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Thursday, August 15, 2013 Vol 31 No. 42 75 cents WHATS HAPPENING CIA to host Harlem Legends showChristians United in Action (CIA) will host the Harlem Legends Celebrity Basketball show at 5 p.m. Aug. 31 at Dunnellon High School. The halftime entertainment will feature No Slack, a Motown Group from Tampa. Tickets are $10 each. For more information or donations, call Geri Davis at 489-6332 or Susan Lebrun at 465-8660.Climate change forum scheduled Aug. 17Organizing for Action-Dunnellon, in partnership with Citizens Alliance Network Dunnellon Outreach, will host a forum about climate change from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 17 at the Dunnellon Public Library. Dr. Wendell Cropper from University of Florida will be the guest speaker. He is currently an associate professor of Biological Process Modeling at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida. Dale Crider, Florida environmental folk singer, will perform a set of songs about the climate change theme. For information, call Jonathan Brainard at 407-491-8158 or email jonbrainard@gmail. com.Agency in need of volunteersThe Annie W. Johnson Service Center and the Annie W. Johnson Thrift Store are in need of volunteers, who should have an understanding and a passion for the causes supported by the agency. Volunteers should be flexible, compassionate and energetic toward the commitment for the better good of the community in need. For information, call 489-8021. An overture from a private, unknown group of investors to bail out the city of Dunnellon from its financial responsibilities Monday was rebuffed by the Dunnellon City Council. The offer wasnt a show of generosity from a group of citizens concerned about the future of the city, instead it was an offer by the anonymous group to pay the debt off and privatize select municipal services and retain control of city finances. The group, represented by James Burchett, didnt submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) by the noon deadline Aug. 7, but as he told the Council its offer to assist the city with its financial crisis was based on an all or nothing, take-it-or-leave it approach. They want to keep the city in Erik Collop Nathan Whitt Private investors offered financial support in turn for privatizing services JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See BAILOUT page 18 Next step in deal in judges hands RRR agreement point of debateJudge Stephen Rogers is set to give Dunnellon his attention for 60 minutes today at the Marion County Courthouse as he decides the fate of the Rainbow River Ranch settlement. I know for you and several others, this case is the most important one, he explained during a July 3 conference hearing in which he established guidelines for todays hearing. However, I have other people who feel the same way about theirs. At stake is whether or not Judge Rogers will allow the entities that signed off on the agreement a non-evidentiary hearing. On the other side of the coin, Judge Rogers could determine if a group of interveners consisting of Rainbow River Conservation Inc. (RRC) and a number of individuals will get their wish for an evidentiary hearing. The difference between the two is substantial. Conservation Land Group LLC, which owns the 250-acre property abutting the east shoreline of the Rainbow River, the city of Dunnellon and the Department of Economic Development favor the non-evidentiary hearing. Such a hearing would last up to three hours long, but none of the parties involved would be allowed to bring forth expert witnesses and testimony as well as new evidence discovered JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsPfc. Kris Williams shakes hands Saturday night with a patron at The Blue Gator as he receives appaluse from another patron. Pfc. Williams recently returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. When Pfc. Kris Williams entered the Blue Gator on Saturday night to an introduction, a rousing applause and flags waving, the 20-year-old U.S. Army infantryman was stopped in his tracks. It was the first time in nine-plus months the South Dunnellon native had been ambushed, and thats saying a lot since he had recently returning from a deployment in Afghanistan. When he did pause, he waved, smiled and bowed his head in acknowledgment. As he made his way to family and friends at the back of the popular waterfront establishment, many patrons took time to shake his hands, offer a hug and words of encouragement and thanks for his service. The welcome home celebration certainly was overwhelming, Williams said. I appreciate it, said Williams, who admitted the first time he was spotted in uniform he was called a baby killer. You have to ignore the negative remarks, but I cannot thank those who are Family, friends celebrate soldiers return from front A heros welcome home JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See JUDGES page 3 New beginnings JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsBarbara Brown, right, a volunteer at Romeo Elementary School, assists Luann Clark, center, assistant principal, and Terry Alfonso, with back to camera, a paraprofessional, sort through books as administrators and staff countywide prepare for the first day of school. The Marion County School District as well as Dunnellon Christian Academy will welcome back students Monday for the start of the 2013-14 school year. Bells will be ringing come Monday, and it wont be the Christmas bells. Itll be the bells signaling the start of the 2013-14 school year for more than 40,000 youngsters throughout Marion County. With school starting, itll mean more traffic, especially buses on the road, and reduced speeds through school zones. Drivers, slow down now, Kevin Christian, district spokesman, urged, noting drivers who ignore flashing yellow and red lights can be costly, such as a child losing their life, the driver losing their life, or a substantial fine for speeding in school zones. As long as weve had first days of school, Christian said, there are still challenges with the unexpected. He also noted bus riders will receive wristbands as reminders of a students bus and route number. Per district policy, students must ride the bus in the morning to ride it in the afternoon. This is a safety precaution to protect the child from being dropped off at the wrong bus stop, he explained. Christian stressed patience for both students and parents the first few days of school. Although we project times and distance between bus stops and schools with greater accuracy thanks to special mapping software, he said, we still have to adjust bus times on a daily basis. We also adjust actual routes, which buses need Changes plentiful as new school year awaitsFresh approachHere at Dunnellon, we are a welcoming family, senior George Lucin said Aug. 5 when asked what characteristics were a part of the branding of Dunnellon High School. We are the smallest and oldest school with a lot of history and we take pride in that. Another thing about our culture here at Dunnellon is making the most out of what you have. We take what we have and make it work. There are many good things that can be said about Dunnellon High School. And now there isJULIE MANCINI/For the Riverland NewsVarsity cheerleader IQueen Owens gets ready to cheer with her varsity teammates Aug. 7 at the mini-pep rally held in the cafeteria during the freshman orientation.New freshman orientation a hit with incoming students See HEROS page 9 See FRESH page 8 JEFF BRYAN Riverland News JULIE MANCINIFor the Riverland News JEFF BRYAN Riverland News See NEW page 7
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training will begin Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Marion County Sheriffs Office at 692 N.W. 30th Ave., Ocala. This is an 8-session training, which is available either from 1 to 3:30 p.m. or 6:30 to 9 p.m. The afternoon and evening classes run concurrently and attendance can be mixed, depending upon availability. Only one class can be missed in the series and the CPR and last class are mandatory. The CERT program is made up of volunteers under the direction of the Division of Emergency Management of the Sheriffs Office. The purpose of CERT is to train and certify volunteers to be first responders in their communities in the event of a disaster such as a hurricane or tornado. The CERT training includes basic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, assessment and treatment of life-threatening conditions, light search of structural and nonstructural damage, psychology of the injured and terrorism. Studies of behavior following a disaster have shown that volunteers perform more effectively if they have had prior training and planning in how to function as a team. There is no cost for the program. For information or an application, call Bob Conn, trainer, at 352-812-0853. All applications must be in by Saturday. CF to host local entertainerMark Johnson of Dunnellon will bring his music to the College of Central Florida as CF hosts the Clawgrass music of Mark Johnson and Emory Lester, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in the Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center at the Ocala Campus, 3001 SW College Road. A second performance is slated for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Citrus Learning and Conference Center, CF Citrus Campus, 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, Lecanto. For information, call 352-873-5810.Lake Tropicana to host Spaghetti DinnerThe Lake Tropicana Civic Association will hosts its annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Lake Tropicana Clubhouse, 3380 SW 181st Court, Dunnellon. The public is welcome Advanced tickets are required and will not be available at the door. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, 12 and younger. Tickets can be purchased from LTCA members directly, or from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursdays at the clubhouse. For information, call 489-3923 or 465-5039, or email hall3118@ bellsouth.net.2 Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 Must present coupon. Any make or model. In office only. One week only.BATTERIESFREEHEARING TEST BATTERY REPLACEMENT HEARING AID REPAIRSPREMIUM ZINC BATTERIES99Limit 1 Coupon Per Visit. Limit 2 Packs Per Visit. Must present coupon. 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FREE HEARING AIDS Fits Hearing Loss of 30 DB City Council recognizes police department JEFF BRYAN/Riverland NewsThe Dunnellon City Council recognized the Dunnellon Police Department for the awards the agency recently won at the 2013 Florida Law Enforcement Challenge Awards Ceremony in Orlando. The event is hosted by the Florida Department of Transportation. The Dunnellon Police Department won first place in both the DUI Challenge and Law Enforcement Challenge. The agency received two first-place Eagle trophies and $30,000 to be used toward the purchase of traffic safety equipment. Pictured, from left, are: Mayor Nathan Whitt, Chief Joanne Black, Officer Adam Robinson, Officer Shane Yox, Officer Mike Anger, Officer Mike Miley, Lt. Sue Webb and Officer Carolina Rolfes. The Florida Law Enforcement Liaison (LEL) Program is a grant funded program which is sponsored by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal of the LEL program is to reduce traffic related fatalities and injuries by working with law enforcement agencies across the state to boost safety belt use reduce drunk driving and encourage traffic safety. Guardian ad Litem in need of volunteers There are about 1,700 children in Marion, Hernando, Lake, Sumter and Citrus counties, who have been removed from their homes for alleged abuse, abandonment or neglect, who are now part of a dependency court proceeding. These children need someone who will speak up for them, and the Guardian ad Litem program is seeking volunteers. A GAL is a volunteer appointed by the court to advocate for a child. The volunteer works as part of a team with a volunteer supervisor and program attorney. They become familiar with the child and the childs case and make recommendations to the court to help ensure a safe, caring, stable and permanent environment for that child. Persons 21 years of age and older adults between the ages of 19 and 21 are also eligible, working under the guidance and partnership with a certified volunteer GAL who successfully complete the pre-service training program, have a clean criminal background check and are able to be objective are eligible. A GAL must successfully complete 30 hours of pre-service training. On average, volunteers spend 5 to 10 hours a month on a case. Most cases last 10 months. The next training begins Oct. 21 at the Calvary Chapel, 960 U.S. 41, Inverness. For information, call Lynn Sennett at 352-274-5231 or email Lynn.Sennett@gal.fl. gov. For information and an application, visit www. guardianadlitem.org. Training seminar scheduled for Oct. 21 in Inverness NEWS NOTES CERT training slated to begin Sept. 5
OCALA The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) has selected Ryan Lilly as the director of business creation, to assist new businesses and help attract entrepreneurs to Marion County. The CEP conducted an exhaustive nationwide search to find candidates with proven success in business incubation and providing assistance to business startups. This is the second staff person hired in recent months to serve entrepreneurs and the Ocala Power Plant business incubator. In this new position, Lilly will provide hands on assistance to entrepreneurs within the Ocala Power Plant and throughout the community. He will plan and develop training programs, provide networking opportunities for entrepreneurs and potential funders, and coordinate the Marion County Microloan Fund. I look forward to becoming an active part of the Ocala and Marion County region and applying my passion for creating and growing entrepreneurial communities, Lilly said. Lilly most recently served as manager of the Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois, part of the economic development department of the City of Galesburg. During his 32 months in Galesburg, Lilly worked to educate, engage and empower entrepreneurs by providing one-on-one counseling and business development programs. These efforts directly resulted in 7 grant awardees and the creation of 17 new businesses. Lilly and the members of his economic development team also created and/or retained more than 1,100 jobs through their efforts to attract and grow startups and existing business at a business incubator in the city of Galesburg and throughout a fourcounty region. Lillys passion for business creation began while he served as a college intern at a business accelerator and performing research on trends in venture capital investment. Lilly graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, concentration in entrepreneurship, and a minor in business leadership. He also earned a certificate in serial innovation from the University of Illinois and is an active member of the National Business Incubation Association. In his free time, Lilly enjoys traveling with his wife, reading, writing and staying current about trends and topics pertaining to new business creation. For information, visit www.OcalaCEP. com. since the settlement was agreed upon. Ralf Brookes, a Cape Coral-based attorney who is representing the Rainbow River Conservation Inc. and the individual interveners, plans to push for an evidentiary hearing, which could last up to three days. (The owners) are trying to intimidate the city, Brookes said after the July 3 meeting with Judge Rogers, noting Conservation Land Group LLC touts itself as a conservational friendly group. If youre going to talk the talk, then walk the walk. Initially, the state Department of Community Affairs had been an intervener; but when Gov. Rick Scott disbanded the organization and restructured it into the DEO, the agency worked with the city, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Dodds group to reach an accord which they did. That agreement was approved by the Dunnellon City Council in September and was also signed off on by the DEO and DEP Were asking the judge to look at the facts as already presented, said attorney Bruce Ackerman, who represents Conservation Land Group LLC. All parties, with the exception of the interveners have agreed to this settlement. Were asking the judge to look at the facts as they are now. An evidentiary hearing is much more detailed and time consuming. Were hopeful, when the judge reviews everything hell allow this to move forward so all parties can move forward. Marsha Segal-George, the former assistant city attorney, who remains the citys legal representation, stressed that all parties, with the exception of the interveners, have agreed to the settlement and its time to move forward. Judge (Francis) King ordered us to have a sit down conversation with all parties and reach an agreement, she said. We resolved the issues with parties, with the exception of the interveners. Burt (Eno) has said he wants his day in court, and thats what hes continuing to push for. Burt Eno, Ph.D., the president of the RRC, chastised the City Council at its July 17 City Council workshop for allowing Segal-George to continue to represent the city in the matter as well as the agreement she helped craft with the DEO and Conservation Land Group LLC. Our attorney, Ralph Brookes, and I are both convinced, very strongly, that if Dodd had persisted with his Bert Harris Lawsuit, he would have lost, Eno told the Council. He didnt fulfill the requirements of the Bert Harris act. Yet, you were bullied into giving into him and signing a settlement agreement, which is horribly egregious. Its a violation of your comprehensive plan, your ordinances, state law and its expensive to the city. In a June 27 Guest Column in the Riverland News, Eno outlined eight items in the agreement, which were promised by the city to the Dodd-led group. He told the Council it amounts to many millions of dollars out of your pockets. Thats not right, Eno said about the agreement, adding the proposed development is a threat to the river. Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 3 or Bifocals $ 12 9 Eyecare Express SAME DAY SERVICE Even Bifocals & Safety Glasses *CERTAIN RESTRICTIONS APPLY. 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Hospital life. Anyone whos had recent experience with it knows what I mean. The feeling that once inside those four walls the whole world is going on without you. Is it raining outside? Is the sun shining? Your world consists of the confinement of the hospital. I recently stayed at St. Josephs Hospital in Tampa watching over a friend for a week. The story is theirs to tell, so I will only relate my side of the experience. Although hospitals have come a long way, theyre still not designed for overnight guests. I slept in a chair that reclined all the way back. No, it was not a big comfy Lazy Boy from Broyhill. I believe it was wood and hard plastic. Certainly, it was not comfortable and certainly, not for sleeping. My back hurt in places I didnt know could hurt. Showering and brushing my teeth are necessities that soon became luxuries. I was amazed by how many people were using the waiting room bathroom for those purposes. But after three nights I did pay for a hotel room so I could take a real shower and feel human again. I do have to say the hospital food has gotten much better, or maybe just at this particular facility. The wing bar on Wednesday was a special treat. We even had prime rib one night. Of course, my buddy had to feast on ice chips and jello. If you know how to get from the lobby to ICU and back to the cafeteria without getting lost, youve been there too long. Common folks shouldnt know words like hemoglobin or protonix, or we shouldnt know that TPN stands for total parenteral nutrition. By the end of my stay, I was spouting off these words like I had just completed a sixweek course in nursing. When you think about it, the happiest of moments are captured in hospitals such as the birth of your children. But theres also so much sadness. How can both life and death happen at the same place? We certainly saw our share of both just in those seven days. We also met people and shared stories and information. It was a family born of happiness and pain. There are so many dedicated nurses that truly want to be there. You can feel the compassion and tenderness and the desire to make your day easier. They take the time to explain what is happening and when you ask a question they respond. But then there are the few who shouldnt be there, or need to go ahead and retire. Unfortunately for all of us when they are on shift its a miserable experience. There was one nurse in particular who I didnt care for at4 Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 RIVER VIEWS The Newspaper built on Community Pride. Publisher Gerry Mulligan Regional Manager John Provost Editor Jeff Bryan Member of the Florida Press Association RIVERLAND NEWS Good riddance to pesky red-light camerasLast March, on a cold and rainy day, while traveling though Dunnellon, the traffic light turned yellow just as I was at the decision point of whether I could safely stop before the traffic lines or would be partially into the intersection considering the wet road. I continued through the intersection. Two weeks later I received a citation in the mail. I cannot be convinced that the timing for the yellow was not manipulated for maximum return. I was on my way to Tractor Supply and for lunch at a restaurant. I have not been through Dunnellon since and will not return if at all possible even with the cameras removed. It was my first traffic citation in 45 years of driving, and with no accidents. Enjoy your ounce of silver you wont see any more of mine. Daniel Raidt,HernandoGreenlight service wonderful, hopes system continuesWe have recently decided to go with Greenlight Communications after listening to several of our neighbors complimenting their service. From the initial visit to the completion of the installation, we have dealt with very knowledgeable and courteous staff. Thanks to Andy, Joe, Mike, George and several others, who were very patient with our many questions and concerns. The installation of the wireless television took a little more effort and George, the technician, was extremely helpful and understanding and explained everything to our satisfaction. The wireless TV has many advantages over the old satellite system we used before. We now are delighted with a much faster upload speed on our computers, and still have all the goodies on our telephone service, with the same number. And as a bonus, we are saving on our monthly bills. Hopefully, fiber optics will be all it has promised to be and our satisfaction will continue. Donna Shankle,DunnellonSolider thanks community for support, homecomingI would like to thank the Blue Gator for their hospitality, good food and great service at my Dunnellon facing tough decisions 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. OTHER VOICES LETTERS JERSEY GIRL THE OTHER GUY Whats the city going to do? Weve asked it, and so have dozens of others, from residents to business owners. Right now, its the $1-million question about the $12 plusmillion in debt regarding Greenlight Communications and the overall future of the city. The truth is many people have been asking it for years. Not since the days of the Mainstreet program has Dunnellon made an attempt at responsible future planning. After the program was scrapped, the plan seemed to be not to plan, or rather to plan not to plan. Weve challenged members of the Dunnellon City Council to share with us with their vision for, if you will, the salvation of the citys future. No one, not a single member of our elected body, has spoken out or up. It either means no one has a plan, or no one is bold enough to stand up and speak out. And we can continue to play the blame game, because for many, its like saying, I told you so. That blame, however, does not squarely lie on the shoulders of former City Manager Lisa Algiere or Marsha Segal-George, the citys onetime assistant legal counsel. This is a myth conjured by those who are responsible and wish to continue following an agenda of zero growth, or no growth near their homes. There are three current sitting members of the Dunnellon City Council who have been there for approval of expenditures, transfer of funds and the like brought to them the past three years. Each one continues to play the role of see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil. But are they all to blame? No, because, in essence, the wheels of this financial fiasco were put in motion years ago. We must remember seven years ago, the then-City Council approved a new comprehensive growth plan and the accompanying river protection and tree ordinances were adopted. And it just wasnt the City Council, which was required to thoroughly vet the comp plan and ordinances, which were involved. Plenty of folks, both residents and nonresidents, banded together to offer their expertise in a variety of areas. Unfortunately, some input was ignored and other input was approved. Together, the comprehensive plan and ordinances stopped growth before it could even begin. Maybe at the time, it appeared to make sense, With right, bold decisions city can survive future fiscal crisis Quiet, please Dunnellon is no stranger to the cycle of boom and bust. The quiet town of 2,000 residents, built along the Withlacoochee River that separates Citrus and Marion Counties was once the center of a thriving surface-mined phosphate business, so much so that the first power plant in the area was built to provide the town electricity. In 1904, Camp Phosphate got permission to build a dam on the Withlacoochee River to create the first electric power plant in the area. This dam created Lake Rousseau, but before the power plant was finished the project was sold to Florida Power. The power company completed the plant in 1911 and operated it for more than 50 years, long after the original phosphate pits were closed, mining moved elsewhere, and Dunnellon again became another sleepy small town. A century after the electric power plant on Lake Rousseau began operating, town leaders in Dunnellon decided to promote another new technology installing miles of fiber optic cable to provide television, telephones and data services to the area. This multimillion dollar investment was intended to bring economic growth. So with high hopes, the city borrowed $7.3 million to build the Greenlight Communications network, and in early 2011 began offering service to residents. But along the way, the city decided to charge potential customers of the utilitie system outside the city a 25 percent surcharge for water and sewer rates, which led to a boycott of the system by many in the Rainbow Springs area. Today, Greenlight communications, which city officials had hoped would net the city $2 million a year, is now $10 million in the red and losing more than $230,000 a month. The city is desperately trying to find a buyer for Greenlight before the cost of running the utility eats through the citys reserves. However, even if the city is successful in finding a buyer, the expected price for the system will not come close to paying off the indebtedness incurred in building and operating it. This will leave the city with a substantial debt that must still be dealt with. Dunnellon officials made a bold decision, but the enterprise they created has not been a financial success, and they are now paying for that decision. At this point, the citys only realistic choice seems to be to find a buyer and try to cut its losses from this painful and expensive experience. The most important lesson from the Greenlight venture is that city officials have enough on their plates without getting into businesses that are provided successfully by private enterprise. When companies in the business of providing a service are not providing it in an area, there is probably a reason, and trying to get into a business where the town has no special knowledge or expertise is flirting with danger at every turn. Citrus County Chronicle See LETTERS page 5 Audrey Beem See JERSEY page 5 Jeff Bryan Editor See OTHER page 5
and we certainly emphasize maybe. The state was in the middle of a building boom, and areas were seeing not only overwhelming population growth, but urban sprawl. City leaders, with a vision in mind to keep the small-town charm and prevent urban sprawl, put a building moratorium into effect and went to work on a new comp plan to suit the citys needs at the time. It was probably an easy decision to make, especially as government coffers were flush with cash, due in large part to skyrocketing property taxes with no end in sight. That was then, and this is now. Property values plummeted quicker than an anvil falling on Wyle E. Coyotes head. Those coffers, full from the influx of added property values, dried up quicker than a retention pond during a few days of drought. Dazed and confused, city officials sought alternative streams of revenue to make up for the drop in property values. They tried and failed. Now, the Dunnellon City Council must realize the current comp plan and existing river protection and tree ordinances, which many claim would destroy the Rainbow River, are more likely to lead to the death of the city. Managing smart growth is understandable; killing it altogether is negligent. Take a look around at other government municipalities that have embraced smart growth, sought to support ecotourism because of the benefits, and youll see a thriving community or a community on the rebound. Its time for the Dunnellon City Council to abandon the current comp plan as well as the river protection corridor and tree ordinances in favor of a plan which promotes smart growth; a plan, which uses one of the communitys most valuable assets, while protecting it at the same time. It is interesting, that although the Council would have us believe its a new day in Dunnellon, the same folks who helped craft the river protection corridor ordinance have been tapped to rewrite it again. There is no reason to believe it will be rewritten with a growth friendly focus to it. But it can be done, and it should be done, and without the assistance of outside groups or individuals, who claim to have the best interest of the city at heart. Because, and lets be honest, when the bill comes due its going to be the property owners, both residential and commercial, who will be forced to pick up the tab. all, but my friend said she gave the best sponge bath, so I guess what she lacked in people skills she made up for in other ways. One thing to remember, doctors are not god-like people. They are very human. They dont always have all the answers, even though we look to them for all the answers. You spend most of your time waiting. Waiting for a procedure, some Tylenol, results from a test or just waiting for some progress. There seems to be two speeds, slow and slower. What you see on Greys Anatomy or House just doesnt happen in real life. Remember when Gregory House wouldnt give up or go home until he discovered what the mysterious ailment was? Yeah, well you arent going to find him in the real world, nor are you going to find a nurse who runs when you need a bed pan. Now Im not knocking the staff by any means. It takes a rare person to be able to do all that they do. I was just saying that anything is possible on TV, and fact and fiction are not to be confused. Plus, on TV there are dozens of actors scurrying around while in real life there may only be four nurses for the whole floor. Im a firm believer that its hard to take care of somebody else if youre not taking care of yourself. So I made sure to eat every day. But its hard to get rest when youre on a recliner getting interrupted sleep. Why is it that sleep time and the physical therapy man arrived at the same time every day? Its also hard to recover when you get absolutely no quiet time. The intensive care unit (ICU) has to be the noisiest ward in that place. Every time Mr. Sandman would find us, the BP machine would start that incessant beeping that could wake even the dead. We did try to find moments of brevity like when I was using the soap dispenser and thought it was hand sanitizer. I could not figure out why I kept finding soap between my fingers. After a week, I was able to come home and get back to my life. My dearest friend is still there. I will be saying a lot of prayers. Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 5 000FR81 352-236-3499 8585 St. Rd. 200 Unit 16 Ocala, FL Owners: Mike and Sue Rossignol Selling Premium Cigars, Pipes, Tobacco Products and Fine Accessories Large Walk-In Humidor With Excellent Selection! Lounge Area for Customers Purchase of $ 50 or More Expires 9/17/13 WMM RLN SMC 000FRYL 000FKLX surprise homecoming party thrown by my family. I appreciate the flags provided by the American Legion Post No. 58. Thank you to my family, friends, the Riverland News and community for their support. Dunnellon truly is hometown USA. Kris Williams,DunnellonChurch group thanks community for supportThe Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church would like to thank all those who donated clothing and helped with our recent Clothe the Children Drive on Aug. 8. As a result, we were able to help 46 famailies with a total of 126 children. We will be distributing clothing again just before Christmas and we are in great need of good, clean, used boys clothing from ages 4 to 18. All donations would be greatly appreciated. For information, call Judie at 489-5954. Judie Heesch,CoordinatorFriends of the Library say thanks, again The Friends of the Dunnellon Public Library would like to thank our generous community for their support of our Super Summer Book Sale. Our dedicated volunteers too many to name together with our community of faithful readers and generous book donors made this community event a rousing success. We are a 100 percent volunteer organization. All proceeds from fundraisers provide equipment and materials for your library that is not in the county budget. We sponsor childrens programs, free author programs, landscaping and so much more. The Friends most important commitment is to a monthly book endowment money given to the Dunnellon Public Library for new library books. We are proud to announce that since the opening of the library and bookstore, the Friends have given more than $84,000 toward the book endowment project. We remind readers that the bookstore is open six days a week with regular prices of $2 for hardcovers; $1 for oversized paperbacks; and 50 cents for regular paperbacks. Look for in-store sales on a regular basis as inventory demands. Elena OMahoney,Bookstore Committee, Friends of the Library LE TTE RS continued from page 4 JERSEY continued from page 4 OT HER continued from page 4 Boys State representative Special to the Riverland NewsDunnellon High School student Jesse Wallace, second from left, was one of the two high school students sponsored by Wall Rives Post American Legion Post No. 58 to attend Boys State in Tallahassee. Wallace recently reported on his activities while at Boys State at the Post No. 58 meeting. Pictured, from left, are: John Pollock, Legionnaire; Jesse Wallace; Abigail ChicasAguilar; and Ed Partlow, Legionnaire. Sheriffs office to host Citizens Academy The Marion County Sheriffs Citizens Academy and Partnership (CAP) program, which will offer a free 12-week educational course about the operations of the sheriffs office, is accepting applications for the fall course. The Marion County Sheriffs Office will host a class from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 27, at the MCSO Central Operations, 3300 NW 10th Street, Ocala in the multipurpose conference room. To register, contact Carolyn Fender at 352-368-3551 or CFender@marionso. com On Top of the World will host a class from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, beginning Aug. 29, at its Master the Possibilities learning center. Registration for the OTOW class is open to the public, but must be done through Master the Possibilities by calling 352-854-3699 or online at MasterThe Possibilities.com. All students must complete the application form found on marionso.com. During the program, MCSO staff will highlight all units within the sheriffs office, giving citizens an indepth understanding of what the agency is doing for the community. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the agency, personnel, equipment, policies, procedures and overall function. Students will have an opportunity to view specialty unit equipment, hear from experts in the field of law enforcement, investigations, corrections and prosecution. After graduation, students will be offered an exclusive chance to obtain their concealed weapons license through a firearms safety course instructed by Sheriff Chris Blair. Special to the Riverland News Solution to puzzle on Page 7
Rainbow Springs State Park is currently seeking volunteers interested in a highpaced 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. fl.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 your name and number. 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 dropoff location for food donations for Food 4 Kids Inc., which provides backpacks full of food on the weekends for needy children in the area. For information, call 465-3666.Group to distribute toiletries, clothingChristians In Action (CIA), a new charitable organization formed to assist local food pantries, will provide toiletries and clothing to families who qualify under federal guidelines. Free toiletries, such as dish and laundry detergent as well as shampoo, lotion, deodorant and toothpaste, 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. For information, call Geri Davis 489-6332 or Susan Lebrun 465-8660.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 SW Deepwater Court, Rainbow Lakes. Take U.S. 41 to Rainbow Lakes Boulevard, 4.5 miles to the Community Center. For information, call 465-5807. Rainbow Springs Country Club Bridge Results from Aug. 6: Winners: 1. Bob Fitterman, 5,320; 2. Billie Barnes, 4,850; 3. Pauline Sturtevant, 4,590. No slams. Results from July 30: Winners: 1. Pauline Sturtevant, 7,160; 2. Ruth Brucker, 5,840; 3. Luise Pellett, 5,620; 4. 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Dig for gardening knowledge with classes As the long, hot summer months continue, make sure your garden stays healthy with classes from the Marion County Master Gardeners and Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service staff. All events are free unless otherwise noted. For information, call 352-6718400 or visit www.marioncoun tyfl.org/extensionservice.htm. Demonstration Garden Tour: Learn through a guided tour of the Master Gardeners shade, butterfly, herb, vegetable and tropical demonstration gardens at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday monthly at Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala. For information, call 352-671-8400. Tuesday Gardening Series: Common Insect Pests and Their Control: At 10 a.m. the second Tuesday monthly through December at Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, this series will cover a variety of gardening topics. In this session, learn how to identify and control insect pests. For information, call 352-671-8400. Demonstration Garden Tour: Learn through a guided tour of the Master Gardeners shade, butterfly, herb, vegetable and tropical demonstration gardens at 10 a.m. Sept. 4 at the Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala. Tours occur the first Wednesday monthly in 2013. For information, call 352-671-8400. Tuesday Gardening Series: Beneficial Insects in the Garden: At 10 a.m. Sept. 10, these classes are the second Tuesday monthly through December at the Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala. This series will cover a variety of gardening topics. In this session, identify the good bugs that visit the garden and help to control the bad bugs. For information, call 352-6718400. Florida Gardening 101: At 6 p.m. Sept. 23 to 27 at the Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Service, 2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, this five-part series is designed to help novice gardeners and newcomers to Marion County learn how to garden successfully. The cost is $25 per person or $40 per couple, which covers all five sessions. For information or to preregister by Sept. 11, call 352-671-8400. Special to the Riverland News Master Gardners to share skills BRIDGE SCORES COMMUNITY BRIEFS State park in need of volunteers Special to the Riverland News
changed out based on capacity and load, etc. This year, the district will participate in a pilot project titled, Community Eligibility Option, or CEO, for free/reduced breakfast and lunch, at each elementary school. Christian explained it means parents, or guardians, have to submit paperwork to be eligible for meals at school. Food service dollars pay for this program separately from the districts general operating budget. These funds can only be used for food service expenses. This is less paperwork for parents to complete, less paperwork for the district to process and it costs nothing additional to local taxpayers, Christian said. And hopefully will increase participation in the national program. Future participation depends on this years results.Dunnellon ElementaryThere are many new faces on the Dunnellon Elementary School campus this year, including Carol Hall, the new assistant principal, and Rebecca Barton, the new academic coach, said Principal Fredna Wilkerson. Both ladies are excited to be a part of the Dunnellon Tiger Cub family, Wilkerson said. Hall has been in education for 11 years, with her earliest years serving as a third-grade teacher at Fort McCoy Elementary School. A product of the Marion County Public School System, Hall graduated from St. Leo University where she obtained her bachelors degree in elementary education as well as her masters degree in education leadership. I believe in the education system and strive to always do what is best for our students so that each child has the greatest opportunity to learn and grow academically, she explained. Dunnellon seems like a terrific place to be. I have heard wonderful things about Dunnellon Elementary School, its faculty, staff, students, and community. I look forward to getting to know the students and families in the Tiger Cub Community as soon as possible. I am ready to become a part of the Tiger Cub Family and am looking forward to a great year of working together as a team to better serve the students and the community. I am confident this year will be a great school year. Barton relocated to Florida in August 1997 with her husband and four children from upstate New York. Theyve lived in the Dunnellon area for the past eight years. Barton graduated from Oneonta University in New York with a bachelors degree in elementary education. In May 2012, she graduated from Saint Leo University with a masters degree in educational leadership. For the past 14 years, shes taught at Sunrise Elementary in Marion Oaks. Teaching is a family tradition, Barton explained, noting her mother taught for 33 years, her mother-inlaw was a teacher and one of her uncles was a teacher as well as her sister. Being a part of Dunnellon Elementary School is very exciting. I am looking forward to working with the teachers, staff, children andRiverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 7 Deven Medical Center We Specialize In Diabetes Care Most Advanced Diabetes Treatments Heart Disease Cancer Screenings Physicians Weight Loss Physical Exams Sick Visits U.T. Deven M.D. Elizabeth Pike, ARNP-C Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner NEW PATIENTS AND WALK-INS WELCOME Open: M-F 9:00-5:00 and Sat. 9:00-11:00 Board Certified Internal Medicine 000FLDK INGLIS 352-447-2122 41 N. Inglis Ave., Inglis DUNNELLON 352-465-1919 11707 N. 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SO YOU KNOWSchool orientation With new students and new schedules this year, parents may wish to visit their childs school during orientation sessions. These events give parents and students the opportunity to become accustomed to their new or returning school outside normal class hours. They also offer advance notice of class schedules, bus routes and stop times, extra-curricular activities, and other school-related opportunities. Heres a listing of orientation dates and times by school. New students, especially kindergarten-aged children, may register for school now. 5 to 7 p.m. today, Dunnellon Middle. 5 to 8 p.m. today, Dunnellon High. 10 to 11:30 a.m. F riday, Dunnellon Elementary. 10 a.m. to noon F riday, Romeo Elementary. School start times Dunnellon Elementar y, 7:45 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. Romeo Elementar y, 7:45 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. Dunnellon Middle, 9:20 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Dunnellon High, 9:10 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. Dunnellon Christian Academy 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. School Calendar: www .marion.k12.fl.us /dept/nws/calendar/2 013-14MCPS_InstCal.pdf Transportation Hotline: 352-671-7050DCA INFO Dunnellon Christian Academy Open House, 7 to 8 p.m. today www.dcaeagles. com. NEWcontinued from page 1 See NEW page 15
Little League to host Fall Ball sign-upsDunnellon Little League will have signups for Fall Ball from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting today and running through Aug. 31, at the Dunnellon Little League complex. Registration fees are $50 for the first child, with an $85 cap for a family with two or more children. Dunnellon Little League is also seeking team sponsors for the fall season. For information, call 352-219-5310 or 352-219-4651.Church to host flag football leagueRegistration is now open for all boys and girls in kindergarten through sixth grade in Marion County for Upward Flag Football or Cheerleading at Joy Lutheran Peach Church, 7045 SW 83rd Place at State Road 200, Ocala. Registration forms are available from the church office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration should be completed before Aug. 21 when individual evaluations begin. The cost is $65 for football and includes a jersey, belt and flags, car magnet and end-of-season award. Cheerleading costs $65 and includes a uniform, megaphone, poms, hair ribbon, car magnet and end-of-season award. Football shorts and cheerleading turtle necks are optional. Cleats are recommended. Scholarships are available. Practice begins Tuesday, Sept. 10, and the first game is Saturday, Sept. 28, at Joy Lutheran Church Hope Field. The last game and award ceremony is Saturday, Nov. 23. Volunteers are needed to help coach, referee, assist, time keep and work with the participants in either football or cheerleading. For information, call Pastor Ed Holloway at 352-854-4509, ext. 223. DHS Kiddie World has openingsAre you interested in a way to build your childs foundation for learning before kindergarten at a reasonable price? Dunnellon High Schools Kiddie World is looking for new little smiles to join the Kiddie World family. These services run from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday for children ages 3 to 5 years old. The cost is $10 a week. The Kiddie World programs offers an array of activities such as teaching centers, snack time, playground time, music, basic language skills (phonics) and math skills. For information, contact Tracy Zellers at 465-6745.Church collecting box tops for educationThe Altar and Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will continue to collect Box Tops for Education and Campbell Soup UPC labels for one of the local schools here in Dunnellon. Box tops and labels can be dropped of at the office of the church or put in the container in the church narthax. For information, call 489-5954.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.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 information, visit www.manateediv.org or call Commanding Officer LTJG Todd Dunn at 352-212-5473 or tdunn@manatee div.org. one more: Dunnellon High School has stepped up its game in helping freshmen to be successful in high school. To ease the transition, the student ambassadors who received training Aug. 5, along with a group of about a dozen staff members hosted a freshman orientation Aug. 7. On Aug. 5, more than 30 sophomores, juniors and seniors met in the Dunnellon High School media center participate in a college-level leadership seminar presented by Sharon Walker, leader of process improvement and technology innovation projects for PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), and her daughter, Lindsey Walker, a senior at Alonso High School, who is student council president and an accomplished gymnast. Both women visited DHS as part of a grant submitted to donor choose.org by Media Specialist Joan Lourenco which was selected for funding by the global company PwC. The seminar focused on brand. Student ambassadors were urged to think about their personal brands. Then they shared what they thought were the aspects of Dunnellon High Schools brand. While some of the students just listened, all of the ones who volunteered to speak had good things to say about their school. On Aug. 7, 160 freshmen attended the all-day affair, which featured breakfast and lunch, tours of the school, teambuilding activities, information about graduation requirements, clubs and sports, and a mini-pep rally. The idea of doing a separate orientation for freshmen came from Principal Ken McAteer, who first came up with the idea at the High Schools That Work Conference a few years ago. I spoke to several DHS staff members about the practicality and if there was a need, McAteer explained. I asked (Joan) Lourenco and (Tim) McCarthy, our dean at the time, to spearhead the event. I met with Joan and Tim at different points and we discussed agenda items. Based on the areas that we felt that the freshmen needed to know the most, as well as the areas in high school transition that are traditional pitfalls for incoming freshmen, the three devised a plan. Starting off on the right foot freshman year is one of the best things a student can do to ensure success in high school and beyond. An Education Resources Information Center originally published in March 2007 by betterhighschools.org cites numerous sources that conclude that students who get behind in ninth grade are more likely to drop out of high school. The orientation was not without its hiccups. With the fire alarm being tested and some detours due to floors being waxed, the freshmen managed to adapt to some real situations that are often overlooked by veteran students. The ambassadors were nominated by their teachers. The group included students from all of the upper grades, but was mostly comprised of sophomores and juniors. When I went into high school, everyone pretty much told me what to do, junior Angel Richardson said. I wanted to show freshmen that there was nothing to be afraid of. You just have to hang out with people who will show you. My biggest fear was coming in my first day and finding that high school really was like the movie Mean Girls, Emily Romero, a sophomore, said. I decided to join the ambassadors because I got around school a lot easier after I spent some time with upperclassmen and became more comfortable around the school. I wanted to help do the same thing. Incoming freshman Breanna Bergeron was excited to reunite with old friends at orientation. I learned my way around the school, said Bergeron, who hopes she wont be made fun of for being a freshman once school starts. Several (freshmen) stated they felt the campus tour, breakout sessions, and scavenger hunt contributed in learning their way around and knowing what to expect, said Lourenco. The long term purpose of this transition program is to decrease the adjustment period, increase the feelings of connectedness, and contribute to success in high school and beyond. Dunnellon High School will host its regular orientation from 5 to 8 p.m. today. 8 Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 000EL19 The Truesdell Professional Building 200 N.W. 52nd Avenue Ocala, Fl 34482 KELLEAN K. 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The special clinics are scheduled for 8 a.m. p.m. MondayFriday at 1801 SE 32nd Avenue in Ocala. No appointment is needed, and the immunizations are free for those 18 and younger. Parents should bring their childs immunization records if they have them. New health requirements mean that children may need an additional polio vaccination before they can enter kindergarten. Children entering seventh grade require the Tdap tetanus diphtheria and acellular pertussis booster vaccine. Vaccination requirements include: Kindergarten through the fifth grade: two doses of the varicella vaccine. Grades six to 12: one dose of the varicella vaccine. Tdap (tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis) vaccine is required for grades seven through 11. Students entering a Florida school for the first time should have two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. For a complete list of required immunizations, visit the Florida Department of Health website at www. floridashealth.com/Disease_ ctrl/immune/children/. For information call the Marion County Health Department at 352-629-0137, ext. 2017. The Department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Special to the Riverland News EDUCATION NEWS SPORTS NEWS FRESHcontinued from page 1
Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 9 here and offered me praise, enough. There are a lot of people who are here, and elsewhere, who appreciate what I and thousands of others are doing. Ive had a lot of people call me a hero, but I dont see myself as a hero. I see myself as someone who is doing a job I signed up to do. Being home, being stateside is different, said Williams, a 2011 Seven Rivers Christian School graduate. Everything is different, said Williams, who attended Dunnellonarea schools through ninth grade before transferring to the Lecanto-based Christian school. Its so hard to explain why its so different. Here, you see happiness, you see people who can enjoy freedoms others dont have. There, youd see a 5year-old working, helping take care of a baby and throwing rocks at us. You see women who dont smile, who arent treated well at all. Here, you see kids playing outside, smiling and having fun. It gives you a different appreciation of what we have. Im grateful for how I was brought up, what I was brought up with and who I was brought up with. While his unit made it through without a casualty, there are moments which make him pause. I have nightmares, I sleep on average about 3 hours a night, he said. But his support network provides him the opportunity to discuss what lingers in his mind and what hes been through. Williams future brother-in-law, Mike Anger, an officer with the Dunnellon Police Department, spent a portion of his career in the military on overseas deployment in war zones. Williams is also good friends with Bruce and Sunshine Arnold, both of whom served in the Second Gulf War with the U.S. Marine Corps. They know what its like, because theyve been there, theyve seen it, he said. Those are people who I can talk to, who I can open up with about what Ive been through. And, of course, there are the people in my unit, in my company. They are more than just guys in my unit, theyre my brothers. Weve seen each other at our best, and weve seen each other at our worst. Words cannot describe the bond you develop with others, because youre around them 24 hours a day. Being home might be different for Williams, but his return is certainly reason for joy and relief for his mother, Charlene. Oh my gosh, Im over the moon and grateful hes home safely, said Charlene, a longtime community supporter, who has been battling kidney failure for more than a year now. His being in Afghanistan was harder than me fighting kidney failure and everything else Ive been through this past year. I cannot describe the feeling of what its like to have one of your own children in a war zone; there are no words for it. You just trust in God, put your faith in him that he will take care of all of them and bring them home safely. While watching her son, Kris, share in jokes and laughter, Charlene sat with an ear-to-ear smile. I realize there are some families who will not, or cannot, enjoy a moment like this, she explained. And my heart goes out to all of those families who dont have a loved one coming home to celebrate. I pray for them, too. Modern technology such as email, Skype and Facebook made it easier for Williams, his mother and other family members to remain in touch. To be able to talk to him, to know he was safe, that made it better, Charlene said. But still, as a mother, you always worry about your children even as they get older. They are still your babies. And the toughest part of the deployment for Kris wasnt the patrols or being in harms way. He knew he and his unit had been well prepared and trained, he said. Honestly, the hardest part was seeing my mom have problems with her health, he explained. It was difficult to watch, not be there for her when she needed. Owners of The Blue Gator as well as management and staff jumped at the opportunity to host the welcome home celebration. 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Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 11 FAMILY FEATURES Happy Hour. A time of day renowned the world over for relaxing just before dinner with small bites and small pours. To create your own happy hour at home for family and friends, try a bite-sized menu like this one that pairs light, flavorful dishes with food-friendly wines, such as Mirassou Winerys new red blend, Sunset Red. This Pinot Noir-based red blend features fresh, dark fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry with notes of caramel and brown sugar. The wines deep red color reflects shades of a bright California sunset and provides a perfect sipping experience as the day winds down and your happy hour begins. To explore more wine pairing options, visit www.mirassou.com. Sweet Potato Fries with Spiced Aioli Pairs with Mirassou Sunset Red Servings: 8 to 10 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Spice Mix: 2 teaspoons garam masala 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon curry 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic Aioli: 3 to 4 cloves garlic 2 egg yolks 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 1 cup extra virgin olive oil 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Fries: 2 pounds sweet potatoes 2 pounds yams Vegetable oil for frying 1 teaspoon sea salt Stir together all spice mix ingredi ents in a small bowl; set aside. Drop garlic cloves into a blender or food processor with the motor running. Add egg yolks and lemon juice and process briefly. Add oil in a slow, steady stream until mixture becomes thick and creamy. Stir in 2 tea spoons of spice mix and season with salt and pepper. Cover and refrig erate until ready to serve. To prepare fries, peel potatoes and cut into long 1/4to 1/2-inchthick strips; place in a large bowl of ice water to keep from brown ing. Remove a handful at a time and pat very dry between paper towels. Drop into 1 inch of hot oil (oil is hot enough when a few drops of water added start to pop) and cook for 5 to 7 min utes or until lightly browned, stirring occa sionally. Drain well on paper towels and repeat with remain ing potatoes. (Keep warm in a 300F oven.) Place in a large bowl and toss with remaining sea salt and spice mixture. Serve imme di ately with aioli. Cherry Bread Pudding Pairs with Mirassou Sunset Red Servings: 8 to 10 Prep time: 20 minutes Stand time: 2 to 8 hours Cook time: 30 to 35 minutes 3 1/3 cups half and half 1 cup sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1teaspoon almond extract 4 eggs 8 cups (1-inch cubes) Challah or other sweet, eggy bread, lightly toasted 1 can (15 ounces) pitted sweet cherries, well drained 3 to 4 tablespoons coarse sugar Whisk together half and half, sugar, extracts and eggs until well mixed. Place in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish and add bread cubes. Stir lightly and push cubes down to coat completely with mixture; cover and refrigerate for 2 to 8 hours. Preheat oven to 325F and lightly butter 8 to 10 small (about 1 cup) ramekins. Fold cherries into bread mixture and spoon into ramekins; sprinkle with coarse sugar. Place on a baking sheet and cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Sunset Sliders Pairs with Mirassou Sunset Red Servings: 8 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 6 to 8 minutes 1 pound lean ground beef (preferably grass fed) 1/2 cup finely chopped baby portabella mushrooms 1/4 cup minced shallots or red onion 1/4 cupMirassouSunsetRed 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon sea salt Freshly ground pepper to taste 1/2 cup shredded aged Gouda cheese 8 brioche, ciabatta, or other small slider rolls 8 thin Roma tomato slices 4 strips cooked cherry wood or apple wood smoked bacon, broken in quarters 5 to 6 baby arugula leaves Usingyourhands,mixbeef,mush rooms, shallots, wine, rosemary,Dijon, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.Shapeinto8veryflatpatties. Grill, broil or pan fry for 3 min utes. Turn and top with cheese; cook for 2 minutes more. Serve on lightly toasted rolls with tomato, bacon and arugula. Recipe Tip: Dress arugula with a bit of olive oil and balsamic for extra flavor.
12 Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 ABOVE: Kyndall Ritzie, right, attempts to chase down fellow camper, Auora Tarnowski, during a relay race at Ernie Mills Park. LEFT: Aysia Tuggle screams while coming down an inflatable water slide. BELOW: Tesha Jackson, activities coordinator for the Boys & Girls Club of Dunnellon, blows bubbles as youths enjoyed water-related events to keep cool from soaring temperatures. ABOVE: Grace White sprints across the open field while carrying a water balloon during a race against her fellow campers. BELOW: Adam White shouts after landing in a pool of water on an inflatable water slide. Sydney Heil, foreground, and Destiny Bealer cool off during one of the many activities offered to the youths Friday afternoon at Ernie Mills Park where the Boys & Girls Club of Dunnellon summer participants enjoyed water-related activities as the camp prepared to come to a close with school slated to resume Monday. Photos by JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News
CareGiver Support Group to meetThe local CareGiver Support Group meets at 12:30 p.m. the first Tuesdays monthly at the First United Methodist Church, West Building, on West State Road 40. The group shares information and access to resources that can help care givers be more effective. For information, email rhenton584@aol. com. COPD Support Group schedules meetingsHospice of Marion County invites you to the only COPD Support Group in the county. The group is for anyone with breathing concerns and those who care about someone with a breathing problem. It is a positive environment providing education and support. The Ocala Airheads meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday monthly at the West Marion Medical Plaza in the second floor community room. For more information, call Leigh Hutson at 352-484-5458. Church calling all local history buffsDo you have photographs and other items that would help tell the story of Dunnellon Presbyterian Church? Are you a member of one of the founding families of the church? Do you know someone who is a descendent of one of the early families? In preparation for the rededication of the newly renovated bell tower and sanctuary, the church is looking for photographs, historical artifacts, mementos and other items that tell the history of the church. A search is also underway for members of the founding families, near or far, who may be contacted for the celebration. Please bring items in a well-marked bag or container to the church office. Photographs and information may also be sent to dunnpreschurch@bell south.net. For information, call the church office at 489-2682.Church to host Saturday SupperThe Third Saturday Supper will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Community Congregational Christian Church at 9220 N. Citrus Springs Blvd., Citrus Springs in the Dewain Farris Fellowship Hall. Adult tickets are $10 and children are $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Takeout is available. For information, call 489-1260.Church to host quarter auctionThe Altar & Rosary Society of St. John the Baptist Church will sponsor a Quarter Auction at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7535 SW U.S. 41 in Dunnellon. Doors will open at 10 with the auction starting at 11. Paddles with the participants number will be sold at the door for $2 with a list of instructions about how the auction is run. Once the auction begins, a vendor will present one item to be given away and the vendor will determine how many quarters will be asked for the item. Each item will have a bid of at least one quarter, with a maximum of four quarters, which will be determined by the vendor. For information, call Janice at 489-1184. Recently, it was my privilege to go to a convention in Ohio in the middle of a large Amish/Mennonite community. I looked forward to this very much because I grew up in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, which has many Amish/ Mennonite communities. I was expecting quite a bit as I packed my bags to leave. Are you sure you got everything? A phrase reiterated to me by the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage. To which I responded by saying, Yes, for the umpteenth time I got everything. This in and of itself was to guarantee me I would forget something, usually essential in my travel. Then when I get home, I will be reminded that I was reminded to make sure I got everything. Nothing, at this point, could deter my highlevel expectation of going into an Amish/ Mennonite community. My great eagerness was looking forward to indulging in one of my favorite desserts: the shoofly pie. Nobody makes shoofly pie quite like those wonderful Amish people. To make matters even more enticing, I would not have anybody sitting next to me reminding me I had enough shoofly pie. I fully intended to gorge myself on as much shoofly pie as my wallet could handle. In my book, there is no such thing as too much shoofly pie. I drove 15 hours to get to this little town in Ohio. Every mile creating anticipation for my dessert delicacy awaiting me in some Amish restaurant. I confess it has been a long time since I visited an Amish/Mennonite community. Even though I grew up in such a community some things a person tends to forget. The convention I was attending ended Sunday morning at lunch. I, being the grandiose Know-It-All, decided to skip the Sunday lunch and look for a restaurant to indulge in my delectable delicacy. The convention was wonderful and as I left the grounds, I did so with a lot of joy in each step. The thing I forgot was it was Sunday in an Amish/Mennonite community. If you have never been in such a community, let me inform you that on Sunday the only thing open are churches. I had forgotten this little tidbit. During the week, I made a list of several Amish restaurants. I had plans of visiting each of them before I left and having shoofly pie, a whole pie, in each restaurant. When I got to the first restaurant, it finally hit me. This was Sunday and everything in an Amish/Mennonite community was closed. I do not usually go to a restaurant on Sunday unless it is some special occasion. I was a little chagrined to realize everything was closed. This only heightened my anticipation of the shoofly pie delicacy awaiting me come tomorrow. At times it feels like tomorrow will never come, but eventually tomorrow came and I awoke with a song on my lips, a pang of hunger in my stomach and a desire to indulge in a shoofly delicacy. I finally arrived at my first Amish restaurantRiverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 13 SAR002554 Amish aint always AmishOUT TO PASTOR Rev. James Snyder CHURCH NEWS Hudgins-Jennings Mr. Michael Paul Hudgins and Ms. Audrey Lanier Jennings were united in marriage July 12 in Enid, Okla. The ceremony took place at the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center. The couple exchanged vows in the historic church with the Rev. Norris Williams officiating. The couple will make their home in Dunnellon and have plans for a reception for family and friends at a later date. See PASTOR page 14 000FMF4 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 000EHYC 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 000EHXG DUNNELLONFIRST UNITEDMETHODIST CHURCH21501 W. Highway 40Rev. Eddie Fulford, PastorSunday Communion Worship Service8:00 AM Praise Worship9:30 AM Traditional Worship11:00 AM Nursery At All Services Sunday School9:30 AM & 11:00 AMBuilding the Kingdom in Everything We Do352-489-4026www.fumc-dunnellon.org000EHXO 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 000EHWZ 000FKKL 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 000EHWM 000FB83 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 000FOU7 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: email@example.com Peace Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Rev. Terry L. 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and I was drooling so much I could hardly tell the hostess I was just a party of one. Boy, what a party it was going to be. Being a gentleman, I contained myself as best I could and ordered a very scrumptious repast. Nobody can cook like those Amish women. Oh, what a lunch I had. I think what made it so wonderful was the dessert expectation hovering over me like an angelic halo. Just as I was finishing my lunch the lovely young waitress, all dressed in Amish attire, came by inquiring if I would like to see the dessert menu. No, I said with a delectable determination, I know exactly what I want for dessert. We exchanged smiles. I have no idea what she was smiling about; maybe the anticipatory tip. I knew what I was smiling about; the anticipatory dessert. I tried to contain myself and carefully pace out my instructions. Young lady, I said as calmly as possible, I will have a piece of shoofly pie. In fact, why dont you bring me the whole pie. And with that, I smiled. The waitress looked at me rather strangely and said, What kind of pie do you want? Being the kind of person who enjoys a good old-fashioned joke, I responded, Ha ha ha. A shoofly pie, if you please. Whats a shoofly pie? I can take a joke as well as anybody but there comes a time when all jokes need to be put aside and bring on the shoofly pie. This is an Amish restaurant, isnt it? Yes it is, she smiled patiently. Youve heard of a shoofly pie, havent you? No, Ive never heard of such a pie. I cannot tell you the depth of disappointment this brought to me. For weeks, I have been looking forward to some good old-fashioned shoofly pie. As it turned out, only the Amish/Mennonite in Lancaster County Pennsylvania, know anything about shoofly pies. Not all Amish are the same even though they look alike. The apostle Paul understood this kind of disappointment. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable (1 Corinthians 15:19 KJV). I have had many disappointments in life and many people have disappointed me, but I have found in Jesus Christ no disappointment whatsoever. All legitimate hope is in Jesus.14 Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 Robert James Barnhart, 92Robert James Barnhart, 92, of Dunnellon, Fla., died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness. Born in Elizabethtown, Pa., to the late Harry R. and Anna I. (Shickley) Barnhart, he was a sales engineer and served in the Army Air Corps during WW II. He was a Mason and Shriner. Mr. Barnhart was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Elizabeth (Eshenbaugh) Barnhart. Surviving family includes brother, Clyde Barnhart; sister, Margaret Berrier; three nephews; seven nieces; and several grandnieces and grandnephews. No services are planned at this time. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Roberts Funeral Home of Dunnellon, 19939 East Pennsylvania Avenue, Dunnellon, Florida, 352-489-2429. Stephen Claffey, 45Stephen G. Claffey, 45, of Mayo, Fla., died Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the home of his mother in Dunnellon, after a lengthy illness. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Donald James (D.J.) and Kathy Claffey, Stephen was a teacher and soccer coach at Suwanee Middle School. He was a member of the Triple Creek Hunting Club. Surviving family includes his mother, Kathy; brothers, Nick and Mike and his wife Malinda Claffey; sister, Dawn Bowne; son, William (Billy) Patton; Godfather, Clifford Kenz; several uncles and aunts including his caregivers Uncle Dennis and Aunt Joyce; and several nieces and nephews. A memorial funeral service, celebrating his life, will be conducted at the First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2013, with Pastor Eddie Fulford offiiciating. The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Marion County, P.O. Box 4860, Ocala, Florida or the American Cancer Society, Florida Division, 3709 West Jetton Avenue, Tampa, Florida 33629-5146. 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Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The Friends continue to accept gently read book donations daily at the store. An all-volunteer staff operates The Friends Bookstore, with all proceeds benefiting the Dunnellon Public Library. The Friends are committed to giving a monthly book endowment (new books), in addition to providing office equipment, landscaping, and various other library enhancements. For information, call the library at 438-4520.
the community. Wilkerson noted the school will launch its Common Core State Standards for all grade levels. The administration, teachers and support staff are ready for another amazing year at Dunnellon Elementary, said Wilkerson, now in her fourth year at the helm of Dunnellon Elementary. Students can expect a year of new wonders starting Day One. There is excitement and anticipation in the air for the students of Dunnellon Elementary.Romeo ElementaryStudents will start their day at 7:45 a.m. as Principal Jane Ashman, other administrators and staff will welcome students to their first day of school, or their first day back after summer break. Ashman, in her second year at the helm at Romeo said, some of the biggest changes this year school will include: Team Classes: Most of the students will be in team classes this year, she said, explaining one teacher will instruct language arts and social studies in the morning, then the children will go to their next teacher after lunch for math and science, or vice versa. This will allow the teachers more time to become experts in the new Common Core Curriculum that will be in place this year, she added. After a very successful pilot of Action 100 last year, Ashman said, second-grade teachers will use the reading program for every student in second grade. Last year, every student in the pilot class ended the year reading at a third-grade level, she explained. We look forward to even better reading scores this year. Scott Wheeler, who taught math and coached basketball at Dunnellon Middle, will be the new dean at Romeo this year. He will finish his masters degree in educational leadership in December at the University of Florida. This past summer, Ashman said, he assisted with the Summer school reading program at Saddlewood.Dunnellon MiddleThe school year at Dunnellon Middle will be, according to Principal Delbert Smallridge, vastly different from a year ago. Not only did Dunnellon Middle achieve Title I status as well as receive federal funding, which has enabled Smallridge to hire two new teachers as well as one paraprofessional, or teachers assistant. One instructor will teach an intensive math course, or a remedial math class, while the other instructor will focus on both regular math and science curriculum. Thats big, Smallridge said of the Title I status and federal funding. That has given us resources that we didnt have previously. Dunnellon Middle will again offer beforeand after-school tutoring to any student, Smallridge said, with one notable change. This years tutors, he said, will be paid for their time received through the Title I status. Smallridge explained he hopes to have two teachers for both the morning and afternoon sessions. He added he wants to make sure they are experienced in teaching the four core curriculums math, science, english and social studies. The tutoring is free of charge, Smallridge said, for any student who wishes to take advantage of the program. Well see what kind of response we get, he added. If it appears we need more help, Ill look at how I can reallocate some resources and get some additional help if the need arises. Those wont be the lone changes this year, Smallridge said. Students at Dunnellon Middle will no longer have to worry about a block schedule, as school officials scrapped it in favor of a traditional seven-period day in which students will have the same classes Monday through Friday. Its less confusing, Smallridge said of the traditional schedule. The teachers, especially the core teachers, want to see the kids daily. I think its going to help learning in a big way. Overall, when the school opens Monday for the new year, Smallridge expects approximately 640 students, about the same enrollment from a year ago. He said he, his administration and staff, are anxious to the start the new year. I am, at this point in time, ready for school to be back in, he explained. We have had a number of teachers chomping at the bit. Theyre ready to come back. Theyre already coming in ahead of scheduled times. Were ready for the kids to come back and get into an exciting new school year.Dunnellon HighChanges are plentiful at Dunnellon High this school year, said Principal Ken McAteer, who is entering his second year as the top administrator at the school. Dunnellon High will be offering nine Dual Enrollment courses on campus, up from four last year. Additionally, McAteer said, school officials have added advanced placement calculus and world history to its current slate of eight AP classes, now increasing its total to 10 AP classes in the offering. This years freshman class will consist of more than 160 students, McAteer said. The school offered its first-ever Freshman Connection on Aug.7, an all-day event designed to help ease incoming ninth-graders transition to high school. We are looking forward to working with this years freshman class, McAteer explained. For the first time in school history, the gym will be air-conditioned and this year marks the first year of our Advanced Studies Program, a program designed to work with accelerated students, helping them to take a rigorous curriculum, while exposing them to extensive mentoring and academic counseling, as well as several field trip and community service opportunities, McAteer said. Our students will enjoy an hour midday break known as Power Hour each day this year in which they can eat lunch, receive tutoring, make up missed work, meet with college representatives, listen to guest speakers and attend club meetings, similar to a college lunch period, said McAteer. McAteer also encourages parents to join the School Advisory Council, which meets at 6 p.m. the third Monday monthly, starting Sept. 16, in the DHS Media Center.Riverland News, Thursday, August 15, 2013 15 000FG7F 000FLD6 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 000FPDK JEFF BRYAN/Riverland News Myla Lecuona-Seaton, a first-year teacher at Dunnellon Christian Academy, unloads a bin of classroom supplies as teachers and staff at the Christian-based school prepared for the start of school. Lecuona-Seaton, a 2003 graduate of Dunnellon High School, will teach kindergarten this year at DCA. SHINE to host free seminarSHINE Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders a division of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, will offer a free seminar from 10:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Aug. 26, for people who are new to Medicare, or anyone who needs an update on Medicare. This seminar will cover all aspects of Medicare and help participants have a clear understanding of Medicare Parts A, B and D and explain Medicare Advantage plans for those attending. Additionally, a SHINE representative will be available at the library from 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly.Community Chorale rehearsals slatedThe Dunnellon Community Chorale will begin rehearsals for its Fall Concert at 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Dunnellon Presbyterian Church, 20641 Chestnut St. The concert will be Nov. 10 and will be a tribute to veterans and members of the armed forces. All singers are welcome. For information, call Judy at 489-2682.Post No. 58 plans Sept. 11 memorialThe 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, and the American Legion Post No. 58 will host a Celebration of Life and Appreciation event at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 10730 U.S. 41. The event is open to the general public and for the entire community surrounding Dunnellon, members of the American Legion, local city, county and state law enforcement, local city and county fire departments, and local city, county and state government officials. After a memorial ceremony, the Post will serve refreshments. For information, call 489-4453.State park to host special eventRainbow Springs State Park will participate in National Public Lands Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. The event, titled Fun in the Sun, will also feature a drum circle. The event will allow participants to visit with rangers, see educational exhibits, live animal displays, guided tours and discuss volunteer opportunities with Rainbow Volunteers. Everyone can participate in the Sidewalk Chalk Free for all. The drum circle will feature dancers, extra drums and some fun items for the kids. Admission to the park is $2. For information about the Drum Circle, email b.seth@gmail. com. For information about the Fun in the Sun event, call 465-8555.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 from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 and 13 at the Marion County Sheriffs Substation on U.S. 41. Class size is limited and reservations are required. For information or reservations, call 465-6359. NEWS NOTES NEW continued from page 7
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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. 412-0815 RIV 09/03 Sale Date NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Superior Towing/C&M Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 9/03/13 at 9:00 am at 2157 NE Jacksonville Rd. Ocala FL34470, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Superior Towing /C&M Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 2004 FORD 1FAFP40424F106300 August 15, 2013 413-0815 RIV 09/06 Sale Date NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Superior Towing/C&M Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 9/06/13 at 9:00 am at 2157 NE Jacksonville Rd. Ocala FL34470, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Superior Towing /C&M Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 2004 HYUNDAI KMHFU45E04A318092 August 15, 2013 414-0815 RIV 09/02 Sale Date NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Superior Towing/C&M Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 9/02/13 at 9:00 am at 36 N.E.8th St.. Ocala, FL34470, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Superior Towing /C&M Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 417-0815 RIV 08/30 sale PUBLIC NOTICE UNCLAIMED VEHICLE AUCTION The following vehicle(s) will be sold for charges due on 08/30/2013 at 8:00 A.M. 1995 FORD VIN# 2FMDA5140SBB97536 418-0815 RIV 08/30Sale Date NOTICE OF PUBLIC SALE Superior Towing/C&M Towing gives Notice of Foreclosure of Lien and intent to sell these vehicle(s) on 8/30/13 at 9:00 am at 36 NE 8th St. Ocala, FL34470 and 2157 NE Jacksonville Rd. Ocala FL34470, pursuant to subsection 713.78 of the Florida Statutes. Superior Towing /C&M Towing reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids. 2005 DODGE 1B3ES56C25D189072 2006 DODGE 2B3KA43R36H398561 2010 VOLKSWAGEN 2V4RW5DX9AR246116 August 15, 2013 Address where vehicle(s) are stored and will be sold: Scrambletown Wrecker Service 15679 NE HWY. 314, SILVER SPRINGS, FL34488 352-625-2444. Scrambletown Wrecker Service reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. August 15, 2013 2011 NISSAN 1N4AL2AP5BN489168 1998 HONDA 2HGEJ6678WH593106 August 15, 2013 402-0822 RIV Greenfield, Cecil P. File No. 2011-43142 Citation Public Notice At a Surrogates Court of the State of New York, held in and For the County of Steuben, at Bath, New York, on the 15TH day of July, 2013 Present: Hon. Marianne Furfure Surrogate STATE OF NEWYORK: COUNTY OF STEUBEN SURROGATES COURT In the Matter of the Estate of CECIL P. GREENFIELD Deceased File No. 2011-43142 ORDER FOR SER VICE BY PUBLICA TION Upon reading and filing the Affidavit for Service by Publication of PETER J. DEGNAN, ESQ. Attorney for Petitioner, sworn to the 24th day of June, 2013 and a Citation having been duly issued in the above-entitled matter, and proof having been produced to my satisfaction that the place or places of residence of all unknown/known next of kin and distributees of Cecil P. Greenfield, deceased, if any there be, who and whose existence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained and if any such heir at law or next of kin, or distributee has died subsequent to the death of Cecil P. Greenfield, deceased, the unknown husbands, wives, widows, heirs at law, next of kin, distributees, legatees, and assignees, grantees, or persons, if any there be and whose names and places of residence and post office addresses are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertafued; and all other persons in any manner interested, directly or indirectly, in the estate of which Cecil P. Greenfield died seized and possessed, who and whose name and places of residence are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained; Cecil P. Greenfield having been at the time of his death a resident of Greenwood, New York, and that personal service or service by certified mail of the Citation cannot with due diligence be made upon them within or without the State of New York; and it appearing that the aggregate valueof the interest in the estate of all persons to be served by publication amounts to $-0-, it is ORDERED that the service of the Citation herein upon Milan Ordiway or his heirs or distributees if deceased be made by publication pursuant to CPLR 316, by publishing the Citation in one newspaper, the Riverland News, being a newspaper printed and published in Marion County, in the State of Florida, once in each of four successive weeks, which is the time I deem reasonable; and in the exercise of the discretion of the Court pursuant to SCPA Section 307(3)(a), and it is further ORDERED, that the publication of the Citation alone without the notice or the description of any real property affected by this proceeding (provided for by CPLR 316(a) (except to the extent the same shall be included in such Citation) shall constitute full compliance with this Order. STATE OF NEW YORK COUNTY OF STEUBEN SURROGATES COURT File No. 2011-43142 CITATION THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, By the Grace of God Free and Independent TO: MILAN JAKE ORDIWAY, such person being the distribute of CECIL P. GREENFIELD deceased, whose estate is involved in these proceedings, and if such person is dead, his executors, administrators, distributees, legatees, and devisees, and all persons who by purchase by inheritance or otherwise have or claim to have an interest in these proceedings derived through the said MILAN JAKE ORDIWAY or his executors, administrators, distributees, legatees, devisees, and other persons, if any there be, and whose names and addresses are unknown and cannot after diligent inquiry be ascertained by the Petioioner herein, being the persons interested as otherwise in the Estate of Cecil P. Greenfield; deceased, who at the time of his death was a resident of Steuben County, New York. A Petition having been duly filed by JAMES D. GREENFIELD who is domiciled at 29 Baker Street, Andover, New York, 14806, (previously 36 Pine Street, Wellsvile, New York). YOU ARE HEREBY CITED TO SHOW CAUSE before the Surrogates Court, Steuben County, at Bath, New York, on the 3rd day of September, 2013, at Nine OClock in the forenoon why a decree should not be made in the Estate of Cecil P. Greenfield, lately domiciled at 3941 County Route 28, Greenwood, New York, 14839, admitting to probate a Will dated March IS, 2004, a copy of which is attached, as the Will of deceased, relating to real and personal property, and directing .that Letters Testamentary issue to James D. Greenfield. IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF we have caused the seal of our Surrogates Court to be hereunto affixed. Witness: Hon. Marianne Furfure, Surrogate of th County of Steu b, S ate of New York, this 15th day of July, 2013. /S/Katherine Patterson-Lyle, Chief of tSteuben County Surrogates Court To: Peter-J.Degnan, Esq., 35 Glen Street, Suite A, Alfred, New York 14802, 607-587-8188 LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT I, CECIL PAUL GREENFIELD, residing in the Town of Andover County of Steuben and State of New York, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my Last. Will and Testament. FIRST: I hereby revoke all wills and codicils by me at any time heretofore made. SECOND: I authorize my executor or substitute executor to pay all expenses related to the administration of my estate without prior approval of the Surrogates Court, including, but not limited to, legal debts, funeral expenses, court fees, appraisal fees, taxes, commissions, legal fees and similar expenses. THIRD: All the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, including any property over which Imay have any power of testamentary disposition, I devise and bequeath to my nephew, BRIAN GREENFIELD, of Scio, New York. FOURTH: If any person who may be interested in my estate dies at the same time as I do or under such circumstances that it would be impossible or difficult to determine which of us died first, then it shall be presumed that such person predeceased me. FIFTH: I direct that all estate, transfer or death taxes imposed upon my estate with regard to property passing WJder this wm, shall be paid by my executor or substitute executor, out of my resid e te without apportionment to any specific bequests. SlXTH: I appoint my brother, JAMES D. GREENFIELD, of Andover, New York, executor of my Will, and in the event that my brother shall predecease me or shall fail to qualify, die, resign or cease to act for any reason as executor, I appoint my nephew, BRIAN GREENFIELD, as substitute executor in place of my said brother. I direct that my said executor or substitute executor shall serve without bond including the bond specified in Surrogates Court Procedure Act Section 2310(5). SEVENTH: I authorize my executor in his discretion, and likewise my substitute executor, with respect to all property, real and personal, at the time forming part of my estate, in addition to powers conferred by law, to sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of realty and personalty, publicly or privately, wholly or partly on credit or for any consideration, and to grant options for the purchase, exchange or other disposition of any of said property IN WITNESS WHEREOF I sign, publish and declare this as my Last Will and Testament, in the presence of the persons witnessing it at my request this 15th day of March, 2004. /S/ ANDREW CORNELL residing at WELLCAILLE, NEW YORK /S/ SANDRA L. VANCIAE residing at ANDOVER, NEWYORK Published August 1, 8, 15 & 22, 2013 419-0822 RIVvs. Viera, Doris Case No. 42-2011-CA-003963 Notice of SalePUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 5th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO. 42-2011-CA-003963 THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON TRUST COMPANY, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK TRUST COMPANY, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR TO JP MORGAN CHASE BANK N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR RASC 2004KS7 PLAINTIFF, VS. DORIS M. VIERA AKA DORIS VIERA, ET AL., DEFENDANT(S), NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 1, 2013 and entered in Case No. 42-2011-CA-003963 in the Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial Circuit in and for Marion County, Florida whereinThe Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company, National Association fka The Bank of New York Trust Company, N.A. as successor to JP Morgan Chase Bank N.A. as Trustee for RASC 2004KS7 was the Plaintiff and DORIS M. VIERA AKA DORIS VIERA, ET AL., the Defendant(s). The Clerk I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, by electronic sale beginning at 11:00 a.m. at www.marion.realforeclose.com on the 3rd day of September, 2013, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: The East of Lot 8, Block C, of Lake Tropicana Ranchettes Second Addition according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book G, Pages 102 and 102A, of Public Records of Marion County, Florida. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS OF THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER, AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN SIXTY (60) DAYS AFTER THE SALE. This 19th day of July, 2013. /s/Joseph K. McGhee, Florida Bar #0626287 Bus. Email: JMcGhee@penderlaw.com Pendergast & Morgan, P.A., 115 Perimeter Center Place South Terraces Suite 1000, Atlanta, GA 30346 Telephone: 678-775-0700 Primary Service: email@example.com Attorney for Plaintiff FAX: 678-805-8468 If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Tameka Gordon, the ADA Coordinator at the Office of the Trial Court Administrator, Marion County Judicial Center, 110 NW First Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34475, Telephone (352) 401-6710, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711 August 15 & 22, 2013 408-0815 RIV Estate of: FIORELLA, PATRICIA2013 CP1189 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2013 CP1189 IN RE: ESTATE OF PATRICIAL. FIORELLADeceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of PATRICIAL. FIORELLAdeceased, whose date of death was June 12, 2013, File Number 2013 CP1189 is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, Florida 34478. 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, upon whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRSTPUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY(30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF ACOPYOF 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 THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRSTPUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALLCLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDAPROBATE CODE WILLBE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANYCLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is August 8, 2013. Personal Representative:/s/ JOSEPH FIORELLA 25117 Kipling Avenue, Scandia, Minnesota 55073 Attorney for Personal Representative: BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. /s/ JOELO. PARKER, Florida Bar No. 0070201 E-Mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org 8810 SW Highway 200, Suite 122, Ocala, FL34481 August 8 & 15, 2013 410-0815 RIV Estate of:Brezee, Elizabeth 2013 CP1159 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2013 CP1159 IN RE: ESTATE OF Elizabeth J. BrezeeDeceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of ELIZABETH J. BREZEE deceased, whose date of death was June 11, 2013, File Number 2013 CP1159 is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, Florida 34478. 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, upon whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRSTPUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY(30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF ACOPYOF 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 THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRSTPUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALLCLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDAPROBATE CODE WILLBE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANYCLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is August 8, 2013. Personal Representative:/s/ Lynne B. Kampf 9370-E S.W. 85th Terrace, Ocala, Florida 34481 Attorney for Personal Representative: BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. /s/ JOELO. PARKER, Esquire, Florida Bar No. 0070201 E-Mail Address: brettand email@example.com 8810 S.W. Highway 200, Suite 122, Ocala, Florida 34481 August 8 & 15, 2013 415-0822 RIVEstate of Daly, Patricia 2013-CP-1236 Notice to CreditorsPUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 2013 CP 123 6 Division: Judge Robbins IN RE: ESTATE OF PATRICIA DALY a/k/a PATRICIA F. DALY Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of PATRICIA DALY a/k/a PATRICIA F. DALY deceased, whose date of death was May 25, 2013, 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 August 15, 2013 Personal Representative: Laura Korn 28 Beacon Street, Shirley, New York, 11967 Attorney for Personal Representative: Lorenzo Ramunno, 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 www.ramunnolawfirm.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Secondary E-Mail: email@example.com August 15 & 22, 2013 416-0822 RIV Estate of: Stahl, Deborah 2013 CP1190 Notice to Creditors PUBLIC NOTICE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR MARION COUNTY, FLORIDAPROBATE DIVISION File Number: 2013 CP1190 IN RE: ESTATE OF DEBORAH A. STAHL, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of DEBORAH A. STAHL deceased, whose date of death was April 16, 2013, File Number 2013 CP1190 is pending in the Circuit Court for Marion County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is P.O. Box 1030, Ocala, Florida 34478. 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, upon whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRSTPUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY(30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF ACOPYOF 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 THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRSTPUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALLCLAIMS NOT SO FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDAPROBATE CODE WILLBE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIOD SET FORTH ABOVE, ANYCLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is August 8, 2013. Personal Representative:/s/ SHARON SPICER Estate of DEBORAH A. STAHL 9839 SW 44th Avenue, Ocala, FL34476 Attorney for Personal Representative: BRETT & REYNOLDS, P.A. /s/ ROBERT J. REYNOLDS, Florida Bar No. 0021415 E-Mail Address: brett andreynoldsp firstname.lastname@example.org 8810 SW Highway 200, Suite 122, Ocala, FL34481 August 15 & 22, 2013 Somebody else wants it!Got something special you no longer use? Sell it in the Classifieds. It may be just the perfect item to fill somebody elses need. 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play, the way it is, the way it should be, Burchett said. They just want to manage the finances. We want to start managing the city, we dont intend on any layoffs. We want to keep Greenlight in play. We dont intend to eliminate services, you can run the city as youve been doing. We want to make sure we get the city out of the red and into the black, and stay there. Vice Mayor Dennis Evans seemed intrigued by the initial proposal. We would be remiss not to listen to them, to integrate them into the process, Evans explained. We want to know who they players are, how deep their pockets are. But Evans waned when the legality and constitutionally of approving such a bold initiative. There are constitutional implications involved here that wouldnt allow this, said Carol Barice, the citys special legal counsel. Mayor Nathan Whitt said the groups proposal changed the scope of what officials have been working toward: ridding itself of the citys fiber to the home program. Right now, Greenlight is on the table, Whitt explained. The group, Burchett said, was not solely interested in purchasing Greenlight Dunnellon Communications; however, he said he would approach the group of investors to gauge their interest in purchasing the financially beleaguered telecommunications system. With that in mind, the Council granted the group an extended deadline to submit an LOI by 5 p.m. Tuesday for the citys telecommunications system only. The deadline passed without an offer being submitted by the anonymous group of investors. Councilman Erik Collop said if the group had such financial wherewithal to bail the city out, why hadnt they come forward sooner with a proposal? If you have the money, why not put it in a trust account so we can see youre serious? he asked. Why do we have to go through the due diligence of all of this? If youve got the money, how about you just let us borrow it and well pay you back over the next 30 years? The hourlong conversation took place after John Pierpont of Pierpont & Associates LLC presented his recommendation to the City Council to begin immediate negotiations with Wideband, which was one of three companies to submit a timely LOI. Now Pierpoint and Eddie Esch, interim city manager, will begin the task of negotiating and executing a memorandum of understanding to purchase Greenlight. And time has never been more of the essence than to act quickly, Pierpoint told the Council. The city will not have the funds to continue operating the fiber to the home program past Aug. 31, meaning officials must strike a deal with Wideband to take over day-today operations immediately while a final negotiating price for Greenlight is struck. If Pierpont and Esch cannot agree to terms with Wideband, officials will move to the second company on the list of potential buyers, which is Cablevision of Marion County. The third company would be Hotwire if negotiations failed with both Wideband and Cablevision. Wideband was ranked No. 1 because the company not only is interested in Greenlight, but in its head-end equipment as well, Esch said. Currently, the city owes $1.1 million on the lease for the equipment. However, it was unknown how a deal with Wideband could potentially negate the citys financial obligations for the equipment. The Council will receive a report, and hopefully, a tentative deal to approve at 5:30 p.m. Monday when it meets for a special meeting. Our goal is to have something in front of you Monday night so we can move quickly, Esch said. Greenlight is a pressing issue, we all know that. Officials were questioned if the city would just pull the plug on Greenlight without warning its current customer base. Esch promised that would not happen, guaranteeing the city would help those customers procure services from other television, phone and Internet providers. I hope it does not come to that, he stressed. In other action, the Council: Authorized the mayor to sign an agreement for voluntary cooperation/operational assistance with the Ocala Police Department. Authorized the mayor to sign a mutual aid agreement with the Citrus County Sheriffs Office Fire Rescue Division. Authorized the placement of cancer awareness decals on police department vehicles. Thus far, three anonymous donors have paid to have the decals placed on the city-owned vehicles. Authorized staff to issue tree removal permits for Martin Collins on River Drive. Approved a proclamation for Florida Water Professionals week. Approved a resolution requesting a dismantled training building, currently housed at the wastewater treatment plant, be given to Levy County Fire Rescue. Officials in Levy County plan to erect the structure to build a fire training facility. The structure came free of charge to the city of Dunnellon after Progress Energy took the building down several years ago. The city could never find suitable property to erect the structure, nor did it have the finances, Esch told the Council. Fire Chief Joe Campfield said in exchange for the giving the structure to Levy County for free, the city of Dunnellon would have use of the facility at no cost. Approved Eschs recommendation The Path be required to pay $75 for a tree removal permit, after the fact, as well as pay $50 in administrative fees after the nonprofit group had a tree removed without prior approval. If Dunnellon cannot solve its financial crisis, the outlook would be gloom, said Susan H. Churuti, with Bryant, Miller & Olives law firm, the states largest municipal finance firm. Eddie Esch, interim city manager, acting within his scope signed an agreement with the firm to help city officials navigate their way through its financial crisis. The city has worked with Bryant, Miller & Olive in the past, as Judd Freeman is their bond attorney; however, Freeman will be limited in his involvement in assisting the six-member team of attorneys pieced together to assist city officials. This was going to have to be expedited, Esch explained. The firm certainly has a tall order in assisting the city with the $12 million in debt looming over its head, stemming mainly from the citys failure to launch Greenlight Dunnellon Communications. The city borrowed $7.3 million from Regions Bank, another $2 million-plus from the water/sewer fund as well as used money from Phase IV water/sewer project, which is the bond covenant. We can help you to resolve any potential issues, said Churuti, noting she and her family have owned a home in Blue Cove for a number of years. This is a scary situation for any municipality. We want to work expeditiously to resolve any issues. Were going to be nimble, so were going to ask you to be nimbler. The worst-case scenario, Churuti explained, would require the city to file bankruptcy and a judge would order the city charter dissolved and implement a special Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU), allowing Dunnellons creditors to be paid off. Property owners, both residential and commercial, inside the city limits would be required to pay the MSTU. Joan Duggins, a Rainbow Springs resident, told Churuti establishing a special tax is a bad idea. Its not a choice, Churuti explained. If a judge orders it, then its to be paid. Theres no option. Its a pretty dangerous situation, potentially. Bryant, Miller & Olive does not lack in the experience department when it comes to assisting municipalities, having worked with the city of Sarasota and Sarasota County in the past few years. Its the best we could come up with on such short notice, Esch quipped. As you can see, they have an awesome, awesome background. As of right now, the city is not facing either a Chapter 7 or 11 bankruptcy, but instead is sitting on a Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing, which is a different animal, Churuti said. It could go a (Chapter) 7, or it could go a (Chapter) 11, she added. But right now, its a (Chapter) 9. Several members of the audience questioned the legality of co-mingling funds from other enterprise operations as well as the general fund. Churuit explained its not illegal as most municipalities draw their money from pooled accounts. To me, it does not seem appropriate, Burt Eno, a Rainbow Springs resident, said. To me, thats not a sufficient answer. While some information can be kept confidential, Churuti told the Council, it is pivotal to keep the public in the loop regarding every minute detail of the fiscal situation and steps that are being taken to resolve the crisis. 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