth grade science teacher at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks with nine years of teaching experience five in Marion County; Tim Jones, an Ancient Civilizations and Civics teacher at Howard Middle with six years of teaching experience all in Marion County. Other school-based Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year including Marion Countys 2013 Rookie Teacher of the Year Randolph Hauck of Belleview Middle will also be honored. Rookies have no more than three years of classroom teaching experience. Rainbow Springs State Park will host is annual Cracker Days festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24. Florida Pioneer will be on display at Rainbow Springs State Park. Park admission is $2 per person with children 5 and younger free. The Florida of the late 1800s will come alive through demonstrators in period dress whose skills include quilting, weaving and spinning, shawl-making, pine needle basketry and jewelry-making, pottery, fly-tying, corngrinding, quilt making, embroidery, bobbin weaving, tatting and more. A cooper and the lady who spins thread from the live bunny on her lap will be present as will Billy Roberson, returning this year as the Suwannee Cracker telling his pioneer tales. A local author will be present as will wood turners, wood carvers, a shell crafter and a telegrapher with an interesting display. Musical artists such as Chuck Hardwicke, J.C. Colby, the James Brothers and a barbershop quartet will perform at the Felburn Pavilion. A tram will transport visitors to and from the Cracker Cow Camp deeper in the park where there will people in period dress, making soap, butter and candles, cooking over a campfire, tending the live Cracker Horse, using tools of long ago and telling stories of trapping and trading among the Florida pioneers. A blacksmith and a broom-maker will be at work in this area along with other textile and palm leaf artists adding their expertise. Children will have a chance to play active games of the era in a special roped-off area where parents can join in or watch. Try your hand at corn hole or ring toss and even attempt to lasso a stationery animal. A second area where children can play with wooden toys such as bean bag double can and paddle ball will be closer to the park entry. For more information, call 465-8555. State Park to host Cracker Days CHRIS FORTUNE/For the Riverland NewsDunnellon High teacher Bob Ayton, right, poses with Principal Ken McAteer after being named one of five Golden Apple nominees. Karen Morrison Dana Andrews Judith Dominguez Tim Jones GOLDEN continued from page 1 Special to the Riverland News

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Holy Faith to host pancake supper Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will host a Pancake Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Mens Club will serve pancakes, sausage, applesauce, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more information, call the church office at 489-2685. Soup-a-thon slated for Ash WednesdayThe Legacy League of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a Soup-a-thon at 1 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the church, near the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 40. The Soup-a-thon will feature more than 30 kinds of meatless soups, served with crackers or homemade bread. Coffee, tea, lemonade and brownies are all included in the $5 cost. Diners will get to vote on their favorite soup. Prizes will be awarded to the cooks of the top three favorite soups. Tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church office or at the door. Tickets purchased prior to the event will use the express lane when entering the church hall. Lutheran church to mark Lent Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season Feb. 13 as Joy Evangelical Church will have a worship service at 6:45 p.m. to mark the beginning of the season. The theme for Lent for the Wednesday services will be The Baggage We Carry. Each Wednesday, at 2:45 and 6:45 p.m., during Lent, Senior Pastor Edward Holloway Jr. will provide the message about topics such as fear, doubt, discontent, intolerance and self-image. The theme for the Sunday worship services, at 8:15 a.m. and 11, will be The Road to Holiness. Pastor Holloways message will be on App-ing to Holiness; A House on the Road to Holiness; Repentance on the Road to Holiness; The Father Waits on the Road to Holiness; Anointing on the Road to Holiness; and Where the Road to Holiness Leads. All are welcome to attend these services. Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For more information, call the church office at 352-854-4509, ext.221. The American Legion Post 58 will host its annual Four Chaplains Day Memorial Ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the American Legion Hall on U.S. 41, north of Walmart. In addition to the Four Chaplain Memorial Ceremony, the American Legion post will celebrate the 94th birthday of the American Legion. The festival, open to the public and free of charge, will offer music, food and refreshments. According to history excerpts from Matt Grills, on Feb. 3, 1943, the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester a converted luxury liner was crossing the North Atlantic, transporting more than 900 troops to an American base in Greenland. Aboard the ship were four chaplains of different faiths: the Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, the Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic). Around 12:55 a.m., a German U-boat fired a torpedo that struck Dorchesters starboard side, below the water line and near the engine room. The explosion instantly killed 100 men and knocked out power and radio communication with Dorchesters three escort ships. Within 20 minutes, the transport sank and more than 670 men died. As soldiers rushed to lifeboats, the four chaplains spread out, comforting the wounded and directing others to safety. One survivor, Private William Bednar, later said, I could hear men crying, pleading, and praying. I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going. Another survivor, John Ladd, watched the chaplains distribute life jackets, and when they ran out, they removed theirs and gave them to four young men. It was the finest thing I have seen, or hope to see, this side of heaven, he recalled. As Dorchester sank, the chaplains were seen linked arm in arm, praying. Fox, Goode, Poling and Washington were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart, and in 1948, Congress declared Feb. 3 to be Four Chaplains Day. The four chaplains were also honored with a U.S. postage stamp that year, according to history excerpts. John J. Egan, 77John J. Egan, 77, passed away in Ocala, Fla., Feb. 2, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Egans career with New Jersey Bell and AT&T spanned 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet; his daughter, Melissa; his son and daughterin-law, Peter and Christie; and two granddaughters, Grace and Lily Kate. A memorial service conducted by Rev. Jeffrey W. Welch will be at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, Feb. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church Building Fund. Expressions of sympathy can be made online to roberts ofdunnellon.com. 8 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 000DX8Q D UNNELLON F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH 21501 W. Highway 40 Rev. Eddie Fulford, Pastor Sunday Communion Worship Service 8:00 AM Praise Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do 352-489-4026 www.fumc-dunnellon.org 000DKHM Dunnellon Presbyterian Church Jeffrey W. Welch, Pastor 2 0 6 4 1 C h e s t n u t S t r e e t C o r n e r o f C h e s t n u t & O h i o S t r e e t s I n T h e H i s t o r i c D i s t r i c t 4 8 9 2 6 8 2 S u n d a y W o r s h i p . . . . . . . 8 : 3 0 A M S u n d a y S c h o o l . . 9 : 4 5 A M W o r s h i p . . . . . . 1 1 : 0 0 A M N u r s e r y P r o v i d e d F o r A l l S e r v i c e s d u n n p r e s c h u r c h @ b e l l s o u t h n e t 000DKHB 000DYBS Using Godly Influence to Build the Kingdom First Baptist Church 20831 Powell Road Dunnellon, FL 34431 www.fbcdunnellon.com Phone: 352-489-2730 Fax: 352-465-7729 E-mail: fbcdunnellon@bellsouth.net Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000DNVW The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com C h i n a H o u s e C h i n a H o u s e China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000DUTY 11352 N. Williams St. (Sweetbay Plaza) Please Call (352) 489-9763 C h i n a W o k B u f f e t C h i n a W o k B u f f e t China Wok Buffet Lunch $6.65 Dinner $8.85 ROAST BEEF EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY ALL DAY Calvary Baptist Temple 21841 S.W. Marine Blvd. Rainbow Lakes Estates Sunday Sunday School.............9:45 a.m. Worship Service.........11:00 a.m. Evening Service..........5:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting............7:00 p.m. Every 4th Sunday......5:00 p.m Share, Praise & Fellowship Pastor Jamie Parker 352-489-8962 Please Join Us As We Worship In His Name 7525 S. Highway 41, Dunnellon 352-489-3166 Saturday Reconciliation 3:30 PM Saturday Vigil . . . . . . . . 4:30 PM Sunday . . 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday Spanish............ . Noon Mon. Thru Fri . . . . . . . . . 8:00 AM Holy Days . 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM www.stjohncc.com MASSES Catholic Community of St. John the Baptist Father Jean H. Desir, Pastor Romeo Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 11:00 AM Disciple Training 5:00 PM Pastor R.D. Hess (352) 489-1788 Sunday (Nursery & Childrens Church Provided) Wednesday AWANA 6:30 PM Youth Group 6:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM 8 1 / 2 Miles North of Dunnellon Off of Highway 41, Left at Church Sign on SW 5 th Place 000DNVM 000CHQO A Progressive Community of Faith in the Heart of Central Florida Sunday Worship 10:30 am Adult Bible Discussion 12:00 Noon God is still speaking, Jesus didnt reject people. Neither do we. First Congregational United Church of Christ 7171 SW SR 200, Ocala, FL 352-237-3035 uccocala.org Dr. H.W. McSwain, Jr., Pastor Dunnellon Seventh-day Adventist Church Welcome To Our Services Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 40 Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 AM Sermon . . . . . 11:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study . . . 4:30 PM For more information: 352-489-3455 www.dunnellonsdachurch.com 000DKHD 000D1K3 489-2685 Hall Available For Community Functions Holy Faith Episcopal Church 19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. Dunnellon T HE R EV J. J AMES G ERHART Sunday Rite I 8:00 AM Coffee Hour 9:00 AM Rite II 10:00 AM Healing Session 1st Sunday Every Month Following 10:00 AM Service GATHERINGS A D IRECTORY OF A REA C HURCHES For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 711180 000DXRC Happy Valentines Day! We appreciate your business. Thank You Fusion Hair Studio Open Tuesday thru Friday and Every Other Saturday Appointments Preferred Walk-ins Welcome 11995 S. Ohio St. Dunnellon (352) 489-3202 000DWK9 T r i n i t y T r i n i t y Trinity V i l l a s V i l l a s Villas Senior Citizen Complex Taking applications for studio & 1 bedroom apartments. Rent is based on income. Preference given to persons with extremely low income levels. Applicants must be 62 years o r older or require the features of an accessible unit and also meet other qualifying factors of the resident selection criteria. Please call for info. 352-694-5507 TTY 800-995-8771 00075X7 Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Grandfather Clock 352-873-7587 GRANDFATHER CLOCK REPAIR Service and repairs 43 years full time experience Specializing in floor clocks. In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 0 0 0 D P 6 G OBITUARY Legion to host Four Chaplains ceremony Riverland News file photoThe American Legion Post 58 will host its annual Four Chaplains Day Memorial Ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the American Legion Hall on U.S. 41, north of Walmart. The ceremony will pay tribute to the Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, the Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic). Special to the Riverland News CHURCH BRIEFS SO YOU KNOWAll obituaries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Mondays. Email to fspops@chronicle online.com or call Rita at 352-563-5660 for more information.

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Agency launches Coats 4 Kids driveAnnie Johnsons Cold Nites/Warm Hearts program is in need of winter coats for children of Marion and Citrus counties. If you are able to support this event, bring the coats to the Annie Johnson Center at 1991 West Test Court, Dunnellon. For more information, call Larry, Christine or Mandy at 489-8021. Group to distribute toiletries, clothingChristians In Action (CIA), a new charitable organization formed to assist the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as well as other local food pantries, will provide toiletries and clothing to need families in need who qualify under federal guidelines. Free toiletries and clothing will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday monthly at New Second Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 1940 W. Henry Blair Lane. The church is behind Dunnellon Mulch and Stone. American Legion activities slated American Legion WallRives Post 58 and the Womens Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly. Dinner will be served at 5:30. The Dunnellon Young Marines meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Bingo will be at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 4. Smoking is not allowed. Refreshments are available. The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast is the third Saturday monthly. Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person. Penno VFW Post plans eventsEdward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, announce the following events. Join us for Darts at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Bingo at 1 p.m. Mondays. $1 Hot Dogs are available for lunch on those days. Please plan to join us for dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $8 each. The canteen is open Sunday through Saturday at noon; and closes at 8 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday except for meeting nights, and 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 465-4864. TOPS welcomes members, visitorsTOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 375 Rainbow Lakes welcomes new members and visitors. TOPS meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Rainbow Lakes Community Center 4030 S.W. Deepwater Court, Rainbow Lakes. Take U.S. 41 to Rainbow Lakes Boulevard, 4.5 miles to the Community Center. For more information, call 465-5807. AARP to offer free tax assistance AARP offers free income tax assistance Feb. 6 through April 13 at three locations near Dunnellon. It is not necessary to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Tax assistance is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the American Legion on U.S. 41; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rainbow Lakes Estates Community Center; and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting Feb. 9, at the Dunnellon Public Library. An appointment can be scheduled at the library reference desk by phone, but appointments are not required. The following items will be needed: Photo ID Social Security cards Copy of your 2011 tax return Check (not a deposit slip) for direct deposit of your refund or electronic funds transfer of taxes due. Statements of any estimated taxes paid in 2012 1099s from banks, financial institutions, and others Statements of sales of stocks or mutual funds Social Security statements, W-2s, K-1s, etc for 2012 Statement of property taxes, medical expense, charitable contributions, college expenses and mortgage interest are also needed. Both signatures are required on joint returns. For more information, call Wayne Sloan at 489-5066. United Way offers free tax preparation United Way of Marion County will offer free income tax preparation through a variety of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) locations starting Tuesday, Jan. 22. Marion County residents are encouraged to get 100 percent of their return back. Call 211 to make an appointment. All volunteers providing tax assistance are trained by the Internal Revenue Service. Residents will need to bring the following information with them: Last years Federal Income Tax Return (2011 income tax return) Social Security cards for all taxpayers and dependents Correct birthdates for all names that appear on the return All Important Tax Documents (W-2s, 1099s, 1098 for mortgage interest, property taxes) Picture ID including spouses, if married and filing joint returns For education credits, bring 1098T and the amount paid for qualified expenses Student Loans Interest: F1098E For dependent care credit, Child care providers name, address, SSN/EIN and amount you paid Cancellation of Debt: F1099C Sch CEZ/Sch C Call our office for more details. Voided check and saving account number for direct deposit of your refund (this is optional, but gets your cash to you faster.) If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must come to the VITA site. Volunteers will not prepare Schedule D (complex), Schedule E, request for Social Security Numbers, Employee Business Expenses, Moving Expenses, Nondeductible IRA, or Minor Investment Income. For more information, call Marsha Holloway at 352-732-9696 ext. 215. Church to host fashion show Feb. 16Community Congregational Christian Church will host a Fashion Show from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Dewain Farris Fellowship Hall at 9220 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call the church office at 489-1260. Church to host concert at FBCCross at the River Cowboy Church, in conjunction with First Baptist Church of Dunnellon, will host Susie McEntire in concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church of Dunnellon. Tickets may now be purchased for $15 per person or $25 per couple at the following locations: Cross At The River Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. Sundays. Services are greater Historical Train Depot. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cadence Bank. Online at www.villagecrier.info.Church to host concert March 9The Southern Express, an 18-piece Big Band, will perform at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, Tickets, which are $10 each, are available at the church office, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, or call the office at 352-237-3035 or Dave at 352-867-7967. New womens bible study slatedNew Womens Cross Denominational Bible study called One Womens Prayer meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday monthly at the Dunnellon Womens Club Clubhouse at 11756 Cedar St. Doors open at 6:30. For more information check us out in Facebook at One Womens Prayer.Church schedules monthly fish frySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40 East, will host its monthly fish fry from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Friday monthly through May. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The public is welcome. For more information, call 489-5954. Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 9 0 0 0 D W K R 000DXUX 000DR7N DUNNELLON PODIATRY CENTER, P.A Medical and Surgical Treatment of Foot and Ankle Bunions Hammertoes Fractures Infections Heel Pain Arthroscopic and Endoscopic Procedures Diagnostic Ultrasound and X-ray on Premises Stacy Lynn Witfill D.P.M. Board Certified by American Board of Podiatric Surgery 11786 Cedar Street (CR 40) (Next to the Womens Club) 489-6621 Most Insurance Accepted 000DPBN Podiatric Physician & Surgeon CHURCH BRIEFS TAX ASSISTANCE Big Lous Mobile Food ribbon cutting Special to the Riverland NewsThe Dunnellon Area Chamber Commerce recently held a ribboncutting ceremony for Big Lous Mobile Food Vendor, owned by Louis Bussiere, outside of the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce building. Pictured with Bussiere are multiple Chamber officials and members of his family. COMMUNITY BRIEFS

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R IVERLAND EDUCATION 10 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 Resident graduates from Maine collegeMaureen Orkwis of Dunnellon graduated in December from Saint Josephs College of Maine with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. Saint Josephs College is Maines only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. Red Brick School reunion slated The Old Red Brick School House all-class reunion will be March 16 at First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon. Reservations only. For more information, call 465-1093. Yoga classes open at Dunnellon Elem. CTAE will offer a yoga class from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Dunnellon Elementary School. There will be six classes in all beginning Feb. 7 and running through March 14. Lisa Bubba will be the instructor. She has more than 40 years of experience. The fee is $45 and registration takes place your first day in class. Participants will need an exercise mat and light hand weights. For more information, call Lisa Bubba at 489-8051. Marion Civic Chorale to offer scholarshipThe Marion Civic Chorale is offering the Grat L. Rosazza Scholarship to an area student with musical talent. The $500 scholarship is open to high school and community college students who are continuing their education in vocal music, music education or musical theatre. The winner will perform with the chorale during one of the spring concerts and will be awarded the scholarship at that time. Application deadline is April 2. For more information, visit the chorales website at http://marion civicchorale.tripod. com/ or contact Judy Crooks at 352-812-0666, or email Jillvw50@ gmail.com. Stormwater education grants availablePublic and private educators wishing to teach their students about stormwater quality topics may benefit from a Marion County Office of the County Engineer grant program. Through March 29, educators serving students who live in unincorporated Marion County may receive funds under the 2012-13 Stormwater Education Grants Program. Grantees may receive up to $750 to use for stormwater/water resource education and up to $1,000 to purchase equipment related to these projects. Interested applicants may visit www.marioncounty fl.org/stormwater.htm to download grant application instructions and forms. For more information about the grants program, call Gail Mowry at 352-671-8686. EDUCATION NOTES Second semster under way at DMS D unnellon Middle School begins this weeks article with a sharing of information about activities that have recently occurred we would like to bring you up-to-date on. Dunnellon Middle School sent home Report Cards Monday, Jan. 28. We want to remind our DMS parents that you are always welcome to arrange a parent/teacher conference through our Guidance Office anytime throughout the school year. We are well into the second semester of the 201213 school year and believe every DMS student can be successful if they apply themselves to that task. Parents, working together we can make this happen. Call our Guidance Office at 465-6724 to set up your parent/teacher conference today. On Jan. 26, Megan Barde, Breanna Bergeron, Hunter Day, Luis Gutierrez, Megan Howard Shelby Meyers, Chandler Neal, Cameron Pike, Robert Reed, Kristen Starr, Trevor Vonseggern and Mr. Steve Williams, Dunnellon Middle School Parents help DECODE schoolwork for your children A lot of children need special help in school, whether it is that they are not paying attention in class and/or not understanding the directions. Whatever the problems are, parents can reinforce their thinking. The following suggestions are ways you can help your children at home to develop skills that will help them in the classroom: DECODE school for your child: Directions: Make directions specific and simple. Break complicated tasks into small steps. Limit your child to short subjects and activities, and reward persistence with praise and encouragement. Expectations: Establish clear rules and consequences. Talk about and agree upon consequences with your child. Write them down as a sort of formal agreement, and post them where every member of the family can see them easily. Then be more consistent about enforcing the rules that you decide upon. Conference Cooperate with the school: Request conferences with the teachers, and ask them to inform you about meth ods you Jane Ashman Romeo Principal Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal See SMALLRIDGE page 11 Dunnellon Middle School Second Quarter Honor Roll Sixth-Grade All As: Sayra Loya and Conner Neal. Seventh-Grade All As: Diana Davila, Kayla Gandy, Chandler Neal, Michael Santiago, Trevor Vonseggern and Emily Weaver. Eighth-Grade All As: Hunter Day, Connor Denmark, Edyzbelly Flores, Luis Guiterrez, Megan Howard, Joseph Maisevich, Shelby Meyers, Nayadeth Muniz-Hernandez, Taylor Powell, Robert Reed, Christopher Ruiz, Kristen Starr, Hannah Warren and Cheyenne Youngblood. Sixth-Grade A/B: Yisiara Aguirre, Mandy Bernstein, Melanie Brenwald, Anahi Calvo-Wences, Kaylee Corbin, Lauren Ford, Justin Fowler, Idette Garcia Hernandez, Kameron Grossi, Raquelle Irizarry, Tiana Joyner, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Madisyn Leeds, Ishana Maharaj, Rebeca Munoz, Beatrice Ortega, Cielo Palomo Melendrez, Kevin Renzuilli, Caleb Schroeder, Mason Sereda, Caroline Shank, London Sweat, Grace Thompson, Kendal Waldrop, Lilian Watson and Aleah Whitley. Seventh-Grade A/B: Emily Begin, Elizabeth Centeno, Mark Duran, Anna Giliberti, Jacob Hicks, Darby Langworthy, Jacob LeBlanc, Brandon Martin, Jasmine Monahan, Emily Newsom, Heather Noll, Olivia Peterson, Rebecca Ray, Lindsay Reddick, Danielle Rodriguez, Chantal Ruiz, Olivia Savage and Kaylah Starks. Eighth-Grade A/B: Haley Below, Ariel Benjamin, Breanna Bergeron, Savannah Bond, Kenneth Boone, Breckell Bowman, Breann Brackett, Hannah Chung, Destiny Clark, Katelin Cortese, Tania Davila-Ortega, Daisy Dutkiewicz, Parker Fleming, Brianna Florvilus, Madison Gamble, Alec Gonzalez, Raymond Grossi, Raven Howarth, Cheyenne Ingalls, Niya Jaglal, Skylar Krejci, Tyler LaMon, Yareli Murillo Ruvira, Isabella Pierro, Natasha Pierro, Cameron Pike, Destiny Ray, Kenia Rodriguez-Leanos, Carlos Romero, Dylan Roy, Alexis Shutt, Alexandria Spear Dietrich, Samantha Stewart, Samuel Torres, Taylor Turner, Naomi Watson, Dominique White, Brianna Williams, Jeremy Williams and Angelique Willis. Romeo Elementary School First Semester Honor Roll Third Grade All As: Andrea Abbott, Sully Anderson, Gisell Cardoso-Leanos, Aisling ChicoGarcia, Dylan Evans, Anaya Ferrell, Chandler Hiers, Delany Lamon, Madelyn Marinacci, Cadence McNelly, Kayla Messer, Peter Reich, Cynthia Saldana, Jazmine Stapleton, Jasmine Torres and Jordan Vining. A/B: Josue Alvarado, Jorge Aragon, Caleb Beville, Benjamin Brewster, Kennedy Brown, Blake Bussiere, Natalie Carter, Saul Chacon Cataneda, Thomas DeLibro, Alejandra Desiderio-Ramirez, Jaiden Davila-Heredia, Destiny Gonzalez, Hailey Grossi, Alexis Hiers, Stephani Hurd, Kasey Lemanski, Julian Long, Sheyla Martinez, Victor Martinez, Emilie Mason, Angela Melendez, Megan Mills Ajello, Logan Minkema, Anibal Munoz, Solis Palomo-Melendrez, Luis Perez, Victoria Peterson, Hannah Romine, Lucas Rowell, Joshua Slemp, Katelyn Thigpen, Cyrous Thornton, Cory Turner, Nayeli Vargas-Ramirez and Bethany Vaughn. Fourth Grade All As: Melody Dunne, Teegan Eversole, Chad Holland, Calista Neal, Ashleigh Palmer and Eli Watson. A/B: Adrianna Anglemyer, Alexis Appleby, Karley Barnes, Manuel Betancourt, Hayleigh Bourgeous, Jarhett Bradham, Samantha Carneccia, Autumn Chervenack, Jade Deonath, Jonas Duncan, Christian Duran, Jacqueline Enriquez, Elias Erickson, Kevin Ferrell, Erik Garratt, Roman Gonzalez, Cesar Hernandez, Jackeline Hernandez-Perez, Bayleigh Johnson, Jacqueline Jurado, Aaron LeBlanc, Jacqueline Lemanski, Marisol Magana Lugo Aguirre, Gabriel Martinez, Preston Tyler Mills, Michael Obear, Chase Parsons, Joseph Piorokowski, Nicholas Place, Jamiya Reeves, Erick Romero, Aaron Ropp-Jaramillo, Onesti Ryan, Angel Sagastume, Joseph Santiago, Brandon Sherboneau, Joshua Spitznogle, Bridgett Strong, Madison Thigpen, Nick Trujillo, Antonio Villagran, Sam Wryals and Krystel Yaffar. Fifth Grade All As: Samantha Bagdanovich, Keziah Crespo and Cassandra Damien. A/B: Ally Baillargeon, Joseph Brewster, Lily Cabrera, Samantha Chamberlain, Anthony Clark, Tiffany Clarke, Madison Collins, Paris Cousins, Autumn Crouch, Wanya Epps, Isabella Gerrard, Diana Hernandez, Joseline Hernandez Lopez, Quincy Jones, Alianna Lacombe, Haley Ladeau, Xavier Long, Anahi Martinez Jurado, Faith McNelly, Madison Miguel, Phillip Morgan, Sandro Munoz, Gabrielle Munro, Jamie Pena Munoz, Kenneth Richardson, Gabriel Rodriguez, Kaylie Rodriguez, Samson Shepard, Javier Torres, Christopher TourneArturo Trejo Antonio and Daquonn Walker. HONOR ROLL Musical accolade Riverland News file photoRomeo Elementary School music teacher Sondra Collins, whos been with the district for three years, was recently elected to represent Marion County in the state contest to attend the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools June 6 to 9 at Yale University. Collins, Romeo music teacher, vies for state honor Sondra Collins has made her impact felt in the Marion County School District, but more importantly for the former Romeo Rookie Teacher of the Year recipient, its her love for music that has made the biggest impact in the county. Collins, whos been with the district for three years, was recently elected to represent Marion County in the state contest to attend the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools June 6 to 9 at Yale University. Collins said she received notification of her nomination so she was able to turn in an application, which was then reviewed by a panel of Marion County Public School principals, who made the final selection of the representative of Marion County to submit to the state level. I was shocked, and also very humbled, Collin explained. There are so many excellent music teachers within Marion County, so I know firsthand that the application process was competitive. I will do my best to represent all these many outstanding music programs and excellent music teachers in Marion County. One representative from each state will be chosen to attend and is now entered in the state contest. Criteria for the selection of an outstanding music educator is based on the following considerations: Classroom experience; Professional accomplishments; Visionary approaches to music education; Efforts to truly make a difference; Expected contributions to discussions on this year main theme (The Role of Music in School Reform); and Administrators recommendation. In addition to being chosen as Rookie of the Year in 2011, Collins music peers elected her president of the Marion County Music Association. It is certainly a pleasure to have teachers on our campus who support the arts in education, Principal Jane Ashman said. Her support of the music program was very evident in the Veterans Day and Christmas Concerts. She makes it work for the kids to get to the music room for extra practice. Romeo has also had a large number of students who have been chosen for the All-County Elementary Honor Choir. All of these demonstrate a true commitment by Mrs. Collins to bring the arts to our children, Ashman exclaimed. Thank you Mrs. Collins for your wonderful contribution to the education of the Romeo family. Collins said her love and passion for music comes from her parents. They love music, and they taught me that love by constantly surrounding me with music, she said. They completely understand musics power to change lives, and they taught me that fervor for music with ease. I come from two sides of families that have always been involved with music, if not musicians themselves. My parents then continued that upbringing with me. At the age of 3, she started with Suzuki violin lessons. At age 7, she began Suzuki piano lessons; and by the time she was 13, she was learning how to play the flute and piccolo; however, it wasnt until college did she learn how to sing. Collins earned two degrees in Voice Performance: a Master of Music from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida. I am not sure that I have ever been talented, she said. But I certainly have been taught and trained to be the best musician, and now the best teacher of music, that I can be. Becoming a music teacher in a time when the arts are slowly fading from school systems wasnt a deterrent for Collins either. I became a music teacher to hopefully teach that love of music to my students, as my parents did for me, she said. I know firsthand how music can change your life in ways never thought possible, and I want that for all children (regardless of socio-economic conditions or parental involvement). And so, I started to teach. Too many of our countrys children deserve much more than what they have or are given, and if music can make a difference in just a few hours of their day, then being a music teacher is my most obvious calling. Unfortunately, in our community and county, music education seems to be a dying art, but I think that is simply because so many people do not understand that music can affect all other types of our childrens learning in so many positive ways. JEFF BRYAN Riverland NewsPRINCIPALS OFFICE PRINCIPALS OFFICE See AS H MA N page 11

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can reinforce or additional activities you can do with your child at home. Sign up to communicate with teacher(s) via email for missing work or assignments. Organize: Help your child become organized. Have a place for everything, and require that things are always put back where they belong. Establish routines for doing daily chores and activities, and provide work charts or checklists as reminders for complicated tasks. Be sure to check your childs notebook and agenda planners daily to make sure that it is organized properly. Duplicate: Repeat learning experiences. Dont assume that once your child has learned a skill or task, he or she will retain the knowledge. An hour later, the child may seem to have forgotten it completely. Reinforce some lessons from the agenda planner or homework to make sure that he/she has grasps the concept(s). Music Notes Its the month of hearts and love is in the air, or at least certainly love for music here at Romeo! February brings the Marion All-County Elementary Honor Choir. This unique choral experience is showcasing 11 of our musically gifted fifth graders! Congratulations to the following fifth-grade students who were chosen for this prestigious honor of representing Romeo Elementary: Keziah Crespo, Autumn Crouch, Cassandra Damien, Wanya Epps, Bailey Guess, Alianna LaCombe, Faith McNelly, Madison Miguel, Kaylie Rodriguez, Miranda Silas and MegRiley Wilson. The Marion AllCounty Elementary Honor Choir performance was Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center.PTO NewsThe Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) meets at 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly in the Media Center. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 19. We will be discussing upcoming events that will be going on here at Romeo Elementary for the new year! We invite you to join in and share your ideas with us! The Valentine Candy Gram sale is now through Feb. 14. The Candy Grams will consist of a sweet treat with a Valentine greeting. Candy Grams will be delivered to the classrooms Thursday, Feb. 14. Students may purchase Candy Grams for classmates, teachers, friends and family. The cost of each Candy Gram is 50 cents. If you wish to purchase candy grams, complete the order form and return to school with cash or check (payable to R.E.S. PTO). Dollar Drive Fundraiser is back. We dont have to buy or sell anything. All were asking is for every student to ask at least 20 people for $1 each or more. Thats right $1. Each dollar raised goes directly to our school. We make 100 percent profit. Funds raised help provide rewards and incentives to all of our students. The Dollar Drive will run Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, March 4th. All monies must be turned in by Tuesday, March 5, to qualify for prizes. sponsor, participated in our first ever Academic Brain Bowl Competition. These students, with only three practice days under their belt, won several of the contests against seasoned campaigners with years of practice and competition experience. We want to thank these tenacious young people for this exceptional display of knowledge, their determination to represent DMS and themselves in such a positive way. We are so very proud of you and we thank you. FFA members showing an animal at the SEYF (Southeastern Youth Fair) will stay after school from 3:40 to 5 p.m. today with Mr. Dettloff to complete their animal demonstrations in the Ag Room. The student demonstration will include an explanation about the breed of animal, feed products, how to read a feed or medicine label and any other topic covered in the skill-athon. Dunnellon Middle School has two Valentines Day fundraisers: The DMS FFA Annual Valentines Day fundraiser has kicked into high gear. The FFA membership invites everyone to purchase a rose for $2 or a carnation for $1 for someone you would like to remember on Valentines Day. Our FFA members will be making many hearts happy this year. The DMS SAVE Club (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Valentines Day fundraiser is a Love Gram at the cost of $2. The SAVE Club Love Gram will include a silk rose and candy. We have seen the Love Grams that the DMS SAVE Club members have created, and, in a word, wow. There will be many smiling faces at DMS on Valentines Day! Dunnellon Middle School loves to read and on Friday, Feb. 1, 132 DMS students reached their Accelerated Reader (AR) goal to prove it. These 132 students enjoyed a special AR luncheon festivity that included pizza, soda, and prizes (including book giveaways) to recognize a love reading and the ability to meet an assigned goal on time. Life skills to be enjoyed now and throughout their adult lives. We are delighted to list the following DMS AR student names: Austin Adams, Yisiara Aguirre, Brittany Alexander, Zachary Alizna, Judy Allen, Christopher Aragon, Alejandro Arredondo, Mathew Bailargeon, Emily Begin, Haley Below, Breanna Bergeron, Jamil Bess, Zachary Bones, Kenneth Boone, Breckell Bowman, Jillian Boys, Breann Brackett, Tyler Bryden, Savanna Burcham, Anahi Calvo-Wences, Jillian Capps, Mary Caprio, Rayanna Carlisle, Elizabeth Centeno, Carly Chinners, Destiny Clark, Evaen Cornell, Katelin Cortese, Jeramie Cristello, Benjamin Crouch, Hunter Day, Sherry Day-Page, Cory Deming, Vanessa Dominguez Guerro, Cinthia Dominguez, Mark Duran, Travis Duran, Mckanzy Espinoza, Edyzbelly Flores, Brianna Florvilus, Lauren Ford, Hector Francia, Idette Garcia Hernandez, Anna Giliberti, Raymond Grossi, Gabriela Gutierrez, Luis Gutierrez, Jacob Harden, Nikita Haynes, Megan Howard, Mckenzie Ingram, Elking Irizarry Lopez, Christina Irizarry, Shawn Jackson, Brandon Jaglal, Matilyn Jenkins, Zarielle Johnson, Chelsie Joice, TylerLaMon, Kirsten Ladeau, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Madisyn Leeds, Corrin Leslie, Anthony Litterine, Sayra Loya, Grace Macfarlan, Ivory Mack, Jose Magana Lugo, Ishana Majaraj, Joseph Maisevich, Nereida Martinez, Patricia Martz, Joshua McNicholas, Shelby Meyers, Jasmine Monahan, Trajin Moore-Dahm, Erica Morales, Toni Morgan, Nayadeth Muniz-Hernandez, Rebeca Munoz, Yareli Murillo Ruvira, Camden Nelson, Emily Newsom, Heather Noll, Nisa Nombrano, Krystin Nottke, Joseph OBrien, Beatrice Ortega, Cielo Paloma Melendrez, Biridiana Perez-Sanchez, Charles Peterson, Kurtis Pinto, Kelsey Piorkowski, Taylor Powell, Alexis Quinn, Javier Rabadan, Ava Reddish, Robert Reed, JRee Reeves, Christian Rey, Nicki Riffle, Hunter Rodgers, Justin Romero, Maria Roque, Dylan Roy, Mathew Russell-Willis, Luz Sanchez-Sotel, Michael Santiago, Caroline Shank, Alexis Shutt, Dumisani Sigogo, Zanatos Sinclair, Kimberly Singleton, Carl Smith, Jose Solis, Alexandria Spear Dietrich, Kaylah Starks, Kristen Starr, Sadee Stephens, Austin Strouse, London Swanson, Emma Sylvester, Samuel Torres, Destiny Torres-Santiago, Taylor Turner, Hannah Warren, Lilian Watson, Abigail Wences, Dominique White, Aleah Whitley, Angelique Willis and Cheyenne Youngblood. 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Williams St., Suite 108, Dunnellon 465-7442 Schedule of EventsThursday, Feb. 7 3:40 to 5:30 p.m. Symphonic Band Practice in the Band Room. 3:40 to 4:15 p.m. MathCounts Practice in Building No. 2, Room No. 7. 3:40 to 5 p.m. FFA Animal Demonstrations in the Ag Room. 4:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School girls basketball at Liberty Middle School. 5:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School boys basketball at Liberty Middle School. Monday, Feb. 11 4:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School girls basketball vs. Liberty Middle School. 5:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School boys basketball vs. Liberty Middle School. Tuesday, Feb. 12 School Spelling Bee Students winning this competition will move on to the District Competition at the end of the month. 3:40 to 4:15 p.m. MathCounts Practice in Building No. 2, Room No. 7. 3:40 to 5:30 p.m. Symphonic Band Practice in the Band Room. 4:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School girls basketball at Howard Middle School. 5:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School boys basketball at Howard Middle School. Wednesday, Feb. 13 3:40 to 5 p.m. SAVE Club meeting, Building No. 2, Room No. 22. 3:40 to 5:15 p.m. Boys and Girls Basketball Practice in the Gym. SMALLRIDGE continued from page 10 Schedule of EventsThursday, Feb. 14 Grandparent readers visit. Valentines Day. M onday, Feb. 18 No School, Presidents Day. ASHMAN continued from page 10 Harmony Preschool registrations accepted Harmony Preschool continues to welcome students for their Infant Class (6 months to 23 months) and 2to 4year-old class. Harmony can now accept VPK Transfers. Harmony also accepts students enrolled in the School Readiness (Vouchers) Program. Harmony Preschool is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To register your child(ren), stop by the preschool at 21501 W. State Road 40, the preschool is housed in the Education Building of the First United Methodist Church, or call 489-9552. U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps seeks membersManatee Division drills at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, in Yankeetown, the second weekend monthly. The Sea Cadets are for youths, ages 13 through 17 years old. There is also a Navy League Cadet unit for youths, ages 11 through 13 years old. For more information, visit www.manateediv. org or call Commanding Officer LTJG Todd Dunn at (352) 212-5473 or tdunn@manateediv.org. EDUCATION BRIEFS

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Nastasia Johnson, weightlifting Johnson qualified for the Class 1A State Weightlifting Championships with a runnerup finish at the Sectional Championships in the 139-pound class. The state meet is Saturday, Feb. 9, in Kissimmee. Dania Clark, softball The shortstop belted a stand-up triple to tie the Lady Tigers game against Forest Saturday and played well defensively as the Dunnellon High School softball team tuned up for its regular-opener, which was Tuesday night. Dania Clark Nastasia Johnson R IVERLAND SPORTS Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 13 000DWL2 Race for the Kids slated Feb. 9The second annual Race for the Kids, benefiting the Covenant Childrens Home of Dunnellon, will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Spruce Creek Preserve, on Southwest State Road 200, about two miles south of the intersection with Southwest County Road 484. The 5k Run and 1Mile Walk will be followed by a Kids Fun Run. All participants in the Kids Fun Run will receive a Participation Medallion. The entry fee is $20 for all runners and walkers, who pre-register before the event, and $25 to register the day of the event. Money raised from the event will be benefit the Covenant Childrens Home. For more information or to register, visit drcsports.com or cchfl.org or call Dee at 352-861-4502. Golf course starts new leagueRainbows End Golf Club has started a Thursday afternoon 9hole Scramble League. The league, open to the public, tees off at 3 p.m. Golfers are paired into A, B, C, and D groups to make up foursomes. Cost is $17 for nonmembers and $10 for members, which includes fees, cart, closest to hole prize and winners payout. Dinner is available afterward at a cost of $7.50 per person. Youth flag football program coming Children ages 5 to 12 can look forward to fun and healthy Saturday workouts at a local park starting next month. Marion County Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for its upcoming youth flag football program at Wrigley Fields, 405 E. Highway 316, Citra. Games will be played Saturdays, from Feb. 2 to March 9, with a weekly team practice prior to each game. A registration fee of $25 is required and includes a league shirt, award and season-ending party. Registration will be ongoing until available playing spots are filled. Interested participants may register online by visiting www.marioncountyfl.o rg/parks.htm and clicking on the Online Services button or in person at Parks and Recreations administration office, 111 S.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. For more information, email Daniel. Burleigh@marion countyfl.org or call 352-671-8560. St. Paddys Day 5K slated March 16United Way of Marion Countys high school youth program will host a St. Patricks Day 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Ocala City Hall to benefit the United Way. Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 11, and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www. uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com. For more information, call Tina Banner at 352-732-9696. SPORTS BRIEFS Magic stroke Golfers post 4 hole-in-ones in past month Adam Sandlers well-known character, Happy Gilmore, is famed for questioning his ball: Why dont you just go home? Thats your home! Are you too good for your home? If thats the case for Sandlers Gilmore, then theres been plenty of shouting at Rainbows End Golf Club, but not necessarily for the ball to find its home, because theres been little to no trouble for golfers playing at the nine-hole municipal course to have their ball find its home. In a 34-day span, four players have achieved the top feat any golfer aims for: a hole-in-one. According to golflink.com, in 2000, Golf Digest hired Francis Scheid to determine the odds of making a hole in one. Scheid broke the odds down based on the quality of the player and the amount of play. He said that the odds of a PGA tour player making a hole in one were 3000 to one. His data showed a low handicap player to have 5,000 to one odds, while an average handicap player had 12,000 to one odds. His study also showed that if you had a low handicap and played 1,000 rounds of golf then you had a five to one chance of making a hole in one. Statistically, then if the same player plays 5,000 rounds of golf, the odds increase to one to one. The golfers to accomplish the feat are: Ken Emond had a hole-in-one on hole No. 4, a 197-yard par 3 Feb. 1. His witness was his brother, Dave Emond. Ken hit a 3-wood. Jim Carney made a hole-in-one Friday, Jan. 25, on hole No. 9. Carney recorded his ace using a 25-degree hybrid club on the 148-yard, par 3 hole into a 23 mph wind. Witnesses were Randy and Linda Smith and Jack LeBarron. Don Godwin aced the ninth hole Jan. 14. Godwin recorded his hole-inone using a 23-degree hybrid club on the 148-yard, par 3 hole. Witnesses were Frank Ross, Tom Leahy and Bonnie Leahy. John Diacik recorded a hole in one Dec. 28. He aced hole No. 9 with a 4iron into a 25 mile per hour wind on the 148 yard hole. Witnesses were Gus Cambell, left, and Ralph Skinner. Don DeLaney, who owns the course with his wife Linda, said hes never seen anything like it in his 50 years of being involved in the game or around courses. I just cannot quite figure it out either, he said. Every time I turn around, someone else has made a hole in one. All the moons are lining up and it is luck. DeLaney said the four golfers whove recorded aces just come in and smile. I tell everyone else, maybe youre next, he explained. As is tradition with a hole-in-one, its not the golfers on the course who treat the celebrity to a drink, its the opposite. When the golfer who records the feat makes history, they have the other golfers on the course a drink. Its been tame, DeLaney said of the celebrations. DHS ATHLETES OF THE WEEK PRESENTED BY GREENLIGHT DUNNELLON COMMUNICATIONS Special to the Riverland NewsKen Emond, left, had a hole-inone on hole No. 4, a 197-yard par 3 Feb. 1 at Rainbows End Golf Club. His witness was his brother, Dave Emond. Ken hit a 3-wood. College bound Riverland News file photosTiger running back JVon Swoll, who finished his senior season with 748 yards on 114 carries and five touchdowns, signed with St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Swoll, Jackson sign letters of intent for football Two more Tigers will join the ranks of collegiate football. Andre Jackson and JVon Swoll signed their national letters of intent Wednesday morning at Dunnellon High School as the soon-to-be Dunnellon High School graduates made their future educational studies and football careers official. Jackson, a 6-foot-3 standout receiver for the Tigers this past season signed with Webber International, NAIA school in Babson Park. The Warriors, who are coached by Kelly Scott, finished the past season 4-6 overall. They seem like they have a good football program, said Jackson, who finished his senior campaign with 518 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 21 receptions. I feel like theyre improving as a program. Their coaches work with you oneon-one. Theyre ready to go. Theyre there to help you if you need anything, whether its on the football field or in the classroom. Jackson believes signing with a smaller-level school could increase his chances of competing for playing time as a freshman. I feel like Im athletic enough to make an impact as a freshman, said Jackson, who plans to major in Pre-Law during his time at Webber. Im excited about the opportunity to play football for a few more years while getting a college education. Jackson credited Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley for doing a lot of the footwork in attracting Webber. Beasley said hes good friends with Scott, who has coached Webber for the past nine seasons and has an overall record of 30-49. Overall, Scott has been involved with the Warriors football program since its inception in 2002. Their coaches really like Andres physical style of play, Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley said. He is an outstanding wide receiver that understands body control and has outstanding hands. Swoll, a shifty running back for Dunnellon the better part of the past three seasons, signed with NCAA Division III St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. The Oles finished the 2012 season with a 7-3 record. In the past five seasons, under Jerry Olszewski, who resigned in December, St. Olaf has posted a 31-18 record. The distance and the weather were never factors against choosing St. Olaf, Swoll said. Having grown up in Florida his entire life, he admitted he is ready for a change of scenery and weather. Im excited about seeing snow, he explained, noting he wants to become a dental hygienist. Im excited about going to college, getting an education and still being able to play football. Swoll, who finished his senior season with 748 yards on 114 carries and five touchdowns, is eager for a chance to compete for a starting role with the Oles. He said hell continue to play running back in their spead-option offense as well as serve as a utility player. Ill do what is necessary to help the team, he said, noting it was a lesson he learned playing under Beasley. The team comes first. Thats what matters. Beasley praised the efforts of Swoll during his career as a Tiger and wished him the best as he prepares to depart for Minnesota after graduation. JVon has had an outstanding career at Dunnellon and we are proud of him for continuing his playing career, Beasley said. All told, during Beasleys nine-year tenure at Dunnellon High, the Tigers have had 30 players move onto the collegiate ranks, including the players such as Lerentee McCray at the University of Florida, Terrence Brooks at Florida State University and Alex Jackson at Temple. Were proud of all them, Beasley said of the current batch of players to sign athletic scholarships. Were more proud when they graduate from college. We have had the opportunity to touch a lot of lives throughout the years and that is something we are proud of. All of our players, not just the ones that sign scholarships, we hope they are better men when they leave our program than when they arrived. JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Wide receiver Andre Jackson signed with Webber International after hauling in 518 yards and five TDs this year. JEFF BRYAN Riverland News

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February 7, 2013 368-0207 RIVEstate of Torres, Marcia 2013-CP-0042 (F) Notice to CreditorsPUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-0042(F) Division: Judge Robbins IN RE: ESTATE OF MARCIA TORRES A/K/A MARCIA SACCONE TORRES, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MARCIA TORRES a/k/a MARCIA SACCONE TORRES, deceased, whose date of death was December 19, 2012, is pending in the the Circuit Court for MARION County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. 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Jenome sewing machine, lanai furniture, king & dbl. bed, Ethan Allen chest, antique writing desk, glass top dinette set, rugs, Fostoria, Lenox, ladder, drysink, chest of drawers, wicker, wing back, etc. From Winn Dixie on Hwy 41 follow yellow signs:192 Court Rd., first right, first left. DUNNELLON Fri, 2-8 and Sat, 2-9 BIG YARD SALE 18910 SW 99TH ST. Dunnellon Thurs Feb 7 th thru Sun Feb 10, 8 to 3 everything must go! 2404 SW 189th Ave MOVING SALE EVERYTHING MUST GO! (352)220-1440 Bermuda Hay 50lbs $6 Never been rained on 795-1906 586-1906 SHAMROCK FARM, CR Private PastureStall & Tack Room Special $150. mo. Also Regular Pasture, $75. mo. (352) 528-5557 DUNNELLON 2/2/2 RAINBOW SPRINGS Available Now, Immaculate $800. mo+ sec. (352) 465-2022 PUBLISHERS NOTICE: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. 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Thursday, February 7, 2013 Vol 31 No. 16 75 cents WHATS HAPPENING Benefit on tap for residentStephanie Anderson, the former owner of The Levee, is in need of a liver transplant. Friends and family members of Anderson, who has been in the hospital for the past month, will host a benefit concert from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Blue Gator to help offset medical expenses. Jimmy Sparks will provide the musical entertainment. In addition to the concert by Sparks, there will be a silent auction. There has also been a trust fund established at Regions Bank. Those wishing to do so may make contributions payable to Shirley Howard and Stephanie AndersonMedical Account.Garden Club to host annual Fashion ShowThe Dunnellon Garden Club will present its 17th annual Luncheon and Fashion Show at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at First United Methodist Church at 21501 W. State Road 40, Dunnellon. The show will feature fashions from The Cotton Club of Crystal River. For tickets and information, call Sandy Robinson at 489-2785.Eastern Star to host spaghetti dinnerThe Dunnellon Chapter Order of the Eastern Star will host its annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Masonic Lodge at 20751 Powell Road. The meal consists of spaghetti with meat balls, garlic bread, salad and a variety of desserts. Coffee and tea will also be available. The cost is $8 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available from members or at the door. For information about the Spagetti Dinner, call 352-436-4148. Hitching Post pulls up stakes; Lombardos set to re-open Serious illness has permanently closed the doors on the recently opened Hitching Post Steakhouse in Dunnellon. Jim Warner, buyer of the steakhouse, became ill and was unable to keep working the eatery and requested help, according to Tim and Jeanne Neal, who sold him the business less than a year ago. We got a call from Mr. Warner. He was distraught and asked for help until he finds out what is wrong with him, Mrs. Neal said. The Neal family kept The Hitching Post Steakhouse going for about a week when they heard from Warner again. We told him we would keep running it for him, but he said he wouldnt be able to return, Mrs. Neal said. So we got it back. The Neals originally sold the property last Police seek clues in theft Agency asks public for assistanceThe Dunnellon Police Department is seeking a suspect in a weekend burglary at Anglers Resort, according to a report issued by the agency. The report stated gas and fuel tanks valued at more than $1,000 were taken from the bait and tackle store early Saturday morning. Police released surveillance images and hope someone in the community can help identify the suspect and the vehicle used in the theft. According to the report, surveillance cameras show a black Chevrolet sport utility vehicle entering the parking lot at Anglers Resort at 12189 S. Williams St., slightly before 5 a.m. The vehicle, believed to be an early 2000s model Tahoe or Suburban, parks and a man is seen getting out. In the video obtained by the police department, the man walks to the dock area, where the report stated employees later found 11 full gas cans missing. The man is seen walking back and forth from the dock area carrying items and loading them in the vehicle. According to the report, a padlock on the shed where the gas cans were stored, had been cut. Anyone with information is asked to call the police department at 465-8510. For pictures of the suspects vehicle, see www.riverlandnews. com. Golden opportunity LAURA RILEY/For the Riverland NewsDunnellon High teacher Bob Ayton poses with his wife, three sons and his niece after being named a Golden Apple nominee last week. Ayton will now vie for top teaching honors Friday for the Marion County School District. DHS teacher Ayton finalist for top teaching honors When it comes to teaching and connecting with students, Bob Ayton has it down to a science. Dunnellon High Schools Science Department chairman recently was named one of five finalists for the Marion County Public School systems Golden Apple nominees, an honor bestowed upon the districts top teacher of the year. Being a finalist is great, Ayton said. But winning is nowhere as important as making an impact in a young persons life, whether it is in the classroom or everyday living. Im very excitd for Dunnellon, Ayton, a father of three, said. Im just honored to be named one of the top five finalists. I just want to make sure that other people are getting the recognition they deserve: the school, the administration, the faculty and the students. I wouldnt be here if it wasnt for all of them. For Ayton, teaching wasnt his first calling in life. Before joining the Marion County Public School system, Ayton worked as a chemist and laboratory manager for a pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania. But the devout Christian felt God had given him the gift to teach, so he trusted God and moved into his role as a teacher willingly and with an open mind. I started to realize God had given me a gift of teaching and passion for it, he explained. I thought to serve and moved into the public school system. He never doubted the decision for a minute. It really comes down to trust. A lot of people ask if I enjoyed what I used to do and I loved every single minute, but Ive also loved every minute of teaching. Its just a trust issue. Ayton is known to spend countless hours researching experiments at home and balancing his time between his school family and his family at home is easy. Its a matter of putting the right priorities first, he said. My relationship with Christ is No. 1, my wife is second, them come my kids and then school. As long as the priority is in the right place, Id rather win husband of the year and dad of the year first. Thats the right way the order should be. Ayton puts an emphasis on seeing his students come to understand what theyre learning. He said his favorite experiments are ones that involve blowing stuff up. Even today, the reaction produced a whole bunch of fire, he said with a laugh. It really is wonderful to see the students love it, develop a love for science and a love for the world around them. Before an experiment is done at school, he conducts them at home. DHS senior hopes to conjure up magic in final show Editors Note: The annual Southeastern Youth Fair will be from Feb. 17 to 24 at the Marion County Livestock Pavilion. The Riverland News will feature several high school students who are participating in the annual event in the coming weeks.Around this time of year, every senior is feeling the pressure of applying to colleges, studying for standardized tests and realizing that it is finally time to leave home. Amid all of this stress, its hard to believe someone would be able to find time for sports, friends, homework, be an officer of their FFA chapter, and show a hog at the Southeastern Youth Fair. Connor Wentz, a senior at Dunnellon High School, is someone who can juggle playing sports year round, preparing for college, Stephanie Anderson Wentz preps for last hurrah at SEYF See GOLDEN page 7 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News CATHERINE JAGER For the Riverland News See MAGIC page 3 CHRIS FORTUNE/For the Riverland NewsDunnellon High teacher Bob Ayton poses with his Golden Apple, noting his distinction as one of five finalists for top teaching honors for the Marion County School District. Shannon Neal, left, Jeanne Neal and Tim prepare to re-open Lombardos.AUGIE SALZER/ For the Riverland News Illness forces Warners to give up recently opened eatery AUGIE SALZER For the Riverland News See LOMBARDOS page 3 Connor Wentz poses with his pig, Hermoine Hamhock. Hermoine is a Yorkshire.Special to the Riverland News JEFF BRYAN Riverland News

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The Marion County Master Gardeners and county staff are hosting new free monthly gardening series at several county libraries as well as at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service. Learn about topics including fertilizer, container gardens, weed control, roses, vegetables, bees, irrigation and more. For more information, call 352-671-8400 or visit www.marioncountyfl.or g/extensionservice.htm. Walk-ins are welcome. Today: Belleview Public Library Master Gardener Series: Weeds The Unwanted Plant. Hosted at 10:30 a.m. the first Thursday monthly through May, the Master Gardener series at the Belleview Public Library, 13145 S.E. Highway 484, Belleview, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352-671-8400. Feb. 9: Marion County Public Library System HeadquartersOcala location Master Gardener Series: Pests in the Florida Landscape. Hosted at 2 p.m. the second Saturday monthly through July, the Master Gardener series at the Headquarters Ocala location, 2720 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352-6718400. Feb. 12: Tuesday Gardening Series: Fertilizing Your Florida Lawn. Hosted at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday monthly through December at UF/IFAS Marion County Extension Service, 2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road, Ocala, this series will cover a variety of gardening topics. In this session, learn about reading a fertilizer label, the amount and timing of applications and spreader calibration. For more information, call 352-671-8400. Feb. 19: Dunnellon Public Library Master Gardener Series: Vegetable Gardening. Hosted at 2 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly through May, the Master Gardener series at the Dunnellon Public Library, 20351 Robinson Road, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352-6718400. Feb. 21: Marion Oaks Public Library Master Gardener Series: Weeds The Unwanted Plant. Hosted at 10:30 a.m. the third Thursday monthly through May, the Master Gardener series at the Marion Oaks Public Library, 294 Marion Oaks Lane, Ocala, will cover a variety of gardening topics. For more information, call 352671-8400. Watch-Clock Collectors meet once monthlyThe Chapter 156 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) meet at 8 a.m. the fourth Sunday monthly except December at VFW Post 4781 at 9401 S.E. 110 St., Ocala. The facility is off State Road 200, behind Sims Furniture and next to MRMC Medical Park at Timber Ridge approximately 8/10 of a mile east of County Road 484. The presentation topics are about repair and maintenance of Clocks and Watches and related subjects. The public is welcome to attend. There is a $2 fee, which covers refreshments and expenses. For more information, call Roger B. Krieger at 352-527-0669 or Jim Beeman at 352-369-3924.Agency needs items for homeless programThe Annie W. Johnson Senior and Family Center is in need of items for its Project Homeless program, which is designed to help the homeless with food, tents and coolers. All three items are needed at this time. If you are able to assist us in this matter, contact the Annie W. Johnson Center at 489-8021.2 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 Best of the Best four years in a row HOURS: Mon. Fri. 10am 5pm Hearing Aid Centers A NAME YOU CAN TRUST WITH OVER 1500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE FREE HEARING AIDS FOR ALL FEDERAL WORKERS & RETIREES *No Co-Pay or Exam Fee Inside Walmart Hwy. 200 & Corner 484, Ocala 352-291-1467 000DXEY Inside Crystal River Mall Across from K-Mart 352-795-1484 Inside Sears Paddock Mall 352-237-1665 Federal Government Insurance Code #104, #105, #111, or #112 CHECK YOUR QUALIFICATIONS CALL 352-291-1467 BC/BS LIMIT 1 COUPON PER VISIT. LIMIT 2 PACKS PER VISIT. One More Week! 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Black Angus Filet Mignon with Grilled Lobster Tail Topped with Sauce Barnaise Served with Garlic Mashed Potatoes House Salad Spring Mix With Fresh Tomato and Sliced Cucumber She Crab Soup Local Favorite Made With Blue Crab Finished With Dry Sherry Southern Style Crab Cakes Fresh Lump Crab Meat Rolled in Breadcrumbs and Seared Golden Brown Served with Lemon Aioli Ahi Tuna Seared Ahi Tuna Served with Pickled Ginger, Wasabi and Soy Sauce Spinach Artichoke Dip Sauted Spinach and Artichokes in a Cream Sauce and Baked with Parmesan Cheese Dinner Entrees All Entr es Include Seasonal Vegetable, Rolls and Butter Appetizers for Two 3 Course Dinner Includes; Soup or Salad, Entr e and Dessert Choices From Our House Desserts 000DXVZ 000DXUP Kiwanis Aktion Club awards Special to the Riverland NewsBill Laterza, left, area director for this years Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign presents Certificates of Appreciation from the Ocala Salvation Army, from left: Tim Stewart, Mike Phillips and Michelle Garcia. 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AP courses, being the parliamentarian of the Dunnellon FFA chapter, and still find the time to participate in the Southeastern Youth Fair hog show for the seventh time. On the Saturday following the hog show, there is an auction in which the hogs are sold for market and the exhibitors receive the profit from their animal. My favorite part is competing with other kids from around the county to see who has the best project, Wentz said. I first started showing to make a profit, but then I realized how much fun it really was and kept showing for that. This year, Wentz really took the hog out of Hogwarts, when he named his animal, Hermoine Ham-hock. Hermione is a Yorkshire, which currently weighs 220 pounds. Hogs cannot weigh less than 230 pounds on the day of weigh-in. Gaining approximately two pounds per day, Hermione will be more than the 230pound minimum on the day of the weigh-in. Wentz is going into this years fair his last with mixed emotions. Being able to experience raising and showing a hog, and spend three days surrounded with friends that enjoy this same experience is something that is going to be greatly missed by Wentz. Ill miss all of my friends being with me at the fair and hanging out with them, he said. Connor and Hermoine Ham-hock will arrive at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion Thursday Feb. 21, for weigh-ins. The show follows at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The animals are then sold at auction at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23. The 2013 Southeastern Youth Fair week is Feb. 17 to 24. Elmo and Kaila will be in the show ring at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, for the Steer show and again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, for the Steer auction. The youth fair is free and open to the public all week long. year because Mrs. Neal wanted to retire and work on her bucket list. She visited a friend in Maryland and a cousin in California took her through the wine country to complete her list. Selling the business was a good idea because Tim and Shannon, their daughter, could keep working and I could retire, she said. I did it and now Im going back to work and make another bucket list. We have made some wonderful friends over the years and it will be good to see them again. Now the whole family is working on getting the place ready so they can again open Lombardos Restaurant. The new pizza sign is being painted, the menu is being planned and they are keeping some ideas from the steakhouse. We are keeping most of our customers favorites and we are now going to offer the salad bar and rib eye steaks, Mrs. Neal said. Now we have a chargrill. We didnt have one before. They are also keeping Patricia Weirup, an experienced waitress from the steakhouse. They will also have their daughter, Shannon, who is known as the cheese cake lady continue to make her homemade cheese cake. With all the legal paper work completed and little bit of cleaning and touching up the Neals plan to open Tuesday, Feb. 12, in time for Valentines Day. They are also hoping to keep the same phone number for the restaurant that they have had for many years, but it is up to the phone company. For the last 28 years, we have offered our customers a heart shaped pizza on Valentines Day, Mrs. Neal said. I would like to continue that. Lombardos Restaurant is at 5388 U.S. 41 in Dunnellon and will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It will be closed Sundays and Mondays, except it does open for Mothers Day and Easter.Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 3 000DVIA 000DS2R 000DXUM 000DXBF Solution to puzzle on Page 7 LOMBARDOS continued from page 1 MAGIC continued from page 1 A member of the Florida Press Association352-489-2731 352-489-6593 (Fax)The Riverland News serves Dunnellon and the surrounding areas: Blue Cove, Chatmire, Hills of Ocala, Lake Tropicana, Rainbows End, Rainbow Lakes Estates, All the Rainbow Springs Area, Rio Vista and Vogt Springs.The Riverland News is delivered on Thursday to subscribers by our carriers and mail. The newspaper is also available inside area stores and at various boxes throughout the community. Local subscription rate is $27 a year. Call for Florida and out-of-Florida rates. The Riverland News is published in Dunnellon, FL by Citrus Publishing, Inc., 1624 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429-5760. CALL 489-2731 For Information On Display Advertising And Business & Church Directory Ads. CALL 1-888-852-2340 For Information On Subscriptions TO SUBMIT NEWS ITEMS EMAIL TO: editor@riverlandnews.com NEWS DEADLINE IS NOON FRIDAY. News items about happenings at area churches and clubs, school and sporting activities, military promotions, announcement of births, anniversaries, engagements, weddings, first and 90+ birthdays, and similar community news items are accepted for publication.PERIODICAL POSTAGE PAID AT DUNNELLON, FL. SECOND CLASS PERMIT #681-730POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: RIVERLAND NEWS, 20441 E. PENNSYLVANIA AVE.,DUNNELLON, FL 34432-6035 Man, 28, charged with simple battery A 28-year-old Crystal River man was charged with simple battery after an altercation with his girlfriend Jan. 31 outside of Crocks Pub, a Dunnellon Police Department police report stated. According to the report, Robert J. Spaanstra was charged with simple batter (dating violence) after he stuck his girlfriend in the right cheek with an open hand causing her to fall to the ground. The report stated at approximately 11:02 p.m. officers were dispatched to Crocks Pub at 20199 E. Pennsylvania Ave. in reference to a batter that had occurred. When Officer Adam Robinson arrived on scene, multiple witnesses advised they were speaking to the victim due to her feeling ill in the parking lot, when Spaanstra exited Crocks and became agitated assuming something inappropriate was going on. According to the report, the witnesses stated they advised Spaanstra that the victim was ill and they were trying to help her when Spaanstra struck the victim, knocking her to the ground, causing a laceration to the inside of her right cheek. The report stated the witnesses advised that Spaanstra then turned to them and began yelling at them, trying to start an altercation with them. The victim advised Spaanstra was standing next to her yelling when she felt pain and realized she was on the ground. According to the report, the victim told authorities the only person in close proximity to her when the incident occurred was Spaanstra. After Spaanstra was placed in handcuffs, the victim began crying and stated, It was an accident. He did not mean to do it. Hes never done this before. Spaanstra was transported to the Marion County Jail. No bond was set. According to Marion County Jail records, Spaanstra was released Saturday. State park in need of volunteers JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Robert J. Spaanstra Rainbow Springs State Park is currently seeking volunteers interested in a high-paced volunteer position that will assist Visitors and the Park. If you think you would like to start training to become a Volunteer Toll Booth Attendant, or other various positions, contact Nicky Aiken at Nicky.Aiken@dep.state.f l.us or call 465-8539. This job requires volunteers to work on a schedule that can be flexible, take toll collections, run a register, assist with phone calls and reservations, listen and respond to radio communications, answer basic Visitor questions, and have a positive attitude. Toll Booth Attendant Volunteers are asked to volunteer a minimum of four hours and must be in uniform. The Toll Booth is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. The Concession Stand at Rainbow Springs State Park, run by the Friends of Rainbow Springs and volunteers, is in need of volunteers, especially on weekends. The hours of operation are currently from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested volunteers would receive training and work twoor fourhour shifts. Volunteers will need to fill out a Volunteer Applications. If interested contact Joe at 522-0396 and make sure to leave a message. S. Dunnellon Civic Associaton meetsThe South Dunnellon Civic Association Inc. meets at 4:30 p.m. the second Monday monthly at 1962 W. Test Court, South Dunnellon. The facility is on the left side of street just before The Annie W. Johnson Center. For more details, contact Randy Campbell at 465-7135 or e-mail randolphcampbell@bellsouth.net.Police collecting used cell phonesThe Dunnellon Police Department is collecting cellular phones with chargers for Domestic Violence victims. The collected phones are turned over to domestic violent shelters and provided to victims to use to call 911 for any emergency. Please drop off all unused cellular phones along with the chargers to the police department, 12014 S. Williams St. Dunnellon or at Repeat Boutique.Boys & Girls Clubs seek donationsMany Boys and Girls Clubs are benefitting from car donations. The cars are sold at auction and the funds generated help support their many programs. People wishing to donate their cars or for more information call (800) 246-0493.Cub Scouts meet Tuesdays at churchCub Scout Pack 508 meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Episcopal Church of the Advent, 11251 S.W. Highway 484, Ocala. For more information, call 465-7272.DCF seeks volunteers for programThe Department of Children and Families in your community has been awarded a Food Stamp Participation Grant. DCF is looking for committed volunteers with computer experience to help our food stamp customers navigate the online application process. For more information, call Nora Larsen at (352) 330-5517 or e-mail Nora_ Larsen@dcf.state.fl.us.Writers Group meets first Saturday monthlyThe Writers Group of Central Florida (Dunnellon), a new group open to all writers, will meet at 1 p.m. the first Saturday monthly at the Dunnellon Public Library. For more information, email wgdunnellon@yahoo.com. COMMUNITY BRIEFS

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4 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 RIVER VIEWS The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Pat Faherty Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS Boycott of Greenlight could be losing proposition for allMayor Nathan Whitts letter of January 31st was a refreshingly candid view into the mind of a man dedicated to moving his city forward for both citizens and neighbors. This kind of analytical, practical thinking is whats required in todays difficult political and economic environment. Mayor Whitts appeal for support of Greenlight Communications will no doubt be met with skepticism from many boycotting it. Justifiable anger and concern over how the water and sewer issue was handled led to the boycott to encourage Dunnellon to redress it. Presently, a lawsuit against the City is underway to determine the legality of its actions relative to the purchase of the RS utility and subsequent rate hikes/surcharge. I joined the boycott in February of 2012 as a new resident of Rainbow Springs. Having closely observed events since then, attended most related public gatherings, City Council workshops and meetings, Ive concluded its now time to engage Mayor Whitts suggestions for healing between our communities. Ive witnessed the Mayors attempts to do so in Council with his objective analysis, returnon-investment focus, and encouragement of healthy debate. Last weeks letter was an impassioned appeal for all to bury the hatchet and work toward the common good. I believe hes correct. At this time, boycotting Greenlight seems to me more punitive than prudent or practical. Boycotting had initial affect, but no longer seems to confer any tangible benefit to anyone. It will not force the City to revise the current Rainbow Springs rate structure, especially since Dunnellon now faces potentially devastating revenue losses due to Marion Countys re-appropriation of some $500,000 in gas tax funds. It will have no effect on the water/sewer rate lawsuits outcome, which will be decided solely upon the legal merits of the citys prior decisions. I agree with Mayor Whitts assessment that the city should never have engaged the Greenlight project. It is now, however a $10 million liability requiring everyones support for a chance Mayor misses addressing crux of woes Remember when we were kids and we couldnt wait for our birthdays to arrive? We would start counting down months in advance. Only 46 days until my birthday. The excitement was contagious. Then when somebody asked us how old we were we would proudly answer 13 and a 1/2. Oh that 1/2 was so very important. Sometimes I would even say three quarters. I think we spend half our lives wanting to be older, and then one day you wake up and you are old and it all changes from there. Suddenly, youre using minus numbers. Im 51, minus a 1/2. Im 49 and holding. Yet this is something thats out of our control. Theres no stopping time. Whether you ignore it or not its still coming. And so with a deep sigh I must confess that I have once again grown a year older. I am way over the hill. Im on a quick descent to the other side. I am older than dirt. OK, Im getting a little melodramatic here. When did this happen? It came slithering in so silently that I was totally unaware. Until I looked in the mirror one day and there it was. As each of my friends reach the big 5-0 I hear the same things. What happened to me? I never had this muffin top thing before. Ive heard of double chins, but how come I seem to have three of them? Suddenly, you cant roll around on the ground for long with the grandkids. Or if you do, you cant get back up. It hurts to stand after sitting for long hours and you get winded when you try to run. I want to show my niece a couple of my favorite cheers when I was in school, but my body just cant seem to make those jumps anymore. A cartwheel would be suicide. I think it was Oprah who said life begins at 50, as well she can. With her personal chef, personal trainer, domestic housekeeper and plastic surgeon, she can certainly hang onto her youth longer than we can. However, I saw Oprah on TV the other night and I have to say she didnt look all that fabulous. It appeared like she was struggling. At first I thought poor Oprah has the same problems we do. But then I was like what do you mean Oprah looks terrible? You mean even with more money than Donald Trump you still have to look your age? Gasp. Us poor folks dont stand a chance. I did dance the other night. I danced and danced right in my own living room. Yep we put on some 90s classics and did the Electric Slide. I was getting down too. I had moves I forgot I had, and everything was going really well. Until the next morning when OPINIONS INVITEDThe opinions expressed in Riverland News editorials are the opinions of the editorial board of the newspaper.Viewpoints depicted in political cartoons, columns or letters do not necessarily represent the opinion of the editorial board. Groups or individuals are invited to express their opinions in a letter to the editor.All letters must be signed and include a phone number and hometown, including letters sent via e-mail, Phone numbers will not be printed or given out. We reserve the right to edit letters for length, libel, fairness and good taste.Letters to the editor must be no longer than 550 words, and writers will be limited to two letters per month. OUR VOICE LETTERS JERSEY GIRL TIME TO SMILE Ihave lost count of what the current generation is called. Last I knew it was Gen X and Gen Y. Personally, I think they are Gen Tech because that is what they live and breathe. According to AARP, I am a member of the baby boomer generation. That term covers a long span of time. No matter what you call it, I think I was born in the wrong generation. I dig the 1940s the music, the people, the actors, the dcor and the clothes. The two people I admire most are from that generation is my mom and dad. Since my dad died and my mom is terminally ill, I am soaking up any information my last living connection to the 1940s can share. Every day I ask her a new set of questions in hopes that it triggers a memory. It is fun looking back at her life. I have begun to write down her stories for future generations. When she is gone, I will have to be happy with historical accounts found in books and magazines. Recently, I read the best book that I have read in a long time. You know I am a history buff. I heard about this book and I needed to check it out. I am so glad I did. It brought the 40s back to life. The author is Adam Makos with Larry Alexander and the title is A Higher Call. The book tells the true story involving two fighter pilots in World War II, one American and one German. I couldnt put this book down. Some people think history books can be too technical or dry. Not this book. It was all emotions, facts and excitement. Mr. Makos captured the rawness of war the highs (literally), the lowest of lows and the tedium in between. The life of Franz Stigler, a pilot from Bavaria is an inspiration to us all. He is a true gentleman and hero. I wish I was lucky enough to have met him. You know how people say chivalry is dead? I believe it died with this man. Oh, how I ache for the days when people had manners and men were chivalrous. I think that is why I am such a Downton Abby fanatic. A man with manners is worth more than a man with money. You can be the richest man in the world and still be a rude bore Donald Trump comes to mind! Another important person in this story is the American pilot, Charlie Brown. Yes, that is his real name. He was a West Virginia farm boy who found himself leading his men into battle. It was Browns lucky day when he met Franz Stigler in the skies over Germany. He would not meet him again for several decades but everything he did during those decades he owes to Franz Stigler. Charlie Brown gave his all and he Generation: Best Fabulous 50s loom Once again Dunnellon seems to be in the grip of denial, and the needs of the Dunnellon business community are taking a backseat as officials are focusing on the problems of the minority. Mayor Whitt everyone can agree that mending fences is a good and noble endeavor; however, continuing to knowingly avoid the obvious truths apparent to all is not leadership. It is seriously irresponsible. Dunnellon did not get into financial distress due to national economic issues, Greenlight Communications or utilities buyouts. It is in serious financial difficulties because for years the decisions made concerning what direction the city should look to develop a sustainable economy have been made not with the betterment of the community or the environment. Thats because the advice, input and needs of the business community have been entirely ignored. Speaking to disgruntled residents about water rate increases and the need to repair relations simply again avoids the larger issues. It is telling that with businesses real revenue generators closing their doors, not a word was spoken to address the root causes for our present predicament. Despite years of patience by local merchants, our needs once again have taken a back seat to those who have little financial stake in the future of our city. This is not an oversight. It is a conscious decision. The city of Dunnellon can no longer allow outside influences to write comprehensive plans and then complain about the adverse effects as if they were not responsible. The undo influence exercised by outside influences is unacceptable, especially in the face of blatant disregard for the business community that is actually footing the bill for the operation of this town. Consider that Dunnellon has an operating budget of slightly more than $4 million. Neither Greenlight or any utilities, including Rio Vista, Rainbow Springs or Juliette Falls; nor the revenues from residential property taxes. The lions share comes from commercial property taxes and sales tax revenue from the business community. Instead of turning Dunnellon into a thriving eco-tourism destination, city leaders have turned to money-making ideas, which have yet to come to fruition (Greenlight), red-light cameras and utility purchases. In addition to that, city leaders have done nothing See LETTERS page 6 See SMILE page 5 See JERSEY page 5 Audrey Beem See VOICE page 6 Kathleen Wallace

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Creative Calligraphers to meet Feb. 14The Creative Calligraphers of Citrus Springs will meet at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Citrus Springs Memorial Library at 1826 Country Club Blvd., Citrus Springs. The first half hour will be a practice session on a new hand, the Gothic Hand, in lower case. This will be followed by a brief meeting including a show and tell of projects the members have worked on during the last month. There will be a Valentine exchange amongst those who have brought in a card for that purpose. Our program this month will focus on flowers with thoughts of an early spring. You will need to bring with you some plain paper, some cardstock (plain or colored), tracing paper, colored pencils or markers, and usual calligraphy tools (pens, a plain pencil, ruler, etc.) For information, call the Library at 489-2313.Rose Society meeting slated for Feb. 17The Marion County Rose Society will host a rose pruning demonstration at 2:30 p.m. at 2224 Clearwater Run, The Villages. Meetings are open to all who want to have fun learning about and sharing their love of roses. For more information, visit www.marioncountyroses.org or call Howard Johnson at 352751-0355.AARP Driver Safety Class slatedAn AARP Driver Safety Class for those 50 and older which, with certain exceptions, qualifies graduates for a discount on their automobile insurance, will be given over two days, three hours each day. Cost is $14 per person for all materials, except pen or pencil. However, if you are an AARP member, the cost is $12. Bring your AARP card with you. The course will be March 14 and 15 at the Marion County Sheriffs Office Substation on U.S. 41. Class size is limited and reservations are required. For more information or for reservations, call 465-6359.Norms Clean Cuts accepting toys, foodNorms Clean Cuts Barber Shop at 11941 Bostick St, Dunnellon is a drop-off point for the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive as well as a drop-off location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides back packs full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For more information, call 465-3666. worthy of investing hundreds of thousands of Community Redevelopment Area funds toward truly improving the town to make it attractive for potential businesses, nor has it used those funds to benefit businesses that already have made Dunnellon their home. Instead its wasted those funds toward a paved parking lot, the purchase of a house for use by the Community Development director and his staff, the transfer of funds toward Greenlight Communications and numerous other futile expenses all in the name of so-called progress. Where is the progress? There is none. Dunnellon has nothing to show for the tens of thousands of dollars paid in salaries and benefits for the community development department. City leaders continue to boost their efforts of attracting a hotel to the area; however, no zoning changes have been made that would locate a hotel or resort in a viable area. Lets be clear, a hotel behind Walgreens is not a viable foundation for the hub of tourism economy. And any ascertation is laughable. Until Mayor Whitt, the City Council and other officials go out on the limb, despite what the potential backlash might be from the vocal minority, and lay out the best plans for the citys future, all other conversations about mending fences is moot. Furthermore, it is insulting to those who did not choose to live here for a few years but rather invest their entire lives into this community. lived to tell about it. So many young men did not make it. I am glad authors like Adam Makos can share the stories of Generation: Best. Remember this is a book about a real war. In war there is death and heartache. Makos does not spare the reader the gory details. I dont think the reader would have gotten the true picture if he had glossed over the raw details. They need to be heard in order to understand why these men did what they did. I hope you will take the time to hear the stories of the veterans in your family. This includes the family members who sat at home fearing every knock on the door and living for the mail delivery to hear from loved ones. If they are willing to share their story, write it down, tape it or put it on one of Gen Techs latest devices. The WWII veterans are dying off. Now is the time to listen to the men and women that protected America and our freedom. I have so many questions I will never get to ask my dad. I will be content with the stories of other veterans. I want to thank Adam Makos for sharing such an uplifting story no pun intended. The story of these amazing fighter pilots is worth the read. Our local library does not have a copy, but they can borrow it from another branch. If you want to know how to be a real man this book is an instruction manual. Thank you veterans for all that you sacrificed and for the scars you still live with. Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 5 I hurt all over. My bones asked me why did you go all the way to the floor? And my joints said youve got to be kidding. But it did feel good. On the plus side, I now get discounts at several stores. I can forget things and people forgive me. Youngsters actually hold doors open for me and help me carry things. If Im behind somebody in line they ask if I want to go ahead. Why? Are they afraid I dont have much time left? Or maybe theyre afraid Im going senile and I may break out into song at any minute. Im joking, sort of. I mean I love my life. I wouldnt be as smart or sensible if I was younger. I wouldnt know how to cook so well or know the right things to say when people need me. I wouldnt be able to be a grandmother if I were younger. OK, that one did the trick. I feel better now. My dad tells me that once I reach 80 Ill be looking forward to those birthdays again. He says 50 will look pretty good when Im his age. He would give anything to be 50 again. To him Im a youngster. Dont count me out just yet though. I still have so much I want to accomplish. I actually consider myself sort of in the middle. In the middle of life, in the middle of growing and in the middle of discovering who I really am. I have friends who can still run marathons and I also have friends who look like my grandmother. Like I said, Im in the middle. I feel I still have 50 years to go. I wont be going quite as fast but I will definitely be moving. So lets all celebrate another year together. I may have to work harder on my outside but Im a whole heck of a lot better on the inside. SMILEcontinued from page 4 VOICEcontinued from page 4 JERSEYcontinued from page 4 000DY9G Call for Appointment 20170 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Dunnellon Phone 352-789-1559Also offices in Inverness, Homosassa, Ocala, Lady Lake and The Villages 000DRW4 $ 25 00 $ 25 00 $ 25 00 12-MONTH SUBSCRIPTION Y OUR B EST S OURCE FOR L OCAL N EWS L OCAL S PORTS C OMMUNITY E VENTS S CHOOL N EWS A ND M ORE We have four convenient ways to start your subscription! Call us at 489-2731 Go to our website: www.riverlandnews.com Visit our office at 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 Fill out this form and mail it in with your payment Yes, sign me up for the $25.00 12-month subscription! Name Address City State Zip Phone E-mail Mail this coupon and your payment to: 20441 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Dunnellon, FL 34432 *Must be local, in-county delivery. Special expires 2/28/13. CODE: MO Sunday Sampler to feature Patchwork Special to the Riverland News Patchwork, a five-girl band from Gainesville, will entertain at the Sunday Sampler Sunday, from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. Feb. 10 at the historic Dunnellon Depot, 12061 S. Williams St. Patchwork like to play everything from original Florida folk, country and bluegrass to forties swing and rhythm and blues, all on acoustic instruments. Featuring award-winning banjoist and fiddler Tammy Murray, the band performs at concerts, festivals, schools, clubs and parties throughout the state. In addition to adding their feminine Florida flavor to special events at the Appleton Museum in Ocala, the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville and the Sunday Sampler in Dunnellon, they have also been broadcast live on national public television and radio. Patchwork has been a featured group on main stage at the Will McLean Festival. Donation is $10 at the door and includes complimentary snacks at intermission. Funds help support artists who educate through writing and singing about Florida. For information, call 465-2167 or visit www.cathydewitt.com. COMMUNITY BRIEFS

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Thirft Shop in need of volunteersThe Dunnellon Community Thrift Shop has openings for volunteers during the winter months. The shop welcomes full time and winter residents. The Thrift Shop is at 20815 W. Pennsylvania Ave., across from the Blues Brothers statues and is manned entirely by volunteers. Volunteers meet month to decide where to donate funds. Shop hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Volunteers work threehour shifts weekly or as a substitute on an occasional basis. For more information, call Joann McCullough, president, at 465-7018. Post Polio group to meet Feb. 10The North Central Florida Post-Polio Support Group will present the program Its NOT A Balancing Act; Its NOT a Magic Show! at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Collins Health Resource Center, 9401 Highway 200, Building 300, Suite 303 in Ocala. For more information, call Carolyn Raville, group president, at 489-1731.Womens Club to meet Feb. 14The Womens Club of Dunnellon will host its monthly meeting at noon Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Womens Clubhouse at 11756 Cedar St. It will be a Valentine Pot Luck lunch. Following lunch there will be a presentation by Kevin and Debra DeWitt from the Family Hope Pregnancy Center in Dunnellon. For more information, call Treva Matthews at 489-4512.Horses for Hospice Trail Ride slatedHospice of Marion County will host its 13th annual Horses for Hospice Trail Ride on Saturday, Feb. 16, on the Central Florida Greenway at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first ride leaves at 9:15. Riders travel from as far as Jacksonville and Tampa to spend two to three hours on the trail. The minimum donation to ride is $30. Wagons are welcome; $30 for driver and $10 per passenger. For more information or to register, call 352-854-5218. NEWS BRIEFS to work. Failure isnt a healthy option. We all pay the price if Greenlight succumbs. Having the state or county take over where a bankrupt Dunnellon leaves off isnt that simple or realistic, perhaps even seriously impacting everyones property values. Speculation about what the city might do with Greenlight proceeds if successful serves no useful purpose either. Punitive action against the city for a prior administrations decisions is shooting ourselves in the foot. I encourage everyone to rethink their Greenlight positions, as I am when my current providers contract expires. My decision to subscribe will depend solely upon how well Greenlights product meets my needs compared to other vendors. By all accounts, current subscribers seem satisfied. Although Rainbow Springs residents couldnt vote, our visible support helped elect Mayor Whitt on his platform of healing between among communities, fiscal responsibility and working together for the greater good. Its time now to rally behind his efforts to make things better for all of us. In many ways, Dunnellon is our town too. Kathryn TaubertDunnellonMath does not add up to save money for Greenlight bondThe Riverland NewsJan. 31, 2013, article entitled Council OKs tweak of Bonds, with a sub-heading of One done to save money; other to release funds (emphasis is mine), reported that City Manager Lisa Aligere explained that the Series B bond payment which is currently $595,000 per year will be trimmed to $274,000 over the life of the bond, saving the city nearly $300,000 per year (again, emphasis is mine). If this comment has been correctly reported, it appears that the both the City Manager and the Riverland News either do not understand the difference between a savings and a cost or they wish to put a positive spin on a negative action. Yes, the annual payments are less, reducing the cash outlay for the repayment of borrowed funds during years one thru four (the original term of the bond) but its only delaying those outlays until years five thru eight (the new extension term). Additionally, by extending the life of the bond from four to eight years, the interest cost to the City on those borrowed funds will be significantly greater. Very much the same as happens when you pay only the minimum on credit cards helps cash flow now but results in large amounts of interest cost later. Using a simple interest calculation of 3.2% per year and assuming a borrowed amount of $2,380,000 to be repaid in four equal annual installments at the end of years one through four (apparent basic terms of the Series B Bonds), the total interest cost to the city would approximate $190,400. Then, using the same method and principal amount but having the repayment be in eight equal annual installments at the end of years one through through, the total interest cost to the city would approximate $342,720 Thus, this extension could cost the City an additional $152,320 in interest expense over the eight-year life of the bond rather than saving it nearly $300,000 per year as the City Managers comment states another example of the continuing money pit called Greenlight Communications. Al BulsonRainbow Springs Editors Note: The story does need clarification. The city tweaked the bonds to improve short-term cash flow and to reduce the bond payment in the process.Liberty or safety? Which the best?In the Jan. 17 edition of the Riverland News, a letter by Patricia Hess advocated tougher gun control. This call for action was generated by the tragedy at Newtown, Conn., and other similar events. While I know of no one who is not repulsed by this act of violence, we must be careful to avoid enacting knee-jerk legislation. As with any issue there are multiple veiwpoints some which can be quickly dismissed while others merit consideration. Before acceptance of any of those proposals a careful examination must be conducted. The heart of the issue is the second amendment. How would any proposal infringe upon the integrity of the amendment? The second amendment was born out of the war for independence. A war that was thrust upon the colonies by the British crown and the tyranny it legislated, which when resisted an attempt was made by force of arms to implement it. These legislative acts were designed to be revenue enhancing while denying the input of those who would be subject to the same, without any avenue for comment and discussion. This type of decision making sounds more than vaguely familiar at all levels of government today. Many readers of this can relate to this type of tyranny called taxation without representation. The Founding Fathers did not, nor could they have foreseen the advances in technology and manufacturing of firearms. The type of arms was never the intent, here the reason was resistance of tyranny. The escalation of anything is contingent on what others have leading to inovation. One does not take a knife to gunfight. To restrict firearms based on the fact of some tragedy caused, not by the instrument used, but rather the evil intent is as foolish as outlawing water due to the fact someone drowned. Lifeless tools have no ability to commit atrocities. What they did know and were more than knowledgeable of was that tyranny could not, nor ever would be controlled by legislation. Tyranny is born out of the depravity of the heart. Tyranny is not partial to the use of one item over another to attain its goal. The use of any tool requires responsibility, which cannot be legislated. Legislation for the sole reason of appearing to address the issue is like many prescription medicines. Legislation here would merely serve to mask the sympton never curing the cause, such action is not not without precendence. Insanity comes to mind at this point. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results. To eviscerate the second amendment in the name of safety will serve no other cause than to enable the further projection of tyranny upon the good decent folks who seek nothing other than to live and provide for their families. As wise old Ben Franklin is to have said Those who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Vernon R. HastingsDunnellonObams comments as senator interestingThe other day I was reading the Wall Street Journal and came across the following item in the Jan. 17, 2013, issue on Page 17 under the heading, Notable & Quotable. I copied it in its entirety. Then Sen. Barack Obama, in a speech on the Senate floor, March 16, 2006, said: Mr. President, I rise today to talk about Americas debt problem. The fact we are here today to debate raising Americas debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. government cant pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our governments reckless fiscal policies. Over the past five years, our federal debt has increased by $3.5 trillion to $8.6 trillion. That is trillion with a T. That is money that we have borrowed from the Social Security trust fund, China, Japan and the American taxpayers. And over the next five years, between now and 2011, the presidents budget will increase the debt by almost $3.5 trillion. Numbers that large are sometimes hard to understand. Some people may wonder why they matter. Here is why: This year, the federal government will spend $220 billion on interest. That is more money to pay interest on our national debt than well spend on Medicaid and the states childrens health insurance program. That is more money to pay interest on our debt this year than we will spend on education, homeland security, transportation and veterans benefits combined. Our debt also matters internationally. My friend, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, likes to remind us that it took 42 presidents 224 years to run up only $1 trillion of foreign-held debt. This administration did more than that in just five years. Now, there is nothing wrong with borrowing money from foreign administrations, but we must remember that the more we depend on foreign nations to lend us money, the more our economic security is tied to the whims of foreign leaders whose interests might not be aligned with ours. Increasing Americas debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. America deserves better. I, therefore, intend to oppose the effort to increase Americas debt limit. Interesting. Richard P. MackDunnellon6 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 LETTERS continued from page 4 Carmela s 000DYMN Isnt Just Italian! (352) 465-1818 www.carmelas1.com Where Friends and Family Meet 12169 S. Williams St., Dunnellon Bring Your Date to Carmela s For Valentines Day! 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been one his wife made him do outside the home. The Rubens Tube, a project involving flames and soundwaves. She made me test it outside. I wasnt allowed to do it inside not even the garage, Ayton recalled. I remember my neighbor seeing me in the middle of the yard playing with fire that night. Thats pretty exciting. If continuing to teach hard and strive for accolades influences his students to give their best and always try hard, Ayton said hes hopeful his nomination proves inspirational. I think thats a huge thing we see is students who are very afraid to fail, he said. If they are afraid to fail, they wont go at it with the best of their abilities. If they see me and say, heres a man who has his priorities in the right place and that hes trying to be the very best, and it encourages them to do the same, I think thats worth it. Whatever happens at the end, Im still going to give God the glory. Principal Ken McAteer, who has known Ayton for the past seven years, called Aytons selection as Golden Apple finalist a great honor. It just magnifies what hes done here at Dunnellon, said McAteer, in his first year at the helm of Dunnellon High. Hes a national level teacher here at Dunnellon. He doesnt seek the limelight. McAteer pointed to Aytons dedication as a teacher and father as strong points in connecting with students as well as his peers. Ayton is not only well known countywide but statewide and throughout the nation as a top level teacher. Ayton regularly speaks at functions throughout the year at state and national events and helps coordinate lectures at the local and county level. Bob loves being a part of the teaching community, McAteer explained. He collaborates well with the staff and he is willing to learn from anyone. I think it says a lot about him. Hes a great teacher, one of the best in the state. He could teach anything. I think thats a reflection of his skills, a reflection of his love for making learning fun. Those who work with Ayton or spend countless hours in his classroom know all too well his positive impact. Bob Ayton is one of the best coworkers I have ever worked with, Mathew Witherow, math teacher at Dunnellon High, said. He has one of the most positive attitudes of anyone I have ever met and a great sense of humor that shines through in and out of class. Bob loves to share his new and innovative classroom techniques with other teachers, helping us to continually hone our craft. Bob is not only a huge proponent of using the most cutting edge technology in his classroom, he also trains others teachers how to use that technology in their classes. I think the most important quality that makes Bob such a great coworker is the fact that he cares about the people around him and is constantly relating to people in a deep and meaningful way. In the classroom, one of the things that makes Ayton a great teacher is that he is actively engaged with the students in his class, Witherow said, explaining Ayton is a proponent of flipping the classroom. He daily has his students use markers and whiteboards to work on problems in his classroom, attempting to have his students own their learning experience instead of passively copying down notes during class time, he explained, noting Ayton Podcasts his lessons that he uploads to his website, MrAyton.com. Then the students are required to watch these lessons out of his classroom, so that when they come to his class they have the back ground knowledge needed to work out complicated computations with minimal direction. The subjects Bob teaches are loaded with opportunities for experiments and observation laboratories, and he takes full advantage of that opportunity with hands on activities that the kids absolutely love and talk about throughout the school. He is constantly looking for new ways to teach his material to make the learning more meaningful for the students. His teaching methods make the kids feel like learning is easy in his classroom and he is very mindful that his students strive for a high level of comprehension, which is shown year after year by his students high scores on the Advanced Placement Exam. Senior Rachel Horne said while Ayton might be unconventional in his teaching methods, the impact he makes on his students is paramount. He knows everything that he teaches, said Horne, who is taking AP Physics and AP Chemistry while also participating on the Academic Team and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, both of which Ayton is the sponsor for. Hes really funny and his classes are easy to follow. Its never boring to go to one of Mr. Aytons classes. Hes constantly learning to better himself. Ashley Segarra, a fellow classmate, agreed. Hes amazing, she exclaimed. He does so much to help students out. If Im having a problem, he spends time helping me to understand it. He does it with all of his students. Hes right there to make sure we understand it so that we can apply it.Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 7 Internal Medicine Associates Of Ocala Board Certifications in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics Thomas Mohan ARNP Sharon Marques M.D. K.N. Reddy M.D. Connie L. Hartley ARNP Herma Baker FNP-BC OFFICE LOCATIONS: 4840 S U.S. Hwy. 41, Dunnellon (352) 489-5152 1623 SW 1St Ave., Ocala (352) 732-9844 9401 SW Hwy. 200, Bldg. 500 Ste. 501 & 502, Ocala (352) 854-9991 Ask About Weight Loss Programs!! High Blood Pressure Diabetes Weight Loss Womens Health All Arthritic Problems Heart Disease Lung Problems Complete Physicals Call For An Appt. Today! 352-414-5312 ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS! Free Screenings! 000DY79 000DW7Q 19773 E. 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FREE HEARING TEST Puzzle answers on Page 3 ANDTHENOMINEESARE...The 23rd annual Golden Apple Gala is presented by the Public Education Foundation of Marion County and takes place at the Ocala Hilton. The Golden Apple and Rookie Teacher of the Year Programs honor teachers for excellence in the classroom. The selection process includes a written portfolio showcasing their teaching philosophies, personal interviews and classroom observations. The five Golden Apple recipients will be introduced by current or former students of their choice at the Ocala Hilton. The 23rd annual Golden Apple Gala airs live on the Marion Education Channel at 7 p.m. Friday and replays throughout February at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The Marion Education Channel is available on Brighthouse 198, Comcast 99, and Cox 12 as well as other local community cable systems. The MEC is also available over-the-air on digital channel 7.1. The other Golden Apples nominees are: Karen Morrison, a physical education teacher at Dr. N.H. Jones Elementary with 30 years of teaching experience all in Marion County; Dana Andrews, a kindergarten teacher at Shady Hill Elementary with 27 years of teaching experience all in Marion County; Judith Dominguez, an eighth grade science teacher at Horizon Academy at Marion Oaks with nine years of teaching experience five in Marion County; Tim Jones, an Ancient Civilizations and Civics teacher at Howard Middle with six years of teaching experience all in Marion County. Other school-based Teachers of the Year and Rookie Teachers of the Year including Marion Countys 2013 Rookie Teacher of the Year Randolph Hauck of Belleview Middle will also be honored. Rookies have no more than three years of classroom teaching experience. Rainbow Springs State Park will host is annual Cracker Days festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24. Florida Pioneer will be on display at Rainbow Springs State Park. Park admission is $2 per person with children 5 and younger free. The Florida of the late 1800s will come alive through demonstrators in period dress whose skills include quilting, weaving and spinning, shawl-making, pine needle basketry and jewelry-making, pottery, fly-tying, corngrinding, quilt making, embroidery, bobbin weaving, tatting and more. A cooper and the lady who spins thread from the live bunny on her lap will be present as will Billy Roberson, returning this year as the Suwannee Cracker telling his pioneer tales. A local author will be present as will wood turners, wood carvers, a shell crafter and a telegrapher with an interesting display. Musical artists such as Chuck Hardwicke, J.C. Colby, the James Brothers and a barbershop quartet will perform at the Felburn Pavilion. A tram will transport visitors to and from the Cracker Cow Camp deeper in the park where there will people in period dress, making soap, butter and candles, cooking over a campfire, tending the live Cracker Horse, using tools of long ago and telling stories of trapping and trading among the Florida pioneers. A blacksmith and a broom-maker will be at work in this area along with other textile and palm leaf artists adding their expertise. Children will have a chance to play active games of the era in a special roped-off area where parents can join in or watch. Try your hand at corn hole or ring toss and even attempt to lasso a stationery animal. A second area where children can play with wooden toys such as bean bag double can and paddle ball will be closer to the park entry. For more information, call 465-8555. State Park to host Cracker Days CHRIS FORTUNE/For the Riverland NewsDunnellon High teacher Bob Ayton, right, poses with Principal Ken McAteer after being named one of five Golden Apple nominees. Karen Morrison Dana Andrews Judith Dominguez Tim Jones GOLDEN continued from page 1 Special to the Riverland News

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Holy Faith to host pancake supperHoly Faith Episcopal Church in Blue Cove will host a Pancake Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Mens Club will serve pancakes, sausage, applesauce, dessert and a beverage. Tickets are $6 at the door. For more information, call the church office at 489-2685.Soup-a-thon slated for Ash WednesdayThe Legacy League of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will host a Soup-a-thon at 1 p.m. Ash Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the church, near the intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 40. The Soup-a-thon will feature more than 30 kinds of meatless soups, served with crackers or homemade bread. Coffee, tea, lemonade and brownies are all included in the $5 cost. Diners will get to vote on their favorite soup. Prizes will be awarded to the cooks of the top three favorite soups. Tickets may be purchased from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the church office or at the door. Tickets purchased prior to the event will use the express lane when entering the church hall. Lutheran church to mark LentAsh Wednesday begins the Lenten season Feb. 13 as Joy Evangelical Church will have a worship service at 6:45 p.m. to mark the beginning of the season. The theme for Lent for the Wednesday services will be The Baggage We Carry. Each Wednesday, at 2:45 and 6:45 p.m., during Lent, Senior Pastor Edward Holloway Jr. will provide the message about topics such as fear, doubt, discontent, intolerance and self-image. The theme for the Sunday worship services, at 8:15 a.m. and 11, will be The Road to Holiness. Pastor Holloways message will be on App-ing to Holiness; A House on the Road to Holiness; Repentance on the Road to Holiness; The Father Waits on the Road to Holiness; Anointing on the Road to Holiness; and Where the Road to Holiness Leads. All are welcome to attend these services. Joy Evangelical Lutheran Church is on Southwest State Road 200 at 83rd Place, Ocala. For more information, call the church office at 352-854-4509, ext.221. The American Legion Post 58 will host its annual Four Chaplains Day Memorial Ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the American Legion Hall on U.S. 41, north of Walmart. In addition to the Four Chaplain Memorial Ceremony, the American Legion post will celebrate the 94th birthday of the American Legion. The festival, open to the public and free of charge, will offer music, food and refreshments. According to history excerpts from Matt Grills, on Feb. 3, 1943, the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester a converted luxury liner was crossing the North Atlantic, transporting more than 900 troops to an American base in Greenland. Aboard the ship were four chaplains of different faiths: the Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, the Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic). Around 12:55 a.m., a German U-boat fired a torpedo that struck Dorchesters starboard side, below the water line and near the engine room. The explosion instantly killed 100 men and knocked out power and radio communication with Dorchesters three escort ships. Within 20 minutes, the transport sank and more than 670 men died. As soldiers rushed to lifeboats, the four chaplains spread out, comforting the wounded and directing others to safety. One survivor, Private William Bednar, later said, I could hear men crying, pleading, and praying. I could also hear the chaplains preaching courage. Their voices were the only thing that kept me going. Another survivor, John Ladd, watched the chaplains distribute life jackets, and when they ran out, they removed theirs and gave them to four young men. It was the finest thing I have seen, or hope to see, this side of heaven, he recalled. As Dorchester sank, the chaplains were seen linked arm in arm, praying. Fox, Goode, Poling and Washington were posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart, and in 1948, Congress declared Feb. 3 to be Four Chaplains Day. The four chaplains were also honored with a U.S. postage stamp that year, according to history excerpts. John J. Egan, 77John J. Egan, 77, passed away in Ocala, Fla., Feb. 2, 2013, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Egans career with New Jersey Bell and AT&T spanned 40 years. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Janet; his daughter, Melissa; his son and daughterin-law, Peter and Christie; and two granddaughters, Grace and Lily Kate. A memorial service conducted by Rev. Jeffrey W. Welch will be at Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, Feb. 9, 2013, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church Building Fund. Expressions of sympathy can be made online to roberts ofdunnellon.com. 8 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 000DX8Q D UNNELLON F IRST U NITED M ETHODIST C HURCH 21501 W. Highway 40 Rev. Eddie Fulford, Pastor Sunday Communion Worship Service 8:00 AM Praise Worship 9:30 AM Traditional Worship 11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School 9:30 AM & 11:00 AM Building the Kingdom in Everything We Do 352-489-4026 www.fumc-dunnellon.org 000DKHM Dunnellon Presbyterian Church Jeffrey W. Welch, Pastor 20641 Chestnut Street Corner of Chestnut & Ohio Streets In The Historic District 489-2682 Sunday Worship . . . . . . . 8:30 AM Sunday School . . 9:45 AM Worship . . . . . . 11:00 AM Nursery Provided For All Servic es dunnpreschurch@bellsouth.net 000DKHB 000DYBS Using Godly Influence to Build the Kingdom First Baptist Church 20831 Powell Road Dunnellon, FL 34431 www.fbcdunnellon.com Phone: 352-489-2730 Fax: 352-465-7729 E-mail: fbcdunnellon@bellsouth.net Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. McKee, Pastor Sunday School & Adult Bible Class 9:00 A.M Sunday Worship Service 10:00 A.M Wednesday Bible Study 10:00 A.M Wednesday potluck & Bible Study 6:30 PM 000DNVW The Church On The Hill 5 miles North of Dunnellon US Hwy 41 at Highway 40 489-5881 www.PeaceLutheranOnline.com China House China House China House D INING T O G O OR E AT -I N (352) 522-0008 (Next to Subway) 000DUTY 11352 N. Williams St. (Sweetbay Plaza) Please Call (352) 489-9763 China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet China Wok Buffet Lunch $6.65 Dinner $8.85 ROAST BEEF EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY NIGHT SUNDAY ALL DAY Calvary Baptist Temple 21841 S.W. Marine Blvd. Rainbow Lakes Estates Sunday Sunday School.............9:45 a.m. Worship Service.........11:00 a.m. Evening Service..........5:00 p.m. Wednesday Prayer Meeting............7:00 p.m. Every 4th Sunday......5:00 p.m Share, Praise & Fellowship Pastor Jamie Parker 352-489-8962 Please Join Us As We Worship In His Name 7525 S. Highway 41, Dunnellon 352-489-3166 Saturday Reconciliation 3:30 PM Saturday Vigil . . . . . . . . 4:30 PM Sunday . . 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM Sunday Spanish............ . Noon Mon. Thru Fri . . . . . . . . . 8:00 AM Holy Days . 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM www.stjohncc.com MASSES Catholic Community of St. John the Baptist Father Jean H. Desir, Pastor Romeo Baptist Church Sunday School 9:30 AM Worship 11:00 AM Disciple Training 5:00 PM Pastor R.D. Hess (352) 489-1788 Sunday (Nursery & Childrens Church Provided) Wednesday AWANA 6:30 PM Youth Group 6:30 PM Bible Study 7:00 PM 8 1 / 2 Miles North of Dunnellon Off of Highway 41, Left at Church Sign on SW 5 th Place 000DNVM 000CHQO A Progressive Community of Faith in the Heart of Central Florida Sunday Worship 10:30 am Adult Bible Discussion 12:00 Noon God is still speaking, Jesus didnt reject people. Neither do we. First Congregational United Church of Christ 7171 SW SR 200, Ocala, FL 352-237-3035 uccocala.org Dr. H.W. McSwain, Jr., Pastor Dunnellon Seventh-day Adventist Church Welcome To Our Services Hwy. 41 & Hwy. 40 Saturday Sabbath School 9:30 AM Sermon . . . . . 11:00 AM Tuesday Bible Study . . . 4:30 PM For more information: 352-489-3455 www.dunnellonsdachurch.com 000DKHD 000D1K3 489-2685 Hall Available For Community Functions Holy Faith Episcopal Church 19924 W. Blue Cove Dr. Dunnellon T HE R EV J. J AMES G ERHART Sunday Rite I 8:00 AM Coffee Hour 9:00 AM Rite II 10:00 AM Healing Session 1st Sunday Every Month Following 10:00 AM Service GATHERINGS A D IRECTORY OF A REA C HURCHES For where two or three gather together in My name, there am I with them. Matthew 18:20 711180 000DXRC Happy Valentines Day! We appreciate your business. Thank You Fusion Hair Studio Open Tuesday thru Friday and Every Other Saturday Appointments Preferred Walk-ins Welcome 11995 S. Ohio St. Dunnellon (352) 489-3202 000DWK9 Trinity Trinity Trinity Villas Villas Villas Senior Citizen Complex Taking applications for studio & 1 bedroom apartments. Rent is based on income. Preference given to persons with extremely low income levels. Applicants must be 62 years o r older or require the features of an accessible unit and also meet other qualifying factors of the resident selection criteria. Please call for info. 352-694-5507 TTY 800-995-8771 00075X7 Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Clip and Save Grandfather Clock 352-873-7587 GRANDFATHER CLOCK REPAIR Service and repairs 43 years full time experience Specializing in floor clocks. In Florida Jan., Feb., Mar., April (In Pennsylvania the other months) 000DP6G OBITUARY Legion to host Four Chaplains ceremony Riverland News file photoThe American Legion Post 58 will host its annual Four Chaplains Day Memorial Ceremony at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the American Legion Hall on U.S. 41, north of Walmart. The ceremony will pay tribute to the Rev. George Fox (Methodist), Jewish Rabbi Alexander Goode, the Rev. Clark Poling (Dutch Reformed) and Father John Washington (Roman Catholic). Special to the Riverland News CHURCH BRIEFS SO YOU KNOWAll obituaries must be submitted by 3 p.m. Mondays. Email to fspops@chronicle online.com or call Rita at 352-563-5660 for more information.

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Agency launches Coats 4 Kids driveAnnie Johnsons Cold Nites/Warm Hearts program is in need of winter coats for children of Marion and Citrus counties. If you are able to support this event, bring the coats to the Annie Johnson Center at 1991 West Test Court, Dunnellon. For more information, call Larry, Christine or Mandy at 489-8021.Group to distribute toiletries, clothingChristians In Action (CIA), a new charitable organization formed to assist the St. John the Baptist Catholic Church as well as other local food pantries, will provide toiletries and clothing to need families in need who qualify under federal guidelines. Free toiletries and clothing will be distributed from 9 a.m. to noon the first Saturday monthly at New Second Bethel Missionary Baptist Church at 1940 W. Henry Blair Lane. The church is behind Dunnellon Mulch and Stone.American Legion activities slatedAmerican Legion WallRives Post 58 and the Womens Auxiliary will meet at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday monthly. Dinner will be served at 5:30. The Dunnellon Young Marines meet at 6 p.m. Tuesdays. Bingo will be at 6 p.m. Thursdays. Doors open at 4. Smoking is not allowed. Refreshments are available. The outdoor flea market and pancake breakfast is the third Saturday monthly. Cost for the breakfast is $5 per person.Penno VFW Post plans eventsEdward W. Penno VFW Post 4864, 10199 Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs, announce the following events. Join us for Darts at 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Bingo at 1 p.m. Mondays. $1 Hot Dogs are available for lunch on those days. Please plan to join us for dinner from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Fridays. Tickets are $8 each. The canteen is open Sunday through Saturday at noon; and closes at 8 p.m. or later Monday through Saturday except for meeting nights, and 6 p.m. Sundays. For more information, call 465-4864.TOPS welcomes members, visitorsTOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter 375 Rainbow Lakes welcomes new members and visitors. TOPS meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at the Rainbow Lakes Community Center 4030 S.W. Deepwater Court, Rainbow Lakes. Take U.S. 41 to Rainbow Lakes Boulevard, 4.5 miles to the Community Center. For more information, call 465-5807. AARP to offer free tax assistanceAARP offers free income tax assistance Feb. 6 through April 13 at three locations near Dunnellon. It is not necessary to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Tax assistance is available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays at the American Legion on U.S. 41; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Rainbow Lakes Estates Community Center; and 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting Feb. 9, at the Dunnellon Public Library. An appointment can be scheduled at the library reference desk by phone, but appointments are not required. The following items will be needed: Photo ID Social Security cards Copy of your 2011 tax return Check (not a deposit slip) for direct deposit of your refund or electronic funds transfer of taxes due. Statements of any estimated taxes paid in 2012 1099s from banks, financial institutions, and others Statements of sales of stocks or mutual funds Social Security statements, W-2s, K-1s, etc for 2012 Statement of property taxes, medical expense, charitable contributions, college expenses and mortgage interest are also needed. Both signatures are required on joint returns. For more information, call Wayne Sloan at 489-5066.United Way offers free tax preparationUnited Way of Marion County will offer free income tax preparation through a variety of VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) locations starting Tuesday, Jan. 22. Marion County residents are encouraged to get 100 percent of their return back. Call 211 to make an appointment. All volunteers providing tax assistance are trained by the Internal Revenue Service. Residents will need to bring the following information with them: Last years Federal Income Tax Return (2011 income tax return) Social Security cards for all taxpayers and dependents Correct birthdates for all names that appear on the return All Important Tax Documents (W-2s, 1099s, 1098 for mortgage interest, property taxes) Picture ID including spouses, if married and filing joint returns For education credits, bring 1098T and the amount paid for qualified expenses Student Loans Interest: F1098E For dependent care credit, Child care providers name, address, SSN/EIN and amount you paid Cancellation of Debt: F1099C Sch CEZ/Sch C Call our office for more details. Voided check and saving account number for direct deposit of your refund (this is optional, but gets your cash to you faster.) If married and filing a joint return, both spouses must come to the VITA site. Volunteers will not prepare Schedule D (complex), Schedule E, request for Social Security Numbers, Employee Business Expenses, Moving Expenses, Nondeductible IRA, or Minor Investment Income. For more information, call Marsha Holloway at 352-732-9696 ext. 215. Church to host fashion show Feb. 16Community Congregational Christian Church will host a Fashion Show from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Dewain Farris Fellowship Hall at 9220 N. Citrus Springs Blvd. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call the church office at 489-1260.Church to host concert at FBCCross at the River Cowboy Church, in conjunction with First Baptist Church of Dunnellon, will host Susie McEntire in concert from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at First Baptist Church of Dunnellon. Tickets may now be purchased for $15 per person or $25 per couple at the following locations: Cross At The River Cowboy Church at 10 a.m. Sundays. Services are greater Historical Train Depot. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Cadence Bank. Online at www.villagecrier.info.Church to host concert March 9The Southern Express, an 18-piece Big Band, will perform at First Congregational United Church of Christ at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9, Tickets, which are $10 each, are available at the church office, 7171 S.W. State Road 200, or call the office at 352-237-3035 or Dave at 352-867-7967.New womens bible study slatedNew Womens Cross Denominational Bible study called One Womens Prayer meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday monthly at the Dunnellon Womens Club Clubhouse at 11756 Cedar St. Doors open at 6:30. For more information check us out in Facebook at One Womens Prayer.Church schedules monthly fish frySt. John the Baptist Catholic Church, on the corner of U.S. 41 and State Road 40 East, will host its monthly fish fry from 4 to 6 p.m. the first Friday monthly through May. Cost is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. The public is welcome. For more information, call 489-5954. Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 9 000DWKR 000DXUX 000DR7N DUNNELLON PODIATRY CENTER, P.A Medical and Surgical Treatment of Foot and Ankle Bunions Hammertoes Fractures Infections Heel Pain Arthroscopic and Endoscopic Procedures Diagnostic Ultrasound and X-ray on Premises Stacy Lynn Witfill D.P.M. Board Certified by American Board of Podiatric Surgery 11786 Cedar Street (CR 40) (Next to the Womens Club) 489-6621 Most Insurance Accepted 000DPBN Podiatric Physician & Surgeon CHURCH BRIEFS TAX ASSISTANCE Big Lous Mobile Food ribbon cutting Special to the Riverland NewsThe Dunnellon Area Chamber Commerce recently held a ribboncutting ceremony for Big Lous Mobile Food Vendor, owned by Louis Bussiere, outside of the Dunnellon Area Chamber of Commerce building. Pictured with Bussiere are multiple Chamber officials and members of his family. COMMUNITY BRIEFS

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RIVERLANDEDUCATION 10 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 Resident graduates from Maine collegeMaureen Orkwis of Dunnellon graduated in December from Saint Josephs College of Maine with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology. Saint Josephs College is Maines only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years.Red Brick School reunion slatedThe Old Red Brick School House all-class reunion will be March 16 at First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon. Reservations only. For more information, call 465-1093.Yoga classes open at Dunnellon Elem.CTAE will offer a yoga class from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at Dunnellon Elementary School. There will be six classes in all beginning Feb. 7 and running through March 14. Lisa Bubba will be the instructor. She has more than 40 years of experience. The fee is $45 and registration takes place your first day in class. Participants will need an exercise mat and light hand weights. For more information, call Lisa Bubba at 489-8051.Marion Civic Chorale to offer scholarshipThe Marion Civic Chorale is offering the Grat L. Rosazza Scholarship to an area student with musical talent. The $500 scholarship is open to high school and community college students who are continuing their education in vocal music, music education or musical theatre. The winner will perform with the chorale during one of the spring concerts and will be awarded the scholarship at that time. Application deadline is April 2. For more information, visit the chorales website at http://marion civicchorale.tripod. com/ or contact Judy Crooks at 352-812-0666, or email Jillvw50@ gmail.com.Stormwater education grants availablePublic and private educators wishing to teach their students about stormwater quality topics may benefit from a Marion County Office of the County Engineer grant program. Through March 29, educators serving students who live in unincorporated Marion County may receive funds under the 2012-13 Stormwater Education Grants Program. Grantees may receive up to $750 to use for stormwater/water resource education and up to $1,000 to purchase equipment related to these projects. Interested applicants may visit www.marioncounty fl.org/stormwater.htm to download grant application instructions and forms. For more information about the grants program, call Gail Mowry at 352-671-8686. EDUCATION NOTES Second semster under way at DMS Dunnellon Middle School begins this weeks article with a sharing of information about activities that have recently occurred we would like to bring you up-to-date on. Dunnellon Middle School sent home Report Cards Monday, Jan. 28. We want to remind our DMS parents that you are always welcome to arrange a parent/teacher conference through our Guidance Office anytime throughout the school year. We are well into the second semester of the 201213 school year and believe every DMS student can be successful if they apply themselves to that task. Parents, working together we can make this happen. Call our Guidance Office at 465-6724 to set up your parent/teacher conference today. On Jan. 26, Megan Barde, Breanna Bergeron, Hunter Day, Luis Gutierrez, Megan Howard Shelby Meyers, Chandler Neal, Cameron Pike, Robert Reed, Kristen Starr, Trevor Vonseggern and Mr. Steve Williams, Dunnellon Middle School Parents help DECODE schoolwork for your children Alot of children need special help in school, whether it is that they are not paying attention in class and/or not understanding the directions. Whatever the problems are, parents can reinforce their thinking. The following suggestions are ways you can help your children at home to develop skills that will help them in the classroom: DECODE school for your child: Directions: Make directions specific and simple. Break complicated tasks into small steps. Limit your child to short subjects and activities, and reward persistence with praise and encouragement. Expectations: Establish clear rules and consequences. Talk about and agree upon consequences with your child. Write them down as a sort of formal agreement, and post them where every member of the family can see them easily. Then be more consistent about enforcing the rules that you decide upon. Conference Cooperate with the school: Request conferences with the teachers, and ask them to inform you about methods you Jane Ashman Romeo Principal Delbert Smallridge DMS Principal See SMALLRIDGE page 11 Dunnellon Middle School Second Quarter Honor Roll Sixth-Grade All As: Sayra Loya and Conner Neal. Seventh-Grade All As: Diana Davila, Kayla Gandy, Chandler Neal, Michael Santiago, Trevor Vonseggern and Emily Weaver. Eighth-Grade All As: Hunter Day, Connor Denmark, Edyzbelly Flores, Luis Guiterrez, Megan Howard, Joseph Maisevich, Shelby Meyers, Nayadeth Muniz-Hernandez, Taylor Powell, Robert Reed, Christopher Ruiz, Kristen Starr, Hannah Warren and Cheyenne Youngblood. Sixth-Grade A/B: Yisiara Aguirre, Mandy Bernstein, Melanie Brenwald, Anahi Calvo-Wences, Kaylee Corbin, Lauren Ford, Justin Fowler, Idette Garcia Hernandez, Kameron Grossi, Raquelle Irizarry, Tiana Joyner, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Madisyn Leeds, Ishana Maharaj, Rebeca Munoz, Beatrice Ortega, Cielo Palomo Melendrez, Kevin Renzuilli, Caleb Schroeder, Mason Sereda, Caroline Shank, London Sweat, Grace Thompson, Kendal Waldrop, Lilian Watson and Aleah Whitley. Seventh-Grade A/B: Emily Begin, Elizabeth Centeno, Mark Duran, Anna Giliberti, Jacob Hicks, Darby Langworthy, Jacob LeBlanc, Brandon Martin, Jasmine Monahan, Emily Newsom, Heather Noll, Olivia Peterson, Rebecca Ray, Lindsay Reddick, Danielle Rodriguez, Chantal Ruiz, Olivia Savage and Kaylah Starks. Eighth-Grade A/B: Haley Below, Ariel Benjamin, Breanna Bergeron, Savannah Bond, Kenneth Boone, Breckell Bowman, Breann Brackett, Hannah Chung, Destiny Clark, Katelin Cortese, Tania Davila-Ortega, Daisy Dutkiewicz, Parker Fleming, Brianna Florvilus, Madison Gamble, Alec Gonzalez, Raymond Grossi, Raven Howarth, Cheyenne Ingalls, Niya Jaglal, Skylar Krejci, Tyler LaMon, Yareli Murillo Ruvira, Isabella Pierro, Natasha Pierro, Cameron Pike, Destiny Ray, Kenia Rodriguez-Leanos, Carlos Romero, Dylan Roy, Alexis Shutt, Alexandria Spear Dietrich, Samantha Stewart, Samuel Torres, Taylor Turner, Naomi Watson, Dominique White, Brianna Williams, Jeremy Williams and Angelique Willis. Romeo Elementary School First Semester Honor Roll Third Grade All As: Andrea Abbott, Sully Anderson, Gisell Cardoso-Leanos, Aisling ChicoGarcia, Dylan Evans, Anaya Ferrell, Chandler Hiers, Delany Lamon, Madelyn Marinacci, Cadence McNelly, Kayla Messer, Peter Reich, Cynthia Saldana, Jazmine Stapleton, Jasmine Torres and Jordan Vining. A/B: Josue Alvarado, Jorge Aragon, Caleb Beville, Benjamin Brewster, Kennedy Brown, Blake Bussiere, Natalie Carter, Saul Chacon Cataneda, Thomas DeLibro, Alejandra Desiderio-Ramirez, Jaiden Davila-Heredia, Destiny Gonzalez, Hailey Grossi, Alexis Hiers, Stephani Hurd, Kasey Lemanski, Julian Long, Sheyla Martinez, Victor Martinez, Emilie Mason, Angela Melendez, Megan Mills Ajello, Logan Minkema, Anibal Munoz, Solis Palomo-Melendrez, Luis Perez, Victoria Peterson, Hannah Romine, Lucas Rowell, Joshua Slemp, Katelyn Thigpen, Cyrous Thornton, Cory Turner, Nayeli Vargas-Ramirez and Bethany Vaughn. Fourth Grade All As: Melody Dunne, Teegan Eversole, Chad Holland, Calista Neal, Ashleigh Palmer and Eli Watson. A/B: Adrianna Anglemyer, Alexis Appleby, Karley Barnes, Manuel Betancourt, Hayleigh Bourgeous, Jarhett Bradham, Samantha Carneccia, Autumn Chervenack, Jade Deonath, Jonas Duncan, Christian Duran, Jacqueline Enriquez, Elias Erickson, Kevin Ferrell, Erik Garratt, Roman Gonzalez, Cesar Hernandez, Jackeline Hernandez-Perez, Bayleigh Johnson, Jacqueline Jurado, Aaron LeBlanc, Jacqueline Lemanski, Marisol Magana Lugo Aguirre, Gabriel Martinez, Preston Tyler Mills, Michael Obear, Chase Parsons, Joseph Piorokowski, Nicholas Place, Jamiya Reeves, Erick Romero, Aaron Ropp-Jaramillo, Onesti Ryan, Angel Sagastume, Joseph Santiago, Brandon Sherboneau, Joshua Spitznogle, Bridgett Strong, Madison Thigpen, Nick Trujillo, Antonio Villagran, Sam Wryals and Krystel Yaffar. Fifth Grade All As: Samantha Bagdanovich, Keziah Crespo and Cassandra Damien. A/B: Ally Baillargeon, Joseph Brewster, Lily Cabrera, Samantha Chamberlain, Anthony Clark, Tiffany Clarke, Madison Collins, Paris Cousins, Autumn Crouch, Wanya Epps, Isabella Gerrard, Diana Hernandez, Joseline Hernandez Lopez, Quincy Jones, Alianna Lacombe, Haley Ladeau, Xavier Long, Anahi Martinez Jurado, Faith McNelly, Madison Miguel, Phillip Morgan, Sandro Munoz, Gabrielle Munro, Jamie Pena Munoz, Kenneth Richardson, Gabriel Rodriguez, Kaylie Rodriguez, Samson Shepard, Javier Torres, Christopher TourneArturo Trejo Antonio and Daquonn Walker. HONOR ROLL Musical accolade Riverland News file photoRomeo Elementary School music teacher Sondra Collins, whos been with the district for three years, was recently elected to represent Marion County in the state contest to attend the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools June 6 to 9 at Yale University. Collins, Romeo music teacher, vies for state honor Sondra Collins has made her impact felt in the Marion County School District, but more importantly for the former Romeo Rookie Teacher of the Year recipient, its her love for music that has made the biggest impact in the county. Collins, whos been with the district for three years, was recently elected to represent Marion County in the state contest to attend the 2013 Symposium on Music in Schools June 6 to 9 at Yale University. Collins said she received notification of her nomination so she was able to turn in an application, which was then reviewed by a panel of Marion County Public School principals, who made the final selection of the representative of Marion County to submit to the state level. I was shocked, and also very humbled, Collin explained. There are so many excellent music teachers within Marion County, so I know firsthand that the application process was competitive. I will do my best to represent all these many outstanding music programs and excellent music teachers in Marion County. One representative from each state will be chosen to attend and is now entered in the state contest. Criteria for the selection of an outstanding music educator is based on the following considerations: Classroom experience; Professional accomplishments; Visionary approaches to music education; Efforts to truly make a difference; Expected contributions to discussions on this year main theme (The Role of Music in School Reform); and Administrators recommendation. In addition to being chosen as Rookie of the Year in 2011, Collins music peers elected her president of the Marion County Music Association. It is certainly a pleasure to have teachers on our campus who support the arts in education, Principal Jane Ashman said. Her support of the music program was very evident in the Veterans Day and Christmas Concerts. She makes it work for the kids to get to the music room for extra practice. Romeo has also had a large number of students who have been chosen for the All-County Elementary Honor Choir. All of these demonstrate a true commitment by Mrs. Collins to bring the arts to our children, Ashman exclaimed. Thank you Mrs. Collins for your wonderful contribution to the education of the Romeo family. Collins said her love and passion for music comes from her parents. They love music, and they taught me that love by constantly surrounding me with music, she said. They completely understand musics power to change lives, and they taught me that fervor for music with ease. I come from two sides of families that have always been involved with music, if not musicians themselves. My parents then continued that upbringing with me. At the age of 3, she started with Suzuki violin lessons. At age 7, she began Suzuki piano lessons; and by the time she was 13, she was learning how to play the flute and piccolo; however, it wasnt until college did she learn how to sing. Collins earned two degrees in Voice Performance: a Master of Music from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Florida. I am not sure that I have ever been talented, she said. But I certainly have been taught and trained to be the best musician, and now the best teacher of music, that I can be. Becoming a music teacher in a time when the arts are slowly fading from school systems wasnt a deterrent for Collins either. I became a music teacher to hopefully teach that love of music to my students, as my parents did for me, she said. I know firsthand how music can change your life in ways never thought possible, and I want that for all children (regardless of socio-economic conditions or parental involvement). And so, I started to teach. Too many of our countrys children deserve much more than what they have or are given, and if music can make a difference in just a few hours of their day, then being a music teacher is my most obvious calling. Unfortunately, in our community and county, music education seems to be a dying art, but I think that is simply because so many people do not understand that music can affect all other types of our childrens learning in so many positive ways. JEFF BRYAN Riverland NewsPRINCIPALS OFFICE PRINCIPALS OFFICE See ASH MA N page 11

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can reinforce or additional activities you can do with your child at home. Sign up to communicate with teacher(s) via email for missing work or assignments. Organize: Help your child become organized. Have a place for everything, and require that things are always put back where they belong. Establish routines for doing daily chores and activities, and provide work charts or checklists as reminders for complicated tasks. Be sure to check your childs notebook and agenda planners daily to make sure that it is organized properly. Duplicate: Repeat learning experiences. Dont assume that once your child has learned a skill or task, he or she will retain the knowledge. An hour later, the child may seem to have forgotten it completely. Reinforce some lessons from the agenda planner or homework to make sure that he/she has grasps the concept(s).Music NotesIts the month of hearts and love is in the air, or at least certainly love for music here at Romeo! February brings the Marion All-County Elementary Honor Choir. This unique choral experience is showcasing 11 of our musically gifted fifth graders! Congratulations to the following fifth-grade students who were chosen for this prestigious honor of representing Romeo Elementary: Keziah Crespo, Autumn Crouch, Cassandra Damien, Wanya Epps, Bailey Guess, Alianna LaCombe, Faith McNelly, Madison Miguel, Kaylie Rodriguez, Miranda Silas and MegRiley Wilson. The Marion AllCounty Elementary Honor Choir performance was Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the West Port High School Performing Arts Center.PTO NewsThe Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO) meets at 2:30 p.m. the third Tuesday monthly in the Media Center. The next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 19. We will be discussing upcoming events that will be going on here at Romeo Elementary for the new year! We invite you to join in and share your ideas with us! The Valentine Candy Gram sale is now through Feb. 14. The Candy Grams will consist of a sweet treat with a Valentine greeting. Candy Grams will be delivered to the classrooms Thursday, Feb. 14. Students may purchase Candy Grams for classmates, teachers, friends and family. The cost of each Candy Gram is 50 cents. If you wish to purchase candy grams, complete the order form and return to school with cash or check (payable to R.E.S. PTO). Dollar Drive Fundraiser is back. We dont have to buy or sell anything. All were asking is for every student to ask at least 20 people for $1 each or more. Thats right $1. Each dollar raised goes directly to our school. We make 100 percent profit. Funds raised help provide rewards and incentives to all of our students. The Dollar Drive will run Friday, Feb. 15, through Monday, March 4th. All monies must be turned in by Tuesday, March 5, to qualify for prizes. sponsor, participated in our first ever Academic Brain Bowl Competition. These students, with only three practice days under their belt, won several of the contests against seasoned campaigners with years of practice and competition experience. We want to thank these tenacious young people for this exceptional display of knowledge, their determination to represent DMS and themselves in such a positive way. We are so very proud of you and we thank you. FFA members showing an animal at the SEYF (Southeastern Youth Fair) will stay after school from 3:40 to 5 p.m. today with Mr. Dettloff to complete their animal demonstrations in the Ag Room. The student demonstration will include an explanation about the breed of animal, feed products, how to read a feed or medicine label and any other topic covered in the skill-athon. Dunnellon Middle School has two Valentines Day fundraisers: The DMS FFA Annual Valentines Day fundraiser has kicked into high gear. The FFA membership invites everyone to purchase a rose for $2 or a carnation for $1 for someone you would like to remember on Valentines Day. Our FFA members will be making many hearts happy this year. The DMS SAVE Club (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Valentines Day fundraiser is a Love Gram at the cost of $2. The SAVE Club Love Gram will include a silk rose and candy. We have seen the Love Grams that the DMS SAVE Club members have created, and, in a word, wow. There will be many smiling faces at DMS on Valentines Day! Dunnellon Middle School loves to read and on Friday, Feb. 1, 132 DMS students reached their Accelerated Reader (AR) goal to prove it. These 132 students enjoyed a special AR luncheon festivity that included pizza, soda, and prizes (including book giveaways) to recognize a love reading and the ability to meet an assigned goal on time. Life skills to be enjoyed now and throughout their adult lives. We are delighted to list the following DMS AR student names: Austin Adams, Yisiara Aguirre, Brittany Alexander, Zachary Alizna, Judy Allen, Christopher Aragon, Alejandro Arredondo, Mathew Bailargeon, Emily Begin, Haley Below, Breanna Bergeron, Jamil Bess, Zachary Bones, Kenneth Boone, Breckell Bowman, Jillian Boys, Breann Brackett, Tyler Bryden, Savanna Burcham, Anahi Calvo-Wences, Jillian Capps, Mary Caprio, Rayanna Carlisle, Elizabeth Centeno, Carly Chinners, Destiny Clark, Evaen Cornell, Katelin Cortese, Jeramie Cristello, Benjamin Crouch, Hunter Day, Sherry Day-Page, Cory Deming, Vanessa Dominguez Guerro, Cinthia Dominguez, Mark Duran, Travis Duran, Mckanzy Espinoza, Edyzbelly Flores, Brianna Florvilus, Lauren Ford, Hector Francia, Idette Garcia Hernandez, Anna Giliberti, Raymond Grossi, Gabriela Gutierrez, Luis Gutierrez, Jacob Harden, Nikita Haynes, Megan Howard, Mckenzie Ingram, Elking Irizarry Lopez, Christina Irizarry, Shawn Jackson, Brandon Jaglal, Matilyn Jenkins, Zarielle Johnson, Chelsie Joice, TylerLaMon, Kirsten Ladeau, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Madisyn Leeds, Corrin Leslie, Anthony Litterine, Sayra Loya, Grace Macfarlan, Ivory Mack, Jose Magana Lugo, Ishana Majaraj, Joseph Maisevich, Nereida Martinez, Patricia Martz, Joshua McNicholas, Shelby Meyers, Jasmine Monahan, Trajin Moore-Dahm, Erica Morales, Toni Morgan, Nayadeth Muniz-Hernandez, Rebeca Munoz, Yareli Murillo Ruvira, Camden Nelson, Emily Newsom, Heather Noll, Nisa Nombrano, Krystin Nottke, Joseph OBrien, Beatrice Ortega, Cielo Paloma Melendrez, Biridiana Perez-Sanchez, Charles Peterson, Kurtis Pinto, Kelsey Piorkowski, Taylor Powell, Alexis Quinn, Javier Rabadan, Ava Reddish, Robert Reed, JRee Reeves, Christian Rey, Nicki Riffle, Hunter Rodgers, Justin Romero, Maria Roque, Dylan Roy, Mathew Russell-Willis, Luz Sanchez-Sotel, Michael Santiago, Caroline Shank, Alexis Shutt, Dumisani Sigogo, Zanatos Sinclair, Kimberly Singleton, Carl Smith, Jose Solis, Alexandria Spear Dietrich, Kaylah Starks, Kristen Starr, Sadee Stephens, Austin Strouse, London Swanson, Emma Sylvester, Samuel Torres, Destiny Torres-Santiago, Taylor Turner, Hannah Warren, Lilian Watson, Abigail Wences, Dominique White, Aleah Whitley, Angelique Willis and Cheyenne Youngblood.Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 11 643044F1 Call Linda at 489-2731 to Advertise INFORMATION HOUSEHOLD SERVICES Changes of Life Home Services, Inc. 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Williams St., Suite 108, Dunnellon 465-7442 Schedule of EventsThursday, Feb. 7 3:40 to 5:30 p.m. Symphonic Band Practice in the Band Room. 3:40 to 4:15 p.m. MathCounts Practice in Building No. 2, Room No. 7. 3:40 to 5 p.m. FFA Animal Demonstrations in the Ag Room. 4:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School girls basketball at Liberty Middle School. 5:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School boys basketball at Liberty Middle School. Monday, Feb. 11 4:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School girls basketball vs. Liberty Middle School. 5:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School boys basketball vs. Liberty Middle School. Tuesday, Feb. 12 School Spelling Bee Students winning this competition will move on to the District Competition at the end of the month. 3:40 to 4:15 p.m. MathCounts Practice in Building No. 2, Room No. 7. 3:40 to 5:30 p.m. Symphonic Band Practice in the Band Room. 4:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School girls basketball at Howard Middle School. 5:30 p.m. Dunnellon Middle School boys basketball at Howard Middle School. Wednesday, Feb. 13 3:40 to 5 p.m. SAVE Club meeting, Building No. 2, Room No. 22. 3:40 to 5:15 p.m. Boys and Girls Basketball Practice in the Gym. SMALLRIDGE continued from page 10 Schedule of EventsThursday, Feb. 14 Grandparent readers visit. Valentines Day. Monday, Feb. 18 No School, Presidents Day. ASHMAN continued from page 10 Harmony Preschool registrations acceptedHarmony Preschool continues to welcome students for their Infant Class (6 months to 23 months) and 2to 4year-old class. Harmony can now accept VPK Transfers. Harmony also accepts students enrolled in the School Readiness (Vouchers) Program. Harmony Preschool is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. To register your child(ren), stop by the preschool at 21501 W. State Road 40, the preschool is housed in the Education Building of the First United Methodist Church, or call 489-9552. U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps seeks membersManatee Division drills at Coast Guard Station Yankeetown, in Yankeetown, the second weekend monthly. The Sea Cadets are for youths, ages 13 through 17 years old. There is also a Navy League Cadet unit for youths, ages 11 through 13 years old. For more information, visit www.manateediv. org or call Commanding Officer LTJG Todd Dunn at (352) 212-5473 or tdunn@manateediv.org. EDUCATION BRIEFS

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Nastasia Johnson, weightliftingJohnson qualified for the Class 1A State Weightlifting Championships with a runnerup finish at the Sectional Championships in the 139-pound class. The state meet is Saturday, Feb. 9, in Kissimmee. Dania Clark, softballThe shortstop belted a stand-up triple to tie the Lady Tigers game against Forest Saturday and played well defensively as the Dunnellon High School softball team tuned up for its regular-opener, which was Tuesday night. Dania Clark Nastasia Johnson RIVERLANDSPORTSRiverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 13 000DWL2 Race for the Kids slated Feb. 9The second annual Race for the Kids, benefiting the Covenant Childrens Home of Dunnellon, will be at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Spruce Creek Preserve, on Southwest State Road 200, about two miles south of the intersection with Southwest County Road 484. The 5k Run and 1Mile Walk will be followed by a Kids Fun Run. All participants in the Kids Fun Run will receive a Participation Medallion. The entry fee is $20 for all runners and walkers, who pre-register before the event, and $25 to register the day of the event. Money raised from the event will be benefit the Covenant Childrens Home. For more information or to register, visit drcsports.com or cchfl.org or call Dee at 352-861-4502.Golf course starts new leagueRainbows End Golf Club has started a Thursday afternoon 9hole Scramble League. The league, open to the public, tees off at 3 p.m. Golfers are paired into A, B, C, and D groups to make up foursomes. Cost is $17 for nonmembers and $10 for members, which includes fees, cart, closest to hole prize and winners payout. Dinner is available afterward at a cost of $7.50 per person.Youth flag football program coming Children ages 5 to 12 can look forward to fun and healthy Saturday workouts at a local park starting next month. Marion County Parks and Recreation is now accepting registrations for its upcoming youth flag football program at Wrigley Fields, 405 E. Highway 316, Citra. Games will be played Saturdays, from Feb. 2 to March 9, with a weekly team practice prior to each game. A registration fee of $25 is required and includes a league shirt, award and season-ending party. Registration will be ongoing until available playing spots are filled. Interested participants may register online by visiting www.marioncountyfl.o rg/parks.htm and clicking on the Online Services button or in person at Parks and Recreations administration office, 111 S.E. 25th Ave., Ocala. For more information, email Daniel. Burleigh@marion countyfl.org or call 352-671-8560.St. Paddys Day 5K slated March 16United Way of Marion Countys high school youth program will host a St. Patricks Day 5K run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Ocala City Hall to benefit the United Way. Entry fee is $20 before Monday, March 11, and $25 afterward. Race forms can be downloaded at www. uwmc.org or participants can register at Active.com. For more information, call Tina Banner at 352-732-9696. SPORTS BRIEFS Magic stroke Golfers post 4 hole-in-ones in past monthAdam Sandlers well-known character, Happy Gilmore, is famed for questioning his ball: Why dont you just go home? Thats your home! Are you too good for your home? If thats the case for Sandlers Gilmore, then theres been plenty of shouting at Rainbows End Golf Club, but not necessarily for the ball to find its home, because theres been little to no trouble for golfers playing at the nine-hole municipal course to have their ball find its home. In a 34-day span, four players have achieved the top feat any golfer aims for: a hole-in-one. According to golflink.com, in 2000, Golf Digest hired Francis Scheid to determine the odds of making a hole in one. Scheid broke the odds down based on the quality of the player and the amount of play. He said that the odds of a PGA tour player making a hole in one were 3000 to one. His data showed a low handicap player to have 5,000 to one odds, while an average handicap player had 12,000 to one odds. His study also showed that if you had a low handicap and played 1,000 rounds of golf then you had a five to one chance of making a hole in one. Statistically, then if the same player plays 5,000 rounds of golf, the odds increase to one to one. The golfers to accomplish the feat are: Ken Emond had a hole-in-one on hole No. 4, a 197-yard par 3 Feb. 1. His witness was his brother, Dave Emond. Ken hit a 3-wood. Jim Carney made a hole-in-one Friday, Jan. 25, on hole No. 9. Carney recorded his ace using a 25-degree hybrid club on the 148-yard, par 3 hole into a 23 mph wind. Witnesses were Randy and Linda Smith and Jack LeBarron. Don Godwin aced the ninth hole Jan. 14. Godwin recorded his hole-inone using a 23-degree hybrid club on the 148-yard, par 3 hole. Witnesses were Frank Ross, Tom Leahy and Bonnie Leahy. John Diacik recorded a hole in one Dec. 28. He aced hole No. 9 with a 4iron into a 25 mile per hour wind on the 148 yard hole. Witnesses were Gus Cambell, left, and Ralph Skinner. Don DeLaney, who owns the course with his wife Linda, said hes never seen anything like it in his 50 years of being involved in the game or around courses. I just cannot quite figure it out either, he said. Every time I turn around, someone else has made a hole in one. All the moons are lining up and it is luck. DeLaney said the four golfers whove recorded aces just come in and smile. I tell everyone else, maybe youre next, he explained. As is tradition with a hole-in-one, its not the golfers on the course who treat the celebrity to a drink, its the opposite. When the golfer who records the feat makes history, they have the other golfers on the course a drink. Its been tame, DeLaney said of the celebrations. DHS ATHLETES OF THE WEEKPRESENTED BY GREENLIGHT DUNNELLON COMMUNICATIONS Special to the Riverland NewsKen Emond, left, had a hole-inone on hole No. 4, a 197-yard par 3 Feb. 1 at Rainbows End Golf Club. His witness was his brother, Dave Emond. Ken hit a 3-wood. College bound Riverland News file photosTiger running back JVon Swoll, who finished his senior season with 748 yards on 114 carries and five touchdowns, signed with St. Olaf College in Minnesota. Swoll, Jackson sign letters of intent for football Two more Tigers will join the ranks of collegiate football. Andre Jackson and JVon Swoll signed their national letters of intent Wednesday morning at Dunnellon High School as the soon-to-be Dunnellon High School graduates made their future educational studies and football careers official. Jackson, a 6-foot-3 standout receiver for the Tigers this past season signed with Webber International, NAIA school in Babson Park. The Warriors, who are coached by Kelly Scott, finished the past season 4-6 overall. They seem like they have a good football program, said Jackson, who finished his senior campaign with 518 yards receiving and five touchdowns on 21 receptions. I feel like theyre improving as a program. Their coaches work with you oneon-one. Theyre ready to go. Theyre there to help you if you need anything, whether its on the football field or in the classroom. Jackson believes signing with a smaller-level school could increase his chances of competing for playing time as a freshman. I feel like Im athletic enough to make an impact as a freshman, said Jackson, who plans to major in Pre-Law during his time at Webber. Im excited about the opportunity to play football for a few more years while getting a college education. Jackson credited Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley for doing a lot of the footwork in attracting Webber. Beasley said hes good friends with Scott, who has coached Webber for the past nine seasons and has an overall record of 30-49. Overall, Scott has been involved with the Warriors football program since its inception in 2002. Their coaches really like Andres physical style of play, Dunnellon coach Frank Beasley said. He is an outstanding wide receiver that understands body control and has outstanding hands. Swoll, a shifty running back for Dunnellon the better part of the past three seasons, signed with NCAA Division III St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. The Oles finished the 2012 season with a 7-3 record. In the past five seasons, under Jerry Olszewski, who resigned in December, St. Olaf has posted a 31-18 record. The distance and the weather were never factors against choosing St. Olaf, Swoll said. Having grown up in Florida his entire life, he admitted he is ready for a change of scenery and weather. Im excited about seeing snow, he explained, noting he wants to become a dental hygienist. Im excited about going to college, getting an education and still being able to play football. Swoll, who finished his senior season with 748 yards on 114 carries and five touchdowns, is eager for a chance to compete for a starting role with the Oles. He said hell continue to play running back in their spead-option offense as well as serve as a utility player. Ill do what is necessary to help the team, he said, noting it was a lesson he learned playing under Beasley. The team comes first. Thats what matters. Beasley praised the efforts of Swoll during his career as a Tiger and wished him the best as he prepares to depart for Minnesota after graduation. JVon has had an outstanding career at Dunnellon and we are proud of him for continuing his playing career, Beasley said. All told, during Beasleys nine-year tenure at Dunnellon High, the Tigers have had 30 players move onto the collegiate ranks, including the players such as Lerentee McCray at the University of Florida, Terrence Brooks at Florida State University and Alex Jackson at Temple. Were proud of all them, Beasley said of the current batch of players to sign athletic scholarships. Were more proud when they graduate from college. We have had the opportunity to touch a lot of lives throughout the years and that is something we are proud of. All of our players, not just the ones that sign scholarships, we hope they are better men when they leave our program than when they arrived. JEFF BRYAN Riverland News Wide receiver Andre Jackson signed with Webber International after hauling in 518 yards and five TDs this year. JEFF BRYAN Riverland News

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A14 Riverland News, Thursday, February 7, 2013 Riverland NewsMONDAY, 2:00 P.M. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE CANCELLATIONS CHARGE IT!! ERRORSTO PLACE ACLASSIFIED AD, CALLToll Free 1-877-676-1403MONDAYTHROUGH FRIDAY, 8 A.M. TO 5 P.M. Advertisements may be cancelled as soon as results are obtained. You will be billed only for the dates the ad actually appears in the paper. Deadlines for cancellations are the same as the deadlines for placing ads, except for specials.Be sure to check your advertisement the first day it appears. We will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion. Adjustments are made only for the portion of the ad that is in error. All ads require prepayment. We accept Beware: Publication of any classified advertisement does not constitute endorsement by the Riverland News. We make every effort to screen out advertising that may not be legitimate. However, since we can not guarantee the legitimacy of our advertisers, you are advised to be careful of misleading ads and take caution when giving out personal information. 373-0207 RIV02/26 salePUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF SALE The following vehicle will be sold at public sale to satisfy a lien, per Fl Stat 713.585, at 10:00 AM on February 26, 2013 at Expert Touch Automotive LLC, 540 SW 8th St, Ocala, FL, 34471 phone 352-732-2203. No titles, as is, cash only. 2006 CHRYSLER 300 4D VIN # 2C3KA63H36H158271 Cash sum to redeem vehicle $2798.29. Notice to owner or lienholder as to right to a hearing prior to sale date by filing with clerk of court and to recover vehicle by posting bond in accordance with Fl Stat 559.917. Proceeds of sale exceeding lien amount will be deposited with the clerk of court. Interested parties, contact State Filing Service 772-595-9555. February 7, 2013 368-0207 RIVEstate of Torres, Marcia 2013-CP-0042 (F) Notice to CreditorsPUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-0042(F) Division: Judge Robbins IN RE: ESTATE OF MARCIA TORRES A/K/A MARCIA SACCONE TORRES, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MARCIA TORRES a/k/a MARCIA SACCONE TORRES, deceased, whose date of death was December 19, 2012, is pending in the the Circuit Court for MARION County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is January 31, 2013 Personal Representative: Adam Torres 1655 Berrywood Way, Cumming, GA 30041 Attorney for Personal Representative: Lorenzo Ramunno, Esq., Florida Bar No. 765813 RAMUNNO LAW FIRM PA 7500 SW 61st Avenue, Suite 100, Ocala, FL 34476 Telephone: (352) 854-5570 Fax: (352) 854-9267 E-Mail: ramunnolaw@gmail.com Secondary E-Mail: ramunnolaw34476@gmail.com January 31 & February 7, 2013 369-0207 RIVEstate of Snyder, Yvonne 2013-CP-0047-F Notice to CreditorsPUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013-CP-0047-F Division: Judge Robbins IN RE: ESTATE OF YVONNE E. SNYDER Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of YVONNE E. SNYDER, deceased, whose date of death was December 9, 2012, is pending in the the Circuit Court for MARION County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 110 NW 1st Avenue, Ocala, FL 34475. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS, NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is January 31, 2013. Personal Representative: Rory C. Miller 7056 SW 70th Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34476 Attorney for Personal Representative: LORENZO RAMUNNO, Attorney for Rory C. Miller Florida Bar No. 765813 RAMUNNO LAW FIRM PA 7500 SW 61st Avenue, Suite 100, Ocala, FL 34476 Telephone: (352) 854-5570 Fax: (352) 854-9267 E-Mail: ramunnolaw@gmail.com Secondary E-Mail: ramunnolaw34476@gmail.com January 31 & February 7, 2013 OF CRYSTAL RIVER www.villagetoyota.com 352-628-5100 VILLAGE TOYOTA000DYVI VILLAGE TOYOTA*picture for illustration purposes only. CUSTOMER SATISFACTION Sales Department Service Department Vehicle Delivery QualityWhy Take A Chance With Other DealersWhen You Dont Have To! VILLAGE TOYOTAOF CRYSTAL RIVERIs The Only Dealer In The 5-State Area To Achieve This Ranking. THANK YOU CITRUS COUNTYFOR VOTING US #1 JUGHEAD POOL SERVICE INC. 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(352) 465-2022 PUBLISHERS NOTICE:All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make such preference, limitation or discrimination. Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. 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